Thursday, March 23, 2017

TnJ 634 (3/23/17)

Tonight’s session starts with a bon voyage 3-fer for the late, great Chuck Berry (who passed 3/18/17 at age 90), courtesy of the Grateful Dead…
 
-HOUR ONE-
  
GRATEFUL DEAD – Around and Around (2016 Dave’s Picks, Vol. 21, 4/2/73 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Promised Land  (2016 Red Rocks 7/8/78)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Johnny B. Goode  (2003 the Closing of Winterland, 12/31/78 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA)
TWIDDLE – Doinkinbonk  (6/3/16 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO) livedownloads.com
LETTUCE – Elephant Walk  (2016 Mt. Crushmore EP)
BIG SOMETHING – Song for Us  (2017 Tumbleweed)

-HOUR TWO-

JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Two Left Feet  (2017 30,000 Miles [live])
AQUEOUS – Strange Times  (2/13/17 Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO) livedownloads.com
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Keep on Growing  (2017 Live from the Fox Oakland, 9/9/16)
DEAD MAN WINTER – Cardinal  (2017 Furnace)
DAVID GRISMAN SEXTET – Waltz for Gigi  (2016 the David Grisman Sextet)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Chili Dawg  (3/3/17 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO) livecheese.com
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – EMD  (1/15/15 Maugh Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA) livedownloads.com

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PIGMENT ROCKS KELLYS IN ALBUQUERQUE


Join us for an afternoon jam in ABQ at Kellys Brew Pub on Central (^_^)

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TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL LINE-UP


Yes, the tickets have already gone on sale, but now we know who's playing this year (^_^)

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

WIDESPREAD RED ROCKS 2017


Finally!  I was starting to wonder, but Widespread Panic has announced this year's Red Rocks run.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, March 24th @ 10am MDT.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

TnJ 633 (3/16/17)

-HOUR ONE-

PHISH – Light  (7/24/15 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA) livephish.com
DAWES – One of Us  (2016 We’re All Gonna Die)
PAPADOSIO – Out of Hiding  (2015 Extras in a Movie)
PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG – Horizon  (5/19/16 Domefest, Fort Royale Farm, Bedford, PA)
FRUITION – Little Song  (12/31/16 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR)
TIM O’BRIEN – Moses  (2005 Cornbread Nation)

-HOUR TWO-

GRATEFUL DEAD – That’s It for the Other One  (10/13/68 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, released as part of the web series “30 Days of Dead” @ dead.net 2016)
MUNGION – Schvingo  (2016 Scary Blankets)
TULA – Walk Away  (2017 soundcloud series “Saturday Morning Car Tunes 1)
PROTOJE – Blood Money  (2017 digital single)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Jamming  (2016 the Legend Live – Santa Barbara County Bowl 11/25/79) livedownloads.com

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TAOS MUSIC ON THE MESA


The lineup looks great!  Can't wait for June.  Look here for info and tickets (^_^)

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

TnJ 632 (3/9/17)

-HOUR ONE-

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Crying Over You  (2017 Live from the Fox Oakland, 9/9/16)
LEON BRIDGES – River  (2015 Coming Home)
CHANCE the RAPPER w/ TY DOLLA SIGN – Blessings  (2016 Coloring Book)
TURKUAZ – Bubba Slide  (2014 Future 86)
TURKUAZ – Zynth  (2015 Digitonium)
PIMPS of JOYTIME – This Funk [Give Me a Hand]  (2017 Third Wall Chronicles)
BONOBO w/ NICK MURPHY aka CHET FAKER – No Reason  (2017 Migration)
DAVID GILMOUR w/ the POLISH BALTIC PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Where We Start  (2008 Live in Gdańsk, 8/26/06 Gdańsk Shipyard)

-HOUR TWO-

PEARL JAM – Black  (5/10/00 Mt. Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA) livedownloads.com
ROBIN TROWER – In This Place  (2007 Bridge of Sighs [remaster], 5/3/74 BBC Radio 1’s “John Peel Sessions”)
the MAVERICKS – Brand New Day  (2017 Brand New Day)
RYAN ADAMS – Anything I Say to You Now  (2017 Prisoner)
BOB WEIR – Ghost Towns  (2016 Blue Mountain)
BRETT WILSON – Sugaree  (2016 Get Ready! Live in Columbus)
JOHN PRINE w/ AMANDA SHIRES – Dim Lights, Thick Smoke  (2016 for Better, or Worse)
REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND – We Deserve a Happy Ending  (2017 Front Porch Sessions)
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – Jessica  (4/11/14 Wanee Festival, Live Oak, FL)

