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Song History Song History: Your Pet Cat

Posted 2014-11-20 8:33 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/2501

Upon first reading the tracklist for Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House in the Phishbill for the 2014 Halloween show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, I was pretty sure that each of the song titles were just veiled references to songs already in the Phish playbook. “Your Pet Cat” was obviously going to be the first WEST COAST “HARPUA” since 11/2/98. But then the show started. The second song of the first set was “Ghost” which was obviously not going to be played again as “The Haunted House.” Were they really going to play a sound effects album? By the time The Boys™ tore through the completely demented “Big Black Furry Creature From Mars” about halfway through the first frame I was completely at a loss… what else could be “Martian Monster”… ”Life on Mars?” Whatever was coming, it was certain to be both chilling and thrilling. I was half right at least, because we did get a set of Phish songs… they just weren’t what you could call “regular.”...

News Mockingbird Announces Ambassadors

Posted 2014-11-14 4:31 pm by Lemuria - 15 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/2z61fn

The Mockingbird Foundation is proud to announce a new program recognizing key supporters of its core mission through a new annual process.

Many people beyond the Foundation's formal structure invest significant time, care, and effort into building and improving the Foundation's intellectual property, services, relationships, and grant funds. They have coordinated or administered events for the Foundation, represented the Foundation in some official capacity, or otherwise helped fulfill the Foundation's mission in some exceptional manner. As an all volunteer organization, these individuals provide critical, direct or indirect support of our greater goal: the furthering of music and arts education for children.

In recognition of past work on behalf of or to benefit the Foundation, the board will identify Mockingbird Ambassadors each November. The longterm intent is to identify perhaps five such Ambassadors each year. However, the inaugural cohort is a larger group, of ten individuals each overdue for a public expression of our appreciation, debt, and support.

The 2015 Mockingbird Ambassadors are:

It is our honor to have each of them serve as Mockingbird Ambassadors for 2015.

Blog Mimi/Waterwheel Miami Auction

Posted 2014-11-14 4:20 am by Lemuria - 0 comments

Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation and the Mimi Fishman Foundation have announced a new on-line charity auction, including five auction items focusing on Phish’s upcoming New Years Eve run in Miami (a pair of tickets to all four shows as well as accommodations at the downtown Miami Hilton) and numbered posters from Phish’s 2014 Summer tour (all from limited runs, signed by all four members of Phish.) New to this auction is a timed release of the posters, with new posters added every few days, each with a unique end date/time.

Song History Song History: Frankie Says

Posted 2014-11-13 9:17 am by Grant Calof (That_Guy) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/214

Unconfirmed rumors surrounding a spring tour (mini tour, small club dates, etc) used to circulate every year, but in 1998 those rumors thankfully proved true. “The Island Tour” came as briefly as it went, but it drenched the east coast with a handful of new tunes, and thus (in the days before LivePhish, Twitter etc) a handful of new arguments over their correct titles. Debates over the burgeoning threat of the new world order or the possibility of invasion by sentient beings from another plane of existence take a distant back seat to a roomful of passionate fans deconstructing the name of a new Phish tune from sparsely gathered lyrics after its debut. “That girl in the Gamehendge Ranger shirt said that song was “Relax,” but the kid with every backstage pass around her neck says it’s called “Roggae”…”...

Song History Song History: Free

Posted 2014-11-11 11:27 am by pzerbo, lumpblockclod - Link: http://phi.sh/s/215

"Free" was one of six Phish originals that debuted at the Lowell benefit concert on 5/16/95. Fans quickly took to the song, which tells of a man who contemplates throwing his wife from the boat on which they sail. In fact, a minor lyrical change from earlier versions was released on the Billy Breathes version of the song and all subsequent live performances; this change from “as we go sliding by” to “as the ship goes sliding by” cemented the song’s imagery....

Song History Song History: Shipwreck

Posted 2014-11-06 6:42 pm by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/2502

The most common self-doubt experienced by many a ship’s skipper is the simple question: “Are you too near the shore, with it’s crashing surf and jagged rocks?” For as anybody with experience guiding a vessel on the high seas will tell you, sailing in open water is pretty simple, harsh weather notwithstanding; the hard parts of the ocean are always going to be its edges. The leeward shore is where you will find trouble and the watery graves of the less fortunate navigators who came before you. Whether it be the Graveyard of the Pacific, which stretches from Cape Scott on the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Tillamook Bay, Oregon, or the Graveyard(s) of the Atlantic, which surround the Outer Banks of Virginia and North Carolina to the south and Sable Island off Nova Scotia to the north; here there be ghosts of both ships and sailors alike. ...

Blog Phish Fan Documentary: We've Got It Simple!

Posted 2014-11-06 5:00 am by Icculus - 14 comments

There is a fan-driven documentary, We’ve Got It Simple, in pre-production. Michael Ryan Lawrence, quite a Phish fan himself, is directing and producing it. It is about fans and the Phish community, especially our artistic community, and Mike’s efforts inspired me to ask him some questions about the film, as well as the Kickstarter campaign to help fund it. Speaking personally, the beautiful and positive aspects of our community are usually not noticed or appreciated by non-fans. I believe this film has at least the potential to enlighten and inform in a profound way, and I hope you support it. -charlie

What was your inspiration for "We've Got It Simple"?

When I began my film career, there was not much “work for hire” out there, and so I became an independent documentary filmmaker by directing a film about a subject I was and continue to be very passionate about, craft beer! BEERADELPHIA - The City of Brewery Love was that film, and the reason it was so successful was that it truly was a labor of love for me. As a home brewer, bartender and self-appointed Beer Ninja, I was a part of a sub-culture that existed and, in my opinion, not enough people were informed on just how amazing it was. So Beeradelphia was my own way to creatively share the world of craft beer culture to those that were on the outside looking in, and to celebrate that culture for those of us on the inside.

