Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Flashback - Vegoose 2006

This is one of my favorite YouTube videos that I shot. It was Vegoose music festival in 2006 during Halloween.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Phish Reunion Ticket Prices: Market Update

Like many of you, I was ready to throw up as I watched the prices of Phish tickets climbing by the second on that sidebar as I hopelessly reloaded Ticketmaster time after time that early morning two Saturdays ago as we tried to score the goods for the Coventry gang. By mid-morning after the onsale, the broker's market was flooded with hundreds of Hampton tickets, and the price of a single entry to Friday's show couldn't be found anywhere for less than $300. One poster on Phantasy Tour even bragged about selling off his three-day pass for over $1,600 on Ebay (only to be instantaneously flamed by dozens of angry phans).

So what's the market like at the moment for the ticket brokers? Well, it hasn't come down in price, that's for sure.

On Ebay there are currently 101 auctions running for Hampton tickets. Final prices on single tickets are running around $300-$350 each for all three shows with "Buy it Now" prices up in the $450-$600 range. A pair of three-day passes are currently offered at $1,500 with about 6 hours left in the auction.

On VividSeats the bottom price for a Friday ticket is currently $335, with some douchebags charging as much as $720. Tickets for the Saturday show start at $305, while Sunday is a relative bargain at $240. Other brokers like Coast to Coast, Ticket Liquidator, and Online Seats show similar pricing.

Things are a bit pricier on StubHub. The Friday show starts at $400/ticket while Saturday starts at $345 and Sunday at $275. The cheapest 3-day pass listed? $1,100. Some dildo is even attempting to sell his 3-day pass on there for $250,000. Yeah, good luck with that buddy.

The most evil of them all, TicketsNow (a Ticketmaster company) has the most seats available, but the prices are still ridiculous-- $375 to $1654 for Friday, $343-$1605 for Saturday and $273-$1,069 for Sunday.

Nauseous yet?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Phish at the Roxy - Free Download

The gang at sent us a sneak preview of Phish at the Roxy.

Download Link: Good Times Bad Times > Paul and Silas > Pig in a Pen (with Jeff Mosier)

Here's the press release:
Phish and JEMP Records will release the complete three nights of music from the Roxy Theatre—six sets featuring 78 unique songs with two special guests and only one repeat spread over eight CDs—as "Phish: At The Roxy", available in stores everywhere on November 18.

The second concert of the run is one the most-collected live Phish bootlegs; however, this will be the first time they will be heard in true high fidelity. The recordings are drawn from soundman/luthier Paul Languedoc’s two-track soundboard reference DATs and mastered by regular Phish collaborator, Fred Kevorkian. One of the many highlights of At The Roxy is the second set of that show, which is highly celebrated for its extended suite of “Tweezer,” the James Gang’s “Walk Away,” “Mike’s Song,” the reggae song “Have Mercy,” Kiss’s “Rock and Roll All Nite” among other songs and improvisations. Several special guests join Phish onstage, including Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit) during the second set of the first night and banjo player Jeff Mosier (Blueground Undergrass, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon) for a bluegrass encore during the third show. This is
Phish at their peak in terms of playful, anything-goes musical precociousness. This is the first complete multiple-show release since Hampton Comes Alive and the Island Tour of 1998.

Pre-order the box set now - Click here.

And pre-order the digital set - Click here.
Can't wait!

Widespread Panic Halloween Show to be Broadcast on iClips

Stuck at home for Halloween with no show plans (like me)? Load up a bong, grab a friend, tell the trick-or-treaters to scram and fire up the intertubes, where Widespread Panic's bound-to-be-epic Halloween show from the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans will be broadcast live on iClips. Showtime is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. CDT.

I saw my first Panic Halloween show with Dr. Pauly and the joker back in 2006 when they followed up their performance at Vegoose with a show at the MGM Grand. Naturally, half the audience was in costumes and we were no exception-- the doctor in his requisite scrubs, me at his side in a nurse getup complete with the little pointy hat, and the joker in his legendary UPS deliveryman outfit, handing out packages to Spreadheads. Panic pulled out covers of Morning Dew, She's So Heavy, and R.E.M.'s Can't Get there from Here that night. Oh yeah, and J.B. was wearing a chicken suit the whole time. The man loves his chicken.

Can't wait to see what the boys will pull out this year. Safe travels to all you lucky fucks heading down to NOLA!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Magnolia Fest 2008: An Adventure to be Remembered!

A weekend away – I was ready to play – get dirty and down, with the best bluegrass around.

I arrived and found camp, along with my friends - all were ready for the fun to begin.

Gimme The WaCo Ramblers, with a cute mandolin player, that was it, I was taken, my booty was shakin’.

The beer was a flowin’ – Sweetwater 420 – I was so happy and free just lovin’ on everybody. Smiles and hugs and smooches to all – it began to get rainy as the night did fall. I was running around making tons of new friends, riding in golf carts and singing, my heart was pumping full-fledged!

Next came the forest goblins known as Tornado Rider – their music pumped me up and lifted me higher and higher.

So, we danced and we jumped and we spun and we shouted, all the while smelling more and more like we needed a shower.

The thing about me, is I’m as happy as can be, but give me a special chocolate and there’s more to be seen – escalating the feeling of warmth and giggles, I was running around the park with a severe case of the wiggles!

Two nights we did spend, into the wee hours of the morning, having a hootenanny and jammin' around a campfire with whiskey. Around went the moonshine and everyone was getting real frisky!

And then along comes Matt the fiddler, who sure was amazing, for being only 18 his fingers were blazing, across the instrument as he played and he played, he sure tore it down, I could only smile up and feel one with the ground.

I was already planning to come back for Spring Fest in March, seeing The Gourds on the lineup got me fully charged. Goodbyes were hard, back to my life, but this was a much-needed reprieve to get rid of my strife.

Until I see my new friends again, I leave for you all a chance to know them. A mixture of songs that will surely delight and cause you to smile both day and night - just as I had done from beginning to end of this marvelous weekend in Suwannee music land.

