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Parlor Walls: October 18, 2018 Saint Vitus Bar

October 25, 2018
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If you haven’t checked out Parlor Walls since their excellent 2017 album, Opposites, then put your headphones in and turn your ears on. This set at Saint Vitus should be a must-listen for those of us who’ve followed Alyse Lamb’s career since the early ’10s, and those new to the party. Three of the newer songs – “Neuromancer”, “Love Complex” and “Low Vulture” are represented on the band’s May 2018 EXO cassette, and are among the band’s best work yet, pushing further into No Wave territory and somewhat away from some of the free jazz flourishes that appeared on Opposites. Parlor Walls’ songs are noisy, astringent documents of our time, complicated, unsettled and at-times brutal. Lamb has always been that special type of performer who doesn’t seem to need an audience; her unflagging intensity comes from within rather than without. (If you don’t believe me, see how she and drummer/keyboardist Chris Mulligan bring it alone in a Paste Magazine sound studio). It’s incredible that she and Mulligan can pack this much into their songs performing as a duo (their albums have additional bandmembers, in the most recent case, multi-instrumentalist Jason Shelton); like the full-time Brooklyn duo Yvette, they fill the stage without the extra bodies. If unrest is the overarching theme of these jittery pre-election days, Parlor Walls is the right soundtrack.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the soundboard combined with house FOH Jeff’s excellent mix. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/ALAC/MP3]

Parlor Walls
2018-10-18
Saint Vitus Bar
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) + Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix, compression, fades)
>Audacity 2.1.0 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 30:09]
01 Neuromancer
02 Love Complex
03 Pinafore
04 Spinning Gold
05 Ignite
06 Low Vulture
07 Cover Me
08 Birthday

PLEASE SUPPORT Parlor Walls: bandcamp | website

Suuns: February 11, 2017 Saint Vitus (Early Show)

February 14, 2017
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It’s not easy to be a live band like Suuns. When you make spare, often trancelike music that relies on repetition, fueled by loops and electronics as well as live players, you need to be more than competent on your instruments; you need to be technically almost flawless. Their music can indeed put you in a trance, but the communion is broken if anything — almost anything — is out of time or introduced at the wrong moment. The amazing thing about Suuns is that nothing ever is — if “precision” was their band name instead, it wouldn’t be wrong. Their latest album Hold/Still continues their streak of infallible, tight production, made all the more impressive this time by the fact that they reputedly recorded most of it live. Hearing the songs live, it’s somewhat easier to believe. Suuns songs often tend toward modern paranoia and anxiety, but in execution of them, the band members’ melding of the human and technological is at ease.

On this winter night, the band played two full sold-out sets at Saint Vitus, an intimate, appropriate clime for the band’s dark, almost claustrophobic sound. Drawing on elements of krautrock and electronic music, Suuns’ sound is as distinct as it is penetrating. If escapist fare like “La La Land” and whatever pabulum won most Grammys last night is hailed as the right cultural output for our times precisely due to its unreality, Suuns owes equal claim to the title precisely because it sounds like just this moment. When vocalist Ben Shemie intones the single lyric from “Resistance,” over a fractured guitar line and its vaguely militaristic backbeat, you almost forget that this song was actually written in 2015. It meant something different to me when I first saw it, nearly two years ago to the date.

To that end, another exciting song to see come to fruition was “Infinity,” a number the band has worked on in various forms for several years, but finally laid down for Hold/Still. After a solid dose of newer material for the bulk of the set, Suuns took us back to their first record, Zeroes QC, for a bit, with “Arena” making an appearance, and the set closing with one of their best early songs, “Pie IX.” If Hold/Still is any guide, this band’s next few years are going to be equally fertile ones.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Suuns
2017-02-11
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.5>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:01:12]
01 Images du Futur
02 Music Won’t Save You
03 Powers of Ten
04 Instrument
05 Translate
06 2020
07 Resistance
08 Infinity
09 Paralyzer
10 Arena
11 Edie’s Dream
12 Pie IX

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Suuns, visit their Facebook page, and buy their albums on their bandcamp site or from Secretly Canadian.

Sannhet: February 27, 2015 Saint Vitus – FLAC/MP3/Streaming/Video

March 5, 2015
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Nobody can quite figure out how to categorize Sannhet. The two touchstones that get thrown around are “post rock” and “black metal”, but neither is a perfect fit. While virtually every second of their set is heavier than, say, the heavy parts of an Explosions in the Sky song, their all-instrumental music nonetheless features more tonal and textural shifts and structural variation than a full-on black metal band. It really doesn’t matter what you call it, in the end. They’re just phenomenally good, as we first pointed out two years ago.

Sannet just released a new record, Revisionist, which was hailed by no less than the New York Times. Experiencing this set at Saint Vitus last Friday — even if just an opening one — we got a glimpse of what was coming on the record, at the kind of full force and volume only possible in the live setting. Sannhet pummeled through a good chunk of Revionist, plus some older tracks, in less than forty minutes, and it was a dense, emotional ride. Although the band’s set was relentless, there were peaks of intensity even within the surge, when you almost could not imagine drummer Christopher Todd hitting harder, or guitarist John Refano and bassist AJ Annunziata’s fingers keeping time with him. But they did, hurtling through standout tracks like “You Thy__” and the closer “Enemy Victorian”. Coupled with flickering visuals programmed by Annunziata, Sannhet delivered a visceral experience that lingered long after they left the stage. In the NYT review, writer Ben Ratliff called Revisionist “an album for motivation, for the all-day victory”. Perhaps it’s the sound of a band at the height of its powers, who knows they’ve got your attention. They’ll be keeping ours.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the This Will Destroy You recording, with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed from Saint Vitus engineer Nick. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Sannhet
2015-02-27
St. Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (LOC, at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Nick)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (harmonic exciter, EQ, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Mint Divine
02 Revisionist
03 You Thy__
04 Short Life
05 Moral
06 (Memory barge)
07 Absecon Isle
08 Empty Harbor
09 Enemy Victorian

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Sannhet, visit their facebook page, and buy Revisionist from MidHeaven Mailorder or The Flenser.

This Will Destroy You: February 27, 2015 Saint Vitus – FLAC/MP3/Streaming/Video

March 1, 2015
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This Will Destroy You, of San Marcos, TX, just crossed the decade mark as a band last year, with the excellent record Another Language. In the broad sense, they share company with the dynamic instrumental bands that get lumped together as “post-rock” — Mogwai, Explosions In the Sky, Caspian, etc. But if this two-night stand of shows presented by BrooklynVegan at Saint Vitus proved anything, it’s that they don’t let labels stop them. Saint Vitus, best-known as NYC’s destination for the heaviest of heavy music, made a good fit for the band, as they led off with the thunderous “Little Smoke” that pummeled us from start to finish. TWDY may not be a black metal band, but their sonics are definitely toward the darker end of the spectrum, a kind of soundtrack to the end of the world.

But just when you think you’re going to get nothing but 80 minutes of soft-loud dynamics and blaring guitars, TWDY changes things up. Bursts of electronics seep in, between the ratcheting drumbeats and the mournful guitars of “A Three-Legged Workhorse”. Or there’s “Grandfather Clock”, basically a full-on IDM track, followed by the texturally dense standout track from Another Language, “Dustism”. But if the band proved there was more to them than just getting loud, when they were loud, they made it count, as on the climax to “Black Dunes” or “There Are Some Remedies Worse Than The Disease”. This show ran a touch longer than the previous night’s effort, closing with the ironically-titled “Quiet”. This burner of a Friday night show had been anything but.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed of the mix by TWDY’s engineer (if you have his name, please give him a shout out). As with everything at Saint Vitus, the sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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This Will Destroy You
2015-02-27
St. Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (LOC, at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineers: Nick + TWDY’s engineer (please provide name if you have it))>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (harmonic exciter, EQ, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:23:24]
01 Little Smoke
02 A Three-Legged Workhorse
03 War Prayer
04 Burial On the Presidio Banks
05 Grandfather Clock
06 Dustism
07 Black Dunes
08 There Are Some Remedies Worse Than the Disease
09 Communal Blood
10 [banter]
11 New Topia
12 Quiet

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT This Will Destroy You, visit their website, and buy Another Language here.

Thurston Moore: October 21, 2014 St. Vitus – FLAC/MP3/Streaming/Video

October 23, 2014
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[Photos by P Squared Photography]

For more than three decades, Thurston Moore has been a constant in so many ways — perhaps the only excusable reason why changes in his personal life have been talked about at all in the last few years. Musically, Moore has stood above almost every one of his peers in his ability to both mine the farthest reaches of his instrument (see, for example, his recent appearances with Tony Conrad and Enemy Waves) while constructing memorable, catchy, yet-still original traditional songs. Moore’s most recent album, The Best Day, represents both impulses while leaning on the latter, abetted by a crack band that includes Steve Shelley, James Sedwards on guitar, and My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe on bass. While The Best Day is technically Moore’s first solo album since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts, it may be better to think of it as a next step beyond the Chelsea Light Moving project that we saw in 2012 and 2013. The connection to Moore’s Sonic Youth output, both lyrically and musically, feels strong, but there’s also a line toward the more concise style of his 1995 solo album, Psychic Hearts. On the U.S. release date for The Best Day, this show at the metal-centric venue St. Vitus gave us the very best of all of it — energetic guitar work, deeply-explored grooves, and killer songwriting.

This set covered almost the entire Best Day album, plus a couple of choice nuggets from Psychic Hearts. We had first hoped to catch the full band at Hopscotch Music Festival, but due to visa issues, that ended up being just Thurston and Shelley, doing surprisingly full renditions of these songs. Played by the band for which they were intended, these songs sprung to life, from “Speak to the Wild” and its earworm of a hook to the set closer, Psychic Hearts’ “Pretty Bad”.  Many artists at Moore’s level of seniority are worried about staying relevant; the question with Moore is how much better he might get from here. Moore has made some misunderstood comments about black metal lately, making the choice of St. Vitus all the better. Watching the man and his band on stage, it’s hard to imagine anyone not being impressed.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed of the house mix. The sound quality is outstanding, at least on par with the Chelsea Light Moving recordings from 2013. Enjoy! We have now added a complete video of the set from our friends at unARTig as well!

Thurston Moore plays another NYC show this Sunday at Rough Trade NYC. It appears to be sold out, but give it your best shot….

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Thurston Moore
2014-10-21
St. Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (LOC, A-B)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard>>Roland R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (aligh, mix down, fades, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:06:14]
01 Forevermore
02 Speak to the Wild
03 Germs Burn
04 Detonation
05 [banter]
06 The Best Day
07 Grace Lake
08 [encore break]
09 Psychic Hearts
10 Pretty Bad

Band:
Thurston Moore – guitar, vocals
Debbie Googe – bass
James Sedwards – guitar
Steve Shelley – drums

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Thurston Moore, visit his Facebook page, and buy The Best Day directly from Matador Records.

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Earth: September 24, 2014 St Vitus – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Audio and Video

September 28, 2014
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[photos courtesy of MaryAnne Ventrice]

According to frontman Dylan Carlson, Primitive and Deadly, the latest album from Seattle veterans Earth, is their best-selling album yet. That’s a big statement for a band that made its name in the 1990s, picking up some possibly-unwanted attention from Carlson’s connection to that other Seattle musician, Kurt Cobain. Or maybe the popularity comes from a hankering for music that is real, that is sweeping without being ostentatious, whose darkness matches the times in which it is made. Or maybe it’s just that good of an album — decide for yourself.

We last caught the band at ATP in 2011, with cellist Lori Goldston sitting in and a full theater to showcase their sound. St Vitus, Greenpoint’s already-legendary nexus for music of the heaviest kind, made for a different but maybe better fit, with the crowd packed in and the deep grooves shaking the walls. The band kicked off with Primitive tracks as expected, with Carlson rather politely introducing the name of most of the songs. This seventy-five minute set contained less than ten songs, in keeping with the band’s predilection toward drawn-out, slow dirge compositions that take their time unfolding. The band ended with a segue from new to old, with “Torn By the Fox of the Crescent Moon” from the new record segueing into their first-ever track, “Ourobouros Is Broken”. Earth continued their New York stand on the following night, and our only regret was not being able to join.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed. We are very pleased to also include a full video of the set, featuring my recording as audio, from our friends at unARTigNYC, who more than anyone have helped to document the proceedings going on up in Greenpoint. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Earth
2014-09-24
St Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (LOC, at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (harmonic exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:15:55]
01 Badger’s Bane
02 Even Hell Has Its Heroes
03 [banter1]
04 Old Black
05 There Is A Serpent Coming
06 [banter2]
07 The Bees Made Honey In the Lion’s Skull
08 [banter3]
09 Torn By the Fox of the Crescent Moon>
10 Ourobouros Is Broken

Band
Dylan Carlson
Adrienne Davies
Don McGreevy

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Earth, visit their website, and buy Primitive and Deadly there.

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Breakdown: June 20, 2014 St. Vitus – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 25, 2014
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[Photos by Rich Cuiffo]

We are excited to introduce both a new contributor to the nyctaper site, as well as another outstanding recording of a hardcore show by the band Breakdown from the already-legendary Greenpoint venue St. Vitus. Rich’s recording and review follow below.

Correspondent Rich Cuiffo writes:

Breakdown was formed in Yonkers New York in 1986 and the original lineup stayed together for less than one year. During their brief tenure, they recorded several demos at The Loft Recording Studios in Bronxville, New York. The 1987 Breakdown demo tape, later released as a 7 inch by Noiseville Records, is by far, one of the greatest testimonials of 80’s New York Hardcore. It continues to influence countless bands and is one of the most sought after 7 inches of the genre. In recent years, much to the delight of friends and fans, the original members have begun playing occasional shows focusing on this era. Friday night’s show at St Vitus was classic New York Hardcore. Enjoy!”

Stream “Life of Bullshit”

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Breakdown (Original 87 Demo Lineup)
2014-06-20
St. Vitus
Brooklyn, New York

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Recorded and produced by Rich Cuiffo

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1) Kickback
2) Life of Bullshit
3) Don’t Give Up
4) You Gotta Fight
5) Labeled
6) All I Ask
7) Your Problems
8) Dissed and Dismissed
9) Vengeance
10) Safe in a Crowd
11) Sick People
12) Pipe Dream

Personnel:
Jeff Perlin – Vocals
Don Angelilli – Guitar
Carl Porcaro – Guitar
Rich McLoughlin – Bass
Anthony Drago – Drums

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Breakdown, like them on Facebook, and buy their records.

Liturgy: May 4, 2012 St. Vitus – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

May 15, 2012
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[Photos by Robert Kidd. Check out more of his excellent work [HERE]]

The band Liturgy are no strangers to controversy. And given the band’s latest change in sonic direction, the Brooklyn “transcendental black metal” band can count on more of it.

As with artists like Horseback, Liturgy, and particularly frontman and founder Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, refuse to hew to genre conventions, instead using black metal as the underpinning for their aesthetic while engaging in formal experimentation. Perhaps because of this, Liturgy find themselves the only metal band playing the Pitchfork Festival, the only metal band on Thrill Jockey, and – it can’t be avoided – the only black metal band that has ever appeared on this site. Sharing a stage with Vampire Weekend and sharing a label with bands like Tortoise and Matmos is apparently not much of a cred booster in the black metal scene. But political bullshit aside, just throw the band’s last record, Aesthetica, on your turntable or iThing, and dare to say it isn’t stunning.

Of course, one of the defining characteristics of Aesthetica was the hyperkinetic drumming of Greg Fox (who took the stage with Oneida at our 5th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, and also appeared at the Notekillers’ Jonathan Toubin benefit we covered awhile back). In September of 2011, Fox announced an amicable split from the band so that he could pursue other projects, including his solo effort GDFX and his new band Guardian Alien. One might have expected Liturgy – especially being a metal band and all – to have moved to replace Fox with a new drummer. Hunt-Hendrix didn’t. Indeed, what was once a four-piece now consists of Hunt-Hendrix, guitarist Bernard Gann, and a Macbook Pro. In case you weren’t taking notes, I mentioned that this was a band that defies convention. But what about the music itself?

As I tweeted at the time, “New @LITVRGY is genre-defying, uncomfortable-making next wave shit. You may hate but you will respect.” Listening to this recording of the show, I think that is still accurate. If you’re the type of person that likes things in tidy boxes, you’ll turn this off the second the beyond-humanly-fast drum machine beats kick in at the start of  “Pagan Dawn” from 2009’s Renihilation. What you are hearing is further from convention than the band already was, and what you’re hearing bears more weird similarity to Sleigh Bells (who the band recently toured with) than anything even remotely styled “metal” that you’ve heard before. Some people won’t be able to get past that.

But if you stick around, and set aside your preconceptions, what you hear is a brash move that could pay big dividends. First of all, the ultrafast beats make the music, if possible, even more intense than it already was, and it still rocks. Aesthetica’s “Generation”, in particular, worked well in the new format, with the beats integrating well with the dual guitar assault of Hunt-Hendrix and Gann. The crowd at the metal-friendly Greenpoint venue St. Vitus – one of the overall best venues I have been to in NYC, incidentally – seemed to agree. The band played only four songs, each a fairly long composition, with three Aesthetica tracks joining “Pagan Dawn”. In my view, this set only hinted at the new setup’s potential; once the band creates new material actually designed for this arrangement, I think they are capable of blowing the boundaries wide open. With several big festival slots on the way (besides Pitchfork, the band are also playing the more metal-oriented Orion Festival in June) plenty of fans of a variety of genres will get a chance to hear this daring new sound. I predict that the open-minded will be rewarded.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed by Nick, the house engineer of St. Vitus. Not only is this venue aesthetically spot-on (and with a great bar), but it is also one of the city’s best-sounding. I look forward to coming back.

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Liturgy
2012-05-04
St. Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Pagan Dawn
02 High Gold
03 Generation
04 Sun of Light

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