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. ColonelJoy Says:

    Damn, first Philly show would be my first B-Day show ever, but I have to report to this Army school at like 0530 the next morning….that’s okay, I can do the John Paul Jones gig!!

  2. MOonSHaKe Says:

    RE: People need to stop calling out ‘Tube’ at every show. The version at MPP was the bands way of saying “We’ll pick the songs, or you’ll get this”

    Reminds me of a Porcupine Tree show (prog psych rock, FYI) I saw at the Milkyway in Amsterdam a half a decade or so ago. Some drunk cat in the crowd kept screaming for some song everytime they stopped playihng, and the lead guitarist/singer of the band (can’t remember his name now) got quite upset and told the crowd “We’re not a jukebox. We have a list of songs we’ve decided to play, and that’s what we’re going to play.”

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    Re “Free”- you guys have said my feeling exactly. It has turned into a short jamless song. I thought when it came out at Red Rocks things were going down- but not even…

  4. ColonelJoy Says:

    Wow, even Miner is bitching today…

  5. MOonSHaKe Says:

    I know dats right…

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ Robear-

    Yes we love Cake very much. Glad to see that some of our less obvious influences coming through.

  7. MOonSHaKe Says:

    Lycanthropist or Robear: What kind of music is Cake?

    Read somebody’s post commenting about krautrock… I used to listen to quite a bit of it… he’s right that it deserves checking out…

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    i heart cake!

    …and for some reason I always forget about Aesop Rock…and then listen to some…and it’s always great

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    Cake – hard to say what they’re like – a unique band

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd34vJohGXc <– still best known song I guess? funny video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypVe2DbhxXQ <– my favorite cake cover song

    you can follow the "related links" from there

  10. Phish...Yup Says:

    Cake is awesome. Fashion Nugget always stays in the rotation.

    I have faith that Free will eventually get back to what it once was.

  11. butter Says:

    Bowie – Darien best, but the the RR version blew my mind more cuz i didn’t realize they were going to slaughter this song anymore.

    Antelope- Gorge – during the intro they really sweet talked us before the drop, then frenzy with Trey really nailing his parts. and what about Gordon during this version , give it a listen

  12. butter Says:

    Re: Free – the boys are human too , they can’t “destroy” every song they play, they need breathers too. maybe they’ll center piece a free for fest 8.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    bitching? Just said that Free is tame….simmer down there Colonel 😉

  14. butter Says:

    RE: SPLIT – imo its really hard for trey to play this song passionately sober.

    “I wake up on my stomach
    With my face between my hands
    And crawl along the floor toward the doorway
    Jumping to my feet
    I try to put myself together
    But I feel it in my knees
    And the room begins to spin
    And I slip and bump my head and raise a welt
    Split open and melt”

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^^ see Red Rocks Split 😉

  16. butter Says:

    ^^i know ….split open and melt your face off….good sign

  17. butter Says:

    ^^ i think with the sky splitting open and melting, everything sorta lined up there. ya got it at Creek too right? Used to be one of my favorite tunes, I’m just not getting big expectations up for it right now. We all know what those damn expectations can do? What’s up with them straight throwin down in the rain?

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    expectation is the mother of disappointment…for sure

  19. jlkaz Says:

    I’d almost prefer a short, “jamless” Free that serves as a nice bridge between bigger jams to the versions that occasionally used to crop up where nothing would happen for 10 minutes except that same chord over and over. I’ve actually been a little more disappointed with the relatively weak Prince Caspians.

    Also, on those rap album recommendations, I think “Beautiful Struggle” is Kweli’s weakest album. His most recent one, “Listen,” is pretty good, though.

  20. Robear Says:

    ^jikaz, yer right, I meant to list Talib Kweli’s album ‘Quality’, but had a brain fart and listed ‘Beautiful Struggle’.

    Have you given ‘Quality’ a listen? I’ll look for ‘Listen’, I haven’t seen that one.

  21. Robear Says:

    Mr. Miner, I really like the progression of Trey’s tone, or sound, as the second leg of summer moved along. To me, it seemed like his control over his rig evolved as the jams evolved. I can hear clear differences between the first night at Red Rocks and the Gorge.

  22. Mr. Icculus Says:

    Agree expectation is the mother of disappointment. That Merriweather show (my only show on the 2nd leg of the tour) is keeping me from going to Indio this Oct. I felt so let down after driving 5 hours, spending lots of money on gas, room and other things. I couldn’t have been let down more by a show that lacked any danceable rythems. I’ve cancelled my Indio plans. I just didn’t feel it at Merriweather. You know that feeling.

  23. MOonSHaKe Says:

    no danceable rythyms!?!? I’m still dancing to Party Time!!?!??

  24. Mr. Icculus Says:

    And that Merriweather TUBE what a dud just like the rest of the show. I must say that i disagree with alot of the TTE haters. The one at Merriweather was my fourth of the summer and i think that the first ten minutes are a bit slow and boreing but its that patient composed part that just builds and builds and builds into one huge fucking peak. It peaks like a rageing character zero. You can’t deny that TTE comes to a HUGE throwdown at the end and its worth the wait! so keep hating it but i have a feeling that 5 years from now it will be one of those songs you can’t wait for the band to drop.

  25. MOonSHaKe Says:

    Mr. Completely: Thanks for the links. I’ve been asked if I liked Cake by random ppl in the past… just never had a chance to give it a spin. Cheers =^)

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