Thursday, December 31, 2015

Phish NYE MSG Setlist and Recap: 12/31/15 NYC


Phish returned to Madison Square Garden to ring in the new year. This is my 11th consecutive Phishy NYE (3 in Miami, 7 at MSG, and 1 in Big Cypress) and I couldn't think of a better way to ring in the new year.

The show will be webcast over at LivePhish.

Weather permitting, follow @CoventryMusic for Twitter updates.

So, here's what you missed....


Phish, 12/31/15 New Year's Eve, Madison Square Garden, NYC

Set 1: MOMA  > Possum, Wolfman's Brah, Birds, I Didn't Know, Happy Birthday to You (Fish Daughter), Martian Monster, Reba, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Wedge, Wilson > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Yarmouth, Kill Devil Falls > Piper > Twist

Set 3: No Man's Land > Auld Lang Syne > Blaze On > Carini > David Bowie, Horse > Silent > Backwards

Encore: Tube > Cavern

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Quickie Recap: NYE Hourglass
By @taopauly

Time is slipping away. We're not getting any younger. Even if only Trey played with the Dead50 crew, the impact was felt across the entire band...as much as stuff is not perfect in the land of Phish, the four friends realized how lucky they were to survive the harsh early years, the crazy meteoric rise of the middle years, even managed to keep hope alive during the breakup and subsequent Trey going off the rails. So here we are, nearly 7 years since the return from Hampton and 3.0, much like Phish itself, is what you make of it. Is it as good as the glory years...no and it will never be the same. But is 3,0 just a nostalgia act cashing a paycheck? There's an iota of truth to that, but there's definitely something deeper going on that's driving them...deep down Phish loves being Phish, but they struggle with the difficulties of creating their own monster that nearly swallowed them whole. After a while, they unleashed the gigantic beast and it had become completely uncontrollable. That's why they can't play 100+ shows a year...you can't open up the portal to the other world that many times and still stay sane. That's why Phish picks and chooses when and where they want to open up the vortex and conjure up the spirit world -- the invisible realm that surrounds us that we're unable to see with the naked eye. However, if you've ever been to that special place...down the rabbit hole or launched into the highest of heavens... you know there's something else out there...something more powerful than the collective us. I firmly believe Phish can't open up those portals without us...it's the synergy of our collective consciousness and the band playing the only universal language in the universe...music.

Okay, that's the drugs talking. Onto the quickie recap...

My lovely tour wife Change100 brought along two of her actor friends from LA, including one of her besties from college. They were both openly gay guys (and proud) and only one of them had ever been to a Phish show before. All they wanted to do was pop some molly and dance all night instead of being stuck in an overpriced gay club where "everyone would be bitching about each others' clothes." And they were blown away. I was worried they would get bored at times, but they friggin' loved Kuroda's lights. At one point Z was so schwilly he kept telling change100 about all the animal faces he was seeing in the lights.

Oh, and gay guys get the best fucking drugs. Holy shitballs, Liberace. That was some bombtastic mind-shredding molly. "Only take one," they joked. "Otherwise you're gonna end up at an orgy in Hell's Kitchen and wake up naked with a clogged chimney."

Alos, my bud Senor and I had seen nearly 100 shows (including Japan) together, yet by odd circumstance we never caught a NYE show together. Senor was not going until he scored a ticket at the last minute and somehow found us inside!

First set kicked off with funk>Possum sing-along>funk. Our gay friends quickly picked up on the lyrics to Possum. S is also a trained singer and he was nailing the harmonies on it...kinda funny. At the start of I Didn't Know, I told them the drummer wears a dress and he's gonna play the vacuum. The gays were suspicious: "Hmmm...crossdressing guy who likes to suck things?"

Martian Monster was when things got ultra-weird for me because the gay ninja molly started kicking my ass. By Reba, I was so fucked and schammered to the tits that I had to sit down for the entire song. In over 333+ shows, I've only had to sit down once to gather my cookies together...and that was when I got uber-dosed at Alpine Valley (when the aliens/Others scared the shit out of me and scolded me for doing too much acid and abusing the sacred drug). My blurry vision improved for Walls, but couldn't believe the short set.

Second set was sloppy and loopy, and the band was feeding off of the crowd's swhilliness. Wilson was thunderous and Ocean floored me. Piper > Twist flew by so fast I couldn't even tell you what happened.


We sat about 10 rows back in Section 102...right off the back of the floor. I noticed a funnel like thing above the back of the soundboard area. I figured it was going to shoot out balloons or some other stuff at the stroke of Midnight. Lights went down for set 3 kinda early. It took me few minutes into No Man's Land to realize Phish was playing right in front of us! The funnel began to descend and part of it draped down to cover the bottom part so the band was playing inside under the veil. It created a gigantic hourglass-like and CK5 was lighting up the outside screens. Thought it would be filled with sand to countdown to NYE and then they would bust into Sand. They had other plans...at the stroke of Midnight while we were distracted by balloons etc, they somehow returned to the main stage and finished the set. Instead of Sand, they launched from ALS > Blaze On. Then came the dark and deviant Carini. Probably my favorite part of Set 3, but it was short and sweet. The encore...another quickie Tube under 5 minutes plus a juicy Cavern thrown in for the second encore tune.

Survived another Phish NYE. It was my 11th consecutive one and the 8th I spent with @change100 at Phish. As always, the downside was not being at the show with all my friends like the Joker and Wildo, but they were there in spirit.

Two down...two more to go. Happy 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Phish MSG Setlist and Recap: 12/30/15 NYC - Night 1


Phish returned to Madison Square Garden, a.k.a. the most famous arena in the world, for the first night of a 4-show NYE run. This year's MSG run kicks off on the 30th...which marks the first show back since Dick's Colorado.

The entire MSG run will be webcast over at LivePhish.

Follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter for in-show updates.

Here's what you missed for night 1....
Le Phish, Setlist... 12/30/15 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY

Set 1: Simple, Free, Simple > Back on Train, Waiting All Night, 555, Roggae, The Dogs > 46 Days

Set 2: Chalkdust > Ghost > Can't Always Listen* > Ghost > Waves > GIN > Mikes > Bouncin*** > Weekapaug > What's the Use > Weekapaug 

E: Zero

* new song
*** Pauly Takes A Piss Song
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Quickie Recap: 2015 MSG - Night 1: What's the Use?
by @taopauly

Almost skipped the show. Super sick. My bud Senor was working in Providence and said he was going to take train down from Rhode Island in order to drag my ass to the show. Like an aging, nearly-crippled NFL player, my crack-medical team did everything they could to get me onto the playing field. Kudos to change100 & Senor. As my lovely tour wife said, "Pauly's just like Popeye...give him his spinach (painkillers and molly and a big-assed Ice Tea) and he'll be good to go." Ran into old friend from college who I had not seen in 20 years. Lerm gave me my first Phish bootleg. Nice mini-reunion in front of MSG.

