Thursday, April 30, 2009

Phamily Reunion - Phish Red Rocks Festival

Phamily Reunion, The festival surrounding the Phish Red Rocks appearance is shaping up. Check out the impressive lineup:

JUNO WHAT?! featuring members of the MOTET

Wow. This lineup looks great to me. The New Mastersounds, EOTO, and YAMN sound perfect to boogie down to after Red Rocks has been melted by Phish. Plus, transportation to and from Red Rocks. Check out the official web site, tickets are on sale now.

Lou Reed - Paris Videos: Porn Funk > Sweet Jane

Man, I'd love to have seen this live... Lou Reed circa 1974 in Paris performing Sweet Jane. However, the funky porn intro is what really makes this version outta this world.

Ben Harper & Relentless 7

Ah, I recall see Ben Harper play a free show in Seatlle back in 1997. Ah, the good old days. Ben Harper's tour kicks off today in the Big Easy. He's on the road in support of his new album White Lies For Dark Times, which he cut with the Relentless 7.

Check out this interview with Ben Harper about the making of White Lies For Dark Times....

Ben Harper & Relentless 7 Tour Dates
April 30 New Orleans, LA @ Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 1 Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
May 2 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
May 4 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 5 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 8 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 9 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 10 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 12 Montreal, CANADA @ Metropolis
May 13 Toronto, CANADA @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
May 15 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
May 16 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
May 25 George, WA @ The Gorge / Sasquatch Festival
May 27 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
May 28 Los Angeles, CA @The Wiltern
June 13 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This kid is wild. I'd like to hear him attempt a solo YEM scat.

The Dead in Denver: "Discount" Tickets

I found this interesting:

$38-$49 -- Next Week: See 'The Dead' Live in Denver*
Last Update: 4/28/2009, 7:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center in Denver, CO

By Jonathan Jones
Travelzoo Staff

The Dead are back - and we were grateful to find tickets for $38-$49 on TicketsNow. These prices are significantly lower than seats found on TicketsNow in previous weeks and many of them have a front or side view of the stage, which is a rarity for tickets in this price range.

With Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir joined by guitarist Warren Haynes of Govt Mule, The Dead are ready to rock the Pepsi Center next Thursday, May 7 at 8PM.

There are only a limited amount of these tickets available and they're sure to sell quickly -- so act fast. Plus, shipping is FREE, saving an additional $14.95.

Click here for tickets and more information. Select the seat locations that work best for you. $14.95 will be deducted from your order total.

Even with this, Im still gonna try my chances for a cheap ticket in the lot...

Flaming Lips = Oklahoma's Official Song

Thanks to Kym for pointing this out... the governor of Oklahoma makes Flaming Lips song official state tune. Yep, it's true. Do You Realize will be Oklahoma's official rock n' roll tune.

Phish Videos: Hampton Ghost Jam [HD]

This is synched with the SBD audio...I love it at 4:20 when Fishman transitions the drum beat and Trey starts with the long notes...and of course THE LIGHTS!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Neil Young - 4/27/09 Magness Arena, Denver CO

Last night I checked out Neil Young at the University of Denver hockey arena. Here is the setlist:

4/27/09 Magness Arena, Denver, Co
Neil Young & His Electric Band

1. Love And Only Love
2. Fuel Line
3. Are You Ready For The Country?
4. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
5. When Worlds Collide
6. Pocahontas
7. Hit The Road
8. Change Your Mind
9. Cinnamon Girl
10. Mother Earth
11. The Needle And The Damage Done
12. Light A Candle
13. Goin' Back
14. Heart Of Gold
15. Albuquerque
16. Speakin' Out
17. Tonight's The Night
18. Down By The River
19. Get Behind The Wheel
20. Just Singing A Song
21. All Along The Watchtower

Yesterday afternoon on Phantasy Tour there was a link posted for FREE Neil Young tickets. All you had to do was go to and enter the promo code before they were all gone. Rumor was that they gave away about 2,000 tickets. I don't know if that was true or not, but I knew personally over 40 friends that got into the show for free. If I was a person that paid over $100 for a ticket (face value for some seats) I am not sure how I would feel about that.

Heart of Gold shot by Dinterworld

Even with the ticket giveaway, I thought the show was meh. Some songs were amazing - Heart of Gold and Down By The River were fantastic - but most of the show I was a little bored. I was not drunk enough to ignore the sound mixing problems, and most of the crowd was sitting down through the show or were chatting with their neighbor.

Still, its hard to bitch about a free show. Jonas may have said it best: "I came to this show with ZERO expectations, and a free ticket. Based on that, i thought it was a great show. Neil is one old fuck. Fat, 6 hairs left on the top of his head that blow around in the wind, and ugly as hell. BUT THE DUDE THREW DOWN!"

Down By The River by Dinterworld

The best part of the show for me was during the encore. N E I L was lit up in red lights on the stage backdrop, and finally I got the respect I deserve. ha.

Leonard Cohen Coachella Video

A friend recorded a video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujia at Coachella...

Thanks Sean!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Phish Ticket Bubble Report: Week of 4/27

Once again PT userphan brahseph is back with the Ticket Bubble Report...

The decline slowed considerably in the last week, overall average down by only 1.8%. Fenway picked up 31 points in its first full week on the market. Biggest drops were both gorge and knoxville, which became the second to fall below face, with continued softening for shoreline and MWP. Most other prices held fairly steady.

Premiums based on average lowest ticket price at stubhub & ticketsnow:

Venue: Premium on 4/27 (Change since 4/20)

Fenway: 202% (+31.1%)
JB1: 47% (-5.2%)
JB2: 178% (-1.8%)
JB3: 263% (-2.7%)
Mansfield: 214% (+0.3%)
Camden: 97% (-1.0%)
Asheville: 324% (-3.2%)
Knoxville: -8% (-10.8%)
Fox: 869% (+7.4%)
Burgettstown: 40% (-3.5%)
Deer Creek: 129% (-7.0%)
Alpine-Sat: 98% (+4.3%)
Alpine-Sun: 51% (-5.1%)

RR-Thu: 338% (0.5%)
RR-Fri: 365% (-6.3%)
RR-Sat: 416% (+1.2%)
RR-Sun: 328% (-2.8%)
Shoreline: 20% (-9.2%)
Gorge-Fri: 33% (-13.2%)
Gorge-Sat: 58% (-10.3%)
Toyota: -15% (-4.5%)
Darien Lake: 23% (0.8%)
Hartford: 45% (-2.0%)
MWP: 39% (-8.0%)
SPAC: 101% (0.0%)

Thanks again, brahseph!

Karma Police

When will Thom Yorke get beamed back up to the Mothership? I hope not for a while...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Phish Videos: Tweezer Reprise [HD] - 2009-03-08 - Hampton, VA

"You know the best thing about Tweezer? Tweezer Reprise!" - Senor

LSD - The Beyond Within

Here's an interesting BBC documentary about LSD called The Beyond Within...

Someone in a proper British accents says that LSD is... "a doorway to the mystical universe... a chemical ecstasy... enlightenment in a bottle."

Worth your time to sort through the nine part series that is on YouTube.

I actually think that it is funny that the YouTube bots (or the Google overlords) recommended this video for me.

