Jam – 2010-03-18 – Ultrasound

Lang is in for the Allmans and Deadstein

We were ousted from our comfortable home at Carroll’s this week as acts from  Carnegie Hall needed additional practice at Carroll’s in hopes of one day getting the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall.  Their gain was our loss as we were on the road this week, playing at Ultrasound on 30th Street.  We have played there before and it is usually a dry and unfulfilling experience.  Fortunately this week proved different.

It’s tougher to park around Ultrasound, 30th Street between 7th and 8th, than Carroll’s, 55th Street and West Side Highway, and the diminutive size of my Honda Fit really helped me out as I snugged into a tight little spot on 7th Ave.  As I approached the building I noticed the neighborhood was filled with guitar toting freaks.  Kevin met me in the lobby and we went up to the 5th floor, studio 7 of Ultrasound.  There we walked into the studio to find Lang, from St. Louis.  The Allmans were in town so Lang  packed up the stage coached and headed east to see them and us.  He ended up playing a casual conga through the night as well as relieving Scott on drums for 3 or 4 songs.

In the end we started 30 minutes late but played pretty solidly through the night and went through lots of songs.  We had a big trio of the Estimated –> Eyes –> Come Together.  That may have been the highlight of the night.  We did both the Promised Land and the Brothers and Sisters.  We did the Brothers and Sisters for all the wrong reasons as Lang was referencing it in a story but he was really meaning Midnight Moonlight.  The Brothers and Sisters ended up being pretty good.  The Shakedown opener of the night got us going and felt pretty good.  I was lucky that I selected the Mesa Boogie amp they had in there and it sounded great and was a pleasure to operate.  I enjoyed using it for the night.  Alan wasn’t that lucky as the first amp he tried expressed a squealing noise that made him switch to a Marshall he didn’t seem to happy about.  Rich also seemed to battle his electronic instrument.  I thought it all sounded pretty good though.  The dryness and intimacy of the room really helped.

Early on in the night we were tight and comfortable.  The CC Rider that followed the Shakedown gave us a foundation of comfort from which to work.  This early part of the night was highlighted by a long and winding Birdsong.  We challenged ourselves later on with the Cats Down Under the Stars and ended the night with a One More Saturday Night.

Next week we are back in our home a Carroll’s but the week off at Ultrasound proved to be lots of fun.  To listen to this week’s MP3s, go to the links below:


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KEVIN
    Mar 20, 2010 @ 12:59:02

    TheGind could not be more correct in the assessment of the night. The preconceived low expectations of the week on every level, were debunked completely and actually the jam proved to be a highlight in all respects. This vividly illustrates one of the basic principles of Deadstein – you must go to every show. ‘Cause you never freakin’ know.
    Hope. It’s all we got.

  2. kenny ross
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 05:16:57

    I can still remember how I felt going for those first ultrasounds. How amazing it was the first time I saw son’s heartbeat on that ultrasound screen, and how reassuring it was to hear it for the first time.

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