Sunday, August 23, 2015

Phish MagnaBall Setlist and Recap: Sunday 8.23.15 Watkins Glen, NY - Day 3

The final day of Magna Ball. Let it all hang out.

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Never miss a Sunday show. Here's what you missed...
Phish, 8.23.15 MAGNABALL, Watkins Glen, NY

Set 1: PYITE, Buffalo Bill, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Limb by Limb, Waiting All Night, Theme > Maze, The Line, Stash, REBA, I Didn't Know*, Zero

Set 2: Martian Monster > DWD > Scents and Subtle Sounds > What's the Use > Dirt > Mike's Song > Fuego > Twist** > Weekapaug > Martian Monster


* Trey thanks crew and staff
** Immigrant Song teases
via Wildo's drone "Piper 3"
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Quickie Recap: Sunday Day 3 - Unleash the Lil Beast
by @taopauly

Never miss a Sunday show. The cult of Phish. We worship our gods with relentless blind faith. Booked bets on Dinner and a Movie opener (after last night's Drive-In set). Glad D&M didn't come in. Instead we got a threadbare PYITE opener... Another serious bustout this weekend with Buffalo Bill... Strong 2.0 tune with A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing. The boys killed 2.0 tunes this summer... Limb by Limb display of Fish the Octopus... Waiting All Night is like the wrinkly, pathetic pickle on side of your plate that you give a sympathy bite... Theme some serious Page power lifting. Might have to test him for PEDs... Sometimes it's like all four guys are gambling on a Maze sprint by trying to find out who can't keep up. Page was the Usain Bolt of MagnaBall. Leo blew them away. Leo the human flamethrower with scorched Earth during Maze. Thought he could break one of his keyboards he was pecking so hard... The Line. Fitting. A song about blowing a huge moment... Stash is mellower in its old age (post-rehab and after three divorces), but sneaky and deviant as per usual. Had a I Know You Rider and Manteca tease... Reba super mellow... Trey referred to Fish as the "lil beast." I Didn't Know featured an extended Fish vac solo ("suck some love") while Trey yapped nonstop thanking pretty much everyone on their staff. Dickie Scotland got a shout out... Zero closed out the 95-minute set... Another quickie setbreak...

Set 2 blasted off with celestial-funk vehicle Martian Monster. Just a heads-up for all the spacekids looking for a ride to Dicks... Even the noobiest of the noobsteins expected DWD to open up the final set. Alas, DWD still took on the role as the rocket launcher. Bending deep space again. Got so far out that they never finished it up. Hit the 15-min mark when I heard the licks to Scents... Sure enough  Scents and Subtle Sounds popped up sans intro... Bled into one of the softest versions of What's the Use I ever heard... Dirt almost felt redundant (right after WTU), but I could hear Dirt at every show. It was just an opportunity for Fish to take a much-needed breath before they all made an ascent atop Mount Mike's Groove... Mike's Song lacked the so-called second jam, but it still delivered all the booty-shaking, bong-rattling, echo-heavy goods... Fuego lunch meat with a little extra hot sauce... Twist had more Trey-Gordo sexual tension with a cuckold Page in a dark corner leering on with those eyes swimming in melancholy. Twist went 2/4 time for a few bars before Fish teased Immigrant Song... Weekapaug intro had a few leftover Fishman Immigrant wails... Shocked everyone by returning to Martian the Monster with Fishman vocal wookery and Trey falling into an echo-hole... Encore was YEM. Holyfuckballs. Godzilla himself trudged out of the sea and opened up a twelve-pack of eyeball-melting whoop ass. YEM? That's how you end a show. That's how you end a run. That's how you end a festival. YEM, thank you Phish... Set 1 standouts included Maze, Reba, and the Buffalo Bill bustout. Set 2 was anchored by DWD but the entire set snowballed into an eventual avalanche from Martian Monster start to Martian Monster finish. Plus that YEM was the proverbial whiskey-soaked cherry on top of the MagnaBall sundae... Third night dunzo. This portion of summer tour is in the books. See ya in the lot for Dicks!