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

TnJ 631 (3/2/17)

-HOUR ONE-

GRATEFUL DEAD – Playing in the Band  (2016 Dave’s Picks, Vol. 21, 4/2/73 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)
FLAMING LIPS – How??  (2017 Oczy Mlody)
KING GIZZARD & the LIZARD WIZARD – Rattlesnake  (2017 Flying Microtonal Banana)
the WHO – the Seeker  (1970 single)
LOU REED – Intro > Sweet Jane  (1974 Rock n Roll Animal)
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Chilly Water  (12/31/16 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN)

-HOUR TWO-

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE w/ IVAN NEVILLE – Ain’t No Use  (5/1/16 Jazz Fest, New Orleans, LA)
MAVIS STAPLES – Lay My Burden Down  (2016 the Musical Mojo of Dr. John – Celebrating Mac and his Music, 5/3/14 Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA)
HURRICANE RUTH – Far from the Cradle  (2017 Ain’t Ready for the Grave)
JJ GREY & MOFRO – King Hummingbird  (2010 Georgia Warhorse)
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Rock and Roll  (2/14/17 Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM) livedownloads.com
CCM JAZZ ORCHESTRA featuring FAREED HAQUE – the Shadow  (2016 In Search of Garaj Mahal, ca. Apr 2014 College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH) homegrownmusic.net
JERRY GARCIA BAND – Reuben and Cherise  (2017 Garcia Live Volume Eight, 11/23/91 Bradley Center, Milwaukie, WI)

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Monday, February 27, 2017

TnJ 630 (2/23/17)

It’s another 3-fer madness special session: 3 times the fun, 3 times the jam…

-HOUR ONE-

THE MOTET – Life (8/1/01 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR)
THE MOTET – Soup  (8/15/03 Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, Great Barrington, MA)
THE MOTET – Rippin’ Herb  (2016 Totem)

NEIL YOUNG – Doghouse  (2015 Bluenote Café, 8/30/88 Pier 84, New York, NY)
NEIL YOUNG – Don’t Let It Bring You Down  (12/11/89 Élysée Montmarte, Paris, France)
NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE of the REAL – Alabama  (9/19/15 Farm Aid 30, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL)

UMPHREY’S McGEE – Strangletage  (2016 Zonkey)
UMPHREY’S McGEE – a Call to Arms  (12/31/16 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL)

-HOUR TWO-

UMPHREY’S McGEE – Join Together  (7/3/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livedownloads.com

EMANCIPATOR – Eve II [ODESZA remix]  (2015 single)
ODESZA – Above the Middle  (2012 Summer’s Gone)
ODESZA – Kusanagi  (2014 In Return)

STEVE KIMOCK’S CRAZY ENGINE – Mother’s Song  (2009 promotional e-release)
STEVE KIMOCK BAND – a New Africa  (12/8/02 Bay Hall, Yokohama, Japan)
STEVE KIMOCK BAND – Arf She Cried  (10/28/01 Tipitina’s Uptown, New Orleans, LA)

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

TnJ 629 (2/16/17)

-HOUR ONE-

MARCUS KING BAND w/ WARREN HAYNES – Virginia  (2016 the Marcus King Band)
JJ GREY & MOFRO – Dirtfloorcracker  (2011 Brighter Days CD/DVD, 1/22/11 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA)
BAND of HEATHENS – Trouble Came Early  (2017 Duende)
PHISH – No Men in No Man’s Land  (9/2/16 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO) livephish.com
HIPPO CAMPUS – Poems  (2017 Landmark)
HOLY SUNS – Behind Glass  (2016 In the Garden)
CORBU – Branches  (2016 Crayon Soul)

-HOUR TWO-

LOTUS – White Light Fadeaway  (2016 Eat the Light)
IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE – the Chant [Iquo Isang]  (2017 Uyai)
THE HOLDUP – Dumb Luck  (2016 Leaves in the Pool)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Get Up, Stand Up  (2016 the Legend Live – Santa Barbara County Bowl 11/25/79) livedownloads.com
JERRY GARCIA and MERL SAUNDERS – Merl’s Tune > Lion’s Share Jam  (2016 Garcia Live Volume 6, 7/5/13 the Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA) livedownloads.com

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

TnJ 628 (2/9/17)

Calling all heads!  Chris Robinson Brotherhood play live at Taos Mesa Brewing on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.  Sure to be great.  Click on the link to hear the interview...

