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Blog Phish Companion Photo Contest Winners!

Posted 2016-08-26 1:40 pm by phishnet - 3 comments

Hey Phish fans! It's me, The Book! Phish takes the stage at LOCKN' this weekend—with a free stream! Psyched? You bet I am! The kind folks who created me at The Mockingbird Foundation and phish.net ran a photo contest to celebrate my birth. Imagine, fans taking pictures of little ol' me! I'm only a little more than two months old, and already it feels like I've been everywhere!

What a summer it has been already! When you think summer—aside from Phish tour—you think the beach! My favorite beach visit this summer was to Morocco! Check out this shot of me from @YomeNetSan, who won third place in the contest! #ReadTheBook! It will save your life!

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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 236

Posted 2016-08-22 1:00 pm by Dog_Faced_Boy - 33 comments , posted in the Audio category (1017 listens)

And then there was one. Welcome to MJM Week 236, the tenth and final week of our Hall of Champions Series, Volume I. We welcome Emeritus Champion @schvice into the recording studio, where he has picked out this week's theme and tracks, all for your listening pleasure. @schvice recently gained Emeritus status, after winning his seventh MJM in Week 232, when he successfully navigated a challenging Gamehendge-based course set by @mcgrupp81. Where once he was the bane of the Blog, foiling themes and jams thought unsolvable, now @schvice has (thankfully) gone to the Dark Side, hoping that he can lead the Blog to that elusive victory number 17. Only one way to find out: let it rip.

To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three 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 three 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 one MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint:

Answer: It took a well-crafted triplet and a creative hint from the 10th and most recent MJM Emeritus @schvice, but for only the 17th time in 236 attempts, the Blog snags the W! As some users noted, the title of the video used for the hint is Mike Reed plays Groove Holmes' 1966 "Misty" up-tempo, on the Hammond Organ [emphasis mine]. The keen observer will note that the title is a play on "Mike's Groove," and the Mike in the video is certainly grooving along to the 50 year old tune; but even more fitting is the song played: "Misty." Fans well-versed in Phish's early material may recall that "I Am Hydrogen" has seldom-spoke lyrics that were used a half dozen times in the early days: "I walk awakening on the misty fields of forever." This week's "Mike's Groove" MJM consists of the 4/29/93 Weekapaug Groove, the 4/24/87 I Am Hydrogen, and the 7/12/96 Mike's Song. We'd like to once again thank @schvice and all of the MJM Emeriti for participating and crafting these awesome MJMs, and we hope to keep them involved and leverage their expertise in other ways in the future. Tune back in on Monday, when @ucpete takes over as your helping friendly host, and keep your eyes and ears peeled for some new tweaks in how the MJM is run. It has not escaped our notice that the multiclip format may be a turn-off to the unintiated, so expect a mix of classic single-clip MJMs, meta-puzzles, and other MJM shenanigans to take the sting out of Monday for everyone!

Special Thanks: I'd like to thank @ucpete for letting me be the Invisible Hand behind MJM for the past 10 weeks, helping each Emeritus Champion with crystalizing a theme, fine tuning the jam track samples, concocting the hint, and generally ensuring that the process runs smoothly. I had a blast getting to know each Emertitus Champion, and these guys, all ten, are not only great guys, but they really, really know their Phish. Thanks again @ucpete for handing the keys over and letting me take the cruise ship out for an extended journey. It was a great ride, but all good things must end, and with today's Emeritus/Blog victory (nice MJM @schvice!), I commend the MJM controls back to your good care. Enjoy what's left of summer everyone. DFB.

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Blog Reflecting on Magnaball

Posted 2016-08-22 9:35 am by johnnyd - 5 comments

We are a year removed from the heart of Magnaball, and just over 20 years from the Clifford Ball. Similar to many of you, I'm sure, both of these events were transcendent weekends and times for me - so much more than just the incredible music and environment and people. Eye-opening, reaffiriming, and freeing. Intentionally or not, Phish created a model in Plattsburgh. And somehow they, and we, manage to keep improving on it.

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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 235

Posted 2016-08-15 1:00 pm by Dog_Faced_Boy - 10 comments , posted in the Audio category (848 listens)

Welcome to week nine of the Hall of Champions Series, the 235th installment of Mystery Jam Monday. This week, our honorary guest host is seven-time winner @WayIFeel, who recently joined the ranks of the Emeritus Club after solving @PersnicketyJim's tricky theme involving songs written by each individual band member. Now it's @WayIFeel's turn to play the riddler, and here we go.

To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three 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 three 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 one MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint: No hint needed.

Answer: Congratulations to @andrewrose, who nailed his third MJM victory after correctly identifying the theme: cover songs; and the tracks: the 7/31/98 Cities, the 12/8/99 Ya Mar, and the 8/21/87 Skin It Back. Although he's won twice previously, @andrewrose has been on a MJM victory hiatus of sorts since 2012, so it's great to have him back in the winner's circle. Thanks again to @WayIFeel for hosting a very enjoyable round, the penultimate edition of the Summer 2016 Hall of Champions MJM Series. Please join us next week as our tenth and final Emeritus Champion, @schvice serves up the MJM 236 fare. And have your MJM skills finely honed, because @schvice has grown weary of watching the Blog get crushed week in and week out, and he's come up with a MJM worthy of his Emeritus Champion status.

