Jam – 2014-05-21 – Carroll’s

ds140521After a week on the road, Deadstein enjoys the comfort of being at home at Carroll’s. Kevin was there for hours when we arrived and there wasn’t much to think about playing except for playing. I had to get them to get me the Boogie Mark III but the crew at Carroll’s is the best and there it was in all it’s warmth and Glory. Speaking of which, we enjoyed a nice 2009 Burgundy during the jam

We had a big setlist with over 20 songs and a few big ones. The Help on the Way has been played frequently recently and it showed improvement. During the 2nd game of the Ranger/Canadians series had my acoustic in my lap and was noodling on the Help Slip during the entire game. The Rangers looked great, won the game and I became familiar with several ways to play the Help-Slip riffs and things became a lot more second nature. I went over some of things I discovered especially the ending of the Slipknot segments. I corrected my write up in everyone’s book and somehow, that part was played well during the jam. The discussion worked. The Lost Sailor Saint also had a more relaxed feel to it than usual as we continue to get more comfortable with the song.

For the second set Rich was worried that if we started He’s Gone we would stop and have nowhere to go without a plan. His worries were not warranted as we continued for an additional four songs and had a nice 30 minutes combo from the He’s Gone to the Not Fade Away. It was a hard loud, night and Rich had to pound on the piano to battle the great wall of sound from the rest of us, especially after the Throwing Stones, Not Fade Away. He therefore requested a quiet, easy Brokedown Palace to end the night. It was a relaxing way to say good-bye to another night of Deadstein. Let’s Go Deadstein.

The audio files are provided in the following folder:
http://deadstein.com/audio/05-21-14

 

 

Jam – 2014-05-14 – Montana Studios

ds140514Carroll’s sold us out to Carnegie Hall, those low-lifes, and we had to find our way to another home for the night. Montana Studio’s just a block away on 11th at 56th street was our answer.

Montana Studio was more comfortable than most places on the road, but it is still on the road. We only had one drum kit and a conga/latin-drum setup for the second drummer. It wasn’t ideal but got us through the night. Scott really liked the amplified kick drum he had in his monitor. The rest of the acoustics for the night were challenged. Rich had his usual frustrations trying to play and electronic instrument. Kevin’s was right in front of Rich to make matters worse as he couldn’t get himself loud enough in the monitors without feedback. I had a pretty good Twin Reverb, with Master knob, so I wasn’t concerned with anyone’s issues and kept my head down and tried to play. I was having my own issues of trying to play well. Makes you really want to get back home. Freak Out!

The audio files are provided in the following folder:
http://deadstein.com/audio/05-14-14

 

 

 

Jam – 2014-05-07 – Carroll’s

ds140507Big jam with everyone in attendance. We had a real first set and an big segueing second set. Rich sent out half-ass charts of Ringo’s It Don’t Come Easy and I practiced it a bit at home and we did a fun rendition of it. The King Bee is a rarity for us and was also a nice version. The close the end of the night we did the Comfortably Numb which I hit better that usual in the lead department. Time to Freak Out

The audio files are provided in the following folder:
http://deadstein.com/audio/05-07-14

 

Jam – 2014-04-30 – Carroll’s

ds140430I do believe it’s gonna rain today. On a night with torrential down pours we played many-a-song in the comfort of Carroll’s Studio B. It was our first Midnight Rambler though Alan didn’t have a harmonica in the correct key for it. Some seemed excited about the Help on the Way Slip Knot thing-of-a-ma-jig, but it was a slop-fest. The rains were hard and there was lots of flooding and on the way home I encountered a giant puddle on a highway ramp and tore off a plastic guard on the bottom of my Honda Fit. I had to limp home but fortunately, it was only a $72 part. Freak Out!

The audio files are provided in the following folder:
http://deadstein.com/audio/04-30-14

 

Jam – 2014-04-24 – Carroll’s

ds140424With Alan due on an early flight to Turks and Cacaos in the morning, he was only good for the first set of the jam. With that in mind, we decided to start with a bit of a jammy number, Eyes of the World, to make sure Alan was able to experience some jamming before he had to go. This went into the Black Throated Wind and we were off for the night. We followed with our inaugural version of Fat’s Domino’s I’m Walkin’ which Rich had charted out and provided to us. This had a pretty nice sound to it. Things began to normalize a bit thereafter with the Queen Jane and Loose Lucy, though both seemed to be good versions. We picked up the pace thereafter as we assaulted a very quickly played Cumberland Blues. This version seemed so quick that I had to abandon playing the 70’s Cumberland riff and I had to right to the 80’s Cumberland riff. I think this was a wise decision as we were able to keep up the frantic pace throughout the song.

After such a sprint we needed a bit a breather which was provided by the So Many Roads. The set ended in a fairly traditional, yet hot, manner with the Minglewood Blues, Friend of the Devil and Let It Grow closer. All were played well with power and passion. Alan had a few more minutes to kill before he had to leave, so we embarked on performing the Band Ophelia, once again with Scott singing.

For the second set, I figured we would try some of the Beatles music we had been working on. They Hey Bulldog was drastically better than previous versions as was the Dig a Pony. We seemed to be going strong as a quality Althea followed. Things we slowed down a bit with the Hurts Me Too and Night They Drove ol’ Dixie Down. After putting up with those two dirges, I figured Kevin needed to be rewarded with some rewarding music, so we did the last Lost Sailor Saint. Apparently, the dirges took their toll on Kevin as his cramps hit him hard, not enabling him to survive the Lost Sailor and his trip to the bathroom would be the last we would see or hear from Kevin for the rest of the night. In typical Deadstein fashion, we didn’t give a shit and continued to play on without Kevin while he tried to give a shit. We closed out with the Bright Side of the Road, since Kevin wasn’t there to object, the Beatles Across the Universe and a Music Never Stopped to symbolize our situation and to put a worthwhile cap o the evening. For Kevin and Alan this jam was a Freak Out!

The audio files are provided in the following folder:
http://deadstein.com/audio/04-24-14

Jam – 2014-04-17 – Carroll’s

ds140417This week it was Kevin and Scott’s turns to be out and while missing a drummer is like missing an a leg, you can hop if you must, missing a bassist is like missing your ass-hole and you can’t blow out low bombs without one. Fortunately we found Bayshore Jim, a friend of Steve, of Steve and Lindsey and Deadstein had its proverbial ass-hole for the night. Just kidding to all you bassists, Jim was a really nice guy and a pleasure to play with. It was really great to be able to cobble a jam together under difficult circumstances. More to come, probably, I just have to walk the dogs, so don’t Freak Out! ¬†Well you should freak out because there was no more to come.

The audio files are provided in the following folder:
http://deadstein.com/audio/04-17-14

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