Wednesday 09/28/2016 by Lemuria

Charity Golf Tournament In Vegas

Runaway Open logo The Mockingbird Foundation is excited to announce the first golf tournament exclusively for Phish fans. The inaugural Runaway Open will be held Sunday, October 30th, at the beautiful Arroyo Golf Club in Las Vegas, NV. (The start time of 11:55 am should leave players at least several hours between tournament play and show time.)

To register, make a donation to the Mockingbird Foundation of $150 (which covers green fees, tournament administration, and a nominal contribution to the Foundation) via PayPal or Dwolla. We'll get in touch within a matter of hours, and keep you posted as Vegas approaches.

Registration is open now but will likely close soon, as our inaugural event is currently limited to only sixteen (16!) players. This post will be updated as soon as we reach that limit. Therefore, please act quickly, and tell anyone you know who's going to the Vegas shows and/or plays golf: It's time to hit some balls!

Tuesday 09/27/2016 by Icculus

PHISH NYE 4-Show Run Announced: 12/28, 29, 30, 31

PHISH will perform four shows to close-out 2016 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets (including for the general admission floor) are onsale now through Monday, Oct. 10, at noon e.t., through Phish's online ticket portal. The public onsale via http://www.ticketmaster.com begins at noon e.t. on Friday, Oct. 14. Also, there are "travel packages" (which include hotel and tickets) being offered by Phish and CID Entertainment, and Phish is graciously donating their proceeds from sales of the packages to The WaterWheel Foundation. The packages will begin to be sold on Thursday, Oct. 13 at noon e.t. (details available here).

Monday 09/26/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 241

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Welcome to the 241st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult contest of the month. The winner will receive an MP3 download 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 and the photo taken during the clip. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Answer: Congratulations to now three-time winner, @FunkyCFunkyDo, who laughed at the "most difficult" qualifier and identified the 7/15/16 The Line in the first hour the MJM was posted. Yes, @FunkyCFunkyDo was at that show – I saw him there in person – but no, he didn't know I had taken the picture. As mentioned in a comment I made below, I thought I was being crafty by running to the Honey Buckets right when "The Line" started, but Trey planned it all along and taunted me as I stepped to the (long bathroom) line. @FunkyCFunkyDo has opted to exchange his code for the chance to try to stump everyone next week, so stay tuned Monday when we'll play for two codes, and we'll see how funky the first and easiest MJM of the month will be.

Monday 09/26/2016 by johnnyd

THE PHISH COMPANION TO BE FEATURED ON VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO

The Mockingbird Foundation and The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition, will get some news coverage over the radio waves (and through the interconnected series of tubes) on Tuesday morning, courtesy of Vermont Public Radio.

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Monday 09/19/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 240

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Welcome to the 240th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the two mystery jam clips, which are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint:

Photo (c) {http://thehoodplant.com|unknown}

Answer: Congrats to @dbertsch, who enters a class of now 39 multiple MJM winners with his second win and LivePhish code, both on multiclip MJMs. He must have recognized the picture taken of the HP Hood milk plant in Burlington, VT, just across the street from where the band lived when they wrote a song about Mr. Hood himself. Specials thanks to Anne Rothwell and the kind folks at thehoodplant.com for allowing me to use one of their photos for this week's hint – it's really cool that they acknowledge Phish on their site taboot: check it out! @dbertsch correctly identified the 7/18/03 Harry Hood (from the jam) and the 3/14/92 Harry Hood (from the improvisational intro) – two clips that, in combination with the versions from the past couple years, highlight the storied improvisational history of this fan-favorite tune since 1985. Stay tuned for next week's MJM, the final and most difficult MJM of September (before we reset the difficulty meter to "low" the week after), which will be an experiment with yet another new format.

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Saturday 09/17/2016 by MarcoEsc

NEVER MISS A SUNDAY (RADIO) SHOW

On Sunday night, tune in to Power Radio 88 from 6-7pm EST for a Q&A with Phish Companion co-editor and Mockingbird Foundation Board President, Marco Walsh.

