Monday 09/09/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 387

Welcome to the 387th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of September. 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 both 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!

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Saturday 09/07/2019 by Lemuria

Phish.Net Store Updates

Donut pattern watch strapThe Phish.net Store is evolving a bit. We recently added a static-cling version of the Mockingbird sticker, and before that a charcoal version of the "Helping Kids Make Music" shirts. Just days ago, we added "donut pattern" watch straps, in three sizes, donated to the Foundation and now available as a fundraiser for music education.

Meanwhile, as we look ahead and plan some new items, more than half of the current offerings (7 of 13 items) are half-price, including two collectible pins, two versions of the "couch tour" shirt, and an engraved lighter cover priced to move.

More than 40 volunteers are currently reviewing nearly 700 funding inquires to the Mockingbird Foundation, which makes this a doubly great time to pick up some schwag, fly your .net flag, and support music education. We appreciate your support!

Friday 09/06/2019 by phishnet

EPILOGUE: IDLE HANDS AND DICK'S

[We'd like to thank regular blog contributor @paulj for contributing another insightful data visualization to the blog. ICYMI: his pre-Dick's piece. - ed.]

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. -- Proverbs 10:4

Note #1: “Idle Days” is the number of days from the last pre-Dick’s show to the first night of Dick’s. In 2019, it was 47 days from Alpine N3 to Dick’s N1.

Note #2: The average three-night rating for 2019 is based on about 425 reviewers for each show. The value used in this graph (3.967) is likely to change a bit as more people provide a rating.

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Tuesday 09/03/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 386

Welcome to the 386th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday Tuesday, the first and easiest of September. 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 Thursday 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 I threw together for you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Answer: Congrats to @lysergic, who Looked Sharp Dominating this week's puzzle, taking home his very first MJM win in the process. I can't recall any other jamming in the section before the "pause" besides this week's jam - 8/17/93 "Divided Sky" - but I'm sure someone will jump in the comments to correct me on that one. MJM387 drops Monday.

Monday 09/02/2019 by zzyzx

DICK'S3 RECAP: FLEA-TING MEMORIES

After nine years in a row playing the same venue over the same weekend, we’ve all established our traditions and routines. All of that got upended this year due to a plague infestation. Prairie dogs that live there were potentially covered with infested fleas. With the traditional Shakedown lot closed, parking at a premium, and knowing that we couldn’t undersell the issue since The Black Death killed 60% of the population in Europe in the 15th century, we had to adjust. Europe saw the end of feudalism. We might have to take a shuttle from a remote lot to see our concerts.

By the end of the first night, it was clear that the logistical issues would not be a big deal. Phish had the shuttles running on a quick turnaround; I got back to my room earlier on Saturday than I normally would have with post-show lot traffic, only with no parking fee and with a free Nalgene handed to me for my inconvenience. This system was arguably better than the normal parking in the lot. The Shakedown lot quickly got replaced with a new Flea Market location. Vendors took advantage of this to make funny shirts and stickers and koozies referencing prairie dogs, fleas, and civilization-ending infestations. The plague warning signs were a popular selfie spot. During the first night, Phish made flea jokes and used a Pure Prairie League song ("Aimee") as walkout music. Another lyric was changed on Saturday. When Commerce City gave us plague, we made plagueonade. Yum!

© 2019 Scott Marks
© 2019 Scott Marks

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Sunday 09/01/2019 by phishnet

DICK'S2 RECAP: IT DOESN'T MATTER

[we'd like to thank Silas Cole, @ObviousFool / @nice_shades, for recapping last night's show - ed.]

With the cancellation of camping at Dick’s 2019, and an initial announcement that vending would not be allowed, there was uncertainty about whether the Dick’s lots would live up to their reputation as some of the finest in the land. While there was no official “Shakedown Alley,” there were plenty of people peddling their wares on the first night. Unsurprisingly, that meant there was a solid flea market popping off by night two.

