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Worcester Recap

Posted 4 years ago by pzerbo - 14 comments Link:

Words by Phillip Zerbo. Photos by Parker Harrington.

We’re back! Five months and change since they kicked off 2012 at Madison Square Garden, Phish returned to the stage in Worcester, home of so many classic Phish performances over the years. The MSG New Year’s run met mixed reaction among fans, though that seemed long forgotten when the lights went down on Thursday. Let’s recap...

A punchy “Buried Alive” opens, followed by “Runaway Jim” – their second performance of the song in Worcester since the all-time classic “Runaway Jam” of 11/29/97. The fifth-ever Phish performance of The Stones’ “Torn and Frayed” was next, one of the few Exile on Main St. songs to stick in the repertoire after their performance of the album in full on 10/31/09. Standard but enjoyable renditions of “Funky Bitch,” “Moma Dance” and “Rift” were next. The only mild surprise song selection of the night was the Anastasio/Marshall composition “Nothing;” this was the fifth Phish performance ever and the first since 6/24/10 in Camden (78 shows). A typically languid “Ocelot” brings the set back into a more predictable pattern, followed by Page’s “Beauty of a Broken Heart,” the obligatory “Possum,” and we are capped off by “Rocky Top.”



Mystery Jam Monday Part 101

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 26 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (974 listens)

Welcome to the second century of Mystery Jam Mondays at As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download, courtesy of our friends at / 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). A hint will be posted on Tuesday (if necessary) and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...

Wednesday Answer: Pauly7917 was the first one in withthe12/14/95 "NICU." Congrats, Pauly. This was an easy one, of course, and for that reason, I'm half tempted to declare Rabeldy the winner for getting all meta on us and noticing the reason behind picking this particular MJ for 101... we're starting the second 100 the same way we did the first. See you all next Monday, where the MJ will not be from 2/16/03.

Video of the Week: 2010-12-28 "Harry Hood"

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 18 comments Link:, posted in the Video category

Less than a week away!

So much magic has happened in Worcester over the years. Who could forget: Hour long Runaway Jim, entirety of New Year's 1993, Ghost 1997-11-28, Stash -> Free -> Jam -> Piper 1997-11-30, The Real Me -> Bathtub Gin 1995-12-29, Chalkdust -> Mirror in the Bathroom -> Chalkdust 1998-11-27 ? Yet, there are dozens more that you pick out as definitively Phishy moments from Worcester. What's your favorite? There's no doubt that this mesmerizing Harry Hood would make many top ten lists, not just of Worcester, but of all time Harry Hoods. The excitement mounts. See you in Worcester!

Mystery Jam Monday Part 100

Posted 4 years ago by lumpblockclod - 28 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (1599 listens)

Welcome to the 100th installment of Mystery Jam Monday here at As usual... Sorry, scratch that. There's nothing "usual" about this week's Mystery Jam. We will (as usual) be playing for an MP3 download, courtesy of our friends at / Nugs.Net. But we're also going to throw in $25 worth of merch from the Online Store. As for the MJ itself, much like the Hampton/Winston-Salem MJ, this is a multiple MJ. Therefore, we won't be using the comments to guess this week. Instead, send your SINGLE guess to If you have any questions, you can post those in the comments section. The first person to correctly identify the song and the date of each jam will be the winner. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). A hint will be posted on Tuesday (if necessary) and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. In the event no one guesses all of the Mystery Jams, the winner will be selected by the Blog at its sole discretion.

Before I go, I'd just like to say how much fun I've had hosting the Mystery Jam for the last 100 weeks. Hopefully all of you have enjoyed playing. If you have, one great way to show it is by clicking on the "Make a Donation" button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and making a (tax-deductible) donation to the Mockingbird Foundation. Just like, the Mockingbird Foundation has an all-volunteer staff, so virtually your entire donation will go towards music education for children. Every donation is appreciated, regardless of size. And this will conclude the pledge-drive portion of the Mystery Jam. Feel free to brag about your donation in the comments, though. Good Luck...

Tuesday Update: We're going to change things up and give everyone an extra day to submit their guesses. Hint tomorrow, answer on Thurs.

Wednesday Hint: No one has solved it yet, though two of you are very close. Here's your hint: In no particular order, the MJs are from '93, '94, '95, '98, '00 and '11. Good luck.

