Monday, August 29, 2005

Sex In The 70s

Another powerful band out of San Francisco, Tea Leaf Green has begun their ascent into "stardom" with the jamband circuit. After touring heavily in the summer while hitting up several festivals such as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and High Sierra Music Festival people are beginning to notice the powerful rock and roll style that TLG brings to the table. Guitarist Josh Clark definately demonstrates that he was influenced by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix with his strong work during expressive and exciting live shows. However, singer/songwriter Trevor Garrod who also plays piano reminds me of Paul Simon really brings the band together with his smooth vocals.

Most of TLG's recent success came from best form of publicity as in word-of-mouth from tape traders. Their most recent studio release Living In Between was self-released in 2003 otherwise you'll have to head over to to find recent live shows. This week they'll be headed to Turin, New York to make an appearance at the 6th annual moe.down.

TLG supported the Dave Matthews Band in late August with side stage performances at the Gorge and while my roommate was taking in the beautiful sound he was able to pick up a performance recorded live compliments of KPFA.

Sex In The 70s
TLG at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz,CA

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Columbia Prepares to Shine With Trey

After spending his entire career with Elektra Records Trey has recently signed with Columbia. Trey's record debut with Columbia will be a dualdisc titled "Shine". The record will feature 12 tracks and was produced by Brendan O'Brien who in the past has worked with Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen. And, this time around Trey wrote all the lyrics himself. Songs include "Come As Melody", "Air Said to Me'", "Love That Breaks All Lines", "Love Is Freedom", and "Sweet Dreams Melinda".

This is what had to say about "Shine" and the upcoming DVD from Red Rocks:

"Earlier this week we reported that Trey Anastasio's next studio album, Shine, will be released November 1 on Columbia Records. has also recently learned that Shine will be issued as a DualDisc set containing DVD footage shot earlier this month at Red Rocks. Among the studio tracks tentatively included on the disc are "Shine," "Tuesday," "Invisible," "Come As Melody," "Air Said To Me," "Wherever You Find It," "Sweet Dreams Melinda," "Love Is Freedom," "Sleep Again," "Spin," "Black" and "Love That Breaks All Lines." A sharp departure from his previous projects, Anastasio penned all of Shine's lyrics."

"While Anastasio's new backing band, 70 Volt Parade, appears on Shine producer Brendan O'Brien also supplies some of the disc's bass, keyboard and vocal parts and Jon Fishman is believed to be among the disc's drummers. Drummer Kenny Aronoff, whose credits include John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, also guests on the album. Anastasio has also added an extra headlining date at Asheville, NC's Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on October 7 between opening spots for The Rolling Stones. The guitarist is expected to begin a full-scale headlining tour following Shine's release."

Trey also added a show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC on October 7, 2005 between his opening dates with The Rolling Stones.

To keep you satisfied here is a link to Trey's recent Red Rocks appearance.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes MN

The music roars from a far off place in Minnesota for the third straight year as the 10,000 Lakes Festival came to Detroit Lakes, MN during July. The Soo Pass Ranch that features an amazing camping experience, and not to mention a great sound system. After I posted the Bonnaroo torrents I decided I would try and post many more torrents from this Summer's various festivals.

Friday, July 22nd

Widespread Panic

The Black Crowes

Rusted Root


Jazz Mandolin Project

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

The Breakfast

Sue Foley

Fat Maw Rooney

White Iron Band


56 Hope Road



Saturday, July 23rd

Widespread Panic

G.Love & Special Sauce


Everyone Orchestra w/ Steve Kimock


Jazz Mandolin Project



Delta Nove

Smokin' Bandits


Down Lo

Convert Operations

Roadside Zoo

Sunday, July 24th

Trey Anastasio

Les Claypool

Cyro Baptista


Perpetual Groove

Gabby La La

Green Lemon

Grace Potter

Freshwater Collins


Mr Blotto

I hope to update this post as I find the torrents. If you know where a torrent exists please comment or send an email to

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Spreading the Love of Bonnaroo 2005

Usually, my posts will contain information about artists or bands that come along during my musical journeys. This post will recap this past June's Bonnaroo 2005 musical acts. I've searched all over the internet to find each individual torrent for all of the shows if they exist. If you are unfamilar with torrents here is some useful information. You will also probably need the FLAC converter if you don't own a copy of Nero Burning software. I know this is a tad bit late, but so was my wishful thinking that I would never have a blog. Hopefully, I can devote time to sharing more torrents from different festivals and grouping them here. And of course, if you would like soundboard quality of these shows you can head over to I made sure that these shows were still active too (as of 8/16).

