Thursday 02/21/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

TAKE THE BAIT - EPISODE 8. THE FORGOTTEN FESTIVALS

[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: Magnaball, Big Cypress, The Great Went, IT - the big cheeses of in-house Phish’s festival circuit. Oswego, 8, Lemonwheel - the, uh, Ritz crackers of the circuit - they exist in the same universe, and are all good and stuff, but are not spoken about in the same breath. Uh, cheese and crackers, Funky.... Yeah yeah please don’t point out my obvious metaphorical flaws this early no. And please don't take away my Tom Robbins metaphorical fan club card. No one wants that, in any reality. They want judgement!!

Photo used with permission - © Phish Inc
Photo used with permission - © Phish Inc

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Wednesday 02/20/2019 by howard_roark

WEEKLY CATCH WITH OSIRIS #3: TENAX - FLORENCE, ITALY - 02/21/1997

[Welcome To Weekly Catch With Osiris! A weekly series brought to you from the team at Osiris. Each Wednesday we're going to bring you a historic Phish show from that week with some commentary. Our goal is to go beyond official releases and well-known shows to bring you some of the overlooked gems throughout Phish history. If you like what you find, we'd encourage you to check out the assortment of podcasts at the Osiris!]

Listen: Tenax, Florence, Italy, 02/21/1997

Even the most nooby of Phish fans has encountered the lore that surrounds Phish’s almighty 1997. It was a tremendous year, culminating in a Fall and New Year’s Run for the books. All good things must start somewhere, and 1997 kicked off with Winter European Tour, one that often goes unsung for its grandeur.

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Monday 02/18/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 363

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Welcome to the 363rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of February. This week's puzzle is brought to you from the mind of world class Phish jam clip identifier, @PhreePhish. 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 the two mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme that need not be part of the correct answer. And yes, the second clip is so gorgeous I let it run for damn near two minutes! 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: The reason these clips are so familiar to @MiguelSanchez is probably the same reason @PhreePhish chose them. [answers will be accepted until Noon PT / 3 PM ET Wednesday]

Thursday 02/14/2019 by howard_roark

BEYOND THE POND PODCAST: THE STORAGE JAM W/ ROB MITCHUM

Beyond the Pond is a bi-weekly podcast in which Brian Brinkman (@sufferingjuke) and David Goldstein (@daveg924) use the music of Phish as a gateway to introduce the listener to many other bands, the vast majority of which are not jambands. An episode generally begins with a deep dive into a designated portion of Phish improvisation, and then can spin off to any variety of musical themes and other acts, the overarching purpose being introducing the listener to as many new and different bands as possible.

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Wednesday 02/13/2019 by swittersdc

WEEKLY CATCH WITH OSIRIS #2: MID-HUDSON CIVIC CENTER - POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - 2/12/1993

[Welcome To Weekly Catch With Osiris! A weekly series brought to you from the team at Osiris. Each Wednesday we're going to bring you a historic Phish show from that week with some commentary. Our goal is to go beyond official releases and well-known shows to bring you some of the overlooked gems throughout Phish history. If you like what you find, we'd encourage you to check out the assortment of podcasts at the Osiris!]

Listen: Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2/12/93

Very few Phish tours are about specific instruments. But the Spring 1993 tour is different. It is 100%, completely about the addition of Page's baby grand piano. From the first notes of "Loving Cup" on 2/3/93 from Portland, Maine, you hear what this tour will bring. And this show, from a few days later in upstate New York, gives tons of ivory ammunition to dig into.

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Monday 02/11/2019 by wforwumbo

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 362

Welcome to the 362nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of February! I cooked up this week's puzzle with assistance from fellow emeritus @justino; these clips are definitely tasty. 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 the two mystery clips. 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:

Answer: Congrats to the @The_Blob on his fourth win, becoming the third MJMer the past five weeks to cross the halway mark to Gloria in Excelsis Jamicus. This week he was the real King of Limbs and identified the 8/28/12 "Limb by Limb" and the 12/3/99 "Limb by Limb" shortly after the hint was posted. Thanks again to @justino for the sweet recommendations and we'll see you for MJM363 with more mysterious jams from a Hall of Fame MJMer.

Sunday 02/10/2019 by Lemuria

SUPPORT MOCKINGBIRD WITH AMAZON SMILE

There's still time to shop for Valentine's Day, so we wanted to remind you to please use Amazon Smile so that you can support the Mockingbird Foundation, the all-volunteer phan-run effort to support music education for children, with 400 grants made so far. Bookmark smile.amazon.com/ch/16-1529562 or click here:

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Friday 02/08/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

TAKE THE BAIT - EPISODE 7. JAPAN. PART 3, 1999

[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: Well, n00b, we sure did suck the fun out of Japan 2000. I mean, yes there was an all-time show in 6.14.00, and, yes, there were five extremely explorative jams in 6.16 “Runaway Jim,” 6.10 “Piper,” 6.10 “DWD,” 6.9 “Tweezer” and 6.15 “Ghost”… but the rest was pretty average, and, at times, disappointingly out of sync. Of course, I write all this with a healthy dose of envy, as neither of us were there, and going from the responses of a few who did attend (thank you for writing your responses, by the way, we sincerely do love feedback) the shows were extremely memorable, energetic, and downright fun, simply due to the facts that Phish was playing to an excited foreign audience in tiny, intimate venues. And that, the once-in-a-lifetime musical experience that only a couple thousand fans got to witness, undoubtedly, weighs heavier than any of our words written from the friendly confines of the .net HQ ::wipes Cheetos dust off fingers, swigs Mountain Dew::

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Thursday 02/07/2019 by phishnet

VOTE FOR 2018'S JAM OF THE YEAR

It's time for the 2018 version of the annual Phish.net Jam of the Year (JOTY) competition! The seeding is done and the bracket is ready; this year, the four regions are named after the members of Kasvot Växt. The Horst region begins this week.

