Happy New Year ! [UPDATED 2]

by Yome NetSan 31. December 2012

I don't know yet if I'll be able to watch the webcast tonight but I'm already getting prepared... and ridiculous too !

[UPDATE] I'm set. I'll be there at 2 AM in France and posting on the European Phish Phan Page on facebook ! See ya in the webcast !

[UPDATE 2] READY !

[Giveaway Results] Star Lake 98 DVD

by Yome NetSan 7. December 2012

Last week, I launch a simple contest to win 2 Phish dvd Star Lake 98.

The answer to the question was quite simple : The summer tour 98 was nicknammed "Summer of covers" because the band played a brand new and unique cover each night.

You were 4 to post the correct answer in the comments here. 2 more dvd were given on my french website Gamusik with the exact same question but there was no answer at all ! So instead of choosing 2 winners among the 4 who entered here, I declare everyone's a winner ! So Robert, Dan, Maui and Marko, you'll get an email from me soon.

Meanwhile, I watched the concert last sunday and it was a pleasure to seen my 3 years old son dancing to the music ! But I must admit he was better impressed by the cover art of the boxset. He thought the bridges was for trains and he tried to put the disc in the player on his own... The disc ended stuck really deep inside the player and I had to open it completely to get it back ! Hopefully the dvd wasn't broken and he really enjoyed the menu with the cars on the bridges !

Oh yeah, the show is great with a 35 minutes Runaway Jim and a marvelous Reba ! The video quality is better than you would expect from a VHS source and it's really band focused with very few full stage view.

I hope you winners will enjoy this dvd !

 

[Unboxing and Giveaway] Star Lake 98 listening party

by Yome NetSan 30. November 2012

The new Phish dvd release is in the house ! Star Lake 98 came earlier than my regular order thanks to Beth from Phish Inc.

I'll have what might be the first listening party in Europe this weekend at home !

And like it's now an habit, I have 2 of them to give here and 2 more on my other French music and gaming webiste Gamusik.

Feel free to enter on both !

For a chance to win, comment this post with the answer of this question : "How was nicknamed the Phish Summer tour 1998 and why ?"

You can Tweet this to maximize your chance :

Unboxing and Giveaway of the new #Phish dvd Star Lake 98 on http://www.bouncingaroundeuroom.eu @YomeNetSan

Don't forget to include the link to your tweet in your comment.

The winner will be randomly choosen among comments and tweets made between now and Friday 7th December 13:00 (France time). This contest is open to european residents only.

On August 11, 1998 Phish played at Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. This was their second visit to Star Lake of seven to-date starting in 1997 and including 2003, 2009 and 2012 shows previously released at LivePhish.com.

The Star Lake 98 show was the 20th of summer to showcase the loose, experimental vibe of a tour that began in Europe and jumped to the United States enroute to the summer’s ending Lemonwheel festival. The introduction of a never-before-played cover each night earned the tour the nickname “summer of covers” from fans and Star Lake’s contribution was a Trench Town Rock opener. Star Lake also saw the return of Time Loves A Hero which was played for the first time in a decade and segued out of a sultry Wolfman’s Brother. Julius, an extended Fee outro (during which hip Pittsburghians clapped along on the 2 and 4) and deep renditions of Maze and Reba set the stage for set II. The second set featured a super-swinging, ethereal Runaway Jim that foreshadowed 2011’s Storage Jam and an unusual pairing of Meat > Limb By Limb. Local flavor of the Commonwealth was provided by Bittersweet Motel (the title of the Phish documentary recorded during Europe ’98 dates) and Wilson, King of Prussia.

Star Lake 98 is the only full show available as video from summer 1998. The 2-DVD set was created from archival VHS videotapes of the 3-camera lawn screen feed. The audio was mixed from multi-track masters in stereo PCM and 5.1 surround. It will be released on DVD and digital audio download December 11 on JEMP Records.

Phish's Archivist, Kevin Shapiro

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This disc is turned and framed, it's seen much better days

by Yome NetSan 29. October 2012

I think I have a rather big Phish collection but I don't often show the items I buy. So here are some of the last Phish related vinyls and discs I recently received.

The last Marco Benevento record is as good as the previous ones is not better. Moreover Mike Gordon plays bass and mandolin on Escape Horse, a tune already released last year as a limited 7" disc.

Like most of us, I discovered Jennifer Hartswick with TAB, but the girl really need more recognition for his solo work. All of her 3 albums are absolutely great, very jazzy and funky, and her contribution to Everyone Orchestra's first studio album makes it feel like one of her own.

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Yes, I finally got my hand on both editions for a resonnable price. The regular one will stay sealed but I opened the other to frame the Pollock print. It looks gorgeous in my living room. The sound of the vinyl is clean and loud. I've re discovered the album with this print.

