Welcome back to Ambient Alarm Clock. This week I’ve prepared another playlist for you comprised of live recordings from around the globe. We start things off today with a great jam from The Slip’s recent trip to Japan, and then turn toward the Mike Gordon Band’s “Mound,” a heavy “Plasma” from Oakland and more. Enjoy and have a great day!
“Jams of Late” Pt. II
1. The Slip – Eube (2.27.11)
2. Tennis – Bimini Bay (3.2.11)
3. Mike Gordon Band – Mound (3.5.11)
4. TAB – Plasma (3.5.11)
5. Furthur – Row Jimmy (3.5.11)
6. Mike Gordon band – Dig Further Down (3.5.11)
7. Akron/Family – Another Sky (2.17.11)
I hope all my American readers had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. As you slip back into the swing of things, start off your week with this playlist. I’ve included lots of great music from some recent live performances that you may or may not have heard. Either way, this playlist will keep updated with whats been happening in the community as of late. Music as of Late. I hope you enjoy.
“Music of Late“
Ambient Alarm Clock “Music of Late” 11.29.10 (right click, choose save-as to download)
1. Barr Brothers – “Beggar in the Morning” (4.22.10)
2. Mike Gordon Band w/Jon Fishman – “Easy to Slip” > “Walls of Time” (11.26.10)
3. Gov’t Mule – “Banks of the Deep End” (11.22.10)
4. Railroad Earth – “Lone Croft Farewell” (11.26.10)
5. Furthur – “Eyes of the World” (11.21.10)
6. Mike Gordon Band w/ Jon Fishman – “Traveled Too Far” (11.26.10)
7. Mike Gordon Band – “Kryermaten” (11.18.10)
8. Surprise Me Mr. Davis – “When a Woman” (6.26.10)
9. Railroad Earth – “Long Walk Home” (11.19.10)
10. Phish – “Roses are Free” > “Simple” (11.28.98)
(Alright the last one isn’t “of late” but its certainly worth revisiting)
Today’s selection comes fresh off the top of the vault from Furthur’s recent appearance at Red Rocks. Since Furthur started playing shows last year, I’ve tried to keep up, but was admittedly not giving them the attention they deserved. People around me who would think of themselves as Deadheads seemed to be oblivious to what was happening with the band, and were rarely, if ever, listening to their shows. I was keeping my ears open, but did not fully realize how great this band really is. When I finally got a chance to see them this summer (after having been snowed out of my previous attempt in Buffalo) I was completely taken aback by the cooperation between the musicians on stage and have since been downloading and listening to their shows quite frequently.
When the setlists from the Red Rocks shows emerged on Oh Kee Pah Blog, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the recordings. And after reading this Hidden Track review, I was even more excited and downloaded several copies from each night to find the best source. These shows not only seemed to recreate some of the musical experience that was lost after the Dead stopped touring in ’95, but actually seemed to be taking the music furthur. The show from September 25th, in particular, should be heard by anyone who considers them self a Deadhead. It’s the real stuff folks.
Right out of the gate we are treated to the opening combination of “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot” > “Franklins” (reminds me of another great show). But it doesn’t stop there. The band continues to cook through the first set and hits a major peak in the triple-decker “Viola Lee Blues” that sandwiches “Bertha” and “Cumberland Blues” in between.
Set two arrives with a fairly new Furthur original called “The Mountain Song“, a song that applied Robert Hunter’s lyrics to an unfinished arrangement by David Crosby. This was a fitting opener amidst the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and is precisely what separates Furthur from the previous incarnations of the Dead in the past ten years – progress. “I Know You Rider” comes next and the entire band locks in, as Jeff and John exchange off on blistering solos, full of energy. And then, the music gradually slips into the “Terrapin Suite” in its entirety (debuted at Furthur’s Festival in Mt. Aire this year). It’s a half-hour long journey, cut from a rare cosmic fabric, that veers down a path of far-out psychedelia. The music is executed masterfully, with Joey Russo’s drumming standing out as the highlight.
Then, just as we return to earth following the “Suite”, John’s guitar lines catapult us into a soaring version of “The Eleven” and we take off once more for the cosmos. The energy is brimming at this point; it’s so strong you can feel it coming off the tape. The entire band is locked in throughout the jam with each member riffing off each others’ notes. You can hear Phil adding subtle phrases to which John latches on and explores them in his own way.
The music eventually dissipates, spiraling effortlessly into “Unbroken Chain” and the jam charges along with the entire band fully connected. Rather than individual solos, it’s more of a group jam that continues to take the music to new peaks. But just as the jam nears its end, we hear Phil flurting with the bassline of “Darkstar”. And then it happens. The band launches into their epic jam vehicle. However, this version is reasonably brief and fades into “Stella Blue” instead of exploring a lengthy jam. But it’s no matter, there is still more to come.
