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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Song(s) of the day

Chromeo has certainly gone back to the future with their most recent remixes. The first, an Eagles cover, actually makes the song tolerable!

The second, a vampire weekend cover, is just for kicks, though it sounds eerily like a Police song. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chris Brown in trouble "Forever."

Stupid douche Chris Brown was sentenced to 5 years probation this past Tuesday, after his assault on former girlfriend Rhianna. While I can imagine he was only beating her for having such a stupid name, that's still no excuse. Coupled with sponsors dropping him and stations refusing to play his music, he's been sentenced to 5 years of hard labor and a very strict restraining order against his former ex. He'll do his "time" in Virgina, overseen by some sort of authority figure. We think their conversations might go a little something like this:

Warden: Move the chains
Chris Brown (CB): Movin' the chains, boss.
Warden: Be less obnoxious
Chris Brown: Bein' less obnoxious, boss.
Warden: Hey, Brown, that stupid wedding video for your lame ass song was stupid.

Brown wasn't able to be reached for comment after his sentencing, but his crack-pot team of lawyers had this to say:

"It's weird trying to defend someone when really you want them to go to prison like everybody else does. Call it a conflict of interest if you must, but the guy's a total turd. Now if you'll excuse me, I have an enormous check to cash."

You can buy Chris Brown's records at a Planned Parenthood near you.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

more Phish tour rumors

Our friends over at Live Music Blog have added to the mystery surrounding possible future Phish tour dates. Remember, these are just RUMORS. Nothing has been confirmed, and thus, it has yet to be officially announced.

Phish Fall Tour Rumors

11/20/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
11/21/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
11/24/09 – Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
11/25/09 – Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
11/27/09 – Times Union Center – Albany, NY
11/28/09 – Times Union Center – Albany, NY
12/2/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/3/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/4/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/5/09 – John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA

12/28/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/29/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/30/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/31/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL

Should the band do 4 days in Miami, it would be their first trip back since their 2003 new years run. While it's exciting to see these dates, it also kind of sucks for those of us living on the west coast as these shows stand in stark contrast to what was previously rumored. I was banking on a big fall tour with stops at The Hollywood Bowl and the Tonight Show before Festival 8 in Indio.

For those interested in attending Festival 8, tickets are still available by clicking here.

And obviously, the moment any dates get confirmed, we'll post them here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Funny People, Seriously Funny Movie

Whenever someone hears the name Judd Apatow, they assume something side-splittingly funny is about to happen. And while Apatow's name may have become synonymous with hysterics, that's not always the case. After all, there's an exception to every rule. But what happens when a film created by "America'a Funniest Producer" is neither hysterical nor dead-pan serious? Lines get blurred, critics bicker, and audiences across America feel betrayed. Why, you ask? Beats me.

Those expecting the traditional model of Apatow films found themselves a bit surprised this go-round. Funny People is not a relationship comedy in the way that The 40-Year Old Virign and Knocked Up were. While those two films dealt mostly with men and their relationships with women, Funny People did just the opposite focusing on a man's internal struggle, and coming to grips with one's own mortality.

The film has gotten very mixed reviews, which surprises me. I gather that most people just don't get the movie, or want to seem like they are in the know and hate it cause everybody else did. But for me, this is Apatow's best film so far. Quite frankly each one gets better and better. I fell asleep the first time I saw The 40-Year Old Virgin. I laughed and cried when I saw Knocked Up. And I legitimately thought about my life after Funny People came to a close.

In some metaphorical way, this could very easily be Apatow's last film. I won't be, but it could be. If you think about they way each of his projects work, it kind of makes sense. Virgin was about a man finally becoming a man. Knocked Up took it one step further: a man making a family, finding a purpose. In that regard, Funny People is the perfect bookend film: an old man looking back on his wild life to determine his legacy and realize what's really important when you go. SPOILER: It's not your stuff, it's the memories you make and the people you make them with.

