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Nathan Moore & Trevor Garrod ~ 6/9/10 ~ Ct. Yankee, San Francisco, CA
Singer/songwriters Nathan Moore & Trevor Garrod treated a mesmerized crowd to a magical musical evening last night at the Ct. Yankee in San Francisco, CA.

Nathan started things out with a beautiful set of fan favorites and new tunes, with Trevor following suit. The two musicians then joined forces for the first time and performed some Nathan's classics along with blues standards including Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and a few Trevor originals thrown into the mix.

Here's a video I captured of their first moments on stage together performing Nathan's "Back in 15 minutes", enjoy: 1 Comment :: Permalink :: Thu 6/10/2010 10:06 AM
Music Forecast
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Thu 12/11/2008 12:32 PM
It's Alright Ma
I revisited this Dylan classic yesterday while enjoy The Bootleg Series, Vol 6 Live 1964:

It's really incredible that he has the capacity to both remember the lyrics and come up with them in the first place.

The song transports, surrounds and reveals the inner workings of a mind of a genius.

What I would give to be delivered back to that moment in time...
4 Comments :: Permalink :: Thu 2/28/2008 1:09 PM
Art is a Verb, Not a Noun
I attended the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. I was invited to speak on a panel in the late afternoon, but spent all day hanging out and listening to lots of brilliant people talk about music, tech and the intersection.

One of those great minds was John Perry Barlow, who was given a broad microphone to express his theories on everything from copyrights to bob weir. His biggest, obvious point was that copyright used to be a lot more successful when it was difficult to copy things.

He pointed out that while most media is moving online into a free form, there are still people figuring out ways to use the new medium to spread the message and raise awareness for their goods which are paid for (read: Radiohead).

John has been through a lot in the past year. He recently underwent major back surgery and is consistently traveling around the country taking meetings, speaking at conferences and rallying for electronic freedom.

He's a man with a deep appreciation for the history of things and a keen awareness for where things are going. I admire his philosophical perspective and always appreciate it when he tells his stories.

Not to mention, he wrote some pretty fantastic songs back in the day. 0 Comments :: Permalink :: Tue 2/26/2008 11:17 PM
Merry New Year!
=) 0 Comments :: Permalink :: Fri 12/28/2007 11:49 AM
Everyone Deserves Music
Michael Franti and Spearhead are pumping out of my home stereo right home from the Power to the Peaceful Festival/Rally in Golden Gate Park. We're usually there every year, but I had to take this year off to rest after a long week post-burning man. It's still nice to 'be there' over the air and hear the words of positive activism ringing through the air. 0 Comments :: Permalink :: Sat 9/8/2007 4:17 PM
Some Kind of Monster
I finally checked out the Metallica movie "Some kind of Monster" last night (thanks Netflix!) and really enjoyed it.

I'd never been a big Metallica fan, but had a lot of respect for what they accomplished. I now have even more respect for them.

Worth the watch...  
1 Comment :: Permalink :: Mon 8/27/2007 2:25 PM
Tea Leaf Green at the Sweetwater

Performing under the name Coffee Bean Brown (sorta), Tea Leaf Green returned to the valley of Mill at the legendary Sweetwater Saloon, the place I first saw them live, to rock the house.

Some video clips available at


1 Comment :: Permalink :: Tue 8/14/2007 12:21 PM
The Bliss Business
Been brewing a blog lately about how the music business is really the "bliss" business...and with that, who's to say that my brand of bliss is any different than your brand of bliss.

Well, you are.
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Mon 8/13/2007 9:30 AM
Jerry Day
I remember exactly what I was doing 12 years ago today.

I was in my fraternity house when Art Aisner walked in to tell me that Jerry had died. I turned on the tv and started flipping channels and watched as the news was reported.

We spent the day (and year, and decade) in mourning and gathered together to remember a great man who was taken too soon.

Thanks Jerry, for everything...
1 Comment :: Permalink :: Thu 8/9/2007 3:29 PM
Incubus at the Greek

My good buddy invited me out to Berkeley's Greek Theatre last night to check out the band Incubus. I'd never really heard them (or of them) too much before, so I was flying a bit blind. I knew they had a radio hit and clearly some level of success since they were playing the Greek on a Saturday night, but I wasn't quite prepared for what I'd experience.

The crowd was packed in early getting a good seat, even before the 8pm opener came on. They were decent, and kept repeating their name which I've since forgotten (Simon Dawes)

When Incubus came out the crowd erupted, and proceeded to chant along with each tune as it pounded it's way through the sold out natural amphitheater.

