Friday, July 12, 2024

Dinosaur jr at The Majestic Theater in Madison, WI on September 28, 2022

 I found myself on the guest list at the Majestic Theater in Madison in September 2022 via the good graces of Ryley Walker, who had asked me to tape his band. That night they were opening for Dinosaur jr as part of a national tour. I stuck around for the headliners and was rewarded with a loud and raucous concert.



Lou Barlow, J Mascis, and Murph first came together in 1984 as "Dinosaur" (later changing their name for legal reasons) and were one of a handful old exciting bands appearing on the SST records label. The original lineup reformed in 2007 and have been on a tear ever since.


Buy their most recent album here.

Recording information:

DINOSAUR JR
2022-09-28
Madison, WI at Majestic Theater

J Mascis: guitar, vocals
Lou Barlow: bass, vocals
Murph: drums

Setlist:
01 The Lung (5:40)
02 I Ain’t (3:49)
03 Garden (3:36)
04 Little Fury Things (3:12)
05 Out There (5:40)
06 Crumble (4:11)
07 I Expect It Always (3:36)
08 To Be Waiting (4:10)
09 I Met the Stones (4:00)
10 The Wagon (4:54)
11 Been There All the Time (3:36)
12 Start Choppin (5:15)
13 Feel the Pain (4:15)
14 Mountain Man (4:30)
15 Freak Scene (3:34)
16 Gargoyle (9:24)
17 Raisins (4:00)
18 Just Like Heaven [The Cure] (3:18)

Total time = 80:40

Microphones: Beyerdynamic MC930 pair in ORTF
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Jeff Parker solo at Thalia Hall in Chicago on December 2, 2021

This is the first of two Jeff Parker shows I recorded in the last month of 2021, just after the release of his album "For Folks."
    

   
Jeff was on a national tour with Steve Gunn and the pair performed at the venerable Thalia Hall.

Purchase his album "For Folks" here.

Recording information:

Jeff Parker
2021-12-02
Chicago, IL at Thalia Hall

Microphones: Line Audio CM3 ORTF stereo pair on stand
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre 6
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct
Location: Center balcony, next to soundboard

Setlist:
01 Mainz [Chad Taylor] >
02 Four Folks >
03 My Ideal [Richard Whiting, Newell Chase & Leo Robin]
04 banter
05 Excess Success >
06 La Jetée


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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Ryley Walker at the Empty Bottle in Chicago on March 5, 2022

After uploading my recording of openers Bitchin Bajas, the headlining act that evening is up next.

Ryley Walker is one of our best songwriters and performers in the US at the moment. Aside from the strength of his compositions, he makes an effort to improvise at each show so that each is unique. Add to the mix a rotating selection of all-star jazz musicians from the Chicago scene and it is an irresistible combination.


For many shows I upload here, I eliminate the stage banter, since I believe most of the time that what the performers say to the audience is more a reflection of what was happening in the moment and doesn't sound "right" to me to present it after the fact. Ryley is the exception. His between-song banter is better than most of what I have seen in comedy clubs.

I feel a strong need to mention Ryley's amazing band for this show -- the always-amazing Bill MacKay on guitar, wonderful bassist Andrew Scott Young, and versatile drummer Quin Kirchner.

Purchase Ryley's latest album here.


Recording details:
RYLEY WALKER
2022-03-05
Chicago, IL at the Empty Bottle

Ryley Walker: guitar, vocals
Bill MacKay: guitar
Andrew Scott Young: bass
Quin Kirchner: drums

Set list:
01 Banter - They Make Sausage Out of Opening Bands (0:56)
02 Striking Down Your Big Premiere (5:09)
03 Banter - Chili’s Was a Dark Zone (0:52)
04 The Halfwit In Me (15:10)
05 Banter - That Last Song Was a Ripoff of Jim O’Rourke (0:31)
06 Axis Bent (4:55)
07 Banter - I Was All Nervous (1:58)
08 Shiva With Dustpan (6:28)
09 Telluride Speed (7:59)
10 Opposite Middle (3:33)
11 Banter - Mom’s in Merch Mode (2:42)
12 The Roundabout (11:54)

Total time = 62:07

Source 1: mono SBD feed (shared with Quin Kirchner via XLR splitter cable)
Source 2: Stereo pair Beyerdynamic MC930 on 10 foot mic stand in NOS configuration, in front of mixing board.
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre 6 at 24/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct



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Saturday, July 6, 2024

Bitchin Bajas at the Empty Bottle in Chicago on March 5, 2022

Ryley Walker brought the Bitchin Bajas with him on a little mini-tour of Milwaukee and Chicago during the first week of March 2022. It was really more of a co-headlining show, as Ryley no doubt would agree to, since he referred to the Bajas on stage as "one of the most important Chicago bands of the past 20 years."


   

Comprised of keyboardists Cooper Crain, Dan Quinlivan, and Rob Frye (who also plays flute and sax) the band has released a surprising number of albums since their beginnings in 2010. The music is at turns psychedelic and meditative, lush and hypnotically repetitive. 

