Category: Required Jams

Jams Every Umphreak Show Know: Bridgeless > Example 1 > Pipeline > Nemo > Black Water > Jimmy Stewart > Bridgeless 4/14/2007

Now, we don’t try to sway votes and if we had been intending harassing you for UMBowl Stewart choices we would have started a bit earlier – but come on! This HAS to be on your list. Well, atleast the Jimmy Stewart > Bridgeless part, which is featured on the new Raw Stewage 2015 (Buy it! Quit slackin’!) is part of a larger MASSIVE Bridgeless sandwich, the full of which we’ve featured here! Captured masterfully by Ian White (full show here), this piece of history from the 9:30 Club in Washington DC is a slice of heaven an deserves 50 minutes of your time, repeatedly, for the next week. Hot damn would it be cool to hear this recreated at the umphcoming UMBOWL!

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We want to take a moment right here to thank Tapers who make this entire thing possible. The taping community at large and the organizing they have undertaken, especially through tools like eTree and Archive, have taken trading to levels unphathomable. They make it possible to have all this amazing music! Distributed with the artist’s blessing, without profit, simply for the joy of music, of capturing a moment, of archiving history. So when you see a taper at a show, ask them if they’d like a beer or tell em they’re doing a damn good job for the community! It is hard work and they do it because they love it, but damn do we appreciate it!

Jams Every Umphreak Show Know: Plunger > In The Kitchen > Rainbow Country > Anchor Drops > In The Kitchen 6/8/2007

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Break off a good 40 minutes of your day, lay down with a pair of headphones of the best speakers you have, maybe sit down to a meal, do something relaxing which will allow you to focus. Listen to this fucking jam. As suggested to us by DJ Wyllys himself, this ultra nasty yam slowly builds and works itself across the planet, buying from a wide variety of influences. Has a suggested pairing “with some indica”, this is definitely a defining jam for the boys. Wyllys recalled to us over Twitter how “The venue was gorgeous. Outdoor, open air natural amphitheater with pine trees wrapping the circumference. Lights off trees!” Where the fuck is Truckee, California? Near Reno and Carson City on the California/Nevada border. Absolutely gorgeous country. Trailing on the heels of the legendary Crystal Ballroom show the night before, this smoking California classic is one to experience. Hear the Kitchen tease right at the beginning? Just a hint of it, a touch of spice to taste. Bayliss vox a little rusty on the AUD, but that is to be expected of this time frame (when BB is still nailing down that angelic voice of his). Plunger is familiar, almost unchanged over its tenure, but is only a quick interlude, ushered in to a Spanish/Classic Rock sounding guitar alone. Gently joined by the rest of the band as they add emphasis to this almost “rustling western” tone breaks itself into a reverberating, wave. There is a ton of drive in the middle of this jam, Kris mastering the crash while Jake lays into some more “lingering” leads by Jake standards. Then, almost seamlessly, the band is right back into the Spanish influence that tickles on the edges of Plunger.

A chugging, thudding jam plods its way through Plunger, where performances from Farag and Kris add excellent build up – a bliss jam momentarily before backing into the plodding rock thump. Yes – all over the place, this jam goes from that thump to dance/spacey at the same time. A gorgeous, submarine jam ensues with large, ambient noise, laid back barely distorted guitars on gentle phases barefoot their way through this until a subtle hook begins to form an underlying layer. The apex is absolute goosebumps creating swirl of guitars, sound, piano uplifting joy. The type of thing that makes you feel like you could high five every stranger for blocks while jogging for miles. It demands your attention and trails perfectly into a gorgeous Joel break down.

You think it is over? It ain’t over until Umphrey’s says so. Once again into a Kitchen jam, the band only touches this motif lightly before Stasik lays down the fucking funk. The Kitchen itself is really weird, this strange jazz club lounge version. It is fast a strange and we enjoy every dancey weird minute of it. The harmonizing on the Rainbow Country is excellent and reminds us how heavily reggae played an influence in the Umphrey’s sound, traces of Thin Air obvious throughout. Anchor Drops and the end of Kitchen round out this insanity, making this almost 1 hour of continuous playing with no breaks, a testiment to the marathon that can be Umphrey’s McGee. Mind blown? Why don’t we play it again? Rage rest repeat.

The whole show was masterfully captured via AUD by Tye Furman, and can be found here. The UMLive can be found here.

