Friday, June 29, 2007

Bonnaroo 2007 : Day 3 (Saturday)

It takes endurance to do Bonnaroo. Younger and fitter people than I have been crushed by the heat and the dust and the hours and the drugs. Another person died at Roo this year. They're 6 for 6. My guess is it was dehydration and a bad cocktail of intoxicants. That's your usual Roo killer. I'm not a marathon man, but this ain't my first rodeo.


I woke up Saturday feeling remarkably well. Two pop tarts and, oddly for breakfast, a giant jaeger bomb later, I'm ready to roll. Actually, I was ready to get uncommonly stoned.


I'm having a hard time with Saturday. I'm pretty sure I was out of bed by about noon. I'm pretty sure I WANTED to go see the "Old Crow Medicine Show". I mean, I'd been looking foreward to that show but for some reason I didn't see it. Hell, I'm not sure what happened on Saturday morning (I'm considering NOON to be morning in this case) but whatever it was it kept me out of Centeroo until about 2.


Now here's the good news : As a fancypants member of the media, I've pulled press credentials for myself and a rare golden "Photo" pass for my lovely wife. At 4PM the Roo folks scheduled a press availability with :


Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Charlie 2Na (Rapper playing with Galactic later that night), Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon), Pete Yorn, and Britt Daniel (Spoon).


Naturally, there were just 2 people I was there to see :




Wayne and Bobby (taken with a camera I borrowed from Uncle Ted). That's Charlie 2Na behind Wayne.

Much as the brotherman pissed himself during the Roots, my wife lost bladder function due to her proxemity to "Bobby". I admit, I've met quite a few famous folks, but I'm still pretty starstruck by the Dead. Best exchange of the afternoon :

Wayne : I actually saw Bob, I don't know if he knows this, back in Oklahoma.


Bob (Who likely doesn't know he played in Oklahoma) : Nope, I didn't know that.

That made me laugh. I'm not sure why.

Anyway, after sucking up the air conditioning and meeting some rockstars we headed back to camp long enough to eat some brats and do some drugs. I tracked down another shroom or too and wife and I trekked back to Centeroo.

"Ween" was playing in "This Tent" and playing "Zoloft". I like that song...Zeeeeeeeeeeee-O-L-O-F-TEEEEEEEEE!

We marched past for the following reason : We've both been listening to "Franz Ferdinand" on the iPod while working out at the gym. Two things you should know about Franz on the "Which Stage"...first Franz, like a lot of pop acts, sounds better on my iPod. Second, I don't go to the gym very much.


It did provide a good show or two. The cute 16 or 17 year old girl in front of us who clearly had spent hours putting the fine touches on here "hippie" costume. She missed most of the show trying to decide the exacty angle at which her shirt should hand. Her self-conscious fiddling made me realize how non-hippie these new hippies are.


Plus, to our left, there was some chick dancing on a cluster of trash cans. They had a panel of plywood across them with holes cut in them just large enough for the proper recycleable : a can, a bottle, a syringe etc. Later, she invited some short hippie dude up to the same can covering plywood and they danced like mad. Not long after that, some guy doing his best to dress exactly like Johnny Knoxville, asks if he can climb up too. He does. Wife and I confirm with a glance that this will not end well.


Before long the plywood is sliding back and getting less secure. Their solution? All three will simulaneously jump in the air while kicking the plywood foreward beneath them.


This is how people engineer on drugs.


Wife and I left before the thrilling conclusion. Besides, we'd seen that episode before.


