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Radio Broadcasts: From The Archives #16 (Part One) Playlist [Duanebase's Stream]
Summer Tour 2012: Phish Deer Creek Noblesville Setlist, Recap and The Skinny – Night Two – June 29 [Hidden Track]
Atlantic City: Four Music Festivals Approved For Bader Field – AC Legend Claims Phish, Chesney and Metallica Among Headliners [Hidden Track]
Trey: Video: The National w/ Trey Anastasio 12/16/2011 – Bloodbuzz Ohio, Murder Me Rachael, Terrible Love (w/ Richard Parry) and Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (w/ Richard Parry and My Brightest Diamond) [VQ: C+, AQ: B]
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.
Lists: The B List – Nine Phish Song Title Swaps [Hidden Track]
Most tunes written at the beginning of Phish’s career were penned by Anastasio, so when bassist Mike Gordon brought a song to the band they simply called it “Mike Wrote That” or “Microdot.” Trey announced this original title from stage on October 17, 1985 and at some point shortly after that the title morphed to Mike’s Song. The rest, as they say, is history.
Retrospective: Phish’s Storied History of Generosity [Hidden Track]
Phish has a long history of giving back to not only the communities that they play in, but also to causes that are near and dear to many a fan’s heart. Though full blown benefit shows are few and far between, Phish philanthropy is well known. While history dictates that you will have about as much success predicting winning lottery numbers as you will a Phish setlist, it is nonetheless interesting to look back at previous benefit shows. Regardless of what goes down next week at the Champlain Valley Exposition, it is clear that the fans are in for a treat and that the state will benefit extraordinarily from another Phish philanthropic effort.
Denver: Phish Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Night Three – Setlist, Recap and Skinny [Hidden Track]
While we usually point you in the direction of certain songs/jams to hear in this recap, just listen to it all – especially the second set – as Phish put one hell of an exclamation point on this tour. Let’s hope a New Year’s run is in the works before the quartet embarks on a less active year in 2012.
Lake Tahoe: Phish Lake Tahoe Review, Setlist and The Skinny – Night One [Hidden Track]
Another night, another new venue for Phish as the HT faves headed to the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena for the first of two performances in the mountain town. These shows are being webcast on LivePhish.com leading to fans to speculate as to whether the broadcast would have an impact on the band’s performance. Would they play a “greatest hits” show or would they jam? We got a little of each tonight, but certainly more improvisation than the last shows which were webcast – Alpharetta – as the quartet threw down an exceptional 17-minute Light in the second set.
The Gorge: Phish Gorge Setlist, The Skinny and More [Hidden Track]
Phish kicked off the second leg of their summer tour tonight at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA for the first of two shows. The quartet first performed at The Gorge in 1997 and has played a total of five two-night stands (’97, ’98, ’99, ’03 & ’09) leading up to this year. We’ll have a full review and photo set from Friday night’s show later this weekend, but in the meantime we’ve shared some facts, thoughts and images from the show.
Phish: 06/28/1995 Entire Show Playlist [VQ: B-, AQ: A-]
Axilla, Foam, Fast Enough For You, Reba, Punch You In The Eye, Stash, Fluffhead, Chalkdust Torture, Sample In A Jar, Poor Heart, Tweezer, Dave’s Energy Guide, Gumbo, Suzy Greenberg, Harry Hood, Sweet Adeline, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Camden: Review – Phish Camden Susquehanna Bank Center [Hidden Track]
Sometimes you know what to expect from a Phish show. Others, you don’t. Last night in Camden, NJ, at the Susquehanna Bank Center was definitely the latter, and a show that displayed some flashes of brilliance, but overall had an odd vibe and flow throughout. Kicking off with the usual encore tune, Rocky Top, and immediately followed by Mike’s Song > I am Hydrogen >Weekapaug Groove, Friday night was surely off to a start that caught many off-guard.The first highlight of the night was definitely this Weekapaug. With Mike Gordon on bass leading the way, this version had the extra spark that many of the previous years have been missing.
Bethel: Postcards From Page Side – A Tour Opening Bonanza From Phish Featuring Photos by Dave Vann [Hidden Track]
Bethel Woods is a venue that fans (and the HT staff) have been hoping for years Phish would play. Sitting just atop the hill where Woodstock was held, simply put, the place has good bones. It is also the nicest ampitheater in the northeast in my opinion, if not the country. The sightlines and sound are awesome from any vantage point, and the lush, green lawn is as comfortable as they come. While ample trees and a full-fledged museum dedicated to Woodstock on-site (which is a site to behold on itself, and highly recommended), Bethel is the quintessential place to see the band, with plenty of space to move around and get down.
Outside Lands: Phish to Play Two Sets @ Outside Lands 2011 [HT]
The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival returns to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the fourth year on August 12 – 14 boasting a lineup that features headliners Arcade Fire, Muse and Phish. HT faves MGMT, Girl Talk, The Original Meters, The Warren Haynes Band and the Greyboy Allstars are also among the acts scheduled to perform during the three-day fest.
As we mentioned weeks ago, Phish has decided to put one of the group’s best shows of 2010 out as DVD/CD release called Phish – Live in Utica. Today, the band has officially announced the set and has put together a few pre-order packages for Dry Goods.
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