The Disco Biscuits | 12.31 | New York

Words by: Jesse Borrell | Images by Jesse Borrell & Robert Chapman

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31.08 :: Nokia Theatre :: New York, NY

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31 by Chapman
Another year had ended, but still its remnants were visible as a breeze lightly pushed rubbish throughout the streets of a barren Times Square. Surrounded by negative temperatures and entrenched within the soul of NYC, people of all shapes and colors gathered above ground like penguins just hours earlier in celebration. If one pressed their ear to the concrete, an energetic rumbling could still be felt coming from a hollowed-out space below as the music of The Disco Biscuits played on well into the morning.

Traveling from the pubescence at Rothbury to the beaches of Jamaica, from the dirty, dirty at Starland to the haze of the Melkweg, 2008 was a different sort of year for The Disco Biscuits. Playing 58 shows overall, an eclectic touring schedule totaled one of their lowest numbers in recent history. Yet in classic Bisco fashion, the fans were given just enough of a taste throughout the past year to get our fix. Ending the year with a blowout five-night run at NYC's Nokia Theatre, the quartet hit 2009 running with their sights set further down the line.

Anticipation is rising and details are decisively sparse when referring to the release of TDB's upcoming studio album, their first since 2002's Señor Boombox. "It's done!" proclaims bassist Marc Brownstein, lounging comfortably backstage on the eve of their second performance at Nokia. "We had eight songs ready to go about a month ago, and we've now settled on 15 songs that we want to put on the album."

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31 by Borrell
"It's cool. The new album looks a little bit into the future, a little bit into the past and then it has a whole mess of the right now," continued Brownstein. "It's going to be a really cool album." Though batches of new material were unveiled throughout the month of December, no tracks off the new album have been played live. "We are so excited. We want to release it today. We want to release it and play all of these new songs, because it has been such a long time that we have been working on it."

At 9:33 p.m., TDB arrived onstage and went straight into the opening licks of an instantaneous party inducing "7-11." Guitarist Jon Gutwillig thrashed back and forth, coiling his first solo with a large smile. As the song progressed, drummer Allen Aucoin took control of the tempo as if telegraphing a change in parallel with Brownstein's slowing basslines. Hints of a "Cyclone" reprise fluttered past. Various themes could be deciphered but "Rock Candy" emerged from the fog and took shape as rogue spotlights scanned the crowd.

After going through the structural motions of "Rock Candy," the boys collapsed upon a relatively fast and filthy pocket of musical play. It was as if Aucoin's cavernous kicks were imitating the dynamics of quicksand, and it's deep, deep within these moments that we have come to expect at the apex of TDB. Eventually the theme mellowed and we were sucked towards a light, jazzy version of "Vassilios." A funk heavy version of "Trucker's Choice" had the crowd singing the chorus at the top of their lungs.

Aron Magner :: 12.31 by Borrell
Perhaps by way of computer error, Aucoin's opening electronic drumbeats offered a faster cut of "Caterpillar" right out of the gate. As the song progressed, it was Gutwillig's energetic, rotational solos that tightened the ideas surrounding the improv. Darker, crunchy textures off Aron Magner's synth continued to suck air from an ever-tightening room as a wall of sound built great strength only to ultimately collapse.

"Here we are at Nokia, in Times Square, New York City. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. It's in the song!" declared Brownstein enthusiastically. Decked out with comfortable seating areas, no poor lines of sight and a plethora of cute waitresses with expensive drinks at our disposable, the Nokia Theatre was a great venue to host the NYE run. Every night it was as if each of us owned a very small, yet gracious portion of the joint. The scene was alive. "When they presented us with the opportunity, I had mixed emotions," admitted Brownstein. "We've never done more than three nights anywhere, and I had my reservations about whether that many people would want to come to the same venue five nights in a row."

For those resilient enough to experience all five nights, the multi-faceted musical styles of Bisco were in full effect. "I got out there [last night] and I looked out and saw that back row packed and I was blown away. First of five! This is definitely the biggest week of our career for us" smiled Brownstein.

Marc Brownstein :: 12.31 by Chapman
When asked about the most significant moment of 2008, Brownstein's answer not only caught me by surprise, but it inadvertently realigned my train of thought to the many tasks at hand in 2009.

