Jam – 2013-07-18 – Carroll’s

ds130718In the middle of an extended heat wave, Deadstein was able to able to survive with a big band in Studio 2 at Carroll’s. Musical guests for the night included long time friend Bill Siegel, who came with his little organ to accompany us on our tunes. Also joining us for the first set was Donna who graced us with singing lead on a mellow Candyman and who also knock our socks off when she whaled through a Sugaree earlier in the set.

It was almost 100 degree outside while we were playing and with 8 people in the band , most toting amplifiers, the air conditioning was having trouble getting out of the upper 70’s. The lead to a hot, sweaty jam.

Initially we had a bunch of trouble with the PA system, not really able to get the Piano sounded adequate for the room. Additionally, I had trouble finding how to pickup the piano by itself in the PA recorder, so who knows how the recording for the night will work? I also had some technical difficulties during the first song of Shakedown when I discovered a gremlin in either my Fuchs Twin Reverb or my pedal board, so I switch out the amp and used a Silverface for the rest of the night, which had its tonal challenges in and of itself. Too bad, because this caused some struggles for me for the first part of the night , not really finding my comfort zone until late into the jam.

While shaky, the Shakedown Street at least got us started and we were able to hear the benefit of the funkiness Bill’s keyboard brought us. Trying to think of a good 2nd song that drew Donna into the mix, I selected the Sugar Magnolia and out of the jam we went into a Suagree where Donna was able to provide us some of her Orca-esque bellowing. This is to say that she whaled during that song. We never did get back to the Sunshine Daydream, but that is not a big deal.

The Masterpiece that followed was a better than usual one for us and we were tight and concise on it feeling and sounding good. The cautionary tale, as Rich put it, of the Duprees was a good time and the Cassidy that followed had Donna and I working well together on the vocals. Having Bill there, I thought it would be best to challenge him and take advantage of some of his sounds and play the Sailor Saint. Once again, this keeps getting better and better as we hone our skills and get more comfortable with the changes in the songs. When you finally finish the combo and let that final A chord ring out, you really do get a sense of accomplishment wash over your being. This was Bill’s swan song as he left us after the Sailor Saint and we took a quick short break, earlier than usual.

We slowly worked our way into the Candyman, with Donna singing, initially with just Rich, Lee and I accompanying her, but everyone joined in by the end. I think that was the last song for Donna leaving Deadstein to its core constituency for the rest of the night.

Following another short break, it was damn hot in the studio, we embarked on the next segment of the night which was the pre-drum type of second set. This started with a pretty reasonable feeling Terrapin out of no where into a Woman Are Smarter. Both songs felt pretty good. We then played the rarely played To Lay Me Down with the patience for the most part such a subtly sophisticated songs demands. I thought this was a really good version for us. For some reason I associate a second set To Lay Me Down with a second set Let it Grow, so I decided to head right into the Let It Grow out of the To Lay Me Down. I decided to try to play and sing the Let It Grow from memory without turning to the music in the book, which worked for me on this occasion. I was able to focus more on playing than reading which free up my mind a bit, even though I had constant anxiety as to whether or not the quickly approaching next part of the song would come to me in time to play it. This Let It Grow felt good and even experienced a relatively competent ending to the jams portions of the song.

After another small break we ended playing all over the place. A little Wish You Were Here and Little I’m Free from Tommy which fell apart when it was time to leave the lyrical portion of the song. With Kevin using the tile floor as a heat exchange to get some cooling into his body, I figured I might as well play a little Good Night Irene which seemed to wake him up and get him back into the game. The Midnight Moonlight to close ended at 12:01, just past midnight and sent us packing into the 90 plus degree temperatures that greeted us when we opened the door on 55th Street. Usually getting out of the hot, sticky elevator with all six of us crammed into it and opening the door on West 55th Street, with the river just to our west, is a cool and refreshing experience, but this night the outside was just as hot as in the inside of the building. This works for us as Deadstein is always seeking both a hotter and cooler experience, so not matter which way the winds blow we end up on top, so until we freak again, Freak Out.

