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Help Kickstart the first Everyone Orchestra CD

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For the last ten years, The Everyone Orchestra and its ever-rotating cast of characters has pushed the envelope of improvised music across the world. Musicians from many of the greatest bands of our time have entered Matt Butler's world of conducted improvisation and the results are always entertaining. Jon Fishman of Phish has been part of the EO experience many times, and was enlisted by Matt for the first-ever EO studio project, The Brooklyn Sessions.

Matt assembled a masterful collection of musicians in a Brooklyn recording studio in January 2011 for two days of conducted improvised jams. In addition to Fishman, the stellar group includes many players associated with Phish side-projects. Along with Matt as Conductor, the lineup is: Jon Fishman (Phish), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Al Schnier (moe.), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) Steve Kimock, Marco Benevento, Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project) and Jans Ingber (The Motet).

I asked Matt how the studio experience differed from being in front of a live audience. "While we didn't have the audience energy to feed off of, the environment was relaxed and intimate which brought out really interesting performances from all the players. I let solos run even longer than usual and let jams go on a little longer too. I focused on letting these master musicians interact and have a really fun time while we created the music. I also pushed the envelope musically and we tried pulling off some really difficult concepts. Some worked better than others, but as a group process, since we weren't 'performing' it was all valid efforts in our time in the 'creative sandbox'."

The completely self-funded project is near completion, but needs additional financial support to reach the finished product. Here is Matt's introductory video for the Kickstarter project, which includes some nice jam segments:

If you donate to the project, you get at minimum a free digital download of the CD when it is released. Higher donation amounts come with even more goodies. For more information, additional behind-the-scenes video and to donate to the project, click here.

Video of the Week: 1997-11-22

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 1 comment Link:, posted in the Video category

Just in case you haven't gotten enough of The Mothership this week, we decided to throw yet another gem your way. As you likely know, Phish is releasing the "Hampton/Winston-Salem '97" box set on December 7th. We at are very excited. Hopefully you have had the chance to read and enjoy @PYITE's fantastic retrospective series this week. Also, if you'd like a chance to get a box set for free, please check out the Mystery Jam Contest. If you had the opportunity to listen to a sneak peak of the release on SiriusXM's JamOn with Kevin Shapiro, likely you are wiping your brow and exclaiming, "Whew!" No doubt, this is on many fans Holiday Wish List. In this week's video we see The Moma Dance before it was The Moma Dance: Black Eyed Katy. First making an appearance at the Thomas & Mack Center on 11/13/1997, BEK quickly became a funky jam vehicle for the short few weeks it existed. Once the Summer '98 Europe tour rolled around, BEK had morphed into The Moma Dance. We always have this gorgeous sandwich to look back on: Tweezer -> Black Eyed Katy -> Piper. The silky smooth segue into Piper is maintained in this clip by Silverchair97. Feel free to browse other videos from this show at PhishVids. (

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, 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? Submit ideas here.

Hampton/Winston-Salem 1997, A Look Back, pt3

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[We've been reviewing the shows included in the new Hampton/Winston-Salem ‘97 box set on their respective 14th anniversaries. The final installment: Sunday, November 23, 1997, Winston-Salem, NC.]

Sunday, November 23, 1997

After the truly amazing show in Hampton on the 22nd, my friends and I spent the night on Coliseum Drive and then did what it seems like most people I encounter did: we drove home. In my case, it was north back to UConn. The correct move was to drive south. Throw caution to the wind, turn a short pre-thanksgiving week at school into an extended vacation. We fucked up. Seriously, screw you conscience. We missed a great show, the three or four times we stopped for Waffle House and Denny’s is hardly a consolation now.


Hampton/Winston-Salem 1997, A Look Back, pt2

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[Over the next three days we’ll look back on each of the shows included in the new Hampton/Winston-Salem ‘97 box set on the respective 14th anniversaries. Next up: Saturday, November 22, 1997, Hampton Coliseum.]

Saturday, November 22, 1997

Following Friday’s show, we had an interesting evening at the Days Inn. Our string of rooms were on the ground floor and opened to the parking lot. We settled into our spaces, enjoying a few late night beers and having a bit of fun. I remember it was when I found a spot to rest my head that some sketchy tour kid approached Tim who was hanging outside the door. The kid spied a cooler of our beer and was very interested in acquiring one. One in particular, the much sought after “Dank Sammy Smith.” Now remember we have a keg of Long Trail in our trunk, beer supply was not an issue, but Tim was dead set against this kid getting what he wanted. When met with resistance the kid resorted to a little trade proposal in the form of microdots. Now, I’m pretty sure he had a roll of those sugar dot candies because there was no amount he was unwilling to part with. The beer, however, was not for trade. We all began to stir from our rooms just to see what these things were or were not worth. Needless to say no transaction was completed, but at one point I think we could have procured an actual automobile with what he seemed to be offering. To this day, we laugh about The Microdot Exchange on Coliseum Drive.

We spent our day relaxing, definitely with a trip to Waffle House. Those poor waitresses, they definitely weren’t prepared for that morning. The Waffle House was more Halfway House than anything else. But there’s just something so endearing about hearing exasperation in a southern accent. We made our way back to the lot and prepared for showtime.


