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.

 

A new live release from Phish, the palace of funk

by Yome NetSan 25. September 2012

Just like last year late announcement during the New York webcast, Phish's brand new show from taken from the archives was announced last week for a release this very tuesday.
December 6 1997 The Palace at Auburn Hills is another installment of the famed "Phish Destroys America" fall 1997 tour. livephish.com has already officialy released a lot of shows from this tour like the next day show in Dayton, the one from Denver as Volume 11, last year's 3 shows boxset Hampton/Winston-Salem or 2 concerts from New Year's Run at Madison Square Garden (12/29 et 12/30).

As strange as it may seems, for someone like me who discovered Phish in 1997 and who downloaded countless tapes for the 97/98 era, I'm totally new to this show. I've never heard of the "Tweezabella" from Set 2 before last week, so it's with a virgin state of mind that I woke up this morning at around 6 AM to download my daily phix.

The first set starts oddly like a reversed set 2 with Golgi Apparatus and Run Like An Antelope. The second song already sets the tone for the night when you didn't expect it with a 10 minutes improvisation that goes seamlessly from funk to rock.
Train Song provides the first rest before the boys alternate big funky combos (Bathtub Gin > Foam and Fee > Maze) with fast rocking numbers (Sample in a Jar and Cavern).
The quiet little jam out of Fee merges into the intro of a Trey-leaded Maze that goes in every directions and ends in a big peak before coming back to the quiet outro. Roller-coaster style.

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As soon as you hear the unusual first seconds of Tweezer, you know a monster is coming. The intro is slowly built with scratch-like sounds from Page and menacing bass from Mike. After about 6 minutes, the funky jam really starts with more scratchy sounds and it keeps on growing patiently until it sounds like Moma Dance. That's when Trey adds loops to the mix and the overall sound becomes more spacy while anchored by Mike's bass. The guitar riffs above the soundscape go harder and harder until things start to soften a little bit for the band... but not for Trey who continues his hard-rock sounding solo without altering the flow of the jam, leading Phish to... Izabella ! Another perfectly-perfect segue !
The guitar-fest continues but 4 minutes into the Jimi Hendrix anthem it morphs into a Page-leaded funk, ponctuated by Trey and Fish's screams and supported by Mike's imaginative bass lines. The following jam is amazing with start/stops, keys/bass duel, guitar solo and bass/drums break down. Full funk madness !
Finally, Trey throws the intro of Twist like it's just another of his funk licks. The segue is a little more forced thant the others but still sounds great. The first lyrics of the song are sung quietly, almost like if they were about to wisper, until Trey calls "Leo !" for a unusually placed keyboard solo. The following improvised segment leaves a great place for Mike's envelopped bass while the boys sang "One twist around that way".
The song ends quietly with piano leading to a slowly-built Piper, the first vocals appearing only at the 3 minutes mark. The jam goes almost ambient for a while before fading out into... Sleeping Monkey, which is a nice way to calm down things after this non-stop extravaganza and before the raging Tweezer Reprise that ends the set.

The encore close the show in a full Phish fashion with a fast, funny and short Rocky Top.

Taken from Paul Langedoc's stereo soundboard recording, Fred Kevorkian re-mastering sounds loud, wide and deep. The bass is strong and every single note is crystal clear like you would expect.

Between heavy funk and hard rocking solos, this new livephish release is really a must-hear. But now I'll go on all listen (again) to the following concert at Dayton...

 

December 6 1997 The Palace at Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI is available exclusively as a download (mp3, Flac, ALAC) on livephish.com and as a limited edition double CD on Dry Goods.

Set I:
1. Golgi Apparatus (5:35)
2. Run Like Antelope (16:30)
3. Train Song> (2:44)
4. Bathtub Gin> (12:36)
5. Foam (10:24)
6. Sample In a Jar (5:04)
7. Fee> (5:36)
8. Maze (15:10)
9. Cavern (4:50)

Set II:
1. Tweezer> (22:25)
2. Izabella> (9:27)
3. Twist> (7:44)
4. Piper> (14:12)
5. Sleeping Monkey> (6:05)
6. Tweezer Reprise (4:33)

Encore:
7. Rocky Top (2:53)

I finally found the Virtual Band

by Yome NetSan 10. August 2012

Remember when I wrote about a comment on the Headphones Jam that mentions Phish as a "Virtual Band" ? I couldn't recall where was the original post on the Internet but I just had a flash !

