Saturday, October 31, 2009

FEST 8 Video Teaser Halloween Mix

Eclectic Method Goes Phish from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.

This was shown right before the band took the stage for set II. After teasing phans for the past month the last album standing out of the 99 possibles is: The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street. Phish is joined by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings who are providing the horns. Exile on Main Street was the Stones 10th album and draws heavily on the blues. Expect the crowd to go wild when they launch into Loving Cup.

Set II, Day II currently in progress.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Festival 8 Soundcheck

Here is the unofficial setlist:

10/29/09 Festival 8 Soundcheck, Indio, CA

Festival 8 Soundcheck Jam
Devil with a Blue Dress>
Starship Trooper
Fuck Your Face Tease
MGMT Kids Tease
Liquid Time
Lengthwise tease

DOWNLOAD NOW - Yes, this is a soundboard recording.

Coventry Music Blog on Twitter During Festival 8

Most of our crew will be at Festival 8. We will do our best to provide Twitter updates through our main feed @CoventryMusic and through our individual feeds. In addition, we'll be posting plenty of random goodness here at Coventry Music Blog throughout the festival depending upon the reliability and consistency of the internets in Indio.

If you recently started up a Twitter account, or don't follow us, here's who we are in the Twitterverse...
Coventry Music Blog = @CoventryMusic
Dr. Pauly = @taopauly
The Joker = @neillybop
Change100 = @change100
BTreotch = @btreotch
Broseph = @BrosephLives

And some friends..

DiscoSis1 = @DiscoSis1
Benjo = @BenjiDiMeo
DJ Ocean = @DJOcean
Just a reminder that we tweet. A lot. Take this into consideration if you decide to follow us (especially on your mobile phone via text messages if you don't have unlimited messaging).

And if you see us wandering around all spun out in our group costumes... definitely stop by to say hello.

Have a safe and trouble-free Festival 8!

Phishead on Conan

Love it. Thanks to Ace Cowboy for the video...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Trey Discusses Big Cypress on Sirius/XM

Trey Discusses Festivals...

If you haven't heard, Sirius/XM will be broadcasting all of Festival 8. I believe you can sign up for a free 3-day trial and listen this weekend.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Festival 8 Tweet-Up

Our buddy @Unolker is organizing a tweet-up on Saturday afternoon at Festival 8. Ever wanted to see what happens when a bunch of music nerds get together? Want to see our cool Halloween costumes? Want to get a presciption from Dr. Pauly? Come on and say hi. Looks like right now we are going to meet in the beer garden picnic area. Follow @coventrymusic and @unolker or click the tweetvite for more details.

Vanilla Ice to Play Vegas

If you couldn't get a ticket to Festy 8, then head to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas because Vanilla Ice is scheduled to perform on October 30th.

Here's one of my favorite Vanilla Ice moments when he goes ape shit...

And Jim Carrey is fuckin' hilarious...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Turn off the emo and heady jams brah, it's an old school Funk and Soul Mix: Hooptie Got's Ta Purify!

mix by racecar, image by Jef Aersol

Much like Lee Dorsey, everything our good friend racecar does is funky.. Check out her old school funk and soul mix that has some classic and rare tracks - a great mix for the few hour wait you'll face in the Phish 8 traffic line.. download link

House Music - The Free Association
Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On) - Lee Dorsey
Sister's Got A Boyfriend - Rufus Thomas
You're Losing Me - Ann Sexton
I Just Want Some Love - The Mighty Hannibal
I've Got To Go On Without You - Shirley Brown
Hard Times - Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters
Be Thankful For What You Got - William De Vaughn
Baby What You Want Me To Do - Erma Franklin
Carry On - Jean Knight
Get Out of My Life Woman - Lee Dorsey
Sookie Sookie - Tina Britt
We Be's Gettin' Down - Graham Central Station
Get It - The Triplett Twins
Baby You're Right - Helena Hollins
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Johnny Coolman - Toots and The Maytals
It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To) (Live) - Marva Whitney
Hot Butter n'All Pt2 - Mr. C & Funk Junction
Do It In The Name Of Love - Candi Straton
Please Take Care of Our Love - Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Printable Festival Checklist

That time of year again, here's a link for a solid festival camping checklist: PDF Link

Alternate excel file for super thoughoughness: Excel Link

And as always: Don't forget your A Game !!

Chuck Klosterman on Michael Jackson

One of my favorite scribes, Chuck Klosterman, sounded off on the death of Michael Jackson...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Festival 8 Map Leaked?

