Saturday, January 31, 2009

Phish Mansfield MA (Great Woods)- SOLD OUT

I brought up another browser only to find this posted on the main page at 1 PM after sitting in the waiting room for 3 hours.

06/06/09 Comcast Center Mansfield, MA 10AM EST Sold Out

More Ticket Woes: Asheville

This is just ridiculous:

"Most of the 180 or so fans gathered outside the Asheville Civic Center waiting for Phish tickets were mightily disappointed today. Tickets sold out in virtual seconds, with an error in the Ticketmaster system apparently releasing the 400 tickets that were supposed to be held back for the venue. Only about 20 people got tickets, said the Civic Center’s executive director Sherman Bass."

Read the whole article here
. "Computer error"...yeah right.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Denied Phish Tickets... Again (Sub Title: Live Nation Blows Camel Balls)

My actual setlist notes from June 2004

I love Phish. I take so much guff from my friends and family for being a Phishead and following them all over the world. But you know what? I don't care about that. They can make fun of me all they want because in the end... it's their loss. The music of Phish moves me, inspires me, and soothes me.

Yes, I've seen Phish 151 times including six shows in Japan in 2000. I loved them that much that I made the trek to Japan to see them play their music and share it with an entirely different culture. I saw my first show at the Wetlands in 1989 as a snot-nosed high school kid in New York City and the last show I saw (obviously) was Coventry in Vermont. I walked five miles in the mud with my friend Molly to see them. That's dedication.

I was working in London in October 2008 when I heard the serious rumblings of an impending reunion. Based on a strong and reliable tip from one of our readers, I booked a hotel room in Hampton, Virginia for four nights... and I waited... and waited. And then we got the message that every Phishead had been waiting for.... the boys were returning for Hampton for a three show run.

Phish is back.

I went through the mail order process and got stiff-armed. I went the Ticketbastard route and got shut out. That's when the whispers of the ticket-conspiracies began popping up. Only a handful of my friends that were Phisheads actually got tickets. The rest were gobbled up by brokers and other corporate ticket entities... one of them owned by Ticketbastard themselves.

The only way that I was going to see the Phish Reunion in Hampton... was to buy a ticket from a scalper. (Hold off on that thought for a second...)

Flash forward to the 2009 summer tour announcement. Everyone got pumped and bubbled over with excitement. The Joker felt as though the summer tour would alleviate the demand for Hampton tickets and overall tickets. Ergo, he honestly felt deep in his heart that we'd get to see our favorite band... for face value.

Of course, we went through the mail order process for summer tour (including the added date for Knoxville). I requested tickets to 11 shows and I only scored two lawn seats to Burgettstown. My girlfriend only scored one lawn ticket to Burgettstown. Ooooomph. Three tickets to Pittsburgh. All lawn.

I had to call in a favor from an old friend from college to score a ticket to Asheville. I paid him 2x the amount and have to give the guy poker lessons. I thought that was a fair trade for a hot ticket.

And then the day of reckoning... the first wave of public tickets sold at Live Nation on Friday morning. I woke up bright an early on the West Coast to pick up tickets. I expected a clusterfuck and got one. I kept getting timed out. When I finally reached Deer Creek it shot out an error page. Repeat that process for an hour before I gave up.

Frustrating is a word that came too mind. Futile was another, like a monkey trying to fuck a football.

A internet savvy friend of mine told me that there are armies of workers paid by online ticket mafioso types to do just what we are doing... trying to buy tickets. Add the thousands of Phisheads to the mix and you have a limited amount of tickets available to real fans.

Maybe the gang at Phish will try to re-think their ticketing system and give the power back to the fans instead of it getting sucked up by the brokers and ruthless corporations.

So now, where does that leave me? A rabid fan who only scored tickets via lottery to one show out of 14. I scored another via the old-fashioned barter method. I feel lucky that I even got those tickets.

But what about Hampton... and the rest of the summer tour?

I have three options...

1. I need a miracle. I have to get lucky and hope that I built up enough karma that someone (a fan or reader) will give me one of their extra tickets at face value. I'm a gambling man and I figured that the percentages of that actually happening are low. Maybe I can score one ticket that way. Two at the max.

2. Shakedown Street. I guess I can get lucky and try to score a ticket in the lot or in Shakedown Street. But to be honest, the kids and freaks and scammers and wookies in the lot today have zero honor. They'll rip you off in two seconds if they are given the chance. Even then, I'm gonna have to pay at least double face for the chance to get a legit ticket. I figured that I could score one or two legit tickets via Shakedown. And I can't imagine how many bunk tickets will be going around the lots this summer.

3. Broker. My last resort is a broker. If I buy from a broker, then I hurt my fellow Phisheads and destroy the community. The only way to render those brokers/corporate ticket thieves powerless are to not by tickets from them. In theory, that should work. In reality, I have a life to lead and it's short. I love Phish and want to go see them. I also bust my ass to make money as a freelance writer and I also play a little poker on the side to supplement my income. I have substantially more money now than I did during Phish 1.0 and Phish 2.0. A decade ago, I was a long-haired tour rat slinging pharmies in the lot to pay for tickets and relying upon my girlfriend to whip up a batch of veggie burritos to sell for gas money. Tickets were at a much smaller demand then and the technology wasn't as sophisticated as today. None of that matters.

Today is what counts. And there's a battle between the haves and the have nots. The haves are the corporations like Ticketbastard and the various ticket brokers. The have nots are you and me... the phans. We walked into Coventry. We were made fun of by our friends. We were harassed by redneck cops in the South for "looking like pot smoking hippies." We even sat through Velvet Sea encores even though we couldn't stand that song. Some of us even followed around second and third-rate jambands just to get a Phishy fix.

And now at the day of reckoning... public sale... all we want is a fair shot at buying a ticket. Alas, that did not happen. I used to live in Las Vegas and I play enough poker to know when the fix is in or you're playing against a stacked deck. The house always wins.

So there you have it. My tirade in a nutshell. I have three options to see Phish this summer. I'm praying for a miracle from friends. I have to trust that shady wookie with an extra in the lot won't fuck me over. And I'll have to cut into my gambling wins in order to buy a couple of Hampton tickets from a broker. Heck, at least the broker will sell you a legit ticket. Maybe it's worth the hefty price... to guarantee that you get into the show instead of rolling the dice with a spun out wookie with a flat-billed STS9 hat.

I miss the good old days when you had to go to the post office with a wad of cash to buy money orders for Phish mail order tickets. Then you drew cool designs on your envelopes in hopes that whoever checked Phish's mail in the Burlington office would pick your funky envelope out of the pile.

