Wednesday 05/24/2017 by Icculus

July And August WaterWheel Benefits Pre-Show At MSG

The WaterWheel Foundation has announced two benefit celebrations at MSG before the shows on Saturday, July 22, 2017, and Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Tickets for the shows go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, at noon eastern, HERE

The first benefit celebration on July 22 will raise funds for four charities, each one chosen by a band member. The second benefit celebration, on August 5, is in honor of the 20th anniversaries of both The WaterWheel Foundation and The Mockingbird Foundation. It will raise funds for Mockingbird, whose volunteers operate Phish.net. The Mockingbird Foundation is once again enormously grateful to The WaterWheel Foundation and Phish for this honor!

If you have never been to a WaterWheel pre-show benefit at Madison Square Garden, here's some of what you can expect for the price of admission:

(1) being surrounded pre-show by generous, friendly people in what is basically MSG's VIP lounge;

(2) food and a full bar;

(3) a Pollock poster (edition of 300), and it's particularly cool that he's doing a diptych, with one poster for each of the two benefit events;

(4) early entrance into the venue;

(5) raffle or auction of certain items, including autographed memorabilia from Phish's Archives;

(6) access to the lounge where the event takes place, and its clean, spacious bathrooms, during setbreak;

(7) a specialty chocolate bar, created and donated by Asher's Chocolates, that I guarantee to be delicious (or you can give me the part you do not eat).

Note that YOU MUST ALREADY BE A TICKET-HOLDER FOR THE PHISH CONCERT ON THE EVENING THAT YOU ATTEND THE BENEFIT PRE-SHOW EVENT in order to get in to the pre-show event. You must PRESENT THAT TICKET in order to get into the pre-show benefit event. Said another way, your ticket to the pre-show event alone will not get you into MSG and the event. You need to also possess a ticket to the Phish show that same night. 

Please support these events if you can! By supporting tthem, and also LivePhish, you support both Mockingbird and Phish.net. Thank you! 

Monday 05/22/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 275

Welcome to the 275th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate MJM in both chronology and difficulty for the month of May. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of all three mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. 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!

Answer: Congrats to @ChalkDustTeacher on winning his second consecutive and second overall MJM after his impressive run to the MMJM Tournament Championship round. This week, he correctly identified the 4/4/94 Reba, the 8/8/98 Sally, and the 9/9/99 Tweezer, all played on X/X/9X; X = {4, 8, 9}. Check back on Monday for the hardest MJM of the month, which will start on Memorial Day. Have a nice long weekend!

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Friday 05/19/2017 by Icculus

WHAT WAS THAT GREAT MUSIC PLAYING AT SETBREAK?!?

FYI, the setlists available on Phish.com also include information about the house music playing as fans walked into the venue, at setbreak, and as fans exited the venue. For example, at Wrigley Field on June 25, 2016, fans heard the following:

Walk-In Music
Ralph Stanley – Best of the Best
Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy with the Rock Steady Beat
Allen Toussaint – Southern Nights
The Avalanches – Since I Left You

Setbreak Music
The Funkees – Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77

Walk-Out Song
Steve Goodman “Go Cubs Go”

In addition, Julia Mordaunt of Phish Inc. has very generously created a breathtaking spotify playlist of the music performed during walk-in, setbreak, and walk-out (that's available on Spotify). Check it out here.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017 by multibeast

LISTEN TO JON FISHMAN'S 2 1/2 HOUR BRUCE HAMPTON TRIBUTE

Phish drummer Jon Fishman recently started a two hour weekly radio show on WBFY in Belfast, Maine. The program, now officially called The Errant Path, airs every Wednesday from 9-11pm Eastern Time. You can tune in from the radio station's website, or from places like TuneIn Radio. The usual format is Fishman talking about music and playing some hand selected musical gems, however his show on May 3rd, 2017 was a special episode.

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Monday 05/15/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 274

Welcome to the 274th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, right in the middle of May and right in the middle in terms of level of difficulty. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of both mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. 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!

