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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 221

Posted 2016-04-25 1:00 pm by ucpete - 44 comments , posted in the Audio category (2036 listens)

Welcome to the 221st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint:

Answer: For only the 15th time in 221 MJMs (6.8% W%), the Blog wins!

The Blog's record has now improved to 15 wins, 179 outright losses, and 26 hint-aided losses (plus the voided MJM 214). The guessing crew was on the right track, but ultimately fell short. The picture of the Lidocaine ointment was a nod to the topical nature of this week's MJM -- note that it says "For Topical Use Only" on the label. The topic itself is Mr. Rogers Nelson, also known as Prince Rogers Nelson; this week's jams were played at shows during which Phish covered The Purple One: 12/31/98 Antelope ("1999"), 12/30/94 Tweezer ("Purple Rain"), and 8/28/93 Stash ("Purple Rain"). Come back next week for MJM 222, where we'll play for two download codes.

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News "How About a Goldfish?" New posters from Mbird on sale Friday.

Posted 2016-04-20 4:20 pm by MarcoEsc - 3 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/3q2jti

NOPE!Just in time for the election season, artist and printmaker Brian Bojo addresses this one critical question with an answer we all can agree on: NOPE!

This new limited edition print from The Mockingbird Foundation goes on sale this Friday, April 22, at noon ET at Bottleneck Gallery. Proceeds benefit music education for kids!

NOPE is an 18" x 24" three-color screenprint on Springhill 150 lb. Tag manila paper. It is a signed and numbered edition of 150, and is $25.

Brian also created a variety of variants for those who like a little more color in their goldfish. These will also go on sale Friday ... same time, same place ... and are much smaller editions.

NOPE 
Silver foil and gold foil variants are each a signed, numbered edition of 10. Shiny!


Four alternate color variants are each a signed, numbered edition of 25. Colorful!

NOPE prints, crafted by Brian Bojo for The Mockingbird Foundation - on sale this Friday at noon from Bottleneck Gallery. Come and get them before they all swim away!

This election year, vote OOM PA PA!

Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 220

Posted 2016-04-18 7:00 pm by ucpete - 18 comments , posted in the Audio category (1299 listens)

Welcome to the 220th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted five short clips this week -- these five clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the five mystery jam clips, and answer what the five clips share in common. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain five songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday at approximately 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint (3:08 PM ET / 12:08 PM PT):

Answer: Congrats to second-time winner @mickeyjoe86 who correctly identified the 8/31/12 CDT, the 9/5/15 CDT, the 9/4/11 CDT, the 8/31/14 CDT, and the 8/31/13 CDT, all played at Dick's in CO; one of the five songs (fingers) was from the FYF show, and "Chalk Dust Torture" is purported to be Trey's favorite Phish song. Stay tuned next week for MJM 221, back at the regularly scheduled time.

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Blog Don't Snooze on Sundays?

Posted 2016-04-13 10:00 am by Lemuria - 20 comments

Among the many data elements on Phish.net, users' ratings of shows receive a disproportionate amount of critique. They are generic by design, suspected of some biases, and used differently by different users.* But despite their flaws, the ratings are still informative**.

We’ll start with an arcane issue: how show performance varies by day of the week. While some fans may love the Friday/Saturday blowout, many warn to “never miss a Sunday!”. Similarly the band’s “you snooze, you lose” mantra has emphasized that sparks happen in expected places on unexpected nights. An analysis of show ratings helps to consider each of these ideas, as well as to identify some interesting variations.

All at Once

First, let’s look at the ratings*** for all 1701 known shows. If we take the average rating for each show, and then average those averages by weekday, Sunday is indeed tops - with a mean average of 3.87 just edging out Friday (3.82) and Saturday (3.85). However, the averages alone don’t vary much, as the lowest (Monday, at 3.69) isn’t much lower. Meanwhile, variance (differences from the average within each group) do vary. So, let’s look at that...

Of those that have been rated, only a third have average ratings below 3.57, while a third have average ratings above 4.13. That’s stilted towards the high end, but still involves sufficient variation for comparisons. Or, treating the ratings as an indicator of performances, Phish shows are typically hot – but they’re not all equally so, and how hot they are varies, even across the week.

