Friday, April 30, 2010

MIX: Background Beats Vol. 2

Background Beats is a series of compilations featuring deep grooves that blend elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and chillout.

track. song - artist

01. Orange Park - Stardelay
02. Soul Vibration - J-Walk
03. Skydiving - Arkestra One
04. Tamarindio (Thievery Corp. Remix) - Ocote Soul Sounds And Adrian Quesada
05. Smooth - Alex Cortiz
06. Golden Touch (Connie Price Mix) - Blue States
07. Can't Stand Still - Raul Ramirez
08. Skyscraper - Kinobe
09. The People vs. Life - Steady Wisdom
10. Free (Free For All Mix) - Kevin Yost
11. Trouble From The River - Quantic
12. Chopsticks - J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science
13. Blue Grassland - Soulstance
14. Hells Rarebit - Fila Brazillia


Looking for the original Background Beats?

Get it HERE.

Still need more? Be sure to check out the Pandora station: Background Beats - 24 hours of non-stop electronic chillout beats.

PHiSH scalper gets mock owned

Hilarious video of a call to craigslisting scalper (from Philly).. "I'm never gonna go see Phish again"

Hat tip to YEMblog and PTer milktrey

Festival 8 Montage

In honor of the Phish 3D movie officially opening today, here's a video that I shot during Festival 8. Enjoy the montage...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Unhappy Hipsters and Phish

One of my favorite sites is Unhappy Hipsters. Well, I was floored last week when I came across a post where they made a Phish reference. Kinda lame joke compared to their usual snark, but I was pumped to see it...

Hiring her unemployed Phishhead brother to design and build their first home turned out to be an incredibly expensive shortcut.
Check out more Unhappy Hipsters here.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Phish 3D Movie Clip - Undermind

Here's a bit of Undermind from the Phish 3D flick...

The Phish & Jimmy Fallon

It's official. Phish will be stopping by Jimmy Fallon's show on May 13th during his Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. themed-week. Fallon will be having an eclectic mix of performers that week including Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, and Green Day.

Set those DVRs. Time to start booking bets on what they will be performing...

Bootsy Collins: Lessons in Funk, Lessons in Life

Bootsy Collins is the funk master. In this clip, he teaches bass players how to play the funk. His formula is so simple and concise, which is why he's a genius. But, if you listen closely, Bootsy isn't necessarily giving you musical advice... he's giving you lessons on how to live life.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Video - Things I Never Needed

Here's Grace. Sweet sweet Grace. This is a tune off of their new album...


If you haven't heard, in b is guaranteed to blow your mind

Simple and effective time wasting bliss.

Special thanks to Megan in Pflugerville, Texas for originally pointing this out.

Galactic - Heart of Steel

Galactic has a new video that has put me in a great mood as I head to New Orleans for Jazz Fest...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Phish - Loving Cup 10/31/2009

Umphrey's McGee: UM Bowl

Even if you aren't that familiar with Umphrey's music, I think everyone who reads this blog can appreciate Umphrey's sense of humor and effort they make at having special events for their fans. This past weekend Umphrey's hosted the "UM Bowl", a event in Chicago focusing on improvisation.

Check out the video for the UM Bowl intro:

There are more videos on their official blog, The Floor. Funny stuff- I especially liked "The Office".

Scotty B has a great recap over at Hidden Track.

Coventry's Weekly Round Up: Background Beats, LOST, and Jacob Jones

In case you missed it, here's the best of last week's content including a guest post from Spaceman...
Mix: Background Beats
Jacob Jones at the Basement in Nashville
Wakarusa - Festival of Summer
LOST : The Last Recruit
Jazz Fest Links & Mix
Phish 3D Movie Review
4:20 Day Video - Entourage & the Sherpa

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Intro Poker Music and Phish's Last Supper at Coventry

I wrote a post on Tao of Poker yesterday listing the Top 5 songs that I'd use as intro music if I ever made a final table of a high profile televised poker tournament. Phish made my top 5... specifically Down With Disease. The rest of my list includes tunes from Curtis Mayfield, Beastie Boys, Girl Talk, and Beck.

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And my buddy the Poker Shrink posted a link about 50 different versions of the Last Supper using pop culture figures. The boys made the list. Funny ass Coventry version of the Last Supper.

Friday, April 23, 2010

MIX: Background Beats

Here is the first batch of downtempo chillout beats under the new "Background Beats" series. This series of music will feature downtempo electronic music with elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and chllout lounge - great for putting on at the house while self medicating, cleaning, taking a dump, reading, socializing, or all of the above. Although many of the artists featured in this series will not be familiar to the casual electronic listener, roll the dice and take a listen.

track/song - artist

1. Out of the Darkness - As One
2. The Incident - Urbs
3. Chase Me - Hexstatic
4. Azona Pop - Cybophonia
5. Ref Lecktiere - Soehngen
6. Magnus Buchan - Seafoam
7. Carborante - 9 Lazy 9
8. Mystery God - Fat Jon
9. Track 21 - J.Rocc
10. Divine Sounds - Rae & Christian
11. Warning - Tussle
12. 2%Er - Williamson
13. Scorpio Rising - Thunderball


If you like what you hear, make sure you check out the Pandora station: Background Beats - 24 hours of non-stop electronic chillout.

Jacob Jones @ The Basement, Nashville, 4.15.10

Jacob Jones, co-founder of Electric Western Records and Nashville resident for the last year or so, refers to himself as a folk musician. I’m not big on labels, but if you’re going to use them “folk” appeals to me more than the modern moniker “Americana.” Purists might cry, but if you’re a label purist you’ve got bigger problems than what a guy like Jacob Jones chooses to call himself. At any rate, in this case “folk” really means “American” - influenced by all the sounds unique to our culture, regardless of genre. In Jones’ guitar-and-harmonica style you can see more than a little bit of early Bob Dylan, but the influence of later American songsmiths like Bruce Springsteen and Townes Van Zandt melds with the older ghosts into a package that’s more than the sum of its parts.

