Monday, December 31, 2007

Stream 12.31.99 Big Cypress Today

I thought this was pretty cool. Today you can stream the legendary Big Cypress NYE show.

Check it out, Phans!

Phish New Year's Eve Videos

Here's a random assortment of videos from different NYE concerts over the years featuring "The Phish."

1. Heavy Things, 12.31.99, Big Cypress

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2. Bohemian Rhapsody, 12.31.96, Fleet Center, Boston, MA

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3. Reba, 12.31.95, MSG, NYC

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4. Rock and Roll, 12.31.99, Big Cypress

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5. Strange Design, 12.31.95, MSG, NYC

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6. Jungle Boogie, 12.31.03, Miami

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Year's Run Setlists: So Far

Last night (12/29) I saw The Motet and Pnuma Trio at Cervantes in Denver. Motet opened. I like the Motet better than Pnuma; had a good time but would have liked to hear more Motet. A solid show but nothing out of the ordinary. There are so many musical options this weekend leading up to New Year's in Denver and Boulder that it seems to be splitting up the crowds a bit. Lots of shows pulling people in many directions and no electric excitement about 1 show over the others.

The buzz so far with the other runs (Bisco, STS9, Panic) seems to be the following:

-Bisco played a great show on 12/29, other shows have gotten mediocre reviews.

-STS9 has played 2 solid shows, most are digging the lights, Murph looks like shit. (Remember to watch the webcasts at

-Panic brought the house down for the few lucky people that were able to get in last night, we are anxiously awaiting the tapes.

Disco Biscuits

12/27/07 Theater Of The Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Set I: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band> Plan B> Rock Candy, Down To The Bottom
Set II: Humuhumunukunukuapua'a> Mr. Don> Cyclone> And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night> Abraxas> And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night
Encore: Jamillia

12/28/07 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
OTT (live) opened
Orchard Lounge spins at setbreak
Set I: Little Lai, Caterpillar1> Where the Streets Have No Name2> Caterpillar> Alter Ego
Set II: Helicopters3> Boom Shanker> Basis For A Day4, Bernstein And Chasnoff> Voices Insane3> Orch Theme> Bernstein And Chasnoff
Encore: Mastermind

1 with Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past) on guitar, 2 with Tom Hamilton on vocals, 3 unfinished, 4 ending only

12/29/07 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
GZA with the Fyre Dept. opened
OTT spins at setbreak
Set I: 42> Plan B(1), Crickets(2)> Save The Robots(3), Astronaut> Astronomy Domine(4)
Set II: Shelby Rose> Crickets> Story Of The Worl(5) (6)> Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairies > 42
Encore: 7-11> Wizards in Winter (7)

1 completes 12/27 version 2 with Matisyahu rap over intro jam 3 ending only
4 1st time played (Pink Floyd) 5 Brownie announced Camp Bisco VII; July 17-19 in NY
6 inverted 7 1st time played (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

Audience Recording:
Download Set 1
Download Set 2
Download Encore
Taped and Transferred by T.J. Samulis


12/28/07 Atlanta, Georgia, The Tabernacle
Red Magnetic Moon > White Lunar Dog
Current Moon Phase: 70% (Waning Gibbous)

Musical Story, Yes >The Rabble > F Word > ReEmergence, STS9, Warrior, new*, Mischief of a Sleepwalker

1103, Luma Daylight >Tokyo, By the Morning Sun >Orbital, Breathe In

E:Circus >Improv

12/29/07 Atlanta, Georgia, The Tabernacle
White Lunar Dog > Blue Electric Monkey
Current Moon Phase: 60% (Waning Gibbous)

Big Little Scenario >Abcee's, Kamuy, Once Told, You Don't Say, Mobsters, Surreality >EB

GLOgli*, Bigs, Somesing, Dem Be, Ramone & Emiglio, From Now On

Dance >Evasive Jam >Dance >Evasive Jam >Dance >Improv


Widespread Panic Setlist

12/29/07 The Roxy, Atlanta, GA
1: Arleen, Ride Me High, And It Stoned Me, All Time Low, Flat Foot Flewzy, Don't Wanna Lose You, Weight Of The World, Hope In A Hopeless World
2: Maggot Brain > You Got Yours, Sleepy Monkey > I Walk On Guilded Splinters > Greta > I Walk On Guilded Splinters > Drums > Party at Your Mama's House > Porch Song > Blackout Blues
E: Low Rider > Heaven

Again- Don't forget about the STS9 webcast tonight and 12/31 on The Disco Biscuits show from The Electric Factory in Philly will also be webcast. Click here for some tips/tricks with the media player. Here is a Bisco clip from last year:

Today in Phishtory: 12.30.03

George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic join Phish onstage
12.30.03 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

Set I: Wilson > Sand > Shafty > NICU, Weigh, Cities, Strange Design, Scent of a Mule, Bathtub Gin, 2001*

Set II: Tube > L.A. Woman** > Birds of a Feather > L.A. Woman > Makisupa Policeman > Booty Ain't Nothing But a Butt Ra*** > Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)*** > P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)***, Makisupa Policeman****, Down With Disease

Encore: Contact, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

* with multiple teases, including P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)
** first time played; with "Timber Ho!" tease right before "Birds"
*** with George Clinton and Parliament; everyone, including Phish, left the stage at the conclusion
**** With Fishman singing opening line of "Touch Me", not played since 12.3.94

Here's what I wrote four years ago on my main blog, shortly after the show ended:
I saw one of the best Phish shows I had ever seen last night. I've caught 135 shows and 12.30.03 Miami is one of the Top 10 Phish shows... all time! Even Zobo agreed when he said "Top 4 American shows I've seen!"

Why was last night magical and special? George Clinton, the funkmaster himself, joined the fracas and took over the show for 30 minutes when he came out with the rest of Parliament Funkadelic. Quite and amazing performance and a sincere homage to Captain Funk himself.

Trey was smoking. Page was completely on. Fishman was hanging tough. And Mike was breaking out the heavy spacy-cow-funk all night. Cities? Scent of a Mule? Makisupa? L.A. Woman? Tube!!

Zobo, sititng in the sixth row, called second set Tube opener and although they never finished it, I was still loving life. NICU in the first set was sweet. And 2001 and Down with Disease were some of the better version in the post-hiatus era. I had an awful seat up in Section 412, but it sounded great and we had a cool section. Bruce arrived earlier in the day and last night was his first show this run. My buddy Byron, the Ragin' Cajun' from Louisana was up there with us in Sec 412. We saw a lot of Galactic shows in New Orleans and Texas together. Ironically, he called LA Woman before the show started. Japhans Emi and Junko were behind the stage also up in the 400 level. I rescued them and brought them to our section and they had a much better time in the second set!
OK, after several years of reflection, I think I over-estimated the quality of the show. I said it was a Top 10 all time... and it's definitely in the Top 20 all time that I have seen, just not the Top 10. I was shit talking and jacked up on several heady rolls at the time of the original publication. Suffice to say, I'm totally sober now and have listened to 12.30.03 many many many times since then.

It was a historic show because of the added element of P-Funk, and it might have been one of the last great Phish shows. I can think of a few moments in 2004 where the band shined, but I can't pick a specific show in 2004 that could compare to any of the Miami shows.

In short, the Miami run was the last great batch of Phish that I would ever see. And 12.30.03 was the one show during the post-hiatus that stood out from the rest.

Photo Credit: Jason Pinsky

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Today in Phishtory: 12.29.97, 12.29.98, and 12.29.03

December 29th is a special day in Phishtory. They played more than a half of a dozen shows on that epic night. I am going to talk about three in particular, because I happened to be at those three shows... at Madison Square Garden in NYC during 1997 and 1998, and in Miami in 2003.

