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Phish: New Years play for pay

Can’t make Phish’s New Years shows in NYC? How would you like for them to play live… on your computer, for the low, low price of $39.95? has the info…


Phish — Live Bait, Vol. 3

In celebration of Worcester’s past, Phish has released the Live Bait, Vol. 3. A 59 minute Runaway Jim? Check. An Auld Lang Syne that morphs into a then unheard of jam (was labeled Zappa jam on my original tape) that would later be known as Down With Disease? Check. A fiery Llama and sublimely smokin’ SOAMelt? Check and check. Free? Check.

Check it out here. Check.

Trey Anastasio — “Stash”

Phish’s Rift Promo video

You’ve gotta watch this. Great stuff! Ah, the early days… I must add I found this on PT.

Look who popped in backstage…

You never know what kind of riffraff you’ll run into backstage.

Fall Tour ’10 M.V.P.: Trey Anastasio


Little Feat — “Spanish Moon”

Although I was a tad disappointed that the Halloween album wasn’t Physical Graffiti, Waiting Foe Columbus is certainly a killer album. I actually can’t think of too many live albums that sound fresher, crisper and ALIVE! Long live Lowell George and Paul Barrere. Here’s a download I posted back in ’08.

Led Zeppelin — “Trampled Underfoot”

This takes me back to the summer of ’88, which is when I first fell in love with Physical Graffiti. My favorite song from the album changes yearly, but this one holds a special place in my heart. I had been a Zep fan for about 18 months and I believe that PG was the 5th or 6th album of theirs I bought. It seemed so expensive at the time- it was on two tapes! This was one of those albums I would put on and just listen to whole thing. I had a boom box in my room and me and my friends would groove to Trampled, rock out to The Rover and Custard Pie, become mesmerized by In My Time Of Dying, etc., etc.

There have been rumors of Phish playing PG for Halloween stretching back to ’94. This is what I want them to play. Others would be good, this would be great. The aura of mystery that surrounds this year’s choice is quite intriguing, no overblown website, no secret codes to unscramble. Nothing.

Phish — Charleston ’10, Coral Sky

Like Vikings conquering the far shores, Phish did everything short of raping and pillaging Charleston over the weekend. We’re collecting our thoughts and photos, while simultaneously juggling our 9-5′s, but will have our review up post haste. We’ll also be adding our $0.02 on the new Coral Sky release, which we gratefully received last week.

{The photo above was taken by a beautiful photographer named Kelly.}

Phish offers up Live Bait Volume 2

Phish, the noodle friendly jamband from Vermont (ha ha), is offering a free download compilation from the second leg of their Summer tour. The track list is as follows:

1. Wilson >

2. Light >

3. Twenty Years Later

4. Down With Disease >

5. What’s the Use

6. Possum

7. NO2 >

8. Kung

9. Bug

Click here to check it out.


Enter Hidden Track’s Phish Coral Sky Package Giveaway

Hidden Track:

As we first reported, the latest archival release from Phish comes in the form of Coral Sky – a 2-DVD set recorded on November 2, 1996 in West Palm Beach, FL which is due out on October 19th via JEMP Records. You can pre-order Coral Sky through Dry Goods and the digital audio from this uncut performance will be available at (more…)

Phish Phunk (Tear The Roof Off The Mutha)

Eddie Vedder’s latest Tweet

Wash Uffizi, drive me to Firenze…

9/13/10 6:12 PM EST

Phish announce Coral Sky DVD release

Hallelujah! On 10/19, Phish will be dropping another landmark show on DVD.

Amid the swaying palms and soft breezes of South Florida, the two-and-a-half hour plus concert showcased some of the most unique and compelling playing of the band’s career, including a transcendent pairing of “Crosseyed And Painless” and “Run Like An Antelope.” Santana’s Karl Perazzo was featured on percussion throughout the show. Perazzo, who had become acquainted with the band members during their 1992 and 1996 summer tours with Santana, added polyrhythms that explored new space within Phish’s music in this deeply experimental show. Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks sat in for the encore, “Funky Bitch.”