It seems a worker's? map of Festival 8 has been leaked. Download the .pdf here.

I found this through (where else?) a link on PT...yesterday it was hosted by our friends at Jamtopia.

Here are some good points about this map I tend to agree with (assuming its real):

Campground areas are labled:
Electric Ladyland (Jimi Hendrix)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Hunky Dory (David Bowie)
Larks Tongues In Aspic (King Crimson)
Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Genesis)
Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones)
Kid A (Radiohead)

...Are these the final album possibilities?

CC before the section means car camping, RV means RV, and TC means tent camping with no car. As you can see there is less space per spot in "TC" sections.

Whats a Burble?...Im curious to find out.

Thao With the Get Down Video: "When We Swam"

This is dedicated to BTreotch....

Click here to download the single Know Better.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

David Byrne Interviews Phish

11 years ago today. Bits of these were used in the Sessions at West 54th broadcast. Here are the full interviews of David Byrne chatting with Phish...

And here's Ghost from the West 54th performance...

Bleeding Head Of Jesus Candle Says "Jazz On Sale - Buy None, Get Two Free!"

bleeding jesus (by bg_poker)

(I'm refreshing post old post as well)

I keep having this recurring argument with Dr. Pauly that this Coventry joint needs some more jazz. He thinks that's great, but insists that most of y'all wander over this way because you're fans of live music.

So I'll compromise.

How about two discs of live jazz to start out your week? Disc One features some pretty straightforward accessible stuff, while Disc Two has some tracks that are just another step or two outside the mainstream. Links below.




"My Favorite Things" - John Coltrane from Newport '63 - Coltrane (ss), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b), Roy Haynes (d)

The review from says this is arguably the best live version ever captured of this iconic Coltrane classic. This whole disc is actually pretty damned good overall too, as you've got the novelty of Haynes sitting in for Elvin Jones, and a pretty solid reading of a favorite ballad of mine, "I Want To Talk About You."

"All The Things You Are" - Sonny Rollins from A Night At The Village Vanguard Vol. 2 (1957) - Sonny Rollins (ts), Elvin Jones (d), Wilbur Ware (b) (It's either these two or Donald Bailey (b) or Pete La Roca (d))

This set is a Dr. Pauly favorite, and for good reason. Rollins alone with bass and drums was a risky venture back in the late 50s, but he managed to create some pretty spectacular music without a piano involved.

**iTunes Alert** - There's a $19.99 Sonny Rollins "five disc" set on iTunes from Blue Note Records called The Complete Blue Note Recordings that collects the two discs of these trio sessions, plus the albums known as Vol. 1 & 2, and a pretty nice set from an album called Newk's Time. Vol. 2 in particular has some cuts with Thelonious Monk that are pretty fucking worthwhile, if you're so inclined.

"Poinciana" - Ahmad Jamal from Live at Oil Can Harry's (1976) - Jamal (p), Calvin Keys (g), John Heard (b), Frank Gant (d), Seldon Newton (conga)

Ahmad Jamal is one of a short list of highly influential jazz artists who always sat on the outside looking in in terms of popularity. Jamal influenced Miles Davis a great deal, mostly through his thoughtful use of space and silence in his solos. This album never made it to CD (I don't think), and, like much of Jamal's recorded work, remains out of print.

"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - Cannonball Adderley from Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Live at "The Club" (1966) - C.Adderley (as), Nat Adderley (cornet), Joe Zawinul (elec. piano), Victor Gaskin (b), Roy McCurdy (d)

Little boogaloo? Don't mind if I do.

"A Night In Tunisia" - The Quintet from Jazz at Massey Hall (1953) - Charlie Parker (as), Dizzy Gillespie (tpt), Max Roach (d), Bud Powell (p), Charles Mingus (b)

A fun, if not groundbreaking, set from true icons of bebop, touring in Canada as their musical style was circling the drain. Parker sounds good here, despite playing a borrowed plastic (!) alto. I forget if he pawned his personal horn to buy heroin in this case, but let's just say that wouldn't have been the first time.

"Walkin'" - Miles Davis from The Complete Concert 1964 - Davis (tpt), George Coleman (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b), Tony Williams (d)

My favorite story about this set is that the concert was that Miles came in to the dressing room for his band just prior to taking the stage and told them they were going to give up that night's paychecks to charity, as the show was thrown by the NAACP to benefit voter registration in the deep south. None of the guys in the band were stars at the time, and between their nerves performing at New York's Philharmonic Hall and their anger at playing for free without their consent, they pushed the ever loving hell out of Miles that night. Great show, top to bottom. Probably my favorite live set from my jazz collection.



