When we last heard from Chicago’s Ryley Walker he was lending his yelps and frenetic guitar playing to the wonderful songs on his sophomore LP Primrose Green. But it’s a year later and now we find him in the company of drummer Charles Rumback, expanding his avant-garde vernacular.
Jeff Zeigler‘s name has been attached to many projects over the years: his duo with harpist Mary Lattimore, experimental outfit Arc in Round, producer of records by The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Purling Hiss, Sun Airway, Chris Forsyth, Steve Gunn (and more). But lately he’s been performing his improvisational soundscapes solo, and local show archivist PhilaTaper was on scene to capture a set at Boot & Saddle earlier this month.
You probably didn’t know it, but at the last concert you attended you may have been standing next to a taper. Just ask Kris, a.k.a. Philataper, who has been documenting live gigs for over 20 years. Just a quick perusal of his Soundcloud page shows a treasure trove of local happenings: Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, Hiss Golden Messenger at Johnny Brenda’s, Doug Paisley at Boot and Saddle.
Recording shows isn’t contained to only the jam band scene, where tapers have been found in designated areas at shows for decades with portable recorders, preamps and microphones on tall stands. True, it’s the only scene that often openly allows taping. In fact, that’s where it all started for Kris (who asks that his last name remain anonymous because of the nature of his hobby). Continue reading →