Spanking Charlene @ Randy Now’s Man Cave!

I had the pleasure of seeing the band Spanking Charlene on Record Store Day on Saturday night, April 22, 2017.  It was held at Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, New Jersey.

Spanking Charlene
Spanking Charlene

Spanking Charlene played two great sets and provided great renditions of “Sugar Love,” “Dismissed With A Kiss,” “Stupid Me,” “Where Are The Freaks?,” “The Other Girl,” and “Oh Brooklyn,” among others.

Spanking Charlene
Spanking Charlene

It was a great performance and a great time on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017.

 

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Happy Record Store Day 2017!

April 22, 2017

Celebrating 10 years of Record Store Day!

I spent more money than I should have but I couldn’t help myself!

I visited two Record Stores in my town of Bordentown, New Jersey:
Randy Now’s Man Cave and The Record Collector.

Here’s what I got:

The Kinks – You Really Got Me
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
AC/DC – Back In Black
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
Count Basie – Count Basie
Frank Sinatra – The World We Knew
The Grateful Dead – The Best Of The Grateful Dead: Skeletons From The Closet
Howlin’ Wolf – His Greatest Sides, Volume One
Rush – Fly By Night
Santana – Woodstock (Saturday, August 16, 1969) (Vinyl)
U2 – Live Under A Blood Red Sky

Erin Hill plays tribute to David Bowie – a local Concert Review

I had the privilege of seeing Erin Hill perform the music of David Bowie at Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, New Jersey on Saturday night, January 28th, 2017.

I was very impressed and had a wonderful time.  Erin Hill’s harp playing is nothing short of outstanding and her singing is remarkable.  She decided and told the audience that she would go in chronological order which I thought was a great way to perform the show and to honor David Bowie’s brilliant song-writing through the years.

Erin Hill kicked off the 7:00pm first show with “The Man Who Sold The World” from Bowie’s 1970 album of the same name.  She went on to do an amazing rendition of “Life on Mars?” from the Hunk Dory album of 1971 which was absolutely brilliant.

From the highly acclaimed and magnificent The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album of 1972, she performed wonderful versions of “Moonage Daydream,” “Starman,” and “Ziggy Stardust.”  I thought all three renditions of those songs were nothing short of amazing.  As Hill played flawlessly with her hands on her beautiful harp, I especially admired her performances of “Moonage Daydream” and “Starman.”  I loved how Erin Hill sang those wonderful, beautiful lyrics, “There’s a Starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our minds…”

As Erin Hill moved through David Bowie’s catalog, she provided us with a beautiful cover of David Bowie’s cover of The Beatles’ “Across The Universe” which appeared on Bowie’s Young Americans album in 1975.  Up next, came a classic from the 1976 Station to Station , album where she performed a lovely rendition of “Golden Years.”  That too, in my opinion, was one of Erin Hill’s best of the night.

Erin Hill @ Randy's Man Cave
Erin Hill @ Randy’s Man Cave, 1/28/17

Another “cover of a cover” Bowie song happened as Erin Hill played “God Only Knows,” originally done by The Beach Boys on their Pet Sounds album, it was done exceptionally well with Hill’s brilliant singing and amazing harp playing.

Hill would play one song from Bowie’s 2016 album Blackstar, which was released on his birthday and just two days before he died.  The song titled “Dollar Days” was, once again, performed brilliantly by Hill, who didn’t seem to tire at all, and her harp playing and singing were amazing all night.

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Erin Hill @ Randy’s Man Cave, 1/28/2017

For the encore, Hill gave the audience her wonderful rendition of Bowie’s masterpiece “Space Oddity,” which ended her first show appearance at this little record shop in the heart of Bordentown, New Jersey.

See a copy of that performance below:

As I witnessed Erin Hill’s brilliance, I was also reminded of David Bowie’s brilliance and how much of a creative and talented musician he was.  Bowie gave us a lifetime of amazing songs to be cherished forever.  If Bowie knew that his songs would be played by a truly talented, beautiful harpist and singer, I am sure he would be smiling and would be very pleased.

