Weekend Nuggets: Saturday at The Gorge


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The Gorge 8.8.09 (W.Rogell)

The Gorge 8.8.09 (W.Rogell)

Here we have Saturday night’s Gorge show, an affair that showcased Phish’s more rock-based jamming.  The clear high point of the night was the monster “Rock and Roll” that opened the second set, which remained a summer highlight.  A centerpiece “YEM” anchored the middle of the set in laid-back style, while a growing “Number Line” got into some significant late-set  improv, segueing into “Piper,” whose fast-paced jam closed the thematic set.

The first set featured an opening bust-out of “Mango Song,” included  a completely original take on “Tweezer” and made engaging runs through “Wolfman’s” and “Antelope,” with the latter standing out as a weekend highlight.  Definitely a show that delivered high-octane psychedelia- and several standout moments- this capped band’s first west coast run since 2003.  Enjoy the weekend folks!

I. The Mango Song, Chalkdust Torture, Middle of the Road, Tweezer > Driver, Twenty Years Later, Yamar, It’s Ice, Wolfman’s Brother, Character Zero, Run Like An Antelope

II. Rock And Roll > Makisupa Policeman, Alaska, The Wedge, You Enjoy Myself, Backwards Down the Number Line > Piper, Grind

E: Good Times, Bad Times, Tweezer Reprise

Source: FOB Schoeps MK4v>CMR>Benchmark AD2402-96 @ 24/9 (Taper: Jamie LuWinged music notetch)


Jam of the Weekend:

“Rock and Roll > Makisupa” 8.8.09 II




“Tweezer” jam 8.8 I


“Rock and Roll” 8.8 II (partial)

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270 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Saturday at The Gorge”

  1. Robear Says:

    Thanks ya’ll, till tomorrow’s thread. I’ll cut and paste these suggestions.

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    For those of you demon people there are a few new Allmans Beacon dvd’s there now. Get ’em while the hot!!!!!

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh! and Jambay! d’oh!


    start with


    @sumodie – I like but don’t love Neal Stephenson…or really, I have mixed feelings, I love parts of his books and don’t like other parts. He is definitely a genius but his books usually leave me frustrated, I feel they’re incoherent…but then again so is Illuminatus! so I guess *I’m* being incoherent. I maybe I like him better as a pick for other people than for myself? Like, I know he’s great but for some subjective reason not my favorite?

    If you like Stephenson there’s a good chance you’d like both Illuminatus and the Invisibles, I think.

    Favorite modern sci fi writers are Wm Gibson, Iain Banks and Kim Stanley Robinson. Favorite old school not already mentioned is Stephen Delaney. Favorite that’s too weird to actually recommend is Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.

  4. sumodie Says:

    thanks. i have heard of most of your recs but never read them. maybe i should listen to big red and read sth w/ actual pages!

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    Mr. C you getting any of these Allmans DVD’s ?

  6. sumodie Says:

    lol – i gave a friend a copy of k robinson’s 40 signs of rain, & yesterday i just borrowed it back to read. guess that’ll be my next read! maybe after that i can jump to the big boys (pychon or r.a. wilson).

    nice to think pt is feeding me than just phish.

  7. Jam on Dude Says:

    What can I say..great site..but..Chicago
    Please say you did not buy bunk molly from a frat boy in the lot. Great kills, best of tour ocelot, and at what point did the band flub curtain. Listen to the end of ocelot, someone is constently screaming carini, I was up front, totally improv show with decisions made quickly. Mabye that is why the show is disjointed..totally off the cuff.

  8. george de la porge Says:

    well since recommending books and music is one of the few pleasant perks remaining in my job, here a are few:

    -The Amber Chronicles by zelazny- good science-fantasy, first five books are short but AWESOME!
    -His Dark Materials series by pullman dont let the young adult classification fool you, nice parallel universe/multiverse theme and lovable characters (highly atheistic as well)
    -Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by steig- fairly new mystery set in sweden, translated from swedish, cool charaters, criticizes corporate corruption
    -Before the Dawn by wade- engaging and compelling look at human evolution/behavior. redefines the notion of human progress, and our animal natures
    Sex Lives of Cannibals by troost – semi-gonzo inspired travel narrative of the south seas
    The Gods drink whiskey by Asmo, and bones of the Master by Crane, both fun spiritual/travel/adventure tales obout Buddhism set in asia.

    i can prattle on longer, but these are def some of my favorites. i wish i could lend them to y’all!

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    @el dude – no, not now, I’m in massive new music overload – head exploding – cdrs and dvds piling up in perilously teetering stacks…at this point I’m just taking notes and trying to keep up.

    I still have a huge list of people’s “holy grail” unique Phish jams to track down, too.

    @sumodie, I haven’t read those KSR books yet…I recently read The Memory of Whiteness which was very beautiful and musical.

