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Tuesday 12/10/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM TUESDAY PART 399

Welcome to the 399th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of December. 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 both 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 Thursday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

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Tuesday 12/03/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM TUESDAY PART 398

Welcome to the 398th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of December. The winner will receive THREE (!) MP3 download codes courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net and our friend @raisinsnacks, who tossed their codes back into the pool for a n00b triple crown this week. 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 Thursday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

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Monday 11/25/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 397

Welcome to the 397th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last of November. 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 all 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: Technically, these jams were played in three different venues.

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Monday 11/18/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 396

Welcome to the 396th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of November. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. This week's puzzle had a helping friendly hand from MJM HoFer @justino - thanks dude! To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of both 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!

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Monday 11/11/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 395

Welcome to the 395th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of November. This week's jams come from the mind of @schvice, the tenth MJM Emeritus to reach the promised land. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net and our friend @garcia17, who has tossed his final code back into the pool for a double down delight this week. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of both mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. 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!

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Monday 11/04/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 394

Welcome to the 394th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of November. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net and our friend @garcia17, who has tossed his final two codes back into the pool for a n00b double down delight this week once again (yes, I still need to update his Hall of Fame-winning MJM from last week, but it's after midnight on Monday and I just got back into town). 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!

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Monday 10/28/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 393

Welcome to the 393rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most diffilcult of October. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net, as well as six-time winner @garcia17, who threw his code back ino pot after last week's win. Will he cash in some instant karma right away and ride the wave into the MJM Hall of Fame this week? We'll see... To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of all three mystery clips. The clips are connected by a theme; these clips have never been used on previous MJMs, but the theme has. 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!

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Monday 10/21/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 392

Welcome to the 392nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of October. 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 both 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: That's Phish playing music ... in one of the clips.

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Monday 10/14/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 391

Welcome to the 391st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday - Happy Columbus Day (to those who still celebrate it - in the Bay Area we're way too woke for that). This puzzle comes straight from the mind of MJM HoFer @PhreePhish directly into your earholes: our (true) intent is all for your delight. 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 both 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: You know how sometimes I give away the theme in the intro, but no one notices till after the fact? This is one of those times.

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Monday 10/07/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 390

Welcome to the 390th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first second (technically) and easiest of October. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net and our friend @garcia17, who has tossed his latest code back into the pool for a n00b double down delight this week. 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 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint: As of 1:40 PM PDT on Tuesday, one of the guesses has the correct song, but every guess is too late in the band's history.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner, @Zands, who used the hint to quickly find the 11/17/94 "Also Sprach Zarathustra." Stay tuned next week for a double-double: animal style.

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Tuesday 10/01/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 389

Welcome to the 389th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday Tuesday, the last of September the first of October because I got home so late guy forgot to set it up. The usual "n00bs only for first of the month" stipulation does not apply to this MJM. 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 Thursday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

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Monday 09/23/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 388

Welcome to the 388th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last penultimate and most difficult 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 all 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!

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Monday 09/09/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 387

Welcome to the 387th 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 both 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!

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Tuesday 09/03/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 386

Welcome to the 386th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday Tuesday, 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, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday Thursday 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 I threw together for you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Answer: Congrats to @lysergic, who Looked Sharp Dominating this week's puzzle, taking home his very first MJM win in the process. I can't recall any other jamming in the section before the "pause" besides this week's jam - 8/17/93 "Divided Sky" - but I'm sure someone will jump in the comments to correct me on that one. MJM387 drops Monday.

Monday 08/26/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 385

Welcome to the 385th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last 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 both mystery clips, which were suggested by MJM Hall of Famers @justino and @PhreePhish. 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: this picture

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @Coleman_, who saw right through the nutty hint to track down the two jams from the Nutter Center in Dayton: 7/18/17 "Wombat," and the 11/30/95 "Tweezer." I had considered a hint about only one of the songs being named after an animal, but figured with the "Llama"-esque jamming in the "Tweezer," too many folks might be thrown for a loop. Come back TUESDAY for a one clip wonder in the wake of Dick's; if you're going, have fun!

Monday 08/19/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 384

Welcome to the 384th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday! This is technically the first MJM of August, but because we're more than halfway through the month already we'll split the difference and aim for a difficulty level of "medium rich." 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 both 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: No one knew it at the time, but @justino dropped an extremely juicy hint in the comments just six minutes into the contest.

Answer: It took him six years to go from one win to two, but this time it only took @garcia17 two weeks to get his next win, his third overall. This week's MJM, which dropped on my birthday (it went a lot better than my birthday trip to New York last year), featured two jams from shows featuring "Happy Birthday to You": the breathtaking 12/31/15 "Blaze On," and the gnarled first-time back 3/8/09 "Twist." Come by Monday for a pair of tough clips from the MJM Emeritus crew for MJM385.

Monday 07/29/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 383

Welcome to the 383rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult of July. 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 both 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!

Note: Special thanks to fellow MJM Emeritus @schvice for the tip on one of the clips. Also, while the theme is straightforward, I can't emphasize enough how difficult this MJM is.

Hint: “Oh, what a night” - though these jams were played on two different nights in the early ‘90s.

Answer: Congrats to @twoms on winning their first MJM, solving one of the more difficult puzzles in recent memory! This week, they used the hint and personal experience to identify the 7/24/93 "Weekapaug Groove" and 11/23/92 "Weekapaug Groove." As mentioned in the comments, the hint referred to the history of the song's lyrics, which came about in the back of a van while listening to "Oh, What a Night." The MJM will take the next couple weeks off, returning in mid-August for MJM384.

Monday 07/22/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 382

Welcome to the 382nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first since June! Thanks for your patience during our brief break, and we hope you enjoyed Summer Tour, 2019. How 'bout Alpine3? 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. 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!
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Answer: Congrats to @garcia17 on nailing a huge MJM bustout win, claiming his second win overall and first since MJM154, six years ago next week. This week, he quickly identified the two big jams that didn't occur during the regularly scheduled shows at The Clifford Ball: the 8/15/96 soundcheck and the 8/17/96 "Flatbed Jam." MJM383 will drop Monday.

Monday 06/03/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 378

Welcome to the 378th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of June! The winner will receive THREE MP3 download codes 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 I threw together for you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Answer: Congratulations to two-time MJM winner @serpent_deflector, who needed only twelve minutes to solve this week's MJM before waiting nervously for the next 23 hours and 48 minutes while others danced around the solution: the 7/16/17 "Carini." For his efforts he'll take home three LivePhish codes. Stay tuned next week for MJM379.

Monday 05/27/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 377

Welcome to the 377th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last of May. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes 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. 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: This week's theme is most definitely not "Theme" – in fact, these two jams were played before "Theme from the Bottom" debuted.

Answer: Pencils down! The Blog has won again! Unbelievably, for the first time ever, the Blog has defeated the MJM crew back-to-back weeks; speaking of which, no one figured out that this week's MJM featured back-to-back versions of "David Bowie": 10/12/94 and 10/18/94 (in reverse order). I never would've thought two jams from the same song played in the same state, the same week, could've stumped folks this hard, but so it goes. Come back next week when we get an easy MJM for three LivePhish codes!

Monday 05/20/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 376

Welcome to the 376th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of May. 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. 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: If your search for the answer begins afloat upon the waves, you're barking up the wrong tree.

Answer: Congrats to... the Blog! For only the 24th time ever, the Blog has won the MJM. While @Phishdicks4 saw right through the hint and correctly identified the 7/2/98 "Runaway Jim," he missed the second clip: 7/31/97 "Runaway Jim." Come back on Monday when the difficulty ramps up another notch for MJM377, and we'll play for two LivePhish codes.

Monday 03/18/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 367

Welcome to the 367th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of March. This week's puzzle comes to you courtesy of MJM Hall of Famer @jimsleftear – special shout out to the Emeritus crew for the endless stream of jam recommendations! 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: Coming in hot on the hint, @HarborSeal picks up his sixth win! He noticed the hint as a photo from the film Garden State - the home of fellow MJM host @wforwumbo - and successfully picked out the 7/25/93 Tweezer and 6/23/95 Runaway Jim. And now the clock is on for when (and not if!) @HarborSeal picks up a seventh win and joins the promise land of the emeriti! Will it happen next week? Stay tuned to find out!

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.

Answer: Come stumble my mirth beaten teacher, we've got another five time winner– that's right, @ChalkDustTeacher saw it again (the hint) and now sits two Ws short of the promised land. This week, he realized that both @PhreePhish and @MiguelSanchez had seen these midwest gems: 8/16/11 "Limb by Limb" and 11/8/98 "Down with Disease," both played at the second night of runs at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Come back next week to see us rolling in our MJM364.


Monday 01/21/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 359

Welcome to the 359th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of January – happy Martin Luther King Day! While our friend @wforwumbo tries to get out of this maze, I'll be at the helm yet again bringing you the chronniest of gnargnar jams with a little help from my fellow MJM Hall of Famers. This week, our clips were selected by the 19th MJMer to enter the Hall of Fame, @justino – thanks for the twisted puzzle! 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: I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday yesterday – catch any shows on your day off? [answers accepted until noon PT on Wednesday]

Answer: Congrats to @ChalkDustTeacher, the second consecutive MJMer to cross the halfway mark to Emeritus status. This week, despite being located in the Great White North (last I checked), he figured out that all three clips were played on US Hoildays (two of which Canada doesn't celebrate), quite fitting considering MJM359 dropped on MLK Day. Those holidays and clips were of course the Columbus Day "Tweezer" from 10/10/94, the New Year's Day "Simple" from 1/1/11, and the July 4th "It's Ice" from 7/4/00 (catch the SSB tease at the end?). You guys know what to do if you're mad about losing, right? Stay tuned Monday for MJM360 with @wumbo back at the helm.

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Monday 01/14/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 358

Welcome to the 358th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of January. While our friend @wforwumbo continues to work towards his final form, I'll be at the helm once again bringing you puzzles with a little help from my fellow MJM Hall of Famers. This week, our clips were selected by the most recent MJMer to enter the Hall of Fame, @lostboy01, who witnessed these clips in person – thanks for the sweet puzzle! 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 the mystery clips. These two 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: Re-read the introduction.

Answer: Congrats to @Patwich on crossing the halfway mark to MJM Emeritus status, snagging his fourth win (with a little help from his friends?). As indicated by the hint, not only did our gracious guest host @lostboy01 attend the show from which this week's clips came, the introductory spiel subtly but clearly calls for identification of the songs and date of the mystery clips – two songs, one date: 12/31/09 "Piper" and 12/31/09 "Ghost." That "Ghost" outro jam really does sound like a callback to the first set's "Bathtub Gin," doesn't it? Keep listening and you'll catch Trey's wonderful octave-pedal driven "Auld Lang Syne" tease and a crazy segue into the world of nitrous oxide. This might hurt just a little bit, but come back Monday (MLK Day) for MJM359, where another MJM Emeritus will drop some clips that may or may not confuse, but are guaranteed to please your ear holes.

Monday 01/07/2019 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 357

Happy New Year and welcome to the 357th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of January. While our friend @wforwumbo works on reaching his final form, @DrWumbo, I'll be at the helm again bringing you puzzles with a little help from my fellow MJM Hall of Famers. 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 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.

SoundCloud Link:

Hint: Only "Chalk Dust Torture," "Possum," "Harry Hood," and "Down with Disease" have been played more frequently in Phish 3.0 than the song from which this week's jam was clipped.

Answer: Congrats to @HarborSeal on his fifth win! He laid in the cuts during his 24 hour relegation period to let the MJM n00bs take a crack at it, and pounced as soon as the hint dropped by correctly identifying the 10/31/09 "Backwards Down the Number Line." Two more wins and he'll be the next MJM HoFer – will he make it before Summer Tour? MJM358 drops Monday with a double clipper from @lostboy01, our most recent MJM Emeritus.

Monday 11/26/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 353

Gobble Gobble Mystery Jammers, @ucpete back at the controls for a moment to mess with you before sending you off deep into the tr0nZ to get all the discounts ($7 box sets? Done.). Did I forget to mention – forget to mention: Welcome to the 353rd edition of the MJM, home of Phish nerds, and the ancient art of jam recognition? (No, this isn't a "Cities"-themed MJM.) 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 three 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, a hint will be posted. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck! You'll need it.

Hint: It's three versions of the same song, about three years apart from one another (though the clips are not necessarily in chronological order). I thought for sure someone reading the forum yesterday would've figured this one out by now...

Answer: For the sixth time this year, the Blog has the pleasure of crowning another MJM Emeritus. @lostboy01 burst onto the MJM scene in April 2018 with his first win, and proceeded to go on one of the fastest sprints to seven wins we've ever seen, including winning five MJMs between MJM340 and MJM347 alone. After a five week dry spell – an eternity for @lostboy01 – he solved the most difficult MJM of the year (with a generous hint, to be fair) to finally reach the promised land. This week, he catapulted across the finish line by identifying the 6/29/00 "Catapult," 7/18/03 "Catapult," and 3/2/97 "Catapult." For his efforts, in addition to the standard key card to The Vault from Kevin Shapiro and addition to the massive group text with the band (Mike's emoji game on fleek), @lostboy01 receives a copy of the new Baker's Dozen remastered box set on 56 8 track tapes presented in a carboard box Fishman tucked for all three Gorge shows this summer, a copy of the Curveball soundcheck "Turbidity Jam" (with Mike on plunger), a Kasvot Växt-signed rock that doubles as a one-way ticket to the Subterranean Arctic Neuro Technology Orientation Station, and most importantly, an open invitation to stump the MJM regulars at this beautiful game. Congratulations My Friend, My Friend – you'll always remember where you were when you were elected into the MJM Hall of Fame. Stay tuned for MJM354 on Monday, when wumbo returns for an easy single clipper.

Monday 10/29/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 349

Welcome to the 349th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult single clipper of October. 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!

Hint: I guess you could say this clip was chosen in homage to Fall Tour having some great first set jams.

Answer: WinRAR! This week, the guessing crew wandered deep into the woods of this cruel joke of an MJM, but only @MikeThong was able to fight his way out thanks to his trusty golf cart. This week, he hits the trifecta by identifying the clip as from the waning moments of the twisted 11/29/98 "Limb by Limb" -> "Catapult" -> "Kung" sequence, played during the first set of the last night of Fall Tour '98 – Twenty Years Later indeed. Stop by Monday, because I ain't givin' no goddamn Loch Ness Monster a LivePhish code for MJM350!

Wednesday 10/24/2018 by ucpete

NASHVILLE1 RECAP: MIKE'S GROOOOVE!!

[we'd like to thank Nick Lowe, @rockinhorn, for recapping last night's show from Nashville - ed.]

As far as outdoor venues Phish performs at, Ascend Amphitheater lives near the top of the list. The size and intimacy here bring a special feeling to everyone in attendance, and certainly create an excited anticipation as to what the band is going to blow our minds with in such a small setting. Ascend has quickly gained a lot of attention in Phishdom since the storied 2015 return of “Mike’s 2nd Jam” and the 2016 guest appearance of Bob Weir. For obvious reasons, Nashville shows seem to elevate the possibility of guest artists joining the band. Or at least in the minds of us phans. There was a bit of pre-show chatter about Vince Gill having just finished some tour dates with The Eagles. “Maybe he’ll show up to play some Eagles tunes?” To those comments I could only think one thought. “I’ve had a rough night, man, and I hate the f#@&ing Eagles, man!”

The air was crisp, and the vibe was super excited on a gorgeous fall evening in Nashville. The earlier ticket time threw some of us for a bit of a loop. This on top of a long wait to get through security (metal detectors) created a little more pre-show anxiety than normal. Though, once inside, it was immediately apparent why this venue is so special to those who have experienced it firsthand. The feeling of sitting in the band’s lap is shared by all in attendance, whether in reserved seats or lawn.

The house lights went down at 7:36 p.m. and the beloved foursome hit the stage exploding with excited energy, Trey with his familiar ear-to-ear smile. Without any hesitation they laid into “Tweezer Reprise” and the audience erupted. Much anticipation revolved around this since it was left on the table from Hampton. Would they play “Reprise” at all?

Photo © Phish, by Rene Huemer
Photo © Phish, by Rene Huemer

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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.

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...

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 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!

Monday 08/20/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 339

Welcome to the 339th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of August. 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: After Curveball was canceled, I considered rescheduling this week's MJM.

Answer: And then there were 20! With his 7th win since MJM215 (March 2016), @TwiceBitten enters the MJM Hall of Fame as the twentieth MJM Emeritus – after years of playing along, he knew there was no trap in this week's hint and quickly identified the three "make-up" jams from shows or sets that were rescheduled due to forces beyond the band's control: the 7/22/13 "Down with Disease" (making up for the 7/9/13 show that was canceled due to flooding that closed routes to the venue), the 7/20/13 "Golden Age" (with an extra set announced day-of to make up for the storm that cut the second set short the night before), and the 3/16/91 "You Enjoy Myself" (there was supposed to be a show in Breckenridge on 3/14/91 and another in Vail on 3/16/91, but they had to cancel and reschedule and ended up playing Breckenridge 3/16/91 instead). Boy am I glad this sort of stuff doesn't happen anymore! fuck.