Hint:

Answer: On the heels of his deep run into the MMJM Tournament Championship that still left him winless, @ChalkDustTeacher steps out of the shadows of Dan Marino, Barry Bonds, Marcel Dionne, and Karl Malone to take down his first MJM victory – something tells me this won't be his last. After the revealing hint, featuring the cover of Phish's "Two Soundchecks" release with a Jack-o-lantern Photoshopped over some dude's dome, along with some close-but-not-quite guesses from others, he correctly identified the 10/31/94 Soundcheck ("Star Wars") Jam and the 10/29/09 Soundcheck Jam (turn this one up – the levels are horked because it was recorded using a toaster, but the jam is fantastic). Stay tuned next week for a more difficult take on the MJM that will put us halfway between MJM250 and MJM300.

Tuesday 05/09/2017 by ucpete

MOCKINGBIRD MYSTERY JAM MADNESS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: BUMP!

Phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation present:

The first annual Mockingbird Mystery Jam Madness Tournament!
The Championship Round started weeks ago (Wednesday, April 26th, at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET) but is somehow still going...

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Monday 05/08/2017 by Andrew Rottner (EdwardGRobinson)

SOUL LOVE

Played by Bowie only twice on the 1973  Ziggy Stardust Tour, “Soul Love” was featured heavily on the Low / Heroes” Tour in 1978, and again sporadically on 1983's Serious Moonlight Tour in support of Let's Dance. A beautiful song from a seminal record, “Soul Love” features Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar and alto sax (because what can't David Bowie do, right?). “Soul Love” is a bleak but beautiful reflection on the implacable and often brutal nature of love itself....

Monday 05/08/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 273

Welcome to the 273rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of May. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of both mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. 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!

Answer: Congrats to @FunkyCFunkyDo on his fifth MJM win – that makes back-to-back weeks where the winner takes the step into the upper class of MJM winners, though @FunkyCFunkyDo and @TwiceBitten still need a couple more wins each to become MJM 1%ers. This week's theme was one of remuneration, and by identifying the 4/29/94 Fee and the 2/14/03 Fee, @FunkyCFunkyDo collects the standard weekly emolument: a free download code from LivePhish.com.

A rambling note about icons: You see those two icons below this note? The first icon says "LivePhish" on it and links to LivePhish.com – click it and redeem your codes or buy stuff! Did you know that for more than a year after LivePhish.com came into existence, the band gave 100% of LivePhish.com profits to the Mockingbird Foundation, and that they continue to give a significant slice of every purchase to the foundation to this day? Did you know that they've sent me all the free download codes so I can give them away to you each week for the MJM?? They're amazing like that, so the next time you're aching to hear a show and thinking about heading to the forum to look for a ground score, consider buying directly from their site instead. If you're already stocked up on free codes, think about donating to the Mockingbird Foundation! It'll make you feel good, it'll make me feel good, and it'll make kids feel good about music, so they can grow up to make good music, which will make us all feel good. The second icon says "Mystery Jam Monday Results" on it, and links to the Mystery Jam Monday Results, which are stored in a beautifully-built, color-coded, pre-programmed spreadsheet tracking the results of every MJM. It's updated a couple times a week – first with the MJM number, the number of clips (represented by the number of rows for that week's puzzle), and the date of the MJM; then with the link to the MJM, and sometimes even with the band playing in the clips; and finally, when the correct answer is dropped, I put the winner in the spreadsheet before I update the blog. You want to know how many wins different users have? Check the spreadhseet. You want to re-listen to MJM69? Check the spreadhseet. You want to know which clips have been used previously, even though you know that double-dipping is allowed (though it's a good bet the clips chosen each week have never been used)? Check the spreadhseet!

Monday 05/01/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 272

Welcome to the 272nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of May. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery clip. Each person gets one guess to start – 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!

*REMINDER: As with every first MJM of the month now, only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer before the hint. If you have never won an MJM, please answer as a blog comment below. If you have previously won an MJM and you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me – if no one has answered correctly by the time I'm ready to post the hint, the first correct answer submitted by PM will be awarded the win. If you're not sure if you've won before, look in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Answer: Congrats to @TwiceBitten who takes down back-to-back MJMs and his fifth overall by PMing me the correct answer: 8/16/93 Reba. I am amazed that only one guess was made in the comments for a clip chosen from the most recent LivePhish release, but there's just no explainin' the things people do. If you're not gonna do your homework, how can you expect to pass the test?! MJM273 drops on Monday, and it'll be a little harder than this week's. In the meantime, watch the MMJM Championship Round unfold as I drop the hint shortly...

