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Garcia Peoples: March 24, 2019 Trans-Pecos

April 3, 2019
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Those in the know around these parts have probably seen Garcia Peoples a handful of times or more by now — they’ve maintained a hyperkinetic schedule of local and tour shows that would be the envy of any hungry young band.

Listen to this set from Trans-Pecos a couple Sundays ago and you can understand why no promoter ever says no to these guys . This band is absolutely on fire right now, its players dialed in to a level that normally takes years. Being a private event, this was a “play what you want” set for the band, and they took that to heart, leading off with an extended improv that transitioned into their cover of “Laila Pt 2” by Agitation Free (which we first heard at Union Pool) followed by “High Noon Violence” from their brand-new breakout album, Natural Facts. After a spot-on “Total Yang,” the band were joined by Ryley Walker for an extended 16-minute improv that found Walker joining Tom Malach and Danny Arakaki as a third guitarist. Adding to the special nature of the proceedings, the band was joined by semi-regular member Pat Gubler (aka P.G. Six) on keys.

As the writer Jesse Jarnow memorably puts it, Garcia Peoples are “your heady, friendly reminder that it’s alright to let the sunshine in”. Arakaki, Malach, Derek Spaldo (bass) and Cesar Arakaki (drums) are after something here that’s so much more than being a Grateful Dead-referencing tribute band. In fact, their principal resemblance to a musician named Garcia is that each of these guys are skilled musicians with a hot improvisational streak, rarely playing a song the same way twice. Their sound lives in a zone all its own, and seems sure to cast a wide net far beyond the GD/Phish crowd. It’s no accident that they cover the likes of Agitation Free and Relatively Clean Rivers more frequently than, say, this alchemical rendition of “The Other One” with Chris Forsyth.

So yes, New York-based heads will probably end up seeing Garcia Peoples whether they specifically plan to or not. But really, you ought to plan to. A band this good should be top of mind for anyone who cares about how the best live music should sound.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones onstage. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show from its Live Music Archive page.

Garcia Peoples
2019-03-24
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY  USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Jam>
02 Laila Pt. 2 [Agitation Free]>
03 High Noon Violence
04 [banter]
05 Total Yang
06 Pecos jam*

* w/ Ryley Walker

PLEASE SUPPORT GARCIA PEOPLES: bandcamp | Facebook

Ryley Walker & Ryan Jewell: March 24, 2019 Trans-Pecos

April 2, 2019
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Making music is an act of generosity — the sharing of your inner self with a public that may or may not appreciate or understand it. The music in the world that is great is also the music in which the artist is most honest with her/himself. Honesty often means getting close to the dark places inside you.

Ryley Walker’s music has always embodied a certain conflict. When Walker takes a fairly straightforward folk-rock album track and turns it into a live 15-minute jazz-psych freakout, I don’t think the change is just about the “freedom” of the live setting or a fundamental dislike of the album track. Maybe that’s part of it, but I see a contest of impulses — to be a commercially approachable troubadour or the more esoteric, improvisational player he’s been since his career began. Do you want to be the guy who wears British tailoring in leafy photo shoots, or do you want to be the guy who uses his trio show with Ryan Jewell and Steve Gunn to play 50 minutes of psych jams? Walker is both of those things — he’s good at being both of those things — but one gets the sense that he isn’t totally comfortable living solely as either. I get it: A lot of us want to be more than our headline.

There’s a well-known paradox of the “sad clown” — that people who are funny are often people who aren’t happy. Anyone who has caught Ryley live or read him in Vice or reads his Twitter knows that he is certainly the former: he can be very, very funny. Listen to his lyrics as sung, and you might be surprised: Most of Walker’s songs are varying degrees of melancholic. Even a whimsical-sounding tune like “Summer Dress,” if you listen to his delivery, is more anxious than it seems: for a person with a belly full of wine singing about green pastures of desire, the narrator sounds ill at ease. The song is especially vivid for me because it’s the first one I ever heard Ryley Walker play. That very first song lacerated me; I believed the voice I heard.

Generosity. It’s sharing those darkest places in yourself, but it’s also playing a huge fan’s birthday party at Trans-Pecos in the middle of the day, even though you’ve got another show in town that Tuesday (which ends up being a jaw-dropping improv set with Jewell, David Grubbs, and C. Spencer Yeh—check back here soon). This set (a duo of Walker and Jewell) encapsulated all of the different sides of Ryley Walker at once — from his best-known song (and total live jammer) “The Roundabout” to the not-often-played-anymore “Summer Dress,” to the ending jam, which hews closer to his most recent Union Pool shows — and also kills.

