Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jack Torrey & Meg Ashling @ Acadia Cafe

Acadia Cafe
Minneapolis, MN
Sunday March 13th 2011

Jack Torrey - "Today Is A Sad Day (To Be You)"
Meg Ashling - "I Circle Around"

(Right Click & Save Link As on PC or Control + Click on Mac)

The first time I ran into Jack Torrey and Meg Ashling was at The 400 Bar sometime in 2008. I meant to get a recording up sooner but it wasn't until recently that I was able to catch back up with them and The Great Confinement supporting Gabe Barnett & the Big House Jug Band at Acadia Cafe. Don't get me wrong, the Acadia is a fine establishment that I frequent often for food and drink but it's not the greatest room for live recording. I abandoned the room recordings in a hurry in favor of posting these two tracks from the soundboard tapes. Anyways, it's nice to see Meg is playing shows again and be sure to check out Jack's group The Cactus Blossoms linked above. They've been booking a lot of shows around town lately.

Keep an eye out for a newly formed video production company by Mo McNichols. Mo will be producing videos for bands both inside and outside of the Twin Cities so expect prime footage from both local and national acts.

Empty's Tapes is always happy to partner with video colleagues in regards to external audio. A couple of recent examples are Humanda and Screamin' Cyn-Cyn and the Pons from their March 5th show at The Triple Rock. Full audio of the Humanda set is available here.

Check back with in the near future for Marijuana Deathsquads Live From Hell's Kitchen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Roma di Luna "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" Live @ The Cedar

Roma di Luna
The Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday April 26th 2011

"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"

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This song has always stayed with me over the years. Many of Mangum's words haunt me in the best possible way. Ever since the first time I heard it I've been pretty blown away by the treatment Channy's voice gives this song. I highly recommend checking out Roma di Luna's official recording which is available on 2007's Find Your Way Home. Thank you to the band and to The Cedar for always allowing me to record the shows. The Cedar is definitely the venue to see this band.

Note: This was a 4 piece Roma di Luna set with Channy Casselle, Alexei Casselle, Ryan Lovan (drums) and Adam Hulbert (bass). Roma di Luna supported Joan as Police Woman.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

See You Next Week.

Choose wisely...

Friday April 22nd:

Hell's Kitchen - 10pm $5 21+
OTR Presents II: Is/Is, Elite G's, Hildur Victoria, Night Moves

Rathole - 9pm $6 AA
The Agenda, Formaldehyde Junkies, Pink Reason, Manipulation, Condominiumm

The Fine Line - 9pm $5
The Funeral and The Twilight, The Rope (EP Release), Thought Thieves

The Turf Club - 9pm $8 21+
Grant Hart + Voytek + Rank Strangers + Mighty Mofos

Kitty Cat Klub - 9pm $5 21+
Hollow Boys, Bryer (Philly), Crimes

Saturday April 23rd:

Madame - 9pm $3-5
Goatflower & Dust Buns double debut tape release with Transitional Species, Laughing Eye Weeping Eye (Chicago) and DJ team Below the Waste

The Turf Club - 9pm 21+
Skoak Kodiak, Toast the Game, The Goondas, Hot Rash

The Entry - 9pm 21+
Red Pens, The Cloak Ox, Total Babe, Oaks

The Conventicle - 9pm
Sarenghetto, Fuck Detector (Fargo), Cadette

The Cedar Cultural Center
Tony Allen

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Perish08 @ The Kitty Cat Klub

Perish. Every Third Thursday of the Month.
The Quaking Bogge
Blood Lace

DJ Beethcake and DJABJ

Kitty Cat Klub
10pm. 4/21

Perish has been going strong at The Kitty Cat Klub for 8 months and I'm missing my first one tomorrow night.

Off The Record Presents @ Hell's Kitchen

The second in a bi-monthly concert series curated by Radio K's Off The Record is this Friday April 22nd at Hell's Kitchen.

Off The Record Presents:

Elite Gymnastics
Hildur Victoria
Night Moves (feat members of Food Pyramid & Mouthful of Bees)

10pm doors | 10:30 sharp music
$5 | 18+

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tonight at Nick and Eddie.

Monday April 18th 2011
Nick and Eddie

Seated Heat Presents

Mark Sorvari ~ (from Tokyo, ex-arm)
Kathy's Clown
Seated Heat

This week is starting out finer than most.

So the whole "Hey John, you should save cash for San Francisco and not go to as many shows this month" idea kind of got tossed out the window. Now the week where it matters most starts out with two shows that I do not want to miss. First world problems.

