Drummer John Morgan Kimock has always had a lot on his plate. He currently leads the percussive charge behind Phish bassist Mike Gordon and his father, Steve Kimock, for the group K I M O C K, but the projects left the younger Kimock searching for a sound that was all his own.Enter JMMY, the newest collaboration between John Morgan Kimock and his longtime musical cohort, Alex Luquet (Coldfronts, Our Griffins), which sees Kimock getting more exploratory than ever before. “I’ve been fussing around with infusing acoustic and electronic music since I was in high school, and wanted to take the jump moving it into a live context. There is an overall “role expansion” for a drummer in this age. A lot of my drummer friends are creating these amazing hybrid kits and triggering walls of sound, melodies, and in some cases make as much sound as a four-piece band,” said Kimock. He adds, “JMMY is a chance to experiment with these types on concepts and bring it into other bands that I play in.”JMMY plans to release their debut EP, Partial, later this year, and has a handful of shows on the books. For Kimock, the new project offers him musical freedom unlike ever before. “JMMY is like an incubator for me to re-establish some of my core musicality that I feel like I didn’t get to work on as much as I would have liked to in the past.”He elaborates, saying “In the last couple years, I really overloaded myself with just saying yes to everything I could. I would learn like 50 songs over the course of a week to play one gig with someone. That happened like 2 or 3 times a month sometimes. It was fun and great experience, but sort of had me longing for some more focused music.”Fortunately, by being able to pour himself into the music for JMMY, Kimock has found a new sense of enthusiasm for his other long term musical commitments. “I’m very grateful to be playing music with my dad, there is truly no one like him,” he says about the elder Kimock, and has only glowing comments about his role with Gordon. “Mike is one of the most positive musicians I’ve ever met, and a great person to lead a band. He’s got some really involved conceptual ideas before every tour. It’s a beautiful process that I think the fans really respond to. They know he is going to try exciting stuff every night, and that’s why they come to see him. As a drummer and composer its been really great to play with him.”Still, as a musician, there’s nothing quite like crafting and sharing your own music. That’s the whole point behind JMMY, and the new EP Partial looks to be quite the exciting release. Watch a promotional video sampling the album below:Kimock explains what to expect from the new album, saying “If we want to get right to it, it sounds like if Benevento Russo Duo and Lymbyc Systym had like a hamster baby. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. Lots of Fender, Rhodes, guitar, heavy beats and some synthy goodness in there.“The EP is 4 songs and I think a very digestible amount of music for something new. Drumming-wise, Joe Russo and Andrew Barr are my favorites, and sometimes I would run into Adam Deitch, who has always been really supportive. Those three had the most influence on me, in terms of the drumming in the live music community.” With such great influences and role models, there’s no questioning that JMMY is poised for some serious sonic greatness.For those interested, JMMY has two dates on the books, including a show supporting Congo Sanchez at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY on May 4th, as well as shows at the Arch St. Tavern in Hartford, CT on May 5th and The Funhouse in Kimock’s hometown of Bethlehem, PA on May 6th. Don’t miss out!You can also check out JMMY on Facebook, and if you ask them, they just might share a track with you!Check out Kimock’s busy tour schedule below:w/ VOODOO DEAD –4/30 – Republic New Orleans LA5/1 – Republic New Orleans LAw/ JMMY5/4 – Knitting Factory Brooklyn NY5/5 – Arch St. Tavern 5/6 – The Funhouse Bethlehem PAw/ GRIMACE FEDERATION5/13 – Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia PAw/ EVERYONE ORCHESTRA5/19 – Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn NY5/20 – Gypsy Sallys – Washington DC5/21 – Live at the Lot Ardmore PA5/22 – Musikfest Cafe Bethlehem PAw/ K I M O C K 6/2 – Ophelia’s Denver CO6/3 – Aggie Theater Fort Collins CO6/4 – Fox Theater Boulder CO
The String Cheese Incident brought their wares out to the ExploreAsheville.com Arena, playing the North Carolina venue for the second time in as many days. After a great first show with some fun covers and big time jams, SCI kept the energy up for a show that featured mostly originals. Opening with “Can’t Wait Another Day,” some highlights included a “Song In My Head > Come As You Are” and a great “Bam! > On The Road” to close out the first set.The jams continued in set two with a great “Colliding” opener, before bringing out “Search > Drums > Black and White > Colorado Bluebird Sky.” What a run! “Sirens” and “Just One Story” closed out the set in style, and “BollyMunster” finished up this great, great performance.Check out the full setlist below!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at ExploreAsheville.com Arena, Asheville, NCSet 1: Can’t Wait Another Day, Song In My Head> Come As You Are, Down a River, White Freightliner Blues, Joyful Sound, Bam!> On The RoadSet 2: Colliding, Search> Drums> Black and White> Colorado Bluebird Sky, 45th of November, Sirens> Just One StoryEncore: BollyMunsterSetlist credit: abusfullofnuns
On his latest Under The Scales podcast, lyricist Tom Marshall welcomes musician and multi-platinum songwriter/producer Dan Kanter. The two are connected uniquely through the band Phish. While Marshall wrote songs for the Vermont band, Kanter is the musical director and former lead guitarist for Justin Bieber, and has performed and directed countless other top-name pop stars.The two begin the episode by reminiscing the crossover between pop and jam, before bringing Phish frontman Trey Anastasio to the mic for a full interview. The hour-long episode is dedicated to a full rig rundown, but becomes a beautiful conversation of the arts between three very influential figures; inspirations, setlists, song choices, and guitars. Take a listen for some great stories, and insightful information from Tom Marshall, Dan Kanter, and Trey Anastasio below:Since the topic of guitar rigs did not get proper attention, “Under the Scales” will return with part two of this episode to REALLY dig into Trey’s guitars. More information can be found here.