-HOUR ONE-

SON VOLT – Cherokee St  (2017 Notes of Blue)
GREAT AMERICAN TAXI – Sunshiny Day  (2017 Dr. Feel Good’s Traveling Medicine Show)
JIM JAMES – We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 1 & 2  (2016 Eternally Even)
Interview > CHRIS ROBINSON (recorded 2/9/17 at KBAC-FM, Santa Fe, NM)

-HOUR TWO-

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Poor Elijah  (6/16/16 New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, TN)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Viola Lee Blues  (2017 the Grateful Dead – 50th Anniversary [deluxe edition], 7/29/66 P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, BC, CAN)
SAM BUSH – Where’s My Love  (2016 Storyman)
KY BURT – Gloria May  (2016 the Moon & the Sea)
SATIN COWBOY & the SEVEN DEADLY SINS – Not Afraid of the Knife  (2016 Love & Loss EP)
SANTANA – Samba Pa Ti  (2016 Live at the House of Blues, Las Vegas, 3/21/16)
SISTER SPARROW & the DIRTY BIRDS – Dr. Feelgood  (2016 Fowl Play, 12/31/15 the Warehouse, Fairfield, CT)

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

TnJ 627 (2/2/17)

-HOUR ONE-

TOM PETTY & the HEARTBREAKERS – a Woman in Love  (2016 Kiss My Amps LIVE Vol. 2, 6/16/13 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN)
JASON ISBELL and the 400 UNIT – Outfit  (2012 Live from Alabama)
DEL McCOURY BAND – Get Down on Your Knees and Pray  (2/21/01 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO)
KELLER WILLIAMS’ KWAHTRO – In the Middle  (2017 Sync)
KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH w/ DOMINIC LALLI – Peregrino  (2014 Speed of Life)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Colliding  (12/31/12 1stBank Center, Broom field, CO)
GOAT – Temple Rhythms  (2016 Requiem)

-HOUR TWO-

GRATEFUL DEAD – One Kind Favor  (2017 the Grateful Dead – 50th Anniversary [deluxe edition], 7/30/66 P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, BC, CAN)
UMPHREY’S McGEE w/ JOSHUA REDMAN – Der Bluten Kat > Final Word > Der Bluten Kat  (1/26/17 College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT) livedownloads.com
KUNG FU – Chin Music  (2016 Joyride)
NEW MASTERSOUNDS – the Minx  (2016 the Nashville Sessions)
JOHN “PAPA” GROS – House of Love  (2016 River’s on Fire)

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PIGMENT @ COWGIRL SAT 2/4

Come down and see us!  We're really jammy!  No cover!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TnJ BEST of 2016

-TOAST’S FAVORITE ALBUMS of 2016-

16) TAUK – Sir Nebula

This ironically-named instrumental combo from Oyster Bay, NY, continues to impress with their third studio album.  Since releasing their incredible double-live set “Headroom,” their studio sound seems fuller and more in line with their live sound:  buzzy and fuzzy, hippy and trippy.

HIGH POINTS: Program Select, Where You Are, Sunshine Harry

15) CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel

Unwieldy album title aside, this is another fine entry into CRB’s catalog.  Their studio output is prolific, and nearly all of it worth a listen.  Hippie rock is their forte, and they seem content to reside near the top of that heap.  Recent personnel changes haven’t diminished their ability to play extremely well together.

HIGH POINTS: Ain’t It Hard but Fair, Leave My Guitar Alone, Narcissus Soaking Wet

14) MARCUS KING BAND – The Marcus King Band

The way I heard it, Warren Haynes “discovered” this young talent.  Marcus King could definitely find less valuable mentorship in the jamband world, but he’s already so fully-formed as a guitar wiz and bandleader at age twenty, I can only predict that great things surely lie ahead for the Marcus King Band.  A sparse two-man horn section fills out the sound nicely.

HIGH POINTS:  Plant Your Corn Early, Self-Hatred, the Man You Didn’t Know

13) SAM BUSH – Storyman

It’s been 7 years since the last release from Newgrass legend Sam Bush.  Whether that was deliberate on his part, or whether he’s too busy tearing it up on tour, or whether nobody’s in a hurry to release full-length albums these days, “Storyman” was worth the wait.  At age 64, his considerable songwriting and playing abilities do not seem to be waning in the least.

