Commission: 4/12/90 The Inferno

4-12-90 The Inferno

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!

Phish Jacksonville FL

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Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jacksonville , FL

Surrender to the Flow #50

I was recently interviewed for the last issue of Surrender to the Flow, a publication created by Phish fans for Phish fans.  If you’ve gone to any show in the last 18 years, chances are you’ve seen them on lot.

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A treasure trove of vital information any phan should know about the venues they’ll be visiting, as well as stories and articles about the band, scene, and phans. Created in 1998 (before the luxury of smartphone), each issue told you what you need to know for your trip, especially when doing multi city tours.

I was interviewed by Sydne Kasle, who ran across my artwork on the internet.  She contacted me with questions (that I’m sure a lot of people had), and I was happy to answer! The issue(their 50th!), was given out for free at all the east coast shows.  You can also download the issue as a PDF here.  It’s free, but you can always donate to support this publication, which is created by volunteers.  Surrender to the Flow is currently on their 51st issue, which covers and will be available during Phish’s west coast run, as well as online.

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Phish 7/1-7/3/16 SPAC

It always feels good to be back at SPAC!  I was able to attend these shows with a large group of close friends, which made the run very enjoyable, aside for the rainstorm right before the first show (I got soaked of course, and it felt great).  We stayed at a house/recording studio 30 minutes from the venue, a nice change from the hotel scene. The lot scene was great, SPAC is known for its shakedown, and it doesn’t fail to deliver.  I brought my SPAC posters to sell and got a very positive reaction (and quite a few sales!)   I still have some left, but they are going fast!

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Link Friday, 07/01/2016
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Birds > NICU, Cities, David Bowie, Free,Uncle Pen, Halfway to the Moon, Let’s Go[1], Waiting All Night > Bathtub Gin > Golgi Apparatus, The Squirming Coil

Set 2: Sand > Carini > Chalk Dust Torture[2] > Prince Caspian > Bug, Shine a Light, My Sweet One, Sleeping Monkey > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Fire

Encore: Character Zero

[1] Debut.
[2] Unfinished. With Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike on keys.

Prints Available

Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. This show featured the debut of Let’s Go. Chalk Dust Torture was unfinished and featured Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike on keys. Sleeping Monkey included the last lyric of My Sweet One and a Say My Name quote.


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Link Saturday, 07/02/2016
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1: Crowd Control, 555 > Seven Below > Back on the Train, Army of One, Divided Sky, Martian Monster[1] > Rift, Water in the Sky > 46 Days, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: No Men In No Man’s Land > Fuego > Light -> Golden Age > Taste, The Horse >Silent in the Morning > Julius, A Day in the Life

Encore: Bouncing Around the Room, Run Like an Antelope

[1] Trey on Marimba Lumina.

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Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Trey quoted Sleeping Monkey during BOTT. Martian Monster featured Trey on Marimba Lumina. Light featured NMINML quotes. Following Antelope, Trey picked up a shirt that read “They Attack!” prompting a The Birds quote before the band left the stage.


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Link Sunday, 07/03/2016
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1: The Wedge, Heavy Things, Tube, Sugar Shack, Lawn Boy, Sparkle > Sample in a Jar, It’s Ice > Guelah Papyrus, Ocelot > Scent of a Mule[1], Possum

Set 2: Soul Shakedown Party, The Moma Dance[2] > Twist > Joy > Breath and Burning,Axilla > Theme From the Bottom > Harry Hood > Show of Life

Encore: Rock and Roll

[1] Fish on Marimba Lumina.
[2] Unfinished.

Prints Available

 

Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Scent of a Mule featured Fish on Marimba Lumina. Moma Dance was unfinished.


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Prints of the setlists are available in my shop, as well as my show poster.  Or grab the whole run and save! Includes a mini version of the show poster!

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Setlist/notes © 1990-2016 The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc.

Summer Tour 2016!

