moe. down X kicks off today at the Snow Ridge ski area in Turin, NY. Priests and other members of the Burmese community, who fled oppression in their country and resettled in nearby Utica will be among the guests at this weekend’s event. moe.’s Al Schnier explains his connection to the Burmese in an article he wrote for the HeadCount blog.
If you’re headed to moe. down, check out Burma VJ – an award-winning documentary about the Saffron Revolution on Saturday morning at 10AM. If you can’t make it to moe.down, head to iClips for a free moe.down X webcast. For a taste of what you can expect, here’s a clip of the Funky Reuben bust out from last summer’s moe.down iClips webcast…
After patiently waiting over four years for Phish to reunite, we admit, we got a little excited. Now with two legs of a summer tour behind us and the Hampton shows feeling like they were actually about four years ago, it’s time to regroup and look around a little. Our other favorite bands have been playing too and it's time to see what we missed.
Sure, Phish may have snagged the headlines throughout the summer, but there have been no shortage of big shows and bust outs around the horn, so lets share the wealth and see what's been going down.
Frog Legs – The Disco Biscuits, Mariaville, NY 7/18/09
Billed as “The Perfume vs. Tractorbeam” at this summer’s Camp Bisco, the Disco Biscuits treated fans to a set of instrumental non-stop jamming and creative twists on their originals. Don’t quote me on this, but essentially Tractorbeam plays jammed out lyricless Disco Biscuits mayhem, whereas The Perfume takes the existing material and transforms it into alternative genres like honky tonk, techno, hip hop, etc. Here we have a sample from the Perfume in the form of a fun “Devo” version of Frog Legs.
Mantis Ghetts – Umphrey’s McGee, Des Moines, IA 7/15/09
Presumably named as such because it would make for some mean backround music to a ghetto gangsta rap tune (or not), Umphrey’s McGee busted out Mantis Ghetts for the first time ever at the great highway 80 food oasis, Des Moines, Iowa. Mantis Ghetts made for an exciting bust out as its only previous circulation came in level 8 of the special downloads made available by the bands innovative PUSH technology in conjunction with the recent studio release of Mantis. This all-instrumental beat-driven jam maintains the same dark feeling throughout, but remains fresh all the while with dueling guitar melodies, a big buildup, and an eerie keyboard lullabye to close it out.
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