Listen here:

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Wednesday 09/14/2016 by MarcoEsc

It's Art: New Print By Zeb Love Drops Tomorrow

Sunrise Over the Turquoise MountainsFrom acclaimed artist Zeb Love comes the latest print celebrating the publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition. Zeb is well known in the art rock world for his beautifully detailed screen prints, and we are honored to have him create this work to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. In this epic illustration we see messenger birds taking flight as the sun rises over the rain-soaked turquoise mountains of Gamehendge. Blastoplast at the ready, a rebel lizard and his trusty llama steed gaze upon Wilson's troops camped in the delta below...

"Sunrise Over the Turquoise Mountains" is an 18" x 24" five color screen print, available in a signed and numbered edition of 175. The print, along with a magenta variant (edition of 25), will go on sale via the Bottleneck Gallery online store on Thursday, September 15th, at 1pm Eastern Time (10am PT). All proceeds fund youth music education, ta'boot.

UPDATE (9/15, 4:00pm): SOLD OUT. Thank you all for your support, to Zeb for the gorgeous work, and to our friends at Bottleneck Gallery for doing the commerce and getting the prints to you all safely.

Monday 09/12/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 239

Welcome to the 239th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 download 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 – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Note: As with MJM 237, this video MJM does not have audio. While I may use video with audio for future MJMs, these silent MJMs will rely on your ability to pick up on visual cues to identify these clips without any music. In the interest of fairness, I won't be using any video that can't be found on YouTube or Vimeo – I will be screen capturing from those sites directly, not from my own collection.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner, @Franklin, who won this week's video-sans-audio MJM by correctly identifying the 7/6/13 Split Open and Melt in stunningly quick fashion (18 minutes?!), and takes home a download code for any show from LivePhish.com. Next week's MJM will be harder than those from the past two weeks, but it won't be as hard as the last of the month. Won't you come out to play?

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Wednesday 09/07/2016 by MarcoEsc

AJ Masthay's Latest Print For Mockingbird On Sale Thursday

Shiny like a new pennyTo celebrate the publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition, master printmaker AJ Masthay has created a stunning new work to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. The print, entitled "No Future at All," will go on sale via the Bottleneck Gallery website on Thursday, September 8 at noon ET (9am PT).

With this print, AJ returns to Gamehendge to illustrate everybody's favorite robotic executioner. Here the AC/DC Bag is more cyborg than just robot: he started out human, but was cruelly augmented with machinery. One arm has been removed, replaced by a hangman's noose. The skin has fallen from his trunk, revealing a clockwork of machinery inside. Yet a hint of humanity can be seen in his eyes as, with a look of sorrow and dismay, he peers into a crate containing a human hand and heart - lost pieces of his former self. We've really got to hand it to AJ...he put a lot of heart into this one!

"No Future at All" is an 18" x 24" eleven-color linoleum-cut print, and will be available in three signed and numbered editions: a standard edition of 420 (on Crane Lettra Ecru paper), a sparkle variant edition of 100 (on sparkle foil paper), and a copper edition of 15 (on copper foil paper). Purchases are limited to one of each edition per customer, and each print will include a copy of the all-new Phish Companion (shipped separately). Proceeds fund grants for youth music education.

No Future at All

Tomorrow. Noon (ET). Bottleneck Gallery. Don't be late! 

Tuesday 09/06/2016 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Provides Flood Relief

The Mockingbird Foundation has sent $1,000 contributions to two high school music programs affected by recent flooding in Southern Louisianna, as part of its Emergency Grants Fund. The bands at Denham Springs and St. Amant started the year without instruments, and are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, in communities hard hit and so limited in their ability to help. We encourage Phish fans to join in the recovery effort

Monday 09/05/2016 by lumpblockclod

DICK'S3 2016: A DICKSMAS MIRACLE!

Uncomfortable truths are sometimes easier to acknowledge after the passage of time. This is especially true when there is a happy ending involved. So it goes with Phish's 2016 summer tour. Let's be clear: Heading into Dick’s, 2016 wasn’t just below average—it was among the most puzzling and disappointing stretches of the band's career.

Phish has always had highs and lows—many more of the former than the latter—but there was always an explanation for the lows. In retrospect, 1996 was about the band re-inventing itself after the peak of 1995. We all know the explanation for 2004, though the band still managed to scale massive peaks even during that time of trouble. In 2009, Phish was still getting their sea legs under them. But 2016 hadn’t provided an easy answer, at least not yet.

