UPDATE: Widespread Panic tour recap, photos, and hear sets online Widespread have taken over where the Dead left off with the jams. I was amazed to see so many heads follow them from show to show! The Panic are amazing musicians who enjoyed blending out of my DJ sets – joining in on the turntables and rocking a jam off my last record. They’re the coolest rocks stars I know, the fans are very open minded musically and they love to PARTY. Check my top 15 below for a typical set, or listen to any of the audio links and hear me jam with the band: Here are some cool photos from the stage, backstage, & crowd shots: widespread panic pix
Listen to the band jam off of a j boogie tune or check track 12 From the Hult Center Eugene, OR j boogie jam 1 Check out the j boogie / widespread mashup mix under mi sensei From The Paramount Theater Seattle, WA 10/06/2007j boogie jam 2 Hear the panic jam out of the j-boogie mix on track 1 or 11 From Loveland, CO: Budweiser Events Center 10/12/07 j boogie jam 3 Listen to track 1 or 12 to hear widespread blend out of boogieFrom Loveland, CO: Budweiser Events Center 10/13/07j boogie jam 4
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 22, 2007 @ 4:47 PM
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“Not a problem.” I’ve only been here for four days and I’m already picking up on the local slang and phrases. I kind of feel retarded doing it, but i cant help myself. Sunday was a day of full on grinding. After my last blog, we headed down to the Forum, where our first show was. This was the most beautiful concert venue’s i’ve been in, the decor was in the vibe of an old school roman forum. Capacity was about 1,400 and it filled up quickly. Here’s a shot of the decor, it’s a little dark but the best my camera could do..
Zeph & Azeem represented the Bay Area for a full crowd…
After the show we headed to the merch table to sign autographs. The vibe was dope and fans kept running up to show their support…
Another busy day on Monday, we had some of the most important interviews of the trip. Both Zeph and Azeem had two seperate engagements for the Zane Rowe show. Zeph recorded a mix live that aired at 10pm later that night. Here he is with the triple JJJ sound engineer below…
Azeem prerecorded his interview with Zane Rowe herself. She had Azeem pick 5 songs where he thought the lyrics were poetic and discuss. The interview went very well….Azeem with Zane Rowe.
The Triple JJJ studios actually was in the ABC Broadcast building, but don’t get confused it is the Australian Broadcast Company. Here is a shot of the studio hallway..
Since, i’ve been here i noticed how environmentally aware the population is here. Walking about town you see all kinds of signs reminding people to conserve engery etc. In the hotels you have to stick your room card in a wall slot to even turn on the power in the room. This sign was posted in the ABC studios…
After the interviews, we headed to the Illusive HQ, where several business including Mushroom Publishing, Frontier Touring, Acclaim Magazine, Illusive Entertainment and Liberator are run. Here’s the address on the side of the building…
Here’s their conference room. I was highly impressed with their set up. Apparently the company that we are working with has been responsible for some of the biggest tours that have ever hit Australia including The Eagles, Justin Timberlake and Madonna.
Here’s an autographed board from Madonna, referred as one of their most prized possessions.
It’s now Tuesday and I’m on my way to Perth. I’m excited to get there as it supposed to have a very similar vibe to west coast of the states if you know what i mean. We basically have a show every night till the end of the tour, so it’s now crunch time. I have to run off and get a new charger for my shaver…not sure if i mentioned that it blew up in the hotel bathroom.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 9, 2007 @ 11:50 PM
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Hey folks, so i’m finally back online after paying $100 to get 400mb of downloading and uploading. Our Friday was a busy one as we did 3 interviews and soundcheck for a special intimate gig that night at F4. We left the hotel around 12pm and headed to Stomp ourt Australian label partner. Expecting a small office space we were blown away with the size and product that they move.
Group photo with Stomps’ Lisa, Angie, Joe from Illusive.
We then headed to Kiss.fm, one of Melbourne’s premier radio stations. After a nice interview we took a couple pics.
Azeem leaves his name on the wall with the likes of Qbert, flash, Jazzy Jeff and may others.