In 151 shows, I only got shut out of 2 shows that I wanted to see... first night of Radio City Music Hall in NYC (May 2000) and first night in Tokyo (June 2000). My buddy Senor and I stood outside the back door of the Tokyo venue to hear the gig with a small group of other heads who flew to Japan but didn't have a ticket to that show. Looks like I'm going to add a few shows to that list... like St. Louis.

I have the time off from work. I have the money. I just don't have the tickets. So... who's got my extras?

* * * * *


Cross Alpine Valley, Deer Creek, and Camden off my wish list. Daddy's sister scored an extra lawn ticket to Alpine Valley both nights. My buddy Iggy from scored me a Deer Creek lawn seat. They graciously miracle'd me those tickets. Thanks guys.

And two hours after they went on sale, my girlfriend (even though she's not going) scored me a lawn seat to Camden. I heart Change100.

I'm still looking for Jones Beach (both nights), Great Woods, Knoxville, and St. Louis. Oh and any Hampton extras... of course.

I know that the Joker and BTreotch are both in search of Asheville and Knoxville tickets.

I also have one extra lawn to Burgettstown that I'm looking to trade. Let me know if you want to swap. Shoot us an email.

Coachella 2009 Lineup Announced

If, you, like us, have just been screwed over by the powers that be for Phish tickets (see Pauly's rant above), well, there's always shelling out $269.00 for Coachella to look forward to! That's the price on a three-day pass for this year's hipster-fest in the Southern California desert (plus fees, plus a $3 donation to charity, etc.) which is scheduled to take place April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA.

Take a look at the (pretty fucking odd) lineup, which was just released. Seriously, Paul McCartney headlining? Yeah, my 61-year old mother will be stoked about that one, but will scores of coke-snorting 20-year olds share her excitement? To me, the only day that looks like it might be worth the trip is Saturday's Amy Winehouse/Thievery Corporation/Fleet Foxes/Band of Horses/TV on the Radio grouping.

Also performing? Blasts from the past Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, X, and the Cure along with fresh-from-their-plane crash DJ duo Travis Barker and DJ A.M. spinning under the moniker TRAV$DJ-AM.


Paul McCartney
Franz Ferdinand
Leonard Cohen
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
The Black Keys
Girl Talk
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings
The Crystal Method
Ghostland Observatory
Crystal Castles
The Airborne Toxic Event
We Are Scientists
Patton & Rahzel
M. Ward
The Presets
The Hold Steady
A Place to Bury Strangers
Felix da Housecat
Buraka Som Sistema
Ryan Bingham
Peanut Butter Wolf
Noah & the Whale
White Lies
The Bug
Alberta Cross
Los Campesinos!
Craze & Klever
Gui Boratto
Steve Aoki
The Aggrolites
People Under the Stairs
The Courteeners
Cage the Elephant
Dear and the Headlights


The Killers
Amy Winehouse
Thievery Corporation
TV on the Radio
Band of Horses
Fleet Foxes
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Henry Rollins
Hercules and Love Affair
Dr. Dog
Drive-By Truckers
Booker T & the DBT’s
Amanda Palmer
The Bloody Beetroots
Surkin, Para One (Live)
Bob Mould Band
Zane Lowe
Electric Touch
Blitzen Trapper
James Morrison
Drop the Lime
Glass Candy
Gang Gang Dance
Billy Talent
Ida Maria
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Cloud Cult


The Cure
My Bloody Valentine
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Throbbing Gristle
Lupe Fiasco
Paul Weller
Antony & the Johnsons
Roni Size
Public Enemy
Jenny Lewis
Groove Armada
Paolo Nutini
Christopher Lawrence
Lykke Li
The Kills
Okkervil River
Sebastien Tellier
Fucked Up
Perry Farrell
The Horrors
Late of the Pier
Junior Boys
Brian Jonestown Massacre
No Age
Vivian Girls
Shepard Fairey
Gaslight Anthem
The Knux
Mexican Institute of Sound
The Night Marchers
Marshall Barnes

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Who's Got My Extra?

Here's a quick list of tickets that we need and any extras that we might have. We are willing to pay cash and are always consider any interesting trades...

BTreotch Needs:
1 Asheville

Joker Needs:
1 Asheville

Pauly Needs:
1 Jones Beach 6.4
1 Great Woods
1 St. Louis

Strawberry Shortcake Needs:
1 Asheville

1 Burgettstown Lawn (Pauly)
1 Alpine Valley (Lawn)

Shoot us an email if you can help us out!

Clifford Ball DVD - Free Samples

We love Beth from Phish. She sent us a delicious sampler of the upcoming Clifford Ball DVD. And now we're spreading the love. Check them out...
Harry Hood - MP3 Download
Click here to pre-order a copy of the Clifford Ball DVD.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Today in Phishtory: 1/28/90 Burlington, VT

1/28/90 Burlington, VT - The Front

Set I: Suzy Greenberg, Split Open and Melt, Tela, Fluffhead, La Grange, Carolina, Colonel Forbin's Ascent, Fly Famous Mockingbird, Communication Breakdown

Set II: Wilson, Antelope, Bouncin', Caravan, Squirming Coil, You Enjoy Myself, Bathtub Gin, Mike's Song > I am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

Encore: Lawn Boy, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars
Download Links (via HoyDog23):
1/28/90 Part 1
1/28/90 Part 2
1/28/90 Part 3

Let's flashback to almost twenty years ago. Vermont 1990. The early days of Phish. They played the second of back-to-back gigs at The Front. They repeated several songs from the night before including a cover of Communication Breakdown. They performed the Zeppelin song the previous night for the first time. They played it again the next evening and closed the first set with a tighter version.

The Front show is historic for a couple of reasons. It was a classic potpourri show that really had a bit of everything; Gamehendge, covers, fan favorites, and some freaky ass shit such as BBFCFM. And for all the heads out there jonesin' for Fluffhead, well here's your chance to gobble up this silky version.

The set list was peppered with several sensational songs that would evolve into Phish classics or what I like to call "heavy hitters." Those songs include Split Open and Melt, Wilson, Antelope, YEM, and Bathtub Gin. Listening to those songs circa 1990 gives you a unique perspective on the early incarnations of some of your favorite Phish songs. I actually dig the fact that Wilson begins without an audience chant.

Suzy Greenburg to open the show showcased Page's astute playing on the keys. Trey always got a ton of attention, but Page was really the glue that held the band together back in the early 1990s.

