Halloween Music – An Audio Post

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , on October 27th, 2009 by Mr.Miner

Aj Mathsay Festival 8 Print

Aj Mathsay Indio Print

When considering Phish’s darkest, most demonic improv, few eras – if any – can compare to Summer ’95. Waging psychedelic jihad nightly, Phish made no bones about jumping off the deep end many times per show, churning out some of the most engaging music of their career. When thinking of what type of Phish best fit the essence of Halloween, I didn’t have to think very long. Whether you are going to Indio or not, this “Halloween Music” will make for some haunted late-night listening over the holiday weekend. All selections are excerpts of much larger jams. Enjoy. I’m packing.


Halloween Music – Summer ’95


Lossless version < Link

Tweezer 6.8 > Bowie 6.13 > Mike’s 6.20 > Free 6.26 > Runaway Jim 6.16 > Bowie 6.29 > Bowie 7.3 > Tweezer 6.14 > Tweezer 6.28 > Tweezer 6.14 >  Mike’s 6.9 > Bowie 6.24 > Mike’s 6.30


Phish Thoughts During Festival 8

phish-festival8-ticketGiven the 24-hour nature of Phish festivals and the one of a kind atmosphere that we are about to encounter, my posts over the festival may be a bit more informal, and less than full-blown show reviews. I will definitely post something each day – possibly more than once a day if the wireless is legit – and will keep you abreast of the essentials. But I will most likely leave comprehensive show analysis for after Indio, as there is just too much to do at a Phish festival to be strapped to a computer for periods of time. Who knows what will happen, but disclaimer made. Thanks for understanding.


No Spoilers – Indio

No Spoilers” is a go for this weekend! We will try to get the links up the night of, but given the festival atmosphere, they could go up that night or by the next afternoon. While we have a plan in place, and will try get them up asap, we may be depending on the first source posted and that’s out of our control. Worst case scenario we are looking at the following morning / early afternoon. In summary, No Spoilers – Indio is 100% go; but if its not up a few hours after the show, don’t stay up hitting refresh all night. Ya dig? Stay tuned to phishthoughts.com/nopoilers all weekend long – it’s the next best thing to being there!


Check out HeadCount’s “Reality Check” Game Show at Festival 8

headcountIf you are a maestro of Phish trivia, or an expert on current events, you’ll have a chance to prove it at Festival 8. Headcount, fresh off announcing superb stastisical results from last year’s voter registration campaign, will host the “Reality Check” music and political trivia game at Festival 8. The grand prize winner will walk away will receive an uncut sheet of four Pollock Halloween masks, available at the Water Wheel table throughout Festival 8. To make the prize one-of-a-kind, Jim is doing a special illustration on one uncut sheet – meaning the winner goes home with a true Pollock original.

“Reality Check” will pit you head-to-head with another competitor as a host quizzes you on Phish history, classic albums, the news and government. Plus, there will also be a Family Feud-style “Survey Says!” question. If you win three straight times, you can advance to the Tournament of Champions, held before Phish’s final set of the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 1.


Jam of the Day: Festival Week

Sabotage > 2001” 8.16.98 III


The ballistic beginning to Lemonwheel’s final set.



7.2.95 Sugarbush Summerstage, North Fayston, VT < Torrent

7.2.95 Sugarbush Summerstage, North Fayston, VT < Megaupload

Sugarbush '95

Sugarbush '95 (J.M.Richter)

My wife’s pick from the analog era, this end-of-tour party at Sugarbush represented the precursor to The Clifford Ball in 1996. Playing to a populated side of a ski slope at the end of a musically ludicrous, Phish inched ever closer to their first-ever full-blown festival. The second set jams “Runaway Jim” and “Tweezer” provided the improvisational meat of the second set, while “Reba” and “Slave” stood out as well.

