Ten Tunes For Friday

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags on February 19th, 2010 by Mr.Miner

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

Welcome back to Friday! This week’s “ten tunes” includes a couple one-two punches on the menu. Enjoy the songs, and as always, click the orange song titles to download each selection. Have a great weekend!

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Stash” 4.2.98 I

The Island Run in the spring of ’98, resulted in some of the best music the band has ever produced. With four shows chock full of lightening, one of the most impressive jams of the weekend gets overlooked in the first set of the whole shebang. Moving through the darkness, Nassau’s “Stash” arrives in sacred territory.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/1.05-Stash.mp3]

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Seven Below > Buffalo Bill” 6.25.04 II

Phish jammed coherently right up to the end of their post-hiatus years, contrary to what many’s believe. Their last full tour in the Summer of ’04 provided more than a few highlights that stand up long after the fact. This “Seven Below” from the first night of Alpine is one of them.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/2.01-Seven-Below.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/2.02-Buffalo-Bill.mp3]

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Tweezer > On Your Way Down” 10.2.99 II

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

A serious groove-fest from the Target Center in Minneapolis opened a phenomenal second set. One could tell by the methodical pace of this “Tweezer” that it would be a keeper, and with a perfect come down, this combination remains in listening rotation to this day.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/2-02-Tweezer-_1.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/2-03-On-Your-Way-Down-_.mp3]

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Bathtub Gin > Keyboard Cavalry” 12.5.95 II

Typical of December ’95, this UMASS “Bathtub Gin” ferociously rips through many different places before landing in “Keyboard Cavalry.” Trey and Mike’s interplay direct much of this version, as the band moves dynamically through an intense musical trek.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ph1995-12-05d2t03.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ph1995-12-05d2t04.mp3]

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Twist” 2.24.03 II

An alien encounter in northern New Jersey.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/3-11-Twist.mp3]

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Antelope” 10.24.95 II

A fierce relic from Fall ’95, this “Antelope” is renowned as one of the all-time greats.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ph1995-10-24d3t03.mp3]

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Cities > Free” 9.24.00 II

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

The second Target Center excursion featured this Friday, this show represented one of Phish’s last gasps before calling it quits the first two weeks later. Moving from liquid funk into deep space, Trey emerges from the ether with a set of rhythm chords setting up a transition into “Free.”

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ph2000-09-24d2t02.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ph2000-09-24d2t03.mp3]

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You Enjoy Myself” 10.10.99 II

In the last show of Fall ’99, Phish opened their final set with this multi-faceted “You Enjoy Myself,” including a lengthy ambient jam before the song even begins.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ph1999-10-10d2t01.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ph1999-10-10d2t02.mp3]
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Trey @ Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on February 19th, 2010 by Mr.Miner
Philadelphia, PA (B.Ferguson)

Philadelphia,PA (B.Ferguson)

I: Shine, What’s Done, Push On Til The Day, Let Me Lie, Sleep Again, The Birdwatcher, Valentine, Cayman Review, Gotta Jibboo, Sultans of Swing, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan*, Water In The Sky*, Back On The Train*, Bathtub Gin*, Backwards Down The Number Line*

II: Curlew’s Call, Sand, Night Speaks to a Woman, Goodbye Head, Words to Wanda, Money Love and Change, Small Axe, All That Almost Was, Spin, Tuesday,

E: Magilla, First Tube

* – Trey solo acoustic

Trey seems to have tacked on a mini-acoustic set the first half of his shows, evoking memories of solo tour’s past.

—> Check out both Albert Walker and Cal’s reader reviews of this show! If you’d like to write a review on a side-project show, email your piece to mrminer@phishthoughts.com!

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Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized with the on February 18th, 2010 by Mr.Miner

The Gorge (A. Headington)

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Jam of the Day:

Reba“5.16.95

A gorgeous version from Lowell’s Voter’s For Choice benefit.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Reba.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

3.6.92 The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH < Torrent

3.6.92 The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH < Megaupload

The first show of ’92 brought the debut of many Rift-era songs, as well as the first secret language explanation. A nice SBD to add to any collection.

