3rd May, 2007


I just wanted to help spread the word about what a terrific service www.livedownloads.com offers fans of live music. What an easy way to get super high quality recordings of recent & archived shows, from all the best bands in the live jam band and music festival scene.  Literally hundreds of artists.  Recent shows that I have personally downloaded included the awesome Widespread Panic Show from Albany, NY on April fools day 4-1-2007.

When I was heavily into taping live music, after a tour or a big run of shows somewhere, I would come home & have a mountain of tapes to make that it literally took months, or at least until the next tour, just to try to keep my trades square. But the process, was so time consuming & I just hated having to make tapes for everyone, but with this service, you can have great, high quality soundboard recordings of the best live jamband music, almost as fast as you can drive home from a mid-size road trip. Lately it seems like 2 or 3 days after the show happens, you can download it at amazingly fast speeds, & load your iPod with great sounding MP3 files, or download lossless FLAC files & burn CDs, or encode to other formats to your hearts content.

Rock The Earth:Music For The PlanetAnyway, Amazed as I am that people actually are starting to read, this blog, I wanted to let you know of a great way to test drive livedownloads.com & to “help to defend the planet one beat at a time” by supporting Rock The Earth. I recently got a chance to listen to the new release called “Music For The Planet“. 100% of the profits from this release go to Rock The Earth. What a slick compilation of crystal clear, live cuts from the full roster of bands in today’s jam band scene. I guess I got sucked right in with WSP opening the 2 disc set with a blistering version on “From The Cradle”, followed by MOE., Phish, Jack Johnson, Gov’t Mule, Trey Anastasio, Grateful Dead, Zero, Umphrey’s McGee, String Cheese Incident, Dave Matthews Band & many more. Check out the album info below with links & help support a great cause and get a great selection of new live music too. Try it you’ll like it!

  • Music For The Planet is a nugs.net benefit compilation for Rock The Earth. 100% of the profits from this release go to Rock The Earth.
  • CD purchase includes a one year membership to Rock The Earth (shipping & handling included)
    1. Widespread Panic: From The Cradle 11/3/06 Austin, TX
    moe.: Blue Jeans Pizza 2/9/07 Boston, MA
    3. Phish: Tube 12/29/97 New York, NY
    4. Zero: Ermaline 2/2/07 San Francisco, CA
    5. Jack Johnson: Banana Pancakes 4/22/06 Waikiki, HI
    6. STS9: Hi-Key 12/29/06 Atlanta, GA
    7. Gov’t Mule:
    Unring The Bell 10/22/06 Portland, OR
    8. The Radiators: River Run 2/16/07 New Orleans, LA

    1. The String Cheese Incident:
    Piece of Mine 3/24/07 Denver, CO
    2. Grateful Dead: Eyes of the World 12/31/76 San Francisco, CA
    3. Umphrey’s McGee: Morning Song 12/30/06 Chicago, IL
    4. Trey Anastasio: Simple Twist Up Dave 10/27/06 Las Vegas, NV
    The Disco Biscuits: Helicopters 12/31/06 Camden, NJ
    6. ALO: Plastic Bubble 6/1/05 Berkeley, CA
    7. Dave Matthews Band: Warehouse 8/7/04 Alpine Valley, WI

    Rock the Earth works closely with the music industry and its fans, many of whom are concerned about the fate of our public lands, air, and water. We act as advocates to ensure the existence of a sustainable and healthy environment for all and represent those individuals and communities whose environment or natural surroundings are directly and adversely affected by others. Rock the Earth, a not-for-profit, national public interest environmental advocacy organization, is dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the worldwide environmental community.

    Special thanks to Buck Williams, Jon Topper, Beth Montouri Rowles, Jennifer Kimock, Janella Fox, Irie Pete, Eric Pirritt, Jason Bau, ATO Records, Micah Gordon, Aron Harris, Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings, LLC, John Ross, Jr., Josh Abelson, Kevin Morris, Gregg Goldman, Alan Trist, Vince Iwinski, Patrick Jordan, Aron Magner, Jenna Lebowitz, Matt Crowe from Japan, Marc Oldham and Oldham Design.

    Produced by Jon Richter, Marc Ross and Brad Serling.


    Nice blog. Thanks for the link.

    See the Jamcruise 6 announcement today? WARREN!

    Man, Awesome compilation. I wish Benevento/Russo was on it, that would make it my dream mix. I guess it’s okay cause his new cd is coming out soon enough. Great Blog though, thanks for that link, I’m checking it out as we speak

    I agree, Benevento/Russo with or without Mike Gordon of Phish would have made a great addition to this already awesome JamBand Compilation. After listening for a couple of weeks now, I think my favorite tracks are “From The Cradle” by Widespread Panic, or “Blue Jeans Pizza” by moe.

    well done, bro

    Dude, wanted to point you to our band site, Soul Amp, where we post a bunch of songs/live jams (well over 100). Ok some of is crap, but there are a lot jems…just a band trying to make a go of it as a jam band… check this one out from a May 2008 show:
    Mindedelic Flower Rainbows
    Sorry for this “spam” comment… well sorted… didn’t see a way to email you, but thought you might dig our band. our blog: http://soul-amp.blogspot.com/ our website: http//soul-amp.com

    Great blog! was glad i stumbled upon this. Without it, i wouldn’t be able to keep up with my fantastical obsession with the explorative opportunities of contemperary imporivsational rock both electronic and acoustic.

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