Thursday, March 26, 2015

TnJ 537 (3/26/15)

-HOUR ONE-

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Space Wrangler  (7/19/09 Mile High Music Festival, Denver, CO) livewidespreadpanic.com
WIDESPREAD PANIC w/ BRANFORD MARSALIS – Pickin’ Up the Pieces  (1998 Light Fuse, Get Away, 9/7/97 Boston)
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Disco > Diner  (5/31/96 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livewidespreadpanic.com
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Greta  (10/31/14 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO) livewidespreadpanic.com

-HOUR TWO-

WIDESPREAD PANIC – One Arm Steve  (9/28/07 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA) livewidespreadpanic.com
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Coconut  (7/4/10 the Spud Drive-In, Teton Valley, ID) livewidespreadpanic.com
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Chilly Water > Pilgrims > Porch Song  (12/31/14 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC) livewidespreadpanic.com
WIDESPREAD PANIC – No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature  (12/31/14 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC) livewidespreadpanic.com

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

TnJ 536 (3/19/15)

-HOUR ONE-

PHISH – Sand  (12/16/99 Reynolds Coliseum, NCSU, Raleigh, NC) livephish.com
UMPHREY’S McGEE – Bad Friday  (2015 the London Session)
FATHER JOHN MISTY – Strange Encounter  (2015 I Love You, Honeybear)
BAHAMAS – Waves  (2014 Bahamas is Afie)
MIGHTY MYSTIC – Cali Green  (2014 Concrete World)
PHIL LESH & FRIENDS – Cosmic Charlie  (4/5/14 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY) livedownloads.com
JeCONTE w/ ANDERS OSBORNE – Down by the Bayou  (2015 Down by the Bayou)

-HOUR TWO-

GALACTIC w/ ROBERT WALTER, DR. LONNIE SMITH, and IKE STUBBLEFIELD – Bottle Up & Go  (1/8/15 Pool Deck, Jam Cruise 13) livedownloads.com
REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND – Pot Roast and Kisses  (2015 So Delicious)
TWEEDY – I’ll Sing It  (2014 Sukierae)
the MAVERICKS – All Night Long  (2015 Mono)
BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR – Infinite Cities  (2015 Space Is Still the Place)
FRESH HOPS – Gramatically Chromatic  (2014 Everyone Act Normal)

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BONNAROO 2015 DAY-BY-DAY


Thursday, March 12, 2015

TnJ 535 (3/12/15)


-HOUR ONE-

LITTLE FEAT – Oh, Atlanta  (9/19/74 Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, NY)
the NOMS – Home  (2015 Something Beautiful)
interview > the Noms  (3/12/15 live at KBAC-FM studios)
the NOMS – Queen [intro] > Queen  (2015 Something Beautiful)
interview > the Noms  (3/12/15 live at KBAC-FM studios)
JERRY GARCIA BAND – They Love Each Other  (2014 Garcia Live Volume Five, 12/31/75 the Keystone, Berkeley, CA)
TAARKA – Lay Low Jig  (2012 Adventures in Vagabondia)
JORMA KAUKONEN – the Terrible Operation  (2015 Ain’t in No Hurry)
JON CHI – One More Shot at the Light  (2015 Another Rising Sun)

-HOUR TWO-

LEFTOVER SALMON – Pasta on the Mountain  (1997 Bridges to Bert)
DIAMOND RUGS – Voodoo Doll  (2015 Cosmetics)
ALECTRO – School of Desire  (2015 School of Desire)
JJ GREY & MOFRO – Home in the Sky  (2015 Ol’ Glory)
PHISH – Tweezer > Runaway Jim  (12/16/99 Reynolds Coliseum, NCSU, Raleigh, NC) livephish.com

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

HOLY SMOKE! MUMFORD & SONS STOPOVER IN SALIDA, CO

Our friends Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce the details of their forthcoming Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Salida, CO on August 21st and 22nd.

The Stopover is a two-day event that combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world-class music festival. Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday, alongside an eclectic and energetic roster of artists curated by the band themselves. A series of smaller events involving local businesses, venues, and, most importantly, local people will happen in and around the town -- including local curation assistance from Planet Bluegrass.

