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Horse Lords: June 4, 2017 Sunnyvale

June 8, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

Last Summer during a heat wave we hosted a show headlined by Horse Lords at Trans-Pecos and it was a glorious night of cool air and even cooler music. EricPH “found” this band for the site in 2015, but by 2016 their Northern Spy album Interventions put them on the map for all of us. Horse Lords is comprised of four superb musicians with not only music-school skills but the touch and timing to play incredibly intricate music in complete sync with each other. They combine the best parts of prog, jazz and math rock into extended suites in the live setting that inspires repeated listens.

On Sunday night at Sunnyvale, Horse Lords brought out the diehards and there are now quite a few of these enlightened folks. The crowd wasn’t overwhelming, but those who were there were all-in — the band’s peaks and valley and twists and turns had the entire crowd hanging on for dear life. The set was culled primarily from Interventions but also included one extended older cut to finish the set. From my vantage point at the front of the stage, it was a quite an impressive image of four musicians instinctively in tune with each other. Horse Lords are a band not to be missed, and we will continue to follow this outstanding group.

Horse Lords are currently on a short midwest tour which visits Toronto, Cleveland and Chicago beginning tonight through Friday. All dates and venues here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the front of the stage and mixed with an excellent board feed. The mix of the two sources compliments perfectly and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Horse Lords
2017-06-04
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 58:42]
01 Truthers
02 Toward the Omega Point
03 Intervention II
04 Time Slip – Intervention III
05 Bending to the Lash
06 Wildcat Strike

Please support Horse Lords: Facebook | Bandcamp | Tumblr

Big Ups: April 7, 2017 Sunnyvale

April 12, 2017
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[Photo by Acidjack]

I could yap a bunch about Big Ups and how great they are, but I’ve done that before and you already know. Okay just one thing: this is one of the best of a bunch of Big Ups shows I’ve seen, so it’s more than worth checking out. While you’re listening you can pick up Before a Million Universes from Exploding in Sound, still available on orange vinyl for you collector scum.

Like the Pile set from the same night, we recorded this set from the stage lip combined with a board feed from Sunnyvale’s engineer Dave. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

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Big Ups
2017-04-07
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Dave) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, dither, downsample) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [29:05]
01. Capitalized
02. Justice
03. Knight
04. Wool
05. Contain Myself
06. Hope For Someone
07. Dogs
08. Negative

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their website, like them on Facebook and buy Before A Million Universes from Exploding In Sound.

Pile: April 7, 2017 Sunnyvale

April 10, 2017
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“Thank God for Pile”—if you listen closely, you’ll hear one zealous audience member with an enthusiasm you don’t often see for such a young band. But people really love Pile—and everyone in-the-know knows Pile are damn great. Their comparatively small but dedicated following gets bigger with each album and I daresay if you missed out on Pile this time around, I’m afraid you’ve missed the last of their shows in a small room.

On Friday, we squeezed ourselves into a packed Sunnyvale for the band’s second of two sold-out Brooklyn shows (the first was at Baby’s All Right). The thing about bands on Exploding in Sound Records is that where there’s one there’s bound to be more. Pile headlined a stacked bill featuring some current and future EIS greats: Gnarwhal, Big Ups, and Stove. Their set gets cut a bit short due to time constraints, but that only served to increase the intensity as their finale of “Rock and Roll Forever With the Customer in Mind” will attest. That tune is from 2015’s You’re Better Than This, while the rest of the set is comprised of songs off their latest album, A Hairshirt of Purpose, and their first EIS record, Dripping. Whether you’re new to the band or a longtime fan, listen to this cracking performance and be thankful for Pile.

Pile is touring the U.S. and Europe through June. Check dates here and go see Pile!

Acidjack and I recorded this from our usual location at Sunnyvale right up at the stage lip, plus a board feed from Sunnyvale’s engineer Dave. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Pile
2017-04-07
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded by Eric PH and Acidjack
Produced by Eric PH

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Soundboard (engineer: Dave) + Nakamichi CM-300/CP1 (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, dither, downsample) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [45:00]
01. Worms
02. Hissing For Peace
03. Rope’s Length
04. Grunt Like a Pig
05. Dogs
06. [banter]
07. Texas
08. [banter]
09. Leaning on a Wheel
10. [banter]
11. Bump a Grape
12. Fingers
13. [banter]
14. The Browns
15. [encore break]
16. Rock and Roll Forever With the Customer in Mind

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Tonstartssbandht: January 25, 2017 Sunnyvale

February 23, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

Its been a few years since Tonstartssbandht last appeared on NYCTaper. In March, Tonstartss will release a new album Sorcerer, their first on Mexican Summer. The band that consists of brothers Andy and Edwin White have played under this name for about a decade and have released somewhere in the range of 20 albums via various labels and Bandcamp, but not a proper “studio” album since 2011’s Now I Am Become. The band is also currently on their first extended tour in a while, as the brothers have spent time on other projects — mostly notably Andy White’s position as lead guitar in Mac DeMarco’s touring band.