And that's really all there is to say about the film in a general sense. I hate writing about specifics cause then I am implying that each of you that reads this has already seen it. I will say one thing though. For the first time in ages I was actually quite pleased with Jonah Hill's performance. While he is typically just one note for me, his "one note" fits this film so brilliantly it's hard to tell if he's even acting. It was refreshing. Jason Schwartzman echoes the same performance, and for those of you who don't live in Hollywood and chase the entertainment dream, Hill and Schwartzman are the perfect archetypes of guys we hate out here: pretentious douche bags who want nothing more than their own glory. They exist in poignant dichotomy to what the A-plot of the film is. Go figure.

Funny People
is in theaters everywhere. EVERYWHERE!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Entourage Star poses with girlfriend

Jamie Lynn Sigler posed for photos with her boyfriend, Entourage star Jerry Ferrera (pictured on the right) for the magazine Animal Fair. It's easy to see why Ferrara is drooling...he's got a smoking hot girlfriend who doesn't mind his snout nose and rabies collar. Inside sources say that Ferrera gave his girlfriend fleas, but now that he's taking advantix, that problem should be over soon.

The couple was recently spotted leaving a local Pet Co in Beverly Hills. Sigler was carrying two bags of Purina Large Dog formula, while Ferrara, on leash next to her, carried a tennis his mouth.

Ever the good sport, Sigler even cleaned up her boyfriend's waste after he laid a fresh pile on the sidewalk. A pile of what you ask?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Clint Mansell- Moon [OST]

After rereading my review of Moon I started to wonder what it was about the film that made me truly love it. Sure the story is good, the performances are top notch, and the sfx are out of this world, but it's the music that's stuck with me more than anything.

The score, composed by Clint Mansell, is nothing short of hauntingly beautiful. Enjoy a sampling of the main theme below, and for the love of god, see Moon before it leaves the big screen!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

We Enjoy Yourself

A new film premiering at the NJ Film Festival September 4. Could be interesting, but looks more like a phan's passion turned into a 60-minute expose. Either way, it has me excited for their next festival, now just 10 weeks away!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Summary Judgement

Your weekend movie guide from our friend Mark Legan. Visit slate. Tell him you love him. Do so in an inappropriate way.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

God Bless Umm...Erika?

For those of you that missed the Dodgers/Cardinals game last Tuesday, August 18, you missed quite a show. Sure, my team lost, but America won. Watch the above video and see why.

Also, let me just say that the players have every right to laugh at her. This is the big leagues, girl. If you can't hack it, get the eff off the field. There's a million other singers with more talent (and better memories!) that would have killed for that gig.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Leno: Funny Again (thanks, Fred!)

This premiered on the big screen this past weekend. Looks a hell of a lot funnier than anything the show has done in the past 10 years. I'm actually looking forward to the show now! So, for the first time in a while, I have to say: Way to be, NBC! Nice work!

Armisen totally makes it though.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

500 Days of Bummer

"This is not a love story. It's a story about love....the convenient kind of love, where the woman tramples the man for sport so that she walks away feeling both victimized and empowered."

500 Days of Summer
is depressing as all hell. There's really not much more to say about this movie from a critical stand point beyond that. Every guy has lived this film personally, and seeing it recreated on the screen is like watching yourself die in a car accident. From a technical standpoint however, there's a veritable goldmine of material to discuss.

Most notably, the movie plays like a TV show. From it's smug narration to it's consistent use of chyron's tracing many of the 500 days that Tom, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, spends with Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Yes, her name is Summer. I too was confused at first, wondering how many years it would take to total 500 actual days of summer. Anyway, it almost feels like a bad CBS sitcom. The story, while linear, is told out of sequence. This leads to several juxtaposed scenes exactly opposite in nature. She loves me, she loves me not. It allows you to feel hope for Levitt's character, then lose it in an instant. A proverbial fuck you from the filmmakers, manipulating your emotions so carelessly you wonder if they didn't create some diabolical equation to make the movie cut you deeper with each passing scene.

