June 23rd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
April 30th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
Review and photographs by Bryan Lasky
Mike Gordon might be the name that gets people into the seats, but the band is what keeps people in those seats at shows. His latest band – featuring Scott Murawski on guitar; John Kimock on drums; Robert Walter on keys; and Craig Myers on percussion – have gelled together beautifully in the short time they have been playing together on this early summer tour.
Gordon is, of course, well known from Phish, but his solo outfit is where he gets to show off his writing chops, as well as his considerable ability to front a band. He does this not by being the main focus point, but rather by sitting back and allowing himself to be engulfed within the band.
Not only was the music great, but the visuals in The Egg’s Hart Theatre were tremendous. Using light projectors to display various images along the walls of the venue, it often felt as though the crowd was transported inside a dream for more than three hours, while the band tore through songs and jams. The Egg has never looked so amazing during a show. Particularly nice surprises during the evening were the covers that the band rolled out during each set, including Fiona Apple’s “Sleep to Dream” and Beck’s “Black Tambourine,” both played as though the band had written them themselves, rather than some of the best songwriters of the past 20 years.
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September 10th, 2009, 3:01 pm by Greg
Back on December 11, 2011, Phish bassist Mike Gordon brought his other band to The Egg in Albany, which earned major kudos among jam-band scenesters. Now Gordon is offering an audio recording of the show in digital format, as well as a limited-edition 3-CD set, The Egg. It has been fully remixed from the band’s multi-tracks and mastered for release, available at Phish Dry Goods and Mike’s online store
The band’s line-up features Gordon on bass, as well as Scott Murawski on guitar, Craig Myers on percussion, Tom Cleary on keyboards and drummer Todd Isler.
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“That’s a good question.
“The first record that I actually listened to was ‘Abbey Road’ because my parents had it. And the second was probably ‘American Pie,’ the Don McLean album.
“But when I first got my own stereo, my grandmother Nanny took me to a record store, and I think I bought Steve Miller’s ‘Book of Dreams.’ And since it the disco era, I think my second album would have been a Commodores album – the one with ‘Brick House.’ But definitely that Steve Miller album because that was junior high time.
“But it wasn’t long after that I got my first albums by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. And then a few years later, I started buying Dead albums and going to Dead shows.”
Mike Gordon and Phish played the Saratoga Performing Arts Center just last month, but Gordon will bringing his other band with him when he lands at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Friday, September 11.