cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
I wrote this last Tuesday about the 10/27/14 Phish show at the Bill Graham Civic in SF. We weren't able to find childcare and I was kind of scrambling for someone to go with me, and I and a friend who could go but she hurt her knee Sunday night and could;t go and in the 11th hour I found someone else. Yay!


Last night's show was simply epic. It just kept coming at us and barely slowed down, but when it did those moments were divine as well. I saw one person describe it as an onslaught and that is a pretty good descriptor of what happened last night, in the best way possible. Crowd and band energy was at a peak--I am not sure I've seen either of the two so intense. I am quite sore today from all the dancing I did. The light grid looked similar to last year's, with maybe a few changes, but still distinctly different than 2012's. Lights were the amazing lights we expect.

Set 1: Walfredo, Ocelot > Camel Walk, Axilla, Rift, 555, Maze, Brian and Robert, Stash, Party Time, 46 Days
Set 2: Sand > Birds of a Feather, Waiting All Night, Ghost > Bug > Seven Below > I Didn't Know, Chalk Dust Torture, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Slave to the Traffic Light
Encore: Take Me Out to the Ballgame[1], Winterqueen, A Day in the Life

OK, so opening with the first Walfredo since 2010 pretty much set it up for the evening it was. Starting with some tuning which I saw someone note as a nod to the Dead and it certainly felt that way. Walfredo was done with Trey on boards, Fishman on bass, Mike on guitar, and Page on drums. It was sweet. After switching back to their regular instruments they played a a gorgeous Ocelot. Then things started to really pick up and get funky with Camel Walk. And then, Axilla happened. I love Axilla, always, but this one took it up a good, so driving, so strong...audience was going nuts. Rift continued that high energy drive beautifully then the funk got bumped up with 555. Maze was a fun Maze with Page's solo tweaked to be a little grittier and funkier than some other Maze's I've seen. Had the Maze lights I enjoy too. Brian and Robert was quite lovely, but I really had to use the bathroom so I had to miss some of it. Some dude in the hall was heckling people who left during it to use the bathroom (Of course, WTF was he doing in the hall if it was such an issue), but we gotta pee sometime during the show. Then Stash! I love Stash, I love the slow build and the ins and outs of the Stash journey. At 10:19 it was the longest song in the first set (with Maze and Ocelot close seconds) and the jam flowed nicely. Party Time sent the crowd over the top because it was, indeed, PARTY TIME. Closed set one with a really sweet, high energy, and funky, though not particularly long, 46 Days.

Set 2 opened with a nicely funky Sand. The jam transitioned to Birds of a Feather kind of oddly and harshly, to me, but I don't know if that is a typically thing that I am just not familiar with. It was just kind of jarring and I didn't feel like Sand was quite done. But BoaF was SWEET. And funky. Very funky evening all around. Sweet and slow Waiting All Night gave us a breather. Then Ghost. WHAT WAS UP WITH THAT GHOST?!!! I've seen it described as crazytown, spooky, and dirty. it was all of those and then some. It was weird but then really good. Great jam, and at 16:36 it was the longest song of the evening. I felt my personal energy starting to lag mid-Ghost jam and sat down and was worried I wouldn't be able to rally for the rest of the show. I was WRONG as the Ghost jam segued to Bug and that was all I needed to be back on my feet dancing again. I love Bug and this was a great Bug, and my first Bug, IIRC. Then Seven Below which was nice, but didn't stand out for me too much last night. Then they busted out I Didn't Know which put me in a super happy place as I love anything they do a cappella. The electrolux made its appearance courtesy of Fish, as per usual. Fast and furious, but short, Chalk Dust Torture continued the second set frenzy. I love a fast and driving CDT and I got it. And then, just when I thought I was all jaded and over 2001 (I know it is really called Also Sprach Zarathustra, but I always think of it as 2001) they blew me away with one. I danced so hard to those grooves, along with ~5,000 other people. That was some serious 2001 action. Closed set 2 with Slave to the Traffic Light which was a softer, slower closer than I was expecting, but pretty.

They came out pretty quickly for the encore and started it off with at quick instrumental Take Me Out to the Ballgame in honor of the Giants....the fans appreciated the nod. Then a lovely Winterqueen...that may be one of my favorites of the new stuff. Then I got a little blown away and full of nostalgia with their A Day in the Life show closer.
That was A SHOW! Still reeling. So, so happy I was able to make it. I love seeing them at BGC and I had so much fun.

Until Vegas my friends!
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
I have to say I am surprised at the super-supreme media coverage of Michael Jackson's death. I get that he was influential and important and his death was a surprise, but apparently I missed the Jackson fan-train a long time ago.

I am sure this feeds my mystification. And I mean no offense to those who were fans, I just would not count myself as one of them.

