Phish.Net News Stream For Phans, by Phans en-us Copyright 2001-2016, The Mockingbird Foundation Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:27:03 GMT (Adam Scheinberg) Phish.Net Fourth Quarter Blowout Rocks Atlanta <p>It&#39;s been a strong fall tour so far and this cool Saturday night in north Georgia was no exception. Its pleasures may have tended more toward strong setlist calls than deep and transcendent jamming, but so what, really. When the big jam finally came, it came with a hurricane-force fourth-quarter &quot;<a href="">Simple</a>&quot; that ranks with the best Phish music of 2016.</p> <p>There is no original riff in the Trey Anastasio songbook that detonates a live audience like the elementary major-chord fingering exercise that begins &quot;Simple.&quot; A versatile song that the band has been comfortable taking very far out since its infancy, when &quot;Simple&quot; shows up in the second set, especially late, it&#39;s usually a call for exploration. Last night, with its great future still unwritten, Mike sustained the patient with some high-end color until Trey found a little phrase he liked. You might recognize it from the &quot;<a href="">Down with Disease</a>&quot; this year at <a href="">Dick&#39;s</a>. He repeated it persistently until the troops fell in line. Page added some classic-rock backbeat behind it, and then somebody in the control room smashed the JAM button.</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" /></a></p> <p>Photo (c) Rene Huemer</p> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:31:38 GMT (@sausagemahoney) Blog Phish 2016-10-22 <p><span class='set-label'>Set 1</span>: <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Mike's Song'>Mike's Song</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Ass Handed'>Ass Handed</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Weekapaug Groove'>Weekapaug Groove</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Waiting All Night'>Waiting All Night</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Sample in a Jar'>Sample in a Jar</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Bathtub Gin'>Bathtub Gin</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Rift'>Rift</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Stash'>Stash</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Funky Bitch'>Funky Bitch</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Your Pet Cat'>Your Pet Cat</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Character Zero'>Character Zero</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore 2</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Run Like an Antelope'>Run Like an Antelope</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Fuego'>Fuego</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Runaway Jim'>Runaway Jim</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='No Quarter'>No Quarter</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Simple'>Simple</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='46 Days'>46 Days</a> -> <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley'>Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley</a> -> <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='46 Days'>46 Days</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Makisupa Policeman'>Makisupa Policeman</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='First Tube'>First Tube</a> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT ( Setlist Alpharetta Night 1 Recap <p><em>[Editor&#39;s Note: For this recap, please welcome 20 year vet and longtime .netter and RMPer Chris Cagle (<a href="">@OrangeSox</a>), who offers this recap of last night&#39;s show -- AK]</em></p> <p>A week ago, while <a href="">Phish premiered &ldquo;Petrichor&rdquo;</a> before the audience in Charleston, one of .net&#39;s finest, <a href="">@ucpete</a>, performed his first marriage ceremony, betrothing <a href="">@telaree</a> and me, having graciously answered <a href="">a call made here in the .net forum</a> for an officiant of a <a href="">wedding in a redwood fairy ring</a> in Marin County, California. In his wonderful presentation to our families, he necessarily mentioned the band and of course .net, reflecting the important role they&#39;ve played in our union. After all, it was a jaunt to <a href="">Deer Creek in 2012</a> that solidified our relationship, since maintained by a half dozen subsequent trips to see the band together, including the soggy, underrated run <a href="">here in 2013</a>. So it was only natural that we would make a return trip to Alpharetta and call it our <a href="">honeymoon</a>.