After the show, I was also able to get a signed autographed copy of Erin Hill and her Psychedelic Harp – Girl Inventor CD which is a 2013 Independent Music Award winner. The album comprises 10 original sci-fi pop songs written by Erin, and featuring vocals, electric harp, bass, drums, cello, and pedal steel. (www.erinhill.com)

Erin Hill autographed CD
Erin Hill autographed CD

I am so happy I got to attend this wonderful concert of Erin Hill’s Tribute to David Bowie at Randy Now’s Man Cave on Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown, New Jersey.

For more information on Erin Hill go here.

Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp - Girl Inventor
Erin Hill

For more information on David Bowie go here.

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

For more information on Randy Now’s Man Cave go here.

Randy Now's Man Cave
Randy Now’s Man Cave


For more information on the City of Bordentown, New Jersey click here.

Discover Bordentown, NJ
Discover Bordentown, NJ

 

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Two Nights with DMB in Camden 2016

Show # 18:
June 24, 2016

BB&T Pavilion
Camden, NJ

DMB 2016 ticket stub
DMB 2016 ticket stub

1.  Squirm
2.  Seek Up
3.  Seven
4.  Fool To Think
5.  #41
6.  Plastic Girl
7.  Crash Into Me
8.  Death On The High Seas
9.  When The World Ends
10.  The Best of What’s Around
11.  Dancing Nancies
12.  Warehouse *
13.  Lover Lay Down
14.  Samurai Cop
15.  Grey Street *
16.  You and Me
17.  Pantala Naga Pampa ->
18.  Rapunzel
—————————–
19.  Pig
20.  All Along The Watchtower

* Greg Osby
-> indicates a segue into next song

I took the River Line NJ Transit train from Bordentown to Camden for $1.60!  I met some fellow DMB fans on the train and they offered me a beer from their cooler.  I then met up with my DMB friends Elaine along with her friends and Dan and Carol were in the same parking lot too.  It was a lot of fun tailgating and the weather was perfect!  I hung out in the lawn with Elaine and her friends just prior to the show starting where I went down to my seat in section 203.  I then met another DMB friend from Facebook in Peggy Anne!2016-06-24-dmb-01The show kicked off with an awesome version of “Squirm” as the weekend opener!  It would be followed by the most unbelievable and amazing version of “Seek Up.”  All band members including Boyd Tinsley, Jeff Coffin, and Rashawn Ross really shined and it was the best version I had ever heard.  That song flat out blew me away tonight.  “Seven” sounded great, as was “Fool To Think” which I have not heard in a long while sounded cool.

“#41” sounded beautiful tonight as did the song debut of “Plastic Girl.”  I thought it was very good.  “When The World Ends” and “The Best of What’s Around” sounded terrific tonight as well, as did “Dancing Nancies,” which did not segue into “Warehouse” even though it was played after but with the usual intro.  Jeff Coffin played another great solo for “Lover Lay Down.”

A new song DMB debuted on this tour that I could hear tonight was “Samurai Cop” which I also liked a lot.  “Grey Street”, “You and Me,” and an awesome “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel” ended the set.  The encore provided terrific versions of “Pig” and “All Along The Watchtower”!  It was an insane set list and an awesome time!

DMB Tour Poster - 2016-06-24
DMB Tour Poster – 2016-06-24

Show # 19:
June 25 2016

BB&T Pavilion
Camden, NJ

DMB 2016 ticket stub
DMB 2016 ticket stub

One Sweet World
Minarets
Belly Belly Nice
Big Eyed Fish
Bismarck
Crush
Bob Law
What Would You Say
Gravedigger
The Song That Jane Likes
Kill The Preacher
Sugar Will
You Might Die Trying
If Only
Don’t Drink the Water
Proudest Monkey
Satellite
Jimi Thing
Sexy M.F.
———————-
Granny
Tripping Billies ->
Halloween

-> indicates a segue into next song

I got together with friends Wendy and Beth and I drove down to tailgate.  We stopped at Boyd’s Pharmacy in Bordentown, NJ to pick up tailgating supplies (see pictures below).  Luckily, we met up with Elaine and her friends again in the parking lot to tailgate.  It was a terrific time.

