Halloween Music – An Audio Post

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When considering Phish’s darkest, most demonic improv, few eras – if any – can compare to Summer ’95. Waging psychedelic jihad nightly, Phish made no bones about jumping off the deep end many times per show, churning out some of the most engaging music of their career. When thinking of what type of Phish best fit the essence of Halloween, I didn’t have to think very long. Whether you are going to Indio or not, this “Halloween Music” will make for some haunted late-night listening over the holiday weekend. All selections are excerpts of much larger jams. Enjoy. I’m packing.


Halloween Music – Summer ’95


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Tweezer 6.8 > Bowie 6.13 > Mike’s 6.20 > Free 6.26 > Runaway Jim 6.16 > Bowie 6.29 > Bowie 7.3 > Tweezer 6.14 > Tweezer 6.28 > Tweezer 6.14 >  Mike’s 6.9 > Bowie 6.24 > Mike’s 6.30


Phish Thoughts During Festival 8

phish-festival8-ticketGiven the 24-hour nature of Phish festivals and the one of a kind atmosphere that we are about to encounter, my posts over the festival may be a bit more informal, and less than full-blown show reviews. I will definitely post something each day – possibly more than once a day if the wireless is legit – and will keep you abreast of the essentials. But I will most likely leave comprehensive show analysis for after Indio, as there is just too much to do at a Phish festival to be strapped to a computer for periods of time. Who knows what will happen, but disclaimer made. Thanks for understanding.


No Spoilers – Indio

No Spoilers” is a go for this weekend! We will try to get the links up the night of, but given the festival atmosphere, they could go up that night or by the next afternoon. While we have a plan in place, and will try get them up asap, we may be depending on the first source posted and that’s out of our control. Worst case scenario we are looking at the following morning / early afternoon. In summary, No Spoilers – Indio is 100% go; but if its not up a few hours after the show, don’t stay up hitting refresh all night. Ya dig? Stay tuned to phishthoughts.com/nopoilers all weekend long – it’s the next best thing to being there!


Check out HeadCount’s “Reality Check” Game Show at Festival 8

headcountIf you are a maestro of Phish trivia, or an expert on current events, you’ll have a chance to prove it at Festival 8. Headcount, fresh off announcing superb stastisical results from last year’s voter registration campaign, will host the “Reality Check” music and political trivia game at Festival 8. The grand prize winner will walk away will receive an uncut sheet of four Pollock Halloween masks, available at the Water Wheel table throughout Festival 8. To make the prize one-of-a-kind, Jim is doing a special illustration on one uncut sheet – meaning the winner goes home with a true Pollock original.

“Reality Check” will pit you head-to-head with another competitor as a host quizzes you on Phish history, classic albums, the news and government. Plus, there will also be a Family Feud-style “Survey Says!” question. If you win three straight times, you can advance to the Tournament of Champions, held before Phish’s final set of the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 1.


Jam of the Day: Festival Week

Sabotage > 2001” 8.16.98 III


The ballistic beginning to Lemonwheel’s final set.



7.2.95 Sugarbush Summerstage, North Fayston, VT < Torrent

7.2.95 Sugarbush Summerstage, North Fayston, VT < Megaupload

Sugarbush '95

Sugarbush '95 (J.M.Richter)

My wife’s pick from the analog era, this end-of-tour party at Sugarbush represented the precursor to The Clifford Ball in 1996. Playing to a populated side of a ski slope at the end of a musically ludicrous, Phish inched ever closer to their first-ever full-blown festival. The second set jams “Runaway Jim” and “Tweezer” provided the improvisational meat of the second set, while “Reba” and “Slave” stood out as well.

I: Sample in a Jar, The Divided Sky, Gumbo, The Curtain > Julius, Camel Walk, Reba, I Didn’t Know, Rift, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

II: Runaway Jim > Makisupa Policeman, Scent of a Mule, Tweezer > Ha Ha Ha, Sleeping Monkey, Acoustic Army, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Halley’s Comet > Tweezer Reprise

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398 Responses to “Halloween Music – An Audio Post”

  1. butter Says:

    @Marshall – how do you stream with the Directv HD DVR?

  2. sumodie Says:

    I don’t write the setlists but this part should be dubed “Marshall bose solo”

    More like: “Marshall boos bose”

  3. sumodie Says:

    @fb: don’t lose sleep before Indio! I’ve been storing up zzzz’s for a real Indio rager.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    sumo chi to palm springs 10:06>12:06 right? right on….my friends aren’t getting to indio till after 3 thurs. what are your plans? maybe share a ride or get some beers?

