A Sinister Sunday

6.27.10 - Merriweather (Graham Lucas)

Phish concluded their transformative weekend on Sunday night with a dark, thematic set filled with shredding musicianship and exploratory jamming. Punctuating a four-night run that nobody will soon forget, Phish leapt into the fray with an igneous experiment that read “Saw It Again > Piper > Ghost > Jumping Jack Flash > Saw It Again.” Bookended by groove sessions, this psychedelic suite provided the core of the show, careening into uncharted territory with the new and improved Phish from Vermont.

Sparking the eighth set of the weekend with “Wilson,” the band cranked up the heat on an unbearably hot evening at Merriweather Post Pavilion, using Gamehendge as an energetic trampoline into the final frame. Potentially responding to an “up-fronter’s” sign, the band dropped into “Meatstick” out of left field, juicing the millennial anthem’s feel-good funk with emotive guitar leads and an out-of-character jaunt into a series of swamp grooves. As Trey, ripped a single chord, the band left the song’s progression for swanky dance rhythms that stretched seductively until Trey got another idea in his head. Once Red awkwardly ended a growing “Meatsick” with the opening riff of “Saw It Again,” the set flowed impeccably from here on out.

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Staging a sonic assault in “Saw It Again,” the band stretched the piece into thunderous sheets of sound and psychedelia while screaming the lyrics over the top of the evil soundtrack. Morphing into a significant piece of musical dramedy, the band continued shrieking the one-liner as they built a spacey segue into “Piper,” much like SPAC’s “Makisupa > Piper” transition from a week ago. And with “Piper” came the unquestionable creative and innovative highlight of the evening. Take the full-band crushing from “Oswego” ’99’s legendary version, and cross it with “Miami’s” crafty piece of musical density, and you’d come close to approximating the vibe of this stellar summer standout. Bombarding the crowd with a sawed-off shotgun of musical ideas, Phish exploded in an ever-morphing series of mini-jams. Without a tangible linear theme, the band took a jump off the deep end, going for the jugular in an experimental piece of roaring proportions. Transcending the uptempo rage-fest and avoiding generic percussive jamming of ’09, Phish wove through many creative portions of new-era music. This is one that needs to be heard to truly comprehend, as it reaches so many diverse places. In the jam’s denouement, the band broke into a groove that brought rhythmic resolution to the freight-train that had just demolished the venue. Moving the outro into a spacier texture, the band slid from their sprawling epic into the long-awaited second “Ghost” of summer.

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Left untouched since opening night in Chicago, the crowd was more than ready for the seminal late-90’s vehicle. This version shied from straight groove, as Trey began soloing early with notable nimbleness, and he simply never stopped. The whole band toyed with the changes of “I Saw It Again” throughout the “Ghost” jam, thematically uniting the non-stop sequence. Taking center stage, Trey slayed his leads as the band continued a driving groove beneath his display of fireworks. In an aural double-take, virtually nobody in the audience realized that Phish had sculpted “Ghost’s” jam directly into The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Trey simply stepped up and sung the lyrics over the existing pattern in the smoothest possible segue; the kind you don’t even realize is happening. Blowing out the end of the cover, the band began chanting “I Saw It Again” over an increasingly menacing texture, moving back into the song that started all this madness. In a fifty-minute period of maniacal music, Phish painted Sunday evening black, celebrating their new found confidence with a compelling trek into the underworld.

Official Merriweather Poster

Breaking out “Contact” for a light, late-set interlude, Phish capped the evening with a short but sweet “You Enjoy Myself”, featuring “Jumping Jack Flash” teases at the beginning and end of the jam. The lyrical reprise of “I Saw It Again” that surfaced throughout the set came out most creatively as Trey substituted “Boy,” and portions of the “Wassha Uffizi” lyrics, with “I Saw It Again,” all completely in rhythm and with hilarious intonation.

Last night Phish underlined a set of seething music with their classic sense of comical creativity, illustrating, once again, that the band has arrived. Playing another flowing set flooded with modern ideas, Phish followed up their past two nights with yet another magnificent evening.With three straight nights of next-generation Phish, the band has redefined what it means to be a fan in 2010. Cranking out everything in their repertoire, from exploratory jamming to ornate compositions, and doing it like the maestros that they are, Phish has taken the second half of tour by storm. After this weekend, the south should take heed, as a musical cyclone is about to hit the region. With only a Tuesday stop in Canandaigua separating us from tour’s four-night finale, June will always be remembered as the month when the band began moving forward again. And the future has never looked brighter.

