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Howlin’ Rain: February 21, 2020 Union Pool + August 7, 2019 Brooklyn Bowl

March 9, 2020
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Howlin’ Rain rolled in from the West Coast into Union Pool a few Friday nights ago and proceeded to deliver a lick-filled, thoroughly jam-forward set that gave us all a quick reminder of why the band’s latest record is Under the Wheels: Live From the Coasts Vol 1. Many fewer bands cry out for the live album treatment as compared to those pushing bad-sounding, paint-by-numbers dreck. Rest assured that Howlin’ Rain are solidly among the good guys; not only does the new record boast an almost completely different setlist than this show, it’s also an outstanding recording that foregrounds Ethan Miller’s guitar pyrotechnics. If you attended this show and didn’t grip a copy of Under the Wheels afterward, I hope it’s because you already bought one.

As to this set, the band kept things loose, giving us seventy minutes’ worth of music in the form of seven songs, including a typically extended Calling Lightning Pt. 2″ and “Under the Wheels” — both of which feel like strong candidates for what I have to assume will be an Under the Wheels: Vol 2 at some point in the future.

We’re also offering a bonus recording here, with Eric PH’s capture of a Brooklyn Bowl barnburner from the band’s extended NYC run last year. It take the place of being there, but making a quick date with these recordings and the new LP ought to perk your ears for the band’s next trip through.

I recorded the Union Pool set with Doug Graham’s soundboard feed and Schoeps MK5 microphones; Eric recorded the Brooklyn Bowl show with his MBHO hypercardiods. Both recordings sound great. Enjoy!

Download the Union Pool show from its page on the Live Music Archive: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download the Brooklyn Bowl show from its page on the Live Music Archive

Howlin’ Rain
2020-02-21
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK5c (XY, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Doug Graham)>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:11:25]
01 Burn Down
02 Under the Wheels
03 Don’t Let the Tears
04 Missouri
05 Calling Lightning pt 2
06 Rotoscope
07 Alligator Bride

Band:
Dan Cervantes: guitar, b. vocs
Jeff McElroy: Bass, b. vocs
Ethan Miller: vocals, guitar
Justin Smith: Drums, B. vocs.

Howlin’ Rain
2019-08-07
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Christopher Bruno

MBHO KA500/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:05:07]
01. Burn Down
02. Under the Wheels
03. Don’t Let the Tears
04. The Wild Boys
05. Rotoscope
06. Calling Lightning, Part 2
07. Alligator Bride

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Kikagaku Moyo: November 15, 2019 Warsaw

November 18, 2019
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If you’re like me, it was our friends at Beyond Beyond Is Beyond who first turned you onto Tokyo’s Kikagaku Moyo with their stateside release of the band’s second album, Forest of Lost Children. Judging by the sold-out crowd at venerable Greenpoint venue Warsaw this past Friday, quite a lot of people have now gotten the message. Besides the obvious (musicianship, attention to melody), one of the things that makes this band so special is their comfort with different styles, from instrumental jammers like “Dripping Sun” from their current LP Masana Temples, to delicate folk numbers like “Cardigan Song,” which they played acoustically along with an unreleased new song they’ve been working on during this tour. Those barely scratch the surface of all there is to love in this 80-minute set as this band’s virtuosity hits its peak, as they draw from both their compatriot forebears like Ghost to the wide world of American classic rock. This night felt like another step in these guys’ slow-built success (we saw them at Sunnyvale not that long ago), and we can’t wait to hear some of these new tunes laid down on record.

I recorded this set with touring FOH Eric Lemke’s feed, plus Schoeps MK41V hypercardiod mics. All credit here goes to Eric, as this room may never have sounded as good as it did for this set. Enjoy!

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive in MP3/FLAC. Download the Apple Lossless version here: [ALAC].

Kikagaku Moyo
2019-11-15
Warsaw
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Eric Lemke) + Schoeps MK41V>KCY>Z-PFA>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Tree Smoke
02 Nazo Nazo
03 Green Sugar
04 [unknown1]
05 [tuning/banter]
06 unknown2
07 Cardigan Song (acoustic)
08 Entrance
09 Dripping Sun
10 Gatherings
11 [encore break]
12 [unknown3]
13 Smoke and Mirrors
14 [unknown4]

PLEASE SUPPORT KIKAGAKU MOYO & BUY THEIR RECORDS: GuruGuruBrain | Beyond Beyond Is Beyond

Sunburned Hand of the Man: October 3, 2019 Nublu

November 8, 2019
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Sunburned Hand of the Man are the type of act that people might call “hard to pin down.” Over their sprawling catalog (their sprawling bandcamp page has only a fraction of their 100+ titles) these guys’ music runs the gamut from the bizarre (“Clowns In Jail”) to the improvisationally psychedelic (the “Blizzard of Zozz” show we recorded in 2017) to bordering-on-conventional songs (recently-released “microdose” Intentions).

