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Meat Puppets and The Moistboyz @ Fox Theater – Boulder, CO 04/02/14

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Hanging with folks this week who have fond memories of the Meat Puppets opening for Ween at Red Rocks some years back. So of course the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheater was part of the day’s sight seeing tour, along with a walk on campus at University of Colorado where I sat in on a Psych class for no reason whatsoever. Tonight we’re in Boulder at The Fox Theater, and it’s a tad later show. Doors at 8:30.

Moistboyz at 9 and the Meat Puppets at 11 tonight. This co-headlining bill makes it easy to see a show on back to back nights, see what songs which band feels don’t make the cut for their longer sets. Last night felt like the bands split time, and both sets were almost equal in length. Seems that it will be the case again tonight. Doors opened at 8:30 and show started promptly at 9.

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Guy, Micky and the gang take the stage at 9 and kick tonight off with “U Blow”. Loud as ever. Second night in Colorado, second straight packed out house for both bands. Usually takes a few minutes for the stragglers to head inside, but 8:30 doors had a cluster under the marquee regardless. Several fans walking up to merch asking for Moistboyz vinyl pre “V”.

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No second floor tonight, but side balconys galore here in the Rocky Mountains. As mentioned yesterday, everyone in this crowd knows all these songs. Guy let’s a little country twang fly on “Down on the Farm”, which with ” The Tweaker”  are now  up there in Moistboyz tracks that I’ll be humming for days. Plus tonight we got “1.0 (Fuck No)” which is another hard rocking head nodder. I couldn’t figure out what the crowd was chanting during the chorus but the building was sizzling at this point and it’s currently snowing outside. Guy mentioned they had to throw a song called “My War” off the record “when we realized Black Flag had a song by that name”.

More talkative tonight as Mickey tells the crowd that they’re are “great looking” tonight. Never retire Mick, never retire. Speaking of Micky, he’s back at again shredding with the sheer grittiness that only the Deaner can provide. Damn did I wish they threw a Ween song or two in here. I know they’re not trying to be that, but it could have been cool. How bout an impromptu jam session between the Kirkwoods and Deaner? Another time I’m in the same room with these dudes and they don’t blow minds with a jam. Maybe they’ll save something special for the show closer in Minneapolis. I bet no one will record it. Sad face emoticon.

Learn the songs by heart or don’t know a damn note and you’re still gonna have a good time at this live show. I wish I could move to a town where everyone is into good music, I can get very used to this. Moistboyz were off the stage a tad after 10PM.

Moistboyz partial probably not correctly ordered setlist: U Blow, The Fury, The Spike,Captain America, My War, 1.0 (Fuck No), Down on the Farm, The Tweaker Black train, Paperboy, I am The Reaper, Valley of the Sun, Keep the Fire Alive, Good Morning America.

Curt Kirkwood 04/02/14

Not due on stage until 11PM, color me impressed when the boys came out at 10:40 to start slaying tonight’s headlining set. Interested to see what songs we get tonight that we didn’t have the privilege of experiencing last night. Also get the extended jams tonight on Plateau and Touchdown King, with a curfew of 1:30 they could pretty much play every song in the damn catalog.

Meat Puppets 4/2/14

Our first non repeat of the two nights came “Sometimes Blue” which followed it’s Rat Farm partner track “Waiting”. Also good to mix in “Lost” because I was across the street earlier in the day in a record store and Lost had gotten in my head from over the stores PA. It was almost perfect that it happened.

Also, last night we didn’t get a “Backwater”, which I did not even realized happened until it was heard tonight.

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Towards midnight “Open Wide” was busted out. I always think Open Wide is Attacked By Monsters with its first riff or so.

Set seemed to move along so fast, here we were coming up to the finish line with “Sloop John B”. It’s easy to get lost in time when witnessing the Meat Puppets live, sometimes they delve deep into a jammy part of a song that makes you feel like you’ve been taken off the earth and taken to outer space for the duration of songs.  It’s part of the magic that is this band. Part of the magic that makes people like me come back for the 15th time. 16 can’t come soon enough.