I: Sample in a Jar, The Divided Sky, Gumbo, The Curtain > Julius, Camel Walk, Reba, I Didn’t Know, Rift, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

II: Runaway Jim > Makisupa Policeman, Scent of a Mule, Tweezer > Ha Ha Ha, Sleeping Monkey, Acoustic Army, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Halley’s Comet > Tweezer Reprise

Source: B&K4011’s

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Ghost Stories – An Audio Post

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on October 21st, 2009 by Mr.Miner
Red Rocks - 7.31 (W.Rogell)

Red Rocks - 7.31 (W.Rogell)

I’ve really been enjoying the audio posts as of late, and after four-hour baseball games, there’s nothing like unwinding with some Phish to the dome as the evening moves on. Sticking with a theme, this time I focused on “Ghost,” a song that has launched jams of all shapes and sizes. “Ghost’s” improv has been diverse and consistent since its debut (see below), but for this mix, I focused more on the groove side of things, speckled with doses of fast-paced psychedelia. Pulling several classics off the shelves I’ve crafted a small musical stanza of “Ghost Stories.” With Halloween around the corner, some spooky tales should serve the season right. With most of us  leaving one week from today – it’s about to be on – Indio awaits!

Ghost Stories


Lossless Version < Link

Van Andel 11/11/98 > Hampton 11/21/97 > Vancouver 9/9/99 > Albany 12/13/97 > Lakewood 7/23/97 > Radio City 5/22/00 > Denver 11/17/97 > Philly 12/5/97

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Chalk Dust > Ghost > Oblivious Fool”   6.13.97 II


This late-second set segment from Dublin’s first show of Summer ’97 included the debuts of “Ghost” and “Oblivious Fool.”



12.18.99 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA < Torrent

12.18.99 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA < MegaUpload

1999-12-18mo2The last night of a monster year of ’99 before we met up in the swamps of Big Cypress. Phish finished their December tour with a bang, opening with a goregous “Harry Hood,” and highlighting the massive second-set “2001 > Sand” and “Mike’s Goove” finale. A smoking two sets of Phish.

I. Harry Hood, Back at the Chicken Shack, Dog Log, Tube, Heavy Things, Back on the Train, First Tube, The Inlaw Josie Wales, You Enjoy Myself

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Possum, Mike’s Song > Simple, Weekapaug Groove > Buffalo Bill > Weekapaug Groove

E: Ya Mar, Sleeping Monkey

Source: (FOB) Schoeps mk4 > kc5 > cmc6 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Sony D100 (@ 48kHz)

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Adventures In the Freezer – An Audio Post

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , on October 19th, 2009 by Mr.Miner
"Tweezer" 7.31 (G.Lucas)

"Tweezer" 7.31 (G.Lucas)

Here is some Monday morning music to start off the week. In the vein of last week’s “Ambient Evolution” mix, today, I have spliced together a series of groove-era “Tweezer” jams – from 1997 to 2000 – in a 78-minute escapade, “Adventures In The Freezer.” The focus of this mix is straight-up, nasty Phish grooves, with some jams excerpted and some getting their full spin. Give it a listen, I think you’ll enjoy. The setlist is below the player. Click the title to download an mp3 version; a lossless link is below.

Adventures In The Freezer


Lossless Version < Link

Auburn Hills 12/6/97 > Austin 7/25/98 > Denver 11/17/97 > Fuji Rock 8/1/99 > Raleigh 12/16/99 > Vancouver 9/9/99 > Lakewood 6/24/00 > Christiania 7/1/98 > Hartford 11/26/97

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Jams of the Day:

Runaway Jim > Strange Design” 11.29.97 II


Got an hour? If you don’t, here’s some slammin’ funk grooves from Merriweather ’98.

Sneakin’ Sally” 8.8.98 I




11.29.97 The Centrum, Worcester, MA < Torrent

11.29.97 The Centrum, Worcester, MA < Megaupload

1997-11-29moCentered around the hour-long “Runaway Jymphony” of legend, here we have the middle night of Worcester ’97’s three-night stand. Love it or leave it, there’s no it’s an adventure!