I've already told about the music before and the packaging of the CD is rather regular.

 

The last Trey record is a tough one. I'm not really convinced after two listenings but some songs are great like Land of Nod and Scabbard and Clint Eastwood (thank you Jen). The overal sound is a little "over produced" to my ears. I mean that there are too many sounds mixed together and it sounds blury. Trey's voice is often overdubbed or too much reverbed. It's like the opposite of Joy which sounds too much like a live album recorded in studio.

 

On a side note, you can see that I gave Dry Goods and Music Today a second chance. I recently made several orders with those discs and other items (like this USB flash drive, that Fishman hat, this second edition 12" and a sealed 7" which makes me have another unboxed 7").
The shipping fees are cheaper than before, calculated with more accurency but still rather expensive. The package is also better but I've seen far better (I can compare with a lot of parcels I receive on a regular basis). Finally, the shipping is much faster than before and that's a good thing.
I also have another order on the way for December (Star Lake 98 DVD with CD and T-Shirt along with Fishman's styled mug and bandana) even if I'll have a couple review copies to make another contest.
So, stay tuned for more info about that in the next weeks.

 

Have you noticed ?

by Yome NetSan 29. August 2012
  • After Trey Anastasio's Bar 17 and Phish's Party Time, the next Trey studio album Traveler (announced for the 16th october 2012) will be the third studio album to feature the song Let Me Lie. Each version is different and you can listen to the last one here : http://diffuser.fm/trey-anastasio-let-me-lie/

 

  • The cover art for Trey's 7" vinyl Scabbard and next LP Traveler can be repeated indefinetly like a wallpaper ! The right border continues on the left side and it's the same for top and bottom. I can't wait to see the bonus 7" !

 

  • It's the first time that a cover (Clint Eastwood) appears on a Phish or a solo studio album, if you don't count Nothing and Heavy Things that was played by Tom Marshall's Amfibian and Let Me Lie (I wouldn't call them "covers"). Mike Gordon's collaborations with Leo Kottke and Steamroller Wheelies did feature covers but they're not technically "solo records".

 

  • The album's title track isn't featured in the vinyl version of Traveler while it's in the CD. The full length music shouldn't fit on one disc and that's why there's a bonus 7" disc with this song and Greyhound Rising.

Traveler, Trey's newest studio album, was co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jónsi) at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Musicians include Trey Anastasio Band, Mates of State's Kori Gardner, The National's Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger, and Icelandic percussionist Samuli Kosminen.
Pressed on gold colored 180 gram vinyl, the album comes with a Traveler bonus 7" as well as a download card for an MP3 version of the album.
All pre-orders containing the new album will receive one Limited Edition Traveler Lithograph. The print measures 8"x5" and is signed by Trey. All orders will be shipped to protect the LE print.


Track List:

Side A:
Corona
Let Me Lie
Frost
Land of Nod
Pigtail

Side B:
Scabbard
Clint Eastwood
Architect
Valentine

Bonus 7"

Side A:
Traveler

Side B:
Greyhound Rising

Source : http://treyanastasio.shop.musictoday.com/Dept.aspx?cp=943_57958

Internet is marvelous, or how technology allows me to live Phish

by Yome NetSan 11. June 2012

15 years ago, I discovered Phish and the Internet.

I've learnt how to download old shows, to find unfindable discs, to read setlists the day after the concert. Since 2003, livephish.com sells each show played by the band and since 2009, you have to wait only an hour after the last note ! Some shows were streamed live on Sirius Radio.

Last year, Phish started to do webcast of some concerts so one can listen and watch the show on Internet. What american people call Couch Tour is now really a whole tour without leaving your couch. Now you don't have to wait the day after the show to download and listen to it (what already was a great step forward), you can simply live it live, almost like you were there... and even better ! Yes, no more rain, not wait in line for the bathroom, no 7$ beer...

On this side of the Atlantic, you still have to wake up in the middle of the night. I did it for New Year's Eve and it was a strange eperience to celebrate the new year at 6 in the morning with headphones on, while chatting with other european fans on facebook.

 

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Last night, I did it again. Phish played two sets at Bonnaroo, Tennessee, and the while thing was broadcast for free sur Youtube. Once more, I commented the songs choices and appreciated musical explorations from my favorite band, live in my living room. I also see the dawn of the day while listening to happy and energic rock.
Last month, the festival put on Youtube, for one week, an hour and a half of the Phish shows from 2009.

Earlier this weekend, I discovered, thanks to Holger, that a fan had taped in HD both concerts in Worcester and put them on Youtube ! Filmed for the balcony, with an almost fixed view and a perfect video and audio quality, these documents show, if necessary, that Chris Kuroda, with his new light show, really is the fifth member of the band (see videos bellow).

