Justin Ward

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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
The Vines' frontman was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a crazy neurological disease that creates autistic-like symptoms. This explains that old Rolling Stone article about how all this guy can do is smoke pot in the corner and not talk or be social. Fugazi will not be ending their hiatus anytime soon. This is quite disappointing. ...
Now playing: Perpetual Groove - Thriller RatDog has announced that they're coming back. Bob Weir must have gotten some good R&R to come back so quick. Let's all wish him a good tour. I don't know if I'll catch one of these shows; I'm feeling that some of the members of The Dead are just played...
The annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam is scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at the Asheville Civic Center Arena in Asheville, NC. There's like six artists already signed on along with Gov't Mule. Along with the artists, Chris Kuroda, long time Phish light guru, will be taking over for whoever it is that does it for Gov't Mule. Kuroda will...
U2log.com has the inside story on U2's free guerilla-style concert yesterday in Brooklyn. The pictures look awesome, and I'm sure there's many other places (including the normal, commercial media sites) that have pictures. The Big Wu has announced their New Year's Eve plans. You know where I'll be. Umphrey's McGee baby! Glide Magazine just...
Now playing: Keller Williams - Bob Rules > Run Like an Antelope > Runaway Jim > ... I'm thinking about starting a minor weekend guide featuring the best in what's going on in live music and the jamband community for the upcoming weekends. I think I'll call it my weekend guide. What do you think? The live music...
Umphrey's McGee is on this month's cover of Relix. I thought I already knew about this; maybe I did, maybe I didn't. Regardless, it's definitely the reading material that I'll have with me today on the commute downtown. The boards were alive with discussion surrounding all the obvious inaccuracies on behalf of the writer. That's...
For those of you that have not caught Backyard Tire Fire, either because you've never heard of Brother Jed or don't live in Chicago/Midwest, you need to come see these guys. I went to see them at Griffin's last Saturday night, and we had a blast. The music is just solid. Ed and Matt Anderson head...
In the totally typical jamband fashion, there were intense collaborations the past couple days. Eddie Vedder joined Dave Matthews for a Dave and Friends set at the CEO of Real Network's wedding. This seems a little random for this to go down there, but it's not much different from when Phish made their "comeback" to let people...
Phantasy Tour got a relaunch yesterday, as Phantasy McGee was torn from the bastard-child womb and thrown into the jamband community. Let's cut the umbilical cord and spank this baby's bottom! Whapush! (slap noise with hand held in faux slapping motion)
String Cheese Incident - 10.30.04 - UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL It's a super shame that I had other plans this weekend; I always seem to miss them. I won't miss them (or Widespread Panic come 2005) in the near future. Umphrey's McGee - 10.22.04 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA This show had to be hot. You can...
Yes! Phantasy Tour is launching their next big section, Phantasy McGee. My new friend Josh, lead guitarist for the Herbert Wiser Band, is a huge Umphrey's McGee fan, more so than I ever thought I could be. There's still some songs that I've never heard, while he can slam them out on guitar. I'm excited...
All This Everything starts with the sound of the album, a beautiful little ditty called Life. The theme continues on, as All This Everything, Pt. 1 begins, you can hear how much work Perpetual Groove put into this album to create a beautiful piece of music. So many jambands now are really concerned with getting a perfect...
This is certainly good news. Most definitely good news. Widespread Panic, definitely one jamband that is sure to see a huge increase in demand for their tickets once they get back, is definitely coming back in 2005! From Relix.com: Widespread Panic will return to the road early next year. The southern jam-rock heavyweights announced on their webpage that plans are...
The Beastie Boys have won their sampling fight in court, finally. When I realized that this was still going on, I was surprised to hear that it is finally ending. I thought this was still in relation to the Paul's Boutique sampling, but this had to do with their use of a sample on Check Your Head....
I am unbelievably pleased to announce that I will be taking over as the drummer for the Herbert Wiser Band. Did I mention that this band has opened up for Umphrey's McGee? The website updates are sure to come. They rock, and now I rock, too.
If you don't know what torrent files are, you need to learn. Here are some of the best downloads that the web has to offer. I hope to keep this a regular posting theme. Oystehead 5.4.00 Saengar Theater , New Orleans -- Jazz Fest (DSBD) If you've never heard this show, please download it now. This show was...