The two-song encore was spot on as Page and Mike's contributions to the band were highlighted. I'm a sucker for Page crooning the audience during Lawn Boy. And let's not forget Mike's odd concoction of a song Big Black Fury Creature from Mars. That's a risky tune. Either you love it or loathe it. And the boys closed the show with that gem.

Review: STS9 "Live PA Set" Bluebird Theater, Denver CO Jan 26, 2009

The STS9 "Live PA Sets" have always been a hit or miss outing for me. STS9 announced they were doing a Winter Tour favoring the laptops over live instruments at smaller venues and I was not immediately interested. Plus, the Colorado run of Sunday (Ft. Collins) - Monday (Denver) - Tuesday (Boulder) did not fit well into my party on the weekend/work during the week schedule. I was persuaded to give the PA Set a shot from friends who enjoyed the show in Ft. Collins the night before. I ended up getting an extra ticket the day of the show from a friend.

I enjoyed the show more than I thought I would. Zach played drums maybe 2/3 of the time while Murph seemed to focus on the synth bass lines. Phipps and Hunter were turning knobs and clicking the mouse. Jeffrey was absent, not sure why.

Simply put, the show was good, not great. The set focused on newer songs from the Peaceblaster era of STS9. A lot of it was simply re-mixes of songs if that makes any sense. We got 1 big set about 2 hours long. The only older song I recognized was towards the end and was one of my favorites- Arigato. Now looking back perhaps the best way I can describe it is STS9 is trying to play electronica with some hip-hop to the jamtronica custy crowd, and we are happily lapping it up. I'm no electronica expert, and I might be a custy. I call it like I see it.

You will see from the video the very cool LED light set up at the front of the stage and back of the stage. I hope to see more and more LED setups like the one I saw on Monday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Clifford Ball DVD Clips

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Punch You In The Eye

Flatbed Jam

Sample In A Jar


Bathtub Gin

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Strange Design Tour Dates

Did you get shut out of Hampton? Do you need a Phishy fix? Then check out Strange Design... one of the best Phish cover bands around. In the tradition of Dark Star Orchestra (as they replicated classic Grateful Dead concerts), the quartet reproduces actual Phish shows. If they are in your town, they are worth a look.

Check out BTreotch's review of a Strange Design show in Tampa a few months ago.

And here's where they will be playing...
Strange Design "Highway to Hampton" Tour Dates:
Jan 28 WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
Jan 30 Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA
Jan 31 Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
Feb 3 World Grotto - Knoxville, TN
Feb 4 Rhythm & Brews - Chattanooga, TN
Feb 5 12th & Porter - Nashville, TN
Feb 6 Newby's - Memphis, TN
Feb 7 Hanger Nine - Carbondale, IL
Feb 9 Canopy Club - Urbana, IL
Feb 10 Jake's Nightclub - Bloomington, IN
Feb 11 The Dame - Lexington, KY
Feb 13 Mad Frog - Cincinnati, OH
Feb 17 The Whiskey - Annapolis, MD
Feb 18 Sante Fe Live - College Park, MD
Feb 19 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
Feb 20 Bill's Bar - Boston, MA
Feb 25 Sante Fe Live - College Park, MD
Feb 26 North Star - Philadelphia, PA
Feb 27 8 X 10 - Baltimore, MD

Monday, January 26, 2009

American Idol Recap: San Francisco and Louisville Auditions

As American Idol enters its eighth season, it's clear to most viewers by now that some serious pros are getting put through to Hollywood at a rapid clip. Witness last season's Carly Smithson, Michael Johns, and Kristy Lee Cook, all Top 12-ers who had previously released major-label recordings. Now, we have 23-year old Joanna Pacitti (above), who takes the notion of AI "ringers" to new heights, having released a 2006 album on Geffen Records, toured with artists like Sheryl Crow, and contributed songs to no less than half a dozen film soundtracks.

Where should American Idol draw the line when it comes to allowing professionals to compete on the show? For my own half-baked thoughts, check out this week's Idol recap American Idol: Enter the Ringer.

Review: Umphrey's McGee @ The Fillmore, Denver CO 1/24/09

I went into the Umphrey’s McGee show on Saturday wanting to see a good show. Umphrey’s is a band that lot of my friends love, but I find myself not seeing at a festival when they are up against someone else. I’m sure that many of you have bands that your friends like, but for some reason they just don’t do it for you. For me, Umphrey’s was definitely on that list.

Still, I want to like the band. They are a tight band. They are thoughtful about their set lists. It is clear they practice. A LOT. They probably put on the coolest Halloween show this year and one of the coolest NYE shows in the scene. Plus, by all accounts they are nice guys and have a fan base that is there for the music.

I prepared for the show by listening to some Metallica. I think this was a key move for me to enjoy the show. Umphrey’s is not a hippy dippy jam band- they are a prog rock band that does some improv. Don’t go to an Umphrey’s show expecting to get funk grooves. Umphrey’s shreds. They will rip your face off with changes and metal lines and you need to be prepared for that.

I enjoyed the show. Sometimes I thought the metal shredding was a little much for me, but I still liked the show. I joked that Umphrey’s sometimes sounds like it should be the soundtrack for a video game where you are beating the shit out of someone. A couple of times I was rocked so hard I needed to take a break and go to the bathroom. Or beat someone up.

If you are a fan of Umphrey’s you may be reading this shaking you head, because the fans go to see the metal and that’s what they want. Still, Ill go to an Umphrey’s show and have a great time. I’m not going to follow Umphrey’s around the country or collect their recordings, but they entertained me Saturday and I enjoyed myself.

It must be noted, and you will see in the video, the lights KICK ASS. Friends told me that they stole the moe. lighting guy and he delivered in a big way.

Musically, In the first set I enjoyed the Der Bluten Kat> Meeting In The Aisle> Der Bluten Kat. The first set was a bit of a warmup- In the second set I got more into the flow of the band. Hurt Bird Bath, the jam out of The Fuzz and Utopian Fir especially raged. The encore of The Rolling Stone's "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" or what we used to call "Cocaine Eyes" put a big smile on my face and was a great way to end the night.

01/24/09 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
Set I: Turn & Run, Intentions Clear> The Fussy Dutchman, Der Bluten Kat> Meeting In The Aisle> Der Bluten Kat, Cemetery Walk> Cemetery Walk II1
Set II: Red Tape1> Hurt Bird Bath, The Fuzz> Utopian Fir> Prowler, Preamble> Mantis
Encore: Can't You Hear Me Knocking

1 First Time Played (Original)

Check out the video:

Radiohead B-sides and singles

Someone dropped quite a few rare Radiohead albums. Check the three pages of downloads Sordo database has. Password to the site: quack. Link.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Widespread Panic NYE video

i finally got around to putting together the video of Panic NYE...check it out...