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12.29.97 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set I: NICU, Golgi Apparatus, Crossroads, Cars Trucks Buses, Train Song, Theme from the Bottom, Fluffhead, Dirt, Antelope

Set II: Down With Disease, David Bowie, Possum > I Can't Turn You Loose (Blues Brothers Theme) > Possum, Tube, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Good Times Bad Times

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In 1997, Phish played a three show run at MSG and 12.29.97 was the first night. I went with Senor and his brother and we got super drunk before the show. I had pretty good seats in the 100 level and a couple of hits of liquid acid on sugar cubes that I had smuggled into NYC from Seattle.

The boys opened with a heady NICU which set the them for the night. After a crowd pleasing Golgi, the boys busted out into a frenetic Crossroads. Then Page stepped it up and belted out Cars Trucks Buses. I smoked heavy during Train Song and Theme and Fluffhead back-to-back kicked my ass. I thought that would be it, but they played Dirt which is a slow song that I could hear any show before the boys ended the set with sizzling Antelope where Trey shredded the shit out of his solos.

Set II was one of those epic sets that everyone wanted a soundboard copy. I mean, Phish opened up with three heavy hitters in Down With Disease, David Bowie, and Possum. That was almost forty minutes of intense Phish, before they segued into the Blues Brothers theme and went back into Possum. They kept up the intensity and busted out a fatty and funky as shit Tube before closing the set with YEM and a crazy vocal jam. They encored with a bong-rattling cover of Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times and we left MSG wanting more.

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12.29.98 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set I: Rock and Roll > Funky Bitch, Punch You in the Eye > Horn, Ginseng Sullivan, Split Open and Melt, Brian and Robert, Guyute, My Soul, Freebird

Set II: Free, Limb By Limb > 2001, Boogie On Reggae Woman, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: The Divided Sky

Click here to listen/download to 12.29.98 via Please note that the last three songs are missing!
Like I wrote yesterday, the 1998 shows were some of the best I had ever attended. After a hot start the night before, the boys continued their momentum.

I knew it was going to be a special night for Page when they opened up with Rock and Roll. After covering Loaded from Velvet Underground on Halloween, I had hoped they would keep a couple of songs in rotation. The one that made the cut was Rock and Roll. It was a fitting tribute that Phish played Rock and Roll in New York City since the Velvets were originally from NYC with their origins as the house band for Andy Warhol at The Factory in Union Square.

Mike Gordon stepped up on the next song with a scorching Funky Bitch. In 1998, Funky Bitch was one of the Top 5 Pauly songs I wanted to hear every night (along with Tube, Slave, 2001, and Ghost). They didn't slow down and kept up the frenzied pace with PYITE > Horn. It was an interesting segue for sure. Split Open and Melt is one of those songs that fried my brain and I needed a slower paced B & R to sit down, relax, smoke up, and get my shit together. My buddy Modeski wanted to hear Guyute and I wasn't a big fan of the song until that night's version. My Soul was a heavy blues-inspired cover and I can recall these Phishy chicks in front of us going nuts during that tune. They ended the set with an accapela version of Freebird.

Set II on 12.29.98 is one of my favorite sets of Phish... all time. I still have the original CD that a friend of mine burned for me from an audience recording. I must have listened to that set a couple of thousand times. They played just five songs in the second set containing Free, Limb By Limb > 2001, Boogie On Reggae Woman, and You Enjoy Myself. Only Limb by Limb was the weakest song of the five and that still kicked my ass. The 2001 was smoking and the Boogie On super funky, as the boys continued knocking out stellar versions of covers as they did four that night. I had rarely seen Divided Sky performed indoors, so it was a treat to hear that as an encore. My biggest criticism of Phish over the years has been their inability to close a show, because what usually happened after two amazing sets was a weak encore like Velvet Sea. Not in 1998.

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12.29.03 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

Set I: Piper, Foam, Anything But Me, Limb By Limb, Wolfman's Brother, Poor Heart, Cavern

Set II: Rock and Roll > Twist > Boogie On Reggae Woman > Ghost > Free, The Divided Sky, Good Times Bad Times

Encore: Waste, The Squirming Coil

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I flew down to Miami for all four shows of their holiday run. 12.29.03 was their second night. On my regular blog, Tao of Pauly, I had written... The second wave of Phish hit me... and I left with a wide grin and seeing one of the best sets of Phish in a long time!!

Since I have the show review already published on Tao of Pauly, I'll pull out some excerpts...

I kinda had to rush to the show after playing poker with Jerry at the dogtrack in Hollywood. I found my seat rather quickly and was not pleased. I was up in Sec 403, behind the stage, six rows from the top! Yeah, those were nosebleed seats and I decided to move up closer. Zobo and Chad were hanging out in Section 122, also behind the stage. Zobo called me to say that the coast was clear and I should come down. I had my stub from the night before (Section 124) and quickly flashed it to the usher and breezed through. I plopped down in the third row and could easily see Page play all night. If he turned to his left while playing his piano, he would see me waving at him. It was a huge difference where I was sitting! I realized that although Zobo and I were at several of the same Phish shows in the last few years... the last time we got a chance to hang out was in Osaka, Japan... where we actually stood next to each other at a Phish show. It was very cool to party up with the second most popular American in Japan. All the Japhans were randomly seated throughout the venue.

Normally I am not a huge fan of Piper so that's why I totally enjoyed their high energy version. They boys ripped it up and they showed no signs of a lull in between shows. They came out fired up and Piper sincerely blew me away. I was hoping to hear Foam and although it wasn't the best version I heard, but I loved every second of it! When they finished up, Trey turned to Fishman and said, "Wow, that was great!" Yeah, I was that close that I could see everything on stage. It was a cool perspective for sure, because I finally got to see what it was like to be on stage and looking out at the crowd. Anything But Me was sweet and mellow. A perfect smoke up song. I became a big fan of Limb by Limb post hiatus. Some good versions out there after I finally gained respect for that tune in Japan. Wolfman's Brother smoked! The boys were on for sure and they funked it out a little bit. They threw the crowd a definite crowd pleaser with Poor Heart. Cavern to close was hot, hot, hot!! I was expecting one more song, and was disappointed when they ended the set after just an hour.

The second set was some of the best Phish I had heard post hiatus. Before I left for Miami, someone recently asked me (in a slightly condescending manner), "How long was I going to continue to follow Phish?" If you saw what I saw... you'd never want to miss another show. I love it when Page sings on Rock and Roll. They segued into a mellow and weird Twist where I swear that Trey was playing some crazy bluesy licks that he had busted out the night before during the Miami Jam after Suzy Greenberg. Just when the crowd got a little bored with Twist, Fishman took control and started busting out the back beat to Boogie On Reggae Woman which was a sweet and delicious version and if it weren't for the drunk kid in our section who drew the attention of asshole Draconian security guards... it would have been perfect. The segue into Ghost was sick! The jam out was stupendous and I kept wanting more but they slowly segued into the fifth song since the set started... Free was rocking and Trey was pulling out rock star antics. He and Mike had a crazy and intense jam when they faced each other and just went off together on a sick and loopy jam, which got the crowd even more pumped up. For fifty minutes they did not rest once and played five straight songs. Most groups can't even throw together enough material for a fifty minute long set... let along play for fifty straight minutes. The crowd applauded for two minutes while they decided what to play next. Divided Sky was one of the best versions I saw since the hiatus... something they had been improving upon each time I see them play it. The boys stood in silence for three minutes while they counted off during that middle-to-end part. The jam out was insane and Zobo and I kept looking at each other giving the "wow" look back and forth. Good Times Bad Times was satisfying for sure and Trey jumped up and down on that one. An excellent closer to an excellent set.

For the encore, Phish came back out for Waste which was OK and again, I hopped that it would be followed up by a heavier tune. When it ended they walked off stage. The crowd would not leave and kept cheering louder and louder. They walked right back on stage a few minutes later and broke out Squirming Coil. I love Page piano solos and I was just 25 yards away from Page and I'd get to see him play a sweet solo at the end of Coil. As he played, one by one, the rest of the members of Phish walked off stage, leaving Page alone to play and accept a thunderous applause after he finished up.

