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Tortoise: March 16, 2017 Hall at MP

March 22, 2017
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Seeing Tortoise is one thing. Seeing them up close, watching the synchronous drumming, the members swapping instruments song to song, playing in perfect time, is really seeing Tortoise. This was far from my first time with them, but it was my first time at the distance you see above, and it was incredible. Still on a high from last year’s The Catastrophist, the band felt less bound this time around to showcase those songs, instead delving back particularly hard into their landmark album TNT, among other corners of their catalog.

The Hall at MP, a relatively new below-ground venue paired with a Michael Psilakis restaurant up top, proved a good venue for these guys, with a broad stage that could accommodate all those instrument changes. One notable change toward the end of the set was a guest appearance by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley, who joined the band for “Yonder Blue,” the song on which she provided vocals for The Catastrophist.

In terms of the rest of the set, what constituted a “highlight” probably had as much to do with your introduction to the band and the set list of the last show you saw than the actual quality of the music, all of which was high. As Eric noted in his review of the previous night’s show, this band has been a gateway drug of sorts for many of us who grew into independent music that went beyond verse-chorus-verse, guitar-and-vocal sounds. What’s so notable about Tortoise is that they’ve probably kept doing that for so, so many more over the ensuing years.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed of Tortoise engineer Elliott Dicks’ mix, coupled with Schoeps MK5 cardioid microphones in “X-Y” position onstage. The sound quality is truly outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete set via archive.org: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Tortoise
2017-03-16
Hall at MP
Brooklyn, NY

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack
Tortoise live engineer: Elliot Dicks
Hall at MP engineer: Karl Schwarz

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, DFC, X-Y)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:26:31]
01 The Catastrophist
02 Prepare Your Coffin
03 Monica
04 In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, And Beethoven There Where Women And Men
05 I Set My Face to the Hillside
06 The Clearing Fills
07 Eros
08 [tuning]
09 Tesseract
10 [banter]
11 Ten-Day Interval
12 Swung From the Gutters
13 The Suspension Bridge At Iguazú Falls
14 At Odds With Logic
15 [encore break 1]
16 Yonder Blue (w/ Georgia Hubley)
17 Gesceap
18 [encore break 2]
19 Salt the Skies

Support Tortoise: Website | Facebook | Buy The Catastrophist and more via Thrill Jockey

Robyn Hitchcock: February 28, 2017 Rough Trade Brooklyn

March 5, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

It was twenty years ago this month that I recorded Robyn Hitchcock at the old Knitting Factory on Leonard Street from the first row of the balcony when that venue still had seats upstairs. That recording has for years been one of my favorite Robyn recordings in large part because the banter is both hilarious and sublime in his very unique stream-of-consciousness manner. I saw Robyn Hitchcock many times in that era, mostly as a solo performer sometimes accompanied by the great Deni Bonet. It wasn’t until a decade later that I saw Robyn with a full band — that 2007 tour featured the Venue 3 (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin) — in the very same Leonard Street spot. The two shows were entirely different musical experiences and proved the versatility of this prolific performer.

It took another decade, and a completely different full band for me to experience Robyn again. This time it was in a two-set affair with the first session featuring a complete performance of his first solo album Black Snake Diamond Röle and a second act consisting of rare tracks, covers and a few familiar standards extending all the way back to the 1970s Soft Boys period. At Rough Trade on Tuesday night, the Brit ex-pat was less interested in monologues and more focused on the songs — many of which had not been performed in years and perhaps decades. The result was a stunning display of musical dexterity and proof positive that Hitchcock is perhaps the most overlooked living genius of the last half-century of modern music. The second set highlights included Robyn’s tribute to his Soft Boys bandmate Kimberly Rew in the performance of “Goin Down to Liverpool” and the a spot-on version of mega-influence Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd’s first album stand-out “Lucifer Sam”.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted centered inside the soundboard booth. This straight audience recording accentuates the superb room mix of one the best FOH pros in the business, Mark Luecke, and the credit for the superb sound goes directly to him. This is truly one of the best audience recordings we’ve ever featured on this site. Enjoy!

