Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Hurricam.. Exclusive Gustav coverage

I found this gem from PT.. Drunk rednecks with a webcam at an apartment complex in Louisiana.. Could be epic..

update: Epic failure perhaps.. Link is not online..

Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Morning Jacket at House of Blues Orlando 083008

dooglas carl (recycledminds blog) and I are packing up the WHO-GAY? Volkswagon and heading to the House of Rules in Orlando to catch the My Morning Jacket show as I speak.. The car has such a loving handle because dooglas carl's ride has a license plate of H00 6AY; he's spotted several people with phones and camera phones pull in behind him to take a picture of his license plate, and of course dozens of (bi?) curious looks when they pass him.. He's a speed demon though, so he's usually in the left lane like a good driver should be..

Stay tuned for some pics, setlists and any interesting tid bits that evolve..

6 pack of Guinness was the tops from the Hillsborough Ave Citgo.. Thought we were lost when we got into Disneylando, but turned onto the right street anyhow, not soon enough for dooglas carl who still had to piss behind the dumpster beore another step could be taken.. Found Strawberry Shortcake and her friend Robyn "Dont call me Colcorde" Roberts at the hotel.. Sweet view of Downtown Disney.. Going to try and eat at the HoB to avoid some lines..

dooglas carl has a good looking girl come up to him and say "you're a good looking guy, but you smell"

setlist (I'm still piecing last night together, two songs I didn't know and I can't read my handwriting/notes on a few)

Anytime, Aluminum Park, Off the Record, Evil Urges, What a Wonderful Man, Two Halves, Jim Banter "Yells Disneyworld!!!!", Golden, Thank You Too, I'm Amazed, The Way That He Sings, ??? (Evelyn is not real?), I will Sing You Songs, Librarian, Dondante, Phone Went West, ???

Law Low, Mahgeetah, Highly Suspicious, ???, Touch Me I'm Going to Scream, Smokin From Shootin, Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt 2, Run Thru, One Big Holiday

The rain started to come down just as we walked onto the Downtown Disney complex, which was still a 10 minute walk to the venue.. We ducked into a Fish and Chips place and grabbed some fried food.. The rain dissipated and we headed over the the House of Blues.. Security was wanding people, so we had to use extra precaution to get bowls in - Success! - We grabbed some area around the center of the second balcony and more or less hung out there fore the entire show.. The sound is pretty good there.. By the time the show started (8:45 ish), you would be seriously squished if you wanted to get on the floor.. Double rum and cokes were the drink of the night for dooglas and I, the ladies went with beers.. There is no smoking int he venue and they polkice that pretty well, so incognito smoking is required - Success!.

Had to tell Strawberry Shortcake to chill out a few times throughout the night, we don't support song talkers !! ; )

The entire second set was really excellent, Smokin From Shootin, my personal highlight..

Radiohead Videos - Santa Barbara, CA

If you did not see Radiohead's live webcast from Thursday night, you can check out a couple of videos. Thanks to Alea for pointing these out to me.


No Surprises

Weird Fishes

Videos by MaggieBear74.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008 Streaming Live!

Head over to to stream tonight's concert from Santa Barbara!

Radiohead Santa Barbara Webcast = Tonight!

Radiohead gets it. They are webcasting tonight's show in Santa Barbara. Here's the message from Colin...
Hello! To celebrate the end of a brilliant tour, we're going to webcast the last show here in America. We'll be playing live in Santa Barbara, at the Bowl. It's one of our favourite places to play; I think we've ended tours there before, once even playing a cover of ' cinnamon girl '. It's not too big, in fact it's very intimate, a small arena with a dirt floor, set in pretty countryside. It should be a special night, for lots of reasons, and we're going to try and share as much of it as we can on the webcast. Nigel, our producer, will be helping out getting it to you, so if it goes wrong....It's live!

Thank you so much to everyone who's come and seen us this year; it has truly been the most special and exciting tour for all of us.

Webcast details to follow...

Might come in handy.

If you've got a mac, download flip4mac for your quicktime player, or download VLC.

If you're on windows, make sure your windows media player is working or download VLC.
Stay tuned for more details.

Radiohead Download -- Outside Lands

Thanks to our buddy DeShaun the acid man for hooking us up with this soundboard recording of Radiohead's set at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco!

Download Radiohead Outside Lands 8-22-08

Here's another look at the setlist:
8/22/08 Radiohead, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: 15 Step, Reckoner, Airbag (sound & PA went out), There There, All I Need (sound & PA went out), Nude, Talk Show Host, National Anthem, The Gloaming, Videotape, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Idioteque, Karma Police, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Just, Exit Music (for a film), Bodysnatchers

Encore: Pyramid Song, You And Whose Army?, Paranoid Android, Fake Plastic Trees, Everything In Its Right Place
Photos by Natalie Kardos

Democratic National Convention: Festy Atmosphere

As you know, the Democratic National Convention is in Denver and its a pretty weird scene around town. I work right downtown and its been like NYC or San Fran on a busy day at rush hour- its tough to walk down the 16th Street mall. There are Obama schwag vendors everywhere, people with signs ranging from Jesus freaks to abortion activists to "stop bird porn" walking around.

Yesterday there was a "protest" march from the Rage Against the Machine concert to the Pepsi center, it was stopped outside the Pepsi Center without incident. I took a few pictures last night, you can find better ones here.

I watched the Biden speech at a bar near the Pepsi Center and met some convention attendees. They liked whiskey shots...but said that at Mile High today they are not selling alcohol at the Obama speech and security is gonna be tight. I-25 though downtown Denver and next to Mile High is going to be completely shut down at 5:30 today until secret service decides its ok to open it up again.

There are rumors of secret shows popping up- last night I got a message that Z-trip, Cold War Kids, and Sonic Youth played somewhere at an art gallery north of downtown but none of us could find it. Yonder Mountain String Band is playing before Obama's speech tonight, hopefully they will get some air time. Good luck to anyone going or wanting to attend- seems like everyone in town wants to be at that speech.

War protesters after Rage Concert near Pepsi Center 7:30 pm Wednesday

Police Army in front of Pepsi Center

Signs on 16th St Mall Wednesday Afternoon

Police Army in front of Pepsi Center Wednesday Night

Radiohead Setlist 8/27/08 - Chula Vusta, CA

Just got back from San Diego (Chula Vista) where I saw Radiohead. Solid show. Here's the setlist...
8.27.08 Radiohead, Cricket Wireless (AKA Coors) Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA

Set 1: 15 Step, Airbag, There There, All I Need, Nude, Talk Show Host, Where I End and You Begin, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, The Gloaming, Faust Arp, How To Disappear Completely, Reckoner, Optimistic, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Pyramid Song, Climbing Up The Walls, Bodysnatchers

Encore 1: House of Cards, You And Whose Army?, Just, Paranoid Android, Street Spirit (fade out)

Encore 2: Videotape, Lucky, Everything In Its Right Place
Stay tuned for a review.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rage Against the DNC

This afternoon there was a Rage Against the Machine concert in Denver. Following the concert 3,000-4,000 people marched from the Denver Coliseum to the Pepsi Center (about 4 miles?). I could see the marchers from my office window...I am going to check out what is going on once I get off work.

