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. Robear Says:

    thx Guyute! Grill I can do. I get a partial cow from a guy that raises them au naturale and I always end up with unfamiliar cuts. Now I know who to ask!

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yes, that would be the only time the boilerplates have won in South Bend since 1984. you just keep hanging onto that one. I’m thinking we’ll be keeping the Shillelagh Trophy in the Bend this year, even if purdue is a popular “dark horse” pick by some of the national pundits. how cute. 😉

  3. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Ro- Thanks for the advice. Will let you know how it tastes after it sits for a coupla weeks.

    Ro- The cove is really well done and equally as horrifying. Great movie. Moves along for a doc. F-ed up situation for sure.

  4. Robear Says:

    SW, hard to believe those thugs call themselves ‘Fisherman’.

  5. El Duderino Says:

    make steak fajitas out of it Robear

  6. BeantownBoy Says:

    Hey BB New England Folks:

    If anyone is headed down to Atlantic City for the Friday show from the Boston area and has room in their car I would be grateful for a ride. My fiance and other family members are only hitting the 30 & 31st, so I’m trying to scout out my options for getting to Friday’s show.

    I already have a room booked at the Tropi-Mangos so all I need is a ride. I certainly would contribute either in cash or other commodities for the lift.

    If you can help me out please send me an e-mail:
    beantownboy35 at gmail dot com


  7. halcyon Says:

    Morning everyone!

    A hyena on tornado juice.”
    LLFA. That quote just made my morning.

    Anyone grab that You Enjoy My Mix over at “>Coventry Music?

    It is a great mix and has flow, really showcases some top notch playing tis summer.

    ::listens to my daily dose of the greek light::

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    The last time Notre Dame won a bowl game was after the 1993 season, a 24-21 victory over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

    Some kids on here weren’t even alive then. Sad, really.

  9. Robear Says:

    speaking of hotels,

    I have a room reserved at the Tropimango for the 30th and 31st (not the 29th!) that I no longer need.

    Also have a room reserved at the Trump Marina (who doesn’t like the ocean? )

    Hit me up if you need a room. Gonna cancel the reservations soon.

  10. Robear Says:

    Stanford Vs. Notre Dame

    game of the year for 2009

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, and Bingos, let’s not forget what happened the following year.

    “It’s 49-21, sweetheart”

    here’s the “highlight” video for ya, buddy

  12. BeantownBoy Says:

    Also, in regards to PTBM, do you think that I can submit two requests: one under my name and one under my fiance’s name using different card # (but the same Amex account) with both at the same address?

    Or would this result in both requests being rejected?

  13. halcyon Says:

    HTML Link Fail

    Should have been Coventry Music?

  14. El Duderino Says:

    if its a different card number and a different name you should be fine

  15. Mitch Says:

    just going back and reading the posts from today. nice synchronicity.

    b-rock is saying silky smooth and then i do. then i’m showing youtubes of anchorman and then willowed does.

    also, leave it to willowed to pick his fav jam and stick with it. greek simple, gorge gin. i think i know your fav style of jamming now…

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    U2 in the background + Charlie Weis = Bingos breakfast on keyboard

    How long y’all gotta pay that fat cheater? Til 2020?

  17. Mitch Says:

    and then kwl and guyute with the leather bound books.

    looks like we’re locked in today too.

  18. fat bastard Says:

    @ lw

    Thursday: Ahmad Jamal with CJO at Jay Prtizker Pavilion 7 PM

    is not on the schedule…are you sure ?

  19. lastwaltzer Says:


    its on. Check Millennium parks website, I don’t belive the event is actually part of jazz fest.

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I do often forget that there are a number of boilermakers who frequent this place. good luck this weekend, boys. win and you can keep those dark horse plans intact. lose and it’s just like every other year of floundered opportunities, right?

    “fat cheater”? that’s the best you can do? I expect better jibes than that. c’mon, there’s a ton of material you can use. and, btw, we stop paying him in 2015. you were soooo wrong there. 😉

  21. SillyWilly Says:


    Notre Dame owns Purdon’t.


    I saw ND get beat by Stanford on the Farm in 1999. It was horrible.


    I think I can only do the Halloween run, and thats going to be a stretch.

  22. lastwaltzer Says:


    are you planning on doing the whole thing or just part?

  23. SillyWilly Says:


    all my old UD roommates are meeting me in South Bend on Saturday morning.

    Im getting the chills just thinking about it.

    Also, remember to watch out for my buddy Bobby Burger #86. He probably won’t play, but if he does just know Ill be going crazy!

    he dropped a pass against Purdue last year on 3rd and 8 in the 3rd Quarter when they were struggling. He has to redeem himself.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    The whole thing, LW.

    and I love to see TypeIII with the smack.

    makes me feel a little better about spouting off from time to time.

    i love college football.

    even Purdue fans make it fun.

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so glad to have another “defender of the faith” here, silly.

    I think your boy Bobby will see the field, though he’s not on the two deep. IIRC, he got into most games last year, though things may change with the new offensive system.

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