The Triple Rock
Monday April 18th
18+ | 8:00 PM | $8

Royal Bangs (Knoxville)
Dragons Power Up! (Coyne's 2nd to last show with the band!)
Puppies & Trains

The Entry
Tuesday April 19th
18+ | 8:00 PM | $5/$7

Falcon Arrow
Witch Hat (Baltimore)
Take Acre

The Flying Dorito Brothers @ Cause

The Flying Burrito Brothers circa '74

The Flying Dorito Brothers
Cause Spirits & Soundbar
Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday April 12th 2011

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: Along the left wall near the front. ~7' ^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Hypers) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > razorlame > 320kbps]
Edit: Sound Forge 10 (compression + fades)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

The Flying Dorito Brothers - "Older Guys"
The Flying Dorito Brothers - "Hot Burrito #1"

Cause installed a new PA system last Monday so I was certainly interested in checking out the first show with it in use. I've never been a huge fan of post-'60s Country but The Flying Dorito Brothers are legit and they do their forefathers justice in my book. Word is this was their 3rd ever show. Night Moves and The Burglars supported. Crowds in this room are always a little but that's the nature of the beast and it was a fun night nonetheless.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Record Store Day 2011

Many deals can be had at these establishments today:

Hymie's Records
Roadrunner Records
Yeti Records
Extreme Noise Records
Electric Fetus
Treehouse Records
Fifth Element
Down in the Valley

Just transferred 3 plus gigs of recordings from earlier in the week. Unfortunately no time to post anything before heading down to Hymie's but hopefully Sunday can be a catch up day. It's been too long since I've had Blue Moon coffee so that's sounding pretty delicious right now.

Speaking of delicious, this is an IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION that Psycho Suzi's offers Giardiniera as a pizza topping. Tip of the day: Get it to go.

Friday, April 15, 2011

An Update If You Feel Like Reading One.

On Monday Cause had their new PA System installed and ran it for the first time Tuesday night. Apologies to my birthday homies at Honey but I wanted to keep it close and check out this new PA. The Flying Dorito Brothers, The Burglars and Night Moves were all recorded. I'm excited to post some tracks from The Flying Dorito Brothers set in particular.

Wednesday morning I noticed CLAPS were playing The Entry that night. I shot Matt a text to see if he was mixing sound and indeed he was. The ante was then upped and the CLAPS set made the last minute show decision more than worth it.

Woke up in a haze Thursday morning but I knew I had to haul gear to work to record a flute + piano recital at Augsburg at 7pm. Stopped into The Triple Rock on my way to find out that they nixed the buffalo wings from the menu?! The veggie wings are still available but I had to go with chicken tenders and buffalo sauce to halt the craving. Cheers Billy. Headed over to the venue side for a minute on my way out and was able to catch some of the Subhumans. They were in good hands with Tom behind the board.

The recital was pretty legit. Kou killed it and I recognized Tom on piano from the McPhail vocal opera a few weekends ago. Hooked up with Sam and crossed the 94 walking bridge to get to Franklin. He didn't have to twist my arm when he suggested stopping into Tracy's, it had been a while. Unfortunately it was not Tuesday Wing Night but oh well. The benefit show for Lugosi at the Hexagon was a great time and I hope they raised a lot of money. The vegan samoas were delicious and sorry Harris but I let some girl have the fondue pot. After a quick stop at the TFATT house Dave was kind enough to 55408 so I didn't have to spend 48 hours away from the queen bed.

Pizza date in Northeast or The Martyr's new solidified line up at The Nomad? Sorry Luc, pizza date is winning but I will try to make it over to the West Bank. If you're into it you should consider checking out this show tonight...

The Nomad World Pub
Friday 4/15
9pm | $5?

The Chickadee Mountain Martyrs
Dangerous Ponies (7 piece band from Philly)
In the Morning
Dance Band

Saturday should be good. I'm recording all of the indoors music at Hymie's Record Store Day from 11am to 7pm. Cadillac has recording the outdoor stage covered. Then I might try to get a nap in before Disasteratti, Voytek, Nightosaur and White Mischief at Hell's Kitchen later that night.

Peace & Serenity in 2012,


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yoni Wolf (WHY?) April Tour Dates

04/08/11 Gambier, OH The Horn Gallery @ Kenyon College
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: FREE!. Age restrictions: All Ages.

04/09/11 Cincinnati, OH The Monastary
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10.

04/15/11 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages.
Buy tickets

04/16/11 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $12.
Buy tickets

04/16/11 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $12.
Buy tickets

04/21/11 Los Angeles Bootleg Theatre
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages.
Address: 2200 Beverly Blvd.
Buy tickets

04/23/11 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Theatre
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages.
Address: 2170 Market St.
Buy tickets

04/28/11 Chicago, IL Mayne Stage
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $11/$13.
Address: 1328 West Morse Ave
Buy tickets

Yoni from WHY? will be playing some solo shows this month. Round trip from MSP to SFO has been booked. Sounds like I'll be staying in the Castro District. El Farolito and I have a date.

