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Blog Coventry: Ten Years Later

Posted 2014-08-14 12:01 am by Icculus - 78 comments

It was ten years ago, on August 14, 2004, when Phish began one of the most anticipated and emotionally-charged concerts of their career. The very word “Coventry” is a deeply meaningful, if not painful, trigger among fans, given the festival's extraordinary and tragic circumstances. Coventry’s music is full of staggering contradictions, in that it is at times ponderous and exciting, dour and joyful, miserable and soul-expanding. The art of Coventry is revisited here not only in honor of its 10th Anniversary, but also out of love for Phish and their music, warts and all.

In the event you don’t know the background of Phish’s shows in Coventry, here’s the short version: The shows were billed as the last shows that Phish would play. Ever.

Take a moment to breathe that in.

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Blog Mbird Issues APB for Old Photos!

Posted 2014-08-07 2:30 pm by Lemuria - 10 comments

The Mockingbird Foundation has issued an all-points bulletin seeking old photos of Phish. Now that there's a pause in touring, we're asking you to climb into your closets, break out the shoeboxes, crack open the photo albums, and help us out. We're looking for anything, everything, but especially '83 to '97, the 15 years before there WAS a Mockingbird Foundation. (No need to hesitate on newer stuff - we'll consider anything - but we need to fill gaps in early years, asap!)

And not just you, because there's a chance we've asked you before: We beg, plead, with you to contact other Phish fans you know - perhaps, even, this is a chance to reach out to phans you used to know or travel with but haven't seen in awhile. Find 'em on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace (remember that?), Google+ (remember that?), or just Google stalk them until you find them. Even if you don't have anyone in mind, we hope you'll spread this APB far and wide - tweet it, post it, send it anywhere - all points of contact, please! :)

As an incentive...

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Song History Song History: Mountains in the Mist

Posted 2014-08-06 6:17 am by Elayne Best (jugglerswithfire), Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/393

This mellow ballad with strong harmonies and a guitar line similar to “Lifeboy” reminds some fans of the Grateful Dead, in particular a “slow Jerry tune.” Its most impressive facet is Tom Marshall’s lyrics, which concern in some way the tug-of-war between the conscious and the unconscious. “Mountains in the Mist” began life in the solo acoustic sets of Trey’s spring 1999 solo tour, making its debut on 5/3/99 in Ann Arbor, MI. Trey initially called it “Bake and Boil” but soon changed it to “Mountains in the Mist,” making it one of two “Mist” songs debuted on that tour, along with “Kissed by Mist.” ...

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 182

Posted 2014-08-04 12:01 pm by bl002e - 18 comments , posted in the Audio category (1326 listens)

Off the heels of a truly inspired Phish tour comes another edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / 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. Good luck!

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Blog Alpharetta Recap: The End of History

Posted 2014-08-04 7:43 am by sausagemahoney - 84 comments

The tour closer. Phish is playing as well as they have in years. More than that, it seems like this is a general consensus. Phish fans may be scattered across generations and social-media platforms but there is little obvious disagreement about the quality of improvisation, which night in and night out has been magnificent. The drummer is massive, controlling the action in front of him to a greater degree than ever before. The keyboard player is all over the place, more percussive than usual, rising to the challenge, demanding and happily executing solos when usually he lays back. Even the guitar player, on whom so much depends, is hitting his marks most of the time and seems to want to do it right.

Phish, Inc. chose to offer a free webcast of Sunday night's Phish concert live from Alpharetta, Georgia. One wonders why it was free, whether enough shame finally accrued to the organization from the amateur-hour shenanigans of Nugs.net that it felt the need to pay off the fan base, or whether they are testing a new product, or whether they are deviously trying to identify, harvest, and ruthlessly exploit your intimate personal information like Facebook. When the band took the stage at 8:13pm, it was playing to a big room.

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Blog Recap: Penultimate Pelham

Posted 2014-08-03 11:38 am by bertoletdown - 19 comments

Tonight, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre hosts the 21st and second-to-last show of Phish’s 2014 summer season. Tomorrow’s capper in Alpharetta will close the books on a tour that has left smoking craters in its wake and paid off with a consistency that rivals fall 2013. With one or two minor exceptions that are probably better left unnamed, the band has played with purpose, patience, and fire at every stop this summer, spinning ideas into moments and moments into grand, cathedral proclamations.

On a few of these nights (like the second night of Merriweather, which is by now a shopworn reference) it has seemed as if Phish could do no wrong. The band’s own social media stream suggests that they are doing a whole mess of rehearsing out there on the road (as distinguished from sound-checking), which would certainly explain in part the confidence and surefooted execution we have seen so far.

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Song History Song History: AC/DC Bag

Posted 2014-08-03 10:47 am by Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo), Mark Toscano - Link: http://phi.sh/s/8

“AC/DC Bag” is one of the earliest Gamehendge tunes to appear in Phish’s live repertoire, making its debut on 4/1/86 at Burlington’s Hunt’s a full two years before the completion of Trey’s project. “Bag” was initially its own tune, and appeared on the original 1986 White Tape cassette. Trey’s Senior Study The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday – which incorporated “AC/DC Bag” – wasn’t completed until 1988, where “Bag” slots in as the fourth song of the musical between “Wilson” and “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent.”...

Song History Song History: Wombat

Posted 2014-07-21 12:06 pm by Dan Mielcarz (ColForbin) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/2421

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. ...

News 2014 MBF/Phish.net meet-up at SPAC

Posted 2014-06-30 10:45 am by johnnyd - 0 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/2s3qtj

The Mockingbird Foundation and Phish.net 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: http://phi.sh/s/1370

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: http://phi.sh/s/2428

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....

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