Jam – 2011-08-18 – Carroll’s

This Thursday night was a tough Deadstein to get together, but we pulled it off.  With Scott no able to play and Alan on the mend, it was not easy to find people to play.  Fortunately, Rich was all over it and got Bill Sloan to play drums while Bayside Mitch filled in for Alan on rhythm guitar.  He was playing his nice, sweet Gibson Les Paul Studio.  Short of these two guests, we had no others on this night with the exception of Scott Bayer.  He brought a bag of popcorn for us to munch on and that was the beginning of the end  of Kevin.

Some stuff toward the middle of the night approached our best including the Althea, Jack Straw and Fire.  By the ed of the night the limitlessness of it all just about knocked the socks off of everyone, but it seemed to hit Kevin the hardest as we completed the last song and a half without him.  It was a fun night though that had a different feel than usual.

If you want to hear the song we played, go to the links below:


Jam – 2011-05-24 – Carroll’s

Tuesday night May 24 and we had no dedicated show to play as our guide.  What we did have was the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan.  With both the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band being the pre-eminent Bob Dylan cover bands, we had plenty of familiar material to play in which to have fun with as well as to pay homage to Bob Dylan.  He did provide us with so many great song that we play week in and week out, so from Deadstein, we wish Robert Zimmerman a happy 70th birthday. Now let’s eat.

Alan was sick this week and took it off to rest up and get better.  We were able to get Bayside Mitch to play some of his warm rhythms using that sweet sounding Epiphone semi-hollow body.    I think we sounded pretty good for most of the night, sustaining ourselves through the 12:00 midnight witching hour.  We played a full Dylan first set and went back to the Dead for the second set yet throwing in a few more appropriate Dylan songs.  For as many Dylan songs that we found to do, we could have done so many more.  It shows how prolific of a songwriter he really is.

I thought I was playing well through the night with several leads feeling like I was taking it to the next level.  Hopefully up.  We had a few structural clunky moments, Times They are a Changing and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight but most of the Dylan stuff was rewarding.  Unlike the Beatles songs we now do, those Dylan songs are pretty long and we didn’t even do a Joey.

As far as guests, we only had Scott Bayer and he may not be coming back as we had to put the k-bash on his bongo playing.  Hopefully he can recoup the investment he made in his percussion setup, but enough was enough and hopefully that will be the end of his bongo-ing.  That was the only neg of the the night, the rest of it was full of pos.  From now on, all you can eat.  Yoink!


Jam – 2010-09-07 – Carroll’s

Kevin went home sick early in the day and without a whisper on a witches tit meaning before I knew it, we got Bayside Mitch to sit in for us on bass.  That was great and it ’twas a pleasure to play with him.  Unfortunately the time wasn’t enough.  I had forgotten that we were not able to get into the studio before 9:00 because of rehearsals by the Sonny Rollins Band and Rock of Ages.  I forgot about this little detail and got to Carroll’s at 7:30.  Thank G-d I had my iPad on me.  You would have thought that I would have made some artwork for the night in the hour and a half I had to waste, but it never occurred to me.  Duh!   Speaking of iPad and such, I have now added my lgindoff Twitter feed on the right side of this blog, so check it out and follow me on Twitter and join up.

Speaking of lack of time, we got into the studio at 9:00 but there was still setup and disassembly to do.  We probably didn’t get going until 9:30 but played pretty steadily through the night.  We even ended up going to 12:25 or so ending the night with a Good Night Irene.  A real positive night with some nice music, enjoying the intimate jamming and music making.  We did have Scott Bayer in the studio for the first song as our only guest and since we started so late, we played our first song to carol over the cell phone.  Alan had his new Boss delay pedal, the piano was sounding mice and forward in the room.  Not much more to report until Rich comes down with the recordings.

If you want to listen to them go to the links below:


Jam – 2009-12-23 – Carroll’s

Mitch and Adam with new toys, 335 and FlipIt was one of the biggest nights of Deadstein ever.  We had lots of everything.  To start with Scott was on vacation in Hawaii so that enticed us haul Coffee-Boy’s ass in and sit him down on a drum throne.  On his coattails came the contingent of other Baysiders including Mitch who was slinging his new Epiphone 335 (”Dot”) as well as his new Canon 5D DSLR, both being quite impressive.  If he only purchased the Gibson 335 and a shitty camera in 10 years his guitar would be worth what his new camera is worth instead of vice-versa.  In any case, a guitar can’t record memories and won’t make Mitch money the way a camera can.

To continues, we had Bayside Al on guitar and Bayside Russell on the other drumset.  Finally, Alan Wikler was able to make it in time from his Florida trip and also made the jam.  This left us with a whole bunch of bunches including 2 Alans, 4 guitarists, 2 drummers, 2 DSLR cameras and a whole bunch of sound.   The wall of sound wasn’t enough to describe the music.  We should have called it the “Room of Sound.”  Ironic, as Coffee pointed out, was the fact that in this whole big room of musicians there wasn’t a sip of alcohol anywhere to be found.  That was until Adam showed up who was accompanied by a slim silver flask of high quality Scotch.

Sensing the density of the aura before me, and the pre-song sounds in the room sounding like a 100-piece orchestra warming and tuning up I decided to call for the Dark Star opener which got us sounding and jamming for a while until I wrestled down the mess and brought it into a Feel Like a Stranger.  The whole trip was a long one and definitely set us on the path that was our jam for the evening.

