Summer “No Spoilers” And More


latesummerAfter a meeting of the minds, Phish Thoughts has decided to move forward with our “No Spoilers” project for the entire Summer Tour!  If you don’t already know what Phish Thoughts’ “No Spoilers” project is, click here for more details.  If you want to read some feedback from the inaugural Hampton downloads, click here.  We’ve had a few months to recover and reflect on the whole experience and are committed to continuing the project – albeit with a few changes.

“No Spoilers” was initially conceived as a way to listen to the shows spoiler-free (obviously).  Even though it wasn’t part of the initial plan, it also evolved into “and get the shows up “FAST!”  The “FAST” part led to a bit of stress pre-, during, and post-show, so we want to rework things a bit moving forward.

What does that mean? We will *always* post a spoiler free AUD source link after each show. The *only* question is how long it’ll take to get the link up. Sometimes it will be really quick, and other times it might take quite a while.  How fast will partially depend on what tapers are at which shows.

We’re also working out a few ways of streamlining the process, getting more people involved and making things run more smoothly, so stay tuned for how you can help.  For now:

  • If you are attending a show near your place and would be willing to help by uploading the show after it ends (especially if you have reliable high speed), please let us know at!

We also hope that LivePhish takes our suggestion and starts offering an untracked MP3 ASAP after each show (i.e. bundle it for free with the regular tracked LivePhish downloads, but make it available immediately.)  But until they do, we’ll keep doing this.

And finally, as always, thanks to the tapers who essentially ARE “No Spoilers”- Jamie Lutch (aka Jerryfreak), Jesse Hurlburt, Mark Hutchison, Jason Sobel, and the rest.  Without them this would not happen – we are just companions on this ride.

As usual, if you have any comments, questions, suggestions, etc., please email us at



As you know, I am trying to move Phish Thoughts to 100% Torrents for the upcoming shows.  I want to know how much of a problem that is for people.  The only reason for moving away from regular downloads is that hosting them properly is expensive, and trying to host them on the cheap is a pain.

While it would be great if I could continue to offer regular downloads for the small percentage of people that absolutely can’t do torrents (e.g. work restrictions, iPhone, etc.), my strong hunch is that even though torrents are a valid option for many, old habits die hard and the path of least resistance is to just continue using the regular downloads because they’re there.

Also, we’ve done up a really quick, really simple “How to Torrent” tutorial.  It’s probably easier than you think – you don’t necessarily need to mess around with firewalls, port forwarding, blah, blah, blah.  Try it out and let us know your thoughts!  The tutorial is permanently linked along the right side under Phish Thoughts Links.



phishdestroysamericaIn a race that was finished as close as humanly possible, Robert G. edged out George Fetner to be crowned the ultimate Fall ’97 Mix-Up champion!  Robert has chosen a free Section 119 ticket to the Knoxville show on 6.10 as his prize.  Robert nailed the entire, compact setlist (unreal!), while the only thing that George missed was the date of the “Simple” jam for track 3!  I was incredibly impressed with precision of all three finalists, including Mark Leporati.  The track listing to the tie-breaking mix is below.

1. “Slave” 12.5, Cleveland >
2. “Prince Caspian” 12.12, Albany >
3. “Simple” 12.28, Landover >
4. “Split Open and Melt” 11.13, Vegas >
5. “Timber” 12.9, Penn State >
6. “Twist” 11.14, Salt Lake City >
7. “Halley’s Comet” 12.28, Landover >
8. “Tweezer” 11.26, Hartford >
9. “You Enjoy Myself” 11.13, Vegas >
10. “David Bowie” 11.16, Denver >
11. “I Saw it Again” 12/12, Albany >
12. “Wolfman’s Brother” 11.19, Champaign >
13. “Fee/Meatstick jam” 11.19 Champaign



cc_cameraIn order to make my posts look so fresh and so clean, I need your help!  I want to make each post as up-to-date and relevant as possible, so to do that, I am putting out a request for photos of this summer’s shows.  I am most interested in shots from inside the show, but am open to any that convey the spirit of this summer’s tour.  Please email any and all photos to as soon after the show as you can.  All photos used will be given proper credit on site.



