Grammy Award-winning band, Snarky Puppy, played Anderson Center last Thursday, filling Osterhout Theater with 2 sets of truly explorative, utterly funky jazz fusion. Not only was the group incredibly tight, the entire show, from the opening song, Kite, to the encore, Quarter Master, consisted of one musical feat after another. The evening was full of creative chord progressions, rhythms, and transitions intertwined with intricate improvisation, achieved through heavy communication within the band through gestures, nods, and eye contact, all the while smiling, laughing, and dancing. This graced the music with a great level of complexity and texture. This may have been overbearing for some, but overall, it seemed well received by the crowd, which responded to each song with loud applause and to several with standing ovations.
Kite, from the new album, We Like it Here, started the show off slow and textured, featuring Mike “Maz” Maher on flugelhorn and trumpet and Chris Bullock on tenor sax. The band built tension throughout the night leading up to Sleeper at the end of the second set, which featured Shaun Martin on a Moog, soaring above the group with his vocoder. Justin Stanton, who spent most of the show on a Rhodes, switched to trumpet at times, giving the group a bold, strong sound. The two guitarists, Mark Lettieri and Bob Lanzetti, greatly added to the build of tension; although they mainly focused on rhythm and texture, when they took lead, they were incendiary.
The set list contained many different genres with the Latin feeling Tio Macaco, the Middle Eastern-esque Shofukan, and Quarter Master with its Dixieland allusions. This juxtaposition of genres was present within the songs themselves; 34 Klezma somehow managed to mix Klezmer with a Latin drive. Nevertheless, each song still had a funky groove at its core largely driven by Martin, and Nate Werth and Robert “Sput” Seawright who magically played together as one on percussion and drums, laying down dense, colorful rhythms. The show featured many tracks from We Like it Here, but the group still managed to play several songs from various periods of their nine album existence; more than once the crowd cheered as bassist and front man, Michael League, said they’d play an “old school” one.
The show felt fairly intimate in spite of the venue. Throughout the show, League talked to the audience more as if he were conversing with a friend than speaking in front of a full house. He briefly discussed the history behind various songs and the band itself, which he described as a union of “Angry White Jazz” from Denton, the group’s hometown in Texas, and the R&B scene of Dallas.
This intimacy added greatly to the show. The audience fed off the energy of the band and the band in turn fed off the audience, increasing the intensity of the room throughout the night. The crowd clapped syncopated rhythms, sang along with the band in harmonies, and even clapped in seven. There was a unique spread of ages in the audience. People who may have grown up listening to groups like Miles Davis, Return to Forever, and Weather Report, sat among younger fans of the new jazz and funk scenes that have been developing in the past few years with groups like Lettuce and Soulive. It’s a testament to Snarky Puppy and their music, that they managed to draw such a diverse audience and still received the charged, positive response that they did.
[From 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday]
Fun live session with singer/songwriter Mikhail Shapiro, a Binghamton U. senior and WHRW DJ. In between interview segments, he shared some original tunes, a couple of covers and a couple of tracks from his band DreamReel’s album “The Feint” (recorded last year at WHRW).
“Roanoke” (DreamReel track)
“Have Better Luck” (DreamReel track)
“Slip Slidin’ Away” (Paul Simon cover)
“Why Do You Believe Me Again and Again”
“I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” (Byrds cover)
Next week, I’ll chat with Lucas Cortazio from Tales of Olde about the band’s upcoming EP. Also, we’ll let apprentice Donna have some time behind the big board.
What Elmo played:
Baroness- Teeth of a Cogwheel
Wolfmother- Joker & the Thief
Serj Tankian- Elect the Dead
System of a Down- B.Y.O.B.+ Thomas the Tank Engine theme
Shinedown- Sin with a Grin
Wax Fang- Bipolar Bear
Rise Against- Swing Life Away
The Black Dahlia Murder- Throne of Lunacy
Thelonious Monk- Dinah
—————— Crumbly Coffee Cake ———————
Melvins – Goin’ Blind
Daath – Day of Endless Light
Dethklok – Bloodlines
The Handsome Family – Far From Any Road
Silverstein – Your Sword Versus My Dagger
Meshuggah – Future Breed Machine
High on Fire – Anointing of Seer
—————— Apprentice Time with DJ Mac n Cheese ———————
Fugazi – Bulldog Front
Flaming Lips – She Don’t Use Jelly
Violent Femmes – Kiss Off
Grimes – Be A Body
Chris Played by Charles Berman
1. Why do most stores not accept $200 bills?
2. Who invented Bittorrent?
-How does it work?
3. What is AOL’s main source of income?
4. In 1903, people of what specific political position were banned from coming to the USA?
5. What is antidisestablishmentarianism?
-What about floccinaucinihilipilification?
