Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Bonnaroo 2006 Schedule

The schedule for Bonnaroo is now available. Check out this printable version that I'll be studying during random subway rides over the next two weeks.

I've done some early plotting. According to the Joker, Beck is playing at a tough time and we're going to have to skip some of our other favorite bands to see him. Saturday is by far the best of the four days.

Based on previous experiences at festivals, I've conceded the fact that I'll miss any music before 4:00pm, especially since I'm staying off site this year. Rest is key, especially during the first two days. My goal is to be in front of some music by 4:20 everyday.

Here's a few future highlights:
Thursday: We'll probably stop by to pick up supplies and check things out in the "tents." The Wood Brothers (Chris Wood from MMW and his brother Oliver who plays guitar) go on at 8:45. I saw the Wood Brothes open up for Trey Band at Roseland Ballroom in NYC last year. I don't know any of the other bands playing on Thursday night aside from Preservation Hall Jazz Band. When in doubt, go see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I've caught them in New Orleans a few times and they never disappoint me.

Friday: The Joker and I saw caught a bit of Devendra Banhart's performance at Vegoose. Might be worth seeing again. Mike Gordon & Ramble Dove go on at 3pm and then I'll catch the end of Cat Power playing the Memphis Rhythm Band. Oysterhead will be the big show of the day for me, from 5:30 to 7pm at the What Stage followed by Tom Petty. Late night I'll switch back and forth between My Morning Jacket and Umphrey's McGee & The Disco Biscuits. I've never seen MMJ and I'm eager to see them live for the first time.

Saturday: I'd like to see the Neville Brothers at Noon but most likely I'll skip it along with Buddy Guy. If I'm there in time, I'll see Elvis Costello, then some of Rusted Root and Gomez before I wander over to get a good spot for Beck. He wins out over Blues Traveler, Les Claypool, MMW, and Cypress Hill who are all playing at the same time as Beck on the main stage.That will be the toughest decision to make at this year's Bonnaroo. Beck's performance was the best part of Vegoose by far and I'm expecting another high energy performance. I've seen Blues Traveler and Les Calypool before. I'm itching to see Medeski, Martin, & Wood... but since I've been to over 40 MMW shows, so I'm gonna skip them to see Beck, which will end in time to catch the last bit of Cypress Hill. Then it's Radiohead followed by the Super Jam.

Sunday: I'll end up skipping Mike Doughty and Soulive, both whom I'd like to see. Maybe if I stay up all night I can catch them! Then it's Bela Fleck and Matisyahu. At that point, it's going to be a coin flip between Sonic Youth and Bonnie Rait. I've seen moe too many times to count. Phil Lesh and Friends to close will be sweet because he'll have some amazing guests sitting in.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Galactic in Central Park and 2006 Summer Tour

The G-men are coming to NYC to play Central Park on Thursday, July 20th. They'll be playing at Rumsey Playfield with Umphrey's McGee and Grace Potter.

Galactic will also be performing at All Good in July and were added to the 2006 Austin City Limits Festival on September 16th.

Here are their 2006 Summer Tour Dates:
July 15 All Good Festival, Morgantown, WV
July 16 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 18 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH, w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 19 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
July 20 Central Park @ Rumsey Playfield, New York, NY w/ Umphrey's McGee and Grace Potter
July 22 Outerland, Edgartown, MA (on Martha's Vinyard)
July 25 The Norva Theatre Norfolk, VA w/ JJ Grey of MOFRO
July 26 Ziggy's, Winston-Salem, NC w/ JJ Grey of MOFRO
July 27 Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC w/ JJ Grey of MOFRO
July 28 House of Blues, N. Myrtle Beach, SC w/ JJ Grey of MOFRO
July 29 Belle Chere Festival, Asheville, NC

August 16 Central Station, Whitefish, MT
August 17 Mangy Moose Saloon, Teton Village, WY
August 18 Harry O's, Park City, UT
August 19 Truckee Regional Park, Truckee, CA
August 22 Belly Up, Aspen, CO
August 23 Belly Up, Aspen, CO
August 25 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO w/ ALO
August 26 Fox Theater, Boulder, CO
August 27 Fox Theater, Boulder, CO w/ ALO
I might be able to make one of those two shows in Boulder, where they end their summer tour.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

101 Report Videos: Dead at the Playboy Mansion

The 101 Report is one of my favorite music blogs. They recently posted two blogworthy videos.