The supergroup Alone & Together concert series is a collaborative affair, which has previously been described by its members as “a series wherein some of your favorite singer/songwriters/musicians get together and cover one another, in addition to playing their own songs, choice covers, and surprise jams.” The Alone & Together concerts are a relatively rare occurrence, only having done a handful of concerts in the past, though sporting impressive cameos from the likes of Bob Weir and Jim James. Recently, the supergroup announced a three-night run in December featuring Sam Cohen, Joe Russo, Elvis Perkins, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman. As Cohen noted on his Facebook page about the announcement, “This is going to be awesome – psyched to hit the road and make more music with a few of my favorite buds and collaborators: Joe Russo, Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats), Josh Kaufman and for this run we’re very excited for the addition of Elvis Perkins and his incredible songs! We’ll be singing each other’s tunes, backing each other up, doing stuff ‘alone and together.’”Bob Weir Joins The “Alone & Together” Band At Sweetwater [Watch]The Alone & Together run starts on Thursday, December 14th, at Sixth & I in Washington, DC. After a Friday performance at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, the band will round out their brief East Coast run in Boston at the Royale. Tickets for this collaborative concert series go on-sale Friday.[Photo: Sam Shinault]
In the wake of the recently-finished season of HBO’s medieval fantasy mega-hit Game of Thrones, the show’s penultimate season, the goings-on of the fictional nation of Westeros have seemed as frequent a topic of conversation as the goings-on of our actual, real life country. Maybe that’s because the state of affairs in the world in 2017 have people yearning for an escape from the emotional burden of the world’s ills. Maybe, it’s just because Game of Thrones is so badass. In reality, it’s probably somewhere in the middle. But wherever the reasons for your current Game of Thrones fever fall on that spectrum, if you’re a fan of Thrones, you’ll no doubt get a kick out of this video, posted yesterday by Kristofer Hivju, the actor who plays Tormund in the show: The clip shows Hivju, along with Richard Dormer (who plays Beric), Rory McCann (The Hound), Iain Glen (Jorah) playing and singing to Tom Waits‘ “I Hope I Don’t Fall In Love With You.” And as you can see from Hivju’s incredibly strong hashtag game, the group is going by “The Brotherhood Without Banjos” (a play on the show’s “Brotherhood Without Banners”), which is just too damn good.Members Of Mastodon Appeared In The Game Of Thrones’ Season FinaleWe’re just as melancholy as the next guy about the prospect of waiting until 2019 for the show’s final season [note: plenty of time for all you uninitiated to finally get your shit together and catch up, already], but amazing nerd fodder like this certainly helps to soften the blow.[h/t – Consequence of Sound]
[H/T Consequence of Sound] Earlier in the month on September 9th, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performed an intimate set during Ohana Fest in Southern California, putting on an awesome show that saw surprising cameos from Fiona Apple and Glen Hansard as well as well-chosen renditions of covers by George Harrison and Fugazi. During his performance, Eddie Vedder also debuted a new song, which fans dubbed “Share The Light,” though, at the time, no good footage was around that truly captured this new number in its full glory.Eddie Vedder’s Been Spotted Busking Twice Outside Of Wrigley Field This Weekend [Full Video]Now, thanks to Youtube user mano1971music, a better video of Eddie Vedder debuting “Share The Light” is making its rounds. In the video, you can watch the debut of this new number, “Share The Light”, with the Pearl Jam frontman stationed at an organ and belting with his powerful, characteristic voice during the heartfelt performance on September 9th.
