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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Phish does Guitar Hero



Phish.com announced earlier today that the band has added a live series of song downloads to the already platinum game title:

A Phish "Live Track Pack" for Guitar Hero World Tour is available for download now and features live recordings of "Sample in a Jar," (12/1/94 Salem Armory, Salem, OR), "Down with Disease," (12/1/95 Hershey Park Arena, Hershey, PA), and "Chalk Dust Torture," (11/16/94 Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI as released on "A Live One"). The pack is compatible with 360, PS3 and Wii .

The Track Pack can be downloaded from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and from the PlayStation Store (where the songs are also available as singles).

In addition, Rock Band has released tracks from year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and included is "Wilson" from Phish's Friday night set.


I don't own the game, or any of the consoles, but I might now. Though this does raise the question, what will all the classic rockers out there adding their catalogs to guitar hero's list: why doesn't Frank Zappa release one? It'd be essentially the same game!

I kid, Trey's licks are sick.

Phish: Sessions at W. 54th 10.20.98



We're back with week 4 of our Phish summer tour rarities, b-sides and live shows. Today brings us Phish's amazing performance in 1998 at Sessions @ W. 54th. Hosted by David Byrne of the Talking Heads, Sessions was an incredible show for real musicians. It has since ended, unfortunately, the studio having been owned by Sony only to break it apart and sell it piece by piece. It makes sense as we see all these entertainment conglomerates fall to pieces, but between CBGB, Sessions, and whatever else may be disappearing, it's clear that the glory days of music in New York City may be fading.

So before it happens entirely, enjoy the complete Sessions session (including Albuquerque). Keep checking back each week for a new installment of rare or live phish as we creep closer and closer to the back leg of the tour!

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Setlist:
Sleep#
Frankie Says
Ghost
Roggae
Guyute
Wading in the Velvet Sea
Driver#
Albuquerque*
Birds of a Feather
Piper
Taste**

Played for "Sessions at West 54th," a PBS series hosted by David Byrne (of Talking Heads). "Birds," "Ghost," and "Taste" were broadcast January 9, 1999 on the program, in addition to interviews with the band about fan taping and the Halloween musical costumes. #Acoustic. *Played (acoustic) while tapes were being changed; was not taped. (BUT DON'T WORRY, IT'S INCLUDED HERE!) **Quasi-encore: Phish had finished their written setlist (though skipping "The Moma Dance," which was on the list given to the cameramen) and had some time left ("Ghost" was only 10 minutes long). After a flood of audience requests (including many for Byrne to sit in), Trey said, "Okay, let's just play Taste," at Page's suggestion.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

R.I.P. Billy Mays



When I first heard his name last night, I thought Billy Mays was the Tae-Bo guy. "that'll shut them up," I thought out loud to all those housewives and gym teachers out there.

Turns out, I had the wrong guy. And while I can't boast that I ever knew or met Billy Mays, I will say this: for those of you who think the infomercial is dieing, you're wrong. We're in a golden age of infomercials. Between Discovery's show Pitchmen and the Shamwow guy, there's never been a better time to be in infomercials. That being said, now that he's gone, who could fill his shoes?

Billy Mays will be missed by the entertainment community at large though, mainly because he kept Leno employed for the past 5 years. Leno went off the air, and Mays passed away.

Coincidence?

UPDATE: 4:08 PM PST:

I found this link at yahoo. I couldn't agree more, considering I said it before you, yahoo, you jerks.

Phoenix - Live at the Wiltern, LA, CA 06.28.09

(an early june setlist)

Last night I had the chance to catch Phoenix at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles for the closing night of their US tour. The band seemed to be in full stride, promoting their 4th studio album Wolfgang Amadeus with fiery renditions of about half the tracks on the record. And while their most recent effort is quite pop-driven, it seems to have a bit more edge than their previous record, It's Never Been Like That, leaving room for experimentation in their normally tight and polished songs.

Kicking off the show with a technically perfect Lizstomania, it wasn't until the band really got into their set that they found their niche. Renditions of Funky Squaredance 1-3, Run Run Run, and Love Like a Sunset left little to be desired, as the band played with tempo, did some start and stop, and experimented much more than I thought they would. Between those moments, and a few poppy others (namely Too Young, and their closing encore 1901), the show was nothing short of spectacular from a musical standpoint. Even their most popular hit, If I Ever Feel Better, was funked out a little bit, as the band added a sort of epic rock-opera ending to the jam. Mind you, Thomas Mars, their front man, was completely out of tune with the song when it started, but he found his groove, and got the entire place on their feet.

Looking at their setlists from the tour so far, the band doesn't really mix things up that much. They tend to play the same 20 songs at each venue, with a gem here and there. Obviously, as a pop band, that's your obligation, but I would have liked to have seen a few more early tracks and a willingness to embrace the songs the band likes for themselves. After all, I can imagine a stop in LA is pretty big for this band. LA is a musically snobby town, ergo the people that were there probably knew every song they've recorded as well as I did. Why not take some time and do a few lesser known tracks from United or Alphabetical? Or hell, you've been covering Air's Playground Love, give me one of those!

