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. kayatosh Says:

    g’ evening, all. mixing things up w/ some 6.19.95 I: tela punch reba str. design + II: simple>bowie mango
    in the headphones w/ a proper helping of mango.

    steam 1 (6.4) > steam 2 (6.12)

  2. punkmug Says:

    I am liking the slightly more developed 6.12 version of Steam. Looking forward to see where that song goes.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    interesting, punkmug. I like both versions — steam’s a promising tune — but prefer the simpler earlier version.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    big makisupa fan here. I feel it’s an underrated tune in the repertoire.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    much lauded 6.19.95 reba in the headphones now. the aud tape on bt.etree is good to great and great+ for the period.

  6. butter Says:

    wack that shit Plord

    crazy shit Palmer, way to keep at it

  7. punkmug Says:

    It’s a tough call for sure. I feel like I should like the Blossom version better because I was there, but for whatever reason MPP is just ever so slightly more tugging on my heart strings. You know how it is I’m sure.

  8. buddysmyles Says:

    i was just bumping bethel2 Gin>Hood while sanding some old stairs…. What a great weekend. It got me thinking about “it” and what “it” is to me. For me “it” is the moment when i realize that i have tears in my eyes, while smiling/laughing and my body is covered in goosebumps! For some reason i achieved “it” during bethel3 Timber. not sure why upon the replay but it happened!

  9. punkmug Says:

    On a super positive side note. I finished up my 5 disc Sbd>FLAC:WAV>Cdr leg 1 highlights. I never did one for 2010 so today I decided I should starting trying to put something together today. While I easily found some great 2010 highlights to make into a pretty sweet 2010 best of compilation, the highlights as a whole were not quite as sweet as the all of the highlights thus far from 2011 Leg 1. Great perspective for me personally to really be hit in the face with how much better the band is playing right now. I mean, has been said before, but its really seeming like the sky is the limit for the band right now. Carry on.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Charlotte’s RnR>Ghost>Free>Reba, Icculus is as good as anything all tour. On par with anything from Bethel and Detroit.

  11. punkmug Says:

    “Charlotte’s RnR>Ghost>Free>Reba, Icculus is as good as anything all tour.”


  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’d take the icculus and free out – but the RnR Ghost and Reba are all great

  13. jdub Says:

    Nice buddysmyles! IT happened a lot at Bethel 2, my only show of the run.

    Bethel Maki is a keeper for sure. My son is hooked on that one as well, he likes Mike’s house. And we both dig Halley’s as well. He loves the song, I love the jam.

  14. punkmug Says:

    In all honesty, I could live without the Icculus too, but I really feel that Free, while very standard and in the box benefits from the songs before it and after it so much that it makes it a pretty sweet breather tune in this case. (this is coming from a fan that is really wanting Free to break out of the box it’s trying to scratch out of)

  15. jdub Says:

    Fine segment of music right there @Palmer.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Exactly punkmug, that’s why i left Free in. I debated leaving Icculus off, but what the fuck? It’s a rarity and fun and a part of the phish experience. Therefore i left it in. If, for nothing else, then the crowd energy it brings.

  17. jdub Says:

    Free works great as a landing pad. It works even better as a launch pad. Someday maybe.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    We all love the big jams. However, if that’s the only reason your there, chances are your going to be bored for at least 1/2 the show. A well placed Free, even a contained one, still works on many levels. It is a great song IMO, especially when Mike thumps that bitch.

  19. plord Says:

    I like the Blossom Steam best, mostly because on relisten I am instantly transported back to the mad, soul-twisting kundalini rush that climbed up my spine as it was getting going.

    “Hm, this is unfamiliar…”
    “Whoah, this is a THICK GROOVE.”
    “Ohhhhh shit here we go, up and Hmzzsh%$23@!!”

    Like that. You dig?

  20. punkmug Says:

    @jdub. yes! I can’t wait for it to become a launch pad again. I can toast to that!

    @Palmer. I remember thinking the same thing about Mike’s bass bumps in Free at the Riverbend Tweezer>FREE. While a pretty contained version (one again) it was just what the dr. ordered after that super thick Tweezer throw down. Even a standard Free at the right place can be so sublime. Shows that flow are where its at for me.

  21. ThePigSong Says:

    My prediction is for Free to go big at SBIX.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    Jams may not be at every show but the tension and release aspect I love is alive and well.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    dig, plord.

    on a strange trip for the past 20 mins (of 24) w/ this 6.19.95 bowie. MindLeftBody bowie. meandering, yet strong multi-themed jam. and the reba is great.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    I can’t wait to see steam 10 more times.

  25. ThePigSong Says:

    also, talking with my peeps earlier: is the whole concrete/car race track thing going to feel offensive in the Phish festival setting?

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