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Poundings XCIV

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Your weekly sonic skull humping is here! Short and sharp – as per usual – with one mighty exception this week, the 14-minute-plus Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds steamroller from Nocturama. It’s all good for you, so put your bib on and dig in!

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The Free Bird Project

Umphrey's McGee's Jefferson Waful

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Face it, the folks behind the scenes never get the same attention, fan love, etc. as the people onstage windmilling guitars and bashing a drum kit to cinders. But it doesn’t mean the busy operators in the shadows are any less essential to the overall enterprise, and that’s abundantly clear in the case of Umphrey’s McGee Lighting Designer/Director Jefferson Waful, whose nimble fingered poetry is a key part of the dextrous muscle that makes Umph really leap and soar in concert. The Impound finds Waful’s skillz pretty devastating in the best ways, an experience that writes emotions and ideas in impermanent waves. So, we offer the Free Bird spotlight to one of our favorite wizards behind the curtain in a shot courtesy of great DI chum Chad Smith.

Jefferson Waful by Chad Smith

Jefferson Waful by Chad Smith

Are you interested in giving Dirty Impound the finger? Are you in a band? Well, we wanna see whatcha you got, cowboys (and cowgirls)! Send us your birdie pics and we’ll add them to our archive and make sure folks know you cared enough to raise a middle finger for rock! Send pictures to freebird@dirtyimpound.com

The Free Bird Project

Mayan Holidaze

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At the end of January, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits and more gathered in the Mexican Riviera to get down at the second Mayan Holidaze. And again, like his stellar work helping to keep rock ornery and rebellious on Jam Cruise 10, photo stud Chad Smith got some of the musicians involved to raise a finger for the cause.

Are you interested in giving Dirty Impound the finger? Are you in a band? Well, we wanna see whatcha you got, cowboys (and cowgirls)! Send us your birdie pics and we’ll add them to our archive and make sure folks know you cared enough to raise a middle finger for rock! Send pictures to freebird@dirtyimpound.com

The Free Bird Project

Jam Cruise 10

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As a rule, the musicians on Jam Cruise are serious badasses. Few things express the attitude at the core of such players like a sturdy raised middle finger. We just returned from our third time aboard this floating music festival and once again found ourselves blown away by the variety of music and sheer talent and imagination on the MSC Poesia. In this era, where ‘jam’ is a bit of a rejected word in music, Jam Cruise re-instills the goodness that comes out of improvisation and impromptu interplay, a spirit that goes back to the hot jazz of the 20s/30s, early rock ‘n’ roll, and folk music pickin’ sessions as long as instruments have been around. Jam Cruise creates a space where the heat and light of such musical interactions can shine, enjoying the hiccups and warts of such adventurousness as much as all the glowing moments they pull off. One never grows anything if they aren’t willing to get some dirt under their nails, and the musicians on Jam Cruise are some dirty motherfuckers, so to speak.

The Impound’s great thanks to those willing to join in on our ongoing gallery of hearty fuck you’s. And you can read about Jam Cruise 10 in more detail with Dennis’ daily entries over at JamBase (Prelude, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). Most of the Free Bird shots in this gallery are from killer lensman Chad Smith with a few keepers from Brad Hodge. Pics are by Chad unless labeled otherwise. Thanks, photogs, for gathering up this cavalcade of merriment for DI. We’ll hopefully have even more “birds” to show you from Jam Cruise 11 next January!

Are you interested in giving Dirty Impound the finger? Are you in a band? Well, we wanna see whatcha you got, cowboys (and cowgirls)! Send us your birdie pics and we’ll add them to our archive and make sure folks know you cared enough to raise a middle finger for rock! Send pictures to freebird@dirtyimpound.com

In Your Eye

you gotta see this

Umphrey's McGee

25 or 6 to 4

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Guess it’s an Umphrey’s McGee kind of week around the Impound because we just gotta share this screaming cover of Chicago’s classic single from the band’s New Year’s Eve shindig in St. Louis. Jake Cinninger reminds us in moments of the late Terry Kath, Chicago’s brilliant original guitarist – we can offer no better compliment. This version is a lot of fun and features Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret Horns. UM sounds tasty with horns, particularly when blower extraordinaire Jeff Coffin is in the mix. We’ve included two vintage clips of Chicago killin’ the tune with Kath. The first Chicago video gets more surreal as it goes (why exactly are they eating watermelon with horses?), and the second is Terry Kath at his blazing best.

The Free Bird Project

Umphrey's McGee

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This is just goddamn beautiful. Such a range of expressions about the whole strange situation. Our great thanks to progressive rock’s reigning torchbearers Umphrey’s McGee and ace photographer Chad Smith for sharing this moment from the New Year’s Eve revels in St. Louis. Great fuckin’ guys all.

Umphrey's McGee by Chad Smith

Are you interested in giving Dirty Impound the finger? Are you in a band? Well, we wanna see whatcha you got, cowboys (and cowgirls)! Send us your birdie pics and we’ll add them to our archive and make sure folks know you cared enough to raise a middle finger for rock! Send pictures to freebird@dirtyimpound.com

In Your Eye

you gotta see this

Umphrey's McGee

Glory of Amazing Grace

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When rock started folks said it was the Devil’s music, but a moment like this kinda puts the lie to that idea. Umphrey’s McGee created something quite majestic by merging the gospel standard “Amazing Grace” with their own composition “Glory.” Throw in the jaw-dropping light display of Jefferson Waful, a blinding bit o’ fingerwork from Jake Cinninger, a band playing with utter power and confidence and the Chicago Mass Choir and you’ve got something really special that even a preacher could love. This performance took place Thanksgiving weekend at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

Keyed Up

Joel Cummins

Umphrey's McGee, Ohmphrey, Digital Tape Machine, Yacht Rock

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Joel Cummins by Dave Vann

Within the dense aural stew that is Umphrey’s McGee some of the greatest, wrist-twistin’ stirring going on is done by keyboardist Joel Cummins. Nestled inside one of the burliest rhythm sections around and sandwiched between the ferocious twin guitar assault of Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss, Cummins rides, textural and sophisticated but nearly never flashy. He’s active as hell but not in ways that demand head-snap attention, always serving the music before his ego, and in the process becoming the secret ingredient inside what is arguably progressive rock’s greatest new top tier band in the past decade.

His solos are compact marvels that should already have him on Becker & Fagen’s shortlist for the next Steely Dan album, but generally Cummins is an instrumental conversationalist, commenting on and coaxing the best ‘dialog’ he can from his compatriots. When he does step out front he’s likely to make you sigh with the sheer beauty or intense emotional oomph of his playing. However, his ear for what isn’t being done by others – and unerring knack for filling that open space – is phenomenal. He watches and listens with undisguised enthusiasm, moving with real grace between multiple instruments in a single piece, taking from each just what each measure needs. If one wants proof of this dynamic look to Umphrey’s excellent 2011 release Death By Stereo (released September 13 on ATO), a pithy lesson in what this young yet remarkably mature keyboardist is capable of. In fact, the whole band has boiled down their wide spectrum reach into their most direct, immediately engaging collection yet, undoubtedly another stepping stone towards the heights they seem to continually climb.

Cummins is currently on a brief West Coast tour with Digital Tape Machine, who play tonight, December 2nd, in Hollywood and tomorrow, December 3rd, in San Francisco.

Here’s what Joel had to say in the Impound’s keyboardist survey.

read on for Joel’s answers