The MacPodz describe themselves as “Alien Exhaust Jazz Meets Townie F**K Rock.. One of the coolest party’s on planet earth!” Now just because I have no idea what that means doesn’t mean that this band isn’t amazing. One of the only guitar-less, five piece jambands I know of, The MacPodz’ music stretches from jazz to funk and everything in between. It actually took me about 10 minutes of listening before I realized that they don’t have a guitarist. Bass, trumpet, percussion/flute, keys, and drums is a rather refreshing break from the stereotypical model of what a jamband is. The MacPodz are definitely a band that should be in any music lovers ipod. Here’s a live recording of them performing at All Good Music Festival this past summer (the whole show is awesome but Track Four is especially cool because a short beatbox/flute solo). For more shows check out their archive page here.
Syncopated Strangers > Conduit [02:50] > Syncopated Strangers [06:54], Nothing Too Fancy [11:37] > Divisions [21:58], You Know What I Mean [43:50], Booth Love (with Bob Marley Get Up, Stand Up jam) [50:00], Got Your Milk (Right Here) [61:17] > Nothing Too Fancy [64:50]
Umphrey’s will be playing two nights Oct 30th and 31st in St. Louis, MO at Pageant. For all of you not fortunate enough to live in St. Louis, they will be streaming both show live at iClips.com (which is pretty freaking awesome right?) You do have to pay for it but its only $4.99 for the 30th and $6.99 for the 31st. Happy Halloween!
Exciting news from the world of Umphrey’s McGee! Starting this fall, Umphrey’s will begin rolling out some new music for all of us to enjoy. To kick things off they have released a new studio single titled “Wellwishers”. Its a pretty chill track and it definitely has potential for some wicked live jams.
Bridging a mix between electronic inspired beats and melodies, and the improvisation and live feel of jambands, Organik Time Machine’s music is meant to reach a wide variety of music fans. OTM is a very talented group of musicians creatively blending live electronica with elements of funk, hip hop, reggae, and jazz into their unique blend of high energy Livetronica. You can download free live shows at their archive page here.
Roots Of Creation’s music is the perfect mix of jam and reggae sprinkled with a hint of electronica. Although their sound is very similar to Sublime they have moved themselves into a league of their own with their upbeat, substantial songs, 10 minute lead guitar solos and great dance jams. Hopefully I will be seeing them with DJ Morale and Beam&Deem this Saturday at Sullivan Hall in NYC. Should be a great time.
For those of you who are Umphrey’s fans you know that it isn’t unusual for Umphrey’s to play awesome covers. I just thought I’d share this one because we’ve posted the video and mp3. Oh and cause it’s a sweet cover. Enjoy!