Jams Every Umphreak Show Know: Nothing too Fancy 2/7/2004

How about a super fun drum beat down to kick off your Friday night? Nothing too Fancy is anything but as the band lays out a funky jam in Boulder, Colorado, stemming all the way back to 2004. The real champions of this jam are those on the skins, With Ilya Stemkovsky of OM Trio taking the drums while Kris and Andy are on percussion. It is noted in the AUD that there is a Rocket Queen (Guns ‘n Roses) jam, sweetness. The full show is excellent, and the archive link is an SBD practically, making it one of the more widely circulated early Umphrey’s recordings amongst the Colorado fanbase, maybe one of the shows that helped to sew the seeds in one of their largest markets? We’re guessing this was in many a folk’s burnt-cdr case chillin’ in the car. Check it out for an old school set, (with a weird short Bright Lights) tasty covers of “Shine On Your Crazy Diamond” and “…And Justice for All” here.

Jams Every Umphreak Show Know: Girlfriend Is Better 7/17/2010

What happens when you have an apparent storm brewing with lightening trending dangerously close to the stage at an outdoor venue in front of one of your midwestern fanbase epicenters, Indianapolis? You know that the venue is going to make you go off stage at some point, so you throw down an absolutely EPIC dance party cover throw down of The Talking Heads “Girlfriend Is Better”. Fucking insanity ensues – the AUD and SBD (via Spotify) links are available below. Our suggestion, turn it up so loud that the neighbors complain.


The band was unsure they would return to the stage, but the rain delay was short and they went on to play an amazing second set which included Muff 2 on top of an epic Billy, Wappy, Jajunk and Tinkles. Just look at this insanity:

07.17.2010 THE LAWN AT WHITE RIVER STATE PARK, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USA

Set 1: Push the Pig, Prowler > Words, Hurt Bird Bath > Turn & Run, Girlfriend is Better

Set 2: JaJunk > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Wappy Sprayberry > Miss Tinkle’s Overture > Thunderstruck[1] > Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Muff II: The Revenge, Booth Love > Ocean Billy >JaJunk

Encore: Plunger[2] > Glory > Ocean Billy

[1] one verse
[2] unfinished

Required Jams for Umphreaks #1: Robot World > Jimmy Stewart > Crooked 1 ~ 7/6/2005

Today, we’re starting a “Required Jams for Umphreaks” daily post. Every day, we’re going back in time to expose folks to some of our favorites improvisational explosions, jammiest of Jimmys, awesomest of the archive material. We picked a team favorite for the first entry, “Robot World > Jimmy Stewart > Crooked 1” from July 6th, 2005!

As part of the Big Summer Classic tour, Umphrey’s is also sorta playing Summerfest at this show in Milwaukee, a midwestern throwdown which starts off swinging – an excellent transitional jam appearance with Keller Williams segues into a benchmark setting Divisons, then diving into this Roboto > Stewart > Crooked insanity. This show ABSOLUTELY is required listening for any Umphreak, we are going to feature it in an upcoming podcast at some point in the future – see if we can get some opinions from the band on it.

Just look at this setlist:

07.06.2005 “SUMMERFEST” HENRY MAIER FESTIVAL PARK, MILWAUKEE, WI, USA

Set 1: Trenchtown Rock[1], Divisions, Robot World[2] > The Crooked One, Andy’s Last Beer, JaJunk

Set 2: Syncopated Strangers, Phil’s Farm[3] > The Pequod > Ahab > The Pequod > Utopian Fir[4] > Mulche’s Odyssey, #5[5] > Phil’s Farm, Heart and Soul, Padgett’s Profile[5], Push the Pig[6]

Encore: Soul Food I[7]

[1] all of Umphrey’s McGee joined Keller Williams for his Trenchtown Rock (Bob Marley) encore; as the encore finished, Umphrey’s McGee began their set
[2] “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics
[3] with In a Silent Way (Miles Davis) jam
[4] second half, completes version from 07.03.2004
[5] with Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou on trumpet
[6] with Xxplosive (Dr. Dre), Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), Kashmir (Led Zeppelin), and Lose Yourself (Eminem) teases
[7] with Jamie Masefield on mandolin; with Soul Food II jam to closeNotes:
Big Summer Classic tour

It is MASTERFULLY captured by Mike Murphy in this excellent archive recording: https://archive.org/details/um2005-07-06.flac

You can purchase the show here: http://www.umlive.net/app/music/0,1223/Umphreys-McGee-mp3-flac-download-7-6-2005-Summerfest-Milwaukee-WI