Michael Heilemann.
If you have Dunstan's Time Since installed, this plugin uses it for the title="" attributes on the comments and posts. (For WordPress 1.5) Author: Brian Meidell Author URI: http://meidell.dk/ Version 1.5: Now works without LOCK TABLE and CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE priviledges. Version 1.5.1: Can't remember what I did here Version 1.5.2: Fixed count select statement to not include spammy comments Version 1.5.3: Properly excludes track- and pingbacks Version 1.5.4: Excludes posts that are not published, even if they have comments Version 1.5.5: Fade old comments, fixed bug that wreaked havoc with Time Since Version 1.5.6: Bugfix from Jonas Rabbe (http://www.jonas.rabbe.com/) pertaining to timesince Version 1.5.7: Bugfix so old colors can be darker than new colors (stupid oversight), thanks to http://spiri.dk for spotting it. Bugfix where single digit hex would cause invalid colors, thanks to http://www.wereldkeuken.be/ for the fix. Version 1.5.8: Updated to work with WordPress 2.1 alpha by M. Heilemann. */ function blc_latest_comments($num_posts = 5, $num_comments = 6, $hide_pingbacks_and_trackbacks = true, $prefix = "
  • ", $postfix = "
  • ", $fade_old = true, $range_in_days = 10, $new_col = "#444444", $old_col = "#cccccc") { global $wpdb; function clamp($min, $max, $val) { return max($min,min($max,$val)); } $usetimesince = function_exists('time_since'); // Work nicely with Dunstan's Time Since plugin (adapted by Michael Heilemann) // This is compensating for the lack of subqueries in mysql 3.x // The approach used in previous versions needed the user to // have database lock and create tmp table priviledges. // This uses more queries and manual DISTINCT code, but it works with just select privs. if(!$hide_pingbacks_and_trackbacks) $ping = ""; else $ping = "AND comment_type<>'pingback' AND comment_type<>'trackback'"; $posts = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT comment_post_ID, post_title FROM ($wpdb->comments LEFT JOIN $wpdb->posts ON (comment_post_ID = ID)) WHERE comment_approved = '1' AND $wpdb->posts.post_status='publish' $ping ORDER BY comment_date DESC;"); $seen = array(); $num = 0; if($fade_old) { $max_time = $range_in_days * 24 * 60 * 60 ; $r_new = hexdec(substr($new_col, 1, 2)); $r_old = hexdec(substr($old_col, 1, 2)); //$r_min = min($min, $max); //$r_max = max($min, $max); $r_range = ($r_old-$r_new); $g_new = hexdec(substr($new_col, 3, 2)); $g_old = hexdec(substr($old_col, 3, 2)); //$g_min = min($min, $max); //$g_max = max($min, $max); $g_range = ($g_old-$g_new); $b_new = hexdec(substr($new_col, 5, 2)); $b_old = hexdec(substr($old_col, 5, 2)); //$b_min = min($min, $max); //$b_max = max($min, $max); $b_range = ($b_old-$b_new); } // print "ranges: $r_range, $g_range, $b_range
    "; // print "r: ".(0.5*$r_range+$r_new)."
    "; foreach($posts as $post) { // The following 5 lines is a manual DISTINCT and LIMIT, // since mysql 3.x doesn't allow you to control which way a DISTINCT // select merges multiple entries. if(array_key_exists($post->comment_post_ID, $seen)) continue; $seen[$post->comment_post_ID] = true; if($num++ > $num_posts) break; $commenters = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT *, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(comment_date) AS unixdate FROM $wpdb->comments WHERE comment_approved = '1' AND comment_post_ID = '".$post->comment_post_ID."' $ping ORDER BY comment_date DESC LIMIT $num_comments;"); $count = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT COUNT(comment_ID) AS c FROM $wpdb->comments WHERE comment_post_ID = $post->comment_post_ID AND comment_approved = '1' ".$ping); $i = 0; $link = get_permalink($post->comment_post_ID); if($usetimesince) $title = " title=\"Last comment was ".time_since($comment->unixdate)." ago\""; else $title = ""; echo $prefix."".stripslashes($post->post_title). "  ".$count."
    \n"; foreach($commenters as $commenter) { if($usetimesince) $title = " title=\"Posted ".time_since($commenter->unixdate)." ago\""; if($fade_old) { $diff = time() - $commenter->unixdate; $r = round($diff/$max_time*($r_range))+$r_new; $r = clamp(min($r_new, $r_old), max($r_new, $r_old), $r); $g = round($diff/$max_time*($g_range))+$g_new; $g = clamp(min($g_new, $g_old), max($g_new, $g_old), $g); $b = round($diff/$max_time*($b_range))+$b_new; $b = clamp(min($b_new, $b_old), max($b_new, $b_old), $b); $r_hex = str_pad(dechex($r), 2, '0', STR_PAD_LEFT); $g_hex = str_pad(dechex($g), 2, '0', STR_PAD_LEFT); $b_hex = str_pad(dechex($r), 2, '0', STR_PAD_LEFT); $colstr = " style=\"color: #".$r_hex.$g_hex.$b_hex.";\""; } if($i++ > 0) echo ", "; echo "comment_ID."\"$title>".stripslashes($commenter->comment_author).""; } if($count > $num_comments) echo " [...]"; echo "".$postfix."\n"; } } ?> Editor’s Choice | YEMblog

