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Last night’s episode of Weir Here featured John Doe, Keller Williams, Dave Schools and more. We share a rundown of the episode as well as video of the finale.
Details of a pair of newly announced Weir Here talk shows originating for Bob Weir’s TRI Studios are booked for August
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Teetering on the brink of making a new record is a bit like finding yourself at the top of a clattering roller coaster. Just as it slows down, your thoughts alternate between “What in the fuck was I thinking when I got on this thing” & “YEEEEEHAAAW!”. Outside of the creative arena that’s not something I subject myself to voluntarily.
This record was the first one we set in motion before all the songs were written. We actually had a recording and release date set w/ two songs short of a sixpack. Pretty fuckin’ scary.
As luck would have it though, my benefactor, colleague & compadre, Dave Way was between projects & twelve days were available just before Xmas. (Hmmm “the 12 days of…?” Nevermind.) Recording in winter always hits you right in the guts ’cause it usually rains & makes you want to close down & pull inside. W/ no clear direction, two songs short, three drummers who bailed at the last minute and having the last record called “His Best Solo Record To Date” the pressure & stakes seemed uncomfortably high. Fuck-it. (Everybody sing: “3 Drummers Bailing, 2 Songs a-Missing and a Deadline Looming Ahead.”)
Considering the ominous circumstances Dave & I figured that we’d call the best players we had worked w/ in the past, plus a few guest-star/friends. Dave Carpenter & Jamie Muhoberac were first with Bryan Head just after. The core was there and remarkably all our guests said “yes”. In order of stellar appearance they are: Dave Alvin, Jill Sobule, Kathleen Edwards, Dan Auerbach (from The Black Keys), Greg Leisz and Aimee Mann.
By the middle of January the whole damn thing was mixed. Christ! It all happened too fast. A scary & wondrous process where a blast of intuition and force that takes only moments to realize can last forever & carry consequences you never imagined. Next time we vowed to get more time & money to make it last for at least a month.
Sometimes it sounded like a Replacements’, then a Velvet Underground record, then Blonde On Blonde…twelve-strings, six-strings, electrics, upright bass, big kick drums, pianos, organs, slides, floating & screaming voices. These may be the darkest moments recounted but you have to look inside to hear that, and in there is some of what happens during a year in the wilderness. -John Doe, 2007
Holly Bowling talks “The Art Of The Setlist” after “The Rundown” of recent news stories on Episode 48 of ‘The JamBase Podcast.’
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio nodded to the upcoming Oysterhead reunion by unveiling the acoustic version of “Mr. Oysterhead” on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio.
Bon Iver’s recent stop at Boston’s TD Garden is reviewed by Andrew Bruss alongside photos by Graham Tolbert.
David Crosby sat-in with Steely Dan for the second night in a row on Wednesday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Listen to “Hyperlife” and “Uneventful Days,” two singles from the upcoming new Beck album ‘Hyperspace.’