2009 Phish Summer Tour: Cash or (Heady) Trade for Your Extras

If I played baseball for a living and batted .100, I'd find myself out of a job very quickly.

If I played poker for a living and won only 10% of the hands I played, I'd be broke very quickly.

If I was a Phishead heading out on summer tour and only secured 10% of the shows I wanted to see, I'd be a bitch to the entities at Ticketbastard.

Or just maybe a couple of kind souls can hook me up with a heady trade?

Alas, the results are in for me. I requested two tickets for every show. With the exception of Knoxville (results pending), all I got were lawn tickets to the Burgettstown, PA show.

Yeah... 1 for 10.

Obviously, I'm seeking out extras to the remainder of the tour. Feel free to contact me for any sort of extras that might come your way.

Good luck to you if you haven't heard about your results, yet.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Phish Practice at the Barn: Timber Ho!

According to our good friend DJ Ocean...
My buddy went to the Barn last night to watch the boys rehearse. He said they did Reba, Timber Ho, Julius and Rift. God I hope they do Vegas.
Oh yeah, Timber Ho!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2009 Phish Summer Tour (Updated)

For full show and ticketing information, please visit the Tourdates page at And just in case you forgot, here's the complete schedule...
2009 Phish Summer Tour
5.31.09 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
6.02.09 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
6.04.09 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
6.05.09 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
6.06.09 Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
6.07.09 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6.09.09 Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC
6.10.09 Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
6.12.09 Bonnaroo - Late Night
6.14.09 Bonnaroo
6.16.09 Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
6.18.09 Post Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
6.19.09 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
6.20.09 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI
6.21.09 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI

Late Summer:
7/30/09 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
7/31/09 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
8/1/09 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
8/2/09 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
8/5/09 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
8/7/09 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
8/8/09 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
8/11/09 Toyota Park, Chicago, IL
8/13/09 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, NY
8/14/09 Meadows Music Theater, Hartford, CT
8/15/09 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
8/16/09 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Most Meaningful Phish Song

So as the newcomer to a blog with 1200+ posts, it's hard to know what's been covered and what hasn't. Some would make a careful reading through the complete before posting a comments whore post like this; others are . . . well, me.

Here it is: Which Phish song is the most meaningful to you, and why? Not necessarily your favorite song, or the best jam song, or the best lyrics, though it could be any of these things. Just the most personally meaningful. The one that speaks to you the strongest.

For me, it's this one. Quiet and simple, almost unassuming, it speaks of the awe and epiphany, of the humility and messiness and toil, of creative expression. It speaks of reaching the top of the artistic mountain, however battered, and finding that you still want to climb.

Plus I love those Page songs.

How about you?

The McLovins on TV

The Tweezer Reprise jam picks up about 4:10...

Soundman Paul Languedoc: Hampton absentee?

Paul Languedoc, longtime Phish soundman and maker of Trey's guitars is apparently not going to be doing the upcoming Hampton shows. While a handle like keef0420 is suspicious, evidently he has contacted Paul directly. We'll see if spunout w00ks can tell the difference with a newb behind the boards. PT message board link

The American Beauty Project

How about this... Still-Potent Grateful Dead Album Is Reimagined. The NY Times actually did an concert review of the American Beauty Project, which played at Lincoln Center the other evening. Some of the musicians included Larry Campbell and the daughter of Levon Helm (of The Band).

Photo Credit: Rachel Papo - NY Times

Monday, January 19, 2009

Fleet Foxes on SNL Videos

Get them while they're hot. They might not be up on YouTube too long! The Fleet Foxes stopped by 30 Rock to play Saturday Night Live. They performed Mykonos and Blue Ridge Mountains. Check them out...

Grace Potter = Phishead

Yeah, Grace Potter is a Phishead according to Vermont Musicians Sound off About Phish Reunion. She's been to 45 shows...
"The singer recalls, "I used to go with my parents as a kid, and when I got old enough to go by myself, my parents still came, but I was part of what they called 'the Phish art crew.' We would distribute paint and strange things to paint on. And Phish fans would come paint and I was one of the 'comandeerers' of paint!"
HT to This Is Somewhere for the link.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Phish DVD: The Clifford Ball

The Phish have a brand spanking new DVD that will be released on March 3. Here's what the said in a press release...
We're pleased to announce The Clifford Ball, the highly anticipated 7-DVD Box Set documenting Phish's landmark concert event that drew more than 70,000 fans to upstate New York in August 1996. The collection is available for pre-order now at Phish Dry Goods and will hit stores March 3rd.

The Clifford Ball was the first of six two-day spectacles the band staged, including The Great Went a year later, followed by Lemonwheel in 1998 and culminating in Big Cypress - the largest ticketed event in the world for the millennium celebrations, drawing over 90,000. The Clifford Ball was held in Plattsburgh, New York, at a decommissioned air force base, during which Phish played two marathon concerts which included multiple guests.

The box set features nine hours of concert and event footage, with six complete sets of music recorded Live August 16 & 17, 1996 and bonus features including Phish's extended soundcheck, its late night flatbed truck jam and a 30-minute featurette with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and more. This regionless DVD set includes options for both stereo and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound Audio (remixed and mastered from the band's multi-track tapes).

Everyone who pre-orders from Phish Dry Goods will receive a Festival Souvenir Pack. And the kicker: everyone who pre-orders The Clifford Ball from Phish Dry Goods by February 17th will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to each night of Phish's upcoming Hampton Coliseum shows in March. Five winners will be chosen. Click here for full contest rules.
This highly anticipated DVD, which comes out on March 3, should be a good fix for everyone who couldn't make it out to Hampton.

Click here to pre-order a copy of the Clifford Ball DVD.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Umphrey's McGee Tour Dates; Mantis Debuts on Tuesday

Umphrey's McGee is kicking off a massive tour in Colorado. The Joker and gang will be heading to at least one show so we'll have some locals give you the low down on how the new tunes sound live.

Umphrey's McGee is releasing a new CD on Tuesday called Mantis. According to the band...
Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay. 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.
Interesting, eh? Usually bans like UM work on out the kinks in the new songs during live gigs or at soundchecks. These guys are tweaking their creative process a bit.