Actually, it was just before my eyes because it's the first review on livephish.com ! I don't know how I didn't think about it before...

TheSpaceman  (1/16/2007 9:31:15 AM)

I would be happy if Phish got together every now and then and recorded new jams like this for livephish.com

If touring is going to be an unworkable situation for the band...they should do this stuff on their own. Be a digital band. Screw the tours, screw the major label hassle...if the only way Phish can come back is by being radically different, while still moving forward, i think this is a great answer. No 3,000 person guest list, no lot scene...just new, great music with no pressure.

I would dig it and I bet they would end up making some great music.

p.s. - this jam is very cool.

 

[Give Away] Win a Chicago '94 boxset

by Yome NetSan 27. July 2012

The lastest Phish archival release boxset is here !

Chicago '94 includes, as its name suggests, two concerts played in 1994 at the UIC Pavilion in the université of Chicago, in a 5 month interval, on june 18th and november 25th.

43 tracks, 4 sets over 6 discs and even the soundchecks of both nights are presents! All of this in an illustrated box by Jim Pollock.

The boxset will be released on July 31th and you can already pre-order it on Dry Goods and livephish.com, where both shows are available separatly : 6/18/94 and 11/25/94.

 

And for a lucky one, I have a copy for you to win just by leaving a comment here to tell why you're interrested in this boxset.
You can also tweet the following line to double your luck :

Win the new @Phish Chicago 94 Boxset at #BouncingAroundEuroom http://tinyurl.com/BouncingChicago94 @YomeNetSan

The winner will be randomly choosen among comments and tweets made between now and Friday 3rd August 13:00 (France time). This contest is open to european residents only.

 

Meanwhile, here are the setlists with 3 excerpts for each show for your listening (and downloading) pleasure !

11/25/94
Disc Four
Set I
1. Llama (5:35)
[mp3:2012/6/chicago94/Llama (11_25_94 Chicago).mp3]
2. Guelah Papyrus (5:46)
3. Reba (14:08)
4. Bouncing Around The Room (3:40)
5. Split Open And Melt (11:15)
6. Esther > (8:49)
7. Julius (7:27)
8. Golgi Apparatus (4:47)


Disc Five
Set II
1. 2001 > (4:51)
2. Mike's Song > (7:23)
3. Simple > (14:23)
[mp3:2012/6/chicago94/Simple (11_25_94 Chicago).mp3]
4. Harpua > (15:59)
5. Weekapaug Groove > (10:31)
6. The Mango Song > (7:23)
7. Purple Rain > (5:43)
8. Hold Your Head Up (1:06)


Disc Six
Set II
1. Run Like an Antelope (13:11)
[mp3:2012/6/chicago94/Run Like An Antelope (11_25_94 Chicago).mp3]

Encore
2. Good Times Bad Times (5:55)

Soundcheck
3. Chicago '94 Soundcheck Jam > (8:23)
4. Dog Log (4:58)
6/18/94
Disc One
Set I
1. Wilson > (5:11)
2. Rift (5:55)
3. AC/DC Bag > (6:31)
4. Maze (11:22)

[mp3:2012/6/chicago94/ACDC Bag - Maze (6_18_94 Chicago).mp3]
5. The Mango Song > (7:26)
6. Down With Disease > (7:15)
7. It's Ice > (8:38)
8. Dog Faced Boy (2:18)
9. Divided Sky (14:34)
[mp3:2012/6/chicago94/Divided Sky (6_18_94 Chicago).mp3]
10. Sample In A Jar (5:13)


Disc Two
Set II
1. Peaches en Regalia > (4:05)
2. David Bowie (18:27)
[mp3:2012/6/chicago94/David Bowie (6_18_94 Chicago).mp3]
3. Horn > (4:07)
4. McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters > (9:05)
5. Tweezer > (14:15)
6. Lifeboy (8:23)


Disc Three
Set II
1. You Enjoy Myself > (20:58)
2. Chalk Dust Torture (7:21)

Encore
3. Bouncing Around The Room > (3:39)
4. Tweezer Reprise (3:19)

Soundcheck
5. All Things Reconsidered (3:34)
6. How Many More Times (3:51)
7. Poor Heart (2:22)


French version here :
http://gamusik.netsan.fr/post/2012/07/27/Concours-Gagne-un-coffret-Chicago-94-de-Phish.aspx

15 years ago, my life changed forever

by Yome NetSan 12. July 2012

I was in Bellport on the 12th July 1997 when someone played a song that changed my life.

