Making the Case: Summer of '89

“Smegma, dogmatigram, fish market stew.” “Walking across the lawn, stepped upon a log.” “Tipsy, fuddled, boozy, groggy, elevated prime did edit her.” These are the lyrics of Phish. These are the fun, linguistic acrobatics that entertain us. But, from time to time, things get serious we have to acknowledge that

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Making the Case: Time Turns Elastic

Trey Anastasio’s masterpiece “Time Turns Elastic” was written for an orchestra. That’s what they tell us, at least. It was performed with the New York Philharmonic in September of 2009. A video surfaced, Trey playing TTE alone, acoustically. And then there’s the Fenway debut. Somehow, we find ourselves here in

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Making the Case: The “Best” Phish Song

This morning, I began wondering to myself: “If asked the best Phish song, what would I respond?” I thought it over, and I have some thoughts. I’ve pondered over my favorite Phish songs before, and ultimately, I’ve never been able to settle on one. But today, I’ll give you what

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Making the Case, Continued

Today’s Making the Case will focus on the masterful song “Roggae.” Roggae’s first appearance, few know, was on June 29, 1998, at a rehearsal in Copenhage, Denmark. I know because I was lucky enough to be there. One day before the European tour truly started, those of us that came

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Making the Case for My Favorites

I will be featuring a regular “column” on firsttube.com from now on, updated periodically, called “Making the Case for My Favorites.” I will attempt to justify why my favorite Phish songs are worthy of praise, and why my least favorites are less likeable. I encourage everyone to participate in the

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