Commission: 12/31/12

 

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Monday 12/31/2012
Madison Square Garden
New York , NY
This show was webcast via LivePhish. This show featured the floor and stage covered with artificial turf (numerous plants also dotted the stage). Prior to the show, actors played garden sports including croquet, badminton, and mini-golf, while a few more “sunbathed” on a riser behind the stage. During the first setbreak, golfers came on stage and hit soft golf balls into the crowd.  Light contained an Auld Lang Syne tease.  You Enjoy Myself contained a Birds of a Feather tease.  Trey, Page and Mike came out for the third set in golf carts and began hitting golf balls into the crowd. Fish then arrived on a golf cart wearing donut pants and shirt, an argyle vest, and a golf hat.  Golf carts were brought back on stage during Kung, then began racing past the stage periodically during Chalk Dust. During the Chalk Dust jam, golfers began getting out of the carts, hitting balls into the crowd and dancing on stage.  One of the golfers did the New Year’s countdown from on top of a cart.  Auld Lang Syne was accompanied by balloons dropping from the ceiling and ping pong balls fired from cannons.  Tweezer Reprise featured Carrie Manolakos on vocals and a number of backup singers. The remainder of the third set and encore featured song titles focusing on a golf theme. Wilson was preceded by an animated Wilson golf ball on the venue’s jumbotrons. Iron Man was preceded by Page coming to the front of the stage to wish the crowd Happy New Year and reference the start of the 30th year of Phish. In an apparent reference to Bob Hope, Page wore a blazer, USS Nimitz ball cap and carried a golf club. Driver was stopped and restarted.This show featured the Phish debuts of Garden Party and Fly Like an Eagle, the first full Phish performance of Iron Man (which was last played December 31, 2003, or 192 shows), and the first ever a cappella Lawn Boy.
Setlist/Notes © 1990-2017  The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc

Phish Riviera Maya Run

Phish returned to Mexico for another 3 night run along the beach of the Riviera Maya. I was able to stream the shows live, and have sets of the 3 night run prints available in 11×17 and 8.5×11 sizes. Purchase prints here .

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Friday 01/13/2017
Barceló Maya Beach
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo , Mexico
Mike teased Heartbreaker in Free. Tequila was teased and quoted during Twist.


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Saturday 01/14/2017
Barceló Maya Beach
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo , Mexico

SET 1: The Curtain With, AC/DC Bag > Breath and Burning, Poor Heart, Halfway to the Moon, The Line, Waking Up Dead,Tube > Fast Enough for You, Ocelot > Chalk Dust Torture

SET 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Blaze On > Meatstick > Winterqueen, Mercury > Light > Wading in the Velvet Sea

ENCORE: Drowned, Rocky Top

Crosseyed was teased in Meatstick, Mercury, Light, and Rocky Top and teased and quoted in Drowned.


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Sunday 01/15/2017
Barceló Maya Beach
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo , Mexico
The Little Drummer Boy was teased in Ghost. DWD was unfinished.  Possum, Carini, and David Bowie contained Shipwreck quotes.


Setlists/notes © 1990-2017  The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc.

Phish Riviera Maya

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I recently finished up a new linocut for Phish’s upcoming shows in Mexico. Prints are hand-pulled, and printed on 108 lb 11×14 paper, and limited to an edition of 50 (although there will be some color variants in the near future). Prints are available for purchase in my shop,  Joseeen.etsy.com.

A last minute decision, I was inspired to do something after attending their 12/28 show, as well as streaming the rest of the run.  Trying to come up with something appropriate for a Mexico run poster, I recalled the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada, who’s artwork is best associated with Day of the Dead.  I recently had several students choose him for a presentation in my class, so I actually learned quite a bit from them!  After looking at many of his prints I took elements from two of them, El Cometa del Centenario de la Independencia  (The Comet Marking the Centennial of Independence) and El Pequeño Adivinadorcito (The Young Diviner) to create my illustration.

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This is my largest edition to date, and marks the beginning of year full of block prints.  I hope to try some more complicated methods, as well as working larger, although this would require me to look into a printing press (and a bigger apt!)  I’ll be working on some color variants soon, and will be posting those here shortly!

Phish MSG NYE Run

What a run!  I was lucky enough to attend 12/28, a last minute decision (like every MSG show I’ve attended), courtesy of my wife! Although we were in section 304, the view and sound were amazing!

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This show was webcast via Live Phish. Lonesome Cowboy Bill was played for the first time since July 1, 2012 (177 shows). Corinna was played for the first time since August 8, 2012 (170 shows). Page teased The Little Drummer Boy in Golden Age. Trey teased The Line in Simple. The Tweezer Reprise Jam’s lyrics were changed to “Your trip is short.” Trey teased Tweezer Reprise at the end of the return to Martian Monster.


