More Shows soon

The original plan was to go for six this weekend, but I hit a few more bad shows on the hard drive, and I’m currently at 4 ready to go, and due to the fact that I will be in attendance at the Trey tour opener tomorrow, that sort of cuts down on my available transferring time.

So, to that end, we’re going to skip this weekend altogether, and shoot for a niner next weekend (if I can’t get there, I promise a sixer).

More soon.

Installment #706 – Bruce Hornsby 8/12/04 – Casino Ballroom

(Originally Uploaded 8/29/21)

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The Casino Ballroom is a weird place. The first time I was there was the night Jerry died. It was 18+, I had a ticket. I wasn’t 18+. I made a run for the door. I got grabbed. The booby prize was they set up speakers outback in the “parking lot,” and I enjoyed a rough night of music from there. I drank a lot of Fresca that night…someone kept handing out cans of Fresca.

Anyway. Since 8/9/95 I’ve seen a lot of shows at the Casino Ballroom. There’s something about the place that seems really hit or miss. I saw Maceo Parker and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones absolutely blow the fucking roof off the joint. I’ve seen moe. and Ratdog put out uninspired performances. Most of all, I’ve see a lot of people puke in this place (someone ask me about 80’s at moe. in the mid-2000’s…I’ll wait). Maybe its the proximity to the ocean? I don’t know.

That said, this isn’t a fantastic show. It’s another great sounding show from David’s rig, and it has it’s moments, and Bruce was clearly into some Stevie Wonder CDs pre-show, but I think he is best appreciated either outside or in a theater; not a faux-cabaret lounge like this joint. Download it, we’re running out of Keller sources.

Bruce Hornsby
Casino Ballroom – Hampton, NH

Source: Neumann SKM-184 > Lunatec V2 > DA-P1
Transfer: Tascam DA-30 MKII > Tascam DR-680 > Audacity > WAV > Traders Little Helper > FLAC
Taped by David Keller
Transferred & Seeded by Bill Graves

1. Crowd
2. See the Same Way
3. Cruise Control
4. Resting Place
5. Dreamland
6. Mandolin Rain >
7. Brokedown Palace >
8. Black Muddy River
9. Gonna Be Some Changes Made
10. Rainbow’s Cadillac
11. Country Doctor
12. End of the Innocence
13. China Doll >
14. Try Anything Once
15. The Way It Is

~ Encore ~
16. Crowd / Banter
17. Mirror on the Wall
18. Valley Road

– Sir Duke teases played all throughout the show.

Huge thanks to David Keller for the use of his archives

Installment #705 – The Big Wu 7/21/99 – Fox Theater

(Originally Uploaded on 8/29/21)

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I know next to nothing about this band. I never once saw them. I never collected their shows. I had heard about them, but that is the extent of my Big Wu knowledge. I found this on the end of a tape, and since it was a full show I figured what the hell. Side note, not many DATs have fillers…

Anyway, the one thing I can tell you about this set with absolute certainty is that it’s a good sounding recording. Enjoy.

The Big Wu
Fox Theater – Boulder, CO

Source: Neumann SKM-184 mics > Lunatec V2 > Sony D8
Transfer: Tascam DA-30 MKII > Tascam DR-680 > Audacity > WAV > Traders Little Helper > FLAC
Taper Unknown
Transferred & Seeded by Bill Graves

1. Break of Day
2. Allgood
3. Bloodhound
4. Boxing Day
5. Kensington Manor
6. Kangaroo
7. Southern Energy

Huge thanks to Michael Schaefer for the use of his archives.

This show is a Boiler in the Basement Installment –

Installment #704 – Phil Lesh & Friends 10/23/99 – Fillmore Auditorium

(Originally Uploaded on 8/29/21)

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At a certain point in time, somewhere around 1996, it seemed like a relative certainty that Phil Lesh would never play in a band again. Then the 1998 Furthur Festival happened, and then he basically disappeared again. What we know now is that Phil was sick, but that didn’t seem to be widespread knowledge at the time. So, when 1999 came around, and Phil’s new liver was letting Phil rock like never before, he started to put his toes in the water, playing with all kinds of people before creating the super group, The Q, in late 2000. This show is (obviously) pre-Q. It is also not my favorite lineup (Phil-Feat), and I honestly only asked the esteemed Mr. Schaefer to borrow this one because the filler was half of a Ratdog show that I wish I had went to.

All that aside, I really, truly loved listening to this show…specifically the second set. There are some themes in this show, the really deep, rhythm driven spacey jams, that would go on to play a part in defining the Q a year or so later.