7.1.99 First American Music Center, Antioch, TN < TORRENT LINK

1999-07-01moThe second show of Summer ’99 found Phish orchestrating the elements once again, as a storm that had been brewing all night exploded with the drop into the “YEM” jam, creating an experience like none other.  The second set, somewhat short due to weather, featured massive versions of “Disease” and “YEM.”  The “Disease” gets quite dark before transitioning into a Phil and Friends-influenced version of “Prince Caspian,” as this was the next time the song was played.  A live experience that you’ll never forget of you were there, this one definitely holds up on tape.  We’ll keep the torrent thing going for now and see how it goes.  I will probably have to put “regular” links on past posts per week, so they will remain accessible- we will see.

I: Punch You in the Eye, Billy Breathes, Guyute, Wolfman’s Brother*, Beauty of My Dreams#, Doin’ My Time#^, Roggae#, Water in the Sky#, Get Back on the Train#, Poor Heart#^

II: Down With Disease > Prince Caspian > You Enjoy Myself

E: Character Zero

*With Jerry Douglas on dobro. #With Jerry Douglas on dobro, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Tim O’Brien on fiddle (and lead vocals on “Doin’ My Time”). ^Gary “El Buho” Gazaway on trumpet; each guest took a solo.

Source: AKG 483 > Sonosax > Tascam DA-P1 > Sony D8


143 Responses to “Summer “No Spoilers” And More”

  1. Bapslap Says:

    I believe it is 100% Trey.

  2. Bapslap Says:

    I agree Miner. Trey’s guitar is very much there, but not playing leads.

    I listened to it a bunch in headphones and it was great to hear the play between the electric guitar (right channel) and the acoustic guitar (left channel). Check it out.

  3. voopa Says:

    Neato prog rock!

  4. Billy Breathes Says:

    It’s The Who! No, it’s Yes! No, it’s The Beatles! No, it’s Rush!

    No…it’s the new Phish. 😉 And they’z gonna rock our worlds in a few days.

    They’re baaaack!

  5. Pencilneck Says:

    Hmmm. Havin’ a hard time puttin’ my finger on TTE aswell. So much goin’ on, so much to absorb. New Phish music has me frakkin’ pumped tho, and the end bit has me seein’ visions of arenas exploding in excitement.
    maybe i should be goin’ to fenway after all. hmmm.
    anybody get deer creek tix yet? or shipping notices even?
    go cavs.

  6. Billy Breathes Says:

    Dazed and Confused at the Disneyland Opera.

  7. Billy Breathes Says:

    After about 9 listens, the first 4 minutes are just starting to come together now and make more sense.

    Amazing musicians, just amazing.

  8. Twiggy Says:

    Looking for some advice guys. Tickets say No Cameras but yet all I see are pictures from inside. Never taken a camera in. Is this a strict policy? Plan on taking my camera inside Fenway, but what if I’m not allowed? Where do I put it? T lockboxes? Sorry for the ignorance, but Fenway pictures are gonna be sweet. Maybe I’ll try to just find the old ushers when entering, but are they gonna pat us down. C’mon, it’s Phish. Someone chime in please!

  9. Chalkdustin Says:

    @ Twiggy

    Crotch it.

  10. Pence Says:

    After repeating TTE all afternoon, and walking around the house doing some stuff, after about hour 2 I finally heard a little of IT. It was brief, but that is all I needed. I think Im hooked, and more of those moments will POP out sooner or later. Im still trying to pinpoint the exact moment, but ITs there.

    Okay its at 8 mins and 48 secs…so far it most reminds me of a mix between walls of the cave and scents and subtle sounds.

  11. fromthetub Says:

    @Twiggy — yeah, listen to Chalkdustin. That’s what I did at Hampton. 🙂

  12. Chalkdustin Says:

    Nice, fromthetub. Me too! Works all the time for me.

  13. Twiggy Says:


  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    on second listen, this time loud in headphones and not at work – awesome. much more complicated than i realized on first listen, and in a really good way. the second half is phenomenal.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Pence – great call

  16. Twiggy Says:

    Sleeping Monkey opener anyone? Yes, please!

  17. lot rat Says:

    Tweeprise>Buried Alive>Llama, YEM…

  18. Pencilneck Says:

    This Fishman guy can play.

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