Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Mt. Laurel club is at it again! Skiing, biking, everything! Check out this video montage they put together to Ray of Light (by yours truly)!!!

Not sure which was fact is crazier: 1) that we were asked if we could play "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston last night or 2) that we actually played it.   July 17, 2011 at 11:41am

Thought I might be the only guy that could say Weird Al (@alyankovic) was my 1st concert, til I saw Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon) say the same.   12:28 PM - 13 Jul 11

Pretty cool (and yes, I saw it on my Yahoo homepage where I freely admit I get 100% of my news). Can't wait until 2024 when I take the exact same picture I took with Michael Bolton years ago.

Brought to my attention a few minutes ago...thanks AdamO!
Youbs' Nutrition Tip of the Day: If you've found that you've eaten too much in one sitting, drink a hot beverage such as coffee or tea as soon as possible afterwards. The extreme heat will help "burn off" some of the calories and fat from your over indulgent meal. Note: Orange or any other citric juice works similarly, as the acid has the same effect as the heat.

Youbs' Nutrition Tip of the Day: The french fries you take from someone else's plate are way less fattening than the ones that you would have gotten had you not been smart and replaced them with a side salad. And if the other person doesn't see you take them, then they actually have zero fat. Its a fact. Look it up.

Youbs' Nutrition Tip of the Day: The bacon in a cobb salad is way less fattening than strips of bacon, like at breakfast.  

Longest current Boston championship drought: The New England Patriots, 6 years. There are 5 year old kids walking around New England who have never seen them win the Super Bowl! (remember, that's 42 in dog years). June 16, 2011 at 9:41am

Welcome to Boston, Stanley. We've heard a lot about you. June 15, 2011 at 11:10pm

Outside of a couple of Sunday School art contests, I've never won first place in anything...that is until last night when Scott McCue and I somehow won the 2nd week of the talent competition at The Lansdowne Pub! (I'm giving all the credit to Scott's tight t-shirt.) It's a great, fun Sunday event that I recommend you check out...especially July 10th when we're in the finals! June 6, 2011 at 11:14am

Check this out...my great friend Tom Trabulsi's new book Sandaman's Riposte was recommended in Bill Reynolds' column in the Providence Journal today! I've been reading his column since I was a kid (as I'm sure many of you in the RI/MA area have as well) and was excited to see he mentioned Tom's great debut novel!

Jimmy Fallon broke out laughing in every non-funny SNL skit he was in. I have no idea how he doesn't crack up in some of these Neil Young/Bob Dylan spoofs he does:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Here's a fascinating, intriguing, riveting interview I did recently on the popular RI late night talk show "Wicked Late with Brendan Kirby." My mom went on and on complimenting Brendan after she saw it...and never said anything about me

And sometimes, Phil can be an ass...

Here's a very good, and very well thought out review of A&D. And as someone who's used to getting B's all through school (elementary, middle, high, college, grad...), I'll take it!!! Much thanks to The Daily Vault for the listen and review!  http://dailyvault.com/toc.php5?review=6912

Wow, rough week for Tiger Woods. He falls to 12th in golf's world rankings, and to 2nd in the sleazy womanizing world rankings, behind new #1 Arnold Schwarzenegger. May 23, 2011 at 8:59pm

At 10am yesterday my friend ran a 5 mile race in the same clothes he wore out on the town until 2am the night before. With every other runner in t-shirts, shorts, and sneakers, he wore a dress shirt, jeans, and shoes. He didn't win...but its times like this where you realize that's not really what's important. What's important here is...actually, I'm not sure what's important. But I salute him. May 23, 2011 at 12:44pm

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thanks so much to all our friends who came out to the Zippah show last night (even those that were tardy). I hope that ten minutes of Ayoub was enough to satisfy you for the night. Or left you wanting more. (I'm never sure which is better). 

Here are some pics:

"Basement" was played on 92.5 The River last night. 92.5 is one of the coolest stations in the country (happily located right in the Boston area). How'd I know? One of my friends who doesn't even like my music (dummy!) heard it. Awesome!!! (Oh, and I checked the website just to make sure he wasn't pulling my leg, and it was indeed listed...)
Did I write this? No. But I could have.

The other day a friend told me he noticed I had a gray hair. So I defriended him. He's not even on Facebook.
From Sue McDonald: For my Bruce friends--Here's a short post my friend Phil Ayoub and I wrote about "The Wish". Happy Mother's Day to Adele Springsteen and thanks for buying him that guitar!!


