Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fried Peaches and the Mixes

Fried Peaches is now available.

I wrote a novel. A rock-n-roll novel. The ebook is up on Amazon and the print version will be published in November. If you dig the tweets and the blog, then you'll love this book I finally finished.

Here's the tagline...

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I think most books should have soundtracks. I curated three special mixes for Fried Peaches. Find them on Spotify or YouTube.

99 songs. 3 mixes. 33 songs on each.

You can call these mixes a soundtrack if you want. Each mix fits in with a specific segment of Fried Peaches. To simply things, I titled the mixes: Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3.

The mixes can be enjoyed any old way. Stand alone or with Peaches. Listen on shuffle. Listen out of order. Listen to one. Listen to none.
Mix 1, Act 1 is heavy on the 1990s and late 20th Century nostalgia... Beastie Boys, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Pixies, A Tribe Called Quest, Mother Love Bone, Drivin N Cryin, Mazzy Star, Stone Roses, Garbage, The Black Crowes, Gomez, Sublime, Oasis, Veruca Salt, TAD, Stone Temple Pilots, The Gits, Luna, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Polyphonic Spree, Huey Lewis and the News, INXS, James Brown, Dana Imanuel, Big Star, Bowie, Rolling Stones, Eagles of Death Metal, The Beatles, LCD Soundsystem, and Greensky Bluegrass.

Mix 2, Act 2 is the drugs/party mix. It starts out with a coke bender then goes full blown UNTZ.... Curtis Mayfield, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sturgill Simpson, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Future, Dr. Hook, JJ Cale, Pharcyde, Phish, Queens of the Stone Age, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Grateful Dead, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Blind Melon, Juno What?!, Kraftwerk, YAMN, Moving Matter, Daft Punk, Brick, The Bar-Kays, Tosca, TJR, Opiuo, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, and LCD Soundsystem, STS9, and Turkuaz.

Mix 3, Act 3 is an everything bagel... Tom Petty, Mojo Nixon, Dylan, Talking Heads, Radiohead, Maggie Koerner, Traffic, The Go-Go's, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Foxygen, Blind Melon, Albert Hammond, Television, Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers, Colleen, Mazzy Star, Meco, Kenny Rogers, Golden Smog, Bikini Kill, Wilco, Ana Tijoux, Divinyls, Dana Imanuel, Bowie, The Cars, Cardi B, Kim Wilde, Shuggie Otis, LCD Soundsystem, Pink Floyd, and Bomba Estereo.
My initial soundtrack had almost 500 songs that I had to trim down to 99. I will probably release a DEEP CUTS version that includes many of the songs that bubbled the three mixes.

Here are the Spotify links: Fried Peaches, Act 1 - Fried Peaches, Act 2 - Fried Peaches, Act 3.

If you don't have a Spotify account, then head over to You Tube. It's same tracklisting.

Here's the YouTube links (or watch below): Peaches Act 1 - Peaches Act 2 - Peaches Act 3.

Buy Fried Peaches here.

Friday, June 08, 2018

New Phish Book: 100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

New Phishy book by Phishheads!

Jason Gershuny and Andy P. Smith co-authored a new book titled 100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Relix editor Mike Greenhaus wrote the foreword.

The tagline on Amazon reads: "Few music groups have been able to sustain a fan base as passionate and dedicated as that of Phish, and this entertaining guide rewards those fans with everything they need to know about the band in a one-of-a-kind format. Packed with history, trivia, lists, little-known facts, and must-do adventures that every Phish fan should undertake, it ranks each item from one to 100, providing an indispensable, engaging road map for devotees old and new."

The book begins with, "Phish is a band, and yet so much more." And yeah, 100 Things delves deep into the "more" part.

Fun and breezy book for a new phan, but it's also nice walk down memory lane for long-time phans. It's impossible to sum up the collective Phish experience in one book, but this comes close to giving you the best of the best of the Phish lore.

Some of the main events mentioned in 100 Things... Halloween 1.0, Big Cypress, Baker's Dozen, Lemonwheel, Oswego, the Great Went, and IT. Some of my favorite venues got their own section... MSG, The Gorge, and Red Rocks. Lots of old school nostalgia like Secret Languange, O.J. chase, Amy's farm, and the Phish Destroys America Tour.

Buy your copy here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Phish 2018 Summer and Fall Tour Dates

Phish heads back on the road for 24 shows this summer including Curverball festival in Watkins Glen, NY and Dicks over Labor Day weekend in Colorado. Phish will also be playing three shows at the Gorge, two in LA at the Forum, and three in Atlanta.

