Thursday, December 30, 2010

Phish MSG 12/30/2010 Set List

End Of Session - 12/30/10 - 1/1/11
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Poster by Ken Taylor © Phish 2010-2011

Stay tuned for the set list. Dont forget you can stream the show tonight at! For updates from Dr. Pauly and the crew, follow @CoventryMusic on twitter.
Phish, 12/30/10 MSG, NYC

Set 1: Cities, Chalkdust, Gumbo, Quinn the Eskimo, Halley's Comet > Camelwalk, Maze, Driver, Gin, Fat Man in the Bathtub, Timber Ho, Golgi, Zero

Set 2: Tweezer > Light > Theme from the Bottom > My Friend My Friend > Axilla, Fluffhead > Boogie On > 2001 > Suzy

Encore: Antelope > Tweezer Reprise

STS9 Fillmore 12/29/2010

Last night STS9 played a great show at the Fillmore in Denver, CO. Everyone is talking today about the debut of their cover of Shankedown Street. It felt strangely appropriate for us to be hearing the classic tune on Colfax, as it is the beginning of what no doubt will be a musical journey for everyone in Denver this week with so much music to choose from.

I really enjoyed the show - STS9 pulled out a good number of classics and their LED light rig mixed nicely with the Phishy lights. I got to hear 2 of my favorites - Ramone + Emiglio and Music, Us.

STS9, 12/29/2010 Flillmore, Denver CO
Set 1: Shakedown Street*, This,Us > Ramone + Emiglio, Aimlessly, Lion, Music, Us, Kamuy, Scheme*

Set 2: Moon Socket, Tooth, STS9, Peoples, Circus, Shock Doctrine, Arigato, Hidden Hand, Hidden Fist,

E: Frequencies 1>2>3 > Shakedown St Reprise*

*first time played

See y'all at Panic tonight.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Worcester Night #2 Recap: Back on the Train

I almost didn't make the show. Benjo had both of my Worcester tickets, but he lives in France. He planned on flying into NYC on Monday morning and we were going to drive up to Worcester for both shows, then drive back to the city for the MSG run. Alas, the blizzard screwed up air travel across the northeast and European grid. Benjo's flight got pushed back to Jan 1st. He negotiated a hellacious flight into Boston (Brussels > London > Chicago > Boston) that would get him into the States almost two hours after the second Worcester show ended.

I wasn't going to make the trek by myself until my buddy Senor called and persuaded me to take the train to Providence (where he lives), and then he'd drive to Worcester (located less than 45 minutes away). Senor driving plus the train meant that I could get schwasted and not have to worry about being a responsible driver. How could I say no?

I pulled the trigger on the show at the last second. I was in NYC and hopped on a subway to Penn Station, then evaded a K-9 unit and thousands of disgruntled train passengers before I boarded an express train to Providence and ate some pharmies. Senor picked me up at the train station and drove right to Worcester. We got into town around 7:40 and parking was a bitch. We got the next-to-last spot in some shady lot behind a hospital.

Senor had two extras which he dumped for 20% below face. Most tickets were going for less, but Senor scored four killer seats. He didn't tell me how good the seats were until we got into the show. We were two rows off the floor on Fishman's side and about ten feet in front of the stage. Right away, I spotted the Rhombus and two signs requesting "Dog Log" and "Weigh."

We had to kick a couple of wooks out of our seats and got settled in a few minutes before lights went down. Kill Devil Falls might have replaced AC/DC Bag as an opener in 2011. By the time the chorus came around, our section was sprayed with a beer shower. Senor hopped it was beer. I told him not to worry at an indoor Phish show about an aerial urine bomb. At a Panic show, it would probably be piss.

I had a seat on the aisle and the aisle was packed. One girl couldn't stop gushing about the sound. "Soooo much better than seeing Phish outdoors," she continuously said.

The country Phish tune of the night was My Mind Got A Mind of Its Own, and I got faked out at the beginning, which sounded a lot like Uncle Pen. But I'm not a redneck, so all country songs sound similar to me.

Trey looked like a little kid playing around with his mini-voice recorder that had a bunch of pre-recorded barbs from Sarah Palin. He unveiled his toy during the opening section of Alaska. It was hard to hear everything through the audience speakers, but I'm sure it sounded much crisper in the live release.

After Alaska, Trey and Gordo had what Senor described as an "animated chat" that last for a good ninety seconds. She Caught the Katy ensued, and that tune was the first curveball of the night. Gordo sang the vocals for Katy, which offered up a bit of country and a bit of funk. Country-funk. I always think about the Blues Brothers (more so than Taj Mahal) when I hear that song. Page nailed a wicked solo.

The boys threw the crowd a bone with a heavy hitter in Wolfman's. Page seized control early on with a funkified clavinet orgy that inspired a glowstick fracas in the crowd. The deeper the funk -- the more the crowd went nuts and tossed around the glowsticks with an increased fervor. Wolfman's was one of the highest energy peaks of the show.

Trey spoke to the crowd about surprising Tom Marshall with a song that they co-wrote together called Pigtail. Tom had no idea Phish was going to play it. I have to listen to it a few more times to formulate an opinion, but my snarky gut says that it's much better than the uber-ghey Summer of 89.

Trey's voice sounded pretty scratchy. Someone (via Twitter) said that Trey had a cold, which was why he sounded bleh. At least it was not the result of freebasing. The last time Trey's voice sounded off like that was when he was crocked to the tits during the disastrous Vegas 2004 run.

First part of Stash was uneventful and I spent the time zoning out on the lights. That's one of the things about Stash -- if I get bored with the jam, I can easily amuse myself with the lights because CK5 gets a little crazy during Stash. The end of the Stash picked up a ton of steam and they finally got the jam cooking. Trey had his mouth wide open. I swear that I saw drool.

"Is this a new song?" joked Senor when Bouncin' got played. Nope, I said. It's a Pauly Takes A Piss Song.

Rift was a shot in the arm late into the set. Well placed and well done. Glad we got that gem. I thought a mediocre version of Stealing Time was going to end the set, but the boys huddled in front of Page's setup. They debated an acapella song and settled on Birdwatcher. Much better choice than Grind. Everyone on the floor in front of Phish busted out their cameras and cellphones to capture the moment as a puddle of glowing lights illuminated the area in front of the stage.

Set 2 opened with a thrashing and head-banging Carini. A wookette snuck into the aisle to dance. She was next to me and I was getting whipped by her natty dreads as she violently shook her head back and forth. I was bumming out a bit about the dread lashing until she finally moved up a spot and danced in the front row (blocked off from the floor).