When Michael Jackson was at the height of his popularity (Thriller-era) I was an eight year old groovin' to The Beatles, wishing the remaining members would magically re-group. When I turned nine (in 1983) I had a Yellow Submarine birthday cake. I never really liked "pop" music and never cared much for Michael Jackson. It amuses me now for the nostalgic/cheese factor, but there are no great memories tied to it. Seriously, I remember watching the Thriller video, but I wasn't in love with it or the music. I just didn't care all that much. I was busy memorizing the lyrics to every song on "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". By the time Bad was released I was in junior high and on my way to becoming a bona fide REM, U2, Midnight Oil, and Love and Rockets fan girl. I would have rather died than listened to anything remotely resembling Jackson's music. By the time I hit college I was devoted eternally to U2 and was introduced to the Grateful Dead (and Blues Traveler and Phish, but those took longer to "take). Jerry Garcia's death in 1995 hit me like a ton of bricks and a large part of that was that The Dead was still touring. I had just seem Jerry onstage. They were celebrating thirty years of Dead shows and there was so much more planned for coming years. Jerry's death cut all that prematurely short. The remaining members have done some great work since, but it is not the same as it was. Over the past ten years I have really, really grown to love Phish and had a minor meltdown when they split, seemingly for good, a few years back. (They are back together and I am seeing them in August.)

Through all my years of music listening I don't think Michael Jackson was ever a voluntary choice of mine and I don't think I am entirely alone on the planet, or even country, in that. Again, no offense to those are/were fans, but I am not sure that his death warranted quite the epic level of coverage it got today.

Celebrity deaths are treated so strangely at times.


Jan. 8th, 2009 05:05 pm
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
Phish is doing a ten-show run in June. I got really, really excited as they have been retired/on hiatus as a band since 2004. My hopes were then dashed when I realized all ten shows are happening west of the Mississippi (except for the St. Louis, MO show, but that is close enough to count). ::sigh:: If I didn't have a child and child-related expenses I would be finagling a way out east this summer for a show or three. I remain hopeful, however, that they will continue touring after June and will make it out here and that I will get tickets to see them. I have not seen them since 2000. Yikes. I ordered three new Live Phish cds this week and got one in the mail today--the one I got was used and from an independent dealer, and the other two are on backorder through Amazzon. I ordered another last month and got it here quickly and am happy with it (it is a Halloween show when Phish covered the entire White Album, in addition to their own music. I am waiting on the Halloween shows when they covered all of Quadrophenia and all of Remain in Light.

Anyhow, I am excited to get the Halloween shows and am remaining hopeful that some real live live Phish is in my future.
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
How could I resist a music meme? Besides it is a good distraction while I ice my back.

Put your music player on random.
Post the first line from the first 32 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

your challenge awaits here )

Some of these are really flippin' hard and I will be impressed with anyone who gets them. Some are super-easy.

I counted "first lines" to be first coherent phrase of singing--not random noises or other "stuff" (e.g., recorded phone messages, etc.)

I will post answers in a few days.


music meme

Feb. 15th, 2008 01:23 am
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
Trying to unwind to get to bed. Figured I'd do this meme...

List 10 artists you've seen live in concert.

1.) Pearl Jam
2.) U2
3.) Midnight Oil
4.) Phish
5.) The Grateful Dead
6.) Paul McCartney
7.) Blues Traveler
8.) Ben Harper
9.) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
10.) Ministry

(Don't peek till you've made your own list ) )
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
[ profile] porcinea shared this last week. I think it is is brilliant. Probably funniest, and saddest, to those of us who were/are tech workers in the Silicon Valley, especially those of us who survived the late 90's here.


RIP Vince

Jun. 5th, 2006 12:25 pm
cassidyrose: (Bammie sunflower)
Learned of this on Saturday:
That makes four out of four Grateful Dead keyboardists dead before their time (Pigpen: liver failure at age of 27, Keith Godchaux: motorcycle accident, Brent Mydland: cocaine overdose, Welnick: suicide).

Very sad.
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
OK, still a very cranky-making day at work. Luckily I have the power of Phish to help me overcome :)

Really, I just cannot be in a bad mood after listening to "The Lizards"
    "Passing through the corridor I came upon an aging knight
    Who leaned against the wall in gnarly armor
    He was on his way to see the king
    He led me through the streets of Prussia talking
    As he tried to crush a bug that scurried underneath his bootheel
    He said there was a place where we should go
    So he lead me through the forest to the edge of a lagoon by which
    We wandered 'til we reached a bubbly spring
    The knight grew very quiet as we stood there
    Then he lifted up his visor and he turned to me and he began to sing


    He said I come from the land of darkness
    I said I come from the land of doom
    He said I come from the land of Gamehendge
    From the land of the big baboon
    But I'm never never going back there
    And I couldn't if I tried
    'Cause I come from the land of Lizards
    And the Lizards they have died
    And the Lizards they have died
    And the Lizards they have died
    And the Lizards they have died

    remainder of song here )

Love that song! The chorus is just so damned peppy. Actually, I really love all the Gamehendge Phish songs. And I am amused that The Lizards has its own Wikipedia page, even if it is tiny.

new music

Apr. 9th, 2006 01:35 pm
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
In the midst of many errands that took us southward yesterday, we stopped in at Streelight Records and I picked up some new music. I got
I haven't had a chance to listen to everything yet, but this morning on the way to rehearsal I listened to the Old & in the Way (now, I've heard this disc a gazillion times before, I just didn't own it) and really enjoyed it. Jerry's banjo picking is downright amazing and the vocal harmonies are wonderful. This truly was a bluegrass supergroup.

