Thursday, March 31, 2011

Eatliz Eats Rabbits

This past Tuesday I found myself invited to a live show by Eatliz, an experimental progressive rock band from Israel. Having never heard of them before, I decided to do some research on them prior to the show. I came across some amazing music videos, one of which had won the Spike Lee Award at the Tribeca film festival. (HEY) I was pretty impressed, but still held a healthy amount of skepticism as I stepped into the venue.

The band boasts three guitarists, Guy Ben Shetrit, Or Bahir, and Amit Erez, a smoking hot lead vocalist, Lee Triffon, Hadar Green on bass, and Omry Hanegby on drums and percussion.

It took me three songs to understand their sound. They are not a band you can passively listen to once and get right away. They demand your full attention. Their songs are complex, dark, winding, and full of dissonance. Just when you think you know where they are going, they turn the corner and surprise you. But that’s exactly what I loved about them; they kept me on my toes. There was nothing repetitive or homogenous about their sound at all. There were moments where I wanted to pump my fist into the air in time with the commanding drum and bass lines until my arm dislocated from the socket. Moments of tenderness as the vocalist sucked you in with her haunting melodies. (Seriously, this womyn commands the stage unlike any other front man I have ever seen.) And moments of pleasant surprise as they shocked me with sounds I had never heard before.

This is a group of extremely talented musicians who are not to be taken lightly. Admittedly, they are not for everyone. But I’ve found myself becoming a true fan of theirs. They are finishing up their first tour of the States playing April 1st, in NYC at City Winery in Manhattan, and on April 2nd in Albany at Red Square. I highly recommend going and checking them out, you will not be disappointed.

Official Band Website

Super Ball IX!

After months of blue balls, Phisheads are finally able to reach a climax with the announcement of the 9th Phish-related festival called Super Ball IX. It's all locked and loaded for July 4th weekend. I'll be there. Hope to see ya in the campgrounds throwing down for the wild rumpus.

By the way, the last part of the video suggests that before you go to Super Ball IX... "consult someone who looks like a physician"... well, that's me. After all, I'm Dr. Pauly. Office hours start tomorrow at 4:20am. Hit me up and I'll give you a check up to see if you're fit to travel to Super Ball IX.

Tickets go onsale on Monday. They even have a lay away plan for income-challenge wooks.

Willie Nelson Pot Bust Update: Sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the Judge

Willie Nelson's tour bus got popped a few months back in West Texas. The federales seized three ounces of weed. The county attorney for Hudspeth County in West Texas, where Mr. Nelson was arrested has proposed an interesting bargain for Willie.
Mr. Nelson has the option to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count, pay a small fine — and perform “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” in court as "community service."
Wait, just one song?

It should've been at least one song per ounce seized.

Too bad Trey didn't get off of his drug bust by playing a cheesed out version of acoustic Wilson in court.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Background Beats - Good Morning Edition

This special edition of Background Beats was created with a quiet and relaxing weekend morning in mind. The type of weekend morning where you wake up, cook breakfast, drink some coffee, read the newspaper (or internet), and just spend the entire morning lounging around the house. Don't be fooled by the track-list, being mostly acoustic, some of these songs will surprise many of you. This edition of Background Beats is easy like Sunday morning, and the females are going to LOVE it!
Track List - Background Beats - Good Morning Edition

01. The Fog - STS9
02. Mountains In The Mist - Phish
03. On Melancholy Hill - Gorillaz
04. New Sensation (INXS Cover) - Beck
05. Smoking Signals - Sean Hayes
06. Colorado - Lotus
07. Rubberball - ThaMuseMeant
08. Evergreen - KatsüK
09. Hot Sand - Arkestra One
10. Abram - José González
11. The Otherside - Breaks Co-Op
12. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
13. Madagascar - Garaj Mahal
14. Wax Paper - Buckethead
15. Rise - Eddie Vedder
16. Sweet Tides - Thievery Corporation
17. Enchanting - Tom Middleton
18. Ce Matin La - Air
19. Human Nature - Michael Jackson
20. Easy - The Commodores



Entourage Songs - End Credits

I'm a big fan of Entourage because I'm a New York writer living in the vortex of Hollyweird. The city of Los Angeles is filled with millions of Johnny Dramas. Anyway, I came across this collection of every possible song mentioned in the end credits of Entourage.

One of my favorites is from the James Gang...

Click here to listen/see every song from the end credits.

