Mike added that after the Halloween shows, Phish will take some time off during which he plans to focus on writing and touring with his solo band, the newspaper reports.
Click here to read the rumored Fall Tour and New Year's Eve shows
MIX MAGAZINE INTERVIEW'S PHISH'S ROAD CREW
A very interesting article featuring the people who work behind the scenes to bring us Phish shows each and every night is online at Mix Magazine. Included in the article are interviews with Front-of-House Engineer Garry Brown and Monitor Engineer Mark Bradley, where they discuss Phish's upgraded sound system and how everything is recorded for both the LivePhish.com series and for the band's archives. Click here to read the Phish Tour Profile.
PHISH AS GUILTY PLEASURE
Entertainment Weekly has this thing going on where readers get to pick The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. Right now, it's Mariah Carey vs. Phish. If we're gonna place let's at least win this thing. Click here to vote.
FREE HARTFORD SOUNDCHECK DOWNLOAD
Currently, you can download Phish's Hartford soundcheck for free via LivePhish.com. Hartford is, of course, the show where they broke out Col. Forbin's Ascent -> Fly Famous Mockingbird, as well as Icculus and Psycho Killer. The soundcheck is pretty funny, nonsensical stuff, with Trey singing about "There's a party at the lamp post ..." and "They had coconut juice to go with the couscous ..." just making up ridiculous stuff as they go. Grab the MP3 of the soundcheck by clicking below.
Free Live Phish MP3 Download: Hartford Soundcheck 8-14-09
Click below to preview tracks from this show
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM
Speaking of downloads, it appears Joy has been leaked from an unknown source. If you do grab a copy of Joy illegally, at least do the cool thing and buy the album when it's officially released on Sept. 8.
NPR NAMES BACKWARDS DOWN THE NUMBER LINE SONG OF THE DAY
National Public Radio, better known as NPR, has been known to turn the spotlight on Phish every now and then and generate discussions about the band as a serious musical entity -- not the typical Phish-as-stoner-utopia coverage commonly published by daily newspapers across the U.S. (For an example, check out this recent entry on The Wagger.)
Discussing the new Phish album, Joy, and the song Backwards Down the Number Line, the NPR report says, "When Anastasio winds up for one of his trademark, reach-for-the-skies guitar solos — as McConnell shouts the wonderfully cryptic refrain, 'All my friends, go backwards down the number line' — the hairs on the arms of Phish's naysayers will finally be standing on end."
Click here to read the entire NPR report, which includes links to eight other NPR-related stories on Phish.
FISHMAN & DIVINE MUSIC FOR THE SOUL
Jon Fishman is part of the musical lineup for "Divine: Music for the Soul," a benefit concert being staged by the Dhatri Foundation, a Burlington, Vermont-based nonprofit whose mission is to "increase awareness and engagement of complementary approaches for wellness and healing." Dhatri's first benefit concert is for its founder, Laura Mann.
The evening's musical lineup features: Fishman on drums; Stephen Kiernan - guitar; Karen McFeeters - vocals; Bobby Kendes and his band The Peace; Will Burhans - Guitar/Vocals; Peter Engisch - Piano; Timothy Cummings - Bagpipes and Celtic Whistles; John Creech - Guitar; Adam Frehm - Slide Guitar and Dobro; Craig Anderson - Guitar; Nyarkoa Mesah-Jordan - Vocals; Peter Krag - keyboard.
The show takes place on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 7pm -9pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
REGRETS ABOUT SUMMER TOUR
Here is a funny blog post about a long-time fan discussing growing older and deciding to skip a Phish show in his home town, only to discover the setlist the next morning and totally regretting staying home. Read "Never Miss A Hartford Phish Show" on the Exile on South Main Street blog.
HIDDEN TRACK'S NAME THAT ALBUM
Hidden Track put together snippets of 35 albums that they guess one of which will be selected as Phish's musical costume in Indio this Oct. 31. Got 15 minutes? Give it a listen and see how many you can guess correctly. So far, readers have identified all but four of the albums. Festival 8: Let's Pretend it's 8PM on Halloween - What Will They Play?
EVOLUTION OF SPLIT OPEN AND MELT
Dog Gone Blog posted an interesting retrospective on Phish having difficulties coming to grips with how to approach Split Open and Melt. The post includes a link to an interview with Mike Gordon, where he talks about the difficulty of nailing the song, to the point where Phish actually decided to put it on the back burner it for a little while. The interview includes this quote: "Split Open and Melt went from being a big pain in our butt to like, this was it, this was how you play Split Open and Melt."
Dog Gone Blog focuses on the period of SOAMelt's evolution from 4/21/93 in Columbus, Ohio, the version whose jam appears on Hoist at the end of Demand, to 6/11/94 at Red Rocks, which also marked the period of Phish's transition from its "speed-jazz" era to its gradual slide into the "cow-funk" era. Click here to read the "Down, Down, Down...Melt" post at Dog Gone Blog (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite Phish blogs, by the way).
LATEST NEWS ARTICLES
Psst. Want a Ticket? Hey, I'm Legit. Really. (New York Times)
Phish, "Joy" (JEMP Records) [2.5 out of 4 STARS] (Chicago Sun-Times)
Joy, the new Phish album leaked across the Internet (Phish Examiner)
Joy Album Review (TimeOut New York)
Norwalk native to premiere Phish film in New Jersey (Wilton Villager)