It was the third night of Phish at the Gorge for the first time ever AND a Sunday show. This one just had to be great right? That question should be answered with an emphatic YES!! The extra day of play gave Phish the opportunity to really get their shit together, which resulted in the first solid from end to end movement of the tour. Sunday night cannot be rebuked for either second set song selection or any inability of certain members of the band to play their own compositions with the dexterity and precision displayed in more inspired and/or inspiring times. Gorge 3 had it all: great song selection, well crafted flow, some deep dark jams, and a general absence of clams. However, before we dig a little deeper, I have to ask one question. The same one that spread like any one of the wildfires that are currently raging throughout the West. What the fuck is up with NAZIS getting arrested for slinging nitrous on Thunder Road and (perhaps unrelated?) some dude getting smashed in the skull with a rock during the show on Saturday? What with the Tahoe PD putting Phish on Twitter blast for their fans trashing their pristine bucolic mountain hideaway and the ugly shit that just happened at the Gorge, this tour is starting to take on a real Grateful Dead 1995 vibe. I guess if I have to point a finger anywhere, it will be the middle one, and it would go in Trumplestiltskin’s Mango hued fart sniffer for continuing to be the instigator. But ultimately, we are doing this to ourselves by subscribing to the madness that continues to ooze out of the oval office. Seriously people, this IS the time for us to rise up and come together. But I digress.
Welcome to the 335th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate of July. 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, a hint will be posted. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!
Answer: Congrats to @becker_ross on winning this week's MJM, his second win overall and his first win in more than 5 years and almost 200 MJMs – that's quite the bustout! This week's puzzle was admittedly a bit of a cop-out – I didn't have much time between Tahoe and BGCA to throw something fancier together, so I figured a deep cut from The Victor Disc might give folks fits, especially one Mike's Moma-like bassline. I guess not! I remember when I first read about The Victor Disc in the Rolling Stone article that came out in Winter 2003 – I didn't even realize the interview had taken place until Phish followed the Valentine's Day "My Sweet One" opener with "Cover of the Rolling Stone" on 2/14/03 – and I was so excited about the latenight jam session Trey mentioned they recorded before filming Letterman. Alas, I didn't hear it till almost ten years later! There's some excellent jamming on the album – check it out if it's been a while or you've never delved in.
Though @becker_ross is the clear winner this week, I was hoping the correct answer would have the song and date: 12/19/02 "Blue Over Yellow" – thankfully no one else tried to swoop in on the technicality, making my job much easier. A reminder that while the intro to the MJM each week may look an awful lot like copypasta, I drop little nugs, links, and easter eggs into the nooks and crannies of every post; sometimes they can help guide you to the answer, others, it's just a cool jam or download. We'll be back for MJM336 on Monday – be sure to pay attention as the blog is busy these days!
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