My only true criticism would have to be their light show. Now, I had never seen Phoenix before, but they've put out 4 fantastic records so far, plus a live effort. The point is: they've toured before. Probably 10 or 20 times I am guessing. With that in mind, you'd think the band would have an amazing light show to go along with their music. Not so. It almost looked like the Wiltern staff lighting technician sat in for the night and just sort of hit buttons as he went. Mind you, that's a little harsh- clearly the lights were engineered to fit with their music, but it all felt very sterile. Maybe a paint-by-numbers lighting kit would have been a better description. It's frustrating though, coming off the heels of seeing Phish a few weeks back: their lights are considered a 5th member of the band. But look at the small outfits of the world. When I saw Cut Copy, the lighting show was phenomenal. It covered up for the fact that they really only have about 10 songs they can do live before they get to be too redundant and overbearing. Phoenix clearly sits above these guys popularity-wise, and have released 3 more records at this point. Why then haven't they sprung for a decent lighting guy? I can only hope when I see them again (and yes, I absolutely will see them again, and can only recommend them to you as well) they'll have some sort of luminary show to accompany the music.

DOWNLOAD: Phoenix- 1901 [remix by Felipe Musica]

Set List: 6/28/09
(this is only partial, though rumors of Thomas Mars being sick before the show kept the set quite short anyway. It clocked in at 1:15)

Lisztomania
Funky Squaredance
Rally
Napoleon Says
Love Like a Sunset
Run Run Run
Too Young
Twenty-one One Zero
It's Never Been Like That

Encore:
If I Ever Feel Better
1901


Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Bitter Script Reader interviews Dan Callahan



Ever the purveyor of my friends work, today brings you a piece, or series of pieces, from my longtime friend, colleague and cohort the bitter script reader that have been running over the past week. He recently had the chance to sit down with actor-turned-screenwriter Dan Callahan. The results, for you readers with any interest in writing, or anything creative at all for that matter, are nothing short of intriguing.

Those of you not familiar with the bitter script reader, his task is one that seems both poetic and mundane at times: he reads scripts. Sometimes for agencies, sometimes for studios, never for fun anymore (I can imagine...BSR, correct me if I am wrong), but that's what he does for a living. And more often than not, what he reads is pure unadulterated crap. And he shares that with the world, which is what makes me think he's really onto something big. Ha!

The BSR (bitter script reader) updates frequently, and there's always some real truth to be found on his sight, especially for those of us involved in the world of writing. Keep checking back frequently to see what he'll say next!

*Editor's note: I wanted to choose a picture of a pile of scripts, but the google search results that yielded were nothing short of piss poor. So I went with the single script page. And I have to say, if I hired whoever copied this- I'd fire thier shit so quickly. Look at that: double-sided-three-hole-punched and he put it on non-holed paper! Pack up your things, Billy! The dream is over!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Phish: Save The Date!



Great Scott was delighted to learn last night that Phish is once again planning a three-day festival this fall centered around Halloween.

Halloween has always been a magical time in the world of Phish. Four times the band has donned "musical costumes," taking their second set on Halloween, and covering an entire album track by track. And really, if you count the '98 show from Utah where they covered Dark Side of the Moon (just 2 days AFTER they covered an entire album for halloween), they've done it 5 times:

10.31.94 - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY (covered: The Beatles- White Album)
10.31.95 - Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL (covered The Who- Quadrophenia, with Giant Country Horns)
10.31.96 - The Omni, Atlanta, GA (covered: The Talking Heads- Remain in Light)
10.31.98 - Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, IL (covered: The Velvet Underground- Loaded)
11.02.98 - E Centre, West Valley City, UT (covered: Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon)

Thoughts on this year? I can't say it any better than Justin at Live Music Blog, so I won't. Suffice it to say, I could not be happier that it may be happening in Indio, CA, also the home of the now-nationally-popular music festival "Coachella," and about 2000 miles closer than Loring Air Force Base or Coventry ever was! I might actually make it!

What could they do this year? I know it would be cliche, but I'd love to see them cover a Dead record. Terrapin Station maybe, or Shakedown Street. Something funky. Maybe even The Rolling Stones' Stick Fingers. We shall see though! In the meantime, as soon as any ticket info is released, we'll have it for you, right here on Great Scott.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Phish late summer tour

closing night at Alpine (source)

It'll be a long and warm 35 days until any of us get to see Phish again. Seems like that front leg of the tour came and went in the blink of an eye, huh? Don't worry, that was just the appetizer.

Late Summer Tour schedule:

7.30.09 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
7.31.09 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
8.01.09 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
8.02.09 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
8.05.09 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
8.07.09 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
8.08.09 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
8.11.09 Toyota Park, Chicago, IL
8.13.09 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
8.14.09 The Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
8.15.09 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
8.16.09 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY


You may see me at Shoreline if I get really lucky and my boss gives me a half day. I'm pushing for it, don't you worry. In the interim, keep checking back for exclusive Phish downloads, one per week, all tour long (including the 40 day hiatus!).

what the band saw at alpine (source)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Obligatory MJ post



Great Scott was heartbroken to hear that pop legend Michael Jackson* passed away just hours ago in a Los Angeles hospital after paramedics rushed the singer there. He was 50 years old. To the second!

The story is especially sad when you couple it with the fact that Jackson was about to release his 48th studio record of his already prolific career. Tentatively titled, "Hey, Let's Touch Butts," it was said to be his most progressive work to date.

"I heard one track and was like, Dayum Micah, you really did something here," says long-time brother Tito Jackson. He then proceeded to ask Michael for a twenty-thousand-dollar loan.

