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. albert walker Says:

    no costume for me, but I was invited to be a member of a gang of angry joggers

    pretty funny shit

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    aw, I remember in 1995 there was an angry mob of joggers running the concourse at the Rosemont. They had terry cloth track suits, headbands, wristbands, the whole deal. Great group costume idea!

  3. Mitch Says:

    WOW SIMULCAST!! havent had sirius for a while so i’ll be getting the few day free trial going.

    You guys think we can come up with a better name than the “Miner Mafia”?? The nitrous mafia sucks and is in the midst of fucking up the scene. I think we could be a little more creative.

  4. bl68300 Says:

    @frankie that was awesome! he seems so happy and excited to be talking about the past…just imagine how big red feels bout this weekend and tour!!! see yall in in a month!!!

  5. Robear Says:

    aw, I’m hoping to see you early and often. East coast investment tips in exchange for Nor Cal…tips.

    I’m packing an extra costume or two, though it will be tough to top the angry joggers. Will they have the 5K Jim run? Geez, it’s a bit unnerving seeing a bunch of in-shape people running through the festy grounds at the crack of dawn.

    “Adults should not run unless being chased by a predator”

  6. Robear Says:

    Yeah, I always prefer:

    “The Kind Mafia”

    being Italian, and all.

  7. fat bastard Says:

    robear are you referring to the song? i know they played it at alpine, look back and you’ll find it somewhere.

  8. fat bastard Says:

    no costume for me either lim8ted space make it too tough

  9. albert walker Says:

    looking forward to chilling Robear

    my girl and I are staying off site so def will be looking for a place to chill when we are on the grounds

    my girl has family from your parts Robear. Been living up in Garberville since the late 60’s when the original ranches were broken up and given to hippies from SF.
    Try to get out every year around this time. This year 8 kind of got in the way though.

  10. Mitch Says:

    I’ll send paypal for caramels in the mail. They sound delicious.
    Or we can meet on fall tour if you are going to Philly / MSG

  11. llamalee Says:

    same here fat bastard, whatever though, i’ve spent enough flying and buying supplies and tickets to worry about a costume. and in the end i could be the naked wizard pretty easily

  12. bearito Says:

    Nice Robear. Should be an easy banner to spot.

    @ Frankie – It’s about time that album dropped! Thanks for the heads up.

  13. Mitch Says:

    word to the wise… I saw a video this summer of a naked dude at coachella and he was getting tased. the So-cal popo aren’t very hip to naked people at coachella. And its the same grounds. I know you were kidding (I think) just a heads up is all.

  14. Neemor Says:

    I’m going to throw up the first set setlist.
    I’m leaving work for a couple hours, will not be back until 1:30-2, so I will miss a few posts, for sure.
    If anyone is interested, I will keep going this weekend, otherwise we can all take a break and watch the real setlists scroll up.
    It’s up to you guys. Let me know.

    PhishThoughts 10/27/09 Set I:

    Desert Roadblock?>*
    Recipe for Disaster,**
    Bluegrass Repost,
    Memory Lane#>
    Memory Lane $,
    Salmon Banner,
    Small Engine Shenanigans>
    Parked Car

    * With Whip the cuffs and Running With Scissors Jams
    ** W/ 2lb. Butter Tease
    # w/ aw sitting in on Bass
    ## w/ Puddle Kicks Quote
    $ Gold Bond Tease with BTB jamming on Festival Membrance on Theramin

  15. Robear Says:

    Actually looking for the link to the full “Gamehendge” story.

    Nice AW, off-site = real showers!

  16. bright light Says:

    miner – thanks so much for all you do! and same to all the regulars here – i’ve loved reading your comments. i hope everyone going to indio has an absolute blast – can’t wait to listen to no spoilers this weekend!

  17. bearito Says:

    ^Hopefully the showers on the polo grounds are like the ones at Bonnaroo. I never had a a bad shower fwiw.

  18. She Divides Says:

    Robear…I heard there is no 5K run….horseshoes was deemed a more appropriate “athletic” endeavor

  19. albert walker Says:

    yes, I did the Ball, the Went, the Wheel, Cypress, Oswego all on site

    I am officially an old man.
    We are only 1 mile out also so walking back and forth will be pretty chill.
    We’ll see how it goes but I think I am going to enjoy running back for the occasional shower and quick recharge away from the madness.

  20. halcyon Says:

    Morning all … Does anyone have a link from part 4 of Festivalography???

    Robear … I am off site as well, but will be keeping an eye out for the salmon flag … Love me some salmon. Humpies, Sockeyes, Coho, Chinooks, not so much Dogs though.

  21. Mitch Says:


  22. Robear Says:

    ^thank you Mitch!!

  23. llamalee Says:

    mitch, that video is the naked wizard

  24. Neemor Says:

    This might help:

  25. 20Yearslater Says:

    “psychedelic jihad” Metaphors gone wild…

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