One is of the Grateful Dead's trip to the Playboy Penthouse in 1969 when Hef's party mecca used to be located in downtown Chicago before he bought the Mansion in LA. I heard rumors that roadies dosed everyone at the party, including the Bunnies.

The other video is Phish from Halloween in 1994, particularly a performance of Julius. Nice hair, Trey.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Rose Hill Drive

The guys at Rose Hill Drive are the best band you never heard of. Before I visited Colorado last summer, I never even knew they existed until the Joker took me to a a street fair in Louisville, CO.

Here's what I wrote about them on the Tao of Pauly on 8.19.05:
We also found out that there was a cool band paying in a small town just outside of Boulder called Louisville (pronounced Lewis-ville). The Joker ate breakfast frequently at The Buff which was owned by this hot woman. She had two sons who were in a band called Rose Hill Drive that kicked ass. One fan described them as a power trio. Just a drummer, guitar player, and bass player, who was the lead singer.

The Joker said they looked like a rock and roll band. All the members were long hairs and had stage presence. They sounded a little bit like Led Zeppelin and had a grooving G'ovt Mule vibe to them. The lead singer's voice was commanding and the guitar player displayed serious chops. They were all under 21 years old. Damn, they could fucking play.

Anyway Rose Hill Drive played an outdoor show for the Louisville Main Street festival. Inside the tent were tons of local high school girls. All I could think about was that line from Dazed and Confused... "That's what I like about highschool girls. I get older and they stay the same age."

I felt like Wooderson. The band impressed me and the local talent in the crowd was even more impressive.
Yeah, that was my initial thoughts about Rose Hill Drive. They are made up of two brothers, Jake and Daniel Sproul. Jake plays bass and Daniel plays guitar and lead vocals. The were formed when they were still in Junior High and have been picking up buzz in Colorado over the past few years. The bands name pays homage to the street where the Sproul brothers grew up. They might be hitting the road for some epic tour dates, but they'll never forget their roots. They have also jammed with Warren Haynes, who added them to his Mountain Jam Festival in upstate NY.

I downloaded a few of their shows and I'm still impressed. According to Jambase.com, they are releasing their first studio album on June 6 that is self-titled.

If you have a chance to see Rose Hill Drive this summer... don't miss out. These kids kick ass and there are hordes of hot young women at their shows! They are playing CBGBs in NYC next week, in addition to performing at Wakrusa in Kansas. Rose Hill Drive is also going to Europe playing dates in England and Spain before they return to the States to play shows in Texas and California.

Here are the Rose Hill Drive summer tour dates:
5.20 High Dive @ Denver, CO
5.26 Summer Camp Festival @ Chillicothe, IL
5.28 The Beat Kitchen @ Chicago, IL
5.29 Birdy's @ Indianapolis, IN
5.31 Milestone's Music Room @ Rochester, NY
6.01 Town Ballroom @ Buffalo, NY
6.02 CBGB's @ New York, NY
6.03 Warren Haynes' Mountain Jam Festival (7 p.m. show) @ Hunter, NY
6.09 Wakarusa Festival @ Lawrence, KS
6.10 Wakarusa Festival (4 p.m. show) @ Lawrence, KS
6.16 Rock Bottom @ Denver, CO
6.25 Wireless Festival @ Leeds, UK
7.02 Hyde Park Calling Festival @ London, UK
7.05 Apollo @ Barcelona, SPAIN
7.06 TBA
7.07 Azkena Club @ Bilbao, SPAIN
7.12 Walter's On Washington @ Houston, TX
7.13 Sundance Square at 8.0 Bar @ Fort Worth, TX
7.14 Gypsy Tea Room @ Dallas, TX
7.15 Stubb's @ Austin, TX
7.17 Martini Ranch @ Scottsdale, AZ
7.18 Troubadour @ Hollywood, CA
7.19 Cafe Du Nord @ San Francisco, CA

Celebrity Deadheads: Wil Wheaton

A former Star Trek actor and his monkey...