Here is where I am following along:

Blogger Down !!

Not that we've lost one of the best and brightest, but you gotta wonder why was this guy singled out? Did he impregnate some FBI guy's daughter?

From the news wire (link):

"Federal authorities say they have arrested a blogger suspected of streaming songs from Guns N' Roses unreleased album, "Chinese Democracy," on his Web site.

FBI agents arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill on Wednesday morning on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws. Federal authorities say Cogill posted nine unreleased Guns N' Roses songs on his Web site in June."

Jambase Outside Lands Coverage

Jambase has a great writeup and photo essay from Outside lands. As mentioned here, they also captured the girl with the pet duck.

in case you missed the comment, here is some inside info from marc:

"I got some inside information about the girl with the duck from a friend of mine who was talking to her.

Security wasnt going to let her in because they said there were no pets allowed, to which she said "this isnt my pet, its my friend". When that didnt work, she said something along the lines of "I see other birds flying around in there, and they arent being kicked out" and then (my personal fav) "ok I will leave him here and he will fly in and meet me later".

I guess one of those things worked, because there she was outside Panic walking a duck with a leash. She only made it about 10 feet in an hour because everyone kept stopping her to take pictures, and all the little kids were petting the duck."

2008 Outside Lands Videos - Radiohead, Grace Potter, Widespread Panic & Everest

I shot some random videos during the three-day Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park. Here they are...

1. Radiohead - "Paranoid Android"

2. Everest

3. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - "Stop The Bus"

4. Widespread Panic - "Up All Night"

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Radiohead Breaks out "Tell Me Why" (Neil Young Cover) 8/25/08 Hollyweird Bowl

My Morning Jacket 8/21/08 Download

Last week I flew out to San Francisco and missed My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks, but I did have several friends at the show. They all agreed: MMJ played another top notch show. Here is the link to the show on

MMJ also has a gallery of great photos up on their web site. Check them out.

2008 Outside Lands Pics - The Musicians Photo Dump

By Pauly

I posted a Flickr gallery of photos that I took from the Outside Lands festival and during my trip to San Francisco. You can check out it out... here.

And here are some of my favorite pics from the weekend...

Fan waving Mexican flag during Manu Chao

Joel Graves from Everest

Devendra Banhart

Ben Ellman (Galactic) with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Cyril Neville with pimp hat

Les Claypool & Primus

Toots & the Maytals (from video screen)

Justin Vernon from Bon Iver

The Drive By Truckers

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter at the keys

Widespread Panic on the Sutro Stage

Ann Marie Calhoun on fiddle sits in with Panic

Don't forget to check out my Outside Lands photo gallery!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Outside Lands - Day 3 Sunday Recap

By Pauly

Day 3 of Outside Lands stood out as the most enjoyable day out of the three day festival. The weather was beautiful in Golden Gate Park for a lovely Sunday afternoon. Friday was hectic and madness. Saturday was mellow and relaxing. And Sunday... was the one of the best days that I had in San Francisco even though five acts that I really wanted to see all seemed to be playing at the same time!

We had a semi-late start to the day and wandered over to Haight Street for some breakfast. We loved the Pork Store so much that we went back again. We sat at the counter and devoured their biscuits and I sat next to a Scottish woman on her way to Burning Man.

We caught a cab instead of walking. That saved us like 45 minutes. I didn't get a pat down, but an old hippie chick was working the security checkpoint and smelled the dank OG Kush that I had hidden in my bag. Initially, she let me through. Then abruptly stopped me as she grabbed my arm. She made sniffing gestures with her nose and pointed at my bag.

"Meet me at set break!" she said as she unfurled a smile and let go of my arm.

I just smiled and walked into the festival. We arrived in time to catch the beginning of Toots & the Maytals. It was a sunny afternoon and perfect weather for happy reggae. Toots played Reggae Got Soul and Louie Louie which got the crowd even more excited. Justin from LiveMusicBlog found us as we chilled out for about thirty minutes before we wandered over to check out the end of The Mother Hips set with Chris. He had a sweet spot on the side of the hill... Schools Side... just in front of the VIP area. It would come in handy for Panic later on.

We walked to the other end of Lindley Meadow for Bon Iver. Say it with a French accent. That sorta means "good winter" in French (actual spelling is "bon hiver" but the "h" was dropped). Bon Iver is Justin Vernon's band. The singer/songwriter from Wisconsin holed up in his old man's cabin in Wisconsin to write the material. I wasn't all that impressed with Bon Iver. It wasn't for me. I preferred the songs where Justin Vernon played acoustic guitar over electric. We drank and smoked and caught most of his set.

We headed back to Chris's spot and hung out for the Drive By Truckers. I dug what I saw and heard and they were a nice warm up for Panic. Good to hear some Alabama accents. Patterson Hood mentioned that he had a blast in San Francisco and thanked everyone who passed him a beer and a joint over the last few days.

We left early to secure a good spot for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The girlfriend loves Grace, as do I. We hung out in front of the soundboard next to four girls on a blanket. They had a ton of food including a big bag of Oreos that the Joker ogled. Turned out the girls were Swedish and we hoped that their foreign tongues didn't freak out the Joker like it did during Radiohead.

At one point, a spun out hippie chick wandered through the crowd with a duck on a leash. Yeah, her pet duck. The Swedish girls went nuts and couldn't stop laughing. It was the weirdest thing they saw so far at the festival, especially in San Francisco... the city of the weird.

Nice shades, Grace!

GPN started out with a bang. Grace wore the same orange shades as The Joker and threw them into the crowd in the middle of the opener of Ah Mary. Up next were Mastermind > Ain't No Time and Apologies. The highlights were Stop the Bus and Sugar > Paint It Black. First time I ever heard Grace bust out the Rolling Stones cover.

We left at that point to get prepped for Widespread Panic. Went to pee and load up on beverages. We found the crew at Chris' spot and found the guy who gave us the liquid from the other night. We discovered his real name, but had been referring to him as "DeShawn" the entire weekend. For legal purposes, we'll continue to call him "DeShawn"... anyway, he offered me another drop and I respectfully declined because we were doing dippies.

Starting at 5:40 or so... the Sunday schedule became one huge conflict for me. Inside of a two hour period, there were five different acts (Widespread Panic, Wilco, Mike Gordon, Los Amigos Invisibles, and Rodrigo y Gabriela) that I really wanted to see but some of them were up against each other and on different stages on the other side of the park. I made the decision to make Panic my priority since they are one of my favorite bands and I didn't get a chance to see them this summer. My original goal was to see Panic then catch the end of Wilco. I would sacrifice everyone else since we caught Rodrigo y Gabriela and Mike Gordon at the Mile High music festival in Denver last month.

Widespread Panic came on about five minutes late and I assumed that they would run a little later than their alloted 5:40-7:10 spot. The boys opened with a crowd pleaser... Climb to Safety, which segued into Fishwater. The Joker and I were super excited for Henry Parsons. They played one of the recent newer songs Up All Night, which Chris called "radio-friendly Panic." I'm not the biggest fan of Solid Rock but it was a sizzling version. They really ripped it up with Chainsaw City.

