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. butter Says:

    Mr. C, thanks, i understand creating a wireless network with with multiple computers , but how can the computer “sling the music” from stereo to stereo?

  2. albert walker Says:

    The Coup is the shit, pretty timeless

    Kill My Landlord- every track is sick

    fuck a perm- come on these guys are brilliant

  3. albert walker Says:

    The Coup brought that revolutionary message from the streets to the streets

    not some academic bullshit
    blowing up shit kind of revolution
    the energy on those first couple records, damn

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    with a device like apple’s AirPort, but I’m not set up to do it yet so any specifics would be meaningless. Others on here know more and might chime in when they read up. I’m sure there’s a non-Mac device that probly costs a little less but doesn’t work quite as well 😮

    the idea is that it’s a widget that is basically a wireless receiver with audio outs. So you hook it up to your stereo inputs and point iTunes (on your central computer/server) at it wirelessly.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    I won another dollar just now betting myself @aw would know and dig the Coup. So fucking great. Later albums not nearly as consistent but still, every one so far has some gems on it.

  6. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Mr. C – that is it completely. I think one of them even has a video option that lets you control iTunes with a remote through the airPort. Sonos is kind of a non-mac version, but it isn’t any cheaper. airPort is only $99 for the express and $179 for the regular, that actually isn’t a bad solution at all.

  7. albert walker Says:

    The Coup is a record like Dr Octagon heavilly collected by vinyl lovers that don’t really dig hip-hop.

    I always found it funny how even your typical rock n roll hipsters all dug Dr Octagon, which is one of the most widely listened to hip-hop records outside rap fans.

    I think it says something of the rest of the genre which albums cross over to non hip-hop fans.

    These are 2 of the vinyl lovin crowds favs.

    Kill My Landlord is def one of those albums

  8. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Mr. C – the more I look at the AirPort, I think I’m buying one when I get back from F8. Just looks to slick.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    I might run the idea of buying one this weekend to make streaming 8 a little smoother, we wouldn’t have to prop the laptop up by the stereo and tv…

    hm…strike while the iron is hot, right?

  10. Neemor Says:

    I hope more than anything that the meet up goes well.
    I want you guys to have a nice base of posters set up by the time I see y’all in Albany, CCCC or MSG!
    I also hope that no one bumps into the borealis machine and effs it up.

  11. Looking For Owls? Says:

    Anyone out there dig Boots Riley’s/Tom Morrello’s side project Street Sweeper Social Club? Sounds just like Rage but with witty lyrics rather then politacal laced propaganda. Good stuff to run and workout to

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    @owls, yep.

    and butter mentioned it last page too

    more a boots fan than a Rage fan but I liked it

  13. Neemor Says:

    Question posed:

    Would you guys enjoy the Phish covering Legend/Marley for All Hallows Eve?

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    Stanton Moore plays drums on the album, too

  15. Looking For Owls? Says:

    political ouch, not politacal, ha. Kool Keith’s dope to, i agree

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Neemor: not me. It’s good for them to do something rootsy and soulful…but that’s too much to ask.

  17. Neemor Says:

    Love me some Stanton Moore….the world moves on a woman’s hips. Makes the ladies dance.

  18. Pencilneck Says:

    consider a ps3 for your media streaming needs. pulls all video, photo and jpgeg files wirelessly from macs and pc’s. oh. plays games too. and blu rays. and you can surf the net on yer tv.
    my 2 cents.

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    re: Stanton Moore –

    great drummer, kind of a prick.
    if hes not into where or what he is playing, he kinda just plays half-assed.


  20. Neemor Says:

    Kinda what I thought, Mr. C. I could def. dig a mini set of it…but as with all reggae, four songs in I’m ready to go get a beer.

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ pencil

    how do you get it to do that? the ps3 that is

  22. Neemor Says:

    He’s off my Christmas List

  23. sumodie Says:

    @neemor: I’d love to hear them cover another Marley tune or two, but not an album for Halloween (though I’d be far from disappointed).

    btw, phish.net estimates that the Indio Halloween show will be Phish’s 1500th performance.

  24. halcyon Says:

    @ lycan …

    listened to your gig today from 10/24 .. Good Stuff there were some good jams in those sets

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    only 818 more to go to catch Jerry and company!


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