The Music Hall - NH

I: Rift ^, Cavern, Sparkle, It’s Ice, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, The Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, Maze*, Reba, All Things Reconsidered, David Bowie

II: My Friend, My Friend*, Poor Heart, Secret Language Instructions*, Stash, Mound*, Llama, Bouncing Around the Room, NICU*, Possum

E: Sleeping Monkey*

^ Debut of the fast “Rift”
* Debut

Source: SBD

The Bearsville Sessions

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on February 17th, 2010 by Mr.Miner

Bearsville Studios - Bearville, NY

Over the span of two years, Phish spent three different chunks of time at Bearsville Studios, in Bearsville, NY, recording music that would eventually be used for The Story of the Ghost. After The Island Run, Phish’s surprise four-night extravaganza in the spring of ’98, the band returned to Bearsville to record on their forthcoming album with the daunting task of whittling down a list upwards of 40 songs. A particularly creative period in the band’s history, The Bearsville Sessions finally resulted in two albums. Not only did Phish release The Story of the Ghost in the Fall of ’98, but later Page went through the tapes, selecting his favorite instrumental outtakes for what would become the ’99 release, The Siket Disc.

Famous for their improvisational nature, the band went into the studio and jammed, later selecting their favorite segments and creating songs out of them. Much like “The Blob” process used to create Billy Breathes, Phish was left with much more music than they could use at the time. Below are the complete studio outtakes from the band’s Story of the Ghost sessions from April – June 1998. Some songs emerged later, some not until 2009, and some haven’t. So enjoy this portrait of an experimental era in Phish history.

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The Bearsville Sessions, Spring ’98- The Complete Outtakes < Torrent

The Bearsville Sessions, Spring ’98 – The Complete Outtakes < Mega

Disc #1  1. Fishman Tune (possibly Tooth and Nail or Knock You From Your Shrine), 2. Gordon Tune/bass riff, 3. Unknown (possibly Turbo Kicking In), 4. Roggae, 5. What’s The Use? (with lyrics), 6. In A Misty Glade, 7. Meatstick (On A String), 8. Unknown Fishman tune (possibly Say The Same For Me), 9. The Cataract Song, 10. My Left Toe, 11. The Happy Whip And Dung Song, 12. Black Eyed Katy/Moma Dance, 13. Rebirth, 14. End Of Session, 15. Never

Disc #2  1. Sleep, 2. Farmhouse, 3. Bittersweet Motel, 4. What’s the Use?, 5. Limb by Limb, 6. NICU (no lyrics), 7. Water In The Sky, 8. Wading In A Velvet Sea, 9. Brian And Robert, 10. Somanatin, 11. Vultures, 12. I Saw It Again, 13. Ha Ha Ha, 14. Tube, 15. Guyute, 16. Dirt, 17. NICU (with lyrics), 18. Limb By Limb

Disc #3  1. Ghost, 2. Samson Variation, 3. Frankie Says, 4. Roggae, 5. Shafty, 6. What’s The Use?, 7. Fikus, 8. In A Misty Glade, 9. Meat, 10. Meatstick (On A String)

Source:  DSBD, (5.7.98)

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Jam of the Day:

Stash > Cities” 6.30 I

Just getting warmed up in Christiana’s first set of Summer ’98.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/1-06-Stash-_.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/1-07-Cities.mp3]

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Trey @ Terminal 5, NYC

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on February 17th, 2010 by Mr.Miner
2.11.10 - Philadelphia (evaphotography.com)

2.11.10 - Philadelphia (evaphotography.com)

I: Shine, Cayman Review, Push On ‘Til the Day, Alaska, Mozambique, Gotta Jibboo, All That Almost Was, Drifting, Liquid Time, The Birdwatcher, Night Speaks to a Woman, Tuesday, Brian and Robert*, Strange Design*, Sample in a Jar*, Chalkdust Torture*, Wilson*

II: Sand, Alive Again, Last Tube > Show of Life, Sultans of Swing, Ether Sunday, Black Dog

E: Magilla, First Tube

* solo, acoustic

2.16.10 Terminal 5, NYC < Torrent

2.16.10 Terminal 5, NYC < Megaupload

Source: Microtech Gefell M210’s>Oade M248>SBM-1>D8, D8>Tascam CDRW2000

–> If you’d like to write a reader review, please email your piece to mrminer@phishthoughts.com! For the time being, check out Kevin Corcoran’s take on Trey’s Red Bank, NJ performance.

