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Phish – Say Something – Mike Gordon debut – The Gorge, WA – 7/27/13

HD VIDEO :: DEBUT of the new MIKE GORDON and SCOTT MURAWSKI tune “Say Something” from the Gorge, WA, July 27, 2013. As soon as this song started, the crowd erupted and started dancing to the sounds of this 70s inspired funk groove. I was positioned between Mike and Trey about three people deep — you’ll see towards the end of the video that there’s soot (dust-like particles) flying through the air which was the result of a neighboring “fire on the mountain.” Great song, literally set the night on fire.


Cactus Cafe: Mike Gordon, Bluebird Cafe, 11/19/10 mp3 download

Mike Gordon, 2010

iTunes ready  — Mike Gordon from Bluebird Cafe, Bloomington, Indiana, 11/19/10.

Welcome to a really tasty Mike Gordon show. The Bloomington show is cool for a number of reasons. As the 12th show in a 17-date tour, the band has hit their stride. Performing loosely, the gig has a laidback and experimental feel…even though there are a number of relatively new songs to tour with from Mike’s latest album, Moss.

Mike starts us off with the far-out-there sounds of the Kaossilator before launching into the bass-driven, “Fire From A Stick” and then a lengthy 14-minute version of “Voices” possibly the longest ever (?!), with an incredible jam section and, some footbell action?

My favorite segue of the show pops up next–guitarist Scott Murawski powers through the Max Creek tune “Emotional Railroad” into The Beatles “She Said, She Said” in a seamless transition. Both tunes take turns teasing one another! “What Things Seem” slows the pace (with the exception of the always exciting rockstar ending), Mike banters about Feng Shui, and then bam! a different sounding “Weekly Time” is thrown at us. Rounding out the first set is keyboardist Tom Cleary’s sing-along “I Sure Miss My Mind”, percussionist Craig Myers badass rapping covering “Things That Make You Go Hmm” and a personal favorite to end, “Couch Lady” from Inside In…Mike’s first solo album.

Second set the crowd gets a little chatty (bugs me during Morphing Again which I find so melodic and lovely)–and the taper’s recording (actually the monitor guy for the venue) misses part of the drum intro–a first-time-played “Mt. Philo” by Todd Isler and Craig Myers. Listen for the original name (end of track 12). We also miss the encore because of another taper fail! His batteries died. Well, we can’t get upset at the only known recording of this show, and we appreciate tapers (thank you Patrick Moore). Oh, so 2nd set. We get back-to-back Moss tunes: “Can’t Stand Still” which Scott M. absolutely shreds on and “Spiral” which has Mike and Scott beautifully weaving and tossing the melody back and forth to one another (about 8 minutes in, check it out).

Mike Gordon with the Kaossilator

But, as LeVar Burton used to say, “don’t take my word for it!” Check it out fer yourself!

Click here to download Mike Gordon, Bluebird Cafe, from Bloomington, IN, 11/19/10

The Funky Meters Brooklyn Bowl 2/17/11

On their third night of a three-night run at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl, The Funky Meters strut their stuff through a series of funky New Orleans standards and some off-the-cuff classic covers. The show, one long two-hour plus set, kicked off with The Funky Meters jamming into the New Orleans staple “Funky Miracle.” Fans sang along to “Funkify Your Life” stressing the lyrics “aint nobody going to out funk me”! After Dylan’s cover of “Rainy Day Women,” Poppa Funk finally found his own groove–check out the video I shot of George leading the segue with Art out of “Cissy Strut” into the rousing Stephen Stills cover, “Love the One You’re With.”

I’m even more excited to share with you one of my favorite George Porter, Jr. tunes “He Bite Me (The Dragon).” The writing is simple, but George growls and roooooars through these lyrics. “Dragon” also interests me as a bass player for it’s slow, yet funky groove. There’s an important lesson here: a song doesn’t have to be fast to be funky or have a killer groove.

Has to be said that this night of Brooklyn Bowl was a lot of fun–not only for the crowd, but for the band as well. I’ve seen every incarnation of band formed by or with George Porter, including PBS, Runnin’ Pardners, 7 Walkers, The Meters (at Vegoose) and at Jazz Fest…but tonight GEORGE WAS DANCING. Damn, he was hot steppin’ and loving every minute of playing Lil’ Liza Jane with Art. Proof (below).

No NOLA-inspired night is complete without a superjam–and this night included special guests Eric Krasno on guitar, Questlove and Nikki Gillespie on drums and cowbell for “Simple Song.”

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