Backwards was standard. Nothing to report otherwise until Back on the Train. The Worcester version had a bit of snow-funk thrown into the mix, which might have been one of my peak moments in the second set.

Senor was jumping up and down at the end of Limb by Limb. Because we were so close, I took advantage of being able to watch Fishman utilize every inch of his kit, as he demonstrated his version of multiple African drummers.

"I want to do this when I grow up," one guy next to me said to his girlfriend as he pointed at the stage.

I got whipped again with the wookette's dreads during the Wedge. It felt weird to hear the Wedge played somewhere other than Colorado. We got a spacey and rare Frankie Sez, and the low-energy tune morphed into an even slower, plodding cover of Neil Young's Albuquerque.

I figured that I'd get a Hood when we stopped just outside of Worcester and I saw a Hood milk carton. Sure, there's Hood milk all over New England, but that's just how my mind works before a Phish show. I seek out any Phish-related sign and make a connection (whether it fits or not).

The middle section of Hood got a bit lost. Here's my theory: Trey was tripping out on the wookette in front of me. She was getting down and dancing and Big Red was fixated on her. Check out the video and you'll see Trey staring off to his left. What you won't see is the hottie grooving out. After getting a better look, she was more attractive than I expected. Trey wouldn't stop staring. I was getting uncomfortable because the jam kinda stalled. At one point an anxious Page looked up and tried to figure out why Trey was lost. Yep, the magnetic pull of a Phishy chick mesmerized Trey until he finally pulled out of it.

I caught an intense version of Bug to close one of the sets in Alpine Valley this summer, and the boys attempted to replicate that feat in Worcester. I love to point at the band during the "overrated" parts. The Hood-Bug combo was an interesting and intense way to end the show.

The solo encore was Shine a Light and Trey didn't sound too good. Sure the song is soulful and a raspy, bluesy voice would be a nice compliment to the song, but Trey's scratchy voice didn't mesh.

Overall, I went into the show with very low expectations. Heck, I wasn't even supposed to go and only went at the last second because I rarely get to hang out with my buddy Senor. I have no clue what our schedules will be like next year, so I welcomed the opportunity to throw down in Worcester. We had fun. I got schwilly. What more could I ask for?

I really can't think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night aside from seeing a Phish show. Thanks to Senor for the hook up (ticket and the ride).

One down. Three more to go. Get ready for some MSG insanity to end 2010 and to start 2011.

Phish Worcester Setlist - 12/28/10 DCU Center, Worcester, MA

The Phish returned for the second of two nights in Worcester. I made the show. Stay tuned for a recap.

Phish, 12/28/10 DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Set 1: Kill Devil Falls, My Mind Got A Mind of Its Own, Alaska, She Caught the Katy, Wolfmans, Pigtail **, Stash, Bouncin, Rift, Stealing Time, Birdwatcher^^

Set 2: Carini > Backwards, Back on the Train > Limb by Limb, Wedge, Frankie Sez, Albuquerque, Harry Hood, Bug

Encore: Shine A Light

** FTP
^^ accapella
For MSG updates, follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Seven Blow > Whats The Use? 12/27/2010 Video

New Music From Ostraka

John Keston is by far one of my favorite producers. One of the projects he's known for is Ostraka (I featured their track "Fire Diamond" on Background Beats Volume 3). Keston's sound is best described as "organic electronic music, a culmination of smooth live instrumentation backed by melodic themes and groove-heavy samples."

Check out the track Travel Glide from Ostraka to get an idea of to expect.

Over the weekend John released one of his Ostraka performances from earlier in the month and sent out the following email:

"Here’s a set I recorded live to Ableton during a performance at Nick and Eddie Thursday Funhouse hosted by Jon Davis, December 16, 2010. This is all new material that I’ve been working on, except for the last track, which is a remix of Illuminator Console from Precambrian Resonance (Unearthed Music 2009). Here’s the download link for the 37:28 minute set hosted on Unearthed Music. Expect to hear lots of Grain Machine, as well as synth sounds from the Casio CZ-1000, the Korg MS2000, the Roland D-50, my Sequential Circuits Pro-One, some old Hammond rhythm programs, and even a little bit of Rhodes electric piano."


Monday, December 27, 2010

Phish Worcester Setlist - 12/27/10 DCU Center, Worcester, MA

The Phish return with the first of two shows in Worcester, a historical town and location of many of throwdowns from yesteryear. We're not at the show tonight, but there's a longshot chance that we make it on Tuesday...
Phish, 12/27/10 DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Set 1: Sample in a Jar, Funky Bitch, Cool It Down, Roggae, Heavy Things, What Things Seem, Roses Are Free, Ice, Mountains in the Mist, Julius

Set 2: Mike's > MOUND > Weekapaug, Farmhouse, Seven Below > What's the Use, 20 Years Later, Velvet Sea, Possum, Cavern, Bowie

Encore: Loving Cup

Sunday, December 26, 2010

old school rare funk and soul mix: Hooptie Dug a Groove In It

Last year our friend racecar made one of our favorite funk and soul mixes - Hooptie Got's Ta Purify! If you missed it you can find it here. She has a knack of finding some really great soul and funk music, some of which you'll be familiar with, but some rare gems too. I don't know about you, but by this time of the Holidaze I'm ready to cleanse myself from too much food and noise from the family.
Download the mix and check out the 23 tracks here.
Artist List
Ann Sexton, Betty Davis, Ruth Brown, Staple Singers, Ike and Tina, Susan Cadogan, Funk Factory, El Riot, Hodges, James & Smith, James Brown, Cougars, Bill Withers, Betty Adams, Hot Chocolate, Lee Dorsey, Mable John, Johnny Goode, Johnny Soul, Derek Martin, Frank Frost, Sweet Inspirations, Viola Wills and Harold Alexander

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tripp Posters - Phish Worcester and MSG NYE

Our buddy Tripp is back with posters for Worcester and MSG. You may want to get these online, especially in New York where there is no lot and its gonna be cold, cold, cold (gonna be coooollllddd!).

Worcester info:
Edition of 200, paper is cotton water color paper, 4 color, hand pulled screen-print, Hand drawn font
10'' x 20''


MSG NYE info:
Edition of 231, paper is cotton water color paper, 5 color, hand pulled screen-print poster
10'' x 22''


Worcester & NYE package - SOLD OUT

Prices include shipping!

Printing of Worcester from TRiPPs Prints on Vimeo.

Merry Christmas....

See everyone at Worcester and MSG!