@TwiceBitten wins his 7th LivePhish code, which he'll probably give away, and I will be faxing him some papers regarding his other prizes, which include a 5 minute shopping spree with Trey at a Manhattan boutique men's clothing store, a copy of the Curveball secret set rehearsal videos from the spaceship behind the barn, and a crispy iPhone recording of the 8 hours-a-day FTW rehearsals Trey played with members of JRAD (which Scott Metzger mentioned on the most recent episode of Under the Scales). @TwiceBitten now holds the record for most clips identified in wins by any MJMer in history with 23. In fact, the MJM Emeriti have won 44% of the MJMs all time, and have identified more than half the 600+ jams used in those contests. It's as staggering as it is interesting – it sure seems like just when I think we've run out of savants, another steps up and runs the table. Who's next? Stay tuned for MJM340 on Monday, when we turn back the clock a bit and ramp up the difficulty.

Monday 08/13/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 338

Welcome to the 338th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of August. The winner will receive THREE MP3 download codes courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net (and @johnnyd, who threw his double code victory back into the pot last week). 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 @Hamphish on crossing the halfway mark to MJM Emeritus status with his fourth win (and second this summer)! As some may have noticed, he typo'd in his first response, which he quickly corrected before anyone else had posted. While he did technically submit a second guess, after discussing with my fellow MJM crew members, @HarborSeal (who technically submitted the first correct answer), and @Hamphish himself, I have decided that @Hamphish is the genuine winner, taking two of the three codes home, while @HarborSeal will be rewarded the third code for being technically correct first. While I am super reluctant to deviate from the letter of the law, the spirit of the rules was not breached in this case: @Hamphish clearly meant to answer with the 12/31/98 "Mike's Song" and the 7/26/17 "Carini" – there was no "Mike's Song" played on 12/31/99, he stated the correct and super specific theme (jams from the two shows during which Phish played "1999"), and he corrected himself before anyone else came it to swoop the prize. Let this be a reminder to folks to double check your work before submitting, as next time we might not have so extra codes built up to dole out! Off to Curveball... shit.

Monday 08/06/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 337

Welcome to the 337th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of August. The winner will receive an MP3 two download codes 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 beforethe 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 first-time winner @johnnyd, who was actually in attendance for this week's clip: the 7/12/96 "Jam" that precedes "NICU." As John points out in his comment (and as mentioned on the setlist), this jam came from audience members yelling out random chords, and the band jamming around the made-up progression. While that does sound unique and quite interesting, especially considering the show was played in Amsterdamn, 7/12/96 is known as one of the worst Phish shows of all time – people who think ripcords are bad in 3.0 should check out this second set. Per John's request, we'll float the prize to next week's MJM, meaning that the winner of MJM338 will take home THREE codes! See you Monday?

Monday 07/30/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 336

Welcome to the 336th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the most difficult of July. 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, which are connected by a theme that needn't be part of the correct answer (but will certainly help!). 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:


Photo by Mark Sarfati

Answer: Pencils down! For only the 23rd time in history, the Blog is victorious! This week, folks figured out that the hint was a picture of Bill Graham, alluding to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where Phish recently completed a two night run. But what folks didn't realize is that BGCA wasn't the site of the four clips, but rather, the four songs in the clips spelled out "BGCA": 11/19/96 "Bathtub Gin," 11/28/03 "Ghost," 7/29/15 "Chalk Dust Torture," and 7/7/99 "Also Sprach Zarathustra." Stay tuned for MJM337 on Monday, where we'll give away two codes.

Monday 07/23/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 335

Welcome to the 335th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate of July. 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!

Answer: Congrats to @becker_ross on winning this week's MJM, his second win overall and his first win in more than 5 years and almost 200 MJMs – that's quite the bustout! This week's puzzle was admittedly a bit of a cop-out – I didn't have much time between Tahoe and BGCA to throw something fancier together, so I figured a deep cut from The Victor Disc might give folks fits, especially one Mike's Moma-like bassline. I guess not! I remember when I first read about The Victor Disc in the Rolling Stone article that came out in Winter 2003 – I didn't even realize the interview had taken place until Phish followed the Valentine's Day "My Sweet One" opener with "Cover of the Rolling Stone" on 2/14/03 – and I was so excited about the latenight jam session Trey mentioned they recorded before filming Letterman. Alas, I didn't hear it till almost ten years later! There's some excellent jamming on the album – check it out if it's been a while or you've never delved in.

Though @becker_ross is the clear winner this week, I was hoping the correct answer would have the song and date: 12/19/02 "Blue Over Yellow" – thankfully no one else tried to swoop in on the technicality, making my job much easier. A reminder that while the intro to the MJM each week may look an awful lot like copypasta, I drop little nugs, links, and easter eggs into the nooks and crannies of every post; sometimes they can help guide you to the answer, others, it's just a cool jam or download. We'll be back for MJM336 on Monday – be sure to pay attention as the blog is busy these days!

Monday 07/16/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 334

Welcome to the 334th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of July. 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. 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 @Hamphish on his third win, slicing and dicing what i thought was an almost trollishly difficult MJM! The 8/15/15 "46 Days," the 10/8/99 "Tweezer," and the 6/23/04 "Scents and Subtle Sounds" – all played in shows featuring a "Halley's Comet" second-set opener. Stay tuned for MJM335 on Monday!

Monday 06/11/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 329

Welcome to the 329th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday! As mentioned last week, we have put together a special contest and prize for this week's MJM. Thanks to our friends at the Hachette Book Group and our regular supporters at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net, this week's winner will not only receive the usual LivePhish MP3 download code, but will also receive a copy of Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip, by Joel Selvin. Fare Thee Well is a tell-all biography of the in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. The book charts the band member's journey from Garcia’s death up to the Core Four's agreement that led to the series of shows celebrating the band’s fiftieth anniversary featuring Phish's Trey Anastasio, finally allowing for the sendoff of the group revered by so many. Author Joel Selvin is an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-seller who has covered music for the San Francisco Chronicle for nearly 50 years. The book goes on sale next Tuesday, June 19th, and will ship to the winner then.

Regarding the Mystery Jam itself, as with our other special editions, this megaclip has many songs in it that you'll need to identify. Therefore, we will not be using the comments to guess this week. Instead, send an email with your guesses (for all of the clips) along with your .net username to phish.net.mjm329@gmail.com. If you have any questions, you can post them in the comments section. Do not post guesses in the comments section, or your comment will be deleted and you'll be subject to banning from future MJM participation. Also, no "trading" of answers is allowed: figure this out on your own. The first person to correctly identify the song and the date of each of the five jams will be the winner; These five jams are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess by email – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Wednesday. In the event that no one correctly identifies all of the Mystery Jams, the winner will be the first person to submit the most correct jams: partial credit can take home the prize, so don't be shy. Good luck!

Note: In order to receive the book, you must be able to provide a US mailing address, or be willing to pay for shipping after we receive the book on your behalf and mail it you. Also, MJM Emeriti are eligible to participate, so don't dawdle!

Update: I received a number of email responses yesterday – none from anyone with fewer than 6 MJM wins, all with multiple correct clips, a couple with all of them correct, but one clear winner. The winner has been notified, and I'll update the blog in the next couple days.

Answer: Congratulations to @justino, who correctly identifited the 6/30/06 St. Stephen (Phil & Friends with Trey), 10/18/16 Twist (Phish with Bobby as guest), 7/17/16 Cumberland Blues (Phil & Friends with Mike), 4/17/99 Dark Star (Phil & Friends with Page and Trey), and 6/27/15 St. Stephen (Fare Thee Well Tour with Trey). The theme of this week's MJM was jams from Grateful Dead / Phish collaborations. With this impressive victory, @justino comes back out of his recently forced retirement to snatch away this week's special prize. Nice work. MJM returns Monday June 18 for its 330th edition. [Please Note: MJM host extraordinaire @ucpete is currently consumed with a family emergency, and a small group of volunteers will try to fill his big shoes until he's able to return. Please be patient with the temporary staff, and be respectful of @ucpete's family situation. Thanks.]

Monday 06/04/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 328

Welcome to the 328th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of June. 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 beforethe 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.

NOTE: Next week's contest, MJM329 (June 11th, 2018), will be a special edition of the Mystery Jam contest, featuring a differently-themed puzzle and a chance to win an additional prize beyond the usual LivePhish code. This contest will be open to the MJM Emeritus crew, so don't think you can skip off into the sunset just yet @justino!

Answer: Congrats to @susep on their first win, quickly identifying the 7/8/99 "Fee," released in Live Bait Vol. 10 and chosen and remastered by @wforwumbo (check out Part 2A of his From the Tapers' Section series here on Friday, June 8th). Be sure to tune in next week, when we give away a special MJM prize and the competition opens up to the emeritus crew!

Tuesday 05/29/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 327

Welcome to the 327th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday Tuesday, the most difficult of of May. 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 needsn'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 Thursday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!


Answer: After more than four years of sneaking in opportunities to listen to clips between teaching classes, on his lunch break, and almost assuredly while on the throne, @justino has finally won his seventh contest and been inducted into the MJM Hall of Fame as our 18th Emeritus! He didn't want to waltz in on a brute forced single clip victory, or even a double-double; instead, he cracked the hardest MJM of the month, and one laced with traps taboot. This week, he saw quickly ignored the December jams red herring, didn't get sucked into looking through the 275 Jam Chart versions or >100 shows played in California, and saw right through me and my handle to solve this week's puzzle, jams that were played on University of California campuses: 8/5/10 "Down with DIsease" (UC Berkeley), 12/6/94 "Weekapaug Groove" (UCSB), and the 12/1/96 "Tweezer" (UCLA). The skill of MJMers by the time they reach Emeritus status never ceases to amaze me – and creep me out!

For his efforts, which in addition to 7 overall victories include: a Trey-signed Hands on a Hardbody CD, 5 multiclip victories – including four in the past four months – and winning the first (and only - to date) MJM Race, @justino will receive two of the following:
- a copy of Hands on a Softbody (a softcore DVD featuring a Trey-autographed Trey blow-up doll named "TroiBoiToiBot")
- an honorable degree from the other UC, UC Merced: a Master's in MJMery
- inclusion on the group text between "The Boys" and "The Emeriti"
- a code good for a free LivePhish.com download
- a login and password to The Vault (don't even try if you don't have a login)
- Limited Edition "Très Close" tickets to Curveball
- the ability to choose clips for future MJMs

Congrats @justino! Who's up next? @TwiceBitten??

Monday 05/21/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 326

Welcome to the 326th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of May. 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 @jimsleftear, who once again made fantastic use of his good ear in cracking this week's MJM and correctly identifying the 12/1/03 "Tweezer" and the 10/9/99 "Ghost" for his fourth win. As discussed in the comments section below, this week's hint was a picture of an Albanian Jam (you can tell by clicking the link because it has the word "Albania" in it), as a reference to the fact that this week's jams were Albanian Jams – both were played at Pepsi Arena (fka Knickerbocker Arena / cka Times Union Center) in Albany, NY, the site of the Fall Tour opener and a favorite of @wumbo, who once again designed and mixed this week's clips. Next week we'll step the difficulty up once more with a triple clipper for MJM327: after all, 33 is 27. See you Tuesday!

Monday 05/14/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 325

Welcome to the 325th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of May. 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!

Answer: Congrats to multiple Jam Charts contributor @HarborSeal, who pulled his third MJM win while reminding us he's one of the most interesting men in the world. This week he insta-identified the 12/7/99 "Halley's Comet," and after some poking around the setlists, realized that Jennifer Dances to the 7/27/14 "Tweezer." Thanks to @wumbo for his fine puzzle and finer mixing work – to hear more of and about his jawdropping audio production skills, check out the first post of our new series: "From the Tapers' Section." Stop by soon for MJM326, when the number of clips remains constant, but the difficulty takes the next step.

Monday 05/07/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 324

Welcome to the 324th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of May. 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 beforethe 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 @patper on his first MJM win! As has become typical around these parts, it didn't take the winner too long to figure out this week's jam: the DEG-infused 5/9/92 "Tweezer," played 26 years ago today. MJM325 in five...

Monday 04/30/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 323

Welcome to the 323rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult puzzle of April. 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 these 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 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: Congrats to @shelfofpregnanthens who so stupendously crushed what I thought to be a difficult MJM – thanks to @WayIFeel for the sweet puzzle, and thanks to @wforwumbo for making the recordings sound even sweeter. @shelfofpregnanthens knew right away that this MJM reeked of August '93, and made it look as easy as 1-2-3 in identifying the 8/11/93 "Stash," the 8/12/93 "Reba," and the 8/13/93 "Llama," three jams from three consecutive shows on one of Phishest earliest famous months. That's two wins for him now. Speaking of easy: check out MJM324 Monday!

Monday 04/23/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 322

Welcome to the 322nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate April contest. 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 these 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 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: Congrats to @ChemistryChris who synthesized his first MJM by quickly identifying this week's Japan 2000 theme (h/t to @wforwumbo for the puzzle and slick EQing work once again) in identifying the 6/10/00 "Down with Disease," the 6/15/00 "Ghost," and the 6/16/00 "Limb by Limb." Next week will be the most challenging of the month, where I have a feeling we'll crown another MJM Emeritus for MJM323.

Monday 04/16/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 321

Welcome to the 321st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the middle of five April contests. 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 these 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 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!

Hint: HERE

Answer: Congrats to @jimsleftear, who used the hint to easily track down this week's theme and jams that fit – the 6/18/10 "Tweezer," the 12/8/99 "Down with Disease," and the 10/21/95 "David Bowie," all played in shows during which the band played "Tweezer Reprise" twice. That's three wins for @jimsleftear – he's definitely got at least one good ear. Stay tuned for MJM322, when a couple folks strive for emeritus status while others play the spoiler.

Monday 04/09/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 320

Welcome to the 320th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second-easiest of April. 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 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: ¡Una más y ya! @justino is peaking like a summer Ghost jam right now, and now only needs one more win to go fully spectral and become the 18th MJM Emeritus and 19th inductee into the MJM HoF. Or will @TwiceBitten get there first? This week @justino sprinted through the ambient haze to the solution, correctly identifying the 12/30/98 "Frankie Says" and the 11/4/98 "Frankie Says," both great ambient "Frankie" outros from 1998. MJM321 drops Monday, and will be the third of five April MJMs.

Tuesday 04/03/2018 by ucpete

BEYOND THE POND PODCAST: 4/3/98 NASSAU PIPER

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 04/02/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 319

Welcome to the 319th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of March. 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 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 long-time player and first-time winner, @lostboy01, who quickly dismantled this week's MJM to get on the board. Sometimes all it takes is breaking through on one's first for us to add another force to be reckoned with to the mix. This week @lostboy01 correctly identified the 4/2/93 "Weekapaug Groove," which I am officially dubbing the "Wackipaug," on its 25 year anniversary. MJM320 drops on Monday morning, and we'll have two fun clips: the MJM's intent is for your delight (and supreme frustration).

Monday 03/26/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 318

Welcome to the 318th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the most difficult of March. 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 these four 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 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!

Answer: Congrats to @justino on his fifth MJM win – now it's not a matter of if, but a matter of when he reaches the Holy MJM Emeritus status. This week's puzzle, another from the mind of the @wumbo, had some Jerry undertones, some fantastic sounding music, Type II all over it, and the same song ("Tweezer") on the same month and day (August 1st), four times: 8/1/15 "Tweezer," 8/1/98 "Tweezer," 8/1/14 "Tweezer," and 8/1/99 "Tweezer." @justino fell for none of the traps, and in less than 200 minutes, cut down the nets on #5. Monday brings us MJM319, and a resetting of the difficulty down to the bottom rung.

Monday 03/19/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 317

Welcome to the 317th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate MJM of March. 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 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 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: Congrats to @prab_mode on his second win, pulling a sneak attack on the blog before the hint dropped. He correctly identified three consecutive (and not on the Jam Charts) versions of "Bathtub Gin": 8/9/98, 8/16/98, and 11/4/98. Thanks again to @wumbo for his masterful EQ work in creating this week's puzzle. Check out MJM318 on Monday morning...

Monday 03/12/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 316

Welcome to the 316th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second-easiest of March. 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: Congrats to @TwiceBitten, who was already moving in for the kill when his fellow guessers gave half correct answers to confirm his suspicion: this week's jams were the 11/7/98 "AC/DC Bag" and the 12/30/97 "AC/DC Bag," That's six wins for @TwiceBitten – will he reach nirvana soon? Find out shortly with MJM317... [thanks to @wumbo again for his audio engineering handiwork and fresh puzzle ideas]

Monday 03/05/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 315

Welcome to the 315th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of March. 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 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 @Mshow96 on his first MJM win! This week he made short work of the MJM by quickly identifying the Baker's Dozen "Waves" outro from 7/23/17, pulling in two LivePhish download codes for his effort. Let this be a reminder to the MJM pros out there: never let the blog win the last MJM of the month, as the first-timers will be extra motivated to scoop up a twofer! Speaking of twofers, MJM316 goes animal style on Monday.

Monday 02/26/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 314

Welcome to the 314th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the most difficult 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 these 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 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: I guess you could say these songs are about the same age.

