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October 18, 2012
August 31, 2012
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 16, 2012
March 23, 2012
March 13, 2012
March 10, 2012
February 21, 2012
Interviews: Trey & Page 05/23/2000 Playlist Features Three Parts
February 15, 2012
Blatant Self-Promotion: Q&A with YEMblog’s Scott Bernstein [Phish.net]
Ever wondered about the background of “YEMblog,” perhaps the most widely used Phish blog on the web? I did, and I asked Scott Bernstein (“SB”), the man behind the site, to chat about it and he graciously obliged
February 9, 2012
January 19, 2012
January 4, 2012
December 14, 2011
December 13, 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 9, 2011
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.
November 28, 2011
November 12, 2011
Interviews: Mike Gordon Reboots [Jambands.com]
But I also like to be realistic. If I want to write a lot of songs and see which songs and which jams are allowing the band and the audience to reach nirvana sooner, then my band is the place to do it because there is just time to try things over and over and over again, a lot.
November 10, 2011
Interviews: Mike Gordon Ready For The Music Hall [Seacoast Online]
“With Phish, everything works so well — from the music, to the personality, to the business end of things,” said Gordon. “It works so well, I hardly need to do anything — which is both a blessing and a pitfall. I’m the type of person that really likes to work, and I really like to be creative. In order to have fun exploring different kinds of songs and songwriting, different grooves and music, I need to be able to do a lot of it — performing, writing, and otherwise. I know from experience how deep music can be if you let it. It’s good to hold on to that passion — the inner quest that is your soul vibrating to different frequencies. For me, with Phish, there’s only so much room for me to do that. I love getting into the Zen of my role as the bass player in Phish, but I also need to have my own music career that allows me to get very deeply into the musical exploration that’s important to me. I’m very excited because I feel like I’m just scratching the surface. It’s been a really great scratching. It’s fun and challenging to make music happen with a group of people that you didn’t grow up with, but still click anyway. It’s fun to sort out the feel and to flow with this new bunch of personalities.
Interviews: Iconic Band’s Lead Singer & Bassist Goes on Solo Journey [NewHampshire.com]
Gordon had this to say about the iconic status and loyal fan following Phish has garnered over the years: “Well, it’s a dangerous situation for artists to be put on a pedestal because then you don’t know how to live up to that,” Gordon said.
November 3, 2011
Interviews: Catching Up With Mike Gordon [Hidden Track]
It’s easier with Phish to jump back in because we have the 28 years of experience and I guess that’s what also makes it fun with my solo band is because we don’t have that, we end up throwing caution to the wind and it’s even more unexpected from not having so much history. But with Phish, I know there’s a consistency that is going to be there – these days anyway. I know it’s gonna feel good. I know that when we play four nights, there’s going to be a couple of those that I really love, or certain sets, so there isn’t really any trepidation going into it.
October 31, 2011
Interviews: Trey Anastasio Talks About His First Musical [Rolling Stone]
I was introduced to Amanda Green a few years ago by a mutual friend who thought that we would enjoy writing together, and he was absolutely right. Everything clicked from the very first day. We wrote three or four songs over the course of a month or two, at which point Amanda explained to me that she and her friend Doug Wright had been working on a musical.
October 30, 2011
Interviews: Rocker / Actress / Blogger Carrie Brownstein on Phish [Austinist]
One more question. And this one from fans of your NPR blog that are dying to know: are you still listening to Phish?
[Laughs] Not lately. Not lately, but I will say this – every once in a while I have this kernel of pride that swells up because I’ll hear somebody talking about Phish or I’ll hear somebody reference Phish and I’ll feel like I know what they’re talking about, and I have a little bit of insider information. And I saw one of the guys–I did this Phish meet up for the whole thing and I met people. And I saw one of the guys and I felt like it was seeing a famous person. Even though he’s just a Phish fan, I got really excited. He was… in Portland with his wife and I literally just followed him around the isles hoping he might remember me, but he didn’t. Or he didn’t acknowledge it. But I remembered him. And so, I guess to answer your question I’m not listening to Phish all the time but that experience had an indelible effect on me and I will always love it.