SO OUR GROUP MEETS US...near the spot where we watched String Cheese the night before. We head over to "What Stage" for the Police. As for the Police, I'll give them credit for this, they showed up on time.
There were higlights to the show. Fewer than I'd like. "Walking in your Footsteps" was jammed out a bit. I got to shriek "Rooooooooooxanne" at the top of my lungs, which I always enjoy.
Copeland seemed interested in jamming but Sting, who romoved his shirt and said, "C'Mon
Bonnaroo, Tennessee! Show us what Tennessee is made of!" seemed to want to get the hell out of there.
Plus, while the band seemed intent on jamming, just to show the festival they could, I'm reminded just how much a great rock jam band depends on it's guitar....that's especially true of a three piece outfit like the police. Let's just say nobody's spent the past 20 years chasing around Andy Summer's side projects.
The police stopped playing 45 minutes early. As Random Matt said, "Fuck the Police!".
LATE NIGHT
Here's the biggest mistake all weekend. I had just a few MUST SEE bands this weekend. The "Flaming Lips" were at the top of the list. But instead of hustling over to the "Which Stage" for a great spot, we all dicked around the main stage after the police. Evidently, EVERYONE ELSE at Bonnaroo was planning to see the FLips too, and but the time our group of 7 made it over, the place was PACKED.
I'd say 4 out of 5 people who stuck around late night was crowded around the undersized "Which Stage". Granted, it wasn't as bad for a really tall guy like me, but little folks like Tinysis couldn't see shit.
We stayed for just a song or too before heading out to Gov't Mule at "That Tent".
Here's the totally KICK ASS Mule setlist :
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2007 This Tent, Manchester TN Saturday June 16, 2007

Gov't Mule:
Play With Fire (with Michael Franti)
Thorazine Shuffle
Banks Of The Deep End
A Million Miles From Yesterday Sugaree (with Bob Weir)
Loser (with Bob Weir)
Johnny Bratton Jam (with Lewis Black)
Unring The Bell -> Drums -> Moby Dick Reprise (with John Paul Jones on Bass)
Livin' Lovin' Maid (with John Paul Jones on Bass)
Since I've Been Lovin You (with John Paul Jones on Keys)
No Quarter (with John Paul Jones on Keys)
Come Back Baby (with Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady & Barry Mitterhoff)
Death Don't Have No Mercy (with Kaukonen, Casady & Mitterhoff)
Streamline Woman Brand New Angel That's What Love Will Make You Do (with Luther Dickinson)
32/20 Blues (with Luther Dickinson)
Sweetleaf War Pigs
Soulshine

Here's the problem though. The wife and I saw Mule about 2 weeks before Roo when they came through a local festival with Robert Randolph and the Family Band. We liked Randolph better. In fact, both of us get kinda bored with straight-up Mule. However, we never get bored with old school Dead tunes and when Mule plays backup rock band to some pretty awesome guests it's a pretty damn good time.

This, by the way, is one of the better DLs on the etree right now. I reccomend it. So far the best sounding sets on Bit Torrent are this, String Cheese the night before, Ratdog the next day, Widespread (best one!), and Wilco on Sunday.

Wife and I headed over to "That Stage" for the Galactic hip hop extravaganza. I thought it was FUCKING INCREDIBLE! Wife was less impressed. We walked up to an old Galactic tune, and Charlie 2na took the stage with them after that. As good as Galactic is, they may be the TIGHTEST backup band around. (This one's on etree too...get it if you can!)

Anyway, I blacked out at about 3AM. Sunday is the best music day yet. We started with Mavis Staples. I'll let you know 'bout that next!

Widespread Panic Red Rocks Video

Sonic Bloom Video

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Today in Phishtory: 6/26/04- Last Show at Alpine Valley

Here is the recap of what happened at Phish's last stop at Alpine Valley, 3 years ago today...

6/26- My most Epic day of the Tour.
I woke up around 11am back in Chicago and Jeff called some of his friends that were going to the show from Chicago he knew from work. I met up with them, we got some groceries, and headed back up to Alpine Valley. I made fast friends with the Chicago crew and we cooked out. It was a beautiful afternoon and I decided to go for a walk in the lot. When I came back, the guys parked next to us, also cooking out and doing the exact same thing as us, were busted for somking pot by undercover cops and each got a $460 fine! I couldnt believe it. That so could have been me. Luck prevails again.

The lot scene at Alpine can be summed up as this: Hot midwestern girls everywhere, everyone looking for drugs, and no one selling drugs. I was lucky and saw a guy I met in Saratoga and he hooked me up with a mushroom chocolate. This is important because it comes in big time later. Oh, and at some point in the lot I met Mike driving around on a golf cart. The nerdy bassist wouldn't sign my book, but he was nice about it. Cool to shake his hand- my hand is bigger than his, which surprised me for some reason.