"Probably the best moment of 2008 was Election Day. How can there be any better day?" asked Brownstein rhetorically. "The truth of the matter is that the jam band community consists of good, hard working people. These are passionate people. People who are moved by music are moved by everything and can tap into that 'greater thing' out there, and [that passion] needs to go through all of the different scenes. We all need to take action. And that's why Obama got elected, because in the end it was every community that came together."

The answer should not have surprised me coming from the Co-Chairman of HeadCount - the preeminent voter registration drive in the music world today. Leading up to last year's election, HeadCount officially registered over 105,000 individuals. Journeying back towards the wide dance floors, I tried to imagine the plights of those around me. There is something very special and symbolic that happens with the passing of a year. Although an alteration of consciousness needs no calendar for significance, it sometimes takes the symbolic gesture to fine-tune one's being. And while there is a distinct relationship between the private politics of an individual versus a public persona, the two are kept separate in the realm of The Disco Biscuits.

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31 by Chapman
"We like to keep the world of The Disco Biscuits as escapism, a fantasy. The world out there is fucked up and what we do is entertain people. We're not out there trying to preach, we're not trying to tell people how we feel," said Brownstein. "All we're trying to do is put on a show and get people out of their world and into ours for a couple of hours. That's what The Disco Biscuits are about."

The Biscuits debuted "Uber Glue" just weeks earlier, at their annual Caribbean Hollidaze festival in Jamaica (click here for pictures). "Uber Glue," with no coherent guess towards the meaning of the song's title, is a triumphant little number featuring soaring guitar riffs and secret agent keyboard work. Although both tracks were performed on the previous Saturday, hearing "Uber Glue" > "Tamarin Alley" a second time allowed many to familiarize themselves with these new tracks. While "Uber Glue" sounds somewhat premature in terms of actual content, "Tamarin Alley" contains many lively aspects that we've come to expect from this band. Seemingly lunging from side to side during its plight towards takeoff, the organism of "Tamarin Alley" has a monster hidden within.

"We introduced [Tamarin Alley] as Conspirator because Allen was going to be at the show and we felt it was a good chance for the three of us to get comfortable with the song, which is being played in a new arrangement and a new way from how we normally play our music" Brownstein explained. "It worked very well [with Conspirator], but the song is so much better as a Biscuits song. It's so much bigger. With Jon's guitar it just sings."

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31 by Chapman
In between vocals, Brownstein manically jumped around the stage trying to keep pace with the energy inside the stanzas and any attempts at keeping up with Aucoin's pummels became futile. Once the audience becomes more accustomed with the cut in the future, "Tamarin Alley" is sure to be a showstopper. Throughout a classical rendition of "Spaga," TDB varied their attack as styles ranged from mellow reggae dub to compelling psychedelic rock.

Closing in on the end of 2008, the Biscuits rested in the familiar pockets of "Astronaut." After fittingly suspending and floating in the air as it has many times before, somewhere during "Astronaut" the clock struck twelve. Balloons and confetti fell from above and the crowd continued to rage, singing aloud to the ad-libbed NYE-specific lyrics of "Helicopters." The mood turned less serious as the art of dancing became intertwined with hugs, kisses and popping of fallen balloons. Built up feelings of unnerving anticipation were released and the music finally reached a high Bisco plateau. With the sequential advancement of controlled guitar riffs, the heart and soul of the Biscuits were upon us. Feet all across the floors leapt in celebration alongside progressions of pure, cyclical rage.

Unexpectedly switching into "Air Song," the mood became subtler. While the version may have not been its most provocative incarnation, the "Air" infused voyage coming back into "Helicopters" gave the crowd more of what they were looking for. Just like that, another year had past in tandem with a fury of fists in the air. TDB ended the set playing mischievously with fire.

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31 by Chapman
"I thought we would be where we are today two years ago, but with ten years behind us with [Sam Altman] the telepathy doesn't come over night," explained Brownstein. "Now, we've been together over four years with Allen and things are clicking, and I think that's what happened in 2008. This was the year where the band with Allen stopped being the band and Allen, and started being The Disco Biscuits."

