TTFF: March Madness Mix

The Madness

With the NCAA Basketball Tournament moving through the prime-time rounds of sixteen and eight today and tomorrow, here is another form of March Madness that can accompany the games: March Phish! With the exception of one selection this week, all tracks are pulled from the month of March in Phish history, focusing primarily on the years of 1992 and 1993. (And most are in SBD form.) Enjoy the music and the hoops, and have a great weekend!


The Landlady > David Bowie” 4.5.92 II

The only pick of the week that pops into April, but at this point, so does the Final Four. Check out this top-shelf combo from Boulder’s Fox Theatre to kick start your day.



10.30.10 (D. Lavery)

Reba” 3.22.93 I

A first set gem from the Crest Theatre’s legendary Gamehendge show  in Sacramento, California.



Stash ” 3.30.93 I

A imposing beast from Eugene, Oregon.



6.12.10 (L.Neuhaus)

Antelope > BBFCFM > Antelope” 3.13.92 I

One of two mind-numbing “Antelopes” in a week during spring ’92, this Phishy excursion comes from the well-known Campus Club show in Providence, Rhode Island.



Tweezer” 3.30.93 II

This rather experimental piece contains elements of groove, rock, and abstract jamming.



Feel Good

Harry Hood” 3.12.93 II

The cathartic exclamation point to Phish’s performance in Vail’s Dobson Ice Arena; a smoking and creative old-school version.



Mike’s > Lawn Boy > Weekapaug” 3.1.97 II

To close out the week, here is Markthalle’s Door’s-laced “Mike’s Groove” from Europe ’97, as documented on “Slip, Stitch, and Pass.”

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1,131 Responses to “TTFF: March Madness Mix”

  1. tela'smuff Says:

    there are a handful of artists i can listen to relentlessly. Phish and the GD of course, but Bob Dylan over the last couple years has reached that level with me. Easily the greatest songwriter ever, period. Not only do you have all of his incredible albums, but these Bootleg series he’s been releasing have a whole different batch of classics.

    in addition to those three, somehow Ryan Adams has gotten up there for me.

  2. Spike2518 Says:

    Saw it again!!!! 🙂 🙂

  3. halcyon Says:

    Any John Zorn fans out here? Currently listening to The Circle Maker. Cool unique music.

    From Wikipedia
    Masada is a musical group with rotating personnel led by American saxophonist and composer John Zorn since the early 1990s.

    Masada is as much a “songbook” as a group, comprising more than 500 relatively brief compositions. Each song is written in accordance with a number of rules, including the maximum number of staves, the modes or scales that are used, and the fact that the songs must be playable by any small group of instruments.

    Given the historical associations of the project’s name (see Masada), the Hebrew titles of the compositions, and the Jewish imagery on the covers of the associated albums, Zorn was clearly exploring his Jewish roots, stating, “The idea with Masada is to produce a sort of radical Jewish music, a new Jewish music which is not the traditional one in a different arrangement, but music for the Jews of today. The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together.”[1]

  4. phoammhead Says:

    ^spike’s on a roll!!! 🙂

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    what’s up hal. i like Zorn, but he requires some work to appreciate. i learned of him through my love of Bill Laswell and Bill Frisell. he has such a giant discography it’s tough for me to know where to focus.

  6. Robear Says:

    Boy, man….

  7. Spike2518 Says:

    Saw it again!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. halcyon Says:

    yeah tela’s

    his discography is insane, and his music is really varied. Several years ago I was introduced to his music by a friend who was diving in deeply to free jazz, avant garde, and experimental music.

    Have you heard of this release by Bill Laswell. Dub of the passover?

    You can find it here (John Zorn’s label/site)

  9. plord Says:

    I have tons of Zorn and have seen him live a couple dozen times. The Masada material is *by far* his most accessible music, and I love it to bits. I’ve seen him do that material in a mostly acoustic lineup (with Joey Baron playing the drumkit with his bare hands), and in a completely chaotic, full electric setting with John Schott (sp?) on guitar and Mike Patton on assorted shrieks and yelps. Awesome stuff.

    I like the Naked City material too, and his “Cobra” improv games, where he gets a bunch of musicians together and conducts with an arcane series of gestures, cue cards, and colored flags. Nothing about the man is simple.

    Tip: don’t start exploring Zorn with _A Classic Guide to Strategy_. It’s a series of tracks inspired by Carl Stalling, based on “The Book of the Five Rings”, performed solo on saxaphone and duck call. Seriously difficult listening; I think Zorn was specifically fucking with hipster music critics with that one. Guaranteed to push the unstable over the edge.