The Basement in Nashville was the perfect location for the CD Release party last week spotlighting Jones’ new disc, Bound For Glory. The ceilings in the 8th Avenue South venue are low and the people in attendance are, in contrast to some other places in this record-company town, at a decibel level somewhere below the music itself. The room is on the smallish side but still gives you some room to move around, lending a feel of homey intimacy that’s well-suited to a man who spends much of his time on the road and, on this particular night, complementing the quieter moments that Jones put on offer for his audience.

Jones opened his set with one of those quiet moments, stepping on the stage with his guitar and getting down to business with “A Stranger In Your Town.” “I’ll bet you’d never guess who I am, I’m a stranger in your land,” sang Jones, and on most nights he’d be right - he spends longer on the road in a year than the average person does in a lifetime, logging stage time in one small heartland town before packing up the truck and heading off to the next destination. But with his band of all-star Nashville players in tow - Drew Belk on pedal steel, Bob Grant on mandolin, Steve Latanation on drums and Jeremy Darrow on upright bass - there was no doubt that Jones is far from an unknown quantity around these parts.

Jacob Jones and Molly McClary on "Bonnie & Clyde" (Photo: Jason Kirk)

There were more low-key numbers in the set after the opener - most memorably “Bonnie & Clyde” and “Lost On the Ohio,” both sung as duets with Jones’ girlfriend and collaborator Molly McClary - but the show wasn’t all quiet and tender. Stompers like “The Blues Ain’t Got Nothing On You,” “So Long Woman” and a raucous, countrified cover of The Beatles’ “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” complete with Belk’s pedal steel in place of the slinky lead guitar track, kept the evening’s tempo from becoming too predictable. The up-and-down rhythm of the set made its 12 songs breeze by in no time.

Just before launching into “Slave to the Grave,” Jones told the audience that this would be the last song of the night. “And none of that bullshit where we put our stuff away and then come back,” he said. True to form, he kept his promise. But the instruments didn’t come off right away. Jones lingered onstage with the band, as if his feet wanted to go but he couldn’t bear to leave the place where he belongs. Eventually he came to a compromise: we can leave, feet, but we’ve got to do this again at the first opportunity. Luckily for him, the road is a way of life rather than an obligation and that opportunity is never more than a day away.

Wakarusa - Festival of the Summer

Photo by Rich Anderson

Yesterday Wakarusa released their schedule and I pulled the trigger on going. I think this will be the festival of the summer. The schedule looks incredible, with music going until 7 or 8 in the morning. Wakarusa is June 3-6 in Mulberry Mountain, Arkansas.

I LOVE summer festivals when the sun goes down, and I think Wakarusa delivers. With woooomp woooommmmp music going past sunrise, there will be special experiences you can only get at at camping festival. Check out what I am stoked to see from looking at the schedule:

Robert Randolph & the Family Band (8:30 - 10:00)
Disco Biscuits (10:30 - 12:30)
The Machine (PINK FLOYD LAZER SHOW)(12:00 - 2:30am)
Lotus(12:50 - 2:15am)
BoomBox(2:45 - 4:00am)
Kraak & Smaak(4:15 - 5:30am)
MiMosa (5:30 - 7:00am)

ALO (6:30 - 8:00pm)
Umphrey's McGee (7:45 - 10:00pm)
STS9 (10:45 - 12:45am)
Bassnectar (12:30 - 2:00am)
EOTO (1:35 - 3:05am)
Tea Leaf Green (2:30 - 4:00am)
Tipper (5:30 - 7:00am)

The Black Keys (5:30 - 7:00pm)
Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa (7:30 - 9:00pm)
Widespread Panic (9:45 - 12:45am)
Umphrey's McGee (12:30 - 2:00am)
Ott (3:15 - 4:30am)
Mark Farina (3:45 - 5:30am)
Bluetech (5:30 - 7:00am) - if im still standing, this will be the yoga sunrise set!


Combine this schedule with beautiful private land in the Ozarks, I think this is going to be an EPIC summer festival experience. We are flying into Tulsa, renting a car and will be there Thurs > Sunday afternoon. See you there!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2010 Links and Mix

I decided on a whim to go out to the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz festival this year. I am really excited about the trip. I plan on catching Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule and Pearl Jam at the festival. Late night show possibilities for me include Galactic, Greyboy All Stars, N. Mississippi All Stars, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic w/Murph (sts9), Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, New Mastersounds, Garage a name a few.

Yesterday I discovered there are a couple of cool iPhone apps out there to help you with your schedule. One is free- the New Orleans Jazz Festival daytime schedule. The app has maps of the fairgrounds and you can customize your schedule. I also downloaded the Fest At Night App - it incorporates maps, phone numbers and start times for all the night club shows. Its an app that costs $2.99 but as a traveler from out of town I'll feel good getting in a cab or walking somewhere and being able to find how LOST I am on Google Maps.

Here are some links I have found useful:

Jazz Fest First Weekend Guide -

Second Weekend Jazz Fest Late Night Grids

Scoop on Jazz Fest Food

Read Pauly's thoughts on New Orleans and check out Treme.

Fantastic Hullabaloo - Taboot Art Party + Poster Show

Jam Base Survival Guide

New Orleans Mix
Bizzump this bitch to get yo' ass shakin' good and proper.

