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October 16, 2008

New Monsoon: roaring, rollicking jams

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Clearly i have a thing for american jam bands, mostly Phish, but i also dabble in bands like Moe and Umphrey’s McGee. And of course i have a special place in my heart for this hard touring group, New Monsoon.

Here’s a taste of their prettier side:

I should probably be upfront. The guitarist is the closest thing to a brother i have. Of course apparently i now really DO have an actual brother, or half brother, which i only found out recently so uh…… okay, look, forget about my complex family situation, Jeff Miller and i are essentially brothers, and grew up together. He was instrumental in the musical formulation of those crucial high school years. Exploring Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Hendrix, you know, the classics, as well as trying to expand our horizons with progressive rock and fusion.

He was my first musical writing partner and once a year we’d make an album together with whatever drummer and bassist we were hanging out with at the time. Somewhere there’s a small string of those old high school/early college projects (probably in one of Jana Palaski’s shoeboxes i would imagine) that would probably bring a chuckle and a tear to my eye. (and it’s interesting in remembering those youthful days that the psychic guy i mentioned in an earlier post said my son would inherit the musical torch, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll choose to be a musician, Gd help him….)

So okay, i’m biased.  But biased or not, New Monsoon is a seriously jamming band made up of top notch musicians, and have been rock-country-funking their way across the States for a few years now.  If you doubt their creamy goodness take a lick for yourself:

The band is based out of San Francisco. I’ve been following their various incarnations from their 8 member/ 3 percussionist days to their tighter funkier present selfs. They recently released, by FAR, the best album of their career, New Monsoon V. Here’s a live sample of one the tracks off the album:

Funkified west coast hipisized yumminess.

Thank goodness they have video. One thing i’ve noticed is that people click on videos about 5 times more than they click on audio links.

In any case, New Monsoon’s website is here for more info, audio, video, etc.

Lastly, as is the case with the genre of jam bands, the only true way to experience the music is to do so live. Alas, i live now in a far off place where while i see music regularly, none of it is the good time, down home stuff i used to get in the States. So go while you can.



  1. hmmm… i do believe i harbored the entire ‘paul shapera early works’ collection once upon a time in one of those trusty old shoeboxes, but i’m afraid you may have discovered my secret stash & stolen them back from me long long ago, only to lose them forevermore in that wafting noxious dustcloud of paul-n-maja-ville brand chaos that has followed you two like the destructive force of nature it is for the past decade.

    it’s a pity really. you know my pathological pack rat nature lends itself beautifully to being your perpetual doting archivist. now the world may never again know the angsty adolescent audio-ejaculations of ‘the dude syndrome’.


    Comment by turtle — October 18, 2008 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  2. Uhmmm…. no Banana, you DEFINITELY have ’em. You grabbed them from 337 and i never took them back. Don’t even be FRONTIN’ that “you may have discovered my secret stash & stolen them back from me long long ago” oh HELL NO girl. You best get lookin’, maybe they’re with (dare i go there? Ah WTF) your passport!!!!!

    Comment by bunitingi — October 18, 2008 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  3. My, this doesn’t bode well…

    Comment by matthew — October 18, 2008 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

  4. actually the passport story is a pretty good done. I have personally lost mine and a surprising number of people i know have lost theirs too at some point. My wife wins the award, however. She’s up to 3 lost, and is no longer allowed to keep hers. Seriously. I hold hers. I hand it to her when we hit customs and directly afterwards she hands it back. This is non negotiable. I still can’t talk about that Spanish villa holiday…

    Comment by bunitingi — October 19, 2008 @ 12:05 am | Reply

  5. fine, just to humor you i WILL look for those tapes which old geezer shapera does not recall ripping from my hungry turtle clutches one dark & stormy night in ’99 during the great 337 exile.

    BUT i’m not promising anything because you’re a forgetful demanding moron whose wishes i was actually stupid enough to respect once upon a time. the only way i might actually have them is if i decided to steal them back from you later on down the road when i came to my senses (i always was a better thief than you). but again, don’t hold your breath my dear, cos i’m pretty sure i was busier stealing copies of your other projects at that point.

    what i’m MORE interested in knowing however is WHEN oh when can we die-hard fans be expecting a full-on “Horizon” reunion? phuck Phish ~ VIVA HORIZON!!! now *that* i would pay good money to see…

    Comment by turtle — October 19, 2008 @ 5:49 am | Reply

  6. We don’t need to discuss Horizon. Shhhh.

    Comment by bunitingi — October 19, 2008 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

  7. (puts on uniform, assumes Graham Chapman voice…)

    What’s all this Horizon business, then?

    Comment by matthew — October 20, 2008 @ 4:32 am | Reply

  8. […] mocha lab, music, new monsoon, paul shapera While i was making that recent post about the band New Monsoon a rather interesting remembrance struck […]

    Pingback by Mocha Lab vs. New Monsoon « The Bodacious Belgrade Blog — October 23, 2008 @ 1:44 am | Reply

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