Justin Ward

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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
If you don't already have an advanced copy because you cheated and downloaded it from Soulseek, you should go out and purchase String Cheese Incident One Step Closer. Also coming out tomorrow, pick up Keller Williams Sight. Man, these two releases are super hot and I'm excited to see how they fare on the reseller sites... Read my...
Even though I know that Umphrey's McGee's podcasts are far superior in sound quality, professionalism, credibility, I'm still going to try and share some of my favorite Umphrey's McGee moments from their already productive festival season. From one set at Langerado, two and half sets at Summercamp, two sets at Bonnaroo, and two sets at Wakarusa, I can...
Like a schoolboy seeking to gain favor by revealing a coveted secret, Live 8's seemingly homeless organizer Bob Geldof unconscionably let slip some major details about the upcoming benefit concerts last week. Good work, Bobby, I'm sure there's no greater feeling in the world than completely ruining the beginning, the end and the most anxiously awaited musical reunion of...
From DiscoBiscuits.com...6/24/05----New DVDS AND DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE!!!----The Disco Biscuits and DiscLogic are pleased to announce a new service available to you, our most loyal fans. The performance from the evening of March 25th at the Starland Ballroom is now available for purchase as a DVD or as a more compressed VCD formatted download, perfect to watch while you're procrastinating at...
In response to the overwhelming amount of bloggers and media outlets that will be writing about the Live 8 concerts, Technorati is hosting the Live 8 blog. You might find it enjoyable. They'll allow you to sort by your language, too (obviously very helpful in such an international event). I almost don't want to hype this up because...
The first-pass lineup for the annual Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans, LA has been announced. From JamBase...NIN, The Flaming Lips, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Social Distortion, Tiesto, My Chemical Romance, Secret Machines, New York Dolls, Cake, Ryan Adams, Mickey Hart’s Voodoo Drum Circle, The Bravery, Louis XIV, LCD Soundsystem, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Digable Planets, Carl...
Keller Williams Sight © 2005 -- Red Distribution, InWhen I received my copy of Sight, the new DVD release by one-man virtuoso Keller Williams, I was excited to see how Keller does what he does in an up-close and personal setting. He recorded the DVD at Mr. Small's Funhouse & Theatre in Millvale, PA last November, 2004, and his DVD is...
From the DMB Announcement List...DMB is excited to be returning to Colorado for three concerts on Friday, September 9th, Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Foothills fifteen miles west of Denver, Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air amphitheatre with perfect natural acoustics.Dave Matthews Band...
I really did not see too much on last weekend's Wakarusa Festival. They really hyped this festival like crazy, but I think we'll have to let the recordings speak for themselves on this one... Wakarusa 2005 Downloads North Mississippi Allstars - June 17, 2005, Sun Down Stage Particle - June 17, 2005, Revival Tent Perpetual Groove - June 17, 2005, Campground Tent Umphrey's...
Word on the street is that Phish is planning to release their epic 1998 Island Tour. I saw this rumor on the Phantasy Phish boards and I had to jump on it. Can anyone put some real validity into this one other than Phish registering their creative works with BMI? Truth is, that seems pretty damn credible to me. Why...
Finally, I got around to putting up this excellent source of The 5th Annual Jammys show in New York City earlier this year. It was about two months ago, and I've been sitting on this recording for a while. The crowd is a little loud, but it only makes you feel like you were there. Ace...
As I was waiting for the mixdown of Jamcast #005 to be completed, I browsed over to The Duo's website and caught this little, lovely snippet of information...we support les While trudgint through the fields of Manchester, we finalized plans to open a short run of dates surrounding the Allgood Festival for the one and only Les Claypool! We will...
You may have noticed that I have added a Contact Us form on the sidebar. I encourage all feedback and participation on the Live Music Blog. Contact Us if you have a good idea for a story, review, etc. Contact Us if you'd like to give us money. Whatever.
Ah, Wakarusa. Bonnaroo's Drunk Uncle. Early reports have been posted over at JamBase detailing one very sick sounding Umphrey's McGee set on Thursday night while the campers were arriving... JamBase has the only roundup I've seen so far. Check out Day One (and earlier), Day Two, and Day Three.
From Trey.com.. August 4, Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion with Matisyahu August 5, Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing with TBA August 6, Wantagh, NY - Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater with Gov't Mule August 7. Cleveland, OH - Tower City Amphitheatre with Matisyahu August 9, Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park with Matisyahu August 10,...
The people that brought you Jam in the 'Dam have put up a video capsule of the 2005 concerts on their website. It's not too long, but it's pretty cool and makes me excited about the prospect of flying out there for next year's festival at the Melkweg. Enjoy! "Cinovative has put the finishing touches on the Video Capsule from...
Update: Check out this great Bonnaroo photo gallery posted over at Glide Magazine. Huzzah Adam Foley! Billboard.com has posted their reviews of Bonnaroo Day One and Days Two and Three. Also, the NY Times's Bonnaroo Blogger, Jon Pareles, has published an article summing up the weekend. His "journal" (just call it a blog) is great to read from...