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Robyn Hitchcock
2017-02-28
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded inside Soundboard Booth

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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 1:45:55]
Set 1 (Black Diamond Snake Role)
01 The Man Who Invented Himself
02 Brenda’s Iron Sledge
03 Do Policemen Sing
04 The Lizard
05 Meat
06 [band introductions]
07 Acid Bird
08 I Watch the Cars
09 Out of the Picture
10 City of Shame
11 Love
Set 2
12 [introduction]
13 Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
14 All I Wanna Do Is Fall in Love
15 It’s a Mystic Trip
16 A Skull, a Suitcase, and a Long Red Bottle of Wine
17 I Got a Message for You
18 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
19 Going Down to Liverpool [The Waves]
20 Run Run Run [Velvets]
21 Kingdom of Love
22 He’s a Reptile
23 [encore break]
24 Rock ‘n’ Roll Toilet
25 Lucifer Sam [Pink Floyd]
26 Airscape

PLEASE SUPPORT Robyn Hitchcock: Website | Twitter | Buy Official Releases

Sloppy Heads: January 25, 2017 Union Pool

February 28, 2017
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It might seem to be a self-deprecating band name, but Sloppy Heads gets you pretty close to what this band is about, if you focus a bit more on the heads part of the equation. Theirs is a group of record geeks’ loose-limbed expression of their influences that will attract like-minded music lovers with its unpredictable shifts in style and ability to have fun. After a string of 7″ and CDR releases, the band came to Union Pool to celebrate the release of their first full-length, Useless Smile, an album that is the fullest expression yet of their engaging, unselfconscious sound that draws on strains of garage rock, lo-fi, new wave, noise, and psychedelia. The Heads are a band with a lot of friends (James McNew of Yo La Tengo/Dump both opened the show and played on the album), and the combination of this music and crowd gave this show the vibe of a gathering in a cool kid’s basement in high school, with a better band and a more mature crowd (and band). Sloppy Heads gave us an hour-plus mixed with engaging tunes, good humor, and some quality jamming, most evidently as “I’ll Take My Chances” flowed into the uptempo “Love Is A Disease.” The energy climaxed with the frenetic “Resistance, Baby,” but the more thoughtful “Always Running” (the first song released from Useless Smile) was also a highlight. The Heads join Lambchop at the Bowery Ballroom on March 30, so make a date to hang with them soon.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Union Pool engineer Robert, together with Schoeps MK5c microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream and download this recording via our bandcamp page:

Sloppy Heads
2017-01-25
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + Schoeps MK5c (at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mixdown)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Useless Smile
02 Plane To See
03 I’ll Take My Chances >
04 Love Is A Disease
05 [banter1]
06 Try Again
07 Langue & Parole
08 Resistance, Baby
09 Me Do Love
10 [banter2]
11 Always Running
12 Possession
13 Suddenly Spills

Support Sloppy Heads: Buy their new album on Shrimper Records.

Tredici Bacci: January 25, 2017 Sunnyvale

February 15, 2017
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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]

Ryley Walker: January 26, 2017 Rough Trade BK

January 30, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

There’s a period in every premiere artist’s career when their prolific songwriting outpaces their ability to record their songs. Ryley Walker is currently in that kind of fruitful songwriting phase. A few months out from the release of his outstanding Golden Sings That Have Been Sung album, Ryley toured the East coast and arrived at Rough Trade on Thursday night. The set consisted of as many new songs as tracks from the album — three of the four new songs so fresh that Ryley doesn’t even quite have titles for them yet.

