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Steel Phantoms: May 15, 2012 Cameo Gallery – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 13, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Brooklyn’s Steel Phantoms had been on my list of bands to see for awhile. The band makes catchy, tightly-wound rock n’ roll that incorporates elements of 80s postpunk, new wave and prog-rock, and it is an infectious combination in any setting. Though they were the first act on a four-deep bill at Cameo Gallery on this night (and had the good nature to joke about it), the Phantoms owned the rapidly-filling room with their rapid-fire set that featured mostly-new material, plus a total of three tracks from their Forer and Steel Phantoms EPs (both available on their bandcamp page). After a caffeinated kickoff that featured “Fast Stop” and “Evening Routine” from their first EP and a new song, “’94”, the band slowed it down with the midtempo “Mona” before kicking things back into high gear. The band saved the best for last with their new song, “I Get You”, which gave guitarist Jesse Newkirk a chance to show off his versatility with the instrument. This is a band with loads of potential and a wide potential audience that is, we think, on the way up.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Doe Paoro recording, and this particular capture is even better than that one – truly flawless. Enjoy!

Stream “’94”
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/S0515SteelPhantoms0212/03 ’94.mp3]

Stream “I Get You”
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/S0515SteelPhantoms0212/08 I Get You.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]| Direct Download of the FLAC files [HERE]

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Steel Phantoms
2012-05-15
Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5 (cardiod, PAS)>CMC6>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mix down, adjust levels, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Fast Stop
02 Evening Routine
03 ’94
04 Mona
05 Blade Runner
06 Bedouin
07 [banter]
08 I Get You

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Steel Phantoms, like them on Facebook, and grab their EP Forer for free on their bandcamp page.

NYCTaper Announces 2012 Northside Festival Showcase

June 4, 2012
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For the second year in a row, we are thrilled to be participating in the Northside Festival, which is more or less north Brooklyn’s answer to CMJ.  This year’s NYCTaper showcase will take place next Thursday, June 14 at 285 Kent on the festival’s opening night, and will feature four bands whose music we are very excited about.  Our Facebook page for the event is [HERE] and tickets can be purchased [HERE].

Co-headliners and Thrill Jockey labelmates Pontiak and White Hills are two bands I have been digging for awhile now, and I couldn’t be happier to have them on the bill.  I last checked in with Pontiak at the Memory Burn Psych Festival a couple years ago (that recording [HERE]) and since then, they have put out some excellent new material, most recently the record Echo OnoWhite Hills are fresh off the release of Frying On this Rock, which we recently got a taste of at Glasslands (recording [HERE]).  The trio has an avid following, and the recording makes it clear why.

Rhyton are a fairly new project (also on Thrill Jockey) from longtime NYC-area musicians whose other projects have been on this site. Dave Shuford, also of D. Charles Speer and the Helix (our recording of them [HERE]) and formerly of No Neck Blues Band, founded the band along with Jimmy SeiTang (Psychic Ills – our recording of them [HERE]) and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama) to once again give voice to some of his heavier, more experimental influences that don’t find their was obviously into the Speer material.  Rhyton’s eponymous first record is a masterwork of jazz/psych experimentation, and we can’t wait to see the material in the live setting.

EULA are a Brooklyn band that we’ve caught out and about a few times (for me, most recently at Cameo Gallery (recording [HERE]). Frontwoman Alyse Lamb has established herself as one of the most compelling bandleaders of late in the local scene, and she and her bandmates will be kicking off the night with their high-energy postpunk sound.

Stream “Young” by Pontiak from the Bell House:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/P2011Pontiak2010/Pontiak-Young.mp3]

Stream “Dead” by White Hills from Glasslands:
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/W0049WhiteHills2012/08 Dead.mp3]

Stream Rhyton’s music from their MySpace page

Stream “Maurice Narcisse” by EULA
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/E2020EULA2012/07 Maurice Narcisse.mp3]

We hope to see you at the show, and please grab your tickets [HERE]!

