The Jungles In My Mind

8.14.2010 - Alpine Valley (Michael Stein)

One week after peaking The Greek stand with a finale built upon a monumental “Light,” Phish found themselves in Alpine Valley, ready to build off two-solid efforts in Deer Creek. After imploding Berkeley with jams of all shapes and sizes, the band’s innovation continued through Telluride’s “Piper” and “Carini” and several pieces, specifically “Drowned” and “Light,” in the cornfields of Noblesville. But as Phish prepared to step onto their biggest stage of summer, the second improvisational peak of Leg Two lurked right around the corner. A blistering opening half set the table for a break-neck psychedelic roller coaster ride of “Down With Disease > What’s The Use?” An illustration of Phish’s willingness to push forth to find that magic moment, this jam awakened the band’s musical patience and brilliance while careening into the future.

8.14.10 (M.Stein)

When Phish pulled into their classic Wisconsin shed, Trey had grown fully accustomed to his new Ocedoc and unleashed it ferociously. Completely in the zone for the entire evening, Alpine’s opener brought one of Trey’s most dazzling evenings of the entire summer. Coupled with morphing bass-leads from Gordon and a whole-band precision, Phish had primed Alpine Valley for a mind-melting escapade. Uncharacteristically dropping “The Sloth” to open set two, a dark vibe immediately encompassed the show. And when the beginning rumblings of “Disease” started, one knew things were about to get bonkers in dairy land.

Tearing into the song’s composed jam, Trey sped off like a hyena on tornado juice, shredding leads from the get-go in a spectacle of six-string acrobatics. Playing powerful and flowing lead melodies, Trey caught fire at the onset of this piece and his playing flew off the charts throughout this futuristic excursion. The entire band annihilated the straight-forward “Disease” textures at a torrid pace. Showcasing the Ocedoc’s unmatchable tone, Trey darted through creative patterns with mind-numbing speed and dexterity. Through this entire opening segment, Mike sat in the background as part of the three-way support for Red’s scorching solo, but it was when Gordon emerged from this role, weaving his lines around Trey’s offerings and bringing original ideas into the mix, that the jam really gained liftoff.

8.14.10 (M.Stein)

Following the blistering opening, the band took a musical step sideways into a rock pattern that retained roots in “Disease,” but simultaneously drifted from the song’s structure. Mike comped Trey’s lines with eclectic rhythms as Page infused the music with dirty clav hits. After Trey peaked his high-octane shred-fest, Phish began to darken the piece without losing their fire hose intensity. Trey began slicing the air with snarling rhythm licks while Mike’s creativity blossomed into the foreground. This is the first of several junctures that Mike pushes this “Disease” jam further into the unknown, eventually resulting in an effortless and filthy segue into “What’s The Use?” In each instance, the entire band hopped on Mike’s new direction, this time molding their musical play-doh into spacier realms.

The band momentarily deconstructed the piece before Trey built it back up with quick rhythm chops, bringing the band into a less ordinary percussive sequence. Mike delivered a slower bass line amidst this ridiculously tight section, again subtly prodding the band into riskier territory. Fishman gradually merged with Mike’s concept, slowing the rhythmic pace while never losing his sense of urgency. As the tempo waned, the resulting music grew quite abstract as all four members poured their phrases into an inter-stellar sonic brew. Trey and Mike continued pushing the music outward while the jam retained its whole-band cohesion. Entering a section of harrowing psychedelia, Trey shone brightly while sprouting cosmic melodies amidst this sinister milieu.

8.14.10 (M.Stein)

Mike made another noticeable change, offering a distorted pattern that would slowly lead the band towards a fluid groove, and eventually into their to-die-for transition. As Phish built a menacing wall of sound and effect, Trey speckled the landscape with heart-tugging leads while the band settled into a transcendent passage of ambient groove. Stretching this portion of sorcery, the band drifted into one of the most indelible and emotional sequences of the summer. Realizing where their music had reached, Trey magnificently wove a lick of “What’s The Use?” into the jam and the entire band was already there. Without any change of beat or musical alteration, Phish achieved the most marvelous musical arrival of tour, leaving the audience in total awe.

8.14.10 (M.Stein)

Flowing naturally and sculpting a larger-than-life soundscape, Phish brought a cathartic resolution to their extraordinary journey. “What’s the Use?” dripped, note by note, over the massive audience: a seething, psychedelic fable. Stemming from one of the band’s hallowed vehicles, this jam immediately sat side by side The Greek’s multi-thematic “Light” as the improvisational zeniths of tour. And the most fascinating part about these two jams is their vastly divergent paths, illustrating Phish’s ability to crush many types of music once again. No longer a one-trick pony that galloped from rock to percussive grooves to ambient outros a la ’09, Phish took the the standout jams of Leg Two in totally unique directions, foreshadowing a thrilling fall tour.


Jam of the Day:

Disease > What’s The Use?” 8.14.10 II

You’ve read about it; now you can listen one of Phish’s peak moments of August.



Thank You, Readers!

Yesterday Hidden Track posted detailed survey results of all things related to Phish’s Summer Tour, and Phish Thoughts was voted the “Must Read Tour Blog!” I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every reader that tunes in while on tour and/or off tour, contributes to the ongoing conversation in the comments section, or simply grabs a download. Phish Thoughts has transformed into a vibrant community that far exceeds anything I ever imagined. So, “Cheers!” This place is as much about you folks as anyone, and here’s to a ridiculous fall. See you on the road!

