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News Phish Announces 2016 Summer Tour

Posted 2016-02-05 3:05 pm by Icculus - 16 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.


Blog Phishing for Setlist Patterns

Posted 2016-02-05 12:44 pm by Lemuria - 11 comments

This guest post is written by Michael Mastroianni, user SimpleMike.

We’re into 2016, between tours and with plenty of time to reflect on the music we’ve enjoyed for the past 7 years. Instead of focusing on the great jams of the “3.0 era,” we turn our attention to the data in hopes of revealing what has become the band’s unspoken preferences of what to play and when.

The following analysis is restricted to the 285 shows between 2009 and 2015, since I think these years essentially comprise modern Phish and, in all probability, patterns prior to 2009 would be different and less relevant to make current predictions than those in the present, so-called “3.0 era.”

Set Bias

Are there certain songs Phish prefers to play during set 1? Similarly, are there certain songs Phish usually reserves for set 2? The graphs below show the top 20 songs by number of plays where the dominating set represents at least 80% of the shows in which the song was played. In other words, the graph for set 2 shows the top 20 songs with a set 2 bias, i.e., songs that were played in set 2 in at least 80% of the shows they were played in. "Tweezer," for example, was played in 80 of the 285 shows (28% of the shows). Only 10 of these were played during set 1.

Top 20 Songs... Top 20 Songs...


Song History Song History: The Ocean

Posted 2016-02-03 12:22 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link:

Considering the overwhelming number of songs in the Phish library with lyrical references of a maritime or littoral nature, there was certainly no requirement that The Boys learn something new in the coastal category in order to thematically reference the fact one more time that they were playing on a beach during their January 2016 residency at Barceló Maya. However, that is exactly what Phish chose to do when the Yucatán life aquatic was brought to a close with a surprise encore debut of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean” off their classic 1973 album Houses of the Holy....

Song History Song History: Can't Always Listen

Posted 2016-02-03 11:11 am by Dan Mielcarz (ColForbin) - Link:

“Can’t Always Listen” (co-written by Trey and The Dude of Life) is perhaps Phish’s most straightforward blues song. The lyrics are a simple ode to doing things your own way and not getting hung up on material possessions: “Can’t always listen to what people say / If you wish to wind up where you hope to be someday; The stars are sitting pretty and the world is spinning fine/Forget about what’s yours and don’t worry about what’s mine.” The music, while pleasant, is nothing fancy: a standard blues chord progression, a “Sugar Magnolia”-esque riff from Trey, a piano solo, and a guitar solo....

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 209

Posted 2016-02-01 1:00 pm by ucpete - 9 comments , posted in the Audio category (843 listens)

Welcome to the 209th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, 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!

Clue (11:30 AM ET): A ten song second set? Well, it certainly ended on a high note!

Answer: A moral victory for the blog this week, making it to the second day, but first time winner @highhat takes home a code good for a free show download from Tune in next week for MJM210! All-Time MJM Results

Blog Best of 2015

Posted 2016-02-01 9:00 am by phishnet - 99 comments

[Editor's Note, SP] – For the third consecutive year, the working group has set out to rank the top ten shows of the year (with MSG - but not Mexico - being included as part of the 2015 "year" despite bleeding into 2016). I think we’re past the part where we talk about the merits of ranking shows. We are past that, right? Ok, good!

Just how good was 2015? Summer tour sits alongside fall ‘13, as the consensus choices for best tours of 3.0, (though fall ‘13 was a mere twelve shows, albeit twelve incredibly strong shows). It's been argued that Magnaball is one of the greatest Phish festivals ever… at least the best since IT or, for those of you with 2.0 animus, Big Cypress. Similarly, setting aside fall ‘13, you probably have to go back to summer ‘03 to find a tour as strong as summer ‘15 and, for the 2.0 haters, maybe summer ‘99? Is that even possible? Phish just wrapped up their 32nd year and they're still playing shows that can be mentioned in the same breath as those from their “prime?” Yes, it's a good time to be a Phish fan. Generous numbers of webcasts make it possible for fans to experience growing numbers of shows in real time. The band just wrapped up a dream run on the freaking beach in Mexico. Most importantly, the music is as great as ever. Fellow Phish fans, the state of our union is strong!



Song History Song History: The Landlady

Posted 2016-02-01 12:08 am by Kristen & Ellis Godard - Link:

"The Landlady" – a brief Latin style mamba-esque instrumental written by Trey – originated as the composed middle section of another Phish song, “Punch You in the Eye” (originally called “Punch Me in the Eye”, but not the same as the song by that title). “PYITE” debuted in October 1989 and was played only a half dozen times before its temporary retirement, until 1993. Ten months after “PYITE” was put to bed, “The Landlady” emerged as its own tune, on 9/13/90 at The Wetlands, and entered heavy rotation that fall, where it remained through early 1993. ...

