Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Phish 2003...We Need A Montage...Montage!!!

Video shot and edited by Dave Foster of phish's tour through new england in 2003...very cool.

Radiohead YouTube: Glastonbury 2003 & Bonnaroo 2006

As you know, next Monday May 5 is Cinco de Mayo. It is also the Radiohead tour opener in West Palm Beach.

My excitement cannot be contained. BTreotch and I (along with some other special guests) are doing W. Palm>Tampa>Atlanta> Charlotte. It is rumored that Strawberry Shortcake will make a cameo as well. To get ready for the trip I have been combing the Interwebs for all things Radiohead. I have been watching 2 complete concerts on YouTube and wanted to bring them to you. Radiohead, outdoors, with a big crowd, melting faces.


The first, Glastonbury, is just a monster festival and a monster performance. It is a pro shot video and edited very well. Check it out:


Glastonbury Festival Pilton UK 6-28-03
01 there there
02 2+2=5
03 lucky
04 national anthem
05 talk show host
06 where i end and you begin
07 climbing up the walls
08 the gloaming
09 no surprises
10 fake plastic trees
11 sit down. stand up.
12 go to sleep
13 sail to the moon
14 paranoid android
15 idioteque
16 everything in it's right place

encore #1
17 just
18 karma police

encore #2
19 street spirit


The second show is the last time that I saw Radiohead. I was lucky enough to be in attendance with Pauly, Change100, and BTreotch. We saw Beck before and walked over to the "Superjam" with Trey, Mike and the Duo afterwards...it was one of the best days of music of my life.


I am very fond of this video, because it is all edited together by a superfan that gathered multiple amateur crowd-shot video and mixed it to the audience recording. It has a remarkable concert-like feel. The Bonnaroo performance also has early versions of the new In Rainbows tracks. Check it out:


Bonnaroo Festival Manchester. TN USA 6-17-06
01 There There
02 2+2=5
03 15 Step
04 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
05 Exit Music
06 Kid A
07 Dollars And Cents
08 Videotape
09 No Surprises
10 Paranoid Android
11 The Gloaming
12 The National Anthem
13 Climbing Up The Walls
14 Nude
15 Street Spirit
16 The Bends
17 Myxomatosis
18 How To Disappear Completely

Encore 1:
19 You And Whose Army?
20 Pyramid Song
21 Like Spinning Plates
22 Fake Plastic Trees
23 Bodysnatchers
24 Lucky
25 Idioteque
26 Karma Police

Encore 2:
27 House Of Cards
28 Everything In Its Right Place


More updates to come next week from the road...and if someone out there has some extra Pavillion tickets for Atlanta & Charlotte they want to sell to us for face, or party down in the lots at any of the shows, Let me know.

Albert Hofmann, father of drug LSD, dies in Switzerland

AP Article
GENEVA (AP) — Albert Hofmann, the father of the mind-altering drug LSD whose medical discovery inspired — and arguably corrupted — millions in the 1960s hippie generation, has died. He was 102.

Hofmann died Tuesday at his home in Burg im Leimental, said Doris Stuker, a municipal clerk in the village near Basel where Hofmann moved following his retirement in 1971.

2006 Article: Nearly 100, LSD's Father Ponders His 'Problem Child'

''It's very, very dangerous to lose contact with living nature,'' he said, listing to the right in a green armchair that looked out over frost-dusted fields and snow-laced trees. A glass pitcher held a bouquet of roses on the coffee table before him. ''In the big cities, there are people who have never seen living nature, all things are products of humans,'' he said. ''The bigger the town, the less they see and understand nature.'' And, yes, he said, LSD, which he calls his ''problem child,'' could help reconnect people to the universe.

Widespread Panic Red Rocks Dates Announced

June 27 (Fri), June 28 (Sat), June 29 (Sun) 2008 Morrison, CO
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Pre Sale TBA
Ticketbastard Public on-sale: 5/10 @ 10am MST
Tour Dates
my video from last year:

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson!

Today is Willie Nelson Day. Happy birthday from the gang at Coventry to our favorite herb-friendly 75-year old!

Here's a great video of Snoop Dogg performing with Willie Nelson in Amsterdam...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Portishead Coachella Video Download


Captured from the broadcast...You'll need to download both parts then use WinRAR to extract the video. All thanks go to Rewak on the Portishead message board.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/vscyhu
http://www.sendspace.com/file/64e8vo

additionally, check out Brooklynvegan for links to MP3 downloads of Portishead and The Raconteurs sets from Coachella.

Is Vegoose Dunzo?

Probably. 2005 and 2006 were epic, though.

Monolith Festival @ Red Rocks Initial Lineup Announced


This will be the second year for the Monolith Festival, last year Cake and The Flaming Lips headlined. They set up 4 stages at Red Rocks, which was kinda cool, but I must say the place was about 1/2 full both days (around 4,000 people). I am not sure that this lineup will draw more people out, but i'm not a promoter, I just party and dance at shows.

The best thing about this festival? The Avett Brothers, of course. The tickets are a little pricey, but so is gas these days. Plus, its sponsored by esurance, so there will be lots of racy images of Erin Esurance, my personal favorite cartoon spokesmodel that I may or may not have masterbated to. But enough about that, back to the music:

Saturday, September 13
Devotchka - Silversun Pickups - Neko Case - Vampire Weekend - Mickey Avalon - Del tha Funky Homosapien - Cut Copy - The Fratellis - Superdrag - The Kills - Holy Fuck -White Denim - The Night Marchers - A Place to Bury Strangers - The Photo Atlas - The Hood Internet - John Vanderslice - Darker My Love - Cameron McGill & What Army - Blitzen Trapper - The Presets - Pop Levi - Pwrfl Power - The Morning Benders - Boyhollow

Sunday, September 14
Justice - TV on the Radio - Band of Horses - Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - CSS - The Avett Brothers - Tokyo Police Club - Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - Akron/Family - The Bronx - Tilly and the Wall - The Heavy - The Cribs - The Ting Tings - Airborne Toxic Event - Bright Channel - Chester French - Grampall Jookabox - The Rosewood Thieves - Hearts of Palm - The Giraffes - The Elms

TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008 AT 10AM MST at www.monolithfestival.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Ticketing Levels:
2-Day Ticket - $110 - On Sale Friday, May 2 at 10 am MST
Single Day Tickets - $59.50 - On Sale Friday, May 2 at 10 am MST
*2-Day and Single Day Tickets will be on sale at all Ticketmaster Outlets

For those looking to enhance their MONOLITH experience, MONOLITH will offer upgraded VIP packages, including premium festival amenities such as reserved soundboard seating, VIP parking, kick-off and after-party access, and more. Visit www.monolithfestival.com for details.