This fall, Phish returns to Vegas for a Halloween throwdown and three shows at the Mothership in Hampton. The boys kick off fall tour with a 2-night stint in Albany, NY and head to Chicago and Nashville before the four-show blowout in Vegas.
July 17: Stateline, NV - Harveys
July 18: Stateline, NV - Harveys
July 20: George, WA - The Gorge
July 21: George, WA - The Gorge
July 22: George, WA - The Gorge
July 24: San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham
July 25: San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham
July 27: Inglewood, CA - The Forum
July 28: Inglewood, CA - The Forum
July 31: Austin, TX - Austin360
August 3: Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
August 4: Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
August 5: Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
August 7: Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
August 8: Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
August 10: Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek
August 11: Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 12: Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 17: Watkins Glen, NY - CURVEBALL
August 18: Watkins Glen, NY - CURVEBALL
August 19: Watkins Glen, NY - CURVEBALL
August 31: Commerce City, CO - DICKS
September 1: Commerce City, CO - DICKS
September 2: Commerce City, CO - DICKS


October 16: Albany, NY - Times Union Center
October 17: Albany, NY - Times Union Center
October 19: Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum
October 20: Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum
October 21: Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum
October 23: Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
October 24: Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
October 26: Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
October 27: Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
October 28: Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
October 31: Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand
November 1: Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand
November 2: Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand
November 3: Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Phish NYE MSG Setlist: 12/31/17 New York, NY

Phish completed their four-show holiday run at MSG with a NYE show. This also marked its 17th show at MSG in 2017.

What's the NYE gag? Tune into LivePhish for the webcast.

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Here's what you missed...
Yo Phish, 12.31.17 NYE MSG NYC

Set 1: Carini > Suzy Greenberg > My Friend My Friend, Fluffhead, REBA, Poor Heart, 46 Days, Maze, Zero  

Set 2: Possum, Fuego > Gotta Jibboo, Golgi > What's the Use? > YEM  

Set 3: Soul Planet > Auld Lang Syne > Free, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > MOMA, Caspian, Velvet Sea > First Tube

E: Loving Cup

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Phish MSG Setlist and Recap: 12/30/17 New York, NY

The third night of Phish this run and the 16th overall show at MSG this year.

The shows are webcast on LivePhish. If you're resourceful enough, you'll find someone with a mixlr feed.

Here's what you missed...
Yo Phish, 12.30.17 MSG, NYC

Set 1: Mike's > Hydrogen > Weekapaug, Tweezer > Ass Handed, KDF > GIN, Brother, More

Set 2: DWD > Steam > Light > Farmhouse, Antelope

E: Sleeping Monkey > Tweeprise

Quickie 420-Word Review: Madison Square FUN Garden
by @taopauly

Talk about busting a nut. The night before NYE has historically been the big rager of holiday runs of Phishmas past. But hell...12/30 shows have always been a nutbuster (or "nuddt-bustahhh" as Providence friends say). And 12/30/17 lived up to the numerical hype... Mike's > Hydrogen > Weekapaug kicked off the festivities. H2 was one of a trio of MSG debuts not played at Baker's Dozen... Rare first-set Tweezer batted in the cleanup spot and clocked in at a bong-rattling 19 minutes. "Holy apetits Batman! 19-min Tweezahh?"... Fishman hijinks with Ass Handed... Smooth GIN packed in oodles of flavor into the 15-min blissful burrito... Brother bustout and second debut not played at BD... More setcloser and the tour wife @change100 caught me muttering to myself, "Talking to things not there again? What did the aliens tell you this time?"... Roamed hallways at setbreak. Found Javier and met up with old NYC friends G & G  (both lawyers on Long Island... always good to have Jewish attorneys on speed dial). G brought his wife OJ to her first-ever Phish show. "He's been going to see Phish for 20 years and I never went until now. I wish I went sooner. Phish is so much fun. It's amazing to see so many people without inhibitions and having a good time. I totally needed this."... Yup, truth from the insightful eyes of first-timer... DWD blasted off set 2. Phish harpooned the 28-min bloated space whale of a jam with a special spear-like weapon powered by pyramid crystals. Wildo pointed out "26 min DWD with 2 mins of WOOs!"... Steam got weird quickly and I got lost twice. I asked the wifey the fucking score during Steam at least twice... Light jam got cooking before Trey ripcord for Farmhouse... I told the guy next to me that "When I heard Farmhouse for the first time ever at MSG in 1997, I thought it was an obscure Bob Marley cover." And few mins later, he elbowed me with glee, "There's your Marley... BRAH!" during the No Woman No Cry teases... Sloppy, but ripping nonetheless Antelope slammed the door on the 5-song set. First two nights featured 6-song second sets... Sleeping Monkey > Tweeprise encore. Monkey was the third MSG debut not played at BD. I suspected a Loving Cup>Tweeprise double-dip, but the boys have been avoiding covers this holiday run.... 3 down and 1 more to go... Get ready for NYE.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Phish MSG Setlist: 12/29/17 New York, NY

Phish returned to MSG for the 15th time thus year for their second night of a four nighter.