I partied up with my friend Alea and her friends from Madison, WI. I also hung out with Emi and her friends from Japan after the show when we all went back to Zobo's suite on South Beach and partied hard for a couple of hours, before I slowly made my way back to Miami Shores, along Biscayne Blvd., past Little Haiti and past all the hagged out hookers, and their bad make-up jobs, illuminated by the hysterical glow of the neon lights.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Today in Phishtory: 12.28.98 MSG

12.28.98 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set I: Axilla, Stash, Farmhouse, Taste, Sleep, Albuquerque, Driver, Tube, Golgi Apparatus, Good Times Bad Times

Set II: Carini > Wolfman's Brother, Birds of a Feather, When the Circus Comes to Town, Quinn the Eskimo > David Bowie

Encore: Been Caught Stealing

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Nine years ago, I was one of the many freaks in attendance for the first night in Phish's epic four show holiday run at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

Set I opened up with Axilla, which was great because my buddy Modeski loved that song. We were pre-partying at Senor's apartment (he lived five bocks from MSG) and he mentioned that he wanted to hear Bowie and Axilla. I knew it was going to be a special night as soon as the show opened.

It was that version of Farmhouse that got me hooked forever. I remember Senor asking me at setbreak, "What was the name of that Marley song Phish covered after Stash?"

He was convinced it was a Marley song and not a Phish original. They played a few more mellow tunes like Sleep, Albuquerque, and Driver. I think Trey might have been on acoustic on some of those songs. I can't recall. I was rolling pretty hard that night and my memory is fuzzy.

I do remember that fatty Tube. Blew me away. Some nights, Page steps it up and that was one tune where he was truly the Chairman of the Boards. Tube was the highlight of the first set for sure. I was pretty excited to hear Good Times Bad Times. I remember thinking about halfway through Golgi how that would be the end of the show and then setbreak would begin. But they busted out GTBT and the crowd went apeshit.

Carini > Wolfman's is the perfect example of a phenomenal one-two punch to start off a second set. Supposedly there was a girl in the audience who held a sign that said "The Mighty Quinn" and that's why the boys played Quinn the Eskimo. They segued into David Bowie which was what my buddy Modeski wanted to hear.

The encore was a sizzling cover of Jane's Addiction's Been Caught Stealin'. 1998 was the Year of Cover Phish and they didn't disappoint during the MSG run with several random covers on the first night; Albuquerque, Good Times Bad Times, Circus Comes to Town, Quinn the Eskimo, and Been Caught Stealin'. And that was just the first night.

Looking back, that 1998 run was one of the best times I had following Phish. I had just moved back to NYC after living on the West Coast for almost two years. Phish was practically playing in my backyard and we did some serious partying at Senor's apartment. I was also totally spun out at that point. I was abusing a lot of pain killers and was rolling for four straight days. I don't think I slept during those shows and I'm lucky that I barely made it out alive.

MSG 1998 was the last great holiday run for the boys before they went on hiatus. Miami in 2003 was a kick ass party but it didn't come close to the late night mayhem. Plus, Phish was on the top of their game in 1998. If you saw a Phish show circa 97-98, you know what I'm talking about. Phish shows were magical and they were some of the best parties I have ever been too.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Joker's Guide to New Year's Eve

It has been a longstanding tradition for me to always attend a live music event at New Year's Eve. To me, there is simply no other way to do it. This year there is quite a bit of music leading up to the big is what I am paying attention to:

In Denver/Boulder
Fri 28
Helle's Belles- Cervantes
Leftover Salmon/New Monsoon- Ogden Theater
The Motet/Pnuma Trio- Fox Theater

Sat 29
The Motet/Pnuma Trio- Cervantes***
Yonder Mountain String Band/G. Love- The Fillmore
RJD2- Fox Theater

Sun 30
Particle (w/new guitarist)/RJD2- Cervantes***
Yonder Mountain String Band/The Wailers- The Fillmore
Outformation- The Gothic
EOTO/Sporque/OOaH/Vibesquad- The Fox Theater
Rose Hill Drive (Performing Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic")- Boulder Theater

Mon 31
Yonder Mountain String Band- The Fillmore***
Greyboy All-Stars- Ogden
Particle (w/new guitarist)- Cervantes
Outformation- The Gothic
Rose Hill Drive (Performing Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic")- Boulder Theater
Zilla/Glitch Mob- The Fox Theater

***The Joker is leaning toward attending

Other Great Runs & Shows of note:

Sound Tribe Sector 9
The "Tabby" (Tabernacle) Atlanta, GA- Dec 28,29,30 and 31 (sold out!)
Watch All 4 nights on Iclips!

The Disco Bicuits
12/27 - TLA/Fillmore|Philadelphia ,PA (sold out!)
12/28 - Hammerstein Ballroom|New York,NY
12/29 - Hammerstein Ballroom|New York,NY
12/30 - Electric Factory|Philadelphia,PA (sold out!)
12/31 - "Circo Bisco" Tweeter Center|Camden,NJ

Widespread Panic
12/29- Atlanta, GA Roxy Theatre (sold out!) $125 GA Concert Ticket
$500 VIP Ticket
*Only 100 VIP cocktail party tickets were sold. VIP ticket includes: aCocktail Party with the band at 6pm featuring Heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Nava in Buckhead, an open premium bar, early admittance to the venue and an autographed 2007 Tunes for Tots poster.

12/30 & 12/31 - Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

Radiohead! Webcast on

Pitchfork is reporting that the webcast is going to consist of a performance of In Rainbows in full, taped at the band's Oxford studio. In America, the live show will be aired commercial-free on Al Gore's television station, Current TV. It premieres at 12 a.m. EST/9 p.m. PST. The webcast will also be re-broadcast on Jan 1 (when I will be watching).

Mike Gordon - Looking Back has a quickie Q&A with Mike Gordon. Check it out.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Disco Biscuits on Sirius Jam On

The Disco Biscuits had a live studio performance 12/20/07 on Sirius Radio's Jam On station in lieu of Marc Brownstein's (bass) new show on Sirius Radio called "Jamtronica."

The show consists of callers in between live songs:

Caterpillar, Alter Ego*> Cyclone, Astronaut, D'yer Mak'er, Svenghali

The show includes commentary and calls from fans. "Alter Ego" is a new song, first time played.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Phish on SNL: Peanuts Christmas Video

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Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir - Christmas Concert, Part 3 & 4

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In Part 3, Joan Baez joins Bobby and Jerry. Baez busted on Jerry & Bobby for actually getting out of bed before 3pm and showing up to the benefit concert.

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In the Part 4, Baez joins Jerry & Bobby as they cover a very familiar Bob Dylan song.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir - Christmas Concert, Part 2

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On December 17, 1987, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia performed a special acoustic concert at the Warfield in San Francisco. In Part 1 of this video, they perform an early version of Victim or Crime and a very sweet rendition of Birdsong.

Phish From the Archives Dec 2007

Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro did a little show the other day from and some ambitious Phish fans were able to capture it and track it out. Here it is, for your enjoyment...I have to say, the 11/22/97 Halley's has been a personal favorite of mine for many years and I am excited to have an excellent recording of it now.

Kevin Shapiro Intro
Sanity (8/5/88)
Dog Log (12/6/96 soundcheck; over Funky Bitch music)
My Friend, My Friend (11/30/94)
Runaway Jim (12/31/95)
Halley's Comet (11/22/97)
Stash (4/2/98)
Bathtub Gin > The Real Me > Bathtub Gin (12/29/95)
Tube > Dayton Jam (12/7/97)
AC/DC Bag (9/14/99)
Mike's Song > Crossroads > Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug
Groove (5/8/93)
Contact (1/3/03)
The Curtain With***
Tweezer (11/28/94)

*** Studio version from June 1987 at Mike's grandmother's house. Kevin
Shapiro notes it had possible pitch problems and apologized for that.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Jerry Christmas - Happy New Weir

Yes its cliche for you ole heads out there. My old beau and touring partner from the 1980's, Rob just emailed me those exact Xmas greetings from Sunny Ventura, California and it made me smile.

