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Idle Ray: September 29, 2023 Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary

June 10, 2024

The NYCTaper coverage of Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary returns with Idle Ray!

Idle Ray’s set in the arc of the Tubby’s anniversary party was crucial. The day had started pretty bleak. Massive storms had essentially made travel out of New York City impossible, and several bands, and fans, had to cancel travel arrangements. I had been at the venue the previous night setting up gear and staff morale was super high. When I got back that afternoon I arrived to less than peak vibes, but things started turning around quickly. A couple drinks, the first band hitting the stage, a surprise fill in from Wild Pink and suddenly things were looking good. By the time Idle Ray hit, no one was talking about the storm. It was party time.

Idle Ray’s inclusion on the bill made perfect sense. Fred Thomas, Idle Ray’s primary songwriter, is a long time veteran of Detroit’s vibrant music scene with credits on far too many records to list. He has performed several times at Tubby’s as part of the excellent Detroit based DIY/Punk band Tyvek and is also in Winged Wheel with one of Tubby’s owners. Recorded mainly during Covid, the Idle Ray project was created as an attempt at “going back to basics of recording on cassette four-track and having it be more about interesting sounds and feel than perfect performances or getting an industry-standard snare sound.”

The studio recordings are all Fred. For this show, Fred handled guitar and lead vocals with Devon Clausen on bass and Frances Ma on guitar and lead vocals, with backing drum machine tracks. I was unfamiliar with the material before this, but the hooks are there. It took all of half of the set opener “Overlook” to be glad I had hit record. The trio brought all the fuzzy power pop glory anyone could want to the evening. Great songs, well played and a nice bonus of some great stage banter. Fred mentioned one of the songs was about the time his ex ran for Mayor of his town. His summation of the experience; “SSUUUCCCKKKEEEDDDD”. It never occurred to me that the only way the endless forced misery of political campaign advertisements could be more hellish is if your ex was featured in them.

You can catch Fred back in town playing with Winged Wheel at Bearsville theater (with Guided By Voices!) on 8/10. You can also catch Tyvek, sans Fred, at Tubby’s on 7/27.

Recording for this set differed pretty significantly from the normal Tubby’s set up. Since they had two “stages” with two different sets of speakers, I had to set up two different sets of mics and recorders and start and stop each between bands. Thankfully, I was able to get a board feed from the main console in the back for each “stage”. I combined the front room mics with the board feed for the recording you have here. It sounds excellent; full of life and screaming guitars. Crank it!

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Idle Ray
Kingston, NY

Source 1: SP-CMC-4U (AT853 cards, low sens mod) > SPSb-11 > R-07
Source 2: SDB > Zoom F8
Source 1 + Source 2 > Adobe CC (time align, EQ, compression) > Audacity (tracking, fades) > FLAC (lvl 8)
Recorded and produced by kliked for

Thanks to Tubbys FOH engineers Wil for the patch and Kyle for the mix!
This was part of the Tubby’s 5 Year anniversary celebration

  1. Overlook
  2. Backwards
  3. Emphasis Locator
  4. Corridors of Summer
  5. Luck Be Damned
  6. New Weird Thing
  7. Localism Hours
  8. Quiet Cab
  9. Ruiner

Idle Ray:
Frances Ma: Guitar and Lead Vocals
Devon Clausen: Bass
Fred Thomas: Guitar, Tapes, Lead Vocals

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Writhing Squares: April 27, 2024 Tubby’s

June 4, 2024

Writhing Squares has long been the duo of Kevin Nickles and Daniel Provenzano accompanied by a drum machine, both in the studio and live. But for their most recent album, Mythology, they changed things up a bit with a live drummer by bringing on board John Schoemaker. Embarking on a short tour for the album, the band brought along David Joachim to drum live. After a release show in their hometown of Philadelphia (which you can watch on YouTube) the trio hit Tubby’s at full volume. Most of their set hails from the aforementioned Mythology, plus “NFU” from Chart For the Solution and “Steely Eyed Missile Man” from Out of the Ether. There’s something ineffable about the Writhing Squares sound, especially in their pummeling live show. While Chart For the Solution conjures The Running Man with its dystopian Krautrock, Mythology is harder to pin down. It wasn’t until their final song, a cover, that I realized what they were channeling: the band leans in hard to their prog roots with a heavy, vigorous take on King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.” There aren’t many bands that could pull off such a feat—all hail Writhing Squares!