Feels Good.jpgTour is back!  My favorite time of year, because I have lots of free time to draw all day (benefits of being a teacher!)  I now enter my 3rd year doing my setlist illustrations (74+ setlists, 374+ song illustrations), and I’m ready to make some more!  At this point the process is more like a puzzle, since I’ve draw so many songs, although there will be new variations of songs I’ve drawn before (the ones they play regularly).  The headers will include all new drawings, as well as variations of my show posters I did for the shows as well.

2015 was a great year for me artwise! My setlist art helped me get a few jobs designing some show posters ( Without A Net, Jazz is Phish, and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies), and Poster sales helped raise over $200 dollars for Mockingbird Foundation ($1 from each setlist poster is donated as way of saying thanks for letting me use their setlist notes).  I’m excited to see what 2016 brings.

HartfordThis year brings a new series of posters for Phish summer tour.  I knew I wanted to still create the illustrated setlists, but I also wanted to do something completely new.  Having made a couple gig posters I learned a lot quick (using photoshop/dealing with short deadlines), and I viewed this series as a way to explore using digital and traditional media, and just figure new things out.   It was an ambitious project, 15 posters in all.  They are a combination of digital and ink and watercolor.  Originally it was just going to be the state fish, but searching yielded many entertaining images of fishermen with their catch, which I found even more entertaining when you omit their faces! I’ve done 10 so far before tour started, and will create the rest inbetween doing the setlist art and attending shows (Mann and SPAC!)

I’m selling my prints in a few locations; My etsy shop along with setlists and song ckobt6hwsaezig1illustrations, A new streamlined shop (www.phishart.com) that’ll offer the show posters only, as well as on lot at SPAC, and possibly Mann (technically no vending is allowed).

As mentioned earlier, I will continue to post the setlist illustrations shortly after each show, as well as an option to purchase.  For this tour I’m also offering the show poster for a discounted price when you purchase the setlist via my etsy shop!  I also post the work in progress setlist via twitter, and they usually end up in .net discussion threads, as well as r/phish.Follow me on twitter and check them out shortly after each set!

I’m excited to see what this tour brings us.  Hope to see you guys on lot and the shows!

 

Phish Philly Spectrum 12/10-12/11/99

I was recently commissioned to create the setlist for the shows at the Spectrum in Philly back in 1999.  Working with some suggestions from the person requesting the shows, I included some Philly sports icons, Julius Erving and Ron Hextall.  This was a fun project, and it allowed me to draw up some new songs.  I’m always open to do commissioned setlists, although with summer tour approaching it could take a bit.  Feel free to contact me via twitter, facebook, or instagram.

I made a very small edition of these (only 5), and have 4 of each available for sale via my shop.

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Link Friday, 12/10/1999
First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

Set 1: Tweezer > Bouncing Around the Room, Horn, Heavy Things, Dogs Stole Things,My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Roggae, Birds of a Feather, Guyute, Loving Cup

Set 2: Gotta Jibboo, The Wedge, David Bowie[1] -> Have Mercy -> Hold Your Head Up[2] > Cracklin’ Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, Twist, Waste

Encore: Ride Captain Ride

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Have Mercy melody and a vacuum solo.

Teases:
· Have Mercy tease in Hold Your Head Up

 

Notes: Bowie was unfinished. The jam out of Have Mercy included a snippet of Bowie before returning to Have Mercy. The subsequent reggae-style HYHU contained a Have Mercy melody before leading to a vacuum solo.

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Link Saturday, 12/11/1999
First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

Set 1: Harry Hood > Mike’s Song > Simple > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove,When the Circus Comes, Scent of a Mule, Cavern

Set 2: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley[1] -> Ghost -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease

Encore: Possum[2]

[1] No vocal jam.
[2] All Fall Down signal.

Teases:
· AC/DC Bag tease in Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley
· Sand tease in Ghost

 

Notes: Sneakin’ Sally began with an AC/DC Bag tease and did not contain a vocal jam. Trey teased Sand in Ghost. Possum included an All Fall Down signal.

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Setlist/Notes © 1990-2016 The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc.