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Five albums Phish should consider covering for Halloween 2010

I have no idea if Phish is actually going to keep up their Halloween tradition of covering an entire album.  But if they do, here’s 5 I’d hope they’d consider.  This isn’t a prediction list as much as it is a wishlist.

  • Pavement – “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”
  • Boston (self titled)
  • Wilco – “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”
  • David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”
  • Fleetwood Mac – “Rumors”.  But only if they can get a female vocalist or two to sing the Nicks/McVie parts.  Like Neko Case

Only in Vermont

Now these are the kinds of nuances that make Vermont unique. A TV station in Burlington has an official Phish correspondent.

What I did this summer

Where exactly did summer go?  I know there’s there are still 10 days left, but we all know the state of mind known as summer comes to a halt after Labor Day weekend has passed us by.  I haven’t done much blogging beyond the occasional posting of a photo from my iPhone (yup, got a iPhone 3GS this summer – my first iPhone!), so here’s a recap.

First day of summer

The first day of summer was actually Father’s day and I wanted to spend a family day down in Santa Cruz on the beach and the boardwalk.  It was a blast.  Mason went on his first amusement park ride.  And with that came a look of extreme intenisty on his face.  I guess Keturah and I drilling “just hold on tight” to him over and over had an impact.  See for your yourself.

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I really wasn’t sure Mason was enjoying this.  But when I got off he not only said he did, but also couldn’t wait to go on the next ride.

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Summer concerts

Summer always means concerts for me.  And the big deal about this summer was that Phish was back.  I managed to make my way to Boston for Phish at Fenway and a great show close to home in Mountain View.  I’m happy the boys are back.  And even more happy that they’re playing great shows again.

But even more memorable was Wilco’s show at The Greek Theatre.  It was a PERFECT summer night and a fantastic performance.

 

Our New Yard

So we gutted our yard.  That’s story best told in pictures.

Right before things started getting totally ripped up

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There used to be a lot of brush and a tall tree there…

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It took some heavy machinery to get the job done right…

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But here’s what we’ve got now…

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Mason likes it…

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More milestones for Mason and Jude

If you haven’t put two and two together yet, the trigger for that new yard is that the boys are growing up and spending more time outdoors.  Mason is now three (and is now onto a bigger bike as seen above).  And Jude turned one year old on August 4.  In addition, Jude can now walk and Mason is out of diapers.  There was a crazy few weeks this summer when Mason was getting potty trained while at the same time, Jude was learning to walk.  If you have kids, I’m sure you know how nuts that was.  If you don’t have kids, I’m sure you can just imagine.

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Just for good measure, here’s a two final mega cute pics of the boys

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Lastly… more career changes for Keturah and I

We’re both working at startups in San Francisco right now.  I’m at Ticketfly and it pretty took over my life during the last half of August.  But among other things, I helped roll out a brand spanking new web site for them.  Keturah started working with a new advertising agency in August. 

23 Hours in Boston

After WordCamp SF ends today, I’m taking the red eye flight tonight from San Francisco to Boston.  My flight lands at Logan around 7 am.  My friend Dennis is picking me up so that I can get some rest before gathering with friends in preparation for Phish at Fenway park tomorrow evening. 

Yes, that’s correct.  I’m travelling to Boston to see Phish at Fenway.

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After the show, there will be more hijinks, then I’m jumping on a plane back to San Francisco at 6 am Monday morning. 

If all goes to plan, I will be in Boston for 23 hours.  Keep track of what’s going on by following me on Twitter

Am I crazy?  Obsessed?  Or inspired?

Phish 3.0

First, you should probably know that there was a period of my life, from the mid to late 90s, where much of my free time revolved around the band Phish.  I would plan vacations from work where I could attend 5 or so Phish concerts in a few different cities over the course of a week.

