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. old dude Says:

    yeah, i just heard it too from this guy on the phishthoughts message board 😉

  2. camman Says:

    july 28th would be a long time to wait, but worth

    and thanks chalkdustin! i really appreciate it man

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    i just consulted my ouija board and I am pleased to tell you that the album will be called “AMDCHYC38XA MCXIASH LO” and will be released on CWDSLKJNF 48TH.

  4. Chalkdustin Says:

    Now don’t go starting rumors, Completely.

  5. fromthetub Says:

    On a side note, does anyone need tickets for Jones Beach 6/2? We just ended up with some extras when a trade fell through. We’re set on all tickets now, and would love to pass these on for face + fees. The seats are in Section 11R, Row G and Section 14L, Row BB.

  6. cottle Says:

    ^I could be wrong, but I think Miner was looking for JB Night One Pavillions. Shoot him an email.

  7. Albert Walker Says:

    can’t listen at work, but wondering about Trey’s tone

    is he using the ross at all on the new track?

    just wondering if the compressed tone will be back on the new studio recordings?

  8. camman Says:


    the tone doesn’t sound compressed by the ross, but it does sound cleaner, a lot better then it did in the studio when they were recording undermind. His guitar doesnt really stand out though. its pretty even with the other instruments, which are all a bit quieter then trey’s voice, which really sticks out

  9. RobAins Says:

    July 28th

  10. Chalkdustin Says:


  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    album drops the day before Red Rocks!!

  12. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    I’ll be on lansdowne in exactly 5days!!!!! whoooooo!!!!

  13. msbjivein Says:

    Actually 2days before Red Rocks!!!!! Plenty of time to listen to a couple of times before RR!!!!!

  14. camman Says:


    best fucking summer ever. done with high school and my favorite/best band in the world is dropping two tours and an album

  15. Albert Walker Says:

    Nothin like a 4 day record release party in the Colorado sun

  16. msbjivein Says:

    “Best Motherfucking Phish album Ever!!!!” Mike says so!!!!!!

  17. alumnidog Says:

    trey’s guitar is non-existent on TTE. I hate to be negative, but this track is just lacking something for me. i will keep listening – and try to be positive

  18. Jack O Roses Says:

    Just d/l’d and am taking Time Turns Elastic for a few spins.

    First impressions: The intro part is open and airy, and, for lack of a better term, tender. The whole song is a tender, epic, anthem. As someone above said, Fish is off the hook.

    The second part is a little, ummm, hokey, IMO. It’s the lyrics, but the chord progression definitely more than make up for it. I’ve had the same feeling about new Phish songs before. I’ll get over it.

    The part that starts at 5:41 is really cool. I can see the audience going ape shit, Kuroda’s lights, and the band driving us into a frenzy.

    @8:24 “These silver sounds are raining down on me…” I love this little passage. It leads to a neat dissonant part, then into some cool chord progressions. Then, @10:26, “These are the reasons….”, I hear Beatles big time. It’s both the lyrics and the music.

    At 11:16 till the end, we get to a meaty, throaty, almost nasty, rock and roll song. Love the augmented (I think) chords mixed in during the “in and out of focus, time turns elastic.” I can almost guarantee a massive jam will develop out of this section. Will they come back to reprise the “in and out of focus” line, or take it into another song. Probably both ways.

    That’s how I heard it.

    I’m not going to be able to work the rest of the week. 5 Days!! 🙂

  19. Mr. Icculus Says:

    Are some of you really comparing TTE to terrapin station? Thats some pretty big boasting!!!

  20. StoryOfTheWolf Says:

    Let me first say that I like TTE and I think it has epic potential in the live setting. I think there are many ways in which Phish could explore this.

    I agree with Jack O’ Roses though that Trey’s guitar needed to be much louder in the studio mix. Also it seems that he doesn’t stray at all from the acoustic demo and Trey and Page pretty much play in unison. I was hoping for Trey to infuse some Nashville/BSO lead play over top. This is just my minor critique. All in all I am psyched!! Red Rocks cannot come soon enough.

  21. Los Says:

    Great song…looking forward to tomorrow’s post

  22. William H. Bonney Says:

    Still can’t download. “Item being modified”? Anyone else having trouble.

  23. McGrupp Says:

    who wrote it, lyrics and music, Trey or Tom or ????

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ Trey, Trey and Trey. Tom had nothing to do with it

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    “trey’s guitar is non-existent on TTE”
    ^ disagree. He’s not soloing in a rock sense, but its every bit there…what do you mean? Its not necessarily a guitar led piece piece

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