Merry Christmas from Jerry Claus

The fat man wishes you a very Jerry Merry Christmas to you and yours. May there be Phish and Furthur tickets in your stockings. May the day be filled with joyous noise however you choose to celebrate it.


Lori (aka Irongirl01)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Phried Phish 1997: The Euro Baked Mix

Thanks to Matt, who decided to re-upload an old mix of Euro-Baked Phish from 1997. It's a six-parter with a bunch of killer versions of Ghost.

Click here to download Phried Phish 1997 (Euro Baked)

Here's a blurb from the compiler:
PHRIED PHISH 1997 (Euro-Baked) - A History of the Jams

For me, this was an amazing time to be seeing the band. During my first show of the tour in London I felt like I was seeing them again for the first time -- so much new music and a new vibe. From there things just evolved better and better to my ears with loving all the new songs, but also diggin' on the improvisations we were getting treated to in these small/tiny venues. The last two shows I saw were the Amsterdam gigs, and what a way to finish an amazing ride.

This collection is bookended with what I might consider my two favourite PHISH jams: the Ghost jam on 7/1 to open the set and then the jam from Stash on 7/2 to close. I really enjoy boiling down the gigs to just the jams and listening to the band from this perspective, and hope you dig it too.

- Please excuse some of the edits; I'm obiviously not a professional.
- Each track simply fades-in and fades-out.
- Volume level is inconsistent due to the variety of sources used; some software will allow you to burn at a consistent volume level
- The tracks list the tunes from which the jams were spawned.
- As always, enjoy the grooves!

- Vol. I [of 6] -
1. Ghost [17:31]
---7/1/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2. Jam [4:08]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
3. Chaldust Torture [6:01]
---6/13/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
4. Twist [10:06]
---7/5/1997 Piazza Risorgimento, Cernobbio, Italy
5. Ain't Love Funny [3:33]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
6. Bathtub Gin [14:37]
---7/10/1997 Espace Julien, Marseille, France
7. Stash [14:40]
---6/19/1997 Arena, Vienna, Austria

Total time: 70:42

- Vol. II [of 6] -
1. David Bowie Pt.I [2:43]
---6/14/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
2. I Don't Care [3:58]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
3. Ghost [7:51]
---6/22/1997 WDR Festival Lorey, Koblenz, Germany
4. Free [6:03]
---7/2/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
5. You Enjoy Myself Pt. II [10:49] (w/Trane to Conamarra Jam)
---7/9/1997 Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
6. David Bowie [12:25]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
7. Stand [2:54]
---6/13/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
8. Stash [4:57]
---6/27/1997 Glastonbury Festival - Worthy Farm, Somerset, England
9. Ghost [21:19]
---7/3/1997 Serenadenhof, Nurnberg, Germany
10. Jam [2:26]
---7/2/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Total time: 75:34

- Vol. III [of 6] -
1. Weekapaug Groove [7:54]
---7/2/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2. Funk Lizards Jam [8:40]
---7/10/1997 Espace Julien, Marseille, France
3. Twist [7:27]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
4. Chalkdust Torure [4:14]
---6/27/1997 Glastonbury Festival - Worthy Farm, Somerset, England
5. Simple [6:53]
---7/2/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
6. David Bowie Pt.II [9:29]
---6/14/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
7. Ghost [5:18]
---6/19/1997 Arena, Vienna, Austria
8. You Enjoy Myself [9:57]
---6/29/1997 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
9. Wolfman's Brother [12:41]
---6/24/1997 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
10. Chalkdust Torture [4:56]
---6/21/1997 The Hurricane Festival, Scheesel, Germany

Total time: 77:37

- Vol. IV [of 6] -
1. You Enjoy Myself [12:56]
---7/6/1997 Spiaggia di Rivoltella, Desenzano (Brescia), Italy
2. Ghost [6:22]
---6/16/1997 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
3. Cavern [5:56]
---6/14/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
4. Bathtub Gin [8:22]
---7/1/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
5. Cities Pt.I [1:56]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
6. Ghost [5:06]
---7/9/1997 Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
7. Cities Pt.II [1:23]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
8. Free [9:57]
---6/24/1997 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
9. Wolfman's Brother [8:28]
---6/13/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
10. Twist [14:21]
---6/21/1997 The Hurricane Festival, Scheesel, Germany

Total time: 71:41

- Vol. V [of 6] -
1. Cities Pt. I [5:30]
---7/1/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2. Ghost [4:17]
---6/06/1997 Brad Sands's House, Charlotte, VT
3. Ghost [8:04]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
4. Ghost [13:56]
---6/24/1997 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
5. Free [4:57]
---7/6/1997 Spiaggia di Rivoltella, Desenzano (Brescia), Italy
6. Stand [5:55]
---6/06/1997 Brad Sands's House, Charlotte, VT
7. David Bowie [7:23]
---7/2/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
8. Horn [1:12]
---6/20/1997 Divadlo Archa, Prague, Czech Republic
9. Cities Pt. II [14:46]
---7/1/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Total time: 66:09

- Vol. VI [of 6] -
1. Llama [6:25]
---7/10/1997 Espace Julien, Marseille, France
2. Jam [2:28]
---7/1/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3. Down With Disease [15:03]
---6/13/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
4. Ghost [4:29]
---6/13/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
5. Wolfman's Brother [6:59]
---6/16/1997 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
6. You Enjoy Myself Pt. I [8:22]
---7/9/1997 Le Transbordeur, Lyon/Villeurbanne, France
7. Ghost [4:10]
---7/10/1997 Espace Julien, Marseille, France
8. Free [6:55]
---6/14/1997 S.F.X. Centre, Dublin, Ireland
9. Stash [18:18]
---7/2/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

PS: I am aware Brand Sands' House is NOT in Europe, but it seemed appropriate to include that material here as well.

Click here to download Phried Phish 1997 (Euro Baked)
Thanks to Matt for the re-upload and thanks to every spliced this together!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Free Live Phish Download: Trey at Princeton

Free MP3 download from Trey Anastasio

Recorded 11/18/10 at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Trey Anastasio - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Gregor Kitzis - violin
Maxim Moston - violin
Martha Mooke - viola
Leah Coloff - cello
Kris Saebo - bass

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Poison Tree and Touch of Evil

This video is a pretty cool mixture of old school avant garde film and contemporary music. Nick clued me in about it. He wrote me: "A fan of P-Tree's put together this amazing video with the song "My Only Friend" set to the opening of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil." The effect is incredible: spooky, strange, beautiful."

Spooky indeed. Check it out...