Anyway, for all your UM freaks, they will be hitting the road in support of Mantis. Too bad there were no west coast dates.
Umphrey's McGee's Tour Dates
January 22 Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO
January 23 Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
January 24 Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
January 30 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
January 31 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
February 01 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
February 12 Barrymore Theatre - Madison, WI
February 13 Barrymore Theatre - Madison, WI
February 14 Barrymore Theatre - Madison, WI
February 15 Barrymore Theatre - Madison, WI
February 19 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
February 20 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
February 21 The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
February 22 Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
March 04 Workplay Soundstage - Birmingham, AL
March 05 Workplay Soundstage - Birmingham, AL
March 07 Langerado Music Festival - Miami Beach, FL
March 12 Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI
March 13 Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN
March 14 Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN
March 25 Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
March 26 Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS
March 27The Pageant St. - Louis, MO
March 28 Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN
April 01 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
April 02 The Grand Opera House - Wilmington, DE
April 03 Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA
April 04 Ram's Head Live! - Baltimore, MD
April 05 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
April 07 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI
April 08 Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA
April 09 House of Blues - Boston, MA
April 10 Nokia Theatre Times Square - New York, NY
April 11 Nokia Theatre Times Square - New York, NY
April 16 Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
April 30 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
May 01 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
Mantis will be available at...

Friday, January 16, 2009

American Idol Recap: Phoenix and Kansas City Auditions

Remember last season's drealock boy Jason Castro? That's his little brother!

As many of you know, I am an unapologetic American Idol fan and every season I blog about the show over at my primary home, Pot Committed. Season 8 kicked off this week with highlights from the auditions in Phoenix and Kansas City and while there were plenty of shenanigans, gimmicks, and general tomfoolery, several front-runners for the Top 12 have already emerged including a latter-day Aretha, Stevie Nicks' namesake, and an intriguing Janis/Grace Slick hybrid. Throughout the audition weeks, I'll be revealing my top five front-runners each Thursday and then recapping the performance shows every Wednesday.

Come on all you jam band aficionados-slash-Idol fans-- out of the closet, I implore you!

Check out the first installment, American Idol, Year Eight (which also includes a fair amount of pontification on the Golden Globe Awards and the relevance of the entertainment industry amidst global crises).

Fleet Foxes to Perform on Saturday Night Live 1/17/09

Everyone's favorite Seattle indie rock band Fleet Foxes will be performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Expect two songs off their self-titled debut album. The lovely Rosario Dawson is hosting, promoting her film Seven Pounds with Will Smith. Fleet Foxes' performance will mark only the sixth time in SNL's 30-year history where an indie band has earned the coveted "musical guest" slot.

Set your TiVos for Saturday January 17 at 11:30 p.m.!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Ultimate Phish" Compilations

I ran across this on a message board...Thanks to Foxtrotphisin and TK!

A few years back (2004) Foxtrotphishin did a poll-type thing asking people to list their top 20 or whatever favorite Phish songs (covers included) in order. The poll ran for like 3 months or something so lots of people got to vote. The songs were given points based on their placement. #1=20, #20=1, yada-yada-yada. they were then tallied up and the finalists (songs) were listed in order.

Everyone was then asked to list their favorite version of the finalists....maybe the favorite version plus a runner up, I don't quite remember. But they were then tallied up and the list was complete. The majority's favorite version of their favorite songs. I, like many, disagreed on some of them but overall it was a pretty good compilation. If you disagree with some of them, who gives a shit. Go cry somewhere else.

He then acquired all the versions (including the lead in/out) in the best source he could get his hands on (at the time) and then threw them all onto discs and copied them for whoever wanted them. I got a copy. He obviously didn't have any editing software. Since I'm so anal about shit like that I cleaned the tracks up, cut out the extraneous crap, boosted levels when needed and applied fades so it sounded more professional.

Well here it is, all 8 discs in 192k mp3's. I tagged (shit, I just realized I didn't tag the genre, oh well) and zipped each disc separately.


"Ultimate Phish"
Compiled and arranged by 'FoxtrotPhishin' - 2004
Remixed by TK

Disc 1:
1. The Curtain With (9.30.00)
2. You Enjoy Myself (6.11.94)
3. Mike's Song >
4. Simple >
5. Contact >
6. Weekapaug Groove (8.16.96)


Disc 2:
1. Timber (Jerry) (12.7.97)
2. Reba (12.31.95)
3. Sneakin' Sally thru the Alley (12.30.97)
4. Ghost (11.17.97)
5. Harpua (3.31.92)


Disc 3:
1. Roses are Free (4.3.98)
2. AC/DC Bag (12.30.97)
3. Tube >
4. Slave to the Traffic Light (12.7.97)


Disc 4:
1. Punch You in the Eye >
2. Down with Disease (12.11.97)
3. Bathtub Gin >
4. Uncle Pen (8.17.97)
5. Wolfman's Brother (12.1.03)
6. The Moma Dance (2.26.03)


Disc 5:
1. Run Like an Antelope >
2. Catapult >
3. Run Like an Antelope (7.16.94)
4. Stash (11.14.95)
5. It's Ice >
6. Swept Away >
7. Steep >
8. It's Ice (12.7.97)
9. Lizards (3.22.93)


Disc 6:
1. Halley's Comet (11.22.97)
2. Tweezer (2.28.03)
3. Maze (6.11.94)
4. Fluffhead (6.11.94)


Disc 7:
1. 2001 (7.17.98)
2. Possum (5.17.92)
3. David Bowie (12.29.94)


Disc 8:
1. Split Open and Melt >
2. Catapult (12.31.99)
3. The Divided Sky (10.31.94)
4. Chalkdust Torture (7.10.99)
5. Back on the Train (2.28.03)
6. Harry Hood (12.30.95)


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Phish Red Rocks...Evidence

I know a lot of people were disappointed that Red Rocks dates were not announced last week...but don't give up hope.

Here's the last page of the document (click to enlarge):

Check out the Town of Morrison Board of Trustees Regular Town Meeting Document...Dec 2, 2008. Page 5, Item J.

JamCruise Videos - MMW, Galactic, Bustle In Your Hedgerow

The kids are back from JamCruise, telling stories and posting videos. I get jealous every time, but never go...Maybe I'll go one of these days. Check out this excellent video of Medeski, Martin, and Wood...


Bustle In Your Hedgerow...

Fans Speak Out About Phish and The Dead

Caught these two hilarious but interesting pieces of dissent regarding two of my favorite bands; Phish and the Grateful Dead.

The first note of interest is a blog post over at Bleedin' Out titled Phuck Phish. He's a guy who may or may not be seeing Phish this summer. He had some interesting things to say about the scene.

