Face-melting concert photo


The Complete Unedited 1992 Phish MTV Interview


MTV Interview


H.O.R.D.E. Tour

As the Phish Hampton reunion draws near and the scene falls apart before it even starts up again, I've been a little nostalgic for the simpler days of Phish.

In timely fashion, a post on PhishPosters.com led me to this great old MTV interview. It's 18 minutes of unedited Q&A with Trey and Mike from the 1992 H.O.R.D.E. festival that has somehow eluded me all these years.

One of my favorite parts comes early in the first segment when each of them takes a stab at describing the band's sound, something I'm always hard-pressed to do well.

Trey calls it “a mixture of loud and soft,” to which Mike amusingly retorts, “it hones in the medium.” He quickly adds, “it's a cross between rock, jazz, punk, Latin, Broadway, and bluegrass” which seems accurate if not a bit narrow.

And stick around for the second and third segments too. Trey and Mike talk about building a following, wax philosophical about keeping things fresh, and consider why fans become “obsessed” with the band.

It's an incredible job. To be able to travel around… and jam and play music that we've never heard before because it's all spontaneous… and have some people be blown away by it.
Mike Gordon

Overall the interview is a great encapsulation of the band's first 9 years, with some classic Phish undertones — from Mike's ridiculous shirt to the synchro beer swilling and leg crossing.

I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Face-Melting Kids Vol. 6: McLovins Are Supergood


Guillotine Machine

Sun, December 07, 2008


Welcome to Vol. 6 of Face-Melting Kids, our semi-regular series on child prodigies who rock.

I love stories like this. On November 30th, power trio “Call Logan,” comprised of two high school sophomores and one middle-schooler from Connecticut, posted a great cover of You Enjoy Myself on YouTube.

Within a few days, the video made the rounds on countless Phish message boards and blogs, and there was universal agreement on two things.

First, these kids play damn well.

There is a level of musical maturity here that amazes the heck out of me.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, the bass player looks like McLovin from Superbad! And on further inspection, the guitar player does too!

The band's new-found fans clamored for the band to change their name and pay homage to their duo of McLovin dopplegangers. Phantasy Tour and the comment thread on YouTube were lit up with pleas for the new name… McLovins.

In what I believe will turn out to be a brilliant marketing move, the band decided to oblige their fans, officially changing their name. And McLovins were born!

Now McLovins aim to please, you see, so they didn't stop at just a simple name change.

They followed it up with a few solid originals, one of which was entitled Purple Trees (PT) in honor of their new friends on Phantasy Tour. I'm not a huge fan of that tune, but I am a huge fan of one of the other originals, Guillotine Machine (watch it up above).

Guillotine Machine melts-face. It has a funky beginning, more than a few interesting transitions (like the one at 2:50 to 3:15), and it resolves into a total shredfest at the end.

I'd love to see McLovins add a keyboard player to round out their sound, but I think they'll be going places either way.

See more child prodigies like McLovins right here on Jamtopia.

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Backstage Jams Vol. 4: Trey Trades Licks with Warren

Trey Anastasio & Warren Haynes

Blues Jam feat. Funky Bitch

Sun, December 18, 2005

Christmas Jam at Asheville Civic Center

Asheville, NC

Welcome back for Vol. 4 of “Backstage Jams.” So far we've featured Jimi Hendrix backstage playing Hound Dog, Jerry Garcia backstage playing Crazy Fingers, and Pete Townshend backstage doing a two song mini-set.

When you go to Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, you're guaranteed some great jam sessions on stage. So it's probably no surprise that there's some jamming going on backstage too.

In this video, Trey Anastasio is backstage with Warren himself. The clip begins with a short interview, followed by a nice Funky Bitch inspired blues jam that finds the two virtuosos trading loose licks for about 5 minutes.

The tone and sound on warren's guitar is fuckin mind blowing.

Personally I dig this little backstage jam session though there's plenty of disagreement over its merits on the YouTube comment thread.

But my favorite part isn't actually the music at all — it's the way Trey and Warren share a laugh at the end, as if even they're surprised by what just transpired.

“That was cool” Trey says. Yes Trey, cool indeed.

P.S. I'm assuming this is from 2005 Xmas Jam. If you know otherwise, please drop a comment.

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Best Fluffhead Ever?



Sun, August 01, 1999

Fuji Rock Festival

Naeba, Niigata, Japan

Everyone loves a good Fluffhead, so I was quite delighted when YouTube phenom silverchair97 posted this face-melting rendition of the tune from Phish's early set at the Fuji Rock Festival on July 31, 1999 in Japan.

A must listen to for phans who adore the tune, which is most.
Jaime Lee

In case you were wondering, some of my other candidates for best Fluffhead ever include Red Rocks '94, the great Fluffhead at the Clifford Ball, and the last Fluffhead so far, Sep. 29, 2000 at the Phish / Kid Rock show in Vegas.

Fluffhead sign on ESPN College Gameday

Meanwhile, one can only hope that with the impeding Phish reunion — and enough guys holding Fluffhead signs on ESPN — we haven't even heard the best Fluffhead yet!

What's your pick for best Fluffhead ever? Post a comment.
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Face-Melting Kids Vol. 5: Sungha Jung is Styling

Sungha Jung

Come Together

Fri, February 01, 2008

South Korea

Welcome to Vol. 5 of Face-Melting Kids, our semi-regular series on child prodigies who rock.

Sungha Jung is a pocket-sized reincarnation of Michael Hedges — not much bigger than his guitar but with fingerstyle chops that seem to be channeled from beyond.

Though he's composed some of his own tunes, the video here is something a little more familiar. It's an 11-year-old Sungha ripping up a mellifluous, heavily syncopated arrangement of Come Together by Michael Chapdelaine.

My dream is to become a professional acoustic fingerstyle guitarist.

Pretty sure that dream will “come together” for you any day little man. Just don't stop doing what you're doing!

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Nightwatchman Distracted by Go-Go Dancer

The Nightwatchman w/ Perry & Etty Farrell


Fri, December 07, 2007

The Hotel Cafe

Los Angeles, CA

A little while back I discovered Tom Morello's alter-ego and put up a video of The Nightwatchman doing Jailbreak with Slash. Well I was sleuthing around for some more from The Nightwatchman and came across this gem, a rather loose interpretation of Tom Petty's Breakdown.

Like other Nightwatchman appearances in LA from this timeframe, it's basically an all out jam session. This one features Perry Farrell on vocals, Flea on bass, Carl Restivo and Jonny Polonsky on guitar, Stella Mozgawa on drums, and an unidentified horn player.

Etty and Perry Farrell

But it doesn't really matter who's playing, I'm pretty sure you won't be watching any of them. Etty Farrell, Perry's wife, somehow manages to steal all the attention :)

What do you call that dance anyway?


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