In January, the TBT tour came to Brooklyn and sold out Sunnyvale on a Wednesday night. The brothers played an extended set that included all of the three long tracks from Sorcerer and a ton of older TBT tracks and covers all interspersed in their unique segue-style stream-of-consciousness show. The Whites are the sons of a long-time professional musician and have played together for their entire lives so there’s a definite telepathy going on every time they take the stage that allows their sets to freely weave from one musical idea to the next. This inventiveness and unpredictability is one of the most compelling aspects of Tonstartssbandht and is why we keep coming back for more. Tonstartss are currently in Europe but return to the US for shows in May, all dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted in front of the stage and mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Tonstartssbandht
2017-01-25
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:05:36]
01 Opening
02 Breathe
03 Susie
04 Dad Beating Up Dudes Downtown (Orlando, 1992)
05 Opening (Reprise)
06 Black Sea
07 [banter and woos]
08 Sorcerer
09 [banter – rotten milk]
10 Somersette
11 Skyline [Pharaoh Overlord]
12 Olde Feelings
13 Rodas 1916
14 Hymn Our Garden
15 The Pusher [Steppenwolf]
16 Nasa Boogie
17 I’m a Ram [Al Green]
18 Late Fall Roll [Eola]
19 Hymn Our Garden (Reprise)
20 Midnite Cobras
21 Welsh Souper
22 [banter – legal reasons]
23 Poor Moon [Canned Heat]
24 [banter – thanks]
25 Everybody (Needs Somebody To Love) [Solomon Burke]
26 Last Train Home [Pat Metheny]
27 Alright

SUPPORT Tonstartssbandht: Bandcamp | Facebook | Pre-Order Sorcerer from Mexican Summer [HERE]

Tredici Bacci: January 25, 2017 Sunnyvale

February 15, 2017
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[still from this video]

I walked into the main building of The New England Conservatory of Music as a youngster in the Fall of 1975 when my older sister enrolled at the school. My childhood recollection is of a large staircase in a classic large atrium like something out of a 19th Century mansion. I left with the feeling that this was an important and serious place in the world. All these years later, I find that NEC is the oldest music school in the country — dating back to 1867. But the more impressive aspect of NEC is that its still a vibrant institution producing some of the best new musicians in a vast array of fields. Last year we welcomed to these pages the amazing Guerilla Toss, a band consisting primarily of graduates of NEC. This year its Simon Hanes, a former sometime member of GT whose band Tredici Bacci reflects his own eclectic and unique approach to composition undoubtedly honed inside of the classic halls of the New England Conservatory.

The music of Tredici Bacci is in some ways nothing like we’ve ever featured here before. Hanes’ fixation on Italian movie soundtracks from the 1970s is surely odd, but when the music is so meticulously constructed and utterly true to the form it has the effect of affording the listener the opportunity to conjure a movie plot in their imagination while Hanes soundtracks the image. At Sunnyvale in January, Tredici Bacci was a ten-piece band of prime musicians who projected Hanes’ compositions onto our imagined technicolor movie screen. The set was a relatively short thirty minutes, but accomplished what it set out to do — with precision, style and some humor. Tredici Bacci released their new album Amore Per Tutti (NNA Tapes) in November and this set featured two tracks from that album, a couple of older cuts and what appears to be some newbies. What is obvious from seeing Tredici Bacci live is that Simon Hanes has a fertile musical mind and we can expect to see more of Hanes and his many musical projects on these pages moving forward.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the front and center of the stage and mixed with a nice board feed. We were initially skeptical that the recording could balance the full band, but after a fairly standard mixdown of the sources, this recording really does a superb job of capturing the band in all its glory. Enjoy!

Download this Recording in FLAC or MP3 from our Bandcamp page [HERE].

Stream the Complete Show:

Tredici Bacci
2017-01-25
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 28:40]
01 Introduction – Winter Fireworks
02 Columbo
03 Swedish Tease
04 Motto
05 Sesso In Futuro
06 Hey, Come On Motherfucker

The band on this night:
Sami Stevens: voice
Abby Swidler and Siv Brun Lie: violins
Joanna Mattrey: viola
Dan Pencer and Will Greene: saxophones
Ezra Weller: trumpet
Jesse Heasly: bass
Peter Moffett: drums
Simon Hanes: guitar

Please SUPPORT Tredici Bacci: Facebook | Bandcamp | Purchase Amore Per Tutti via NNA Tapes [HERE]

Holy Tunics: December 11, 2016 Sunnyvale

December 21, 2016
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One of the sleeper singles early in this year was the oddly titled “Clutching the Straw Map to Your Heart” (Seagreen Records) from the mysterious quartet Holy Tunics. This three-minute nugget came from a band who didn’t spend much time promoting themselves and about whom there wasn’t much information on the web. Whether the mystery was intentional or not, the song perked up ears at places like Impose Magazine, Cereal + Sounds and Breakthrough Radio.

This December saw the release of Holy Tunics’ first EP Hot To Trot, which contains “Straw Map” but also five other new songs and frankly its one of the best collections of music I’ve heard all year. The band celebrated the release with a headlining show at Sunnyvale last weekend and revealed another mystery — that the personnel listed on the Bandcamp page for the EP isn’t necessarily the live band. Nick Rogers is front and center and Matt Billington is the bass player, but for this night Ana Asnes Becker from Fruit & Flowers played lead guitar and Brian Alvarez played percussion. The set consisted of four of the six tracks from the EP and what appears to five new songs that we are guessing are targeted towards the band’s first full length. This Holy Tunics set was bubbling with energy and was buoyed by the serious quality of the songcraft. We expect big things from this band, and we will certainly see more of them on these pages.

Holy Tunics perform again at Shea Stadium on January 14, as support for a reunion gig of our old friend Shark?.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps at the stage lip and mixed with a fine board feed from house FOH Tim. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Holy Tunics
2016-12-11
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Tim] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Please support this excellent band:
https://holytunics.bandcamp.com/releases

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 34:04]
01 Forget Your Love
02 Hot to Trot
03 Tell Me True
04 Poets Laugh
05 Clutching the Straw Map to Your Heart
06 Fabric
07 Limelights
08 Happy Sunday
09 Notes from Captivity

Support Holy Tunics: Bandcamp | Facebook | Seagreen Records

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