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Friday, March 27, 2009

Great Scott interviews Sach O.




Hey gang! I've got a new interview up over at Passion of the Weiss. Get over there and check it out! It promises to be nothing short of funny as hell.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Madlib, Arthur Verocai light up Cal State LA



Coming off last night's show, it's hard to say whether I will ever see another jazz concert again. This one is just too tough to top.

But let's back up for a moment...

The last time I saw a full orchestra backing a composer was Belle & Sebastian's legendary Hollywood Bowl show a few years ago. Suffice it to say, I now know how an orchestra SHOULD be used: with a composer- one so damned modest and charming, he could bring the house down with his personality alone.

I'm a composer/musician myself, or at least a former one. I still know a lot about the technicality of music, one of my favorite activities being to listen for individual instruments and parts in large complex arrangements. Call me a nerd, but I love it. Oh, and don't call me a nerd. Anyway, I guess it may stem from being a former French Horn player- an instrument often forgotten because it's not an instrument designed to stand out. Rather, it fills out the mid level range of sound you hear in that brassy 30-instrument chord. But timbre wasn't my only motivation last night. Stones Throw Records did a service to Los Angeles, inviting Arthur Verocai to play his first show in this city- EVER. And as far as jazz shows go, I may as well have been listening to his original 1972 studio recording. It was perfect. Featuring many of the players from the original record (yes, again, recorded almost 40 years ago), I spent most of the night goose bump ridden deciding if I should hold the hand of the girl next to me. That's the kind of music I'm talking about here. Do something music. Jazz so good you want to pick up your life and move to Brazil now. And I do. I am a slave to the rhythm.

The night also opened with a few DJ sets, the first of which I missed (and must have started at 6 PM cause we were there at 7 on the nose, the show's supposed start time) but the latter two I caught and was quite impressed with. Now, I'd never seen Madlib before, but I'm quite versed in his world, whether it be Yesterday's New Quintet, Jackson Conti, his SUPERB Blue Note Sessions recording, or any of his Beat Konducta series records (of which last night's set may as well have just been an album release- it was just that good). But I was also pleased to learn of a compilation record he did with J Dilla under the name Jaylib. Can't wait to hear it. Oh, and for those of you keeping track, MF Doom made an appearance as well (and yes, it was actually him).

All in all, it will be a long time (maybe even until after I die) that a jazz show this good comes around again. Do yourself a favor- find Arthur Verocai's self titled '72 release. It'll change your life.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Phish- 3.8.09 Haptom Colisseum, Hampton, VA


(photo courtesy of Taylor Crothers)

Set I:
Sanity
Wilson
Foam
Bathtub Gin
Undermind
AC/DC Bag
My Friend, My Friend
Scent of a Mule
All Of These Dreams
Maze
She Thinks I Still Care*
Army of One
Tube
Cars Trucks Buses
Free
Frankenstein**

Set II:
Down With Disease^
Seven Below
The Horse >
Silent In The Morning
Twist
2001
Moma Dance
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Wading In The Velvet Sea
Slave To The Traffic Light

Encore:
Contact
Bug
Tweezer Reprise

Show Notes:

* George Jones original, sung by Mike
** with Page on Keytar
^ fans tossed roses to the band on stage before the song began

My notes:

PHISH. IS. BACK.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Phish- 3.7.09 Haptom Colisseum, Hampton, VA

Set I:
Back On The Train
Runaway Jim
Brian & Robert
Split Open and Melt
Heavy Things
Punch You In The Eye
Gumbo
Reba
Mexican Cousin
It's Ice
Halley's Comet
Beauty of a Broken Heart*
Guelah Papyrus
Lawn Boy
Run Like An Antelope

Set II:
Rock & Roll
Limb by Limb
Story of the Ghost
Piper
Birds of a Feather
Wolfman's Brother
Prince Caspian
Mike's Song >
I Am Hydrogen >
Weekapaug Groove
Character Zero

Encore:
A Day In The Life

Show Notes:
SOUNDCHECK: It's Ice, Heavy Things
* First time played

Me?

Haven't seen an I am Hydrogen in years. They are really going all out this tour. Can they top it yet again? We shall see!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Phish- 3.6.09 Haptom Colisseum, Hampton, VA



Set I:
Fluffhead
Divided Sky
Chalk Dust Torture
Sample In A Jar
Stash
I Didn't Know
Oh Kee Pah Ceremony >
Suzy Greenberg
Farmhouse
NICU
Horn
Rift
Train Song
Water In The Sky
Squirming Coil
David Bowie

Set II:
Backwards Down The Number Line
Tweezer
Taste
Possum
Theme From The Bottom
First Tube
Harry Hood
Waste
You Enjoy Myself*

Encore:
Grind**
Bouncing Around The Room
Loving Cup

Notes:
* Started and stopped, and restarted.
** Acapella

Comments:

All I can say is WOW. How can they possibly top this tonight? We'll find out soon!