Sunday, November 30, 2008

Chomsky vs Murph - ReGeneration: The Movie

I recently discovered STS9 has been working on a movie/documentary. It features some of the greatest thinkers and journalists of our time including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, and yes- I think even Murph talks at some point.

Here is the summary:

The feature-length documentary ReGeneration goes beyond the labels of "Generation X" and "Generation Y." ReGeneration looks at the many issues facing our culture through the eyes of today’s youth and young adults by exploring how we have been shaped by our media, education system, and parenting.

Perspective may vary but the core belief is the same: today’s youth is a mass-consumer, celebrity-infatuated, and entitled "me" generation – leaving many young people with a cynical and apathetic view of the world. Has this apathy in America affected the direction we as a people may be headed? War... global warming... a flawed education system: Are these issues made worse by today's lack of action, and what must we “ReGenerate” to promote a more lasting and sustainable future? Can we ReGenerate the hope that we can change – ourselves and the world?

To explore these ideas, ReGeneration follows people from three separate walks of life, together representing today's generation. Each brings their own unique perspective: An inspired collective of musicians and artists based in Northern California, a group of eight high school students from suburban Minnesota, and a twenty-something family about to welcome the birth of their second child (tomorrow’s generation). Their important stories are interspersed with the knowledge, wisdom, and personal reflections of some of the country’s leading scholars, social activists, and media personalities -- including Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman and Talib Kweli, just to name a few (see Bios).

ReGeneration is the story of today’s generation. It is the story of us.

ReGeneration is produced by Anonymous Content (Babel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Engine 7 Films.

Check out the trailer.


Here are the Allman Brothers, making the world better.

No further comment.

Download DJ Ocean’s Debut CD

DJ Ocean is a good friend of the Coventry gang. He's posted here in the past and you can find his daily musings over at DJ Ocean's World.

He recently came out with his debut CD... The Pyramid of Love (Vol. 1). Here's what he wrote...
I've been in the studio playing with my Vestax 300 and I came up with a CD that I like. If I had to categorize it, it would be called spiritual house. There are plenty of tight grooves and pumping beats, so if that stuff gets you interested, check it out. I think you'll dig it. If you like it, give me a shout and let me know.
Click here to download The Pyramid of Love (Vol. 1).

Saturday, November 29, 2008

No More "Legal" Shrooms In Amsterdam

THE HAGUE (AFP) - "Magic mushrooms" will be banned in the Netherlands from next week after a court ruling Friday, in the latest sign of a hardening stance on recreational drug use by the traditionally liberal Dutch.

The ban will be in place from Monday after the district court in The Hague rejected a petition by a body representing vendors of the hallucinogenic fungi to halt a health ministry ban on their cultivation and sale.

The ruling comes days after authorities ordered dozens of Amsterdam's famous cannabis-selling coffee shops to close and two other municipalities announced they would close down all their cannabis cafes from February.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Ray Charles - Ring of Fire

My buddy G-Money gave me a bunch of DVDs that included the Best of Johnny Cash's TV show. For a couple of years (1969-1971), Johnny Cash had a weekly show on CBS that featured himself and several musical guests. One of my favorite performances on that DVD was a rare gem... Ray Charles absolutely crushing a cover of Ring of Fire. I get chills hearing Ray whisper at the end of the tune.

Here's Ray. Enjoy...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Phish-uncle Essentials 001: We're Only In It For The Money

Part I: Hi Boys And Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, And I'm The Indian Of The Group

Hello. My name is Julius_Goat. I play poker, write fiction, and listen to music, not always in that order.

First, the Phish thing. Let's get this out of the way so that I am properly vetted. Much as I love the band, as many shows as I've collected and listened to, as familiar as I may be with most of their numbers, I've never been to a live Phish show. My excuse? Hey, look over THERE!

Pauly's been nice enough to let me ramble in this space. It's the first time that I've been added on to a previously existing blog -- a fun, somewhat flattering, experience. It's kind of like entering into a college house, fraternity or otherwise, with an existing history. There's people already here, a fun and funky vibe, it's a little bit messy, and it smells like pachouli oil and old pot fumes.

So, hi. Pleasedtameetcha.

Let's go.

Part 2: Discorporate And Follow Me

I'm going to try to make a signature series here, which I've titled, all spur-of-the-moment, "Phish-uncle Essentials". In this series, I'll ramble, and then (maybe) tie it back to Phish. That's about it.

To explain my terminology, in brief:

Phish-uncle (n) 1. A musical artist or group predating the jam rock bluegrass barbershop jazz quartet Phish, whose motifs, methods, or signature sounds are similar enough to one or more aspects of Phish as to make their influence upon Phish obvious or highly likely 2. A musical artist or group who, though not showing obvious influence upon Phish, are intricate in composition, experimental in execution, and/or improvisational in performance. 3. Anything Julius_Goat wants to write about, if Julius_Goat is honest about it. 4. But he'll try to stay on point. 5. Though he sometimes gets off topic.

essential (adj) superlative indicating that, if you haven't checked out this album, then get with the program already, buckwheat.

Part 3: Jimmy's Little Creatures On Display

Now that we've got that behind us (and I'm just as relieved as you are), here is the musical genius Frank Zappa.

Here is Frank Zappa and his late sixties rock/craziness band, The Mothers of Invention.

Here is the greatest album (out of many) ever produced by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.

As you've probably already noticed, We're Only In It For The Money sports a rather obvious parody of the most iconic album covers of all time. What might not be clear to you is that it is also better than the famed Sgt. Pepper cover. This isn't subjective, by the way; as the late Bill Hicks said, I can prove this mathematically, using an etch-a-sketch. Much like the album itself, it keeps unfolding as you search it for acid-tongue-in-cheek reference. It's a beautiful pie in the face of the Official Greatest Album Of All Time.