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Blog Vegas3 Recap: Your Spaceship is About to Blast Off!

Posted 2014-11-04 12:42 pm by pzerbo - 20 comments

Editor’s note: The notion of writing the recap on my 6:30am Monday flight out of Vegas was great, in theory… in practice, not so much, apologies for the delay.

PZ: The only “never miss a” Sunday show of Phish’s fall tour fell on its last day. Given the gradually ascending upward trajectory of this tour, the final day of the Halloween stint was sure to provide plenty of tricks and treats. The frantic energy of the Halloween holiday weekend was tempered slightly on Sunday; in stark contrast to the first two nights, ticket availability went from major pain in the ass to tickets on the ground faster than you can say “need to catch a flight home for work/kids/life.”

A classic old-school opening combo “Runaway Jim” and “Foam” kicked off the gig, starting the set with an early 90’s vibe; a common show opening couplet from ‘92-94. The first “Mexican Cousin” since 6/19/12 (Portsmouth VA, 110 show gap) followed, offering swaying homage to the most ubiquitous of Vegas imbibing traditions, and their aftermath. Our trip may indeed be short, but Phish’s history is long: Round Room’s “Mexican Cousin” debuted after the first hiatus, but it wasn’t an exaggeration when Trey noted it as ”an old one, but a good one.” “Ocelot” continues to solidify its role as an anchor type-I first set jam vehicle, then Trey negotiated the pitfalls of Mike’s “Sugar Shack” in more than respectable fashion.

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Song History Song History: Is This What You Wanted

Posted 2014-11-04 7:21 am by Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/2507

While reviewing Leonard Cohen’s fifth album New Skin for the Old Ceremony for a February 1975 issue of Rolling Stone, rock critic Paul Nelson opined that “there comes a time in all of our lives when we realize we cannot be to others all that they and we expect us to be, and that moment is often tragic if there is love involved. For me, the art of Leonard Cohen is about that moment, repeated into infinity.” ...

Blog Vegas2 Recap: The Day After

Posted 2014-11-02 7:15 am by lumpblockclod - 26 comments

Whenever the final Curtain falls on Phish, and fans debate the band's finest moments, Friday's Haunted House set will be a part of that discussion. So how do you follow up a show like that? Do you ride the momentum to even greater heights? Remember, 11/1/13 was possibly the best show of last year. Or are we doomed to Saturday Night Special meets The Hangover? Phish didn't have to play shows on 1/1/96 or 1/1/00. They would get no such reprieve on 11/1/14.

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Blog Vegas1 Recap: Your Trip Is Short!

Posted 2014-11-01 8:15 pm by pzerbo - 22 comments

A sampling of thoughts from last night's historic Halloween gig:

Steve Paolini: Of course, I thought it was a joke. Disney's Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House? The entire Phishbill was clearly a joke, and reports were that the "album" had no – what do you call them? – "songs." My working theory was that this would be the Halloween the band covered an obvious album that literally everyone in the audience would know. Led Zeppelin IV... The Wall... Nevermind... Thriller. Phish had begun using the Phishbill in 1996 when they covered Remain in Light as a way of introducing the audience to musical costumes they might not be familiar with. This year had to be an album that needed no introduction. Because they sure as hell weren't going to play a bunch of sound effects for an hour.

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Blog No... WE are experiencing technical difficulties

Posted 2014-11-01 1:47 pm by bertoletdown - 135 comments

It’s a feat worthy of mention for an artist (or anyone for that matter) to reach a new pinnacle at precisely the same time as they hit rock bottom.

I don’t have much to say this morning about the show, or the costume set last night. I bet it was wonderful if you were there. I enjoyed what I was able to piece together after paying $30 to experience it in the comfort of home, with friends, on a holiday weekend evening. With that said, let me button up the praise section of this blog and move on to the impolite truths that matter.

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Blog BGCA 3 Recap: All About that Base(ball)

Posted 2014-10-30 11:50 am by Doctor_Smarty - 15 comments

Phish hit the stage for their third night at the Bill Graham Civic Arena about the same time World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner strode to the mound for the last of his mostly flawless twenty-one innings pitched. Though it took the band a little longer, both parties ended the night the same way, earning a save (to go along with two previous wins) on the strength of another solid performance and some late game heroics when the pressure got turned up.

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News LivePhish.com Announces LivePhish+

Posted 2014-10-28 3:25 pm by TheEmu - 38 comments - Link: http://phi.sh/2yae8o

LivePhish.com has announced a new service, LivePhish+, which will allow access to the entire LivePhish catalog on demand.

From plus.livephish.com:

LivePhish+ gives you unlimited access to the entire LivePhish catalog, including the latest shows, archive releases, studio albums and side projects. Sign up for a free 10-day trial, and then continue your LivePhish+ subscription for $9.99/month or $99.99/year. Non-subscribers may continue to use the new LivePhish App to stream shows in your Stash as well as Featured Shows rotating on a regular basis.

More information on the service is available through plus.livephish.com/faq.html.

Song History Song History: Soul Shakedown Party

Posted 2014-10-22 9:46 pm by Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo) - Link: http://phi.sh/s/523

Walk the narrow streets of Amsterdam, and it is hard to travel very far before seeing some tribute to Bob Marley. Given the obvious admiration members of Phish have demonstrated toward Bob Marley it was no great surprise for them to debut a Marley cover during their second ever visit to Amsterdam. “Soul Shakedown Party” opened Phish’s appearance at Amsterdam’s historic Paradiso on 2/17/97. After one more appearance on 2/20/97 in Milan, Italy, the song then went back into mothballs, gone and seemingly forgotten before even one performance on American soil....

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