But first, there were the familiar ones. The set began with an extended guitar interplay that led into Golden’s “The Roundabout”, followed by another lengthy jam intro to the title track from 2015’s Primrose Green. Between the music was a nice dose of banter and give and take between the admiring audience and the modest troubadour. We saw how Ryley can morph a performance from a “show” to an event that feels like he’s hanging out in your living room at Market Hotel this past Spring. This night at Rough Trade had the same familiar feel — its one of Walker’s most endearing traits. But ultimately its about the songs and to finish the set we got two solo acoustic numbers that accentuated the unique talents of this performer.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at center of the Soundboard table and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show:

Ryley Walker
2017-01-26
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Leah Zipkin] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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 1:20:04]
01 [introduction]
02 The Roundabout
03 [banter – mental breakdown]
04 Primrose Green
05 [banter – anytizers]
06 Sullen Mind
07 [banter – Bobo]
08 [new song 1]
09 [banter]
10 [new song – I Can’t Say Why]
11 [banter – thanks]
12 [new song 3]
13 [banter – New York]
14 Shaking Like The Others
15 The Halfwit in Me

SUPPORT Ryley Walker: Website | Facebook | Purchase Golden Sings

Jeff Rosenstock: November 18, 2016 Villain BK

January 12, 2017
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It is an objective fact that Jeff Rosenstock released one of the best albums of 2016, if not the best record of the year. WORRY is a work that exhibits all of the positive qualities of contemporary punk by one of the genre’s most consistently excellent and prolific performers over the last two decades. During that time, Rosenstock has been a virtually unlimited fount of quality music, having participated as band member, contributor or producer in something like thirty albums in the last fifteen years. But Rosenstock’s recent solo albums may be his highest quality output of his career. WORRY builds on the overwhelming success of his excellent 2015 album We Cool?. The fan response to it crashed the SideOneDummy Records website on the day of its release.

WORRY is album that walks the listener through a set of modern problems in a series of songs that touch on multiple genres all anchored by the indefatigable Jeff Rosenstock. Early in his career Rosenstock fronted a ska-punk band and then an anarchist-punk band but in his late thirties he’s now not beholden to any particular genre. The album touches on themes of loneliness, oppression, politics and music — all of which are pointless without our emotional investment in other people. Indeed “…While You’re Alive” concludes as the penultimate track on the record, by declaring that ultimately “Love is Worry”. We may never be able to achieve a perfect existence (“Perfect Sound Whatever”), but if we appreciate the small events, we’ll be truly alive. Its a simple but effective message from a performer who has spent his career confronting negativity and apathy with a singular work ethic and drive.

The Jeff Rosenstock Fall Tour came to a close on a cold November night in a converted warehouse in Brooklyn a mere ten days after perhaps the most devastating political moment of our lives. The final night of the tour was filled with much love and appreciation for the bands and fans who had supported him throughout, but the night was also fueled by purposeful rage and resistance. Rosenstock dealt with these issues throughout the set but also focused on the healing power of music. The set drew primarily from We Cool? and WORRY material, including an epic segue of the last eleven songs from WORRY to close the set. The band encored with “Police on My Back”, which Rosenstock unfortunately noted as a Clash song. Perhaps the only down moment of the night was that he failed to call attention to the composers of that song, The Equals — a 1960s racially-integrated London band who experienced actual police oppression of immigrant culture. Its a theme sadly still relevant nearly fifty years after the release of that song. Otherwise, the night was an inspiration and Jeff Rosenstock continues to cement his status as perhaps the most important punk artist composing today. Moving forward through 2017 and after, we’re going to need artists like Rosenstock whose life’s work is hell bent on resisting the wave of hate and intolerance bubbling up from the worst aspects of our society.

Jeff Rosenstock is back on tour next month, including two local shows. The just-announced Antarctigo Vespucci (Rosenstock and Chris Farren) show at Trans-Pecos is February 11, and a Jeff Rosenstock date opening for Menzingers at Irving Plaza is on March 30. All dates HERE.

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypers mounted at the soundboard on the far right and mixed with a board feed. The balance and mix took a while the get right but I believe this is now an excellent recording that definitely captures the energy of that great night. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Jeff Rosenstock
2016-11-18
Villain
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Ryan] + Neumann KM-150 Hypers > 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 1:08:27]
01 Wave Goodnight To Me
02 I’m Serious I’m Sorry
03 Hey Allison
04 Pash Rash
05 [banter – on tour]
06 To Be a Ghost
07 Festival Song
08 [banter – donations]
09 Beers Again Alone
10 Nausea
11 [banter – Worry]
12 Pietro 60 Years Old
13 I Did Something Weird Last Night
14 Blast Damage Days
15 Bang on the Door
16 Rainbow
17 Planet Luxury
18 HELLLLHOOOOLE
19 June 21st
20 The Fuzz
21 While You’re Alive
22 Perfect Sound Whatever
23 You In Weird Cities
24 [encore break]
25 Teenager
26 Police on My Back [The Equals]