All in all though, family members were shocked by Jackson's decision to take his music in a new direction, but Jackson quickly quelled those fears, citing that "...it's just like trying a new position. Think of every record as a boy. A man. Think of every record as a woman. This is just a new position I'm trying with him. Her." Jackson's father promptly had Jackson fetch a switch from the yard (as was explicitly documented in the VHI made-for-tv-movie The Jacksons), then promptly beat his son senseless for "old times sake."

In the real news, AP reports...

Michael Jackson, the moonwalking former child star who became known the world over as the "King of Pop" before his life and career deteriorated in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. He was 50. The person said Jackson died in a Los Angeles hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m., Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the newspaper.

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY and DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press Writers

Oh, by the way- in other REAL NEWS, 100,000 other people died today too. But you don't care about that. You just want your celebrities.

*yes, I did link his wikipedia, in case you've never heard of him. Or seen the sun. Or breathed.

Phish unveils new album plans

(source)

According to phish.com last night, the guys have settled on a track list for their forthcoming album "Joy," to be released July 28 on JEMP records.

Track list:

1. Twenty Years Later
2. Backwards Down the Number Line
3. Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
4. Light
5. Joy
6. Sugar Shack
7. Ocelot
8. Kill Devil Falls
9. I've Been Around
10. Time Turns Elastic

To download the first single off the album, Time Turns Elastic, click here to be redirected to your itunes.

Phish resumes their tour July 30 from Red Rocks in Morrison, CO.

ooh, cute Jurassic Parka, Bruce!



My friend Andrew opened my eyes and ears to this. Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies, but it gets an even funnier twist here.

And to think, I thought hay was for horses.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A drama I might actually watch: The Philanthropist



Premiering tonight on NBC, The Philanthropist may just be the first new drama I'll tune into for a long time. For the most part, major network dramas bore the hell out of me. But I like this lead, I like the concept, and I like that they actually shot in real locations instead of greenscreening Sky Captian and the World of Make Believe for 2 and a half hours. We all know how well that went.

To top tonight's premiere off, a cube-mate of mine has been involved with this show since it's conception, and I'd love to see the show go 20 years so he stays employed! After all, NBC could use a hit, and those of us pressing against the glass ceiling could use a break every now and again.

So make sure you tune in tonight, 10 PM EST / 9 PM CST on NBC. Here's some glowing press to get your dvr's a jigglin':


Entertainment Weekly, June 26, 2009


“A pleasant surprise"

“‘The Philanthropist’ has a bristling intelligence that overcomes the sentimental parts of Teddy’s life.”


--Ken Tucker

TV Guide, June 25, 2009


“Hard to imagine a more debonair leading man than the charming James Purefoy (‘Rome’) in the title role of megamogul man-about-globe Teddy Rist.”

--Matt Roush

New York Post, June 21, 2009

“The premiere episode is engaging and…unlike most anything you’ll see on a broadcast network…”

--Tiffany Connors

Slant Magazine, June 17, 2009

“NBC has found the diamond in the rough it’s been searching for: a show with limitless potential, exploring all that humanity has to offer with a slight bent of thrill-seeking action and social responsibility.”

“ ‘The Philanthropist’ proves compassionate and insightful, never didactic, and heartily entrenching.”


--Adam Keleman

PETA asks Phish to go belly up



According to a recent BurlingtonFreePress.com article, PETA had asked the band Phish to change their name for their recent shows in Alpine Valley. Nothing short of ignorant (hey, it's PETA), they then went on to ask drummer John Fishman to change his name to Heddy Goodwife, something that he had considered, until he realized they were serious.



This new request comes on the heels of PETA's recent headlines they made with the band Metallica, officially asking them to change their name to "The Good Ole' Terrible Terrible Goat on the Car Band." While Metallica opted to ignore the request, many speculated it was because the band was too busy prosecuting 10 year olds for actually liking them!

For Great Scott, I'm Scott. Right.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lucas Held's International House of Relax



Long time comedian and first time juror, Lucas Held brings down the house with another fantastic comic today. Head over there daily for new toons. Plus he's got Baby Chicken Fridays going for him, which is one of the funniest trademarked themes of all time.

Jon plus 4, Kate plus 4



On the heels of their divorce announcement earlier today, TLC's Jon and Kate Plus 8 will be on hiatus until August.

Yes you read that correctly. The show isn't canceled, they're just "on a break." Ross and Rachel must be rolling over in their graves.

Far be it for these two money hungry freaks to cancel the show all together, given that, oh I don't know, THEY HAVE 8 FUCKING KIDS TO RAISE. But the couple decided the best plan of action was to take a break. Jon plans on doing a movie for Spike TV entitled "Can I Get A Refund," whereas Kate is in talks with Lifetime and Oxygen TV to create her own Oprah-style network where she can unabashedly denounce men, being straight, and anything without an elastic waistband. Ad sales are already through the roof, which, ironically, Jon has to fix per the divorce agreement.

No, but seriously, Jon and Kate: LISTEN UP FOR A SECOND.

You've got 8 kids for fucks sake. Maybe they're not yours, I don't know. Hollywood has done stranger things. And if that is the case, I haven't seen this many little people working since The Wizard of Oz when they were called something entirely different and inapropriate. But if they are your babies, you owe it to them to try and reconcile and raise them to the best of your ability. Even if you hate each other. Cause it's not about you anymore. You've got your magazine covers, your scandals, your divorce; you got everything you wanted. But your kids? You've already ruined their lives enough, creating a TV show around what was supposed to be a very beautiful thing. Now you'll only see them 2 weeks a month? And probably still with cameras!? Fuck you. You're what's wrong with America. I hope your kids do some awesome VH1 special someday and trash both of you for being horrible horrible role models.