Part 4: Let's Make The Water Turn Black

If you're unfamiliar with the fellow, Zappa was a true iconoclast, both musically -- more on this in a bit -- and socially. Even within the rock scene he doesn't really seem to play ball. A cerebral, technically masterful guitarist with a bent for high-end orchestration and production, Zappa is just as likely -- maybe more so -- to use his gifts to create the technically-proficient equivalent to an atonal fart in church as an art song. It's a proclivity that often leaves him in the novelty rock ghetto, and it's probably why his biggest hit was "Valley Girl" the 1982 goof he did with his daughter, Moon-Unit. I've seen him lumped with Weird Al Yankovich. I've got nothing against Weird Al, heaven forbid, but it's just not right. It's comparing apples and crocodiles.

This platter dropped in 1968, at the height of the hippy drippy love-in that was radiating out (so the story goes) from the porches of Haight Ashbury and spreading peace throughout the country, Frank Zappa went ahead and put out this album, a poison plum chucked at the collective heads, and Heads, of the sixties. The target was all that was fatuous and empty and dark in society, on all sides. It's shock-and-awe satire, tough love minus the love, and poeser hippies (see the monologue at 1:45 of Who Needs The Peace Corps?) and hypocrite squares (Bow Tie Daddy) alike get scorched. Zappa's not tied to ideology; it's phoniness that he loathes.


Part 5: We Are The Other People, You're The Other People Too

OK, so how does all this equal Phish-uncle? Trey and Fish and Mike and Paige are not exactly rabble-rousers. Land this plane, Goat.

It's in the invention, of course. The tonal shifts. The reconition that it's an instrument, whatever 'it' may be. This is a guy who wouldn't be afraid to solo on the vacuum cleaner of destiny. (Remind me sometime to post the video of Zappa at 22 playing a bicycle on the Steve Allen show.) He's willing to hodge-podge his influences in much the same way, and produce out of the cacophony of doo-wop, rock, acid jazz, horrifying yelps, whines, something that lends itself to new discovery with each return trip. Consider, if you will, "Union Station", the unholy product of an Oh Kee Pah Ceremony gone awry, 26 completely unhearable minutes on the backfield of Junta — or completely unhearable for me the first time I came to it, that is. At some point, though, I forgot to skip, and my subconsious allowed itself to notice how the musical ideas take hold, gel and melt back from whence they came. Very neat.

So it is with We're Only In It For The Money. The first track is so unmusical it seems to be making a mockery of the idea of music, just as the cover mocks the idea of album cover, the title mocks the idea of titles. Tracks end with odd little skits, paranoid whispers, inhuman screams. The whole experience is designed to keep you on edge, throw you off your game. After the first time through, I didn't listen to this again for awhile. But the next time, I started hearing it take form. I noticed that there was music all through the madness, and most of it was brilliant. Even that off-putting opening track took on an insane rhythmic logic.

And, finally, I noticed how Zappa, after eviscerating an entire decade, in the later tracks found curmudgeonly veins of hope. It's an answer of sorts. We're all freaks. The key to true Free Love seeing that we're all the Other People. And then getting on with it.

Rating: HYHU> I Didn't Know > HYHU with vaccum solo.

Old Skool STS9

My buddy jonas0tto started a thread on the "purple bored" the other day and it has exploded with a lot of links to old STS9 shows. I have enjoyed listening to the stuff from 2002-2004. I think that 2004 is my favorite era of evolution in the Sound Tribe Sector 9 world. STS9 from 2004 is a totally different band than they are in 2008, much more chill and beautiful than the in your face gangster shit they are pulling now. Back then the had crystals on stage and were heavy into the Mayan calendar. Check out the original thread for a ton of shows, but here are a few shows that I have been enjoying...

9.4.04 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
I: Water Song, Nautilus, ...and some are Angels>4 Year Puma, Mischief of a Sleepwalker, Moonsocket
II: Evasive Maneuvers>Kamuy, F Word, Blu Mood, Frequencies, Luma Daylight, Tokyo
E: Dance
10.09.04 Area 51 Soundtest - Indian Springs, NV
I: Equinox, Move My Peeps, Really Wut?, Frequencies Peace 2 > Frequencies Peace 3
II: Twilight, Ramone & Emiglio, Jebez, Grow, Tap-In, Crystal Instrument
E: GLOgli

10.10.04 Area 51 Soundtest - Indian Springs, NV
I: Once Told, ...And Some Are Angels, Kamuy, Trinocular, Vibyl, Today, Orbital
II: F. Word, Water Song, Tokyo, Mischief of a Sleepwalker, Nautilus, Luma Daylight > Moon Socket
E: Baraka

Sunday, November 23, 2008

What is the Rolling Stones' signature song?

Editor's Note: This is a special guest post from Otis!

You know how arguments like this get started. You're sitting in a bar, the conversation has lagged a bit, and you need a way to get people talking again. Matters of frivolous debate--about Kevin Costner's worst movie, the best line from Fletch, or the exact moment at which X band sold out--can turn into a full night of discussion.

As it happened, the wife and I were in a 45-minute car line and growing increasingly frustrated with the changes on XM radio since the Sirius merger. [I could probably write another whole post on how the change from X-Country to Outlaw Country has nearly ruined the station for me. That is for another day.]

Last night, a song came on Classic Vinyl that immediately made me think "Rolling Stones."

Now, there are a ton of songs by the Stones I could identify by their opening five notes and even more I could pick out using one lick. To the general public, though, there are fewer songs that stand out as purely Stones. That inspired a conversation with the wife in which we tried to pick out the Rolling Stones' Signature Song--the one song you could play that would make everybody think "Rolling Stones."