"The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers are all about live music," says the band. "We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer."

Tickets for this Stopover in Salida, CO will go on sale at 10am MST this Friday, March 6th from www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/tickets. Please visit the website for all ticket details
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Best,
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

TnJ 534 (3/5/15)

SPECIAL SESSION – All Pink Floyd covers, including a neat patchwork of “Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety!  Enjoy (^_^)

-HOUR ONE-

GOV’T MULE – One of These Days  (2014 Dark Side of the Mule, 10/31/08 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA)
PHISH – Speak to Me > Breathe in the Air > On the Run  (11/2/98 the “E” Center, West Valley City, UT)
DREAM THEATER w/ THERESA THOMASON – Time > the Great Gig in the Sky  (2006 Official Bootleg – Dark Side of the Moon, 10/25/05 Hammersmith Apollo, London, England)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Money  (Live Trax Vol. 15, 8/9/08 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI)
FLAMING LIPS – Us and Them > Any Colour You Like  (8/25/12 Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, AL)
EASY STAR ALL-STARS w/ DR. ISRAEL and the MEDITATIONS – Brain Damage > Eclipse  (2003 Dub Side of the Moon)

-HOUR TWO-

UMPHREY’S McGEE – Shine On You Crazy Diamond  (7/11/09 All Good Music Festival, Masontown, WV) livedownloads.com
FOO FIGHTERS – Have a Cigar  (1999 single B-side, 2008 Greatest Hits [Amazon Exclusive])
LES CLAYPOOL’S FROG BRIGADE – Pigs [Three Different Ones]  (2001 Live Frogs Set 2, c. Oct 2000 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
KELLER & the KEELS – Another Brick in the Wall  (2006 Grass)
ROGER WATERS w/ BRUCE HORNSBY – Comfortably Numb  (10/18/91 Auditorium Expo ’92, Sevilla, Spain)
DAVID GILMOUR w/ DAVID BOWIE – Comfortably Numb  (2007 Remember That Night – Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD, c. May 2006)

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Friday, February 27, 2015

TELLY B&B TIX ON SALE MONDAY


Early Bird and VIP Tickets On Sale 
Monday, March 2nd at 10:00 AM (MT)

Purchase early and save big on the full price of Regular tickets. 
Early Bird and VIP Tickets are available while supplies last!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

TnJ 533 (2/26/15)

-HOUR ONE-

GALACTIC – Karate  (1/8/15 Pool Deck, Jam Cruise 13) livedownloads.com
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Eye Know Why  (7/27/13 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livecheese.com
PhilRAD – the Golden Road [to Unlimited Devotion] > Viola Lee Blues > Cumberland Blues > Viola Lee Blues > Hell in a Bucket > Viola Lee Blues  (12/31/14 Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY) livedownloads.com
GRATEFUL DEAD – Brown-Eyed Women  (2015 Dave’s Picks, Vol. 13, 2/24/74 Winterland, San Francisco, CA)

-HOUR TWO-

BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Jamming  (2015 Easy Skanking in Boston ’78, 6/8/78 Music Hall, Boston, MA)
ROBERT CRAY BAND – Great Big Old House  (2013 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival, c. Apr 2013, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)
PAUL KELLY w/ LINDA BULL – Smells Like Rain  (2015 Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions)
LEE GALLAGHER and the HALLELUJAH – Feel Like Going Home  (2014 Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah)
MULLIGAN BROTHERS – So Are You  (2015 Via Portland)
ARJUN – Crystalline  (2014 Core)
BEARDYMAN – 2^25,000:1 Against and Falling  (2014 Distractions)
GOV’T MULE w/ JOHN SCOFIELD – Hottentot [alternate version]  (2015 Sco-Mule, 9/22/99 Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA)

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

TnJ 532 (2/19/15)

