Thursday, April 28, 2016

TnJ 592 (4/28/16)

-HOUR ONE-

JJ GREY & MOFRO – the Sun Is Shining Down  (2011 Brighter Days, 1/22/11 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA)
FRUITION – the Meaning  (2016 Labor of Love)
JOE DRISCOLL & SEKOU KOUYATE – Tokira  (2016 Monistic Theory)
CCM JAZZ ORCHESTRA featuring FAREED HAQUE – Chester the Pester  (2016 In Search of Garaj Mahal) homegrownmusic.net
TURQUAZ – Overture > Digital Love  (2015 Digitonium)
CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM – Cricket and the Genie [Movement 1, the Delirium]  (2016 Monolith of Phobos)
YEASAYER – Daughters of Cain > I Am Chemistry  (2016 Amen & Goodbye)

-HOUR TWO-

HARD WORKING AMERICANS – Half Ass Moses  (2016 Rest in Chaos)
PHISH – Down with Disease > What’s the Use  (2010 Alpine Valley [box set], 8/14/10 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Troy, WI) phish.com
PHIL LESH QUINTET – Again and Again  (3/18/16 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY) livedownloads.com
WILLIE NELSON – Georgia on My Mind  (1978 Stardust)
MY MORNING JACKET – Believe [Nobody Knows]  (8/14/15 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livedownloads.com
MY MORNING JACKET – I Think I’m Going to Hell  (8/14/15 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livedownloads.com

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

OMG - GALACTIC in TAOS!

New Orleans funky bunch Galactic at Taos Mesa Brewing on Friday, August 5, 2016.  Tickets on sale Monday at 10 am.  Click here for info.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

TnJ 591 (4/21/16)

Happy 50th birthday to a radiant human being: Michael Franti (^_^)

-HOUR ONE-

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD – Hello Bonjour  (7/1/07 Taos Solar Music Festival, Taos, NM) flink.livedownloads.com
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD – Bomb the World  (2003 Everyone Deserves Music)
MICHAEL FRANTI – Ganja Babe  (2003 Songs from the Front Porch)
ROOTS of CREATION – Rubber Bullets  (2016 Livin Free)
SANTANA – Choo Choo / All Aboard  (2016 Santana IV)
RECORD COMPANY – On the Move  (2016 Give It Back to You)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Dirk  (2015 Rhythm of the Road Volume Two – Live in Las Vegas, Jul 2001 the Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas, NV) livecheese.com
The NATIONAL – Morning Dew  (2016 Day of the Dead [various artists - box set])

-HOUR TWO-

SONNY LANDRETH – Firebird Blues [in memory of Johnny Winter]  (2015 Bound by the Blues)
DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND – My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now  (2003 We Got Robbed! – Live in New Orleans, May 2003 TwiRoPa)
MY MORNING JACKET – Steam Engine  (1/26/14 One Big Holiday, Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, MX) livedownloads.com
SNARKY PUPPY – White Cap  (9/14/15 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA) livedownloads.com
NEVILLE BROTHERS – Brother Jake  (1994 Live on Planet Earth)
STEVIE WONDER – Superstition [So What the Fuss] > Clock on the Wall > As  (2009 Live at Last, Oct 2008 O2 Arena, London, England)

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TTB NEWDAY BENEFIT in ABQ AUGUST


Thursday, April 14, 2016

TnJ 590 (4/14/16)

Happy birthday this week (among others) to John Farmer Bell of Widespread Panic!

-HOUR ONE-

TAME IMPALA – Eventually  (2015 Currents)
ALO – a Fire I Kept  (2015 Tangle of Time)
DECEMBERISTS – Riverswim  (2015 Florasongs EP)
ELEPHANT REVIVAL – When I Fall  (2016 Petals)
UNSEEN STRANGERS – Square Trance  (2016 Stranger Places)
DARRELL SCOTT – Down to the River  (2016 Couchville Sessions)
NIGHT MOVES – Kind Luck  (2016 Pennied Days)
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Midnight in Harlem  (2011 eTown web exclusive)
FELA RANSOME-KUTI & HIS KOOLA LOBITOS – Waka Waka [live]  (2016 Highlife-Jazz & Afro-Soul 1963-69)

-HOUR TWO-

CHA WA – Jock-a-Mo  (2015 Funk’n’Feathers)
WIDESPREAD PANIC w/ NICKY SANDERS – Driving Song > There Is a Time > Driving Song > Dream Song  (10/31/15 US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC) livewidespreadpanic.com
HERBIE HANCOCK – Maiden Voyage  (1965 Maiden Voyage)
LITTLE FEAT – Willin’  (1978 Waiting for Columbus, ca. 1977)
LITTLE FEAT – Rock and Roll Doctor  (1974 WLIR-FM broadcast, 9/19/74 Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, NY)