Essentially, the movie is a tease. But not the good kind, the kind that ends tragically. The real kind. The Shakespearean kind. The kind of love we think we've all had, the "first love." The one that doesn't work. The one that ends up being so manipulative that just sitting through the movie is like watching yourself on home video. Like a team watching footage after a losing football game. You see your errors, your flaws, your mistakes refined under a microscope staring back at you. You begin to wonder: am I this stupid? Have I made these mistakes?

The answer, very plainly, and very simply, is yes. Yes, you have.

And perhaps thats what's so unsettling about this film. It's almost so authentic from a male point of view that you can't help but want to leave in the middle of it. Because you've seen this before- you've lived this before. And you know it's not going to end well. From making a mixtape, to sharing your personal hobbies, interests and passions with someone who later turns them against's hearbreaking. And it's because of that reason that I hated this movie going experience.

But before I completely banish this movie to the island of tragically hip films (currently inhabited by Garden State and The Time Traveler's Wife*), there is one positive moment that is not only worth mentioning, it almost redeems the entire film in a matter of 3 minutes. The scene occurs immediately after Tom sleeps with Summer for the first time. And again, it's a feeling we all know. Tom leaves his apartment on top of the world, and in his mind, everything is clicking. They take a literal interpretation of that and add an entire city of choreographed dancers that somehow all know the routine. Call me a musical theater queen, but this is easily the best moment in the movie. But maybe it's just because Hall & Oates "You Make My Dreams" is the soundtrack to the scene.

All in all though, this is a bad date movie, a terrible love story, and almost too real to ever revisit on DVD. And if you're recently single, forget about it. But Levitt shines (as he always does), and Deschanel maintains that air of "I'm an aloof bitch" perfectly. It's well cast, well acted, and too real to be enjoyable. If anything, 500 Days of Summer reminds you that you don't always want your life to be like a movie.

*I've never seen The Time Traveler's Wife but I can only assume it would annoy the hell out of me. Garden State is an easy pick though. That movie stinks worse than Grandma's underpants. Your grandma, not mine.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Git yo' Freak On!

This trailer premiered before District 9, which opened this past weekend. Easily the scariest thing I've seen in a long long time.

And yet, oddly, for the first time ever, it's a scary movie I'm actually interested in seeing.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Phish setlist 8.16.09 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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Set I:
The Moma Dance
Anything But Me
Cars Trucks Buses
Chalk Dust Torture
Golgi Apparatus
David Bowie
Run Like An Antelope

Set II:
Backwards Down the Number Line >
Twenty Years Later
Halley's Comet >
Rock & Roll
Harpua >
I Kissed A Girl* >
Hold Your Head Up >
You Enjoy Myself

I Been Around
Highway To Hell

*Katy Perry cover, first time played.

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David After Dentist or Letters to my Father

Always a purveyor of all things internet that may or may not be funny, it's hard to ignore the youtube smash "David After Dentist." In case you're unaware, or just feel like skipping the video, David went to the dentist. The dentist gave him drugs. David tripped. His father caught it all on video and then posted it on youtube.

I feel kind of bad for the little guy, however. I'm sure David had no say as to whether or not he wanted this video posted online. Furthermore, even if he did, he;s only 7 years old, thus he still needs his father to tell him what's right and wrong. In this case, his father needs to be aware that he is exploiting his child in the worst way possible (hell, they're even selling tee shirts now) by posting a very private moment of his child's life for 27 million viewers to see.

I often wonder how David will react in the coming years. Luckily, we here at Great Scott are in possession of a time machine, and were able to dig up the late David's journal entries from the future in a segment we like to call "Letters to My Father."

June, 2001
Age: 1

I was born today. Not sure what to expect so far. Everyone seems cool. The breast milk is decent, especially compared to that mexican lady. A man claiming to be my father isn't holding me, he's just shooting video. Weird. I guess the doctor is my dad then, cause this guy with the camera only seems to care about himself. I hope that's not an emerging trend.