Had decent seat in third row of 200s. Sample opener to shake off the rust. Free seemed longer than usual, but Fishman was on point. After a huddle, the boys ripped into a stand-alone Simple in the three-hole. Slightly unusual but hoped that'd foreshadow an unpredictable run instead a "melange of greatest hits scattered over four nights." Back on the Train was symbolic more than anything else. Waiting All Night was a bathroom song for most of the brahs in my section. Trey threw Gordo a bone with 555. Then... Roggae is when things started to get weird and everything percolating in my bloodstream kicked in. At the start of the Dogs sample, the crowd went berserk. I actually thought it was My Pet Cat for a few moments (to indicate how schammered I was at that point). The boys had been blowing up 46 Days as a Set 1 closer last couple years, but this one felt short and sweet. Ended on a peak moment, but shortie set. Barely 65 mins. Found my bud G at setbreak. He only sees Phish once a year, so I'm glad he got a good show. 


Chalkdust kicked off set 2. It's been a rejuvenated beast the last couple years. High-octane Trey from the get go. Did Fleetwood Mac roadies blow cocaine into his anal cavity like they had to do to Stevie Nicks after she collapsed both nostrils? Big Red was bouncing around stage exuding energy. Infectious. They unleashed a 20+ min Chalkdust. I lost count a few times. I had to ask change100 if that was still Chalkdust. Always a good sing when you get lost. Heard too many teases to count. Ghost was sandwiched around a new song -- Can't Always Listen -- which I thought was Going Down the Road (the first few seconds) but then figured it was a random classic rock cover. Alas, new song. Waves felt like it was longer than 9+ minutes. Gin never the same without Joker at the show with me, but this MSG-Gin got any random restless fans grooving. Gordo dropped a few bombs that tickled my loins. Mike's > Bouncin > Weekapaug seemed forced. I pissed during Bouncin as per usual. But M>B>W was really in place to set up the celestial Weekapaug > What's the Use > Weekapaug mind fuck. That's the kinda of spooky trippy-ass shit I want to see more at shows. Zero'd for the encore. Insert your own snark. But the crowd lapped it up.

Way-above average first show back. Rusty and sloppy, but a high-energy rager. As my bud G-Rob would say, "The boys were playing to my buzz!" I was definitely rusty and sloppy but ready to rage. Usually the first night back after a lengthy hiatus is a mixed-bag, but this exceeded expectations for night 1 of 4. One down, three more to go.

Friday, December 25, 2015

New Christmas Song by LCD Soundsystem, Christmas in LA by Vulfpeck, and SNL's Best Chirstmas Song

Merry Christmas, y'all!


LCD will be reuniting in 2016 with a gig at Coachella. I might actually got his year! Anyway, here's LCD Soundsystem's new song...Jim Murphy's Christmas-themed emo-filled tune...



Here's one of my favorite modern Christmas songs originally performed on SNL in 2001. Written by Horatio Sanz...



And here's Vulfpeck and a little something about living in LA and experiencing the surreal Christmas season with "Christmas in L.A."...


See ya at MSG in a few days...

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Dead and Company with John Mayer Setlist: 11/1/2015 MSG, NYC


Another night of the Dead and Co. with John Mayer.

Here's what you missed at MSG...
11.1.15, Dead and Company, Madison Square Garden, NYC

Set 1: Samson and Delilah, New Minglewood, Bertha * > Sugaree* , Friend of the Devil* > Crazy Fingers* > Uncle Johns Band *

Set 2: Scarlet > Fire, Shakedown > Dark Star > Drumz > Space > Wharf Rat >Playing in the Band REPRISE > Going Down the Road Feeling Bad*

Encore: Ripple

Quick links: Setlist 10.31.15 - Setlist 10.29.15 - Dead 50 Setlists

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Dead Halloween MSG Setlist with John Mayer 10/31/15


The Dead and Company with John Mayer played at MSG in NYC for Halloween.

Here's what you missed…

10.31.15, Dead and Company, MSG, NYC

SET 1: Jack Straw*> New Speedway Boogie, Brown Eyed Women*, Ramble on Rose, Althea* , Cassidy, Deal*

 SET 2: Truckin >Wang Dang Doodle>Truckin >Estimated Prophet>Eyes >Terrapin* >Drums>Space>China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider* >Morning Dew > One More Sat Night

E: Werewolves of London*

* John Mayer on vocals


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dead and Company with John Mayer Setlist: 10/29/15 Albany, NY



John Mayer with the Dead guys (minus Phil).

Here's the setlist for the Albany show...

10.29.15, The Dead and Company, Albany, NY

Set 1: Playin in the Band > Cold Rain and Snow*, Tennessee Jed, Feel Like a Stranger, He's Gone* > Bird Song*, Music Never Stopped

Set 2: Lost Sailor > Saint Circumstance, Help > Slip > Franklin's Tower* > Drums/Space >The Other One, Stella Blue > NFA

E: Touch of Grey

* Mayer on vocals

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Phish Dicks Setlist: Sunday 9/6/15 Commerce City, Colorado


Phish completed their three-night run with a Sunday show at Dick's in Colorado.

Follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter for updates.

Here's what you missed...

Phish, 9.6.15 Dick's, Commerce City, CO

Set 1: The Landlady, Free > Moma Dance > Seven Below > Caspian > Backwards, The Line, Scent of a Mule, Saw It Again, Halfway to the Moon, Birdwatcher, Frankenstein

Set 2: Wilson > Down with Disease > Carini > Steam > Piper > 2001 > Tweezer > Horse > Silent > SLAVE

E: Tweezer Reprise, Harpua > After Midnight > NO2 > Keyboard Army > Your Pet Cat, Once in a Lifetime > United We Stand
 
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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2 | Magna-1 | Magna-2 | Magna-3
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Phish Dicks Setlist: 9/5/15 Saturday, Commerce City, Colorado


Phish returned to Dicks for the second installment of a three-night run.

Here's what you missed...

