People blow them off as this novelty band, jam band etc but really they show just how pretentious a lot of other bands are when they take themselves too seriously.
Sounds just like yours Phishs and Widespread Panics right? haha! Jam bands noodle around! solo at incredibly unnecessary speeds... essentially jerking off their instruments for all to see. Ween takes an actual song and pushes it to its absolute limit live. That's the difference!
There's tons of musicianship in their music. I'm not for or against Ween and I know a lot of people here have this ridiculous bias against long instrumental solos. Maybe it takes a certain person to hear the spontaneous emotion in this kind of music but I tend to think the people that hate "jam bands" generally prefer pop hooks and that's about it. I like a bit of everything but I certainly see the value in groups like Widespread Panic, Phish, Gov't Mule, etc.
If you don't like them, that's cool. But to say they're "jerking off their instruments for all to see" is utterly ignorant.
It's just soulless to me is all.. it's not that i'm against long solos at all or not impressed by technical playing but when it lacks any kind of originality and emotion it just doesn't do it for me. Mars Volta (at least the early albums) are a good example. They were able to pull off the technical, sometimes over the top insane jamming into something interesting to me. To say jam bands are jerking off their instruments is my opinion on watching them play. I mean this quite literally.. that's the image that popped in my head. Sorry if this offends you, i'm not judging you for liking them or saying that was their motive!
For the record Phish are huge Ween fans and covered Roses Are Free but somehow managed to take a fun song climaxing with an amazingly effective guitar solo and rid it of all feeling.
Haha not true unfortunately. I have just been too lazy on that blog. Last year, like I said I actually had more rumours/ confirmations before announced. I lacked this year but ehh. I don't think it really matters too much. In the upcoming weeks I'll make up for it with free mp3s & playlists of the bands... Like I did last year lol
Seriously msbands, I actually believed you knew something about confirmations. Went to your blog maybe 3-5 times during the last week or so before the announcement. I hope the 30 cents you made off of me helps you out, but seriously fuck off with mp3s and playlists. As I8 stated, we have plenty of users who are willing and able to post free mp3s on this board. I really hope you accomplished a lot during those weeks that you were too "lazy" to post anything on your blog. Dick.