05/30/2017 Tool, Once And Future Band (Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena)

By Eric | May 31, 2017 10:39 am

2017-05-30 21.04.47 TOOL

Set 1:
The Grudge
Parabol
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Third Eye
Forty-Six & 2

Set 2:
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Sweat
(-) Ions
Stinkfist

The Grudge

Schism

Parabola

Opiate

AEnema

Descending / Jambi

Third Eye

46 & 2

Vicarious

Stinkfist

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All That Remains – 2017 – Madness

By Eric | May 21, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: All That Remains
Title: Madness
Label: Razor & Tie
Released: Apr 28, 2017
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Safe House
#Madness
#Nothing I Can Do
#If I’m Honest
#Halo
#Louder
#Rivercity
#Open Grave
#Far From Home
#Trust And Believe
#Back To You
#Never Sorry
#The Thunder Rolls

Review:


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Soul Coughing – 1997 – Made Especially For You By Soul Coughing

By Eric | May 10, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: Soul Coughing
Title: Made Especially For You By Soul Coughing
Label: Slash
Released: Jan 1, 1997
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Suzy Snowflake
#Super Bon Bon (Live)
#Screenwriter’s Blues (Live)
#Collapse (Live)
#Janine (Live)

Review:

Track 2 recorded live on the Howard Stern Show at WXRK.

Track 3 recorded live on Kevin and Bean at KROQ.

Track 4 recorded live at Sonic Studios for Y100 Sonic Session.

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The Dirty Pennies – 2017 – Kick Out the Rocks

By Eric | March 31, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: The Dirty Pennies
Title: Kick Out the Rocks
Label: Self Released
Released: Mar 24, 2017
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Blood of Me
#Explosions
#Water So Cold
#Sweet Talkin’
#Kick Out the Rocks
#Steve’s Song
#Woman of Mine
#Blue Hospital
#Devil Springs
#The Drinking Song [Explicit]
#When I Hit the Road
#Man on a Wire
#Track 13

Review:


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Jasta – 2017 – The Lost Chapters

By Eric | March 31, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: Jasta
Title: The Lost Chapters
Label: Stillborn
Released: Mar 31, 2017
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed? Autographed

Tracklist:

#This Is Your Life
#Parasitic
#The Same Flame
#Back to What Matters
#Until We Bleed Again
#Chasing Demons
#The Immortal
#Deadly Business
#Buried Alive

Review:


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Matthew Good – 2016 – I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited

By Eric | March 17, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: Matthew Good
Title: I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited
Label: Warner Music Canada
Released: Dec 9, 2016
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#I Miss New Wave
#Suburbia
#Born To Kill
#Let’s Get It On
#Load Me Up (For Dale Jr.)

Review:


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Big Wreck – 2017 – Grace Street

By Eric | March 2, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: Big Wreck
Title: Grace Street
Label: Ole
Released: Feb 3, 2017
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed? Autographed

Tracklist:

#It Comes As No Surprise
#One Good Piece Of Me
#Tomorrow Down
#You Don’t Even Know
#Useless
#A Speedy Recovery
#Motionless
#Digging In
#The Receiving End
#Floodgates
#The Arborist
#Skybunk Marché
#All My Fears On You

Review:


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02/28/2017 Big Wreck (Rochester, NY @ Anthology)

By Eric | March 1, 2017 12:16 pm

I have to admit I was baffled that Big Wreck was coming to Rochester. They were also playing Buffalo a couple days later on the tour, so why Rochester too? Not that I was complaining, far less of a drive for me! I also had not yet been to Anthology since it had been remodeled (from the old Daisy Dukes / A-Pub Live). Since I figured it would be a fun opportunity, I also decided to make this show worth my while and I sprung for the VIP meet and greet before the show as a psuedo-birthday present to myself. Unlike any of the other M&G’s I’ve done, this one was very early (5pm!) and we got two songs worth of soundcheck also! They had billed it as two songs that wouldn’t be in the set, and with Skybunk Marche (the instrumental), they were right. They also played Digging In, which actually ended up being the first song of the encore (and hadn’t shown up on any other setlists I’d seen). After soundcheck the guys came down and were very gracious with signing everyone’s stuff and taking pictures (there were only 10 of us). Always a fun experience.

