Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What Dean Wean had to say about the recent Fort Lauderdale show

And I thought it was a good show...I guess I don't really know what I'm talking about when I praise a show and a member of the band says "you have to have gigs like this from time to time was just one of those shows i'd rather not remember". Deaner's tour diary is available on the Ween website; click on tourdates for the full diary (no direct link is available, as it is a flash page. Sorry.)

Italics added by me for emphasis.

ft. lauderdale-we have 3 new crew guys on this tour that we've never met before and all 10 band members and roadies went out to eat the night before the show. typical south florida tourist restaurant. i had a lousy crispy grouper sandwich. the gig was pretty much a nightmare for me, the climate change from pennsylvania to south florida made the neck on my guitar warp like a banana. the thing was almost unplayable for the gig. the action is so high i can almost slide my fingers under the strings and the frets look like they're literally popping out of the fingerboard. the gig was plagued by feedback most of the time and aaron's amp blew up during the show. our old friend, bandmate, and label boss kramer came out to the show with his family and sat in on bass for captain fantasy so that was cool at least. you have to have gigs like this from time to time though, maybe we're lucky it's on the first night. everyone at the club was really cool to us and all but it was just one of those shows i'd rather not remember. the club served us chicken francaise for dinner and after the show the empty tray was sittin there with only the sauce left in it, which had coagulated from sitting out all night. it was about 2 inches of oil and solidified butter, chicken skin, and fat. me and one of the bouncers were trying to convince a girl to get down on all fours and lick the butter and fat while we pissed in her shoes but we struck out. kids just don't know how to have a good time anymore.

It is too bad they weren't able to pull that off; it would have been totally brown!


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

(AUDIO!!) BP played David Bowie?

Not a song a glam-rocker extraordinaire David Bowie, but the climactic four-word Phish song. And saying that Brothers Past actually played the song is a bit inaccurate. However, they did play the triumphantly raging end to the song coming out of "Inhale", this past Sunday night, April 23, 2006, at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Wilkes-Barre, PA. (Incidentally, I also hear a melody somewhat reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" near the middle of the tune.)

Longtime fans of the bad are talking this show up pretty heavily, claiming it one of the best ever. Time will tell on that account, but this version of Inhale has to heard to be believed.

Brothers Past - "Inhale" (thanks,!)

I recommend listening to the whole thing to see how it builds, but for the impatient, a quick fast forward to the six minute mark will get you where you want to be.

I'm just putting up this one track, but the whole show is available here for your listening pleasure.

If you haven't heard Brothers Past yet, you should. They're currently tearing across the country on a national tour, and will be hitting many major festivals this summer: all while writing and recording the follow-up to their uber-excellent album This Feeling's Called Goodbye (which was nominated for a Jammy in the best Studio Album category but was robbed by Mike and Leo's latest effort.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Rolling Stone : Jackson to Sell Beatles Catalog

Rolling Stone : Jackson to Sell Beatles Catalog

We all knew that it was bound to happen eventually. It couldn't have been cheap to defend the child molestation charges, buy new noses once every few years, keep up up Neverland Ranch. and move to Bahrain or whatever faraway fantasy land he is currently inhabiting.

The best part of the story:
He is currently at work on a new single with R. Kelly, Wyclef Jean and other artists.
I wonder what R. Kelly and Michael Jackson have to talk about...

Monday, April 17, 2006

So, I guess I'm back to reality...

...after a rough and tough work week and a a little weekend run to the northeast to get down with the Disco Biscuits.

But now the status quo has been reestablished (or will be as soon as I get some coffee in me), so once I get my life reestablished, I'll be back to update the masses.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

(AUDIO!!) Cover Song Madness # 1 - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

Welcome to another new little (hopefully) weekly feature of Scooter's Spot, one that I am really excited for: Cover Song Madness!

Every week (or so, depending on variables both beyond and completely within my control) I'm going to compile a couple of versions of the same song by a number of different artists. If possible, I'm going to start with the original, and then provide two, or three or however many I can find cover versions.

I love cover songs. Phish used to be my favorite band, and I always considered them to be one of the best cover bands around. At times, their shows we be comprised of twenty percent cover songs. The thing that made them a great cover band was that they managed to make the song their own. "Roses are Free"? "Loving Cup"? Many people think these are Phish songs and not covers.

Lately I've been listening to a lot of Perpetual Groove, and they're another band who can pick a quality cover. "I'm Afraid of Americans" is a sweet little David Bowie track, and they can bring the house down with their "Sledgehammer" or "Diggin' in the Dirt".

Today I'm going to go with Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart". This song is pretty much the inspiration for Cover Song Madness, as I have heard so many damn versions recently that I had to compare them all.

I have two live versions (U2 featuring the Arcade Fire, as well as Brothers Past), an acoustic version (my new man crush, the Argentinean-Swede Jose Gonzalez) and a new wave/bossa nova version courtesy of Nouvelle Vague, as well as they Joy Division original.

I like 'em all, especially the four-on-the-floor techno dance party feel of the Brothers Past version and the mellow groove of Nouvelle Vague's take on the track.

I've uploaded it as a .zip file, available at

Cover Song Madness # 1 - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"


Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tuesday News Briefs - April 4, 2006

Welcome to what I hope will be a new regular feature on Scooter's Spot, Tuesday News Briefs!

I've found that I was going about this blog thing a little haphazardly, so I decidely to organize and regulate a little bit. As of now I'm going to try to put up links to a couple interesting news stories every Tuesday.

Here goes:

AOL News - Thief Gets Away With Grateful Dead Leader's Toilet

File under: One man gathers what another man spills...

This is just the height or just-to-muchery...and when will people learn that Jerry was never the leader of the Grateful Dead--the Grateful Dead had no leader, that is what made them who they are.

The best line in the story:

It's unclear if the toilet was swiped by a wayward Deadhead or a thief remodeling a bathroom. Police have no suspects or leads.

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Beacon Journal 04/01/2006 Girls attempt real-life version of video game

File under: Parents just don't understand.

The best line in the story:

The Portage County Hazardous Materials Unit and Bomb Detection Unit were called in to downtown Ravenna on Friday morning after seventeen suspicious packages -- boxes wrapped in gold wrapping paper with question marks spray painted on them -- had alarmed residents.

Here is a picture of the offending boxes.

Super Mario Bros.-style question blocks placed around the town of Ravenna, OH as an April Fools' Day Prank. The persons responsible have since been arrested for their actions.

Interesting enough, there is something of a movement to place these boxes in public places around the world. A How-To Guide for the curious.

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Guardian Unlimited Special reports The strange case of the man who took 40,000 ecstasy pills in nine years

File under: Doesn't know when to say when!

The best part of the story:

Though the man, who is now 37, stopped taking the drug seven years ago, he still suffers from severe physical and mental health side-effects, including extreme memory problems, paranoia, hallucinations and depression. He also suffers from painful muscle rigidity around his neck and jaw which often prevents him from opening his mouth.
If you've ever watched the face of someone under the influence of Ecstacy--or more specifically, the jaw--you'll have realized that the incessant grinding is a result of the drug. No wonder this dude is having problems...