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  posted on 5/22/2007 at 02:50 PM
So as I was talking with Alan(absnj) this past weekend before the Morristown show as we were eating some dinner, I asked when they had first seen DTB. I don't think this question has been asked or contemplated before, but here it is.

My favorite year of dTb besides the current lineup(we all know how strong they're going right now) is 2004. It was my first time seeing them... and I actually saw them before my first ABB show two months later.

Was a last minute decision, didn't know the music at all, but I knew the club they were playing. Really dumpy bar with a strip joint next door. 30 people max were at the show, even ate dinner adjacent to the group's table at the outback steakhouse.

So why 2004? It's not because it was my first time seeing them, but going back through all the archived recordings, it's the year in which I listen to most and always go back to. I really loved seeing the band in that intimacy. I knew from there on out, they weren't going to be much of a secret in the years to come, and I guessed right(even though I'm ALWAYS wrong about speculating things)

So what year strikes you most?

 

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  posted on 5/22/2007 at 03:17 PM
Mike

I as well go back to 2003 and 2004 a lot. Seeing Mike develop in the band and the new songs they brought to the table. Then hearing those songs evolve to what we know today.

Some of my favs are

Conte's Fish Market Westport Ct 7-25-2004


I ran into Mike Barry @ the Beacon and this is his bar. I did not know that. Cool to meet him.

The Rongovian Embassy to the U.S.A. Trumansburg, N.Y. 1-22-2004



The Orange Peel Asheville, N.C. 1-28-2004



moe.down Snow Ridge Ski Area, Turin, NY 8-31-2002



The Green Room, Iowa, City IA 6-18-2003



Theatre of Living Arts Philly Pa 11-27-2004



Rhythm & Brews Festival, Chattanooga, TN 4-9-2004



Alive at Five, Albany, N.Y. June 10, 2004



Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, N.Y. 6-26-2004

 

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  posted on 5/22/2007 at 03:49 PM
A show that I go back to again and again is 11-16-02 from the IMAC theatre in Huntington, NY.

Some really great music that night. It's been a treat to witness the evolution of this band.

 

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  posted on 5/22/2007 at 04:03 PM
i can't choose an rea since he gets better & evolves each time i hear him---i go 2-3 weeks not hearing him & then he gets even better & more diverse & interesting....

 

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  posted on 5/22/2007 at 08:31 PM
I would also have to agree with the 2004 era too. The Conte's Fish Market show was great and the Japan shows are too. Like Eric said, it was when Mike was breaking through and making a new sound for the band.

I also liked the 2002 era. The moe. down set was great and a bunch of great tunes played back then.

 

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  posted on 5/22/2007 at 10:16 PM
I forgot about the Tokyo show. Damn that was flawless

 

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  posted on 5/22/2007 at 11:08 PM
I have to agree. 2004 i think was the perfect place for them where they were playing their favorite music and not really caring that much if they had that big of an audience. This is the period where they had the cool songs they jammed on such as LONELY AVANGER, Pedro, Hey driver what city, the long version of volunteered slavery and many more. Then the new album came out and they cut some songs shorter so their enjoyed by more people and their shows became kind of predictable, with vol. slavery and Ill find my way in the beggining always and majhoun >greensleeves in the middle. I still love them though and they are one of my favorite bands to go see.

 

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  posted on 5/22/2007 at 11:14 PM
When I listen to a show I have seen live, it recreates a part of that experience that cannot be equaled by a recording that I have only listened to. But every once in a while the DTB shifts gears and goes off in a new direction- that's when I get excited by their music.

Although I first saw the DTB in 2001, I didn't"get"them until I started listening and following them in 2004, so that was my first paradigm change- different from any other music I had seen before. At the 6/23/04 Paramus show, the band did three new numbers, so they were really fresh. At the two Conte's show I saw, I could literally have reached out my hand and put it on Derek's guitar. I hear the band hated those gigs, but listening to them brings me back to that tiny room and all that music.

I missed the early days of the endless clubs and tiny venues, but was lucky enough to catch the tail end and saw some amazingly small and intimate shows.

In January of 2006 the band cranked everything up and Mike especially came on much stronger- another switch.

The DTB-STB shows last fall were another change in gear. Playing individually and separately the two brought me to another level of music nirvana, and I listen to those shows a lot.

