Sunday, June 28, 2009

The CapTones @ The Nomad

Here's a link to the torrent.

The CapTones
The Nomad - Rivertown Shakedown
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday June 20th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB (~20cm), ~6 ROC, ~12' back, ~8' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (fades)
TRT: 45:43

Please Do Not sell this recording. Share & trade it freely.

01. Soul Brothers Testify #
02. New Note
03. 'Munk's Groove
04. Dap Walk %
05. Bold Soul Brothers *
06. Got Me a Baby
07. Springtime Love Affair (parts I and II)
08. Here Come the Robots
09. Fat and Lowendy

# Chester Randle's Soul Senders
% Ernie & the Top Notes, Inc.
* Ike and Tina Turner

All other tracks are originals.

Brian Engel - Drums
Ryan Wilson - Bass
Sean Wahl - Guitar
Duane McDowell - Trombone
Joe Brzycki - Tenor Sax
Jen Niemela - Keys

This was a party thrown by the Hot Pants DJs. If you don't know these fellows you should probably swing down to Clubhouse Jager every 2nd Saturday of the month for some of the best Funk, Soul & Blues records in town. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound out of Chicago and the Southside's own City on the Make were also on the bill. This was an ill set from The CapTones. If you're into that Funky Soul and R&B do not pass this one by. Some folks may have caught the 9/12/08 400 Bar tape...well it's time to add another to your collection.

Many thanks to the Nomad for allowing us usage of their grills both last Saturday and last night.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rivertown Shakedown

The Hot Pants DJs who regularly throw parties at Club Jager organzied a fine party at the Nomad this past Saturday. Grill master Massey made sure no one went hungry. The evening featured performances by Twin Cities own The Capitol City Soul-Tones, Chicago based JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound as well as knock down drag out closing by City on the Make. City on the Make will be releasing their new LP on July 3rd at the 400 Bar.

Monday, June 15, 2009

E&A and ISIS

I got a last minute call from a Rhymesayers contact Saturday afternoon about covering audio for the sneak preview of the new Eyedea & Abilities album. Being a supporter of E&A and local record labels I was on it. The event was held at Intermediate Arts in South Minneapolis.

The new Eyedea & Abilities album "By the Throat" is due out 07/21/09 on RSE.

Got to the Triple Rock in time to find out that ISIS no longer supports open taping. Still a great set nonetheless, probably the best ISIS set I've seen in 3-4 shows.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Live tapes help sell studio tapes?

"Thanks, I've been listening to nothing, but Minnesota hip hop since my ordered cds arrived, last week. Pretty much every act you've put up here."

- TTD user from Germany on the recent BQ CD Release Party torrent

I started taping in '04 so I would have my own recordings to listen to but sometime in '06 I started to realize people were buying the official releases. The Traders' Den has a large population of users from all over the world. The fact that what I do in some small way helps expose others to MN bands makes me want to keep taping.

Now when I get into this it's not because I'm trying to get all cocky. If you know me you know I'm a pretty humble person. I'm just putting it out there for musicians that are sketched out by taping. I realize what I do is super tiny when compared to grand scheme of things. I could name over a dozen Twin Cities bands but it doesn't matter who they are. Granted maybe that's only 50 albums total but hopefully whoever is buying the albums outside of Minnesota are playing them for friends etc.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Big Quarter's CD Release Party Opening Sets

Here's a link to the torrent.

Big Quarter's CD Release Party Opening Sets
The Triple Rock Social Club
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday May 23rd 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish (cm, ยบ), right drink rail, 25' back, ~10' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (fades)

Please Do Not sell this recording. Share & trade it freely.

Disc I - 27:15

03. ...Sevadar Sehaj intro
04. Star 5 Ride w/ Sevadar Sehaj
05. Change (prod. Medium Zach)
06. One On the Lip #
07. Dynamite
08. On My Way (Heiruspecs jam. Medium Zach remix)

01-07 - Alissa Paris
08-08 - Felix of Heiruspecs

# Big Quarters feat. Alissa Paris & P.O.S.

Disc II - 58:47

01. 14th St Ritual
02. The Big Sleep
03. Spare Parts
04. Walk On Water
05. ....Big Zach on the Dinkytowner
06. Big Zach's new track (prod. Brandon Allday)
07. ...Mankwe Ndosi intro
11. Toki Wright
12. ...BQ intro by Big Zach

01-04 - Kill the Vultures
05-06 - Big Zach of Kanser
07-10 - Mankwe Ndosi
11-11 - Toki Wright

Alright I went out to Philly for a week but I'm back and it's time to put this out. I decided to split this into two different torrents and offer the opening sets first. It also made sense to split it at the Kill the Vultures set but burn it in any order you want. The levels start out a little hot on Alissa's set but nothing that causes crazy distortion during playback. Big Quarters, Alissa Paris, Kill the Vultures, P.O.S., Big Zach, Mankwe Ndosi and Toki Wright all have official releases available to buy online now or in the near future. If you're into anything you hear on this recording please head to the appropriate pages and check into that. Many of these releases can be ordered directly from the artists themselves, or itunes. Big Zach of Kanser hosted the evening.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Four shows in Four nights

...but little taping was done. The 501 has really nice sound for it's size and layout. Went to Trocaderos for the first time in a LONG time to see Sims Saturday night. I grabbed a sbd but will not be putting it online. Sunday night I hit the Turf with Jav to catch his band along with Charlie Parr's first return since touring overseas. I was asked to shoot video of the Javier Trejo set but DK ran audio for the whole night. It's honestly been kind of nice to get out without having to haul a bunch of gear around. Laying low until ISIS.

I also wanted to get the sets from Big Quarter's CD Release posted this past Saturday but I was having issues with the torrent site. Keep an eye out for those if you're interested.

Friday, June 05, 2009

I'm still alive...

Caught No Bird Sing at the 501 Club last night but the only taping I did was video on Bobby's digital camera. Please keep an eye out for their album in the Fall. The mighty Mel Gibson & the Pants headlined but I caught an earily train back South.

Going back to the 501 tonight but only to hang with friends. I might be motivated enough to tape off the board but won't be hauling gear down. Gay Witch Abortion, Marijuana Deathsquads (members of Building Better Bombs) and Total Fucking Blood are on the bill.