It's funny because it's true. As Hunter Thompson once wrote, "the smellier the hippie, the bigger the trust fund."

The second bit is a video from an irate Deadhead about Dead tickets costing in excess of $100! I sorta agree in some sense. I was miffed that I'd have to fork over $99 to see the Dead at MSG in the 300 level seats. Lucky for me, I got shut out of their pre-order and I won't be shelling out big bucks to see the boys in NYC. Maybe one of my kind friends will just miracle me a ticket.

However, I did score two tickets to the Dead in LA at the Forum. That only cost me $85 per ticket and it's the next to last show of their run. Let's hope the old boys don't run out of gas by the time they hit California.

Anyway, here's the video...

Hat tip to the gang at Hidden Track for pointing out both bits.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Clifford Ball MTV Special Clips

4th Quarter Results 2008 Mix by BTreotch

Bumpasaurus was a Bad Motorscooter. An 84' Prelude with three separate amplifiers and two Kicker 10"s - it was loud as fuck. My favorite song to blast was the "Hello Brooklyn" section on the last track of Paul's Boutique, the 12 minute "B-Boy Bouillabaisse." It made black guys jealous. Bumpasaurus would love to get a taste of this mix - it's heavy on beats, from MGMT's indie dance schtick to Diplo/Santogold's Panda Bear remix "Lights Out". I don't know much about the Italian (?) Meg - Distante - she may just be a poor man's Bjork for all I know, but her pulsing album Psychodelice was one of my favorites. Flying Lotus' Los Angeles is a wicked take on instrumental/experimental hip-hop. Tow Waits' left a big mark on Man Man's Rabbit Hands, they made a fun album that borders on ridiculous. Blitzen Trapper and Bon Iver have gotten huge press and made several best-of list's, but it took me awhile to be swayed; Furr is a solid album, but For Emma, Forever Ago is a wonderfully beautiful piece of indie folk.

Track List:
1. Meg - Distante
2. Pepe Delux - Lying Peacefully (Kidda Remix)
3. Diplo/Santogold - Lights Out
4. MGMT - Time to Pretend
5. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
6. Man Man - The Ballad of Butter Beans
7. Cloud Cult - When Water Comes to Life
8. Chad VanGaalen - Willow Tree
9. Little Joy - Brand New Start
10. Bon Iver - Flume
11. Flying Lotus - Riot
12. Anna Black - You-All Come

download link

My 2008 Top 25 albums:

1. Fleet Foxes - s/t
2. Thao & the Get Down, Stay Down - We Brave Bee Stings and All
3. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
4. Dr. Dog - Fate
5. Sunset - The Glowing City
6. Juana Molina - Un Dia
7. Plants & Animals - Parc Avenue
8. Meg - Psychodelice
9. Flight of the Conchords - s/t
10. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
11. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
12. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
13. Why? - Alopecia
14. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
15. Vampire Weekend - s/t
16. Little Joy - s/t
17. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lampin
18. The Streets - Everything is Borrowed
19. High Places - s/t
20. She & Him - Volume 1
21. Santogold - s/t
22. Cloud Cult - Feel Good Ghosts
23. Deerhunter - Microcastle
24. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
25. Diplo - Top Ranking

Monday, January 12, 2009

Grateful Dead Mail Order Begins Tuesday

I'm heading out first thing to the post office tomorrow morning to do mail order for the Times Union Center/Albany stop. BFF Kim and I decided to give Ticketmaster/Live Nation a shot for Hartford, Worcester and Madison Square Garden. Not sure if I will try to catch them at Izod Center in NJ yet (why do I keep seeing alligators and hearing that song?)

If they decide to play Las Vegas (no dates announced of course) I will have a good excuse to return to Sin City after a years layoff.

Kim and I decided to go the cheaper ticket route and try to catch them more then once.

Here are the ticket prices for the announced dates/venues:
The Dead, featuring Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, joined by Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti, will play the following shows:

Sunday, April 12, 2009 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. Reserved seats are available at $93.00, $69.00 and $53.50 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Reserved seats are available at $102.00 and $72.00 per ticket. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Showtime is 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Reserved seats are available at $79.00 and $49.00 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Friday, April 17, 2009 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. Reserved seats are available at $100.00 and $60.00 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2009 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Reserved seats are available at $100.25 and $69.00. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. Reserved seats are available at $100.50 and $60.50 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at the Wachovia Arena @ Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Reserved seats are available at $99.00 and $73.00 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Friday, April 24, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Reserved seats are available at $102.00 and $57.00 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. Reserved seats are available @ $103.50 and $58.50 per ticket. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Sunday, April 26, 2009 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Reserved seats are available at $102.00 and $72.00 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 28 & 29, 2009 at The IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Reserved seats are available at $102.00 and $57.00 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Friday and Saturday, May 1 & 2, 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. Reserved seats are available at $99.00 and $69.00 Reserved. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at All State Arena in Chicago, IL. Reserved seats are available at $99.00 and $54.00 per ticket. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. Reserved seats are available at $98.50 and $63.50. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Saturday, May 9, 2009 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Reserved seats are available at $89.00 Reserved and $53.50 Reserved. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at Shoreline Amphitheatre In Mountain View, CA. Reserved seats are available at $105.00 Reserved and $45.00 Lawn. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

The only mail in dates for these performances are January 13, 2009 through January 20, 2009. Orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis by postmark, not when we receive them.

Please do not mail in before January 13th as your order will be disqualified.

4 ticket limit per person per show.

Taper tickets will be available for all shows on the tour except for Shoreline Amphitheatre where taping will be permitted on the lawn. Taper tickets are available at the higher ticket price for each venue. Taper tickets are limited to 2 per person per show.

To reduce our carbon footprint our new address to mail in for this tour is:

P.O. Box 456
Stinson Beach, CA 94970

For all you rusty kind folk complete mail order instructions can be found here. Note the address for Grateful Dead tickets sales is correct as listed above and has changed.
I will leave you with this video that Pauly forwarded me today

"Tamacun" by Rodrigo y Gabriela

A friend of mine sent me a link to this video of Rodrigo y Gabriela performing on Later with Jools Holland.