The Dead 4/25/09 - MSG Setlist

Thanks to my buddy Senor for the setlist updates. He mentioned that the Dead rocked the Garden.
The Dead, 4/25/09 New York City, Madison Square Garden

Set 1: Cosmic Charlie, China Cat > Shakedown Street, Ship of Fools > He's Gone, Cassidy, Sugaree

Set 2: Space > Cryptical > Other One, Born cross eyed > St. Stephen > Eleven > Uncle John's Band, Unbroken Chain > Gimme Shelter > One More Saturday Night

Encore: Donor Rap, Brokedown Palace

Saturday, April 25, 2009 On Haitus

Sad day.
Sorry, but is currently on hiatus...

Over the past few years, I have spent many hours (and $) trying to create a user-friendly site for streaming and downloading as many Phish shows as possible. Throughout this experience, I have bounced around between web hosts, trying to find a home that is suitable for the particular needs of this site. Unfortunately, it appears that the server load requirements, bandwidth needs, and sheer size of the audio that is hosted here is too much for any shared hosting plan that I have found. Since Phish's policies do not allow me to accept money of any kind for the site, and since I cannot afford to pay for a monthly dedicated hosting plan, I'm afraid that I am left with no other option than to put the site on hold for now.

If anyone out there is in the web hosting business and can offer an inexpensive plan with minimal resource restrictions, I would love to keep this place going. If you have any ideas or offers, please email me at

Thanks to everyone for all the love you've given me, and hopefully we will see each other again.

-Chris (from

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bob Dylan 2009 Ballpark Tour

Bob Dylan playing in minor league baseball stadiums? Yes, coming this summer along with a couple of special guests... Willie Nelson and John Cougar Mellencamp. Best part? Kids under 14 are free! So hipster dads and hippie moms, bring the wee ones with you.
Bob Dylan 2009 Ballpark Tour
7/2 Sauget, IL at GCS Ballpark
7/4 South Bend, IN at Coveleski Stadium
7/8 Louisville, KY at Louisville Slugger Field
7/10 Dayton, OH at Fifth Third Field
7/11 Eastlake, OH at Classic Park
7/13 Washington, PA at Consol Energy Park
7/14 Allentown, PA at Coca-Cola Park
7/15 New Britain, CT at New Britain Stadium
7/19 Syracuse, NY at Alliance Bank Stadium
7/21 Pawtucket, RI at McCoy Stadium
7/23 Lakewood, NJ at FirstEnergy Park
7/24 Aberdeen, MD at Ripken Stadium
7/25 Norfolk, VA at Harbor Park
7/28 Durham, NC at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
7/29 Sevierville, TN at Smokies Park
8/4 Round Rock, TX at The Dell Diamond
8/5 Corpus Christi, TX at Whataburger Field
8/7 Grand Prairie, TX at QuikTrip Park
8/11 Glendale, AZ at Camelback Ranch
8/12 Las Vegas, NV at Cashman Field
8/14 Fresno, CA at Chukchansi Park
8/15 Stockton, CA at Banner Island Ballpark

NSFW Coachella Vids: Naked Wizard Tased By Reality

Naked Wizard Tased By Reality from Tracy Anderson on Vimeo.

Justin Videos: The Dead '09

Justin Kreutzmann shot this little gem...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Boss

I saw The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, last night, for the forty-somethingth time. The show was at the TD Banknorth Garden, in Boston, and I went with my aunt, who took me to my first Bruce show back in 1987 at the Worcester Centrum.

My friends wonder how I can go to see the same guy so many times, especially because Bruce doesn't really mix up his Setlist on tour like Phish does - when I go to Springsteen again tonight, 14 of the 20 songs will probably be the same. Anyone who has seen Springsteen live will understand though - he is a pure entertainer, and goes balls out each and every show.

Last night, Bruce produced one of the top concert moments I've experienced live. There is a part of the show where he pulls handmade signs from the crowd, which have song requests written on them. I was in the balcony on the side of the stage, and couldn't see this particular sign, but he held it up, and got mild applause from the crowd.

"The band does NOT know this song," Bruce laughed, as the crowd roared a little.

"They have NEVER played this song," he continued, chuckling, and then repeated, "The band doesn't know this song."

After cocking his head, standing stage center, and repeating one more time, "They have never played this song," Bruce rasped, "BRING ME MY GUITAR!" and his sound tech brought out a different guitar. Someone must have yelled, "Can they do it?" because Bruce answered into the mic:

"Can they do it? Fuck yeah! They're the E Street Band!"

I still couldn't tell what the sign said, but Bruce had it propped in front of him, as the fan who made it had included lyrics and chords on the back!

"I think I used to play this in bars! I'm gonna do the first round and then you guys come in," Springsteen instructed the band, and then started strumming his guitar and half-singing half-humming the first verse.

At first it seemed that Bruce was flubbing his way through a song he didn't know, but he then said "I'll figure this out in a second," and it became clear he was working it out in his head, half out loud, in the middle of the show in front of 20,000 rabid fans!

Suddenly, Bruce ripped into the guitar and began belting out the first verse: it was ZZ Top's "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide."

Well I was rollin down the road in some cold blue steel,
I had a blues man in back, and a beautician at the wheel.
We going downtown in the middle of the night
We laughing and I'm jokin and we feelin alright.
Oh I'm bad, I'm nationwide.
Yes I'm bad, I'm nationwide.

Now, it's not that this is a favorite song of mine, or that it happens to be a great fit for Bruce's 1980's muscle car rock anthems, but watching Springsteen figure this out on the fly, and having the band chime in flawlessly behind him 30 seconds later was simply tremendous. Magical.

After finishing the song to frenzied applause, Bruce stepped back to the mic and explained, "NEVER try to stump the E Street Band."

Without sounding all artsy and metaphysical, it's rare to experience this kind of "creation" in music. I see a lot of live music, including a lot of "jam" bands who are constantly improvising and creating new experimental stuff on stage, but I can only recall one time I had the feeling that Bruce and the E Street Band created last night - and it was a show I wasn't even at.

In 2004, Phish played a show at what was then the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. I wasn't at the show, but I listened to the bootlegs. At one point, the band tried to play Smokey Robinson's "Tears of A Clown," but they didn't know the lyrics. Each member took turns flubbing and humming the lyrics, until I guess some girl in the front row claimed she knew the words!

Trey pulled her onstage, and gave her the mic. The girl was rightfully freaked out, and sounded like she'd be a total trainwreck as she giggled and screeched while trying to compose herself. However, after a few seconds, the band picked up her rhythym and came in full throttle behind her, which inspired her to belt out the lyrics like a karaoke star. I wouldn't call her a top notch rock star, but this performance was truly amazing - listening in real time as the band simply CARRIED a random girl picked from the crowd to sing a song they didn't know the words to, and it worked. You can download to the song, and the rest of the show, here.

The best part of all of this is, I got to do it again the next hight.


UPDATE: BruceSpringsteen.Net has a video of the performance of "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," but they cut out the best part - where Bruce is trying to figure out how the song goes....

UPDATE 2: Full vid now on Youtube - including Bruce trying to figure it out in the beginning


Relix Cover

Thanks to IronGirl who pointed out that the Phish will be on the new cover of Relix...

