Welcome to the 308th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the middle of five January MJMs. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of all three mystery clips, which are connected by a theme – the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Thursday, or as soon as necessary. Good luck!
Answer: Congrats to @The_Blob for taking down his second and second consecutive MJM, beating out @12_29_97_4eva and @wforwumbo by mere seconds – the first three-way virtual tie in MJM history. Alas, @The_Blob's comment went live first, as he recognized the "3.0, 2.0, 1.0 – Time for the Meatstick!" theme, correctly identifying the 7/15/16 "Meatstick," the 8/2/03 "Meatstick," and the 7/15/99 "Meatstick." MJM309 on Monday: won't you come out to play?
[Michael Hamad (@MikeHamad on dot net and Twitter), who you may know for his "setlist schematics" (including a recent one for UM's latest album), offers the following for your consideration. -charlie]
I get frustrated when Phish jams sound like other Phish jams. I crave the unknown. It’s where I’m at. I’m supremely jaded.
This feeling came over me most recently on Dec. 30, 2017, during the 28-minute-long “Down With Disease.” Let me walk you through it.
The latest from Be MORE Now Films, "Focus" is a short film set to the music of "Everything's Right" from the Baker's Dozen. (And you'll likely recognize some folks in cameos!)
Welcome to the 307th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of January. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the two mystery clips (sorry for not fixing this sooner), which are connected by a theme that needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday, or as soon as necessary. Good luck!
Answer: For the first time in four months and only the third time in the past year, we have back-to-back first time MJM winners. This week, @The_Blob quickly put the smack down on the two-clip MJM, identifying the 12/28/98 "Wolfman's Brother" and the 10/31/98 "Wolfman's Brother." I had a clever hint all ready to go and everything. Let's take MLK Day off and reconvene Tuesday for MJM308, cool?
[Post is courtesy of dot net user @swittersdc.]
Well, that was quite a run, huh? On this episode of HF Pod, we break down the incredible 4 nights of Phish at MSG. We also included our live podcast we recorded at American Beauty on 12.29, as part of the PhanArt show.
Happy New Year! Welcome to the 306th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, on Tuesday, the first* and easiest of January. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery clip. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Thursday. Good luck!
*Reminder: For the first MJM of each month, only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer before the hint. If you have never won an MJM, please answer as a blog comment below. If you have previously won an MJM, but you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me; once the hint has been posted, everyone should answer on the blog. If that's confusing to you, check out the handy decision tree I threw together to help guide you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.
Answer: Congrats to @serpent_deflector on his first MJM win! Shortly thereafter the hint, which was a picture of peyote cactus – "Cactus" being Mike's nickname, hinting at "Mike's Song" (and other things, as explained in the comments) – @serpent_deflector correctly identified the 8/3/88 "Mike's Song." Some folks got thrown for a loop by the "Dave's Energy Guide" tease about 17 seconds in, which wasn't listed on the phish.net setlists at the time of the MJM, but thanks to the setlist team, it is now listed. Come back next week for MJM307, a puzzle I'm really excited about...
[After covering hundreds of hockey and basketball events at and for Madison Square Garden over the past two decades, Emmy Award winning writer, David Kolb has officially crossed over to cover his other love, music -- more precisely, Phish! The native New Yorker, who was first introduced to Phish in the 90's by his long-lost Bear Stearns co-worker, Frank "Chip" Tolve, won his Emmy for his coverage of the New York Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014.]
The challenge following-up the universally recognized epic 12/30 show loomed large, yet seemed to be no problem, when the show kicked off with a bit of a surprise. Trey opened blasting out the first bar of "Carini," while letting out a smile, restoring any energy that might have been lost overnight. It was a quick way to let us know, the night, would be no letdown!
Unlike the previous shows during this New Year’s run, my perspective changed from my incredible G.A. floor position -- several feet from the stage, to row 17 of section 118, helping gain perspective of what was about to unfold. The first three shows were outstanding, particularly Saturday’s wonder.
Following two strong shows on 12/28 and 12/29, Phish climbed on stage on Saturday, December 30 with an opportunity to elevate the 2017 New Year’s Eve Run to a rare status. Most years, the band needs a night or two to settle into the NYE run, thus producing a show or two that’s of a lesser quality than the best of the run. Think: 12/28/97, 12/27/10, 12/29/12, and 12/29/16. It’s often understandable that there will be a “dud” in the run, seeing as the band is focusing all their energy on four shows in the middle of winter, when their main approach is across month-long tours.
What made 2017’s NYE Run different, heading into 12/30, is that both 12/28 and 12/29 had produced spectacular jams in “No Men In No Men’s Land,” “Twist,” “Chalk Dust Torture,” “Ghost,” and “Split Open & Melt,” as well as solid micro jams in songs like “Tube,” “Your Pet Cat,” “Everything’s Right,” “Blaze On,” and “I Always Wanted It This Way.” The song selection had been inspired for the most part, and the overall flow of each show had been purposeful. Halfway through the run, the band had failed to produce a dud, and were poised to bring MSG to its knees, rightfully honoring their banner hanging in the rafters.