I put out a quick internet poll among my friends and there was a little bit of confusion about what I meant. Some people thought I was looking for their favorite. Others thought I was looking for the most popular. At the time, I didn't have a perfect definition other than "the song that everybody thinks of when you say Stones."

I think that definition does the trick, although if you want to take it a little farther down the road, you case use the Wikipedia definition: "the one song (or, in some cases, one of a few songs) that a popular and well-established singer or band is most closely identified with, even if they have had success with a variety of songs." In this case, think "Margartiaville" for Jimmy Buffet, "Tiny Bubbles" for Don Ho, or "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for Nirvana.

When I put the Stones question out there, there were five answers more common than the rest. I've pulled various You Tube videos of the five tunes. You choose which one you think says "Stones" to the general public.

Gimme Shelter live

Satisfaction live

Sympathy For the Devil live at Altamont (Hells Angels version)

Paint It Black live

Start Me Up live

My wife and I discussed it for a bit and then I talked about it more with other folks later. Some folks made a pretty strong argument for "Gimme Shelter." I was nearly swayed.

Here's the thing, though. I'm neither a Rolling Stones scholar or even that big a fan. However, I do think I have a pretty good idea of what Joe Sixpack thinks. If there was actually a "right" answer to this question, I think "Start Me Up" would take the gold. I could spend another 500 words explaining why, but I think my wife summed it up best.

She said, "When I hear Start Me Up, I immediately think of Mick Jagger strutting across the stage."

What say you?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Russ Brown - The Fugitive Peace

One of the good things about poker is that you meet a lot of interesting people at the tables. One of those folks is Russ Brown. We used to play a lot of poker together both online and in Las Vegas. Russ is not just a poker player, he's also a talented musician and songwriter from Minnesota.

In many ways poker and gambling helped influence Russ' latest project called The Fugitive Peace. His latest CD is regarded as... "a potent mixture of 180 proof Folk-Rock, Americana, and Alt-Country that keeps you wistfully between the shot glass and the exit."
Track Listing for The Fugitive Peace:
1 Las Vegas Blvd
2 Dirtroads
3 Till My Lawyer Says Otherwise
4 Thrift Store Suit
5 Fortress Americana
6 Whiskey Chaser
7 Samurai Blues
8 St. Brigid
9 Fall Into Memphis
10 Joe Lewis
11 The Fugitive Peace
My two favorite tracks are Las Vegas Blvd and Joe Lewis.

Click here to buy The Fugitive Peace (via CDBaby)

Click here to listen/stream The Fugitive Peace (via MySpace)

Here's some quick bio info about Russ...
Russ Brown is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. He brings a distinctive and original sound with his first album, "The Fugitive Peace". From Memphis to Las Vegas and Montana to Minnesota, he wanders the dirtroads and alleys, looking for fugitives unjustly convicted and driven to the fringes of the American psyche.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Radiohead - Weird Fishes Video

Fans making Radiohead videos at the request of Radiohead overlords. Here's one by Tobias Stretch who whipped up a video of Weird Fishes for Thom and his crew.

Radiohead - Weird Fishes - by Tobias Stretch

Today in Phishtory: 11/21/97 - Hampton

November 21st is a special day in the history of the Phish. Ten years ago, Phish rocked the Mothership with their infamous Hampton Comes Alive shows. Everyone still talks about those epics shows even one decade later. However, the boys also played Hampton the year before on the same exact night. The 1997 Hampton run was just as magical and included the first ever performance of Emotional Rescue to open up the first set. The band also embarks on an intense four song second set that features three of my favorite Phish tunes. Set 2 ends with a Rolling Stones cover - fitting since the opened the show with one.
11/21/97 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I: Emotional Rescue > Split Open and Melt, Beauty of my Dreams, Dogs Stole Things, Punch You in the Eye, Lawn Boy, Chalkdust Torture, Prince Caspian

Set II: Ghost > AC/DC Bag > Slave to the Traffic Light, Loving Cup

Encore: Guyute
Click here to stream 11/21/97 (Courtesy of

Download Links (courtesy of HoyDog23):
11/21/97 - Part 1
11/21/97 - Part 2
11/21/97 - Part 3

Phish NYC Rehearsals

Pic courtesy of Mr. Minor

Hat tip to Mr. Minor for this one. The boys are in the big city and practicing. During his Northern Exposure tour, Trey hinted that band rehearsals were already underway. It's sorta confirmed now...
Songs that have been run through are 'Chalk Dust Torture,' 'Harry Hood,' 'First Tube,' certain songs off Billy Breathes and some unrecognizable songs
Above the trees where Billy Breathes. Sweet. I'm hoping that they get Taste and Free back into rotation.

I applaud the fact that the gang migrated to NYC to practice. They are definitely serious about getting in peak musical condition for the Hampton run. There's tons of energy in the city so I hope they can feed off of that. I can only imagine the endless distractions that could happen up in Vermont with a thousand barefoot children standing outside of The Barn milling about and awaiting for Trey to urinate in their ears.
Top 5 Songs Pauly Hopes to Hear in Hampton...
1. Tube
2. Slave to the Traffic Light
3. Mike's Song
4. Moma Dance
5. Fluffhead (just kidding)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Hooker Named Tela

If you are not a frequent reader of Coventry, let me give you some quick background on what I do for a living. I'm a freelance writer specializing in poker, Las Vegas, and gambling. I follow the poker tournament circuit all over the world and spend way too much time in Las Vegas.

My Phishy and poker worlds collided last week when I met a hooker shortly after the conclusion of the World Series of Poker. And she told me that her name was Tela. You can read about our encounter in a piece entitled... Existentialist Conversations with Hookers: Maelstrom at the Hooker Bar.

Here's a bit:
"What's your name?" I asked.

"Tela," she said.

Wow, that's was a peculiar coincidence. Tela was the name of a Phish song and she had never heard of that band before. No shocker there. The only other Tela that I came across was a cat. My ex-girlfriend had a Siamese cat named Tela. (Later that morning, I'd send my ex-girlfriend a text that said, "u named your cat after a vegas hooker." She's a third grade teacher at a parochial school in Dallas and was not exactly thrilled when she received my drunken text.)

I steered the conversation towards economics. I wanted to know how the credit crunch and the collapse of the hyper-risky subprime-mortgage market affected the average Las Vegas working girl.

"It sucks," she said. "Business is bad. No one has money. Shit, I might have to actually get a real job."

.... More

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Phish at the Roxy - Early Thoughts

Ah, I got Phish Live at the Roxy yesterday. Three shows. 8 CDs. Pure bliss. I listened to it straight through last night. All three shows. I even sat through Bouncin'. Actually, I took a piss then. Just like if it happened at the show. I was actually at all three Roxy shows and back in '93 I kinda dug the song. It just worn thin on me over the years.

Anyway, here are some thoughts on 2/19/93...

I went to college in Atlanta and attended all three of them with a sprained ankle. I busted it during an intramural hoops game against the meathead fraternity next door to us. Anyway, it's been 15 years since that three night run, hard to grasp that concept sometimes. Man, I did a ton of acid at those shows. That was the drug of choice back then. We had tons of shitty ditch weed and lots of speedy Acid.

I could hear my buddy Bob scream out at one point. His brother drove down from Illinois specifically for the shows. He was the catalyst who steered us to the Roxy for the epic three night run.

The Roxy shows were great writing music and I stayed up all night listening to them from start to finish. The 2/19/93 show is the only one that I listened to twice, so I'll sound off on that show.

What stood out the most was Page's quality of playing especially during a Stones cover of Loving Cup which kicked off the three show run. A couple of my friends thought that was a Phish song and I had to let them know that it was indeed a cover. Page was the anchor and glue back then. Trey is Trey and will always be Trey, but there were moments when Page was the glue that held Phish together.

I missed how the boys used to bust out the for bullhorn for Fee.

Moby Dick > Bowie made me smile because I went bonkers when I initially heard the Zeppelin intro to Bowie on that evening 15+ years ago. I was in a heavy Zeppelin phase back then in college. And how could you not lose your shit on a head full of acid when Fishman wanders out to the front of the stage for a vacuum solo? Seriously, that Bowie was packed with lots of gems that make Phish who they are... Simpsons language, plenty of Moby Dick and Manteca teases, even a quick happy birthday to Fishman.

The vocal jam at the end of YEM freaked me out. At one point I thought I heard cats meowing. Page's parents were also at the show and Page dedicated Lawn Boy to them. I gotta say, I don't even remember that. Then again, my mind is foggy and the memories from the Roxy shows have blended into one long Phish show.

Jimmy Herring (back when he was the the ARU) elevated the gang during his sit in for Funky Bitch. And of course, Fishman was back with a vac solo during Love You.

And, I dig the AC/DC Bag encore that they dedicated to a kid they partied with the night before. Trey said that they hadn't played it in a while and I was glad they did. It was that performance which got me hooked on AC/DC Bag and after the shows, I'd go a little mental hunting down cassette bootlegs all over the Emrory campus for any version of AC/DC Bag.

FYI... the Roxy shows are available in MP3 and FLAC format over at Live Phish. Click here to purchase.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Michael Franti & Spearhead - 11/14/08 Palace Theatre Albany NY

I first became acquainted with Michael Franti's music earlier this year when he was announced as a performer at Mountain Jam IV. I'm sure I had heard several tunes before this but when I sat down to familiarize myself with his music he became one of my must see artists (along with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals).

Franti's Mountain Jam performance didn't disappoint. When he yelled. "I want to see you all Jumpin" the whole side of Hunter Mountain had hands in the air and we were up on our feet. I also had a chance to listen to him speak and perform a few songs acoustically at the Awareness Village before his actual Mountain Jam stage performance. BFF Kim ran into Cappy Franti (Michael's 21 year old graffiti artist son) roaming the grounds, grabbed his hand and licked it stating. "I love your father." Of course, when she told me and her son Zack what she had done. I looked at "nephew" Zack and said "your mother is fucked but I love her' and Zack just shook his 23 year old head.

When BFF Kim suggested we go see Franti and Spearhead when they hit Albany I didn't hesitate to say yes. We had choices of seeing Tea Leaf Green in Woodstock on 11/20/08 and Dark Star Orchestra on Saturday 11/15/2008 at the Palace but opted for a girls night out where we knew we would be on our feet.

We started the night off with Vietnamese food at Van's located on Central Avenue in Albany. We met up with a couple of Kim's former music student's there. I wound up ordering the Noodle soup with Shrimp and we split an order of fried spring rolls. We didn't have enough time to explore the menu but the Noodle Soup was huge and delicious and I added in a bunch of bean sprouts, basil and jalapeno from a platter they placed on the table to liven the dish up.

It was getting close to concert time and after parking we wound up arriving late into the set of the opening hip-hop act the Solillaquists of Sound. I had never heard of the opening act and there weren't many people seated when we took our seats in the loge (lower balcony) of the Palace. I did notice that the drummer played digital drums (which look nothing like a traditional drum kit) with his head, hands and feet and looked at Kim and said: "Does anyone play a real instrument anymore?" That got a chuckle from Kim.