Phish, 9.5.15 Dick's, Commerce City, CO

Set 1: No Man's Land, Martian Monster, NICU, Stealing Time, Bouncin*, 555, Winter Queen, MELT, Limb By Limb, Roggae > Character Zero

Set 2: A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Chalk Dust Torture > Twist > Mercury > Light > Wingsuit, Rock and Roll

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Harry Hood > A Day in the Life

* Pauly Takes A Piss Song

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2 | Magna-1 | Magna-2 | Magna-3
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly

Friday, September 04, 2015

Phish Dicks Setlist: 9/4/15 Colorado


Phish returned to Colorado for another three-night run at Dick's, just outside of Denver.

Follow @CoventryMusic for Twitter updates. We're also on Instagram (@CoventryMusic) too featuring Phishy memes from @neillybop.

Here's what you missed...

Phish, 9.4.15 Dick's, Commerce City, Colorado

Set 1: Tube > Ghost, Halley's > Undermind, Yarmouth > Gin, Waiting All Night, Horn, Wedge, 46 Days, Antelope

Set 2: Wolfman's > Blaze On > Golden Age > Roses > Fuego, Velvet > Walls

E: HYHU > Bike > HYHU, Loving Cup

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2 | Magna-1 | Magna-2 | Magna-3
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Phish in Mexico


Yes, the rumors are true. And yes, the timing is weird (announcing before NYE).

Phish is headed to Mexico's Rivera Maya for a three-night run in January 2016 (on the weekend of Jan. 15-16-17). More details here.

Cue Mexican Cousin...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Phish MagnaBall Setlist and Recap: Sunday 8.23.15 Watkins Glen, NY - Day 3


The final day of Magna Ball. Let it all hang out.

MagnaBall is webcast by LivePhish.com, but tune into Sirius XM radio or The Bunny for a simulcast.

Follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter for in-game coverage. We're also @CoventryMusic on Instagram.

Never miss a Sunday show. Here's what you missed...
Phish, 8.23.15 MAGNABALL, Watkins Glen, NY

Set 1: PYITE, Buffalo Bill, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Limb by Limb, Waiting All Night, Theme > Maze, The Line, Stash, REBA, I Didn't Know*, Zero

Set 2: Martian Monster > DWD > Scents and Subtle Sounds > What's the Use > Dirt > Mike's Song > Fuego > Twist** > Weekapaug > Martian Monster

E: YEM

NOTES:
* Trey thanks crew and staff
** Immigrant Song teases
via Wildo's drone "Piper 3"
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Quickie Recap: Sunday Day 3 - Unleash the Lil Beast
by @taopauly

Never miss a Sunday show. The cult of Phish. We worship our gods with relentless blind faith. Booked bets on Dinner and a Movie opener (after last night's Drive-In set). Glad D&M didn't come in. Instead we got a threadbare PYITE opener... Another serious bustout this weekend with Buffalo Bill... Strong 2.0 tune with A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing. The boys killed 2.0 tunes this summer... Limb by Limb display of Fish the Octopus... Waiting All Night is like the wrinkly, pathetic pickle on side of your plate that you give a sympathy bite... Theme some serious Page power lifting. Might have to test him for PEDs... Sometimes it's like all four guys are gambling on a Maze sprint by trying to find out who can't keep up. Page was the Usain Bolt of MagnaBall. Leo blew them away. Leo the human flamethrower with scorched Earth during Maze. Thought he could break one of his keyboards he was pecking so hard... The Line. Fitting. A song about blowing a huge moment... Stash is mellower in its old age (post-rehab and after three divorces), but sneaky and deviant as per usual. Had a I Know You Rider and Manteca tease... Reba super mellow... Trey referred to Fish as the "lil beast." I Didn't Know featured an extended Fish vac solo ("suck some love") while Trey yapped nonstop thanking pretty much everyone on their staff. Dickie Scotland got a shout out... Zero closed out the 95-minute set... Another quickie setbreak...


Set 2 blasted off with celestial-funk vehicle Martian Monster. Just a heads-up for all the spacekids looking for a ride to Dicks... Even the noobiest of the noobsteins expected DWD to open up the final set. Alas, DWD still took on the role as the rocket launcher. Bending deep space again. Got so far out that they never finished it up. Hit the 15-min mark when I heard the licks to Scents... Sure enough  Scents and Subtle Sounds popped up sans intro... Bled into one of the softest versions of What's the Use I ever heard... Dirt almost felt redundant (right after WTU), but I could hear Dirt at every show. It was just an opportunity for Fish to take a much-needed breath before they all made an ascent atop Mount Mike's Groove... Mike's Song lacked the so-called second jam, but it still delivered all the booty-shaking, bong-rattling, echo-heavy goods... Fuego lunch meat with a little extra hot sauce... Twist had more Trey-Gordo sexual tension with a cuckold Page in a dark corner leering on with those eyes swimming in melancholy. Twist went 2/4 time for a few bars before Fish teased Immigrant Song... Weekapaug intro had a few leftover Fishman Immigrant wails... Shocked everyone by returning to Martian the Monster with Fishman vocal wookery and Trey falling into an echo-hole... Encore was YEM. Holyfuckballs. Godzilla himself trudged out of the sea and opened up a twelve-pack of eyeball-melting whoop ass. YEM? That's how you end a show. That's how you end a run. That's how you end a festival. YEM, thank you Phish... Set 1 standouts included Maze, Reba, and the Buffalo Bill bustout. Set 2 was anchored by DWD but the entire set snowballed into an eventual avalanche from Martian Monster start to Martian Monster finish. Plus that YEM was the proverbial whiskey-soaked cherry on top of the MagnaBall sundae... Third night dunzo. This portion of summer tour is in the books. See ya in the lot for Dicks!

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2 | Magna-1 | Magna-2
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly, @change100 and @neillybop

Video: Spacey Shit and the Secret Drive-In Set

Spliced this together rather quickly. Some spacey shit with the Drive-In secret set as the background music...



UPDATE...

Here's an audience video of the Drive-In Set...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Phish MagnaBall Day 2 Recap and Setlist: Afternoon Set and Secret Set - 8/22/15 Watkins Glen, NY - Saturday


Big Day Saturday with 4 sets (3 official and 1 unofficial). Afternoon set in addition to a normal two-set show, plus the late-night "secret set" at the Drive-In Theatre.

MagnaBall is/was webcast by LivePhish.com. Also tune into Sirius XM radio or The Bunny for simulcast of the sets. Here's the audio link: Mixlr.com/TheBunny.

Check out our MagnaBall MAP of the festy grounds.

Follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter for in-game coverage and @CoventryMusic on Instagram for memes by the Joker and Pauly.

