The Disco Biscuits | 12.31 | NJ

Words and Images by: Jake Krolick

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31.07 :: Tweeter Center :: Camden, NJ

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31.07 :: New Jersey
2007 was a banner year for the Disco Biscuits. Summer tour concluded with a concrete Camp Bisco, and the band amped up their creativity during the fall tour as they settled into their best playing since drummer Allen Aucoin joined them. The NYE run landed a commanding punch that sent Biscuits fans bouncing between PA and NYC only to wrap everything up on the dirty banks of the Delaware River. There were enough guests and sights stuffed into the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront to create a hearty three-ring ruckus. When the party subsided, fans slipped away into sugarcoated dreams of the magnificent "Run Like Hell" > "Waves" > "Run Like Hell" sandwich, a blazing highlight which sat like a cherry on top of an entire year of music. The Disco Biscuits once again showed how to properly celebrate the end of the year.

What the Tweeter Center lacked in NYE decor was remedied ten-fold by the Biscuits' vibrant, dynamic followers. Encrusted in boas, broken glow stick liquid, space helmets and pieces of costumes, it was hard to not just stand there and gawk. One of the best parts of the Disco Biscuits experience, aside from the music, was the energy pumped out by Delaware Valley's Biscuit faithful. Aside from the human eye-candy, cones of white material hung from the ceiling while dancers and hired creatures wandered the halls. In a fine showing of hometown thanks, the Biscuits even invited a slew of pals to a few choice kegs and bubbly in the green room.

Antibalas :: 12.31.07 :: New Jersey
An alluring distant corner of the venue had a sign advertising the Black Box. Inside was a small black light bathed disco room. Patrons of the night could stray from the massive crowds to converse in a corner or dance to a plethora of DJs and musicians. Philly's Grimace Federation rocked the Black Box during the Biscuits' second set. With a set-up similar to the Benevento/Russo Duo, the focus was on dueling drummers Jon and Chris Wood. Behind them a wet, undulating jam emitted from a trio of bass and guitar players. Off to the side, their vibraphonist, Xack Xweig, ran furiously up and down scales in time to the drummers. His airy sound fused together jazz with drum 'n' bass. The majority of the Black Box experience was warm and cozy; quite an inviting way to escape a massive crowd. That is until the main floor closed and the late night Larrys started cruising in for a piece of ass.

The big room shebang kicked-off with an excellent flaunt of beats and blows from Brooklyn's Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. The band actually filled the oversized Tweeter Center stage while they pumped out undulating horn blasts that fed the percussion and encouraged one's primordial dancer to surface. Duke Amayo hung back on the drums at the beginning of the set while his lumberjack-esque compadre, Stuart Bogie, took center stage. Bogie's combination of jumpy dance moves and energetic sax during "Indictment" riled up the floor, turning the crowd into a juicy frenzy. The political edge to the song was subtle, just enough to linger in our minds. It was a stark contrast to Bassnectar's late night political rant. Amayo later stepped forward, billowing with spirit and passion. As he shook his arms, yellow and white spotlights danced off the silk on his homemade Asian-inspired garment. He looked like he had emerged from some story years in the making. As Amayo chanted, he tipped his head back and dug deep to preach to the willing audience. The band breezed through a few choice cuts off their latest album, Security, before exiting the stage after a punchy start to a long night of music.

The Disco Biscuits with Antibalas :: 12.31
Pairing Keller Williams with this lineup was a questionable choice, but charming Keller offered his own bag of musical acrobatics. However, if you were looking for a time to get out and see the vast Tweeter sights, this was as good a time as any. Keller's "Tribe" seemed very fitting as he repeated, "Can I join your tribe? Can I join your tribe?" To his credit, I was thrilled to hear the Disco Biscuits cover some Michael Jackson with him during their first set. Still his spot on this electronically stacked bill remained odd.

Screams and thunderous cheers welcomed the Disco Biscuits to the throw down. Early on a sweet little combo of "I-Man" > "Wizards of Winter" popped up on the radar. Marc Brownstein and Jon Gutwillig aligned to create a nice boost in the energy while the costumed masses whirled themselves into an end-of-the-year fury. The Antibalas horn's fed "Morph Dusseldorf" and helped the Biscuits navigate a nice section of Michael Jackson teases including "Billie Jean" and "Thriller." Antibalas' Marcus Farrar kept himself and his shekere shaking almost as furiously as the hardcore rail riders. However, the horns fell out of sync a smidge, which proved an amusing way to send off 2007.