Insert Caption Here Contest



I stumbled across this photo and found it quite comical. There's just one problem: it's needs a caption!

So today we begin our first caption contest. Submit your caption to askscottsomething@yahoo.com. The funniest few will be posted in a week, with out winner receiving a special prize.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Phish Farmhouse Japanese bonus tracks



When Phish released Farmhouse in May of 2000, they were as deep in their own sound as they had ever been. Sure it wasn't the syncopated rhythms and ornate lyricism that had made them so popular, but it was uniquely their sound. Using heavy loops and drone sound the created a lot of the dark jamming that now seems to be peppered into every show. Hard to believe this album was widely considered a "pop" record, especially considering how many of these songs are staples today.

Around the same time, Phish played Japan, and much to their surprise found out they were quite popular there. Japanese fans had even created a choreographed dance for "Meatstick," a song that had some success there. Trey attempted to teach it to the crowd at Deer Creek in 2000, but for the life of me, I can't remember a step. I have a feeling though, given that these songs weren't released on the stateside version of the record, that the band wanted to give a new group of die hard fans something to enjoy that none one else could. After all, given how much lore is associated with the band, it's a pretty cool thing to do.

Track list:

01. Driver (would have been track 13 on the Japanese release)
02. Mist (would have been track 14 on the Japanese release)

Download

And with that, the first leg of summer tour comes to a close. Stay tuned this week for an in depth look at the Fox Theater show in St. Louis (with lot video to follow as well), a late summer tour preview, and weekly exclusive releases of b-sides, live shows, and studio outtakes all summer long.


(photo credit)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Phish setlist 6.21.09 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI

a view from Alpine (credit)

LAST NIGHT OF EARLY SUMMER TOUR!!!

AS USUAL, LIVE BLOGGING BEGINS TONIGHT @ 7:45 PM EST. AFTER TONIGHT THE BAND TAKES 5 WEEKS OFF. WE WILL RESUME LIVE BLOGGING WHEN THEY PICK UP THE TOUR AT RED ROCKS, JULY 30. KEEP CHECKING BACK ALL SUMMER LONG FOR RARE DOWNLOADS, LIVE SHOWS, AND STUDIO RECORDINGS CONTINUING WITH OUR NEXT INSTALLMENT TOMORROW (MONDAY). AND KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR NEW DAILY CONTENT HERE AT GREAT SCOTT.

TONIGHT'S SET:

Set I:
Brother
Wolfman's Brother
Funky Bitch>
Divided Sky
Joy
Back on the Train
Taste
Poor Heart
The Horse>
Silent in the Morning
The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday>
Avenu Malkanu>
The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
Time Turns Elastic

Set II:
Crosseyed and Painless>
Down with Disease>
Bug>
Piper
Wading in the Velvet Sea
Boogie on Reggae Woman
Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore:
Grind
Frankenstein*

*featured Trey on a 5-neck guitar, Page on Keytar, and Mike on the Inferno bass.

Ray Dawn balloons at Alpine (credit)

Tom Green, how America misses your wacky brand of humor



A little humor for your Sunday. I figured we all needed a laugh considering Phish is taking 5 weeks off after tonight!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Phish setlist 6.20.09 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI

from deer creek last night(credit)

Rain nor sleet nor even snow can stop the boys from finishing the front leg of this tour- and doing it in style! If last night's setlist was any indication, I have a feeling they'll wrap up at Alpine with some loose funky stuff.

AS USUAL, LIVE BLOGGING BEGINS TONIGHT @ 7:45 PM EST. KEEP CHECKING BACK ALL SUMMER LONG FOR RARE DOWNLOADS, LIVE SHOWS, AND STUDIO RECORDINGS CONTINUING THIS MONDAY. AND KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR NEW DAILY CONTENT HERE AT GREAT SCOTT. NOW DOWN TO BUSINESS:


Set I:
Punch You In The Eye
Runaway Jim
Stash
Yamar
Bathtub Gin
Kill Devil Falls
Train Song
Farmhouse
Sparkle
Run Like An Antelope

Set II:
Waves>
Sample in a Jar
Maze
Makisupa Policeman
Ghost>
The Lizards
You Enjoy Myself>
NICU>
Prince Caspian>
Waste>
Fire

Encore:
Character Zero


more from the creek (at least some people stayed dry!) (credit)

and one more for fun! (credit)

Boogie on Reggae Woman



Live from the Fabulous Fox Theater, this past Tuesday.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Phish setlist 6.19.09 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN


more stills fromt the fox (photo credit)

The Phish crew worked hard to cover everything on the stage and the PA was pulled down. According to Wilby the energy in the crowd was as electric as the storms with speculation about what the band has time to practice during the extended setbreak the topic of most conversations in the pavilion.

