Wednesday 07/17/2024 by phishnet

PHISH AT NPR'S TINY DESK

[We would like to thank Michael Lowe of the Monumental Brass Quintet, Timbermike on dot net and @MikeLoweTPT on twitter, for this piece. Phish's Tiny Desk Concert was performed on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, but did not air until Wednesday, July 17. -Ed.]

Well it all started with a phone call from my sister-in-law Daniela on Sunday night asking if we’d like to join her at the tiny desk on Tuesday. I was immediately in a state of shock and excitement, a familiar feeling I’ve experienced many times over the years I’ve been going to see my fav band.

© 2024 PHISH Danny Clinch
© 2024 PHISH Danny Clinch

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This performance was part of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts series and was previously recorded. The All Things Considered theme was teased during and after Sigma Oasis and Evolve. The band marched out of the room with maracas and other percussion instruments during the You Enjoy Myself vocal jam.
Monday 07/15/2024 by phishnet

SURRENDER TO THE FLOW #83, SUMMER TOUR '24

Surrender to the Flow #83 is now PRINTED and is on its way to DISTRIBUTORS who will hand it out on lot to get it to you for free! HOWEVER, if you want to DOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL VERSION INSTEAD, it is available to you at www.gum.co/sttf83.

This issue is full of good stuff for you! It includes information about this year's Summer Tour including where to eat, things to do, and lots of information about each venue. You can also read reviews of Phish at Sphere in this one, too!

© 2024 Surrender to the Flow
© 2024 Surrender to the Flow

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SET 1: Evolve


Phish was the musical guest onĀ The Tonight Show. In addition to performing Evolve, Phish was part of the cold open skit "Phish in an Elevator" where they, along with Jimmy Fallon and members of The Roots, sang part of Love in an Elevator (with "Phish" substituted for "Love") in an elevator.
Wednesday 07/10/2024 by lumpblockclod

GOOD KARMA 2024 - EPISODE IV: A NEW WAVE OF HOPE

It’s just over a week until Summer Tour starts, and that can only mean one thing… it’s time for Mockingbird’s 4th Annual Good Karma Pledge Drive! Thanks to your collective generosity, we’ve raised over $40,000 the past three years for music education just by hoping for Phish to do cool things.

If you haven’t participated before, the rules are pretty simple. Just go here, pick the thing (or things!) you want to happen and pledge an amount for each occurrence. Enter as many times as you like! The most popular choice in past years has been to donate an amount for each 20-minute jam, but you can select one of the other options or even choose your own adventure.

Phish.net is our only hope
Phish.net is our only hope

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Saturday 07/06/2024 by phishnet

I DIDN'T KNOW - A 30 YEAR PHISH FAN ORIGIN STORY

[Phish.net thanks Andrew Rose, @andrewrose, for this piece. All content on Phish.net is volunteer-driven, so if you have something interesting that you would like posted on the homepage, feel free to message @FunkyCFunkyDo or @Icculus with your idea. -Ed.]

I was driving down St Urbain yesterday, on the way to Old Montreal to run an errand. I thought waiting until 10pm or so would help me avoid traffic, but neglected to note that it was a Friday night in July, and the Montreal International Jazz Fest was still filling the air with free programming, and the crowds and cars—on the few streets that were still open for traffic—were plentiful. I didn’t mind much. The air was warm, a little humid but not oppressive. Spring and summer have been beautiful here in Montreal this year. A real contrast to the apocalyptic smog-filled skies that literally cast a cloud over the region last summer, starting with forest fires in Northern Quebec and then making their way down the American seaboard. I know those fires will be back at some point, but I’ve been doing my best to appreciate the relative blessings that this season has had to offer.

July 6, 1994
July 6, 1994

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Thursday 07/04/2024 by Lemuria

Brewery Benefit W/ Bubala, Sun 9/1

Music is a Language & The Mockingbird Foundation present a benefit concert @ Four Noses Brewery, Sunday 9/1/24, 12-4p, to support music education and local music. This pre-Phish party, early afternoon of the fourth Dick’s show, will feature Bubala (12-1 and 3-4) and an after-school youth band from Musical Life Denver (130-230).

Wednesday 07/03/2024 by phishnet

HOW TO TURN MAGIC INTO SOMETHING REAL

[This post is courtesy of Paul Peck, President and Co-Founder of Fandiem. -Ed.]

I started seeing Phish a long time ago. Back when I was a high school kid. My early shows were formative experiences and showed me how inspiring live music can be when a group of friends and like-minded half-strangers come together to share something powerful. It's the kind of thing that can't be explained but for lack of better words, feels like a shared journey that brought us to some place unexpected and beautiful. If you’re reading this, you likely know what I mean. To say those early adventures propelled me into a career in the live music industry would be the understatement of the century.

