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Blog Recap: Back in the Seattle Again

Posted 2014-10-19 11:45 am by zzyzx - 2 comments

by David “Zzyzx” Steinberg

Part 1: A Brief History of Being a Phish Fan in Seattle

In the early 90s, I was living in southern New Mexico attending graduate school. The conservative town was a bad fit for me, so I was looking for an escape. The chilly mist of the Pacific Northwest seemed to be about as far of an escape from the fiery Mesilla Valley desert, so cars were loaded, apartments were found, and jobs were located. If there was one thing I was worried about, it was not the lack of Phish. The year before I moved, Phish played two northwest runs. 1995 had one in October. We were able to give thanks in 1996 with a Tofurkey Eve Key Arena show. No, we weren’t receiving the dozens of shows that a New Yorker gets, but it wasn’t bad at all for being tucked away in the northwest corner of the country.



Blog Careful with that Axe, Eugene

Posted 2014-10-17 10:24 am by Doctor_Smarty - 35 comments

I’ve quite deservedly earned the reputation of someone who complains a lot about the lack of Phish shows in Oregon. Going beyond my typical “Phish last played Oregon in 1999” whine, allow me to provide you some perspective as to why exactly this fact is so particularly unfathomable whilst pre-capping the band’s triumphant return to the Beaver State and their first annual visit to the Matthew Knight Arena. You read that right… this is a PRECAP of the Eugene show.

Because there are a limited number of us in the Pacific Northwest, there is no official webcast that will allow one of my east coast colleagues to do a couch tour recap, and there is a high likelihood that I will be unable to go to the show tonight, rage Eugene afterwards, drive to Seattle for the next show at the Key Arena, AND write a recap… I am going to provide a forecast for tonight’s gig based on a historical analysis of what came before. We can discuss your displeasure for this approach and/or how chillingly accurate (I am not crazy) my prognostication was in the comments below. But first… let’s get back to that whole perspective on the lack of Phish in the Pacific Northwest thing I mentioned above.

Matthew Knight Arena


Song History Song History: Ghost

Posted 2014-10-16 3:56 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

The summer 1997 Europe tour was the spawning ground of the Phishy funk, which was the mind-eating great white shark that ate the remainder of the 90s. During 1997, “Ghost” epitomized the constantly evolving psychotronic-aquadisco sound of the next millennium that appears to have arrived a few years early (or is it 20 years too late?). The ultrasound of the then unborn “Ghost” can be heard in the segue from “Wolfman’s Brother” to “Jesus Just Left Chicago” on the album Slip, Stitch, and Pass....

Blog Remembering Larry and Denise Bressler

Posted 2014-10-14 12:41 pm by bertoletdown - 40 comments

With a great burden weighing on our hearts, we would like to share that our community lost two beautiful people when Larry and Denise Bressler were slain in their Pasadena, CA, home yesterday. While the circumstances are gruesome and not entirely known, we do know that Larry and Denise had taken in a family member who had fallen on hard times and was trying to right his course. This kind of generosity and kindness surprised no one who knew them, but it cost them an unthinkable price.



Song History Song History: Mound

Posted 2014-10-09 2:24 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

The pubescent faces of many prairies of the American west are inflicted with a curious pimple-like geomorphic feature called Mima Mounds. The origin of these mounds, which are typically about seven feet high and several dozen feet across, is a hotly contested issue. Explanations for their existence range from the burrows of giant prehistoric pocket gophers to seismically coalesced piles of loose surface sediments. These mounds are fairly uniform in size and shape and few if any are markedly different from their pimply peers. The same can be said for the Phish song “Mound,” though any relationship between the song and the Mima Mound is purely coincidental. “Mound” was written by Mike Gordon as a brain-freeing exercise. The result of this exercise is arguably the most poetic of his compositions, telling the tale of an old man suffering the grand rewind of his life as he faces death and his own burial mound....

Song History Song History: First Tube

Posted 2014-10-09 12:16 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

The name with which this blistering rocker ultimately became adorned is a misnomer on two counts. Apparently “First Tube” owes its title to the belief that it was the first song Trey performed with the 8-Foot Fluorescent Tubes at Higher Ground on 4/17/98. If the version released on Farmhouse is any indication of the original composition of the tune, then it was in fact preceded at the Higher Ground show by a brief instrumental prelude. Furthermore, the 8-Foot Fluorescent Tubes version actually featured lyrics of a sort – lyrics, which further compound the misidentification of the song. Following some introductory banshee-like wails from Heloise Williams (formerly of viperHouse), the phrase “Free Thought” is repeated incessantly over the wailing combo of Anastasio, Lawton, and Markellis. “Free Thought” (a.k.a. “Mozambique") being the title of another TAB song that also ultimately made it into the Phish repertoire....

Blog Phishing Poll, Vol. 12: Best Florida Show

Posted 2014-10-02 12:00 pm by jwelsh8 - 17 comments

With the announcement of Phish's return to Miami for this year's NYE run -- which will mark the fourth time they have celebrated the New Year in the Sunshine State (third time in Miami) -- we thought we'd ask you about your favorite Florida Phish show. While there are some obvious front runners (one brought to mind by the recent leak of a certain video . . . ), there are other contenders that shouldn't be hastily overlooked. So share with us your thoughts. Participate. Rank.


Song History Song History: What's the Use?

Posted 2014-10-01 1:55 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

"What's the Use?", the majestic gravitational centerpiece of The Siket Disc, is a lush soaring spacescape of digital effects and electronic loops set to an ominously dark and ponderous bass line. It echoes the crush of the singularity of matter and energy at the core of a gently spiraling galaxy of reason as viewed by a hesitant psychonaut during those first hesitant steps across the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. With the sound of orbiting gravity drive craft whirring overhead the psychonaut chips through the thick layer of ice revealing an ocean of liquid oxygen beneath the surface. The sight of the fluorescent glow-Phish hurtling through the roiling mass of thick air beneath the icy crust inspires pure joy and longing in the heart of all who see them. After taking one last look at the galaxy of reason spiraling overhead the psychonaut leaps once more into the icy abyss of infinite love and greets the inherent death of self with a smile....

