Monday, November 30, 2009

YEM (You Enjoy Myself)- Albany 11/28/09



Part I: Big Red ditches his Languedoc and gets his groove on while Mike Solo's during YEM about the 8:30 mark of this video shot from the front row.



Vocal Jam: Going Crazy, Blah Blah Blah, Pick it up put it down, Pick it up. Put it down.

Fall Tour Update: Albany Recap & Setlists

If you're just getting settled into work today after a long holiday weekend, let's keep you up to date with Phish tour and some quick links...
2009 Fall Tour Setlists
Cincy Friday (Night 1) Review by Mr. Fabulous
Friday Albany by Dr. Pauly
Saturday Albany: Seven Ghost by Dr. Pauly
Fluffhead Crowd Video
Page's Coil Solo Video
Albany Photos
And don't forget, you can always read what we tweet'd over the weekend over at @CoventryMusic.

After catching both Albany shows, I skipped the Portland show, but I'll be on the rest of the tour starting with MSG on Wednesday.

Syracuse Highlight Video

thanks to @YEMblog for the link...

Phish Syracuse Highlight Reel from keith Adams on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Phish Portland 11/29/09 Setlist



None of the Coventry Crew will be at the show tonight, but I'll be sure to pass on important links and info as they come along. Seems like Phish has been playing better and better each night...lets see what happens in Maine.

LIVE STREAM (lower quality than recent)

Phish, Portland Maine Cumberland County Civic Center 11/29/2009

Set I: Possum > Down w Disease, Nellie Kane, Weigh, When The Circus Comes, Kill Devil Falls, Water in the Sky, Stash, Meat> Undermind, Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug

Set II: MOMA Dance > Rock and Roll > Light > Crimes of the Mind > Pebbles and Marbles > 2001 > Golgi Apparatus > Cavern > Antelope

E: Free Bird*, Carini > Waste

*A capella

Show Recap: Saturday Albany - Seven Ghost

Show #181. The second night of Albany will forever be known as the Seven Below > Ghost Jam Session.

We parked in one of the darkened lots by the sketchy bus station near Shakedown Street. Perfect place to do a heroin deal during off-hours, but during that 48-hour stretch the area was invaded by Phisheads and their naughty habits such as public urination, wearing ironic t-shirts, and deviant usage of nitrous oxide. The parking decks housed the tanks as hissing sounds echoed from above. A couple of policemen rode horses down the street but for the most part they stayed away from the mayhem.

Shakedown expanded by 10-20% from Friday night and as per usual, the narrow walkway was packed. A few entrepreneurs took advantage of the nippy weather and hawked wool hats and gloves. One guy set up a hot chocolate stand for $2 while a wook held out a bottle of Jager and offered swigs for a buck. Plenty of ganja goodies for sale. I was offered DMT the night before and the marketplace was over-saturated with molly on Saturday. A couple of guys were pushing doses but they looked like undercover cops. I raged on some lot food including a zesty garlic grilled cheese. One older hippie was trying to sell some sort of ganja-icing that I assume you put on cinnamon rolls and cupcakes.

"You only need a tablespoon to change your world," he promised.

Mostly everyone was looking for tickets under $30. I bumped into a scalper and he offered to buy IronGirl's extra (206 section) for $20. He said he was selling all of his tickets at face including a couple of 100 level. He showed me a thick stack of 20-30 tickets. It looked like he was ready to take a bath after the Phish ticket market bubble imploded. We knew that it would be tough to get face for our extra. Luckily we found someone who offered us $40. No hassle. No haggling. No problem.

We had tickets on the side of the stage again but not as close as we were the previous night. I was pumped to be raging on Page side. As our section filled up it was very evident that we were hanging out with hardcore drinkers. That would set the tone for the evening.

Rowdy. Drunkards. Feisty.

One young girl sitting next to IronGirl was already sloshed and slurring her words when she took her seat. She was already pounding a beer when she returned a few minutes later with three beers which she carefully lined up on the floor in front of her. That's a blatant display of hardcore alcoholism and devotion to Phish. She loved the band so much that she didn't want to miss any of the music, but knew that it was gonna take her three beers to get through the first set. Chicks from upstate New York know how to party.
11/28/09 Albany, NY

Set I: Party Time, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Uncle Pen, Sanity, Foam, Walk Away, NICU, Alaska, Split Open and Melt, Joy, Vultures, Backwards Down The Number Line

Set II: Seven Below > fry my brian jam > Ghost > kick me in the nuts jam > Cool It Down, Gotta Jibboo, Let Me Lie, Wolfman's Brother > Julius

E: You Enjoy Myself
Just when I thought I was too critical about the band's performance on Friday,... I quickly stood my ground after the first set on Saturday. I had high expectations for Phish because I knew they could play better -- regardless of their song selection. The second set on Friday and first set on Saturday reminded me of the high octane brand of Phish that the boys were capable of delivering something more significant than Friday's sloppy jizzfest.

The first set on Saturday included a healthy balance of newer songs from Joy and 3.0 jam sessions for heads in thirst of novel material. Meanwhile, the boys tossed out a couple of bustout covers, Uncle Pen and Walk Away, which catered to the jaded veterans. I dug it but was happy to hear a tighter sounding band from the night before.

Somewhere in the middle of Walk Away everything sort of clicked and Phish had finally hit their groove -- similar to the magic they were unleashing in Cincy. Although I didn't necessarily dig the song selection for the remainder of the set -- they quality of playing was top notch. To me, that's how I can tell if a band is on or not -- if they can win me over with a song that I'm on the fence about. OK, they couldn't keep my attention during Joy. I hit the head and attempted to buy a beer, but it seemed as though everyone else had a similar plan and the beer lines were backed up.

I almost got dinged in the head with an empty beer bottle at the end of set break. Good thing I stood up at the moment the bottle plummeted from the upper deck. My section also smelled like puke. I couldn't help but wonder if one of the drunks in the adjacent rows couldn't hold their mud and yaked up in the middle of Vultures?

I expected the second set to kick my ass but never saw it coming. And by "it" I mean the 50-minute span that left me speechless and made me wet my pants. As I explained to IronGirl, the Seven Below > Ghost and their ensuing jams were the primary reason why I went to see Phish -- and more importantly, why I dropped everything I was doing and traveled long distances and spent more money than I should on a single show. You never know what you're going to get. And in that case, you never know where Phish is going to take you ... and drop you off.

It's a different experience for different people. Even for me, it varies from show to show. But it's been a while since Phish beamed me back onto the Mothership. Sometimes you close your eyes and drift off... sometimes you break on through to that other side. Sometimes you get transported to the other side of the universe. Other times you get sucked into a black hole and are trapped in suffocating alleys inside your brain. That's the brute power of music... it transports you places that are not of this world, in this realm, and in this consciousness. Most spiritual people have to pray and meditate for hours to achieve that. Some druggies ingest different herbs and chemicals in order to transform their minds. For Phish, you simply have to allow yourself to be swept away (sometime it's easier with mind altering substances which help you cut those anchors which have been holding you down) with the music.