I'd also like to apologize for my lack of posts. When the good Dr Pauly added me to the team I was full of wonderful ideas. Life has a way of interfering, however and I joined at a bad time of the year for work and free time. All good stuff for the most part, except for the Poker Tilt which is the subject of my other blog.

I have added some new music for me to my collection and will be giving it a listen and hopefully completing some reviews. Recent purchases include:

Bob Marley and the Wailers - LEGEND: The Best of

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City Music Hall

Patty Scialfa (Mrs Boss) Play It As It Lays

Mark Knopfler and Emmy Lou Harris - All the Road Running

Robert Plant and Alison Kraus - Raising Sand

Grateful Dead - Dicks Picks Volume 19 (Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, OK 10/19/1973)

I listened to most of Dicks Picks 19 on my trip up and down the Northway last nite. Here are the set lists:

CD One
1. Promised Land
2. Sugaree
3. Mexicali Blues
4. Tennessee Jed
5. Looks Like Rain
6. Don't Ease Me In
7. Jack Straw
8. They Love Each Other
9. El Paso
10. Row Jimmy

CD Two
1. Playing In The Band
2. China Cat Sunflower
3. I Know You Rider
4. Me and My Uncle
5. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
6. Big River

CD Three .
1. Dark Star
2. Mind Left Body Jam
3. Morning Dew
4. Sugar Magnolia
5. Eyes of the World
6. Stella Blue
7. Johnny B. Goode

I just love the Country/bluegrass vibe of the first set. I could do without the Row Jimmy. For some reason I heard that song way to many times at way to many shows and its just not one of my favorites. Looks Like Rain is a favorite but kind of out of place in the middle of the mix. After a great Playing in the band the band segues into China/Rider which is always one of my favorite two song combos. I just Never get tired of the trippy/funky China into the more traditional I know you Rider. Set III has a very interesting spin on Dark Star.

I was thirteen years old and on my first family trip to Disney World when this concert was played. It would be a good 11 years before I actually saw my first Dead Concert at the Syracuse Carrier Dome on October 20th 1984. The 1973 line-up of the band was Billy as the solo drummer and the Godchaux's in the mix. Sadly, I never saw PigPen or the Godchaux's with the band.

As I drove up the Northway to my live poker game, listening to Bobby sing Chuck Berry's Promised Land I invisioned myself on a plane to Vegas. It got my MoJo working. Personally, I think some of the Bands best stuff was from the early 1970's and enjoy going back in time exploring the band with a leaner sound. I never get tired of Eyes of the World and although not one of the strongest or longest Eyes jams Ive heard its definitely worth listening too.

As with any Grateful Dead show it takes many listens to appreciate the sound, style and explorations the Band takes on any individual song or the interplay of one song into another. And Yes Virginia, There is nothing like a Grateful Dead show!

Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir - Christmas Concert, Part 1

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On December 17th in 1987, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia performed a special acoustic concert at the Warfield in San Francisco. In Part 1 of this video, they perform I Paint My Masterpiece and Deep Elum Blues.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Best of 2007

"I don't think of my fans as 'stealing'. I feel like it would kind of
be like if author got upset when they found out about these things
called libraries." - Jeff Tweedy

There are lots of places that you can read about the top albums of 2007. Talk is cheap. Here you can actually listen to some of them and decide for yourself.

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Architecture in Helsinki - Places Like this

Art Brut - It's a Bit Complicated

Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

Battles - Mirrored

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

The Bird and the Bee - The Bird and the Bee

Bjork - Volta

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City

Bright Eyes - Casadaga

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder

Common - Finding Forever

Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings

Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity

Dntel - Dumb Luck

Feist - The Reminder

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!

The Good The Bad and the Queen - The Good The Bad and the Queen

Interpol - Our Love to Admire

Iron and Wine - The Shepard's Dog

Joe Henry - Civilians

Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature

Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests

Kanye West - Graduation

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

Lily Allen - Alright, Still

M.I.A - Kala

Modest Mouse - We Were Dead...

The National - Boxer

Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II

Okkervil River - The Stage Names

Panda Bear - Person PItch

Polyphonic Spree - The Fragile Army

Radiohead -In Rainbows

The Shins - Wincing the Night Away

Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War

Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover

White Stripes -Icky Thump

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Bruce Springsteen - Magic

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Phish '96 Summer Tour

Check it out! Almost all of summer '96!

Thanks to hippiehop420 for taking the time to posting the links, mostly audience recordings, which include several shows from their Europe 96 tour.

Photo: Pollock's summer 96 poster image

Monday, December 17, 2007

Phish From the Archives

Here is THE compilation of all the "From The Archive"
radio broadcasts that Kevin Shapiro has so gratiously
shared with us over the years. All songs are SBD from FM source.

"From The Archive" includes the following:

1997 The Great Went "From The Archives"
1998 Lemonwheel "From The Archives"
1999 Big Cypress "From The Archives"
2003 IT "From The Archives"
2004 Coventry "From The Archives"

Four Discs Total @ an average of 192kbps VBR
No songs contain radio commentary, just the song in its entirety.

Disc 1
01. [12:33] [1987-08-29] The Curtain With
02. [06:06] [1988-07-25] Camel Walk
03. [12:02] [1989-10-01] Reba *
04. [15:37] [1991-11-15] Rhombus Narration -> Divided Sky
05. [13:34] [1992-04-18] Hood
06. [16:20] [1992-12-01] Baby Elephant Walk -> Bowie
--- -------
D1: [76:12]

* first time played

Disc 2
01. [06:19] [1993-03-24] The Wedge
02. [08:18] [1993-08-06] Slave
03. [06:05] [1993-08-08] Loving Cup
04. [18:02] [1993-08-15] Stash
05. [04:50] [1994-07-13] Cavern -> Wilson -> Cavern
06. [23:53] [1994-11-12] DWD -> Have Mercy -> DWD
07. [06:37] [1994-11-17] Fixin' To Die
--- -------
D2: [74:04]

Disc 3
01. [05:38] [1995-05-16] Spock's Brain *
02. [15:08] [1995-05-16] Reba
03. [38:59] [1995-11-14] Stash -> Manteca -> DFB -> Stash
04. [10:29] [1996-08-16] Bathtub Gin
--- -------
D3: [70:14]

* first time played

Disc 4

01. [10:01] [1996-10-31] Crosseyed & Painless
02. [26:43] [1997-07-23] Ghost
03. [24:01] [1998-11-11] Halley's Comet
04. [09:01] [2003-07-18] Bug
05. [05:49] [2004-02-06] Early Spring Jam
--- -------
D4: [65:35]

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dead Videos: Saturday Night Live

This is one of my favorite You Tube videos... the Grateful Dead playing Casey Jones on Saturday Night Live on November 11, 1978...

Click here to view the Dead on SNL... via RSS or Bloglines

Man, I would have loved to be at the after party of Saturday Night Live in 1978 with the Grateful Dead. Talk about one of the most epic parties of all time. Anyway, it's a quickie version of Casey Jones. Bob Weir plated slide guitar and that made me laugh. Phil Lesh chilled out in the background and Keith Godchaux sported the shades indoors. Jerry showed touches of Grey in the video... just about the same time he started using heroin. I love how long Donna Jean's hair is... down to her ass.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Today in Phishtory: 12.14.95

12.14.95 Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY

Set I: Suzy Greenberg, Llama, Foam, Makisupa Policeman, Split Open and Melt, Tela, The Fog That Surrounds, My Sweet One, Frankenstein

Set II: The Curtain, Tweezer > Timber > Tweezer, Keyboard Army, Halley's Comet > NICU > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Bold as Love
Twelve tears ago today, Phish played another epic show. This one was captured on their Live Phish series. Tight set. Phish from 1995 had a distinct hard-rocking and energetic sound. 1995 is my second favorite year besides the Year of the Funk. In the summer of 95, the torch had gotten passed to them when Jerry Garcia died. The boys stepped up with some magnificent playing as they made their mark.

