Saturday, February 24, 2024

William Tyler at Acme Records and Music Emporium in Milwaukee on October 9, 2019

Here is an acoustic show from Nashville guitarist William Tyler  at Acme Records in Milwaukee a few months before the pandemic began. 


Tyler's music is sometimes described as "cosmic country" and I think this describes the instrumental performance very well. 

Recording information:
 
WILLIAM TYLER
2019-10-09
Milwaukee, WI at Acme Records

William Tyler: acoustic guitar

01 Not in Our Stars (3:23)
02 Unknown (6:27)
03 We Can’t Go Home Again (7:21)
04 Virginia’s For Loners (2:53)
05 Unknown (2:42)
06 Alpine Star (4:47)
07 Unknown (3:32)
08 Man in a Hurry (3:43)
09 Go Your Own Way (4:00)

Total time = 38:48

Microphones: Line Audio CM3 in ORTF
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6 in 24/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct




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A video of William performing a few months before this show:

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Baker/Heinemann/Hunt trio at the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee on February 9, 2024

I first saw pianist Jim Baker and drummer Steve Hunt perform in very early 1994 after moving to Chicago. They helped form a core of musicians who were involved in a mini-Renaissance of the jazz scene in Chicago from roughly 1992-99. This jazz scene had deep roots with the Chicago rock scene of the time and included such musicians as Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, Hamid Drake, and Kent Kessler. Also extremely important to that scene was author John Corbett, whose regular gig as a DJ on Northwestern University radio station WNUR had a galvanizing effect on the spread of left-field avant garde free jazz in the city.



Still quite active, the pair have now teamed up with the young bassist Jakob Heinemann, who originally hails from Madison. The trio recently released a CD of their music on the Clean Feed label entitled Horizon Scanners and were in town at the venerable Sugar Maple for a CD release show.






I was able to use a pair of delightful wide cardioid microphones made by the Swedish company Line Audio along with a Shure SM58 placed inside the house piano.

Buy their new album here.


Recording information:

BAKER - HEINEMANN - HUNT
2024-02-09
Milwaukee, WI at the Sugar Maple

Jim Baker: piano, ARP, viola
Jakob Heinemann: bass
Steve Hunt: percussion

Tracklist:
01 First Part (11:24)
02 Second Part (20:17)
03 Third Part (7:20)
04 Fourth Part (18:29)
05 Fifth Part (22:24)
06 Sixth Part (6:22)

Total time = 86:16

Microphones: Line Audio CM3 pair in NOS configuration in front row and single Shure SM58 inside the piano
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6ii at 32/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct



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Here is a video from a performance at constellation in Chicago on the next day:



Sunday, February 11, 2024

Matt Lajoie at the Milwaukee Psych Fest on May 6, 2023

Guitarist Matt Lajoie had an early stage slot on May 6 at the Milwaukee Psych Festival, but despite the sunlight pouring down on him, came prepared to play with plenty of fiery psychedelic sounds. 
   

He hails from Maine and is quite prolific -- his bandcamp page is filled with solo releases as well as various projects including Herbcraft and Ash and Herb (who performed outdoors at the 2018 Psych Fest).
   

His set was one continuous cloud-like piece which allowed Matt to explore various textures. He was most impressive when alternating sections of pure sonic bliss with some fierce shredding.


Tracklist:
01 Untitled (33:39)

Microphones: Line Audio CM3 in NOS on stand in balcony next to mixing desk
Additional source: mono SBD feed from Behringer X32
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6ii at 32/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Chris Forsyth at the Cactus Club in Milwaukee on November 2, 2022

Guitarist Chris Forsyth was born in 1973 and grew up in New Jersey. His musical journey has been marked by a fusion of genres, blending elements of rock, psychedelia, and experimental music to create a sound that is both unique and highly satisfying.

Here is a fiery recording from Chris and band from November 2022 at the legendary Cactus Club in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee



One of Forsyth's most interesting characteristics is his ability to navigate between structured compositions and improvisational passages. His guitar work is infused with intricate fingerpicking, dynamic shifts, and a strong sense of melody.

In addition to his solo work, Forsyth has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians such as William Tyler, Ryley Walker, and Meg Baird.

Forsyth's discography is exceptionally strong. Beyond his studio recordings, Forsyth is renowned for his live performances, many of which you can find on his bandcamp page. 



For this tour, he co-headlined with Meg Baird, each artist using the same core backing band of Doug McCombs on bass and Ryan Jewell on drums.

Thanks so much to Chris for going out of his way to help tapers and to request FOH sound engineer Alex to provide me with a board feed.

Buy his latest album here.