So here's what you missed on Saturday...
Le Phish, 8.2.15 MAGNABALL, Watkins Glen, NY

Set 1:  Divided Sky, MoMA Dance, Mound, Army of One, Scabbard, Sample in a Jah, Tube, Halfway to the Moon, Camel Walk, How Many People Are You, Circus Comes to Town, Undermind, Antelope

Set 2: Wolfman's Bruh, Halley's Comet > 46 Days > Backwards > Tweezer > Caspian

Set 3: Meatstick, Blaze On > Possum, Cities > Light > 555 > Velvet Sea > Walls of the Cave

E: Boogie On  > Tweeprise

Set 4 (Secret Set): Bunch of ambient spacey shit
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Quickie Recap: MagnaBall Day 2 - Three Set Saturday and Prince Tweezer
by @taopauly

Overall Report: Set 1 mellow afternoon festy setting with a Mound bustout. Set 2 anchored by a juicy 46 Days and trippy Tweezer. The unexpected Big-Ass-Jam of the night went to Caspian. Yes, Caspian is still what everyone's raving about. Set 3's peak moments included Cities > Light. And that late-night secret set at the Drive-In? Phish opened up a portal to another dimension during a 45-minute tour of deep space...

Le Phish onstage at 3:38pm ET with Divided Sky (last opener was Red Rocks according to @change100). Sky = perfect summery afternoon song. Church of Phish officially in session... MoMA funk ass grooving... Mound bustout. Slop-city, but who cared?... The girlfriend noted that Page nailed all the high notes in Army of One. "For a dude, not easy!"... TAB minor-league Scabbard up next. "Don't want no methadone," joked @change100... Sample in a Jar sing-a-long... Tube quickie (cracked 4:20 mark)... Bathroom-line inducing Halfway to the Moon... Re-gained crowd's trust with Camel Walk funk... Majority of my multiple personalities dug How Many People. Wildo thought it was too wordy... Circus commentary on us (we're the savages man)... Undermind = Feed Fish. To avoid sluggishness and surliness, we must feed l'octopus living inside Fish every 3 hours w/ chunks of raw meat -- squirrels, gophers, pigeons, small critters etc...  "Antelope trotting out of the bullpen like Mariano Rivera," said @greyflannldwarf. Instead of Antelope, I longed for a random cover like that epic Monkey Man Sbustout at SuperBall...


Set 2 resumed at 8:04pm... @change100 noticed wardrobe changes, particularly Gordo's scarf. Trey ditched first set red hoodie (Satan) for a white one (Reptilian overlord aka the Lizard Queen "Lizzie" Elizabeth)... Wolfman's quick submersion, but nothing too deep... Bitchin' Halley's Comet met the inevitable ripcord for a 2.0 tune... 46 Days popular deep-space rocket launcher. Intense 46 Daze-jam. Gnarly. Dirty. Destructive, yet with absurd precision like a dozen swirling ninja dwarfs with machetes cutting through the jungle canopy... Lost my chubby; another ripcord. Backwards or "Backflips down the Lumber Line" slurred Schwilly Meg... Trey took off his hoodie. His QBR jumped an average of 23.5 pts on nights he ditched hoodies mid- set... Tweezer. You knew it was lurking. Hyper-psychedelic Tweezer nipped at the farthest edges of the universe bending time/space. Apex of the night (perhaps weekend?)...


Shit got a little bit awkward. Tweezer ripcord Caspian. Ouch. The sports equivalent was an INT returned for a touchdown. Big Red fuckerpants threw a Pick-6. Yup, they boys trolled us hard (Backwards/Caspian in span of three songs) while lighting stacks of our money on fire and roasting baby albino gators stuffed with foie gras... Caspian quickly won me over. Trey answered his Pick-6 with a TD! Zesty. Fiery. Fiesty. Casp jam flirted and floated back into Tweezer's orbit with some Fish/Buddy Miles + Trey/Jimi whacka whakka for a sec. I got lost in that time warp/black hole. Tweezer/Caspian/Caspian/Tweezer? Whatever, wherever, whichever... that intense jam ended the 72-min set...

Set 3 kicked off with a brief Meatstick... The rookie song of the night, Blaze On, covered lot of ground quickly with Dead-like notes ricocheting everywhere. One of the better version in its short history... Morphed into chugging Possum... Cities delivered with Leo churning out funk-flavored buttah balls... Light always elevates the sparkly crowd to an heightened level of blissful consciousness, like doing yoga on a beach full of puppies... 555 had a cool new intro...  The slow Velvet Sea gave Fish a much-needed breather for Fish... Love the smooth haunting Page into on Walls of the Cave. Rocking and reeling Walls ended the set... Encore was a double dip of vanilla: Boogie On and Tweeprise...


Oh Set 4? The late night secret set was a 45-minute ambient tour of deep space while Phish played hidden behind the drive-in screen. The crowd had no idea their collective brain energy was being manipulated by John McAfee and alien overlords as a part of a shadow government experiment to dial up a Stargate and open a portal to an alternate dimension...  

Day 2 Highlights: Mound, Tweezer > Caspian, Cities > Light. And don't sleep on Blaze On. Ah, and make sure you are in the proper head space to re-listen to the Space Jam...  Two nights dunzo. One more to go. Can't wait. Smoke em if you got em....

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2 | Magna-1
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly and @change100

Friday, August 21, 2015

MagnaBall Phish Setlist and Recap: 8/21/15 Watkins Glen, NY - Friday Night 1


Festival #10 is finally upon us. The circus migrated to Watkins Glen, NY for a three-day blowout otherwise known as MagnaBall.

Here's our MagnaBall MAP of the festival grounds.

The entire weekend will be webcast by LivePhish.com. Custie it up and buy the webcast. You can watch it on-demand (up to 24 hours).

Okay, for my broke-dick wook friends, here's the audio link via The Bunny: Mixlr.com/TheBunny.

Follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter for in-game coverage. We've been very active on Instagram too, so check out our page (@CoventryMusic) for memes from the Joker and Pauly.