I lost myself twice on Saturday; during the Seven Below dissonance jam and the other time with the Ghost jam. I was so faaaaaaaaaaded during Seven Below that I almost face-planted into the row in front of me during an out-of-body experience. I had let everything go and got dragged around by the melodies. Luckily I caught myself at the right time and snapped out of my trance just as Fishman was pushing the boys towards Ghost.

And the Ghost trip? Shit. That's too heavy to describe. The Mothership metaphor is the best that I can do. Plus I wasn't even on psychedelics, which is why I was initially perplexed when I got snatched away for a few minutes. It had been a while but man, I was so happy to be back to "that" place. If you've been there, then you understand what I'm talking about. And if you don't, then I hope you get pulled down the rabbit hole one day and get to see it for yourself.

The jam out of Ghost into Cool It Down came out of nowhere. It was one of my favorite songs on Loaded and Phish preferred to play other Velvet Underground covers. Since Shoreline, Phish looked as though they scaled back the frequency of Rock and Roll and opted for Oh Sweet Nuthin'. Pleasant surprise to hear Cool It Down but it seemed as though Trey was teasing Gotta Jibboo and no one could figure out how to properly segued into it so they abruptly ended Cool It Down and started Jibboo. Sloppy, but it didn't matter. Trey did everything possible to keep the frenetic energy going.

The last three songs? Smoking as expected. There was one of those peak-crowd moments during Julius that was similar to Fluffhead from the night before. But I'm afraid those moments will be overlooked by the Seven Ghost Jams.

I could write on and on and on about the first hour of the second set of Saturday Albany, but what's the point? Go listen for yourself...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Phish Albany 11/28/09 Setlist

photo by @unolker - encore break

Dr. Pauly and Irongirl are on the scene...be sure to follow along @coventrymusic on twitter.

Last night there were multiple streams and I suspect there will be tonight. The best sounding stream comes from Joephus0311, but video is not always the best. The design now is to listen to the audio stream from Joephus0311, then mute the other streams but watch the action from multiple angles at Hoodstream.com or Phishtwit.com

Phish, Albany NY 11/28/09

Set I: Party Time, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Uncle Pen, Sanity, Foam, Walk Away NICU, Alaska, Split Open and Melt, Joy, Vultures, Backwards Down The Number Line

Set II: Seven Below > fry my brian jam* > Ghost > kick me in the nuts jam* > Cool It Down > Gotta Jibboo, Let Me Lie, Wolfman's Brother > Julius

E: You Enjoy Myself

*Biggest Jams of Fall Tour So Far, Maybe all of 3.0
last "Uncle Pen" - 7/11/00
last "Cool It Down" - 7/29/03

Dr. Pauly captured a couple of videos from his Crackberry:

Albany Videos: Page Solo - Squirming Coil

Page. Coil. Solo.


I shot this last night. Page raging it up.

Albany Videos: Crowd Reaction During Fluffhead

I shot this from behind the stage during Fluffhead. Kinda cool to see what Phish sees when they play...

Show Recap: Friday Albany


My 180th show. I went with IronGirl. She's like my big sister and this was just her second Phish show. She's like many Deadheads who were a little slow to embrace Phish, but finally came around and loving every second of the Phish experience. When I lived in Seattle in the late 1990s, I successfully converted many Deadheads who finally believed me when I said that it's not just Trey noodling... but rather it's intense and beautiful music. I enticed a few more Deadheads to join the tribe during 2.0 and IronGirl was one of the last converts to join the mix during the breakup.

IronGirl was cool enough to let me crash at her digs outside Albany and pick me up at the train station. I decided to Amtrak it from NYC to Albany. Only $50, but I'm a baller and paid the extra $20 to ride in business class... away from the unwashed masses, wooks, and screaming babies. Plus, the business class section had power outlets which allowed me to fire up my laptop and play online poker during the majestic ride along the Hudson River.

IronGirl met me at the train station with a "McGrupp" sign. We settled in and headed downtown to grab dinner at Jonathan's on Pearl Street a few blocks from the venue. Good pizza and chicken parms. Shakedown was down the street near the parking decks. We parked inside and wandered outside to check out the scene. Shakedown was small -- but compact. It was cold and windy, which meant a few vendors hawked hippie woolen hats and gloves.

I ran into a cutie named Holly from California who was hawking the "Keep Trey Sober" Tahoe stickers at 3 for $5. BBQ chicken sandwiches were going for $5 and kids with wicked Boston accents were selling PBR cans for a buck. I saw the new Moma Dance shirts. I dig the red Tweezer/Twizzler shirts and almost bought an Ocelot shirt.

I also stepped on a tourdog's tail but did not see too many wooks roaming around. Low wook factor in Albany. It's too cold for shoeless wooks.

The police's makeshift observation tower was a bit scary, ominous, and something out of the Gulag. They had full surveillance of Shakedown Street from high in the sky. I noticed it, but a few heads were to spun out to look up and see that they were being watched and possibly filmed. The tanks were scattered in the parking decks. When it started drizzling, we headed into the decks to warm up near the car and watch the scene unfold. The tanks were located on an upper level so we watched dozens of phans wasted on hippie crack stumble down the ramp desperately clutching their green and red balloons. A guy dressed up like Jerry Garcia (wig and beard) asked me where the tanks were. I pointed up and said, "Listen to the music play."

We walked in the venue with a minimal patdown. We had seats in the second row right behind the stage. The hearing in my left ear is on the fritz after seeing over a thousand loud shows/bands/concerts in my life so I didn't mind the minimal sound set up behind the stage. I was excited to see Phish from a different perspective. In short, I got to see what Phish sees. And because of where we sat, I witnessed a truly spectacular moment.
Phish 11/27/09 Albany, NY

Set I: AC/DC Bag, Maze, Driver, My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own, Gumbo, Bouncing Around the Room, It's Ice, Two Versions of Me, Timber (Jerry the Mule), Limb By Limb, Cavern, Light

Set II: My Friend My Friend, My Friend My Friend> Golden Age, On Your Way Down, Fluffhead, Piper> Tomorrow's Song, Prince Caspian, Harry Hood, Suzy Greenberg, The Squirming Coil, I Been Around

Encore: Fire
AC/DC Bag was the standard opener. Safe, but it got the crowd to their feet. Maze ripped it up and kept everyone reeling. Page's solo had me smiling ear to ear. But the boys lost momentum with slower songs Driver and MMGAMOIO. I had not seen MMGAMOIO this time around. I tweet'd that it reminded me of a 1999 show. I caught them play it once during 2.0 era -- maybe in Deer Creek.

Phish saved the set for me with one of my five favorite Phish songs, Gumbo, but then lost me with Bouncin'. If I had to pee, I would have, but I didn't. I have a new CrackBerry so I checked my email instead during Bouncin' and read Phisheads' reactions to the Albany show on Twitter.

At that point, I felt the crowd was a bit tame and mellow. Lack of good drugs? Everyone was excited but not in a shitfaced frenzy. Maybe on Saturday night everyone will be lit up like Christmas. But on Friday, I think everyone was still shaking off getting stuffed on Thanksgiving.