Answer: For the first time in seven months, the Blog is victorious! That's 22 wins for us at .net HQ, bringing our winning percentage back above the 7% mark. This week's theme was "Jams from songs that debuted in 1999," a nod to all the '99 jams seen on the MJM of late, and the clips were the 12/28/13 "Sand," the 9/11/00 "What's the Use?", and the 11/28/03 "First Tube." Shout out to @wumbo for the assist again. Come back Monday for the chance to win two codes on MJM315.

Monday 02/19/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 313

Welcome to the 313th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 these 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 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: #1 Acetaminophan.

Answer: Congrats to @justino on his fourth MJM win – in doing so, he crosses the halfway point to Valhalla! This week he read right through the portmanteau hint of "Acetaminophen" and "#1 phan," realizing that it was a reference to the recent passing of Dr. Jack McConnell. This week's clips all came from jams played during shows in which the good doctor performed: 4/22/94 "David Bowie," 6/20/04 "Ghost," and 10/15/10 "Down with Disease." Special thanks to @wforwumbo for putting the clips together and equalizing them to perfection. Stop by Monday MJM314: Pi Edition – it'll be tough as nails.

Monday 02/12/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 312

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 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.

Monday 02/05/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 311

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.

Hint:

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.

Monday 01/29/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 310

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!

Monday 01/22/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 309

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!).

Tuesday 01/16/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 308: TUESDAY EDITION

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?

Monday 01/08/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 307

Welcome to the 307th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest 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 each of the two mystery clips (sorry for not fixing this sooner), 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 which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday, or as soon as necessary. Good luck!

Answer: For the first time in four months and only the third time in the past year, we have back-to-back first time MJM winners. This week, @The_Blob quickly put the smack down on the two-clip MJM, identifying the 12/28/98 "Wolfman's Brother" and the 10/31/98 "Wolfman's Brother." I had a clever hint all ready to go and everything. Let's take MLK Day off and reconvene Tuesday for MJM308, cool?

Tuesday 01/02/2018 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 306: TUESDAY EDITION

Happy New Year! Welcome to the 306th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, on Tuesday, the first* and easiest 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 mystery clip. 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. 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:

Answer: Congrats to @serpent_deflector on his first MJM win! Shortly thereafter the hint, which was a picture of peyote cactus – "Cactus" being Mike's nickname, hinting at "Mike's Song" (and other things, as explained in the comments) – @serpent_deflector correctly identified the 8/3/88 "Mike's Song." Some folks got thrown for a loop by the "Dave's Energy Guide" tease about 17 seconds in, which wasn't listed on the phish.net setlists at the time of the MJM, but thanks to the setlist team, it is now listed. Come back next week for MJM307, a puzzle I'm really excited about...

Monday 12/11/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 304

Welcome to the 304th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of December. 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 both mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. 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. Good luck!

Answer: For the first time in MJM history, someone has gone back-to-back-to-back. @wforwumbo continues on his collision course to MJM glory, taking down his 5th win overall by idenitfying the 6/25/95 "HYHU" > "Jam" and the pre-"Fleezer" 6/22/95 "Theme from the Bottom" -> "Jam," two "Jam"s from the same week in late June '95. Looking ahead, I see that MJM306 would fall on Christmas Day, but ain't nobody got time for that. Instead, next week's MJM will be the last of 2017, and we'll pick back up on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. MJM305 drops on Monday... will anyone try to stash the wumbo?

Monday 12/04/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 303

Welcome to the 303rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of December. 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. Thanks for playing!

*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.

Update: We have a winner by PM... will announce tomorrow.

Hint: Congrats once again to @wforwumbo, who is hell bent on breaking the record for the fastest to go from first win to MJM Emeritus status. This week he recognized the extra percussion and extra guitar, was able to quickly identify the 7/3/15 "Playing in the Band" from the Fare Thee Well shows put on in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. Is anyone brave enough to step in front of the Wumbo Train, or will he hit Lucky #7 before NYE? Find out next week when MJM304 gets weird...

Monday 11/27/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 302

Welcome to the 302nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last and hardest of November. 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 three mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. 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 if the puzzle hasn't yet been solved. Good luck!

Note: Here's a SoundCloud link for any suffering technical issues:

Answer: Congrats to @wforwumbo on his third win in three months – do we have our next MJM Emeritus rising through the ranks? Or will one of our other multi-MJM winners break through first? For this week's puzzle's answer, it's time for a (recent) history lesson, as some may not know:

After what was perceived by some fans as writers' block, and many previous albums being mostly Trey and Tom collaborations with one or two songs sprinkled in from the other bandmates, the band scrapped their old approach and began a collaborative songwriting process in 2013. For inspiration, they began by rooting through Mike's notebooks (in which he writes about each show) for recent jams he felt were particularly cool. They relistened to those jams and the cool sections Mike noted, excised their favorite bits, and reshaped them into songs that debuted on 10/31/13 as Wingsuitsee the 2013 PhishBill here for the band's take on that songwriting process. I chose three of those reshaped jams for this week's MJM:

- the 8/19/12 "Light" had a section that was written into "555" – that particular section was played publicly only once, during the "555" debut on 10/31/13, but left on the cutting room floor for the album and all subsequent versions
- the 9/14/11 Soundcheck had a section that became "Fuego," and other sections that may have been the genesis of "Wombat" and perhaps even "Wingsuit," as @My_Powerful_Mind points out
- the 8/12/10 "Drowned" had a section that became "Waiting All Night"

The theme for this week's MJM is "jams that became songs on Fuego / Wingsuit." Thus concludeth your history lesson. See y'all on Monday for MJM303, where things get easy and less verbose once again.

Monday 11/20/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 301

Welcome to the 301st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third and second-hardest of November. 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 three mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday. Good luck!

Note: Sorry for the delay today – everything will be shifted back by about 7 hours this week (hint, end of MJM) to give folks time to track down these... tracks.

Soundcloud link: If you're having trouble hearing all three clips, you can listen here.

Hint:

Answer: Congrats to @Patwich on his first win! While other folks closed in on the answer, @Patwich saw right past the "Harry Hood" red herring and the "opener" hint to identify the 7/1/14 "Harry Hood," 9/27/95 "Harry Hood," and 11/18/09 "46 Days," all of which were played during tour opening shows. Special thanks to MJM Emeritus @WayIFeel, who for the second straight week recommended some killer jams for use on the blog. See you at MJM302!

Monday 11/13/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 300

Welcome to the 300th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of November. 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 both mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. 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. Good luck!

Note: I dropped the ball on getting a big event together for #300, but I'll make it up to folks soon, and announce it in advance so folks are ready. Thanks, as always, for playing – I wouldn't keep this up each week if it weren't for folks' enthusiasm. – pete

Answer: And then there were fifteen! For the third time in the past six MJMs, and the seventh time in the past 19 months, @mickeyjoe86 beat everyone to the punch, becoming the latest MJMer to join the Emeritus ranks! In his seven victories, he found a total of 20 clips from late '94 through the Baker's Dozen, hitting all eras and most years in between. It is with great pleasure that I force him into the Phish-themed retirement home, where all audio is lossless SBD, all the roses (and dr006z) are free, and the other 14 Emeriti await his arrival, steeped in their own excrement – welcome @mickeyjoe86! Special thanks to fellow Emeritus @WayIFeel for his help on this week's clips, and we'll see you next week for MJM301...

Monday 11/06/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 299

Welcome to the 299th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of November. 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. 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 @shelfofpregnanthens on his first MJM win – this time next year, will he be the fourth "Pete" to achieve MJM Emeritus status? This week, @shelfofpregnanthens was able to identify the Tweezer-esque (but definitively '94) 5/16/94 "Stash" without the aid of a hint. Stay tuned next week when we'll either go for something slightly more difficult, or something outrageous if I can put something special together in time for MJM300.

Monday 10/23/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 297

Welcome to the 297th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday: the fourth of five October editions, and the second hardest of the 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 song and date of all four mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but it 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. Good luck!

Hint: One man's junk is another man's funk.

Answer: And then there were fourteen... that's right folks, we have our 14th MJM Emeritus Champion, Mr. @FunkyCFunkyDo! This week, he needed the hint to push him across the seas to Prussia's shore, where he yelled the correct answers from the top of the throne: 11/22/94 "Funky Bitch (-> Jam)," 8/31/12 "Undermind," 9/1/17 "No Men in No Man's Land," and 6/22/12 "Kill Devil Falls." Depending on whether you consider the first clip "Funky Bitch" or just "Jam" (phish.net calls it "Jam"), this week's clips' first letters spell "FUNK" or "JUNK," respectively.

The fact that @FunkyCFunkyDo, aka Pete, acheived Emeritus status this week is particularly fitting in a couple ways. First off, given his handle, could he have chosen a better MJM on which to mic drop than one that spells "FUNK" and starts with a "Funky Bitch" jam? Second, the day on which he answered correctly, October 24th, 2017, was the three year anniversary of my meeting him for the first time and hitting a show together: 10/24/14 Forum. Member that Disease? Oh yeah I member... Notably, with Pete's win, "Pete" breaks the tie with "Dan" to become the commonest MJM Emeritus champion name, 3 to 2 (@schvice knows what's up).

Funny enough, 10/24/14 wasn't the first time Pete & Pete had seen Phish in that room on the same day – 2/14/03 was his first show (perhaps you've heard Funky talk about that previously, maybe the "Forum Gin"? Maybe one of these 87 results on Google?), and it was just my fourth show. We've been lucky enough to see over 20 of the same shows since, and have shared in some times of great joy and times of overwhelming emotion thanks to our favorite band. With that, it is with great pleasure that I hand @FunkyCFunkyDo his key to The Vault, a new pair of invisible dancepants, a burned copy of Fred McGriff's previously-banned dance training video, carte blanche to provide unsolicited MJM clip ideas, and one last code good for the free MP3 download of any show available at LivePhish.com. Nice work Pete!

Our friend @Dog_Faced_Boy will be bringing the high heat on Monday with MJM298, the hardest of the month. Don't miss it!

Monday 10/16/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 296

Welcome to the 296th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the 100th (regular) MJM in my time as host. 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 – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. While there are three clips this week, this puzzle isn't as difficult as it seems – each clip is a full minute long, and finding just one of the three may lead you to the other two fairly quickly. 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. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @mickeyjoe86 on his sixth win! Now both he and @FunkyCFunkyDo sit on the doorstep to emeritus status. It should be awesome to see the two of them duke it out in their race to the finish line, though who knows? Maybe some of our 4 or 5 time winners will have something to say about it – or even better, maybe some of our newcomers will come in and play the spoiler. This week, @mickeyjoe86 recognized the third clip quickly (as did @FunkyCFunkyDo), pinned the eras of the clips as the classic 1.0 / 2.0 / 3.0 layout, and explored a few themes before realizing I was going for a #VegasStrong theme. Within a few hours of the MJM dropping, he had identified all three clips: the 10/31/98 "Lonesome Cowboy Bill," the 2/16/03 "Down with Disease" (the second piece of the "DWD" -> "-7" -> "DWD" < link to video), and the 11/2/14 "Piper" outro, all of which were played in Las Vegas, NV. MJM297, the fourth of five October MJMs, drops on Monday.

Monday 10/09/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 295

Welcome to the 295th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of October. 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 both mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. 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. Good luck!

Hint: It's interesting to hear spacey jams from the same song back-to-back, especially between versions close to two decades apart. I wonder if the ability to buy cannabis near both these venues before the shows had anything to do with the far-out nature of the jams...

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @negativeseven, who beat out @wforwumbo (and @FunkyCFunkyDo, who was also closing in on the answer post-hint) just in time to win their first MJM – nice work! This week, we took a look at wacked out DWD jams, >19 years apart: 9/3/17 "Down with Disease" and 7/1/98 "Down with Disease," played at the most recent Phish show at Dick's, and the autonomous anarchist district Christiania, respectively. I've visited both places and they're both cool in their own weird ways. Stay tuned next week when we step up into even tougher territory with MJM296...

Monday 10/02/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 294

Welcome to the 294th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of October. 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. 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: We have a winner, by PM – congrats to @FunkyCFunkyDo on rapidly identifying this week's MJM, a show for which he was undoubtedly in attendance (being a PNWer): 7/27/13 "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley" (-> 2001). Do yourself a favor and listen to that breathtaking outro jam while imagining yourself at the Gorge... yup. Funky's sixth win puts him on the precipice of MJM Emeritus status, ahead of all other active MJM contestants. Let's hope for the sake of the challenge that he chooses an MJM of a high degree of difficulty as his swan song! We're back for two clips and a theme on Monday for MJM295.

Monday 09/25/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 293

Welcome to the 293rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last and most difficult of September. This week's clips come from the twisted and sadistic mind of Jam Charts guru @Dog_Faced_Boy – those familiar with his work helping out with the MJM over the past year know won't be surprised to hear he thinks I go too easy on you guys each week! 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 four mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but it 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. Good luck!

Hint: It makes sense that this week's puzzle would come after last week's puzzle. Check that: we have a winner!

Answer: Congrats to @mickeyjoe86, who wins his fifth MJM, and now has won a single, double, triple, quadruple, and quintuple-clip puzzle! Not sure if it'll happen, but that would be pretty cool if he won a six pack and a seven-clipper to close the deal on his imminent Emeritus status. This week he didn't even need the hint to figure out that I followed up last week's A Live One theme with a theme based on Phish's follow-up release, Billy Breathes. He correctly identified the 7/15/98 "Free," the 6/7/95 "Theme from the Bottom," the 9/1/13 "Prince Caspian," and the recent 8/1/17 "Steep." Special thanks to @Dog_Faced_Boy for putting together this week's puzzle, and the first Monday of October will bring the MJM difficulty back to earth for next week's puzzle: MJM294.

Monday 09/18/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 292

Welcome to the 292nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third and second-hardest 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 all 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 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. Good luck and boogie on!

Hint:

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Answer: Congrats to our favorite Canadian teacher, @ChalkDustTeacher, on his third win. This week, after recognizing the Minneapolis Bowie, he used the hint to find two other "alternate universe" A Live One selections, Phish's classic first live album to be released on vinyl next month. That's right, the 11/26/94 "David Bowie," the 12/2/94 "It's Ice" outro, and the 11/2/94 "Possum" all come from shows featuring A Live One selections ("Slave," "Gumbo," and "Tweezer" respectively). If you thought this week's puzzle was hard, wait till you see MJM293! *scrambles to put together puzzle*

Monday 09/11/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 291

Welcome to the 291st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of September, and our first double-double (animal style) since the 18 year anniversary of the Camden CDT. 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 both mystery clips. 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. Good luck!

Hint:


Photo © Stan Shebs, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @prab_mode on winning this week's MJM – he realized that the picture of koi, Japanese fish, likely indicated that this week's theme was... Japanese Phish. With that in mind, he quickly identified the 6/15/00 "Down With Disease" and the 7/30/99 "Stash," both fantastic jams in their own right. I love the commentary on the blog this week – good stuff. And I'm glad folks realize that the primary objective of the MJM is to introduce you or remind you of awesome Phish jams – the game and the code are just the icing on the cake. In the spirit of sharing awesome jams with each other, I've put my FLAC copy of the 6/15/00 DSBD + AUD matrix – from the band's mix, straight to DAT – right here (the FOB from that night sounds fantastic too). See you Monday for MJM292?

Monday 09/04/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 290

Welcome to the 290th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, 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 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!

*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: Come stumble MJM beatin' worker, our winner is @JezmundBezerker [sic], who made short labor of this holiday mystery jam for his first W: 9/2/12 "Sand" from Dick's 2012, five years ago this week (already?). Watch this classic rendition in HD here, now, if you don't remember its glory – and drop by on Monday if you're up for a challenge: we'll get two clips for the first time in a while.

Monday 08/28/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 289

Welcome to the 289th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the hardest and most difficult of August, which I randomly decided would be the easiest MJM month this year. 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. Good luck!

Hint:


Photo © telafree, used under Creative Commons license

Answer: Congrats to @stillwaitin, who no longer has to wait for another LivePhish code after winnig his or her second MJM (and first in more than two years). After seeing Trey wearing the ice hockey uniform of the Philadelphia Flyers, who played at The Spectrum for many years, @stillwaitin correctly identified the 12/15/95 "It's Ice" (played at The Spectrum). Come back Monday when we keep it easy for MJM290.

Monday 08/21/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 288

Welcome to the 288th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second-hardest of the easiest MJM month of this year – where that leaves it overall is an exercise best left to the reader. 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. Good luck!

Hint: The word that comes to mind: portmanteau.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @wforwumbo who knew what a portmanteau was and correctly identified the 11/27/96 "Down with Disease" (-> JJLC > SOAMule, Tweezer -> Sweet Emotion -> DWD), known by many as the "Diseezer." While it isn't the most popular year from a fan or MJM clip selection perspective, there are certainly some great jams / sets / shows across 1996, the year before Phish became a weapon of mass destruction. Come back Monday for MJM289, the hardest of the month.

Monday 08/14/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 287

Welcome to the 287th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of August, the easiest MJM month of this year (just because). 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. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @Hamphish, who now has as many wins as @MiguelSanchez (two) by idenitfying this week's MJM: the 12/6/97 "Tweezer" (intro). If you're new to the band or have been living under a rock the past 20 years, go ahead and spin that second set, featuring one of the band's greatest song pairings in history (recent bust-out "Izabella" follows this glorious "Tweezer," forming what many call "Tweezabella"). F5 phish.net at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Monday, when the MJM288 drops – we'll stick with a single clip all month, but next week's will (hopefully!) last more than six minutes.

