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McLovins Virtual Circle EP On Sale Now

Tonight The McLovins dropped their Virtual Circle EP featuring two blazing new tunes and clocking in at almost 15 minutes. Turn up the volume and hit play at right to hear some samples.

The tracks are bound for a full length album planned for Summer 2010, a quick follow-up to their August '09 debut Conundrum.

If you like the preview you can buy the Virtual Circle EP on the McLovins site. The instant download is priced at $1.98 to start, but you're free to pay more if you'd like :)

P.S. Word is the band is planning a limited edition vinyl pressing of the Virtual Circle EP at the request of fans. Nice touch fellas.

McLovins Virtual Circle LP
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Moldover: The Coolest CD Case You’ve Ever Seen


Album Announcement

Tue, August 18, 2009

Moldover's Studio

San Francisco, CA

Now this is meta.

San Francisco-based electronic / experimental artist Moldover, also know as “The Godfather of Controllerism,” just released his new album and the CD packaging really needs to be seen to believed. Thankfully, he's provided a video you can watch above.

As you'll see, it's not you're average jewel box, but a fully functioning musical instrument — not unlike a theremin — that you can use to create your own electronica at home or on the road.

This isn't the type of thing I'd normally feature on Jamtopia, and certainly not music I'd really want to listen to, but I got a huge kick out of the overall concept and hope you do too. And if you really dig it, you can buy one for $50 at Moldover.com.

Hat tip to the always insightful Lefsetz letter for bringing this to my attention.

P.S. Learn more about controllerism here and here.

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McLovins Conundrum: Debut Album Lives Up to the Hype

Editor's Note: In case you've somehow missed the buzz, catch up on the McLovins backstory here and here. The short version is that the band is young and talented, and pretty much blew up overnight after a video of their YEM cover made the rounds on PhantasyTour.

I few weeks ago I got my hands on Conundrum, the debut album from the McLovins, and like their recent performance at Gathering of the Vibes, it lives up to hype and then some.

A nine song effort, Conundrum is a cornucopia of musical genres each of which only strengthens my respect for the band's chops. Rock, jazz, funk, reggae, progressive, soul… it's all in there. It's fast one second and slow the next. It melts your face then gives you a minute to recover before melting it again.

Hit play at right to listen to the Conundrum sampler while you read the track-by-track review below. Then email the drummer Jake to buy a CD or visit CDBaby for an instant download.

McLovins Conundrum Album Cover
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Listen to the New Phish Album “Joy” (Sort Of)

Okay, so the post title may be a bit misleading, but hit play at right for a live compilation of the new Phish album using tracks from the 2009 Summer Tour.

Entitled “Joy,” the 10 song album is scheduled for release some time in August. Joy will be the first Phish studio album since Undermind came out back in 2004.

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Create Your Own Live Joy

Steve Lillywhite, who also produced Billy Breathes in 1996, manned the boards at New York’s Chung King Studios for the new album — a rumor that broke right here on Jamtopia over nine months before it was confirmed in Rolling Stone (page 1, 2, 3)

[Joy] feels more like a live record than a lot of our live records.
Trey Anastasio

Phish Party Time leaked tracklist

Speaking of rumors and the studio, there's a photo at right showing a leaked tracklist photo from the studio. Said tracklist would have made this a very long album, but given that there will only be ten tracks on it, there should be plenty of material left on the table for a follow-up. And meanwhile, I've Been Around hasn't been played so it's missing from the preview player.

Scroll down for the full tracklist plus related articles and lyrics to most of the songs.

Update: July 20, 2009

A few things to note here.

First, a few days ago the Joy tracklist on Phish.com was reordered a bit. Backwards Down the Number Line is now the first track and Twenty Years Later is last. The new order is now reflected in the tracklist above.

Just kick out the disc after Track 8, assuming I Been Around doesn't suck.
— Name witheld

Second, the Joy album page went up on Amazon with a release date of August 25th. If you visit the page when you're logged in you can sign up to get notified when it's on sale.

And finally, some respectable fake album art surfaced over the weekend. It's got a similar “feel” as the SOTG cover, and I like it. Speaking of Joy album covers, don't miss the proposed album covers on Hidden Track for a good laugh.

Update: July 23, 2009

Phish Joy Album Cover

Today Phish revised the release date for Joy, pushing it back to September 8th, 2009.

And two days ago they unveiled the new album cover (seen at right). It's cool but somehow not as cool as a huge picture of Joy Behar.

Pre-order details for Joy will be announced next week.

Update: July 30, 2009

For a short time today there was a page on Dry Goods with details for a Joy box set. (NOTE: New page is here)

Phish Joy Box Set

The Joy Box will include ten Limited Edition posters for each of the album’s songs, a second album entitled Party Time with demos, soundcheck and studio outtakes and a DVD capturing live performances from the first half of Phish’s summer 2009 tour including footage from Bonnaroo and Fenway.

The Joy Box won't be available until early October, but everyone who preorders will get aa free MP3 download of the entire album on the September 8th release date. Nice.

Update: August 10, 2009

Phish Joy bundle

Dry Goods has been updated with a whole bunch of Joy preorder options.

In addition to the previously mentioned box set, there's a CD, a 180g vinyl edition, two different shirts, and a kids shirt — with a bunch of different combinations, one of which should meet your needs.

Visit the Joy preorder page for details.

In other news, a few days back the audio player on Phish's Myspace page was updated with a studio version of Backwards Down the Number Line. Sounds nice, but I'll take any of the live versions over this any day.

