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. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, TypeIII, he played Defensive End at Dayton and led the team in sacks with 13 in 11 games only playing in passing situations.

    He’s more of a blocking tight end, special teams guy.

    Im just afraid he’s not athletic enough to play in BK’s spread.

    He fit in at H-back in Charlie’s pro style stuff, but he’s not Kyle Rudolph.

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    So I take it you’d be leaving early on Thursday then?

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    i might fly on Thursday night if Im going by myself.

    I would love to have you come with, though, LW.

    Driving would be cheaper with two of us.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if you rebuild it…

    can they get phish to come back?

  5. lastwaltzer Says:


    I’d love to do it and I think if we stay at that ramada folks are talking about (I think heard 35 a night?!?) and brought food we could do it for real cheap. Only thing is there is no way I could leave before friday morning. Which would mean I could only hit saturday night and sunday.

    Which is why I asked if you were trying to do the whole run.

  6. lastwaltzer Says:

    still trying to convince Jdawg to skip a day of school but she isn’t feeling it.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Nice write-up, Señor Miner.

    Gotta say I do love WTU and the way they ended up there was suhweeet.

    Interesting times on the homefront.

    I am playing host to a another familypost divorce while the single mom with kids finds a place to live, a place to work and finishes her nursing school after 15 years off being a kept woman. She is mrs berzerker’s bestus friend and a great gal so I have no problems at all helping out after the nastiness I witnessed from her ex. Dude has got some serious karma rolling his way. the schadenfreude in me secretly wishes to view whatever befalls him.

    I get to mentor a boy into manhood, should be scary as I am emotionally as mature as a 3 year old.

  8. lastwaltzer Says:

    My biggest thing though is Leg two, wish they’d just announce the damn thing. Cause if it does contain New York for NYE I may just hold off on everything else.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    phamily b, to boy:

    “look, kid. I don’t know much in this world but I’ll give you one piece of advice. always wear a suit jacket to work. it looks classy and makes it easier to hide your dugout. outside of that, you’re on your own.”

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Read this AM that The Man is going after Burners this year with more envigorated efforts.

    Lameness abounds.

  11. SillyWilly Says:


    i just emailed you, man.

    one of my problems is i can’t afford a run in with the man.

    i figured id be a hassle driving with anyone, but yeah, i sent you an email.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    @Pham B

    that is really generous of you and your wife, and I think its awesome that you are helping like that.

    you’re a true friend, man.

  13. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    nice reading comprehension, T3.

    Considering I can’t roll a j to save my life I shoudl teach that and learn it myself first.

  14. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Ro- That is a far cry from fishing. I cannot understand the lack of conscience required to commit those acts. They clearly know they are doing something very wrong judging by their agro response to watchers, etc… really makes me want to get violent with those guys and that’s a last resort path for me in general.

    JB #Line- ahhhhhhh. first relisten since the gig.

  15. Robear Says:

    Our military should handle the Japanese fishing problem. Sink a few of those floating factories, then we’re getting somewhere.

  16. punkmug Says:

    Congrats Miner! Well deserved kudos for you.

    That DWD>WTU was something to behold for sure. I have found myself going back to it whenever I need a psychedelic wash up.

    The friend I did the recent DC>AV run with was on his first 4 show run and second, third, fourth and fifth shows prospectively. Needless to say, he had a really great time. He made this cool clip video of his first mini-tour and I thought some of you would get some enjoyment from it thinking back on your own first journey into the Phish scene. A look through a newb’s eyes… 😉

    Tags: Phish Trip, Beer Nerd Talk, Baned Talk, Baned wondering of the world’s meaning talk, Shakedown Street – DC, Punkmug, Chicago Traffic, Indiana Dunes, Piece Brewing

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Who am I kidding, if mi reina asks, it usually happens unless I am baned and forget, thus a list. She is ditching me to be solo with the kiddos this
    weekend to go to her 20 yr reunion in Dayton. I’ll be canoeing/fishing in the mountains

    The missus is excited as she gets some closure to some things and gets to show off her trim and fit body and new jimmy choo’s. I cut the legs off of a homeless transvestite to get them as retail they are $$$.

  18. lastwaltzer Says:


    you’ve got mail.

  19. Mitch Says:

    pham b,
    i dunno many homeless with jimmy choo’s. good find!

    re: the man. where’d you read that?

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Trey sped off like a hyena on tornado juice”

    Miner FTW again. Ay caramba!

    Wordplay zingers aside, the concluding paragraph is really on point re: two stunning jams in wildly different, very creative styles…

    @phamily B – kudos to you and your family. In a deep crisis like that, having friends such as you can make all the difference – what could be a catastrophe can instead become the start of a new and better life. You can’t make that happen, but you can make it possible. I truly believe that emergencies are opportunities to prove our better qualities and you and your wife are stepping up to that challenge. That’s true friendship.

    FWIW re: the boy, maintaining a childlike demeanor helps a lot when connecting with kids. And despite your constant self-deprecation it’s pretty obvious you know exactly what it means to be a man so I would not worry about that part at all.

  21. Mitch Says:

    pham b is a good dude from what i saw at telly. he’s got that childlike demeanor on lock.

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    YO C FUCK OFF!!!!


  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    I said “if I start hanging out and wasting time” not “every time I post,” @waltzer, but thanks!

    random note: either Amazon improved their recommendation algorithm or they finally got enough data points to get a bead on me. Their most recent “stuff we think you’d like” email is frighteningly accurate considering my poor impulse control and recently upgraded Amex.

  24. lastwaltzer Says:

    Thats how it starts C, just one toe in the water, just one drink………you know how it goes.

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    I think the gentle/yet exquisite little riff Trey plays at about 3 mins in the Alpine Bug, really demonstrates the magical sound of the Ocedoc.

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