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. halcyon Says:

    Bug is cool. It has definitely grown on me, and the AV version from this year sealed the deal.

  2. tbrigas Says:

    I was at this show and it finished really well. However the Taste was just aweful and I thought they were gonna stop the song a few times trey missed half the song.

  3. El Duderino Says:

    Favorite 20th congress shows I’ve seen were when Will Bernard was a guest.

    Greyboy shows were so much fun

  4. Bandito Says:

    @Tzara’s – did you ever see Crack Sabbath? They used to play the 700 Club (sadly gone forever) all the time. Interesting stuff for sure.

  5. b-rock Says:

    7 AM Bug at Big Cypress was pure bliss.

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    What B-rock said.

  7. El Duderino Says:

    Never was a big Skerik fan for some reason…

  8. halcyon Says:

    So last night I was listening to Carini from Telluride, and they did a ‘One of These Days’ tease (lyrics and music) in the middle of that jam. Listened to that show 3 times since being there, and this is the first time I caught it. Pick up something different everytime.

    Though they did Floyd 11/2/98, they can do justice to Meddle.

  9. voopa Says:

    Saw Critters’ Buggin’ at the Great American Music Hall in ’01. Les Claypool sat in for Set II. Show was nuts:

    Set I
    01. Senior Ballz Intro
    02. ??
    03. ??
    04. Shag
    05. T-Ski
    06. A Love Supreme
    07. BH Goes To A Freak
    08. Red Eyed Wonder
    09. Chatter
    10. ??
    11. ??

    Set II

    01. Orbatron Intro>
    02. Orbatron
    03. Security Scuffle
    04. Orbatron
    05. Sr Ballz Releases “The CLaypool”>Jam>
    06. Crazy Train Tease (Ozzy Osbourne)>
    08. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)>
    09. Thela Hun Ginjeet tease (King Crimson)>
    10. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)>
    11. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver (Primus)>
    12. …???>
    13. Yellow Submarine (Beatles)>
    14. When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Traditional)>
    15. Crazy Train Tease (Ozzy Osbourne)>
    16. Immigrant Song Reprise (Led Zeppelin)
    17. Flouride
    18. ??>
    19. bass jam>
    20. Winona’s Big Brown Beaver Tease (Primus)>
    21. ??
    22. The Family And The Fishing Net (Peter Gabriel)

    Disc 3 (Set 2 Cont’d)
    01. Chatter
    02. Tomorrow Never Knows (Beatles)
    03. Chatter
    04. Don’t Fear the Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult tease)
    05. Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC tease)
    06. Mount Blasta
    07. Introduction of Maurice “The Leopard” Caldwell, Jr
    08. Maurice’s Rap “I know You Hate my 98″/Mike’s Rap Everybody’s Gonna Get Small
    09. Iron Man Tease (Black Sabbath – lyrics only)
    10. My Name Is Mud (Primus tease – lyrics only)
    11. ??
    12. Burundi
    13. Goodnight Now (Cheap Trick)

  10. El Duderino Says:

    I want to say that I seen a show @ the Metro with Greyboy’s and Fred Wesley in the 90’s…


  11. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    Hit my name for the mediafire folder of music that is right up your alley.

    w00k down!

  12. jdub Says:

    My boy is a magnet for cuts and scrapes. Just got back from the ER as he got his second set of stitches in 3 weeks. He’s a little shaken up after the long needle scared the crap out of him. So I’m a little fried and gonna be hanging with kiddo this afternoon.

  13. El Duderino Says:


    curl up on the couch together and take a nap. He’ll feel better when he rises

  14. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Have never seen Crack Sabbath for some reason, I would like to. One of the weirdest shows was when they had a robot named robo-bones rapping over them. Or when Bachir Attar played snake charmer flute and they all wore bizarre middle eastern costumes. They’re weird cats.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    don’t need to hear Bug often, but I do like it.

  16. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Hey @silly, how’s it going? Hey, isn’t about time to quit playing with your internet friends and do your critical theory homework? I need to know the next direction of literature.
    We can’t let Jonathon Franzen win! 🙂

  17. El Duderino Says:

    I want to say that Bug was played at AV 2 years running…

  18. poop goblin Says:

    What’s the best way to get from Philly to AC?

    Is there a train, shuttle, rental car, taxi.

    Looking for quickness, convenience, and I guess price to a certain extent.

  19. Mitch Says:

    bug was also played at AV in 03. that was the year of bug for me and really got me into the song. cincy, av, camden, it.

    im a big bug fan. i also like roggae. bash me if you will.

  20. jdub Says:

    Yeah, he’s exhausted. A long nap for both of us would be key.

    Think I’ll do AV 1 again while we drift away.

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    Crack Sabbath was great.

  22. Mitch Says:

    take the busses poop goblin. check megabus and bolt bus. they are all super cheap. i can take a direct bus to ac and they give you your bus fair back in gambling money for the casino. sponsored by the casinos. awesome stuff.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if you watch only one youtube video today, make it this one

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    “figured it’d make you smile to hear that.”

    yeah. great stuff. very cool

  25. El Duderino Says:

    @ mitch

    Bug is better than Roggae IMO.
    Bug was a 2000 tune for me.
    Long distance relationship with a chickadee in W. Palm Beach, FL
    Lots of flying that summer and fall

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