The Poison Tree - "My Only Friend"; Touch of Evil (1958) from Pierre Bonnenuit on Vimeo.

If you want to know more about Poison Tree.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gorillaz - "Crystalised" (The xx Cover) (BBC Radio 1 - Live Lounge)

Harry Christmas from HAL_Masa

Masa is back with another mix! We love Masa, and the humor of "Harry Christmas" is not lost on me. He writes:

Happy Holiday, Joker & whole Coventry Crew,

I'm back w/brand-new You Enjoy My-mix series called "HARRY CHRISTMAS: A Holiday Edition".Made 2 mixes to focus on Harry Hood. Thank you for everything you've given to me this year.
Wish you a Harry Christmas!
Are you gonna go NYE Run? I'll spend time w/Biscuits on DEC.27-29(They invite me!). No Phish this time cause couldn't get any MSG Tix:-(.Anyway if you show up, hope to see you in the City!--

Thanks Masa! We love your mixes. Did you read that? Masa needs MSG Tickets. RED ALERT! GET THIS GUY SOME MSG TICKETS!!! Hes coming all the way from JAPAN. email him and give him your extras HAL_Masa:

Harry Chrismas Mixes

Vol 1:
98/12/31 MSG >
95/12/30 MSG >
03/7/25 Charlotte >
97/12/13 Albany >
09/6/2 Jones Beach >
98/10/17 Shoreline (acoustic)

Vol. 2:
93/3/31 Roseland >
93/12/31 Worcester >
94/10/20 St. Petersburg >
97/11/22 Hampton >
97/12/30 MSG >
03/7/31 Camden >
97/8/17 Limestone:Great Went

# No intro this time.

Thanks for the mixes Masa. And good luck on tickets. Someone out there is gonna get you in!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mike Gordon "Idea" - Live from Studio M

A friend of the blog shot this video of Mike Gordon and his band performing "Idea" for an acoustic series on a local Madison, Wi radio station. Check it out!

Mike Gordon "Idea" - Live from Studio M from Jordan Liebowitz on Vimeo.

Say Cello To Zoe Keating

There are few things in this world that I love more than the sounds of the Cello.
Zoe Keating is one of my new favorite Cello artists. She is a highly accomplished classically trained Cellist/composer who has taken her skills and created her own style and technique of "avant-garde" music. She has played with Imogen Heap, DJ Shadow, and many others. She challenges what the classical world considers to be the correct and only way to play classical music (see her performance of Beethoven 7th symphony, 2nd movement) and "reclaims" it as her own. The piece she is playing above,"Escape Artist", is off her new album "Into Trees." You can download several of her tracks off this album from her official website HERE.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Iggy Pop

An 18 page letter from Iggy Pop outlining in hilarious rambling detail his requirements for a kick ass concert. click here to laugh

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Background Beats - xmas untz edition 2010

If you have any holiday parties coming up, make sure you download this mix. This special edition of Background Beats features DJ Matt J Loya who has made many incredible mixes over the years, but is especially talented in making Christmas mixes that are guaranteed be a big hit at any holiday party.

This mix is one long track, and unfortunately I do not have a track-list, however the mix brings the same downtempo, funky beats that the Background Beats series has always provided, only with a Christmas twist.

MJL Christmas Mix - Matt J. Loya : 1hr:14min



Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Gylne Tider - Let It Be

Scandi ingenuity.

Here's 80s and 90s pop culture icons lip syncing Let It Be.


Monday, December 06, 2010

Hungover Mondays: Whiskey in a Jar

Luke Kelly returns with another installment of Hungover Mondays with an upbeat version of the classic drinking Irish ballad Whiskey in the Jar. I love angry gingers singing songs about getting shitfaced. I dunno if you tied one on this weekend, but if you did, then this song is dedicated to you... and if you not hungover, well, then here's a song to help you commiserate with the fact that it's Monday.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Merry Christmas from Sesame Street!

This album allows me to fully indulge in my nostalgia around the Holiday season. I still have the cassette tape of the old school Sesame crew sharing their renditions of Christmas songs somewhere at my Mom and Dad's house......For all those with little ones and for you big kids, you'll definitely enjoy this!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Tripp Pins

My buddy Tripp has some new Surrender to the Phlow and LLama Mountain pins. Check them out - they are shipping 12.21.10 and are $25 each. Each pin is engraved with Tripp's signature, the Taboot logo, and a number. Order at

NWA Fridays: Straight Outta Compton

It's Friday... which means we're back with a new installment of NWA Fridays. Last week, I discussed the impact of Express Yourself, the first ever NWA video to appear on MTV. This week, we have the song that started it all... Straight Out of Compton... a video so incendiary that the execs at MTV were scared to play it.

"You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge," said Dr. Dre for the preamble to Straight Out of Compton, the opening track on their debut album (on Ruthless Records label) of the same title.

Dre's intro set up the premise -- that we had no clue what really went on in the hood. NWA mission was to spread the truth about their daily plight, especially run-ins with the police who were not shy about their rough house tactics. In March of 1991, when a shocking videotape of Rodney King getting his ass whooped by LAPD made the rounds in the mainstream media, most of America was horrified about what was going on in LA. However, if anyone had been listening to NWA's lyrics, they already knew what was up as far back as 1988, when Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy E laid out the straight dope in Straight Outta Compton.

The opening track is not only an awakening of the stone cold truth of life in Compton, but we also get introduced to the key members of the group in a trio of powerful rap solos as each take a verse: Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E.

From the opening verse, we get a taste of the overpowering presence of Ice Cube from the sheer anger and immediacy in his voice.

"Crazy muthafucker named Ice Cube, from a gang named Niggaz with Attitude...When I'm called off, I got a sawed off... Squeeze the trigger, and bodies are hauled off... You too, boy, if ya fuck with me."

In the video, we get our first glimpse of the menacing Ice Cube -- dressed in all black sporting an black hat with "LA Kings" written in silver script. The logos on the hat would later be blurred out due to copyright infringement, but initial conspiracy theories floated around that suggested the powerful entities at the NHL and NFL did not want their established brands and merchandise be associated with police-hating revolutionaries who glorified gang violence in their lyrics.

The video's back story includes the members of the group getting arrested, then escaping, but eventually getting caught again before they are hauled off by the police.

In your random NWA trivia... British TV director Rupert Wainright (zero relation to Rufus) directed the video for Straight Outta Compton. Slightly odd, but inspiring that a Brit was working closely with the boys in the hood.

Buy Trey's House/The Barn

Trey's house in Vermont, which includes "The Barn", where many Phish albums were recorded, is for sale. This legendary property can be yours for the low, low price of $575,000.