I was sorta bored until a bong-rattling Timber Ho! caught my attention. It was fun to watch Fishman play during Limb by Limb. I have been most critical of Fishman in the 3.0 era, but he's finally back into form despite the man boobs and spare tire he's carrying around under his muumuu. I told IronGirl to keep an eye on Fish during Limb by Limb. That's one of the songs where he really gets to showcase his vast drumming skills. Trey once said that Fish was the equivalent of three African drummers, and Fish finally lived up to Trey's billing.

Cavern might have been the crowd highlight of the first set. Everyone in my section was jumping up and down like little kids. Even the drunk DMB chick from Boston shut up during the song. She was annoying the shit out of me during the first set and yapping the entire time. I wanted to kick her in the boobs, but I don't condone violence towards women, even drunken Dave Matthew fans.

Light was an unexpected bonus song that they tacked onto the first set. They could have ended with Cavern but we got an extra treat -- which really helped solidify what could have been the weakest set of the fall tour. I was not impressed with the song selection, and the songs that I didn't necessarily want to hear were average versions so they didn't win me over with Two Versions of Me and Light. I was spoiled with the sizzling Gorge version of Light, and every version since then has been sub par.

There were many key moments in the first set including the Page jam on Maze along with Gumbo, Timber Ho, and Cavern. Since I could see the entire crowd, I sensed that they were antsy and wanted more.

I expected a smoking second set and the boys delivered. My Friend was a tasty opener, but they threw everyone a curveball with a TV on the Radio cover of Golden Age. I knew it was a a first time played tune, but couldn't put my finger on the song. Back in the Luddite days of 1999 tour, it would take a couple of hours -- heck a couple of days -- before I figured out the origins of that song. With the Phish nerds sitting at home listening to the live streams and religiously refreshing Twitter, I was able to confirm that Golden Age was indeed a TV on the Radio tune by the time Phish finished playing it. The Joker and BTreotch were texting me their reactions at home.

That moment reminded me about the magic of Phish 3.0... the technology has opened up the ability for the music to reach thousands of more people who can't make the show. I even listened to the Cincy shows while I was on vacation in the jungle of Costa Rica last weekend. Sometimes the live streams are spotty. But, that technology will improve over the upcoming months and I hope Phish offers up an official live stream in 2010. Shit, I'd pay $100 for the entire tour if they created something of that sort. Have all donations go to WaterWheel or the Vermont Youth Orchestra.

Moving on...

Phish threw in On Your Way Down for a one-two punch with cover songs. Then it happened. The moment we had all been waiting for... Fluffhead.

As soon as I heard the opening notes, I tweet'd... Fluffhead of all Fluffheads to save the show. Boy, was I right. The crowd exploded into a collective orgasm. I had to check my pants to make sure I didn't not leave any semen streaks. I had not seen that much frenzied and kinetic energy at a show since the first night in Hampton. The crowd were patiently wading through the fluff in the first set until Phish stopped driving in cruise control like your grandmother on the freeway and let it rip like a NASCAR driver. They floored the accelerator for the rest of the show and did not let up.

That's why I travel long distances to see the Phish.

As we stood behind the stage, I could see what Phish saw... the explosion. The orgy. Grown men crying. Women furiously rubbing their genital areas. Wookies spazzing out in the aisles. Tour dogs howling in the parking lot. Night and day from the first set. How could Phish not feed off that abundance of incandescent energy?

Piper > Tomorrow's Song sent chills down my spine. They had redeemed that blah first set. Caspian was a bit rushed, but solid. At the end of the song during Page's solo, I kept a close eye on Trey. Like a QB at the line of scrimmage, he surveyed the rabid defense (the drooling crowd) and called an audible. He shouted, "Hood!" to Mike. Mike took three steps to Fish's kit and leaned in. "Hood," said Mike as he smiled and unleashed a dirty-funkified bass intro to Harry Hood.

Trey wanted to keep up the insanity and I watched in amazement as he called a second audible... Suzy. Yep, the boys were not fuckin' around. Even Coil was mesmerizing. Trey, Mike, and Fish left the stage for Page's solo at the end of Coil. Except that Page kept going and going and did not stop pecking away at the ivory keys. He solo'd for almost three minutes. The band returned to the stage which confused everyone. Was that the encore? Trey and Page engaged in some banter which set up I Been Around. I was pumped to see Phish end their second set focusing on Page. They took a bow, rushed off stage, and returned for the encore. Since it was Jimi Hendrix's birthday, Trey gave us his best Jimi-imitation and shred Fire to pieces.

And in a flash... the second set was over. The adage fits... time flies when you're having fun. I did not drink a sip of booze or jump down the rabbit hole in a sea of psychedelics during the show. I was faded though, super faded. I had not been that wasted on Percs in a very long time. I was so faded that I felt like Trey in Vegas in 2004. Luckily IronGirl is clean and sober these days so she was able to take on designated driver duties -- which is part of the reason why I wandered deep off the reservation.

To recap my recap... chilly weather, mellow shakedown and an even mellower crowd. Blah song selection in the first set with many highlights (Maze, Gumbo, Timber, Cavern) and a second set which knocked me on my ass. IronGirl had a blast and she was getting down and grooving for most of the night. She really wanted to hear Harry Hood, so I know that excitement that bubbles through your body when Phish plays a song that you're dying to hear.

I went into the Albany shows with high expectations -- which is never good because that leads to disappointment. I'm wiping everything clean tonight and going in with an open mind. I think the crowd was well aware of the previous five shows including the ragers in Cincy, so they too had raised the bar for Phish. Plus, in the past, I had never seen a bad Phish show at the old Knickerbocker Arena > Pepsi Arena. Some of my favorite Phish shows (all time) occurred in 199 and 2000 at Albany. They say that you should never miss a Cincy show, but as an East Coaster, I always felt... never miss an Albany show. The second set was why that's so true.

One Albany show down... one more to go.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Phish 11/27/09 Albany Setlist



Photos by @mdubno

photo by @ericwyman


Be sure to follow the updates- Dr. Pauly is updating the @coventrymusic twitter, quality updates from Scotty B at @YemBlog, and I must say the Live Stream sounds pretty good (relatively speaking)at Jamtopia

Phish 11/27/09 Albany, NY

Set I: AC/DC Bag, Maze, Driver, My Mind's Got A Mind of Its Own, Gumbo, Bouncin', Its Ice, Two Versions of Me, Timber Ho!, Limb x Limb, Cavern > Light

Set II: My Friend, My Friend > Golden Age*$, On Your Way Down, Fluffhead > Piper > Tomorrow's Song*, Prince Caspian > Harry Hood > Suzy Greenberg > Squirming Coil#

E: I've Been Around
E2: Fire

*First Time Played
$TV On The Radio Cover
#Trey, Mike, Fishman leave, Page solo, they come back, Trey: "where ya been?" Page: "I've been around a while...."

Phish Setlists - 2009 Fall Tour

Phish is playing 13 shows for their 2009 Fall Tour...