"Aggression" - Eric Dolphy from At The Five Spot Vol. 2, 1961 - Dolphy (bass clarinet), Booker Little (tpt), Mal Waldron (p), Richard Davis (b), Ed Blackwell (d)

The three discs that make up the Five Spot sets this band played are a testament to the musical chemistry between Dolphy and trumpeter Booker Little, who would pass away three months after this set. Little was just getting his personal sound into shape, and could have emerged with another classic recording or three under his belt as one of the superstars of the free jazz movement, but he was cut down by complications from uremia at age 23. Regarding Dolphy, some people can't stand the squawking chaotic bass clarinet soloing he's famous for, but I think it's brilliant and unique. To each, their own.

"Walkin'" - Miles Davis from Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel 1965 (disc 5) - as above, replacing Coleman with Wayne Shorter (ts)

I thought this might be a fun additon for comparison's sake to the 1964 version on Disc One. The Plugged Nickel sets found Miles helming his second great quintet (the first was the late 50s group with Coltrane), and it's amazing how much these young musicians have grown behind him. Herbie's playing sounds a little darker, more impressionistic. Williams' drumming is more assertive, and replacing Coleman with Shorter traded muscle for angularity. The style becomes more adventurous and elastic, pushing in and out of the rhythmic structure and unmooring the traditional blues of "Walkin'" and drifting into freer territory.

"I'll Remember April" - Charles Mingus from Mingus At Antibes (1960) Mingus (b), Eric Dolphy (ts), Booker Ervin (as), Ted Curson (tpt), Dannie Richmond (d), Bud Powell (p)

I think I'm going to have something more to say about this concert at some point soon, but I posted about this song on MetaFilter awhile ago, and that's as good a place as any to start. The last five minutes of the song are, for my money, the most exciting five minutes of music I've ever heard. Dolphy and Ervin trade fours, then twos, with Dolphy providing the fractured mirror image of Ervin, dismantling his blues licks and building them into something altogether different. Oh, and if this whole song doesn't get you off your ass, you've got no soul.

"Directions" - Miles Davis from The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 - Davis (tpt), Gary Bartz (ss), Keith Jarrett (keys), John McLaughlin (g), Michael Henderson (b), Jack DeJohnette (d), Airto Moreira (percussion)

Let me just state for the record that this is a pretty difficult era of Miles' output to approach. It's kinda space-funk-jazz that stabs at you with malicious intent, and isn't at all easy listening. That being said, if you dig this, there's a TON of material +/- five years from this recording that are going to appeal to you. Let me know. I'm guessing that out of any of these cuts, this one is going to be the one that meets the skip button more often than not.


Enjoy the music, and let me know in comments what you think.

BG's Coventry Jazz Mix - A Few Of My Favorite Things

scol (by bg_poker)

(I'm taking the liberty of refreshing this classic post from April of 08)

Hey y'all, BG from Gambling Blues here. Dr. Pauly and I were talking music the other day, and, as usual, I started to get evangelical about my love of jazz.

See, all you jamband lovers who dig it when Trey plinks around on that guitar of his for twenty solid minutes know where improvisational American music was born, right? Louis Armstrong begat Duke Ellington, who gave rise to Charlie Parker, with Miles Davis, John McLaughlin and those guys from Galactic as your logical heirs from there.

So give my guys from the 50s and 60s some love, and let me introduce you to a few of my favorite performances, conveniently located in a zip file on Rapidshare, and burnable to a single CD for your listening enjoyment.

Download BG's Coventry Jazz Mix... here.

Favorite Piano Solo: "Bags' Groove (take 1)" - from Bags' Groove by Miles Davis (1954) Miles Davis (tpt), Milt Jackson (vibes, songwriter), Thelonious Monk (p), Horace Silver (p), Percy Heath (b), Kenny Clarke (d).

You know the old saying, "Two wrongs don't make a right?" Thelonious Monk, starting at 6:45 of the track, sets out to prove that thesis incorrect. Monk is famous for his ability to stretch and twist rhythm and melody, and this solo is all about playing with the empty spaces around his untraditional phrases to allow you, the listener, to fill in the blanks and resolve them in your own head.

The blues, as a structure, is to make a statement, repeat that statement, then resolve it. AAB structure. Something like:

I got my mojo workin', just don't work on you
I got my mojo workin', just don't work on you
I wanna love you so bad, don't know what to do

This song is very clearly a blues structure. Monk will make his A statement, muddy the waters with a seemingly wrong chord and misplaced rhythmic beat in the repeat, and then play something in his B statement resolution that, while wrong "on paper," makes enough sense to your ear from the context of the "AA" lead that it seems to work out in your head.