When asked about a possible future Altman/Aucoin dual drummer scenario a la The Grateful Dead, Brownstein laughed, "That would be pretty cool. Maybe one night we will make that happen. I think the good thing about Sammy's situation is that he's in the best place he has ever been in, and we're in the best place we've ever been in. We split amicably. The doors are always open for those kinds of things."

Nestled deep behind a plethora of drums and electronics, the humble Aucoin always seems poised and ready to go at a moment's notice. Hopefully in the coming year his artistic fingerprint will become increasingly distinct as he tightens the rhythmic reigns of TDB.

"To be onstage after more than a decade, and to continually have your mind blown by the people around you in your own band is a crazy thing. If it wasn't happening it would get stagnant," Brownstein said. "The name of the game is to keep it exciting and interesting for us. If we can do that other people will follow."

Jon Gutwillig :: 12.31 by Borrell
The Biscuits were almost taking a chance with their often-temperamental fan base by choosing newer material to dominate Set Three. "Meditation" is a vibrant track, filled with a wide palette of textures that will fit nicely in setlists of the future. The multi-layered sounds within the tentatively titled "Autumn Breathe" are very reminiscent of fellow electronica brethren STS9, yet still clearly Bisco, full of purposeful keyboards and a bassline infused with hypnotic drumbeats and recurring guitar riffs. Perhaps veiled within these tight pockets are hints of continued expansion for The Disco Biscuits.

"It's like one whole thing has evolved and it's changing, which is really cool. And then it's going to change again really soon," Brownstein explained, referring to their upcoming album. "We're changing it up right now a little bit with all of our new songs. Then, when our next new batch of songs come out, they're going to be all different again."

The once smiling faces of the band turned serious as a flow developed before us, imitating countless victory-laden improvisations of the past. The mood became almost reflective as the band headed toward a subtle release. Hints of drum and bass mingled with touches of progressive rock as "High Speed Racer" transformed the theatre into a Middle Eastern bazaar. Hearing the thematic range of the previous three tracks only further mystifies what the new album will present.

Matisyahu & Brownstein :: 12.31 by Chapman
"The album is kind of three different styles of music, with five songs of each style," Brownstein asserted. "Five of them are produced by Simon [Posford] and Benji [Vaughan] of Younger Brother. Five of them are produced and co-written by Don Cheegro and Dirty Harry, the hip-hop duo in Philly. And another five are straight rock & roll songs, harkening back to the old days of the Biscuits."

Responding with applause, the audience immediately recognized the opening notes of "Magellan." The well-arranged epic mellowed the atmosphere, but before "Magellan" even had a chance to get off the ground, a guest was brought onstage and the course changed directions. Enter Matisyahu from stage right.

Granted, I am a fan of Matisyahu. I think his unique form of freestyle rapping and out-of-the-ordinary vocal melodies blend well with the brooding tendencies of the Biscuits. This night's attempt to infuse an ad-libbed reggae jam within the confines of a "Magellan" was a daring one, but it never gained true cohesiveness. Furthermore, the decision to end Set Three with another new instrumental track, "M80," is sure to be discussed and debated for a short while. The flipside of having such a devoted fan base is each decision made opens the opportunity for scrutiny. Ending with a "Nughuffer" encore, Brownstein comically described a stoner adventure featuring The Jonas Brothers, Ludacris and President Bill Clinton to end the show on a lighter note.

Matisyahu w/ The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31 by Chapman
As we spilled onto the streets of New York City just after 3 a.m., all should have felt grateful for the generous amount of music experienced. The opportunity to hang out with new and old friends, as some of our favorite musicians aimed for ascension, is what life is all about. While not the most polished performance, this New Year's Eve show contained all of the elements we have come to love about The Disco Biscuits. It always amazes me how this band continues to perform with both spontaneity and a humbling sense of humor night after night without showing evidence of burning out.

The implementation of new material during this Nokia run proves that there is still much up Bisco's sleeve. All remaining uncertainties revolving around their new album are sure to be laid to rest during a massive '09 touring schedule that has its sights set both on eclipsing last year's touring total and reaching the Pacific Ocean by early spring.

"Our album is clipped down. The shit is grown and clipped, but it's got to cure," Brownstein declared. "And if we don't spend the time curing it properly, you're going to get it and it's not going to smell right. So, the album is in this curing process right now, and it's going to come out crispy and perfect."