The music was multi-dimensional, tight, driving, ferocious and strangely appealing. The light show was fantastic and the vibe in the audience was electric. Crowd sways, mosh-pits and surfers provided ample visual entertainment as the band weaved through its repertoire over the course of an hour and 1/2 or so.

It was a great rocking evening out at the Greek exploring some new music outside my comfort zone and hanging with a new crowd.

While my horizons have been widened,  I'm still looking forward to next week's String Cheese Incident, Sector 9, Disco Biscuits show ;)

More photos at:

1 Comment :: Permalink :: Sun 7/15/2007 11:09 AM
Tea Leaf Green in Fairfax -- 3 is the Magic Number
When Tea Leaf Green announced they were playing a 3 night run at the intitimate 19 Broadway club in Fairfax, CA during the Summer Solstace, one word immediately popped into my head: "epic"

Fairfax is a little hippie town just west of San Rafael in Marin County, CA. It's just far enough out there that you have to want to go there, and is all that stands between you and the San Geronimo Valley just over the western hills which is home to such heady places as the Spirit Rock Zen Center, San Geronimo Culture Center and Point Reyes Station.

Downtown Fairfax is a bustling little community hub complete with several cafes, Good Earth organic grocery and The Scoop - the best little ice cream shop in the world.

The buzz of the three nights was palpabale even before arriving at the club. The growth in Tea Leaf's fanbase over the past few years due mainly in part to their increased ferocity of playing along with a steady regiment of better bookings has landed them on the frontal lobes of most fans of the extended jam. Having been a fan for the past 6 years, I immediately knew that these shows were not to be missed.

As it turns out, this band knows how to deliver. Each night built upon the next, and underneath all of the triumphant musical shreading, lytical genius and general celebretory glory rock, there was a theme.

The first night - Travelling. Songs of long nights on the road, non-stop touring and the feeling of hitting the east coast, turning around heading west. Opening with their original song "California" from their first album and encoring with The Band's "Ophelia" seemed all too appropriate. The evening featured some wonderful renditions of Ride Together, Hot Dog > Earth and Sky, and a rare No Blanket (It's only when I'm headed West, when I'm broken down in need of rest...)

Night two began with another song from their first album, "Steal Your Imagination", a song about a girl, once again setting the tone for the night two - this time about Love. Blazing through some classic numbers like Freedom ('don't you patronize me'), and Pretty Jane, the band showed off a softer more emotional side, while still possessing the gurth-like energy to raise fists to the next level. The second set ended with the triumphant Sex in the 70s and encored with the beautiful Don't Let It Down before launching into the next tribute to The Band, "Don't You Do It"

Speaking with keyboardist Trevor Garrod about the natural evolution of the music over the past two nights, he acknowledged that he tends to write songs about one of three themes. Travelling, Love, and .... partying.

So, it would be that night 3 began with yet another song from their first album, "Crackers and Cheese". This night would leave everything out there, blowing the roof off the place and keeping the audience screaming for more.

The run capped off with an enormous Planet of Green Love followed by the classic rock anthem Truck Stop Sally.

Up On Cripple Creek kept everyone singing along as the band put a historic three night run in the books and made it clear to everyone that they're capable of taking it to the next level, and beyond...

1 Comment :: Permalink :: Fri 6/29/2007 3:00 PM
High Sierra Next Week!
Getting very excited for the yearly jaunt to the California highlands for the High Sierra Music Festival!

Truly one of the great established music festivals of our time, ever year I get introduced to my new favorite band!  Who will it be this year?

I was just reflecting with friends that there's not quite a venue like the old Fillmore where you could walk in any night and find something you liked. I think of that old story of Bill Graham in the bathroom overhearing the two hippies talking: "Hey, who's playing tonight man?" -- "It doesn't matter, it's The Fillmore!" -- that just doesn't exist anymore in our modern era...

High Sierra is an example of that spirit. A guaranteed good time. Hope to see you there.

0 Comments :: Permalink :: Thu 6/28/2007 11:11 AM
It's how it makes you feel
I've noticed a mass increase in the amount of debate lately on this band vs. that band. "Your favorite band sucks!"

I've always found this to be a trite argument, and anyone subscribing to the conversation is simply pouring oxygen into a black hole.

Music hits us all completely differently. It's an intimiate, personal experience worthy of our individual experience. To tell someone else how they should feel about an artist, well...i don't even really know what to say about that.

The best music in the world is the music YOU love...
1 Comment :: Permalink :: Wed 6/20/2007 10:35 AM
How can one date carry so much significance in ones life?