To my Rhode Island friends, I will be appearing on one of the state's TV institutions "Wicked Late with Brendan Kirby!" It is scheduled to premiere tonight at 10:30 on Cox 13 and Verizon 32. I will be interviewed by the big fella and will perform a solo acoustic version of Flowers at Work. Perfect for Mother's Day! Catch it if you can...

Saw an old piece of graffiti yesterday that said "Rest in peace, Michael Jackson." Then underneath it someone else wrote "Don't tell him what to do!" (And that made me laugh for an hour...)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Ray of Light, clip

Like A Cowboy, clip 1

Like A Cowboy, clip 2

Bad Habits

These are some fan videos from the show at The Whiskey Republic in Providence, RI.  For more videos, including full versions of some of the songs, check them out on Youtube here:
All I'll say is it includes the phrase "he's also handsome as heck." Yeah, this is DEFINITELY my favorite review of all time!!! (Not to mentioned things like "Crystal clear pop with style.") Thanks very much to the people at babysue and LMNOP aka dONW7!!! Click the link for the full review and check out the rest of their sites...


Very nice article on my friends who created The Pulse Network, where Single MENtality airs! (As an aside, nice to see the Ground Round is back on its feet again. Anyplace that has been giving away free popcorn for over 30 years is aces in my book.)

Jango (the internet radio site) just told me "Your songs were most popular with fans of The Killers, Jim Croce, and Lindsay Lohan." I have to be the only musician/songwriter to ever get anyone to reference those 3 artists (and I use the term "artist" loosely in one case) in the same sentence!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

A few pics from Friday night at The Whiskey Republic in Providence, RI

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This is one of the most well-written reviews I've gotten in a long time! I also feel like the reviewer "got" a lot of what Tim and I were going for, which was very nice to see. Feel free to read and also check out the other artists he recommends!

White shoes aside, if you haven't "Liked" my Facebook Music page yet, please do here. Oh and if you really like it, you can even tell a friend or few. Thanks.


I want 'em, I need 'em
And I'm gonna go out and get 'em
White shoes
I know I'll feel better
...When I slide down into the leather
White shoes ... woah, oh, oh... white shoes


Monday, April 25, 2011

April 24
I wore white shoes today. And looked fantastic.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 21
Fantastic review on The Muse's Muse!
"The writing, playing & singing abilities of Phil Ayoub & his band are rock solid, the melodies & harmonies are masterful, & the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with clever with & rich conventional wisdom & messages full of hope."
See link of full review below:


April 15
Check out this article! This is where I've been spending some of my valuable non-music time...


April 11
Ever notice when people "check in" from a location on Facebook or Twitter, its always somewhere cool? A fancy restaurant, a trendy bar. No one ONLY goes to cool places! There should be a rule that says you also have to check in from the crappy places you go to. Like..."5:47pm: Ted just checked in from Ruby Tuesday's." "3:22pm: Molly just checked in from The Dollar Tree." "10:12am: Steve just checked in from the urologist's office."

April 6
Only in Providence can a guy play 3+hours of music, originals and covers including Rosalita by request, a Sexy Bitch/Sexy Back/Apple Bottom Jeans medley, snippets of Just A Friend, Jump Around, Mo Money Mo Problems, and Rebecca Black's Friday, and end the night in the crowd doing a rocking version of Sympathy for the Devil...only to hear this complaint from someone at the end of the show: "What?! No Humpty Dance?!"

April 6
What other acoustic singer can accommodate a request with a spot-on Rosalita, and then follow it up with a Sexy Bitch/Sexy Back/Apple Bottom Jeans medley? Answer: NO ONE ELSE!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I've been extremely fortunate to have many of my songs played on great radio stations around the country. I had not, however, had the experience of turning the radio on and randomly hearing one of them. Until last night. That was pretty fun!
(The moral of the story...It pays to go out on Sunday night!)
Mar 28

A deep cut from my 1st record! Thanks Unc! RT @picktoclick: "If I Walk Down Her Path" played on Longtown Sound Podcast http://is.gd/nKmQZM
5:33 PM Mar 23rd via TweetDeck .

How is it that I filled out 4 different brackets yet have only 3 teams total remaining??? Wait, this can't be right...
Mar 21

This is always special! RT @picktoclick: @philayoub "Basement" played on WDHA-FM's All Mixed Up radio show @Monaghan21 http://is.gd/gZxpqD
9:04 AM Mar 20th via TweetDeck .

