Monday 02/20/2017 by Dog_Faced_Boy

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 262

Welcome to the 262nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third February version, and somewhat more challenging than the two preceding editions this month. 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 – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint:

Answer: Congratulations to @dbertsch, who wins his fifth MJM by correctly identifying this week's tracks, the 11/9/95 Bathtub Gin, the 5/2/93 Run Like An Antelope, and the 8/2/03 Reba, based on this week's theme, which was songs from the album Lawn Boy. @dbertsch is now just two wins away from achieving Emeritus status, and the corresponding mandatory retirement associated with that distinction. Nice work! Incidentally all three versions from this week's MJM are outstanding examples of each song, and check out the full length versions if you're not familar with any. Next week, the difficultly level goes up even higher, when @ucpete throws down the month's culminating MJM 263.

Monday 02/13/2017 by ucpete

"Inspire MORE With ART" Art & Coloring Contest

Whether you are touched through music, visual art, dance or another medium, ART has the power to inspire you to BE MORE. And we’d like to see!

The Mockingbird Foundation has partnered with beMOREnow, PhanArt, and Cash or Trade to help you express what MORE means to you via an Art & Coloring Contest running through the end of February.

There are three ways to enter this all ages contest:

  1. COLOR Brian Bojo’s Mockingbird coloring page from The PhanArt Coloring Book and submit it here;
  2. TAKE a photo or video of what MORE means to you and post it to your public Twitter or Instagram account using #beMOREnow;
  3. CREATE an original piece of art and submit it here.

Submissions will be accepted through February 28th at 11:59 PM PT.

Three winners will be chosen based on YOUR VOTE! Visit the gallery of submissions and vote for your favorite now through March 19th at 11:59 PM PT. Winners will be notified by March 25th, 2017.

You can win:

Want to bring MORE to your classroom? We encourage student entries. Click here for more details or contact Ali Stone.

Brian Bojo's Mockingbird Coloring Page from The Mockingbird Foundation on Vimeo.

Monday 02/13/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 261

Welcome to the 261st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second (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 songs and dates of the two mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to longtime vet / lurker but brand spankin' new phish.net user and first-time MJM winner @jimsleftear for quickly identifying the 2/13/93 Wilson and the 2/13/87 Quinn the Eskimo – that's two first timers in a row taking down the MJM. If you haven't figured out the theme yet, this week's MJM was posted on 2/13, the 24 and 30 year anniversaries of the shows from which this week's clips came – and thus, the 30 year anniversary of the (likely) debut of Suzy G.. Stay tuned on Monday for MJM262, when @Dog_Faced_Boy tries his hand at stumping the MJM crew while I get checked by a neurologist.

Monday 02/06/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 260

Welcome to the 260th 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 songs and dates of the mystery clip. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint:

Answer: Congrats to @RunawayJim4180, who wins his first MJM by identifying the 9/27/85 Melt the Guns, which featured a Macaroni and Cheese Vocal Jam and the audience members shaking boxes of Macaroni and Cheese – whether they were Kraft Macarnoi & Cheese boxes (hence the picture of Patriots owner* Robert Kraft) is open to debate, but whether the whole thing was The Cheesiest is not. Stop by Monday for MJM261 and more cheesy humor.

*I totally thought part of the Kraft Group's holdings was Kraft Foods. Thanks for the correction.

Wednesday 02/01/2017 by Icculus

ICYMI: Phish Announces "The Baker's Dozen" At MSG

(You probably haven't missed it...) PHISH will be playing thirteen (13) shows at Madison Square Garden in July and August this summer, and there will not be a fall tour. The shows will occur on July 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, and 30, and August 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. For more information, and to watch the hilarious announcement video, please visit Phish.com or, naturally, visit http://tickets.phish.com/thebakersdozen/ to order tickets during the Phish Tickets window, which closes Sunday, February 12. And hey: if you're interested in trying to get a ticket to every show at once, there's an option for that (and even a "Payment Plan" option taboot taboot).

