The next episode of comedian Marc Maron’s WTF podcast features an artist near and dear to our hearts – Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman. Now, sadly this was taped before Freeman quit Ween, so Maron doesn’t ask him about that decision, but we’re sure the two have plenty of good shit to talk about including “hormone-spiked chicken.” Check out this clip…
On the last day of Jam Cruise 10, I sat down with This Week On Lot host Steven Olker and The Joker from Coventry Music to discuss the trip for a special episode of the This Week On Lot podcast. We each talked about our musical highlights, what worked aboard the ship and what didn’t work as well as gave tips for future attendees. Take a listen…
For better or worse, Apple has changed how we access and interact with music. Almost everyone has an opinion on the relative good or evil involved…but the indelible fact is that when molds are broken, experiments begin and new ideas take shape.
Aside from the rising popularity of vinyl records, one of the finest by-products to emerge from Apple’s digital conquest is the podcast.
Kevin Smallwood on Truth & Soul Radio
Since their inception, I’ve privately refused to enjoy “podcasts”. Now that I’m writing this, let me state as a matter of fact: I privately refuse to enjoy podcasts. Call me a hater – but personally, the art is too difficult to access. First, the single track format kills the listening experience. I suppose that statement makes me product of my generation but lets face it, there’s a lot of crap out there and the fast-forward button is an extremely undervalued commodity.
The second characteristic I have a tough time with is the “DJ” that walks me through the music. By loose definition, this nuance destroys the concept of discovery, doesn’t it? It has always reminded me of being on a road trip with a guy (or girl) interjecting their personal narrative between the tracks of their Awesome Mix – Vol. 6. It’s not like a radio DJ who serves more as a customer service representative. These Pod-J’s(?) essentially make you hear songs their way and there’s a bit of guilt trip if you want to fast forward, as if you’d miss full enlightenment by skipping tracks.
READ ON for more from Three Grown Men on podcasts…
I’m a panelist on a podcast called Type II Cast which features a panel of Phish Geeks dissecting the band’s music. Last night we recorded our seventh episode all about the history and future of Mike’s Song. Head over to TypeIICast.com to stream or download The (De)Evolution of Mike’s.
Here’s a quick look at some other stories of note this week..
Finally, our friends at Consequence of Sound have revealed that the Nateva Festival will return in 2011. The festival, which was held in Oxford, ME over July 4th Weekend earlier this year, is set to be held on August 5th – 7th in 2011. No word on the lineup or ticketing information just yet.
Last night, I recorded the debut episode of a new podcast called Type II along with fellow Phish fans Justin Wendt and Tanya Sperry. Each week Type II will feature a panel of three hardcore Phish fans debating a specific topic or reviewing a group of shows. For Episode 1, the three of us each discussed our first Phish show guided by host/producer Steve Olker.
Check out the first episode by streaming the show via TypeIICast.com or by subscribing to the podcast in Apple’s Podcast Directory.
Let’s take a quick peek at what else is happening…
Finally, the first HullabaLOU Festival was such a HullabaLOSER that the event won’t be back for seconds. According to the Louisville Courier Journal the three day festival, held at the iconic Churchill Downs racetrack, lost over $5 million. Not only has the 2011 festival been canceled, but the division of Churchill Downs that ran the event has been shuttered with employees of Churchill Downs Entertainment Group all given their walking papers.
To me, Hidden Track features a staff of intelligent well spoken contributors who host the only blog on the web that cover all genres with no rules or regulations. It is the tipping point for a beautiful online community that exists in today’s social networking world with a focus on soulful & meaningful music. Filled with unique content, original contests, well spoken editorials and a readership of like-minded folks, Hidden Track shows great potential to become one the web’s most visited blogs for music into this new decade.
For these reasons, my favorite blog on the web is Hidden Track. I really wanted to announce the launch of this podcast series exclusively through HT to its community of passionate music lovers. I hope you enjoy it, will share it with others, and are off to a great start for 2010. With mad love for y’all…
11.21.09 – Kingston, NY – Keegans Ales (*)11.25.09 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean (**)
1. Do It For You 2:38 (*)
2. Coliseum 3:01 (*)
3. Head Above Water 2:47 (**)
4. Danimal Plays For Keeps 0:23 (**)
5. Wednesday 4:07 (**)
6. Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full of Promise (The Avett Brothers cover) 4:04 (**)
7. Return To Innocence 3:58 (**)
8. Heart Broken On The Wrong Day 3:25 (**)
9. Not Feeling Me 3:28 (**)
10. Domino Effect 3:25 (*)
11. Telling Stories 3:48 (*)
12. Everyday Music 3:22
13. Hurry Up –> 3:16 (*)
14. On The Way Home –> 4:20 (*)
15. Find The Cost Of Freedom (CSNY cover) 2:41 (*)
16. Summer Promise 3:20 (*)
All songs are from November’s “The Breakdown Acoustic” tour.