Nice way to kick off a Monday morning.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Morning Jacket - Live From Las Vega$

Could be juicy. From My Morning Jacket's website (link):

Live from Las Vegas - Exclusively at The Palms

ryan pickett presents, in association with pickettmax films:
candles and panties ‘08 - the iTunes ep - LIVE in las vegas! a ryan pickett production.

the purpose of this ep are to provide the listener with a sensual and deeply personal method for relaxational listening. it is to be enjoyed on a candle-lit bench, a secluded nook, or a sensuous dinner party. under the careful guidance and watchful eye of ryan pickett, we have developed a highly pleasing method of subtle sensation! who knows how deep thine gentle touch? please to enjoy this ep!

Available on iTunes on January 13th.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mountain Jam V

There will definitely be a whole lot of shaking going on this Spring into the Summer. Mountain Jam V is sandwiched between the East Coast run of The Dead's Spring Tour and the newly announced Summer Phish tour (see the Joker's post here) which is also heavy on East Coast dates.

One can only dream that both those bands would land on Hunter MT but the little winding road up to the mountain wouldnt be able to handle the traffic. A girl can dream though cant she? It's not outside the realm of possiblity for a Dead appearance, as Mountain Jam host Warren Haynes is touring with the Dead and both Phil & Friends and Ratdog have performed at previous Mountain Jams.

Stay tuned to the offical Mt Jam V website for the initial line-up to be announced the week of January 19th.

A Limited Number of Early Bird Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 2nd 2009

Friday, January 09, 2009

Jim James Solo Acoustic SXSW Austin TX, 3/15/08

i ran across this...its awesome...

Jim James Solo Acoustic SXSW Austin TX, 3/15/08
Look At You
Bermuda Highway
It Beats For You
What A Wonderful Man
Sec Walkin'
Thank You Too
I Will Be There

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Official Phish Tour Dates (for realz)

Woke up this morning...Phish dates in my updated!

June 4 Jones Beach, NY
June 5 Jones Beach, NY
June 6 Great Woods Amphitheatre outside Boston
June 7 Camden, N.J.
June 9 Asheville, N.C.
June 16 St. Louis
June 18 Burgettstown, Pa.
June 19 Noblesville, Ind.
June 20-21 East Troy, Wis.

"The group is strongly rumored to be performing for the first time at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., which will be held June 11-14. The lineup for the event will be announced Feb. 3."

Billboard Article

Of Course, Scotty B at Hidden Track is on top of this. Check it.

Bonnaroo + Asheville is looking pretty appealing to me right now...


Fake Plastic Crowded Wilco Smithshead 1/5/09

pretty cool stuff...This was from down in New Zealand the other day...

Jeff Tweedy - vocals/guitar
Ed O'Brien - guitar
John Stirratt - bass
Phil Selway - drums
Liam Finn - guitar
Johnny Marr - guitar
7 Worlds Collide

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


It was just a matter of time before someone mashed Jay-Z and Radiohead. Minty Fresh Beats did it. Check out for free download links. This one should work. It's a fun 10 track mix, but not in the league of Girl Talk or even Danger Mouse's Grey Album.

Burgettstown, PA + Great Woods Confirmed

06/06/09 Comcast Center (Formerly Great Woods)
06/18/09 Post-Gazette Pavilion

Is today the big day? We will keep you updated. You might want to keep an eye on around 4pm Eastern?

STS9 4 Night NYE '08 Run Download

get it while its hot...all 4 nights in 1 zip file...


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

A Notable Day on Phantasy Tour...I told you there was something in the air.

Over at Phantasy Tour, Tom Marshall stopped by to post a few weeks back and started chatting with board members. People asked Tom to ask Trey about the Ross Compressor and why he stopped using it (pre-hiatus tone). Tom promised he would find out. Flash forward, the people at PT pitched in and bought a new compressor for Trey, mailed it to Tom. Tom promised he would see Trey yesterday and give it to him ...

Here is what Trey had to say...

Also, reports coming in from California of skywriting planes announcing Phish Summer Tour 2009...

Summer Tour Announcement Rumors

There is something in the air, friends. I don't know what it is, but a lot of people are getting ancy about Phish dates after Hampton.

What do you see in this picture?

Some people see Bigfoot. Some people see a man in a gorilla suit. Others see 3 nights at Deer Creek. Some say Phish will play Bonnaroo, Rothbury, The Gorge and Red Rocks. I could make the case for it all.

Is an announcement imminent? stay tuned...

(art courtesy of jonas0tt0)


Monday, January 05, 2009

Widespread Panic Dec 30 + 31 Denver CO Downloads

(photo courtesy of BWH20)

I listened to these shows again all day yesterday and they are hot. Great audience recordings that are already labeled and ready for itunes.

Download 12/30:
12/30/08 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
1: Fishwater, Walkin' (For Your Love) > Wondering, You Should Be Glad, Blight > Climb To Safety, Gimme > Little Kin > Action Man

2: B of D, Time Zones, Genesis, Flicker > Pigeons > Maggot Brain > Drums > Maggot Brain > Pigeons, Christmas Katie > Radio Child > Imitation Leather Shoes

E: Tickle the Truth > Cream Puff War

Download 12/31:
12/31/08 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
1: Chilly Water > Travelin' Light, Space Wrangler > Coconut, The Take Out > Porch Song, Stop-Go > Driving Song > Breathing Slow

2: As Time Goes By, Tall Boy, Walk On The Flood, Ain't Life Grand* > Who Do You Belong To?*, Fixin' To Die*, Vacation, Clinic Cynic, Weak Brain, Narrow Mind, Don't Be Denied, Angels on High, Arleen > Papa's Home, Give

E: Up All Night, Disco > Love Tractor

* with Dave Johnston on banjo, Jeff Austin on mandolin
[Only 'As Time Goes By'; 'Vacation' thru 'Don't Be Denied' acoustic; Yonder Mountain String Band opens]

BW sent me these...

Sunday, January 04, 2009

My Morning Jacket New Year's 2008 Download

MMJ takes a bow at Madison Square Garden, 1/1/09

Pauly and I were lucky enough to be there and while surfing the intertubes this afternoon, I came upon this recording of My Morning Jacket's epic New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Download MMJ New Year's Show via

Enjoy, and a heady new year to you all!

(pic courtesy of Pauly)

Saturday, January 03, 2009

My Morning Jacket at Madison Square Garden, New Year's Eve 2008 Review

I wore my cape to the show. Despite the frigid, fourteen-degree night, I brought it along, its silky sequined fabric rolled up and tucked inside my purse. I bought the cape at a vintage shop in San Francisco when I was up there for the Outside Lands Festival in August and ever since, it had been calling to me from the closet, begging for a proper venue to make its debut. When My Morning Jacket put out a message to their fans encouraging them to go all-out and dress in their New Years finest for the show, I immediately discarded all thoughts of ball gowns, little black dresses and rhinestone jewelry for the cape. If there ever was a proper place for the cape's coming-out party, it was at the MMJ New Year's Show at Madison Square Garden.

Buried in layers of fleece and wool topped with scarves and hats we shuffled off the subway and made our way up five stories from Penn Station. Though Pauly was flooded with memories of Knicks and Rangers games, Phish shows and countless other concerts, it was my first time inside the Garden despite having passed underneath it countless times in a train car. We breezed through security, the deck of New York Yankees playing cards inside my bag earning a good-natured quip from the guard who searched me.

"If this was a Phish show they'd have totally searched us!" said the man with the graying hair.

He was one half of a fiftyish couple who rode with us on the escalators up toward our section. His wife was petite and red-haired and they ended up having the seats directly in front of us. Pauly chatted them up, discovering that they had gone to the String Cheese Incident show on New Year's Eve 2006 while we were down the street at the Fillmore seeing My Morning Jacket. Now they were getting their shot at a MMJ NYE. I donned my cape and we drank Heinekens as we waited for the lights to dim.

My Morning Jacket, 12/31/08 Madison Square Garden

Set I:

Move On Up* (Curtis Mayfield)
Evil Urges*
Off the Record
The Way that He Sings> Thank You Too
I'm Amazed
Golden **
You're All I Need to Get By *** (Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell)
Express Yourself* (Charles Wright)
What a Wonderful Man
Lay Low
Phone Went West
Look at You****
Smokin from Shootin>Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2
Run Thru
The Wanderer (Dion)

Set II:

New Year's Countdown
Celebration* (Kool & the Gang)
Get Down on It* (Kool & the Gang)
Wordless Chorus
Highly Suspicious
Islands in the Stream*** (Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton)
Bring it On Home to Me* (Sam Cooke)
Cold Sweat* (James Brown)
One Big Holiday

*= with the NYE horns
**= with Will Johnson on pedal steel
***= with Nicole Atkins on vocals
****= Jim James solo acoustic

I always say everything is better with a horn section and this was no exception. I was pumped to see the return of the NYE horns that had added another layer of funk and finesse to MMJ's epic 2006 New Year's show at the Fillmore. After Ella Fitzgerald's version of What are You Doing New Year's Eve played over the loudspeakers, the boys launched into a high-energy opener-- Curtis Mayfield's Move on Up. The title track from their latest album, Evil Urges was next, also with horns (and, as we later discovered, was broadcast on the CNN New Year's Special with Anderson Cooper). Off the Record ended in a trippy extended jam -- that's when we first spotted a gray-haired, ponytailed hippie spinning through the aisles on what must have been a fairly intense acid trip. The rest of the first set was a well-thought-out mix of MMJ tunes new and old. The highlights for me were I'm Amazed, Run Thru, Dancefloors and Dondante-- when Pauly came back from a piss break holding two glasses of champagne topped with strawberries. Do I have a thoughtful boyfriend or what?

After a quick setbreak, the countdown to the new year began. MMJ returned to the stage dressed in white tuxedos with top hats and played Kool & the Gang's Celebration as hundreds of white balloons and thousands of pieces of silver confetti rained on the crowd. I can't think of a more magical way to ring in 2009 than in the greatest city in the world, with the one I love the most in the world, with one of our favorite bands adding the soundtrack.

The second half of the show was compact and cover-heavy.Rather than the 80’s pop tunes that they tried on at the Fillmore after the year rolled over from ’06 to ’07 (George Michael’s Careless Whisper, Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long ) MMJ went for Motown, soul, and 70’s funk during the first minutes of ’09, covering Kool & the Gang, Sam Cooke and James Brown. Nicole Atkins took lead vocals on two tunes, and utterly shredded the high harmonies with Jim James on You’re All I Need to Get By and Islands in the Stream. One Big Holiday, formerly a favorite opener for the Jacket, closed the show this time, with an explosive, energetic treatment, James whipping his hair maniacally as he tore into his Flying V.

Pauly preferred the ’06 setlist but for me it was a toss-up. As for the venues, MSG certainly turned up the spectacle, but the intimacy of the Fillmore was missed by both of us.

Pauly's video of the closer, One Big Holiday, is already up in an earlier post on Coventry. For a peek at the Jim James/Nicole Atkins duet on You're All I Need to Get By, check it out below:

Today in Phishtory: 1/3/03 Hampton, VA

Phish - 1/03/03 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

Set I: Tweezer > Theme from the Bottom, Foam, Pebbles and Marbles, You Enjoy Myself

Set II: Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother, Makisupa Policeman, Axilla, Twist > Free, All of These Dreams, Possum

Encore: Contact, Tweezer Reprise
Download/Listen link to 1/3/03 (Via

Since we're just two months away from Hampton, I figured this would be a good time to go back and listen to the original Hampton reunion shows in the first few days of 2003.

The Phish debuted a couple of new songs in Hampton on the second night of a three-night run. Those tunes included Pebbles and Marbles and All of these Dreams.

The first set seemed more like a traditional second set with a mere five tunes. The boys kicked the festivities off with a tasty Tweezr > Theme one-two punch. The started/stopped YEM to close the set. Apparently Trey the uber-perfectionist didn't like how they kicked off the song.

The second set included a couple of fan favorites and heavy hitters including one of my favorite songs... Makisupa Policeman.

Friday, January 02, 2009

My Morning Jacket - NYE Videos

I shot two videos during MMJ's NYE show at MSG in NYC.

Here's the balloon drop at Midnight...

And here's a bit of One Big Holiday...

Thursday, January 01, 2009

My Morning Jacket NYE Setlist, Madison Square Garden

from the my morning jacket forum...

I: Move On Up (curtis mayfield)*
Evil Urges*
Off The Record
The Way That He Sings
Thank You Too
I'm Amazed
Golden w/Will Johnson
You're All I Need (marvin gaye) w/Nicole Atkins*
Express Yourself (charles wright)*
Wonderful Man
Lay Low
Phone Went West
Look At You
Smoking from Shootin->
Touch Me Part 2->
Run Thru
I'm A Wanderer (Dion)*

II: countdown
Celebration (kool & the gang)*
Get Down On It (kool & the gang)*
Wordless Chorus
Highly Suspicious
Islands in the Stream w/nicole atkins (dolly pardon & kenny rogers)
Bring It on Home to Me (sam cooke) *
Cold Sweat (james brown)*

*w/NYE horns

pic by pauly, moments after New Year's:

NYE Countdown + Celebration