Today in Phishtory: 4/23/94 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

1994 was a special year. I was a senior in college and I caught over 50 Phish and Dead shows combined in 1994. That's the equivalent of getting to see one Phish or Dead show once a week. I never knew how good I had it back then. If I knew Jerry would die in 1995 and that Phish would not play on forever... I would have seen more Dead and Phish shows during my last two years in college... and I probably would not have graduated college.

Anyway, I caught Phish a lot all over the South, but I was happy to hear them in my own backyard.
Phish 4.23.94 Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA

Set 1: Funky Bitch, Rift, Fee > Peaches en Regalia, Poor Heart, Stash, Esther, Down With Disease, Caravan**, High Heel Sneakers**

2: Wilson > Antelope, Mound, Sample in a Jar, Sparkle, Ginseng Sullivan*, Harry Hood, You Enjoy Myself > Keyboard Jam*** > Who by Fire, Golgi Apparatus

E: Freebird

* Acoustic and without mics
** With Merl Saunders on keyboards
*** With Colonel Bruce Hampton and all of Phish on keyboards

Download/listen link to 4.23.94 (courtesy of - please note the last six songs are missing!)

Yeah, I was at this show and didn't have to go to far to get to the Fox Theatre since I lived in Atlanta. Hard to think that show was 15 years ago... today.

Getting to this show was an adventure. Traffic was backed up because of Freaknik, a Mardi Gras and Spring Break type of festival for black college students, which hit its peak just around 94-95. Our buddy dropped us off fifteen blocks from the Fox and we had to walk through tons of people partying and hanging out and getting down. There were tons of cops around making sure nothing got out of hand and we had to walk past a bunch while we were tripping.

The Fox Theatre is one of the coolest venues to see a concert, not just in Atlanta but in the entire South. And that Phish show stood out as one of the best that I saw when I followed them around in 93-94.

The first set included several gems such as Fee, Peaches, and Esther. Those were three tunes that escaped the rotation of Phish in the late 1990s and post-hiatus. That Down with Disease was one of the first that melted my mind. The legendary Merl Saunders came out and closed out the first set with the boys. At the time, I had been emotionally attached to a CD of Merl Saunders and Jerry Garica.

The highlight of the show was the second set opener of Wilson > Antelope. That was the days before the crowd chanted "Wilson!" during the intro. Talk about high energy ass-shaking and bong-rattling music as Phish blew the roof off of the Fox Theatre. Mound is a song that also escaped heavy rotation in the late 90s ad post-hiatus.

During Ginsen Sullivan, the band performed the entire song acapella without mics. My buddy Smitty had yelled out, "Yeah Mike!" during one part and you can hear it on the recording. Second set also included heavy hitters... Harry Hood and YEM.

Col. Bruce Hampton from the ARU joined Phish during a keyboard jam where they all huddled around Page's station and jammed it out before breaking into a Who by Fire jam.

It was an insane show and tons of friends from school went and everyone was completely snookered when we met up during setbreak. After the show ended, as the crowd was filing out as the house lights came on, we saw a fat guy passed out a few rows in front of us with his shirt off. That summed up the night.

We had to take MARTA back to campus. That was another epic experience since we were still tripping relatively hard. My buddies had a big red balloon that they kept bouncin' like a basketball while they continuously sung the chorus to Sparkle for the entire trip home. If you have ever ridden MARTA around Midnight, you can only imagine how bizarre that scene might have been as a handful of long-haired freaks were blasted out of their minds on public transportation.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Show Review: The Show Is The Rainbow and Beep Beep at New World Brewery 04/20/09

(Photo by Phil Bardi.)

Don’t give stoners an excuse to stay home, they’ll take you up on it just about every time. Exams approaching, play-off basketball, a sluggish economy and, well, it was Monday night on 4/20 after all. Those who ventured out to New World Brewery Monday night were treated to the awesomeness that is The Show Is The Rainbow.

TSITR’s compact set was comprised entirely from his new album Wet Fist, including “Made of Cardboard,” “Roar Means Run,” “Who He Say He Is” (with Kurt Cobain and Slash video), “Come Dry Your Flower” and “Whisper At Once.” Darren Keen is the one man, tour-de-force behind TSITR. He grew up on classic rock and Frank Zappa, moving onto punk rock and gangster rap as a teen. Now, he’s making an exhilarating mix of tripped-out, indie hip-hop. His shows — often just him with a guitar, computer and video projector — are a captivating, sweaty solo dance party. Shirtless, uncut and sporting long locks, Keen refuses to submit to the unspoken line between performer and fan. Running up and down the covered porch of New World, Keen spent most of his time directly in the faces of the sparse crowd, encouraging dancing, banter and on-your-knees guitar and/or air guitar solo’s that stretch your belly flat.

Fellow Nebraskans Beep Beep followed, with Keen (also a member of Beep Beep) taking up duties on bass and keys. Seeing Beep Beep was like watching my new favorite blog — lookatthisfuckinghipster — coming to life. They were good enough, but if they were as good as they were awkward, then their set could have been special.

cross posted at Tampa Calling

Betting on Britney Spears

An Irish sports betting site is taking action on Britney Spears opening song when she returns to Ireland. She's currently not scheduled to play on the Emerald Isle, but there have been strong rumors suggesting that Britney plays a concert in Dublin after her 8-show run in London.
Britney's Tour Opener Current Odds:
Circus 1/2
Piece Of Me 2/1
Womanizer 5/1
Baby One More Time 12/1
Toxic 18/1
I'm A Slave 4 U 33/1
Fluffhead 100/1
Man, if Brit busts out Fluffhead, my face is gonna melt.

Big Buds.... the Video

Thanks to my not-pot-smoking buddy AlCantHang for this amazing gem of a video called BIG BUDS.... Freaking HUGE.

Sadly, the user did not allow the video to be embedded, so in order to view the BIG BUDS, you have to click here.

Coachella Videos

JamBase has a comprehensive collection of Coachella videos. Check 'em out.

Here's Sir Paul McCartney (aka Billy Shears)...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Phish Ticket Bubble Report - 4/20/09

Thanks to brahseph for the valueable info and jonas0tto for the link:

In the last week, prices declined almost 6%. Biggest drop was for Toyota (-20%), becoming the first to sell below face. JB3, Alpine-Sun, MWP, and both Gorge all dropped by 10% or more. Fenway kicks off at 130%. Some softening in most other venues, but Deer Creek and Mansfield are holding steady. Fox is still by far the highest premium at more than 800% markup.

premiums based on average lowest ticket price at Stubhub & Ticketsnow:

Venue: Premium on 4/20 (Change since 4/13)

Fenway: 130% (n/a)
JB1: 56% (n/a)
JB2: 183% (-9%)
JB3: 254% (-15%)
Mansfield: 213% (-5%)
Camden: 99% (-7%)
Asheville: 338% (-7%)
Knoxville: 3% (-3%)
Fox: 802% (+3%)
Burgettstown: 45% (-2%)
Deer Creek: 146% (-2%)
Alpine-Sat: 90% (-5%)
Alpine-Sun: 59% (-11%)

RR-Thu: 336% (-8%)
RR-Fri: 396% (-4%)
RR-Sat: 410% (-8%)
RR-Sun: 340% (-4%)
Shoreline: 32% (-5%)
Gorge-Fri: 54% (-11%)
Gorge-Sat: 76% (-10%)
Toyota: -11% (-20%)
Darien Lake: 22% (+1%)
Hartford: 48% (-3%)
MWP: 52% (-11%)
SPAC: 101% (-8%)

Im still sticking with my gut and saying that you will be able to get a lawn at most venues for face or less day of show.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Dead - Times Union Center Albany NY 04/17/2009

--If you get confused listen to the music play.....Robert Hunter, Franklin's Tower

There were moments of magical harmonic convergence and moments where the boys got lost in their jamming, no one really taking charge. But really who cares? This is the 2009 version of The Dead and warts and all, I was just happy to see them (albeit the back of their heads), hear them and shake my bones.