Thursday June 9th
This Tent
10:30 - R.B. Morris & The Irregulars
12:00 - The Legendary Shack Shakers
That Tent

09:00 - Rose Hill Drive
10:30 - Alo
12:00 - Steel Train
The Other Tent
09:00 - Signal Path
10:30 - Perpetual Groove
12:00 - Gabby La La
09:00 - Signal Path
10:30 - Perpetual Groove
12:00 - Gabby La La

Friday June 10th
What Stage
03:00 - Alison Krauss & Union Station
05:30 - The Allman Brothers Band
08:30 - Dave Matthews Band (16 bit) (24 bit)

Which Stage
02:15 - Joss Stone
04:00 - Jurassic 5
06:15 - Herbie Hancock's Headhunters 2005

This Tent
01:00 - Old Crow Medicine Show
02:30 - Peter Rowan & Crucial Reggae
04:00 - John Prine
07:00 - Bela Fleck Acoustic Trio
12:00 - Galactic's Krewe De Carnivale

That Tent
12:30 - Ollabelle
02:00 - The Gourds
03:30 - Drive By Truckers
07:00 - Benevento / Russo Duo feat. Mike Gordon
12:00 - Saul Williams (24 bit)
01:00 - The Mars Volta

Sonic Stage
12:00 - The Gourds
01:00 - Gabby La La
02:00 - Steel Train
03:00 - Sound Tribe Sector Nine
04:00 - Xavier Rudd
05:00 - Umphrey's McGee
05:45 - Ozomatli
06:30 - Rose Hill Drive

Saturday June 11th
What Stage
12:30 - Ozomatli
02:45 - Gov't Mule
05:30 - The Black Crows
08:30 - Widespread Panic

Which Stage
12:30 - 22-20's
02:00 - Kings Of Leon
04:00 - Yonder Mountain String Band
06:15 - Jack Johnson
12:30 - Trey Anastasio

This Tent
01:30 - Assembly Of Dust
03:00 - Mouse On Mars
05:00 - Particle
07:00 - Keller Williams
12:00 - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

That Tent
12:30 - The Frames
02:00 - M. Ward
03:30 - Rilo Kiley
07:00 - Iron & Wine
12:00 - The Perceptionists
01:15 - RJD2
02:30 - De La Soul

The Other Tent
01:00 - Tea Leaf Green
02:30 - Blue Merle
04:00 - Xavier Rudd
06:00 - O.A.R.
12:00 - Secret Machines
02:00 - Sound Tribe Sector 9

Sonic Stage
12:00 - Signal Path
12:45 - Benvento / Russo Duo
01:30 - O.A.R. (mp3)
02:15 - North Mississippi Allstars
03:00 - Tea Leaf Green
03:30 - Widespread Panic
04:30 - Blue Merle
05:15 - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
06:00 - Bob Weir & Ratdog

Sunday June 12th
What Stage
12:30 - Toots & The Maytals
03:00 - Bob Weir & Ratdog
05:30 - The Word
08:30 - Widespread Panic

Which Stage
12:00 - Old 97's
02:00 - Umphrey's McGee
04:00 - My Morning Jacket
06:15 - Modest Mouse

This Tent
12:30 - Matisyahu
02:00 - Citizen Cope
04:00 - John Butler Trio
07:00 - Earl Scruggs & Friends

That Tent
12:30 - Amos Lee
02:00 - Heartless Bastards
03:30 - Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers
07:00 - Superjam

For more torrents you can check out this blog.