Monday 08/07/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 286

Welcome to the 286th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of August. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes 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, 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!

*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. I have noticed that this seems too complicated for some, so I even drew up a handy decision tree to help guide you. If you're not sure if you've won before, look in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Answer: Congrats to @greenicle13 on his first win, taking home two LP codes and getting a sweet new .net achievement badge on his profile. This week's was easy – next week's will be too, but not today is the two year anniversary of one of the best second-set-opening pairings of the modern era easy. In case you've been sleeping under a rock (or you wiped your memory clean at the BD), this week's clip is the 8/7/15 "Chalk Dust Torture". See you Monday?

Sunday 08/06/2017 by ucpete

MOCKINGBIRD'S BAKER'S DOZEN #13

In celebration of Phish's 13-show run at Madison Square Garden, the Mockingbird Foundation is announcing 13 unsolicited "miracle grants" supporting music programs across the country. Each board member identified their favorite Phish show, and we found a worthy music education program nearby, part of the Foundation's long-standing Tour Grants program. We're presenting these 13 special grants chronologically, based on the dates of those favorited shows. Board member Peter Skewes-Cox picked the 8/19/12 show in San Francisco, CA:

Phish came to San Francisco for the first of four (and counting?) three night runs at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in 2012. The only other time any members of Phish had played BGCA previously was more than a decade prior, when my friends and I hopped the BART to Civic Center to get our Trey fix during the hiatus (12/31/02 wasn't announced until later that summer). [side note on 5/24/02: check out that Mr. C.] When the 2012 run was announced, I was beyond ecstatic; not just because I'd be seeing my first multinight run back in my hometown (and the band's first three night run in The City since Warfield '94), but because the third night was my birthday. Talk about total convergence of all things amazing: Phish playing a show 10 minutes from home on my birthday! What could top that?? It'd have to be something pretty epic...

Read more...

Monday 07/31/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 285

Welcome to the 285th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last and most difficult of July. 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 each of the three mystery clips. The clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer – though it should help you get there. 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 the correct answer is revealed on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint:
Even though I sat at home, I did not miss last Sunday's show.
Nor buy a ticket, just for face; nor watch the webcast! No, Your Grace...

While on the same day these clips fell,
not Sunday! The real theme shows its spell...

Answer: I guess there aren't as many GoT fans out there as I thought – the Sunday show to which I was referring, Your Grace, is of course Game of Thrones. All three of these clips did fall on the same day, Saturday, and the real theme is the Sunday show the clips spell: 11/7/98 "Ghost," 10/2/99 "On Your Way Down," and 10/7/00 "Twist." With this win, the Blog is now old enough to drink legally in the US! Given the recent light participation on the MJM, for the month of August, we'll stick with easier MJMs. Stay tuned for MJM286 on Monday.

Monday 07/24/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 284

Welcome to the 284th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate of July. 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 each of the three mystery clips. The three clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer – though it should help you get there. 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 the correct answer is revealed on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @mickeyjoe86 for quickly figuring out this week's MJM with a little help from his friends, and taking home his fourth win in the process – he's now more than halfway to MJM Emeritus! This week there was one red herring theme (My Sweet One could refer to donuts, and this jam is easily found by Googling "phish snoring jam"), one handwavy theme (all jams in the last week of November), and one true theme (all my jams go // backwards down the number line). The clips were 11/30/94 "My Sweet One," 11/26/97 "Character Zero," and 11/28/09 "Seven Below." Stay tuned on Monday for the hardest of July: MJM285.

Monday 07/17/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 283

Welcome to the 283rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of five in July. Happy tour! 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 each of the three mystery clips. The three clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer – but it should help you get there. 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 the correct answer is revealed on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint:

Answer: For the second time in three weeks, newcomer @ThirdSound has taken down the MJM post-hint, taking three codes home in the process. Once again, he quickly deciphered the (admittedly straightforward) hint, which contained a photo of a traffic light with an illuminated yellow right turn arrow (as mentioned in the comments, I actually reflected a left turn arrow photo... because I'm ridiculous). The idea was that a yellow light is the last thing you see before you have to stop (which is when one becomes a "Slave to the Traffic Light"), and the arrow represents a 'segue' (->): all three clips segue fully into -> "Slave": 8/21/15 NMINML (-> Slave), 7/4/99 Ghost (-> Slave), and 8/9/11 CDT (-> Slave). Unless there is too much other blog activity, we'll be back Monday for MJM284.

Monday 07/10/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 282

Welcome to the 282nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, July's triple double (second MJM, second easiest, two clips). The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net – these codes have become even more precious since the change in policy on ticket codes. Despite the change, we still remain grateful to LivePhish.com for their continued support (financial and otherwise) of phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation, and their continued willingness to let me give away 50+ download codes every year. To win this week's contest, be the first person to identify the song and date of both 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 to start – if no one guesses correctly in the first 24 hours, 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: Only ten 3.0 jams fit the theme, but I had already used the "Tahoe Tweezer." I had the most options early in the 1.0 era – in fact, no 2.0 jams fit the theme.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @jkosoff, who figured out the hint and correctly identified the 8/27/88 "Golgi Apparatus" and the 11/22/92 "Tweezer" – both jams, like the "Tahoe Tweezer," preceded "Tela." Will we have another first-time winner, or will a grizzle vet take down next week's more difficult MJM? Tune in Monday for MJM283 to find out!

&
^^ Live Bait Vol. 13 coming soon!
See previous MJM results! ^^

Monday 07/03/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 281

Welcome to the 281st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of July. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes 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, 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!

*Reminder: As with every first MJM of the month now, 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 and you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me – if no one has answered correctly by the time I'm ready to post the hint, the first correct answer submitted by PM will be awarded the win. If you're not sure if you've won before, look in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Note: I may not have WiFi access on Tuesday, so if this week's MJM goes to hint I may leave the hint as a comment on the blog. Happy July Fourth!

Hint: I guess you could say I got a little apathetic with this MJM.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @ThirdSound, whose apathy detectors were in full force in identifying the 6/20/97 "I Don't Care," not just a song whose title reeks of apathy, but also a song that was used in the MJM just last week. I don't care. For his efforts, @ThirdSound takes home two download codes. Stay tuned on Monday for MJM282, when we go Double Double Animal Style.

Monday 06/26/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 280

Welcome to the 280th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult of June. 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 answer (though trust me on this one: it's going to be even more difficult if you don't pick up on the theme this week). 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: It would've been nice to have had another clip this week, but though Phish has played "El Paso," they've never played in El Paso.

Answer: Pencils down! Thanks to the excellent idea from MJM Emeritus @runlikecarini, the Blog has its 20th victory in 279 (plus one voided contest) tries! The key to this week's MJM: Think of London, small city (6/16/97 I Don't Care); There's a lot of bridges / rich people in, Birmingham (5/2/94 Mike's Song -> Jam with Oteil Burbridge); Did I forget to mention Memphis? (6/14/95 Don't You Want to Go?). But what was the hint all about? In the Talking Heads alternate version of "Cities," there's another verse before Memphis:

Down El Paso way things get pretty spread out
People got no idea where in the world they are
They go up north and come back south
Still got no idea where in the world they are.

Come back on Monday when the difficulty drops back to "considerably easier" in MJM281, while two codes will be awarded.

Note: MJM Emeriti – stay tuned for an email.

Monday 06/19/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 279

Welcome to the 279th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate of June. 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 all 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!

Historical note: It's not often the MJM falls on a day in Phish history with 10 setlists to look back on – there are some all timers in there for sure. Anyone get an early start so they can hear all twenty sets (8 x 2 sets, 1 x 1 set, 1 x 3 sets) today? Hope everyone had a nice Father's Day!

Answer: Congrats to @jimsleftear on his second win and code – while he's a relatively new MJM player, he's no n00b, so don't be surprised to see him rack up a few more wins before year's end. This week he quickly identified ('quickly' is serious understatement: he nailed three clips in 65 minutes!) the 6/19/94 Reba (see historical note above), the 11/11/98 Halley's Comet, and the 8/11/93 Mike's Song – three jams played in the state of Michigan – without falling into the 6/19 trap I had laid. MJM280 is going to be a toughie, tune in Monday if you're up for the challenge!

Monday 06/12/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 278

Welcome to the 278th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of June. 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 both 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!

Note: The technical difficulties have subsided – setlist and jam charts and everything else should be as your disposal. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to longtime MJMer @andrewrose on his fifth MJM win, correctly identifying the 5/24/88 Sloth (@tmwsiy's first show!) and the 12/5/97 Slave (the only Type II version to date). With a handful of wins, our friend from the Great White North needs only two more to join Mt. Jamsmore (if only Trey would too, amirite?). This week's MJM, like 9/2/11, was brought to you by the letter S, straight from the mind of MJM Emeritus @runlikecarini, who heard the Whipping Post-ish vibe (a song they'd played for damn near a half hour in the previous three-song second set) in the Sloth intro and thought it a tricky but fitting homage to Greg Allman. What's going down next week? Tune in Monday for MJM279 to find out.

Tuesday 05/30/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 276

Welcome to the 276th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday Tuesday, the final and most difficult of May. My apologies for the holiday space cadet move – I hope everyone enjoyed their day off yesterday, and took a minute to reflect on those who sacrificed their lives for our safety and freedom. I'm not sure they had "freedom to blast dabs and listen to the same 30 second clips repeatedly instead of working" in mind, but that's besides the point! 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 (bizarre) theme, but the theme needn't be part of the answer. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday Thursday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint: If you've ever played this game, you might have an easier time figuring out the dates of this week's clips:

Answer: It isn't often that the Blog gets a win, but for the second time in 2017 and only the 19th time ever, that's exactly what happened! This week's difficult MJM played off the numerical theme from last week's dates, but in a not-so-obvious fashion. That said, finding one of the clips and reading about Krypto, a game where the goal is to use arithmetic to take one set of numbers to arrive at a target number, this one becomes much more tractable. This week's clips were the 3/31/93 It's Ice outro, the 9/11/99 Wolfman's, the 4/23/92 Mike's Song, and the 8/12/96 It's Ice – the astute observer will note the following:

3/31/93: 3 x 31 = 93
9/11/99: 9 x 11 = 99
4/23/92: 4 x 23 = 92
8/12/96: 8 x 12 = 96

Stay tuned for MJM277 next week, when we go back to square one on the difficulty scale while playing for two clips.

Monday 05/22/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 275

Welcome to the 275th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate MJM in both chronology and difficulty for the month of May. 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 all 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 @ChalkDustTeacher on winning his second consecutive and second overall MJM after his impressive run to the MMJM Tournament Championship round. This week, he correctly identified the 4/4/94 Reba, the 8/8/98 Sally, and the 9/9/99 Tweezer, all played on X/X/9X; X = {4, 8, 9}. Check back on Monday for the hardest MJM of the month, which will start on Memorial Day. Have a nice long weekend!

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Monday 05/15/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 274

Welcome to the 274th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, right in the middle of May and right in the middle in terms of level of difficulty. 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 both 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: On the heels of his deep run into the MMJM Tournament Championship that still left him winless, @ChalkDustTeacher steps out of the shadows of Dan Marino, Barry Bonds, Marcel Dionne, and Karl Malone to take down his first MJM victory – something tells me this won't be his last. After the revealing hint, featuring the cover of Phish's "Two Soundchecks" release with a Jack-o-lantern Photoshopped over some dude's dome, along with some close-but-not-quite guesses from others, he correctly identified the 10/31/94 Soundcheck ("Star Wars") Jam and the 10/29/09 Soundcheck Jam (turn this one up – the levels are horked because it was recorded using a toaster, but the jam is fantastic). Stay tuned next week for a more difficult take on the MJM that will put us halfway between MJM250 and MJM300.

Tuesday 05/09/2017 by ucpete

MOCKINGBIRD MYSTERY JAM MADNESS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: BUMP!

Phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation present:

The first annual Mockingbird Mystery Jam Madness Tournament!
The Championship Round started weeks ago (Wednesday, April 26th, at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET) but is somehow still going...

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Monday 05/08/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 273

Welcome to the 273rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of May. 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 both 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 @FunkyCFunkyDo on his fifth MJM win – that makes back-to-back weeks where the winner takes the step into the upper class of MJM winners, though @FunkyCFunkyDo and @TwiceBitten still need a couple more wins each to become MJM 1%ers. This week's theme was one of remuneration, and by identifying the 4/29/94 Fee and the 2/14/03 Fee, @FunkyCFunkyDo collects the standard weekly emolument: a free download code from LivePhish.com.

A rambling note about icons: You see those two icons below this note? The first icon says "LivePhish" on it and links to LivePhish.com – click it and redeem your codes or buy stuff! Did you know that for more than a year after LivePhish.com came into existence, the band gave 100% of LivePhish.com profits to the Mockingbird Foundation, and that they continue to give a significant slice of every purchase to the foundation to this day? Did you know that they've sent me all the free download codes so I can give them away to you each week for the MJM?? They're amazing like that, so the next time you're aching to hear a show and thinking about heading to the forum to look for a ground score, consider buying directly from their site instead. If you're already stocked up on free codes, think about donating to the Mockingbird Foundation! It'll make you feel good, it'll make me feel good, and it'll make kids feel good about music, so they can grow up to make good music, which will make us all feel good. The second icon says "Mystery Jam Monday Results" on it, and links to the Mystery Jam Monday Results, which are stored in a beautifully-built, color-coded, pre-programmed spreadsheet tracking the results of every MJM. It's updated a couple times a week – first with the MJM number, the number of clips (represented by the number of rows for that week's puzzle), and the date of the MJM; then with the link to the MJM, and sometimes even with the band playing in the clips; and finally, when the correct answer is dropped, I put the winner in the spreadsheet before I update the blog. You want to know how many wins different users have? Check the spreadhseet. You want to re-listen to MJM69? Check the spreadhseet. You want to know which clips have been used previously, even though you know that double-dipping is allowed (though it's a good bet the clips chosen each week have never been used)? Check the spreadhseet!

Monday 05/01/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 272

Welcome to the 272nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of May. 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, 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!

*REMINDER: As with every first MJM of the month now, 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 and you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me – if no one has answered correctly by the time I'm ready to post the hint, the first correct answer submitted by PM will be awarded the win. If you're not sure if you've won before, look in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Answer: Congrats to @TwiceBitten who takes down back-to-back MJMs and his fifth overall by PMing me the correct answer: 8/16/93 Reba. I am amazed that only one guess was made in the comments for a clip chosen from the most recent LivePhish release, but there's just no explainin' the things people do. If you're not gonna do your homework, how can you expect to pass the test?! MJM273 drops on Monday, and it'll be a little harder than this week's. In the meantime, watch the MMJM Championship Round unfold as I drop the hint shortly...

Monday 04/24/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 271

Welcome to the 271st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last and most difficult of April. 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 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. Good luck!

Hint:

Answer: Congrats to @TwiceBitten on his fourth MJM win – he's crossed the halfway mark to MJM Emeritus status. He quickly figured out that the guy in the hint's picture is the (former) "Can you hear me now?" Verizon spokesman, and listed all the shows that have taken place at Verizon-sponsored venues. While that isn't exactly kosher (it's ok to discuss the clips and hints, e.g. "that's the Verizon guy," but explicitly laying out the path to the answer for others generally isn't), but it ended up being a moot point as he was able to find the four clips himself – if anything, listing those shows hurt his chances of victory! He pulled it off anyway, and correctly identified the 6/14/11 DWD, 10/22/16 Simple, 7/25/03 Hood, and 7/23/03 DWD.

Monday 04/17/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 270

Welcome to the 270th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate MJM of April. 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 all 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!

Note: The Championship for the Mockingbird Mystery Jam Madness Tournament will start next Tuesday, April 25th, to give the finalists a breather before the last puzzle and accommodate some tough upcoming schedules. Stay tuned...

Hint: Difficult clips, easy theme. It'll be a miracle if this one holds up.

Answer:
Pete: "Difficult clips, easy theme. It'll be a miracle if this one holds up."
MJMers: "Hmmm, I'm thinking easy -> Easy Rider -> Jack Nicholson -> Jumpin' Jack Flash -> 6/27/10 @ MPP -> MPP shows?"
Pete: "No tricks, nothing to read into. It's just a really easy / obvious theme – one of the first that folks check."
MJMers: "Miracle -> Lake Placer -> Hockey -> Shows where Trey wore a Flyers jersey?"
Pete: "There are no tricks here! The theme is extremely obvious."
MJMers: "Oh, duh! Tricks -> Trick or Treat -> Halloween -> Vegas -> Dancers -> Carmelo Anthony -> Madison Square Garden -> Madison -> Wisconsin -> Green Bay Packers -> Football -> Running Back -> Runnin' with the Devil -> 8/6/98 -> Lakewood -> Same theme as last week?"
Pete: "..."
@andrewrose: "You'd think it would be something from 4/17. But it's not."
@runlikecarini: "4/17/94 Wolfman's Brother, 4/17/04 Pebbles and Marbles, 4/17/99 (Days Between ->) Jam"
Pete: "Welcome to the Emeritus Club, My Friend My Friend!"
MJMers: "MYFE?"