  10. ae Says:

    Furthur was great last night, really really great. Kinda slow first set and lots of old school obscure stuff.. the Alice d was a treat. Second set was tremendous, perfect flow from start to end, really spacey/trippy throughout. Sort of a Bear tribute show. Backdrop screen for the second set was a full size image of the wall of sound. Cool. Enjoyed so much that my wife and I are looking to go back tonight…trawling craigslist for extras. Gdad, got any?

  11. garretc Says:

    Glad to hear Furthur is tearing it up! Got my lawns for Shoreline in June all sewn up, should be good times!

  12. garretc Says:

    Speaking of great shows, definitely should have listened to 12/29/98 ages ago! What a second set that is!

  13. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Get some, Spike!!!!

    People can hate on the whale all they want, but:

    Wilson>Meatstick>Saw It Again>Piper>Ghost>Jack Flash>Saw It Again> Contact, YEM (boy man saw it again)

    is a classic set of music.

  14. Robear Says:

    garretc, hard to pick a favorite set for me, over that 12/29/98 II. The stuff dreams are made of. Solid first set, taboot!

    way to go @ AE. n-joy for the rest of us!

  15. garretc Says:


    I certainly had a blast that evening! No hate from this quarter…

  16. garretc Says:


    Yup, they crush the Free, Limb peaks ridiculously hard, don’t even have to say anything about 2001, then they keep the dance party going in Boogie On Reggae Woman w/ some siiiick rhythm playing from Trey, then they drop into YEM…

    Game over

  17. halcyon Says:

    Thanks Plord for the backround. A friend in Barcelona (who introduced me to zorn) suggested The Circle Maker. I want to check out Stone #4 with MMW. The 4 of them performed for the Stone Gallery (Which Zorn curates).

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    I just cannot stop listening to the song Al Sharp by Beta Band. It has a firm grip on me.

  19. Robear Says:

    Further @ RCMH?!?!?

    anyone BB’ers in the NYC area NOT GOING? For shame, for shame, if so. Straight to the corner with the non-puffers.

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    I haven’t heard this one. Much like Zorn, Laswell’s discography is HUGE, and varied. I got way into Laswell and started collecting everything I could. After some purchases via eBay of some hard to find Laswell I learned some of his output is suspect. Anyway, my main interest in Laswell is his dub work. And even there, after owning about 10 different Laswell dub projects, you start to hear a lot of recycling of ideas. But he has some absolute dub must haves, so i should check your rec out.

    my Bill Laswell rec’s, not incl Praxis or Material albums:

    Bill Laswell – Dub Chamber 3
    Bill Laswell – Book of Exit: Dub Chamber 4
    Bill Laswell – Imaginary Cuba
    Bill Laswell – Points of Order
    Bill Laswell – Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974
    Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble – Radioaxiom: A Dub Transmission
    Bill Laswell & Pee Namlook – Psychonavigation
    Bill Laswell – Invisible Design
    Bill Laswell – Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley

    I have these and a lot more if enough people are interested.

  21. voopa Says:

    G711- Still pulling that 11/7/96. May not have it seeding until tonight. stay tuned.

    Zorn’s Naked City is available in my mediafire, as is TJ Kirk, the band comprised of Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard, John Schott and Scott Amendola. They cover James Brown, Monk and Roland Kirk.

    Think I’ll upload some more stuff today, in between installing Acrobat and waiting for 11/7 to finish…

  22. BrandonKayda Says:

    hey BB what’s up?

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    Cool voopa. I know I need to hear that Gin for sure.

  24. Cable Hogue Says:

    I really dig the 11/29/98 Split. Has a raging “backwards” guitar solo.

  25. plord Says:

    @halcy, my favorite Masada albums are Gimel, and the live disc with much of the Gimel material, I think it’s Live in Jerusalem.

    @Tela’s, damn straight on Laswell. Sturgeon’s law applies, but the 10% that are keepers are unreal quality. +1 on the Jah Wobble and Pete Namlook collaborations; his work with Terre Thaemlitz is alsoi good but more ambient than dub. You have _Mysteries of Creation_ and _Lost in Translation_, his big dub compilations, right?

    In my book, though, Laswell will never again hit the peak he hit with Material’s _Hallucination Engine_. Best world-jazz-funk-dub album ever made, and ever will be.

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