I. The Wedge, Foam, Simple, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, The Sloth, Ginseng Sullivan, Saw it Again, Horn, Water in the Sky, David Bowie

II: Runaway Jim > Strange Design, Harry Hood, Prince Caspian, Suzy Greenberg

E: Buffalo Bill > Moby Dick > Fire

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Ambient Evolution – An Audio Post

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , , , on October 13th, 2009 by Mr.Miner
The Fox - 6.16 (B.Kisida)

The Fox - 6.16 (B.Kisida)

In an effort to switch things up, I decided to go with an “audio post” today. I often write about Phish’s ambient styles, and ever-evolving use of sound and layered psychedelia, so today I put together a mix that brings you on an audio tour through 1998, 1999, and 2000. Instead of focusing on songs or jams, I put a lens on ambient improv, creating an 80-minute “Trip Through the Late ’90s.” The jams evolve from a section of ’98, to a section of ’99, and concludes with a section of music from 2000. I will post a setlist once I figure it out, as I made the mix on the fly and it’s getting late out here. See if you notice an evolution through the years, or just kick back and space out. Enjoy! (As usual, click the orange track title to download the mix.)

A Trip Through the Late ’90s


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Jam of the Day:

David Bowie” 10.12.94 II


The first serious Fall ’94 “Bowie.” There would be many more.



10.12.94 The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN < Torrent

10.12.94 The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN < Megaupload

phish-palumbo-94-miniThis show – Phish’s most recent October 12 offering – celebrates its fifteenth anniversary today. In only the fifth show of a 40+ gig tour, Phish boasted well-polished chops and masterful communication. A soaring second-song “Reba” led into this focused night of music that centered on the second set jams of “David Bowie” and “YEM,” and ” Harry Hood,” with “Bowie” taking the cake.

I: My Friend, My Friend, Reba, The Sloth, Poor Heart, Split Open and Melt, The Lizards, Guelah Papyrus, Julius, Sweet Adeline

II: Peaches en Regalia, David Bowie, Bouncing Around the Room, Scent of a Mule, You Enjoy Myself, Nellie Kane*, Foreplay/Long Time, Harry Hood, Sample in a Jar

E: Good Times Bad Times


Source: Unknown

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Monday Mix – Fenway, Star Lake or Knoxville!

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , on May 18th, 2009 by Mr.Miner

108_08051The weather was so gorgeous in the Bay Area this weekend, that combined with the NBA playoffs on Sunday, I haven’t been in front of a computer much this weekend to write an extensive post.  Sunday afternoon, however, in between playoff games, I jumped behind the wheels of steel to create another Fall ’97 Mix-up contest! I thought about using other tours, but I figured we’d keep it simple and stick with the beloved and well-circulated tour, thus eliminating all the jams from the last mix from contention.  And who can get enough Fall, 97?

So, in honor of sunshine, the playoffs heating up, and Phish Tour in TWO WEEKS, we have another Fall ’97 Mix-up contest to kill some of your time during this penultimate week of waiting.  This round, however, we are upping the ante to encourage more participation.  For this contest, the winner will have their choice of a Sec 23-135 Row KK ticket to the tour opener at Fenway, a lawn ticket to Phish’s much-anticipated return to Star Lake, or a Sec 119 seat for Knoxville’s sleeper show.  Yup- admit one to the winner- for free!  The ticket will be shipped to the winner at the end of this week.  The runner-up will able to choose three “Downloads of the Day” next week, with short, accompanying write-ups.  So put off that task, procrastinate doing your work, and get checkout the newest mix.  Here’s the details on the contest:


DOWNLOAD / LISTEN to FALL ’97 MIX-UP Pt. 2 < LINK                                — (Roll over, click play to listen, or right click, save as to download)

  • Identify the 14 jams from Fall & NYRun 1997 in order
  • Get your entries in by this Thursday, May 21st by 10 pm eastern / 7 pacific to mrminer@phishthoughts.com
  • One entry per person (with subject line “Fall ’97 Mix Up Part 2”)
  • The winner will be the entry with the most correct jams identified.
  • No hints will be given.
  • 1st Prize = Choice of 1 Sec 23-135 Fenway ticket, 1 Star lake lawn ticket, or 1 Sec 119 Knoxville ticket



11.4.98 McNichols Arena, Denver, CO < LINK

11.4.98 McNichols Arena, Denver, CO < TORRENT LINK

phish-denver-98This is the show directly following Utah’s Dark Side show which gets understandably overlooked by many who weren’t there.  While not sharing the level of fireworks as Utah, this follow up to Denver ’97 was no slouch.  With a first set that centered on the “Bathtub Gin > Yamar” combo, it was book-ended by “Buried Alive” and “Bowie,” creating an high energy first set; and the second set didn’t slow down at all.  The meat of the set came in the “Moma, Piper > 2001, Chalk Dust,” with the “Piper > 2001” being the gem of the show.  A psychedelic roller coaster into the cosmos, the transition into “2001” is sublime.  A dark horse offering amidst all the fire of Fall ’98.

