Monday 09/24/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 344

Welcome to the 344th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult of September, and a special edition: 8-time MJM winner and Hall of Famer @justino has chosen this week's jams and handed them off to fellow emeritus @wforwumbo (whose audio wizardry has been on full display for months) for beautification. The result? Some dope jams that make a fair MJM, but one not for the faint of heart. 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, which are connected by a theme that 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, a hint will be posted. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint:

Monday 09/17/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 343

Welcome to the 343rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of five September editions. The winner will receive a 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, which are connected by a theme that 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, a hint will be posted. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint:

Answer: Congrats to second-time MJM winner @MikeThong, who wins for the first time in more than 5 years by recognizing the car from the cover of The Siket Disc and identifying this week's jams: 8/30/14 "Down with Disease", 7/24/99 "The Mango Song (> Jam)," and the 1/4/03 "Weekapaug Groove," each of which careens into a song from the aforementioned album like a potato to the throat. Stay tuned for MJM344 on Monday, when we'll have a special guest...

Thursday 09/13/2018 by Lemuria

Henrietta Joins The Faculty

Republican Journal, 9/13/18Phish drummer Jon Fishman, who was elected Lincolnville selectman last year, has now "joined the faculty roster" at Bay Chamber Music School.

Tuesday 09/11/2018 by dmg924

BEYOND THE POND PODCAST: DICK'S TRANSITIONS

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 09/10/2018 by Icculus

Phish To Perform At Riviera Maya In Mexico In February

Phish will once again perform three concerts on a beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico, this time on February 21, 22 and 23, 2019.

For more details, see here.

Monday 09/10/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 342

Welcome to the 342nd 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 the two mystery clips, which are connected by a theme that 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, 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 @lostboy01 on his second win in three MJMs and third overall! This week, thanks to some help from another user, he identified the two SPAC 2012 jams: the 7/8/12 "Piper" and the 7/6/12 "Ghost." Stay tuned Monday for MJM343!

Tuesday 09/04/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM TUESDAY PART 341

Welcome to the 341st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday Tuesday (Happy Labor Day!), 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, a hint will be posted. 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 I threw together to help guide you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Hint: This jam was played at a venue Phish also played this past summer.

Answer: Congrats to @experiencechuck on his second win in the past 97 MJMs – at his current pace, he'll reach the MJM HoF sometime after MJM800! But if he follows in the footsteps of previous multi-MJM winners, his win rate will accelerate and sometime next year he'll hit Lucky Seven. This week's MJM was the 7/3/00 "Runaway Jim," a song that has only been played one other time in a dozen Phish Phish visits to Camden. The hint was twofold: yes, Phish did play Camden this summer as well, but also, the SBD source I used for this week's MJM came from what fans know as the Past Summer Compilation. It always pays to pay attention! MJM342 takes us back to the Monday schedule...

Monday 09/03/2018 by phishnet

DICK'S N3 RECAP: BETTER THAN CURVEBALL

[Recap of last night’s show courtesy of longtime Mockingbird Foundation contributor, jaded vet, and serial ranker @chopaganda.]

Before we begin, I want to thank Steve Paolini for offering me his traditional Sunday Dick’s recap. Steve was one of many fans who thought Curveball would actually happen and missed this year’s Dick’s run in lieu of it. Sucker.

There are two ways we can look at last night’s show. On the one hand, it was incredibly fun, high-energy, and packed with moments that remind us why we love Phish. On the other hand, it was a big step back from Friday night and a somewhat tepid way to end a Summer tour following the cancelation of Curveball.

If we were to break down the Summer 2018 shows into tiers*****, it would look something like this:

Tier 1: Dicks1

Tier 2: Alpharetta1

Tier 3: Gorge3, Alpharetta2, Camden1, Merriweather2, Dicks3

Tier 4: San Francisco1, Alpharetta3, Forum1, Camden2, Dicks2

Tier 5: Gorge1, San Francisco2, Austin, Raleigh, Merriweather1

Tier 6: Tahoe1, Tahoe2, Gorge2, Forum2

*****This is specifically looking at the music that ends up on the recordings. It is not a ranking of good times and crowds going wild (e.g. even though Alpharetta night three was obviously one of the most fun shows of Summer, it’s also one of the weaker shows of Summer in terms of improv and flubs).

