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. SOAM Says:

    Jon Fishman

  2. jay Says:

    no shit. He must have been like 13?

  3. larry bird flu Says:

    interesting story SOAM

  4. jay Says:

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/streamphish/

  5. voopa Says:

    Here’s some other audio from trey.com that wasn’t in the directory that was posted earlier:

    Bivouac Slave

    7/1/88 Wilson

    5/11/99 Jibboo

    5/6/05 Sidewalks

    1/5/05 Hendrix Jam

  6. voopa Says:

    Joy release date is September 8.

  7. oneshowatatime Says:

    still not that excited about the prospect of streaming all the shows live. maybe every once in a while, for something like red rocks perhaps, but i feel like it cheapens the live show just a bit.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’d love to go to Red Rocks again. I went to the last Dead shows there, in 87. Part of a ridiculously long summer. Just like with Hampton, I’d love to see Phish there to bring those memories full circle. I love the fact that Phish is still rocking those places.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    nothing to do with anything except what I’m listening to – what are songs that you’re never stoked to hear the first notes of live, or to read on a download setlist, but always end up moving you? You know what I mean by that? “oh right…”

    Exhibit A for me, Theme from the Bottom

    A reflex I can’t stop always says Meh when it starts but when Trey first plays the line that leads into the jam it never fails to lift me up

    maybe it’s just me

  10. larry bird flu Says:

    interesting idea MR. c, for me i think that perfectly describes my feelings toward Reba, i dont really actively seek out rebas, whether live or on tape, but whenever i hear one it gets my toes tapping and the blood flowing.

  11. Cactus Says:

    Donna Jean was no good….period. Thats all I have to say about that.

  12. Cactus Says:

    @ Mr. C

    Theme from the bottom is a great song. Wasn’t it first called The Fog that Surrounds?

  13. larry bird flu Says:

    cactus your thinking of taste

  14. Stupendous Says:

    Hey guys! been swamped at work hardly had time to even read posts the last couple o days…..Meet up at the Gorge would be phenomenal!

    Mr C.
    I second Theme, I know what you mean…. i find myself going through that with Caspian & sometimes Slave….to me all those tunes fall under the same slot/category…

  15. Stupendous Says:

    but i love it when I find myself getting lost in these (and really diggin em) 🙂

  16. voopa Says:

    Caspian and Free for me.

  17. Mugician Says:

    Not quite the same, but I’ve definitely been spoiled by the A Live One Slave, it was my first Phish tune I’d ever heard, and I’ve probably listened to that recording more than any other, and when I hear other versions, I shrug and skip (not entirely, I let the song get to the jam, and if I’m not impressed soon, I skip it). Dunno, I’ve tried really really (I mean REALLY) hard to listen to another version all the way through, but I just can’t do it. Same goes for Hood and Coil from ALO.

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    @cactus – for a single Donna counterexample go to the MF site my name links to, and go thru folders Grateful Dead > Just a Dream (73-74) vol 2 and download Row Jimmy…Jerry’s voice sounds great on that too

    but a single performance (or even many, and there are others) doesn’t mean you’re wrong. Overall IMO she was an epic fail for the band. Hell, the track before that is a Playin’ Reprise with the usual bloodcurdling howl, ouch

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    yeah Fog That Surrounds is Fish’s part of Taste, right?

    Caspian…I just am not a Caspian fan. It has occasionally moved me live. I can’t get past the “stumps instead of feet” line though.

  19. Stupendous Says:

    Mostly everything about Caspian is a drag for me…
    I can point out one thing i like…
    at the end when the jam is resolving into the closing part and it disipates/vanishes into silence then the closing part comes in …

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    wow I had no idea, this Ripple from the Trey site. very moving.

  21. larry bird flu Says:

    caspian is the classic pee break song for me.. and many others, as the lines are always wicked long during that one.

  22. voopa Says:

    I didn’t know about that Ripple either…very cool to hear.

  23. quazi motto Says:

    i was at Phish’s last shows at red rocks. had ticket to 1 night. i remember them checking cars on the way in, if you had no ticket you could not even go up the road to the lots. i had to bush wack up some hill and hike into the lot. alas i do have a very fond memory. this was my night….. i could feel it. i just walked up the ramp, past the 20 or so ticket checkers along its path. hid along the left side of the steps where you enter the venue (below the tall steps) and when the coast was clear. jumped the wall on the other side of the ticket takers. and ran my ass up those stairs. oh what a night. i just snuk in.i remember it sprinkling while fishman was singing purple rain. i was unseccessful to get in the other nights. wish i could be there for there return.

  24. Cactus Says:

    @ Larry Bird

    You’re right. Taste was what I was thinking of.

    Theme from the bottom is still very very good IMO.

  25. Cactus Says:

    Caspian is okay IMO, it’s not great, but it’s not bad either…..really depends on your mood, or the bands mood. It’s such a simple song it’s ridiculous.

    Sometimes less is more. But in this case….it just depends on many things.

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