</p> <p><img alt="Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}" src="" /></p> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:30:00 GMT (@phishnet) Blog Phish 2016-10-21 <p><span class='set-label'>Set 1</span>: <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing'>A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='AC/DC Bag'>AC/DC Bag</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Back on the Train'>Back on the Train</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Blaze On'>Blaze On</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Sugar Shack'>Sugar Shack</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Things People Do'>Things People Do</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Birds of a Feather'>Birds of a Feather</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Mercury'>Mercury</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Let's Go'>Let's Go</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Alaska'>Alaska</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='More'>More</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore 2</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Down with Disease'>Down with Disease</a><sup title="Trey on Marimba Lumina; unfinished.">["2]</sup> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Carini'>Carini</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Winterqueen'>Winterqueen</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Ghost'>Ghost</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Possum'>Possum</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Slave to the Traffic Light'>Slave to the Traffic Light</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Loving Cup'>Loving Cup</a><p class='setlist-footer'>[2] Trey on Marimba Lumina; unfinished.<br></p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT ( Setlist Trey on Big Boat philosophy <p>What changed, starting in 2009, is this clarity of vision and this clear understanding of what a precious gift it was that the four of us met. It took a couple of years after that for things to get rolling completely, but we&rsquo;ve realized how important this is for everyone &mdash; the way that the primary relationship between the four of us is nurtured, and the way that ripples out into the rest of our families and the community. We communicate. The four of us are texting many times a day.</p> <p>Fish used to describe our improv in terms of this &lsquo;lifeboat&rsquo; concept: If somebody falls in the water, everyone reaches over and pulls him back in. I know I&rsquo;ve experienced that myself personally with the band, where the other guys have pulled me back in. After <a href="">Lockn&rsquo;</a> and <a href="">Dick&rsquo;s</a>, I was thinking about our crew who never come out and take a bow, but who literally make the show happen, and all of the people in the audience who are beloved members of our Phish family, and the big boat philosophy is more appropriate than ever. It&#39;s a big boat.... There&#39;s room for everyone.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:11:11 GMT (@Lemuria) Blog Nashville2 Recap: Don Hart's First Tweezer <p><em>[Editor&#39;s Note: Please welcome professional musician Hunter Sholar, user @Guyute1976, who offers this recap of last night&rsquo;s show. -CD]</em></p> <p>I can&rsquo;t start writing this blog post without giving a little background about myself and how I became a Phish fan. I&rsquo;m a late bloomer with this band. I went to Northwestern University and was a Horn Performance Major, and I was surrounded by so many talented musicians with eclectic musical tastes. Some of my closest friends, including <a href="">Drew Hitz</a> (who many of you know), were diehard Phanatics, but during my undergrad years (1995-1999), I didn&rsquo;t relate to them, somehow. Nope, I waited until the band had broken up, and then fell hook, line and sinker for them in the summer of 2005, and saw my first show on <a href="">3/8/2009 at the Hampton Coliseum</a>. I missed the live pre-Phish 3.0 era, but thanks to their immense catalog of live shows, I&rsquo;ve had plenty of time to do my research and play catch-up.</p> <p>Wednesday 10/19/2016 marked my 29th show, and it was significant on so many levels &ndash; I&rsquo;ll get to that in a minute. Since seeing my first show, I&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of meeting Trey. I&rsquo;m a member of The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, where I play the Horn, and I actually met him after one of my symphony concerts at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center a few years ago, just a few blocks away from Ascend Amphitheater. Our mutual friend, <a href="">Don Hart</a> (composer/arranger who arranged Trey&rsquo;s orchestral music), brought him in while the band was in town recording <em>Wingsuit</em>. Why is this significant, you might ask? Don and his family were attending the Ascend shows, and this was perhaps part of the reason our guys really stepped it up both nights.