Mag Fest Mix 2008

The DuhksGene's Machine Mary McMahon's-
Pretty Little Indian-Sligo Creek-
The Dublin Reel
Donna the Buffalo – No Place Like the Right Time
Joe Craven – Hattie & Jenelle
Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley, and The Clinch Mountain Boys
I Feel Like Singing Today
The WaCo Ramblers – Hatton Holler Hill
Donna Jean & the Tricksters – So Hard
Little Feat featuring: Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, and Bela Fleck – Sailin’ Shoes
Crooked Still – Can’t You Hear Me Callin’
Peter Rowan – Girl in the Blue Velvet Band
Blueground Undergrass – Potter’s Wheel
Vassar Clements – Florida Blues
David Gans – Sovereign Soul

Trey Anastasio YouTube: Mr. Completely

I think its great how many phans are getting some awesome videos up from nearly every show these days. This one in particular caught my attention from the National Richmond, Va 10/25/08 - its short but it captures two things I love to see and hear: 1) The power and precision of Trey playing the long notes in a riff and (more importantly) 2) How happy Trey looks to be alive and on stage about 1:15 into this clip. Check it out:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Turns Out You Can Dance in Tight Pants

mini-show review at

Driving to St. Pete from Tampa to see a show needs to be well timed. Leave too early and you’re twiddling thumbs cursing the ghosts of Dale Mabry Highway; too late and you miss a Howard Franklin Bridge sunset. 7:07 PM, caught a ride from Professional Concert-Goer Dennis Dillishus and his girlfriend, a long time The Faint fan who clued me in on some Faint history. We were well equipped, a cold 60 Minute IPA and new play-list courtesy the girlfriend: Justice, The Sounds, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles worked well with the flowing traffic and sand red skies. Is it me, or did Tropicana Field start looking like a real stadium? –World Series cred I guess. Stopped at a friend’s who lives in walking distance to Jannus – he also had beers and music – Left Hand Milk Stout along with TV on the Radio’s Dear Science. We hit the streets to get there early and check out Orlando’s Summerbirds in the Cellar. They’re playing the opening spot for The Faint’s four Florida shows. It’s got to be a tough position. You can’t get much going when you’re only given enough time to play five songs. Frustrating, but they’ll be playing in Tampa sometime in the middle of December, location TBA. Hopefully they’ll book a New World Brewery show. If and when, it’ll be a must see. These guys break some indie rock traditions – well placed, subtle harmonies and good songwriting against quality electro that will pulse and groove. The band had been spending some time in the music mecca of Athens, GA, they’ll be back home writing and recording for the next few months.

It’s been about 15 years since Wesley Snipes single-handedly killed the fashion of flip-up bicyclists hats, let it be known that they have risen from the grave – I counted no less than three on the walk to Jannus. The preshow vibe outside Jannus was almost nonexistent and the bouncer at The Pelican wasn’t very optimistic, “it’s pretty weak so far” – good thing I don’t go round soliciting bouncer’s opinions. I made the rookie move of buying a beer on the go with a full bladder. And, what’s with these supposed cold activated blue mountains Coors Light is peddling? I’ve had a few in the past months, they’ve been cold, but I haven’t spotted any blue mountains. Bullshit, like their flavor. Best preshow news? Rumors circulate about Rob Schneider sightings. He’s supposedly cruising St Pete with a blue Mohawk and a few catch phrases – no doubt banking on a drunk hussy looking to live out some Hollywood fantasy.

9:09 PM, "Did you guys like that track I was playing earlier?” The Show is the Rainbow front man and lovable attention whore Darren Keen asked the crowd after his first song. The Show is the Rainbow is supporting The Faint for two weeks, and Darren Keen wanted you to know that he is very grateful for that – though not as grateful for any audience I would bet. The quip was only a glimpse of the hilarious banter and musical theater Darren Keen was getting ready to emit for the next hour. He cued up a string sample for the second song, grabbed his Fender and broke into a disco-rock number. TSitR is a one man show, although he brings a drummer to play along with his occasional guitar play and Macintosh computer.

“That song was about fucking while you’re freezing to death in an alleyway.” Hmm, who knew? Keen peered over into the front row, “I smell weed.” He then cued a Pink Floyd inspired arpeggiated loop and informed us that the next song was, “…about a guy who liked butt-sex with guys, but got a new girlfriend who doesn’t and so he has to find prostitutes.” Moving on from banter to stage direction, he asked for audience hand claps and took to robot voices. Many in the crowd were wondering just what the hell they were seeing, it was about to be a whole lot more of Darren Keen. His rock star persona and girth immediately conjure thoughts of Jack Black. But it was more like if Jack Black was from Omaha, Nebraska, never found his KG and took too much acid. I thought it was spectacular. After a failed attempt at an anonymous crowd survey, followed by on stage moonage and a rant about acting your age he popped his top and showed off his new tattoo of the logo for Retard Disco Records who he had just signed with. Now shirtless and sweaty they played a song about “Hitler and his meth mouth” – I couldn’t make out all the lyrics, but the first line was “I am a Siamese Duck.” A rant on Hugh Laurie’s keen ability to diagnose the misdiagnosed at the last possible second followed by a faux stage dive (thank god) and a triumphant stage return – made even more triumphant by asking the crowd to “...cheer really loud when I get back on stage like you guys are real happy to see me again.” TSitR finished off his set of danceable indie rock hip hop by running out into the crowd with his wireless mic and climbing the tree (audience assisted) in the middle of the Jannus Landing pavilion to serenade us. It was rock star retard in full glory. “Here comes the fucking Faint!” Keen yelled. Most in the crowd couldn’t wait.

