Garcia Peoples: June 23, 2021 The Sultan Room at The Turk’s Inn

July 7, 2021

A few weeks ago Garcia Peoples began their summer stand at The Sultan Room, the rooftop performance space at The Turk’s Inn. The first of three, two-set performances features some new songs, unheard jams, and the highly anticipated return of “One Step Behind” to New York City—that one was last heard in these parts and subsequently immortalized on the Live at Nublu 10/10/19 tape. The outdoor sessions continue July 21st and August 18th. (Pro tip: Get a discounted ticket for both shows!) But you say: “I can’t wait a whole two weeks for live music!” Well never fear, because Garcia Peoples play Colony in Woodstock, NY this Saturday. The show starts at Noon with an opening set from Zachary Cale. Bound to be good times there. And hey, while we’re at it here’s a lovely tape from last month at the very same venue by friend-of-the-site, Mr. Kliked.

I recorded this show at the stage lip, combining my mics with a board feed courtesy of the audio engineer, Imoni Cole-Palmer. The sound is excellent—upfront, Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes-style. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Garcia Peoples
The Sultan Room at The Turk’s Inn
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (audio engineer: Imoni Cole-Palmer) + MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Total Time 2:12:23

Set 1:
01. Gliding Through
02. Eminor Jam >
03. Wasted Time
04. Crown of Thought
05. One at a Time
06. Fire of the Now
07. A Jam
08. Fill Your Cup

Set 2:
09. D Jam >
10. Dodging Dues Suite
11. One Step Behind
12. Feel So Great > Jam
13. World’s Illusion

Birds of Maya: June 24, 2021 Sunflower Philly

July 6, 2021

I guess like many of us, Birds of Maya were productive in the last year and a half. They finally released Valdez, the long lost album you never knew existed. Recorded way back in 2014, it picks up right where 2013’s raucous Celebration leaves off. Given the band’s long hiatus, I seized this opportunity to travel down to Philadelphia to catch their record release show at Sunflower Philly, a beautiful outdoor space in North Philadelphia. The band rips through some tunes from the new record and jams Celebration-style on a couple of song collages I’ve titled “Sunflower” and “Philly” here that have the band cycling through a few riffs that I swear sound familiar and slippery at the same time. A few blown fuses don’t stop these Birds as they cap things off with their take on The Stooges’ “TV Eye” with the legendary Harmonica Dan on, well, harmonica.

No future dates on the books for Birds of Maya but make sure to grab Valdez from Drag City and maybe encourage these guys to make some new recordings.

I recorded this with the MBHO’s up front. Once people got rocking I had to move a little bit and the sound can be slightly uneven in areas. Nonetheless this is an excellent capture of a really special show. Enjoy!

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nyctaper · Birds of Maya – Live at Sunflower Philly 2021

Birds of Maya
Sunflower Philly
Philadelphia, PA

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [48:32]
01. High Fly
02. Please Come In
03. Cosmic Honey Shaker
04. Porch Dude
05. Jam/TV Eye (false start)
06. TV Eye

Stuart Bogie, Ryley Walker, Spencer Zahn, Kevin Raczka: June 10, 2021 Nublu

June 25, 2021
Photos by Bryon Whitley

In the very few gigs I’ve been to since the return of live music, I’ve met a lot of new people. This is somewhat surprising since in the last year our worlds have become so much smaller, interacting only with those in our bubbles. But nature heals. Here we have long time friend-of-NYCTaper Ryley Walker meeting some new people for a jam session at Nublu: multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie, bassist Spencer Zahn, and drummer Kevin Raczka. The core quartet was augmented with an astounding group of musicians, including: Dave Scalia (drums), Chris Bullock (sax), Domenica Fossati (flute), Jake Pinto (keys), Eric Biondo (trumpet/keys), Raymond Mason (trombone), Jackie Coleman (trumpet), and Billy Austick (trumpet). Many of these folks are members of Antibalas, who by the way have a few gigs coming up including Central Park Summerstage and a couple nights at Brooklyn Bowl. I really can’t do justice to all these musicians in writing so I encourage you to listen for yourself to explore these new and exciting encounters.

I recorded this from our usual location at Nublu and the sound is excellent as we’ve come to expect. Shoutout to Nublu and Chris Tart for being such great hosts. Enjoy!

Stream and download the show at the Live Music Archive.

Stuart Bogie, Ryley Walker, Spencer Zahn, Kevin Raczka
Nublu 151
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

MBHO KA300/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [2:39:34]
01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV
05. V

Stuart Bogie (sax, etc.)
Ryley Walker (guitar)
Spencer Zahn (bass)
Dave Scalia (drums)
Kevin Raczka (drums)

Chris Bullock (sax)
Domenica Fossati (flute)
Jake Pinto (keys)
Eric Biondo (trumpet/keys)
Raymond Mason (trombone)
Jackie Coleman (trumpet)
Billy Austick (trumpet)

Garcia Peoples: June 4, 2021 Industry City

June 16, 2021
photo by nyctaper

Welcome back! Its been a hellish 16 months for everyone we know. No one was spared, and many friends of the site went through trauma that no person should have to endure. But as far as we can tell, this existential nightmare seems to be coming to close. Today New York State celebrated a 70% vaccination rate, and much of the City is re-opening, including live performances.

