Posts Tagged ‘phish

01
Jun
12

Live Bait Vol. 7 – Free Phish Download!

Yes, it’s a been a while since Phish has provided the masses with any continuations of the amazing Live Bait series of free concert samples, however, just when we here at HiFi Central were about to give up hope….viola!  Live Bait Vol.7 was released about two weeks ago (sorry for the very late notice), and is available for free download for those who sign up or have an existing LivePhish.com account. 

There is no sales ploy or gimmick, it’s on the up and up for being totally free; all you need to do is just sign up on their website and you are eligible for the download.  It is important that you if you do intend on downloading this that you don’t lolly-gag since the Live Bait releases are for a limited time and then taken down.

You can find the prior six volumes on their website, but at this time they are no longer free, sorry.  Regardless if they charge you or not, they are gems and worth grabbing if you can.  Check out the website and free download at www.livephish.com and enjoy!

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13
Dec
11

Mike Gordon show review: 12/11/11, Albany NY

Mike tunes up at the Egg

Isn’t it great when things turn out even more awesome than you ever expected? This is exactly what happened at the Egg in Albany on Sunday night, as Mike Gordon (best known as being the bass player for Phish) and his band blew the doors off the place with three hours of incredibly diverse music, long, intense jamming, and just plain fun. The theater was about 75% full of Phish heads (it might have been more had the show been on a Friday or Saturday), and the small venue provided an intimate setting for the final show of the band’s brief fall tour.

Gordon and guitarist Scott Murawski, Brooklyn drummer Todd Isler, keyboard player Tom Cleary, and percussionist Craig Myers started things off with Horizon Line, which turned into a long jam segment that featured a lot of tempo changes, dueling solos between Murawski and Cleary, and most unexpectedly, moments of dark, progressive sounds that blew me away. From what I’ve heard of Gordon’s solo work, it’s fairly mellow with a slant toward country/bluegrass, jazz and rock. This show explored vast soundscapes of varying textures and themes – it was far more than I ever expected. The Phish song Only a Dream followed, and the band once again jammed out the middle section, taking the song to new heights and arrangements that made the studio version of the song seem even more insignificant. I’m Deranged, The Way it Goes, Just a Rose, Voices, and River Niger kept the first set rolling, with most of the songs continuing the jamming and overall magic; some of the jams did lose momentum and probably went on a little longer than necessary, but that was far from the norm. The band then did a great version of Marvin Gaye’s Baby Don’t You Do It, keeping the soul of the original in tact but giving it a more intense, country rock feel, with Cleary passionately hammering out the vocals. Then they segued back into Horizon Line to bookend the set, which clocked in at about 90 minutes.

Scott Murawski and Tom Isler

After a brief intermission, the crowd roared back to life with the opening notes of Funky Bitch, a Son Seals song that Phish has played hundreds of times. Gordon’s band’s version was fairly close to Phish’s version, but different just enough that it didn’t feel like we were watching a Phish cover band. The Phishiness continued with Gordon’s tune Sugar Shack (from Phish’s Joy album), with Murawski easily handling the guitar melodies and jamming it out a bit. Then they played a cover that I never could have predicted (although if I knew Mike Gordon’s solo history better I might not have been as surprised) – Hand in My Pocket by Alanis Morissette. I’ve never been a big fan of Alanis, but I’ve never really disliked her either, and Hand in My Pocket is actually one of her songs that I do enjoy. The band rocked the hell out of it, with Murawski belting out the vocals with great passion and intensity. Dig Further Down, Crumblin’ Bones, Skin It Back, and Hap Nappy continued the terrific set, with all band members firing on all cylinders as the jams kept going. Gordon announced that the final song was dedicated to a longtime friend in the audience, a song they played together in high school – the Who’s Don’t Get Fooled Again. It was a good version, a fun way to end the set.

The Dude of Life!!!

For die-hard Phish fans, the encore was by far the highlight of the night. An additional microphone was brought to the stage, leading everyone to assume a guest vocalist would be joining the band. It turned out to be none other than Steve Pollack, a.k.a the Dude of Life. Pollack has been collaborating with Phish from the very beginning, and on Sunday he graced us with his presence for a song he wrote with Phish, Suzy Greenberg – the crowd was bouncing off the ceiling.

The whole show was a wonderful surprise for me. I expected a more laid back, moody and offbeat show, much like Gordon’s solo albums. But the jams went to crazy places I never imagined, and Murawski, who many know from the band Max Creek, is in fact a guitar god. He would go from dark riffs to lightning-fast solos with the utmost precision and clarity; his grooves were so impressive and crucial to the overall sound of the band. He was a genuine joy to hear – I’ll have to check out Max Creek now. I’m looking forward to seeing Phish in the near future, but when Gordon brings his act to town again, you can bet I’ll be there too.

Mike Gordon at the Egg gets 4.5 out of 5 stars!

02
Dec
11

Free Phish Friday!

HiFi recently received an update on the companies iPhone that Phish will broadcast highlights of the legendary 1997 Hampston/Winston-Salem shows Thursday (yesterday), Friday, and Saturday at 2:00 via the LivePhish.com website radio.  There is no need to sign up; it simply requires a click of your mouse on the Listen link and viola!

I listen to the LivePhish.com radio station on a very regular basis and have found it easy to use and often updated with fresh live material.  This special stream they are offering at 2:00 should be a treat, check it out if you can!

24
Oct
11

Trey Anastasio – Free TAB six-pack

Totally 0ld news since it was made available last month; but if you are not aware of the free six-pack sampler offered on the LivePhish.com website it is worth your time.  As many know, Trey and his band made several stops along the US earlier this year to select cities spreading their incredible music throughout.