After a long intermission, Cherine Anderson took the stage for the first 3-4 songs bringing a male audience member up to bump and grind near her on one song. She has a great voice and definitely added to the show. Barbados may bring us Rihanna, but Cherine represents Jamaica well.

Finally a barefoot Franti took the stage. I couldn't find an Palace Theatre setlist anywhere but what follows is pretty close:

Set: Hello Bonjour / We Don’t Stop / Rude Boyz / Time To Go Home / Sometimes / Hey Hey Now / Keep On Rolling / Pass The Kutchie / Jam Rock / All I Want Is You / Little Bit Of Riddim / EDM / Nobody Right / Is Love Enuff / Never Too Late / Remote Control / Everybody Ona Move Encore: Hey World / I Got Love For Ya / Sound System / Barak Obama / Yell Fire/ Say Hey

Opening song Hello Bonjour is one of my favorites and I was up on my feet for at least the first three songs. When he sang 'I want to see you all jumpin!", I obliged (even though my body felt it the next day). What I like about Franti is how he deftly segues from hip-hop/rap with a reggae beat to folkie styled acoustic ballads with dub and techno in the mix. He even did the old Musical Youth song "Pass the Dutchy' but returned it to to its original lyrics of Kutchie. One song lyrically reminded me of U2's Beautiful Day.

As I sat and listened to one of his ballads I was transported back to my days as a CU college student circa 1980-1983 when I was actively protesting the sale of Coors beer on campus and the Nuclear Arsenal at Rocky Flats. Franti's message is a message of social activism and when he says "people like you and me" you realize he just may be the type of dude you can sit down and have a latte with, who is unfettered by celebrity and as his lyric goes. "Says what he means and means what he says".

The house was on his feet in a celebratory mood on the song Barack Obama. I only felt a little bit bad for any McCain fans in the house. There was only one loud piercing short female scream when he asked if there were many McCain fans in the house but the house roared when he asked 'How 'bout Obama?

Kim was hoping we'd run into Franti since he is pretty accessible to his fans he even came out into the audience post show. She loves his dreads and always cries "I love dreads, how did I marry a bald man". She always jokes she'd run off with him in a heartbeat. When I remind her shes married she states "I'd tell Michael (her husband's name) to go find some 20-something as a trade. Me, I'm not into the whole rock star thing, even though I have a perverse fascination with Bret Michaels. I mean I've sat about three feet away from Sully Erna in the Foxwoods poker room but I don't want to jump his bones (at least not when I'm playing poker)

From the few reviews I found about the Albany Spearhead show, this was one of the most high energy shows and he and the band gave it their all in the 2.5 hour set. I'd go see him again in a heartbeat. The only thing missing was the Flower dude

And when Franti leaves you with: 'I love you, I love you, I love you' you really believe he does and means it.

First Aid Kit covering Fleet Foxes redux

A few months back Pauly turned me on to the gorgeous cover of "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" by the Swedish duo First Aid Kit that made it's way to youtube. Strawberry Shortcake was wondering where the mp3 was and I found it, low and behold on their own website (d/l link). Worthy in any play list.

Monday, November 17, 2008

h33dy Sleeper Sofa for Hampton Tickets

I was browsing craigslist this afternoon, looking for a sofa...and ran across this gem:

Wanted Phish tickets: Cash and/or All kinds of HEADY trades (listed) - $1 (Breckenridge)
Reply to:
Date: 2008-11-14, 7:31PM MST

My girlfriend and I are still looking for Phish tickets. We will buy them or have some sweet trades or a combination of both. Gotta get to the circus! Please help a good phriend out!
Trades (drop me a line if you want to see pictures):
8 person suite (2 bedroom, 2 bath) in Hampton for the shows
Up to 4 tickets to YMSB 12/29 @ the Ogden
Nintendo Wii w/ games
Burton Custom X Snowboad w/ Burton Mission Bindings
Specialized Stumpjumper XC full suspension Mountain Bike
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3 tent w/ footprint
Diamond necklace/diamond ring
Nice sleeper sofa (hey, why not?)
My first born child
My eternal soul



Good luck Jim!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Weed News: The War on Pot = War on Young People

Check out... The War on Pot Is a War on Young People by Paul Armentano (AlterNet).

It's an transcript of a sobering lecture which mentions that 3 out of 4 marijuana arrests happen to people under 30 years old.

Here's a bit:
The war on pot smokers is really a war on you.

According to a 2005 study commissioned by the NORML Foundation, 74 percent of all Americans busted for pot are under age 30, and 1 out of 4 are age 18 or younger. That's nearly a quarter of a million teenagers arrested for marijuana violations each year. To put this bluntly, we now have an entire generation that has been alienated to believe that the police and their civic leaders are instruments of their oppression rather than their protection.

And the sad fact is: They're right! ... more
Strawberry Shortcake mentioned this article to me a couple of weeks ago. I finally got around to linking it up.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

4:20 PM Poker Tournament - Saturdays with Dr. Pauly

Hey poker playing Phisheads! I host a weekly tournament over at PokerStars on Saturdays at 4:20pm ET. The buy-in is $10 and we play Pot Limit Omaha.

Hope to see some of you there.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

De La Soul - “3 Feet High And Rising: Original Samples”

I have been rocking to this the past 2 days and think that you should too.

