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Headroom: December 9, 2018 Baby’s All Right

January 1, 2019
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[Photos by Michael Baca]

I keep thinking about headspace and headroom, in the context of Headroom, a band that opens both inward and outward. Kryssi Battalene splits her time churning out shoegazey riffs for the immeasurable Mountain Movers, Headroom being her side gig that distills her soloing into the main event. In 2017 she put out Head in the Clouds, a particularly spaced-out affair that’s as soaring in its scope as her other band. With Movers’ Rick Omonte on bass and Ross Menze on drums, Headroom doesn’t stray too far from the mold, blowing up new spaces to get lost in. Last month we finally got to see Headroom in action at Baby’s All Right, where the band played three tracks from Head in the Clouds, plus the new “Skyliner.” I don’t think I’m the only person in attendance who suggested Headroom visit us more often.

I recorded this set with a pair of MBHO omnidirectional mics onstage combined with a board feed from the Baby’s crew. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Headroom
2018-12-09
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Michael Baca

Soundboard + MBHO KA100N/603A (on stage, DFC) > 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: [35:12]
01. How to Grow Evil Flowers
02. Millers Pond
03. Skyliner
04. Flower of Light

Buy Head in the Clouds via Bandcamp

Mountain Movers: July 28, 2018 Union Pool

September 10, 2018
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So much goodness lately from Mountain Movers: the recently-released “New Jam” EP, the forthcoming LP Pink Skies on Trouble in Mind, this smoking set from their hot summertime Union Pool stop… When I saw the band back in June at Wonders of Nature, Dan promised that by their next visit they’d be a well-oiled machine. No kidding, this show is something like their 18th of a 17-day tour supporting Howlin’ Rain. Mountain Movers don’t so much find their groove here as dig deeper into one they’ve been excavating for a couple weeks. Wild.

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Mountain Movers
2018-07-28
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > 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: [41:42]
01. New Jam
02. Snow Drift
03. I Could Really See Things
04. Angels Don’t Worry
05. Unknown Hours

Band:
Dan Greene: guitar, vocals
Rick Omonte: bass
Kryssi Battalene: lead guitar
Ross Menze: drums

Buy Pink Skies and Mountain Movers via Bandcamp | Buy “New Jam” via Midheaven

Mountain Movers: June 10, 2018 Wonders of Nature

July 12, 2018
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No longer just the home of white clam pizza, New Haven, Connecticut’s latest claim to fame is psych rock from the likes of Mountain Movers. The band’s latest self-titled slab is a dose of distorted guitars swirling around heavy grooves that, hey why not, probably go great with their hometown’s signature pie. Guitarist-singer Dan Greene has been at it for 10 years, but the current band with Rick Omonte on bass, Kryssi Battalene on lead guitar, and Ross Menze on drums have this thing really dialed-in. We caught the band a year ago at Union Pool and they’ve only gotten better since. This recording captures the band on the small stage at relatively new Brooklyn joint Wonders of Nature, opening for the heady Garcia Peoples. It features a couple tunes from that self-titled record plus a couple new ones, “Freeway” and the live staple “New Jam,” which is the subject of a forthcoming 12″ of the same title. Mountain Movers are currently touring with Howlin’ Rain and these are some absolute can’t-miss shows. In the NYC-area they’ve got Monty Hall on July 27 and Union Pool on July 28. We hope to see you there!

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Mountain Movers
2018-06-10
Wonders of Nature
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (DIN, stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, balance, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, image) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [26:59]
01. Freeway
02. Everyone Cares
03. New Jam
04. Angels Don’t Worry

Buy Mountain Movers via Bandcamp

Chuck Johnson: April 12, 2018 Union Pool

May 3, 2018
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[Photo by Drew Gardner]

It’s been a while since we checked in with the great Chuck Johnson. Almost a year ago he put out the excellent Balsams for VDSQ, which finds Chuck experimenting with the pedal steel guitar and discovering some soothing ambient sounds along the way. You’ll hear some of that familiar twang from the instrument, but taken in a different and more subtle direction than maybe you’re used to. It’s been getting a ton of very deserved praise and anticipation was high for an in-person visit. For many of us New Yorkers, this Union Pool gig was our first chance to finally see Chuck perform live with the pedal steel, stopping off on his way to The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose festival. It was well worth the wait as we were treated to some deep listening in the form of a continuous thirty-minute stretch of pedal steel and effect pedal balladry.

