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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...

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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.

Mystery Jam Monday Part 70

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 18 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e8934bf, posted in the Audio category (503 listens)

Welcome to the 70th installment of the Mystery Jam here at Phish.net. Thanks to TAB week, we will be playing for TWO MP3 downloads this week, 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...

(Late) Tuesday hint: No hint needed this week.

Thursday Answer: Congrats to bl002e for quickly nailing the 2/17/97 "Carini" and winning two LP downloads in the process. See you all Monday...

LivePhish.com

MP3 Downloads Courtesy of LivePhish.com.

Video of the Week: 1998-04-17

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 7 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e85146b, posted in the Video category



With the theme of the week here on Phish.net, we thought we'd keep the video Trey-centric.

Just a little over a week after the conclusion of the legendary Island Tour and on the heels of hitting the studio to record "Story of the Ghost", Trey assembled some of the finest musicians in Burlington and performed at The Higher Ground under the moniker, 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes. While this was the only performance by this particular assemblage of musicians, both the songs debuted that night, and the performers became staples in Trey's bands moving forward. Joining Trey was Russ Lawton on drums, Tom Lawson on guitar & keys, Tony Markelis on bass & Heloise Williams on vocals.

Debuts at this historic show included "Sand", "Mozambique", and "Last Tube". While there were also spectacular versions of covers such as "Stir it Up" and "Crossroads" and other Trey songs such as "Silicone Fairy", one of the highlights of the night was another debut in the mezmerizing & hypnotic performance of "First Tube". Initially labelled on many fans tapes & CDRs as "Bing Bong" and performed partially behind a curtain with silhouettes of the performers and dancers, the raw energy, psychedelic spirit, flowing rythm, and Santana-esque tones emanating from Trey's guitar made for a memorable night and one of the best Trey videos on YouTube.

For a great review of the night, read Michael Lerman's post from rec.mucic.phish HERE.

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.

Annals of trademark law: The Dave Anver Affair

Posted 4 years ago by jackl - 23 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e84a165

We've written before about trademarks and bootleg merch sold on "Shakedown Streets" at shows. The phishnet forum and Phantasy Tour message boards have been buzzing since the Dick's shows about the strange affair of a freelance contractor, Dave Anver, long active in seizing supposedly bootleg merch for promoters in the Denver area.

The Westword blog site in Denver covered the original incident which was sparked by a YouTube video and a "Stop Dave Anver" Facebook page campaign and writer Dave Herrera has returned with a long and troubling discussion of what happened that day in the lot at Dick's with a "bootleg merch bust" that somehow went very, very bad.

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Summer 2011: SBIX -> ESSEX, In Review

Posted 4 years ago by Icculus - 20 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4e824c57

IT did not last long enough! Phish played quite well at SBIX and on the second leg of their Summer tour, and it was tough to see the tour end in Colorado. But Vermont’s misfortune from Hurricane Irene inspired Phish to play a benefit show in Essex on September 14, a webcasted show that raised over $1.2 million for flood relief efforts, and also gave fans, particularly those in Vermont, a special performance. It was Phish’s first Vermont show since Coventry, and one of only a handful of benefit shows that Phish has ever performed. It was also an appropriate way to conclude the Summer’s impressive musical achievements: generously, warmly, and with a familial vibe near the green mountains where Phish began.

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