I recorded this from our usual location at Tubby’s with a board feed from FOH, Will. As usually Tubby’s sounds great under Will’s boardwork and this recording reflects that. Enjoy!

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Writhing Squares
Kingston, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineer: Will) + MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 2.4.2 > FLAC

Tracks [44:59]
01. Eternity
02. Barbarians
03. Acid Rain
04. Steely Eyed Missile Man
05. NFU
06. [tuning]
07. LEM
08. The Damned Thing
09. 21st Century Schizoid Man [King Crimson]

Mountain Movers: September 30, 2023 Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary

April 25, 2024

The NYCTaper coverage of Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary returns with site favorites Mountain Movers

The Movers have been at it for a while but still seem fresh. In fact, this was probably the most vibrant set I’d seen from them. They came out firing with “My Holy Shrine”; the first taste of the new material available on their forthcoming record “Walking After Dark”. This new gem was followed by old favorite, “Freeway,” with the Movers doing what they do best; washing the crowd in psychedelic guitar play, feedback and hypnotic rhythms. They are truly one of the most reliable purveyors of modern psych on the scene. 

This excellent set gave us a first glimpse of some of the new material and the preview was mighty good. The new album is out May 17 on the always dependable Trouble In Mind records. NYC folks can also find the Movers as part of an excellent bill at The Broadway in Brooklyn on June 1. I expect, and hope, we will see move dates as the release gets closer. 

I recorded this from the usual spot at the soundboard with my MBHOs and excellent board feed from Tubby’s FOH engineer Will. Enjoy!

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mr_kliked · Mountain Movers2023-09-30

Mountain Movers
Kingston, NY
Tubby’s 5th Anniversary

Source: MBHO 440 + SDB > MixPre 3 > Adobe Audition/Izotope 9 > Audacity Flac (lvl8) > Mp3Tag

Thanks to Tubby’s FOH Engineer Will for the patch!

  1. My Holy Shrine
  2. Freeway
  3. The Sun Shines On the Moon
  4. New Jam
  5. Then The Moon
  6. Flock of Swans

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Rosali: April 10, 2024 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

April 11, 2024

In 2022 Rosali came to Tubbys and played the best set of music, by a significant margin, I saw that year.  I always enjoyed her records.  She is a masterful writer who brings raw-nerved honesty and beauty to life in every song.  But what happened that night was something totally unexpected.  Backed by David Nance’s band, Mowed Sound, they made those songs sound alternately like your favorite blanket during a thunderstorm or a freight train coming at you full speed.  This felt like seeing The Band and Dylan finding their footing or Neil Young’s first jams with Crazy Horse.  This serious praise probably seems hyperbolic, and maybe it is, but several people I spoke to after that night had similar feelings. At the end of that recording, you can hear me turn to Tubby’s ace FOH engineer Will and say, “HOLY SHIT!” I was hooked.

Flash forward to a few months back when Rosali announced her new album, “Bite Down,” (Merge Records) had been recorded as a band with this same ensemble.  Excitement and expectations were high, and the final product delivered on every bit of that hope. The lead single, “Rewind” exhibits the ease with which this band finds its sound.  A personal favorite, “My Kind,” is packed with the manic energy of love that makes you feel like you can run through a wall.  It’s early in the year, but I struggle to see how this record doesn’t end up very high on my personal “best of” list.

The last test was the live show.  Was the feeling in the room that night in 2022 an aberration?  Was it really that good?  Could it have been that good?

Yes.  It’s that good.  They are really that good.

Opening with the gentle “May it Be on Offer,” it’s immediately obvious that this is, somehow, a better version of that band from 2022.  More comfortable with the dynamics of the songs and not as reliant on their obvious ability to lay waste to a room with force. The journey through the set list lets you experience that change in real time.  Starting soft and ending with a ferocious guitar onslaught of “Bones.”  If you close your eyes, you can see the faded glory of Rock and Roll and, for a moment, you can believe they are the last ones flying that flag.

I recorded this from the usually spot by the soundboard with my MBHOs and an excellent board patch from Tubby’s FOH engineer Wil. Enjoy!