Phil & Friends
Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO

Source: Neumann SKM 184 mics > Lunatec V2 > Sony D8
Transfer: Tascam DA-30 MKII > Tascam DR-680 > Audacity > WAV > Traders Little Helper > FLAC
Taper Unknown
Transferred & Seeded by Bill Graves

~ Set 1 ~
1. Crowd / Tuning
2. Viola Lee Blues (V1) >
3. Jam >
4. Viola Lee Blues (V2) >
5. Jam >
6. Like a Rolling Stone >
7. Jam >
8. Like a Rolling Stone >
9. Viola Lee Blues (V3)
10. Stagger Lee >
11. Fire on the Mountain

~ Set 2 ~
1. Crowd / Tuning
2. Terrapin Station >
3. Spacey Jam >
4. Playin’ Reprise
5. Fatman in the Bathtub
6. Days Between >
7. Dark Star (V2) >
8. Jam >
9. Franklin’s Tower

~ Encore ~
10. Crowd
11. Donor Rap / Band Intros
12. Just Like Thom Thumb’s Blues

Huge thanks to Michael Schaefer for the use of his archives.

This show is a Boiler in the Basement Installment –

When moe. saved boston

This might go a little all over the place, but bear with me. I think there’s a point here.

Over the past week there’s been a lot of 9/11 talk on the TV, on the internet, and everywhere. And of course there would be. It was a terrible day that happened (somehow) 20 years ago.

I try not to think about it. At all. I don’t watch the documentaries, I don’t read the books and I don’t sit around telling or listening to “Where were you when…” stories about that day because of the obvious reasons. But given it’s omnipresence recently, my kids – 13 and 11 – asked me because apparently they haven’t learned about it in school. Or, it’s just one of those things that kids do.

So, I told them what happened. My caveat to this is that I was nowhere near New York City. I was a 22 year old college student, living in a tiny (TINY) third floor apartment in St. Johnsbury, VT, with 2 cats and an ex-wife before she was a wife, and in the immediate aftermath, the only thing I really wanted was for everything to go back to how it was before that morning. I was a kid. I mean, shit, I was just at the moe.down like 10 days before hand, very carefree, no actual issues. But it clearly, literally everything had changed.

After this conversation with the kids, I started to reflect and the one thing that I think has continued to increase in importance in my mind is that there was a united front to not allow this horrible incident to mess with our everyday lives. So, to that end, me and 80s jumped in his Jeep and went with 2,700-ish other people to the Orpheum Theater in Boston for two nights of shows that all of us desperately needed, whether we knew it or not.

Prior to these shows I’ve taken the T a million times (and a million times since). I’d never been so nervous on the train as I was that day (this includes the Marathon Bombing Day, in which I was also taking mass transportation). But we got off at Park, walked down the little alley to the hidden fa├žade, and hesitantly entered the hottest building in all of New England.

I remember almost nothing about the music from these shows, other than it was a comfort to be surrounded by sound. The first night we got in a little late and missed most of Ekoostik Hookah, but there was a feeling of true comradery in the building, which is wholly abnormal for any gathering of people inside the city of Boston. There was a moment of silence, we all flooded out to the alley at the first intermission for a candle lighting ceremony, then we all scurried back in. The second night the same sense of calm was there. Jazz Mandolin Project opened, and moe. guided us again through the night.

The most important part of this is that everyone was alright. There was no tension in the air, people weren’t being dicks waiting in the beer or bathroom lines, there was a lot of hugging and high fives, moe. saved Boston (for at least 2 nights anyway), and I hold these two shows in a special place in my heart and mind.

Thanks moe.

I listened to these shows over the weekend for the first time in a long, long time. Take a listen. The sources here are just one of many, but I chose them because the legendary George Johnson patched out of this rig both nights and I have clones of these DATs since I chose to not bring my equipment to these shows.

9/14/01 – Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA

Set 1: Captain America > Recreational Chemistry > Happy Hour Hero > Seat Of My Pants > Sensory Deprivation Bank

Set 2: St. Augustine, Four, The Faker > Interstellar Overdrive > Meat

Encore: New York City

9/15/01 – Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA

Set 1: Hi and Lo > Kids, Cajun Moon, Jazz Wank * > Buster * > Spine Of A Dog *

Set 2: Jam > Head > Timmy Tucker > Low Rider Jam > Brent Black > Head

Encore: Blister In The Sun

*-w/Jamie Masefield of the Jazz Mandolin Project on Mandolin

Installment #703 – Mike Watt 9/28/00 – The Double Door

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There’s nothing else that I can say about this show other than it fucking rules and we need more Mike Watt on this site. This show comes not long after recovering from a horrifying illness (don’t look it up) but Mike seems pretty on point and he and the band rip through 27 tunes in about an hour and a half. I wish I could do better with these setlists, but alas…

If you decide that all you can do is download one thing today, make it this show. Turn it up, sit back and enjoy. And if you have any Mike Watt tapes laying around, get in touch. They will become priority transfers.