We drove to the venue about 4 PM and entered the parking lots with zero delays. We parked the car and hit the pavement to sling some of my hand-painted sunglasses (shameless plug for Instagram @nice_shades). There was much more of a central Shakedown area, but still nothing like previous years, so we roamed around instead of posting up. We managed to stop by the phish.netOfficial Meat-Up” hosted by @DaleCooper just in time to hug some friends and get in the group pic. My girlfriend Esther (who went to her first show Friday) was not going to be in the picture but at the last minute she was joyously invited to partake by a bunch of people she’d just met. We even said her name as we took the pic. Welcome to the family, babe.

As the sun faded into the mountains in the West, there was something electric in the air. After a couple hours of sweating bullets, and tired of chasing shade, we decided to head into the venue about 6:30. It had been a hot day with highs in the triple digits by some accounts, and sometimes that is enough to drain the energy from the crowd, if not the band as well. This was not to be one of those nights.

Photo © Phish, Jake Silco
Photo © Phish, Jake Silco

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Saturday 08/31/2019 by phishnet

DICK'S1 RECAP: WHAT'S NEXT AFTER THE PLAGUE?

[we'd like to thank Josh Cohron, @cohron1, for recapping last night's show - ed.]

A lot of Phish thinking these days seems to revolve around, “What’s next?”

Since the end of the final notes of the THANK YOU Encore at Dick’s in 2015, questions arose about how the band could possibly top 2015’s Summer Tour. Would, or even could, this era of Phish ever reach the heights of that almost-universally-loved tour? An up-and-down 2016, which probably relied too heavily on Big Boat material, was followed by the signature run of this era: The Baker’s Dozen.

The same, natural questions were had by fans of Phish after the Dozen ended: Where does the band go from here? The first thing they did was play a monster show Friday night at Dick’s.

Photo © Phish, Jake Silco
Photo © Phish, Jake Silco

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Friday 08/30/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Commerce City 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. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

Adams City High SchoolIn honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, August 30th and 31st and September 1st, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to support music education through the Adams City High School Choral Program in Commerce City, CO. The program includes three choirs and guitar classes, plus a concert band, jazz band, drumline, chamber orchestra, concert orchestra, and mariachi.

This is Mockingbird's 15th grant in Colorado, and our 414th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $161,000 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Thursday 08/29/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

TAKE THE BAIT - EPISODE 15. SUMMER TOUR 2019... EXCEPT ALPINE 3

[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: We're back, baby! ::crickets chirping:: Er, uh... ::looks at keyboard:: ...is this thing on? Ahem. Dick's is just a day away and Alpine 3 is sitting atop Mt Icculus, basking in all of its own glory. Rightfully. Deservedly. Sexily. Wait wait wait… you mean to tell me that there was a whole summer tour this year (says, in unison, everyone in the Western Time Zone and those who’ve only heard the words “Alpine" and "Three” 500 times)? Like, multiple shows that didn't happen at Alpine on a Sunday in July?? I mean, were they good shows? Or...

© 2019 - Scott Harris
© 2019 - Scott Harris

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Wednesday 08/28/2019 by phishnet

IS DICK'S REALLY ALL THAT?

[Thanks again to longtime blog contributor, @paulj - ed.]

Over its long career, Phish have played over 1,500 shows in hundreds of different venues, yet there is a relatively short list of venues that are on nearly every fan’s must visit list. Madison Square Garden, Hampton, and the Gorge have been special Phish venues since the 1.0 era. During 3.0, it’s pretty clear that the MGM and Dick’s offer experiences that are likely to reward any fan making the effort.

Most of these bucket list venues offer something much more than a Phish show: MSG and MGM are suffused with the craziness of NYC and Las Vegas, respectively, and the Gorge is home to…the GORGE.

But Dick’s Sporting Goods Park? Seriously? A soccer stadium located atop a Superfund site in an industrial area adjacent to an oil refinery—which is also a Superfund site? (They don’t call it Commerce City for nothing.)

