Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer in Saratoga: A Rock Art Exhibition

Courtesy post for friend of Coventry Music Pete "PhanArt". Be sure to check out the Rock Art Exhibit at the Saratoga Hilton 7/6/2013.

Summer in Saratoga: A Rock Art Exhibition Announces Final Lineup for the Saturday July 6th show at the Saratoga Hilton, featuring the best Phish inspired art, including limited edition art made specifically for the show. Developed and produced by a group of artists and fans known as the Mothership Art Collective, the art show will be held in the middle of a weekend of Phish, who play just down the road at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, July 5th-7th. Admission is Free.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Live Bait! Vol. 9 Released

Free Phish! Worms not included.

Phish released the latest batch of free tunes in their Live Bait series. The ninth volume features one of my favorite moments form 98 summer tour (Tube > Slave).

Here's the track list...
Live Bait - Volume 9

1. Foam [11/2/94 Bangor, ME]
2. A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing [6/19/04 SPAC]
3. Moma Dance [7/6/00 Toronto]
4. Split Open and Melt > Kung > Jam [7/15/99 Holmdel, NJ]
5. Mike’s Song > Twist > Weekapaug Groove [7/9/99 Merriweather]
6. David Bowie [6/15/95 Atlanta, GA]
7. AC/DC Bag > Ghost [11/7/98 UIC]
8. Tube > Slave To The Traffic Light [7/16/98 The Gorge]
9. Undermind [8/31/12 Dick's]
Download Live Bait, Vol. 9 here!
Sometimes I forget how lucky we are to be fans of a band that actually cares about its audience. That's why I love the Live Bait series. Deep cuts for hardcore phans.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Flashback: Phish 2012 Summer Tour, Part 1

By Pauly

Phish tour kicks off in one week. Let's hop in our time machine and flashback to last summer. Phish played 33 shows in the summer of 2012. I saw 24 shows spread out over two legs.

Here is a machine-gun Trey inspired quickie review of the 14 out of 20 shows I caught during Leg 1 (originally plucked from my show recaps)...

Atlantic City, NJ - Night 1... Skipped Worcester and Bonnaroo. Hopped on tour in Atlantic City. Caught a ride from NYC with Javier and Igor, who had a bag full of mescaline. He called it "cactus dust" and devoured dippies while speeding down the Garden State Parkway. Sketchy AC. Wiseguys, old people, and plight. Extras were $40. Beach-party-funk with Camel Walk. Page tore it up on Coil. I finally understood the lyric about Satan standing on the beach. That fucker lives in AC, "where the sand turns to gold." Bader's Field proximity to the ocean created a vortex of unparalleled energy. Mesc peaked during a Birds of a Feather wild rumpus. What's the deal with CK5's vagina-inspired circular lights? Twist-Piper "wooooooo" shenanigans. Nitrous mafia vultures in gold chains and track suits dragged icy-cold tanks around the block from the Boardwalk. Spent all night toking up on the beach. Never saw Satan.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Our "Simple" Contribution to 33 for 33 Project

I was lucky to participate in Lawn Memo's latest 33 for 33 project If you don't know, Lawn Memo created a Daily Ghost Project, which was a thorough investigation (both musical and paranormal) into every version of Ghost. Every single one Phish played. Talk about an ambitious undertaking.

You can find The Daily Ghost here.

Lawn Memo's newest project -- 33 for 33 -- highlights one jam from every show in 2012. Different contributors share their thoughts on their favorite jam from a specific show. They've been going in chronological order and I was assigned 8/18/12 San Francisco, the second night of the San Francisco run and I happened to be at that show so it was a perfect match.

Check out my guest post on Simple from 8/18/12.

The second night of San Francisco was a greatest hits show (check out my recap for Coventry titled Lost in Space). Only 28 songs. Ha! Lots of ripcording from Trey. Only a handful of songs were in excess of 10 minutes (Wolfman's, Melt, Simple and Fluffhead). Both Wolfman's and Melt were in the first set and each contained quality jams. I could have easily written about either, but wanted something more challenging. Hence why I picked Simple. The jam was unexpected and so fucking out there and felt like foreplay before (and eventual) 2001. Melt was your standard "let fuck with all the acidheads" type of frenetic jam and Wolfman's was pure power funk, except they put their own San Francisco foggy spin on it. Essentially, you knew what you were getting into with both of those powerful jamming vehicles, whereas Simple is one of those songs that could get stretched out (like those melted watches in a Salvador Dali painting as I describe in the 33 for 33 column) and has such a wider range that the Simple jam could have gone anywhere. And it did.

Thanks to the gang at Lawn Memo for inviting me to participate in 33 for 33. Check out some of the other amazing entries about the other shows from 2012.

Don't forget to read about your favorite version of Ghost in The Daily Ghost. My favorites both happened in Europe: Prague 98 and Denmark 98. I'm a huge fan of the monster tag-teams from Albany 2009 (Seven Below > Ghost) and Long Beach 2012 (The Beiberlicious Rock & Roll >Ghost).

