Final FloydFest Photo Recap
Final 📸 Photo Recap of FloydFest and I just decide to have fun with this one. Featuring Andy Frasco and the tiny world we all live on for the weekend! Thanks to Across-the-Way Productions and everyone who made this year so special. Full VLOG and Review coming soon!
FloydFest 2021: Saturday's Photo Recap
📸 Saturday’s Photo Recap From FloydFest featuring Turkauz and The Travers Brothership much more to come….
FloydFest 2021 Friday Photo Recap
📸 Friday’s Photo Recap of FloydFest featuring Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Turkuaz and Jerry Harrison with Adrian Belew and Goose. Music is finally back! Full Recap and VLOG coming soon!
The Peach Music Festival 2018 Rewind Review
While I am not able to make The Peach Music Festival this weekend in Scranton, Pennsylvania, I wanted to share my review from 2018. I hope everyone has a blast at what looks to be the most stacked festvial lineup of 2021.
The Peach Music Festival 2018 Review (Jam Juices Overflowing)
It's always a pleasure to gain admission into such prestigious festivals like, The Peach Music Festival, which boasted one of the best lineups of the summer 2018 and that may be, a modest understatement. This year, I had to take the plunge to Montage Mountain, Ski Resort and Water Park very close to Scranton, Pennsylvania. With “The Office” theme song on an endless loop in my head, I anxiously anticipated Friday's stacked lineup but was still bummed about missing one of my favorite Jam acts, The Marcus King Band, and Marcus's various sit-ins, which always highlight his versatility and ability to improvise. For those that got to see Marcus, lucky you! I look forward seeing him, as soon as, musically possible.
Friday Highlights and Montage Musings:
Arriving at the festival location, I had to park off-site and take a shuttle to the venue. This was not the easiest experience, as I was nervous and excited to get into the festivals and see some live music! I suppose I could have bought an onsite parking ticket but seeing as I was covering this event, it's difficult to spend all my hard earned dollars on extra services and fees. No camping pass was provided and no media accommodations were available but the show must go on!
When I arrived within the pavilion area, I was confronted with quite a mess of festivalgoer’s vying for coveted seats within the pavilion. This was a much different festival atmosphere than I was used to but after getting somewhat situated, I attempted to enjoy moe. one of my all time favorite bands. moe. would bring out the Turkuaz horn section for The Bands, "Ophelia." The horns would definitely add some sonic compliments. "Maybe we should have ended on that one," said Rob but out of nowhere they cover Rush’s, "Tom Sawyer;" Rob thrashing the bass with an octave pedal on full blast. I was completely lost in the music and ready for more moe. the following day and had forgotten about the seating fiasco.
Past the lazy river and beyond the lodge, at the Mushroom Stage, The Main Squeeze was my in-between before settling in to catch Leftover Salmon. The Main Squeeze seems heavily influenced by R & B and classic rock. The lead singer had a great stage presence and I was impressed by the guitarist’s full force, Game Of Thrones cover.
Leftover Salmon was up on the Mushroom Stage, which is adjacent to a wave pool, where patrons can cool off and listen to music. I got the opportunity to meet Vince Herman before their show. What a great experience and kind man. Leftover would play many of their original songs, which have lots of energy. I particular liked “Gulf Of Mexico,” “Liza” and “Aquatic Hitchhiker.” Their sound is Bluegrass, mixed with Island (Calypso), Reggae, and throw in some New Orleans Zydeco for a tasty musical gumbo and you will have Leftovers. This band is raw, eerie and danceable, the last few songs were extremely Jammy and improvisational, with very progressive movements.
Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Band, began the night with a solid but easy rendition of "China Cat Sunflower" into “Mr. Charlie" with Midnight North vocalist, Elliott Peck, accentuating the original blues quality of the early Dead. (Pig Pen style) Again, the band followed up with another older catalogued number, "Tennessee Jed." Jason Crosby’s piano playing shines through flawlessly. “New Speedway Boogie” continues this bluesy song selection but they end that musical streak with "Throwing Stones" which turned into a yelling cacophony right until the end, when they progressed into a slower rendition of "He's Gone." Never stopping, they continue into "The Other One" with Phil forgetting the lyrics but that's ok, at 78, he can do that. Grahame Lesh took the lead on the guitar and has grown up humbly and professionally. Taking these songs to a sonically singular level with the addition of a flute (Gotta be Karl Denson) to the song structure and transitioning beautifully into "Bird Song" and then returning again into "The Other One." "Truckin'" was up next and the crowd sang along at the top of their lungs. "The Wheel" and "Sampson and Delilah" rounded out the end of the set with "Sugeree" bringing it home. The audience wanted an encore and the band rejoined onstage for one final song and of course, it's Phil singing "Box Of Rain."
As I was trying to get some water from this giant water tank, in anguish with the thirst of the day, I got caught in a jazz traffic jam with horns and drums blocking my every path. At that moment Umphreys McGee comes on like a panic attack; I get anxiety just thinking about some of their songs. I did my best to make it through but in the end, my nerves can't handle the twist and turns this band brings like, a bi-polar Van Halen on Meth. While I must admit they are talented and present a much more a psychedelic experience than most of the other bands that played during the day sometimes, I just have to call it a night.
Saturday’s Musical Experience (ie; Little Feat and moe.)
Repeating the shuttle process to the festival site and having very little sleep, I continued on to catch Aqueous at the Mushroom Stage. I always have a great time with this band, they have an eclectic sound and span various genres. The Turkuaz horns join the band for the "Power Of Love" by Huey Lewis and The News followed by "The Median" and ending with an extended jam, "Don't Do It." If you haven't checked out Aqueous, reverse this song and do it! They are one of JBP favorites. (pew pew)
Staying at the Mushroom Stage for Ghost Light, I was excited to see my second performance from this very improvisational group. Warming up with Tenacious D’s "F*** Her Gently," The Turkuaz horn section would join them immediately on stage for one of their originals, "If You Want It." Tom Hamilton is the consummate bandleader, calling out the shots and leading the other musicians including: Holly Bowling, Scotty Zwang, Steve Lyons and Riana Mullen into new territories. Their compositions like "Winter War Games" and "Untitled D Riff" are intense in all the right places and can bring some solid blasting Americana Rock. I will always check out Ghost Light, any chance I can and hope they return to 5 Points Music Sanctuary soon.