Sorry for not posting this sooner, for those that might have been looking for my experience at a recent Beastie Boys concert. I've got multiple perspectives, as many people I know went. On to the concert... I loved the idea that Beastie Boys are totally still alive and kicking. For some reason, this show was not sold out. I remember...
Funniest picture ever... © Rolling Stone The Glide Magazine forums are now open and ready for posting. Seriously, how many different sites are there with forums relating to jambands? That's why Glide Magazine is sweet, because they cover jambands and quite a bit more...
Jambase has posted a tasty article on Perpetual Groove, one of my favorite new bands. I just bought All This Everything and I've been loving it since. The album just flows nicely, and I definitely think that they will become one of the new jambands that helps keep the scene alive and well. Read the article...
The Disco Biscuits have announced that Sam Altman, the man behind the great trance-fusion breakbeats of tDB, will be leaving the band, with the last performance to be at Amsterjam. Well, yet another reason why I'm bummed that I won't be able to hit this festival. This is truly my four favorite jambands right now. All...
Relix has a pretty good-looking new website. It went live yesterday, while the rest of the world was actually worried about the fate of the world. Vida Blue has announced a release of their first (but hopefully not the last) DVD, Live at the Fillmore. Yes, it is definitely Vida Blue with the Spam Allstars. I've yet...
While checking my Gmail account yesterday, I found a similar message from many different sources... Beastie Boys: Please get out there and vote. All three of us are voting for Kerry and we hope you will too. This election is the most critical we've seen in our lifetime. Please vote and help to make a change. Phish: At the...
When I rented the String Cheese Incident DVD, Waiting for the Snow to Fall, I was definitely hoping for a video insight into the band. What I did get was plenty of footage of the band playing in the Colorado snow, as they are from there and that's where they feel at home. Maybe that was the...
184 Page Flaming Lips Photo Retrospective To Launch (via Glide Magazine) The Flaming Lips are making this only available through their website. This sounds like one sweet collectors item, sure to feature plenty of live band photos and perspectives of the Flaming Lips that not many people are privy to. By the way, the new music download from...
wanted: chicago bassist, guitarist, and keyboard player to start a band. drummer interested in starting project; interested in lotus, sound tribe sector 9 (sts9), disco biscuits, tortoise, 5ive style, future rock, and beyond. who's with me? please email me or post some comments and we'll jam.
trey anastasio recording with bassist tony levin for some reason, i worry about this. it seems as though this could turn into a the police > sting bum-out that i'm just not ready to see happen to phish and their legacy. although, it's not phish's legacy so much as it is the burnt out musicians making up phish. the...
umphrey's mcgee has to bring the point home that many heady fans have been trying to make for years; glowsticks at jamband shows, while used to be cool in the early 90's, are completely played out and not clever anymore. what do you think?
now playing: disco biscuits - caterpiller umphrey's mcgee has had quite an unbelievable week. they were joined by phil lesh last friday night for robot world > jam > franklin's tower. every time i keep checking their setlists, they're getting better, stronger, more ambitious, funner, larger, dancier, etc. etc. i'm telling you; GO SEE THIS BAND...
update: the string cheese incident weighs in on the horrible debacle that is ashlee simpson's milli vanilli moment....the band never lip synchs during live performances, even when they are on acid. Perhaps they should, but they won’t. update: ashlee simpson just announced on some award show, like usher's choice awards, that she actually lost her voice. how...
update: gawker found a sweet google news headline on the subject. i can say i love google news as well... dave matthews band sops up mess with money (via gaper's block) to me, paying a bunch of charity organizations but not admitting guilt; it seems as though they're trying to do more than just putting the situation behind them....
ween cancels tourdates due to personal reasons (via glide magazine) i can really only speculate what the personal reasons might be. this sounds a little bit more like a hiatus than just a tour cancellation. cancelling a tour must be some pretty serious business for a musician. i think it has to be so impossible for a...
sts9 get spooky | jambands.com congrats to sound tribe for selling out some nice size rooms, such as the irving plaza in new york city.