I'm not very well versed in music (can't read it, am no scholar), but once I read a quote about this solo that essentially said, "Monk expects the notes to resolve themselves in the empty space," it made perfect sense to me.

Favorite Non-Traditional Take on a Standard - "On Green Dolphin Street" - from Outward Bound by Eric Dolphy (1960) Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet), Freddie Hubbard (tpt), Jaki Byard (p), George Tucker (b), Roy Haynes (d).

My friend Gracie doesn't like Eric Dolphy. She thinks he sounds like a shrieking goose.

Well, to be fair, he is playing the bass clarinet.

This version of this song is likely my favorite jazz cut of all time. Dolphy, still a couple albums away from stepping more fully into "free jazz" (music without melodic underpinnings), seems to have an instinct through his bass clarinet to push at the outer edges of the chords in the melody without fully breaking any of the rules. Regardless of all this pseudo-intellectual crap about tonality, this shit just fucking swings. My favorite part is the restatement of the theme after all parties have soloed. Dolphy makes this yelping noise with his horn as he leaps into the final verse that just gets me every time.

Favorite Original Jazz Composition - "Gingerbread Boy" - from On The Trail by Jimmy Heath (1964) Jimmy Heath (tsax, songwriter), Kenny Burrell (g), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), Al Heath (d).

It was relatively simple in the 60s to get lost in the tenor sax shuffle. Coltrane was killing it, Sonny Rollins was an established star, and Blue Note Records seemed to be able to land a new Hank Mobley, Johnny Griffin or Stanley Turrentine LP on the shelves with frightening regularity.

Jimmy Heath is, in my opinion, a founding member of the 1960s All-Underrated Team. Jimmy came from a jazz family (his brother Percy is on the Miles Davis track above, and his brother Al sits in on this one), and really made his mark as a composer more than soloist. This track in particular is likely his best known contribution to the standard songbook, and it burns. Kenny Burrell has a pretty solid solo on the guitar to lead off, with Jimmy following with a serpentine dance around the melody.

Between Dolphy, Heath and Mal Waldron below, I feel like I should be going door-to-door to casual jazz fans, trading them their Coltrane Greatest Hits albums straight across for something just as interesting from a lesser-known artist. It's a shame that guys like these end up largely forgotten, except by collectors willing to dig through the era carefully enough to unearth a gem. Forty years later, all this stuff still sounds fresh to me.

Favorite Saxophone Solo - "Blue 7" - from Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins (1956), Sonny Rollins (tsax, songwriter), Max Roach (d), Tommy Flanagan (p), Doug Watkins (b).

There are guys who play a lot of notes, and there are guys who thoughtfully play the right notes. Rollins is in the latter camp. Look, I like Coltrane as much as the next guy, but listening to the guy blister through "Chasin' the Trane" for eighteen minutes gets tiring. Rollins is a guy who tells a linear story, almost has a conversation through his horn, and it's largely absent the byzantine hyperkineticism that marks Coltrane's style.

"Blue 7" was really Rollins' first great step forward as an individual voice. It's a thoughtful, intelligent and maybe even witty solo, that is as much planting the flag on his own territory as it is a reaction against the prevailing Charlie Parker and bebop freneticism of the day. Max Roach and Doug Watkins give Rollins all the room he needs, and he proves you can stretch out without filling every available empty moment with a sixteenth note. This whole album can be had for cheap, and comes highly recommended.

Favorite Guitar Solo - "Unit 7" - from Smokin' at the Half Note by Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio (1965) Wes Montgomery (g), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d).

Speaking of high recommendations, this is a jam band blog, and this is the standout track from one of the great live jam records of the jazz era. Some people even list it in the top three all-time.

I'm not one to argue.

Wes Montgomery had a fairly unfortunate career arc, mainly because someone showed him a series of big fat checks to play elevator music. It's a shame, too, as his limited output prior to selling out really highlights the guy's talent. Smokin' is a true jam date, with the greatest working rhythm section of the mid-60s letting Wes sit in for these sessions. This track in particular has, in jazz guitarist Pat Metheny's eyes, the greatest jazz solo ever played.

I'm not one to argue.

Favorite Obscurity - "Duquility" - from The Quest by Mal Waldron with Eric Dolphy and Booker Ervin (1961) Mal Waldron (p, songwriter), Eric Dolphy (alto sax), Booker Ervin (tsax), Ron Carter (b), Charlie Persip (d).