HIGH POINTS:  I Just Wanna Feel Something, Everything Is Possible, Where’s My Love

12) YEASAYER – Amen & Goodbye

This Brooklyn outfit seems intent on conjuring up bizarre soundscapes to back up their unusual harmonies.  Rarely does a band so roundly eschew traditional songwriting esthetics to such glorious result.  Whether their intention is to actually blow minds or to proudly represent the “hipster-kook” contingent, I can’t say.  Neither can I argue with an album this wonderfully strange.

HIGH POINTS:  Daughters of Cain, I Am Chemistry, Gerson’s Whistle

11) BOB WEIR – Blue Mountain

My hat’s off to Bob Weir for recognizing that folkie Josh Ritter and The National’s Josh Kaufman would be good songwriting partners for an album of “cowboy songs.”  This collection has a cohesive, old-timey vibe which suits Bobby’s aging voice.  Not even slightly “far out” in the way you might expect from a member of the Grateful Dead, but does echo back to the “earthy” Weir/Barlow collaborations.

HIGH POINTS:  Lay My Lily Down, Ki-Yi Bossie, Gonesville

10) AVETT BROTHERS – True Sadness

Take an ace family vocal duo, add an impressive band and an incomparable producer, and you could argue you’re bound to succeed. Succeed the Avett Brothers have, both live and in the studio, building a joyfully loyal grassroots fan base, then pumping it up to enormous proportions.  More often than not, their brand of twisted wit and melancholy comes off as more buoyant and bubbly than depressing, which may be their Golden Goose.

HIGH POINTS:  True Sadness, Satan Pulls the Strings, Victims of Life, Smithsonian

09) MARCO BENEVENTO – the Story of Fred Short

Somehow, Benevento is able to make the plinky, toy piano sound majestic.  His skills as a composer and conductor have metastasized into a giant, hairy beast whose chest heaves and unleashes fierce fronts of tropical wind which threaten to capsize our brains and devastate our ears.  With “The Story of Fred Short,” he’s finally concocted an operatic narrative large enough to contain his carnivalesque musings.  Fred Short is a fitting avatar for Benevento, coaxing frenzy from the mundane.

HIGH POINTS:  Follow the Arrow, Heavy Metal Floating Upstream, Live a Certain Life, Stay in Line

08) DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – American Band

One might have worried the Drive-By Truckers would have wobbled in the absence of Jason Isbell, but they certainly don’t seem to be concerned.  In fact, they’ve stepped their game up considerably.  They’ve traded their grittily charming D-I-Y aesthetic for an ambitious, universal Americana sound which manages to hit all the right notes, and loudly.  For better or worse, this is their “Joshua Tree.”  They had something to prove, and that something was likely along the lines of, “Jason Isbell who?”

HIGH POINTS:  Ramon Casiano, Once They Banned Imagine, Surrender Under Protest, Ever South

07) BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Like an Arrow

Taking the southern rock thing and (to borrow a shopworn gag from “This Is Spinal Tap”) turning it up to eleven, this band seems poised to inherit the crown of the kingdom, by force if necessary.  Their songwriting has always been exemplary, but their musical muscle is now flexing off the chart.  If a band could literally set the world on fire by simply choosing the right incendiary sequence and layering of noises, my money would be on Blackberry Smoke.  I think “like an arrow” is an understatement; I’ll go with “like a cannon.”

HIGH POINTS:  Like an Arrow, Sunrise in Texas, Waiting for the Thunder, Running Through Time

06) RECORD COMPANY – Give It Back to You

I caught their act at an after-hours festival gig a couple of years ago, and the promise implied on that night has borne fruit with the most impressive bare-bones blues-rock album I’ve heard in a while.  If you’re the sort of Rolling Stones fan who believes “Exile” is their high-water mark, this is your kind of band.  Granted, the Record Company’s kind of gutter trash has more of a neon sheen to it, being from Los Angeles rather than London, but they’ve got the swagger and the attitude right.  I’d pay good money to see them on a bill with JJ Grey and Mofro sometime.