VIP Gold Pass - $225 - On Sale Friday, Mat 2 at 10 am MST
*VIP Gold Passes are only available through monolithfestival.com

The Raconteurs - The Fillmore, Denver CO- 4/28/08

Last night I rode my bike down to the Fillmore and bought a discounted ticket off the street after the show had just begun. I enjoyed the show, Jack White sounds much better with a full band and Brendon Benson on vocals adds more dynamic than The White Stripes. But I am telling you something you already know. The Raconteurs are a rock band. It was a rock show, and it was fun. They never really "jammed" per se, but there were many instances of rocking out and plenty of energy from the band and crowd being exchanged. Check out a clip of "Steady, As She Goes":


Setlist from memory, incomplete & out of order:
Consolers of the Lonely, Old Enough, Broken Boy Soliders, Top Yourself, You Dont Understand Me, Level, Steady As She Goes, Blue Veins, Many Shades of Black, Carolina Drama

Neil Diamond on American Idol; Neil Diamond Tour Dates


Are you as excited as we are for Neil Diamond night on American Idol? Tune in tonight to see if everyone's favorite Dreadlock Boy Jason Castro busts out Sweet Caroline or if David Cook can rock up I'm a Believer. This is also the first week where the contestants will be required to perform two songs.

And in case you wanna check out Neil Diamond live and in concert, he's hitting the road. Neil Diamond's European tour begins in May with stops in Germany, Holland, Ireland, and the UK. Then starting in July, Neil Diamond embarks on a summer tour throughout North America.
Neil Diamond Tour Dates

Europe
5.24 Rotterdam @ Ahoy Arena
5.25 Rotterdam @ Ahoy Arena
5.27 Munich @ Olympiahalle
5.29 Antwerp @ Sportpalais
5.31 Cologne @ Cologne Arena
6.2 Hamberg @ Colorline Arena
6.5 Glasgow @ Hampden Park
6.7 Manchester @ MEN Arena
6.8 Manchester @ MEN Arena
6.10 Birmingham @ The NIA
6.11 Birmingham @ The NIA
6.14 Dublin @ Croke Park
6.17 South Hampton @ Rose Bowl
6.19 Cardiff, Wales @ Millienium Stadium
6.21 London @ O2 Arena
6.23 London @ O2 Arena
6.24 London @ O2 Arena
6.27 London @ Wembley Arena

USA & Canada
7.19 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
7.22 Sioux City, IA @ Tyson Events Center
7.24 Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center Omaha
7.26 Chicago, IL @ United Center
7.29 Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
7.31 Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
8.3 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
8.5 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
8.7 Hartford, CT @ XL Center
8.9 Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
8.12 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
8.14 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
8.18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
8.20 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
8.23 Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
8.25 Columbus, OH @ Value City Arena
8.27 Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
8.29 St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
9.14 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Center
9.16 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
9.18 Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
9.20 Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
9.22 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
9.24 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center
9.26 Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
9.28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
10.1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10.7 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
10.10 Phoenix, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena
10.12 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
10.14 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
10.17 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
10.19 Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
10.21 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
10.24 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
10.26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
10.28 Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena Orlando
10.30 Jacksonville, FL @ Veterans Memorial Arena

My Morning Jacket Coachella Setlist

It was another half old stuff/half new stuff kind of Coachella set, with My Morning Jacket rolling out five tunes from their new disc Evil Urges and performing six fan favorites. The exact order may be a little off, but here's what Jim James and the boys from Kentucky threw down Sunday night:
4.27.08 My Morning Jacket Coachella Music Festival, Indio, CA

One Big Holiday, Off The Record, I'm Amazed, Evil Urges, Wordless Chorus, Highly Suspicious, Lay Low, Anytime, Gideon, Smokin' From Shootin', Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2

Monday, April 28, 2008

Prince "Creep" @ Coachella MP3 download

Prince's "Creep" performance - MP3 download

Coachella Videos: Complete Dark Side of the Moon


Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

Portishead @ Coachella Video: Finally somebody found a tripod and knows how to edit

Subject says it all...one of the better ones I have found...

Coachella Downloads: Largehearted Boy

Tip of the hat to largehearted boy blog where you can find links to the audio that is rolling in from Coachella. I myself am interested to see if Richard Ashcroft's (The Verve) swagger is captured on the tapes.

http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2008/04/2008_coachella.html

Roger Waters Supports Obama: Pig Launch @ Coachella 2008

Portishead Coachella 2008 Videos: Mysterons

Prince @ Coachella: "Creep"

The Verve @ Coachella 2008: Bittersweet Symphony

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Portishead Coachella Setlist

One of the biggest downers about not being able to make it out to Coachella this year was missing the chance to see Portishead emerge from their decade-long hiatus. The setlist looks like a pretty even split from tracks off their new album, Third, due out this Tuesday, and classics like Glory Box, Sour Times, and Mysterons.

4.26.08 Portishead. Coachella Music Festival, Indio, CA

Silence,Mysterons, The Rip, Glory Box, Wandering Star, Machine Gun, Over, Sour Times, Cowboys, Threads, Roads, We Carry On

Prince Coachella Setlist

A friend of me emailed me Prince's set from Coachella. Lots of covers including Creep by Radiohead.
4.26.08 Prince @ Coachella

The Bird**, Jungle Love**, Glamorous Life, ???, 1999, I Feel For U, Controversy, Little Red Corvette, Musicology, Cream, U Got the Look, Shh, Anotherloverholeinyourhead, Creep, The Arms of an Angel, 7 > Come Together, Purple Rain, Let's Go Crazy

** performed by Morris Day
FYI... Brooklyn Vegan has a shitload of Prince pics.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Boombox - Cervantes - Denver 4/25/08

It was my first time seeing Boombox and I had a great time. Nothing ground breaking, just a throw-down dance partay. Sometimes I thought the guitar got a little wanky, but overall the beats were infectious and the whole place didn't stop dancing...ever.



link to a recent Boombox show on archive.org

Friday, April 25, 2008

Weed News: Potheads in the NBA


In the latest installment of Weed News, there's a marijuana scandal brewing in the NBA after Dallas Maverick player Josh Howard admitted to smoking marijuana.

"I think that everybody in the media world and in the sports world knows that NBA players do smoke marijuana," said Josh Howard.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban said that he'll deal with the matter internally.

Well, I guess this makes Josh Howard our... Pothead of the Week. Congrats.

Sweet Coachella Mix

Hat tip from the gang at Hidden Track for this gem...

Heather's Coachella Mix (I Am Fuel, You Are Friends)

The Wood Brothers with Carsie Blanton in L.A.


The Wood Brothers at Langerado (2008)

Los Angeles is a fickle music city and this is coming from a New Yorker that loved the ability to walk into The Wetlands, CBGBs, and The Detour (when they existed) to see a random band on any random night. L.A. is the West Coast head quarters (and in some instance the main office) for several major and independent record companies and labels which means that it's not uncommon to see a horde of music industry types at concerts which means lots of schmoozing and talking at the bar in the back during the show.

The best part of the L.A. music scene are the several high end venues to see a concert in addition to the dozens and dozens of other venues including medium sized spaces and tiny little clubs that are peppered all around town. The availability of live music allows you to catch local acts, well as local as local gets in L.A., which is to say those are musicians that grew up and formed their bands outside of L.A. and then moved to L.A. to further their careers.

Anyway, over the last few years, I caught several kick ass shows at different venues in L.A. such as The Knitting Factory, The Wiltern Theatre, 14 Below, The Greek Theatre, and the House of Blues. I finally checked out a venue called The Hotel Cafe. Change100 had been there several times before and the guy who took her to the Prom happened to own it.