Joyous holidays, phanners! I’m excited for the opportunity to recap tonight’s show for two reasons. First reason, redemption: I could film myself caulking cracks in my driveway and it would surpass the recap we published for last night’s show. We do try to bring the content when you need it most, but we came up short this time. Sorry about that. Second, remembrance: tonight is the twentieth anniversary of 12/29/97-- my first Phish show at the Garden.
More on that later. First, the goods.
Phish.net is a project of The Mockingbird Foundation and is run by volunteers. If no one volunteers to write a recap, it is not written. No one volunteered to recap last night's show. We encourage you to visit Jambase and read Andy Kahn's recap. My two cents? A fine start to the run, with some tasty improv in "Tube" and "BOTT" in the first, and substantial, exploratory, at-times-magical improvisation in the ~40 minute "NMINML">"Twist" that's worth your time to check out. And everyone wins with the first-ever "Wedge" "Slave" encore (and first "Wedge" encore since 1995), a wonderfully unpredictable conclusion to Phish's 14th show at MSG this year. Stay warm out there, and please support LivePhish, as Phish donates a portion of its profits to Mbird.org. -$0.02
Within the next week, the all-volunteer Mockingbird Foundation will announce sixteen new grants in music education totalling more than $137,000. That will bring Mockingbird's total grants for 2017 alone to more than $250,000, and the Foundation's historical total to over $1.27M.
This will be the largest outlay of grants by Mockingbird in a single round, due largely to the tremendous and ongoing support of individual fan donations. Every donation helps, whether one dollar or a thousand. There's still time to make a tax-deductible contribution for 2017, or to setup a monthly "subscription" donation that builds over time, or perhaps even secure an employer match - and we're happy to help, if you need the Foundation's IRS letter or EIN.
Wherever you are today and for the rest of the year, we want you to know that we appreciate the support you've given us, on Phish.net and for Mockingbird. We hope your days are filled with music, this week and always, and we look forward to doing even more - on this site, and for music education - in 2018. See you there!
PHISH will perform four shows to close-out 2017 at Madison Square Garden, on Dec. 28-31, 2017. You may request tickets through Phish Tickets. The request period ends Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. e.t.
The public onsale begins at noon e.t. on Friday, October 6, 2017.
There are 32 players registered for the Second Annual Runaway Open, a charity golf tournament for Phish fans on Saturday September 2nd, the day of the second Dick's show. That's nearly twice as many players as we had in the first event, last fall, so we've successfully increased the cap this time to 60!
We're unlikely to get that many, which means there's still plenty of space for anyone interested in swinging sticks with fellow fans for the benefit of music education - but we need a final count in about 24 hours, so register pronto and please share this widely!
To register, make a contribution of $125 or more per player (to firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal, or to email@example.com via Dwolla). This donation covers:
The event will take place at Buffalo Run Golf Course - in a nook between E 470, 76, and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Chosen for its proximity, ratings, and availability, and opened in 1996, Buffalo Run is a nationally recognized and award-winning, 18-hole championship course with lush rolling greens, expansive fairways, and picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. We look forward to seeing you there!
“O Canada” was composed by Calixa Lavallée, a “pioneer in music” both north and south of the border, who learned piano at a young age, travelled the world, and fought in the U.S. Civil War. In later life, he became an educator and administrator in Quebec, where he was tapped in 1880 to compose a replacement for several unofficial national anthems, including “The Maple Leaf Forever.”...
On August 5, 2017, at Madison Square Garden, Phish performed a medley of Cream and Boston songs in an homage to the "Boston Cream" donut of this show, the 12th show of the Baker's Dozen run. ...
The Mockingbird Foundation has announced unsolicited grants totaling $12,000 to support music education programs in cities where Phish will perform this summer. They were selected by members of the Phish.net forum community, led by board member Johnny Demeter, recently identified as Director of Outreach.
The eight $1,500 "miracle grants" - supporting two music programs in each of four cities - are part of a long-standing Mockingbird effort to help bring music from the Phish community to the local community, and are one of many ways fans contribute to the areas in which the band performs. The eight recipients include a wide array of settings, genres, and populations served - and are listed here in order of Phish's tour dates (provided parenthetically):
Rock Bottom Brewery (1 West Grand Ave.) is celebrating Phish's tour-opening shows in Chicago this weekend with a fundraiser for The Mockingbird Foundation. On Thursday, July 13th, they are tapping a keg of an ale that they brewed for the weekend, called "Sample." It is being sold in jars, which will be available for purchase. For every "Sample" in a jar consumed over the weekend, Rock Bottom will donate fifty cents to Mockingbird, but they'll also donate $1 to Mockingbird for every jar sold. There will be music at the tapping party, from 6-8 p.m., specifically, Jon Sabal and Mark Hague from Helping Phriendly Orchestra (and other bands, inc. Hack and Wheeze and Mr. Blotto). Please support this fundraiser if you can. For more information, see the June 22 announcement.
Jazz Mandolin Project: January 20, 1998
20 years ago
Theatre of the Living Arts
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