This sampler is worth downloading, sadly there is nothing from the Albany, NY show in this mix, but regardless, I’m just happy that it’s free!

You can find the download at livephish.com and will need to set up a free account and password.  The free downloads offered by LivePhish are temporary, so you need to act quickly before they take it down.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

26
Aug
11

Phish – live bait vol. 6!

Phish will be playing a 3-day run in Colorado during Labor Day weekend, and the generous folks at livephish.com have decided to celebrate by releasing Live Bait Vol. 6, a collection of fantastic Phish performances in Colorado over the last 20 years or so. Click here to get the FREE download – almost 3 hours of music. Enjoy!

 

 

 

27
Jul
11

iTunes: Not so i-Deal

First of all we here at HiFi Central must apologize for the lack of posts over the past few months; we have been on a hiatus from blogging and using much of that valuable time to be with our families, or simply avoiding writing anything because we are too lazy and I felt compelled to touch base.

As some of our readers may know, over the past year I was enlightended about the brilliance of Phish and how diverse their music truly is; even I have to admit being rather ignorant in just assuming that they were a reincarnation of The Grateful Dead; they are clearly their own band and incredibly so.

So, over the past few months I have been collecting their studio albums and listening to live material in order to gain a larger appreciation of who they are and what they have contributed to music.  Clearly the best repository for their live material is directly from their website LivePhish.com; this site has a comprehensive offering of (I would assume) everything they have ever done; and for a small fee you can obtain choice snippets of what you consider to be the best shows to add to your collection.  I’ve used the uploading service for both their free Live Bait  releases and a 2010 concert; the sound quality has been superb!

So, I’m sure you are asking yourself “ok, so what does this have to do with the Apple logo and  the semi-clever post caption?”, ok, I will get to the point.

I’ve always been somewhat anti-Apple; and even moreso with the growing popularity of their products since it reminds me of some subtle world domination thing; I don’t know.  In the past I had subscribed to iTunes and liked it to a degree, but found that MicroSoft Media Player more dynamic; specifically in recognizing burned tracks and album art; something the iTunes in it’s infancy either accepted or rejected to no avail.  I wrote a blog post entitled “How Zappa Killed My Ipod” a year back and it really turned me off to iTunes and it’s inflexibility, especially with rejecting nearly 90% of Zappa’s catalog.  Not to mention the idiotic response I got from the Apple Stores “genius” at the time.  Up until recently I was opposed to the cult of Apple and everything they produced (and to top it all off and add insult to injury, my brother-in-law is a manager at the local Apple store, terrible eh?)

Well, about a month ago I was reliant on my Droid Eros as my mobile phone and for about a year it was reliable and snazzy (so I thought); I scoffed at the idea of owning an Iphone for reasons explained prior.  My driod died (the touch screen just stopped working) and Verizon was unwilling to assist me in fixing, replacing, or making any other mode of accomodation to keep me as a customer.  I finally decided to give in and try the iPhone 4, and yes, ok, I like it (just a little), ok….I like it alot more than my Droid.  The downside was that I was required to establish and iTunes account again (see, Apple get’s you by the nuts whether you like it not!!!); and of course the first thing it wants to do is become my default player AND convert my entire collection into their format; complete with unknown tracks and missing album art, once again. Yippee!

So, during my time exploring the self-created prison of iTunes I decided that I would check out their music catalog to see what they had to offer, of course I decide to type in Phish and yes, they have nearly all of the Live Phish sites catalog, very cool so I thought.  This is where I learn more about the lack of a deal iTunes really is if you are a savvy shopper and pay attention rather than relying on impulse to purchase your online music.  The concert I decided to look up was Phish’s 2010 concert at The Greek Theater in Berkely, CA (the 8/6/10 show, crazy version of “Cities”); on iTunes you can get 10 song’s for $12.99, or you can go to LivePhish.com and purchase the entire show of 20 songs for $9.99!!!  I was shocked and disappointed in iTunes, clearly this is a case of taking advantage of the uninformed consumer.  Why on Earth would you purchase anything live from Phish through iTunes, buyers please beware.  It’s like thinking your getting a good deal on a bulk size of Pringles at Sam’s Club instead of doing the math and realizing you can get a better deal at your local supermarket.  Then again, perhaps it is simply the consumers ignorance to blame for not doing their research comparing prices.

The other thing that I resent about iTunes is that you only have a limited amount of computers you can move your collection to (I think it’s 6?); then you are S.O.L. and have to either re-purchase the songs you bought off of iTunes or re-rip your cd collection (if you kept any after uploading them, which most of us are trying to downsize just for the benefits of electronic media storage).  Now, I’m not versed in MyCloud or McCloud, or whatever they are calling it, but perhaps this is the solution to keeping your collection off site and available for eternity.  If you do know how it works, please comment on this blog to enlighten us here at HiFi.

I like my iPhone, I really do, but this price gouging thing got me rather bitter.  Not to mention the uploading of my music collection to iTunes now looks pretty goofy with multiple albums without album art and a separate area of music quarantined as “unknown” or “unknown artist” which MediaPlayer seemed to figure out in 2 seconds, but the brilliance of Apple is dumbfounded; frustrating.

06
Jul
11

Live Bait Vol. 5 – Free Phish Download

Life sometime just throws you out some random sprinkles of joy  that make you smile, today is one of those days!

Live Bait Vol. 5 has been released to masses from  LivePhish.com this morning!

I’ve been very impressed with the quality and quantity of material they make available for free every once an awhile; this band clearly knows how to keep their fan base happy on a consistent basis. 

Check out LivePhish.com today and download your newest copy of this incredible live series of free shows and let us know what you think!