</p> <p><img alt="Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}" src=" Fish (Rene Huemer).jpg" /></p> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:41:00 GMT (@phishnet) Blog Phish 2016-10-19 <p><span class='set-label'>Set 1</span>: <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Theme From the Bottom'>Theme From the Bottom</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Camel Walk'>Camel Walk</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='My Soul'>My Soul</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Petrichor'>Petrichor</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan'>Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='My Sweet One'>My Sweet One</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Waking Up Dead'>Waking Up Dead</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Halfway to the Moon'>Halfway to the Moon</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Running Out of Time'>Running Out of Time</a><sup title="Debut.">["2]</sup>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Tube'>Tube</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Shine a Light'>Shine a Light</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore 2</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Golden Age'>Golden Age</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Tweezer'>Tweezer</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='No Men In No Man's Land'>No Men In No Man's Land</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Plasma'>Plasma</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Harry Hood'>Harry Hood</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Suzy Greenberg'>Suzy Greenberg</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Walls of the Cave'>Walls of the Cave</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Tweezer Reprise'>Tweezer Reprise</a><p class='setlist-footer'>[2] Debut.<br></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT ( Setlist Nashville1 Recap: Phish Is Weir'd <p><em>[Editor&#39;s Note: We welcome <a href="">Craig Hillwig</a> back for this recap. &ndash;CD]</em></p> <p>Phish returned to Nashville last night for the first of two shows at the still sparkling-new Ascend Amphitheater, a 6,800 capacity open air venue along the banks of the Cumberland River. That Phish is back in Nashville is wholly unsurprising, given that much of Phish&rsquo;s 2016 release <em>Big Boat</em> was recorded in several local studios. It also seems to be a popular stop among fans with its combination of authentic southern cuisine and honky tonk night life. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect with ample sunshine, temperatures in the mid-80s, and a comfortable breeze. We settled in at <a href="">Puckett&rsquo;s</a> to pre-game with some bourbon, brew and &lsquo;que.</p> <p><img alt="Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}" src=" Stage shot (Rene Huemer).jpg" /></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:42:00 GMT (@phishnet) Blog Phish 2016-10-18 <p><span class='set-label'>Set 1</span>: <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Chalk Dust Torture'>Chalk Dust Torture</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Blaze On'>Blaze On</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Ghost'>Ghost</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Lawn Boy'>Lawn Boy</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Halley's Comet'>Halley's Comet</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Sand'>Sand</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Tide Turns'>Tide Turns</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='46 Days'>46 Days</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Breath and Burning'>Breath and Burning</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Limb By Limb'>Limb By Limb</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Cavern'>Cavern</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Also Sprach Zarathustra'>Also Sprach Zarathustra</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore 2</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Julius'>Julius</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Fuego'>Fuego</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='My Friend, My Friend'>My Friend, My Friend</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Samson and Delilah'>Samson and Delilah</a><sup title="Phish debut; Bob Weir on guitar and vocals.">["2]</sup>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Twist'>Twist</a><sup title="Bob Weir on guitar.">["3]</sup> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Miss You'>Miss You</a><sup title="Bob Weir on guitar and vocals.">["4]</sup>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='West L.A. Fadeaway'>West L.A. Fadeaway</a><sup title='Bob Weir on guitar and vocals.'>[4]</sup> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Playing in the Band'>Playing in the Band</a><sup title="Phish debut; Bob Weir on guitar.">["5]</sup></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Quinn the Eskimo'>Quinn the Eskimo</a><sup title='Bob Weir on guitar.'>[3]</sup><p class='setlist-footer'>[2] Phish debut; Bob Weir on guitar and vocals.<br>[3] Bob Weir on guitar.<br>[4] Bob Weir on guitar and vocals.