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Monday 08/26/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 385

Welcome to the 385th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last of August. 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 both mystery clips, which were suggested by MJM Hall of Famers @justino and @PhreePhish. 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: this picture

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @Coleman_, who saw right through the nutty hint to track down the two jams from the Nutter Center in Dayton: 7/18/17 "Wombat," and the 11/30/95 "Tweezer." I had considered a hint about only one of the songs being named after an animal, but figured with the "Llama"-esque jamming in the "Tweezer," too many folks might be thrown for a loop. Come back TUESDAY for a one clip wonder in the wake of Dick's; if you're going, have fun!

Friday 08/23/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Yoga In Denver

ImagePhish's 9th annual run at Dick's is shaping up to be a fan-filled weekend, with new events announced on a daily basis for the last week. (Most recently was the three-day PhanArt event at the Doubletree Denver Stapleton North.)

We're also glad to announce that Surrender to the Flow: Phish Yoga is on again - Saturday August 31st, under the outdoor pavillion at Wibby Brewing in Longmont from 1-2 p.m. Proceeds will be split between the Mockingbird Foundation and Living Yoga, and tickets are available now. As the yogi explains, this is "an all levels class set to the full sonic spectrum of a live Phish mix! Our practice will often mimic the musical ebb, flow, power & rejuvenation that only the spiritual practices of yoga & Phish can allow. Come as you are, mingle about the night before & what's to come, leave revamped for Saturday night's show!"

That's the same day as the sold-out Fourth Annual Runaway Open, as well as the Phish.net Forum meatup event in the parking lot at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. (Look for the pavillion between VIP-East parking and Lot 10.)

And while a mini-calendar for three almost overlapping events may seem a stretch, we're already envisioning a more complete list for next year... assuming there's a Tenth Dick's run.

Friday 08/23/2019 by lumpblockclod

WE ARE COME TO OUTLIVE OUR BRAINS

In the beginning, there was “Tube.” Next came “First Tube” and “Last Tube.” There’s even a “Fresh Tube.” So you could be forgiven for thinking that every permutation of “Tube” songs from the members of Phish has been exhausted.  But what if I told you that before there was a “Tube,” before there was even a Phish, the legendary Scandanavian prog rock outfit, Kasvot Växt, birthed the one and only “Wack Tube.” Well, W.A.C.T.O.O.B., anyway. Everything really is overlapping. ...

Wednesday 08/21/2019 by Icculus

PLAGUE-CARRYING FLEAS CLOSE SHAKEDOWN ALLEY

ICYMI: Given the discovery that some black-tailed prairie dogs in and around Commerce City, Colorado, and in and around Dick's Sporting Goods Park, are still infested with bubonic-plague-carrying fleas, PHISH has announced that overnight camping near Dick's has been cancelled. In addition, given that it typically sets-up near the venue on a dirt plain, our beloved "Shakedown Alley, the traditional Phish tailgating spot, has also been shut down," and thus both wook and non-wook vending will be on asphalt at Dick's this year. When asked for comment, forty-four-year-old Phish fan Marco Esquandolas said, "The boys open Dick's with the first-ever 'Plague-Carrying-Fleas Harpua,' or I will never forigve them. Well, at least not until the Leprechaun bust-out."

In other news, there is a fall tour, and even though it's really a winter tour and not a fall tour, everyone is still invited and expected to attend... especially West Coast fans who not only feel slighted, but also aren't going to Dick's given the possible plague outbreak.

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Wednesday 08/14/2019 by Icculus

2019 FALL TOUR ANNOUNCED

Phish has announced a seven-show Fall Tour, beginning with two shows in Providence, Rhode Island, right after turkey day, and continuing with shows in Uniondale, New York, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before concluding with three (3) shows in North Charleston, South Carolina. Phish ticketing for the shows is in progress and the Ticketmaster onsale begins at 10:00am on August 23. See here for more info

Thursday 08/08/2019 by Sarah Cartwright (mysticfox)

SAY IT TO ME S.A.N.T.O.S.

