Tag Archives: Jam Bands

Back On The Trail!!!

“I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”

-Jack Kerouac

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If every morning could be like this morning, hiking would always be easy and life would be perfect. With clear blue skies and a starting temperature of 48 degrees, it was a beautiful morning to get out into the woods for a hike.

Since this is only my third hike since my surgery, I’m still keeping things kind of slow and trying to stay on trails that I know aren’t that difficult. So at around 5:30 am I headed out to Ward Pound Ridge. With a Phish show from 12/29/18 playing on the Jeep’s stereo, all was right with the world.

All told I hiked 5.1 miles this morning. I think that once I can get out more often than I

am now, my legs and feet won’t hurt as much as they did. They know as well as I do that they haven’t been out in the woods for a loooong time. But that’s ok. I’ve got between now and the summer break and then two glorious months to try and get out every day.

HAPPY HIKING!!!

2019 Mileage:

Hike#3-5/11-5.1-12

Soule Monde

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”

-Aldous Huxley

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In my never-ending search for good funky jamming music, I have come across once again, two guys who know the true meaning of funk. I mean really cool fluid funk that you have to dance to. The band is called Soule Monde.

Composed of only drummer Russ Lawton and Hammond B3 Organist Ray Packzkowski (both members of TAB), they often seek the company of like-minded musicians with the only thought being of producing a collaborative effort that will melt the mind. Standby for an altering of consciousness!

You would think that the missing guitar and organ produced bass line most of the time would take away from the quality and depth of the music, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. With guests dropping in like Trey Anastasio (1/10/19). an element of musical exploration is added that you wouldn’t necessarily see with TAB or Phish for that matter.

These two guys trade grooves almost to the point where you would think Mr. Spock had a mind meld on them. But it isn’t just one groove that sustains an entire show. It’s a carefully coordinated mixture of movement from both of them that actually compliment each other throughout a show. Now granted, I am basing this on videos that I have seen on YouTube as well as recorded shows on archive.org and not only can you feel the intensity from the musicians, but the audience as well.

As luck would have it, they are playing tonight 3/21 in Port Chester, NY and I will not be able to attend the show. I would think, however, that with The Capitol Theatre’s close proximity to NYC, they may not be playing alone. And that would be a good thing.

 

 

Movin’ And Groovin’ With Star Kitchen

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I decided today that archive.org needed another look and sure enough, I found another gem that definitely deserves a look for all of you folks who are into jamming.  StarKitchen, a side project of the Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein, started its first tour a few months ago and I found myself listening to a show from this past weekend.

Even just into the first two minutes of the first song, Star Kitchen at Nublu in NYC had me moving and grooving on my couch. From the very start, the mixture of the organ and guitar trading off lengthy solos made it really difficult to sit still. And even though I can really get into the guitar solos, the rhythm guitar during the organ solos was really, really tight.

Full of funk, this band knows what it’s doing. The segues between songs are seamless and each of the jams proved to be exploratory in their own right. No useless noodling of scales here.  Along with that came the spacy guitar jams even before the first set ended. Usually, the mind-expanding jams are left for the second set of a show. These guys jump right into every song and give each one everything they’ve got. Hopefully, this band will continue to tour and if you get chance, go see them. At the very least check them out on archive.org, you will not be disappointed.

Peace.

 

You Need More Live Music In Your Life

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Who doesn’t love live music? With many bands, you can often travel beyond the normal limits of your everyday existence. It’s a chance to escape all the insanity that this world has to offer. Even though I have known about this website for many years, I am just now really digging deep into a catalog of fantastic live music.

Archive.org, is truly the place to go if you are looking for some outstanding jam bands, some that are well known and others that aren’t. It’s worth a look just to hear some bands that you may otherwise never get a chance to experience.

The format of archive.org is a simple one. If the show is a soundboard, you will more than likely just be able to stream the show. Audience versions or perhaps lesser known bands soundboards can be downloaded.

After a friend suggested that I check out Twiddle . I streamed a show from early February of this year and was pleased with what I heard. One of the things that I like about Twiddle is their ability to put out some intense Grateful Dead covers. Not to downplay their originals, because they also cut through the nonsense and set up a really tight groove that you can no doubt dance to. I’ll have more on them in other posts and I go through some more of their shows.

Speaking of dancing, Organically Good Trio, a band from Boston, plays some seriously funky music interfaced with a dose of reggae and some mellow and trippy guitar. I am currently listening to a show from 3/16/18 where they opened for Dumpstaphunk at the Brooklyn Bowl. I haven’t heard a tune yet that I didn’t like.

If you do check out this show, make sure that you pay special attention to Wild West, Grow Your Own and No Hard Times. This is just some really good music.

Now I have to admit that many of the bands that I will choose to listen to will be because I find their name cool, weird or just really out there. If the music is good, I’ll write about it.

More at another time.

The Clouds

You see some pretty amazing things when you are sitting in your Jeep waiting for your daughter’s hockey practice to finish. Today, I was looking at the clouds while a nice tasty Eyes played in the background on the Grateful Dead channel and of course I started taking some photos. This is the result. What happens tomorrow?? More rain!

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Post Phish Trip To The Nose (16)

“Music has always been my protection against the world, from a very young age. I feel safe inside of a jam.”
-Trey Anastasio

“We want to have a spontaneous adventure. You can’t plan an adventure, or it ceases to be one.”

-Trey Anastasio

Sunday was a late night. After attending my third Phish show in a week, I needed to get out into the woods to think and get the legs moving. So where did I go to accomplish this? The Nose of course.

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Phish at MSG 7/30/17

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Looking south on the Hudson River as seen from the southern end of the Nose.

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Iona Island

Happy Hiking!

Summer 2017 Mileage:

7/31/17-4.0-79.82

“Dance Like There’s Nobody Watching”

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,  Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

-William Purkey

One of the things that I love about hiking is the solitude. Most of the time, based on my really early start times, I get a great deal of alone time. For me, that’s ok. I don’t mind hiking alone and I certainly don’t crave having a hiking partner. If someone wants to join me, then of course I’ll hike with them, but it doesn’t really matter.

Why do I mention that? And why did I choose the very famous quote from William Purkey to start this post? I’ll tell you why. When I get out on the trail, I get into a zone. My legs feel good, my mind is clear and I feel like I can go on forever. When I take a break, I’ll drink some water and listen to music (usually Phish). This morning, I was on the AT taking a quick break before I finished the hike. I pulled out my iPod, put on my headphones and dialed up a Phish show from last summer.

One thing that you need to know about Phish is that most of their songs are songs that you can’t help but dance to. Filled with funk and rhythm, the music itself calls out to you!

So, today I’m taking this break and I’m moving and grooving. I’m not going to lie-it was at the end of great hike, I was in the zone and I was really getting into the music. The one thing that I didn’t see were the four thru hikers that had come up behind me! They said that they had been watching me for almost 5 minutes. At first I was a little embarrassed, but then I thought, WTF??? Why be embarassed? The best part??? I got a round of applause when I turned around and saw them.

Another reason to love hiking!!!!!