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Blog MPP2 Recap: This is IT

Posted 2014-07-28 10:30 am by J_D_G - 93 comments


When, in the course of human events, your favorite band plays a show that is just stupid-good—and historically important, in the context of an already rich and well-documented history—and, by chance, you have volunteered in advance to write a recap of that show for…well, sometimes the best thing you can do is just shut up about it.

But, let's face it, that's not really my thing.


Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 181

Posted 2014-07-28 4:04 pm by bl002e - 13 comments , posted in the Audio category (658 listens)

Ah, yet another Monday. Yet another workweek to plow ourselves through. Yet another stellar Sunday Phish show's afterglow in which to bask. And yet another Mystery Jam to solve!

Yet another winner will receive an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Yet another chance for me to wish you all good luck! All-Time MJM Results

Setlist Phish: Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Soundcheck: Sand Jam, Waiting All Night

Set 1: Fee, The Curtain With, 46 Days, 555, My Sweet One, Sand, Bouncing Around the Room, Saw It Again > Fuego, You Enjoy Myself[1]

Set 2: Wilson > Tweezer -> Back on the Train -> Tweezer > Back on the Train -> Tweezer > Waiting All Night > Free -> Tweezer -> Simple -> Tweezer -> Free -> Catapult -> Slave to the Traffic Light > Down with Disease[2] -> NICU -> Hold Your Head Up > Jennifer Dances > Hold Your Head Up, I Been Around

Encore: Boogie On Reggae Woman > Tweezer Reprise

[1] With Trey waving his megaphone and using its siren.
[2] Unfinished.

Notes: This show was webcast via LivePhish. YEM included Flash Light teases and featured Trey waving his megaphone and using its siren. The first Tweezer contained Back on the Train teasing from Fish. The third Tweezer included Page teasing Manteca. Simple included a Magilla tease from Page. Catapult was played for the first time since August 14, 2009 (206 shows). DWD was unfinished. NICU contained Under Pressure teases. Tweezer was teased after the first HYHU and in I Been Around. Jennifer Dances was performed for the first time since December 17, 1999 (352 shows) and was quoted at the end of the second HYHU. I Been Around was last played October 16, 2010 (149 shows) and while the band was walking off the stage in synchronized steps.

Blog MPP1 Recap: Marijuana Toast

Posted 2014-07-27 9:00 am by ColForbin - 40 comments

Merriweather Post Pavillion may not be a shed that is much loved by most fans – particularly those relegated to the lawn – but it has been the site of some fantastic Phish shows. Their first headlining show here on 8/8/98 contained two beloved cover debuts, "Sweet Jane" and “Sabotage,” along with a fantastic “Piper.” An epic spacey dark “Mango” on 9/17/00. A great "Rock and Roll” and "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” bustout on 6/26/10 and the “Saw It Again” fest the next night. 7/14/13 featured one of the best first set jams of 3.0 in “Stash.” This great venue history with the growing legend of the summer 2014 tour made anticipation for the MPP run high. Let’s get this show on the road!

The show started at a very early 7:35p with “Sample," which in my mind is a much better first set opener than a second set closer. When I find myself getting jaded with this song I try to remember how I felt hearing it after I had skipped school to buy Hoist, and I get excited all over again. Maybe Phish's finest pop song?

Couch tour setbreak jokey-joke from LivePhish.


Blog Charlotte Recap: Winter "Queen" City

Posted 2014-07-26 9:11 am by jugglerswithfire - 12 comments

Hey kids, hope you enjoyed the time off since Sunday in Chicago. Last night led us back to the “Queen City” of the south. Phish has played in Charlotte fifteen times, with the recently renamed PNC Music Pavilion host to five previous Phish gigs. This shed boasts a solid track record, yielding surprise bust-outs such as “Colonel Forbin's” > “Mockingbird" and “Icculus” from 6/7/11, the glorious “Harry Hood” from 7/25/03, and the nearly 30-minute “2001” on 7/7/99. The last time Phish played here Trey made a comment that “there’s just something about playing this venue." So although as a fan I try to keep expectations in check, there are certain venues where you expect great things, and Charlotte is one of them.

Photo by Mike Gordon – © Phish


Blog Phish Yoga Pre-MPP

Posted 2014-07-25 9:30 am by Lemuria - 0 comments

Center your soul and align your breathing with Surrender to the Flow Phish Yoga this Sunday, July 27th, before the second MPP show that evening. Sign up at, then join Michael Levin and Kerry Contini at the Columbia Yoga Center from 2-3:30. Registration is only $20, and all proceeds benefit the Mockingbird Foundation and Street Yoga.

And in case you can't catch this one, check Surrender to the Flow's schedule for other upcoming events, including 8/31 with Tracy Stonaker and Brooke.

Blog Phish 2014 Fall Tour Announced

Posted 2014-07-22 2:07 pm by phishnet - 27 comments


There’s a reason Phish’s Summer trek only takes the band as far west as Commerce City, CO (where Phish will wrap things up with a trio of Labor Day weekend shows). The band will kick off a 12-date Fall tour that will take them to seven cities in the west beginning October 17 with its first-ever show at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR. Phish will play two consecutive nights at Santa Barbara Bowl (October 21 & 22), a venue Phish first played as openers for Santana in 1992, and its first show at Los Angeles’ Forum since Valentine’s Day 2003. The tour will conclude with Phish’s first shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The three-night stand begins on Halloween night.

An online ticket request period for the Fall Tour is currently underway at and will end Sunday, August 3 at midnight ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning August 7. For complete ticketing details, please visit


10/17 Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
10/18 Key Arena, Seattle, WA
10/21 Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
10/22 Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
10/24 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
10/25 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
10/27 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
10/28 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
10/29 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
10/31 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
11/01 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
11/02 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 180

Posted 2014-07-21 2:21 pm by bl002e - 42 comments , posted in the Audio category (2125 listens)

Welcome to Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, episode 180. The winner will receive an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Now, bust out those Q-tips, open those ears wide, and get to work...

Hint (Posted 2014-07-22 11:06 am): To date, this is one of only two times that Phish has ever played this song.

Answer: This week's clip is taken from the 9/25/00 Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me & My Monkey, which was Phish's first -- and as of today, only -- post-White Album performance of the tune. Within less than 20 minutes of the hint being posted, @mcgrupp81 is now one win shy of becoming the fourth person to achieve emeritus status. After how quickly the past two hint-aided MJMs have been solved, could a move back to the hugely popular, absolutely indecipherable clues be in the cards? You'll have to check back here on Monday for MJM #181 to find out! All-Time MJM Results

Blog Chicago3 Recap - The Atomic Wedgie

Posted 2014-07-21 2:07 pm by pzerbo - 20 comments

[This recap was a collaborative effort by some of the Mockingbird Foundation / staff, a.k.a. The Lawyers in Soccer Jerseys: @drewphish, @chrisbertolet, @cglush, @beverage_cart, @bestedog, @lumpblockclod and @pzerbo]

Phish is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. The first two days of the weekend run at Chicago’s Northerly Island contained the usual assortment of hits and misses, peaks and valleys. Sometimes you could tell from the shape of the chocolates what you were likely to get, and that they would melt in your mouth – Friday’sReba,” “Golden Age” and “Piper,” or Saturday’sLight” and “Hood.” Then there were the totally unexpected surprises – that funky pink chocolate that nobody knows what it is supposed to be, but turns out amazing, i.e. Friday’s out-of-nowhere type-II “Wombat.” We’re told to “never miss a Sunday show,” so let’s get to the action from the field.

Photo © PhishPhish From the Road


Song History Song History: Wombat

Posted 2014-07-21 12:06 pm by Dan Mielcarz (ColForbin) - Link:

The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is a marsupial native to Australia. Herbivorous, crepuscular, cuddly and muscular, the wombat is uniquely suited to life in arid regions, with a thick cartilaginous posterior that helps it fend off predators. The Phish composition, "Wombat," is a quirky, funky, funny, danceable tune uniquely suited to life inside a Phish setlist, that gets everyone moving their hind sections. Wombats can be dangerous if agitated – one is advised to climb a tree and wait for the animal to calm down; Phish fans are advised to dance their asses off should they encounter the tune. ...

Song History Song History: Chalk Dust Torture

Posted 2014-07-19 11:16 am by Craig DeLucia; lumpblockclod - Link:

Some songs are flat-out meant to rock and roll. “Chalk Dust Torture” is a prime example. One of the most often-played songs since its debut in 1991, “Chalk Dust” has been a frequent set opener because of its ability to whip a crowd into a frenzy. The lyrics speak of teen angst and rebellion, as the narrator seeks to forego the mind-numbing trappings of adulthood while he still has a few spry years left. While most versions of the song feature "Type-I" jamming and screaming guitar work from Trey, it has also served as a large "Type-II" jam vehicle with increasing frequency over the years....