Ann Marie Calhoun took the stage and joined the band on fiddle. She would sit in for the rest of the show with the boys. I didn't know the first song that they played and smoked tough. Shit, DeShawn was puffing machine and we packed a bowl at the start of every song!

Ann Marie Calhoun on fiddle

Things took off with a delicious sandwich of Surprise Valley > Blackout Blues > Surprise Valley > Ain't Life Grand. Yeah, holy shit, that was a sensational way to close out their set. And yeah, Panic ran late which bled into Mike Gordon's set on the other end of the meadow.

Panic's performances during festivals are usually hit or miss. They nailed the Golden Gate Park gig. I was kind a hoping that they'd bust out a Dead cover or two like Cream Puff War or Morning Dew. Alas, they didn't have enough time for any covers. Too bad.

The Joker left Panic just before Ann Marie Calhoun took the stage since he really wanted to see Wilco. Since Wilco was on the other side of the park, it would take us about 10 minutes to walk over there. We decided to save time and check out the end of Mike Gordon since he was very close by. Good choice. We ran into Justin and DeShawn over there. Mike got to run over his time as well. His last song was a Beatles cover of She Said. We caught that in Denver, but I definitely liked this jamming version a lot better. Keep an eye (or ear) out for it if you come across the show on the intertubes.

We met up with the Joker at the CrowdFire tent and found Professional Keno Player Neil Fontenot, who dragged us to Jack Johnson because he wanted to pick up wasted high school girls. He told us a crazy story about how he got a handjob from a rolling sorority girl during Radiohead. He asked her for her cell number but she gave him a bunk number instead.

We ate and drank and smoked and hung out in the back of the polo fields during Jack Johnson. We stayed for a few songs before we decided to leave and beat the rush out of the festival grounds. No cabs were around, so we walked back to the hotel which took us about an hour to make the trek out of Golden Gate Park. Afterwards, we headed to the Kezar Pub for a nightcap. We drank beers and watched the closing ceremonies for the Olympics. One Spreadhead played Panic on the jukebox... Greta... which was a fitting way to end a highly interesting and entertaining weekend.

Overall, I had a ton of fun. The costumes drew us a ton of comments. Most of the time we were called the "track suit guys" and my favorites were when a bunch of guys called us Run DMC or when one girl referred to us as the "Kazakhstan track team."

Despite the scheduling conflicts, and the clusterfuck on Friday night with Beck & Radiohead, and the PA going out... we all had fun. Our overall objective was accomplished. We also met some new friends which is part of the reason we go to shows and to festivals.

The summer is slowly coming to an end and partying in San Francisco and at the Outside Lands festival was a fitting way to end the season.

Oh, and I get to see Radiohead on Wednesday in San Diego, which is a special added bonus treat, especially after the mayhem on Friday.

Stay tuned for Outside Lands pics and videos. I'll post those shortly.

Widespread Panic Setlist - 8/24/08 Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Widespread Panic - 8/24/08 Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Climb To Safety > Fishwater, Henry Parsons Died, Up All Night, Solid Rock, Action Man, Papa's Home, Chainsaw City, Her Dance Needs No Body*, Surprise Valley* > Blackout Blues* > Surprise Valley* > Ain't Life Grand*

* with Ann Marie Calhoun on fiddle
Solid show. Panic took the stage 5 minutes late and also ran later than scheduled.

1,000th Post!

Wow, last night while standing in Golden Gate Park, the Joker mentioned that we were on our 999th post. So this one marks our 1,000th post at Coventry!

Thanks to everyone who has written for Coventry in the past, present, and future.

Also, thanks to you guys and gals... the readers. This has been a fun journey over the last four years and with hot and heavy rumors of a Phish tour on the horizon in the summer of 2009... the future is definitely looking brighter.

Thanks again for "wasting your time" with us. Let's hope for another 1,000 posts!

Founder & Editor

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Outside Lands Music Festival Sunday Live Blog

2:40 arrive at festy, check out a few songs of toots. Walked over to mother hips and found chris who has an awesome spot staked out for drive by truckers and panic.

Bon iver just started and is blowing me away. Breutiful, haunting voice with acoustic guitar.

I like about half of bon iver's stuff a lot, some of it sounds like jeff buckley and some of it is like slow coldplay.

We just found out bon iver is pronounced "ivAIR".

4:15 at drive by truckers. Chris mixed me a whiskey and coke so I am feeling the truckers' guitars.

4:15 gonna watch about half of grace potter and come back for panic. Chris has an awesome spot staked out schools side.

Today has been pretty easy so far. Sun has come out once in a while. Seems like there are more girls here wearing designer jeans, most likely for jack johnson. The costumes/track suits are a hit once again today.

5:39 we got a great place schools side for panic and are with some friends of friends that are panic fans. After being surrounded by hipsters all weekend it feels good to be around a bunch of my people.whiskey and bowls all around.

Widespread Panic
Outside Lands Music Festival
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA

Climb to safety>
(Girl in front of us on guy's shoulder is topless, has marijuana leaves stickers covering her nipples- fuck yeah!)
Henry parsons died
Up all night
Solid rock>fishwater (ending only)>
Papas home

(I go to wilco... Little did I know... pauly and change 100 stay- get to see ann marie calhoun play suprise valley w panic...!)

6:45 at wilco
Sky blue sky song off of>
Spiders (sea oh hand claps)
I am trying to break your heart
Handshake drugs
Jesus, etc.
Impossible germany (sick soloing by nels)
Via chicago (I get txt from pauly that panic just ended)
California stars
Hate it here
I'm the man who loves you
Wilco was awesome! Panic was fucking rocking too. That was a great 2 hours of music.

8:23 got some food, chilling out to jack johnson. Pauly makes fun of his vagina.

Outside Lands - Day 2 Saturday Recap

By Pauly

What a difference a day makes.

"It's like we flew to an entirely different city to see a different music festival," commented the Joker.

His assessment was dead on. Saturday was more than pleasant. The audience was in good spirits and the crowds were manageable. We had fun, saw a couple of bands we would have never seen otherwise, and met some new friends. Overall, it was a sensational day and we did not encounter any of the problems that plagued Friday night's clusterfuck.

We didn't sleep a lot on Friday night, but got some rest which was key. We were up early to meet our friend Betty Underground for brunch at the Pork Store. Awesome biscuits and stimulating conversation. We told her about the madness from the night before and she was happy that she skipped it.

We were prepared to walk to the festival again, however, we lucked out and found an idle cab. He gave us a lift and that saved us about 45 minutes of walking. We ended up seeing a couple of acts due to the extra time such as Abagail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck. Happy afternoon festival music.

That was actually the first time that we spent time in that part of the fairgrounds by the Sutro and Presido stages on Lindley Meadow. We noticed the old fence that was knocked down by the night before frantic fans who couldn't get out of that area. A new fence replaced the old one. The Sutro stage was rather small for a popular artist like Beck. No wonder it was so bottlenecked in there. I hope it's not like that for Widespread Panic's stint, who got bumped over to a secondary stage instead of the main stage. I betcha they were pissed and will tear it up on Sunday.