HIGH POINTS:  Off the Ground, On the Move, This Crooked City, Rita Mae Young

05) TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Let Me Get By

For my money, this is still one of the best live bands going.  A few personnel changes over the years doesn’t seem to have slowed them down.  They lock in the groove and just keep hammering.  It can’t be easy keeping all twelve (!) musicians on track, but like other “family-”and “extended-family-” bands before them, the bandleader (in this case, Derek Trucks) manages to bring the train safely to the station every time.  It may seem like it’s going to barrel through the brick wall at the end of the line, but that’s half the fun.  Susan Tedeschi and Mike Mattison’s vocal turns are always smooth and sexy, but for me the sonic circus is the star.

HIGH POINTS:  Let Me Get By, Laugh About It, Just as Strange, Anyhow, Crying Over You / Swamp Raga

04) PHISH – Big Boat

Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s “the Wall”) takes another turn at producing a Phish album.  Though “Big Boat” may seem less cohesive on first listen than its predecessor, “Fuego,” I think its meandering nature may be its strength.  Just as showcasing each of the phoursome individually in concert makes the overall structure more robust and varied, or the addition of outside genetic material can curb birth defects in humans, this album manages to avoid the trap of “same-y-ness” that can plague a band after fifteen studio albums.  Of course, as with all Phish albums, we must infer the jam sections these crafted, concise gems are meant to initiate, but for those who can’t afford to attend every Phish show, the implications are delightful enough.

HIGH POINTS:  Blaze On, Miss You, Petrichor, Waking Up Dead, Things People Do

03) DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar

I don’t think I can say anything about this album that a hundred writers haven’t already said.  Even if Mr. Jones hadn’t died two days after this album’s release and called for a permanent spotlight to shine on it all year, I remember how impressive it was on that first, untainted listen.  And the second.  And then I heard the sad news.  It is certainly one of the best albums he released in recent memory (though no less experimental), and I’ll argue it stands with the best of all his masterpieces.  The fact that it explores themes of abandonment, life after death, and an unsympathetic (or possibly nonexistent) supreme being wouldn’t have been surprising on any other Bowie album, but of course it’s in our nature to retroactively assign pre-sagacity to these in this case.  Bon voyage, Mr. Jones, and safe travels.  You will be missed.

HIGH POINTS:  I Can’t Give Everything Away, Blackstar, Lazarus, ‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore, Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)

02) UMPHREY’S McGEE – Zonkey

The first time I heard Umphrey’s perform one of their now-infamous “live mash-ups” was in 2010 at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque.  It was a mash-up of Nine Inch Nails “Closer” and The Beatles “Come Together.”  I thought it was brilliant.  Over the years, they’ve added enough of these to their arsenal to have committed them to an album of their own.  Whether or not the stunt gets them noticed by a more mainstream audience is practically irrelevant, since most of that “more mainstream audience” is too obsessed with checking their fucking phone to possibly matter in the grand scheme of things.  Mash-ups are a fun and interesting way to cover songs, and normally relegated to YouTube DJs with too much equipment and time on their hands, but Umphrey’s has proven that, in the right hands, mash-ups can be played, and quite impressively, by actual musicians.

HIGH POINTS:  Life During Exodus, Electric Avenue to Hell, National Loser Anthem, Strangletage, Can’t Rock My Dream Face
 
01) MARCHFOURTH – Magic Number

MarchFourth is now the band I most want to see in concert.  I spent the better part of 2016 telling anyone who would listen that this was the best, most interesting album of the year.  I’ve heard impressive “jam marching bands” before, but this is a totally take-no-prisoners affair.  They are here to literally blow you away.  Ben Ellman (Galactic) has produced the impossible, making something simultaneously goldbrick-solid and river-flowing, like I always imagined the Mesoamerican diety Quetzalcoatl.  Guest musicians Stanton Moore and Trombone Shorty add a New Orleans flair to the proceedings, but are hardly necessary.  Having been a member of marching bands myself, I simply cannot fathom how they are able to swing and thump this hard.  Heavy enough to stop you in your tracks, but lilting enough to spur your feet to happy dancing, this is the kind of band I could see forming a religion around.

HIGH POINTS:  Science (Free Your Mind), the Quarter, Inventing the Wheel, Magic Number, Push It Back, Call to Action

-TOAST’S FAVORITE SINGLES of 2016-

I should preface this list by saying that some of the albums of the year also produced what I considered singles of the year (e.g. “Off the Ground” by The Record Company), but for this list, either one track was a total standout from the album, or perhaps I simply haven’t had the opportunity to hear the whole album.  These are, for want of a better term, “radio songs,” but would nevertheless make great additions to many mixtapes.

