Friday 08/23/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Yoga In Denver

ImagePhish's 9th annual run at Dick's is shaping up to be a fan-filled weekend, with new events announced on a daily basis for the last week. (Most recently was the three-day PhanArt event at the Doubletree Denver Stapleton North.)

We're also glad to announce that Surrender to the Flow: Phish Yoga is on again - Saturday August 31st, under the outdoor pavillion at Wibby Brewing in Longmont from 1-2 p.m. Proceeds will be split between the Mockingbird Foundation and Living Yoga, and tickets are available now. As the yogi explains, this is "an all levels class set to the full sonic spectrum of a live Phish mix! Our practice will often mimic the musical ebb, flow, power & rejuvenation that only the spiritual practices of yoga & Phish can allow. Come as you are, mingle about the night before & what's to come, leave revamped for Saturday night's show!"

That's the same day as the sold-out Fourth Annual Runaway Open, as well as the Phish.net Forum meatup event in the parking lot at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. (Look for the pavillion between VIP-East parking and Lot 10.)

And while a mini-calendar for three almost overlapping events may seem a stretch, we're already envisioning a more complete list for next year... assuming there's a Dick's IX.

Friday 08/23/2019 by lumpblockclod

WE ARE COME TO OUTLIVE OUR BRAINS

In the beginning, there was “Tube.” Next came “First Tube” and “Last Tube.” There’s even a “Fresh Tube.” So you could be forgiven for thinking that every permutation of “Tube” songs from the members of Phish has been exhausted.  But what if I told you that before there was a “Tube,” before there was even a Phish, the legendary Scandanavian prog rock outfit, Kasvot Växt, birthed the one and only “Wack Tube.” Well, W.A.C.T.O.O.B., anyway. Everything really is overlapping. ...

Wednesday 08/21/2019 by Icculus

PLAGUE-CARRYING FLEAS CLOSE SHAKEDOWN ALLEY

ICYMI: Given the discovery that some black-tailed prairie dogs in and around Commerce City, Colorado, and in and around Dick's Sporting Goods Park, are still infested with bubonic-plague-carrying fleas, PHISH has announced that overnight camping near Dick's has been cancelled. In addition, given that it typically sets-up near the venue on a dirt plain, our beloved "Shakedown Alley, the traditional Phish tailgating spot, has also been shut down," and thus both wook and non-wook vending will be on asphalt at Dick's this year. When asked for comment, forty-four-year-old Phish fan Marco Esquandolas said, "The boys open Dick's with the first-ever 'Plague-Carrying-Fleas Harpua,' or I will never forigve them. Well, at least not until the Leprechaun bust-out."

In other news, there is a fall tour, and even though it's really a winter tour and not a fall tour, everyone is still invited and expected to attend... especially West Coast fans who not only feel slighted, but also aren't going to Dick's given the possible plague outbreak.

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Monday 08/19/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 384

Welcome to the 384th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday! This is technically the first MJM of August, but because we're more than halfway through the month already we'll split the difference and aim for a difficulty level of "medium rich." The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of both mystery clips. The clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint: No one knew it at the time, but @justino dropped an extremely juicy hint in the comments just six minutes into the contest.

Wednesday 08/14/2019 by Icculus

2019 FALL TOUR ANNOUNCED

Phish has announced a seven-show Fall Tour, beginning with two shows in Providence, Rhode Island, right after turkey day, and continuing with shows in Uniondale, New York, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before concluding with three (3) shows in North Charleston, South Carolina. Phish ticketing for the shows is in progress and the Ticketmaster onsale begins at 10:00am on August 23. See here for more info

Wednesday 08/14/2019 by phishnet

COVENTRY: FIFTEEN YEARS LATER

It's been fifteen years since the shows at Coventry, billed to be Phish's last shows. Long-time fan Chris Pepino of True Form Pictures created a documentary film about Coventry and Phish fans traveling to it, We Enjoy Yourself, in 2004. It screened at the New Jersey Film Festival back in 2009, even winning Best Documentary at the festival that year. The complete film is now streaming live for free at weenjoyyourself.com.

If you've never listened to the music of Coventry, don't be shy.Those who attended the shows that weekend will never forget them; and this post partly explains why, and why there are a lot of good reasons to listen to the shows, warts and all.

Thursday 08/08/2019 by Sarah Cartwright (mysticfox)

SAY IT TO ME S.A.N.T.O.S.

The origins of the members of Kasot Växt is a bit unclear. From what we can piece together from the Phishbill for the Halloween performance, the members of Kasvot Växt all met as either scientists or subjects while living briefly in a remote research bunker in Greenland in the late 1970s.   "Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S." answers a few questions—but leaves us with many more—about the group’s time in the bunker. Given that "S.A.N.T.O.S." stands for Subterranean Arctic Neuro-Technology Orientation Station—we can assume that the conspiracy theories about a remote bunker involving a top-secret perception-enhancing government experiment have some “truth” to them.   We still don’t know exactly what “You will always be remembered” for—or even "What space smells like." Unless you want take Mike Gordon’s word for it—in that case, it’s cherry plus spruce.   If we are to believe Kasvot Växt is a real band, with a real album, there’s no doubt "Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S." would be the hit single from í Rokk. The song has true classic rock potential; with a heavy bass groove and a super funky clavichord. By the end of the song you’re fist pumping and shouting “This is what space smells like!”   The debut on 10/31/18 is definitely filled with that fist pumping energy—even though the entire audience had no clue what to think about this elaborate prank. It is notable that the Phishbill includes the huge heading “We are vapor, we are lost” for the article describing the album costume—but these lyrics are missing from this performance. Trey reveals during the 12/3/18 and 12/14/18 acoustic performances that he forgot these additional lyrics during the chorus.   [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcRNExwn_wU[/youtube]Phish ”Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” – 10/31/18, Las Vegas, NV. Video by Phish ...

Monday 07/29/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 383

Welcome to the 383rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult of July. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of both mystery clips. The clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Note: Special thanks to fellow MJM Emeritus @schvice for the tip on one of the clips. Also, while the theme is straightforward, I can't emphasize enough how difficult this MJM is.

Hint: “Oh, what a night” - though these jams were played on two different nights in the early ‘90s.

Answer: Congrats to @twoms on winning their first MJM, solving one of the more difficult puzzles in recent memory! This week, they used the hint and personal experience to identify the 7/24/93 "Weekapaug Groove" and 11/23/92 "Weekapaug Groove." As mentioned in the comments, the hint referred to the history of the song's lyrics, which came about in the back of a van while listening to "Oh, What a Night." The MJM will take the next couple weeks off, returning in mid-August for MJM384.

Monday 07/22/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 382

Welcome to the 382nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first since June! Thanks for your patience during our brief break, and we hope you enjoyed Summer Tour, 2019. How 'bout Alpine3? The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of the two mystery clips. The clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!
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Answer: Congrats to @garcia17 on nailing a huge MJM bustout win, claiming his second win overall and first since MJM154, six years ago next week. This week, he quickly identified the two big jams that didn't occur during the regularly scheduled shows at The Clifford Ball: the 8/15/96 soundcheck and the 8/17/96 "Flatbed Jam." MJM383 will drop Monday.

Friday 07/19/2019 by Parker Harrington (tmwsiy)

RUBY WAVES

In an improvisational masterclass, Phish amazed the crowd on 7/14/19 with not only the definitive version of the song to date, but one of the most breathtaking and stunning performances since the band reunited in 2009. While some “best versions” of Phish songs enjoy the “where-performed/song” nomenclature among fans like “Tahoe Tweezer”, “Went Gin”, “Boise Bag” or “Fukuoka Twist”, time will tell but it is entirely possible this epic Sunday night performance in Alpine Valley will simply be remembered as “The Ruby Waves.” ...

Friday 07/19/2019 by Parker Harrington (tmwsiy)

STRAWBERRY LETTER 23

In the Garden, I see West purple shower, bells and tea Orange birds and river cousins dressed in green

The second verse of guitar prodigy Shuggie Otis’, 1970’s classic “Strawberry Letter 23” was quite fitting on the night of its Phish debut on 7/22/17. Indeed, we were in the Garden; Madison Square Garden, at the very beginning of the insta-legendary Baker’s Dozen run. The donut motif had been known since the tour was announced and long before the first notes were played the evening before on “Coconut” night. But what hadn’t been known was how deftly Phish would weave songs pertaining to the night’s donut flavor into the setlists. The band had already given a nod to the strawberry theme by kicking off the night with an acapella take on “Strawberry Fields Forever.” As Phish often did during the Baker’s Dozen, they pulled some unexpected songs out of their hats. On this night it came after a particularly fiery “Down with Disease” which opened the second set and looked like it would go unfinished. ...

Thursday 07/18/2019 by phishnet

"I AM YOU AND WE ARE HERE": A REVIEW OF BETWEEN ME AND MY MIND

[Thank you user @Waxbanks, Wally Holland, for offering your thoughts on Between Me and My Mind, the documentary about Trey. Wally is the author of A Live One, a book in the 33 1/3 series by Bloomsbury about Phish's double-live album of the same name. As always, the thoughts expressed by guest authors on this blog are not necessarily shared by any of the many volunteers on Phish.net. -Ed.]

The documentary film Between Me and My Mind is conventionally structured: Trey Anastasio begins initial work on his "longform" solo project Ghosts of the Forest at The Barn while planning and prepping for the Baker’s Dozen and NYE 2017 with the other members of Phish; along the way we see him in staged 1-on-1 conversations with his wife, daughters, mother, and father. It’s an ordinary slice-of-working-life story about a recently sober 50something looking back on his life and finding inspiration to move ahead with more personal work. For Phish/Trey fans, and for anyone moved by tales of gifted people entering their autumn years, it will offer intense if familiar pleasures.

