[Post is courtesy of dot net user @dmg924.]
Beyond the Pond is a bi-weekly podcast in which Brian Brinkman (@sufferingjuke on Twitter) and David Goldstein (@daveg924 on Twitter) 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.
The 2017 Jam of the Year tournament starts today! This is an annual Phish.net forum tradition in which we sort 64 of the hottest jams from the previous year into a single-elimination bracket. Each week, we pit jams against each other in one-on-one matchups and, as a forum member, you get to vote on which jam you prefer out of each matchup. The jam with more votes moves on to the next round — and we keep going until we have a winner! We encourage you to join the conversation about which jams you want to vote for — the more voices, the merrier.
Welcome to the 312th 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 date of these 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 guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. After the hint, each person gets one more guess before the contest ends Wednesday, and the winner announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!
Answer: We've hit #17 in '18! With this week's win, @12_29_97_4eva can finally stop worrying about having skipped 12/30/97, knowing he has reached the pinnacle of Phish fandom by the longer, more circuitious, more rewarding path: by becoming the 17th MJM Emeritus! This week's MJM was one of those "easy if you're paying attention" contests: not only did we get our sixth and seventh consecutive '99 clips, but I said the winner would have to identify the correct "songs and date" (plural and singular, respectively). A careful reader would assume that either I committed a typographical error, or that both songs came from the same show; a longtime careful reader would know that it's simply unrealistic for me to leave a typographical error in an MJM post. Alas, @12_29_97_4eva quickly identified the 7/26/99 "Wolfman's Brother" and the 7/26/99 "Jam."
@12_29_97_4eva: Kevin has activated your login to The Vault; Paul is adding the lacquer to your personalized MiniDoc©; Mike said he asked his assistant to ship you four of his favorite Sephora LipStyx; @FunkyCFunkyDo is in your closet, burning the rest of your pants; @RabeldyNugs is yelling at you to get off his lawn; and The Boys just sent a really funny (but highly NSFW) GIF of Fishman with the caption "time for the meatspin" to the the iMessage text thread. I notice you haven't thumbs-up'd or "haha"'d it yet – Fish gets really bummed when we don't (oh, and he hates "lol" so only write it in uppercase and only if you are actually laughing out loud – sometimes he FaceTimes you to double check), so I hope for all our sakes you don't have an Android phone... All seriousness aside, welcome to the club! (Took you long enough...). I'd also like to take this moment to announce the unveiling of the MJM Hall of Fame – see the MJM Results spreadsheet below, in the second tab. The MJM HoF currently comprises 17 MJM Emeritus winners, and three MJM hosts – with an overlap of two between those two groups. If you're an Emeritus and I have missed or misquoted any of your remarkable feats, please let me know and I will rectify the situation immediately. MJM313 on Monday.
ICYMI: HQ Trivia's Scott Rogowsky is a Phish fan, and relix has an article about his work and Phish memories here. Notably, Scott's first show was Nassau 2/28/2003, inarguably among the greatest shows in Phish history (and there have been a lot of excellent shows at the Coliseum).
Welcome to the 311th 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 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, or as soon as necessary. 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.
Answer: Congrats to @Patwich on his second MJM win overall, earning another LivePhish code after answering correctly right after the hint dropped. This week's hint, "I think you know where you are" atop Zack Ertz worming his way into the endzone for the GWTD, referred to Minneapolis, MN, the site of Super Bowl LII. The line is also a reference to the epic July '97 shows in Amsterdam, which featured Trey yelling "I think you know where you are // you're on the back of the worm," a reference to Trey and his good friend Chris Cottrell (RIP) wandering the streets of Amsterdam the night before the first show. At one point they realized there were "giant 100 foot long sand worms swimming just below the surface of the water in the canals right next to [them]." I'm not sure what color those worms were, but the Red Red one debuted on that same European Summer '97 tour. Phish only played the song once in Minneapolis, but the 10/2/99 "Piper" was a doozy. MJM312: you know what to do.
Welcome to the 310th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the most difficult and final 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 song and date of the four mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme that needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – 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, or as soon as necessary. Special thanks to the newest member of the MJM Emeritus Crew, @wforwumbo, for constructing this week's contest. Good luck!
Answer: Congrats to @12_29_97_4eva, who was stuck on five wins for an entire year, but now only needs one more MJM victory to reach the promised land! After falling briefly into the "Ghost" trap, he picked apart @wforwumbo's 1999 theme and quickly identified the 7/23/99 "Ghost," the 12/11/99 "Ghost," the 7/21/99 "My Left Toe," and the massive 9/18/99 "Boogie on Reggae Woman." MJM311 and the difficulty will drop shortly: it's n00b week, let's see some new faces!
PHISH will be returning to the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's to begin their summer tour on July 17. After two shows in Tahoe, they head to the Gorge for three shows (July 20-21-22), followed-by four more shows on the west coast: two shows at the Bill Graham Civic in SF (July 24-25), and two shows at the Forum in Inglewood (July 27-28). The tour then continues for 12 additional shows, with stops in Austin, TX; Alpharetta, GA; Camden, NJ; Raleigh, NC; Columbia, MD; and, of course, three Dick's shows over Labor Day Weekend.