2017-02-28 17.55.12 - BigWreck

So I got to go back home, eat dinner, get the boys to bed, and then head back out to the show. My timing was impeccable, as I only waited about 10 minutes from arrival until the band came on. The set was heavy on the newly-released Grace Street, making up seven of the fifteen songs. I’d been streaming the new album in anticipation (got the physical copy as part of the VIP), so I had enough familiarity with the new tunes to get into them live. They had fun with them too, getting a little jammy with them instead of just playing them like the album. The older tunes were fun also, including Under The Lighthouse, a tune off the first album that I’d never seen live. Interestingly, there was nothing off of Pleasure and The Greed at all. At one point, Ian mentioned that they hadn’t been to Rochester in forever (tour for the first album back in 1998 was the last time), and also when someone yelled for a song (presumably The Oaf), he mentioned “it’s coming, it’s coming. I know most of you die-hards know what the setlist is already, but thanks for sticking with us!”. He was right, the place wasn’t anywhere near full, but with a band like Big Wreck, anyone that was there was a die-hard for sure. Lots of people singing the newer Ghosts / Albatross songs, and even some of the new-new Grace Street stuff (it had only been out for around two weeks). Obviously an older crowd, but an enthusiastic one to be sure.

One other fun note; Ian mentioned that two of his good friends from high school had made the trip down from Toronto to see the show, and called them out. I happened to be standing near them at the end of the set, and talked to them for a minute. More of a “why Rochester for Vacation?” sort of inquiry. They said they knew it would be a much smaller and intimate show than anything they could see in Ontario, plus they were going skiing and made a vacation out of it, between this show and the Buffalo date. I told them they had to try a garbage plate before they left! Another fun show, another good crowd – everyone happy to be there and having a good time.

2017-02-28 Big Wreck @ Anthology

One Good Piece of Me
I Digress
That Song
It Comes as No Surprise
The Arborist
Wolves
A Speedy Recovery
You Don’t Even Know
Ghosts
Albatross
Under the Lighthouse
Tomorrow Down
Biko [Peter Gabriel Cover] [clip]
Blown Wide Open

Digging In
The Oaf [This Is Where My Heart Is insert]

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02/26/2017 Mike Doughty (Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station)

By Eric | February 27, 2017 11:58 am

Also known as “Eric and Matt’s Biennial Man-Date Night”. Seriously, early 2012, late 2014, early 2017. The 2008 show kinda messes it up, but you get the idea. Doughty comes around Rochester roughly every other year, and Matt and I always go! This show was supposed to have Wheatus (they of Teenage Dirtbag fame) as an opener, but apparently the lead singer got sick. So instead, we got Mike coming out doing a stripped down not-quite-acoustic set, effectively acting as his own opener! Not that we hadn’t seen something similar before (at the 2008 German House show the band was in “disguise” as their own openers). What was really nice was that it was all songs that did NOT get played in the main set, especially nice considering it was a lot of the favorites (Brunettes, Starbucks, 27 Jennifers, Super Bon Bon, etc.). A great way to kick things off for the people that showed up early.

Opening Set
———–
Tremendous Brunettes
Busting Up a Starbucks
I Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress to Keep on Dancing
Down on the River by the Sugar Plant
27 Jennifers
Super Bon Bon (Soul Coughing song)
Ossining
Soft Serve (Soul Coughing song)
Moon Sammy (Soul Coughing song)
(I Keep On) Rising Up

So after a bit of a break (and a couple Genny Cream Ales for us!), the main set started. This one featured a full band and had a much more electronic bent. Part of the gimmick with this tour was that Mike would “remix on the fly”, essentially conducting the band while playing the song. It made for some interesting jams, and they pulled out some back catalog for the set, especially on the Soul Coughing stuff (Screenwriters Blues, How Many Cans), and the return of More Bacon Than The Pan Can Handle! It was a really fun show, and considering we got a double dose of Doughty with no other opener, what more could we ask for?

