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Author: Brian Weinstein

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Attendance Bias is a podcast for fans to tell a story about an especially meaningful Phish show.
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Hi everybody, and welcome to today's episode of Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. I have to be honest: I love every single episode of Attendance Bias. I'm proud of every episode and I'm grateful to every single guest who's willing to come onto the show and talk about a favorite jam or a favorite show. That said, I also have to tell you that, just like everyone, my interest of Phish goes beyond the music and extends into their history, the mythology of the band's early success, their behind-the-scenes action, and their business. So an episode like today, where I get to interview a person who was absolutely crucial in their development, not only as a musical group, but as a force to be reckoned with within the music industry makes me come away glowing. And that interview today is with music industry legend, Sue Drew of Kobalt Music Publishing. Not only does Sue work at Kobalt, but for a time in the late eighties and early nineties, she worked at Elektra Records. And during that time, she stumbled across a young foursome that was playing in New York City, known as Phish. I don't want to spoil the details, but Sue Drew, long story short, is the person who signed Phish to EleKtra records. Even more importantly, Sue not only talks about the business side of her relationship with Phish, but it's very clear throughout her discussion that she is a fan dyed in the wool of the band and their music. For today's episode sued decided to speak about December 28th, 1990 at a small venue that no longer exists in New York city called The Marquee. This is the first time that Sue ever saw Phish and, even more exciting, she tells us what inspired her to approach them, to sign them. So that's enough from me. I just want to get to the episode as quickly as possible. Let's listen to my interview with superfan Sue Drew of Kobalt about December 28th, 1990 at The Marquee in New York City.Links Mentioned in the Episode:*Elektra Press Kit to promote "Rift"*Phishbase interview with Sue from 2017
Hi everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. This week’s guest is a name that Phish podcast fans will recognize: RJB, the CEO and Co-Founder of Osiris Media. As a podcaster, I’m always looking up to the professionals and in the Phish podcast world, you can’t get more professional than Osiris Media. A few months ago, I had Tom Marshall on Attendance Bias to talk about being the face of Osiris Media, the Undermine podcast which was then wrapping up its first season, and Phish’s performance of “David Bowie” from December 29, 1994 in Providence. Tom was excited to talk about everything but he was unable to give too many details about Undermine, Osiris’ flagship podcast that tells about Phish’s history and experience in a non-linear way, since it was just completed. With season 2 of Undermine scheduled to air next week, I was eager to hear more about it and RJ was happy to share what listeners can expect when season 2 gets underway on September 8.For today’s episode of Attendance Bias, RJ picked “46 Days>Bug” from August 15, 2015 from Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Played right before the Magnaball festival, RJ and I break down  how the band was experimenting and discovering different musical avenues throughout the summer 2015 and how that came to fruition as this MPP run was the last stop on the road toward the ultimate summer culmination: the Magnaball Festival.So let’s join RJB to hear about season 2 of Undermine, the temporary return of the Helping Friendly Podcast, and “46 Days>Bug” at MPP from August 15, 2015.
Hi everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brain Weinstein. This week’s guest is the John Purcell, who I’ll refer to as Purcy throughout the conversation. As you’ll hear us explain during the episode, Percy and I went back and forth a few times about which show or jam to discuss.  As the host, I do my best to stay out of the decision making process, since the story and the Attendance Bias belongs to the guest. In this case, Purcy had a little trouble settling on one show, and so he came up with a good idea: he wanted to talk about how different shows reflected different points of his life. After some back-and-forth, he picked three different shows, years apart, and we would review highlights from each one. The three shows that Purcy chose for today’s episode are: New Year’s Eve 1994 at the Boston Garden, the Great Went, August 17, 1997 at Loring Air Force Base, and then December 28, 2019 at Madison Square Garden. Due to the back-and-forth decision making process, plus a typo here and there, you may hear me mistake the date of the Madison Square Garden show during our conversation. But, officially, it’s December 28, 2019.So let’s join Purcy to hear about what actually happened with the hot dog on New Year’s 1994, the incredible Harry Hood from the Great Went, and how Phish can be there for you through good times and bad over the course of 25 years.
