Mike In March

Mike Gordon (D.Perrucci)

Those living in the east can add a short tour from Mike Gordon to the list of Phish-related events bombarding the area this winter. Just this week, Mike announced a mini 8-show, northeast run in March on the heels of Trey’s tour in February. Building on his band’s success over the past two years, Mike is staying true to his promise to make time for his solo project within the context of a new Phish. His role as a bandleader has clearly enhanced his chops, bringing game-changing bass playing to Phish during 2009. And one can expect more of the same in 2010.

Doubling as a bass player and band leader, Mike’s role bucks convention, allowing his melodic rhythms to drive the contour of the music. Backed by solid, yet not overwhelming musicians, his bouncing bass leads jump off the stage, devouring small clubs and theatres. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that this more assertive style contributed to his central role in Phish jams during 2009. So beyond these eight individual evenings, this run will payoff come summertime as well. Mixing Green Sparrow originals with an eclectic array of covers, Mike’s setlists bring the element of surprise to his shows, while his band gets into more earnest improv than most solo projects.

Another case of the Northeast getting the goods, the eight shows will essentially move up and down 1-95, veering off for only a couple shows. The dates are as follows:

3/05 – Revolution Hall, Troy, NY
3/06 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
3/07 – Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg, PA
3/09 – Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
3/11 – Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville, VA
3/12 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3/13 – Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
3/14 – Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer > Sparkle” 12.1.96 II


A Lew Alcindor-esque performance in UCLA’s Pauly Pavilion during the tail end of Fall ’96.



7.5.1994 Congress Center, Ottawa, ON < Torrent

7.5.1994 Congress Center, Ottawa, ON < Megaupload

Ottawa, Ontario

This dark-horse reader request from north of the border goes out to Jack G. This show features two colossal bustouts from the late 80’s, including the first “Cities” of the decade.

I: Rift, Sample in a Jar, The Curtain > Letter to Jimmy Page^, If I Could, Uncle Pen, Stash, Esther, Down with Disease, Sweet Adeline**

II: Punch You In the Eye, Sparkle, Bathtub Gin > Lifeboy, Cities^^, You Enjoy Myself > The Great Gig in the Sky > Hold Your Head Up, Ginseng Sullivan*, My Sweet One*, Amazing Grace**, Golgi Apparatus

E: Good Times Bad Times

^1st since 6/19/88 (745 shows), ^^1st since 9/13/88 (710 shows)

*Acoustic; without microphones
**Without microphones.

Source: AKG461 > Oade Custom Pre-Amp >DAT @48khz

(taped by Kevin Shapiro) Rift was cut on the DAT master, and the DSBD source of the track is patched in. No other DSBD tracks of this show are known to circulate.

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696 Responses to “Mike In March”

  1. flarrdogg Says:

    ‘because this is science, they couldn’t just say the parts of a cell, they had to give it a scientific name and call it an organelle.’ hahaha. so true!

    This is my first quarter back and really trying to do it right. Glad to hear things worked out for you, stitch. In a couple of my classes there is a lot of diversity, but in my math class it’s just me and a grip of 19 year olds- who are WAY better at math than ole flarrdogg (33). Kinda like that Community show. Overall, my motives are good and I’m certain everything will work out as it’s supposed to. PEACE

  2. Lycanthropist Says:


    you havent heard any TSU?

    go check out 12.10 at some point…

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    I’ve heard a little, but like I said, been stuck on CF. In the middle of the 10/30 MedDaughter– as always, very nice. Haven’t found a version of this that didn’t make me do the Mikebob we were talking about last night

    great stuff

    meltdown, meltdown

  4. stitchstash Says:

    So upon further research, the golgi apparatus is responsible for processing and storing protein and fat. Basically it packages the food that you have eaten and gets it ready for secretion.

    At least you’ll get this one right on the exam flarrdogg.

