Phish’s Baker’s Dozen is the focus of the new season of Undermine, from Osiris Media. The legendary 13-night run featured the Vermont jamband performing over 250 songs with no repeats over 13 nights at The Garden.
In exploring this remarkable feat, Undermine Season 3 features interviews with Scott Bernstein (Jambase), Jesse Jarnow (WFMU, After Midnight), musicologist Dr. Jake Cohen, and more, plus conversations with a bevy of fans who were lucky enough to catch all 13 shows.
For those unfamiliar, in July and August of 2017, Phish called Madison Square Garden home for a three-week stretch of shows that has come to define the peak of the current era, while pushing them forward musically and creatively in the five years since. By incorporating thematic gags, rare songs, a focus on improvisation, and a commitment to not repeating a single song, the Baker’s Dozen exemplified risk-taking and boundary-pushing music that cemented Phish’s place in rock history.
The Baker’s Dozen was a major milestone in Phish history, which solidified their place in rock history—no repeats in 13 shows, moments of improvisation that will be remembered forever, and a banner that still hangs in the building to this day. We’re so excited to give Phish fans, and music fans, a picture of how this historic run of 13 concerts came together, and how they were experienced and now remembered by many members of our community.RJ Bee, CEO of Osiris Media
Throughout this third season of Undermine, listeners can explore the Baker’s Dozen with a focus on the operational planning and execution of the run, as well as through conversations with rock journalists who captured the importance of The Baker’s Dozen in rock history. The history of Madison Square Garden, a focus on setlist crafting and improvisation are highlighted with a focus on the larger context of these features in rock history, as well as the impact of the run on Phish’s career since.
Episode 1, out now, takes a broad overview of The Baker’s Dozen, and takes a deep dive into the history of the band at Madison Square Garden, as well as the rich history of the venue itself. The first episode can be found on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Revisit NYS Music’s coverage of the Baker’s Dozen with photo galleries and recaps of each of the 13 nights here.