Sam Lipsyte–“The Republic of Empathy” (New Yorker, June 4 & 11 2012)
This record was created by Trey Anastasio as his senior project at Goddard College. The thesis included an essay piece and this collection of songs (recorded by Phish) relating this epic tale from the band’s fictional land of Gamehendge. It was never officially released, but since Phish is so free with the tape trading, it is pretty widely available online (heck, even Wikipedia has a link to the Lossless SHN download of the album).
This release is legendary in the band’s history because they have played all of the songs from this album many times in their live shows (some much more than others, of course). And while they have more or less played the Gamehendge saga a few times in concert, I’d always wondered what the original story was all about (many songs have since been added to the saga…
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