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The First FAQ

Permalink - Posted on 2017-11-19 16:22

Twenty-six years ago today, Lee Silverman posted the first Phish.net Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) File. It's evolved over the years - up and out, to an unwieldy 500+ pages of cruft; and slowly back to a more tidy but still in-need-of-attention ~100 questions currently. But when Lee started it, it was just the following twelve (provided here with links to select, current, relevant resources):

  1. How do you pronounce Junta?
  2. What are they saying in "You Enjoy Myself"?
  3. Can you give me some basic background info?
  4. How do I post to the Phish-net? Change Subscription?
  5. What is The Helping Phriendly Book?
  6. Is it a Fat or Furry creature from Mars?
  7. What is "Mike's Groove"?
  8. How do you pronounce "Guelah Papyrus"?
  9. What are the really early albums and what songs are on them?
  10. What's Trey's real name?
  11. How are Phish related to the Grateful Dead?
  12. What is a tape tree and how does it work?

Helping Friendly Podcast: Turning Points in Phish History, with @waxbanks

Permalink - Posted on 2017-11-15 19:00

[Post is courtesy of phish.net user @swittersdc. - Ed.]

The “turning points” in Phish history. What comes to mind? What’s on your list? On this week’s episode of the Helping Friendly Podcast, the crew is joined by the great @waxbanks to discuss these moments throughout the history of the band. As you probably know, Wally (@waxbanks) is the author of two Phish books, one on A Live One and one about Fall 1997. Wally brings a really unique and smart perspective, and this episode is a great example of that. This is Part 1; Part 2 will be up next week. We appreciate you listening, and you can review and subscribe to the Helping Friendly Podcast on iTunes, or listen through the player below. The HF Pod team is me, @mdphunk, @rowjimmy and @brad10s. Thanks for your support!

1997 Fall Tour Retrospective on JamBase

Permalink - Posted on 2017-11-14 14:20

JamBase is posting reflections about every fall tour 1997 show, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of one Phish's most celebrated, legendary tours.

Many of the tour's show reflections will be authored by Mockingbird Foundation and Phish.net fans, including those who have recapped shows on this blog (e.g., @Icculus authored the first of the series, about the tour's opener on 11/13/97). If you enjoy the series, please consider donating to The Mockingbird Foundation, whose volunteers operate this site. Thank you.

Mystery Jam Monday Part 300

Permalink - Posted on 2017-11-13 18:00

Welcome to the 300th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second and second-easiest of November. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of both mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday. Good luck!

Note: I dropped the ball on getting a big event together for #300, but I'll make it up to folks soon, and announce it in advance so folks are ready. Thanks, as always, for playing – I wouldn't keep this up each week if it weren't for folks' enthusiasm. – pete

It's Time to Give MORE this holiday season!

Permalink - Posted on 2017-11-09 16:30

To all of my fellow Phish fans, and supporters of The Mockingbird Foundation, I am thrilled to announce the first offering of Mockingbird Holiday cards and ornaments found here: http://mbird.org/2017-holiday/.

During this season of giving, there is no better way to show your support for music education for children than customizing your own Holiday cards. These cards are created in conjunction with Picaboo Cards for various causes: https://www.picaboo.com/cards-for-causes/the-mockingbird-foundation/.

You will have a choice of creating a custom collage of your pictures from 2017, utilizing one picture that sums up the year, or simply creating your own design. The back of the card provides an inspirational message from The Mockingbird Foundation that speaks in the one language that truly unites us all: sweet, sweet music.

The ornaments are available at http://www.cafepress.com/themockingbirdfoundation, and there are three to choose from. Each contains a different special message to decorate your home or tree with cheer, love and light through the season. We hope you enjoy them. Designs were created by Annie Nicholson and Elayne Best.

Photo Credit: Ali Stone
Photo Credit: Ali Stone

The Mockingbird Foundation greatly appreciates your continued support. As we are run entirely by volunteers – with no office, salaries, or paid staff – administrative costs are very low, so nearly every penny of your donations ultimately supports music education programs for children. So far, the Foundation has distributed over $1.1M to the cause of music education for children – 348 grants in all 50 states, with more on the way. Your support will ensure further grant opportunities while bringing holiday cheer to all. Thank you!

Mystery Jam Monday Part 299

Permalink - Posted on 2017-11-06 18:00

Welcome to the 299th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of November. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery clip. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday. Good luck!