Main Set
——–
Screenwriter’s Blues (Soul Coughing song)
Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well
Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago (Soul Coughing song)
I Hear the Bells
Bus to Beelzebub (Soul Coughing song)
Grey Ghost
Wait! You’ll Find a Better Way
More Bacon Than the Pan Can Handle (tease)
Circles (Soul Coughing song)
Shunned + Falsified
Rational Man
How Many Cans? (Soul Coughing song) (Monster Man insert)
So Far I Have Not Found The Science (tease) (Soul Coughing song)
Put It Down
St. Louise Is Listening (Soul Coughing song)

Encore:
Janine (Soul Coughing song)

2017-02-26 Mike Doughty @ Flour City Station

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02/23/2017 The Tea Party (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

By Eric | February 24, 2017 11:10 am

Ah The Tea Party. But not just any Tea Party show this time! The first of a two-night stand at the Ballroom (I couldn’t do both nights, and I heard the 2nd show was just as good as this one), on the Twenty Years of Transmission tour. So instead of us complaining about the same setlist as always, we got another completely known setlist, but better! All of Transmission, plus some other favorites. In yet another example of “putting the band back together”, our motley crew this time included Sara and Jason, Mary, and a drop in from Karl and Kelley (with some Ithaca friends in tow)! Talk about flashbacks to all those times waiting FOREVER at Arizona’s (see: 2000, 2001, 2002), except instead of aimlessly standing around waiting, we all got drinks and dinner at Expo down the street from the Ballroom. This was TTP show #17, breaking the 2nd place tie with OLP and moving into a first place tie with Sevendust for the “band seen most often” crown! For me, this may as well have been the “19 Years of Transmission” tour, as I didn’t actually see them in 1997, but I did see them on the Transmission tour in March of 1998 at Water Street (two weeks shy of the actual 19 years!). And as is personally required, I wore my ancient, ratty, and now ill-fitting Transmission tour shirt purchased at that Water Street show! (Because of course I did.) It did get one or two oohs and aahs from a couple people in the lobby prior to the show!

So enough precursor, on to the show! We shuffled down onto the floor, probably about 10-12 people deep, and had a wonderful time all night. Crowd was packed in nicely (both nights were sellouts), but great. In a change from the way most bands approach the “play the whole album” tours, we got all of Transmission, but not in album order. As was customary on the original Transmission tour, Army Ants was the opener. Pyschopomp was a delight as always, even hearing it for (probably) the 17th time, but the real highlights were the songs we’d never heard live before. Gyroscope, Emerald (a bit different than the album version), Alarum, and Pulse were fascinating to finally see, after all these years and all these shows. Bookending the album, they closed with Temptation, naturally, and that would have been cool enough. But after a small break, back out came the boys with another set of “hits”, which was all stuff we’d seen a million times before, and were happy to hear again (even Writing’s On The Wall, ha!). Even the usual encore, Winter Solstice into Sister Awake / Paint It Black, felt as right and as comfortable as ever.

Another Tea Party show where they sounded fantastic, surrounded by the same long-time good friends with whom I’ve shared many, many Tea shows over the years. Can’t beat it!

2017-02-23 The Tea Party @ Town Ballroom

[Set 1: Transmission]
Army Ants
Babylon
Psychopomp
Gyroscope
Emerald
Alarum
Release
Transmission
Embryo
Pulse
Aftermath
Temptation

[Set 2: Greatest Hits]
Writing’s on the Wall
The Bazaar
The Ocean at the End
Heaven Coming Down [with lyrical snippet of ‘All Along The Watchtower’]
Save Me [Included Jeff Martin Solo with bow]

[Encore]
Winter Solstice
Sister Awake / Paint It Black [with lyrical snippet of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’]

Psychopomp

Gyroscope

Emerald

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