11/18/09 - Cobo Center, Detroit MI

Set I: AC/DC Bag, Foam, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Bouncin, Sample In A Jar, Kill Devil Falls, Its Ice > Horn, Mountains In The Mist, Poor Heart > 46 Days, David Bowie

Set II: Runaway Jim, Down With Disease > Free, Waste, Taste, Bug, Velvet Sea, Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Cavern

Encore: Character Zer0

* * * * *

11/20/09 - U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

Set I: Chalkdust Torture, MOMA Dance, Divided Sky, Alaska, Water in the Sky, Fast Enough for You, TTE, Gotta Jibboo > Fluffhead

Set II: PYITE, Tweezer, Light, Back on the Train, Possum, Slave, YEM

Encore: Joy, Golgi, Tweezer Reprise

* * * * *

11/21/09 - U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

Set I: Wilson, NICU, Wolfman's Brother, Ocelot, Torn & Frayed, Strange Design, Ginseng Sullivan, Albuquerque, Split Open & Melt, Dirt, Limb by Limb, Antelope

Set II: Rock & Roll > Ghost > If I Could, Backwards Down the Number Line > Prince Caspian, Suzy Greenberg > 2001, Squirming Coil

Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Axilla I

* * * * *

11/22/09 - War Memorial, Syracuse, NY

Set I: David Bowie, Julius, Sparkle, Kill Devil Falls, Lawn Boy, Heavy Things, Funky Bitch, Sample in a Jar, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Let Me Lie, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Stash

Set II: Drowned > Twist, Piper > Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars, Tube, Theme From The Bottom, Maze, Horse > Silent In The Morning, Character Zero, First Tube

E: Good Times Bad Times

* * * * *

11/24/09 Wachovia Center - Philadelphia PA

Set I: Chalk Dust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Cities > Camel Walk, The Curtain, The Wedge > MoMA Dance, Reba, Golgi Apparatus, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan

Set II: Possum > Down with Disease > 20 Years Later > Harry Hood > Mango Song > Mike's Song > Simple > Slave To The Traffic Light > Weekapaug Groove

E: A Day In The Life

* * * * *

11/25/09 Wachovia Center - Philadelphia, PA

Set I: Kill Devil Falls, 46 Days, Sugar Shack, Halley's Comet > Divided Sky, Sleep Again, Ocelot, Train Song, Wilson > Antelope

Set II: Birds of a Feather, Farmhouse, Tweezer, You Enjoy Myself, Esther, Time Turns Elastic, Tweezer Reprise

E: Oh Sweet Nuthin'

* * * * *

11/27/09 - Times Union Center - Albany, NY

Set I: AC/DC Bag, Maze, Driver, My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own, Gumbo, Bouncin', It's Ice, Two Versions of Me, Timber Ho!, Limb By Limb, Cavern, Light

Set II: My Friend My Friend, My Friend My Friend > Golden Age, On Your Way Down, Fluffhead, Piper > Tomorrow's Song, Prince Caspian, Harry Hood, Suzy Greenberg, Squirming Coil, I Been Around

Encore: Fire

* * * * *

11/28/09 - Times Union Center - Albany, NY

Set I: Party Time, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Uncle Pen, Sanity, Foam, Walk Away, NICU, Alaska, Split Open and Melt, Joy, Vultures, Backwards Down The Number Line

Set II: Seven Below > fry my brian jam > Ghost > kick me in the nuts jam > Cool It Down, Gotta Jibboo, Let Me Lie, Wolfman's Brother > Julius

E: You Enjoy Myself

* * * * *

11/29/09 - Cumberland County Civic Center - Portland, ME

Set I: Possum > Down w Disease, Nellie Kane, Weigh, When The Circus Comes, Kill Devil Falls, Water in the Sky, Stash, Meat> Undermind, Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug

Set II: MOMA Dance > Rock and Roll > Light > Crimes of the Mind > Pebbles and Marbles > 2001 > Golgi Apparatus > Cavern > Antelope

E: Free Bird*, Carini, Waste

* * * * *

12/2/09 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Set I: AC/DC Bag > Chalk Dust Torture, Wolfman's Brother, NICU, Ocelot*, Brian & Robert, Poor Heart, Sample In A Jar, Peaches in Regalia#, Divided Sky, Cavern

Set II: Golgi Apparatus > Light > Slave > Tweezer > Joy, Sparkle > Harry Hood > Velvet Sea, Suzy Greenberg, Antelope

E: Day In The Life > Tweeprize

* * * * *

12/3/09 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Set I: Punch You In The Eye, Backwards Down The Number Line, Axilla I > Taste, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stash, Lawn Boy, Time Turns Elastic, Back On The Train, Julius

Set II: Down w/Disease > Piper > Fluffhead, Cities > Free, Halley's Comet > 2001 > David Bowie

E: Character Zero

* * * * *

12/4/09 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Set I: Heavy Things, Possum, Wilson, Kill Devil Falls, Glide, 46 Days, Bouncin', Reba > Dinner and a Movie, Guyute, Maze, First Tube

Set II: Scents and Subtle Sounds > Rock and Roll > Seven Below > Twist > Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Horse > Silent In The Morning, You Enjoy Myself

E: Shine A Light

* * * * *

12/5/09 - John Paul Jones Arena - Charlottesville, VA

Set 1: AC/DC Bag, Chalk Dust Torture, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Divided Sky, Ya Mar, Sneakin' Sally through the Alley, The Old Home Place, Cavern, Funky Bitch, David Bowie, The Wedge, Bold As Love

Set 2: Tweezer > Light > Piper > Free, Sweet Virginia, Harry Hood > Suzy Greenberg, Golgi Apparatus, Antelope

Encore: Loving Cup, Tweezer Reprize

Disco Biscuits Stubbs Video

Check out this HD Video...Its the 1st set from Stubbs in Austin





The Disco Biscuits - Live at Stubb's - Set 1
Free Music Videos at www.roxwel.com

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thank You, Phish


It's Thanksgiving so it's time for us at Coventry to give a hearty, "Thank You" to Phish and their organization. Since the Phish reunion at Hampton in March, we've returned on a magical journey that only Phish can lead us on. For that alone, I'm extremely thankful for the re-emergence of Phish into my life. Over the last year, I reconnected with old friends and made new ones along the way. To quote a lyric we all know... "I feel the feeling I forgot."