I tried my best to get a good pavilion seats before the mass exodus of people beginning to descend upon the Main Stage for moe. and Little Feat. This was compacted by the fact that the rain began to come down harder and without proper VIP credentials for the 100 row seating, it was almost impossible to find any room to accommodate reviewing the performance. I was lucky enough to have found a pavilion seat with a giant beam directly blocking my view but at least I was out of the rain for this amazing feat.
This performance was the main reason I had drove 5 hours to Montage Mountain and traversed the Pocono’s at 2:30 AM. Little Feats seminal live album 'Waiting For Columbus' is one of my all time favorite records and with hit after hit, I knew moe. and the remaining members of Little Feat plus The Turkuaz horn section, would knock this one out of the park. The show begins of course, with "Join The Band” which is sung acappela. Jim Laughlin's mallet cat was the first thing that stood out to me as they went into "Fat Man In The Bathtub." Billy Payne taking over, while Al Schnier holding his own, killing on the slide guitar. Both bands kept it coming on strong, recreating these classic songs and revisiting this album. The group of musician began to jam during "Day Or Night." With Rob Barraco and Fred Tackett leading the way, skipping "Mercenary Territory" and going straight for "Spanish Moon." "Willin'" saw the Montage Pavilion singing along with Rob Derhak, arms raised towards the sky. Rearranging “Dixie Chicken,” Billy Payne brought his progressive Fusion piano skills to the table. All and all, it was a fun and solid set but I would have loved to have heard: “Mercenary Territory,” “Sailing Shoes” and “Rocket In My Pocket.” I guess I'll just have to see Little Feat again ASAP!
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has been gaining a lot of followers within the Dead/Jam community and for good reason. They are constantly morphing, shifting and transitioning into and beyond the cosmic space of The Grateful Dead’s musical catalogue. They begin with "Cats Down Under The Stars" which goes on for, well over 15 minutes until, at the snap of the finger, they switch into "Big River." "Row Jimmy" didn't diverge from the original at all and stayed pretty low-key while "Loser" felt like it could have morphed into anything at anytime. During JRADs second set Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger began dueling on guitars, Russo keeping time and Benevento sweeping across the keys. This band has gone further than any I have I have heard before and I look for them to continue gaining mass appeal with all audiences.
Having to choose between Dark Side Of The Mule and Spafford was almost sacrilegious but I stayed for some of Dark Side Of The Mule (Govt’ Mule covering Pink Floyd, which is kind of self-explanatory) before bracing for the rain and catching Spafford. Spafford has been really gaining a lot of support, as well in this community and it was good to see so many people dancing and braving the rain. The band had some hard times dealing with the weather but they brought the jams, they just played a lot of improvisation and instrumental. The set was filled with jams like, “The Postman,” “Slip and Squander,” “Electric Taco Stand” and “Virtual Bean Dip.” Some serious Spaffnerds that I talked to really enjoyed this set and were talking about how great the improvisation was. As I am not the most familiar with the catalogue, it all sounded like Jams to me and that’s a good thing. Hopefully, I will be checking these guys out again at Lockn’ Music Festival next month.
Sunday: (The Spirit Of The Allman Brothers And Beyond)
The Allman brothers theme is visible throughout this festival but I wasn't sure to what extent this festival actually represents ABB. I can assure you the spirit of the Allman brothers is alive in well at The Peach Music Festival. We may not be in Georgia but these were some juicy musical peaches.
Sunday was filled with Allman Brother songs and many members of the bands iterations, it became a true celebration of their spirit with Dickey Betts closing out the night, Oteil and friends and of course, Waking Up With Warren. It's hard to comment on all the great collaborations but notably, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer would really impress me yet again, sitting in with various musical acts at The Peach Music Festival. While the rain subsided for some of the day, it was still quite a mess at all the stages but I don’t want to get specific here for my Sunday review. Instead, I want to take this opportunity to talk about The Allman Brothers, their legacy and the losses we have all endured over the past few years musically.
My first concert was ABB almost 15 years ago and I haven’t stopped since. It was something that truly changed my life and my outlook on live music. I daresay, I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for The Allman Brothers Band. While, I never got to experience Duane or Dickey with Gregg, what I did see was a wonderful iteration of the bands spirit and legacy; Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes intimate keepers of the flame. I did however, get to see Dickey Betts and Great Southern once and while it wasn’t such a grand experience as ABB, it was still great to see a founding member. I was always hung-up on dreams Id never see and after Gregg passed last year, things would never be the same again, I never thought I would see a celebration with that same spirit. Was it that lost forever? Not by a long shot. The Peach is the ultimate commemoration of ABB their formidable legacy will never die. The Peach may be lacking in a few overall technical issues but the music truly shone through. While the logistics were kind of a nightmare due to media limitations and overall expenses, I would return as a patron, as there are always, one of a kind musical collaborations that occur every year. I look for another solid, staked lineup next at The Peach Music Festival.
Eat A Peach,
JBP PSA: Due to the ever-changing music climate ie. I cannot deal with publicists, managers, or music executives.
Tautologic Album Review ‘Wheels Fall Off’ (is musical Rocket Surgery)
Tautologic Album Review ‘Wheels Fall Off’ (is musical Rocket Surgery)
It’s not every day that an album so different and original crosses my desk. ‘Wheels Fall Off’ the newest album from Chicago-based, Tautologic, immediately caught my attention and I had to review it here at www.jambandpurist.com ‘Wheels Fall Off’ has reached #8 on the charts via jamband.com and is already receiving rave criticism. I am proud to share this exclusive Album Review with all of my loyal readers. Thanks for keeping this site alive with your readership. You all make it worthwhile.