October 3, 2011
September 7, 2011
Interviews: Phish To Play Benefit Concert For Flood Relief [Burlington Free Press]
“We wanted to get involved in the community that birthed us,” Gordon said Tuesday night, home after a summer tour that ended Sunday in Denver. (And after a Tuesday evening stop at Dobra Tea Room in Burlington).
Flood Benefit: Phish to Raise Money For Flood Victims [WCAX]
“What we’re hoping to do is give 100 percent of ticket money to the benefit, so it will benefit the people. These concerts are very expensive to put on, so we’ve been able to get vendors and people that are involved with it to do this either for a reduced price or for nothing. We’re looking to have other people help underwrite it. Our manager, Coran Capshaw, manages a number of other bands; Dave Matthews said that he was going to contribute to it. So if we can get people to cover the expenses of putting on the concert, then we will be able to give 100 percent of it to the relief fund,” McConnell explained.
September 2, 2011
July 27, 2011
July 19, 2011
Influence’d: Interview with 311′s Tim Mahoney [Guitar International]
Another huge inspiration for me is Trey [Anastasio] from Phish. I mean he can really do it all; his tone, his playing, and he can sing too. I’m inspired almost every morning when I download their concerts the day after the performance from their website. To be able to hear something fresh every day is amazing, and Phish is the kind of band where the songs are different every time they play them. They are so amazing at what they do that they can pull it off.
July 11, 2011
Interviews: Chris Kuroda Still Shines (Part Two) [Relix]
The other thing is I always assume that [the members of Phish] can’t sit still for as long as they think they can and something will pop up within this world, whether it be a Trey tour or maybe some Phish dates will come in the future where there’s not supposed to be any. I’m not saying that will happen, but that’s happened plenty in the past. It always seems to work itself out without me having to exert too much energy trying to find the next thing.
July 9, 2011
Interviews: Sim-Bop & Be-Bophone, All these Links are Grand!… “The Spreadsheet” [Phish.net]
Most Phish fans can be categorized into two groups. One that has ‘The Spreadsheet’ in their browser bookmark bar and the other that is yet to experience the “Holy Shit!” moment when they discover it for the first time. A labor of love & dedication, the Spreadsheet is one of the definitive sources for Phish MP3′s and catalogs every known circulating show since 1983. A mere utterance of the term, “The Spreadsheet”, and most fans instantly know that you are talking about Kevin Hoy’s Google Doc. But how did this amazing resource come about? And who is Kevin?
July 8, 2011
Interviews: Chris Kuroda Still Shines [Relix]
Trey has some human qualities that I know very few people have. And the way he treats people and talks to people and explains himself to people. It’s such a gentle, delicate, amazing way that somehow commands a ton of authority in a very unconventional sense. It makes you want to do whatever he wants you to do, as impossible as it sounds.
July 6, 2011
TM: (laughs) Well, it’s funny. I have recently seen some stuff on line from young kids, young fans, first time fans, and they get on Phantasy Tour, and a lot of them write good things about Phish lyrics. It has always been my style to be a little bit ambiguous, not the most obvious thing that you would think about, or think what a song is about. If that is what people like about Phish—normally, it is the jamming, the unpredictable nature of live shows, but, the lyrics are part of it. I’m noticing that first time fans are getting it. I think that’s great. I see a lot of “What Are Your Favorite Lyrics?” threads from users I don’t recognize on Phantasy Tour. You know, every now and then, I’ll check them out.
The place has gotten a little negative for me, and it is always the people who stay home, who don’t go to the shows. They see it on paper, and they tear it apart like “oh, this was a terrible show,” and they weren’t even there. Whatever. I’m so not worried about that. And neither is the band, I’ll have you know. In fact, of the four band members, the only one who ever might have a chance of ever getting on Phantasy Tour, I would think, is Mike. For almost six or seven years, Trey doesn’t get online and doesn’t read reviews at all. Do the math.
July 5, 2011
Interviews: The Dude of Life Abides [Jambands.com]
In late 2009, Phish played “Crimes of the Mind” for the first time without you. When did you find out they were planning to play that song?