Property Description:

Artist’s delight – serene privacy in this post and beam (1997) main house. Soaring great room with custom fireplace and details. Beautiful wood work. Enjoy the original log home which was married to the structure to produce creative space with fantastic open and screened porches. Lower walkout level with Phish recording studio, which could be yours or a great play area. 2 story barn/garage with full suite, ¾ bath and bedroom above. Horse corral and 2 stable barn.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Background Beats - December, 2010 Edition

Background Beats returns to the normal format this month with the funky downtempo grooves you are used to. Awhile back, someone recommend that I check out some Joey Youngman, so this month I threw a track of his in the mix. Thanks for that recommendation! To everyone else: please feel free to send me recommendations - I LOVE checking out new artists!


01. Slow Roll 77 - Freakniks
02. On The 2nd Floor - Drystar
03. Tatita - Bitman & Roban
04. Peaceful Steps - J. Boogie's Dubtronic Science
05. Sincere - Foreign Exchange
06. Illicity Part 1 - Extended Spirit
07. Gotta Be Love - Joey Youngman
08. President Chimp Toe - Fila Brazillia
09. Janeiro (Chiller Twist Blue Li - Solid Sessions
10. Nothing Can Pull Us Apart - Pilgrims Of the Mind
11. Day Break - Zip Drive
12. All This - Nail
13. Bonus Round - Ming & FS
14. Royal Dragon Sir - Tipper



Background Beats

Live Bait, Vol. 3 Released; Featuring 1 Hour Runaway Jim

The latest batch of free downloads is available! Phish released Live Bait, Vol. 3 which is Worcester-centric and includes selections from shows in 1991, 1993, and 1997. For all of you freaks who go berserk over the infamous one-hour rendition of Runaway Jim, here you go! And before any of you Phish nerds get on my case, I know that the version is only 58:47 and said an hour for simplicity. I mean are you really going to nit pick about 73 seconds?

Live Bait, Vol. 3 Playlist:
1. Countdown/Auld Lang Syne (2:03) - 12/31/93
2. Down with Disease (3:38) - 12/31/93
3. Split Open and Melt (10:06) - 12/31/93
4. Runaway Jim (58:47) - 11/29/97
5. Llama (4:58) - 12/31/91

Click here to download Live Bait, Vol. 3. It's free!
See y'all in Worcester.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

LOST/Phish TShirt Final Sale

I cleaned out my closet and I have a small limited number of the LOST/Phish Tshirts and Hoodies left. These are limited edition, no more will be printed. I only have a few Wolfman's Brotha and Faraday/trapped In Time shirts left- get them while you can.  Let me know if you have any questions - you can email me at or leave a comment.

Larger Pics: Wolfman's Brotha/Desmond Trapped in Time/Faraday Shirt  Hoodie

Jerry Garcia Goes to the U.N.

Len Dell'Amico, former Grateful Dead videographer and director of the film Everything Must Go, recently released a video of Jerry Garcia and members of the Gratefl Dead speaking at the U.N. about climate change.

Here's the video...

Here's an excerpt from Len's recent blog post...
In 1988, Grateful Dead decided to give a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC to help save the rainforest. They asked me to create visuals that would directly address rainforest destruction, to show on the live reinforcement screens hanging above the stage while they played drums/space/Throwing Stones.

While prepping for that, I met Randy Hayes of Rainforest Action Network and other egg-heads and activists who would be the beneficiaries of the concert, and this is how I first learned about climate change in a serious way. It blew my mind.

Members of the Dead gave a press conference at the U.N. to announce the Benefit and to talk about the trouble ahead and raise awareness of ecological issues.

Ever since then, I have been very focused on the issue of climate change, and I've been able to stay involved through my work with a private family foundation that was started by my father-in-law in the 1990's.

Meanwhile, I had been dreaming about making my own "story" film since I can remember--I went to NYU film school--and when I finally had the time and the means to do it, it was clear to me that my film should be about climate change. But far from being serious, the movie is darkly comic and the story is entertaining because I felt that would be the best way to get the message across. The film is called "Everything Must Go."

Garcia's insightful statement at the U.N. press conference never left my mind over all those years--he was a very smart guy, on top of all his other accomplishments. Of all the problems we face, climate change is such a huge and unknowable threat that it must be seen as a priority. If the earth becomes unlivable for us humans, we certainly can't work on any of our other problems.
You can also view the video, along with the trailer for Len's recent film over at

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hungover Mondays: Wild Rover

An old friend of mine had a saying... "Avoid hangovers. Stay drunk."

If you're still recovering from this past weekend of undulgence and over consumption, here's a little hair of the dog for ya. Nothing whips me into shape when I'm wicked hungover on a Monday than listening to a drunken, sullen, angry, ginger with a banjo.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Willie Nelson Pot and Mushroom Bust at US/Mexico Border

In celebrity drug bust news, Willie Nelson was arrested for attempting to smuggle six ounces of mary jane and an unknown amount of magic mushrooms on his tour bus. He was stopped at a border stop near Sierra Blanca, TX (approximately 90 miles southeast of El Paso/Juarez). The inspecting officer smelled weed and yadda yadda yadda...Willie Nelson and two others were arrested. Still unclear if Nelson's tour bus passed over the border, or if they were stopped at a routine checkpoint on the highway. Sources claim that Nelson was en route from California to gig in Austin.

We love that Willie Nelson is in his late 70s, continues to be a huge stoner and big proponent of marijuana. Willie even has a marijuana strain named after him by Dutch growers which won the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam a few years.

However, as much as we love Willie's penchant for weed, we here at Coventry are tour vets and have to call him out for being incredibly stupid on two accounts...
1. Never drive drugs into the US via the Mexico border. Shit, even if he didn't go into Mexico, you have to be a little more careful driving with drugs thisclose to the border.

2. And if you are "riding dirty", it's best to not be smoking weed while going through border patrol.
Well, Willie, I hope you have a good lawyer.

By the way, here's Willie performing Super Man with Snoop Dogg in Amsterdam...

Friday, November 26, 2010

NWA Fridays: Express Yourself

I had an usual work assignment in Compton last week and spent three late nights in the part of Los Angeles synonymous with late 80s-early 90s gang violence. I had re-educated myself with N.W.A., a band that I cranked up so loudly when I was in high school and college that I'm sure I pissed off and/or freaked out the neighbors and more conservative dormmates at my Southern university. Gangsta rap was embraced by Gen-X rebels and feared by the ruling class, and N.W.A. led the music industry-changing tsunami.