All SpokesThis stacked-petal polar chart**** uses red for the hottest third, and yellow for the bottom third. Each spoke within it illustrates how that day’s shows are distributed across these thirds. (Icons outside each spoke indicate how many shows happened that day and the average number of raters for each of them.)

If you lose by snoozing, it’s not on Monday: 41% of Monday shows are in the bottom third, while only 27% are in the top third – respectively, the highest and lowest proportions of any in the chart. Saturday seems least risky, with the smallest proportion at the bottom (28%); but Sunday more often had the highest payoffs, with the largest proportion (39%) in the top third. Of the rest, Friday fared best, while Tuesday and Wednesday were “merely” consistent, with about a third of each day’s shows in each third of all shows.

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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 219

Posted 2016-04-11 1:00 pm by ucpete - 16 comments , posted in the Audio category (878 listens)

Welcome to the 219th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. Like last week, I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @dbertsch who quickly identified this week's trifecta: 8/2/97 Down with Disease, 4/17/04 Halley's Comet, 8/15/15 Piper, and correctly noted that all three jams lead to segues -> Tweezer. I'm impressed that the guessing crew has taken down the new format twice in two weeks without too much fuss. We'll see if that changes next week, when MJM 220 drops at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET to give the can't .net at work crew a better chance at glory. Thanks for playing!

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Blog Phish's State-by-State Path to 1600

Posted 2016-04-06 10:00 am by Lemuria - 14 comments

Sick of delegate counts on the proverbial road to 1600 Pennsylvania? Here’s some relief: a state-by-state analysis of the 1600* public Phish performances in the U.S.

The graphic below plots each state as a bubble, at the intersection of the first and last dates Phish played there. The larger the bubble, the more shows Phish has played in that state. (A legend is included in the lower left of the graphic.)

These bubbles appear in several distinct clumps: The large bubbles in the upper left are places Phish started and has performed the most. To the right of that, a group of varying sizes represent states first visited in the band’s early expansion, from 1989 to 1991, and still played recently. Finally, the sparse group of smaller bubbles in the lower middle-to-right represent sporadic stops from 1990-1995 that haven’t been visited in a number of years.

States Bubble chart

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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 218

Posted 2016-04-04 1:00 pm by ucpete - 35 comments , posted in the Audio category (1687 listens)

Welcome to the 218th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, and the debut of a new era of the MJM. While Phish 3.0 officially started on 3/6/09, some might argue that the band didn't really hit its stride till five months later at the Gorge on 8/7/09. Likewise, while MJM 3.0 officially started on 11/9/15, maybe someday folks (all seven of you who tune in each week) will say that it took MJM 3.0 five months to hit its stride. Like always, the winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net.

I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common*. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday.

*Yes, these three clips were all played by Phish. Yes, none of these clips were played in my kitchen. There is something very particular that I have in mind that these clips share in common, and only that commonality (along with the three songs and dates that share it) will be accepted as the correct answer.

Note: While I expect this to be harder than your typical MJM, I don't expect it to be three times as hard; if you figure out one of the clips, you'll want to look at where / when / how / why it was played / recorded / etc. to guide and narrow your search for the other two. We'll start out this week with a more straightforward puzzle, and as folks get the hang of it, we'll take you out into Type II MJMs and beyond. If this fails miserably, the MJM always reserves the right to revert to the classic format. Good luck and have fun!

Hint: The years these jams were played are like Span, Panik, and Posey yesterday -- well, more like Span, Posey, and Panik; the commonality is like the three most important aspects of real estate investment.

Answer: Congrats to six-time winner @WayIFeel who successfully identitied the 12/13/92 Bowie, the 4/6/94 Mike's Song, and the 8/9/93 Tweezer as all being played on Canadian soil. One more win puts him on the shelf as yet another MJM emeritus -- when he's gone, who will fill his shoes?

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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 217

Posted 2016-03-28 1:00 pm by ucpete - 16 comments , posted in the Audio category (1078 listens)

Welcome to the 217th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: By identifying the 9/30/00 Emotional Rescue, @highhat (a.k.a. @hai_hatto) wins his third MJM and takes home another download code. Be sure to tune in next week, when MJM 3.0 starts in earnest with a new, more challenging format.