Here’s Julius:

And Harry Hood:

Phish — Fall tour dates, free sampler, TAB @ the Tab

First things first, Phish announced a brief, but exciting Fall jaunt that will wrap in Atlantic City, with the band playing their Halloween show at the AC Boardwalk. The dates are as follows:

Date     City/State                        Venue                                    Public On Sale Date/Time
10/8      Austin, TX                    Austin City Limits Festival      SOLD OUT
10/10    Broomfield, CO            1STBANK Center                   9/11, Noon Mountain Time
10/11    Broomfield, CO            ISTBANK Center                    9/11, Noon Mountain Time
10/12    Broomfield, CO            1STBANK Center                   9/11, Noon Mountain Time
10/15    North Charleston, SC    North Charleston Coliseum      9/10, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/16    North Charleston, SC    North Charleston Coliseum      9/10, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/19    Augusta, ME                 Augusta Civic Center               9/10, Noon Eastern Time
10/20    Utica, NY                      Utica Memorial Auditorium     9/10, 11:00 am Eastern Time
10/22    Providence, RI                Dunkin Donuts Center            9/11, 11:00 am Eastern Time
10/23    Amherst, MA                  Mullins Center                        9/11, Noon Eastern Time
10/24    Amherst, MA                  Mullins Center                        9/11, Noon Eastern Time
10/26    Manchester, NH              Verizon Wireless Arena            9/10, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/29    Atlantic City, NJ            Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall    9/11, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/30    Atlantic City, NJ            Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall    9/11, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/31    Atlantic City, NJ            Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall    9/11, 10:00 am Eastern Time

The good people at Phish have also released a sampler of cherry picked tracks from the first leg of the Summer Tour called Live Bait, Vol. 1 (get it?). Click here to check it out. The tracklist is as follows:

1. Alumni Blues > Letter To Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues
2. Backwards Down The Number Line
3. Swept Away > Steep
4. Gumbo >
5. My Sweet One
6. Kill Devil Falls
7. Tweezer >
8. Slave To The Traffic Light
9. Show Of Life
10. Tweezer Reprise

And last, but not least, the Trey Anastasio Band will be releasing select tracks from their February performance at Atlanta’s historic Tabernacle. Click here for more details. The tracklist is as follows:

1. Money, Love and Change
2. Words to Wanda
3. Alaska
4. Valentine
5. Sand
6. Windora Bug
7. Drifting
8. Goodbye Head
9. Show of Life
10. Black Dog

Trey’s new axe

Last night, Trey unveiled his new Languedoc, which has an ocelot on the headstock and is made of koa. In listening to last night’s show, this thing has excellent tone. Nice work, once again, Paul!

Phish — Summer ’10 (so far)


So far, So good…
IT changes your life, and as transcendent music, it simultaneously surprises and awes us. Harnessing that power, Phish have demonstrated over the course of almost 27 years why they are one of the most versatile touring acts in rock history. Today, Phish still continues to earn new fans, while charming even the most belligerently jaded of their aging base by tossing them a bone now and then.
This is not to say that it’s “all Hood.” Phish is not the same band that played non-stop for ten hours at Cypress ten years ago to festively baptize a millennium. They are not improvising as boldly and routinely as they did, say, in August 1993 or December 1995 or November 1997. But, in context, the highlights of their shows these days are just as meaningful now as they were back then. Phish is playing well, and almost all of their shiny new original songs, which debuted on this tour, appear to show at least as much promise as any Rift, Hoist or Joy tune ever did. (more…)

Phish — July 3rd (Alpharetta, GA)

As a kid, the night before Christmas was always my most sleep deprived evening of the year. I would climb in bed, dreaming of the toys and goodies that Santa’s seemingly bottomless sack would deliver to our den. I would toss and turn, awakening at an hour that would beat a farmer’s wake-up call. I would then venture into my parents room and ask them if we could go and see what Santa had brought us. Invariably, my parents would ask that I come back and wake them when the big hand was on 12 and the little hand was on 7. Of course I was three hours early and waiting until 7 was going to seem like an eternity. But the clock would just tick….. tick……tick…………………….tick.

Now that I’m much older and time moves much faster, situations like my Christmas eve/morning time creep are few and far between, but every now and then something comes along and I get that old familiar feeling. That nervous energy accompanied with generous portions of insane anticipation. It had been quite some time since  I’d revisited it, but here it was on the afternoon of the eve of Independence Day and I couldn’t wait for our evening’s festivities to begin. You see, my favorite band, Phish was in town and just happened to be playing in my backyard, well, not literally, but in Alpharetta, a suburb of Atlanta and my wife and I were catching the band on the last two nights of the tour. In my 17+ years of seeing the band, I’d only been able to sleep in my own bed a handful of times. This would be one those times.