The Disco Biscuits :: 12.31.08 :: Nokia Theatre :: New York, NY
Set I: 7-11 > Rock Candy > Vassilios > Trucker's Choice, Caterpillar
Set II: Uber Glue > Tamarin Alley, Spaga > Astronaut > Helicopters > Air Song > Helicopters
Set III: Meditation > Autumn Breathes, High Speed Racer, Magellan > Jam* > Magellan, M80
Encore: Nughuffer#
* w/ Matisyahu
# w/ Ned Scott of The Egg

The Disco Biscuits at Nokia Theater New Years Eve Run 2008

Continue reading for more pics of The Disco Biscuits on NYE...

Images by: Robert Chapman

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ill eagle starstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 01:55PM
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ill eagle

What do you mean by "the pubescence of Rothbury"?

D$ Fri 1/9/2009 01:59PM
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12/28 was the best show of the run by far.

Jambizzle Fri 1/9/2009 02:35PM
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look how many of these dudes in the crowd are wearing their hats just like Brownstein. hilarious.

Jambizzle Fri 1/9/2009 02:37PM
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the flat bill ball cap. cocked to the side. slight.

you can always tell a bisco fan.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 02:41PM
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these guys are fucking awesome!!! Cant wait for Mule/Biscuits Texas tour next month!! Hope they Rothbury...

if rhymes were valiums... Fri 1/9/2009 02:45PM
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if rhymes were valiums...

i guess pubescence means that the festival is... young? first annual?

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 02:47PM
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awesome show. awesome review. great way to capture the mood and anticipation of this show within the greater context of what this band is trying to do. thought that it was appropriate that it combined almost equal parts show and future, as this band being as excited as they are for this album makes me excited for the possibilities of future shows. again thank you for this awesome review

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 02:48PM
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and great pix. no dave vann no problem.

mikenails Fri 1/9/2009 02:54PM
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look at how many dudes are in that crowd. where are the ladies?

cbean59630 Fri 1/9/2009 02:55PM
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From what I've read and heard this show was aweful. The 28th's were it's at! They were on fire that night. The only thing that is keeping me excited for the new album is that, "five of them are produced by Simon Posford and Benji Vaughaun." Those tracks will be awesome.

bigchris Fri 1/9/2009 03:00PM
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The flatter the bill, duller the tool.

MoveMyPeeps Fri 1/9/2009 03:17PM
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heard their new songs are terrible

brooklynite84 Fri 1/9/2009 03:26PM
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pottad Fri 1/9/2009 03:27PM
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I had tickets to the 30th and 31st and decided to trade them for the UM run in chicago for monetary purposes. I was very sceptacle but after reading reviews of new years i feel like i may have made the right choice. I also got to catch tdb show on the 28th so it looks like i caught the best of both worlds. That sunday night show is the heat from beginning to end.

futhepharmer Fri 1/9/2009 04:46PM
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Those are the ladies in the backward baseball caps. look closely.

Bisco doesn't lend itself to good lookin' women

farquha starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 04:47PM
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Great article! Nice to hear some more info on the new album...sounds pretty hawt! As for the new songs they played in Jamaica and Nokia, they aren't my favorite to say the least, but I am sure they will grow on me. Many of them sound like STS9 songs, which to me isn't good, but once fused into transitions, I'm sure people will appreciate them more.

As for the Nokia, best sound system I've ever heard i think. The security sucked balls though, had quite a few friends get kicked out over the run.

As for the show, I was only at 26-28, with the 28th blowing the roof off. I heard NYE wasn't that great, esp. the last set. But the first two sets are pretty awesome!

can't wait to hear Biscuits produced by Simon and Benji....that shit will be off the hook!

and it was kind of a BRAH festie in there!

haleygd starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 04:47PM
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good times

funny review

if rhymes were valiums... Fri 1/9/2009 05:21PM
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if rhymes were valiums...

"I love how they review this show, but not the major show down the street with My Morning Jacket. What's that about..."