Booker Ervin was rooted in the blues, Ron Carter a Philharmonic-schooled classicist, and Eric Dolphy a dissident of dissonance. With Waldron and Persip providing a thin pencil sketch framework around which to play, it's really interesting to hear these three styles come together, especially through headphones. In both channels, you get Carter's plaintive bowed cello work, with Ervin anchoring to tradition in your right ear, Dolphy pushing against tonality in your left. It's really Carter's show though. No fireball solos in this cut, just four minutes of mood music that ends far too soon. Carter wouldn't join Miles Davis' second great quintet until 1964, but this cut foreshadows some of that group's greatest work - especially works like "Mood," "Orbits," and the classic deconstruction of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints."

Favorite Trumpet Solo - "Moanin'" - from Moanin' by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1958) Art Blakey (d), Lee Morgan (tpt), Bobby Timmons (p, songwriter), Jymie Merritt (b), Benny Golson (tsax).

Ow! The Lee Morgan! It buuuurrrrnnnnsss! The kid was 20 years old when he laid down this swaggering solo. How good were you at anything but bong tokes and inventing reasons to skip Econ lectures at age 20?

Thought so.

Favorite Guest Appearance - "Someday My Prince Will Come" - from Someday My Prince Will Come by Miles Davis (1961) Miles Davis (tpt), Hank Mobley (tsax - first solo), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d), John Coltrane (tsax - second solo at the 5:55 mark).

This was the first album Miles recorded post-Coltrane, and the first with his new-and-soon-to-be-ex-tenor sax player Hank Mobley. Now, I like Hank. I like Hank a lot, actually. He's a bluesy player, full tone, swings hard. But listen to the difference between Hank's solo, then Coltrane's. Thom Jurek at the All Music Guide says, "Mobley plays a strictly journeyman solo, and then Coltrane blows the pack away with a solo so deep inside the harmony it sounds like it's coming from somewhere else."

That's about right. It's graduation day for Coltrane, who had learned all he could from Miles. Miles, Coltrane and Mobley went off in different directions after this album, each having a great deal of success as leaders on their own, but for this one song on this one album, Coltrane is clearly a man among boys.

Enjoy! Let me know in comments if you've got favorites I've missed...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Festy 8 Update

Phish recently released new information about the festival grounds for Halloween.

It seems as though that the locals are calling Indio "Little Vermont" as Phish's crew migrated out West to start building up the site. The boys are back East working on the Halloween album and other ditties. I wonder if the Boss is practicing Born to Run with them?

Anyway, check out the update because they are telling you about some of the cool shit like donuts, Bloody Mary Bar (where I'll get scores of the World Series games). There will be 50 kinds of beer sold at the infamous Coachella beer garden. The House of Live Phish returns and Kuroda lights palm trees. And the Bunny aka Phish festy radio, is also back. When you get close to Indio tune into 95.9 FM.

Click here for more info.

Phish vs. Phishing

photo by Liam Quin

I love antagonyms. It's often hilarious and fascinating when words take on multiple meanings, as in brief, tossing salad or a Bill Clinton. It's evident language speakers will continue to engage in a never ending semantic war on proper word usage. The battle is sometimes serious. More than just lame arguments about trivial meaning, the ubiquitous n-word, f-word, and p-word battles prove definitions can be about important issues of social identity, not just grammar.

The word "phish" of course, is not immune. In terms of the band, the present participle battle is clearly lost. Phishing = identity theft, or at least an attempt of an illegal ID land grab. The band's formation predates the first use of the the term "phishing", used to describe the act of electronic data fraud. An old school AOL usenet newsgroup is credited (1,2,3,4) with the first use of "Phishing" back in 1996.

grabbed from esat

On October 7, 2009 the FBI boasted of the success of operation "Phish Phry", the largest, most successful cyber-crime sting to date. Netting about 100 suspects, it was a joint effort involving US and Egyptian law enforcement. Looks like most suspects will be charged w/conspiracy to commit bank/wire fraud, thus "phishing" is not an official crime.

The recent press release represents the first time "phish" has been officially used in a title of a FBI brief (documents on the DL non-withstanding). Mark it down, phish trivia nerds. And no, conspiracy theory nerds, I do not think this is an elaborate attempt to tarnish the phish name; that happens on it's own I think.

The language war will undoubtedly continue whether people discuss the etymology of "phish" or not. I want the FBI to know that I notice their use of "phish" and this aggression will not stand. Take your ID theft crime and call it what it really is: fraud, not phish.