Wil Wheaton took my advice and downloaded a Dead show from Hollyweird in 1971.

Here's what he had to say on his blog:
Wow. What a great show this is, and how surprising that it was recorded at the Palladium, which is probably the worst venue in the entire city. The energy, the quality of the recording, and the cool, bluesy strains of their songs is just perfect writing music for today: it's 79 degrees, my patio is covered with finches squabbling over the bird feeders, my dogs are sleeping at my feet, and a gentle breeze is carrying the smell of recently-transplanted lavender into the window... More
A few months ago, Wil told me that he was a fan of the American Beauty era songs, so I suggested one of my favorite shows. The crowd goes nuts on Casey Jones and Pig Pen brings down the house in Hard to Handle.

By the way, I took the above photo at the World Poker Tour Invitational last February at the Commerce Casino in LA.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Trey & Mike + Duo = All Good

I just read on Jambase.com that Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon will be playing with the Benevento/Russo at this year's All Good Festival. The 10th incarnation of the West Virginia music festival takes place on July 16th thru 18th. Have you seen the line up?

"Sickness!" as Daddy would say.

Daddy has been talking up the party and scene Marvin's Mountaintop ever since I met him. He thought that All Good was the best music festival around, better than Coachella, Vegoose, and Bonnaroo.

Here's the All Good 2006 Confirmed Artists:
The Black Crowes
Trey Anastasio & Mike Gordon with Benevento/Russo Duo
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Les Claypool
The Greyboy Allstars featuring Karl Denson, Robert Walter, Elgin Park, Chris Stillwell, & Zak Najor (performing special late night/early morning set)
The Disco Biscuits (performing special late night/early morning set)
Aquarium Rescue Unit
Umphrey's McGee
The Wailers
John Medeski and the Itch
Donavon Frankenreiter
Railroad Earth
Southern Culture on the Skids
Rebirth Brass Band
Bob Schneider
Hackensaw Boys
Tea Leaf Green
Xavier Rudd
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
O'teil & the Peacemakers
Steel Train
Hot Buttered Rum
Danielia Cotton
The Bridge
Soldiers of Jah Army
Wow... Galactic, GreyBoys, Robert Randolph, Tea Green Leaf, and Umphrey's all at the same festival? Holy shit. I have towait to go next year. If I didn't have to work in Las Vegas that month, I would be there.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Knit Ball Review and Particle Setlist

I caught the first annual Knit Ball at the Knitting Factory and it was one of the best parties in Hollyweird I have ever attended. Most parties and gigs in LA are inherently lame, with too many hipsters there to be seen rather than to enjoy and listen to the music, or too many industry types congregating in the corners doing too much blow or stroking the egos of the lead singer or random hot chick in the band.

Knit Ball was different. The crowd was mellow and happy and there for the music which included the headliner Particle and other bands such as Lotus, Aphrodesia, Delta Nove, New Monsoon, Blue Turtle Seduction, and Animatronics. The place wasn't very crowded which meant plenty of room to dance and breathe. I've seen shows at the original Knitting Factory in NYC and the left coast version is much different and it some ways a cooler venue. You have to park in a parking deck which turns into a mini-parking lot scene with people having cocktails and smoking up before they go into the show. The elevator takes you a few steps from the box office window.

A long corridor leads into a bigger room, or what is called The Front Room which is one of three areas to see music. A long bar sits on one side opposite several couches. The stage is in the far corner. There are two big sets of grey steel doors that lead into the Main Room and the Alterknit Lounge.

I went with Change100 and we met up with the 19 year-old actress who lives across the hall from her. She brought her father with her, who was visiting for the weekend from Wisconsin. He was totally cool, smoking up, partying, and buying drinks for everyone.