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2 | Magna-1 | Magna-2
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly, @change100 and @neillybop

Video: Spacey Shit and the Secret Drive-In Set

Spliced this together rather quickly. Some spacey shit with the Drive-In secret set as the background music...


Here's an audience video of the Drive-In Set...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Phish MagnaBall Day 2 Recap and Setlist: Afternoon Set and Secret Set - 8/22/15 Watkins Glen, NY - Saturday

Big Day Saturday with 4 sets (3 official and 1 unofficial). Afternoon set in addition to a normal two-set show, plus the late-night "secret set" at the Drive-In Theatre.

MagnaBall is/was webcast by Also tune into Sirius XM radio or The Bunny for simulcast of the sets. Here's the audio link:

Check out our MagnaBall MAP of the festy grounds.

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So here's what you missed on Saturday...
Le Phish, 8.2.15 MAGNABALL, Watkins Glen, NY

Set 1:  Divided Sky, MoMA Dance, Mound, Army of One, Scabbard, Sample in a Jah, Tube, Halfway to the Moon, Camel Walk, How Many People Are You, Circus Comes to Town, Undermind, Antelope

Set 2: Wolfman's Bruh, Halley's Comet > 46 Days > Backwards > Tweezer > Caspian

Set 3: Meatstick, Blaze On > Possum, Cities > Light > 555 > Velvet Sea > Walls of the Cave

E: Boogie On  > Tweeprise

Set 4 (Secret Set): Bunch of ambient spacey shit
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Quickie Recap: MagnaBall Day 2 - Three Set Saturday and Prince Tweezer
by @taopauly

Overall Report: Set 1 mellow afternoon festy setting with a Mound bustout. Set 2 anchored by a juicy 46 Days and trippy Tweezer. The unexpected Big-Ass-Jam of the night went to Caspian. Yes, Caspian is still what everyone's raving about. Set 3's peak moments included Cities > Light. And that late-night secret set at the Drive-In? Phish opened up a portal to another dimension during a 45-minute tour of deep space...

Le Phish onstage at 3:38pm ET with Divided Sky (last opener was Red Rocks according to @change100). Sky = perfect summery afternoon song. Church of Phish officially in session... MoMA funk ass grooving... Mound bustout. Slop-city, but who cared?... The girlfriend noted that Page nailed all the high notes in Army of One. "For a dude, not easy!"... TAB minor-league Scabbard up next. "Don't want no methadone," joked @change100... Sample in a Jar sing-a-long... Tube quickie (cracked 4:20 mark)... Bathroom-line inducing Halfway to the Moon... Re-gained crowd's trust with Camel Walk funk... Majority of my multiple personalities dug How Many People. Wildo thought it was too wordy... Circus commentary on us (we're the savages man)... Undermind = Feed Fish. To avoid sluggishness and surliness, we must feed l'octopus living inside Fish every 3 hours w/ chunks of raw meat -- squirrels, gophers, pigeons, small critters etc...  "Antelope trotting out of the bullpen like Mariano Rivera," said @greyflannldwarf. Instead of Antelope, I longed for a random cover like that epic Monkey Man Sbustout at SuperBall...

Set 2 resumed at 8:04pm... @change100 noticed wardrobe changes, particularly Gordo's scarf. Trey ditched first set red hoodie (Satan) for a white one (Reptilian overlord aka the Lizard Queen "Lizzie" Elizabeth)... Wolfman's quick submersion, but nothing too deep... Bitchin' Halley's Comet met the inevitable ripcord for a 2.0 tune... 46 Days popular deep-space rocket launcher. Intense 46 Daze-jam. Gnarly. Dirty. Destructive, yet with absurd precision like a dozen swirling ninja dwarfs with machetes cutting through the jungle canopy... Lost my chubby; another ripcord. Backwards or "Backflips down the Lumber Line" slurred Schwilly Meg... Trey took off his hoodie. His QBR jumped an average of 23.5 pts on nights he ditched hoodies mid- set... Tweezer. You knew it was lurking. Hyper-psychedelic Tweezer nipped at the farthest edges of the universe bending time/space. Apex of the night (perhaps weekend?)...