So which parts of last night's show (Sunday Dick's) elevated it to Tier 3?

© 2018 Phish (Rene Huemer)
© 2018 Phish (Rene Huemer)

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Sunday 09/02/2018 by phishnet

DICK'S N2 RECAP: AFFECTING THE CAUSE

[Recap of last night's show is courtesy of Dr. Stephanie Jenkins. -Ed.]

Seven years ago today, Phish played their first show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

Do you know what happened then?

My 2011 Dick’s experience was very different than my still unfolding 2018 experience. Since Thursday evening, when I read the JamBase flashback describing how phans responded to the “S show,” I’ve been asking myself “What changed?” and “How did I get here?” It is impossible for me to write a recap of last night’s show without telling you about my “then” and “now” Dick’s experiences, because the ways the venue, community, and my self have transformed over the course of eight Dick’s runs have intimately affected my experience of last night’s show.

© 2018 Yaron Marcus
© 2018 Yaron Marcus

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Saturday 09/01/2018 by zzyzx

DICK'S N1 RECAP: LOTS OF CURVES, PLENTY OF BALLS

Coming out of the canceled Curveball festival, speculating the plan for the first show of Dick’s has been a hobby for many. They would do rare songs to appease those who missed the festival! The show would spell something with the setlist! [Insert tweeter's/forum member’s/random guy who had seen a few shows' favorite song that they’ve never seen] would be played of course… twice! Others tempered speculation saying that Phish would just play a normal show, and people had to keep their hopes in check for the “Harpua” opener or for the mysterious ball that was the centerpiece of the artwork to somehow appear in Commerce City.

Somehow both groups were wrong. Phish didn’t play anything unusual. Every song had been played already on Summer 2018. Outside of “Cavern,” (somehow not performed since the way distant past of 7/28/18) every song had even been played in one of the 8 previous shows in August. However, despite playing a night where the building blocks were standard, they somehow still manage to confound any normal expectation.

Photo © Phish, by Patrick Jordan
Photo © Phish, by Patrick Jordan

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Friday 08/31/2018 by phishnet

TOO BUSY TO SEE TWO VERSIONS OF ME

[Thanks to Brian Crossen, @TypeIIIJPD, for sharing his thoughts on the recent Curveball cancellation and some optimism for what lies ahead - ed.]

As I sit here a few scant days after returning from the Festival That Wasn’t™ (Curventry, Covenball, Lemonadewheel, The Great Wasn’t, Knuckleball, No Ball… whatever you want to call it we sure know how to coin a phrase, huh?) the full weight of what we missed out on continues to weigh on me. The stage was set for another fantastic weekend of music as Phish came in humming after a solid summer tour and the entire community was poised to practically explode with anticipatory excitement at the prospect of another weekend at Watkins Glen. Alas, what we ended up with was decidedly NOT that as many others have documented over the past week. But this post is not about that. Instead, my focus is on looking forward while also reflecting back in an effort to offer perspective on what our long history with this wonderful band can provide at this time.

I, like many many others, am a survivor of both Phish festival weather-related failures. And when I call Coventry a “failure” I mean that personally as much as anything. Without rehashing my own ‘tragic’ tale of woe in never getting close enough to even attempt to walk in to that festival let’s just say that the experience definitely altered my relationship with Phish for several years. Here some fourteen years later we find ourselves in a similar position where the choice to be made is whether to allow this experience to send us back down those dark paths or to go another direction. In the immediate moments after learning of the Curveball cancellation I was transported back to that car on I-91 as Mike came on the Bunny to give us that fateful news, turning some fans into thru-hikers and others such as myself into dejected folks wandering around New England to try to find some other form of closure for the whole thing (spoiler alert: there was no good closure to be found anywhere).