Anyway, I was there to see The Wood Brothers. They are two amazing musicians that I've had the luxury of catching their shows in New York City and at festivals like Bonnaroo and Langerado. I love the concept of two guys play an acoustic bass and guitar, although Oliver breaks out the electric depending on the song. I last saw them at Langerado and it was one of the highlights of that day despite the swirling winds. The above photo was taken at Langerado by Otis.

The Wood Brothers were only playing one set and we tried to get there early. We luckily found street parking around the corner in front of a head shop on Hollywood Blvd. The Hotel Cafe is a tiny venue and there were maybe 200 people there at the most.

When we arrived, Carsie Blanton was in the middle of her set. She's a Philly-based singer/songwriter that had a curly afro and wore cowboy boats. Her music was folksy-cute with kitschy lyrics. Her songs could have come right off of the Juno soundtrack such as Gutsy and Smart, which stood out. After her set she walked right past me and I realized that she was tiny.

The Wood Brothers came on at 8pm exactly. They played an hour long set and an encore. They played a mixture of tunes from their new album Loaded and their previous one Ways Not to Lose.

Here's an incomplete (and out of order) setlist...
The Wood Brothers L.A. Setlist

One More Day, Luckiest Man, Glad, Loaded, Postcards from Hell, Atlas, Where My Baby Might Be

Encore: Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor (with Carsie Blanton on vocals)
Since the venue was so small, we were very close to the action, which made the show even more intimate sort of like a show at Tonic in NYC. The crowd was a mixed bag of folks with a few hippies and wookies dancing around in the back and a couple of drunk hipsters talking behind us. Overall, it was a solid show and perfect for that venue. I expected the show to be sold out and was sort of surprised that so many people missed out on The Wood Brothers. But then again, it was the eve before Coachella and everyone was either resting up for the long weekend or checking out Rilo Kiley's gig at The Glass House.

FYI...

The Wood Brothers and Carsie Blanton are playing in Denver on Friday. That's tonight. Check them out...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

American Idol: Smithson's Ouster and Cook's Mis-step


It was a dark day on American Idol yesterday, when millions of texting teens elected to cast their votes for Dreadlock Boy Jason Castro--whose performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber ballad "Memory" was a disaster of Chernobyl-esque proportions-- instead of Irish lass Carly Smithson, the night's only real standout performer with a soulful rendition of the title song from "Jesus Christ Superstar.' Smithson was sent home, and Idol '08 is now down to its final five contestants: Castro, singer-songwriter Brooke White, R&B diva Syesha Mercado, Boy Wonder David Archuleta, and rocker David Cook, who suffered his first serious mis-step this week, performing "The Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, instead of the dozens of other songs in the ALW catalog that were more appropriate for him.

Check out my full American Idol Recap here.

Weekly Radiohead Fluffing: Radiohead on Conan O'Brien



BTreotch and I are hitting the first 4 shows of the Tour in May...getting very excited. This video to me looks like it was shot in a big room where perhaps they have been rehearsing for tour...

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Videos - This Is... Episode 5

I have been loving the This Is... video series featuring Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The latest episode was released. GPN heads down to record at Sun Studios in Memphis, followed by stops in Colorado and California. Check it out...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Coachella Live Webcast


I know, I know. We're total idiots for not going to Coachella this year, especially since the lineup is perhaps the sickest in the festival's history (Portishead, Roger Waters, MMJ, Prince... I know, I know, I know...) Day passes are sold out, but three-day passes are still available for $269.

If you're like us and can't make it out this year, you can catch the Live Webcast at AT&T Blueroom throughout the weekend.

Today in Phishtory: 4.23.94 Atlanta

1994 was a special year. I was a senior in college and I caught over 50 Phish and Dead shows combined in 1994. That's the equivalent of getting to see one Phish or Dead show once a week. I never knew how good I had it back then. If I knew Jerry would die in 1995 and that Phish would not play on forever... I would have seen more Dead and Phish shows during my last two years in college... and I probably would not have graduated college.

Anyway, I caught Phish a lot all over the South, but I was happy to hear them in my own backyard.
Phish 4.23.94 Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA

Set 1: Funky Bitch, Rift, Fee > Peaches en Regalia, Poor Heart, Stash, Esther, Down With Disease, Caravan**, High Heel Sneakers**

2: Wilson > Antelope, Mound, Sample in a Jar, Sparkle, Ginseng Sullivan*, Harry Hood, You Enjoy Myself > Keyboard Jam*** > Who by Fire, Golgi Apparatus

E: Freebird

* Acoustic and without mics
** With Merl Saunders on keyboards
*** With Colonel Bruce Hampton and all of Phish on keyboards

Download/listen link to 4.23.94 (courtesy of Phishows.com - please note the last six songs are missing!)

Yeah, I was at this show and didn't have to go to far to get to the Fox Theatre since I lived in Atlanta.

Getting to this show was an adventure. Traffic was backed up because of Freaknik, a Mardi Gras and Spring Break type of festival for black college students, which hit its peak just around 94-95. Our buddy dropped us off fifteen blocks from the Fox and we had to walk through tons of people partying and hanging out and getting down. There were tons of cops around making sure nothing got out of hand and we had to walk past a bunch while we were tripping.

The Fox Theatre is one of the coolest venues to see a concert, not just in Atlanta but in the entire South. And that Phish show stood out as one of the best that I saw when I followed them around in 93-94.

The first set included several gems such as Fee, Peaches, and Esther. Those were three tunes that escaped the rotation of Phish in the late 1990s and post-hiatus. That Down with Disease was one of the first that melted my mind. The legendary Merl Saunders came out and closed out the first set with the boys. At the time, I had been emotionally attached to a CD of Merl Saunders and Jerry Garica.

The highlight of the show was the second set opener of Wilson > Antelope. That was the days before the crowd chanted "Wilson!" during the intro. Talk about high energy ass-shaking and bong-rattling music as Phish blew the roof off of the Fox Theatre. Mound is a song that also escaped heavy rotation in the late 90s ad post-hiatus.

During Ginsen Sullivan, the band performed the entire song acapella without mics. My buddy Smitty had yelled out, "Yeah Mike!" during one part and you can hear it on the recording. Second set also included heavy hitters... Harry Hood and YEM.

Col. Bruce Hampton from the ARU joined Phish during a keyboard jam where they all huddled around Page's station and jammed it out before breaking into a Who by Fire jam.

It was an insane show and tons of friends from school went and everyone was completely snookered when we met up during setbreak. After the show ended, as the crowd was filing out as the house lights came on, we saw a fat guy passed out a few rows in front of us with his shirt off. That summed up the night.

We had to take MARTA back to campus. That was another epic experience since we were still tripping relatively hard. My buddies had a big red balloon that they kept bouncin' like a basketball while they continuously sung the chorus to Sparkle for the entire trip home. If you have ever ridden MARTA around Midnight, you can only imagine how bizarre that scene might have been as a handful of long-haired freaks were blasted out of their minds on public transportation.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sweet Memories from a Strawberry's Heart


April 20, 2008 marked 3 years since my Uncle Reggie passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 56. He was playing his weekly golf game with his buddies when it happened.

My relationship with my Uncle really developed when my parents and I moved to Florida from Tennessee when I was 12. He became like a second father to me and I loved spending time at my Aunt and Uncle’s house, especially during the summer months.

