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 on: January 15, 2019, 11:32:55 PM 
Started by UncleDutchman - Last post by opsopcopolis
I'm not sure you guys really understand the whole stew/JO thing. It's basically all just improv (although stews are generally thought of as more 'composed' using handsignals and bouncebacks.) While they did away with bouncebacks for a while (somebody refresh my memory...2010ish?) they play them pretty regularly these days. There was at least 1 in Richmond. As for JOs that basically just encompasses the rest of the improv. It's used on setlists to note improv generally.

 on: January 15, 2019, 10:40:18 PM 
Started by UncleDutchman - Last post by StoneJackBaller
They've only played 2 shows this year ;)

But I guess I hear what you're saying in a certain respect. Admittedly I wasn't around for these days...but UM will likely never return to the long luscious, loose, jazzy, off the hip, freeform glory that was '06-'08.

It's much more scripted nowadays and there are very clearly defined jam sections. Almost to the point where they aren't even part of the song anymore. It's like Ringo > Jam > Ringo > Jam. Or Wappy > huge dance jam > Wappy. It all feels very predictable. The segues are nowhere near as buttery and the shows are (for the most part) all constructed in the same fashion. I'm not gonna lie, I've left several shows in the past couple years feeling disappointed, wondering why they couldn't give me exactly what I wanted.

I think when I let that go and just enjoy what they do....I have a much better time.

They obvi have many more songs now and shamelessly beat them into the ground to grab new fans attention. It often leaves little room to get weird or experiment.

Having said that, I really like UMs new direction. I think the past 2 years rival any of their best ::ducks:: They are growing up and so are we. The jams are still there and the party definitely never left. They are still trying new things and constantly writing new songs. They're also getting better at playing together. To the point where they don't need as many hand signals and talk backs. They just play. They still have a lot of fun.

They may have given up on the 3 song sets and JOs. They may not have...UM is constantly growing and it may come back. But for now, I'll continue to enjoy each show and nerding out with my homies.

To each their own my dude. There's always tDB (and now Spaff) throwing down interesting, creative improv every single show.

StonedJackFluffer checking out

 on: January 15, 2019, 10:29:47 PM 
Started by UncleDutchman - Last post by The Abstract
The thing I hate about rarely played songs that had heavier rotation is that they tend to be a bit more sloppy since they havenít played it in a year or two. All Things Ninja from Canopy this fall was horrible, IMO. Even the last Search 4 didnít sound as polished.

 on: January 15, 2019, 10:12:30 PM 
Started by UncleDutchman - Last post by Whistle Kid
I've been having trouble enjoying a lot of the shows this year because it feels like a lot of their jamming has settled into overly repetitive, uninteresting jams.  At least with Stews they had focused bouncebacks and sections that really allowed them to open up for some collective improv.  Even JOs had a free form feel that while repetitive at times never felt stale.  So many shows I listen to this year--or jams that bortians rave about--I listen to and just feel disappointed.  Always keep listening though...   :whistle:

 on: January 15, 2019, 08:51:27 PM 
Started by UncleDutchman - Last post by Pookells
Welp, Passing wasn't played at all in 2018. So there's that. Neither was 13 Days.

Hopefully, 13 Days and Search 4 make a comeback this year!

 on: January 15, 2019, 08:44:45 PM 
Started by cshore - Last post by Bron Yr Aur
I didn't see any listed here, but wasn't there a standout version of It Doesn't Matter last year? I think I recall one being more popular than the others.

10/18 is pretty awesome.

 on: January 15, 2019, 08:16:54 PM 
Started by UmphreakinPoopinAtItAgain - Last post by Whistle Kid

 on: January 15, 2019, 07:34:44 PM 
Started by Bron Yr Aur - Last post by FDR
 :9:yay!  :solo2:

 on: January 15, 2019, 07:27:34 PM 
Started by cshore - Last post by CarpetCrawler
Still campaigning for 2.25.06 Front Porch! Outstanding version in every way, IMO

Iíll 2nd this for sure...what a fun show. We drove down for this one & were very glad we did. Super solid show throughout, but the FP> 3X combo was fín slick shit. Only real complaint was the neutered Fir. Could feel the disappointment in the group we were hanging with as soon as they skipped the jam & went straight into the end.

Havenít really dug into this thread until now, but gotta add my $0.02 on the lack of 2004-02-28 Jajunk. Shit is just so bomb. Needs to be on that list for sure.

 on: January 15, 2019, 07:11:27 PM 
Started by cshore - Last post by Yawnspterodactyl
I think FF needs to have 6/2/17 added.  The jamming in this FF is pretty awesome.


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