This is a compilation of original songs (the samples were taken from) that were used to create this classic album...Turns out this mix is fucking awesome. If you play this mix at a party, I can guarantee you will have a funky good time.
Link to Universoul Productions Weblog (Download)


1. Led Zeppelin - “The Crunge” Sampled in “The Magic Number”
2. Bob Dorough - “Three Is The Magic Number” Sampled in “The Magic Number”
3. Double Dee & Steinski - “Lesson 3 (History Of Hip Hop Mix)”
Sampled in “The Magic Number”
4. Syl Johnson - “Different Strokes”
Sampled in “The Magic Number”
5. Johnny Cash - “Five Feet High and
Rising” Sampled in “The Magic Number”
6. Eddie Murphy - “Hit By A
Car” Sampled in “The Magic Number”
7. The Jackson 5 - “ABC”
Sampled in “The Magic Number”
8. Cymande - “Bra” Sampled in “Change in
9. The Monkees - “Mary, Mary” Sampled in “Change in Speak”
10. The Mad Lads - “No Strings Attached” Sampled in “Change in Speak”
11. Run-D.M.C. - “Hit It Run” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
12. Fearless Four - “Rockin’ It” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
13. MC Lyte - “Lyte As A Rock” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
14. LL Cool J - “Rock The Bells” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
15. Richard Pryor - “Crap Game” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
16. The B-Boys - “Rock The House” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
17. Beastie Boys - “The New Style” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
18. Michael Jackson - “Rock With You” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
19. Gregory Abbott - “Shake You Down” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
20. Treacherous Three - “Body Rock” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
21. Ashford & Simpson - “Solid” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
22. Cutmaster D.C. - “Brooklyn Rocks The Best” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
23. Vaughan Mason & Crew - “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
24. The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee - “Bang Zoom (Lets Go-Go)” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
25. Disco Dave - “High Power Rap” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
26. Public Enemy - “Night Of The Living Baseheads” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
27. Public Enemy - “Cold Lampin’ With Flavor” Sampled in “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
28. New Birth - “Got To Get A Knutt” Sampled in “Can U Keep a Secret” and “This Is a Recording 4 Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)”
29. Lyn Collins - “Think (About It)” Sampled in “Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin’s Revenge)”
30. Steve Miller Band - “Take The Money And Run” Sampled in “Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin’s Revenge)”
31. James Brown - “Funky President” Sampled in “Ghetto Thang”, “Freedom of Speak (We Got Three Minutes)”, and “‘Brain-Washed Follower”
32. Kraftwerk - “Trans-Europe Express” Sampled in “Ghetto Thang”
33. The Blackbyrds - “Rock Creek Park” Sampled in “Ghetto Thang”
34. The Turtles - “You Showed Me” Sampled in “Transmitting Live from Mars”
35. Steely Dan - “Peg” Sampled in “Eye Know”
36. Steely Dan - “FM” Sampled in “Eye Know”
37. Patrice Rushen - “Remind Me” Sampled in “Eye Know”
38. The Mad Lads - “Make This Young Lady Mine” Sampled in “Eye Know”
39. Otis Redding - “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” Sampled in “Eye Know”
40. Sly & The Family Stone - “Sing A Simple Song” Sampled in “Eye Know”
41. The Headhunters - “God Made Me Funky” Sampled in “Take It Off”
42. The People’s Choice - “I Likes To Do It” Sampled in “Tread Water”
43. Jarmels - “A Little Bit of Soap” Sampled in “A Little Bit of Soap”
44. Ben E. King - “Don’t Play That Song” Sampled in “A Little Bit of Soap”
45. Funky 4+1 - “Thats The Joint” Sampled in “Say No Go”
46. Sly Stone - “Crossword Puzzle” Sampled in “Say No Go”
47. The Emotions - “Best Of My Love” Sampled in “Say No Go”
48. Hall & Oates - “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” Sampled in “Say No Go”
49. Detroit Emeralds - “Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)” Sampled in “Say No Go”
50. The Turtles - “I’m Chief Kamanawanalea (We’re the Royal Macadamia Nuts)” Sampled in “Say No Go”
51. Barry White - “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby” Sampled in “De La Orgee”
52. Billy Joel - “Stiletto” Sampled in “Plug Tunin’ (Last Chance to Comprehend)” The Bar-Kays - “Son Of Shaft” Sampled in “Plug Tunin’ (Last Chance to Comprehend)”
53. The Invitations - “Written on the Wall” Sampled in “Plug Tunin’ (Last Chance to Comprehend)”
54. Bo Diddley - “Hit Or Miss” Sampled in “Buddy”
55. The Commodores - “Girl, I Think The World About You” Sampled in “Buddy”
56. Sly & The Family Stone - “Poet” Sampled in “Description”
57. Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick - “The Show” Sampled in “Me, Myself and I”
58. Ohio Players - “Funky Worm” Sampled in “Me, Myself and I”
59. Funkadelic - “(Not Just) Knee Deep” Sampled in “Me, Myself and I”
60. Edwin Birdsong - “Rapper Dapper Snapper” Sampled in “Me, Myself and I”
61. Parliament - “Little Old Country Boy” Sampled in “Potholes In My Lawn”
62. Melvin Bliss - “Synthetic Substitution” Sampled in “Potholes In My Lawn”
63. Eric Burdon & War - “Magic Mountain” Sampled in “Potholes In My Lawn”
64. The Sequence - “Funk You Up” Sampled in “This Is a Recording 4 Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)”
65. The Rascals - “My World” Sampled in “D.A.I.S.Y. Age”
66. Average White Band - “School Boy Crush” Sampled in “D.A.I.S.Y. Age” and “Strictly Dan Shuckie”
67. James Brown - “Get On The Good Foot” Sampled in “Freedom of Speak (We Got Three Minutes)”
68. Wes Montgomery & Jimmy Smith - “13 (Death March)” Sampled in “Skip to My Loop”
69. Wes Montgomery & Jimmy Smith - “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Sampled in “Skip to My Loop”
70. Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band - “Hard Times” Sampled in “Ain’t Hip to Be Labeled a Hippie”
71. The Turtles - “You Baby” Sampled in “What’s More”
72. Ray Charles - “Booty Butt” Sampled in “Brain-Washed Follower”
73. The Moments - “So This Is Our Goodbye” Sampled in “Brain-Washed Follower”
74. Ruby Andrews - “You Made A Believer Out of Me” Sampled in “Brain-Washed Follower”
75. The Village Callers - “Hector” Sampled in “The Mack Daddy on the Left”