"Morph Dusseldorf" became the NYE countdown, and, like last year, those who weren't paying attention to the time may have missed the stroke of midnight. Before we knew it balloons popped, confetti scattered and faces were sucked left and right. Onstage, the Disco Biscuits were joined by a costumed tiger and two colorful clowns, one of which was super Biscuits supporter Dan Berkowitz. Keller Williams joined the confusion to sing a respectable cover of Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'." Set One concluded with the Biscuits finishing the "Helicopters" from 12/28 in their classic tradition of tweaking the chorus to "Happy New Year / Look out below."

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31.07 :: New Jersey

During set break Bassnectar brought his bombastic style out so all could lob their arms skyward. The snack and beer area patrons enthusiastically bounced to his beats, too. If he had only played the set break we would have been better off. His late night set started as an interesting mix of mash-ups until he started preaching about politics to the largest, least sober bunch of freaks that side of the river. In the wee hours of the morning, it's usually good to play and not to preach. Honestly, the Philadelphia Experiment and Playloop recording artists Justin Paul, Kezner and DJ Everyday were easily equal to, if not better, than all of Bassnectar's hype.

Jon Gutwillig :: 12.31.07 :: New Jersey
Set Two for the Biscuits was a serious step in the right direction. Aucoin and keyboardist Aron Magner turned up the temperature as the Biscuits invited Skydog Gypsy guitarist Dean Tovey up for an extended "Shem-Rah Boo." The additional guitar and particular selection were a treat as Brownstein wove a nasty bassline into the extended intro. As the band steered into "Cyclone," it appeared they were off course. Despite multiple tries to signal Tovey to exit, he had overstayed his welcome and knocked the song out of whack. No worries though, the stuff that legends are made of was just around the corner.

As if they were prospectors hitting a golden mother lode, the Biscuits struck into "Run Like Hell" with massive gusto and energy. They teased "Don" a little before launching into one of the best "Waves" ever. The harmonious masterpiece was evil and vivacious with absolutely perfect timing. Its dark underbelly accentuated the Pink Floyd cover that preceded it and gave you a real reason to dance like hell. Attendees deep in the throes of substance disorientation traded looks of horror and grabbed their chairs in a white knuckled terror. The band was all buckled in as Magner began his synthesizer lead, launching a ballsy, stunning jam out of "Waves." Aucoin demonstrated amazing control-and-release as the jam gained intensity. The balance during the segue was splendid as the four-person juggernaut guided "Waves" back into "Run Like Hell." The darkness sandwich was easily the highlight of the evening, if not the whole NYE run.

The encore was amusing after such a tremendous second set. You needed to accept it at face value to walk out happy. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" completed the full song that started the run. The placement faked us out and made us think it was over but the Biscuits finished the "Munchkin Invasion" that had begun the previous night's show. With a tour in Europe and Colorado coming up it would seem that the Disco Biscuits are set for another amazing year in 2008. Until then, dream of "Waves" wrapped in Floyd.

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31.07 :: New Jersey

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31.07 :: Tweeter Center :: Camden, NJ
Set I: Home Again > November Rain1, I-Man2 > Wizards in Winter, Morph Dusseldorf3, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'4, Triumph > Helicopters5
Set II: Reactor2> Nughuffer1 > Shem-Rah Boo6 > Cyclone > Run Like Hell > Above The Waves7 > Run Like Hell
Encore: Highwire > Alter Ego > Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)8> Munchkin Invasion9

1 ending only
2 unfinished
3 with countdown; with Antibalas horns; with "Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson) and "Thriller" teases
4 1st time played (Michael Jackson); with Keller Williams on vocals/guitar and Antibalas horns
5 completes 12/28 version
6 unfinished; with Dean Tovey (Skydog Gypsy) on guitar
7 inverted
8 completes 12/27 version
9 completes 12/30 version

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Comments

gmoo Tue 1/15/2008 01:05PM
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gmoo

3 nights of UM is where I gotta be, but reviews like these make me wish I could be omnipresent for all NYE shows. Awesome, awesome review. Can't wait for Bisco in 08'. Come to MI for once already though :)

thisiswhathappenslarry Tue 1/15/2008 01:39PM
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okalrightic Tue 1/15/2008 01:40PM
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although i am a pretty avid non-bisco fan i gotta say that this night looks like it was a lot of fun. setlist looks pretty awesome (for the biscuits) and the lot show looks insane (obviously). Im glad for all the fans out there that got to enjoy this.

jesposito starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 01:40PM
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jesposito

man i am so excited just reading this article... this review is dead on. NYE with the biscuits was once again a mind-blowing experience. the vibe was amazing, the crowd was the great, everyone went all out and dressed up... the description about the boas, costumes and glowstick liquid was right on. and of course the music was incredible!!! just an all-around fucking blast basically. ain't no party like a bisco party on NYE!!