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

TnJ 589 (4/7/16)

-HOUR ONE-

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Bowlegged Woman  (10/31/15 US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC) livewidespreadpanic.com
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Climb to Safety  (12/31/14 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC) livewidespreadpanic.com
HARD WORKING AMERICANS – Opening Statement  (2016 Rest in Chaos)
LUCINDA WILLIAMS – Ghosts of Highway 20  (2016 the Ghosts of Highway 20)
WARREN HAYNES featuring RAILROAD EARTH – Is It Me or You  (2015 Ashes & Dust)
GOV’T MULE w/ BILL KREUTZMANN, GEORGE PORTER, JR., ALECIA CHAKOUR and the SHADY HORNS – Sugaree  (5/2/14 Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA) mule.net

-HOUR TWO-


the SATIN COWBOY & the SEVEN DEADLY SINS – Pick Up & Drive  (2016 Duel)
FRUITION – Santa Fe  (2016 Labor of Love)
ADAN & XAVI y los IMANES – Heartbeat  (2016 Everloving)
FEMI KUTI – One Man Show  (2013 No Place for My Dream)
FRANK ZAPPA – City of Tiny Lites > the Squirm  (10/31/77 the Palladium, New York, NY)
UMPHREY’S McGEE – Wappy Sprayberry > JaJunk  (7/5/14 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livedownloads.com

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

MULE @ RED ROCKS

Love the poster!  Another great Red Rocks affair awaits (^_^)

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

TnJ 588 (3/31/16)

-HOUR ONE-

NEW MASTERSOUNDS – In the Middle  (2016 the Nashville Session)
KUNG FU – Joyride  (2016 Joyride)
B.D. LENZ – Manifesto  (2016 Manifesto)
the GREYHOUNDS – Soul Navigator  (1/14/15 the Factory, Music City Roots [syndicated])
BEN HARPER & the INNOCENT CRIMINALS – Call It What It Is  (2016 Call It What It Is)
AMERICAN BABIES – An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark  (2016 An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark)
MARCO BENEVENTO – Live a Certain Life > Stay in Line  (2016 the Story of Fred Short)
BOMBINO – Timtar [Memories]  (2016 Azel)

-HOUR TWO-

WAR on DRUGS – Touch of Grey  (2016 Day of the Dead [various artists - box set])
ERIC CLAPTON and STEVE WINWOOD – Can’t Find My Way Home  (2009 Live from Madison Square Garden)
JANE’S ADDICTION – Three Days  (1990 Ritual de lo Habitual)
DISCO BISCUITS – Memphis > Basis for a Day  (4/17/15 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livedownloads.com

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

TnJ 587 (3/24/16)

Double doses, all night long…

-HOUR ONE-

TINARIWEN – Koudedazamin  (2015 Live in Paris)
TINARIWEN – Imidiwan Ahi Sigidam  (2015 Live in Paris)
DAVID GRISMAN – Caliente  (1981 Mondo Mando)
DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET – Mondo Mando [live]  (1997 DGQ-20)
the WHO – Baba O’Riley  (2009 Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live, 12/15/77 Kilburn Gaumont State, London)
the WHO – Won’t Get Fooled Again  (4/25/15 Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA)

-HOUR TWO-

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & the E STREET BAND – Thunder Road  (10/17/75 the Roxy, West Hollywood, CA, KWST broadcast)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & the E STREET BAND – Twist & Shout [medley, includes “Do You Love Me?” and “Quarter to Three”]  (7/3/09 Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany)
PHIL LESH & FRIENDS – Low Spark of High Heeled Boys > Franklin’s Tower  (3/18/16 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY) livedownloads.com


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Friday, March 18, 2016

HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Another great lineup awaits!  Go here for info.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

TnJ 586 (3/17/16)

Happy 76th birthday this week to the legendary Phil Lesh.  Catch webcasts of his birthday shows over at nugs.tv

-HOUR ONE-

PhilRAD – Bird Song > Not Fade Away  (12/31/14 Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY) livedownloads.com
MARCO BENEVENTO – Follow the Arrow  (4/4/15 Signal Kitchen, Burlington, VT)
the HIP ABDUCTION – Ka’iwi  (2016 Gold Under the Glow)
NOLATET – Melon Ball  (2016 Dogs)
the MOTET – New Old  (2010 Dig Deep)
ORGŌNE – Down, Down, Down  (2015 Beyond the Sun)

