Sunday, January 17, 2016

Phish Mexico Setlist: 1/17/2016 Sunday, Riviera Maya

The third and final night in Mexico. Never miss a Sunday show.

The Joker (aka @neillybop) is in Mexico providing Twitter updates on @CoventryMusic. Check us out on Instagram for Joker's memes and Mexico pics -- @neillybop and @coventrymusic.

Here's the setlist for Sunday...
Los Phish, 1/17/2016 Riviera Maya, Mexico

Set 1: Mexican Cousin, The Curtain With, Sample in a Jar, Yarmouth, Landlady, Army of One, KDF, GIN, Funky Bitch, MOMA, Saw it Again

Set 2: DWD > Shipwreck > Roggae > Crosseyed and Painless > Farmhouse > Mike's Song > Bug > Weekapaug > Slavw

E: The Ocean

Mexico Setlists/Recaps: 1.15 - 1.16
MSG NYE Setlists/Recaps12.30.15 - 12.31.15  - 1.1.16 - 1.2.16

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Phish Mexico Setlist and Recap: 1/16/2016 Riviera Maya

Saturday night in Mexico with Phish playing the second of a three night stint.

The first night was sea/sand/beach themed with a slew of covers and a single nod to David Bowie with...David Bowie to close the first set. Would there be any Bowie covers on the agenda for night 2?

The Joker (aka @neillybop) is in Mexico providing Twitter updates on @CoventryMusic.

Check us out on Instagram for Joker's memes and Mexico pics… @neillybop and @coventrymusic.

Pic courtesy of aLIVE Coverage © Phish

In case you missed it, here's the setlist for Phish in Mexico night 2...

Los Phish, 1/16/2016 Riviera Maya, Mexico

 Set 1: Camel Walk, 555, Rift, Cities > Light > Simple > Timber Ho > Velvet, Reba, Chalkdust

Set 2: Golden Age > Prince Caspian > Halfway to the Moon, JOY, 46 Daze, Twenty Years Later, Julius, HOOD

E: Zero
by @neillybop
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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: Mexico Act II...Oblicuo
by @taopauly

The Joker was at the show, but I was rocking couch tour back in Northwest Mexico aka Los Angeles... Camel Walk funk opener... Cinqo Cinqo Cinqo... Rift made Page sweat heavily, like Patrick Ewing waterfalls... Cities > Light and Simple was a quality 30-minute chunk. Highlight of the set, but perhaps the show?... Timber quickie... The Joker said they ran into the ocean and danced for Velvet Sea... If you're a stats nerd, that's 38 consecutive Velvets without Page crying. Keep it up, Leo... Sublime Reba... Efficient Chalk set closer, but slight curveball (CDT has been a set 2 opener/jam vehicle)... Setbreak included a quick Spanish lesson...


The setbreak music was the ocean. They left on the audio of the waves crashing on the beach. Soothing setbreak music... Set 2 cover blast off with Golden Age > amberwaves jam... Caspian went sideways. Oblicuo Capsian. Evil Casp. Dark. Nasty in a good, filthy way... Moon>Joy'd... 20 Years Later sandwiched in between a pair of instant-boost uppers with 46 Days and Julius... Redemptive Hood to close the set (waaay smoother than MSG's Hood)... Heard there was an 11pm curfew (?) and set ended at like 10:53pm, so we expected a quickie encore... Zero capped off the second night... Two down and one more to go in Mexico. Lots of heavy hitters left on the table plus covers.

Mexico Setlists: 1.15 
MSG NYE Setlists & Recaps12.30.15 - 12.31.15  - 1.1.16 - 1.2.16

Friday, January 15, 2016

Phish Mexico Setlist: 1/15/16 Riviera Maya

Phish headed south of the border for its first-ever show in Mexico. They kicked off the first of a three-night run on the swanky Riviera Maya.

Follow the Joker's updates on @CoventryMusic.

Check us out on Instagram for Joker's memes and Mexico pics… @neillybop and @coventrymusic.

The show will be webcast over at starting 7:30pm ET.