I: Buried Alive, Character Zero, Guyute, Bathtub Gin > Ya Mar, Birds of a Feather, Brian and Robert, Frankie Says  > David Bowie

II: Runaway Jim, The Moma Dance, Piper  > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Chalk Dust Torture, Loving Cup

E: The Squirming Coil

Source : B&K 4011 > Lunatec V2 > Apogee AD1000

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Fall ’97 Monday Mixup

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , on May 4th, 2009 by Mr.Miner
Hampton (J.Kravitz)

"Gumbo" 3.7.09, Hampton (J.Kravitz)

It was a gray Sunday afternoon in The Bay yesterday, and instead of going outside to play, I decided to spend the afternoon making an audio post for today in the form of a DJ mix.  Yet, this time there is a twist; the entire mix is composed of music from Fall ’97.  Focusing on the well-known and well-loved tour, I thought of a way to make this an interactive game.  Instead of me posting the “setlist” along with the untracked mix, we are going to turn this into a contest and see who can come up with the closest “track listing (w/ dates)” to the actual mix.  I tried to make this a doable task, without making it a cake walk- we shall see.  The winner will be able to personally choose the Phish Thoughts “Download of the Day” for five days, and will be able to write a short accompanying paragraph explaining their choice that will be posted on the site.  (The only restrictions will be shows that have already been featured.)

So, to recap- you are searching for twelve jams from Fall ’97- New Year’s Run included.  You have until this Thursday, May 7th at 10pm Eastern / 7pm Pacific to enter your “setlist.”  Each person can only enter once, so make sure you have deided before you submit your “setlist.”  Feel free to use any resources you’d like.  Please email your submissions to mrminer@phishthoughts.com with “Fall ’97 Mixup” as the subject line. The winner will be announced Friday and they will choose the downloads for next week.  If I get many correct setlists, then I made this too easy, and the download choices will be split among the winners.

You can listen to the mix on-site by rolling over the link below and clicking play.  Feel free to download the mix by right clicking the link and choosing “Save As,” or even better, use the torrent.  (My apologies in advance for the somewhat abrupt ending- I ran out of room fifteen seconds too soon!) Enjoy the tunes to kick off your week!


FALL ’97 MONDAY MIXUP < LINK (Listen or download)



Fans at Hampton (Daily Press)

Fans at Hampton (Daily Press)

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5.4.94 State Palace Theatre, New Orleans, LA < LINK

5.4.94 State Palace Theatre, New Orleans, LA < TORRENT LINK

State Palace Theatre, New Orleans

State Palace Theatre, New Orleans

Today is the 15-year anniversary of this special show from New Orleans.  After a classic ’94 first set, Phish was midway through “YEM” when they were joined by the Cosmic Country Horns- Michael Ray and Carl Gerhard on trumpet, Dave Grippo on alto sax, Tony Tate on tenor sax, Jerome Theriot on baritone sax, and Rick Trolsen on trombone.  Staying on stage for the rest of the show- comprising most of the second set- this turned into a jazz-laced night to remember.  This was one of only three appearances of the Cosmic Country Horns on stage with Phish, (12.2 & 12.3.94.)

I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Sample in a Jar, It’s Ice, Sparkle, Axilla [Part II], Tweezer > Lifeboy, Rift > Tweezer Reprise

II: Run Like an Antelope, Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself*, Buried Alive* > The Landlady*, Julius*, Wolfman’s Brother*, Magilla*, Suzy Greenberg*

E: Caravan*

*With the Cosmic Country Horns (Carl Gerhard – trumpet, Michael Ray – trumpet, Tony Tate – tenor sax, Dave Grippo – alto sax, Jerome Theriot – baritone sax, and Rick Trolsen – trombone)

Source: Sony ECM260F > DAT

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New Year’s Music

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , on January 1st, 2009 by Mr.Miner

dscf0062Happy 2009 to all!  If one thing can be said for sure, regardless of your angle, 2009 will be better than 2008.  If nothing more, we will have a torrential monsoon of Phish jams to digest and comprehend, something we haven’t experienced for quite some time.  The new year is full of hope– for me personally, and for us as a community– it is all in front of us.  With destiny on our side, things are bound to turn out the way they are supposed to. Here’s to a sacred 2009.