The show was OFF THE HOOK. Here it is:

Setlist 6/26/04
Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI, 7:48 PM
Set 1 Access Me*, Scents and Subtle Sounds, Stash**, The Moma Dance, The Divided Sky, Wilson -> Funky Bitch, Character Zero
Set 2 Boogie On Reggae Woman -> Ghost -> Free, Friday -> Piper -> Harry Hood
Encore: Possum
Notes*First time played in concert.
**After Stash, Trey and Mike rearrange their mic stands in jest.

Im gonna go on the record and say that this Set I was my favorite Set I of the tour. Everything was great. I started tripping hard during Stash and by the time Divided Sky came around I was having a spiritual moment with the music. I also loved the Wilson -> Funky Bitch, Character Zero. Great stuff.

Ok, here is where things started getting really crazy. The crowd was HUGE that night, probably the biggest of the tour. The push to the restrooms at setbreak was practically unbearable. It took me about 20 minutes of being packed into a crowd moving so slightly until I finally got to the restrooms. Now I gotta tell you this was a scene. There is about 200 people crammed into the restrooms waiting to take a piss, there are guys and girls everywhere outside shouting, and people are pissing everywhere that there was a tree, bush, or corner. I just waited in line and took this crazy scene in. Then, security comes over and tries to get people to stop pissing in the trees and on the fence and everywhere else. Some people ran, others ignored them. What can 5 security guards do to 100 people pissing on a fence? Then, crazy shit really went down. I see people getting kicked out or escorted out. More shouting. Then someone turns and pisses ON a security guard that was telling him to stop. Pissed on him! Then, seizing the moment, 5 or 6 people crash the gate (the show was sold out) and run into the crowd. Most get away but one person got wrestled to the ground by 2 security guards. This is all happening while im tripping my balls off and standing in line, inching forward ever so slightly. I finally get to piss and get back to my seat, and about 5 minutes later the second set started.

Set 2 was just SICK! I've never heard a better Boogie on and Jam. Ghost>Free was great, even Friday was good. Piper. Hood. Where do you go when the lights go out? Harry...HOOD! Harry...HOOD! Where do you go? This show had all the crowd interaction songs in it and the crowd was loud. A great great show.

After the show instead of going to my car, I walk to the hotel/resort that is behind Alpine Valley where the Dallas crew was staying and I was going to party & stay with them for the night. I got to the hotel and it is 100% people who had been at the show, and it is a 100% party. People dancing, drinking, running around, you name it, it was there. I find the Dallas crew and hang out for a little bit to let the traffic die down until I thought it would be good to move my car from the main lot back to the hotel. It was supposed to be about a mile walk to my car from the resort- Doughboy offered to drive me but I said I wanted to walk because 1) it might sober me up a little bit and 2) it would be fun to go though the lots at my last normal Phish show. My reasoning ended up being correct, but I had NO idea what I was in for next.

I start out walking up this hill on a paved road. The road seems to be going away from the lots. I can hear the people partying in the lots and see all the firewords that people are setting off. Im still kinda tripping and it really was a beautiful scene. Its very dark out, the half moon looked errie with a wisp of cloud around it, the stars are out, and I am completely alone walking in the night. I think that maybe the road will take me further out than I want to go, so I decide to take the most direct route to the fireworks, which appears to be just through some woods.

I push through the brush (which was pretty thick) and then all of a sudden, I am in a cornfield. Im talking like a Field of Dreams cornfield. It was the trippiest thing ever. I am sorta scared, sort of amazed, sort of thinking that this is just a special special moment. There is no one else around in this huge cornfield and the corn stalks are about waist high. I start making my way though the field, watching the fireworks, and tripping out at the fireflies that would buzz past me every once in a while, making me wonder if im losing it completely or not or if there is really a floating glowstick.