*Reminder: For the first MJM of each month, only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer before the hint. If you have never won an MJM, please answer as a blog comment below. If you have previously won an MJM, but you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me; once the hint has been posted, everyone should answer on the blog. If that's confusing to you, check out the handy decision tree I threw together to help guide you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Answer: Congrats to @shelfofpregnanthens on his first MJM win – this time next year, will he be the fourth "Pete" to achieve MJM Emeritus status? This week, @shelfofpregnanthens was able to identify the Tweezer-esque (but definitively '94) 5/16/94 "Stash" without the aid of a hint. Stay tuned next week when we'll either go for something slightly more difficult, or something outrageous if I can put something special together in time for MJM300.

Helping Friendly Podcast: Beyond the Pond, Podcast Crossover

Permalink - Posted on 2017-11-03 17:57

[Post is courtesy of dot net user @swittersdc.]

The new episode of Helping Friendly Podcast features a conversation with the co-hosts of Beyond the Pond, a podcast that takes Phish improv and branches way out into all kinds of music. We talk about our Phish journeys, and lots of musical inspiration. Hope you enjoy. You can subscribe to the Helping Friendly Podcast on iTunes, or listen through the player below. The HF Pod team is me, mdphunk, rowjimmy and brad10s. Thanks for your support!

Why Do You Seem So Obsessed With Phish?

Permalink - Posted on 2017-11-02 17:19

[More thoughts from new fan Ashley Ertle.]

They say music speaks to your soul. I never personally experienced it until Phish.

Mystery Jam Monday Part 298

Permalink - Posted on 2017-10-30 17:00

Welcome to the 298th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday: the fifth of five October editions, and (hopefully) the hardest of the month. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of all five mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, which should help to narrow the search, but it needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday. Good luck!

Hint: George Orwell's last novel PLUS Pearl Jam's first album = ????

Answer: Serious congratulations to @WFORWUMBO, who claimed his second MJM win, and simultaneously bludgeoned the blog, seemingly poised to claim an ever-so-rare victory, by corectly identifying this week's 5 mystery clips: the Tweezer from 11/23/94, David Bowie from 4/24/94, Weekapaug Groove from 10/25/94, the 11/3/94 Split Open And Melt, and Mike's Song from 12/31/94, all connected by the theme: 1994. Incidentally these are all awesome jams, well worth checking out if you're unfamiliar with any. Next week's MJM, the first of the month, will be a pedestrian walk in the park, compared to this week's labyrinth. Please take it easy on my pal, @ucpete, since he'll be the one pitching you the slow, over-the-plate softball, providing the opportunity for many of you to be the first to hit that ball out of the park. Have fun, and thanks Pete.

Mystery Jam Monday Part 297

Permalink - Posted on 2017-10-23 17:00

Welcome to the 297th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday: the fourth of five October editions, and the second hardest of the month. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of all four mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but it needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday. Good luck!

Hint: One man's junk is another man's funk.

Answer: And then there were fourteen... that's right folks, we have our 14th MJM Emeritus Champion, Mr. @FunkyCFunkyDo! This week, he needed the hint to push him across the seas to Prussia's shore, where he yelled the correct answers from the top of the throne: 11/22/94 "Funky Bitch (-> Jam)," 8/31/12 "Undermind," 9/1/17 "No Men in No Man's Land," and 6/22/12 "Kill Devil Falls." Depending on whether you consider the first clip "Funky Bitch" or just "Jam" (phish.net calls it "Jam"), this week's clips' first letters spell "FUNK" or "JUNK," respectively.

The fact that @FunkyCFunkyDo, aka Pete, acheived Emeritus status this week is particularly fitting in a couple ways. First off, given his handle, could he have chosen a better MJM on which to mic drop than one that spells "FUNK" and starts with a "Funky Bitch" jam? Second, the day on which he answered correctly, October 24th, 2017, was the three year anniversary of my meeting him for the first time and hitting a show together: 10/24/14 Forum. Member that Disease? Oh yeah I member... Notably, with Pete's win, "Pete" breaks the tie with "Dan" to become the commonest MJM Emeritus champion name, 3 to 2 (@schvice knows what's up).

Funny enough, 10/24/14 wasn't the first time Pete & Pete had seen Phish in that room on the same day – 2/14/03 was his first show (perhaps you've heard Funky talk about that previously, maybe the "Forum Gin"? Maybe one of these 87 results on Google?), and it was just my fourth show. We've been lucky enough to see over 20 of the same shows since, and have shared in some times of great joy and times of overwhelming emotion thanks to our favorite band. With that, it is with great pleasure that I hand @FunkyCFunkyDo his key to The Vault, a new pair of invisible dancepants, a burned copy of Fred McGriff's previously-banned dance training video, carte blanche to provide unsolicited MJM clip ideas, and one last code good for the free MP3 download of any show available at LivePhish.com. Nice work Pete!

