Election Music

One Nation Under a Groove (Thepin Stash)

Not to trivialize today’s important election, but if you’re a fan of great Phish, there is really only one choice. Just look at recent history. Bill Clinton took office in 1993, the beginning the band’s first peak era. Clinton served two terms through 2000, watching over’s Phish’s glory years, and at the end of his term, Phish called it quits for the first time. George W. Bush, arguably the biggest buffoon to ever sit in the Oval Office, was sworn in at the beginning of 2001 and served two terms during which the band managed to crank out merely 1 and 1/2 years of opiate-laced jamming in ’03 and ’04. Enter Barack Obama in 2009. Less than two months after the Democratic victor was inaugurated, Phish came back at Hampton Coliseum and entered the Golden Age of their career, playing their tails off for the last four years. So here we are at the political crossroads of 2012. Under a Democratic White House, we experienced ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000, ’09, ’10, ’11, and ’12. Under a Republican watch, the band came into their own during the late ’80s and early ’90s, and graced us with ’03 and half of ’04. Those are the facts—and the choice is yours. Vote wisely, my friends!

On Election Day 2012, I bring you three choice cuts from each of the past four years. And here’s to four more years of Democratic Phish!


Bathtub Gin” 8.7.09 II, Gorge


46 Days” 8.15.09 II, Merriweather


Back on the Train” 12.30.09 II, Miami



Simple” 8.6.10 II, Greek Theatre


Reba” 10.19.10 E, Augusta, ME


Ghost” 12.31.10 II, MSG



Down With Disease” 6.3.11 II, Clarkston, MI


Rock and Roll -> Meatstick” 8.5.11 II, Gorge


Tweezer” 9.3.11 II, Denver, CO



Twist” 6.22.12 II, Cincy


Undermind” 8.31.12 II, Denver, CO


Light” 9.1.12 II, Denver, CO



…With Liberty and Justice For All (Seeyoutheredesigns)

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1,028 Responses to “Election Music”

  1. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    i hopped on board with 11/19/72. a wonderful show indeed. tomorrow is forever! have a wonderful weekend, kiddos. supposed to dump up here in the high country- i may make my first turns of the season this weekend. love love love…

  2. kayatosh Says:

    best flying video ever. mind blowing. watch it w/ 11.19.72 china cat.


  3. lumpyhead Says:

    ^yeah, that videos nuts. if you haven’t seen it watch it

  4. kayatosh Says:

    peace, hebrose

  5. littleumbrellas Says:

    long work day today, sending the bb gratitude for keeping the mix alive.
    listened through Minor’s election mix, loved those Cannonball links, finally heard Good Kid M.A.A.D City from start to finish, and am deep in the 11/19/72.. Dark Star time…

    dj bb. respect

  6. PigSong Says:

    That shit at 1:19 is completely bonkers.

  7. kayatosh Says:

    bonkers. dude comes so close to the ground. human bullet.

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    I take a little powder
    I take a little salt
    I put it in my shotgun
    And I go walking out

  9. PigSong Says:

    Wow that was a really great RS article, such an Ernest (ha ha) take from our front man. I wouldn’t read to much into his drug comments, dude fucked our faces all summer. And anyway, it’s not like you’ll be hanging together anytime soon.

  10. sumodie Says:

    Thnx for the RS troy link, Palmer

    and G$, stop raving about CRB. I already feel like an ijdot for waiting too long to buy a tic to last night’s boston show. Just spun their 2nd album and love it. Band is now high on my radar

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    I will do no such thing sumo, I hope you learned your lesson.

  12. joe Says:

    8/19/12, set 2 to kick start the day


  13. SillyWilly Says:

    Happy Saturday, kids

    Drove up to northern wisconsin to chill with a friend in the woods

    Dreary rainy day. Kind of excited about it. Coffee. Breakfast. Beers. Just shootin the shit.


    Met the whole La Crosse, WI public defenders office Thursday night. Drinks and dinner. They all love La Crosse. And they were a fun crew. Makes me think if in a couple years a change of scenery is needed La Crosse might be a place to look into

    I think I remember you being from La Crosse, originally. If you’re not then that won’t make sense.

  14. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Where in northern Wi, silly? My family is from Marinette

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    Nice, AJ


    My best friend lives on Lake Minocqua. He tore all the ligaments in his knee this summer and just had surgery. Poor kid has no one to help him, so I’m just trying to keep him company.

    Trying to tap my inner mom. Not doing a great job.

    Interesting (for someone without kids and my only sibling is very close in age) how quickly your nuturing side can come out if only you’ll look for it.

  16. MiA Says:

    La Crosse (and that whole Mississippi River valley) is truly gorgeous.

    Notre Dame is -20. Wow.

    Minnesota vs Illinois -3. Probably will lose.

    Have a great weekend everybody.

  17. sumodie Says:

    First 10 tracks from this year’s 30 Days of the Dead

    all tracked & zipped at:


    01 Sugaree – 10.17.83
    02 High Time – 5.17.77
    03 Uncle John’s Band – 5.1.70
    04 Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance – 7.11.81
    05 Jack Straw – 6.4.78
    06 China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider – 4.14.71
    07 Samson and Delilah – 4.5.88
    08 Here Comes Sunshine – 11.17.73
    09 Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain – 7.31.82
    10 Estimated Prophet – 3.20.77

    30 Days of the Dead – 2012:

  18. roberto luongo Says:

    Yo AJ

    thanks for throwin those vids up there yesterday

    been bumpin this Teklife Welcome to Chicago DJ Rashad. all morning. really sick shit.

    choppy, funky, abstract, psychedelic. lo fi. really dig this sound. had heard a bit in the past but never really dove in a bunch. really good stuff.

  19. roberto luongo Says:

    streamin it here

    gonna buy these files today.


  20. thedayman Says:

    illinois sucks @mia. worst team we’ve had in the last like 70 years

    hard core study day. gonna try and run thru all of the late night bonus festival sets. starting with flatbed jam. never heard dis shit.

    be well bb.

  21. leo weaver Says:

    Happy weekend! Nice cool sunny morning here with the promise of a perfect afternoon…made even better by the abundance and variety of local harvest. And the farmers market is flush w broccoli, greens (every type imaginable) and root veggies
    …I love fall. Yall be good out there.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    ghee for breakfast plus streaming this (12.3.81 GD):


  23. kayatosh Says:

    cheers, leo.

  24. leo weaver Says:

    @sumo…I second g$ re: crb. Don’t miss out next time. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Sounds like silly Willy is in a pretty damn fine spot.

  25. leo weaver Says:

    Back at’cha kaya. Hope you’re doing well.

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