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. Neemor Says:

    Weird article there.
    It occurs to me, too Kenny P, that it not being on a decommissioned Air Force Base or Indian Reservation in today’s day and age could actually lead to a “space-kid round up” but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
    The line in the article that puts me at ease is that San Bernardino cops didn’t arrest anyone at the pro-pot rally where they had issued the same warnings. Should be as normal.
    But holy crap, imagine a dog posted at the gate?!?!?!
    I don’t blame Miner for taking the weekend off, either, but glad to hear some things will be trickling off his keyboard.
    Everyone have fun!

  2. Neemor Says:

    GP, reason I ask is that I bought candies like mentioned above from a nice couple on the way in to the Creek, wondered if that was you….were you holding little bags of tan candies?

  3. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    got it T3, thanks. and thanks mr. c for compiling.

  4. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @neemor – nope. This is my first attempt at these. I was inspired by some readicculusly potent caramels I picked up at Toyota Park. I said to myself, “self, between you and your girl, surely you have the skills to make something like this.” Turns out, I was right. Its not hard, and a welcome change from brownies. Plus, caramels, in the freezer, keep basically indefinitely.

  5. Neemor Says:

    They did the trick, that’s for sure.
    Hey, so you get some shitty weather there in Noblesville, huh?
    What a show, though.
    My first time there.
    That’s what this summer was for me, seeing band/fan favorite venues that I hadn’t seen, including Burgettstown and Deer Creek.
    CCCC this Fall will round that out nicely.
    Nice JOTD, too…creepy.
    Getting me in the mood.
    Trick or Treat bitches.

  6. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @neemor – weather in Noblesville is no worse than anywhere else. But, as with all things in life, timing is everything 😉

  7. albert walker Says:

    Deer Creek for 1st leg was a well played show

    I know the jamming opened up a little more in the 2nd leg, but I really enjoyed my time in the corn fields

    One of my fav 1st sets, even out of 2nd leg

    That storm and set break along with the right chemical state of mind for a Phish show was me and my girl’s first realization of how much we missed the fun, exciting, unknown chaos we have been missing by not going to shows anymore

    what a great night, even though I had puddles in my kicks

  8. albert walker Says:

    that humidity out there compared to us here in Chicago is brutal though
    had not been to creek in years and had forgotten how bad it can get

  9. HarryHood Says:

    ^ Don’t forget your Gold Bond.

  10. BTB Says:

    Ah, the festi…

    My favorite show for probably 5 years of my life was the Lemonwheel. I believe it was 6 CD’s in total and I bought them, as a bootleg w/ art work, from a local CD store.

    I listened to that festival a hundred times. The elegant Simple, the “sun ra” ambient jam, the Mike’s song with that killer f*cking rift in the jam. I had it memorized. Takes me back to a different place.

    I was standing about 40 rows back at IT fest during the one of the most phenomenal sets I’ve ever witnessed in person. The Mellow Mood>Ghost>P&M>YEM set. YEAH IS GOOD!

    Funny enough, I was at Coventry and I don’t remember shit.

  11. Frankie Says:

    Don’t know if you guys had seen this, put a smile on my face…

    Trey on Big Cypress

    Have a blast at 8, those lucky enough to be going, you’re in for the phishiest of times!!

    Thanks for the Halloween mix Mr.Miner, will check it out this morning and try not to get too scared!

  12. Robear Says:

    Oasis Update:

    The large banner has arrived.

    It’s a large, white vinyl banner. There’s an image of a Salmon in the Northwest art style. The words:

    “Remove Dams, Restore Rivers, Return Salmon” are printed along the top.

    I’ll post a photo of the banner and RV once we arrive at Indio.

  13. Ocelot42 Says:

    Hey, I’m putting an extra “Be Safe” out there to everybody. My wife works at the Pepsi Bottling Company across the street from the local Kalamazoo airport and as she was driving into the parking lot watched a small, single-engine plane crash into a parked car across the street. Big fire, both vehicles essentially disintegrated. She’s extremely upset, as one could imagine. I hesitated about posting this since so many of you are getting on (much larger and safer!) planes today. But remember, you could just as easily be in the parked car. Have the time of your lives this weekend, but keep your heads up and BE SAFE.

  14. She Divides Says:

    Looking forward to trying to find the Miner Mafia Oasis this weekend! Tonight is all about packing…it’s tough to pare down our excessive camping gear for a cross country flight.
    glad to hear other people’s costumes are coming together–I’m in the midst of second guessing our planned phish themed group costume and trying to see if I can think of something else and pull it together before our flight on thursday!!

  15. Neemor Says:

    Frankie, thanks for posting that…good stuff.

  16. Neemor Says:

    “I hesitated about posting this since so many of you are getting on (much larger and safer!) planes today. But remember, you could just as easily be in the parked car. ”

    You effin maniac!!
    Just kidding.
    Kind of.
    That’s NOT what I want to see first thing before work…..EVER!

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    She, what’s your theme?

  18. Mitch Says:

    I mentioned this version a few days ago but wanted to touch on it again since its apart of the mix today. If you have a half hour go play Tweezer from 6.28.95 That stuff is gnarly and awesome! It has a little DEG tease in there as well and the whole jam is smokin’.

    later all.

  19. Neemor Says:

    I bet it’s from the bottom.

  20. She Divides Says:

    Type III…the plan is/was to wear waders and then drape ourselves in velvet. I still generally like the concept, just not sure how the actual execution will work out. Also Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday (St. Paddy’s is #1) so I always think and rethink costumes…except for last year when I knew I had to be Sarah Palin and I scared the hell out of myself and everyone else impersonating her all night .

  21. Frankie Says:

    Speaking of Halloween music, today is the release date of the new Garage a Trois record with Marco Benevento on keys… Rest of lineup is Skerik on sax, Mike Dillon on vibes and Stanton Moore on drums.

    Here is a review with samples. Can’t wait to hear the whole thing!

  22. Frankie Says:

    Sorry, here

  23. Bapslap Says:

    Holy crap!
    I just read that Festival 8 will be simulcast on channel 17 on Sirius (the Jam On channel) !!

    I’m assuming this will be a SBD feed and therefore worth recording. The quality of the Sirius audio is not great, but will be worth having until better recordings are posted!

    This slightly eases the pain of not being able to make it to Indio…slightly.

  24. Robear Says:

    Does anyone have the link for “TMWSIY” from this site? My daughter asked me to make her a copy. I’m pretty pumped. She’s been a reluctant Phan, but is getting more and more intrigued, especially after Shoreline this summer.

  25. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Enjoy the weekend everyone who is going… I’m sure Robear will take good care.

    First shows back and first tour brought back the feelings, but I can only imagine what those of you heading to F8 are going through today. Playing shows again is one thing, but returning to the festi atmosphere will be epic. Because it’s Phish, and it has to be.

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