Friday 01/18/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

TAKE THE BAIT - EPISODE 5: JAPAN. PT 1, FUKUOKA

[Take the Bait is spirited deliberation centered around the hyperbole of Phish’s music and fandom, passionately exuded via the written words of phish.net contributors @FunkyCFunkyDo and @n00b100. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of phish.net, The Mockingbird Foundation, or any fan… but we're pretty sure we’re right. Probably.]

That's a heck of a title.

Funky: Some Americans can look at a map and point out Japan, all tucked away down there. A small fraction might be able to locate Tokyo. There is a very small population of Americans who are aware that a Japanese city called Fukuoka exists, and an even smaller portion of that population are aware it exists because of one reason, and only one reason: Phish. I would venture a guess that it is known, but perhaps not well-known amongst Phish fans, that Phish journeyed to the Land of the Rising Sun in 1999 and 2000. But, despite all the data and analysis and nitpicking of Phish fans, these three mini tours tend to not be talked about, really at all, save one show: 6.14.00, Drum Logos, Fukuoka, Japan.

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Wednesday 01/16/2019 by dmg924

BEYOND THE POND PODCAST: MSG GHOSTS OF THE DEAD

Beyond the Pond is a bi-weekly podcast in which Brian Brinkman (@sufferingjuke) and David Goldstein (@daveg924) use the music of Phish as a gateway to introduce the listener to many other bands, the vast majority of which are not jambands. An episode generally begins with a deep dive into a designated portion of Phish improvisation, and then can spin off to any variety of musical themes and other acts, the overarching purpose being introducing the listener to as many new and different bands as possible.

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Monday 01/14/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 358

Welcome to the 358th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of January. While our friend @wforwumbo continues to work towards his final form, I'll be at the helm once again bringing you puzzles with a little help from my fellow MJM Hall of Famers. This week, our clips were selected by the most recent MJMer to enter the Hall of Fame, @lostboy01, who witnessed these clips in person – thanks for the sweet puzzle! 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 date of the mystery clips. These two 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: Re-read the introduction.

Answer: Congrats to @Patwich on crossing the halfway mark to MJM Emeritus status, snagging his fourth win (with a little help from his friends?). As indicated by the hint, not only did our gracious guest host @lostboy01 attend the show from which this week's clips came, the introductory spiel subtly but clearly calls for identification of the songs and date of the mystery clips – two songs, one date: 12/31/09 "Piper" and 12/31/09 "Ghost." That "Ghost" outro jam really does sound like a callback to the first set's "Bathtub Gin," doesn't it? Keep listening and you'll catch Trey's wonderful octave-pedal driven "Auld Lang Syne" tease and a crazy segue into the world of nitrous oxide. This might hurt just a little bit, but come back Monday (MLK Day) for MJM359, where another MJM Emeritus will drop some clips that may or may not confuse, but are guaranteed to please your ear holes.

SET 1: Slide B [1], Miss Miriam [2], Rocket[2], Mimi[2], Whassat[2], The Story[2], Bernard [3], Take My Hand[3], Elsie's River[3], Allah Uya[2], Tango[2]

ENCORE: Influence[3]

Friday 01/11/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

TAKE THE BAIT - EPISODE 4: BEST OF THE 2018 NEW YEAR'S RUN

[Take the Bait is spirited deliberation centered around the hyperbole of Phish’s music and fandom, passionately exuded via the written words of phish.net contributors @FunkyCFunkyDo and @n00b100. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of phish.net, The Mockingbird Foundation, or any fan… but we're pretty sure we’re right. Probably.]

Funky: Hi, n00b. Happy New Year! Hope it was as clothing-free and fun-requiring as mine. And to you, too, loyal reader, for all the same reasons. It seems we haven’t got the hook yet, so let’s continue to innovate with our gratuitous use of multisyllabic words and with our “artistic freedom” around Phish discussion. I am going to make this TTB be a bit different than our previous three. Let’s break down this past (and excellent) New Year’s Eve run piece-by-piece (and in new, shorter, easier-to-read paragraphs… smaller bites, if you will), shall we? Let us see if the masses, or even each other, see eyeball-to-eyeball on the highlights of December 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Allow me demonstrate:

The Bait, bite I: What was your favorite jam of the run?

