Monday, May 30, 2011

Jon Jacob 3 @ Heliotrope Eight

Photo by Adam Bubolz

Jon Jacob 3
The Loring Theater
Heliotrope Eight
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday May 28th 2011

Recorded by: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DFC stage lip, 5'^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Wide Card) > 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) Track indexing (CD Wave)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

Woof this recording here.

Haven't heard Albert's new album James St Murder Laden Mitten Wonder yet? It's available through Totally Gross National Product. Thank you to the bands, Heliotrope and especially The Loring Theater for allowing me to set up residence last weekend.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mogwai @ The Showbox At The Market (Seattle)

Since PJ flew to Seattle to record this Mogwai show I'm posting it on Empty's Tapes. Below is his original post from The Traders' Den which is where the recording is available bit BitTorrent. Thanks to PJ for sharing and TTD for hosting. Minneapolis rolling deep in Seattle.

May 7, 2011
Showbox at the Market
Seattle, WA

Taper: pjp
Source: Schoeps MK4 > Nbox > Edirol R-09HR @ 24/48
Location: FOB, ~10 feet left of center, 6 feet high
Transfer: R-09HR > USB > CDwav > .flac
Editing: Fade-in/out and coverted to 16/44.1 with Adobe Audition


01. White Noise
02. Rano Pano
03. Killing All the Flies
04. I Know You Are but What Am I?
05. Death Rays
06. Travel Is Dangerous
07. San Pedro
08. I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
09. Mexican Grand Prix
10. New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1
11. How to Be a Werewolf
12. George Square Thatcher Death Party
13. Auto Rock
14. Glasgow Mega-Snake
-- encore --
15. Hasenheide
16. Like Herod

Total running time: 99:28


I'll be putting the 24/48 version up on in the near future for those interested.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Nicollet Mall Sprint.

How many nights in a row can you record at The Loring Theater and Hell's Kitchen at the same time? Probably 3.

Thanks Justin!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Explosions In the Sky Return to the Mainroom.

This October Explosions In the Sky will be returning to First Avenue for the first time since their March 29th 2007 stop.

Monday October 10th 2011
Explosions In the Sky
with Wye Oak
Mainroom | 7:00pm | 18+
$18.00 adv | $20.00 door

On sale: Friday, May 27 at 12:00pm CST. Tickets are also available locally at these outlets.

09/01 -- Tucson, AZ -- Rialto Theatre
09/02 -- San Diego, CA -- SOMA
09/05 -- Big Sur, CA -- Henry Miller Library
09/08 -- Spokane, WA -- Bing Crosby Theater
09/09 -- Vancouver, BC -- The Vogue Theatre
09/11 -- Boise, ID -- Egyptian Theatre
09/13 -- Denver, CO -- The Fillmore Auditorium
09/14 -- Albuquerque, NM -- Sunshine Theatre
09/16 -- Dallas, TX -- AT&T Performing Arts Center - Strauss Square
09/28 -- New Orleans, LA -- Tipitina's *
09/29 -- Atlanta, GA -- Tabernacle *
09/30 -- Asheville, NC -- Orange Peel *
10/01 -- Baltimore, MD -- Ram's Head Live
10/02 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Tower Theater
10/03 -- Montclair, NJ -- Wellmont Theatre
10/05 -- Boston, MA -- Orpheum Theatre
10/06 -- Montreal, QC -- Metropolis Theatre *
10/07 -- Toronto, ON -- Sound Academy *
10/08 -- Royal Oak, MI -- Royal Oak Music Theatre *
10/10 -- Minneapolis, MN -- First Avenue *
10/11 -- Des Moines, IA -- Val Air Ballroom *
10/12 -- Kansas City, MO -- Uptown Theatre *
10/13 -- Oklahoma City, OK -- Diamond Ballroom *

* Wye Oak supports

Monday, May 23, 2011

Jesse Bottomley Benefit Show Tonight at The Triple Rock.

