December 5, 2009
On a side note, I can't believe the New York Times has nothing about the shows, considering it's the first sold-out run at the Garden in 2009.
PHISH AT JOHN PAUL JONES ARENA IN CHARLOTTESVILLE SETLIST
AC/DC Bag, Chalk Dust Torture, Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, The Divided Sky, Ya Mar*, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley -> Vocal Jam, Old Home Place, Cavern, Funky Bitch, David Bowie, The Wedge, Axis: Bold As Love
Tweezer -> Light -> Piper -> Free, Sweet Virginia, Harry Hood, Suzy Greenberg, Golgi Apparatus, Run Like an Antelope**
Loving Cup, Tweeprise
*Naked dude ran onstage, "Let's hear it for the naked dude!" -Trey ... "He was a Naked Pa .."; **"You've got to run like a naked guy out of control!"
In front of the arena
Waiting to get in line
From the second row
Supposed decibel reading at MSG last night
The Butter Room's Charlottesville Tab from today!!! True Professionals!!!
Angeled view of the arena
Exit ... Stage Fishman
Naked guy during Ya Mar
If you dance too hard!
Old Home Place
In, looking out
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Mr. Minor's No Spoilers Audience Recording
LATEST NEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB
Phish 12.04.09 Night Three Madison Square Garden (Jambase)
Phish, Reba (1990), with Partial Transcription (4GBs)
Phish HATER Review of MSG (Rock NYC)
December 4, 2009
PHISH AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NIGHT THREE SETLIST
Heavy Things, Possum, Wilson, Kill Devil Falls, Glide, 46 Days, Bouncing Around the Room, Reba, Dinner and a Movie, Guyute, Maze*, First Tube
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
Shine a Light
*Absolutely explosive solos by both Trey and Page ... much more so than usual; **Last time played 8/12/04, and this only the 14th time ever played;
PhishChic, a near and dear friend of The Wagger's, standing in front of Trey Wednesday night
PhishChic again, a little later that night
Waiting on showtime
Kill Devil Falls
Port City Music Hall urinal
Outside the Garden
A setlist book
LATEST NEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB
Phish Play Madison Square Garden for First Time in Seven Years (Spinner)
Seeing Phish Play Madison Square Garden Once (Esquire)
Video: Phish -- Peaches en Regalia (Hidden Track)
Phish Fall Tour Update -- The Setlist Recap (LiveMusicBlog.com)
Phish: 2.Dec.09 - Madison Square Garden, New York (PopMatters.com)
Todd Snider Gets Phishy with His Top 10 Albums of 2009 (Spinner)
Phish 12.03.09 MSG Night 2 (Jambase)
Recap: Phish at Madison Square Garden (A.V. Club)
Phish Turn Up the Volume but Can't Turn Back the Clock in New York (MTV.com)
Bonnaroo Poster Signed by Phish and Springsteen Added to Charity Auction (Jambands.com)
Dozens Facing Drug Charges After Phish Concert (Maine Public Broadcast Network)
Guests Join Post-Phish Brooklyn Bowl Jams (Jambands.com)
Phish Returns to Madison Square Garden: Photo Gallery and Setlists (The Monitor)
Video: Phish Playing Golden Age by TV On the Radio in Albany (YouTube)
Why Phisheads Are Social Media Pioneers (Wicks Picks)
December 3, 2009
PHISH AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NIGHT TWO SETLIST
Punch You in the Eye, Backwards Down the Number Line, Axilla, Taste, Boogie on Reggae Woman, Stash, Lawn Boy, Time Turns Elastic, Back on the Train, Julius
Down with Disease -> Piper -> Fluffhead, Cities, Free, Halley's Comet -> 2001 -> David Bowie
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Mr. Minor's No Spoilers Audience Jem
December 2, 2009
While we're waiting, here is an incredible video playlist from the Portland show, thanks to the YEMBlog. Live stream tonight at HoodStream. Dig it!!!