16) WIL – A Whoo Hoo
A nice little retro ditty that got stuck in my head for weeks.

15) FRUITION – Santa Fe
New Yorkers love songs about New York, I love songs about Santa Fe.

14) JIM JAMES – Here in Spirit
A good message draped in fantastic production.  Operatic yet sparse.

13) STONE ROSES – All for One
This is one of the few bands from the 90s I’m glad got back together.

12) JAH WORKS - Water
So much reggae is just plain claptrap, I applaud their originality and sincerity.

11) ELLE KING – Good Girls
This one oozes a kind of Wanda Jackson-esque brassiness and sex appeal.

10) MONDO KOZMO - Shine
A songwriter singalong which uses no whistle track?  Thank you.  Just, thank you.

09) THE WIND + THE WAVE – Grand Canyon
Seems like it would be great music to ride to, really fast, down a mountain biking trail.

08) RIVER WHYLESS – All Day All Night
They call themselves a folk band, but this sound is pretty expansive.  Maybe that’s allowed in the Mumford age.

07) FANTASTIC NEGRITO – In the Pines
Like many takes on traditional standards, this one works by playing up the minor key and the bassline, implying a certain menace.

06) SAINT MOTEL - Move
The song opens with a command I’m happy to oblige.  This band is slinky and sleazy in all the right ways.

05) BASTILLE – Good Grief
Bordering on being too clever and meticulous to be a pop song, or maybe just clever and meticulous enough.  Meta moment: “It goes in one ear, out the other.”

04) DAWES – When the Tequila Runs Out
You’ve never heard Dawes try so hard to sound like an “indie” band.  This is as hooky and experimental as these “whisper-folkies” are likely to get.

03) STRAY BIRDS – Sabrina
My favorite “out of left field” entry this year.  Blissfully breakneck in its pacing and refreshingly unadorned with fancy production.  Raw in the best way possible.

02) STRUMBELLAS – We Don’t Know
In my opinion, far superior to their international hit “Spirits.”  Only time will tell if they’re just another flash-in-the-post-Mumford-folkie-pan, but I’m hooked so far.

01) ALABAMA SHAKES – Sound & Color
Yes, the album came out in 2015, and made my list of favorite albums.  As a single in 2016, this masterpiece revealed its hidden glory slowly.  It seemed like a new song every time I heard it.

-BEST LIVE RELEASES-

NEW MASTERSOUNDS – the Nashville Session
PHISH – 12/31/16 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
WIDESPREAD PANIC – 5/5/16 Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

-BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASES / REISSUES-

CROSSROADS REVISITED - Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals
DEAR JERRY – Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia
GRATEFUL DEAD – Red Rocks 7/8/78
JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun - the Fillmore East 12/31/69 [first show]
30 DAYS of DEAD – November 2016 [web series @ dead/net]

-BEST BANDS I SAW LIVE – TOUR DIARY-

DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE – 1/11/16 National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
GARY CLARK, JR. – 3/9/16 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
MY MORNING JACKET / BARR BROTHERS – 5/29/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE – 6/30/16 the Bridge, Santa Fe, NM
POLYRHYTHMICS – 7/19/16 Plaza Bandstand, Santa Fe, NM
GALACTIC – 8/5/16 Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM
LAKE STREET DIVE – 8/11/16 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
GOV’T MULE / moe. / BLACKBERRY SMOKE – 8/25/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
PHISH – 9/2-4, 2017 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND / LOS LOBOS / NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS – 9/19/16 Sandia Casino Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM

photo by Gerald Bivens

-BEST LOCAL ALBUM-

MATT CHAMBERLAIN and BRIAN HAAS – Prometheus Risen

Not certain if this technically counts as a local release, though Brian Haas (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) does spend a lot of his time in Santa Fe and apparently loves recording at Frogville Studios.  This album is all the more amazing because, as he told me, it is 100% improvised in the studio.