N.W.A. (even the name of the group itself was enough to scare the shit out of the Man) became ground zero for controversy in the early 1990s and became the focal point for both artists' censorship and race relations, more specifically police violence against minorities and rampant corruption in Los Angeles.

Anyway, this series kicks off with a song about artistic freedom and individualism. Express Yourself samples the original song of the same name circa 1971 from Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. The NWA version includes funk licks which conjures up soulful 1960s black power and juxtaposes those revolutionary and empowering themes against the daily life of plight in the hood.

Express Yourself was the first ever NWA video to be aired on MTV. It debuted on Yo! MTV Raps, which was the first time that middle America got to see the insanity of Eazy-E. Looking back at this video, I couldn't help but marvel at the burgeoning talent of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, both of whom would eventually split in ensuing years from the group and establish solo careers.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This video has nothing to do with Thanksgiving...except that you should play the Sugar Hill Gang...loudly...if you need to liven things up today.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Girl Talk - All Day (with sample deconstruction)

Regardless of your opinion on the artistic integrity of Gregg Gillis and Girl Talk, his music and shows are about as fun as it gets. His newest album is free (again) and he's supplied a massive list of artists sampled. Many familiar artists to the coventry blog like the Grateful Dead (Casey Jones), Radiohead (Creep and Idioteque) and the Talking Heads (Take Me to the River) to name just a few of the over 300 samples.

My whole post is to bring attention to this website which flashes the actual samples as the songs are being played. Check it out here: alldaysamples

Friday, November 19, 2010

Trey Anastasio Princeton Setlist: Acoustic with Scorchio String Quartet

Trey played an acoustic show backed by the Scorchio String Quartet. He even did his best Page imitation and played piano on three tunes including Wolfman's.
11/18/10 - Trey Anastasio, Princeton, NJ

Set 1: Love Is Freedom, Water in the Sky, Summer of 89, Divided Sky, Greyhound Rising, Bar 17**, Gone**, Brian and Robert, Stash, Flock of Words, Strange Design*, Wolfman's Brother**

Encore: Julie, Let Me Lie

** Trey played Piano
* – featuring Tom Marshall

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Support Coventry Music Blog! Buy Pauly's Book: "Lost Vegas"

Help support Coventry but purchasing my book Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker. This book will be a great stocking stuffer!

Here's Uncle Ted performing a dramatic reading from the chapter that featured the hijinks that the Joker and I got into during Vegoose a few years back...

Buy your copy of Lost Vegas here.

If you're a tech geek, then you can purchase an e-book version for only $10!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Commemorative NYE NYC MSG Token by Jennifer Kahn

Jen is an amazing artist and she created a series of tokens and pendants especially for the Phish NYE's run at MSG in NYC. She will be donating 10% of her proceeds to the Mockingbird Foundation. Some of her stuff would make a great stocking stuffer for the holidays.

Check out Jennifer Khan's jewelery.

Alpine Valley DVD Video: Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan

Here's a taste of a selection from the upcoming 2010 Alpine Valley DVD...

Phish - Alpine Valley 2010 DVD - "Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan" from Phish on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

DJ Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz Vol 1-7

For some this music is old news. For others, it will be a revelation. What is it? The name Mushroom Jazz sums it up very well.

DJ Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz Series Volumes 1 - 7.

Highly recommended if you like Jonas0tto's Background Beats series. Mark Farina is going on tour soon, check out the Mushroom Jazz sets live if you get the chance.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Furthur Cincy Review by Mr. Fabulous

By Mr. Fabulous

Furthur - 11/14/10 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH

Set 1: Dancing in the Streets, Althea, Me and My Uncle, Friend of the Devil, Cold Rain & Snow, Seven Hills of Gold, Birdsong, Promised Land

Set 2: Deal, Sugar Magnolia > Scarlet Begonias > Estimated Prophet > He's Gone > King Solomon's Marbles > Days Between > Fire on the Mountain > Throwin Stones > Sunshine Daydream

E: Samson & Delilah
On Monday, September 27 of this year, Cincinnati enjoyed its best professional sports day in 20 years. The Cincinnati Reds had just clinched the National League Central pennant and were poised to appear in their first post-season since 1995. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals had just spanked the Carolina Panthers to continue their rebound from an embarrassing season-opening loss to New England and improve their record to 2-1. That morning, I logged onto Facebook and posted a note to my peeps: Savor this moment, because it’s all downhill from here.

And so it went. The Reds exploded on the launch pad against the Phillies and were swept in the Division Series. The Bengals—the most ineptly-run franchise in any sports league—reverted to form and have now lost six games in a row. Dreams of a Cincinnati World Series win followed by our first-ever Super Bowl victory turned quickly into nightmares.

As Midwestern cities in particular are largely defined in the public mind by the quality of their pro sports franchises, this reality in large part explains why Cincinnati suffers from such a severe inferiority complex. It also explains why we tend to show visiting bands such a good time—we’re secretly afraid that if we don’t shower them with love, they won’t come back. Our city’s desperate need for validation is the main reason why Phish, for example, loves to play here and always throws down with high-energy shows. We demonstrate our appreciation with thunderous, clinging, utterly abject and debasing adulation.

So when Furthur rolled into town on a brisk November Sunday, there was every chance that the Cincy crowd would do its part to show Phil, Bobby and the boys a good time. I hooked up with the Cincy wing of the extended Coventry family, Iggy and G-Money, and after a quick pit stop at G’s favorite O’Bryanville pub, we made our way to US Bank arena. We had last visited that storied venue during Phish’s two smoking 2009 shows, and we were looking forward to getting our white-boy grooves on again.

Going in, each of us had varying expectations for the show. While he’s become a raging Phish-head, Iggy has always kept a comfortable distance from the Grateful Dead and was simply taking one for team. G-Money is a Deadhead from way back in the Pleistocene Epoch and was chomping at the bit to see his heroes for what may prove to be their swan song tour.

As for me, my first jamband show of any type was the Grateful Dead show at Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in Las Vegas on May 30, 1992. That day literally changed my life: it saw both my first Dead show and my first acid trip, and I’ve spent the rest of my life since then trying to recreate that experience. My last Bobby and Phil sighting happened at a Deer Creek Dead show in 2004. It was something of a train wreck, with Mickey Hart singing like a pig stuck in a washing machine and Warren Hayne’s inflicting “Desperado” on an unsuspecting crowd. This Furthur show could be my last chance to recapture some of that Vegas magic.

