On this date in 2001, jamtronica pioneers The Disco Biscuits kicked off a southern run at the Georgia Theatre in Athens. The concert featured numerous highlights including a 30+ minute “Basis For A Day.” A recording of the entire show can be streamed below.
By 2001 tDB had settled in on their untz-meets-rock sound, as the founding lineup of guitarist Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig, bassist Marc “Brownie” Brownstein, drummer Sam Altman and keyboardist Aron Magner played over 100 shows. In Athens, the quartet kicked out the jams all night with a 12-minute “Morph Dusseldorf,” an “Aceetobee” that spanned nearly 20 minutes with the same true of a “Spacebirdmatingcall” some fans consider the best ever.
Yet the highlight of the night was the multi-dimensional “Basis For A Day,” which touched upon many themes over the course of 35 minutes. The intimate crowd responded with glee following the song and then the Disco Biscuits treated their devotees to a wild “Mindless Dribble” > “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.” > “Mindless Dribble” sequence. “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.” was an inverted rendition. Barber, Brownie, Sammy and Magner finished the evening with a standout “Crickets” encore that gave way to the end of “The Overture.”
Listen to a recording from Athens captured by taper Kevin Hughes:
Setlist (via PT Bisco)
Set One: Morph Dusseldorf1 > Aceetobee, Spacebirdmatingcall > Aceetobee, The Overture > Above The Waves
Set Two: Triumph > Hope > Basis For A Day, Mindless Dribble > M.E.M.P.H.I.S.2 > Mindless Dribble > Hope
Encore: Crickets > The Overture
1 – unfinished; with several teases, 2 – inverted