“If you’re going to be hanging around here, you need to earn your keep,” I remember him saying to me with his eyebrows raised as I skipped around the house in my bathing suit, hoping to make it to the pool before he finished his sentence.

And by earning my keep, he meant ironing.

Boy, can I press a mean dress shirt and slacks! When I was little he used to pay me $.25 for short sleeves, $.50 for long sleeves and $1.00 for slacks.

I now find myself doing things to celebrate what he loved.

I really enjoy visiting the tree that was planted in his memory – such a perfect representation of him - a lover of nature and being one with it. I also ran a race for him last year because he used to be an avid runner when he was younger.

Today, I decided to create a little mix that I feel is quite the reflection of my Uncle Reggie and of my Aunt Diane for that matter. My Uncle loved bluegrass music. These are feel good, spiritual, mostly bluegrass songs, that at times make my lower lip quiver and give me goose bumps on the top of my shoulders when I hear them.

I tell you - for me - there’s nothing better than spending a Sunday morning with the windows open, breakfast cooking, and string-pluckin’ vibrations resonating in the house and pouring up to the heavens.


The Old Church Yard – The Peasall Sisters
We Shall Be Reunited – Doc Watson
Gospel Ship – Joan Baez
I Shall Be Released – The Band
Angel Band – Ralph Stanley
Pilgrim – Steve Earle with The Del McCoury Band*
Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash
Take ‘Em Away - Old Crow Medicine Show
Wildwood Flower – Randy Scruggs & Emmylou Harris
Amazing Grace – Jerry Garcia

*BTreotch first showed me this song and I never got to thank him for that. This is truly my Uncle's song. I played it for him when I visited his tree last year for his birthday.

Coachella Set Times

I didn't make plans on attending Coachella because I originally thought I'd be in New York in April. I'm currently in Los Angeles and after checking out the schedule, I extremely tempted in going to catch Sunday night for My Morning Jacket and Roger Waters back-to-back.

Anyway...
Coachella Friday Set Times
Coachella Saturday Set Times
Coachella Sunday Set Times

Monday, April 21, 2008

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges (2008)


Fresh from the bottom of my sink (but still rust free), My Morning Jacket's album has finally been leaked. Due out in June, Evil Urges finally quenches the thirst for new material; MMJ hasn't released an album since 2005's Z. Some reviews have claimed that Jim James and the guys are trying to capture their live sound on an album. Albeit a good intention, I'm a bit weary of that concept, but still psyched to hear it. We'll see.

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

Rose Hill Drive at Denver Green Apple Festival

I just found this video on YouTube- I think I remember seeing this guy set up right in front of the stage w/a tripod...great quality.


I had an awesome time at the Green Apple Festival yesterday...The Duo put on a great set, as did the Nevelle Brothers. I was sitting in the way back w/friends for Rose Hill Drive. The weather was perfect- it was a great day in the park. I got a couple of videos and pictures I will try to get up soon.

10,000 Gather in Boulder for 4/20

I was at the Green Apple Festival in Denver yesterday, but it looks like I should have gone up to Boulder and talked to a cute CU coed about the merits of smoking pot...

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2001 Mix


I made a special 2001 Mix to celebrate 4:20 Day.

Download link to 4:20 Day - Phish 2001 Mix.

Over the years, I made a bunch of mixes for my friends where I compiled some of my favorite versions of Phish performing 2001. It's great driving music and you can listen to like 7 different version of 2001 in one sitting and not get bored with the song once.

Anyway, this edition has a little bit of everything and spread it out from 1993 to 2004. I avoided picking versions from the same year and arranged them in chronological order to you can sense the evolution of 2001 over the years.

1993 Tinley Park, IL... Phish first played 2001 during the 1993 summer tour. This was the only 16th time played. It's a quick and solid version and they don't deviate much.

1995 Charlotte, NC... The boys started to open up a bit. I just liked how Phish sounded in the later part of 1995 and wanted to include one. This version might be the poorest sound quality of the bunch.

1996 Clifford Ball... I missed these shows and always regretted it since then. I used to listen to this version on a bootleg cassette tape that I wore out to death. You can really start to hear Mike stepping it up and pushing 2001 to a new level.

1997 New York City... Another epic New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden as Phish ended the Year of the Funk. Fishman's playing stands out on this version and Trey dropped a lot of loops. It includes the countdown just before the ball drops...

1998 Providence, RI... Phish was sizzling hot during their Island Tour. Trey was on another planet but I loved Page's playing on this sophisticated version.

1999 Albany, NY... I saw this show at the Pepsi Arena and had floor seats. The place went nuts during the spacey intro to this monstrous version clocking in at over twenty minutes. Mike was cookin' up some sick shit. Turn out the lights, crank it up, and prepare to blast off.

2000 Fukuoka, Japan... I was shrooming my balls off at this show. I had been waiting all of the Japan tour to see 2001 and wet myself when Phish busted it out at a weird and tiny venue in Fukuoka, Japan. The boys went out on the deep end that night and played some spooky stuff in a mind-melting second set. The Fukuoka show is in my Top 10 show all time and definitely among my favorite versions of 2001.

2003 Shoreline, CA... This is one of two post-hiatus versions of 2001 that I picked. I was at this show and it seemed like the boys rushed it in order to play Down with Disease.

2004 Great Woods, MA... I was there. It was the last great technically sounding Phish show. The Camden and Coventry shows were nostalgic but at times sloppy and not up to snuff for obvious emotional reasons. Anyway, the last night at Great Woods stood out from the rest of their final run of shows. It also featured the final version of 2001. This is one of my favorites because it's so fuckin' mellow and intense. It's not the notes that they played that mattered that night... it's what they didn't play. A fitting send off.

Listen to the 1993 version again after the final one. Quite an evolution, eh?

Thanks to Phishows.com for helping me find all those versions of 2001.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

4:20 Day Video - Entourage

Derek tipped me off to this scene from the Sherpa episode of Entourage. Viva Johnny Drama!

4:20 Day Pics - Mary Jane Montage

Happy 4:20 Day!

Let's start off with a gallery of different pictures of mary jane...


White Widow from L.A.


Grey Haze from Grey Area in Amsterdam


Sour Diesel Kush from L.A.


Purple Haze from L.A.


Northern Lights from Miami, FL


NYC Diesel from Amsterdam


Master Kush from L.A.


Our 4:20 Day stash...

Man, you gotta love medicinal marijuana!

4:20 Day Videos : Snoop Dogg on Weeds

In honor of 4:20 day, here's one of my favorite clips from one of my favorite shows-- Snoop Dogg extolling the virtues of Nancy Botwin's M.I.L.F weed on Showtime's Weeds. Smoke up and enjoy!


4:20 Day Videos - Brad Pitt Smokes Weed

Floyd was my favorite character from True Romance. Gotta love Brad Pitt ripping bingers from a homemade honey bear bong. Method acting? Or sense memory? We must have to watched this flick thousands of times in college. We even went out and made a honeybear bong just so we could smoke up like Brad Pitt.

4:20 Day Videos - Tootie's Bong

This was my all time favorite episode of The Facts of Life. I love it how Mrs. Garrett flips out! NBC was really pushing an anti-drug theme in their TV shows when I was growing up in the 1980s.