Shit got a little bit awkward. Tweezer ripcord Caspian. Ouch. The sports equivalent was an INT returned for a touchdown. Big Red fuckerpants threw a Pick-6. Yup, they boys trolled us hard (Backwards/Caspian in span of three songs) while lighting stacks of our money on fire and roasting baby albino gators stuffed with foie gras... Caspian quickly won me over. Trey answered his Pick-6 with a TD! Zesty. Fiery. Fiesty. Casp jam flirted and floated back into Tweezer's orbit with some Fish/Buddy Miles + Trey/Jimi whacka whakka for a sec. I got lost in that time warp/black hole. Tweezer/Caspian/Caspian/Tweezer? Whatever, wherever, whichever... that intense jam ended the 72-min set...

Set 3 kicked off with a brief Meatstick... The rookie song of the night, Blaze On, covered lot of ground quickly with Dead-like notes ricocheting everywhere. One of the better version in its short history... Morphed into chugging Possum... Cities delivered with Leo churning out funk-flavored buttah balls... Light always elevates the sparkly crowd to an heightened level of blissful consciousness, like doing yoga on a beach full of puppies... 555 had a cool new intro...  The slow Velvet Sea gave Fish a much-needed breather for Fish... Love the smooth haunting Page into on Walls of the Cave. Rocking and reeling Walls ended the set... Encore was a double dip of vanilla: Boogie On and Tweeprise...

Oh Set 4? The late night secret set was a 45-minute ambient tour of deep space while Phish played hidden behind the drive-in screen. The crowd had no idea their collective brain energy was being manipulated by John McAfee and alien overlords as a part of a shadow government experiment to dial up a Stargate and open a portal to an alternate dimension...  

Day 2 Highlights: Mound, Tweezer > Caspian, Cities > Light. And don't sleep on Blaze On. Ah, and make sure you are in the proper head space to re-listen to the Space Jam...  Two nights dunzo. One more to go. Can't wait. Smoke em if you got em....

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2 | Magna-1
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly and @change100

Friday, August 21, 2015

MagnaBall Phish Setlist and Recap: 8/21/15 Watkins Glen, NY - Friday Night 1

Festival #10 is finally upon us. The circus migrated to Watkins Glen, NY for a three-day blowout otherwise known as MagnaBall.

Here's our MagnaBall MAP of the festival grounds.

The entire weekend will be webcast by Custie it up and buy the webcast. You can watch it on-demand (up to 24 hours).

Okay, for my broke-dick wook friends, here's the audio link via The Bunny:

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In case you missed it, here's the opening night...
Le Phish, 8.21.15, MAGNABALL, Watkins Glen, NY

Set 1: Simple > The Dogs, TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY, Free, Happy Birthday*, Wedge, Mock Song, Roggae, Rift, GIN

Set 2: Chalkdust > Ghost > Rock and Roll > HOOD > Waste > No Man's Land > SLAVE

E: Farmhouse, First Tube

* Crowd sings Happy Birthday to Trey's oldest daughter, who turned 20.
Artist: Isadore Bullock
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MagnaBall Quickie Recap: Day 1 - Magnum Gin Friday
by @taopauly

Lights down at 8:09pm with a Simple opener (second one in three shows). Shook off any rust and pesky jitters. Thought I heard a Magilla tease... More Halloween shit with The Dogs in the two hole... TMWSIY > Avenu Malkanu > TMWSIY bustout. No one picked it in our pool. I'm McCatholic and even though I've seen every Woody Allen movie, the Avenu Malkanu doesn't mean the same to me as if they played Whiskey in a Jar. But TMWSIY is a beautiful piece of music... Free featured a collective release of tension... Trey asked the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to his daughter who turned 20 (Eliza is eldest of 11 Phish kids, all of whom were raging it up backstage with B-list celebs like Beiber, Truman Capote, and Prince Harry)... The Wedge came and went without a hint of irony... Mock Song bustout. Serious bustout. Last time played was like 2003 (I was there man, at the Gorge).  We totally get off on obscure 2.0 tunes these days. Mock had special lyrics with a Clifford and Super and Magna "Ball" reference. Wildo gave me the first LULZ of the night, "This new Mike song has too many words!"... Roggae started out chilly but by the end it could melt a stick of buttah!... Rift. One day they'll nail it... The Joker got his song in the first set of the festival. Bathtub Gin was first time the boys took the Magna-dog out for a walk. Like a real long walk. Sideways walk. 23-minute orgy. Heard a plethora of teases, notably Piper and DWD. Coulda gotten the rip cord a few times, but luckily it organically grew into a massive behemoth to close out the set. The Magnum-Magna Gin was by far the high-water mark of the first set, which clocked in at 83+ minutes (the longest opening frame of the entire summer?)... Quickie half-hour break...