When we walked in, Aphrodesia was on stage. All eleven band members were cramped as they belted out addictive funky Afro-Cuban melodies. Originally from San Francisco, Aphrodesia had recently spent time in West Africa soaking up the local beats and sounds. Their music has a variety of influences such as Afrobeat, Highlife, dub, funk, Caribbean spice and East African trance music. They had two female leads and one of them played the cowbell. They wore a combination of spandex and fish net stockings. We only listened for two songs before we headed into the Main Room to see Lotus.

I don't have a setlist for Lotus, but they played for about an hour starting around 9:45pm. The Main Room had a balcony with trippy decorations. There was a mini bar off to the left side of the stage and a main bar in back. They stocked Red Stripes which pleased me. Random people in the crowd were dressed up. One guy wore a cape and a chick with big boobs wore a slutty Catholic school girl. Some wore pajamas or Asian-themed clothing. One drunk guy wore Evel Knievel pants.

As the floor filled up and the music started it was evident that a good majority of the crowd was rolling on something. Two high school girls who danced near us were totally wasted. They couldn't stop dancing even when the music stopped. The crowd was a mixture of spun out wookies, jacked up club kids, trendoids who looked cooler than they actually were, UCLA frat boys, hipsters checking their cell phones every seven minutes, drunken D-girls, stoners from the Valley, and tripping high schoolers since the show was ages 18 and up.

Daddy turned me onto Lotus. He saw them at Wakrusa last year and burned me a CD of their performance. I was hooked on their Phishy vibes and excited to see that they were on the bill with Particle at Knit Ball. Lotus is originally from Philly and has been around for five or six years. The quintet have morphed into a groove band, with a jazzy and funky flow. Lotus has two drummers and sometimes two guys playing keys. Just like Particle, some of their songs sound like house music and it's like hearing something from a club in Greece performed by a live band.

I only knew the name to one song, Sunrain, which was the highlight of the tight and high energy set. The entire crowd danced and you could feel the floor rattle. It was the first time I saw Lotus perform live and was impressed. When their set ended, I was disappointed that they weren't going to play more. That's how I can tell how much I'm digging the vibe of a band, particularly when I'm sober. They walked off stage and I wanted more.

Here's how Change100 described the scene:
The willowy blonde hippie girl blew on my neck as she floated past me, the stage lights reflecting pink and blue off the the whites of her glassy eyes. She must have seen how hot I was, my damp blonde hair twisted into a knot at the nape of my neck, sweat coursing down my face, ruining my once-perfect makeup job. I suppose the MDMA coursing through her bloodstream implored her to reach out to me in my hour of need, in whatever small way she could... More
We stepped outside for a setbreak. Delta Nove is a funk band from Long Beach and were onstage in the Front Room as we walked outside to smoke. They weren't bad and the crowd was into it. I caught two or three of their songs before we went back inside to see Particle.

Here's the Particle setlist from Knit Ball:
Particle 5.19.06 Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA

Set 1: It's So Hard > Denmark, Cheap Novelty Hats, Mind Over Matter, Children's Story, Ed & Molly

Set 2: The Golden Gator > Vocoder & Beatbox Jam> Golden Gator > Ramble On > Golden Gator > I Think I'm In Love > Golden Gator, Launchpad

Encore: Truth Dont Die*

*with Luke Miller from Lotus (keyboard), Liz Larson from Aphrodesia (trombone), John Harrington from Delta Nove (trumpet), and Raj Parikh from New Monsoon (tablas)
I first saw Particle during their after Phish show gig in San Francisco in 2000. I've caught them six or seven other times, possibly more. I've described Particle as dance/club music performed by a live band. They recently added two new members, one of them being Scott Metzger, who I've seen play with Galactic. The duo guitars give them an interesting sound with some of their newer songs. I admit, I'm not that much of a fan of the new stuff. However, they're making an attempt to go in a new direction and take some new chances which I applaud.