After being in the corn for about 10-15 minutes I see in the distance 2 figures. Im kinda scared that I might get shot at or arrested for tresspassing in a farmer's property. the figures get closer and I call out to them "Do you see me?" they reply relunctantly "Yes...Friend or Foe?" We figure out that we are all doing the same thing, all spun out Phish kids lost in a cornfield trying to get back to our cars. Roddick and Bill from Indiana were my new companions in this adventure, and they had a bottle of Whiskey to keep us warm. By the time we get through the cornfield, our pants are completely soaked from all the water coming off the corn (I guess the crop had just been watered). Out of the cornfield, into more brush. We can see and hear the lots still, it seems like they are not very far away. Into the brush and trees we go.

Now, imagine you are in brush so thick you can't move through it. And its so dark you cant see 12 inches in front of you. Blair Witch times ten. We move through the woods. Down a hill. Up a hill. More brush. We are in the brush for 30-45 minutes. Then our moment of Zen. We can see the parking lot. I can actually see my car. But there is one more thing- a chain link fence with slanted barb wire at the top. We try to climb over but can't. Nothing to do but to walk the fence line until we finally get out of the brush and into the parking lot. Celebration. Rejoicing. We all three hug and laugh and look at each other in the light for the first time. What a great experience- this is why I go to Phish shows. This is adventure. A little stupid maybe, but Im still alive and smiling.

So, after an hour and a half I get in my car, drive (on the road this time) to the resort (which was about a 5 minute drive). The party is still going, actually I think it was just getting started. We drink, we dance, we meet people from all over the country. I passed out on the floor of the Dallas Crew's room at about 5 am. What a night.

I love Wisconsin corn farmers,
The Joker

Bonnaroo 2007 : Day 2 (Friday)

Here's why an RV is key : 8AM Friday morning, when the sun is already baking folks out of their tents, I got up, closed the windows, and turned on the AC. I'm old and lame now, but it feels good to be so cool.

Started the day with some nice pancakes cooked up on a cam grill by our new friend Random Matt. Props to anyone who makes me breakfast.

Because of the rediculous heat we went with cranberry and vodka on ice in lieu of beer for the midday buzz. That, and some very tasty nugs.

Most of us made it into Centeroo by noonish to check out whatever we rumbled across. For me, that meant "James Blood Ulmer" in "This Tent".

He's sitting down witha guitar and backed by drums and bass. A very simple blues band arrangement. I'll give Ullmer credit though, he's a fairly unconventional player. He sings the blues in a straightforeward way, I believed him singing about "Katrina" even though he's from South Carolina and not New Orleans. Still, his guitar style was most interesting. Like the legendary Ornette Coleman (playing in the still overcrowded jazz tent) Ulmer has a sort of atonal and sometimes jarring guitar vibe. I took a second or two to get the hang of really...but we watched the entire set.

Here's what Jon Pareles at the New York Times said about Ulmer on his blog :

"In both blues and instrumentals, he loosed a new idea at each break: searing sustained lines, phrases that scurried into different keys, bent and wah-wahed notes, crunched funk chords. Each idea could have been the seed of a whole solo, but Mr. Ulmer kept coming up with more."

Sounds like praise to me!

I enjoyed it, and that's what matters on THIS blog post.

So, after Ulmer, I went back to the RV and did something I've never done at Bonnaroo before, something made possible by the glorious RV. I took a nap. Folks, Bonnaroo is all about the late night, I reccommend a nap.

I was up in time to do a little shakedown shopping (although I ended up just walking 2 RV's down for the fungus I needed) and then join the group, minus Uncle Ted, for the Roots at the What stage.

This may have been the best show of the weekend. A fantastic groove medly rap (was that Salt n' Pepa?) followed by a smokin' Bob Dylan cover (Masters of War starting to the tune of the National Anthem and grooving into a smoking guitar solo). Brotherman may or may not have peed himself a bit since he worshipps Dylan.

A good brass section too, headed by the AmBRASSador and a Sousaphone player called "Tuba Gooding Jr.".

Oh, and I enjoyed their rendition of "Roxanne" more than I'd enjoy the Police the following night.

I'm not a huge Rap guy, but if you get a chance to see the roots, DO SO.

BACK TO THE RV

Where the one person NOT at the Roots, Uncle Ted, had made us all T-Bones and Baked potatoes. Christ, that hit the spot. Plus it was a good base for fungus and the long walk back to catch the end of Tool and all of String Cheese.