In case you missed it, here's the opening night...
Le Phish, 8.21.15, MAGNABALL, Watkins Glen, NY

Set 1: Simple > The Dogs, TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY, Free, Happy Birthday*, Wedge, Mock Song, Roggae, Rift, GIN

Set 2: Chalkdust > Ghost > Rock and Roll > HOOD > Waste > No Man's Land > SLAVE

E: Farmhouse, First Tube

NOTES:
* Crowd sings Happy Birthday to Trey's oldest daughter, who turned 20.
Artist: Isadore Bullock
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MagnaBall Quickie Recap: Day 1 - Magnum Gin Friday
by @taopauly

Lights down at 8:09pm with a Simple opener (second one in three shows). Shook off any rust and pesky jitters. Thought I heard a Magilla tease... More Halloween shit with The Dogs in the two hole... TMWSIY > Avenu Malkanu > TMWSIY bustout. No one picked it in our pool. I'm McCatholic and even though I've seen every Woody Allen movie, the Avenu Malkanu doesn't mean the same to me as if they played Whiskey in a Jar. But TMWSIY is a beautiful piece of music... Free featured a collective release of tension... Trey asked the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to his daughter who turned 20 (Eliza is eldest of 11 Phish kids, all of whom were raging it up backstage with B-list celebs like Beiber, Truman Capote, and Prince Harry)... The Wedge came and went without a hint of irony... Mock Song bustout. Serious bustout. Last time played was like 2003 (I was there man, at the Gorge).  We totally get off on obscure 2.0 tunes these days. Mock had special lyrics with a Clifford and Super and Magna "Ball" reference. Wildo gave me the first LULZ of the night, "This new Mike song has too many words!"... Roggae started out chilly but by the end it could melt a stick of buttah!... Rift. One day they'll nail it... The Joker got his song in the first set of the festival. Bathtub Gin was first time the boys took the Magna-dog out for a walk. Like a real long walk. Sideways walk. 23-minute orgy. Heard a plethora of teases, notably Piper and DWD. Coulda gotten the rip cord a few times, but luckily it organically grew into a massive behemoth to close out the set. The Magnum-Magna Gin was by far the high-water mark of the first set, which clocked in at 83+ minutes (the longest opening frame of the entire summer?)... Quickie half-hour break...


Set 2 kicked off with Chalkdust. With exception of Blossom and DFW, most the 2015 CDT's were tame compared to last year. Alas, they saved up a biggie CDT for MagnaBall. Hit upon dirty tones before those Dead-like tentacles reached out and tried to smother us as the song closed in on the 15-min mark. Heard some What's the Use teases as they raced toward the elusive 20-min benchmark (never quite got there). Fishman was a beast and punched holes through the fabric of time and space. We ended up on the other side of the universe deep into deep-space bliss... Bled into Ghost. Spooky-dank-dark. Tickled What's the Use territory again. Gordo flexed his muscles, tore off his shirt, and went full-blown Roid-Rage when he took control of the Ghost jam by wrestling it out of Trey's ADHD hands. Kept it flowing for few more minutes... Seg'd into Rock and Roll. Leo slays those covers and shines extra brightly on Velvet Underground tunes. Glimpse of old-school machine-gun Trey with the solo... Mid-set Hood felt like it came out of nowhere. Fake-out on the opening vocals. Slightly sloppy, but it's all about energy man... Due for a slow song to give Fish a breather. Waste played that role. "Remember when Waste was a piss song in 1.0?" observed the GreyFlannelDwarf... No Man's Land turn in the rotation (alternates every other show with Blaze On it seems). Had little extra bit of hot sauce. Page hinted at No Quarter, while the rest teased 2001... Both denied in favor of a sublime Slave. Top-shelf version. Those peak moments transcended GOD MODE (per @RyanNichols7)...


Encore was a pair of "F" songs... First up was Farmhouse, which got tons of love this summer... Then a self-indulgent First Tube ended the show. Serious superfluous wankage from Trey in First Wank-Tube. You needed a wetsuit if you were in the first 9 rows to avoid Big Red's incandescent glaze... Set 1's peak moment was that Magnum-Gin. Set 2 was anchored by a nuclear 1-2 CDT-Ghost combo with a deep-space Chalkdust followed by a menacing Ghost. As per usual, a shimmering smooth Slave closed out the set jam packed with a pair of meaty nuggets (Hood and Rock and Roll)... First night at MagnaBall is in the books. Two sets down and five (er, six) more to go...

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly

Thursday, August 20, 2015

MagnaBall Map

Our crack team updated the map for this weekend's MagnaBall festival at Watkins Glen racetrack...

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Phish Video: Scents and Subtle Sounds 8/12/15; Bonus Philly Videos: Skin It Back and Cities by LL55

Phish doesn't play Scents and Subtle Sounds often. Luckily, here's the official video from Mann Theatre in Philly last week 8/12/15...


This is a special bonus video featuring the Skin It Back bustout (courtesy of LaztLightning55):


And here's a final video, that sizzling Cities (also courtesy of LL55)...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Phish MPP Setlist and Recap: 8/16/15 Merriweather Post Columbia, MD


Phish closed out their two-night run at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Saturday night was a throw down what would Sunday bring? You know the saying... never miss a Sunday show...

Tonight's MPP gig will be webcast via LivePhish.com.

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Here's what went down at the OPP MPP...
Le Phish, 8/16/15 MPP, Columbia, MD

Set 1: Golgi, Undermind, Julius, 555, Nothing, No Man's Land, Stash, Bowie, Possum

Set 2: DWD > Slave > Light > Twist, Shine A Light, Fuego > Sneaking Sally, YEM

E: Backwards
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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: MPP2
by @taopauly

