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Blog Austin Recap: Feel the Texas Heat

Posted 2015-07-29 2:50 am by pzerbo - 1 comment

On Tuesday night Phish’s performed their first gig at the 14,000-capacity Austin 360 Amphitheater. It was their twenty-third show in Texas, with the first on 10/25/90 at The Showbar in Houston, and most recently on 10/8/10 at the Austin City Limits festival. Great performances litter the Texas roster, including the famed Bomb Factory show on 5/7/94 and the two-step at the Starplex Amphitheater in Dallas on 7/25/97 and Austin’s South Park Meadows on 7/26/97. Nobody was expecting cool breezes for this late July Texas show, and the 8:34pm start time saw the band and fans doing their best to manage a sweltering 95°F.

Photo © Austin 360 Ampitheater


Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 193

Posted 2015-07-27 1:37 pm by bl002e - 10 comments , posted in the Audio category (1348 listens)

Welcome to the 193th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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. Good luck! All-Time MJM Results

Blog Forum: The Incredible Speed of Your Rocket

Posted 2015-07-26 8:20 pm by bertoletdown - 29 comments

While I’d never recommend to anybody that they make spontaneous plans to visit Dallas, necessarily, the argument for jumping onto Phish tour amassed another body of evidence with last night’s show at the L.A. Forum.

We are four shows into the summer swing and the band is deliberate, playful, and right where they belong – namely, deeply engaged with one another. Trey and Mike’s onstage bromance – manifested in lots of face-to-face interplay and even a little instrumental spooning – flowered further last night.

Photo by @tweeprise


Blog Lost In The "Hood" And The Unity Therein

Posted 2015-07-25 3:45 pm by MOstGhoSt - 14 comments

[Editor's Note: You may already be familiar with @UCPete's wonderful recap of last night. But Shoreline inspired another of our friends, and we hope you appreciate her thoughts as well. -charlie]

with the third concert of summer tour at shoreline, it seems the band is continuing in a very interesting and most excellent direction. while the first two opening concerts of summer tour at the bend gifted a veritable plethora of new songs, last night's concert revealed many superb moments of unified musicianship and improvisation with a setlist of familiar compositions. my overall impression was one of hearing and observing a definite and desired unity within the band.

Photo © @moSTgHoSt

in considering the shoreline concert as a whole, i heard at some given moment each band member centered in individual excellence. in my mind, the jam band concept is at its best when it is more like that of any great assemblage of jazz musicians. A democracy with a designated leader, respecting and allowing the other "voices" to take their turn and moment where-ever and whenever that moment spontaneously happens. i felt and heard such excellence last night, particularly in the second set.


Blog Shoreline: Summer Tour Blazes On

Posted 2015-07-25 2:35 pm by ucpete - 12 comments

After two strong tour-opening shows in Bend, during which the band surprised the crowds with seven debuts and displayed a confidence and tightness not normally seen until the middle of tour, Phish rolled down the coast to California for the band’s fourteenth show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in the last 23 years, and first since Summer 2009. Though oft-maligned by fans for its poor sightlines and sound from the lawn, Shoreline has an undeniable cachet to fans of the Grateful Dead and fans of Phish alike. Concert promoter Bill Graham essentially built Shoreline for the Dead and even modeled its construction after the “steal your face” logo (see this photo and compare it with the logo), so it’s no coincidence that the Dead played Shoreline 39 times from 1987 - 1995.

Photo © Phish From the Road

Phish has honored the Dead on numerous occasions at Shoreline, from the 7/31/97 “Happy Birthday to You” tease in “Weekapaug Groove” for Jerry’s birthday (August 1st), to the 9/17/99YEM -> Jam” featuring Phil Lesh on trampolines, to the encore with Bob Weir on 10/6/00, the penultimate show of Phish 1.0. In fact, 9/17/99 and 10/6/00 were my first two shows, so Shoreline and its connection with the Dead will always hold a special place in my heart. And with Trey’s recent foray into the music of the Grateful Dead, it makes sense that Phish opted to visit Shoreline instead of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium this year, especially given that they were only to spend a single night in Northern California this tour. Were we in for another Dead sit-in? Would we hear a Dead song?! Let’s find out...


Blog Bend II Recap: Mercury Rising

Posted 2015-07-24 12:48 am by Doctor_Smarty - 25 comments

“Look, man I've got certain information alright? Certain things have come to light, and uh, ya know, has it ever occurred to you, that uh, instead of uh, you know running around, uh uh, blaming me, given the nature of all this new shit, you know it, it it, this could be a uh, a lot more uh, uh, uh, uh, complex, I mean it's not just, it might not be, just such a simple, uh--you know?”