Blog Filmmakers plan Coventry documentary

Posted 2016-01-29 12:13 pm by Lemuria - 20 comments

The following story, by Jennifer Hersey Cleveland, is reprinted from the Orleans County Record (and online there but behind a paywall) by permission of Executive Editor Dana Gray:

"Filmmakers Seek Locals For Phish Documentary"

It was one of the longest traffic jams in history, backed up for miles after thousands of Phish fans abandoned their vehicles to hike to the former Newport State Airport in Coventry for what was billed as the band’s farewell concert.

But the fans, stuck for days on Interstate 91 and surrounding roads, found comfort in the locals who fed them, provided fuel and shelter, and gave them rides into the show.

That was 11 years ago, and now, filmmakers Alex Daltas of Los Angeles and Lawrence Shapiro of Denver want to capture that giving spirit in a documentary called “Jam.”


Song History Song History: Wombat

Posted 2016-01-26 3:54 pm by Dan Mielcarz (ColForbin) - Link:

The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is a marsupial native to Australia. Herbivorous, crepuscular, cuddly and muscular, the wombat is uniquely suited to life in arid regions, with a thick cartilaginous posterior that helps it fend off predators. The Phish composition, "Wombat," is a quirky, funky, funny, danceable tune uniquely suited to life inside a Phish setlist, that gets everyone moving their hind sections. Wombats can be dangerous if agitated – one is advised to climb a tree and wait for the animal to calm down; Phish fans are advised to dance their asses off should they encounter the tune. ...

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 208

Posted 2016-01-25 1:00 pm by ucpete - 15 comments , posted in the Audio category (684 listens)

Welcome to the 208th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, 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!

Update: The correct answer has been identified and has upvotes.

Answer: Congrats to first time winner @davek87, who by identifying the 10/31/89 David Bowie (RIP) wins a code good for the free download of a show from Thanks again to @Dog_Faced_Boy for handling the MJM last week, and stay tuned for yet another MJM this coming Monday at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT. MJM3.0: We Keep It Rollin'! All-Time MJM Results

Song History Song History: Chalk Dust Torture

Posted 2016-01-21 11:49 pm by Craig DeLucia; lumpblockclod - Link:

Some songs are flat-out meant to rock and roll. “Chalk Dust Torture” is a prime example. One of the most often-played songs since its debut in 1991, “Chalk Dust” has been a frequent set opener because of its ability to whip a crowd into a frenzy. The lyrics speak of teen angst and rebellion, as the narrator seeks to forego the mind-numbing trappings of adulthood while he still has a few spry years left. While most versions of the song feature "Type-I" jamming and screaming guitar work from Trey, it has also served as a large "Type-II" jam vehicle with increasing frequency over the years....

Blog Mike LA Ticket Giveaway Contest #2

Posted 2016-01-20 2:00 pm by jackl - 11 comments , posted in the Image category

Photo credit: Jack Lebowitz (c) 2016

As we promised several months ago, this is the second installment of a contest to win a pair of tickets to Mike's Friday January 29th show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, courtesy of the promoter, Goldenvoice.

Like the first, perhaps too easy contest which was quickly solved and might have had too many clues within the question, the question is about Mike's non-musical artistic endeavors, this time, about the opening reception of a gallery exhibition of colored acrylic scupltures Mike did in collaboration with his mother who is an artist and sculptor. Here are the questions, answer in the comments below, first correct answer wins (or closest if no totally correct answers in the decision of the judges):

1. Explain what is going on here.

2. Approximately when (month, year) and where (place) was this photo taken?

3. What eponymous artwork related to Phish is Mike's mother also known for?

A larger version of this image can be seen at

Blog Mexico3 Recap: Oh, So Good!

Posted 2016-01-18 1:50 pm by phishnet - 12 comments

[Editor's Note: We'd like to welcome contributor Craig Hillwig for this recap of 1/17/16 Phish @ Riviera Maya. -PZ]

Phish closed their 3-night run at Mexico’s Riviera Maya with a strong Sunday night performance that featured interesting song placements, deeper dives into the repertoire, numerous overt musical references to the seaside locale, and a bust-out cover song for the encore. The celebratory mood on the beach continued for a third straight evening, as most fans looked little worse for the wear after a weekend of all-inclusive pampering, save for a little sunburn. As twilight came, the breezy, warm, sunny Caribbean day gave way to cooler temperatures, clear skies, and still air that set the stage for crystal clear sound and an attentive, fully engaged crowd.