"A rock and roll show for the benefit of Jesse Bottomley's broken leg and the support that leg gives him."

The Triple Rock Social Club
Monday May 23rd

The Sex Rays
Gay Witch Abortion
Mike Gunther
Black Adio(2/5ths of Black Audience)

The Facebook?

Heliotrope 8 Set Times Announced.

Heliotrope 8 is this week at The Loring Theater. These set times are of course subject to change. Day passes are $12 making the 3 day festival pass a steal at $24.

11:00 International Novelty Gamelan
10:15 Falcon Arrow
9:30 Nomia
9:00 Hastings 3000
8:15 Fortified Five
7:30 Breanna Tandy and the Halcyon Muffin Parallelisms
7:00 Pentacene
6:30 Humanda
6:00 Dreamland Faces

11:15 Mother of Fire
10:45 Daughters of the Sun
10:15 Lighted
9:45 Tender Meat with Sho & Joe
8:45 Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano
8:15 Paul Metzger / JT Bates / Adam Linz
7:30 Take Acre
7:00 Myrrh
6:00 Milo Fine & Charles Gillett

11:00 Skoal Kodiak
10:15 Votel
9:30 Chichadee Mountain Martyrs
8:45 Thunderbolt Pagoda
8:00 White Mischief
7:30 Blood Folke
7:00 Scaphe
6:30 Jon Jacob 3
6:00 Grain Belt

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Young Widows @ The Triple Rock ('11)

Photo by Nick Thieneman

A .RAR file containing this recording is available here.

Young Widows
The Triple Rock Social Club
Minneapolis, MN
Monday May 16th 2011

Recorded by: 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) Track indexing (CD Wave)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Lean on the Ghost
02. Swamped and Agitated
03. Miss Tambourine Wrist
04. White Golden Rings
05. Rose Window
06. The Muted Man
07. Young Rivers
08. Future Heart
09. Took a Turn
10. Old Skin | Myspace | Facebook

My Disco (Melbourne) and The Nina The Pinta (Mpls) supported Young Widows on this stop through Minneapolis. Their new album In and Out of Youth and Lightness is available through Temporary Residence Limited. You can still catch Young Widows and My Disco on the final leg of their tour. Dates are below. Please support the band by picking up the official releases. Thank you to the bands and to The Triple Rock for allowing me to record.

June 02 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
June 03 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
June 04 - Salt Lake City, UT - Burt's Tiki Lounge
June 05 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
June 07 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern
June 08 - Portland, OR - Rotture
June 10 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
June 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
June 12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
June 13 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
June 15 - Austin, TX - Red 7
June 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory

Bouncer Fighter - "Corpses on the Wall" Live (05/19/11)

A little something to listen to during the Rapture from the mighty Bouncer Fighter. Caleb writes some of the all time top lyrics this side of the Mississippi. A few nights ago down in Hell's Kitchen Bouncer Fighter, Nightosaur and Colder in Moscow supported Sorry OK at the release show for their new album Piss Our Names In The Snow recorded live at The Nomad by some guy you may or may not know.

Bouncer Fighter - "Corpses on the Wall" (Live at Hell's Kitchen 05/19/11)

"g-d fell from the sky with a hole in his heart and with his last dyin' words he said tear this place apart."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Empty's Tapes Exclusive: NEW City on the Make!

Photo: Peter Lee

Those in attendance at Hell's Kitchen last Thursday were treated to a set of mostly new and unreleased City on the Make material. It's time for the next level and I for one am excited to hear these songs usher in summertime for the city I hold closet to my heart. But the hits don't stop there. Our friend Mischa has returned to Minneapolis after his extensive travels on the continent of Asia. Catch City on the Make next at The Nomad on Saturday June 4th with two guitarists and a bunch of new songs to keep Saturday night moving on the West Bank. Got a facespace? Thanks to Zach Boes for the mix and to MPLSSTPL for putting this show together.

