Happy New Year and welcome to the 357th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first* and easiest of January. While our friend @wforwumbo works on reaching his final form, @DrWumbo, I'll be at the helm again bringing you puzzles with a little help from my fellow MJM Hall of Famers. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery clip. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!
*Reminder: For the first MJM of each month, only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer before the hint. If you have never won an MJM, please answer as a blog comment below. If you have previously won an MJM, but you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me; once the hint has been posted, everyone should answer on the blog. If that's confusing to you, check out the handy decision tree I threw together to help guide you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.
Hint: Only "Chalk Dust Torture," "Possum," "Harry Hood," and "Down with Disease" have been played more frequently in Phish 3.0 than the song from which this week's jam was clipped.
Answer: Congrats to @HarborSeal on his fifth win! He laid in the cuts during his 24 hour relegation period to let the MJM n00bs take a crack at it, and pounced as soon as the hint dropped by correctly identifying the 10/31/09 "Backwards Down the Number Line." Two more wins and he'll be the next MJM HoFer – will he make it before Summer Tour? MJM358 drops Monday with a double clipper from @lostboy01, our most recent MJM Emeritus.
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