A phone for the phunky!

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Surprisingly, he’s not wearing a Flyers jersey

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If you’re an ironic fan of trashy reality television you probably love The Soup - and how can you not when they throw in not only a Phish reference but a reference to one of the most popular jams of the summer? On the E! channel no less…MTV and VH1 take note.

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The Hudson Project Music & Arts Festival has announced its artist lineup. The festival which is in its inaugural year will be held in Saugerties, New York between July 11th and 13th (Randall’s Island for any curious Phish phan’s). The lineup is pretty impressive especially from the EDM category including Moby, Bassnectar, STS9 (with a new bassist), Flying Lotus, Infected Mushroom, Bonobo, newly reunited the New Deal, Paper Diamond, Emancipator and my personal favorite Nightmares on Wax. The festival also caters to the jamband audience with such acts as Marco Benevento, Twiddle, Rebelution and Tauk. The lineup looks solid and the upstate New York placement seems prime for attendees. Get more information at the festival’s official site.

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The New Deal has announced via their official website that they will be returning in the Summer of 2014. No tour dates have been revealed quite yet but the announcement has already gotten fans excited for the popular jamtronica act that called it quits back in 2011. More info coming soon!

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Just when you thought the summer festival season was finally taking its final shape - Gathering of the Vibes announces a lineup that is sure to make this year’s festival possibly one of the best iterations of its stellar career. Big headliners include Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, moe. and Umphrey’s McGee. One of the more interesting groups announced is The Disco Biscuits featuring Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann (Rhythm Devils, Grateful Dead). The lineup is certainly stacked for any Dead-head: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dark Star Orchestra and Keller Williams Grateful Grass are all on the lineup. I also enjoy seeing some diversification in the non-jamband category with acts like Slightly Stoopid, Rodrigo y Gabriela and White Denim.

On top of all this the festival has stated there will be more bands announced so the epicness has yet to cease. You can get more information about the festival at their official site and buy tickets here.

Also if you’re still trying to figure out which festival is best for you - check out our 2014 Festival Guide.

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The Disco Biscuits and the festival promoter MCP Presents have both made statements that there will be no Camp Bisco in the summer of 2014. Both the band and the promoter seem confident that the festival will return in 2015. The festival just came off one of its best lineups in a longtime as well as a series of Disco Biscuits shows which left fans hopeful for potential the band hadn’t shown in years. This is the second major jam festival to cancel its long-standing annual tradition, All Good Music Festival cancelled their event this year to search for a better venue.  

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Phish.net user goldmanb has been so kind as to help translate the mysterious Chinese writing in Phish's 2014 announcement video - the rough translation is below:

Here is what you must do. You must go to the edge of the city. There, you will find him. He will not be like you hope. In fact, he might even be someone you wouldn’t look at. He might look like a kind of bush, or a reporter for the local real estate company. But it is him. Ask him something. He will say, “What is it?” You will say “You know… like we discussed.” It’s very important that you use these words. He will temporarily disappear. Although he is leaving, you will examine your phone. Perhaps you exclaim something about the weather. Then he will return your target. Exchanging the target, you will give him a signed copy of the novel “Hawaii” by James Michener. The signature must be from a child pretending he is James Michener. Once you have your target, flip this page over in order to understand how to rescue our species from extinction. Thanks! You really helped us a solid here.

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Phish announces their 2014 Summer Tour Dates:

July 1 @ Xfinity Center - Mansfield, MA (Capacity - 19,900)
July 3-5 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY (Capacity - 25,100)
July 8-9 @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA (14,000)
July 11-13 @ Randall’s Island - New York, NY (Capacity - Between 35- 40,000)
July 15 @ CMAC Performing Arts Center - Canandaigua, NY (Capacity - 15,000)
July 16 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI (Capacity - 15,274)
July 18-20 @ First Merit Pavilion - Chicago, IL (Capacity - 30,600)
July 25 @ PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte, NC (Capacity - 19,500)
July 26 - 27 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD (Capacity - 19,319)
July 29 - 30 @ nTelos Music Pavilion - Portsmouth, VA (Capacity - 6,500
August 1 @ Amphitheatre at the Wharf - Orange Beach, AL (Capacity - Approximately 10,000)
August 2 @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - Pelham, AL (Capacity - 9,936)
August 3 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Alpharetta, GA (Capacity - 12,000)
August 29 - August 31 @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO (Capacity - 26,000)

(Thanks to jambase for providing capacity information)

Place your lottery requests here

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"Confessions of a 3.0 Noob" is a series of stories about my adventures as a phish phan and what it has meant to me as a newer phan seeing the band over the course of the past 5 years.