Lucky for us, Everest was playing just a few steps away at the Presido stage which was located at the other end of Lindley Meadow. I heard one or two of Everest songs before. I knew they opened for My Morning Jacket in Europe and were signed by Neil Young's record label. The rocking quintet from Los Angeles more than impressed us. We walked away as converts and can't wait to see them again. Too bad their set was only 30 minutes.

We walked back down to the other end of the meadow for Devendra Banhart, where we smoked tough. He's most known these days for the guy who gets to bang Natalie Portman. In fact, SomeDude from Hidden Track saw Nat Portman walking around. Devendra made a comment that he wanted to see Tom Petty especially his guitar solo on Breakdown.

We headed out to the main stage for Galactic and their ensemble called The Crescent City Soul Crewe which featured members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Cyril Neville. Man, I missed seeing Galactic without the rappers and the hip hop acts. That was an interesting side project and it was refreshing to see them take chances and move their music in a different direction. I'm a huge fan of hip hop, but I really missed the good old fashioned NOLA slam funk. We got that and then some. The extra horns was delicious and Cyril Neville sat in on vocals.

"I think I like him better than the Houseman," said the Joker.

Galactic opened up with Fema and they played a couple of other deep cuts from their early albums like Baker's Dozen. We were fairly close to the stage for Galactic. Change100 thought that Galactic was the highlight of the day. I agree.

After the G-men, we returned to the Sutro stage for mellow M. Ward and to meet up with some fellow music bloggers. We hung out with SomeDude for the first time along with Justin from Live Music Blog. Good folks and we got to chat about music and the festival and our experiences up until that point.

We returned to the main stage for Steve Winwood. We caught his set at Mile High Music Festival, but we left early because it was too damn hot. The highlights this time around were his classic Traffic tunes such as Low Spark > Empty Pages. Winwood funked out Light Up or Leave Me Alone in a ten minute jam which was the highlight of his set. He segued into another classic... Dear Mr. Fantasy.

We left the last bit of Winwood to catch Donavon Frankenreiter, who SomeDude described as a "funky Jack Johnson." I sort of liked him more than Jack and they reminded me a bit like ALO. Chris described them as "adult contemporary rock" or "fratacular."

We checked out the CrowdFire circus tent and sat down in the lounge area on those huge comfy couches to rest up for a bit. All the walking around kills my knees and back. I need a few minutes to recharge the batteries.

We left the tent and caught Cake. They opened with Frank Sinatra and did a great job on a cover version of War Pigs. We chilled out on the side of the hill and just soaked in the scene. We left early to catch the last thirty minutes of Primus featuring Les Claypool. They had two massive astronauts sculptures or something on stage.

We wore costumes again and fulfilled no less than four picture requests. People loved our track suits and we got hundred of random comments.

We skipped Tom Petty since we saw him at Mile High and expected him to play a similar set. We wanted to get some food before a late night show. We started to walk out of the festival and could hear three or four songs. Found out (via Justin's twitter) that there were some more technical difficulties with the sound and they had to take a five minute break to fix it. Looks like we didn't miss anything epic aside from Steve Winwood sitting in on a few tunes.

When the schedules originally were released, we sort of decided that Saturday was the weakest of the three-day festival. It was a throw-away-day and we had low expectations, especially after the Friday night fracas. Saturday's overall experience surpassed anything we could have hoped for. Yeah, we had a great time.

We grabbed beers and dinner at the Kezar Pub before we made the trek to the Independent to see Garage a Trois. I gotta say, I preferred the initial incarnation of GAT which included Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter, and Skerik. I saw one of their very first live shows at the Saeger Theatre in New Orleans when they opened up for Oysterhead in 2000. They blew me away.

The current version of GAT features Stanton Moore and Skerik but with Mike Dillon on percussions and Marco Benevento from the Duo on keys. They were weird and freaky and funky and a fitting way to end the night.

Two down, one more to go.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Outside Lands Music Festival Saturday Live Blog

1:40 just got in. Chilling at the back of abigail washburn w/bela fleck in lindley meadow, beautiful singing over banjo and bluegrass strings.

1:47 a rocky rumble reminiscent of wilco/mmj/neil young is comingout of a band I've never hear before, everest. I really like them. Playing at a tiny stage, people sitting down int the meadow bobbing heads...

...You know a band is good when they say its their last song and you could hear a few more...everest really impressed me, would love to get the record and see them at the fox or boulder theater if they come.
Disco santa sighting: he is here taking pictures and has a writer teammate...check out the coverage at or something like that.

4:11 chillin to m ward. Worlds collide:, and coventry music blog all chinnin together.

2:24 at devendra banhart, crowd getting bigger for his band but very managable. This is more like what I thought the fest would be like...really nice.

2:53 made an impulse buy, got orange glasses. Got a good spot for galactic, crowd full but spaced out and manageable.

4:11 chillin to m ward. Worlds collide:, and coventry music blog all chillin together.
some_dude and justin what up yo!

4:39 at winwood kinda nice, crowd spread out, sound is good.

5:13 found chris, chillin at donovan frankenrider, still cold and overcast but so far today has let us hear the most music.

7:00 sitting at the back of cake, they sound good. People singing along. pretty big crowd for them, at least 15,000 seeing them

Frank sinatra
Sheep go to heaven
Rock n roll lifestyle
War pigs
Stickshifts and safetybelts
Comfort eagle

7:55 walked over and closed out the day at primus.

10:55 at the independent, seeing garage a trois at the independent. the place is tiny, smaller than the fox or cervantes. the band is marco benevento, skerik, mike dillon, and stanton moore. sounds awesome- the music is all over the place. skerik is a freak!

Outside Lands - Day 1 Friday Recap

By Pauly

Well... where to begin? The thick fog. The surging crowd. The lack of cell access. Radiohead. The sound dropping out?

Our buddy Chris was one of the first people in line. He was in the festival by 3pm and put down a tarp in front of the soundboard for the main stage. We figured that would be our home base.

We caught Steel Pulse to kick off the festivities. About twenty minutes into the set, we got word from other friends that it was a clusterfuck getting to Beck. Manu Chao was up next at the main stage. Ska-punk-reggae. They might have been from Mexico because I saw a bunch of guys waving a Mexican flag in front of me. They lead singer spoke a bit of Spanish, and I later found out that he's from Europe and not Mexico.

Anyway, a few minutes into Manu Chao, we had to make a serious decision. Fight the crowds to check out the end of Beck or defend our territory for Radiohead. Our tarp was being over run and every few minutes it seemed like another thousand people jammed into the area in front of the soundboard.

A few minutes before Radiohead began, a friend of a friend (and I wish I remembered his name) offered me some liquid. He dropped a puddle in my hand. I asked for two. Yeah, that was a bad idea. So our entire crew was dosed and space was as tight as hell.