Never miss a Sunday yadda yadda yadaa... 7:34 lights down with raving fans screaming "Sleeping Monkey!" After a quick tease (and even quicker rejection from Gordo), we got Golgi as the real opener. (BTW, anyone else at that show in Texas when that insane girl screamed "Sleeping Monkey!" and Trey finally gave in and brought her on stage?)... The mascot for Undermind is the Giant Pacific Octopus because we get to hear a drum clinic from Fishman using his invisible (four) limbs... Julius filling in the funk-injection spot where Wolfman or Moma would typically pop up. Grown comfy with a formulaic Julius as the encore or as a set closer... I was bored with 555 so I used the time for a creative project. I took the time to compose a Haiku using real tweets from Japhan @sakuraYEM...
Please Fish sing heat up
Still sober Mike side keep calm
Seat moving away
I dig Nothing. It's no Access Me, but wish it got more playtime. 2.0 tunes in 3.0 feel weirdly fringe-acceptable like artisanal pudding... Almost on cue -- No Man's Land -- time for the rookie to step up to the plate... I like my Stash dark and dangerous and grimy, but this one was a little too angelic and mellow for my tastes... Bowie to save the milquetoast set? Strong effort, but short for a set closer... Alas, uppity Possum was up next, which closed out the 75-minute set... At setbreak, I composed another Haiku utilizing real tweets from Japhan @SakuraYEM...
Melodious Phish
Finally I became man
Balls Back, next guy stoned
Set 2 kicked off with DWD. Slop-city intro. Everyone in band laughed it off. Gordo looked pissed off though (ultra sensitive, prickly cactus could never take an inside joke) especially after Trey switched a lyric to "Dancing in Mike's head!" Gordo took out his frustrations with old-school roid-rage, muscle-head jamming. By the 10-min mark, DWD drenched by cascading multiple orgasms. Relentless undulating tidal waves. Slippery when wet diddling... Trey pulled out of DWD bliss for an unbelievable Slave in the rare two-hole spot. Typically reserved for late 4Q or the set closer... Gentle, yet powerful Slave. Heck of a 1-2 punch. Making up for a meh first set... Slave jam trickled down into a soothing pool of Light. Didn't take long before the jam got cooking with a few Twist teases.. Full-blown Twist. Never went too deep down the rabbit hole... Bustout with Shine A Light, which was on the shelf and only played once (2013 Chicago) since summer 2012. I go batshit for any non-Loving Cup track off Exile on Main Street. I've been chasing Torn and Frayed forever, but would gladly take Sweet Virginia or Let It Loose. Shit, I'd lose all my marbles for a Ventilator Blues bustout... Fuego up next. Not one Fuego or Joy song from the previous night. Fuego was on a short leash because they were saving up their energy for another bustout/tour debut...


We caught Sneaking Sally at Dick's and Miami, but it had been sneaking around all summer before someone found her... G-Rob called YEM earlier in the evening. YEM anchored a set filled with material I wanted to hear, just that they didn't really do anything special with some of the repeats (e.g. Twist and Light were shadows of their former selves from earlier in the tour)... Encore was a cheesed out Backwards.. You were psyched if you were one of those people who leave the show before the encore to beat the rush out of the lot... Overall, took a while before the boys finally got something going. The laid-back approach which paid off on Saturday night, sincerely fell short of the mark with mixed results on Sunday (although I think I was the only one who loved the Nothing debut in middle set one). Second set was highlighted by DWD, a pair of bustouts (Shine A Light and Sneaking Sally), plus a rare occurrence with an early-set Slave... MPP run is officially dunzo. This was the last stop before the circus migrates to middle of New York State for Magnaball next weekend.

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly, @change100 and @neillybop

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Phish Setlist and Recap: Merriweather 8/15/15 - MPP, Columbia, MD


Phish hit up Merriweather Post Pavilion for a two-night run. Saturday was the first of the dual gig.

Both MPP shows will be webcast via LivePhish.com.

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Here's what you missed...
Phish, 8.15.15 MPP, Columbia, MD

Set 1: Simple > Glide, Buried Alive > McGrupp, Roggae, Limb By Limb, BBFCFM > Your Pet Cat > BBFCFM, Horn, Blaze On> Antelope

Set 2: Halley's > 46 Days > Bug > Steam > What's the Use > Steam > Piper > Tweezer > NO2 > Tweezer, Walls of the Cave

E: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise
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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: MPP Saturday Throwback Throwdown Gacktoidler
by @taopauly

Phish returned to MPP for a Saturday night throwdown. Lights down at 7:37pm with a Simple opener. According to @yemblog, the last Simple opener was June 1995. Rare opener? Gonna be one of those nights; hope you brought extra underwear. Simple jam coulda gone on for an hour, but the boys kept it close to the reservation... Rare Glide popped up for only the 5th time in 3.0. Coventry vets with Vermont mud perpetually caked in between their toes collectively shuddered at the thought of the aborted disfigured fetus of the final Glide of 2.0. Tonight's inclusion on the anniversary of Coventry was no coincidence... Buried Alive in the three-hole? Shades of the early 90s... And then they dropped a McGrupp. Desks all over America were flipped. Dogs howled. Children were frightened with Trey/Gordo back-pedaling hijinks... The mood for Roggae was perfect because it is a deceptively mellow tune that could get super-intense at any moment... Limb By Limb = demonstration of the octopus drummer... BBFCFM > Your Pet Cat > BBFCFM was pure insanity if you were tripping balls! Those two songs perfectly explained Phish's sense of (musical) humor...

Horn was a flash back to old school Phish.... Blaze On conjured up a delicious mini-jam. Surprised it had not popped up in a couple of shows. It was getting "every other show" treatment earlier in the tour... Sensational Antelope closed the 75-minute set. Strong effort across the board. I scornfully wince whenever Phish phoned in a heavy hitter (or rather, clicked on auto-pilot), but this was one of those Antelopes which stood out from the herd from its opening licks. Truly dug this eclectic version that delivered all 13+ minutes of it, even the bizarre Gacktoidler Esquandoles insertion. Huge difference when entire band is goofing off/raging as a collective unit vs. "Every Man for Himself" anarchy which manifests itself into a 4-way sprint to out run any high-voltage Trey wankage... Halley's Comet launched the second set. Mere thought of Halley's gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling (1/4 of a woody) because it was in the perfect spot to blast off into some serious deep-space exploration. Alas, Halley's was subdued, short, and sweet (barely 6 minutes) because they saved any weirdness for the next song... 46 Days might have been the MVP of the night (especially if you have an affinity for snorting Ketamine or drink copious amounts of cinnamon-flavored lighter fluid). That 46 went sideways, upside down, and fell backwards into a K-hole. I sent out an SOS: "Send Water. Bandages. Valium. Whiskey. Any Steely Dan record will suffice." The sideways 46-K-jam eventually hit a cloud of astral bliss... Space-blizzard melted away for a sincere and fuzzy-inducing Bug... Had no idea which direction the band was headed (Light, perhaps?) until they dove head-first into Steam... Now Steam wasn't anything special, but it got the assist on the goal for What's the Use. WTU is that unexpected burst of an afternoon sunshower with beams poking through clouds; dry wetness drenched in psychedelia... WTU was just a brief side trip before returning to the path with Steam. Alas, another quick gear shift... Piper time. Big jam for that little worm... How the hell they got from Piper to Tweezer is the kind of stuff they'll be teaching at University of the Wook (Denver Campus) in 2088... Tweezer jam wasn't Earth shattering, but it got its freaky-freaky, French-tickler, game-face on and headed into schwilly balloon land... Nitrous included Trey on megaphone and Gordo utilizing his drill before Trey had ants in his pants and ran around the stage. Poor Page flashed the "sad panda face" because he was left out in the hijinks... At least Page got to pick the next song -- Walls of the Cave...