ClaysTribe star Fri 1/9/2009 05:21PM
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look at all the lame hat wearers

one can never trust one who does not bend the brim of thier hat

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 05:25PM
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yeah the 28th was the heat of the run.....looked fun tho

thisiswhathappenslarry Fri 1/9/2009 06:30PM
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what's worse than a biscuit show?

a biscuit show with matisyahu.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 06:43PM
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good one lebowski....stay tuned... im gonna knock their vocals! WERE ORIGINAL!

AKPhuser starstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 09:25PM
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D-Line Fri 1/9/2009 10:20PM
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NYE was terrible! was this guy really at the same show? worst biscuits show ive ever seen. i think its the first time ive ever heard fans actually BOOOING. from start to finish the show sucked, no energy, noone was playing together, jazzy vasilios?? more like i forget the chords vasilios. and omg the 3rd set??? the rapping orthodox guy? was the worst thing i think ive ever seen live. im sorry people i love me some biscuits but this show was bad bad bad start to finish. and the sad thing is not only was the 28th EPIC but all 4 shows prior to NYE was really good. just wish i went to the garden or even mule on NYE, much MUCH more fun this pile if steaming crap, i wouldnt even download it and listen to it again thats how bad. but the 28th? listend to it 3 times already

D-Line Fri 1/9/2009 10:31PM
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pile of* steaming crap

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 10:31PM
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it is possible that all the other shows were better, but that doesn't mean that this show is as bad as you think it is; first two sets were really good

D-Line Sat 1/10/2009 12:34AM
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sorry i disagree i thought the whole show was bad including the first 2 sets, if i had to pick a highlight it was truckers choice and thats it, one song.i remember thinking after the first set, dam that was WEAK but at least we have 2 more sets!! yeah right!!! listen to the countdown it was horrible!! i mean 5 nights you expect at least one night to be off, too bad it was new years...too bad it was all 3 sets. listen to last new years, doesnt even compare. i know like 15 people that went and everyone was super disapointed after the show

DubSaw starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/10/2009 01:19AM
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man out of a five night run from one of the biggest jam bands on the scene they review one night. super fucking weak. saturday and sunday were the shiiit. im only saying that cause i was there. wish i could have gone to all five nights.

C00lmike Sat 1/10/2009 03:20AM
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Looks like the biggest sausage fest I've ever seen judging from these photos.

bigfro Sat 1/10/2009 03:32AM
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These were some of the best shows I've seen in years. The band absolutely jammed out. They broke out a slew of new songs that were some of the best stuff they've written in years. The guitar work by Barber was a thousand miles and hour and totally off the hook. The best psychedelic music I've sen in years. It totally passes the acid test. Oh yeah and there were tons of hot chicks

bigfro Sat 1/10/2009 03:36AM
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By the way a big FU to anyone who wasn't there and hated on Nw Years. It was aone of the best shows I've ever seen on New Years. The only reason anyone would bag on it was because they wanted to hear song stupid song and didn't or maybe they are one of the haters that impress their friends by being over everything. The 28th was great too. They were jammiing. they were bringing the songs beyond this realm where no poser can survive. Sat 1/10/2009 03:41AM
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My Morning Jacket sucks ass and didn't even sell out. This band is the real thing. Many of you posers should go home and blast your crappy Nos albums and shut the F up. Bisco owns all of you and you'll never compete so you attempt tp be a hater. The refuge of all sell out pop stars who won't be partying with us in five years once there wives take over their life.

Jim1 Sat 1/10/2009 04:18AM
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They should change their names to "the Disco Buttondowns"

Do they now have a band uniform?

mikemac9317 Sat 1/10/2009 05:04AM
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I know my opinion, which I own

And Ownership has it's privileges

jolana Sat 1/10/2009 07:10AM
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I'm sure that condescending to Bisco while also saying you like them makes you feel soomehow elevated and superior to not only the argument but the DIsco Biscuits, But maybe you should put on a shirt and shut up. I doubt you've produced anything on the quality and expertise of the disco biscuits (while improvising no less). My Morning Jacket play simular sets every night. It's not hard to be great when you play the same tunes a hundred times a year. The Bisco played 86 unique setlist last year. How many have you played poser.