This night at Nublu fell somewhat in between the two, as a relatively stripped-down version of the band performed this long-form improv with a running spoken word narrative, with a current of the occult running throughout. It felt appropriate to the season, and was a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. Dig in.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones up front in the venue on the right side. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Sunburned Hand of the Man
2019-10-03
Nublu
New York, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, ROC)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 New Blue Sounds

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Long Hots: September 7, 2019 Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

November 6, 2019
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Did you make a mistake and miss Philly’s Long Hots at their two prior Three Lobed / WXDU day show appearances during Hopscotch? Might’ve been an easier ticket than getting into the door at the packed Slim’s this year, where the Hots brought the fire in this seven song set. This show was so slammed I couldn’t even get in the door, but our man Dave Schwentker had it covered with a fine setup. Don’t let that bookstore ad fool you into thinking that this was anything less than what it was: a no-BS guitar slammer that, for those who actually got in the door, was one of the highlights of the entire festival.

Dave recorded this set with Church Audio CA-1 mics mounted on the ceiling, into an Olympus LS-10. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Long Hots
2019-09-07
Hopscotch Music Festival
Slim’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Long Hots
2019-09-07
Hopscotch Music Festival
Slim’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

Church Audio CA-1>Olympus LS-10>16/44 WAV>stuff>FLAC

Tracks
01 They Do What We Want
02 Mama
03 Die Die Die
04 Devil Song
05 Boogie Trance
06 Nickel & Dime
07 One Chip Over the Line

Please support Long Hots: bandcamp

Ryley Walker: September 6, 2019 Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

November 1, 2019
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What else to say about Ryley Walker? We first saw the champ at this festival, Hopscotch, way back in 2014. In that span of 5 years, he’s expanded his sound, produced definitive records (and the definitive Dave Matthews cover album), gotten wild, gotten sober, and hit stages all over the world. As much has changed, his essence hasn’t — a relentlessly searching, gifted musician who doesn’t pause his growth to keep his audience comfortable, but gives that audience his very best every night. If being the top card late at night at Nash Hall wouldn’t seem like the right opportunity for a wild 90-minute set, you need to know more about Ryley.

Beautifully recorded by our bud Randy Hoke, this set has all the elements — some inside-baseball music biz comedy, classic songs (“On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee”), and of course, long-form improvisation, in particular, the closing “Primrose Green,” which Ryley seemed determined to push as far from its roots as possible. I think he agrees with us that among his many performances this year, this one was a particular winner. Have a listen and I think you’ll agree.

In a useful piece of Ryley news, he’s launched his own private press label, which includes a sold-out LP pressing of his Walker/Jewel/Gunn trio performance from Union Pool back in March. If you’re lucky, you might find a copy out on tour…

Randy recorded this set with a soundboard feed, AKG shotgun mics at the back of the room, and onstage AKG mics. Even though this room is a challenge, he made an outstanding recording. Enjoy!

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive

Ryley Walker
2019-09-06
Hopscotch Music Festival
Nash Hall
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by Randy Hoke
Tracking by acidjack

AKG 568EB (slightly LOC, PAS) + AKG 480/CK61 (onstage, approx DIN) + Soundboard>>Tascam DR-680>3×24/48 WAV>editing>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:24:06]
01 [intro banter]
02 Telluride Speed
03 [banter/tuning]
04 The Halfwit In Me
05 [banter2]
06 Spoil With the Rest
07 [banter3]
08 22 Days
09 [banter4]
10 On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee
11 [banter5]
12 Opposite Middle
13 [banter6]
14 Primrose Green

PLEASE SUPPORT RYLEY WALKER: Bandcamp | Dead Oceans

Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society: October 4, 2019 Union Pool

October 29, 2019
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It seems reductive to call Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society “jazz,” but language has limits that music does not. To quote our friend Eric PH in his own earlier review, “Mandatory Reality, the latest double-LP from Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society, sounds like a band erasing borders.” I couldn’t agree more — and this night’s single session, dubbed “Surveil Echo Analeptic” by Abrams, plumbs yet more deep territory, incorporating elements of drone, traditional North African music and, yes, jazz into a hypnotic moment. Joined on this night at Union Pool by the very special guest Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White, etc.), Abrams (on the guimbri), Lisa Alvarado (harmonium), Jason Stein (bass clarinet) and White created a piece that felt free and otherworldly, but no less meticulous; Abrams is a master at creating an environment that elevates all players rather than restrain them.

