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Seinfeld + Curb / Reptet Tour / OTC Tour / Jurassic 5 spin-off

7th Mar 09 (Sat) 2 comments

Entertainment Weekly reported recently that Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards will have appearances in multiple episodes of (co-Seinfeld creator) Larry David‘s Curb Your Enthusiasm this season.  Yay!


One of my favorite jazz bands from Seattle, Reptet (part of the Monktail Creative Music Concern) is hitting the road again this spring.

March 12th – Mississippi Pizza – Portland, OR
March 13th – The Stage Door – Mt. Shasta, CA
March 14th – Divided Sky – S. Lake Tahoe, CA
March 15th – The Zephyr Lounge – Reno, NV
March 16th – Don Quixote’s – Santa Cruz, CA
March 17th – Delta of Venus – Davis, CA
March 18th -Amnesia Bar – San Francisco, CA
March 19th – Cozmic Pizza, Eugene, OR
March 20th – Triple Door (Musiquarium) – Seattle, WA

I’m bummed, as when they’ll be here in Eugene, I’ll be up in their neck of the woods in Seattle.  And when they’re back in Seattle the next day, I already got Spinal Tap tickets at the Paramount in Seattle.  “Boo” for too many things on the same day.  Anyway, they put on a great show.  Check ’em out… it’s fun, frolicky, goof-off jazz wonderment.


Jason Schimmel’s Orange Tulip Conspiracy put out one of my favorite CDs of 2008 and played one of my favorite concerts of 2008 is also hitting the road again.

May 1- The Comet Tavern Seattle,WA
May 2- The Tonic Lounge Portland, OR
May 3- The Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
May 4- Hi Dive Denver, CO
May 5- Knickerbockers Lincoln, NE
May 6- TBA Chicago, IL
May 7- TBA Buffalo, MA
May 8- TBA Boston, MA
May 9- The Studio at Webster Hall New York City, NY
May 10- TBA Philadelphia, PA
May 11- TBA Washington, DC
May 12- The Village Tavern Mount Pleasant, SC
May 13- Backstage Lounge Gainesville, FL
May 14- The Earl Atlanta,GA
May 15- Bo Bo Gallery Asheville, NC
May 16- Dragon’s Den New Orleans, LA
May 17- Rubber Gloves Denton, TX
May 18- Emo’s Austin, TX
May 19- Zeppelins Underground El Paso, TX
May 20- The Hut Tucson, AZ
May 21- Brick by Brick San Diego, CA
May 22- Knitting Factory Los Angeles, CA
May 23- Hotel Utah San Francisco, CA

I hope to hit the Portland show…


One of my favorite, now-defunct rap groups Jurassic 5 has a new spin-off.  Solo albums first by Cut Chemist, Chali 2Na, and DJ Nu-Mark… Akil the MC has one in the works, too… Now Marc7 and Zakir (aka Soup) have formed a new group called Portable Payback.  Sounds pretty smooth – which fits in with 7even & Soup’s style in J5.

Check them out on the MySpaces:

~Dan – np: Ben Folds FiveBen Folds Five

REVIEW: Jason Schimmel’s Orange Tulip Conspiracy @ Samurai Duck (Eugene, OR – – 11/17/08)

18th Nov 08 (Tue) 1 comment

FYI… my PHOTOS of the SHOW are at the BOTTOM

Samurai Duck on a Monday night… ugh… but it was for a good cause.  It was to see Jason Schimmel’s Orange Tulip Conspiracy (hereafter “OTC”).  I’d seen Jason thrice prior (with Estradasphere once and with Secret Chiefs 3 twice).  I fought the late night start to the week, the sleepiness, the sticky bar, and deep fried pizza (shudder).  Egads, why did I let myself be sucked in by $3 fried pizza?  I mean, sweet muscular Jesus… why!?  It was wrong on too many levels…

Anyway, OTC went on around 10pm, or at least I thought.  They were just foolin’, as I think Jason was setting up his Mac to tape the show and needed some levels.  They went on for real around 10:20 and played until just about 11:30.  I’m bad with the song names on instrumental bands, but they played most of the music from their eponymous debut CD.  They also played a Django Reinhardt tune like no Django I’d previously heard (it was pretty fun, fast & furious).  Hot Club de France was usually fun & furious, but not so fast… it was fun to OTC stretch it out at the end, too…

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The band was made up of bandleader Jason Schimmel (on guitars & swanky hat), John Whooley (on saxes & keys, an original Estradasphere member), Dan Robbins (on basses), Zach Cline (on guitar) and Lee Smith (on drums).  John Whooley really ripped it up, and the live show was very much more sax-oriented than I remembered the CD being.  It makes me wish I’d seen the earlier incarnation of Estradasphere (even though the current incarnation is excellent).  Lee Smith also seemed more comfortable because he didn’t have to start his set in a ninja costume

The 70 minute set was full of rockin’ jazz-infused tunes.  Very swingy in spots, but Jason also pulled out a 7-string for a chunky low-end on a song.  If John Petrucci (from Dream Theater) has taught me anything, it’s that I love me some 7-string.  The night was full of what my wife might call a band in an “identity crisis,” but that’s exactly what I love about bands in which I’ve seen Jason play – – they’re full of energy & musical chops.  OTC aren’t afraid to just push the envelope.  They enjoy ripping it open like a birthday card from a rich Aunt. :)

The live show was pretty awesome, and the album is fantastic.  It’s quite frankly in the running for faves of the year.  It can (and should) be bought via Web of Mimicry/Lobefood (click the picture below):

The Appropriate Linkage:

Where they’re heading next on this 2008 West Coast Tour?

Nov 18 2008 – On the Y, Sacramento, California
Nov 19 2008 – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, California
Nov 20 2008 – The Ruby Room, San Diego, California
Nov 21 2008 – The Knitting Factory, Hollywood, California
Nov 22 2008 – Hotel Utah, San Francisco, California

~Dan – np: ZakaryaThe True Story Concerning Martin Behaim
 -and- ElleryYou Did Everything Right -EP-

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