Our friend @Dog_Faced_Boy will be bringing the high heat on Monday with MJM298, the hardest of the month. Don't miss it!


Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-20 09:46

PHISH will perform four shows to close-out 2017 at Madison Square Garden, on Dec. 28-31, 2017. You may request tickets through Phish Tickets. The request period ends Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. e.t.

The public onsale begins at noon e.t. on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Last Call for Dick's Golf

Permalink - Posted on 2017-08-24 20:48

There are 32 players registered for the Second Annual Runaway Open, a charity golf tournament for Phish fans on Saturday September 2nd, the day of the second Dick's show. That's nearly twice as many players as we had in the first event, last fall, so we've successfully increased the cap this time to 60!

Runaway Open logo We're unlikely to get that many, which means there's still plenty of space for anyone interested in swinging sticks with fellow fans for the benefit of music education - but we need a final count in about 24 hours, so register pronto and please share this widely!

To register, make a contribution of $125 or more per player (to paypal@mbird.org via PayPal, or to dwolla@mbird.org via Dwolla). This donation covers:

  • 18-hole green fees, range balls, golf carts, and $15 in golf shop merchandise credit,
  • a small goody bag of gifts and thank yous from the Mockingbird Foundation, including a few limited edition event items available only to participants,
  • a boxed lunch (choice of Italian trio, chicken salad, or shaved buffalo sandwich, served with Boulder Chips, fresh fruit, granola bar & fresh baked cookie),
  • two drink tickets (soda, tea, Gatorade, beer, wine, or rail spirits) and a 24-oz bottle of water in your cart, plus
  • a nominal residual donation to the Foundation, though the more players we have, the more we raise for grants!

The event will take place at Buffalo Run Golf Course - in a nook between E 470, 76, and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Chosen for its proximity, ratings, and availability, and opened in 1996, Buffalo Run is a nationally recognized and award-winning, 18-hole championship course with lush rolling greens, expansive fairways, and picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. We look forward to seeing you there!

O Canada Song History

Permalink - Posted on 2017-08-19 02:21

“O Canada” was composed by Calixa Lavallée, a “pioneer in music” both north and south of the border, who learned piano at a young age, travelled the world, and fought in the U.S. Civil War. In later life, he became an educator and administrator in Quebec, where he was tapped in 1880 to compose a replacement for several unofficial national anthems, including “The Maple Leaf Forever.”...

Sunshine of Your Feeling Song History

Permalink - Posted on 2017-08-06 16:00

On August 5, 2017, at Madison Square Garden, Phish performed a medley of Cream and Boston songs in an homage to the "Boston Cream" donut of this show, the 12th show of the Baker's Dozen run. ...

Phish.net Forum Identifies $12K in Grantees

Permalink - Posted on 2017-07-14 15:12

The Mockingbird Foundation has announced unsolicited grants totaling $12,000 to support music education programs in cities where Phish will perform this summer. They were selected by members of the Phish.net forum community, led by board member Johnny Demeter, recently identified as Director of Outreach.

The eight $1,500 "miracle grants" - supporting two music programs in each of four cities - are part of a long-standing Mockingbird effort to help bring music from the Phish community to the local community, and are one of many ways fans contribute to the areas in which the band performs. The eight recipients include a wide array of settings, genres, and populations served - and are listed here in order of Phish's tour dates (provided parenthetically):

Update: Mockingbird Fundraiser in Chicago

Permalink - Posted on 2017-07-12 20:09

Rock Bottom Brewery (1 West Grand Ave.) is celebrating Phish's tour-opening shows in Chicago this weekend with a fundraiser for The Mockingbird Foundation. On Thursday, July 13th, they are tapping a keg of an ale that they brewed for the weekend, called "Sample." It is being sold in jars, which will be available for purchase. For every "Sample" in a jar consumed over the weekend, Rock Bottom will donate fifty cents to Mockingbird, but they'll also donate $1 to Mockingbird for every jar sold. There will be music at the tapping party, from 6-8 p.m., specifically, Jon Sabal and Mark Hague from Helping Phriendly Orchestra (and other bands, inc. Hack and Wheeze and Mr. Blotto). Please support this fundraiser if you can. For more information, see the June 22 announcement.

FYI: 2017 Phish Ticket Code Redemption

Permalink - Posted on 2017-07-06 17:06

Phish changed its ticket code download policy. Codes on tickets are now redeemable for a free stream of the show using the LivePhish mobile app, as well as a discounted MP3 or other format copy of the show (available from the website), whereas previously, the code entitled you to a free MP3 download of the show from LivePhish. (Free MP3 downloads are still available using any pre-2017 ticket codes.) 