June, 2008
Age: 7

I went to the dentist today. They said it was just a check up, but then I woke up in your van and had no recollection of the last 4 hours. Mom said that's how she met you too. I'm not even sure I know what recollection means though, cause I'm only 7. Farts are funny.

June, 2009
Age: 8

My silly video has been seen by everyone! I love it and I love you! Everyone knows who I am and can't help but laugh when I remind them where they know me from. Being famous is awesome. Maybe I'll be wildly successful since you've already got my face and name out there creating a buzz.

June, 2016
Age: 15

I'm finally beginning to understand why this video is so popular. I was on drugs, and was out of my head. I had no control over what I was saying either. So I understand why people find it amusing. But to be reminded of it every single day by the guys at school, my teachers, and even Coach Pendleton...well, it's getting a little old. Don't you think it's time we maybe took it down?

June, 2023
Age: 22

Can you please pull that fucking video from your youtube account or am I going to have to wait until you're dead? Honestly, this has gone on long enough. I can't escape it. I'm like frickin' Jonathan Lipnicki here, stuck saying "the human head weighs 8 pounds" for the rest of my life and I hate it. How selfish are you anyway? I haven't seen a fucking penny from the tee shirt sales.

June, 2027
Age: 26

Bastard Father who I hate,
I just finished Law School and realized something really important: you did not get willing consent to use me in that video and you've been posting it illegally for over 19 years now. Take it down or I won't visit mom in the hospital. Or you. Ass.

June, 2033
Age: 33

To Whom it May Concern:
The law firm I work found just found the David After Dentist video on youtube and I lost my job because of it. Clients won't take me seriously, so the firm said they were "moving in another direction." I hope you're happy, Dad. I've got 4 kids and just took out a second mortgage on my home. Now I'm belly up, penniless, and wondering if maybe I shouldn't just end it all before things get worse. Either way, thank you for cursing my entire existence just so you could get a couple of laughs. Really, good fathering. You should call Bill Cosby and tell him how great you did.

June, 2040
Age: 40

My Late Father:
It's such a shame I outlived you. I thought your money would have kept you alive forever. But really, it's more of a shame that the video will outlive me, the internet, and my children, who, by the way, are reminded of my 7-year-old-drugged-out-antics daily. Honestly, what were you thinking when you did this? How fucking negligent could you be? Didn't you realize I'd have hopes and dreams of my own? That I might want to step outside of your shadow? Instead I'm stuck in my own shadow- a shadow of a 7 year old boy who was wacked out of his head. A boy that has always been stuck in that place cause you put him there. Well, now you're gone. Maybe I should make a video of you called "Daddy After Death." We can do a Weekend at Bernie's thing, only I'll make it funny for a change.

June, 2050
Age: 50

Father of the Millennium,
I got a call from the Smithsonian Museum of Pop Culture* today. Turns out they want to put my video on permanent collection so that children of future generations may enjoy it as well. Worse yet, since I didn't make the video, it's not my property, so I can't refuse the request. From this moment until the end of time, my face and namesake will now be plastered alongside Neil Armstrong, Martin Luther King, and Leonardo DaVinci. The weird thing is though, I didn't land on the moon, help the human rights movement, or advance the cause of man. Nope. I just went to the dentist and got taken advantage of. Ironic too, as this will be my first trip to any of the Smithsonian museums, despite the incessant requests I made to go there as a child. You never took me though, you were too busy "editing your kids lives away."

June, 2061
Age: 61

The Post Gazette Reports:
David "After Dentist" Conner was found dead in a Marriott Courtyard closet today, hung to death by what looks to be his own belt. His body was found by a hooker who immediately recognized him, then posed for a photo with the limp body before calling the proper authorities. David is survived only by his legacy, which he has tried to squash since his 11th birthday, knowing full well it would follow him for the rest of his life.