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Thursday 12/29/2016
Madison Square Garden
New York , NY
This show was webcast via Live Phish. Sweet Adeline was last played on Septembet 2, 2011 (200 shows). Peaches en Regalia was last played on August 28, 2012 (164 shows). Secret Smile was last played on July 26, 2013 (141 shows). Trey teased It’s Your Thing in 46 Days and Dave’s Energy Guide in Theme. DWD was unfinished. Trey teased WTU? in Fuego. Kung was last played on December 31, 2012 (156 shows), was performed over Twenty Years Later in the background, and was quoted in the return to Twenty Years Later.


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Friday 12/30/2016
Madison Square Garden
New York , NY
This show was webcast via Live Phish. Carolina was last played on March 1, 2003 (378 shows). My Friend did not contain the “Myfe” ending. Sparks was last played on September 2, 2011 (201 shows). Mike teased Seven Below in Ghost. Party Time was played in unison with the jam out of Light and contained a Stash tease from Trey. Tweezer Reprise contained Martian Monster and Kung quotes.


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Friday 12/30/2016
Madison Square Garden
New York , NY
This show was webcast via LivePhish. Don’t Bogart That Joint was last played on October 31, 2010 (238 shows). Twist contained Low Rider tease. Piper fetaured Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike on keys. The third set and encore featured James Casey on saxophone, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Jeff Tanski on keys, and Andres Forero on percussion with Natalie and Jennifer adding vocals to Petrichor and No Men In No Man’s Land. Petrichor through Suzy featured dancers on stage. During Petrichor the dancers had umbrellas and water marbles fell from above. Auld Lang Syne was accompanied by recorded cat and dog noises as cat and dog balloons and raindrop-shaped stress ball fell from the ceiling.

Grab all four setlists at a discounted price! Or grab a mini-poster set of the run.   I know wall space can be limited, so I’m offering mini posters (8.5×11) of the NYE Run. Even though they are half the size, there is no loss in detail, and this allows all the posters to be framed together, or displayed in document sized frames that will use up the space size of 2 regular posters!msg-run-2016

Phish is Metal

I’ve recently created a new shirt inspired by the Phish song Petrichor.  The second in my Phish is Metal series, I’m currently taking preorders until 11:59pm on 11/8 (this Tuesday) for a small run that I will be making of the shirt.  Done in a death metal style, the shirt features images in the front and back, and will be printed on Fruit of the Loom Heavy Duty cotton shirts.  Shirts are available S-XXL and will produced in very limited quantity.  Shirts are $24, which includes shipping.phishshirt

The song Petrichor is the last track off the newest album, Big Boat. A composed, mainly instrumental song, the track clocks in at over 13 minutes and is done in a style reminiscent of their early work. Even more amusing is the definition of petrichor: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.  Of course this song was ripe for the metal treatment!

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The first Phish metal logos (May 2015)

What started as a shower thought, (What would Phish songs sound like done by a metal band?  Is there a Phish metal cover band?) turned into a couple illustrations I ended up doing.

Growing up, it was all punk/metal/hardcore for me.  My best friend veered towards Phish in our junior year of high school, but I was reluctant to surrender to the flow.  It wasn’t until the summer of 2000, when we both graduated, that I finally got it.  Since then, Phish has been a constant in my life, but I haven’t forgotten my roots.  To this day, I occasionally still attend a metal show, along with my wife. (The fact that she loves Phish and metal is probably why I married her!)

I’m not sure what inspired the initial sketches, but they happened.  I actually find it very humorous, since Phish is often abhorred by many metal fans. (Not all though, as I have met some at quite a few shows).

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I even made a Metal band shirt in a Grateful Dead style!

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I enjoyed this project, since I’ve always had a fascination with the logos that metal bands use and the complexity that they employ.  It was tricky, since most logos are often unreadable, and I wanted the “Phish” to be noticeable. With the final design, I felt that I managed to get as abstract as I could while making it readable.  To the chagrin of most, I only made 3;  one each for myself, my wife, and my friend, Jeff, who was the one that introduced me to Phish.

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That one time we wore the same shirt out…how embarrassing !

 

 

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I’ve since been working on a couple other songs that I want to draw in this style.  I just finished the Harry Hood, and have been sketching out some other songs, so I definitely will continue working on these, although I have no immediate plans to make shirts (although its possible for the future).  I look forward to exploring other styles of metal logos to create new songs, and figuring out which songs are most appropriate for the metal treatment  (or least appropriate!)  Stay tuned for more!