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Bethel (the venue/town) praised by phans

Posted May 30, 2011 5:39 pm by jackl - 1 comment Link:, posted in the Quote category

We rolled into Bethel early friday morning, and from then until we left this morning we encountered only friendly citizens embracing our community. A very special thanks to the people of bethel, the staff at bethel woods, the state troopers and anyone else I am forgetting. We had a great time ans sincerely hope we get the opportunity to visit again..."

@phleahman, from a mobile post to the forum (05/30/2011 04:27 pm)


From a weekend wrap up story in today's (5/31/11) Times Herald-Record by Victor Whitman:

"Things went so smoothly at the three-day festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts that Bethel Supervisor Dan Sturm gushed Monday about the "phans."

He said he even witnessed them cleaning up campsites and picking up garbage from the road.

"The crowd was unbelievable, friendly, law-abiding," Sturm said. "We had them cleaning up after themselves."

Mystery Jam Monday Part 52

Posted May 30, 2011 12:50 pm by lumpblockclod - 14 comments Link:, posted in the Audio category (614 listens)

It's Monday, so it must be time for the Mystery Jam. 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). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...

Wednesday Answer:First off, apologies for the lack of a Tursday hint, but we really didn't need one this week. RebeldyNugs joins the four-timer club by nailing the 6/20/04 "Waves." We'll be back on Monday...

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Bethel3 Recap

Posted May 30, 2011 10:34 am by lumpblockclod - 32 comments Link:

NOTE: This is hopefully the beginning of a regular Phish.Net feature where one of our esteemed bloggers will post a short paragraph or two containing their take on the previous night's show. We encourage further discussion and interaction in the comments section.

If Bethel2’s first set was a welcome departure from the 3.0 norm, Bethel3 was more of the same. The set wasn’t offensive or bad in any way; it was just unremarkable save for relative rarities like “Timber” and “Curtis Loew.” One minor outlier was the “OKP” > “Suzy,” which was especially feisty for a non-jammed out version. Unfortunately, the second set followed suit. The highlight was the “Simple” that went outside the box for a bit but did not match the beauty of the 1/1/11 version (never mind 8/6/10). The “Slave” closer was quite enjoyable – as “Slave” closers usually are – but was not enough to make up for the largely lackluster show. 3.0/10.

Bethel2 Recap

Posted May 29, 2011 12:26 pm by lumpblockclod - 13 comments Link:

NOTE: This is hopefully the beginning of a regular Phish.Net feature where one of our esteemed bloggers will post a short paragraph or two containing their take on the previous night's show. We encourage further discussion and interaction in the comments section.

Those who thought the strong opening night at Bethel boded well for rest of tour were (initially anyway) proven right during Night 2. The first set contained a number of highlights punctuated by the no-doubt-about-it best “Halley’s” of 3.0 (the 6/16/09 Fox version may have been a touch longer, but last night was far more interesting) and a “Gin” & “Manteca” cocktail. "Runaway Jim" and "Cities" were also considerably more interesting than the vast majority of their 3.0 counterparts. Set II brought a “Disease” that descended into space, a fun “Makisupa” and a “BDTNL” that was well above average, but didn’t quite rise to the level of 8/11/09, 8/16/09, 6/12/10 or 8/17/10. Really, the second set didn’t live up to the expectations set by the first set (which was one of the best first sets of 3.0), but it, nevertheless, seems like we're off to a good start... a solid 6.5/10.

Why you might like Phish (for noobs/geeks))

Posted May 28, 2011 4:59 pm by jackl - 7 comments Link:, posted in the Quote category

If many of these are true, there’s a good chance you’ll like Phish:

You love music, you listen to a lot of music, and you feel noticeably happy and energized whenever you get into a new album or band.

You love musical complexity, and you’re not crazy about the lack of it in today’s pop music.

You consider most modern pop music “overproduced”.

You don’t easily tire of the songs you love and hear often.

You’re a sucker for a good electric-guitar solo. Your favorite part of one of your favorite rock songs is the quick little guitar riff toward the end, and you wish it was longer.

You prefer to buy and listen to full albums rather than singles. (Bonus points if you rarely use shuffle, preferring to listen to songs in album order.)

You need a lot of music to fill long periods, such as listening in headphones while working at a computer all day."

Marco Arment, a web and iPhone software developer (Instapaper) from his blog article "Geek Intro to Phish".

Rocks Off adds bus trips from NYC for SBIX

Posted May 28, 2011 9:03 am by jackl - 1 comment Link:

Leaves NYC in front of the Hamerstein Ballroom (34th and Eighth, near MSG) at 10 am on July 1st, returning from Watkins Glen on the morning of July 4th. Tickets are $99 and available online at the Rocks Off website here. A great option for those thinking of flying into NYC and renting a car to get to Watkins Glen.

Hat tip to @slothberries in the .net forum for the heads up.

Yasgur-fest in Bethel bites the dust

Posted May 26, 2011 2:26 pm by jackl - 4 comments Link:, posted in the Quote category

The standoff between The Town of Bethel and Yasgur Rd Productions has ended. They win.

Upon reading quotes from town supervisor Daniel Sturm stating that the town intends to “hit us in our wallets” and after already receiving camping violations one week before people arrived, we know they mean business. The fines could be as much as $1,000 per violation, per parcel (there are 5), for the duration of the permit which is 14 days. That's $70,000 for the two weeks of the permit plus the $25,000 for the contempt of court. That is if we only have one violation per day.

The town would be able to then take a lien on our property if we were unable to pay within their timeframe."

From the Facebook page of Jeryl Abramson (5/26/11 at 1:43 pm)

Proto-ambient jam at early soundcheck related

Posted May 26, 2011 1:01 pm by jackl - 3 comments Link:, posted in the Quote category

I never understood Phish, the rock band that I will always associate with vacuum cleaners and trampolines.

But Phish bass player Mike Gordon in 2002 told me an awesome story about a soundcheck the guys had before playing The Chance in Poughkeepsie years ago:

”My favorite moment at The Chance — no one was in the room during a soundcheck. Fishman and I were sleeping in a van right by the stage door and someone came to get us. We got on stage and both of us were still in alpha stages, still in a dream state, and we played really steady bass and drums, unvarying but very hypnotic. Sometimes sound checks were more hypnotic and mesmerizing than the gigs. Trey and Page did a very ambient … they did these very light, very fluttery patterns over steady bass and drums. It was one of the best musical experiences ever.”

johnbarry at the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal blog "Sonic Storm" (5/25/11)

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