I met BFF Kim at Bombers Burrito Bar on Lark Street. Lark Street is a funky little street of bars, restaurants, stores and is kind of the home of whatever is hip at the moment in downtown Albany. Not to many hipsters, heads, goths or gays were out when I got there. It was too early but by the time we left for the show the place was hopping. Personally, I prefer the food at El Loco Mexican. But this isn't a restaurant review now is it? I mentioned to Kim as we left dinner, in the old days i would be fueled by Molson Golden Ale and hallucinogens, Now i wanted Starbucks or a nice herbal tea.

Before heading up to find a parking spot for the night, which in downtown Albany is the poker players version of chasing a backdoor flush and hitting an inside straight (lucky), I cruised through the Corning Preserve. Back in the late 1980's, early 90's that was the place to see and be seen pre-show. Not too much was going on down there. As I headed up Madison Avenue to Washington Park I could see the beginnings of Shakedown Street forming. It was still too early, and on a Friday, NY state workers had the parking monopolized.

Kim & I have been friends since the age of ten. She's been my partner in crime for many adventures, and along with California Rob the person I've seen the most shows with. People eavesdropping on our conversation would be like what the hell are they talking about? We can do that mind meld thing where we dont even have to finish sentences and our conversation just flows from one topic to another rather randomly. Kim, who has worked with her students on issues concerning Darfur, caught me up on how she & hubby Michael are sponsoring a family back in Zimbabwe and how she was thinking of going over to do some relief work over there. Of course Zimbabwe, being on a UN watch list isn't that safe to travel too. I'm like.... "Dude, can't you just help build a house for Habitat for Humanity or something?"

After burrito's and chat with my Earth Mother BFF we walked our middle aged bones down the hill to the Times Union Center. Shakedown Street was now in full swing. Wookies and their Wookie dogs were out in full force, including a rather awesome drum circle of Wookies. A Wookie owned dog had a lightning bolt shaved into its back fur. Kim mentions and I agree, that you can tell the weekend warriors, or fair weather deadheads by their dress. They don't look comfortable in their tye-dyes. I purchase a new tye-dye on Shakedown. Its in the style of an old Not Fade-Away tye- dye that I still own and whose color is still good but which has tons of tiny little holes in it now as its about 25 years old.

Before long, I hear a screech of "OMG Lori, I knew you'd be here!!" and catch up with a former co-worker Lynne, whose boyfriend Gary is a long time Deadhead like myself. Back in 2002 I caught most of the Other Ones show at the then Pepsi Arena from Gary's box. No box for them this time but they have floor seats. We walk past rows of glistening cycles. Satan Cycles says the banner over their table/tent. Kim tells me she's now into reading about the Hell's Angels and what their tattoo's mean. The bikers are vending energy drinks which I refer to as "Meth in a can." Kim starts laughing and about this time I start my D-List comedy shtick poking fun of Wookies, myself, bikers etc ala Kathy Griffin.

And why is it that some random freaky looking Deadhead with glazed Charlie Manson eyes always seems to get in your face and leer at you. I can never figure out if they want to kill me or get freaky with me. I'm never sure if breaking eye contact first is a good thing or should I get into a freakish stare down.

Out in front of the TU center, Albany's finest is on mounted patrol. Piles and Piles of horseshit are now everywhere. I tell Kim to watch out for horse shit. She shrugs and says shes used to it. I mutter thats right you muck your horse and sheep barn, I muck cards. Some dude in his early 40's, gets his buddies to take a picture of him squatting over the horse shit pile. I shout over too him.. "Put that picture up as your profile and you'll have a winner of a profile!!". That sends the guys clinking their drinks and into hysterics.

Inside, we stop by the Wharf Rats table and I get another "OMG... Lori!!!." I catch up with an old friend Amanda who works the tables at Dead shows and who manned the Phellowship table at Phish Hampton. I hadn't seen her in a few years but we were both at the Max Creek show in March and missed each other. Since I've been clean for 19+ years and a Deadhead for 30+ years I guess I'm considered a power of example for those struggling with sobriety and Amanda encouraged me to stop by at set break for the meet-up. Sobriety is something I never take for granted but I don't preach about it either.

Instead of going up to our seats we went down. No one hassled us except one bitch who accused me of bumping the back of her seat about two songs in. She sat slouched in her seat the entire time with a girl friend and four stoner teenagers who fell asleep during Set II. Why spend $60 a ticket 6x over to have your spawn fall asleep at a concert after smoking weed? Anyway, this downer of a chick, overheard me joking to kim about them not being our seats and she wanted Kim to stop coughing (medication Kim is on is making her lungs dry fortunately I had my asthma inhaler on me) and to show her some respect. Kim asked me what she wanted and when I told Kim she was like tell her to go fuck herself. And I stated next comment she is going to get the bird in her face and a DILIGIF. I have an idea she would rather have been at a Metallica concert or OZFest.

The guys came out on stage pretty much right on time.

(Set 1)
Casey Jones
Cold Rain and Snow
New Minglewood Blues
Into The Mystic (Van Morrison song.. sung by Warren Haynes)
West LA Fadeaway
Brown Eyed Women
Cumberland Blues

(Set 2)
Viola Lee Blues>
The Other One>
Comes A Time>
Unbroken Chain>
Throwing Stones

Not Fade Away

The opening notes of Casey Jones had everyone on their feet. I was anxious to hear what would follow. During the first set there wasn't a lot of jamming from one song into the other. They seemed to need a little bit of time between songs to figure out what direction to go. Since I was seated behind the stage off Warren and Bobby's left shoulders I could see that both Bob and Warren had sheet music up to refer too. Kim joked about that. In the old days, if Bob opened one night Jerry would open the next and you could kind of tell what song would lead into the next one by the teasers that would be thrown into the jams. Kim of course put me to the test to see if I was as skilled as I used to be calling the next song, but during the first set there was a definite end and beginning to the songs with not a lot of segue jamming.

The modern day current hardest working man in Rock & Roll, Mr Warren Haynes sounded beautiful on Van Morrison's: Into the Mystic. I confess I had to ask the dude next to me what the name of the song was and twittered Warren on VM song. West LA FadeAway sounded really jazzy with hornlike sounds and a Ratdog Vibe. Brown-Eyed Woman was a nice surprise and the first set finale of Cumberland Blues really showed us how good it could be when they fire on all cylinders. The TU center became a rocking hoedown. I actually twittered Cumberland Blues before I was actually sure it was Cumberland and said to Kim hope I'm right. I was. I noticed I beat the dead's official tweeter to the punch a few times (they were having technical tweeting issues with their I phone) and tourtweet. Sometimes it pays to be an old-timer and a fast texter even though I only have a crappy basic cell phone (no I-phone, I-touch or crackberry yet)

Intermission saw us do one circuit of the TU Center. Too many people trying to go nowhere. I hate aimless meandering crowds in my way. I am not a patient person.

