Saturday, October 31, 2009


Friday, October 30, 2009

We really wanted to catch this show together, since it would probably be our only chance to see STS9 in 2009. Unfortunately, Carley had work obligations and couldn't make it, so Rob went solo and met up with our friend Clay outside the show.

It was my first time at the Alabama Theatre.

Really nice place!

It reminded me a lot of the Tabernacle in Atlanta, with its balconies and anterooms, but smaller, and with seats on the floor.

Nice bar!

The band had a totally new stage arrangement since I last saw them on New Years Eve 2008. Each band member was in a different position than before.

As you can tell from the photos, we had excellent seats - in the 2nd row!

Hunter crankin' out the Dirty Nine on Somesing.

Jeffrey in charge on Satori.

Murphy, Zach and Phipps find a nasty groove in Wika Chikana.

Overall they avoided their most recent material from the new album. The set did feature a few old-school nuggets that really hit the spot. The setlist was:

Beyond Right Now
New New 4 U U
F Word
Wika Chikana

Bigs >

This is how close to the stage our seats were!

Clay getting down.

The lobby after the show.

The lobby from upstairs.

Mirrors on the ceiling!

Until next time...

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Friday, October 30, 2009


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yes, it was almost Halloween when Ween came to town! However it was just a regular old Ween show, which is to say, wildly eclectic and totally rocking.

Gene and Dean Ween (really Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo; their stage names were reportedly inspired by The Ramones) formed the band when they were in 8th grade in New Hope, PA, almost 25 years ago! Needless to say, they've aged quite a bit, especially Gener with his potbelly and grey hair. They've put out around a dozen albums, but never made any attempt at commercial success, relying on word-of-mouth to build a following.

The band is actually a 5-piece, with Glenn McClelland on keys, Dave Dreiwitz on bass, and Claude Coleman on drums, and their music combines eclectic pop and hard rock with irreverent lyrics about anything they can get a laugh out of.

We had a good spot in front of Deaner, where we could get the full effect of his distortion-laden, "face-melting" guitar solos.

The show was at the Lyric Theatre, which holds around a thousand people at full capacity. It was probably only half-full for Ween, but the crowd was totally fired up.

Our friend Jack joined us for the show. Jack and Rob have both been fans of Ween for a long time, but Carley's been slow to warm up to them. However, she really enjoyed them this time, despite the fact that they played her least favorite song ever, Spinal Meningitis.

Ween rarely plays covers, but we got one this time. The first song of the encore was the protest-era classic "Ohio" from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In a way it was appropriate for them to cover Neil Young, since Deaner's lead guitar style is often reminiscent of Young's Crazy Horse sound. However the political nature of the lyrics seemed really out of place at a Ween show. Nevertheless it seemed to go over quite well with the unsuspecting audience.

They finished the encore with a jammed-out 15-minute version of "Fluffy".

After the final encore, Claude came out and paid respect to the enthusiastic crowd.

As with many of the bands we like to see, the band changes up the setlist from one night to the next. Here's what they played in Oxford:

Transdermal Celebration
Take Me Away
Marble Tulip Juicy Tree
Happy Colored Marbles
My Own Bare Hands
Baby Bitch
Learnin' to Love
Woman and Man
Your Party
Bananas and Blow
HIV Song
Spinal Meningitis
I Don't Want It
Buckingham Green
Ice Castles>
Final Alarm
Roses are Free
Booze Me Up and Get Me High
The Mollusk
Ocean Man
Stroker Ace
You Fucked Up

Ohio (the CSNY song)

A free recording of the show is currently available online at the Internet Archive.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009


October 24, 2009

Oxford turns into Party Central on home-game Saturdays, when thousands of fans set up tailgate parties in The Grove, in the middle of the Ole Miss campus.

We were stoked to get a visit from Carley's brother Barrett and his wife Molly! We spent the morning tailgating with Molly's family, including Molly's sister-in-law Brandi, above right.

Uncle B taught Rowan how to kick field goals!

He also liked being the holder. Overall he had a great time at his first tailgate, especially yelling "oink!" at the Arkansas Razorback fans that were in town for the game.

After the game started, we stayed out in The Grove and met up with our friend Erik from Tupelo. His tailgate had a TV with satellite, so we got to watch the game with the comfort of food and ice chests at arm's reach. Ole Miss ended up hammering the Hogs, with a final score of 30-17.

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