I’m going to tell you right off the bat, no I did not make it out to the Hampton reunion shows. Like a total noob I put in…get ready…ONE credit card for the phish lottery. ::queue phanbase laughter:: Yup. One measly ticket request for the first night. The lotto e-mail might as well have just been 50 lines of “Hahahahahahahahaha” ending with “….No.” The Ticketmaster on-sale was just as much if not even more of a joke, I’d experienced buying tickets from their site before but this was clearly a different beast. Needless to say my college-try got me nowhere. I remember my computer dying the weekend of the reunion and begging my friend to download just one of the shows for me. I wanted to know they still sounded the same. I wasn’t aware of the 1.0 - 2.0 - 3.0 delineation at that point, I just figured 5 years off was significant for any band. My friend ended up downloading night two which he put onto a CD-R and gave to me. The show was dated wrong and since I didn’t have a computer at the time I assumed this was the first show back. I thought “Sanity” was such a brilliant return song, suggesting they had “Lost their minds” by stepping away. It would be almost 8 months before I got self’d by this at my first show.

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"Confessions of a 3.0 Noob" is a series of stories about my adventures as a phish phan and what it has meant to me as a newer phan seeing the band over the course of the past 5 years.

When I first heard Phish I was around 12 years old. It was New Year’s Eve 1999 and I was living in St. Louis Missouri. The ball was about to drop on the east coast and my mom yelled for me to come in quickly, “I think one of your bands is playing on the TV.” Now Phish was not on my radar at this point. I was into a really interesting mix of great and downright shitty music. Everything from Metallica and Black Sabbath to Limp Bizkit and Korn. Not a broad range but I’ll let you decide which side the scale tipped. Still, I came in and saw an ABC Broadcast of what I would later learn was Big Cypress. To be polite, I stayed and listened to ‘Heavy Things’. The tune was catchy enough but didn’t really blowmy mind but at least now they were on my radar.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2000 and a friend of mine tells me about this program called Napster that lets you download any song you want. Being a huge music fan this sounded like a dream come true. I went home, downloaded the program and sure enough, he was mostly right. You could download a ton of music completely for free, and it only took like 40 minutes a song! I went on a downloading spree. I was downloading anything and everything I thought I might even remotely enjoy. It got to the point where I was just looking up record labels and going through their artists for names I’d never heard of. I looked up Elektra because I was big Metallica fan at the time and saw Phish's name.

Why not?

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Mad Tea Party Jam 3 will be headlined by Papadosio with two sets from The Werks, Dopapod, The Mantras, Consider the Source, Tauk and a plenty of others. The festival will be held in Hedgesville, West Virginia. This lineup is a significant step up from previous two years which had less big names and was primarily driven by The Werks. This has the makings to be a fantastic weekend. Get more info here - buy tickets here

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Camp Barefoot announces their 8th annual lineup which contains multiple artists with 2 sets including Papadosio, Lettuce, That 1 Guy, Consider the Source, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong & Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Other bands playing single sets include Kung Fu, Tauk, Dopapod (late night), Brothers Past, Mike Dillon Band (late night) and a ton more. At quite the affordable price this festival looks like it could be a truly epic weekend for those looking for something a little smaller to close out their summer. Get more info here.

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moe. has announced the 15th annual iteration of their music festival Moe.down held in Turn, NY. This festival could be a real sleeper pick in my opinion - not a lot of artists but (omit OAR) all the talent is extremely strong and that coupled with a smaller feel is usually the recipe for a fantastic festival (see Catskill Chill). It’s a bit pricey for the amount of artists announced so far but I believe they still have a few to roll out. Get more on moe.down here.

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Bonnaroo announced their 2014 Initial Lineup - notables include Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Ritchie, Vampire Weekend, Skrillex, Umphrey’s McGee, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Yonder Mountain String Band, Chance The Rapper, Neutral Milk Hotel, Broken Bells and just about everyone else in the world.

I’ve gotta say - I’m surprised Kanye West is welcome back at Bonnaroo after his tantrum back in 2008 which forced Phil Lesh to cut his set early. Not only that, but the Superjam which has been a longstanding Bonnaroo tradition of putting insanely talented musicians together for fantastic collaborations, seems somewhat cheapened now that is being hosted by a dubstep DJ (Skrillex) - Bonnaroo seems to be aware of this concern and has included a “Superjam ‘?’” artist spot suggesting we may have an alternative to the nonsense that Skrillex will put out.

Overall I think its a good lineup with a wide variety of appeal. If it weren’t so far and obscenely huge I would love to go. Enjoy yourselves on the farm everyone! Get more ticket info here.