-HOUR TWO-

JIMI HENDRIX – South Saturn Delta  (1997 South Saturn Delta, 6/14/68  the Record Plant, New York, NY)
JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Hot  (2016 Edges)
FAT FREDDY’S DROP – Razor  (2015 Bays)
ROOTS of CREATION w/ MELVIN SEALS and Ras MG – Struggle [skankin’ mix]  (2016 Livin’ Free)
GUN HILL ROYALS – Firefly  (2016 the Invention of Gun Hill Royals EP)
JAMES McMURTRY – Copper Canteen  (2014 Complicated Game)
TIM O’BRIEN – Old Joe  (2010 Chicken & Egg)
GOV’T MULE w/ STEVE KIMOCK – Bertha  (12/31/15 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY) muletracks.com

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

TnJ 585 (3/10/16)

-HOUR ONE-

DAVID GILMOUR – High Hopes  (2008 Live in Gdańsk)
PEARL JAM – Daughter  (5/10/00 Mt. Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA) livedownloads.com
LEFTOVER SALMON – Two Highways  (7/18/15 Breckenridge Brewery, Littleton, CO) livesalmon.com
JACKIE GREENE – Silver Lining  (2015 Back to Birth)
CORAL CREEK – Mountain High  (2015 Coral Creek)
AUBRIE SELLERS – Just to Be with You  (2016 New City Blues)
SHOVELS & ROPE w/ PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND – Perfect Day  (2015 Busted Jukebox – Volume 1)
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE of the REAL – Ugly Color  (2016 Something Real)

-HOUR TWO-

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Keep on Growing  (2016 Let Me Get By [deluxe edition])
BURNELL PINES – Turn to Gold  (2016 Till the Day I Die)
MATT ANDERSEN – Let’s Get Back  (2016 Honest Man)
PARKER MILLSAP – Hades Pleads  (2016 the Very Next Day)
MIPSO – Bad Penny  (2015 Old Time Reverie)
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS w/ JOAN OSBORNE – Listen  (2016 Ladies & Gentlemen)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND w/ WARREN HAYNES – Down by the River  (6/26/15 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ)
STURGILL SIMPSON – Brace for Impact [Live a Little]  (2016 a Sailor’s Guide to Earth)

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

TnJ 584 (3/3/16)

-HOUR ONE- 

UMPHREY’S McGEE – Bridgeless > Den > Bridgeless  (11/1/14 House of Blues, Boston, MA) livedownloads.com
GRUPO FANTASMA – Mulato  (2015 Problemas)
POLYRHYTHMICS – the Itis  (2015 Octagon)
GARY CLARK, JR. – Grinder  (2015 the Story of Sonny Boy Slim)

-HOUR TWO-

EARPHUNK – Sunup to Sundown  (2014 Sweet Nasty)
PAPADOSIO – Bypass Default  (2015 Extras in a Movie)
the WHO – Drowned  (1994 Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live, 5/18/74 Charlton Athletic Football Grounds, London, UK)
PHISH – Drowned  (2005 New Year’s Eve 1995 – Live at Madison Square Garden) livedownloads.com
PHISH – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’  (2002 Live Phish 16, 10/31/98 Thomas & Mack Center, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV) livedownloads.com
VELVET UNDERGROUND – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’  (1970/1997 Loaded [fully loaded edition])

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

TnJ 583 (2/25/16)

These guys are the real deal.  Catch 'em live in Taos @ the Solar Center this Saturday (2/27/16)

-HOUR ONE-

SIMO – Ain’t Doin’ Nothin’  (2016 Let Love Show the Way)
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE w/ DAVID HIDALGO – Love Saves the Day  (2015 Love Saves the Day)
SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Ain’t No Love [in the Heart of the City]  (2016 West of Flushing South of Frisco)
FLAMING LIPS – It’s All Too Much  (2016 George Fest – a Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, 9/28/14 Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
the BEATLES – It’s All Too Much  (1969 Yellow Submarine)
ADAN & XAVI – Luna  (2016 Adan & Xavi y los Imanes)

-HOUR TWO-

LOTUS – Suitacases (2015 Nomad [remaster], 6/8/13 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburg, PA)
TAME IMPALA – the Less I Know, the Better  (2015 Currents)
BALKAN BEAT BOX – I Trusted You  (2016 single)
MIGHTY MYSTIC – Rebels  (2016 the Art of Balance)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT w/ WARREN HAYNES – MLT  (7/9/04 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livecheese.com
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & the E STREET BAND – I Wanna Marry You  (1/19/16 United Center, Chicago, IL) livedownloads.com
GRATEFUL DEAD – Scarlet Begonias  (2016 Dave’s Picks Volume 17, 7/19/74 Selland Arena, Fresno, CA)

