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. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @beep – he is indeed. This comes from his new book “Superfreankonomics”

  2. beepaphone Says:

    @ GP i love that shit.
    Spent 4 years getting a sociology degree, then read that book and realized just how imperfect of a science it was compared to economics.

    didn’t knew he had a new one…

    drunk thing makes sense in Broad Ripple…People keep getting mugged and beaten late night….happened to 3 people I know this year.

  3. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Levitt’s stuff is definitely fun to read. You just have to keep in mind that he is NOT offering policy suggestions, just challenging the conventional wisdom.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    Mitch, not that soon – thanks though – need a new amp and sub before moving on to that – the current laptop driven setup is OK for now.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    beep, they have a blog on the NY Times website:


  6. Mitch Says:

    Anyone wanna try for a meet and greet in NYC before MSG??

    Will everyone be coming the day of show or before? There is a place with two for tuesday and a good jukebox in midtown. It’s called house of brews if you wanna check it out online.

    I’d be game if anyone else is.

  7. Mitch Says:

    email me anyway, I dont wanna post stuff on here.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    you really think economics is scientific??!?!?!?!???!??!?



    eh, I don’t have time for the discussion that would come out of it, but while it may be more of a hard science than sociology, I don’t think economics is actually a very sound scientific field at all. But that’s a topic for another day.

  9. voopa Says:

    Marquee Moon got knifed.

  10. beepaphone Says:

    good call Mr. C…busy work day for me. To elaborate though, not scientific as pertaining to following the guidelines of the scientific method, but more as a means to use numbers to explain sociological phenomena.

    Wrong word I guess

  11. Danny B Says:

    Mitch-I would be totally down to meet for a few beers before MSG, I can e-mail you closer to the shows or something.

    My buddy is having a MSG after party at a place called Stout which is right near the venue, they have a pretty impressive selection of beers, and good burgers from what I’ve heard

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I know it got killed previously, but did anybody else notice that the eyes in the rearview mirror on the Minutemen album were Page’s?

  13. beepaphone Says:

    ^ Yeah I noticed that too

  14. Danny B Says:

    My buddy will be DJing the after party, he will probably just spin straight funk untill 4am. Should be fun.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    @ mitch and danny b

    a long time touring friend is pre-gaming fri nite msg. dunno bout wed or thurs yet. that Stout place sounds fine…WAY back in the day our move was always the basement of the Slaughtered Lamb on W.4th but something closer with a dj sounds perfect. i’m sure we’ll be talking about it week of quite a bit more.

  16. bhizzle Says:


    During my senior year at college (huh?) it was 2000. All the seniors had to take some BS class prior and the theme was apocolypse/millenium (change). Everyone had to present something. My subject was water (more or less fresh, drinkable) and how it’d be the reason for the next world war. From all my research I have now conjured up a plan to purchase all land within the Great Lakes watershed. You want in?

    re: ZONK

    wow! That brings me back….way back… I forgotten all about that. Was that with dice?

    re: audio post

    15 min mark is my favorite and at the 47 min mark Treys guitar is nasty sounding….fuckin chainsaw.

  17. Mitch Says:

    I’ll be down for the funk after party!

    mr. c youve got mail

  18. Mitch Says:

    gavinsdad, been meaning to email you too. i’ll send you something on facebook. i think i added you the other day.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    just 2 quick notes to be clear:

    – not a dis on the money people. the opposite – the fact that people can understand the markets well enough to make predictions given the complexity of the system is very impressive. Psychology’s not a science either, but it works if you do it right.

    – basic issue is that you are trying to model a complex system. Maybe the third most complex in the world after the weather and the biosphere. Complexity theory is showing us pretty conclusively that modeling such a system with any fixed theory of approximations is fundamentally impossible. Issue is not that the model is bad: issue is that no possible model is good enough. Another prediction of complexity theory is that any such model will not just fail to predict the details of the system but will always eventually fail catastrophically, with predictions diverging completely from reality.

    OK really done now, not trying to argue, I mean it when I say I find the actual day to day operations of people in the money business very impressive – but professors of economics with their grand theories, not so much.

  20. voopa Says:

    Another short article from The Desert Sun:

    “Phish fans in the mood for fresh fruit and veggies won’t have to travel far during the three day festival starting Friday at Empire Polo Club in Indio

    The Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Certified Farmers’ Market will provide locally-grown produce all three days on the festival grounds.

    Paul Palodichuk, market manager said Phish invited the business to bring their produce to the festival and saw it as a “win-win opportunity for our farmers and for attendees.”

    He said the farmers will be providing “additional produce” to make Phish’s Festival 8 a special venue.

    The certified farmers market currently provides fresh-produce three days a week in three different locations across the valley in La Quinta, Palm Desert and Palm Springs.”

    …surprised they didn’t interview the “phishandthedead” blogger for that article too 😛

    I wonder what an ounce of “additional produce” is going for down there?

  21. HarryHood Says:

    I’m most likely doing all three MSG shows solo, so anyone that is up for pre/post gaming count me in. I’d hate to be wandering around NYC by myself all week…..I’d love to meet up and have a few brews, and the late night funkfest sounds like a great time.

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    thx Mitch!

  23. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    mmmm “additional produce”….

  24. albert walker Says:

    you should check this out mr. c

    This was one of the best sellers on the street last year
    talks about how you cannot predict the events that will burn your ass
    that is why they burn your ass
    you should check it out

    The Black Swan Theory (in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s version) concerns high-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare events beyond the realm of normal expectations. Unlike the philosophical “black swan problem”, the “Black Swan Theory”

  25. bhizzle Says:

    Voopa – to add to the blogger…did earthfirstsammy drop a comment? if anyone here is earthfirst sammy…my apologies….eek

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