I'll say this about "Tool"...incredible light show. Perhaps it was just my frame of mind, but I thought the lasers were pretty cool. It isn't my musical cup o' tea. Perhaps Brotherman said it best, "MAKE IT STOP!", after every song they played.

The real treat was next door, over at the Which Stage. String Cheese Incident is perfect for a man on a fungus excursion. I enjoyed it immensely.

Here's the setlist :

Set I: Outside Inside, Rollover, Can't Stop Now, Yo Se, Sometimes A River, Rain, Jellyfish, Just One StorySet II: Howard, Stayin' Alive, Best Feeling, Pack it Up, Love Is Like A Train, Little Hands, Bumpin' Reel, Drums> Howard, SearchEncore: Farther, Way Back Home

I loved it. Outside Inside and Rollover ahd just enough jammy groove to make me loose sense of my surroundings. Keller Williams joined the band for Stayin' Alive and Best Feeling.

Keep in mind guitar/vocalist Bill Nershi is leaving the band after this tour. So what we saw may never happen again. This was a highlight of the weekend.

You know to see Cheese when you can. I'll save the reccomendation. They were a highlight at Roo 2002 as well.

If I wasn't at work and had my pictures handy I'd show you the giant flourescent women dancing in the crowd. It prompted Uncle Ted to say my favorite line of the weekend, "Thank God for Creative Rediculous people!"

Thank God Indeed!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sonic Bloom + Widespread Panic

This weekend was jam-packed with music. Thursday night I headed out to Red Feather Lakes, CO with a good friend to attend the Sonic Bloom festival. Sonic Bloom was organized by Zilla, a side project of the Drummer for the String Cheese Incident.

The setting was beautiful- a big meadow up in the mountains- and the weather was cool during the day. Friday night we saw a PA set by 3 of the members of Sound Tribe Sector 9- I liked it better than many of the other PA sets I had seen in the past because Hunter was playing guitar. I recognized parts of Somesing, Blu Mood, Lo Swaga, Water Song, and a couple of others.

Friday night was very cold up there, so it was perfect for our costumes. We dressed up as Bert & Ernie and made a lot of people laugh. Pictures to come.

Satruday morning I got up, rallied the troops to break camp and headed back to Denver to catch Widespread Panic at Red Rocks. I got in early and secured a large place via taping down a tarp for my group on row 23 in the Schools Zone.

Here is the setlist:

06/23/07 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
1: Pigeons > Better Off, All Time Low, Down, Party At Your Mama's House > Blackout Blues, Pickin' Up The Pieces, Airplane > Rock

2: Pleas > Chilly Water, Thought Sausage, Aunt Avis > Second Skin > Greta > Barstools and Dreamers > Machine > Barstools and Dreamers*, Dyin' Man* > Jam* > Drums* > Red Hot Mama*

E: The Take Out > Smoking Factory > Porch Song, End Of The Show

* with DJ Logic on turntables[DJ Logic performed during setbreak; Entire show with Edie Jackson, sign language interpreter]

I loved the whole show. Airplane>Rock was the highlight of the first set for me. The second set was fantastic. I will definitely want to listen to this show a few times- I thought that Jimmy Herring’s guitar work was simply amazing. Huge energy from the crowd in Chilly Water, Greta was a great sing-along, The Barstools>Machine>Barstools sandwich was rockin. JB ended the evening perfectly with End of the Show.

After the show we had some good hangout time/post parties at a friend’s apartment and then some late night pizza and TV at my place. At 4am we watched the documentary Okie Noodling on PBS-wow, what a trip.

Sunday I definitely was moving a little slow, but still made it to the show.

06/24/07 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO

1: From the Cradle, One x One, Who Do You Belong To?, Gradl, Clinic Cynic, Sleepin Man > Stop Breaking Down Blues, Sleepy Monkey > Good People > Wondering
2: Little Kin, Bust it Big > Jack, Diner > Fixing to Die, Space Wrangler, Can't Find My Way Home, Ain't Life Grand

E: Surprise Valley > Morning Dew! > Mr. Soul [DJ Logic performed during set break]

I enjoyed this show but they played a few songs that I don’t listen to very much. More of the southern rock vibe out of this show. Again, weather and crowd was great. I thought the Surprise Valley>Morning Dew encore was my highlight.