Benefit For Lugosi Tonight At The Hexagon.

The Hexagon
Thursday April 14th

Phantom Tails
The Great Confinement
The Funeral And The Twilight
Hollow Boys

+ Silent Auction with tons of great items!
+ Baked Goods Raffle!

Facebook Event.

I know I mentioned this a few days ago but just a quick heads up for tonight. Lugosi isn't my dog but he's awesome nonetheless. Last February he was hit by a snow plow and had to have one of his legs amputated. He's had ongoing health problems every since including a surgery to check on an obstruction in his intestine. The medical bills are in the thousands at this point and we just want to help get some of those paid down. I know what you're thinking though, "He's just a dog. Nuclear war is coming so just put him down and he'll be better off right?" NO. Tonight we help Lugosi.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Explosions In the Sky @ Stage AE

Well, you'll notice that this did not go down in Minneapolis and it's tagged "Someone else's tape" so I'm just passing along links to Steve's newly released EITS recording from this past Friday. Enjoy and please thank Steve if you get the chance. Official releases can be purchased through the Explosions in the Sky website. This recording is hosted on the Live Music Archive with the permission of the band.

16bit | 24bit

Explosions In the Sky
Stage AE
Pittsburgh, PA
April 8, 2011

Duration: 1hr, 17min

01. Intro
02. The Only Moment We Were Alone
03. Welcome, Ghosts
04. Last Known Surroundings
05. Your Hand in Mine
06. The Birth and Death of the Day
07. Postcard From 1952
08. Catastrophe and the Cure
09. Let Me Back In
10. Greet Death

Source: Schoeps MK41 (DIN) > Modded CMC5 > Metric Halo ULN-2 > Oade Ambient Mod R4 Pro
Conversion: R4 Pro Harddrive > Audition 1.0 > CDWav > WAV > FLAC
Recorded and Mastered By: tonedeaf (

Notes: Octopus Project opened.

The Heliotrope Eight Line-Up

This year's Heliotrope Festival will be held at The Loring Theater.

International Novelty Gamelan
Falcon Arrow
Hastings 3000
The Fortified Five
Breanna Tandy and the Halcyon Muffin Parallelisms
[TBA: pending moniker evolution...]
Dreamland Faces

FRIDAY, May 27
Mother of Fire
Daughters of the Sun
Tender Meat with Sho & Joe
Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano
Paul Metzger/Adam Linz/JT Bates
Take Acre
Milo Fine & Charles Gillett

Skoal Kodiak
Mondo Drag
Thunderbolt Pagoda
White Mischief
Blood Folke
Jon Jacob 3
Grain Belt

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Recordings On The Way...

The Arc@de Fir3 @ The 400 Bar (11/27/04)
Silkworm @ The Triple Rock (03/19/05)
Hockey Night @ ??? (xx/xx/xx) ???
Malachi Constant @ ??? (xx/xx/xx) ???
Much Worse @ The Triple Rock (02/04/11)
Blood Folke @ The Kitty Cat Klub (Debut show 03/17/11)
Fortified Five @ The Entry (03/26/11)
Larry Wish & His Guys @ Org@n H@us (03/30/11)
SOMETHING From TVBC @ The Loring Theater (03/31/11) I hope???
Battle Napkin @ The Triple Rock (03/07/11)
Bethany Larson and the Bee's Knees's @ The Triple Rock (03/07/11)
Trash Talk @ The Triple Rock (04/03/11)

There's certainly stuff I'm forgetting. Still some sets from February/March that I wanted to post. Definitely need to find time to go back and dig through 2010 and if you notice the first few entries I plan to start going back even further than that. I'm trying to take it somewhat easy these first couple weeks of April in an effort to save funds for San Francisco but now that the weather is awesome I still find myself going out even if it's not to a show so I'm not sure how that's going to work. Please stay tuned if you feel like it.

Spring 2011

Been taking it easy since the OFF! show for no real reason. I meant to make it to gleb's the following night to record The Funeral And The Twilight but I got derailed by Mere's birthday party. It was completely worth it though. I could stand to make more time for friends and less time for shows, especially now that weather is cooperating again. Speaking of the 4/4 TFATT show though, I heard the John Calvin set was something to see. Next time. Took my Step Dad down to Hell's Kitchen on Saturday night for Yonkers and the Shake, Spider John Koerner & Tony Glover, Paul Metzger and Curtis A & the Jerks of Fate. We both had a great time and that meant a lot to me.