Now with the sit down numbers of this run, I see another change in course and I'm getting into that too. I guess my favorite era is what I am listening to at the time, and that changes weekly.

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 08:04 AM
So I had to listen to that '02 IMAC show on the commute home last night. Mike was really wet behind the ears. I think this was only the 2nd time I saw him after Clearwater but immediately felt his potential bubbling and ready to explode.

Because of that, the show has those instrumentals we don't hear in the rotation much anymore - Elvin, Cheesecake, Pedro, Pleasant Garden, Proto Cosmos, a FABULOUS So Close So Far Away. I guess that's one reason it sticks with me.

The band was firing on all cylinders and Mike was finding his way -- a moment in time when the musical universe was shifting. It was like being able to watch the beginnings of the Big Bang or something from a distance. Rhythms started changing, sounds started swirling, moods were swinging, energy in motion as the band pulled Mike into the mix....Yeow.

This band always whets my appetite and keeps me anticipating what they will do next. Today, Mike is a big part of that as he continues to show us his amazing talent.



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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 08:21 AM
A good example of how a song evolves, go and listen to 103.5 FM "The Fox" - Radio Interview & Performance, Denver, CO on MArch 3, 2004. The "I'll Find My Way" is wayyyy different that it is now.

The setlist is
1. Interview I
2. Feel So Bad
3. Interview II
4. I'll Find My Way
5. Gonna Move
6. Interview III
7. DJ's Fro Chat

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 08:27 AM
Just added a new 2004 era show to dTb radio. 11-26-2004 Enjoy!

Listen to I Wish I Knew, the song never gets going and lacks any direction. A far cry from where it is today. And todays is great!!

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 08:33 AM
i had the pleasure of seeing them at the Tin Angel in Philly back in 99, right before or after the frogwings stint. so began my man love crush on derek. the tine angle held 100 people and it smoked. this was with derek, rico, todd and the old keyboardist - damn i forget his name.

but to have only 4 people in the band was quite unique. what tightness and intimacy.

to see them evolve with kofi, mike and count has been a blessing. extra elements and hidden things. so much more to appreciate and look for.

my favorite was the 2002 - 2004 when the clubs were intimate, few knew about them and the setlists were full of surprises.


 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 08:37 AM
Tin Angel in Philly back in 99, looks good to me

Out Of Madness
Feel So Bad
D Minor Blues
Yield Not
So What
Good Morning Little School Girl
Kickiní Back
555 Lake
Tutu
Traveling South
Oriental Folk Song
Chameleon
Ainít That Loviní You
Mr. PC

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 11:41 AM
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i had the pleasure of seeing them at the Tin Angel in Philly back in 99, right before or after the frogwings stint. so began my man love crush on derek. the tine angle held 100 people and it smoked. this was with derek, rico, todd and the old keyboardist - damn i forget his name.

but to have only 4 people in the band was quite unique. what tightness and intimacy.

to see them evolve with kofi, mike and count has been a blessing. extra elements and hidden things. so much more to appreciate and look for.

my favorite was the 2002 - 2004 when the clubs were intimate, few knew about them and the setlists were full of surprises.




I don't know, I love all periods, but maybe agreee that the 2002-2004 is my favorite too.

BTW - I think you're trying to come up with Bill McCay's name...

 
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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 11:59 AM
if I was forced to pick one... I would have to go with the "Out of the Madness > Joyful Noise" Era... but I love them all.

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 12:00 PM
yep - Bill McKay. good organist and bluesy singer.

The Tin Angel had a really nice restaurant below it and the band was eating next to our table. but i was young and too nervous to approach them.

my sister thought derek was cute and tried to pick him up! derek asked her if she was sticking arorund for the second show, but being that she was 18 and under age in the bar, we had to sneak out. i think things have worked out just fine for derek in the woman department, though.

also, i saw the Frogwings show at the TLA - maybe the best show i've ever seen.

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 12:59 PM
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Just added a new 2004 era show to dTb radio. 11-26-2004 Enjoy!

Listen to I Wish I Knew, the song never gets going and lacks any direction. A far cry from where it is today. And todays is great!!

[Edited on 5/23/2007 by No1ToRunWith]


I actually find myself enjoying the older arrangements of those songs more than the recent ones most the time. But you have to realize they're pretty much different songs with different directions.

 

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