Courtesy of the late, great Boodrow...posted by Enkidu on

Disc 1:

01. Big Chief - Professor Longhair
02. Cabbage Alley - The Meters
03. Junco Partner - James Booker
04. Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups
05. Yes We Can Can - Lee Dorsey
06. Hey Pocky A-Way - The Meters
07. Handa Wanda - Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians
08. Carnival Time - Al Johnson
09. Mardi Gras Jig - The Bluerunners
10. Tipitina - Professor Longhair
11. Blues for Ben - Stanton Moore
12. Huey Smith Medley - Dr. John
13. Mardi Gras Mambo - The Meters
14. Sew, Sew, Sew - The Wild Magnolias
15. Mardi Gras Day - Dr. John
16. Bosco Stomp - The Red Stick Ramblers
17. Cissy Strut - The Meters
18. Look-Ka Py Py - The Meters
19. Zydeco Gris-Gris - Pine Leaf Boys
20. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair

Disc 2:

01. Walking To New Orleans - Fats Domino
02. The Second Line - Stop, Inc.
03. Funky Miracle - The Meters
04. Bon Ton Roulet - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow
05. Brother John/Iko Iko - The Neville Brothers
06. Talkin' 'Bout New Orleans - The Meters
07. Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
08. Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
09. Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns
10. I Like It Like That - Chris Kenner
11. Ooh Poo Pah Doo - Jessie Hill
12. Night People - Lee Dorsey
13. Down South In New Orleans - The Band (w/ Bobby Charles)
14. Here Come the Girls - Ernie K-Doe
15. Made In The Shade - The Red Stick Ramblers
16. Soul Second Line - Papa Grows Funk
17. Ain't Nothin' But A Party - Dirty Dozen Brass Band
18. They All Ask'd For You - The Meters
19. Zydeco Mardi Gras - Pine Leaf Boys
20. Do Whatcha Wanna - Rebirth Brass Band
21. When The Saints Go Marching In - Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Theresa Andersson

Will you be in NOLA for Jazz Fest? Do you have any recommendations for me? Please let us know!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

LOST: The Last Recruit

I saw the Phish 3D movie on Tuesday so I was behind watching LOST. Ryan put together this awesome setlist:

Geronimo Jackson, April 20, 2010
Set one (On Island): Who Are You (1) > Second Skin (2), Austin Powers Theme (3), What Would You Say? (4), Reunited (5), I’m On a Boat (6) > All Apologies (7) > I Go Swimming (8)

Set Two (Off Island): Ambulance (9), Land Down Under (10), Simple Twist of Fate (11), Shakedown (12), I Remember You (13)

Encore: Running with the Devil (14)

(1) The Who; Jack and Locke
(2) Widespread Panic; Jack and Locke
(3) Quincy Jones; Zoe with “Who does #2 work for” stage banter
(4) Dave Matthews Band; Desmond and Sayid
(5) Peaches and Herb; Sun and Jin
(6) The Lonely Island; Ensemble
(7) Nirvana; Jack and Sawyer
(8) Peter Gabriel; Jack
(9) TV on the Radio; Locke and Sun
(10) Men at Work; Kate and Sawyer
(11) Bob Dylan; Claire, Desmond, Jack, and Miss Verdansky (Ilana)
(12) Bob Seger; with “everybody walks into the garden hose” alternate lyrics
(13) Skid Row; Locke and Jack
(14) Van Halen; Locke and Jack

Head over to Hidden Track to get Ryan's recap and join the discussion!

Phish 3D Review

I enjoyed myself last night at the 4:20 showing of the Phish 3D movie in Denver. In our theater most people stayed seated and the experience was pretty chill. I would have enjoyed more behind the scenes shots and some scenes of crowd costumes and campsites, but overall I enjoyed the performances.

The best write-up I have read today is by Luke Sachs over at Hidden Track- be sure to check it out.

I ran across this review video (via @yemblog)- the host has probably not seen Phish but some of the interviews and clips from the movie are entertaining.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Exclusive "Phish 3D" movie Suzy clip!

I love how excited Trey is in the clip!

The Joker and I will be attending tonight's show. We'll be updating everyone on the lot scene and setlist via Twitter!

4:20 Day Video - Entoruage & the Sherpa

Viva Johnny Drama!

Monday, April 19, 2010


magicgravy is Dan Lebowitz from ALO on Guitar, Garrett Sayers on bass and Dave Watts on drums from the Motet. The three of them play some of the funkiest guitar improv grooves I have ever heard. I caught them play Friday night after moe. and Al Schnier from moe. sat in on guitar. There were about 40 people in the room and I was in the right place at the right time. I was blown away. I like them so much I'm driving to Boulder on a Monday night to see them again. All three are amazing, but Garrett Sayers has to be the greatest non-famous bass player on the planet.

Listen to the recording of the Friday 4/16/2010 here. I recommend the 52 minute jazzy funky exploration of JanJan w/Al.

Become a fan of Magic Gravy on Facebook.

magicgravy from the Fox Theater in Boulder 7/15/2009

Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc from Coachella

This performance looks amazing...I still wonder if Gorillaz do real drugs or cartoon drugs...

Coventry's Weekly Round Up: Phish-araoke, DJ Granny Ruth, LOST, De La Soul Is Dead, and Medical Shrooms

Here's what you missed last week! Don't forget the deadline for the Phish-araoke contest is Tuesday at Midnight!
Phish-arakoe Contest
DJ Granny Ruth Flowers
LOST: Everyone Loves Hugo
Insane Clown Posse - Miracles
Medicinal Psilocybin?
New Widespread Panic Tracks
Great Albums: De La Soul Is Dead

Sunday, April 18, 2010


If you haven't seen the first episode of Treme then what are you waiting for? Created by the team who brought you The Wire, HBO has a brand new series called Treme which takes place three months after Katrina. I'm not an avid TV watcher, but I was impressed with Treme and can't wait until the next episode.

If you like the funky and soulful side of New Orleans, then check it out.

Rebirth and Elvis Costello (non-playing) made cameos in the first episode. Galactic is in tonight's episode.

Here's a couple of trailers...