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mr_kliked · Rosali2024-04-10Tubbys

Kingston, NY

Source: MBHO440 + SDB > SD MixPre 3 > SD (24/48) > Adobe Audition/Izotope 9 > Audacity Flac (lvl8)

Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Will for the board patch

  1. May It Be on Offer
  2. On Tonight
  3. Hopeless
  4. Change Is in the Form
  5. Waited All Day
  6. Hills on Fire
  7. Mouth
  8. Rewind
  9. Slow Pain
  10. My Kind
  11. Bite Down
  12. Tender Heart
  13. Bones
  14. Whatever Love

Rosali Middleman – Guitar, Vocals
David Nance – Bass, Vocals
Kevin Donahue – Drums, Vocals
James Schroeder – Guitar, Vocals

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Horse Lords: March 18, 2024 Tubby’s

April 4, 2024

Something truly magical happens when a band mixes extreme volume with extreme repetition. When you add atypical melodies, tones, and time signatures the result is a wildly transcendental, disorienting and psychedelic listening experience. Few people do it as well as Horse Lords

I first heard about Horse Lords from EricPh’s post on this site back in 2015 and was immediately drawn in. I instantly knew this was the music I wanted in my life. The blending of polyrhythms and microtonality of West Africa with the propulsion of krautrock and the intensity of the best live punk band you’ve ever seen. This is a ferocious live band. 

Over the hour long set Horse Lords marched through much of the material on their excellent, new live record, “As it Happened: Horse Lords Live”. The crowd was fully invested with the only interruptions in performance coming from an occasional ecstatic scream from someone in the audience having a moment. No judgement, I had a few myself. I’m honestly not sure how the band manages to maintain this level of intensity and precision. I was exhausted just standing there drinking beer.  

The band just wrapped up a bunch of US dates and are about to begin a short swing through Germany and the UK followed by some West Coast dates in June. GO SEE THIS BAND

I recorded this from the normal spot by the board with my MBHOs and an excellent feed from FOH engineer Will. The quality is outstanding. Play this one LOUD. 

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mr_kliked · Horse Lords 2024-03-18

Horse Lords
Kingston, NY

Source: MBHO440 + SDB > SD MixPre 3 > SD (24/48) > Adobe Audition/Izotope 9 > Audacity Flac (lvl8) > Mp3Tag

Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Will for the board patch!

Recorded and produced by kliked

  1. Zero Degree Machine
  2. Mess Mend
  3. Against Gravity
  4. Law of Movement
  5. Bending to the Lash
  6. May Brigade
  7. Intervention II
  8. People’s Park
  9. Fanfare for Effective Freedom
  10. Toward the Omega Point

Horse Lords is:
Andrew Bernstein – Percussion, Saxophone
Owen Gardner – Guitar
Sam Haberman – Drums
Max Eilbacher – Bass, Computer

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Real Estate: February 21, 2024 Tubby’s

February 27, 2024

It’s been a minute since Real Estate has graced the site but our relationship with the band goes back to their early days playing clubs in Brooklyn. In fact, their label, Domino, released a set recorded by Nyctaper as a bonus LP to their 2011 album, “Days.” All these years later the band is still writing excellent material, still playing great shows and still finding cool ways to engage their audience. 

This show was semi-secret. The band and Tubby’s arranged to not fully announce it until a few days’ prior. They also arranged to break Tubby’s tradition and do no pre-sale tickets and no happy hour prior. It was doors at 7, first come first serve. This was the first time I’ve ever had to wait online to get into Tubby’s. The time spent standing on Broadway offered a fun opportunity for curious locals to ask what was going on, chat with some new friends we met in line and, randomly, say hi to an old friend who happened to be walking by on a date. Don’t ever say music doesn’t bring people together. 

Unsurprisingly, this sold out quickly and it seemed that everyone was fully invested in seeing the band. Once they started almost no one was at the bar and the live room was so packed I couldn’t leave my spot or I would never have made it back to my gear. We suffer for your listening pleasure.  

The band opened with “Something New” from their just released album “Daniel” and the crowd welcomed it in like an old favorite. That continued to play out over the next hour as the band worked through about half new material and half old favorites. Seeing bands in a room this intimate is special and everyone, band and audience, seemed to recognize it. 