For this show they were joined onstage by Jayve Montgomery on an Akai electronic wind instrument for a cover of Sun Ra's "Opus in Springtime."

Big thanks to the band for allowing taping and especially Cooper who went out of his way to make sure I had the correct setlist.

Buy their newest album here.

Recording information:

BITCHIN’ BAJAS
2022-03-05
Chicago, IL at the Empty Bottle

Cooper Crain: keyboards
Rob Frye: flute, sax, and keyboards
Dan Quinlivan: keyboards
Jayve Montgomery: Akai EWI-4000 (Track 4 only)

Setlist:
01 World B. Free (10:54)
02 Amorpha (8:17)
03 Chili (5:21)
04 Opus In Springtime [Sun Ra] (8:03)
05 Jammu (8:49)
06 Be Going (10:00)

Total time = 51:24

microphones: Beyerdynamic MC930 stereo pair in NOS
additional source: mono soundboard feed
recorder: Sound Devices MixPre 6 at 24/96
software: Audacity, Fission, xAct



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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Myriam Gendron at Acme Records and Music Emporium in Milwaukee on September 4, 2022

Here we have a performance by Myriam Gendron during what I believe was her first concert tour, in September 2022. She was promoting her brilliant second album, a double LP entitled Ma Delire.


The album featured songs in both French and English and was the first opportunity to hear her lyrics (her first album featured songs whose lyrics were from poems by Dorothy Parker).

   

This was a wonderful and rare chance to hear Gendron performing by candlelight in an intimate listening room.

Buy her latest album here.

Recording information:

MYRIAM GENDRON
2022-09-04
Milwaukee, WI
Acme Records and Music Emporium

Myriam Gendron: guitar and voice

Tracklist:
01 Shenandoah (4:30)
02 Go Away From My Window (4:49)
03 Banter - Highway Sign (1:49)
04 Poor Girl Blues (5:54)
05 The Water Is Wide (5:18)
06 Banter - Recording New Album (1:41)
07 Au Couer de Ma Delire (7:34)
08 Threnody -> Solace (9:08)
09 C'est dans les Vieux Pays (7:23)
10 Farewell (4:51)
11 The Fat Lady of Limberg [Brian Eno] (4:59)
12 Recurrence (4:12)

Total time = 62:08

microphones: Line Audio CM3 in NOS
additional source: mono mixer feed
recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6
software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Luke Schneider at the Milwaukee Psych Fest on May 11, 2024

We continue our exploration of this year's Milwaukee Psych Fest with the entrancing ambient space provided by the pedal steel guitar of Luke Schneider.


  

I had previously mostly known about Luke from his tours with William Tyler (most recently documented here at the Cactus Club). This is altogether different -- an ambient exploration of the long tones possible from his pedal steel guitar.



Although sometimes ambient or "new age" music is described as being "soothing," I prefer to think of it as "mindful" -- of the environment, of one's body, and of the present moment. It can be beautiful, but almost always is simply reflecting the reality of the moment.

Purchase his most recent album here.

Purchase the most recent album by the Nashville Ambient Ensemble (featuring Luke Schneider) here.

Recording information:

LUKE SCHNEIDER
2024-05-11
Milwaukee Psych Fest

Luke Schneider: pedal steel guitar

Setlist:
01 Anteludium (10:43)
02 Yosemite (11:18)
03 Unknown Title (7:48)

Total time = 29:49

microphones: Line Audio OM1 omni spaced pair
additional source: soundboard feed
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Baba Commandant at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee on September 27, 2023

Mamadou Sanou -- also known as Baba Commandant -- was the lead singer of this group from Burkina Faso which came to Milwaukee and played a wonderful and energetic set at the Turner Ballroom this past September.
   



Mamadou -- who died unexpectedly of malaria two months after this show -- has been described as eccentric. However I found him to only be graceful and charming on stage as he sang soulfully with a lovely deep growl, and watched the crowd with lively eyes as they danced to his songs.
  



  
The group was well known for mixing traditional music from Burkina Faso with western elements of rock and afrobeat. It is a delightful mix and it is a great shame that we will not be able to see this wonderful band on tour in the US again.
   

  
Recording information:
  
BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND
2023-09-27
Milwaukee, WI at Turner Hall

Mamdou Sanou: vocals, ngoni
Issouf Diabate: guitar
Wendeya Jessie Josias Ouedragaogo: bass
Cheick Abbas Kabore: drums

Tracklist:
01 Unknown Title (7:16)
02 Unknown Title (6:57)
03 Unknown Title (6:05)
04 Unknown Title (12:43)
05 Unknown Title (7:26)
06 Unknown Title (8:32)
07 Unknown Title (7:35)
08 Unknown Title (7:56)
09 Unknown Title (14:54)
10 Unknown Title (8:38)

Total time = 88:02

Microphones: Line Audio CM3 in NOS at mixing board
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6ii at 32/96
Softare: Audacity, Fission, xAct

Special thanks to Hisham Mayet of the Sublime Frequencies label for helping remove obstacles in the convoluted process of being allowed to tapes concerts at Pabst Theater Group venues, and especially for being pro-taping.


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