Recording information:

CHRIS FORSYTH
2022-11-02 
Milwaukee, WI 
Cactus Club

Chris Forsyth: guitar and vocal
Doug McCombs: bass
Ryan Jewell: drums 
Charlie Saufley: guitar (on track 7)

Source: SBD (stereo) + mics on 8 foot stand at mixing board
Microphones: Line CM3 (ORTF)
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre 6ii at 32bit float, 96kHz
Software: Audacity, xAct, Fission

Set list:
01 Tomorrow Might As Well Be Today (3:45)
02 You’re Going To Need Somebody [Richard Thompson] (4:14)
03 Bad Moon Risen (5:08)
04 Experimental & Professional (9:02)
05 Heaven For A Few (8:18)
06 Long Beach Idyll (8:03)
07 Robot Energy Machine (15:38)

Total time = 54:08


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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Acid Mothers Temple at the Milwaukee Psych Fest on April 13, 2019

After sharing my recording of Acid Mothers Temple at last year's Psych Fest, I realized that I still had not yet shared my recording of these Japanese psych rock veterans at the 2019 Psych Fest.

This performance was the culmination of another brilliant festival programmed by Andrew Shelp. Although small in square feet, this festival has the right to be considered one of the highest quality music festivals in the country. The number of bands I have discovered at this festival is almost unbelievable to me.

Buy one of their recent albums here.

Recording information:

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE
2019-04-13
Milwaukee, WI at the Cooperage
Milwaukee Psych Fest VII

Kawabata Makoto: guitar
Higashi Hiroshi: synthesizer
Jyonson Tsu: vocal, bouzouki, guitar
Wolf: bass
Atoshima Nani: drums


Tracklist:
01 Blue Velvet Blues -> Dark Star Blues (19:59)
02 Disco Pink Lady Lemonade -> OM Riff -> Pink Lady Lemonade coda (25:03)
03 Cometary Orbital Drive (14:06)

Total time = 59:08

Microphone: Superluxe S502 (fixed ORTF)
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6 at 24/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct

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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Bitchin' Bajas at Colectivo Back Room in Milwaukee on December 15, 2023

One of the most interesting bands in Chicago over the past decade has been the Bitchin' Bajas. Despite their somewhat goofy name, the trio (Cooper Crain, Dan Quinlivan, and Rob Frye) are dead serious in their approach to musical explorations.

 


Drawing inspiration from the so-called Berlin school of electronics (1970s synth pioneers such as Klaus Schulze) as well as jazz artists such as Sun Ra, the Bajas spun a mesmerizing web of melodies over an hour or so of the concert.



 

This was the last concert ever at this venue and I will not be missing seeing shows here. From super talkative crowds to security staff who seem to approach recording gear as something akin to high-level explosives (and permission to tape as something impossibly difficult to comprehend), my history at the venue has been somewhat unfortunate.

Despite all this, the show was amazing.


Buy their latest album here.


Recording information:

BITCHIN’ BAJAS
2023-12-15
Milwaukee, WI at Colectivo Back Room

Cooper Crain: synthesizers
Dan Quinlivan: synthesizers
Rob Frye: synthesizers, sax

Setlist:

01 Unknown Title (14:30)
02 Unknown Title (5:34)
03 Unknown Title (7:24)
04 Unknown Title (7:18)
05 Unknown Title (11:20)
06 Unknown Title (11:58)
07 Unknown Title (9:46)

Total time = 67:50

Microphones: Beyerdynamic MC 930 in ORTF on stand
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6ii at 32/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Marisa Anderson and William Tyler at Acme Records and Music Emporium in Milwaukee on October 22, 2021

Guitarists Marisa Anderson and William Tyler have both performed at Acme numerous times as solo artists, and so it was not an enormous surprise when they brought their duo to the record shop in October of 2021. 


Their album together was on many "years' best" lists for 2021 and that's not much of a surprise either -- it is filled with glorious performances on wonderful tunes. I can only hope they will someday give us another collaboration.

Recording information:


MARISA ANDERSON and WILLIAM TYLER
2021-10-22
Milwaukee at Acme Records

Marisa Anderson: guitar
William Tyler: guitar

Setlist:
01 Lost Futures
02 Cloud Corner - News About Heaven
03 Haunted by Water
04 Life and Casualty
05 Medley of Dvorak and Foster
06 Edge of the World
07 Hurricane Light
08 Pray for Rain

Source: mono SBD + Beyerdynamic MC930 in ORTF
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6 at 24/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct

Recorded with explicit artist permission by Richard Hayes for the blog www.milwaukeetaper.com

Buy their album here



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