14 Years Ago…

11.1.09 - Festival 8 (G.Lucas)


Remembering Jazzfest: Today is the 14-year anniversary of Phish’s lone performance at the fairgrounds of New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on April 26, 1996. Though not deeply improvisational, this memorable day carried a marked significance for the band. Here is the beginning of a short memoir I wrote last year.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the greatest traditions of this land. Uniting the best and brightest from all walks of improvisational music, combined with southern flavor and creole cuisine, Jazzfest becomes a multi-sensory indulgence. This past weekend, the ‘09 edition got underway, and yesterday, April 26th was the 13 year anniversary of Phish’s unique Jazzfest appearance in 1996.  Performing at the festival grounds under the blazing southern heat, and right before The Meters, the band played one long set that created a unique dynamic between Phish and their classic surroundings….Read on


Jam of the Day:

Harry Hood” 12.5.95 II

A brilliant and soulful rendition from UMASS ’95; a perfect piece to kick off the week.




4.20.94 Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA < Torrent

4.20.94 Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA < Megaupload

Katrina Benefit - Radio City (unk)

The Dave Matthews Band opened, and then joined Phish during “YEM.”

I: Runaway Jim, It’s Ice, Julius, Bouncing Around the Room, Rift, Axilla (Part II), Stash, Suzy Greenberg

II: Poor Heart, Run Like an Antelope, Magilla, Paul and Silas, Sample in a Jar, Big Ball Jam, Harry Hood, Fee, You Enjoy Myself* > Somewhere Over the Rainbow Jam

E: Highway to Hell

* w/ Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford, and Steffan Lessard.

Source: (FOB) AKG 460/ck61s > Custom Pre=Amp


633 Responses to “14 Years Ago…”

  1. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeh tomorrow they are showing Ab Aerteno (sp?) again
    at least they picked a good one..

    but yeh i was hoping for a non stop season

  2. jdub Says:

    Never heard Marathon but judging from the sentiments here it is aptly named. It sounds straight up painful and would likely require some significant perseverance to get to the end.

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeh doesnt sound fun thats for sure

  4. lastwaltzer Says:

    @T3, it will have to wait, only got about five songs in.

    That is whack about Lost, I’ve caught up to the current season and was expecting a new one to watch by Wednesday. I don’t think I could have kept up for six years.

  5. Selector J Says:

    the 2 cd “Haul and Pull Up: Heavy weight Dancehall ” on Trojan? I don’t actually have it but have a lot of those songs elsewhere. It’s a good era (79-82), in general.

    First, the dancehall label is misleading. Though technically correct, it’s more like proto-dancehall than dancehall-dancehall. Or latter-day roots. But definitely not the Jamaican version of hip hop that the name usually implies.

    It’s a kind of transitional period at Channel One (where most of those riddims were cut). Tubby was leaving the music biz and Jammy was starting to really come into his own. Meanwhile, the kid called Scientist was rising fast(!). Also, The Sly and Robbie led Revolutionaries left in ’79 while they were still at a peak but their fantastic replacements, The Roots Radics stepped up big time ushering in a brand new style that affected the entire island. Teamed with Linval Thompson and Junjo Lawes doing the production, the Radics were churning out nearly a 100 hits a year.

    I really like that era and those songs are an okay representation. I’d go with heavier hitters the whole way through but a lot of those aren’t on other releases so that would explain the mixed bag. Some I like a lot. Others are good but don’t leave a giant impression. That Don Carlos track on the ‘Late Night Blues’ riddim is real tuff. As is the ‘Sensi’ track by Barrington Levy. All the Levy tracks are classics, really. The Scientist dub is okay but not overwhelming. Badoo on the Drum Song riddim is top notch, tho.

    And I do like that most are 12″ mixes or paired with a dub or deejay version. The best way to listen to a reggae track in my opinion.

    In summary, all are pretty decent and a few are great and I don’t have all of the great ones. In other words, I’ll probably end up buying it one of these days… 😆

  6. Lycanthropist Says:


    it was a different type of “marathon” for sure…

    one that has thus far been extremely rewarding and downright fun

  7. sumodie Says:

    Havn’t been on the board in weeks. Just wraped up Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals. Good Times!

    I have some epic news for you guys! Word around production here is Phish will return to Indio on Halloween this year and will not be using Goldenvoice as their promoter!

    @Weekapaug: thanks for keeping the Indio flame alive!! Safe travels home taboot.

  8. Selector J Says:

    …off to the radio show.

    5000 like 5 gold rings, y’all.

  9. pagesidehighschool Says:

    Selector, I really love the “tighten up” Trojan box. I have one “dancehall” from a Trojan box, but not sure which one. It starts with “island in the sun” and has another song with the same exact music and different lyrics (track 2)

    gavins dad, spac for me and babies moma

  10. Selector J Says:

    4 gold rings = audi.


  11. voopa Says:

    That’s one of the great things about 24…no repeats!

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    ^ so it does have something going for it then…

  13. Selector J Says:

    Anyone want to listen to reggae right now?

  14. Selector J Says:


  15. SillyWilly Says:

    Im listening, Selector J!

  16. Selector J Says:

    Nice, Silly. Did you hear those last few Scientist mixed tunes? heavyweight JA sound. This Barry Brown track is fire, too.

    I’ll cue something dope up for you…

  17. SillyWilly Says:


    and yeah Im loving what Im hearing.

    They’re doing some crazy shit.

  18. SillyWilly Says:


    that was great!

    thanks, dude.

  19. gus Says:

    i’m loving this reggae selector J! what a great treat for this monday night, providing a great soundtrack to my homework doing.

  20. Selector J Says:

    Right on, gus! Thanks for tuning in.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    I’ve never been on the radio, selector J! that was awesome.

  22. gus Says:

    yes! thanks for the shout out. i’m on the east coast though… nice try!

  23. gus Says:

    alright, i’m off to bed

    night all

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    later, gus!

  25. Selector J Says:

    doh! I, um, meant the western atlantic…

    I got you confused with garretc, i think.

    Willy, you are in Madison, right?

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