The Mockingbird Foundation and Phish.net are pleased and excited to be hosting our 3rd annual meet-up during the Saratoga Performing Arts Center stand.
We have reserved the Orenda Pavilion in Saratoga Springs State Park for Saturday, July 5. This pavilion is conveniently located adjacent to the main venue lot (The East Lot) off Route 50. Check out this Map - the pin for "Geyser Loop Road" is the Orenda lot and pavilion. Attendees can either enter the park (fee is $8 per car) and navigate to the pavilion, or park in the main lots, and walk a short path which runs perpindicular from the back of the East Lot to the paved Orenda parking lot, and will be marked with a sign.
We should have coals going from early afternoon through doors, so bring something to grill, and there is plenty of room for all sorts of entertainment and recreation. More complete details about the facilities, etc., are available in the forum thread.
Please stop by and say hi to some old friends and new, or make an afternoon of it! (And grab a fuego-mas commemorative laminate/nametag while you're at it.)
Phish has released another free Live Bait MP3 download collection, with 11 tracks from 1994 through 2012.
Phish released a stream of their new album, "Fuego," via National Public Radio. You can listen here. Please consider ordering the album from the band via Phish Dry Goods, and also supporting LivePhish Downloads this summer. Phish.net is operated entirely by volunteers as a project of The Mockingbird Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to raising funds for music education for children. A portion of the proceeds from LivePhish Downloads supports the Foundation, so please support LivePhish.
Now, when you shop at Amazon, you can have 0.5% of your purchases directed to the Mockingbird Foundation, the all-volunteer Phish fan group funding music education for children. Just click here to select Mockingbird as the beneficiary of your purchaases, then bookmark smile.amazon.com and start your shopping there.
Our online community started 24 years ago this week, with the original PhishNet email list. It's evolved - through a Usenet newsgroup, various website incarnations, and more - and continues to grow and (hopefully) improve each day. Whether you're newly arrived, have been here from the start, or anything in between, we appreciate your interest, interactions, and support; and we look forward to many more years, many more shows, and many more friends. Huzzah!
The Mockingbird Foundation is proud and excited to announce that the third edition of The Phish Companion will now be self-published by the Foundation. We anticipate announcing more news about the book shortly, including where you will be able to purchase it. Meanwhile, we are temporarily suspending preorders of TPC3 through the Phish.net store. Those who previously placed preorders through the Phish.net store will be contacted about your options. Preorders made through any other outlet will likely be cancelled and, if charged, refunded. We are very eager to get TPC3 into your hands so that you can read the !&%#! book and feel the message, and will provide updates as soon as we're able!
Since @Joonze (Kevin) began the Forum's most recent fundraising drive in mid-November (boosted by the "Icculus Challenge" in December), the Mockingbird Foundation has received over thirty thousand dollars in donations from individuals! This is a record for the Foundation, in that we have never previously received so much in individual donations within such a short amount of time.
The Board members and officers of the Foundation cannot thank each of you enough for caring about music education for children as much as we do, by donating so much and so generously these past few months, and for supporting our efforts to cycle our love of music back to others.
Every dollar really counts! If you're reading this and you didn't donate, please consider donating to the Foundation in any amount. Your donation is entirely tax deductible! We are a 501(c)(3) that is run entirely by volunteers and that has no paid staff. So, please consider joining the more than one hundred fans who have donated to the Foundation in recent months, by donating to the Foundation whose volunteers operate this site for the benefit of both you and music education!
We remind those of you lucky enough to be attending Phish's New Years Eve run at Madison Square Garden to join your fellow fans for some NYE cheer at our Third Annual Phish.net NYE meetup on Sunday, December 29 from 2:00 p.m. to show time, this year on the rooftop garden of The Beer Authority at 400 West 40th Street (W. 40th Street at 8th Avenue, across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal). There are 24 draught lines right up on the roof, and access to over 100 more beers and a decent looking pub menu via waitstaff.
As usual we will commandeer the PA system, so bring your portable music players and favorite jams as well. More info on the meetup in this forum thread here, and about the Beer Authority in general here. This is a photo of the rooftop garden, though we're told there will be some winter protection from the elements in place:
OVERSTEP, NEW STUDIO ALBUM & 2014 TOUR ANNOUNCED
On February 25, 2014, ATO Records will release Mike Gordon’s new studio solo album, Overstep. Overstep is Mike’s fourth solo album, following 2003’s Inside In, 2008’s The Green Sparrow and 2010’s Moss. Beginning today, fans can stream “Ether,” the album’s opening track, at http://mike-gordon.com/audio/overstep-ether. Album pre-order details will be announced shortly.
Mike shared songwriting duties with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski and handed over the producing reins for the first time in his solo career, enlisting Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies). He also invited a few new players into the studio, including legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple).
To celebrate the release of Overstep, Mike’s band will return to the road with a North American tour that will kick off at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse, NY on February 28. The run will include shows at New York City’s Webster Hall (March 1), the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles (March 17) and the historic Fillmore in San Francisco (March 18) and the band’s first performance in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He’ll be joined on the road by his longtime band – Scott Murawski (guitar), Craig Myers (percussion), Tom Cleary (keyboards) and Todd Isler (drums). The band’s new repertoire will be augmented by hints of secret synesthetic mad scientist gadgetry on and around the stage.
A limited number of tickets are available NOW via a real-time presale at http://tickets.mike-gordon.com/. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, December 13, at 10:00 AM ET. See below for itinerary or visit the tour dates page at http://mike-gordon.com/ for further details. To watch the official tour announcement video, please click here.
MIKE GORDON – SPRING 2014 TOUR DATES