Also, wtf?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Wood Brothers - West Coast Tour Dates

The Wood Brothers at Langerado (2008)

The Wood Brothers are playing in L.A. tonight at one of my favorite venues... the Hotel Cafe. They're kicking off a mini-swing on the Left Coast. Check 'em out if you can...
Wood Brothers - Tour Dates
Oct 17 - Los Angeles, CA, Hotel Cafe
Oct 18 - San Francisco, CA, Yoshi
Oct 20 - Ashland, OR, Stillwater
Oct 21 - Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
Oct 22 - Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
Oct 23 - Seattle, WA, The Tractor Tavern
Oct 24 - Vancouver, BC, Media Club
Photo by Otis.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Bob Weir

Grateful Dead/The Dead/Ratdog/KingFish/Bobby & the Midnites/Further ryhthm guitarist Bob Weir is 62 today!!

I had a unabashed schoolgirl crush on Bob from the time I was 17 and a freshman at the University of Vermont during the fall of 1978. It was in one of the study lounges of UVM's Jeanne Mance Hall where I was first introduced to the Grateful Dead/Little Feat/New Riders of the Purple Sage and a host or other bands. A bunch of the guys converted their lounge into a bar/music den and nearly every night one of the dudes would collect a buck for a keg, which would then be purchased at the Beverage Mart in Winooski. Later that night we'd all convene to drink beer and listen to our favorite bands. Since it was a largely Freshman dorm with only outcasts from the upper classes in residence I don't think any of us had actually seen the Grateful Dead live and in concert.

When Bob released his second solo album(see picture below) in 1978, It was one of my first purchases after the Grateful Dead's Blues for Allah and Shakedown Street. This album cover graced my wall along with a poster of the Grateful Dead & New Riders in ponchos shot at a barn.
Although, my school girl crush faded away when Bob up and got married in the 1990's. I've remained a big fan of his. I've seen Bob play as: Weir/Wasserman, Ratdog, The Other One's and The Dead and of course the Grateful Dead. Some of my favorite Bobby tunes include: Cassidy, Sugar Magnolia, Throwin' Stones, Looks Like Rain, Feel Like a Stranger, Victim or the Crime and Two Djinn. California Rob and I were in attendance when Bob played one of the first live versions of Victim or the Crime at the Pasadena Civic Center on 4/16/1988 as part of a Seva Benefit Foundation Concert.

Many Happy Returns Ace!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Concert review: Neon Indian with Sunbears! and BC the Black Child at Crowbar

My crosspost from Tampa's Daily Loaf

If you had popped your head in to the Crowbar this past Tuesday night, you would have never known that the headlining band Neon Indian, was — as the inebriated and prancing band manager stated — “on top of the music world.” Alan Palermo’s latest project had just officially released their debut, Psychic Chasms, and scored a lofty 8.6 and “Best New Music” from the wordy, indie rock staple Pitchfork. I asked Palermo if he smiled or rolled his eyes at the recent good press. He laughed and humbly replied that he thought it was “great news.” Despite his soft spoken, unpretentious manner, Palermo is definitely the electro-rock star the indie press lauds him as. His first project, the short-lived Ghosthustler, stirred buzz with its “Parking Lot Nights” video. Vega, another ongoing Palermo project, has garnered similar praise. No more than 100 or so patrons were in attendance along with another dozen who raged the dance floor during the short, but tight set. Seeing Neon Indian made me nostalgic for a time I wasn’t even around for — it’s like if Billy Ocean took some good drugs and covered Hall and Oates songs for an hour. One thing missing was any visuals. This would have been a problem, but opener SUNBEARS! (pictured) brought enough lights, videos and confetti to cover everyone.

Jacksonville’s SUNBEARS! — touted as one of the better Florida indie bands — lived up to much of the hype with great arrangements, energy and enough Flaming Lips shtick to fill up Wayne Coyne’s bubble. While the two-some + computer make good music and put on a real fun show, by the end of their set, I’d had all I could handle of singer Jonathan Berlin’s Ben Gibbard-ish delivery and junior high diary lyrics.

Usually, I don’t make it to a show early enough, or am intrigued enough to catch the first act on a three-band bill, but Tampa-based MC, BC the Black Child, blew the minds of those who were quick enough to decipher his lyrics. BC rhymes in a furious pace, tight on the beat, and favors positive and conscious poetry over guns, money and ass. Check out his featured track on the rock the dub blog – “Ode to Gil Scott Heron” featuring Saul Williams.

