Thursday, October 31, 2013

Phish Halloween Setlist and Recap: 10/31/13 - Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

Spoooooooky poster! 

Trick or treat, Phisheads! Phish is back with their first "musical costume" Halloween show in three years. Will it be My Bloody Valentine? Elton John? Zeppelin? A concert version of Hands on a Hardbody? Is there a clue in the poster? I'm starting to sound like one of those kids on PT. 

Tune in to the webcast at 7:30pm ET on Live Phish where they're offering a three-day pass for all the Atlantic City shows. Pauly is somewhere on the Boardwalk at the moment and will be updating from the show on Coventry's Twitter and Instagram feeds. Don't forget, there are three sets tonight, so if you're like me, a west coaster rushing home from the office on the 405 freeway dressed as an ocelot, you should make it home for the all-important second set. 

Update (6:45pm ET):  Just heard from Pauly who got a look at the Phishbill. Phish is dressing up as... themselves. The second set will be their new album, Wingsuit. 

Phish - 10/31/2013 - Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

Set 1: Heavy Things, Moma Dance, Poor Heart, Back on the Train, Silent in the Morning, Kill Devil Falls, Mound, Free, Camel Walk, Stash, Golgi, Bathtub Gin

Set 2: Wingsuit, Fuego, The Line, Monica, Waiting All Night, Wombat, Snow, Devotion to a Dream, 555, Winterqueen, Amidst the Peals of Laughter, You Never Know

Set 3: Ghost > Carini, Birds of a Feather, HOOD, Bug, Antelope

E: Quinn the Eskimo


Halloween Quickie Recap by Pauly

No sleep. Partying. Gambling. Just like the Daft Punk song. "We're up all night to get lucky." Phish is lucky their phans are understanding and open. Sure, lots of mixed feelings all around but as one friend put it best, "I'd rather hear new Phish than get stuck listening to them cover an album I don't like." All fall tour, I wondered where all the new content was... and I guess now we know why they were saving it.

Another wild ride from NYC to AC courtesy of the CT crew (Igor, Josh, and Javier). No traffic on the Parkway and rolled in at 4:20pm. Welcome back to AC, where the sand turns to gold! Thanks to Pat for hooking me up with a Halloween ticket. Hardest ticket of the year. Pat even showed up in my hotel lobby to drop it off. What an awesome dude.Thanks brah!

I caught this show with Senor, my 1.0 partner in crime. Along with his lil bro Javier, we reprised our first-ever Phishy Halloween experience; we saw Vegas 1998 together and 15 years to the exact date we were in another gambling mecca checking out our favorite band's hijinks. Instead of the genius of Lou Reed, we got the genius of the Phish.

I hung out Page Side all night. Decent sound. Good section. Lots of confused folks. A good percentage thought Phish was punking them and that they would do an actual cover album and not their own material, but by the time they opened with Wingsuit, it was evident that Phish was indeed carrying on with an entire set of new material.

First set was a blur. Lots of nervous anticipation from both the artist and audience. Typical greatest hits first set anchored by heavy-hitters Stash and Bathtub Gin. We never really went too far down the rabbit hole with a dark/deviant Stash and I thought it was funny that Silent in the Morning (another Horse-less Silent) popped up in the clean-up spot. Buffet of funk grooves with MOMA, Back on the Train, and Camelwalk.

The second set? Phish has always been a quartet of pranksters so they pulled a fast one on us. They never officially announced a cover set so everyone assumed they would bust out a classic album. Social media fueled the rumors. Everything from ZZ Top to Huey Lewis to Elton John and the Allman Brothers. I dig Duane Allman, so I really wanted Eat A Peach, because who doesn't want to hear Phish shred a ginromous 45-minute Mountain Jam for shits and giggles. Alas, they gambled with a risky serving of new material. It really takes titanium balls (plus lots of trust in us, the blood-thirsty zealots) to pull a dozen untested and brand-spanking new songs out of their ass. I probably dug 1/3 of them (Fuego, Wombat and Monica). Another 1/3 needs work. And the other 1/3 didn't stick. But, kudos to Phish for always keeping us on our toes and for delivering much-anticipated new material.

