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Published: 2001/10/18
by Jesse Jarnow

Wet Wax

Over the course of its 13 year existence, the Wetlands Preserve played host
to myriad recording sessions. While literally hundreds (perhaps thousands)
of the shows have found their way into circulation via tape trading
networks, over a dozen have found their way onto official releases — not to
mention more live albums that are presently n the works, including a set
recorded by Sacred Steel virtuoso Robert Randolph during the club's last
weeks.

This list is more than likely incomplete. Please feel free to forward any corrections or additions.

The Spin Doctors: "Up For Grabs" EP (1990), Epic Records 46981

Recorded September 27, 1990

Big Fat Funky Booty / At This Hour / Freeway Of The Plains > Lady Kerosene /
Yo Mama's A Pajama / Little Miss Can't Be Wrong / Rosetta Stone

The Spin Doctors: "Homebelly Groove" (1992), Epic Records 53309

Recorded September 27, 1990 (some tracks recorded June 12, 1992 at Lone
Star Cafe, New York City)

What Time Is It > Off My Line / Freeway Of The Plains > Lady Kerosene / Yo
Baby / Little Miss Can't Be Wrong* / Shinbone Alley* / Refrigerator Car /
Sweet Widow / Stepped On A Crack / Yo Mama's A Pajama / Rosetta Stone

  • Recorded June 12, 1992

The Hatters: "Live Thunderchicken" (1993), Atlantic Records
82543-2

Recorded July 29, 1993 (some tracks also recorded in studio)

Clip On* / Sip Of Your Wine* / Daydream / Feelgoodious Kind > Wave On /
Breakfast In Bed / "Eaagh," The Jester Cried > One Eyed Captain Laing >
Buffalo Wings / When I Write My Last Song*

* Recorded in the studio. "Sip Of Your Wine" features John Popper of Blues Traveler on harmonica.

Dead Ringers: self-titled (1993), Relix Records 2060

"Mountains Of The Moon" was recorded in May 1993 at Wetlands. All other tracks recorded live at other venues. Deep Elem Blues / Mountains Of The Moon / Rosa Lee McFall / Slidin' Delta / Cumberland Blues / Truckin' / When I Paint My Masterpiece / Deal / Dark Star / Gotta Serve Somebody / Knockin' On Heaven's Door

moe.: "Loaf" (1996), self-released

Recorded November 24 and 25, 1995

Moth / Rebubula / Al's Ticket Spiel / 32 Things / Buster / Newt Slander /
Meat / Seat Of My Pants

Ominous Seapods: "Matinee Idols" (1998), Hydrophonics Records 0211

The bulk of this release, as well as the accompanying bonus disc ("Late
Show"), was recorded at Wetlands. Parts were also recorded at Water Hole #3
in Saranac Lake, New York; Bogie's in Albany, New York; and Styleen's Rhythm
Palace in Syracuse, New York.

Intro > Blackberry Brandy / Tortured Mind / No Time Like The Present / Cary
Suite / Anything Is Possible / Oberon and Titania / Passengers en Route /
Hope I Shall Arrive Soon / John Henry's Hammer / Leaving The Monopole

Ominous Seapods: "Late Show" (1998), Hydrophonics Records

Intro > Mr. Blood / Taste Sensation Overload / Sally Simpson > First Day In
California > Who Knows > First Day In California > Sally Simpson / Somedays
/ Jump For Joy

Black 47: "Live In New York City" (1999), Gadfly 238

Three Little Birds / Desperate / Funky Ceili / Green Suede Shoes / Walk All
The Days / The Reels / Fanatic Heart / James Connolly / Different Drummer /
40 Shades of Blue / Maria's Wedding / Like A Rolling Stone

The Disco Biscuits: "Encephalous Crime" rerelease (1999),
self-released

The rereleased version, issued in 1999, features a live cut of "Basis For
A Day" recorded December 29, 1998

Mr. Don / Rainbow Song / Stone / The Devil's Waltz / El Camino del
Gordissimo (S.O.B.P. Interlude) / Radiator / Pat and Dex / Trooper McCue /
Barfly / Basis For A Day

Homunculus: "Live at Wetlands Preserve" (1999), self-released

Recorded June 18, 1999

Soup: "A Tour of Two Cities" (2000), Phoenix Presents 3003

Disc I was recorded at the Cotton Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Disc II was
recorded at the Wetlands Preserve on October 2, 1999.

Disc II: Marvein Wright / Eweh / King of 18 > Charlie Don't Know / Voodoo
Lady / Come Up For Air / Breakdown / Leisure Suit / Rainking / Bid You
Goodnight (Encores) Papa Said It's Alright / Tangled Up In Blue

ulu: "Live at Wetlands Preserve, 11.19.99" (2000) Phoenix Presents
3005

Recorded November 19, 1999

Dilly Dally / The Grape / Personaface / Crooked / Dance of Franastan /
Bert's Meatballs / SMB / Mouthlove / Opa

Soulfarm: "Live at Wetlands" (2000), Phoenix Presents 3014

Recorded March 20, 2000

Wake Me / Ain't We All / Od Yishama / Don't Stop Now / Sugaree / The Ride / Wak / David Melech / No Alcohol / Cosmic Clown / Let The Wheels Roll / Woodstock

Uncle Sammy: "Naturally Preserved" (2000), Phoenix Presents
3016

Recorded May 21, 2000

Jorge Benson's New Funk Explosion / Purgatory / On The Level / Healer /
Sociology / Animal Child / Teen Town

Project/Object with special guest Ike Willis: "Absolutely Live"
(2000), Phoenix Presents 3020

Recorded August 5, 2000

More Tourble Every Day / Easy Meat / Filthy Habits / The Evil Prince / I
Have Been In You / Flakes / Latex Solar Beef / Willie The Pimp / Inca Roads
/ Cosmik Debris / King Kong > KK Improv

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