For those who don’t know, an average Tuesday night at the Crowbar is a good time. Soft Rock Renegades spin indie hits and other tasty variousness in the open air patio and $5 liters of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Abita Purple Haze can be had by those who enjoy tasty brews. For this week’s edition, the guys at THX management added a darn good show to the mix.

Phisheads: Betty Draper

Yes, it's true. January Jones (the actress who plays Betty Draper in Mad Men) is a former Phishead according to a recent interview in GQ.

Those 60s housewives had some kick ass pharmies.

New Look

A couple of my favorite music websites got a facelift. Check out and

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Phish: Festivalography

"SIRIUS XM’s Jam_On channel and the members of Phish have worked together on the four-part series “Phish: Festivalography.” The special will air on Jam_On channel, SIRIUS channel 17 and XM channel 56, beginning Thursday, October 15 at 9:00 PM EST.

According to a release on the project, Phish: Festivalography will explore Phish’s history as pioneers of music festival culture, beginning with their first festival in 1996 in Plattsburgh, New York, and continuing through their eighth festival, Festival 8, which will include a special Halloween set wherein the band will play a classic album by another band.” Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon and Page McConnell will each offer behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes and memorable moments from past festivals, as well as released and unreleased musical performances.

The first segment of the series will focus on 1996’s The Clifford Ball and 1997’s The Great Went.” The band will also discuss the 1998’s Lemonwheel, 1999’s Camp Oswego and Big Cypress and 2003’s IT festivals during the special. Additionally, Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon and McConnell will also talk about 2004’s swan song Coventry." -

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Pixies in London

My buddy Benjo wrote a review of the Pixies show in London. Here's the catch, since he's French he wrote the review... in French. Check it out, if you can read francais.

Anyway, here's a video of Here Comes Your Man from that show...

Mon Morn Link Dump: The Best of Last Week

In case you missed it, here's a few posts of note from last week...
2009 Fall Tour Dates
Hitler Learns the Halloween Phish Album
New Music from STS9
Austin City Limits Festival - Videos

Sunday, October 11, 2009

3rd Quarter Results 2009 Mix by BTreotch

My in-law's live on 600+ acres of rolling hills in far north Texas, just a few miles south of the Red River. You'll come across all kinds of critters up there, both fenced in and in the wild: armadillos, deer, yaks, coyotes and every kind of cow imaginable. But nothing has been as strange as coming across this triumvirate of wasps entangled in some sort of buzzing mess. The wasps had started their battle in a flower pot 8 feet off the ground, only to tumble to the wooden deck in the struggle. May be in unison they could have flown around, but with only one free pair of wings they were going no where. A 4th wasp hovered around them for much of the time, rooting one of them on or may be looking to get on top. But there was no room. No getting in where you fit in.

1. Body - Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
2. Laundry Room - The Avett Brothers
3. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine
4. Temecula Sunrise - Dirty Projectors
5. Hey - Elvis Perkins in Dearland
6. Born On a Day the Sun Didn't Rise - Black Moth Super Rainbow
7. Ladybug's Picnic - Uncanny Valley
8. Psychic City (Voodoo City) - YACHT
9. Run Run Run - Beck & Record Club
10. Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) - Monsters of Folk
11. Convinced of the Hex - The Flaming Lips
12. Coconut - Harry Nilsson
13. These Are My Twisted Word - Radiohead
14. My Body's a Zombie For You - Dead Man's Bones

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US Troops Roam Through Pot Field: Afghanistan

Funny because it's true. Thanks to RevMax for pointing this vid out.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Born to Run: Phish Halloween Favorite?

According to a recent blurb in Rolling Stone, the boys are hinting at performing Born to Run for their Halloween musical costume set.

Here's the Boss playing with Phish at Bonnaroo...

Friday, October 09, 2009

2009 Phish Fall Tour - Dates & Video

PHISH - FALL TOUR 2009 from Phish on Vimeo.

Phish Fall Tour 2009

11/18/09 - Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI
11/20/09 - US Bank Arena - Cincinnati, Ohio
11/21/09 - US Bank Arena - Cincinnati, Ohio
11/22/09 - War Memorial - Syracuse, NY
11/24/09 - Wachovia Center - Philadelphia, PA
11/25/09 - Wachovia Center - Philadelphia, PA
11/27/09 - Times Union Center - Albany, NY
11/28/09 - Times Union Center - Albany, NY
11/29/09 - Cumberland County Civic Center - Portland, ME
12/2/09 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
12/3/09 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
12/4/09 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
12/5/09 - John Paul Jones Arena - Charlottesville, VA

And then there's New Years run in Miami!

