Monday 09/19/2016 by ucpete


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Welcome to the 240th 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 each of the two mystery jam clips, which are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!


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Answer: Congrats to @dbertsch, who enters a class of now 39 multiple MJM winners with his second win and LivePhish code, both on multiclip MJMs. He must have recognized the picture taken of the HP Hood milk plant in Burlington, VT, just across the street from where the band lived when they wrote a song about Mr. Hood himself. Specials thanks to Anne Rothwell and the kind folks at for allowing me to use one of their photos for this week's hint – it's really cool that they acknowledge Phish on their site taboot: check it out! @dbertsch correctly identified the 7/18/03 Harry Hood (from the jam) and the 3/14/92 Harry Hood (from the improvisational intro) – two clips that, in combination with the versions from the past couple years, highlight the storied improvisational history of this fan-favorite tune since 1985. Stay tuned for next week's MJM, the final and most difficult MJM of September (before we reset the difficulty meter to "low" the week after), which will be an experiment with yet another new format.

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Saturday 09/17/2016 by MarcoEsc


On Sunday night, tune in to Power Radio 88 from 6-7pm EST for a Q&A with Phish Companion co-editor and Mockingbird Foundation Board President, Marco Walsh.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016 by MarcoEsc

It's Art: New Print By Zeb Love Drops Tomorrow

Sunrise Over the Turquoise MountainsFrom acclaimed artist Zeb Love comes the latest print celebrating the publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition. Zeb is well known in the art rock world for his beautifully detailed screen prints, and we are honored to have him create this work to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. In this epic illustration we see messenger birds taking flight as the sun rises over the rain-soaked turquoise mountains of Gamehendge. Blastoplast at the ready, a rebel lizard and his trusty llama steed gaze upon Wilson's troops camped in the delta below...

"Sunrise Over the Turquoise Mountains" is an 18" x 24" five color screen print, available in a signed and numbered edition of 175. The print, along with a magenta variant (edition of 25), will go on sale via the Bottleneck Gallery online store on Thursday, September 15th, at 1pm Eastern Time (10am PT). All proceeds fund youth music education, ta'boot.

UPDATE (9/15, 4:00pm): SOLD OUT. Thank you all for your support, to Zeb for the gorgeous work, and to our friends at Bottleneck Gallery for doing the commerce and getting the prints to you all safely.

Monday 09/12/2016 by ucpete


Welcome to the 239th 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 – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Note: As with MJM 237, this video MJM does not have audio. While I may use video with audio for future MJMs, these silent MJMs will rely on your ability to pick up on visual cues to identify these clips without any music. In the interest of fairness, I won't be using any video that can't be found on YouTube or Vimeo – I will be screen capturing from those sites directly, not from my own collection.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner, @Franklin, who won this week's video-sans-audio MJM by correctly identifying the 7/6/13 Split Open and Melt in stunningly quick fashion (18 minutes?!), and takes home a download code for any show from Next week's MJM will be harder than those from the past two weeks, but it won't be as hard as the last of the month. Won't you come out to play?

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Wednesday 09/07/2016 by MarcoEsc

AJ Masthay's Latest Print For Mockingbird On Sale Thursday

Shiny like a new pennyTo celebrate the publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition, master printmaker AJ Masthay has created a stunning new work to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. The print, entitled "No Future at All," will go on sale via the Bottleneck Gallery website on Thursday, September 8 at noon ET (9am PT).

With this print, AJ returns to Gamehendge to illustrate everybody's favorite robotic executioner. Here the AC/DC Bag is more cyborg than just robot: he started out human, but was cruelly augmented with machinery. One arm has been removed, replaced by a hangman's noose. The skin has fallen from his trunk, revealing a clockwork of machinery inside. Yet a hint of humanity can be seen in his eyes as, with a look of sorrow and dismay, he peers into a crate containing a human hand and heart - lost pieces of his former self. We've really got to hand it to AJ...he put a lot of heart into this one!

"No Future at All" is an 18" x 24" eleven-color linoleum-cut print, and will be available in three signed and numbered editions: a standard edition of 420 (on Crane Lettra Ecru paper), a sparkle variant edition of 100 (on sparkle foil paper), and a copper edition of 15 (on copper foil paper). Purchases are limited to one of each edition per customer, and each print will include a copy of the all-new Phish Companion (shipped separately). Proceeds fund grants for youth music education.

No Future at All

Tomorrow. Noon (ET). Bottleneck Gallery. Don't be late! 

Tuesday 09/06/2016 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Provides Flood Relief

The Mockingbird Foundation has sent $1,000 contributions to two high school music programs affected by recent flooding in Southern Louisianna, as part of its Emergency Grants Fund. The bands at Denham Springs and St. Amant started the year without instruments, and are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, in communities hard hit and so limited in their ability to help. We encourage Phish fans to join in the recovery effort

Monday 09/05/2016 by lumpblockclod


Uncomfortable truths are sometimes easier to acknowledge after the passage of time. This is especially true when there is a happy ending involved. So it goes with Phish's 2016 summer tour. Let's be clear: Heading into Dick’s, 2016 wasn’t just below average—it was among the most puzzling and disappointing stretches of the band's career.

Phish has always had highs and lows—many more of the former than the latter—but there was always an explanation for the lows. In retrospect, 1996 was about the band re-inventing itself after the peak of 1995. We all know the explanation for 2004, though the band still managed to scale massive peaks even during that time of trouble. In 2009, Phish was still getting their sea legs under them. But 2016 hadn’t provided an easy answer, at least not yet.