H/T to Jesse for turning me onto this gem.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Phish: Rare & Unreleased

Island Tour Sampler

1. Twist - 04.02.98 Nassau Coliseum 18:41
2. Piper - 04.03.98 Nassau Coliseum 15:24
3. Birds Of A Feather - 04.04.98 Providence Civic Center 15.18
4. Shafty - 04.05.98 Providence Civic Center 5:04
5. Possum - 04.05.98 Providence Civic Center 8:23
6. Cavern - 04.05.98 Providence Civic Center 12:08


Monday, March 28, 2011

ericallen07 Still Leads Coventry's March Madness Pool

After a weekend of upsets, we're down to four teams... the proverbial Final Four... and not a single #1 seed is left in the hunt for the title. All of the top-ranked teams fell, and fell hard, as Butler, VCU, Kentucky, and UCONN advanced to this year's Final Four.

At the present moment, ericallen07 is still out in front. If UCONN wins the championship, then rolltide! wait nvm will lock up the pool. If Kentucky wins the championship, then Lordosis Rex takes it down.
Coventry's March Madness Pool - Top 10 Standings:
1 ericallen07 (E. Allen ) 810
2 rolltide! wait nvm (B. Hester) 730
3 robsfootballpicks (R. Tivy) 700
3 pca321 (P. Adams) 700
5 ohkeepah (j. wendt) 660
5 godard4 (g. gorgos) 660
7 MultiBeast (C. Hutton) 640
7 Lordosis Rex (Otis) 640
7 $ (J. Kenny) 640
Click here to view the complete standings.

Coventry's best entries belong to the ladies... IronGirl's Poster Nutbags Nine Lives (tied for 10th) and Change100's Mr. Scheuster's Glee Kids (tied for 15th).

Bethel Woods Poster by Ben and Doug

Check out this Bethel Woods poster that was created by Ben Whitesell in collaboration with my buddy Doug Whitworth. They will be doing more posters for this upcoming summor tour.

Here's a word from the artist...
Hi all, Ben Whitesell the creator of the Bethel Print here. I had a few questions come my way about paper stock and print size. I can say that I have test printed this on the 16" x 24" on Enhanced Matte and was very please with the results. The Enhanced Matte has a nice weight and texture for me. If you wanted to go with a heavier more textured paper the Somerset Velvet Fine Art is also great, but a little more pricey. I would try to avoid the glossy because I think that it just doesn't fit the feel of the piece. I had pictured this as a 16" x 24" piece, but feel free to pick the size you need. I think the medium choice is not too big, but not to small. Cheers, Ben
Click here to purchase a Bethel Woods poster.
I love the fact that Page is the "blackbird"...

Gorillaz - BBC Radio 1 Performance

On November 20th of last year, The Gorillaz performed an acoustic set on the BBC Radio 1 show along with singer Daley. The performance includes Doncamatic and a special cover of The xx - Crystalised. They also did an exclusive stripped back version of On Melancholy Hill which is featured in the above video.

Im not a huge Gorillaz fan, but these tracks are are nothing short of amazing and beautiful. I haven't found an official release of this show, but here is the unofficial version for everyone to hear:


01. Doncamatic
02. Crystalised
03. On Melancholy Hill

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Star Wars Cantina Band Covers

I stumbled across a couple of videos featuring covers of the Cantina Band theme song from the original Star Wars (aka Episode IV: A New Hope). The ragtime-inspired song was created by legendary composer John Williams for the Star Wars soundtrack.

Anyway, here's the first video, which features a piano duet with Martin Spitznagel and Bryan Wright...

And next up is an acoustic jazz ensemble...

And here's the scene from Star Wars that started it all...

Don't forget to check out this mix... Star Wars and Galactic Funk.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Favorite Color

Simply awesome youtube art entitled "My Favorite Color" by Kutiman. All 24 original videos can be found on the origin page.

Special thanks to wyldstallyns for pointing this out.

More on Kutiman

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gordo Video: Alanis Morisette Cover > Sugar Shack

I caught this via the live stream on St. Patty's Day, but here it is for your amusement -- Mike Gordon Band performing an Alanis Morisette cover into Sugar Shack...

H/T to OhKeePah Blog.

Phish: Rare & Unreleased

The Phish Summer 2003 Sampler was handed out in the traffic line at the IT festival in Maine August 1, 2003. My face is still at the Gorge from the version of Seven Below on this compilation...