-HOUR ONE-

GOV’T MULE w/ JOHN SCOFIELD – Pass the Peas  (2015 Sco-Mule, 9/22/99 Georgia Theater, Athens, GA)
DAVID RALSTON – You’re Insane  (2015 the L.A. Sessions)
BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Too High  (2015 Holding All the Roses)
J.D. McPHERSON – Bridgebuilder  (2015 Let the Good Times Roll)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Ballad of a Thin Man  (3/27/88 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA) livedownloads.com
BOB DYLAN – That Lucky Old Sun  (2015 Shadows in the Night)
the DECEMBERISTS – Mistral  (2015 What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World)
WHITEHORSE – Tame as the Wild Ones  (2015 Leave No Bridge Unburned)

-HOUR TWO-

JJ GREY & MOFRO – Brave Lil’ Fighter  (2015 Ol’ Glory)
DANK – Crash the Door  (2015 Dank)
GARY CLARK, JR. – If Trouble Was Money  (2014 Live)
BLACK SABBATH – Planet Caravan  (1970 Paranoid)
PHISH – Mike’s Song > the Great Gig in the Sky > Weekapaug Groove  (2002 Live Phish 07, 9/14/93 World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, IL) livedownloads.com

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

TnJ 531 (2/12/15)

-HOUR ONE-

LES GEN’S BRUYANTS – Jai Ete Au Bal  (recorded live at Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM, March 2015)
interview > David Waldrop  (live at KBAC-FM)
LES GEN’S BRUYANTS – Down South  (recorded live at Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM, March 2015)
interview > David Waldrop  (live at KBAC-FM)
SISTER SPARROW & the DIRTY BIRDS – Crawdaddies  (1/6/15 B&W Lounge, Jam Cruise 13) livedownloads.com
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Lively Up Yourself  (2015 Easy Skanking in Boston ’78, 6/8/78 Music Hall, Boston, MA)
MARK RONSON w/ BRUNO MARS – Uptown Funk  (2015 Uptown Special)
the MOTET – Extraordinary High  (2014 the Motet)
TWEEDY – Slow Love  (2014 Sukirae)

-HOUR TWO-

LEFTOVER SALMON w/ BILL PAYNE and KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH – Keep Drivin’  (11/30/13 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO) livedownloads.com
BARNSTAR! – Flaming Red  (2014 Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!)
AMERICAN AQUARIUM – Family Problem  (2015 Wolves)
GENESIS – the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway > Fly on a Windshield > Broadway Melody of 1974  (1974 the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway)
the DOORS – the Soft Parade  (1969 the Soft Parade)
TAUK – a Series of Choices  (2014 Collisions)
GOV’T MULE w/ JOHN SCOFIELD – Sco-Mule  (2015 Sco-Mule, 9/23/99 the Roxy, Atlanta, GA)

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

TnJ 530 (2/5/15)

-HOUR ONE-

STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Sing a New Song > Don’t Say  (7/26/13 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) livecheese.com
DEL McCOURY & CO. – All Aboard  (7/19/02 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Burnin’ & Lootin’ > Them Belly Full  (2015 Easy Skanking in Boston ’78, 6/8/78 Music Hall, Boston, MA)
THROUGH the ROOTS – Dancing in the Rain  (2013 Take You There)
BOB DYLAN – This Wheel’s on Fire  (2014 the Bootleg Series Vol. 11 – the Basement Tapes Complete, c. 1967)

-HOUR TWO-

ACHILLES WHEEL – Ilithia  (2011 Thirteen Hours)
GRAVE JINGLERS – By the Blue Lake  (2015 Reign of the West)
BILL KREUTZMANN’s LOCKNSTEP ALLSTARS w/ KELLER WILLIAMS – Bird Song  (9/5/14 Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA) livedownloads.com
JEFF AUSTIN w/ SARAH SISKIND and ANDY HALL – Scrapbook Pages  (2015 the Simple Truth)
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City  (2014 NYE Run Sampler, 12/31/14 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO) livedownloads.com
REVEREND PEYTON’s BIG DAMN BAND – We Live Dangerous  (2015 So Delicious)
HARD WORKING AMERICANS – Play a Train Song  (2014 the First Waltz [CD/DVD combo], c. Dec 2013, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO)
moe. – Downward Facing Dog  (2/8/14 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY) livedownloads.com