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

TnJ 582 (2/18/16)

-HOUR ONE-

PHISH – Wolfman’s Brother  (7/26/13 the Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA)
GARY CLARK, JR. – Star  (2015 the Story of Sonny Boy Slim)
DAN HICKS and the HOT LICKS – My Cello  (2001 Alive & Lickin’)
GEORGE FEST w/ ANN WILSON, DHANI HARRISON, KAREN ELSON and NORAH JONES – All Things Must Pass  (2016 George Fest – a Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, 9/28/14 Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
AU PAIR – Middle Distance  (2015 One Armed Candy Bear)
SHAMAN JUAN – I Wanna Touch You  (2016 Blabbermouth)
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – Where the Devil Don’t Stay  (2015 It’s Great to be Alive!, ca. 2014 the Fillmore, San Francisco, CA)
NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE of the REAL – Workin’ Man  (9/19/15 Farm Aid 30, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL)

-HOUR TWO-

GREAT CAESAR’S GHOST w/ BUTCH TRUCKS – Whipping Post  (2015 Live at Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY)
LETTUCE – Chief  (2015 Crush)
BILLY IUSO w/ ART NEVILLE – Overstanding  (2015 Overstanding)
ALABAMA SHAKES – Future People  (2015 Sound & Color)
JOHN FULLBRIGHT – Gawd Above  (2012 From the Ground Up)
SIMON LINSTEADT – If Music Isn’t Real  (2016 Simon Linsteadt)
NOLATET – Nails  (2016 Dogs)
PROTOJE w/ SEVANA – Love Gone Cold  (2015 Ancient Future)
GALACTIC w/ CYRIL NEVILLE – Ooh Nah Nay  (9/18/10 Blues & Brews, Telluride, CO)

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

TnJ 581 (2/11/16)

-HOUR ONE-

RAILROAD EARTH [w/ SNARKY PUPPY HORNS on *] – the Forecast > Spring-heeled Jack > Hard Livin’*  (9/18/15 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livedownloads.com
WEEN – Voodoo Lady  (2002 Live at Stubb’s, ca. 2000 Austin, TX)
DR. DOG – Bring My Baby Back  (2016 the Psychedelic Swamp)

-HOUR TWO-

GALACTIC w/ BRUSHY ONE STRING – Chicken in the Corn  (2015 Into the Deep)
GARY CLARK, JR. – Cold Blooded  (2015 the Story of Sonny Boy Slim)
AJ GHENT BAND – Watch What You Do  (2015 Live at Terminal West CD/DVD)
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Crying Over You / Swamp Raga for Holzapfel, Lefebvre, Flute and Harmonium  (2016 Let Me Get By)
EDWARD SHARPE and the MAGNETIC ZEROS – Hot Coals  (2016 Person A)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Eyes of the World > China Doll  (2016 Dave’s Dicks Volume 17, 7/19/74 Selland Arena, Fresno, CA)

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

TnJ 580 (2/4/16)

-HOUR ONE-

DEL McCOURY BAND – Henry Walker  (2/21/01 Fox Theater, Boulder, CO)
JASON ISBELL – If It Takes a Lifetime  (2015 Something More Than Free)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Jamming  (2001 Exodus [deluxe edition], 6/4/77 Rainbow Theatre, London, England)
KELLER WILLIAMS – High and Mighty  (2015 Vape)
SOUND TRIBE SECTOR 9 – Shock Doctrine  (10/29/15 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH) livedownloads.com
XIXA – Dead Man  (2016 Bloodlines)
FREEKBASS – Ritmo  (2015 Cincinnati)
SIMO – Please  (2016 Let Love Show the Way)

-HOUR TWO-

PEARL JAM – Porch  (7/11/14 Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes, UK) livedownloads.com
RECORD COMPANY – Off the Ground  (2016 Give It Back to You)
KEITH RICHARDS – Trouble  (2015 Crosseyed Heart)
JAMES HUNTER SIX – Free Your Mind [While You Still Got Time]  (2016 Hold On!)
GREG MERRITT JAZZ QUARTET – Jakubu Jam  (2016 New York Sexy)
SANTANA – Anywhere You Want to Go  (2016 Santana IV)
ALO – the Ticket  (2015 Tangle of Time)
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS w/ JENNIFER HARTSWICK – Hazosphere  (2016 Ladies & Gentlemen)
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Tumbleweed in Eden  (7/28/15 Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN) livedownloads.com

