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Recently we interviewed Mike Lawrence, the director of the Phish fan documentary We've Got It Simple, and he mentioned that a very special Kickstarter reward was looming: their official movie poster, a limited edition print by Jim Pollock. That print has been announced and it is now available as one of the rewards on the "We've Got It Simple" Kickstarter page. So not only do you have the satisfaction of supporting a film about Phish fans, but also your backing may get you a Pollock Print!
The Mockingbird Foundation is proud to announce a new program recognizing key supporters of its core mission through a new annual process.
Many people beyond the Foundation's formal structure invest significant time, care, and effort into building and improving the Foundation's intellectual property, services, relationships, and grant funds. They have coordinated or administered events for the Foundation, represented the Foundation in some official capacity, or otherwise helped fulfill the Foundation's mission in some exceptional manner. As an all volunteer organization, these individuals provide critical, direct or indirect support of our greater goal: the furthering of music and arts education for children.
In recognition of past work on behalf of or to benefit the Foundation, the board will identify Mockingbird Ambassadors each November. The longterm intent is to identify perhaps five such Ambassadors each year. However, the inaugural cohort is a larger group, of ten individuals each overdue for a public expression of our appreciation, debt, and support.
The 2015 Mockingbird Ambassadors are:
- Stephen Blackstone (@steveb3210)
- John Demeter (@johnnyd)
- Brian Feller (@multibeast)
- Kat Griffin (@katmama)
- Philip Harrison (@Dog_Faced_Boy)
- Kevin Lambert (@joonze)
- Scott Marks (@Bizarro_Jerry)
- Pete Mason (@phanart)
- Steve Paolini (@lumpblockclod)
- Tim Wade (@TheEmu)
It is our honor to have each of them serve as Mockingbird Ambassadors for 2015.
Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation and the Mimi Fishman Foundation have announced a new on-line charity auction, including five auction items focusing on Phish’s upcoming New Years Eve run in Miami (a pair of tickets to all four shows as well as accommodations at the downtown Miami Hilton) and numbered posters from Phish’s 2014 Summer tour (all from limited runs, signed by all four members of Phish.) New to this auction is a timed release of the posters, with new posters added every few days, each with a unique end date/time.
There is a fan-driven documentary, We’ve Got It Simple, in pre-production. Michael Ryan Lawrence, quite a Phish fan himself, is directing and producing it. It is about fans and the Phish community, especially our artistic community, and Mike’s efforts inspired me to ask him some questions about the film, as well as the Kickstarter campaign to help fund it. Speaking personally, the beautiful and positive aspects of our community are usually not noticed or appreciated by non-fans. I believe this film has at least the potential to enlighten and inform in a profound way, and I hope you support it. -charlie
What was your inspiration for "We've Got It Simple"?
When I began my film career, there was not much “work for hire” out there, and so I became an independent documentary filmmaker by directing a film about a subject I was and continue to be very passionate about, craft beer! BEERADELPHIA - The City of Brewery Love was that film, and the reason it was so successful was that it truly was a labor of love for me. As a home brewer, bartender and self-appointed Beer Ninja, I was a part of a sub-culture that existed and, in my opinion, not enough people were informed on just how amazing it was. So Beeradelphia was my own way to creatively share the world of craft beer culture to those that were on the outside looking in, and to celebrate that culture for those of us on the inside.
Editor’s note: The notion of writing the recap on my 6:30am Monday flight out of Vegas was great, in theory… in practice, not so much, apologies for the delay.
PZ: The only “never miss a” Sunday show of Phish’s fall tour fell on its last day. Given the gradually ascending upward trajectory of this tour, the final day of the Halloween stint was sure to provide plenty of tricks and treats. The frantic energy of the Halloween holiday weekend was tempered slightly on Sunday; in stark contrast to the first two nights, ticket availability went from major pain in the ass to tickets on the ground faster than you can say “need to catch a flight home for work/kids/life.”
A classic old-school opening combo “Runaway Jim” and “Foam” kicked off the gig, starting the set with an early 90’s vibe; a common show opening couplet from ‘92-94. The first “Mexican Cousin” since 6/19/12 (Portsmouth VA, 110 show gap) followed, offering swaying homage to the most ubiquitous of Vegas imbibing traditions, and their aftermath. Our trip may indeed be short, but Phish’s history is long: Round Room’s “Mexican Cousin” debuted after the first hiatus, but it wasn’t an exaggeration when Trey noted it as ”an old one, but a good one.” “Ocelot” continues to solidify its role as an anchor type-I first set jam vehicle, then Trey negotiated the pitfalls of Mike’s “Sugar Shack” in more than respectable fashion.
Photo by @hersch
Whenever the final Curtain falls on Phish, and fans debate the band's finest moments, Friday's Haunted House set will be a part of that discussion. So how do you follow up a show like that? Do you ride the momentum to even greater heights? Remember, 11/1/13 was possibly the best show of last year. Or are we doomed to Saturday Night Special meets The Hangover? Phish didn't have to play shows on 1/1/96 or 1/1/00. They would get no such reprieve on 11/1/14.
Photo by @hersch
A sampling of thoughts from last night's historic Halloween gig:
Steve Paolini: Of course, I thought it was a joke. Disney's Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House? The entire Phishbill was clearly a joke, and reports were that the "album" had no – what do you call them? – "songs." My working theory was that this would be the Halloween the band covered an obvious album that literally everyone in the audience would know. Led Zeppelin IV... The Wall... Nevermind... Thriller. Phish had begun using the Phishbill in 1996 when they covered Remain in Light as a way of introducing the audience to musical costumes they might not be familiar with. This year had to be an album that needed no introduction. Because they sure as hell weren't going to play a bunch of sound effects for an hour.
Photo by Rene Huemer © Phish.
LivePhish.com has announced a new service, LivePhish+, which will allow access to the entire LivePhish catalog on demand.
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More information on the service is available through plus.livephish.com/faq.html.