Monday, August 15, 2005

That This Has All Been Wonderful But Now I’m On My Way

I almost forgot what today was until I popped in an old Phish disc from 2/20/1993 (featuring an amazing Cavern). Today, marks the 1 year aniversay that Phish moved on their separate ways. I still believe that it was a good thing musically for all of Phish to move apart and start their own projects. We now have Trey on tour playing with 70 Volt Parade, Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke, Page with Vida Blue, and Fishman playing with various acts. We will never be deprived of these musicians due to these new projects they have taken on. I apologize for the short post, but I don't feel that it's my place to ramble on how great I think Phish was, but I do know Phish touched millions of fans with their amazing live performances and the memories that happened at these shows. Below I posted some torrents from 2004, but left off Coventry because I think every fan should have the soundboard copy from

The Wall Came Down and Big Mac Beat the Communists.

The John Butler Trio may be the best kept secret outside of Austrailia, but don't worry their preparing for their first US tour later this month. JBT who just recently signed with Lava Records this past year after spending most of their time since 2002 with the independent label Jarrah Records. Jarrah Records whose primarily goal was to represent The Waifs and JBT's crossover to the US. JBT's first independent release, Three made its way to the United States in 2000. I can remember when my friend Dan first picked this CD up at Atomic Records and I was quite amazed by the finger picking John Butler. The native Austrailian sound that created a grassroots rock was simply stunning to my ears. This past spring, they released their first CD titled Sunrise Over Sea and have been on tour ever since. A small US tour was scheduled during the Spring and they played at numerous cities including opening up for Trey Anastasio this past March at The Rave. Their national tour has begun this past week and they have five highly anticipated shows with the Dave Matthews Band beginning at the end of the month in California. They will tour until mid-October also playing gigs at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival and Austin City Limits Festival.

Here are two of my favorites from Sunrise Over Sea.


Monday, August 08, 2005

How Ya Feelin?

I happened to be lucky enough to catch the BIG Summer Classic at Summerfest during the summer. It was my second time there that week because I was able to catch Robert Randolph and Galactic on the 4th of July.

Out of all the bands at the BIG Summer Classic that included SCI, YMSB, New Monsoon, Keller Williams, Umphrey's McGee, and finally the band that stood out from the rest was Michael Franti & Spearhead. There was something special Franti and the entire band. Spearhead would've have been great to see without Franti but with his powerful political voice thundering over the crowd I was awe struck. The next day I immediatly picked up a copy of a few of their shows one from Red Rocks and the other from the All Good Festival on July 16. So I decided to find out some more information about Michael Franti & Spearhead. Here is some more links where you can find out more information about Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Michael Franti took a recent trip to Iraq and Israel. You can check out his interview with here.

Franti's video documentary is headed to the Slamdance Film Festival. The documentary is titled "I Know I'm Not Alone" and covers his trip to the Middle East.

Their headed to Jam Cruise 2006. A glance at the lineup includes Galactic, Les Claypool, Keller Williams, and Umphrey's McGee.

And finally, Superfly Productions is at it again by announcing a Halloween festival in Las Vegas called Vegoose. Hopefully, this doesn't turn into another Zooma Tour or Bonnaroo Northeast. I think this one will be successful and I wouldn't mind going to Las Vegas for my first time.

Until next is a active torrent for some Michael Franti & Spearhead from Pier's Landing in Pittsburgh.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Opening Act

Well, I jumped on the blog bandwagon and decided I would entertain you for at least thirty seconds or less. This blog will contain setlists from my radio show "Phish & Chips" weekly, and more than likely a few posts that I create while I am completely bored and full of knowledge.

"Phish & Chips" began in the spring of 2004, and has been playing on the airwaves every Friday while school is in session. The goal was to explore what made Phish so great and why the people flocked toward their live shows. It was simply too easy after sitting back and listening to hours on end of Phish shows that I picked up from various sources. However, things have changed a small bit. I stopped playing entire Phish shows during my 4 hour sets each Friday nights and usually just play one set from whatever show I have lined up for the week. I enjoy doing this because that means I have more time to let everyone listen to other great music that I stumble upon.

We're less than a month away before "Phish & Chips" takes its final voyage on the airwaves of 91.7 WSUW.
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