*set to open in 2025

Hey, David's Dad: you're an asshole!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Phish setlist 8.15.09 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

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Last night's show was easily the best of the summer thus far. All oldies and fan favorites (only one new song from what we can tell), and the first Psycho Killer since Dayton '97? It doesn't get much better than that people. It's also interesting to note how much Gamehendge-related material was played as well. Maybe they'll give us a bigger taste at Halloween. Either way, last night's show was one for the books, and a must have for any fan/collector. You can download an audience recording of last night's show, or splurge and drop ten bucks on the soundboard feed from Either way, this is one worth the hard drive space.

Onward and upward though! After my predictions last night being almost completely wrong, save for the Stash call, and the hint I dropped about Lawn Boy, I can only throw my hands in the air now and know they will play a sick show again. The only real thing to consider is that it's saturday night, so a lot of 9-5ers may be at this show. But I also have a lot of friends that will be there as well, and am hoping for a great show on their behalf.

Set I:
Crowd Control
Kill Devil Falls
The Sloth
Beauty Of A Broken Heart
Axilla I
Ha Ha Ha
Party Time
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
Strange Design
Time Turns Elastic

Set II:
Tweezer >
Let Me Lie
46 Days
Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
Harry Hood

Good Times Bad Times
Tweezer Reprise

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The Avett Brothers- I and Love and You

First single from the forth coming Avett Brother's record I and Love and You. The single, of the same name, has quickly become one of my favorite singles of late summer.

I wasn't all that familiar with the group until I heard Emotionalism recently. Turns out, they are awesome. I and Love and You will be released this September.

Enjoy the listen!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Phish setlist 8.14.09 The Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT

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Last night's Darien show proved to be consistent with years past. Granted, I called "Drowned" a mile away, but that's a good thing. They honor their fans by doing their time tested and almost ceremonial jams in the places they feel most comfortable. And it's no secret that Phish loves Darien Lake. Hell, the Fluffhead said it all. Not to mention the all around looseness of the quartet, as displayed by banter and mood throughout the night^.

Expect a more traditional rock show tonight. Lots of new tunes, crowd pleasers; a mixed bag of the eclectic sound that has become Phish over the years. Hell, maybe even a 'Bouncin Around The Room. Maybe a Stash. Not that the show will disappoint (I mean honestly, do they ever?*), but more that they are winding down this tour relatively quickly, without a multi-night stop at the end as a final curtain call. But that's okay. With rumors of a fall tour gaining steam each day, I think we'll have plenty more to look forward to.

Tonight's show:

Set I:
Punch You in the Eye
Colonel Forbin's Ascent >
Fly Famous Mockingbird
Birds Of A Feather
Lawn Boy
I Didn't Know
Middle of the Road
Character Zero

Set II:
Down With Disease >
Wilson >
Slave to the Traffic Light
Piper >
Water in the Sky
Ghost >
Psycho Killer >
Catapult >
Icculus >
You Enjoy Myself

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

The second coming of Christ: Page McConnell[photo credit]

*that was a rhetorical question.
^...when there's no direct light. And a thin veil of clouds, keeps the stars out of sight.

Your Weekend Movie Guide

Enjoy Mark Legan's coverage of three of this weekend's hottest new movies in his segment entitled Summary Judgment. Well, maybe not the Time Traveler's Wife, but honestly, who thought that was going to be good anyway?

As always, you can head over to Slate for consistent intelligent news and pop culture coverage. Plus plenty more from our friend Mark!

The Daily Render Renders Great Scott

Another friend of Great Scott, The Daily Render, authored by the original DC colonist, Nik Schiller, ran a nice little piece that happened to include yours truly. Having previously worked on Arrested Development, I found this quite amusing. It seems to set the tone for this presidential term in some odd way, as Obama continues to address and fill almost every absurd request our fickle country throws at him. Head on over to The Daily Renderto learn more!

For giggles, here are some alternate posters that hipster could have come up with:

"Hey Obama, how's the tacos?"

"Hey Obama...your mom!"

"Hey Obama, where's your dick chainy*?"

"Hey Obama, bring back Arrested Development...the 90s pop group that had the song Mr. Wendell."

"Hey Obama, nice tits!"

