Saturday, October 31, 2009

Review: Lotus in Buffalo, 10.20.09

We arrived at The Town Ballroom, to a line of people in costume. As we neared the front of the line we noticed a surprisingly heavy amount of searching by security. I was heavily patted down for what felt like two minutes. I was told I could not bring my camera into the venue, and I explained to the a gentleman holding the "press list" that I was on the list, but did not have a camera pass. Typically I can talk my way into or through any situation. Although tonight, with this extremely heavy security presence, it was not going to happen for The J-man.

As I headed back to my car a made a quick decision to swing by Lotus' bus to see if I could talk to someone about getting a photo pass. Luckily for me there were two gentleman stand next to the bus. One of the gentleman; Luke Miller,(who plays guitar and keys for Lotus) was kind enough to walk around to the front enterance with me and get me and my camera into the venue. On the walk around the block Luke and I spoke of his opinion of tapers and distributing live music for free. His responses were exactly what I expected based on the amount of live recordings Lotus has on the Archive and etree. In fact about five minutes prior I witnessed Luke trying to talk a security guard into letting a taper into the venue (successfully). Thanks Luke, I do really appreciate your help getting the photo pass.

Once inside; the foyer open up to a circular bar in the middle of a large room strewn with cobwebs. Passing through that room and a ticket checkpoint we entered the Ballroom. A room with multiple levels and a very comfortable vibe, as well as an additional bar on both sides of the room. The opening band will go unmentioned...

... As Lotus took the stage the crowd was noticably excited. The first set had it's moments but overall I was not overly impressed. Their new drummer sounded good and will definately mesh well with the band, however there were a few moments of scrambling that stood out to me. Again, I think he will do the band well, it's just going take time. I thought all together the bands peaks were extremely well done and had the place moving. The new light rig served them well and really provided an awesome visual show.

The second set was a lot more intense, with more peaks and wailing. The jams seemed more developed and seemed to take the crowd to a great place. Looking around there were lots of smiling faces and lots of movement. The second set went from song to song, through some of the more electronic down tempo sounds to the more natural guitar wailing. I thought the drums came together a lot better in the second set, and the lights really blew me away.

Additionally the Egg afterparty will go unmentioned...

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Show Link: Lotus 10.30.09 (Buffalo)


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hallucination Engine - Material

"Hallucination Engine is a 1994 album by the New York based music group Material. The album mixes jazz, dub and Indian music."

This album is absolutely amazing. Bill Laswell, Wayne Shorter, Zakir Hussain, and Bernie Worrell to name a few. One of the best electronic projects i have come across in a while...


* Bill Laswell – basses, beats, loops, samples, etc
* Wayne Shorter – soprano and tenor saxophones
* William S. Burroughs – voice ("Words of Advice")
* Liu Sola – voice ("Eternal Drift")
* Simon Shaheen – violin and oud
* Nicky Skopelitis – acoustic and electric 6- and 12- string guitars, coral electric sitar, baglama and Fairlight
* Bernie Worrell – electric piano, Hammond B-3 organ
* Bootsy Collins – space bass
* L. Shankar – electric violin
* Sly Dunbar – drum kit
* Jeff Bova – synthesizers
* Jihad Racy – ney
* Jonas Hellborg – acoustic bass guitar and fretless electric bass
* Zakir Hussain – tabla
* Trilok Gurtu – tabla
* Vikku Vinayakram – ghatam
* Fahim Dandan – voice ("The Hidden Garden")
* George Basil – qanoun
* Michael Baklouk – daff, tambourine
* Aïyb Dieng – chatan, congas, percussion

Check It Out!

Hallucination Engine

-Mr. n00b

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Steve Molitz/Dj Logic Project


"Steve Molitz will play a free show with DJ Logic at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl this evening. The Particle keyboardist will join Logic for an evening of improvised music as part of the venue’s weekly Monday Night Football party. The two musicians recently shared the stage at Brooklyn Bowl and plan to form a new band with Freekbass later this year. Molitz is in New York for a performance with Playing for Change at Town Hall, while the New York-based Logic also performed with Carly Simon earlier this morning on Good Morning America."