Keller Williams united three of the best pickin’ Andys he knows—Andy Thorn from Leftover Salmon and Andy Falco and Andy Hall from the Infamous Stringdusters—for a laid back, fun-in-the-sun set at this year’s Northwest String Summit. Williams brought his trademark sense of humor, wicked guitar playing, and uber-talented cadre of Andrews to Oregon’s picturesque Horning’s Hideout as part of the 17th-annual iteration of the popular bluegrass and Americana festival. With a backdrop of trees swaying in the hot summer breeze, Keller and his army of Andys mixed slick licks and silly songs, bringing smiles to the faces in the crowd.Covering everything from classics from Keller’s own catalog like “Portapotty” and “Broken Convertible” to hits from the Grateful Dead, The Band, Joe Walsh, Peter Rowan, and even an all-whistling rendition of the “Andy Griffith Theme Song,” the players offered up a cheeky, if not outright hilarious, set for the Northwest String Summit crowd. Check out some of the highlights from this delightful set of tunes below!“Andy Griffith Theme Song” > “Life’s Been Good”“Scarlet Begonias”“Broken Convertible”“Up On Cripple Creek”
The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive made its return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th, 2018 for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive once again brought together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes and collaborate in never-before-seen formations for one jam-packed day in Williamsburg. The lineup featured an impressive mix of musicians from bands such as Lettuce, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Snarky Puppy, Pretty Lights Live Band, Turkuaz, The Meters, The Motet, Dopapod, The Nth Power and more.We’ve got an entire cloud worth of content to share from the glorious day of musical fireworks, and today, we’re taking it back to one of the headlining performances, a tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman–all of whom passed away in 2017–led by guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.Taz was joined by Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and The Meters bassist, George Porter Jr.; acclaimed Lettuce guitarist, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff; founding drummer of Col. Bruce’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jeff Sipe; Gregg Allman’s organ player for the Gregg Allman Band, Peter Levin; and former American Idol contestant and current vocalist for Taz’s solo band, Elise Testone.Of the night’s many highlights was the band’s cover of “I’m So Glad”, a song originally recorded by Skip James in 1931, made famous by Cream, and reinvented by Col. Bruce Hampton.“I’m So Glad”Taz met the cosmic Col. Bruce Hampton on Jam Cruise 12 and they quickly became friends. Col. Bruce had a sense for talent, which was made obvious through his musical sponsorship of Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, and countless other fearless players. His spiritual guidance was incomparably influential to these masters, and Taz was his next project. Bruce taught him “no ego” early enough to forbid any sort of unnatural developments in the fame-induced atmosphere that surrounds him.Aside from their musical connection, the two shared the camera for an independent film Here Comes Rusty in 2016. They were great friends, and Bruce’s last gift to Taz was to place him center stage for what will be remembered as one of the most magical, meaningful nights of rock and roll, Hampton 70. Not only did Taz wail through three or four of the best-sounding solos of the night, but he did so between Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes: his two biggest guitar heroes at the prompting of his mentor, Col. Bruce.Those in attendance could feel the profound power that was being passed from teacher to student, especially during the moment that Bruce collapsed to the ground, surrounded by his closest friends and family, and left this Earth. The “Grandaddy of Jam” left behind all his musical children in one place, and they all know now that Taz is the Truth—the next chapter of this scene. Read more about Taz’s relationship with Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman, whom the tribute was also in memory of, here.
On Wednesday, Jam Cruise detailed their plans for their 18th-annual voyage, setting sail January 7th–12th, 2020. Returning to the MSC Divina for the first time since 2016, the boat will make port stops in Ocean Cay, Bahamas and Costa Maya, Mexico after embarking from Miami, FL. In addition, after expanding to six days and three port stops for Jam Cruise 17, this year’s cruise will return to its previous 5-day, 2-port schedule.As Jam Cruise organizers Cloud 9 Adventures explain, “While the Divina has the ability to hold a much larger capacity than the last few sailings, we respect the intimacy Jam Cruisers have come to love and will not be filling the ship to capacity.” Cloud 9 also announced that they will reveal the Jam Cruise 18 artist lineup on Thursday, May 2nd.Jam Cruise 17 included headlining performances by Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, and Hot Tuna Electric with Steve Kimock. Known for their diverse and all-star lineup all around, Jam Cruise 17 also saw performances by Leftover Salmon, The Motet, ALO, Turkuaz, Spafford, Fruition, TAUK, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Melvin Seals & JGB, Andy Frasco & The U.N., The Nth Power, SunSquabi, The Porter Trio, Matador! Soul Sounds, Toubab Krewe, Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Monophonics, Southern Avenue, Jon Stickley Trio, Magicgravy, Star Kitchen, The Sweet Lillies, Nathan Moore, Everyone Orchestra, DJ Soul Sister, and Subset.For more information and to pre-book your 2020 cabin, head to Jam Cruise’s website.
Among the millions of “Haiti earthquake stories” from January 12, 2010, here is one.