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Published: 2007/03/01
by Mike Greenhaus

Year in Review: Encore

One of my favorite tasks each winter is compiling our annual Year in Review for Jambands.com. This year we offered four sets, which featured reflections from a mix of musicians, journalists, and other jam-industry gurus. We had a few responses left over at the end of January and decided to roll them into one final installment—-an encore if you will. And, if youre already feeling nostalgic about 2006, be sure to reminisce with sets 1, and 4. *Al Schnier (moe.) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
I have a daughter who is diagnosed with autism. We went through several years of very intense therapy and a lot of work, which basically upended our lives at home, and we were very unsure about where things would lead and end up. In the spring of 2006, we sat down with my daughters kindergarten teachershe was in kindergarten in a public school and being mainstreamed, at this point. We sat down with the teacher and the special education director at the school and had a meeting with them. They told us that she was doing so well and her test scores were so high that they couldnt justify keeping her in this special ed program, anymore. She was officially declassified as a special ed child and for all intents and purposes just a typical student. That is the thing that I will remember the most about this year. These last few years have been a storybook progression how the whole thing happened and could really be a made for TV movie. Shes just a typical first grader, now. Her teacher uses her as a role model for the rest of the classroom and shes helping the other kids with their workits just amazing.
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
Radiohead. Im really curious to see what theyre going to do next. Theyre the band that piques my interest the most in terms of what theyre going to do next; they have the potential to turnover the modern recording industry.
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
moe. playing at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey in mid-October. The second night on a Saturday nightthese were the tendonitis shows [Schnier was diagnosed with severe tendonitis in the fall and recovered by December to return to playing guitar]. I wasnt playing much at all. I was playing some keyboards, singing and playing a whole lot of tambourine. During Rebubula, Rob Salzer from U-Melt was playing my guitar part. He sat in with us for a few songs and Rebubula was the final song of the night.
I jumped off the stage at this point and I was watching from the side of the stage. I decided that that wasnt good enough and went out into the audience and I got right down on the rail with all of our fans. I watched moe. play with Rob playing my guitar parts. I have to say that he did an amazing job; he did a better job than I do. He was playing through my stuff so he nailed my tone and he really did his homework. He just played great and was having so much fun. The cool thing for me was that I got to go to a moe. concert. I got to watch moe. play.
Through the whole tendonitis thing and even as more and more, I see people shying away from the whole jamband thingeven the jambands and jamband publications are trying to distance themselves from jambands; jamband festivals are, tooand all of that going on with my tendonitis, you start questioning what it is youre doing and the direction youre going. I got to spend this moment with our fans [at the Starland] who were having such a great time. You get some of that energy from the stage but you dont get that much energy from the stage that I got when I was there. It was just insane what a great time they were having. It almost broke my heart how much fun everybody was having (laughs), including Rob Salzer. That part of it was so great but the other part of it was that I realized what a great band they aretheyre a really, really good band and it had nothing to do with me. It was just so phenomenal to watch them play and to have them dig into a song like Rebubula, have them nail it and to be there with the fans to celebrate that momentit was hands down my best concert experience of 2006.
_What album pops up most often in your iTunes? _
Death Cab for Cutie, Plans. While we were making _The Conch_moe.s latest studio albumI made a conscious decision not to listen to any new music that was coming out. From May 2005 to September 2006, I didnt listen to a single new album that came out. That was one that was on the back burner for a while and I finally got a chance to listen to it and Plans was one of those albums that I listened to three times in a row and fell in love with it immediately. That is a relatively young band that just kills me with their songwriting, production and recordings. I love everything about the band. Its one of those bands that can bring pop music just to the point of being too pop-y and then they rein it intheyre just this side of cool with pop music for me. (laughter)
here you go! *Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
I will remember the Beacon Run the most.
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _

I know this may sound lame, but either go see one of the great jazz groups touring or go see The Allman Brothers Band.
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _

I think the third show from the beacon Run (the one with Roy Haynes) was my favorite.

_What album pops up most often on your iTunes? _
I don’t have an iPod and don’t intend to get one. When I’m in my car I listen to college lectures on literature and philosophy among other subjects. Theres really not a lot of music out there that inspires me anymore. I’d rather be spending my time learning something. *Nate Prenger (Wakarusa) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
The 10 days I spent island hopping in Hawaii and the week I spent skiing fresh powder in Crested Butte, CO.
_Which band is the band to see in 2007? _
Split Lip Rayfield. These guys reunited in late 2006 and, I’m told, they’re planning to play as many dates as possible in 2007.
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
This is a tough one. It’s a toss up for me between Hurra Torpedo’s "appliance thrashing set" at Wakarusa or Ben Harper’s set during a raging thunderstorm at Kansas City’s Starlight Amphitheater. Both were very memorable performances.
_What album pops up most often on your iTunes? _
Widespread Panic – Live in the Classic City. *Pete Shapiro (Wetlands, Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, The Jammys) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
Having my first child, Roxy, on April 24th, the day after the Green Apple Music Festival concluded.
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
I am interested to see if Umphreys McGee will continue their momentum and will continue to grow musically and fan-base wise. I hope they will.
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Tie: Oysterhead at Bonnaroo and Roger Waters at MSG
_What album pops up most often in your iTunes? _
I am currently using an XM Satellite Radio portable player. It is like an iPod, but with satellite radio. I move around from station to station and like the ability to switch from genre to genre in an instant, and I like hearing songs/bands that are unexpected rather than the ones I pick. With my iPod I ended up listening to the same stuff over and over. *Kaki King *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
It was the year I discovered gourmet olives and hard, salty cheese.
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
Kill the Lights
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
_What album pops up most often in your iTunes? _
Steve Nicks—_The Other Side of the Mirror_ *Jonnie Russel (Cold War Kids) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
Probably just getting to travel so much. I mean beginning relatively successful at music is exciting, but to be paid to travel is the most exciting thing for all of us. We all love traveling and never had a whole lot of money to do it. I think we are getting a good view of the world. I think it is a big right of passage when you realize this is a job now.
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
The Delta Spirit this rock-band with a lot of indie-elements we are touring with this spring. I think they are next big thing.
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
We did a short run with Dr. Dog and Elvis Perkins. We are big fans of both of those bands. We kind of all played on each others songs and filled in on some tunes. Late in the tour, everyone came onstage with us and played on the song St. John. We had 12 of us banging on instruments and singing part of the song a cappella.
_What album pops up most often in your iTunes? _
I really liked Elvis Perkins Ash Wednesday and Dr. Dogs Takers and Leavers EP and I really loved Tom Waits Orphans. But, Neko Cases Fox Confessor Brings the Flood album is kind of my non-friend pick. [laughs] *Toby Leaman (Dr. Dog) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
We got a new van!
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
We toured with Cold War Kids—-I love those guys. By the end of that tour it was like we were one gigantic band. We had so much fun!
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
I saw Tom Waits in Cleveland and we met Dan fom the Black Keys who we eventually toured with. It made that tour so much less awkward [laughs].
_What album pops up most often in your iTunes? _
Joanna Newsoms YS. You can appreciate that album on so many levels. *Jamie Shields (The New Deal) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
Waking up on a daily basis at the time I used to go to bed (with the family and all)
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
[New Deal bassist] Dan Kurtzs band Dragonette
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Well, being a father of a toddler I dont get out to many shows but, thinking back, I saw a David Bowie Ziggy Stardust film from 1973. So, my favorite performance from 06 took place in 73!
_What album pops up most often in your iTunes? _
Neko Case-_Fox Confessor Brings the Flood_.
Mike Greenhaus stores his typos at www.greenhauseffect.com

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