Monday, October 26, 2009

Gettin' Dizzy

So I felt after posting a Miles section, i might as well post the man that Miles not only cited as his favorite trumpet player, but also his idol and mentor as a trumpeter coming up in the 30s and 40s. Dizzy's speed and tone along with his complex and catchy writing skills has made him one of the best and most influential Jazz trumpeters ever. If you know of Dizz and dont really listen, i recommend giving him a try. His unique skills made him ahead of his time allowing him to collaborate with other musicians of that time that were also ahead of their time. Such as the Bird, Monk, Blakey, and of course his "apprentice" Miles.

"Together with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, and John Faddis.

In addition to featuring in the epochal moments in bebop, he was instrumental in founding Afro-Cuban jazz, the modern jazz version of what early-jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton referred to as the "Spanish Tinge". Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and gifted improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. Dizzy's beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop."

Get Dizzy:

Dizzy Atmosphere

Cool Breeze

Birk's Works


Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie,Charlie "Bird" Parker, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell, Max Roach


-Mr. n00b

Zimmer's Picks (DeadStash)

Originally, I was hoping to dedicate this installment of Zimmer's Picks solely to great versions of Slipknot!. However, as I waded through my myriad of Dead-shows, it became impossible to discern between an "epic" Slipknot! and an off-the-hook Help>Slip>Franklin's.

As any true fan will attest, the three-song-sandwich is probably the best way to enjoy any of these phenomenal tunes. And, personally, hearing one without the others always leaves me feeling particularly unsatisfied. The Help>Slip>Franklin's combo was always a great jam-vehicle for the Dead.....especially during the exploratory Slipknot! sections......and has truly earned it's reputation as a fan-favorite.

In putting together the shows for this installment, it was really hard for me not to limit my search to mid/late-70's shows. For my money, Help>Slip!>Franklin's was never better than it was from '76-'78; but there are, of course, some hidden gems out there from later decades. are some of my favorite Help>Slip>Franklin's.

ps- I have intentionally tried to include versions that have a particularly nice/exploratory Slipknot! section, as an attempt to stay-true to my original goal.

First up are two great shows from 1976.

June 14 of that year found the Dead playing at the legendary Beacon Theater. You can't go wrong with the entire show, but the H>S>F is what seals the deal for me (especially the long Slipknot! section that clocks in over 13 minutes).

June 14th, 1976

I couldn't choose between the Beacon show and this I included them both! This show, from October 1, 1976 in Indianapolis, is high-energy right out of the gates....and just keeps getting better.

October 1st, 1976

Stylistically, the 80's were a big departure for the Dead from their 70's sound. But this is not meant to indicate that the material is sub-par. Listen to these two shows of classic 80's Dead and try to tell me that they weren't jamming as hard as ever.

The September 3, 1983 show, from the Boise Pavilion at Boise State University, is a prime example. The second set is filled with hard-jamming. The Slipknot! finds deep, deep places and then transforms into one of the most rocking Franklin's that I have ever listened to.

September 3rd, 1983

The Dead seemed to always play great shows at the Hampton Coliseum, and helped to establish it as a "destination venue" for generations of fans.....and other bands. In this concert, from 1989, the Dead certainly do not disappoint....a great version of Candyman, and an absolutely sublime Morning Dew. Not to mention the stellar H>S>F.

October 8th, 1989

Finally, we come to the 90's.....just barely. This 1990 show, from Madison Square Garden, highlights some great playing from Bruce Hornsby....and the last GREAT H>S>F that the Dead ever played, in my opinion.

September 19th, 1990

Last but not least, I decided to throw in these two shows from 1974. Although it would be some time before the H>S>F would be completely realized, these shows do offer a glimpse of Slipknot! on its own, and in its infancy.

This show, from June of '74, includes the first full-realized performance of Slipknot!. The first set is typical '74 Dead, but the end of the second set it great. The Truckin'>Eyes>Slipknot!>China Doll>One More Saturday Night makes it all worth it.

June 20th, 1974

July 25, 1974, International Amphitheater, Chicago, IL. What can I say about this just need to listen to it. An unbelievable show from start to finish. Make sure to tune-in for the second set Dark Star>Slipknot!.