4:20 Day Videos - Up in Smoke

And we can't post a 4:20 video with paying homage to the greatest pot scene in the history of cinema...


My favorite line... "I'm in a band too, man. We play everything from Santana to El Chicano, man."

4:20 Day Videos - George Tokes Weed

Is there a better stoner on film that Slater from Dazed and Confused? This is one of my favorite scenes...

4:20 Day Videos - Dave Chapelle

Some stand up from Dave Chapelle...

4:20 Day Videos - Wonder Joints

Ok, this is my favorite scene from Revenge of the Nerds, when they have a party with the Omega Mus and Booger busts out the wonder joints and the party gets kicking! The actually wonder joints scene is at 3:10 into the clip. Hilarious shit. Man, I really miss 1980s movies!

4:20 Day Videos - "On weed!"

Here's Jon Stewart's cameo in Half Baked...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cabin Dogs


A friend of mine used to manage a a group called The Kwait Brothers Band, which were based out of the Philly area. A few years ago they changed their name to Cabin Dogs. I've seen them a bunch of times in New York City, Philly, and even in New Hope, PA. They get a lot of comparisons to The Band and deservedly so.

Their most recent album is Electric Cabin. Check it out. Here's a free download of a song called... One of These Days.

They are playing next Friday, April 25th at Puck in Doylestown, PA. They will also be performing at Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square, PA on May 30th.

Check the Cabin Dogs website for more tourdates and other goodies.

And here's a video of Hobo...

Happy 37th Anniversary to MaxCreek

I'll be heading out for the Second night of Creekend at Eastover Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts. Report to follow. For now I leave you with these:



You Write the Book one of my favorite MaxCreek originals:



I'm in the audience (last year's Creekend) for their rendition of Truckin':



Thanks for the melodies, memories, and magic.

And Happy eve of 420 day... Burn one down!!!

Friday, April 18, 2008

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges Download


My Morning Jacket is giving you a free taste of one of their new tunes off of their new album. So go ahead and download Evil Urges.

I love the sense of humor from the guys at MMJ. This made me wet myself...
so here is the song "evil urges". we sure hope you are to enjoy it! we would put the whole thing out there on the interweb, but gosh darn-it, we're still a little old fashioned in that way of wanting the listener to be able to get the actual music when it is supposed to be released, when we say it is finished- not when someone else puts it on the interweb.... but it is the 90's now, we understand that. its a new decade and we want to be part of this decade, but whilst still maintaining a link to the past - where one can't necessarily get everything they want immediately when they want it, but rather when they are told they can have it - by their real life keeper or their digital daddy! we will play both roles here. ... more

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Videos - Red Rocks 6.10.06

We love Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. She's so adorable that I just wanna cuddle up with her. Enough about me, how about a cool Grace Potter and the Nocturnals video?

Here's Stop the Bus from Red Rocks, CO shot almost two June's ago.


P.S. We love the red pants.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Today in Phishtory: 4.17.99 - Trey and Page Play with Phil & Friends


April 17th is a special day in Phistory. Earlier in the day, I wrote about the last show that Phish played in Las Vegas on 4.17.04. Now, I'm gonna write about another special moment in Phistory... 4.17.99.
4.17.99 Phil Lesh and Friends, Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Dark Star > It's Up To You > Days Between > Dark Star > My Favorite Things, Mississippi 1/2 Step, Bird Song

Set 2: Terrapin Station > Down With Disease > Dark Star > Friend of the Devil, Casey Jones, Morning Dew, Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad > And We Bid You Goodnight

Encore: Box Of Rain
Download/listen to 4.17.99 (courtesy of Archive.org)

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In 1999, Phil Lesh had recovered from a liver transplant and was ready to play shows under Phil Lesh and Friends. He invited Trey and Page to play with him for a special three-night run at the Warfield Theatre. When Senor and I found out, we did everything we could to find tickets. We were hardcore Deadheads and Phish was our second favorite band. As Senor put it, "How fuckin' cool? Half of Phish playing Dead tunes with Phil Lesh!!!"

We could only score tickets for the final show on Saturday the 17th. We flew from NYC to San Francisco to see that one show. We stayed at a dive hotel on O'Farrell Street and got shitfaced. We scored bud at Buena Vista Park in the Haight earlier in the day. We dropped acid and lost our lighter. Senor went out to look for one and got propositioned by a hooker.

"You want a blowjob?" she asked.

"Nope. But if you have a lighter, I'll buy one off you."

She sold a used lighter to Senor for $2. We called it the Hooker Lighter for the rest of the trip.

Anyway, we had seats in the balcony and I was blown away by the energy in the Warfield. Ironically, a woman that I'd date in early 2001 happened to be at all three shows. She told me that the last show was the best of all three. We picked the right one to see.

They kicked off with a sick and heady massive sandwich of songs... Dark Star > It's Up To You > Days Between > Dark Star > My Favorite Things. My favorite part of the first set was the Birdsong closer with Page on vocals. Man, after I heard that I always wished that Phish would break out a Birdsong encore.

The drugs really kicked in during setbreak and I was out of my tits for the second set. The opened up with Terrapin that sent chills down my spine. Trey channeled Jerry Garcia. I got goosebumps then and even now as I wrote this with Terrapin streaming on my laptop.

The crowd went nuts when Lesh played the first few notes of Down with Disease. Two older Deadheads in front of me were baffled. They didn't know the song. One of them said to the other, "I think this is one of those Phish songs."

It was a sloppy version, but a cool version nonetheless. The heart and soul of the show was the three powerhouse songs... Friend of the Devil, Casey Jones , and Morning Dew. Trey inserted "Phil's in red" lyric during Casey Jones. I had forgotten that I rolled a monster joint and that we had not smoked it. I fired it up during Morning Dew and smoked out our entire section.

Overall, it was one of the best concert I have ever seen. Period. And I've caught the Dead and Phish for over 200 shows combined. Sometimes you get lucky with music and happen to be in the right place at the right time. That's part of the reason why people followed Phish and the Dead all over the planet because on any given night they can and will create magic and take you to a place that you have never been before. 4.17.99 was one of those magical evenings.

The lineup...

Trey Anastasio (Phish): Guitars, Vocals
Page McConnell (Phish): Grand Piano & Organ, Vocals
John Molo (Other Ones): Drums
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead, Other Ones): Lead Bass, Vocals
Steve Kimock (Zero, SK&F, KVHW, Other Ones): Guitars

Side note... during the shows with Phil and Friends, Trey stood on stage left. Shortly after his stint with Phil and Friends, Trey and Mike switched up positions on stage. Mike took center and Trey stood off to the side. I can't help but wonder if his experiences on the side were the genesis of the switch with Mike. Of course, once Phish returned after their hiatus, they went back to the formation with Trey in the center.

Green Apple Festival This Weekend & Sunday 4/20


If you live in DC, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, LA or San Fran then why don't you check out the Green Apple Festival this Sunday? Looks pretty cool, im sure it will bring out all the dirt worshipping treehuggers (and treethuggers like me).

In Denver I will get to see The Neville Brothers, The Benevento/Russo Duo, Rose Hill Drive (Acoustic), and The Heyday.