$8 dollar generic beers in plastic cups taste much better at a ball game. $10 Gonzo Imperial Porters in plastic cups at least have a semblance of music behind them, and at 9.2% ABV can hold you down for a long set of good music. Coming on promptly at 10 o’clock, The Faint took the stage to some hungry fans – evidently they hadn’t played in Tampa Bay since sharing a co-bill with Bright Eyes quite a few years ago. The crowd was packed in tight under the red and white striped tent then sparse on back to the sound board. The lead singer was wearing what looked to be a Calvin Klein designed lab coat with WWII aviator goggles. That turned out to be fitting, The Faint create a music experiment that sits on the cusp of dance party and indie noise-rock show. It works. The band had the crowd’s attention from the start - even those in the back choosing elbow room over proximity were staring intently. They were too transfixed on the music to notice the hub-ub behind them; security had to eject a sizable group. I couldn’t make out exactly what was going on, the men in the yellow shirts all took the company line and refused comment. Although, I swear I saw something in their eyes when I asked if Deuce Bigalow had anything to do with it. If the music wasn’t so good, I would have pressed them further. After a lively opening track that I didn’t catch the name of, The Faint went into Glass Danse followed by Take Me to the Hospital, a song not found on any album, but with enough deep bass and chopped beats to get all those under the tent shaking asses. Professional Concert-Goer Dennis Dillishus turned to me and said, “These indie rock kids better have their Chucks tied tight or they’re going to get funked right out of em.’” Pretty spot on, I thought. Mixing songs from their newest album Fasciinatiion along with older tracks - Forever Growing Centipedes, Posed to Death, Psycho - kept the energy high. The smell of something magically delicious started floating around, turned out to be a cherry blunt - good work hipsters. It was enough to get me over the sight of yet another muscular guy in an Ed Hardy t-shirt blocking my view. After a solid hour, the band stepped off stage, the crowd played their role as encore demanders and The Faint obliged – as if there was any doubt. At this point the dance party had spilled back another 20 feet for another few tracks with the band calling it a night just a bit after 11:15. Some rumblings surfaces about Rob Schneider and some type of “bathroom incident” - not sure what that was all about. The Jannus Landing horse troughs always make for awkward times, maybe Deuce Bigalow had enough of that guy in the Ed Hardy t-shirt, lord knows I have.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Radiohead Amnesiac B-side Outtakes

1. Cuttooth
2. Worrywort
3. Fog
4. Fast Track
5. The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy
6. Trans-Atlantic Drawl
7. Kinetic
8. Life In A Glass House (Full Length)

Some real nice rare cuts to add to your Radiohead collection. Evidently they are outtakes of B-sides, sort of like two wrongs making a right. I might be wrong though. d/l link

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Phish Hampton Simulcast Petition

Editor's Note: Greg asked that we re-post the petition link, so here it is!

Check this out...
Dear Phish and Red Light Management,

This morning, 10/18/08, thousands of Phish phans got shut out of tickets by ticketmaster. Please sign a deal to simulcast at theaters and/or other arenas, your March 6th comeback performance or the whole Hampton run. There are a lot of folks that have supported you guys for many years and should be a part of this landmark show. Just because they couldn't enter a security check faster than others shouldn't mean that they can't enjoy these shows. I believe this would not only benefit the phans but would also help the city of Hampton by not having thousands of ticketless phans descending upon Hampton that weekend. We all want to share in the groove, so please make this happen!
Click here to sign the petition.

Thanks to Greg for starting the petition. Great idea. I hope Phish steps up and does something cool to help everyone who got shut out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Review & Recap: Trey Anastasio Band - 10/21/08 at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI

Download mp3/audience recording .rar
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
thanks to Mainah(pt mp3 mediafire) and a BIG thanks Ted Gakidis - (Taped, Transfered & Seeded)
original torrent link

I took the train from New York to Providence. I rode business class which included power outlets. Very clutch since I brought my laptop and I'm addicted to the intertubes. I listened to a Dead bootleg from 1978 while I played online poker and gazed out the window at the magnificent foliage of New England. I played for less than an hour and won enough money to pay for my train ticket. I did not even arrive in Rhode Island and I was already having a sensational trip.

I went up to Providence to visit one of my best friends Senor. We had seen numerous Phish shows together. Too many to count. He went to Japan with me in 2000 to see Phish. Senor is married with two kids and doesn't see as many shows as we used to back in the day. That's what made the Trey show in Providence a little extra special since I got to go see it with someone who loves music as much if not more than me.

We had a mellow pre-party at Blake's and I drank with some Deadheads. We went inside around 8:20 and the floor was already packed. We headed upstairs to the balcony. We snagged third row seats and were ready for the festivities to begin...
Trey Anastasio, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence RI 10/21/08

Set I: Come on Baby Lets Go Downtown, Last Tube, Tube Top Flop, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Cayman Review, Ooh Child, Alaska, Backwards Down the Number Line, Gone, Sand

Set II: Push on Til the Day, Gotta Jibboo, Drifting, Simple Twist Up Dave, Water in the Sky@, Brian and Robert@, Get Back on the Train@, A Case of Ice and Snow, Tuesday

Encore: First Tube*

*w/ Oteil Burbridge, Scott Murawski and Billy Kreutzmann
The last time I was at Lupo's was like five years ago and I saw Dark Star Orchestra. It was in a different location then and I sort of dug the new space similar to the Beacon Theatre in NYC or the Orpheum in Boston. The sound was muffled at times but the overall quality was better than the shitty acoustics of Roseland Ballroom.

I wasn't expecting the opener of Come on Baby Lets Go Downtown. Trey appeared ready to let loose from the start of the show with an uplifting version of a Neil Young cover. Yeah, Trey was just getting warmed up.

Last Tube has several operatic moments. That's what I jotted down in my notes. I'm not the biggest fan of that song. And that's what I love about live shows. Sometimes you are forced to sit/stand/dance through a song that you might otherwise skip if listening on your iPod or in your car. But the magic occurs when you hear a version of a song you really don't care for and it sucks you and simply kicks your ass. You almost feel like a total moron for not appreciating the song much earlier. Well, that's what their version of Last Tube did to me.