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Thursday 08/30/2018 by Lemuria

Colorado Tour Grant Announced

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited "miracle" tour grants supporting a music program near each of the venues the band will play. To celebrate Phish's upcoming three shows at Dick's in Commerce City, CO (which start Friday night), we've sent a $1,500 check to the Kearney Middle School Band.

The total of $16,500 in grants is part of a long-standing Mockingbird effort to help bring music from the Phish community to the local community, and are one of many ways fans contribute to the areas in which the band performs. Mockingbird has now made $125,000 in tour grants, 10% of all disbursements made.

Check out 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.

Monday 08/27/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 340

Welcome to the 340th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last and most difficult 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 the three mystery clips, which are connected by a theme that 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, 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 @lostboy01 on his second MJM win, absolutely shredding this week's 'difficult' puzzle by identifying the 5/24/88 "Run Like an Antelope," the 6/21/88 "Whipping Post," and the 7/12/88 "Sneakin' Sally through the Alley" vocal jam. If you've ever wondered what Burlington sounded like in 1988, this MJM's for you! Stay tuned for an easier take on the contest for MJM341 on Tuesday, after the Labor Day Dick's holiday. Safe travels!

Saturday 08/25/2018 by Lemuria

Runaway Open Still Open!

There are still spaces left in the Third Annual Runaway Open, a charity golf tournament for Phish fans, September 1st at Applewood Golf Course in Denver - but time's running out, and we need to finalize the roster.

A donation of $125 (such as to paypal@mbird.org) covers greens fees, practice balls, cart fees, a small boxed lunch, a limited-edition event cooler (plus more limited-edition event goodies inside), and a nominal donation to support music education for children.

Plus, four players will each win $170 in Merrell Money, for fantastic shoes!

Don't fret about rusty playing. This is good times swinging clubs with fellow phans, for a good cause, and all smiles. See you there!

Tuesday 08/21/2018 by Icculus

PHISH ISSUES STATEMENT FOR CURVEBALL TICKET HOLDERS

Phish has issued a statement for everyone who purchased a Curveball ticket (aka The Curvivors). You can read the statement here.

Cliff's Notes version: Phish loves you, and is trying to make the best of a terribly unfortunate situation. Let's all look forward to the future.

Friday 08/17/2018 by Lemuria

Watkins Glen Tour Grant Announced

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited "miracle" tour grants supporting a music program near each of the venues the band will play. In memory of Phish's planned-but-now-cancelled three shows this weekend in Watkins Glen, NY, we've sent a $1,500 check to the Watkins Glen High School music program. 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. (Or, maybe you golf?)

Thursday 08/16/2018 by Lemuria

Curveball Cancelled!

Severe flooding has contaminated water servicing the site. Everyone must leave by noon Friday. The band released a statement written moments before heading to the stage for soundcheck.

Saturday 08/11/2018 by Lemuria

Columbia Tour Grant Announced

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited "miracle" tour grants supporting a music program near each of the venues the band will play. To celebrate Phish's upcoming two shows at Merriweather PP in Columbia, MD (which start tonight), we've sent a $1,500 check to the Harper's Choice Middle School Orchestra. 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. (Or, maybe you golf?)

Friday 08/10/2018 by Lemuria

Raleigh Tour Grant Announced

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited "miracle" tour grants supporting a music program near each of the venues the band will play. To celebrate Phish's show tonight at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC, we've sent a $1,500 check to the Community Music School. 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. (Or, maybe you golf?)

Tuesday 08/07/2018 by Lemuria

Camden Tour Grant Announced

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited "miracle" tour grants supporting a music program near each of the venues the band will play. To celebrate Phish's upcoming two shows at BB&T Pav. in Camden, NJ (which start tonight), we've sent a $1,500 check to the Settlement Music School's Camden branch. 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. (Or, maybe you golf?)

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