    Editor’s Choice RSS

    June 22, 2012

    Phish: 06/19/2012 Maze [VQ: A+, AQ: A+, Pro-Shot]

    June 19, 2012

    Phish: 06/16/2012 Light > Manteca >Light [VQ: A+, AQ: A+, Pro-Shot]

    YouTube Preview Image

    May 20, 2012

    Jon Fishman: Videos, Setlist, Recap – Hug Your Farmer – A Tribute to Levon Helm [Hidden Track]

    May 16, 2012

    One Week Only: Watch 85 Minutes Worth of Pro-Shot Footage From Bonnaroo ’09 [Hidden Track]

    April 30, 2012

    Phish w/ Giant Country Horns: New to YouTube Video of Classic Phish Set Surfaces [Hidden Track]

    April 18, 2012

    Interviews: An Unfolding Natalie Cressman [Jambands.com]

    It was really funny. So Trey called my dad and my dad couldn’t do it. And he was like, ‘This might sound really funny but I have this daughter who lives in New York and she sings too and she might be a good fit.’ And I can’t believe it, because they actually took him seriously. They actually followed up on it. First, Trey’s manager called and asked me to send over some music and a bio. And then I remember, freshman year in my dorm room getting a call from Trey – no big deal (laughing).

    April 14, 2012

    Fish: Jon Fishman Leads World’s Largest Cowbell Ensemble [Hidden Track]

    In a scene that would make Will Ferrell proud, the Burlington Free Press reports that roughly 1,600 cowbell-playing revelers lined Church Street in Burlington to form what Ben & Jerry’s claims is the World’s Largest Cowbell Ensemble. The ice cream makers put the event together to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Phish Food and to raise funds for Vermont Flood Recovery through the WaterWheel Foundation. Those assembled rang their cowbells along with four tunes performed by a  band fronted by Phish drummer Jon Fishman, one of which was Blue Oyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, natch.

    April 10, 2012

    Venues: Phish Summer Tour 2012 – Leg Two – A Look at the Venues [Hidden Track]

    March 29, 2012

    Phish: 10/31/1989 David Bowie [VQ: A-, AQ: A, Pro-Shot]

    YouTube Preview Image

    March 24, 2012

    Phish: 06/09/2009 Nearly Entire Show [VQ: A, AQ: A, Multi-CAM]

    Set 1 –

    YouTube Preview Image

    Set 2 –

    YouTube Preview Image

    Set 1 : //Kill Devil Falls, The Moma Dance, Sample In A Jar, Stash, Dog Faced Boy, Gumbo, Tube, Lengthwise, The Divided Sky, When The Cactus Is In Bloom #, Bold As Love
    01:16:55

    Set 2 : Backwards Down The Number Line, Ghost, Fast Enough For You, Halley’s Comet, Maze, Alaska #, Theme From The Bottom, Golgi Apparatus $, Possum $, //Loving Cup
    01:30:54

    Notes:
    // No footage till 00:03:58, filled with graphics
    Mistake on screen says SBD, this is FOB Schoeps source listed above
    # 1st Time Played
    $ God Damn w00ks
    // No footage, filled with graphics

    March 16, 2012

    Video of the Week: Unearthed Footage From Radio City Music Hall 2000 [Phish.net]

    March 14, 2012

    Editorial: Mr Miner Ponders If Trey Still Has Reverence For Phish [Phish Thoughts]

    March 13, 2012

    Trey: A Night In The Key of Trey [Phish Thoughts]

    March 10, 2012

    Interviews: Chris Kuroda – Honest Talk About Phish [The Ticket]

    March 5, 2012

    Phish: 07/06/1996 Maze [VQ: A-, AQ: B]

    YouTube Preview Image

    Venues: Mr. Miner’s Venue Thoughts – Phish Summer Tour 2012 [Hidden Track]

    With this summer’s Phish dates just announced, the excitement in the fan community has skyrocketed, as everyone has begun to plot and scheme their own summer plans. On the heels of a triumphant year of game-changing music for this era, 2012 is filled with anticipation to see what is next for the band. Will they delve deeper into abstract jamming—a hallmark of 2011—or will they veer off that road? All that remains to be seen, but the one thing we know for sure is where the shows of the first leg will take place. Aside from Bader Field, this tour is comprised of venues that hold a significant amount of Phish lore. But let’s forget about the band for a moment, and take a look at the places where the magic will happen. Below are some tips from personal experience that might enhance your enjoyment at each stop along the way.

    March 3, 2012

    Trey Anastasio: Dave and Friends 02/05/2006 Entire Show [VQ: A, AQ: A-, 2-CAM]

    YouTube Preview Image

    Get on the Boat, Good Good Time, Up on Cripple Creek, Grey Blue Eyes, Eh Hee, Will It Go Round in Circles, Iko Iko, So Damn Lucky, Hey Bulldog, Rocky Mountain Way

    February 29, 2012

    Covers: Colorado Symphony Quintet Performs Silent In The Morning

    Tour Dates: Phish Summer Tour 2012 – A Detailed Look at the Venues Phish Will Play [HT]

    February 25, 2012

    Potential Guest Spots: Santana Wants People From Phish to Join Him at Vegas Residency [HT]

    February 23, 2012

    Phish: 06/26/1995 Run Like An Antelope [VQ: B, AQ: A]

    YouTube Preview Image

    February 19, 2012

    Rare Video: 22 Year Old Phish Video Footage Surfaces on YouTube – UMASS ’90 [HT]

    YouTube Preview Image

    February 17, 2012

    Trey Anastasio: TAB 05/08/2004 UNCIRCULATED SBD Stowe, VT

    February 14, 2012

    Humor: Rules For Tonight’s Trey Orchestral Show Interpreted [Hidden Track]

    Tonight, Phish front man Trey Anastasio continues his first-ever symphonic tour at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, where he’ll be backed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. PSO staff has been trying to prepare Phish fans by providing an email filled with information about what they can expect at the venue in hopes the crowd won’t be as raucous as those who hooted and hollered at last Thursday’s tour opener. The DJs for Pittsburgh radio station WDVE’s morning show had fun with the email and interpreted it for “hippies.”