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

STRING CHEESE - RED ROCKS 2015

w00t - tickets through SCI Ticketing on Tuesday, Feb. 3; public on-sale through AXS on Friday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. MST.  Another sci-fi-tie-dye party!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

TnJ 529 (1/29/15)

-HOUR ONE-

GALACTIC w/ IVAN NEVILLE and JOE CABRAL – Hamp’s Hump  (1/8/15 Pool Deck, Jam Cruise 13) livedownloads.com
JACK WHITE – Three Women  (2014 Lazaretto)
DR. DOG – Heavy Light  (2015 Live at a Flamingo Hotel)
PARTICLE – Get Your Ass to Mars  (2015 digital single)
BONOBO – Emkay  (2014 the North Borders Tour – Live)
PAPADOSIO – Find Your Cloud  (2012 to End the Illusion of Separation)
BILL PALMER’S TV KILLERS – the Woods  (2014 the Mines)
GARY CLARK, JR. – Catfish Blues  (2014 Live)

-HOUR TWO-

TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – Ain’t No Telling  (2013 the Temperance Movement)
BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Testify  (2014 Leave a Scar Live – North Carolina)
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – Soulshine  (7/29/95 Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC)
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – Change My Way of Living  (7/29/95 Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC)
KARL W. DAVIS & the SWEETPEAS – High Time  (2014 It’s High Time EP)
ZENOBIA – Land of the Festival  (2015 Caviar and Champagne Dreams EP)
PHISH – AC/DC Bag > Psycho Killer > Jesus Just Left Chicago  (2008 12/7/97 Ervin J. Nutter Center, Dayton, OH)

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

TnJ 528 (1/22/15)

Another "bombs away" show; nobody gets on stage unless they play for at least 10 minutes...

-HOUR ONE-

the OTHER ONES – China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider  (8/3/02 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI)
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Arleen  (10/31/14 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO) livewidespreadpanic.com
CARAVAN – For Richard  (2002 Live at the Fairfield Halls, 1974, 9/1/74 Croydon, London, England)

-HOUR TWO-

UMPHREY’S McGEE – Puppet String  (10/31/14 House of Blues, Boston, MA) livedownloads.com
MY MORNING JACKET (1/27/14 One Big Holiday, Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, MX) livedownloads.com
LEFTOVER SALMON – Hank [includes “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” “Walk on the Wild Side,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”] (11/30/13 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO) livedownloads.com
PhilRAD – Playin’ in the Band  (12/31/14 Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY) livedownloads.com

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Monday, January 19, 2015

DEAD 50th ANNIVERSARY SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Mail-order tickets will go out first, starting January 20, 2015.  Info at Dead50.net.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

TnJ 527 (1/15/15)

-HOUR ONE-

PHISH – Weekapaug Groove  (1/2/15 AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL) livephish.com
TALKING HEADS – Life During Wartime  (11/4/80 Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ) from Wolfgang’s MusicVault
the MOTET – 123  (2014 the Motet)
G.LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE – Saturday Night  (2014 Sugar)
the GET RIGHT BAND – the Carpenter’s Daughter  (2014 Bass Treble Angel Devil)
T BIRD & the BREAKS – Living with Love  (2015 Harmonizm)
CRACKER – El Cerrito  (2014 Berkeley to Bakersfield)

-HOUR TWO-

HOWLIN’ BROTHERS – Night and Day  (2014 Trouble)
JEFF AUSTIN – What the Night Brings  (2014 the Simple Truth)
JORMA KAUKONEN – Bar Room Crystal Ball  (2015 Ain’t In No Hurry)
BAKED GOODS – Sailing Free  (2015 One of Those Things)
TOMMY TALTON – Mr. Love  (2014 Until After Then)
WILCO – Blasting Fonda  (2014 Alpha Mike Foxtrot [LP box set])
HARD WORKING AMERICANS – Mountain Song  (2014 the First Waltz [CD/DVD combo], c. Dec 2013, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO)
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Happy > Happy > Happy  (12/31/14 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC) livewidespreadpanic.com

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

TnJ 526 (1/8/15)

Jamuary birthday jams aplenty this time, firing things up with the Immortal Jimmy Page, who turns 70 tomorrow!

