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Phish Management Company to Close

Posted 2004-11-30 12:04:15 by Lemuria - 0 comments - Link:

Billboard Magazine reports that John Paluska, longtime Phish manager will dis-mantle Dionysian Productions, the band's Burlington, VT-based management company:
  • "Dionysian Productions will be a non-entity as of the end of the year," Paluska, Phish's manager for 16 years, tells Billboard. Phish will maintain a small headquarters in Vermont, headed by longtime Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro. "The rest of us are all splitting off and doing different things," says Paluska. Dionysian's staff, including Phish Dry Goods, the band's merchandising company, numbered more than 25 when the band was on the road.

Harmless Halloween Hijinx, or Tease of Dubious Taste?

Posted 2004-11-01 22:40:10 by Lemuria - 0 comments - Link:

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tease of the beginning of Mike's Song, making an off-color funny of the reports of a year ago or so regarding since-withdrawn accusations that photos Mike Gordon took backstage at a non-Phish concert were in some way inappropriate.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.

Demand a Ballot Recount!

Posted 2004-10-31 22:40:30 by Lemuria - 0 comments - Link:

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! :)

Fishman's Wind Tower in Doubt

Posted 2004-10-25 22:41:08 by Lemuria - 0 comments - Link:

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