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. Mike in Austin Says:

    Hilarious SW.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    Thanks, MIA, that was very cool of you! Sadly, Mediafire is also blocked. I must be the only tool in China who does not know how to bypass the great firewall! Oh well, will read it when I get back, but really appreciate the effort.

    Good to see you on here too SW. Hope you are doing well!

  3. Cable Hogue Says:

    Cypress Mike’s and coffee….awwww yeah!

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    I see you are not loving it.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    good morning yall.

    just tuned into the bunny. mike’s song is on. how do I determine the date of this mike’s?

  6. kayatosh Says:

    well, by the FYF tease i determined it’s 10.19.2010. but I don’t see any dates anywhere. just says mike’s on the media player.

  7. [Not Tom] Says:

    itunes says it’s 10/19/10 – Augusta ME

  8. butter Says:

    Morning fluffers

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    MiA being wayyy more proactive than me.

    big ups

  10. lastwaltzer Says:


    can’t find my phone, shoot me an email with your #

  11. butter Says:

    For whatever reason lots of memories of Coventry are coming back to me

    Nothing bad, just the smell of the grass, the feeling of a long carefree weekend, ect.

  12. [Not Tom] Says:

    I can’t figure this out – this reads to simply be the “Live Phish Radio” stream when you play The Bunny (it plays through iTunes for me), yet if you go to the LivePhish website where the radio link shows at the top, the header shows that Cavern is playing from Susquehanna. Yet, that header is completely incorrect, even if you close the Bunny and re-open using the link on the LivePhish website. Strange.

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, AJ

    Im sorry I haven’t been around here more lately.

    I can’t get on the board at work (it’s blocked)

    I only have 5 weeks left at the office this summer, so I’ll be back in force for Leg 2.

    thanks for noticing, man.

    Have fun in China and get some rest

  14. Dr Pronoia Says:

    so happy for all my neighbors, friends, colleagues, and patients who can finally honor their love legally. Go NY

  15. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ silly – what’s the story behind your Avatar. Is this a personal thing or simply a social mission?

  16. kayatosh Says:

    indeed, dr. P. never understood the debate on same sex marriage. where’s the beef? it has to be a small minority that opposes same sex marriage, and they lost in NY.

  17. [Not Tom] Says:

    What was that that just got screamed during Bag?

  18. ThePigSong Says:

    Listening to the boards this morning and I was reminded of the sound in Alpharetta. Over the two nights I tried section 102, 101, 104 & the lawn. I thought the sound was muddy and not nearly loud enough any of those spots.

    Anyone else leave the venue with the same feeling?

  19. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ ThePigSong – I was in the pit, pretty close to center night 1 and the sound was fantastic. Night two I was pretty far back and pretty far left in the pavilion (sec 105 I believe) – the sound there was not that great. I assumed it was because I was so far off center. I’m a whore for Dead Center positioning. Heck, dead center outside the venue where Shakedown was located at the CLT show had great sound.


  20. [Not Tom] Says:

    When it comes to sound quality, the “room,” or in the case of outdoors, the venue, shed material, shed design, shed height, terrain, etc, all affect the quality of the sound. Also, on night 2 at Alpharetta, the crazy winds and rain that were swirling around under the high roof would have affected the sound. But not on night one – in that case it’s simply the design of the venue and Gary’s work with the P.A.

  21. Storm Shadow Says:

    Acoustic Secret Smile is fantastic

  22. RamblinMind Says:

    13 hour work day starting now….

    On the (possibly) bright side, I may have June 30-July 4 off, which would make Superball IX a possibility. Except I’m “on call” for a couple days. Hopefully I can work something out with coworkers and not get stuck at home for 5 days because I’m on call and don’t even get called in

  23. [Not Tom] Says:

    I made a request for The Bunny, but as with most “requests” if they do play it I’ll likely not be listening at the time.

    So, if you happen to catch Bathtub Gin from The Fox Theater, Atlanta, 10/9/1995, please enjoy it for me. This show has never been officially released, and I don’t believe there’s a SBD in circ, but Shapiro plays quite a bit of unreleased stuff from the archives when The Bunny is up and running.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    @Not Tom

    Once upon a time, at the end of May, 2011, in the beginning of an era we call Phish Summer Tour 2011, my mind lay melted and fragmented across the concrete floor of a little venue in upstate New York called Bethel Woods.

    The reason my face was strewn across the concrete floor was because of an epic performance by a traveling band of psychedelic minstrels named The Phish from Vermont.

    The event will forever be etched in our memories as Bethel 2.

    I was trying to piece my life back together in the back seat of Albert Walker’s rental car with Mitch, Dancing Fool, AW, and Jeff from WaterWheel (really nice guy).

    The only place we found open after the show was a McDonald’s. There was a line of 20 cars. We were puddled from the show and needed nourishment, even of a McDonald’s variety. So, we said fuck it and got in line.

    After 45 minutes, it was our turn to order. Lots of Chicken McNuggets were ordered. But, I resisted and ordered, simply, the Chicken Sandwich. :

    AW was commenting on the characteristics of certain hill billy tribes in the Bethel, New York region while mixing these characteristics with some stereotypes of McDonald’s employees.

    Little did we know that the intercom was still on…

    So, when they bring out our food it was all there except for…My chicken sandwich.

    Mitch explained very politely that they forgot our chicken sandwich and asked if we could pull up and they’d bring it to us.

    The kid said simply: No.

    Mitch slightly less politely said: What do you mean? This is your mistake.

    The kid said: No.

    Mitch maybe a bit agitated at this point said: Listen you made a mistake. Bring us a chicken sandwich. We’ll pay for it.

    The kid said: You’ll have to get back in line, sir, and order again. I can’t bring it to you. Get back in line.

    We were not about to get back in line with 20 other freaks, trippers, wooks, and townies.

    One of the running jokes of the weekend was my bad luck. So, it figures that it was my sandwich that didn’t come through.

  25. butter Says:

    The sound was not even at all at Alph, I agree Pigsong

    Moving around, there wasn’t that many good spots

    The GA Pitt was the best I found, by far., and even if I was too far on Page side (of the GA Pitt) Trey sounded distorted and earpiercy

    As far as lawns, Raleigh wins best sound in the lawn. (I was at last 5)

    Portsmouth, u would think the whole lawn should bump with it being so tiny, but it had dead spots. There were some perfect sounding spots tho on the lawn (first row of lawn in particular, you could feel the power of the bass blasting out of the pav) Portsmouth also has kick ass sounding nooks and crannys that u can seek out with it being full GA #badass

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