    January 31, 2012

    The Steam Stunt: David Gallo Reveals How the NYE Gag Came Together [Live Design]

    With its latest stunt in what has become an annual tradition, Phish played Madison Square Garden in New York City for a sold-out four-day run that included New Year’s Eve. The final show featured a few visual and rigging tricks dreamed up by Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Gallo, working alongside the band members, with lighting by longtime Phish collaborating LD Chris Kuroda

    January 19, 2012

    Phish: 04/04/1991 Runaway Jim [VQ: B+, AQ: B, Pro-Shot]

    January 15, 2012

    Phish: 12/31/2011 Fluffhead [VQ: A+, AQ: A+, Official]

    January 6, 2012

    Podcasts: MSG Run Clips and Discussion [Type II Cast]

    Hello and Happy New Year! Type II is back this week with a fresh episode and it should be no surprise that we are reviewing the MSG New Year’s Eve run. After just a few days to gather our thoughts, Scotty and I sat down with guests Charlie Dirksen and Dave Calarco for almost two hours last night. With lots to talk about, we debate the best and the worst of what has become some of the most anticipated shows each year. Of course, we offer up some of the tastiest clips to supplement our discussion. And whether you are a “jaded vet” or just saw your first shows, we are sure you will enjoy this blast from the hose.

    January 5, 2012

    Editorial: How Phish Nurtures A Connection with Their Fans [Hidden Track]

    Phish: 12/29/2011 Mike’s > Chalk Dust -> I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug [VQ: A+, AQ: A+, Pro-Shot]

    January 2, 2012

    A Special Night: Going Phishing With My Dad [WalshWords]

    I’ll do anything with my dad. He might even be my best friend.

    One thing I haven’t done with him in a long time is fishing. He loves the sport and is very good at it. In fact, he went fishing today. It’s the first of January.

    What I love is Phish. You see where I’m headed. When my dad offered to join me at the Dec. 30 Phish show at Madison Square Garden in New York, I didn’t know what to think. Did he really want to go? Did he just want to tag along so I wouldn’t be driving home from New Haven at 3 a.m. by myself? Whatever the reason, it was a touching gesture that I took him up on.

    Phish: 12/31/2011 HarpuaFSB Entire Show Playlist [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    Set One: AC/DC Bag > Wolfman’s Brother, Scent of a Mule, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Lawn Boy, Gotta Jibboo, Farmhouse, Pebbles and Marbles, Ocelot, Fluffhead1

    Set Two: Party Time, Light > Golden Age, Theme From the Bottom, Heavy Things, Ghost, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, 46 Days, Suzy Greenberg

    Set Three: Cavern, Steam2 > Auld Lang Syne > Down with Disease3, The Wedge, Alaska, Wading in the Velvet Sea, First Tube

    Encore: Slave to the Traffic Light

    Notes:
    [1] Auld Lang Syne tease
    [2] with gag
    [3] gag reprise

    [Setlist via Phish.net]

    The Gag: Your Soul Joins Mine [Phish Thoughts]

    January 1, 2012

    Phish: 12/31/2011 MKDevo Playlist [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    Set One: AC/DC Bag > Wolfman’s Brother, Scent of a Mule, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Lawn Boy, Gotta Jibboo, Farmhouse, Pebbles and Marbles, Ocelot, Fluffhead1

    Set Two: Party Time, Light > Golden Age, Theme From the Bottom, Heavy Things, Ghost, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, 46 Days, Suzy Greenberg

    Set Three: Cavern, Steam2 > Auld Lang Syne > Down with Disease3, The Wedge, Alaska, Wading in the Velvet Sea, First Tube

    Encore: Slave to the Traffic Light

    Notes:
    [1] Auld Lang Syne tease
    [2] with gag
    [3] gag reprise

    [Playlist Will Update Throughout The Day]

    Phish: 12/31/2011 Steam > Auld Lang Syne > Down With Disease [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    YouTube Preview Image

    December 31, 2011

    Phish: 12/30/2011 Entire Show Playlist by HarpuaFSB [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    Set 1: Punch You In the EyePrince Caspian[1]Backwards Down the Number LineNellie KaneDivided SkySandVulturesRiftJoyQuinn the Eskimo

    Set 2: WilsonAxillaPiperTwistJuliusGolgi ApparatusAlso Sprach Zarathustra,The HorseSilent in the MorningDavid Bowie[2]The Squirming Coil

    Encore: Boogie On Reggae WomanGood Times Bad Times

    [1] Unfinished.
    [2] Silent In the Morning teases.