AS USUAL, LIVE BLOGGING BEGINS TONIGHT @ 7:45 PM EST. KEEP CHECKING BACK ALL SUMMER LONG FOR RARE DOWNLOADS, LIVE SHOWS, AND STUDIO RECORDINGS. AND KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR NEW DAILY CONTENT HERE AT GREAT SCOTT. NOW DOWN TO BUSINESS:

Last night was something sick, there's no question. Too bad they didn't do two nights in St. Louis, because they played a bunch of favorites that I would have loved to see. Let's hope the rest of the weekend follows suit! Having seen phish at Deer Creek 5 times now (the amazing summer 2000 shows and again in 2004) it's no question they'll bring their best stuff out to strut. I've been listening to Live Phish 12 all day in preparation. It's been a strange tour this summer so far (only 1 night at deer creek, 3 at Jones Beach, and a 2 night stay at bonnaroo), but they've brought nothing but their A-game to the back leg of this tour. And wouldn't you know it, my little brother, that lucky SOB, will be there for Deer Creek and Alpine to finish out the tour. My only hope now, being back in LA, is that I can play hookie from work and drive up to see them at Shoreline in August.

And now, tonight's set:

Set I:
Backwards Down The Number Line
AC/DC Bag
Limb By Limb
The Moma Dance
Water In The Sky
Split Open and Melt
Lawn Boy
The Wedge
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
The Connection
Ocelot
Fluffhead

*1:30 minute rain delay. Page came out in the middle of the setbreak and announced that due to the electrical storms surrounding the venue the second set wouldn’t start until 11PM.*

Set II:
A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing>
Drowned>
Twist
Let Me Lie
Tweezer>
2001>
Suzy Greenberg>
Possum

Encore:
Sleeping Monkey>
Tweezer Reprise


Mike killing it at the Fox on Tuesday (photo credit)

D.A.R.E. you to not get high while watching this



Future co-worker and writer/comedian extraordinaire Mark Legan gives us his 2 cents on just how ridiculous Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue really was. Remember- this film was made in 1990! I was only 8. Now it's 2009 and I'm totally ate. Ok, that joke didn't really work, but maybe I'd be funnier if I would have seen this movie as a child and just said no!

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Phish setlist 6.18.09 Post Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA


FROM THE FOX 6.16.09 (photo credit)

Just got back from the Fox show and BOY did they kill it. We'll see if tonight is the same! Just 4 shows left before the 5 week break. Then it's to the wild west for 4 nights at the rock, 2 at the gorge, and a whole hell of a lot of happy fans.

AS USUAL, LIVE BLOGGING OF TONIGHT'S SET BEGINS AT 7:45 EST. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR MORE RARE DOWNLOADS, AN IN DEPTH LOOK AT THE FOX SHOW, AND SET LISTS AS THEY HAPPEN - ALL TOUR LONG.

Set I:
Golgi Apparatus
Chalkdust Torture
Bouncing Around the Room
Wolfman's Brother
The Divided Sky
Heavy Things
Walk Away
Wilson
Tube
Alaska
David Bowie

Set II:
Down With Disease>
Free
Guyute
Piper>
When the Circus Comes to Town
Harry Hood>
The Squirming Coil
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:
Grind
Hello My Baby
Hold Your Head Up>
Bike>
Hold Your Head Up
Loving Cup

*Notes: The show ended at 12:10am, long after a reported 11pm curfew,
including an encore exceeding 22 minutes on its own! (The first set was
8:10-9:40pm, second set 10:10-11:40pm.) Short version: They paused between
Grind and Hello my baby because Page blew the wrong note. Hello my baby was
unfinished with Trey laughing and telling the crowd Fishman will now sing
Bike. Long version: After Grind, they started and stopped Hello My Baby,
during which Trey said Page blew the wrong note. The band huddled away from
the mic, and then Trey promised, "If we screw up again, Jon is going to sing
Bike for you." They started again and messed it up (they were all laughing
by this point) so then Trey said something like, "Son of a Bitch, we're
doing bike." Trey ran over to the drums and started playing HYHU which
morphed into Jon picking up the vacuum everyone in the crowd going crazy and
then Jon saying, "Welcome to the train wreck portion of the show. I hope I
remember how to sing this song." Before going into Bike (forgetting a number
of the lyrics) w/ vacuum solo at the end, then Jon did an intro of the band
(introducing himself last as Henrietta), then Trey came back out and they
did Loving Cup.



ANOTHER LOOK AT THE FOX (photo credit)

Gonzales covers Feist's "One Evening"



A long time fan of Gonzales, and his ability to go from Parisian b-boy to superb classical pianist. (ha, I said pianist.) But this is a great cover, and an awesome introduction to his music for those of you who've never heard him before. And it's a pretty good barometer for his work. A lot of the "classical pop" he released on his first solo piano record, the aptly titled Solo Piano, plays in very much the same way. It's very light and very tight. It moves while still being something of a pure sound, which is almost always likened with classical, hence the genre misnomer.



I've yet to listen to his 2009 release, Soft Power, but as you might imagine, I've heard great things. I'll give it a write up later this week, as it's en route to me now. But from what I gather, it's his deeper exploration of what made Solo Piano so good to begin with: simple sounding music that could not be more complex.

I did a write up of this album back in 2006 (I know, I know, shamelessly promoting my own stuff here, but what can you do? Hustle baby!) and each time I listen to it I like it more. I most enjoy it while cooking, so, you know, suck on that.

Mind you, there were a few glaring errors in that old post, but hey, you can't fault a guy for his excitement over sharing music that's this good with the world. After all, it's 3 years later and here I am, still talking about it! Big ups to my brother Jeffro for finding the remix and getting me all giddy about this record again!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Slap-Chop your bitch up



Far be it for me to assume this guy should either be in jail, or at the very least, off spokesman work, but here he is as hilarious and as annoying as he's ever been. Give this a viewing, I promise at least 3 laughs.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Phish setlist 6.16.09 Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO

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FIRST FOX SHOW SINCE 1994! SETLIST WILL BE COMING A DAY LATE HOWEVER, AS I'LL BE AT THE SHOW!

