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The Loom: November 1, 2015 Union Pool

November 12, 2015
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It’s never an easy feat, as a band, to shift stylistically without losing your soul. There are examples, of course — Radiohead’s hard-left from mainstream Britpop to IDM weirdos stands out as a major one — but it’s a huge challenge to court a new fan base while keeping the one you have. NYCTaper and The Loom go back to 2008, when it’d be fair to say they were a mellow-hued folk band. When I caught them in a backyard in 2010, it seemed well within reason that they’d be playing acoustic, with a homemade washtub bass and Lis Rubard’s horns wafting over John Fanning and Sarah Renfro’s dual vocals. In 2012, at Glasslands, it was clear that things were changing — their tastes in who they shared the stage with, for one — but you’d still have recognized that band you heard about from 2008.

Fast forward to Union Pool at the end of 2015, with a new bassist and drummer and two albums’ worth of material awaiting release.  This band opened for Moon Duo recently, and you can see the shift in emphasis in everything from Fanning’s cranked vocal reverb to the darker, psychedelic guitar tone. The two new players, John Mosloskie on bass and Mike Rasimas on drums, change that dynamic as well, providing a more emphatic and punchy backbeat to go with the overall heavier sound. Rubard’s horns haven’t been jettisoned, thankfully, but in the new context they add a ghostly mourn under the swirl of guitars, bass, drums and Rubard’s keyboards, rather than taking center stage. This set showed off amped-up versions of new songs we’d heard before (“Fire Makes,” “Like Lamp Glow,” “The Reading Room”) as well as brand-new compositions such as “I Am Not Young,” perhaps the definitive statement on the band’s new direction. Even on the Sunday after Halloween, or as one might call it, “the worst possible night for a show ever other than Christmas Eve,” The Loom proved their mettle by drawing a crowd of the faithful who seemed fully committed to the new direction. If anyone was put off by the unabashed rocking-ness of “Your Wilderness Years,” for example, they didn’t show it — and I might’ve seen a few air guitars going in that audience, too. At this point, this is a veteran band, and it’s a reward to see them stretch their wings, especially after a period of introspection by Fanning as lead songwriter. The result, along with a more muscular sound, has been two fully recorded and produced albums that are awaiting a label home. Even if you were aware of the band, this is The Loom you haven’t heard before — and it’s time to get reacquainted.

I recorded this set with an excellent soundboard feed by Kyle Lawrence, coupled with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

The Loom
2015-11-01
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Kyle Lawrence) + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, PAS)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compress SBD)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Fire Makes
02 I Am Not Young
03 Kindling
04 Like Lamp Glow
05 Here In the Deadlights
06 Your Wilderness Years
07 The Reading Room
08 Morning Song, Mountain Song

If you enjoyed this set, please like The Loom on facebook and check out their website, and buy their records directly from their bandcamp page.

Tonight! NYCTaper Presents at Cameo Gallery: The Loom, Dead Stars, Whiskey Bitches, Ghost Punch

May 6, 2014
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We are happy to present a terrific bill of four bands tonight at Cameo Gallery. The Loom are very familiar to readers of this site, as they’ve played NYCTaper Presents shows four times and we’ve recorded them countless other times. Our newer friends Dead Stars played our CMJ show in October, and I’m streaming a track from that show below. Whiskey Bitches very recently played our killer show at Death By Audio last month. Ghost Punch is the show’s opener and although we’ve never hosted them before, we expect they’ll become site regulars like the others.

Details:
Tonight, Tuesday May 6
Cameo Gallery
93 North 6th Street
Brooklyn NY
$10
Doors at 8pm
8:30 Ghost Punch
9:30 Whiskey Bitches
10:30 Dead Stars
11:30 The Loom

Cameo Gallery Listing [HERE]
Brooklynvegan – What’s Going On Tuesday Listing [HERE]
Facebook Invite [HERE]
Oh My Rockness – Best Shows of the Week [HERE]

The Loom: September 4, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 12, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

If you read this site regularly, it should be pretty clear by now that we just can’t say enough good things about the Brooklyn band The Loom, who we’ve been fans of for four years now. We continue to watch this band grow, develop and change, evolving and tweaking their sound and taking their music in new directions. What has not changed over those four years is the high quality of this band’s live shows, or their kindness and generosity as performers. This year has found the Loom completing a touring cycle for their first LP, 2011’s Teeth, and charting a course toward finishing their second album, which should be out next year. While the shift is subtle, the band is seeing some evolution in their sound as they approach the new record. Where the Teeth-era material would easily locate the band in the “acoustic indie folk” realm, the band’s newest songs show the influence of some of the heavier bands they have been playing shows with, like The Phantom Family Halo. While The Loom have hardly given themselves over to psych rock, songs like the new “Fire Makes” are drenched in heavier guitar riffs than we have seen from them before. “Morning Song, Mountain Song”, which we first heard back in December, is a more high-octane version of the band’s style from Teeth and “The Reading Room”, perhaps my favorite new track, falls somewhere between the two. Hearing the new material at Glasslands – possibly my personal favorite Brooklyn venue, and also one where new music and new musical directions flourish – seemed appropriate. As long as The Loom continue to put out this kind of effort, they will always be a favorite of ours.