Our only guests for the night were Bayside acquaintance, Adam who was using this opportunity to have some fun away from his family.  Pretty cool how Adam has seen us at a Short Hills gig since he is friends with those guys and in addition, he is also friends with John and Mitchell Spitz.  It’s a small freaky world.  He really seemed to have a good time relaxing in the Deadstein spirit of Hanukkahs past.  In addition, their friend Jason with long, curly, brown locks was also there.

I can’t say there was a first set, vs. a second set, all I know is that the nigh ended about 30 minutes early as Coffee didn’t seem to have enough caffeine in his midst to keep the mother rolling and he was driving Rich home, not have Scott for a ride, the jam ended at 11:30, but with all the talk and post-mortem, we weren’t out any earlier and we could have gotten in a few more songs.

I also had some new equipment which was a Boss OD-20 distortion box which I enjoyed throughout the night, enabling myself to cut through the morass. I also had new strings on my Strat which also helped my tone.  I liked it for the most part as I teamed up the new OD-20 with my pedal board including a compressor, chorus and Alan’s MXR envelope filter which I used and liked.  I used it for the Stranger, Ramble on Rose and Catfish John.  I then quieted down the masses with a less intensive Friend of the Devil which had a plethora of leads associated with it.  Other items of note include mixing up the selection a bit with a surprise Walking Blues which was pretty good.  We also had, in no particular order an Althea, Ramble on Rose, All Along the Watch Tower, China/Rider, Tore Up, Lovelight, Brokedown Palace and we closed with a Music Never Stopped that was initiated by Coffee Boy.  It must be some of those Scottisms rubbing off on him.

To listen to the music go to the following link or click on the songs below:


T’was a big night before Christmas and at the Deadstein  jam, everything was smoking, except for a ham.  Let’s try to get one more jam in for 2009 and start 2010 with a bang.

Jam – 2009-09-10 – Carroll’s

IMG_0237Thursday night at Carroll’s and we were playing with the Bayside Boys, Mitchell and Alan who were sharing guitar responsibilities with me. Mitch had his newly acquired Gibson SG and Al was playing is semi-hollowbody Fern. I had my Strat, Kev had his Modulus, Scott had his drums and Rich had is Yamaha piano amplified with the non-PZM mic situated where we could close the piano lid on it. This not only made the piano sound better, but it also enabled use to keep our prized processions from sliding off the piano.  Let us not forget Scott Bayer who was banging his bongos with gusto for a few songs.  Where those things came from I don’t know.  Scott wasn’t the only guest as we had Rob and Miriam who also stayed and partied and danced to our music.  Miriam slipped me a Slim Jim since she was under the impression that I liked those things.  Thanks Scott but I’ll leave it up to Rob to slip miriam the Slim Jims, Thank you very much.  I’m just glad I took it out of my pocket before I went to bed last night or else I would have awoken to my dogs chewing a hole in my pocket trying to get to that Slim Jim.

Rich had a video shoot and was late by only a song.  He missed the purposely easy to play first song, which I sang, but that was it.  he was there for everything else.  Kev, who is usually late on Thursday nights , made it there in virtually record time and beat me to the jam.  We were in Studio #2 of Carroll’s following on the heals of Marshall Crenshaw who was rehearing in Studio #2 earlier in the day.  While I have heard of Marshall, I have no idea who he is.

We used the iPhone quite a bit to select random songs for use to play, but I often selected the “goesinta” to following.  This lead to a combo of I Know You Rider –> Hey Pocky Way and Crazy Fingers into Masterpiece.  Most of those transitions were good and lead to some good playing.  We had a pretty cool space jam in the Hey Pocky Way.  The iPhone pushed us into a complete performed That’s It for the Other One Suite which was a nice surprise by the end of it.  We ended the night with a Wake Up Little Suzie which we also did pretty well, getting through that songs in its entirety for what I recall to be the first time in decades.  The iPhone told us to end the night at 11:53 with a closing Bertha, but that was rejected and ended with the good feelings the Suzie provided us.  Other songs we rejected were I Wash My Hands and Oakie From Muskogie but listening to them in the PA system when the iPhone selects them was a nice feeling.  Other gems were West LA Fadeaway, Looks Like Rain and few 1-4-5 songs like Johnny B. Goode and Promised Land.  The rest of the setlist will arrive when Rich posts the MP3s.  Until then, I await our next get together is currently tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday.

To hear the songs listen to the MP3s below:

  • 01 Johnny B Goode.mp3
  • 02 Crazy Fingers.mp3
  • 03 Masterpiece.mp3
  • 04 Friend Of The Devil.mp3
  • 05 Jam To Pockey Way.mp3
  • 06 Jet To The Promised Land.mp3
  • 07 I Know You Rider.mp3
  • 08 That’s It For The Other One.mp3
  • 09 Looks Like Rain.mp3
  • 10 West LA Fadeaway.mp3
  • 11 Al De Song.mp3
  • 12 Monkey & The Engineer.mp3
  • 13 Deal.mp3
  • 14 Wake Up Little Suzy.mp3
  • Jam – 2009-08-18 – Carroll’s

    Well, this was a first for me in almost 20 years. Car troubles stopped me from making the jam. It’s hard to believe considering I’ve never had good cars but it’s true. I packed my trunk, turned the key and nothing, it was all over, no way of making the jam. It also looks like the end of Jetta cam, unless I do get another Jetta which seems unlikely at this point. I greatly apologize for missing the jam but I hope it was a worthwhile experience for all that made it. Scott filled me in a bit today while I was at lunch and it sounds like it was a nice night. Let me know what happened and see you next week.

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