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Meat Puppets & Cass McCombs @ Rough Trade Records – Brooklyn, NY 10/31/14

Meat Puppets & Cass McCombs – 10/31/2014

Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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Ladies and Gentleman welcome to one of the newer venues to hit the Tri-state area: Rough Trade Records in Williamsburg.

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And here I thought we were headed to some basement shack with 6 foot ceilings and a stack of 50 records that the band stands on and plays. Absolutely not. New York City now has it’s Amoeba, it’s Vintage Vinyl . If only the stage was located inside this extremely well lit, supermarket style record store but alas, open a door in the back and find yourself a real life rock venue. Long bar running along the left side with a very  roomy standing room section and a 2nd floor wrapping around up top. Towards the end of the night I found myself thinking I would have been more comfortable had I opted for downstairs, but when given the chance I always get as high as I can. Heck, this place would be an awesome venue if it wasn’t in a record store! Also awesome that  it’s owned by Bowery Presents (as opposed to Livenation). This fact was apparent when I found myself being treated like a human being by event staffers. Interesting.

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At 9:20 Cass McCombs took the stage with his band to kick this night off. On tour with the Meat Puppets, one thing that can be promised is that they’re going to bring the weird. And that’s exactly what they did playing over an hour of jams, both slow folky and wild crazy tunes melded perfectly to thaw out the chilly Brooklyn crowd. Was making my way around the venue for the perfect spot during the set. Felt like every corner I enter these dudes were exploring a new sound, extending another song into the Halloween night. With 10:30 coming up, it’s only normal to look at your phone and wonder how many songs are left. (This writer has a LONG trip home!) Then Cass tells Rough Trade that this is there last song and broke into… The Unforgiven! Place went nuts. Where’d this come from? I’ve got video of most of the song below. The videos tonight will be a recurring theme of me trying to compensate for yet another dimly lit venue. At least from up top anyway. Cass McCombs headlines Rough Trade November 1st and is currently on tour with the Meat Puppets. Check them out.

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Almost 11 and here come The almighty Meat Puppets starting the night with the familiar instrumental Seal Whales. A fierce Coming’ Down preceded The Monkey and The Snake before Plateau and Touchdown King got the place jumping.

Touchdown King isn’t even my ‘go-to’ Meat Puppets track but every time I’ve seen them do it, in the double digit amount of times they’ve always had some new wrinkle to add in. It’s gone way longer than the 5 1/2 minutes it went tonight but the Halloween 2014 edition is one for the ages.

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Then, premiered in St. Louis a few shows back, it was time for us to get Seven Spanish Angels live. A Willie Nelson/Ray Charles cover, it’s a new addition to the set list. And it’s incredible.

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Oh, Me brought the room more alive than ever  and tonight’s epic  Up On The Sun (the video above being the only video in these set that wasn’t shot by yours truly) kicked things into an even higher gear.  Then Confusion Fog was busted out?! You guys trying to make me wet myself up here?

See the Meat Puppets have a set of songs that they will play written down on a sheet of paper throughout a tour, but they don’t play all of them on a said night. Confusion Fog is always on there,  but if I’ve seen it live before it hasn’t been for a while. I let out a “Oh shit Confusion Fog?!” as it began. Awesome sauce.

I just got an idea and I’ll do this completely for free. We need a music video to accompany the greatness that is Waiting-really one of the stand out tracks from Rat Farm (they all stand out, but that’s the one Jambase likes). Someone needs to take video of me during the day waiting on tables (living the dream of serving food) and cut it up and make a Waiting music video. Or you can click play above. Either one works.

Cathy’s Clown when straight into Lake Of Fire tonight. Cathy’s Clown serves as the B-Side to the Meat Puppets split 7 in w/ Cass McCombs, the A-Side being Hey Baby Que Paso (which we got earlier during an unplanned emptying of the bladder) and Elmo sings lead vocals on it. Both live and on the record. Rad. Elmo, shreds far left on stage sporting his new Jack White-esque hair do. Folks chanted his name all night. After Lake Of Fire it was Sloop John B to close out the night. It’s a good going home song, as the chorus is “I wanna go home”.

The boys came back out as we’re nearing 1Am here. Aurora Borealis! Our third instrumental jam of the evening. With guitar tones like these, who ever really needs words?

For folks wondering where Backwater is never fear, it was up next and ended my Halloween at Rough Trade Records.

Setlist: Seal Whales, Comin’ Down, Monkey And The Snake, Plateau, Touchown King, Seven Spanish Angels (Willie Nelson), Oh, Me, Hey Baby Que Paso(Texas Tornadoes).Up On The Sun, Sam. Confusion Fog, Lost, Waiting, I’m A Mindless Idiot, Open Wide, Cathy’s Clown(Everly Brothers), Lake Of Fire, Sloop John B (Beach Boys).

Encore: Aurora Borealis, Backwater


Great Freaking Times. Should have grabbed an angle where the lighting worked better with my camera, hence the lack of many photos. Still some undeniably solid video though.

Meat Puppets, Cass McCombs Start Tour in St. Louis, MO at Blueberry Hill 10/21/2014

Meat Puppets, Cass McCombs
The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO
words/video/photo by Boombox Photo

I have been going to concerts since 1996 when I was 13, somehow I have missed seeing the Meat Puppets despite a few chances to do so. Sadly after this evening of blistering loud rock and roll I was kicking myself the entire 50 minute ride home. I was thankful to be able to go to this show, things have been a little tight as of late but I got a offer I couldn’t refuse. So off I went to the beautiful Delmar Loop, home of the famous Blueberry Hill.




The Duck Room is a midsize venue located in the Blueberry Hill’s basement, it host a monthly show by Chuck Berry that draws people from all over the world. The Duck Room has a great sound and a great feel to it, a bar in the back of the room and ducks that line the walls, hence the name. I got their about 10 minutes past showtime thanks to a last minute delay and a gas stop. Cass McComb was on stage when I got their playing their second song of the set. They sounded great and are from the Bay Area of California.

They are a four piece band and they had the crowd feeling the good vibes of their laid back rock style. Beers were drank and great times were had out in audience. Loud cheers and whistles filled the song breaks, safe to say the crowd enjoyed them.




I have a deep love for the slide guitar and I was super happy when I saw their guitar player Buddy switch it up and tore down the Duck electric slide style. It was incredible sounding and was a highlight of their set for me as I really love that instrument and Buddy rocked it.




After 40 Minutes of great tunes and rocking the Duck, Cass McComb said goodnight and left the stage for the band of the evening. The good humored sound engineer came out and exchange a few jokes and words with the fans up front. As most people found the bar I found my way up to the front of the stage for a show I was growing more excited for by the minute.




After a very brief intermission the legendary Meat Puppets came on stage, plugged in and got to work.



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This show was LOUD, I have heard people say that before but these guys were turned up to 12, one higher than 11.




After 3 or 4 songs they decided to give the crowd a few Acoustic jams the song ” Seven Spanish Angels ” sounded amazing and was well received by the appreciative crowd.

These guys were really connected to each other and kept looking back at the others as to say, should we keep this jam rolling. It was almost like they each were challenging each other to set the bar a bit higher which resulted in a incredible performances.




Curt Kirkwood is a god on the guitar, I had no clue. He made sounds come out of his guitar that I did not know were possible prior to this night.



The Meat Puppets spent over 70 minutes rocking the house, The Meat Puppets took the shortest intermission I have ever witnessed. A mere 2 minutes at most and they were back for more.


After rocking a 2 column set list it was time to cal it a night. It was past 1 in the morning when I ventured back outside in the cold St. Louis night to my car. My ears ringing with that wonderful feeling that only comes from seeing a kick ass show. I went home, ate pizza drank a few beers and crashed. Super thankful I did not pass this one up.

Meat Puppets are on tour right now through December go see them live at a show near you. P.s bring ear plugs.