jimmy row Sat 1/10/2009 08:38AM
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"Perhaps by way of computer error......." ummm i thought these guys were musicians? I have to be honest, as soon as I read that in the review I stopped....any band that has computer malfunctions screw things up mid show...i dont know

mikemac9317 Sat 1/10/2009 08:40AM
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D-Line Sat 1/10/2009 08:46AM
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its funny how i always bash everything but i just said the first 4 nights were awesome and new years sucked, maybe you should read first before you just hate on me, and bigfro, if thats the best new years show youve ever saw i feel very sorry for you , it was a terrible show, sorry brah. and you say it sucked becasue i ddidnt like the songs? no shit!! i mean they played all the new songs 3 times each on this 5 night run, and then waited till the last set to play all of them with a reggae orthodox corn fest. terrible song selection, terrible show.NOW HAVING SAID THAT IL SAY IT AGAIN, the first 4 shows were hoT

D-Line Sat 1/10/2009 08:49AM
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if rhymes were valiums... Sat 1/10/2009 09:04AM
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if rhymes were valiums...

the review is subjective... better to be on the positive side of objectivity, ensures a good time in order to get your money's worth. discuss...

Ching Sat 1/10/2009 09:18AM
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BARF...when will people get tired of this sophmoric band??? terrible vocals. they sound likea glorified HS band they just happens to be mediocore. no offense Bisco fans but besides the fact your fav band has THE WORSE name in band history, and scrappy vocals and a very generic sophmoric song...if JAMTRONICA or wutever the hll you call it wasnt halfway in style no one would care about this crappy band.

ganjjjj Sat 1/10/2009 09:31AM
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say what you will about 1st and 3rd sets, 2nd set delivered and personally that's all I really came for. Of course the new songs aren't going to be as tight, but listen to any of a number of your favorite songs when they were first played and I promise they won't sound as good as they do now. Even Brownie said Basis wasn't Basis until they played it 200-some times.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/10/2009 09:55AM
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^^CHING - id expect people tired of this band not to visit and support any articles on them.....SOOOOOO?


Jeff Kash Sat 1/10/2009 10:05AM
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Jeff Kash

When will the haters stay home?

blee18 Sat 1/10/2009 01:02PM
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any of you who were at this show missed out on the most bad ass epic concert in Chi-Town on NYE

UMPH lit it up to all new heights.... from being to end.... give this show a listen if you have any doubts..... unreal

PickinKind Sat 1/10/2009 01:19PM
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it must be all the bus fumes, oxy, and crack

gmoo Sat 1/10/2009 01:35PM
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What's wrong with flat brim hats? And when did this thread turn into the highway for the fashion police? Grow up and take care of yourself people. Bisco in Chitown in two weeks yesssssir.


RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/10/2009 03:31PM
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not that it has anything to do with the show, but there were A LOT of really good looking girls at this concert btw. any other biscuits show you may be right about the girl situation but not at this particular show. o yea and they should have made this a compilation review of all 5 nights

DonPoconO starstar Sat 1/10/2009 04:43PM
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Is it me or is this guy stuck so far up Barber and Brownie's asses that he missed this show all together?? Just for the record, I enjoy the Biscuits, have seen them for many years, and have attended more than a couple of their New Year events. This is why I felt this show was such a disappointment and if it wasn't for the fact of being w good people, I probably wouldn't of had a good time at all.

I understand wanting to get your new material out and wanting people to like it, but to play ALL of it on your NYE show and for the 3rd set??! Come on now, there is a difference between playing the new songs during the entire run to get people acclimated to them through out the previous 4 nights and ramming it down your throat all at once on New Years. (which they did both of)

The sad thing is, if you could have taken any 2 sets from any of the previous nights of this run and replaced them with any 2 of the 3 sets of NYE, the show would have been EPIC! Guess they blew it out too hard, the previous nights and maybe a 5 night-run is too much for this band.

Break-down set by set just seemed like they could not get it together and I just kept waiting for take-off, just to be mellowed back into some psychedelic noodling>new song= LET DOWN. 1st set with that "jazzy" Vassilios; if off-beat, groggy, and out of sync w each other is now Jazzy, sure that sounds about right. Saving grace of the set was Trucker's Choice, Caterpillar, but what should you expect when your band members are still sleeping 15 min before show time. 2nd set was the best set of the show, but a mediocre one when comparing them to sets from previous nights.