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Meat Puppets setlist:

I’m a Mindless Idiot*
Touchdown
Plateau
Coming down
Up On The Sun
The monkey and the snake
Oh,  Me
Sam
Waiting
Sometimes Blue
Hey baby Que Paso
Wasted days and Wasted nights
Lost
Seal Whales*
Backwater
Sloop john B
Lake of fire
Open Wide
Cathy’s Clown

*I’m notorious for mixing up these instrumental jams seeing them performed live so these two might be flip flopped.

Moistboyz and The Meat Puppets @ The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO 04/01/14

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Exactly one year after taking a road trip down to Pennsylvania to catch The Meat Puppets in Ween Country for two nights, tonight we kick off another double dip of the Meat Puppets, this time with The Moistboyz in the great state of Colorado. Always a good time when you could get me off the east coast. Last time I crossed time zones was Soundgraden at The Gorge Amphitheater  in Washington in 2011. Now it’s Denver’s turn to have me inside of them tonight. Good thing about the back to back shows is the Meat Puppets are opening up Denver and Moistboyz open up tomorrow night in Boulder as it is a “co-headlining” bill.

Cris Kirkwood

Before hitting the Gothic Theater for the 7PM doors it was about time we explored this “Weed is for sale in stores thing”. It’s the most surreal thing in the world. On South Broadway in Englewood where the Gothic is, there’s a 10 mile stretch that must have at least 30 recreational weed stores, all named with lame marijuana puns. So with Deathstar in tow we were off to the theater. Inside is real nice with these sort of levels on the floor section allowed different sight lines for those of us who struggle with height. And a balcony wrapping around the 2nd floor. Before I knew it showtime was upon us. 

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The Meat Puppets graced the stage at 8PM with the token instrumental jam “I’m a Mindless idiot” opener followed by a thunderous “Touchdown King”.

“Plateau” and “Coming Down” (you know, mountain themes ) preceded a nine minute version of “Up on the Sun” that truly meant business. I guess they’re not mailing it in just because they’re opening.

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Other highlights from the hour and 15 minutes the kings of the desert include “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” while Elmo Kirkwood, not uncommon to his live show experiences, lights up pot on stage and proceeds to blow clouds of smoke in the air. “Waiting” was the only Rat Farm track played tonight as things closed with the two headed monster of “Sloop John B” and “Lake of Fire”

followed by “Cathy’s Clown”, which is now two straight gigs where I’ve seen them close with it. They played up until 9:15.

Set List: Mindless, Touchdown King, Plateau, Coming Down, Up on the Sun , Monkey and the Snake, Oh me, Hey Baby Que Paso, Wasted Days And Wasted Nights, Sam,Waiting,Seal Whales, Sloop john B, Lake of Fire, Cathy’s Clown

Moistboyz 4/1/14

Tons of beer on stage for Moistboyz who are due up at 9:30. It’s a pretty Moistboyz heavy crowd for tonight’s split bill, tons of Ween shirts. Those fans travel. After smoking a cigarette I walked back to my spot down front to hear the Moistboyz tuning slightly before 10. If you’ve never seen these guys live, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: Guy Heller is insane.

Literally. The best kind of insane. Screaming the lyrics to tonight’s first track, I Am The Reaper, these guys spent the next hour or so lighting up the crowd with a career spanning set that set off slam dances, moshing and just plain fun from a handful of dudes who know what it is to have a sense of humor.

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Oh shit, that’s Nick Oliveri from Queens of the Stone Age on bass. Sick.  Rocking the Scott Ian beard standing between Guy and Deaner, I slid my way in front of the guard rail to take some awesome shots. These guys rock HARD. With every passing song seeming more pleasing than the last according to roars, by the time they were halfway through Captain America I looked around almost in disbelief. There’s this many die hard Moistboyz fans ?