2014 Tour Dates:

October 25 Pittsburgh, PA // Club Cafe

October 27 Philadelphia, PA//Underground Arts

October 28 Pawtucket, RI//The Met

October 29 Cambridge, MA//The Sinclair Cambridge, MA

October 30 South Burlington, VT//Showcase Lounge

October 31 Brooklyn, NY//Rough Trade NYC

November 1 Brooklyn, NY//Rough Trade NYC

November 2 Washington, DC//Black Cat

November 4 Chapel Hill, NC//Local 506

November 5 Atlanta, GA//Center Stage

November 7 Houston, TX//Fitzgerald’s

November 28 Phoenix, AZ // Crescent Ballroom

November 29 San Diego, CA//The Casbah

December 2 Los Angeles, CA//Troubadour

December 3 San Francisco, CA//The Independent

December 5 Seattle, WA//Neumos

December 6 Portland, OR//Doug Fir Lounge


Photo Gallery: 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival

You could use a ton of clichés to describe our pal Phishbeard. Let’s just say homeboy marches to the beat of his own drum. A nomad, a free spirit, someone who shoots first and asks questions later. Homeboy spent Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge enjoying the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival. He took no less than 1200 photos. Here are the best ones. We hope you enjoy.

Sasquatch 2012 Lineup Announced!

Sasquatch 2012 Lineup Announced!


Sasquatch is one of Washington’s most widely regarded music festivals. Held annually at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, Sasquatch is known for hosting big name acts like Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Bjork, and Flaming Lips. Well this year, they’ve got a treat for you.

Here is the full lineup in order as it says on the website:

Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, The Shins, Beirut, Girl Talk, The Roots, Portlandia, Feist, Silversun Pickups, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Nero, M. Ward, John Reilly and Friends, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, The Joy Formidable, Little Dragon, tUnE-yArDs, Beats Antique, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Wolfgang Gartner, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Lanegan Band, Spiritualized, Blitzen Trapper, The Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, Jamey Johnson, fun., Grouplove, Tycho, SBTRKT, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Imelda May, Dum Dum Girls, The Helio Sequence, Kurt Vile, Cloud Cult, Ben Howard, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, The War on Drugs, Shearwater, Cass McCombs, Active Child, Trampled by Turtles, AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, LA Riots, Com Truise, Unknown Mortal, I Break Horses, Walk the Moon, Dry the River, Allen Stone, Hey Marseilles, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Yellow Ostrich, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Nobody Beats the Drum, Electric Guest, Coeur de Pirate, Lord Huron, Pickwick, STRFKR, We are Augustines, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Beat Connection, THEESatisfaction, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, Howlin Rain, Gardens and Villa, Felix Cartal, Craft Spells, Vintage Trouble, Poor Moon, Black Whales, Gold Leaves, Greylag, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Metal Chocolates, Grynch, SPACE3MAN, Don’t Talk to The Cops, Scribes, Fatal Lucciauno, Fly Moon Royalty, Katie Kate, Nick Kroll, Todd Barry, Beardyman, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes, John Mulaney, and Howard Kremer.

BEST OF THE BEST: Well it appears that Jack White will be making his solo US debut here at Sasquatch a month after the release of his debut solo album. That is certainly something to watch for.

With Beck, you should always expect the unexpected, so whatever he does will most likely be some sort of garage-punk/funky-pop weirdness explosion.

The self-described “greatest band in the world” Tenacious D will be returning to the stage after five long years, to coincide with the release of their new album.

Girl Talk is a mashup artist that can combine everything from War Pigs, to Teach Me How to Dougie, to 99 Problems, all without being sued.

Portlandia, a show led by Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein (who will also play the festival with that group) and SNL’s Fred Armisen. It’s an amazingly funny and amazingly bizarre sketch comedy show that sold out crowds across the US when they brought it to the stage. Definitely something to see if you watch the show.

If you’re looking to relax after a long day’s festival, Explosions in the Sky should help (not Bon Iver). This post-rock emotional explosion of instrumental beauty is like a symphony of guitars that will put you to sleep in the best sense of the word.

Childish Gambino, or as Community fans know him Donald Glover, is a brilliant lyricist and deliverer of rap music. He’s also wicked funny. So whether he does something comedic or something serious, it should be brilliant.

Blitzen Trapper are Americana-folk at its best. With Sub Pop signing more folk bands like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper hopped on the first train out of Portland to play magnificent folksy music. It’ll be like a portal to another world, a world where all you should care about is not getting anyone’s vomit on your shoes.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Grouplove, fun., SBTKRT, Dum Dum Girls, Wild Flag. AraabMuzik, Gary Clark Jr., Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, STRFKR, The Sheepdogs.

Great lineup this year, if you ask me. Enjoy the show, all who are going!

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