Their older material is still great stuff, even if I'm not rolling. I don't know their entire song base enough to say that I have a favorite song, but I've seen them play Ed & Molly at almost ever show. The version at Knit Ball sizzled and had the crowd jumping up and down as the wooden floor shook and bounced.

The second set featured a cover of Led Zeppelin's Ramble On that was in the middle of a Gold Gator sandwich. For their encore, Particle invited members of the other bands that participated in Knit Ball such as New Monsoon, Delta Nove, Lotus, and Aphrodesia. It was pinnacle of Knit Ball where everyone's musical influences entwined during the delicious encore.

The music was amazing and new. The crowds were receptive, mellow, and fun to be around. The venue was pretty cool. I haven't seen every musical venue in LA, but from the ones I've seen, the Knitting Factory is my favorite so far. You got to do your own thing at Knit Ball, which ended up as a collection of spacey jams, trance-like beats, addictive Afro grooves, porn funk, and even some old school cowbell. I was surprised that you could find musical substance in LA, especially in a random club in Hollyweird.

Editor's Note: This is cross posted to the Tao of Pauly titled Hollyweird Knit Ball: Cowbells, Porn Funk, and Afro-Tance.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Phish Brooklyn DVD

Yes, it's finally coming out. Phish will be releasing the DVD of their 2004 June concert at Keyspan Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn. It will be in stores on July 11th.

The Joker, Bruce, and I were both at that epic show and it rained cats and dog for like 75% of the show. The one thing I recall was the Divided Sky encore. I wrote a mini-recap on the Tao of Pauly.

Here's the setlist:
6.17.04 KeySpan Park, Brooklyn, NY

Set I: Song I Heard The Ocean Sing, Dinner and a Movie, The Curtain With, Sample in a Jar, The Moma Dance > Free, Nothing, Maze, Frankenstein

Set II: 46 Days > Possum, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > Brooklyn Jam, Axilla, 2001, Birds of a Feather, Kung, Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

Encore: The Divided Sky
The DVD also includes some of the soundcheck and bonus material. That show would be the first of six that I'd see on that tour. The Joker and I caught both Brooklyn shows, two at SPAC, and the last two shows ever at Deer Creek.

Here are some notes that I scribbled down about that show:
6.17.04 Brooklyn: Joker points out twirling girl... guy in skirt with three foot chiquita banana... rain falling during Free looked awesome in the purple lights... security guards couldn't catch a fence jumper... shaking lights in the rain on the crowd was cool... raindrops the size of silkworms... Gil had the biggest umbrella, ever... I can see the PJs, the Cyclone (rollercoaster), the beach, and the subway from my seat... let's go out to dinner and see your boobies... thanks guys for Divided Sky encore

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Particle and Lotus Plays Knit Ball in Hollywood

I'm going to a concert at the Knitting Factory in West Hollywood on Friday with Change100. Two of my favorite bands Particle and Lotus are playing at the first annual Knit Ball, which features other bands such as New Monsoon, Delta Nove, Aphrodesia, and Blue Turtle Seduction. Here's how the promoters describe the night:
They call it "Space Porn," and no it isn't based on the opening scenes of Barbarella. A mix of '70s space rock ala Pink Floyd, the swinging wah wah sass of a '70s porno soundtrack, and the speed, grandeur, inspired soloing and dexterity of '70s fusion along the lines of Return to Forever create a sum equal to Particle. This show will feature like- minded instrumental jam explorers embarking on long journeys across the fret and keyboards on all three Knitting Factory stages.
Yeah, bring on the space porn! I first saw Particle at a post-Phish party in San Francisco back in 2000. And yes, I was rollin' pretty hard then. Most recently Particle opened for Trey Anastasio Band last May at Hammerstien Ballroom in NYC. Trey sat in with Particle and performed a sizzling version of 2001 with them.