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L O S T: “The Substitute” Discussion Thread

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags on February 17th, 2010 by Mr.Miner

Season 6, Episode 3

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Musical Density

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , , on February 15th, 2010 by Mr.Miner

12.29.09 - Miami (Wendy Rogell)

In the physical world, density equals mass divided by volume, but in the current context of Phish’s music, a concept of “musical density” emerges. This term can be expressed as the number of unique musical ideas presented per minute, and by the end of 2009, this renewed, compact jamming became part and parcel with Phish’s on-stage direction. A facet of the band’s first peak of 1993-1995, this intense style of jamming has come back around in the modern era. This retro style climaxed in Miami, specifically with “Piper” and “Ghost,” where the goal of creating tightly packed jams took on a new life. If hypothesizing on where the band will head this summer, this new style seems to be a first place to look for Phish’s next evolution.

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

Beginning in Hampton and moving through the first leg of summer, Phish jams weren’t only compact, they were, generally, one dimensional. Focusing on straight ahead rock textures for most of their opening tour, Phish set a new (or, arguably, old) standard for jam length – short and sweet. These jams, while quite compact in length, weren’t very dense in terms of musical ideas per minute, often regurgitating the same ideas for quite some time. Without a lot of creativity, Phish usually took one idea and carried it to a peak for their jams in June. Sure, there are some counter-examples, but this liner jamming remained the norm for the opening half of summer.

Then came the second leg, and the while jams increased in length, they also increased in number of musical ideas per minute. Improv that stemmed from The Gorge and Red Rocks contained exponentially more creativity than the band showed over June, breathing new life into the Phish community. Letting loose on pieces like “Ghost,” “Disease,” “Bathtub Gin,” “Sneakin’ Sally,” “Light,” and “Rock and Roll,” Phish started to expand the number of musical ideas presented, both upping their musical density, and communicating far more creatively in the process. These western shows had a profound effect on fans with their diverse, yet grounded and cohesive nature these jams. The band fluidly moved between sections and musical themes, with little meandering or searching for the next change; things began to happen organically

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

As the band moved back east for the end of summer and into fall, Phish reeled in this expansive jamming, focusing on shorter creations that got to the point more quickly. Excursions such as Darien’s “Drowned” and Hartford’s “Piper” held a lot of ingenious communication, but when one finally got around to checking how long these jams were, they always seemed shorter than remembered; a trend that continued to play out through the contained, high-energy indoor shows of fall. This is where the concept of musical density can actually bend the perception of time. If bombarded with compact, non-stop musical creativity (see Miami “Piper”) the listener feels often feels that a lot of time has passed due to the the many themes and musical ideas they have confronted. Phish no longer waited to get down to business, a key factor in compacting their improvisation. No more vamping over two funk chords while Trey sets his loops and carefully chooses his spot to enter the ultra-layered canvas; no more searching for the sound, Phish now dives right in with the sharks.

In Miami, as jams dropped, unique improvisation commenced instantaneously, providing a stark contrast to the late ’90s and the post-hiatus era, evoking memories of the band’s earlier years. But with the accumulated skill sets the band members have gained over the years, these Miami jams bring the best of all worlds, super-charged Phish experiences. Gone is the dance party vibe of ’97 and the psychedelic search-parties of ’03, and in Miami, Phish provided jams that reached all sorts of stratospheric places in succinct time frames. Even the most expansive jams of Miami – “Tweezer” and “Back on the Train” moved cohesively from one creative idea to the next, leaving no lag time in between sections – and lo and behold – the two best jams of the year.

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

But even more illustrative of this retro improvisational trend are “Piper” and “Ghost” from New Year’s Eve’s second set. These two pieces fully realized this pattern that Phish had been building towards throughout 2009 – musical density. When listening to this “Piper” the speed of communication between the band members becomes mind-numbing, as Trey continues spewing new, connected licks with fury. The entire band moves as if four fingers on one hand, together crafting a blistering piece that contains as many themes as many of the band’s more extended excursions of lore. Without hesitation, Phish completely crushed this piece without skipping a beat. Seeming super-human at times, this jam never spirals out of hand, but the controlled abandon that defines this “Piper” is skull-fucking. Moving like an eight-limbed robot, Phish tore through this jam, leaving minds buzzing just to absorb it all. Phish are often referred to as musical super heroes, and this “Piper” backs up this assertion confidently – all in under ten minutes.