In both of these shows I loved Jimmy’s guitar. His tone is powerful and he nails the Mikey written lead lines that are familiar from the records. At times he plays a lot of notes, but overall I love his ripping and the band really moves with him.

Pictures and video to come...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bonnaroo 2007 : Day One (Thursday)

At the first Bonnaroo I showed up with my wife and a tent. We met up with good buddies from Kentucky and Chicago who were in a hurry to break camp. Long story short, I showed up with nothing but a tent and a spare T-shirt. No beer. No headies. No cash for spares. I mooched a good bit but it was a pretty pathetic scene.

When I went back in 2004, with my wife, brother, and his wife, we had about 7 gallons of booze and enough beer to cause a blackout in Germany. I spent weeks preparing for the camping scene and was thwarted again when we were camped next to the porta-crappers. By Saturday, when the monsoon hit during Steve Winwood's set, I'd been crippled again. Here's a good '04 pic of brotherman and tinysis :


Dear reader, it wouldn't happen again.
This year I was golden by December.

There were 7 in our group. My wife and I, my brother and his wife, random Matt and Julie, and my buddy Uncle Ted from Boston. Brotherman rented an RV, a bigass Fleetwood Tioga. We rode it out in style.


I'm done with non-RV Roo.


ANYWAY....THE BONNAROO

We finally pulled into the site at about 5:30 or 6. We had a super-secret backroads route that brought us in through GUEST access into a primo spot without a line. Being a media-type has it's rewards. By 9 we'd hit Centeroo.

After the requisite stumble around a gawk (and after being turned away from the overcrowded jazz tent where we'd gone to see Lou Donaldson), we hit "This Tent" for the second half of "MUTE MATH". I was drawn like a moth. The lead singer plays the keytar. THE HONEST-TO-GOD-KEYTAR! WOW!

I thought it was semi-groovy. The younger types certainly enjoyed it and random Matt thought it was awesome. I should add, though, random Matt enjoyed every show he watched. He and I mde our way a good bit closer to the stage, more often than not, than anyone else in the group.
I'll give MUTE MATH credit for this much, they made a solid effort at stagecraft. They had these long pillars of flourescent lights behind the band on stage. As the show wrapped up, they broke the whole shebang. Plus, I think the little fella playing keytar threw his instrument to the crowd. In summary, if MUTE MATH is at a local bar that you already enjoy going to, I'd check it out.

After the breadkdown the entire group of 7 made it's way over to "That Tent" to score a premium spot for Rodrigo y Gabriela. That meant watching the last half of "The National". Here's my review of the national as imagined in the head of someone actually watching them while waiting for a great show, "Jesus Christ! Another song! Get of the GodDAMN stage already".

And that was "The National".

"Rodrigo y Gabriela" hit the stage at midnight. I was kinda bummed really, because the were on at the same time as Tea Leaf Green which I also planned to see. We went with Rod y Gab because I already own a bunch of Phish bootlegs and watching a decent band try to clone a great band is less exciting than something new and original every time.

"Rod Y Gab" are an acoustic guitar duo. Random Matt calls them Dueling Mexicans. That's fair enough. Gabriela plays with a very percussive slap and, in fact, is often just slapping the wooden frame of the guitar itself. Rod is a sorta flamenco type of thing but is one helluva picker. I'd put it in sort of heavy metal/folk camp.

If "Rod y Gab" are playing in your hometown, go see them. In fact, if they're playing withing 60 miles, I'd make the drive.

SOME NOTES

Thursday is a sorta half-assed day. The music doesn't start until after dinner.

This place is a lot more crowded than in years past. Superfly claims to have sold another 80,000 tickets. That's on par with past years, but I don't remember it being this packed in everywhere.
Central Tennessee, the home of Bonnaroo, is in an extreme drought. Bonnaroo is on a dirt farm. The dust was so intense and thick it was like living in a very dense fog for days. Of course, fog is water vapor. I spent 4 days breathing pure dirt. I still have a cough.