Barney Miller's Abe Vigoda showed up in a bear costume. That was the "Holy shitballs, WTF?" moment of the night. At setbreak, they showed a mini-film with Page and Abe paying homage to The Godfather.

The third set was more to my liking. The boys were playing to my buzz. Everyone knew Ghost was coming. It was mean and ferocious but didn't quite scare me. Carini was what Fink would call a "dirty little whore." But that's how I like my Carini. This particular Hood had a couple of crotch-tickling moments when the entire crowd unleashed a collective orgasm. Love those peak live-show moments. Part of the crowd grumbled with Bug intro. The boys shrugged it off and rocked it out, especially hysterical to watch a tweaker dude in a pink tu-tu and Minnie Mouse ears get down in front of us. Antelope was pure smoke. Sloppy, but all smoke. I felt like I ran three miles while jogging in place during Halloween Antelope. Senor was let down by a single encore tune (Mighty Quinn), even though he's a huge Dylan fan. He was hoping for a 4-song encore like we got in Worcester. Heck, at least a two song double dip? Nope. Just a single cover and the boys rushed off stage.

I have not re-listened to the show, especially the second set. I expect it's going to take a while for these songs to take root, but the seeds have been scattered about. Eager to see what grows and what withers away. It's sort of like unveiling a minor league team. Which one of these prospects will make it to the "show"?

One show down. Two more to go in AC.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Phish Setlist - 10/29/2013, Santander Arena, Reading, PA

Pauly's on a deadline so he's not at tonight's show, but rest assured he'll be back on tour in A.C. In the meantime, we've got your Reading, PA setlist right here.

Phish - 10/29/2013 - Santander Arena, Reading, PA

Set 1: Cars Trucks Buses, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, Ginseng Sullivan, Wolfman's Brother, Sparkle, Walk Away, Divided Sky, Split Open and Melt, Julius
Set 2: DWD > Taste, Twenty Years Later > Piper > Backwards, YEM, Grind

E: Bouncin, Reba, GTBT

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Phish Setlist and Recap: 10/27/2013, XL Center, Hartford, CT

Welcome to Hartford, Phishkids! Please keep your arms and legs inside the train. Watch out for flying w00ks and don't spend all your gas money on balloons.

Phish - 10/27/2013, XL Center, Hartford, CT

Set 1: Rock & Roll, Ocelot, Tube, Halfway to the Moon, Fee, Maze, Lawn Boy, Nellie Kane, NICU, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Chalkdust, Tweezer > Birds of a Feather > Golden Age > Halley's Comet > 2001, Fluffhead, Slave

E: Loving Cup > Tweeprise

Quickie Hartford Recap by Pauly

 IronGirl and I arrived in Hartford rather early. Short drive from Worcester. We parked in a lot a few block from the old Civic Center, which is my Dead history is correct, it was the last place that St. Stephen was performed. Historic venue where the old Hartford Whalers used to play. Trey even mentioned about how he caught many concerts inside the same building during his high school days (at Taft), so it had a little extra special sentiment for him.

The venue was chill but the cops were herding us around like cattle. Glen Falls was majestic and we were welcomed there, whereas Hartford was the opposite vibe. Usually the lot scene at the Hartford Meadows is insanely raging, but the scene around the venue downtown was unwelcoming and scattered throughout a few smaller lots. I had a homeless dude in an Izod sweater accuse me of being a plain clothes cop. Javier and the CT crew had a room at the hotel attached to the venue, so due to a bunk lot scene, we prepartied in the room. I got a lil schwilly before I even left for the show, so I knew I was in for one of those wild nights. Heck, whenever Igor (aka the infamous cactus dust dude) shows up at a show, I know I'm gonna get blitzed. He even gave me a present... an unknown rock of what he thought was brown mahl.

Lou Reed passed away earlier in the day so it was a given that Phish was going to play tribute to Lou. But what song? The odds on favorite was Rock and Roll (Velvet Underground), but I wanted to hear Sweet Jane or Oh Sweet Nuthin. Javier joked that he'd like to hear Heroin. Phish decided to open with Rock & Roll, which was often a second set opener and something they had played a few shows earlier in Glen Falls. They knew they could play it well, so they went with that instead of something they had never played before (like a non-Velvet's tune like Dirty Blvd. or something they had not practiced like Sweet Jane).

Has it been almost 15 years since the Loaded Halloween show in Vegas? Any chance the band wears the same costume twice? I'm guilty of recycling old costumes. I think I'd rather hear Loaded a second time (albeit 15 years apart by a entirely different band -- 3.0 Phish vs. 1.0 Phish) than see them struggle with My Bloody Valentine.

Rock and Roll rocked. The crowded chanted "Looooooooooooooo!" when the song ended. Then Trey launched into Ocelot, which is a song about Oxycontin abuse, or what is essentially synthetic heroin. So Javier got post-rehab Trey's version of Lou Reed's junkie anthem Heroin. Another quickie Tube, followed by Halfway to the Moon, which gets better with every version, yet still needs a lil more work. Obviously Page digs it. Javier had not seen Fee in what he thought was forever. Maze didn't drag us down the rabbit hole. Lawn Boy was the moment Page locked up post-show booty. Nellie Kane? If we're getting served up country shit, I'd rather hear MMGAMOIO or how about a Johnny Cash cover? NICU was short and sweet. The first set ended with a double dip of 2.0 songs: A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing and Walls of the Cave. ASIHTOS was a little rusty, but brief. I wanted to hear Walls, but it lacked the same punch as versions I caught this summer.

I was sitting on the bend in the middle of the lower section, but I joined IronGirl for the second set. She was ten rows off the floor, but dead center behind CK5. Amazing view and I posted a couple of vines that included the "waterfall lights" by CK5 and 2001.

For a second night in a row, the second set was very strong. Standard yet interesting choice for a Chalkdust set opener. Tweezer was 17+ minutes of unadulterated bliss. Birds didn't really standout much but the set was anchored by an insanely sick Golden Age. Just when I thought they were overplaying that cover, they obliterated the Golden jam out. Halley's got ripchored in favor of 2001, but it was another titillating and ass shaking 2001 dance party. Fluffhead was a high-energy crowd pleaser, while a sublime Slave tickled this jaded vet's soul.

I can't recall how many times I've seen a Loving Cup > Tweeprize encore. I'd say at least a dozen times. But it never gets old. High energy. Full blown wankage. Tons of fun. Much better encore than the previous evening.

Post-show, the lot scene was super weak. I saw a cop screaming at Phish kids, "Go home! get out of here! Go. The. Fuck. Home!" Too bad Phish did not play Glen Falls again. Loved that vibe. Hartford is a sketchy city and phans were like cockroaches were scattering around the side streets the rest of the night.

The quote of the night came from Igor: "It's stupid to do Special K, blow and Molly all at the same time. You can't blast off. That's the kinda shit that killed Elvis."

Eight shows in the books. I'm getting old. I can't handle 8 shows in 10 days like I used to! I'm taking off Reading show, but I'll hop back on tour for AC. See you on the Boardwalk.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Phish Setlist and Recap: 10/26/2013 - Worcester, MA - Night 2

Ready for Round 2 in Woostah?

Phish - 10/26/2013, DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Set 1: Party Time, PYITE, Back on the Train, My Soul, Bathtub Gin, Ride Captain Ride, Stash, Simple, David Bowie, Zero

Set 2: Drowned > Light > Sand > Theme, Mike's Song > No Quarter > Weekapaug

E: Boogie On**, Possum**

 ** with Kenwood Bernard on drums


Quickie Worcester Saturday Recap by Pauly

Another wild night in Worcester. The nitrous mooks were playing lot chess with local po-po. Saw one trooper bust a tank and he knocked a knob off. Nitrous shot into the air. One drunk tried to put his face over it.

Went to show with big sis Lori. Ran into PhanArt. Shakedown super packed and claustrophobic. Sold an extra to Unolker. Bumped into T in the lot (again). Got upgraded tix via Fink again. Same section 102, same seats as Friday night! Saw more flying wooks leaping 20 feet from adjacent section trying to get on floor. Much more packed. More folks sneaking on the floor.

Fun night but I was schwilly so might not be best judge of overall quality. Then again, all my friends who didn't go to the show listened to the second set and they were gushing about it. I finally listened to the highlights and it stands up under a re-listen.

Party Time set the mood. PYITE got everyone rocking and I watched a dozen bros jump the rail. Personal set 1 highlights included Ride Captain Ride and Simple. They also nailed crowd favorites like Gin, Bowie, and Stash.

Leo gave everyone updates on the World Series at the start of set 2. Drowned > Light was a trippy beginning to a psychedelic dance party. The last few Lights were
on a short leash. Trey shredded the hell out of Sand. Mellow Theme and I was so schwilly I spent the first half of the song digging thru my packed pockets in search of a lighter. Turned out it was in my front pocket. Fink reminded me about the Mikes Groove with No Quarter sandwich from Dick's... and the boys delivered another scintillating performance. So damn glad they didn't run out of gas in the last part of the set.

Although I dig Kenwood Bernard, he wasn't sync'd with the rest of the band. Maybe a jazz cover woulda been better?Alas, Boogie On and Possum didn't pack the same nut-busting punch as if could have with Fish. Yeah, I was let down with the encore but the rest of the second set was all smoke. Heat. En fuego. Fire.

Phish tore up Worcester. Two-night rager. Seven shows in the books. Hampton 3, Glen Falls & Worcester 2 were among my favorite nights this fall tour.

See ya in Hartford.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Phish Setlist and Recap - 10/25/2013 - Worcester, MA - Night 1

Put on a pot of chowdah and grab some heady lobstah rolls. After a one-night breather, the boys are hitting Worcester, Mass. for a two-night run. Webcast? Survey says no, but there's usually a feed to be found on Hoodstream. And as always, hit up Coventry's Twitter and Instagram feeds for live updates from Pauly.

Phish - 10/25/2013 - DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Set 1: Funky Bitch, Wolfman's Brotha, Wilson, The Curtain With, Cities, Rift, Free, My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own, Vultures, 46 Days

Set 2: Waves > Carini > Prince Caspian > Backwards Down the Number Line > Ghost > Dirt > DWD > Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley > Cavern > Antelope

E: Contact > Suzy Greenberg, Rocky Top, Good Times Bad Times

* * * *
Quickie Worcester Recap by Pauly

Took the train from NYC to Albany. Big Sis Lori (aka IronGirl) picked me up and we drove to Worcester. Shakedown was overrun by nitrous mongers. All balloons. Everywhere. Once again, the dark side of the force took over a segment of the lot and ran amok.

Fink is the Man! He upgraded our tickets from 200-level seats to Sec 102, right off the floor. Sold my extras for $50 each. Dunno why DCU Center blocks out the first two rows, but because of that strange policy, Row C was actually the first row. For a second show in a row, my crew had the first row off the floor and we caught Phish in a minor league hockey rink. Compared to Glen Falls CC, Worcester looked massive. Lots of rail jumpers appeared when the lights went down. Saw one wook leap 20+ feet down to the floor. Amazing. Flying wooks.

10-song first set anchored by Wolfman's Brah in the 2-hole, which featured a basic funk vamp that got everyone (band included) in the proper mood for the evening. I wagered on a Wilson opener (since Roch-Vegas), but Trey held off on his wank anthem until Worcester. This thunderous Wilson was dedicated to Trey's high school buddies. The Curtain With is always a beautiful piece of music and made me wonder: When is Phish going to write a new instrumental? Been a while. Cities was short and sweet. Lori felt a Free opener was on deck, but they pushed it to the middle of the set. Rare version of MMGAMOIO (seemed like the boys played it every other show in 1999). Vultures got hijacked by anxious Woo-heads. I caught a couple of smoking renditions of 46 Days in 3.0 which the band used as a launching pad and a late-first set jam vehicle, but this one was a quickie that ended a short opening set.

Super-mellow Waves kicked off the second set. Coupled with Carini, the boys served up a nice mind-bending set for anyone cooking on quality shrooms and/or other psychedelics. The end of Carini got lathered in plinko sauce. I lost interest during Caspian-Backwards, but finally got lured back into the mix at the end of Backwards. The Ghost jam peaked with a waterfall of notes by Big Red and those intense bright CK5 lights that illuminate the entire arena. It never really ended but Trey started whistling the intro to Dirt. Now that's a slow tune I can get behind. Mid-set DWD featured the return of Roid-Rage Gordo, who was flexing his guns all set. Did the band get bored with the DWD jam? It petered off and just when it almost died out completely, the room nearly exploded with the opening notes to Sneaking Sally from the Alley. Serious Page clav milkage. When Leo stands up, we get down. One of the peak crowd energy moments of the night (and the tour thus far). A jacked-up Cavern-Antelope double dip closed the set.