When Phish announced plans to start performing live again, starting off this weekend with 3 shows in Hampton, Virginia, I reacted in a muted fashion.  First, it wasn’t so surprising.  I always felt it was just a matter of time before they got back together.  That their final shows in August of 2004 weren’t going to be last notes these guys ever played together.  For one, these are the first Phish shows to take place since I’ve had a two sons.  And with two little boys, the likelihood of me actually attending those shows in Virginia was zero.

But in some ways I held back my excitement because those last few tours were actually not so great.  Quite honestly, more disappointing performances like those would tarnish all the fantastic memories I have with Phish over the years.

Phish 1.0

The first time I ever saw Phish perform was the summer after my sophmore year at the University of Vermont.  I was 20 years old.  It was at The Front in downtown Burlington.  A place that burned down not soon after, to be replaced by a ski store.

The memories started piling on fast after that.  With some of my personal highlights being

The 92 show in Stowe, Vermont where they opened for and jammed with Carlos Santana on “You Enjoy Myself”

12/6/96 at the old Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas. It was the first time they ever played Vegas.  The last show of their fall tour.  The epic Harpua encore with Les Claypool, John McCuen from the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band, a yodeling couple, and 4 Elvis impersanotors.  To this day, I have not been to a better concert by any band anywhere.

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Halloween in Vegas in 1998. –  A 3 set show where they cover the entire Velvet Undeground “Loaded” album in the second set

San Diego in the summer of ‘99 at Chula Vista Amphitheatre. Me and my friends sneak down from the lawn and take over an empty American Airlines corporate box suite.  Not only do we enjoy an awesome show, but the suite had waitress service!

The time that Kid Rock jumped on stage and covered AC/DC and Aerosmith songs with them.

And then there was Big Cypress.  It was the end of the 90’s and I was one of 75,000 people to travel to an Indian reservation in central Florida. For a few days of carnival fun and two days of live Phish.  Including one of the most impressive live experiences I have ever witnessed.  Phish comes on at midnight on December 31, 1999 and doesn’t stop performing until the sun has risen on January 1, 2000.  It’s astounding to even plan such a feat.  It’s an entirely seperate act to actually do it.  I remember Trey addressing the crowd the day before: “OK, I want to talk about our set tomorrow night.  We’re playing straight through until the sun rises.  We won’t be taking a break.”  It was a seven and a half hour set.  Just think about that for a moment.

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Phish 1.0 came to end October 7, 2000 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  It was a great night and to this day, I truly believe that they if they wanted to stop, that was the night they should have stopped. 

Big Cypress was the high water mark.  It was the point where the wave crested.  10 months later in October, the wave had crashed, peacefully and beautifully washing ashore.

Phish 2.0

The break after Shoreline was always intended to be a hiatus. And when they returned to play a NYE show in 2002, I couldn’t wait to make more memories. 

But it didn’t turn out that way.  I went to 3 shows during the 2.0 years and they were all underwhelming.  Sure, I had a good time, but the energy and spontaneity around the music just wasn’t the same.  When it came to end at Coventry, I shed some tears as I listened to those final sets, but in part it was because I wish they had left on top.

Phish 2.0 was like when Michael Jordan came out of retirement to play for the Washington Wizards.  Just as Jordan should have walked away from basketball after hitting that title winning jump shot against Utah and striking the perfect pose; Phish should have called it a career with the vocal jam of their You Enjoy Myself encore at Shoreline.

Phish 3.0

I’m struggling with this return of Phish.  I want to be excited.  I really do.  I am eager to listen to the shows.  And by the way they will be available for free at livephish.com.  But I want Phish 1.0 back.  I want the band to be the tight creative unit I knew in the 90’s.  Phish 2.0 was a disappointment to many, including the band it seems.  If they practice hard and bring the joy and energy back to their music…if they don’t get burnt out with what surrounds the scene they have created…if, if, if.  It’s a lot like talking about the upcoming Red Sox season (if Ortiz can hit, if Lowell can stay healthy,etc.)

And most of all, I want them to come west so I can check it for myself as I also miss the joy of attending a show. 

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