*intentionally misspelled for comedic purposes.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Phish setlist 8.13.09 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, NY

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Well, Chicago was interesting to say the least. The first Paul & Silas since 1998, a new tune debuted, and a whole lot of rock and roll. I have a feeling tonight will be much more experimental. I'm really pulling for a Drowned or a Crosseyed and Painless. Anything that allows them to push the limits of their music boundaries. We shall see though. Either way, with the rumors of a fall tour beginning to circulate, there's plenty more time for experimentation.

Set I:
Sample In A Jar
Dinner and a Movie
Wolfman's Brother
My Friend, My Friend
Sugar Shack
Brian And Robert
David Bowie
Bathtub Gin
How High The Moon
Golgi Apparatus

Set II:
Drowned >
Prince Caspian >
The Horse >
Silent in the Morning
Run Like An Antelope
Suzy Greenberg

First Tube

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Phish fall 2009 Tour

I came across this image while searching for stills of the Chicago show to post with tonight's set list. From what I can tell, this is nothing more than a diry, nasty rumor, but man wouldn't it be nice if it were true. I've never been to the site that is the source of these rumors, but I'll be a regular visitor if there's any truth to it.

Even better still, and again, assuming this is true, that means they are planning a stop in Los Angeles at the historic Hollywood bowl, a venue known for its amazing beauty above its acoustics. Still, seeing my band in my town would be out of control.

Fingers are crossed for all of us here at Great Scott, we suggest you do the same.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Phish- Undermind Sessions

The last in our summer series of Phish rarities comes from 2004 when the band was recording Undermind. Hot on the heels of their previous release, Roundroom, the band focused on much shorter pop driven songs with catchy melodies and memorable lyrics.

I wasn't the biggest fan of Roundroom at first, so when I saw that Undermind was being released, I was hesitant to get too excited. It's only now as we sit on the cusp of another new Phish studio effort (the first in 5 years mind you) that I have reexamined both of these records and am surprisingly quite fond of them both.

Undermind has a few sleepers on it. "Access Me," is a stand out; and I think that "Secret Smile" is a beautiful and all-too-often-overlooked ballad that catches Phish in their most vulnerable sound to date. And ironically enough, the single from the record, "The Connection," finally saw a live debut on the back half of this summer tour after being shelved for almost 5 years.

Obviously with the heavy circulation of their new material, and the outright neglect of their previous 2 records, it's clear that Phish is back in the zone. Maybe Roundroom and Undermind aren't their two favorite releases to date, but the mark an important point in phishtory: a time when the band reevaluated what made them work to begin with. And now, much like a phoenix rising from the ashes, they are stronger than they've ever been.

Plus Trey seems sober! Awesome!

*finally, for any of you heading to Festival 8, give us a holler. We always love to connect with our readers in person!*

Track list:

01 Undermind
02 The Connection
03 A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing
04 Two Versions of Me
05 Crowd Control
06 Secret Smile
07 Army of One
08 Access Me
09 Nothing
10 Tomorrow's Song
11 Scents 1
12 Scents 2
13 Birdwatcher


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Phish set list 8.11.09 Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

Closing night at the Gorge [photo courtesy of Stephanie Wambach]


Well, what can we say about those Gorge shows except that A) I wish I was there and B) it looks like Phish has been saving themselves for the back leg of their summer tour. And with Darien Lake on the horizon, I can only imagine they'll hit stride more and more with each passing show (that live phish 3 is one of my favorites...they always seem to kill Darien. I'd hope for a Crosseyed and Painless, but I don't want to jinx it).

That's not to take away from what they did in June...the guys have been on fire this summer, if only partly because it looks like they are officially "back," and won't show signs of slowing down until at least after Halloween, though rumors of a New Years show have already begun circulating. It would be nice to see Phish return to Madison Square Garden for a few nights in December, but at the same time, that would make the show all the more impossible to attend for us here at Great Scott.

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And speaking of Halloween, if anyone out there in internet land plans on attending, shoot us an email. We always love connecting with phans, especially those that are regular or frequent visitors of our site! Who knows, maybe if we're feeling generous we may even have some freebies to hand out at the show!