I did my best to jot down the setlist, but I only wrote down the first three songs. After that it was pure mayhem. When the sound went out the first time during Airbag, that's when we felt the waves of people pushing and shoving and it felt like being on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras when you have zero control about where you are going and the massive crowd pushes you back and forth.

I heard there was 60,000 people at Radiohead. The way the main stage was set up, it allowed people to filter intoa triangular area... but no way for anyone to filter out. So thousands of people surged forward and kept pushing forward. The scene in front of the soundboard was chaos. For a few moments, I felt that I was going to get trampled. I grabbed on tight to my girlfriend as the Joker and I stood shoulder to shoulder repelling wave after wave of bodies being hurled at us. At one point a kid tried to crowd surf and I got punched in the face.

I've been to easily over a thousand of concerts and dozens and dozens of music festivals all over the world. I had never experienced a more hectic scene. Same goes for the Joker. At one point, I felt a tinge of panic. That's never good on a head full of acid... maybe, I might die tonight.

"It seemed like the band was clearly flustered. They were off their rhythm. And the crowd had no wear to go," said the Joker.

"If you weren't holding everyone back, I would have gotten trampled," said my girlfriend. "I had no where to move or dance."

It was one of those moments where you had to surrender to the flow. At times, it felt like I was in a hockey brawl. Other times, it felt like a massive group orgy. During the quieter songs, there were moments of clam and serenity. And during the faster songs, it was anarchy.

Imagine a packed subway car in Tokyo. And then people trying to dance like they are standing in an open field. Somehow, one chick in front of us managed to get some space to groove, while one teenaged girl behind me was sandwiched up against my back. She was trapped. Nowhere to go. The music blared. The crowd kept pushing back and forth and we all swayed. Her entire body was trapped except three fingers. And she used those three fingers to dance by tapping on my back and making circles and letting her three fingers go nuts.

The mayhem eased up a bit for the encore and we had some breathing room (and by that I mean no one with a elbow in your back). The Joker freaked out by hearing all the different languages spoken by fans. Radiohead has international appeal and their fans come from all over to see them play. For work, I travel a lot overseas, so I'm used to working in an international press room. Hearing Spanish, French, German, and Swedish is not uncommon for me. But for the Joker, all of the different languages fried his brain.

"They only speak English in Colorado," deadpanned the Joker.

The set ended and we slowly made our way off of the polo fields. At that point, the doses really kicked in. I could barely see with the heavy fog that descended upon the field and all I recall where the pretty lights reflecting onto the fog cover. Somehow, pure instinct took over and I guided our crew out of the festival grounds despite a short detour through some trees. I heard that people were jumping fences to get out.

The festival organizers fucked up a few things. The sound going out was atrocious and an embarrassment. You could sense how pissed off Thom Yorke was. And the set up was poor. They lacked adequate space to allow people to walk to and from different stages, which caused bottlenecks.

We walked through the park and back to our hotel next to the Kezar Pub. I was drenched in sweat. I dunno how we made it out of the Radiohead clusterfuck mosh pit alive, let alone navigated out of the park and back to our hotel. It wasn't until I jumped in the shower and got bombarded by the insane visuals (multi-colored droplets of water not to mention the breathing wall paper). That's when I realized that I was way wasted. Too wasted. I'm shocked that I was able to keep it together and not freak out during the chaos.

"I"m bugging out!" as Johnny Drama would say.

We skipped the after show at 12 Galaxies. None of us could drive and grabbing a muni seemed to complicated. We holed up in our suite and blasted Phish and literally starred at the walls until the visuals wore off.

Yeah, two was a bad idea. It wasn't until almost twelve hours after the show where the Joker and I sat down and tried to sketch together the insanity from last night.

One night down, two more to go. Let's hope I don't get my face stepped on.

Radiohead Setlist 8/22/08 - Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA

Here's the unofficial official Radiohead setlist from their performance at the Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
8/22/08 Radiohead, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: 15 Step, Reckoner, Airbag (sound & PA went out), There There, All I Need (sound & PA went out), Nude, Talk Show Host, National Anthem, The Gloaming, Videotape, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Idioteque, Karma Police, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Just, Exit Music (for a film), Bodysnatchers

Encore: Pyramid Song, You And Whose Army?, Paranoid Android, Fake Plastic Trees, Everything In Its Right Place
Yeah, the PA went out at the main stage during Manu Chao (who came on before Radiohead) and it went out twice during Radiohead's performance. They kept playing through it. At one point during All I Need the audience attempted to sing the lyrics for a few seconds before the sound came back on.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Outside Lands Music Festival Friday Live Blog

3:21 walking west through the park to the grounds. Chris is already inside and got a spot in front of the main stage / radiohead soundboard. Its a cool overcast day, feels like 67 with a cool wind.

3:52 no pat down. in and getting to know the lay of the land. Sparse crowd at this point.

4:50 sitting in a crowd that is getting packed in front of main stage. Waiting for steel pulse to start.

5:10 groovin to steel pulse. Opened op with a song about the national anthem and just finished "life without music".probably 20,000 already here.

You know the best thing about reggae? Girls that like to dance to reggae.

5:40 crowd is heavy, chris got a good spot and we are gonna stay for a while to defend cold war kids or felice bros for now.

6:18 manu starts and I'm in the porta potty line. Grounds are very big and crowded.

6:30 manu. Crowd is crazy big.

Mano is very energetic. Seems like half the crowd is loving ut, dancing and jumping with the music, the other half waiting for radiohead.

7:30 6 of us sitting on a tarp in the middle of a crowd of standing people. Tarp'd Trap'd.

7:41 one of chris's friends amazingly finds us in the crowd. Gives us a puddle.

7:59 pm
Outside lands music festival, san francisco ca

1. 15 step
2. Reckoner
3. Airbag (pa completely craps out for 30 second) crowd is insane tight bad getting pushed
4. There,there
5. All I need (pa goes out again for aver a minute)
6. Nude
7: talk show host
8. The national anthem
9 the gloaming
10. Videotape
11. Weird fishes
12 idioteque
13 karma police
14 jigsaw
15. Just
16 e0xit music
17 bodysnatchers

20 pyramid song
21 you and whose army (thom laughs cracks up)
22 paranoid android
23 fake plastic trees
24 everything in its right place (extra long outro )

i dont know what to say. tonight was crazy. i have never been crushed in a crowd like that, not in years. sound cut out twice, i mean completely goes out for 30-60seconds in the middle of a song...never ever seen a big show, big festival where power goes out in the middle of a song. check back tomorrow for more updates, we dont know what to make of this right now. the scene down at the festival tonight was one of survival. seriously. nuts.

Coventry's Outside Lands Festival Pics

The Awesomeness of the good Dr. Pauly and The Joker Begins

Entrance (obv)

Steel Pulse

Manu Ginobili

Coventry's Outside Lands Festival Coverage

Good news, folks. We have arrived safely in San Francisco. The Joker flew in from Denver. My girlfriend (aka Change100) and myself drove up from L.A. yesterday afternoon. We're currently in position to let it rip for the next three days and nights of the Outside Lands Festival and various late night shows.

