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Kevin Shapiro to speak at seminar in Philly Feb. 24

Posted Feb 17, 2011 11:52 am by jackl - 4 comments Link:

According to the Drexel University website:

"The Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro will be here for two days of events and workshops. On Thursday, February 24th at 6 PM in Stein Auditorium, 111 Nesbitt Hall (3215 Market St.), David and Kevin will participate in an open discussion moderated by Music Industry Professor Toby Seay.

These two highly regarded professionals will discuss how they've managed the massive recordings and holdings of their archives, how their bands make decisions about preservation and releases, and the impact technology is having on their work.

Professor Toby Seay is a veteran recording engineer who has worked with Dolly Parton, Randy Travis and many others on numerous Gold and Platinum albums including eight Grammy Award winners. In support of this event, Toby will release a podcast that will offer select, released tracks chosen by Lemieux and Shapiro of performances by each band in Philadelphia along with a discussion on why these tracks were released.

The podcast will be available Wednesday, February 23rd from 3-7 PM as a stream via "

'Two Soundchecks' limited edition vinyl

Posted Feb 16, 2011 6:17 am by multibeast - 2 comments Link:, posted in the Image category


In support of Record Store Day, Phish will release Two Soundchecks, a Limited Edition 7-inch vinyl record that will be available exclusively at participating independently owned record stores across the country. 'Two Soundchecks' marks the band's first ever live vinyl release and their first release in conjunction with Record Store Day.

This 7-inch is limited to 2,000 hand-numbered copies, and once they are gone they are gone. The A-Side is an instrumental jam culled from the soundcheck of Phish's third show of a sold out three-night stand at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. The B-Side is an especially exotic soundcheck from Hartford, CT in 2009, featuring Trey on Bass, and Fish on drums. This Limited Edition 7-inch was created exclusively for Record Store Day.

Two Soundchecks will be available in stores only beginning April 16th, 2011. For a complete list of participating record stores, please click here.

Signs Signs Everywhere Signs Dep't

Posted Feb 15, 2011 4:26 pm by jackl - 6 comments Link:, posted in the Quote category

Let me explain the sign situation from where we stand onstage. We see them the first time you hold them up. Yes, we saw the Manteca sign at the Garden. Page and I were cracking up about it backstage. The problem is, if you keep holding them up all night, It blocks the view of the people behind you, so it seems kind of insensitive to everyone else. We saw it the first time, so you don’t have to keep holding it up…you can put it down. A lot of people just hold them up between songs, which is very thoughtful.

The other thing is that sometimes we need to run through some of these songs before we can play them, because there are SO many songs now that even the easy ones sometimes have a little quirk that one band member might forget. It’s usually something small. Like Fish will say that he can’t remember how My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own ends because it’s so similar to other bluegrass tunes. Stuff like that. So often we’ll see a sign, and think “we’ll check that one out tomorrow”.

The last thing is, it’s not very in the moment to be obsessing about the next song while you are playing or listening to the song you are actually playing or listening to, is it? In that sense, the signs are really annoying sometimes, I have to say."

From Part One of the Hidden Track blog's interview with Trey here.

Mystery Jam Monday Part 37

Posted Feb 14, 2011 8:21 am by lumpblockclod - 21 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (605 listens)

Mystery Jam Monday Part 37

The Blog is back with another Monday Mystery Jam. Fresh off a rare Blog victory last week, we will be playing for TWO MP3 downloads courtesy of our friends at / The rules are simple: 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: Looks like there's no need for a hint this week. And, west-coasters, we hear you. The Blog tries hard to avoid east coast bias both in MJ selection and otherwise. We'll try to come up with something.

Wednesday Answer: It was, in fact, the 6/28/00 "Bathtub Gin," making Control_For_Smilers our big winner. Congrats, C_F_S! Starting next week, the Blog will schedule posts of the Mystery Jam for later in the day on Monday, to accommodate the west coasters. You guys may not get many shows, but you at least deserve a fair shot at the Mystery Jam!
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Won't Record Covers?

Posted Feb 13, 2011 3:53 pm by Lemuria - 4 comments Link:, posted in the Quote category

We won't record any covers. ... I don't think that most of the covers we do are in an original enough fashion to merit putting them on an album. .. Its something we just don't put that much energy into. The covers that we learn, we learn because they're great songs and we play around. ... It's kind of more like educational material than it is something that we want to ... put our stamp on.

Jon Fishman, 4/22/92 interview with Shelly Culbertson

Hands on a Hardbody casting call

Posted Feb 10, 2011 12:07 pm by jackl - 6 comments Link:

"Hands on a Hardbody", a new musical Trey and songwriter Amanda Green ("Burn that Bridge", "Summer of 89", "My Problem Right There") collaborated on for the music, will be opening in Manhattan in March for a three-week run. The show is produced by the La Jolla (California) Playhouse company and directed by Neil Pepe.

According to the article on the show biz site, the musical is based on a documentary about contestants trying to win a hardbody truck by being the last person standing with his hands on the truck, like the Survivor immunity challenges. The producers casting the show are looking for singers who "should have authentic, skilled country/folk voices and genuine acting chops. It is a strong ensemble piece."

'The varied characters include a Texas disc jockey who has a garage band; a manager at a car dealership; a returning champ who spins tall tales; an aging ex-oil rigger; a Louisiana ladies' man; an Iraq war vet; a young, unemployed oddball; a long-haul trucker, a poor man with a loving wife and eight kids; a psychology professor who is an expert on sleep deprivation; a soft-spoken Latino kid who aspires to college; a female marketing director at the local Nissan dealership; a tomboy who can belt to a D; a middle-aged woman of faith; and a former cheerleader."

Mystery Jam Monday Part 36

Posted Feb 07, 2011 7:27 am by lumpblockclod - 52 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (335 listens)

Mystery Jam Monday Part 36

The Blog is back with another Monday Mystery Jam. This week and every week, we will be playing for an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at / The rules are simple: 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:

The MJ is from a venue Phish has only played once.

Wednesday Answer:

First off, our apologies for the technical difficulties with the Mystery Jam these last couple weeks. We'll work on getting these minor hiccups fixed. So, having said that.......Blog FTW!!! The MJ was the 8/25/93 "YEM." Definitely a version worth seeking out if you've never heard it. So, since no one got the Mystery Jam this week, we will be paying for two downloads next week. Until then, thank you for your continued support of the Mystery Jam series.
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Introducing J-Card View

Posted Feb 04, 2011 1:13 pm by sethadam1 - 10 comments Link:

Last week, we unveiled J-Card Mode on The response was overwhelmingly positive, especially given that it was a "throwaway" feature - meant more for entertainment than utility. It didn't add anything new to the experience, it was solely intended for fun. We didn't expect to receive the amount of feedback we did, and we certainly didn't anticipate the number of requests for a true "J-Card" view of setlists.

In retrospect, it only made sense for us to follow through on the concept. We should have anticipated the demand for the throwback tape inserts. Alas, a few days later, we're delivering it. Today I'm releasing "J-Card Setlists." Yes, the name is similar to J-Card Mode and perhaps even a bit confusing. The challenge here is that some will want shorter song titles but not the altered setlist view, so we're making them optional. Starting right now, you'll see a new option on the setlist page called "Show J-Card Setlists." When you click this link, individual setlists will now display as follows:

J-Card View

This feature is new and still in unofficial testing. It does some weird things when you're viewing incomplete sets and only approximates an actual j-card so much. But we hope you find it as entertaining as we do, if only for the novelty.

Note: This feature currently is disabled in Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and below. The styling requires features that do not work.

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