Yep, all clips came from shows played the same day MJM270 dropped – on April 17th – five years apart from one another in '94, '99, and '04, with the '99 show being a Phil and Friends show featuring Page and Trey. If you've never heard that three night run, please check it out now, as it is essential listening for fans of Phish and the Grateful Dead. In fact, the video recently surfaced from all three nights: 4/15/99, 4/16/99, 4/17/99 (time-stamped to this week's clip for your delight). Congrats @runlikecarini – well deserved win and we've got a dozen MJM Emeriti (and I believe you're the youngest!). Next week: Monday – MJM271; Tuesday – MMJM Championship Round!

Monday 04/10/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 269

Welcome to the 269th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of April. 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 both 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 @mickeyjoe86, who may or may not have gotten a little help from his friends this week in quickly winning this week's MJM, his third overall. For whatever reason, the three win mark seems to be the point where folks make their push towards MJM legendary status, or fizzle out and check in only infrequently – I'm guessing this isn't the last 'W' for @mickeyjoe86 though. After @PhreePhish flipped his cards over only to reveal the second-best hand, @mickeyjoe86 went all in on the Lakewood theme and correctly identified the 6/24/00 Tweezer and the 7/31/15 KDF, two of the finest jams from their respective years. Check them out, check out MJM270 on Monday, and keep your eyes peeled and nipples sliced for the final round of the MMJM tournament, beginning on April 25th.

Saturday 04/08/2017 by ucpete

MOCKINGBIRD MYSTERY JAM MADNESS: SEMIFINALS

Phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation present:

The first annual Mockingbird Mystery Jam Madness Tournament!
The fourth round started yesterday (Friday, April 7th), just before 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM ET.

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Monday 04/03/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 268

ATTENTION: This is the first week where we'll play by a new rule: only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer before the hint (and every first MJM of the month henceforth). If you have previously won an MJM and you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me – if no one has answered correctly by the time I'm ready to post the hint, the first correct answer submitted by PM will be awarded the win.

Welcome to the 268th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of April. 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, 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!

Update: I received a correct answer 29 minutes in from a previous MJM winner via PM – no need for other previous winners to PM their answers. Folks who haven't won the MJM before: the clock is ticking!

Answer: Congrats to @Bob_Loblaw, who, after dozens of wild guesses over the years, identified this week's 10/24/14 DWD – while I'd love to make a wise crack about "even a broken clock is right twice a day," considering I met the man in person at the same venue 9 months later, and given how quickly he won this week's MJM, I'm guessing he was at that fantastic Fall '14 Forum show too and knows that jam by heart. See you Monday for MJM269!

Friday 03/31/2017 by ucpete

MOCKINGBIRD MYSTERY JAM MADNESS: ROUND 3

Phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation present:

The first annual Mockingbird Mystery Jam Madness Tournament!
The third round started today (Friday, March 31st), just before 3:30 PM PT / 6:30 PM ET.

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Thursday 03/23/2017 by ucpete

MOCKINGBIRD MYSTERY JAM MADNESS: ROUND 2

Phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation present:

The first annual Mockingbird Mystery Jam Madness Tournament!
The second round started today (Thursday, March 23rd), just before Noon PT / 3 PM ET.

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Monday 03/20/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 266

Welcome to the 266th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate and second-hardest of March. 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!

Note: Congrats to the Select Sixteen Plus Two who advanced in the MMJM Tournament, whose names I have announced on the Round 1 post – Round 2 will begin on Thursday; keep an eye on the blog and your emails.

Answer: Congrats to @TwiceBitten who knocked this week's curveball over the wall on the first pitch, earning his third MJM win overall by identifying three clips from band members' birthdays: 9/30/00 Timber (Trey), 5/17/92 Hood (Page), and 6/3/11 Bowie (Mike). Fishman didn't get a slot because 2/19/91 and 2/19/93 didn't have any good MJM candidates. Special thanks to Bill (@psuphan) who thought this could make a cool theme, told me about it instead of keeping it to himself, and was so stoked that I ended up using it that he decided to donate to the Mockingbird Foundation! MJM267 will drop Monday, but Round 2 of the MMJM Tournament will begin tomorrow during the day – I'll email the remaining participants today and put up a blog post ASAP.

Friday 03/17/2017 by ucpete

MOCKINGBIRD MYSTERY JAM MADNESS: ROUND 1

Phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation present:

The first annual Mockingbird Mystery Jam Madness Tournament!
The first round begins today (Friday, March 17th) at 5 PM ET / 2 PM PT.

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Monday 03/13/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 265

Welcome to the 265th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of March. 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!

N.B.: Thanks for your feedback on the "previous MJM winners can't win on the first day of the first MJM of the month" idea – vets and n00bs and everyone in between liked the idea, so it's a go. I'll provide details when the time comes, but yes: I'll allow previous MJM winners to PM me their answers in advance so they don't need to be at a computer when the hint drops the next day. (Though what kind of filthy casual doesn't refresh the MJM every minute from Monday to Wednesday?)

Answer: Congratulations to @My_Powerful_Mind on his second MJM win and first in more than two years. He lived up to his handle by quickly identifying the 8/28/93 Antelope and the 8/7/10 Light, two vastly different (but top notch) jams that both happened to take place on the same stage in Berkeley, CA. Come back Monday for MJM266, but check out the blog tomorrow for the first round of Mystery Jam Madness!

Monday 03/06/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 264

Welcome to the 264th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of March. The winner will receive two MP3 download codes 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 around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Heads-up: Starting with the first MJM next month (April), and only for the first MJM of each month thereafter, my plan is to only allow MJMers who have never won previously to guess before the hint is dropped – as soon as the hint is dropped, anyone can answer. This isn't to discourage veterans from playing or to preclude anyone from winning the easiest MJM each month, but rather to give any new players a day each month where they have a better chance of winning, in hopes of continuing to bring new players into the fold. If anyone thinks this is a really stupid idea (or a really good one), feel free to comment below or PM me – I'm always open to changing my mind.

Answer: Congrats to six-time MJM winner @dbertsch, who is one win away from forced retirement! There are now three players on the doorstep to legendary status (and another three sitting on five wins) – who will get there first? This week's MJM was in fact dropped on the 3/6/09 Hampton reunion anniversary, a run I was lucky enough to attend. But instead of going completely obvious with the Fluffhead crowd noise, I clipped 30 seconds from the last notes played before the reunion – what many of us thought were the last notes we'd ever hear our favorite band play – the 8/15/04 The Curtain With. There's a lot of eeriness in that outro, and it's packed with (mixed) emotions and beauty... but I am really glad Phish got back together 8 years ago and is still doing their thing, even if they don't hit the West Coast in 2017 (despite clearly favoring the Best Coast since 2014, if musical quality is any indication*).
*just trolling, ignore me

Friday 03/03/2017 by ucpete

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: TIPITINA'S, MARCH 3RD, 1993

In August 2015, during the most recent peak in Phish's history, Zeb (@frankstallone) shared with us some great news: he had received a copy of a previously-uncirculated show, 4/3/91, from Ashland, OR. It isn't often that ~25 year-old recordings are unearthed and circulated. Zeb quickly got the audio files (transferred from cassette) to phish.net admins / Mockingbird Foundation board members John Demeter and Charlie Dirksen, who immediately relayed the files to the esteemed Charlie Miller for mastering and circulation. But from whom did Zeb get the audio files?? It turns out that his friend and fellow New Orleans resident, R. David Guidry (@RDGwayup on phish.net and @rdguidry on Twitter), who runs Concertmats.com, had attended the 4/3/91 show (his first Phish show) with another friend who had happened to record it, and David had kept the second-generation casettes in his collection for many years. As luck would have it, David is a professional photographer with his own photo lab and shop, and the 4/3/91 recording wasn't the only quarter century-old relic in his possession. March 3rd, 1993 – 24 years ago today Phish played their fifth (and final) show at Tipitina's in New Orleans, LA. As a New Orleans resident and newly converted Phish fan, David was at the show (and the night before); and as a photographer, he took pictures. Today, on the 24th anniversary of Phish's last show at Tipitina's (also during Mardi Gras celebrations), we are pleased to share David's photos from that evening.

Photo © <a href='http://concertmats.com'>R. David Guidry</a>, used with permission
Photo © R. David Guidry, used with permission

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Monday 02/27/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 263

Welcome to the 263rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult 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 three mystery clips – these clips are only vaguely connected by a theme, so I don't expect it to help much and won't require it to 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: While all three clips come from shows in three different decades, with each show featuring a Mike's Groove, the reason I put them together is because they're all atypical endings of their respective songs.

Update: Our apologies for the site maintenance issues – thanks to our awesome tech team, we're back in business! In case anyone missed my comment below, the MJM will end tomorrow (Thursday) morning before 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Did I mention that the clips come from songs before*, after*, and in the Mike's Grooves from the shows at which they were played?
*not necessarily the song immediately before or after...

Answer: It took an MJM with the most tenuous (ableit revealed-at-hint) theme to date, and folks were closing in on the answer in the waning (extended) moments, but it finally happened: The Blog has won its 18th MJM! The Blog hadn't won in more than six months, and I myself hadn't won as host in more than ten months (the last two wins were during the no holds barred Emeritus Challenge). Despite a few hints down the stretch, folks were unable to identify the 4/14/89 The Sloth, the 10/22/16 First Tube, and the 7/31/97 Mike's Song, all of which had generally unusual and atypical-for-the-song endings. For MJM264 I expect a feeding frenzy, as the difficulty will drop precipitously and we'll be playing for two codes.

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.

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.

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 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.

Monday 01/09/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 256

Welcome to the 256th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second easiest of 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 both 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 @runlikecarini who keeps up his hot streak and snags his second MJM win in the past three weeks, and his fifth overall. On a night crew mission, he quickly identified the 7/7/99 Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley and (perhaps with some help from @metawhy's comment and Desert Sky '03 being the most recent show he's seen according to phish.net?) the 7/7/03 Wolfman's Brother. As a vague allusion to the perfect square reference I made last week, both clips were from 7/7. There are five Mondays in January, so MJM258 is supposed to be of 'medium' difficulty – but difficulty is all relative, right? *evil grin*

Monday 01/02/2017 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 255

Welcome to the 255th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first of 2017 and easiest of January. I hope everyone had a great holiday, especially those who made the annual trek to MSG to see Phish play. 2016 was a down year in many ways, but I had a blast with all of you in my first full year as your host. I can't wait to see what you come up with as you try to crawl into my head 50+ times this year to figure out what I'm thinking / listening to – thankfully, Phish keeps delivering the goods, so I don't think there'll be any problem finding another 52 MJMs in an effort to stump you (emphasis on "effort": the Blog only won three times last year, though the MJM did make it to the hint more than a third of the time). 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. 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 @PhreePhish who made quick work of the first puzzle of 2017, marking his sixth win overall and first in three-and-a-half years – one more and he's moving to Florida with the rest of the retirees! Yes, this week's MJM was simple, especially on the heels of NYE at MSG and last week's MSG-themed MJM: 12/31/98 Simple. Two of the last three MJMs have been won by multiple-MJM winners who hadn't won in years. Is the competition getting even stiffer with the new batch of savants duking it out with the resurgent MJM veterans? Check back in on Monday to find out, when they battle in the first perfect square MJM since MJM225.

Monday 12/26/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 254

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Welcome to the 254th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last of 2016 and the hardest of December. 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 song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips. These three mystery jam clips are connected by a theme, but this week, the theme needn't be part of the answer – it's only there to help you. 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 Holidays and New Year!

Answer: This may be the first time in MJM history that the blog post has only gotten one comment, and that comment contained the correct answer! Congrats to @runlikecarini who wins his fourth MJM, crossing the halfway mark to his forced retirement, by identifying the 7/23/96 Mike's Song, the 11/15/98 Scent of a Mule, and the 7/20/14 Ghost. Somewhere between finding the first and second clips, he realized that I might just be in a celebratory enough mood to spell "M-S-G" with the final MJM of 2016 – how the hell else could he have found that SOAMule on the first day? Tune in Monday, when MJM255 rings in "2017: There's no way it can be worse than 2016, right??" ::prays for west coast tour dates::

Monday 12/19/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 253

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Welcome to the 253rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate of December. Special thanks to @Dog_Faced_Boy for hosting last week's MJM in my stead – he's the real reason MJM 3.0 never takes a week off, even when yours truly is bouncing around the globe. 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 song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips. These three mystery jam clips are connected by a theme, but this week, the theme needn't be part of the answer – it's only there to help you. 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 (9:52 AM PT / 12:52 PM ET): If someone were to solve the first two clips first, they would likely be led astray by the obvious commonality between the two – the real theme was hinted at yesterday, but only one of you seemed to notice.

Answer: Congrats to @jerrytimber who wins his first MJM in 5+ years by identifying the 6/16/94 DWD, the 6/16/00 Theme, and the 11/18/98 Wolfman's Brother. @justino was well on his way to his way to his fourth win, having figured out the last two clips and the theme that they were both played in shows featuring performances of "Dog Faced Boy," but he gave up a lot of information right before the hint and @jerrytimber already had the first clip. Regarding the hint, which @HarborSeal correctly noticed I had provided as an Easter Egg in the initial blog post, I linked to the list of all DFB performances instead of to @DFB's user page in my thank you to Phil. The Easter Egg was to supposed to offset the red herring, where two of the clips shared the same date, but @jerrytimber was able to pick up the last couple bits from @justino and cruise to the win. I love the "connected by a Theme" connection that folks found, but I'd be lying if I said I meant to do that! Stay tuned for MJM 254 on Monday, December 26th, and have a great holiday!

Monday 12/05/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 251

Welcome to the 251st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of December. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. 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 @dbertsch who quickly identified the 11/30/94 My Friend, My Friend outro jam and wins his fourth MJM – he's now more than halfway to Emeritus status. Will he get there next? Stop by on Monday for MJM252, when @Dog_Faced_Boy takes the reins.

Monday 11/28/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 250

Welcome to the 250th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday! In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, and to cap off a yearlong celebration of the release of the third edition of The Phish Companion, we have put together the greatest prize in MJM history. The winner will not only receive the usual MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net, but as a thank you for enduring the pop-up ads this year, the winner of MJM250 will also receive a copy of The Phish Companion and the complete set of eight (!) TPC3 limited edition prints from The Mockingbird Foundation!

And just because we're feeling the holiday spirit, starting Wednesday, November 30th, anyone can get $5 off the book using the code MYSTERY at phishcompanion.com. This offer is good through Sunday, December 4th, at 11:59 PM PT / Monday, December 5th, at 2:59 AM ET, as long as there are still books in stock – the already limited supply is dwindling rapidly during the holiday season, so don't hold off any longer!

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Monday 11/21/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 249

Welcome to the 249th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate MJM of November. 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 FIVE mystery jam clips. 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!

Note: Today we're tweaking the format – today's MJM is a race. At 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET, I will post a SoundCloud link here on the blog. The FIVE clips (each 30 seconds long) are extremely well-known jams from Phish's vast live canon. Hit refresh when the time comes, and we'll see who can name them all first. You ready?

Answer: Congrats to @justino who swooped in just in the nick of time to correct the 5th clip from @illbuyyouaewe's nearly correct scorecard, winning his third MJM overall. The five well-known jams were of course the Woostah Hood, the Tahoe Tweezer, the Albany YEM, the SPAC Piper, and the Hampton Bag (on its anniversary taboot).

Attention: I know every week I say something like "stay tuned for next week's MJM," but this week I mean it more than ever. Next week we hit MJM #250, and we will be giving away the greatest prize package in MJM history. You'll have most of the week to solve the puzzle. Open up your setlist notebooks, fire up your LivePhish and PhishOD apps, wipe your keyboards clean, get a few dozen browser tabs ready, and lock yourself in the basement – you're going to need all the help you can get to solve MJM250. But I guarantee you it'll be worth your time given the 10-part gift we've put together for next week! MJM250 drops at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET sharp here at phish.net.

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Monday 11/14/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 248

Welcome to the 248th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of November. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. 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: Congrats to @runlikecarini who won his third MJM by identifying the 4/10/94 Antelope. Do we have another savant on our hands? Apparently the hint – an image of the buildling on the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals gave him a push in the right direction towards Antelope. But he didn't recognize (nor did he need to) that the hint had another layer to it: this week's clip was the Buffalo Antelope. Get it now? The MJM would be remiss if it didn't mention @Dog_Faced_Boy, who texted me a couple hours after MJM248 was posted with the correct answer – though his solving this week's MJM was completely unaided by his admin status, I asked him to withhold the answer unless no one else had solved it by this morning. See you next week for MJM249, when I'll throw yet another different style of MJM at you, and be sure to mark you calendars: On November 28th, 2016, the MJM will celebrate making it a quarter of the way to a thousand MJMs with a special MJM250 extravaganza, which may or may not have the most ridiculously awesome set of prizes ever given out for an MJM winner.