Hi everybody, and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. This week’s guest is the host of the Cinema Dave Media YouTube channel, Dave Burland. When Dave and I got in touch, two things stood out to me that made me want to speak with him about Phish: first, he is a huge fan of The Who, just like I am, so we have a lot of shared musical DNA. Second, he is a huge movie buff. And although I wouldn’t call myself a film buff, I will say that, after music, movies are my biggest passion. So this seemed like a perfect match.For today’s episode, Dave picked July 30, 2017, better known as the “Jimmies” night of the Baker’s Dozen. In an earlier episode with author Jason Gershuny, he and I went over Glazed Night, the final night of the run, but Jimmies Night just seemed to hit different. It was the same summer, but tonally, it was completely different and you’ll hear Dave and I spend a lot of time about the details, the appeal, and the tone of the Baker’s Dozen as a whole.So let’s join Dave to hear about the Criterion Collection, Phish’s version of Drowned, and Baker’s Dozen setlist predictions, as we discuss July 30, 2017.
Hi everybody and welcome to today's episode of Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. Today, we wish Attendance Bias a HAPPY BIRTHDAY since it appeared on Apple Podcasts for the first time one year ago today, August 11, 2020. It's been a full year of episodes, and I'd like to thank you all SO MUCH for listening. In celebration, I thought it would be fun to have a guest host so I could take a break and be the guest for once. I was lucky enough to have previous Attendance Bias guest, Justin Bruce of Las Vegas, to be our guest host for today. Justin previously appeared on Attendance Bias to talk about 7/7/00 at Burgettstown.As a favor to the podcast, Justin was gracious enough to come on the show and interview me and give some background information about myself, who I am as a person, as a music fan, as a Phish fan, and as a podcaster.So today, you won't hear about one specific show or jam, but you'll hear tidbits about 7 or 8 different ones, as well as different bands, and get a look behind the curtain at what makes Attendance Bias happen.
Hello everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. This week’s guest is Illinois native, Brett Kreiner. Brett messaged me on, explaining that he was a fan of the podcast and that an earlier episode, where actor Luke LaGraff talked about the importance of the song “Lizards,” inspired him to reach out and tell his story about “Miss You.”At first, Brett said that he wanted to talk about the performance of “Miss You” from October 28, 2018 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. But as Brett explained the importance of the song overall--not just from that performance--it became clear that “Miss You” means more to Brett and his family than one 7-minute performance in 2018.  But I’ll leave it to Brett to tell the details. So let’s join him to hear about 1980s WWF stars at Indio, the importance of Phish ballads, and making peace with your hometown venues as we talk about “Miss You.”
Hi everyone, and welcome to today's episode of Attendance Bias. My guest today is Dave Waxman. Dave is a former employee of Phish Dry Goods, he worked at a bar with former Phish road manager Jason Colton, and he also recently created a merchandise website called Maybe So Maybe Lot.While I was promoting an earlier episode, Dave messaged me and asked that if I ever needed anyone to discuss the band's version of "Waste" from 8/9/98, that he was available. "Waste" is usually a disposable song, especially from that show in Virginia where the band busted out the famous "Terrapin Station" encore. Since he messaged me about "Waste" and not "Terrapin Station," I figured that there must be something great to talk about. After I listened to "Waste," it was obvious why Dave wanted to discuss it...and we'll get into that later. We also discussed that it would be silly of us, almost stubborn, to not talk about "Terrapin Station," even if it's not the focus of the episode.So let's join Dave Waxman to talk about both "Waste" and "Terrapin Station" from the Virginia Beach Amphitheater on August 9, 1998.
Hi everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. This week’s guest is the Director of Marketing for AA minor-league baseball team, the Somerset Patriots, Hal Hansen. If you’ve ever played a trivia game between innings, watched a bunch of sausages race around the bases, or caught a t-shirt launched by an air cannon at a Somerset Patriots game, Hal is the guy to thank. We had a great time today talking about Phish and baseball.For today’s episode Hal chose a huge show from the summer 2000 tour: June 28, 2000 at the Garden State Arts Center. Although I know very little about this tour, Hal did a great job explaining some of the high points of the summer of 2000, and how this show represented not only a great time in his life, but a crossroads between college and his professional career...although there would be some crossoverSo let’s join Hal to hear about turbo Gin, the similarities between a no hitter and a set of Phish, and a leaked version of Backwards Down the Numberline for June 28, 2000 at Holmdel.
Hello everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. This week’s guest is the host of The Bar Line Shift on HomeGrown radio, Amanda Cadran. As you’ll hear Amanda explain, HomeGrown Radio is an internet radio station with deep ties to the Railroad Earth family and Amanda’s show features a thematic playlist made up of everything from jam-centric music to obscure world music that you’ve probably never heard. I caught a few episodes of The Bar Line shift and immediately wanted to have Amanda on the show.For today’s episode Amanda chose a monster: Phish’s show on New Year’s Eve 1995 at Madison Square Garden. In addition to being an all-timer, it was Amanda’s first show. Imagine that! Long considered to be the holy grail of Phish shows, I was intimidated to tackle it, but once I spoke with Amanda ahead of time, I knew it would be easy and fun to just geek out about this fan favorite.You also may notice that I kind of went overboard with song clips in this episode but when you’ve got a show like this where virtually every track is a highlight...well...what are you gonna do?So let’s join Amanda to hear about spotting Bruce Springsteen at Toys R Us, chess games, and The Gamehendge Time Laboratory for December 31, 1995.
