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. btb Says:

    DTE DWD + a handful of other / 1,500 or so songs in 3.0

    Just saying, jamming out of bliss they’ve always done. The Coventry SOAM / 2.0 style jamming isn’t prevalent these days.

    Not trying to stir the pot really, just my observations on 3.0 jamming vs. 2.0.

    I only thought about it after spinning the Coventry SOAM. Took me back!!!!

  2. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I saw you with a chicken sub in your hand

  3. bearito Says:

    Never been on the lawn there Butter. Glad to hear it’s a good one!

  4. Robear Says:

    Just say YES to the $-wheel Tweezer!

    Page in the early jam?!?

  5. btb Says:

    I’ve spun the Lemonwheel a million times…nice to finally have a copy of the Tweezer groovemachine. Now I need a crispy SBD of the Cities and Gumbo!

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    Listening to the nearly 18min Axilla->My Sweet One->Antelope from Live Bait 4. I don’t know why I never grabbed these before.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    well jams were obv much longer in 3.0 so there was much more of an opportunity for jams like that SOAM to occur. if they started jamming longer in 3.0 we’d get some amazing stuff

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    anyone who likes chillwave, i highly recommend this album

  9. btb Says:

    According to Mike they are jamming longer 😉

    I like the jams they’ve produced in 3.0 – some really top shelf stuff from 2010 through today.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    what does mike know

  11. albert walker Says:

    haven’t spun that SOAM yet. have never spun coventry. recently spun all the 03-04 shows I attended though. up and down. loved some of the allstate show but the LA vegas shows were just alright. didn’t really see any of the shows considered the top shelf performances from that era besides allstate.

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    were you at IT AW?

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    coventry AC/DC bag is a sick jam

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    07/28/93 Antelope is nice.

  15. albert walker Says:

    but if we are talking about not really the time of the jams but the more abstract psychedelic freak out like the It Waves or Vegas Wolfman’s def more of that please

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    Some of the jams first night Coventry are pretty good. I really don’t like to listen to those shows though because they’re so sad.

  17. butter Says:

    love Pages piano work in Mango from Mansfield, cleanest Mango in while?

    Cincy Tweez is all that and more, wow…took me my 4th or 5th spin for that to sink all the way in… the undercover plinko section

  18. BrandonKayda Says:

    MPP RnR got into that a bit this year – unfortunately everybody decided to start talking 😉

    But that jam was wild at the show – Kuroda was hooking up with the music perfectly

  19. albert walker Says:

    I was doing drugs professionally from 1999-2004 DF

    not much Phish for me. did that west coast run in 2003 trying to quit dope by going on a coke binge but started partying again as soon as we got back for Allstate

    just got worse till I got clean spring 2004

    caught Alpine runs in 03 and 04 too.

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i wanna see either fish bring out the vacuum during a long, dark jam or that vocal effect from no quarter being used during a long, dark jam

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    I still haven’t heard the Mansfield RnR->Mango yet. I’ve heard it’s one of the jams of tour.

  22. butter Says:

    Vegas Wolfman’s was one of the weirdest jams i’ve been apart of

    still remember the taste of that hash oil soaked rolling paper for the fatty i puffed during it

  23. albert walker Says:

    that tweezer was so psychedelic live

    there are real distinct suttle shifts in theme and feel that really got the energy escalating after each change. nobody is over playing but you could really feel the groove changing through def steps as the jam built.

    a subtle jam until you dig into it. so clean and psychedelic. great page.

    I love that tweezer.

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    word AW, you’re catching some hot shows again now though

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    BK, stop being so behind on everything

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