That Walker puts his conflicts out there for everyone to see is not a flaw, nor is one choice he makes more true or “real” than another. They’re who and what he is — honest to the point of ache, always pushing to be something more. The late 2010s don’t feel like a moment for generous spirits, but you don’t choose when you’re born, anymore than you choose to whom, or where. Yet here he is: a generous spirit, one for whom, on this particular day, I was especially grateful.

Download the complete set from its page on the Live Music Archive.

Ryley Walker & Ryan Jewell
2019-03-24
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY  USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 The Roundabout
02 [banter]
03 Summer Dress
04 [American Primitive rap]
05 Primrose Green
06 [HBD]
07 Pecos psych jam

PLEASE SUPPORT RYLEY WALKER: Bandcamp | Dead Oceans

Dodgeball: September 9, 2018 Trans-Pecos

December 2, 2018
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[photo by nyctaper]

Back in the last decade when every sub-genre of music had a silly moniker, a particular type of intelligent polyrhythmic punk was clumsily called “math rock”. These days there aren’t really blogs around anymore to invent awkward genres in lieu of actually reviewing the music, but the descendants of the bands who got tagged as “math rock” are having a heyday of sorts. Boston’s Pile seems to be the granddaddy of this little movement, which also includes bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Palm, and Brooklyn’s Dodgeball. In the several weeks since this September show where the band exhibited the best traits of the current crop of mathies — strong sense of rhythm, challenging but rewarding melodic structure, and a great songcraft — Dodgeball released a new four-song EP, three tracks of which appear on this recording. The EP Turns Out I Was Just Really Bored continues the evolution of a band we expect to continue to grow in stature to the point where these cozy nights at Trans-Pecos will likely be a thing of the past.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps capturing the onstage sound mixed with a solid board feed. The recording really captures the energy of the set quite well and we think it sounds great. Enjoy!

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Dodgeball
2018-09-09
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Eric Lemke] + 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 26:04]
01 Edging
02 Swayze
03 Cig Bowl
04 Veggies
05 Robert Parsnip
06 Palm
07 Rock Song 1
08 Nu

PLEASE Support Dodgeball: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Daniel Bachman: August 19, 2018 Trans-Pecos

November 12, 2018
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Daniel Bachman’s latest album, The Morning Star, opens with the side-long “Invocation” (wonderfully captured live at Hopscotch back in September) and weaves its way through two LPs worth of solo guitar, drones, field recordings, and found sounds. It’s an expansion of the palette he’s been mining since Orange County Serenade, but here Bachman’s style tips more towards ambient/drone music than he has in the past. However aside from that Hopscotch performance, Bachman is very much still doing solo guitar performances. This set recorded at Trans-Pecos back in August finds Bachman playing “Sycamore City,” “Song For the Setting Sun IV,” and “New Moon” from The Morning Star, plus “The Flower Tree” and “Wine and Peanuts” from his 2016 self-titled LP. He rounds out the originals with a few deep covers you may know: “Beautiful Eyes of Virgina” by Lemuel Turner, “Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend” by John Fahey, and “Weary Lonesome Blues” by Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Daniel Bachman
2018-08-19
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA100DK/603A (on stage) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [44:59]
01. Sycamore City
02. Beautiful Eyes of Virgina [Lemuel Turner]
03. Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend [John Fahey]
04. Song For the Setting Sun IV
05. The Flower Tree > Wine and Peanuts
06. Weary Lonesome Blues [Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland]
07. New Moon

Support Daniel Bachman: Website | Facebook | Buy The Morning Star from Three Lobed

Animal Flag: April 27, 2018 Trans-Pecos

May 17, 2018
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[photo from Animal Flag Instagram]