Back in our seats a long long jam into Viola Lee Blues. I had never heard Viola Lee Blues or Unbroken Chain performed by the Grateful Dead. The last time I heard those two songs together in a show was at the Phil & Friends show at the Glens Falls Civic Center in 2007. Sometimes the jamming in VLB got a little lost. When the lyrics were sung it really came together. The jam out of VLB fed into a sweet, sweet Warren sung Sugaree. Warren had to change guitars mid Sugaree. I saw him signal to his guitar tech who was a few rows straight down from me onstage. Both he and Bob were having equipment issues at times Friday night. Vocally, Warren has the best/strongest voice of any of the members. Personally I always felt Brent Mydland to be the best vocalist of my era of Grateful Dead. Warren kind of has that Brent timber to his voice and could actually do a great job on some of the old Donna sung lyrics too.

The Viola Lee Sugaree jam lasted approximately 35 minutes before another long jam into The Other One with no Cryptical Envelopment lead in. I know at this point people were leaving for bathroom breaks. Drumz/space followed. Kim mentions to me that Bill Kreutzmann uses actual drum sticks whereas Micky is using what looks like tom-tom heads on his sticks. I love drums, I love percussion I love hearing Micky playing trippy stuff on the thunder machine giving Drumz a really stomp-like sound and what sounds like an electronic Xylophone. I know some old heads complain in the old days it was all with electric guitars, there was no sampling, looping or digital anything. As far as I'm concerned we are just guests at the party. Sometimes the guys are trying things that don't always work out, they are experimenting, learning the feel for each other again. There are bound to be mis-steps, wrong turns, u-turns and what the fuck is that but that was always the Grateful Dead experience.

We left Space and were treated to a sweet Comes A Time, followed by Phil's Unbroken Chain. Set II closed with Throwin Stones. I love the semi political message with the lines of a children's nursery rhyme thrown in. Yes, I've heard it Throwin stones a lot by both the Grateful Dead and Ratdog but Bobby was extremely strong on this song. The encore began with Phil's Organ Donor speech and ended with Not Fade Away. That wasn't the strongest closing NFA from the audience side or the band side for that matter as I've heard in the past, but it sure made me hope this isn't a last call reunion tour and that we will be treated to more musical goodness from these guys.

I will add that although this was by far not a perfect show, the foundation of great things to come is there. Bob is really playing well, laying down great rhythm guitar work, Phil's new bass is loud and strong and Jeff Chimenti is playing some killer old school organ. And in my opinion, who cares if Bob is wearing the same shirt and pants four shows in? Since when did dead-heads become fashion police?

New Phish Album Info

Its on Wikipedia, so it must be true.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Phish Meets Finance II

In addition to Phish lyrics bringing me back to freshman year psychology, I'm finding that they frequently ring true with respect to our current financial crisis. Part 1 of "Phish Meets Finance" featured the not so simple "This isn't who it would be, if it wasn't who it is" from Wolfman's Brother.

Today, every time I listen to "Fluffhead" all I can think of is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Fluffhead was a man
With a horrible disease
Could not find no cure
Won't you help him if you please?

What's the cure? Perhaps MORE debt? MORE money created? Can anyone help poor Timmy G borrow his way out of this borrowing trap?

Fluff came to my door
Askin' me for change
His eyes were clear and pure
But his mind was so deranged

I think we already know how the American people feel about this one - we're pretty pissed about the prior Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson coming to our door to ask us for a few trillion dollars to commit to aid for the ailing banks and guarantees for their bad assets...

Fluff went to a banker
Askin' for some bills
The banker said, I ain't got that
But I sure got some powerful pills.

Ahhh - the money line. Actually, when Geithner went to Bernanke at the Fed for help, Bernanke did indeed provide him some bills... Trillions of them - to be used for purchasing all the crap that no one else wanted to purchase. Of course, Big Ben also has some other powerful pills in his arsenal - like more convoluted plans to prevent banks and their debtholders from taking the losses that are rightfully theirs.

-Kid Dynamite

I'll be tweeting tonight's set list from the Albany Times Union Dead show. I'm Irongirl01 on twitter. Pre-show I should be at Bomber's Burrito Bar on Lark Street which is up the hill from the TU Center with best friend Kim at about 4:30 PM. Stop by and say hello. I'll be wearing blue jeans and a velvet purple/blue paisley V-neck tank top.

BFF Kim is a music teacher (long term substitute) in the same Connecticut school system as the McLovins.

Sweet Sweet Gracie was taught middle school music by none other then Max Creek bassist John Rider.

Its a small small world.

I just looked at my tickets and realized I'm stuck behind the stage in the upper level and slightly pissed off. But then again who really sits in their seat at a Dead show?

My wish list for tonight is a great Scarlet Begonias/Fire On the Mountain/Estimated Prophet/Eyes of the World Jam. Or perhaps a great Warren version of Sugaree. The boys have already dusted off some oldies like Doing that Rag and King Solomon's Marbles. It's the fourth show of the tour so hopefully the kinks are working out and the guys will be firing on all harmonic cylinders.

Suggested Listening: Dozin' at the Knick from the Grateful Dead's March 24-26, 1990 run at the Knickerbocker Arena. The Knick as I will always know it became the Pepsi Arena and is now the Times Union Center after our Capital District newspaper the Albany Times Union (Useless).

Have a great show everyone and Be Safe!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thievery Corporation at the Fillmore, Denver - Preview

It seems like every Phishhead, Bisco Kid, Cheeze Kid, and Whiskey Drinkin' Panic fan in Denver is going to be at the Fillmore tonight to check out Thievery Corporation. The show is sold out! Funny on how we can't agree on anything but it seems everyone thinks Thievery Corporation is cool enough to brave a spring blizzard and a $55 price tag to attend. I don't have to work tomorrow so i'll be sure to let you know what I thought of the show. In the meantime, check out some live YouTube footage I found:

I'll also be on the lookout for hipsters. Maybe if I'm lucky I will get a picture good enough to submit to my new favorite blog.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Scotty B from Hidden Track Remembers His First Show

If you don't already know it, Hidden Track is the best music blog out there. Scotty B has proven this once again with a great piece about his first show. I consider it a must read- its a great story - we learn the origins of the "Wilson" chant as well as find out how cool Scotty's mom is. Be sure to read through all the comments for a guest appearance by Scotty's Mom. Be warned- you may get a little misty eyed. I did.

Here is an out take:
After what felt like an eternity the lights went down and the members of Phish took the stage. Drummer Jon Fishman started Llama and the place exploded. The energy in that room was absolutely nuts, as the crowd burst into applause after each segment of the song. Of course I hardly knew anything Phish played that night, but luckily I was surrounded by friends who knew the songs and filled me in on the details.

The song Wilson was a revelation. As the song started my friend Brent started yelling “Wilson.” Once again I was confused, but I figured I’d just yell what Brent was yelling. Soon our whole crew was yelling “Wilson,” and everyone around us started joining in. Ten seconds later everyone in the whole venue continued the chant.

Read the whole article here.

Wilco Update

Wilco is one of my favorite bands.

Wilco's performance at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee will be webcast live via in the ROADCASE section of the site TONIGHT, 4/15/09...ill check it out after tonight's heady episode of LOST.

