Iron Mike Gordon

6.7.09 Camden (D.Vann)

6.7.09 Camden (D.Vann)

Nobody can ever claim that Mike doesn’t have a passion for the game; he lives and loves to play music.  The man who never wanted Phish to break up in the first place will be buying time between tours on the road with his own band for a 21-date fall tour.  Winding up in early October, Mike will have enough time to flip his laundry and head out west with Phish.  Totaling over sixty shows between the summer and the fall, Mike will have plenty of musical space to express his thoughts within the context of two separate bands.

Before Phish reunited, Mike said he wanted to make it a point to carve out time for The Mike Gordon Band, but who knew this is what he meant!  Playing clubs and theatres over the month long “Get Bassed” tour, Gordon’s band will move all around the east and the Midwest, but making it no further west than Chicago.

6.6.09 Great Woods (D.Vann)

6.6.09 Great Woods (D.Vann)

Consistently overshadowed by Trey’s solo projects, Mike has quietly carved out a fine solo career of his own.  After various small side projects, in 2002 Mike collaborated with finger-picking folk-guitar legend, Leo Kottke, in a virtuoso experiment called Clone.  The two eclectic musicians meshed quite well, both personally and instrumentally, and the the duo followed up with a second album, Sixty Six Steps, that gained critical acclaim.  With a laid back, yet sophisticated vibe, this the 2005 release also included a percussionist, lending a calypso sound, and solidified Gordon and Kottke as a legitimate musical team.

After performing stints with the Benevento-Russo Duo, Serial Pod (Trey and Billy Kreutzmann), the Burlington-based honky-tonk group, Ramble Dove, and some shows with the Rhythm Devils (Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Steve Kimock) between 2004 and 2007, Mike decided to step out on his own.  Taking over a year to write and record The Green Sparrow, his second solo album*, he took the next logical step and formed The Mike Gordon Band.  With longtime friend and guitarist Scott Murawski (formerly of Max Creek), Brooklyn drummer Todd Isler, keyboardist Tom Cleary, and percussionist Craig Myers, Gordon was now a band leader after spending his Phish life in Trey’s shadow.  And he loved it.   *(Mike’s first solo album was the soundtrack to his 2003 movie, Inside In.)

1319106_170x1703In all of the interviews, Mike spoke of how proud he was of his new album and how much he enjoyed playing with his own band.  And when they hit the road for a 25 date tour last fall, fans across the nation raved about the shows.  Playing an array of covers interspersed with Mike’s quirky, yet catchy, new songs, he had himself his own rock and roll band.  And they liked it so much they are doing it again in September.  Here are the dates:

09/08 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
09/09 – Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA
09/10 – Port City Music Hall , Portland, ME
09/11 – Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock, NY
09/12 – State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
09/14 – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC
09/15 – Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
09/17 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
09/18 – Freebird Live, Jacksonville, FL
09/19 – WorkPlay Soundstage Theatre, Birmingham, AL
09/21 – Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN
09/22 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
09/24 – The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
09/25 – Park West, Chicago, IL
09/26 – Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
09/28 – 20th Century Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
09/29 – The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
09/30 – Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
10/02 – Mod Club, Toronto, ON
10/03 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
10/04 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

Check out Mike’s site for complete tour and ticket info!

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“SAVE THE DATE” MAP CONCLUSION:

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The Final Map

In Phish.com‘s mystery turned mockery, last night the organization finally gave up the information we all knew from the start, the Halloween festival will be in California.  With one last flash animation, the absurdity ended as we watched Washington drilled, and drain into California.  But we still got no information about the actual festival! So Indio, here we come- but how ’bout some details?  Get it together guys!

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Jam of the Day:

Antelope” 11.13.94 Erie, PA I

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They just don’t make ’em like this any more!  This first-set closer reaches the very essence of  “Antelope” with a ferocious jam that few others can match.  Sitting on the precipice of huge success, and fully immersed in psychedelic improv, the band played like their life depended on it each and every night- a sense that clearly translates in this jam.  This one is a monster that provides a vibrant portrait of a time gone by.  Warning: This may not be appropriate for office listening without headphones!

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

8.24.93 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC SBD < TORRENT

8.24.93 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC SBD < MEGAUP.

Summer '93 Pollock T-Shirt

Summer '93 Pollock T-Shirt

Phish’s fourth-to-last show on an extensive and smoking summer tour began to wrap things up for the epic month of August ’93.  The band had been touring almost constantly since Februrary, and they were playing better than ever. Phish reached another peak during August, a month that is considered one of the best of their career.  Luckily there are many soundboards out there to remind us!