Mike Watt with the Pair of Pliers
The Double Door – Chicago, IL

Source: AKG 481 > EAA + SBD Matrix
Transfer: Tascam DA-30 MKII > Tascam DR-680 > Audacity > WAV > Traders Little Helper > FLAC
Taper Unknown
Transferred & Seeded by Bill Graves

1. Tuning / Banter
2. Instrumental
3. Big Train
4. Big Bang Theory
5. I Have Always Been Here Before
6. Instrumental
7. The Glory of Man
8. I Felt Like a Gringo >
9. Search
10. Little Johnny Jewel
11. Track 11
12. Walking the Cow
13. The Red and the Black
14. Track 14
15. Instrumental
16. Track 16
17. Little Man with a Gun in His Hand
18. Fear is a Man’s Best Friend >
19. Track 19
20. Track 20
21. Chinese Firedrill
22. Instrumental
23. Rebel Girl

~ Encore ~
24. Crowd / Banter
25. Track 25
26. Track 26
27. Track 27
28. E-Ticket Ride
29. Track 29

Huge thanks to Steve Washick for the use of his archives

This show is a Boiler in the Basement Installment –

Installment #702 – moe. 12/31/02 – Aragon Ballroom

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I hit 12 moe. shows in 2002. At the first snoe.down at Sugarloaf it took me about 9 hours to drive back to St. Johnsbury at 15 MPH in complete whiteout conditions. JPR had about 7 too many cocktails that night and howled like a manic the entire way home while 80s somehow resisted knocking him out. A few months later 80s and I packed 3 New England shows around Derek Lowe’s No-Hitter at Fenway, capped off with the Keene NH gig where the immortal George Johnson was the only one running mics (Installment #1), through his ridiculous Behringer mixing board (and directly into my D8), and JPR ended up getting kicked out (8 too many cocktails this time…it was the 8th that did it). The moe.down that year was phenomenal, and the two nights at the tiny Paradise in Boston a few weeks before this Installment are two of my favorite shows of all time. So, of course this NYE show doesn’t disappoint at all. This fantastic recording from the Schaefer archives will be a net positive to your collection.

Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

Source: AKG 481 mics (90 deg x-y)> Graham Patten DMic-20 > Sony D8
Transfer: Tascam DA-30 MKII > Tascam DR-680 > Audacity > WAV > Traders Little Helper > FLAC
Taped by Michael Schaefer
Transferred & Seeded by Bill Graves

~ Set 1 ~
1. Crowd / Banter
2. Not Coming Down >
3. Wormwood >
4. Okayalright
5. Rumble Strip >
6. Gone
7. New York City
8. Spine Of A Dog >
9. Jazz Wank >
10. Buster

~ Set 2 ~
1. NYE Countdown
2. Jack Straw
3. Akimbo >
4. Jam >
5. Seat Of My Pants
6. Money >
7. Four >
8. Not Coming Down Reprise >
9. Rebubula

~ Encore ~
10. Crowd / Banter
11. Don’t Fuck With flo.

Huge thanks to Michael Schaefer for the use of his archives.

This show is a Boiler in the Basement Installment –

Installment #701 – Bloodkin 9/29/01 – Tasty World

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I told you there’d be some more Bloodkin popping up here. This is a nice show, I didn’t get into it as much as the other two previous posted, but it seems like a pretty good representation of one of their shows from this era. Oddly enough, mere hours after I posted this on bt.etree, someone downloaded it, and remastered it and reposted, so, maybe I messed something up? Not sure.

Tasty World – Athens, GA

Source: SBD
Transfer: Tascam DA-30 MKII > Marantz PMD 561 > Audacity > WAV > Traders Little Helper > FLAC
Taped by Steve Washick
Transferred & Seeded by Bill Graves

~ Set 1 ~
1. Tuning
2. Jazz Funeral
3. Bookends
4. Love’s Getting Older
5. The Ugliest Part
6. The World’s Falling Down Around Me *
7. Glorious *
8. Track 8 *
9. Crosses By the Highway
10. Up All Night in Heaven ^

~ Set 2 ~
1. Track
2. Presence of the Lord >
3. Instrumental
4. You’d Better Pray
5. Kingly

~ Encore ~
6. Banter
7. Track
8. Happy
9. Taboo
10. Preacherman

*-w/David Barbie on Guitar & Vocals
^-w/Miss Julia on Vocals

Huge thanks to Steve Washick for the use of his archives.

– Levels go down considerably at the half hour or so mark.

This show is a Boiler in the Basement Installment –

6 Pack Coming This Weekend

Now that I’m back from a Phish > Red Sox Game for my son’s birthday > Week plus relaxing in Maine excursion, it’s time to start spreading the tunes again.

To that end, we have a fresh 6 pack coming this weekend to start the 700s.

What do we have in store? Well, I’ll tell you thanks for asking.

We have one of Steve Washick’s favorite bands, a NYE show from one of my favorite bands, a set from a new favorite with a totally missing setlist, a show from 1999, a set from a band that I’ve actually never listened to before, and a show from a Boiler favorite.

Got it?