Real Estate is about to embark on a massive tour that I’m sure will bring them near you so buy a ticket and have some fun. I sure did. Special thanks to bassist Alex Bleeker for giving me the ok to record and then going ahead and getting a page set up on the Live Music Archive for the band. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, we can get some of the older shows uploaded and get the artist page well populated. 

I recorded this from my regular spot next to the soundboard with my MBHO’s and an excellent board feed curtesy of Tubby’s FOH engineer Will. Enjoy! 

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Real Estate
Kingston, NY

Source: MBHO440 + SDB > SD MixPre 3 > SD (24/48) > Adobe Audition/Izotope 9 > Audacity Flac (lvl8) > Mp3Tag

Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Will for the board patch

  1. Somebody New
  2. Flowers
  3. Had To Hear
  4. Paper Cup
  5. Interior
  6. Crime
  7. Water Underground
  8. Freeze Brain
  9. Talking Backwards
  10. Black Lake
  11. It’s Real
  12. Green Aisles
  13. Haunted World
  14. Say No More
  15. Darling

Real Estate is:
Martin Courtney – vocals, guitar
Alex Bleeker – Bass, Vocals
Matt Kallman – Keyboards
Julian Lynch – Guitar, vocals
Sammi Miss – Drums

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SAVAK: December 1, 2023 Tubby’s

February 1, 2024

I’m appreciating more and more that the bands I love who I would regularly see in Brooklyn have made Tubby’s a regular spot. It’s like Union Pool north and you just might spot someone you recognize. We saw SAVAK there last year with Chris Brokaw and again in December with New Wet Kojak. This time the band showed up augmented with a second drummer, SAVAK-regular Matt Schulz joined by Jeff Gensterblum set up in the center of the Tubby’s floor. The two pounded away for a really unique set. The more drummers the better I always say!

This set features a few songs I hadn’t heard live from SAVAK, like “Oddsmaker” off their last album Human Error/Human Delight which I was glad to finally hear. No new songs in the set but SAVAK do have a new album out soon: Flavors of Paradise, which can be preordered over at Bandcamp.

If the regular Union Pool is still you’re spot, you have a couple upcoming chances to catch SAVAK. The first is a free show on February 20th with J. Robbins of Jawbox fame. You couldn’t possibly go wrong there. Claim your free ticket here. Next up, on March 7th, SAVAK will play a record release show for Flavors Of Paradise. Grab those tickets here.

I recorded this from our usual spot at Tubby’s. Will provided a perfectly-mixed board feed and Sohrab Habibion sweetened things up with his mastering. The sound is killer. Enjoy!

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Kingston, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineer: Will) + MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 2.4.2 > FLAC

Tracks [40:10]
01. Sick of War
02. No Blues No Jazz
03. Reaction
04. I Don't Want To Be Defended
05. This Currency Exchanged
06. What is Compassion?
07. Dead Dick
08. Christo's Peers
09. Oddsmaker
10. How Many Duchesses
11. Trashing the Ghost
12. Cold Ocean 

Sohrab Habibion - vocals, guitar
Michael Jaworski - vocals, guitar
Matt Hunter - bass
Matt Schulz - drums
Jeff Gensterblum - drums

Tengger: October 1, 2023 Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary

October 31, 2023

Today begins our coverage of Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary party with deep Kosmische zones courtesy of Tengger

The Pan-Asian traveling family came to town on day 3 of the event to play at the outdoor stage the Tubby’s team put together by turning Field Court into a block party.  It’s hard to express how emotional this set was to see and hear.  When I first moved to Kingston, nearly 20 years ago, the idea that I would spend a Sunday afternoon in a dead-end street off Broadway doing anything other than being mugged would have been an impossibility. Instead, several hundred people stood still and quiet and let Tengger’s sound fill their hearts and souls. The zones were so deep that at least two people were laid out across the ground; staring into the sky and probably much further while RAAI walked through the crowd chiming bells. It’s this exact spirit of adventurous acceptance that I’ve come to love and expect of Tubby’s crowds. 

