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Lyrics to “Run Like An Antelope,” “Cavern,” the album Rift, and more were featured throughout the program. Watch the “Antelope” clip below:Later in the episode, Abbi’s potential love interest quotes “Cavern”: The acclaimed Comedy Central series Broad City is back with their second episode of the season, and what an episode it was. If you’re reading this article and watched tonight’s episode, chances are you caught the many references to beloved jam band Phish. It turns out that one of the co-creators, Abbi Jacobson, has actually been a “phan” for quite some time, even referring to the group as “the boyz” in a tweet. In an interview with Relix she recalls, “I used to go to a lot of jam and Phish shows,” about growing up outside Philadelphia. “That’s what we did on the weekends— we’d see shows. It’s just such an amazing, rare thing to put yourself in that situation where you are improvising onstage.” Very happy to get to give “the boyz” (@phish ) a few shout outs on tonight’s ep.— Abbi Jacobson (@abbijacobson) February 25, 2016
In the realm of righteously rockin’ funk music, there are only three words that Atlanta, Georgia needed to know on Friday, March 4th: The Main Squeeze.Returning to the city after for their first show since New Year’s Eve 2015, the hard touring band took the stage at one of the city’s mainstay venues, Terminal West, for an epic show that left smiles from ear to ear by the time that they were done with the place.Put succinctly, Squeeze shows are a thing of beauty. The band can flat out play, and it’s as simple as that. Ask anyone who’s witnessed one of their incendiary sets; they’re bound to tell you the exact same thing.Kicking off the night with “Mama Told Me” from 2012’s eponymous album, the tightly-coiled funk machine gave a blazing preview for the funky mayhem that was about to ensue.Following through with the early Squeeze classic, “Dr. Funk,” Terminal West’s dance party hit critical mass, exactly where it stayed for the rest of the glorious evening. Truly hitting their stride with the slow building face-melter, “#WWC”, the quintet rolled through a funk-jam rollercoaster that picked up steam with every successive tune.Dropping into another tasty throwback, “Ebeneezer”, Ben “Smiley” Silverstein took the reins and headed a jam with one of the more massive keyboard solos that one’s likely to find anywhere on this big blue planet. Leaving more than a few jaws on the ground, The Main Squeeze had more up their sleeve for the crowd that night.Known to bust out choice covers that have included classics that range from the Grateful Dead to Outkast (they dropped into a few verses of the ATL stalwarts’ “Roses” earlier in the night), it was time to pay tribute to one of the greats with a showstopping rendition of the Derek and the Dominoes classic, “Layla.”Digging deep into the funk grab bag, another standout was a rousing rendition of “In A Funk” that was followed up with the band’s perennial showstopper, “I’ll Take Another.”If pure energy is what drives audiences, then “I’ll Take Another” offers a sonic buffet with which to feast. Experiencing the song live is one of those moments that words won’t do justice; one has to experience it to truly tap into the feeling.Taking a short hiatus, The Squeeze returned for a final hurrah that shredded its way into the crowd’s hearts and minds and left everyone begging for one more. As always, the band delivered, and with flying colors at that.They killed it, tore it down, took no prisoners – whatever you’re idiom of choice, they did it. Moral of the story? Catch these guys live as soon as you can; your ears will thank you.Setlist: The Main Squeeze at Terminal West, Atlanta, GA – 3/4/16Mama Told Me > Afterlife Jam > Dr. Funk, #WWC, Two Steps, Ebaneezer, Shot > Sweat Jam, Layla, Tank X-ing > Drums, In a Funk, I’ll Take AnotherEncore: Where Do We Go?Check out a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Phierce Photography: Load remaining images
Grammy award winner and road warrior Bruce Hornsby is getting ready to release his latest album with his band, The Noisemakers, on June 17th. The LP, titled Rehab Reunion, finds Hornsby sans piano, instead choosing to play the dulcimer on the entire 10-song album, which is now being shared via stream on NPR’s First Listen program.Hornsby is backed by organist J.T. Thomas, guitarist Gibb Droll, bassist J.V. Collier, mandolin/fiddle player Ross Holmes, and drummer Sonny Emory. Rehab Reunion also features special guest spots from Mavis Staples and Justin Vernon. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers will hit the road this summer, with stops at The Space in Westbury, NY on August 31st, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Sept. 8th, and more (for a full list of tour dates, click HERE).Take a listen to Rehab Reunion below, courtesy of NPR’s First Listen:Rehab Reunion Tracklist:1. Over the Rise2. Soon Enough3. M.I.A. in M.I.A.M.I.4. Tipping5. Rehab Reunion6. Hey Kafka7. Tropical Cashmere Sweater8. T.S.A. Man9. Valley Road10. Celestial Road feat. Mavis Staples
