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Mr. Bird and his Sonic Arboretum – a landscape of speaker horns in all sizes by sculptor, inventor, and luthier Ian Schneller – create a sonic and visual ambiance at the Guggenheim for the Dark Sounds series.

Guests wandered the spiraling gallery showcasing the “Haunted” exhibition.  Worth checking out, but the Andrew Bird performance was a one-off event (August 6th,2010).


Download a free 11-song sampler of the artists featured by NPR Music and public radio stations at this March’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

“Written in Reverse” by Spoon from Transference
“The High Road” by Broken Bells from Broken Bells
“I Learned the Hard Way” by Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings from I Learned the Hard Way
“Canadian Girl” by The Walkmen from You & Me
“Girl In Love” by Smith Westerns from Smith Westerns
“Airplanes” by Local Natives from Gorilla Manor
“Everywhere I Go” by G-Side from Starshipz And Rocketz
“Cleo’s Song” by JBM from Not Even In July
“Achille’s Heel: IV. Shur Landing” by Brooklyn Rider from Dominant Curve
“Hannah” by Freelance Whales from Weathervanes
“Swim” by Surfer Blood from Astro Coast

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1. Download iTunes for Mac or Windows, free of charge at
2. Open iTunes and click iTunes Store.
3. Click Redeem under Quick Links.
4. Enter the code here (expires April 30, 2010). Your download will start immediately. Enjoy.

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2009 John David Becker Photography

2009 John David Becker Photography

The crowd decided to show up to this show and the band reacted with an invigorating set I and a beautiful jam filled set II. They started the show with “Grind” which was appropriate for Mike’s birthday (6/3). The y kicked it quickly into “Divided Sky which was Sue Fan’s big prediction as she sung it on Shakedown Street before the show. Loved hearing “Ocelot” again as one of my newer favorites but thought we’d hear some different stuff off the new album (with a repeat of

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Phish ~ 2009 John David Becker Photography

Phish ~ 2009 John David Becker Photography

At long last, Phish has returned and managed to shed the Coventry baggage in the process. Redemption for Sue Fan who suffered through 24 hours in a car (20 hours sitting in motionless traffic), stood in mud up to her knees on a hill that perpetually slid towards the stage en mass and watched Trey hit a wall. The Fenway show was everything I imagined it would be. It was a homecoming for the band as well as Read the rest of this entry »

Phish @ Hampton Colluseum: C. Taylor Crothers

Phish @ Hampton Coliseum: C. Taylor Crothers

Day two of the Phish shows at Hampton Coliseum and like most fans, I’m sitting at home. Like many Heads, I’m listening to last nights show, watching concerts on DVD, YouTube, or whatever else I can do to get my fix. It’s a weird ritual I do whenever Sue Fan leaves for extended periods of time. Just so happens she went to Florida this weekend. Am I bitter that I didn’t get tickets? Maybe. Certainly. We still have three shows to go to in June and I’m mighty happy about that. Good thing for Damien’s wedding right after the NY and MA shows because I always promised Sue I’d follow an entire tour if they got back together. I’d love to do the west coast circuit again. I’m guessing there will be another festival soon but if Japan happens it won’t be feasible. I think SF would have flashbacks from Coventry so I don’t think I’ll drag her to VT or upstate NY. Maybe they’ll do another show in Japan???

I have a few things to say about the state of Phish, the fans and the scalpers. I’ll start by saying I couldn’t be happier with their decision to return. I’ll end with a great HD video clip of a live show…

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When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. -Barbara Bloom