Welcome to the 309th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate of January. From a difficulty standpoint, this week's is no joke. 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 all three mystery clips, which are connected by a theme – the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – 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, or as soon as necessary. Good luck!
Hint: Sometimes you have to read the show notes to figure out the MJM.
Answer: W for WOW. @wforwumbo won his first MJM (#288) in August 2017, identifying the 11/27/96 "Diseezer." At the time, I had no idea he'd end up breaking MJM records... after nine winless weeks, @wforwumbo reemerged to claim his second MJM (#298), and a few weeks later, he started his record-breaking streak of winning four consecutive MJMs, #302 - #305. With this week's win, his seventh overall, and six in the past 12 MJMs, @wforwumbo has also set the record for fewest MJMs from first to seventh win: 22 MJMs. For his efforts, not only will he be providing next week's puzzle, but he'll also receive his customary key to The Vault, backstage passes to the show of my choosing this summer (but I won't be telling him which show it is), the password to MIke's Hotline's voicemail, VIP access to the Phish.net staff tent city at Watkins Glen, and of course, he'll be added to the group text with Trey, Mike, Page, Fish, and the other 15 MJM Emeritus champions. Either that, or another LivePhish code. Definitely one or the other. Congrats!
Did I forget to mention Memphis? This week's clips were the 6/22/12 "Twist," the 7/3/95 "David Bowie," and the 2/25/97 "Prince Caspian" outro, which of course sounds nearly exactly like a "Coil" outro (but I'm not that cruel!).
Welcome to the 308th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the middle of five January MJMs. 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 all three mystery clips, which are connected by a theme – the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Thursday, or as soon as necessary. Good luck!
Answer: Congrats to @The_Blob for taking down his second and second consecutive MJM, beating out @12_29_97_4eva and @wforwumbo by mere seconds – the first three-way virtual tie in MJM history. Alas, @The_Blob's comment went live first, as he recognized the "3.0, 2.0, 1.0 – Time for the Meatstick!" theme, correctly identifying the 7/15/16 "Meatstick," the 8/2/03 "Meatstick," and the 7/15/99 "Meatstick." MJM309 on Monday: won't you come out to play?
[Michael Hamad (@MikeHamad on dot net and Twitter), who you may know for his "setlist schematics" (including a recent one for UM's latest album), offers the following for your consideration. -charlie]
I get frustrated when Phish jams sound like other Phish jams. I crave the unknown. It’s where I’m at. I’m supremely jaded.
This feeling came over me most recently on Dec. 30, 2017, during the 28-minute-long “Down With Disease.” Let me walk you through it.
Phish drummer Jon Fishman is helping push ranked-choice voting in Vermont, helping with a signature drive to overturn a legislative delay and likely performing with others tomorrow night at the Bayside Bowl.
The latest from Be MORE Now Films, "Focus" is a short film set to the music of "Everything's Right" from the Baker's Dozen. (And you'll likely recognize some folks in cameos!)
Within the next week, the all-volunteer Mockingbird Foundation will announce sixteen new grants in music education totalling more than $137,000. That will bring Mockingbird's total grants for 2017 alone to more than $250,000, and the Foundation's historical total to over $1.27M.
This will be the largest outlay of grants by Mockingbird in a single round, due largely to the tremendous and ongoing support of individual fan donations. Every donation helps, whether one dollar or a thousand. There's still time to make a tax-deductible contribution for 2017, or to setup a monthly "subscription" donation that builds over time, or perhaps even secure an employer match - and we're happy to help, if you need the Foundation's IRS letter or EIN.
Wherever you are today and for the rest of the year, we want you to know that we appreciate the support you've given us, on Phish.net and for Mockingbird. We hope your days are filled with music, this week and always, and we look forward to doing even more - on this site, and for music education - in 2018. See you there!
PHISH will perform four shows to close-out 2017 at Madison Square Garden, on Dec. 28-31, 2017. You may request tickets through Phish Tickets. The request period ends Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. e.t.
The public onsale begins at noon e.t. on Friday, October 6, 2017.
There are 32 players registered for the Second Annual Runaway Open, a charity golf tournament for Phish fans on Saturday September 2nd, the day of the second Dick's show. That's nearly twice as many players as we had in the first event, last fall, so we've successfully increased the cap this time to 60!
We're unlikely to get that many, which means there's still plenty of space for anyone interested in swinging sticks with fellow fans for the benefit of music education - but we need a final count in about 24 hours, so register pronto and please share this widely!
To register, make a contribution of $125 or more per player (to email@example.com via PayPal, or to firstname.lastname@example.org via Dwolla). This donation covers:
The event will take place at Buffalo Run Golf Course - in a nook between E 470, 76, and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Chosen for its proximity, ratings, and availability, and opened in 1996, Buffalo Run is a nationally recognized and award-winning, 18-hole championship course with lush rolling greens, expansive fairways, and picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. We look forward to seeing you there!
Trey Anastasio: February 16, 2018
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