Full disclosure: the dude writing this loved Ween and still thinks it was a dick move in how the band was broken up. That said, this isn’t Ween. And that’s not at all a bad thing. It’s a completely different animal. A wild, loud beast.

Deaner is just flat out torturing his guitar. He is a guy who can’t just not be in a band, one of those special kind of guitar players who can’t be wasted sitting on a shelf at home. I mentioned Guy. He’s shirtless, he’s playing air guitar next to Dean and Steve, he’s singing to the drummer at one point, actually sang one song sitting down. Steve Hass is killing it too, the guitar player not named Dean in tonight’s equation.

As much as I tried to brush up on these tracks, a lot of them didn’t stick til tonight when I got to witness them live. And now, days later jotting this down, lots of those songs are still in my head. I knew Paperboy from the Record Store Day single a year ago, Nick sang the lyrics to that one. In The Valley Of The Sun just has this bad ass riff continuously through it. They even jam hard.

What an evening for the ages. And good thing is I get to do this again tomorrow night. Moistboyz setlist below (I took a picture of it)

Moistboyz Setlist:

I Am The Reaper
U Blow
The Fury
High and Mighty
The Spike
Captain America
That’s What Rock and Roll Can Do
Medusa
Black Train
Down on the Farm
Paperboy
My War
The Tweaker
Crisis and Vices
Valley Of The Sun
Good Morning America
Keep The Fire Alive

Primus Hitting The Road w/ Dean Ween Group This May/June

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Let’s break it down for you. Les Claypool recently released a new record with  Duo De Twang titled Four Foot Shack. Also, the man known as Dean Ween is currently touring with the Moistboyz. Now forget the last two sentences, because if you’re looking at this post you’re here to find out tour dates for Primus and The Dean Ween Group (not to be confused with the Moistboyz), which kicks off May 1st through the 3rd at the Brooklyn Bowl’s  Las Vegas location. The Deaner and Mr. Claypool have been rumored to be in talks about a reality show based around their fishing endeavors. Be on the look out for that, and for the dates just check below. Beats Antique will be opening a handful of shows as well which is noted below.

May 1-3 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 13 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre w/ Queens of the Stone Age
May 14 Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amphitheatre
May 16 Birmingham, AL@ Iron City
May 17 Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
May 18 Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 20 Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
May 21 Portsmouth, VA -@ nTELOS Wireless Pavilion w/ Beats Antique
May 22 Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – w/ Beats Antique
May 23 Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival
June 24 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
June 25 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
June 27 Big Flats, NY @ The Summer State at Tags w/ The Deen Ween Group
June 28 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage w/ The Deen Ween Group
June 29 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

Here’s a sweet version of ECHOES by The Dean Ween Group from John And Peter’s the other night in New Hope. The full 37 minute version.

Meat Puppets @ John And Peters – New Hope, PA 04/02/13

Meat Puppets- 04/02/2013

John And Peters – New Hope, Pennsylvania

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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We’re gonna put this in the first 25 words because it’s that important: John and Peters in New Hope is the most amazing place in the world! This little place on a little street in a little town, the perfect way to dive into our 2nd night of seeing the Meat Puppets. It’s this tiny bar with a sliding door leading 3 steps down to the basement in the back with low ceilings. When I say low ceilings I mean 7 or 8 feet high. You know what it felt like? It had the feel of a teenage party where one of your friends parents goes out of town and everyone runs a muck-only there’s also booths, like a diner, all around the room and they have awesome food.. This makes Mercury Lounge look huge. Sign on the front door says “Smoking Permitted”. How amazing is that? Almost as amazing as Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween(!!!!!) hanging with the band as I watched the merch get set up. You might ask what would Dean Ween, Cris and Curt Kirkwood be talking about. What else? TROUT of course! There’s a sweet river a few blocks from this place that separates Pennsylvania and New Jersey. City folk like myself don’t usually see cool looking land and stuff, so I’m trippin’ on the architecture of this town and this place even before the show. Speaking of shows, this one starts at 9:30 , so much time to be spent in this cloud of smoke taking in a night of Meat Puppets.