Friday is a bette day for music. Perhaps the best show of the weekend happened Friday evening.

Saturday was NUTS.

Sunday was overcrowded with great tunes.

Part 2 in a day.

Later blog.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Noisettes Photo Gallery


The Noisettes, a trio of neo-punk/indie rockers from England, stopped off to play at the Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas. That's the new music vemue at Palms casino. Flipchip was there and took a bunch of amazing photos. Check out the Noisettes photo gallery.

Photo credit: Flipchip

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Motherload of Bonnaroo You Tubes

I am sad that I was not able to attend Bonnaroo this year. However, I am thrilled that technology is letting me see and hear a little bit of what I missed. Check out the great You Tube videos over at Glide.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Today in Phishtory: Jay-Z, Phish, and Brooklyn

Three years ago today on June 18, 2003, Phish played a show at Keyspan Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn that featured a cameo from Jay-Z. Here's a video of 99 Problems and Big Pimpin'. Enjoy!


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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Today in Phishistory: 6.16.06

One of the best Phish shows I ever saw happeed seven years ago today. Senor, Beano, Zobo, and I were shroomin' our balls off in Osaka. And yes, they played Slave.

06/16/00 Zepp, Suminoe-ku, Osaka

Set I: Limb By Limb, Sample in a Jar, First Tube, Golgi Apparatus, Heavy Things, Dirt, My Sweet One, Reba, Character Zero

Set II: Runaway Jim, Theme from the Bottom, Dog Faced Boy, Driver, Slave to the Traffic Light, Julius, Bug

Encore: Bouncing Around the Room, Harry Hood

Friday, June 15, 2007

Vegoose 2007


Since I'm currently in Las Vegas, I got word about Vegoose 2007. Organizers picked a date of October 26-28, 2007. The lineup and tickets have not yet been announced. They shall be posted as soon as we find out.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Live Phish 8/13/93 Indianapolis, IN


Ah, Phish in 1993. Reminds me of the golden days in college, when we had a three foot glass bong, chowed mushrooms for breakfast, and listened to the same four bootlegs on cassette tapes. Live Phish released a new show... 8.13.93 from the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, IN. You have the option of downloading the show or buying the CD version.
8.13.93 Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
DISC ONE
Set I
Lengthwise (2:08)
Llama (5:59)
Makisupa Policeman (6:18)
Foam (9:31)
Stash (12:11)
Ginseng Sullivan (3:36)
Fluffhead(15:19)
My Mind's Got a Mind of Its Own (2:21)

DISC TWO
Horn (3:30)
David Bowie (19:33)

Set II
Buried Alive (2:08)
Rift (5:53)
Bathtub Gin (15:49)
Ya Mar (6:10)

DISC THREE
Mike's Song(12:28)
Lifeboy(8:18)
The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony (1:39)
Suzy Greenberg (6:49)

Encore
Amazing Grace (3:14)
Highway to Hell (3:38)

SOUND CHECK
Love Me Two Times (3:23)
Indianapolis Soundcheck Jam(1:00)
Ginseng Sullivan (8:45)
The extras include the soundcheck and a rare Doors cover.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Mountain Jam Review


Just read a great review of Mountain Jam via Jambase.com. Mountain Jam was a three day musical festival held at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort in Hunter, NY. Some of the acts that performed were Gov't Mule, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Phil Lesh & Friendsm New Orleans Social Club, Ozomatli, New Monsoon and Tea Leaf Green.

Phil Lesh's lineup included John Molo, John Scofield, and Steve Molitz from Particle.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Phish on The Simpsons a.k.a. Homer Smokes Weed

Remember when Phish was on The Simpsons and Homer smoked medical weed? Check out the video courtesy of YouTube. Phish appears around 7:30 into the video.


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Friday, June 01, 2007

Page McConnell in Boulder


On July 15th, Page McConnell will be in Boulder, CO performing at a live radio taping at ETOWN. For more info head over to the Boulder Theater website.

Page will be playing at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on July 16th.