I saw another terrific show, this time with Wendy and Beth next to me.  We sang and danced all night!  Overall, it was not quite as good as Friday night 1 but it was still awesome!  Highlights for me included “One Sweet World,” “Belly Belly Nice,” and an amazing rendition of “Crush.”  “The Song That Jane Likes,” and a great version of “Why I Am” rocked the house as I thought about how great LeRoi Moore was and I’m sure he was there in spirit.

In addition, I loved “You Might Die Trying” and “Don’t Drink The Water” tonight as well.  I caught most of “Jimi Thing” when Wendy wasn’t feeling good so unfortunately, we had to leave and ended up missing “Sexy M.F.,” as well as the encore of “Granny,” “Ants Marching,” and “Halloween.”  I was disappointed. Nevertheless, I am very grateful I could spend two nights in Camden seeing my favorite band and hanging out with all my DMB friends!

DMB Tour Poster 2016-06-25
DMB Tour Poster 2016-06-25

WEB NOTES:

My DMBAlmanac.com tour stats; My antsmarching.org tour stats; My antsmarching.org song stats

My Vinyl, CD, and Cassette catalog at Discogs.com

Happy Record Store Day!

Happy Record Store Day!

Here’s what I picked up on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 16th, 2016

The Beatles / 1962-1966
Bill Evans / Some Other Time
David Bowie / The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders From Mars
Eagles / Hotel California
Jimi Hendrix Experience / Smash Hits
John Coltrane / The Roulette Sides
Miles Davis / Kind Of Blue
Rolling Stones / Hot Rocks 1964-1971
Rolling Stones / Some Girls
Santana / Santana (first album)

Check out my entire physical media collection at Discogs.com!

You’ll find my list of Vinyl Records, Cassette Tapes, and Compact Discs, along with my Dad’s old collection of jazz records!

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Dave Matthews Band 6/27/15, Camden, NJ

Show # 17:
June 27, 2015
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

  1. Rye Whiskey
  2. The Needle and the Damage Done
  3. Grace Is Gone
  4. The Stone
  5. When the World Ends
  6. Satellite
  7. Typical Situation
  8. Rhyme & Reason
  9. Stay or Leave
    ———————————-
  10. Don’t Drink the Water
  11. Crush
  12. So Right
  13. Digging a Ditch
  14. Why I Am
  15. Virginia in the Rain
  16. Pantala Naga Pampa »
  17. Rapunzel
  18. Everyday
  19. The Best of What’s Around
  20. Rooftop
  21. Can’t Stop
  22. Stay (Wasting Time)
    ———————————–
  23. The Space Between
  24. Shake Me Like a Monkey

It was a cloudy, rainy, and stormy day. It rained the whole time. I went with Dan, Carol, and Wendy. I drove my nautical blue 2012 Toyota Corolla S.

Highlights in the acoustic set for me included “The Needle and the Damage Done”, “The Stone”, an outstanding “Typical Situation”, and a full-band version of “Stay or Leave”. The electric set featured the opener of “Don’t Drink the Water”, an excellent version of “Crush”, “Rapunzel”, and “The Best of What’s Around”.

The encore was one of the weakest I ever seen with “The Space Between” and “Shake Me Like a Monkey”. Other than that, it was good, but not great.

