Mike @ Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT

Mike in NYC '09 (D.Perrucci)

I: Andelmans’ Yard, Cities, What Things Seem*, When The Cactus Is In Bloom*, Sound, Things That Make You Go Hmm, Nobody’s Home, Suskind Hotel

II: Voices, Makisupa Policeman, Midnight At The Oasis, Willow Tree, Fire From A Stick, Sugar Shack, Time (The Revelator) > Jaded

E: Swamp Music

* with Danny Barnes on Banjo

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  1. Mr.Miner Says:

    this show looks like it smoked. appears to be lots of grooves and improv. look forward to hearing from the BB crew that hit up the show.

  2. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    I wish there were live phish sbds of these shows,
    after miami i cant imagine how gordo will hit us next

  3. Willowed Says:

    Ok guys,
    I only have a few minutes before I have to leave so I wanted to give you some info. about last nights Gordon show.
    Here is the biggest thing that blew me away. We are all used to Gordo walking out on stage, standing in his one spot and dropping heavy bombs. Not much movement other than his typical head bob. No dancing or jumping (ala trey 2010 TAB dance fest) just sits in his spot and drops the heat.
    Last night he was jumping, yelling and smiling. I kept asking myself, is this the Gordon I know and love. It was such a pleasant side to see. He truly is having so much fun in his musical career right now. The two biggest things I can take away form the side projects this year is the pure joy Trey and Mike are having right now. It’s infectious.
    Try this one on for size. In the first set Mike covered “Things That Make You Go Hmmm” That old school (I think 80’s hip hop song). One of the best jams of the night.
    What a treat. Had another great meet up with Neemor, Jdub and Fergie.
    I will post more later this afternoon!

  4. Willowed Says:

    One more thing. I do not think they were planning on playing Makisupa but a kid was holding a “Makisupa” sign up the entire first set. He was front row dead center and he was raging all night.
    I think that was a gift from Mike!

  5. Henrythetoad Says:

    That was a great show. Everyone was having fun! Things That Make You Go Hmm was fun as well as the other covers like Cities. I wanted a Makisupa and I got it. I loved their jamming and then the encore Swamp Music which I was also hoping for all night. Great show.

  6. Henrythetoad Says:

    Also I don’t think any one was taping. I really want a download.

  7. jdub Says:

    A great show last night. Mike showed his groovy weirdness in a performance that was a straight up dance party. I hadn’t been to Toad’s in a while and it was great to see the relaxed vibe amongst not only fans but the venue and staff.

    To get thing’s started Danny Barnes opened up the show playing his banjo to his preprogrammed laptop rhythm section. A cross between Bela Fleck and Keller Williams, but with his own twist, he played a couple of groovy tunes that got people moving. Gordon came out and played a song or two, getting the crowd pumped and filling the room with thick beats. Barnes’ banjo work was creative, blending all different styles including a classical score (a la Bela) over some funk/groove beats. A nice appetizer to what was to come.

    Side story:Standing with Neemor, Willowed, and mfergie Mike side about 2 deep, we noticed this young kid at our hips while waiting for Mike to come on. Of, course we had to find out his deal. Turns out he is an 11 year 6th grader who cane with his dad who was in the back. It was his first improv type rock show and he talked about how he has been getting into Phish and the side projects. It was as if phish music was his baseball card hobby. Here’s the kicker, he love’s this site. He read’s Miner, visits other online phish sites, and was a confidant adolescent. Stayed the whole show, which ended at 1:30.
    Neemor dubbed him Henry the Toad, we may have a new generation BBer here folks.

    Neemor called Andelman’s Yard at some point while talking to his new apprentice and sure enough Mike read his mind. Got the place moving right away. Toad’s Place had a meltdown one song in when Mike slowly worked his way into what turned out to be a definite show highlight. Cities got everybody dancing and showcased some serious crunchy, speedy, and funky grooves. It got dark and dense at times assuring game on status for the evening. Basketball references came to mind all night as Gordon bounced beats all night like was MJ, meanwhile the young head in front of me was sporting his Ben Gordon UConn jersey. We love our Gordon’s in CT.

