Monday 06/26/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 280

Welcome to the 280th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult of June. 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 three mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the answer (though trust me on this one: it's going to be even more difficult if you don't pick up on the theme this week). 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!

Thursday 06/22/2017 by Icculus

Chicago's Rock Bottom Brewery To Fundraise For Mockingbird

Since Phish will begin the Summer tour at Chicago's Northerly Island Pavilion the weekend of July 14 with three shows, Rock Bottom Brewery (1 West Grand Ave.) is celebrating with a fundraiser for The Mockingbird Foundation.

They are brewing a special ale for the weekend, called "Sample," which will be sold :::wait for it:::  in a jar.  "Sample" is "a hoppy red ale brewed with copious amounts of Simcoe, Citra and Columbus hops for that pungent, heady hop aroma." It should therefore taste very good both before, and after, you hear "Sample in a Jar" at a show. It will be sold for $7, and will be served in a jar that you can buy for $3 (while supplies last). The jars were very popular at the previous fundraisers years ago (also held when Phish played Northerly), so we expect they'll sell out. 

For every "Sample" consumed over the weekend, Rock Bottom will donate fifty cents to Mockingbird, but they'll donate $1 to Mockingbird for every jar sold. So, in other words, if you buy a "Sample AND a Jar," $1.50 of your $10 will go to Mockingbird, and support the funding of music education programs. Rock Bottom will also have some "Phish-inspired" live music on their roof on Thursday, July 13, and will have the "Sample" tapping party that day as well. This promotion thus runs from Thursday through Sunday the 16th. The rooftop will be open (and serving food) until 10:30pm, and last call on the roof is at 11:30pm. But the restaurant will be open post-show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with full menu until midnight and a late night menu until 1am, with last call at 1:30am. [Editor's note: I was there years ago after 1am post-show, and the place was full of fans.]  The brewer, Raybird, and Kyle (an AGM) may be around if you show up at Rock Bottom, passing out Mockingbird information. PLEASE THANK THEM if you see them, as this is a very cool thing for them to do. (And you may see Kyle at a show as well, as he's a fan!) So, please, support this fundraiser if you can, and if you can't, at least tell your wook friends going to the shows to support it as well. 

THANK YOU ROCK BOTTOM!

Monday 06/19/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 279

Welcome to the 279th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate of June. 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!

Historical note: It's not often the MJM falls on a day in Phish history with 10 setlists to look back on – there are some all timers in there for sure. Anyone get an early start so they can hear all twenty sets (8 x 2 sets, 1 x 1 set, 1 x 3 sets) today? Hope everyone had a nice Father's Day!

Answer: Congrats to @jimsleftear on his second win and code – while he's a relatively new MJM player, he's no n00b, so don't be surprised to see him rack up a few more wins before year's end. This week he quickly identified ('quickly' is serious understatement: he nailed three clips in 65 minutes!) the 6/19/94 Reba (see historical note above), the 11/11/98 Halley's Comet, and the 8/11/93 Mike's Song – three jams played in the state of Michigan – without falling into the 6/19 trap I had laid. MJM280 is going to be a toughie, tune in Monday if you're up for the challenge!

Monday 06/12/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 278

Welcome to the 278th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of June. 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!

Note: The technical difficulties have subsided – setlist and jam charts and everything else should be as your disposal. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to longtime MJMer @andrewrose on his fifth MJM win, correctly identifying the 5/24/88 Sloth (@tmwsiy's first show!) and the 12/5/97 Slave (the only Type II version to date). With a handful of wins, our friend from the Great White North needs only two more to join Mt. Jamsmore (if only Trey would too, amirite?). This week's MJM, like 9/2/11, was brought to you by the letter S, straight from the mind of MJM Emeritus @runlikecarini, who heard the Whipping Post-ish vibe (a song they'd played for damn near a half hour in the previous three-song second set) in the Sloth intro and thought it a tricky but fitting homage to Greg Allman. What's going down next week? Tune in Monday for MJM279 to find out.

Thursday 06/08/2017 by Icculus

PHILOSOPHY SCHOOL OF PHISH IS BACK!

[The following is courtesy of Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, of the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion of Oregon State University. -charlie]

Tired of chalk dust torture? Sign up for this year's Philosophy School of Phish course! Class begins June 26th.

The Philosophy School of Phish is a special online section of PHL 360: Philosophy and the Arts, which uses Phish’s live performances as “field sites” for exploring the philosophy of art and music. The class is offered online through Oregon State University’s Ecampus. This makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to register; you do not have to be a current OSU student to take the class. The online format also permits each student (and the Professor) to travel to Phish concerts, instead of requiring physical attendance in an OSU classroom.

For the third year in a row, students will complete the term-long Artist Interview Project with artists from the Phish community. As part of their course work, students will interview the following artists:

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Monday 06/05/2017 by Dog_Faced_Boy

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 277

Welcome to the 277th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of June. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes 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.

Hint: No hint needed. The answer and winner will soon be revealed.

Answer: For the third time in the past three months, the eighth time since I took over as host, and for the thirteenth time overall – yep, that makes a Baker's Dozen! – we have another MJMer enter the Hall of Fame Emeritus class: @PhreePhish. Please join me in congratulating him! In identifying the 7/25/99 Birds of a Feather, he not only wins two codes this week, but he also gets a copy of the key to the vault, he gets added to the band's iMessage group text, he gets to help pick future MJMs, and he never has to waste another Monday chasing after a $9.99 LP code. Nice work! See y'all next week, when we double dip with a double clip and a theme for MJM278.

Tuesday 05/30/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 276

Welcome to the 276th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday Tuesday, the final and most difficult of May. My apologies for the holiday space cadet move – I hope everyone enjoyed their day off yesterday, and took a minute to reflect on those who sacrificed their lives for our safety and freedom. I'm not sure they had "freedom to blast dabs and listen to the same 30 second clips repeatedly instead of working" in mind, but that's besides the point! 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 (bizarre) 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 Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday Thursday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint: If you've ever played this game, you might have an easier time figuring out the dates of this week's clips:

Answer: It isn't often that the Blog gets a win, but for the second time in 2017 and only the 19th time ever, that's exactly what happened! This week's difficult MJM played off the numerical theme from last week's dates, but in a not-so-obvious fashion. That said, finding one of the clips and reading about Krypto, a game where the goal is to use arithmetic to take one set of numbers to arrive at a target number, this one becomes much more tractable. This week's clips were the 3/31/93 It's Ice outro, the 9/11/99 Wolfman's, the 4/23/92 Mike's Song, and the 8/12/96 It's Ice – the astute observer will note the following:

3/31/93: 3 x 31 = 93
9/11/99: 9 x 11 = 99
4/23/92: 4 x 23 = 92
8/12/96: 8 x 12 = 96

Stay tuned for MJM277 next week, when we go back to square one on the difficulty scale while playing for two clips.

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. 

Please support these events if you can! By supporting them, 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.

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....

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....

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).

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