My friend MC interviews Liam Gallagher. Shockingly, he used profanity...
Mar 20

This is called "the worst song ever." Yet another contest I lost! I'm tired of being overlooked by the music industry! http://yhoo.it/fgUxfC
4:32 AM Mar 15th via TweetDeck .

Here's hoping that the NFL comes back and plays next year, but all fantasy football leagues remain locked out.
Mar 14

They say "muscle confusion" is the hottest workout trend. I'm skeptical. I was extremely confused throughout high school and college and I don't think my brain got any stronger from it.
Mar 11

"Flowers at Work" is the Song of the Week on http://www.thetop22.com/
Mar 9

SONG I LOVE TODAY: "Son of a Gun" by Oh Land - @OHLANDmusic ♫ http://blip.fm/~12gtc6
11:08 AM Mar 5th via Blip.fm .

Nice sports article... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703300904576178762851574594.html
Mar 4

And I thought that Alfred Hitchcock course I took at Tufts was fun…
Mar 3

Sadly, this week it has all become clear...I'm bi-losing.
Mar 3

Here's my moral dilemma of the day...I'm kind of getting addicted to the Charlie Sheen stuff. Should I be feeling bad for him since he obviously has a lot of problems? Or since he's probably a rat bastard, should I just enjoy the ride and the non-stop great quotes he's giving us? I'm torn.
Mar 1

You know things have gotten bad when you consider a night drinking just beer is "detoxing."
Feb 21

Hey Subway, its great you brought back the $5 footlong, but I see you skimping on the turkey. Don't think I didn't notice.
Feb 15

Between REM and U2!!! RT @picktoclick: @philayoub Phil Ayoub's Basement played on Sunday morning All Mixed Up Radio http://is.gd/hHoxIQ
9:29 AM Feb 12th via TweetDeck .
For next year's Super Bowl I'm just gonna set up a camera in my room and play a few songs at halftime. I'll webcast it, so you can all watch live. I'm guaranteeing at least a couple of wardrobe malfunctions. And Slash has already signed on to come by.
Naughty By Nature was on Letterman tonight. Ah, 1992, I've missed you...
Feb 4
Ned Ryerson could be my favorite movie character of all-time.
Feb 2

Feb 2

How much money do you think I could make if I started a Dunkin Donuts delivery service? Cause there are days like today where I would pay good money for one myself...
Jan 29

I'm sure MA misses you too! :) RT @Miss604: Listening to some @philayoub and missing MA although it is a truly gorgeous #Vancouver morning.
A great band out of Hawaii that put out two incredible albums of Hawaiian reggae, both of which get regular play on my ipod. I never had the privilege of seeing them live, so this is a gem! Waiting for a reunion...
In the Boston area Friday? Come with me to see Sebastian Maniscalco, the funniest guy I’ve seen in a long time! I GUARANTEE a great night. If not, I’ll give you your mone…if not, I’ll give you 2 free cds (mine). Hell, I’ll give them to you anyway. I’ll be at the W Hotel bar before so come hang out! Tix: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0100455F22436A20?artistid=1289456&majorcatid=10002&minorcatid
Jan 26
My condolences go out to the family of Randall Cousins. Randall was a podcaster and a great friend to independent music. He was a generous supporter of my music, personally, having played so much of it on his Brave New Frontiers show. Sadly, we were informed that he passed away recently. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends. Thank you, Randall…
Jan 26

Why is Twitter suggesting I follow "Weight Watchers???!!!" Ok, fine. I'm going to the gym right now...damn you, Twitter!!!
10:39 AM Jan 26th via TweetDeck .

SONG I LOVE TODAY: "Bigger Than Us" by White Lies (@whiteliesmusic) #whiteliesmusic. http://youtu.be/JW0yynlDmqQ
9:27 AM Jan 26th via TweetDeck .

Very cool clip about using sign language to convey the meaning and emotion of music to deaf audiences. http://yhoo.it/eKAx0X
8:39 AM Jan 26th via TweetDeck .

Indie Music Sampler spins ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES at 9am + 9pm PACIFIC time today (12 EST)! Thanks Paul, @PTML ! Site: http://bit.ly/gZck4e
8:02 AM Jan 23rd via TweetDeck .

Between Bruce and Bono! RT @picktoclick: @philayoub Get Out (Live A Little, Love A Lot) played on All Mixed Up http://is.gd/v4EwfX
7:22 AM Jan 23rd via TweetDeck .