1. Tweezer 2-28-03 Nassau, NY (26:44)
2. Piper -> 7-9-03 Mountain View, CA (19:09)
3. Twist 7-9-03 Mountain View, CA (11:18)
4. Seven Below 7-13-03 The Gorge, George, WA (21:34)

Total Time (78:48)


Monday, March 21, 2011

Lipstick Girl

I really don't know what to say except...I really wish I had the same batch of acid.

Thanks to @brosephlives for tweeting the video.

Video: "This Too Shall Pass" by OK Go

Thanks to Dr. Ken for pointing out this elaborate video from OK Go...

ericallen07 Leads Coventry's March Madness Pool

There are only 16 teams left in the NCAA college hoops tournament. So, how are things progressing in Coventry's March Madness Pool? Looks like Broseph and myself are well representing the Coventry Crew because we're both in the Top 10. Kari was leading the pool after the Round 2, but at the completion of Round 3, ericallen07 (E. Allen) is out in front with 490 points.
Coventry's March Madness Pool - Top 9 (Thru Round 3):
1 ericallen07 (E. Allen) - 490
2 dmayerick127 (D. Mayerick) - 470
3 shearfactor (a. bloomfield) - 460
3 ohkeepah (j. wendt) 460
3 bbroad255 (B. Broad) 460
3 little_cougs (K. Armstrong) 460
3 Wende (B. Wende) 460
3 godard4 (g. gorgos) 460
9 amlard24 (A. Lardieri) 440
9 Shakedown Street (Pauly) 440
9 $ (J. Kenny) 440
9 illeagle (Broseph) 440
9 budlightdabest (s. curren) 440
For complete standings, visit our pool standings.

Play resumes on Thursday evening. FYI...The Sweet 16 games will take place on Thursday and Friday. The Elite 8 games are slated for Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kari's "little_Cougs" Leads Coventry's March Madness Pool

I was thrilled to see 104 participants in our March Madness pool. Very cool to see the college hoops bug infest my circle of Phish enthusiasts.

The opening round, er... second round... is complete. How are your brackets holding up? After action on Thursday and Friday, it looks like little_cougs (Kari) is in sole possession of first place in the pool. I'm in a tie for 5th place, representing the highest spot for our Coventry crew.

For complete standings, visit our pool standings.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Trailer Park Boys - Smooth Bong Water and Hash Hockey

My new favorite addiction is The Trailer Park Boys...

The Bong Water Is So Smooth

Hash Hockey

Thanks to Johnnie Walker to pointing out this hilarious mockumentary-style show from Canada. You can find The Trailer Park Boys on Netflix.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Don't Taunt Wookies: Withnail & I vs Star Wars

Thanks to one of my British colleague, Homer, for pointing out this quirky gem of a video featuring a drunk British robot...

Streaming SXSW via NPR

if you're not out drinking green beer, at SXSW yourself or may be tired of NCAA BBall announcers you can stream SXSW here:

Too many artists to list, but tUnE-yArDs is up soon..

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fuck You Cover

Stumbled upon this cover of Cee Lo's Fuck You on YouTube. This video is a gem because it's a decent version, but the kid play guitar looks like he's 12, meanwhile I can't stop staring at the singer's rack...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Phish: Rare & Unreleased

2004 Summer Sampler - What I Did On My Summer Vacation

A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing - 6/19/04 SPAC
Alpine Jam - 6/26/04 Alpine Valley
Ghost - 6/26/04 Alpine Valley
Carini - 6/18/04 Brooklyn
Tube - 6/24/04 Deer Creek
Waves - 6/20/04 SPAC


This was handed out at the gate to everyone who attended Coventry. With lots of monster jams on here, this compilation is a personal favorite of mine. I wore my disc out years ago.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Coventry Music Blog's March Madness Pool

Greetings to all hoops fans. You are cordially invited to Coventry's March Madness Pool. It's free to join and we're hosting it over at ESPN's Fantasy Games. Here's your chance to test your skills against Coventry's crew: Pauly, the Joker, BTreotch, Broseph, IronGirl, Change100 and who knows which one of the Disco Sisters will play.

And if you hate basketball, well here's your chance to make the next couple of weeks interesting by randomly gambling on the outcome.

Last year, FeePhan won it all.

We will be giving out prizes to only the top spot!
1st - Phish DVD (Coral Sky or Alpine Valley)

Group Name: Coventry Music Blog
Password: wookpatrol

Click here to sign up.
Click here to join our group.
First place will win a DVD of Coral Sky or Alpine Valley. Second place gets nothing, so you better win this and get the tie-breaker final score correct.