As a result, I was able to watch the 4 last Phish concerts (with NYE), including two of them live ! Unthinkable only two years ago...

Being a fan in 2012 becomes more and more comfortable and summer looks promising !

Amsterdam : Jam in the Dam 3 - > Dark Star Orchestra (Reprise)

by Yome NetSan 19. April 2012

Saturday 17th march 2012 @ 03:00

And I'm back for the last songs from Dark Star Orchestra in the final set of Jam in the Dam 2012. I arrived during the great Not Fade Away sandwich, supposedly the last song of the show. With this one I collected one more song I wanted to catch along with Truckin', Casey Jones and China Cat Sunflower !

But after a thank you speech for the staff, the band came back for one last tune to finish this incredible festival all together.

After the show, I met Stephen one last time before parting ways and I rushed to my hotel to fall in my bed.

 

 

Setlist :
5/10/72 Concertgebouw Amsterdam Netherlands

Set Two :
...
Beat It On Down The Line
Two Souls In Communion
Sugar Magnolia
Ramble On Rose
Sing Me Back Home
Not Fade Away > 
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > 
Not Fade Away 

Filler :
Ripple

Notes :
Original Grateful Dead show went "Two Souls In Communion, Ramble On Rose, Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia"

Amsterdam : Jam in the Dam 3 - > Lotus >

by Yome NetSan 19. April 2012

Saturday 17th march 2012 @ 01:00

It was already late and I didn't want Jam in the Dam to end without dancing my ass off... so I went straight from Dark Star Orchestra second set into Lotus final act and didn't regret my choice.

They were jamming like crazy with their electro-jam-rock style. The groove was intense and everybody was dancing hard. The whole room had entered a big trance party and the light show was gorgeous ! I kept moving my bones until the end of the set, along with my new hundred-or-so friends !

Recording can be found here : http://archive.org/details/lotus2012-03-16.tlm170.flac16

Setlist :
1. Age of Inexperience
2. Kodiak
3. Livingston Storm
4. Wooly Mammoth
5. Massif
6. Disappear in a Blood Red Sky
7. It's All Clear To Me Now ->
8. Lucid Awakening
9. Break Build Burn
10. Greet The Mind
11. Sunrain ->
12. Flower Sermon ->
13. Sunrain

 

Tired but happy, I went back to the end of Dark Star Orchestra show...

 

Amsterdam : Jam in the Dam 3 - > Dark Star Orchestra >

by Yome NetSan 19. April 2012

Friday 16th march 2012 @ 22:30

Tonight, Dark Star Orchestra had the longest spot of Jam in the Dam because they were about to perform the Grateful Dead show played in Amsterdam during the famous Europe 72 tour : a 4 hours, 30+ songs orgy !

I was front row again with Stephen for the first set and I enjoyed every minute of it. Evey band member knows his job and I've been very impressed by the female singer.

The only drawback was that I found the sound too loud. Maybe I was a little tired after 3 days but it was too much for me.

Funny note : the bass player had a Guitar Hero II bracelet on the right arm.

Setlist :
5/10/72 Concertgebouw Amsterdam Netherlands

Set One :
Bertha
Me And My Uncle
Mr. Charlie
China Cat Sunflower > 
I Know You Rider
Black Throated Wind
Loser
Next Time You See Me
El Paso
He's Gone
Chinatown Shuffle
Playing In The Band
Big Railroad Blues
Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
Big Boss Man
Greatest Story Ever Told
Casey Jones

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So during the set break, I transfered to the balcony, in the back of the room.

Shortly before the band went back, the winners of the costum contest (Green was the theme of the night) were brought on stage to receive their prize. Then DSO sung Happy Birthday to their stage manager who also propose his fiance the night before.

 

Over there, I could stay sitted while having a good view of the stage and the sound was much better. Perfect for the furious second set combo opener. That whole jam was really tripping !

Setlist :
5/10/72 Concertgebouw Amsterdam Netherlands

Set Two :
Truckin' > 
Drums > 
The Other One > 
Me And Bobby McGee > 
The Other One > 
Wharf Rat
...

 

 

But mid-set, I needed to dance and decided to hop off to see what's up with Lotus in the Max Hall...

 

Amsterdam : Jam in the Dam 3 - Keller Williams >

by Yome NetSan 19. April 2012

Friday 16th march 2012 @ 21:45

After a little break to eat a home-made sandwich, we went to The Oude Hall to witness Keller Williams jamming with half of Dark Star Orchestra ! That was the end of the set but the few minutes we catched were grooving.

Recording of his first night shows that he also jammed with DSO band members :
http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=554113

Unfortunatly, this seems to be the only recording made in the small room during the whole Jam in the Dam festival...

 

After the end of Keller's set, we stayed there for the big Dark Star Orchestra extravaganza...

 




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