We were out on the road as an acoustic trio featuring Michael Harrison Berg (vocals/guitar), Jennifer Hartswick (vocals), and Chris Gelbuda (guitar/vocals) supporting our friends Nershi/Law Duo having too much fun. The performances feature material from our debut record, “Melodies For Lovers”, our forthcoming record, (currently titled) “Heartbroken On The Wrong Day” as well as a few covers by The Avett Brothers and CSNY. The track listing above will show you which show each track is from but all cuts are from.
A few days back I guest hosted the sixth episode of the popular This Week on Lot podcast series along with the regular hosts Stephen Olker and Nick The Anti-Wook. Over the course of the 40 minute episode we discussed tips for heading to Festival 8, the Nitrous Mafia, the announcement that 2009 will be Caribbean Holidaze’s last year in Jamaica and much more. It turned out pretty well, so be sure to give it a listen.
As usual, we’ve got six links to help you get over the hump…
Finally, The Desert Sun – the local paper for the Indio area – is putting together a number of articles about Festival 8 and they’d like your help. Please send the paper’s Bruce Fessier high resolution JPEGs from previous Phish festivals if you have them along with the stories behind the photos.
This week, Grousing The Aisles takes a look at the best podcasts on the web.
Just in case you are living in the early 2000s, a podcast is a file (usually mp3) distributed by subscription for use on a portable music device or on a computer. In researching this piece, it really surprises me more up-and-coming bands haven’t taken advantage of this cheap and easy way to market their music. For now, these podcasts are the best music you can buy (legally) for absolutely nothing:
Umphrey’s McGee: UM was the first band in the so-called jam genre to use podcasting to market their music. Just about every two weeks, the band releases a new 70-minute “Best Of” compilation…for free. This week the band released the 35th installment of the series that features the best music of July 2006. Jon McLennand, podcast coordinator for the band, reports “It’s been a fairly steady growth since the inception, starting from around 6,000 downloads per podcast initially to 20,000 currently.” Yes, 20,000! That’s a serious model for success…
As I said last week, “I recently coaxed my good friend over at Newmradio to create some podcasts with the Hidden Track audience in mind, especially since he’s been doing it anyway on his own for years now. The real beauty of this non-fluid exchange, though, is that Newman and I share a love of Phish, and just about nothing else. And in my quest to broaden my musical horizons and conjure up some new music for the iPod, Newman’s podcasts have been an invaluable kick in the ass.”
This one comes with a note from the creator: “I heard that first song today and had to share it with people asap! The rest just came naturally…make sure to hear that Oliver Nelson song…if you like jams in any kind of way.” Go get ‘em:
Me Saw Me Momma- Kevin Blechdom
Cornbread Red- Ween
New Blue Moon- Traveling Wilburies
Words From The Wise- Gentle Giant
Patterns- Oliver Nelson
North Star- Robert Fripp with Daryl Hall
You Look Good In Rags- Alice Cooper
Ashtray Heart- Capt. Beefheart & the Magic Band
Needles In the Camel’s Eye- Brian Eno
I’m not very technologically advanced. Sure I’ve got two blogs, a cellular telephone, a handful of DVR boxes and wireless Internets, but if technological stupidity were dirt, I’d cover a full acre or two. I’m clueless 99.44 percent of the time.
So I recently coaxed my good friend over at Newmradio to create some podcasts with the Hidden Track audience in mind, especially since he’s been doing it anyway on his own for years now. The real beauty of this non-fluid exchange, though, is that Newman and I share a love of Phish, and just about nothing else. And in my quest to broaden my musical horizons and conjure up some new music for the iPod, Newman’s podcasts have been an invaluable kick in the ass.
Cosmic Tango- Ash Ra Tempel
She Is Loaded- Giles, Giles & Fripp
I’m Drowning- Flamin’ Groovies
Transcendental Meditation- Beach Boys
Bracelets of Fingers- Pretty Things
Book of Saturday- King Crimson
Sun Never Shines- Music Emporium
Shaving Is Boring- Hatfield & the North
Little Cloud- Incredible String Band
Two For Two- John McLaughlin
Hurdy Gurdy Man- Neil Pye
Buzzsaw- The Fabulous Dawgs (but really, the Turtles)
Get on this shite, and stay tuned for more rarities-driven podcasts that will hopefully turn you on to some great stuff we’ve all been missing…