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pretty Lights: The Making of 'A Color Map of the Sun' (Documentary)

The Joker told me about how Pretty Lights cut a new album, A Color Map of the Sun, by doing something slightly different -- using musicians to create breaks for him while trying to replicate specific stylistic sounds from the 60s and 70s. Although based out of Denver, CO, the new Pretty Lights album was recorded in NYC and New Orleans, and employed local studio musicians from both cities.

Check out this mini-doc about the making of A Color Map of the Sun....

Yes, my boy is wicked baked in many of the interview segments... okay... he was completely baked all the time. But aren't we all?

Also, the Joker mentioned that you should pay attention to all of the "hats" in the doc.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Firday Night UNTZ: Leftwing & Kody

Friday night. Time to rage proper. Need some UNTZ to keep the after-party going? We stumbled upon this gem by Leftwing & Kody. The track is titled "Lost"...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Art of Punk: Black Flag

Great documentary series discussing artwork during the punk era. This of segment of The Art of Punk focuses on those miscreants in Black Flag and their incendiary logo and the punk scene in LA in the mid-70s.

H/T to Open Culture.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Morning Key Bumps: Piper - Fall 97

I miss the days when Phish took their time with the intro easing into Piper. These days, there's no foreplay and it's a straight-up grind session.

From the illustrious fall 97 tour. Piper was one of four songs in that second set. Four. Giddy-up...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Night UNTZ: The Beastles

Btreotch turned us onto this mashup of The Beatles and the Beastie Boys. Embrace this madness...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Levon Helm Documentary: Ain't In It for My Health

"Ain't In It For My Health" looks like an amazing documentary about Levon Helm struggling to make art in the twilight of his life:

This film premieres Wednesday in Los Angeles (plus a Q&A with the director). Details here.

This film can be seen at select theatres in LA this weekend. Details here.


For nationwide release and a list of theatres in your city, check out this link.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sunshine Daydream: Veneta, Oregon

G-Money recommended Sunshine Daydream, a bootleg documentary of the Grateful Dead show at Ken Keye's hippie compound in Veneta, Oregon from 8/27/72. This was one of those shows that was a must have in everyone's bootleg tape collection.

"Keep calm back there!"

FYI... stream 8.27.72 here.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday Morning Key Bumps: Jake Bugg and Lightning Bolt

Our friend Hannah turned us onto Jake Bugg. It's great driving music. Lots of short, yet catchy bursts of lyrics and gritty acoustic guitar.

I listened to his self-titled album for a few days before I did some research into Jake Bugg. I thought he was one of those singer-songwriters from Laurel Canyon in the 1970s who churned one great album of personal tunes but then got run down by the usual culprits: women, cocaine, and too many creative blocks. Alas, I was surprised to find out that Jake Bugg was born in 1994! The kid from Nottingham, England isn't even 20 yet and he's achieved wunderkind status in British indie rock circles (competing with Alt-J as Great Britain's breakthrough act of 2012).

The lazy comparison is that Bugg is the British re-incarnation of Bob Dylan circa early 60s, but that is setting the kid up to fail, because he'll be ambushed by rabid Dylan Disciples, who will quickly tear him down for trying to come close to replicating their deity.

Jake Bugg had a sound that's a throwback to the late 60s and early 70s. If you dig deeper into his album, you'll start too see more alt-country influences than Dylan.

Here's a song that has gotten heavy airplay in my household...

Friday, June 07, 2013

Friday Night UNTZ: Willie Burns - I'm Gonna Get You (Hipstah!)

Another variation of Late Night UNTZ series. This one is a special Friday Night UNTZ and Willie Burns is back with a gem... I'm Gonna Get You. This is perfect down-tempo music for a 3am rendezvous...

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Hal Masa: You Enjoy My-Mix - Japhan 2000

I'm so thrilled about the new Hal Masa mix! He pulled some of the best clips from the 2000 summer tour in Japan. I was fortunate to catch six shows that tour in what was one of the most amazing trips I've ever taken. Plus, shrooms were legal in Japan at the time, so you could buy them at head shops! The Fukuoka and Nagoya shows ranks among my all-time favorite Top 10 personal shows. Hal Masa's new mix gives me plenty of warm and fuzzy memories.

Hal Masa - Japhan 2000 - You Enoy My Mix - Tracklist:
6/9/00 Tweezer
6/13/00 Wolfman's Brother
6/16/00 Theme From The Bottom
6/10/00 Bathtub Gin
6/15/00 Ghost
6/14/00 Jam->Walk Away->Jam->2001
6/16/00 Runaway Jim
6/16/00 Reba
6/16/00 Slave to the Traffic Light
6/16/00 Harry Hood
6/15/00 Divided Sky

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Foxygen: Freaking Out French School Children

I can't figure out Foxygen. I wrote about that internal conflict over at my main blog in a post titled: Foxygen: Subversive Anti-Hipsters or Full-Blown Plasticine PoMo Trash?