    A couple of interesting excursions with Barnes and his banjo were fun, capped by Mike’s Dream World song “when the cactus is in bloom”. A strange song that had some groove. A total self referential moment for Mike as the weirdness of the song with strange lyrics wrapped in tasty bacon beats made me feel like I was floating a Mike Day dream (John malkovich style).

    Things that make you go hmm, a welcome hip hop groove excursion that prooved to Bbers in attendance that Mike indeed visits this site, given the recent hip hop discussions. Regardless of the truth is was an old school dance session, putting me back at Jr. High dance except 100 times cooler.

    Closing out the set Gordon and the boys really pushed the psychedilc groove boundaries with Suskind Hotel. In a full on jam that turned Toad’s into a Dino-funk rave club (I’m stealing miner’s term cause it describes it perfectly). Very creative jam that had people squirming in rhythmic patterns. Very cool stuff, left everyone in a state of joy and speachlessness for set break. House music was set on groove control as people couldn’t moving.

    I’m going to do set 2 in another post, first set may have been the highlight set but it was really all good, Gordon is a monster and I got fully based.

  8. sumodie Says:

    wow -so mike gave peeps a proper face-bassing last night, eh? i better rearrange plans to be at saturday’s noho show!

    great to read bb’er stories!

    & a big shoutout to Henry the Toad 8)

  9. Phaul Says:

    Yes Henry, the 11 year old, you have a future of phish

    A show that rivals all shows of Mike that I have ever scene

    I spoke with Mike at the set break to the left of the stage and he said, to keep my ears open around March 15 for summer tour dates.

  10. TheLG Says:

    this show far and away blew away my expectations. really impressive band, high energy throughout the night, excellent cover choices, and just enough phish tunes to hold you over for a while. gordon was awesome to the fans, hanging out before and after his set to meet people and sign stuff. meeting gordo really put a nice cap on an already kick ass night. although it was a great rendition, anybody else feel that scott was having some trouble pulling off the licks from “sugar shack”?

  11. neemor Says:

    Well done, jdub…I can’t really add anything!
    The fact that I called Andelman’s Yard to open was strictly luck, really one of the only songs I’d heard from this Gordon group, so…just bantering with Henry the Toad got me so fired up.

    BTW, little guy, you can change your name to anything you want, I just came up with Toad b/c of the fact that Toad’s was your first show, but you make your own identity.
    Nice hanging with you for the first set, you’re a great addition to the scene.
    (Saw Henry and his dad on the way out of Toad’s at the end of the night while the cops were harrassing us-good stuff).

    I thought Scotty was great, especially on the Cities vocals…this is but isn’t the Cities that we’re used to, and I’m pretty sure they added a vers in there somewhere, but this things was fun as hell.

    The whole night was.
    Smiles abound, a lot of first timers in the house, for sure. I danced hardest for Makisupa and Time>Jaded. The rest of the show (especially the opener with Danny Barnes) was very weird in a good way, but that’s also the attitude I went in with, so take it with a grain of salt.

    I felt like the Sugar Shack was played pretty horrifically by Scotty which surprised me because he should be very familiar with it at this point, but his botched licks (you know the ones) made me pine for Trey.

    The mix of songs both new and old, things like ‘Midnight at the Oasis’ and ‘Things that Make You Go Hmm’ and the encore gave me something to hold onto when I was knee deep in the oddness, and I felt that the show had a nice overall feel of flow and funk and energy.

    I would give it seventeen musical notes out of a possible twenty-one (which ain’t too shabby, TAB Oakdale received a nineteen as a comparison) and would definitely go see Mike again.

    As far as the overall scene, the meet up was great, the Southern New England Chapter of the BlackBoard holds it down well and are actively recruiting young fans and steering them away from the green board.
    Pass it on.

    jdub, willowed and fergie are a nice crew to see a show with, everyone had a blast and I can’t wait to do it again!