-HOUR ONE-

LED ZEPPELIN – In My Time of Dying  (2012 Celebration Day, 12/10/07 O2 Arena, London)
LED ZEPPELIN – I Can’t Quit You Baby  (2014 Led Zeppelin I [remaster], 10/10/69 the Olympia, Paris, France)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – [Don’t Fear] the Reaper  (9/3/11 Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Runnin’ Down a Dream  (6/7/13 Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Drunken Soldier  (12/21/12 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY)
the WAR on DRUGS – Under the Pressure  (2014 Lost in the Dream)

-HOUR TWO-

RAILROAD EARTH – Hangtown Ball  (2014 Last of the Outlaws)
ISRAEL NASH – Rexanimarum  (2014 Rain Plans)
BRUCE KATZ BAND – Homecoming  (2014 Homecoming)
KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE – Odysseus  (2014 New Ammo)
SLIGHTLY STOOPID – Couldn’t Get High / Untitled  (2006 Winter Tour ’05-’06, 11/26/05 San Diego, CA)
FLUX CAPACITOR – Happy’s Vaporizer  (2013 Cycle 9)
DAVID BOWIE – Ashes to Ashes  (2009 a Reality Tour, ca. 2003 the Point Depot, Dublin)
the DOORS – When the Music’s Over  (1970 Absolutely Live, 1/17/70 Felt Forum, New York, NY [2nd show])

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TnJ BEST of 2014

-TOAST’S FAVORITE ALBUMS of 2014-


10) TOM PETTY & the HEARTBREAKERS – Hypnotic Eye

This is not the best album in Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers catalog.  It’s probably not even in their top five.  Yet, they play so well together, even a fair-to-middling effort like this makes my list of the year’s best.  Sorry everyone else, you’re just not as cohesive.

HIGH POINTS: Red River; Forgotten Man; Shadow People


09) BIG DADDY LOVE – This Time Around
I’ve had my ears on this group for a while, and they seem to have hit their stride with this latest release.  Like many a great live band (and they are pretty great), their “sound” is hard to nail down, being a real cocktail of styles, so I’m gonna go with the labels “rootsy” and “jubilant.”

HIGH POINTS: Smoke Under the Water; Kerosene; Star Spangled Blues


08) UMPHREY’S McGEE – Similar Skin

Bravo!  I wasn’t sure if one of the world’s greatest live bands had another solid studio album in them, but they managed to pull it off this time.  No small feat, capturing that lightning in a bottle – just ask the Grateful Dead.  This album at least hints at the grandeur of the live experience, especially in the case of “Bridgeless.”

HIGH POINTS: Bridgeless; Loose Ends; Similar Skin


07) ISRAEL NASH – Rain Plans

Truly, this music has charms to soothe the savage breast.  I feel like I’m the deadly cobra and he’s the snake-charmer.  Imagine a more etheric Crosby, Stills & Nash, sprinkle in a more psychedelic version of The Band, and toss with a liberal dose of Jim James.  Their acoustic arrangements sound great too, which testifies to the strength of the original compositions.  Hear an acoustic set here: http://www.santafe.com/podcasts/listen/israel-nash-live-in-studio-ii

HIGH POINTS: Rexanimarum; Rain Plans; Who in Time

06) LEFTOVER SALMON – High Country

This band may never have gelled this well, at least on record.  Purists will argue there’s no replacing Mark Vann, but Andy Thorn is getting it done, and now they’ve added Little Feat’s Bill Payne on keyboards.  Word is they’re blowing doors these days with the live shows as well.  It’s sad when a band loses an original member, and easy to dismiss them as no longer valid, but Salmon has totally leveled up on their awesomeness with “High Country.”

HIGH POINTS: Two Highways; High Country; Get Up and Go

05) EARPHUNK – Sweet Nasty

I can see where it might be hard for a band to stand out in a city like New Orleans, chock-a-block with amazing bands as it is, but with this band’s (apparently) third album, “Sweet Nasty,” maybe standing out isn’t so hard as long as you’re absolutely incredible.  This is my first foray into their funky jungle, but I’m already looking forward to more.  They’re playing some fine venues and festivals around the country, so I think we should all catch them while we can.