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

TnJ 579 (1/28/16)

-HOUR ONE-

STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – SKAT  (2015 Rhythm of the Road Volume Two – Live in Las Vegas, Jul 2001 the Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas, NV) livecheese.com
JON CHI – Another Rising Sun  (2015 Another Rising Sun)
PINK FLOYD – Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun  (1968 a Saucerful of Secrets)
DAVID BERKELEY – Colored Birds  (2015 Cardboard Boat)
AMERICAN AQUARIUM – Losing Side of 25  (2015 Wolves)
ALABAMA SHAKES – Gimme All Your Love  (2015 Sound & Color)
ORANGE CONSTANT – Mask  (2015 Time to Go)
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD – Sometimes  (11/26/04 the Fillmore, San Francisco, CA)

-HOUR TWO-

GOV’T MULE w/ STEVE KIMOCK [as GRATEFUL MULE] – Here Comes Sunshine  (12/31/15 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY) livedownloads.com
GOV’T MULE w/ LARRY CAMPBELL [as THE MULE] – Chest Fever  (12/31/15 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY) livedownloads.com
GOV’T MULE [as THE ALLMULE BROTHERS] – Wasted Words  (12/31/15 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY) livedownloads.com
GOV’T MULE [as THE ALLMULE BROTHERS] – Statesboro Blues  (12/31/15 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY) livedownloads.com
LEFTOVER SALMON – River’s Rising  (2015 25)

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

TnJ 578 (1/21/16)

-HOUR ONE-

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Anyhow  (2016 Let Me Get By)
BAABA MAAL – Jam Jam  (2016 the Traveller)
JJ GREY & MOFRO – Ol’ Glory  (2015 Ol’ Glory)
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Disco  (12/31/14 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC) livewidespreadpanic.com
JANIS JOLPIN and the FULL TILT BOOGIE BAND – Move Over  (1972 In Concert, 7/4/70 Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
LUTHER DICKINSON – Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down  (2016 Blues & Ballads – a Folksinger’s Songbook Volumes I & II)
TONY FURTADO – Low Road  (2015 the Bell)
JUNIP – To the Grain  (2010 Fields)

-HOUR TWO-

GRATEFUL DEAD – Bird Song  (2015 the Definitive Live Story 1965-1995, 7/31/82 Manor Downs, Austin, TX)
DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar  (2016 Blackstar)
TAME IMPALA – New Person, Same Old Mistakes  (2015 Currents)
TAUK – Friction  (2015 Headroom, 3/21/15 the Iron Works, Buffalo, NY)
moe. – Akimbo  (2/8/14 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY) livedownloads.com
PHISH – Tube > Dayton Jam  (2008 Live Phish Downloads, 12/7/97 Ervin J. Nutter Center, Dayton, OH) livephish.com

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TnJ 577 (1/14/16)

Dave Matthews birthday tribute!

photo by Conrad Morgan from flickr.com
-HOUR ONE-

DAVE MATTHEWS – Rye Whiskey  (5/3/09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY [Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Celebration])
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Two Step  (7/15/14 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum Jacksonville, FL [yahoo stream])
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Stay or Leave  (5/16/14 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, the Woodlands, TX)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Sugar Man  (5/16/14 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, the Woodlands, TX)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Black and Blue Bird  (5/7/15 Legends on Letterman [webseries])
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Stolen Away on 55th and 3rd  (7/15/14 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum Jacksonville, FL [yahoo stream])
DAVE MATTHEWS and TIM REYNOLDS – Ants Marching  (1999 Live at Luther College, 2/6/96 Luther College, Decorah, IA)

-HOUR TWO-

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Virginia in the Rain  (6/12/15 Xfinity Theatre [Hartford Meadows], Hartford, CT)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Don’t Burn the Pig  (6/25/13 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND w/ BÉLA FLECK – the Dreaming Tree  (7/3/15 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Warehouse  (7/23/13 the Amphitheatre at the Wharf, Orange Beach, AL)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – the Stone  (7/18/14 Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Squirm  (6/7/13 Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Rooftop  (5/8/13 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND w/ BÉLA FLECK and JEFF COFFIN – #41/Sojourn of Arjuna  (2004 Live Trax Vol. 1, 12/8/98 Centrum Centre, Worcester, MA)

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Monday, January 18, 2016

TnJ BEST of 2015

BEST 15 ALBUMS

15) YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Black Sheep

Admittedly, I was almost afraid to listen to what YMSB without Jeff Austin sounded like.  But, while a sometimes-rocky start to YMSB 2.0, this album’s pretty solid.

