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Bob Lefsetz and the Phish paradigm

Posted 4 years ago by jackl - 6 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4eab583e, posted in the Quote category

It all comes down to radio. Either it plays your new single or you collapse. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Doesn't matter what you did in the past, if your new record ain't a hit on the radio, you're toast. Just look at Christina Aguilera. Her album stunk up the joint, she got no traction at radio, and she had to cancel her whole damn tour.

Didn't used to be this way. Used to be bands were developed slowly. The audience saw them as more than one hit wonders. These are the classic rock acts. Once we got to the video era, band shelf lifes shortened. Now it's nonexistent.

If you were made by the machine.

If you made it outside the system, if it was about touring and gaining fans slowly, you're laughing all the way to the bank. Recorded music revenue may be way down, but Phish is still cleaning up on the road, despite never having a mainstream radio hit, without having any radio airplay whatsoever, except for pockets of college and Triple-A exposure.

And then there are the electronica acts. Arguably, Tiesto is the biggest touring act in the business. Sure, there are a handful of acts who could draw more, but Tiesto can do it night after night, every show is different, people come for the experience. And most of America's got no idea who Tiesto is, they've never even heard the name.

Today's big Top Forty star, Rihanna, if she fails at radio next time, she's in the same boat as Christina Aguilera. Same deal with Katy Perry. See why the major labels are up in arms, why they're freaking out? You can't sell a record and nothing lasts, how's that for a paradigm?

From Bob Lefsetz' music industry newsletter, www.lefsetz.com

www.lefsetz.com

Video of the Week: 1989-10-31

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 6 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4ea8df48, posted in the Video category



Happy Halloween!

For many people, some of the shows amongst their personal most memorable, most fun, and most talked about after the fact have been Halloween shows. Before the rich tradition of album covers started in 1994 with the White Album in Glens Falls, Phish already had a handful of memorable All Hallow's Eve dates under their belt. While their very first show was oft thought to be a Halloween event, indeed the first Halloween show took place in 1986 at Goddard College and included the debut of David Bowie and a guest appearance by Richard "Nancy Taube" Wright, the writer of "Halley's Comet" and "I Didn't Know" among others. The following year, 1987, saw a repeat performance on Halloween at Goddard with Fishman purportedly shaving his entire body and the band debuting the Syd Barrett "Love You" that has become a staple.

1988 didn't enjoy a Halloween show, but the following year, in their final performance ever at the beloved Goddard College, Phish put on an extraordinary show. While this clip can only begin to paint the picture of the musical mayhem and quintessential Phish quirkiness that was starting to build quite a regional reputation, it does perfectly paint a picture of Phish at the time: Loose, having tons of fun, thoroughly enjoying themselves, and completely engrossed in the moment. This clip of "Bathtub Gin" shows Trey wearing Devil's Horns and dark sunglasses. Earlier in the evening he was sporting strap-on breasts. Also, the debut of "Kung" and the distribution of Mac and Cheese boxes for the "Bowie" intro happened on this memorable evening.

1990 and 1991 saw a jump to Colorado for the Halloween festivities at back to back year's shows at Colorado College. 1990's show has been gloriously released as a Live Phish release but 1991's show has been more elusive for high quality recordings. Both terrific shows that add to the roster of memorable Halloween nights. 1992 and 1993 again were devoid of 10/31 shows and 1994 and on are well documented & remembered by even the most casual of Phish fan.

[Halloween 1990. Photo Credit: Parker Harrington]

Every Friday, we highlight a video with a brief recap of the show it is from and what makes it interesting, noteworthy or simply fun. With the help of Dan Saewitz from Phishvids.com, we hope to keep the stream of videos coming at you entertaining and interesting. Have a cool video you’d like to suggest? Interested in contributing a review yourself? Please feel free to PM me and we’d be more than happy to get your input. Thanks for reading and watching.

Music Can't Lie

Posted 4 years ago by Lemuria - 19 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e9683f9, posted in the Quote category

Music can’t lie — it really is the universal language. People can hear your intent. If your intent is to sell records and make money, people will hear that, and it blackens the music. That’s why the live thing has been so exciting, and so spiritual for us. Once the fans are in the room, there’s nothing we can do on-stage that will bring us any more monetary gain. So we’re then free to explore and celebrate the spiritual aspect of the music.

Trey Anastasio, The Detroit News, 10/26/95

Mystery Jam Monday Part 73

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 26 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4ea555ef, posted in the Audio category (845 listens)

For the 73rd consecutive week, the Blog is proud to bring you another Mystery Jam. As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...

