Taken from The Floor,
“Drinks turned into multiple drinks,” recalls Bayliss. “You know when you wake up the next day after a night of drinking and you can’t really remember what happened, but you know something stupid happened? You’re swimming in remorse and then it hits you. Apparently I had fallen and hit my head and Huey picked me up and carried me to bed and tucked me in. I woke up the next morning with a knot on my head and said to myself ‘wait, did Huey Lewis tuck me in last night?’ I was that guy.“
Here’s UM tackling a mashup of Hajimemashite and Allen Klein’s favorite song, Bittersweet Symphony.
Time Magazine running a piece on Umphrey’s? Oh yeah. You betcha. Click here.
In addition to musical piracy, the high cost of production make conventional album releases a bit more difficult these days. In light of this and always ones to show appreciation to their fans, Umphrey’s McGee is offering a free download of their new track, “Wellwishers“, in addition to announcing the rollout of studio EPs. Great stuff.
We are pleased to announce a new collection of music coming at you starting this fall. In a departure from the standard “album” format, we have decided to roll out the new music in bite size pieces for your prolonged enjoyment. (more…)
Bear Creek Music Festival (Nov. 12-14) has extended its early bird pricing of $125 per ticket for another week. We went to this festival last year and it was far and away our favorite (sorry Bonnaroo). Beautiful and amazing site coupled with 2 nights of Umphrey’s, moe., Lettuce, P-Groove, etc., etc.? Yeah, count us in. Actually we’ve already gotten tickets and cannot wait.
Here are some of our pictures from last year:
Bad ass show. Check out the three part video the band together for their Tab stand.
Set I: Preamble> Mantis> Hurt Bird Bath, Booth Love, Prowler, Passing, Conduit, Making Flippy Floppy> Nothing Too Fancy> Mantis
Set II: Plunger> Hajimemashite> Plunger, Front Porch> Cheap Sunglasses> Front Porch, Bright Lights, Big City, FF> Jimmy Stewart> Nothing Too Fancy
Encore: All in Time
(Photo by Derek Martinez)
As per usual, UM rocked the house, this time in the small northern Indiana town of Wakarusa. Our Johnny-On-The-Spot was Derek Martinez, who captured some amazing images of Bayliss, Cinninger, Cummins and Co. We’re still descrambling our collective brain after Summer Camp, so we’re thankful of Derek and his trusty Polaroid.
Check out the photos that our friend, Derek Martinez snapped at UM’s 2/5 show in Nashville. Pretty sweet, eh?
02/05/10 War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Moon Taxi opened
Set I: We’re Going to War> Partyin’ Peeps, All in Time> #5, Roulette, Women Wine and Song> All in Time
Set II: Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Gulf Stream, Bright Lights, Big City, Scenes from an Italian Resturaunt, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft, Ride On Pony, Mantis> Hajimemashite> Mantis
Encore: Andy’s Last Beer, Glory
Combining The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”, MGMT’s “Electric Feel” and Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses At Night”, the band rehearse one of their Halloween mash-ups. If you’re a child of the 80′s (like me!), you’ll remember how huge two of these songs were back in the day.
04/09/08 The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Set I: Utopian Fir> Anchor Drops> The Fussy Dutchman, All in Time> Senor Mouse1> All in Time
Set II: Ocean Billy2, Search 4, FF> August, Bridgeless
Encore: Liquid> Roulette
1 Last Played 3/23/2007 (121 Shows)
2 Jake (Additional Percussion)
Six years ago today! Check out this smoking show, which is graciously available for download and stream.
10/08/03 Otto’s, DeKalb, IL
Set I: The Fussy Dutchman, Walletsworth, Utopian Fir> Willie the Pimp> Jimmy Stewart> Utopian Fir> Example 1> Jam> Tribute to the Spinal Shaft> Slacker
Set II: Professor Wormbog> Hurt Bird Bath, Thin Air> War Pigs> All Things Ninja1, Never Cease to Amaze
Encore: Resolution> Jam2> Waiting Room
1 with Arnold Schwarzenegger banter and Jake on hair dryer
2 with Jake on a Bent Circuit
Check out this killer dub track derived from Umphrey’s “Turn and Run” from Mantis. Click here to check it out.
Cool little interview here with Chris Kuroda (Phish lighting director) by Jeff Waful (Umphrey’s McGee/moe. lighting director) from our friends at Jambands.com:
An electrifying cheer drowns out the triumphant coda of “Fluffhead” as fractured flashes of white light divide the ominous night sky. What is most striking is that when asked moments later about the spectacular finger lightning that accompanied his work, Phish lighting designer Chris Kuroda says, “I didn’t notice.” This is perhaps the essence of any great artist: being so focused on his craft that the outside world ceases to exist. (more…)
Now this is a bad ass show!