News 2014 MBF/ meet-up at SPAC

Posted 2014-06-30 10:45 am by johnnyd - 0 comments - Link:

The Mockingbird Foundation and are pleased and excited to be hosting our 3rd annual meet-up during the Saratoga Performing Arts Center stand.

We have reserved the Orenda Pavilion in Saratoga Springs State Park for Saturday, July 5.  This pavilion is conveniently located adjacent to the main venue lot (The East Lot) off Route 50.  Check out this Map - the pin for "Geyser Loop Road" is the Orenda lot and pavilion.  Attendees can either enter the park (fee is $8 per car) and navigate to the pavilion, or park in the main lots, and walk a short path which runs perpindicular from the back of the East Lot to the paved Orenda parking lot, and will be marked with a sign. 

We should have coals going from early afternoon through doors, so bring something to grill, and there is plenty of room for all sorts of entertainment and recreation.  More complete details about the facilities, etc., are available in the forum thread.

Please stop by and say hi to some old friends and new, or make an afternoon of it!  (And grab a fuego-mas commemorative laminate/nametag while you're at it.)


Song History Song History: Winterqueen

Posted 2014-06-19 8:19 am by lumpblockclod - Link:

The Phishbill for the 10/31/13 Wingsuit set promised "twelve brand new, never-before-heard songs" that would likely end up on the planned album. And while 99% of fans in attendance probably thought that's precisely what they heard, hardcore TAB fans knew better. Unlike the other eleven Wingsuit songs, “Winterqueen” actually made its debut over two years earlier as a TAB song on 10/1/11. Given the "one and done" nature of the performance, it's possible Trey forgot he had played it prior to the Wingsuit rendition (or perhaps he just figured it was “new enough” to 99% of the audience). ...

Song History Song History: Sing Monica

Posted 2014-06-18 8:53 am by Dan Purcell (sausagemahoney) - Link:

The kiss-off song is a rock n' roll tradition. Bob Dylan made a career out of it, dismissing an ex-lover with wistful finality in "Don't Think Twice, It's Allright," tamping down the flames of an unwanted admirer in "It Ain't Me, Babe," and telling a self-promoting hanger-on to basically get fucked in "Positively 4th Street." In the mid-70s Dylan revived his career with Blood on the Tracks, which included as its centerpiece "Idiot Wind," maybe the most vicious lyric he ever wrote. The Beatles' kiss-off tunes spat venom at girlfriends ("Think for Yourself"), the concept of "celebrity" ("Baby You're a Rich Man"), and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ("Sexy Sadie"). In "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel dramatized his resignation from GenesisBobby Womack's clear-headed "It's All Over Now," obscure at first, found the broad audience it deserved through covers by The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead....

News Stream The New Album, "Fuego," On NPR

Posted 2014-06-16 12:19 pm by Icculus - 6 comments - Link:

Phish released a stream of their new album, "Fuego," via National Public Radio. You can listen herePlease consider ordering the album from the band via Phish Dry Goods, and also supporting LivePhish Downloads this summer. is operated entirely by volunteers as a project of The Mockingbird Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to raising funds for music education for children. A portion of the proceeds from LivePhish Downloads supports the Foundation, so please support LivePhish.

Song History Song History: Steam

Posted 2014-06-06 4:54 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

In simplest terms “Steam” is a song of ice and fire. To generate steam a source of heat and a source of vapor are required. The combination of these two elements can be paroxysmal, ebullient, intoxicating, or industrious. Unfortunately, depending on the ratio of each component thrown into the mix or the rate at which the heat is applied to the vapor source, the same two things can produce nothing more than lukewarm water. Therein lies both the promise and the peril of this May 2011 Anastasio/Marshall composition. The lyrics are a somber epic tale of love and death in a land of wolves and the time of horses. Though assuredly not a “Dark Tower” song, “Steam” is certainly a dark tower song. It represents a musical phase transition somewhere on a ternary diagram with “Ghost,” Trey’s “Every Story Ends in Stone” and the Phish Halloween performance of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon” as apices. It is as dark and foreboding as the furnace room in the basement of a seedy downtown hotel. ...

Song History Song History: Carini

Posted 2014-05-27 9:25 pm by Jeremy D. Goodwin - Link:

It is difficult to imagine any other Phish song accumulating as much hype and lore in so short a time as has “Carini.” It had a big rookie season back in 1.0, eventually entered the rotation as a consistent first-set shredder, and then in 3.0 emerged as a dependable jam monster....

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