Monday 11/07/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 247

Welcome to the 247th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of November. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. 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 @HarborSeal who solved this week's MJM in a mere 15 minutes, earning his second win. He didn't have time to notice that MJM247 took place on the 18 year anniversary of the 11/7/98 Mike's Song, which took place in the same town celebrating their first World Series championship in 108 years – but he did notice that the jam featured this week was from the UIC run he had loaded onto his iPod a few weeks earlier. If you're feeling down today, perhaps hearing the entire 11/7/98 Mike's will cheer you up with its mix of funk, ambiance, and uplifting hose. The rest of that run ain't no slouch either. Stay tuned for MJM248, which will hopefully last at least 20 minutes before being solved!

Note: Just as a reminder, hints for the MJM are released, if needed, on Tuesday ~24 hours after MJM starts, and the answer is always revealed on Wednesday. If no one has answered correctly by ~48 hours after the MJM starts, the competition will be called and the answer will be revealed then. If it has been solved correctly before then, I tend to take my time on Wednesday posting the answer. If you're ever unsure if the MJM has been solved, and you don't see a particular answer with more thumbs up than the rest – a good (but not perfect!) indication it's been solved correctly – you can always check the MJM Results Spreadsheet (linked below the MJM every week). Even if I haven't updated the Blog post with the winner, I (almost) always update the spreadsheet with the winner as soon as I see the correct answer.

Monday 10/24/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 245

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Welcome to the 245th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the penultimate and second-most difficult MJM of October. 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 song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and the theme that connects them. 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 @dbertsch, who identified all three Mystery "Jams," all from tour-opening shows: 2/13/97 (PYITE >) Jam, 7/21/97 (Theme ->) Jam, and (9/8/00 Gin) > Jam. I didn't "dock" him for not figuring out that they were all tour openers, because a) that aspect was something I was going to drop in the hint, and b) if anything, he solved a tougher puzzle. Be sure to tune in on Monday morning (if Vegas hasn't handed your ass to you!), when a guest host will drop a spooky and tough Halloween contest on you for the final and most difficult MJM of October.

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Monday 10/17/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 244

Welcome to the 244th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the middle of five MJMs both in placement and in difficulty this month. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. 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: It was a wire job, but @experiencechuck managed to pull out his first win at the buzzer by figuring out that the picture of Mark Messier hoisting the cup was taken at Madison Square Garden, where Phish played the 12/30/98 Squirming Coil. For those that haven't heard that set (or if it's been a while), be sure to check it out – the full band ambient fog swallows "Coil" whole before moving into -> "Slave" to cap a five song second set. Stick around for the encore too, which features a pre-Undermind (and the only non-3.0) "Grind" and an epic "Possum" taboot. Stop by Monday, when the MJM steps up yet another notch in difficulty.

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Monday 10/10/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 243

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Welcome to the 243rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. 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: Jeez you guys are much better at the video-no-audio format than I could have ever imagined. This week it took @obliviousfool17 a mere 25 minutes to identify the 11/2/96 Crosseyed and Painless from the Coral Sky DVD, collecting his second MJM win, both this year. Stay tuned for next week's MJM, where the difficult steps up yet another notch – and I mean it this time!

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Monday 10/03/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 242

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Welcome to the 242nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the easiest MJM of October. The MJM is pleased to introduce last week's and three-time MJM winner @FunkyCFunkyDo, who was so eager to try his hand at clip selection (despite not yet having achieved MJM Emeritus status), that he forewent his winning code from last week to pick this week's puzzle. Thus, the winner of MJM242 will receive two codes good for the MP3 downloads of any two shows, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the two mystery jam clips, which are connected by a theme. 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 @runlikecarini, who saw right through @FunkyCFunkyDo and his '03 addiction obsession (better word choice) to snag two codes in identifying the pair of Shoreline '03 masterpieces: 7/9/03 Bathtub Gin, and 7/10/03 DEGvided Sky. Though we hadn't yet met, Funky and I both attended these shows in our younger days (he was in high school; I had just graduated college) – in fact, I was at Funky's first four shows, and we've been at 20 of the same shows overall (and have met up at nearly every West Coast tour stop since Fall '14). Thanks to Funky for the fun but manageable MJM, and stay tuned on Monday when the MJM keeps it rolling and takes a small step up in difficulty.

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Monday 09/26/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 241

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Welcome to the 241st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult contest of the month. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip and the photo taken during the clip. 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: Congratulations to now three-time winner, @FunkyCFunkyDo, who laughed at the "most difficult" qualifier and identified the 7/15/16 The Line in the first hour the MJM was posted. Yes, @FunkyCFunkyDo was at that show – I saw him there in person – but no, he didn't know I had taken the picture. As mentioned in a comment I made below, I thought I was being crafty by running to the Honey Buckets right when "The Line" started, but Trey planned it all along and taunted me as I stepped to the (long bathroom) line. @FunkyCFunkyDo has opted to exchange his code for the chance to try to stump everyone next week, so stay tuned Monday when we'll play for two codes, and we'll see how funky the first and easiest MJM of the month will be.

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Monday 09/19/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 240

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Welcome to the 240th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 song and date of each of the two mystery jam clips, which are connected by a theme. 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:

Photo © unknown
Photo © unknown

Answer: Congrats to @dbertsch, who enters a class of now 39 multiple MJM winners with his second win and LivePhish code, both on multiclip MJMs. He must have recognized the picture taken of the HP Hood milk plant in Burlington, VT, just across the street from where the band lived when they wrote a song about Mr. Hood himself. Specials thanks to Anne Rothwell and the kind folks at thehoodplant.com for allowing me to use one of their photos for this week's hint – it's really cool that they acknowledge Phish on their site taboot: check it out! @dbertsch correctly identified the 7/18/03 Harry Hood (from the jam) and the 3/14/92 Harry Hood (from the improvisational intro) – two clips that, in combination with the versions from the past couple years, highlight the storied improvisational history of this fan-favorite tune since 1985. Stay tuned for next week's MJM, the final and most difficult MJM of September (before we reset the difficulty meter to "low" the week after), which will be an experiment with yet another new format.

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Monday 09/12/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 239

Welcome to the 239th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. 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!

Note: As with MJM 237, this video MJM does not have audio. While I may use video with audio for future MJMs, these silent MJMs will rely on your ability to pick up on visual cues to identify these clips without any music. In the interest of fairness, I won't be using any video that can't be found on YouTube or Vimeo – I will be screen capturing from those sites directly, not from my own collection.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner, @Franklin, who won this week's video-sans-audio MJM by correctly identifying the 7/6/13 Split Open and Melt in stunningly quick fashion (18 minutes?!), and takes home a download code for any show from LivePhish.com. Next week's MJM will be harder than those from the past two weeks, but it won't be as hard as the last of the month. Won't you come out to play?

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Monday 09/05/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 238

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Welcome to the 238th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest MJM of September. Happy Labor Day to you all, especially those who got their asses handed to them at Dick's this weekend*! 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. 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!

*I'm writing this before Dick's has started, wishfully thinking there'll be another "Ass Handed."

Hint:

Ignore the year.
Ignore the year.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @courvoisier, who climbed right back in the saddle after a near win last week and correctly identified the 7/15/16 Chalk Dust Torture from the Gorge (located in George, WA), taking home a LivePhish code for his efforts. After consecutive strong showings, is he the next savant to take MJM by storm? Or will one of the multiple MJM winners swoop back in when the level of difficulty jumps up another notch? Find out on Monday when we're back with MJM239.

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Monday 08/29/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 237

Note: Starting this week, the MJM will provide more variety in terms of both the format and the difficulty of MJMs each week. Generally, every month will start with an easier MJM, and each MJM thereafter will increase in difficulty until the last MJM of each month. In other words, expect to see classic single-clip MJMs near the beginning of each month, and multi-clip + theme MJMs towards the end of each month, with other formats and levels of difficulty in between. Enjoy, and as always, constructive feedback is always welcome.

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner, @queenesther, who by identifying the 8/19/12 Light (-> Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley) by sight alone, takes home two LivePhish codes! Yes, @courvoisier was technically more accurate because @queenesther didn't mention the -> Sally, but ultimately I decided to award the code to the latter contestant because the video only features ~15 seconds of Sally, and @queenesther was 19 minutes quicker. Stay tuned on Monday, especially you MJM n00bs, when we'll have our first and easiest MJM of September.

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Monday 08/08/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 234

Welcome to the 234th edition of Mystery Jam Monday. Continuing with our Hall of Fame Series this week, allow myself to introduce... myself -- the eighth of the ten seven-time MJM winners. I forced myself into retirement after a one week reunion tour during this very stretch of the MJM Emeritus Editions, and will crawl back into the shadows for a couple more weeks so the great and knowledgable @Dog_Faced_Boy can finish off his fantastic guest hosting stint of this now ten-week stretch of Hall of Fame MJM competitions.

To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what they share in common. Each person gets one attempt per day, with the second “day” starting after the Blog posts the hint -- each answer should contain three songs / dates, along with the commonality between them. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive one MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint:
Trying to make a contest that you lose
And the setlist doesn't mention vacuum

Answer: Congrats to @12_29_97_4eva who wins his second consecutive (and third overall) MJM by correctly identifying the 8/13/93 Bathtub Gin, the 12/10/94 Weekapaug Groove, and the 11/29/97 Runaway Jim, tied together by the fact they were all Weekapaug Jams. Tune back in on Monday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET for the penultimate edition of the MJM Hall of Fame series, when @WayIFeel takes the reins and plays the game from this side of the fence for the first time.

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Tuesday 07/19/2016 by ucpete

BGCA1: SEE THE CITY, SEE THE ZOO

Following a beautiful weekend at the Gorge, Phish and many of their rabid fans followed the lines going south to The City by the Bay to see the band take the stage at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the tenth time in the past four years. Last summer, the band skipped a three night run at BGCA for the first time since 2012, in favor of a single show at Shorelinea move that ended up paying off big time. The crowd assembled outside the venue and City Hall early on Monday, and the party blazed on into the night. Unlike the 2014 weekday run, there was not an abundance of extras on “Shakedown” – there were more fingers in the air than there were tickets.

At 8:07 PM, the band took the stage to a raucous applause from the fans, and Page started off the festivities with a sample: “You have been selected...”. The band wasted no time blasting off into “Martian Monster,” opening a show for the third time ever and played for the fourth time in sixteen shows this tour. The trip was relatively short, but definitely sweet, and when we disembarked, Mike greeted us in the native tongue with a “Bee Chew Ba Ba Bajingo” as the band continued the spacey theme with “Halley’s Comet.” Like most renditions of late, this version was well-played and completely inside the box. And for the fifth time in “3.0,” “Halley’s” careened (in-key) into “46 Days.” As the first jam developed, Trey found a gnarly tone that he paired nicely with an ascending riff that signaled to his bandmates and the crowd that a peak was coming. After settling into the vocal coda, Trey immediately catapulted the band back into the stratosphere for another sharp peak before winding down again and taking a short breather after an energetic start to the set.

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Monday 05/30/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 226

Welcome to the 226th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what they share in common. Each person gets one attempt per day, with the second “day” starting after the Blog posts the hint -- each answer should contain three songs / dates, along with the commonality between them. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck, and have a great Memorial Day -- the Blog takes no political stance, but maybe we can take a moment today to remember those who have died in service of our country, enabling us to do things like BBQing and drinking beer all day, or listening to 30 second Phish clips over and over again in hopes of winning MP3 download codes!

Answer: Congrats to four-time winner @highhat, who quickly identified the 7/28/98 Lengthwise, the9/27/00 Gumbo, and the 11/27/09 Tomorrow's Song – all songs with Fishman-penned lyrics. The MJM will take a short break and will return on Monday, June 20th, just in time for Summer Tour.

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Monday 05/23/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 225

Welcome to the 225th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted NINE clips this week -- these nine clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the nine mystery jam clips, and answer what the nine clips share in common.Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain nine songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends atLivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Note: Some (iOS) users may notice that the audio skips back to the first clip only halfway in, looping indefinitely. If that's the case, you can listen here.

Hint:

Answer: Congrats to @TwiceBitten, now @TwiceAnMJMWinner, who correctly identified the 5/7/94 Dog Log (Soundcheck), 6/16/95 Runaway Jim, 9/2/87 Shaggy Dog, 7/12/03 Dogs Stole Things, 5/3/85 McGrupp (PhishTracks and Phish.in' have a track labeled "Whipping Post -> McGrupp", but it only contains Whipping Post), 8/21/15 The Dogs, 7/23/88 No Dogs Allowed, 8/21/87 Harpua, and 12/2/97 Dog Faced Boy, as well as the canine theme that connects them all. I must say I'm really pleased with so many folks taking a crack at this week's crazy MJM, so I'm curious to see how folks do next week when we'll be back with our now typical 3 clip + theme format for MJM226: Holiday Edition.

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Monday 05/16/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 224

Welcome to the 224th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common.Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends atLivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @schvice, who wins his sixth (and likely penultimate) MJM, going back-to-back by identifying the seriously tricky 7/16/92 David Bowie, the 11/10/90 Possum, and the 6/30/94 Antelope, all of which were played in towns named "Richmond" (two in VA, one in IN). Which of the six time winners will get their seventh win and be forced into retirement first: @schvice, @WayIFeel, or @ucpete? Find out on Monday, when we take things up a notch in honor of MJM 225.

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Monday 05/09/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 223

Welcome to the 223rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common.Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends atLivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @scvhice who won his fifth MJM by correctly identifying the 10/11/95 Mike's Song, the 3/31/93 Harry Hood, and the 3/11/90 Roll Like a Cantaloupe – he also noticed that all three of these jams have TV show theme teases in them. In doing so, he takes home yet another free download code – who's gonna take one home next week?

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Monday 05/02/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 222

Welcome to the 222nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common.Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive two MP3 codes good for free downloads of any two shows, courtesy of our friends atLivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint: Though you're certainly hearing Trey, Page, Mike, and Jon playing in these clips, you won't find any of the clips on PhishTracks...

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @Hamphish, who takes home two codes by identifying the5/17/99 Voodoo Child (Slight Return), the 4/11/04 Chalk Dust Torture, and the 2/1/92 Tone Clone, in addition to figuring out the theme of "Jams where Phish played at another band's gig" (all shows took place, not surprisingly, in Vermont) -- in these cases, Phish with Russ and Tony from TAB, Phish alone after rotating one-by-one with the members TAB, and Phish with the members of Shockra. For those of you who may be asking "Who the heck is Shockra and why did Phish play a few shows with them?", you may be surprised to hear that Mike was taking lessons from Shockra bassist Edwin Hurwitz, a local expert in slap bass, and Mike was keen on adding the technique to his growing repertoire. See you in five days!

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Monday 04/25/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 221

Welcome to the 221st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common.Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends atLivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint:

Answer: For only the 15th time in 221 MJMs (6.8% W%), the Blog wins!

The Blog's record has now improved to 15 wins, 179 outright losses, and 26 hint-aided losses (plus thevoided MJM 214). The guessing crew was on the right track, but ultimately fell short. The picture of the Lidocaine ointment was a nod to the topical nature of this week's MJM -- note that it says "For Topical Use Only" on the label. The topic itself is Mr. Rogers Nelson, also known as Prince Rogers Nelson; this week's jams were played at shows during which Phish covered The Purple One: 12/31/98 Antelope("1999"), 12/30/94 Tweezer ("Purple Rain"), and 8/28/93 Stash ("Purple Rain"). Come back next week for MJM 222, where we'll play for two download codes.

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Monday 04/18/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 220

Welcome to the 220th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I've posted five short clips this week -- these five clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the five mystery jam clips, and answer what the five clips share in common. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain five songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday at approximately 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Hint (3:08 PM ET / 12:08 PM PT):

Answer: Congrats to second-time winner @mickeyjoe86 who correctly identified the 8/31/12 CDT, the 9/5/15 CDT, the 9/4/11 CDT, the 8/31/14 CDT, and the 8/31/13 CDT, all played at Dick's in CO; one of the five songs (fingers) was from the FYF show, and "Chalk Dust Torture" is purported to be Trey's favorite Phish song. Stay tuned next week for MJM 221, back at the regularly scheduled time.

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Monday 04/11/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 219

Welcome to the 219th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. Like last week, I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @dbertsch who quickly identified this week's trifecta: 8/2/97 Down with Disease, 4/17/04 Halley's Comet, 8/15/15 Piper, and correctly noted that all three jams lead to segues -> Tweezer. I'm impressed that the guessing crew has taken down the new format twice in two weeks without too much fuss. We'll see if that changes next week, when MJM 220 drops at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET to give the can't .net at work crew a better chance at glory. Thanks for playing!

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Monday 04/04/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 218

Welcome to the 218th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, and the debut of a new era of the MJM. While Phish 3.0 officially started on 3/6/09, some might argue that the band didn't really hit its stride till five months later at the Gorge on 8/7/09. Likewise, while MJM 3.0 officially started on 11/9/15, maybe someday folks (all seven of you who tune in each week) will say that it took MJM 3.0 five months to hit its stride. Like always, the winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net.

I've posted three clips this week -- these three clips share something in common. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what the three clips share in common*. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint -- each guess should contain three songs / dates, and a guess at the commonality. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday.

*Yes, these three clips were all played by Phish. Yes, none of these clips were played in my kitchen. There is something very particular that I have in mind that these clips share in common, and only that commonality (along with the three songs and dates that share it) will be accepted as the correct answer.