If you want more info on Treme, you should read a Salon article by Billy Sothern.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Coventry's Phish-araoke

Did you ever want to be a rock star? Do you sing along to Phish songs waaaaay too much? Do you have an American Idol fetish? Are you just a whore for attention?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, then you should become a contestant in Coventry's Phish-araoke Contest. It's so simple...
1. We pick a Phish song.
2. You record a video of you singing it.
3. Send us a link to your uploaded You Tube video.
4. The best cover gets a LOST lot t-shirt AND gets their video posted on Coventry.
Anyone can enter. The contest ends at Midnight PT on Tuesday 4/20. Leave the URL link to your video of Get Back on the Train into our comments section or shoot us an email.

We'll announce a winner next Friday. The crew at Coventry will be the judges. We do accept bribes, heady bribes, by the way.

Now that we got all the ground rules out of the way, it's time to pick a song. Please send us your best version of... Get Back on the Train.

Best of luck.

Photo credit: QXZ

The Vilagers Home Sessions

I've been digging The Villagers, a band from Dublin, especially their frontman Conor J. O'Brien. Here's Conor performing in the "home sessions" which is exactly what it suggests...

For more info and European tourdates on The Villagers... visit them on Facebook.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

LOST: Everyone Loves Hugo

Another great episode! I have a strange craving for some fried chicken. Here is the setlist this week:

Geronimo Jackson, April 13, 2010

Set one (On Island): TNT (1), Heal the World (2), Is There Anybody Out There (3), Excitable Boy (4), Wishing Well (5)

Set Two (Off Island): Rosalita > Incident on 57th St. (6), Back at the Chicken Shack (7), Cuckoo’s Nest (8) > Day Tripper (9) > Elizabeth, I Love You (10)

Encore: Concrete Schoolyard (11) > Pancake (12)

(1) AC/DC; Ilana
(2) Michael Jackson; Hurley with special guest Michael
(3) Pink Floyd; Hurley
(4) Warren Zevon; Random Smiling Boy (possibly a young Jacob)
(5) Terence Trent D’Arby; Locke and Desmond
(6) Bruce Springsteen; Hurley and his mom, Hurley eats at Spanish Johnny’s restaurant
(7) Jimmy Smith; Hurley and Des
(8) Yonder Mountain String Band; Libby and Hurley
(9) The Beatles; Libby and Hurley
(10) Michael Jackson; Libby and Hurley
(11) Jurassic 5; Desmond and Ben Linus
(12) Tori Amos; Desmond, Ben, and Locke

I am of the opinion that Desmond ran over Locke to give him a near death experience and make him remember the island. Some people are chatting about Desmond wanting revenge, but with Desmond's experiences last week I just don't see revenge as a part of his character now. With Ben there too we could have a situation set up were Locke is rushed to the Hospital, Dr. Linus by his side, and guess who operates on Locke and remembers everything? Jack.

I also think that Desmond can see what happens/is happening/happened in both timelines, brotha. Flocke pushed him into the well, but I think it is Desmond who is outplaying Flocke in the chess match of the island. Desmond is right over a pocket of electromagnetic energy- exactly where he is supposed to be.

Did anyone else catch the Seinfeld reference at the awards ceremony? Costanza is proud.

Can't wait for next week's episode, but I am sad I will miss it live. I will be at the 4/20 premier of the Phish 3D movie in Denver.

As always, head over to Hidden Track and join the discussion with Ryan and I. Don't forget there are still some LOST + Phish t-shirts left!

Insane Clown Posse - Miracles (How do magnets work?)

Is this video a spoof? ICP with rainbows? Seriously? Either way, im thinking about getting spun and hanging out in the Red Rocks lot for some people watching when ICP comes to Colorado next month.

Medicinal Psilocybin?

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This New York Times article details a recent study where patients suffering from depression are treated with psilocybin. Many participants report a positive, life changing experience.

Choice cut:

In interviews, Dr. Martin and other subjects described their egos and bodies vanishing as they felt part of some larger state of consciousness in which their personal worries and insecurities vanished. They found themselves reviewing past relationships with lovers and relatives with a new sense of empathy.

“It was a whole personality shift for me,” Dr. Martin said. “I wasn’t any longer attached to my performance and trying to control things. I could see that the really good things in life will happen if you just show up and share your natural enthusiasms with people. You have a feeling of attunement with other people.”

Check the full article by John Tierney

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Widespread Panic Tracks

Widespread Panic has an upcoming release titled Dirty Side Down. The title track Dirty Side Down and North are available to download now for free.

North is a Jerry Joseph song and a personal live favorite of mine. When I moved to Colorado from Texas in 2004 I would often sing along with the lyrics to North as if they were written about me:

You think that I'm stupid,
I think that I'm cool
Haul you back to Texas baby,
Send you back to school
Last thing that I need is a mustang,
Last thing that I need is a tan
I'm gonna get myself up north,
Find out who the hell I am

I go north, the sun it hurts my eyes
But I don't really care, they're all drowning down here
So I will disappear, I will disappear
Find my way up north, find out what I'm worth
Try and understand, just how big I am

Check out the tracks here.
Download North direct link
Download Dirty Side Down direct link

Coventry's Weekly Round Up: BTreotch's 1Q Mix, 2001, LOST, and Charter Flights

In case you missed it...

1st Quarter Results 2010 Mix by BTreotch
2001 Obsession
Private Flights Denver>Berkeley>Telluride>Denver
LOST: Happily Ever After, Brotha
Fantastic Hullabaloo - 2nd Weekend NOLA Jazz Fest Party
The Oral Surgeon Did It
FeePhan Wins Coventry's March Madness Pool

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Great Albums 002: De La Soul Is Dead

Maybe it's this blog's new look (it's straight-up fillet, ain't it?) that's invigorated me. Maybe it's just a temporary effect from all these mothballs I ate. But I'm feeling like getting the keyboard out of storage and pounding on it for a while after many months of dormancy. What better way than to continue a series that I started . . .