Highlights included Split Open and Melt, a rare Tela, and a fatty Frankenstein to end the first set. The second set was anchored by Tweezer > Timber > Tweezer sandwich and I'm always a fan of a show that included Slave.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Led Zeppelin Reunion Download

They were younger in the 70's and people have been closer to the stage to record a show. But all things considered, this isn't all that bad...

Led Zeppelin
O2 Arena, London, England
Dec. Tenth, 2007

Slowburn master torrent #001

DPA 4061 -> Microtracker 24/48

Recorded from section 407, row J


d1t01 Intro
d1t02 Good Times Bad Times
d1t03 Ramble On
d1t04 Black Dog
d1t05 In My Time Of Dying
d1t06 For Your Life
d1t07 Trampled Under Foot
d1t08 Nobody's Fault But Mine
d1t09 No Quarter
d2t01 Since I've Been Loving You
d2t02 Dazed And Confused
d2t03 Stairway To Heaven
d2t04 The Song Remains The Same
d2t05 Misty Mountain Hop
d2t06 Kashmir
d2t07 crowd
d2t08 Whole Lotta Love
d2t09 crowd
d2t10 Rock And Roll


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gordo Does Costa Rica

Mike Gordon will be playing with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann once again. Along with Scott Murawski, the three will be playing a show on January 5th, 2008 at Docelunas in Jaco, Costa Rica.

Here's what's up according to
Built on 5 acres of fruit trees, hummingbird gardens, and surrounded by rain forest covered mountains and rolling green fields, the venue is just minutes from black sand beaches. Proceeds from this event will benefit Garabito Schools Environmental Education via The Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are being offered through Mike's online ticketing site. Tickets are also on sale at the The Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce in Jaco, Costa Rica. For more information, please call (506) 643-2211 or (506) 643-2195 or visit the Chamber's website. Additional tickets will be available on the day of the show at Docelunas. It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
Should be an interesting show in another mixture of two of my favorite bands... Phish and the Dead. Will Page be playing with Mickey Hart next? Or how about Bob Weir and Fishman?

Photo courtesy of: Flickr user kubacheck

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I Heart Thievery Corporation

Its snowing outside in Denver and it makes me want to chill. Literally. When I want to chill out, I put on Thievery Corporation. Superb beats, melodic basslines, perfectly layered synths...

Pack a bowl and check it out:

Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi Download

Monday, December 10, 2007

Phish Japan Downloads- 6/9/00, 6/10/00, 6/11/00 & 6/13/00

...and we all know what happened on 6/14/00.

I found these floating around and thought if no one else, Pauly would love to listen to them again...

Friday, June 9, 2000
On Air East, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Set I: Axilla > Taste, Billy Breathes, Poor Heart, Golgi Apparatus > Funky Bitch, The Moma Dance, First Tube, Chalk Dust Torture

Set II: Tweezer, Bouncing Around the Room, The Mango Song, The Squirming Coil, Gotta Jibboo > Meatstick, Tweezer Reprise

Encore: You Enjoy Myself

Show Notes: The Moma Dance included Funky Bitch teases and Tweezer included Funk 49 teases. Trey attempted to sing Meatstick in Japanese but wound up flubbing the words. Bouncing included a brief outro solo from Trey, which replaced the usual closing guitar lick. This show was re-broadcast on Japanese television.

set I: 128
set II: 96 kbps

Saturday, June 10, 2000
Zepp, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Set I: Down with Disease, Sample in a Jar, Piper, Lawn Boy, Guyute

Set II: Heavy Things, Sand, Sparkle, My Soul, Bathtub Gin > Twist, Albuquerque, Wading in the Velvet Sea > Loving Cup

Encore: The Inlaw Josie Wales, Limb by Limb

Show Notes: Disease included a Weekapaug tease. Lawn Boy spotlighted Mike, who provided a noteworthy bass solo.

mp3/96 kbps
no source info

"Guyute" On YouTube...

Sunday, June 11, 2000
Hibiya Outdoor Theatre, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Set I: First Tube, Punch You in the Eye, Horn, Ginseng Sullivan, Stash, Dirt, Possum > It's Ice, Farmhouse

Set II: Birds of a Feather, Free, Beauty of My Dreams, Bug > David Bowie, When the Circus Comes, Back on the Train > Harry Hood

Encore: Character Zero

Show Notes: Possum included Stash teases. A large rainbow formed over the theatre and cleared during the encore, creating an unforgettable visual.

128 kbs
no source info

Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Club Quattro, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Japan

Soundcheck: Ginseng Sullivan, Funk Jam -> Crossroads, "Say My Name/Oh Yeah" Jam

Set I: Meat, Maze, Meat Reprise, Ya Mar, Fast Enough for You, The Old Home Place > Wilson > Mike's Song -> Simple > Weekapaug Groove

Set II: Gotta Jibboo, Wolfman's Brother, Run Like an Antelope -> Contact > Sand, Roggae > Prince Caspian > Rocky Top > Cavern
Encore: Brian and Robert, Good Times Bad Times

Show Notes: Cavern included the older, alternate lyrics and a drawn-out, feedback-enhanced ending. The band teased Is She Really Going Out With Him before Jibboo and after Wolfman's, with the audience singing along at one point. The audience tried in vain to coerce Phish to play it in its entirety. Antelope was unfinished - Mike segued into a funky version of Contact right before the "Rye, Rye, Rocco" lyric segment of Antelope.

Soundcheck and show: 256 kbps
no source info

thanks to "Bizarro Jerry" on PT for posting the links!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Medeski, Martin and Wood w/Karl Denson, Fareed Haque and Col. Bruce Hampton

I found this tasty gem for ya...

07/06/2002 - High Sierra Music Festival - Plumas Sierra Fairgro - Quincy CA

One Set Only: Improv, Big Time, Audience Q&A, Jelly Belly, Hip Chops Latin Shuffle, Last Chance to Dance Trance (Perhaps), Bone Digger*, Pappy Check*, Pay These Dues Blues**, Your Name Is Snake Anthony**, The Lover***, I Wanna Ride You
Encore: Uninvisible***

* with Fareed Haque on guitar
** with Col. Bruce Hampton on guitar & vocals
*** with Karl Denson on saxophone

DOWNLOAD LINK (.rar file, will need rar expander)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Today in Phistory: 12.6.96 - Suspicious Minds Video

Since I'm, currently in Las Vegas, here's one of the videos from Vegas 96 featuring Fish singing Suspicious Minds. Yes, that was 11 years ago today.

Click here to view the video via RSS or Bloglines....

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Jah Love Remixed: Brah Marley

"Roots, Rock, Remixed retains the songs and the spirit of the original(s)... a great dance party record." - Chris Blackwell

I found this somewhere out there and think that you should check it out. The music of Bob Marley is no doubt close to your heart if you are reading this blog. These remixes take the original analog recording and incorporate hip-hop and dance beats. There are many Bob Marley covers out there, but I feel these add something because they try to move from the predictable reggae guitar/bass/drum beat while still keeping the original feel. I like that Bob is still singing on these tracks- so many other Bob Marley covers/tributes out there just don't sound right vocally. Give it a listen- Roots, Rock, Remixed has received a certified blessing from the Marley family.

Track Listing:
01. Soul Shakedown Party (Afrodisiac Sound System Remix)
02. Lively Up Yourself (Bombay Dub Orchestra Remix)
03. Duppy Conqueror (Fort Knox Five Remix)
04. Sun Is Shining (Yes King Remix)
05. Soul Rebel (Afrodisiac Sound System Remix)
06. African Herbsman (King Kooba Remix)
07. Don't Rock My Boat (STUHR Remix)
08. Small Axe (Paul & Price Remix)
09. Rainbow Country (DJ Spooky's Subliminal Funk Remix)
10. Trenchtown Rock (Trio Eltrico Remix)
11. 400 Years (Jimpster Remix)
12. One Love (Cordovan Remix)

Download Link

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Things to watch at 420: Sifl & Olly

Sifl & Olly was on MTV 1997-1999. LATE at night. Thanks to YouTube you can watch them whenever it is 420 in your world. Enjoy.