For that, I'd like to Thank Phish on behalf of the entire Coventry crew.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Phish Philadelphia 11/25/09 Setlist




Phish, 11/25/09 Philadelphia, PA
Wachovia Center, Night 2

Set I: Kill Devil Falls, 46 Days, Sugar Shack, Halley's Comet > Divided Sky, Sleep Again, Ocelot, Train Song, Wilson > Antelope

Set II: Birds of a Feather, Farmhouse, Tweezer, You Enjoy Myself, Esther, Time Turns Elastic, Tweezer Reprise

E: O Sweet Nuthin'

Live videos by @PBRandPBJ
Kill Devil Falls :30
46 Days Verse :16
Sugar Shack
Halley's Comet>Divided Sky 1:36
Ocelot 2:01
Wilson >Antelope 3:27
Birds 2:05
Birds Jam 1:01
LIVE STREAM - PhishTwit.com

Phish Saves America: 8 to NYE Miami article, cool pics


Meant to post this last week http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2009/11/18/phish-saves-america-looking-back-at-phish-8-in-indio-looking-forward-to-phish-new-years-in-miami/


Muppets Cover Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm grinning ear to ear listening to 11/24/09 Philly but took a break to watch this hilarious video...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Phish Philadelphia 11/24/09 Setlist

Epic show tonight...
Phish, 11/24/09, Philadelphia PA - Wachovia Center




Set I: Chalk Dust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Cities> Camel Walk, The Curtain, The Wedge > MoMA Dance, Reba, Golgi Apparatus, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan

Set II: Possum > Down w Disease > 20 years later > Harry Hood > Mango Song > Mike's Song > Simple > Slave To The Traffic Light > Weekapaug Groove

E: A Day In The Life

live twitter Videos by @PBRandPBJ

Bathtub Gin Verse
Bathtub Gin End
Cities Verse
Cities Funk
The Curtain
The Wedge Verse
Moma Dance
Reba 1
Reba 2
Golgi


LIVE STREAM!



photo by Dave Vann

Mr. Fabulous' Friday Cincy Show Review

Editor's Note: I'm honored that Mr. Fabulous is sharing his review of the Friday Cincy show with us here at Coventry. So without further ado...

Phish Review – U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati – 11.20.09

By Mr. Fabulous

When it comes to Phish, I'm an easy lay. I generally leave every Phish show thinking that it's the best show they've ever played-- a habit due somewhat to my hyperbolic nature but mostly to my status as a 10-show noob. So take what I'm about to say with a grain of salt: The two-night throwdown at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati this weekend was the best live Phish that I have personally witnessed.

Jaded veterans and career haters on PT will no doubt disagree with me. In my defense, I'll present two pieces of supporting evidence: First, the inestimable Mr. Miner at Phish Thoughts, who solemnly declared that Friday night's Set II marked the official beginning of Fall Tour; and the Phish themselves, who let Trey sum up the band's feelings about the weekend when he wrapped up Saturday night by declaring, "We wish we could play here for a week."

Friday night began at the surprisingly chill Shakedown beneath an overpass and across Pete Rose Way from the venue. Cincy's finest were horse-mounted and present in force, but they seemed content to let the wooks mill about in this makeshift internment camp as long as they minded themselves. Mrs. Fabulous, Iggy and I hung back while G-Money disappeared into the shit to scout the available mind-altering wares.

G soon returned bearing three hits of blotter, and dropped two of them. That's the thing about G-Money-- there isn't a plane built that he isn't afraid to jump out of.

After a short, happy detour to Gameday Cafe to throw back a few, we found our seats Pageside just as the house lights went down. What followed was a throwdown with a second set that ranks among the top sets of Phish 3.0.


Pic courtesy of Phish from the Road

After a de rigueur Chalkdust and a short but raging Moma, the first hint that we were in for a special night came during Divided Sky. At the pause, the waves of adulation from the capacity crowd rolled through the Crown and broke in massive whitecaps over the stage. The band milked and milked it, prompting Daddy to later remark that it was the longest Divided Sky pause he had ever witnessed.

By the end of the smoking finish to Alaska-- played, no doubt, in honor of Sarah Palin's visit to our fair city earlier that day-- two facets of Friday's show had come into focus. First, it was clear that 15,000 assorted wookies, tweakers, fairy-winged naifs, crusty vets, cubicle dwellers, career criminals, hippy chicks, clueless noobs and 6-foot tall penguins had come to party. The Crown thundered with palpable energy, and the band was feeding on it. As the audience, we were doing our job-- letting the boys know that as far as we were concerned, it was on.

Second, allow me to introduce a certain Mr. John Fishman. I saw three shows this summer-- Deer Creek and the two Alpine shows, and I have to say that, for the most part, Fish was a non-factor. He's still Fish-- we still love him and want to hold him and pet him and call him George-- but the rumor around the PT troll farm was that Henrietta was going through the motions, that he had lost his chops and couldn't hack it. And although he performed admirably in the shows I saw, I couldn't say that he stood out.

But in Cincy this weekend, Fish was on fucking point. He played with authority, propelling the jams and enabling the band to build towering soundscapes on this firm foundation. I rarely spend much time focusing on Fish, but on Friday I couldn't take my eyes off the guy (no homo).

This was never more apparent than in Friday's TTE, which we all knew we were going to get and which we mostly dreaded. Being a Phish fluffer, it befell to me to defend the song, which I did all night to anyone who would listen. "It's a journey," I said. "You have to get through the pain and suffering of the first ten minutes to enjoy the rebirth of the last five. It's obviously a sonic metaphor for Trey's experiences with rehab."

"Shut the fuck up, fluffer," I was invariably told.

But having said that, I will say this-- the song takes on an entirely different vibe indoors. This summer, it was easy to space out during the early minutes and watch the pretty girls go buy or contemplate the inside of your eyelids. But indoors, TTE confronts you, forces you to bow before it or be destroyed. And by the climax of the song on Friday-- which, aided by CK5's epic lighting, resembled nothing less than Abacab-era Genesis-- we were all believers. TTE pwned us.

We all assumed it the set-ender. But then came a rollicking Jibboo, and we peed our pants a little. By Fluffhead, we had been officially punked out and had our salads tossed.

And that was just set one. During set two, The Crown orgasmed violently, convulsively, and repeatedly-- during the Tweezer that surely stands as the best of 3.0; during Possum, when the writhing, twirling wooks shed their clothes, set their seats on fire and danced naked around the flames; and especially during the YEM, when the building actually achieved liftoff, circled the Carew Tower and dive-bombed Paul Brown Stadium before settling back in for the encore.

At one point I looked over at G-Money, in the midst of his two-hit rollercoaster ride, and saw that he bore the wild-eyed look of a prophet. "Wow!" I said. "Yeah!" He replied. Given his state, it was enough. Iggy had lost his mind. Mrs. Fabulous was quietly bemused. And me? I was just happy to be there.

By the time Reprise opened up a wormhole in the time-space continuum and sent us all plummeting through it, every soul in the venue knew we had seen something special. And judging by the happy grins plastered on the band's faces as they took their bows, they knew it too.

So pay no attention to the haters, the trolls or the sourpusses. Phish is back and playing better than they've played in ten years. Those of you with tickets to upcoming shows are in for a treat. Revel in it, roll around in it, get filthy with it. If you give the boys the level of adulation that we gave them in the 'Nati, then I assure you that they will respond in kind.

Mr. Fabulous is a writer from Cincinnati, OH.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Festival 8 Posters

Somehow I left Festival 8 without a poster...but my buddy Corey at Furthur Frames has a few pieces that he framed recently...check em out.



And here is another Red Rocks...