10/05/02 Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
Set I: Jam1> KaBump> Jazz Odyssey2> Walletsworth, Syncopated Strangers, Wappy Sprayberry3> Phil’s Farm
Set II: Sociable Jimmy> Drums4> Jam5> Out of Order, Hajimemashite> Jam> Every Breath You Take6> Peter Gunn Theme6, Get in the Van> Bass Solo> Bullhead City7, Visions of Parin8> Jam9> Ringo9> Jam> Ringo
Set III: All in Time10, JaJunk> Hurt Bird Bath> Jam11> Big Heart
Encore: Father and Son12, Pay the Snucka13
1 with Der Bluten Kat teases
2 with Anchor Drops teases
3 with Tradition (from Fiddler On the Roof) tease
4 Steel Drum Odyssey; with Mike on steel drums, Jake on drums, and Brendan on percussion
5 Gulam Sabri (Garaj Mahal) jam
6 first time played; a la first episode Sopranos, season three
7 with Brendan and Jake on acoustic and Elliott Peck on vocals
8 with Brendan and Jake on acoustic
9 with just Jake on acoustic
10 with different intro section; includes Close Encounters and Looney Toons theme teases
11 with Thunderstruck (AC/DC) and Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) teases
12 first time
Now this is an interesting concept. Check it out:
Have you ever wanted to “conduct” an Umphrey’s McGee jam? Ever wished you could broadcast your thoughts to the band to help influence the direction of a Jimmy Stewart? Are you curious about the band’s improvisational thought process during a jam and want to gain greater insight while participating directly? Well, here is your chance as we are pleased to announce the Stew Art Series (S2). (more…)
Inventor of the Moog synthesizer and theramin, Robert Moog (rhymes with vogue) died of brain cancer on this date in 2005. The first rock album to feature the Moog was The Doors’ Strange Days, the recording of which began 42 years ago today as well. Click here to read Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee discuss Bob Moog and working with the theramin and synthesizer. Here’s the recently released Moog guitar.
From Rothbury ’09.
08/21/04 Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN
Floodplane and Heiruspecs opened
Set I: Ringo, Dump City, Much Obliged> In the Hall of the Mountain King, Anchor Drops, Prowler> Africa, All in Time
Set II: Bridgeless, Making Flippy Floppy> Miss Tinkle’s Overture> The Crooked One, Visions of Parin1> Phil’s Farm, The Triple Wide> Hangover
1 with Roundabout tease
UM’s blog, The Floor:
In the summer of 1999, we embarked on our 1st tour. We’d seen our local heroes, Ali Baba’s Tahini (featuring some guitar phenom named Jake Cinninger, you might have heard of him), pull off a successful month long jaunt on the East coast the previous summer. So we thought, why not. You can only play the South Bend, IN – St. Joseph, MI circuit so many weekends in a row. We had somehow convinced Kevin Browning and family that we would be excellent stewards of his big, green suburban for this tour we had concocted. Actually, Kevin more willingly offered it up to us once he realized we had no other plan. It should be noted that this particular tour had the brilliant routing of hitting the music mecca of Buffalo, NY not once, but twice. We were huge in Buffalo, is what that appears to mean. Except that we weren’t. This is also why you don’t have your keyboard player double as booking agent, but believe me, it’s not easy booking an East coast tour when your claim to fame is that you can sell 300 tickets in Michiana. (more…)
Man, this is a great acoustic/electric show. Great versions of, well, everything. Containing the band’s debut of Making Flippy Floppy, which they always nail, don’t they? I believe this is one of those essential shows to own by an artist. Above is the poster Jeff Wood designed for the occasion, which I’ve become very familiar with, as it hangs in our living room.
08/07/04 Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Jake, Brendan, and Ryan were on acoustic instruments for the entire first set
Set I: Mediterranean Sundance1> In the Kitchen> Walletsworth, Nemo, The Pequod> Ahab2> The Pequod, August> Uncle Wally, Bullhead City3, 40′s Theme
Set II: Example 1> Jazz Odyssey> Plunger, Professor Wormbog, Roulette4, Uncommon, The Crooked One, Glory> All in Time
Set III: Wife Soup, Making Flippy Floppy5> White Man’s Moccassins, Anchor Drops, Miss Tinkle’s Overture> Mulche’s Odyssey> Robot World> Jimmy Stewart> No Ordinary Love, Bright Lights
Encore: Der Bluten Kat
1 only Brendan and Jake
2 first time played, original
3 with Elliott Peck on vocals
4 with Safety Dance tease
5 first time played, Talking Heads; with Hella Good (No Doubt) tease by Joel
The annual Jam In The Dam music fest in Amsterdam has announced its ’10 lineup. The schdeuled acts are Umphrey’s McGee, Les Claypool, YMSB, The New Mastersounds, The Bridge and a performance by Brendan Bayliss and Jeff Austin. Maybe this will be year that we can make it (fingers crossed!).
Back in February at an Umphrey’s show in Atlanta, we had the good fortune to meet a cool guy and a great photographer, Derek Martinez. Since then, Derek has been show and festival hopping all over the U.S. and has shared some of his photos with us. Check these out:
Jake & Ryan Stasik