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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Phish setlist 12.31.09 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL



Happy New Year from all of us here at Great Scott. So, me, I guess. In any event, Phish has been killing it for new years, and tonight is no exception. The song variety, jamming- it's all like new again. For those of you who are there, I envy you. Have a ball!

Tonight's show:

Set I:

AC/DC Bag
46 Days
Water In The Sky
Bathtub Gin
Punch You in the Eye
The Moma Dance
Guyute
Swept Away
Demand*
Seven Below
Lawn Boy
Julius


Set II:

Rock and Roll >
Piper
Simple >
Theme From The Bottom
Shine A Light
Ghost >
NO2
Suzy Greenberg

Set III:
Party Time >
Auld Lang Syne >
Down With Disease
Fluffhead
Joy
The Squirming Coil
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:
Blue Moon
Loving Cup


*I was begging for this in Cinci this fall, but the boys held out. Glad to see they'll still do it though.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Phish setlist 12.30.09 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL



Tonight's show:

Set I:

Soul Shakedown Party
Runaway Jim
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Dixie Cannonball
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
Corina*
What's The Use?
Tela
Gone**
Rocky Top
Chalk Dust Torture
David Bowie

Set II:
Sand
The Curtain With
Lifeboy***
Back On The Train >
Wading In The Velvet Sea
Hold Your Head Up >
Love You^ >
Hold Your Head Up
Free
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Run Like An Antelope

Encore:
Frankenstein


*HOLY SHIT! I love this tune. Been ages since they played it. I was lucky enough to hear it at Big Cypress, but for the life of me can't remember the last time they played it.

**LIVE DEBUT (though the song was teased in Phish's Festival 8 soundcheck)

***totally fucking awesome that they played this

^apparently Fish gave the vacuum to a guy in the front row dressed as Fishman. We'll see if he gets to keep it.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Phish setlist 12.29.09 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

My first and only no frills coverage of tonight's show (merely because I was sitting on the tarmac at DFW on my connecting flight to LA for over an hour.) In short, however, they played Access Me, which I love, and apparently did Jiboo > Wilson > Jiboo? This one has to be downloaded. I promise I'll be back tomorrow live-blogging the show, but I am too beat tonight, and still trying to catch Kogi for dinner before they leave my block!

VIVA PHISH!

Tonight's show:

Set I:

Golgi Apparatus
Maze
Driver
The Connection
Wolfman's Brother
Ocelot
Reba
Access Me
The Divided Sky
Cavern

Set II:
Kill Devil Falls
Tweezer >
Prince Caspian
Gotta Jibboo >
Wilson >
Gotta Jibboo >
Heavy Things >
2001 >
Slave To The Traffic Light

Encore:
Sleeping Monkey
Tweezer Reprise

Monday, December 28, 2009

Phish setlist 12.28.09 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL




Great Scott couldn't make new years this year, so his '09 show total will stop at 5. Still, one heck of a year, and we're more than happy the boys are back. Tonight's set list follows, and we'll be covering tomorrow's show a bit later as I fly back to Los Angeles. Those of you in Miami, ENJOY!

Tonight's show:

Set I:

Sample in a Jar
NICU
My Soul
Roggae
Undermind
Bouncing Around The Room
Poor Heart
Stash
I Didn't Know
Beauty Of A Broken Heart
Possum


Set II:

Mike's Song >
Light >
I Am Hydrogen >
Weekapaug Groove
Alaska
Backwards Down the Number Line
Makisupa Policeman >
Harry Hood >
Contact
Character Zero


Encore:

First Tube

Friday, December 18, 2009

Torn and Frayed for the holidays!



Enjoy a multi-camera SBD quality perspective of "Torn and Frayed" at Festival 8 this past Halloween. Big thanks to Coventry Phish Blog for the link. Having seen "Torn and Frayed" both times Phish played it live, this is an especially awesome find.

Happy weekend and happy holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Invictus Straight-Forwardus


Typically when I think of Clint Eastwood, I think of gun-fights, coarse language, and an eerily stoic performances, so you can imagine how surprised I was when I took in Invictus. Not that I expected violent action or dramatic stand-offs (after all, this is a post-apartheid movie, not pre), but I never expected it to be so uplifting. I guess it helps when Clint isn't in a frame of the film (though his son sure Kyle was, much to my chagrin), and we know the subject matter is a happy one. But it is clear now, after viewing several of Eastwood's films in the past five years that the man knows how to tell a fantastic and straight forward story with little to no frills. What I'm learning however, is that that may be all he knows how to do anymore.