Here's the setlist from night 1....
Los Phish, 1/15/2016 Riviera Maya, Mexico

Set 1: ASIHTOS, My Soul, Martian Monster > Ya Mar, Halley's > Fuego, Wedge, Theme > Free > BOWIE

Set 2: Drowned > What's the Use > Sand > Ghost > 2001 > Wolfman's, Possum, Shine A Light

Encore: Rock n Roll
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And here's some pics from Mexico...

Pic by @neillybop

Trey at soundcheck
Pic by Rene Huemer © Phish

Pic by @Ramble_On_Rose

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Phish MSG Setlist and Recap: 1/2/16 NYC

The last show of the run. Saving the best for last?

1/2 MSG show will be webcast over at LivePhish.

Weather permitting, follow @CoventryMusic for Twitter updates.

Here's what you missed....
Phish, 1/2/16 Madison Square Garden, NYC

Set 1: Your Pet Cat, AC/DC Bag > NICU, Ice > Horn > Divided Sky, Axilla > Maze, Train Song > Julius

Set 2: Tweezer > Sand > Limb By Limb > SUZY > Harry Hood > YEM

E: The Lizards, Tweezer Reprise

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Quickie Review: Throwback Friday
By @taopauly

Good show, good times. Good setlist, good times. Good drugs, good times. Good friends, good times. Temporary layoff, good times. Easy credit rip off, good times. Ain't we lucky we got 'em... good times.

I walked out of MSG humming the theme song to Good Times, one of my favorite shows as a kid. I'm a Gen Xer and raised by television, so I had an affinity for sitcoms, like Norman Lear's Good Times, which featured one of the greatest TV soundtracks of all time. The show is a bout a dysfunctional family living in the projects in Chicago in the 1970s. Life's a struggle, but it can be both poignant and funny. That pretty much sums up the Phish experience for me. My life is a wacky sitcom at times with a revolving cast of wild characters, but I'm seeking good vibes and good times. Phish is usually the best shortcut and rallying point for both.

My brother lives in NYC and he's not into Phish, so those paths rarely cross. However, it was cool to hang out with him for preparty. Our friends T & I stopped by and shared stories from MagnaBall, especially the epic Drive-In set. 2015 marked the year when I caught the least amount of shows in 3.0...but out of everything I skipped, I was most bummed about that salacious Drive-In set. That's the kinda of shit I'd die entire hour of improv.

The last show of a four-show holiday run is always a little hectic. It's the "do all your drugs" show, especially if you've flown in from out of town. The final night at MSG was no exception. Seemed like everyone in our section was crocked to the tits. Saw a couple of spun out hipster girls in brown boots totally yard sale'd it on the steps and their shit spilled everywhere. Sure, we were sitting near the old blue seats in the nosebleeds with the peanut gallery, but holy shitballs, talk about amateur hour.

I've been living such a bourgeois life in Slums of Beverly Hills that it feels good to be among the peasants in the cheap seats every once in a while. I think that's what Marie Antoinette said before French militant hippies (Le Wooks) chopped her head off.

The wife doesn't see as many shows as I do (typically Dicks, NYE, and random LA/SF shows) because she has a "real job", but she's been quietly closing in on #100 and should hit that this upcoming summer. It occurred to me that we've almost seen 100 shows together but we love MSG runs the most because as denizens of the City of Angeles, we're forced to drive everywhere (even if we take an Uber, we still gotta deal with traffic and LA assholes). It's awesome to stumble onto the subway and head to the show. Sure, the drawback is no lot scene, but who wants an e-coli burrito from a strung out wookette in the middle of fucking winter?

Had to ease off the gas for the final night and just say NO to the gay ninja molly. Seriously, I had to stop taking the gay ninja molly before I became a full convert and started listening to Beyonce and jumping on Bette Midler tour. Somewhat sober show for me... I downshifted and only took an old school pressie from these EDM raver kids we know. Mellow, but sufficient.

My Pet Cat was the opener. Pay attention to that song. It was the only modern incarnation of Phish all night. It originated during the Vegas Halloween run and the crowd always goes berserk when Leo drops in the cat scratching samples. Toward the end of the first set, the Joker sent me a text remarking that aside from My Pet Cat, the entire set was straight out of the 1990s. Page was grooving down during NICU. I particular dig the Axilla and Train Song bustouts. Plus anytime you get an indoor Divided Sky, it's special.