boxofrain Tue 1/15/2008 01:42PM
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Looks dope except bassnectar is weak!!

matthau Tue 1/15/2008 01:53PM
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They do have a great light show ! ;)

ao1 starstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 02:00PM
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pottad starstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 02:31PM
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Looks like a lot of fun. Seems like too much is going on though. Im sure most of the people there would have rather seen 3 sets of bisco than antibalas and bassnectar. There is always slayerville.

onthemoon starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 03:03PM
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onthemoon

^^good call. variety is good but they should remember who its all about. great review.

toestothenose Tue 1/15/2008 04:05PM
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toestothenose

Here's another link to a better quality version of the video above

http://www.viddler.com/explore/Phillyspread/videos/8/

moecheeseplease Tue 1/15/2008 04:06PM
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moecheeseplease

this show looks awesome and sounds awesome. wish there was a review of the full run with sammy on magellan and shit. brownie needs to stop playing his modulus and keep with the smith. and jon needs to stick with the gibson too. thats the single reason why this show was a success.

eat_vinyl_death Tue 1/15/2008 06:34PM
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dead on review...let the costume party continue at starland!!! should be a trip...looook out beeloooooooowww

voodoochili12 starstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 06:47PM
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Who is the group at the end of the video, with a guy playing Vibes? (Marimba, Xylophone, whatever you call it.)

hnkscrpio starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 07:39PM
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hnkscrpio

Wow looks like that was a great time. I had a blast at Umphrey's as well. Sound Tribe looked nutty spectacular, Galactic back with Houseman (insane), New Years is just too good huh guys. We are all so lucky to be enjoying such awesome music with such good people. I like how Jambase seems to be taking a more and more positive turn in theses forums. I stopped posting for a few months, but now it looks to be a lot more at the very least "constructive" criticism being dealt out, minus a few here or there. Anyways, keeping on being so awesome at being yourselves, and have a good time listening to music. Peace.

Lucid_Interval starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 10:13PM
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Fuck the haters! Give me Bisco or give me death.

longislandjamzzz star Tue 1/15/2008 10:24PM
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Krolik is an ass. The show was awesome but he doesn't need to knock ANYONE without taking a second to realize that he is a loser. What's the name of his band again? Oh right, he's "friends" with bands.... right.

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 05:36AM
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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

oh woow dean tovey got to play with them!!!

I am from the south and I remember going to see sky dog gypsy many times.

I always like to hang out with those guys. We miss them in the south.

I congratulate Allen on his success with the band, Allen never did hang out and party like the other guys in skydog gypsy, he was always on stage warming up. He had the best work ethic and he deserves to play with DB. peace yall..

iamkickinit Wed 1/16/2008 07:16AM
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iamkickinit

Not a huge Bisco fan here, but this may be one of the friendliest(cant spell) bisco forums i have ever seen on jambase. way to go guys with the positivity. usually any bisco forum turns into a Bisco > SCI/UM/STS9

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 09:12AM
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USCTrojans4Life starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 09:33AM
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USCTrojans4Life

"Why the hatin'???" That is funny coming from you Liberal Boy.

emgriffi starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 09:51AM
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HA!!! That is funny coming from one of the biggest haters on the site!!!

cliffcliffordjr Wed 1/16/2008 10:05AM
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cliffcliffordjr

You Krolick haters, you leave the scene and never come back. We're all lucky to have a fan willing to share the love and bring us his perspective. if you've got a perspective ... then pitch the base editors and write it up. Otherwise, shut up. Right on JK, thanks again for keeping me up when I was elsewhere.

theguykeator Wed 1/16/2008 10:32AM
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theguykeator

the end of November Rain is the shit Good call fellas

onthemoon Wed 1/16/2008 12:22PM
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onthemoon

^^ dude unless you've got some better pictures or a better review to back up your incessant negativity why don't you just stay off the posts?

i wasn't at this show or any shows of the run so i was glad to read a review highlighting the ups and the downs of the night. if the reviewer thought keller seemed a little out of place, i think he's got a valid point. and if the biscuits fuckin raged the hell out waves in between RLH i'm fucking happy. THANKS FOR THE REVIEW

kellerbuzz Wed 1/16/2008 12:53PM
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trojans for life has social issues!

nfenne starstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 01:05PM
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nfenne

Moecheesplease, Brownie's old bass is a Fodera. They make Wooten's custom bass. I agree that Gutwillig's Gibson ES-175 sounds MUCH better than the PRS. That says a lot coming from me considering that I play a PRS McCarty.

