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Song History Song History: Scents and Subtle Sounds

Posted 2016-02-12 8:14 pm by Jeremy D. Goodwin - Link: http://phi.sh/s/491

In the cosmology of the Hebrew Scriptures, the defining act of divine Creation is a matter of division: between light and dark, earth and water, day and night. The later Christian tradition of Gnosticism would extend this to the theological concept of a divide between the flesh and the spirit, an idea that would be picked up, among others, by the New England Puritans. (See, for example, Anne Bradstreet’s poem “The Flesh and the Spirit.”)...

Song History Song History: After Midnight

Posted 2016-02-12 7:50 pm by Jeremy D. Goodwin - Link: http://phi.sh/s/11

The opening chords to this classic signaled perhaps the most appropriate song selection in the history of Phish. About 80,000 fans had swarmed to a field in the middle of the Everglades of to witness the ambitious quartet perform an unprecedented all-night set. As anticipation grew, fans were pretty much stumped as to what in the hell was going to go down. After a stunning three-set affair the day before, happily curious fans had enjoyed a relatively normal (though long) afternoon set on New Year’s Eve, punctuated by an unreal “Melt” -> “Catapult.” Then, the boys unleashed a set closer that sent chills (and cries of delight) through the entire crowd: “After Midnight,” via the famous Eric Clapton arrangement. ...

Blog 10 Years Ago Today: Phil & Friends with Trey

Posted 2016-02-12 9:00 am by lumpblockclod - 9 comments

Pretty much anyone who was in New York City on 2/12/06 remembers that day. The vast majority of NYC’s 8+ million inhabitants probably remember the record setting blizzard that dumped nearly 27 inches of snow in Central Park. For the 2,800 lucky souls who spent the evening a few blocks west at the Beacon Theater, the blizzard is only the second most memorable part of that day. More memorable is the outstanding Phil & Friends show with Trey sitting in for the entire show in place of Barry Sless.

I was lucky enough to be tipped off that morning that Trey would be sitting in. Somehow, great seats were still available on Ticketmaster. After pulling an Orchestra Row M, I set off to make the journey from the East Village to the Upper West Side.

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Song History Song History: Fluffhead

Posted 2016-02-11 6:39 am by Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo), Mark Toscano - Link: http://phi.sh/s/208

Like "Reba," "Fluffhead" is many a fan’s favorite Phish tune. Also like “Reba,” the song seems to embody every aspect of early Phish: a catchy intro, bizarre, surreal lyrics (“elevated prime did edit her?!”), a complex multi-part composition, and a blissfully climactic ending jam. ...

Song History Song History: Camel Walk

Posted 2016-02-11 3:48 am by Ellis Godard (lemuria); Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/100

This is an original Jeff Holdsworth composition for Phish, one of the two (along with “Possum”) that Phish still features in their repertoire. Jeff, who sang lead on all versions prior to leaving Phish in ‘86, mysteriously introduced “Camel Walk” on 4/15/86, and fans will want to check out that entertaining early show to find out what meaning he intended to impart with this dastardly tune. Fun early versions include 10/17/85, 10/15/86, and 8/21/87. Following a dwindling of appearances in the late ‘80s, the song disappeared altogether after 2/24/89, not showing up again until the classic 7/2/95 Sugarbush gig, after six years and 758 shows....

Song History Song History: Mock Song

Posted 2016-02-09 9:03 am by Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/387

"Mock Song" is one of two Mike Gordon compositions on Round Room, along with the title track. Yet, these two songs were just a slice of Mike’s newfound prodigious output during this era: Mike reportedly brought 22 new songs to the table for consideration as the band prepared to end their hiatus in late 2002. Alongside the 2002 collaboration with Leo Kottke, Clone, and his 2003 Inside In solo release, this period represented a breakthrough in Mike’s songwriting output....

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 210

Posted 2016-02-08 1:00 pm by ucpete - 5 comments , posted in the Audio category (580 listens)

Welcome to the 210th 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 LivePhish.com / 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: Sometimes on Monday evening, the Blog gets excited that folks are way off base with their guesses, and scrambles to think of a hint. This... was not one of those weeks. By identifying the 10/30/85 Skippy the Wondermouse a mere 17 minutes after the clip was posted and before anyone could even muster a guess, @highhat goes back-to-back, earning his second code in less than a week. Do we have another MJM savant on our hands, or did he just catch lightning in a bottle? Find out Monday, on the next episode of MJM...

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News Phish Announces 2016 Summer Tour

Posted 2016-02-05 3:05 pm by Icculus - 25 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/3m7k3l

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.

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Blog Phishing for Setlist Patterns

Posted 2016-02-05 12:44 pm by Lemuria - 17 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.

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Song History Song History: The Ocean

Posted 2016-02-03 12:22 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/1378

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: http://phi.sh/s/2603

“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 (890 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 LivePhish.com / 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 LivePhish.com. Tune in next week for MJM210!

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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 phish.net 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!

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Song History Song History: The Landlady

Posted 2016-02-01 12:08 am by Kristen & Ellis Godard - Link: http://phi.sh/s/584

"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.”

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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 208

Posted 2016-01-25 1:00 pm by ucpete - 15 comments , posted in the Audio category (691 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 LivePhish.com / 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 LivePhish.com. 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'!

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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 http://i.imgur.com/1wEXtWxh.jpg

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