I recorded this set with Naiant X-X microphones split on stage, combined with a soundboard feed from the Glasslands engineer Josh Thiel. The sound is outstanding, even by the standards of our other recordings of this band.  Enjoy!

Stream “Fire Makes”

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The Loom
2012-09-04
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Naiant X-X (3ft split onstage A-B) + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify, EQ, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Song For the Winter
02 Snowed In
03 [banter]
04 Like Lampglow
05 For the Hooves That Gallop and the Heels That March
06 Fire Makes
07 The Reading Room
08 Your Wilderness Years
09 Morning Song, Mountain Song

Please support The Loom by seeing them on their current tour and by visiting their MySpace. If you’ve enjoyed this recording, you may also purchase a copy of their new album directly from the band’s bandcamp page or from iTunes.

The Loom: December 03, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 5, 2011
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Photo courtesy of Jill and For the Love of Brooklyn
[photos courtesy of Jill and For the Love of Brooklyn]

It’s been a busy month for Crossbill Record’s The Loom, a band that is no stranger to nyctaper.com. We were fortunate enough to catch them this weekend at Mercury Lounge while the band finishes up their recent tour, along with the band BOBBY, in support of the album Teeth which was released in November. The Loom also completed a Daytrotter session this past month and from what we saw during this Saturday night performance it was very clear that they are in peak form and as comfortable an ensemble as ever. In a superb 45-minute set, we heard much of the new album as well as two unreleased songs including an 8-minute, part a cappella epic, titled “Morning Song, Mountain Song” and the more gentle outro “Caretaker”.

For this recording, I mixed an excellent soundboard feed with a pair of Schoeps hyper-cardioid microphones from the audience. The sound engineers at Mercury Lounge always have it dialed in perfectly and this evening was no different. The resulting mix is a fantastic listen and I hope you enjoy!

Stream “Morning Song, Mountain Song”

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

We’ll also be posting the set from BOBBY that was recorded on the same night, but are currently in the process of identifying the setlist. Please check back as we should have the recording up sometime this week!

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

The Loom
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY, US
2011-12-03

Recordist : hi and lo
Source : Soundboard + Schoeps Mk41 > E.A.A. PSP-2 > Sonic AD2k+ > Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Position : on-stand, roc by soundboard, DINa, 9′
Mastering : Wavelab 6 (Mixdown/EQ/Fades/resamping/dither) > Flac Level 8 with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracklist:

01. Song for the Winter Sun
02. The Middle Distance
03. For the Hooves That Gallop, and the Heels That March
04. Like Lamp Glow
05. The First Freeze
06. The Curtain Calls
07. Snowed In
08. Morning Song, Mountain Song
09. Caretaker

Running Time: 43:05

Please support The Loom by seeing them on their current tour and by visiting their MySpace. If you’ve enjoyed this recording, you may also purchase a copy of their new album directly from the band’s bandcamp page or from iTunes.

The Loom: June 19, 2011 Public Assembly (Northside) – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

August 9, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of Jill of fortheloveofbrooklyn photoblog]

We have been extolling the virtues of The Loom for three years now, and lately others have followed, including The New York Times, Paste Magazine and The New Yorker. The band has played four shows that we have presented, including most recently our Northside Festival show earlier this Summer. Their set at Northside featured some new material, songs which continue the strength of this band — harmonies, superb instrumentation, and fine songwriting. We were heartened to learn that The Loom should be announcing some exciting news in the near future that will assure a wider audience for them and finally see the release of Teeth, their first full-length record and an album that will cement their position among the best of today’s Americana music. We have selected “The Middle Distance” to stream below. At Public Assembly it was an energetic performance of one of the best tracks from Teeth. The Loom will next be performing at the Daytrotter Barnstorming tour that will come to upstate Ghent New York later this month.

I recorded this set with the DPA microphones mounted above the soundboard room, and mixed it with a board feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “The Middle Distance”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Loom
2011-06-19
Public Assembly
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Four-Track Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-08-03

Setlist:
[Total Time 30:37]
01 Snowed In
02 Song for the Winter Sun
03 The Middle Distance
04 Like Lamp Glow
05 For the Hooves that Gallop
06 Morning Song / Mountain Song

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