Tuesday Hint: No hint needed this week.

Wednesday Answer: It's the 7/30/97 "Bowie" -> "Cities" -> "Bowie," specifically the segue into "Cities." So bl002e is our winner for the second time in four weeks. The Blog will be back on Mon. with another Mystery Jam.

LivePhish.com

Phish has it All

Posted 4 years ago by Lemuria - 1 comment Link: http://phi.sh/b/4eb7241f, posted in the Quote category

Bluegrass topped by a Klezmer tune, mock-classical counterpoint dissolving into free-form a capella vocals, pop lounge songs and light funk, blues guitar licks and bombastic rock vamps — Phish’s [concerts have] all that and more in nearly three hours of benignly virtuosic music.

New York Times ‘Pop Review’, 10/24/96

Video of the Week: 1997-11-29

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 4 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4ea0e6f6, posted in the Video category



1997 is well deservedly considered one of the best years of Phish by many. November 29th in Worcester, MA at the Centrum was no exception to the spectacular level of playing throughout the year. The legendary "Jim" usually takes all of the attention, however we'd like to direct your attention towards some other great moments from the night. After a standard couple of songs, the band kicks in to "The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday". The band hadn't played it for nearly a year (12/28/96 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia) and it showed. We typically like to look at exemplary Phish, but the beginning of this clip isn't exactly that. While there were flubs all over part one of this three-piece series, the drop into "Avenu Malkenu" along with the rest of the song was fantastic. The third piece, the segue back in to TMWSIY, was flawless. It was as if the band had been playing it every night for the past 10 years.

From there on out, the band did not look back. Other highlights during the first set include "Saw It Again" and "David Bowie". The second set is a classic five song 1997 set. The Jim is obviously the highlight, reaching just under an hour in length (58:48). As a review said on the setlist page, "This jam had at least 5 distinct sections…movements…" The soundboard of the Jim can be seen on Live Bait 03. The Hood was fantastic along with the encore. Video from nearly the entire show is on YouTube and can be seen on PhishVids and below.

Runaway Jim (in parts)

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0pcYWcOgFc

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJkGUx_6pU8

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RIKwh5Izqo

4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z8Olji3sxY

5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApdoByI2Ptg

6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jesl_80eYAg

Buffalo Bill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVmKcktCMck
Fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXV3BUAqiqY

Thanks, and a happy Simchat Torah to all of our Jewish readers!

Mystery Jam Monday Part 72

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 52 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e9c126e, posted in the Audio category (916 listens)

Welcome to the 72nd installment of the Mystery Jam here at Phish.net. As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...

Tuesday Hint: Sigh. No hint needed this week.

Wednesday Answer: It was the 11/16/94 "Simple." Nice work by cerqs being the first to get it. See you all next week with MJ73.

LivePhish.com

Video of the Week: 1995-12-31

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 3 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e97ad4a, posted in the Video category



Some consider it not only the greatest show at Madison Square Garden; not only the greatest show on New Years Eve, but the greatest show Phish has ever played. Whether or not you agree with any of those superlatives, it's unlikely you can argue with the musical might of New Year's Eve 1995. This past week, Phish announced their second ever four night run at MSG (the first being New Years 1998). The lottery is currently open and will end on the 24th, so get your requests in!

This show starts off with a Punch You In The Eye that has deservedly earned its way onto the "Recommended Versions" list. The crowd immediately knew a special evening was in store. After quick cheers, Fish leads in on The Sloth. As seen on the video, Trey has a bounce to his step and unrivaled energy. This is a Phish song that typically does not vary much, yet this version was special. The Sloth was flawless. The show continues as Trey starts Reba and the rest is history. Although Mike's Groove and YEM are a compulsory listen, in all honestly this is one of those shows where you should sit down and listen to the whole show all the way through. From the Gamehendge Time Laboratory, to the last Axilla (Part II), to the Who covers, this show is truly deserving of the hype it receives.

Barring the Front and Nectar's on the home town turf of Vermont, MSG is the most played venue by Phish. Likely, in a scant couple months, the incredible history of this venue will have another hallowed chapter.

Every Friday, we highlight a video with a brief recap of the show it is from and what makes it interesting, noteworthy or simply fun. With the help of Dan Saewitz from Phishvids.com, we hope to keep the stream of videos coming at you entertaining and interesting. Have a cool video you’d like to suggest? Interested in contributing a review yourself? Please feel free to PM me and we’d be more than happy to get your input. Thanks for reading and watching.

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