The audio files are provided in the following folder:

Jam – 2012-05-01 – Carroll’s

With Rich out of town, this Tuesday night was highlighted by the presence of Bill Siegel playing the keys and the singing lots of the songs for the night. Having Bill is a nice bonus in and of itself but the sounds of the keyboard in addition to piano sounds are a real nice addition to Deadstein sound. Coupled with not needing to amplify an acoustic piano through the PA system gave us a pretty open sound for the night.

The night started really open because as we started late, around 8:25, with Lee still AWOL. I called him and found out he thought we were playing on Wednesday night, not Tuesday. Clutch as he was, he popped into his car and raced to join us and made it before the end of the first set. In the end, Lee only missed 5 or 6 songs.

We were located in the big studio at Carroll’s as the others studios were filled with Carnegie Hall wanabies and a big group of serious Klemzer musicians. Deadstein fit right in. Rob and Miriam showed up with a big bag of leftover Baja no-so- Fresh catered Mexican food for all of us to munch into. I tried a bite and it was a distraction to me. A great thought though. Also in the room were Stevie and Lindsey as well and Ryan who sat in on the drums for a song or two. Meg was nowhere to be found.

We never really had a distinction between sets as we began a Big River without Kevin and Bill also jammed a Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out without several of us. We then went into the second set and finished strong right at 12:00pm.

We didn’t have a setlist planned and we only used the Randomizer to select the Bertha opener, nevertheless we kept the songs moving and ended playing a healthy 20 songs or so. Without Rich being there we didn’t have a good way to record the night’s music. I got a few moments on my iPhone, but whether it is usable or not, I will have to check out.

The songs played in approximate order are as follows:

  1. Bertha
  2. Dear Prudence
  3. Feel Like a Stranger
  4. Mississippi Halfstep
  5. Looks Like Rain
  6. Come Together
  7. Loser
  8. One More Saturday Night
  9. Bottle of Red Wine
  10. Shakedown Street
  11. West LA Fadeaway
  12. Harder They Come
  1. Big River
  2. Minglewood Blues
  3. Glass Onion
  4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
  5. Ship of Fools
  6. Promised Land
  7. New Speedway Boogie
  8. Throwing Stones
  9. Not Fade Away


Jam – 2009-09-29 – Carroll’s

Michael Carpetsteen and his Modulus

Michael Carpetsteen and his Modulus

After missing a week due to Kev’s son’s Dylan broken arm, we were able to get our act together this week although still without Kevin.  We all look forward to the return of Kevin and the rehab of Dylan.  It looks like Kevin’s going to be able to make it next week.  “How come the future’s gotta take such a long, long time?”

DCC_1995_edited-1Without Kevin to play bass we reached out to some old time friends from the stinking mainland to the west, New Jersey.  We were joined by Michael Carpetsteen on bass and vocals and Bill Siegel on keys and vocals.  It was really nice seeing them and playing with them after all these years.  Michael had his relatively new Modulus 4-string, semi-hollow-body bass guitar.  A really nice instrument.  Jason also joined us for the first time in weeks and he brought along a Strat of his  and some type of powerful distortion box.  Jason stayed until about 11:00, but it was enough for a dozen songs. or so.  On the guest role we had Rob and Miriam and of course, who could forget Scott Bayer playing his deep philosophy.

DCC_1998_edited-1We relied on the magic, random song selector to help us at time when we needed it, but for the most part, we didn’t need it.  We did get 22 songs on the setlist, so we did end up playing lots of songs in the 4-hour stretch.  Scott was definitely having trouble keep his eyes open by the end of the night, but we did go to 11:45.  That’s what is so amazing about getting 22 songs in while even ending 15 minutes early.

If you want to listen to this week’s music go to the link below or just click the individual songs.