At least the author of this story realized that Billy Goat-yahoo pretty much ruined the Magellan right when the set was starting to take off, but the band completed the let down by ending their New Years show with M80. Then NugHuffer for an encore, love the song, but not as an encore.

As I said I am a fan, and I am not trying to hate, but when you could see this band pushing the envelope, tapping into a greater energy force and taking shit to places you couldn't even imagine, in tight unison like a synchronized psychotropic machine, this show was a Disappointment and a big FUUUURRRRNNT!!!!!!! You can only realize how bad it can get when you know how good it could be.

And for all this talk about talent and MMJ, can those two word even be written in the same sentence? I guess I need to cook eggs w no shirt on in KY or wear tight emo jeans so my nuts turn into a vagina, like all these other wanna-be hollywood pre-madonnas to get it, but I just don't. This must be the same fan-base running around w your Wilco shirts on and messed hair that took an hour and a half to get just right. Anyway, that's one guys opinion/review congrats to everyone who read the entire thing.

RambleOnShelbyRose Sat 1/10/2009 04:58PM
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^that's a really long message, a lot of good points, didn't quite understand the last paragraph, but the jam into rock candy was really good too

D-Line Sat 1/10/2009 05:03PM
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maybe jambase should hire donpocono to review shows for them, much more accurate

if rhymes were valiums... Sat 1/10/2009 05:10PM
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if rhymes were valiums...

don you are correct in many ways. this is just an opinion. please volunteer your services and add your 2 cents via show reviews because jambase does no hire anybody...

DubSaw starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/10/2009 09:17PM
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picture of barber solo with those lights is fucking EPIC .

gmoo Sat 1/10/2009 10:32PM
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I agree don keep spittin' brahphacy

claye Sun 1/11/2009 04:59AM
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I love how all the haters have nothing to comment on except the band's attire or how many girls are in the three crowd pics. If you personally don't like the music then fine, but respect the fact that the band is continuing to reach new heights and push the bar higher. Let's be respectful and mature music lovers folks!! appreciate musicianship and one's likenesses and keep your opinions to yourself!

O1Roggae Sun 1/11/2009 08:14AM
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Bisco's tour 09 tour so far tops a lot of other tours right now imo and when bisco keeps touring their playing is a lot less sloppy. Their playin Texas for christ's sake.

Ching Sun 1/11/2009 08:43AM
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why are most BISCO fans somehow kinda Ghetto???? ser?

whats up w the hip hop hippie look??? oh i is a fad...Bands liek BISCO give jambands a bad name

acomma Sun 1/11/2009 09:18AM
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Are the Disco Biscuits prohibiting females from attending shows?

smokey82832 Sun 1/11/2009 10:05AM
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many of those that comment of jambase must have shit in their ears....almost every thread states this band sucks, the crowd sucks, the vibe sucks, no chicks, frat boys....if u listen to these folks every band that gets reviewed on jambase sucks....these guys sold out their NYE run and countless other shows all year long....u may not like them personally but hell enough of us do...everytime these guys have came through chicago they rocked and the crowd was bad ass.....u may not like how they were there hats (i think it looks stupid ass well) but maybe they don't like your nasty body odor from not showering....maybe they don'y like your scummy dreads...perhaps they think u should by a new pair of pants instead of just patching them up...get A CLUE OR STAY HOME

gmoo Sun 1/11/2009 10:39AM
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The fashion police are at it again. It's queer eye for the bisco guy.

jolana Sun 1/11/2009 02:08PM
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The bottom line is that I had the most amazing week with mostly good people at my favorite venue in NYC. I was looking forward to this article (WHICH IS GREAT and covers it perfectly).

I then see a bunch of leeches trying to ruin the fun of everyone by bagging on a great rock and roll band, and it is pretty random to bring up My Morning Jacket, WHAAA!!! what do they have to do with the biscuits. Are you gonna cry if someone doesn't care.

Or maybe you can pretend that Bisco heads are all wiggers when they are mostly dead heads, phish heads, 2008 hippies and a few kids who dress like Brownstein, but are harmless.

The word 'hater' is used as a one word simple way to describe the waste of life that could read about such a life affirming event in such a shitty dark world and instead bag on it like were talking about KFED or some bullshit.