July 25th, 1974

"They're not the best at what they do, they're the only ones that do what they do." -Bill Graham

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Review: Family Funktion & Sitar Jams

... I walk into the Abilene Bar, a two story house located in Downtown Rochester. The enviroment is quaint yet boasts a classy/casual/relaxed/at home kind of vibe. I find a table off to the side, within' plain view of a setup reminisant of a basement band. The drum kit, tucked off into the corner, was decorated with yellow prayer flags. Immediately to the left; was a rug, with a pillow, effects pedals and a mini synthesizer. To the left of that; the bass set-up with additional effect pedals and amps. I introduce myself to the three gentleman who, at the time were setting up/checking the sound. The Soundcheck abruptly comes to an end as the three wander off in their own direction. One of the gentleman, the sitar player introduces himself to me as Naryan, and follows up with several questions about my being there. After expressing my enjoyment of the band, my one and only time seeing them, my opinions of their music and building a fan base; Naryan seemed very comfortable and receptive. In the background, his brother; Aneal (bass) was shooting pool, while the oldest of the three brothers; Ravi, sits down to join our conversation.

The conversation switches between; touring, building a fanbase, the struggle to book gigs (and get paid for them), taping and distributing music and their new cd, soon to be released. There is a certain excitement and sense of pride that was easily detected when discussing the new cd. Naryan speaks very candidly about how they were pleased with their first recording. Quickly followed up with how much better the current session is going. "We're recording at the Goo Goo Dolls studio." (In Buffalo, NY) "The sound is so much better... and the engineers are really knowledgable." stated Naryan humbley yet confident. Ravi chiming in every once in a while with a overlooked detail. The topic then switches gears to who they listen to musically. Naryan immediately pays homage to Phish, with a huge smile on his face, as most Phish Phans do when describing the band. "I love Phish... I wish I was going to Phish Phest..." Later eluding to being jelous of his friends who will be in attendance.

Another round of beers brings discussion of beer itself. Naryan expresses his enjoyment of drinking good beer, and I quickly agree. He offers a taste of his IPA to his brother, then offereing me a taste. We all agree on it's delightful flavor. Soon after, the merch is set out on the table around which we've been having our discussion. Aneal comes over and joins, as we discuss Medeski, Martin & Wood, The Westcott theatre, and Ravi's desire to play a gig with Soulive. Within' minutes some of their fans start to show up. A cat by the name of Nick turned out to tape the show and another gentleman (who's name escapes me) is obviously a big fan; laying out a few requests and looking as excited as Naryan did when describing Phish.

Family Function & Sitar Jams takes the stage, Naryan exclaiming to me that they feel chill and are going to take it easy tonight. The Three brothers from Buffalo with the sole intent to bring the jams; begin with a very spacey progression reminding me a lot of MMW. They ease into a jam, drop the beats, and the baseline insues. Almost immediately Naryan is reaching down and utilizing the effects of his sythesiser, while Aneal and Ravi create a funk/dance kind of groove. The first set was extremely high energy with a lot of effects and expiramentation.

The second set involved more straight forward sitar, with a darker twist. Additionally a mic was plugged in so we were able to get a few details about some of the songs and a plethera of feedback. The jams were extensive, some lasting what I would estimate at Ten Minutes Plus. The drums were heavy yet calculated. The bass was funky yet spacey, and the sitar playing; innovative and destructive.

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Here is a copy of their first cd: Family Funktion & Sitar Jams

"Family Funktion is a band who's groove is only surpassed by their innovation. They have a way of taking you to outerspace and leaving you on the moon with a discoball."


Friday, October 23, 2009

Chasin' The Trane

The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings:

"Live at the Village Vanguard is a 1961 album by jazz musician John Coltrane. One side of the original LP was devoted to "Chasin' The Trane" which has been described as one of Coltrane's most important performances. In a 1966 interview Coltrane recalled that he had "listened to John Gilmore kind of closely before I made 'Chasin the Trane'."

The Village Vanguard engagements were a focal point for Coltrane's partnership with Eric Dolphy. Other recordings from the concerts appeared originally on the Impressions LP. Interest in the results of that collaboration has led to subsequent extended reissues of the material — first in the 1977 issue of a double-LP of The Other Village Vanguard Tapes and then in the 1997 4-CD issue of the complete sessions."