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It feels weird to smoke inside. I’m not at all used to this as The World Takes walked into the building a tad after 9(they’re from here, well 2 of them) and started tuning their stuff. The set list is within view, but the chords are over the words so I can’t make it out. But I do know when they started rocking, I was into those first two cuts heavily. Besides looking kinda like Curt, which was made evident at last nights merch table where at least 5 people asked him to sign Meat Puppets CD’s, the guitar player/lead singer Steve really takes some queues from a Curt Kirkwood style of guitar playing. It can get really spacey at times. If they play a bigger place on this tour, maybe he’ll come up and jam with the boys during their set. That’d be cool. This place is packed to the gills with every one of these booths filled, with waitress service no less bringing pitches of beer back and forth through a crowd with barely any standing room. I settled for a spot by the girls bathroom after all was said and done. Sound in here is awesome, I hear the vocals surrounding me.

 

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At around 10:05 or so The Meat Puppets trotted downstairs onto, well, I guess we’re calling it a stage. The show was not to go on without a hitch however, as somehow in the mix of things some beer got spilled all over Curt’s peddle board. Such a tiny place, everyone crowded everywhere you could see how that could happen. He messed with it for a little while and eventually got it to a point that he was alright with, and “The Monkey and the Snake” ( along with “Touchdown King” and the sweet new track “Waiting”)

kicked us off for the 2nd night in the row. Everything with the guitar sounds sounded awesome to me, but I’m no musician after all. Change up thrown when Up On The Sun makes an appearance in the 4th slot tonight and Plateau followed.

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Tonight is the night of the extended jams. Check that, tonight is the night for super extended jams. Up On The Sun drifted to a far off land for a while there, and then it came back to earth and blew our freaking minds. You know what else I notice on the steps on the side of the stage? Dean Ween with his eyes closed, head nodding drifting off to this far away place Up On The Sun with us. He’s one of our peers tonight. Of course, in the back of my mind all night was “maybe they’ll jam”. I’ll save the suspense, that did not happen.

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We got our “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and “Hey Baby Que Paso” fix tonight, and I’ve figured out the names of those songs from last night that I didn’t catch. Elmo took the lead vocal duties again tonight, and the song is “Cathy’s Clown”, an Everly Brothers cover.

That was hilarious, I love this freaking band. After the song Elmo states: “I wrote that earlier”. The title track from the new record “Rat Farm” is glorious as hell if I may say so myself. “Time and Money” was played last night, although I noticed Curt shaking off Shandon when he suggested it tonight. In the bar earlier in the evening, I overheard them at sound check playing “Down”, but that didn’t appear tonight or last night.

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Sloop John B, Lake Of Fire and Backwater before they said goodnight and ducked up the stairs. No idea what time it is as my phone was dead hours ago. I don’t know this place, maybe they don’t have encores. But none of us cared, as a Meat Puppets chant grew strong with us in the crowd and pounding on the fragile ceiling went along with it. Eventually, they came back down and we showered them with cheers. For a small place that can’t fit many more people we got loud. Remember that “super extended jams” line? I wouldn’t have even brought that into the mix if it wasn’t for this encore. “I’m A Mindless Idiot” and “Lost” had to combine for close to 20 minutes at least. These guys are like their own video game, these sounds are coming from guitars? Then “Oh, Me” began and the place erupted again. Deaner has moved to the right side of the ‘stage’ now, passed me by on his way there and I made sure to touch him.

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Again, who knows what time it was when they went off, but I know this much. Most of these folks stuck around to just reflect on this epic evening of events. I was talking to so many fans like just like me, about so many different shows. Like the girl who came all the way down from Vermont. That makes my trip from New York look like small potatoes now. Whatever size vegetable, this trip to Pennsylvania for two nights has been amazing. Now the band will spend the next two nights in my town. How great is life?

 

 

 

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