In further good news, while Abrams’ catalog of releases on experimental Northampton, Mass. label Eremite Records are almost perpetually sold out, a second pressing of Mandatory Reality has appeared. Get it while you still can.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” mics and a soundboard feed from Doug Graham. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Thanks to Joshua Abrams for permitting us to record and share the performance.

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

Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society
2019-10-04
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Doug Graham) + Schoeps MK22>KCY>Z-PFA>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Surveil Echo Analeptic

Natural Information Society on this night:
Joshua Abrams – guimbri, composition
Lisa Alvarado – harmonium
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jim White – drums

• Buy Mandatory RealityVinyl via Eremite Records / Digital via Bandcamp
• • 
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Mdou Moctar: September 7, 2019: Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

October 28, 2019
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Photo by Rodney Boles

On the final night of the Hopscotch Music Festival, our buds at Kings curated an eclectic show that featured two recordings we have already shared (Moon Duo and Boogarins), a superb set from “house” band Birds of Avalon, Kid Millions, and another very special international guest, Mdou Moctar. Hailing from a small village in Niger, Moctar has received international acclaim as one of the best-known Tuareg guitarists. If you’re not familiar with the Saharan brand of rock music, or you have no idea what that means, let me put it more simply: this guy shreds like Jimi Hendrix. His latest LP, Ilana, the Creator was recorded in Detroit, and is already making its way onto early “best of 2019” lists for obvious reasons. Moctar’s work is special not only for its technical virtuosity but for his willingness to expand upon the genre’s conventions, as well as focus on original music over standards and covers. These four songs will give you a taste of what Moctar is about, but really, do yourself a favor and head to Sahel Sounds to get educated not only about his work, but the variety of 21st century African artists they represent. (Jesse Jarnow wrote an excellent piece about the label here). And keep your eye on those “best of 2019” lists — I know Mdou Moctar is making mine.

I recorded this set with onstage Schoeps MK5 microphones, MBHO microphones back at the soundboard, and a soundboard feed. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Mdou Moctar and his management team for letting us share the recording.

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

Mdou Moctar
2019-09-07
Hopscotch Music Festival
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY)>KC5>CMC6 + MBHO MBP603a/KA200N (at SBD, PAS)>Aerco MP-2>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Iblis Amghar
02 [tuning]
03 Ilana
04 Afrique Victime
05 Tarhatazed

PLEASE SUPPORT Mdou Moctar – buy Ilana, the Creator from Sahel Sounds

Cold Cream: September 6, 2019 Three Lobed/WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

October 21, 2019
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Photo courtesy of Dan Kulpa

After watching three experimental/improv projects at the Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning, this spectacular day pivoted with a return to some straight-ahead punk. Cold Cream is a project from Triangle punk lifers from bands such as Flesh Wounds, Pipe, and Tegucigalpan, so despite their first record’s arrival in 2018, they own a room like the vets they are.

Here at Kings, Cold Cream energized the room with their erudite, politically-charged songs (not sure how many punk bands work “Dulce et decorum est / Pro patria mori” into their lyrics, but they do). Given the political climate in North Carolina, “Rat Fucker” (about gerrymandering and other forms of voter disenfranchisement) particularly resonated. But really, none of that would matter if the band didn’t, you know, rock, and that they most assuredly do. Tune in and turn this up loud.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other sets of the day, with Schoeps mics onstage, MBHO mics at the board, and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Cold Cream
2019-09-06
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO MBP603A/KA200N (at SBD, PAS)>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Anti-Fi
03 Eichmann In Jerusalem
04 First They Came>
05 Angie
06 Wage Theft
07 Decorate
08 Rat Fucker
09 In Carrz
10 Objects In Mirror
11 See You On the Somme
12 Cactus Wife
13 Shit Bird
14 Fasting

Cold Cream is:

Mara Thomas – Vocals
Clarq Blomquist – Drums
Laura King – Bass
Ron Liberti – Guitar

PLEASE SUPPORT COLD CREAM: bandcamp | facebook

Kevin Morby: September 28, 2019 Woodsist Festival (Accord, NY)

October 17, 2019
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Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography

The tenth annual Woodsist Festival not only found Kevin Morby reprising his role as bassist in Woods during their set, but it highlighted Morby’s continued growth as an artist (and in popularity) since those days.