Our section was a sea of schwilly schammered sketchies. The guy next to change100 was a Matthew McConaughey doppelganger. He was doing lines off the back of his hand the entire show. A toot for every song. He offered to share, but I politely declined. I'm pretty much a low-life drug fiend who willingly accepts candy from strangers, but sometimes you got to have some standards.

I really felt bad for the trio of suburban high school kids in brand new tour shirts dancing in the aisle next to me. They were toking shitty schwag out of a metal pipe. Poor rich kids. I had a flashback to my first Grateful Dead show at MSG. I was 15 years old (it was my birthday) and an old hippie gave me a hit off a joint of freshly rolled Humboldt County bud. Mind blown. As the lyric goes... "The bus came by and I got on / That's when it all began." I was hooked and my life has been different ever since. I figured it was time to repay the favor almost 25 years later. I rolled a few doobs before the show (both NYC Diesel and NoCal Kush) and gifted the high school kids a joint during NICU.

Second set was one of those 6-song sets that looks awesome on paper. It was fun in real life too. Sure, it was slop city at times but high-octane energy and the crowd was lapping up every note. The first half hour of the set was probably my most favorite 30-minute stretch of music this run. Tweezer > Sand to kick off the set is the stuff great sets are made of. If Fish didn't need a breather they coulda kept Sand pulsating for another 15 minutes. Limb was easily the lowlight of the set, but it was very solid. Started out slow to give Fish a quick breath before he unleashed the octopus drummer for the back end of the song. Crowd-sing-along with Suzy, followed by the Hood everyone was waiting for. I found a $20 bill on the stairs during Hood and jumped on it before a wook sniffed it out. Shit got a little out of hand in our section during YEM, but if someone doesn't go flying three rows through your section during the BOYMANGODSHIT part, then they ain't doing it right.

After the second set ended, I braced myself for the worse. "We're gonna get Joy'd," I told change100. "Don't worry, at least Tweeprise will save the day."

I woulda loved a cover like Good Times Bad Times or Rock n Roll, but Phish opted to play only original material. You have no idea how fucking pumped I was for the first notes of Lizards. That might've been the most excited I was the entire run (because I knew how crucial a song selection in that spot would would essentially make/break the set and the show). I had a flashback to the Dick's Lizards went everyone went apeshit during that bustout. Similar vibe. The floor to MSG was bouncing for the entire encore of Lizards through Tweeprise.

I had a rough 2015 but eager to bounce back for 2016. Phish always recharges my batteries. I feed off the creative energy of the band. I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the new year. Walked out of MSG and crossed Seventh Ave. humming the theme to Good Times.... "Not getting hassled, not getting hustled. Keepin' your head above water, making a wave when you can. Temporary lay offs, good times. Easy credit rip offs, good times. Scratchin' and surviving, good times. Hangin and jiving, good times. Ain't we lucky we got 'em... good times."

Enjoy Phish. They won't be around forever. Neither will you.

MSG Recaps & Setlists: 12/30/15 - 12/31/15  - 1/1/16

Friday, January 01, 2016

Phish MSG Setlist and Recap: 1/1/16 NYC, Madison Square Garden

The first show the new year! Historically, these 1/1 shows are usually low key, mellow gigs because everyone involved is out of gas.

1/1 MSG show will be webcast over at LivePhish.

Weather permitting, follow @CoventryMusic for Twitter updates.

Here's what you missed...
Phish, 1/1/16 Madison Square Garden, NYC

Set 1: Faulty Plan, Heavy Things, How Many People Are You?, Stash, Undermind > Rift, Wingsuit, Ocelot, Lawn Boy, Antelope

Set 2: DWD > Dirt, Halfway to the Moon > Theme > Light > Fuego > Slave

E: Farmhouse
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Quickie Recap: 1.1.16 The Hangover Show
By @taopauly

The Hangover Effect. Sports teams get pumped up for a big game...which they win, but then the next (lesser important) game is a total shitshow because they didn't practice/prepare as well as they did the previous opponent. Happens to Phish all the time. The Hangover Effect looms the day after a big show (e.g. November 1st or January 1st). The band feeds off our energy and vice versa. On the day after a big show, everyone is dragging ass and spent from going hard the previous night. As is...I had very low expectations and figured it was going to be a mellow show and potential snoozer.