HIGH POINTS:  African Crowley, Orange Purple Sunshine, Cosmic Vision, Neuro Quantum Adept, Space Colonization

-LIKED THESE – MORE PLEASE!-

ARJUN
CORBU
DAWG YAWP
EXPLOSIONS in the SKY
HAUNTED WINDCHIMES
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
KING GIZZARD & the LIZARD WIZARD
MAGIC MUSIC
PAPER BIRD
TWEED

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WIN GRATEFUL DEAD 50th ANNIVERSARY RELEASE

Listen this week and next for your chance at a copy of the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary album release "deluxe edition," including a bonus live disc - previously unreleased recordings from Vancouver, BC, 1966 (^_^)

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

TnJ 626 (1/26/17)


Bon voyage to the Allman Brothers Band's original drummer, Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks, who passed this past Tuesday at age 69...

-HOUR ONE-

GRATEFUL DEAD – Cream Puff War  (2017 the Grateful Dead – 50th Anniversary [deluxe edition], 7/29/66 P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, BC, CAN)
BILLY & the KIDS – Help On the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower  (2016 Dear Jerry – Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, 5/14/15 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Close Encounters Theme > Born On the Wrong Planet  (7/4/00 Paolo Soleri, Santa Fe, NM)
KELLER WILLIAMS’ KWAHTRO – Ripped 6-Pack  (2017 Sync)
DEAD MAN WINTER – Destroyer  (2017 Furnace)
BIG SOMETHING – Tumbleweed  (2017 Tumbleweed)

-HOUR TWO-

LOTUS – Behind Midwest Storefronts  (9/17/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livedownloads.com
MATT CHAMBERLAIN and BRIAN HAAS – Cosmic Vision  (2016 Prometheus Risen)
LETTUCE – Mt. Crushmore  (2016 Mt. Crushmore EP)
ARJUN – Endless Again  (2016 Gravity)
GOV’T MULE – Larger Than Life > If 6 Was 9 > Larger Than Life  (8/25/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) muletracks.net
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – Whipping Post  (“Another One for Woody” 11/22/10 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY) livedownloads.com

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS RETURN TO ABQ 7/27

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27th, 2017 - last year's party was crazy good (^_^) TOAST

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

TnJ 625 (1/19/17)

-HOUR ONE-

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue  (6/16/16 New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, TN)
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Maggot Brain  (4/28/16 nTelos Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA) livewidespreadpanic.com
JANIS JOPLIN with FULL TILT BOOGIE BAND – Get It While You Can  (1972 In Concert, 7/4/70 Canadian Festival Express, Calgary, Alberta, CAN)
DAVID BROMBERG BAND – Walkin’ Blues  (2017 the Blues the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues)
DELBERT McCLINTON & SELF-MADE MEN – Don’t Do It  (2016 Prick of the Litter)
RECKLESS KELLY – Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now  (2016 Sunset Motel)
BAND of HEATHENS – Sugar Queen  (2017 Duende)

-HOUR TWO-

WOOD BROTHERS – Tried and Tempted  (2017 Live at the Barn, 8/19/16 Woodstock, NY)
AVETT BROTHERS – Smithsonian  (2016 True Sadness)
GRANT FARM – One Hundred Ways…>…to Kneel and Kiss the Ground  (2016 Kiss the Ground)
TWEED – RL WRLD  (2016 the Chunky Life EP)
MARCO BENEVENTO – Witches of Ulster  (6/8/16 Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI)
TWIDDLE – Five  (2015 Plump Chapter 1)
PHISH – Miss You  (2016 Big Boat)

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PIGMENT / ANGEL FIRE SATURDAY


Thursday, January 12, 2017

TnJ 624 (1/12/17)

-HOUR ONE-

FLAMING LIPS – There Should Be Unicorns  (2017 Oczy Mlody)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Minarets  (9/29/95 University of Virginia Amphitheater, Charlottesville, VA)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower  (3/24/91 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY, released as part of the web series “30 Days of Dead” @ dead.net 2016)
DAVID GRISMAN SEXTET – Slinky  (2016 the David Grisman Sextet)
ELEPHANT REVIVAL – Sea Monster  (2016 Petals)
GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – Room Without a Roof  (2016 Shouted, Written Down & Quoted)
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – Vertigo  (2017 Laws of Gravity)

-HOUR TWO-

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Some Garden’s Green  (2016 Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel)
ALLAH-LAS – Autumn Dawn  (2016 Calico Review)
TORTOISE – Ox Duke  (2016 the Catastrophist)
WOLF PEOPLE – Kingfisher  (2016 Ruins)
LED ZEPPELIN – Whole Lotta Love > Boogie Chillun > Let’s Have a Party > Hello Mary Lou > Going Down Slow  (2003 How the West Was Won, 6/27/72 L.A. Forum, Inglewood, CA)

