Today In Reunions: Public Image Limited, The Bee Gees, And Other Bands Rise Again

• Reality-TV refugee John Lydon has announced that Public Image Limited has ceased its 17-year hiatus and will play a five-date reunion tour this winter, albeit without original members Jah Wobble and Keith Levene. Here’s hoping they at least get a TV appearance or two out of it. [Guardian] More »

Ten Bands That Should (And Ten Bands That Shouldn’t) Grace Us With A Cover Of “Yakety Sax”

Yakety SaxI don’t know about you, but the dog days of August are making me long for some levity. And what better way to bring in some hilarity than to think about the late Boots Randolph’s delightful “Yakety Sax,” a.k.a. “that Benny Hill Show song,” a.k.a. the best way to make any YouTube clip hilarious? Noted “Yakety Sax” enthusiast Jess Harvell and I put together a pair of lists related to the song—namely, a top 10 countdown of artists who need to cover the song soon, and a counterpoint list of 10 artists who should never get within a 25-mile radius of its implied hilarity, for fear of ruining it for all time. The countdowns after the jump. More »

Trey Anastasio’s Vermont Estate Goes On The Market

treyThe house in northern Vermont that served as a rural hideaway for Trey Anastasio, the rehabilitated leader of the reunited Phish, is up for sale. The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath, 3,926-square-foot estate, located about 20 minutes outside of Burlington, sits on 259 acres and has dramatic views of Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump, two of the highest peaks in Vermont. Asking price: $1,699,000. And there’s a wetbar! More »

phish_south_park-180x120Jam-band titans Phish have announced details for their Halloween festival: It’ll take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. (home of Coachella), and it will feature eight sets by the band over the course of three days. Three-day passes cost $199, and go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). If you’re unfamiliar with the band but thinking about taking a breather in the desert this October, you might want to check out Carrie Brownstein’s week-long examination of Phish and its fans. [Phish / Monitor Mix] More »

The Case Against Phish’s Name: Why It Seems Like PETA’s Press Releases Are Being Written By “The Onion” Editorial Staff

seakittenSo People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals has taken time out from defending the honor of houseflies against President Barack Obama to give some shine to its Sea Kittens campaign, in which it tries to get people to call fish “sea kittens” because then who would want to fillet, saute, and feast on an adorable little kitty cat? (An example of their felinized version of the sea’s creatures is at left.) To spearhead this campaign, they have asked the jam-band titans Phish to temporarily rename themselves “Sea Kittens.” (The regular spelling would, oddly, be intact.) Feast on PETA’s open letter to Trey et al after the jump. More »

The Case Against Phish: Why A Once-Great Band Should Have Stayed Dead

phish_south_parkIn 2005, at the height of Coldplay’s popularity, The New York Times published a scathing essay by Jon Pareles. “The Case Against Coldplay” argued that the self-pity of the Chris Martin-fronted band was calculated, and that its grandiose sound was built to prey on an unsuspecting populace. On the eve of Phish’s first summer tour in years, kicking off with a show at Fenway Park in Boston, Dylan Stableford offers a similar argument. More »

Five Reasons Why Jam Band Fans Are Better Than Indie Rock Fans

I was skimming through this year’s Bonnaroo lineup as part of my usual round of cyber-stalking Neko Case, and I came upon an interesting discovery—this festival kicks ass! Although one of my friends described the layout as a desert of dust and piss, and the jam-centric lineup means stupid Phish is going to play for approximately 76 hours straight, I can pretty much get behind anything that brings together High On Fire and Janelle Monae (that isn’t made by the Hood Internet). Something this good could never happen on indie rock’s watch! Here are five reasons why the mud-caked hippies who will attend Bonnaroo are better than your sweater-clad ass!

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People Missed Phish (Sometimes A Lot)

Our look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest reviews continues with several enthused recaps of this weekend’s shows from reunited jam band giants Phish. Actually it’s more “choice lines” than “closing lines,” since a lot of the closing lines were actually set lists.

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Bonnaroo 2009 Is Hoping That The Concert-Going Masses Are Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen and Phish are the headlining acts for this year’s installment of the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo, which is sporting a curiously Lollapalooza-like lineup in pockets (Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails) while also giving props to many an elder statesman (David Byrne, Al Green, Elvis Costello). Other highlights include of Montreal, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and King Sunny Adé (!). Full lineup after the jump,

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Live Nation’s Ticketing Servers Have Phish Fans Bouncing Around The Room (In A Bad Way)

Tickets for select shows on Phish’s summer reunion tour went on sale this afternoon, and the onsales represented the first big test of sorts for the online ticketing system run by concert-promotion behemoth Live Nation. the comments sections of Hidden Trck and, surprisingly, Brooklyn Vegan to register their displeasure.

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