bootleg series

An ongoing series of limited-run bootleg cassette tapes highlighting live performances

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo provided by the artist

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo by Ben Calhoun

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo by Abi Reimold

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo provided by artist

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo provided by artist

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo by Laura Lee Blackburn

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo by Bob Sweeney

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo provided by the artist

design and layout by Jon Samuels

photo provided by the artist

Live @ Tortoise Town (Brooklyn, NY) 12​/​14​/​2019 &

Live @ The Beverly (Kingston, NY) 9​/​7​/​2019

Adeline Hotel

DLR BTL 009 - Cassette (25 copies)

April 1, 2021

1. Solid Love
2. Slow Love

3. Trying For You

4. Relief

5. In A Way

6. Trace

1. Solid Love > Still Life Blues

2. Strange Sometimes

3. Slow Love

4. Trying For You

5. Trace

6. Reciprocal Age

Both shows recorded on a ZoomH4 by Ben Seretan, mixed by Ian Wayne 

Side A is a full band performance, Side B is a guitar and harmonium duo. 

All profits go to Make The Road:

Solo @ Ranieri Chapel (Umbria, Italy) September 2014


DLR BTL 008 - Cassette (25 copies)

March 4, 2020

Side A: 

1. Be Mine 
2. Cellophane 
3. Easter Story 
4. Resting Place 
5. Wandering Jew 
6. Lion Den 

Side B: 

7. To Fear/Love 
8. Red Paint 
9. Out of the Rain 
10. Spinning Daisy 
11. After Dark 
12. Under Awnings 
13: Do you burn? 
14. Birdsong 

Annie Lewandowski performed and recorded the songs found on Powerdove Solo at Ranieri Chapel in a 15th century chapel in Umbria, Italy, in September 2014. The elements that inspired the performance and recording came together sweetly and naturally – an abandoned guitar discovered in a castle corner, an empty chapel revealing an exquisite acoustic, a fully-charged Zoom recorder on hand. Visual artist Buster Simpson covered the stone floor with flowering stems of lavender before Annie’s performance. It crunched underfoot as Annie and her audience entered the chapel, unlocking earthy floral scents that combined with the songs, swirling upwards to the heavens. 

The recording was lightly mixed and mastered by William Ryan Fritch in California in late fall, 2014.

All profits donated to Southside Community Center Ithaca

Live @ The Eastman House (Houston, TX) 12/29/2018

Cameron Knowler

DLR BTL 007 - Cassette (25 copies)

January 7, 2020

Big Footed Man > Chattanooga 
Old Beech Leaves > Texas Gales > Farewell to Trion 
Mint and Milk 

Rock Place > Goat Won't Go 
Mountain Dew and Blackberry Blossom 
Lone Prairie 

His instruments, a Pisgah Dobson model banjo and Thompson DMA, captured by a single condenser microphone. The set is comprised of traditional fiddle tunes gleaned from his heroes, James Bryan, Norman Blake, Jon Bekoff and bygone sources, as well as a slew of newly crafted originals


All profits donated to Project Row Houses 

Live @ Dirty Dungarees (Columbus, OH) 10/02/2019 & Live @ Tubby's (Kingston, NY) 03/07/2020 

Powers/Rolin Duo

DLR BTL 005 - Cassette (25 copies)

December 4, 2020

A1. Live @ Dirty Dungarees (Columbus, OH) 10/02/2019 ft. Lisa Bella Donna

B1. Live @ Tubby's (Kingston, NY) 03/07/2020 

Matthew J. Rolin plays a Guild F-1512 12 string jumbo acoustic with an LR-baggs m1a soundhole pickup plugged directly into the PA. Jen Powers plays a 2 octave sized hammered dulcimer with hammers and sometimes a violin bow. Jen plays her dulcimer through a boss DD-20 delay and a tc electronics hall of fame reverb through a shitty Behringer practice amp of which we don’t even know the model. Lisa Bella Donna plays an old ARP Odyssey. 


The show at Dirty Dungarees was recorded on an iPhone by Doug Leed. The show at Tubby’s was taped by Zoots Houston who was also doing sound, and then eq’d a little by Cory Plump.

All profits donated to RAICES 


Live @ The Hideout 09/24/2019

Eli Winter/Sam Wagster (Wagster/Winter Duo)

DLR BTL 005 - Cassette (25 copies)

November 5, 2020

A1. Either I Would Become Ash

B1. Untitled

B2. Maroon


Recorded from the stage with an iPhone 8, 9.24.2019 at The Hideout in Chicago, IL. Sam Wagster -- pedal steel guitar. Eli Winter -- acoustic and electric guitars.

All profits donated to Greater Chicago Food Despository 

Radio City - Philadelphia, PA - August, 2020


DLR BTL 004- Cassette (25 copies)

October 2, 2020

A1. O My Soul

A2. Life Is White

A3. Way Out West

A4. What's Going Ahn

A5. You Get What You Deserve

B1. Mod Lang

B2. Back of A Car

B3. Daisy Glaze

B4. She's A Mover

B5. September Gurls

B6. Morpha Too

B7. I'm In Love With A Girl

Recording info— drums, Ibanez SGT110-VS acoustic, & vox for “What’s Going Ahn” first recorded to cassette on QFX Shoebox, then re-recorded to Zoom H4n via Sony CFD-S32 Mega Bass Cassette-corder playback. All other vox, Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II semi-hollow, modified Fender Jazzmaster, & aux percussion recorded directly to Zoom H4n. everything performed by Peter Gill. “Mixed” by Peter Gill in Cubase LESubsequently rescued & “mastered” by Lucas Knapp


All songs originally written and recorded by Big Star, released February 1974

All profits will be given to black West Philadelphians requesting reparations via the reparations thread on the neighborhood Facebook page West Willy.

Acid Tunnel (Live!) - Solo at The Mothlight 4/8/2018

Shane Parish

DLR BTL 003 - Cassette (25 copies)

September 4, 2020

A1. The Curse That Keeps on Giving (Live)

A2. Soft Situation (Live)


B1.  A Drop of Blood is Passed From Hand To Hand (Live)


Recorded on a Zoom H1 Handy Recorder at The Mothlight in Asheville, NC, sharing a bill with The Messthetics.  All guitar sounds coming from Squier J Mascis Signature Jazzmaster played through a Fender Deluxe Reverb Amp.  FX Pedals: Boss RC-20 looper, Boss DD-3 Digital delay, custom fuzz, custom reverb, Fender Volume pedal, Electroharmonix Micro Pog, FullTone Supa-Trem Tremolo, Boss OC-3 Super Octave.  Mixed in Logic Pro X.

All profits donated to Beloved House in Asheville NC

Live @ Rhizome 2/14/20 & Live @ The Tomb 2/23/20

Jason Calhoun

DLR BTL 002 - Cassette (25 copies)

June 5, 2020


B. Richmond

Recording info - All synth tones generated by the Elektron Digitone, processed through the Elektron Octrack. all field recordings recorded on an iPhone 6, processed through Elektron Octatrack. Performance recorded directly to Tascam DR-05 via Elektron Octatrack. Elektron Digtone controlled by Korg Microkey midi controller.

All profits donated to Black and Brown Workers' Cooperative

Live @ Boot and Saddle 12/7/19


DLR BTL 001 - Cassette (25 copies)

April 17, 2020

A1. The Carter Starter

A2. I Can't Remember How Far Away You Were

A3. Town Meeting

A4. From A Bus Window In Central Ohio, Just Before A Thunder Shower

B1. Something I've Been Meaning To Tell You

B2. Your New Apartment

B3. Chantal

B4. That Feel (T. Waits)

Recording info - Recorded by Marc Prizer on a Tascam 4-track digital recorder @ 24/96, two vintage (circa early 70's) Neumann KM-84 mics + left and right stereo board feed. Mixed in Pro-Tools