The D.C. lineup looks the stongest to me, but seeing Menudo in Miami could be cool as well:

Washington D.C. Earth Day 2008 on the National Mall
The Roots & Friends, featuring Doug E. Fresh, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, will.i.am, Chrisette Michele and more, Gov't Mule, Umphrey's McGee, O.A.R. (special acoustic kickoff set), Thievery Corporation (DJ Set), Toots & The Maytals, Warren Haynes Solo Acoustic, Special National Anthem performance by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks

New York City (Central Park)
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Bacon Brothers, Vusi Mahlasela, Vienna Teng

Miami FL (Bicentennial Park)
Menudo, Arrested Development, Baby Loves Salsa featuring Jose Conde, Caravan of Thieves

Chicago IL (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), and Scott Murawski (Max Creek),Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bassnectar, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Miss Lori Holton Nash (PBS Kids), The Gwalla Gwallas

Dallas TX (Fair Park)
Los Lonely Boys, Martin Sexton, Junior Brown, Cas Haley, The Steps, George Stanford

Denver CO (City Park)
The Neville Brothers, The Benevento/Russo Duo, Rose Hill Drive (Acoustic), The Heyday

Los Angeles CA (Santa Monica Pier)
Taj Mahal & Friends, Ziggy Marley solo acoustic, Juliette and the Licks, Escalera, (featuring Danny Way and Bob Burnquist), School of Rock Hollywood Allstars, The Frequency, Coby Brown

San Francisco CA (Golden Gate Park)
Mickey Hart’s Mass Drums (featuring Mickey Hart, Jon Fishman, Tommy Lee, Sikiru Adepoju, Bobi Cespedes, Rebecca Mauleon, Rhythm Village, Loco Bloco and more!), Yonder Mountain String Band, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, (featuring Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident), Brett Dennen


There are also a slew of concerts at venues in these cities all weekend. Check out the full schedule.

Viral Video Film School - Playing Guitar


This is a video I came across on Current yesterday - I figured ya'll would get a little laugh from it.

Today in Phishtory: 4.17.04 Las Vegas


Phish rocking out Thomas & Mack Center
Phish 4.17.04 Las Vegas, NV

Set I (1:20): Soul Shakedown Party, Halley's Comet > Tweezer, Ginseng Sullivan, Horn, Sample in a Jar, Piper > Frankenstein, David Bowie

Set II (1:35): Meatstick, Pebbles and Marbles > Prince Caspian > Simple, Friday, Ghost, You Enjoy Myself, Tweezer (Meatstick) Reprise***

Encore: Wolfman's Brother, The Squirming Coil

*** Tweezer Reprise had replacement lyrics: "Wont You Step Into The Meatstick"

Download/listen to 4.17.04 (couresty of Phishows.com)

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And yes, I went to the last Phish show ever in Las Vegas. I actually wrote a more in depth recap of the night on my original blog Tao of Pauly...
Phishy Vegas Night 3: Step Into the Meatstick

Wow, another amazing show, with a rowdy crowd... chanting Meatstick during setbreak, with Trey and the boys happy to oblige. Juts got in after partying all night with heads from all over the country. I make new friends fast, especially in Vegas!

I got to the venue super early again, because everyone else realized if they wanted a good seat, they had to wait in line early by 6pm (show beagn at 8:15). I snagged pretty much the same seat in the same section, Sec 119 at the side of the stage, four rows from Page. I had some cool San Diego guys in front of me (yeah, met quite a few quality people from San Diego on my trip) who drove out that morning for the show. To my left was a nice couple from NYC. We were all ready to get lit and get the show going.

Like true rock stars Phish started 45 minutes late to an antsy crowd, everyone wasted from three days of partying without much sleep. They opened with a mellow Bob Marley cover of Soul Shakedown Party before ripping into a rare and hot Halley's Comet. That's Haley's favorite Phish song of course and I gave her a call. Halley's > Tweezer was a sensational segue. Trey appeared to be having too much fun on Tweezer and it was the first point of the night when the band creatively fed off the crowd's energy. The middle jam in Tweezer had a high funk content, before it got spacey and trippy. The ultimate crowd favorite: Sample in a Jar might have been one of the best live versions I have ever seen, with the crowd hanging on every lyric and note, and Trey embracing every moment of the tune. One of the highlights of the entire run for sure.

Piper is a tune that they have been tearing to shreds with some kick ass jams 10 minutes into the song. Again, you never know what direction Piper will go and this time they steam rolled right into a phatty Frankenstein. Fishman showed everyone why they named the band after him with his amazing rendition of the infamous drum solo on Frankenstein. The gang closed the hot first set with David Bowie.... another crowd energy feeder.

After a long set break, I was getting pretty shitty, and I was hoping for a kick ass second set. I already knew that Friday's show... Night 2 was the peak of the Vegas run, so my expectations were not overly high. I just wanted to hear some solid playing and hoped they'd not play too many new songs. The crowd was rambunctious and attempted "the wave" in between chanting the lyrics to Meatstick.

When the boys took the stage the crowd was still chanting the lyrics to Meatstick. After a brief huddle on stage, they began to play Meatstick, which got the enthusiastic crowd grooving. Mike & Trey did the Meatstick dance and afterwards busted into Japanese lyrics for Meatstick, that the band learned from friends in Japan while on tour in 2000. It was a nice homage to Japhans & Japhamily everywhere and to Japan itself... that no matter where you've gone or where you are... memories of the Japan Phish Tour in 2000... lingered everywhere. It was a personal moment and highlight and made the show for me. (Again, if you didn't go see Phish in Japan, it was probably just like a regular tune...)

Normally, I'm not fond of Pebbles & Marbles. However, I always like it when I am not a fan of a song, then a band plays it so well, that I loved every second of it... that happened with Pebbles & Marbles. Man oh man, Trey ripped the shit out of the jam a good 10 minutes in, and I found myself cheering loudly in approval. Caspian was average but Simple was a lot of fun. They slowed it down for the last bit, into a mellow jam that was delicious. I enjoy Friday and I knew some others disagreed. It has slow Trey lyrics followed by several minutes of jamming. A perfect smoke a bowl song.

Then... the boys brought back the desert funk. Ghost was insanely good starting out slow and allowing the funkification of the song to take a life of it's own. Tight was one word I used to describe the song when I jotted it down in my notes. I figured at that point, we'd be due a heavy hitter... and the boys broke out You Enjoy Myself.... which they segued into Tweezer Reprise. During YEM, the crowd went ape shit just before the "Boy, May, God, Shit" part. The crowd was rocking and the boys again fed off of that energy and vibe. Trey fell of the trampoline a few times during that part of YEM and ripped out a sizzling solo right after that incident. Tweezer Reprise had the lyrics switched and Trey replaced the word "Tweezer" with "Meatstick". It was goofy and Trey looked liked he was having a shitload of fun.... something I noticed the entire run.

The only time I saw him dejected was after AC/DC Bag the first night when he admittedly looked upset with his shaky performance after he admitted to the crowd, "That sucked."