Wondering where to catch the good music around town tonight? I'd highly recommend Holyoke and Buildings at Honey. Word is Buildings goes on at 10pm. I've never been to Honey but it's on Hennepin & 2nd street NE just across the bridge.

I usually try not to get too spammy about shows but if you're not busy this Thursday it would mean a lot if people could stop down to the Hexagon. My friend Linday's (The Great Confinement) little Boston Terrier Lugosi got hit by a snow plow last winter and lost one of his legs. He's had ongoing health issues every since including an obstruction in his intestines making it difficult for him to keep food down. The Lugosi Benefit includes a silent auction, along with performances by Phantom Tails, The Great Confinement, The Funeral And The Twilight and Hollow Boys.

On a lighter note, let's get the Barbecues going yeah? See you in the backyard.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

OFF! @ The Triple Rock

Photo: Adam DeGross

The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Sunday April 3rd 2011

These Recordings Are For Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

"Rat Trap"

Thank you to the bands for allowing me to record, especially to OFF! for the permission to post these tracks. Thanks as always to The Triple Rock for doing what they do. Much Worse (Minneapolis) and Trash Talk (Sacramento) supported. The First Four EPs Box Set can be purchased through the band's store on vinyl, CD and digital.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I Can't Be In Two Cities At The Same Time.

Also this evening!

First Avenue Presents:

Moon Duo (San Francisco)
Food Pyramid

The Turf Club
8pm Doors

It's true. I've tried it before. This bill is sick, sick, sick. Three sicks. Wish I could be there.

Night 5 (Back to home base).

Been doing a little recording this week and haven't slowed down much since Wednesday. I'm reporting back to home base tonight to record Keith Morris' (Circle Jerks/Black Flag) new band OFF! (Los Angeles) at The Triple Rock. The OFF! roster features Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven Shane McDonald, and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba. Earlier in the week I contacted OFF! to see if I could obtain permission to record. I sent an email at 12:09PM and at 12:58PM I received a simple "Go for it" so thanks to whoever moderates the band's official email account. I will try not to disappoint.

Trash Talk (Sacramento) is also on the bill but you know what I've really been looking forward to? Seeing Much Worse again. My vote for best hardcore punk band actively playing Minneapolis right now and there are many a punk band here.

Monday night, Monday night...hmm. The Funeral and The Twilight have a show at Gleb's. Email me for the address.

Crusader No Remorse @ Memory Lanes

Crusader No Remorse
Memory Lanes
Minneapolis, MN
Monday March 21st 2011

Taper: empty
Location: DINish, DFC, 15' back, ~7' ^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Hypers) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV]
Edit: Not sure what CNR did after I sent over the .WAV

This Recording Is For Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Nextlahuali
02. Execration
03. Narghual (Wolf In Man)
04. Crusader No Remorse
05. The Humonculous
06. Ancient Sacrifice

The band has made 256kbps mp3s are available here.

Some Black Metal from Minneapolis to cleanse your Sunday afternoon palate. Crusader No Remorse and Clump supported Cognitive Dissonance. The Cognitive Dissonance set is available on Empty's Tapes.

Marijuana Deathsquads @ Hell's Kitchen

Marijuana Deathsquads
Hell's Kitchen
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday April 2nd 2011

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB, off to the left, ~20' back, ~7' ^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Hypers) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > Razorlame > 320kbps mp3]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (compression)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

Marijuana Deathsquads - Live at Hell's Kitchen (04/02/11)

(To download Right Click & Save Link As on PC. Control + Click on mac.)

Marijuana Deathsquads and Slapping Purses supported Spyder Baybie Raw Dog 3k and 2% Muck on the eve of their CD Release for Grimeworld which is available through Totally Gross National Product. Yes, Spyder made it back from New Orleans alive and in one piece. Thank you to the bands and to Hell's Kitchen for allowing me to record. It was certainly a great time. Everyone wants to be a Dee Jay. Everyone wants to blow speakers.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Humanda @ The Triple Rock

A .RAR file containing this recording is available here.

The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday March 5th 2011

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish, Right drink rail, 30' back, ~7.5' ^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Hypers) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > RazorLame> 320kbps mp3]
Edit: Compression (Sound Forge 10)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Untitled 1
02. Untitled 2
03. Paul Bunyans' Playhouse *

* 7" release coming soon.

Bandcamp | Myspace | Facebook | Radio K In-Studio

Humanda is Michael Warren and Evan Ishmael.

Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons (Madison, WI), Fort Wilson Riot and Speeds the Name played as well. I wanted to stay for Fort Wilson Riot and Speeds the Name but I had to head down the street to Palmer's to record El Le Faunt & His Traveling Circus. It was another damn fine night of music on the West Bank. Thank you to the bands and to The Triple Rock. Two songs were omitted per request.