Thursday Answer: Congrats to @bl002e, who managed to come up with all six Mystery Jams. It was hint-aided, but still pretty damn impressive to get all six. In order, they are: (1) 4/2/98 "Stash," (2) 5/28/94 "It's Ice," (3) 11/30/95 "Tweezer," (4) 5/28/11 "Halley's," (5) 4/23/93 "Weekapaug," and (6) 7/1/00 "Ghost." See you all on Monday For MJM Part CI...

Going to AC? Need a few good volunteers to help Mockingbird!

Posted 4 years ago by jackl - 1 comment Link: Foundation needs a few good men and women to volunteer to help out at the upcoming "First Tube" poster show to be held on Saturday, June 16th from 10 am - 3 pm at the Trump Plaza Hotel, Westminster Room, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

We need about six people to work one approximately 2-3 hour shift (~9:30 - 12:15 or ~12:15 - 3:00) at a poster sales table at the show where Mockingbird Foundation, the artists involved and PhanArt Pete Mason will be selling prints and pins to show attendees to benefit the Foundation.

As you probably know, The Mockingbird Foundation is an all volunteer Phish fan charity which was set up in 1997 to benefit music education for kids (we've donated over $720,000 so far), published The Phish Companion books and "adopted" this archival setlist website, in 2001 and operate it to this day on a non-commercial, not for profit basis. Mostly the compensation for helping out is warm fuzzies, but you'll meet a lot of nice people and we'll kick down some stuff from the store and archival T shirts to thank you for helping. If you're interested, please PM me on the site or email with subject line "First Tube volunteer". Thanks for your support!

Video of the Week: 1997-11-14 Wolfman's Brother

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 3 comments Link:, posted in the Video category

Dave (telekinetica) just keeps bringing us amazing unseen videos. Hopefully you all have been paying attention to his twitter which is updated every time he uploads a video (@telekinetica). Nobody doubts what an epic year 1997 was for Phish. In what is the fourth video to be featured here from November of this memorable year, Wolfman's Brother is the beginning of a sick four song segued set including Piper, Twist and Slave to the Traffic Light. Nearly every Wolfman's from '97 is a solid jam vehicle, and this is no exception. Make sure to check out the entire show, or at the very least, the entire set. It is one big gooey mess of Fall '97 jamming. Check out the setlist page for some great reviews

"First Tube" print show previews

Posted 4 years ago by jackl - 4 comments Link:

(Below, "Jones Beach 2012" by AJ Masthay, © 2012 Masthay Studios. This print is a six color linoleum block print, size 14″ x 23.5″, in a signed and numbered edition of 200, printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper stock, available in several variations, including a watercolor and silver overprint edition. More information on the artist's website here)

For the next few weeks, we're going to change up the .net front page images of past concert photo images with some previews of featured poster art from the Mothership Art Collective's upcoming First Tube poster show. The show will be held on Saturday, June 16th from 10 am - 3 pm at the Trump Plaza Hotel, Westminster Room, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City before Phish's show that day at Bader Field.

Artists showing include AJ Masthay, Ryan Kerrigan, Tripp, Erin Cadigan, Rick Hersh, Dave Calarco (author of "Mr. Minor's" Phish book who will be selling and authographing his book), Brendan Otto, Noah Phence and others selling posters and pins. Special pieces available from these artists and PhanArt to benefit the Phish fan charity, The Mockingbird Foundation, an all volunteer charity which sponsors music education programs for underserved children, operates this website and is the author of The Phish Companion books.

Admission to the show is FREE, and there are no reservations or advance ticketing required. Further information is available on the Mothership Art Collective's Facebook page here.

Video of the Week: YEM 1995-06-26

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 11 comments Link:, posted in the Video category

Hard to believe that it has been 17 years since the extraordinary "Fleezer" from 06-22-1995 at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center. While that show overshadows most of the shows around it, there are plenty of other gems from that summer run. Saratoga Performing Arts Center has hosted it's share of classic summer shows and the Summer of 1995 was no exception. This show from June 26th featured a ferocious YEM featuring absolutely incendiary guitar from Trey, spiritied tramp work, and deep, dark bass grooves. This YEM is fantastic. Enjoy this great nugget and for the Love of All That is Holy: CAN SOMEONE PLEASE UPLOAD THE FLEEZER?

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