320kbps mp3:

City on the Make - "Who Let The Dogs Out?" Live at Hell's Kitchen (5/12/11)


City on the Make - "Who Let The Dogs Out?" Live at Hell's Kitchen (5/12/11)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse in St Paul (1978)

Neil Young (San Francisco '78)

I wasn't born for another 23 months but this looks pretty awesome. I haven't downloaded it yet but I came across it last night and thought I would share the link. It was posted 2/10/11 and only has 4 seeds left so grab it while it's available. This torrent is being hosted on The Traders' Den and is available here. The archivist is unknown to me. The original post is below.

Neil Young
Civic Center Arena
St. Paul, MN
w/Crazy Horse

AUD > Unknown Generation > CDR > EAC > wav > flac


Disc 1:
01. Sugar Mountain
02. I Am A Child
03. Comes A Time
04. Already One
05. After The Gold Rush
06. Thrasher
07. My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)
08. When You Dance I Can Really Love
09. The Loner
10. Welfare Mothers (cut)
11. Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown

Disc 2:
01. The Needle And The Damage Done
02. Lotta Love
03. Sedan Delivery
04. Powderfinger
05. Cortez The Killer
06. Cinnamon Girl
07. Like A Hurricane
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (Missing)
Tonight's The Night (Missing)

1978 Rust Never Sleeps Tour with Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse, Line Up 3
Neil Young - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, harmonica
Frank Sampedro - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Billy Talbot - bass, vocals
Ralph Molina - drums, vocals

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Marijuana Deathsquads Daytrotter Session.

The Thrash And Dance Of The Guilty Conscience
May 10, 2011

Words by Sean Moeller
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Recording engineered by Patrick Stolley

The Marijuana Deathsquads Daytrotter session was posted earlier today. Thank you to everyone associated with Daytrotter for all of the hard work they put in.

Monday, May 09, 2011

No Bird Sing - "Pretty Pocket Snatchers" Live at The Cedar

On Friday April 29th No Bird Sing released their new LP Theft of the Commons, the follow up to 2009's No Bird Sing. Kristoff Krane and Kill the Vultures supported. NBS has been one of my favorite bands since first catching them at The Uptown in October 2008 and I am glad they are receiving the attention they deserve. Graham O'Brien was kind enough to pass on his exclusive mix of "Pretty Pocket Snatchers" from The Cedar.

No Bird Sing - "Pretty Pocket Snatchers" (Live at The Cedar) | Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter

Thursday, May 05, 2011

At The Hexagon and The Triple Rock Tonight...

Two great shows on a night where I don't feel like doing anything. Don't be lazy like me.

If you felt like it you could send The Funeral And The Twilight off proper at The Hexagon as they will be doing some Midwestern dates with Stephen Paul Smoker and Grace Kulp.

The Hexagon
Thursday May 5th
9:30 | no cover | 21+

The Funeral And The Twilight
The Chickadee Mountain Martyrs
Stephen Paul Smoker (Chicago)
Grace Kulp (Chicago)


You could also (if you felt like it) check out another nicely put together Nowlikephotographs Prsents bill at The Triple Rock.

The Triple Rock Social Club
Thursday May 5th
8:00 | $8 | 18+

Take Acre (Last)
Hildur Victoria
Falcon Arrow (First)


EDIT: christ, Strong Bones are at The Turf and Har Mar Superstar, Seawhores and Slapping Purses are at The Entry. It's a good night to be above ground in the Twin Cities.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Yoni Wolf - "The Vowels, Pt. 2" Live in San Francisco

Photo: Lena Bedoyan

Yoni & Josiah Wolf
Swedish American Hall
San Francisco
Saturday April 23rd 2011

"The Vowels, Pt. 2"

Once I realized the final night of Yoni's recent 6 city tour ended on a Saturday evening in San Francisco I had to try to make things happen. Yoni greenlighted the mission on one condition; due to the fact that new WHY? songs were being performed that haven't even been recorded yet I was not to release the recording online or off without his permission. I gave my word and booked a flight.