Next up was an old school TAB song that the name escaped me. The Joker told me that it was called Tube Top. I knew I heard it before. Delicious version. The first three songs were not songs that would have been at the top of my list to hear, however, each of them more than satisfied my musical needs along with the majority of folks in my section. They were dancing like fiends.

I thought that Sweet Dreams Melinda killed the momentum of the set. A little too slow but a slightly sloppy version. Trey made up for it with Cayman Review, a daily staple that has been in heavy rotation during the Northern Exposure Tour. It's one of my favorite TAB songs because the prevailing Latin-influenced reggae-funk beat gets my ass shaking.

Ooh Child came out of left field. Actually it hopped the left field wall, sprinted across the diamond, and dove head first into home plate. Never expected to hear that bust out. Trey crooned the crowd. I saw one Phishy chick weeping. Tears of joy.

Trey and the band have Alaska down pat. Each version I hear gets tighter and tighter. Catchy lyrics. Upbeat tempo. Senor heard it for the first time and was singing along by the end of the song.

I must have listened to Trey's Brooklyn show a hundred times. I wasn't too fond of Backwards Down the Number Line until now. Again, it was one of those songs not on the top of my list to hear, but man was I wrong. I'm so glad that I didn't make it a Pauly's Gonna Take a Piss Song. I jotted down the word "poignant" in my notes to describe that Backwards Down the Number Line.

Gone was another new tune that I did not see last week at Roseland. It was OK and it appeared to abruptly end early. I dunno if it was supposed to do that or they had technical difficulties. They milled around for a bout a minute or so before they played Sand to close the set. One of the highlights for sure with an enticing sustained climax.

The highlight of the show, the moment when I was like "Wow, Trey is tearing this shit up like John Holmes deep dickin' a high school girl" occurred during Push On Til the Day. The always gregarious Trey was ever more hyper and happy and jumping up and down and all around his little octagon of a Persian rug that he stands on onstage. The second half of Push On seized a hold of everyone in the balcony. They were on their feet. Dancing. Jumping. You could feel the vibrations and slight bounce of everyone grooving to the invigorating start of the second set.

Trey kept up the momentum with a crowd pleaser. Gotta Jibboo had a few mutated solos from Trey and I couldn't get enough.

A mellow Drifting cooled things off a bit before Simple Twist Up Dave. I think that's one of the songs that sounds better when arranged with the horns.

Trey played three solo acoustic songs... a slow and twangy Water in the Sky, a sulky Brian and Robert and a spicy version of Get Back on the Train.

I'm still mixed about A Case of Ice and Snow. I thought it was misplaced in the set. Senor absolutely loved the song. When the first few notes of Tuesday began, Senor turned to me and asked if that was a Pauly's Gonna Take a Piss Song I told him that it wasn't but Ice and Snow should have been.

The encore was First Tube and crowd delved into a feeding frenzy. The first part featured the band with several explosive solos from Big Red. As the song progressed, several friends took the stage. A older guy in a baseball hat appeared from behind the drum kit and started banging on a single drum behind Russ. A couple of seconds later, Russ hopped out of the kit and the old guy slid in. He looked a lot like Billy Kruetzman from the Grateful Dead. He even drummed a lot like him mentioned Senor. Yeah, it was him. Russ stood behind his kit and beat on the single drum, while Tony left the stage and Oteil Burbridge took his place. A couple of minutes later, Scott Murawski on guitar, joined the mix. They jammed out for several more minutes to end the encore and the entire show.

Lupo's blew away Roseland. The sound was better. The playing was tighter. The crowd was much cooler. No one was really talking over the playing like they did at the Roseland show. That sort of puzzled me and bothered me in the same instance. Too many hipsters and scenesters at the NYC show. The Providence show had a lot more respectful fans which added to the overall enjoyment factor to the show.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Trey at Lupo's

I'm heading up to Providence and will be seeing Trey play at Lupo's. If you want set list info and other updates, you can follow me on Twitter. Otherwise, I'll post a review and recap when I get back.

From Pauly's Twitters, edited by the joker:

Trey Anastasio, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence RI 10/21/08
I: Come on Baby Lets Go Downtown, Last Tube,Tube Top Flop, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Cayman Review, Ooh Child, Alaska, Backwards Down the Number Line, Gone, Sand

II: Push on Til the Day, Gotta Jibboo, Drifting, Simple Twist Up Dave, Water in the Sky@, Brian and Robert@, Get Back on the Train@, A Case of Ice and Snow, Tuesday

E: First Tube>Jam*

*w/ Oteil Burbridge, Scott Murawski and Billy Kreutzmann

Monday, October 20, 2008

3rd Quarter Results 2008 Mix by BTreotch

July, August & September. Shit was hot. Spending every summer of my 31 years in either Texas or Florida has gotten me accustomed to sweating, sandals and a lack of concerts. Thank god for the glory of interwebs and music blogs to supplement my ear balls. The Glowing City by {{{Sunset}}} and TV on the Radio's Dear Science have left the biggest impression on me and have solidified spots in my top ten albums of the year. TVotR has gotten quite a bit of press - it's well deserved - these guys are making powerful music, dark and genre bending. The Glowing City is one of these albums that comes out of nowhere and smacks you with tasteful surprises. I just can't get enough of Thao Nguyen - her first album Like the Linen is stripped down compared to this year's We Brave Bee Stings and All, but the quality song writing and unique style is there. Juana Molina is an Argentinian artist making dreamy, well layered space folk, her newest album Un Dia is her fifth.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Denied!!! Part 2

The entire gang at Coventry got stiff-armed for Phish lottery. We're all trying to acquire tickets via Ticketbastard on Saturday morning.

I have seen 151 Phish shows and I only got shut out of two shows... both in 2000... the first night at Radio City Music Hall in May 2000 and the first show in Tokyo, Japan in June 2000. I almost had to pay big bucks for a scalped ticket to the NYE Reunion but lucky for me I scored a ticket at the last second via a trade. I gave up two nights in Hampton 2003 for NYE at MSG.