I had been asking for Phish to play in Bend for five years. Finally it has happened… to great effect. During the weeks that preceded the two Phish shows at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, several things were prevalent in the news. The region was embroiled in a sweltering and seemingly interminable heat wave. Due to a well-written but inarguably stale (to a geologist) piece in The New Yorker, the impending destruction of the Pacific Northwest by a massive megathrust earthquake and the accompanying tsunami it will spawn finally became a point of concern for everybody. Recreational cannabis is now legal. The New Horizons probe was beaming back our first high resolution views of the ice mountains and hydrocarbon lakes on Pluto. El Chapo is once again on the loose and threatening current Republican Presidential candidate front-runner El Donald with assassination. A robot passed a self-awareness test shortly after another had killed a man. Trey was playing guitar with the Grateful Dead. In other words… new shit was coming to light… and things were getting deliciously weird.

Photos by @tweeprise


Blog Bend I: Let's Get This Show On The Road

Posted 2015-07-22 10:00 am by Dog_Faced_Boy - 24 comments

Heading into my fourth consecutive summer tour opener, I feel like I've been to enough of these launchpad shows to learn what to expect: nothing, just enjoy the moment. As tours progress and the band gets tighter and more oiled simultaneously, the shows tend to get better; it's been almost seven months since the band walked off the stage in Miami after a successful run of shows. Since then, Trey famously performed as sideman for another band of lore, and Mike had a well-received tour with his revamped touring ensemble. In any case, there's a certain excitement in the air when these guys walk out on stage for the first time in a while. The fans of course add to that energy, but you can also see it on the faces of Mike, Page, Fish and Trey when they plug in and get set to hit that first note of summer. Enjoy the friends and fans who travelled from afar to see the boys from Vermont, and chances are, Phish will offer up a surprise or two that you hadn't anticipated.

Bend is a hip, smallish city located on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon. The cool/crunchy downtown reminds me of Burlington, VT in some ways, and there's tons to do in the area. The Les Schwab Amphitheater is small by Phish’s standards with a capacity of 8,000 and offers the appeal of both a picturesque Western setting and relatively intimate size.

7/21/15 SetlistLive Phish Official Sounboard Download


Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 192

Posted 2015-07-20 3:14 pm by bl002e - 19 comments , posted in the Audio category (1921 listens)

Happy Summer Tour Eve, and welcome to the 192th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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. Good luck!

Answer: With his sixth win, @PersnicketyJim joins @mcgrupp81 and @ucpete on the precipice of emeritus-hood, identifying the 12/5/99 Taste. All-Time MJM Results

Song History Song History: Shadow

Posted 2015-07-02 9:51 pm by Tim Wade (TheEmu) - Link:

Bar 17 and 18 Steps provide a fascinating snapshot of Trey’s development as a solo artist.  Begun before 2005’s Shine, but completed afterwards, these albums have one foot in TAB’s early swing period and one on the other side of Shine’s poppier sound.  The music on Trey Anastasio was heavily influenced by King Sunny Adé, Trey told High Times in a 2002 interview.  “Sophisticated, elegant, harmonic language that comes from swing-band concepts, and then I keep hearing King Sunny Adé as a reference point on the other end. . . . The idea I wanted to take from King Sunny Adé was the concept of having a lot of people playing small parts that are intertwined together.”  ...

News 2015 DeLucia Winners Announced

Posted 2015-06-25 11:22 am by Lemuria - 1 comment - Link:

The Mockingbird Foundation has announced the 2015 winners of the DeLucia Awards for innovation in music education, and the winner of the $1,000 DeLucia Prize. The Awards and Prize are named for Mockingbird founder Craig DeLucia, who first conceived of protecting the community's volunteer-assembled intellectual property about the band and its music, for the benefit of charity, in the form of a book.

Song History Song History: Walls of the Cave

Posted 2015-06-24 1:42 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

Plato suggests in his Allegory of the Cave that what mankind sees as reality is actually a collection of shadows cast on the walls of the cave in which we are imprisoned. Enlightenment comes when an individual grasps the idea that there is truth beyond sense. The light at the end of the tunnel isn’t always a freight train heading your way. Sometimes, that light is freedom and salvation. Upon realizing this higher knowledge, we become involved in the process of evolution. We are inclined to return to the darkness of the cave with the good word of the world beyond. We risk the ridicule and rejection of our fellow prisoners in hope that others may be aroused out of the regrettable state of slavery and illusion. Rather than force the information down the throats (or in the ears) of our former peers, we, the newly illuminated, choose to leave subtle messages inscribed upon the walls of our common prison of conventional reality....