Karastarstar starstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 03:00PM
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ahh I wish I was there so bad. I'm so happy for everyone who was able to experience this. The disco biscuits have changed by life in so many positive ways, I am so thankful for their existance. Hope to be getting down with some of you in Colorado this weekend.

No doubt they will lift our generation the highest high

much love

robbot Wed 1/16/2008 03:03PM
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Lets hear a review of RAQ new years. that was the best place to be over the new years holiday

adubvu starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 08:40PM
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adubvu

The BEST FREAKING SHOW ive been at in a LONG time. Whooo.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/17/2008 03:41AM
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RothburyWithCheese

I dont understand what my past posts have to do with saying that these guys are pretty cool. How can you say all u do is hate and then give me thumbs down constantly. I havent posted a negative thing about Widespread Boring or Arcade Fire in months! Giving thumbs down just to give thumbs down doesnt make any sense to me. And I'll probably get thumbs down for this. I dont get it. Also liberal boy doesnt make sense either. Arent most of you balloon huffing, trustafarians liberals? Wierd.

IrishRasta0420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/17/2008 04:59AM
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IrishRasta0420

The boys were 'Home again' @ the Tweeter, nothing could have been a more fitting intro!! I love the evolution, starting with the TLA and working up to the Tweeter, with each show building intensity, its like a good book, and they definately climaxed for NYE. 'Waves' was definately a highlight of the night.. 2007 was heaven, but 2008 will be great!!! Peace

Zarathustra024 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/17/2008 09:57AM
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Ease up on the reviewer, I thought it was pretty well written and informative. If he thought Keller was out of place amongst a bunch of jamtronica type acts then he has every right to say so in his review. Makes sense to me. Not like he bashed Keller or anything. My overall impression from the article (and pics, which are also pretty neat) is that the Biscuits effin raged! Oh, and a late night show should never include political diatribes.

MartinHalo Thu 1/17/2008 10:47AM
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MartinHalo

haha.. all the haters are jealous that Jake gets to go see whatever show he wants for free with all of the access he can muster. I bet every single one of you who hate, realy deep down inside, would trade places with him in a second.

blower Thu 1/17/2008 11:44AM
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At least everyone can agree with kellerbuzz, that LiberalsforHitler and USC guy and his many other multiple personalities is a truely deraranged individual that needs help. Dude you are calling yourself names and argueing with yourself, get a grip! Or maybe Kellerbuzz is really you too and its a three way arguement. Either social issues is right.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/17/2008 11:54AM
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Why the hate on the Krolick? Those pictures are pretty sweet. He definitely captured the vibe with those shots. They look like a latter day Pink Floyd. I wish I had a space helmet and some taboo medications.

rulosa01 Fri 1/18/2008 07:33AM
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nfenne and moecheeseplease, it's actually an elrick bass. digget

http://www.elrick.com/

sly249 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/18/2008 01:34PM
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sly249

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! LOOK OUT BELOW!!!

cole0795 Sat 1/19/2008 12:22PM
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wow, people sayin f* u krolick

it seems like every bisco board i come to these days is nothin but negativity...why would all of these bisco faithfuls be knockin on Krolick when he had nothing but positive things to say about the biscuits, things like this bring negativity to the community. i love goin to biscuit shows (not so much some of the people i encounter) and it should be a positive experience so keep spreading the positivity and maybe things will change

oh yea, i think anyone would be a lil dumbfounded to see that keller is mixed in with electronic acts, but i would be up for it

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/21/2008 12:40AM
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carphishhead

Onward to Langerado. They deserve latenight and some STS9 sit ins (Velmer at camp was unreal).

LiberalsforCricketsAtLangerado2008

USCTrojans4Life Mon 1/21/2008 09:37AM
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USCTrojans4Life

Haha is LiberalsForMonkeys2008 going to cry? Why is everybody being mean to me?

HA HA HA

dlightphul Mon 1/21/2008 10:42PM
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this guy is dead wrong on bassnectar. his sets were absolutely incredible...phenomenal really. sure, he said that dick cheney deserves to die...so what? do you disagree? in any case, his little "rant" was over in a minute. aside from that, he pretty much dropped the beats relentlessly. the crowd seemed to love it from where i was standing. for the information of everybody who's got love for bassnectar, he was absolutely ridiculous...some of the nastiest shit i've ever heard in my life...

willie42o Fri 1/25/2008 11:47AM
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trojans for life> do u like the usc trojans? or are u just promotings safe sex? cause the picture is misleading dawg!