Wait. That couldn't have been 18 months ago, could it? I've always maintained that you throw a few moments into the corner and pretty soon you have a mean pile of months. So it is, and here we go again. The Zappa CD from that post (We're Only In It For The Money) is still on my desk, in the exact spot I left it after popping it out of the drive back in November 2008. Zappa's silkscreened onto the label, and he's peeking out at me. I think it's trying to speak to me in Sanskrit and tell me the secrets of LOST. That could just be the mothballs talking. Avoid recreational use of clothing-protective chemicals, kids.

Anyway, I named the series "PhishUncle Essentials", and I'm changing it two posts in. The original idea was to take a look at important artists that have had a clear influence upon our favorite Vermont jam band, the inspiration for, and frequent subject of, this blog. But either that was too reductive, or too specific, or I just didn't have enough to say about music in that specific vein. In any event, Phish has returned with The Power since I wrote entry one, and they just don't seem like enough of a museum relic enough anymore to make definitive statements about their influences. I don't think I'm the only one that hopes that they keep picking up new ones and pushing this whole thing further. Anyway, at some point this year I read a review that stated that what Phish did was play music. All of it.

I like that. I think it's accurate. So I think the best way to honor that way of appreciating Phish, and a better way of developing this blog as a resource that is about Music, is to make this series more general.

Hence, The Great Albums.

I'm hoping to crank out one of these every month. Maybe more often. Hopefully, more often than every 18 months, anyway. Also, I don't want to keep this to myself. Let's make this an open thread. Got a great album you'd like to write about? Just add it to the series.

Enough intro. I've got the biddox, let's do this like Brutus.

If You Will Suck My Soul, I Will Lick Your Funky Illusions

This is the seminal hip-hop act De La Soul.

That would be Mase (the DJ), and rappers Trugoy (that would be the word "yogurt", backward), and Postdonus.

And this is their first album, which arguably invented about 40% of all modern rap and hip-hop.

It's called 3 Feet High . . . And Rising, and you've probably heard of it, even if you didn't wear out the tape back in the early nineties. If you haven't listened to it, you really need to. Every act that takes a garage-sale approach to musicianship, spinning old beats and hooks into new gold, owes a debt to this Rosetta stone of music bouillabaisse. So, basically any rap that uses samples? Well, yes, but specifically music acts that combine disparate elements to create surprising new musical ideas. The De Las may not have rapped over Parliament hooks like Dr. Dre, but they were closer to Parliament's dippy-trippy everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soul. Think about post-License To Ill Beasties, or Outkast, or Tribe Called Quest, Beck, or DJ Spooky, Kid Koala, Kool Keith . . . you get the idea. De La got there first. It's pretty much a big deal. Public Enemy was working this turf around the same time, though clearly their ideas were more overtly political. De La Soul was the non-polemic flip side, the bright side of the moon. They were just as likely to use a Steely Dan tune to talk about lawn divots or talk about flower power (dubbed Daisy Age), as they were to jam about a block party. Self aggrandizement and aggression were replaced by a mock gameshow ("I know it's gonna be swell and I'm gonna win all tha money, all the money . ..") and a call for their producer to get a haircut to take care of his "big fat dandruff." They played with the language in ways that still seem unique today, creating their own insular slang, in which Jennies and Derwin and potholes and Plugs One Two and Three, and daisies all take on their own semi-ambiguous meanings. Listening to it now is like being invited into an in-joke, with dancing. Oh, and it has Q-Tip's first ever cut on it.

Though it is indisputably a great album, this article is not about 3 Feet High -- or at least, it isn't totally about 3 Feet High, because the De Las only waited two years before dropping the follow up on a now totally-suspecting world. Here is De La Soul Is Dead.

What Do You Know About Music, Hamster Penis?

Unfortunately DLS's early albums are MIA on almost all music-embed sites, probably thanks to their extensive use of samples without clearing rights. Aaah, the 80s. Anyway, go pick it up somewhere, I'll try to do it justice.

If I'm following the loose mythology properly (and I'm probably not), the De Las have killed off the peace loving rap hippies of Daisy Age and . . . opened up a doughnut shop, which is either their parody of selling out to the gangsta trend (which they clearly aren't doing), or just an indication of their amusement at the thought of opening a donut shop. We begin with an extended skit, a "turn the page when you hear the tone" children's book, in which a group of bullies (Hemorrhoid, the leader, along with henchmen Dick Snot and Butt Crust) steal a cassette of the album De La Soul Is Dead and listen to it. So we are listening to a group of cartoonishly gangsta hoods listening to the album that we are listening to them listen to, which is a send-up of the gangsta life music that the three listeners represent.

I need to go stretch my brain.

We go right from this into the uber-groovy "Oodles of O's" (which is probably a reference to all the doughnuts that they are selling, to say nothing of the ounces that they are moving), the ballad "Hey Love", and the "hippies can fight, too" manifesto "Pease Porridge", which appropriates a nursery rhyme to advertise their doughnuts and recount a nightclub fight.

From there, we are back to our thugs, who offer their critique of the album so far. Hemorrhoid and Dick Snot can't stand it, or even understand it ("what are they saying?" is their mantra, but Butt Crust kind of likes it, and is beaten for Hemorrhoid for his honesty. And that's the structure, through highlights like the pastiche on the JB's 70s hit "Pass The Plugs [Peas]," the epic anti incest message-song "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa," (still my favorite song about Santa Clause getting murdered by his daugher, even 18 years later) and especially the blistering gangsta parody "Afro Connections at a Hi 5", featuring hard core lyrics that can't help but dip deep into the absurd.

Let's not forget to give some love to the house music parody "Kicked Out Tha House," which also doubles as a pretty damn good house song, and "Bitties In The BK Lounge", which is my favorite song about rude women in Burger King, and is memorialized in Xtranormal style here:

At the end of the album, Hemorrhoid smacks Butt Crust one last time and then throws De La Soul Is Dead into the garbage. Go fish it out; it's a gold nugget on the midden heap.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Easy Star All Stars

April 10, 2010

When I heard the Easy Star All Stars were coming to Ybor City for a Saturday night show, I was intrigued. I never knew they were a touring band.

