Friday, November 30, 2007

Phish Videos - Character Zero 6.22.97

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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...

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Word and other MMW Projects

Martin & Wood during Langerado

I remember seeing The Word and was blown away. Guess who's back? The boys at the North Mississippi Allstars (Chris Chew, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson) will be reuniting with Robert Randloph and John Medeski and getting the band back together. The Word will be plaing four shows in December on the east coast.
The Word Tour Dates:
Dec 26 Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Dec 27 New York, NY - Terminal 5
Dec 28 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Dec 29 Washington, DC - 9:30 am
And here are some of the other side projects...
Billy Martin and Calvin Weston Duo Performances:
Dec 2 Great Barrington, MA - Club Helsinki
Dec 3 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
Dec 4 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Dec 6 Newmarket - NH - Stone Church
Dec 7 Cambridge, MA - YMCA Theatre
Dec 8 Nyack, NY - Riverspace Arts

The Wood Brothers:
Nov 30 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Dec 1 Charleston, SC - The Pourhouse
Dec 2 Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse
Dec 4 Huntsville, AL - Crossroads Cafe
Dec 5 Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay
Dec 6 Athens, GA - The Melting Point
Dec 7 Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Miles Davis & So What Video

While on assignment in Australia, I read Miles an autobiography about Miles Davis, co-written by Quincy Troupe. I read about 10-15 pages a day in Melbourne. I started hitting a reading groove on the plane from Melbourne to Sydney and was almost done when it was time to leave. I wanted to finish it, so I brought on the plane with me instead of leaving it behind.

The book covered the highlights and low points of Miles Davis' career according to Miles Davis, so you get a one-sided version. Despite the slant, he's brutally honest about his drug abuse, beating his wives, and being a bad father.

My favorite chapters were about Davis' early days when he moved from East St. Louis to New York City after he was accepted into Julliard. He spent more time watching Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker playing in Harlem and on 52nd Street than actually in school. He eventually starting playing in the clubs and quit Julliard all together to focus on playing full time. He was not even 20 when he was on stage with legends like Bird and Dizzy.

Eventually Davis got caught up in heroin like his idol Bird. He was a functioning addict for a couple of years when his habit got worse and nearly ruined his career. He tried to quit on a couple occasions but had a tough time getting off the junk. He finally conquered it but admitted that he drank a lot and snorted a lot of coke - so he was not completely clean. He just wasn't a stone cold junkie anymore.

Some of his best material was recorded in those first few years after he got clean when he began exploring with modal music. Sketches of Spain and Miles Ahead when he collaborated with Gil Evans. Those albums came before the Kind of Blue years.

I also dug the passages about Miles Davis opening up for the Grateful Dead in the late 1960s and hanging out talking music with Jerry Garcia. The one thing that stuck out of the entire book was Davis constantly talking about random nights he stayed up all night talking and discussing music with his friends and other musicians. When he wasn't shooting up, he was constantly listening and playing and expanding and taking chances.

Here's a video of Miles Davis along with John Coltrane performing So What live in 1958.

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I love how the guys are standing around in the back smoking cigarettes. Maybe reefer?

Friday, November 09, 2007

Trey Anastasio Sits in with Phil & Friends

Brian Bovosa published a review over at Jam Base about a Phil Lesh and Friends show from last month in Glens Falls, NY where Trey Anastasio sat in with the band. Check out Phil & Trey.

Here's the setlist:
10.20.07 - Phil Lesh & Friends with Trey Anastasio, Glens Falls Civic Center, Glen Falls, NY

Set 1: Alabama Getaway, Pride of Cucamonga, Friend of the Devil, Deep Elem Blues, Deal, Bird Song, Bertha

Set 2: *Shine, Viola Lee Blues > Cumberland Blues > Viola Lee Blues > Cumberland Blues > Viola Lee Blues, Plasma, Unbroken Chain, Dark Star > Wharf Rat > Dark Star > Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower,

Encore: Box Of Rain

*First time played and with Christina Durfee on vocals
Also... our newest contributor to Coventry, Irongirl, recently posted a review of the Trey/Phil show on her blog. Check out... Phil & Friends Rocks the Civic Center with Trey on Guitar.

Photo Credit: A.M. Saddler

Monday, November 05, 2007

New Archival Grateful Dead Series Announced

First, thanks to Dr Pauly for adding me to the team! I've been a Deadhead and fan of MaxCreek for close to 30 years as well as other JamBands. I followed the Dead up and down the East Coast and to California during the eighties. I'll have a review of the 11/03/07 Ratdog show from the Palace Theater in Albany NY up as soon as I can sit down and patch my bones as well as a little bit more about myself.

Over the years, like many of you I've accumulated numerous Dicks Picks. That series was retired when archivist Dick Latvala passed away after 36 releases. There have been other releases over the years such as the From the Vault Series Volumes I-III, and various releases of the studio albums in boxed set collections.

I just received an email from that the first release in a new series called Road Trips has been announced. This looks to be pretty sweet, highlighting key performances from various tours. The first one is from the East Coast Fall Tour of 1979. The first disc consists of the following tracks:

1) Alabama Getaway
2) Promised Land
3) Jack Straw
4) Deal
5) Dancing In the Street
6) Franklin's Tower
7) Wharf Rat
8) I Need a Miracle
9) Bertha
10) Good Lovin'

1) Shakedown Street
2) Passenger
3) Terrapin Station
4) Playing In the Band
5) Not Fade Away
6) Morning Dew

1) China Cat Sunflower
2) I Know You Rider
3) Lost Sailor
4) Saint of Circumstance
5) Jam
6) Althea
7) Estimated Prophet
8) He's Gone
9) Jam

culled from the following shows:

New Haven, CT - 10/25/79
Uniondale, NY - 10/31/79
Philadelphia, PA - 11/6/79
Landover, MD - 11/8/79
Buffalo, NY - 11/9/79
Ann Arbor, MI - 11/10/79

The bonus disc is only available for a short time, so get it while you can and Road Trips I comes with other filler sure to delight.

Finally this looks to be a sweet show for you west coasters:

The Music Never Stops"-A Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball,
featuring Bob Weir & Ratdog, Little Feat and The Waybacks

Saturday, December 15, 2007 at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA.
Doors open at 7:00 PM. Showtime is 7:45 PM.

Per Grateful Dead Ticket Sales:

Premium seating tickets include reception, dinner, and mingling
with the artists. 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
We can arrange for parties of 2 to 10 seats.
Crescendo Front row seats are $1,010.00 per ticket
Hi-Amp $510.00 per ticket
Electric $210.00 per ticket
These are all floor seating.
These tickets are only available by credit card purchase, and by
faxing in the form to be found on our web site:

Labels: Grateful Dead, Rex Foundation.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Streaming Page

According to, selections from Page McConnell's 4.4.07 show at Gramercy Theatre in NYC are currently available over at AT&T's Blue Room through November 9th. You can hear "Leo" play "Beauty of a Broken Heart", "Close to Home", and "Rules I Don't Know".

Photo credit: Adam Farber

Friday, November 02, 2007

Bob Dylan Video - Like a Rolling Stone

Here's Bob Dylan playing Like a Rolling Stone in Newcastle, UK circa 1966. Note that three members of The Band are backing him up (Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, and Garth).

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