ENDED! – Win Tickets to Mike Gordon @ Neptune Theatre [Seattle]

Photo by Rene Huemer

Photo by Rene Huemer

The winner has been chosen and contacted.  We just loved the idea of a drug called “Shazbot” too much and, coupled with the idea that it’s of the grimy mini-mart variety, it was too much for us not to select it as the winner.  It was a tight call though, so thanks to everyone that entered!  We actually have a couple more ticket giveaways running right now–namely, The War on Drugs and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks–so make sure to check those out and keep your eyes peeled for more in the future.

It’s been just over 30 years since Mike Gordon co-founded the band Phish at The University of Vermont.  Since then, the bassist has held down the low-end in one of the most versatile musical outfits in modern history.  A notoriously improvisational act, the 4-piece is well known for never repeating the same set twice, and their music has the ability to travel as widely as the thousands of fans that follow them from show to show across the country.  Phish definitely has a penchant for exploring some truly disorienting and spaced out territory–some of us may have even believed that we were dead and/or trapped in an alternate dimension at moments of their shows–but it’s Mike that drops the bottom out, supplies the groove, and really gets people moving.  And while his solo career finds him continuing to experiment with new directions, that unmistakable Gordo bass sound is something that he never fails to take along with him.

Mike Gordon really launched his individual career outside of the band during the 2 1/2 year hiatus that Phish took beginning in the fall of 2000.  From the jump, he proved himself to be the most interesting member of the quartet, as a solo artist moving forward.  Taking the time off from the collective for which he’s most known, he collaborated with legendary acoustic guitar wizard, Leo Kottke to release the surprisingly organic LP, Clone in October of 2002, just months prior to Phish reuniting.  The respective styles of he and Kottke blended so effortlessly that the duo teamed up again for the album, Sixty-Six Steps, 3 years later.  Less than a year after their first collaboration, however, Mike released both a film and the first project to rest entirely on his own shoulders, and under his own name, alone.  Inside In contained some really refreshing material with complex yet hypnotic layering, and featured a slew of cameos by artists like Bela Fleck and the late Vassar Clemens.  Since then, he’s continued to find time to push forward and explore on his own, releasing 3 more full-length “Mike Gordon” albums; the latest being Overstep, which dropped only a couple of weeks ago.

Touring in support of Overstep, Gordon will be playing in Seattle at the Neptune Theatre next Friday, March 21st.  As you Phish phans have likely already seen, the bands upcoming Summer Tour dates were just announced, completely blowing off the West Coast. yet again.  The assumption might be that they’ll make up for it in the Fall, but the boys have also exhibited a pattern of only visiting Washington State to play the Gorge every other year.  They did just play here last year, so… this might actually be your only chance to catch Gordon in the area for awhile.  The good news is that, thanks to our friends at the Seattle Theatre Group, we have a pair of tickets to give away to one of you jokers for free.

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Photo by Julia Mordaunt

Photo by Julia Mordaunt


*1 Winner will receive a pair of tickets to the following performance :

Mike Gordon
The Neptune Theatre – Seattle, Wa

Friday, March. 21, 2014 @ 9pm


This giveaway will center around the title of the opening track from Mike Gordon’s new album.


The first song on Overstep is a track called “Ether” and, while the lyrics clearly imply that it’s about something entirely different, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear that word–other than the retaliatory Jay Z diss track from NAS–is the time that I ran into a gaggle of teens geeked out on solvents at Capitol Lake Park in Olympia, Wa.

Your job as the entrant is to come up with the street name for a new drug.  Be as detailed as you want–what form is it in? how is it ingested? what does it do? etc.–or, just be really basic with it (just the name).  It’s totally up to you.


Post your answer in the comment section below.


There is no part 3. That’s all there is to the contest. It’s pretty easy… but you should probably read the fine print.

The Fine Print:

All entries must be received by Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 11:59pm to be eligible.

You can enter as many times as you want, but use a valid email so that we can contact you. If you sign in with Facebook, make sure that your account can accept a message from us. Winner will be chosen arbitrarily, based on our personal “favorite.”

If you are not sure that you will be able to attend the show, do not enter! You’d be surprised how often that shit happens and we don’t want these going to waste.

If we are unable to contact the winner in a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!