Let's hope I get some good ticket karma coming my way.

9:45am... In position. Listening to Roses Are Free from Big Cypress.

10:04am.... I got this messages: "Sorry, no exact matches were found, but other tickets may still be available." Getting back in line.

10:12am... Tried for single tickets. Got denied. I had an issue with one the verification code. It wouldn't come up!

10:18am... Looks like my entire crew got shut out. Luckily I play a lot of poker and will try to win enough money over the next four or so months to be able to afford outrageous scalper/broker prices. For any of you faux-Phisheads selling tickets for an ungodly profit... well I hope you get anal herpes and die.

No tickets for you silly potheads!

10:54am... I lost $40 so far today playing online poker. In my quest to earn money for Operation Phish Reunion Tickets... I'm already in the hole. Awesome way to start.

11:01am... Yep, talked to the Joker. He feels as though he'll eventually get a ticket in the upcoming months. The guy is full of hope. My friend Lori from Kentucky and her crew were shut out. It seems as though everyone I know got proper fucked by Ticketbastard.

11:27am... PhantasyTour is down. The angry heads at PT have been spewing about their bad beats in the lottery and Ticketbastard and must have crashed the intertubes.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Show Review: Trey Anastasio Band - NYC - 10/16/08 at Roseland Ballroom

Trey. NYC. Unexpected show due to a cancellation. Plenty of anticipation while on the cusp of the Phish Reunion 3.0. Yeah, Trey headed down to New York City to kick off his Northern Exposure tour at one of my least favorite venues in the city. I knew about the liabilities of the venue going into the show so I didn't let it affect my overall experience. I was simply happy to see Trey and even more excited to see Phish next March.

After Phish broke up in 2004, going to see a Trey Anastasio Band concert was sort of like methadone compared to full blown smack. Yes, I used the Phish as a metaphor for heroin. However, with Phish's return on the horizon, Trey's NYC show was more like a delicious appetizer to kick off a scrumptious meal. Now that the apps are over, where's my fuckin' steak?

I did not see Trey play this summer when he hit the festival circuit out in Rothbury or Newport. I missed the Brooklyn show and Liberty State park due to work reasons. The last time I saw Trey was for two shows in 2007. He played a late show in Ft. Lauderdale that was above average and the next night he played a weak set at Langerado. I was sort of disappointed with Big Red after that show. And we'd all find out several months later that Trey had been wrestling with some intense demons of addiction which obviously affected his play.

Since the last time I saw TAB... Trey got arrested, went to trial, got convicted, forced into rehab, spent a night in jail, and is now a free man. That experience was no doubt the driving force behind the band getting back together. The immediate result? Fun happy Trey without the deviant Oxycontin-jams that plagued Phish 2.0.

I have seen over thirty Trey Anastasio solo gigs (not counting GRAB or Oysterhead) dating as far back as 1999 which is now known as Classic Trey Anastasio Band with included Russ Lawton and Tony Markellis (also known as the Trio). I've seen several incarnations since then with the horns and Jen Hartswick, otherwise known as the Sextet, which in my opinion was my favorite grouping that Trey has played with. They were a notch above the Trio and that's only because horns make everything sound better. Ah, then there was the 70 Volt Parade which at times was slammin' (when Les and Skeeto were locked in) but other times they fizzled out. Trey tried to capture that old magic with the Undectet. They had their moments but I always thought something was missing from that lineup. And now, Trey decided to go old school. He brought back Russ Lawton and Tony Markellis and added Ray Paczkowski on keys.
10/16/08 Trey Anastasio Band, Roseland Ballroom, NY, NY

Set I: Sand, Cayman Review, Let Me Lie, Gotta Jibboo, Dragonfly, First Tube

Set II: Alaska, Last Tube, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Valentine, Drifting, Brian & Robert **, Chalkdust Torture **, The Way I Feel, Spin

E: Heavy Things, Burlap Sack and Pumps

** solo acoustic
Although I scored two tickets, they were not cheap. I had to pay over face value. I tried not to let the high value of the price of admission affect my expectations of the show. I went with my buddy Bruce and this was sort of a birthday celebration for him. We arrived around 7:30ish. No line to get in but I was hassled by a Nazi security guard who gave me a more than thorough pat down. He put his hands down the front and back of my pants! He grabbed my junk (thank God it was from the outside) and he was particularly interested in my socks. He made me take everything out of my pockets. He got suspicious when he found my mini-Bic lighter.

"Why do you have a lighter and no cigarettes?"

Here's where playing a ton of poker comes in handy. I looked him right in the eye and bluffed. I smiled and then flat out lied.

"This is a non-smoking venue. I finished my last cigarette before coming in. I'll buy a new pack when the show is over."

He didn't find anything incriminating on me even though I sensed he was looking for trouble meaning he was on a power trip and getting off by busting hippies. He let me go because I hide things very well. This ain't my first rodeo.

A friend of mine handed me a pill last week. "Merry Christmas!" he said as realized it was one 15 mg oxy. I thought it was fitting that I was going to see Trey. I bit off a sliver before I went in the show. I was faded the entire night.

Bruce and I grabbed $6 cans of Becks and hung out on the side. I went down to the bathroom and the entire stairs smells like puke. Boot and rally. Someone was already all fired up. Once the crowd started filling up the floor, we headed to the front of the soundboard. Show time was scheduled for 8pm. Trey went on late in true rock star fashion. The lights went down around 8:23pm. Smoking commenced as the crowd got a little more than excited than your average Trey show.

Trey threw all the Phisheads a bone when he opened the show with Sand. It was originally written and performed by Classic TAB. Sand was a song in regular rotation by Phish both pre-hiatus and post-hiatus. It was kinda cool to hear the original guys play it. My notes for Sand were, "Sand started out mellow. Trey noodled a lot in the middle. Build to jam loud & intense. Trey mouth open."