Set I:
Kill Devil Falls
Ocelot
Brian And Robert
Sample In A Jar
Rift
Yamar
Reba
Train Song
Horn
Possum
Slave To The Traffic Light

Set II:
Halley's Comet>
Runaway Jim
Frankie Says
Time Turns Elastic
Sleep
Mike's Song>
I Am Hydrogen>
Weekapaug Groove
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Character Zero

Encore:
The Star-Spangled Banner*
McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters
While My Guitar Gently Weeps

*acapella



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Monday, June 15, 2009

Phish Roundroom outtakes



The third in our series of rare Phish outtakes, live shows, and b-sides comes today from the 2002 album Roundroom. Keep checking back for more rare releases, live shows, and outtakes all tour long!

Track list:

01 Birthday Boys
02 Bubble Wrap
03 Running Scared

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Phish setlist 6.14.09 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN



BONNAROO NIGHT 2...

Set I:
AC/DC Bag
NICU
Gotta Jiboo
Punch You In The Eye>
Sparkle>
Bathtub Gin
Character Zero>
Tweezer>
The Horse>
Silent in the Morning
Run Like an Antelope
Mustang Sally*
Bobby Jean*>
Glory Days*

Set II:
Rock and Roll>
Manchester Jam>
Light>
46 Days
Limb By Limb
Farmhouse
Backwards Down the Number Line>
Prince Caspian
First Tube

Encore:
Suzy Greenberg>
Tweezer Reprise

Show Notes:
*with Bruce Fucking Springsteen!

UP NEXT: 06.16.09 @ THE FABULOUS FOX IN MY HOMETOWN: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. I'LL BE AT THE SHOW. TO MEET GREAT SCOTT LIVE, IN PERSON, SHOOT ME AN EMAIL. I'LL BE ON THE LOT AS EARLY AS 11 AM THAT DAY.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Phish setlist 6.13.09 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN



BONNAROO NIGHT ONE...NEED WE SAY MORE...

Set I:
Chalk Dust Torture
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
The Divided Sky
Possum
Down With Disease
Alaska
Golgi Apparatus
Wolfman's Brother
Poor Heart
Kill Devil Falls>
Free
Wading in the Velvet Sea
Harry Hood>
Highway to Hell>
2001>
You Enjoy Myself>
Wilson>
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:
A Day In the Life

Show Notes: While scheduled to start June 12, the set was actually late, and thus was technically played on the 13th.

Will Ferrell: Man vs. Child



This aired on Discovery 2 weeks ago, and for the first time in ages, I actually enjoyed Will Ferrell's performance. And I think that's partially because there were moments in this where Ferrell was very real. Scared, shaken, and fatigued, legitimately worried for his well being.

Mind you, they sleep in hotel rooms after shooting each day, so it's not quite as "real" as anyone wants it to be, but Bear Grylls is still a bad ass no matter how you slice it. And Ferrell isn't without his comedic moments either, but it's much more interesting to see him push the limits of his physical capacity. The segment of him repelling out of the helicopter is especially intriguing, which is why I've attached it here. You can see legitimate fear on Ferrell's face. It quite captivating. Especially when juxtaposed next to Grylls's no-fear attitude.

Enjoy the first segment of the show here, and check out ULTIMATESHOWS2 on youtube to view the entire episode.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Soup: Chicken Tetrazzini



I know this clip is old, but who doesn't like to laugh? Especially at someone so crazy. Then again, if this chicken tetrazzini is that good, maybe I should try some before I judge this woman. The thing is, I'm stuck in my ways, and I've already judged her...so there's no way to really claw back out of this hole.

FUN DRINKING GAME: put the video on repeat, and drink every time you hear Chicken Tetrazzini.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Phish setlist 6.10.09 Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN


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POSTING OF THIS SET MAY BE DELAYED, AS I AM TRAVELING TODAY. WILL UPDATE ONCE I REACH MY DESTINATION. TO FOLLOW THE SETLIST LIVE, SUBSCRIBE TO PHISH'S TWITTER FEED, OR CHECK OUT FROM THE ROAD AT PHISH.COM. THANKS!

Set I:
Runaway Jim
Punch You In The Eye
Ocelot
Foam
Train Song
Undermind
Mike's Song>
Hydrogen>
Weekapaug Groove
The Squirming Coil
Character Zero

Set II:
Back on the Train
Waves>
A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing>
David Bowie
Army of One
Reba
Hello My Baby
Julius>
Cavern>
Harry Hood

Encore:
Frankenstein*

*first of the tour, and THANK GOD!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Phish setlist 6.09.09 Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC


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KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR SETLISTS - LIVE - AS THEY HAPPEN - ALL SUMMER LONG STARTING AT 7:45 PM (EST) DAY OF SHOW. WE'LL ALSO BE RELEASING ONE RARE GEM EACH WEEK, ALL TOUR LONG.