Update: Superfly is getting us really excited. They've announced the dates for Vegoose, and it's confirmed that it will be Halloween weekend in Las Vegas. Read more here. The101Report.com has the scoop; Superfly has announced that they will announce information about Vegoose in approximately one month. This makes me happy. In fact, this makes me very...
From the STS9 Mailing List... To all STS9 fans attending the Wakarusa Festival…It is with tremendous sorrow that STS9 will be canceling their appearance at the Wakarusa Festival due to a death in one of the band members’ family. Our fans have been unwavering in their support and loyalty throughout our entire career and we cannot put into words how...
Update: Check out the Bonnaroo Torrents that I've found so far. I know there's probably more than a slew of enough Bonnaroo articles to really fill any decent roundup done on the festival, so email me if you don't see articles or photos that you might have seen elsewhere. Andy Gadiel's Bonnaroo blog starts with Les Claypool and Gabby La...
Jamcast #004 picks up right where Jamcast #003 left off, a soaring and spacey Birds of a Feather > 2001 > Brother. The rest of the second set is excellent. Enjoy. Jamcast #004 (91.0 MB) Hosted by: Justin, Editor 192kbps (right-click link to download) Source: mr.cheese (torrent details) Phish Island Tour April 4, 1998 Providence Civic Center Providence, RI 00:00 : Introduction 01:31 : Ghost > 17:40 :...
Update: Check out the roundup at JamBase and Jambands.com. On a rumored topic that never actually seemed like it would have come true, Pink Floyd has announced that they are reforming and playing the London leg of the Live 8 Concert. This is very interesting news, indeed. I can see that this concert event is going to be huge....
While browsing around the Internets, I noticed that SCI Fidelity has launched some mini-sites to accompany their upcoming big releases, String Cheese Incident's One Step Closer (read my review here) and Keller Williams' Sight (review to come shortly). The String Cheese Incident :: One Step Closer KELLER WILLIAMS: SIGHT There's a lot of great info, photos, news, snippets, etc. from the new...
The Chattanooga Times Free Press is blogging their way through Bonnaroo (as many others are, thanks in part to the newly legitimized medium finally reaching the media outlets), and they've already reported on something that just should not happen... A 32-year-old Huntsville, Ala., man was found dead at his Bonnaroo campsite Saturday morning, sheriff's officials saidThis is hugely unfortunate, and...
From SCI Fidelity Records... CD/DVD Release Parties – Come join SCI Fidelity Records to celebrate the releases of ‘One Step Closer’ from The String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams’ new DVD ‘Sight.’ At each event listed below we will be showing ‘The Making of One Step Closer' documentary which accompanies the new SCI album as well as Keller Williams’...
Sunday, June 5 Best Show of My Life News Flash: Kraftwerk Likes Machines, Robots Honestly Heady Magazine Monday, June 6 ALO and New Monsoon Photos by Adam Gromfin Kraftwerk in Video: Numbers Live How to Describe Kraftwerk to Your Friends Jam in the 'Dam 2006: It's On! Bad Timing for Blue Merle Tuesday, June 7 Just for the Hell of It: Coventry Shots More Kraftwerk Stuff One Step...
When I started blogging, I caught wind of podcasting pretty quickly. But I didn't even own an iPod yet, so I don't really think that I understood the whole point. Why would you download "radio" shows? Why would you want to listen to someone talk? Why not just listen to your own music? The last question is the real doozy....
Sorry to all those lonely Jamcast subscribers that have been waiting patiently for Jamcast #003. It's been a while since I've had the time to get one of these cranked out, but I need to start making more time for it. These shows are a lot of fun to produce, if you could even call it that, and I...
From guest-writer Chris... I'm just loving this idea of a Cosmic Break contest at the 10,000 Lakes Festival. If you haven't heard about this yet, it's a competition where you vote for which of 30 smaller bands you want to see play at the festival in 3 open slots. Personally, I think this is a fantastic idea...
Update: Superfly is getting us really excited. They've announced the dates for Vegoose, and it's confirmed that it will be Halloween weekend in Las Vegas. Read more here. Vegoose.com has been updated to include an opt-in form for their mailing list. I suggest that you should sign up. Now. I'm expecting the official announcement very,...
From Glide Magazine: This spring, archivist David Lemieux got a call from Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay. It seems that in the late summer of 1971, just before Keith Godchaux began rehearsals with the Dead, Garcia handed him a big box of tapes and said, "Here, this is our most recent tour. Learn our music." The irony was that Donna Jean doubts...
Thanks Phantasy Tour... Trey to play the Late Show with David Letterman We're still expecting an announcement on the how/where/who/when of Trey's new Summer Tour (Ben Harper already announced his), so I'm definitely excited to see that Trey is hitting Letterman again. I still use Adam Foley's marquee shot as my desktop wallpaper from time to time... Mike Takes 66 Steps...