The Village Vanguard Recordings:

Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3

Disc 4

Recorded November 2 and November 3, 1961 in New York City

John Coltrane — tenor saxophone/soprano saxophone
Eric Dolphy — bass clarinet (track 2)
McCoy Tyner — piano
Reggie Workman — double bass
Elvin Jones — drums

The complete sessions also feature

Jimmy Garrison — double bass
Garvin Bushell — oboe, contrabassoon
Ahmed Abdul-Malik — oud
Roy Haynes — drums

The Heavyweight Champion: John Coltrane

"The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings is a 1995 box set by ... John Coltrane. It features all of the recordings Coltrane made for Atlantic Records, spanning January 15, 1959 to May 25, 1961.

During Coltrane’s Atlantic years, he made important recordings such as Giant Steps and My Favorite Things, recorded albums with Milt Jackson, Don Cherry, and Eric Dolphy and made his debut on the soprano saxophone."

Unbelievable Collection, essential for anyone who rides the Trane on a regular basis.

The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings - John Coltrane

Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3

Disc 4

Disc 5

Disc 6

Disc 7

Recorded between January 15, 1959 and May 25, 1961 in New York City.

* John Coltrane — tenor saxophone/soprano saxophone
* Milt Jackson — vibes (disc 1:1-8)
* Don Cherry — trumpet (disc 3: 7-11)
* Freddie Hubbard — trumpet (disc 6: 4-7)
* Eric Dolphy — flute/alto saxophone (disc 6: 4-7)
* Hank Jones — piano (disc 1: 1-8)
* Cedar Walton — piano (disc 1: 9-11; disc 7: 1-20)
* Tommy Flanagan — piano (disc 2: 1-9; disc 7: 21-22)
* McCoy Tyner — piano (disc 4: 1-11; disc 5: 1-3, 8-10; disc 6: 1-4)
* Wynton Kelly — piano (disc 2: 10-12; disc 3: 1-6)
* Paul Chambers — bass (disc 1: 1-11; disc 2: 1-12; disc 3: 1-6; disc 7: 1-22)
* Charlie Haden — bass (disc 3: 7-8)
* Percy Heath — bass (disc 3: 9-11)
* Steve Davis — bass (disc 4: 1-11; disc 5: 1-10; disc 6: 1-3; disc 7: 23-25)
* Art Davis — bass (disc 4: 4,5,7)
* Reggie Workman — bass (disc 3: 4-7)
* Connie Kay — drums (disc 1: 1-8)
* Lex Humphries — drums (disc 1: 9-11; disc 7: 1-20)
* Art Taylor — drums (disc 2: 1-9; disc 7: 21-22)
* Jimmy Cobb — drums (disc 2: 10-12; disc 3: 1-6)
* Ed Blackwell — drums (disc 3: 7-11)
* Elvin Jones — drums (disc 4: 1-11; disc 5: 1-10; disc 6: 1-7; disc 7: 23-25)


-Mr. n00b

Free Album From The Duo & More


"Radio Soap Star Opera was recorded in seven days over three years. The tremendous musicians include: Joe Russo (drums, percussion, glockenspiel, vocals, producer of "tracks 2, 3, 5-9), Stuart Bogie (clarinet, alto saxophone, jaw harp, bass harmonica, producer of tracks 1, 4), Don Piper (lap steel, vocals, harmonica, engineer and mix), Andrew Southern (bass 2, 3, 5-9), Kevin Kendrick (vibraphone 1, 4-7, 9), Colin Stetson (tenor and baritone sax on 1), Jon Shaw (trumpet on 6), Nick Movshon (bass on 1), Dave Dreiwitz (bass on 4), Marco Benevento (organ on 2), Sean Bones (guitar on 6), Ryan Thornton (tambourine)."

Radio Soap Star Opera


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Medeski, Martin & Wood: Fly in a Bottle

NPR Tiny Desk Concert


Ralph Stanley:

"October 19, 2009 - The Tiny Desk Concert series almost always brings out the lighter side of both the artists who perform and the staff of NPR Music. When Tom Jones or the band Dr. Dog shows up, for example, it can feel like a child's birthday party or a field day from school, with lots of joking from a bunch of people glad to have a break from their normal routine. But when Dr. Ralph Stanley strolled in to give this Tiny Desk Concert, the office fell silent with the kind of reverence appropriate for a living legend.

