Monday 10/15/2018 by phishnet

SETLISTS AND SHOW RATINGS

[we'd like to thank Paul Jakus, @paulj, for his second deep dive into the statistice of Phish. - ed.]

Phish fans are famously obsessive about the band, and the setlists on .net reflect that obsession. Setlists on Phish.net are not simply a list of songs played; instead we are provided with a wealth of information about debuts, bustouts, narrations, and even notation denoting two types of segues. All of this information tries to characterize what happened at a concert (far more than just listing a bunch of songs) with the goal of pointing us to shows of particular interest.

But does this additional information have value? Does knowing the number of “->” segues, or that a song hasn’t been played in over 100 shows, truly correlate with how fans of the band perceive the quality of a given show? Can we look at an intriguing setlist from 10 or 15 years ago (or look at today’s setlists a decade from now) and use its content to determine whether or not to listen to the show? That is, do the elements of a Phish setlist relate to how we, the members of Phish.net, rate Phish shows?

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Monday 10/15/2018 by wforwumbo

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 347

Welcome to the 347th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of five October single-clip 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 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. Have fun!

Note: No n00b head start this week, so don't dawdle!

Author's Note: Hello, everybody! @wforwumbo here, this is the first time I am officially hosting MJM. After becoming an emeritus back in February, I have been working behind the scenes with @ucpete to construct puzzles, as well as apply studio production to the clips I use from my personal archive of tapes. I've had a lot of fun doing this, and am excited to become a regular staple as MJM host. I hope you enjoy these puzzles as much as I do when creating them, so let's have some fun with this. On another note, keep an eye on the blog as I'll have another of my taper-based treats for all of you within the next day to celebrate the kicking off of Fall Tour '18. Good luck!

Friday 10/12/2018 by swittersdc

HF POD: FALL TOUR! COUCH REPORT & HALLOWEEN TICKET CONTEST

As everyone is getting ready for Fall Tour, we at HF Pod released a mini episode to let you know about a Halloween giveaway contest, the return of Couch Report, and a live event in Hampton. Oh, and a jam from Albany to get you in the mood for Fall Tour.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018 by dmg924

BEYOND THE POND PODCAST: BOISE BAG W/ JAKE COHEN

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 10/08/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 346

Welcome to the 346th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of five October single-clip 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 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. Have fun!

Note: No n00b head start this week, so don't dawdle!

Answer: He's on fire! @lostboy01 did it again folks, this time reeling in his fifth overall MJM win. This week, he knew Page's synth noises weren't of the '17 - '18 variety, but rather were of the Europe '97 variety, and in a shade over a half hour he correctly identified the 7/10/97 "Llama." If you haven't heard the entire show, do so posthaste! MJM347 will be another single-clipper – have fun on Fall Tour!

Monday 10/01/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 345

Welcome to the 345th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, beginning a month of five consecutive single clip 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 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 was the hint, but I hadn't seen the correct answer PM'd to me until after I had posted it.

Note: Also, be sure to check out the new sheets and charts on the MJM Results spreadsheet – with thanks to @justino for the great idea. You can now view the jams we've used by song and by date, and see which songs, years, and songs-in-years have been played most in a graphical format. But remember: just because we've used a jam before doesn't mean we won't use it again!

Answer: Congrats once again to @lostboy01, the second MJMer in a row and third in the past 8 MJMs to cross the halfway mark to reaching the MJM HoF! This week, right before the hint, he figured out the ambient swells in the clip could mean only one thing: Summer Tour '98. This week's ambience comes from 7/20/98 "Makisupa Policeman," which drifts into a spacey, pulsing place before morphing into "Maze." I wonder if @lostboy01 will use his fourth code to download 7/20/98 from LivePhish.com? Stay tuned for MJM346 at 10 AM PT, where once again we'll drop a single clip puzzle for old times' sake.

Wednesday 09/26/2018 by swittersdc

REVISITING SEPTEMBER 2000 ON HF PODCAST

The latest episode of the Helping Friendly Podcast features music and conversation about September 2000. Check it out!

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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:

Answer: Congrats to @HarborSeal on crossing the halfway mark to retirement with his fourth win – this time, with the "Tweezer" already in hand, he quickly realized that the baseball cards of three closers in the '90s hinted that these jams came from three tour closers in the '90s: 12/17/95 "Tweezer," 11/29/98 "Simple," and 12/13/97 "Vultures." Stay alert for MJM345, when we'll begin a month of single jam MJMs from across Phish's history.

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 four 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.

Read more...

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.

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.

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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