While I’d love to review this entire album, I want to delve deep into the songs that caught my attention the most and give my descriptions and overall thoughts on each. Over the past two years, I have strived to focus on things that mean the most to me, and music always takes precedent. I have started to make a ritual of listening to these albums while I review them and I focus all of my energy on becoming the music, embodying it, and understanding it. ‘Wheels Fall Off’ is an experience in and of itself. My first thoughts were filled with originality and the sonic compositions that make up each arrangement. I was captivated by the lyrical development with an almost classical compositional feel. Tautologic is certainly living up to its motto: “Perfectly normal music for slightly odd people.“ ‘Wheels Fall Off’ features: Ethan Sellers (keys/vocals/production), Patrick Buzby (drums), Nathan Britsch (bass), Chris Greene (Tenor/Soprano Sax), Emily Albright (violin, vocals), and Jay Montana (guitar). Tautologic also had some help from special guests: Tom Culver (cello), Johnny Showtime Janowiak (trombone), John Moore, Jr. (trumpet), and Sellers’ children. It will be hard for me to isolate individual names with instruments so I’ll name them here and refer to the instrument itself instead of the musician. Let’s get this review on the road until the wheels fall off.
The opening title track “Wheels Fall Off” is the introduction to the album as well as the final track. I’ll start here with the Alpha and Omega of this album. “Wheels Fall Off” is very much an anthem song. “Let’s keep driving till the wheels fall off" was most definitely stuck in my head for a few days after listening. One of the interesting things about “Wheels Fall Off” and many songs on the album is how relatable the lyrics are. The song tells a simple story about a man and a car mixed in a metaphor for life itself. The narrator seemingly growing old like the vehicle itself. The narrator is the vehicle. Musically this song transitions smoothly from anthem to melody and truly exemplifies Tautologic‘s sound and songwriting abilities.
“That’s What I Hear” is riff heavy and immediately the horns are highlighted and make this track a full composition that is vibrant and full. Many of the albums I review here at JBP do not do a great job of recording the brass or horns but ‘Wheels Fall Off’ is consistent and has some great recording qualities. The electric piano solo at 1:31 followed by the horns mimicking is a great touch that caught my attention. The vocals themselves also distinctly emerge in this recording. "That’s What I Hear" is highly progressive and thought-out.
“Rocket Surgery” has an almost Celtic, Prog-Rock compositional feel. The horns again play a huge part in the sonic foundation of this track. “Rocket Surgery” is as Progressive as they come and the obvious Zappa influence or even ELP influence is undeniable. As a huge Frank Zappa fan "Rocket Surgery" is right up my alley and I had to include it on the list of tracks from this album that are a must-listen.
The bass line in, “Covered In Grit” takes precedence and drives this song forward juxtaposing with the clavinet. I enjoy the lyrics and the breakdowns from each member which feels like a straight Funk song. "Covered In Grit" is a quick track that shows the diversity of this band and its members. I'd love to see more tracks from Tautologic that are Funk-based just to see what they could do with them.
“Exit Strategy” is my favorite track from ‘Wheels Fall Off’ and its musicality and compositional structure are unmatched. The heavy bass and overlying synth are eerie yet angelic, just the way I like it. "Exit Strategy" is the most "Jam" track from this album and shows the guitarist's versatility and formidable skill. If I were to pick any song to show my readers from this album it would be "Exit Strategy." This song goes hard.
I can relate to the next track on 'Wheels Fall Off,' "High School Reunion" the lyrics are fun and playful and that translates to the listener. The vocal stylings of the lead singer are very Alt-Rock perhaps like, Modest Mouse or The Postal Service but this pairs well with the other similar tracks on 'Wheels Fall Off.' The saxophone solo at the end of "High School Reunion" really ties the track together and leaves a lasting imprint in its conclusion.
Again, it was a pleasure to review this album and for Tautologic to reach out to me here at www.jambandpurist.com. I am thoroughly impressed with the overall concept of 'Wheels Fall Off' and the message that Tautologic is bringing to its audience. It’s no wonder it reached #8 on the Jamband charts. I think Tautologic are living up to the definition of their namesake, "true by virtue of its logical form alone." Hopefully Tautologic are able to play some live shows in the future and work up even more exemplifying compositions to record. I looked forward to what they bring next.
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I just wanted to share with all the work of Jameson Mangan! I have recently been acquainted with him and his work, to say I'm super impressed is an understatement. Jameson is also responsible for directing the Andy Frasco SHitSHow mentioned previously on my site. These are some highly creative, ambitious and fully realized works of art! Check these out now and let Jameson know how much you like his work.
Andy Frasco's World SavingShit Show (Where Fevered Jam Dreams Meet Primetime Programming)
Andy Frasco is one of the biggest personalities in the Jam scene today. I can still vividly recall my first time seeing "ShitShow" Frasco perform with The U.N. on Jamcruise 2019, pink boxing outfit crowd surfing and causing havoc. I have been lucky enough to see Andy and The U.N. about half a dozen times and each time is a wilder and raunchier than the time before. I love it. here is a segment from that review and some highlights from my past.
"I had only vaguely heard of “Sweet Dick” Andy Frasco and his World Saving Podcast before getting on the boat and boy, was I in for one of the wildest experiences of my life. I have never witnessed such an orgy of musicians and wild onstage antics. Andy Frasco may just be the GG Allen of the Jam scene. My first time seeing Frasco on the boat, I was awe-struck, jaw to the floor as he crowd surfed across the entire venue, all the way to the soundboard and back. A Jewish Dionysus who would talk about and ingest numerous substances while onstage, and have the crowd join in."
"Andy Frasco And The U.N. are the real fucking deal; a no holds barred, orgy of musical chaos. There is nothing like it. It is perhaps the closest thing to the WWE or professional wrestling within the musical world. The gross display of complete negligence while still remaining coherent is remarkable. I’m left wondering, “Can this last forever?” I have to answer, “I sure as hell hope so!” Frasco is the shining light, the Dionysus, the one promised to enlighten us all. Being a fan of Andy Frasco is like joining some Dionysian Mystery Cult. Watching and listening to Frasco grow and be reborn again is only half the fun. This is either the greatest media ploy in existence or the realist shit out there. You decide."
Andy Frasco and The U.N. are back on tour now but I would advise all my readers to check out The World Saving ShitShow and podcast. Give this crazy shit a shot. Andy has some amazing guests and the production value is on point, the editing is highly professional and the whole ShitShow is Prime-Time Jamworthy content. I am looking forward to seeing Andy and all of you this summer 2021. Floydfest will be the next time I can see these guys but I will be ready to fucking rage! My VLOG (Out OF My Mind) should be up and running and maybe we will even get to see Andy on that son of a bitch, who knows. You can get a season pass to The World Saving ShitSHow on nocapshows.com for free. I kinda had a hard time finding it but once I did I was head over heels enthralled with ANdy and his antics.