Show Statistics courtesy of Antsmarching.org (as of July 4th, 2015) http://antsmarching.org/tour/Stats.php?UserID=187737

Song Statistics courtesy of Antsmarching.org (as of July 4th, 2015) http://antsmarching.org/tour/SongStats.php?UserID=187737

My DMB Tour Stats from DMBAlmanac.com (as of July 4th, 2015) http://dmbalmanac.com/Member.aspx?number=15337

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On This Day in my DMB Concert History…June 29th, 2013

Show #14:
June 29, 2013

Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ
Opening Act:  Mavis Staples

Dreamgirl
Drive In Drive Out
Joyride
What Would You Say
Crush
JTR
Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin cover)
#41
Kill the Preacher [partial] *
Why I Am
Help Myself
Mercy
So Much to Say
Drunken Soldier
Hunger for the Great Light
Belly Full +
Typical Situation
Ants Marching (Carter solo intro)
Halloween
————————-
Oh @
Lie in Our Graves [reprise] –>
Pig –> (Dueling Banjos interpolation)
Two Step (pre-2007 intro melody and Time Bomb intro; Higher Ground interpolation)

* Carter, Dave, Tim
+ Dave solo
@ Dave and Tim
–>Indicates segue into next song

The opener of “Dreamgirl” was a pleasant and wonderful surprise, since I haven’t heard it live since 2005.  “Drive In Drive Out” sounded terrific as well.

A song I greatly enjoy but haven’t heard live and in person since the 2004 tour was “Joyride” and it sounded great!  I’m so glad they played it.

Other impressive songs played tonight included brilliant versions of “What Would You Say”, “Crush”, and “JTR”, plus an excellent cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times”, which really rocked the house!

“#41” sounded amazing; as did “Why I Am”, “Help Myself”, and a beautiful rendition of “Mercy” with Dave himself on piano.

“So Much to Say” followed and was nothing short of fantastic.  In addition, a very impressive version of “Drunken Soldier” was played as I got to experience that song live for the first time.

DMB would play quite possibly the best version of “Typical Situation” I have ever experienced, and for me was one of the best moments of the night.

DMB ended this terrific set with the classic “Ants Marching” leading right into a rocking version of “Halloween”!  It was amazing!

The encore was also remarkable, with a delightful version of “Oh”, a reprise of “Lie in Our Graves”, a magnificent version of “Pig”, and then an absolute jamming and rocking version of “Two Step”!

It was an incredible and fantastic ending to this Saturday night, another superb performance by DMB, an outstanding set list, and one of my favorite concerts by them of all-time!  🙂

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DMB Rocks Camden! Again! Review of Dave Matthews Band, 06/14/14

Show #15:
June 14, 2014
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ

1. Bartender *
2. Slip Slidin’ Away +
3. Pay For What You Get ~
4. Take Me To Tomorrow ~
5. So Damn Lucky –>
6. (Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin))
7. Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd
8. Minarets
9. Lie In Our Graves

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10.  Improv Intro
11.  Spaceman –>
12. Corn Bread
13.  Save Me
14.  Write A Song
15.  Belly Belly Nice
16. #41
17.  Grey Street
18.  Say Goodbye
19.  Good Good Time
20.  Drive In Drive Out
21.  Funny The Way It Is
22.  Jimi Thing
23. Granny

————————–
24.  Crash Into Me
25. Two Step

* Dave And Tim
+ Carter, Dave, Rashawn and Tim
~ Carter, Dave, Stefan and Tim
(song name) indicates a partial song
–> indicates a segue into next song

Great set list, Great show! One of my favorites! This show had to be the best so far of the summer. I went with my friends Dan, Carol, and Rob. Had a “good good time” back in Camden and tailgating in the parking lot with all the lovely DMB friends.

I love the two set format!

DMB Tour, 06/14/2014, Camden, NJ
DMB Tour 06/14/2014, Camden, NJ
DMB 06/14/14 Concert Poster
DMB 06/14/14 Concert Poster

The acoustic set was excellent from start to finish, opening up with “Bartender”, a cover of Paul Simon’s “Slip Slidin’ Away”, “Pay For What You Get”, and a cover of John Denver’s “Take Me To Tomorrow” were all done beautifully.