The scuttlebut  on this tour was that the band was once again playing with razor precision. The rust that inevitably collects was gone and they were once again a finely tuned, firebreathing machine, capable of dizzying heights. Not only that, but they were playing at the Verizon Ampitheatre in Alpharetta, a venue that was still sparkling from its newness, possessed an astonishing sound system and didn’t have a bad seat in the house. I had hedged our bets and got PIT tickets for both nights making sure that we’d be as close as possible to the action.

After hanging at the pool that afternoon, we made our way to the venue, no problem. Friendly faces, friendly staff and (ahem) friendly cops. There’s nothing like the tension in the air before the band takes the stage. We chatted amiably with the folks around us, making idle chatter, knowing the lights would soon drop and the evening’s entertainment would begin. And then it did.

The band came out all smiles, no doubt pleased that this new venue was packed to the rafters and that they had a few tricks up their sleeves for this pair of shows. The first ceremonial wick was lit as the band fired up Character Zero, a song that has been known to get a crowd rocking before firing into my first Destiny Unbound. The crowd bounced along to the exploits of HiWay Jill and Bill, unaware that this wouldn’t be the only rarity of the set. A standard Rift was performed before Trey snagged a “McGrupp” sign from the crowd and the launched into the old school favorite, which was I was personally overjoyed to hear. The band continued on with Bathtub Gin, which I’ve always loved, but has proven to be amongst my wife’s favorites as well. Gin was the first song of the night that allowed the familiar Trey/Mike double helix groove to bound from the stage, as Page’s tinkling keys shimmered, taking golden light.

A collective breath was taken with Mountains In The Mist, seemingly possessing more tenderness before launching into the ska beat of NICU, which made me remember many years ago people calling it “In An Intensive Care Unit”, forcing me to smile. The band followed with a brief Gumbo, which I tend to like a little spicier, before the next course of My Sweet One and Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan. After snacking on a Clif Bar and some cold green tea, we ventured into Page’s first vocal of the night with, Strange Design. Another first timer for me was up next with Sanity. At this point I was thinking, this is a long set, are they going to end with the quirky, bizarre song from Junta? But noooooooo. They came back to end the set with a fire breathing antelope, that scorched down the mountaintop with a fierce fury. The first of the four sets was over and my goodness, they set the tone.

Lou Reed’s influence was felt in the second set opener, in the form of “Rock and Roll”, which dissolved into “Prince Caspian”. As we floated upon the waves, I thought to myself that the next song is going to be a game changer. As Caspian’s digital delay devolved into the void, the crunch funk of Tweezer heated up. Dance Party ’10 was now underway in Alpharetta with our gracious amphibians as hosts. Tweezer gracefully danced and kanoodled until morphing into a cosmic city visit in the form of “Slave”, a song that allows all members to flex their collective muscle, with Trey’s ‘doc leading the way. I thought to myself during this display, does any band play better as a cohesive unit? I couldn’t think of any, which led me to a conclusion that I’d made 15+ years ago. These guys are my favorite.

Bouncing Around The Room was up next, followed by Possum and Backwards Down The Number Line. All standard versions, but all still great songs. Harry Hood stepped up to the plate, wanting to get in on the party. Always an anomaly, the song combines elements of reggae, metal, new age and joy. The band followed with their take on the Jagger/Richards song, Loving Cup, which to my ear trumps the Stones’ version. Actually when I first heard Phish play the song back in the mid-’90′s, I embarrassingly assumed it was an original, but Phish truly makes it their own. After completing the song, the band left the stage, concluding the second set, Only to return to play Trey’s ode to his “monkey” in Sleeping Monkey, with the obligatory nod to the Beatles in the middle section (Velvet Underground, Stones & Beatles?!? in one night?!?!) and then close the show with Tweezer Reprise.

As we walked to the car, I turned to my wife and said, “What do you think they have in store for tomorrow??” We had no idea…

Phish 7/4/10 to follow. Stay tuned.
All photos are courtesy of the very talented Derek Martinez.