Monday 01/30/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 259

Welcome to the 259th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the fifth, last, and hardest MJM of January. 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 four mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. As always, no sharing or trading of answers is allowed. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @12_29_97_4eva, who wins his second consecutive MJM (and fifth overall) by correctly identifying the 9/22/99 Ghost, the 11/16/97 Timber, the 12/9/94 Tweezer, and the 11/14/97 Twist – these jams were played in the states that meet at Four Corners. Special thanks to fellow MJM Emeritus, @WayIFeel, for helping out with this week's MJM – the Four Corners theme was his other idea during the MJM Emeritus Challenge last summer. Given the clips and the theme, I am shocked it didn't even make it to the hint! Stay tuned for MJM260 on Monday, where we'll see a precipitous drop in difficulty as we kick off February in style.

Tuesday 01/24/2017 by Jake Cohen (SMOOTHATONALSND)

PETRICHOR

From practically the beginning of their career, Phish built their catalog on Trey Anastasio’s classically inspired, long-form compositions. Through-composed, suite-like songs such as “Fluffhead,” “You Enjoy Myself,” “Reba,” and “Divided Sky” carry the spirit of 1970s progressive rockers like King Crimson or Genesis, and show the influence of Trey’s mentor, the jazz-influenced contemporary composer Ernie Stires, along with the experimental spirit of Goddard College in the 1980s. ...

Monday 01/23/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 258

Welcome to the 258th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate and second-hardest MJM of January. 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 – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @12_29_97_4eva who snags his fourth win by quickly identifying the 3/13/93 Wilson, the 9/27/00 Piper, and the 10/10/10 Ghost, all played in the state of Colorado. We now have ten active players across the halfway mark to Emeritus status, with ten more players already there – that's a whole shiver of sharks lying in wait! Next week, we'll get crazy with the hardest MJM of January – see you Monday morning?

Monday 01/16/2017 by phishnet

RIVIERA MAYA 3 RECAP: THE WAVE'S CREST

[Editor's note: For this recap, we'd like to welcome back guest contributor Pete Hoherd (@FunkyCFunkyDo) - @ucpete]

It was only a few months ago when I was waxing poetic about palm trees swaying placidly over Sleep Train Amphitheater on July 23rd. Phish delivered a complete show that night, a show at which one can throw a proverbial dart with your eyes closed and confidently exclaim "BULLSEYE" before the dart finds its mark – a show that the palm trees seemed to acknowledge with gentle acceptance personified by waving fronds, as they have more important issues to deal with than silly bar games. Far removed from the warm, soft, summer breeze and tropical flora – well, for some at least – mired across the country in a deep freeze, we looked onward at our television and computer screens, margaritas and cervezas firmly, and ironically, coldly, in hand, hoping to be warmed by what Phish might deliver on Sunday. I found myself in the same situation as most of you, looking for warmth via the glow of the screen. The closest thing we have to a palm tree here in Portland, OR is the fluorescent pink and lime green hues of the The Palms Motel sign buried somewhere in the snow in north Portland. ::shudders:: A far cry from Chula Vista, and an even further cry from those running their toes in the sandy beaches in Mexico – beaches adorned with real palm trees. Real sunshine. Real warmth. Suddenly I have the urge to purchase The Palms Motel sign – maybe it'll give me a tan if I stand close enough.

Seeing Phish live in concert is a pinnacle life experience, no matter the show, quite honestly. Nothing beats the in-the-moment energy, enthusiasm, and raw electricity the band and fan symbiotically produce. In fact, as I write this the hairs on my body stand at attention as a wave of electricity flows through them, enough to power that neon The Palms Motel sign for at least six and a half seconds. Enough to get me that much closer to Mexico. But alas, a fool's errand. Because here I am stuck in Portland, OR, where, I kid you not, a state of emergency has been declared because of the snow and ice. No amount of inert gases could've transported me to where I really wanted to be. So, fellow lamenter, I offer you this review with as much diligence, integrity, and warmth that one can offer from their couch with sub-zero temperatures lurking outside; but reader beware: no matter how tall we make our margarita, nor how spicy the enchilada, nothing compares to being there, in that corner of time and space, at a Phish show. But I will do my best to take you there. Better crank up the heater and start mixing that second batch now.