Photo (c) {|Dave Decro Photo}
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Monday 09/05/2016 by ucpete


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Welcome to the 238th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest MJM of September. Happy Labor Day to you all, especially those who got their asses handed to them at Dick's this weekend*! 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 – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

*I'm writing this before Dick's has started, wishfully thinking there'll be another "Ass Handed."


Ignore the year.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @courvoisier, who climbed right back in the saddle after a near win last week and correctly identified the 7/15/16 Chalk Dust Torture from the Gorge (located in George, WA), taking home a LivePhish code for his efforts. After consecutive strong showings, is he the next savant to take MJM by storm? Or will one of the multiple MJM winners swoop back in when the level of difficulty jumps up another notch? Find out on Monday when we're back with MJM239. All-Time MJM Results

Sunday 09/04/2016 by phishnet


[This guest recap is courtesy of Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, who teaches the "Philosophy School of Phish" and other courses at Oregon State University. Special thanks to Yaron Marcus for his feedback on this recap and for the photos! -charlie]

On the second of three sold-out nights at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Phish springboarded off the energy from night one to deliver an overall excellent show last night. It featured a number of tight, energetic jams, an unexpected opener, and a contender for the best first set of the summer. While the setlist did not contain any bust-outs or heavily-chased songs, Phish laid down a memorable, polished show that highlights the versatility of the band with the perfect balance of beautiful, reflective peaks and dark, sublime rock.

Photo by Yaron Marcus


Saturday 09/03/2016 by pzerbo


Phish got right down to business last night at Dick’s… so we’ll do the same. Roaring out of the gates with “Ghost,” the band offered only the second show-opening Ghost since the ‘90s, the other also being at Dick’s (8/31/13, the “MOST SHOWS SPELL SOMETHING” gig). Rounding out at a little over ten minutes, it was still too early to sense that this was a night where IT was happening.

Photo by Herschel Gelman.


Tuesday 08/30/2016 by MarcoEsc

New Masthay Print For Mbird - Come Hang With AJ In Denver!

No Future at AllTo celebrate the publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition, master printmaker AJ Masthay has created a stunning new work to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. "No Future at All" is an 18" x 24" eleven-color linoleum-cut print, produced in three signed editions: a standard edition of 420 (on Crane Lettra Ecru paper), a variant edition of 100 on sparkle foil, and a small artist's edition art print. We've gotta hand it to AJ...he put a lot of heart into this one!

Time to put your money where your mouth is: "No Future at All" will go on sale via the Mockingbird Foundation online store at Bottleneck Gallery on Thursday, September 8th at Noon ET. Purchases are limited to one of each edition per customer, and will include a copy of the all-new Phish Companion (shipped separately). Proceeds fund grants for youth music education.

On Thursday, September 1st at 7pm, AJ Masthay will be honored with a pre-Dick's gallery appearance at Further Frames in Denver. Along with other gems from his archives, AJ will have his artist edition of "No Future at All" for sale. Come on down to meet the artist, check out some amazing frame-ups, and get your prints remarqued (art talk for "doodled") by AJ. The Phish Companion will also be for sale at the event, so come get your book and READ IT!

...and if you're looking for something else to do while in Denver, swing by Twist and Shout Records, where they proudly sell The Phish Companion.

Monday 08/29/2016 by pzerbo


Phish closed out the Lockn’ Festival on Sunday night with a solid performance of mostly classic fare to cap the four-day festival that featured many of the top names in improvisational rock and roll. Phish’s headlining slot on Friday night defied the low expectations that often accompany festival performances, as Phish offered one of the most highly-regarded shows of 2016 featuring expanded treatments of fan-favorites such as “Ghost,” “Bathtub Gin,” and “You Enjoy Myself.”

Outstanding performances from many other acts throughout the weekend helped raise the bar for the finale, including standout performances by Umphrey’s McGee, Ween, My Morning Jacket, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, two different Phil Lesh and Friends ensembles (including one with Fish and Page), and two jaw-dropping late-night performances from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Let’s turn to the action and see how today’s jamband heavyweight champ responded.



Monday 08/29/2016 by ucpete


Note: Starting this week, the MJM will provide more variety in terms of both the format and the difficulty of MJMs each week. Generally, every month will start with an easier MJM, and each MJM thereafter will increase in difficulty until the last MJM of each month. In other words, expect to see classic single-clip MJMs near the beginning of each month, and multi-clip + theme MJMs towards the end of each month, with other formats and levels of difficulty in between. Enjoy, and as always, constructive feedback is always welcome.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner, @queenesther, who by identifying the 8/19/12 Light (-> Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley) by sight alone, takes home two LivePhish codes! Yes, @courvoisier was technically more accurate because @queenesther didn't mention the -> Sally, but ultimately I decided to award the code to the latter contestant because the video only features ~15 seconds of Sally, and @queenesther was 19 minutes quicker. Stay tuned on Monday, especially you MJM n00bs, when we'll have our first and easiest MJM of September. All-Time MJM Results

Tuesday 08/02/2016 by Icculus

Phish Announces Fall Tour, Halloween In Vegas

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.

Wednesday 07/13/2016 by bertoletdown

Breaking: FREE Pre-BGCA PhanArt Event July 19th

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.


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.

Tuesday 06/28/2016 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Grants Top $1m

The Mockingbird Foundation has announced 15 unsolicited grants for $1500 each, including the 300th Mockingbird grant and bringing the Foundation's total grants to more more than one million dollars. Each of the grants supports a music program in a city on Phish Summer 2016 tour, and so helps bring music from the Phish community to each local community. Login

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