Trey elevated things a bit with a funky-boogie-reggae version of Cayman Review. That fired up the Phishy chick standing next to me. It was tightly packed with very little room to move let alone dance. That did not deter her from letting loose. She was all over the place and kept jumping up and down and landing on my right foot. During the middle of the song she was grinding up against me. I didn't mind too much. After all, I have to pay women $20 a song in Las Vegas to rub me that much. It felt good to get a free lapdance during a Trey show from a spun-out hippie chick. I'd prefer that to the coke whores at the Rhino with fake tits the size of watermelons.

I got a half-chubby during Cayman Review. I couldn't tell if it was caused by the chick grinding up against me or if I was really that excited about the Phish reunion at Hampton.

Trey calmed things down with Let Me Lie. Slow songs always get the Phishy chicks wet. I dug the solo acoustic versions from this summer, but it sounded much better than the version I caught when Trey played shows supporting that Bar 17 mishap of a album.

Gotta Jibboo was the highlight of the set and possibly the show. It started out ordinary and then Trey took command. I sent a text that said, "Trey tearin' it up in Jibboo jam." And then it got even hotter and even more badass. Nothing more to say. Just listen for yourself.

Since the jam out of Jibboo shot me out into deep space, the result was just an average Dragonfly. The entire time it played I kept thinking, "Whoaaaaa that Jibboo was fuckin' sick. Can't wait to hear Phish play that again!"

They closed the first set with First Tube. I was expecting it to close the second set, so Trey threw a curve ball. Solid version but it seemed a bit rushed at the end and lacked spontaneity. The first set was short with six songs for about an hour of total playing time. I graded Set 1 as a B-.

Bruce and I battled the lines in the bathroom as I tried to get a score in the Rays/Red Sox game. I battled the beer lines and Bruce decided to hang out in the back where there was more space to move. I wanted to join him, but everyone was talking in the back. That was the catch-22. No space but good sound, or lots of space with too many chatty hipsters.

The second set opened with Alaska. The crowd was singing along. They obviously heard the tapes. Could be a fun Phish song, eh? When it was over Trey blurted out, "Just so you know, I wrote that song before she (Sarah Palin) came along." He paused for a second while everyone cheered before he continued, "And I did not have sex with that woman!"

Funny Trey. Even he is cracking Palin jokes. Bring back Fishman and the prison joke.

The beer, weed, and oxy all kicked in at the same time... during Alaska. I was a puddle the rest of the show. I kept spacing out on song names. I'd hear a few notes and then send a text only to discover three minutes later that I was totally wrong. That happened with Last Tube. It was a solid version but my area was more concerned with the stench of feces. Yeah, someone walked by and busted some serious ass. I really thought someone shit themselves. I sent a tweet that said, "Smells like total assexplosion. Or someone smuggled a tourbaby inside. Diaper needs changing."

The wook factor was low at the show so the aroma of patchouli was absent and did not mask the smell of busted ass.

Sweet Dreams Melinda was mellow which meant that everyone around me started talking at once. It took me more than half the song to find a better spot that did not have chatty folks.

Next up was a new song called Valentine. I heard it from the Brooklyn show but I forgot the title at the time. My notes included something like Trey was singing about circles and walking the straight line. Again, it was super tough to hear because a new Trey song gave everyone a chance to yap nonstop.

I really felt that the lyrics were alluding to Trey's turn around post-rehab. I wrote in my notes, "No more oxyjams. More happy shit."

I'm always a fan of Drifting. Solid version. After the completion of the song, everyone left the stage and Trey grabbed an acoustic guitar. He played two Phish songs in Brian and Robert and Chalkdust Torture. I flubbed the title and tested Roggae. I always get those songs from Story of the Ghost mixed up.

Before Trey started Chalkdust he mentioned, "We've been practicing this one."

He was alluding to Phish. Wow, I'm even more excited that they have been practicing... now. I figured they would start in January and play intensely for two months before they hit the road. Good signs that Phish has been practicing five-months before their Hampton shows.

After two songs, the band returned. The one song I liked during the 70 Volt days was called The Way I Feel. It used to be a bit darker due to Trey's headspace. Ah, this was a bit softer version but just as intense. It was a highlight for me in the second set. When I first heard Spin a couple of years ago it was an immediate sign that Trey was losing the battle with the pills. I thought it was pretty obvious what he was trying to say. Singing those lyrics now must be therapeutic. I couldn't tell if the song ended and they segued into a different song. The Joker said it was just a post-Spin jam. Trey was cajoling the rock Gods. As I wrote in my notes, "Trey showing off orgasm faces. Russ stepping it up."

Trey played two encore songs. The first was Heavy Things. When it was over, Trey mentioned that, "Some of these songs were written by Russ and Tony including Sand and First Tube." He went on to explain that their buddy Kevin helped write another song which they were going to play. That was Burlap Sack and Pumps. It was warm, affectionate, funky, and plenty of fun. Trey looked like he was having the time of his life. When Trey has a good time, we all have a good time.

I graded Set 2 as a B. Overall, I gave the show a B. There were a few lowlights which had more to due with the sound quality and the rust factor. Of course, there were plenty of highlights and moments of purity like Gotta Jibboo and The Way I Feel.

I'm super excited to see Trey next week in Rhode Island. By them they will have a few shows under their belt. Maybe I'll get see Windora Bug then?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Trey in NYC

I'm heading to see Trey play at Roseland tonight. I'll write up a review when I get home. If you want live updates and set list info, then check out my Twitter feed. Feel free to sign up if you haven't done so yet.

from Pauly's twitters:

Trey Anastasio with "Classic TAB" Roseland Ballroom, NYC 10/16/08

I: Sand, Cayman Review, Let Me Lie, Gotta Jibboo, Dragonfly, First Tube

II: Alaska*, Last Tube, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Valentine, Drifting, Brian & Robert#, Chalkdust Torture#%, The Way I Feel, Spin > Jam

E: Heavy Things, Burlap Sack and Pumps

* "I wrote that song before she (Sarah Palin) came along...and i did not have sex with that woman."
# Trey solo acoustic
% "We've been practicing this one"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Denied!!! part 1

We regret to inform you that you did not get the tickets that you requested through Phish Tickets.