Photo used with permssion, Pete Hoherd
Photo used with permssion, Pete Hoherd

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Monday 01/16/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 257

Welcome to the 257th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the middle of five in time and difficulty in January. The winner will receive an MP3 download 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 – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck, and Happy MLK Day!

Hint: This should get you most of the way there:

Answer: My sincerest apologies for all the issues with this week's MJM – we're still dealing with some technical issues at .net HQ, which include folks being unable to comment on any posts more than a day old. Kind of crucial for an MJM that makes it to the hint! In any event, @justino and @runlikecarini PM'd me yesterday that they had figured out the first two tracks, the 12/1/03 Wolfman's Brother and the 2/15/03 Wolfman's Brother, but were still chasing down the third. Unfortunately for them, the hint wasn't partcularly helpful – the telephone that was handed to Liz would only get them most of the way there: two-thirds of the way, to be exact. But after checking pretty much every "Wolfman's Brother" ever, @runlikecarini entertained other themes and realized that it could be as straightforward as "Jams played in 2003" – which proved correct. It wasn't too long into his search of 2003 jams that he found the third clip, from the first show of 2003 (not counting 12/31/02 III of course): the 1/2/03 Chalk Dust Torture. In doing so, @runlikecarini wins back-to-back MJMs, his third of the past four, and his sixth overall – all in the past 4 months! – continuing one of the most impressive streaks in MJM history*. One more win for @runlikecarini and we'll be chaining him to that iceberg and pushing him out into the sunset, to eventually arrive on the shores of Gamehendge where the rest the MJM Emeritus Crew awaits him with collars popped, topsiders polished, cocktails in hand, and keys to the The Vault jingling on their pleated khaki shorts. A shout-out to a few fellow 2.0Phishionados who recommended some of this week's clips, and next week: may your hints be punctual, your comments posted, and your hints crystal clear. MJM258 drops at the same time and place as always.

*To be fair, @runlikecarini never had to battle with the likes of @RabeldyNugs, @pauly, @bl002e, @ghostboogie, @PersnicketyJim, @mcgrupp81, @yunkfunk, @me, @WayIFeel, or @schvice – who all entered the MJM HoF before his first win.

Sunday 01/15/2017 by jugglerswithfire

RIVIERA MAYA2 RECAP: THE LIGHT SHINES BRIGHTLY

This recap is coming to you from the land of champagne powder, Steamboat Springs, CO. I enjoyed a day of hiking in the snow with my golden, Tela, and cross-country skiing. I am transformed to another time and another space as I sit down to watch the webcast of Phish taking on their second Saturday night appearance in the amazing setting of Mexico. Sometimes we long for the old days, but you have to be grateful for technology :) A few questions going in: Will Fishman continue to sport the Lucha libre wrestler mask the entire run? Saturday night shows are somewhat of a mixed bag, we have all heard the saying about Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows.. so will Phish deliver something special or standard great this show?

Photo ©  Phish (taken by Patrick Jordan)
Photo © Phish (taken by Patrick Jordan)

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Saturday 01/14/2017 by Icculus

JADED CLOWN RECAPS FRIDAY'S RIVIERA MAYA GIG

IT appears that many of our site's users were angered by Trey's golden, flowing hair, no... Fish's fierce Lucha libre wrestling mask, no... by @SausageMahoney's recap of the December 29th MSG show. A comment from user @CoryRoc reads: "nothing annoys me more than these reviews, yet i keep reading them to remind myself to never become as jaded as the clowns who write them."

Photo ©  Phish (taken by Rene Huemer)
Photo © Phish (taken by Rene Huemer)

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Friday 01/13/2017 by phishnet

PHISHING IN MEXICO: THIS DOES NOT SUCK.

An excerpt of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition by Noah Cole

On the first night, Friday, the band soundchecked as a few hundred people waded in the ocean in front of the resort. The gates opened and we were greeted by waiters in tuxedos with trays of margaritas and beer and surprisingly decent food – the “all-inclusive” experience might not have included WiFi or room service at many places, but it did include food and drinks in the venue.

