Saturday, December 31, 2005

Best of 2005

Four more hours until the ball drops and 2005 and I would like to take the time and reflect on the past twelve months. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was probably th biggest accomplishment personally, but I was exposed to a lot more music then I ever have been in my life. I started this blog for a place where I could post my radio show setlists, little did I know that I would be posting almost everyday. I don't even think I ever saw a blog until eight months ago, but here I am in December giving my Best Of 2005 list....

Best Live Show - The White Stripes - September 8 - The Rave
After years of listening to their albums, and live music I finally got to see Jack and Meg live at The Rave. School had just started, and I was still wearing off my Summer hangover. I would have to give String Cheese Incident's BIG Summer Classic performance live from Summerfest a close second, but the White Stripes blew me away.

Best Festival - 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota
I attended 10KLF for the first time this year, and it won't be the last. The lineup was great including the Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, and I finally caught the highly talked about Sound Tribe Sector 9. I remember hearing a lot about STS9 before heading to the festival, but once again this was my favorite act of the festival. I also got to hear MOFRO, Particle, and Les Claypool for the first time.

The Top 5 Albums of 05 (the short list)

Sound Tribe Sector 9 - Artifact

My Morning Jacket - Z

New Monsoon - The Sound

Lotus - Nomad

and finally....Spoon - Gimme Fiction (its the odd one of the bunch, but I'm hooked)

Drink of the Year: Apple Pie
....I'm serious! While writing this post, I got handed a bottle with this wonderful drink....The explanation is apple juice, apple cider, boil it, and then add cinnamon sticks, mix in the everclear and let sit for a day or good!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Old SNL Skit

After the hilarious Chronicles of Narnia skit on SNL I was wasting sometime on and found a good skit with Phish. SNL performances by Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz are always a good way to start off the holiday season. Al Gore also makes an appearance as Professor Ralph Wormley Curtis.

If the video above doesn't work...check it out here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Christmas Vacation

If you didn't get enough Christmas music for your ears yet. I found some just in time. I'll be taking a break as I go home for the holidays and cope with the loss of my college life.

Mermen - 12-08-01 - Carol of the Bells (shn)
Warren Zevon - 11-20-1990 - Winter Wonderland
Watkins Family Hour - 12-18-2003 - Blue Christmas (shn)
Donna The Buffalo - 12-17-2004 - Jamestown Christmas
Donna The Buffalo - 12-17-2004 - Nashville Christmas
Guster - 12-17-2004 - Christmas Medley (flac)
String Cheese Incident - 12-21-2000 - Jingle Bells
moe. - 12-18-2000 - Christmas Jam
The Breakfast - 12-16-2004 - Christmas Jam
Martin Sexton - 2005-12-09 - Blue Christmas
Zen Tricksters - 12-20-2000 - Christmas Must Be Tonight
Bela Fleck & The Flectones - 12-11-2004 - Silent Night > Sleigh Ride
Bela Fleck & THe Flectones - 12-11-2004 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman > The Christmas Song > Amazing Grace

I just found an interesting post at Bows + Arrows featuring My Morning Jacket.

David Gilmour Announces Tour

Last week, David Gilmour announced plans to tour Europe in March and this week he has announced that he will play 10 shows in five North American cities.

Gilmour will be touring to support his upcoming release "On an Island". This will be his second solo release since 1984 when he released "About Face". The new album is due out March 7 through Columbia Reords. David Crosby, Graham Nash, Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt, and Jools Holland will appear on the album.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Christmas Jam

Serialpod (Trey, Mike, and Bill Kruetzman) performed at Warren Hayne's Christmas Jam. Here is the setlist and the link to the show.

Cumberland Blues^ >
Chalk Dust Torture >
On a Plain (Nirvana)^ >
Wave The Ocean >
Sweet Thing (Van Morrison)^ >
Waves* >
Angel* (Jimi Hendrix)^ >
Loose Lucy*^

*with Ivan Neville on keys
^1st played

Download Serialpod's first performance.

For a complete list of downloads please vist Live Music Blog

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Taste of Cheese (Wisconsin Exposure 1 of 5)

The Northwoods Band was formed in August of 2004 and have been performing mainly in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sharing the stage with Fat Mat Maw Rooney, Stealin' Strings, Natty Nation and The Big Wu is common for the Northwoods Band on any given performance.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to see the Northwoods Band live as of yet but that will be changing shortly. On any given evening the Northwoods Band brings 2-4 hours of original material that crosses through all ends of the musical rollercoaster.

The band is made up of Jake Ilika (lead guitar and vocals), Joel Ward (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Ben Asseff (bass and vocals), and Charles Smyrk (drums and percussion).

Upcoming Performances

Mar. 10 - The Terminal - Minneapolis, MN
April 28 - Kathy's Pub - Rochester, MN

They have plans to release their first studio album in April.

Some Grooves:
Who Turned Out Your Lights>Goulash

For more information please visit

This will begin a small series of five posts detailing a band out of the Cheese Capitol of the USA.

Snowball Winter Festival

WookieFoot presents the Snowball Winter Festival at Lutsen Mountains in Minnesota. Six bands in three nights with lots of things to such as snowboarding, skiing, snow volleyball, outdoor BBQ, and by far the best part a beer tasting event. WookieFoot along with Trampled by Turles, God Johnson, Fat Maw Rooney, White Iron Band, and Gypsyfoot will perform. For more information head over to the official site.

