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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!

LIVE BLOGGING OF TONIGHT'S SHOW WILL BEGIN AT 7:45 PM EST. TO KEEP UPDATED WITH ALL THINGS GREAT SCOTT!, FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER.

ALSO, REMEMBER TO KEEP CHECKING BACK ALL TOUR LONG FOR LIVE BLOGGING OF SET LISTS, RARE MP3 RECORDINGS AND PHISH, PHISH, AND MORE PHISH.

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



KEEP UPDATED WITH PHISH'S FALL TOUR:

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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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