We will be doing a ton of coverage here which includes a live blog (via the Joker) and end of day recaps from yours truly. Rest assured, we'll take tons of pictures and videos which will eventually get posted depending on our levels of sobriety.

I found a sweet suite in an old hotel near the park. It's essentially the top story of the hotel. It looks like an apartment, moreso your Grandma's apartment.

"Hey hotties, wanna go back to my Grandma's apartment near the Kezar Pub and smoke a ton of dope?"

That's gonna be our line the entire weekend.

Seriously, I'm considering throwing a party in the suite on Sunday night... it's so big that the Joker got lost.

Radiohead tonight. Very excited.

So check back in with Coventry for live updates.

And you can always follow us on Twitter. We'll be updating throughout the next few days.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Widespread Panic - Best of Macon Mix

Here's a some of my favorite bits from Panic's show in Macon last October including a cover of Neil Young's Don't Be Denied...
Widespread Panic - Macon, GA 10/27/07
1. Contentment Blues
2. Dyin' Man
3. Glory
4. Conrad the Caterpillar
5. Pappa Johnny Road
6. Bug Whooly Mammith
7. Papa Johnny Road
8. Don't Be Denied
9. Porch Song
Download the Panic Macon Mix

By the way here's a video clip of Don't Be Denied...

Radiohead covers by RJD2, Vampire Weekend and more

I just came across this "tribute album," but I'd bet it's the result of some French dude putting together a mixtape of his favorite Radiohead covers. Some of the songs come from Stereogum's OKX tribute (still streamable), celebrating the 10 year anny of OK CPU. The Flaming Lips' take on Knives Out is well known. Other artists include John Vanderslice, Marissa Nadler and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Outside Lands Preview

Tomorrow morning I fly out of San Francisco for the Outside Lands Music Festival. I am obviously looking forward to seeing Beck, Radiohead, Widespread Panic and Wilco...but as a jaded vet I am more excited about a few bands that may be flying under the radar.

Ever since Wakarusa 2008 I have become a big fan of Cake. Here is a video of Short Skirt/Long Jacket i found amusing...

Expect a lot of live blogging from me, I am very much looking forward to the change of scenery...I am ready to discover some new bands, go to some bars in San Francisco, and get into some trouble.

Muxtape on RIAA's Shit List

A friend of mine told me that there's something wrong with Go to the site and you will find this...

Uh, oh. The RIAA now has on their infamous shit list.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

LeRoi Moore of Dave Matthews Band Dies

LeRoi Moore, Dave Matthews Band's saxophonist, passed away this afternoon in Los Angeles. He was 46 years old. Below is the official statement from DMB that was posted to the band's official website:
"We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program."

Moore's June 30th accident left him in serious condition and he was treated at UVA hospital for his injuries including broken ribs and a punctured lung. In Moore's absence, Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones had been sitting in on DMB's summer tour.

The band did not cancel their scheduled appearance tonight at L.A.'s Staples center. Some outlets are reporting that Moore had reportedly flown to Los Angeles to be with the band, albeit backstage during their performance, and that he did so against medical advice.

The music world has lost an outstanding artist today. Rest in peace, LeRoi.

Here's a video of DMB performing the sax-heavy #41 at Chicago's United Center on 12/19/98. Moore's solo starts around the 4:50 mark:

Page w/Porter, Batiste & Stoltz


Page McConnell will join George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr., and Brian Stoltz for a handful of dates this September to coincide with a new Porter, Batiste, Stoltz live release entitled MOODOO (in stores and online beginning September 30), which features Page as a special guest (pick up a free track from the new album here).The recording offers highlights from a November 2, 2007 gig at Burlington, Vermont's Club Metronome, where Page joined PBS on stage for part of their performance. Page and Russell have a musical history - playing together in Vida Blue, a band that Page formed in 2001. Most recently, Page performed with PBS at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

September 24 Revolution Hall Troy, NY
September 25 Lupo's Providence, RI
September 26 BB Kings New York, NY
September 27 Higher Ground Burlington, VT

I am glad to see this, lets get Page back on stage and ready for some dates next summer with the 3 "other guys"...

New My Morning Jacket Video - Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Part II

Check it out...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mike Gordon to D.J. on Sirius' Jam On

Following in the steps of former (and future?) bandmate Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon is scheduled to take over the D.J.'s chair on the Sirius Satellite Radio station Jam On. Gordon will be playing his own mix of tunes as well as offering some commentary on live Phish performances, and delving into his own library to share with listeners some never-before-heard recordings and jam sessions.

Making a special guest appearance via telephone will be... his mom. Gordon will also offer up an in-studio acoustic performance with his new band.

Gordon will be D.J.-ing on Monday, August 25th from 6 a.m.-12 a.m. EDT, and JamOn's interview with him will air this coming Friday afternoon, August 22, at 12 p.m. EDT.

My Morning Jacket - Louisville Setlist

Lori, who is good friends with the gang at Coventry, went to see My Morning Jacket in their hometown of Louisville. Here's the setlist that she sent me. Lori's notes appear in italics...
MMJ 8/16/2008 Waterfront Park - Louisville, KY
1. Anytime
2. Off The Record
3. Gideon
4. Evil Urges
5. Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt.1
6. The Way That He Sings
7. What A Wonderful Man
8. I'm Amazed
9. Thank You Too!
10. Sec Walkin
11. Heartbreakin Man
12. Two Halves
13. Lay Low
14. Aluminum Park
15. Mahgeetah
16. Phone Went West
17. Look At You (solo) (omg. jim james rules. this song was a-maz-ing!!!!)
18. Where To Begin
19. Golden
20. Dondante
21. Smokin From Shootin
22. Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt.2

23. Wordless Chorus
24. Highly Suspicious
25. Cobra
26. Steam Engine
27. Run Thru -- kicked my ass!!!
28. Dancefloors -- BIG PUPPETS !!!!!
29. One Big Holiday

Special Guests: The Louisville Leopard Percussionists

Lori's show notes: OK - I was thinking it was 3 or 4 encores - holy shit - 7!?!??!?! The new stuff was great - the old stuff was great. Jim James is a God. This show was incredible. Their lighting is getting really interesting! Can't wait for the next. good times!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Thao - Bag of Hammers Videos

I'm on a Thao kick. I can't explain why... but I have been watching the video for Bag of Hammers by Thao with the Get Down. I discovered two versions of the video. Check them out...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Today in Phishtory: 8/16 - Clifford Ball (96), The Great Went (97), and Lemonwheel (98)

August 16th has a significant impact on Phishtory. In the late 1990s, Phish played three festival gigs on 8/16 at abandoned Air Force bases (in Platsburgh, NY and Limestone, ME).