The encore featured Trey stage banter about Sleeping Monkey, which is both the most mediocre Phish song and Page's favorite song. Trey mentioned that Page always begs them to play Sleeping Monkey as the encore, yet Gordo always shoots him down. What a cock-face Chad move! Alas, Page got redemption and got the green light for Monkey... Tweeprise ended everything as the proverbial cherry on top of the molly-dipped sundae.... First set was heavy on tour debuts, which stood out so deep into the summer tour. Plus, the boys shredded my favorite rendition of Antelope from this summer. The second set was anchored by an insane 46 Days jam and titillating Piper... Overall, the band was in great spirits. Jovial. Goofy. Loose. Amicable. I've always said that when the band has tons of fun, it's infectious and we're always greeted with a fun show. Conversely, whenever inner turmoil bubbles up and the band is not synced up, that's a dangerous recipe for a shitshow. Well, we got the complete opposite at Merriweather... Night 1 at MPP dunzo. One more show at MPP before the boys take a few days off before MagnaBall.

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Phish Walnut Creek Setlist and Recap: 8/14/15 Raleigh, NC


Phish returned to the South for a quick trip to North Carolina for a one-nighter at cozy Walnut Creek outside Raleigh. Phish has been on a tear ever since they left the south in Nashville, so who knows what craziness might go down tonight.

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Here's what you missed...
Phish, 8.14.15 Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC

Set 1: Llama**, Chalkdust, MOMA, Yarmouth, Tube, Bouncin*, Maze, Waiting All Night, Lawn Boy, Devotion to a Dream, Wolfman's, SUZY

Set 2: Wedge > Golden Age > REBA > Mike's Song > GHOST > No Quarter > Weekapaug

E: Farmhouse, Fire

NOTES:
* Pauly Takes A Piss Song
** New slower arrangement
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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Slow-Cooked Raleigh Blues
by @taopauly

The return to the South. Raleigh underway at 7:41pm with a slowed-cooked Llama. Southern blues, crunchy, crispy, funked-out Llama. Relaxed pace set the tone for the mellow, casual set... Chalkdust was fun, short and sweet. Fit the vibe for the lazy summer night... Moma funk injection... At the start of Yarmouth there was a second of hesitation, like I knew it was a Gordo song, but didn't know which one because at some point all 3.0 Gordo songs sound the same... Another round of funk injection with Tube. Set the line at 4:44. Came in higher but did not crack five minutes. Funny because it sounded longer than usual... Bouncin is first-ballot Hall of Fame Pauly Takes A Piss Song... Maze seemed slightly futile and never went too dark, nor deep... Waiting All Night felt unappetizing... Lawn Boy sent all the ladies in the house into a titillating, sensual frenzy... Nothing stood out during Devotion to a Dream; time to either jam it out or send it back down to the minors... Another funk-injection and much-needed, energy-booster late in the set with Wolfman's... Wolf jam trimmed to end the set with crowd-favorite Suzy. Hail Mary Suzy? Trey got desperate and ended the set with a 1-2 punch Wolf-Suzy... Solid, mellow set clocked in around 74 minutes, but felt weirdly awkward and reserved, like dinners with the in-laws when I try not to drop any F-bombs or tell more than one dick joke... Were the boys saving energy for Set 2, or was it just going to be one of those chillax nights?... Highly-anticipated Set 2 kicked off with the Wedge, which barely scratched the surface before shifting gears into a new-agey cover... Golden Age was the first time a jam legitimately took flight in Raleigh. Treated with a yummy Melt-like jam out of Golden... Hinted at a Light immersion before it quickly evaporated into Reba. Don't think anyone expected that. Lovely Reba, yet it stayed in this galaxy... So was that first set just a set up for a monstrous Mike's Groove? Mike's was pretty dope because they unleashed their untapped energy reserves with a focused precision nuke strike with Mike's > Ghost weapons of mass destruction... No second Mike's jam, but Trey dove head-first into Ghost and the rest of the band gave in. Dick Cheney woulda been proud about how much shit Phish blew up in Ghost...


No Quarter. Yep, not a tease. Legit. Kangfirmed. Down the rabbit hole with some Zeppelin sorcery. All the acid-heads got their money's worth. Didn't linger with a NO-Q jam for too long... Weekapaug finished off the high-water mark of the show: Mike's > Ghost > No Q > Groove... Sounded like a fake second Weekapaug jam, but instead Phish launched into First Tube, which ended the second-half of a smoking set... Seemed like they cheesed out with Farmhouse encore. I dig Farmhouse and glad it's back into the regular rotation, but it's not a proper encore song. Thankfully it was just the first of a double-dip... Fire capped off the encore and the show. The ghost of Jimi circling around like a famished vulture. Trey wankage. Lots of it... Show started off mellow. Second set finally got off the ground with a Golden Age jam. You know it's a good night when Reba was one of the lower moments of a set. Ghost-No Quarter stuffed in the middle of Mike's Groove was the definitive highlight of the show and the first thing I can't wait to re-listen to especially that Ghost... Phish finished off its last stop in the South. Next up? Two-night run at Merriweather. Giddy up.

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Phish Setlist: Philly Mann 8/12/15 - Philadelphia, PA


Phish finished off the second night of a two-show run at the Mann Theatre in Philly, the home of "ice-cold fatties" and cheesesteaks.

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Here's what you missed...
Phish, 8.12.15 Mann, Philadelphia, PA

Set 1: AC/DC Bag, Free*, Ya Mar, Sample in a Jar, CITIES, Stash, Birds, The Line, ICE, Zero

Set 2: GIN, No Man's Land > Twist, Scents and Subtle Sounds, HOOD

E: Loving Cup

Notes:
* with Martian Monster interjection
Official poster by D. Welker
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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Philly Night 2
by @taopauly

Phish returned to Philly's Mann for the second of two-night stand in the land of 2-for-20 balloons. After a bitchin' show on Tuesday night, Phish attempted to pick up where they left off with Martian Monsters dancing in their minds... Lights went down at 8:03pm with a standard AC/DC Bag opener, which was just a warm up for the schwilly Philly crowd... What seemed like a run-of-the-mill Free quickly blasted off into hyperspace. Deep-deep-space achieved, Page dropped a Martian Monster sample. Crowd went berserk. Those brainwashed-schwil-meisters lapped up that Halloween shit up. The Martian Monster interjection was just a tantalizing appetizer before returning to Free for a ripping jam out... Ya Mar kept Gordo happy and thumping along before a Sample in a Jar sing-a-long... Waiting for a big-time Cities and we got a gusher. Page was playing the Talking Heads cover with a little extra mustard (as ScottyB would say). The urban jam went sideways and got pretty radical, so fucking rad that I forgot what song they were playing (and I was totally sober aside from 1/3 weed chocolate bar and and 2mg Dilaudid)... Stash up next with some very crisp, on-fleek audience clapping... Birds (with They Attack) barrage... The band huddled and eventually reached a compromise: The Line. Ah, The Line was just a little filler to keep the peace (like when my girlfriend and I don't want takeout from the same boring, local Indian curry house, yet we passive-aggressively debate for an hour on what other places to order at before we exhaustively compromise and order from the same old Indian place). Yup, Line'd... Ice felt thunderously dangerous throughout and the under-the-frozen-pond jam unexpectedly went hyperspace before we fell backwards into an upside down K-hole... Zero ended the 82-minute opening set with a trio of high-water marks: Free, Cities, and Ice...