Also, check back later this week for the last in our summer series of rare Phish shows, b-sides, outtakes, and side projects. Our last installment will be from Phish's Undermind recording sessions, and features material we had never heard until we stumbled onto it.

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

Set I:
Kill Devil Falls
Sample In A Jar
Paul and Silas
Windy City*
The Curtain With
Train Song
Heavy Things
Time Turns Elastic

Set II:
Backwards Down the Number Line >
Carini >
Gotta Jibboo
Theme From The Bottom
2001 >
Chalkdust Torture
Harry Hood
The Squirming Coil

Loving Cup

Show Notes:
*first time played

The gorge night 2[photo credit]

Lose Weight and Give Great Handjobs!

I could not believe this was real when I saw it, but it is. I think you'll be as shocked as I was too.

The real question this raises: what team of idiots let this pass and go into production?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Today's idiot

I get the feeling this guy will try crazier shit now that he lived through this. Some people, I tell ya.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Phish setlist 8.08.09 The Gorge, George, WA

[video courtesy of my girl Wambach, "Destiny Unbound," live from the Gorge night 1]

Sorry for the delay on getting this set list posted. If it's any consolation, I had to throw a party for a 5 year old yesterday, so I couldn't get to this until now. But a Mango Song opener? I would have killed to see that!

The boys pick up the tour next at Toyota Park in Chicago after a 3 day break to travel back across the country, For all of my chicago friends that will be there, feel free to send any photo/video to

Now for last night's set...

Set I:
The Mango Song
Chalk Dust Torture
Middle Of The Road
Twenty Years Later
Ya Mar
It's Ice
Wolfman's Brother
Character Zero >
Run Like An Antelope

Set II:
Rock & Rolll >
Makisupa Policeman
The Wedge
You Enjoy Myself
Backwatds Down The Number Line >

Good Times Bad Times
Tweezer Reprise

Friday, August 07, 2009

Phish setlist 8.07.09 The Gorge, George, WA

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From the accounts I've heard from my friends at the show, Shoreline was up to snuff with everything we've seen and heard this summer so far. Plus they got a "When the Circus Comes To Town," which is a personal favorite of mine. After a day of travel, the boys are back tonight for a 2 day stint at a venue I've always wanted to see in person: the gorge. I feel like seeing a show there would be as much about the venue as it is about the artist. Let's hope Phish sticks around for another decade so that I may see them there someday.

A limited batch of tickets were released for the two shows earlier in the week, there may even still be some available if you're looking. Otherwise, enjoy the setlists, and check Live Phish for downloads!

Tonight's show:

Set I:
Down With Disease
Pebbles And Marbles
Destiny Unbound
Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley >

Set II:
The Moma Dance >
Light >
Bathtub Gin >
Harry Hood

Slave to the Traffic Light

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

RIP John Hughes

TMZ and are reporting that acclaimed director John Hughes has died of a heart attack. He was 59 years old.

As the 80s were officially sponsored by Hughes (and the letter M), he released a myriad of notable films including Say Anything, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Home Alone.

Hughes is survived by his fantastic career, and will be more than missed in Hollywood.

We can also thank Hughes for creating a sense of false hope in every woman born between 1980 and 1990, giving them the notion that "someday my prince will come." While many consider that a disservice, it's also a nod to how powerful the medium of film can be.

Somewhere in heaven, God is holding up a boombox playing "In Your Eyes."

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Phish setlist 8.05.09 Shoreline Ampitheater, Mountain View, CA

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Coming off their amazing 4 nights at Red Rocks, the band is making a single night stop just outside San Fran before they hit the Gorge for a pair of shows. While people in the Phish camp are calling the closing night one of the best shows of the summer, I can't help but be a fan of the 3rd night what with the Esther they broke out.