Andy, if your reading this, I have some pretty crazy stories Id like to share with you on your podcast or the ShitShow, and if you ever need premium music/jam content come at me! You know you need the Jam Band Purist on the ShitShow. Let's talk some shit!
My good friend Mark Nicholson has just released his first solo endeavor and I wanted to share it with you here. Check it out below and follow him for more!
"Natural Born Lover" is raw and rock solid; performed with heart and emotion, Mark Nicholson lets it all out on this track. "Baby let your love light shine!" I can hear beyond the production into the songwriting backbone that makes this song stand out. This track is beyond country or rock and shows the versatility of Mark Nicholson's sound. We look forward to hearing more!
Another Track and Video from my musical project The Interstellar Pilots Club. More to come soon...
A Spacefarers Mixtape (Vol. 1) 2021
Reminiscing on my first Music Journalism experience with The String Cheese Incident, 2016 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. This is where it all started.
Thanks to fans.com and nugs.net for getting me started. Looking back on the past 5 years, it has been a crazy adventure and I can’t wait to get back out there!
Fans.com-JamBandPurist VIP Meet & Greet w. The String Cheese Incident
There are times and places in one’s life that simply pass without memory, with the blink of an eye, they are gone, lost to some other dimension—but there are some that last with us forever. They stay in our mind until our dying day and never leave. There are also things that are just serendipitous, meant to be, destined. When I found Fans.com, after discussing the same concept with friends at a Widespread Panic Red Rocks show, my life changed. I began to write more and post my reviews from concerts that I had just tucked away, never even meaning to use them. I slowly gathered a few followers and, to my surprise, people liked my stuff. When I posted about The String Cheese Incident, I was just posting my thoughts on a song and show that I had seen previously. I honestly never even knew there was a contest. When I won the meet and greet I was overwhelmed, surprised and nervous. I quickly worked out plans to take a bus to NYC to meet the guys and see one of the best shows of my life.
After a long bus ride up north, I arrived in Brooklyn for the day and hung out in Prospect Park, watching and listening to a large drum circle and grabbing some food at a convenient local event called the Smorgasbord. It was extremely hot that day, one of the hottest of the summer, but I cooled off, walking through the shaded park, taking in Brooklyn.
I had been to NYC before, but never this part of town. I enjoyed the local flavorings but I felt like I was far away from the NYC I was used to and the lack of skyline was particularly different. I will never be able to get used to the garbage in the city, the complete and utter filth that is humanity’s decadence. The subway reeks of urine and stale excrement. It is what it is. The lady yelling on the subway, shaking and writhing, speaking an unknown language even she herself couldn't decipher is par for the course and the norm for those around me. To me this is a bizarre and strange ritualistic event that all New Yorkers must bear witness to. I couldn't find a seat because a homeless vagrant lay across three seats on the subway. On the other hand, I wouldn't have wanted to sit there afterwards anyway. So is the nature of humans. The homeless man’s crusty fedora fell to the floor and as a natural reaction, I went to grab it and return it to his sleeping head, but then I was reminded of the crustiness of the object and removed my hand immediately: As I felt pain and suffering for this man, I too felt the urge to be disgusted by him. I felt the same way about the city. This is human nature, and traversing this paved substratum always brings it out in me. My days are usually spent in the quiet mountains of Virginia, where the only homeless people are the ones too drunk to do anything with themselves and most of them choose to be locked up in the county jail just for the meal and bed.
I walked from Prospect Park onward to Kings Theatre, arriving early and congregating with a few others who had gathered. We talked for hours about many things. There were many different opinions and topics, broad and vague, from north to south. Line-waiting is a tradition for humans, especially in the city. One must wait in lines for everything: from transportation to a morning’s cup of coffee. Life is a constant forming of lines; a perpetual state of waiting. This line, however, I didn't mind waiting for—I was about to meet one of my favorite live acts of all time.
I was pleasantly greeted at the door by the employees of the Kings Theatre and barely searched, even with my backpack filled to the zipper with books and paper for writing. I got my show poster at the merch-booth and then walked into the venue, which took my breath away with its gorgeous and ornate craftsmanship. This theatre was at a higher echelon from the ones I was used to. The history of the venue itself could be seen through the works of art surrounding the entire building.
I received the call I was waiting for and was escorted by Dan, a big fellow with a nervous smile but a genuine and eager attitude. I smiled—somewhat contemptuously—at the security guards as I passed between them. I was in the big leagues now. Behind the stage was even more spectacular than I expected: I felt like a child being shown where all the magic really happens—a behind-the-scenes look at my favorite television show or something of the like. I became increasingly nervous as I walked further into the cavernous underbelly of the King’s Theatre. The VIP area lay just ahead but it felt like miles and miles of black tunnel. A new person greeted us; he seemed important but I can't recall his name. He commented on my All Good Music Festival shirt and told me the basic ground rules for meeting the band who was just in the other room. “Here goes nothing,” I thought as I rehearsed what I was going to say and how I would say it. I barely understood some of the things the guy was telling me until he was like, “Are you ready to meet the guys?!"
A minute later, I was entering a room—just me and The String Cheese Incident. I shook all their hands with my sweaty palms and introduced myself as best I could. I could tell they were just as nervous to meet me as I was them but their genuine and sincere attitude quickly calmed me down; I felt relaxed enough to respond to Keith Moseley’s question of "So, how did you win this contest or whatever it was?"
I responded as simply as I could and told them about my research with their song “Bollymunster" and a review for Philly.
The String Cheese Incident at Electric Factory on Nov 7 2014
November 7th, 2014 at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
The String Cheese Incident
Post by JamBandPurist - One of my favorite SCI songs is "Bollymunster" This song enc...
They all looked at me, perplexed, until Nershi asked me in his pleasant gnome-like voice: "Well hey fellow, how did you know about ‘The Star of Munster’?
I responded: "I just listen to all kinds of music, folk, Irish, bag-pipe whatever. As well as Indian and world music.”
Nershi: "Well, I learned ‘Star of Munster’ and showed it to Hann here and he said that would sound good with a Bollywood-type sound." I looked at Jason Hann and he nodded in confirmation. It was a dream come true. I have always been enamored with song meanings and the stories behind them. This was direct conformation from the band of my theory about “Bollymunster.” This was the fruition of hard work and research, and it was immensely rewarding to find out the truth.