The original BRAH: Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Time to clean your heads out from all that noisy indie rock and mind numbing jamtronica. Sit back and take in some Johannes Brahms. Classical music is good for the brains, especially of the brains of custy brahs. D/L link here

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegro appassionato
3. Andante
4. Allegro grazioso

Krystian Zimerman, piano
Wiener Philharmoniker
Cello-Solo Wolfgang Herzer
Conducter : Leonard Bernstein

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Flaming Lips - Christmas on Mars (2008)

Well it only took The Flaming Lips seven years to complete Christmas on Mars, no biggie - it can't be that great can it? For those who haven't heard, Wayne Coyne got his friends together and made a movie about the first Christmas on a Martian colony. Who knows, but I'm sure the music is kick ass. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to any of the screenings Wayne had this summer - I'm sure it's best taken in with a friendly crowd and chemicals. That all being said, attention significant others, Moms, Dads and Santa: this is a great stocking stuffer.

01. Once Beyond Hopelessness
02. The Distance Between Mars and the Earth -- Part One
03. The Horrors of Isolation: The Celestial Dissolve, Triumphant Hallucination, Light Being Absorbed
04. In Excelsior Vaginalistic
05. Your Spaceship Comes From Within
06. Suicide and Extraordinary Mistakes
07. The Distance Between Mars and the Earth -- Part Two
08. The Secret of Immortality: This Strange Feeling, This Impossible World
09. The Gleaming Armament of Marching Genitalia
10. The Distress Signals of Celestial Objects
11. Space Bible With Volume Lumps
12. Once Beyond Hopelessness

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's not DSO, it's Steven Lipski Pissing in Your Ears !

This shit was just too funny. From Jambase via

Jersey City Councilman Steven Lipski is No. 1 threat at Washington club

A drunken Jersey City councilman was arrested for urinating on a crowd of concertgoers from the balcony of a Washington nightclub, police and club sources said Saturday.

Councilman Steven Lipski was caught relieving himself onto several revelers at the 9:30 Club during a concert by a Grateful Dead tribute band Friday night, club sources said.

"He was very drunk," the source said, noting that it wasn't the first time Lipski had caused a ruckus at the popular concert venue.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Strange Design @ Crowbar, Tampa, FL

Strange Design recreated Phish's performance from Thursday, March 28, 1991 at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA.
Golgi Apparatus, Divided Sky, Cavern, The Landlady > Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself, Guelah Papyrus, My Sweet One, David Bowie, The Squirming Coil, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, HYHU > Love You > HYHU, Chalk Dust Torture

Encore: Lawn Boy, Fire
Say what you will about cover and tribute bands, but this show was well worth the $7 cover charge. They were remarkably tight and even busted out the trampolines and vacuum - good cheese. Strawberry Shortcake drove down from Ocala and made it an even bigger ginger party with her and Broseph in the mix. Perhaps the most interesting part of the night was the drive home. We caught a ride with some friends - one of which had picked up two girls from the bar and was giving them a ride home. I don't think they were phishheads - they were young twenty something budding hipsters, but the clean, grad school type. One was black, not Barack Obama burnt siena either, darkness. She proceeded to tell us - while crammed into the back of a Pathfinder sandwiched between her white friend and two white guys - that she "really likes the vanilla," but most recently "had been tasting the cinnamon." I wish I had gotten a pic of her, but it's probably best I didn't.

Cover Page Aaron Levy

BTreotch in the lot preshow with Strange Design's roadies*

*this may or may not be 100% correct

Friday, November 07, 2008

UM: Mantis

Umphrey's McGee has a new album due out in January of 2009 called Mantis. The band is offering up a unique album pre-order experience sort of like Radiohead did with In Rainbows.

Here's the press release....
Umphrey's McGee launches a one-of-a-kind pre-order campaign for their highly anticipated new studio release, Mantis (January 20, 2009 / SCI Fidelity Records). The pre-order, which offers an MP3 download of the album in addition to the traditional compact disc, also promises unprecedented downloadable bonus content that will actually increase in volume depending on how many pre-orders are received, and will use innovative PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to continue delivering exclusive bonus material throughout 2009. The Mantis pre-order offer is available now at

Over 2 years in the making Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay. And in an Umphrey’s McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions. Coupled with an innovative pre-order campaign offering unique bonus material incentives where fans can actually influence the amount of extra material that is offered, Mantis is creating plenty of anticipation and chatter among fans and industry alike.

'We wanted to do something special for the fans, make this release as exciting for them as it is for us,” explains Umphrey's McGee's Jake Cinninger. "We wanted to put the reins in their hands, get them involved in spreading the word about the album, and give the release a human touch by giving the fans more It's the give and take between us and the fans that make it possible for us to tour and grow as a band; the fans play an important role in everything we do."

Mantis bonus material "Part I" offers bonus tracks for pre-order customers - outtakes and alternate recordings of songs on Mantis, tracks culled from the Umphrey's McGee archives including often requested rarities from the band's annual acoustic holiday shows, tracks from historical "Taper Appreciation Nights," plus odds and ends from studio jams, sound checks and more. The more pre-orders that are purchased, the more tracks the band will unlock. Fans can use the free Mantis widget to track the growing list of free bonus material, which will be delivered via digital download the week of the album's release.

