Friday, November 27, 2009

Phish 11/24/09 - Philly night 1=great show!

hey happy east coasters who are gettin some phreshies tonite!

Looks like a good one in Albany. I recall fondly all the Thanksgiving shows we did together in Falls past and i'm sad i couldn't be there this time. Couldn't catcha Gumbo this time...

WOW, check out this excellent philly night 1 show - (full setlist/torrent download below)

The first set gets going nice w chalkdust and then a cities>camel walk! curtain wedge moma dance reba!? the golgi seems like the end of set I and then we get a rager stealin time. this is a great version of this new tune and it ROCKS! listen to mike w the machine gun bass bombs - AWESOME!

the second set starts right off w an energetic possum, DWD>20 years later is sweet. THEN, what is possibly the BEST HOOD i've heard since the reunion into mango song is really really suite. Mike's song just started and i just had to pop open a Sierra Celebration ale to fully enjoy this.

MANoMAN!~ PHISH is back and they are KILLIN it!

it's a good time to be a PHISH phan people.

Happy holidays and I hope to catch up w you soon.


Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA

Chalk Dust Torture
Bathtub Gin
Cities >
Camel Walk
The Curtain With
The Wedge
The Moma Dance
Golgi Apparatus
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan

Down With Disease >
Twenty Years Later
Harry Hood >
The Mango Song
Mike's Song >
Simple >
Slave To The Traffic Light >
Weekapaug Groove

A Day in the Life

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Devil Makes Three at The State Room 11/21/09

umm...holy crap. E P I C!

Dunno what was in the air, but last night goes down in history as one of the "crazier" shows in recent memory. Think back to the Zephyr days when people were spilling out of the joint and the entire dance floor was filled with sweaty, jumping, almost moshing bodies with smiles aplenty...PHEW! The Devil Makes Three really tore The State Room up last night!

After an outstanding pot luck dinner, we arrived at The State Room around 9pm to find the show sold out with a bunch of ticketless w00ks outside trying to bum their way in. Thankfully the ticket god came and swooped up the rest of our crew and we made our way inside just in time to see the lead guy from Boulder Acoustic (?) Music Society take a running leap and stage dive into the crowd! What a sight! He crowd surfed for a couple minutes and then the sea of hands deposited him back onstage for their final number. This was a harbinger for what was to come in the next couple hours.

I first saw The Devil Makes Three this past summer at High Sierra Music Festival, at the prompting of a good friend - YOU JUST GOTTA SEE THIS BAND!! Always game for a new band, we rolled over to the Vaudeville tent to find it packed out on all sides, with more people than I've ever seen at this stage! I felt like I had to see what the buzz was all about and weaved into the tent to find 500 of DM3's closest friends getting their boogie on, screaming the words to every song. I was blown away with the power of this acoustic music trio and the following that they had. Their music was catchy, groovy and wild! I immediately vowed to not miss a nearby DM3 show again.

Fast forward to November 21, 2009 at The State Room, and a similar scene ensued. The usual music loving crowd turned out, but there were also another 200 people I've never seen in SLC, ready to party. The first tune seemed a little mellow and I actually wondered if the band was going to 'bring it'. Well, at about the third song, this dude next to us takes his shirt off and the game was on! He began to jump around and about 50 others joined in and The State Room's first MOSHPIT (I kid you not!) was born. Girls, guys, leisure suits, pleather, plastic, you name it- people were throwing down....HARD. Somehow, they all knew every word to every song! It was like High Sierra Vaudville tent all over again in SLC, UT.

I could not stop dancing and jumping around with all the crazy people all night long. We all mixed in and out of the moshpit, people spilled drinks on the slippery concrete floor and every once in a few minutes, someone would slip and hit the deck. A pal would pick'er up and BOOM - they were going at it again! At the end of each song, it seemed like every person in the crowd cheered as loud as they could. It was extremely energizing.

The band noted their sincere appreciation toward the end of their 90+ minute set, stating something like: "This is our last show on our 10,000 mile tour around the US and it was one of the best shows we've had. Thanks!" I agree - The Devil Makes Three is an act not to be missed and I feel comfort knowing that somehow SLC can still conjure up the absolutely EPIC energy at shows!

I think The State Room is the perfect venue for this age-old SLC euphoria phenomenon - perfect dance floor, great sound, and great staff taboot. Just get your tickets in advance people, because I expect we'll start to see a lot of sold out shows over there.

As for how the tapes turned out...well, I've gotta work on my discipline as a taper. Unfortunately, there are no tapes of last nights show...we'll have to just recollect and giggle to ourselves at the wonderful experience we all shared.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blue Turtle Seduction 2009-09-16 - Urban Lounge - SLC, UT

mp3 download

Great show last night played to an extremely lean crowd at Urban Lounge. First night of the tour and they sounded very good. 10 min soundcheck and just launched into it. 90 minutes later, everyone in attendance was sweaty and smiley. enjoy....


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Yonder Mountain - The Show first thoughts

Just bought it off iTunes - my first ever song or album purchase off iTunes, in

Damn, lots of great polished songs that we've enjoyed hearing for some time,
combined with a couple never heard before tunes. In the Seam is a beautiful
little instrumental and Belle Parker is a jewel to have on an official release.

The album is definitely highly processed, with drum tracks all over and in Rain
Still Falls, it sounds like Adam's voice was all midi'd up.

I can't get enough of Complicated - for some reason it makes me all choked up
and wanting to cry every single time I hear it. It really rings true in
real-life lately. Thanks Ben!

The end of the album ties up pretty nicely with Rain Still Falls, Fine Excuses
and Casualty. Casualty is a smokin hot groove.

iTunes version even has a bonus track in form of a 9min Midwest Gospel Radio studio remix. kinda rad i'd say...and a very pretty composition with dave enjoying the riffs for a long time.

Alright, well thanks guys for a great album. It's always nice to hear the new

Recording shows in SLC and beyond

Over the past few years, I've become somewhat bummed that so many awesome local shows go untaped. I mean, really, really great shows where bands allow taping are going untaped due to lack of a taper presence.

Well, I recently took matters into my own hands and acquired a small taping rig. The goal I've set is to record key shows that may not be captured, so that we can go back and enjoy them again and again. I'm also interested in fast turnaround of the recordings, via mp3 downloads.

By no means is this a 'PRO' taping rig like dave or jk or ryan's; rather, i've started with a basic low-key system with the idea of a quick setup and teardown, so that our show experience is not compromised too much by hauling around big bags and showing up to the venue hours in advance and such.

I hope you give a listen to these local recordings and enjoy what you hear. I expect quality to improve over time and I may upgrade the gear in the future as necessary.

Oh - one last thing. I'm willing to make the rig available for recording shows that I'm not planning to attend. So if you're seeing a taper-friendly band that you'd like to record, and you're a fairly responsible individual (LOL), drop me a line and we'll see about setting you up w the deck to get a recording.

see you out there!