Monday 04/24/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 271

Welcome to the 271st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last and most difficult of April. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of the four mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the answer. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, 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!

Hint:

Answer: Congrats to @TwiceBitten on his fourth MJM win – he's crossed the halfway mark to MJM Emeritus status. He quickly figured out that the guy in the hint's picture is the (former) "Can you hear me now?" Verizon spokesman, and listed all the shows that have taken place at Verizon-sponsored venues. While that isn't exactly kosher (it's ok to discuss the clips and hints, e.g. "that's the Verizon guy," but explicitly laying out the path to the answer for others generally isn't), but it ended up being a moot point as he was able to find the four clips himself – if anything, listing those shows hurt his chances of victory! He pulled it off anyway, and correctly identified the 6/14/11 DWD, 10/22/16 Simple, 7/25/03 Hood, and 7/23/03 DWD.

Sunday 04/23/2017 by lumpblockclod

HANG ON TO YOURSELF

Like “Moonage Daydream” (for which it was originally released as a B-Side), “Hang On to Yourself” was originally released by Arnold Corns. Corns (portrayed by fashion designer Freddie Buretti), mostly unknown to all but the biggest Bowie fanatics, was effectively the demo version of Ziggy Stardust. Bowie took some time making his idea of a fictional rock star a reality and Arnold Corns was his first draft, so to speak. However, Bowie soon realized that no one could play the role better than him and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was born....

Wednesday 04/19/2017 by Kelly D. Morris (birdswerds)

MORE

It’s the second night of the 2016 Halloween Run in Vegas. My wingsuit feels good, ’cause it feels good, and Trey eases us into “More.” I’ve been waiting for this one. After hearing it on Big Boat, a lot of us are eager to witness it live....

Monday 04/17/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 270

Welcome to the 270th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate MJM of April. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of all three mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. 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: The Championship for the Mockingbird Mystery Jam Madness Tournament will start next Tuesday, April 25th, to give the finalists a breather before the last puzzle and accommodate some tough upcoming schedules. Stay tuned...

Hint: Difficult clips, easy theme. It'll be a miracle if this one holds up.

Answer:
Pete: "Difficult clips, easy theme. It'll be a miracle if this one holds up."
MJMers: "Hmmm, I'm thinking easy -> Easy Rider -> Jack Nicholson -> Jumpin' Jack Flash -> 6/27/10 @ MPP -> MPP shows?"
Pete: "No tricks, nothing to read into. It's just a really easy / obvious theme – one of the first that folks check."
MJMers: "Miracle -> Lake Placer -> Hockey -> Shows where Trey wore a Flyers jersey?"
Pete: "There are no tricks here! The theme is extremely obvious."
MJMers: "Oh, duh! Tricks -> Trick or Treat -> Halloween -> Vegas -> Dancers -> Carmelo Anthony -> Madison Square Garden -> Madison -> Wisconsin -> Green Bay Packers -> Football -> Running Back -> Runnin' with the Devil -> 8/6/98 -> Lakewood -> Same theme as last week?"
Pete: "..."
@andrewrose: "You'd think it would be something from 4/17. But it's not."
@runlikecarini: "4/17/94 Wolfman's Brother, 4/17/04 Pebbles and Marbles, 4/17/99 (Days Between ->) Jam"
Pete: "Welcome to the Emeritus Club, My Friend My Friend!"
MJMers: "MYFE?"

Yep, all clips came from shows played the same day MJM270 dropped – on April 17th – five years apart from one another in '94, '99, and '04, with the '99 show being a Phil and Friends show featuring Page and Trey. If you've never heard that three night run, please check it out now, as it is essential listening for fans of Phish and the Grateful Dead. In fact, the video recently surfaced from all three nights: 4/15/99, 4/16/99, 4/17/99 (time-stamped to this week's clip for your delight). Congrats @runlikecarini – well deserved win and we've got a dozen MJM Emeriti (and I believe you're the youngest!). Next week: Monday – MJM271; Tuesday – MMJM Championship Round!

