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Blog Mann2 recap: Slow Your Roll

Posted 2016-06-30 1:18 pm by tmwsiy - 4 comments

The trajectory of this summer tour has been a little different than it was at this point in 2015. Sure, after five shows this summer we have been treated to a bunch of cool things. The band has kicked down a batch of rarities and bust-outs (particularly enjoyable were “I Am The Walrus”, “Dear Prudence”, and “I Found a Reason”), debuted a remarkable cover in “Space Oddity” and graced us with new Phish songs in “Things People Do”, “Breath and Burning,” and “Miss You."

In addition, there have been a small handful of noteworthy or Jam Chart worthy songs so far (most notably the fantastic “Twist” from Wrigley) but they are coming at a far slower and more measured pace than in 2015. So while Summer 2015 came out of the gates fiercely and quickly, this summer has been a bit more subdued with solid shows yet nothing (yet) that has arisen to the greatness of last summer. Fortunately, Phish can and does turn on a dime and gave glimpses of 2015’s excellence last night in the “Breath and Burning” jam. Mann2 last year was most certainly one of highlights of the summer, and the band loves playing Philadelphia, so many fans of course had high hopes for a repeat of last year’s night 2 at this classic shed.


Photo by Rene Huemer. From @Phish_FTR.


Setlist Phish: Wed, Jun 29, 2016
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Soundcheck: Friends, Tide Turns, Things People Do, Unknown song (unconfirmed and possibly incomplete)

Set 1: Wolfman's Brother, Your Pet Cat, Blaze On, Waking Up Dead[1], Llama[2], Devotion To a Dream, Reba, Mike's Song > Horn > Farmhouse > Weekapaug Groove

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless -> Friends[1], Down with Disease > What's the Use? > Meatstick, The Line, Tide Turns[1], Backwards Down the Number Line, Dem Bones

Encore: Dear Prudence > Harry Hood

[1] Debut
[2] Performed in a slow funk style.

Notes: This show featured the debut of Waking Up Dead, Friends, and Tide Turns. Llama was performed in a slow funk style. The Birds was quoted in Weekapaug.

Blog Mann1 recap: Breath & Burning Fuego

Posted 2016-06-29 7:06 am by phishnet - 25 comments

[Editor's Note: We'd like to welcome guest contributor Dianna Hank for this recap.]

Last night at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Phish decided to show up to their own tour. Now, I’m not saying that there haven’t been good parts of the last 4 shows, it’s just that there hasn’t felt like there was that much cohesiveness between the band members, or flow to setlists. There are certainly things to take away from those shows and jams I will listen to again, but last night was the complete package.

Photo by 215music


Setlist Phish: Tue, Jun 28, 2016
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Set 1: Wilson, Funky Bitch, No Men In No Man's Land, Roggae, Nellie Kane, Gumbo > Birds of a Feather, Sleep Again, Things People Do[1], Limb By Limb, Split Open and Melt, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg

Set 2: Fuego > Runaway Jim > Gotta Jibboo > Breath and Burning > Timber (Jerry) > Slave to the Traffic Light > You Enjoy Myself[2]

Encore: Quinn the Eskimo

[1] Debut.
[2] With Trey on Marimba Lumina.

Notes: The Birds was quoted at the end of Birds of a Feather. Sleep Again was last played 2010-08-07 (224 shows). This show featured the debut of Things People Do.YEM featured Trey on Marimba Lumina.

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 228

Posted 2016-06-27 1:00 pm by Dog_Faced_Boy - 26 comments , posted in the Audio category (1371 listens)

Welcome to the 228th edition of Mystery Jam Monday. This week, we continue with our Hall of Fame Series, when we hand the keys to the MJM command center over to one of the now eight, seven-time MJM winners. For week 2 of this Emeritus Series, we welcome @pauly, the second person forced into mandatory, early retirement after notching his seventh MJM victory.

To Win: Be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the five mystery jam clips, and answer what they share in common. Each person gets one attempt per day, with the second “day” starting after the Blog posts the hint -- each answer should contain five songs / dates, along with the commonality between them. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at / Nugs.Net. Good luck, and thanks again to @pauly for hosting this second week of the MJM Hall of Fame Series.

NOTE: As a thank you and congratulatory gesture from @ucpete to his (new) MJM Emeritus brethren, he's opted to forfeit his winning code from last week and instead will allow the other MJM Hall of Fame winners to scrap for it in a special MJM: Championship Edition. If one of the MJM Emeritus winners takes down the MJM: Championship Edition, he will win the extra code. If all Hall of Famers fail to take home the extra code, but someone else solve's @pauly's MJM, that winner will take home two codes. The MJM Emeritus winners will refrain from answering MJM 228, and the weekly guessing crew will return the favor by not spoiling the MJM: Championship Edition, but both groups should use the comments section to provide their answers.