6. One of the first films ever was called “The Sneeze.” What was the plot?
7. What is the difference between a pedant and a pendant?
8. What is both a language and a brand of beer?
9. The first sound feature film was The Jazz Singer. Why is it so very rarely shown on television?
10. What are the words to Beethoven’s Ninth about?
11. Who is the real Slim Shady? – Where did the phrase “Will the real ___________ please stand up?” originate from?
12. In the 1950s, why did some groups protest against ads that said “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should?”
13. What both a part of a radio and a part of a shirt?
14. What was unusual about the death of the author Yukio Mishima?
15. Why did Magellan not actually complete his journey around the world?
16. What is the title of the Trololo song?
17. Please describe the plot of the song “Alice’s Restaurant.”
18. According to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” what is so unpleasant about being drunk?
19. Why was William McKinley considered unhireable after his presidency?
20. Name a Russian composer.
-Bonus if he or she is living.
21. Tell us how to say our phone number in a new language.
22. How did Rich David get so rich?
23. Nme something only one of us has read/heard/seen.
24. Why should you win?
25. Heads or tails?
26. What could you do to a legal pad that would make it illegal?
Twitch the Intern
1. What does a 'lepidopterist’ collect?
2. What are Grape Nuts made of?
3. Where was the first Gold’s Gym?
4. Why are almost all of the Muppets left-handed?
5. Name any of the seven Monopoly tokens which have been retired.
6. Why did the US Mint produce steel pennies in 1943?
7. Who was the youngest heavyweight boxing champion?
8. St. Patrick didn’t really drive all of the snakes out of Ireland. Why not?
9. Which two planets in our solar system have no moons?
10. MH2GC presents the riddle of the week: What has 100 legs and 4 teeth?
Doc Sonic’s questions:
What does a coleopterist study?
What happens during Defenestration?
In which hemisphere is the Tropic of Cancer located?
What is an albatross in golf scoring?
What are the four railways in the standard version of Monopoly?
Duke Dumont – Need U 100% ft. AME (Amtrac Remix)
Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon +
Diplo – Hero
Lorde – Ribs
Jai Paul – Jasmine (Paper Diamond Edit)
The xx – Intro
Major Lazer – Get Free (ft. Amber of Dirty Projectors)
Keys N Krates – All the Time (Tove Lo Flip)
Panama – Always (Classixx Remix)
Lorde vs. Flume – Sleepless Club
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (Fred Falke Remix)
Mapei – Don’t Wait (Smalltown DJs Edit)
Example – Kickstarts
Treasure Fingers & The Knocks – DYWT
Grizzly Bear – Will Calls (Diplo Remix)
Ghost Beach – Too Young
Broken Bells – Medicine
King Krule – Easy Easy
Real Estate – Navigator
The Black Keys – Brooklyn Bound
Local Natives – Breakers
Small Black – Proper Spirit
Rhye – Hunger
Artist: Song (Album)
1. We Are Scientists: Dumb Luck (TV en Francais)
2. Mahayla: Wilderness (Electricspaceagesweetheart)
3. Monks of Mellonwah: Tear Your Hate Apart (Turn the People)
4. The War on Drugs: Red Eyes (Lost in the Dream)
5. The Len Price 3: Preying Mantis (Nobody Knows)
6. Foreign Resort: Alone (single)
7. Dandy Warhols: Bohemian Like You (Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia Live)
8. Tom Waits: Trampled Rose (Glitter and Doom Live)
9. Lime Cordiale: Business Aside (Falling Up the Stairs EP)
10. Vertical Scratchers: Someone (Daughter of Everything)
11. Irma Thomas: Good to Me (Chess Soul: A Decade of Chicago’s Finest)
12. Mick Kolassa: Land of the Crossroads (Mississippi Mick)
13. The Coathangers: Springfield Cannonball (Suck My Shirt)
14. Lyla Foy: Impossible (Mirrors the Sky)
15. Natural Child: Rounder (Dancin’ With Wolves)
16. Magnolia Electric Co: I Can Not Have Seen the Light (What Comes After the Blues)
17. Rory Gallagher: Bullfrog Blues (The Story So Far)
18. Sleepy John Estes: Stop That Thing (Delmark 60 Years of Blues)
19. The Stranglers: Get A Grip on Yourself (Rattus Norvegicus)
20. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Higher than the Stars (Higher than the Stars)
21. Firewater: Whistling in the Dark (Ponzi Scheme)
22. For a Minor Reflection: Recite (Live at Iceland Airwaves)
23. Iska Dhaaf: Everybody Knows (Even the Sun Will Burn)
24. Smoke Fairies: Gastown (Third Man Records Compilation Volume 1)
25. The Rolling Stones: King Bee (The Rolling Stones)
26. Hayley Reardon: Fishin’ Blues (Wayfindings)
27. Gilded Oldies: Good Religion (Gilded Oldies)
28. The Contrast: Mystery #1 (The Coolest Songs in the World, Volume 2)
29. Ava Luna: Plain Speech (Electric Balloon)
30. Robert Gordon with Link Wray: Fire (Fresh Fish Special)