I'm pumped to see some music while I'm out in Hollyweird. I've never been to the west coast version of the Knitting Factory. Senor and I have seen dozens of shows there in NYC. The original Knitting Factory was located in a building in SoHo that used to be a knitting factory... hence the name. Thousands of illegal immigrants used to work there. Now hipsters snort coke in the bathrooms and buy over priced pints of Brooklyn Lager at the bar while they listen to a dozens bands that sound like poorly orchestrated rip-offs of Velvet Underground. Lou Reed would piss and shit in those guys ears if he heard their noise.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars - 5/13/06 - Fillmore Auditorium, Denver

It's hard writing the first sentence, so I made it easy by typing this particular sentence. Now it is time to talk about the show. Joining me and Da Pickl at the show were Dan and Janet Baker from off of Exit 420 on Route 69. For this reason, Molly couldn't attend the show.

After a stop at Sancho's Da Pickl and I left Dan and Janet behind to go find spots on the rail. We entered the Fillmore, and were pissed to see that they brought the tables back out. That little shit lied to us last time! I was tempted to hunt him down, but opted instead for a Fat Tire. We did get lucky and find four spots in the corner of the rail nearest the stage just above the floor. Standing next to me was this guy wearing a blue blazer with a crest. He had this cheesy little mustache. He was a nice enough guy, but more than a bit odd. Who the hell wears a blue blazer with a crest to a George Clinton show? He ended up standing next to us the whole show - not leaving even once, even to piss. At least he kept quiet.

Opening the show was a local band called Yo Flaco. Their website says they are a Colorado based Hip Hop / Acid Jazz band. I guess that is what we got. I am not a fan of a lot of hip hop, and this band really didn't do it for me. The drummer was good, as were the horns. I was just not impressed with the white guys rappin'. At least there was a beat, which kept me from having to talk to Cresty.

The Bakers had shown up by the time the main event started. The lights went up, and Garry "Starchild" Shider came out. He was wearing a red sparkly jacket with matching red sparkly Huggy Bear hat and white diaper. The band started up, the jacket and hat were set aside, and we were off. After about six minutes, George came out. He was wearing a big white t-shirt for this show. He was all smiles.

I don't know what songs were played or the order they were played (I do remember "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On") I am pretty sure they played a good hunk of these (scroll to the bottom). George spent a good portion of his time just directing the action and grooving along, with periodic (OK, more than periodic) taking of the singing lead. This was alright, as the men and women who were singing when George wasn't are great.

One of the back up singers was a white chick dressed almost exactly like Madonna in her early years. The only thing missing was the 95 rubber bracelets. She was a butter face, but she had nice legs in those fish net stockings. We got some good ol' GWBush slamming when the half naked dude decked out in a white feather pimp hat and white feather boa (he was way more cut that Garry Shider - it was apparent because he was much younger and didn't have his pot belly hanging over a diaper.) yelled out "Fuck George Bush" during one of the later songs. That got a big cheer from the crowd (though I don't know how Cresty felt about that - I didn't ask him.)

The band didn't stop the entire time they were on the stage. It was high energy all the way. The place was hot. Shows in May at the Fillmore are hard to attend because the room get really warm. George was showing this as the top half of his t-shirt was soaked in sweat. But he kept going. Toward the end of the show about 20 young hotties from the audience were invited on stage. I put the binoculars to good use.

At midnight, the lights came on mid song, and the power to the stage was cut. All you would hear was the drums, a couple of horns, and the singing. The band quickly finished the song, and the show was over. This bothered me quite a bit. i've seen several shows at the Fillmore, and I have never seen this happen. Usually they just fine the band for each extra minute they play. The only reason I can think for this happening is the make-up of the crowd. I am only speculating here, but I suspect it is because there were a good number of black people in the crowd (as there should be.) The crowd was good the entire time. Nothing outrageous happened. I don't think it would have happened if it was a crowd full of hippies, like I usually see. At any rate, it was quite disappointing.

The show was awesome. Everyone had a great time and were glad I suggested it. Now comes the quest for a copy of the show.