That's not to say that Stanley was humorless. Standing at Bob Boilen's desk, in front of one of the largest crowds we've had at a Tiny Desk show, he held up a copy of the new autobiography he's been promoting, Man of Constant Sorrow, and told the audience, "I'd like to sell around a thousand of them today, here." When Bob asked if the book had every detail of the singer's life, Stanley said, "I didn't leave out a thing. And may have added some stuff." Later, when he sang an abbreviated version of "Amazing Grace," he told the audience, "I only know but the one verse," grossly understating his position as the dean of bluegrass and old-time gospel music. But, as he writes in his new book, "I'm just an old hillbilly, and proud of it, too. Plain as an old shoe."

Ralph Stanley's Tiny Desk set was shorter than most, but deeply moving. He didn't play his trademark clawhammer banjo, and no one accompanied him as he sang three songs a cappella: "Gloryland," "Turn Back, Turn Back" and "Amazing Grace"."

Click here for: The Tiny Desk Concert (video)

Rodrigo Y Gabriela:

"October 10, 2009 - I can't think of a better way to describe the music of Rodrigo y Gabriela than with three words: "heavy metal flamenco." And yet the duo doesn't play heavy metal — its members perform instrumentals on nylon-string guitars — nor does it play Spanish dance music. But the term fits because the pair's fierce guitar riffs feel powerfully electric, and because Rodrigo y Gabriela's rhythmic style showcases a frenetic strum that conjures the energy of flamenco.

A Mexican duo living in Dublin, Rodrigo y Gabriela just released an album called 11:11, which pays tribute to the pair's heroes — Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Astor Piazzolla and Pantera's Dimebag Darrell among them. It's quite a stretch to travel from the bruising heavy metal of Pantera to the tango of Piazzolla, but it all works. What flies from those fingers wouldn't even seem human had I merely seen it on YouTube. But I got to see them play live at my desk, and I can say that it's not only real, but also magic."

Click here for: The Tiny Desk Concert

-The J-man

The Archive & etree

When it comes to live music downloads there is no greater source than The Archive. This massive collection of free downloadable/streamable music is mind-blowing. Free shows, reviews, as well as a solid community of tapers and music lovers. Head to the Archive, search for your favorite band and hit play... It's as easy as that. Get some.

The second source for live music that I dig on is etree. I check it daily to view and download music from the past few nights in addition to some solid re-seeds. The music is posted in torrent form. Included in the torrent are; music files, setlists, and pictures. The best/easiest way to download live music.

To get the torrent program click here: Bittorrent

-The J-man

Monday, October 19, 2009


Today's Cheese Selection is... 01.27.00... awesome show.

SCI 01.27.00 The Wool Warehouse Albuquerque, New Mexico

Set 1: Black Clouds, 100 Year Flood > MLT¹, Barstool, Lost, Impressions¹^ > Bigger Isn't Better > White Freightliner Blues

Set 2: Round the Wheel¹ > Drums¹ > Rivertrance¹, Freedom Jazz Dance, Water, Joyful Sound > Rollover

Encore (acoustic): Chili Dawg, How Mountain Girls Can Love

¹ with Jamie Janover on percussion.
^ unfinished.
All of SCI sat in on Big River at the end of David Gans' set (included with this SHN set).
First Time Played: Lost (Kyle original)

Great Black Clouds opener, kyle is truly on this show. 100 yr.> MLT... MLT faces. Set 1 closer, impressions > BIB > white freightliner... awesome fucking jam... way to close a set. RTW> rivertrance set 2 opener... uber heady... joyful > rollover... awesome as well, way to end a show.

great show... check it out.

Mr. n00b

Ravi Shankar/ Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan Review

So the last week I had the pleasure of being able to not just see 2 amazing sitar concerts, but I was able to see one of my hero's. 3 years ago I saw Ravi and his daughter Anoushka for the first time and was absolutely blown away by what i had witnessed. I had wanted to play sitar for a while before than, but after that show I was hooked, had to get one, and have been playin since. Following are reviews of both the sitar concerts I experienced, along with some heady links.

