New York News Day


MSG NYE 2013

This week, Phish dropped two noteworthy pieces of news centered around the state of New York. First and foremost, the band announced that they will return to Madison Square Garden for the fourth consecutive year for their Holiday Run. Though this comes as no surprise, it’s always nice to see more Phish shows on the docket. Phish also announced their next remastered release—a straight heater from Niagara Falls, New York on December 7, 1995. In my opinion, this is one of the very best shows from—arguably—the very best month in Phish history. A shrewd selection from Kevin Shapiro, this drop highlights the band at their absolute career peak (up until that point) as they worked their way to MSG at the end of the month. United in their Empire State of mind, each of these pieces of news deserve a tad more inspection.

12/7/95 Cover

12/7/95 Cover

Madison Square Garden, Phish, and New Years Run have become a 3.0 tradition. Starting in 2010, the band has returned to the hallowed round room each and every year for their Holiday bash, and each time we’ve witnessed a subsequent phase of renovation that has decreased the fun and all-out free for all that once existed in the late ‘90s. Now, the venue is extremely segmented, causing fans to scurry for GA West tickets only to discover the section packed like sardines and being forced to go small on the dance floor. Let’s face it, MSG ain’t what she once was and it’s time for a change. Hopefully the band will switch things up sooner than later, but for now it looks like we are heading back to the Big Apple to brave the cold weather for the holidays. With the band peaking again and returning to one of their favorite rooms, however, these shows carry a boat load of potential. Good luck in the ticket lottery!

Niagara Falls is the best release by Phish in quite some time. This highlights one of the peak shows of a peak era—December ’95. Within this show, the band throws down a fantastic first set “Slave” that sets up Hall of Fame versions versions of “Split Open and Melt,” “Reba,” “Mike’s” and “Weekapaug” in set two, not to mention an early, scorching version of “Taste.” This is an absolute can’t miss purchase, as Fred Kevorkian’s remastering has been dialed in on recent releases like Ventura and Hampton-Winston Salem. Bring that oh-so-crisp sound to the fast, frenetic and layered jamming of December ’95, and this drop is bound for glory. Here’s a 2008 piece I wrote on four shows that should be remastered—including Niagara Falls. Hey, two out of four ain’t bad!


Winged-music-noteJams of the Day: Niagara Falls 12/7/95

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1,801 Responses to “New York News Day”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Vape- I believe it was Verno..

  2. phoammhead Says:

    BEK is a non-intune, self absorbed, unaware tramp that only cares about herself . . . oh wait, that’s me . . . as in a chump.

  3. Kaveh Says:

    SPAC3 is a beauty….carry on.

  4. Stoney Case Says:

    Not irie enough to get much from this Oneohtrix. Cannot imagine casually spinning this at work. I’d think there were aliens in my desktop

  5. vapebraham Says:

    ah the illustrious verno. thanks, palmer. i trust i’ll see you at reading.

    verno, if you’re out there, hit me up. swamikripalu gmale

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Not Reading Kaya.. I will be hitting hartford and then AC 2 and 3.. See you in Ac

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    I dig chicks like that.

    Revise, df is looking for a floor spot. And even though he pimps it hard, he does hook peeps up with tuff tix.

  8. Stoney Case Says:

    trying this instead.

    ‘The Field’ new album. Cupids Head

  9. BingosBrother Says:


  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Yeah, the Oneohtrix is better with a nice buzz going.

  11. jtran Says:

    think last oneothrix is better than this one. this one only $ I think.

    Will be spinning new Field today though, and the new thundercat track:

    but first, watching the end of the day in france:

  12. Stoney Case Says:

    Palmer, what’s the nearest big town to you?

  13. hoedown Says:

    Regarding AC late night gigs – Don’t forget the Pedestrians at the Hard Rock on Friday 11/1 for super jammy fun bar band action. Probably free admission as well.

  14. verno329 Says:

    @vapebraham Email sent your way. Got your Reading ticket if you need it.

    Thanks for the heads up Palmer. Work has made even lurking here hard recently.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Not sure what you mean @ stoney.. most towns are what you would consider big, i think

  16. Stoney Case Says:

    verno! with all the spankings and beat downs, peeps need their ‘Roll Tide’ gear!

  17. Stoney Case Says:

    a big town without giving away your location. doing some mapping and scheming over here. Fall tour would not be complete w/o a visit to Casa de Palmero

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Ridgewood, NJ or Suffern NY

  19. Marcoesq Says:

    I’m skipping Hampton, Roch, Glens Falls and DCU

  20. Marcoesq Says:

    I’m staying in Ridgefield Park, NJ tonight Palms

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Sheeit, robear dropping heady Field links?

    May have found a ride for Hampton. Who’s got a hotel floor I can crash on (I’ll pay)?

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    New Chvrches album = $$$

  23. Marcoesq Says:

    I have an extra Hampton hotel, the whole room, up for grabs. $214 for the whole weekend. Someone split it with df

  24. Marcoesq Says:

    Sick of these folks on cashortrade saying their selling AC’s but that you have to buy a half dozen Hamptons to get the deal. That is scalping, if you ask me. Even though it’s face, no one should have 6 extras and especially hold them over someone else’s head. fuck em

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    In all seriousness kids…. you should spin the Tweez from 12.28.12.

    Best Tweezer not played in Tahoe.

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