<br>[5] Phish debut; Bob Weir on guitar.<br></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT ( Setlist Jacksonville Recap: "Patri"-chor <p>By all accounts, last night&#39;s show should have been the sleeper of tour. It was a Sunday show (Friday is for the fans, Saturday is for the bros, <em>Sunday</em> is for the band), it is early in the tour, Phish is touring new material, and it was Phish&#39;s first time playing Jacksonville. Not counting Miami, the last time Phish played in Florida was 1999 for <a href="">Big Cypress</a>. And the last &quot;normal show&quot; in Florida that wasn&#39;t in American Airlines Arena was in Fall 1996, in <a href="">Gainesville</a>. Twenty years later, Floridians were palpably excited: several of us trekked north and many east, joining untold hordes journeying down from Charleston, awaiting the magic of the one, two punch we were all sure would happen. We certainly had the feeling that you had a good chance of catching &quot;<a href="">It</a>&quot; or that &quot;It&quot; could happen at any moment.</p> <p>Alas, Phish turned in a performance that, setting aside a few moments of brilliance, fell mostly between adequate and competent. There were, thankfully, several high points and between them, mostly tightropes, in that they were still highs, but they gained their stability from the peaks to which they were tied. For many, Jacksonville felt like it was just not the show they were hoping to see. Almost 20 years to the day after my first Phish show, filled to the brim with my jaded-vetted-ness, I walked into a crowd whose average age was probably 10 years below mine. But this show was very different for me, personally, in that it was another first: the first show for my daughter Jillian, on her 9th birthday no less. I could step you through the setlist with a few creative adjectives, but on the long drive home last night, I realized the real story was the juxtaposition of the show abutting my twenty year Phishiversary with her first show. Experiencing the show through her eyes was maybe the best thing that could&rsquo;ve happened to me last night.</p> <p><img alt="Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}" src=" Jacksonville Rene Huemer (venue).jpg" /></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:15:00 GMT (@sethadam1) Blog Mystery Jam Monday Part 244 <p>Welcome to the 244th edition of Phish.Net&#39;s Mystery Jam Monday, the middle of five MJMs both in placement and in difficulty this month. The winner will receive an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at <a href=""></a> / <a href="">Nugs.Net</a>. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess &ndash; 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 <small>AM</small> PT / 1 <small>PM</small> ET. Good luck!</p> <p><strong>Hint:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>Answer: </strong>It was a wire job, but <a href="">@experiencechuck</a> managed to pull out his first win at the buzzer by figuring out that the picture of Mark Messier hoisting the cup was taken at Madison Square Garden, where Phish played the <a href="">12/30/98 Squirming Coil</a>. For those that haven&#39;t heard that set (or if it&#39;s been a while), be sure to check it out &ndash; the full band ambient fog swallows &quot;Coil&quot; whole before moving into -&gt; &quot;Slave&quot; to cap a five song second set. Stick around for the encore too, which features a pre-<em>Undermind</em> (and the only non-3.0) &quot;Grind&quot; and an epic &quot;Possum&quot; taboot. Stop by Monday, when the MJM steps up yet another notch in difficulty.</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="All-Time MJM Results" src="" /></a></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:00 GMT (@ucpete) Blog Phish 2016-10-16 <p><span class='set-label'>Set 1</span>: <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Kill Devil Falls'>Kill Devil Falls</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='The Moma Dance'>The Moma Dance</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Back on the Train'>Back on the Train</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Undermind'>Undermind</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Nellie Kane'>Nellie Kane</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Stash'>Stash</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Petrichor'>Petrichor</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Mike's Song'>Mike's Song</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Bouncing Around the Room'>Bouncing Around the Room</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Weekapaug Groove'>Weekapaug Groove</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore 2</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Crosseyed and Painless'>Crosseyed and Painless</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Steam'>Steam</a> > <a title="After rolling through solid in-bounds territory, the jam fractures into several sections, including &quot;Woo&quot;-like stop/start play, some nice upbeat playing with a swinging vibe, and a return to more rocking action with &quot;C&P&quot; vocal quotes, before settling to percussive transition space." href='' class='setlist-song' title='After rolling through solid in-bounds territory, the jam fractures into several sections, including &quot;Woo&quot;-like stop/start play, some nice upbeat playing with a swinging vibe, and a return to more rocking action with &quot;C&P&quot; vocal quotes, before settling to percussive transition space.'