Halloween Music – An Audio Post

Aj Mathsay Festival 8 Print

Aj Mathsay Indio Print

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

Source: B&K4011’s

Tags: , ,

398 Responses to “Halloween Music – An Audio Post”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    isn’t all bluegrass (and country) about one of four or five themes?

    –boy, this place I live sure is beautiful
    –my girl left me/died
    –I ain’t got no money
    –my job sucks
    –I might as well get drunk

  2. Blankman77 Says:


    A close friend had an emergency and cannot go to 8. Anyone know anyone who needs a ticket still? I’m not looking to profit or even make face, just want something nice to cheer her up in the hospital (not kidding). I’m sure everyone here has their tickets. If anyone is interested, I’m in downtown Madison, WI until Thursday night and at Indio from then on. Please contact me (blankman77 “at” gmail “dot” com) with any reasonable offers.

    Thanks either way guys.

    See ya out there.

  3. Little Buddy Says:

    AW and 420 – you guys should host a market talk show on the bunny while you’re all f’ed up at the festy.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    it’d be nice if the cover set was something that made Trey learn slide

    I love a good slide guitar sound and Trey has such impeccable tone control when he really puts his mind to it, I bet he could do some beautiful things.

    listening to a old school version of Row Jimmy with achingly sublime slide solos made me think of it

  5. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Slide Jimmy, Slide

  6. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    or should be Slide, Jimmy Slide

  7. albert walker Says:

    Mr C

    I’ve been thinking the same thing.
    Trey learns a little big of slide

    With these Sharon Jones and Exile rumors I’m feeling bad for Miner

    could be the next phase of Phish is the roots music they have lacked to date

    I know it is not really his thing. fortunately it is mine

    the GD’s base of traditional roots music is why I always loved them so much, beyond other just psych, rock bands

  8. fat bastard Says:

    type iii, sometimes they sing about their dogs too.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    damn, fat b! forgot that one!

  10. fat bastard Says:

    row jimmy- that song is about inflation.

  11. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @aw – I for one, would be jumping up and down with excitement if they do Exile. That and Electric Ladyland are the two that are left that I would be really, really psyched to hear. I too love roots music (after all I am in a bluegrass band) and I think that it would be nice to hear Phish embrace some of that dynamic.

  12. albert walker Says:

    Row Jimmy is bastard you nailed it

    That’s the way it’s been in town,
    Ever since they tore the jukebox down.
    Two bit piece don’t buy no more,
    Not so much as it done before.

    Exile has been my 1st choice since jump also, love it when a plan comes together

  13. Chuck D Says:

    TIII, they also sing about running away from home/girls/police… but yes, there does seem to be a limited number of themes for bluegrass songs.

    Meanwhile, Phish seems to think its just fine to sing about mules, tubes, squirming coils, pyramids, dog poop, elastic, dead cats, ice, mazes, powerful pills, and pigs all in smooshed into about an hour and a 15 min.

  14. BTB Says:

    If we switched to weed currency, Mexico would smoke all their debt

    @AW and 420

    With as much as commercial real estate has re-priced in the US, my guys and I developed an inflation fund for a separate account investor. Essentially, investing in unleveraged to low leverage “core” real estate assets.

    If you turn back the clock to the late 70s early 80s (Carter years – hyper inflation, until Volker forced rates through the roof) CRE performed at about a 7% compounded annual clip through 1983; whereas Stocks and Bonds (after adjusting for inflation) both returned about 0%.

    I shortened the thesis up a bit, but I’m sure you can get the idea. Low leverage, core quality, real assets in property types with the ability to adjust to an inflationary environment.

    In talking to CIO’s and Wealth Managers, clients are getting nervous about the dollar. To be honest, so am I

  15. sumodie Says:

    yes, MrC, I’ll try and post my hallucinations here too, though sometimes my phone gets the best of me during those moments.

    F8 is shaping up to be the most wired festival yet.

  16. BTB Says:

    I for one, am in favor of the boys doing an Inflation Jam at the Ocho!

  17. albert walker Says:


    yes low leverage is key
    the leverage in the easy money years is what is killing CRE now
    no one was putting any equity in
    good properties and stay away from insane leverage and there are some great deals out there right now

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    well Row Jimmy is about the great depression, or is set in that time, so I guess it’s tangentially relevant

    srsly tho – an example of perfect slide tone and slow, delicate phrasing…one of my absolute favorites

    @GP me too for Exile and Ladyland. Ladyland would be automatically epic. Exile – I think they’d open a couple of those suckers up. No way it stays in the rootsy pocket the whole way. But yes, would be good for them, I agree

  19. fat bastard Says:

    inflation jam >4002

  20. BTB Says:

    I interview a lot of distressed property fund managers and I don’t see it. I want to buy the best quality, A property’s in the best markets with little debt at prices we haven’t scene since the over supply days of the RTC.

  21. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @BTB – I, personally, am not particularly worried about the dollar. The bottom line is that no other currency looks particularly good as an alternative to the dollar. The euro is the only option, and it has its own problems. If American politicians would quit being whimps and tell the American people that taxes will have to go up as well as really cutting spending, then we could get a handle on this fairly quickly. However, one party refuses to discuss any tax increases, and the other refuses to look at real cuts to the budget, leaving us at an impasse.

  22. voopa Says:

    @ KP,

    Not my hard drive directly, I use the optical audio out on my PC. Most PCs have at least an 1/8″ audio out, some have RCA, most newer PCs have an optical out too.

    Consolidating the PC and entertainment system was one of the best moves I made. I can use my HDTV as my PC monitor, and listen to anything on the PC through the stereo. The PC has a Blu-Ray player too, so I just watch movies using the PC. The living room isn’t cluttered with components (which makes the wife VERY happy), I just have the receiver and cable box in the room next to the living room along with the PC.

    Unfortunately at this stage I have no turntable, VCR or cassette player hooked up, but that will change over time, as long as I keep them out of the living room 🙂

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    @voopa – I’m on my way there too, but having a full size box in the living room is not an option. Considering a Mac mini for this…RAID array in the basement…small wireless keyboard and hacked Wiimote for a pointer, if I can figure out how to do that project

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    interestingly, people have been using Mac Minis for this for a few years, and now apparently Apple figured that out, and have redesigned the line for this year to accommodate using it as a media server – increased the HD space etc

    you can find used Minis on craigslist and stuff pretty cheap. with a big stack of external HDs you’re basically just buying the processor

  25. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Mr. C – Try an airport express from Mac. They run $99 and you just plug it in, connect it to your network, plug one wire into your stereo, and voila, digital music, streamed from iTunes straight to PC without a lot of mess.

Leave a Reply