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. Robear Says:

    Miner, WTF? These songs are WAY TOO JAMMY.

  2. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Been supper busy. Went winter camping in the ADKs last weekend. Body is beat to shit. Getting old, indeed. Glad to hear tix are coming through for folks.

  3. willowed Says:

    Selecta is a fast talker

  4. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @sw- Love that Winston Rodney image from his debut album. I have that one on Vinyl somewhere.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    I’m not listening, does Sel J have to say:

    “We’re on the air, because we care” a lot?

  6. SillyWilly Says:


    Thanks, man!

    been spinning a ton of burning spear lately.

    (and even some that selector told me isn’t really burning spear, but amazon tried to pull one over on us. Gotta get up pretty early on a Jamaican morning to fool Sel J on the riddims)

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Anybody check out this hcick Sarah Jarosz yet? Allison Krouse-y sound. Great players on her records. She is like 17 or something,

  8. Robear Says:

    To whomever posted last night:

    I have no fucking clue why Phish will jam so much at sound checks.
    Contrarians? Nerves? They could care less? IDK

    The reason they don’t jam as much during shows is probably because the fans and crew are asking for it.

    I will confirm this: they jam quite a bit during sdck. They also play ‘Funky Bitch’ a lot. When they were sound checking ‘Burn That Bridge’ throughout 2010, there was always a nice jam in the middle.

  9. dorn76 Says:

    Scored a pair for the Worcester opener, Sec 238.

    So I guess I’m thrilled, but will be busy tomorrow AM, nonetheless.

  10. MiA Says:

    I now have 8 Pav tickets for Burgettstown. I only needed two.

    You get on a roll, y’know.

    I’ll put them up on the spreadsheet.

  11. MiA Says:

    Live nation Presale for Burgettstown was today for the iPhone.

  12. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @Rob- That’s it man. Phucking conundrum. They know how to balance btw giving just a taste so we know it is there and opening it up every now and then. Keep us coming back like crackheads. They have there finger on the pulse of the fanbase and tease us like kittens chasing a string of yarn.

  13. Spasm Waiter Says:

    I@SW- I love the old spear with the sick back up harmonies and shit…

  14. ThePigSong Says:

    The intro for that ’93 Wedge pamped last night is indeed a beaut. New ringtone actually.

  15. punkmug Says:

    Winston Rodney is the bizzo. Was rocking Hail H.I.M. last night while painting fence pickets.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the first day of the tourney will always hold an odd memory for me. apologies if I’ve told this one here before. no apologies for carriage returns or the lack thereof. warning: this is even longer than the post I had the other day. feel free to skip right over this.

    spring break senior year of college my buddies and I piled in my little civic hatchback and drove out to Crested Butte to hang with my brother (caught a crazy fun George Clinton show while there too). On the way back I was driving while the others slept and I knew the first games would be coming on the radio soon as we crossed over the state line into Illinois from Iowa. I looked down to find a radio station carrying the early game and when I popped up there was a cop behind me, lights blaring and sirens going. I pull over and he tells me he pulled me over for doing 71 in a 65 ❓ . He then tells me to come sit in the front seat of his cruiser while he checks everything out. I do and as he is doing the background check we have the following exchange:
    Copper: “Are there any drugs in the car?”
    Me: “no sir.” (we had brought some seeds back and I think there was a piece in a backpack but that wasn’t what he was fishing for, clearly)
    C: “Is there any alcohol in the car?”
    M: “No sir.”
    C: “Are there any weapons in the car?”
    M: “No sir.”
    C: “…”
    M: “…”
    C: “I noticed some hesitation in your voice. I’m going to have to search your vehicle.”
    M: “uh… what?”
    So rather than have this become a bigger deal – and since I knew what was and wasn’t in my car – I obliged him. I also figured that if I said no he would take that as probable cause and do it anyway, probably finding seeds and paraphernalia which would be very hard for him to locate with a cursory search. As he is walking around the vehicle and looking in the windows at my now awake but still pretty bleary-eyed companions who have no idea what is going on, he begins asking very pointed questions that in retrospect were very much profiling.
    “Who listens to Phish?” (I had one little original logo sticker on the back right of the rear glass – I was actually impressed that he knew what it was)
    “Who smokes camel cigarettes?” (after looking in the ash tray in the car)
    “Where are you guys coming from?” (should’ve said our Mormon Mission instead of Colorado)
    amongst other fishing questions
    So he pokes around a bit, obviously finding nothing. At one point he says to us (all out of the car standing on the shoulder while he does his thing) “Hey, guys. Lighten up. Unless I find a kilo of cocaine or something, you’ll be on your way.”
    Us: (no response; blank stares)
    C: “That was supposed to be a joke.”
    My friend: “Frankly, sir, under the circumstances, I didn’t find that very funny.”
    I almost lost it laughing at that. The guy knew he had nothing and let us go on our way. Oh, and he wrote me a warning for that extremely high rate of speed at which I was traveling when I crossed the state line. To this day, I am convinced he pulled me over because I had long hair and stickers on my car. Every year I think about that experience. One of those crazy little traveling things we have all run into, some ending well and some not so much.

  17. litteringand Says:

    I love that not submitting to a search was/is probable cause. WHAT A COUNTRY!!!

  18. MiA Says:

    Short version.

    Vancouver to Gorge in 99. Crossing border after 9/9/99 show, noob friend is driving my rental we picked up in Seattle with our SLFs in car.

    “Border Guard: Why are you coming to the US?”
    Me: “We’re returning from a weekend in Vancouver”
    Border Guard: “Are you going anywhere in particular in the US?
    Chris: (bright eyed and bushy tailed): “We’re going to the Gorge to see PHISH!”
    Border Guard: “Please pull over, we’re gonna strip search your vehicle.”
    Me: “Chris, you’re a dumbass.”

  19. litteringand Says:

    We just need to get stickers for that band “War on Drugs”

  20. Spasm Waiter Says:

    T3- Shit makes my skin crawl. We got picked up in Pittsburgh and they ended up making us chuck our herbs in the roadside fescue and break the glass on the shoulder. I was the shitfaced passenger. My blazed, white, dreadlocked buddy was driving. LEt us go with warning. Got in car and my buddy looks up and says, “Shaft of light. Shaft of light.” Freebird on the radio upon pullover.

  21. punkmug Says:

    @litteringand. I love War on Drugs! Slave Ambient is a brilliant record.

  22. Kaveh Says:

    War on Drugs! Slave Ambient

    ^ Last two mornings I’ve had this on the iPod on my ride to work. Great way to start the day.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    @punkmug: any luck with PTBM?

  24. punkmug Says:

    @Kaveh, Nice! If you like that, Kurt Vile’s – Smoke Ring for my Halo is pretty good too.

  25. punkmug Says:

    Only doing DC>AV so did not bother since I don’t want to get lawned. Gonna try my luck at the AV pre-sale in a few min..

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