One of my SM co-hosts main gig! Check out this article on Wicked Late with Brendan Kirby! http://www.ric.edu/whatsnews/details.php?News_ID=1163
Jan 18

So if the zodiac signs change and I'm no longer a Libra, does that mean I'll suddenly be able to make quick decisions?
Jan 14

Forgot to say THANK YOU!!! :) RT @CadRev: Here’s our first favourite song of 2011 - Phil Ayoub – Bad Habits. http://ow.ly/3wGDX
1:33 PM Jan 12th via TweetDeck .

If you get a chance, catch Josh Ritter's turn on Live from the Artists Den. Its excellent and very well done. http://bit.ly/hD7rGg
9:01 AM Jan 12th via TweetDeck .

Some of you will know why this is appropriate... http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/23551/network+creates+peculiar+job+opening+chief+shark+officer/
Jan 12

There are no accidents in life. If you butt-dialed me, then you meant to call me. Or your butt meant to call me. Either way, next time leave a message.
Jan 7

Does AMC still stand for "American Movie Classics?" They're showing Demolition Man right now, which leads me to believe the answer is yes.
Jan 4

CadRev Here’s our first favourite song of 2011 - Phil Ayoub – Bad Habits. http://ow.ly/3wGDX
7:00 AM Jan 3rd via HootSuite
Retweeted by philayoub .

Happy '11! Here's a new mix of old song "Like A Cowboy," free this week on Twitter! http://bit.ly/hdvQVz Feel free to RT. WARNING: It rocks.
9:56 AM Jan 3rd via TweetDeck

I'm gonna start a gym that's only open during the month of January. At least 3x as many people in there as usual. (At least have the foresight to join in December like I did so you don't look like a rube)
Jan 3
A&D has chosen his top 10 albums of the year 2010!!! Here is his list...
1. "Arrivals and Departures" by Phil Ayoub
(he's not very good at math)
Dec 31

I have rocked down to Electric Avenue plenty of times, but has never been able to take it higher. I don't think its possible.
Dec 29

Haven't finished (er, started..) Christmas shopping yet, and playing a show at the Hard Rock at Foxwoods tonight. Are gifts with casino logos on them considered tacky this year???
Dec 23

"Nicole Kidman misses her older kids." Is this really news worth putting in the top 4 stories of your news feed, my Yahoo Home Page???
Dec 23

Got Pandora? Love Pandora like I do? Well "Arrivals and Departures" was added recently (SWPH has been on there for years) so feel free to fire up the "Phil Ayoub Radio" and let the fun begin! Listen to songs by me sprinkled in with artists that are like me! Consider it a holiday gift. (Maybe not what you asked for, but its the thought that counts...) http://www.pandora.com/music/artist/phil+ayoub
Dec 21

My friend MC on Better Than Ezra: http://thephoenix.com/blogs/onthedownload/archive/2010/12/13/live-review-better-than-ezra-the-paradise-more-than-just-good.aspx
Dec 21

I ordered a chicken sandwich at a Burger King drive thru. They have a "buy one, get one free" offer so the woman asked me if I wanted the second one. I said sure. Before completing the order I told her I wanted to cancel the first sandwich, and just keep the free one (I wasn't that hungry). 2-3 minutes of broken English confusion followed, but it didn't work. At that or any of the 3 other BK's I tried it at after
Dec 20
Neil Diamond wants a fan to induct him into the Hall. Have I told you my right hand touched Neil's in 1994 and I haven't washed it since???
7:43 AM Dec 16th, 2010 via TweetDeck

Friday, December 17, 2010

Travels with A&D in Search of...something

A&D teeing off on at the historic 18th hole at Pebble Beach, needing a birdie to win...

 Expect anything different???!!!

From another angle...

With the trophy. A&D has been compared to Tiger in a number of ways...and now you can add golf to that list.
Selling beautiful unique beverage coasters...a perfect gift for the holidays! They come in 2 designs, the "Arrivals and Departures" and the "Schoolbus Window Paper Heart." Not only do these plastic-cased coasters protect your furniture from ugly drink stains, they also double as music CD's containing 13 and 12 songs respectively! Collect all two!