String Cheese Incident One Step Closer © 2005 SCI Fidelity RecordsThe first thing I thought of when I started listening to the new String Cheese Incident album was "Oh great, here comes String Cheese Incident again with some weird-ass album..." I thought Untying the Not was a really weird album, and I still never really picked it up as a...
Man, I've been listening to my hastily-downloaded copy of Minimum-Maximum the whole time since I left the Kraftwerk Chicago show. I just found a gallery on Concertlivewire.com showcasing some of the shots that I wish we had taken (yet, I do love Katie's photos of the event). Check them out here. Also, I wanted to make my Kraftwerk...
As summer rolls along and Phish remains frozen in a cryogenic chamber like Teddy Ballgame's severed head, I'm feeling a little nostalgic for the good ol' days. And even though Coventry was a bigger disaster than the Hindenburg, you can't help but smile when you look at the following pictures and slideshows. Oh, the humanity: 1. Slideshow Bob 2. Slideshow Mel 3. Overhead...
Blue Merle Burning in the Sun © 2005 Island RecordsI came across a copy of Blue Merle's Burning in the Sun recently, and I have to say that I really don't know what to make of it. The lead singer sounds exactly like Chris Martin from Coldplay. Exactly. Everyone I play this for thinks that it's Coldplay. ...
Update: Check out the roundup at Jambands.com, Jambase. Yes, it's pretty much the same info... You've got nine months to get your shiite together. That's nine months to convince your friends and nine months buy your tickets (that is, if they don't sell out before then). You've got nine months to make your plans, construct your last will and...
While there might be few on this blog that know Kraftwerk, I'm hoping on explaining it in a way that would make sense to everyone... Ever seen The Big Lebowski? You know the group of nihilists chasing after The Dude? They have a "german techno-pop" LP called Autobahn that The Dude finds while flipping through Maude Lebowski's record...
I found a great link yesterday to a great video of Kraftwerk live, performing Numbers. This is coming straight from their new live double-disc, Minimum-Maximum. I'm definitely going to pick this up as soon as possible.For those that don't know and love Kraftwerk, watch this video, buy the new disc, and love them. Now.
Gromfotos.comCheck out Adam Gromfin's latest gallery of goodies from the ALO / New Monsoon double-bill Saturday night at The Independent in San Francisco. I'm going to try and get our galleries into a similar format as Adam's; his site layout is nice and slick, including the underlying galleries.
I must have missed this earlier, but it appears that An Honest Tune is offering a discounted rate for their yearly subscription. In celebration of Widespread Panic returning to the stage, Honest Tune will be offering discounted subscriptions....now throughout the Spring Tour.Click here and try to get the $10 rate while it still lasts...
Kraftwerk Saturday, June 4, 2005 Riveria Theater Chicago, IL For me, this was a life-altering experience. It was probably the most visually-stunning show/performance that I've ever seen in my life. I really was so excited the second I learned of the brief U.S. tour. Learning from our last experience at the Riviera, Katie and I showed up super early--an hour...
I just got back from Kraftwerk at the Riveria. It was beyond unbelievable. I think I want to rename this blog to "KraftwerkBlog". Patent pending, bitches. Must. Sleep. Now. My review, pictures, videos, thoughts, and more to come once I get some breakfast in me...
Now streaming: biscoRADIO You might have noticed that, while although I have reviewed some stuff in the past, I have just recently begun to add more reviews to the blog. Please understand that I am not trying to pretend like I'm some snobby-ass rock critic. I'm really not. Pretending or anything else. I'm just writing...
Mofro Lochloosa © 2004 Fog City Records I was so happy when I actually learned more about Mofro, all by default once I got this album. I remember thinking, "I don't know. It just sounds a little too simplistic for me. It sounds a little light..." It's because it is light. Mofro is JJ Grey and Daryl...
For all those that have accessed the site for a while from a crappy work computer, you might have noticed that the fonts did not always look correct. I believe I've made my final changes to get those to look good, so keep coming back...
Most of these are from bt.etree.org. I love these tapers. They keep my blood flowing... moe. - May 27, 2005 Main Stage moe. - May 28, 2005 Main Stage moe. - May 29, 2005 Main Stage Umphrey's McGee - May 27, 2005 Latenight Set Umphrey's McGee - May 29, 2005 Main Stage Anyone find any others that I should post?
Update: Glide Magazine has one really nice gallery posted. Check it here. The following is the only possible way to start a review of Sunday's events in the City of Brotherly Love: As two noble men and a woman climbed up the rigging to take in the sails of the pirate ship docked at Penn's Landing, immediately following our...
The boys over at Relix have one great roundup of the big Summercamp collaborations that went on during the weekend. Too bad I missed a bunch of them... From Jambands.com... Summer Camp returned to Chillicothe, IL, this weekend twister-free but with enough collaborations to still make one's head-spin. While occasional showers cooled off the weekend’s festivities, Summer Camp’s weather held...

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