Perhaps it has much to do with growing up in New England, and even though they’re from Vermont (a state at which I like to poke fun), Phish is one of my favorite bands of all time — not far behind They Might Be Giants.
As different as the two bands are, it’s shocking how much their audience’s overlap.
Anyway, Phish unfortunately broke up a few years ago and for the last few years that they were still together, they were just releasing one live album after another.
Now, I know, some people are really into live recordings and bootlegs and trading them and all of that nonsense but no one will ever convince me that a live recording sounds better than a studio album.
Especially when you listen to it with big ol’headphones on like I do.
Seeing a band live is one thing… Listening to a ‘recording’ of a band live is a whole different animal.
A boring one.
Like a mallard duck, or a beagle, or something generic like a squirrel or something…
Give me a studio album any day.
So get this… The band is getting back together for a 3-night show this weekend down in Virginia and since they know that it isn’t possible to every fan to attend (and they’re cool like that), they’re offering mp3’s of all three shows on their website…for FREE!
Yep — FREE. (for a limited time, so… hurry!)
Now I know that I just poo-poo’ed recordings of live shows but when they’re free, hey, I’ll take it.
Here’s the link.
All you have to do is register — and no worries, they don’t spam the hell out of you like other places do and once you snag your free tunes you can always opt-out and be done with them.
You heard right — when you opt-out, they really stop sending you stuff.
Now I just have to hope and pray that they don’t go into a bunch of beat-less 45-minute jam sessions… Yawn…