Week 1:
STORY OF THE GHOST OUTTAKES

Week 2:
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, LIVE

Stay tuned for week three! Now, down to business:

6.09.09 Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC

Set I:
Kill Devil Falls
The Moma Dance
Sample in a Jar
Stash
Dog Faced Boy
Gumbo
Tube
Lengthwise
The Divided Sky
When the Cactus are in Bloom*
Bold as Love

Set II:
Backwards Down the Number Line>
Ghost>
Fast Enough For You
Halley's Comet>
Maze
Alaska
Theme From the Bottom
Golgi Apparatus
Possum

Encore:
Loving Cup

*debut, Bill Monroe song

Jimmy Fallon actually does something right



God bless Jimmy Fallon and his desire to see a Saved By the Bell reunion. I know he has nothing to do with it personally, and quite frankly, Fallon's not even funny, but the idea is great, and should definitely yield high ratings and gobs of cash. So kudos to you, Late Night producers. You really found something with this idea.

Adam Lambert: I'm gay.



America: NO SHIT.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Phish- Austin City Limits 7.17.00



Before we get into today's exclusive online download, I wanted to take a moment and give a round of applause for last night's show. Easily the best of the tour thus far, and they played 10 songs I wanted to hear in one night. Amazing how they do that sometimes. Anyway, that' being said, let's dive into some more great free music!

The second in our summer long series of Phish outtakes, live shows and rare b sides continues this week with Phish's 2000 performance at Austin City Limits. This plays quite nicely and includes a post show interview and a couple of the local ads that ran in conjunction with the show when it originally aired. And while they may have only played one "set," and they may not have been able to jam as long due to time constraints, this is still a solid show, and a must have for any collector.



Set list:
Beauty of My Dreams
My Soul
The Inlaw Josie Wales
Trey speak
Limb by Limb
When the Circus Comes to Town
Back on the Train
Twist
Possum
Sleep
First Tube

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Keep checking back all tour for more rare recordings, outtakes and set lists as they happen.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Phish setlist 6.07.09 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ


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SETLISTS AS THEY HAPPEN, RIGHT HERE, ALL TOUR LONG.

AND DON'T FORGET -> CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR THE 2ND IN OUR SERIES OF RARE PHISH DOWNLOADS.

Set I:
Chalkdust Torture
Fee
Wolfman's Brother
Guyute
My Sweet One
46 Days
The Lizards
The Wedge
Strange Design
Tube
First Tube

Set II:
Sand
Suzy Greenberg
Limb By Limb
The Horse>
Silent in the Morning
Sugar Shack*
Character Zero>
Tweezer

Encore:
Joy*
Bouncing Around the Room
Run Like an Antelope>
Tweezer Reprise

*first time played

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Phish setlist 6.06.09 Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA

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It's going to be hard to top last night's efforts, but I know the boys love playing this venue, so who knows! Expect more repeats of new tunes as they try to pick through them as well. Plus a few newbie favorites for the new generation of fans. Once they cut through all that though, as evidenced by the Jones Beach sets from Tuesday, Thursday, and friday, it's safe to say we have one heck of an awesome summer in front of us.

SETLISTS AS THEY HAPPEN, RIGHT HERE, ALL TOUR LONG. START CHECKING BACK AS EARLY AS 7:45 PM (EST) FOR TONIGHT'S SHOW.

AND DON'T FORGET, WE'LL BE RELEASING RARE PHISH STUDIO OUTTAKES, LIVE SHOWS, AND B-SIDES ONCE A WEEK ALL TOUR LONG!


Set I:
Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
Nothing
Back on the Train
Golgi Apparatus
Sparkle
Gotta Jiboo
Lawn Boy
Let Me Lie*
Taste
Makisupa Policeman
Prince Caspian

Set II:
Seven Below
Fluffhead
Scent of a Mule
Heavy Things
Harry Hood
Possum
Bug

Encore:
Contact
Julius

*debut Phish performance (from Trey's solo album "Bar 17")

Phish setlist 6.05.09 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY



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Night three at Jones Beach. Next Stop: back to Massachusetts!

Set I:
Wilson
Buried Alive
Kill Devil Falls
AC/DC Bag
I Didn't Know
My Friend, My Friend
Ya Mar
Theme From the Bottom
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Split Open and Melt

Set II:
Down With Disease>
Twist*>
Piper>
Backwards Down the Number Line>
Free
Twenty Years Later
2001
Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore:
A Day in the Life

*with Oye Como Va teases

Friday, June 05, 2009

The Simpson Conspiracy Cont'd. or Mr. Snrub goes to Hollywood



I'm sure you're well aware by this point that Conan O'Brien has taken over as host of what was already one of the most successful talk-show franchises of all time: The Tonight Show. 54 years the show has been on the air. Leno carried the torch for an impressive 17 himself. And now, it's the dawn of a new era. A time when kids from my generation, The Simpsons generation, as I like to call it, take over. A time when comedy finally makes sense to me at 11:35 PM, something it hadn't done for many many years. Cause let's face it, Leno was great, but Conan is the voice of a new generation. Kind of like Pepsi. Well, maybe Pepsi Clear.

Anyway, as we all may or may not know, Conan O'Brien graduated from Harvard, wrote for the Harvard Lampoon, and after a short lived gig in LA, worked on SNL before moving back out west to write for The Simpsons.



The reason I mention this, of course, save for being totally awesome, is that I've had a long living theory about those syndicated Simpsons reruns Fox shows every night at 6 PM, 7:30 PM, and again at 11 PM. Ever since 9/11 when I saw 2 reruns of Simpsons episodes so specifically chosen there was no chance they just happened to "air that day," I've had a sneaking suspicion that someone very Simpsons-savvy is behind who chooses them. In the first, a helicopter crashed into a building and in the second, Marge had a fear of flying. This seemed odd to me at the time, and lead me to develop a conspiracy theory about all of the Simpsons reruns we see. Since then I've witnessed several instances where the reruns that aired have specifically coincided with the current events and news of that day.