Phish instantly became one of the three bands I listened to the most at the time with k's Choice and Smashing Pumpkins. By the way, it's funny how those three bands are still there in my life and how they all split up and came back together at one point (although "coming back together" can be discussed in regards of the Pumpkins).

It's only very recently that I found the words to express why I love Phish jams.
While many bands can play inventive improvisations, they sound like if someone pressed the Pause button to let the guy play his solo and the music starts again where it left off.
With Phish, the jam moves on, travels, goes forward. At the end of a jam we're not where we were some minutes ago. We've been in a natural voyage and we arrived far further.

Anyway, a lot of things happened in 15 years.
The band evolved, went on hiatus, came back, broke up, came back again...
Meanwhile, I grew up, built my life, met my wife, learnt a lot, worked as much, bought a house, changed a lot but stayed the same in a way.
I often feel like I'm still 17... and then I look at my little boy...

 

In 15 years, I gathered a lot of Phish-related memories...

I remember trying to figure out what they were saying in You Enjoy Myself.
I remember writing to Eric about how I love Junta and the french talk in the background of Dinner and a Movie.

I remember spending nights reading setlists in the Helping Phriendly Book, a RTF file compiled by Phish.net. This was before the Phish Compagnion books (coincidentally, a Third Edition has just been announced today).
I remember translating the lyrics of Esther and Kissed by Mist into french poems.

I remember playing Sample in a Jar in a concert with my band, although I'd rather forget about it.
I remember trying to write down Trey's spoken diatribe in Icculus before realizing I could find all lyrics on the Internet.

I remember bouncing around the room when I recognized the beginning of Weekend at Burnsie's, the Simpson episode in which Phish play Run Like an Antelope.
I remember being amazed by my first mp3 CD player which cost 990 francs at the time (about 150€/$), very expensive for my student girlfriend's wallet).

I remember receiving my first ever Internet order : the Live in Vegas dvd.
I remember buying so much promo CDs on eBay for my collection that I couldn't even tell which one I had or not.

 

As I recently wrote, Internet is my only link to the band. With Phish, it's the thing that has actually changed my life the most in the last 15 years. I could not live without Internet today, just like I could not imagine living without Phish and all that ensued.
And for the first time, the Virtual Band became a little more real this year thanks to Mike Gordon visiting Amsterdam for Jam in the Dam. A disturbing experience.

 

Speaking of "all that ensued", the amount of new music I discovered thanks to Phish is quite astonishing. No other artist got me into so many other artists. My musical horizon is much wider now thanks to them.
Obviously, the first band that I think of is the Grateful Dead, which introduced me to Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Bob Weir & Ratdog...
While I was looking for Phish mp3, I quickly came upon Nugs.net with its great NugsCast and Free Stash. Bands like Widespead Panic, String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, Lotus, moe. were new to my ears and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't know them by now if I haven't heard Fee on that saturday night in Long Island.
I also heard for the first time about Talking Heads, Little Feat, Deodato or Frank Zappa with Phish covers.
The many side projects are an endless source of discoveries... Vida Blue, Pork Tornado, Oysterhead (which introduced me to Les Claypool), Trey's solo bands (who got me into the great Jennifer Hartswick) and Mike's collaborations like the Benevento/Russo Duo which leaded me to Marco Benevento, Garage a Trois, Everyone Orchestra...
And finally there's the musicians the band played with like Dave Matthews and Medesky, Martin and Wood, whom I had the pleasure to see in concert at Jazz à Vienne in 2005.

All of these artists are now regulary featured in my playlist, my turntable or my Playstation 3.