I was excited to get this email the other day:

We're just back from mastering the record... so it's done & in the can and everyone's ready to hit the road all spring, summer and beyond. The dates and presales are going up fast and furious.

Already on sale are: Berkeley and Lake Tahoe (Stateline, NV).

Just announced: Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, El Paso, Tucson, Pomona and two shows in LA

And more are coming very shortly. We'll hit you with another email later this week detailing further plans for the East coast in July.

Don't forget the Ashes of American Flags DVD out next Saturday (April 18) for Record Store Day. It's also available for preorder at We're kicking off the new touring season with a live webcast from Milwaukee's Pabst Theater this Wednesday night at Prior to the first show, Wilco will be at Miller Park for the Brewers game on Monday night where Jeff Tweedy is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

Just keeping you posted.

I also found this posted on

The forthcoming and still-untitled next Wilco album is nearing completion. Jim Scott and the band spent the last few weeks mixing in Jim's studio in Valencia, California and here's a list of song titles spied on the reels -- note this is not necessarily complete and not in sequence.

Deeper Down
Conscript (aka I'll Fight)
One Wing
Wilco (the song)
Country Disappeared
Bull Black Nova
Sonny Feeling
You and I

Rumors and blogs regarding a guest appearance on that last track are, amazingly, quite true. Feist does indeed lend a great vocal to You and I. Other details will emerge in the coming weeks.

I'm excited to check them out at Bonnaroo this summer. Check out the trailer for their new DVD:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

R.I.P. Phantasy Tour

It's a sad day in the virtual Phish world. I got the following message this afternoon:
dude, just talked to paul [glace]. primarily under frustration of the bad press PT has received lately - and the general negativity and immaturity that seemed to run rampant at the message boards - has decided to shut down PT for good. a while back he simply stopped paying the bill on the server space, and it looks like today was the day it got erased. its dunzo. adios. goodbye.
Normally this is the kind of rumor that I would take straight to Phantasy Tour. But now that its gone, well, I don't know quite what to do or say. Except maybe...Kangfirmed?

Where will the schwilly rif-raf go now that Phantasy Tour is no more? Will all of us find a new way to waste time at work? Let us know your thoughts.

Weed News: How to Be a Dealer

Funny, yet helpful advice from Mernahuana on How to Be a Weed Dealer. Not that we here at Coventry condone such behavior...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Coventry on Twitter

Coventry Music & Phish Blog now has a separate Twitter account which we will use to post updates and setlist info once summer tour begins.
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Who's Playing Outside Lands?

Outside Lands, a kick ass music festival in Golden Gate Park, announced their line up today. There had been whispers that The Dead and The Phish would be performing at OSL. Of course, those were just rumors... because the headliners are Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, and Dave Matthews Band. And yes, Tom Jones will be performing...!

Here's the initial lineup for the Aug 28-30 festival:

Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Dave Matthews Band, Ween, Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, The Mars Volta, M.I.A, Incubus, Thievery Corporation,Tom Jones, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Built To Spill, Akron/Family, Mastodon, Calexico, JJ Grey & Mofro, Q-Tip, TV on the Radio, Dead Weather, Atmosphere, Silversun Pickups, The National, Brett Dennen, Raphael Saadiq, Os Mutantes, Midnite, Kinky, Deerhunter, Lila Downs, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Dodos, Bettye LaVette, Dengue Fever, Heartless Bastards, The Dirtbombs, Lenka, John Vanderslice, Matt and Kim, The Morning Benders, The Duke Spirit, Zee Avi, Blind Pilot, SambaDa, Ryan Bingham, West Indian Girl, Extra Golden.

Decent lineup, but I dunno if I'll be able to go with all the Phish shows this summer. Then again, who knows?

Pre-sale begins April 15.

Here's a video that I shot at last year's OSL festival... Radiohead's "Paranoid Android"....

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Change100's Guide to Music Festival Style, Part I

We gots VIP, bitchez

When it comes to online shopping there are two things I swipe my credit card for more than anything else-- clothes and concert tickets. So when the Google bots discovered that one of my favorite online fashion retailers, Shopbop, was featuring a "Music Festival Style" boutique this month, they were more than overjoyed to send this show junkie a lookbook.

Man, what the fuck are these editors smoking? Have they even been to a festival, let alone attempted to wear silk chiffon in 100-degree heat? Though some of the style choices are right up my alley (and others are too hideous to exist) the pricetags on some of these pieces are higher than what that asshat on StubHub charged you for Hampton tickets.

Diane Von Furstenberg Jamaica Sundress: $255.00

Is this a beautiful dress? Sure. Is it appropriate for a festival? In theory, perhaps. But would anyone who doesn't regularly wipe their ass with hundred dollar bills ever wear a $255.00 dress to a big-ass muddy field where it's sure to be stomped on, sweat-stained and dirtied up after only a few hours? DVF dresses are meant to be worn in nice restaurants and on decks at a house in the Hamptons, not in a sweaty throng of Phisheads where a wookie could vomit on you at any second. Ladies, take inspiration from the comfy cut and the boho print-- it shouldn't be too difficult to find something similar in the lot for 10% of the price.

Antik Batik Joya Handbag: $448.00

Here's the one question you should ask yourself when shopping for a bag to take to festivals-- am I going to care if I have to put this down in a patch of grass, dirt, and spilled beer? Like this bag right here. If it were canvas and I got it at an incense store for $24.99, I probably wouldn't care. But this sumptuous studded suede number? I wouldn't dare disrespect it enough to let a bunch of hipsters stomp on it during Split Open and Melt. For something in a similar style, hit up your local head shop or even check out Old Navy for some hippie-print hobos that will hold all your tour essentials.

Lee Angel Jewelry Solange Long Tassel Necklace: $220.00

$220.00 for something a spun-out hippie chick with a bag of beads and an old silk curtain tie could make for you while you wait for her boyfriend to come back with that gram of molly he promised your crew? $220.00? Say what?

Style= right. Price= retarded.I bet the joker could get me a necklace just like this for free if he walked up to some cute chick with beads and played her a Radiohead song on his guitar.

What Comes Around Goes Around Vintage Cutoff Shorts: $154.00, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Athena Sandals: $300.00

I'm just warning you all ahead of time. If I see anyone wearing this foul combination at a show this summer, you will be photographed and ridiculed on the Coventry Music Blog. That is a promise. I'll be watching. I don't understand how any fashion editor could stand by this tragic marriage of Jessica Simpson's Daisy Dukes with Russell Crowe's Gladiator sandals but I can tell you that after standing in the sun wearing them all day in the blazing heat-- your feet will be sore, blistered, and slippery with sweat and your right arm tired after pulling those shorts out of your ass crack all day. Unless you're ambidextrous. Then both of your arms will be tired.

So, now you know what not to wear and have a few style ideas to work with. In Part II I'll share my five essential fashion tips for festivals.

Launching Tonite - Dead Tour 2009

Greensboro NC is the home of the tour opener. I'm counting the days till my show on Friday night. There is some awesome historical venue by venue coverage over on by Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux. Click here for his recap on the bands history with the Tarheel State.

All shows of the tour will be available for download to MP3 or FLAC format normally within 24 hours of show date. Prices are $14.50 for MP3 and $16.50 for FLAC. Preorders are being taken at the Grateful Dead Store. Deadnet will post the setlists to see if you really really really want that show. Also available are the complete tour recordings for $269.95 MP3 or $309.95 FLAC.

