Pre-Ball Odds and Ends

6.10.11 (G.Lucas)

Trey In Rolling Stone: In a short but candid interview published in Rolling Stone yesterday, Trey mentioned that Phish will be working on a new album this winter, 2012 will be light on touring, and that he is considering covering Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.” Read the whole piece here!

An interesting excerpt from Trey on the history of Phish festivals:

The festivals grew organically out of our early scene in Vermont. We were always a party band and we used to play outside a lot. People always seemed to show up. I remember a big pig roast at our friend Ian’s farm one summer – everyone came and slept in the field. We did a gig at our friend Amy’s farm in Maine and suddenly it was 5,000 people. Then we went to Plattsburgh and it was 50,000. You have to keep in mind, though, that there were no festivals to speak of when Phish was doing those early ones. I remember hearing about Burning Man, but even that was just getting going in the Nineties. Now there are tons, but it all felt very cutting edge in the mid-Nineties. There was no playbook. We were making it up as we went along.


Live Bait Vol. 5

Live Bait Volume 5: With Super Ball IX just around the corner, Phish archivist, Kevin Shapiro, dropped yet another in the ongoing series of free (MP3) Live Bait download compilations. This time, Kevin featured selections exclusively from Phish “festivals” dating all the way back to 1989. Totaling 34 tracks, this is the most extensive Live Bait to date. Download the selections here!


Phish Thoughts Book Contest #2 Results: This time around, there was much more parity amongst the top contenders, with only two points separating 13 entries. But the only person to score 7 points was Dave Lieben! Congrats, Dave, your prognostication skills have won you a free, signed copy of Phish Thoughts: The Book! Contest #3 is now open. Make your picks for the second leg of Summer Tour, including Colorado. Get your entries in by June 21st to qualify for a free, signed copy of Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts: An Anthology By a Fan For the Fans! Below are the tight results of contest #2.

7 – Dave Lieben

6 – Shane Collins, Peter Jans, Lauren

5- Matty Tiscornia, Proj Mersch, Michael Pearlman, Matt Colna, Martin Foster, Kimchi McGee, J.R. Haun, Ed Mello, Don Kane



944 Responses to “Pre-Ball Odds and Ends”

  1. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    i listened to some phil and friends with trey and page earlier, but no phish songs. just shakedown st

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i find phish fasting makes me appreciate shows less. the more phish i listen to before shows the more pumped i get and i’m just in a zone where i can appreciate their music more. if i don’t listen to phish for a while before shows it takes me a bit to get back into it….

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    my recommendation: listen to live bait 5 to get you ready for your first fest

  4. guitarpicker420! Says:

    You should also listen to Charlotte, Blossom, Detroit, and Bethel 2. Get your body into the groove.

  5. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    interesting about you appreciating them less. i havent fasted before but it seemed appropriate for superball. i feel like no matter what they play im gonna be like THANK GOD

    luckily though, unlike a regular show, i’ll have 6 sets to recover if you’re right DF.

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    yeah either way we’re getting our minds blown

  7. guitarpicker420! Says:

    share in the groove phbw

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    damn, you crazy kids and your staying up late

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    and we daaanced all night

  10. RamblinMind Says:

    Not sure I’d say ’79 is a funk year for the Dead. They have some funky tunes for sure, but they never (as far as I know) did funk jams a la Phish. Shakedown Street can be counted on for some funkiness, along with the reworked “disco” version of Dancing in the Streets that they did from ’77 on (might have debuted in ’76). Music Never Stopped could get down too.

    I’ve always thought the funkiest groove the Dead have is Viola Lee Blues, although you’re not going to hear any Sly and the Family Stone or anything like that in their playing. Do yourself a favor and check out the 5/2/70 version of Viola Lee from Dick’s Picks 8

  11. chefbradford Says:

    IT Waves relisten just left me wobbly in the knees. Fuck. I was there, loved it then, have loved it since, but FUUUCCCCCKKKKKKK. That is a fucking brain-bending gumbo with alien goddamned roux

  12. chefbradford Says:

    Or, if you prefer, a (please, please forgive me…or not…whatever) crawPhish etouffee

    oh, hell…

    *shoots self for fucking awful pun*

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    IT waves is really great. I was there, but do not remember it at all. I only caught night one of IT and remember really hating it then, but it turns out it was because some really disturbing energy was coming my way in my life, and I must have known. Interesting to listen back now and hear it with new ears.

  14. chefbradford Says:

    I hear you AJ. At the time, for me (to this day I have not seen many Phish shows), seeing that Waves was a tidal wave of everything I’d missed without realising I’d missed anything. The Waves and Ghost are the two biggest memories from that astounding weekend

  15. AlbanyYEM Says:

    check out 11 1 79. nassau, same shed as island tour 98. brent gets nuts with the bug-squishing keys. seriously one of the best scarlet>fires ever.

  16. voopa Says:

    *catching up*
    “Talk about art helping people to live.”
    Nice, silly!

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Voops, what are you doing up?

  18. kenny powers Says:

    alpharetta simulcast rips up on the Nerd

  19. kenny powers Says:

    only 1.4 GB though, total both shows. i smell ultra-compressed video.

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