It being about Trey, though, it’ll also be a little strange.

And infectiously joyful. And idiosyncratically beautiful.

There is no release without tension.

© 2017 Phish (Rene Huemer)
© 2017 Phish (Rene Huemer)

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Monday 07/15/2019 by howard_roark

ALPINE3 RECAP: "IN A WORLD GONE MAD"

© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)
© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)

[This recap is courtesy of Brian Brinkman user @howard_roark (@sufferingjuke / @_beyondthepond on Twitter). While the opinions expressed by a recapper on this site are not necessarily shared by any volunteer who works on phish.net, Brian is a volunteer on phish.net, so there's that. -Ed.]

Some Phish shows make you laugh. Some make you dance. Some make you rock out. Some make you think. Some freak you out. But the really rare and special kinds of shows leave you dumbfounded and speechless. Laughing incoherently, amazed at whatever it was you just witnessed, wearing a shit-eating grin, and incapable of putting into words what you and 30,000 others just experienced. Sunday night, July 14, 2019, was one of those rare & special Phish shows where everyone in the venue, and those following at home, all felt let in on a secret joke the band has been telling for 36 years. Bustouts, rarities, hi-jinks, lectures, and the longest jam of 3.0. It was a kitchen sink kind of a show and one that will surely be discussed with the best of the era, up there with 8/31/12 and 7/25/17.

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Sunday 07/14/2019 by phishnet

ALPINE2 RECAP: BIG FUN ON BROWN TARP

[We would like to thank Doug Kaplan user @MrDougDoug (@hausumountain on Twitter) for recapping last night's Alpine show. Please note that the opinions expressed by a recapper on this site are not necessarily shared by any volunteer who works on phish.net. -Ed.]

Well here we are again, team. Another night at Alpine Valley: a venue that whenever I return to it, it feels like the venue’s farewell run. Surprisingly and delightfully, things have been roughly 42069% smoother than the last several runs I’ve attended, and it seems to me like the venue’s star may be rising again. Who knows y’all, maybe LiveNation finally sympathized with us, after all of the complaint emails after Bon Iver destroyed the galaxy? It’s certainly much more preferable for me when the band plays a hometown show in Chicago proper, but hey… renting a lake house with eleven of your best buds in the world is a pretty excellent way to spend a weekend.

© 2019 Phish Rene Huemer
© 2019 Phish Rene Huemer

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Saturday 07/13/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

ALPINE1 RECAP: IGNITION

Alpine.

In the “real world,” alpine holds a different meaning: mountain slopes, evergreens; otherwise peaceful, placid, serene - much like the drive through waving, rolling corn fields and green cow pastures that leads into the venue. But in our world, the other real world, Alpine means something a bit different; fire, energy, the summit, not the slopes. The final three shows of summer tour have led us here, to the fire, to the summit – to Alpine.

© Phish 2019 - Rene Huemer
© Phish 2019 - Rene Huemer

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Friday 07/12/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund East Troy Music

ImageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Alpine Valley, July 12th and 13th, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to support music education through the East Troy MS/HS Choir Program in East Troy, WI.

This is Mockingbird's 4th grant in Wisconsin, and our 413th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $159,500 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Thursday 07/11/2019 by phishnet

MOHEGAN2 RECAP: LOVE WILL CARRY US THROUGH

[Thank you Brad Krompf (@bradkrompf) for recapping last night's show at the Mohegan Sun. Please note that the opinions expressed by a recapper for a show on this blog are not necessarily those of any volunteer who works on Phish.net. We are all fans with varying opinions, just like you. -Ed]

It was about 7:30pm and we found ourselves in a ridiculously long line of relaxed people, coming in from a long day at the pool, gambling, or a number of other similarly incredible ways to spend a random Wednesday. I’m not certain if Mohegan N1 had an overwhelming amount of flow, but the entire “weekend” (which is what it felt like) had enough overflow to make up for it. Perhaps that overflow would spill into the arena tonight. Proudly donning my Hartford Whalers t-shirt, I was more patient waddling through the security line than I would’ve guessed. We had good friends around us, and despite growing up in Connecticut for my entire childhood, last night was the first time in at least 15 years I had slept there.

We got past security around 8:10 and ran when we heard the opening notes of “Buried Alive.” Without question the Phish from Vermont came to party and so did the crowd.

© 2019 Scott Harris
© 2019 Scott Harris

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Wednesday 07/10/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Mohegan Music

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's ongoing shows at Mohegan Sun, July 9th and 10th, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to support music education within and about the native Mohegan Community through the Mohegan Community Cultural Outreach program in Uncasville, CT.

This is Mockingbird's 9th grant in Connecticut, and our 412th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $158,000 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

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