As far as I'm concerned you can all take a flying fuck if you don't like Bisco. They have provided me with much joy and are always a safe bet on psychedelics.


bigfro Sun 1/11/2009 02:19PM
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To all the simple mided folk who don't know what pass the acid test means.

It means if your were tripping face the band would inspire you. People ususally have no patience for a shitty band on acid. It is the ultimate equalizer.

Hey Mimiluv, AT LEAST I HAVE AN OPINION. This music was invented to create the group mind on psychedelics. Why do you think they change the set up every night. Jerry has a whole interview about it here.

You should Kidsw like you should Read about Ken Kesey and the Dead and the Acid Tests in San Francisco and stop bragging about being ignorant. Your calling me opposites like stupid and still tripping in the same sentence shows your just proud to be ignorant.

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/11/2009 03:07PM
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bottom line is that dressing a certain way is certainly the worst way of criticizing a band, in fact i have a problem with all these kids that like bisco (like myself) that are even letting stupid people get them angry or all riled up with stupid comments like that, they don't justify a reaction. and it especially doesn't warrant making fun of sterotype hippies in response, because just because you don't listen to this band doesn't mean that you dress one way, and vice versa. Band is great, this tour will show people that this band is quite capable of making unquestionably good music, that transcends tastes. good 09 to all, i'm ready for some dead some phish and some damn good biscuits

WaveSnacker Sun 1/11/2009 04:16PM
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what a creepy looking concert

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^^ I admit, some of those dudes don't look to happy to be there.

"what to expect when band members are sleeping 15 minutes before show time"

thats funny!

Smittea Mon 1/12/2009 10:52AM
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Jambizzle "the flat bill ball cap. cocked to the side. slight. you can always tell a bisco fan." ...and the idiot as well. Whereas it probably jives with the Disco scene, most people I see looking like that have barely evolved over knuckle walking.

Smittea Mon 1/12/2009 11:01AM
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I have to admit I have quite a few friends that were at those shows. I don't particularly understand why they like this band so much - the video on the previous page does not impress upon me their intellect nor depth. With that said, it is true.... the only thing worse than a Disco Biscuit show is one where Matisyahu performs with them. God, I almost puked on my PC looking at those pics.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 11:54AM
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CHING, SMITTEA (Closet bisco fans)

- ill see you 2 at the next show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 11:58AM
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ill bring the crooked hats to replace your nike visor's at the door

Smittea Mon 1/12/2009 12:57PM
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PoRNoFUnK "CHING, SMITTEA (Closet bisco fans) - ill see you 2 at the next show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


Porno, trust me, not necessary. I tried, honestly I tried... back in 1996 or 1997 was the first time I heard the Biscuits at one of the All Good Festivals when they used to be held in Brandywine, MD. So unless you want to be carrying a crooked hat around along with my imaginary Nike visor, I'd recommend you just bring your barrels and lollipops. Tay?

Jambizzle Mon 1/12/2009 02:57PM
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You all just made my day. I lost my job today, but hearing your consentual thoughts on my remarks about side-ways cocked, flat-billed dome caps...makes everything alright. Thanks everybody!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 03:01PM
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or i can bring a life you dont necessarily have, talking shit on bands you dont like?

*sounds exhausting & fulfilling, your g/f,b/f must be thrilled

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 04:29PM
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smittea i don't think that those interviews were intended to display the things that you say were lacking, i don't think a band is in the right state of mind to be very thoughtful during a 5 night NYE run. btw barber is the man, you didn't love that creation that he shared with us

FrogBrigade22 Mon 1/12/2009 08:42PM
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i spy with my little eye only one girl in the whole crowd, shes not even hot

HoodooVoodoo Mon 1/12/2009 11:15PM
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This show looked like a bro-fest.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks Tue 1/13/2009 01:13PM
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Get em tuff guys

mykedakyke starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/13/2009 02:17PM
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new years was awsome lchaim to the first 2 sets on new years

cavemandan Thu 1/15/2009 01:42PM
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bisco babes are hot!

KimMPLS starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 11:08AM
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Sick show. Sick article. Sick pics. I wish that night didn't have to end... I certainly tried to keep it going; I didn't leave the Nokia Theater until after 4am!