I found out when I checked out the set-list on YEMblog that evening. I thought it was fabulous that they played it and with Trey singing lead, it blew me out of the water! Fantastic really!
Interviews: Trey Anastasio (Musician) [The Believer]
BLVR: Your set lists are analyzed by fans and published in books. What is your thinking about the art of the set list?
TA: In the mid-’90s I was incredibly obsessed with it. I’d always be thinking about key changes between songs. So you’d put one song in D, and then the next one in E, and then rise up to it. Then there was an attempt to make everyone onstage sing. Much of the songwriting was written to the set list, not the album. We’d say, “We need a set-closer. We need a big whopping set-closer.” Or we’d need a song for Page to sing. Or we’d write a song for a piano solo. But then later in the ’90s it became more organic, spur-of-the-moment. We’d just let it rip. The problem is, there are so many songs now.
June 24, 2011
Interviews: Trey Anastasio Says Phish Likely To Start Recording This Winter [Rolling Stone]
We are talking about opening the door to some kind of new album this winter. Next year is looking like it will be a less busy touring year, mostly because of family obligations for some of the band members. We want to get together in the winter and start working on something new. What that thing is undefined, and we’re keeping it that way on purpose. We just want to get together and see where it goes.
[Discussion and Highlights on Hidden Track]
June 21, 2011
Interviews: A Chat with the Creator of PhishVids.com [Phish.net]
How many individual videos are indexed?
If you look at the bottom of the website, there’s a little line that says (as of June 30th, 2011) “There are currently 9927 videos uploaded by 1509 people for 484 shows by 1 band.”*
Wow! Nearly 10,000 videos, after a few more shows of this current Summer Tour are added, clearly there will be well over 10,000.
June 8, 2011
Interviews: Jon Fishman Talks Influences [Washington Examiner]
Phish’s success can be credited to many factors.
Certainly, world-class musicianship is one. But it’s also important to realize that the free and easy jam band sound comes from a true study of music of all sorts.
“Everyone goes through phases of snobbery in their lives,” said Jon Fishman, Phish’s drummer and, of course, the namesake of the band. “Early in my life, I had favorites musicians and musicians I didn’t care for. As our careers professed, we are now the older guys on the block … and we inevitably want to [get to know and appreciate] many other musicians.”
June 7, 2011
June 6, 2011
Watkins Glen: An Interview With Trey & Lars [Super Ball IX]
Trey: It felt great. And that brings me back to conversations with you and Russ and the band members a few weeks ago where I said I’d like to do that more, a lot more. And I know Mike and I talk about it a lot. I think everybody would. I loved intermingling the art and us onstage. And I would encourage more of that. I mean, you know, this year at New Year’s Eve we did this Meatstick thing with the dancers. But actually I know there’s one Super Ball idea which I won’t give away, but to some degree, the stage is going to be intimately linked with the festival grounds.
Trey: Which I think is incredibly exciting and cool.
So, Big Cypress was great. Nothing is ever going to match it, I mean, until the next amazing thing happens, I could describe looking out at these people, this audience that I’ve been staring at for 26 years or something in darkness, right, every night. And people are dancing and they’re delirious and they’ve been up all night. And the sun is starting to come up, oh my god – that was just the most bizarre thing because the sky was all pink.. But it was really just the looks on people’s faces, like when suddenly God started to turn on the lights at the end of the party. Oh man.
Lars: Wow, that’s a bittersweet thing.
April 26, 2011
Influence’d: Interview – Merrill Garbus of Tuneyards [Pitchfork]
And then there’s stuff in there that I don’t really like to talk about because maybe it’s uncool right now. I listened to a lot of Dave Matthews Band and Phish and Ani DiFranco. In the 90s, they were on my– whatever it was at that point, probably a cassette player. My sister and I got really into Phish. Dave Matthews Band had these really lush orchestrations and I cringe when I listen to it now. But I was, to be overdramatic, a completely hormonally destroyed teenager. To listen to this extremely dramatic, romantic kind of music, it was kind of perfect. Same with Ani DiFranco, another badass woman. People have asked me, “What’s your shameful musical secret?” And it’s like, “Let me read you a list.” My “stuff that wasn’t on the radio” phase happened at the end of high school, when I was introduced to hip-hop.