Fat Maw Rooney - "Bring it on Back"

Trey sets New Years Agenda

Trey will join friends the Black Crowes and the North Mississippi All Stars for a New Years show in NYC at Madison Square Garden. Originally, My Morning Jacket was to fill the 90 minute spot, but due to health reasons had to cancel. Apparently, there is a lot of tickets left and tickets are going for $45 - $65.

Anyone else find this a weird lineup for New Years?

And if you didn't hear the news Bob Dylan will begin DJing for XM Satellite Radio. His show will begin in March on the Deep Tracks channel. Now my decision between XM and Sirius just got a bit more rockier.

Umphrey's McGee Winter Tour Announced

Umphrey's McGee will begin their tour in the midwest and make their way to the east coast until they go overseas for seven show Europe tour. This will be their first trip to Europe during a tour. I was very suprised to see that Umphrey's has seven tentative dates.

Umphrey's McGee Winter Tour - Feb/Mar
WED 2/8 - Iowa Memorial Union - Iowa City, IA
THU 2/9 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
FRI 2/10 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
SAT 2/11 - TBA
WED 2/15 - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI
THU 2/16 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT
FRI 2/17 - Nokia Theatre - New York, NY
SAT 2/18 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
MON 2/20 - Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
TUE 2/21 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
WED 2/22 - City Hall - Nashville, TN
THU 2/23 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
FRI 2/24 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
SAT 2/25 - Murat Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN
3/11-12 - Langerado Music Festival - Sunrise, FL
TUE 3/14 - TBA - London, England
WED 3/15 - TBA - Milan, Italy
THU 3/16 - TBA - Paris, France
SUN 3/19 - The Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
MON 3/20 - The Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
TUE 3/21 - The Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
THU 3/23 - TBA - Hamburg, Germany

The latest podcast from Umphrey's McGee

Sunday, December 11, 2005

In a Minute I'll Be Free

Friday night marked the last time Phish & Chips would exist as a radio show on WSUW. This was a listener appreciation day as Charlie and I did our favorite show of the year with the Phish jukebox. I'd like to thank all the callers for making my job easy (for the most part) and requesting the songs.

Here is the setlist from Friday night:

Split Open & Melt
Andy Griffith Theme
Cars Trucks Buses
Access Me
Squirming Coil
Dinner and a Movie
Chalkdust Torture>Slave to the Traffic Light>Chalkdust Torture
Bittersweet Motel
The Sloth
Moma Dance
Psycho Killer
Bouncin' Around the Room
The Divided Sky> Mike's Song
Birds of a Feather
Character Zero
Silent in the Morning
Makisupa Policeman
Walk Away

And as the final music played on Phish & Chips I was able to play my favorite album of all time...Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 4 Way Street. I've always enjoyed this album after hearing it and decided hey its the last show and I'm playing a side from it.

High Sierra Music Festival

The dates for the 16th annual High Sierra Music Festival have been announced. HSMF will take place in Quincy, CA from June 29 to July 2. The artist lineup has not been announced yet, however early bird tickets are now available at a discounted price through January 2.

For more information visit HSMF online.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Phish Jukebox

The past few years we have always ended Phish & Chips with a jukebox of Phish. This is where we've always asked our listeners to make our jobs easier and pick the music for us. We'll be answering all request all night long (262-472-1312 or 262-472-1314).

The final Phish Jukebox will be this Friday at 6pm CST on 91.7 The Edge WSUW or you can catch the stream at

Of course, if you'd like to make a request via the blog go ahead and comment...

And with nothing really is an interesting link I was passed on by Dr. Moshe featuring Charlie Brown.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Upcoming Shows

Monday, December 5th

311 - The Rave - Milwaukee

Tuesday, December 6th

Reverend Horton Heat - Barrymore Theatre - Madison
311 - Exhibition Hall @ Alliant Energy Center - Madison Listen to Amber

Wednesday, December 7th

Living Colour - Shank Hall - Milwaukee

Thursday, December 8th

Run Side Down - Mr. Roberts - Madison
Future Rock - Orpheum Theatre - Madison
Tripod - Orpheum Theatre

Friday, December 9th
Cosmic Railroad - One Night Stan's - Kenosha
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Barrymore Theatre - Madison Listen to Groove On
Northern Pines Band - Barrymore Theatre - Madison
Unity...The Band - Up & Under Pub - Milwaukee
Bumpus - BBC - Milwaukee
Ill Groove Movement - BBC - Milwaukee

Saturday, December 10th

Stealin' Strings - The Road House - Cedarburg
Steez - Orpheum Theatre - Madison
Ill Groove Movement - The Wicked Hop - Milwaukee

If I missed anything go ahead and comment...

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Austin City Limits - Robert Randolph

If you're looking for something good to watch PBS will be re-airing Robert Randolph & The Family Band's appearance on Austin City Limits tonight! I missed this the first time, and surely won't miss it this time.

Don't Stop Till You Get Enough
I Need More Love

Thursday, December 01, 2005

My World Begins to Spin

Two more shows to go for "Phish & Chips" on WSUW and tomorrow being the last entire set of Phish music ever on the program well at least until next semester when a new host is announced. I've waited 2 years now and finally I believe its time to play my favorite Phish show... April 5, 1998...the Island tour...from the Providence Civic Center in the smallest state Rhode Island. A review is linked below. Review

I'm a little late of this but wow!
Anti-Trey graffiti? This is crazy, some idiot spray painted "Fuck you Trey", "Fuck the Lizards", "Here's your fucking helping friendly book", "Fuck Wilson", "Fuck Aaron Wolfe" were just a few of the slogans. These slogans were spray painted at the venue of Trey's 11/17 Albany show....why?

TUNE IN TONIGHT at 6PM CST.... Stream Phish & Chips here!
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