- It was a big night filled with
anticipation, surprises, warmth and fellowship. A
compelling kind spirit aerated the cellar in lieu
of the recently exorcised friable dust. Kudos to
- With lots of guests and a new
PA system, August 14th is going to be a night to
- It was a week to look forward
to with the anticipated arrival of the one and
only Paulie Pos. Many weeks prior he said he was
coming back to town and wanted to jam. August
14th was a night we were required to play. With
the move to WWI still fresh in our loins, it was
an unprecedented effort on Deadstein's part to be
ready for him. It's shocking we pulled it off. It
was great to see and play with Paul. In addition,
his huge entourage emanated a positive energy
throughout the entire evening.
- The big surprise was the way
Steele flew in like Paul Revere, only warning
Jonathan of his invasion. That always adds a
non-ionic charge to atmosphere.
- Spillboy was loving life and
even Kevin's good friend Nick was there.
- With all these people, we had
to perform and we were rewarded with sincere
applause and there's nothing wrong with that.
- Kevin truly deserves kudos for
putting together this PA system. The research,
the purchase, the setup, the use of the four
track and effects and finally, the beautiful use
of office furniture to support it all. In the end
we still need to work on it. We barely have
enough wattage, but with sacrificing stereo and
an eventual EQ to minimize the feedback, we will
- Johnny purchased a very nice
mic and stand. He's taking control of his own
situation. Too bad he still doesn't have control
of the PA. I have confidence its going to work
very well eventually. We had a nice improvement
from the previous week.
- When do we start making a few
low volume, semi-acoustic, semi-rehearsed,
quality sounding tapes? I give it 3 months.
- Rich had a shorting out,
crackling sound going on in his amp from time to
time that needs to be fixed or replaced.
- I think Larry has way too many
amps going on, greatly adding to the muddiness of
- We turning the amps around in
the same configuration we had it in Dennis' (I
miss that guy). The Vortexing Deadstein has been
stifled for now.
- The Help on the Way was very
difficult. It was the first song with the new PA
and it showed one thing. How valuable Kevin's
bass is. He had to adjust the PA at Deadstein
volumes, and that could only be accomplished in
the thick of the muck. No pre jam sound test
could ever match wits with the power of
Deadstein. Anyway, while Kevin was ineffectually
adjusting the PA, we floundered in a sea of
instability. This song was the low point of the
night, eventhough the Lovelight came pretty
close. From moment one, I though Paulie Pos
sounded real good. I little low level, relatively
harmless low feedback leaked through but his
sound was under control and not an issue in the
puzzlement behind much of the PA.
- With Paul there it was spooky
because it did feel like being at the Garden
during the Branford Help on the Way. I got the
same sense during the Birdsong. You gotta admit
he's got some of those riffs down.
- By the Peggy-O Kevin made
major adjustments to the PA and he turned it down
and it wasn't loud enough. This was especially
disturbing since we played that Peggy about as
softly, sweetly and under control as anything we
- Scarlet was back to a powerful
barrage. It was pretty hot, the jam went places.
I'm glad it didn't flub into an Estimated.
- The Estimated was pretty good.
It was my first attempt to sing in the new system
and it was tough. I was using Johnny's mic and by
this time, the PA was suffficiently tweeked but
the mic was turned down. I had to screem and
couldn't try to sing but the good news was the
mic felt very good. I was all over it and it
didn't come close to feeding back. It had a lot
more room for additional volume. It should work
well for the the Freakboy if he keeps his grubby
paws off of it. His twiggy limbs act like
lightning rods for feedback. If he played guitar
he would understand what that feels like and
would understand he can't grap the mic when its
on the verge of feeding back. Something's got to
give but unfortunately, the PA isn't intelligent
enough to decide how much to give itself.
- The transition into Eyes was
incredible. I couldn't believe what I was hearing
from the first moment of the Eyes. Actaully, it
was a shock to me that we were going into it, I
didn't read the setlist prior to the set. It was
so perky and in a groove from note one. The great
feeling wasn't sustained throughout the entire
song but what the hell, how could we match the
feel of the intro?
- Cassidy was super strong, we
were flying, swooping in and out, leaving a
billowing smoke trail behind us. Cassidy is
turning into Deadstein's best song.
- I think Paul really shined
during the Birdsong. We had a nice peak and very
naturally went into the E to D thing that Larry
- Just a Note: I just heard a
Richie Havens commercial where he is singing the
Transition Lenses theme.
- Freakboy is turning into the
J.J. Walker of Time Square, "Kid Dine-O-Mat!He
really knows how to pull of an order. It was
voluminous yet I don't think a thing was missed.
The genuine concern he showed for my misplaced
frozen Cherry Lime Ricky almost potentially
brought a tear to my eye.
- I can't say what everyone got
because it was a lot but I can say this week was
no where near last week's food. That is not to say this
week's food was bad, it is just a testament to
the quality of the original indulgence from the
- Sogginess and age were the
problems. These attributes were especially
prevalent in the French fires, bacon and toast,
and I'm not talking about Johnny. That is all I
can speak for, maybe others can comment on their
own culinary experiences.
- There was just a
slight sense of warmth. The Asbestos count was
probably high for this night but it will
dissipate over time as the pipes were recently
wrapped for our own safety. It's kind of ironic.