On the way home I started listening to the Ben Harper discs. Now, he has split the album into two parts, one disc with more personal songs done in his more traditional mellow ballad-like mode. I haven't listened too closely to this one yet as I was blown away by the second disc with very hard hitting, rock oriented political songs. The lyrics are his standard--sharp, cutting words about politics, race and class. What is really different here is his execution. It is a much harder rock-like sound than he typically produces and I love it. He also clearly has taken influences from different periods of popular music and it is fascinating. "Better Way" sounds like something the Beatles/George Harrison would have produced in their later years with the use of tambura and the vocal harmonies (though it is all Harper harmonizoing with himself). "Black Rain" sounds like something out of Shaft, which seems appropriate given the content. "The Way You Found Me" has a very bluesy feel, complete with blues piano.

The song I am most taken with at the moment is "Gather 'Round The Stone" an anti-war piece, clearly focused on the current war in Iraq. Very poignant lyrics (which are quite reminiscient of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War", though this is nowhere near the searing indictment of war and the government that MoW is) and the song has undertones of a spiritual--subtle, but still there. It is a beautifully executed song with a painfully relevant message and, like I said, I am quite taken with it at the moment.
    Gather 'Round the Stone
    Written by: Ben Harper

    you're too young to know
    that you're too young to go
    there's no freedom to be found
    lying face up in the ground

    ashes from an unfinished life
    are all that's left
    in a tear-drop-shaped locket
    hanging from his mother's chest

    you whip the back of freedom
    ‘till it bleeds an oil stream
    then you sail down upon it
    in your killing machine

    old men who send children
    off to die in vain
    they will hear death's constant whisper
    call remember my name

    gather 'round the stone

And now, I shall listen to my new Phish shows. Yay!

song meme

Feb. 17th, 2006 04:43 pm
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
Seen everywhere:

Post a comment with at least five of your all-time favorite songs (post more if you want). They can be any language, any degree of popularity. This isn't a meme, just sort of getting a sense of the aggregate musical taste of the friends list.

If at all possible, make your list before looking at mine.

my list, by no means comprehensive and way more than five )
cassidyrose: (Rosin Coven backstage at GAMH)
How many songs? 1761

Sort by artist
First artist: 112 & Notorious B.I.G.
Last artist: Ziggy Marley

Sort by song title
First song: "40" - U2
Last song: Zooropa - U2

Sort by time
Shortest song: Ask for Janice - The Beastie Boys (0:11)
Longest song: Mr. Completely - Phish (30:47)

Sort by album
First album: 10/31/98 D2 Las Vegas, NV - Phish
Last album: Zooropa - U2

First song that comes up on Shuffle: Marianne - Tori Amos

How many songs come up when you search for "sex"? 5
How many songs come up when you search for "death"? 1
How many songs come up when you search for "love"? 90
How many songs come up when you search for "you"? 141
How many songs come up when you search for "why"? 5
cassidyrose: (burly-q leather)
Today's 10@10 on KFOG had a Folsom theme. Color me amused. And for posterity, here is what they played:
    9/23/05 - Hit me, it's FRIDAY!!! Today's 10@10 has a Folsom Street Fair Theme....

    1. Pete Townshend - Rough Boys
    2. Rolling Stones - Slave
    3. Devo - Whip it
    4. Squeeze - Take Me, I'm Yours
    5. Tubes - Don't Touch Me There
    6. Bryan Ferry - Slave to Love
    7. Pretenders - Tatooed Boys (B-O-S!!)
    8. Depeche Mode - Master & Servant
    9. Ian Dury & the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
    10. Pat Benetar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot

    BONUS TRACK: Allman Brothers Band - Whipping Post
cassidyrose: (gd roses)
Ten years ago today Jerry Garcia died while in rehab.


    "Summer flies and August dies
    the world grows dark and mean"--"Days Between", Hunter/Garcia

    "Going where the climate suits my clothes
    Don't wanna be treated this a way
    Going where the water tastes like wine
    Don't wanna be treated this a way"--"Going Down the Road Feeling Bad", Traditional

    "River gonna take me
    Sing me sweet and sleepy
    Sing me sweet and sleepy
    all the way back back home
    It's a far gone lullaby
    sung many years ago
    Mama, Mama, many worlds I've come
    since I first left home

    Goin home, goin home
    by the waterside I will rest my bones
    Listen to the river sing sweet songs
    to rock my soul"--"Brokedown Palace", Hunter/Garcia

What many know is that we lost a leader of The Grateful Dead, a band with music that meant so much to many of us. What many don't know is that we also lost an amazing bluegrass musician.


Aug. 7th, 2005 10:39 pm
cassidyrose: (san diego 'boink--window)
Hey [ profile] joedecker!
They are discussing Negativland here.


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