Festival Express

With Super Ball IX on our minds, I figured I’d drop one highlight from each of the previous eight festivals to enjoy throughout your Tuesday.


Harry Hood” 8.16.96 III

The Great Went

The first festival “Hood;” a soaring rendition from the third set of The Clifford Ball.



Wolfman’s > Simple” 8.16.97 II

Two of so many amazing jams at The Great Went.



Ghost” 8.16.98 II


As Summer ’98 came to a close, Phish began weaving in a new style of melodic, ambient jamming—present in this “Ghost”—that would become prevalent throughout the fall. This version is a gorgeous festival highlight that often flies under the radar.



Tweezer -> Have Mercy” 7.17.99 I

This gooey “Tweezer” provided the sunset soundtrack on the first night at Osewgo.



After Midnight Reprise” 12.31.99

Sacred Phish ground from the depths of night at Big Cypress.



46 Days” 8.3.03 II


Post-hiatus abstract psychedelia at its finest.



AC/DC Bag” 8.14.04 II

One of few impressive musical moments at Coventry.



You Enjoy Myself” 10.31.09 III

A climactic version from the third set of a West Coast Halloween.

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1,317 Responses to “Festival Express”

  1. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    As far as golf, I am handicapped. Trying to learn though, it’s tough.

  2. KWL Says:

    thanks tzara’s – i saw your post yesterday, just haven’t gotten around to emailing yet, but i will be shortly 😮

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    I’ve always wanted be good at golf. But, I suck.

    I played baseball in high school and I just can’t figure out the tempo of a golf swing.

    I want it so bad though. Maybe one day when I have more time I’ll get into it more.

  4. Mr palmer Says:

    No no silly. Not my point at all. I just choose to stay out of it was my point. I enjoy reading your thoughts and everyone else’s. Poor choice of words on my end.

    Kfl. I agree about $$ and elections.

  5. KWL Says:

    bring your clubs to bethel silly, we’ll practice in the yard (2 shot penalty for hitting the buddha)

  6. DukeOfLizards Says:

    @tzara’s, as I always remind people who are just taking up the game:

    “Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them.”
    – Jimmy DeMaret

  7. KWL Says:

    of course, we’re moving the other way, what with corporations enjoying their free speech rights and all 🙄

    gotta run fools, keep it real

  8. kenny powers Says:

    i would also love to play and be good at golf. but the way i see it, it’s only gonna happen if i moved down south.

    up here there’s only so much golf weather, and the population density and number of courses means it’s a clusterfuck trying to be the guy learning who just wants to take his time playing 9 holes by himself without being rushed or paired with 3 strangers. i tried it once and it sucked.

    it’s also not a poor man’s game, and that is what i currently am and will likely be for at least a few years.

    but down south where there are courses everywhere and they’re not all either shitty public courses or snooty hyper-competitive private places, and you can play year round….yeah, i would be into that.

  9. snowbank Says:

    Thanks for clarifying @ MrP. I pretty much avoid political debates anymore since people seem to come from one perspective or another and arguing doesn’t do much… ala dems vs Reps.

    But I am sucker for a thought provoking political discussion. If people are willing to challenge their own beliefs and offer evidence, etc… I’ll type/talk till it hurts.

  10. kenny powers Says:

    and by population density vs. number of courses up here, i meant there are not nearly enough courses for the amount of people up here.

  11. DukeOfLizards Says:


    What do you know about the public tracks around Bethel? Anything worth bringing the sticks up for?

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    no worries, Mr. P.

    i’ve been feeling guilty for weeks on this one.

    I want a good golf swing so bad that I’ve had dreams about it.

    I think I struggle with making repetitive motions.

    When I was younger, I pitched in baseball, and I was the definition of inconsistent. I could throw three innings perfect and then three innings walking 10. Pitching, like a golf swing, involves mastery of a physical motion.

    I know the physical motion isn’t the same, but the idea, building up the muscle memory to do something consistently the same has always been a struggle.

    never have figured it out. my dad is a great golfer. and I think it’s secretly frustrating for him to take me out and try to get me in under 95.

  13. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    I played baseball in high school and I just can’t figure out the tempo of a golf swing. –Silly

    This. Also, I swing a bat left-handed, but learned golf right handed, due to access to clubs. So I’m all messed up. Probably will always have to keep dukeoflizards advice in mind.

    I’m just hoping to be able to play where it’s fun for everyone and I don’t spend the whole time poking around trees and wading in water looking for balls.

  14. SillyWilly Says:


    I’m more of a “Golf is a good walk spoiled” guy.

    i don’t enjoy sex or golf when i suck at them.


  15. SillyWilly Says:


    I also battle the embarrassment thing.

    im just scared im taking away from people’s fun while they’re waiting on me.

  16. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    For me the problem is, I’m swinging too hard, like you would a bat. My friend keeps telling me to relax and let the swing unwind. When I do that the results are better.

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    I’ve heard the Coca-Cola trick for tempo

    Coca on the back swing

    Cola on the way through

    still doesn’t work for me though.

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    dang. i gotta go to class.

    have a good evening, kids.

  19. uncle ebenezer Says:

    evenin gents

    I’ve been pretty serious about bowling going on seven or eight years now…for me it’s all about the muscle memory and remembering a breathing pattern that allows myself to focus my energy inward and outward.

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    I guess it was my fault with the politics thing today…

    I see rich people cutting services for the poor and working class (collective bargaining) and I get really, really upset. You have to remember I’ve been an active Union member for over 2 decades, and my father was on my local’s executive board while still working the trade for 32 years. These passions run very deep with me. But I’ll admit that emotions can and do get the better of me sometimes. I guess it’s the Italian side. It just frosts my ball sack when things get harder and harder daily, monthly, yearly. I know that this isn’t the proper forum for such things but it is something that I’ve lived and breathed for a very long time.

    Sorry again

  21. Kaveh Says:

    Have a good night everyone…and remember Selector J in the morning!

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    I understand the frustration with golf. I’m a decent handicap, and I play often. People have too high of expectations when they go out, because “par” really is “phenomenal”

    And golf will pull out the delusional in people. I’ve seen people take out clubs they have 5% chance of getting onto a green in 1 stroke (ego), instead of taking two shorter strokes with 90% chance of getting onto the green.

    Golf is as much a physical game as it is a mental one. I love it for that. Very heady.

    Rush L. said he was an 18 Hdcp to Hank Haney. Anyone who golfs knows that he’s delusional. More like a 34. When you’re delusional in golf, everyone knows it but you.

  23. phoammhead Says:

    good afternoon, folks.

    bek’s birthday today and we’re headed out for a nice dinner and accoutrements!

  24. Mr. Murph Says:

    Mmmmmm, Phish seasons is almost upon us! This warm weather reminds me of being on the lawn.

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    serious political talk today. Dude, to pay you back for this, tomorrow will be abut three topics and three topics only.

    Vegas/Halloween Wolfman’s Bro
    Island Tour


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