I: Chalk Dust Torture, All Things Reconsidered, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice*, Nellie Cane, Split Open and Melt, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Uncle Pen, Maze, Golgi Apparatus

II: Llama, Horn, Ya Mar, Mike’s Song > Ginseng Sullivan > Weekapaug Groove, Wilson > Rift, Suzy Greenberg, HYHU > Cracklin’ Rosie > HYHU, Run Like an Antelope

E: Halley’s Comet, Poor Heart, Sweet Adeline

*With an “I Feel the Earth Move” jam

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286 Responses to “Iron Mike Gordon”

  1. KWL Says:

    Right on, Brandon. You’re one of our younger posters right? Good to see the young fans out at shows in 3.0…

  2. Cactus Says:

    @ Brandon

    That show WAS total mindfuck.
    I think I was on the floor that night enjoying every note.

    You being a Ween fan and all, I remember a buddy of mine playing a ween song maybe the title eas reggaejunkiejew…or something and I remember enjoying the hell out of it…is that a song or part of the lyrics of a song?

    Good luck getting into Merriweather…you WILL enjoy yourself!

  3. showhe Says:

    Gordon @ 20th Century, 2 blocks from my house. Yes please, may I have another?

  4. Stupendous Says:

    Thanks Miner those SBD are awesome! really digging the soundchecks

  5. sumodie Says:

    “there is no such thing as a piss break…dance now, drink later”

    this. always.

    *

    thanks for the soundcheck links, miner.

    just spent the eve working out the rest of my RR & Gorge logistics -anyone here gonna be at Chatfield State Park in Littleton, CO?

    Am sooooo ready to get away from the non stop rain here in new england!!!

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    Cactus – Reggaejunkiejew is the name of the song. When they do it live Mickey (A.K.A Deaner) the lead guitar player just goes on like a 9 minute solo.

    Check it out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw_BxxOoDgo

    Damn it I love that bassline.

    If you want, you can email me at bkayda@gmail.com if you want some bootlegs of theirs. They fucking ROCK live. Atleast 2 1/2 hours a night, no breaks.

  7. watching Says:

    its not too late!

    Celebrate 7-23-03!

    Have you listened to summer 03 recently?

    7-23-03
    7-23-03
    7-23-03
    7-23-03
    7-23-03

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    I have not heard that show watching, how is it?

  9. Comrade Says:

    Trey should be banned from singing Free until he can actually carry the note when he’s singing. I’m tired of hearing him butcher it…

  10. Cactus Says:

    @ Comrade

    With you 100%…he just can’t carry that song anymore. Even the opening intro and lick that is played throughout the song just is NOT crisp.

  11. sumodie Says:

    LOL @ Buffalo Soundcheck!!! (see miner link previous page)

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    I agree with you.

    Free just isn’t as good anymore.

  13. Cactus Says:

    @ Brandon

    NICE!! Great tune…

    Best line has to be

    Take a permanent vacation, get the fuck out of town
    Go see Jamaica, motherfucker, let your dreadlocks hang down.

    The solo at the end is tremondo!

    I have a live video my wife’s best friend gave us as a gift that is unopened….I think I may have to check that shit out….

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah man they are definitely one of my favorites. I’ve seen em’ twice. Good stuff.

    I have some SBDs of some of their shows from that tour. Another high-light of that 7/16 show was the big Never Squeal>Drum solo encore. They keep wanting him to go back into the song and he keeps soloing, so they break his kit. \m/

    Great show. Look it up on youtube

  15. Robear Says:

    Just wanna’ thank everyone again that tutored me through the Torrents. Although I did get a ‘bandwith’ restriction from Starband. doH Anyways, found a sbd / aud matrix of 12/29/98 and am listening now. It’s such an amazing recording, I haven’t heard this show with this sound, since it happened. Great cap to a great day. Can’t wait to see any and all that make RR. Hit the Waterwheel booth. Greensky Bluegrass @ Owsley’s the 29th.

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    Here’s a few more Ween clips for ya’ Cactus:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDD9KwxsFXQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAsZNTFl4VA&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDoqWrMNk4&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVG2y_82K9Y
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84u9OXC1rI&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1hQc-BYxFo

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    Do you know the date of the show Cactus

    (I posted a bunch of youtubes but they aren’t showing up)

  18. Cactus Says:

    The date of the Ween show?

    It’s Nov. 8 & 9 2003…Chi town.

    The date of the link you posted was 7/16..not sure what year tho.

  19. Robear Says:

    ahhhhh 2001 with “Crosseyed” teases.

  20. watching Says:

    7-23 has a great vibe– creepy “combined” scents opener>theme. There’s really good listening throughout– i.e. communication and build-up… SNEAKIN SALLY… an Antelope for Antelope Greg…

    couldn’t find it on phishows or bt.etree… i just have the livephish board. it was refreshing to hear there was some real good shit going down while I was enjoying myself so much there. Haven’t revisited that in a while.

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    the date is 7-16-2008, but the never squeal is on 7-17-2008

  22. BrandonKayda Says:

    Looks like a need to hear that 7-23-03 show then, I have never even heard scents and subtle sounds. I need to get some post-hiatus shows already.

  23. fishman's frock Says:

    It’s official! Festival 8!!!

  24. hossmaster Says:

    Tighttt jams miner, thanks.

  25. Cactus Says:

    Scents and Subtle sounds is must….download it and listen at once.

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