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!

Still Waiting (for Fall Tour)

I recently had the time to do some much needed maintenance to my Shop, as well as to this site.  I’ve streamlined my shop, and at the same time added more items. Through the power of scroll-down menus, I was able to add setlists from previous years. I’ve also changed up this site, including updating the setlist archives.  It’s now easier to go to a specific show  or tour with endless scrolling.

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I have previous year setlists on sale, including deals if you purchase multiple show runs!  I also have 2016 show posters available for all the summer tour shows.  Sadly, I doubt I’ll be able to do show posters for  all of Fall tour (it’s been a busy school year so far) but I might do a poster for all of tour, possibly a block print.   I’ll of course be creating setlists for fall, and with them new song illustrations.  I’m also opening up commissions for any show setlists for only $25!  You tell me the show, I create the setlist with header art, at a very limited edition of 10.  I can also do multiple shows for a discounted price.    You can contact me below if interested, or hit me up on various forms of internet (FB, IG,Twitter links on the side menu).  And as always, a dollar from every setlist sold is donated to Mockingbird Foundation as a thank you for allowing me to use their setlist notes for my setlist art!

Phish at Dick’s 2016

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This show was webcast via LivePhish. Mike teased Light Up or Leave Me Alone before Stash. Fish performed the first part of Ass Handed in a swing style. Trey teased Stash during The Wedge. The Birds was quoted at the end of Birds of a Feather. Runaway Jim contained a Seven Below tease.

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This show was webcast via LivePhish. Simple featured Trey on Marimba Lumina. Squirming Coil ended with Trey, Fish, and finally Page walking off, leaving Mike to take a bass solo to finish the song for the first time in Phish history..


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This show was webcast via LivePhish. Trey teased San-Ho-Zay during Weekapaug and teased Crosseyed during Steam, Piper, Light, First Tube and Walls of the Cave. Piper featured a Fishman-driven improvisation with Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike and Page on percussion. Piper, Light, First Tube, and Walls of the Cave also included Crosseyed quotes.

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Phish at Lockn’ Festival 2016

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This performance was part of the Lockn’ Festival and was webcast via Live Phish, Fans.com and Qello Concerts. Trey teased Little Drummer Boy in Fuego. Bathtub Gin was unfinished. The YEM vocal jam included Ass Handed quotes from Fish.
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Phish SoCal Run 2016

7-22 Inglewood

Link Friday, 07/22/2016
The Forum, Inglewood, CA

Set 1: The Moma Dance > Sample in a Jar, Paul and Silas, Yarmouth Road, Kill Devil Falls, Horn, Halfway to the Moon, Heavy Things > Blaze On, Stash, Cavern > Run Like an Antelope[1]

Set 2: Axilla, Fuego > Back on the Train > Saw It Again > Prince Caspian > Waves >Joy > The Wedge, Scent of a Mule[2], Rock and Roll > You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Bouncing Around the Room, Golgi Apparatus

[1] Lyric changed to “Mike-O Esquandolas.”
[2] Trey and Fish on Marimba Lumina

Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Paul and Silas was played for the first time since October 20, 2013 (107 shows). Antelope’s lyrics were changed “Mike-O Esquandolas.”

Prints Available

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7-23 Chula Vista

Link Saturday, 07/23/2016
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA

Soundcheck: Funky Bitch, Foam

Set 1: Farmhouse, 555, Water in the Sky, Ghost, Ass Handed, The Sloth, Martian Monster > Reba, Ass Handed, Tube > Wolfman’s Brother > Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > 46 Days > Piper > Twist > Backwards Down the Number Line > Carini, Harry Hood > Loving Cup

Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise

Teases:
· California Love tease & quote in Wolfman’s Brother
· Streets of Cairo tease in Walls of the Cave
· Ass Handed quote in Carini
· Ass Handed quote in Tweezer Reprise
· California Love tease in Also Sprach Zarathustra

Prints Available

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

Phish BGCA San Francisco Run

7-18 SanFran

Link Monday, 07/18/2016
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Martian Monster, Halley’s Comet > 46 Days, Sugar Shack, Roggae, Daniel Saw the Stone > Divided Sky, Ocelot > Ya Mar[1],Possum

Set 2: Golden Age > Twist > My Sweet One > The Line > Simple > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Limb By Limb > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: When the Circus Comes, Run Like an Antelope

[1] Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on guitar, and Page on bass.

