You won’t find us around today… we’ve gone Phishin’! Yes, the veteran jam band, Phish, is still at it with more studio LPs, live albums, and compilations than we can even keep track of. Today, however, focuses specifically on Fuego, the most recent of those studio releases. So be prepared to jam out to the album, jam out to the review, and finally, jam to a discussion on jamming! The art of cumulative improvisation has the power to both entrance and discourage audiences, perhaps because of that fine line between inspiration and gibberish. Fine as it may be, let’s explore that line.
This week we check out one of the many side-projects of world-renowned bassist and Primus frontman, Les Claypool. This particular side-project is known as Duo de Twang, a union of Claypool and M.I.R.V. guitarist Bryan Kehoe. Their debut album (and our review): Four Foot Shack. Then join us in a discussion of a band’s “namesake” — that is, the thing we search for in our libraries. From a marketing and artistic standpoint, what does the name mean for a band’s collective members? And what does it mean when it changes?
You might know him as an actor and a comedian, but don’t forget about that banjo! That’s right, grammy-award winning musician Steve Martin has teemed up with Edie Brickell (of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians) for an original roots and bluegrass album called Love Has Come for You. This album review is brought to us by our guest (another folk talent, singer-songwriter, actor, and member of the Waysties), Sarah Bisman Storm. Stick around for an interview on her musical background, some treat performances, and a hefty discussion on folk theater.
This week we’re joined by our guest, manic mandolinist Painless Parker, who invites us to explore the rich history of American Folk music. After starting us off with a treat performance, he introduces this week’s album review: Leaving Eden by Carolina Chocolate Drops. Then, after another performance, we get to talk about Painless as an artist, his background, and how he grew to attain a cult following within the Steampunk community and abroad. Oh, and for the subway enthusiast, be sure to remain all the way to the bumper block.