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

And only a couple songs later came “Ghost.” Perhaps the most engaging jam of New Year’s Eve took us on a prolific journey through many stages, a trek that started immediately as the jam dropped with Mike’s powerful lead. Wasting no time, Gordeaux thumped out a groove that Trey, Page, and Fish locked onto as one, each offering their own layers. Within one minute of the jam, Phish engages in full-on communication and, straight-up, killing it. Gordon continues to drive the piece for the duration of the first half, before he steps back and lets Trey take center stage. All the while, the jam never drags for a second, featuring full-band engagement from note one. Blending improvisational segments fluidly, Phish took this piece from dark and groovy to melodic and uplifting, moving seamlessly all the while. Crafting a signature piece of the weekend, the band took “Ghost” into a quasi-electro plane before melting into a masterfully placed quote of “Auld Lang Syne,” getting everyone ready for party time.

Having had some time to reflect on the year that was, the MSG run truly climaxed 2009 with its high-energy, rock and roll showcase, while Miami’s New Year’s Run welcomed the Phish community to the future. Taking bold steps forward over their nights in Florida, Phish should emerge in June with a new musical landscapes than people grew accustomed to in 2009. Like building blocks of the future, last year laid a solid foundation for Phish to launch from this summer. With dynamic interplay throughout Miami, Phish provided a fresh glimpse into the band they will become in 2010. Regardless of the length of their excursions, Phish’s has clearly enhanced the flow of their jams, something that will be sure to evolve come summer tour.

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Jams of the Day:

Disease > Free” 6.26.95 II

Here’s a gem from SPAC, Summer ’95.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ph1995-06-26.4011.d2t01.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/ph1995-06-26.4011.d2t02.mp3]

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Goodbye Head > Jibboo” 2.14 I

A Valentine’s Day highlight from Trey’s band.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/tab2010-02-14d2t01.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/tab2010-02-14d2t02.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

11.6.96 Civic Center, Knoxville, TN < Torrent

11.6.96 Civic Center, Knoxville, TN < Megaupload

The week after Halloween, Phish began to gradually chart their course for the funk-laced seas of ’97.

"Phish Wuz Here"

I: Split Open and Melt, Cars Trucks Buses, Fast Enough for You, Taste, Train Song, Poor Heart, Punch You In the Eye, Billy Breathes, David Bowie

II: Wilson, The Curtain > Mike’s Song > Swept Away > Steep, Weekapaug Groove, Scent of a Mule, Sample in a Jar, Funky Bitch

E: Rocky Top

Source: Schoeps MK4’s

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Trey@ Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on February 15th, 2010 by Mr.Miner
2.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA (Nick Fazzini)

2.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA (Nick Fazzini)

2.14.10 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ < Torrent

2.14.10 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ < Megaupload asap

I: Valentine, Cayman Review, Shine, Drifting, Curlew’s Call, Tube Top Flop, Obstacle of Course, Night Speaks to a Woman, Goodbye Head > Gotta Jibboo, Tuesday

II: Sand*, Push On Til The Day, Mr. Completely, The Way I Feel, Money Love & Change, Sweet and Dandy, Last Tube

E: Sultans of Swing, First Tube

* House lights go on because of fire alarm leading to impromptu parade with just horns and Trey on percussion

Source: Schoeps MK41’s>Schoeps VST62ui>Lunatec V3>SD744t Row CC OTS

—>Anyone interested in writing a reader review? Email it to mrminer@phishthoughts.com.

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Trey @ Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on February 14th, 2010 by Mr.Miner

2.13.10 Oakdale (S.Bedford)

I: Alive Again, Shine, All That Almost Was, Mozambique, Push On Til The Day, Words to Wanda, Sand, Tuesday, Alaska, Liquid Time, Show of Life

II: Cayman Review, Gotta Jibboo, What’s Done, The Birdwatcher, Love Is Freedom > Simple Twist Up Dave, Flock of Words, Drifting, First Tube

E: At The Gazebo, Valentine, Dragonfly

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Love is Freedom > Simple Twist Up Dave” 2.13 II

The highlight of Oakdale’s second set, and a potentially amazing Phish song!