    [Setlist via Phish.net]

    From The Archives: Phish Announces New Archival Release – 12/31/1991 [Hidden Track]

    Tweezer McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters by HTBloggin

    December 30, 2011

    Phish: 12/29/2011 MKDevo Playlist [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    Set 1: The Sloth, You Enjoy Myself, Back on the Train, The Moma Dance, Funky Bitch, Maze, Roses Are Free, Halley’s Comet > Run Like an Antelope

    Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Simple > Lifeboy, Guyute, Mike’s Song > Chalk Dust Torture[1] -> I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Show of Life > Character Zero

    Encore: Loving Cup

    December 29, 2011

    Phish: 12/28/2011 HarpuaFSB Playlist [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    Free, Glide, Cities, Curtis Loew, Stash, Contact, Sample, Kill Devil Falls, Bathtub Gin, Birds, Carini, Tweezer, My Friend, Rock and Roll, NICU, Bouncing, Harry Hood, Bug, Tube, Rocky Top, Tweezer Reprise

    December 26, 2011

    Games: Asheville Gamemaker Prepares Grateful Dead Game [Citizen-Times.com]

    “I wrote a letter to the band at this time (around 1990) but never sent it. They were the world’s highest-grossing touring act, and I was a college kid thinking nothing would come of it,” Blumenthal said in an email. “So I rewrote the letter for an up-and-coming band, Phish. I proposed to Phish that we make a digital experience based on their music. I got a letter back from Trey Anastasio saying, ‘Sounds great, let’s talk more about it,’” he said.

    December 23, 2011

    Video: Footage of the Seventh Reba Phish Ever Played Surfaces [Hidden Track]

    Phish: 05/31/2011 After Midnight [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    YouTube Preview Image

    December 15, 2011

    Reviews: Mike Gordon @ The Egg [Metroland]

    Gordon and friends saved the best for first, exploding with a monster first set that featured, in its 90-plus minutes, a chunk of nearly an hour with no pause in the proceedings. Songs flowed together with great ease, segues varying from the quick and deftly executed to slow builds that almost miraculously twisted from point A to point B. Afterwards, the second set felt like a prolonged warm-up; there was plenty of thrashing rock & roll energy, but it seemed the fireworks had already exploded. (Along the way, Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket” was recast as a Southern rock tune that could have been a Black Crowes outtake.)

    December 13, 2011

    Webcasts: Phish To Offer Pay-Per-View Webcasts of MSG NYE Run [Hidden Track]

    Continuing a trend started last New Year’s Run, Phish is once again teaming up with Nugs.net to offer Pay-Per-View broadcasts of all four NYE Run shows set to take place at Madison Square Garden on December 28-31. If you look at the LivePhish page for the MSG shows, you’ll see a link for a $55 four-day pass marked as “Live Video.”

    Reviews: New Release – Phish Hampton / Winston-Salem ’97 [Dog Gone Blog]

    Set between the abstract psychedelia that stretched from 1994-1996 and the cosmic rock that formed between 1998 and 2000, this phase marked the largest upending in Phish’s career since they graduated from playing Grateful Dead and Wilson Pickett tunes in the 80s. The inspiration for this transition came while performing the entirety of Talking Heads’ Remain in Light on Halloween ’96, gradually taking hold over the following year, and finally coming to fruition during the fall of ’97.

    Features: A Conversation with HT and YEMblog’s Scott Bernstein [KickShuffle]

    That leads me to my next question – what advice would you give to up and coming bands?

