Archive for July, 2008


Paul Thorn

Well, if you know me, you know why I had to post this:

c2what did a nice write up on Mr. Thorn. I do love him so. I might even have to change the name of this blog to ‘T and Jam and Paul’ or somethin’.

I love him.

(Hey and his daughter can belt it out, can’t she?)


My funky night, July 18 Lettuce/Trombone Shorty

Well, Lettuce was great!

Here’s a little blurb about them…

Lettuce, the seven-person all-star collective originally formed in 1992, returns to the funk jazz forefront with its third album, RAGE!, a hyper-charged outing of tunes that are equal parts artsy and party. The CD is a tantalizing tribute to funk music — paying homage to all stripes of funksters, including James Brown, Sly Stone, Herbie Hancock, Tower of Power, the Meters, Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament Funkadelics, J Dilla—music that reflects “our way of life,” says bassist Erick “E.D.” Coomes, who is joined in the groove onslaught by his co-ragers: keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonists Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis, guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and drummer Adam Deitch.

Really, really good music. I saw somebody taping up near the stage, so I hope we can download the show someplace soon. I don’t even know what else to say except this was really, really great music. Funky fantastic jams. I’m thinking about going again tonight. Not sure that will be possible though.

I have two of their albums, Live In Tokyo , and Rage! and love them both.

Blast Off (Rage!)

Flu The Coop (Live in Tokyo)

In other news, Trombone Shorty didn’t really bring it last night. He was alright, though. Maybe it was my expectations. I was hoping for more than we got at Stern Grove. I don’t know.

Also, New Rule: I will not try to tape at small bars or clubs anymore, until I am taping in the open and can raise my mics above the crowd (might never happen). There is no point to trying to do it any other way. Plus, I don’t enjoy the show as much when I’m trying to tape in those kinds of places because I get frustrated by the crowd. When that happens my priorities are out of wack. So forget it. I’ll just save myself the stress of things I can’t control and just have fun at the show. “BE THERE” is my new motto. (Actually that’s my old motto. I’m just bringing it back.)


Moe. puts on a great show

I’m listening to “moe. Live at Cape Cod Melody Tent on 2008-07-11 (July 11, 2008)” from

Good stuff.

I was researching mics, but the reviews on this show caught my attention and soon I was distracted from my mission.

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I’ll have what she’s having…

Based on this review I will be sure to catch The Roots when they come to my town.

I want some of that! Seriously people.


Taylor Hicks to release Early Works

Taylor Hicks will be releasing a CD of his early works August 19, 2008 August 12, 2008, exclusively through Target.

The track list is comprised of ten original songs and two covers from his first two independently recorded albums, In Your Time (1997) and Under the Radar (2005).

(A little background info and some samples after the jump)

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Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue

This album is magical to me. It is as if it were made for me to love.

Take the cover that I found staring out at me from the record store shelf… Here is the face of a man who looks remarkably like my uncle. Really, he looks like several of my uncles. My family.* So right off the bat I felt connected to this CD. I picked it right up. I wanted to hug it.

And then I read the title: Pacific Ocean Blue. I thought of the Pacific and of my favorite beach and had more warm feelings for the CD.

I held the thick, heavy, double CD set in my hand and read the track list on the back. I looked at the edges through the shrink wrap, and I could see it contained several items, carefully packaged, like special little gifts within a gift.

What could be inside? I had a feeling it was something good.

And it is.

River Song

(a few more songs after the jump.)

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Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

I’m going to see him today!

ETA: He was great!!! Put a big crazy smile on my face for the entire show. This guy knows how to entertain a crowd. Great music. Great band.

ETA: I see lots of people are searching “Trombone Shorty” today! That’s cool. All you people who saw him at Stern Grove yesterday and had a good time, head on over to The Independent in SF on the 18th or the 19th to see him again!

I taped this show, but most of it did not come out very good because of my location or crowd noise. But I’ll put up a few samples today or tomorrow sometime in the next month maybe so if you were there you can re-live part of this crackin’ show. And if you were not there, you can get an idea about what it was like… so a couple of mp3’s to come…please be patient..

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When life hits you like a truck you gotta rise up.

-Paul Thorn

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