Last April, fans in Raleigh, NC had the pleasure of seeing Jason Isbell and Widespread Panic on the same billing. Not only were both Southern talents on the lineup together, but Isbell found his way into Panic’s performance for an incredible collaboration during the second set. The guitarist came out and joined Panic for a rendition of JJ Cale’s “Ride Me High,” jamming thoroughly for a great performance.Thanks to Widespread Panic, we have some new pro-shot footage of this exciting collaboration! Shot by Andy Tennille and mixed by Brett Orrison, you’re going to want to sit down and jam out to this great new video of “Ride Me High.”Watch Widespread Panic and Jason Isbell perform the JJ Cale classic, below.The full WSP setlist from that night can be seen below, thanks to PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC – 4/30/16Set 1 Travelin’ Light, All Time Low, Christmas Katie > Jack, Dyin’ Man, C. Brown, Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Honky Red, Red Hot Mama (64 mins)Set 2 Sell Sell, Cease Fire > Ride Me High*, Genesis, 1×1, Blight > Chilly Water > Drums > Porch Song, Blue Indian, Climb To Safety (92 mins)Encore Walkin’ (For Your Love), Heaven (11 mins)Notes * w/ Jason Isbell on guitar
Thai-funk surf-rock upstarts Khruangbin have released a breathtaking new music video for their song “Two Fish And An Elephant”. The song features Khruangbin at their smooth best, with a funky groove holding it down while a melodic and psychedelic guitar part drives the song forward.The video is like a Quentin Tarantino film, heavily featuring a violent female protagonist with several arrows in a quiver on her back. The girl is covered in blood and drawn by a string connected to a ring on her finger. The girl, known as “Two Fish”, follows the string, going back through a violent scene filled with murder that she seemingly created, finally coming upon “The Elephant” man who has been shot with several arrows in his back. The man gets up and he and the girl share a final dream-state dance before she departs with a huge smile on her face.Check the video out the wild video for yourself below!
L4LM: Have you met any members of Phish? If so, have you discussed Jazz Is PHSH?AC: This past summer, Carl Gerhard introduced us to Page McConnell after Page was generous enough to offer tickets for us to attend Phish’s show in Philly. I was very impressed with Page and how much he cares for his fans and his craft. We did have the opportunity to briefly discuss Jazz Is PHSH and he was very interested and supportive. I look forward to finding out what he thinks of the new album once it comes out.I met both Trey and Mike [Gordon] before we had Jazz Is PHSH. Mike attended a performance I had with my original band in New York many years ago when I was in college. We performed with Wyclef Jean and another band Mike knew. After our set Mike hung out with us for a bit, even drank some tequila with us and discussed the family leavened guilt associated with having concerts booked on Jewish holidays. At that time I had just released my first record with the band, which certainly wasn’t my best work, but Mike did compliment our decision to have track numbers on the back cover without actually listing the song titles; certainly a bold move for a band with very few fans.When I met Trey, I was touring with the band Strange Design. Trey brought his daughter out to see the band that was opening for us at The Mercury Lounge. He checked out the band before he came and when we met him before our set, we discussed music in depth and the arrangements of Phish. I hope all four of them have a chance to hear our arrangements of their music. Hopefully they enjoy it and appreciate the amazing lineup of musicians that are paying tribute to them.L4LM: What makes their music so special to you that you wanted to do this tribute?AC: For me, Phish was the band that challenged the preconceived notion of how a song was supposed to be structured. I got into Phish before I got into jazz and classical music. Phish was a gateway to jazz and classical. Phish was also a gateway to Zappa for me. I imagine if I were born at an earlier time, Zappa would have been the guy that inspired me to look deeper at what can be done with music. I mean, Zappa does inspire me that way, however I never got a chance to see Frank live. I see Phish and Zappa’s music to be unique to the compositional approaches. The setting of rock and roll, written with classical theory and jazz infused improvisation, while being melodically pleasing and worthy of a devoted