The origins of the members of Kasot Växt is a bit unclear. From what we can piece together from the Phishbill for the Halloween performance, the members of Kasvot Växt all met as either scientists or subjects while living briefly in a remote research bunker in Greenland in the late 1970s.   "Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S." answers a few questions—but leaves us with many more—about the group’s time in the bunker. Given that "S.A.N.T.O.S." stands for Subterranean Arctic Neuro-Technology Orientation Station—we can assume that the conspiracy theories about a remote bunker involving a top-secret perception-enhancing government experiment have some “truth” to them.   We still don’t know exactly what “You will always be remembered” for—or even "What space smells like." Unless you want take Mike Gordon’s word for it—in that case, it’s cherry plus spruce.   If we are to believe Kasvot Växt is a real band, with a real album, there’s no doubt "Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S." would be the hit single from í Rokk. The song has true classic rock potential; with a heavy bass groove and a super funky clavichord. By the end of the song you’re fist pumping and shouting “This is what space smells like!”   The debut on 10/31/18 is definitely filled with that fist pumping energy—even though the entire audience had no clue what to think about this elaborate prank. It is notable that the Phishbill includes the huge heading “We are vapor, we are lost” for the article describing the album costume—but these lyrics are missing from this performance. Trey reveals during the 12/3/18 and 12/14/18 acoustic performances that he forgot these additional lyrics during the chorus.   [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcRNExwn_wU[/youtube]Phish ”Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” – 10/31/18, Las Vegas, NV. Video by Phish ...

Friday 07/19/2019 by Parker Harrington (tmwsiy)

RUBY WAVES

In an improvisational masterclass, Phish amazed the crowd on 7/14/19 with not only the definitive version of the song to date, but one of the most breathtaking and stunning performances since the band reunited in 2009. While some “best versions” of Phish songs enjoy the “where-performed/song” nomenclature among fans like “Tahoe Tweezer”, “Went Gin”, “Boise Bag” or “Fukuoka Twist”, time will tell but it is entirely possible this epic Sunday night performance in Alpine Valley will simply be remembered as “The Ruby Waves.” ...

Friday 07/19/2019 by Parker Harrington (tmwsiy)

STRAWBERRY LETTER 23

In the Garden, I see West purple shower, bells and tea Orange birds and river cousins dressed in green

The second verse of guitar prodigy Shuggie Otis’, 1970’s classic “Strawberry Letter 23” was quite fitting on the night of its Phish debut on 7/22/17. Indeed, we were in the Garden; Madison Square Garden, at the very beginning of the insta-legendary Baker’s Dozen run. The donut motif had been known since the tour was announced and long before the first notes were played the evening before on “Coconut” night. But what hadn’t been known was how deftly Phish would weave songs pertaining to the night’s donut flavor into the setlists. The band had already given a nod to the strawberry theme by kicking off the night with an acapella take on “Strawberry Fields Forever.” As Phish often did during the Baker’s Dozen, they pulled some unexpected songs out of their hats. On this night it came after a particularly fiery “Down with Disease” which opened the second set and looked like it would go unfinished. ...

Friday 07/12/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund East Troy Music

ImageThe 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. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Alpine Valley, July 12th and 13th, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to support music education through the East Troy MS/HS Choir Program in East Troy, WI.

This is Mockingbird's 4th grant in Wisconsin, and our 413th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $159,500 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Wednesday 07/10/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Mohegan 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. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's ongoing shows at Mohegan Sun, July 9th and 10th, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to support music education within and about the native Mohegan Community through the Mohegan Community Cultural Outreach program in Uncasville, CT.

This is Mockingbird's 9th grant in Connecticut, and our 412th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $158,000 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

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