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. Mitch Says:

    I guess that makes more sense since you were referencing said video. haha

  2. Mitch Says:

    Wait, which video link was the wizard?

  3. SOAM Says:

    Have fun you guys-talk to you when it’s over.

  4. AintNoTele Says:

    Given that there is wireless all over indio, isn’t it possible for a taper to hook his rig up to a laptop and stream the whole thing in decent quality? If so, anyone know any tapers?!

  5. Mitch Says:

    Fully possible, even easier than with iPhones like we had this summer. Someone take their computer and face the stage and share video!

  6. AintNoTele Says:

    Also, new shuttle test launch in a few minutes if no more delays!


  7. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @mitch – if you give the man a caramel, he will be stoned for a few hours, if you teach a man how to make a caramel, he can be stoned for the rest of his life….

  8. AintNoTele Says:

    Launch got scrubbed…mother nature gives the finger

  9. She Divides Says:

    halcyon…I believe part IV of festivalography doesn’t air until 9pm EST tonight

  10. Neemor Says:

    Notice the Crosseyed Tease at the 9:17 mark in that JOTD Sabotage>2001.
    I remember the energy on the field exploding when they opened with that Sabotage.
    One thing I clearly remember about Lemonwheel.
    I also loved the grounds and the distinct feeling that we were all alone way up there.
    Good times.
    I hope some of that feeling is in Indio this weekend.

  11. halcyon Says:

    Thanks she divides! I thought for some reason it was last night.

    Can’t concentrate on anything right now. I have a 2 papers, adn 3 tests by Sunday due. Working nights until thursday. Still need to order firewood.

    I just want to be there right now. Friday am cant come quick enough.

  12. Mitch Says:

    My mom has a great caramel recipe. I have no problem making those. My problem is the NYC prices for 2oz. I’m getting ripped the f*ck off here. Hence me being jealous of everyones fall harvest and hoping they bring the fire to the northeast when you guys visit. I’d like to stock pile for the winter.

  13. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @mitch – ah, well see I use ditch weed for this kind of project. It doesn’t matter about the taste, and true lower Delta 9 content per gram, but if you price out Delta-9 per dollar, its a much better value and that stuff can be had around here for $350 a qp, or less. Keep your friendly neighborhood immigrant in business 😉

  14. Mitch Says:

    everytime I go home I eat at Mi Pueblo a few times while I’m there.

    Go to Franklin and its on 31. Amazing mexican joint. Check out the arroz con pollo.

  15. ThePigSong Says:

    @Ocelot42, Very sad news, I lived in kzoo for a number of years and flew out of AZO for school. I hope it wasn’t a Western student, terrible either way though!

  16. albert walker Says:

    I have found 420 that bubble hash works the best for cooking
    High content and just melts instantly, very potent
    You also don’t have to use as much in your mix with greater effect

    I’m thinking about using your caramel recipe with a couple grams of bubblegum bubble
    Can’t wait to taste the results

  17. halcyon Says:

    This weekends forecast …..

    FRI 30
    Weather 1
    80º F / 26º C
    52º F / 11º C

    SAT 31
    Weather 1
    84º F / 28º C
    56º F / 11º C

    SUN 1
    Weather 1
    88º F / 31º C
    57º F / 11º C

  18. She Divides Says:

    Halcyon…I heard a DJ on the Dead channel on Sunday incorrectly say that Festivalography IV was airing on monday night, so there was definitely some misinformation out there. good luck with the papers and tests, just remember there’s a borealis at the end of the tunnel!

  19. Mitch Says:

    good god that borealis looks awesome. I think missing that stings as much as anything else. listening to phish and watching that light installation respond to the music. (O) (O) <—those are my bug eyes!

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    bubble sounds like a good idea

    I always have used ghee (clarified butter) but bubble would be easier.

    another good option besides brownies or caramels is no-cook fudge. this recipe is pretty close to the one I use, which I don’t have here:


    Miner – for Jeebus’ sake man, just enjoy the festival and post whenever you find a moment, as much or as little as you want.

  21. fat bastard Says:

    yo sumo and stir it up,

    we’re on the same flight i think..my friends arent going to be in indio until 3 or later. what are your plans? going straight to the venue? maybe we could split a ride or grab some beers?

  22. flarrdogg Says:

    ‘Waging psychedelic jihad nightly’- awesome.
    Safe travels everyone. I’ll be on the lookout for PT gear for identifying y’all. I haven’t been this excited about a tee since my Star Wars/ Fast Enough For You shirt circa 1996.
    See ya on the other side.

  23. HarryHood Says:

    @ Mitch

    Your bug eyes very much resemble a big set of jugs…… Just so ya know. haha

  24. lot rat Says:

    48 hours til my tour pig hits the open road following the lines south…muthafuckin jiboo

    Anyone listen to mikes tune Andelemans Yard. He is pretty f’ed up talking about tunneling and living under his neighbors yard growing up. What a tweeker.

    SOAM-whip out your tour pouch and snag the card, youll be out west befoe sunset today.

    Bug…it doesnt matter

  25. sumodie Says:

    @fb: American FL#305, seat#15B -that’ll be me. I’ll be grabbing the rental car and going on a shopping spree before heading to F8. Haven’t really planned much beyond that as of yet. Maybe a last meal on the outside is warranted before I cross the threshold into phishtopia?

    It really begins this week, doesn’t it? 8)

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