Wednesday 05/22/2019 by howard_roark

WEEKLY CATCH WITH OSIRIS #16: NECTAR'S - BURLINGTON, VT - 05/24/1988

[Welcome To Weekly Catch With Osiris! A weekly series brought to you from the team at Osiris. Each Wednesday we're going to bring you a historic Phish show from that week with some commentary. Our goal is to go beyond official releases and well-known shows to bring you some of the overlooked gems throughout Phish history. If you like what you find, we'd encourage you to check out the assortment of podcasts at the Osiris! This week's catch comes from Brian Brinkman of Beyond The Pond.]

Link: Nectar's, Burlington, VT - 05/24/1988

The year 1988 was a huge one for Phish. It could be argued that it was the biggest year of their career until 1992. Their sound quality took a massive leap forward with upgrades in gear. Their catalogue deepened and became more varied. Their setlists flowed with focus and deliberateness. They traveled west to Colorado & laid roots that would reap longterm rewards for decades to come. And, perhaps most important, their jamming, which they would relegate for the next five years, finally reached a level of maturity, thus previewing the transcendence the band would routinely display come 1993.

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Monday 05/20/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 376

Welcome to the 376th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third 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 the two mystery clips. The clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint: If your search for the answer begins afloat upon the waves, you're barking up the wrong tree.

Answer: Congrats to... the Blog! For only the 24th time ever, the Blog has won the MJM. While @Phishdicks4 saw right through the hint and correctly identified the 7/2/98 "Runaway Jim," he missed the second clip: 7/31/97 "Runaway Jim." Come back on Monday when the difficulty ramps up another notch for MJM377, and we'll play for two LivePhish codes.

Friday 05/17/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

TAKE THE BAIT - EPISODE 13. THE BOB GULLOTTI SHOWS

[Take the Bait is spirited deliberation centered around the hyperbole of Phish’s music and fandom, passionately exuded via the written words of phish.net contributors @FunkyCFunkyDo and @n00b100. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of phish.net, The Mockingbird Foundation, or any fan… but we're pretty sure we’re right. Probably.]

Funky: Among the many, many elements of Phish that keep me in awe of them and their music is the sheer greatness and fullness of their sound. It’s not that it’s loud, it engulfs; it’s not produced or prepackaged, it’s fluid and polished; it’s not that it knocks you over with intensity (well, sometimes it does), no, it flows over you with freshness and gusto, even the same song you’ve heard 100 times or more.

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Thursday 05/16/2019 by Lemuria

GOLF REGISTRATION OPENS, SPONSORS SOUGHT

8/31/19 in DenverRegistration has started for the Fourth Annual Runaway Open charity golf tournament for Phish fans, the morning of the second show of the upcoming Dick's run, over Labor Day weekend.

We'll have up to 80 players this time, with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. (preceded by a group photo and warm send-off), playing at Willis Case. As before, we'll have contests - but it's all about swingin' sticks with fans, so don't sweat it if you're rusty, new to the game, or prioritizing fun over competition. So are we. :)

Early registration is strongly encouraged. All three previous events have sold out, with a waiting list we couldn't satisfy. The number of players has nearly doubled each year (16 to 32 to 54), but we've also opened registration earlier, to facilitate players' planning and to help find more players. So act soon - and please help spread the word!

Register by completing this online form and then making a donation to the Mockingbird Foundation of $150 per player, which covers all fees, cart, lunch, an event golf shirt, and a gift bag of goodies.

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Wednesday 05/15/2019 by howard_roark

WEEKLY CATCH WITH OSIRIS #15: THE CAPITOL THEATRE - PORT CHESTER, NY - 05/14/1992

[Welcome To Weekly Catch With Osiris! A weekly series brought to you from the team at Osiris. Each Wednesday we're going to bring you a historic Phish show from that week with some commentary. Our goal is to go beyond official releases and well-known shows to bring you some of the overlooked gems throughout Phish history. If you like what you find, we'd encourage you to check out the assortment of podcasts at the Osiris! This week's catch comes from Brian Brinkman of Beyond The Pond.]

Listen: The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY - 05/14/1992

As the Spring 1992 Tour wove it's way back to the Northeast for its conclusion after three months on the road, the band was tight, filled with humor, and readying for a leap that would project them to the creative peak of the next three years. Here, on May 14, from The Capitol Theatre, a venerable must-play venue for all jambands, Phish played a show that displayed all the aspects that made the Spring 1992 Tour so ripe with youthful ambition and so filled with joyful pure Phishiness.

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Tuesday 05/14/2019 by phishnet

ALL OF THESE PHISH STUDIES DREAMS

© 2019 Ryan Kerrigan

Your time is near, the mission’s clear, but it’s later than you think. The inaugural Phish Studies conference will take place at Oregon State University this weekend. The three-day event is unprecedented. There have been classes about other bands. There have been conferences focused on other bands. There has never been a stand-alone conference devoted to a single band with this level of community integration and collaboration. You’ve never seen this side of Phish. The conference has been a dream of ours for a long time. Don’t miss out on your only chance to be at the first-ever Phish Studies conference held on a college campus. Help shape the future of the growing field, redefine what is possible in the Academy, and take part in history as it unfolds. You will always remember where you were.