I'm very critical of Phish's encores, especially when they cheese out with a Show of Life turd. We know Phish is capable of pulling off crazy shenanigans for their encores, which is why it's disappointing when they finish off a smoking show with a "meh" encore. Friday was NOT one of those nights. Phish topped the first night at Worcester with a four-song encore (Contact, Suzy, Rocky Top, and Good Times Bad Times). Two of them were covers -- Zeppelin's bong-rattling GTBT and the traditional Tennessee anthem Rocky Top. Javier had a theory that whenever Phish busted out Rocky Top, that was their way of giving the show their stamp of approval. One thing is for sure... the band was having a legit blast the last two nights (three out of the last four if you count Sunday Hampton). When the band has fun, we have fun.

Six shows down, one more to go in Worcester.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Phish Setlist - 10/23/2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

If you don't know where Glens Falls, NY is... you're not alone. I had to consult Google Maps to learn exactly where Pauly and Javier were racing to this afternoon (apparently, the middle of nowhere somewhere north of Albany). Tonight's sold-out show will be webcast on Live Phish, starting around 8pm EDT. Pauly has been capturing some awesome photos and Vines on this tour and they can be found on Twitter at @CoventryMusic or on Coventry's Instagram feed.

Phish: 10/23/2013, Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Set 1: Back in the USSR, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, Water in the Sky, Undermind, David Bowie, Golgi Apparatus, Gumbo, Yarmouth Road, Camel Walk, Horn, Limb By Limb, I Didn't Know, Split Open and Melt

Set 2: Rock & Roll > Seven Below, Alaska, Twist, Velvet Sea, HOOD, Chalkdust

E: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Phish Setlist - 10/22/2013 - Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY

Bees + honeycomb = Yarmouth Road tonight? 

Tonight, the circus rolls into Rochester, NY. No official webcast for this show, but hit up the good folks at Hoodstream for a live look inside the Blue Cross Arena. And of course, follow @CoventryMusic for lot prices, w00k sightings and hijinks.

Phish - 10/22/2013, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY

Set 1: AC/DC Bag, Moma Dance, Axilla, Meatstick, Kill Devil Falls, Scent of a Mule, Timber, My Friend, My Friend, Halfway to the Moon, Maze, Character Zero

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Light > Golden Age, Birds of a Feather, Halley's Comet, Possum, Bug, Heavy Things, YEM

E: Joy, First Tube

Monday, October 21, 2013

Background Beats - Fall 2013

The largest Background Beats mix EVER is now ready to download! 

The Fall 2013 edition features 30 tracks and clocks in at almost 3 HOURS OF MUSIC!
01. Big Sur - King Of Woolworths
02. Vibration - Sabo, Zeb
03. Highlight Diver - Galaxy
04. Simmer Down Jammie - Rocket Empire
05. Didjital Vibrations - Jamiroquai
06. Beautiful Morning - Parov Stelar
07. Sunday's Best - Mind Soup
08. Acoustic Blues - Cool Breeze
09. Aoi Ame - Green Rain - DJ Krush
10. The Island Of Deceased Ships - Koan
11. En - Berkstroem
12. Deltitnu - Aydio
13. Campagne Flute - Backini
14. Rain or Shine - Aether
15. Crackback - Dadamnphreaknoizphunk
16. Am Horizont (Guardner Remix) - Rauschfaktor
17. Crestfallen - Galimatias
18. Gratuitous Grace - Erothyme
19. Dimension Shift - Magic Sound Fabric
20. 47 Burning Violins (James Bright Remix) - Kalabi
21. The Brain of Helmut Zaccariah - Future Homosapiens
22. Big Ole - King Kooba
23. Supernova - Benji Boko
24. Drop Me By The Stairs - Embee
25. Comfort Zone - Evil Needle
26. No Quarter - Beak Nasty
27. Vault of Stars (feat. Psymbionic) - D.V.S*
28. The Nutcraker - Projections
29. Kashmir Day Trip (Kuba Remix) - Entheogenic
30. Whomp Shanti (Mr Squach Remix) - Kalya Scintilla 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Phish Hampton Night 3 Setlist and Recap: 10/20/2013

If I've learned one thing from my tour elders, it's to never miss a Sunday show. It's Phish's final night in Hampton before the circus migrates northward to Rochester. Once again, the show will be webcast via Live Phish. For live updates from the ground, follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter.