You don't go to Eastwood movies for metaphor. He doesn't do that, for the most part. He simply tells stories as they happened in an attempt to retell history with a twinge of cinematic magic. And for that, he deserves a thunderous round of applause, as I seen few movie-makers pursuing genuine truth these days. His most recent non-acting directorial efforts (Changeling, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, and Invictus) encapsulate that brilliantly, as I found each of them entertaining but not life-changing*. So I somewhat expected Invictus to follow the same pattern.

And for the most part it did: the performances were realistic and inspiring, the story was both heartfelt and factual, and I left with a tremendous feeling of joy for the world. And with that in mind, the movie works beautifully as a grand nod toward today's global landscape. Now, the leader of the free world (us, or U.S.) has an African-American leader. All of the conventions and social-constructions of yesteryear are disappearing, and that is only echoed further through this retelling.



That is, save for good old Kyle Eastwood who made an attempt at ruining the movie by composing parts of the soundtrack. Now, call me crazy, but I like when Clint does the music. Sure, there's a touch of megalomania to his actions, but that's what you need to create brilliance: a single vision manifested by a single visionary. Instead, in a scene that should have been one of the most dramatic of the film**, Kyle Eastwood's music virtually cheapened the entire film in one fell swoop. You'll know it when you hear it. It sounds like James Blunt crapping out of his mouth onto an otherwise perfectly scored movie. The lyrical metaphor is paper-thin, and the song is just plain cheesy. And sometimes I like cheese. Hell, I saw 2012 after all. And if I can find a good Gouda, I'm set. But not in this movie. Not with a subject so dramatic that it takes the efforts of an entire crew to make the film seem genuine at all. Of course, I can't fault the guy for giving his son a chance. I would too if I was in that situation.

So yeah, Invictus is good. Maybe not the best picture of the year (though it's sure to crack the top 10 (10 movies for best picture, really, academy? Come on!)), but it's on point with anything Eastwood has done in the past five years. Simple storytelling with genuine character development. The problem is, with a story that's already been told, he loses the audience guessing game that makes film such a powerful medium to begin with. Here's to hoping his next project will be entirely fictional so we can see the majesty that is Clint Eastwood film-making again.

*I've yet to see Changeling, but I have little desire to. Something about Angelina Jolie crying about kids...seems too on the nose about me. What's next, Bono doing a movie about the IRA? Actually, that's not a half bad pitch.

**Mandela takes a helicopter to the rugby practice. You can't miss it. It feels like a WB show.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Boy George or Up In The Eh...



I took in Jason Reitman's new movie Up In The Air this weekend. The story centered around the lovable salt-and-pepper Ryan Bingham, played by Geroge Clooney, firing people across America while he teaches his new protege the ropes. It was also a pretty overt metaphor for the state of the world today: global communication, teleconferencing, and text messaging have left the world a much more lonely and miserable place. Maybe even...dare I say...disconnected? (get it? No? I don't either!) And despite all the hype about the film showing footage contributed by real people that have actually been fired in the past few years, it turned out to be a subtle blend of realism and poignant satire about the work place of today.



Most of the humor in the film was derived by a series of cameos including Jason Bateman, Zack Galafianakis, Danny McBride, and Sam Elliott. The rest of it came from a series of traveling jokes; how to pack, what kind of suitcase to get, and the never-ending merits of the frequent-flyer club that were made such a plot point I couldn't help but wonder if American Airlines had partially funded the film in an attempt to remind travelers today just how good life on the road can be. I'm still not sure they've convinced me, though I'd kill to step foot in an admirals club during my upcoming holiday travel.



But this movie wasn't a comedy. It was the story of a man isolated by much more than just a single-serving life at 30,000 feet. Clooney's character had a hard time determining which way was up in his changing world. His pathos was clear, in the end he realized that there is much more to life than a frequent flyer club and a table for one. But that's perhaps when the biggest mind fuck of the movie comes to light. I won't spoil anything, as it's a turn you should see coming a mile a way when you see the film, but suffice it to say it put a nice end note on the otherwise complacent mood of Clooney's character.