EULA: February 2, 2012 Cameo Gallery – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

February 12, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Brooklyn’s EULA have been on a tear lately, just having wrapped up a slew of local shows that brought them to many of my favorite venues (and some newer ones like Big Snow and NXL LVL).  It was hard to pick the perfect time and place to see them with so many good options, but Cameo Gallery seems to have a been a great choice.  The stage wasn’t overlit, the sound was spot-on, and the band, well, they were on fire.   EULA’s sound updates the classic three-chord postpunk of the riot grrl era, recalling classic bands like Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and Sleater-Kinney.  Frontwoman Alyse Lamb does her predecessors proud with a confident vocal delivery and equally strong guitar attack; she comes off in her role like a combination of Kathleen Hanna and Debbie Harry (the band has a pretty mean Blondie cover, I hear).  But this band is more than a great frontwoman; they’re a tight group of musicians capable of delivering uptempo rapid-fire bursts of quality postpunk.

This set focused on the band’s latest record, Maurice Narcisse, and the contrast between the more raw live versions and the studio versions – with their additional flourishes – is a positive one, with things to like about each.  On record, the band comes across a bit more poppy – a song like “Wake Up” shows the contrast – whereas live their punk influences predominate, especially on songs like “Honor Killer”.  They closed this show with a scorcher, the early tune “Fight Riff” from their Language of Threat EP.

EULA have one more Brooklyn show this month, at Shea Stadium on February 24, before heading out of town for a bit.  They will return to NYC on March 22 at Zebulon.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Cameo engineer and Schoeps MK22 “open cardioid” microphones.  The results are excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Maurice Narcisse”
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/E2020EULA2012/07 Maurice Narcisse.mp3]

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EULA
2012-02-02
Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack
exclusively for NYCTaper.com

Schoeps MK22>KCY>littlebox + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, light EQ, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 intro/Above the Weather
02 Dirty Hands
03 Housewolf
04 Wake Up
05 Texas Stampede
06 Honor Killer
07 Maurice Narcisse
08 Rosie the Riveter
09 Fight Riff

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT EULA, visit their website, and purchase Maurice Narcisse directly from their bandcamp page.

Our Mountain: January 16, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 19, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

In an excellent piece in the L Magazine entitled “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success”, the magazine advises that “[p]laying instruments on a stage isn’t all there is to a performance. It’s got to rise to the level of a show. There are different ways to put one on, but just playing instruments, even quite well, isn’t enough.”  Our Mountain have obviously taken that to heart in a big way – they’re one of the most dynamic, engaging new live bands I’ve seen in awhile, and they look the part.

The third act of a four-act Glasslands bill with no weak links, Our Mountain still stood out immediately.  They come at you with punk sneer but play with adept, post-punk atmospherics and texture.  Their sound is all-encompassing, at times foreboding, at times coke-buzz intense. Frontman Matthew Hutchinson’s writhing, twisting moves and confident delivery make him seem like a frontman with decades of experience, and his vocal delivery puts him squarely in the company of great postpunk forebears like Gang of Four.  He comes by his non-American accent honestly as well – the bandmembers, now based in Brooklyn, originally hail from Melbourne, Australia.

Along with the killer music, the band has also gotten a fair amount of press for one of its founders, percussionist/keyboardist, femme fatale and model Abbey Lee (Abbey Lee Kershaw, in the fashion world).  She’d be the tall, beautiful, striking blonde woman in the back corner – most strikingly, when she was banging a heavy chain against a trashcan lid during the set opener “Drury Lane”.  But beyond Lee and her look, this band has that general sense of polish that tells you they are going places.  Live, each of their songs is delivered like it’s the last time they’ll ever play it – like they mean it.  Maybe it’s that whole “journeying from halfway around the world to make your rock n’ roll dreams come true” thing that makes them try that little bit harder – maybe.  Whatever the reason, Our Mountain are playing like they want this all to mean something, and they’re only getting started.  With no official releases under their belt yet, the band is gunning for live and studio opportunities.  My suspicion is they’ll get them.

I recorded this set with DPA 4021 microphones and a soundboard feed from the Glasslands FOH team.  The results are outstanding.  Enjoy!

Stream “Drury Lane”
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/O0116OurMountain2012/01 Drury Lane.mp3]

Stream “Wooden Hearts”
[audio:http://www.nyctaper.com/O0116OurMountain2012/05 Wooden Hearts.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE] | Direct Download of the FLAC files [HERE]

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Our Mountain
2012-01-16
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording hosted exclusively at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

DPA 4021>Naiant littlebox + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, downsample)>FLAC ( Level 8 )

Tracks
01 Drury Lane
02 Midnight Black (with a white diamond on her forehead)
03 Untitled
04 1981
05 Wooden Hearts
06 Pink Elephant

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Our Mountain, visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.  And go see their shows.  Definitely do that.  

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