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”

  1. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Indio is DMZ

    Not sure why they themed the competiton in horseshoes to be Right Coast vs. Left Coast.

    To paraphrase some ancient wise ass with funny letters in his name: I am a citizen of the world.

    Señor C I want your music collection. How many petabytes is your storage array?

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    Biggie had the greatest flow of all time

    Tupac was a better lyricist and a great rapper but there will never be another flow like the Notorious one

  3. sumodie Says:

    Not my hard drive directly, I use the optical audio out on my PC. Most PCs have at least an 1/8″ audio out, some have RCA, most newer PCs have an optical out too.

    What if my PC has an HDMI port? Could I use that to do the same?

  4. albert walker Says:

    I’m def a east coast hip-hop guy

    never liked the Dre thing or the Pac stuff

    Pac has good flow and style but the production was always so cheesy

    most of the great 80’s-90’s stuff was from out east

  5. Mitch Says:

    I think snoop flows better than biggie. there I said it. and yes pac’s lyrics were better. “my fo-fo make sho all yo kids dont grow”

  6. Mitch Says:

    I think dre and snoop are the best tho. In HS my english teacher told us to pic any topic for a senior research paper. I said I was doing snoop just for laughs and she went for it. Lets say, I learned a lot. HA

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’m just old, so I’ve been at it a long time

    my rap/hip hop collection (and knowledge) is broad but not deep – I only know a few of my favorite rappers/groups really top to bottom (PE, Biggie, Mos Def, The Coup, Dead Prez and MF Doom). Otherwise I just skim the surface.

  8. beepaphone Says:

    “Biggie had the greatest flow of all time”

    yeah…best rhyme schemes for sure

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    i can only listen to rappers talk about their nuts for so long…biggie could rap the phone book and be interesting though…I felt like Dre used up all his great production ideas on the Chronic…kinda same with Snoop on his first album…love Snoops flow but it never changed or got better

  10. beepaphone Says:

    thanks for gettin’ me into MF Doom back in the day…love it…have you heard the DangerDoom yet?

  11. albert walker Says:

    Kool Keith is where it is at

    Give me some Dr Octagon any day

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    good thing about dying young, you’re not subject to same criticism as those that get old

    for all we know Biggie would be rapping J. Crew commercials with music production my Jimi Hendrix if they both had lived

  13. albert walker Says:

    West coast I love the Freestyle Fellowship crew, very hot shit

  14. beepaphone Says:

    re: dying young

    or worse…get all Michael Jackson’d

  15. albert walker Says:

    Those Biggie records just have a street, authenticity to them that I don’t get out of the Dre, Snoop, Pac stuff
    I’d always feel like that was a cat I could cop from back in the day.
    Don’t feel that from those west coast cats.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    I always forget about Kool Keith, Dr. Octagon is just great, agreed

    I heart every Doom project. I get them all immediately. Maybe the only current artist other than Phish that I just instantly buy every new release without looking at reviews or thinking about it.

  17. albert walker Says:

    Haiku D’Etat

    self named album
    if you dig positive, very lyrical hip-hop in the vein of Mos Def and Kweli, but a little more underground def check this shit out

    my fav album of the past 10 years in hip-hop

  18. beepaphone Says:

    love most wu-tang too…especially early 90’s / any ghostface

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Those Biggie records just have a street, authenticity to them that I don’t get out of the Dre, Snoop, Pac stuff”

    that’s why 10 Crack Commandments will always be the #1 “street” rap for me. It’s totally real. No one could write that who didn’t live it. It really actually is true street wisdom, the kind of thing that could easily save your life as a young urban dude.

    I never sold crack obv. but the lessons hold for other closely related substance disbursement endeavors

  20. beepaphone Says:

    you had me at haiku d’etat

  21. voopa Says:

    Kool Keith! Yeah!

    @ sumodie,

    I didn’t know they were putting HDMI ports on PCs…makes sense, tho. You should be able to link that sucka right up to your HDTV for music and video.


  22. albert walker Says:

    Haiku D’Etat (also Haiku d’Etat) is a hip hop supergroup consisting of Aceyalone & Mikah 9 of the Freestyle Fellowship, and Abstract Tribe Unique (ATU) leader Abstract Rude (who had previously worked with Aceyalone as the A-Team[1].

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    “you had me at haiku d’etat”

    fucking word, dude. that is a great name.

  24. beepaphone Says:

    downloading now…look forward to giving it a spin on the drive home

  25. sumodie Says:

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

    This East coaster is super psyched for the synergy of the west coast x 3 day festie x Halloween, not to mention all of this rumored burning man art. And we are so due for a BBFCFM!

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