Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Flashback: Festival 8 Videos

I didn't really miss a Phishy Halloween this year until I woke up this morning and watched these videos I shot two years ago of friends having a blast in Indio. I couldn't stop howling with laughter. And yes, the Joker was soooo schwasted for the afternoon set that we almost issued him a "wook ticket"!

Anyway, the first video is a montage of the entire weekend. The second video reveals the Coventry crew's advanced puppetry skills, intergalactic sex between an alien and an unicorn. Oh, and how could I forget a molly-snorting parrot? The last video is the Joker dressed up as the UPS Man.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Tom Marshall is tweeting gold (and has glorious hair)

Tom Marshall, oft Phish lyricist and BBF of Trey, joined twitter not too long ago. He's posted some old and rare versions of early tracks worth checking out. His avatar is also creepy. @TomMarshall111

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Human Agency Needs Your Help!

Human Agency are good friends of Coventry. They have a track up against 15 competitors in the “Chill” bracket of The Untz Challenge 2.

Go to and vote for "Human Agency - The Seventh Cup" - you have to register with their site but it only takes 2 minutes!

Here is the song you are voting for:

Thanks for your help!

Jerry Garcia MTV Interview

Special thanks to BrandoFunk for posting this uncut Nina Blackwood interview filmed June 2, 1983.

Cliff Notes Version:

Jerry Garcia Band solo tour
Playing different instruments
Jerry Garcia Band's Matrix Club S.F. roots
The Deadheads
Jerry's early years learning to play the guitar
Meeting and getting to be friends with Phil Lesh
Grateful Dead studio albums
Grateful Dead playing live
Grateful Dead on film
Songwriting to get a new album ready
Grateful Dead video plans
Grateful Dead in the 1980's
End of formal interview
MTV station ID's
One more question before the tape cuts

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Mix Tapes

Throwing a Halloween Party? Here are a couple of Halloween themed mixes to help you out with DJ duties.

Halloween Mix Tape Vol I

01/18 Welcome To My Nightmare - Alice Cooper
02/18 Maggot Brain - Widespread Panic w/ David Blackmon
03/18 Godzilla - Blue Oyster Cult
04/18 Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield
05/18 Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones
06/18 Vampire Blues - Neil Young
07/18 Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
08/18 I Walk On Guilded Splinters - Dr. John
09/18 Ball of Confusion - The Temptations
10/18 It's Just The Night - The Del McCoury Band
11/18 Ain't No Grave - Johnny Cash
12/18 The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
13/18 Shower Scene - Theme From Psycho
14/18 Spirit In The Dark - Aretha Franklin
15/18 Superstition - Stevie Wonder
16/18 Thriller - Michael Jackson
17/18 Freaks Come Out At Night - Whodini
18/18 Devil in a Blue Dress - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels


01/19 Halloween Theme - John Carpenter
02/19 Where The Devil Don't Stay - Drive-By Truckers
03/19 Highly Suspicious - My Morning Jacket
04/19 Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
05/19 Scarecrow - Beck
06/19 Blood Moon - Deer Tick
07/19 Psychotic Girl - The Black Keys
08/19 Halloween Head - Ryan Adams
09/19 People Are Strange - The Doors
10/19 Slippin' Into Darkness - War
11/19 Ghost - Phish
12/19 Voodoo Woman - Koko Taylor
13/19 Little Red Riding Hood - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
14/19 Whistlin' Past the Graveyard - Tom Waits
15/19 Way Down In The Hole - Steve Earle
16/19 Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground - The White Stripes
17/19 Back in Black - AC/DC
18/19 Me and The Devil Blues - Widespread Panic
19/19 Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath

DOWNLOAD Halloween Mix Tape Vol I


01/32 Dump Truck - Robert Walter's 20th Congress
02/32 Blood On The Highway - The Ragged Jubilee
03/32 Dancing On Our Graves - The Cave Singers
04/32 Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath
05/32 Howlin' For You - The Black Keys
06/32 My Wicked, Wicked Ways - Blue Mountain
07/32 Spooky - Classics IV
08/32 Diggin' My Grave - William Elliott Whitmore
09/32 Spooked Cat Blues - Tim Bluhm
10/32 The Devil Had A Hold Of Me - Gillian Welch
11/32 Deal With The Devil - Peter Rowan
12/32 Graveyard - Grayson Capps
13/32 When the Devil's Loose - A.A. Bondy
14/32 Devil's A-Go-Go - Blitzen Trapper
15/32 Halloween 2009 - Loudon Wainwright III
16/32 Every Day IsThe Day Of The Dead - Ray Wylie Hubbard
17/32 Dire Wolf - The Grateful Dead
18/32 Devil In Disguise - J.J. Cale
19/32 Demonic Possession - Drive-By Truckers
20/32 It's A Monsters' Holiday - Buck Owens
21/32 Dirt On The Grave - Iron Horse
22/32 Devil - Split Lip Rayfield
23/32 Sinister Purpose - CCR
24/32 Vampire Lake - The Builders and The Butchers
25/32 The Plank - Devil Makes Three
26/32 Am I Demon - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
27/32 Devil Town - Bright Eyes
28/32 Feed My Frankenstein - Alice Cooper
29/32 I'm Mad - The Dead Weather
30/32 Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
31/32 Woke Up This Morning - Alabama 3
32/32 Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath

DOWNLOAD Halloween Mix Tape Vol 2

thanks to Cornbread > Jam for putting these together!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Karl Denson's Sticky Fingers - 10/21/11 San Francisco

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe arrived in San Francisco for a two night run at the Independent. The Independent is one of three popular venues that is less than a 15-minute walk from my apartment in Lower Pacific Heights (the Boom Boom Room and the Fillmore are the other two). So, my girlfriend and I were eager to see a show so close by without having to worry about buzzed driving and finding a parking space. One of the primary reasons we moved to San Francisco was to soak up the juicy music scene -- especially shows within walking distance from our couch. Last weekend we caught Denver's own Juno What at the Boom Boom Room, and this weekend we were pumped to catch a special performance from Karl Denson.

Denson is doing a little something different and very ambitious this tour by covering the entire Sticky Fingers album by the Rolling Stones. His first set is devoted to all ten songs, while the second set is regular Karl Denson tunes. During this stretch he has Anders Osbourne sitting in on vocals and lead guitar. The Scandi wook's own rock band opened up for KDTU this tour.

Both shows in San Francisco were sold out. The Independent was super packed with a mixture of chatty hipsters and the usual assortment of neo-hippie types. I had an extra ticket and sold it to a kid a few bucks below face. He showed up at 6:30 hoping to buy one at the box office, but got shut out. He tried to find one for almost four hours on the street in front of the venue -- and came up empty -- until I hooked him up.

Karl doubled on vocals and sax. He opened up the Sticky Fingers' set proclaiming, "This song is about interracial sex!" Then the band launched into an ass-shaking Brown Sugar.

The soused crowd sang along the loudest during Wild Horses. The highlight of the set (and from the "A" side was a smoking Can You Hear Me Knocking. I've heard Trey and Phish tease the ending too many times to count. My only complaint was that I wish Karl and company jammed it out more.

My girlfriend thought Denson's rendition of Bitch was the highlight of the "B" side of the original album. The jamming apex occurred during a faded-version of Sister Morphine. The dissonant trumpet/sax jamming almost made it feel like I was schwasted on pharmies. Anders jammed out so hard during Morphine that he had to change his shirt after the song.

Crowd definitely perked up for Flowers, and a sultry Moonlight Mile closed the Sticky Fingers set.

Karl Denson is playing again on Saturday, but that show is also sold out. He's heading down to Chico on Sunday then off to Colorado to play gigs in Boulder, Telluride, and Denver. This tour's big moment is the Halloween gig in Denver when KDTU is playing a special themed show -- Halloween 1971. Denson is going way back forty years to perform Sticky Fingers, while local power trio Rose Hill Drive will tackle The Who's "Who's Next." Anders Osbourne is also opening up and will be sitting in with Karl for the Sticky Fingers set.

If you get a chance, check out the Karl's Sticky Fingers project.

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This version of Bitch was not from the SF show, but from last week's gig at the HoB in Hollywood. As soon as find any vids from the Independent, I'll post it here...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Phish 2011 New Year's Eve Run at MSG

As the Joker lamented, "What No NYE announcement video?"

Regardless of the lack of cool vids, we're pleased to inform you that we'll be spending another Phishy New Years in NYC raging at Madison Square Garden.
December 28th (Wednesday) - MSG, New York, NY
December 29th (Thursday) - MSG, New York, NY
December 30th (Friday) - MSG, New York, NY
December 31st (Saturday) - MSG, New York, NY
The Mothership will hover over NYC in late December as band will bring us into 2012. Who knows how long we'll have to wait to see them play after that? I really hope Phish plays an End of the World gig in December 2012. Raging into the Apocalypse.

Anyway, here's Phish and the Meatstick from last year's NYE show at MSG...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Human Agency

Human Agency is an up & coming DJ/Producer act out of Denver, Colorado making some noise in the downtempo, electronic scene. These guys have been on the rise for the last year gaining lots of momentum by opening for acts such as Bonobo, Future Rock, Little People, and Emancipator.

Last week, Human Agency released the EP, "Lost Alchemy" which they have made available for FREE DOWNLOAD.

Here are two of my favorite tracks from the new EP which demonstrate the spectrum of sonic ability from Human Agency.

Follow Human Agency on Facebook/HumanAgency for more free music and tour dates.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Background Beats - Fall 2011

Background Beats - Fall 2011
track. song - artist

01. Beats Ballet - Mochipet & Ray Barbee
02. Soulmutation - Crazy Penis
03. In Space - Röyksopp
04. Backbone - Hop Scotch
05. Herbs And Spices - Hustlers of Culture
06. Sifting Through the Ashes - Human Agency
07. Prolo - Tosca
08. Freakfest - Spaceheater
09. Muy Tranquilo - Gramatik
10. A Private Interlude (Kinobe Remix) - Groove Armada
11. One Day Trip In An Elevator - Symptom
12. Moog Porn - Machine Drum & Mochipet
13. Midnight on the Run - BoomBox

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Makisupa Policeman - 10/4/99

This is a shout out to everyone at different Occupy Wall Street protests across the country...

