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. fat bastard Says:

    inflation jam>4002>walfredo


  2. bearito Says:

    Would love Exile, Ladyland, or Zigg at this point. Sharon Jones is the shiznit. Does the rumor include the Dap Kings?

    I can’t see em doing Let it Bleed despite loving the album, but I like the 100th album killer theory.

    Looking forward to seeing Genesis, Yes, and MGMT getting the axe. Not trying to hate – that’s just like… my opinion man.

  3. voopa Says:

    I believe in the Box of Rain book Hunter says that Row Jimmy was recalling a flood from his youth, circa 1948. It’s also mentioned in the Annotated GD Lyrics. Can’t find it online though.

  4. voopa Says:

    Walfredo? What the?

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ok, so this just came out as part of the LivePhish email about *8*:

    Stop by the Phish Dry Goods tent to order your copy of each night’s performance. Pick up slotMusic cards loaded with MP3s on your way out of the venue each night. Preloaded into USB adaptors for instant playback on your laptop or USB car stereo, or you can pop the slotMusic card directly into your microSD-enabled smart phone.

    I’m assuming this means you have to pay for the downloads which makes me a lot more wary about the uploading aspect of this. It’s be one thing if these were handed out for free but it is unclear from the information above that that is the case. Any thoughts here?

  6. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I expect you are definitely going to be paying for them Type III, so uploading them would be technically a no-no. Up to you ethically, I suppose. I will be buying them and pumping them through my boombox as soon as I get back to my campsite.

  7. BTB Says:

    In a seriousness though, I hope the US or any other country does not goes into the inflationary abyss. Absolutely nothing destroys wealth like high inflation.

  8. voopa Says:

    The outrageous fluctuations in gas prices the last few years, and how that’s jacked prices for just about everything else makes it feel like inflation’s already out of control for most of us already. Add to that exorbitant credit card fees and rates…personally, I’ve been living on a shoestring budget for years!

  9. voopa Says:

    (I know there’s some deflation going on right now, but the 2008 rate was 3.8, the highest in over 10 years.)

  10. HarryHood Says:

    Where are you guys hearing about the Live 8 Stream on Xm/Sirius? There is nothing on XM’s website about it yet.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    seen sharon jones and dap kings a solid handful of times. was a sugarman 3/daptone records fan from the get. the dap kings horn section is drum tight. SJ is an amazing soul woman. however, and i love seeing her alot so i’m not trying to be too critical, she does more of a revue these days than a pure show. kind of like what you get when you see Al Green these days. you get the soul man, but you get the late 60s soul revue show. every time i see SJ i just want her to stop fucking around with the schtick, quit asking people up on stage to dance, and just sing the songs straight thru with power and focus. she has that.

    if she and the horn section of the dap kings do show up to bring AW’s call to light..if they bust exile…i too will be personally ball-pein hammering my nuts over here in S. Jerz. that will be fucking amazing.

    yet, i also can’t help to wonder, if, like AW posited, the boys will need a back up guitarist to pull off Exile. Binky Griptite from the Dap Kings could definitely do the job methinks. he’d be out of his sweet spot but he could do it.

    have a blast dudes…safety first, to the moon second.

  12. ColonelJoy Says:

    Well, now I’m psyched for 8….no matter what….am I supposed to be bummed? Not much to be excited about on this planet lately…8 is certainly one of them…

  13. ColonelJoy Says:

    Fuck Safety

  14. Mitch Says:

    Mr c,
    talk to me before you decide or buy anything mac. I run a mac mini server and can give advise.

    Also, any heroes fans on here? I found some portabellos while a few beers deep the other night and decided it was a good time to make tea. Those most recent two episodes where the girl can see colors were AWESOME!

  15. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Fun fact of the day courtesy of Steven Levitt: Walking home drunk is 8 times more dangerous than driving home drunk per mile. Who knew?

  16. ColonelJoy Says:

    Were the Dap Kings at Roo this year?

  17. gphisher62 Says:

    just read this on jambase:
    Phish Festival 8 To Be Broadcast by Sirius Jam_ON
    Phish’s Festival 8 will be broadcast by SIRIUS XM’s Jam_On channel live from Indio, CA starting Friday, October 30 and continue through Sunday November 1. The broadcast will feature all eight of Phish’s sets.

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    @gp, yeah, but then the interface/controls are in another room…but yeah

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    @voopa I think that’s Here Comes Sunshine

    rumor says “and the dap-kings” which I was skeptical about that part but @gavinsdad makes excellent points about the second guitar player and the horn section – very plausible

    also, “Binky Griptite” is an absolutely phenomenal name. I’m stunned I did not know this. Just outstanding.

    Excellent attitude colonel!

    The news about streaming has made me much less bummed about not going.

  20. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I would be stunned if there was a second guitarist on stage for the cover set. I can see the female vocalist and the horn section though. Further, I don’t really see that a second guitarist would be necessary to do Exile.

  21. voopa Says:

    Less than EIGHTy hours ’til the first set!

  22. Ocelot42 Says:

    Hey, sorry about the total downer post about the plane crash way back at the beginning of the day. It’s been one of those days. What I was trying to convey (poorly) besides being safe is to enjoy the hell out of the time you’ve got. For those of you going to Indio, don’t just attend the festival, fucking live it. Because it’s going to be awesome.

  23. Mitch Says:

    Mr. C,
    you looking to get a mini before the end of the year?? tickets at facemelt dot net (forgot to post my email) I’ll help you out with some stuff. drop me a line and I’ll explain.

  24. beepaphone Says:

    isn’t Levitt the Freakonomics guy?

  25. voopa Says:

    D’oh! You’re right Mr.C, ’tis Here Comes Sunshine:

    “Remembering the great Vanport, Washington flood of 1949, living in other people’s homes, a family abandoned by father; second grade”

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