So. Much. Anticipation. Phish’s first tropical destination show, the first all-inclusive Phish experience, the first show in Mexico. What would the band have in store to welcome 5000 of their friends to the Mayan Rivera?
Like most Phish experiences, the lead up to the event can be all-consuming with planning and questions – especially when nobody really knows what to expect for a first time event. The discussion on Facebook groups dedicated to connecting the thousands of fans following the lines going south rose to a fever pitch in the days before, as feeds were filled with selfies from smiling faces on flights from every possible point to Cancun. As people landed in the Cancun airport, they were whisked away on charter buses to one of six resorts – two at the host, Barcelo Maya Beach, and four in the surrounding towns.
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'!
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.
“It was a pleasure making your mellow, care-free acquaintance last night.
“You may be able to tell by the fact that I shaved my face and put on my Important Show Sneaks With Funky-Assed Day-Glo Laces that I am looking forward to getting to know you a little better tonight, baby. Please feel free to let your hair down and do the whole Garden thing you do. I’ll be stuck to you the whole time. Like groundscore on your shoe.
“Requests? De moi? Wouldn’t dream of it. Play what you want, but by all means feel free to add some nutmeg and other spice to the “Tweezer” cider you’ve got brewing. Some like it hot, you know what I’m sayin’?
“What’s that, you ask? Why, of course you can dim the lights.”
Nobody throws parties on New Year's Day. Why would you? You probably went pretty hard the night before. Most of your friends probably did too. You have nothing left to drink in the house; you drank all the beverages. Some careless person knocked over the ficus plant. The carpet is fucked. Who is the couple asleep in the bathtub? When you wake up on January 1 you don't want more bright lights and loud music, you want pancakes.
The coming of a new year has been celebrated for over 4,000 years as a moment to actively look back on the past while marking the arrival of the new. It was in 46 B.C. that Julius Caesar instituted January 1st as the first day of the year, partially as an acknowledgment of the two-faced god Janus, name-sake for January. And in 1528, Pope Gregory XIII made January 1st a religious holiday, solidifying its significance. January 1st. One-one. Essentially, this holiday is the celebration of numbers. How does one keep track of time except through numbers? Another rotation around the sun, the year clicking forward like the slow turn of an odometer. We celebrate making it through the past 365 days and welcome the next set.