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. Mr. Completely Says:

    I have an HDMI out on my work laptop (Dell XPS M1530), don’t use it all that often, but works great when we do

    why they bought me a computer with HDMI and a blu-ray burner I’ll never understand…thanks tho

  2. sumodie Says:

    @voopa: my Dell XPS has an HDMI port. I’ve hooked it up to my HDTV before, but you got me curious to see if I could run my itunes/digital library thru to my receiver/stereo using HDMI. But all this will have to wait post-Indio. Thanks for the link.

  3. Chuck D Says:

    Only hip hop artist I listen to regularly is Immortal Technique. Dude has flow, intellegence, a message, original beats, and no record label. Slang 30,000 discs of Revolutionary Vol. 1 out of his trunk at $10 a pop.

  4. beepaphone Says:

    Immortal Technique is good…saw him live in Aspen last year…


    Not intrested in politics at all…only the revolution, that cat

  5. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I, too, have an HDMI out, but I am using all of my HDMI inputs for my receiver (it has 3), so I have been forced to use the 1/8″ jack for audio and the s-video jack for video. If my stinking blu-ray player would play burnt dvds (up yours Sony!), then I could ditch the second dvd player, but it doesn’t, so I have to keep it. That said, I have the cables neatly tucked under the rack, so it is easy to hook up whenever needed. Going strictly laptop makes everything nice and portable. Given that almost all of the music on my laptop is compressed, I don’t feel like you are gaining a whole lot going back to a digital format rather than just straight stereo.

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    that’s the main reason I want to get away from the laptop, to go uncompressed on a RAID array

    Dead Prez and The Coup are pretty angry too – seriously down for the revolution

  7. voopa Says:

    Got my XPS in July of ’08, but it was pretty basic. If I had known we’d be going HDTV, I would’ve looked at an HDMI out as an option. As it is, the video card has DVI and VGA out, so I just run DVI>HDMI to the TV, and it works fine.

  8. sumodie Says:

    @GP: Without doing my google homework first, I’m wondering if I could play my lossless digital music straight from computer to stereo. That’s where I’m going with this HDMI discussion.

  9. beepaphone Says:

    Yeah i mean Dead Prez is angry

    Immortal Technique wants to KILL you

    Never heard the Coup though

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    @sumodie, bottom line is yes, absolutely. Just a matter of getting the output from the computer to stereo figured out, and the interface (e.g. do you want a computer w/keyboard etc sitting right near your stereo/tv)

    the details are very doable and just depend on your circumstances

  11. Brimley Says:

    Don’t forget about 40 Water now…E-40 was no doubt unique both in verse and voice…I’ll also throw on some 8-Ball/MJG every now and again for some Space Age Pimpin…

  12. beepaphone Says:

    i’m out…thats Mr. C and AW for the recs.

    Safe travels everyone leaving today/tomorrow

  13. beepaphone Says:

    thanks* i meant

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    holy shit really?

    Boots Riley of the Coup is one of the greatest lyricists in rap history

    Their first well known track – he rhymes “communist manifesto” right off the bat

    My favorite Coup track – Everythang

    Dead Prez & The Coup – Get Up

    5 Million Ways To Kill A CEO

    Their magnum opus, Me and Jesus the Pimp in a 79 Granada Last Night:

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    I just posted a bunch of Youtube links to The Coup – awaiting moderation – hopefully it will show up

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    alright, all. I’m out to pack and prep for Indio. Stay well here on the board. I’ll check in later tonight and do my best to meet up with everyone headed to *8* along with figuring out the upload-ability of the micro cards (depending on whether they are free or pay). Take care of your shoes…

  17. butter Says:

    i am building a new office / den right now on the side of my house. this entertainment system conversation is timely. My den will have a large desk with return, and some book cases on the wall with the return of the desk. I need to outfit the den with a flat panel and a computer. i am at a stage where i can hide all wires in the wall. Maybe i should just try to use a computer to run the whole system?

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    anyone who likes rap that’s both smart and street real, but doesn’t know The Coup, needs to take the 20 minutes and check out those links above, I promise you it’s worth it

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    butter, I totally would FWIW

  20. butter Says:

    ^^oh…. and the flat panel will be between the bookcases on the same side of the wall as the return of the desk

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    “I’m spittin’ dialectical analysis”

    no one in the world like Boots fucking Riley

  22. butter Says:

    so the advantages of computer running the system would be:

    – don’t need a dvd player
    – playing music directly from hard drive
    – a frickn’ really large computer monitor
    ….. what else?

  23. butter Says:

    Mr. C – I checked out that SSSC with Boots, i dug that, and have some new dope shit for my friends who like metal and Rage against the machine.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    if you have multiple stereos, the ability to sling music anywhere in the house wirelessly

    item 2, music from the HD is by far the main thing to me

    I have too many CDs, the storage and retrieval issues at 3 disks per show are becoming ludicrous

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    basically your CDs become backups. You can store them in your basement or a closet. Huge space saver and much more convenient.

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