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Pre-order Phish’s Clifford Ball DVD, get chotchkies. You know you want ’em

From Phish Dry Goods

Brand new 7-DVD box set documenting The Clifford Ball, a landmark concert event that drew more than 70,000 fans to upstate New York in August 1996. The Clifford Ball was the first of seven, two-day spectacles the band staged, including The Great Went a year later, followed by Lemonwheel in 1998. The Clifford Ball was held in Plattsburgh New York at a decommissioned air force base, where Phish played two marathon concerts and delivered a one-of-a-kind experience for fans.

The box set features nine hours of concert and event footage (with six complete sets of music recorded Live August 16 & 17, 1996 and bonus features including Phish’s extended soundcheck, its late night flatbed truck jam and a 30-minute featurette with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and more. This regionless DVD set includes options for both stereo and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound Audio (remixed and mastered from the band’s multi-track tapes). 4:3 aspect ratio.

DISC 1 – Day One (8/16/1996) – Set One
Chalk Dust Torture
Bathtub Gin
Ya Mar
The Divided Sky
Halley’s Comet
David Bowie

DISC 2 – Day One (8/16/1996) – Set Two
Split Open And Melt
The Squirming Coil
Train Song
Strange Design
Hello My Baby
Mike’s Song
Weekapaug Groove

DISC 3 – Day One (8/16/1996) – Set Three
Makisupa Policeman
Down With Disease
Life On Mars
Harry Hood
Encore: Amazing Grace

DISC 4 – Day Two (8/17/1996) – Set One
Old Home Place
Punch You In The Eye
Cars Trucks Buses
The Lizards
Sample In A Jar
Suzy Greenberg

DISC 5 – Day Two (8/17/1996) – Set Two
The Curtain
Runaway Jim
It’s Ice
Run Like An Antelope
Golgi Apparatus
Slave To The Traffic Light

DISC 6 – Day Two (8/17/1996) – Set Three
Scent Of A Mule
A Day In The Life
Tweezer Reprise
Encore: Harpua

DISC 7 – Bonus Disc
The Clifford Ball: A Beacon Of Light
The Flatbed Jam
Soundcheck (8/15/1996)
An Interview With Jim Pollock
Chris Kuroda Split-Screen
Phish: On Jamming
Phish: The LG

Everyone who pre-orders from Phish Dry Goods will receive a free Festival Souvenir Pack which includes two original Clifford Ball concert entry wristbands and a Clifford Ball balsa wood gilder. In addition to the wristbands and glider, we’ve got some great memorabilia from the Archives to hand out, so 1,500 random orders will also receive original Clifford Ball camping tickets, an original festival map, or satin sticky Clifford Ball backstage passes.

Preorder from Phish Dry Goods and receive all that cool extra schwag and if you have any extras for the summer tour, (I’m looking at you, Mansfield…) give me a shout:

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February 3, 2009 Posted by | 1996, clifford ball, concert, dry goods, dvd, ghost of electricity, live, music, new york, Phish, plattsburg, toodrunktodream, video | Leave a comment

This guy is a baseball MAGNET. Check this out!

Here is a completely random baseball story that is totally beyond my description and totally beyond my storytelling skills.  I’m not gonna be able to tell the complete story very well, but here’s a brief synopsis of what went down last week in NYC, for the closing games at Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium.

9/16/08 – A guy in the right field stands of Yankee Stadium catches a Giambi home run, does a crazy cabbage patch dance and gets on Sportscenter. 

Well the next day, 9/18/08, Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon came to the plate and THIS happened:


one of the last home runs to be hit EVER in Yankee Stadium.  That’s right, it’s the same freakin guy.

2 HR balls in 2 days….

Well, apparently the guy isn’t much of a Yankees fan, actually.  He’s a Mets fan.  A Mets fan by the name of Zack Hample.  More on that in a sec. 

Zack got his hands on a ticket to the last game at the Mets’ Shea Stadium for the final regular season game on 9/28.   Take a guess at what happened…..I’ll give you one second.

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In the fourth inning, he caught a home run hit by Carlos Beltran….one of the final balls EVER to be caught at Shea Stadium.  AMAZING!!!!!


Well the media picked up on this story the other day, and you possibly saw him on the Today Show or heard him on the radio.  All of a sudden he’s been thrust into the spotlight, doing interview after interview….

But, who exactly is this guy???

He’s Zach Hample.  Zack Hample is a baseball fanatic who has snagged an astounding 3,816 baseballs from 44 DIFFERENT Major League ballparks.

And he’s also an author.  His book, Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan’s Guide For Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks is sitting on my bedside table as we speak.   HOW RANDOM???  I thumb through it almost every night.  His first book, How To Snag Major League Baseballs, was published in 1999.

You gotta check this guys blog out.  It’s incredible.  Seriously. No Seriously.
The Baseball Collector

and his website:

October 2, 2008 Posted by | baseball, catching, home run, major league, mets, new york, yankees, zack hample | Leave a comment