@RabeldyNugs, @pauly, @ghostboogie, @bl002e, @PersnicketyJim, @mcgrupp81, and @yunkfunk: >>> MJM: Championship Edition <<<

Hint for MJM 228:

Hint for MJM: Championship Edition: .gnihtemos lleps sMJM tsoM

Answer: It took a five-part, super difficult MJM to get there, but for only the 16th time, the Blog (c/o @pauly) has won! The name of the guy in the picture is "Pauly," just like the MJM savant of yesteryear. The clips?

Piper - 9/17/99
After Midnight - 5/31/11
Undermind - 8/15/11
LA Woman - 12/30/03
You Enjoy Myself - 4/29/94

While the Emeritus crew did a great job stumping the regulars this week, they clearly couldn't handle a taste of their own medicine and didn't even muster a single guess or answer for any of the three clips! So let's do it this way: anyone who can solve the MJM: Championship Edition will win the code I put up for adoption last week -- submit your answer in the comments any time. And next week, we'll play for two more codes regardless. The MJM:CE triple clip (over on SoundCloud) already has a hint, and there's nothing dirty about it -- it's three Phish jams from regular shows in wide circulation. Thanks for playing, and we'll see you next week for the next iteration of the MJM Hall of Fame series.

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Blog Wrigley 2 Recap: Let's Play Two

Posted 2016-06-26 3:59 pm by TheEmu - 20 comments

Here at, we try to tee up recaps from people who were at the show, but sometimes it just doesn't work out and we have to weigh in from the couch. This opens a writer up to the critique that negative opinions expressed are the result of jealousy and sour grapes. In this case, I have no defense to that charge. I’m jealous as all hell that I wasn’t at Wrigley Field this weekend to see the band I love perform in the cathedral that my beloved Cubs call home. Does this mean that any criticism I may be about to level is tainted and biased?

Yes, yes it does.


Blog Fly, Famous Rockingbook

Posted 2016-06-25 5:00 pm by bertoletdown - 0 comments

Phillip Zerbo, fearless and heroic co-editor of The Phish Companion, took a well-deserved victory lap at the legendary rock venue across the street from his new home. Watch this space in the days ahead as our lil' book makes appearances in other notable locales!


Blog Wrigley1 Recap: The Band In Santo's Land

Posted 2016-06-25 2:21 am by Icculus - 39 comments

IT is summer tour again, thankfully, and Phish is once again riding the bus and running the bases. For the first time, Phish played last night at Wrigley Field, the second-oldest ballpark in the majors, where Page's the beloved Cubs have been playing for 100 years. And also for the first time, Phish performed on a day when global stock markets plummeted, causing countless millions--including those we love--to lose trillions of dollars in retirement and other investments. But enough about Britain's calamitous, sublimely asinine vote to leave the EU. After all, without searing pain and tremendous suffering, there can be no transcendent JOY, and we are blessed to be able to hear Phish's music once again.

Photo by Scott Marks


Blog Twin Cities Recap: Busting Out

Posted 2016-06-23 11:59 am by phishnet - 20 comments

Today's recap was written by guest blogger and user Pete Burgess (@AlbanyYEM)

Tour openers have a certain transformative effect. There are no patterns established yet, no momentum gained or lost, and no acclimation to the normalcy of Phish being on tour. In this rebirth, there is a lightness in letting oneself go from the standards of what has come before and the norms of what one might expect, or perhaps sometimes even feel that one is owed. The joy is in the strangeness. It is a powerful feeling to be swept back into a self that is a little more naïve, a little freer from self-imposed restrictions, and a little more open to that simple joy.

Photo by Rene Huemer via Phish From the Road © Phish


News Going to Wrigley? Celebrate "TPC3" with Mockingbird and Waterwheel!

Posted 2016-06-16 10:00 am by bertoletdown - 0 comments - Link:

The Mockingbird Foundation and The WaterWheel Foundation invite you to celebrate the release of the third edition of The Phish Companion at an exclusive pre-show event at Wrigley Field on Friday, June 24th at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for this event go on sale Tuesday, June 21 at 12:00 noon Central time HERE.

The price of your ticket includes the following awesome stuff:

  • One copy of The Phish Companion (shipped to your home)
  • A pre-show happy hour with complimentary beverages and light dinner (beer & wine, sandwiches, and snacks)
  • Early entrance into the Wrigley Field concert venue

About The Phish Companion

The Phish Companion’s 898 hardbound, full-color pages chronicle Phish’s story with setlists, show reviews and spotlights, exclusive photos, and original art. Compiled and edited by an all-volunteer team, the book is a must-have for every kind of Phish fan, and sets the gold standard for rock music references. All net proceeds from the sale of the book, now available at, will benefit The Mockingbird Foundation’s sustained efforts on behalf of music education for children.

About The WaterWheel Foundation

The WaterWheel Foundation was established in 1997 to oversee all of Phish’s philanthropic giving. Through the foundation’s Touring Division, the band and their fans have raised and donated over $1,000,000 to local charities at concert stops.