Note: While I expect this to be harder than your typical MJM, I don't expect it to be three times as hard; if you figure out one of the clips, you'll want to look at where / when / how / why it was played / recorded / etc. to guide and narrow your search for the other two. We'll start out this week with a more straightforward puzzle, and as folks get the hang of it, we'll take you out into Type II MJMs and beyond. If this fails miserably, the MJM always reserves the right to revert to the classic format. Good luck and have fun!

Hint: The years these jams were played are like Span, Panik, and Posey yesterday -- well, more like Span, Posey, and Panik; the commonality is like the three most important aspects of real estate investment.

Answer: Congrats to six-time winner @WayIFeel who successfully identitied the 12/13/92 Bowie, the 4/6/94 Mike's Song, and the 8/9/93 Tweezer as all being played on Canadian soil. One more win puts him on the shelf as yet another MJM emeritus -- when he's gone, who will fill his shoes?

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Monday 03/28/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 217

Welcome to the 217th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: By identifying the 9/30/00 Emotional Rescue, @highhat (a.k.a. @hai_hatto) wins his third MJM and takes home another download code. Be sure to tune in next week, when MJM 3.0 starts in earnest with a new, more challenging format.

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Monday 03/21/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 216

Welcome to the 216th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: Congrate to five-time winner @WayIFeel for crushing this week's MJM in 16 minutes, identifying the 6/23/12 Simple, and taking home the code for a free show download. Enjoy these quick victories while they last, because there's a flurry of novel MJMs coming, and they won't be so -- *cough* -- Simple.

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Monday 03/14/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 215

Welcome to the 215th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive TWO MP3 codes good for free downloads of any two shows, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Tuesday hint (11:49 AM ET): You may need to go a camera to figure this one out.

Answer: Congratulations to first-time winner, @TwiceBitten, who takes home two codes for reading right through my hint and identifying the 7/15/94 David Bowie from (Nikon at) Jones Beach Amphitheater on Long Island.

Note: When the MJM started nearly six years ago, @lumpblockclod was able to post a mix of more popular and more obscure jams, and would post much longer clips, sometimes upwards of three minutes. The MJM was great fun becaue it relied on folks' musical memory to win, or searching through their local music archives for things they may've recognized, or maybe they'd pull a few shows from The Spreadsheet if they thought they were going down the right path. This was still the case when @bl002e took over too, but during his tenure, three years ago this week, PhishTracks came out... and it changed the game forever. Now we're firmly planted in the Phish.in' / PhishTracks era, where everyone has every jam at their fingertips, and scanning through dozens and dozens of jams per hour is not only possible, it's routine for many. For that reason, I may be moving the goalposts back a bit in future MJMs. It'll still be the same game at the same time each week, but I'm going to experiment with some new ideas to keep it fresh and make it challenging. First, as a reminder, I am reserving the right to reuse jams that have been used in previous MJMs -- I won't post the exact same clip from a previous MJM, but you may hear a different section of a previously-used jam. Second, I may post multi-part clips, or multiple, shorter segments from the same jam or the same show. Or I may post clips from different shows and ask folks to find what they have in common. I will keep the fundamental objective of the game intact, and it'll still be fun, but I do think we're in a good position to switch things up a bit in the near future. That said, tune in next week for MJM216!

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Monday 02/29/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 213

Welcome to the 213th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to first-time winner @12_29_97_4eva, who quickly identified the 8/11/09 BDTNL from Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, and takes home a code for a free download of any show from LivePhish. Who knows, maybe he'll choose the best show from the 1997 NYE run, 12/30/97! Tune in next Monday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET for MJM214 – write it down, just don't miss an MJM.

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Monday 02/22/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 212

Welcome to the 212th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: In case you haven't been paying attention, we have another MJM savant on our hands: @schvice is taking the game by storm in winning four of the past seventeen, and is now more than halfway to emeritus status. But don't be fooled: he doesn't just have a good ear and a solid memory, he works at it, scanning dozens of jams to find the needle in the haystack. That's what it takes to win in the PhishTracks / Phish.in' age of the MJM. This week he correctly identified the 9/24/00 Cities from the Target Center in Minneapolis, a jam you don't often hear mentioned in "awesome jam" discussions, but a jam that deserves 19+ minutes of your attention nonetheless. With the tour opener in St. Paul this year, don't be surprised to see Kevin Shapiro (@shapsio) throw this beauty on Live Bait Vol. 12!

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Monday 02/15/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 211

Welcome to the 211th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Tuesday Hint:

Answer: It came down to the wire, but in the end @mickeyjoe86 was able to identify the 7/27/03 Prince Caspian as this week's mystery clip and will take home a code for a free show download. The Blog takes some solace in knowing that every time Phish plays Prince Caspian, dozens of you will now think of that random fleet-footed ballplayer whose cards I had as a kid and whose name popped into my head the first time (and every time since) I heard the lyrics to Prince Caspian. Oooooooooddibe McDowell'd again! Alas, the Blog does not like getting Fuckerpants'd by the users, so the Blog will be back next week with another deep cut (and hopefully, another hint) for MJM212.

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Monday 02/08/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 210

Welcome to the 210th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: Sometimes on Monday evening, the Blog gets excited that folks are way off base with their guesses, and scrambles to think of a hint. This... was not one of those weeks. By identifying the 10/30/85 Skippy the Wondermouse a mere 17 minutes after the clip was posted and before anyone could even muster a guess, @highhat goes back-to-back, earning his second code in less than a week. Do we have another MJM savant on our hands, or did he just catch lightning in a bottle? Find out Monday, on the next episode of MJM...

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Monday 02/01/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 209

Welcome to the 209th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Clue (11:30 AM ET): A ten song second set? Well, it certainly ended on a high note!

Answer: A moral victory for the blog this week, making it to the second day, but first time winner @highhat takes home a code good for a free show download from LivePhish.com. Tune in next week for MJM210!

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Monday 01/25/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 208

Welcome to the 208th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Update: The correct answer has been identified and has upvotes.

Answer: Congrats to first time winner @davek87, who by identifying the 10/31/89 David Bowie (RIP) wins a code good for the free download of a show from LivePhish.com. Thanks again to @Dog_Faced_Boy for handling the MJM last week, and stay tuned for yet another MJM this coming Monday at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT. MJM3.0: We Keep It Rollin'!

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Monday 01/11/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 206

Welcome to the 206th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. This week, we have a daily double edition, and we'll be giving away two prizes for two different puzzles. Each winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win the first prize, be the first person to identify the song and date of the first part ​(i.e., the first 30 seconds) of the mystery jam clip. To win the second prize, be the first person to identify each of the 14 song titles in the clip -- you do not need to identify the dates of each of the 14 clips to win the second prize. A push in the right direction for the megaclip: each song is a Phish original, though most are rarities (and one has never been played live). Each person gets one guess per day per puzzle, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answers to follow on Wednesday.

Technical note: Like MJM200, on some devices, the longer track skips back to the beggining a minute or two in. Use the Souncloud link for more reliable playback if you can't hear all 14 clips.

Answers: The Blog bites the dust again -- twice, on two touchdowns (and PATs) worth of clips! Congratulations to @justino, who in 9 minutes (mere seconds before @P0opyw0opy) managed to identify the 8/6/10 Simple from the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. In doing so, he takes home a download code good at LivePhish.com. And congratulations to bust-out maestro @obliviousfool17 who was neither oblivious nor foolish in figuring out the song titles for 14 clips of Phish originals going back 30 years; he (w)ent to the b(l)og and got himself a LivePhish.com download code too. For those on the quest, I'm guessing you know by now that most MJMs spell something, but if not, you can view all 14 answers in a row in the MJM Results spreadsheet below. I'm off next week, but in my stead will be a special guest and colleague of mine from the Jam Charts Team, who has sat back and watched me fail to stump you repeatedly, so he's ready to pick up the slack. MJM 3.0: keeps it rollin'!

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Monday 01/04/2016 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 205

Welcome to the 205th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, and first of 2016. The winner will receive an MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Happy New Year!

Tuesday Update: No hint needed, it's been identified.

Answer: Congrats to now four-time winner @WayIFeel, who by identifying the 7/20/13 Light from Northerly Island, Chicago, wins an MP3 code good for the download of an entire show from LivePhish.com. There seems to have been some confusion about the MJM prize, so let me reiterate that folks can use their winning codes to download any single show from the LivePhish.com archives. Stay tuned for next week's MMMJM, where we'll get both meta- and multi- with our clips.

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Monday 12/28/2015 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 204

Welcome to the 204th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner this week will receive two MP3 downloads courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck on your quest, and keep an eye out and an ear open at all times!

Answer: Congratulations to @schvice, who by correctly identifying the 11/20/94 David Bowie from the Dane County Exposition Center in Madison, WI, receives two download codes in his second victory. Nice work by the other folks who figured out how to continue on with @Lemuria's puzzle quest -- I chose this clip because Mike's play sounds a bit like Morse Code. Have a blast attending or webcasting MSG, and stay tuned for the first MJM of 2016 next week!

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Monday 12/21/2015 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 203

Welcome to the 203rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck, and happy holidays to you and yours!

Tuesday hint: Triple Double.

Answer: It took a couple months, but The Blog 3.0 has finally broken through with a win, improving the record to 14 wins, 168 losses, and 21 hint-aided losses! Many of you quickly realized that the date of this MJM would be a double double, but no one caught the fact that the song this MJM was played in completed the triple double: 9/9/00 My Friend, My Friend (> Jam). Have a safe and happy holiday, and be sure to check in next week for a special meta-MJM, for which we will award a pair of download codes.

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Monday 12/14/2015 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 202

Welcome to the 202nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: I saw it again! By correctly (and obscenely quickly) identifying the 2/21/03 Mike's Song from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH, @yunkfunk has won his seventh Mystery Jam Monday, and will now join the other MJM emeriti and is prohibited from participating henceforth. We'll be back next week with another crunchy jam, so stay tuned!

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Monday 12/07/2015 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 201

Welcome to the 201st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @yunkfunk, who by identifying the "Julius" from Brad Sands's wedding on September 6th, 2008 -- the only known time Phish played together in front of a crowd between Coventry '04 and Hampton '09 -- wins his sixth MJM, and thus, his sixth free MP3 download from LivePhish.com. Never in my life had I been more excited by a low-resolution 90 second YouTube clip of a band playing a song I'm not particular fond of... One more win and @yunkfunk will be pushed out on the icebergs to float away with the other emeriti!

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Monday 11/30/2015 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 200

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Welcome to Phish.net's Mystery Jam Monday Part 200! As we did when MJM hit the century mark and the CL mark, the winner will be awarded an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net, along with an additional prize. For MJM #200, the kind folks at the Mockingbird Foundation will be giving the winner a copy of each of the three editions of the The Phish Companion: TPC1, TPC2, and the soon-to-be-released TPC3!

Regarding the Mystery Jam itself, as with MJM #100, #150, and the Hampton/Winston-Salem MJ, this clip has multiple songs on it that you'll need to identify. Therefore, we will not be using the comments to guess this week. Instead, send an email with your guesses (for all of the clips) along with your .net username to phish.net.mjm200@gmail.com. If you have any questions, you can post those in the comments section. Do not post guesses in the comments section, or your comment will be deleted and you'll be subject to banning from future MJM participation. Also, no "trading" of answers is allowed: figure this out on your own. The first person to correctly identify the song and the date of each jam will be the winner. One guess per person per day, with the second "day" starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Wednesday if necessary, and if necessary, again on Friday, and the answer will be posted by next Monday. In the event that no one guesses all of the Mystery Jams, the winner will be selected by the Blog at its sole discretion -- partial credit can take home the prize, so don't be shy. Note the number of blank slots for this week's contest in the MJM Results spreadsheet, and be assured that each of this week's jams has not been used previously. Good luck!

Juicy Hint: The clips are in chronological order, and no two clips come from the same year. Also, there are no clips from 1.0.

Update: I still haven't received any submissions, so if you know even one of the jams, you could be the winner come Sunday if you send it in and no one else does. I'll accept submissions up until the end of the Sunday Night Football game, or approximately 8:30 PM PT / 11:30 PM ET.

Final Mega Hint:

  • Three of the jams were played in July and three of the jams were played in August. The other four jams were all played in different months -- different months from one another and different from July and August (e.g. January, February, March, April would meet this requirement). Add the numerical representation of all the months together and you get 79. Do the same for the days of the month and you get 172 -- also, half the jams were played in the last week of the month, and three of the jams were played in the first week of the month.
  • Four of the jams were played in the state of New York and two of the jams were played in the state of Wisconsin. One of the jams was played in a state where recreational marijuana use is now legal, but this jam wasn't played at Dick's. Two of the remaining three jams were played in (ocean) coastal states; the third state accesses the coast only via river.
  • Three of the jams come from songs that are covers, two of the jams come from the same Phish original. Three of the jams come from songs debuted in 3.0, one of the jams comes from a song debuted in 2.0, and the other six jams come from songs debuted in 1.0.
  • One of the jams comes from a song on Junta, one of the jams comes from a song on Billy Breathes, one of the jams comes from a song on Story of the Ghost, two of the jams come from a song on Farmhouse, one of the jams comes from a song on Round Room, and one of the jams comes from a song on Joy.
  • Eight of the ten jams are on the Phish.net Jam Charts, but I didn't write any of the descriptions. Three of those eight jams are "Highly Recommended".

To download a .zip file containing each of the clips as a separate MP3 track, click here.

Update: Congratulations to @LucyDarkstar24, who managed to correctly identify all 10 clips and send his correct answer in before anyone else. In doing so, he not only wins a free MP3 download code, courtesty of LivePhish.com, but he wins all three editions of The Phish Companion! A hell of a prize for a first-time winner. Even though I dropped some seriously juicy hints, this was no walk in the park. Major props to the other folks who managed to identify them all too: @garcia17, @ChalkDustTeacher, @mcnastycasty, and @12_29_97_4eva. I hope you had as much fun as I did! Find the answers in the MJM results spreadhseet, and check back in the morning for MJM Part 201.

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Monday 11/23/2015 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 199

Welcome to the 199th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @yunkfunk for nailing this one within an hour of my posting it, collecting his fifth win by correctly identifying the outro to Horn from 6/20/97. Have a safe and happy holiday this week, and we'll be back next week with our 200th MJM! It'll be an MJM extravaganza, with extra difficulty and extra prizes. Stay tuned...

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Monday 11/16/2015 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 198

Welcome to the 198th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. 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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Quick note: One of my first orders of business as MJM host was to add MJM achievement badges for all past winners. Due to the MJM being started on the old Tumblr page (pre standard .net usernames), username changes since winning, and spelling mistakes, I may not have correctly added all past winners' badges. If you've won but don't see the badge in your achievements, please PM me with the MJM you won (see results below).

Update: No hint needed this week.

Answer: Congrats to our sixth seven-time MJM winner, @mcgrupp81, who correctly identified this week's MJM as Mike's Song from 4/24/92 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR. With his seventh win, he joins @RabeldyNugs, @pauly, @ghostboogie, @bl002e, and @PersnicketyJim as MJM emeriti, and is henceforth prohibited from participating in the MJM as an active competitor. With 100+ codes to give away and six Hall-of-Famers on the shelf (and yours truly stuck at six wins on this side of the fence), the competition for free Phish downloads is suddenly wide open. Maybe the blog might stand a chance now... See you next week!

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Monday 11/09/2015 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 197

Welcome to the 197th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. I'd like to thank @bl002e for all his hard work the past few years, attempting to stump us with some great jams across Phish's history. But he's moved on to bigger and better things now and has handed me the reins, so I'll be your new MJM host. I hope my work on the Jam Charts will help me stump you all -- I'm excited to start, and I won't let you guys down. That's right folks, MJM 3.0 is about to begin!

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 song and date of the mystery jam clip. Though I don't envision doing this anytime soon, given we're approaching MJM #200, I am reserving the right to select different portions of jams that have previously appeared in the MJM. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

Tuesday update: No hint needed this week...

Answer: Congratulations and welcome to first-time winner and first-time poster, @trich12345, who came out of the woodwork and correctly guessed 9/17/99 "Viola Lee Blues" from Shoreline. Maybe he too figured that for my first MJM, I should choose a jam from my first show. Next week's MJM won't be so straightforward.

Clarification / Reminder: In the past, we have always revealed the MJM answer on Wednesday even if answered correctly on Monday or Tuesday, as some folks like to play even if they aren't the first to figure it out. If I can get spoiler tags working for the MJM, and if my schedule permits, I will post the correct answer behind a spoiler tag once it's been guessed correctly no matter when that happens. But if not, for future reference, when I say "No hint needed this week" that means that one of the comments contains the correct answer (I'll try to avoid hypercryptic metahints), and I'll post the answer Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. See you next week!

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Saturday 07/25/2015 by ucpete

SHORELINE: SUMMER TOUR BLAZES ON

After two strong tour-opening shows in Bend, during which the band surprised the crowds with seven debuts and displayed a confidence and tightness not normally seen until the middle of tour, Phish rolled down the coast to California for the band’s fourteenth show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in the last 23 years, and first since Summer 2009. Though oft-maligned by fans for its poor sightlines and sound from the lawn, Shoreline has an undeniable cachet to fans of the Grateful Dead and fans of Phish alike. Concert promoter Bill Graham essentially built Shoreline for the Dead and even modeled its construction after the “steal your face” logo (see this photo and compare it with the logo), so it’s no coincidence that the Dead played Shoreline 39 times from 1987 - 1995.

