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. Mitch Says:

    wanna bring it in to the store and fix it?? we have a nice set of harmon kardon sound sticks that get the job done. the sub is small enough to fit under the desk and they look kinda cool.

  2. gavinsdad Says:

    @Mitch – thx man…it’s actually a cheapo set of Sony externals that bagged out….the right side at least…the imac is fine…if you find a link for those HK’s send it along via email…thx alot.

  3. Mitch Says:

    make sure the cable didnt get stepped on or the slider got whacked in your sound settings in system prefs.

    ^might find them on sale online. ms mangos dad got them for us.

  4. ChefBradford Says:

    Gavins, if you like “Nothing”, check out the acoustic, female-sung version from the “Amfibian Tales” (I think? album) for an early, pre-Phish taste

    I like the song

    I like a good, sweet tune, any day

    a lot

    I’m a softie

    going through some heavy family stuff this time last year, both parents in the hospital for different reasons, I broke down while listening to the Joy version of “Let Me Lie”

    so yea, I like a sweet, melancholy tune

  5. Frycanthropist Says:

    new avatar to reflect the newfound Radiohead love on the BB

  6. Frankie Says:

    Evening fellas! That 6.28.00 Gin has got to be one of my favorite versions ever… The way they lock into the jam over and over again is sick…

    It was put on one of the From The Archives shows that Kevin Shapiro did on during the break and is available here with a lot of other classic jams.

    Check it out if you haven’t! Although the audience is a must listen too as you can hear waves of cheering throughout the crowd during the jam…

  7. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    I was only able to comprehend about 30 percent of the tech talk that just went down over the last 5+ pages

    You guys are nerds

    No nerds on the comments section of a Phish blog, please

  8. ChefBradford Says:


    sooo… comment section, then?

    I was discussing with a co-worker my Star Wars nerdage this morning, actually

  9. Mitch Says:

    i prefer geek, ramblin. geek is sheik.

    once i get that ipod, i’ll jack all the good stuff and get it back to you asap.

  10. Mitch Says:

    ok. im’a walk the dog and crash.


    and remember, bitches cant hang with the shit

  11. ChefBradford Says:

    geek, nerd, my B

  12. Frycanthropist Says:

    total geek over here…

    wish I had more nerd tendencies.

    would probably get more done.

  13. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    I have never seen Star Wars. Any of them. For real.

  14. Frycanthropist Says:




  15. Mitch Says:

    thats a good way to get punched in the face where i work. i too was like you not soo long ago in a galaxy pretty close.

  16. William H. Bonney Says:

    your lose Ramblin

  17. ChefBradford Says:


    nobody’s perfect, bud

    ha…um, not funny, actually, sorry

  18. William H. Bonney Says:

    don’t have to obese on em, but good flicks

  19. William H. Bonney Says:

    haha ha the Revenge of the Nerds part IV or V lost track

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    Ly/Fry/Whycan, breathe, man, BREATHE!

  21. Frycanthropist Says:

    just surprised is all.

    They are not the greatest movies of all time.

    But definitely a must watch.

    just stunned that you could make it to the internet without seeing Star Wars 😉

  22. Frankie Says:

    Talking Radiohead, have you heard any of the Atoms for Peace shows Thom did with Flea on bass this spring? It was the entire The Eraser record and then some new songs and obscure stuff… Really cool stuff!

  23. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    whats up around the blackboard today?!

  24. Frycanthropist Says:

    yeh I actually really dug it Frankie.

    I really love the album.. and was a little leery when Atoms for Peace was announced, but those Eraser tracks are super funky live.

    I like it alot.

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    mmmm…sound sticks.

    @chef – i am exactly like you….all the softer stuff i really like…so many people can’t stand that stuff but i also like trey’s mellower work and leads on those types of tunes as well (lxl, fefy, waste, dirt, nothing, SO89) thx again for the tips.

    @frankie – and the tips keep comin….i’m on that providence ’99 Sand but then i’m gonna DL those Shapiro nuggets. i just listened to that PNC Gin aud…crowd does go nuts.

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