Song History Song History: Scarlet Begonias

Posted 2015-06-19 12:49 pm by - Link:

The Grateful Dead performed their classic “Scarlet Begonias” 316 times, debuting it with the “Wall of Sound” on 3/24/74 at San Francisco's Cow Palace, two days before entering the studio for From the Mars Hotel. The original lyrics – littered with British place names and allusions to nursery rhymes, folks songs, and fables – accompany music at once delicate and rhythmic. For outstanding Dead versions, check out 5/25/74 Santa Barbara; 9/25/76 Capital Centre; 10/2/77 Portland, OR; 12/31/78 Winterland; 2/3/79 Indianapolis; 6/18/83 SPAC; or 12/10/93 with Branford Marsalis. For a deeper dive on the song, be sure to visit David Dodd’s Annotated “Scarlet Begonias.”...

News PhanArt Music and Art at Garcia's 5/16 - Mockingbird Prints and Pins Available

Posted 2015-05-07 4:20 am by MarcoEsc - 0 comments - Link:

PhanArt art show to include prints and pins by The Mockingbird Foundation for sale.

On May 16, Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre will host Formula 5, SOLARiS and a PhanArt show, from 6pm until 1am. This show features two rising bands from Upstate New York and an exhibition from artists AJ Masthay, Fred Sutter, Pinsanity Designs and The Shakedown Shop. Tickets are available now.

Also available at the PhanArt show will be a limited number of hard-to-find art prints and pins from The Mockingbird Foundation. These include David Welker’s “Rutherford the Brave” (both Mirror Foil edition and Glow in the Dark variant), the first in a series of prints from the upcoming Phish Companion - 3rd Edition, plus AJ Masthay's "Famous Mockingbird" (rare slate grey edition of 50) and Phamily Poker Classic 3 (Gamehendge-themed from Tahoe) prints and "Famous Mockingbird" pins. Proceeds to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation

Copies of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish will be available for the first time since 2011, with a limited run of 50 books printed.

Garcia’s doors open for the PhanArt show at 6pm sharp with music starting at 830pm.  Admission to the show is $10 and includes performances by Formula 5 and SOLARiS. The PhanArt show will run from 6-10pm, while music will go until 1am. Garcia’s bar will be open throughout the show.

Formula 5, hailing from Albany and Lake George, NY, have recently released their first live album Live Five, Vol. 1, with summer tour dates across New York and New England. SOLARiS, a high energy jamtronica trio from Ithaca, NY will start the night out. The two bands perform for the first time at Garcia’s, a venue known for discovering emerging talent alongside established acts performing at The Capitol Theatre.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance through Ticketfly. Doors open promptly at 6pm for exclusive art from all artists on hand.

Song History Song History: Knives Out

Posted 2015-04-26 4:53 pm by lumpblockclod - Link:

On his first album after The Beatles broke up, John Lennon recorded “God,” where he famously declared, “I don’t believe in Beatles / I just believe in me.”  While “God” was certainly not the first “breakup song,” it was likely the first such song to essentially be directed at an artist’s entire fanbase.  ...

News Welker's "Rutherford" Wins EB Award; Glow Variant Out This Weekend!

Posted 2015-04-16 2:16 pm by MarcoEsc - 2 comments - Link:

His name was Rutherford the Brave.David Welker's print "Rutherford", the first in a multi-artist series commissioned for The Mockingbird Foundation's upcoming book The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition, was just named Art of the Week for the week of 4/15/15 by the Expresso Beans Art Guide. All of us at The Mockingbird Foundation appreciate the positive reception this special mirror foil edition of the print received, and congratulate David for another award-winning print.

A special, ultra-limited Glow in the Dark Variant of David's "Rutherford" will be shown and sold this weekend at the Bottleneck Gallery's When the Lights Go Out 3 special glow-in-the-dark show in Brooklyn, New York. This special variant is limited to 250 copies, is printed on a deep grey paper, and reveals Rutherford's true lizard nature when in the dark.

The opening reception for When the Lights Go Out 3 is on Friday, April 17th, from 7-9pm. Prints will be sold at the show. If all available prints do not sell out at the opening reception, they will be available online at Bottleneck Gallery on Saturday, April 18th at noon ET. 

Bottleneck Gallery is located at 60 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York. For more information about When the Lights Go Out 3, please visit their website.

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