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You will have another chance to purchase tickets on the public on-sale date for each show. For specific on-sale information please see below or refer to the tour dates section at

Tickets will be available Saturday, October 18 at 10:00AM Eastern here:

3.06.09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
3.07.09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
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Today in Phishtory: 10/14/95 Austin

10/14/95 Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX

Set I: AC/DC Bag, Cars Trucks Buses, Kung, Free, Sparkle, Stash > Catapult, Acoustic Army, Ice, Tela, Runaway Jim

Set II: Reba, Rift, You Enjoy Myself***, Hello My Baby, Scent of a Mule, Cavern

Encore: A Day in the Life

*** With Medeski Martin Wood
Stream/Download 10/14/95 Austin (Via

I wasn't at the show, but my ex-girlfriend said it was one of her first Phish shows. She had a cassette tape of the show at the Austin Music Hall and we used to listen to it all the time. My favorite bit is You Enjoy Myself which included the members of Medeski Martin and Wood and an unknown trumpet player. They sat in during the epic version of YEM which clocked in at almost 30 minutes.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lotus at the Ogden Theater, Fri 10/10/08

I have been slacking over here at Coventry recently, I know. I have been extremely busy at work with the recent stock market troubles and as a result taking time away from blogging.

I did squeeze in time to check out Lotus at the Ogden on Friday night, and wrote up a short review. The full review is over at my favorite music blog Hidden Track. Here is an excerpt:

"I am guilty of lumping Lotus into the jamtronica scene along with STS9, Bisco and Pnuma Trio. I now feel like that label sells them short. Lotus is a guitar band led by the beautifully-composed lines of Mike Rempel. Everything seems to come back to the guitar. When keyboardist/guitartist Luke Miller joins Remple on guitar Lotus is at their best. I love the Lotus two guitar attack. Invincibility is a perfect example of this sound. When Lotus is in their two guitar formation the compositions are the most compelling, perhaps at the expense of the dance party. Lotus has their own unique sound that never got into an mindless untz which is sometimes the trap of jamtronica."

Check out the full writeup here. Thanks to Scotty B. at Hidden Track for the hookup.

Phish Photos

Phish plays the Wetlands in NYC (1990)

A friend of mine sent me this link to a Rolling Stone gallery of various Phish photos. The idiots at RS mislabeled one of their photos. Nice work, guys.

Here's the gallery. Enjoy.

Photo source: Gershoff/Retna

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Phish at the Roxy

Yeah, I was at the infamous Roxy shows. I went to college in Atlanta so it wasn't much trouble to get to the Roxy. Tickets were actually easy to come by. I did not have a ticket to any of the shows and showed up an hour or so before start time each night and scored one.

Despite the foggy memory of my college days, I vaguely recall that we had a batch of liquid roaming around my fraternity house. That's what fueled the shows.

You can pre-order the next Live Phish release. It will be releases on November 18th.

Here's what Phish says about it...
Brand new 8-CD box set, showcasing three complete shows – fully mastered soundboard recordings, with six sets of music, featuring seventy-eight unique songs with three special guests. Recorded Live February 19th, 20th and 21st, 1993, this run at the intimate Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia set the stage for many classic tripartite celebrations to follow. With the second show's near-instant legendary status cemented among fans due largely to a non-stop thriller of a second set which included feats of rock and roll greatness, including a sit-in by a spurious Gene Simmons, At The Roxy captures a magical moment for Phish and their audience during a period of peak songwriting and experimentation.

Over three nights, the band showcased the full spectrum of their talents from ballads to blues, from master composition to fearless improvisation all simmered and served to a small crew of jubilant participants in a near perfect environment. At the same time, the quartet was experimenting with their acoustic, bluegrass side that peaked over the next several years and provided a perfect baffle to the intense, psychedelic rock of Rift-era Phish.

The 8-CD box set is the first complete multiple-show release since Hampton Comes Alive and the 1998 Island Tour. This collection simply must be heard.

Every pre-order will include a bonus CD featuring the 3/28/92 Atlanta show.
And here's the track listing...
1. Loving Cup (6:39)
2. Rift (6:07)
3. Split Open And Melt (8:49)
4. Fee > (5:11)
5. Maze (8:53)
6. Colonel Forbin's Ascent > (5:35)
7. Fly Famous Mockingbird > (13:29)
8. Sparkle (4:08)

1. My Friend, My Friend (6:50)
2. Poor Heart > (2:34)
3. David Bowie/Moby Dick (15:49)
4. Runaway Jim (8:12)
5. It's Ice > (7:44)
6. Paul And Silas > (3:02)
7. You Enjoy Myself > (21:17)
8. Ya Mar (6:34>

1. Big Ball Jam (2:55)
2. Lawn Boy (3:26)
3. Funky Bitch (6:36)
4. My Sweet One (3:38)
5. HYHU > Love You > HYHU (9:46)
6. Llama (6:20)
7. Amazing Grace (3:21)
8. AC/DC Bag (6:50)

1. Golgi Apparatus (5:19)
2. Foam (8:50)
3. The Sloth (3:43)
4. Possum > (10:21)
5. Weigh > (5:04)
6. All Things Reconsidered (2:48)
7. The Divided Sky (13:33)
8. The Horse > (1:38)
9. Silent In The Morning > (5:09)
10. Fluffhead (14:20)
11. Cavern (4:44)

1. Wilson > (7:21)
2. Reba > (13:35)
3. Tweezer > (5:29)
4. Walk Away > (3:41)
5. Tweezer > (1:44)
6. Glide > (4:43)
7. Mike's Song > (7:57)
8. My Mind's Got A Mind Of Its Own > (1:09)
9. Mike's Song > (0:49)
10. I Am Hydrogen > (0:28)
11. Vibration Of Life > (0:59)
12. Kung > (1:38)
13. I Am Hydrogen > (2:59)
14. Weekapaug Groove > (2:58)
15. Have Mercy > (1:54)
16. Weekapaug Groove > (1:01)
17. Rock And Roll All Night > (0:53)
18. Weekapaug Groove (1:32)