The posters from Fall Tour have been looking cool too. If you have a Festival 8 poster I am looking - and if you have some unframed art, contact Corey at Furthur Frames.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Phish Setlist: Syracuse 11/22/09




After consecutive nights of smoking the shit out of Cincy, the boys are back in Fishman's neck-of-the-woods...
11/22/09 Phish - Syracuse, NY

Set I: David Bowie, Julius, Sparkle, Kill Devil Falls, Lawn Boy, Heavy Things, Funky Bitch, Sample in a Jar, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Let Me Lie, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Stash

Set II: Drowned > Twist, Piper > Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars, Tube, Theme From The Bottom, Maze, The Horse > Silent In The Morning, Character Zero, First Tube

E: Good Times Bad Times
Click here for the live stream. The folks at Jamtopia are doing tonight's stream.





Saturday, November 21, 2009

Phish Setlist: Cincy 11/21/09 - Saturday

photo by @iggylicious


The Phish are playing their second of two nights in the Queen City...
11/22/09 Phish - Cincinnati, OH

Set 1: Wilson, NICU, Wolfman's Brother, Ocelot, Torn & Frayed, Strange Design, Ginseng Sullivan, Albuquerque, Split Open & Melt, Dirt, Limb by Limb, Antelope

Set 2: Rock n Roll > Ghost > If I Could, Backwards Down the Number Line> Prince Caspian, Suzy Greenberg >2001, Squirming Coil

E: Sleeping Monkey, Axilla I

Click here for a live stream from Bonnaboobs.

photo by HippyMama

Michael Marantz Festival 8 Video

The wookie sent us this link...

Phish - Festival 8

"This is a photo animation I made of the Phish Festival 8 over October 30th - November 1st. This work features music from the festival. This whole video is comprised of still photos that have been strung together. Hope you enjoy!"

- Michael Marantz

Phish - Festival 8 (long cut) from Michael Marantz on Vimeo.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Phish Setlist: Cincy 11/20/09



Several of our friends are at the show...
11/20/09 Phish - Cincinnati, OH

Set 1: Chalkdust Torture, MOMA Dance, Divided Sky, Alaska, Water in the Sky, Fast Enough for You, TTE, Gotta Jibboo > Fluffhead

Set 2: PYITE, Tweezer, Light, Back on the Train, Possum, Slave, YEM

Encore: Joy, Golgi, Tweezer Reprise

Thursday, November 19, 2009

46 Days Jam + Kuroda Light Show

Pretty cool video of CK5 working his magic during the 46 Days Jam in Detroit last night...

Miami: Where You Staying?



Open Thread: Where are you staying for Miami? The Coventry Crew is going to be there, we are looking for something interesting - a Condo or House rental for the week...any suggestions? Anyone out there with an uncle Sal that wants us to watch his house for the week of Dec 27-Jan 2?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Phish Detroit 11/18/09



Phish opens fall tour tonight in Detroit. Im in Denver; Dr. Pauly is in Costa Rica...im following along on twitter @yemblog and @thebutterroom.

Stream at Bonnaboobs!!!

Phish 11/18/09
Cobo Center, Detroit MI

Set I: AC/DC Bag, Foam, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Bouncin' Around The Room, Sample In A Jar, Kill Devil Falls, Its Ice > Horn, Mountains In The Mist, Poor Heart > 46 Days(1), David Bowie

Set II: Runaway Jim, Down With Disease(2) > Free, Waste, Taste, Bug, Velvet Sea, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Cavern

E: Character Zer0

(1) trippy lights by Kuroda during funk jam
(2) Dark Jam

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Photo credit: blatantly ripped off from Glide Magazine.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Phish Red Rocks Videos - 7.31.09 Multi Cam

Greg is at it again! Thanks bro...


Click here for the 8.1 videos.

Click here for the 8.2 videos.

JamBands.com interviews Sharon Jones about 8

Pretty cool interview over at JamBands.com with Sharon Jones. Here is a snippet:

"Before the show we had two, three-hour rehearsals and went through the whole album, but they kept changing what they wanted. Trey has so much energy and he’d say, “I want you to do background on this too.” That happened up until the night of the show when they threw in “Suzy Greenberg.” I hadn’t heard “Suzy Greenberg” before that afternoon. We had the rehearsal that day at Noon or 1 PM, so we go into the hotel to get it ready, and I kept going “Saundra, what’s that melody—Suzy, Suzy Greenberg?” It was really fun."

Read the whole interview here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Beck: Record Club

Record Club: Skip Spence "Little Hands" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.



We're 5 months into the Record Club project now, and it's time for our third installment.

This one took place last June when Wilco was in town for the release of their new eponymous album. They came by after a long day filming a TV appearance and still managed to put down 8 songs with us. Jamie Lidell was in the studio with me working on his new record. Leslie Feist happened to be in town editing her documentary and heard we were all getting together. Recording took place at Sunset Sound Studios in the room where the Stones did a lot of Exile On Main Street (and looking at the records on the walls it appeared that the Doobie Brothers recorded most of their output there too). Sitting in on drums, we had James Gadson, who's played on most of the Bill Withers records and on songs like 'Express Yourself' and 'I Will Survive.' Jeff Tweedy's son Spencer played played additional drums. Also, Brian Lebarton, from the last two Record Club sessions is back.

The record chosen this time was Skip Spence's 'Oar.' Running sequentially, the first song up is "Little Hands". Our friend Danny Kalb engineered.

For those of you who are wondering what the deal is with this Record Club thing, please read on .

-Beck


I'm currently looking for the download, when I find it (and im sure I will) ill let you know!

Beck - Songs of Leonard Cohen

This time around the group includes Devendra Banhart, Ben, Andrew and Will from MGMT, Andrew from Wolfmother, Binki from Little Joy, and Brian and Bram returning from the first Record Club. For those new to the Record Club, it is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. An album is chosen to be reinterpreted and used as a framework. Nothing rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. As you will hear, some of the songs are rough renditions, often first takes documenting what happened over the course of a day. There is no intention to 'add to' the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren't familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions. 'Songs Of Leonard Cohen' by Leonard Cohen was chosen by Andrew from MGMT. For those interested, our close second choice was Ace Of Base, which we'll keep on the list for next time.

DOWNLOAD

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cool Pins from myfe Designs

The gang myfe Designs created several amazing pins! Check them out..

Reba's Halloween Cauldron

Commemorating the Festival 8 Halloween madness, this pin is a 100% original representation of what Reba was up to this epic weekend. Mixing the old with the new (Reba and Party Time), this pin gets to the essence of Phish 3.0. Having been made and printed months in advance, this pin rocketed to legendary status right off the bat, as the boys opened the weekend with Party Time! What a call! Like the weekend itself, the Cauldron represents a mixture of ingredients slow-cooked together . . . with delicious results. Chock full of song references and hidden features, painstaking detail and the most eccentric shape yet conceived, this pin is truly over-the-top.

Reba's Halloween Cauldron, includes:
-Toxic Waste, Some Purple Paste
-A Forefoot and a Hoof
-An Apple Core, Worms Galore
-Reba’s Ladle ("Reba Dip a Ladle")
-Hidden California with Site Star
-Phish Bubbles Emerging from the Ooze
-"Party Time" in Dripping Glitter Blood

Head over to myfe Designs to buy the pins.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Phish Red Rocks Videos - 8.1.09 Multi Cam

Greg is the man. He uploaded a new playlist for 8/1/09 Red Rocks...