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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 234

Posted 2016-08-08 1:00 pm by ucpete - 19 comments , posted in the Audio category (1284 listens)

Welcome to the 234th edition of Mystery Jam Monday. Continuing with our Hall of Fame Series this week, allow myself to introduce... myself -- the eighth of the ten seven-time MJM winners. I forced myself into retirement after a one week reunion tour during this very stretch of the MJM Emeritus Editions, and will crawl back into the shadows for a couple more weeks so the great and knowledgable @Dog_Faced_Boy can finish off his fantastic guest hosting stint of this now ten-week stretch of Hall of Fame MJM competitions.

To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three 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 three 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 one MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint:
Trying to make a contest that you lose
And the setlist doesn't mention vacuum

Answer: Congrats to @12_29_97_4eva who wins his second consecutive (and third overall) MJM by correctly identifying the 8/13/93 Bathtub Gin, the 12/10/94 Weekapaug Groove, and the 11/29/97 Runaway Jim, tied together by the fact they were all Weekapaug Jams. Tune back in on Monday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET for the penultimate edition of the MJM Hall of Fame series, when @WayIFeel takes the reins and plays the game from this side of the fence for the first time.

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News Phish Announces Fall Tour, Halloween In Vegas

Posted 2016-08-02 6:41 pm by Icculus - 12 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/3vf8kf

Phish has announced a Fall tour beginning October 14 in South Carolina. The tour runs through several southern states (FL, TN, GA, TX) before concluding with four (4) nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, 10/28-10/31. The ticket presale runs through Sunday, August 14, at 11:59pm ET. The public onsale begins August 18. 

Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the Halloween Run (which include hotel and tickets). Phish will be donating their proceeds of these travel packages to The WaterWheel Foundation. Travel Packages go on sale August 17th at 12noon PDT. Full details available here.

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 233

Posted 2016-08-01 1:00 pm by Dog_Faced_Boy - 17 comments , posted in the Audio category (1289 listens)

Welcome to the 233rd edition of Mystery Jam Monday. Continuing with our Hall of Fame Series, this week we welcome Emeritus champion @yunkfunk, who is the seventh of our ten seven-time MJM winners. Forced into early retirement last December, we hope @yunkfunk has been enjoying Mondays, now that he has all that free time on his hands. For our delight, he has thoughtfully selected this week's tracks and theme. Here goes:

To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the four 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 four 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 one MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck, and thanks again to @yunkfunk for hosting this seventh week of the MJM Hall of Fame Series.

Hint: R.I.P. - 1947 - 2016 (p.s. - you might want to start with the jam chart).

Answer: Congratulations to @12_29_97_4eva, who scored his second MJM win this week by correctly identifying the theme, David Bowie, and the four tracks, the versions from 7/25/03, 10/5/95, 2/3/91, and 11/17/94, respectively. Perhaps I spoiled @yunkfunk's likely Emeritus victory, by throwing in a blatantly obvious hint, but given the lack of responses after Day 1, it seemed as though people were struggling with this week's tough selections. Anyway thanks again to @yunkfunk for hosting and for coming up with a great theme. And congratulations to rising star @12_29_97_4eva.

Join us next week for MJM 234, as the Hall of Champions Emeritus Series rolls on, hosted by Emeritus Champion number eight, our very own regular MJM Host, @ucpete. Just back from European holiday, Pete is sure to have had some down time to stitch together an unbeatable MJM, thereby assuring the Blog of finally winning that elusive victory number 17 (out of 234 tries). See you next week!

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News Breaking: FREE Pre-BGCA PhanArt Event July 19th

Posted 2016-07-13 12:00 pm by bertoletdown - 10 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/3ue786

The Mockingbird Foundation is delighted to be participating in PhanArt’s first West Coast art show, “San PhranArt Show” on July 19th in San Francisco. We invite you to visit our table from 12-5PM at MEZZANINE, a live music venue about a 15 mins walk from Bill Graham.

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If you missed us at the “PhanArt in Harry’s Hood” art show in Chicago, you will have an opportunity to lay your hands on the new Phish Companion. We will have a limited number of copies available at the show for a flat rate of $39. All orders for the book placed in person at the show on Tuesday are eligible to receive the special show price plus free delivery. And in case you needed a reason to stay out West until Dick’s, you’ll also receive a special code for $15 off a ticket to Vertex, a new camping and music festival in Buena Vista, CO headlined by Trey Anastasio.

Those coming to the show will also have an opportunity to win a copy of The Phish Companion. Together with Vertex and PhanArt, Mockingbird is hosting a raffle to benefit the Buena Vista school district. In addition to The Phish Companion, the raffle winner will also take home a pair of 3-Day passes to Vertex with special viewing during both Trey sets as well as a sweet merch bag from PhanArt. Raffle tickets can be purchased at either the Mockingbird or PhanArt tables, all proceeds will be directly donated to the local School District.

Mockingbird was chosen to partner with Vertex as the leading non-profit organization in the festival's Music in Schools Program—more to come on our efforts in the local Buena Vista community.

While in San Francisco, PhanArt will host over 20 artists and vendors exhibiting various Phish inspired creations from poster art to stickers, show shirts and other unique artworks. The line-up includes a variety of well-known artists like Isadora Bullock, who contributed a stunning limited edition poster for The Phish Companion entitled “Out of Control."

Admission to “San PhranArt Show” is free but you must be 21+.


Further information about the PhanArt show is available on the PhanArt website and its Facebook event page.

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

Posted 2016-06-16 10:00 am by bertoletdown - 0 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/3sykl0

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 https://phishcompanion.com, 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: http://phi.sh/3suitn

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Phish.net 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
 

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

Posted 2016-04-20 4:20 pm by MarcoEsc - 10 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/3q2jti

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.

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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: http://phi.sh/s/538

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: http://phi.sh/s/603

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....

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