Posts Tagged ‘nugs.net

21
Jun
11

Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon – Perfect Summer Sounds

In earlier posts I have raved and enlightened listeners to a great resource for legit free concert downloads of some of the greatest jam bands of the past few decades; Nugs.net.

One concert that I consider a highlight of what’s available is the Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon concert at the 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival.  There are times when musicians from different backgrounds just seem to meld together and make the perfect combination, these guys are a perfect example.

Check it out and tell us what you think.

10
Jan
11

Dave Matthews and Friends (Boston 2003)

I’ve never been one to be obsessed about live concerts about my favorite musicians; often I have made the point not to buy anything live since it seems like a marketing ploy or filler album for the artist; buying them time since to release anything of substance at a later date. 

Recently, and in my old age, I’ve come to appreciate the art of the live concert and what gems they can provide with enlightening the listener with new perpectives and opinions about the artist.  Last month I posted my new discovery of the live music repository Nugs.net and the incredible vast assortment of live material recorded free to the masses; better yet is that the recordings were made directly off the soundboards, so the quality is near perfect!

This might be where my disdain for live shows may have root; the quality.  Back in high school the only live recordings you could get of shows were either the ones the artist released or some bootleg recording made with a hand held tape recorder (yes, I’m that old!).  I recall one trip to NYC in the West Village there was actaully a store (I think on MacDougall) that sold bootleg concert tapes; I think I picked up some random Rush and Van Halen shows and dreaded my purchase all the way home; that was the first and last time I invested in live material.

Yes, there have been the random quality live releases such as Rush’s first live album, 1976’s  “All The Worlds A Stage” and Peter Frampton “Frampton Comes Alive” (but to be honest “Do You Feel Like I Do” and “Show Me The Way” are the only two songs that anyone really remembers, the remainder of the album is not very impressive).  But really I cannot recall any live shows that really were worth the investment long term.  Of course, my new found interest in Phish has changed much of my opinion; Phish’s “A Live One” and “Hampton Comes Alive” are great examples of  incredible live material, but then with technology changing and also Phish taking true “pride in ownership” about their sound, they have redefined why live shows have merit and provide lasting listening pleasure.  The catalog of live Phish that LivePhish.net offers is astounding; and 99.9% is recorded directly off the boards; each show is a quality listening experience.

Although there are many incredible shows available on Nugs.net (I believe a sister site of LivePhish.net), the one I have been listening to non-stop has been the Dave Matthews and Friends show at the FleetCenter in Boston 2003.  Of course having lived in Boston for over a decade, the old Boston Garden has taken on too many names due to greedy corporate sponsorship, I think today it is called the “TD Banknorth Boston Garden North Station Thingy” or something like that, ugh.

The show is a culmination of various artists joining Dave on stage as he released his first solo album entitled Some Devil.  The biggest hit off of this album was “Grave Digger”, but during the concert he plays a plethora of both old and new material; some new solo work and classics from his well known band.  One of the highlights are the songs he plays with longtime friend Tim Reynolds; songs like “Dancing Nancies” and “Typical Situation” are just so well done that you find yourself listening to them over and over.   Matthews is accompanied by the legendary Emmy Lou Harris on songs like “Save Me” and “Oh Sister and the meloncoly sounds of both artists create a tempo that compliments both artists styles.  Trey from Phish accompanies Matthews on classics such as The Bands “Down on Cripple Creek” and Billy Preston’s classic  “Will It Go Round In Circles”.   It is a gem of a show and the sound quality is second to none.

You can download the show for free on Nugs.net (look at the top right of the home page “Free Stash” and scroll down to Dave Matthews and Friends) it is a two-set download and well worth your time, trust me.

We here at HiFi Central are curious on what you think about this show and about Nugs.net; have you found a show that is your favorite?

14
Dec
10

Robert Walters 20th Congress – B3 Groove Reborn

Riding the wave of my newly found favorite website (Nugs.net) I have been having a field day exploring the vast quantity of good music from both musicians I have been very acquainted with and those that I’ve never heard before.  There are some artists that I have heard about  but honestly had never been presented the opportunity to learn more about; luckily Nugs.net offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the artists and their music.

One such band that I feel compelled to enlighten the masses about is Robert Walters 20th Congress, simply the the best Hammond B3 groove I’ve had the pleasure to listen to compared to the likes of Joey DeFrancesco, Galactic, and the late great B3 groove masters Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff.

Robert Walters sound is a culmination of both Jimmy Smith and late Cannonball Adderly; soulful groove with a twist of Herbie Mann (on the song Fathom Five).  You can catch an incredible live show on Nugs.net for free streaming audio or better yet, free download for your personal music stash.

There are two shows avialable on Nugs.net and I highly recommend the Funkyard Festival (Long Beach, CA) recorded in 2001.  Highlights on this set are Fathom Five, Almendra, and Orange Peel, honestly they’re all really good and I’m sure you will find your favorites. The show is a non-stop groove fest, check it out and tell us what you think!

Robert Walter might be a name familiar with some who have listened to The Greyboy Allstars.

11
Dec
10

Nugs.net: Free music for the masses

I wanted to inform the HiFi reading audience of a gem of a website that offers legitimate free downloads and high quality streaming audio of some of the best bands on the planet.

Nugs.net is also (I think) closely releated to the people at LivePhish.com, however, the variety of music that is offered on Nugs.net is just unbelievable.  The array of artists featured is quite extensive, although most of the music would fall under a similiar genre being that of “Jam Band” or “free form improvisational” with bands like Phish, Widespread Panic, Bruce Hornsby, Ratdog, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Jack Johnson, MMW, and many others featured.

You can download quite a large array of free shows from these artists, but if you would rather simply stream the show it is very easy (I use Windows Media Player) and the quality is fantastic so far from what I have listened to at this time.  As I type this blog entry I’m listening to a Yonder Mountain String Band show from a 2000 show at The Mystic Theater in Petaluma, CA, incredible!

If you visit the site look to the top right and you will see a link for “free stash”, from there you can browse an assortement of artists and shows in their entirety that you can download complete free from being prosecuted, cuz’ it’s totally legit and on the up and up!

If you love good music and either want to add to your collection or discover these artists beyond the studio albums please click here and enjoy!

Let us know here at HiFi Central what you think of this site and our suggestions.




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