Monday, January 18, 2010

Video: Trey Anastasio from Phish talks Flyers

Trey was on Comcast SportsNet's "Orange Line" talking about his love of Flyers hockey and the guys who truly own the Spectrum.

Video: Phish "Time" 11.2.1998 The “E” Center, West Valley City, UT

Video: Phish "Breathe/On The Run" 11.2.1998 The E Center, West Valley City, UT

Pastemagazine: Ten Creatures Named for Entertainers

Last month, scientists announced they'd named a species of prehistoric bird for Memphis punk-country group Lucero. That got us thinking: how many other creatures out there carry the names of well-known troubadours? Turns out there are a lot more than you might guess. Here are 10 of our favorites:

1. Bishophina mozarti, named for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
It'll take something larger than a sea flea to encompass the legacy this 18th-century composer left behind, but the Bishophina mozarti is a start. B. mozarti is an ostracod, also known as a seed shrimp. These tiny crustaceans can be as small as 1mm long.

2. Masiakasaurus knopfleri, named for Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler
Oh, for the carefree life of a paleontologist, extracting fossils all day. Maybe get a blister on your little finger, maybe get a blister on your thumb. Paleontologist Dr. Scott D. Sampson's team discovered this terrifying specimen in Madagascar in 2001. "Whenever we played Dire Straits in the quarry, we found more Masiakasaurus," he says. "And when we played something else, we didn't." Seems fitting, no?

3. Cryptocercus garciai, named for Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia
Discovered by three Kansas State University scientists in the forests of northern Georgia in 1998, this wood-munching roach carries the legacy of the Dead's iconic nine-fingered axe-wielder. Burnside, Smith and Kambhampati explained their choice in a scholarly article for the World Wide Web Journal of Science: "What a long, strange trip it's been."


Video: Waste 7.24.99 Alpine Valley

One of the most emotional versions of Waste performed on July 24th, 1999 from Alpine Valley Music Theater. "McGee blows in from Windy City" By Linda East Brady

What kind of music do you think of when you hear of a band named Umphrey's McGee?

Old-time country perhaps? Novelty songs? Maybe even playful music for the kiddies comes to mind.

Actually, this is a universitytrained Chicago-based progrock outfit with highly lauded jam and jazz elements.

The name was copped from one Humphreys McGee, a second cousin of one of the members. The group doctored the handle slightly by dropping the "h" and adding the possessive apostrophe, just to keep people both guessing and chuckling.

But the members of the group are anything but whimsical about their craft.

McGee's music shares kinship in prog rockers like Yes and King Crimson in elocution and precision, and also with jam-oriented bands like Phish and The Grateful Dead in improvisational turns and lenient show-taping policies.

In its 10-plus-year history, Umphrey's McGee has solidified a strong reputation in music circles with inventive, wellorchestrated original material, as well as reinventions of tunes by artists ranging from Toto to Snoop Dogg.

The band plays next week at The Depot, following a successful outing there last fall.

"Before we played at The Depot recently, I don't think we'd played Salt Lake City since, I want to say, a 2001 Zephyr show," said Andy Farag, who's been the band's percussionist since 2000. He was calling from his Chicago home.

"We had just a great turnout of really great music lovers at that last show, so we wanted to get back there just as soon as we could."

Born at Notre Dame

Half of the band members hold degrees in music from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., the town where Umphrey's McGee came to be.

Said Farag: "There was a scene of people who listened to prog rock and jams and the like, and it brought people together wanting to start trying it for themselves."

After members had completed their studies, the group relocated in 2000 to Chicago and its rich music scene.

"Chicago is very eclectic in terms of the popular styles, and we like to listen to it all. It is great to go out and see all kinds of music. The city is really a series of underground scenes, and I would say that we are respected thereabouts.

"Another advantage to being there is we are right in the middle of the country, which makes it nice. We can swing East for a few weeks, or West for a few weeks, rather than having to go out for long periods of time away from home."

'Mantis' and more

The band's 2009 release, "Mantis," differs from previous outings, in that the band had not tried out the material on the road before heading into the studio.

"In the past, we've always had these songs we've gone out with, but didn't have studio versions of yet, so by the time we recorded them, we had been playing them for a long time," said Faraq. "This time, we finally had enough material to sit on until the album was finished." Read more

Setlist: Umphrey's McGee 1.17.2010 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV

Set 1 (9:30): Spires > Bottom Half, Tribute To The Spinal Shaft > Morning Song, Kabump > Q*Bert > Andy's Last Beer (End of set: 10:32)

Set 2 (11:00): JaJunk > Higgins > JaJunk, Turn & Dub > Kimble > The Triple Wide# (End of set: 12:05)

Encore: Can't You See%, Partyin' Peeps


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