The encore was a nice double dip of Wolfman's Brother, one of my favorite songs of all time and Squirming Coil ensuing. Wolfman's had a few "Fluffhead" and "Sneaking Sally" and "Simple" teases, and everyone was hoping for Fluffhead to be busted out. Alas, the ended the run with Squirming Coil, and because I was so close to Page, it was awesome to see him on his amazing solo to end Coil. The other members left the stage and left Page alone for five minutes while he played his grand piano. That was special and when he walked off stage, I knew it was over... and that Phish once again proved to me why they are the best live musical act around. To do what they do night after night for twenty plus years is truly amazing. To do it in Las Vegas is a dream come true.

The older I get, the more respect I start to have for Phish (on a larger scale) and I have developed a reluctance to embrace several more popular/mainstream bands that get the spotlight (media, MTV, videos, buzz) and fade away a year or two later, never to be heard from again.... until they resurface fat and broke, on VH1's one hit wonders, a decade later.

They had some moments that rivaled Miami.
And that's all she wrote.

Photo Credit: Jay Blakesberg

Widespread Panic Added to Bonnaroo


Bonnaroo promoters just announced that Widespread Panic will be closing out the last night of Bonnaroo.

Other recent additions include... Les Claypool, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Superdrag, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Adele, Grand Ole Party, and The Postelles.

Photo Credit: Jamietre

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rolling Stone Magazine Likes My Morning Jacket


Best of Rock 2008's Best Breakthrough Band: My Morning Jacket is an article I just read in Rolling Stone. They decided to inform the brainwashed masses about the Kentucky boys, which is well deserved.

Here's a bit:
On their audacious new album, Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket veer between funk-metal grooves, Nashville crooning, classic-rock guitar heroics and more — sometimes all in the same song. The album, out June 10th, is the latest evidence that MMJ are aiming higher than almost any other band of their generation. And if their music is increasingly hard to categorize...

The Roots on The Colbert Report: Star Spangled Banner

I saw this recorded on my TiVo this morning and thought it was the coolest fucking thing ever...I was looking for it on youtube but finally found it on brooklynvegan.com. Be sure to watch till the end...how you feeling now Langerooooo?!?!?

Newton Faulkner - Tourdates and Bohemian Rhapsody Video

I recently got tipped off to Newton Faulkner, a 23-year old musician Surrey in the UK.

Click here to listen to Newton's single Dream Catch Me.

Here's a video of a performance in London where he covered Bohemian Rhapsody...


And here are Newton Faulkner's US tourdates...
4/18 Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
4/19 Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
4/20 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, TN
4/22 Music Mill - Indianapolis, IN
4/23 The Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN
4/25 St. Andrew’s Hall - Detroit, MI
4/26 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
4/30 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
5/2 Jammin’ Java - Vienna, VA
5/3 Fletchers - Baltimore, MD
5/4 World Café - Philadelphia, PA
5/7 Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
5/8 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
5/24 Sasquatch! - George, WA
6/12 Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
7/19 Mile High - Denver, CO
8/3 Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL

Don't Stop Believing: Prom 2008 Playlist


I am DJing a Prom this weekend.

I was sent a list of songs that the Seniors would like to hear. I am a little fascinated by the list. There are a lots of songs that one would expect to see, just by knowing the top 40 or turning on a Clear Channel Radio station. Usher, Lil' Wayne, Fergie, Kanye West, Flo Rida, Timbaland...yeah yeah yeah, whatever.

What really got me is the songs that ended up on the list that are not from their generation. They are from my generation.

The '08 Seniors still want to hear:
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Jump, Jive an' Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
Tricky - Run DMC

Galactic on Conan O'Brien and Tour Dates


Galactic at Irving Plaza in NYC circa 2005

Galactic will be making their first ever appearance as a musical guest on the Conan O'Brien Show on May 6th on NBC. The show will air later that night at 12:35am ET. While Galactic is NYC, they will also be performing at The Jammys and the after-party at BB Kings.

Upcoming gigs for the G-men included opening up for Widespread Panic and a free show in Knoxville! There are also several Jazz Fest dates in New Orleans.

Jesus, Galactic is playing everywhere in 2008. They recently finished up a tour of Australia. In a couple of months, Galactic heads over to Europe to play shows in the UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria. They also play the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Galactic will also be playing the sumer festival circuit in America with stops at Summerfest, Outside Lands Festival, Sunshine Daydream, City Stages, Mountain Jam, and Wakarusa.

Here are their upcoming schedule...
Galactic Tour Dates

April 15, 2008
Headliners Music Hall
Louisville, KY
with Boots Riley (of The Coup) and
Special Guest Salvador Santana Band

April 16, 2008
Murphy Center
Murpheesboro, TN
Opening for Widespread Panic

April 17, 2008
Sundown in The City
Knoxville, TN
featuring Boots Riley (of The Coup)
This is a free show!

April 18, 2008
The Library
Oxford, MS
featuring Boots Riley (of The Coup)

April 19, 2008
New Daisy Theatre
Memphis, TN
featuring Boots Riley (of The Coup)
with Special Guest Salvador Santana Band

April 26, 2008
Tipitina's Uptown
New Orleans, LA
featuring Lateef the Truth Speaker

May 1, 2008
Riverboat Creole Queen
New Orleans, LA
With Forgotten Souls Brass Band

May 2, 2008
Tipitina's Uptown
New Orleans, LA
with Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5)

May 4, 2008
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, LA
with Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5)

May 7, 2008
The Jammys
Theater at Madison Square Garden
with Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5)

May 7, 2008
The Jammys After Party
BB King Blues Club
New York, NY
with Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5)

May 30, 2008
Mountain Jam Festival
Hunter, NY

June 6, 2008
Wakarusa Festival
Lawrence, KS
With Lateef the Truthspeaker

June 12, 2008
The Bottling Company
Hattiesburg, MS

June 13, 2008
City Stages Music & Arts Festival
Birmingham, AL

June 21, 2008
Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival
Norfolk, VA

June 29, 2008
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
With Lateef the Truthspeaker

July 4, 2008
Les Eurockeennes de Belfort
Bavilliers, France
Featuring Lyrics Born and Boots Riley (of The Coup)

July 5, 2008
Rock Werchter
Werchter, Belgium
Featuring Lyrics Born and Boots Riley (of The Coup)

July 6, 2008
O2 Wireless Festival
London, England
With Lyrics Born and Boots Riley (of The Coup)

July 16, 2008
Montreaux Jazz Cafe
Montreaux, Switzerland
With Lyrics Born and Boots Riley (of The Coup)
Free show!

July 18, 2008
Nuke Festival
St. Pölten, Austria
With Lyrics Born and Boots Riley (of The Coup)

July 19, 2008
Gurtenfestival
Berne, Switzerland
Featuring Lyrics Born and Boots Riley (of The Coup)

July 26, 2008
Fuji Rock Festival
Niigata, Japan
Featuring Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) and Boots Riley (of The Coup)

August 9, 2008
Sunshine Daydream Music Festival Park
Terra Alta, WV

August 22-24, 2008
Friday - Sunday
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
San Francisco, CA
Galactic's Crescent City Soul Krewe
Here's a video of Galactic (with Lyrics Born) from their performance at The Jimmy Kimmel Song...


