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. albert walker Says:


    Have you heard Einhorn talking up the demise of the Yen lately.
    Hedge funds are piling into this trade the last couple of days.

    He is predicting that once their borrowing costs increase there is no way they will be able to avoid a government default on its debt and a hyperinflationary currency death spiral.

    Japan’s debt is the largest in the world double the size of its own economy.
    If we thought Lehman defaulting caused some issues, how about Japan?

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    @sumodie and everyone who is going – yes by all means please post all your observations/stories/hallucinations whenever you have access…

  3. voopa Says:


    Regarding your question yesterday about 24/96 audio files…you can burn them to a DVD and play them via your stereo that way. Personally, I have an audio out to my receiver, so I just play them off the hard drive.

    I think I successfully burned 48K files to a CD some years back, but there was a dithering issue with the last track or something. *memory hazy*

  4. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    AW, I imagine that the Japanese would inflate their way out of debt in the short-term. The Yen-carry trade has been a staple of hedge funds for the last 5 or 6 years. Because Japan is an export-oriented economy, in the short-term, a falling Yen will help their exports. In general, emerging markets are seeing a strengthening of their currency, particularly against the dollar and the yen. Just last week Brazil instituted a 2% tax on foreign investment in order to try and weaken the real, which has risen sharply. The euro is over-valued as there are massive problems within the euro-zone, particularly amongst once high-flyers like Ireland and Spain, as well as Greece (which just elected a socialist government), and the baltic states as well. The more likely scenario than a default by Japan, is a collapse in Latvia or Lithuania, which could threated the euro-zone. Germany and France have both ignored rules regarding current-account defecits as well.

    Long-term, economists are questioning the role of central-banks as regulators of inflation and monetary supply, particularly in such a disparate area as the euro-zone. There is definitely a lot of instability on the horizon, but the interest of creditor nations is to support debtor nations, particularly where they consume the creditor nations goods (I’m thinking particularly of China). Japan faces a demographic tsunami that will require massive cuts to social welfare programs, particularly pensions, however, having just elected a new government, changing parties for only the second time in some 60 years, they may have the chance to deal with these problems successfully.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Mr. C (and others),

    I am all set to upload the SD Microcard versions of the shows when we get them at the shows. I got a card reader to make sure I can plug into my computer (I almost forgot this very important part of the process! – otherwise I would have had to figure out forwarding from my phone to my email) and I will change the website linked in my screen name when the time comes. With the satellite radio streaming this may be a little less necessary for some but I’ll try to get them up as soon as I can.

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    I appreciate it. Streaming will be great but trying to capture an audio stream is a pain and never works perfectly. There’s always some flaw. I’d say that the stream makes it easier to wait for sure, though. Really appreciate the effort!

  7. kenny powers Says:

    @ voopa,

    so your hard drive is hooked up directly to your recveiver? i didn’t know hard drives came w/ audio outs…are they digital outs?

    my computer rig is down in the basement and my only decent speakers in the house are up with the TV…so i guess the hard drive option don’t work for me. just curious about those FLAC-HD files but it looks like i don’t have the setup to do a real comparison.

  8. albert walker Says:

    I hear all those arguements 420

    but there are alot of people smarter than you and I
    Einhorn at Greenlight being one of them that are piling into trades that pay off on a dramatic increase in Japan interest rates

    you know the reasons
    aging population, huge debt levels, export driven economy, any increase in interest rates could be very hard to deal with under their huge debt load

    I’ve seen some of their debt to GDP statistics and they are just staggering

    the Euro-zone thing is pretty fucked.
    the difference between Germany and an Ireland or Italy even is insane.

    Ron Paul has it right, bring back the gold standard or this is going to end really bad some day, just a question of when
    Trying to have a common monetary policy is just crazy.

  9. fat bastard Says:

    “we’ve got it simple, cause we inflate our debt,
    and we inflate our debt like japan.
    what does that mean?, i dooonnnt know,
    lets just talk about the band!”

  10. albert walker Says:

    It all comes back to the weak ass dollar

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    we need a global common depreciating currency. I suggest weed. The basic unit of commerce would be a one gram nugget of kind.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    “depreciating” because you would smoke your money, or it would go stale and moldy at some point

  13. albert walker Says:

    love it Mr C

    we should go on the herb standard
    use it or lose it

  14. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    AW, as global trade-imbalances grow, there are going to be continued problems. Unfortunately, it will take 30 or more years for China to catch up as a true 1st world power. Despite all the talk to the contrary, China’s GDP is still less than 1/3 of the US. Their defense spending is about 1/6 of the US, and their per-capita GDP is 1/14 of the US (thank you Economist for a nice read just this morning). Japan will almost certainly increase the money supply to deal with debt in the short-term. It is quite possible for an IMF-style bailout as well. Japan’s major problem, aside from its demographic issues, is that it is virtually entirely devoid of natural resources. They should, given this problem, be at the forefront of alternative energy production, however they are far behind the Europeans on this. The three largest producers of wind-mills are all European companies, and they are moving their production to the US to take advantage of the falling dollar and the shipping costs associated with such large items.

    I tend to not be particularly bearish (probably because I hate to win because somebody else is losing so much), but I am careful as to what I bet on. Like I have said earlier, water is where I am pouring my money. Water infrastructure and companies that have large water rights are going to be the big winners over the next decade or two. Like Mark Twain said, “whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting over.”

  15. Chuck D Says:

    Mr. C – Bluegrass mix is killer. Thank you so much for putting your free time towards enhancing my/our day.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ok, in order to keep myself somewhat sane while trying to get to the end of this last work day before Indio, I have been cranking through the remaining costume albums. So far I’ve listened to Oracular Spectacular, Apostrophe, Zeppelin I, Electric Ladyland, Hunky Dory, and Marquee Moon. Queueing up Lark’s Tongue for another listen…


  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Señor C – not a hallucination but definitely up there with the apocalyptic views and civilizations in decline.


    Cats in wigs!

    Gents, lets’ not forget that the debt load here is still high taboot, like 4X GDP. There’s more downstream turbulence.

    Agrarian reform and a solid pandemic would shift a lot of people’s viewpoints tremendously.

  18. fat bastard Says:

    yeah, work is impossible today

  19. albert walker Says:

    If weakening of the yen, to the needed extent to fix the situation, leads to hyper inflation and a jump up in long rates they would be in serious trouble.
    That is the problem.
    The amount of corporate debt priced at low rates during the lost decade that is either floating or gets repriced after the move up in long rates would be devastating.
    You screw with you currency enough you are taking some big risks.
    Trying to pay back the already huge debt levels in an environment where all corporate debt is being priced higher could be devastating.
    Throw in the skewed demographics and I def understand the logic behind the trade.

  20. albert walker Says:

    now back to Phish, sorry for the bloomberg minute guys

  21. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @aw – I look forward to getting smashed with you and discussing economics at F8

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    glad you like it Chuck. Last night I was wondering if it was too damn depressing. There sure are a lot of bluegrass songs about death, or about being alone because someone died, and other uplifting themes like that….

    well it is halloween season I guess

  23. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Mr. C – I always liked Eli Renfro as a nice bluegrass tune for Halloween.
    Eli Renfro killed his wife
    With a long, sharp Bowie knife
    He cut her up, and put her in the ground
    Death by hanging was to be his f8
    Had old Eli filled with hate
    He put a curse on the entire town

  24. albert walker Says:

    interesting times, interesting discussions

    can’t wait 420
    us capitalist hippies have to stick together

  25. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    thanks for the link type III. listening now.

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