HIGH POINTS: Black Sheep; I’m Lost; Around You

14) JJ GREY & MOFRO – Ol’ Glory

The king of major-chord bombast and mellow-build dynamism returns with another groovy set of well-played numbers I can’t wait to see expanded upon live.

HIGH POINTS: Home in the Sky; Brave Lil’ Fighter; Ol’ Glory

13) AJ GHENT BAND – Live at Terminal West

I’ll refrain from drawing threadbare analogies between southern cooking and southern music.  This combo blasts out of the gate like they’ve been doing it for 20 years.

HIGH POINTS: Keep on Working; It Ain’t Easy; Can’t Be Your Dog

12) CIRCLES AROUND the SUN – Interludes for the Dead

Neal Casal and company craft an uncanny Dead tribute that neither cuts too close to the original cloth, nor strays too far from it.  Dead jams, gracefully implied.

HIGH POINTS: Gilbert’s Groove; Scarlotta’s Magnolias; Saturday’s Children

11) the WORD – Soul Food

When a band waits 14 years between albums, you hope and expect the results to be fantastic.  If you like gospel-tinged music to wiggle to, this absolutely delivers.

HIGH POINTS: New Word Order; Soul Food I; When I See the Blood

10) LEON BRIDGES – Coming Home

Rarely does someone craft a throwback sound so genuine you almost feel like you’re stuck in a time warp.  Evocative of 60s soul music without actually stealing, I’m anxious to hear what they’ve got next.

HIGH POINTS:  Smooth Sailin’; Coming Home; Brown Skin Girl; Shine

09) UMPHREY’S McGEE – the London Session

When you get word you will have access to the famed Abbey Road recording studios in London for just one day, I imagine scrambling to come up with something: in this case, some road-tested numbers, several new-ish pieces, and a great Beatles cover (see below).

HIGH POINTS: Plunger; No Diablo; Rocker Part 2; Glory

08) PIMPS of JOYTIME – Jukestone Paradise

There’s a lot of music coming out of Brooklyn these days and a lot of it’s mediocre – thankfully, not the case with these guys.  I’ve decided that making dance music with actual instruments makes said dance music somehow more credible and interesting.

HIGH POINTS: Sky; Waiting for My Ride; Cut Off; Dank Janky

07) ALABAMA SHAKES – Sound & Color

A daring venture into new sonic territory for this band.  Their first album established they can write and play better than many of the contemporaries.  This album proves they can move their sound, and maybe blues-rock itself, into the future.

HIGH POINTS: Don’t Wanna Fight; Gemini; Future People; Gimme All Your Love


06) REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND – So Delicious

Nobody sounds quite like these three, and that is a high compliment.  Their brand of stomp-folk isn’t good background music because it begs attention.  It might smack you upside the head if you’re not careful.  Like a hootenanny on steroids.

HIGH POINTS: Raise a Little Hell; We Live Dangerous; Pot Roast and Kisses: Music and Friends

05) CHRIS STAPLETON – Traveller

Why this Kentucky native saw fit to emblazon his (justifiably) award-winning album with the British spelling of “Traveler” is beyond me, but this is one brilliant, lowdown-and-dirty country album.  Like a less-psychedelic Sturgill Simpson, his gritty lyrics and soulful voice are the selling points.

HIGH POINTS: Nobody to Blame; Might As Well Get Stoned; Fire Away; Was It 26; the Devil Named Music

04) DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE – Nashville Obsolete

The flip-side of the Gillian Welch coin, featuring her musical partner Dave Rawlings on vocals, this album was worth the six-year wait.  Something like bluegrass chamber music, this progressive strain of string music is free to explore unusual arrangements and forms, nevertheless coming out sounding instantly memorable.  They define “playing well together.”

HIGH POINTS: the Weekend; the Trip; Candy; Bodysnatchers; Short Haired Woman Blues

03) LETTUCE – Crush

Guessing from the title, this jazz-funk-with-an-electro-twist octet sets out to “crush it” and largely succeeds on their 4th studio outing.  Their soundtrack-to-an-unmade-70s-era-action-flick formula continues to serve them well and this project (one of several some of the members regularly play with) has gained enough muscle mass to stand on its own two dancing feet.

HIGH POINTS: the Lobbyist; Pocket Change; He Made a Woman Out of Me: Phyllis; the New Reel

02) BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR – Space Is Still the Place

My favorite out-of-left-field jamband listen of the year.  The new lineup of this Austin band hits all the high notes, both on the record and in a live setting.  For fans of the thick-and-dreamy psychedelic aesthetic, get on board with this band now before they start playing rooms too big to let the sound envelop you, and get ready to enjoy a nice trip somewhere in orbit when you’ve discovered your feet have left the ground.

HIGH POINTS: Escape Velocity; Dreamlove; Infinite Cities; Slipstream; Ouroboros; Ghost Dance

01) MY MORNING JACKET – the Waterfall

This release from Jim James and company seems more intentionally atmospheric than their previous releases, implying a vast and varied – possibly alien – landscape.  These songs play out like postcards from another world.  MMJ may not be mapping out any new emotional territory, but they do it with such astonishing flair it makes you think it’s all brand new.  This one hangs together nicely as an album, and deserves to be listened to as such.

HIGH POINTS: Compound Fracture; Spring (Among the Living); Only Memories Remain; Tropics (Erase Traces); In Its Infancy (the Waterfall); Big Decisions


BEST 15 SINGLES

Glorious in its borrowing from arrangements and instrumentation of the past.  Solid sonic ear candy.

A seemingly random assemblage of noises on first listen, these noises proved to fix themselves in my brain for months.

Jangly and retro in all the right ways.  Sonically urgent yet emotionally reserved; good driving music.

Just two people haven’t produced recordings this dense since the White Stripes broke up.  Utterly hypnotic.

Like the soundtrack to a David Lynch film which never existed.  Gloomy lyrics juxtaposed with a rockabilly beat and a dreamy sensibility.

Funky as all get-out.  Sounds like music from a 70s-era blaxploitation flick, if Bootsy Collins had produced it in the 80s.

Folky and atmospheric in Josh Tillman’s inimitable idiom.  He owns the Indie Folk genre like a boss, and has a real talent for aggrandizing the mundane.

One of my favorite producers.  He has a way of taking old jazz records and reworking them into something which sounds absolutely contemporary and danceable.

One of the hookiest sides G. Love and Special Sauce have released in recent memory.  Not so much a return to form as an interesting step in a new direction.

I don’t normally go in much for the guy-with-a-guitar thing, but this is one of the prettiest recordings I heard in 2015.  Seemingly simplistic, but memorable and beautifully textured. 

Opening with a retro-sounding, organ-drenched riff reminiscent of the late-60s track “Chest Fever” from The Band (which Panic has famously covered in the past), this touring monster of an outfit proves again they can stamp out perfect 4-minute recordings when the mood strikes and the planets align.

Goofy and sexy, like a robot trying to out-disco-dance John Travolta.  This recording is a call-back to when songs were just stupid, catchy, and fun.  The lyric “I’m a man with very specific taste” makes me wonder if it was tied in (no pun intended) to the film version of “50 Shades of Grey,” but not enough to actually investigate further.

He’s like a lyrical terminator: he can’t be bargained with, he can’t be reasoned with, and he absolutely will not stop.  The bassline coupled with the rapid-fire verses make this one of McMurtry’s grooviest sides of all time, and a great jam to see live; it’s like dance music smothered in gravy.  I hope he never stops writing and performing.

Taylor Goldsmith (and co-writer Jonny Fritz) have fashioned the perfect Emo-Indie-Folk side.  It’s charming, nostalgic, and by the end, so subdued it almost hurts.  At the point where most bands would fire up the bombast with a drum kit and a heavy bassline and crushingly jam on for several minutes, this song just stops and leaves you wanting more.

Although released at the tail end of 2014, this single really came into its own in 2015, racking up many weeks at #1 on the pop charts worldwide.  Don’t let that fool you, though, it’s really an incredible record.  Just about every band covered it.  Oddly, its ubiquity did nothing to dilute my enthusiasm for hearing it when it came on the radio.  It practically dares you not to get up and dance.



BEST 5 LIVE ALBUMS

GRATEFUL DEAD – 30 Trips Around the Sun  (box set, featuring recordings from 1965-1995) 
The limited edition physical artifact is a beautiful piece of work, and worth the money for the die hard fan.  The “Definitive Live Story” 4 CD sampler is a more affordable option.

GOV’T MULE featuring JOHN SCOFIELD – Sco-Mule (recorded Sep 22 and 23, 1999 the Roxy, Atlanta, GA) 
One of the best collaborative live releases ever from the Mule archives, especially if you love blistering guitar work.  Scofield, of course, paints Mule “jazzier” than usual.

PHISH – Amsterdam (box set, recorded Feb 17, 1997 and Jul 1-2, 1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) 
Phish Phans will be happy at the inclusion of some set list rarities, but even the common numbers get better-than-average treatment.  Great shows from a great period.