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Here's what you missed on Friday night in NYC....
Yo Phish, 12.29.17 MSG, NYC

Set 1: Cavern > Blaze On, 555, Page EDM > Martian Monster, Heavy Things, Destiny Unbound, Ocelot, Walls of the Cave  

Set 2: Sand > Chalkdust > Ghost > Backwards > Simple > Melt  

E: Julius

Quickie Recap: Grand Skyscrapers, Short Trips, and Cactus Daffodils
by @taopauly

Went to show with Senor and his two brothers. First time all 3 of us at the same show since the late 90s. Senor gifted @change100 and I amazing seats (second row behind stage) and we hovered over Leo all night... Show kicked off with a rare Cavern opener... I fired up a fatty doob of Diesel during Blaze On... Gordo showed off his guns (and Pharells redonk pricey jeans) during 555... Saw Trey turn to Page and ask him, "Want to play Page EDM?" To which Page said, "Fuckyeahbigred! Beep beep, toot toot!"... First sighting of extreme weirdness arrived during Martian Monster... Destiny Unbound bustout. Only played twice in 2017, but both at MSG. Sick brag: I caught 11 out of the last 13 Destinys... I was not wearing the Ocelot shirt... Leo crushed Walls of the Cave en route to his MVP-performance... Six-song second set anchored by Sand... Chalkdust went cosmically deep clocking in at 21 mins... Short and sweet Ghost... Backwards was the red-headed stepchild of the second set... I doubted Phish could top the Simple from the Bakers Dozen, but they didn't try. Kept Simple rather... simple... Melt had been getting the first set treatment for much of 3.0, but the last two Melts at MSG were second set heaters... Understated Julius closed out the second night at MSG... Two down, two to go.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Phish MSG Setlist: 12/28/17 New York, NY

Phish returned to Madison Square Garden for a classic four-show holiday run to end the year. This particular New Years run will also mark 17 shows at MSG in 2017.

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Here's what you missed on the opening night...
Yo Phish, 12.28.17 MSG, NYC

Set 1: AC/DC Bag, Wolfman's Bruh, Roggae, TUBE > Bouncin**, Back on the Train, Your Pet Cat, Waking Up Dead, THEME

Set 2: Wilson > No Man's Land > Twist > Everything's Right > 2001 > Harry Hood  

E: Wedge, Slave

** Pauly takes a piss song

Quickie Recap: Back on the NYC-MSG Train
by @taopauly

First show of the holidaze run... 14th overall at MSG in 2017... Shows on the 28th of DEC have been a mixed bag (historically speaking), yet the VT boys didn't phone this one in. It took a while to get locked in, but when they did, shit got real in the 6-song second set... The tour-wife flew in from LA where it was 77 degrees and she was semi-freaking out that temps in frigid NYC were like 7 degrees... Section 103 for the first show back... CK5 added/utilized another layer of lights to the ceiling and made the top of the Garden look like the underbelly of a mothership... Rusty first set, as expected. Eventually picked up the tempo... TUBE made it to at least 8-minutes! Bringin' da funk to shake da rust off... Waking Up Dead was my section's take a piss song. No joke like 63% of my section bounced... Wilson set 2 opener... Deep-deep space exploration during a 24-minute space-rager NMINML... I had two moments during the jam out when I asked change100 or my neighbors if Phish was still playing No Man's... Everything's Right is a cheesy burrito layered with cheese and dipped in cheese. I'm sure it was the party favors talking, but it annoyed me a lot less than some of the other fromage-laden new material. Killer moma-esque funk-out jam at end of Everything before the band dropped into 2001 formation. Thought Phish would save 2001 for NYE or Saturday night dance party... Elated Hood to end the set... Double-dip encore with Wedge and a sublime Slave... Phish played 3 of my Top 5 songs (Slave, Tube, and 2001) in the same show. I'd typically be thrilled to get 2 in the same night, but it was a sincere treat to get three favs on the opening night... One down, 3 to go.