  5. joe Says:

    flarrdogg. I did it recently – going back to school that is. Total life change from corporate world job to back to school and working overnights, etc. to get by. Got the undergrad degree and master’s in ed. License to teach, etc. Basically everything but the job at the end of the rainbow. The experience was worth it for sure, but now I’m just subbing days and working second job nights and weekends to get by till I can get something permanant for next fall (this fall now that it’s 2010). Anyway, that wasn’t even the story. We were talking about Bill Clinton one day in class my first semester back, and I realized that most my fellow students weren’t even in first grade yet when I voted for him the first time. Guess that was when I realized how much older I was then most of em. And somewhere along the way they changed how math was done (ok, I’m kind of exagerrating there but not by much)

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    AND the drop into doubletime

  7. stitchstash Says:

    Joe, I’m in el ed. Between the educators on the board, we could open our own school. Mr. Miner could teach a writer’s workshop. Or soon, we could do an author study on him.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    i did the going back to school thing for a bit

    very worthwhile, I would have pursued it further but i got lucky with this job

    enjoyed it a lot including the biology

    i did a project on the hierarchy of organization, atoms > molecules > macromolecules > organelles > cells > tissues > organs > organisms > etc on up into the ecological levels, however it goes exactly…anyway I did it as a zoom animation in Flash (like that powers of 10 video) and scored it to the build/crescendo part of the Fukuoka 2001, so the final dramatic chord was peaking right when the zoom ended showing the entire earth biosphere…pretty fun project

  9. joe Says:

    When I went back, I ended up being the a-hole I always hated in class – the one who actually did all of the reading and could discuss it. Guess that’s what happens when you work a job with nothing to do for 8 hours before the discovery of phishthoughts 🙂

  10. joe Says:

    phishthoughts charter school k-12 with advanced study in touring offered in the 13th year. I like it.

  11. ChefBradford Says:

    very sweet “Sarah Mundane”. Gonna smoke a cig and check out this “funky” “Dead Flowers”

  12. stitchstash Says:

    I had to completely relearn Math. I had no idea that I didn’t understand it before. I like the new trend in education, where students use their own methods to solve problems. They are taught to figure it out and think it through instead of memorizing a bunch of rules. Because, as we know, there can be more than one way to solve a problem.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    for me the difference was basically just caring and doing the work

    i was pretty freaking lazy as a youngun

  14. joe Says:

    yeah – Mr. C. The first time through for me was just going through the motions cuz it was expected of me to go to college. Second time through, it was my decision to turn my life upside down to pursue a new path. Makes the motivation to do well much clearer in my mind.

  15. joe Says:

    although if I didn’t go the first time, I would probably not have seen phish in the spring of 1992 when they came to school. so at least that was a positive.

  16. stitchstash Says:

    I barely graduated highschool and now I have a 3.9 GPA in college. Spanish was hard. You actually have to study to learn a foreign language. It’s not that I’m smart, I just know how to follow directions and read my professors. For example, I never turned in a feild trip I was supposed to create and still got an A. I knew the professor wouldn’t have noticed one way or the other. I took a chance and I was right. I do not promote this kind of behavior, but that was the risk I took to see Phish in Albany. Win, Win for me, but a loss for a guilty conscience.

    Good night guys!

  17. joe Says:

    just got such a good shot of uplifting vibrations listening to slave from 12/7/1997. Ready to go take on the world now. just what I needed as the day is winding down.

  18. stitchstash Says:

    By the way, that wasn’t an example on how to follow directions. Unless you count that we made it to the shows just fine following directions. Even though I wasn’t driving that night.

  19. joe Says:

    good night stich

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    wow stitch, bold one!

    I was expected to go to college, which is part of the reason I didn’t want to go. I dropped out instantly. I basically used “moving into the dorm” as an excuse to get my stuff out of my folks’ house in preparation for fall tour…

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    I think it’s time to drop “Raiders” into the PS3 and watch old-school adventure movie magic

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