Song History Song History: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan

Posted 2014-09-29 2:48 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty), lumpblockclod - Link:

Whether you occupy the corner office on the upper floor of your corporate tower, a windowless cubicle in the tomb-like tilt-up at the downtrodden end of the industrial park, the cashier's station at the local supermarket, or a stage in front of thousands of adoring fans... you probably have grown weary of your place in our wage slave society at one time or another. This is not where/what/who we planned to be when we grew up. Somewhere along the path to our personal "American Dream" the plan has become faulty. We feel trapped, uninspired, bereft of joy, empty, and alone. However, thanks to the wonders of the Internets, e-mail, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, we no longer have to suffer alone. With a few keystrokes we can share our pain with everybody. Such a situation is the origin of "Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan." ...

Blog The Jams of Summer 2014

Posted 2014-09-16 2:20 pm by phishnet - 45 comments

[Editor's Note: The staff here at was batting around the abundant merits of this summer's marquee jams, and thought we'd share our thoughts with you. Click through and read about the Randall's "Chalk Dust," the Dick's "Simple," and lots, lots more. This overview is not meant to be comprehensive; if your favorite jam isn't listed, it wasn't a slight. By all means please feel free to discuss your favorites in the comments. These jams are meticulously and painstakingly ranked... by date, ascending. -CB]

Harry Hood” – 7/1/14, Mansfield, MA (Parker Harrington)
Tour openers are what Christmas mornings used to be for me as a kid: Tons of anticipation that builds, and builds. Regardless of what gifts Santa left under the tree, you were always around family and loved ones and the day provided fantastic memories. I’ve seen several dozen Phish tour openers over the years and they’ve been packed with epic jams, monster versions of classics, top shelf moments of the entire tour and plenty of Phish debuts. Of course, a shift in style or a glimpse into the future is often evident after long breaks and the advent of a new tour as well.

Walking into Great Woods, in Mansfield, MA on July 1st it was fun thinking about all the shows I had seen there as well as trying to guess what type of opener it would be? Shaking off the rust is always part of it but I think, that too, is part of the fun. But would there be more debuts? With the Fuego tunes looming for heavy rotation, that was unlikely. So I was indeed hoping for a tour highlight or two and a masterful take on a Phish classic staple. The only question left in my mind was just which song would it be?


Blog Satoshi Comes to America - Summer Tour 2014

Posted 2014-09-09 11:38 am by phishnet - 56 comments

[Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome guest blogger Satoshi Sakuraba - DH.]

I went to see Phish's 2014 summer tour in America from July 2nd to July 14th. I saw eight shows in two weeks at SPAC, The Mann, and Randall's Island. It was my longest trip in America so far, and the shows were very exciting. I liked SPAC3, Mann2, and Randalls3 because Phish seemed so focused. Also, I met a lot of my friends and hung out with them. I was happy to meet them.

SPAC – July 3
This is my favorite venue because the lot is the best, I'd been there two times before. I stayed at Phanart Pete's place in Albany, NY. I was surprised they opened with "Farmhouse." Actually, I didn't remember the show because I drunk a little moonshine in the parking lot and I had heavy jet lag. I passed out during the last part of the first set. I took an energy pill when they began the second set. It was so good. "Bathtub Gin," "Limb By Limb" and “Winterqueen” were the most impressive tunes. "Winterqueen" had an extremely beautiful melody. As you know it was composed by Trey and Tom Marshall. I went with Phanart Pete and Phootdoc to Putnam Den after the show, and enjoyed drinking, dancing, and eating pizza.



Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 184

Posted 2014-09-08 1:34 pm by bl002e - 18 comments , posted in the Audio category (1451 listens)

With 39 days to wait for a new Phish show to be played, come waste your time with the 184th 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 Trey/Orchestra Tickets Available

Posted 2014-09-05 4:52 pm by Lemuria - 9 comments

We're surprised to see how many tickets are still available for shows later this month featuring Trey and varous orchestras, performing pieces from his 30-year career as well as a brand new composition (for electric guitar and orchestra) that he's created just for this tour!

Consider the Hollywood Bowl show, Friday September 26th, featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Scott Dunn. Even if, somehow, the show itself (not to mention the venue) weren't compelling enough, consider the opening act: Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Bryce Dessner (The National), and the yMusic ensemble, performing selections from new release Music for Heart and Breath.

While tickets up front top $400, rear sections start at only $18 (!) - and while you won't see the bassoonist's fingers from the back, the sound is great. At that price, the music, venue, weather, and ticket availability make for a great family night - so, the Lemurians are coming kids-in-tow. If you are as well, let's aim for a family gathering picnic outside pre-show?

Song History Song History: In a Hole

Posted 2014-09-04 7:52 am by Jeremy D. Goodwin - Link:

Page sings this sprightly little ditty, which was played eight times in fall 1989, only to subsequently disappear from the Phish universe. It reflects the band’s jazzier leanings back in the Burlington days. The lyrics tell a story which, if not a straight transcription of a dream, is in any case dreamlike. The first-person narrator recounts his experiences running though a field, falling into a hole, and experiencing a harrowing plunge into the depths of the crevice. He somehow escapes, though it is only a momentary reprieve before he repeats his mistake, perhaps in the midst of an impenetrable cycle. The song’s name was apparently undetermined as late as 10/26/89, when Trey told the audience to “call it what you will,” followed by the joke that it was indeed called “What You Will.”...

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