Kyle: "So, what song do you want us to play for you?"
Me: "I don't even know guys, just play whatever you’re feeling and I'll just watch."
I was taken aback by the question and couldn't think of a song in my head beside “Bollymunster,” which they had just played the night before. In the end, I got a blisteringly-cool performance of “Hobo Song.” The coolest thing about this private performance was that Kyle missed a few notes and they all stopped and corrected him! It was like witnessing the band at work, constantly learning and growing. Michael Travis—who was quietly playing drums because none of them were amped up—would make a loud smash on the cymbal once in a while, just to remind us that he was there, a huge Cheshire Cat grin across his face. As a guitarist, it was the hardest thing for me not to just get up and grab Kang’s guitar and strum with them, but I restrained myself, tapping to the rhythm and singing along when I got the nerve.
When the song ended, I simply stated: “I will never forget this for as long as I live. That was amazing.” Then I told them this story. https://fans.com/posts/9562 They all looked at me funny for a moment, and then burst into laughter and patted me on the back. I said my goodbyes and they surrounded me for a group photo. They signed my poster and I left feeling as giddy as a school child. I was elated—the experience will be burned into my memory forever. I cannot adequately express my gratitude and thanks to all involved.
I walked back out into the crowd and found a good seat near some awesome people. I couldn’t help myself from showing off a little bit. I had seen the set-list taped to the floor in the rehearsal area and knew exactly what they were going to be playing. While I didn’t ruin it all for the surrounding concert goers, there were a few secrets I had to let out. Such is the privilege of a VIP.
I can say without a doubt that this was the best SCI performance I have ever seen. All VIP experience aside, the show was chaotic and epic. With covers of The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin, all the Rock & Roll basics were covered. Even the encore performance of “Hobo Song” was cool to see because I had just witnessed a stripped-down and raw version backstage.
The people spilled out into the streets and began their walks or rides home. I walked to the nearest subway, absorbing the sounds of Brooklyn, fascinated by the city life—but just for the night. I got on a bus and rode home to Virginia and worked at 8 AM the next morning. I had a lot to think about. My life had just changed. Now, how would I make use of it?
R. A. Fadley (JamBandPurist)
Moose Almighty: ‘Spare Parts’ Full Album Review by Jam Band Purist
As many of my readers are aware, Moose Almighty, one of my favorite up-and-comers from the Northwest territory, have just released their third album ‘Spare Parts.’ It was my pleasure to work with this group in the past and I always welcome follow-up reviews. It’s amazing to see bands transition, grow and advance from album to album. Check out my past review of their previous album 'The Luggage Underneath' here: https://www.jambandpurist.com/home/moose-almighty-unpacks-the-luggage-underneath-album-review I am hoping to get Moose Almighty on my new video blog, Out Of My Mind, which is finally premiering this summer after a long delay. With www.jambandpurist.com readership up in the past few weeks, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m happy to introduce this album ‘Spare Parts’ to you all. Thank you all for your continued support!
Recorded in their home studio ‘Spare Parts’ is a modern approach to the classic rock album with a twist of improvisation and a live approach. Moose Almighty features Dan Underkofler (Keyboards, Synthesizers, Guitar, Vocals), Chris Young (Guitar, Vocals), Aaron Mitchell (Bass, Vocals), and Kevin Shoop (Drums, Vocals, Audio Engineering). While Moose Almighty would consider themselves Indie Rock, they have roots in Jam, Funk, Blues, and Hard Rock. ‘Spare Parts’ is ambitious, tenacious, and highly eclectic. ‘Spare Parts’ shows the growth and knowledge that this band has acquired from their last studio endeavor, while also incorporating what they have learned playing live shows. Moose Almighty has stepped into another level with ‘Spare Parts' and it’s undeniable. This album seems like the perfect successor to ‘The Luggage Underneath’ but with significant growth and a shift in dynamic studio engineering and energy. ‘Spare Parts’ just feels like a live album all around.
Let’s start with “Nine O'Clock Shadow” which immediately draws me in with such an interesting song title; very original and catchy. The opening guitar riff is reminiscent of early Phish (or something of the like) but softens into a poignant, lyrically-driven song. This song collides into a cacophony following the guitar solo and then blends harmoniously ending in quite a unique opening for ‘Spare Parts.’
“Katie Bar The Door” was the first single released off ‘Spare Parts’ and I was able to re-listen to this song many times. “Katie Bar The Door” truly exemplifies Moose Almighty’s sound and musical concept, not only on this new album but overall. Honest and passionate, “Katie Bar The Door” shows the many aspects that comprise this band and make them greater due to the sum of all parts. The intro is highly developed and musically demanding which leaves a distinct impression upon the listener. "Daylight in the swamp now, cant you feel it, this ol' gingers got kick man and leaves me reelin'." Simple and eloquent.
“No Brains, No Headache” just makes sense to me! This arrangement is by far my favorite track from ‘Spare Parts.’ With a live aesthetic and compelling vocal arrangement, “No Brains, No Headache” is hard-hitting and provocative. The instrumentation alone makes “No Brains, No Headache” stand out from the other tracks on this album. The guitar solo and the keyboard interweave harmoniously together as if this duel solo seemingly coils and wraps around itself like two snakes in the heat of battle. The experimentation and execution of this track show a glimpse into the future of Moose Almighty's sound and vision. Applying this formula to their forthcoming songs would only help solidify their strong songwriting aptitude.
“Next Fall” opens with a prototypical guitar riff that could come out of any Classic Rock band's 1970s catalog. “Next Fall” is hard-hitting, energetic, and compelling; this is another track with a live approach and I can’t help but imagine this song played in a live setting with the band going full MOOSE. “Next Fall's” lyrics appear about midway through the song's development and add a distinctive element to this dynamic arrangement; which feels quite epic.
“Mountain” completely changes the aesthetic of the album and veers into Prog-Rock territory (Right up my alley) with an almost Neo-Psychedelic, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard impression. The reverb is oozing forth and the distinct effects used in this song add to the haunting chord structure and ethereal vocals. “Mountain” breaks down harder than any track on ‘Spare Parts’ and completely shifts the tone into more experimental techniques. The lyrics, “I pressed every detail into the sands of my mind.” Stand out to me beyond any lyrics on this album. “Mountain” ends with an unconstrained guitar solo that is again, unrivaled on ‘Spare Parts.’
