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So Shain's the reason my inbox is filled with angry K-dub fans from the fan listserv bitching about the article. Prepare for some hate mail dude, those people are pissed.

As for me I wasn't at the show, so I can't comment and I tried to read the article but it just made me relate to those in my inbox and I stopped. Shain, get your facts straight, stop using some many big words that mean nothing and chill out and have a good time, it will relect in your writing.

For two good articles on Keller check here:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/music/bal-li.scene26jan26,1,6386048.story?track=rss

http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/012006/01262006/162655

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Hey,

This article was not supposed to be published this way. This is a DRAFT and I'm quite curious how it got up. The real one should be up later today and this link is being destroyed.

As per Freeker, you say 'get my facts straight,' I'm curious as to what that means. I know sometimes I can be a little wordy, but really, it's not intentional. It's just my style. I really try, honestly, to be less wordy. I tried in this piece, because I knew it could arise some 'controversy.' Anywho, I'm curious as to the 'getting my facts straight' comment. What facts did I miss? If there's something, lemme know and I'll change it.

I'm definitely chilled out and having a great time writing. I love what I do. Big words and all.

and for steve, this was not a garrolous response.

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I know sometimes I can be a little wordy, but really, it's not intentional. It's just my style. I really try, honestly, to be less wordy. I tried in this piece, because I knew it could arise some 'controversy.'

and for steve, this was not a garrolous response.

Put away the thesaurus, Shain. And, by the way, it's "garrulous".

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1. "I have seen Keller perform the exact same set - loops, instrumentation, and

tricks - half-a-dozen times before, ever since my first Keller show in

2001."

Keller keeps adding instruments and toys to his

musical quiver. The white electric in Feb '01, the PVC tubes in Fall '01,

the drum kit, slide, banjo etc. Yes, the general structure of the loops are

about the same, but now he packs 10 layers on when it used to be 3

2. "Furthermore, the quality of cover choices fit nicely alongside the

originals, including an opening extended foray into Bowie's "Golden Years,"

a generic choice for the picker, and a bluegrass-infused trip to "High

Time," complete with a jam into "Man Smart, Woman Smarter." The same can be

said for the second set, as Keller cleverly worked through "Maggie's Farm,"

"Best Feeling," and "Hypnotize."

Are you saying Best Feeling is a cover?

3. What the hell is "Water"

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This guy makes the point I think you were going for.

"I can see where the guy is coming from. My first 10 Keller shows, he seemed

to be generally doing something new all the time because it was new to me.

But when I see him now, I do see a lot of the same loops, same tricks, same

jams. Keller mixes up the setlist, he's always adding new covers and

originals to the mix, and he has a lot of fun, but on any given night, Best

Feeling is going to sound pretty much like the Best Feeling last week.

When was the last time you saw Kiwi and the Apricot WITHOUT a lowrider jam?

A Sally Sullivan without Bad in the middle. Sure, the first time you hear

it, it's a very innovative thing to drop in the middle of a song, but Keller

does it the same pretty much every time. There are tons of examples in

Keller's material as anyone who has a couple dozen shows on CD can attest.

He never does the equivalent of a Gamehendge show that completely shakes

everything up. He never comes out and does the equivalent of playing a 50

minute Bowie or covering Dark Side of the Moon. When you went to see Phish,

you NEVER knew what you would get. When you go see Keller, you have a pretty

good idea, and that can be a positive thing.

He's not an improvisational artist in the sense of Phish or the Grateful

Dead or (as someone mentioned) Miles or Coltrane. The songs are pretty

fixed. You don't really talk about a specific version of Kidney like you

would a specific version of David Bowie or Help>Slip>Frank because there

aren't big, unique jams in any of Keller's songs. The instrumentals are

composed without much in the way of improv. And that's Keller. Take him or

leave him."

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