Phish announce Summer ’10

Hold on your hats, folks. Phish has just announced a monster touring schedule for Summer ’10. It’s going to be a doozy.

6/11/2010 Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
6/12/2010 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls OH
6/13/2010 Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey PA
6/15/2010 nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth VA
6/17/2010 Comcast Theatre Hartford CT
6/18/2010 Comcast Theatre Hartford CT
6/19/2010 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
6/20/2010 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
6/22/2010 Comcast Center, Mansfield MA
6/24/2010 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NJ
6/25/2010 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NJ
6/26/2010 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
6/27/2010 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
6/29/2010 MSC Brands PAC, Canandaigua NY
7/01/2010 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh NC
7/02/2010 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte NC
7/03/2010 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta GA
7/04/2010 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta GA
8/05/2010 Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley CA
8/06/2010 Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley CA
8/07/2010 Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley CA
8/09/2010 Town Park Telluride, CO
8/10/2010 Town Park Telluride, CO
8/12/2010 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville IN
8/13/2010 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville IN
8/14/2010 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy WI
8/15/2010 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy WI
8/17/2010 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh NY
8/18/2010 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh NY

Genesis — “Dancing With The Moonlit Knight”

Download Mike Gordon’s show from 10/3/09


We’re excited to announce 10/3/2009 The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY – the next release from Mike Gordon’s five-piece band (which includes Scott Murawski on guitar, Craig Myers on percussion, Tom Cleary on keyboards and drummer Todd Isler) on CD and as a download (in both MP3 and FLAC formats) at
This 2-CD show was culled from Mike’s 2009 Fall Tour and features several new songs from his repertoire including “Can’t Stand Still” and “Spiral”. A handful of covers, carefully deconstructed and reconstructed with a fresh twist, were also played that night including Radiohead’s “15 Step”, The Talking Heads’ “Cities” and The Mustangs’ “Time For Loving Is Now”.
The show was fully remixed by Mike, from the band’s multitrack recordings and is mastered. You can download the show now at and pre-order it on CD at both or Mike’s Online Store.
Mike Gordon, Scott Murawski, Tom Cleary, Todd Isler, and Craig Myers
10/3/2009 – The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Disc One: Can’t Stand Still, Sound, Pretend, Spiral, Nobody’s Home, Cities > Dig Further Down
Disc Two: The Beltless Buckler > 15 Step, When The Cactus Is In Bloom, Couch Lady > Meat, Time For Loving Is Now >Emotional Railroad > Only A Dream E: Taking It To The Streets
Mike’s upcoming March Tour begins March 5th in Troy, NY. The headlining club tour features a return to the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia and first time stops at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, Jefferson Theatre in Charlottesville, and Revolution Hall in Troy. Part Southern gentleman, part humble artist, Danny Barnes will open for the first four dates.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now. Please visit the tourdates page at for complete details, whiffs and ticketing info.

3/05 – Revolution Hall, Troy, NY
3/06 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
3/07 – Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg, PA
3/09 – Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
3/11 – Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville, VA
3/12 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3/13 – Pearl Street, Northampton, MA

Happy Birthday — Jon Fishman

Phish drummer, Jon Fishman AKA: Fish, Princess, Henrietta, Bob Weaver, Morton Charlton Heston, Tubbs, Moses Brown, Showboat Gertrude, Tommy Dorsey, Greasy Fizeek, etc, etc., turns 45 (!) today. Have a great one!

Phish — NYE (1989-1999)

Happy New Years all! May your 2010 be spectacular! Check this out, here’s every Phish show from December 31st (1989-1999). Click here to check it out. Personally I think 12/31/93 is about as good as it gets.

Phish — Portland, ME (2/3/93)

02/03/93 Portland Expo, Portland, ME
First show with Page’s baby grand piano
Set I: Loving Cup1, Rift, Fee, Llama, The Wedge, The Divided Sky, I Didn’t Know, My Friend My Friend, Poor Heart, Guelah Papyrus, David Bowie
Set II: Runaway Jim, It’s Ice, Tweezer, The Horse> Silent in the Morning, Sparkle, You Enjoy Myself, Lifeboy, HYHU> Terrapin> Big Ball Jam> HYHU, Possum
Encore: Amazing Grace1, Tweezer Reprise
1 First time played



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