Musings On Our Muses

5.31.09 (mkdevo)

5.31.09 (mkdevo)

With another day of rest and relaxation, the Jones Beach show has gotten plenty of play on the tour iPod.  After much review, my initial assessment holds true; the many high points of the night- “Timber,” “Cities,” “Reba,” “If I Could,” and “Harry Hood”- were incredibly high, while much of the second set was characterized by high-energy, yet relatively low-risk playing… No one can argue with “Mike’s Song” ever- it is part of the dark side of Phish- but it would be great to see the band dig into some true improv in the song.  Post-’98, most “Mike’s” have fallen into the composed, guitar-solo jam structure, without a dive into the song’s deeper, exploratory second jam.  I’m all about snarling Trey licks and uncompressed evil Phish grooves, but here’s to hoping that “Mike’s” gets the full treatment sometime soon…Not to harp, but the transitions between “Mike’s,” “Simple,” “Wolfman’s” and “Weekapaug” were noticeably forced and awkward, showing that there are still some kinks to work out.  We have to remind ourselves that even though during some jams we are right back in the thick of things, it is still only the second show of a long summer.

5.31.09 (mkdevo)

5.31.09 (mkdevo)

But any thoughts of messy segues and composed jams were whole-heartedly erased by a paradigm-shifting “Harry Hood.”  Taken in a completely new direction- morphing into ambient bliss- Phish opened up a plethora of possibilities for future “Hoods,” while more importantly, announced loudly and clearly that they are completely comfortable taking massive musical risks, and playing like there is no tomorrow.  Incredibly exploratory, spiritual, and successful; it was as if the entire venue had a collective out-of-body experience during the jam- you could have heard a pin drop in there.  The jaw-dropping musical result showed that the adventure-taking, cliff-diving band we loved so dearly is again coming to stage nightly.

5.31.09 (mkdevo)

5.31.09 (mkdevo)

Setlists are so interesting at this point, featuring many new songs interspersed with colossal versions of their heavy-hitting classics- it makes for an incredibly dynamic show experience… After a few listens, I am sure that “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan” is going to be huge.  With a sound that begs for psychedelic exploration, I can’t wait to hear it placed in the context of a second set… Another on the list of impressive debuts over the first two shows, Phish seems armed with songs aplenty, heightening anticipation for their July 29th album release… It could be the best one yet…I still can’t get enough of the Fenway “Tweezer > Light”- epic in every sense of the word- one of those timeless welcome to tour jams that we will be listening to for years to come.



6.3.09 - City Winery

6.3.09 - City Winery

Although the band took the night off, Mike celebrated his birthday with a public party at City Winery downtown in New York City last night, performing two sets of music with Billy Kreutzmann and Scott Murawski.  Consisting of mostly covers, the trio killed a quality show, improvising consistently as they ran through well-loved song after well-loved song.  Before this all went down, rumors spread throughout the New York City area last night of a potential stealth Phish show at the same location.  Yet when all was said and done, there was no Phish, but an intimate circle of fans that made their way downtown for a laid back night of music, food, and drink.  The setlist to Mike’s “Birthday Bash” is below- (Incomplete)

Gordeaux, Kreutzmann, Murawski – 6.3.09 City Winery, NYC

I. Doin’ My Time, Eyes of the World > Cumberland Blues…

II: Peggy O, Tore Up Over You, Come Together > Skin it Back, US Blues, Express Yourself, Quinn the Eskimo, ?

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525 Responses to “Musings On Our Muses”

  1. c0wfunk Says:

    .. he got stuck in traffic tuesday and didn’t have it going til mid first set, and then without audio so who knows whatll be like tonight. We know he definitely got in the show?

    tweetgrid is the best place to find setlist info asap

  2. Mr. Icculus Says:

    They are saying over at PT that tthey have pictures of the dude and are not letting him in.

  3. energywillout Says:

    Gotta admit I loved the Trey solo talk in this thread!!! It was about all folks had to discuss for so long; now Phish is back, let’s talk Trey!! 🙂
    Wonder what Ray and Jennifer are up to these days…….

    Tonight will see Antelope, PYITE, Maze, Guyute, Divided Sky, First Tube and McGrupp.

  4. El Duderino Says:

    I still have not received my mail-order Alpine tickets yet. Should I be worried?

  5. Bandnana Says:

    I was going to ask that same question

  6. gills Says:

    last time dude did the streaming he said he did not have a ticket to tonights show but we will see

  7. El Duderino Says:

    @ Bandnana You haven’t received them either?

  8. hooks Says:

    was going to say that also, he just twittered saying no ticket yet, but he’s not worried he says.

  9. Billy Breathes Says:

    Not to beat a dead horse….but I must say, after listening to the Hood in it’s entirety, that thing doesn’t come anywhere even remotely close to a top 5 Hood.

    It was nice and mellow, with an amateur ambient jam, period.

    I can name at least 8 Hoods that blow this out of the universe with massive builds, tension and release, beautiful crescendos all over the place, and with Trey just exploding with gizz all over the place during the peak.

    It’s go time!

  10. El Duderino Says:

    Billy Breathes, I agree with you. From the two shows I’ve heard from this tour, it seems average. It may take 5-10 shows to really get into the swing of things. just my opinion.

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    hm pondering going no spoilers this time around .. i’ve been cracking out on this too long this week
    im out peace yall see ya this weekend if I make it through 😉

  12. Jack O Roses Says:

    Hey y’all. Just in case phishtube has problems, no ticket, etc., here’s another streamer. He’s inside right now…

  13. bcb Says:

    I think I am going to op for the no spoilers as well. It has been too much temptation for the first two shows, but i think i have the discipline to do it tonight. Enjoy Everyone!

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    how about a kung or kung fu fighting for david carradine tonight? or at least a song about masturbation

  15. Billy Breathes Says:

    El Duderino…..gonna be perfect timing for…

    St Louis –> DC –> Alpine –> Alpine

  16. Doc Says:

    Yemblog’s latest: “a capella mic setup”

    Wonder what the boys are up to?

  17. hooks Says:

    dude got ticket, and is heading in, for those of us covert stream phans

  18. El Duderino Says:

    Give me the Wang Dang Doodle, since Koko Taylor past away yesterday 🙂

  19. gus Says:

    oh my god if they open with the birdwatcher, an a capella song that was an undermind outtake that is like the best song ever, i am going to be the happiest person in the world.

  20. Doc Says:

    Stream up!

  21. Selector J Says:

    Divided Sky opener

  22. Doc Says:

    Original iPhone guy is up, too. His sound is better.

  23. Selector J Says:

    Phishtube stream is up, too.

  24. SJC Says:

    Grind opener. He didn’t catch Divided.

  25. Selector J Says:

    Doc, beat me to it.

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