After Kiss.fm we headed to F4 for sound check. While we were chillin, Raquel stopped by for an online interview. She came out later that night for the show.
Walking on the streets downtown, the vibe was very simliar to San Francisco minus the homeless. Melbourne is known for one of the most extensive urban rail lines in the world. Most people don’t have cars and rely on public transportation.
Since $2 and $1 are in coins, i feel like a definitely need a change purse.
Here’s a photo of an old Victorian style building built during the Gold Rush of the 1860’s. The downtown area is full of original restored buildings. There’s really no type of natural disasters here so everything has easily stayed in tact.
If you thought our Football stadiums were big, the MCG home of AFL, crickett and rugby seats over 100k. It’s also only about $150 for season tickets, no wonder the fans are so dedicated.
After a nice kebob dinner, we headed to F4 where the show was. Here’s a couple select pics.
Zeph and Azeem rocking it…
Matt and Adam of Illusive and me…
This cat knew more about Bay Area hip hop than i did. He was asking questions about Eskari X, Mac Dre, X-rated and C Bo. I was like who? He had Zeph and Azeem both sign his shirt.
Bay Area’s finest…
In the main office at F4, i found out that Lance and JT had been there before. They left their impressions on the dry erase board.
After the show, i found out that good friend and San Francisco mate Justin Martin was playing at 161. Here is what he had to say..
Linking up with Justin I met some cool locals and Om fans. I told them that i wanted to tru Melbourne experience so they dragged me to Revolver (the SF equivalent to The End Up)
Here’s the crew…
Morning time was another great experience. I woke up to a hot air-balloon race out my hotel window.
The food here is amazing. All kinds from all regions, Melbourne is known as one of the most culturally diverse places in Australia. Azeem knew of this Jamaican spot called ‘Yeah Man,’ from when he was here with Spearhead. The food was incredible. One wierd thing is, that it’s against health code violations to be able to take food home in a doggy bag. So we could take the left overs. I guess recently over 150 people got sick from one restaurant, so they have all kinds of regulations.
Here we are at RRR Radio. This station is broadcast nationally and they actually asked me to get in on the interview. Here’s a pic of us with Gavin, the dj.
Cappachino’s are needed in the morning. It’s now Sunday and we’re getting ready for our big show at The Forum. Talib Kweli just arrived from Shanghai and we’re all about to head down for sound check. Stay tuned tomorrow for a report of our first big night.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 6, 2007 @ 8:42 PM
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Hoy mates. The Om: Hip Hop crew has just arrived to Melbourne and ready to dive into our Australian tour opening up for Talib Kweli. The plane ride wasn’t as bad as I thought. Quantas Airlines is simply the best airlines I’ve ever flown; personal tv’s with 100’s of movies and tv shows at your disposure, 3 meals, free alcohol and all around good service. A couple movies and a couple reruns of the Simpsons and I was already flying over Australia. Between Sydney and Melbourne, there wasn’t much to see except pure wilderness. Mountain Ranges (the Great Divide), canyons, rivers and lakes occupied the territory. As we approached our landing in Melbourne, the landscape was very green and beautiful. neighborhoods started to appear and it really looked just like any other American city.
If you look close, you can see the Kangaroos.
Going through customs was a breeze. Luckily we had all the proper paper work provided by Illusive. When we met up with Joe, he provided us with pocket size itinerary pamphlets. That’s when i realized that we are working with the right people.
After checking in to the hotel, we took a walk to the city center of Melbourne. I was amazed on how clean and quiet it was, no one honking their horns, no sirens, no cussing and no homeless people. We did see one alley that reminded us of home…
On the way back to the hotel, we discovered Chinatown. Very similiar to the Chinatown in SF, minus the trash and smell, the district was bustling with tourist, souvineers shops and resturants. This one happened to catch my eye…
Now back the at the hotel, I’m trying to get some work done before we head out. Zeph & Azeem are resting up and getting ready for dinner. I’m looking forward to find out what the nightlife of Melbourne has to offer. Stay tuned for more updates, video clips and photos tomorrow. Easy.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 4, 2007 @ 2:04 AM
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