You have until Thursday morning to sign up. Good luck.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

SCI Winter Carnival Night 3 Video

String Cheese Incident came out of semi-retirement to play 3 shows in Colorado this weekend. Check out the dancers and production in this video from last night...I recommend skipping ahead to the 7 minute mark.

The shows were well recieved. I went to the Friday night show and Wildo went to all of them.

R.I.P. Owsley Stanley

Owsley Stanley passed away in Australia.

Stanley met the Grateful Dead during the infamous acid tests in 1966. He'd become their sound guy (recording practices to create a better mix for shows), not to mention the bands' liquid sunshine hook up.

Stanley also invented the now infamous "Steal Your Face" logo with his friend/artist Bob Thomas. Stanley wanted the Dead's gear to stand out from other bands (when they played festivals and multi-band gigs), so he marked their gear with Stealies.

When California outlawed LSD, Stanley moved to Colorado to set up a new lab. He mixed LSD in a house across the street from the Denver Zoo.

In 1967, Stanley went to jail for possession of 350,000 doses of LSD.

Most random fact about Stanley? His grandfather was the former governor of Kentucky.

Friday, March 11, 2011

French Maze

If I had to name a favorite tune, it'd be Maze. This one's the best I've heard; from Paris, France circa 1997. Check Page's big hair solo at ~4:30.

Special thanks to Silverchair97

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Live Phish Releases: Boardwalk Hall and Manchester

The latest releases from the Live Phish series will include the throwback show in Manchester, NH and the second night of mayhem at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The 10/30 addition is an interesting and intriguing selection because the Halloween Little Feat show would have been the odds on favorite to make it into the series.

I went to both shows and Kid Dynamite shared his thoughts on Manchester. You can read the recaps...
10/26/10 - Please Me Have No Regrets by Kid Dynamite
10/26/10 - Live Free or Die by Pauly
10/30/10 - Whole Lotta Zeppelin by Pauly
Click here for ore-order info on the next installments of Live Phish over at Dry Goods.

Dana Immanuel "Rock Bottom", Hotel Sessions: Copenhagen

Here's another installment of "Hotel Sessions" featuring my friend Dana Immanuel, a singer/banjo player from London, UK. This video was shot by my colleague Alexander Bradley in Dana's hotel room in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Here's Rock Bottom...

if you enjoyed this, then check out the first installment of the "Hotel Sessions" which was filmed in from Deauville, France.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk

Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk is a disco album by Meco released in 1977. The album remakes various themes and songs from the Star Wars soundtrack into disco tunes. A single from the album entitled "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" was released, and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1977, holding on to the spot for two weeks. In addition to the normal 3:32 version the album contains a full 15-minute version of the tune.
Track Listing

01. Star Wars (15:49)
02. Other Galactic Funk (12:32)
03. Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (7" Edit)(3:32)
04. Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (12" Disco Mix)(7:35)


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Today in Phistory: Hampton Reunion

The Phish returned to the stage two years ago for a three night run in Hampton. We were fortunate enough to attend all three shows.

Here's a video montage that I shot over all three nights...

Oh, and if you wanted to read Coventry's recaps of the shows, check out:
3/6 - The Return of the Phish
3/7 - Saturday at the Mothership
3/8 - Blast Off Sunday

Phish: Rare & Unreleased

Here is an acoustic set played between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm for KBCO's "Studio C" series, where musicians coming to the Denver area are interviewed and perform live on the radio.

11-03-98 KBCO (97.3 FM) Studios, Boulder, CO

01 Intro
02 Driver
03 Interview
04 Wading in the Velvet Sea
05 Interview
06 Possum
07 Interview
08 Roggae
09 Outro


Monday, March 07, 2011

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Trey Anastasio Band L.A. Setlist 3/4/11

TAB tour stopped in our own backyard tonight. Well, at least only 6 miles from our own backyard. Pauly, Benjo and I were there to get down and enjoy a fix of Big Red (with horns!)

Trey Anastasio Band - 3/4/11- Music Box Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Set I (mostly acoustic): Chalkdust Torture, Bathtub Gin> Prince Caspian, Theme from the Bottom, Joy, Cavern, Backwards Down the Number Line, Wilson, Heavy Things*, Liquid Time*, Gotta Jibboo**, Push On Til the Day**

Set II: Cayman Review, Burlap Sack and Pump, Ocelot, Valentine, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Money Love and Change, It Makes No Difference, Acting the Devil, Night Speaks to a Woman, Clint Eastwood, Shine^, Sand

E: Dragonfly, First Tube

*= With full band
**= Electric Trey
^=Pauly Takes a Piss Song

Notes: The first set was Trey solo acoustic with the exception of the last four songs.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Lil' Hippie Head Spring Mix 2011

In honor of everyone producing offspring, and my ever growing responsibility to expose my beloved lil' hippie head to music other than Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, I have created another mix album.

These songs are sure to make you get up and shake your rump-rump with the wee babes in your life, as this mix is for all you big kids, too. I have included oldies and feel good tunes to ensure loads of smiles and giggles...and oh yes, I HAD to put Sparkle on there!

So cut loose, have fun, dance a little, spin around until you're dizzy enough to fall down, laugh until you pee your pants, but most of all never let that childlike love for life go!!!!!

Alphabutt - Kimya Dawson
Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day
I Love - The Avett Brothers
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
We're Going To Be Friends - Jack Johnson
Sparkle - Phish
The Chicken and the Egg - Cornmeal
All I Want Is You - Barry Louis Polisar
This Land Is Your Land - Peter, Paul and Mary
The Name Game - Shirley Ellis
Jenny Jenkins - Jerry Garcia
In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing - The New Seekers
What Made My Hamburger Disappear? - Clamtones
Mahna, Mahna - Cake **
African Unity - Majek Fashek
Joy To The World - Three Dog Night
Cluck 'Ol Hen - Joe Craven
True To Myself - Ziggy Marley
Secret Bottle Track - Rising Appalachia

** Specific request by lil' hippie head after seeing BTreotch's Antarctica videos!

tUnE-yArDs : Doorstep

Filmed in France and winning...

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Charlie Sheen Dubstep

Maybe next week I'll be sick of Charlie Sheen...but right now I just can't get enough!

Phish Video: 1999 (Prince Cover)

Man, I was raging hard at this MSG show. Brought back a shitload of memories from NYE 1998!

H/T to YEMblog.

Phish: Rare & Unreleased

Space Antelope played from 1982–1983, featuring Trey, The Dude of Life, Doug Parsons, Dudley Taft, and others. The band performed originals as well as covers from Rush, The Velvet Underground, and others.

Space Antelope

Members: Steve Pollack, Trey Anastasio, Rob Gordon, Dud Taft, Doug Parsons.

All Along the Watchtower
Franklin's Tower
Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad
Wild Child
Dave's Energy Guide> Fluff's Travels
Walk on the Wild Side


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Charlie Sheen T-SHIRTS

Our buddy JT has printed up a bunch of Charlie Sheen shirts. You can choose from two front designs (shown above), and pick from a list of AMAZING Sheen quotes for an upper back print for no extra charge.

The shirts are $15 and ship to anywhere in the USA. PayPal and all major credit cards excepted.


Rad Bike Video from Valparaiso, Chile

VCA 2010 RACE RUN from changoman on Vimeo.

I was lucky enough to visit Chile. Walking the steep streets of Valparaiso was the gem; some excellent graffiti and murals all over the place in addition to the colorful buildings and mixed architecture. This guy covers it a different way.

Best viewed via full screen.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Background Beats - March 2011

Re-discovering music is a great form of time travel in that, like viewing a photo album, it conveys the sound and emotion of a place, person, experience, or energy of that particular time in your life. This month I re-discovered a lot of songs I have not heard a long time - some songs, years. If I had made a Background Beats - Spring, 2008 edition, it would include most of these songs. The vocal presence is strong for this edition of Background Beats.


01. All That You Are - Nicolay
02. Chemistry - Mamanet
03. Funk In The Hole (Nicolay Mix) - Roy Ayers
04. Duet - Breaks Co-Op
05. Metal Bark - Alucidnation
06. Optimystic - Tom Middleton
07. The Other World - Jakatta
08. S.I.P. - Boozoo Bajou
09. Sleepy Meadows Of Buxton - Fenomenon
10. Transmit Fantastic - Danny B
11. Hairy Trees - Goldfrapp
12. Morning Sun - Plump DJs
13. The Galactica Suite - Simon Grey
14. Nice Kids - Omega One
15. Rainsong - Harmonic 33
16. Ambivalence Avenue - Bibio


Missing past editions of Background Beats? CLICK HERE.