June 24, 2010

HT Poll: Grading First Two Weeks of Tour

We’re nearly two weeks into Phish Summer Tour & the band has played nine shows thus far. After the first four gigs, we asked fans what they thought of the tour & at that point nearly 90% of respondees gave Phish an A or a B. We want to see if the fanbase’s thoughts on tour have changed, so we’ve set up another poll. This time we’ve added intermediate grades so if you would rather give ’em an “A-” rather than an “A” you can do so.

READ ON to give Phish a grade on the first nine shows…

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Jam Cruise Files: Julie McCoy

Last year we started a recurring feature on HT called Jam Cruise Files, where we asked artists a number of questions about their Jam Cruise experiences. Jam Cruise 9, on the MSC Poesia, sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 4th – a little more than six months away, with a power-packed lineup that includes Bob Weir’s Scaring The Children, God Street Wine, Galactic & the Rhythm Devils. We kick off the second year of Jam Cruise Files columns by talking with Cruise Director Annabel Lukins – aka Julie McCoy.

Hidden Track: What were a few of your highlights from Jam Cruise 8?

Julie McCoy: Two words: Nigel Hall. During the Fantastic 4 set on the pool deck, which was one of my most anticipated shows since we booked them, Nigel came on stage for Love Having You Around where he proceeded to yell to the crowd, “Where’s Annabel at, I want to sing this to her?” I humbly made my way to his side, and he serenaded me while I danced effortlessly next to him. The smile on my face was permanent, tears flowed from my face, and I felt such deep love and affection from my dear friend. It was truly a magical and humbling moment in my life, let alone my absolute Jam Cruise 8 highlight.

[Photo by Jeffrey Dupuis]

A few others worth mentioning:

Sexual Chocolate, Karl Denson’s brainchild…I was once again called up to sing in the final song with the supergroup, swaying back and forth next to Liza Oxnard and others. I truly felt a part of musical history.

Pretty Lights – 4:00am – Pool Deck. I have never danced so hard on Jam Cruise late night than I did during Pretty Lights. The entire pool deck was packed and everyone was grooving constantly to the ridiculously talented duo. READ ON for more of Jam Cruise Files with Julie McCoy…

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Last Week’s Sauce: June 14th – June 20th

This edition includes a sexy video montage of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Now that I have your attention, please also enjoy a fantastic meeting of the minds featuring the Marco Benevento Trio & Steve Kimock, the mellower but still driving side of Perpetual Groove, and Page McConnell’s most recent songwriting contribution to the always expanding Phish repertoire.

[Thanks to krsb for this week’s photo]

And we continue to take all the selected tracks, normalize them, create some simple fades and put it into one easy to download MP3 for you.

Click here to download the Last Week’s Sauce Podcast

Artist & Title: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – 2:22, White Rabbit
Date & Venue: 2010-06-19 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Taper & Show Download: jt/ny

This band has been covering White Rabbit for a while now, I keep seeing it on setlists but I hadn’t yet given it a listen until now. It’s everything you think it will be including some tastefully used vocal effects. Preceeding the Jefferson Airplane classic is one of Grace’s tunes from her first studio album Nothing But The Water. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals play tonight at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN.


A video montage from their recent gig in

READ ON for tracks from Marco & Steve Kimock, PGroove and Phish…

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Video: Taio Cruz – Little Lion Man

Arguably one of the most buzzed about bands out there right now is the UK-act Mumford & Sons, who have been selling out shows coast to coast on their recent

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Bloggy Goodness: Bitches Brew

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’ landmark jazz-fusion album Bitches Brew. While the legendary double-album is getting a full deluxe reissue treatment that includes a 4-disc package

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