And I guess it wasn't a all that depressing of a movie despite my druthers going into it. But much like in Juno, Reitman reminded his audience that even when things seem like the are going to work out, real life comes and derails any plans you may have had. Juno is pregnant. Not okay. Wait, now it is. But then- the guy adopting the baby has a weird relationship with her and throws off her entire world. The same happens in Up In The Air. I guess the lesson is that the world isn't black and white. Everything is muddled to a certain extent. Decisions aren't easy. Life is complicated. And perhaps that is what makes Bingham (Clooney) such an interesting character. In a world of consistency, he begins to learn that the notion of regularity can be thrown out the window, thus changing his entire world view. When looking at the movie from that angle, it's hard not to respect it as one of the better character studies this year.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Mistakes in Advertising

"Get off me, Grandma, you're wrinling my XXXXXXL black tee shirt"

Let's dissect, if we can for a moment, the terrible, terrible ad that yahoo runs for their free web-based email* program.

Look at those two people. Now, at first glance, I thought they might know each other, maybe even be related. Or at least they were well cast. Cause that's passable right? A grandmother can keep in touch with her grandson on yahoo mail, cause it's that easy to use! Sure! And a grandson can make a face like he wants to kill his grandmother for hugging him, cause that's what grandsons do.

In reality, it couldn't look more photo-shopped. And who at Yahoo! thought "yeah, they look happy. Let's go with this one." If that's all it takes to be a advertising exec, then Yahoo, here I am. I have seen 1000s of pictures of black people not-smiling, and I really feel like I can fill out your empty ad space accordingly. Additionally, I don't know one single kid who likes his grandma, so I can replicate the mood of the shot- the tone of it- without so much as lifting a finger. Except the one I'll need to fire my predecessor, as this is the worst ad I've ever seen.


*email that gets progressively harder to navigate with each "update." Email that is so terribly bug ridden, it won't even run on a mac! Email that wishes it was gmail, but it isn't. GIVE IT UP YAHOO, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

Monday, December 07, 2009

so long phall, hello outer space



So fall tour has come to a close. There were many highlights this fall...and in 2009 in general. And while I won't be making it to Miami for the new years run, I matched my highest annual show attendance record this year, seeing 5 shows. Phish has never been more alive, and they've never reinvigorated me and my attitude more than they have this year.

My parents always say "haven't you seen them before? why do you want to see them again." Oh how they missed the boat. It's not about single shows, songs, or songs that get repeated ad nausea in this Phish 3.0 world. It's about that feeling I get. The only I can only seem to duplicate at a show- with my friends, my "family" and the music I love. I wish I could articulate it better, but in some ways, that's what the magic is for me. It's ineffable. And I'll leave it at that.

And with that, I will leave you all with a song, and a glimpse of the new world. Blogging will return to regular less esoteric topics now, but don't worry, I'll still manage to get plenty of the good word in there about Vermont's finest.

Phish- Gone [from the Joy bonus disc Party Time]


and since I can't leave on a somber note, here's some amazing footage of Virgin Galactic. They just launched the commercial space program TODAY. So remember this moment, cause our world is forever changed. To learn more, visit Virgin Galactic on the web, then marvel at the irony that on the day they officially launched the space tourism industry, their website crashed 100 times.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Phish setlist 12.05.09 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA



CLOSING NIGHT OF TOUR...HOW SAD IT IS. T-MINUS 23 DAYS TIL THE NEW YEARS RUN IN MIAMI!

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Tonight's Show

Set I:
AC/DC Bag
Chalk Dust Torture
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
The Divided Sky
Ya Mar
Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley
Old Home Place
Cavern
Funky Bitch
David Bowie
The Wedge
Bold as Love

Set II:
Tweezer >
Light >
Piper >
Free
Sweet Virginia
Harry Hood >
Suzy Greenberg
Golgi Apparatus
Run Like An Antelope

Encore:
Loving Cup >
Tweezer Reprise

Friday, December 04, 2009

Phish setlist 12.04.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY



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Tonight's Show:

Set I:

Heavy Things
Possum
Wilson
Kill Devil Falls
Glide
46 Days
Bouncing Around The Room
Reba
Dinner And A Movie
Guyute
Maze
First Tube

Set II:
Scents And Subtle Sounds
Rock And Roll >
Seven Below >
Twist
Mike's Song >
I Am Hydrogen >
Weekapaug Groove
The Horse >
Silent in the Morning
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:
Shine A Light


One Too Many Mornings get the Sundance treatement!












Our friends over at One Too Many Mornings have just been accepted to Sundance, 2010! Visit their site, and show the film some love. Anthony and Tina are both good friends of the site, and we wish them the best of luck at the festival (and the subsequent bidding war for distribution that will follow!). For more info on the movie, including when it will be played and where, visit their site (listed above) or head over to the official Sundance website.

A brief synopsis of the film (taken from their site):

Peter has just discovered that his girlfriend of 5 years has cheated on him. He runs away, seeking solace in his estranged friend from high school, Fischer.

Fischer lives in a church, for free, in exchange for turning off the lights and locking the doors. It’s a good fit for him – he doesn’t really have any aspirations beyond that.

As Fischer tries to help Peter recover, Peter quickly learns that Fischer has much more serious problems of his own.

Filmed and edited over the course of two years on nights and weekends, One Too Many Mornings is a small, simple comedy about how running away from your problems can cause you to smack headfirst into someone else’s.


We'll be keeping a close watch on the film as the festival date gets closer. You can check up on the site any time through our link list on the right, under the subheading "Friends of the Band."

T, Anthony- kudos!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Phish setlist 12.03.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY



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Song of the day!

Alaska- Summer '09:


Tonight's show:

Set I:

Punch You In The Eye
Backwards Down The Number Line
Axilla I >
Taste
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Stash
Lawn Boy
Time Turns Elastic
Back On The Train
Julius


Set II:

Down With Disease >
Piper >
Fluffhead
Cities >
Free
Halley's Comet >
2001
David Bowie

Encore:

Character Zero





Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Phish setlist 12.02.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY



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Esther- 11.01.09 [Festival 8, Indio, CA]:



and now, tonight's show:

Set I:

AC/DC Bag
Chalk Dust Torture
Wolfman's Brother
NICU
Ocelot
Brian and Robert
Poor Heart
Sample In A Jar
Peached en Regalia
The Divided Sky
Cavern


Set II:

Golgi Apparatus >
Light >
Slave To The Traffic Light >
Tweezer >
Joy
Sparkle
Harry Hood >
Wading In A Velvet Sea
Suzy Greenberg
Run Like An Antelope


Encore:

A Day In The Life
Tweezer Reprise


Overheard on Phish Tour



With Phish triumphantly returning this year, there's been a lot of buzz. Especially from the hippies, or wookies as they are called (wooks for short). And with so many old hippies returning to a scene that has drastically changed since 2004, there's always a good mix of people, opinions, and down-right-absurd comments to hear. Much like Overheard in NY we thought we'd share the best of "Overheard on Tour" from the summer/fall 2009 phish shows:

10.
Complete Jack-ass: I saw Phish probably 30 times in the '70s. They were a lot better then.
Suspicious Newbie: Are you sure you're not just completely ate up?
Complete Jack-ass: Nah man, not back then.

9.
Douche-bag: I like Obama cause he likes Phish.
Other Douche: I think he meant fish. Like the food.
Douche-bag: Right, exactly. The Ben and Jerry's shit.

8.
Vendor: Vegetarian stir fry!
Guy: What's that in there?
Vendor: Chicken.

7.
Idiot girl (as the band plays Bouncin' Around The Room): I hope they play Bouncin', it's my favorite song.

6.
Older lady: I fucked Trey. Sure, we all did. With our minds. It was hot.
Guy-Who-Didn't-Know-Her: Oh, you're talking to me?

5. (at festival 8 on halloween)
Guy: What are you dressed as?
Girl: Someone you'll never sleep with.

4. (also at festival 8, not on halloween)
Drugged-Out Guy: Dude, your costume is so good. You look just like a cop.
Cop: I am a cop.

3.
Moron Girl: So we got this L*, but it must have been bunk. All it did was hurt my back when I was trying to sleep.
Moron Guy: Where were you crashing?
Moron Girl: Well, we were trying to sleep on the ground, so maybe it was that.

2.
Dealer: Molly, Molly.
Molly: Yes?
Dealer: What? You need?
Molly: Huh? You were saying my name.
Dealer: Oh. Weird, you're named after the drug?
Molly: What drug?

1.
Drunk Girl: I hate adderall. It makes my boogers blue.
Other Drunk Girl: Totes.

*L is apparently short for LSD, but you could have fooled me. Who takes LSD these days anyway?

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Phish setlist 11.29.09 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME




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Tonight's show:

Set I:
Possum
Down With Disease
Nellie Kane
Weigh
When the Circus Comes
Kill Devil Falls
Water In The Sky
Stash
Meat
Undermind
Mike's Song >
I Am Hydrogen >
Weekapaug Groove

Set II:
The Moma Dance >
Rock & Roll >
Light >
Crimes Of The Mind >
Pebbles And Marbles >
2001 >
Golgi Apparatus >
Cavern >
Run Like An Antelope

Encore:
Free Bird*
Carini >
Waste

*acapella, first since 2000.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Phish setlist 11.28.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY



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Tonight's Show:

Set I:
Party Time
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
Uncle Pen
Sanity
Foam
Walk Away
NICU
Alaska
Split Open and Melt
Joy
Vultures
Backwards Down the Number Line

Set II:
Seven Below >
Ghost*
Cool It Down
Gotta Jibboo
Let Me Lie
Wolfman's Brother
Julius

Encore:
You Enjoy Myself

*The Seven Below > Ghost jam was 45 minutes long. SIIIIICK


Friday, November 27, 2009

Phish setlist 11.27.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY



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Last Show notes:

Night two in Philly felt a little simpler on the surface, but rest assured it went much deeper than that. While the first set was a bit of a snore for me on paper, that didn't mean it disappointed. But it was really the second set that stood out, save for the already over-played Time Turns Elastic, which- I love as an orchestral piece, but am still having a hard time stomaching as a show piece on tour. But seeing Esther back in the mix regularly is fantastic. Few songs capture both the whimsy and technical proficiency of Phish like that song does. And I guess a new rule of thumb for Phish 3.0 is that if you hear Divided Sky, you can pretty much bank on YEM in the same show. Hearkening back to the 91-93 era, I have to admit: I'm more than fine with that. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' was a nice treat as well, though the most intriguing choice of the night was putting Tweezer Reprise in the second set, a feat I've never seen live, and is rare to say the least. In any event- onward and upward: a series of sold out shows in Albany and Madison Square Garden, and a few single night stays in Maine and Virginia. Then it's 3 short weeks before the guys post up in Miami for a 4-night run that's sure to leave your pants wet.

Tonight's show:

Set I:

AC/DC Bag
Maze
Driver
My Mind's Got A Mind Of Its Own
Gumbo
Bouncing Around The Room
It's Ice
Two Versions Of Me
Timber
Limb By Limb
Cavern
Light


Set II:

My Friend, My Friend >
Golden Age
On Your way Down
Fluffhead
Piper >
Tomorrow's Song
Prince Caspian
Harry Hood
Suzy Greenberg
The Squirming Coil
I Been Around

Encore:
Fire

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Phish setlist 11.25.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA



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Last night's show notes:

As predicted, the band is unleashing a fall tour unlike anything we've seen since the late 90s. I get the feeling like they are finally comfortable in their own skin for the first time in ages. And while many suspected that Phish 3.0 would simply be a retelling of great Phish-memories-past, it couldn't be further from that. Sure, they rely on a more consistent string of songs these days, and fine, the jams aren't the same that they were- but who would want that anyway. Not me. I'm glad to see them happy, sober (ahem, Trey) and ripping the roofs off arenas nationwide. Here's hoping tonight is more of the same!

Tonight's Show:

Set I:
Kill Devil Falls
46 Days*
Sugar Shack
Halley's Comet >
The Divided Sky
Sleep Again
Ocelot
Train Song
Wilson
Run Like An Antelope

Set II:
Birds of a Feather
Farmhouse
Tweezer
You Enjoy Myself
Esther
Time Turns Elastic
Tweezer Reprise

Encore:
Oh! Sweet Nuthin'


*a personal fave of the newer stuff. They could play this every show and I wouldn't get bored of it. Funky- reminiscent of the cow funk era Phish.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Phish setlist 11.24.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA



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Last show summary:

You wondered after that first set in Syracuse if the boys were settling back into humdrum setlists with little to no jamming. Turns out, set two proved to be one of the most intriguing of the year thus far. It's clear that the boys like the fall, the midwest, and the northeast. So I think I can finally say PHISH IS BACK. All naysayers, bow before them. (and yes, I used to hate BBFCFM, but now I find it to be quite a treat.)