The first four weeks will have eight matchups each (sixteen songs), while subsequent weeks will have four matchups or fewer, with the Jam of the Year decided by April. Voting will take place in the Phish.net forum in dedicated weekly "***Official*** JOTY" threads, like this one for the first round. Just post your favorites for each head-to-head matchup in the thread for that round, and the dedicated JOTY staff will tally everything up. Each round's winners will be announced in the following round's announcement. Voting for the first round closes at 5 pm ET, Monday, February 11th, 2019, but you may vote for a later round even if you missed an earlier round.

You can find the first round match-ups and bracket after the jump.

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Wednesday 02/06/2019 by howard_roark

WEEKLY CATCH WITH OSIRIS #1: THE FRONT - BURLINGTON, VT - 02/06/1989

[Welcome To Weekly Catch With Osiris! A weekly series brought to you from the team at the Osiris Podcast Network. Each Wednesday we're going to bring you a historic Phish show from that week, plus provide some context into the show in question. The goal here is to dig deep beyond official releases & well-known shows, to bring you some of the overlooked gems throughout Phish's 35+ year career. If you like what you find, we'd encourage you to check out the assortment of podcasts at the Osiris Podcast Network! ]

Listen: The Front - Burlington, VT - 02/06/1989

The year 1989 was an important one for Phish and not simply because it marked the end of the decade of their birth and led into the most celebrated period of their career. It saw the band headline The Paradise in Boston for the first time, close out their performance career at Goddard College, play their first 12/30 show in New York City, and play their first ever New Year's Eve show. It was a moment of transition for a band that in five years would transcend the NE Bar scene to become one of the preeminent national touring acts.

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Monday 02/04/2019 by wforwumbo

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 361

Welcome to the 361st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of February! 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 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 @ucpete threw together to help guide you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Answer: In back-to-back weeks, we have fresh MJMers with their first wins! @ckess22 chimed in not too long before the hint went live, correctly identifying the 8/10/97 Split Open and Melt - depsite the show being well known for another jam... no matter, he has earned himself a download code and enters the fray of newcomers seeking seven wins and the fabled emeritus status. Tune back in next week on the same bat-time, same bat-channel, for another offering in which the difficulty and number of jams doubles!

Friday 02/01/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

TAKE THE BAIT - EPISODE 6. JAPAN. PART 2, 2000

[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: Perhaps it was just a bit unfair to our readers and listeners to (re)introduce Japanese Phish with an all-time, A+ show in 6.14.00. Perhaps. But, then again, would they have taken the bait ::he said it, he said the thing!:: on our three-part series surrounding Japanese Phish had we not led off with something so scrumtrulescent? By reading that sentence you have proved that we lured you back in, tempting you with more morsels of Japanese Phish, and we are not talking about sushi.

Before 6.14.00 ever happened, four shows preceded it, and after it happened, two more took place. So, the natural questions arise: how did Phish build to such dramatic, yet serene, soundscapes? And, what did they do for the proverbial encore? Answers abound, some of which make sense, some of which make little sense at all. If David Byrne were writing this, he’d simply say, “Stop making sense!” Good point - that’s where we will start.

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Wednesday 01/30/2019 by dmg924

BEYOND THE POND PODCAST: 25 YEARS LATER W/ CONRAD DOUCETTE

Beyond the Pond is a bi-weekly podcast in which Brian Brinkman (@sufferingjuke) and David Goldstein (@daveg924) use the music of Phish as a gateway to introduce the listener to many other bands, the vast majority of which are not jambands. An episode generally begins with a deep dive into a designated portion of Phish improvisation, and then can spin off to any variety of musical themes and other acts, the overarching purpose being introducing the listener to as many new and different bands as possible.

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Monday 01/28/2019 by wforwumbo

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 360

Welcome to the 360th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the fourth, last, and hardest of January! @wforwumbo back in the captain's chair for a hot minute, as my dissertation seems to finally be cooling off - thank you to @ucpete for graciously trading reins with me. This week we have a delectable little challenge courtesy of MJM Hall of Famer @jimsleftear, and I do have to say he's come up with a real stumper. So strap on your seatbelts, grab your favorite pair of headphones or speakers, and get your best tapes out of the catalog for this one. 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 the three 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!

Hint: Something smells bad... or more accurately, there is some stink in the air.

Answer: Talk about on heck of a first win! Thanks to the hint, @Matty1222 snags his first download code by tying together three jams from shows in which the Makisupa Policeman code word involved the word "stink": the 11/15/96 Mike's Song, the 7/12/99 Foreplay/Long Time, and the 12/28/96 Weekapaug Groove. With a bludgeoning like that, will our new competitor become the newest member to ride the ranks to the promised land of emeriti? Stay tuned in the coming weeks to find out - or even beat him to the punch!

Friday 01/25/2019 by FunkyCFunkyDo

TAKE THE BAIT - INTERLUDE

[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: n00b and I are taking a bye week to prepare for the Phish 2019 Summer Tour Onsale today (Jan 25) and Saturday (Jan 26). May Icculus have mercy on all our souls.

We sincerely appreciate your support and feedback on the series so far, and we plan to unleash more lexicon-building hot takes and vet-enraging fluff in the weeks and months to come. We have a delightful time geeking out on the aspects of Phish hyperbole close to our own hearts, and, hopefully, we can geek out with what's close to yours. If there are any topics that you would like us to cover, please let us know in the comments section. Like Phish, we are the all-request ban... er, writers. You ask, we deliver!

See you next Friday for the second part of our three-part Japan series. And good luck with the onsale! ::grumbles about verified tickets::

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