Phish = Crescent Fresh

Monday, December 03, 2007

Radiohead In Rainbows B-Sides Leaked

If you don't have it yet, download it from this blog. Also a lot of other tasty selections over there.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

A Few Panic Shows For Ya...Actually, Fall Tour 2007

Jimmy Herring - Nashville (Oct. 2007)

These links were emailed to me, thought that you would enjoy...some or all of these may be soundboard recordings. Get 'em while they're hot! Accuracy and setlists can be checked at
Charleston 2
Charleston 1
Nasvhille 3
Nashville 2
Nasvhille 1
Milwookie 2
Milwookie 1
Loveland 2
Loveland 1
Seattle 2
Seattle 1
Oakland 2
Oakland 1
Memphis 2
Memphis 1
Photo by Brad Hodge

Friday, November 30, 2007

Phish Videos - Character Zero 6.22.97

Here's a sweet Character Zero performance in Koblenz, Germany in 1997.

Click here to view the video via RSS or Bloglines...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Phish Download- November 27, 1996 "Diseezer"

November 27, 1996
Key Arena, Seattle, WA
Set I: Julius > My Friend My Friend, Ya Mar, Chalk Dust Torture, The Sloth, Uncle Pen, Free > Theme From the Bottom, Bold as Love

Set II: Down with Disease -> Jesus Just Left Chicago, Scent of a Mule, Tweezer -> Sweet Emotion Jam -> Down with Disease, The Star Spangled Banner, Fire

Encore: Waste, Tweezer Reprise

Show Notes: Listen for "Brady Bunch" theme scats from Trey and some vacuum action from Fishman during the Mule Duel. Fire and Bold as Love were dedicated to Jimi Hendrix on his birthday. The Disease and Tweezer combo has led some fans to refer to this as the "Diseezer." The Disease Reprise contained a Can't You Hear Me Knockin' ending. Bold as Love was played for the first time since December 14, 1995 (67 shows).

Schoeps CMC6>MK41>Oade>DA-P1, Static in Julius, 160 kbps/mp3

Download Link

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Review: Phish Vegas 96

I had a week to let Phish Vegas 96 soak in. I played in the background all week as I wrote.

Disc 1 opened up with a high energy Wilson. Other highlights included a rare Peaches en Regalia (a Frank Zappa cover). Trey was teasing something during the first few minutes of 2001 and I could not figure out what it was. The 2001 started out mellow and picked up. Their album Picture of Nectar featured a lot of fast songs... and the boys busted out Poor Heart (prior to 2001) and then a frenzied Llama before they embarked on a 25 minute YEM. This show was before the Year of the Funk, but there were times you could hear some funky elements in their jam out of YEM. In their vocal jam, they say something like, "Donuts. I love donuts."

After YEM, Page woke up and unleashed Cars, Trucks, Buses which was always a big favorite of mine. The first disc and first set ended with a one-two punch of Down with Disease and a fatty cover of Edgar Winter's Frankenstein.

Disc 2 is probably my favorite out of the bunch and started off with two high energy songs in Julius and Sparkle. I always felt that the only downside to the Year of the Funk was that the boys lost their passion to slay certain songs like Sparkle. Any version post 1997 just don't have that same buzz, emotion, and frenetic energy of the version in 1993-1996.

Mike's Song is my favorite song on the CD and represented everything I dig about Phish in those nine minutes. I always preferred the Mike's > Simple segue instead of a Mike's > Hydrogen and they didn't disappoint in Vegas. They tossed in Harry Hood after Simple to mix things up and the fifteen minute version was a warm and mellow journey before they closed off the entire Mike's Song sandwich is a sizzling Weekapaug Groove. About six minutes in they pull off some serious the start-stop jamming. The disc ended with a bong-rattling cover of Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times. Loved the bit when Page sings, "I know what it feels to be alone!"

I was a disappointed with Disc 3 which featured Les Claypool and a slew of Elvis impersonators. I'm always a fan of random Fishman hijinks but I guess this was one of those instances... where you had to be there. The Suzy Greenburg > Susie Q was interesting, but not strong enough to get me excited about that particular disc. I noticed that the last couple of days I ignored Disc 3 outright.

The most overlooked item was the extra disc of performances in November of 1996 leading up to the Vegas show from gigs in Michigan, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and California. It's a short five disc release called Road to Vegas and featured Split Open and Melt, Tweezer, Bathtub Gin, Simple, and Amazing Grace (including a segue into an instrumental version). The one song that stood out was a 16 minute version of Simple. If you can, go hear it for yourself!

Everything on that extra disc was top notch and it was a nice addition that you got when you ordered the package deal on A special limited edition concert DVD was also included. The production value was nothing special and it appeared to be shot with one hand-held video camera from the soundboard area. The entire Disc 3 was featured and you can view the hijinks with Les Claypool and all the Elvis impersonators. The DVD also included versions of 2001 > Llama and the sick Mike's > Simple > Hood > Weekapaug sandwich.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Disco Biscuits t00r

Progressions DVD out now...

Where have all the kiddzzz gone now that Jerry passed, Phish is done, Trey can't leave New York State, and String Cheese split up? Well if you like the untz untz untz untz you are on Bisco t00r.

The Disco Biscuits are coming out to Colorado for a 4 night run in January and I couldn't be happier. I had Tickets to the New Year's run but have decided to stay home since Bisco is coming out to Colorado. Upcoming t00r dates:

12/13/2007|CARIBBEAN HOLIDAZE|Runaway Bay, Jamaica,
12/27/2007|TLA/Fillmore|Philadelphia ,PA
12/28/2007|Hammerstein Ballroom|New York,NY
12/29/2007|Hammerstein Ballroom|New York,NY
12/30/2007|Electric Factory|Philadelphia,PA
12/31/2007|Tweeter Center|Camden,NJ

1/16/2008|Aggie Theatre|Fort Collins,CO
1/17/2008|Boulder Theater|Boulder,CO
1/18/2008|The Fillmore Auditorium|Denver,CO
1/19/2008|Dobson Ice Arena|Vail ,CO

3/6/2008|LANGERADO-The Big Cypress Reservation|Clewiston,FL

If you are not familiar with the Biscuits, here is a link to a great show on I love this first set- the Voices Insane, House Dog Party Favor > King Of The World > Digital Buddha is hot.
linky to

Monday, November 26, 2007

Show Review: Tool, Denver 11/21/07, Pepsi Center

It was my first time seeing Tool live. I got to say that everything I have heard about Tool live is correct: A very tight band, prescise playing, and lots of visual stimulation away from the band. Maynard, the lead singer/band leader stands in the back next to the drums and makes an effort not to be a front man. I spent most of my time watching the weird visuals on the 6 video screens in the Pepsi Center or the green laser light show that dominated the second half of the show.

Tool came out and played my favorite tune "Stinkfist" the second song. I thought it was a powerful performance. Overall, I don't think that Tool is quite my vibe, but I definiely appreciate their music and thought that most of the fans at the show were there with a excited frenzy to see their favorite band. I chatted with a couple of fans that were planning to see other shows on the tour. I get that. Tool fans are kinda like Phish fans in their appreciation of the band- but they wear more black and can kick your hippie ass.

check out "Stinkfist" on YouTube...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

STS9 Podcast: Red Rocks

I was in attendance at the two Sound Tribe Sector 9 shows at Red Rocks this September 9-10 and had a great time. My crew wore feathers and TreeThugger Hats (pictured above), you may have seen us if you were at the shows.

