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. little umbrellas Says:

    Gutter17. dug it, but not immensy. not sure I’d pick it again over certain others. had a certain taste to the finish Im not sure about and couldn’t pin down.

  2. William H. Bonney Says:

    I would put you in the Mid-Atlantic fan base then GD. Really doesn’t matter to me, less is more. I just know ton’s of kids who don’t come south. With the NE show saturation easy to see why. But seems like I catch more NE shows than many of them in end anyway. Shit you cat’s whit kids are doing great catching any shows in my book. Miami NYE for example easy tickets awesome weather…NYC nye hype overload and winter weather….

  3. little umbrellas Says:

    Jdilla, Pet Sounds in the key of Dee:

  4. vapebraham Says:

    holy sheet, this double jack smells heavenly and the taste lives up to the smell. looks good too. clear, sparkling copper. a tropical, crisp, tangy paradise. $$$.

    getting honestly crunk. may not be able to finish this guy.

    experiencing summer weather in pennsy. running AC.

  5. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Run AC from early Apr to Halloween or later. #TXisHOT

  6. MiA Says:

    Enjoy By and glass piped some precious.

    Commencing Hall and Oates…

  7. lumpyhead Says:


    you bringing clementines to AC? pack me some. 🙂

  8. aj Says:

    Dilla4lyphe. The master.

  9. sumodie Says:

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  10. gavinsdad Says:

    Preroll of the purp @kaya mentioned the other nite. Fri nite agenda. Wife’s friends coming over @9 and I will make myself scarce

  11. vapebraham Says:

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    still workin on purp

  12. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Purp ftw! Scarcity is under appreciated as well as under valued.

    I also enjoy a properly powercooked H&O sesh. Well dome MiA.

  13. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Oh shit I didn’t actually say that aloud did I?

  14. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Btw & fwiw H&O Sun aftn set at NOLA Fess this yr was big ole fat ( o v o )s

  15. vapebraham Says:

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    Give her just about a month or two

    Bit off more than I can chew
    And I knew, yeah, I knew what it was leading to
    Some things, well, I can’t refuse
    One of them, one of them the bedroom blues

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  16. vapebraham Says:

    weekend homework assignment ; spin 7.30.97 Bowie. $$$. a not sure where this one is headed type of bowie. aural adventure.

  17. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Officially unofficially powercooked. Glass & combustion > honest vapes. Discuss.

  18. aj Says:

    Unsolicited not Phish rec of the night, this shit is mental.

    VA – The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood (2013)

    Year Of Release: 2013
    Genre: World Music, Ethnic, Psychedelic

    Disc 1 (The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood)
    01 Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle & Mahendra Kapoor – Pyar Zindagi Hai (07:30)
    02 Kalyanji Anandji – Cabaret Dance Music [Instrumental] (02:38)
    03 Asha Bhosle – Mera Naam Hai Shabnam (03:18)
    04 Shiv-Hari – Moments of Passion [Instrumental] (02:15)
    05 R.D. Burman – Title Music [Instrumental] (02:51)
    06 Asha Bhosle – Yeh Mera Dil Yaar Ka Diwana (04:18)
    07 Usha Iyer & Asha Bhosle – Hare Rama Hare Krishna (04:03)
    08 Laxmikant Pyarelal – Soul of Bobby [Instrumental] (02:13)
    09 Asha Bhosle – Aye Naujawan Sab Kuchh Yahan (Apradh) (03:11)
    10 Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle – Main Hoon Pyar Tera (05:26)
    11 Lata Mangeshkar – Apni To Jaise Taise (08:05)
    12 Kalyanji Anandji – Dance Music [Instrumental] (02:13)
    13 Asha Bhosle & R.D. Burman – Duniya Mein Logon Ko (Apna Desh) (05:51)
    14 R.D. Burman – Freak Out Music [Instrumental] (03:22)
    15 Mohammed Rafi – Jaan Pehechaan Ho (05:37)

    Disc 2 (The Rough Guide to R.D. Burman)
    01 Asha Bhosle & R.D. Burman – Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (05:25)
    02 Kumar Sanu – Ek Ladki Ko Dekha (04:36)
    03 Manna Dey & Chorus – Aao Twist Karein (04:13)
    04 Mohammed Rafi – Chand Mera Dil (02:58)
    05 Kumar Sanu – Kuch Na Kaho (06:05)
    06 Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle – Chura Liya Hai Tumne (04:48)
    07 Vanita Mishra, Gauri Bapat & Gurpreet Kaur – Lakdi Ki Kathi (03:59)
    08 S.D. Burman – Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana (05:46)
    09 Mohammed Rafi – Sar Jo Tera Chakraye (04:22)
    10 Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle – Yah Ladka Hai Allah (04:52)
    11 Kishore Kumar – Yeh Shaam Mastani (08:09)
    12 Asha Bhosle – Dum Maro Dum (03:39)

  19. voopa Says:


  20. gavinsdad Says:

    120 is beast. Respect.

  21. vapebraham Says:

    honesty is such a lonely word

  22. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Honesty is the loneliness number

  23. voopa Says:

    Honesty is the loneliest policy

  24. voopa Says:

    Know your pipes!

    As a result of the horrible disaster in San Bruno 37 months ago, the local natural gas concern has sent informational mailings to anyone in their jurisdiction living within 1K feet of a major transmission line. The notice includes a link to the National Pipeline Mapping System, which I would link to here, but elitist bickering has made it unavailable for now.

    After the “shutdown” search for NPMS and know your pipes!

    Now playing: Andy, by FZ (studio ver.). Nearly through this EB. Tree time.

  25. sumodie Says:

    AJ, WOW what a drop! Been eyeing another psychedelic bolly comp but dont think Ive seen this one (havent paid attention to those Rough Guide releases actually)

    Imasucka for music comps that pair ‘psychedelic’ with /insert exotic country here/

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