July 21, 2007

moe.: Warts & All Vol. 5

If you like jam bands, you want to hear the full show, right? Luckily most of them are taper friendly, so there are thousands of shows out there, most them audience recordings albeit taped with superior gear. So who needs an official CD set culled from the soundboard? For one thing you support the band by buying it and some shows are that good that want to hear with a killer sound. On February 22, 2005 moe. performed at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The band decide to release it in full this year as Vol. 5in their Warts & All Vol. 5 series, using a stereo matrix mix recorded live to DAT (front of house soundboard and two AKG 414's). The result: a crispy soundboard with an audience feel that sounds really fucking good.

They were on stage for more than 3 hours, peaking in the second set which starts of on Disc Two. They stay close to the original studio tracks at first, before embarking on an epic Yodelittle > Spine of a Dog > Buster. Yodelittle is a bit of novelty song (Swiss yodeling anyone?) that slowly evolves into a keyboards driven ambient jam. If whales formed a jam band, they pick this song as a cover. After about 23 minutes the guitar creeps in and takes over settling into the Mexican groove of Spine of a Dog. By now you picture the audience dancing with wide grins on their faces, before moe. slows down a bit for Buster. No wonder the band and the audience needed a breather after that. The encore finds both them refreshed to go for it for two more songs. It must have been quite a night if you were there.

moe.: Warts & All Vol. 5

moe. are:
Chuck Garvey: vocals, guitar
Rob Derhak: vocals, bass guitar
Vinnie Amico: drums
Al Schnier: guitar, vocals, keyboards, moog
Jim Loughlin: percussion, acoustic guitar

Warts & All Vol. 5 is released on their own label Fatboy Records.

Tracks:

Disc One:
  1. Intro
  2. Bring You Down >
  3. Shoot First
  4. Captain America >
  5. She
  6. Y.O.Y.
  7. George
Disc Two:
  1. Intro
  2. Spine of a Dog >
  3. Mexico >
  4. Plane Crash >
  5. Spine of a Dog >
  6. Yodelittle
Disc Three:
  1. Yodelittle >
  2. Spine of a Dog >
  3. Buster
  4. Encore: Tijuana Donkey Show
  5. New York City
Tour dates:
  • 07/20 10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes, MN
  • 07/26 Twilight Concert Series, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 07/28 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
  • 08/31 Snow Ridge Ski Area, Turin, NY
  • 09/01 Snow Ridge Ski Area, Turin, NY
  • 09/02 Snow Ridge Ski Area, Turin, NY
  • 09/29 Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT
  • 09/30 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
  • 11/19 Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 11/20 Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 12/31 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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