2009-10-15 Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI

This concert was simply beautiful. To be able to see a living legend at 91 years of age rip the hell outta the sitar was truly a sight to behold. But what truly was amazing was the call and response between Ravi and Anoushka. Both have such unique tones that it was amazing to listen to them back and forth. Ravi plays a very classical style, as he was trained since a small child. His riffs were reminiscent to the classical ragas, however his speed was not nearly there. As a 91 year old man, it is hard to rip as hard as you did at 89 or 40 or even 20 as he was at woodstock. However, what he lacked in speed he fully made up for in tone quality. He has one of the greatest tones to the sitar I've ever heard. His tamboure was mindblowing. Anoushka on the other hand has exceeded her father in talent. And the look on Ravi's face was sheer pride for his daughter, who has become more than he could hope for. Her speed and accuracy were insane as well as the tone she has created for herself. Anoushka's innovative style is truly amazing and I recommend her work just as much as her fathers. Overall the show was amazing, not the best Ravi show I've seen(out of the two), but definitely amazing.

Show rating 4 out of 5.

Some Ravi links:

Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000

Homage to Mahatma Ghandi

Monument of Strings

Ravi Shankar: Woodstock Performance... by far my favorite Ravi show of all time.
The Doyen of Hindustani Music

The Ravi Shankar Collection: Improvisations ... Ravi's jazz project... amazing, mindblowing listenin.

Anoushka Shankar:



2008-10-06 Live In Tokyo

2009-10-18 Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan

This concert took place in an Indian families' home, as most small traditional concerts do, in West Bloomfield, MI. The sitarist is an extremely well known sitarist on the Indian classical music ticket. He is acclaimed by such master musicians as Zakir Hussain, Ustad Allah Rahka, and Ravi Shankar. This was one of the most mind-blowing concerts Ive ever been to. Not only was this sitarist one of the best Ive ever seen but the setting was perfect. We were in the basement sitting on the ground as the sitarist and tabla player take the small stage which was back-dropped by a beautiful lake with many trees with colorful foliage that really set the tone for the concert. The sitarist's use of microtones in addition to his insane speed and accuracy led him to be one of the best sitarist I've ever seen. He played for nearly 3 hours and completely beasted the whole time... I was amazed. I hate to say it but that performance blew Ravi out of the water, but Khan has age and has been studying 14 hours a day for 10 years. AMAZING... Ive uploaded some of his albums... check him out, simply amazing.. take note it is a different style of sitar playing than Ravi's style.

Show Rating: 5 out of 5

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan:

Raag Bhopali

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan


Mr. n00b

Review: Del McCoury Band "Family Circle"

Tradition, class & top notch Musicianship are what come to mind when I think of the Del McCoury Band. Family circle is song after song of traditional/roots bluegrass from the current master of bluegrass himself. This album puts forth the best vocal performance I have heard from Del in some time. Additionally Rob McCoury stands out on the five-string banjo, playing some truly innovative/melodic parts. Family Circle is one of the best bluegrass albums that I have heard in some time. The album hits stores October 27th, be sure to pick it up.

Stream the new album here: Family Circle

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Zimmer's Picks (DeadStash)

I am pleased to annouce the first of what I hope to be many contributions to this site. When considering what I thought would make this a successful blog; the first thing that came to mind was Grateful Dead shows. I thought to myself; Who better to share links and knowledge than Zimmer? This cat has by far the most depth in this area of anyone I know and may have ever met. Time after time he has shared with me some of the best Dead music that I have ever heard. Mind blowing/relevant shows that took me to outer space and back.

You can feel his love of the Dead within' seconds of sparking a conversation. As well his ability to tell stories that paint a picture is quite incredible. I consider this cat one of my best friends, and one of the coolest cats I have ever met. I am so pleased that he agreed to help us in our quest to bring great music to you.

-The J-man

Ladies and Gentleman... Zimmer's Pick's (DeadStash):

here's the 1st installment....

As many of you may know, the Grateful Dead will be honored in New York City today, when the Empire State Building will be illuminated in a tie-dye lighting scheme. With that in mind, I thought that it would be appropriate for the first installment of Zim's Picks to highlight a few of the numerous stellar performances the boys put on in the Big Apple. NYC was always a home-away-from-home for the Dead; and when you listen to these shows, you can tell how much fun they are having.