Mantis bonus material "Part II" incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver additional bonus content throughout 2009. PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available - such as recent live versions of songs from Mantis, rehearsals and impromptu "bus jams," and more. Considering Umphrey's musical creativity and smart sense of humor, 2009's bonus material is sure to offer plenty of surprises.

The Mantis pre-order page at is an innovative application in itself. The page was built by Plaid (, a design and branding firm that produces creative online and offline campaigns for brands across the nation.

This pre-order is yet another innovative music experience to be offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide. The band's download store is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows, while hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats – and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night. The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

Look for Umphrey's McGee to bring the songs on Mantis to the live stage beginning in January – when the band will work out the songs live and without a net, and fans can watch how the songs evolve as the band experiments, deconstructs, reconstructs and realizes the full potential of the new material in a live context.

Until then, Umphrey's McGee wraps up the year with dates in U.S. cities east and west and points between, including their annual New Year's run in their hometown of Chicago. This year, the band hosts three nights at the city's stunning Auditorium Theatre, where they'll be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor. Visit for a complete list of tour dates.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Umphrey's McGee Thriller/Another Brick in the Wall Mashup

Whats up freaks...I have been slacking a bit on my blogging, but I hope to bring some more content to you soon.

I have never quite "clicked" with Umphrey's McGee, but this caught my attention in a big way. I think of this as the next step in a jam band cover song...the live mash-up. Check out this video of Thriller/Another Brick in the Wall from Halloween '08...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Van Morrison & Astral Weeks Interview

I'm back in LA. I flew into Burbank last night and as we drove over the hills, we passed the Hollywood Bowl. The marquee advertised two shows from Van Morrison this weekend where he'll be playing the entire Astral Weeks album. Those shows will be recorded for a DVD titled "Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl."

The LA Times blog did a killer interview with Van Morrison. Click here to read it.

Here's a bit...
“Astral Weeks” songs were written over a period of time -– some early 1966 -- and evolved musically. They are timeless works that were from another sort of place -- not what is at all obvious. They are poetry and mythical musings channeled from my imagination.

The songs are poetic stories, so the meaning is the same as always -- timeless and unchanging. The songs are works of fiction that will inherently have a different meaning for different people. People take from it whatever their disposition to take from it is. It is like Tolkien’s “Hobbit” -- the hobbit is what it is. I doubt he would change what the stories [are] just because time went by.

“Astral Weeks” are little poetic stories I made up and set to music. The album is about song craft for me -- making things up and making them fit to a tune I have arranged. The songs were somewhat channeled works -- that is why I called it “Astral Weeks.” As my songwriting has gone on I tend to do the same channeling, so it’s sort of like “Astral Decades,” I guess.

I am about the arrangements and the layers of depth in the music. So, no, I do not see it any differently than it is -- it just is whatever it is.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Page and PBS Download

The gang at gave us a sneak preview of Page's show at Lupo's with PBS (George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr., and Brian Stoltz). Check it out...

Download Link - Beauty of a Broken Heart 9/25/08

Here's the press release...
All four shows from this Fall's mini-tour are now available for purchase in digital (FLAC and MP3) and CD formats at

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

On November 2, 2007 during gig at Burlington, Vermont's Club Metronome, Page McConnell joined PBS (George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr., and Brian Stoltz) on stage for part of their scheduled performance. The energy that Page brought to the Trio that night created an immediate buzz among local live music fans and the show took on an instant
legendary status.

Fueled by the positive chatter and the chance to collaborate with three incredible improvisational musicians, in September of 2008 Page McConnell joined PBS for a handful of dates which are all now featured at Page also performed with PBS at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Page and Russell have a musical history - playing together in Vida Blue, a band that Page formed in 2001.

Deerhoof et al. @ Crowbar, Tampa, FL

A crowd of 100+ filled a comfy Crowbar to see Deerhoof play a lively set late Sunday night. On tour supporting their new album Offend Maggie, the veteran, genre-defying San Francisco quartet invoke thoughts of the Pixies gargling with Frank Zappa. Deerhoof can’t quite craft a song like either of the Franks, but they make up for it with a unique style, polished and tight; all the while manipulating tempo and the downbeat against their psychedelic pop offerings. Not to mention employing #11 on the list of things Stuff White People Like – Asian Girls – in the form of Satomi Matsuzaki as their bass player and lead singer. Another trait setting Deerhoof apart is their tasteful use of improvisation, both within song and during song transitions that kept the set fluid throughout the night.

Experimental Dental School is a Portland, Oregon based duo consisting of the precious and powerful Shoko Horikawa on drums and vocals and Jesse Hall on guitar and vocals. Their sound was endearing and energetic, even strangely reminiscent of a stripped down Fugazi or Primus, but something about Jesse Hall’s delivery did not make me a believer.

Fertile Crescent opened with a short set, just tolerable on its cuteness. They are 2/3 of the band Flying which was scheduled to open, but transportation issues forced a change.

originally publish at

Monday, November 03, 2008

Widespread Panic NOLA Halloween Video

I found this video of the Panic Lot scene before the Halloween show amusing..."green man" is at 6:57 in this video...see anyone you know?

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Electron Covers Phish

One of our readers, Dustin, sent me an email about Electron covering a couple of Phish songs on 10/30. He wrote... Electron (Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, Joe Russo, Tommy Hamilton) played a Phish cover segment for most of the second set at Highline Ballroom in New York. It was Maze, 2001, Weekapaug, Tweezer Reprise.

He sent me two videos. Check them out....

Rock Candy > Maze

Tweezer Reprise

The videos are from YouTube user dperlz.