Monday, May 14, 2012

WEGO: May Enlighten Show (2012)

Set 1 (67 megs)
Set 2 (35 megs)

Here are the recordings from WEGO's May show at the Enlighten Cafe. The orchestra for the evening consisted of Woody Frank (barista, vocals, and occasional percussion), Dennis Jolin (guitars and percussion), Ian McKagan (guitar, vocals, and some percussion), Jesse Silvertrees (keys and vocals), Evan Strauss (bass, leg-bells and vocals), and Me Woods (guitar, percussion, glockenspiel, trumpet, and vocals).

 Woody also works at the Enlighten Cafe and happened to be scheduled to work on this particular Thursday. He did manage to join in for some of the most memorable singing, but with the lack of his driving acoustic-guitar rhythms, and with Jesse on Keys instead of djembe, the grooves were noticeably looser at many points throughout the night. Great movements did pick up from time to time, but you may have to dig around a little to find them. On my first listen, it seemed that we had a number of unusually stagnant sections. So, if you're a new or infrequent visitor to the blog, I'd recommend jumping up or down to a neighboring post. But if you're a true fan of our particular style of riding the edge, maybe just jump around a bit, leaning towards the later portions of the evening, and you'll be sure to discover some gems in there!

(Actually, since this one is somewhat hit-and-miss, I'll take this opportunity to encourage listeners to call out their favorite bits in the comments here.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

WEGO: Chai-Stock!

WEGO set (47 megs)

Here is the recording from WEGO's performance at the first (hopefully annual…?) Chai-House reunion festival: Chai-Stock! The orchestra for this mid-afternoon performance included Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Dennis Jolin (electro-uke), Ian McKagan (guitar and voice), Jesse Silvertrees (djembe and voice), Evan Strauss (bass and voice), and Me Woods (percussion, glockenspiel, trumpet, and voice). Gerry Amandes generously offered up his spacious studio -- the perfect venue for a day of music that kicked off shortly after noon and went until well after midnight.

(Coinciding with Cinco de Mayo, this came less than a day after our first (highly-successful!) studio session for some sort of album… Most of that will be cut down into song-structures, but it's possible there will also be a few extended rock-outs that I can post here in the coming months.)