maybe at some point, i'll have enough clout where i can actually go to MANY chicago shows and write my own reviews. that would be SWEET. franz ferdinand: barrowland ballroom, glasgow uk - 10/15/2004 col. claypool's bucket of bernie brains, the roxy, boston - 9/29 umphrey's mcgee: the library - oxford, ms - 9/14 related: c2b3 album to be...
gadiel.com andy gadiel, of andy gadiel's phish page fame, is now blogging. i should have recruited him for this blog, but he's got his hands full with all the jambase.com stuff that needs to be done. that's a pretty successfully run site at the moment, and i think that they've got the market cornered. not for long, i say...
update: the archive now has a copy of this show posted. you can stream it, download the flac, or share it p2p style. last night's sound tribe sector 9 show was fun. that is, of course, once they actually started to play. the venue and tickets said "doors: 6:30 p.m. ; show: 7:30 p.m." now i ask you...when would this...
chin up chin up picking up the pieces | the meter
o.a.r -- 8.30.04 -- house of blues -- las vegas, nv check out glide magazine's download page. also, check out their download archives, featuring trey anastasio, phish, wilco, talking heads, and more... previously: perpetual groove downloads and news
this month's relix is going to feature quite a big article on phish and their impact. 40 whole pages worth. i suggest picking it up. while you're at it, subscribe to this heady magazine. it's super cheap, and they're starting to embrace other musicians besides straight-up jambands. for instance, this month has a feature on the growing popularity of...
free space move - glide magazine chicago locals free space get some coverage in this week's glide magazine cd reviews. i guess any publicity is good publicity, as the review is definitely not that flattering. i've yet to see this band, but i can see that they're coming back home to chicago in no time.
found this website of downloads for the format. there are some clips from news show, some live crap, and a bit of malcom in the middle. what else do you need?
jambase has posted an interview with widespread panic's keys man jojo hermann. i think i really missed out on some golden years of widespread panic. i fully intend to go see them when they decide to hit the road again. from the looks of the interview, they'll start back in march of 2005. "i'll be...
download shows from the austin city limits music festival | largehearted boy this download page has everything you need to download some shows from the austin city limits music festival. this festival rages every year, and i'm about to see how the shows sound. thank you franz ferdinand. thank you trey anastasio... check it out...
update: i totally forgot to mention that tortoise is opening up for sound tribe sector 9 - sts9 - at the tabernacle in atlanta, ga. that would be fun. i would definitely consider going down there for that. steve kimock band has announced their new year's eve plans; they're headed up to the crystal ballroom in portland,...
i am SO pissed that i couldn't get tickets once i realized that they were on sale. i swear that i should have gotten tickets. why didn't i? woulda coulda shoulda. they in chicago within ten blocks of my place, and i bet it was awesome. anyone have a review? check out this...
phish phenomenon | jambase this looks awesome. i've always been a fan of public radio, ever since my special lady used to work there and we made good friends with her fellow employees. i even ended up interning there. therefore, i like how the state of vermont really got behind phish. they really did put the state on...
roctober 2004 | jambase even jambase is getting in on getting people out to the polls this november 2. hell, i'll be there. even though my electoral votes are most definitely going towards john kerry (edit: this map looks like electoral vote legos).
soufflés and budweisers with umphrey's mcgee | jambands.com it seems as thought umphrey's mcgee is having a good publicity month. check out their setlist from last friday night. tell me again why i didn't go to this show? i really don't understand. i seem to just purposely say, "well, i probably won't miss too much". ...
now playing: keller williams - what i got - 8.12.04 man, i think i'm regretting not going to this concert. this show is hot. you can download it at the internet archive. keller williams 8.12.04 - archive.org bob weir is tired bob weir has announced that his tour is cancelled due to his extreme exhaustion. bummer for him and...
i was grooving over these recent pictures from the beastie boys, courtesy of rolling stone. i'm so excited for this concert in november. it's coming up so quickly. i got my tickets in the mail the other day. i'll definitely post a phatty review when i'm through taking in the grooves that i so wish i was grooving on right...
only 20 cabins left on jam cruise | jambase who would really want to go on a cruise ship? didn't they have unexplained cases of horrible stomach ailments? it's one thing to have that problem. but, i don't think they ever found out what was wrong with the water on those boats.

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