Acid Mothers Temple
April 10th, 2010
Baltimore, MD

Roland Edirol R-09 (SBD feed) > GoldWave (first 11:45 reduced in volume by 50% due to level fluctuation in master) > WaveLab (SL-1 Stereo Expander @ 100% > Puncher (hard density, 75% effect, 0% output gain) > CDWAV (tracks split and saved as .FLAC level 8 ) > foobar2000 (Tags + ReplayGain)

Location: The sounds are coming from INSIDE THE PA!!

Taper: ZaPenguin (zappa.penguin(AT) or

SOUND QUALITY: A (not a professional studio mix but as close as an amateur taper like myself can hope for - major props to the sound guy here, shows at the Ottobar always sound incredible)

Tsuyama Atsushi: monster bass, voice, cosmic joker
Higashi Hiroshi: synth, guitar, voice, dancin'king
Shimura Koji: drums, latino cool
Kawabata Makoto: guitar, voice, speed guru

CD1 [43:50]
01. Soundcheck [4:18]
02. "Infinite Intro Jam" [12:36]
03. "Mellow Jam" [7:49]
--> 04. > "Tsuyama's Recorder Dream" [2:08]
--> 05. > "Avant-Jazz Jam" > Douchebag [8:44]
[total time of suite: 18:41]

06. "Tuning Tsuyama's Mouth" [0:55]
07. > "More Deconstructions About Devolvement and Food" [3:51]
08. > "We Shall Hungover Come" [0:54]
--> 09. > Pink Lady Lemonade [14:12]
--> 10. > "From 0 to 'The End'" [7:00]
--> 11. > Pink Lady Lemonade [7:47]
--> 12. > Cometary Orbital Drive > Speed Guru [19:14]
[total time of suite: 49:07]
13. "Audience Asks For More" [2:03]
14. "Band Prepares For More" [0:29]
15. "From Infinity Approaching Zero: The Asymptotical Curve of Asymptomatic Ennui (A Human Condition) Featuring an Asymbolic Vocal Interlude & Variations on Trans-Metaphoric Solitary Ruminations and Illuminations Therein, Thereof, Thereafter, and Therefore; as Collectively Understood and Individually Re-realized by Four Asymmetrical Yet Equovically Equal Musicians Live On Stage in Baltimore City" [1:57]

Notes: Track 15 might be an Electric Light Orchestra cover.

"Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese psychedelic band founded in 1995 by members of the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective. The band is led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto and early in their career featured many musicians but by 2004 the line-up had coalesced with 4 core members and frequent vocal guests.

The band have a reputation for phenomenal live shows, and releasing frequent albums on a number of international record labels, as well as the Acid Mothers Temple family record label which was established in 1998 to document the activities of the whole collective."
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which every 14 year old has edited.


Well, it's been nearly a year in the making here. The long story is quite possibly too tedious to relate, the condensed version is that I was hoping to get in touch with the guy who got a SBD feed of the D.C. show, as my AUD did not turn out terribly listenable (C+/C territory, if my memory serves correctly). However, just like the past year, this guy proved a very tricky contact, and eventually the entire 2010 Project was put off onto the great cosmic backburner, in no small part due to my frustration with the sound on the D.C. recording.

On the bright side, I got this SBD feed in Baltimore (major props to the sound guy, whose name may very well be Brian but don't quote me on this), so let's let bygones be bygones and sink our teeth into some fresh Mothers, with no distracting audience chatter or bar noises!

The 2010 tour seems to feature a smattering of new songs on the setlist which I can't for the life of me identify - any setlist help would be really appreciated. This show has some damn nice moments - Tsuyama's recorder solo in the midst of what is either a very lengthy, multi-faceted jam or a suite of new material is one of those sublime moments that only a very, very few bands can ever quite manage. Don't let the soundboard sound fool you - the normally rowdy Ottobar audience was just as quiet for it as they seem. Tsuyama is on fine form tonight, giving us a taste of Acid-Americana with his touching, soulful rendition of "We Shall [hung]Overcome".

Fret not, gentle listener, this will not be the last Acid Mothers recording from this Penguin - 2011 has something special in the air.

Do not sell this recording. Do not buy this recording. Do not sell this recording, then buy it from yourself. When at the Ottobar, ask for Brian and see what happens.

Torrented by the taper: ZaPenguin

email - zappa.penguin(AT)
web - (always woefully out of date)

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