Bill Graham knew how to throw a party. And these shows from May 15, 1970, at the legendary Fillmore East, offer solid proof. Included here are both the Early and Late Shows, which both offer acoustic and electric sets. Pigpen sounds particularly good here, and his organ-playing is spot-on. As an extra bonus, the sets from the New Riders of the Purple Sage (who were on the double-bill) are also included for you aural pleasure.

Grateful Dead & New Riders 5.15.70

Now we fast-forward a decade-and-change and move to a slightly larger venue. Originally, as a fan of the 70's Dead, it took me a while to warm up to the sound of the early-80's Dead. I can't believe what I was missing. Give this 1982 show from Madison Square Garden a listen to hear the band in peak-form. The jams are tight and the song-selection is superb.

Grateful Dead 9.20.82

"They're not the best at what they do, they're the only ones that do what they do." -Bill Graham

The Empire State Building to be Lit in Honor of the Grateful Dead


New York’s iconic Empire State Building will be lit up with special tie-dye colors in honor of the Grateful Dead this evening. The tribute coincides with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s scheduled appearance this Wednesday at a fundraiser for the New York Historical Society’s upcoming Grateful Dead exhibit. As previously reported, The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society will open this spring, tracing the band’s career and achievements through a wealth of original artwork and documents. Materials in the exhibition will be drawn almost exclusively from the extraordinary holdings of the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California Santa Cruz, established in 2008.

Bob Weir & RatDog will kick off a multi-night, multi-venue New York run this evening. Tonight’s show will take place a few blocks from the Empire State Building at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jimmy Smith - Master of the Hammond Organ

For those of you unaware of this beast of a player, Jimmy Smith is probably the best Hammond organ player ever. Not only was he the first to use the instrument in a jazz/improvisation like manner, he is the reason the Hammond is played the way it is today. His incredible use of the Hammond's tone in addition to his crazy fingers allowed him to become one of the most respected musicians in Jazz today.

Some Jimmy Smith:

Jimmy Smith - The Blue Note Years (1957)

Jimmy Smith - In Concert In Salle Pleyel(1965)

Organ Grinder Swing (1965)... w/ Kenny Burell and Grady Tate.

Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo (1966)... Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery

Bashin The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith (1962)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff (1964)... (more like who's afraid of Jimmy Smith)

ENJOY!... more to come soon.

- Mr. n00b

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Review: Soulive (Syracuse, 10.16.09)

I was fortunate enough to get a guestlisted +1 for my girlfriend and I (thanks Kras). The show took place at one of my new favorite local Upstate New York venues; The Westcott Theatre. (Jambase article on The Westcott)This show was a special occasion; Soulive was playing as the Trio. The Trio is by far my favorite incarnation of the band. Song after song was in your face driving Jazz/Funk. Towards the end of the set, they brought out the Shady Horns for some awesome jams. Including one of my favorite portions of the show; where the horn section did a very solid duet. closing out the show they brought out Nigel Hall, which converted the show to a James Brown style "call & response" situation. For me; it's all about the Trio.

Show link: Soulive 10.16.09

Rating: 4 out of 5.

On a side note I met up with some cool ass Jambasers. Jordan, Trance, Luggage.

-The J-man

The Story...

Zach and I met back in April at an Umphrey's McGee after party at a Senior Citizen/Assisted Living Home. The show itself ( Umphrey's McGee, Royal Oak, MI 3.12.09 ) was solid. It was my 12th time seeing the band. Prior to that night; I had not really dug their music... It was ok, I just didn't see what all the hype was about... Until that evening. Following the show, I was sitting on a couch at the party being handed all sorts of misc. items, When a young man/child approached me and sat down on the couch. After a long conversation about music, substances, tour and life; I knew that this would not be the last I saw of this kid. But what I didn't know was that I would eventually become the closest of friends with this cat, as well as live, travel & wook out with him... to the insane extent that we did.

We bonded over Music, Jambase, and essentially a lifestyle of telling it like it was and spacin' the fuck out.

So, as it goes, we've parted ways; Zach living in Ann Arbor, MI and myself living in Seneca Falls, NY.

Together we hope to post what we consider to be relevant news (tour, dates, and reviews), as well as our favorite heady links, and wookshots.

We hope that you enjoy, and find "The HeadStash" to be relevant.

-The J-man

Photo Credit: Rex Thomson