The funky guitar riff combines with bass and then the Clavi kicks “Hot Wax” into high-gear instantaneously. The back half of ‘Spare Parts’ is funky, hard, and Jam-worthy with notable musicianship from the entire band. It's hard to pinpoint the exact dynamics of each individual player because Moose Almighty works so well together as a cohesive unit. “Hot Wax” adds another layer of musicality to Moose Almighty’s sound as a whole. With an early electronica emphasis ie: Disco Biscuits, Moose Almighty is again testing the experimental waters as their music ability grows and their bond as a band matures and evolves.
The final track from ‘Spare Parts’, “Florida” is a genuine love song that expresses the passion of loss, love, and moving on from past burdens or sorrows. While this song is much slower than the other tracks on ‘Spare Parts’ and the tone deviates, the solo section itself is a beautiful flowering arrangement that is an amazing choice to end this album. “Florida” leaves me wanting more and wanting to know more about this band itself and their songwriting techniques. I look forward to discussing this further with the group in the coming months on Out Of My Mind.
‘Spare Parts’ is a well-produced and thought-out home studio album. Moose Almighty continues to surprise me with their growth and development. With the right direction and mentorship, I truly believe Moose Almighty can take their talents even further. With concert and summer music festivals seemingly returning, the Almighty Moose is poised to gain a great reputation and increase their fanbase on all platforms within the live music scene. Moose Almighty should lean into experimentation, improvisation, and arrangement where they seem most comfortable. It was an honor to review this album and share it with you all. I look forward to the fourth installment of the Moose!
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Having covered the past two FloydFest’s with Jambandpurist, I have fallen in love with the mountaintop and the beautiful music that makes this festival one of the best in not only Virginia but the entire country. What the world needs now is music! And I need Floydfest. The lineup with Goose, Adrian Belew & Jerry Harrison with Turkuaz, Andy Frasco & The U.N. is truly unstoppable and I hope this festival is too. Below I will share some of my thoughts from previous reviews and I encourage you all to hope, pray, or whatever you do, that we can all make it back Floydfest this year. Thanks for continuing to read and support Jam Band Purist. 2020-21 has been a trying time but we are back with a vengeance and many new changes. See you all soon.
"In my eyes, FloydFest is the ultimate, all-around, bang for your buck, beginners festival. Not only is this a well-organized festival, it is also in my home state of Virginia and it gives me great pride that we host such a noteworthy event. Virginia is for music lovers."
"The view from this festival is the first thing that comes into my mind when I reminisce about last weekend’s events but the music is the real memory that will last. one-of-a-kind musical collaboration and improvisations, late-night sets and meeting new friends and old, this is what music festivals are all about. All of these things can be found in abundance at Floydfest."
The Moose Is Loose part deuce: (Moose Almighty Return with a second album)
"Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, one of my favorite up and comers, Moose Almighty are back with a brand new ripping album ‘Spare Parts’. Reminiscent of many Classic Rock and Jam bands with qualities that potentially match many of greats, Moose Almighty have their own sound and encompasse many aspects of the Jam sound. Ambitious and highly eclectic, these new tracks show the growth and knowledge that Moose Almighty has acquired from their last studio endeavor, while also incorporating what they have learned playing live shows. Moose Almighty has stepped up into another level and it shows in these newest songs." Look for the Full Jam Band Purist Album Review coming soon!
HCTM: (Freakin' At The Beacon)
We are back again with the undead funksters, Here Come The Mummies. To be honest, I just can't get enough of this solid, funky band and had never been to the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia. I arrived at the venue right as The Mummies were coming onstage and took my seat beside what seemed to be an older crowd. I guess the older folks are the freakiest and this is usually the case at most HCTM shows. I am not sure why the younger generation hasn’t caught onto one of the most creative bands out there.
The Mummies enter the theatre in style like, Egyptian kings; the jackal god Anubis at their sides. They are the freak among freaks, as they opened up with “My Party.” I can only explain HCTM as Progressive undead, sexual funk. They all wear athletic shoes from the 80s, ripped up clothes and face paint. I imagined the shadowed Greek figurines on the wall of the beautiful renovated Beacon Theatre as mummies, grinding and humping the other Greek figures on the wall.
There is always an exuberant amount of stage antics, confetti, throwing drums sticks back and forth, even tossed stuffed fish. Each one of these mummies are highly talented and have their own personality onstage. They kept the freak theme going with "Freak Flag" which has some great lyrics; “Crack it, Like the Liberty Bell, Smack it, With a rebel yell, Shake it, Like a salad toss, Stitch it, Like Betsy Ross!”
“RA RA RA” was next and this song delves into the sexual side of the Egyptian religion. Every song that HCTM brings to the stage are filled with sexual innuendos and that’s the way we like it. “Fenk Shui” and “Tight Rope Walker” are both oozing sexual entendres and double meanings. During “Friction” Anubis’s Army would bring out chains and grinders onto the stage, throwing sparks and banging with the beat. Bring that “Booty” down, went into a New Orleans sound with tuba and all. “No Vaseline” sounded like a 60s sci-fi tv theme and I would love to see HCTM explore this sound even further. It really is reminiscent of old horror films, which even included mummies. “Pants” literally had the crowd jumping to their feet; even the older people couldn't help but sing along. This seems to be HCTM most popular song and I can see why.
“I'm coming in my pants, my shirt,
It's my best suit baby,
Gonna pick your flower,
Gonna be there in an hour,
Coming in my pants, shined shoes,
In my neck tie honey,
I'm so excited I hope that I don't come too soon!”
“Attack Of The Wiener Man” was phenomenal and again, reminds me of The Blob or some other Sci-Fi horror movie but with a sexual twist. I couldn't scream cause my mouth was full. This song was followed by “Make It Shake,” a song about getting busy during a natural disaster.
Here Come The Mummies have been accused of being too horny so, they gave us 4 horns at the same time for the encore performance. I am looking forward to seeing HCTM this Halloween in The Underground Caverns in Tennessee.
I'm telling all of my weirdo freaky friends to go see Here Come The Mummies!