(I inadvertently posted a picture of George Clinton, the first Governor of New York and 4th Vice President. Here is the picture I should have posted. It would have been interesting to see 18th century George Clinton get his funk on though.)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Panic Summer Tour

I scored tickets to three Widespread Panic shows this summer... for one show at Red Rocks and two shows in LA at the Wiltern Theatre. I'm pretty pumped.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Remiss Is Me - Summer Shapin' Up

Yes, I have been remiss. I will describe it thus, "Ow, my Beyaackkkk!" I hurt my back bad last week. None of you care, so I will get to the point.

My summer is shaping up very well. So far I am seeing Moe. and Umphrey McGee at Red Rocks in a couple weeks, String Cheese Incident w/ Ratdog July 4th weekend at Red
Rocks (which is also a b-day present to my brother), and Gov't Mule/Allman Bros with Yonder Mountain String Band at Red Rocks Labor Day weekend (with possibly a next day Willie Nelson show.)

I think that the June run of Widespread Panic at Red Rocks is out. For a couple of reasons. One - I missed when the tickets went on sale, and now all three nights are sold out. Two - Phil Lesh and Friends are not coming to Red Rocks this summer (which in the Philzone is a major "WTF"????) Three - P&F will be in Boca Raton the same weekend, and there are numerous reasons to visit that area. Four - Pauly is busy then. Five - they will be back in Colorado at Steamboat Springs in August.

The next show is George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars this Saturday at the Fillmore. I have never seen GC before. I am looking forward to the show and telling you what I saw. And it looks like "Molly" will be there as well - which should make for an interesting night.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Phil Lesh, Trey & Mike Tickets

I got this picture with an email from Ticketbastard. They informed me that tickets to Phil Lesh's summer tour with Trey & Mike with the Duo opening for NYC area shows at PNC and at Jones Beach go onsale Friday at 10am.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Bruce on Drummers: Hart, Kreutzman, and Fishman


Some people don't like Mickey Hart, others, like me thought Mickey Hart was one of the best. Mickey studied Jazz with a Long Island drummer named Charlie Perry, not sure who Charlie Perry studied with but, he is kinda well known in the Jazz arena. He joined the Dead after Bill Kreutzman had been with them a while.

Kreutzman seems to be more self taught, which doesn't make him a bad drummer. Kreutzman has a real groove style, funky and jazzy tight rhythm style. It worked good with the early Dead stuff which was a bit Garage-bandy and bluesy. I read that Hart taught Kreutzman and they both learned from each other. As a duo drum team, they worked well with the Grateful Dead. They describe the Grateful Dead drums as "a dragon chasing it's own tail." My take on the Dead drum flo was that Kreutzman played down the hihat, snare, and bass drum back beats, while Mickey Hart played the cowbell, hi tom toms, and melody lines on the other tom toms. So, it worked good. The beat was tight and Mickey was playing the talking drum parts.

When they soloed, both guys took turns playing the melody lines. Kreutzman seemed to really vibe on playing congas. Hart seemingly played the large Kettle drums and xylophone melodies with drum mallets. Both drummers hooked up with tribal drummers throughout the world and Kreutzman bonded with the Djembe guys. Hart seemingly played on all kind of instruments.


Now, Jon Fishman seemingly studied drums in college. He trained to play Latin music and jazz. His style reminds me of the jazz fusion drummers of the late 1970's. According to my drum teacher, Fishman worked out of the Gary Chester book that I was using. His drumming style is slightly ZAPPA-esque in that he has classical and jazzy type arrangements. Very orchestrated. The jam in that song Reba is so ZAPPA. If you ever heard the album Lumpy Gravy or early Zappa, the drums sound like a an orchestration of instruments.

The reason some people seemingly don't get Phish, could be because of some of this abstract type of rhythms that Fish provides in the sections in Harry Hood and the spacey shit in Divided Sky. The one thing that I thought was kinda strange was that Fish never really did drum solos. His style was very energetic like he was soloing throughout the whole song, so perhaps that was why he felt he didn't need to do drum solos. For a while, I kinda felt that he was not quite as studied or not quite as world drum-oriented.