    Pass it on.

  12. neemor Says:

    That was the other cool thing…
    Between sets, I’m outside talking to some chick for a while.
    She was very kind and we got along like gangbusters.

    Her friend came over and we bullshat for a while together, laughing and joking like old friends….
    And this guy was dropping silly stories about hanging out with Scott and Mike and I suddenly realized he’s talking about the band.

    Apparently, he was Max Creek’s drummer.

    Was wearing a tee shirt of two stick figures holding hands, one labeled ‘ME’, the other labeled “Your Mother’ and the ‘Me’ figure with his middle finger up.
    Appparently, he and Scott have a thing where they try to screw with each other on stage….

    I had no idea who it was, just goes to show ya, they’re just normal people like us.
    Except Mike.
    Mike ain’t normal….

    Great time, last night.

  13. josephish Says:

    hey im looking for some ear plugs for better music sound at shows. Last nite at moe. i was having a hard time focusing on the mind fucking jams with all the bros talking about there next beer (no hate). i saw a guy a while back at umphreys with some ear plugs in and was wondering if it works any better or sounds any better

  14. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    I saw Henry the Toad too! Eavesdropped on his conversation for a little bit. Dude knows his stuff, and great enthusiasm.

    @Willowed – you might be right about them not planning on doing Makisupa. I didn’t know that’s what the guy’s sign said, but at the end of the first set Mike leaned over to read it and shrugged his shoulders, saying “Maybe?”

    I thought Mike coming out during Danny Barnes’ set was great. Just banjo and bass interplay, no other musicians or computer stuff. Mike clearly likes him. After reading that he didn’t get the greatest reception the first night, I wonder if that had anything to do with Mike coming out to liven up the opener…

    @Neemor – good call with Andelman’s. I called it too, but that’s because I could see the setlist posted on the bongos. They had copies spread out over the stage so everyone could see. I tried not to look, but I knew we were getting a Cities.

    Incidentally, I would give it 19 musical notes out of a possible 21. A few of the jams got really intense. Mike and Scott work well together, and their keyboard player was fucking awesome. If you were two deep on Mike side, you might have missed some of the keyboard playing. I was up at the stage for the first set, but then I moved back for the second and could definitely hear the individual instruments better. I think it just had to do with speaker arrangements.

  15. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    And Willowed, you’re so right about Mike’s different demeanor. Jumping up and down, smiling a ton, he interacted with the audience and picked up a paper telling him that it was someone’s birthday…The front rows seemed mostly like high school kids (maybe college) and they kept jumping up and pointing at him and stuff, so a few times Mike did some really exaggerated high-fiving and stuff to them, just being goofy

  16. Willowed Says:

    Hey Boys,

    Just gfot back frommy game. Jdub and Neemor or spot on. They are also some of the coolest cats to hang out with. I lost them all in the secon set, srry boys. I was twisted.

  17. jdub Says:

    Here is my second set run down. It was not as distinct for me as the crystaline bane mash combined with dancing fatigue from the first set made a lot of it blend together. I’ll just hit my highlights and let others fill in the rest.

    Voices leading off had everyone looking forward to get moving again. I’m not familiar with this tune so I don’t have much say other than it got me dancing and had Mike, Isler on drums, and Myers on percussion locked in the groove. A couple of moments during the song had clear phish like jams. The groove was thick and left me excited at the thought of what Trey and Page will add to the mix come summer.

    Makisupa had people very excited to get a mike centric reggae groove phish tune. Isler came through again with some Makisupa rapping. His raps were difficult to decipher as he fit a lot of words into a tight groove. He did take the time to reference a favorite a favorite herbal remedy. Midnight at the Oasis was a bit of a blur for me. So I can’t comment much except to say Mike continued his ultr tight bass grooves throughout.