Set 2 kicked off with Chalkdust. With exception of Blossom and DFW, most the 2015 CDT's were tame compared to last year. Alas, they saved up a biggie CDT for MagnaBall. Hit upon dirty tones before those Dead-like tentacles reached out and tried to smother us as the song closed in on the 15-min mark. Heard some What's the Use teases as they raced toward the elusive 20-min benchmark (never quite got there). Fishman was a beast and punched holes through the fabric of time and space. We ended up on the other side of the universe deep into deep-space bliss... Bled into Ghost. Spooky-dank-dark. Tickled What's the Use territory again. Gordo flexed his muscles, tore off his shirt, and went full-blown Roid-Rage when he took control of the Ghost jam by wrestling it out of Trey's ADHD hands. Kept it flowing for few more minutes... Seg'd into Rock and Roll. Leo slays those covers and shines extra brightly on Velvet Underground tunes. Glimpse of old-school machine-gun Trey with the solo... Mid-set Hood felt like it came out of nowhere. Fake-out on the opening vocals. Slightly sloppy, but it's all about energy man... Due for a slow song to give Fish a breather. Waste played that role. "Remember when Waste was a piss song in 1.0?" observed the GreyFlannelDwarf... No Man's Land turn in the rotation (alternates every other show with Blaze On it seems). Had little extra bit of hot sauce. Page hinted at No Quarter, while the rest teased 2001... Both denied in favor of a sublime Slave. Top-shelf version. Those peak moments transcended GOD MODE (per @RyanNichols7)...

Encore was a pair of "F" songs... First up was Farmhouse, which got tons of love this summer... Then a self-indulgent First Tube ended the show. Serious superfluous wankage from Trey in First Wank-Tube. You needed a wetsuit if you were in the first 9 rows to avoid Big Red's incandescent glaze... Set 1's peak moment was that Magnum-Gin. Set 2 was anchored by a nuclear 1-2 CDT-Ghost combo with a deep-space Chalkdust followed by a menacing Ghost. As per usual, a shimmering smooth Slave closed out the set jam packed with a pair of meaty nuggets (Hood and Rock and Roll)... First night at MagnaBall is in the books. Two sets down and five (er, six) more to go...

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1 | MPP2
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly

Thursday, August 20, 2015

MagnaBall Map

Our crack team updated the map for this weekend's MagnaBall festival at Watkins Glen racetrack...

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Phish Video: Scents and Subtle Sounds 8/12/15; Bonus Philly Videos: Skin It Back and Cities by LL55

Phish doesn't play Scents and Subtle Sounds often. Luckily, here's the official video from Mann Theatre in Philly last week 8/12/15...

This is a special bonus video featuring the Skin It Back bustout (courtesy of LaztLightning55):

And here's a final video, that sizzling Cities (also courtesy of LL55)...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Phish MPP Setlist and Recap: 8/16/15 Merriweather Post Columbia, MD

Phish closed out their two-night run at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Saturday night was a throw down what would Sunday bring? You know the saying... never miss a Sunday show...