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trey2010-02-13.cmxy4v.d2t16.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/trey2010-02-13.cmxy4v.d2t17.mp3]

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2.13.10 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT < Torrent

2.13.10 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT < Megaupload

Source: (FOB) Schoeps CMXY4V > V3 > MT2 @ 24/48

I’ve listened the whole tour, and I’ve give this show the nod. And a stellar recording by Jesse Hurlburt, taboot!

2.13.2010 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT < Torrent

Source: (FOB) Schoeps MK22>KC5>CMC6>Sonosax SX-M2>Apogee Mini-me(aes out@24 bit/96khz)

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RE-POST: SIDE PROJECT READER REVIEWS

2.11.10 - Philadelphia (B.Ferguson)

2.11.10 - Philadelphia (B.Ferguson)

In order to enhance coverage of side project shows I am unable to attend, I have decided to try out a new section of Phish Thoughts centered around side projects performances – Side Project Reader Reviews. For the rest of this Trey tour, and Mike’s upcoming tour, I invite you, the readers of Phish Thoughts, to craft your own reviews of shows you attend. These reviews will be posted on a separate page of the site, exclusively reserved for your reviews. However, I am not interested in posting silly narratives about one person’s evening or experiences, rather, I’m looking for astute musical observations and analysis. Try to make these reviews between 500-1000 words, though I reserve the rights to edit down your pieces if necessary. (I will always edit for grammar and flow.) Also, please don’t be offended if your review is not posted. I do not necessarily intend to post every single submission. I will only post well-written reviews that focus primarily on the music. (Try to keep the first person out of things as much as possible, as that will help you stay on topic.) Anyhow, have at it! The only show I’ll be at is Kansas City, so I’ll be welcoming contributions for all other shows, including Mike’s tour. So far, we have had reader coverage of the last two nights. Check out Neemor’s take on a smoking show at Oakdale!

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Trey @ The House of Blues, Boston

Posted in Uncategorized with the on February 13th, 2010 by Mr.Miner
2.12.10 - Boston (Balaji Mani)

2.12.10 - Boston (Balaji Mani)

I: Shine, Cayman Review, Push On Til The Day, What’s Done, The Birdwatcher, Mozambique, Night Speaks to a Woman, Alaska, Let Me Lie, Plasma, Tuesday

II: Drifting, All That Almost Was, Sand, Goodbye Head > Gotta Jibboo, Small Axe, Valentine, Money Love and Change, Show of Life, Dragonfly

E: Sultans of Swing, First Tube

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Money, Love and Change” 2.12 II

The peak of Boston’s second set.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/tab2010-02-12t19.mp3]

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2.12.10 The House of Blues, Boston, MA < Torrent

2.12.10 The House of Blues, Boston, MA < Megaupload asap

Source: (FOB) Schoeps MK22>KC5>CMC6>Sonosax SX-M2>Apogee Mini-me(aes out@24 bit/96khz)

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SIDE PROJECT READER REVIEWS:

2.12.10 - Boston (Balaji Mani)

In order to enhance coverage of side project shows I am unable to attend, I have decided to try out a new section of Phish Thoughts centered around side projects performances – Side Project Reader Reviews. For the rest of this Trey tour, and Mike’s upcoming tour, I invite you, the readers of Phish Thoughts, to craft your own reviews of shows you attend. These reviews will be posted on a separate page of the site, exclusively reserved for your reviews. However, I am not interested in posting silly narratives about one person’s evening or experiences, rather, I’m looking for astute musical observations and analysis. Try to make these reviews between 500-1000 words, though I reserve the rights to edit down your pieces if necessary. (I will always edit for grammar and flow.) Also, please don’t be offended if your review is not posted. I do not necessarily intend to post every single submission. I will only post well-written reviews that focus primarily on the music. (Try to keep the first person out of things as much as possible, as that will help you stay on topic.) Anyhow, have at it! The only show I’ll be at is Kansas City, so I’ll be welcoming contributions for all other shows, including Mike’s tour. For now, I present to you the inaugural reader review by BogHog2001 about Trey’s show in Boston last night.