Following the beautiful “Stella” jam, Phil lays down the unmistakeable bassline for “The Other One”. The highlight for me here is the way that Joey and Phil syncopate their lines, filling the gaps in each others’ phrases. And Bobby, who has received a ton of flack for his mistakes and shortcomings, is completely on throughout the entire jam (and show for that matter). His vocals are delivered perfectly, and it reminds us of the power that Bobby’s voice can bring to a song. Once again, this is a full group effort – there is no aimless noodling, only rich group jamming.
I hope you enjoy this recording as much as I do.
“The Other One” (9.25.10)
DOWNLOAD: 2010.09.25 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO [Torrent]
SOURCE: Milab VM-44 Link -> Lunatec V2 -> Tascam DR-680 (24/48)
STREAM: 2010.09.25 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO [MP3]
SOURCE: AKG483>V3>MT2496 (16/44.1)
Built a fortress on a hill
I built a castle in the sky
I built a lean-to in the village down below
A fountain where the land was dead and dry
I built a palace overlooking seven seas
I built a church upon a stone
Gonna let my pastures go to seed
And let the mountain be my home
-The Mountain Song
(all photos courtesy of @furthurband)
Tonight, Furthur will take the stage at Hampton Coliseum, the venue made legendary by the Grateful Dead. The Dead has played the venue 21 times in the past, however, this will be the first performance by Furthur. While several memorable shows come to mind, one stands out as perhaps one of the finest latter-day Grateful Dead shows.
On October 8, 1989 the Grateful Dead, billed as “Formerly The Warlocks”, took the stage at the Coliseum for a two night run. On the second night, “Dark Star” blossomed from a jam on “Playin’ in the Band” for its first appearance in 384 shows. The reaction can be noticeably heard on any AUD recording – the crowd goes absolutely wild. To top it off, “Attics of My Life” was also played for the first time in 1095 shows.
With Furthur returning to the Coliseum tonight, it feels appropriate to look back on this show that is every bit as legendary as it seems. The links to the SBD stream and AUD download are below.
GD 1989.10.9 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA [SBD STREAM]
GD 1989.10.9 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA [AUD DOWNLOAD]
Fri. Feb. 12th, 2010
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
Shakedown Street >
I Need a Miracle
Till the Morning Comes
Big Railroad Blues
West L.A. Fadeaway
Dear Mr. Fantasy
King Solomon’s Marbles
Dark Star >
Encore: Donor Rap, We Bid You Goodnight
[Thanks to Ohkeepah Blog for the setlist]
Here is the setlist for tonight’s show from the Hammersmith Ballroom in NYC. Download will be added shortly.
Set 1: Jam > Feel Like A Stranger >Deal, Crazy Fingers > Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Jam >Bird Song, Good Lovin’
Set 2: Jack Straw, The Wheel > Jam >Welcome To The Dance > Jam > Uncle John’s Band, Unbroken Chain,
Satisfaction, Let It Grow, Sugar Magnolia >Sunshine Daydream
Encore: Donor Rap, Johnny B. Goode
Here’s the setlist and download for tonight’s Furthur show from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC.
Set 1: Jam >Truckin’ >Dire Wolf, Doin’ That Rag, Ramble On Rose, Reuben & Cerise, Looks Like Rain, Cosmic Charlie
Set 2: King Solmon’s Marbles, He’s Gone, New Potato Caboose,The Other One, Days Between,Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain >Cold Rain and Snow
E: Touch of Grey
“Reuben and Cherise” 12.8.09
Next Show: Furthur – 12/9/2009 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY – 8:00PM EST
This weekend, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir came together in their new musical outfit, Furthur. After listening to the shows, it seems this group has the potential to take the music of the Dead further. The various reformations of original group members have attempted to recreate the magic that existed at Dead shows prior to Jerry’s death, however, each time something was lacking and the projects only existed for brief periods. The shows from this past weekend indicate that the music of the Dead lives on, and can still be taken to new places. Listen for yourself, the first two nights are available for download below, and the third is coming as soon as possible.
Friday’s show began with an extended, intimate jam between Bob and Phil. Showing the close bond that both musicians have forged through many years of playing together, the collective magic was summoned from the outset. With the rest of the instruments joining in, the song took a fast turn into the instantly recognizable bass bombs of “The Other One”. Bringing the music back to where it started, and initiating the improvisational tone early-on, it was clear that Furthur was the perfect name for the group.
Listen to “Jam>The Other One” from 9.18.09.
“Bird Song” pt 1 9.18.09
“Bird Song” pt. 2 9.18.09
Last week, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir announced they would be teaming up with John Kadlecik from Dark Star Orchestra, Joe Russo from the Beneveuto Rosso Duo, as well as Jay Lane and Jim Chimenti from Ratdog. The band is going under the name Furthur and has announced three shows in September at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.
The mix of artists is interesting, however, there are certainly mixed feelings about the project. Having Phil and Bob co-heading a group could create problems. However, it seems John K. is a suitable person to take on Jerry’s songbook. He has clearly developed a similar style that fits the Dead’s playing far more than Warren Haynes (which in my opinion was a trainwreck).
Here’s a DSO show, the playing is pretty good. The vocals certainly need work, which is where Bob and Phil will be coming in.
Click HERE for the Stream.