following, is very impressive.Jazz Is PHSH will be taking their instrumental versions of Phish songs on the road, starting with a Thanksgiving Celebration on November 26, 2016 at The Cutting Room in New York, NY. The All Star lineup assembled by The Chase Brothers (Adam and Matthew), will feature Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, The Flecktones), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket), Felix Pastorius (Cindy Blackman Group, The Yellowjackets), Josh Myers (Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds), Jay Rodriguez (Miles Davis, Groove Collective) and Josh Thomas (With Lions) with some other special guests.There will be two performances that evening; an early show that will be mostly seated where the band will perform their upcoming album “He Never Spoke A Word” in its entirety. And a late show that will be a rager and will not be seated. Presales of the upcoming album will be available as well as some special merchandise for the evening. Tickets are available here.Jazz Is PHSH Tour DatesNov 26 @ The Cutting Room, New York, NYDec 11 @ Shaka’s Live, Virginia Beach VADec 13 @ Charleston Pourhouse, Charleston SCDec 14 @ Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta GADec 15 @ Southland Ballroom, Raleigh NCDec 16 @ Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount VADec 17 @ Salvage Station, Asheville NCDec 18 @ Broadberry, Richmond VAJan 19 @ Agave, Vail, COJan 20 @ The Aggie Theater, Ft. Collins COJan 21 @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver CO It’s an exciting time for the instrumental Phish tribute outfit, Jazz Is PHSH. Having just recorded their debut album, the project is set to embark on a fall tour with a performance this Saturday, November 26th, at The Cutting Room in New York, NY (tickets are available here). Not only does Jazz Is PHSH incorporate unique compositional elements into Phish’s music, but the band also features an all-star roster of musicians. Joining them for the upcoming tour will be members of Dave Matthews Band, Snarky Puppy, Miles Davis’ Quintet, James Brown Dance Party and so many more!With all of the excitement underway, we sat down with the band’s leader, drummer Adam Chase, for an inside look at the music of Jazz Is PHSH.L4LM: What makes the music of Phish compatible with Jazz?AC: Phish’s music is ideal for the interpretation that we have set out to create. The melodic sense of their compositions and vocal arrangements translates seamlessly to horn arrangements. Also, the theory involved in the compositions as well as the way they attack improvisation is laced with jazz and classical theory. The ability to solo collectively, over shapeshifting soundscapes, is a very essential part of jazz.L4LM: What are the main influences in Jazz Is PHSH’s arrangments?AC: We have taken somewhat of a Herbie Hancock approach to our interpretation of the definition of jazz. The funky backbone of our interpretations keep it upbeat and fun while the jazz elements in the arrangements and improvisation keep it appealing for even the most cerebral audiophile. We also love how Jazz Is Dead interpreted the music of the Grateful Dead with the help of Jimmy Herring, Alphonso Johnson, Billy Cobham, Jeff Sipe and so many other great musicians.L4LM: What’s your favorite Jazz Is PHSH arrangement?AC: My favorite arrangement is “46 Days” which is a collective achievement that has Chris Bullock and Anthony Wellington’s fingerprints all over it. What I love about “46 Days” is twofold. For one, it’s just sonically awesome and it features Dennis Chambers on the drums, one of my favorite drummers of all time. The other is how different the song is from the original version. “46 Days” is a rocking tune by all means. Through the collective talents of Jazz Is PHSH, we were able to reinvent the song into something that sounds like it could have been plucked off a Herbie Hancock Thrust style record.L4LM: Are any members of Phish involved with the project?AC: We would love to make that happen at some point, but currently they are not. We do though have Carl “Geerz” Gerhard on the record. Carl has performed with Phish several times as a member of The Giant Country Horns, Cosmic Country Horns and solo and other smaller formations. Carl has been on many Phish releases including Hampton Comes Alive. The album also features Michael Ray of Sun Ra and Kool & The Gang, who also performed with Phish on many occasions with the Cosmic Country Horns and is on Phish recordings including A Live One and Trey Anastasio’s Surrender To The Air. Joined on Surrender To The Air is Kofi Burbridge, who is also featured on the upcoming Jazz Is Phsh album. In addition, Chris Bullock of Snarky Puppy, who has played a significant role in the arrangements of Jazz Is PHSH, is featured on woodwinds on the latest Phish album, Big Boat.
