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


Lossless version < Link

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”

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  1. Baxter Says:

    Thanks, Mr. Miner. It breaks my heart to not be able to be in Indio, so your posts and updates and no spoilers will make it a little better. I love your blog.

  2. Prince Nabby Says:

    Am I the only one finding it increasingly hard to actually get any work done around here? Whole hours go by in a daydream. The fact that I’m going to the airport directly from work makes the whole thing just that little bit more surreal.

    I missed the last few days’ postings. Is there a planned meet-up?

  3. Marshall Says:

    @ Prince Nabby – Robear is continuing to invite people to come to his “Oasis” at his RV. I’m taking advantage of his hospitality and pitching one of his own tents outside of his RV, so I’ll be at his Oasis for sure. He keeps mentioning a frozen Marg machine and a “salmon”-related banner (whatever that means).


  4. Marshall Says:

    wondered what the local newspaper’s in Indo had to say about this week’s F8 …

  5. Marshall Says:

    “Police advise Phish traffic routes” from the same newspaper above. Hmmm…. can anyone say “roadblock?”


  6. henrietta Says:

    Thanks Miner for the audio posts (love them). I am a dj and was wondering what you are using for mixing (I assume two cd players through a mixer, Pioneer?).

  7. bright light Says:

    I can’t get anything done at work and I’m not even going to Indio!

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    costume crisis averted… so my worries about our costumes not arriving before we leave tomorrow morning for Indio are taken care of. Package is out for delivery today. Nothing like cutting it close!

  9. m00nshake Says:

    yup… me not going to Indio…. I’ll be kicking myself that mistake for years to come… I’m really psyched for all of you that are going, however, especially those making the long trek from the East coast; now that’s dedication. I don’t blame Mr. Miner at all for his disclaimer, I wouldn’t want to spend much if any time on the computer, either.

  10. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Marshall – I would be shocked if there was a roadblock on the way into Indio. I think the police advisory is for the locals so that they can reasonably get around the traffic. Part of the deal with these things involve MASSIVE payoffs to local authorities to basically turn their eyes. That said, basic rules apply, don’t blow smoke in a cops face, etc.

  11. BTB Says:

    @Prince Nabby –

    I agree w/ Marshall, I’m pretty sure the Robear Oasis is the spot for the gathering – he’s going to post the location once he sets up shop probably in the comments section and on the FB page.

    I have to get stuff done today, totally pissed off I’m not preparing to get on a plan tomorrow…

  12. Marshall Says:

    @ gp – yeah, you are right. I was just letting the conspiracy theorist in me run a little wild. I think there will be few arrests.

  13. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    gp- can you post your caramel recipe from yesterday? sounds like something i’d like to try.

  14. kenny powers Says:

    @ Marshall, that article re: “pot smokers beware” is the one thing i have been a little worried about regarding 8. At prior festies I saw no enforcement of any kind, it was like Phish’s own little universe and 5.0 wasn’t invited. Looks like Indio may be different…do i have to worry about some undercover dancing next to me and whipping the cuffs out as i take a hit off my jizzoint?

  15. kenny powers Says:

    hopefully that article is just window dressing because some of the quotes from the officers have that “hippies watch out” attitude.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I read that more as a warning for when you are in town than at the venue.

  17. fat bastard Says:

    kp- you will be able to take bong hits in broad daylight while drinking beer with miners and while running with scizzors and no one will stop you.

  18. bhizzle Says:

    @ Kenny

    prior to “catching the fire” ask everyone around you if they are a cop. If no one says yes then you’re fine…wink

  19. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @vt – well first you have to make the butter. I prefer the water and butter method. It takes longer, but I believe it makes a better butter, and ultimately more potent too. I doubled the potency for this recipe since the caramel recipe only calls for 1/2 stick of butter. So, I made 1 lb of butter with 2 oz’s.

    # 2 cups packed light brown sugar (14 oz)
    # 1 cup heavy cream
    # 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
    # 1/4 teaspoon salt
    # 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon dark rum
    # 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

    You put the brown sugar, cream, butter, salt, and 1/4 cup of rum in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. You need a candy thermometer here, and want it to get to 248 degrees. Need to cook it for about 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Pull from heat, add vanilla and remaining rum. Pour into a baking pan that is lined with wax paper / parchment paper, greased with pam. Cool it for a couple of hours, flip and dump, slice and enjoy! These should be great.

  20. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    Mr. C, can you repost the grass link from the other day? i’d like to redownload from home.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    VT, I know the bluegrass link is in yesterday’s post at about page 3 or 4

  22. MakisupaSecurity Says:

    another “I cant believe I’m not going” rant.

    I can’t believe I”m not going!!! This sounds like its going to be so grand. I hit Went, L-Wheel, Oswego, and IT, and turned around and went home before Coventry. I don’t regret missing Cov but hoped something would come along to make up for the mess. This is it, and Im missing it. I guess I can only hope for another New England summer festie soon, but considering how unpredictable the rainy weather has been, it will remain to be seen if it can be pulled off.

  23. Pencilneck Says:

    Have a fun and safe journey all. I’ll just stay in Toronto and work late. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine. Cut that rug to shreds!

  24. Neemor Says:

    GP420, were you at Deer Creek this summer?

  25. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @neemor – I was, I live in Noblesville actually.

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