© Phish Inc - Rene Huemer
© Phish Inc - Rene Huemer

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Wednesday 01/09/2019 by ucpete

Phish Announces Summer 2019 Tour

Phish will hit the road this summer with a 26-date tour beginning in St. Louis, MO and ending with their traditional Labor Day shows at Dick's. The ticket request window is open until Wednesday, January 16th – see here for ticketing information.

 

Monday 01/07/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 357

Happy New Year and welcome to the 357th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of January. While our friend @wforwumbo works on reaching his final form, @DrWumbo, I'll be at the helm again bringing you puzzles with a little help from my fellow MJM Hall of Famers. 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 song and date of the mystery clip. 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!

*Reminder: For the first MJM of each month, only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer before the hint. If you have never won an MJM, please answer as a blog comment below. If you have previously won an MJM, but you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me; once the hint has been posted, everyone should answer on the blog. If that's confusing to you, check out the handy decision tree I threw together to help guide you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

SoundCloud Link:

Hint: Only "Chalk Dust Torture," "Possum," "Harry Hood," and "Down with Disease" have been played more frequently in Phish 3.0 than the song from which this week's jam was clipped.

Answer: Congrats to @HarborSeal on his fifth win! He laid in the cuts during his 24 hour relegation period to let the MJM n00bs take a crack at it, and pounced as soon as the hint dropped by correctly identifying the 10/31/09 "Backwards Down the Number Line." Two more wins and he'll be the next MJM HoFer – will he make it before Summer Tour? MJM358 drops Monday with a double clipper from @lostboy01, our most recent MJM Emeritus.

Friday 01/04/2019 by phishnet

MATT LAURENCE RELEASES LOST AMY'S FARM VIDEO IN SUPPORT OF MOCKINGBIRD

[Phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation would like to thank Matt Laurence (@mattynabib) for this blog post and his tireless work to resurrect the video he recorded at Amy's Farm in 1991, brought to you free of charge and in its highest quality. - @ucpete]

I know we are entering a period of Phish limbo until Riviera Maya and the Mike and Trey tours, so to kick 2019 off right, here (at long last) are all three sets of Amy's Farm in video form. Enjoy - limitations and all - and may 2019 be a significantly better year for all of us!

As with so many of you, I was hooked on Phish well before they threw the free party of the decade up in Auburn, ME, over half my life ago. For me it all started well before 1991, before I even properly woke to the joys of Phish.

I was SUPPOSED to see Phish several times in the 1980s. In the spring of 1987 I was to take a road trip to Vermont with some friends with a UVM connection to see the boys at Nectar's; it was called off due to something that - at the time - seemed more important. I was supposed to see them again at “The Big Gig,” their first big Boston show at The Paradise in January of 1989, but my friend’s car was frozen into the ice in his driveway. I planned to see them yet again in early 1990 at some Boston area show, but that time we went outside to find that my car had been STOLEN, a pile of glass and skid marks sitting where it had been. It wasn’t looking good for Phish.

My ship finally came in on September 20, 1990, when I successfully attended my first show at the Somerville Theater. From that point on it was full-steam ahead (as much as possible for someone working full time). I was back the next night with my lousy little taping rig, then continued to catch them as often as I could for the next several years, taping where possible, and eventually gaining access to a couple of camcorders.

Lugging those cameras and tripods around was a little more effort than I thought was worth it for most enclosed shows, however, so I only did it once or twice during the legendary Horn Tour of 1991. One of those times was the Arrowhead Ranch weekend.

Photo by Swen Kolterman, used with permission
Photo by Swen Kolterman, used with permission

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Tuesday 01/01/2019 by phishnet

12/31/2018 RECAP: THIS IS WHAT 2019 SMELLS LIKE

[phish.net welcomes and thanks guest writer, Alaina Stamatis, @farmhose & @fad_albert for the recap of 12/31/18 - ed]

© 2018 Phish (Rene Huemer)
© 2018 Phish (Rene Huemer)

Last year at the stroke of midnight, during the first few seconds of 2018, and the very earliest notes of “Free,” I immediately caught a whiff of an unmistakable scent, similar to mothballs on fire; that’s right, I’m talking about DMT. I looked over and discovered that a hippie goddess with sparkling dreads and a hemp cotton dress had laced her joint with the spirit molecule. She passed the deemster doobie to a guy with floor-length dreads, legendary in his own right, but eternalized in that moment: for as he hit the DMT joint at the very genesis of 2018, he attempted to stomp on one of the balloons that had just landed in front of him, but instead he slipped on it and fell on his ass.

This year I convinced my husband @twicebitten that we should enter the venue earlier and secure a closer spot on the floor, that somehow it would be less chaotic. Outside the rain really sucked (tonight) and it was sad to see the little hunched over wookies soaked, simultaneously attempting to get miracle’d and sell more doses. Inside the scene was all glitz and glamour: flappers, prom dresses, barefoot guy giving out gummy bears, silver balloons ready to drop, Phish jocks in their chic athletic wear, young bros in bathrobes, the faux monk in his hotel sheet tunic, and the kids whose shirts spell out ICCULUS.

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Monday 12/31/2018 by phishnet

12/30/2018 RECAP: PHISH SPLITS OPEN AND MELTS FACES ON DECEMBER 30

[phish.net welcomes and thanks guest writer, Jeremy Willinger, for the recap of 12/30/18 - ed]

At the intersection of two Phish-y tropes, the band delivered a show for the (golden) ages. The knowledge of never missing a Sunday show, with the many standout shows played on 12/30 in past years (2016, just to name one), was a recipe that made the stars align.

Photo Used with Permission - Sam Timberg
Photo Used with Permission - Sam Timberg

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Sunday 12/30/2018 by phishnet

12/29/18 RECAP

[phish.net welcomes and thanks guest writer, Robert Ker, for the recap of 12/29/18 - ed]

By all accounts, this shouldn’t be happening. Bands that have retained the same lineup for 33 years, various hiatuses included, simply shouldn’t be continuing to push their boundaries. This is the age when most bands that keep their lineup generally intact coast into their golden years atop a current of breakups, reunions, tepid albums, nostalgia-focused tours, and diminishing returns of creative energy. If you compare them to other long-running bands, Phish is now at the point when U2 released the little-loved No Line on the Horizon and when the Rolling Stones were five years past “steel wheelchair” jokes; they’ve now lasted longer as a quartet than the entire careers of R.E.M. and Sonic Youth. You can make the case that Radiohead, which also solidified its lineup in 1985 and remains vibrant, is Phish’s only peer. Don’t laugh.

photo used with permission - Scott Marks
photo used with permission - Scott Marks

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Saturday 12/29/2018 by phishnet

12/28/18 RECAP: 2018'S FINAL HURRAH

[phish.net welcomes and thanks guest writer, Andrew Sinclair/@aisincl, for the recap of 12/28/18 - ed]

As the rain subsided and the nearby Queens power generator explosion (CK5 dress rehearsal?) was subdued, we all made our way to 33rd and 7th to kickstart the final run of 2018. Compared to the last few freezing years around MSG during the holidays, it was a welcome warmth and buzz that permeated the neighborhood. Tonight’s show felt like a montage for the entire year, combining stellar, patient tunes with hyper-speed jamming, delivered through thoughtful song selections and dedication to vocals. The Phish from Vermont are playing with vigor and continue to flex their muscles. Night 1. Thanks to Jon R and his family for the primo seating spot at center court, in between the two levels. Lots of room to get down on Rage-side, now we just need some audio.

photo used with permission - Andrew Sinclair
photo used with permission - Andrew Sinclair

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Tuesday 12/11/2018 by Icculus

Trey, Fish Et Al. To Tour As GHOSTS OF THE FOREST In April 2019

That's right, Ghosts of the Forest, a new band led by Trey (featuring Jon Fishman, Jennifer Hartswick, Celisse Henderson, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski), will tour in April 2019.

They will play seven (7) shows on the east coast in April 2019. Please see Phish.com for more information.

Tuesday 12/04/2018 by ucpete

Phish Studies Conference: Call For Proposals

Phish Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Band, its Music, and its Fans
 
Oregon State University is pleased to announce the first peer-reviewed academic conference devoted to the music and fan culture of the improvisational rock band Phish. The conference will take place on Oregon State’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon, May 17-19, 2019.
 
For the past thirty-five years, Phish has been consistently building a fervent fan base and impressive live performance history, often working outside traditional avenues of the mainstream recording industry. They staged the world’s largest New Year’s Eve concert in December 1999 with a marathon seven-hour set, redefined the modern American music festival, and performed a record-setting thirteen night run at New York’s Madison Square Garden without repeating a single song during the summer of 2017. Despite these achievements, Phish has received far less scholarly attention than many other acts in popular music.

Bringing scholars together from diverse academic disciplines, we welcome a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches to the sonic, narrative, performative, visual, and cultural worlds of Phish, including but not limited to:
 
•       Music and Lyrics: Compositional practice; Improvisational strategies; Band mythologies, including Gamehendge; Questions of genre; Historiography;
•       Elements of Live Performance: Cover songs; Concert lighting; Venues; Fan space and place;
•       Fan Culture: Fan communities (virtual, face-to-face); Fan art; Parking lots; Tape trading; Issues of race, gender, religion, sexuality, disability; Activism; Subcultural identities; Fan mythologies;
•       Business: Business practices; Place within music industry; Tape trading; Early adoption of the internet; Media framing of Phish; Influence on American music festival culture; Influence on the jam band genre;
•       Quantitative Analysis: Analyses of setlists, fan show ratings, tour itineraries.

Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words for either (a) individual 20-minute papers or (b) 90-minute panel proposals (three presenters minimum). Complete panel proposals should include an abstract for each panelist’s contribution as well as a 250-word (max.) justification for the panel. We encourage proposals from scholars at any stage of their career, including graduate students as well as scholars outside of academia. Abstracts should specify the presenter’s methodological and theoretical approach, summarize conclusions, and specify the broader academic implications of the research. Abstracts are due no later than January 15, 2019.

Participants will have the opportunity to submit revised versions of their presentations for an edited volume following the conference. For submission instructions and more information, go to http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/phish2019/
 
Program committee:
Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, Committee Chair (Philosophy)
Dr. Christina Allaback (Theater Studies)
Dr. Jnan Ananda Blau (Communication Studies)
Dr. Jacob A. Cohen (Musicology)
Dr. Natalie Dollar (Speech Communication)
Dr. Paul Jakus (Economics)
Dr. Elizabeth Yeager (American Studies)

Wednesday 10/31/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Vegas 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.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena, October 31st and November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, we have sent a check for $2500 to Mater Academy MS in Las Vegas, NV. Mockingbird has now made 385 grants, covering all 50 states, and totalling more than $1.3M.

Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this fall. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Friday 10/26/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Rosemont School

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.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Allstate Arena on October 26th, 27th, and 28th, we have sent a check for $2500 to Rosemont SD78 in Rosemont, IL. Mockingbird has now made 384 grants, covering all 50 states, and totalling more than $1.3M.

Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this fall. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Tuesday 10/23/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Nashville 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.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Ascend Amphitheater on October 23rd and 24th, we have sent a check for $2500 to Music Makes Us in Nashville, TN.

Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this fall. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Friday 10/19/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Hampton School

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.

In honor of Phish's shows at Hampton Coliseum, on October 19th, 20th, and 21st in Hampton, VA, we've sent a check for $2,500 to the band and chorus at Lindsay Middle School, part of Hampton City Schools.

Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this fall. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Tuesday 10/16/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Albany School

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.

In honor of Phish's shows at Times Union Center, tonight and tomorrow in Albany, NY, we've sent a check for $2,500 to The Free Schoolthe longest-running inner city independent alternative school in the country.

Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this fall. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Thursday 09/13/2018 by Lemuria

Henrietta Joins The Faculty

Republican Journal, 9/13/18Phish drummer Jon Fishman, who was elected Lincolnville selectman last year, has now "joined the faculty roster" at Bay Chamber Music School.

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