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Phish has honored the Dead on numerous occasions at Shoreline, from the 7/31/97 “Happy Birthday to You” tease in “Weekapaug Groove” for Jerry’s birthday (August 1st), to the 9/17/99YEM -> Jam” featuring Phil Lesh on trampolines, to the encore with Bob Weir on 10/6/00, the penultimate show of Phish 1.0. In fact, 9/17/99 and 10/6/00 were my first two shows, so Shoreline and its connection with the Dead will always hold a special place in my heart. And with Trey’s recent foray into the music of the Grateful Dead, it makes sense that Phish opted to visit Shoreline instead of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium this year, especially given that they were only to spend a single night in Northern California this tour. Were we in for another Dead sit-in? Would we hear a Dead song?! Let’s find out...

The band took the stage a few minutes after 8 PM to a raucous applause from the crowd, and started things off with “The Line”. It was a somewhat surprising choice as it had never opened a show previously – perhaps it was Trey’s tongue-in-cheek answer to the question “are you going to cover a Dead song?”, or maybe it was a reference to the venue name itself – but it was well-executed and essentially a replica of the studio version off of “Fuego”. “The Moma Dance” got things started in earnest, and Trey’s crisp tone stood out and nicely complemented Page’s clavinet work. A rousing “Kill Devil Falls” followed, and provided the first extended improvisation of the evening. Trey’s spirited soloing (reminiscent at times of "I Know You Rider") elevated this largely in-the-box rendition of “KDF”. Only three songs in, it was already apparent how focused Trey was, and how loose and happy the band was to be back in California.

The Mike-penned “Yarmouth Road” and a short “Undermind” dissipated some of the momentum gathered from the “Moma”, “KDF” pairing, but the ensuing “Free” brought things back up a notch. While it was not on the same level as the “Martian Monster”-infused “Free” from MGM last Fall Tour, it was a perfect infusion of energy into the set. Page’s melodious work on piano guided Mike and Trey through the jam section, and Mike’s dominant bass work meshed perfectly with Trey’s assertive leads. The opening notes of “Reba” sent the crowd into a frenzy, and like many versions of “Reba”, the fine execution of the difficult composed section sent the band into the improvised section with ample wind beneath their sails. Trey immediately began to assert himself again, effortlessly nailing lick after lick in a “Meatstick”-esque fashion at times, while Fishman’s fleet drum-work pushed the jam onward and upward with the utmost of patience. When Fishman did eventually mash the toms to signal the end of the jam, Trey perfectly weaved one more beautiful riff right into the final chord – they absolutely stuck the landing. Despite a sloppy-but-hilarious whistling outro, the crowd went nuts in approval for what was to that point the highlight of the set and one of the better “Rebas” in recent memory. “46 Days” served as an exclamation point on the first set, and while standard-great in nature, it did feature Mike and Trey rocking out while standing back-to-back. After 70+ minutes of solid but largely standard playing other than the transcendent “Reba”, the first set was in the books with the recommended dose of momentum heading into the second frame.


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After a 35-minute set break, the band retook the stage a few minutes before 10 PM, and kicked into the second-ever version of “Blaze On”. Played for the first time just three nights earlier in Bend during the tour-opening first set, “Blaze On” had shown serious improvisational promise but didn’t explore too deeply in its debut. With the tune now situated in the high-profile second set opening slot, we were hopeful to capitalize on that potential, and the band delivered on that promise in spades. Near the five minute mark, the jam started in similar fashion to the Bend rendition, but Trey and Mike tugged at the structure a bit, stretching the song beyond the known into uncharted territory for the next five minutes. Near the 11 minute mark, Trey led the band back into the chorus chords and repeated “you got one life // blaze on” to bring things back home, but it was only a short visit as the band almost immediately began to drift back into an improvisational space again. Some twinkling looping synth play from Page and some staccato work from Trey pushed things onward, and as the 15 minute mark approached, the jam dissolved to give way for “Twist”. The look on Trey’s face was telling, as if to say “we’re not messing around tonight”, and the excitement of the crowd was tangible.

Around six minutes into "Twist", Trey changed his tone to a dirtier 2.0 sound and Mike immediately followed suit with some filthy bass lines vaguely reminiscent of the Gorge “Rock and Roll”. This grungier segment led right into a section not unlike the Bend “Simple” jam, and near the 9 minute mark, Trey began to play the main riff again, potentially signaling the end of the jam segment. Thankfully, the jam was far from over, as the revisitation of the main riff was just another launching pad for a second improvised section. The second jam headed into major mode territory, with Trey picking some “Lizards”-like riffs before the chord progression and Trey’s playing led into two alternating major chords not entirely dissimilar from (but far from a tease of) “Fire on the Mountain”. At 13 minutes in, the jam began to pick up serious steam with a big push from Mike and Fish, and Trey played some fluid octave leads. A friend described this “Twist” as “a metamorphic masterpiece of evil to good; truly Darth Vader-esque”, and I couldn’t have put it better myself. The intent empathetic listening on display between the band members and the crowd was phenomenal, and when we thought it just might be too much, Trey let the opening chords of “Light” ring through the air.

The light began growing brighter, figuratively and literally as CK5 (Happy Birthday Chris!) painted the tent with his latest and greatest. After some extra mustard in the pre-jam vocals, the jam went right into standard “Light” space, with minor mode musings and Eastern scales from Trey. Like many of the better versions of “Light”, this darkness led to a modulation into major mode territory. After a “Manteca”-like reference from Trey and Fish and some “Blaze On” stylings near the 8 minute mark, like the first two songs of the set, the jam regathered itself and led to a hose-filled Allman Brothers Band-like section (with more hinting at "I Know You Rider") that represented a huge catharsis after more than 45 minutes of brilliant playing.


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The ensuing “Joy” (after a brief "Twist" tease) could not have been better placed in the traditional Jerry ballad slot, and gave us a nice breather. But instead of running for the bathrooms, the crowd shared in the band’s joy, and much of the crowd seemed to appreciate the sometimes-cheesy-but-always-heartfelt sentiment that the band just wants us to be happy. By this point, I had sent a few texts to friends saying they had to play the “Hood” they didn’t play in Bend, and sure enough, Fishman gave us what we wanted. The intro was perfectly executed with some nice Hammond B3 work from Page, and six minutes in, the glowsticks were flying. On a dime with no prior notice, the band smoothly kicked into minor mode territory, and around 11 minutes in, the playing had a distinct Pink Floyd vibe to it. After the 12 minute mark, there was a near “Timber” fake-out before seamlessly slipping back into the feel good “Hood” coda. “Hood” has been ridiculously strong the past two years, and this Type II version was no exception. Already 70 minutes into the second set, instead of wrapping up, they kicked into a fiery “Cavern” to provide the exclamation point on the set. Trey was so pumped up that he yelled “Thanks everybody that was just so fun, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!”. Everyone in the venue knew we had just witnessed something special, and this second set will surely hold up for years to come. The “Character Zero” encore, though not my favorite, was all gravy at that point and allowed Trey to hose the audience down one last time.

The tour rolls along to Los Angeles tonight where Phish will play at The Forum for the second time in 9 months. I expect another stellar performance from the band and the birthday boy, Chris Kuroda, and I think it’s safe to say he’ll be activating the starry night LEDs at some point in the second set – perhaps when the stars all turn around during “Roggae”? I look forward to seeing everyone again tonight!

-- pete

Phish Summer 2015 – Setlists & Recaps
07/21/15 SetlistRecap – Bend 1
07/22/15 SetlistRecap – Bend 2
07/24/15 SetlistRecap, Recap2 – Shoreline
07/25/15 SetlistRecap – LA Forum
07/28/15 SetlistRecap – Austin
07/29/15 SetlistRecap – Grand Prarie
07/31/15 SetlistRecap – Atlanta 1
08/01/15 SetlistRecap – Atlanta 2
08/02/15 SetlistRecap – Tuscaloosa
08/04/15 SetlistRecap – Nashville
08/05/15 SetlistRecap – Kansas City
08/07/15 SetlistRecap – Blossom
08/08/15 SetlistRecap – Alpine 1
08/09/15 SetlistRecap – Apline 2
08/11/15 SetlistRecap – Mann 1
08/12/15 SetlistRecap – Mann 2
08/14/15 SetlistRecap – Raleigh
08/15/15 SetlistRecap – Merriweather 1
08/16/15 SetlistRecap – Merriweather 2
08/21/15 SetlistRecap – Magnaball 1
08/22/15 SetlistRecap – Magnaball 2
08/23/15 SetlistRecap – Magnaball 3
09/04/15 SetlistRecap – Dick's 1
09/05/15 SetlistRecap – Dick's 2
09/06/15 SetlistRecap – Dick's 3

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Sunday 06/28/2015 by ucpete

"FARE THEE WELL" SANTA CLARA 6/27: TREY PRIDE

Last night, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead – Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann (a.k.a. the “Core Four”) – along with part-time band member Bruce Hornsby, long time post-Dead band member Jeff Chimenti, and Phish’s own Trey Anastasio, descended on Levi’s Stadium for the first of five shows to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. The run-up to these historic shows was full of mixed emotions, from those of pure joy to those of total apathy or even disdain. When the gates opened in Santa Clara, CA, last night, most of these emotions had turned into anticipation and sheer excitement, as the energy of the crowd was palpable.

Despite the age of the band members, the stadium and the concert set-up were decidedly modern, with high-definition screens on each side of the stage, a “Steal Your Face” logo flanked by (what must have been) roses along the top, and another large screen on the north end of the stadium above the nose-bleeds, facing the band. The band took the stage a few minutes after 7:30 to a rousing applause from the near-capacity crowd, as many other fans streamed in from the lots, navigating some of the suboptimal set-ups from the event staff (e.g., minimal flow towards the general admission area).

The band was all smiles as they took the stage, with Trey in particular looking honored to share the stage with some of his favorite musicians. The band started off with a noodling improvised section that led into “Truckin’”, an appropriate sing-along that would allow the band to work through one of their “greatest hits” (#1 in Turlock County!) and get their sea legs. The music seemed well-rehearsed, though the mix seemed off, at least from where I was standing. “Truckin’” finished with a few bombs from Phil, and the sing-along portion of the show continued with “Uncle John’s Band”. Trey took a soulful melodic solo, Hornsby added some color on the ivories, and they took the outro for a little walk before ending the tune.

Phil took over on vocals for the older rarity, “Alligator”, with images of Pigpen fluttering around the edges of the big-screens. After what seemed like a lack of synchronization between band members, and some visible frustration from Bobby regarding his monitor levels, the jam picked up some steam about six minutes in, ultimately careening and segueing into “Cumberland Blues." Trey began to assert himself a bit more in “Cumberland," and Bill Walton appeared on the big screens to some applause, but there still seemed to be some hesitation from the band. “Born Crosseyed” > “Cream Puff War” continued with the “old school” Dead, while Trey showed the elder statesmen that he meant business, providing some clean vocals and slaying his first extended solo of the evening. The Trey-built momentum carried over into “Viola Lee Blues," the first set closer. Jeff played some Brent-style synth, and though the band fell out out of sync again during the first keys solo, Trey led them out of the fog into a peak and a big first climax. After another Walton sighting, Phil, Trey, and Bobby came together mid-stage to trade licks and take it down a notch before finishing the last verse. The playing morphed into a near-“Love Light” jam, Bruce hinted at “Fire on the Mountain," and then that’s when the crowd noticed there was a huge rainbow behind the stage!

For those who don’t know, this weekend is Gay Pride weekend in San Francisco, and with the recent Supreme Court ruling, a rainbow spontaneously forming over the stadium sent the locals into a frenzy. Though there are now questions about the authenticity of the rainbow, the band fed off the crowd, injecting some much-needed life into an up-and-down 63 minute first set. During the hour-long setbreak, there must have been some discussion about how to right the ship, as the second set made all the first set jitters and hiccups a distant memory.

Shortly before 9:40 PM, the band re-took the stage and began tuning and noodling around “Cryptical Envelopment," which started in earnest a minute later. Phil led the vocals, and the cameras and crowd zoomed in on Trey. The look on his face was that of laser-sharp focus, but his fingers were loose, flying all over the fretboard with utmost precision, as fireworks began blasting off behind the southwest end of the stadium. This is why we’re here. Trey wasn’t just channeling Jerry, he was leading the band with mellifluous melodies and taking the music to new heights. The crowd was locked in, and when Jeff launched some extraterrestrial effects, Trey, Phil, and Bobby huddled mid-stage again to signal their next transition: “Dark Star”.

As “Dark Star” began, another round of fireworks erupted outside the stadium. Phil, Bobby, and Trey traded the first three singing lines of the first verse before harmonizing beautifully, and when it came to a close, Trey resumed control of the stage. Not because of hubris, but rather because the rest of the band needed him to take charge. Jeff and Bobby provided more outer-space motifs as things grew increasingly dissonant 10 minutes into the jam, and in typical “Dark Star” fashion, the jam explored previously-unexplored territory, and transcended music as we know it. In fact, I jotted down “-> Space” in my setlist, though others may disagree. As the space collected and collapsed on itself, leaving Phil and the drummers in sparse territory, things began to pick back up again. I can only describe this next section as an ascending tension jam, and Trey picked up what the others were putting down and started letting his crazy fingers fly again. His melodious trilling put a huge smile on Phil’s face, as if to say “I knew this was the right guy for the job!”, and as the jam approached the 20 minute mark, the familiar “Dark Star” riff crept back in and led to the second verse. Trey sang the first line this time, followed by Phil, and Bobby was feeling so good that he belted out an extended third line before the final harmonies led to some vocal riffing on the “transitive nightfall of diamonds."

From the dust of “Dark Star,” Phil asserted himself just enough to hint to everyone that the darkness had gone, and it was time to celebrate as the opening lines of “St. Stephen” rang out in the air. The crowd went from spaced-out to boogying down in the blink of an eye, as Trey’s focus remained apparent as he nailed riff after riff, both in Jerry’s honor and in his own way. The band brought the boil down to a mere simmer before the second verse, and despite another minor technical glitch leading into the “Lady finger” portion of the tune, one could feel the anticipation building in the crowd and on the stage. Right before the should’ve-been-explosion, there was a slight hesitation, and the band missed the peak following “call it your own." At the time it was disappointing, but the band forged ahead. Trey and Phil traded licks as Bruce comped the two to build towards a peak to redeem the missed opportunity. Phil added his “walk up, walk down” riff to lead the band on another tangent through the jam, before a well-executed peak led to the final verse. The tune continued onward across the “William Tell Bridge," not played by the band since the late ‘60s (but played by later post-GD iterations), and Bobby channeled Jerry by forgetting some lyrics. More than an hour into the set, as 11 PM approached, “The Eleven” and “Turn On Your Love Light” continued the Live/Dead theme. Bobby’s vocals were markedly better for “Love Light” than they had been during the first set, paying appropriate homage to Pigpen. At this point, it was unclear whether the show was winding down; it was not.

Drums” > “Space” was extended, tribal, and a complete juxtaposition between primitive sounds and the hyper-modern electronic instruments used to make them. “What’s Become of the Baby” featured Phil essentially chanting over the remnants of “Space," before the entire band joined musically to build “The Other One." Though relatively straightforward, there were some nuanced major mode musings in between verses to add a little flavor, and before the crowd could catch their collective breath, “Morning Dew” began. All I could think to myself was, “this is the Slave slot!”, and like many of the top-tier renditions of “Slave," Trey weaved melodies through the chord progression in a delicate and precise manner, while gradually intensifying the mood. By the end of “Dew," Trey had taken complete control of the tune and the set in the best way possible.

Casey Jones” with Bruce on vocals provided a nice exclamation point on the set, and though Trey actually seemed to lose a bit of his intense precision during his last solo, we were all sent off into the mean streets of Santa Clara with smiles plastered on our faces. While many had viewed the Santa Clara shows as “warm-ups” for Chicago, that line of thinking was dismissed by last night’s second set. See you tonight! -Pete

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Tuesday 10/28/2014 by ucpete

BGCA1 RECAP: HAVING READ THE BOOK

The seventh show of this tour marked Phish’s seventh trip to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Though BGCA may not yet reside in the highest echelon of Phish lore, it has been home to both unbelievable displays of improvisation and some of the most touching band-fan interaction in the band’s history. Seeing one's favorite band play in one's hometown is a real treat, and this year had no shortage of personal touch for this recapitulator. There was a palpable excitement (and scores of extra tickets) in the air outside the venue while city employees worked to set up the viewing area for Game 6 of the World Series outside City Hall and the Civic Auditorium – that’s right, thousands of Giants fans will descend on “Shakedown” tonight (first pitch at 5:07 PM PDT).

Photo by SFGate
Photo by SFGate

The show marked one of my best friends’ 100th show, and .net All Star @Phlorian’s highly-anticipated first show. I was lucky (and early) enough to see both DB and Florian on the floor before the show began, and ended up spending the whole show with Florian. Also in attendance was .net’s other favorite German, Martin, who like Florian had flown across the globe for this tour. What would Florian’s first song be twenty years after first hearing the song “Rift” in 1994? Little did we know we were mere moments away from a touching homage to another fan...

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