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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.

Mystery Jam Monday Part 71

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 28 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e926b5e, posted in the Audio category (828 listens)

Welcome to the 71st 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: No hint needed this week.

Wednesday Answer: Congrats to Blackeyedsloth for correctly ID'ing the 12/7/99 "Gin." The Blog will be back on Monday with another Mystery Jam...

LivePhish.com

MP3 Downloads Courtesy of LivePhish.com.

Video of the Week: 1991-11-30

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 9 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e8e8491, posted in the Video category



1991-11-30

Capitol Theater, Portchester, NY

Portchester's Capitol Theater hosted Phish seven times on the cusp of their rise to super stardom in the early 90's. The legendary venue, home of the Grateful Dead's famed Acid Tests with ESP which happened 20 years previously, never disappointed. As had their predecessors in Pink Floyd, Traffic and the Dead, Phish left their mark with historic permformances. The atmosphere was always electric and often involved the convergence of different Jam Band fan bases with other bands sometimes sharing the bill or opening for Phish. The venue, easy to get to for New York City area fans as well as across New England, became one of the larger venues to consistantly sell out at that time. It was fun to be at the Capitol, balcony literally shaking with delight and rocking to the core with a couple thousand fans only to be followed the next night with such venues as the hole in the wall Haunt or the mob-run and sparsely attended Club Bene. On this particular evening, Shockra opened, and while it was only the second year that Phish chose this venue for a "Thanksgiving Jam", it already felt like a tradition. Vastly oversold with scores of people who had snuck in, made the aisles full and the hallways packed but the expectations still sky high. While Phish did return the following year to complete a Thanksgiving trifecta in Portchester, sadly, those were the last shows ever played by Phish at this great venue. Unfortunately, a scheduled Trey Band date in 2008 was canceled at the last minute at this venue that helped define, mold, and inspire the entirety of the Jam Band scene.

So it was great to be reminded of the footage from this show when YEMBlog noted earlier this week that previously uploaded songs from this show had been reuploaded as one long clip. Thanks to YouTube's lifting of the 15 minute limitation, we are able to enjoy quite a nice dose of this show:

Harry Hood, It's Ice, Bouncing Around the Room, My Sweet One, Horn, I Didn't Know

Watch right at the beginning for a little clip of Chris Kuroda and sitting & giving the "one finger salute", one of the earliest tapers, Dave Hollen.

There's so much to enjoy from these clips and can bring you back to such a critical juncture in the band's career.

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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Venue Lifecycles

Posted 4 years ago by Lemuria - 8 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e82c7e0, posted in the Image category

Phish has performed in 775 venues thus far. Many have come, many have gone - and this chart summarizes them all, with the total numbers of venues played for the first and last time in each year. Venues were of course heavily "gained" (played for the first time) during the band's 1990-1994 growth - though many were "lost" (played for the last time) in each of those years as well. Indeed, more were lost than gained in '91 and '94 - and then in every year from '97 onward, with the decline in the number of shows and the resurgence of multi-night runs at the same venues.

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