Photo (c) {https://twitter.com/DaveDecroPhoto|Dave Decro Photo}
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Monday 09/05/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 238

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Welcome to the 238th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest MJM of September. Happy Labor Day to you all, especially those who got their asses handed to them at Dick's this weekend*! The winner will receive an MP3 download 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 – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

*I'm writing this before Dick's has started, wishfully thinking there'll be another "Ass Handed."

Hint:

Ignore the year.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @courvoisier, who climbed right back in the saddle after a near win last week and correctly identified the 7/15/16 Chalk Dust Torture from the Gorge (located in George, WA), taking home a LivePhish code for his efforts. After consecutive strong showings, is he the next savant to take MJM by storm? Or will one of the multiple MJM winners swoop back in when the level of difficulty jumps up another notch? Find out on Monday when we're back with MJM239.

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Sunday 09/04/2016 by phishnet

DICK'S2: YOU GOT TWO SECOND SETS, BLAZE ON

[This guest recap is courtesy of Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, who teaches the "Philosophy School of Phish" and other courses at Oregon State University. Special thanks to Yaron Marcus for his feedback on this recap and for the photos! -charlie]

On the second of three sold-out nights at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Phish springboarded off the energy from night one to deliver an overall excellent show last night. It featured a number of tight, energetic jams, an unexpected opener, and a contender for the best first set of the summer. While the setlist did not contain any bust-outs or heavily-chased songs, Phish laid down a memorable, polished show that highlights the versatility of the band with the perfect balance of beautiful, reflective peaks and dark, sublime rock.

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Saturday 09/03/2016 by pzerbo

DICK'S1: WHEN MERCURY COMES OUT AT NIGHT

Phish got right down to business last night at Dick’s… so we’ll do the same. Roaring out of the gates with “Ghost,” the band offered only the second show-opening Ghost since the ‘90s, the other also being at Dick’s (8/31/13, the “MOST SHOWS SPELL SOMETHING” gig). Rounding out at a little over ten minutes, it was still too early to sense that this was a night where IT was happening.

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Photo by Herschel Gelman.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016 by MarcoEsc

New Masthay Print For Mbird - Come Hang With AJ In Denver!

No Future at AllTo celebrate the publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition, master printmaker AJ Masthay has created a stunning new work to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. "No Future at All" is an 18" x 24" eleven-color linoleum-cut print, produced in three signed editions: a standard edition of 420 (on Crane Lettra Ecru paper), a variant edition of 100 on sparkle foil, and a small artist's edition art print. We've gotta hand it to AJ...he put a lot of heart into this one!

Time to put your money where your mouth is: "No Future at All" will go on sale via the Mockingbird Foundation online store at Bottleneck Gallery on Thursday, September 8th at Noon ET. Purchases are limited to one of each edition per customer, and will include a copy of the all-new Phish Companion (shipped separately). Proceeds fund grants for youth music education.

On Thursday, September 1st at 7pm, AJ Masthay will be honored with a pre-Dick's gallery appearance at Further Frames in Denver. Along with other gems from his archives, AJ will have his artist edition of "No Future at All" for sale. Come on down to meet the artist, check out some amazing frame-ups, and get your prints remarqued (art talk for "doodled") by AJ. The Phish Companion will also be for sale at the event, so come get your book and READ IT!

...and if you're looking for something else to do while in Denver, swing by Twist and Shout Records, where they proudly sell The Phish Companion.

Tuesday 08/02/2016 by Icculus

Phish Announces Fall Tour, Halloween In Vegas

Phish has announced a Fall tour beginning October 14 in South Carolina. The tour runs through several southern states (FL, TN, GA, TX) before concluding with four (4) nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, 10/28-10/31. The ticket presale runs through Sunday, August 14, at 11:59pm ET. The public onsale begins August 18. 

Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the Halloween Run (which include hotel and tickets). Phish will be donating their proceeds of these travel packages to The WaterWheel Foundation. Travel Packages go on sale August 17th at 12noon PDT. Full details available here.

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