Trey's balance is the key. He needs to simultaneously be the fearless leader, but a team player too. Sometimes he tries to hard keep everyone happy (e.g. Mike) but in doing so he defers too much instead of leading the band off the path to blaze some new trails. On the flipside, too much self-indulgent Trey creates disharmony among his teammates and we get a total wankfest. Yet, too little influence from Trey creates an aimlessness, directionless show because everyone lacks confidence. It's a tough balance and frankly a no-win situation. That's why these fuckers need to practice more. And I don't want them to practice more so they "nail" segments of classic songs or be able to pull off competent version of rare songs....I want them to practice more because it instills more trust and confidence in each other so they'll have they cojones to take bigger chances. More chances equals more diversity in the sets and wacky sets often lead to epic shows. Alas, you know the story... everyone was tired and the boys played it safe.

Band didn't real gel until the third song in. Faulty Plan seemed strained and they didn't get any oooh oohs out of Heavy Things. I've been on the fence with How Many People Are You? but I think they might of won me over this version. Stash had its peaks and valleys and got a little dark...albeit superficially dark, but not deviant enough for my morbid tastes. If you gonna pull out a Stash, you gotta go balls to the wall and spook the fuck out of the acid heads. Undermind jam out had a couple of teases from Stash and Faulty Plan, plus a couple others I couldn't recognize. Wingsuit is when change100 noticed the whiskey tango wookette (W.T.W) next to was the first of several times she passed out during the show, once with a green glowstick wedged between her titties. WTW had some quotable gems...
WT: "I heard you like Panic? I got some whiskey. Want some? I never leave home without it!"

WT: "I'm from the South, so don't you libtards get freaked the fuck out if some racists shit spews outta my mouth."

WT: "You want a pull of vodka?"
ME: "I thought you had whiskey?"
WT: "Oh yeah, I got that too in different flask. You want a pull?"
At one point it started to smell like foul, rotten-egg farts and I wondered if WTW blasted herself a dookie? I love Ocelot probably because I know so many people fucking absolutely hate it. It was off the radar late last summer, but glad to hear it again. Page locked up post-show booty with another wet-deck inducing Lawn Boy. It was the "Leo the Meatpacker" version. Since Leo gets krunk'd to the tits while roaming the streets of NYC at 4am, he can pop into any club in the Meatpacking District and snatch up some high-end, Eastern Eurotrash model poontang. Leo the Meatpacker Master, or as the Russian models coo, "мясоконсервное дело!"

Seven-song second set was anchored by (somewhat predictable) DWD opener. Easy money if you were gambling on setlists. DWD barely touched upon the 15-minute mark, but didn't get too rowdy before they slid into a mellow Dirt. That Moon song felt out of place in the middle of the set, and a longer Theme would have been a more cohesive alternative to forcing Moon. A big Light usually pops up earlier in the set in the 2-hole or 3-hole. Seemed like the boys were struggling to find an universal direction in that jam before it fizzled out into Fuego. As per usual, Slave saved the set. Silky smooth. Even if you're seeing a below average show...getting to hear your favorite song (i.e. Slave) often wipes out the previous transgressions.

"We got Farmhouse'd!" said change100. "They're totally trolling us, right?"

It occurred to me that there were no covers through three they were due for a Loving Cup encore, or perhaps a shredding GTBT, or even a Boogie On, which had been popping up in encores. I woulda loved a Rock n Roll...Leo slays those covers. Alas, a fuck-you nod to Billy Joel and no covers. Alas, we got an original Phish song for an encore...and Farmhouse at that. Best part of Farmhouse? Whiskey Tango Wookette was passed out cold, yet still managed to sing along to Farmhouse. Impressed she actually knew all the words. I thanked her for not yakking on my shoes. Change100 remarked, "Instead of thanking her, you shoulda given her a Wook Ticket!"

Hangover Show dunzo. Three MSG shows complete. Only one more to go. I hate going into shows with lofty expectations, but 1/2 is gonna be the rager, right?

MSG Recaps & Setlists: 12/30/15 - 12/31/15