One can only hope tonight's show will feature a special guest (Bob Weir could reprise his 10/7/00 appearance, especially after seeing Billy Kreutzman join the group for the closing night at the rock), but chances are this will be a pretty tight and quick show. Don't expect a Harpua, people. Expect a smattering of old and new, band favorites and general crowd pleasers. Character Zero sticks out in my mind. Or maybe Taste. Rest assured they will not disappoint.

Set I:
Golgi Apparatus
Halley's Comet
Chalk Dust Torture
The Divided Sky
When the Circus Comes To Town
Time Turns Elastic
Ya Mar
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
Suzy Greenberg
David Bowie

Set II:
Backwards Down the Number Line
Down With Disease >
Limb By Limb
Oh Sweet Nothin'
Cities >
Mike's Song >
Simple >
Weekapaug Groove

Let Me Lie
Bold as Love

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Cash for Clunkers

Our government's most recent flop, the embarrassingly pitiful "Cash for Clunkers" program suspension, received some new life today as the US announced it would partner with China for their Cash for Children program. When reached for comment, President Obama made it clear to America that he means business:

"China will be the largest global marketplace of the 21st century. It's high time we finally got a piece of the pie."

While some reporters chided his "movin' on up" mindset, many domestic economists are already on board. I.X. Ratly, of the Des Moines Sun Times, was especially vocal.

"The beauty of the newly adapted cash-for-kids program is that it allows American parents to give up their ugly, fat or unwanted children AFTER pregnancy. This eliminates the moral dilemma that is abortion, while curbing our population and food consumption at the same time."

And food is becoming more of a hot button issue by the day as children get fatter and fatter. But many skeptics are appeased with this plan. Kids are measured by weight, then families receive compensation based on how many pounds they can bring in.

Not everyone is singing the new propostion's praises though. Between it's "no twins policy" and minimal cash reimbursements for children older than 13, some are finding it hard to get behind. Sue Davis, of Pointe Blanc, Maine further echoed the backlash.

"So I got this ugly 13 year old kid, and I only get 200 dollars for it? It cost more than that to make the damn thing."

When asked why she wouldn't then just "make another child" she complained of broken plumbing, which, ironically, she needs just $189 to pay for, leaving her with an $11 profit.

"It ain't all bad," she added. "Got me a free pack'a smokes and some Coors Original out of it. Had a dollar left for a scratch and win."

Sue, unfortunately, scratched and lost, but America seems to have hit the jackpot.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Wanking Wankers, Batman!

God bless the British for their hilarious take on un-newsworthy news. Thought you all might enjoy these. Big thanks to The Outhouse Life for these.

and one more for fun:

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Phish setlist 8.02.09 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

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Well, I think we can all agree that Phish has brought their A-game to the back leg of the tour this summer. Last night's show was nothing short of SICK. Enjoy the entire thing right here. You can thank me later. But between Mound, Esther, the blend of old and new, a great Jiboo, and one of my new favs: Alaska, last night's show is already one of my favorite of the summer.

Tonight should be more of a subdued show. I wouldn't put it past them to play a Velvet Sea or maybe a Prince Caspian. Both yawners for me at a show, but still- after what they accomplished in the past 3 nights, I think we can cut them some slack.

Set I:
Roses Are Free
Prince Caspian
Back on the Train
Beauty Of A Broken Heart
Sample In A Jar
Sugar Shack
Kill Devil Falls

Set II:
Boogie On Reggae Woman
You Enjoy Myself >
Undermind* >
Drums* >
Seven Below* >
2001* >
Waves* >
Character Zero*

Bittersweet Motel
Bouncing Around The Room
Slave To The Traffic Light

Show Notes:
*w/ Billy Kreutzman

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Phish setlist 8.01.09 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

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Last night was a wet one, though it must have been awesome to see them reprise one of my favorite things they've ever done: a Drowned > Crosseyed much like the Darien Lake show that has become Live Phish 3.

Let's see if they can top it tonight!

Set I:
The Curtain With
Gotta Jiboo
Punch You in the Eye
Run Like An Antelope

Set II:
Rock and Roll
Down With Disease >
Harry Hood

Sleeping Monkey
First Tube

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