SUPPORT Jeff Rosenstock: Bandcamp | Tumblr | Buy WORRY at SideOneDummy Records

Rhyton: December 3, 2016 Union Pool

December 18, 2016
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I love catching bands with whom we have an ongoing relationship, getting to hear new material or the refashioning of older material—and there’s a rare intimacy that develops when you’ve recorded and mixed and mastered someone’s music. We’ve been following Rhyton for a while now, since way back in 2012 when they played our Northside Showcase at 285 Kent. Each time it’s something different, some shows tending towards the band’s improvisational side, others outing songs or trying out brand new material. This set from a couple weeks back at Union Pool—the first we’ve seen since this year’s Redshift was released—splits the difference with a few songs off that album combined with the jams. “Turn to Stone” is a Joe Walsh/Eagles cover made Rhyton’s own and there’s a plenty good chance the band will have you unwittingly enjoying an Eagles tune, so watch out.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, with a board feed from Union Pool FOH, Doug. Despite some chatter in the quieter passages, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download and Stream via Bandcamp:

Rhyton
2016-12-03
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for NYCTaper.com

Soundboard [engineer: Doug] + AKG C480B/CK63 > 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 [37:50]
01. Intro Jam
02. Redshift > Jam
03. The Nine
04. Turn to Stone [Joe Walsh]

Buy Rhyton’s Redshift (and other Rhyton records) via Thrill Jockey
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Bardo Pond: November 18, 2016 Union Pool

December 14, 2016
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[photo by Greg Cristman for BrooklynVegan. Used with permission.]

Despite being from nearby Philly, Bardo Pond don’t make it to New York nearly as often as I would like. Or maybe my version of “often” is too frequent. Either way, the band continue to prove their vitality and consistency into their third decade. This show at Union Pool began with one of their more recent favorites of mine, “Kali Yuga Blues” from Peace on Venus, but spread across the spectrum of the band’s career, from the Lapsed classic “Straw Dog” to several brand-new songs that haven’t made their way onto official releases yet.  Of the new ones, it was my first time hearing, “My Eyes Out,” a heavy, relatively fast-burning scorcher of a tune. It’s equally hard to deny the band’s new more exploratory number, “Moment to Moment,” which closed out this show for fourteen mind-bending minutes. If there was any regret about this show, it was that the show’s tight timetable meant that it couldn’t go on longer. Judging by the band’s appearances this year, they are feeling more artistically vital than ever, and ready to prove it. Hope to see them again soon.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Union Pool engineer Robert (which fades in after about 50 seconds), together with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The only other flaw in the sound is the hiss of the smoke machine, but it’s less a true flaw than “atmospherics.” Overall, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream and download this recording from our bandcamp page – pay what you want (all $$ to Bardo Pond)

Bardo Pond 
2016-11-18
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:08:31]
01 Kula Yuga Blues
02 Taste
03 Be A Fish
04 Two Planes
05 Crossover
06 Out of Reach
07 Straw Dog
08 My Eyes Out
09 Under the Pines
10 Moment to Moment

SUPPORT Bardo Pond: Website | Three Lobed Recordings | Fire Records

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: December 3, 2016 Union Pool

December 6, 2016
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Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

We’re always happy to have a new Solar Motel Band tape to share; even more so when that tape features three brand new jams. Appearing this past Saturday night at Union Pool as a trio (that’s Chris Forsyth, Peter Kerlin, and Ray Kubian), the band came prepared with some previously unheard funk. Maybe it’s just because Forsyth has been soundtracking the Stones film Cocksucker Blues recently, but I couldn’t help but be reminded of later 70’s Rolling Stones—especially on the eighteen-minute closer, “American History & Science Fiction” (working title). But whatever far-out rock gods these guys are channelling these days, it sounds damn fine.