April 7, 2011
April 1, 2011
Interviews: Watkins Glen International President Talks Super Ball IX [Bands That Jam]
JG – First of all, congrats on the announcement Mike. Can you briefly explain the process and how this whole thing came to fruition?
MP – The whole thing wouldn’t have been possible without (Watkins Glen International Senior Marketing Director) Brett Powell. He rocked the world. It was his idea. When I got here in ‘09 Brett was trying to put together some shows and we ran across some obstacles. I had come across some of the same obstacles at Michigan (Speedway) so when Brett and I met here at The Glen, it was a great marriage because it was super important that we get the relationship down first and then find the band. We got real lucky with Coran Capshaw and his group. Coran picked up the Phish side of it and it couldn’t really be a happier day here in 2011.
March 12, 2011
Interviews: Talkin’ Moss With a Jam Band Icon [Aspen Daily News]
“I would like to transcend my influences and Phish is my biggest influence,” Gordon told me on a tour stop in sunny San Diego. “So as time goes on I would like to go in a direction so when people come see my band it will be an experience they can’t get anywhere else, including with Phish, and it’s starting to happen.”
March 11, 2011
March 10, 2011
March 7, 2011
Interviews: Phish.net Interviews Mike Gordon [Phish.net]
Ultimately Gordon said he wanted to “write things that are very simple.” Clearly, the “less is more” approach is on Gordon’s mind. “What can I bring to the table with Phish that I haven’t before? What can I bring to my band that would encourage involvement from the other members?” Gordon would also like to experiment with new collaborations.
Gordon offered thoughtful, honest, often revealing answers. He loves his craft, and it’s evident that he loves talking about it. You could palpably feel the excitement in his voice when he talked about rehearsals of the song “Got Away.” Excitement to get on the road and share the music he and his team are crafting, excitement to get back to making music, excitement for the next phase of his music writing career based on an approach of simplicity.
March 6, 2011
Interviews: HT Interview – Mike Gordon Talks Shop [Hidden Track]
The problem is that there just isn’t enough time to play everywhere that we’d like to play and that people would like us to play. I end up going to a lot of places where I haven’t played in a while, because Phish played there in the early ’90s. On my last tour, I did that over and over again, and the places would say, “Why don’t you tell the Phish guys to play here,” and the answer usually is, “Well Phish is not going to play here, that’s why I am.” [laughs] Phish is looking for places that can fit as many people as would like to come, and that’s often certain ones in certain places. In the meantime, it’s really fun for me to get to visit some of these places I wouldn’t normally see.
March 4, 2011
Interviews: Beyondo – Phish and a Side Dish or Two [Dog Gone Blog]
When did Phish first approach you about playing with them on Halloween? How early did you know which album you’d be covering?
They approached us for the gig about a month and a half before the actual concert. They approached Antibalas management about getting us on there. We didn’t know what the record was going to be until maybe about a month before. We were kind of curious what we were going to play, because we knew there was a record [being covered]. So I got an e-mail from the management that they would be getting us the tracks soon and then we would go from there. So, yeah, it was kind of a surprise for us—to be waiting for this information in suspense.
February 18, 2011
Interviews: Hidden Track Interview – Trey Anastasio, Part Two [Hidden Track]
HT: Black shirts and jackets seem to dominate your onstage arsenal of clothing recently, is there any chance this TAB Tour will see a return of some other colors in the spectrum?
TA: Yikes. Who knows? Maybe i need to dig out the old JAH VOLUNTEER shirt. Page and I talk about this a lot…It’s tough to play if you are aware of your shirt. I live in New York now so maybe I’ve adopted that black thing that everyone seems to live by in the city. I wear that black button down all the time. I actually bought three of them. It’s a wrinkle free material. You can squish it in your bag and it comes out flat.
I’m so envious of Fish. You have no idea. He never has to think about what he’s going to wear.