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Chuck Johnson
2018-04-12
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK63 (DINa) > Roland R-26 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, convert to mono, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [30:44]
01. Live at Union Pool

Chuck Johnson: Website | Bandcamp | Trouble In Mind Records

The Mountain Movers: July 13, 2017 Union Pool

July 17, 2017
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The Mountain Movers, of New Haven, CT, have been operating since the mid-2000s, but it feels like 2017 is their biggest moment yet. With the release of their self-titled LP on Chicago’s psychedelic mecca Trouble In Mind, the band have offered  a bold new statement of purpose. Compared to a decade ago, their sound is almost unrecognizable; even compared to the psychedelic-leaning but more folk-driven Apple Mountain, what you hear today is vastly different. Simply put, this band has entered the deep zone, and I hope they stay there. The material from the self-titled record is far and away the band’s heaviest yet, exploring deep grooves interspersed with approachable hooks.

That was on display at Union Pool this past Wednesday, where the band used its minutes to play only four songs, from a new(?) instrumental and the album’s sprawling opener “I Could Really See Things” to its most straightforward track, “Angels Don’t Worry.” After gigs with Chris Forsyth and Kikagaku Moyo, among others, earlier this spring, the band is in fighting shape, ready to take on the summer mini-tour that kicked off with this show.  It’s worth your time to get to know The Mountain Movers, who aren’t afraid to change course, or get weird, or get heavy. They’re at their very best when they do all three.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones at the center of the balcony together with a soundboard feed from Union Pool engineer Doug. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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The Mountain Movers
2017-07-13
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5c (at SBD, DFC, X-Y)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Doug)>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 30:16]
01 [instrumental] [please provide track name if you have it]
02 Everyone Cares
03 [banter]
04 Angels Don’t Worry
05 [banter2]
06 I Could Really See Things

Support The Mountain Movers: bandcamp | Trouble In Mind

Matchess: June 10, 2016 Union Pool (Monofonus Press Northside Showcase)

June 30, 2016
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[Photos By Rocketman]

You may have not heard of Matchess before, but chances are you’ve listening to music from Whitney Johnson for a while now. She’s accumulated some impressive credits playing with her like-minded Chicago neighbors Ryley Walker, Circuit Des Yeux, and Bichin Bajas, not to mention her band Verma who have got a few records out on Trouble in Mind. Meanwhile, Johnson has been releasing a steady stream of solo work under the alias Matchess: Seraphasta was released in 2013 on highly respected tape label Digitalis and was then reissued by Trouble in Mind, who also put our her second record Somnaphoria. Just this past May, she switched to Austin label Monofonus Press for her latest album, The Rafter. Matchess combines vocals, synthesizers, tape loops, and live viola into textural, ambient songs. Her compositions are anything but grounded, sounding more like something sighted or visited in outer space. Among other appearances at Northside Festival, including one with Grouper, Matchess joined in for the Monofonus Press showcase, giving us all a respite from the heavier fare with her quieter, but challenging, set.

I recorded this set from our usual location in Union Pool with a board feed from FOH Robert. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Matchess
2016-06-10
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [24:42]
01. Mi Ti Ra
02. The Need of the Greatest Wealth
03. But Their Chains
04. Aweh
05. Melts Into Air

Buy The Rafter via Monofonus Press
• • Buy Somnaphoria via Trouble in Mind
• • • Check tour dates, etc. at the Matchess Tumblr

Ultimate Painting: May 7, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

June 16, 2016
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Just look at their crowds on their recent tour opening for Woods, and you can tell Ultimate Painting are on the way up. The young band is already two albums in, with new material still coming, and they’ve mastered a capable and engaging live show to go with it. For their slot at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month, the band decided to roll out a few new tunes to go with regulars from their self-titled debut and last year’s Green Lanes, including the the band’s eponymous tune and their widely-beloved “Rolling In the Deep End.” The band’s low-key, 60s psych-influenced approach has found an audience not just because of nostalgia, but because of the band’s ability to craft good songs that mine that territory, the sort of numbers that you remember after hearing them only once. True to the spirit of the Velvet Underground — one of several flattering comparisons the band has enjoyed — they don’t let even their shorter performances end without some music exploration, and “Ten Street” has become that for them, with guitarist James Hoare (ex-Veronica Falls) in particular enjoying the chance to stretch his wings. Expect to see Ultimate Painting around for quite a while.

I recorded this set with Kevin Mazzarelli’s flawless soundboard feed plus Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Ultimate Painting
2016-05-07
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5
(align, mix down, light compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)
>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Ultimate Painting
02 Rolling In the Deep End
03 [unknown]
04 [unknown2]
05 Break the Chain
06 Central Park Blues
07 Sweet Chris
08 Ten Street

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ultimate Painting, visit their website, and buy their albums from Trouble In Mind Records.

Ultimate Painting: October 25, 2014 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 6, 2015
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[photos by acidjack]

The UK band Ultimate Painting made a stealth infiltration of several year-end lists for 2014, despite a general lack of hype here in the U.S. We had an opportunity to catch them during CMJ at the showcase at Rough Trade for Chicago stalwart Trouble In Mind Records, and what we saw made us hope many more stateside appearances are in the future.