Donate to Fandiem
Donate to Fandiem

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Monday 06/24/2024 by phishnet

REPRISE: THE UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE PHISH TRIBUTE A LA DARK STAR ORCHESTRA

By Matt Hoffman (tonapdivine)

Reprise, the Phish tribute who to date has played just four shows, is most easily understood as doing with the music and spirit of Phish, what Dark Star Orchestra has been doing for decades with those of The Grateful Dead: they perform shows drawing on past Phish setlists and do so largely as Phish did, warts and all, though to hear them tell it, the “mistakes” are where the magic often happens. For the fans of standardized tests (we can smell our own), think of it this way: Dark Star Orchestra:Grateful Dead::Reprise:Phish. For the math nerds (h/t jfcnj!), ((DSO/GD) * Phish) + ∈

On June 13, 2024, I asked Tom Marshall to describe the band, who to that point had played only two public shows just four months prior at Nectar’s. (They’ve since doubled their show count, playing their third and fourth shows, respectively, at Milkboy Philly, where I spoke with Tom, and Colony Woodstock). He gave a one-word response: un-fucking-believable. Some might say it’s his job to say this, and they wouldn’t be wrong: he manages the band with RJ Bee, his co-founder in Osiris Media, the musical storytelling platform that since 2018 has published over 50 podcasts, many of them Phish-related. Others might suggest the influence of cognitive bias, as Marshall has known and collaborated with the band members for years and has played a variety of critical roles in the band’s formation and rapid evolution.

© Heather Witkowski
© Heather Witkowski

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Saturday 06/22/2024 by phishnet

PHISHNET IS THIRTY-THREE YEARS OLD!?

PhishNet is 33 years old today, having been initially created as an email list by Matt Laurence on June 22, 1991.

Please see here to Read More!

© 1991 Matt Laurence (original dot net shirt design)
© 1991 Matt Laurence (original dot net shirt design)

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Friday 06/21/2024 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Tops $2.5m, W/ 29th Round Of Grants

A nonprofit founded and run by Phish fans on an entirely volunteer basis has announced nineteen (19) new grants totaling $140,900. The Mockingbird Foundation has now disbursed 693 grants totaling more than $2.5M to support music education, of which more than $2M has been through the foundation's two-tiered competitive grants process. Mockingbird’s 29th round of competitive grants includes support for schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations in 13 states: AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, MD, NJ, NY, PA, TN, & TX. Complete details are now available at mbird.org/2024/06/round29grants/

Monday 06/10/2024 by phishnet

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER PHILOSOPHY SCHOOL OF PHISH ONLINE COURSE AT OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Philosophy School of Phish has been offering “chalk dust without the torture” at Oregon State University since 2014. Registration is open for this summer’s online course.

This summer’s class features an extensively redesigned course, offering new weekly podcasts, interviews with course authors, and a reorganized syllabus with updated readings and assignments.

Enroll now, as space is limited. Class begins June 24th! (Note: You do not have to be a current OSU student to take the course.)

© 2024  <a href='https://www.aznmedia.com/'>Andrea Z. Nusinov</a> (used with permission)
© 2024 Andrea Z. Nusinov (used with permission)

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Thursday 06/06/2024 by phishnet

WHAT SONGS MAKE THE PERFECT SETLIST?

[This post is courtesy of Ryan Smith, dot net user @ryansmith534, a data scientist formerly at Spotify.Thank you, Ryan! -Ed.]

Every Phish fan undoubtedly has their own answer to this question – but is there a universal truth across all fans? Using setlist data and user ratings from Phish.net, we can attempt to answer this question empirically.

To do this, we can borrow methodology from basketball and hockey analytics, specifically the concept of RAPM (regularized adjusted plus-minus). This metric attempts to quantify an answer to the question: how much does the presence of a given player on the court contribute to a team’s point differential? In our case, the question becomes: how much does the presence of a given song in a setlist contribute to a show’s rating on Phish.net?

We first need to gather the necessary data, a process made significantly easier because of the convenience of the Phish.net API. After doing a bunch of cleaning and manipulation, we get a dataset that looks like this:

Phish.net API Output
Phish.net API Output

We have one row for every show, a column with the show’s rating, and a column for every song in Phish’s repertoire – with a 0 or 1 value representing whether the song was played at a given show.

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Friday 05/31/2024 by phishnet

PHISH STUDIES CONFERENCE 2.0 RECAP

[The following is courtesy of Jake Cohen, user @smoothatonalsnd. Thank you, Jake! -Ed.]

“The reverse culture shock is real…”

“Having a tough time with re-entry.”

As Phish fans, most of us are used to feeling some version of this after a run of shows or a festival. Phish transports us into another world, one bound by community and a shared, intense experience, and it can be hard to readjust to “normal” life afterwards. Yet these are two texts that I got this past Monday, not after seeing Phish, but after attending an academic conference.

That sentiment is more or less unheard of after a typically staid affair, but this is exactly how I feel this week after the conclusion of Phish Studies 2.0. Co-hosted by The Mockingbird Foundation and Oregon State University in Corvallis, the conference left me spiritually charged up in the way only a Phish show can, and professionally stoked for the future of Phish Studies as a field.

© 2024 Lizzy Lane (Phish Studies Conference Poster)
© 2024 Lizzy Lane (Phish Studies Conference Poster)

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Wednesday 05/15/2024 by Lemuria

Golf Is On Again For Denver!