Dead C

Located in Seattle, Dead C is the founder/editor, as well as the principal writer and photographer, of Monster Fresh. Creating the site in 2007, he did so with a specific dream in mind. Unfortunately, being a muscle relaxer-fueled fever dream, it’s hard to recall all of the details.

I remember that my mom was there, but it wasn’t actually her in the dream, it was actually 70s heart throb, Jan Michael Vincent. And everything took place here, in this room… but it wasn’t actually here… it was different. The colors were washed out and, for some reason, there was a raccoon kicking it with us and it was wearing a holographic monocle.

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  • Matt Phillips

    Karma – you can ingest it, inhale it or smoke it. puts you in a karmic state of mind.

  • Frank

    Street name: Sunday Morning

  • NickZ

    Pono. The Hawaiian word for righteous.

  • yosselot

    Breaking News: The popular street drug known as Blissfire threatens to shift the balance of the world economy as millions drop out of their daily jobs to spend more time in nature with their loved ones.

    Chemically known as: Lysergic Dimethyl Tri-OxyCortisol, this potent yet subtle pseudo Seratonin subamplifcator is closely linked with neuronal uptake re-inhibitors. The drug, which is derived from the feather glands of a rare Hummingbird species (Euphoriosis Flavorescens) that resides only in the remote parts of the upper Amazonian Basin has been growing in popularity since it was successfully synthesized by Syrian scientists and subsequently sold on Silk Road, the popular underground internet black market.

    The illegal shopping site and its illicit Blissfire dealers were temporarily shut down by government agents once word of the drugs dramatic effects started to spread, but it was too late. Since its introduction in early 2012 its popularity has grown exponentially, often capturing the attention of more than 50% of the population in developed countries. Its affects have subjectively been described as “logic meets love and has a trillion babies” or “the re-balancing of Eden with our innate cosmic sexual energies “…these descriptions have lead many to seek out the drug. Once ingested its has been suggested that peoples attention is solely invested in activities that are intended to enhance ones potential for “Connective Evolutionary Principles”, a phrase coined by famed NeuroCosomogist and Blissfire advocate, Gunther Mulholland.

    Several prominent politicians, including but not limited to: Bill and Hilary Clinton, Dick Cheney Senate majority leader, Eric Cantor, Harry Reid and Diane Feinstein have all ingested Blissfire and become fierce advocates for the once controversial drug. Their statements to the press denouncing and apologizing for their perceived and alleged crimes against the planet and its inhabitants have been widely discussed in all major media outlets. Their retirement from public life and subsequent move to become small farmers and animal husbandry specialists has shocked most people in the developed world. Now with as many as 3 billion people world wide converting to Blissfire-ism, a blend of Transcendental Animism and Agnostic Mysticism that toppled many of the worlds top religions, the world economy has faced dire foreshadowing of what is to come should Blissfire continue to spread.

    Pope Francis and the Dali Lama along with religious leaders in the Islamic, Jewish and Christian traditions are all urging the world to find their singular and collective “truth” in the “precious gem known as Blissfire” Most, if not all of the people who ingest Blissfire seem to go in to a trance state for up to 48 hours. Upon awakening most describe something akin to a “genetic shapeshifting into every form of life that has ever existed”. A form of “psychic connective cord” is believed to be growing amongst Blissfire users, leading many to speculate that the “illusion of separation” that has been described by quantum physicists and mystics alike has been receding, leaving a sort of “truth in plain site” scenario which has both baffled and intrigued the world.

    The world is holding its collective breath to see where these massive shifts in priorities leads us, until then we can only assume that Blissfires popularity with mainstream culture throughout most of the planet will continue to grow.

    Stay tuned.

  • Eytan Bernet

    Streetname: Somabliss.
    Effects: Makes you want to read books about esoteric drugs. It is self replicating, because it transmits itself through the pages of novels (much like snow crash could be transmitted via the metaverse). Currently included in every edition of “Brave New World”, “Dune”, and “A Scanner Darkly”. As a bonus, again just like snowcrash, the drug can also be ingested by watching the film versions of these novels.
    Drugs ultimate goal: To usher in the film version of Snowcrash

  • The Show

    Shazbot: a recreational “designer” drug along the lines of bath salts
    sold in select gas stations that makes a person act like an EXTREMELY
    coked up Robin Williams circa Mork years, without all the nasty side effects like eating your friends face off. Hilarious at parties.