    Put on a great live show and make each performance interesting. Gain an audience by becoming a great live act and then those fans will buy your studio efforts. You don’t need to be a jam band to change your setlist every night. And don’t undervalue  Spotify. Ask your fans to add your music to their shared playlists. I’ve discovered plenty of acts that way in 2011.

    Interviews: Mike Gordon – A Peak Experience [CT.com]

    “There’s so much about this that you wouldn’t believe,” Gordon said. “It’s great because the two parts of my career inspire each other: Phish is going great; it’s inspiring and musically it’s incredibly fun, and there are a lot of perks. But I don’t get to write most of the material. I do get to contribute songs, but there’s only so much space to develop them.”

    December 11, 2011

    Phish: 10/30/2010 Entire Show [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    Set 1: Kill Devil Falls, Cavern, Foam, Guelah Papyrus, Chalk Dust Torture, Whole Lotta Love, Chalk Dust Torture, Ha Ha Ha, Walk Away, Wolfman’s Brother, Undermind , Bathtub Gin, The Squirming Coil

    YouTube Preview Image

    Set 2: Tube, Possum, Tweezer, Heartbreaker, Tweezer, Ramble On, Thank You, Tweezer, Stairway To Heaven, Halley’s Comet, Also Sprach Zarathustra, David Bowie, Show of Life, Backwards Down the Numberline, Good Times Bad Times

    Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise

    YouTube Preview Image

    December 10, 2011

    Phish: 10/29/2010 Entire Show Atlantic City, NJ [VQ: A, AQ: A+]

    Set 1: The Star Spangled Banner, My Soul, AC/DC Bag, Ocelot, Sample In a Jar, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, Sugar Shack, Timber (Jerry), Bouncing Around the Room, Axilla, Rift, The Moma Dance, Cities, 46 Days

    YouTube Preview Image

    Set 2: Punch You In The Eye, Sand, Carini, Prince Caspian, Corinna, Piper, Theme From the Bottom, Golgi Apparatus, Slave To The Traffic Light, Fluffhead

    Encore: Loving Cup

    YouTube Preview Image

    [Setlist via Phish.net]

    December 9, 2011

    Trey Anastasio: Trey Quietly Working on Studio Album With Members of the National [SPIN]

    Since winding up his fall tour, the Phish guitarist has been making a daily commute from his New York City home to Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Tarquin Studios, recording with his band and members of the National and Mates of State for the last month. Peter Katis, who owns the suburban studio and has produced a string of indie rock albums there.

    Phish: 07/31/2009 Entire Show [VQ: A, AQ: A+, 4-CAM]

    YouTube Preview Image YouTube Preview Image

    Set 1:  Runaway Jim, Chalk Dust, Bathtub, Time Turns Elastic, Lawn Boy, Water In The Sky, Stealing Time, Split

    Set 2: Drowned > Crosseyed > Joy, Tweezer > BDTNL, Fluffhead > Piper > ADITL

    Encore: Suzy > Reprise

    Trey Anastasio: Details Emerge About Trey’s Recording Sessions [Hidden Track]

    What’s particularly of interest from this new report is than in addition to using members of the current version of TAB, Big Red has enlisted members of the National and Mates of State to add the new sessions. Well Trey wanted to do something “totally out of left-field for him,” and from the sounds of things he’s accomplished that. No word on when we can expect to hear the fruits of this Katis/Anastasio collaboration. For more on Peter Katis, be sure to check out our Tracks of the Trade feature on the producer.