Here are the listening/download links (courtesy of and/or hoydog23):
8/16/96 Clifford Ball, Plattsburgh, NY - Part 1
8/16/96 Clifford Ball, Plattsburgh, NY - Part 2
8/16/96 Clifford Ball, Plattsburgh, NY - Part 3

8/16/1997 The Great Went, Limestone, ME

8/16/1998 Lemonwheel, Limestone, ME - Part 1
8/16/1998 Lemonwheel, Limestone, ME - Part 2
8/16/1998 Lemonwheel, Limestone, ME - Part 3

And here are the setlists...
Clifford Ball - 8/16/96 Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Plattsburgh, NY

Set I: Chalkdust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Ya Mar, AC/DC Bag, Esther, The Divided Sky, Halley's Comet, David Bowie

Set II: Split Open and Melt, Sparkle, Free, Squirming Coil, Waste1, Talk, Train Song, Strange Design, Hello My Baby, Mike's Song > Simple > Contact > Weekapaug Groove

Set III: Makisupa Policeman, 2001 > Down With Disease, NICU, Life On Mars, Harry Hood

Encore: Amazing Grace

* * * * *

The Great Went - 8/16/97 Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, ME

Set I: Makisupa Policeman > Harpua, Chalkdust Torture, Theme from the Bottom, Punch You in the Eye, Ghost, Ginseng Sullivan, You Enjoy Myself, Train Song, Character Zero, Squirming Coil

Set II: Wolfman's Brother > Simple > My Soul > Slave to the Traffic Light, Rocky Top, Julius

Set III: Halley's Comet > Cities > Llama, Lawn Boy, Limb By Limb, Funky Bitch

Encore: Contact, Loving Cup

* * * * *

Lemonwheel - 8/16/98 Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, ME

Set I: Ginseng Sullivan, Bathtub Gin > Rift, Punch You in the Eye, Lawn Boy, Ya Mar > AC/DC Bag, Frankie Says, Birds of a Feather, Guyute, Possum

Set II: Down With Disease > Piper > Ghost > Fluffhead, When the Circus Comes to Town, Velvet Sea, HYHU > Sexual Healing > HYHU, Antelope

Set III: Sabotage > 2001, Wilson, The Mango Song, Character Zero, Bittersweet Motel, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Encore: Harry Hood, Baby Elephant Walk

Friday, August 15, 2008

Today in Phishtory: 8/15/04 Coventry, VT

Trey and his Mom do the Sexy Bump!

Yeah, four years ago, Phish played their last show. Ever. It was sloppy and sad and highly emotional. I was wasted, covered in mud, and sort of in shock.
Phish 8.15.04, Coventry, VT

Set 1: Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Anything But Me, Reba, Carini > Chalkdust Torture > Possum, Wolfman's Brother* > The Sexy Bump Jam** > Wolfman's Brother > Taste

Set 2: Down With Disease*** > Velvet Sea**** Glide, [band speech], Split Open and Melt > Blowing Off Steam Jam > Ghost

Set 3: Fast Enough for You, Seven Below > Simple > Piper > Bruno***** > Dickie Scotland****** > Wilson > Slave to the Traffic Light, [fireworks]

Encore: [Trey speech], The Curtain With

*Trey tells everyone that the wolfman's brother is Fishman.
**Trey and Mike bring out their mothers and do the 'sexy bump' dance with them. Then later, 'sandwich' their manager, John Paluska with it.
***Trey plays his guitar with a glow stick.
****Page gets emotional and starts crying.
*****The band spontaneously writes a song to acknowledge their monitor engineer Mark "Bruno" Bradley. Other crew acknowledgments.
******Same as above, but for Richard "Dickie Scotland" Glasgow

You can listen/download Coventry 8/15/04 courtesy of

And you have to read my Coventry recaps... Part II and Part III.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mike Gordon Interviews

I read two stellar interviews with Mike Gordon.

1. Mike Gordon's Solo Story by Scott Bernstein (Hidden Track)

Here's a bit:
Playing Terrapin was probably Trey’s idea. I had never played it before, but of course had it in my ears from Dead tapes and Dead shows. So we learned it around dinner time. I feel like I didn’t really nail the way the bass handles the end jam, but I thought we did a great job with it.

Just standing there and hearing those opening strums of Terrapin Station was the most surreal thing because it had always been so taboo for us. It sounded pretty authentic to me. Not exactly like the Dead but a good rendition. It was just a really magicial moment. I was getting chills, not only because it was paying tribute in this way and having it sound good, but just the oddness of hearing our band strum those notes that I had seen at Dead shows. Here we were playing in the some of the same venues the Dead played in, not that the Dead were our only influence because there are a lot of influences, but we were clearly inspired by them. I heard a tape later and I liked the way the tape sounded.... More

2. Mike Gordon: In His Own Words by Andy Gadiel (Jambase)

Here's a bit:
"I'm very thankful that everyone in Phish is still healthy so that we might be able to do it again. When we broke up I said that longevity with Phish is that we could build something that is irreplaceable. I think we all know that the chemistry of twenty years together is irreplaceable, but it's so great for me to get to do these new things and try out new combinations of people. There's no reason that both things can't coexist eventually, potentially, and so I'm not really antsy about the Phish thing. I'm much more antsy to get out on the road and make another solo album. But, I'm gonna really enjoy it when Phish does happen. 'Craving' isn't the word that comes to mind but 'excitement' is, about all these things... More
Great work, guys.

Today in Phishtory: 8/14/04 Coventry, VT

Yeah, the mud sucked.

Oh yeah, four years ago today, Phish played their next to last show.
Phish, 8.14.04 Coventry, VT

Set 1: Walls of the Cave -> Runaway Jim -> Gotta Jibboo, You Enjoy Myself* -> Sample in a Jar, Axilla, Poor Heart, Run Like an Antelope**, Fire

Set 2: AC/DC Bag -> 46 Days -> Halley's Comet -> Ya Mar***, [Trey speech], David Bowie, Character Zero

Set 3: Twist -> The Wedge, Stash -> Free, [band waves; Trey speech], Guyute, Drowned -> jam -> Friday

Encore: Harry Hood****

*Trey gives away the trampolines to the crowd.
**Guest appearance by Tom Marshall.
***Bass solo with interactive clapping.
****Trey and Mike move closer to the audience and play on the rocks in front of the stage.
You can listen/download Coventry 8/14/04 courtesy of

Read my recap of 8/14/04 here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Today in Phishtory: 8/13/97 Star Lake

11 years ago today, Phish played a gig just west of Pittsburgh at Star Lake Amphitheatre. It was a special night that included a rare Elton John cover to kick off the show. Other highlights included Gumbo that almost clocked in at 20 minutes.
8/13/97 Star Lake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA

Set I: Amoreena***, Poor Heart, Stash, Water in the Sky, Gumbo, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Beauty of My Dreams, Crosseyed and Painless, Wilson > Little Drummer Boy, Sweet Adeline

Set II: Runaway Jim, Ghost > Izabella, Sleeping Monkey, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Sample in a Jar, 2001, Golgi Apparatus, Frankenstein

Encore: Theme from the Bottom

*** Elton John Cover (first time played)

Listen/stream 8/13/97 Star Lake Amphitheatre (via
Download 8/13/97 Star Lake Amphitheatre (via hoydog 23)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Outside Lands Stage Schedule Up

Well its about fucking time. My Initial reactions:
Beck on a different stage than Radiohead? Fuck you.
These shows are ending EARLY...looks like we are going into town for dinner on Saturday and Sunday...