The Mystery Of Time Video Release
"The mystery is time. The haunted house is space. In our true story, the ghosts travel at the speed of light and come straight out of the past, your past."
Music Produced by RA and Them Yams
Video Produced by RA
Introducing a new musical project formed in 2020 Interstellar Pilots Club is a synth-wave, retro-synth project exploring the cosmic sounds and vibrations of the universe. Coming Soon!
The Dead Space App (An App Beyond Description) and Interview With Dave Braeger
It’s been a few months since I joined the Dead Space App and downloaded the app on my iPhone. I haven’t been using social media as much lately because it’s been so divisive and completely irrational. I was looking for a way to connect with some of my fellow jam band fans and wallow in the anguish of not seeing live music for such a long time. I was immediately impressed with the layout and the complete focus on music and the community that the Dead Space App offered. The Dead Space App is a social media platform that is solely based around the Grateful Dead and its fans. One of the most powerful and enduring aspects of the Grateful Dead is its fans. I think that is what makes the Grateful Deads legacy a bit different and this translates to the internet like no other musical enterprise.
Dead Space is a place to share your thoughts, memories, pictures, or whatever seems relevant to you. Its an app beyond description but I will do my best to describe it. While there aren’t as many people posting lately, this is probably due in part to the lack of shows during this Covid-19 pandemic. Yesterday was Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's birthday, a founding member of the Grateful Dead who shaped the early sound of the band's bluesy roots. There were many posts dedicated to him on the Dead Space App and this is just one example of the things you will see on Dead Space on any given day. Some other posts from other members reminisce on their first shows or, past experiences. Since one of my favorite apps, fans.com switched over to being a live streaming service, I have lost touch with the community. The Dead Space App has helped me gain some of that feeling back. I hope that many of you reading this join me on Dead Space so that we can rekindle the vibes that we once felt. I know live music is coming back with social distancing rules, masks, and lots of drive-ins. I don’t think this will last forever but these have been some great options for those of us who are dying to see live music. Let’s use the Dead Space App as a way to share our experiences and hopefully gain a better understanding of what the future is for live music.
I got to speak with Dave, the founder, and creator of the Dead Space App for a short interview. It’s always a pleasure to have new entrepreneurs within the community come talk to me so that we can learn more about what they’re trying to do. I am still working hard to get my Podcast/VLOG (Out Of My Mind) fully up and running. It has been quite a journey so far. I’m afraid I might need some editing help. If any of you know anyone willing to help with video editing, please contact me. I am also still looking for advertisers, sponsors, or anyone willing to help me bring honesty and change back into the jam scene. Thank you all for hanging in there and enjoy learning more about Dave and what makes Dead Space special.
Interview Questions for Dave Braeger from the Dead Space
JBP: So, I have to start at the very beginning and ask you when you first fell in love with the Grateful Dead or what experience with the band changed your outlook on life?
Dave: I fell in love with The Grateful Dead when I was about 14. I am the baby of 7 kids and my older sisters turned me on to The Grateful Dead. I still remember hearing "Morning Dew" for the first time and it was the turning point that brought me deep into the band. My first concert was in the early ’80s at Alpine Valley. It was a two-night run and the music, as well as, the fantastic community at the show really changed my life. I have now seen 125 or so shows when including The Grateful Dead, Dead, and Company, Further, Jerry Garcia Band, Phil, Mickey Hart, and Bob’s various other connecting bands.
JBP: When did you initially get the idea for Dead Space and how long have you been working on it?
Dave: I founded Dead Space App and the game company in late 2019 and brought the app live in February of 2020.
JBP: What can people who download the app expect to see?
Dave: I created the app as a “one-stop-shop” for Dead and jam band fans to go to for their social media sharing, media coverage, access to Dead and jam band music, ticket purchases with Cash or Trade Tickets, and benefits such as merchandise and blog from famed Dead photographer Bob Minkin.
JBP: What has been your biggest obstacle in developing the Dead Space App? I once heard that some aspects of the internet were created because of the Grateful influence on some of the developers. What are your thoughts on the continued legacy of “free trade” and technological innovations coming from this realm of improvisation and even tape sharing?
Dave: The biggest obstacle has been the lack of concerts and festivals due to COVID 19. I brought the app out in time for concert season in which we would have been at all Dead and Co. shows. The Grateful Dead engaged, whether that was their goal or not in the best marketing of any band ever with the many years that taping was allowed as the music spread across the country like “wildfire.” Although not surprising due to the move to licensing restrictions, the days of taping and the sales of fan’s merchandise have deteriorated over the years which has taken away from the “environment” that gave so much enjoyment to the fans and added so much “community.” It is great that we have access to sites such as Relisten and Nugs.net now.
JBP: What is your ultimate goal?
Dave: The goal of Dead Space App and our game company is to bring the best experience we can to Dead Heads and jam band lovers. Facebook and Instagram simply do not work well as a social media platform anymore. Due to the algorithm that does not allow for all posts to be seen by the entire community, as well as, all the negative content, politics, and advertising. (we only allow approved advertising) I want the app to have the success that the other apps my developers have created. (The official Rolling Stones App and Official Luke Bryan App). Those apps have over 750,000 subscribers. This will lead to live streaming, merchandise, and other great features.
JBP: What’s your craziest concert/festival/musical experience?
Dave: In 1987 I had the ability to go backstage for a Grateful Dead show in Dallas, TX. I was able to meet the members of the band as well as have a fantastic time during the show. I also had a fantastic experience traveling the country on my first Dead summer tour in 1987 and once again in 1988.
JBP: The Grateful Dead, at its core, has always been about community. What about the Dead Space App is likening to this community aspect?
Dave: The only goal of Dead Space App is to create the very best and largest community for Dead Heads and the app and desktop version offer a great scrolling fan wall for the subscribers to post photos and content as well as have easy access to so much media content and music content all in one location.
JBP: Any thoughts on opening up the platform to new jam bands and other acts in the vein of The Grateful Dead?
Dave: Although Dead Space App was created for Dead and other jam band lovers, to date the largest percentage of subscribers has been lovers of The Dead. In the future, we plan on creating apps focused on other jam bands just like has been done with The Rolling Stones and Luke Bryan apps.
JBP: With so many other social media platforms becoming increasingly negative, politically driven, and all-around abhorrent, how does the Dead Space App look to change this?
