Let the Madness Begin…

Tourney Time 2012

Enjoy the first round of action today, and here is a powerhouse playlist to rock with or without the ballgames. Also, make sure to cast your vote in Trey Is My Friend’s championship song bracket‘s Round of 32 by the end of today! And then head back for the Sweet 16 tomorrow! In the Phish universe, ticket madness is about to explode over the weekend as all the show of Leg One go on sale in two days! Get your strategies prepared!


Split Open and Melt -> Catapult” 12.31.99 I, Big Cypress, FL

One of the top highlights from Big Cypress—an all-time great.



Reba” 6.13.94 II Kansas City, KS

1994 and “Reba,” a match made in heaven. Here is another stellar version.



Ghost” 8.7.98 I, Raleigh, NC

A first set bomb after the rain stopped at Walnut Creek ’98.



Piper” 8.8.98 II, Columbia, MD

As Phish came back from Europe, after dropping Prague’s 7/6/98 version, “Piper” continued to expand.



Tweezer” 11.3.96 II, Gainesville, FL

A groovy and percussive version with Karl Perazzo; two shows after “Remain In Light” you can already hear the influence of the album’s style.



YEM -> Izabella” 7.26.97 II, Austin, TX

Everyone knows “Tweezabella,” but do you know her sister “YEMabella?”



Stash” 11.13.97 II, Las Vegas, NV

Phish dropped this mammoth “Stash” on the first night of Fall ’97. Funk, what?

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409 Responses to “Let the Madness Begin…”

  1. kenny powers Says:

    I want a plaid fucking dragon.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    I want a bigger wang.

  3. Tom Jane Says:

    i just want my kids back

  4. ae Says:

    want want want…


  5. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    never heard this piper before. love the chord soloing by trey at the end holy shit.
    impressive endeavor overall.

  6. MiA Says:

    Boheim is the plaid dragon with big Wang.

  7. Leo Weaver Says:

    in the works Mr. P. all ingredients procured. just need a day with no kiddo in the house, should have one in another week or so.

    I <3 sweet tarts.

    evenin' all.

  8. acleo Says:

    “Don’t I look happy!” Hahaha. Statefarm. Sweet tarts sound delightful. Go Indiana.

  9. MiA Says:

    So much for my brackets. I have u conn and unlv.

  10. sumodie Says:

    Less ear jam, more phish jam

    Gotta get prepped for hanging at the woosta box office for a couple hours, oh joy

  11. sumodie Says:

    Good with onsales tomorrow, esp in your shows go onsale at the same time

    Don’t forget that (most) multi dates are selling 2/3 day passes

    At least Portsmouth, SPAC, and did I hear Jones Beach too?

  12. ElJefe Says:

    MIA- Plenty of time left in both those. I’ve got em both also. My bracket is BUSTED. 6-5 so far. Ack. In other news Phish plays Life in Mars better than Bowies band circa 72.

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    don’t know if anyone dropped this but one cut from the new Dr. John record produced by Dan Auerbach is up on the nonsuch sight: http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/locked-down

    its dope

  14. ElJefe Says:

    LW- how’s it been? Seeing any good avant jazz stuff lately?

  15. halcyon Says:

    Nice Rec LW….Dr John is awesome. Swampy Psychedelia

  16. thedayman Says:

    halloween ’98 lonesome cowboy bill jam is excellent. listening to that halloween set tonight. very jammy, especially for a halloween costume. it’s really pretty remarkable how “inside” of all of these songs they were, for having never played em before. 98 is an underrated year IMO. overshadowed by fall 97, no doubt.

  17. ElJefe Says:

    My fav Halloween set Day. Killed it! Somehow still haven’t listened to the LF set though. Liked the Stones one a lot too.

  18. sumodie Says:

    Speaking of jazz, anyone listen to Vijay Iyer?

    I’ve been reading rave reviews about this guy, though I’ve not heard his music yet. His latest just got a glowing review in the recent New Yorker



  19. thedayman Says:

    @jefe – agreed man, this set is all killer no filler! i’m hoping the band brings more little feat out this summer, that was a great cover. definitely recommend checking it out if you’ve got the inclination

  20. MiA Says:

    I think more of ’98 than ’97, but maybe because I liked the gins so much.

  21. thedayman Says:

    @MiA – i think you’ll appreciate this, seeing as you’re on a breaking bad bender. not very witty, but def good for a chuckle.


  22. vegas wolfmans Says:

    ’98 over ’97 if I had to pick one. The progression into the ambient from the straight cow is awesome. cow ambiance.

  23. thedayman Says:

    ^couldn’t agree more, vegas. mmm cow ambiance, tasty.

    the jam out of horn on 7/15/98 is the essence of why i love 98 so much.

  24. Henry Says:

    Any opinion on using Livenation v. Ticketmaster or are they equally frustratingly evil?

  25. halcyon Says:


    Highly recommend Vijay Iyer. He has a comprehensive body of work and the music is excellent. Panoptic Modes is recommended. Will be checking out his latest real soon. Beautiful Jazz. Sweeping and engrossing.

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