>Piper</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Wingsuit'>Wingsuit</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Sparkle'>Sparkle</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='The Wedge'>The Wedge</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Wading in the Velvet Sea'>Wading in the Velvet Sea</a> > <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Run Like an Antelope'>Run Like an Antelope</a></p><p><span class='set-label'>Encore</span>:<a href='' class='setlist-song' title='The Ballad of Curtis Loew'>The Ballad of Curtis Loew</a>, <a href='' class='setlist-song' title='Character Zero'>Character Zero</a> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT ( Setlist SC2 Recap: Mercury Rises <p>[<em>This recap, like last night&#39;s, is also courtesy of dot net user Zach Stearns (@<a href="">StepIntoTheZeezer</a>).</em>]</p> <p>Always nice on a second night of a run, having settled in and gained a little more familiarity with the the city, the venue, the lot, etc. Hope the band feels similarly.</p> <p>I&#39;m pretty sure I&#39;ve gained 20 pounds since arriving Friday morning, as all I&#39;ve done in the waking hours is eat and drink. Will night two of tour bring the heat and help me shed some of this newfound weight? This story and more to come.</p> <p><img alt="Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}" src=" Rene Huemer (venue).jpg" /></p> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT (@phishnet) Blog SC1 Recap: Solid Start Down South <p>[<em>This recap is courtesy of Zach Stearns (@<a href="">StepIntoTheZeezer</a>), a NYC area phan whose girlfriend thinks he would leave her for Trey. Zach loves &quot;Tweezer&quot; and has been told he has nice scruff and a great head of hair. -lbc</em>]</p> <p>Welcome to fall tour everyone! I&#39;d like to start this off with a PSA to all the people who enjoy talking at shows-any shows: Please don&#39;t do that. Go outside. Thank you.</p> <p>This was my first time to Charleston and things seem pretty great so far. Beautiful scenery, amazing food, so far, and the venue doesn&#39;t seem to have a bad seat. Let&#39;s take a look at things phishy.</p> <p>Everyone has lots of questions heading into this run. And by everyone, I mean me. Will there be horns? Will the band make any hints at the Halloween album? How will the new songs that haven&#39;t been played yet be received by the crowd? How will &quot;<a href="">Petrichor</a>&quot; translate live? Will Trey wear expensive clothing? Only one way to find out...</p> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:59:30 GMT (@phishnet) Blog Mockingbird Announces $12K in Tour Grants <p>The Mockingbird Foundation has <a href="">announced $12K in grants</a> to music education programs in cities on Phish&#39;s fall tour, including matching grants from the band&#39;s own WaterWheel Foundation.</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:16:00 GMT (@Lemuria) News Isadora Makes Art for Mockingbird - "Out of Control" On Sale October 20 <p><a href=""><img alt="Out of Control" src="" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; float:right; height:436px; margin:3px; width:300px" /></a>Esteemed printmaker Isadora Bullock has created a gorgeous art print for The Mockingbird Foundation to celebrate the recent publication of&nbsp;<a href=""><em>The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition</em></a>. &quot;Out of Control&quot; is a four-color linocut reduction print, in a signed and numbered edition of 150. Previously only available from the Foundation&nbsp;at PhanArt shows, the print will be released for sale online on Thursday, October 20th at noon ET (9am PT) via the <a href="">Bottleneck Gallery web store</a>. All proceeds benefit music education for kids. This is a small edition from a very popular artist, so run run run on Thursday and don&#39;t miss out!</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:20:00 GMT (@MarcoEsc) News Home Song History <p>Like a lot of young men, Page McConnell <a href="">used to hurry a lot</a>, he used to worry a lot, he used to stay out &#39;till the break of day. But these days, <a href="">daddy don&#39;t live in that New York City no more</a>. Now &quot;Home&quot; is where he wants to be; <a href="">pick him up and turn him round</a>. He feels numb, born with a weak heart; guess he must be having fun.