Here's my iPod 10:
1. Meat Puppets - Magic Toy Missing (Meat Puppets II)
2. Billie Holiday - How Could You (1935 - 1942)
3. Art Pepper - Airegin (Art Pepper + Eleven)
4. The Feelies - For Now (Time for a Witness)
5. Frank Black- Skeleton Man (Pistolero)
6. Tom Waits - Picture in a Frame (Mule Variations)
7. Medeski, Martin & Wood - I Wanna Ride You (Uninvisible)
8. Soul Coughing - Blueeyed Devil (Ruby Vroom)
9. Stanton Moore - Blues for Ben (All Kooked Out!)
10. Daniel Johnston - Man At War (More Songs of Pain)
I knew this was going to happen of course. The shows didn't have enough people going to them. It's happened: my favorite club in the whole world, 32 Bleu has turned into a cowboy bar. =(
I'm grateful for being able to see Garaj Mahal and Robert Walter there a few times. The Medeski Martin & Wood show was fantastic as well. I wish I made it to Charlie Hunter and The Bad Plus though. C'est La Vie.
I know I'm probably just slow and you know about this already but I just found it. It's cool as hell. I'm talking about the Internet Archive. There is a ton of great stuff here to help you give your broadband connection a workout. The top of the tree is here.
I'm looking forward to the film as well.
I forgot to write about this show, but It's been on my mind recently, so this is late, but not forgotten.
Garaj Mahal, 12/18/03, @ The Highest State's Crow's Nest, Pueblo, CO
Russ and I went. It was incredible. We showed up and got a beer and walked up to the thrid floor with nobody around to take our money. Fareed and Kai were eating dinner as we sat down at the table next to them. Alan and Eric were at the next and there were only a few other people milling around, they all worked at the bar. (we did go back down to pay our $10 eventually)
They went on a bit after that and they rocked heavily. They really cut loose. There were maybe 15 - 20 people there at the high point. Between sets I talked with Alan and Fareed who were selling shirts and CD's. I picked up a new Garaj Mahal sticker (new car, new sticker) and their just released studio album (recorded in 2000). It's very good, but a bit light on the jamming in spots. It's weird to hear them playing fairly short straight-up versions of their now more evolved tunes. Alan told me that their first set was probably their favorite musically of the tour thus far and that they were having a great time. These guys are so nice. He even said he'd like to go back to 32 Bleu in the Springs.
It being a work night we had planned not to stay for the whole show. It was too good to leave. Peublo turns out to only be about 40 minutes as the GTI flies (75MPH speed limit too) from home. They ended up playing about 4 hours total, and I was beat by the end, yet really happy. The next day at work I was so tired that the whole day was kind of dream like, but I felt good.
Fareed played some nasty sitar inspired slide guitar with my cigarette lighter at one point. (see pic)
Poodle-poodle-factory, poodle-poodle-factory, poodle-factory, poodle-factory. :)
Oddly, when we walked out there were about 6 cop cars in front of the place. The band played on the top floor out of three, and there were lots more people on the lower 2 floors. Anyway, I heard some guy talking about getting his dick bit, in an odd half-heard piece of a scentence. I guess there was a fight or something down stairs while the show was going on.
This one gets 9.5 jalapenos. (out of 10)