This past Friday night, Electron hit Ardmore Music Hall outside Philadelphia, PA for a holiday hometown show. Comprised of bassist Marc Brownstein and keyboardist Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, drummer Mike Greenfield of Lotus, and American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton, Electron has evolved from a Brownstein side project into a live force in its own right. As Brownstein remarked at the start of the show, the band has been playing together in the area for 17 years.Electron welcomed several special guests for the Ardmore show. Local saxophonist Jay Davidson joined the band for a pair of songs, including traditional Christmas carol “God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen” and a first set-closing cover of The Grateful Dead‘s “Shakedown Street”. Fellow Philly native Tom McKee also got in on the action, tagging in for Magner to provide keys and vocals on a rendition of “Boy”, by his and Hamilton’s indie-electronic project Brothers Past. The rest of the set featured an extended tour of “Therapy” that wound its way into–and back out of–“Controntation”, as well as a suite of Christmas tunes and an excellent “Plan B”.You can watch full video of the show below courtesy of Chris Cafiero:Set 1:Set 2:Setlist – Electron – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA – 12/23/16Set One: Jam > Little Lai > Home Again, Grass Is Green > 3 Wishes > Grass Is Green, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen*, Shakedown Street*Set Two: Boy**, Therapy > Confrontation > Therapy, Plan B* with Jay Davidson on saxophone** with Tom McKee on keyboards[h/t – Jambase]
Philadelphia’s hottest rising acts, Tweed and Wax Future, will return to the city on February 17th at Underground Arts. In celebration of the co-headline announcement, the acts collaborated on a remix of Tweed’s “RL WRLD” from their hard-hitting acclaimed EP, The Chunky Life. Wax Future hit the studio, lending a new, re-funked perspective to the track relying on Tweed’s pre-existing instrumental components, segmenting and rearranging each to create an authentic, yet still distantly familiar, rendition.Listen to Wax Future’s take on “RL WRLD” below.Both acts had national success in 2016 and are determined to build upon that momentum this year. Tweed’s debut EP hit as high as #10 on the Relix jam radio charts in November. They affirmed themselves as one of the most tenacious touring bands, hitting 150 shows across the country. Similarly, Wax Future’s 2015 release, Keep The Memories EP, carried forth to a full-blown, nationwide immersion in 2016, introducing a bountiful catalog of new material intermingled with a dense tour and festival schedule.“We couldn’t have a better act joining us for this show,” says Tweed drummer, Joe Vela. “And the band was so excited to drop this ‘RL WRLD’ remix. It maintained elements of the original, while creating something new that’s uniquely Wax Future.”Wax Future imprints their stamp on “RL WRLD” through a deeply embedded layer of dense, resonating bass introduced with purposeful authority just as the remix begins to unfurl. An adamantly differential, electronic percussion kit, moves the composition to Wax Future’s frequently investigated breakbeat structure, providing further distinction. And while new guitar-riffs are left out this time around, it seems more than likely that such is only the case to leave plenty of space for Wax Future guitarist, Keith Wadsworth, to investigate numerous alterations come time for him and Hansell to take the stage February 17th.For event info and tickets, visit the following links: Event Info and Tickets.Tweed’s Upcoming Tour DatesJan 27 Deer Park Tavern – Newark, DEJan 28 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PAFeb 17 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Wax FutureMar 2 Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Chalk DinosaurWax Future’s Upcoming Tour DatesFeb 3 Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA w/ Vibe Street, Robbie DudeFeb 11 The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD w/ DYNOHUNTERFeb 17 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Tweed
It was a night of funk in Los Angeles last Friday, February 17th, when Galactic and The Funky Meters teamed up at The Fonda Theatre. Both New Orleans crews lit up the venue, bringing a night of good times and dancing grooves.The Funky Meters opened the night, pairing original Meters members Art Neville and George Porter Jr. with drummer Terence Houston and guitarist Brian Stoltz. Songs like “Cissy Strut” and “Fire on the Bayou” filled the venue, playing non stop music for their hour-long set. With the comfort level of legends like Neville and Porter Jr., the young drummer had a chance to stand out with his energetic rapid-fire drumming, even drum soloing while blindfolded.Galactic came out next, brimming with energy from the first notes of the evening. The tight knit band was firing on all cylinders, between their horn section, rhythm players and leading instrumentalists and vocalists. Erica Falls joined the band for a number of songs, engaging the crowd and singing hits like “Hey Na Na” and more. Other noteworthy songs from the set included “Move Fast,” “Cineramascope,” “Right On,” and the show closer, “Dolla Diva.”It was all smiles for a great night of NOLA in LA. Until next time!