It was hot and humid as Phish took the stage, amidst elaborately decorated palm trees (Fish yarn bombs), sand sculptures, and “Page Side Rage Side” temporarily renamed “Page Side Wave Side” due to the proximity to the Caribbean. A predictable – but perfect choice given the setting – “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” opened this first Mexico Phish show, and gave CK5 his first chance to show the extra lights that lit the ocean. Standard versions of “My Soul,” “Martian Monster,” and “Ya Mar” were followed by a sing-along “Halley’s Comet” and “Fuego.”

Early attempts were made at keeping fans out of the water, but eventually there were dozens of fans wading in the waters, so “The Wedge” was an appropriate choice as the band returned to the water motif established at the beginning of the set. “The Wedge” lyrics had been in my head all day, as many of us lazed away the afternoon bobbing on the surface of the warm and wonderful sea.

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Tuesday 01/10/2017 by Grant Calof (That_Guy)

MARTIAN MONSTER

Known by myriad names to ancient cultures across the globe for thousands of years, the Mars we know today takes its name from the Roman god of war.  Astronomy and astrology notwithstanding, our long-held fascination with the red planet and the little green men who allegedly populate it can be traced back to the late nineteenth century....

Tuesday 01/10/2017 by @lemuria

ROCK 'N' ROLL SUICIDE

The final track of Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars anti-popera details the end of Ziggy’s frazzled demise, but ends itself in optimism. Ziggy is “too old to lose it, too young to choose it”, worn down as much by crowd-pleasing pressures as by the delinquencies of rock stardom, and now both trapped by his creation and abandoned by his fans. He “stumble[s] across the road” post-show, bares the weight of the rising sun, and simply passes by a cafe, unfulfilled by his success; “you don’t eat when you’ve lived too long.” Following the sirens of fame and expression, Ziggy’s big boat has run aground, personally and professionally, and he knows it. But the singer (Bowie now singing back to Ziggy?) knows it, too, and reaches out with hope and enthusiasm: “If only I could make you care … I’ll help you with the pain. ...You’re not alone.”...

Friday 01/06/2017 by Brian Feller

STAR

"Star" is track 8 from "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars," the seminal David Bowie 1972 semi-concept album. Phish's sole performace was on October 31, 2016 as part of their Halloween run in Las Vegas, NV. The song seems to be from the mind of the album's proto-protagonist Ziggy Stardust, who is musing over what his friends are doing while his own ambitions are to be a rock and roll star. One of the more active drum-led tracks, it was a natural fit for Jon Fishman to take the lead vocal.

Friday 01/06/2017 by Brian Feller

ASS HANDED

Ass Handed made its debut July 15, 2016 at the Gorge Ampitheater, where it was soundchecked and later played during the first set. The song consists of a simple lyric repeated a capella multiple times with differing emphasis on specific words of each line, followed by a very short but rocking jam....

Tuesday 11/22/2016 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Goes Nationwide With Native Heritage

The all-volunteer phan-run Mockingbird Foundation has sent unsolicited $1,000 checks to three Native American groups in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The groups are in ND, NH, and DE, the last three states in which the Foundation had not previously provided grants. Mockingbird has now given money in all 50 states, plus D.C. Read more...

Friday 10/14/2016 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Announces $12k In Tour Grants

The Mockingbird Foundation has announced $12K in grants to music education programs in cities on Phish's fall tour, including matching grants from the band's own WaterWheel Foundation.

Thursday 10/13/2016 by MarcoEsc

Isadora Makes Art For Mockingbird - "Out Of Control" On Sale October 20

Out of ControlEsteemed printmaker Isadora Bullock has created a gorgeous art print for The Mockingbird Foundation to celebrate the recent publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition. "Out of Control" is a four-color linocut reduction print, in a signed and numbered edition of 150. Previously only available from the Foundation at PhanArt shows, the print will be released for sale online on Thursday, October 20th at noon ET (9am PT) via the Bottleneck Gallery web store. All proceeds benefit music education for kids. This is a small edition from a very popular artist, so run run run on Thursday and don't miss out!



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