Last weekend we experienced our first real “concert” event in forever, and it could not have been a more spiritually and emotionally fulfilling night. Garcia Peoples are obviously one of the site’s favorite bands, and most importantly a favorite set of people, so it was quite appropriate that this would be the NYCTaper coming out party. In the open air at Industry City, and with GP as a soundtrack, we grooved while smiling at friends we haven’t seen in months and months, shook hands, hugged, and generally felt true enjoyment. For their part, the band debuted a bunch of outstanding new material, jammed on some classics, and sounded tight and focused. They are truly back and we couldn’t be happier.

Garcia Peoples are adding new shows to their touring schedule on a regular basis. At this point, they are playing 3 dates in consecutive months at Turk’s Inn (Sultan Room roof) in Brooklyn, beginning with a show next week (June 23) and then appearances at the Treefort Festival and Lockn Fest. Dates are being added, check out their bandcamp page for updates.

This show was recorded with Schoeps cards set up at the soundboard tent, and mixed with a board feed. There were issues with the elements and a humming noise from a generator, but overall we’re pretty pleased with the sound quality. Enjoy!

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Garcia Peoples
Industry City
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Audience + Soundboard

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:15:01]
01 False Company
02 Cold Dice
03 Tough Freaks
04 Stray Cats
05 Painting A Vision That Carries
06 Heart and Soul
07 A Reckoning
08 Fire of The Now
09 Cassandra
10 Fill Your Cup
11 World’s Illusion


Ryley Walker: June 5, 2021 Private Backyard, Flushing, NY

June 7, 2021

“I don’t think Steve Gunn forgets his lyrics,” Ryley Walker wondered aloud midway though “The Roundabout” this past Saturday. He was performing in front of a small backyard audience in Flushing, Queens. We’re all a little rusty, performers and audiences alike, as live music returns to New York. But as we experienced this weekend, everyone’s quick to rediscover the well-worn grooves. In this hour and a half set, Ryley touches on his entire catalog, from Primrose Green to his outstanding new album, Course in Fable. A few covers complete the afternoon, including a lovely take on “There’s Hell in Hello, But More in Goodbye” from Jim O’Rourke’s Bad Timing record.

I recorded this show with a pair of MBHO omnidirectional mics positioned up front and overhead. Despite the windy day, the sound is superb. Enjoy!

Thanks to Ryley Walker for playing; and to Mark and Kim for hosting. You can purchase all of Ryley Walker’s albums, including Course in Fable, at Bandcamp. He’ll be on tour this fall with a full band opening for Dinosaur Jr. That tour wraps up November 20 at Brooklyn Steel. More immediately, Ryley will be joined by Stuart Bogie, Spencer Zahn, and Kevin Raczka for a sesh at Nublu 151 this coming Thursday, June 10. See you there!

Stream and download the show at the Live Music Archive.

Ryley Walker
Private Backyard
Flushing, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

MBHO KA100DK/603A (on stage) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [1:34:05]
01. On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee
02. The Roundabout
03. Rang Dizzy
04. Promise Me
05. Telluride Speed
06. Shaking Like the Others
07. The Halfwit in Me
08. If I Were a Carpenter [Tim Hardin]
09. Improvisation
10. Primrose Green
11. Summer Dress
12. Over the Hill [John Martyn]
13. There’s Hell in Hello, But More in Goodbye [Jim O’Rourke]
14. Fair Play [Van Morrison]
15. The Grand Old Trout [Bill MacKay]

Jonathan Kane and Jim McHugh: October 11, 2020 Richards Street Brooklyn

October 19, 2020

I read somewhere recently that your talent is your salve. That by doing the things you do best, you can help heal the psychic damage from this awful year. After an aborted attempt to capture a “drive-in” show last month, I had the wonderful opportunity to experience and record a pop-up outdoor event last weekend and it was as glorious as the pedigree of the two musicians who performed. Jim McHugh will be quite familiar to readers of this site as the founder and lead guitarist of Sunwatchers, while Jonathan Kane is a downtown music scene fixture for decades who is perhaps best known as the founding drummer of Swans.

In the Northeast section of Red Hook, a couple of hundred yards from the Battery Tunnel, there’s a few blocks of old industrial buildings that have been transformed into studios. At the corner of Commerce and Richards, there’s an art studio that has hosted these pop-up outdoor events while the weather cooperated. Last weekend, the Kane McHugh duo played a 30-minute set of two distinct improvisational pieces. The first number had a psych-blues vibe with Kane’s looped guitar providing a base for the two to work over, with McHugh’s rock guitar and Kane’s ubiquitous percussion hitting several peaks. The second piece began quietly with some tasty slide guitar licks before the two took it out into a full swampy meltdown — a truly magical climax to a short but truly sweet collaborative set.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly large diaphragm Neumann’s set up immediately in front of the band, and the sound quality is quite superb. Enjoy!

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nyctaper · Jonathan Kane and Jim McHugh Live on Richards Oct 11 2020

Kane McHugh
Richards Street
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
On Stage

Neumann KLM-102s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 27:17]
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2

Jonathan Kane – drums, percussion, guitar loop
Jim McHugh – guitar, slide guitar

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