Hans Chew: July 29, 2018 Union Pool (Freedom of the Press Benefit)

August 1, 2018

If you truck in Cosmic American Music, you’ve hopefully picked up the new Freedom of the Press compilation from Kith & Kin, which features so many of the modern luminaries of the scene. And if you haven’t yet, there’s no time like the present. We at NYCTaper are supporters of the First Amendment as well as the music and were delighted to be part of this benefit. For a much more articulate discussion on why this cause is so important, and how the music fits in to it, check out this interview with label co-founder and executive producer of the compilation, Scott McDowell.

Speaking of things we at NYCTaper have an affinity for, we’ve been following Hans Chew’s music for a while now—since way back in 2012, in fact, when Hans played our CMJ show. Times have changed for sure: CMJ is gone, but we’re still here and so is Hans. He released a new record last year, Open Sea, which artfully blends his piano playing, sharp lyrics, and songwriting with a nod to the free playing styles of the 70s. I really couldn’t put it better than Tyler Wilcox did in Aquarium Drunkard: “While digging into Open Sea, Hans Chew’s latest/greatest LP, your imagination may conjure up some dream rock combos. Leon Russell hiring Television to be his backing band in ’77? Joe Boyd producing the Allmans? JJ Cale jamming with Crazy Horse?”

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Hans Chew
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Freedom of the Press Benefit

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, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [36:28]
01. Open Sea
02. Life Insurance
03. Words & Music
04. Cruikshanks

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