lovehate phishcast for a musicmonday

Well, after a couple of months of MusicMonday podcasts, I've decided to enjoy myself. Tomorrow night, I'm going to see my favourite band, Phish, just south of Rochester, NY.

Lovehatethings is often about so many things that I rant and rave at. Today I want to share three songs with you that make me smile. I can say that many songs make me want to join in and sing, some want to make me play air guitar or drums. These three songs simply cause me to break out in an uncontrollable grin.

Apologies all around if you have a hard time getting your head around a three song, 45 minute set of tunes, but maybe something will click and you'll want to hear more.

If only by titles alone, how could you resist Harry Hood, Fluffhead, and Divided Sky?

I hope you dig it even a fraction as much as I do.

thinglets: What I Didn't Miss As Much As I Thought I Would At PAB2010


I love Phish. I'm a total phanboy. I know some of you may love your tech devices and all your gadgets, but having been to over 25 Phish shows in my life, I'm hooked.

Last year I missed Podcasters Across Borders 2009 to attend four Phish shows during their reunion tour, and I wasn't disappointed.

This year I missed three shows I would have gone to, and instead attended PAB2010, and I wasn't disappointed.

I just thought that after sharing so much on lovehatethings from a community of creators I grew to be a part of this past weekend at PAB2010, I'd share some content from my favourite musical creators.

Above is a great version of the song Tweezer from the experimental minds of the band, while below is their show closer of Tweezer Reprise. Both are fantastic recordings from the crowd and look and sound amazing. Thanks to HarpuaFSB for sharing on YouTube.

thinglets: How to use "new" media for an old purpose

I've been a fan of the band Phish for well over a decade. They're a band whose popularity was the end result of social media even before the phrase became de rigeur. By allowing free recording of their shows and never repeating setlists, BBS news would spread every night of songs played, and within 24 hours, entire shows for free download would appear on FTP sites. The Phish newsgroups sometimes had 1000 posts a day and people used the web to arrange cassette and eventually CD trading vines.

After hundreds of shows and over 25 years, the band still has not lost its sense of humor or its ability to gravitate to an internet crowd. That they appreciate the need to advertise an upcoming tour on the web is, I suppose, expected. That they can find a way to do it that makes me smile and glad that I've already got tickets is a bonus.

Here's to a band that is willing to put money out for a fan base that is committed and will follow the band wherever they go. A band that's never had a song on the charts or a music video of note.

I applaud the effort. I love the cheekiness. I know that as long as a quarter-century old band can continue to be this creative, they will keep drawing new fans to shows. And isn't that a big part of what social and new media are all about?