Important Event Details

Tickets to the WaterWheel pre-show event do not include tickets to the Wrigley Phish concert. You must already be a ticket-holder to attend the pre-show event. Having a ticket to the Wrigley Phish concert does not guarantee you a ticket to the pre-show event. You must be 21 years or older to attend this pre-show event.

Ticket cost for this event is not tax-deductible. Please contact your tax advisor for more information.

News The Phish Companion Is Back... And This Time It's Hard(cover)!

Posted 2016-06-15 9:30 am by bertoletdown - 44 comments - Link:

Image and The Mockingbird Foundation are delighted to announce the third edition of The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band & Their Musicavailable now for purchase.

Like Phish themselves, our intent was to deliver a feast for the senses, and so the new Phish Companion’s 898 full-color, hardbound (!) pages are bursting with exclusive content curated to please every subspecies of fan.

Academics and completists will delight in 1,700 freshly manicured setlists, plus essential song histories, useful charts, band member bios, side-projects, and more.

Prose-heads can dig into nearly 150 sharply observed show reviews, as well as crackling original fan stories that chronicle the evolving Phish experience from Burlington watering holes in the 1980s to soccer stadiums in the present day.

Prefer to eat with your eyes? This book boasts the best printed collection of Phish photography ever compiled. We’re talking 128 pages of full-color memories and olfactory hues here, folks.


And did we mention art? The book’s eight chronological chapters are anchored by stunning original prints from many of the scene’s most accomplished artists – David Welker, AJ Masthay, Justin Helton, and others – each of whom was commissioned to freely interpret a period of Phish.

They crushed it.


If our first and second “reference-style” editions were trusty Subarus that could get you from A to B reliably for a quarter million miles, our third edition is Doc Brown’s DeLorean. It takes you on a guided tour through 33 years of Phish history – and looks sexy as hell doing it.


The story of Phish is one of epic sweep. This book tells that story, from germination to glory, and from ruin to redemption.

But it’s also personal. It’s about you. And in re-discovering the band in these pages, textures, and colors, we hope you will see your own reflection as well.

And now, without any further ado: Ready... Set... Read The Book!



News "How About a Goldfish?" New posters from Mbird on sale Friday.

Posted 2016-04-20 4:20 pm by MarcoEsc - 5 comments - Link:

NOPE!Just in time for the election season, artist and printmaker Brian Bojo addresses this one critical question with an answer we all can agree on: NOPE!

This new limited edition print from The Mockingbird Foundation goes on sale this Friday, April 22, at noon ET at Bottleneck Gallery. Proceeds benefit music education for kids!

NOPE is an 18" x 24" three-color screenprint on Springhill 150 lb. Tag manila paper. It is a signed and numbered edition of 150, and is $25.

Brian also created a variety of variants for those who like a little more color in their goldfish. These will also go on sale Friday ... same time, same place ... and are much smaller editions.

Silver foil and gold foil variants are each a signed, numbered edition of 10. Shiny!

Four alternate color variants are each a signed, numbered edition of 25. Colorful!

NOPE prints, crafted by Brian Bojo for The Mockingbird Foundation - on sale this Friday at noon from Bottleneck Gallery. Come and get them before they all swim away!

This election year, vote OOM PA PA!

Song History Song History: Stash

Posted 2016-03-12 4:06 pm by Jeff Goldberg (Jeff_Goldberg), Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

In the late 1980's, Phish was but a mere sapling compared to what the band is today. This unique era of Phish’s musical development, where the band members, still relatively young, were riding a wave into stardom unfathomable at the time, was however in many ways a pinnacle in Phish’s maturity as a band. Although one never ceases to learn and advance musically, the band members were still very much music students themselves, engaging in group exercises such as a cappella vocal lessons and frequent jazz jam sessions....

Song History Song History: The Squirming Coil

Posted 2016-03-11 4:40 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

The lyrics of “The Squirming Coil” offer an enigmatic link between the demon seed horror of Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, Indiana Jones’ discovery of the well of souls in a “lost” city in Egypt, the hubris of Icarus during his escape from Crete, the adventures of Poster Nutbag’s primary pal, Jimmy, and the tragic murder of John Lennon outside The Dakota. Through ingesting the fictional tannis root, a fungus also known as Devil’s Pepper, we can decipher the riddle in the rhyme and discover we are being cautioned against seeking favor, fortune or fame, at any price. When we deal with the devil, the cost is invariably going to mean our soul....

News Phish Announces 2016 Summer Tour

Posted 2016-02-05 3:05 pm by Icculus - 33 comments - Link:

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Phish will begin their summer tour with a show in St. Paul, MN (the first in the twin cities since 9/24/2000). They will then play 19 shows in Illinois (Wrigley Field), IN, PA, NY, ME, MA, CT, WA (Gorge) and CA (San Francisco, Inglewood and Chula Vista), before taking six weeks or so off, after which they will perform three shows Labor Day weekend at Dick's in Colorado (September 2, 3, and 4). The ticket presale has started and will last until midnight e.t. on Sunday, February 21.


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