Set 1:  Julius, Funky Bitch, Back on the Train, Roses Are Free, Sample in a Jar, Ginseng Sullivan, 46 Days, Divided Sky, Bold as Love

Set 2: Paul & Silas, Tweezer > Golden Age > Piper > Takin' Care of Business > 2001, Sand > Slave

E: A Day in the Life > Tweeprise


Sunday Hampton Quickie Recap by Pauly

You know the phrase by now. Never miss a Sunday show. You really shouldn't miss any shows, but Sundays are reserved for the church of Phish. Hampton attracted the most devoted and pious members of the community. The zealots were treated to a spiritual revival that could convert the heathens and appeal to the most hardened, jaded vets.

Not much filler on Sunday. Guess Phish was irked that a performance at the Mothership was going as low as $10 for extras in Shakedown. If you blew off Hampton, you missed a slew of covers including Taking Care of Business, which even tickled the Ghost of Fat Elvis (the king loved the phrase TCB). Never thought I'd hear Phish dick around with BTO, so there you go!

The second set kicked off with a legit bustout -- Paul & Silas -- and the show was anchored by a 20+ minute Tweezer. I'll throw the thesaurus out the window; listen yourself and come up with your own flowery adjectives. The Tweeze-Golden Age ate up a 40-minute chunk of pure gold.

We even got a Sunday night dance party with a wild rumpus consisting of 2001 > Sand. Other highlights included 46 Days and a soul-tickling Slave. I polished off the rest of the Shaman shrooms and I hung out with the Cincy crew three rows behind the stage. I had a crazy view of Fish all night. My boy is a machine, or alien. Maybe both.

Three shows in Hampton are dunzo. The circus resumes Tuesday in Rochester. See ya in the lot.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Phish Hampton Night 2 Setlist and Recap: 10/19/2013

One down, two to go in Hampton. Pauly and the Cincy crew are on the ground at the Mothership while I'm couch touring in sunny SoCal. If you haven't already, hit up Live Phish for the webcast. A two-day pass is cheaper than an eighth of shake from your local w00k.

Here's Saturday's setlist...

Set 1:  GIN, Moma Dance, Tube, Fast Enough for You, Curtis Loew, Ya Mar, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, My Sweet One, Mike's Song > Hydrogen > Weekapaug

Set 2:  Ghost > DWD > Steam > Caspian, Boogie On, Theme, Wedge, Silent, HOOD

E: Quinn the Eskimo

Quickie Recap by Pauly

Saturday night rager. Gordo's voice was fucked up. Trey busted his axe. Page was en fuego and Fishman is still about 5% off. Regardless, the boys gifted us an energetic show.

All you need to know is... Ghost > DWD. Listen to that on a loop. Other standouts... Gin opener and a Mike's > H2 > Weekapaug orgy. I'm not the biggest Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan fan, but they rocked it out.

My bud S was looking for me on the floor in the first set. I told him I was standing next to the kid with an iguana on a stick. He found me in the middle of Mike's Song and handed me a joint and a fistful of Shaman shrooms. I was booming the rest of the show.

My crew had a hysterical debate before the show started about who was a better band -- Lynyrd Skynrd or Allman Brothers. Well, Phish weighed in on our debate when they busted out Curtis Loew.

Fun night despite the band's issues. Two down, one to go.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Phish Hampton Setlist and Recap: 10/18/2013

2013 Fall Tour launches tonight with the first of three shows in Hampton, VA's mothership. Hang on to your tour puppies and prepare for blastoff!

Don't forget, Live Phish is streaming the entire Hampton run. Click here to hop on couch tour. For live hijinks from inside the mothership (and the return of "Lot Prices"), follow @CoventryMusic on Twitter.