    December 8, 2011

    Podcasts: The Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97 Experience – What It Was Like [TypeIICast]

    This week on the podcast join Scott, Eric and myself as we review the highly anticipated release of Phish’s Hampton Winston/Salem ’97 7-CD Box Set. Everyone and their brother has probably already listened to this. A few times. Every blogger has already written a review. Polls are up. Debates are occurring. But as any seasoned listener of the program should expect, we bring you a little bit of “all of the above”, with some choice clips thrown into the mix. What were the cast’s favorite moments? Never any spoilers here, hit play or go download in

    Reviews: Phish Box Set Brings Back The Bliss [Jeremy D. Goodwin]

    After an ear-bending series of artistic advances for three years previous, 1996 had proven an anticlimactic period of retrenchment. The next year was a thrilling advance, with two small-venue European tours injecting a fresh sense of spontaneous musical intimacy to the band’s interplay, paired with the psychedelic free-rock chops it had been honing since the early ‘90s. And by now Phish’s nascent interest in rhythm-based jamming had matured into a headlong infatuation with funk-rock. Guitarist and primary songwriter Trey Anastasio later described the style, aptly, as “cow funk” — the result of four white guys from Vermont getting heavily into James Brown records, while experimenting with slower tempos and meditative, deep grooves. (Alas, it inspired a seemingly unending parade of flaccid-funk groups that mistook dynamic stasis for the pocket.)

    December 7, 2011

    Interviews: Catching Up with Mike Gordon – Pt. 2 [Hidden Track]

    Brian Bavosa: Your band played two shows in November, how did it go?

    Mike Gordon:  It was a whirlwind of activity getting ready and hitting the road for our first weekend in six months. There was a certain smoothness of intention which felt great in the first set – like instead of the music playing itself, our souls played themselves, or at least mine did. That may sound strange but that’s how it felt. There was a relaxedness and a tightness despite it being fresh, and it was also great to have a few new songs, including an epic cover and a new original, Sideways. That one in particular felt smooooth – it’s almost reggaeish, and yet dimented enough such that I don’t know what it is… A simple, haunting little ditty about the world on its side. Or something… Very cool to rehearse something and try so many subtle variations of groove and approach – tight vs. loose, repeating vs. improvised – and then remembering that it’s only on stage that the final element walks in the door – the magic.

    Songs: What Things Seem – Song History [Phish.net]

    Being manipulated is unpleasant, to say the least. It’s terrible to find that someone you thought you could trust has actually been working you over. Far more insidious, though, is that rare master of illusion who is so skilled in the art of deceit that you begin to doubt your own perceptions. To be used is infuriating, but to have your mind used against you is truly maddening. That madness is expertly depicted by Mike in “What Things Seem.”

    December 6, 2011

    Debates: Tales of Mental Tangle – 11/22/1997 vs. 11/23/1997 [Online Phish Tour]

    5125: The number of days we lived without pristine soundboards of the classic Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97 run since the shows were played.

    0: The number of days we’ll live without them from here on out.

    That’s right, the wait is finally over: three of the greatest shows in Phish history have now been officially released. And while we’re mostly thinking about how meaningless we now realize life to have been up until this point, we can’t help but let one other thought run through our heads: which of these three juggernauts is the best?

    Phish: 12/06/1997 Entire Set Two Playlist [VQ: B+, AQ: B+]

    Tweezer -> Izabella -> Twist -> Piper, Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise

    December 4, 2011

    Essays: What Phish Means to Me [I Suck At Blogs]

    In the middle of Phish’s summer tour in 1999, I sat in a camping chair in the morning on the lot of Camp Oswego, which was a two-day Phish music festival. It was early, but I was already soaked from sweat because the oppressive heat and humidity that defined that weekend. I took another pill to alleviate the pain from the multiple injuries I’d sustained. I wondered what the hell I was doing there. I should have been at home in bed if not the hospital. For the first time in my dedicated Phish fan-dom, I doubted my commitment and effort to traveling to see this band. I mean, I love Phish, but this was ridiculous.

    December 1, 2011

    Lists: 10 Songs Trey & Symphony Should Play [Hidden Track]

    4. Goodbye Head

    If you were at Trey’s Webster Hall shows in 2006, you heard a string quintet conducted by Don Hart back the guitarist for my favorite of the songs he wrote during the breakup – Goodbye Head. Those Webster Hall takes of the tune rank as the best in this writer’s opinion and showed the potential for a full orchestra version.