November 19, 2009

Bloggy Goodness: Save The Date

As we head into winter, one thing that should get you through the cold weather ahead is the thought that summer music festival season is right around the corner. To

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Briefly: Starbuck Quits Ekoostik Hookah

Ekoostik Hookah bassist Cliff Starbuck, who has held down the low end for the Ohio-based jamband since they formed in 1991, will play his last show as a full-time member of the band on New Year’s Eve. The band will resume playing gigs after a six week break following their New Year’s show at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus with a new, as-of-yet unnamed bassist.

READ ON for Cliff’s statement and the band’s statement…

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Review & Photos: Phish @ Cobo Hall

“I want to tell you, Detroit, that you done set me up for a comeback,” former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said after he was forced to resign last year. Echoing the words of the infamous Detroit mayor, Phish returned for a comeback of their own in the Motor City for this year’s fall tour opener, however, delivering on the comeback would be a different story. Save a few bright spots, (Down With Disease>Free and 46 Days) the show sounded like the first show of a tour, a bit rusty and apprehensive.


The quartet came out to a barrage of roses from someone hopeful for Ween’s Roses Are Free, that unfortunately didn’t come. Most of the first set was fairly straightforward as nothing really found a perfect fit. With the newer songs Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan and Kill Devil Falls, guitarist Trey Anastasio’s, for lack of a better word, Joy, was apparent as he played these new compositions just as noticeably eager as he was the past summer to push the crowd to enjoy them as much as he seems to.

It’s Ice made for an interesting highlight of the first set, but most of the opening stanza was filled with slower tunes such as Mist. Things got slightly more upbeat with Poor Heart and 46 Days would branch out a bit, with Trey pinging notes over a spacey pulsing background soundscape while lighting director Chris Kuroda covered the side walls of Cobo Hall during the ambient improv. Slowly, the space in 46 Days fizzled into silence before it got to any real interesting territory.


READ ON for more of Pietro’s thoughts and photos from Phish…

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Last Week’s Sauce: November 9th – 15th

Last Week’s Sauce features recordings of shows from the previous week. Thanks to prof_peabody – who had the lead singer of Los Campesinos roll up to his mic stand, lower it, and then sing it into it – for this week’s photo.


Artist & Title: Chris Barron – How Could You Want Him When You Know You Could Have Me
Date & Venue: 2009-11-12 The Mint, Los Angeles CA
Taper & Show Download: David Landsberger

It’s not very often I’ll repeat the same song on Last Week’s Sauce, but as I was doing my normal cruising around my download sites – I saw this solo acoustic show from the Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron. And I saw that he must have given a very lengthy introduction to the Spin Doctors tune I featured in September in this feature. Not only is the story mildly interesting, but the arrangement Barron plays is quite different than the one you are used to hearing. Barron next plays at Davinci’s Pub in Collegville, PA on December 4th with his band The Time Bandits.


READ ON for tracks from Joan Osborne, Lettuce, MMW & UM…

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Jam Cruise Files: Brock Butler

Jam Cruise 8 will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale on January 3rd filled to the brim with amazing artists and the band fans who love them. Today, we’ve got our third Jam Cruise Files column which profiles a band or musician scheduled to perform on the MSC Poesia between January 3 & 8. This installment of Jam Cruise Files features singer/guitarist/Jam Cruise Veteran Brock Butler.

Brock Butler Plays Graceland on Jam Cruise 5

Name / JC8 Gig: Brock Butler / Solo Performer
Band: Perpetual Groove
Past Jam Cruise Experience: Perpetual Groove (JC3, JC5, JC6) Solo (JC7)
2009: Solo Album – Lately Here Though, PGroove Album – Heal

Hidden Track: How much has Jam Cruise changed from your first cruise to last year’s cruise?

Brock Butler: The first year we played Jam Cruise, there was a vibe similar to going to camp–the coolest camp ever mind you. I remember not knowing a good deal of the faces I was seeing, I had been on a cruise before, so seeing the ship was fun , but watching my comrades enjoy the size and treats of our vessel was about as much fun too.

Cut to the end of the trip – you have jammed with musicians you never thought you might jam with, played blackjack with Ivan Neville and leave torn up at the realization you wont be seeing your new friends on a daily basis. After a few trips back on board, it’s just as much fun. The vibe now being more a reunion than a group of strangers, you can spot the virgins. Look on the schedule to see who you want to say hello to, if they might be up to letting you sit in again, hell, would they like to sit in with you? Any year I’m unable to go would be a heart breaker. I think that sums that up.

READ ON for more of our Jam Cruise Files on Brock Butler…

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Video: Kyle Hollingsworth – Kodachrome

Kyle Hollingsworth’s solo band has been touring the country behind the SCI keyboardist’s excellent Then There’s Now release. Hollingsworth – who stoked the String Cheese reunion flames with a recent

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