DMB Acoustic Set - 06/14/14, Bartender
DMB Acoustic Set – 06/14/14

“So Damn Lucky” was outstanding, as well as, a great rendition of “Minarets” and a fantastic “Lie In Our Graves” ended the acoustic set. It sounded excellent and loved every second of the acoustic set.

The electric set would also be nothing short of spectacular! The opening with “Spaceman” into “Cornbread” was really rocking and got me dancing! I thought it was outstanding! Only to be followed by a fantastic version of “Save Me” which I also loved.

A pleasant surprise was “Write A Song”, a song I never heard before but I know they have played it on tour before. I thought it was very good. It definitely needs to be put on an album very soon.

DMB Electric Set - 06/14/14, # 41
DMB Acoustic Set, 06/14/14

Sitting in seat number 41, I was hoping they might in fact play “#41” and they did! I was so happy! It sounded so excellent, with every band member shining on this song and on every song they played this night. The song “Grey Street” was terrific with an extended rocked out jam at the end and “Say Goodbye” was brilliant.

A nice version of “Good Good Time” was played, which I haven’t heard since 2004, and had forgotten how good of a song it is. It’s another song that needs to be recorded in the near future as well. I really liked it.

As usual, “Drive In Drive Out” rocked out, as well as, “Funny the Way it Is” sounded really nice tonight.  Once again, an outstanding “Jimi Thing” provided all band members to shine tonight, including Dave, who provided some wild noises and singing of his own to make it a truly epic version. Ending the set with “Granny” was surprising, wonderful and brilliant!

The encore was awesome! After a nice version of “Crash Into Me”, the band performed an outstanding rendition of “Two Step” and it rocked the house! It really jammed and rocked! I loved every second of it.

DMB Electric 06/14/14-2, Two Step
DMB Electric 06/14/14

This was an outstanding performance by DMB, a great set list, and a great show! This certainly was one of my favorite concerts of all-time, if not my favorite. I just loved both sets, acoustic and electric, and thought it was one of Dave Matthews Band’s best shows ever in Camden, New Jersey.

Click here for more info on this amazing set list from DMB.

On This Day in my DMB Concert History…06/06/2013

DMB ticket stub 06/06/2013

Show #13:

June 6th, 2013 (06/06/2013)
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
Opening Act:  The Head and the Heart

Tripping Billies
Save Me
Rooftop
(Improv Intro) –>
Don’t Drink the Water
Mercy
The Idea Of You
#41
Drum Intro –>
Spaceman –>
Corn Bread
Recently (Pretty Pretty Girl/Take Me to the River outros)
Grey Street
Captain
Belly Belly Nice
Cry Freedom
Crash Into Me
Drive In Drive Out
Jimi Thing
—————–
(Blue Water)
So Right –>
Ants Marching

(Song name) indicates a partial song
–> indicates a segue into next song

DMB ticket stub 06/06/2013
06/06/2013 DMB ticket stub

It was a great show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.  It was nice for me to see DMB somewhere else rather than Camden, New Jersey for a change too.

Opening up with “Tripping Billies” and ending the night with “Ants Marching” pretty much says it all.  It was a great show and a great set list.  Highlights for me included an excellent version of “Save Me”, “The Idea of You”, “#41”, and “Corn Bread”.

The performance of “Recently” was also a real treat with the “Pretty pretty girl, take me to the river outros.”

In addition, I greatly enjoyed “Belly Belly Nice”, plus the old favorites, “Crash Into Me”, “Drive In Drive Out”, and “Jimi Thing” were terrific to end the set.

“So Right” and “Ants Marching” in the encore ended this really fun night at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.  Overall, it was another solid performance by DMB and enjoyed every minute of it.DMB poster 06/06/2013

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