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Link Mike Gordon, Saturday, 03/01/2014
Webster Hall, New York, NY

Set 1: Tiny Little World, Yarmouth Road -> Caught Up, Surface[1], Radar Blip, Loon[1], Are You a Hypnotist??[2], Another Door

Set 2: Pretty Boy Floyd[2], Spock's Brain[2], Morphing Again > Mrs. Peel, Face, 555[2], Long Black Line

Encore: Voices

[1] Debut.
[2] Mike Gordon debut.

Notes: This show featured the debuts of "Surface" and "Loon" as well as the Mike Gordon debuts of "Are You a Hypnotist??," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Spock's Brain" and "555."

Musicians: Mike Gordon, Scott Murawski, Craig Myers, Tom Cleary, Todd Isler

LongislandPhan , attached to 2014-03-01 Permalink
LongislandPhan I'd just like to take this time to say a few things about the MGB show my crew and i attended at Webster Hall last night. Needless to say, this is my opinion, and what i say may not necessarily reflect the views or general perception of this event held by others. That aside lets get into it:

Strictly in terms of the music, i thought this show was pretty great. The first set was fairly slow until the last 2 or 3 songs but the second set was really just awesome right through to the end. It was my first time seeing MGB and Scott Murawski, who i'd been planning to go see play for a while now and i was really impressed not only with their compositions, but also with the cohesion of the group. As i watched them play i felt i could clearly make out that it was MIKE GORDON's Band, it was his show, his lead, however that dynamic created an awesome environment for some great group flow without worrying about flashy solos and rip cords being pulled on jams.

OTHER Band Members: I'd never seen any other these guys play before but heres a few things i really enjoyed. The Keyboardist Tom had some AWESOME energy! I was loving him going crazy, jumping up and down, standing up, pointing at people in the band and in the crowd, plus his singing was pretty nice too. The percussionist Craig was just ON POINT the whole night. Craig was locked into everything the band was doing, also at one point i think he was playing an LED Shamisen/Sangen ( japanese like guitar) which was pretty awesome. Drummer Todd was just a machine, again very tight playing, plus i have respect for any professional touring drummer who plays kit with a traditional hand grip, DUDE HAS GOT SOME FEEL.

Notes about the sound/event/venue: i arrived a little later then the EARLY crowd but there was a huge line all the way down the block and the way the event/security handled it was poor at best. Took way to long to get inside and manage people getting/cutting/staying in line. Guy was asking to ID people then yelling at people for waiting them to be ID'd by him saying "there are other guys up ahead to ID you." Once we finally got inside i remembered why i don't go to Webster Hall that much anymore. It was a total shit show, packed wall to wall, sweating our asses off, poor spacing of walls, pillars, and bars.... we headed up to the balcony for the end of the first set/ whole second set and had a much better view/ much more space. The balcony was bouncing and the bar behind us was just crowded enough so people were almost falling off the balcony into the sound/lighting booth.

Additionally there were several instances where the sound was clipping, speakers bugged out or had feedback. I'm also pretty sure there was a point when Mike attempted to play his steel string guitar and it was legit not even plugged in so he just went back to his bass.

Highlights to me were: Spocks Brain, Face, 555, Long Black Line, Use of LED ( pickup activated) Guitars/Bass, and the light up/audible floor pads audience members in the front row were able to use at certain times.
Score: 1
Wilcs , attached to 2014-03-01 Permalink
I'd also like to add to LongIslandPhan's review that I too thought the band was great, but I had a different disappointment: the crowd that would not quiet down when mike was talking and introducing a quiet slow acoustic song. I was about 10 Rows from the stage and still had trouble hearing when they were playing that acoustic number. Not to be a downer, but when the band slows down and plays quieter, it's not an invitation to stop paying attention and talk louder!! While
I'm at it...the two Long Island chicks in front of me who were talking about boys they were texting were pretty annoying too.

Ok rant over. Great show!!!
Score: 1
jerrysphinger , attached to 2014-03-01 Permalink
"Morphing Again" was a strange choice for a jam springboard, so its venture into improv felt more forced than organic, but it found its groove fairly quickly, with Mike revisiting the resonator for a bit. It transformed quite nicely into the progressive calypso of "Mrs. Peel," which got a little dreamy towards its conclusion. In Phish, Mike usually spearheads the most danceable moments, and the groove-hungry crowd were finally sated with the cheery "Face," with the projected video imagery evoking the Millennium Falcon going into hyperspace. A darker, dirtier complement to the happy "Face," "555" followed, and really got the crowd moving. "Long Black Line" was announced as the final song, and while it began with an earthy classic rock vibe, things got weirder and weirder as it progressed into alien territory.

Read full review here:
http://www.drypaintsigns.com/2014/03/mike-gordon-webster-hall-setlist.html
Score: 0

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