This stripped down set, featuring Morby with saxophonist Cheme Gastelum, focused on material from this year’s Oh My God, a record that, as its name suggests, focuses more heavily on spiritual and religious issues than Morby has in the past. Those songs were joined by “Harlem River” (of course), featuring Jarvis Taveniere, Meg Duffy and Jeremy Earl (on drums) to make it a full-band effort. But Morby saved his most impactful number for last: “Beautiful Strangers,” Morby’s 2016 tribute to the Pulse Nightclub shooting victims in Orlando, joined by Katie Crutchfield on vocals. It felt like a fitting tribute to people whose lives had ended at an event and a place not so dissimilar from this: one of community, positivity, and love.

I recorded this set with Evan’s soundboard feed, combined with a little bit of Schoeps MK5 microphones back at the board for ambiance. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Kevin Morby for granting permission to post the set, and Woodsist for letting us record the festival.

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

Kevin Morby
2019-09-28
Woodsist Festival
Arrowood Farm-Brewery
Accord, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Congratulations
02 Hail Mary
03 Piss River
04 No Halo
05 Parade
06 Crybaby
07 Aboard My Train
08 Harlem River*
09 Beautiful Strangers^

Kevin Morby – guitar, vocals
Cheme Gastelum – saxophone

*w/ Jarvis Taveniere, Meg Duffy, and Jeremy Earl
^ w/ Katie Crutchfield

PLEASE SUPPORT KEVIN MORBY: Website | Buy Oh My God

Woods: September 28, 2019 Woodsist Festival

October 14, 2019
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Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography

For the tenth annual Woodsist Festival, label founder and Woods vocalist/guitarist/founder Jeremy Earl brought the proceedings from the West Coast — where they enjoyed several successful years at Big Surprise — to upstate New York. Here in the tiny town of Accord, on the grounds of Arrowood Farm-Brewery, Woodsist showed what the purpose of a music festival ought to be.

It was: a cloudless day, not too warm; a gathering place where families with small kids, curious locals, and heads from near and far could converge to enjoy music, in an environment that welcomed all; sonically, a confluence of like-minded artists who knew each other well, who’ve cross-pollinated each other’s work in many cases and will do so again, and who shared many stages on this day. It was, in many ways, the perfect festival.

Woods has been one of the signature New York bands of this era since its inception, particularly so during this festival’s lifetime. They’re part of a rarified group whose shows are a virtual guarantee of something unique, that always leave you thinking about their music differently by the time you leave. It felt right, then, that this festival brought together the “2009 lineup,” including Kevin Morby and G Lucas Crane. Likewise, the setlist reflected the band’s best-known music from that time period, from “Rain On” and “Blood Dries Darker” to the classic one-two sequence of “jam songs,” “Bend Beyond” followed by “I Was Gone” (albeit, a short version this time).

Whatever its original intention, this ended up being more than a highlight set for this era of Woods. Several of these players were part of David Berman’s backing band for his final project, Purple Mountains, for which Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere were also producers. Berman’s suicide left a hole in music that can never be filled. For the many of us who had hoped to see him play music again (as was the plan with the Purple Mountains lineup), it was a generous and rare gift for the Woods crew to play two of his songs to close out the set. The first, “All My Happiness Is Gone” (with Little Wings‘ Kyle Field on vocals), was one of the darkest and most sobering songs on an LP full of them. Hearing it live for the first time in this context didn’t exactly change the song’s tone, but maybe it showed, in a small way, what could have been.

The set closed with Morby on vocals for “Random Rules,” from Silver Jews’ 1998 masterpiece American Water. It is, in my opinion, a perfect Berman song, a damaged plea to a former lover, whose series of brilliant couplets still make you crack a smile still on the thousandth listen, even with the melancholy at their core. For all the ache at its core, though, the song ends on a note of hope, however temporary: “Honey, we’ve got two lives to live tonight.” Despite the circumstances, it was a joy to hear Berman’s words sung from a stage again.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by Evan, and Schoeps MK5 microphones in the FOH tent. It’s an excellent capture of the day. I hope you enjoy it — and please support this festival in the coming years!

Thanks to Woods for allowing us to record and share the set. Other recordings from the festival will be made available for those artists who permit.

Download the complete show from its page on the Live Music Archive

Or go here for Apple Lossless

Woods
2019-09-28
Woodist Festival
Arrowood Farm-Brewery
Accord, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Evan) + Schoeps MK5c (at SBD, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLACS ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Out of the Eye
02 Blood Dries Darker
03 Find Them Empty
04 Pushing Onlys
05 Rain On
06 To Clean
07 Bend Beyond
08 I Was Gone
09 Suffering Season>
10 Military Madness
11 [banter/break]
12 All My Happiness Is Gone [Purple Mountains]*
13 Random Rules [Silver Jews]$

Joined by Kevin Morby (bass) and G Lucas Crane (vox, other) all set

* w/ Kyle Field on vocals
$ w/ Kevin Morby on vocals

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