STS9 has selected their favorite tracks from the two nights and you can download or stream them for free from their web site. I especially liked the Aimlessly>Nautilus>Aimlessly sandwich. Break out your heady crystals and take a listen...

Link to STS9 Podcast:Top of the Rocks

Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Little Help From My Friends by Belushi

This was one of my favorite sketches from Saturday Night Live... when John Belushi impresonated Joe Cocker and performed A Little Help From My Friends.

Click here to view the Belushi video... vis RSS and Bloglines

Friday, November 23, 2007

Toubab Krewe NYE Run

Toubab Krewe will be performing four special shows to close out 2007. They added two shows, one at Bowery Ballroom in New York City on December 27th and the other at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on December 28th. They will conclude the year with two shows at the Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville, NC.

Here's excerpts of a press release:
The run closes out an amazing year for the band, which has been credited with "setting a new standard for fusions of of rock 'n' roll and West African music" (Afropop Worlwide). They kicked off 2007 in Essakane, Mali, where they played the legendary Festival of the Desert, known as the most remote festival in the world. Extensive tours of the U.S. followed, with the band playing over 100 shows, including sets at premiere festivals such as Langerado, SxSW, Wakarusa, High Sierra, 10,000 Lakes, Echo Project, Wall to Wall Guitar, and the Voodoo Music Experience. Along the way they played with luminaries such as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Mike Gordon (Phish), Lamine Soumano and Tinariwen.

The band is currently working on their sophomore album with Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, which is slated for release in March 2008. They launch into the new year with performances at Jamcruise, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Roatan, Hunduras and Cozumel, Mexico on January 4.

Toubab Krewe New Year's tour dates:

12.27 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (co-bill with Golem)
12.28 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (co-bill with Golem)

12.30 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel w/ The Lee Boys
12.31 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel w/ Snake Oil Medicine Show
For more information, head over to the band's MySpace page.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving: w00k Turkey Day Haikus

Happy Thanksgiving!

One of the funniest recurring Phantasy Phish threads is the w00k Haikus. Here are a few of my favorites.

Just dosed the gravy
Tofurkey in the oven
Fruitcup anyone?

Ate lots of turkey
It made my ma fall asleep
But me, from oxys

Three for five Grandma
This shit is way heady
Home is like the lot

Who dosed the stuffing?
Turkey is talking to me
He needs an extra

Gather 'round Wookies
Its that time of year again
To give thanks for herb

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Today in Phishtory: 11.21.98 Hampton, VA

Nine years ago, Phish performed at Hampton Colesium and recorded what would end up being a part of their epic Live Phish series called Hampton Comes Alive.
Phish, 11/21/98 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I: Wilson> Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Lawn Boy, The Divided Sky, Cry Baby Cry, Boogie On Reggae Woman> NICU, Dogs Stole Things, Nellie Kane, Foam, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Guyute, Bold as Love

Set II: Sabotage > Mike's Song> Simple> The Wedge, The Mango Song> Free> Ha Ha Ha> Free, Weekapaug Groove

Encore: Tubthumping
The kids call 1997 the Year of the Funk. 1998 might have been the Year of the Cover Song. This show is a perfect example of Phish's amazing and uncanny ability to play a cover and put their spin on it. The first set included covers from the Beatles Cry Baby Cry to Stevie Wonder's Boogie On Reggae Woman to a classic country tune Nellie Kane and they closed with Jimi Hendrix's Bold As Love. The boys kicked off the second set with a hysterical homage to the Beastie Boys with Sabotage and ended the show with Tubthumping by British one hit wonders... Chumbawamba.

I'll have to dig through my CD collection and play this non-stop today.

Fluffhead on ESPN

Sweet. A fried of mine told me about these clever Phisheads who held up a "Fluffhead" sign in the background of ESPN College Game Day's taping at Williams College a couple of Saturday's ago. Sadly, Phish did not come out of retirement to play Fluffhead for the enthusiastic fan.

Click here to see Fluffhead/ESPN video via RSS or Bloglines...

In case you were wondering when the last Fluffhead was played? Las Vegas 9.29.00 during the second set, just before Kid Rock came out and played a bunch of songs with the boys. Phish never played Fluffhead post hiatus.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Phish Simple Vegas '96 Video!!!

Got 20 minutes? Check out the video of Phish playing "Simple" from the new Vegas '96 release. Courtesy of our heady friends at Glide/Hidden Track.

Essential Listening: The Talking Heads

Whats up, music Phans?

For you, today, I have some Talking Heads! First up, a video of Once in a Lifetime.

Click here to download... THE TALKING HEADS - Sun Palace in Tokyo Japan 2.27.81

1. Psycho Killer
2. Stay Hungry
3. Cities
4. Drugs
5. Once In A Lifetime
6. Houses In Motion
7. Born Under Punches
8. Crosseyed And Painless
9. Life During Wartime
10. The Great Curve
11. The Book I Read
12. Girls Want To Be With Girls
13. Mind

Monday, November 19, 2007

Phil Lesh & Friends w/Trey Anastasio Download

If you haven't heard it, take a listen!
**note: this is a mp3 copy

Phil Lesh and Friends
October 20, 2007
Glen Falls Civic Center, Glen Falls, NY
source: Neumann km184> v2> SBM-1 (48 kHz)> optical 7-pin> iRiver h120
[DIN 90* Tapers section front and center ]
transfer: h120> USB> Soundforge 6.0 (resample, fades)> cdWave> FLAC Frontend

taped/transfered by Rob Clarke RobClarke.km184 -at-

disc 1 (set 1):

01. Alabama Getaway
02. Pride of Cucamonga
03. Friend of The Devil ->
04. Deep Elem
05. Deal
06. Bird Song ->
07. Bertha

disc 2 (set 2):

01. Shine
02. Viola Lee Blues ->
03. Cumberland Blues ->
04. Viola Lee Blues ->
05. Cumberland Blues ->
06. Viola Lee Blues
07. Plasma
08. Unbroken Chain

disc 3 (set 2 cont.):

01. Darkstar ->
02. Wharf Rat ->
03. Dark Star ->
04. Help On The Way ->
05. Slipknot! ->
06. Franklins tower
07. crowd
08. Donor Rap/band intros
09. E: Box of Rain

Line up:
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Trey Anastasio - guitar, vocals
John Molo - drums
Jackie Greene - guitar,Keyboard, vocals
Larry Campbell - guitar, vocals
Steve Molitz - keyboard, vocals

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Yesterday in Phishtory: 11.17.97

After reading the Joker's post yesterday, I dug through a pile of old CDs and I magically discovered a copy of 11.17.97. I quickly put it on in the background. As I wrote for a few hours, I was flooded by waves and waves of flashbacks. I ended up listening to the Denver show twice and the synergy of music and emotions evoked a big enough reaction that I'm dedicating a post to it here.

First of all, I always had a theory that Phish (and other bands for that matter) played better on the second night of a two-show run at any specific venue. They played a show at McNichols the night before and was able to spend the night in Denver, which meant no traveling in between shows. By the second night, they're used to how the venue sounds and can stretch it out a bit more. 11.17.97 is a perfect example of that theory.

The 11.17.97 show starts off with a and funk-ladened Tweezer. In a review of the show, Matt Miller described it... "This is the new sound of Phish: multilayered, expansive (to fill the bones!), wah-wahed, more techno-oriented, less goofy (and arguably less fun), and more serious."

Although Trey played lots of superfluous notes on Reba, the real hero on the song was Page, who busted out a few Thelonius Monk gems after halfway through. Reba was also incomplete, they never finished the song with the traditional whistling parts as they abruptly end. Next up was Train Song, a song that was strategically placed in what my friend Lerm dubbed a moment that happened in every show where Phish played a slow song and, "allowed the audience to mellow out and smoke a bowl."