    We to Willow Tree, a clear shout out to our energetic and fun loving Willowed. The stage had been decorated with willow branches that we immediately recognized as unique upon entering the venue. During this Murawski original they blacklighted the stage and all the tiny willow buds became these organic glowing lightbulbs, very cool. From what I recall, Scott had a prominent role laying down nice groove based guitar licks ontop of a solid full band percussive and bomby groove. Not familiar with this song so the details are definitely fuzzy. The jam did not peak out as much as it could’ve but Scott, with all his accomplishments as a guitar player, is no Trey and Cleary is no Page. I do feel mike was able to shine in this full band groove machine because of the lack of his musical blood brothers.

    Skipping forward to the Sugar Shack>Jaded ending. Good to see Mike take this one for a spin and push it as far as he could. It had a lot of chunky base grooves bubbling over the awkward lyrics. Mike singing as a whole was impressive considering he is Mike and this bands style is difficult to sing to with so many damn beats. Flowing into Jaded they closed it out with a frenetic jam that put closure on the evening. Not familiar with this one either so no reference points for me to capture what happened musically.

    The Swamp Thing encore was a great way to wrap it up. Gordo announced the song as what Skynard on Phish would’ve sounded like. An obvious Poss inspiration, the tune was filled with swamp funk, got me back on feet for one last boogie before we said goodbye.

    I had a blast, love me some Mike and I thought the band was remarkably tight considering it was show #2 and considering Mike was pushing the envelope with unique grooves and baselines all night. They will get tighter as the tour progresses, they being Mikes bandmates. As for Cactus, he is part machine, part genius, and 100% unique.

  18. jdub Says:

    @Josephish, I have a set of custome formed earplugs with filters designed specificaly for musicians. They run about $125 but I have tinnitus and my hearing is worth it. Unfortunately, I don’t wear them as much as I should but they are key for those moments when it is just too loud. Any Ear, nose, and throught doctor should be able to fit you with a pair. The custom fit is key.

  19. jdub Says:

    A note about “When the Cactus is in Bloom”. I just learned that it is a Bill Monroe tune. Makes it even better considering Barnes’ banjo work. I can’t wait to hear a recording, although I did not see any mic stands. We’ll get some soundboards.

    The cactus is blooming, I get this great image of Mike orchestrating this whole thing while he chuckles to himself saying the cactus is gonna getcha.

    One last side story: riding with Neemor back to my car we came upon an SUV lying on its’ roof in the middle of a narrow, one way city street. Cars parcked on each side of the road were undamaged and this thing is upside down. We were dumbfounded at how this could’ve happened given a 25 mph city block. My only thought is that Mike sent some tremors through New Haven.

  20. Willowed Says:

    Jdub
    I think I need to buy those ear plugs. You and I were having a conversation at set break and I couldn’t hear a word you were saying.
    It didn’t help that we were standing right in front of the bass stack all first set!

  21. Willowed Says:

    @ jdun
    Catus in Bloom was one of the best jams of the first set. Beside the jam in Things That Make You Go Hmmm.
    ities kickes ass too.
    Is it me or was the first ste better than the second? That’s usually not the case.
    I also was on my own the whole second set so I felt a little lonely. That may have played a part in my thinking.

  22. Willowed Says:

    I meant @ jdub

  23. jdub Says:

    @Willowed, I’m with you on set I being maybe the better. People were dropping like flies toward the end of set II as the groove onslaught was relentless. A lot tired people after that one.

  24. Willowed Says:

    The show started at 10:30 p.m. which surprised me. You can only do those kind of shows on heavy shit if you know what I mean.
    I’m 34 and after Makisupa I was ready to call it a night! I perservered but I think it effected my thoughts of set II
    Is that how you spell perservered?

  25. neemor Says:

    Great to see you, Henry…you were a real treat to hang near, kiddo. Keep coming.

    “A couple of moments during the song had clear phish like jams.”

    A couple of times, jdub and I looked at each other and said, “Phish!”
    Good stuff.

    “we came upon an SUV lying on its’ roof in the middle of a narrow, one way city street. ”

    Holy moly, I almost forgot this. Gordon caused an SUV to flip! Nice.

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