This night from a couple of weeks ago at Trans-Pecos was Animal Flag’s local release show for their excellent album Void Ripper. This release represents a full two years of work since the Boston band’s last album and also saw a change in the band. No longer the solo project of singer/guitarist Matthew Politoski, Animal Flag is now a band with regular members. The familiarity with the material and with each other gave the band a tight and inspired approach to the music. The band worked straight through the new album (sans one track) before being called back and performing an encore. This well-attended and musically strong show created a really nice night for the band, fans, and venue and we expect it won’t be long before Animal Flag returns to Pecos. Animal Flag has a bunch of tour dates this Summer, including a show on cruise in NYC in August.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps at the stage lip mixed with a fine feed from the soundboard mixed by talented FOH Denim Casimir. The resulting blend captures the strengths of both feeds and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show: [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Animal Flag
2018-04-27
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Denim] + 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 36:48]
01 [introduction]
02 Morningstar
03 Void Ripper
04 Candace
05 Stray
06 Fair
07 Lord of Pain
08 Why
09 Five
10 [encore break]
11 Sensation

PLEASE SUPPORT Animal Flag: Bandcamp | Website | Facebook

Wet Tuna: December 10, 2017 Trans-Pecos

March 20, 2018
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What’s better than an early Sunday evening kickin’ it with the deep space musings of Matt “MV” Valentine? How about Matt plus PG Six, aka Pat Gubler, who’ve been touring (and are about to put out a record) together as Wet Tuna? The pair of guitarists (plus some pre-recorded beats) were in NYC for a pair of shows, the first night (recorded) at Brooklyn’s Ceremony, the second this jaunt at the revitalized Trans-Pecos.

Given that the night kicked off with a DJ set from WFMU’s DJ Jeff Conklin, whose beloved Avant Ghetto show is a must-listen for fans of this kind of music, it felt appropriate for the Tuna to launch with “I Know You Rider,” the traditional blues song popularized by the Grateful Dead. From there, we got two more sick covers – Michael Hurley’s “Water Train” followed by Incredible String Band’s “Empty Pocket Blues,” which flowed into the Livin’ the Die track “New York Street.” Along with this performance with the Tuna, we’ve also caught Matt on some recent solo outings — so stay tuned for that as well.

This set was recorded directly from the Trans-Pecos soundboard. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Wet Tuna
2017-12-10
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard (house PA mix saved to SanDisk thumb drive)>16/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 I Know You Rider [Grateful Dead version]
02 Water Train [Michael Hurley]
03 Empty Pocket Blues [Clive Palmer/Incredible String Band]>Empty Mood Jam>Space/Drums>New York Street

SUPPORT WET TUNA: Buy Livin’ The Die from them right here.

People of the North: February 24, 2018 Trans-Pecos

February 25, 2018
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Oneida’s new album Romance is only a couple weeks away. In preparation, here’s a palette cleanser from Bobby and Kid doing their People of the North thing, with Barry London joining. The trio waste no time in locking into a late-night groove, and follow with forty-five minutes of pulsing organ, synth, and drum rhythms. As Oneida has drifted back into playing more songs and less improvisation live, POTN has stepped in to scratch the itch for those less-structured performances. Hopefully you made it out Saturday night as these POTN shows aren’t all that frequent these days. But whether you did or not be sure to come out next Saturday, March 3 as the mighty Oneida take the stage at Secret Project Robot to celebrate their new one and kick off some March tour dates. Word on the street is they’ll have those Joyful Noise VIP-only colored vinyl copies to make all your friends jealous.

Recorded from the stage lip with MBHO cards in ORTF stereo. Board feed courtesy of Trans-Pecos FOH Imoni Cole-Palmer.

Download: [FLAC/MP3]

People of the North
2018-02-24
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Imoni Cole-Palmer) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > xAct > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [45:59]
01. Live at Trans-Pecos

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT People of the North by buying their records from Thrill Jockey.