Tengger’s sonic makeup is an interesting dichotomy.  In constructing their drones and soundscapes they often rely on making the very quiet seem very huge.  This is a complicated issue from a sound and production stance because there is A LOT of gain involved and that often means a lot of feedback. A touch of that is evident during the first track, Water, but Tubby’s super team of Will on house mix and Kyle on monitors tamed the beast quickly.  I recorded this from the Soundboard with my MBHO’s and the FOH team’s superb mix.  The sound is excellent, and I truly hope it was heard throughout the entire town. 

Special thanks to friend of the site Mike Newman for facilitating things with the band and getting the ok to post this! 

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mr_kliked · Tengger2023-10-1

Field Court Stage
Kingston, NY
Tubby’s 5th Anniversary

Source: MBHO 440 (at Soundboard) + SDB > Zoom F8 > Adobe Audition/Izotope 9 > Audacity Flac (lvl8) > Mp3Tag

Thanks to Tubby’s FOH Engineer Will for the patch!

  1. Water
  2. Achime
  4. Beautiful Ocean
  6. High

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Ned Collette: August 19, 2023 Deep In The Valley

October 25, 2023

Photo by Christopher Bruno

The NycTaper coverage of the 2023 Deep In The Valley festival continues!  For today’s installment we have Ned Collette, the Australian born, Berlin based songwriter and producer that came to town to play a beautiful early afternoon set for us all.  

The set opened with “The Laughter Across The Street” from 2006’s “Jokes & Trials” immediately finds Ned, with Elisabeth Fuchsia on viola, occupying a space that feels unique in “folk” music. A strange and beautiful and dark space where the songs are a cross between Jim O’Rourke and Judee Sill. Listening to this now, with the leaves falling in the Hudson Valley, feels just right.

I had initially sent my mix of this recording to Ned who asked if he might take a crack at doing a touch more EQ.  Eventually, I ended up sending him my masters which he worked on in his studio and the result is the beautiful sounding mix we have here.  Using my MBHO mics positioned at stage lip for instrument presence and the excellent board feed courtesy of FOH engineer Daniele Stout for vocal clarity Ned gives us a mix far better than what I produced!  Enjoy!

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mr_kliked · NedCollette2023-08-19DeepInTheValley

Ned Collette
Deep in the Valley
From the Ground Brewery Red Hook, NY

Source: Source: MBHO440 + SDB> SD MixPre 3 > SD (24/48) by Kliked

Post Production by Ned Colette

Thanks to FOH engineer Daniel Stout for the board patch!

  1. The Laughter Across The Street
  2. Animal Swoon
  3. Boulder
  4. The Optimist
  5. Il Futuro Fantastico
  6. The Country With A Smile
  7. Vanitas Quack

Ned Collette – Guitar, Vocals
Elisabeth Fuchsia – Viola

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Sunwatchers: August 19, 2023 Deep in the Valley and April 20, 2023 Tubby’s

September 18, 2023
Photo by Christopher Bruno

Our coverage of the 2023 Deep In The Valley festival continues! 

Has it really been four years since we last saw Sunwatchers? Unbelievable! Fortunately nothing interesting has happened since 2019 and so we pick up right where we left off. But just a few things in the interim: Sunwatchers put out the righteous duo Oh Yeah? and Brave Rats in 2020; Jim McHugh put out a pair of work-abolishin’, eye-lazer shootin’ solo records the same year; Peter Kerlin’ released a guest-filled, wide-ranging experimental solo record; and Jeff Tobias released a trio of rad tapes/records just in the last year or so. Whew!

But wait, there’s more! Sunwatchers will release Music is Victory Over Time in just a couple months. These two sets we saw this year will serve as a good preview of what’s to come and it sounds pretty damn awesome. So be sure to preorder that right away. Meanwhile, enjoy this double dose of Sunwatchers to start your week.

Stream and Download at the Live Music Archive: Deep in the Valley | Tubby’s

Deep in the Valley
From the Ground Brewery
Red Hook, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

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

Tracks [38:10]
01. Beautiful Crystals
02. Too Gary
03. T.A.S.C
04. Foams
05. The Works
06. World People 

Kingston, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

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

Tracks [51:54]
01. Blitzkrieg Bop [Ramones] > World People
02. Too Gary
03. T.A.S.C.
04. Foams
05. Blitzkrieg Bob [reprise] > Tumulus
06. There Goes Ol’ Ooze
07. Beautiful Crystals
08. Silent Boogie


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