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REVIEW: That 1 Guy & Boy Eats Drum Machine @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – 5/15/10)

16th May 10 (Sun) 4 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I’ve been a fan of That 1 Guy and the Magic Pipe since seeing him a dank club in Cincinnati opening for Drums & Tuba in the early 2000s.  He’s toured incessantly throughout the decade, hitting some major festivals and being a supporting act for some big bands.  It’s been nice to see his fanbase grow, and at many times I didn’t think his music was growing all that much.  Well, he proves us wrong with his fourth record, Packs a Wallop.  He seems to have found a nice balance between the experimentation and the groove.  The lyrical silliness is still there, but that’s part of the charm…

The opener was Portland’s Boy Eats Drum Machine.  Boy Eats Drum Machine is a one man band made up of Jon Ragel and his musical toys. I was only familiar with the video for “Hoop + Wire” (see below).  It’s a clever video, but I didn’t think it gave any insight into his live set.  Well, the Eugene crowd was blown away, to say the least.   He put out an incredibly danceable mix of record spinning, drum machine, live drums, saxophone and vocals.  He has a great voice, passion, and energy.

Boy Eats Drum Machine “Hoop + Wire

Well, no, his live set wasn’t stop-motion animation, but it was as full of energy and fun as the video shows.  Eugene ate Boy Eats Drum Machine.  Portland, you can’t have him back!!

After only a short break, Mike Silverman aka That 1 Guy joined the Magic Pipe on stage for almost two and a half hours of lights, smoke, lasers, and all around jam-worthy tom-foolery…

Mr. Guy played almost non-stop, busting through his catalogue… playing many tunes from his latest album…

Setlist: almost 2 1/2 hours

  • Modern Man
  • Packs a Wallop
  • Buttmachine (with extended jam)
  • How’s Bout Them Holes In The Moon (Butter Side Down)
  • Heaven or Heck
  • Jam
  • Stones Throw
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Laser Beans
  • Step Into Striped Light
  • Mustaches
  • Jam
  • Rainbow
  • Dig
  • One
  • “Magic Show”
  • Credit Card Jam
  • Lounge Outtro
  • Encore: Weasel Potpie
  • The Moon is Disgusting
  • Word Up (Cameo cover)
  • Lounge Outtro

Of the frequent stops through Eugene, this one seemed to be the most action packed.  He had full reign to play a longer set, and his light show has definitely stepped up a notch (I did miss the Mustaches & Laser Beams tour; so maybe this is just a continuation).  He pulled out the magic saw and magic boot near the end of the show.  He also treated the crowd to his magic card tricks and laser bows.  Ever the showman, he was soaking wet by the end of the night, yet still full of energy…

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Ben Goldberg Quartet plays Masada Book TwoBook of Angels, Vol 15: Baal

THAT1GUY & BOY EATS DRUM MACHINE PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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That1Guy Packs a Wallop

27th Jan 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

That1Guy was just here in Eugene.  He’s coming back in May (15th @ WOW Hall).  I didn’t know if was his new album that came out this past Tuesday.  Do I just not pay attention sometimes? Yes.

Go get his new album… CD, download, or both…

http://music.that1guy.com/album/packs-a-wallop

I’ll be at the T1G show in Eugene.  For other tour dates (and there are a’plenty), go to…

http://www.that1guy.com/events

~Dan – np: HeatmiserDead Air

REVIEW: Porcupine Tree w/ That1Guy @ Roseland (Portland, OR – 9/16/09)

17th Sep 09 (Thu) 12 comments

Rarely do two bands you like happen to tour together.  Porcupine Tree is touring with King’s X on this U.S. Leg… well… ok, starting in a week in Ohio.  This West Coast leg, though gets That1Guy (another musician I like a lot).  I’m bummed I’m missing a KXC/PT show, but That1Guy is a fun live act as well.

I guess I’ll have to get used to the Roseland, as I imagine I’ll be seeing more and more shows here over the years.  It’s an “OK” venue… a basic stand-y rock club.  They do have a nice food menu, though… and I got as Zappa veggie dog (I heart the PacNW).  The band had a ban on cameras, outside of the officially selected photographer for the Incident tour blog; so no photos from me this time.

That1Guy played a short set.  Pretty much the same set as the last time I saw him in Feb, but just cut short. I was kind of bummed that he didn’t play “Buttmachine” or “Mustaches.”  Maybe he was trying to be “more serious” for the prog fans.  I don’t know.  I think “Buttmachine” is one of his catchiest songs, regardless of its ridiculous lyrics.  Watch the video here.  Overall his set & jams were a bit redundant / repetitive, but he’s still fun to watch.

