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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Track-09.mp3]

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. c0wfunk Says:

    fairly common knowledge that she was nailing Bobby – around the time of the nodding off keith I believe –

    nono thanks for the soundcheck link – I hadn’t heard that!

  2. Frondoot Says:

    @nono…that show made my day..thanks for the link

  3. nonoyolker Says:

    @ Completely – Still downloading, haven’t sampled yet. Its the only link i could find after like 20 mins of searching, which in the current age of communication/technology is a fucking LIFETIME. The soundcheck sample is pretty crispy. They come together nicely about 3/5 of the way through. Billy can still wail when he puts his mind to it. You don’t lose chops like that.

    On Donna, she was hit or miss (more often than not, the latter). There are a few versions of Looks Like Rain from ’77 where her background vocals are gorgeous, but her banshee cries during (nearly every) Playing really tilt the scales. I’m thinking her involvement as a band *member* was solely due to lack of backbone to give her das boot early on.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    I always heard that too, and then met people who actually know the band and were around in that day who say its nonsense spread by ppl who didn’t like Keith and Donna. whatever, either way – but they never had any shortage of groupies (especially bobby) so it’s hard to see how that could make any difference

    my guess is that basically Jerry liked them both, I have read some stuff about them all hanging out especially in ’77 recording the Cats Under Stars album, and anyone that was on Jerry’s good side was basically impervious to criticism from the rest of the band

  5. c0wfunk Says:

    wow I just noticed that soundcheck link came from trey.com – so that’s the sbd feed, very nice find! I don’t have time to look – is there an audio archive there?

  6. c0wfunk Says:

    jerry must have liked her – she was in jgb in the late 70s (love me some strange man & palm sunday!)

  7. nonoyolker Says:

    @ Frondoot – awesome man, glad to hear it.

    @ Cow – think it is a SBD, hooray! Sound is spot on. Just heard all the way through and it gets pretty nice. You can download it here: http://rockandreel.blogspot.com/2005/12/serialpod-asheville-soundcheck.html
    Just right click/Save Target As on “SERIALPOD: Asheville Soundcheck Download”

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    i guess they hung out at his house and in the studio quite a bit. versions of Stir It Up from that era are particularly beautiful…palm sunday, beautiful beautiful little song

    them hanging out a lot with JG in that timeframe unfortunately may be what led to the keith nodding off issues, you know

  9. c0wfunk Says:

    mmmhmmmm .. http://www.trey.com/_content/audio/

    hidden archive repository?

  10. SOAM Says:

    good ol booby weir used to quaff that snatch-for sure

    Jerry had hot chocolate with Donna in Memphis-spring 95 I think-right after Charlotte-which were hot gigs (except if your one of those tools who says the band sucked after 90′)

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    nice dig, c0w!

  12. SOAM Says:

    Jerry might have turned Keith on-it was probably Rock Scully actually-but quickly distanced himself because Keith was beyond loony-just like every keyboardist who ever had a long term role in that band.

  13. nonoyolker Says:

    Fuck yeah Cow! Niceeee…

  14. sumodie Says:

    “I wonder if any Japanese fans will make it to Save The Date…”

    I already saw some of our Japanese phanbase at multiple stops during the first leg of this tour.

    ***

    “Phish.com then announces the festival will be on a ranch in Chicxulub Pueblo, YUC, Mexico (about 25 miles NE of Merida).”

    This has been a fantasy of mine ever since I heard they considered NYE ’99 in Hawaii (glad that was changed though).

  15. voopa Says:

    We named one of our cats Donna because when she was a kitten she had a high-pitched, piercing wail. True!

    Seriously though, love the Dead, all eras. And Palm Sunday is one of my favorites.

  16. nonoyolker Says:

    Ah, if you go to TreyAnastasio.com and go to his bands, there are links to this archive. Nice to hear “Silcone” by the Eight Foot Fluorescent Tubes though. Going to grab myself a bunch of ish.

  17. sumodie Says:

    This east coaster thinks having a west fest is a very smart idea for phish 3.0:

    – left side will make for a more chill vibe and keep the numbers down (I hear Coachella holds not more than 50,000 anyway)

    – it’s too early for phish 3.0 to return to a really big blow out up at Limestone, though next summer would be sweet (and a future NYE in Big Cypress sweeter still)

    -gotta share some love with the west coast phanners!

    -having a fest this early in 3.0 IS sharing the love with everyone

    -don’t worry, plenty of wooks (the good and the ___?) will still be there

    -c’mon, admit it, the northeast has had a wonderful excess of local & nearby shows 🙂

  18. albert walker Says:

    Kimock and donna had something when he was a teenager playin in the Heart of Gold Band with her and Keith used to have a vinyl recording of one of their shows from the 70’s released on relix records

    often cited as one of many reasons Kimock does not get along with some of the Dead family

  19. Frankie Says:

    Plus, it’s closer for the Cambodian fan to fly there… 😉

  20. oneshowatatime Says:

    the first time i checked the map today, only cali was left.

    the second time, Illinois was also left on the map(?)

    the third time, Michigan was left(??)

    the fourth time, Nebraska was left(???)

    anyone else seeing this?

  21. c0wfunk Says:

    yeah the bands link gets you there, you’re right – though serial pod is not there. Maybe a few other tracks? If you click back through the directory tree you can get to all the pics and content from the site too .. pretty cool!

  22. Leo Weaver Says:

    @corey…you have mail…well, more like a dissertation…feel free to ask more questions, I’ll do what I can to give recommendations. have a great trip!

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    empire01, you got mail.

  24. hossmaster Says:

    Wow this antelope is a rager, thanks mr. miner. I’m a college student from burlington and I’m about as broke as they come. But, I tell you what I’ll be making the Indio trip for sure. I don’t think anything can stop that from happening.

  25. c0wfunk Says:

    O to be a college student with empty credit cards again!!

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