Desertion Trio: February 2, 2018 Trans-Pecos

February 5, 2018
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Desertion Trio joined us at newly-licensed Trans-Pecos this past Friday to celebrate the release of their new album, Midtown Tilt, having done the same in their hometown of Philadelphia the night before. The album picks up in many ways where their excellent 2016 effort, Desertion, left off, oscillating between focused riffage and freeform jazz improv. This set showed off not only bandleader Nick Millevoi’s ample guitar skills, but gave broad berth to guest keyboardist Jamie Saft, who appears on both of the band’s albums, adding tremendous depth in the process. Of course, the focus of this one-hour sessions was on Midtown Tilt, including an outstanding rendition of “Jai Alai Noon” that gave Saft ample room to run., while set closer “Numbers Maker” coalesced into an extended freakout before tapering off into its final minutes. For those of us who’d seen the band before, there was much to love about this version of “Desertion and Arsonist’s Match,” which departed from earlier, Saft-less renditions we’ve featured but kept the song’s essential nature as a palette for extended interaction. As we’ve pointed out before, all of these fine musicians contribute to the music world in so many ways, so it is a special pleasure to see them come together here in New York. Check out Midtown Tilt, which is available directly from the band now.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 microphones at the stage lip, together with a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Desertion Trio
2018-02-02
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK22 (stage lip, ORTC)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, mixdown, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:02:10]
01 It’s A Hard World For the Little Things
02 Midtown Tilt
03 Jai Alai Noon
04 Where They Do Their Capers
05 Desertion and the Arsonist’s Match
06 The Carideon
07 Fascination Fadeaway
08 Numbers Maker

Band:
Nick Millevoi – Guitar
Johnny DeBlase – Bass
Jamie Saft – Organ
Kevin Shea – Drums

PLEASE SUPPORT Desertion Trio – visit their bandcamp page.

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band: April 6, 2017 Trans-Pecos

June 1, 2017
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Chris Forsyth’s appearance at Trans-Pecos a couple months ago heralded that most important of musical happenings: the possibility of a new release. With their latest No Quarter release The Rarity of Experience a proven success win fans, Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band used this intimate stage to show off some of their latest attractions. After hitting the ground running with “High Castle Rock,” we heard three new numbers in a row, including “History and Science Fiction” and “Mistaken the Bottle” (which we first heard at Union Pool back in late 2016) plus a new as-yet-unnamed (to us, anyway) number. When you add in “Dreaming In the Non-Dream I-II,” you’ve got a set chock-full of new material that continues to expand on Forsyth’s unique guitar vision, which blends a rock fan’s appreciation for shredding (he named a song after “Cocksucker Blues,” after all) with a Deadhead’s appreciation for sonic exploration, thematic variation, and little details. It’s always a treat to see Chris and the band, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on what’s next.

I recorded this set with onstage Schoeps MK5 microphones into a warm-sounding Aerco preamp, plus a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream and download the complete set on our bandcamp page:

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
2017-04-06
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c (onstage, DFC, XY)>KCY>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard >> Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.3>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 High Castle Rock
02 American History and Science Fiction
03 [new1]
04 Mistaken The Bottle
05 The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues
06 Dreaming In the Non-Dream I-II

Support Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: Website | Facebook | Buy The Rarity of Experience from No Quarter

Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters: January 21, 2017 Trans-Pecos

January 24, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

Dave Harrington’s career as an exemplary musician is perhaps most well known through his Darkside duo with Nicholas Jaar, but in the last couple of years Harrington has excelled as a compiler of ad hoc super groups under the moniker “Merry Pranksters”. The band has performed at Rough Trade and multiple times at Nublu, but on Saturday night at Trans-Pecos Harrington pulled together another impressive group of performers in a benefit show for Builders Of The New World — an Actor’s Studio program to benefit homeless youth.

On Saturday, the “special guest” for this version of the Merry Pranksters was Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, whose eerie vocals and keyboard work were featured prominently in the first half of the improvised number that began the set. Hatori’s work set the tone for the entire set, which was comprised of spacey atmospheric improv that occasionally reached inspired crescendos. The sextet was held together by a diverse rhythm section with Mauro Refosco on a variety of percussion instruments, Spencer Zahn on bass, and Harrington’s solo band’s drummer Samer Ghadry behind the kit. Lars Horntveth of the Norwegian prog fusion band Jaga Jazzist played a variety of horns and his contributions to this night were sublime and tasty. Harrington’s guitar work anchored the group and provided a significant amount of color to the mix. This was our first experience with Harrington’s Merry Pranksters, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last.

This show was a benefit for The Builders of The New World: Education and Community Building Program for Homeless Children and At-Risk Youth in New York City. Donate [HERE], or donate through a download of this recording. All proceeds to this recording that are donated through Bandcamp will be forwarded directly to Builders of The New World.

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

Download this recording from our Bandcamp page [HERE]

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Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters
2017-01-21
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Eric] + 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 46:17]
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Thirty Seconds of Chaos

SUPPORT: Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters featuring:
Dave Harrington
Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist)
Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto)
Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace/Forro)
Spencer Zahn (Twin Shadow)
Samer Ghadry (DHG)

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