  5. sumodie Says:

    yes, we can talk on the plane, fb.

  6. ThePigSong Says:

    leaving in 40 hours!
    I actually do remember back in the day waiting for the circus was coming to town, and having a midnight chat with my pops about how excited I was. Take that feeling and multiply by 27, whamo! you’ve got my present day mentality.
    I’m used to traveling cross country/world with a back pack, it never gets easy.

  7. ThePigSong Says:

    *ah typos

  8. merlin rothfeld Says:

    Mr. Miner,
    It has been a privledge reading and following your posts for the last few months. I, and my party group, would love to meet you at some point in the festival! We have a large group all dressed up as astronouts, with a california flag flying above our site.
    Shots all around when you get there!
    If not, have an amazing show, and keep up the great work!
    All the best,

  9. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @pig song – what do you recommend for flying with a backpack? I am planning on checking mine in a heavy plastic bag from Lowes or something. Do they have something at the airport to use, or do I need to track something down to wrap it up in? Lots, and lots, and lots of straps all over the thing.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    so close and yet so far

    signed up for the sirius trial, that part is fine

    got the internet channel set up on the Wii. I thought I could access the Sirius channel directly through that and send the signal right to the stereo from there. But the Sirius media player doesn’t support the Opera browser that the Wii uses.

    Not a big deal, I can just hook up the laptop, but that would have been an epic win.

  11. butter Says:

    @gp420 – the straps should be fine…i’ve done it lots with em just danglin in the breeze. if you must bring your own contractor bag as the airport won’t provide very easily.

  12. voopa Says:

    I got a rock.

  13. lot rat Says:

    and the light is growing brighter now…

    miner is right about light, its gonna be the next BIG song.

    Ill posting up at the travelodge 48 hours from now, before we hit the campground friday. should a good ole time

  14. ThePigSong Says:

    @GuitarPicker, I’ve checked it a few times and haven’t had any problems. Typically its my wife and I, and we just roll on through with our ‘carry ons’. I work in the airline industry and always fly standby, so that’s my main reason for packing light and always keeping my gear within arms reach.
    But if you get caught and the agent makes you check your pack, 99% of the time it will be fine.

    (fineprint declaring pigsong not liable for any of your personal possessions)

  15. Stimbuck Says:

    Leave around 1500 on Wednesday in the “West LA”- 20+ hour drive from WA!!

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    leaving in the am, not gonna be much of a post for tomorrow, as i’ve been running around all day

  17. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Caramels taste freaking awesome. Will know in an hour how good they are. Here’s hoping!

  18. Corey Lareau Says:

    Wow, look at all the “new” posters on here. My hard drive crashes and I step away from the computer for a month and wham…

    So, anyone else flying Alaska Air out of Boston on Thursday afternoon?
    Hope to see a few Phish folk on the plane besides me and my wife — that’s right, my wife likes Phish — gonna have a great time.

    Is there a phshthoughts meet and greet or anything like that? Love to see some faces to go with the kind and educated words on this page.

    @Leo Weaver — you heading west too? I still need to thank you for the Italy info that helped with my trip this summer.

    If you see a guy with a Tab in his hand, well that’s me.

    General question, are ya’ll dressing up, or have we aged out of that sort of thing? Just curious.

    See ya’ll out west!
    I can’t wait.

  19. Marshall Says:

    Leo’s in Jamaica w/ his wife. Meet-n-greet is at Robear’s RV, identifiable by a banner about saving salmon.

  20. Marshall Says:

    @ butter – the TiVo and the Directv DVRs have “media streaming” built-in. You just have to have the DVR connected to your home network (wired or wireless) so you can access the music files on your computer. Also helps to have your DVR connected to a stereo or surround AV receiver and good speakers. 🙂

  21. Robear Says:

    The indi oasis is open for r n r. Camping sec 6c “larks tongue in aspic”. Right next to the field!!!! Part Jedi part miracle. Bring lip balm!

  22. SteveInMaine Says:

    What I love about Mr. Miner is his descriptions, such as “Waging psychedelic jihad nightly, . . .” If you look at the definition of these words you’ll see how fitting they are:

    Psychedelic (v) — 1 a : of, relating to, or producing abnormal psychic effects (as hallucinations) and sometimes psychotic states

    Jihad (n) — 2 : a crusade for a principle or belief


    psychedelic. (2009). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved December 8, 2009, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychedelic

    jihad. (2009). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved December 8, 2009, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jihad

  23. Carter Ward Says:

    Well, Family Feud is actually a classic game that traces back wayback in the 80’s i guess. It is a nice game anyway.-;.

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