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Monday 05/13/2019 by wforwumbo

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 375

Welcome to the 375th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second 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 the two mystery clips. The clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @raisinsnacks on their first MJM, who needed no time (and no hint) to see that this week's theme was "Theme" in identifying the 11/2/13 "Theme From the Bottom" and the 12/31/14 "Theme From the Bottom." Stop by Monday for a more difficult pair of clips for MJM376.

Friday 05/10/2019 by Lemuria

THIRD RUNAWAY OPEN SLIDESHOW

Here's a look back at the Third Annual Runaway Open, last September 1st in Denver. This charity golf tournament for Phish fans included more than 50 players, in beautiful weather, the morning of the 2nd show during the three-show Labor Day weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods. Nearly a thousand dollars in prizes, from lot pins to free shoes, and a great time had by all.

Congratulations to the winning foursome (Gapp, Rusch, Mortell, and Bradley), the various contest winners (Colin Hall won for longest drive; Ron Mckernan did not win for closest to pin), and the ten raffle prize winners, and immense thanks to everyone for coming out.

We hope to see you at the fourth annual event this year, Saturday August 31st. Details will be announced, and registration will open, this Sunday, May 12th. Early registration is encouraged, as all three previous events have sold out, with a waiting list.

(P.S. The soundtrack from this video is Tom Tom Club's version of Phish's "Sand" from the Mockingbird Foundation tribute album Sharin' in the Groove.)

Wednesday 05/08/2019 by howard_roark

WEEKLY CATCH WITH OSIRIS #14: PAGE COMMONS ROOM - STUDENT CENTER - COLBY COLLEGE - WATERVILLE, ME - 05/10/1991

[Welcome To Weekly Catch With Osiris! A weekly series brought to you from the team at Osiris. Each Wednesday we're going to bring you a historic Phish show from that week with some commentary. Our goal is to go beyond official releases and well-known shows to bring you some of the overlooked gems throughout Phish history. If you like what you find, we'd encourage you to check out the assortment of podcasts at the Osiris! This week's catch comes from Brian Brinkman of Beyond The Pond.]

Listen: Page Commons Room, Student Center, Colby College, Waterville, ME - 05/10/1991

Aside from Vermont, perhaps no other Northeastern State seems to encapsulate Phish quite like Maine. According to this site, the band has been playing Maine since January 1989, and have played some of the biggest shows of their entire career there. Shows like 8/3/1991, 2/3/1993, 12/30/1993, 11/2/1994, 12/11/1995, 8/17/1997, 12/7/99, 8/2/03, and 10/19/2010 impacted not only their immediate tours, but the overall trajectory of their sound and career in a number of ways.

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Monday 05/06/2019 by wforwumbo

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 374

Welcome to the 374th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest 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 song and date of the mystery clip. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

*Reminder: For the first MJM of each month, 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, but you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me; once the hint has been posted, everyone should answer on the blog. If that's confusing to you, check out the handy decision tree that @ucpete threw together to help guide you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Hint: 25 years after the Dead's seminal live record from across the pond, Phish drops this heater from the very same continent.

Answer: Congratulations to first-time MJM winner @fukuoka_gumbo, who used the hint (referring to Europe '72) to place this jam in one of the two European '97 tours (Winter and Summer) and found the post-"Free" jam hiding in plain sight before the 2/20/97 "Swept Away." With his first win, he also takes home a code good for the free MP3 download of any show from LivePhish.com. The keen observer may have noticed that @ucpete shared a glorious SBD / AUD matrix of 2/20/97 in 24-bit FLAC format in the run-up to this week's puzzle, so really, we're all winning this week! Won't you come out to play MJM375 on Monday?

Saturday 04/06/2019 by Lemuria

$100k For Schuyler Cleanup

Phish has donated a total of $100,000 to seven nonprofits in Schuyler County, NY, following flooding and related issues that affected the area and resulted in the cancellation of Curveball.

Friday 04/05/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Night At Fenway

The Boston Red Sox have announced that June 24th will be Phish Night at Fenway Park. The first 1,500 ticket orders will get “a limited-edition pennant designed by Phish to commemorate this special event.”

Tuesday 03/26/2019 by Lemuria

Trey Supports Music Ed Through Mockingbird

In conjunction with his newly announced Newport Festival show, Trey has directed the Newport Festival Foundation to donate $2,000 to the Mockingbird Foundation. Mockingbird in turn has matched the donation and contributed $4,000 to nearby Mt. Pleasant High School, which had its $4,000 music budget for the year slashed to only $700. We're restoring that, thanks to Trey and NFF, and encourage others in the area to contribute to their music program, as well.