For a grate NY Times article on the Dead click here.

For those with a Sirius XM radio subscription you will be able to catch the live broadcast of some select shows on the Grateful Dead Channel. The first show available with be Saturday April 18th's DCU Center show from Worcester.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

More Phish Videos: Hampton 3/6/09 DVD Videos on YouTube

Silverchair97 has most of 3/6/09 Hampton up on YouTube. Check out First Tube:

Links to the entire night:
Set I: Fluffhead pt 1, Fluffhead pt 2
Divided Sky pt1, Divided Sky pt 2
Chalkdust Torture,
Sample in a Jar,
Stash pt 1, Stash pt 2
I Didn't Know*,
Oh Kee Pa > Suzy Greenberg,
Train Song,
Water in the Sky,
Squirming Coil,
David Bowie

Set II: Backwards Down The Number Line,
Tweezer pt 1, Tweezer pt 2
Theme from the Bottom,
First Tube,
Harry Hood, Waste, You Enjoy Myself (with a false start/joke)

Encore: Grind (acapella), Bouncin**, Loving Cup
On my way back home from Hampton I stopped in a bar at the Norfolk airport. I was checking out pictures and video I took on my laptop. A fellow Phishhead had a copy of the complete video posted above and was nice enough to give me a copy. The video is in 2 large .avi files. If you would like a copy of the video, email havinagoodtime44 -at- and I will send you details. I will hook as many of you up as I can- You will have to send a stamped return envelope, a blank DVD, and something interesting/funny/cool to trade.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Phish: 2001>The Moma Dance, While My Guitar Gently Weeps [HD] - 2009-03-08 - Hampton, VA

One of my favorite segments from the weekend...these videos seem to be synced with the SBD audio...and the Alien is diggin' it!

Youtube user MKDevo has a playlist with all his HD Hampton Phish videos...check it out!

Stand By Me with Street Musicians

Thanks to the Poker Wolf for pointing out this amazing video of a performance of Stand By Me featuring street musicians from all over the world including L.A., New Orleans, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Rio, New Mexico, Moscow, Caracas, The Congo, South Africa, Barcelona, and Pisa.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Billy Bob Thorton Does Weird Shit: Q TV Blow Up

Holy shit. Unreal. Billy Bob Thorton and his band the Boxmasters appeared on a CBC radio program. And Billy Bob went off the deep end...

Mashed potatoes with no gravy.

Thanks to Iggy for pointing out the video.

Natalie Portman SNL Rap

These days, Saturday Night Live usually blows, but their digital shorts are some of the best parts of the program.

This rap with Natalie Portman is one of my favorites...

And if you don't know BTreotch included this cut on his recent 1st Quarter Mix. It includes the cuss words. Word up.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Basics Fund Article

****UPDATE 4/10/09 Check out the discussion of the article, along with the complete correspondence between Aaron Montoya, Editor-in-Chief The Rocky Mountain Collegian and Dustin Huth, CEO, The Basics Fund, Inc. LINK****

If you are ever in need of a ride to a show in Northern Colorado, there is a good chance that you can hop on The Basics Fund party bus and meet some interesting characters. The Basics Fund is a party bus/non-profit here in Denver/Boulder. Several of my close friends are associated with it and a couple are interviewed in this sometimes hilarious article. I say hilarious because it places the emphasis on the party, and seems to ignore the most important parts which is why most ride - safe rides, charity work, good times, good music. Still, I thought it was worth a link up:
As "The Warrior" bus glides south along I-25 to the night's gig, those who share the road with the city transport-turned moving drug den don't suspect they're next to a living acid flashback -- a modern day manifestation of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters.

Inside, short green sticks of "Special K" -- a horse tranquilizer called ketamine -- are pulled from a floss box and coolly passed at no charge among the spread of twenty-somethings who have no reservations with shoving the hallucinogen up their noses.

"Good drugs up here, weird drugs in the back," yells Johnathan Taylor, a passenger from Fort Collins sporting only blue boxers, a T-shirt and hiking boots. He's in the "good drugs" category - only on a lot of LSD, he says.
Read the whole article here.

Widespread Panic Breaks Up With Colorado, offers one last fling at Mile High Music Festival

Schools: "Mmmm...lunch!"

A friend forwarded me this statement from Panic's management, Brown Cat:
Mile High Festival 2009
2009 Tour Dates

Management of Widespread Panic would like to put to rest the rumors circulating of Red Rocks or New Years performances in Colorado in 2009.

The band will NOT be playing Red Rocks or New Years in Colorado.

Widespread Panic’s only scheduled appearance in Colorado this year will be at the Mile High Music Festival July 18th-19th in Denver, CO. Get full festival info in our On Tour section and buy your tickets now!
I am a little bit surprised, given the long history Panic has in Colorado at Red Rocks as well as what a great time everyone seemed to have at this year's NYE. But, now I won't feel guilty traveling wherever to see Phish on NYE since Panic won't be playing in my backyard. For a local Denver fan reaction of this announcement, click here.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Disco Biscuits Cancel Cali shows

I got a phone call from Daphne this afternoon- she had bad news. The Disco Biscuits canceled their remaining California tour. A big crew from Colorado were planning on heading out to LA this weekend to catch the shows. Hotels booked, plane flights booked, and a lot of expectations because the band had been ripping it up lately. This message is posted on
Due to a family emergency, the Disco Biscuits will regretfully be canceling the remaining four shows of their west coast run (Santa Cruz, San Diego and two Los Angeles Shows). We request that you respect the bands privacy with this personal matter. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

It sucks for all involved- and when a band cancels shows last minute like this without giving details, it usually isn't good. I hope that the band can heal soon from this event.

Ben Folds brings out the Whites

photo by Phil Bardi; cross posted at Tampa Calling

Ben Folds, Ritz Theater, Ybor City, Tampa, April 3rd, 2009

Setlist (incomplete):

Errant Dog, Sentimental Guy, Brainwascht, ?, Hiroshama (B B B Benny Hit His Head), Bastard, Free Coffee, ?, Landed, Jesusland, Battle of Who Could Care Less, Effington, Losing Lisa, Lullabye, Kylie From Connecticut, Still Fighting It, You Don’t Know Me, Where’s Summer B.?, Rocking the Suburbs>Jam, Kate, improv song about roadie Michael Praidy (sp?), Brick, Not the Same, The Frown Song (fake version)

Encore: Fair, Army

If you had walked by the Ritz Theater in Ybor city last Friday night, you may have thought some tech convention was going on. Tucked-in shirts, leather belts and fresh haircuts are not your normal rock concert attire, but then again, Ben Folds isn’t your normal rock star. The clever songwriter has straddled geekdom and cool piano rocker for over a decade now; he’s still crafting catchy songs about deteriorating relationships and insecurities that anyone can relate to. The 42-year-old Folds, supported by a drummer and bassist along with an everything else instrumentalist – percussion, synth & sometime dancer – played over two dozen songs spanning his solo career and the three studio albums he released with the Ben Folds Five. Drawing heavily from last year’s successful, but under-the-radar, Way To Normal, Ben Folds opened with “Errant Dog” and played over half the of album throughout the two hour set. The band worked the crowd up with a run of tracks off Songs for Silverman: “Landed” and “Jesusland,” followed by the Whatever and Ever Amen’s anthemic “Battle of Who Could Care Less,” Normal’s “Effington” and Rockin’ the Suburbs’ “Losing Lisa” – they then brought it down with “Lullabye” from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner and a new one, “Kylie From Connecticut.” The interplay with Ben and audience took off in the second half of the set. “You Don’t Know Me” – the newest album’s best song – features a duet with Folds and the cute-as-a-button pianist Regina Spektor. She wasn’t there, so the crowd took her lines without missing a beat. “Rocking the Suburbs” and Amen’s “Kate” only provided more ammo for the sing-a-long. Then Ben Folds played “Brick,” the adult contemporary hit from Amen. The crowd went nuts and if I never get surrounded by men singing ironic ballads again, it’ll bee too soon.