</p> <p>&quot;Home&quot; is not the first rock song to narrate a midlife crisis and its aftermath, or navigate the realizations about oneself and one&#39;s worst tendencies that (hopefully) come with age. But the sentiment is unmistakeable and the outlook, at least on the surface, is all smiles. Page alludes to his days of late nights and parties, hints at self-sabotage and the fallout from failed relationships, and concludes things are much better now. You can&#39;t really argue with him.</p> <p>On <a href=""><em>Big Boat</em></a>, Page set this tale of learning and growing to a stately and straightforward midtempo piano-pop groove that&#39;s equal parts <a href="">Richard Manuel</a>, <a href="">Gary Brooker</a>, and <a href="">Ben Folds</a>. If you&#39;re looking for a moment of regret, a wistful glance backward at all the crazy shit the now-sated narrator used to get away with, you can find it in the slippery modal weirdness of the song&#39;s nascent jam segment, which surprisingly jumps the rails of the basic chord progression. Lasting just 30 seconds or so on the studio version, it has potential to do much more in the live setting. Dare we hope that Page has finally crafted his long-awaited second-set centerpiece? Stay tuned.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:23:01 GMT (@Dan Purcell ([[sausagemahoney]])) Song The Very Long Fuse Song History <p>Of course, you know what a fuse is. (FWIW, it&#39;s a long piece of cord impregnated with gunpowder.) This <a href=",_Thrilling_Sounds_of_the_Haunted_House"><em>Chilling, Thrilling Songs of the Haunted House</em></a> instrumental depicts in sound a very long fuse&#39;s fitful, sputtering path to its combustible end, starting with a skittering drumbeat reminiscent of the introduction to &quot;<a href="">Split Open and Melt</a>.&quot; &nbsp;The band settles into a half-rolling, half-bouncing jazz fusion groove that sounds like the <a href="">Allman Brothers</a> doing <a href="">Weather Report</a> and is tailor-made for the treadmill; the slightly ominous melodic theme evokes a &lsquo;70s network sitcom that was too oddball to make it big. As the fuse nears its end it starts to go out, and when it&#39;s sparked back to life the groove comes back too, but it&#39;s all wrong: the theme wobbles sideways into dissonance, then disintegrates into a series of rhythmic hits. How does it end? If you guessed &quot;duh, with a huge explosion,&quot; you&#39;re right.</p> <p>Phish began their <a href="">first performance</a> of &quot;The Very Long Fuse&quot; sealed inside the <em>Haunted House</em> set on the <a href="">MGM Grand Garden Arena</a> stage, out of the view of their audience, who were still coming to grips with the audacity and stagecraft on display. As the band played the song a red laser-light &quot;fuse&quot; sputtered across the front of the house, getting ever shorter. The explosion at the song&#39;s end doubled as the night&#39;s big reveal, with the four walls of the Haunted House falling outward on hinges to unveil the four band members in their white tuxedos and zombie makeup.</p> <p>[youtube][/youtube][credit]&rdquo;The Very Long Fuse&rdquo; <a href="">10/31/14</a> Las Vegas, NV[/credit]</p> <p>The debut performance was also likely the tightest and most patient we&#39;ve seen so far, maybe because the burning &quot;fuse&quot; acted as a metronome, keeping the band from rushing to the finish. But unlike some of its <em>Haunted House</em> brethren, &quot;The Very Long Fuse&quot; has found some footing in the band&#39;s repertoire, if in extremely light rotation. Fans charmed by the tune&#39;s debut have been delighted by its annual-ish returns to the stage, first at <a href="">Alpine Valley</a> on <a href="">8/9/15</a> and then as part of the Jaded Vet Rarityfest that was the first set of <a href="">7/20/16</a> <a href="">BGCA</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:22:51 GMT (@Dan Purcell ([[sausagemahoney]])) Song Mystery Jam Monday Part 243 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:00:00 GMT (@ucpete) Blog Charity Golf Tournament in Vegas <p><img alt="Runaway Open logo" src="" style="float:right; width:250px" /> 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 <a href="">Arroyo Golf Club</a> in Las Vegas, NV. (The start time of 11:55 am should leave players at least several hours between tournament play and show time.)</p> <p><s>To register, make a donation to the Mockingbird Foundation of $150 (which covers green fees, cart fees, practice balls, tournament administration, and a nominal contribution to the Foundation) via <a href="">PayPal</a> or <a href="">Dwolla</a>. We&#39;ll get in touch within a matter of hours, and keep you posted as Vegas approaches</s>.</p> <p><s>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 <em>quickly</em>, and tell anyone you know who&#39;s going to the Vegas shows and/or plays golf: It&#39;s time to hit some balls!</s></p> <p><strong>Update: </strong>We expanded from 16 to 20 players, and all spots are now filled.</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:30:00 GMT (@Lemuria) News