My theory was further confirmed Monday night at 11 PM PST when Fox chose to air "Marge vs. the Monorail," the episode that is widely known as being written by Conan O'Brien. His voice comes through the characters so clearly, it's easy to identify it as Conan's work.

But that's not the point! The point is that on the day Conan was set to take over The Tonight Show- literally 30 minutes before it aired, Fox aired a Conan-written episode. Coincidence? I think not. So as you sit there, watching your Simpsons, taking bong hits, remember: there could be more at play there than you could ever imagine.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Phish setlist 6.04.09 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY


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Keep checking back for rare phish recording session outtakes, b sides, and live tracks all summer long!

In the meantime, we'll be live blogging the set list from Jones Beach tonight as it happens!

To stream footage of the show LIVE, click here

Soundcheck:
Twenty Years Later

Set I:
Grind*
Divided Sky
Ocelot
The Squirming Coil
Punch You In the Eye
Dirt
NICU
Story of the Ghost
Run Like An Antelope

Set II:
Water in the Sky
Birds of a Feather
Drowned
Meatstick
Time Turns Elastic
Waste
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:
Rock and Roll

*acappella

Friends of Great Scott get the mic



Douglas Martin aka Blurry Drones and Zilla Rocca, both good friends of Great Scott, are collaborating on a record. For insight into just how goddamn awesome it's going to be read an interview with them and keep your ears open for the release June 23. If I know these two, and I do, then this record will be one of the best releases of the year.

Click here for my exclusive interview with Zilla Rocca

Click here for my exclusive interview with Douglas Martin aka Blurry Drones

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I'm down with UP



Last weekend I had the chance to take in UP, the newest installment from Disney / Pixar films. Leaving little to be desired, it further cemented Pixar's place as the top tier animation studio in America today. Okay, let's be honest: Korea. But still- Dreamworks doesn't hold a candle to these guys, despite the fact that they pull from the same pool of forced-illegal-labor-at-gunpoint.

The movie was very well rounded though, and not just because it was in 3-D. The characters were very real. Their struggles, ours. Their joys, shared with the audience as much with each other. I'd hate to give anything away here, but let's just say this film is on point with everything Pixar has done in the past, save for Monsters Inc., which may not have been that great a film, but in it's defense, was still visually captivating. And while Monsters Inc. may be my least favorite because it's geared more towards children, UP works in the exact opposite way. I wasn't surprised to see a theatre full of families at 11 AM on a Saturday, but a lot of the themes in the movie were very adult; some moments even scary. So once again, the studio has created a project that spans several age groups and generations, a feat not easy to pull off.



Talk about visually stunning though...UP was incredible in 3-D. You have to see it on the largest screen possible. After all, that's what the film was made for: to display Pixar's ability to not only deliver a fantastic film, but one that left you talking as much about the animation as the movie itself.

This film is highly recommended, and could not be a better summer flick.

BONUS: ESPN, partner in crime with Disney, aired a preview for X-Games: 3-D which was about the coolest three and a half minutes of my life thus far. It will blow your mind open and scoop your brain out and then put sprinkles on it.

Phish: Story of the Ghost [outtakes]



In honor of summer tour opening this week, I bring you the first installment of phish related downloads.

While recording The Story of the Ghost at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY, the band had several studio sessions and alternate takes. The following gives some pretty awesome insight into their recording process. Hope you enjoy!

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Disc 1:
01 Fishman Tune
02 Gordon Tune-Bass Riff
03 Unknown (Possibly Turbo Kicking In)
05 What’s The Use (With Lyrics)
06 In A Misty Glade #1
07 Meatstick (On A String) #1
08 Fishman Tune (Possibly Say The Same For Me)
09 The Cataract Song (Gordon Tune)
10 My Left Toe
11 The Happy Whip And Dung Song
12 Black Eyed Katy-Moma Dance
13 Rebirth
14 End Of Session
15 Never

Disc 2:
01 Sleep
02 Farmhouse
03 Bittersweet Motel
04 What’s The Use (Instrumental)
06 NICU (Instrumental)
07 Water In The Sky
08 Wading In A Velvet Sea
09 Brian And Robert
10 Somanatin
11 Vultures
12 I Saw It Again
13 Ha Ha Ha
14 Tube
15 Guyute
16 Dirt
17 NICU
18 Limb By Limb

Disc 3:
01 Ghost
02 Samson Variation
03 Frankie Says
04 Roggae
05 Shafty
06 What’s The Use
07 Fikus
08 In A Misty Glade
09 Meat
10 Meatstick (On A Sting) #2

Again, you can download all 3 discs here

And keep checking back for Phish setlists as they happen- ALL SUMMER LONG.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Phish setlist 6.02.09 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY



they're baaaaack....

Set I:
Runaway Jim
Foam
Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan^
Timber
Cities
Driver
Reba
Possum
Farmhouse
If I Could

Set II:
Mike's Song>
Simple>
Wolfman's Brother>
Weekapaug Groove
When the Circus Comes to Town
Kill Devil Falls^
Harry Hood>
Loving Cup

Encore:
Suzy Greenburg

^ = first time played

*MORE UPDATES AS THEY HAPPEN, RIGHT HERE, ON GREAT SCOTT*