Hampton/Winston-Salem 1997, A Look Back, pt1

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[Over the next three days we’ll look back on each of the shows included in the new Hampton/Winston-Salem ‘97 box set on the respective 14th anniversaries. First up: Friday, November 21, 1997, Hampton Coliseum.]

Friday, November 21, 1997

The Phish shows in Hampton, VA the weekend before Thanksgiving 1997 are ones of legend. They’re probably the most complete show experiences I’ve ever had and they probably will never be topped. I was a student at the University of Connecticut, but with one of my best friends at school in Virginia there was no way I was missing it. My friend Tim and I had made the trip a year previous (10/25/96) and the weekend was a blast. Now we had two shows, even better. We loaded up his Chevy Blazer with a bunch of tapes and a pony keg of Long Trail IPA, there wasn’t a need for much else. When we rolled into Fredericksburg late Thursday night we were greeted by plentiful smiles as the Vermont beer was nectar from the north. We spent the night and made the trek to Hampton the following morning.

Hampton was a scene, but nothing like what it became in later years. People everywhere, but it wasn’t chaotic. We stayed at the Days Inn on Coliseum Drive, but I remember a low key afternoon that made its way into the parking lots to wait for the show. When it finally came time for the show, we entered the venue early, scouting out our area on the rail of Section D. Every show I’ve seen at Hampton has been from this spot. It just feels like home.

Read more... Hampton/Winston-Salem Contest

Posted 4 years ago by ericwyman - 34 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (1433 listens)

With the release of "Hampton/Winston-Salem '97" coming up on Dec 7th, the fine folks at Phish, Inc. have passed on three copies of the 7-CD Box Set to give away here. Now with a prize as cool as this, not just any average Mystery Jam was going to suffice. In an effort to really test you guys and gals, we've got a very special 5-song Mystery Jam for you today. Taken from five different date/song combos we've packaged them all together in a Mystery Jam that should be a formidable opponent.


Updated rules: 11/23/2011

To enter identify the (5) song/date combos (you must identify the song and date to be correct)

To enter, identify as many of the songs and dates as you can and EMAIL your guesses and phishnet user ID to

Do not post your guesses in the thread, you must EMAIL your entry.

We'll be drawing one winner from ALL SUBMISSIONS and giving away the other two to the users who get the most correct on the song/date combos. In the case of a tie, we will randmoly draw from the highest totals

This is clearly a tough assignment (let it be a lesson to you kids who solve the Monday Mystery Jams with such ease) but more importantly we want to make sure you guys have a great chance to win an amazing prize! So please don't be shy to enter, even if you know you are wrong. If you want to update your guesses based on hints, that's fine just make sure you identify who you are and only one final entry per person.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, December 1st


Sound tough? Sound easy? Sound confusing? We're here for any questions, but don't expect any hints! Good luck!

Hint #1: All of the songs are a part of 1.0 (as the kids call it)

Hint #2: The songs are not in a chronological order by date, they're all mixed up

Video of the Week: 1996-11-19

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 6 comments Link:, posted in the Video category

Fifteen years ago tomorrow was this little remembered and gem of a show in Kansas City, Missouri. Performing at the Munical Auditorium for the second and final time, Phish put on a terrific show. (Good thing for the locals in attendance to have a great show to remember as they haven't returned to KC since.) First set included a hot version of "Taste", fantastic takes on "Mound", "Theme from the Bottom", and "Stash" with a set closing "Loving Cup".

Second set included this fantastic "You Enjoy Myself" nearly hitting 30 minutes and including one of four known "Groove is in the Heart" teases.

There's a handful of videos from this show, and they each show but one solitary taper's microphone stand giving the show a quaint and early feeling. Similarly, looking at some of the early incarnations of Kuroda's ROY G BIV lighting schemes are also quite endearing.

Listen to the rest of the show here: Streaming Link

As always, after you've listened to a show, we encourage you to leave a rating on the show page.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and we'll see you next week.

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, 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? Submit ideas here. NYE ticket contest now underway

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Less than two weeks remain to win a Phish NYE ticket in Section 105 from our supporting partner According to the contest rules and details on GSW's Facebook page here, there are four ways to enter the contest sweepstakes drawing which takes place on December 3rd:

You can buy four or more 100 stick tubes of Showsticks(tm), and get one entry per tube purchased. GSW is also offering a 10% promotional discount for the NYE orders, as well as some free extras shipping with every mail order: an LED Wand, Beach Ball, pair of Glow Glasses (frames only), two Glow Ball Connectors and a vinyl GSW Sticker. Use promotion code "PHISHNYE" in the online order form for the discount and special premiums.

You can also enter the contest drawing without a purchase, by "liking" their Facebook page, tweeting or making a video submission. See the GSW Facebook page for full details. The contest ends on November 30th. sells only the "thin" glowsticks (glowrings), and each tube of 100 sticks includes free ring connectors. A portion of each tube sale benefits the Mockingbird Foundation's charitable programs of music education for kids and the operation of GSW has generously contributed over $5,000 to the Mockingbird Foundation this year alone from Showstick(tm) sales.

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