1. Fast Enough For You > (5:09)
2. Big Ball Jam > (2:46)
3. HYHU > Terrapin > HYHU > (12:37)
4. Harry Hood (13:10)
5. Tweezer Reprise (3:51)
6. Sleeping Monkey (6:32)

1. Suzy Greenberg > (6:10)
2. Buried Alive > (2:58)
3. Punch You In The Eye (7:14)
4. Uncle Pen (4:06)
5. Horn > (3:36)
6. Chalk Dust Torture (7:23)
7. Esther > (10:44)
8. Dinner And A Movie > (3:16)
9. Bouncing Around The Room (3:34)
10. Run Like An Antelope (12:41)

1. Axilla (4:43)
2. The Curtain > (6:17)
3. Stash > (10:38)
4. Manteca > (0:45)
5. Stash > (0:55)
6. The Lizards (10:58)
7. Bathtub Gin > (6:16)
8. HYHU > Cracklin' Rosie > HYHU (9:34)
9. The Squirming Coil (8:44)
10. Big Black Furry Creature From Mars (5:47)
11. Sweet Adeline (3:17)
12. Good Times, Bad Times > (3:55)
13. Paul And Silas > (2:22)
14. Pig In A Pen (3:24)

Bonus... 3/28/92 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
1. Runaway Jim
2. Foam
3. Sparkle
4. Stash
5. Rift
6. Bouncing Around the Room
7. The Landlady >
8. David Bowie/Lullaby of Birdland >
9. David Bowie/Secret Language >
10. David Bowie
11. Glide
12. Cavern
13. Memories
14. Carolina
15. I Didn't Know
16. Sweet Adeline

Friday, October 10, 2008

Feel Good Friday with...The Avett Brothers!

Because it’s Friday, because they make me feel better and because I’m going to be with my boys in 13 days at the Cuban Club in Tampa AND at Magnolia Fest in Suwannee!

Presented to you warmly, from my heart to yours:

Murder in the City

Bella Donna
(Both filmed in the Fall of 2008, by Crackerfarm.)

Laundry Room
(Performed 6/19/08 at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, VA.)

Keep your eyes peeled for their new album, scheduled to be released early next year, as well as Jim Avett and Family, a gospel album with their father, scheduled to be released at their upcoming shows.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Phish Tickets - Oh, The Wait Playlist

Most everyone is in the same boat: waiting for the word to come down, refreshing inboxes, combing through the spam folder, checking credit card charges.

Top Waiting Songs (m4a and mp3, purists beware) on my Ipod today Playlist:

The World Is Awaiting - Sunset - The Glowing City
Waiting - Cake - Pressure Chief
Waiting - Cibelle
Waiting For a Superman - The Flaming Lips - Soft Bulletin
The Wait - Built to Spill - You In Reverse
Wait - Beatles - Rubber Soul
Waiting For a Girl Like You - Foreigner
Awaiting an Accident - Boom Bip - Seed to Sun
Waiting - The Rentals - The Return of...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Today in Phishtory: 10/8/99 Nassau

10/08/99 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

Set I: Piper, AC/DC Bag, Suzy Greenberg, Meat, Meatstick, Antelope

Set II: Halley's Comet, Tweezer, Bug, Fee, Harry Hood, We're Not Gonna Take It***, Chalkdust Torture

Encore: Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise

*** with Tom Marshall on vocals
Listen/Stream 10/8/99 (via
Download - 10/8/99 Part 1 (courtesy of HoyDog23)
Download - 10/8/99 Part 2 (courtesy of HoyDog23)

Epic show. I had seats behind the stage with like a dozen of my friends. This is the infamous Boogie Glow Stick show when my friend Boogie tried to throw a glowstick over the lighting rig from behind the stage. It hit the lights and fell sharply as it dropped right on top of Page's paino. You can actually hear the THUD during Harry Hood. I always get a chuckle when I listen to a copy of this show.

Solid effort from the boys particularly an unexpected cover of a Who song with Tom Marshall on lyrics. 1999 fall tour is one of my favorites. I saw like 90% of that tour and after being on the road for several weeks, it felt comforting to be back in my hometown of NYC and see the shows with many familiar faces.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Friday, October 03, 2008

First Tube - Last Tube

I'm in London on a work assignment. The locals refer to the subway as the "tube" and it does not run 24 hours like it does in NYC. I worked late one night and had to check the online site for specific tube times. This was the day after Phish announced their reunion shows in Hampton. I thought it was fitting that one of the links included First and last tube...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Trey Acoustic from the Barn: Time Turns Elastic

Thanks to PT user dyland23 who writes:

"A while back a buddy of mine was working up at the barn assisting a video crew who was interviewing Trey about "Time Turns Elastic" for a DVD that i guess fell through.
My friend managed to rip the audio of Trey playing the song on acoustic guitar and sent it to me to check out before the big debut in Nashville.
Apparently during the interview at The Barn, Trey talked about doing this song with Phish so given the big announcement yesterday I figured it would be a good time to let it out. Enjoy!"

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

It's Offical! Phish to Reunite for 3 Show Run in Hampton

Wow.... the day of reckoning is upon us. Here's something from
Phish returns to the stage for three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009.

A limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets' online ticketing system at . The ticketing request period is currently underway and will end on Wednesday, October 8th at 11:59AM EST.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 18th at 10 AM EST and may be purchased online at or by phone at 757.671.8100, 757.872.8100 or 804.262.8100. Tickets will not be available at the venue box office and there is a two-ticket limit per show.

The band intends to announce additional touring in 2009 early next year.
Oh and check this... video out.

Last night in the hailstorm of rumors, I booked a hotel room just outside of Hampton. I'm a gambler and this felt like a sure thing. So I went with my gut. See you fuckers on tour!