Radiohead Score New Chuck Palahniuk Film: Choke

I was excited to read that Radiohead is scoring the entire movie adapatation of the novel Choke. I have enjoyed all of Chuck P's works and love how Fight Club turned is what they have to say about this:

Controversial Fight Club and Snuff author Chuck Palahniuk has revealed Radiohead have written brand new music for the soundtrack to the new movie adaptation of his book Choke. Speaking to BBC 6 Music on the Shaun Keaveny Breakfast Show, Palahniuk explained it all came from his love of the band’s music, saying: “Clark Gregg, who directed the movie version of Choke which comes out on September 26 in the US), he knew that I’d written Choke while listening to Radiohead’s Pablo Honey, with Creep, over and over and over.

More on this at At Ease.

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Metallica Song - Cyanide

My metalhead friends are jizzing in their pants. Why? New Metallica songs.

Here's Cyanide which the performed at Ozzfest in Dallas

And here's Widespread Panic covering Enter Sandman from last Halloween...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

This Weekend in Phishtory: Aug 7-9, 1998

I was browsing the interwebs last night looking for some updates on how things were going at All Points West and the Radiohead set. I got a couple of texts from friends that were there, and no doubt Radiohead played an amazing show again.

For me, it is almost a little boring. There is another big festival this weekend, and some kinda ok bands played that are good but maybe they aren't quite in their prime...followed by the massiveness and precision of the Radiohead show. Radiohead plays a different setlist every night, but its still the same thing: their songs.

Well 10 years ago this weekend Phish was playing in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. You know what? People are still talking about it. Phish played their songs amazingly well. AND, in '98, the summer of the cover, they played some incredible songs that weren't theirs.

First I read the great writeup by Bready guesting over atLive Music Blog. Here is an excerpt:

"The band nailed a bread favorite, “Waste” – Trey’s Languedoc work on the melody hook was spot on. The band segued out of “Waste” into a gorgeous instrumental version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” The 82 minute set ended with the acappella “Hello My Baby.” What would the band do to top the two sets of awesomeness? Only bust out a tribute to Jerry Garcia on the third anniversary of his death. No one, I mean no one, really thought it would happen…we hoped…but could we really think they would do it? Trey played the first notes of “Lady With A Fan” almost cautiously…which quickly moved to confidence as he heard 20,000 fans losing their shit in excitement. Literally, the first two minutes of the song I could barely hear because the crowd was THAT loud. There were numerous people around me crying and cheering at the same time. All relished what was sure to be a one-time appearance. Not a note perfect performance but that was easily forgiveable….c’mon, it was Phish playing Jerry!!!"

Then, I headed over to The Weight, and read a different take on the same exact run of shows. Here is an excerpt:

"Phish has consistently been able to produce epic peaks of energy in their live performances, but never before and never after have I felt the wave of exhileration that was produced during and after Sabotage. Summer '98 was the season of odd covers, with Running With the Devil, Ramble On, and Been Caught Stealing making very rare appearaces in the previous days. But when this encore started and the crowd gradually realized what the band was trying to tackle, the next two minutes and 50 seconds was complete pandemonium at Merriweather. We all spent more time in the air then we did with our feet on the ground."

I was excited to read both of these accounts and it made me realize why I love Phish and why I want them to come back. I want a chance at moments like these again. Not the same moments, but new ones.

Comparing apples and oranges, Radiohead is amazing- but they give you a similar moment each time. Phish may fall on their face once in a while, but they gave you moments that you never knew were coming, and you will still talk about them with your friends 10 years later.

The Weight
Part I Part II

Live Music Blog - Download Mp3's of the weekend

Saturday, August 09, 2008

R.I.P. Jerry Garcia Mix

Jerry passed away 13 years ago today. One of the saddest moments of my life.

Last week, I made two mixes to celebrate Jerry Day. Those selections included Jerry playing with Jerry Garcia Band. Today's mix focuses on Jerry with the Grateful Dead.
Download RIP Jerry Mix

RIP Jerry Mix Track Listing:
1. China Cat Sunflower
2. Dire Wolf
3. They Love Each Other
4. New Speedway Boogie
5. Row Jimmy
6. Eyes of the World
7. Mississippi Half-Step
8. Stella Blue
9. Uncle John's Band

And don't forget about the two Jerry Day mixes I made last week...
Download Jerry Day 1
Download Jerry Day 2

Radiohead All Points West Setlist

Radiohead, All Points West Festival
8/8/08 Liberty State Park, NJ
Set: 15 Step, There There, Morning Bell, All I Need, Lucky, Nude, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, The Gloaming, Optimistic, Videotape, Reckoner, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, You and Whose Army?, Idioteque, Climbing Up the Walls, Bodysnatchers, How to Disappear Completely,

E1: House of Cards, Pyramid Song, Paranoid Android, Dollars and Cents

E2: Street Spirit (Fade Out), Cymbal Rush, Just, Everything in Its Right Place

Looks like the kids at wpix are getting into the live blog thing this weekend...check them out. Radiohead plays a second show at the festival Saturday night, and Trey plays on Sunday.

Weed News: Feds Bust Pot Farm in Sequoia National Forest

Our federal government is at it again, boys and girls. According to CNN, over the last eight days, over 420,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $1 billion were seized from farms in remote areas of California's Sequoia National Forest. The farms have been allegedly linked to Mexican organized crime. 38 people were also arrested during the raid. Guess they forgot their medicinal cards.

The farms were anywhere from a 2-4 hour hike from the nearest road. So someone totally snitched.

For more details, check out the full CNN piece.

Thanks to Lori W. for the link.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Triumphant Return of Trey Uninating in your Ears

Tonight is a big night, "Classic" Trey Band is playing to about 500 rabid fans at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. It will be the first full band show by Trey since his arrest. We have gotten to hear little screams from the Languedoc during a couple of sit-ins with Phil and Friends and Dave Matthews, but tonight a lucky few will likely get to hear the signature Trey songs First Tube, Sand, Gotta Jibboo, and Mr. Completely. Pretty much every hipster in Brooklyn is going to be pwned by Trey tonight. Most also agree that Trey with classic TAB members Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis and Ray Paczkowski is a great way to come back. I am jealous cause as you know, I am Geigh for Trey (no homo).

I will be refreshing Twitter and Hidden Track later in the evening and hope that you will follow along as well- Scotty B has promised setlist and updates live from the venue.

Setlist via thanks for the updates, Scotty B!!!:

8/7/08 Classic Trey Anastasio Band, Music Hall of Williamsburg

I: Alaska*, Gotta Jibboo, Peggy*, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Sand, Cayman Review, Gone**^, Windora Bug, Night Speaks To A Woman

II: Tuesday, Drifting, Backwards Down The Number Line*, Spin, Valentine**^, Greyhound Rising**^, The Way I Feel, Mr. Completely >Light*^, First Tube

E: Heavy Things, Bug

Show Notes:
*new original; words and music by Trey and Tom Marshall
**new original; words and music by Trey
^first time played