HIGH POINTS: Check the Pulse; Sweet Nasty; Lippy

04) STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Song in My Head

Now this is an album!  Hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since their last studio release but, for the faithful, it was worth it.  Many of the songs were thoroughly road-tested over the last few years, so there was likely little guesswork laying them down for the record.  Oddly enough, a Michael Kang song entitled “Betray the Dark” also appeared on their last album.  For an object lesson in how songs can evolve over time, listen to both, then understand that every gem on this album has gone through the process of perfection over years of performance.

HIGH POINTS: Colorado Bluebird Sky; Colliding; Rosie; Song in My Head

03) STURGILL SIMPSON – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Drop the needle (or the laser, or whatever you kids use nowadays) on this masterpiece and prepare to understand why us old bastards are so haterous about new music in general.  Aside from being a trippy, double-take worthy time machine, Sturgill has boldly decided that country music can also have a spiritual, cosmic angle.  He’s probably not raking in the bucks yet, and maybe he doesn’t care about that anyway, which makes these grooves sound all the better to my ears.  About music, Sturgill says (from The Fader): “It was never anything that was encouraged or anything that I thought I could do for a living. Everybody back home plays music; it’s what you do when you’re done with your real job.”

HIGH POINTS: Life of Sin; Living the Dream; It Ain’t All Flowers; Turtles All the Way Down

02) moe. – No Guts, No Glory

Even better than their last one (2012’s What Happened to the La Las), and it was fantastic.  This band is so refreshingly unashamed to be a jamband I want to give them a sloppy, collective kiss.  Two of these tracks clock in at unseemly studio times, presumably to represent the ends of imaginary “Sets 1 and 2,” and are two of the high points on this record.  I know it can be hard for a band to pull it back in the studio and resist the urge to show off how many weird time signatures and diminished chords you can expertly use, but moe. has just settled in and decided to be the band that they are: a killer one.

HIGH POINTS: Silver Sun; Same Old Story; Billy Goat; Do or Die; Little Miss Cup Half Empty

01) TV on the RADIO - Seeds

Do yourself a favor: listen to this one on a decent sound system.  You’re doing yourself and the band a disservice if you don’t.  “Seeds” grabbed me from track one and wouldn’t let go, and I mean: I literally felt earjacked.  These guys are in complete control of their craft, which seems to be making every track an all-out head trip.  And, in this age of the disappearing artifact, I also appreciate their crazy op-art album cover (yes, the back cover works too).  As usual, they seem disinterested in formulating “radio songs,” and focus instead on the art of recording and releasing a bona fide audio experience.  It will tickle parts of your brain you didn’t know existed.

HIGH POINTS: Careful You; Quartz; Ride; Lazerray; Test Pilot; Right Now

-TOAST’S FAVORITE SINGLES of 2014-

10) TEMPLES – Shelter Song

No shortage of neo-psychedelia this year, but this was one of the catchiest.

09) JACK WHITE – Lazaretto

The mad scientist of rock’n’roll returns with another concrete slab of kookiness.

08) NIKKI LANE – Right Time

She could single-handedly spearhead a “bad girl” revival in country music with this one.

07) 7HORSE – Flying High (With No I.D.)

This duo’s follow-up to the criminally obscure “Let the 7Horse Run” has a few high points, but none higher than this.

06) BLACK KEYS – Gotta Get Away

Dan Auerbach proves his 70s sound-sculpting mettle yet again with this Cheap Trick-esque rocker.  I must now re-examine my opinion of arena rock.


05) CHET FAKER – Gold

Like the best Moby or Beck records, this takes rare grooves of the past and weaves them brilliantly with more modern sounds.  As for the video, well, I admit to a long-standing weakness for rollergirls.

04) GALACTIC featuring JJ GREY – Higher and Higher

A devastatingly funky one-off collaboration between two of my all-time faves.  JJ’s throaty vocals sound great on top of Galactic’s ten-ton-truck of a sound.  These grooves will crush anything that stands in their way.