I recorded this from our usual location in the venue, with a board feed from Union Pool engineer Doug. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream and download via our new Bandcamp page:

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
2016-12-03
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for NYCTaper.com

Soundboard [engineer: Doug] + AKG C480B/CK63 > 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 [43:10]
01. Dreaming In The Non-Dream, Parts I-II
02. Mistaken The Bottle
03. American History & Science Fiction

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

Ryley Walker: November 3, 2016 Villain

November 16, 2016
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[Photo by Sierra Starno on Instagram]

The second time I saw Ryley Walker happened to be not long after I had received some bad news. I had immersed myself in his music since encountering him at Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh some months before. This time, I knew what to expect from him, but on a personal level, I felt unmoored in a way that I hadn’t in years. What struck me as he poured himself into “Summer Dress” that afternoon at Rough Trade in 2014 was not that the actual words he was saying necessarily spoke to my condition, but the way they sounded. Part of the beauty of Walker’s work is that his often-obtuse lyrics can be a blank canvas, albeit one surrounded by a complex web of sound. I couldn’t speculate what Ryley had experienced in order to pen these songs, but whatever it was, somehow, hearing him experience it made me feel better.

This show, at the multipurpose Williamburg venue Villain (relocated from the temporarily re-shuttered Market Hotel), took place less than week before what would become the most catastrophic political event in my lifetime, so I can’t say that it gave me the same level of comfort at the time. Listening back to this performance now, though, I think this music once again serves the same purpose. Even in the darkest of times, there are voices that speak to us, that lift us up, that remind us why it’s worth it to go on.

This set came at the rollicking end of the band’s U.S. tour. And I do mean band. As has been the case with recent shows I’ve seen, Ryley arrived with not only the stalwarts Ryan Jewell on drums and Anton Hatwich on bass, but he also had sometime musical partner Bill MacKay there to do double duty with him on guitar. It befitted not only this larger room (you can hear its size in the recording) but the direction Ryley has preferred of late, with his album songwriting serving as more of a jumping off point to dense psychedelic folk jams, Grateful Dead-style, than as pieces to stand by themselves. To wit, this show of just four songs was the longest I’ve seen by Walker yet–over 80 minutes long.

One of Walker’s more interesting paradoxes is how different his between-song persona is from the music he plays. To the same degree that his songs drift toward melancholy and darkness, the guy that shows up in between traffics in an exuberant, could-give-a-fuck abandon, cracking jokes about showing up at the wrong kind of “improv” party, talking about his band of accomplished jazz players as if they’re no different than the twenty-year-old punk knuckleheads down the block. Maybe that’s right–maybe they’re not. Music itself may often be serious, but it doesn’t have to be somber, at least in a room of friends.

My favorite of this night’s numbers was a song from Ryley’s latest, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, that I hadn’t seen live yet. This twenty-three minute version of “Age Old Tale” began with a sustained ambient noise jam that paid homage to this neighborhood’s roots (“this is where you’d have gone to see a noise band fifteen years ago” Ryley said of the room, or something approximate). If you’d walked in during this song, you might have had no idea that the best comparison that certain corporate publications can come up with for Ryley is Van Morrison. It might be true of his albums, to a point, but what you experience in the room is something else entirely, and a sustaining reason why I personally never miss his shows. We need music right now. We especially need music like this.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the FOH Ryan together with Schoeps MK4V microphones back by the soundboard. If I do say so myself, it’s pretty fucking cool that I got a shoutout from stage during the process of recording this. This isn’t one of the easier rooms, sound-wise, but based on the music alone, this recording should be a must-add to your collection.

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

Stream the complete show:

Ryley Walker
2016-11-03
Villain
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Ryan) + Schoeps MK4V (DFC, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro banter]
02 The Roundabout
03 [banter2]
04 Sullen Mind
05 [banter3]
06 Age Old Tale
07 [banter4]
08 Funny Thing She Said

Band
Ryley Walker
Bill MacKay – Guitar
Anton Hatwich – Bass
Ryan Jewell – Drums

PLEASE SUPPORT Ryley Walker: Website | Twitter | “Ryley Walker Bootlegs” (his word, not ours)

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