Dave: The beauty of the Dead Space App is that we consistently monitor all content and posts every day and have keywords that will block political and negative content. The subscribers can also report posts or comments directly to the administrators and after “three strikes” the subscriber can be blocked from using the app. We will not allow the app to become another Facebook or Instagram “group” as it is the very reason we created the app: To get Dead fans off of the large social media companies as they offer a very poor experience for the fans.
Thanks so much to Dave and the Dead Space App for the informative interview.You can find the Dead Space App here:
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I am sad to hear about the passing of Jerilyn Lee Brandelius, Author and Producer she was a big part of my Grateful Dead experience. Her family photo album was one of my first introductions to the Dead. Not only were the nude women interesting to a 10 year old mind but the images within evoked freedom, music, and expression, something that I always held onto. I remember thinking this must be some heavy metal band! 20 years I became friend with Jerilyn and got to tell her this very story! Sleep in the stars
Moose Almighty (Unpacks 'The Luggage Underneath') Album Review
Well, I’m back and with more album reviews and even cooler names like Moose Almighty! I had never heard of this band before getting their submission but was immediately intrigued and knew I had to get them on www.jambandpurist.com and hopefully Out Of My Mind (VLOG, Podcast) coming soon. Hailing from Seattle, Washington Moose Almighty includes: Dan Underkofler (Keyboards, Synthesizers, Vocals), Chris Young (Guitar, Vocals), Aaron Mitchell (Bass, Vocals), and Kevin Shoop (Drums, Vocals). This psychedelic, groove-rock quartet has released their sophomore album ‘The Luggage Underneath’ today, August 7, and will be performing the album via live streaming from High Dive in Seattle. ‘The Luggage Underneath’ will be available on Spotify or Apple Music and https://moosealmighty.bandcamp.com/. Please excuse me if I nerd out on this review a bit and describe things in a way that I usually would not. If you read terms like, sick, nasty, or tasty jams used more than once, please just overlook. Its been a while since I have reviewed a band with extended jams on their album.
“Gilded Guilt” opens with a nasty guitar riff (here I go, already) begins to follows the rules set down by the original jam bands: improvisation, extended leads, stops, and breaks, massive crescendos. Just listening to the first few notes of “Gilded Guilt” made me want to review this album in its entirety. I am impressed with Moose Almighty's sound and musical presence from this opening track. The presentation and musicality within this song have me looking forward to what they will bring forth next. The shredding guitar solo from Chris Young gives "Gilded Guilt" a silky smooth feel. The lyrics are thought-provoking and provide a precise mixture to the music. The intro to this song is what captivates the listener and draws them into the sound, readying them for what is to come.
“Lapis Lazuli Julie” reminds me of some transdimensional version of a Grateful Dead or String Cheese Incident song. "Lapis Lazuli Julie" embodies many of these jam band love songs. Much like “Scarlett Begonias,” “Lapis Lazuli Julie” invites the listener on a journey describing a beautiful hippie-type woman. While the guitar solos from Chris Young and rhythms from drummer, Kevin Shoop, sound a lot like Phish, they still very original. Man, It feels so good to be back reviewing real jam bands!
“The Wave” begins with heavy bass tones from Aaron Mitchell, the band slowly adds and develops more from there. Moose Almighty can add a reggae vibe but still keep this song jam-worthy. The changes in this song are inimitable, loaded with jams and exceptional instrumentation from the entire band. I love the change at 6:30, with a darker jam than what we have previously heard. “The Wave” is definitely my favorite song off of ‘The Luggage Underneath’ and remains so after a many listens.
“Blurry Lovers” encompasses an entirely different feel. A country and Western swing that we have not heard from Moose Almighty yet on ‘The Luggage Underneath.‘ Lyrically driven and compelling, “Blurry Lovers” is a capable segue into other songs on this album. While the vocal melody is not my favorite, I hear some real promise in their harmonic abilities.
“Spoonbender” brings mental powers like ESP and even The Amazing Randy, a notable psychic skeptic, and magician, to my mind. I have always been fascinated with paranormal studies and people claiming to have "superpowers." I am intrigued by the vocals of 'Spoonbender' and would love to hear Moose Almighty work this one up in a longer live version. I can envision the improvisational aspects of each of these songs from the recordings and try to picture myself in a concert setting while listening. It is the closest I can get right now. This song is creative, engaging, and musically progressive, right up my alley. I would listen to “Spoonbender” over and over again, more than any other song on the album.
“Impassive Aggressive” is quite the opposite of "Spoonbender" but does show the juxtaposition between the genres that Moose Almighty explores. The ending to "Impassive Aggressive" is high energy and nothing less than I would expect from what Moose Almighty has already given us on this album.
“Voice Of The Universe” begins with those heavy bass notes from Aaron Mitchell presenting this song with a darker tone that is different than the other songs on 'The Luggage Underneath.' I find the lyrics to “Voice Of The Universe” the most thought out and well arranged on the entire album. Quite introspective and still keeping those storytelling aspects alive. The descriptions within the lyrics envelope the listener in thought and sound. “Voice Of The Universe” opens up into an extensive ambient jam and again impressed me with the raw energy delivered.
“Six Plus Five” features Dan Underkofle heavily on the keys and seems to be a great track to end 'The Luggage Underneath.' This instrumental track is right behind "The Wave" for me in terms of excitement level. Jams like "Six Plus Five" are the reason I still love doing album reviews and sharing music with all of my readers. “Six Plus Five” is uplifting, exciting, and all-around rhapsodic. This song is comparative to many of the finest up-and-coming acts that I have heard in the jam scene today. Moose Almighty blows the doors off this last track, leaving me completely satisfied with my listening experience.
‘The Luggage Underneath’ in its entirety is something that Moose Almighty should be very proud to release. This album is possibly the most ambitious and most promising I have reviewed here at www.jambandpurist.com. While some aspects of the recording may be a little rough around the edges, Moose Almighty makes up for that with raw energy and impressive musicianship. As with many bands I review here at JBP, I am positive that Moose Almighty would be even better live and in person. While I have not been able to see any live music due to all the craziness in this world, I do hold out hope that we will all be able to return to the live music that we love soon. Until then, I will be checking out Moose Almighty's live stream tonight from High Dive. Join me!
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