Led by their eponymous track, “Ultimate Painting”, the show began with one of the band’s best songs and went on to prove the quality of their songwriting and playing throughout. It shouldn’t be a complete surprise that the band members know what they’re doing; James Hoare was in the band Veronica Falls, and Jack Cooper hails from Mazes. The band’s most common name checks are Television and the Velvet Underground, which might be true, if either of those bands can simply be shorthand for well-written, ear-bending guitar rock in the best and most timeless sense. For those who oozed over fellow British breakouts Temples, Ultimate Painting may satisfy similar cravings, minus the sense of trying quite as hard.

The band’s record didn’t reach us until October, right around the time of this show, so you could be forgiven for losing it amidst the holiday season glut. Now’s the time to earn your penance and check it out. We’ll have this one on repeat well into 2015.

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Ultimate Painting
2014-10-25
Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Cam) + Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (exciter effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Ultimate Painting
02 Rolling In the Deep End
03 Riverside
04 Three Piers
05 Central Park Blues
06 Jane
07 Winter In Your Heart
08 Ten Street

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ultimate Painting, visit their website, and buy their debut album from Trouble In Mind Records.

Doug Tuttle: October 25, 2014 Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 9, 2014
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The guitarist Doug Tuttle was one of the principal songwriters in a band we’ve spoken highly of on this site, MMOSS. In 2013, the New Hampshire band ceased to be, and Tuttle began writing on his own, wrestling not only with the band’s dissolution, but the loss of a relationship. Not shockingly, the song cycle he debuted on Trouble In Mind Records last year has a strong undercurrent of sadness running through its dreamy psychedelic melodies. This show, held at Trouble In Mind’s showcase at Rough Trade during CMJ, stuck with that material, and Tuttle’s assembled band proved as crack an outfit as his last group. All of those powers came to bear on the eight-minute “Turn This Love”, which exploded from a brooding first few verses into a spacey extended jam, anchored by the organ sounds that are essential to the band’s overall style and tone. While we’re sorry that MMOSS is no more, Tuttle has more than taken the reins with his new band, and we hope to see more of him in 2015.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings from the day, with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from the Rough Trade engineer, Cam. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

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Doug Tuttle
2014-10-25
Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Cam)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 I Won’t Do
02 Lasting Away
03 With Us Soon
04 Forget the Days
05 Leave Your Body
06 Where You Plant Your Love.. Is Where It Grows
07 Turn This Love
08 I Will Leave

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Doug Tuttle, like him on facebook, and buy his self-titled solo record directly from Trouble In Mind.

Negative Scanner: October 25, 2014 Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 4, 2014
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How in the hell does any band get itself across at CMJ? And doubly, how in the hell does a band get through to people as the leadoff act at a day show, on a Saturday? If you’re not fighting hangovers, it’s crowd chatter, and if it’s not those things, it’s garden-variety ennui. At that point, even people who love music are rapidly approaching Peak Music — your little band barely stands a chance.

Luckily nobody told Negative Scanner any of that. The Chicago band gave those of us who showed up early to the Trouble In Mind Records CMJ showcase the kick in the gut we needed to shake off the night before and remember why we were there — for that matter, why CMJ exists at all. A newly-signed band with more or less one 7-inch and some out of print cassettes to their name (plus a 2015 full length on the way), Negative Scanner define the kind of fresh talent that a music festival needs — that music needs — to be relevant. Their sound, raucous but tight post-punk a bit in the vein of early Sleater-Kinney, relies only Rebecca Valeriano-Flores’s aggressive, yelped vocals, but a crack band that clearly not only bothers to practice, but aspires to bigger things. This spirit got captured early on in the band’s first Craigslist ad, recounted by Impose Magazine: “Bands we like include Wire, The Fall, Siouxie and the Banshees, Video, Total Control. NO FLAKES, NO DRUNKS, PRO GEAR, PRO ATTITUDE.” Harsh, maybe, but the attitude paid off. Negative Scanner don’t just get your fists pumping with their energy; they sound good while doing it.

Most of this set is not available in recorded format, other than some live sets you can find floating around on Chicago venues’ bandcamp pages. So take this as a bit of a preview of the greatness to come, and be on the watch for this band in 2015. They’re the best act I hadn’t already heard of that I saw at CMJ.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones in our usual spot in the venue, combined with a high-quality soundboard feed from Rough Trade engineer Cam. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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

Stream the full set:

Negative Scanner
2014-10-25
Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Cam)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Ivy League Assholes
02 Pastel Blue
03 CPD
04 Pity
05 Would You Rather
06 AWOL
07 Saturday Nite, Sunday Morning
08 Planet of Slums
09 Fan vs. Wild
10 Criticism
11 Ambitious People
12 Evening News

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Negative Scanner, visit their Tumblr page, and buy the Ambitious People 7″ at Trouble In Mind records.

 

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