Congratulations to A&D for being named one of Barbara Walters 11 Most Fascinating People of 2010! (she chose to televise numbers 11-2 in one show, and is obviously planning on doing a full hour on #1, air time TBA). Not a surprise. In 2010 A&D has been born, been to the World Cup and safaris in South Africa, Cleveland ...the day after LeBron’s “Decision” to watch the mural “We are all witnesses” taken down, the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame to pick out his spot which will be waiting for him in less than 25 years, the Stone Pony and other spots in Asbury Park and New Jersey, the Celtics/Lakers game 5 of the NBA finals (after a crazy weekend in Vega...s), concerts like Weezer and Jackson Browne, has been played on WDHA, WZLX, and other great stations, done a Habitat for Humanity build on Cape Cod, won a golf tournament with a dramatic birdie putt on the 18th hole at legendary Pebble Beach, partied in New York City, San Francisco, Turkey, Amsterdam, and Switzerland, and had a mile high threesome with two hot stewardesses…oh, and the year ain’t ovah yet!

I miss Battle of the Network Stars

I would someday like to be known as "the best pound-for-pound" something in the world. Anything.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of A&D yet, what are you waiting for?! It’s one of only 3 albums in history to reference Richard Simmons, Elvis Presley, Tony Danza, Viagra, Clint Eastwood, Seinfeld, Friends, the game show Press Your Luck, Big & Rich, Jerry Garcia, and Krispy Kreme. The other 2 being The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers and the self-titled Evan and Jaron record. And it’s the only one of the 3 to include a dog and a cat on vocals and instruments!

I just want to tell you all...good luck, we're all counting on you.

It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day...

Much thanks to the lovely Anngelle for playing "Bad Habits" on the legendary 100.7 WZLX's Boston Emissions show!!! Click the link, listen to the show, and vote for favorite new song (preferable my song, but you vote what's in your heart...).


Video of my friend Helene Cronin performing her beautiful song "Lucky Me" on the Mike Huckabee show: http://bit.ly/aSlvpc

Do the makers of Spam ever get royalties from the term "Spam mail?" Just wondering...

Why does this bother me?

Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" was actually about Elle Macpherson and not Christie Brinkley, according to this book "The Girl in the Song." It fails to list the subjects that have inspired my songs...and I know you want to know. You'll just have to guess (until the next edition of the book comes out). http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/stopthepresses/322594/gasp-billy-joels-uptown-girl-wasnt-christie-brinkley-after-all/

It was a pleasure to bring my talents to Exeter, Rhode Island last night (Hey, it can't always be South Beach)
I don't normally post anything serious here (why would I?) but I would like to join in with many others and say thank you to anyone who has served in any capacity in our military, especially my family members. You have all experienced and done things that most of us know we could never do, which probably makes us appreciate it even more.


I did not need to go to Haven Brothers tonight...yet always needs to go to Haven Brothers. (There's your zen thought of the night) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Single-MENtality/116601795068563?v=app_2392950137&ref=ts#!/pages/Haven-Brothers-Diner/141104515916525

Saw this on my friend Johnny Gwynn's page and wanted to post it too. Muse w/The Edge doing Thank You For Bri...I mean, doing "Where the Streets Have No Name" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbF9MPyRTHI&feature=related

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Some recent stuff

Funny SNL Back to the Future audition tapes, part 1:

Funny SNL Back to the Future audition tapes, part 2:

Why didn't they warn me about Red Bull+grape vodka??!! http://bit.ly/aEGEVu "Harvard warns students about drink Four Loko"

I will be passing out sushi to trick-or-treaters tonight.

I want to find a planet where the words "brett" and "favre" do not exist and live on it.

(The above picture was made for me...I did not do this!)

A HUGE Youbs Happy Birthday to my friend and fan club pres @picktoclick Jersey Joe!!! A true friend to independent music!

I hate getting involved in political issues, but this is something that relates to my home state and is too important to ignore. Yesterday President Obama was in RI and to my knowledge he did NOT go to Haven Brothers! I mean, who goes to Providence and doesn't get at least a couple hot dogs from one of the greatest l...andmark late-night eating trailers of all-time?! Mr. President...I've seen Buddy Cianci at Haven Brothers. Buddy has cut me in line too many times to even remember. You are no Buddy Cianci... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Haven-Brothers-Diner/141104515916525

It is indeed a bittersweet day...Paul, the Octopus that predicted the outcomes of the World Cup matches, has passed away. Rumor has it his final deathbed prediction was that an album called "Arrivals and Departures" by a little known New England artist would suddenly sell millions of copies, becoming the soundtrack to... people's lives in the latter half of 2010 and into 2011. This courageous little 6-legged creature gave us everything he had during that World Cup. I think we all know what we have to do to honor his alleged final prophecy... http://www.philayoub.com/

If you're looking for a great music podcast, look no further... WLSO.FM and Longtown Sound w/ @Uncleshag  http://bit.ly/1jfqkC