I'm a fan of Easy Star Records, who banded it's best artists together to create reggae tribute albums like Radiodread, Dub Side of the Moon, and Lonely Hearts Dub Band. The touring act currently features eight NYC musicians with impressive instrumentation and vocal chops.

Local roots band Rocksteady@8 opened. Their songs are Reggae interpretations of Soca, Salsa Merengue and Afro-Cuban melodies. It was like Miami dance music got really baked on it's vacation in Jamaica. Front man Jason Nwagbaraocha is a local and sometime bassist for ska legend The Toasters.

The Crowbar was sold out, filled with spun locals. I scored a raised, side stage spot next to Asian keyboard chick Elenna Canlas. Easy Star started out with a few originals; it seemed like a message. They were letting everyone know they weren't a bunch of hacks, whose only purpose is to cover other people's music.

Sgt Peppers songs followed, and the band eventually jumped around featuring tunes from all three cover albums. A twenty something couple behind me dropped liquid during the first act. I remember them singing loud, free, and out of key to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

During Karma Police, I saw other people locked shoulder to armpit in order to keep their faced friends stable and standing, swaying to the consistent bass dub pattern.

The best jams were Great Dub in the Sky and Time. Their Radiohead material came in third and was solid, but my least favorite. Overall the band is very consistent, professional, and performs at a high level. Their web bio boasts many high profile performances, including NYC mayor Micheal Bloomberg's daughter's wedding.

Easy Star finished with a long, trance jam of Eclipse. I finished my fourth dogfishhead 60 minute IPA as they capped off an 80 minute performance. When the lights came on, everyone laughed at how unusually foggy the place was with herb and cigarette smoke.

I stumbled out to 7th ave to watch people file out of booty clubs. I chatted with the street preachers until 3am, upon which I headed to the diner for late night people watching. It was a great night and I recommend seeing them when they come your way.

2010 Easy Star All Star tour schedule

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Private Flights Denver>Berkeley>Telluride>Denver

If you have not made travel arrangements surrounding The Greek and Telluride shows, well check this out. A group is chartering a private 120 passenger plane to take Phish fans from Denver to Berkeley, then Berkeley to Telluride, and finally back home to Denver. 4 flights, ~$1,000 total. Open bar. All fellow Phish fans. Interested? contact

Friday, April 09, 2010

2001 Obsession: Portland '09

I am obsessed with Phish's version of Also Sprach Zarathustra, or 2001. This particular 2001 is not anywhere near the longest, but there is something special about it in its compact simplicity. Without sounding too much like some over-analytical fanboi phish blogger, lets get into this 2001.

The intro has some nice drop-ins by Page and Mike. Mike's tone is dialed in with a big wet space bass sound. The composed sections are note for note perfect. Trey's guitar tone is exceptional. I love it how he makes the Languedoc scream in and out of distortion on the big long notes. Trey's playing is balanced in the funk jams with Page. Page shines on the keys and keeps the groove interesting. Fishman's beat is stellar throughout, but its the half time slow down at the very end that gives me goose bumps every time. I've been listening to this particular version about once a day for the past 2 months. Listen and let me know if you like it as much as I do.

Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem Cover DWD

Thanks to Drew for the heads up. This is one of my favorite covers by the muppets....

Thursday, April 08, 2010

1st Quarter Results 2010 Mix by BTreotch

I've been living at the base of the Marr Glacier on Anvers Island, Antarctica, for the past two months and will be for another two months. Hell, today is my halfway point. The Marr Glacier is an active beast, cracking and calving regularly, spilling iceberg bits into Arthur Harbor. To see a 10 ton piece of ice collapse into water is tremendous - there's nothing to compare it to really. It does cause me to reflect on self-destruction - is there anything more human than self-destruction? There's this David Shields' quote that has really been sticking to my brain:
"We are deeply divided animals: we are drawn to the creation of our own demise. And the more righteous our self-presentation, the more deeply we yearn to transgress, to fall, to fail."
I'm only going to touch on two artists this go round. My brother was the first to turn me on to The Heavy. They're a British funk-rock band, it's gritty stuff. That's not the story though and I know this sounds pompous, but every time my brother calls to tell me about a new band, I've either been into them for a while (The Avett Brothers, Spoon) or I tell him how much that band really sucks (Flobots). That's not the story either, you see six months ago my brother self-destructed and got his third DUI. My own arrogance got me arrested last year at this time for the same thing. Anyhow, he's seriously battled alcohol abuse for years - he's the type that rages til he passes out. He's also been sober for long stretches. So one night during a bad relapse, he'd been arguing with his wife and went outside to sit in his car and blast The Avett Brother's I and Love and You. It was 2 AM, but he wasn't going anywhere, just getting lost in Seth and Scott Avett's words I guess. His wife had had enough with it all and called the police. The first time he noticed the cops was when they knocked on the window to tell him to get out. He tried to roll the window down, but lowered the wrong window instead. Mandatory minimums, the judge and state laws didn't bend a bit and now he goes to a minimum security facility for 5 months. His first day actually started today. It's a tough break - he has two young kids and I think about him all the time - but for now, he has to keep on keepin on.

Singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt had been making music for some time - I knew he had some type of serious indie cred, but his name sounded too country for me to stop down and check out his material. That all changed after Chesnutt took his own life on Christmas Day last year. (NPR interview here) He had been wheelchair bound since 1983 after a bad car accident and by his own admission had attempted suicide three of four times since. Chesnutt's songs are unabashedly honest and original - funny, eerie and completely sincere. It's his advice I'm giving.