Photo credit: Greg Aiello

Today in Phishtory: 4.16.04 Las Vegas


Fishman's special musical suit
Phish 4.16.04 Las Vegas, NV

Set 1: Seven Below, Rock & Roll > Boogie On Reggae Woman, Back on the Train > Possum, Strange Design, Gumbo, Brian & Robert, Taste

Set 2: Gotta Jibboo > Twist, Camel Walk, Wilson, HYHU > Love You > HYHU, Waves, Life Boy, Silent in the Morning > The Horse, Loving Cup

Encore: Harry Hood
Download/listen to 4.16.04 (couresty of Phishows.com)

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And yes, I was at this show as well. Here were my originally notes that I posted on Tao of Pauly four years ago...
Boogie On Phish... Vegas Night 2

The cow-funk has morphed into the desert funk. That was the better show out of the two!

The first set was one of the best first sets I have ever seen. Not one song that I did not to want to hear. I sat five rows behind Page and my section was very cool. Some Chicago heads and a couple of cool folks from Southern & Northen California. Met one surfer dude from Redondo Beach who kept calling me, "Pauly Braugh!" I met an older Phishy chick from San Fran named Sandy, who hooked me up with some pharmies. She called Gumbo!

The signs I saw hung up on the rafters...
1. Fluffhead
2. Funkify Your Life!
3. Tela
4. Play Fluffhead for us newlyweds.
5. The G-Spot
I got there three hours earlier and snagged a great seat. First set was unreal. Rock & Roll is my favorite Velvet Underground tune and Page rocked it out and Mike went off on Boggie On, high funk action on that song. Man, Phish brought the desert funk to everyone.

Possum was high energy and a crowd pleaser. Strange Design was a lovely Page song and Senor's favorite Phish song... the one song he puts on all the mix tapes he made for girls he really liked. And Gumbo was sick! The girl next to me called it... the jam out of Taste was one of the best I have seen in some time. The boys were on and the venue cleaned up the sound compared to the first night.

I called Gotta Jibboo opener. The Twist > Jam was freaky and funky something I'm calling the Vegas Jam. Camel Walk was unexpected. Crowd pleaser = Wilson. Fishman was doing freaky stuff during Love You, with his musical suit. Waves is one of my favorite songs from Round Room. I love Trey's noodling on Waves. Life Boy, Horse > Silent.... equals old school Phish. I was pretty fucked up at that point. Then the boys jammed out a killer Loving Cup.

Hood closer was a sweet, sweet, sweet closer. I went home happy.

Mike was the MVP. Page impressed me on Rock & Roll. And Trey ripped the shit out of Taste.
I listened to the show since then and it wasn't as great as I originally thought. I was on definitely on some good shit that night, and might have still be loopy when I wrote the mini-review. Trey had some heady Oxy jams in Waves.

Photo credit: Jay Blakesberg

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Scarlett Johansson Album Cover


I'd like to lay my head in between Scarlet's breasts.

That's a play on words. Anyway, only the cover to her much anticipated debut album "Anywhere I Lay My Head" consisting of Tom Waits covers was released a couple of weeks ago. Nothing special or too revealing.

We'll be eagerly awaiting her CD when it arrives on May 20th.

Here's another photo of Scarlet...


And before I go, here's Scarlet singing Brass in Pocket in a scene from Lost in Translation...

Headcount Documentary


I recently watched the Headcount Documentary on iClips. At first glance we thought that our own Strawberry Shortcake was seen hugging and bouncing around with Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits at Langerado. You can see her brief cameo at 6:08 of part 3 titled Everybody's On Board. So was it a Strawberry Shortcake sighting? See for yourself.

Our friends over at Live Music Blog have posted more in depth coverage of the documentary. Check it out!

The Joker's Posters: Radiohead, Houston 2001


Radiohead 2001 by Uncle Charlie 12x28


As you know, Radiohead is one of my favorite bands and this is one of my favorite posters. It is from the Houston show in 2001 (tour opener) but I also went to see them at Red Rocks 2 days later so for me it is a poster from both shows. Here are the setlists:

June 18, 2001, Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavillion, Houston TX
National Anthem, Morning Bell, Lucky, My Iron Lung, Knives Out, Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box, Bones, Exit Music (For a Film), No Surprises, Dollars and Cents, Karma Police, I Might Be Wrong, Pyramid Song, Paranoid Android, Idioteque, Everything In Its Right Place
E1: You And Whose Army?, Street Spirit (Fade Out), Climbing Up The Walls, How To Disappear
E2: Talk Show Host, The Bends

June 20, 2001 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver CO
National Anthem, Morning Bell, Lucky, Karma Police, Exit Music, Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box, Airbag, Permanent Daylight, No Surprises, Dollars and Cents, Fake Plastic Trees, I Might Be Wrong, Pyramid Song, Paranoid Android, Idioteque, Everything In Its Right Place
E1: Bones, Street Spirit, You And Whose Army?, How To Disappear
E2: Talk Show Host, My Iron Lung


For all of you out there who have been lucky enough to get tickets through the Radiohead web site for the 2008 tour: You will not be disappointed. You lucky bastards.

I lucked out and got 4 tickets in the "pit" for the Houston show through W.A.S.T.E. It was fucking amazing. I had seen Radiohead 4 times before in the late '90s but nothing compared to this experience. 6/18/01 Radiohead is a top 5 all time concert for me, EVER. I am saying that almost 7 years later and that is saying a lot.
But it makes sense- I was on the rail in the pit for the tour opener. I was just blown away.

Those of you that have seen Radiohead know what I am talking about, and those of you that are going to see them this summer for the first time- get ready for a ride. There was so much energy coming from Thom and Johnny. That night I got a man crush on Ed- he is just fucking cool. I remember almost every song from this show...the excitement of the bassline for "The National Anthem" opener...the red lights washing over us during "Lucky"...the tension/release of "My Iron Lung"...the quiet beauty and stillness of 20,000 people during "Exit Music"..."Karma Police"> "I Might Be Wrong"> "Pyramid Song"> "Paranoid Android"> "Idioteque"> "Everything In Its Right Place"> end of set one ::head explodes::

After the Houston show we stayed with some friends in town and then drove back to Dallas. I got on a plane to Denver and met up with my friend Jeff. We saw Radiohead at Red Rocks on Wednesday night and then saw Widespread Panic that Friday and Saturday. As a sidenote, it was quite interesting to see a band as tight as Radiohead play just a few days before seeing a band as loose as Panic. Different worlds.

Radiohead at Red Rocks was an equally amazing experience. Everyone should get to see their favorite band at Red Rocks, need I explain? For you setlist nerds out there (I am one of them) you can compare the 2 nights and see that the setlists are similar but different. If you know the songs well you can see the flow of the songs in the set and placement of similar album/eras of songs. At Red Rocks I got to hear "Permanent Daylight" which was a big treat for me.

I like the art on this poster. Sometimes when I look at this poster I get annoyed that it does not have the year on it. I have to think about which year it was- but I also kind of like it that way. Radiohead has been one of my favorite bands to listen to and see live for over 10 years and I hope it continues for many years to come. Maybe it is appropriate the year is not on the poster after all.

This poster was bought from the artist at some street fair in Dallas in the summer of 2001. It was custom framed in 2002 (along with Bumbershoot) as a gift from Mom.