Monday, August 22, 2005

Starting the Day/Week Links

Still tired from a great weekend in the sun of Fire Island, my first time as an adult on the sandy paradise off the southern coast of Lawn Gisland. We'll have more on that trip, as well as a seriously giant hole on the beach, later in the day.

In the meantime, here are two good stories and four links below to tide you over 'til I can get my head screwed back on correctly...that might be shortly, or it might be sometime after I fully wake up from this Grade-A Zoneout I'm lapsing in and out of.

1. "Hunter S. Thompson's grand finale went off as planned: His ashes were blasted into the night sky in an explosion friends and fans agreed he would have loved. But some said the gonzo journalist would have sneered at the Hollywood trappings — champagne toasts by movie stars and former presidential candidates." [Story]

2. This guy had all the talent in the world, and he's certainly led a productive life: "Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, who was wanted by police for domestic violence, was arrested Sunday after allegedly running his car into three teenagers who argued with him during a pickup football game, police said."

And because all of Friday's posts were all sports-related, here are a few links from the Live Music Blog you might enjoy:

3. Les Claypool's ridiculous Electric Apricot project is advancing steadily. As LMB's Justin noticed this weekend, the fictitious band that's very real has updated its website and released a four-minute trailer for its Spinal Tap-like mockumentary, which apparently exposes the unintentionally comedic side of jambands and hippies.

The trailer cites "Spring 2006" as the official release date, but we're all wondering if he’s going to try and release this nationwide in select theaters. Click here for the hysterical Electric Apricot trailer, featuring the song, "Are You Going to Burning Man?"

4. As I noted in the comments of this LMB post, this website seems to me completely unnecessary, but supremely awesome:

"You’ve got to give love where love is due. Andy Gadiel, Mr. JamBase himself, has put together a little ditty of a site that matches the JamBase show database to the Google Maps API. It takes a second to load (think Javascript), but it’s worth the wait…"

5. Is it almost time to order the Phish Brooklyn DVD?

"Ace Cowboy had the message board scoop on the possible release of a new Phish DVD, most likely the Brooklyn shows from 2004.

Now, I don’t think this is still fully confirmed, but it’s starting to look close. Check out this listing on DVD

Release date: October 25, 2005.
Price for pre-order: $24.89."

6. And something I wrote the other day: "I’ve received some great reports from friends and enemies alike about last weekend’s Gathering of the Vibes festival at Indian Lookout Country Club. Among the many highlights (and the many anecdotes about the bikers who run the place), everybody came home talking about the enormous tribute to Jerry Garcia on the 10th anniversary of his unfortunate passing.

The Dark Star Orchestra acted as the primary band and the Zen Tricksters as the secondary, and those cover bands were joined on stage by David Nelson, Martin Fierro, Peter Rowan, Gloria Jones, Jaclyn LaBranch, David Gans, Scott Marwaski, Keller Williams, Reid Genauer, Adam Terrell, Fuzz, Melvin Seals, Tom Constanten, Julie Avalone and Donna Jean Godchaux.

Click here to download the Torrent, and see below for the setlist as well as other Torrents from the weekend." And here's the setlist.

Slack Song of the Day: One of the best ways to get into a new band is to listen to their covers and slowly make your way inside towards their original works. So I don't just mean to throw this cover at you and run, but take a listen to this. This is a cool young band called U-Melt that I've talked about on here before doing a mean-ass version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond from Camp Creek on 7/29/05.

You're gonna like this. So if you're impressed and interested, click here to stream or download the rest of their show.


At 2:37 PM, Blogger ethan said...

hst rules. i just hope there were some folks dressed as terradactyls running around on a blood soaked floor at the festivities. here's the last thing he ever wrote for page 2.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Big fan of the HST, but his Page 2 stuff was a nightmare. I don't think I enjoyed even one of those articles. Interestingly, this shotgun golf with Bill Murray might be my favorite one. Otherwise, stick to the books and the bullets to the head.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger ethan said...

i totally agree about his page 2 stuff, but i was glad to find that one when looking at espn's tribute to him back when he kicked it.

you ever read his campaign trail book?


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