And magical it was. We scored primo seats, six rows up from the floor right next to the stage, close enough to count the whiskers in Bobby’s beard. The sound was mostly spot-on, although we couldn’t hear Bobby in the mix and we wondered if the roadies no longer bothered to plug him in. The stage set-up was low-key, the lights unobtrusive, which left the focus of the show on the music. The boys opened with a tight, high-octane Dancin’, and we were off and running. I leaned over to Iggy and warned him that every song would sound like “Ocelot,” which turned out to be mostly true.

Now G-Money, who is wise in such matters, claims that this incarnation of the Dead experience is the best he’s heard in ten years. Based on what I saw, I have no cause to disagree. Surrounding themselves with younger, veteran talent like Jeff Chimenti and Joe Russo keeps the music fresh and on point, forcing Bobby and Phil to focus on the business at hand. And John Kadlecik, or “Fake Jerry” as he will forevermore be known, is a revelation. He doesn’t so much imitate Jerry as channel his spirit; after 12 years in the minor leagues with the Dark Star Orchestra, he’s finally been called up to the Show, and he acts like he belongs here.

First set highlights included a blissful Cold Rain and Snow and a slamming Promised Land that had the Cincy crowd, a motley combination of millennial chippies, chrome-domed middle-aged accountants and acid-damaged pensioners, pogoing all around the two-thirds full venue. There were no clunkers at all in the first set, really; even the new Robert Hunter-penned Seven Hills of Gold slipped right into the set like a visit from an old friend.

The boys came right back out swinging in Set II with a raucous Deal that slipped like butter into Scarlet Begonias. I was disappointed that the standard Scarlet > Fire combo didn’t materialize, because it was that very combo that first blew my mind in Las Vegas 18 years ago and made me a fan for life. But the band came around full circle to Fire after a prolonged detour centered on an amazing King Solomon’s Marbles that was the closest approximation of a mothership sighting we would witness all night. Fire is my favorite Dead song, and to hear it again with Phil and Bobby nearly close enough to touch was a true moment of grace.

I’d give you the obligatory caveats here, but there really weren’t any—Phil sounded amazing, Chimenti smoked the keys, Russo kept the place rocking and Bobby seemed energized by the crowd. Even Iggy walked away impressed. The only downside to the evening was a 19 year-old Nazi-wannabe security guard who harassed our section the entire night and prevented us from smoking down, and the guy in the john who spilled his beer on me while I was taking a piss. Of course, I turned around in surprise while in mid-stream and pissed on his shoes, so I got the better end of that deal.

If anything was missing, it was something most likely unrecoverable: That sense of being in the presence of the Divine. Maybe it was Jerry, maybe it was the drugs, but a Grateful Dead show back in the day was church for a lot of people. The band’s ability to tap into the eternal groove and deliver transcendence at will is something that none of us are likely to experience again. What Furthur delivers is a good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll show, built on some of the greatest songs in American popular music. That was enough to send the crowd home happy and satiated. All told, it was a triumphant return to the Queen City for our old friends from San Francisco. The Cincy crowd lived up to billing and gave the band the warm, high-energy group hug it deserved. Our sports teams may suck, but we haven’t forgotten how to have a good time.

Mr. Fabulous is a writer and film reviewer from Cincinnati, OH. Follow him on Twiiter (@fabulous65).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Prince :: Loring Park Sessions 1977

Get ready for some FUNK! This is Prince at age 19, and is funky as hell.  You absolutely MUST download this. Prince, Andre Cymone And Bobby Z Recorded instrumentals in the rehearsal room of Owen Husney's Loring Park office. They sound like well-crafted compositions rather than spur-of-the-moment jams. The tracks feature keyboards (Prince), Bass (Andre), Drums (Bobby Z).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Aloe Blacc

Last night I got my Soul Train on with Aloe Blacc in Denver. Mr. Blacc is a modern day soul singer heavily inspired by legends like Marvyn Gaye, Al Green and Bill Withers. I learned last night that Soul Music is about two things: Love and Happiness. Aloe also said that Reggae is Soul Music for Jamaicans. If he comes to your town, its definitely worth checking out.

Check out these videos - I got to hear him do his version of Billie Jean in his performance last night.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You Enjoy My Mix - Phall 2010 Set III (photo by Brantley Gutierrez © phish 2010)

Masa is back today with Set 3....enjoy!

Halloween Intro2 >
Ghost Jam 10/26 Manchester >
Tweezer Jam 10/23 >
Sand Jam 10/29 AC#1 >
Stash Jam 10/31 AC#3 >
Mike's Song Jam 10/10 Broomfield #1 >
Down With Disease Jam 10/15 Charleston#1 >
Ocelot Jam 10/22 Providence >
Light Up Or Leave Me Alone Jam 10/29 AC#1 >
Loving Cup Jam 10/22 Providence >
Funky Bitch Jam 10/22 Providence >
Rock And Roll Jam 10/22 Providence >
Gotta Jibboo Jam 10/31 AC#3 >
Character Zero Jam 10/31 AC#3 >
Tweezer Reprise 10/30 AC#2


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

You Enjoy My Mix: Phall 2010 Set II (photo by Ryan Mastro © Phish 2010)

You Enjoy My Mix - Phall 2010 Set II
Halloween Intro 1 >
Harry Hood Jam - 10/23 Amherst #1 >
Slave To The Traffic Light Jam - 10/20 Utica >
Gotta Jibboo - 10/11 Broomfield #2 >
Bathtub Gin Jam - 10/19 Augusta >
Limb By Limb Jam - 10/16 Charleston #2 >
Run Like An Antelope Jam - 10/15 Charleston #1 >
A Song I Heard Ocean The Sing Jam - 10/26 Manchester >
Maze Jam - 10/23 Amherst #1 >
Crosseyed And Painless Jam - 10/16 Charleston #2 >
The Moma Dance Jam - 10/10 Broomfield #1 >
Possum Jam - 10/26 Manchester >
Simple Jam>Makisupa Policeman> Night Nurse>
Makisupa Policeman - 10/26 Manchester >
Divided Sky - 10/31 AC #3


Monday, November 08, 2010

You Enjoy My Mix Phall 2010 Set 1

Guess who is back with another mix? Thats right! Your favorite Japhan Hal Masa is back with another series of seamless mixes taken from Phish Fall Tour 2010. Today we debut Set 1:

