Ultimate Vag (feat. Gibby Haynes and Don Fleming): November 27, 2012 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 19, 2013


Ultimate Vag is a group of avant-garde rockers whose core consists of Scott Verrastro of psych-improv outfit Kohoutek and co-conspirator Chris Grier.  For this Union Pool show last November, they were joined by Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers, and the Don Fleming of the Velvet Monkeys, Gumball and several other bands. The foursome closed out an incredible night that also featured Suzuki Junzo (recording), Eidetic Seeing (recording) and Rhyton (recording) with a sprawling improvisational take on The Walker Brothers’ “The Electrician” from their final (and bizarrely proggy) record, Nite Flights.  The band took that six-minute song and transformed it into a miasma of abstract noise that alludes to the oddly influential role of this song from a mostly-forgotten album. Launching into the number almost totally unrehearsed gave the players broad latitude to take things where the moment suggested they go, and the resulting output is a once-in-a-lifetime musical moment that we are thrilled to have captured for you.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones from our usual  spot in the venue, plus an excellent soundboard by house engineer Doug.  The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

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Ultimate Vag
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, smooth peaks, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 The Electrician [The Walker Brothers]

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4 Responses to Ultimate Vag (feat. Gibby Haynes and Don Fleming): November 27, 2012 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

  1. ild
    March 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    thanks, AJ

    love how you’re broadening the reach of this blog into new territory


  2. Chris Grier
    March 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Cool, a soundboard tape – I look fwd to checking this out, thx fer recording us!

  3. March 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    What a synchronicity! I just wrote about ‘The Electrician’ today at Pop Matters. Is there any way to hear the song in its entirety short of a live venue? thx much.


  4. acidjack
    March 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Yes – just click the download links (MP3 or FLAC) just below the Soundcloud stream and you can download the whole thing!

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