The master of the Spreadsheet, Kevin Hoy (@Hoydog23 on both Twitter and Phishnet), has alerted us that because Mediafire upgraded their site yesterday, the links to most (over 80%) of the folders hosting the audio files are currently broken. The audio files themselves are fine, it is simply the links to many of them that are currently broken.
It is unclear at this time if the links will need to be manually fixed, or if this problem can be reversed or repaired in an automated way. Kevin will keep people apprised of the situation via his Twitter account, and an update also will be posted here when more is known.
It is not Halloween anymore, and we wanted to feature a video from one of the only handful of shows Phish has ever performed on Veteran's Day, but sadly none seem to exist. (1988, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1998.)
So considering we are still only a week and a half removed from one of Phishs' favorite holidays, we thought we'd remind everyone of the excitement that went into speculating Halloween 2009.
Video remix producers/DJs Eclectic Method are the creators of the secret intro video to the “musical costume” second set of Phish’s 2009 Halloween performance in Indio, CA. Taking Phish’s brilliant viral “99 Albums” online promotion to the next level, the London born, Brooklyn-based trio sourced and remixed content from all 99 albums, and remixed them into a single, profound, beat-driven AV collage, screened just before the band took the stage to perform the coveted “last record left alive.”
To promote Festival 8, Phish created an online viral campaign to drive buzz and speculation as to what record the band will play as a “musical costume” on Halloween, a Phish tradition dating back 15 years. The campaign consisted of 99 of the most reputed and buzz-worthy potential “costumes,” hosted online in an interactive, scrolling landscape of ornately-framed records. From Zeppelin to Zappa, Hendrix to Bowie, one by one, each album gets “axed”--literally--until one final record is left standing. It was known to the fans that THIS is the album that Phish will recreate live on stage Halloween night.
Let's hope we have another Halloween throwdown in 2012!
Welcome to the 75th installment of Mystery Jam Monday 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: Again, no hint needed this week...
Wednesday Answer: Congrats to Phurk for correctly ID'ing a tough Mystery Jam: the 8/17/93 "YEM." The Blog will be back on Monday with another Mystery Jam for your listening pleasure.
Thanks very much to Jesse Feitel who contibuted this week's video of the week.
On the heels of a legendary and momentous summer tour ending at the Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, Phish entered into its elaborate Fall 1994 tour with a full head of steam. The tour, which has given us countless "best-of" versions of songs, the first costume set Halloween show in Glen Falls, NY, and jolted the band into national prominence and its first visit to Madison Square Garden on December 30th, was unique in every sense of the word. For a select few shows throughout the November Midwest portion of the tour, legendary bluegrass musician Reverend Jeff Mosier, who had previously played with Bluegrass Underground and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, joined Phish on the road to educate the band on its hunger to play more Bluegrass tunes throughout its live performances.
Fans curious to see and hear this incredible week of music should be grateful to Mosier, who did a wonderful job of documenting his time with the band. In his video collection, we see Phish learning the intricacies of playing classic Bluegrass tunes from the Reverend, as well as an unbelievably candid view into the band off the stage. Musically, Mosier teaches the band Bluegrass classics, and plays along onstage, with such tunes as "My Long Journey Home", "To France", "Fixin' To Die", and many others. Many of these tunes were performed in Bloomington, IN on November 19th, in the parking lot outside of the venue after the show. Tapes circulate of this incredible Phish experience, where the band sits in with Mosier and local musicians to the delight of the fans who decided to stick around after the show. This week's incredible video shows the band practicing "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome", a tune which would find its way into the rotation in Fall 1995, much to the delight of those who love hearing Page hit those beautiful high notes. The video is from the afternoon of November 16th, just hours before the band would officially debut the tune at the Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan. The clip includes several points where the Reverend helps the band develop the pace of the classic song, and shows just how talented each of the members of the band are to learn a song in such a short period of time. Fish is absent from the clip.
Please enjoy this video of the week, and we hope that this small look into Fall 1994 either leads you to discover, or even re-discover some of the incredible moments from those legendary months in Phish history.
"The Aquarium Rescue Unit and Phish used to play together quite a bit back in the old days. We were coming up at the same time and you knew those guys were going to be huge. They were really cool to us. We would go up to the Northeast and open for Phish and then they would come down South and open for us in places like Atlanta and Tuscaloosa. And we would be laughing like, “Phish is opening for us, what a joke!” because we knew they were going to take over the world. You could see it coming and eventually they did."
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.
In a 11-2-11 interview on The O'Reilly Factor, former NYPD detective Bo Dietl mentioned having done "an investigation on this group Phish". Presumedly, he means fans, not the band - but his rambling, conspiratorial babble doesn't make much clear. One blogger generously called him a "pigeonholing simpleton", but he's not even that cogent. He stereotypes all fans as having dreadlocks ("all clogitated... very long hair"), being "against everything society is about" (a level of reactionary vagueness that could only pass on this show), and "could become violent at any time" (which is sheer nonsenscoe).
(Interviewer Benjy Eisen:) What was the most unexpected challenge of writing your first real score?
(Trey Anastasio:) It's been a steep learning curve. I've learned that in the theater the story is everything. Every lyric, every line and every musical gesture has to propel the journey of a given character or the overall plot. We've had workshops that take place over two or three week periods. In the workshops, actors run thru each number with minimal props and blocking. Sometimes a song doesn't land the way we expected it to. The solution is often not what I would have anticipated.
In one case, there was a song that Amanda and I had written that we were particularly excited about. When the actor sang it in the workshop, it didn't have the same emotional impact as it did on the demo. Amanda, Doug and I huddled up in the hallway to talk about it. I suggested re-writing the song, but Doug disagreed. He explained that in this case, he didn't think that the issue was the song. He felt that the character needed a few more lines of dialogue to set the song up, so that the audience understood the intent behind the song before they heard it. He changed the actor's lines, we ran it again and it was stunning. This was a complete revelation to me. In the past, I've habitually led with the music. I've learned so much from this experience.
Just as we've done for the last 73 weeks, 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: Congrats to RabeldyNugs on his league leading seventh win with the 6/9/00 "Tweezer." MJ75 coming up Monday...
We did this gig with Lou Reed in Germany. I was getting ready to go on, and I was walking across this field behind the stage. It was this kind of cool outdoor venue, and there was Lou Reed sitting there. So I went up to talk to him, introduce myself and everything, he was really nice, and I asked him a couple of questions about what he’s up to these days, blah-blah-blah. And then he was standing there and we went to go onstage, and as I was walking onstage he said, ‘Show ‘em how to rock and roll. After all, we invented it.’ I said, “Oh, okay,” and walked onstage. And as we started playing I got really confused and couldn’t tell if he had meant Americans or the Velvet Underground. I thought both statements could be true. So I spent the whole set trying to figure that one out. I still haven’t figured it out. I still sit there scratching my head every night while we’re playing: Did he mean Americans…?
A story from Trey about meeting Lou Reed, from the 10-31-98 Phishbill