Setlist: about 40 mins

  • Intro Jam
  • Jigsaw
  • Weasel Potpie leading into Instrumental Jam
  • Heaven or Heck
  • Dig (with the magic boot)
  • Outro Jam (T1G’s credit card jam with snippets of “Smoke on the Water”)

That1Guy’s 2007 album, The Moon is Disgusting, aged well.  I’m still digging it a bunch, and wish he would have played more off of it outside of “Jigsaw” and “Dig.”  You can listen to samples of the album HERE.

Next up, Porcupine Tree, whose new album, The Incident, arrived to my earbuds last weekend (thanks to Demonoid) but also hit my hands in a the lush limited edition on Tuesday.  Wow… it’s freakin’ excellent.  Great packaging in the deluxe edition.  I think the limited edition is sold out, but the standard CD is available worldwide now.

Porcupine Tree hit the stage around 9:15 and played a first set entirely made up of The Incident‘s 1st disc.  They didn’t stray from the album in scope or sound.  It was very great being in the same room as Steven again.  He’s truly a great musician and songwriter, which is a hard moniker to assign to a progressive rock musician (most of them can’t write a song to save their lives).  Their set…

Setlist:

  • The Incident (in its entirety)
    I – Occam’s Razor
    II – The Blind House
    III – Great Expectations
    IV – Kneel and Disconnect
    V – Drawing the Line
    VI – The Incident
    VII – Your Unpleasant Family
    VIII – The Yellow Windows of the Evening Train
    IX – Time Flies
    X – Degree Zero of Liberty
    XI – Octane Twisted
    XII – The Séance
    XIII – Circle of Manias
    XIV – I Drive the Hearse
    2nd Set
  • The Start of Something Beautiful
  • Buying New Soul
  • Anesthetize Part 2
  • Lazarus
  • Strip the Soul
  • .3
  • Bonnie the Cat
  • Encore: Way Out of Here
  • Trains

Great show for their fantastic new album.  They played right around 2 hours total.  The Incident is easily the best album they’ve done since In Absentia, IMO.  This was only the 2nd show of their tour, and it didn’t really show.  I mean, they were on top of their game.  Steven mentioned that they were a little nervous at the Seattle show the day prior.  Somehow I’m skeptical of that.  They probably roll out of bed and could play these songs blindfolded. :)

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Patton OswaltMy Weakness is Strong

Further U.S> Porcupine Tree Tour Dates (as of now)

Tue 15 Sep SEATTLE, WA MOORE THEATER [opener: That1Guy]
Wed 16 Sep PORTLAND, OR ROSELAND [opener: That 1 Guy]
Fri 18 Sep SAN FRANCISCO WARFIELD [opener: That 1 Guy]
Sat 19 Sep LOS ANGELES CLUB NOKIA [opener: Big Elf]
Mon 21 Sep CLEVELAND, OH HOUSE OF BLUES [opener: King’s X]
Tue 22 Sep CHICAGO, IL VIC THEATER [opener: King’s X]
Thu 24 Sep NY, NY TERMINAL 5 [opener: King’s X]

Fri 25 Sep BALTIMORE RAM’S HEAD [opener: King’s X]
Sat 26 Sep PHILLY ELECTRIC FACTORY [opener: King’s X]
Sun 27 Sep BOSTON, MA HOUSE OF BLUES [opener: King’s X]
Tue 29 Sep MONTREAL METROPOLIS [opener: King’s X]
Wed 30 Sep TORONTO QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE [opener: King’s X]

Porcupine Tree / Larry David & Woody Allen

13th Jun 09 (Sat) 2 comments

UK progrockers Porcupine Tree have a new album coming out in September, and it now has a name: The Incident.  It’s out September 21st on Roadrunner Records in the United States.  It’ll be a double-album: first CD being the (cough) 55-minute title track.  The 2nd CD being an EP-lengthed featuring these four songs: “Flicker,” “Bonnie The Cat,” “Black Dahlia,” and “Remember Me Lover.”

My fandom of Steven Wilson’s songwriting (examples: Stupid Dream & Lightbulb Sun) will probably lead me to gravitate to the 2nd CD, but we shall see.  Their counterpart in the prog world, Dream Theater, can’t write their way out of a wet paper bag (when it comes to a “song”)… so at least Steven tends to do that every once in a while…

As previously reported, Porcupine Tree hits the road with King’s X and That1Guy this fall (two favorite artists of mine).  I’ll be at the That1Guy-opened show in Portland, OR.

