Yonder Mountain String Band will be making a donation to the Mockingbird Foundation in conjunction with the release of their new live album Mountain Tracks: Volume 3. Phish fans can enter a contest to win a signed copy of the album, plus a signed copy of their New Year's Eve poster by clicking here!
Rolling Stone reports that, included with the upcoming Vida Blue DVD, a "bonus disc will include a forty-minute documentary on McConnell's 'foray into the world of demolition derby and car racing.'"
During their Halloween show last night in Portland, OR, Umphrey's McGee played a medley of songs referencing recent cases of purported pedophilia by well-known musicians, including Michael Jackson (who's reportedly paid tens of millions to avoid trials regarding sleeping arrangements with young boys) and Pete Townsend (who explained having surfed the net for child porn as having been doing research on an important issue).The medley ended with a short, perhaps only three-second, tease of the beginning of Mike's Song, making an off-color funny of the reports of a year ago or so regarding since-withdrawn accusations that photos Mike Gordon took backstage at a non-Phish concert were in some way inappropriate. (Though note that Jackson has not been convicted, and Townsend was cleared.)Those in attendence insist that it was a brief, funny bit that was best understood at the event and may not convey well beyond the event. Some defenders of Phish are understandably angered by the choice of humor, but Umphrey's has issued an apology - and is, you should know, a smokin' act about whom there's a recent and growing buzz for good reason.Also, they request, keep in mind their odd sense of humor, evident even in their album titles - the first of which was Greatest Hits Volume III. They also share our interest in funding music education, and will =performed a benefit for Save the Music on December 10th at Irving Plaza.
Satellite music service Sirius held a phone vote of listeners to "elect a new head [get it?] of state". The winner will be played all day long on Sirius Jam, a purportedly (and mostly) jambands channel, one of 65 the service offers. In a race between Phish and the Grateful Dead, the Dead reportedly won. Email Sirius and tell them you want a recount, or an absentee ballot! The Dead are fine, sure, but we want a full day of PHISH on Tuesday, either as we celebrate victory or fall back in shock. This is a heated, energetic, full-of-fire election. It's soundtrack's gotta have fire! :)
Trey asked in a HeadCount PSA, and we're asking now - be sure to vote next Tuesday, regardless of who or what you're voting for. JUST DO IT!
Vermont Public Radio will air an hour-long documentary on October 27th at 7 pm EST, which will also be streamed online, which explores the band's unique approach to music and its audience, and during which drummer Jon Fishman shares perspective on the band's final moments. For more information, see www.vpr.net.
If you use Verizon and made calls at Coventry, you may have roaming charges for calls that were routed through Quebec (Canada) even if Vermont is within your call area. For some fans, this has meant as much as $55.00 is excess charges. Be sure to check your current bill, and to contact Verizon for a reversal if you were incorrectly charged in this manner. (And thanks to Jim Kapp for the info!)