PHISH AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SETLIST
AC/DC Bag, Chalk Dust Torture, Wolfman's Brother, NICU, Ocelot, Brian and Robert, Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Peaches en Regalia*, The Divided Sky, Cavern
Golgi Apparatus -> Light -> Slave to the Traffic Light -> Tweezer -> Joy, Sparkle, Harry Hood -> Wading in the Velvet Sea, Suzy Greenberg, Run Like an Antelope**
A Day in the Life, Tweeprise
*Last time played 9/24/99, 185 shows ago, in Austin, Texas; **Absolutely explosive!!!
New spin on an old product
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Mr. Minor's No Spoilers Audience Hook Up
12/2/09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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PHISH'S GRAMMY NOMINATION AND OTHER NEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB
In case you missed it, according to Phish.com, Phish was nominated in one category for the 52nd annual GRAMMY awards: Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for their 7-DVD Boxed Set, The Clifford Ball.The GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast on CBS stations on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (although it's doubtful that the awards for these highly prestigious categories will be aired). This is Phish's third GRAMMY nomination, including Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the song "First Tube" off of Farmhouse, and Best Boxed Set Packaging for phish's 1999 6-CD boxed set, Hampton Comes Alive.
Sing Phish Happy Birthday (Jambands.com)
Phish Rocks Portland (Examiner.com)
43 Phish Fans Charged at Maine Concert (Associated Press)
With Ghosts and All, Phish Delivers Goods (The Berkshire Eagle)
Phish "Camel Walk" in Philadelphia (Relix)
December 1, 2009
I also have an interview planned with drummer Todd Isler from Mike's band in the near future, so stay tuned.
You can access the Leo Kottke article in its original online format, with a photo, here.
The Gift of Kottke: The guitar legend on recording, collaborations and Brett Favre
To see guitarist/songwriter Leo Kottke perform live is a lot like walking downstairs on Christmas morning and seeing all of the brightly wrapped presents under the tree–you’ll receive several gifts you expected, some flat-out surprises and a few more that make everyone in the room glance at each other with beaming smiles.
Kottke, whose personal life is as ambiguous as his chord phrasings, doesn’t give many interviews, but he talked to The Source via e-mail about his long career and his recent exposure to a younger audience.
Has performing live always been more attractive to you than making and marketing recordings?
Yes. Recording is like being interrogated. I don’t like the red light.
There were not many people making a living in the US playing finger-style guitar when you began in the ‘60s; why was the listening audience ready for it in 1967?
They were ready for it in 1915. It was called “parlor guitar” then, and some of it was pretty interesting. There were a lot of women players then as well.
Your original fans came to your music via LP records and live shows, but some new listeners have just recently discovered your music via the Internet. Do you have any control over what they see or what is put out?
None, but I like that, sort of. I always wish I could delete the garbage but why bother? I did it. I also did the good stuff. I prefer artists who screw up now and then. That’s my excuse
You made a record with Phish bass player Mike Gordon, introducing you to a younger audience. Twenty or 30 years ago you recorded with Los Lobos, and also with Lyle Lovett. What leads to you pairing up with such a variety of musicians?
It’s all the same music, including Balinese gong bands. The distinctions are arbitrary – the sources aren’t. I’m not a session player, so I get to play only with music and people I like. I first heard Lyle through a dressing room wall and Mike and I met at a show. Los Lobos, I think I met before we were born. It’s really friendship, kinship, that makes it happen. Mike and I have made two records and are threatening to make another one. It’s hard to have more fun than that. It’s a good way to forget the red light.
Until you’ve seen Rickie Lee Jones on the floor of the vocal booth, laughing too hard to get up, you have not lived. Musicians are wonderful people, but they’re always leaving town.
Los Angeles, New York and Nashville are the big centers for the music industry, and it seems like not many working musicians live in Minnesota, like you do. What is it like living so far from the commercial mainstream?
The commercial mainstream is concerts. You’re referring to industry centers, the mainstream for the labels. Prince and Dylan and Brett Favre and Brian Setzer live in Minnesota. Some of Bad Plus live here.
How do you approach writing new material? Chord progression first? How do you work through getting “stuck” during the songwriting process?
Writing is like running full speed into a wall. You do it again and again, expecting not to get hurt. It’s the only thing I know where that approach actually works … sometimes.
7pm Saturday, October 17.
Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., $40/$51 reserved seats. Visit towertheatre.org or call 317-0700 for tickets.