The Mockingbird Foundation is once again offering three options to golf with fellow Phish fans this Labor Day weekend and help fundraise for music education:

  • The Ninth Annual Runaway Open charity golf tournament for Phish fans will once again have up to 120 fans, in a shotgun start, preceded by coffee and a group photo. We'll have on-course contests, but this is all about swingin’ sticks with fans for charity. So, don’t sweat it if you’re rusty, new to the game, or prioritizing fun over competition - so are we! Register here, today! Registration covers all cart, greens, and tournament fees, including the shotgun structure (pricey to arrange on a Labor Day Saturday!); coffee, lunch, and a drink ticket; a gift bag of limited-edition event items as well as items contributed by sponsors; and a nominal charitable margin to support music education grants. Some sponsorship options are listed on the registration page, but we welcome your suggestions.
  • We're also gearing up for the return of the disc golf tournament which Matt James spun up last year, to satisfy known demand and help raise more funds for music education. The first outing was a huge blast, with more players (and more funds raised!) than we expected, so we look forward to a repeat and hope to see you there. The 2nd Annual Wingsuit Open will also be Saturday August 31st in Denver, and registration is now open.
  • Those unable to be on site can still join in the fun and charity fundraising by taking part in the virtual component - our Fifth Annual Virtual Open - using the same 18Birdies app we've used since the Fifth Annual Runaway Open went fully online in 2020. This will be an 18-hole, stroke-play event, on any course you want to play, any day from August 22 to September 4. Those who participate and make a donation of at least $70 to the Mockingbird Foundation before that window closes, will be sent the same limited-edition event merch being handed out on site, all with the Runaway Open logo. To play, join the tournament at 18birdies.onelink.me/IdkR/jccqsyjf, or by using tournament code 82868 on the app, or the QR Code here. Those participating on-site may also be interested in joining the virtual tournament. The app has lots of embedded services, offers a free trial period to test it’s distance and training features, and includes a gallery and chat space for those participating.  
Tuesday 02/27/2024 by Icculus

2024 Summer Tour Announced By The Phish

PHISH has announced a summer tour that begins with three shows at Great Woods on July 19, 20 and 21, and then continues at the Mohegun Sun on July 23 and 24, Alpine Valley on July 26, 27 and 28, St. Louis on July 30 and 31, Deer Creek on August 2, 3, and 4, the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on August 6 and 7, Bethel Woods on August 9, 10, and 11, the previously announced Mondegreen festival in Delaware August 15th through the 18th, and finally four shows at Dicks from August 29th through September 1st. Tickets through the Phish Tickets lottery process for everything except Mondegreen are available now through Monday, March 11th, at noon e.t. Public onsale begins Friday, March 15th, at 10am e.t. For more information, visit Phish's website.

Tuesday 01/16/2024 by Icculus

Phish Announces Festival Mondegreen

PHISH's next festival, MONDEGREEN, will involve four days of shows (so perhaps more than four shows) on August 15-18, 2024, at The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware. For more information about the event, please click here. Although passes for the festival go on sale this Friday, January 19, at 11am e.t., through AXS (create a fan account, or update your current AXS info (perhaps with a New Device) for a smooth purchase experience), travel packages go on sale this Thursday, January 18, at 11am e.t. For more information about mondegreens, there's a YouTube video here, an entertaining New Yorker piece from nearly a decade ago "The Science of Misheard Lyrics" here, and, of course, lest one e'er forget, heaven's just a funky moose

 

Tuesday 01/09/2024 by Lemuria

Phish Releases Video Of 12/31/23 Gamehendge Production

PHISH released video today of its performance of Gamehendge on December 31, 2023, which spanned two of the show's three sets. This video not only contains footage that was broadcast to viewers of the webcast on New Year's Eve, but also previously unseen footage.

 

Thursday 12/28/2023 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Announces Nye Tour Grants

In celebration of Phish’s four-show New Year's Eve run at Madison Square Garden (Dec 28, 29, 30, & 31), the all-volunteer and fan-run Mockingbird Foundation has announced that it is sending an unsolicited $1,000 Tour Grant to four music education programs nearby:

  • P721X Stephen D. McSweeney OTC of Bronx, NY,  for microphones (with cables and stands), an electric guitar, and an amp.
  • NYCDOE of Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, for bongos, shakers, flutes, props, iPads, costumes, and other instruments
  • P10X of Bronx, NY, for adapted instruments for students with fine and gross motor difficulties.
  • Robert F Wagner Middle School 167 of New York, NY, for a Fender electric bass, strings, bow, and rosin.

This is the 26th round of unsolicited Tour Grants, an effort that now totals over $268,000, which is 11% of all disbursements made by the foundation. These grants are part of a long-standing effort to help support music education in the local communities that Phish touches. They follow Mockingbird's largest competitive grant round ever, and a total of 66 grants this past summer alone! Mockingbird has now made 661 grants in all 50 states, totaling more than $2.3M.



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