12/28/09 - Miami, FL
12/29/09 - Miami, FL
12/30/09 - Miami, FL
12/31/09 - Miami, FL NYE

Cosmic Consciousness Event: Alex Grey

I am going to an event next Saturday where Alex Grey is painting. Check out this video:

If you are in Colorado, you should definitely come out for this event. Im stoked to see Emancipator with Alex Grey doing a live painting.

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ALEX & ALLYSON GREY (live painting)

EPROM * Heyoka * MiMoSa
An-Ten-Nae * Emancipator * Kilowatts
Shen * Big Gigantic * Goodie * S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

City Hall & Amphitheatre / 2AM Club
October 17th, 2009
Denver, CO

3 floors of Music * Live Painting by Alex & Allyson Grey * Discussion and Workshop by Alex and Allyson Grey * Fashion Show * Artist Meet and Greet * Aerial Dance Performance * Fire & Hoop Dancers * Vending * Crystal Displays * Palm and Tarot Reading * Circus Performers * Cosmic Circus Theme * Multiple Projection Screens * Art displays and Sales * Colorado's Best Live Painters * Seperate Late Night Event @ 2AM Club ($10) * and much more...

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Festival 8 Album Update

Instead of checking every day, I've been keeping up with the Festival 8 updates over at Jamtopia. This week, in addition to killing off more albums, Phish has photoshopped a few album covers (one pictured above). Check out the coverage here.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

NEW Music from STS9

From STS9:


STS9 and 1320 RECORDS are pleased to announce the pending release of STS9’s new studio album “AD EXPLORATA” later this fall. Beginning THIS TUESDAY (10/6) STS9’s first single, “ATLAS”, from the forthcoming “Ad Explorata” will be available via 1320Records,, iTunes and in both FREE streaming form and available for purchase. “Atlas” will also kick off the newest 1320 Records PodCast which features a who’s who of 1320 Records current roster. Dig into a hour of free 1320 madness that includes tracks from Flying Skulls, Nalepa, Eskmo, Fuzz, Calmer, Virtual Boy and St Andrew!


Austin City Limits Festival - Videos

Eddie Vedder stopped in to play with Kings of Leon...

and Perry Farrell played with Pearl Jam...

Thom Yorke L.A. Setlist & Recap

Just got back from the show. Click here to read a recap of half-baked thoughts called Thom Yorke Phones Home.

Here's the setlist...
10.5.09 Thom Yorke, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Set 1: The Eraser, Analyse, The Clock, Black Swan, Skip Divided, Atoms For Peace, And It Rained All Night, Harrowdown Hill, Cymbal Rush

Encore: Lotus Flower / Moon Upon A Stick, Skirting On the Surface, Super Collider

Encore 2: Paperbag Writer, Judge Jury and Executioner, The Hollow Earth, Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses
Yeah. Super Collider and Paperbag Writer were the only Radiohead tunes that they played.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Today in Phishtory: 10/4/99 Normal, IL

Ten years ago today. the circus wandered through Normal, IL This was one of the few shows I skipped during that monster of a fall tour and I was bummed out. Ghost second set opener? Blew the roof off the building according to a friend of mine who was there. Other highlights? Funky Bitch and Jesus Left Chicago in the first set with Makisupa and Sand in the second set.
Phish 10/04/99 Redbird Arena, Normal, IL

Set I: Uncle Pen, Funky Bitch, Vultures, Runaway Jim, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Limb By Limb, Wilson, Down With Disease

Set II: Ghost, Sample in a Jar, The Wedge, AC/DC Bag, Makisupa Policeman, Sand, Ya Mar, Character Zero

Encore: Rock and Roll
Click here to download 10/4/99.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Thom Yorke Video - Echo Park

Thom Yorke played an L.A. show last night in Echo Park. Read the L.A. Times review here.

Here's the videos...

I see Thom on Monday night. Should be an interesting show.

And an Audience Recording...Incomplete set but if you are curious what it sounds like it is worth a listen:
1. atoms for peace
2. and it rained all night
3. harrowdown hill
4. cymbal rush
5. lotus flower
6. skirting on the surface
7. paperbag writer
8. judge jury executioner
9. hallow earth
10. feeling pulled apart by horses

Friday, October 02, 2009

Six Seconds of Amen

I stumbled across this enlightening video, explaining how six seconds of one song sent ripples through the musical cosmos...

Thursday, October 01, 2009