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Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 216

Posted 2016-03-21 1:00 pm by ucpete - 13 comments , posted in the Audio category (1360 listens)

Welcome to the 216th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: Congrate to five-time winner @WayIFeel for crushing this week's MJM in 16 minutes, identifying the 6/23/12 Simple, and taking home the code for a free show download. Enjoy these quick victories while they last, because there's a flurry of novel MJMs coming, and they won't be so -- *cough* -- Simple.

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Song History Song History: Stash

Posted 2016-03-12 4:06 pm by Jeff Goldberg (Jeff_Goldberg), Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/538

In the late 1980's, Phish was but a mere sapling compared to what the band is today. This unique era of Phish’s musical development, where the band members, still relatively young, were riding a wave into stardom unfathomable at the time, was however in many ways a pinnacle in Phish’s maturity as a band. Although one never ceases to learn and advance musically, the band members were still very much music students themselves, engaging in group exercises such as a cappella vocal lessons and frequent jazz jam sessions....

Song History Song History: The Squirming Coil

Posted 2016-03-11 4:40 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/603

The lyrics of “The Squirming Coil” offer an enigmatic link between the demon seed horror of Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, Indiana Jones’ discovery of the well of souls in a “lost” city in Egypt, the hubris of Icarus during his escape from Crete, the adventures of Poster Nutbag’s primary pal, Jimmy, and the tragic murder of John Lennon outside The Dakota. Through ingesting the fictional tannis root, a fungus also known as Devil’s Pepper, we can decipher the riddle in the rhyme and discover we are being cautioned against seeking favor, fortune or fame, at any price. When we deal with the devil, the cost is invariably going to mean our soul....

News Phish Announces 2016 Summer Tour

Posted 2016-02-05 3:05 pm by Icculus - 29 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/3m7k3l

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Phish will begin their summer tour with a show in St. Paul, MN (the first in the twin cities since 9/24/2000). They will then play 19 shows in Illinois (Wrigley Field), IN, PA, NY, ME, MA, CT, WA (Gorge) and CA (San Francisco, Inglewood and Chula Vista), before taking six weeks or so off, after which they will perform three shows Labor Day weekend at Dick's in Colorado (September 2, 3, and 4). The ticket presale has started and will last until midnight e.t. on Sunday, February 21.

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News Benefit Reception for Mockingbird is Tomorrow (12/30) - Meet David Welker and See New Art!

Posted 2015-12-29 4:20 am by MarcoEsc - 2 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/3k92v1

David Welker pulls a Rutherford

Please join David for a special reception tomorrow at the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery in celebration of his acclaimed Subconcious Narratives show. A special limited edition print and new original art will be released at the reception, with proceeds to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. This event is free, and tickets are not required. Refreshments will be served, art will be sold and appreciated, and both David and representatives from Mockingbird will be there to hang out and enjoy your company.

When: Wednesday, 12/30/15. Noon - 4pm.
Where: Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, 527 West 23rd Street, NYC

NEW ART: A special very limited edition print - a two-layer, hand-pulled Rutherford variant titled "Drowned Again" will be available at the reception, with proceeds to benefit Mockingbird. Created with an edition size of 40, this piece will ONLY be sold at the gallery reception, no online sales. In addition, David will be making available on 12/30 previously unseen original art for sale. Any original pieces purchased during the reception, either at the gallery or via David's website, will see a portion of the sales price donated to Mockingbird. Finally, David will be releasing a special Subconscious Narratives Box Set (four embossed giclees from the show paintings; a hand printed, signed and numbered COA; two screen prints and an original drawing. The box itself is custom made and will be hand screened and signed.) at the show. 

Also available at the reception from The Mockingbird Foundation will be a new Rutherford basketball jersey, created in conjunction with David Welker and Boyer Art. This will be the first opportunity to get your fingers on and torso into this awesome new limited edition jersey, so be sure to come down to the gallery before hitting the Phish show!

BREAKING NEWS: Relix is giving away two tickets to David Welker's sold-out Late Night Art Meltdown (Phish after-show party on 1/1) plus a Welker print from this summer's Phish show at the Mann. Enter to win here

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