  10. george de la porge Says:

    as for the tunes, Krautrock is essential. i think Moonshake mentioned Can earlier, but dont forget Faust (IV), Neu, and Cluster!! another favorite band, that helped get me through the first hiatus was Stereolab. psychedelic lounge drone-rock that really grooves hard. any of their recent stuff is worth hearing, esp Fab-Four Suture and margerine eclipse. On the other end of the spectrum, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill play an innovative form of irish trad that has heavey nods to jazz and classical influences w lots of improv. seriously these guys are amazing musicians , and hayes shreds on the fiddle. Live In Seattle, is great, and Welcome Home Again is a great studio album. i dare you to check it, even if you dont like celtic sounds you will be shocked and awed;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eclay3W5v78, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-VSjcPn5gU&feature=PlayList&p=670C834CBE0862CF&index=9

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    I will second the Dark Materials.

    The Golden Compass (book 1) is an interesting and unique fairytale set in a world much like our own. However it doesn’t even really hint too much at the bigger picture of the whole series. Starting with Book 2 it takes a turn into some heavy metaphysical and aethiestic territory. Really interesting reads.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    @george, amber is awesome! I love zelazny. your other recs sound very interesting. people keep telling me to read the dark materials books, I guess that’ll be after the dark tower, or maybe alternating with those.

    ready to get back in a fiction reading mode so the book threads have been great. it’s been strictly nonfiction for for me for about 2 years, until just recently. I was interested to see a few others say something similar.

    stereolab has really grown on me over the years.

  13. voopa Says:

    Mr. C-

    Check the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s cover album of What’s Going On from ’06 if you haven’t…good stuff.

  14. george de la porge Says:

    yeah, i heard the film adaptation of the golden compass blows, but you cant expect too much with these thngs. In some ways bk 1 is my fav of the trilogy, but the heavier meta-stuff of the last two are really great too, especially since they were intended for younger audiences.

  15. george de la porge Says:

    @completely. yeah, im due for an Amber re-read. i fondly remember nerding it up with the Amber diceless RPG as well. i gave up on the dark Tower a few years ago, but i did enjoy the first few books of the series. Ive been reading a lot more fiction lately too, after a few years of mainly history/science benders. as for stereolab, ive always liked them, but it really clicked for me when i caught thir live show. love to see em at the roo.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    i bet stereolab is great live…

    re: Zelazny, you like Lord of Light? that’s another old favorite by him

    @lycan thanks for your best of leg 2 list, by the way. I’ve just started working on mine.

    I’m very interested to hear everyone’s favorite versions of songs that were played multiple times:

    Stealing Time
    Antelope – Darien or gorge?


  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    LOST is the greatest. I could write an article on that show everyday! It’s so so great on so many levels. Got me reading about quantum physics for a while…anyhow, I need to read more- but some of the coolest stuff I’ve read is Cateneda’s series The Teachings of Don Juan- specifically Journey to Ixtlan…

    Antelope- Darien or Gorge- both! Like 2 stylistically different jams.

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    Bowie- Darien- for sure.
    Stealing Time- all “the same”- maybe RR
    Ocelot- Gorge (I think..haven’t listened to them)
    Tube – Red Rocks (but maybe one of the biggest “dissapointments” of tour)
    Moma- Gorge
    KDF- RRocks

    off top of head

  19. Highway Bill Says:

    quantum physics = Phish. Alter time. Powerful stuff.

  20. Gus Says:

    @mr c- about your comment yesterday about mos def and that album being the greatest. my favorite hip hop album of all time would either be nas – illmatic or any of a tribe called quests first three albums. hip-hop/jazz at it’s best. Also have to agree with you on you other musical choices in that post, Tony rice is so amazing. And I bet you all know this already but allison krauss has such an unbelievable voice and if you don’t know her, check her out.

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    The Allmans Trey/Page Beacon night DVD just went up @ Demon this morning!

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    thx Miner – sameness of Tubes and Stealing Times makes it hard to distinguish between them, good to know its not just me

    my favorite thing about quantum physics is that no one agrees what it means. I mean, literally. We know quantum physics works and is real – every computer chip and laser (so every cd/dvd player) runs on quantum physics – and we know the equations of the theory but there is no such thing as an agreed-upon interpretation of the theory. That is, scientists know how to use it, but they have no idea what it means.

    One of the foundations of modern science…and the people who work with it every day don’t really understand it in a meaningful way. That’s awesome.

    So it cracks me up when people with a so called “rational” or “scientific” viewpoint try to say they know what is or is not possible.

  23. Lycanthropist Says:

    quantum physics is scientists religion

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    well but QM is proven true. by experiment, and by the fact that modern technology works. quantum physics is definitely true, in the sense that the equations are real descriptions of the world. there’s no faith involved at all on that side.

    …unlike string theory, which is very much like a religion at this point, including stomping out opposing viewpoints. And it’s completely unsupported by experiment…it’s really just very aggressive and sophisticated metaphysics at this point…

    but the fact that the smartest people in the world have no idea what this very important and true thing – QM – means makes me feel a lot less stupid about the fact that I don’t understand what it means either. That bothered the hell out of me for years.

  25. Lycanthropist Says:

    does quantum theory encapsulate the idea that we are consistently popping in and out of existence, because the protons and electrons that make us up are always in flux?

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