Phish - 10/18/2013, Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum

Set 1:  Wolfman's Brother, JIM, Mound, Chalkdust, Army of One, Nellie Kane, Stash, Ocelot, Rift, Bouncin', Walls of the Cave

Set 2:  Twist > Free, Roggae, Sparkle, Cavern, Carini > Backwards > Twenty Years Later, Velvet Sea, Antelope

E:  When the Circus Comes to Town, Suzy Greenberg


Hampton Quickie Recap by Pauly

Welcome back to the Mothership.

As expected, the boys were a little rusty for the first show back since Dick's Labor Day run. Fall tour kicked off with the first of three shows in Hampton, VA. Ticket prices plummeted to the lowest I've seen in 3.0. Stub Hub tix were $25 and that's at a markup. Extras were going for significantly less in the lot. Everyone had multiple extras it seemed. I snapped this pic of a ticket left in a tree in front of the venue.

I was hanging with the Cincy Deadhead crew and my bud Andrew. We found a spot in front of the soundboard. A group of college girls were rolling their tits off behind us. One of them kept calling out for Walfredo. "Play Walfredo!" she kept screaming the entire set.

I scored some chocolate shrooms, but it got smushed so I had random choco-flakes and shroom bits all over my pocket. It was sloppy and it made me kinda sloppy. The lights by CK5 included a few light sabre-like colors that went horizontal a few times and looked like he was crossing streams with lasers.

Jim, Stash, and Ocelot were the standouts in the first set. Jim won me back after the Bill Graham show. They almost gave up on the jam at Hampton, but pushed on and finished on a strong note. Andrew got his first Mound in 60 shows. "Hope they don't fuck it up," he joked. The lyrics were spot on but it's one of the tougher songs in Phish's repertoire. Stash was one of the highlights of the set, but Fish botched the end. Both Trey and Page passive aggro called him out. Light-hearted ribbing. "James Brown woulda fined him $5 for messing up," said G-Money.

Twist kicked off the second set. Thought it would start a cavalcade of woos, thankfully, Trey kept the woos locked up with the Gimp in his S&M chest. Andrew called the Twist jam "Floydy" because it had several Pink Floyd elements. Sparkle was devoted to cleaning out a clogged bowl. The Cincy boys were pleased and impressed I had a paperclip with me. At one point I almost twisted my ankle. I slipped on a Tampax container. No joke. I tossed it like a glowstick.

Roggae jam was the highlight of the show... until Carini popped up. Fink said it best, "Sometimes Carini are dark, some are happy, but this one was a whore." The Carini jam was like three mini jams... each one had its own unique flavor. My shroomy mind was pulled in different directions and felt they could have chosen a dozen different songs to launch into after the jam (swore they were gonna bust into Sneaking Sally), but they opted for Backwards. "What a buzzkill," mentioned Mr. Fabulous. I was having fun in the rabbit hole after we got lured into Middle Earth by Carini, but the Backwards was rough. At least it finished strong. I dig Twenty Years Later but coupled with Velvet Sea, that left a 20 minute hole of deflated air in the set. A blistering Antelope quickly brought everyone back to life, but it was too little too late. The encore was a double dip of Circus Comes to Town (more commentary about us Phish freaks)  and Suzy Greenberg. No new songs... yet.

Here's a couple of Vines: Shakedown scene and Stash. I also posted a few pics on Instagram (@CoventryMusic).

One down. Two more to go in Hampton.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Niagara Falls Video: The Curtain > AC/DC Bag > Demand

Some good shit from 12/7/95. Nice trio of The Curtain > AC/DC Bag > Demand.

Getting pumped up and more pumped up for Fall Tour.

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Monday Morning Key Bumps: Good Times (Extended Instrumental)

It's Monday morning... the last one before Fall Tour begins. So it's time to get down and dirty and kick off this dreadful Monday morning with a little instrumental version of Good Times by Chic. Yes, enjoy the crossroads of funk and disco...

Friday, October 04, 2013

Once Upon A Time in NYC: The Birth of Punk, Disco and Hip-Hop

Great documentary about how NYC in the 1970s was the epicenter of three diverse musical movements: hip-hop, disco, and punk.