What you’ll never know from the studio albums is that Ben Folds is a true showman. Banging away on his grand piano pushed to the front of the stage - he has no qualms about crowd interaction and even goes so far as to incorporate the audience as instrument. Far and away the highlight of the evening came when Folds conducted the crowd as a choir in three part harmony for Suburbs’ “Not the Same.” In what has now become routine for his live shows, he worked one half of the room with his left hand in pulsing quarter notes while conducting the other half with accompanying melodies. Ben Folds closed the set by shaking hands with several people in the front rows all the while crooning the fake version of “The Frown Song.” The band returned for a two song encore, finishing with the fan favorite “Army.”

The Avett Brothers "Glory Days" - Hangin' Out On E Street

My buddy Palmer sent me this link- I thought it was great. Check it out...

Monday, April 06, 2009

Fenway Park Confirmed; Phish Adds 2 Shows - Fenway & Jones Beach!

The Phish added two shows.... Fenway Park in Boston on May 31st and Jones Beach on June 2nd.

Wow. Go, Phish. They are now playing three nights at Jones Beach.

Click here to view the cool teaser video about Fenway.

Thanks to all of my sources about the Fenway gig. You guys rock. Sorry that I doubted you.

Leonard Cohen in Grand Prairie

Our good friend, Kym, headed down to Grand Prairie, TX to catch a rare live performance of Leonard Cohen. She posted a mini-review titled... Sincerely, L. Cohen. Highly recommend the piece. Here's a bit...
It's no accident that Cohen has become the legend that he is. He has the gift of artistisc genius that enables him to refract his life through a prism of experience that makes it relatable and relevant to our own. And through it all - there was a twinkle in his eye. A reminder not to take it all too seriously.
Leonard Cohen is on tour supporting his live album and will be performing at Coachella. Hmmm.....

Sen. Chuck Schumer announces new legislation aimed at ticket brokers

Sen. Chuck Schumer announces new legislation aimed at ticket brokers
BY Bill Egbert

Monday, April 6th 2009

A proposed new federal law would curb ticket brokers like the glorified scalpers who froze fans out of a string of high-profile concerts by Bruce Springsteen and others.

The new legislation, announced by Sen. Chuck Schumer Sunday, would give fans two days to buy tickets before a ticket reseller can scoop them up.

"The bottom line is we need to create a fair system where fans get first crack at good seats at a reasonable price," Schumer said.


Sunday, April 05, 2009

Phishy Rumors: Fenway Won't Die

Fagot farm? Nope.

Fenway on May 31st at 6:30pm? Who knows?

I keep hearing the chatter about the Fenway show. It's everywhere. At this point, I dunno if actual media sources are going on speculation from different forums, message boards, and blogs.

Then again, I have two different sources with connections within the Red Sox organization that said that the Phish concert was approved by the Sox suits. That doesn't necessarily mean the Phish will be playing. So much other internal stuff with the Phish organization and their promoters before that happens.

On Sunday morning, I got an email from a former Red Sox employee who confirmed the Fenway chatter. He said that the Red Sox organization is going to wait until after opening day kicks off before they announce the Phish concert on May 31st at 6:30pm. The reasoning for such a delayed response? The insane demand for tickets.

The Red Sox play Tampa Bay on Monday afternoon. Perhaps there will be an announcement some time after that?

Who knows. Sadly, if the boys play Fenway, I will not be able to attend. I have to work that day if I want to take off the weekend to see the Jones Beach & Great Woods shows.

Stay tuned for more tour gossip.

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4/6/09 at 12:34pm... got an email from a Sox employee confirming the Fenway gig. 6:30pm on May 31st. Stay tuned for an official announcement.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Bug and David Hume

Editor's Note: I'd like to welcome Kid Dynamite to the Coventry mix with his debut post.

Kid Dynamite here. Get ready to think deep - we're going to transition from a seemingly simple Phish song to 18th century Scottish AND German philosopher. Pour yourself a drink and climb aboard.

In response to a post titled "Most Meaningful Phish Song," I offered to write my thoughts on "Bug," a song which triggers a memory I have of a random philosophical ideology by Scottish philosopher David Hume. Now, I'm not a philosopher - I'm a former Wall Street trader turned retired bum, poker player, and perhaps soon to be pickle farmer or maple syrup harvester. Furthermore, I didn't go to a liberal arts school - far from it - I'm a math man through and through - with a math degree from MIT. Still, it was there at MIT, during my freshman year, that I took a very intriguing course on philosophy, which ingrained a concept from Hume in my head that echoes every time I hear "Bug."

First, the Bug lyrics:

There've been times when I wander
And times when I don't
Concepts I'll ponder
And concepts I won't ever see
God isn't one of these
Former or latter
Which did you think I meant
It doesn't matter to me

Gold in my hand
In a country pool
Standing and waving
The rain, wind on the runway
Spending or saving
Credit or debt
Which did you think I meant
Nothing I see can be taken from me

So, the line from Hume which resonates in my head is "Nothing is ever really present to the mind besides its own perceptions." What the fuck does this mean? Well, lets get metaphysical - 'cause I'm going to explain it by way of an example from German philosopher Immanuel Kant. Kant wrote of a pair of rose colored glasses - when he wore the glasses, everything he saw seemed red. Naturally, this didn't mean everything was actually red: he wasn't seeing a red table, or a red couch - he was seeing, to get back to Hume, his mind's perception of a red table and a red couch - and when he took off the rose colored glasses, the red table and red couch were gone.

Your eyes are glazing over - bear with me - and think about what happens when you see Phish live in concert: Kuroda's lights and the band's jams transport the ghetto of Camden to a fantasy spaceship, where fans happily jammy dance barefoot in puddles of sludge without a care in the world. We're all wearing rose colored glasses - but they're not really rose colored glasses - they're Phish-altered perceptions of reality: back to the Bug lyric:
"Nothing I see can be taken from me!"
I think that's the lyric that brings me back to 18th century philosophers I read about for a only few months nearly 15 years ago - but I can think of nothing else! Every time I hear "nothing I see can be taken from me" I think of Hume and Kant, and the conclusion that even if what we see isn't real, it's still real for the moment we're interpreting it. Very Phishy indeed, methinks.

So, this summer, as you enter the venue of your choice to jam out to Phish, perhaps under the influence of rose colored glasses, weed clouded fantasies, booze altered thoughts, or some more seriously effected hallucinations - think of David Hume, and how nothing you see can be taken from you.