Thursday, November 4, 2010

Glide Review - Fishbone - Live 10-22-10 Le Poisson Rouge, NYC

Hey all, another day another review up on Glide

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It is of the great Fishbone who I caught live with some friends during CMJ a couple weeks back.  I have loved Fishbone for as long as I can remember, I have worn out tapes, bar tended countless late nights to their tunes and turned on a bunch of friends to their crazy sound. 

On this night the playing/sound/venue was all you could ask for but the bands pacing made me raise a few eyebrows with odd song selection.  Had their set been 2 hours or so they might have been able to overcome the pacing, and the set probably would have benefited from it, but as it was presented on the 22nd of October, the condensed version was all over the place.  It certainly showed the talent level of this band...they can play anything and do it proper, but the stoner intro songs and the reggae middle breaks just made it hard for the Friday night crowd who were clearly there to get down to the fast joints and stir up the pit.  I love it when I get to see me some fun time party pits with crowd surfers and exuberant youth...ahh who am I kidding most of the crowd were old as hell, reliving their Lollapalooza youth and hoping not to throw out their backs.  

Chatting with some friends we found out the group screened their upcoming documentary "Everyday Sunshine" pre show and that the band has currently been in a reflective mood.
I remember reading an interview with Les Claypool right after he first dipped his toes into the "Jamband" scene, and he specifically mentioned that Fishbone should get back together and tour because the kids would go apeshit for them.  He mentioned talking to Norwood about it, but the farthest that seemed to go was getting him to play on "D's Dinner" from Claypool's underrated, Purple Onion album.     

I agree with Colonel Claypool, Fishbone has it all and the kiddies would love them.  I love them and found myself saying why aren't these dudes playing stadiums?!?  One of mi amigo's in attendance who has seen them a bunch pointed out that this was one of their better shows and in the past they have been known to blow it live, so that in itself may be a major reason, but I am waiting to check out the documentary for final judgment.

Anyway, for those who don't know the band, best to go right back to the beginning and start with the groups first release the excellent self titled EP.  That is six songs of Boosh wrapped up in an energetic package.  It is true that not all of their albums are must owns, they got a few clunkers in the mix, but if you are looking for more go to Truth and Soul next for some insane funk/punk/metal/ska power.  Those two disks always get me pumped and make me smile.  Here's hoping they swing through NYC again soon...can't get enough "Bonin' In The Boneyard"....  

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