Wednesday 04/12/2017 by Icculus

"HARRIS PHEST" APRIL 20 IN HOUSTON

The sister of Harris Wittels is hosting a benefit in his honor on April 20 in Houston to support a scholarship fund. The benefit will take place at 8th Wonder Brewery, and a Phish cover band ("A Live One") will be performing. Event proceeds will benefit the Harris Wittels Fund at Houston's High School for the Performing Arts. Visit here for more information.

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Wednesday 03/22/2017 by Icculus

ICYMI: Phish Announces More Summer Shows

PHISH announced not only three shows at Dick's over Labor Day weekend (Sep. 1-2-3), but also five new shows in July 2017: three in Chicago (July 14-15-16), one in Dayton (July 18), and one in Pittsburgh (July 19), to be performed shortly before the "Baker's Dozen" shows begin at MSG on July 21. Visit here for more information and here to request tickets via the pre-sale Phish Tickets lottery, which closes Monday, April 3, at 12 noon e.t. There will be no more summer or fall shows announced.

Wednesday 03/15/2017 by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty)

MISS YOU

As Trey detailed in the Wall Street Journal article about the making of Big Boat, the Phish song “Miss You” is about his dearly departed sister Kristy. It is therefore a deeply personal piece for him, a song that he hopes will make us all reflect on our own lives and thereby allow it to serve as a universal connection between each of us. At this point in our lives, each of us has likely experienced the loss of a loved one whether it be through their death or simply the demise of the relationship. We all miss someone or something. We can relate. ...

Thursday 03/09/2017 by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty)

SUFFRAGETTE CITY

Like most really memorable popular music songs, David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” is obviously a fast and loose treatise upon either one or both of the other two apices of the Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n Roll holy trinity upon which the art form is based. Considering the Thin White Duke’s known openness to both male and female lovers, most listeners will likely lean towards the sexual interpretation. However, with the reference to Henry (AKA Hank or heroin) getting his lean on, the high-rev pace of the song, and Bowie’s own admission that he was more into fast drugs; the lyrics can just as easily be ascribed to the rush of a good stimulant kicking into overdrive.  Either way, Ziggy has no time for Henry because he is ready for more “Wham Bam, Thank you Ma’am!” with his special lady friend....

Monday 02/13/2017 by ucpete

"Inspire MORE With ART" Art & Coloring Contest

Whether you are touched through music, visual art, dance or another medium, ART has the power to inspire you to BE MORE. And we’d like to see!

The Mockingbird Foundation has partnered with beMOREnow, PhanArt, and Cash or Trade to help you express what MORE means to you via an Art & Coloring Contest running through the end of February.

There are three ways to enter this all ages contest:

  1. COLOR Brian Bojo’s Mockingbird coloring page from The PhanArt Coloring Book and submit it here;
  2. TAKE a photo or video of what MORE means to you and post it to your public Twitter or Instagram account using #beMOREnow;
  3. CREATE an original piece of art and submit it here.

Submissions will be accepted through February 28th at 11:59 PM PT.

Three winners will be chosen based on YOUR VOTE! Visit the gallery of submissions and vote for your favorite now through March 19th at 11:59 PM PT. Winners will be notified by March 25th, 2017.

You can win:

Want to bring MORE to your classroom? We encourage student entries. Click here for more details or contact Ali Stone.

Wednesday 02/01/2017 by Icculus

ICYMI: Phish Announces "The Baker's Dozen" At MSG

(You probably haven't missed it...) PHISH will be playing thirteen (13) shows at Madison Square Garden in July and August this summer, and there will not be a fall tour. The shows will occur on July 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, and 30, and August 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. For more information, and to watch the hilarious announcement video, please visit Phish.com or, naturally, visit http://tickets.phish.com/thebakersdozen/ to order tickets during the Phish Tickets window, which closes Sunday, February 12. And hey: if you're interested in trying to get a ticket to every show at once, there's an option for that (and even a "Payment Plan" option taboot taboot).

Tuesday 11/22/2016 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Goes Nationwide With Native Heritage

The all-volunteer phan-run Mockingbird Foundation has sent unsolicited $1,000 checks to three Native American groups in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The groups are in ND, NH, and DE, the last three states in which the Foundation had not previously provided grants. Mockingbird has now given money in all 50 states, plus D.C. Read more...

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