Zeppelintro >
Reba (Manteca tease) - 10/19 Augusta >
Split Open And Melt Jam > Have Mercy >
Piper Jam (Birds Of A Feather tease) > Split Open And Melt - 10/20 Utica >
2001 - 10/16 Charleston #2 >
Carini Jam - 10/22 Providence >
Stash Jam - 10/24 Amherst #2 >
David Bowie Intro (Guyute tease) > David Bowie Jam (Guyute tease/Wilson tease) - 10/20 Utica >
46 Days Jam - 10/12 Broomefield #3 >
Chalk Dust Torture Jam>Whole Lotta Love>Chalk Dust Torture - 10/30 AC #2 >
Tweezer Jam>Heartbreaker>Rumble On>Thank You>Tweezer Jam >Stairway to Heaven - 10/30 AC #2

Stay tuned for Sets 2 and 3 this week ~ Masa has been working hard and has plenty of Phish Fall Tour Jams coming your way!
Missed the earlier mixes? You Enjoy My Summer Mixes download link

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

A halcyon is a mythical bird—often identified as a kingfisher—said to breed in a floating nest at sea during the winter solstice, during which time it charms the wind and waves into calm. The term originates from the Greek myth of Alcyone. In popular use, it can also mean to harken back to an earlier time, remembered as idyllic.
Deerhunter's new release Halcyon Digest has been getting some steady play around the various listening devices of some coventry bloggers. Bradford Cox, the creative force behind Deerhunter and Atlas Sounds had this to say about the album title:
"The album's title is a reference to a collection of fond memories and even invented ones, like my friendship with Ricky Wilson or the fact that I live in an abandoned victorian autoharp factory. The way that we write and rewrite and edit our memories to be a digest version of what we want to remember, and how that's kind of sad."
Deerhunter is firmly in the indie rock vein, but they do stretch boundaries within that genre. Check out semi-high quality video from a recent show below.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Phish Alpine Valley DVD

You are probably aware by now that Phish is releasing a DVD set of their 2010 Alpine Valley shows. Dr. Pauly was at the shows and you can re-live the action or preview the DVDs by reading his recaps:
Alpine Valley Night #1 Recap: The Circus Comes to Wisconsin

Alpine Valley Night #2 Recap: The Mothership Returns

And check out the sample videos:

Down with Disease



Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Exit/In, Nashville, TN - 10/31/2010

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry to inform you, but Grace Potter and The Nocturnals will not be performing tonight.”

That was the news the crowd got at Exit/In on Halloween night as the band was supposed to be coming out to play. The air in the room sank and a few people actually began to gather their things and head for the exits as the man on stage continued his speech. “We’ll be giving out refunds here tonight, or you can get them at your local TicketBastard outlet,” he said, “but we did find a suitable replacement act to play for you tonight. So please join me in welcoming the Nashville Country All-Stars!”

Anyone who was on the way out the door and didn’t bother to turn around missed out on the gag: Grace Potter and The Nocturnals in full Halloween costume as some of the most recognizable musicians in Nashville’s storied musical history. I hadn’t counted on seeing Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and Billy Ray Cyrus on stage that night, much less to see the players keep character as solidly as The Nocturnals did. Potter maintained her Parton accent all night long and charmed the crowd with witty banter when she wasn’t belting out GPN tunes in her own unmistakable, soulful voice.
One of the best aspects of the show was the band’s departure from its own repertoire to honor the characters they played. “It’s time to play one of my old songs,” Grace remarked in her Dolly voice before launching into Parton’s classic “Jolene,” all her on the acoustic guitar for two minutes before the band joined her for a raucous finish. The band also played Cline’s classic “I’ve Loved and Lost Again,” and Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart," though thankfully they saved the latter for the encore.

The band plays Dolly Parton's "Jolene" (video by YouTube user ssram331)

After a near-perfect rendition of Jennings’ outlaw country classic “Luckenbach, Texas,” though, came one of the night's truly unforgettable moments. The band’s tour manager came out dressed as a security guard, looking for people who “hadn’t even bothered trying” to dress up for Halloween. He brought a couple up to the stage and asked them what they had to say for themselves; the man grabbed the mic and said, “Well, all I can say is that Jennifer, I love you -” and the rest of his speech was drowned out by the crowd’s approval as he went down on one knee, ring in hand, and asked for her hand in marriage. “She said yes!” he told us before heading backstage to watch as the band played Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” - the only non-Nashville cover of the night - in their honor.

Of course, the night wasn’t all covers. Long-time fans had plenty to please them, from “Joey” and “Apologies” early in the set to “Ah Mary,” “Ragged Company” and “Big White Gate” in the middle, all the way through to the full band on drums at the end of “Nothin’ But The Water.” As the show drew to a close, the new fans got their taste of “Medicine” and “Paris (Ooh La La),” the latter of which will be getting a ton of airplay on VH1 throughout the month of November. All through the set I was impressed by how tight the band was - not everyone has it in them to play so well on the last night of a tour, but Grace & Co. didn’t miss a note all night.

For someone less than familiar with the band’s three studio discs, this was a great introduction. The choice of covers ingratiated the band with its Music City audience, and it was clear from watching them that they have an absolute blast doing what they do for a living. It’s doubtful they’ll play Halloween in Nashville again, but whenever they roll through town I’ll be looking forward to catching them again.

(Cross-posted to

The Lefsetz Letter

Music industry guru Daniel Lefsetz blogged about Little Feat, Leppelin and Phish...

I don’t care whether you download the original or Phish’s rendition of "Waiting For Columbus", but just know that when you’re ready there’s a treasure trove of juicy greatness ready to satiate your aural taste buds. That’s the modern music world. It’s not about hits, it’s about LAND MINES! Just ready to explode and change your life when you least expect it!

Great music is supposed to infect you, make you unable to walk away, never mind turn it off. It doesn’t compete with movies or television. The only thing that can equate with great tunes is sex."

Thanks to Fink for the LINK

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Phish | 10.30.10 | Tweezer → Heartbreaker → Ramble On → Thank You → Stairway to Heaven

HalloWEEN - Broomfield CO First Bank Center 10/31/2010

I am all out of vacation time for 2010 and had to stay local for Halloween. Ween played at the 1stBank Center (the same place Phish played earlier in the month) and I had a crazy psychedelic evening.
Check out this review at the Westword. They describe the show much better than I can. This sums it up:

The scene captured the sheer surrealism of Ween's Halloween show at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield: Toward the end of the band's three-hour performance, Mickey Melchiondo -- aka Dean Ween -- belted out "The Blarney Stone" with gusto, his vocals unencumbered by the massive bunny head sitting atop his shoulders. He adjusted the huge furry headpiece in between singing verses and playing lead guitar; at one point, he commented simply, "Funny bunny."

Listen/Download at Archive

Halloween Photo Dump

Here are a few of my favorite pics that I took on Halloween...