The Ghost at that show was one of the earlier versions that began the song immediately with the lyrics, instead of a slow instrumental build up kicked off by one of Trey's loops. In this epic 20-minute version, the boys are in full-on cow-funk mode. The mothership really took off about 13 minutes into Ghost. Trey started shredding the shit out of his solos before the jam slowed and mellowed out. Trey said, "Thanks! We're going to have a lot more music for your dancing pleasure and listening pleasure. We're going to play one more song here, then take a break and we;ll be back. So don't go away!" Then they segued into an upbeat cover of Jimi Hendrix' Fire.

Another interesting note... the first set was short and less than 65 minutes total. It only featured five songs including three heavy-hitters in Tweezer, Reba, and Ghost. It many ways, the first set seemed more like a second set (minus the encore). And if you toss out Fire and Train Song, those three songs take up almost an hour.

To start the second set, Trey dropped a loop during the distorted intro to Down with Disease. You could hear a gleeful cheer that the audience let out when Mike Gordon kicked off the song with his bass intro. After a hectic minute or so, they segued into a rocking version of Oblivious Fool before Johnny B. Goode.

I always liked hearing the Grateful Dead play Johnny B. Goode. Jerry Garcia loved Chuck Berry and that was his tribute to him. I always wondered if the boys sat around and did a ton of blow and said, "Shit, let's play Johnny B. Goode as fast as we can!" So when I've heard Phish break out JBG, I always had that in the back of my mind. You can't play it that fast unless you snorted enough blow to kill an elephant!

The twelve minute jam out after Johnny B. Goode was renamed the Denver Jam by Phish when they released the show as a part of their Live Phish series. It was originally listed as Space Jam on setlists (and still appears as that according to Phantasy Tour). Trey played a lot of notes from beyond this universe and replicated some of Jerry Garcia's UFO-style riffs.

Jesus Left Chicago featured more singing and solos from Page. He hit a home-run with a funky-bluesy version. Next up was When the Circus Comes to Town and I've never been a fan of that song although Phish covers it extremely well. If I was there, it would have been called Pauly takes a piss song and I would have bailed for a few minutes and come back. Perhaps I'd pack a bowl. They closed the set with You Enjoy Myself that the crowd sounded like they were into it. The Joker joked that it seemed like Trey discovered his wah-wah pedal for the first time during the jam out of YEM, which eventually ended in a spooky vocal jam.

The encore was Character Zero which featured a simple, yet intense build up and the band left the audience stumped to why they left Tweezer Reprise off of the setlist. The boys never completed the Tweezer > Reprise sandwich. That might have pissed off a few Phisheads, but most of them were tripping too hard or jacked up on so much molly that they hardly noticed.

The best part of the Live Phish CD version of 11.17.97 are the two songs that make up the filler. The band picked two selections from the next show on tour (11.19.97) which included a 28-minute version of Wolfman's Brother which segued into Makisupa Policeman. The Wolfman's is a little slower than usual, but it's definitely funkified. About seven minutes in, they begin a twenty minute jam that would wander and snake all over the place. It was one of those songs that if I saw live, about ten minutes in, I'd open my eyes and wonder, "What fucking song are these guys play? Are we still on Wolfman's? Did I miss something?" I could have sworn I heard a Walk Away tease before they eventually pulled it back at the 25th minute of the song as Fishman pushed them towards a segue into Makisupa Policeman.

To sum up, it's hard to believe that Denver show was ten years ago. I'm glad that night of Phish has been frozen in time for all of us to enjoy. In late 1997, Phish hit some moments that they would be chasing the rest of their careers. 11.17.97 was one of them. I can't think of a Colorado show they played after that night which would top their efforts on 11.17.97.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Today in Phishtory: 11.17.97 Denver

If there was one Phish show that I could go back in time and attend, this would be the show.

11.17.97 is widely considered one of the top 5 Phish shows of all time, and many consider this show to have "best-of" versions of Tweezer, Reba, Ghost, Down w/ Disease, and Johnny B. Goode.
11/17/97 McNichols Arena, Denver, CO
Set I: Tweezer, Reba, Train Song, Ghost, Fire
Set II: Down With Disease> Oblivious Fool> Johnny B Goode> Space Jam> Jesus Just Left Chicago, When the Circus Comes to Town, You Enjoy Myself
Encore: Character Zero
You can download and listen to an audience recording of the show here. This is also an official LivePhish release and you can buy it here. You can also read some old first hand accounts from Phans here.

As they say, set 1 is the tits. I listen to the funky Tweezer and Ghost over and over again. I love the start/stop outro of the Tweezer. The Reba jam is funky, and the Ghost is better than most composed music out there today. The second set shows the Phish segueing prowess.

10 years later, McNichols Arena has been torn down in Denver, Gas costs $2.99, and most music fans are looking forward to seeing Tool at the Pepsi Center next week before Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Colorado JamTronica Update: Pretty Lights

Last night I caught a few local Colorado bands that like to use their Laptops with live instruments to create a sound that I refer to as JamTronica. Kinda like Electronica music you may be familiar with, but with more of a jam-band feel in the crowd and in the stretching out of songs and improvisation with live instruments. JamTronica is also influenced by Hip Hop. Artists that I consider to be in this genre are STS9, Zilla, and Lotus.

I was really impressed with a Fort Collins band called Pretty Lights. If you like STS9 or Thievery Corporation's music, you may like Pretty Lights. Go ahead and download their album for free from their web site.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fishman Joins Del McCoury fror NYE

John Fishman will be joining The Del McCoury Band and Friends at their New Year's Eve gig at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Also scheduled to appear are Ronnie Bowman, Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman (of Leftover Salmon) and Steep Canyon Rangers. No word on whether or not Fish will break the Muumuu out of retirement for the gig.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fall 1997: 10 Years Ago the Cow Funk Began

For many Phish fans, including me, Fall 1997 is considered one of the greatest tours they ever did. Well now you can listen to the whole tour here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Langerado 2008 Lineup Announced

Langerado Web Site

Beastie Boys - R.E.M. - Phil Lesh & Friends - 311 - Matisyahu - Thievery Corporation - The Roots - Gov't Mule - Ani DiFranco - Ben Folds - G. Love & Special Sauce - Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - Built to Spill - The National - Les Claypool - Umphrey's McGee - The Disco Biscuits - Mickey Hart Band - of Montreal - Robert Randolph & the Family Band - The Wailers - funky Meters - Citizen Cope -Antibalas - !!! - Dark Star Orchestra - Ozomatli - Sam Bush - Minus the Bear - Ghostland Observatory - Arrested Development - Blind Melon - Sierra Leone’s Refugee- All Stars - The New Deal - Benevento Russo Duo - Perpetual Groove - Railroad Earth - Martin Sexton - The Avett Brothers - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - The Walkmen - Dr. Dog - Indigenous - State Radio - Vampire Weekend - The Bad Plus - The Felice Brothers - Pelican - Yard Dogs Road Show - Brett Dennen - Earl Greyhound - The New Mastersounds - Dan Deacon - Josh Ritter - Pete Francis - Ryan Shaw - Blitzen Trapper - matt pond PA - The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker - Bassnectar - Balkan Beat Box - The Lee Boys - Shout Out Louds - Golem - The Wood Brothers - Busdriver - RAQ - Will Hoge - Spam Allstars - Phix - American Babies - The Heavy Pets - Backyard- Tire Fire - The Postmarks - Steel Train - Hoots and Hellmouth - Jonah Smith - Pnuma Trio - Awesome New Republic - That 1 Guy - Trevor Hall - American Bang - School of Rock All-Stars

As you know, this will be held at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in South Florida, March 6-9, 2008.

Early buzz on internet message boards range from excitement to questions like "where is Radiohead?" "where is Trey?" and "who is going to camp out for R.E.M.?" There is also speculation about the presence of Phish tribute band Phix, who will have the opportunity to play their tribute to the boys on the "sacred ground" of 12-31-99.

This summer I saw 311 at Red Rocks. I had not seen them since 1995. They were actually really good live. Here is my favorite 311 song, Transistor...