It takes years of drum playing to integrate musical knowledge. I think that Fishman's style really made Phish unique in a certain way. He used rock beats integrating Latin vibes and his drumming was so tight that it made Phish have cohesion. And, he had more styles that he could integrate from Polka, to Rock-a-billy to Reggae to Bluegrass. He seemingly integrated drum beats and styles of various types of music and it all worked together to formulate Phish's sound.

Fish could play jazz really good. I saw him with the Mandolin Project and he had a lot of knowledge to draw from. Seemingly as he progresses, he may end up being a better drummer than both Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzman. He is younger than both those drummers. These days I think Kreutzman is now drinking on a beach in Hawaii making digital prints of weird psychedelic images. Not sure what Mickey Hart is up to but it might take me the rest of my life to analyze that guy. Mickey Hart is MR. WORLD DRUMMER MAN. Quite the long term research project.

I need to research Fishman a little more. He is quite eclectic and has many influences. That is why I found Phish to be so coolio...

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Two from the Vault

Can't sleep. I decided to write and I turned on the Grateful Dead's Two from the Vault. Pigpen's harmonica and scratchy vocals on the sixteen minute version of Good Morning Little Schoolgirl gave me goosebumps.

In college, all of my friends listened to One from the Vault. A couple of us had the double CD and we wore it out. Only my friend Mophy had Two from the Vault and I used to sit in his room, get baked to the tits, and listen to St. Stephen > The Eleven while we had Atlanta Braves games on in the background. That might be one of my favorite one-two punch song segues that the Dead performed because they did not do it very often. They also stopped playing St. Stephen in 1983. I didn't see my first Dead show until 1987 (on my fifteenth birthday), so I missed the boat. I got to catch Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain on several insatnces, but nothing beats the St. Stephen > 11 sandwich!

Flashback over.

Friday, May 05, 2006

WFUV 90.7 FM

I've been listening to one of my favorite NYC radio stations, WFUV 90.7 FM, which is Fordham University radio. You play can a full stream via iTunes... here. It's a public radio station and features NPR news. They also play a range of music styles that includes old school blues, whiny hipster bands, local acid jazz acts, angry indie chick music for girls who don't shave thier pits, 1980s prog-rock, celtic music, and plenty of Grateul Dead, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

WFUV is great background music to write to. Most of the radio stations in Las Vegas and LA sucked donkey testicles. I usually listen to the classic rock station that Grubby works for in Las Vegas. My biggest complaint is that they have too many commercials and after a few days, you start hearing the same songs. His good friend Carla is an afternoon DJ for their sister station which is a hard rock format. AlCantHang and BadBlood would dig that. I'm not into the music and I only listen to the show because it's Carla's. She's good too and has a perfect radio voice... flinty.

After cleaning up my storage space, I found a box with CDs which I've been uploading to my iPod. Also, Bruce gave me a shitload of Dick's Picks, which are a collection Grateful Dead shows remastered by their archivist. The August 1971 show from Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium is pure smoke. I got flashbacks during Mr. Charlie and Lovelight.

"Pure sickness," as Daddy would say.

You can download that 8/6/1971 Grateful Dead show via etree. I still religiously listen to Ben Harper's new double CD that I picked up in Las Vegas. And late nights, I turn out all the lights and sit in the dark while zoning out to old jazz records like Buddy Rich, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Thelonius Monk, and Miles Davis.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Trey & Mike Summer Dates

I just got a notice from Phish.com about Trey & Mike's summer tour dates with the Duo. Presale starts May 5.

2006 Summer Tour with the Benevento/Russo Duo and Phil and Friends

6.28 Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
6.30 Tweeter Center At The Waterfront - Camden, NJ
7.1 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ*
7.2 SPAC - Saratoga Springs, NY
7.3 New England Dodge Music Center - Hartford, CT*
7.7 Nikon at Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY
7.8 Darien Lakes PAC - Darien Center, NY
7.9 Bethel Woods Center For The Arts - Bethel, NY
7.11 Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA*
7.12 Champlain Valley Fairgrounds – Essex Junction, VT*
* At the Vermont, Scranton, Hartford, and Holmdel shows... Trey & Mike will be closing the show and Phil Lesh will open.