[vimeo:28246136]

Everything started with Junta so I would have loved to celebrate this 15th anniversary with a listening session of the Pollock Edition vinyl but, well, you know...
Instead, I think I'll play a big Phishy concert full of covers with Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Set 1 : Sample in a jar > Chalkdust Torture > Down with Disease, Wilson > Scarlet Begonias > Llama, On the Road AgainStash > Bold as Love, Psycho Killer > Fire
Set 2 : Crosseyed and Painless > Tweezer > Space Oddity > Cold Rain and Snow
Encore : Frankenstein, Tubthumping

 

See you in 15 years phans !

Couch tour is great

by Yome NetSan 7. July 2012

Being a Phish fan in Europe isn't a good thing every day.

But with mkdevo's HD videos, official Vimeo channel, the livephish Android App, webcasts, a cool poster from Ben Whitsell and my 3 years old son, it's becoming quite amazing !

[vimeo:45324198]

 

Free mp3 and giveaway soon for new Chicago '94 boxset

by Yome NetSan 26. June 2012

As you probably already now, Phish will release Chicago '94 a new CD boxset on 31th July with 2 full shows !

Here are a mp3 from each concert to listen and download.

Divided Sky 6/18/94 [mp3:2012/6/chicago94/Divided Sky (6_18_94 Chicago).mp3]

David Bowie 6/18/94 [mp3:2012/6/chicago94/David Bowie (6_18_94 Chicago).mp3]

Llama 11/25/94 [mp3:2012/6/chicago94/Llama (11_25_94 Chicago).mp3]

Simple 11/25/94 [mp3:2012/6/chicago94/Simple (11_25_94 Chicago).mp3]

 

I'll have "a handfull" of boxset to give away in the next weeks, so stay tuned while enjoying summer tour !

By 1994, Phish was well established as an international touring act and already well known to a growing group of hardcore fans. Amidst a tour packed with highlights - it was this summer that convinced the band to start multi-tracking their live shows - this show was recorded for posterity on 2-track DAT. Lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place but Chicago '94 is an example of just that.

Paul Languedoc's stereo soundboard mixes re-mastered by Fred Kevorkian carry the intensity and intricacy of these special shows to listeners' ears eighteen years later. Chicago '94 contains nearly six hours of music performed at both shows for a total of 43 songs, including material from the UIC soundchecks. The shows are presented in a 6-CD box set with new artwork by longtime collaborator and Chicagoan, Jim Pollock.

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 !

Everyone Orchestra's Brooklyn Sessions

by Yome NetSan 15. May 2012

I've Already told you about Brooklyn Sessions, the first studio album from Everyone Orchestra. But I received last week my signed CD and today is the official release date.

Now, for the first time, Everyone Orchestra has taken the conducted improvisation concept mastered in their legendary live shows into the studio on Brooklyn Sessions. Conductor Matt Butler invited past collaborators—musical friends like drummer Jon Fishman (Phish), keyboardist/pianist Marco Benevento, Al Schnier (moe.), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), guitarist Steve Kimock, saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), vocalist/percussionist Jans Ingber (The Motet), mandolinist Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project) and bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), to join him for several days of exploration and co-creation. The results range from hard-hitting grooves that take unexpected twists and turns (“Boots”), to sweet and expansive (“Pensive”), all with a spirit that is both liberated and focused.

 

 

 

For me it's, by far, the best album of 2012 and one of my favorite of all times. Yes already.

You can now listen to it on bandcamp and buy it in several places.

 

Enjoy !

 

 

Listen to Everyone Orchestra first studio album (not yet)

by Yome NetSan 28. March 2012

I'm taking a temporary break from Amsterdam to New York as I'm rather slow in writing and selecting pictures...

Brooklyn Sessions, the first studio album from Everyone Orchestra has been partialy fan-funded on KickStarter last december.

The ones who helped the project to be released have received their download links for the album and the bonus tracks yesterday. Matt Bulter, the band's leader, invited us to "share this album to listeners".

I hope you'll enjoy this great music as much as I do and that it will leads you to actually buy the CD when it comes out in may !

everyoneorchestra.com

 

[EDIT] Matt Bulter asked me not to share the album to listeners while it can't be actually bought online. The album will be release later in may on services like iTunes or Bandcamp.




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