Because of my location and the tightened restrictions on downloading, I've been trading music between friends much more frequently. Thus, I've been getting into things that aren't necessarily new releases, but are for the most part new to me. Thank you friends for your good ear balls.

Things I haven't seen in two months: insects, grass, boobs, stop lights, cell phones, puppies, policemen, people who aren't white people, leaves, more than 3 hours of sunlight in one day, cars, make-up, receipts and did I mention grass?

Emily Wells Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom
Jack Penate Let's All Die
My Toys Like Me Sweetheart
Eels Little Bird
RjD2 The Shining Path
Vampire Weekend I Think Ur A Contra
Four Tet Angel Echoes
The Bird And The Bee Maneater
Gonjasufi Sheep
Those Darlins The Whole Damn Thing
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Hot Boyz (With Dear Nora)
Here We Go Magic Only Pieces
The Heavy Sixteen
Pantha du Prince Stick to My Side
Nina Simone I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl
Vic Chesnutt You Are Never Alone

4th QTR 09: link
3rd QTR 09: link
2nd QTR 09: link
1st QTR 09: link

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

LOST: Happily Ever After, Brotha

Loved the episode this week. Desmond episodes are always the best. Here is this week's setlist/recap:

Geronimo Jackson, April 6, 2010
Mini Acoustic Set (On Island): Desert Island > Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits > You Must Be Out of Your Mind > Strange Powers (1)

Set w/Full Band (Off Island): Wolfman’s Brotha (2) > No Surprises (3), Whiskey In The Jar (4), Drowned (5) > Penny Lane (6), Guest List (7) > Mike’s Song (8) > Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (9) > The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face (10)

E (On Island): Help! (11) > Break Ya Neck (12),

(1) All Magnetic Fields covers; Desmond and Widmore
(2) Phish; Music only, Desmond stares into mirror
(3) Radiohead; Desmond and Claire
(4) Metallica; Desmond and Widmore, second verse Desmond and Charlie
(5) The Who, Charlie and Desmond
(6) The Beatles, Charlie and Desmond
(7) The Eels, Desmond and Eloise Hawking
(8) Phish; riff and tease, “Trapped In Time and I Don’t Know What To Do” lyrics repeated
(9) U2, Desmond and Daniel Faraday
(10) Roberta Flack; Desmond and Penny
(11) Beatles; Desmond and Widmore
(12) Busta Rhymes; Sayid

As always, head over to Hidden Track to read Ryan's thoughts and join the discussion.

Special this week: Because I love Desmond and this week's episode so much, free shipping on the Wolfman's Brotha Phish/LOST lot tees. Get em while they are hot!

Fantastic Hullabaloo - 2nd Weekend NOLA Jazz Fest Party

My friends at Taboot Art are putting on an amazing art/poster show and late night music party the second weekend of Jazz Fest this year. Check out the info:

Two nights of music and art in the Big Easy- April 29th and 30th, 2010 @ The 12 Bar on Fulton 610 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130. The art show runs from 7pm - 1am daily

Performances by Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, and Boombox with Steve Molitz.

Appearances and with art on display from Stanley Mouse, Jeff Wood, Scramble Campbell, John Bukaty, Tripp, Isadora Bullock, Like Minded Productions, AJ Masthay, Ian Millard, Steve Schaffner, Patrick Berry, Blake Wiley, Jack Shure, Michael Garfield and more!


7 pm-Art Opening in Ernst Cafe Ballroom
8:30 pm-Jeff Wood speaks on the art of screenprinting
9:30 pm-Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Twelve
1:00 am-BoomBox at The Twelve
2:00 am-Art Closing in Ernst Cafe Ballroom
4:00 am-Show ends


7 pm-Art Opening in Ernst Cafe Ballroom
8:30 pm-Stanley Mouse Speaks on Evolution of Psychedelic Art
9:30 pm-Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band at the Twelve
1:00 am-BoomBox at The Twelve
2:00 am-Art Closing in Ernst Cafe Ballroom
4:00 am-Show ends

Get more info and tickets at

LEAVE A MESSAGE in the COMMENTS to be entered to win a pair of tickets to this event (make sure we can contact you if you win)!

The Oral Surgeon Did It

Sometimes you get it from the lot doctor.

Other times, you get it from a licensed health professional.

Either way you're
riding a unicorn,
on your way to a magical palace,
in the land of the blueberries.

Then you bust Jesus rhymes.

Girl Trips After Wisdom Teeth Removal - Watch more Funny Videos

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

FeePhan Wins Coventry's March Madness Pool

Duke beat Butler on Monday night, which means that FeePhan (A. Miller) won the inaugural Coventry March Madness Pool. Congrats to FeePhan and to everyone else who cashed.
The Top 4 Winners:
1 FeePhan (A. Miller) 1160
2 t litz 1 (t. litzenburg) 1150
2 andyouseeme 1 (A. Johnson) 1150
4 Pavement Left (E. Christensen) 1120
4 World B. Free (J. Moore) 1120

Click here to view the final standings.


1st - Joker's LOST lot t-shirt (please email size and style you want)
2nd - 11/19/92 St. Mike's College - Live Phish CD Haiti Relief
3rd - Phish Biography
4th - Dharma Phish patch
If you are a prize winner, shoot me an email so we can send you your prizes!

Since t litz and andyouseeme tied for 2nd, I'll let them choose between either St. Mike's College or the Phish Biography.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. It was a crazy March Madness tournament this year for sure, with the outcome of the pool coming down to the last shot of the final game.

Embrace The Face: Cash or Trade .ORG

I just got a note that CashForYourExtra has gone .ORG

Check out the new site:
This is one of the best sites on the web to find FACE extras or arrange trades.