This is an interesting video featuring two songs -- In the Darkness and No Destruction -- and it was recorded with just an acoustic guitar as the band wanders the streets of France.

If you're short on time, fast forward to 3:30 for a version of No Destruction. When lead singer Sam France notices a group of French school kids on a field trip has curiously gathered around behind them, he tries to croon to them, but they sort of run away. I'd flee too if I saw a strung-out hipster freak try to sing to me about smoking pot on the subway.

Monday, June 03, 2013

New Phish Box Set: Ventura, CA - 1997 and 98

The new Phish Ventura box set features six CDs and some of the best Left Coast Phish from the summers of 1997 and 1998. The Ventura box set includes both complete shows at Ventura County Fairgrounds on 7/30/97 and 7/20/98.

I lived in Seattle in 97-98 and juggled a couple of jobs and scheduled my vacation so I could go see five West Coast shows that kicked off summer tour (Portland, Gorge, Shoreline and Ventura). At the last one in Ventura, CA, I was having such a blast that I wanted to stay on tour and keep the party going. We've all been there... you fall fast and hard and you're completely mesmerized by the music as Phish kicks your ass night after night and you love being in constant motion on the road and chasing the high and hooked on the scene and you don't want to leave especially because you met a groovy girl with butterfly wings and hope you run into her in the lot at the next show, but you're jealous that the circus is moving onto a new city without you. In the lot after the Ventura show I made a bold move and decided to go to the next show in Arizona. I was scheduled to drive back to Seattle with kids I went on tour with, but they understood my desire to go to one more show. Anyway, I caught a ride to the Phoenix show with a bunch of Oregon wooks and they had $3 among them and no gas money (yet of course, they had 1.5 pounds of homegrown blueberry and had a few zips of shrooms). I paid for gas on my credit card and we blasted James Brown the entire way to Phoenix and the Ore-wooks tried to talk me into doing the rest of the tour with them. Tempting, but I couldn't. I had to get back to work and even though I was broke, I luckily had enough room left on my Discover Card to buy a plane ticket back to Seattle. I didn't miss any work, had a blast at Desert Sky and actually got back to Seattle a half day earlier than my original friends who drove back from the Ventura show.

Ventura brings back fond memories. Both of these shows capture the breeziness of Phish as they blended their Vermont cow funk and embraced the laid back nature of Southern California. The 1997 Ventura show is highlight by a monster Bowie > Cities > Bowie. Meanwhile the 98 Ventura show is kicked off by a 20+ rendition of Bathtub Gin, and you also get to hear some incendiary Trey shredding during the Drowned jam at the start of Set 2. Oh, and the Halley's Comet encore only clocks in around nine minutes but it slowly and gently drifts off into the cosmos.

BTW, the stellar art on the Ventura box set is vastly underrated. Some of the best I've seen from other Phish releases with ornate and magnificent artwork on the individual discs. Perfect visual compliment to the music.

The Ventura box set officially comes out on June 18th. You can pre-order it right now over at Dry Goods. If you pre-order, you get some cool extra funky stuff like a bonus CD from Ventura 1993.
Phish "Ventura" 1997 and 1998 - Tracklist:

Disc 1 - 7/30/97 Set 1
1. NICU >
2. Wolfman’s Brother >
3. Chalk Dust Torture
4. Water In the Sky
5. Stash
6. Weigh >
7. Piper >
8. Cars Trucks Buses
9. Character Zero

Disc 2 - 7/30/97 Set 2
1. Punch You In the Eye >
2. Free >
3. David Bowie >
4. Cities >
5. David Bowie

Disc 3 - 7/30/97 Set 2, cont.
1. Bouncing Around the Room
2. Uncle Pen
3. Prince Caspian >
4. Fire
5. Encore: My Soul
6. Filler: Ventura ’97 Soundcheck Jam

Disc 4 - 7/20/98 Set 1
1. Bathtub Gin
2. Dirt >
3. Poor Heart
4. Lawn Boy
5. My Sweet One
6. Birds Of A Feather
7. Theme From the Bottom
8. Water In the Sky
9. Moma Dance
10. Split Open and Melt

Disc 5 - 7/20/98 Set 2
1. Drowned >
2. Makisupa Policeman >
3. Maze
4. Sea and Sand
5. Prince Caspian
6. Harry Hood

Disc 6 - 7/20/98 Encore
1. Sexual Healing >
2. Hold Your Head Up
3. Halley’s Comet
4. Filler: Ventura ’98 Soundcheck Jam

 Pre-order Phish's Ventura box set now.

Monday Morning Key Bumps: Maceo Parker and Pass the Peas

Maceo Parker will get you're ass in gear on this dreary Monday morning!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Saturday Night Untz: Pong In A Tracksuit

This is Willie Burns' Pong In A Tracksuit, which is perfect down tempo music to play at the after-after-party at 4am.

Happy Birthday, Sgt. Pepper

Today is the anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It dropped on June 1, 1967. This documentary doesn't do the album justice, but watch it anyway.

And here's the full album: