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. Frycanthropist Says:

    @Mr C

    wasnt sure if you saw or not,

    but I dropped a Dead Kenny G’s show from Hattiesburg’s very own Thirsty Hippo.

    It was early in the band’s formation and was a whole set of otherwordly improv.

    I know you are a fan, as you know I am. I would say that this is the best show I have seen the play here. And I have seen them the last four times they have come through.

    Been chasing the dragon so they say ever since this first show.

  2. Frycanthropist Says:


    here’s the link

  3. Spasm Waiter Says:

    SW- That Bug is quite sublime. Not my favoritest tune either.

  4. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Am I right in thinking that Bug usually follows a smoking show?

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    I missed that, @fry, thanks for the pointer. snagging it now

  6. AintNoTele Says:

    Fry: If you like the Dead Kenny G’s check out garage a trois, sooo good. There is an awesome vid of them on iclips from jam cruise (whole show too). Benevento, skerik, dillon

  7. Frycanthropist Says:

    not often enough IMO Spasm

  8. Frycanthropist Says:


    opened for Garage a trois once…
    damn good

  9. Frycanthropist Says:

    although it was a different line up when I saw em

    Stanton Moore
    Robert Walters

    dammit can’t remember the guitar player…

  10. Bandito Says:

    Congrats Mr. Miner! With write ups like today’s and yesterday’s its no surprise to see those results. Thanks again for all the great work.

  11. BeantownBoy Says:

    FWIW in regards to PTBM my buddy and I just submitted our entries about 20 minutes apart and in that time the Receipt #s were 65 apart.

    Is it possible that 65 other requests were placed in those 20 minutes?

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    i like Bug

    i said it

    Phish can write a deep song without it being the cheeze

    resonates with me at this time in my life.

  13. Frycanthropist Says:

    guess it wasn’t actually Garage a trois after all

    it was the Stanton Moore Trio, and the guitar player was Will Bernard

  14. halcyon Says:

    Garage a Trois fist lineup was Stanton Moore, Skerik, and Charlie Hunter. It has been a revolving cast as the years have gone on. Skerik was a beast when I saw that lineup in NOLA and San Francisco.

    They opened for Oysterhead in NOLA at Jazzfest. Skerik blew it up then too.

  15. Chuck D Says:

    2 things:

    1. “Wait a minute, Kyle Orton has destroyed somebody?”

    yeah… can we get confirmation on this? basically just goes straight to the “does not compute” category…

    2. please define “hyena juice”… is there an actual recipe for this concoction, or is it a general term?

  16. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Fry/Ly- If they are shredding it like that, I’ll take it anytime. My bud said it usually is an indicator of a smoker. As I fell out of it a bit during 2.0, I couldn’t speak to the validity of the statement. Obviously, you dig the song and would like to hear it played more. Right on to that.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    haven’t figured out what hyena juice is, but these guys might be able to help out. remind me to never go to a place where people have freaking hyenas on leashes in the city streets!

  18. Frycanthropist Says:

    Bug was played on 7/30/03 for what its worth.

    I love Bug.. very VU influenced.

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Chuck D

    it was a dark time in my life when Orton beat the Irish.

  20. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Garage a trois is playing Seattle on Saturday. Debating going, though after this week I don’t know if I’ll have the energy.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Mr. C

    did I tell you my dad is getting into the Dead.

    He’s really serious about it. It’s not just him trying to connect with me, he really digs there stuff.

    Only listens to the Dead Sirius channel, now.

    His favorite song is Fire on the Mountain, and he fuckin’ jams it in his car.

    pretty funny if you ever saw my dad, but ill take it.

    figured it’d make you smile to hear that.

  22. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Been a skerik fan for a long time. Think I saw critters buggin in 96 at the old OK hotel (from the singles movie)

  23. Chuck D Says:

    skerik dominates on that Fearless Flying Frog Brigade plays all of Animals disc… thats what introduced and immediately elevated skerik for me. Animals happens to be one of my favorite discs of all time… so, yeah… in hindsight, not a bid surprise.

  24. poop goblin Says:

    You nailed it Lycan. During Bugs when I’d be all spun I’d wonder what VU song they were playing until I realized it was Bug.

    Hard to pinpoint exactly what the VU sound is or how to write a song influenced by em but that Bug is just drenched in the VU sound.

    And Trey just destroyed the Alpine version

    Like I said before check out the 1st set Taste for a brilliant Trey solo

    My bro that plays jazz guitar and is more of a dead head than Phish fan but probably has caught 30 or so Phish shows was saddened after attending Toyota Park 09 that Trey had lost all his chops.

    He was supposed to go to AV 1 but couldn’t at the last minute. Was at my crib and I was spinning that Taste solo for him. Needless to say he’s interested to check out the band again and was kicking himself for missing it.

    That’s not the band I caught in 09 was all he could say

  25. b-rock Says:

    Bug is a great tune IMO, and regularly shows up at opportune moments.

    I knew a guy who was from Nepal, I turned him on to Phish big time, and Bug was his favorite song. They played it at one of the first shows I took him to (Cincy ’03) and he almost lost it… “The Bug! They’re playing the Bug!” Talk about hooked after that.

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