Coventry's Weekly Round Up: Facelift, Summer Tour, LOST, and People of Walmart

Here's some of the highlights from the previous week...
People of Walmart Rap
Tickets: How Did You Do?
LOST: The Package
Phish Summer Tour Onsale Advice, Telluride info

Monday, April 05, 2010

11.19.97 Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL - Remaster

One of the greatest 2001's now has a remastered audience recording worth checking out. I didn't realize the Assembly Hall in Champaign is a straight up spaceship (pictured above), so i guess its only appropriate the 2001 was epic.

Ghetto-Fab Remasters of Phish Audience Recordings -

And while we are listening to sick 2001's, check out 12/29/98.

Dispensary Of The Year

If you live in Colorado, Herbal Element in Denver is THE place to buy your medicine. Now that Colorado has legalized Marijuana it seems that there are as many dispensaries as there are Starbucks. However, there are a lot of bogus places out there selling medicine that is bellow standard, mislabeled, or priced too high for the quality.

Herbal Element in Denver has set a new standard of Dispensing Medicinal Marijuana. A lot of places brag about their quality, but when you arrive on site they only have two strains of top shelf medicine. I gave a visit to Herbal Elements last week to see what all the hype was about and found this place to be 100% legit. They had over 20 strains of PREMIUM medicine at VERY competitive prices. Here is a sample of the current menu:

Sour D
Super Silver Haze
The White
Bubba Kush
Golden Goat
Great White Shark
Original Sweet Skunk
White Fire Kush
Purple Urkel
Killer Queen
Green Crack
Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze
AK 47 ($40/eighth!)

Another thing that I found very different about Herbal Element is that they aren't just Marijuana enthusiasts like some places - these people are god damn scientists. I arrived thinking that I was going to buy a few strains and be done, however, I spent over an hour at Herbal Element getting an education on what I was buying. I have never met anyone who knows so much about Marijuana.

So if you live in Colorado and are looking for the largest variety of top shelf, premium medicine from people who will educate you about what you are buying:

Herbal Element
2839 Wyandot St
Denver CO 80211

Beck Record Club - INXS New Sensation the new arrangement!

Record Club: INXS "New Sensation" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

People of Walmart Rap

One of my favorite sites to visit is the People of Walmart. It always perks me up when I'm feeling sad. If you've never seen it, check it out and then watch the video below.

The People of Walmart Rap is priceless. Art imitating life. Or something like that.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Tickets: How Did You Do?

Compared to last year, this was easy. Sure there are friends out there looking for extras, but overall it seems tickets landed in the hands of real fans. I know a lot of friends that got Greek and Telluride tickets today, which seemed to be the hardest ticket to get.

Overall, the Coventry Crew is still looking for some extras to Telluride and the Greek, but compared to last year's disasters during Hampton and Summer onsales, we are sitting pretty. How did you do? Got a trade? Anyone want to have a 2001 dance party this afternoon to celebrate? let us know.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Phish Summer Tour Onsale Advice, Telluride info

via @PhishTwit

You are probably aware tickets for Phish's 2010 Summer Tour go on sale beginning tomorrow Friday, April 2nd at 10am EST, with additional public onsales on Saturday.

What advice do we have? If you are dealing with Ticketbastard, all I can suggest is the phone method. This is how Jonas got tickets to Red Rocks last year. Here is how it works:

"The basic strategy is you call ticketmaster about 1 hour before the on-sale. Mess around in the queue listening to an entire pro baseball schedule for 2010 or what not. About 15 minutes before the onsale ask to be transferred to a live operator. It will take about 10 minutes to actually get through to someone. When you do get through you will need to bullshit the operator for the remainder of minutes till onsale - but don’t mention Phish. Ask about what day some baseball game is on or about how much Yankees tickets cost. Be calm. Right at the time of onsale tell the operator what show you want tickets for. You win.

This worked 100% for Red Rocks and The Gorge last year. I know many people that it also worked for." -Jonas0tto

List of onsales and times:

Tomorrow, Friday April 2
06/11 - Toyota Park, Chicago, IL - 10am CDT
06/15 - nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA - 1pm EDT
06/17 - Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT - 1pm EDT
06/18 - Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT - 1pm EDT
06/19 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY - 12pm EDT
06/20 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY - 12pm EDT
06/22 - Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA - 10am EDT
06/24 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - 2pm EDT
06/25 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - 2pm EDT
06/26 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD - 12pm EDT
06/27 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD - 12pm EDT
06/29 - CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY - 12pm EDT
08/05 - The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA - 10am PDT
08/06 - The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA - 10am PDT
08/07 - The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA - 10am PDT
08/09 - Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO - 12pm MDT
08/10 - Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO - 12pm MDT
08/17 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY - 11am EDT
08/18 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY - 11am EDT

Onsales Saturday, April 3

06/12 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH - 1pm EDT
06/13 - Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA - 10am EDT
07/01 - Time Warner Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC - 10am EDT
07/02 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, Charlotte, NC - 11am EDT
07/03 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA - 1pm EDT
07/04 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA - 1pm EDT
08/12 - Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN - 10am EDT
08/13 - Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN - 10am EDT
08/14 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI - 10am CDT
08/15 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI - 10am CDT

Not a Joke: Phish Telluride is going paperless!!!

In an effort to curb scalping and put tickets directly into the hands of fans, we are introducing paperless, non-transferable tickets for ALL Phish tickets sold via Instead of a paper ticket, you bring the credit card used for your ticket purchase and it will be swiped. Once your ticket purchase is identified, it will be immediately traded for a 2-day wristband. Tickets for this show are only available as part of a 2-day ticket for entry to both 8/9 and 8/10. You cannot purchase tickets for individual days. Paperless entry does not apply to fans who purchased their tickets via Phish Tickets.

Good luck everyone!


This is not an April Fool's Joke... we really changed the template for Coventry. Thanks to the Joker for his astute photoshop abilities and the new banner. Please pardon our appearance during the changeover. Thanks!

Flashback 1985

Cool local new programming highlighting the 20th anniversary of the Grateful Dead in 1985.