Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Aside from their hit "Whip It," DEVO has always been sort of a cult band, as their weirdo, pin-head on-stage persona and tounge-in-cheek lyrics are quite bizarre and jarring. They truly broke the mold of rock/punk/new wave music with their first album, which rocked harder than their later albums, which leaned more towards programmed synthy electronic sounds. Bottom line, one of the finest debuts in the history of rock and roll. Here is the article:
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo! - Vintage Stash
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
This past weekend saw Golden Gate Park be overtaken by around 50-60,000 music fans, 65 bands and 4 stages, over the course of two days. The result was a huge party in the park amongst the eucalyptus. Check out my review of the madness over at Jambase:
Outside Lands :: 08.14.10-08.15.10 :: Golden Gate Park :: San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
After this past weekend's epic, mind-melting Phish shows at the intimate Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA, those that are familiar with this band's musical journey back into relevance can now all agree that the phab four are now playing at a level of musicianship which has not been achieved in years.
For the first time in over ten years or so, Phish's live show now once again holds in it a consistently real possibility of transcending past its role as a "live concert" and achieving a status of "profound life experience." This band is currently able to reach such levels of synergy and musical transcendence regularly, thanks to their new-found commitment to musical precision, as well as all four band members' incredible chops. All this combines to create a musical stew of telepathy: the now-ness which is achieved when things are locked in with band and audience makes time stand still.
As an homage to Phish's much-welcome return to form, here is a compilation of the best freaky funk jams this band has thrown down since their return from retirement in 2009. One reminder for you: listen to this shit LOUD!!!!
Phish: Phunk, 3.0 - A Mix (all SBDs)
2. Tube - 6/18/09 - Burgettstown, PA
3. Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley ->
4. Mansfield Jam - 6/22/10 - Great Woods
5. Boogie On Reggae Woman - 12/30/09 - Miami, FL
6. Tweezer - 6/18/10 - Hartford, CT
7. 2001 - 6/25/10 - Camden, NJ (MJ Teases)
8. Cities ->
9. Berkeley Jam ->
10. Moma Dance - 8/6/10 - Greek Theater