03) BOY and BEAR – Southern Sun

Twenty years from now, when they’re advertising a “Sounds of the 2010’s” compilation on TV or whatever eyeball implants we’ll be using to consume our media, this is likely to be on the playlist.  Maybe they’ll call it “Trail Mix Rock.”

02) HOZIER – Take Me to Church

This musical meme managed to crawl under a lot of skin this year, and if the Saturday Night Live appearance is any indication, this combo is ready to take the world by storm.  Calling it “soulful” seems trite, but it is deeply emotional and hits all the right notes.

01) ST. VINCENT – Digital Witness

This year’s most perfectly-constructed 3-minutes-and-change.  I hear a little Talking Heads influence, which fills me with nostalgic delight.  By turns bombastic and quirky-quiet; robotic and humanistic, this defector from Polyphonic Spree has taken the concept of nerdy chorale rock to the next level.

Curious to hear these singles?  The SantaFe.com version of this list has a video playlist embedded.

-LIKED THESE – MORE, PLEASE-

ALLAH-LAS – As Lenny Kravitz is to the 70s, so Allah-Las are to the 60s.
BROTHER’S KEEPER – No-frills rock’n’roll is a rarity these days.  Enjoy “Days Go By.”
ROBERT ELLIS – Country doesn’t come more dangerous; like being on the verge of a bad trip.
the FAR WEST – If The Band had been from California, they might’ve sounded just like this.
HOWLIN’ BROTHERS – Sparse and unapologetically rowdy.
KI: THEORY – Not many DJs catch my ear.  Got hooked on “Kitty Hawk.”
ST. PAUL & the BROKEN BONES – Reviving the Muscle Shoals sound was a great idea.  Grab a partner and get close.
SHOVELS & ROPE – No idea how just two people can make this much noise.  Let “Evil” envelop you.
TRIGGER HIPPY – This supergroup is, in fact, super.  Hardest-hitting is “Tennessee Mud”
TURQUAZ – Now that’s funky!

-BEST LOCAL ALBUM-

 
FEATHERICCI – the Woods

DJ / musician / producer Paul Feathericci has been a mainstay on the Santa Fe scene for a number of years.  I was first introduced to his talents as one-third of the electronic trio D Numbers.  On this album—just one of several noteworthy releases on the Mesa label in 2014—Feathericci fastidiously layers each soundscape.  The end result is not unlike looking at snowflakes through a microscope.  As the name of the album implies, it’s easy to get lost in here.


-BEST “OFFICIAL” LIVE ALBUM-



GARY CLARK, JR. – Live

I reckon he has done staked his claim!  Easy to dismiss as mere retreaded traditionalism, but his guitar and his songs pack a wallop.  Don’t listen to this double-album if you hate great live recordings!

-BEST “UNOFFICIAL” LIVE ALBUM-



WIDESPREAD PANIC – 10/31/14 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO

This was not only the best Widespread Panic show I’ve ever seen, it might be the best live show I’ve ever seen, period.  They brought their A-game and threw down hard, with several “first-time-played”s and sizzling renditions of some old favorites.

-BEST BANDS I SAW LIVE IN 2014-

GOV’T MULE
GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
HANK3
SHARON JONES and the DAP-KINGS
ZIGGY MARLEY
the RECORD COMPANY
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
WIDESPREAD PANIC
ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA

-BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASES-



CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG – CSNY 1974 (box set)
You will believe a folk-rock band can play stadiums!  My musical loyalty still lies mostly with the Neil Young part of the equation.

GOV’T MULE – Dark Side of the Mule
From a Halloween show recorded in Boston, 2008.  Bear in mind, this is not a re-creation of any one Pink Floyd album, but rather their catalog.

GRATEFUL DEAD – Wake Up to Find Out

Part of the Spring 1990 series, this show, from 3/29/90 at Nassau Coliseum, is the first time Branford Marsalis played with the Dead.

the KINKS – Muswell Hillbillies

This is a great early-70s Kinks recording.  Apparently a great many rockers tried their hand at cowboy music back then.