Set I Notes: The first set featured six summer bust outs, most notably, “Walfredo,” “Tela,” and Bob Marley’s “Mellow Mood.” Though everything was played quite well, the set picked up steam, in earnest, with another scorching “Bathtub Gin,” which, in turn, set the table for a closing “Antelope.” Before the two classic vehicles emerged, the set had translated as a somewhat choppy recital; but its ending salvaged the opening frame.

I: Walfredo, Mellow Mood, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Divided Sky, Tela, My Soul, Ginseng Sullivan, Sample in a Jar, Bathtub Gin, Brian and Robert, Run Like an Antelope

II: Wilson, Meatstick > Saw It Again > Piper* > Ghost* > Jumpin’ Jack Flash^ > Saw It Again > Contact*, You Enjoy Myself**

E: Fire*

*Saw It Again lyrical quotes
**Saw It Again quotes and Jumpin Jack Flash teases; Saw It Again and Surfin’ Bird quotes in vocal jam.
^ Phish debut

"Tela" - 6.27.10 (Graham Lucas)

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1,083 Responses to “A Sinister Sunday”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    http://tinyurl.com/LetTheAirwavesFlow
    original versions of songs covered by Jerry and/or the Dead

    http://tinyurl.com/africanmusic
    not in mix form, and more current, but – well, what it says on the tin

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    last one for now

    http://tinyurl.com/EchoCarry
    Jambay, my favorite band you’ve never heard of

    (unless you have)

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    @garret, there is some genius shit in drums and space

    also a lot of tedious noodling

    really depends on the era and the show

    if you skip them all you’ll never hear the great ones, but if you listen to them all you might want to kill yourself

    as a space fan, I hope you know the Raven and Earthquake spaces?

    priceless.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    linkdump complete

    as you were

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    ah we’re in the midevening lull before the late shift

    or did I just scare everyone off?

  6. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I can taste the fear.

  7. Bwana Says:

    nope, just bookmarking those great file shares… thanks mr. c

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    So I think I might try to go to Wednesday until MPP relisten 🙂

    Of course, it’s gonna be tough to not listen tomorrow, but either way it’ll be great to hear these shows I was at! I’m wondering if I show up on any of the tapes since I was right near the soundboards and all the tapers. 6/27 was the best of the 2 IMO, total rager

  9. garretc Says:

    Yeah BK, I was right next to a mic stand on the lawn on Sunday, I’m hoping my Ghost calls throughout the show can be heard, ad evidence that I knew it was coming! Of course, I have no idea which source it would be…

  10. Mr. Murph Says:

    Mr C, do you know which vol. specifically has crazy fingers? Im downloading them all in order till it comes up

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    BK- Happy for you my man. You got the business this weekend. Haven’t read all the way through the past couple days, but the gist of what I’m catching is that your first shows were “adequate”. 😉

  12. garretc Says:

    @wolfman

    Nah, too much jamming for BKs tastes…

  13. vegas wolfmans Says:

    g’night all.

  14. Mr. Murph Says:

    Found it, number 3

  15. Mr. Murph Says:

    How do I get an avatar?

  16. Mr. Murph Says:

    Well that answered my question lol

  17. Mr. Murph Says:

    Check 1 2 Check 1 2

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    it’s not like the perfect crazy fingers or anything

    just a good one from that tour

    like I said finding the truly great ones is a bit of work, and I’m working on it

    in the meantime, this is a classic one, two sources depending on how you feel about the matrix, for streaming:

    http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-03.mtx.seamons.91912.sbeok.shnf
    http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-03.sbd.bertha.17266.shnf

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    quite a lovely show overall

    in what’s now the “Schnitzer” concert hall, where I see shows sometimes, then the Paramount

    very great Candyman, if I recall

    it’s very much in that super mellow ’76 mode, but has a beautiful flow if you like that sort of thing

  20. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Hey BB,

    I caught up finally with no spoilers. Hard work. Can’t even check the board till after I listen to the show. Funny like that I guess. The last four nights are insane, I’m totally blown away. And yes, yet another reader thinking about BK getting a couple complete ragers.

  21. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    If anyone’s still up that is.

  22. butter Says:

    thanks C , have vol 1 of “song that the morning brings”

    grabin 3 so i have that Crazy Fingers

    shit, probably should grab it all

  23. butter Says:

    suuppp Tzara’s

    don’t have the time or discipline for the no spoilers , but imagine its really fun

  24. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Hey Butter,

    Hoping my friend’s T-Rides come in soon, so we can trade some tickets. Heard of anyone getting theirs yet? Greek is going to blow up.

  25. ChefBradford Says:

    http://www.onlinephishtour.com/2010/06/things-i-would-have-liked-to-see-done.html

    this person has not really done anything for me at all, ever

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