When I got home early this morning, I had a little left in my tank.  Having recently relived the Big Cypress experience through writing, I thought I’d revisit it by sound.  Always my friends at 3am, my turntables and I warmed together for a New Years exploration of Big Cypress.  All music and magic contained in this mix is drawn from the all-night set bringing in the new millennium.  Enjoy the tunes with restoration, relaxation, and maybe a few bowl games.  Happy 2009 All!


^ fixed / edited version…Peace.

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Just the Jams

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on August 22nd, 2008 by Mr.Miner

If you’re like me, you’ve listened to Phish for uncountable hours during your lifetime. I’ve listened to them for so many hours over the years, I had a desire to increase my “listening efficiency.”  Hence, the “compilations” I have created for years and have been putting out this week; I no longer need the filler songs.  Taking this even further, there came a point, while still living in the analog era, when I knew how long to fast-forward each song before the jam dropped, cutting out the non-essentials.  While I always love the continuity of listening to entire shows, especially second sets- I also love just listening to the shit.  I reached a place where I did not always need to hear the perfectly composed sections of YEM for the eight millionth time, or repetitive rhymes about coconuts and chloroforms and Uncle Ebeneezer. While adoring these composed sections, and still loving them in a live setting, I found that they took up half of my listening on a short drive or a quick workout, and since I knew those parts in my sleep, I often wanted to get to the heart of things. No time wasted; all jams all the time.

I know some purists will not agree with such habits, and always want to hear a version of a song in its entirety, but they way I see it- life is short, why spend time listening to the intros and composed sections of songs that are indelibly burned into my brain?  Yet, there is a time and a place for everything.  Anyhow, all that stopping and starting of analogs got a bit tiresome after a while, and with the advent of new technology, a few years ago I had an idea. Why not use my CD turntables to spin Phish mixes? Like a DJ set, they would be continuous, seamless, and put together within a conceptual framework. Sure, the beats wouldn’t match between songs, but they would have a flow; a natural beginning and ending point.   You would never hear a word, and often not discern any song; all jam all the time. No need to for frivolous formalities, just get right to the heart of why we all love Phish so much.  No frills.

There I stood with hundreds and hundreds of CDs and no particular idea of where I was gonna’ go with this; so I just started- recording live to my DAT machine- without an ability to overdub or fix mistakes. I made it through my first 80-minute excursion, and while not every transition was perfect, when I listened back to the creation, I liked the flow of it. I began playing it for others- they also liked it. I emailed it to some friends- they loved it! I had discovered a new hobby- making Phish DJ mixes. (I even DJ’d Phish dance parties using the same technique of sticking with solely masterful improvisation, and lo and behold- people loved it!) Using the same turntables formerly used to play electronic parties, I would create a magical Phish jam laboratory!

So I began to make more- on the fly, deciding what jams would naturally flow together-  I wove eighty-minute jigsaw puzzles of Phish music. My first few were with the post-hiatus sbds because the levels were so even, and then branched back into the auds from the past. I believe I have a total of five mixes right now, four of which I have posted for download below; and when I get the fifth back, I will post that as well. Enjoy them, get lost in them, try to figure out what jams they are made from, or delete ’em- do with them as you please!  You can listen to my most recent and my first creations right below here, and the download links for all are right below that.

LISTEN TO A DJ MIX NOW>> SUMMER TOUR ‘08- A Mr, Miner DJ Mix (BIG file. Wait for it to load, or open it in new window)


(Gorge 97 Tweezer > CCCC Gin 12.7.99 > UIC 97 Bag > Rock N Roll Merriweather 9.17.00 > Jim 6.16.00 Osaka > Piper 9.23.00 Chicago > Simple Worcester 98 > Stash 7.1.95 > Tweezer Mud Island 6.14.95 > Cypress Drowned 1.1.00)




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