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. BTB Says:

    @ Bhizzle – I did the exact same thesis for my undergrad final presentation.

    I suggested that companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, who have massive global distribution arms, and generate tons of cash, would not be selling much Coke or Pepsi if/when water becomes scarce. Essentially, I suggested they will eventually become water companies. Thesis is much longer than that, but I don’t want to go on and on.

  2. Mitch Says:

    neemor, Frankie says and moonshake are all swapping tix and sitting together. Going to meet up before so it might as well turn into a full blown meet and greet. Keep your eyes on the board around MSG. I’m sure we can set something up.

    Same goes for everyone else. I’d invite you to my place and bring all my friends but my apartment is the size of a shoebox.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    @aw yeah I did hear talk of it when it came out. I have seen some other stuff recently that gave me hope too, like theoretical attacks on the notion of the “rational actor” – which is a comical fallacy

    It’s been on my Read Me list for awhile but keeps getting bumped down…

    people don’t like to admit that certain things can simply not be modeled accurately, period. but that’s just how it is.

  4. beepaphone Says:

    Agreed actually, Mr. C. IMO, those “grand theories” are too tempted by various political predispositions among other factors.

    Don’t know if I agree on the assessment on Psychology(minus of course Freud and some other theories). Tempted as I am to start a discussion, we can wait till these cats are in Indio so we don’t go diluting too many Phish topics.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    well put – economic theories tend to be wishful thinking based on political views of the author – yes

    disagree that psychology *isn’t* a science? or that it can be successful? (not always is; can be). just curious. but sure, we can table it.

    How ’bout them Phish?

  6. beepaphone Says:

    f’in awesome…thats how them are

  7. albert walker Says:

    My prediction there will be a 2nd set opener 1st night that redefines are expectations for what 3.0 Phish may bring.
    I like what I saw in the summer, but I think they were on the verge of breaking out big.
    A little shedding to learn the costume and for the acoustic set is just what was needed to keep everything progressing positively.

  8. voopa Says:

    Born to Run – Dead

  9. albert walker Says:

    looks like the rumored 8 are the 8

  10. BTB Says:

    I’m hoping the boys pull out one of those massive death-space jams like the waves from IT on Halloween night.

    Have every dog within 10 miles of the polo field hiding under the bed.

  11. albert walker Says:

    other call is the long awaited return of BBFCFM
    we’ll be thinking of you Mr C when they shred this old school classic

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    different shows from summer had different things dialed in. Sometimes it was the jamming – sublime at its best. Sometimes it was the composed stuff or hard rock – Darien for example. And they showed they still know how to get old school kooky at the end of the tour.

    What they need to do this weekend, what I think they WILL do, is put all of those pieces together.

  13. llamalee Says:

    my dream for indio is such if anyone cares: long, dark SOAM > Lifeboy. or anyother great transition from darkness to light. or whatever there gonna play

  14. Mr. Completely Says:


    yes, do!

    I will be headbanging like mad

    Think of us all out in streaming audio land sending waves of energy to the fest – I predict when you think of that and try to visualize it, you will feel it – you will feel us – and then the band will too

    and when that shit happens, watch out

    going nonlocal on your ass

  15. Prince Nabby Says:

    Have to agree with Senor C. Summer tour was like experiencing Phish disaggregated. Sometimes it was space jamming, sometimes rockers, sometimes goofy, but rarely all together. The shift from, say, Hartford to Meriweather was downright jarring: almost like watching two different bands walk on stage. Here’s to the cosmic convergence in the desert.

    I’ll definitely try and stop by the Sign of the Salmon!

  16. voopa Says:

    lol @ nonlocal

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    quantum entanglement occurs through interactions on this board – entangled particles are subject to nonlocal effects 😮

  18. beepaphone Says:

    ^ i’m gonna have to go home, puff, read that again, and see if I get it later

  19. albert walker Says:

    I wonder if the west coast is the best 2009 Phish theory continues to be upheld

    Not trying to start any wars here, but west coast summer was where it was at no doubt.

  20. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    And we return you now to your regularly scheduled diversion form productivity.

    Tuning ears up for any teases in the sets running up. Though I think they’ll play it coy and drop no hints musically, prior.

    Yes Zonk with the dice. 5 of them rolling. damn near yahtzee and a close cousin to cosmic wimpout minus the custom dice(Gracias Señor C!)

    I really hope to see some songs bust out of their shells and see some interesting placements.

    Ijust got told by the good folks at cruise america that I need to pick my RV up a day early for no charge so as to lighten their load on Thursday. 60 RVs rolling west out of PHX .

    Costume is fully ready. Wife is still sewing hers together. should be ready in plenty of time.

    Holy shit, Moist!!!!

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    aw, I think the Fesitval/Halloween rules supersede West vs. East arguments.

  22. beepaphone Says:

    maybe but biggie is the better rapper….just sayin’

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    I agree, so much of the east coast crowd will be in attendance – should be best of both worlds with 10x festy awesomeness multiplier IMO

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    maybe but biggie is the better rapper….just sayin’


    ….and now my afternoon listening choice is made for me! “10 Crack Commandments” coming right up (only the greatest rap ever)

  25. Mitch Says:

    I’m from the midwest so we didnt really have alliances to east coast / west coast rap. some of my friends liked biggie more but I liked 2pac more.

    “you shot me but ya punks didnt finish now youre about to feel to rath of a menace…”

    beep im reppin the IN too but pac was more angsty and thats what I want out of my “gangsta rap” Biggie is fun to smoke to tho.

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