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

CRAIG MACK MEMORIAL BENEFIT SATURDAY


TnJ 623 (1/5/17)

Roll up for some of the toastiest grooves available in 2016…

-HOUR ONE-

DAWES – When the Tequila Runs Out  (2016 We’re All Gonna Die)
BOB WEIR – Lay My Lily Down  (2016 Blue Mountain)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Samson and Delilah  (2016 Red Rocks 7/8/78)
MARCHFOURTH – the Quarter  (2016 Magic Number)
TAUK – Program Select  (2016 Sir Nebula)
YEASAYER – Gerson’s Whistle  (2016 Amen & Goodbye)
DAVID BOWIE – Lazarus  (2016 Blackstar)
DEVIL MAKES THREE – Waiting Around to Die  (2016 Redemption & Ruin)
RECORD COMPANY – This Crooked City  (2016 Give It Back to You)

-HOUR TWO-

BOMBINO – Iyat Ninhay / Jaguar [a Great Desert I Saw]  (2016 Azel)
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Let Me Get By  (2016 Let Me Get By)
MARCUS KING BAND w/ DEREK TRUCKS – Self-Hatred  (2016 the Marcus King Band)
BLACKBERRY SMOKE w/ GREGG ALLMAN – Free on the Wing  (2016 Like an Arrow)
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – Ever South  (2016 American Band)
PHISH – Bathtub Gin > Split Open and Melt  (9/4/16 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO)

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P.S. There was no live show last week.  I was getting down at Melvin Seals & JGB.  Last week's show was an All-Grateful repeat from Thanksgiving 2016.  Here's to another great year of live music in 2017!

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TnJ 622 (12/22/16)

-HOUR ONE-

Interview > Melvin Seals  (recorded 12/22/16 at KBAC-FM Santa Fe, NM)
MELVIN SEALS & JGB – I Second That Emotion  (11/5/16 Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Wake Up and Live  (2016 the Legend Live – Santa Barbara County Bowl 11/25/79) livedownloads.com
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER – Highland Grace  (2016 Heart Like a Levee)
JACK & JORMA – the ORIGINAL ACOUSTIC HOT TUNA – Good Shepherd  (3/18/02 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO)

-HOUR TWO-

ROBERT RANDOLPH & the FAMILY BAND – Traveling Shoes  (2011 Live in Concert)
PEARL JAM – Yellow Ledbetter  (5/10/00 Mt. Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA) livedownloads.com
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Narcissus Soaking Wet  (9/25/16 Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, Cleveland, OH) livedownloads.com
FRANK ZAPPA – Camarillo Brillo > Black Napkins  (10/31/77 the Palladium, New York, NY)
UMPHREY’S McGEE – 2x2  (7/2/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livedownloads.com
UMPHREY’S McGEE – National Loser Anthem  (2016 Zonkey)

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TnJ 621 (12/15/16)

Special guest toast Clinton Huling shares grooves from his collection, and pays tribute to those who’ve gone on in 2016…

-HOUR ONE-

MELVIN SEALS & JGB – Expressway to Your Heart  (unknown source)
SHARON JONES & the DAP-KINGS – Better Things  (2010 I Learned the Hard Way)
FUNKADELIC – You Hit the Nail on the Head  (1972 America Eats Its Young)
DAVID BOWIE – Black Country Rock  (1970 the Man Who Sold the World)
EAGLES – Doolin Dalton [instrumental] > Outlaw Man  (1973 Desperado)
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – From the Beginning  (1972 Trilogy)
BEATLES – Something [no vocals]  (bootleg: “Abbey Road Instrumental”)
LEON RUSSELL – Stranger in a Strange Land  (1971 Leon Russell and the Shelter People)

-HOUR TWO-

SUGARLOAF – Green-Eyed Lady  (1970 Sugarloaf)
GRANT GREEN – Sookie, Sookie  (1970 Alive!, 8/15/70 Cliché Lounge, Newark, NJ)
JERRY GARCIA BAND w/ CLARENCE CLEMONS – Let It Rock  (unknown source)
DAVID BOWIE – Space Oddity  (bootleg: “Strange Fascination,” 9/5/74 Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA)
ERIC CLAPTON – Let It Rain  (bootleg: “Milk Cow Blues,” 4/14/75 Festival Hall, Brisbane, AUS)

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