Tonight's MPP gig will be webcast via

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Here's what went down at the OPP MPP...
Le Phish, 8/16/15 MPP, Columbia, MD

Set 1: Golgi, Undermind, Julius, 555, Nothing, No Man's Land, Stash, Bowie, Possum

Set 2: DWD > Slave > Light > Twist, Shine A Light, Fuego > Sneaking Sally, YEM

E: Backwards
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Quickie Couch Tour Recap: MPP2
by @taopauly

Never miss a Sunday yadda yadda yadaa... 7:34 lights down with raving fans screaming "Sleeping Monkey!" After a quick tease (and even quicker rejection from Gordo), we got Golgi as the real opener. (BTW, anyone else at that show in Texas when that insane girl screamed "Sleeping Monkey!" and Trey finally gave in and brought her on stage?)... The mascot for Undermind is the Giant Pacific Octopus because we get to hear a drum clinic from Fishman using his invisible (four) limbs... Julius filling in the funk-injection spot where Wolfman or Moma would typically pop up. Grown comfy with a formulaic Julius as the encore or as a set closer... I was bored with 555 so I used the time for a creative project. I took the time to compose a Haiku using real tweets from Japhan @sakuraYEM...
Please Fish sing heat up
Still sober Mike side keep calm
Seat moving away
I dig Nothing. It's no Access Me, but wish it got more playtime. 2.0 tunes in 3.0 feel weirdly fringe-acceptable like artisanal pudding... Almost on cue -- No Man's Land -- time for the rookie to step up to the plate... I like my Stash dark and dangerous and grimy, but this one was a little too angelic and mellow for my tastes... Bowie to save the milquetoast set? Strong effort, but short for a set closer... Alas, uppity Possum was up next, which closed out the 75-minute set... At setbreak, I composed another Haiku utilizing real tweets from Japhan @SakuraYEM...
Melodious Phish
Finally I became man
Balls Back, next guy stoned
Set 2 kicked off with DWD. Slop-city intro. Everyone in band laughed it off. Gordo looked pissed off though (ultra sensitive, prickly cactus could never take an inside joke) especially after Trey switched a lyric to "Dancing in Mike's head!" Gordo took out his frustrations with old-school roid-rage, muscle-head jamming. By the 10-min mark, DWD drenched by cascading multiple orgasms. Relentless undulating tidal waves. Slippery when wet diddling... Trey pulled out of DWD bliss for an unbelievable Slave in the rare two-hole spot. Typically reserved for late 4Q or the set closer... Gentle, yet powerful Slave. Heck of a 1-2 punch. Making up for a meh first set... Slave jam trickled down into a soothing pool of Light. Didn't take long before the jam got cooking with a few Twist teases.. Full-blown Twist. Never went too deep down the rabbit hole... Bustout with Shine A Light, which was on the shelf and only played once (2013 Chicago) since summer 2012. I go batshit for any non-Loving Cup track off Exile on Main Street. I've been chasing Torn and Frayed forever, but would gladly take Sweet Virginia or Let It Loose. Shit, I'd lose all my marbles for a Ventilator Blues bustout... Fuego up next. Not one Fuego or Joy song from the previous night. Fuego was on a short leash because they were saving up their energy for another bustout/tour debut...

We caught Sneaking Sally at Dick's and Miami, but it had been sneaking around all summer before someone found her... G-Rob called YEM earlier in the evening. YEM anchored a set filled with material I wanted to hear, just that they didn't really do anything special with some of the repeats (e.g. Twist and Light were shadows of their former selves from earlier in the tour)... Encore was a cheesed out Backwards.. You were psyched if you were one of those people who leave the show before the encore to beat the rush out of the lot... Overall, took a while before the boys finally got something going. The laid-back approach which paid off on Saturday night, sincerely fell short of the mark with mixed results on Sunday (although I think I was the only one who loved the Nothing debut in middle set one). Second set was highlighted by DWD, a pair of bustouts (Shine A Light and Sneaking Sally), plus a rare occurrence with an early-set Slave... MPP run is officially dunzo. This was the last stop before the circus migrates to middle of New York State for Magnaball next weekend.

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Setlists: ALL Summer 2015
Recaps: Bend | Shoreline/LA | Austin | Grand Prairie | ATL1 | ATL2 | Bama | Nashville | KC | PHI1 | PHI2 | Raleigh | MPP1
Credits Art/Mashups: @taopauly, @change100 and @neillybop