P.S. Thanks to the tapers who make the album preview above possible and special thanks to Yossarian Kelley for transcribing the song lyrics below.

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Time Turns Elastic: New Phish Single on iTunes


Time Turns Elastic

Tue, May 26, 2009


Last night with pretty much no forewarning, Phish released Time Turns Elastic — a whopping 13+ minute studio single of Trey's new opus.

The track is slated to appear on the new Phish album scheduled for July 28th release (and will presumably be played incessantly during Summer tour).

I'm barely finished with my first listen and already confident the studio cut will be the shortest version of this one. The song leaves ample room for improvisation, with segments that are bound to soar high and others sure to get down and dirty.

Meanwhile, I'm on some pretty basic computer speakers, but the mix and production values sound great to me. Nice work Lillywhite! Really looking forward to the rest of the album.

P.S. For another take on the tune, look no further than Trey's recent performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra featuring an extended orchestral version of Time Turns Elastic in the second set. [Set 1 | Set 2]

RUMOR: Steve Lillywhite to Produce New Phish Album!

UPDATE: Get details and listen to a live preview of the new Phish album Joy on Jamtopia

Well I'm not much for Phish reunion rumor mongering (despite my headline on this post about Phish at the Jammys and Trey's hints to Rolling Stone) but I just received an email with a rumor that supposedly originated from Jon Fishman himself...

Album Cover for Billy Breathes

The short version: Phish is definitely reuniting and there will be a new Phish album produced by Steve Lillywhite, who produced Billy Breathes over 12 years ago.

Stay tuned for more and keep your fingers crossed! I know I am.

UPDATE: So while this post has generated a ton of traffic and discussion on other message boards, please remember, it's just a RUMOR. It's now a fact! See update 10 below for details.

UPDATE 2 (June 21, 2008): I just read on Indie Point Unlimited Supply that Steve Lillywhite is in Dublin recording with U2 and because of this the Phish / Lillywhite rumor “doesn't look good.” Well I did a bit more research and according to U2Valencia Lillywhite is (or at least was) working with U2 in Dublin. However, per U2 soundman Joe O’Herlihythe's comments to HotPress, the band has since moved the sessions to France, though no word if Lillywhite came with them. Either way, U2 manager manager Paul McGuinness says the new U2 album is supposed to drop in late October, so even if Lillywhite works on it until the very end, he'd still have plenty of time to do a Phish album for '09 release — especially considering it only took him 15 minutes to mix New Years Day! ::refuses to let rumor die::

UPDATE 3 (June 22, 2008): Amazingly, this story was picked up by Billboard! They actually contacted Lillywhite's people and through a spokesperson he offered a “no comment” when asked if he was planning to work with the Phish again. Well I guess that's a lot better than a plain old “no.”

UPDATE 4 (June 23, 2008): The story has taken on a life of it's own. It's now been covered on such fine sites as Gibson.com and even New York Magazine! And my favorite so far... Sonic Slang has seemingly turned rumor into fact... “Billboard is reporting that Steve Lillywhite will be joining Phish in the studio for the long-awaited (but never in doubt) reunion album.” ...and didn't even bother to link here. Gotta love the Internet.

UPDATE 5 (June 26, 2008): Okay, finally something straight from the horse's mouth. Today a letter from Page appeared on Phish.com regarding the possible Phish reunion and associated rumors. Read the entire letter from Page.

UPDATE 6 (June 26, 2008): Well now we're talking! Just discovered this article on Rolling Stone with comments from Mike Gordon about the Phish reunion. First says Cactus... “The band has had a couple of dinners and they’ve just been great. We’re all just excited about the idea of doing something sometime. I can’t guarantee it, but I’m optimistic.” And then this, which I guess is somewhat vindicating though certainly not a full-on confirmation... “We talked to him, actually. [The rumor] stemmed from reality. We love Steve Lillywhite. He would bring out some great things in us. But we don’t have specific plans to work with him.” So all said, I'm thinking we might be able to put this thing to rest for a bit and wait for the REAL news.

UPDATE 7 (September 6, 2008): Alrighty then! Tonight there was a full Phish reunion at Brad Sands wedding! See the post for setlist, pics, and video.

UPDATE 8 (September 30, 2008): The details are emerging. The folks over at Merry Swankster are reporting a few-week-old rumor that Phish will be reuniting for three nights at Hampton Coliseum. They added a little texture too, suggesting March 6,7, and 8 as the dates. Got a hotel room yet?

UPDATE 9 (October 1, 2008): GAME ON! Very early this morning the Phish Hampton Reunion was confirmed on Phish.com, with the band announcing a three night run at the Hampton Coliseum in March! See you there.

UPDATE 10 (March 17, 2009): This is happening! In a recent Rolling Stone article about Phish Hampton (page 1, 2, 3) author David Fricke confirms that Steve Lillywhite will indeed be producing the new Phish album. The band already has 20 demos wrapped up and will hit the studio with Lillywhite in April to start work on the new album.

I’m not convinced we’ve made a great record yet.
Trey Anastasio

UPDATE 11 (March 30, 2009): According to a recent post on the Austin Music Source blog, some of the engineering duties on the new album will be handed over to CJ Eiriksson. Most recently Eiriksson assisted Lillywhite on the new U2 album.

UPDATE 12 (June 24, 2009): Today Phish announced the title of the new album, “Joy,” as well as the complete track list. Get details about Phish's Joy album and listen to a live compilation preview right here on Jamtopia.


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