Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Walking Features

How Long Has That Been Going On? (17 megs)
Dissolving Faces (5 megs)

Here's a pair of short clips from a mid-July sit-in with the Walking Faces at TAIX in LosAngeles. Happily, my short trip lined up perrrrfectly with 5-track and Patrick's show, and they seemed gullible enough to let me sit in for the whole night! I could go on forever about my fantastic experience learning the tunes, meeting their wonderful friends, and just soaking up the vibes down there that weekend, but for now I'll just focus on the recordings at hand:

Both of these are improvised movements that emerged around the middle and then the end of a dense set of Walking Faces material. Listeners with a passing familiarity with my playing might think that at least half of the stellar combo-bass/guitar work here is me, but that's all Five! I'm the second guitar of washes and sparse-ish angular lines that peeks out occasionally with a flurry or two. To me, I sound a little tentative here. Perhaps I'm worried that I'll miss the reintroduction of a composed bit, or perhaps I'm waffling back and forth between attacking with my hyper-tenderized fingers and the pick that I hadn't used in 15 years. (Since this trip, I've really fallen back in love with that tiny bit of plastic technology, but that's a story for another time...) Regardless, Patrick and Five are monsters of awesomeness throughout and the trio-effect is ever so sweet in certain spots here!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 9th 4-Piece Session (BATCh)

movement 2 (27 megs)
movement 3 (34 megs)
movement 4 (14 megs)

Many moons have come and gone since the last time I was involved in a group free-jam of this type.  With Brad Chodos-Irvine (drums), Colin Higgins (guitar and keys), TQ Berg (guitar), and Me Woods (bass).  Unedited from Colin's House on Sunday, June 9th.  (clips just trimmed and mastered)  Feels so good!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

WEGO: May 2013 at the Seamonster!

Set 1 (26 megs)
Set 2 (20 megs)
Set 3 (37 megs)

Here are the recordings from WEGO's hosting of the open-mic at the Seamonster Lounge for the month of May (2013). The orchestra for the evening was Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Ian McKagan (guitar and voice), Zach Milstead (bass and voice for sets 1 and 2), and Me Woods (trumpet, percussion, and voice … and bass for set 3). Plus, "Phoenix" (an open-mic participant) joined us on vocals for Set 3.

The usual teeming crowds of participants seemed noticeably thinned for this Memorial Day evening, so the band was able to fit in a bit more of its thing than usual. This was Zach's first time on bass, and he held up the tent beautifully. Even so, with no drummer and me typically-out-of-practice on the percussion-pile, our first set was probably a little rougher than usual. So if you're tight on time, maybe skip ahead to the Set 2 -- by which point the traditional WEGO format was cooking along nicely. Some great stuff also happened in Set 3, after Zach had finally succumbed to the remnants of his flu, and Woody and Ian and I continued on in an even more open-ended format.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

WEGO: March 2013 at the Seamonster!

Set 1 (32 megs)
Set 2 (26 megs)

Here are the recordings from WEGO's hosting of the open-mic at the Seamonster Lounge on March 25th, 2013.  The orchestra for the evening was Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Ian McKagan (guitar and voice), Zach Milstead (harmonica and voice), John Roth (drums), Evan Strauss (bass and voice), and Andrew Woods (percussion, trumpet, and voice).  

This was a fun show throughout, with the usual lyrical and harmonic shenanigans resting nicely atop an extra cushy bed of groove provided by Evan Strauss -- whose brief return to town happily lined up with this show -- and John Roth -- in his first ever appearance with the orchestra!  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WEGO: Feb 2013 SeaMonster Open Mic

Set 1 (26 megs)
Set 2 (28 megs)

Here are the recordings from our February 25th hosting of the open mic at the Seamonster Lounge. The orchestra for the evening was Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Ian McKagan (guitar and voice), Jesse Silvertrees (djembe and voice), and Me Woods (bass and voice), with the addition of Zach Milstead (harmonica and voice) for the second set.

There was a decent third set too, but by that point Jesse had left, and things were clearly winding down. Since the first two were so strong, I'm just going to include those for now.

This was the first appearance by Zach, and it was a great one, fueling at least half of the second-set action. Look for more of him with us in the future!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

WEGO: January 2013 Seamonster!

Set 1 (26 megs)
Set 2 (31 megs)
Set 3 (10 megs)

Here are the recordings from WEGO's first open-mic hosting of 2013 at the Seamonster Lounge! The orchestra for the evening was Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Ian McKagan (drums in sets 2 and 3), and Me Woods (bass and voice).

I was a little worried that Jesse couldn't make it for this one and that Ian didn't get off work until 10pm on this particular evening, but the first set with just Woody and me was as full and diverse as ever. So by the time Ian showed up and hopped on the kit, it was all smiles. From there, things loosened up even a bit more and some great high-energy peaks rose from the fresh interplay.  I think I enjoyed the open-mic players more than ever on this one.  Still, the highlight of the night for me is probably Woody's Rick-rolling from our first set.

Friday, November 30, 2012

WEGO: November Seamonster

Set 1 (25 megs)
Set 2 (34 megs)
Two From Woody (10 megs)

Here are the recordings from WEGO's second attempt at hosting the open mic at the Seamonster Lounge on Monday, November 26th, 2012. The Orchestra for the evening was Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Ian McKagan (guitar and voice), Jesse Silvertrees (djembe and voice), and Me Woods (bass and voice) … with the addition of Dana (? I *think* that was his name…? I'd never met him before, but he played some sweet stuff) on trombone and Shellita (sp? … one of the fantastic open-mic regulars there) on voice for Set 2.

Just like last time, a stellar crowd of open-mic participants streamed into the expertly-remodeled Seamonster and started signing up well before 10pm.  By 10:15, the place was pleasantly packed.  We probably let the list get a little long.  Even limiting everyone to two songs, we decided to forego a third WEGO set so we could hear everyone from the original list before closing time.  Still, the two short sets we did play were pretty solid, and -- as this week's bonus item -- I also managed to record Woody's slot in the open-mic rotation.