(Chart excerpted from Hidden Track)



8.14.2010 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI < Torrent

8.14.2010 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI < Megaupload

Official Alpine Valley Poster

Here is Alpine Valley’s phenomenal two-set showcase from the stand’s opening night. Phish opened the second set with one of their defining open jams of summer in “Disease > What’s The Use?,” and followed up a mid-set “Mule” with a ferocious “Mike’s Dirty Sally Groove.” A relentless first set is highlighted by a gorgeous “Reba,” a semi-rare “Taste,” and the fiercest “Antelope” of Summer 2010.

I: Tube, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Funky Bitch, Reba, Fuck Your Face, Alaska, Back on the Train, Taste, When the Circus Comes, Lawn Boy, Sparkle, Gumbo, Run Like an Antelope

II: The Sloth, Down with Disease > What’s the Use? >   Scent of a Mule, Mike’s Song > Dirt > Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley > Weekapaug Groove, Bug

E: Quinn the Eskimo

Source: Schoeps mk4v > CMR > Naiant PFA > Sonosax SX-M2 > SD 722

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1,028 Responses to “The Jungles In My Mind”

  1. El Duderino Says:

    I hope she’ll be ok

  2. vegas wolfmans Says:

    El Duder (or whomever)- Suggestions on a 1 TB external that is mac ready? Not mac “compatible”- I’ve been down that road before- not fun. Thanks.

  3. El Duderino Says:

    the computer is used as a player…

  4. vegas wolfmans Says:

    TIIIJPD- Second the tomato juice recommendation if your shampoo doesn’t work.

  5. El Duderino Says:



  6. El Duderino Says:

    The WD Maxtor ones I have were plug in ready.
    Best Buy is where I bought mine.

    But I think WD calls the externals something else now not Maxtor any more

  7. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Sorry- Do you have any suggestions for a 1 Terabyte external hard drive that is mac ready. The last one I bought was mac “compatible” and the formatting process to get it to talk to my computer was above my pay grade. Was curious if you knew of a good brand.

  8. plord Says:

    You want a Mac compatible 1TB external?

    NetGear ReadyNAS. Don’t even think about it. Stupid easy to set up. RAID 1 mirroring by default. Hot swap drives. Really quiet. BOMBPROOF. Seriously, mine got knocked over and unplugged, then shipped across the country in a rattling box. You tip it up and plug it back in, it syncs the RAID, golden.

    Oh, it has an iTunes media server built in to, but I just use it to hold stuff.

  9. voopa Says:


    Send me that HD when you’re ready. I’ll fill that bitch in no time.

    @El Dude

    So I can “generate” “codes” for Demon? Do tell.

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Western Digital. Cool. That’s what I have now, but I need more space. Gracias. Dude- not greedy. Dude- just wanted his rug back.

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    thanks plord. Pricing now…

  12. El Duderino Says:

    @ voopa

    I believe you have to have downloaded and upped 100gigs before it will let you. Or 6 months from your start date.

    It’s in control panel at the top of the page and there’s info and a web address for invitees to go to with the code

  13. voopa Says:

    Tomato juice + i am hydrogen peroxide + something else = the best skunk bath, or so I’ve heard

  14. voopa Says:

    Thanks Dude!

  15. plord Says:

    VW – my unwritten assumption is that whatever you use to connect to the net has a spare Ethernet port you can plug into. The ReadyNAS is, duh, a NAS, network attached. That’s one reason it’s so Mac happy. So, you have to remember to mount it before firing up iTunes. For me, the RAID mirroring erases all concerns. I lost 350GB of ripped music once because I didn’t have a drive big enough to back it up.

    The WD deals people are pimping are straight USB external drives. Two or three steps simpler to use, probably.

  16. plord Says:

    I mean, USB drives are easier to use than a NAS.

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    aw – if you’re lurking. click to view my vinyl collection. i know you collect, and it’s nice to share the hard work with someone who appreciates it.

  18. El Duderino Says:

    the price is something to consider too VW.

    I have a firewire external.

  19. oldskool Says:

    @Voopa, I owe you an email still for your generous offer to help me re-build. Thanks again.

    FLAC-HD is the only way to go if you system can handle it. The separation of the instruments is far better and Mike will rock your world. I know I chime in about the FLAC-Hd’s every few weeks but they are so worth it if you system can handle it.

  20. vegas wolfmans Says:

    thanks fellas. high five.

  21. William H. Bonney Says:

    nothing like hearing and feeling the music…cheers to good stereo’s!!

    and Flac’s 🙂

  22. halcyon Says:

    After a late night of partying, a guy invites his friends back to his new apartment.

    While he is giving them a tour, one of his friends notices a huge gong and hammer near the wall.

    “What’s up with the gong?”, he asks.

    “Oh that’s not a gong, it is a talking clock.”

    His friends voice skepticism, “Dude, that’s not a talking clock, it’s obviously a friggin’ gong.”

    The guy replies, “No, I swear, you hit it with that hammer as hard as you can and it tells you the time. Go ahead, give it a try.”

    His friend shrugs his shoulders, grabs the hammer, rears back, and strikes it with a loud: “GOOOOOOOOOOONG!”

    After a few seconds they hear a voice from the other side of the wall, “Hey asshole! IT’S THREE-THIRTY IN THE FUCKING MORNING!”

  23. halcyon Says:

    above joke was From Reddit

  24. Jeffiem Says:

    Hey, just dropping in to give a quick congrats to Miner on the vote. Totally deserved. It’s a near daily drop in for me, and apparently for several others as well, including the non-posters.

    Also, thanks to everyone on the input for the radio show this morning. I had a lot of fun listening to stuff last night and this morning. Definitely a genre I want to explore some more. Sadly, no one would take me seriously on playing Sparkle. :/

    Anyway, back to Plato, with Fripp & Eno as ambient study music. Have a good one, folks.

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    nice collection, tela’s. Respect.

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