“The benefits of music education in the lives of young people are countless, and yet music programs in our schools continue to be seriously underfunded,” said Anastasio, co-founder of the band Phish in a prepared statement. “Thankfully, there are organizations like The Mockingbird Foundation that are on the frontlines of this very worthy cause. The fact that this non-profit organization was founded and funded by the Phish fan community is incredibly inspiring and humbling.”

Wednesday 01/23/2019 by multibeast

Mockingbird Announces Its 400th Grant!

The Mockingbird Foundation has announced fifteen new grants totaling $131,870 in support of music education for children. The grants come from Mockingbird’s 23rd round of competitive grant-making, are among the largest single rounds of grants in the Foundation’s history, and include the Foundation’s 400th grant.

The grants were enhanced by funds from Phish’s own WaterWheel Foundation, which allowed the board to double two of the grant requests, as well as the Kristy Anastasio Manning Memorial Fund, which provided 50% of one of the grants. Mockingbird also increased four grants beyond the requested amounts, having been particularly impressed by those applicants.

Follow the link for the official announcement.

http://mbird.org/2019/01/400th-grant/

Wednesday 01/09/2019 by ucpete

Phish Announces Summer 2019 Tour

Phish will hit the road this summer with a 26-date tour beginning in St. Louis, MO and ending with their traditional Labor Day shows at Dick's. The ticket request window is open until Wednesday, January 16th – see here for ticketing information.

 

Tuesday 12/11/2018 by Icculus

Trey, Fish Et Al. To Tour As GHOSTS OF THE FOREST In April 2019

That's right, Ghosts of the Forest, a new band led by Trey (featuring Jon Fishman, Jennifer Hartswick, Celisse Henderson, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski), will tour in April 2019.

They will play seven (7) shows on the east coast in April 2019. Please see Phish.com for more information.

Tuesday 12/04/2018 by ucpete

Phish Studies Conference: Call For Proposals

Phish Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Band, its Music, and its Fans
 
Oregon State University is pleased to announce the first peer-reviewed academic conference devoted to the music and fan culture of the improvisational rock band Phish. The conference will take place on Oregon State’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon, May 17-19, 2019.
 
For the past thirty-five years, Phish has been consistently building a fervent fan base and impressive live performance history, often working outside traditional avenues of the mainstream recording industry. They staged the world’s largest New Year’s Eve concert in December 1999 with a marathon seven-hour set, redefined the modern American music festival, and performed a record-setting thirteen night run at New York’s Madison Square Garden without repeating a single song during the summer of 2017. Despite these achievements, Phish has received far less scholarly attention than many other acts in popular music.

Bringing scholars together from diverse academic disciplines, we welcome a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches to the sonic, narrative, performative, visual, and cultural worlds of Phish, including but not limited to:
 
•       Music and Lyrics: Compositional practice; Improvisational strategies; Band mythologies, including Gamehendge; Questions of genre; Historiography;
•       Elements of Live Performance: Cover songs; Concert lighting; Venues; Fan space and place;
•       Fan Culture: Fan communities (virtual, face-to-face); Fan art; Parking lots; Tape trading; Issues of race, gender, religion, sexuality, disability; Activism; Subcultural identities; Fan mythologies;
•       Business: Business practices; Place within music industry; Tape trading; Early adoption of the internet; Media framing of Phish; Influence on American music festival culture; Influence on the jam band genre;
•       Quantitative Analysis: Analyses of setlists, fan show ratings, tour itineraries.

Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words for either (a) individual 20-minute papers or (b) 90-minute panel proposals (three presenters minimum). Complete panel proposals should include an abstract for each panelist’s contribution as well as a 250-word (max.) justification for the panel. We encourage proposals from scholars at any stage of their career, including graduate students as well as scholars outside of academia. Abstracts should specify the presenter’s methodological and theoretical approach, summarize conclusions, and specify the broader academic implications of the research. Abstracts are due no later than January 15, 2019.

Participants will have the opportunity to submit revised versions of their presentations for an edited volume following the conference. For submission instructions and more information, go to http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/phish2019/
 
Program committee:
Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, Committee Chair (Philosophy)
Dr. Christina Allaback (Theater Studies)
Dr. Jnan Ananda Blau (Communication Studies)
Dr. Jacob A. Cohen (Musicology)
Dr. Natalie Dollar (Speech Communication)
Dr. Paul Jakus (Economics)
Dr. Elizabeth Yeager (American Studies)

Wednesday 10/31/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Vegas Music

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena, October 31st and November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, we have sent a check for $2500 to Mater Academy MS in Las Vegas, NV. Mockingbird has now made 385 grants, covering all 50 states, and totalling more than $1.3M.

Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this fall. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Friday 10/26/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Rosemont School

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Allstate Arena on October 26th, 27th, and 28th, we have sent a check for $2500 to Rosemont SD78 in Rosemont, IL. Mockingbird has now made 384 grants, covering all 50 states, and totalling more than $1.3M.

Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this fall. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Tuesday 10/23/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Nashville Music

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Ascend Amphitheater on October 23rd and 24th, we have sent a check for $2500 to Music Makes Us in Nashville, TN.

Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this fall. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

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