So it was that 12 years ago today I would make a voyage from mid-Michigan to mid-Indiana with a group of college friends to partake in the ritual of live music with a band I had only come to know from tapes, CDs and stories.

I remember a few months before waking up early to call in for tickets.  Did we miss mail ordering? I have no idea. We all used different land line phones around the fraternity house and whoever got through agreed to get tickets for everyone. I don't recall who the lucky winner was, but we settled for lawn seats as the pavilion had already sold out.

On the actual day before, Jon, Kenny, Art & I piled into the car and headed down 69 south for the 3-4 hour journey. We stopped about half-way at a campground area and set up shop for the night. Walking around the site we found another ground of Phish travelers at an adjacent fire pit, one of which doned an acoustic guitar. We sat for a while as the young man serenaded us with some classic Phish tunes like AC/DC Bag and even one of his own songs, "Tea Rose", a song about lost love and re-encarnation. While Tea Rose became sort of a theme song of our weekend, it wasn't until many months later that I'd discover the true significance when I drifted into the Small Planet in East Lansing, MI to check out a new rising midwest band, ekoostik hookah, and low and behold on stage was that very same musician, Ed McGee, playing none other than Tea Rose at that very moment.

The next day we made the final jaunt into Noblesville. We pulled into one of the local makeshift campgrounds that are set up just for the Phish invasions, and then headed over the show, not wanting to be late. Somewhere along the trip TimeZones were forgotten, and before long we found ourselve sitting in the grassy waiting area in front of the main gate waiting to get in, only to discover that an hour had been gained and they're weren't going to be opening for quite some time.

We made do, and before too long the gates open and we leisurely strolled our way into the empty ampitheatre. Deer Creek. Over the foot bridge and into the concession area adjacent to the Paviion. Around the corner and up to the lawn, we found a picture perfect spot dead center, front row, where we waited for about 2 hours for the show to start.

As the lights went down and the crowd erupted, "here we go!" was the chant of the moment.

Theme From The Bottom would be the first Phish song I'd ever hear live, and proved to be a fitting beginning for the journey to come.

The entire first set went:

1: Theme From the Bottom-> Poor Heart, AC/DC Bag, Tela, Punch You in the Eye, Reba, Strange Design, Rift, Cavern, Run Like An Antelope

There was a cool little Gamehenge nod there with ACDC (thanks Ed), Tela, Punch that didn't go unnoticed, and a blistering Reba. We thought Cavern would close it out with the fitting lyrics but it was The Antelope which ended the set that took the roof off the place.

As the lights came up and it was time to hit the facilities, the theatre was buzzing. What a great first set, literally, first set, ever, to experience live. But little did I know that it wasn't until the second set, where we all now know that the magic really happens, that the floodgates would really open up.

The Simple opener segued nicely into what would become a David Bowie for the ages. Reaching to the farthest limits, and then patiently building back up to the blistering pace of triumphant appreciation, we were in bliss.

As the Bowie ended and the Mango Song begin, it all made sense. The band was on tonight, criss-crossing the musical hempisphere likes a super-sonic jet, and bringing everyone along for the ride. The rest of the set rounded things out, complete with the anthemic You Enjoy Myself I'd come to know and love from hearing it on repeat for the past several months.

2: Simple-> David Bowie, The Mango Song, Loving Cup, Sparkle, You Enjoy Myself, Acoustic Army, Possum

E: A Day in the Life

The Beatles to close, how fitting. As a slowly made my way off the lawn and back into the parking lot, I had a hard time fathoming how anything could be the same after what I had just gone through. That was an 'experience'. It was something unlikely anything I'd ever been a part of before, and I knew that we were onto something real.

The impact of that day into night were so long lasting, that even now as I remember back to the pre-show moments, the mid-show smiles and the post-show glow it feels ever present in my being...even twelve whole years later.

The best part of all, I suppose, is that we got to do it again the next night...
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Tue 6/19/2007 11:32 PM
Watching the History Channel show Hippies which dives into the counter-culture phenomenon of the 60s.

A little too drug-focused, it does serve some of the musical realms and general consciousness expansion. Kinda crazy seeing neighborhoods I walk around everyday depicted with free-thinking free-lovers wearing music in their hair. ;)  
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Tue 6/19/2007 9:45 PM
So Fresh and So Clean
So begins another chapter.

It's always quite a rush to push a new product out the door, and this one is especially satisfying because it feels so right.

This doesn't feel like the end of anything, but truly the beginning of something.

Who knows where we'll go from here...


0 Comments :: Permalink :: Thu 6/7/2007 7:26 PM