Tonight's show:

Set I:
Chalk Dust Torture
Bathtub Gin
Cities >
Camel Walk
The Curtain With
The Wedge
The Moma Dance
Reba
Golgi Apparatus
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan

Set II:
Possum
Down With Disease >
Twenty Years Later
Harry Hood >
The Mango Song
Mike's Song >
Simple >
Slave To The Traffic Light >
Weekapaug Groove

Encore:
A Day In The Life





Sunday, November 22, 2009

Phish setlist 11.22.09 Oncenter, Syracuse, NY



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Last night's show notes:

While I can't say we got to enjoy the same light show you folks in Detroit got to (shown above), I think the music made up for it 50 times over. Torn and Frayed, reprised from it's debut at Festival 8 was a nice treat, as was the Ginseng Sullivan. The SOAM was one of the most intense jams I've seen them do in a long time. 2nd set was filled with gems including the seamless Rock & Roll opener into Ghost into If I Could. The band has proven that they didn't miss a step in their 5 year hiatus, but also acknowledged the fact that summer tour may have just been a warm up for them. I can't say I've seen 2 back to back nights this good in a while that weren't at a festival. Phish loves Cinci. Trey even made a point to say "they'd stay for a whole week if they could."

Comedic highlights included Trey acknowledging Page on the Marco Esquindolas line on Antelope, and the guy next to me farting so badly he had to leave his seat.

Tonight's Show:

(Stream here)

Set I:
David Bowie
Julius
Sparkle
Kill Devil Falls
Lawn Boy
Heavy Things
Funky Bitch
Sample In A Jar
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Let Me Lie
Beauty Of A Broken Heart
Stash

Set II:
Drowned >
Twist >
Piper >
Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars*
Tube
Theme From the Bottom
Maze
The Horse >
Silent in the Morning
Character Zero
First Tube

Encore:
Good Times, Bad Times

*WHAT?!?!

(big thanks to Coventry Phish Blog for the video link)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Phish setlist 11.21.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH



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Set I:

Wilson
NICU
Wolfman's Brother
Ocelot
Torn and Frayed
Strange Design
Ginseng Sullivan
Albuquerque
Split Open and Melt
Dirt
Limb By Limb
Run Like An Antelope


Set II:

Rock & Roll >
Ghost >
If I Could
Backwards Down the Number Line
Prince Caspian
Suzy Greenberg >
2001
The Squirming Coil

Encore:
SLeeping Monkey
Axilla

BONUS CONTENT OF THE DAY:
Phish: 10.31.09 [Indio, CA] "I Just Want To See His Face"


Friday, November 20, 2009

Phish setlist 11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH



REMEMBER TO KEEP CHECKING BACK ALL TOUR LONG FOR LIVE BLOGGING OF SETLISTS, RARE MP3 RECORDINGS AND PHISH NEWS OUT THE WAZOO.

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Previous show commentary:

Okay, so Detroit wasn't exactly anything to write home about. The Foam was nice, the AC/DC Bag opener was a crowd pleaser, and I always love seeing 46 Days and Bug in the set list. The stand out for me, however, was Mountains in the Mist which, after hearing live at Festival 8 for the first time, I couldn't be happier is back in the rotation. I feel like part of the acoustic set at 8 was a chance for the band to reconnect with some songs they'd otherwise have shelved for years and years to come...considering how spectacular the version was at 8, I can imagine they were excited to bring it back- ELECTRIC. Here's the version from 8, let me know what you think:



And now, without further ado, here's tonight's set list:

Set I:
Chalk Dust Torture*
The Moma Dance
The Divided Sky
Alaska**
Water in the Sky
Fast Enough For You**
Time Turns Elastic***
Gotta Jiboo
Fluffhead

Set II:
Punch You In The Eye
Tweezer >
Light >
Back On The Train >
Possum
Slave to the Traffic Light
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:
Joy
Golgi Apparatus
Tweezer Reprise

*YEAH!
**Okay, so this show is officially awesome.
***Glad to miss that one.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Phish setlist 11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI



Fresh off the heels of Festival 8, Phish returns tonight, opening their fall tour in Detroit, Michigan. I think it goes without saying that we here at Great Scott couldn't be happier that the band just didn't come back for Hampton in March, and instead have returned seemingly for good.

KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR LIVE BLOGGING OF SETLISTS AS THEY HAPPEN ALL TOUR LONG.

Also, for those of you heading to Cinci this weekend for the shows, you can find me there! Saturday night, nose bleed section, dead center.

And now...tonight's set:

Set I:
AC/DC Bag
Foam
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
Bouncing Around The Room
Sample In A Jar
Kill Devil Falls
It's Ice
Horn
Mountains in the Mist
Poor Heart
46 Days
David Bowie

Set II:
Runaway Jim
Down With Disease >
Free
Waste
Taste
Bug
Wading in the Velvet Sea*
Mike's Song >
I Am Hydrogen >
Weekapaug Groove
Cavern

Encore:
Character Zero


*ugh, really?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Song of the Day



Brand New- Jesus Christ

This obviously isn't the video, but man do I love this song. Quite an out of character single for the group as well, who cut their teeth on the mainstream with "Jude Law and the Semester Abroad," a much harder song with equally depressing lyrics.

hazaa for fall!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Phish finally announces new years



The boys in blue (water) finally announced their new years run at the acclaimed American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. Dates and ticket info below:

PHISH NEW YEARS EVE RUN:

12/28 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
12/29 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
12/30 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
12/31 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

ORDER TICKETS HERE

And since we never want any shortage of music, enjoy "Brian & Robert" from the festival 8 acoustic set, because, after all, "this one is for you..."

Brian & Robert 11.01.09 Indio, CA:

Phrom the Archives



For you obsessive collectors out there who just can't get enough Phish, I give you "Backwards Food for Backwards Folk" recorded in 1985 (or so the legend goes) by Trey on 4-track.

For my money, this recording sounds much to pristine to be a 4-track recording, not to mention the fact that Trey's voice sounds much more mature than early recordings. But hey, the song is awesome, and I'll take what I can get. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

pieces of 8

So these are all a little blurry, as they came from my girlfriend's cell phone camera, but we'll be adding higher resolution pics and video as the days go by this week!

Enjoy!





A glimpse of 8 from my perspective

Monday, November 02, 2009

Electric Method Goes Phish

Eclectic Method Goes Phish from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.



As seen before the Halloween set this past weekend in Indio (though, incidentally, they did clip the Jagger sex tape at the end, and who can blame them...it was a sex tape, right?)

I'll post my videos of the experience in the coming days. Hazaa Festival 8!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Festival 8- Day 3



We'll do our best to get this posted by the early morning hours of November 2. Thanks for checking back! Hope everyone has enjoyed the festival!

Festival 8, Day 3:

Set I (Acoustic Set*):
Water In The Sky
Back On The Train
Brian And Robert
Invisible
Strange Design
Mountains in the Mist
The Curtain With
Army Of One
Sleep Again
My Sweet One
Let Me Lie
Bouncing Around The Room
Train Song
Wilson
McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters
Driver
Talk
Secret Smile


Set II:
AC\DC Bag
Rift
Gotta Jibboo
Heavy Things
Reba
The Wedge
Guelah Papyrus
Undermind
Sparkle
Split Open and Melt


Set III:
Tweezer >
Maze
Free
Sugar Shack
Limb By Limb
Theme From The Bottom
Mike's Song >
2001 >
Light >
Slave To The Traffic Light


Encore:
Grind
Esther
Tweezer Reprise

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Festival 8- Day 2



Don't expect a set list to be posted here until well after today's show has come to an end. We promise we'll update asap thereafter! But don't hold us responsible if we're out having too good a time!

Festival 8, Day 2:

Set I:
Sample in a Jar
The Divided Sky
Lawn Boy
Kill Devil Falls
Bathtub Gin
The Squirming Coil
Runaway Jim
Possum
Run Like an Antelope

Set II:
Rocks Off
Rip This Joint
Shake Your Hips
Casino Boogie
Tumbling Dice
Sweet Virginia
Torn And Frayed
Sweet Black Angel
Loving Cup
Happy
Turd On The Run
Ventilator Blues
I Just Want To See His Face
Let It Loose
All Down The Line
Stop Breaking Down
Shine A Light
Soul Survivor

Set III:
Backwards Down the Number Line
Fluffhead
Ghost
When the Circus Comes
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:
Suzy Greenberg

Spooky movies!

Those of you not enjoying the spooky festival 8 with yours truly, why not enjoy some spooky movies! Get the low down from Mark Jordan Legan and then head to your local movie store!

Some of the best:



Some of the worst:

Friday, October 30, 2009

gone phishin'



Great Scott will be out of the office today through Sunday. But that doesn't mean we won't be blogging the set lists each night after the show! Tune in tonight at 1 AM Pacific for a run down of the opening two sets of the festival.

And in case you were wondering, I'm dressing as Col. Forbin, and my lady is dressing as the famous mockingbird. Cause you all care. I know you do.

Festival 8, Night 1:

Set I:
Party Time
Chalk Dust Torture
The Moma Dance
NICU
Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
Stash
I Didn't Know
Poor Heart
Cavern
Beauty Of A Broken Heart
Ocelot
Time Turns Elastic

Set II:
Punch You in the Eye
Down with Disease
Prince Caspian
Wolfman's Brother
Piper
Joy
David Bowie
Harry Hood
Golgi Apparatus

Encore:
Character Zero

Festival 8 Soundcheck

Well, phish has gone ahead and released a soundboard recording of their soundcheck from tonight. Set list below, which, I think we all agree, will leave many heads a'scratchin. Apologies that it's one long mp3, but I think you'll agree it's worth the listen:

Soundcheck- 10.30.09

Festival 8 Soundcheck Jam
Undermind>
Devil with a Blue Dress>
Gloria
Starship Trooper
Gone
Fuck Your Face Tease
MGMT Kids Tease
Liquid Time
Lengthwise tease

DOWNLOAD HERE

Big thanks to Coventry Phish Blog and Jamtopia's Festival 8 Re-cap for the upload!

Also, for those of you headed to the show tomorrow (like many local Los Angeleans), here's the map that was posted on Phish's offical page yesterday:



Only 44 hours remain before we learn which of the following albums will be this year's musical costume!

David Bowie | Hunky Dory
Genesis | The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Jimi Hendrix | Electric Ladyland
King Crimson | Larks' Tongues In Aspic
MGMT | Oracular Spectacular
Prince | Purple Rain
Radiohead | Kid A
Rolling Stones | Exile on Main Street

Which will it be? Who knows! See you at the show! The blog will periodically update over the weekend, and I'll try to have the sets up after each night, but who knows. That may wait til Monday.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our last preview of Festival 8



Our buddy on twitter, BathtubGym sent us this photo last night. With the camp grounds opening today, it's probably already old news, but we thought it was worth the mention.

T-minus 24 hours until I make my way there...to quote Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka

"The suspense is terrible...I hope it lasts."

Also, a big shout out to Coventry Blog for finding this clip:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Bunny is released



Starting tonight, Phish will roll out The Bunny an all-phish radio station for phans on 95.9 FM in the greater Indio area. The station will include traffic news, archival performances, and other fun doodads and knicknacks. No paddywacks will be aired.

Follow them on twitter or facebook, or hell, just turn on the radio!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Narrow List




With Halloween and Festival 8 just 3 days away, the band has narrowed the list to 17 choices, 8 of which being the names of the 8 camping areas at the festival. While the verdict is still out as to what record will be covered, rumors of a horns section (courtesy of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings) grow more likely with each elimination.

1. Bruce Springsteen | Born To Run
2. David Bowie | Hunky Dory
3. David Bowie | Ziggy Stardust
4. Frank Zappa | Apostrophe
5. Genesis | The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
6. Jimi Hendrix | Electric Ladyland
7. King Crimson | Larks' Tongues In Aspic
8. Led Zeppelin | Zeppelin I
9. MGMT | Oracular Spectacular
10. Michael Jackson | Thriller
11. Pink Floyd | The Wall
12. Prince | Purple Rain
13. Radiohead | Kid A
14. Rolling Stones | Exile on Main Street
15. Television | Marquee Moon
16. Van Morrison | Astral Weeks
17. Yes | The Yes Album

For a complete analysis of the festival that hasn't happened yet, visit Jamtopia's comprehensive rundown of what's to come.

WILL YOU BE AT FESTIVAL 8? We always love meeting our readers. Drop us a line at askscottsomething@yahoo.com and maybe we can meet up!

Otherwise, see you on shakedown street!