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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.”  ...

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 190

Posted 2015-06-29 12:00 pm by bl002e - 83 comments , posted in the Audio category (1923 listens)

Welcome to the 190th 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!

Hint (Posted 2015-06-30 10:10 am): As noted in previous MJMs, sometimes the mystery jam of the week is topical and sometimes it is not. This week's mystery jam is intentionally topical.

Answer (Posted 2015-07-01 10:20 am): It's a rare week when the Blog wins, but even more rare when the contestants aren't even close. This week's MJM was played in a small club in Vermont, but the date of the show may come as a shock you. The clip comes from the 4/11/04 Sand at the original Higher Ground in Winooski. While it features Trey, Mike, Page, and Fish, it comes from a Trey solo show -- or, just like the Fare Thee Well concerts, a Trey side project. The Blog wins its 13th MJM out of 190, and the contestants will play for two MP3 downloads in next week's MJM. All-Time MJM Results

Blog "Fare Thee Well" Santa Clara 6/27: Trey Pride

Posted 2015-06-28 8:41 pm by ucpete - 8 comments

Last night, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead – Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann (a.k.a. the “Core Four”) – along with part-time band member Bruce Hornsby, long time post-Dead band member Jeff Chimenti, and Phish’s own Trey Anastasio, descended on Levi’s Stadium for the first of five shows to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. The run-up to these historic shows was full of mixed emotions, from those of pure joy to those of total apathy or even disdain. When the gates opened in Santa Clara, CA, last night, most of these emotions had turned into anticipation and sheer excitement, as the energy of the crowd was palpable.


Blog I'm Excited For Fare Thee Well

Posted 2015-06-27 7:16 pm by pnazzaro - 5 comments

To begin with a cliché: It's the end of an era. The passing of the torch. We thought the Phil & Friends shows with Trey and Page at The Warfield in April of 1999 were the passing of the Jamband torch. It sure felt like it all these years. But suddenly the poster hanging on our music room wall doesn't seem important to me. I'm not feely antsy because I need two more autographs on it to complete all the players from that stunning run. It just doesn't seem like an important historical museum piece anymore. These two weekends will be the ones for the record books.


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....

Blog Best of 1997 (20-16)

Posted 2015-06-23 9:00 am by phishnet - 30 comments

This week at Phish.Net, we're going to be counting down the twenty best shows of 1997, as decided by members of the Phish.Net team. Start here if you missed yesterday's post announcing the project, the methodology, and a few shows that didn't quite make the cut. Now, without further ado, Shows 20-16 after the jump... [SP]


Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 189

Posted 2015-06-22 8:45 pm by bl002e - 30 comments , posted in the Audio category (880 listens)

Welcome to a rare evening session of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday -- and the 189th edition overall. 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!

Hint (Posted 2015-06-23 11:11 am): The venue at which this week's mystery jam was played is best known in the Phish fan community for hosting a particular Phish jam. However, that renowned jam is not the one featured in this week's clip.

Answer: The contestants' need of help this week had the Blog dreaming of its first win in almost two years (MJM #161). However, first-time MJM winner @Lee_Fordham sold that hope out a mere 46 days 33 minutes after the hint was given, successfully identifying the 8/6/97 Runaway Jim. All-Time MJM Results

Blog Best of 1997

Posted 2015-06-22 9:00 am by phishnet - 28 comments

When Phish announced the release of the (sonically astonishing) Amsterdam box set a couple of months ago, the news started a predictable debate at HQ. If you took a poll, a plurality of Phish fans probably would crown 1997 as Phish’s greatest year. Phish themselves might even be said to agree, at least judging by how many 97 shows the band has deemed worthy of an official live release. The year’s overall greatness is indisputable. But in thinking about the boxset, we started asking each other, with so many titanic, colossal, monumental shows in 1997, were the much-loved Amsterdam shows even among the 20 best of the year? What are the best shows of 1997?


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.”...

Song History Song History: Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Posted 2015-06-18 4:31 pm by Ellis Godard (lemuria) - Link:

Just barely more complex than the one-word, one-chord “Anarchy,"  “BBFCFM” opens with a three-note, death-metal rage followed by Mike asking, “Why are you running (away)?” After a brief pause, the band responds with a raging attack of noise and the repeated refrain,“’Cause you’re a big black furry creature from Mars.” After a second pause, Fishman typically counts out “1-2-3-4” (sometimes rather quickly) just before a renewed attack phase. In a final section of the song, the attack/refrain segment is repeated four times, sliding up a scale, leading to a final abrupt ending....

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 188

Posted 2015-06-15 3:06 pm by bl002e - 13 comments , posted in the Audio category (853 listens)

Welcome to the 188th 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: This week's clip was taken from the 4/22/93 Stash. With his sixth win, @ucpete is now one away from becoming the fourth contestant to earn a pair of all-white Velcro sneakers and a one-way bus ticket to South Florida emeritus status. All-Time MJM Results

Song History Song History: Steam

Posted 2015-06-04 6:56 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

In simplest terms “Steam” is a song of ice and fire. To generate steam a source of heat and a source of vapor are required. The combination of these two elements can be paroxysmal, ebullient, intoxicating, or industrious. Unfortunately, depending on the ratio of each component thrown into the mix or the rate at which the heat is applied to the vapor source, the same two things can produce nothing more than lukewarm water. Therein lies both the promise and the peril of this May 2011 Anastasio/Marshall composition. The lyrics are a somber epic tale of love and death in a land of wolves and the time of horses. Though assuredly not a “Dark Tower” song, “Steam” is certainly a dark tower song. It represents a musical phase transition somewhere on a ternary diagram with “Ghost,” Trey’s “Every Story Ends in Stone” and the Phish Halloween performance of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon” as apices. It is as dark and foreboding as the furnace room in the basement of a seedy downtown hotel. ...

Song History Song History: Sanity

Posted 2015-06-04 6:53 pm by Chris Bertolet (bertoletdown) - Link:

From the uniquely twisted, post-punk psyche of the Dude comes this uniquely twisted march through madness. The structure is simple: our deranged narrator happily offers his contrary point of view (“I don’t care if the world explodes”) as synaptic chaos erupts on the heels of each verse. Suddenly, we’re back in the rubber room and all is quiet, save for the peal of a familiar guitar phrase. Yeah, that’s Jerry Garcia’s signature riff from the Grateful Dead classic, “Row Jimmy.”...

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.

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