Teases:
· Magilla tease in Simple

Prints Available

7-19 SanFran

Link Tuesday, 07/19/2016
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Free, Breath and Burning, Theme From the Bottom > Cities > Maze, Wombat, Split Open and Melt, Sparkle > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Space Oddity

Set 2: Down with Disease[1] > Fuego > Ghost > Scents and Subtle Sounds[2] > Light -> Manteca -> No Quarter, Fluffhead

Encore: Bug, First Tube

[1] Unfinished.
[2] No intro.

Teases:
· Theme from I Dream of Jeannie and Under Pressure teases in Down with Disease

Prints Available

7-20 SanFran

Link Wednesday, 07/20/2016
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Demand, The Curtain With, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues> Fuck Your Face, Cry Baby Cry, Sing Monica > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters,The Very Long Fuse > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Walk Away > Sanity ->David Bowie

Set 2: No Men In No Man’s Land > Mike’s Song > Fee[1] > Seven Below > Waiting All Night > Gotta Jibboo, Miss You, Weekapaug Groove, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > Julius

Encore: Wading in the Velvet Sea > Character Zero

[1] Trey on megaphone.

Teases:
· The Very Long Fuse quote in Sanity

 

Notes: Demand was played for the first time since December 31, 2009 (258 shows). Alumni Blues and Letter to Jimmy Page were played for the first time since August 3, 2013 (114 shows). Cry Baby Cry was played for the first time since November 21, 1998 (496 shows). Sing Monica was dedicated to producer Bob Ezrin, who was in attendance. Walk Away was played for the first time since October 29, 2013 (100 shows). Fee featured Trey on megaphone.

Prints Available

3 Night run print sets also available

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

 

Phish at the Gorge

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Link Friday, 07/15/2016
Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA

Set 1: Tweezer > Sample in a Jar, The Old Home Place, Wolfman’s Brother,Bouncing Around the Room, Undermind, Kill Devil Falls, Lawn Boy, Ass Handed[1],Party Time, The Line, Tide Turns, Rift, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless > What’s the Use? > No Men In No Man’s Land ->Stash > Ghost[2] -> Chalk Dust Torture > Meatstick > Also Sprach Zarathustra >Cavern

Encore: Makisupa Policeman > Wilson > Good Times Bad Times

[1] Debut.
[2] Trey on Marimba Lumina; Mike and Page on percussion.

Prints Available

Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. This show featured the debut of Ass Handed. The Old Home Place was played for the first time since June 28, 2012 (155 shows). Crosseyed contained an Under Pressure tease from Trey. Ghost featured Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike and Page on percussion. NMINML was teased in Ghost, CDT, and 2001 and quoted in Ghost. Crosseyed was teased in Stash, Ghost, CDT and quoted in NMINML, Ghost, 2001, and Cavern. What’s The Use? was teased in Stash, Ghost, CDT, and Cavern. Fish quoted Makisupa in Wilson. Mike teased Ramble On in GTBT.

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Link Saturday, 07/16/2016
Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA

Set 1: Buried Alive, AC/DC Bag > The Moma Dance, Uncle Pen, 555, Sleep Again, It’s Ice, Driver, Sand, Horn, Halfway to the Moon, Bathtub Gin

Set 2: Blaze On > Backwards Down the Number Line > Carini > Birds of a Feather,Wingsuit > Shade, Mike’s Song > Farmhouse > Weekapaug Groove, Shine a Light

Encore: Hold Your Head Up, Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood > Tweezer Reprise

Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Driver was played for the first time since August 3, 2013 (111 shows). Love You was played for the first time since October 23, 2010 (216 shows).

Prints Available

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