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Lady Gaga - The Illuminati Puppet?

These four articles from Vigilant Citizen about Lady Gaga blew my mind...
Lady Gaga the Illuminati Puppet - Part 1
Lady Gaga the Illuminati Puppet - Part 2
Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' – The Illuminati Manifesto
Secret Meaning Behind Lady Gaga's 'Telephone
I'm not a fan of Lady Gaga. I honestly didn't know anything about her or her music aside from the fact that most of my friends often joked and wondered if she is a drag queen or really a woman.

I wasn't even familiar with her hit song Poker Face, even though I worked as a poker reporter and many of my non-poker friends often referenced it. I didn't even hear the entire song from start to finish until I picked up a rental car at Ft. Lauderdale airport during Phish's NYE run in Miami in 2009. I couldn't figure out how to change the radio station in the rental car so I had to listen to a show reviewing the year's best songs -- including Lady Gaga's Poker Face. To even make things weirder on that trip, Lady Gaga's tour bus was parked down the street from our hotel in downtown Miami. Wildo and the Joker quickly started rumors that she was going to sit in with Phish during the NYE run.

While doing research for this post, I watched a couple of Lady Gaga videos and it's very obvious that there's tons of subtle and not-so-subtle imagery and symbolism that the powers to be embedded in her videos either on purpose or by sheer coincidence. It's hard to dispute the evidence that she has become a puppet for someone. But specific imagery points toward the Illuminati -- a secret society that many conspiracy theorists believe are the ones calling the shots in shadow governments all over the globe.

Music used to be a tool of the revolution. Lyrics were a weapon that could reach the masses. Protests songs have been a part of American music for almost a hundred years. Bob Dylan was influenced by Woody Guthrie, who during his era, was renown for protest songs like This Land Is Your Land. Dylan became the master of stuffing a significant amount of political rhetoric into his folk songs. His mumbled words, a guitar, and harmonica helped ignite a revolution.

Somewhere along the way, the powers to be realized the immense social impact of popular music, so they used the airwaves to manipulate the masses, especially the impressionable youth. They hijacked videos on MTV and BET to help sedate the masses by turning them into mindless zombie consumers, instead of revolutionary anarchists hell bent on seizing power from the elites. In the ultimate display of arrogance, they even secretly leaked out their evil agenda using symbols that appeared in videos from some of the most popular artists of the day dating back to Madonna and including her post-modern incarnation of Lady Gaga. Also rumored to be manipulated by the Illuminati are Britney Spears, Kanye West, Justin Beiber, and even a few of of your favorite hip hop artists.

Enter Lady Gaga.

She fascinated the world and sold millions of records in a day when most people acquired music for free on the internet. She cut right to the front of the line of wanna-be celebs seeking their "15 minutes of fame" and her moniker became a piece of every day vernacular in mainstream America. She performed to loyal minions sold out concerts and was so captivating that even Trey took his daughters to a Lady Gaga concert. She inspired stylists and clothing designers. She became an icon for the gay community and every queer from the Castro to the West Village belted out her lyrics. Her weirdness even attracted fetishists and satanists from all over the planet.

The young woman who became Lady GaGa (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) was a struggling musician and artist in NYC who literally sold her soul to become a puppet for the Illuminati. "Stefani" used to play her original music to drunken hipsters on the Lower East Side, but her fledgling career seemed doomed to fail before her metamorphosis into Lady Gaga. She has since become one of the most famous and recognizable celebrities in the world. She's a fixture on MTV and her songs are blasted in clubs all over the world. Did she truly sell her soul to the devil? Or at least... to devil worshipers?

Lady Gaga makes you turn your head. She looks outlandish, like the madame of a futuristic post-apocalyptic whorehouse, but all of her over-the-top costumes and intricate make-up might distract you from discovering the hidden symbolism in her outfits and in the background of her bizarre videos.

Either Lady Gaga has been "borrowing" imagery from secret societies, or she's become a shill for the Illuminati. It seems pretty obvious to me. The hidden eye theme (Eye of Horus or the symbol that is on the back of the $1 bill) is something that is strewn all over her videos and different photo shoots in magazines. The references to Baphomet are startling. Baphomet is a goat-headed androgynous creature with breasts that was the product of magical sex between opposite copulatives.

See for yourself...

When you have some time, I encourage you to take a peek at these articles: Lady Gaga the Illuminati Puppet - Part 1, Lady Gaga Illuminati Puppet - Part 2, Secret Meaning Behind Lady Gaga's 'Telephone, and Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' – The Illuminati Manifesto.

The information, pictures, and videos in those articles point toward a horrifying truth that Lady Gaga is being used as a tool to manipulate the masses using mind control techniques and sacred imagery in her videos. But who does she work for? Is she a puppet for the Illuminati, Satan worshipers, or some other evil mind control project funded by the CIA?

Next time you watch a Lady Gaga video, pay close attention because you never know what weirdness might pop up.