Hello everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. This week’s guest is trumpet for DC-based bands, Skyscrapers and the Monumental Brass Quintet, Mike Lowe. As Mike’s band played their first gigs and figured out their sound as indie jam rock, COVID hit and the band had to take a forced hiatus from the stage. But as you’ll hear him say in today’s episode, they’re getting ready to return to the U Street bars in Washington.For today’s episode, Mike picked a monster jam; “Fluffhead” from July 24, 1999 at Alpine Valley. Indeed, this version of Fluffhead is unlike any other that the band has played. Stretching for over 32 minutes, with a type 2 jam that is almost entirely led by Mike’s melodic bass playing, the band has yet to play a version that displays an equal amount of musical creativity. Mike describes how fans had their jaws drop to the floor after it was played, unexpectedly as the second song of the show. So let’s join Mike to talk about his band Skyscrapers, Phish’s sound in 1998, and "Fluffhead" from July 24, 1999 at Alpine Valley.
Hi everybody, and welcome to Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. My guest today on Attendance Bias is sound engineer, contributor, and the man responsible for the recent remastering of previously unreleased Phish recordings, Jeff Goldberg. Jeff chose to discuss the legendary Phish show from July 8, 1994 at Great Woods in Mansfield, Massachusetts. If you’ve been paying attention to or the blog over the past few years, you may have noticed that, every once in a while, the site announces the release of an archival show that was previously uncirculated. To be clear, these are separate from the band’s official releases. For example, the most recent release at the time of this recording is the show from April 9, 1990 at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon in Telluride, Colorado. If you’ve listened to that show, a link to which is posted in the show notes, you’ve heard Jeff’s audio expertise.I’ve known Jeff for a while through an online Phish message board, and have always been impressed with his expansive knowledge of Phish, and his ability to act as an audio archeologist; to find an artifact, clean it up, and present it to the public. I was so curious about the nuts and bolts of remastering poor quality tapes, about being one of just a few to hear a show that is mostly unknown to the public at large, and his background as a Phish fan.More than that, I was thrilled that Jeff picked the show from Great Woods. Although it’s a high-profile show, very few guests on Attendance Bias have brought up anything related to Gamehendge, so Jeff and I relished the opportunity to talk about the band’s formative rock opera. So let’s join Jeff Goldberg to hear about on July 8, 1994 at Great Woods.
Hi everybody, and welcome to Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. My guest today on Attendance Bias is Nate Tobey of Northern California. Nate chose to discuss August 2, 2003 at the Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. If this date sounds familiar to you, it is because it is the first day of the IT festival.IT was my first overnight festival experience and we both had a lot of say about not just the music, but the entire experience. For decades since the festival, I just took for granted that night two was the better night. Set two of the second night was everything I wanted in 2003. But listening back to night one in preparation of this podcast, it dawned on me just how great it is.This podcast has helped me place late 1.0 in context, and go deeper in understanding the rhythm and flow of 2.0. During today’s conversation, Nate calls the IT festival the “demarcation” of 2.0’s signature sound. I couldn’t agree with him more and appreciate the preparation he put into this episode.So get your best camping gear, stay up late for the soundcheck and the tower set, and take care of your shoes in that mud as we join Nate Tobey to talk about August 2, 2003, day 1 of the IT festival.
Hi everybody, and welcome to Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. My guest today on Attendance Bias is the creator of the Phish Stats website and the author of “This Has All Been Wonderful: A Travel Monologue from Summer 1994, the Year Phish Became Phish,” David “Zzyzx” Steinberg. Jeff chose to discuss the Phish show from September 22, 1990 at the Student Union Ballroom at UMass Amherst in Amherst Massachusetts.When I first discovered Phish’s internet presence, Dave’s statistics website was one of my first stops. As you’ll hear me say early in our conversation, I would become obsessed with checking my stats after every show. I needed to know how in many states or time zones I’d seen the band, how many time zones, what the probability was that I would see “Glide,” my most seen first set openers, my most seen second set openers, and so on. As you can tell by my fact checks at the end of each podcast episode, all of my Phish opinions have to be qualified with some sort of objectivity. Dave’s stats page provided an ever-evolving form of that. When Dave told me that he wanted to discuss a show from the fall of 1990, I was immediately interested. Of course there’s nothing wrong with more recent shows on Attendance Bias, but it’s important for everyone to revisit the band’s roots, and I never before had the opportunity to sit down for a long conversation with a person who was in the band’s orbit so early on. So get your hand stamped, say hi to Page at the pool table, and perk up those ears for the secret language as we join Dave Steinberg on September 22, 1990 at the Student Ballroom at UMass Amherst.
Welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias! This week’s guest is President of The Mockingbird Foundation, Adam Scheinberg. The Mockingbird Foundation turns 25 years old this year, and to celebrate, the Foundation is hosting The Mockingbird Sessions; a series of live streams, performances, and masterclasses on for free from June 4-6, 2021. The Mockingbird Foundation is somewhat synonymous with Phish charities, and so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to hear about the inner workings of the foundation, Adam’s role within it, as well as the details about the Mockingbird Sessions.Adam chose to discuss Phish’s show at The Grey Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark on July 2, 1998. Throughout today’s conversation, Adam talks about what brought him to Europe in the summer of 1998, the slate of new songs debuted on this tour, and the all-time version of “Ghost” that was played at this show.So let’s join Adam to hear about all of the topics  and more.
My guest today’s mini-episode of Attendance Bias is JoeJo Casone of Easthampton, Long Island. You may not recognize JoeJo’s name offhand but you’ve certainly heard of him. Remember during the April 3rd, 1998 show of the Island Tour when someone jumped onstage during "Loving Cup" before getting chased off by Pete Carini? And then the band teased Carini for the following "Antelope" and the rest of the tour? That someone was JoeJo.For today’s episode, JoeJo chose to tell us about “Loving Cup” from November 13, 1997 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Moreover, JoeJo was very gracious and happy to talk about his unplanned stage appearance at the Nassau Coliseum in 1998. I originally thought that the "Loving Cup" from the Island Tour would be the focus of the episode, but as we spoke, it became clear that the Nassau version and the version from Vegas 5 months earlier were inextricably tied together.More than that, Joejo was eager to talk about his love of Phish, his connection to Tigger, and how he escaped not only Pete Carini, but the Nassau Coliseum security. So let’s join JoeJo Casone to hear about “Loving Cup” from both The Island Tour and November 13, 1997 at The Thomas and Mack.
About his epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, writer JRR Tolkein said: “the tale grew in the telling.” That phrase crossed my mind more than once while I spoke with Matt Campbell about the legendary "Ghost" played on May 22, 2000 from Radio City Music Hall. Mini episodes are usually structured to last about 25 to 30 minutes, but as I spoke with Matt about Phish in 2000, this version of Ghost, and his love for the 2.0 era, it became clear that if I were to edit the conversation to  30-minutes, it would be a disservice to the conversation, to Matt, and to all of you.Like some other guests on Attendance Bias, I got in touch with Matt through the Phish community on Twitter. I noticed that in conversations, responses, and cross-talk, Matt would always stand up for 2.0 Phish. It didn’t matter which song, which jam, or what the conversation was--he seemed to be the go-to guy for all things 2.0. He even compiled a collection of thoughts, media, and publications of all things from the 2003 February and summer tours. Obviously he had a lot to say.Even with his love for 2.0, I was surprised but not shocked when Matt picked the Radio City "Ghost."  A legendary jam at a busy time in the band’s career, there’s a lot to say about it.So enjoy my conversation with Matt Campbell about the Radio City Ghost from 5/22/00 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
My guest today on Attendance Bias is Las Vegas meteorologist and host of the Phish Recaps podcast and co-host of the Deeper Listening podcast, Justin Bruce. Justin chose to discuss the Phish show from July 7, 2000 at the Star Lake Amphitheater in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. It seems that in the year since COVID became a national and worldwide crisis, everyone started a podcast, myself included. Phish fans would be no different. After listening to, and ranking, every show from the late 1.0 era of Phish on Twitter, Justin decided to launch a podcast based on the same premise, but instead of 180-character summaries, Phish Recaps polishes each show from 1999-2000 to a 15 minute review. As you’ve all heard me say on this podcast, I am not well-versed in this era of the band, so I was immediately interested in having Justin come on the show.And boy was I blown away. I thought I could hang with the best of them when talking Phish, but Justin’s knowledge of Phish in 1999 and 2000 is on another level. Citing specific shows, jams, and even segments of a tour, it was just a matter of time before I sat back and let him teach me.
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