Set 2 was anchored by a Bathtub Gin (approx. 13 mins) that broke through the other side for a brief moment before it gently returned to Earth... No Man's Land funk-a-thon. Page slaying hogs in that jam-slaughter house. Leo shredded some serious pulled pork sandwiches... Twist bliss jam included some subtle Slipknot teases. Dead-like tendrils from Page and even some Dark Star riffs as well in this 22-minute misty mountain top and highest peak of the show... Scents and Subtle Sounds was soundchecked and one of those songs that gets better and better with more time in the rotation. This SSS had a lil hot sauce in it. It's funny how fickle, self-entitled, brats we are as phans. In 2.0, we bitched and moaned when Phish took up huge chunks of sets devoted to new 2.0 material, yet today in 3.0, we gush over 2.0-era material and eat that shit up like it's a mountain of free molly (the pure "molecule" shit, none of that ketamine-laced chalky-crap Bisco-wookettes are slinging)... Harry the Hood bliss out. The fifth song in a rare 5-song set. Miss those olden days when Phish jammed out a second set with impunity. We were treated with a slew of 6-song set 2s this summer, so I go ga-ga over 5-songers. The less-is-more theory works with me... Loving Cup encore. As per usual, Leo slices and dices and slays away those classic rock covers... Philly night 2 had a few glistening gems including the 45-minute start to set 2 (Gin, No Man's and Twist), plus don't sleep on the Ice and Cities jams from the first set... The Philly double dip has come to a close. The circus migrates south for a quick trip to North Carolina on Friday before hitting up MPP this weekend.

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | Philly1
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Phish Setlist and Recap: Philly Mann 8/11/15, Philadelphia, PA


Phish returned to cozy Mann Theatre for the first of a two-night stint in Philly.

Here's what you missed...
Phish, 8.11.15 Mann Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

Set 1: Crowd Control, Martian Monster, Axilla, Skin It Back > Martian Monster, Vultures, Dog Faced Boy, Bowie, Farmhouse, Scent of a Mule, GHOST, Grind
Set 2: Fuego > Rock and Roll > 46 Days > Taste, 2001 > Sand, Horse > Silent in the Morning, Cavern, Backwards

E: Julius
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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Philly Phish, Night 1
by @taopauly

Phish returned to the east coast for a two-night rager in Philly. Instead of the sketchy former E-Center across the river in Camden, Phish made the more intimate Mann its home base the last two years. Weird shit going down with undercover cops in sleeve tattoos, flatbrims and wifebeater tees, which were hard to distinguish from the regular nitrous mafia crew running amok in the lots... The lights went down at 8:05pm with a Crowd Control opener...  Blast off with Martian Monster. Got a vivid flashback to one of my favorite conspiracy theories (Google: Obama Mars jump room... where a college age Obama was recruited by the shadow government to explore Mars via a stargate)... Full throttle with Axilla. Love the early flirtation with the dark side of the force... Skin It Back was soundchecked so assumed it was going to pop up either night. I rarely have Phish FOMO except when they bust out Skin It Back... The Skin It Back > Martian Monster was the cat's balls. Lowell George would be honored for the Martian mashup... Another tour debut. Vultures. They only play it once a year, so all the noobs think the start/stops are woo-worthy...
  

Dog Faced Boy is the song that plays in your head when you have to explain to your wife about the $1200 charge from the champagne room at the Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas. Coincidentally, DFB was last played in Vegas... Energy-booster Bowie popped up in the middle of the set... Took the vibe down a notch with Farmhouse... Fish on the marimba for Scent of a Mule. Loved the Miami Mule with Smoke on the Water teases... Ah, a late-first set Ghost. Fishman was more creepy and spooky than usual. Martian Monster teases in Ghost fit the loose theme. Thought Ghost was the set closer, but the band stepped to the front of the stage for Grind, which capped off the 77-minute set... Set 2 resumed at 9:55pm or a quickie half-hour setbreak. Everyone wanted to bet me on a DWD opener, but  the house wins again when Phish opted for Fuego. About 10-mins in, they hit that blissful sweet spot... Leo slays covers, especially Rock and Roll... The 46 Days seemed out of place in the middle of the second set because it had been anchoring set 1s as the role of set closer...  Taste sorta popped up out of nowhere, but I dug the direction of the Page-centric set with Trey feeding the Leo Wildebeest... Another strange intro, this one to 2001, which seemed like only Fish wanted to play it before everyone joined in... Sizzling Sand followed up the 2001 dance party and the ass-shaking continued. The "second" Sand jam was what really made me stand up and say, "GOD DAMN!"... Horse was back setting up Silent for a much-needed break for Fish... Insta-boost with Cavern... Questionable Backwards ended the set, but Trey played it for his BFF Tom Marshall... Julius encore. Upbeat, yet predictable... Good to see some more bustouts with Martian Monster sprinkles everywhere, and any show is awesome that has 2001 > Sand back-to-back... One show down in Philly, one more to go...

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly  

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Phish Alpine Valley Setlist: 8/9/15 Sunday - East Troy, WI


Phish finished off their Midwest mini-run with the second show from a two-night stand at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin.

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Here's what you missed...

Phish, 8.9.15 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI

Set 1: The Very Long Fuse, Colonel Forbin's Ascent, Fly Famous Mockingbird, Brian and Robert, Saw It Again, Esther, Weigh, The Sloth, Sanity, Split Open and Melt

Set 2: Antelope > Carini > Waves > Tweezer > Dirt, Mike's Song > Blaze On > Weekapaug > Tweeprise

E: Contact > Frankenstein

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly