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Sir Richard Bishop: January 16, 2018 Union Pool

January 30, 2018

Though it would seem off-brand for Sir Richard Bishop to ever release a covers record, he’s developing quite the repertoire. Last year at Park Church Co-op, he did a beautiful version of “Till There Was You,” putting his own spin the Beatles classic. A couple weeks back at Union Pool, Bishop digs a little deeper with two surprising covers: the first is a faithful rendition of Gordon Lightfoot’s 1970 hit “If You Could Read My Mind,” which has been covered by everyone, including Johnny Cash. You’ll find Bishop doing a pretty good Gordon Lightfoot impression here—and if you think you don’t know this just listen and I’m sure it’ll sound pretty familiar. The second is a cover of the Michael Nesmith-penned Monkees tune, “Tapioca Tundra.” Again, the title might not be familiar out of context, but once you hear it you’ll know the song. Beyond the covers Bishop plays a few tunes we’re used to seeing him play live like “Mystic Minor 23,” “Safe House,” and the Sun City Girls songs “Abydos” and “Radio Morocco.” For the finale, he plays “Space Prophet Dogon” into an exciting return to “Zurvan.”

I recorded this from our usual spot with MBHOs combined with a board feed courtesy of FOH Doug. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

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Sir Richard Bishop
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (DIN) > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:15:31]
01. Mystic Minor 23
02. If You Could Read My Mind [Gordon Lightfoot]
03. Safe House
04. Abydos [Sun City Girls]
05. Tapioca Tundra [The Monkees]
06. Mekong
07. Radio Morocco [Sun City Girls]
08. My Painted Tomb [Sun City Girls]
09. Zurvan
10. Space Prophet Dogon [Sun City Girls] > Zurvan

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Sir Richard Bishop: March 25, 2017 Big Ears Festival (Knoxville, TN)

October 29, 2017

[Photo by Bill Foster]

If you listen to a lot of Sun City Girls records, you might be surprised to find Sir Richard Bishop hanging out in churches. But last time he came through New York it was for a show at Park Church Co-op; and now here he is again playing St. John’s Cathedral this past March in Knoxville as part of the Big Ears Festival. I guess it’s not so bad sitting in the pews for some guitar worship.

This set finds the guitar-shaman himself conjuring up live staples from across his massive catalog, including “Mystic Minor 23” (Improvika); “Elysium Number Five” (Polytheistic Frangments); “Mekong” (Road to Siam); “Safe House” (Tangier Sessions); “The Pillars of Baalbek” (The Freak of Araby); and “Zurvan” (While My Guitar Gently Bleeds). These solo tracks are then topped off with the Sun City Girls classic “Esoterica of Abyssynia,” which ask anyone is one of Bishop’s great guitar triumphs.

Speaking of Big Ears, we’re going to be posting a bunch of sets from the 2017 festival in the upcoming weeks in anticipation of their 2018 festival. The initial lineup announcement comes November 1 and tickets are onsale November 3. I’ve been (in 2014) and it’s truly an awesome good time.

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Sir Richard Bishop
Big Ears Festival
St. John’s Cathedral
Knoxville, TN

Recorded by Matt Honkonen
Tracked by Eric PH

Soundboard + Zoom H6 > Audacity > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [54:19]
01. Mystic Minor 23
02. Elysium Number Five
03. Mekong
04. Safe House
05. The Pillars of Baalbek
06. Zurvan
07. Esoterica of Abyssynia [Sun City Girls]

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Sir Richard Bishop: May 17, 2017 Park Church Co-op

May 22, 2017

What’s in a guitar? Two years back, Sir Richard Bishop released Tangier Sessions, recorded on a nineteenth-century guitar of indeterminate origin bought in Switzerland. But last week at Park Church Co-op, he was back to his trusty electric and sounding fine. It turns out Bishop sounds great no matter what he’s playing. I daresay he’d conjure some fine tunes out of any instrument you set before him. This set captures him playing a couple off Tangier Sessions (“International Zone” and “Safe House”) combined with some Sun City Girls classics I hadn’t heard him play in a while like “Radio Morocco” and “Space Prophet Dogon.” Topping it off is Bishop’s sweet take on The Beatles “Till There Was You.”

I recorded this with the room mics set up ORTF at the stage lip, combined with a board feed from Park Church engineer Jasno Swarez. It sounds excellent. Enjoy!

Catch Sir Richard Bishop on tour now—still a few dates left!

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Sir Richard Bishop
Park Church Co-op
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineer: Jasno Swarez) > Roland R-26 + AKG C480B/CK61 (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) >  Audacity 2.0.5 (align, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:06:17]
01. International Zone
02. Radio Morocco [Sun City Girls]
03. Mystic Minor 23
04. Abydos [Sun City Girls]
05. Till There Was You [The Beatles]
06. Mekong
07. Safe House
08. [banter/tuning]
09. [Unknown]
10. Space Prophet Dogon [Sun City Girls]
11. Zurvan

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Rangda: March 4, 2016 Saint Vitus

March 8, 2016

[photos by PSquared Photography]

When the first Rangda record, False Flag, arrived in 2010, it was a transmission out of the multiverse—from an alternate reality where Corsano, Bishop, and Chasny wielded their instruments for evil instead of good. The roaring cacophonies bore titles like “Waldorf Hysteria,” “Bull Lore,” “Fist Family,” “Sarcophagi,” and “Serrated Edges” (to literally list in order the first five of the six songs on that record), ensuring that Rangda was not for the psych-tourist or those with pacemakers. At the time, who knew if these three could sustain this cosmic energy, or even find overlap in three busy touring schedules to make Rangda more than a one-off supergroup.

Two albums later, even if they aren’t the most prolific band out there, Rangda is sticking around. 2012’s Formerly Extinct softened their approach only slightly, trading in the instrumental clash for interlocking rhythms and something resembling rock songs. Their latest, The Heretics Bargain, continues on that trajectory, making Rangda downright palatable. Songs like “The Sin Eaters” and “Spiro Agnew” sound upbeat, anthemic even. But if the album itself isn’t proof Rangda is drawing the newly-initiated, last week saw the band play their largest yet NYC venue and crowd, with a set focused most-heavily on Formerly Extinct and the new material.

False Flag is here represented by the sole “Bull Lore.”  Formerly Extinct by “Majnun,” “Silver Nile,” “Idol’s Eye,” “The Vault,” and “Plugged Nickel.”  From The Heretic’s Bargain, it’s “The Sin Eaters,” “To Melt the Moon,” “Spiro Agnew,” and the song nearly as long as its title, “Mondays Are Free at the Hermetic Museum.” For opening night of their tour, the band is on fire. I can only imagine the many realities ahead.

Rangda may be coming to your very hometown! Full tour dates over at Drag City.

I recorded this set from our usual location at Saint Vitus, the room mics combined with a board feed from FOH Nick. I mixed those two sources, favoring the room sound. The quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

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Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [56:36]
01. Majnun
02. The Sin Eaters
03. Bull Lore
04. [tuning]
05. To Melt the Moon
06. Silver Nile
07. [tuning]
08. Idol’s Eye
09. Spiro Agnew
10. [tuning]
11. The Vault
12. [tuning]
13. Plugged Nickel
14. [tuning]
15. Mondays Are Free at the Hermetic Museum

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Sir Richard Bishop: April 10, 2015 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 28, 2015

Sir Richard Bishop
[Photo from Boston 2011 by Tim Bugbee/tinnitus photography]

To say Rick Bishop is peerless among contemporary guitarists is a bit of a half-truth. Along with his brother Alan Bishop (aka Alvarius B), they continue in the tradition of their long-running band Sun City Girls, who covered every genre of music imaginable. Rick Bishop’s solo music isn’t quite as wide-ranging but his body of work is massive, composed largely of solo guitar songs often steeped in the inflections of Indian and Middle Eastern music. And yet he always sounds like himself—his playing with Sun City Girls, as a solo guitarist, and as one-third of Rangda is inimitable. In a recent interview with Premier Guitar, he says of his craft: “My style is a mish-mash that comes out of improvisation, with mistakes and everything along the way. I never worry about what the style is, and whatever comes out, comes out.” Born of a love affair with a nineteenth-century guitar, his latest album for Drag City, Tangier Sessions, features seven improvised songs recorded in a room in the Moroccan city on a handheld Sony PCM D50 digital recorder. It’s a true collaboration, not between musicians but between a musician and the history of a truly singular instrument. The story of the album is the story of how Bishop was bewitched by this guitar and he’s spoken about it recently in interviews as well as in the appropriately titled “Guitar Talk” video promoting the album.

Bishop stopped by Brooklyn’s Union Pool on his ongoing tour for Tangier Sessions, bringing along the famed instrument. To see and hear Bishop play this guitar in person is simply jawdropping. His guitar musings, whether structured songs that have appeared on albums or in-the-moment improvisations, are brought to life in vivid detail by this guitar and his deft playing. Bishop improvises often, sometimes trading on a phrase or theme of a recorded song, and I’ve done my best to identify what I could. The most recognizable tracks are “Safe House” off Tangier Sessions and “Abydos” off Fingering the Devil. “Maqam” (if I hear him correctly) appears to be an improvisation named after a type of melody in Arabic music.

In addition to playing improvisations and a couple of his solo tracks, Bishop treats us to three Sun City Girls songs and each is indicative of that band’s irreverent humor: “Porno Shop” (from Horse Cock Phepner)  is about the closing of a porno shop for ostensibly moral reasons; in “Six Kids of Mine” (from Dante’s Disneyland Inferno) a father at the end of his rope resorts to infanticide; and in “Bitter Cold Countryside” (also from Dante’s Disneyland Inferno) a town bands together to murder a carpetbagging preacher. From Bishop’s “NPR shit” (his words!) to the absurdity of the Sun City Girls tracks, the crowd is with him all the way knowing full well that it’s not often you get to see a Sir Richard Bishop show like this.

I recorded this set with the AKGs mounted to the balcony and a board feed from Union Pool FOH Leah. Despite some ambient noise from the bar—inevitable for a quiet show like this—the sound is excellent and I only hope that it does justice to Bishop and his guitar. Enjoy!

Bishop is currently rounding out his US tour and will hit Europe next. Dates here.

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Sir Richard Bishop
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Leah) + AKG C480B/CK61 (FOB, LOC, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, compression, mixdown) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [55:10]
01. Zurvan
02. [banter/tuning]
03. Esoterica of Abyssynia
04. [tuning]
05. Mystic Minor 23
06. Porno Shop [Sun City Girls]
07. Six Kids of Mine [Sun City Girls]
08. Safe House
09. Nowhere Over the Rainbow
10. The Pillars of Baalbek
11. Bitter Cold Countryside [Sun City Girls]
12. Mekong
13. Abydos

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