Up until that weekend I had zero contacts in San Francisco so I broke the No Hotels rule and found a place in The Castro a few doors down from the venue for $65 a night. Friday night consisted of a stellar meal at El Castillito on Church Street and the closing down of Zeitgeist. On Saturday morning I began The Great Mission Street Taquería Crawl of 2011 with the stand out of course being El Farolito.

Bay Area archivists had warned me about the room's sound but with Eli being the only FOH on this tour Yoni had previously worked with he was able to dial it in quite nicely. A huge thanks to The Swedish American Hall staff for allowing me to get the 4 tracks. Pleasant interactions the entire night. Much respect to Zach Boes for his efforts in post.

To be honest I didn't see much of the city because I spent most of my short stay walking around The Mission. There will be a next time.

"I'm not a ladies man, I'm a landmine."

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Take Acre @ The Entry

A .RAR file containing this recording is available here.

Take Acre
The Entry
Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday April 19th 2011

Recorded by: emptystapes AT gmail DOT com
Location: The usual spot.
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 Pro 10 (mild compression), CD Wave (track indexing)

This recording is for archival and promotional purposes only.

01. Emperor Seamount
02. There is Pretty Distance
03. Harlem Renaissance Festival
04. The Bathers
05. [Improv]
06. Burned Grove

Rich Barlow - guitar
Jaron Childs - lap steel
Charles Gillett - bass/guitar
Davu Seru - drums | Bandcamp | Myspace

Take Acre, Humanda and Witch Hat (Baltimore) supported Falcon Arrow. Take Acre is quickly becoming one of the must see bands in the Twin Cities. If you're interested their next show is this Thursday May 5th at The Triple Rock as part of Nowlikephotographs Prsents: Take Acre, Hildur Victoria, Humanda & Falcon Arrow. Take Acre's self-titled LP is available now through the band or at several local retailers. Thank you to everyone who works at The Entry.

Tonight at Cause...

Pile (Boston)
Noman (Detroit)
Hardcore Crayons

Tuesday May 3, 2011
$5 - 21+

Maybe I'll make it and maybe I won't but I support this bill regardless. What else are you doing on a Tuesday night?

Grain Belt @ The Triple Rock

Download this recording.

Grain Belt
The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Monday May 2nd 2011

Recorded by: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Cards) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > RazorLame> 320kbps mp3]
Edit: None

Static Sound Mpls Presents: Juhyo, Grain Belt, HeatdeatH & False. Harsh Junk Metal Noise.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Fortified Five @ The Entry

Fortified Five
The Entry
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday March 26th 2011

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

Please enjoy the last 2 songs of the Fortified Five set.

Fortified Five and Southeast Engine supported The Cloak Ox. Thanks to the bands and to The Entry for allowing me to record.

Fortified Five on 6th Street at SXSW 2011.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Blood Folke (debut) @ The Kitty Cat Klub

Photo: Sharyn Morrow

A .RAR file containing this recording is available here.

Blood Folke
The Kitty Cat Klub
Minneapolis, MN
Thursday March 17th 2011

Recorded by: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Source 1: AKG 414B-xls (Hypers) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Source 2: Soundboard > iRiver h120 (Line-in @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV]
Edit: Pro Tools magic?

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Winter's Summer
02. Red Cardigan
03. Merzerum
04. Termination Shield

Dan - guitar & vocals
Lauren - viola
Bryan - percussion

Blood Folke and The Night played Perish07. Perish is every third Thursday of the month at The Kitty Cat Klub. This was Blood Folke's debut public performance? Several people in the room were confused by the notion of this immediately after the band finished. The tightness and precision with which they played suggested they had been booking shows for some time now. The week proceeding the show I was telling people that this was the best local set I had seen all year. A month and a half later that statement still holds true. Thanks to the band and the KCK for allowing this recording to happen. Thanks to J.M. for all of his efforts in post.