GREGG ALLMAN BAND – Back to Macon, GA  (recorded Jan 14, 2014 Grand Opera House Theatre, Macon, GA)
It’s not often that you get to hear completely new arrangements of some of your favorite songs from their originator.  The addition of horns to these classics sounds so good I wonder why it didn’t happen sooner.

BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 (recorded Jun 8, 1978 Music Hall, Boston, MA) 
Hindsight has granted us the knowledge that Bob fronted a formidable live combo.  Here we get the added bonus (on DVD) of seeing him toss his dreads and lithely prowl the stage like a lion of Judah.



BEST 5 COVER SONGS

GRUPO FANTASMA – Porque (from the album ‘Problemas’) Psychedelic reworking of the Beatles’ Abbey Road track “Because” in Spanish.  One of the best Beatles covers of all time.

GOV’T MULE – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (from the Record Store Day release ‘Stoned Side of the Mule Volume 2,’ recorded 10/31/09 in Philadelphia) Takes the original and, like Spinal Tap, turns it up to eleven.

RYAN ADAMS – Bad Blood (from the album ‘1989’) Since Taylor Swift has abandoned “country” for “pop” music, perhaps Mr. Adams saw fit to reclaim these songs for the country-minded.  Or maybe he just wants a date and is trying to get her to notice him.

WIDESPREAD PANIC w/ CHRIS ROBINSON, NEAL CASAL and ADAM MacDOUGALL – New Speedway Boogie (recorded 3/28/15 the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV) Top-notch collaborative effort, somehow more magical than Dead covers done by either band individually.

UMPHREY’S McGEE – I Want You [She’s So Heavy] (from ‘the London Session’) A popular Abbey Road song to cover among jambands, but this one was actually recorded at the Abbey Road studios, so it has extra sparkle.







BEST 10 LIVE ACTS I SAW IN 2015

All these bands are worth the price of admission because they will musically transport you to other worlds, if you’re willing to take the trip.

DAKHABRAKHA

LEFTOVER SALMON

WIDESPREAD PANIC

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY

KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD

BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR

NEW MASTERSOUNDS

TAUK


BEST “COUCH TOUR”

FARE THEE WELL (4th of July weekend, Soldier Field, Chicago, IL) For those of us unable to make the trek in person, we still got to feel like we were witnessing a little bit of jamband history.

Lucky rascals Josh and Tara at Soldier Field via facebook


BEST 5 LOCAL ALBUMS

STORMING the BEACHES with LOGOS in HAND – Southwick Howls
Despite having a name too large to fit on a marquee, this doesn’t come off a pompous art rock so much as an ambitious homage to concept albums of yore.  Luke Carr spent years assembling just the right musicians to pull this one off and it was an effort worth making.

the NOMS – Something Beautiful
Though they might lean a little “poppy” for my taste, this band definitely delivers on both the songwriting and musicianship level.  Definitely crowd-pleasers in a live setting.  Check out the pairing of ‘Queen (intro)’ and ‘Queen’ for a taste of their potential grandeur.

DAVID BERKELEY – Cardboard Boat
Meant to accompany Berkeley’s novella, ‘the Free Brontosaurus,’ this album is a narrative expedition in its own right.  Overflowing with simple, quiet beauty.  My favorites include ‘Broken Crown,’ ‘Cardboard Boat,’ ‘Last Round,’ and ‘Hole in My Heart.’

BILL PALMER – Under Endless Skies
A solid, sometimes smoldering, collection of love songs from one of Frogville recording studios’ architects.  Sequenced as though a secret diary of feelings as they change through a series of partners, or perhaps navigating different aspects of the same partner.

DRASTIC ANDREW – Live Without Warning
Assembling some of Santa Fe’s best musicians, Andrew MacLauchlan has again recorded some great songs.  The theatricality of some of his pieces leads me to believe he could benefit from a more cohesive theme in the future but, in the meantime, most of these songs stand quite nicely on their own.




BEST SHOW of POTENTIAL – MORE, PLEASE!

While these bands may not have made the official list this time around, I encourage them to keep up the good work.  They are proof that interesting sounds can come from just about anywhere, utilizing and combining just about any style of music.

MIKE FRANK & FRIENDS

CASCADIA ‘10

FRESH HOPS

JOHN GINTY

GANGSTAGRASS

ZONGO JUNCTION

AMERICAN AQUARIUM

the ORANGE CONSTANT

CHESSBOXER

DANK


That’s it for this year’s listmania.  Stay toasty, my friends (^_^)

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