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...

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween Montage Video

Here's a video that I spliced together featuring clips from Phish's Halloween show in Atlantic City...

Halloween Wook Patrol Podcast: Bad Costumes

Coventry's latest edition of the Wook Patrol podcast was recorded live in Atlantic City on Halloween. This latest quickie podcasts features with everyone's favorite French Phishead.... Benjo.
Episode 25: Bad Costumes with Benjo - Pauly and Benjo discuss the bad costumes that they've seen at Phish Halloween, along with a few of the notable ones around them.
We also recorded two episodes on Sunday night.

Thanks for listening to Coventry's podcast The Wook Patrol. To listen to older episodes from Phish summer tour, then visit the Wook Patrol archives.

Phish Halloween Setlist - Atlantic City, NJ 10/31/10

10/31/10 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

Set 1: Frankenstein, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Ghost > Spooky, Divided Sky, Roses Are Free, Funky Bitch, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stash, Zero

Set 2: Join The Band, Fat Man in the Bathtub, All That You Dream, Oh Atlanta, Old Folks' Boogie, Time Loves a Hero > Day or Night, Mercenary Territory, Spanish Moon, Dixie Chicken > Tripe Face Boogie, Rocket In My Pocket, Willin'*, Don't Bogart That Joint**, A Apolitical Blues, Sailin' Shoes, Feats Don't Fail Me Now

Set 3: Down With Disease > Back On the Train, Gotta Jibboo, Camelwalk, Suzy Greenberg, Wilson > Harry Hood, Horse > Silent in the Morning, YEM

Encore: Julius

* Fish on vocals, Trey on drums, Page on bass, and Gordo on piano
** Acapella