Photo by aLive Coverage © Phish. All Rights Reserved.


Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 207

Posted 2016-01-18 1:00 pm by Dog_Faced_Boy - 9 comments , posted in the Audio category (758 listens)

Welcome to the 207th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. Pete is away this week visiting the inlaws in Mexico, but unfortunately for him, he's in the wrong region of Mexico to catch any of the Phish action there. Anyway, he asked me to step in for him this week - big shoes to fill, but I'll give it a spin, and here we go. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, 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.

Answer: Congratulations to @schvice for correctly identifying the 8/21/93 Runaway Jim, his third MJM victory. To his credit, @schvice pegged the unusual (or wacky) nature of the jamming as belonging to 1993, particularly August '93, and began digging from there. I have newfound respect for @ucpete and the challenge he faces each week trying to stump you guys! Fortunately for you, Pete will be back next Monday with MJM 208, and being the competitive guy he is, he's not going to tolerate the blog getting trounced week in and week out forever. So hopefully he'll spin you a real zinger. Good luck and thanks to all for participating. All-Time MJM Results

Blog Mexico2: Guardar lo Mejor para el Primero

Posted 2016-01-17 12:05 pm by phishnet - 18 comments

[Editor's Note: We'd like to welcome one of our longstanding .net users, Robert Fisher, for this recap of 1/16/16 Phish @ Riviera Maya. -PZ]

Bienvenidos from Mexico!! I have bruises running up and down my arm reflecting the number of times I’ve pinched myself to assure that I’m not dreaming. Phish. In Mexico. On the beach. Surrounded by close friends. This is literally a dream come true. Either that or I’ve died and gone to Phish Heaven. Last year my wife and I came down for Strings & Sol, which was at the time one of the best musical experiences of my life. One of the first things I said to my wife after we settled in was, “Can you imagine what it would be like if Phish did this?!?” In my wildest imagination, I never thought it would happen. But we’re here. It’s not everyday that one can frolic in the turquoise waves in the shadow of Mayan ruins and a few hours later, walk down the beach to see a Phish show.

Typically the purpose of these recaps is to provide an immediate post-show view of the music, both its highlights and low points, allowing those not in attendance a chance to read about what they missed. 95% of the recaps focus on the music alone, with the occasional commentary reserved for the set and setting, or the crowd energy, or the vibe. But these shows are different in that respect. I was asked to recap this show, not because of the number of shows I’ve seen, or my musical background, or my extensive experience reviewing musical performances. No, it’s largely because I’m here, on the ground, in a position to share with people what it’s like to be here, on the beach seeing Phish in Mexico. These Riviera Maya resort shows account for a mere .0016% of all Phish shows, and the setting and vibe take on far more importance than usual.

Photo © @Phish_FTR


News Benefit Reception for Mockingbird is Tomorrow (12/30) - Meet David Welker and See New Art!

Posted 2015-12-29 4:20 am by MarcoEsc - 0 comments - Link:

David Welker pulls a Rutherford

Please join David for a special reception tomorrow at the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery in celebration of his acclaimed Subconcious Narratives show. A special limited edition print and new original art will be released at the reception, with proceeds to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. This event is free, and tickets are not required. Refreshments will be served, art will be sold and appreciated, and both David and representatives from Mockingbird will be there to hang out and enjoy your company.

When: Wednesday, 12/30/15. Noon - 4pm.
Where: Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, 527 West 23rd Street, NYC

NEW ART: A special very limited edition print - a two-layer, hand-pulled Rutherford variant titled "Drowned Again" will be available at the reception, with proceeds to benefit Mockingbird. Created with an edition size of 40, this piece will ONLY be sold at the gallery reception, no online sales. In addition, David will be making available on 12/30 previously unseen original art for sale. Any original pieces purchased during the reception, either at the gallery or via David's website, will see a portion of the sales price donated to Mockingbird. Finally, David will be releasing a special Subconscious Narratives Box Set (four embossed giclees from the show paintings; a hand printed, signed and numbered COA; two screen prints and an original drawing. The box itself is custom made and will be hand screened and signed.) at the show. 

Also available at the reception from The Mockingbird Foundation will be a new Rutherford basketball jersey, created in conjunction with David Welker and Boyer Art. This will be the first opportunity to get your fingers on and torso into this awesome new limited edition jersey, so be sure to come down to the gallery before hitting the Phish show!

BREAKING NEWS: Relix is giving away two tickets to David Welker's sold-out Late Night Art Meltdown (Phish after-show party on 1/1) plus a Welker print from this summer's Phish show at the Mann. Enter to win here

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