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Larry David is a busy man.  As previously reported, the 7th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm is underway (and will host all major members of the Seinfeld cast).  Larry’s feature movie from writer/director Woody Allen is hitting the streets this June/July.  Here’s a trailer for Whatever Works:

~Dan – np: CelldwellerThe Last Firstborn Remixes

Porcupine Tree, King’s X, and That 1 Guy walk into a bar…

9th Apr 09 (Thu) 4 comments

Porcupine Tree is working on a new album, due out in September on Roadrunner Records (in the U.S.).   For their upcoming North American tour in support of its new album, the following dates have been confirmed (more to follow):

Tue 15 Sep SEATTLE, WA MOORE THEATER [opener: That1Guy]
Wed 16 Sep PORTLAND, OR ROSELAND [opener: That 1 Guy]
Fri 18 Sep SAN FRANCISCO WARFIELD [opener: That 1 Guy]
Sat 19 Sep LOS ANGELES CLUB NOKIA [opener: Big Elf]
Mon 21 Sep CLEVELAND, OH HOUSE OF BLUES [opener: King’s X]
Tue 22 Sep CHICAGO, IL VIC THEATER [opener: King’s X]
Thu 24 Sep NY, NY TERMINAL 5 [opener: King’s X]
Sat 26 Sep PHILLY ELECTRIC FACTORY [opener: King’s X]
Sun 27 Sep BOSTON, MA HOUSE OF BLUES [opener: King’s X]
Tue 29 Sep MONTREAL METROPOLIS [opener: King’s X]
Wed 30 Sep TORONTO QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE [opener: King’s X]

 

General onsale date is April 17th for all dates, except Boston/Chicago (4/18) and San Fran (4/19).  If you’re a PT “ROABP” fanclub member, you can get tickets earlier (4/10)… but most are probably GA venues anyway… so… yeah… you do the math.

I’d kind of hope to see the PT / KX bill, but I guess I’ll settle for PT/T1G.  And who the heck is Big Elf?

~Dan

REVIEW: That1Guy @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – – 2/11/09)

12th Feb 09 (Thu) 2 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

 Well, this was my 5th time seeing That1Guy and the Magic Pipe.  He is a truly mesmerizing performer… the inclusion of the Magic Saw and Magic Boot are also great, but the true show is seeing Mr. 1Guy put a crazy go nuts university seminar on the Magic Pipe.

The opener was Seattle’s Flowmotion.  I only caught their last 3-4 songs, but I liked them.  Kinda of a more rock style jam band.  The best part for me was their drummer and drummer/ percussionist combo.  Two of the 3-4 songs I saw had some cool extended dual drum solos.

T1G came on right around 9:30.  He seemed to play a very similar setlist to the time I saw him a year and a half ago at John Henry’s, but much more energetic… having a pretty packed house at a bigger venue on a Wednesday definitely didn’t hurt the energy. :)

Setlist:

  • Forgotten Whales leading into Instrumental Intro Jam
  • Jigsaw
  • Weasel Potpie leading into Instrumental Jam
  • the one with “heaven or heck” in the lyrics
  • Dig (with the magic boot)
  • Buttmachine (extended)
  • Instrumental Jam
  • Bananas
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow(with the magic saw)
  • One(with card tricks)
  • Jam Session with Flowmotion drummers (T1G’s credit card jam)

Great show… I left at about the 90 minute point (it’s been a long week for me so far).  If I had to wager a guess, I bet he played “Mash” and/or “The Moon is Disgusting” and/or “Birds” as encores… but that’s only a guess.

the magic pipe

And now for some news from That1Guy…

He’s re-issued his first album… the one before Songs in the Key of Beotch called Let’s Hear That1Guy (click pic to find out more):

New animated video for “Mash” made by some ausome aussies at Silo:6

Oh, and T1G’s “Buttmachine” is the new Rick Rolltry it on your friends. *cough*

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: The BeatlesThe Beatles

THAT1GUY PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2009 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

ryan seacrest & buttmachine

3rd Jul 08 (Thu) Leave a comment

Ryan Seacrest says “buttmachine” and “that 1 guy”… yes, you read that correctly… Ryan… Seacrest.

Crazy, butt good exposure for a longtime personal favorite artist… http://www.that1guy.com/

The two Butt Machine videos:

I hear “Butt Machine” is the “new RickRoll” (blog link)… it’s also featured on the new The Weeds soundtrack (Showtime show).

~Dan – np: Zappa Plays Zappa

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