LED ZEPPELIN – Live at the Olympia

There are so few good recordings of Led Zeppelin live that any releases are cause for celebration.  This show was broadcast on French radio in 1969.

Well, that’s all until next year! Stay toasty and keep jamming (^_^)

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

TnJ 525 (1/1/15)

Visitations from the ghosts of New Year’s past!

-HOUR ONE-

GRATEFUL DEAD – Sugar Magnolia > Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain  (2003 the Closing of Winterland, 12/31/78 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA)
PHISH – Hello My Baby > Mike’s Song  (2005 New Year’s Eve 1995 – Live at Madison Square Garden, 12/31/95 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)

-HOUR TWO-

UMPHREY’S McGEE – All in Time  (12/31/05 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL) livedownloads.com
moe. – Rebubula  (12/31/07 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY) livedownloads.com
WIDESPREAD PANIC – North > Blackout Blues [with G. LOVE on harmonica]  (12/31/10 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO) livedownloads.com
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Song in My Head  (12/31/12 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO) livedownloads.com

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

TnJ 524 (12/25/14)

Gather 'round the fire, everybody, and light up the toastiest grooves of 2014...

-HOUR ONE-

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Dirty Business  (10/31/14 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO) livedownloads.com
TV on the RADIO – Quartz  (2014 Seeds)
ST. VINCENT – Digital Witness  (2014 St. Vincent)
HOZIER – Take Me to Church  (2014 Hozier)
STURGILL SIMPSON – Living the Dream  (2014 Metamodern Sounds in Country Music)
ALLAH-LAS – Had It All  (2014 Worship the Sun)
BOY and BEAR – Southern Sun  (2014 Harlequin Dream)
BIG DADDY LOVE – Kerosene  (2014 This Time Around)

-HOUR TWO-

LEFTOVER SALMON – Two Highways  (2014 High Country)
SHOVELS & ROPE – Evil  (2014 Swimmin’ Time)
NIKKI LANE – Right Time  (2014 All or Nothin’)
GARY CLARK, JR. – Third Stone from the Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say  (2014 Live)
EARPHUNK – Lippy  (2014 Sweet Nasty)
UMPHREY’S McGEE – Loose Ends  (2014 Similar Skin)
GOV’T MULE – Fearless  (2014 Dark Side of the Mule, 10/31/08 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA)
LED ZEPPELIN – Dazed and Confused  (2014 Led Zeppelin I [remaster], 10/10/69 the Olympia, Paris, France)

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

TnJ 523 (12/18/14)


A hefty preview of the Howlin’ Holiday Jam at the KiMo in Albuquerque on December 27th gets this week’s Toast-n-Jam session rolling…

-HOUR ONE-

CHRIS DRACUP, HILLARY SMITH and JAMES WHITON – Back to the River  (live in KBAC’s Studio II)
CHRIS DRACUP, HILLARY SMITH and JAMES WHITON – Inner City Blues  (live in KBAC’s Studio II)
CHRIS DRACUP, HILLARY SMITH and JAMES WHITON – I Wish You Would  (live in KBAC’s Studio II)
CHRIS DRACUP, HILLARY SMITH and JAMES WHITON – Just Another Day  (live in KBAC’s Studio II)
ROLLING STONES – Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’  (1971 Sticky Fingers)
ROLLING STONES – Miss You  (2013 Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live)

-HOUR TWO-

ED PALERMO BIG BAND & ROB PAPAROZZI – Lovin’ Cup  (2014 Electric Butter)
UMPHREY’S McGEE – Walk This Sweet Funk Emotion  (10/31/14 House of Blues, Boston, MA) livedownloads.com
TRIGGER HIPPY – Tennessee Mud  (2014 Trigger Hippy)
LED ZEPPELIN – Heartbreaker  (2014 Led Zeppelin I [remaster], 10/10/69 the Olympia, Paris, France)
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG – Almost Cut My Hair  (2014 CSNY 1974 [box set])
LEFTOVER SALMON – Bluegrass Pines  (2014 High Country)

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