A portion of LivePhish revenue supports The Mockingbird Foundation, and has since the beginning of LivePhish. Mockingbird volunteers operate and manage this site. Your support of the band and LivePhish therefore indirectly supports Phish.net, and we are very grateful for it.

LivePhish deserves our continued support. Thank you.

Chicago's Rock Bottom Brewery To Fundraise For Mockingbird

Permalink - Posted on 2017-06-22 15:51

Since Phish will begin the Summer tour at Chicago's Northerly Island Pavilion the weekend of July 14 with three shows, Rock Bottom Brewery (1 West Grand Ave.) is celebrating with a fundraiser for The Mockingbird Foundation.

They are brewing a special ale for the weekend, called "Sample," which will be sold :::wait for it:::  in a jar.  "Sample" is "a hoppy red ale brewed with copious amounts of Simcoe, Citra and Columbus hops for that pungent, heady hop aroma." It should therefore taste very good both before, and after, you hear "Sample in a Jar" at a show. It will be sold for $7, and will be served in a jar that you can buy for $3 (while supplies last). The jars were very popular at the previous fundraisers years ago (also held when Phish played Northerly), so we expect they'll sell out. 

For every "Sample" consumed over the weekend, Rock Bottom will donate fifty cents to Mockingbird, but they'll donate $1 to Mockingbird for every jar sold. So, in other words, if you buy a "Sample AND a Jar," $1.50 of your $10 will go to Mockingbird, and support the funding of music education programs. Rock Bottom will also have some "Phish-inspired" live music on their roof on Thursday, July 13, and will have the "Sample" tapping party that day as well. This promotion thus runs from Thursday through Sunday the 16th. The rooftop will be open (and serving food) until 10:30pm, and last call on the roof is at 11:30pm. But the restaurant will be open post-show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with full menu until midnight and a late night menu until 1am, with last call at 1:30am. [Editor's note: I was there years ago after 1am post-show, and the place was full of fans.]  The brewer, Raybird, and Kyle (an AGM) may be around if you show up at Rock Bottom, passing out Mockingbird information. PLEASE THANK THEM if you see them, as this is a very cool thing for them to do. (And you may see Kyle at a show as well, as he's a fan!) So, please, support this fundraiser if you can, and if you can't, at least tell your wook friends going to the shows to support it as well. 


July and August WaterWheel Benefits Pre-Show At MSG

Permalink - Posted on 2017-05-24 17:51

The WaterWheel Foundation has announced two benefit celebrations at MSG before the shows on Saturday, July 22, 2017, and Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Tickets for the shows go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, at noon eastern, HERE

The first benefit celebration on July 22 will raise funds for four charities, each one chosen by a band member. The second benefit celebration, on August 5, is in honor of the 20th anniversaries of both The WaterWheel Foundation and The Mockingbird Foundation. It will raise funds for Mockingbird, whose volunteers operate Phish.net. The Mockingbird Foundation is once again enormously grateful to The WaterWheel Foundation and Phish for this honor!

If you have never been to a WaterWheel pre-show benefit at Madison Square Garden, here's some of what you can expect for the price of admission:

(1) being surrounded pre-show by generous, friendly people in what is basically MSG's VIP lounge;

(2) food and a full bar;

(3) a Pollock poster (edition of 300), and it's particularly cool that he's doing a diptych, with one poster for each of the two benefit events;

(4) early entrance into the venue;

(5) raffle or auction of certain items, including autographed memorabilia from Phish's Archives;

(6) access to the lounge where the event takes place, and its clean, spacious bathrooms, during setbreak;

(7) a specialty chocolate bar, created and donated by Asher's Chocolates, that I guarantee to be delicious (or you can give me the part you do not eat).

Note that YOU MUST ALREADY BE A TICKET-HOLDER FOR THE PHISH CONCERT ON THE EVENING THAT YOU ATTEND THE BENEFIT PRE-SHOW EVENT in order to get in to the pre-show event. You must PRESENT THAT TICKET in order to get into the pre-show benefit event. 

Please support these events if you can! By supporting them, and also LivePhish, you support both Mockingbird and Phish.net. Thank you! 

Soul Love Song History

Permalink - Posted on 2017-05-09 00:57

Played by Bowie only twice on the 1973  Ziggy Stardust Tour, “Soul Love” was featured heavily on the Low / Heroes” Tour in 1978, and again sporadically on 1983's Serious Moonlight Tour in support of Let's Dance. A beautiful song from a seminal record, “Soul Love” features Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar and alto sax (because what can't David Bowie do, right?). “Soul Love” is a bleak but beautiful reflection on the implacable and often brutal nature of love itself....