Steely Dan Snow Show

Steely Dan is a guilty pleasure.

Check out Dan's review of the Denver Show when Steely Dan preformed Aja in its entirety.

And here's Steely Dan playing at the Beacon Theatre in NYC from this summer...

Panic Halloween Videos - Come As You Are

While I was tripping my balls off in Indio, friends were checking out Panic's Halloween show in Austin, TX. Here's their cover of Nirvana's Come As You Are...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Phish Red Rocks Videos - 8.2.09 Multi Cam

Thanks to Greg who made this playlist. As per usual, this can be filed under... good shit.

Doc Ellis & The LSD No-No

Doc Ellis threw a no-hitter on LSD in one of my favorite sports stories of all time. Here's a video animating a radio interview that Ellis conducted many years after the fact.


Thanks to Dave R. for the video.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Trey Anastasio's Drug Court Speech

thanks to Rob for the link...

need Radiohead shows?


Live at Glastonbury, June 26, 1994

Live in Toronto, June 6, 1995

Live in Vancouver, April 6, 1998

Live in New York, April 17, 1998

Live in Nijmegen, September 16, 2000

Live in Paris, April 28, 2001

Live in Washington, June 23, 2001

Live In Oxford, July 7, 2001

Live at BBC Studios, June 9, 2001

Live at Blossom, August 8, 2001

Live at Glastonbury, March 7, 2003

Live Acoustic Set at Electric Ladyland Studios, June 4, 2003

Live Acoustic Set in Paris, July 7, 2003

Live at Earl’s Court, Novermber 3, 2003

Live Acoustic Set at Maida Vale Studios, December 8, 2003

Live in Amsterdam, May 9, 2006

Live in Boston, June 5, 2006

Live in Montreal, June 10, 2006

Live at Bonnaroo June 17, 2006

Live in Avenches, Switzerland, August 15, 2006

Live in Atlanta, May 8, 2008

Live in Houston, May 17, 2008

Live in Nimes, June 14, 2008

Live in London, June 24, 2008

Live in Amsterdam, July 1, 2008

Live at Lollapalooza, August 1, 2008

Live At Blossom, August 4, 2008

Live at All Points West, August 9, 2008

Live at Outlands Music Festival, August 22, 2008

Live in Santa Barbara, August 28, 2008

Live in Tokyo, October 7, 2008

Live at Cytadela City Park, Poznan, Poland, August 25, 2009


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

NYE Miami Announced



12/28/09 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL - $50.00 Reserved seating

12/29/09 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL - $50.00 Reserved seating

12/30/09 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL - $50.00 Reserved seating

12/31/09 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL - $60.00 Reserved seating

Request Tickets

Ill be there on 12/31, then getting on the JamCruise boat. Who else will be there?

Bob Lefsetz on Britney Spears and Widespread Panic

"So here’s the part where you tell me what Widespread Panic is missing, how it can be changed into a Goliath, a household word. But the band DOESN’T GIVE A FUCK! Don’t you get it? THEY’RE DOING IT THEIR WAY!"


Thanks to Kane for the link!

Monday, November 09, 2009

The Pickles Downtempo Mix - A Musical Story, Yes



My friend Pickle writes: "My new mix: A Musical Story, Yes, is one of my favorite compilations of music I've put together in a long time. The tracks are set up to digest all at once. So if you get a 80 minute drive, long walk downtown, or just a stroll along the beach or at the park; this is your music. Some of the tracks are from familiar artisits, and some are more eclectic. This is a schmoregasborg of different styles of music, while keeping the same theme: A Musical Story, Yes.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together."

Pickles Mix - A Musical Story, Yes

001. A Musical Story, Yes. - STS9
002. Melt Into The Sun - Random Rab
003. A Nesessary End - Satillo
004. with Rainy eyes - Emancipator
005. Breathing - Bassnectar(w sAyer)
006. Dubuasca - Bassnectar (w Kang)
007. Comfort Zone - General Fuzz
008. Sofa Rockers - Sofa Surfers
009. G13 - DJ Kicks Rockers Hi-Fi
010. Day - Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician
011. Junktion - Beats Antique
012. The Riddle - Random Rab
013. The Herb - 9 Lazy 9
014. Deep Shit (Part 1 and 2) - Kruder and Dorfmeister
015. 65% - Kaya Project
016. Fuck Dub (Part 1 and 2) - Tosca
017. TTV - Telefon Tel Aviv
018. Heart Meditation - Deepak Chopra

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8IXRLNRU
~Pickle

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Craigslist: Fest 8

Official Fest 8 Pin


This installment of the best of CL brings the festival ruckus; funny because it's real. Get a ride, go on a self indulgent rant, rent a lot trailer, get a wook friendly job, watch out for sexual deviants, rate the show, and my personal fav, Missed Connections.

Ride to Phish. Or the bay. (Eureka Arcata )

Hey I need a ride to Coachella to see Phish or a ride to the bay to meet up with folks that are going to. I'm a male in his twenties and super friendly and have money for gas. Also try saying Irish wristwatch right now if you are reading this.

THE UNABOMBER CHANNELS NIETZSCHE- m4w (MENSA)


$250 / 2br - Walk to Phish concert 55+ comm. (Indio)
Date: 2009-10-27, 1:45PM PDT

Mobile home in 55+ community available for the concert...Fri., Sat,. and Sunday. Withen walking distance to concert. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fenced in yard. No smoking. Must be 55+


GET FREE ADMISSION TO PHISH FESTIVAL 8!!! (Southern California)
Date: 2009-10-22, 11:32PM PDT
Reply to: gigs-dxwdk-1433841153@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

We are a Phish Head, family owned, official vendor at PHISH Festival 8 and need additional staff asap! The deadline for our staff list is today!!

If you love Phish, are willing to work for us and camp in our area and most of all, are trustworthy and fun...we want to talk to you!! (you will get to see some sets, we promise) We will feed you, water and beer you - please have I.D. dude.

Bring your own costume, it is Halloween after all, and camping gear. Of course, a pre-event interview will be required and we will need you to be at our kynd beck 'n call from Wednesday (10/28) through Monday (11/2). We are in the main campground (yay!) and will be busy 24 hours a day or until we run out of food! You will be compensated for your efforts and, keep in mind, don't have to pay for a ticket...we just ask that you pull your weight.

make love, not war
Micki & Jeff
xxx-xxx-xxxx


Wanted: Phish 8 ticket for Penniless Chewbacca - $160 (oakland lake merritt / grand)
Date: 2009-10-27, 12:09PM PDT

Okay, brass tax. I have some pennies. Namely, 160,000 of em. And every single one of those copper n' zinc gems could be yours... just help me go Indio-bound with a golden ticket in my pocket. In exchange, I will (1) introduce 8 to the Millennium Falcon's hairiest copilot; (2) do a funky dance to the musical costume... fingers crossed for Ziggy; and (3) tell everyone there how cool you are. You know, if you want me to. The gearshift is already set... puh-lease, help this poor Chewy live the dream.

Festival 8 cocksucker wants to drain your cock ang get cum facial - 30 (your hotel Indio)
Date: 2009-10-18, 7:35PM PDT

Hey 30 year old white 6'1" 170 lb good looking married, discrete str8t masculine dude wants to visit your motel, or tent on the Festival grounds at the Phish Festival 8 to suck your nice disease free cock and take a hot cum facial. Can visit you Friday before the show, Saturday after the afternoon set, or Sunday after the noon set. Big loads prefereed, 420 friendly, disease free friends are OK to make me suck too. Give me cum on my slut face!

I also would not mind wearing a blindfold, a makeshift glory hole setup, or laying down pretending to sleep and you straddling my chest and face fucking me.

Reply with stats and cock pic. U must be able to host in indio the weekend of Phish Festival 8 in your motel, hotel, tent, or apartment or house nearby Indio and the Coachella site.

I will be reviewing all the responses and setting something up between now and the shows.


Phish concert (walkyourassoffville)
Phish show update: Lighting:A+
Sound:A+
Playing:A
Organization outside of show D
After the show sucked...no signage anywhere, security didnt have a clue. Walked our asses off trying to exit the venue. Finally got away from that joint at 2AM..ouch

PHISH 8 Indio, saw you in fountain, you told me to get in. - m4w - 29 (INDIO CA)

You were in the fountain on sunday with another girl during the acoustic set. I went over there to soak my shirt w/ some weird dude that was kinda throwing salt in my game, but anyways, you told me to get in the fountain and you mentioned the word "dunkies" which I thought was uber heady and hilarious. I thought you were pretty damn hot as well. If you remember this meeting CONTACT me, otherwise no worries. Just wondering where you're from.

girl with afro seeks boy with hat - w4m (Phish Festival, Indio w4m)

phish concert in Indio.
Met you on Sunday evening during the last sets of the festival.

I wore an afro, you wore a fedora. We exchanged names, yours is Mike.

Love at first sight?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Phish Festival 8 Videos: Harry Hood Balloon Jam

I shot this...

Festival 8 Tweets


Phish Twibe at Fest 8 - Pic by Motor Bike Matt


Our friends @ericwyman, @tmwsiy, @badjustin, and @hillzy compiled a list of Festival 8 Twitters. Check out the entire list here. It tells a hilarious recap of the weekend.

I scanned the list today, here are a few of my favorites:

@ChinaKatSunflwr Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.

@JustinPWard Just saw a Wook rehearsing how he was going to pan handle for money. Saddest thing ever.

@nattyluv A girl passed out on my blanket. And a smoking dragon just walked by. Yup, I'm at a Phish show.

@robcorddry "Douchebag" seems to be a very popular costume this year.

@change100 I realized the drugs had kicked in when I started dancing with a pink plastic unicorn.

@phish83 mikes>2001?!?! DISGUSTING!!!!!
@ryannichols7 >2001!!!! YES!!!!!
@col_forbin Wow, all the big guns in this set
@CoventryMusic mikes > 2001 #fest8 #notfuckingaround

@YEMBlog Ambient Jam
@TMWSIY god damnit, why couldn't the whole weekend been as good as this?
@jessefeitel My god is this beautiful
@PancakesMcFunk THERE IT IS!!!!! The Vibration of LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@jessefeitel Does anyone else see a Slave emerging from this?
@TMWSIY too predictable but true. Slave, tweezer reprise
@phish Slave to the Traffic Light
@thegratefulone Everyone was calling Mikes and Slave, it just made sense. And this slave (do i dare say) is sick.
@mudgebug attn #breakingnews @cnnbrk : weekapaug & tweezer reprise are imminent. all hands on deck, this is not a drill
@alison_king as a #phish old-timer.... i get emotional in my old age, and Slave always makes me cry ;) my favorite

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Recap: 8


I was short on time and condensed 16 hours of writing into 3. I'm bummed out that I did not have enough time to write more about the Halloween weekend, but I have more pressing work matters. At any rate, here's a sample of my recap of the weekend titled 8. Since it's over 3,500 words, I decided to post it on my regular blog.

Here's a bit...
Entering the campgrounds at the Coachella festival was notoriously a hassle because of the tight security procedures. Phish acquiesced to the local security instead of providing their own crew -- something they had always done at previous festivals. The result? Heads were hit pretty hard. The folks who arrived early on Thursday sent out the word to be vigilant with stashing your shit and to avoid bringing glass in at all costs. However, even with the repeated warnings via word of mouth, Facebook, and Twitter, the campers were no match to four guys tearing apart your car faster than the DEA could break down a van at the Juarez/El Paso border smuggling a couple of kilos of Peruvian snowflake

We anxiously waited for over an hour as we watched the Draconian tactics unfold in front of us. When it was our turn to be violated, I quickly grew infuriated with the scope of the search. I understood that security is seeking illegal items (especially booze and bottles of beer), but did one security guard have to open up my check book and riffle through my tiny Moleskin notebooks? The check book really pissed me off because he wasn't going to find a bottle of vodka there. So why did he look? I hid extra cash stashed in my checkbook and I let out a "Yo dude, watch my cash!" when I caught him in the middle of eying my poker bankroll. He glared at me and looked like he wanted to deck me. "Please put that back as you found it."

One of the SS guards found my girlfriend's medicinal marijuana stash. She quickly whipped out her medical card but that didn't help. I knew what was up and pulled a Benjamin out of my pocket very slowly to let him know my intentions. I looked the SS in his shifty eye and offered him $100. He took a deep breath and declined. The value of the bud was over $200 and I was not about to overpay to get my girlfriend's medicine back. Those fucking Nazis took one whiff at the pungent aroma of her OG Kush and drool rushed down the sides of their mouths. No way they were about to give up the motherload, even for a cash bribe. I had to write the confiscation off as a loss, considering the rest of the contents that they missed due to my Han Solo skills. We were still well stocked, yet my girlfriend was in tears and rightly so. I was trying to get her focus on the positives -- that we finally made it to Festival 8 and we're with our friends...

Click here to read the entire recap.

Phish Festival 8 Videos: Puppets, Unicorns, Aliens, & Parrots on Molly

The gang at Coventry are well versed in puppetry as you will see in this video. I also captured an intimate moment between an unicorn and an alien. And then there was that jacked up parrot who was snorting molly before the acoustic set.

Amazing Things Seen at Fest 8

Its hard to describe all the things at Festival 8. Here are some pictures and video that caught my attention:

The pro wrestlers = best costumes




Bobble Heads - Pic by Andy Gaidel

Jambase Gallery
Photo Gallery by Adam Miszewski
Photo Gallery by Sure Footed Llama
Photos of the Scene by compiled Live Music Blog
Motor Bike Matt's photos
Phat Phlogger Gallery
Phish Gallery
Richard_Smoker photo gallery
State of Mind Photo Gallery

and the WTF picture of the week...