Skyballs and Saxscrapers

8.5.06 - The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

The first jam of tour that lifted the entire audience into a galaxy far, far away sprouted from the unlikeliest of places. Kick-starting The Greek’s second night’s second set, Phish strung together three heavy-hitting jam vehicles – “Rock and Roll,” “Ghost,” and “Mike’s Song.” Building a legitimate tour highlight in “Rock and Roll” and a solid version of “Ghost,” one figured when the band doused the fire of “Mike’s,” a mellow interlude was inevitable. Sidestepping “Hydrogen” for “Simple” for only the second time this year, Gordon’s anthem seemed quite appropriate for the summer night. “Simple’s” only previous appearance within a “Mike’s Groove” this summer came on June 29 in Canandaigua, New York, was a version that brought creativity back to the often one-dimensional piece, featuring a shimmering ambient jam that landed in “I Am the Walrus.”

8.6.10 Pollock

Phish moved through the Greek’s mid-set rendition with a notably relaxed energy that characterized much of their playing out west. Fluidly migrating out of the lyrics, Trey and Mike took co-solos, cooperatively sculpting a double helix of melody that pointed in a singular musical direction. A dynamic opening carried an idyllic pace, allowing individual phrases to breathe while complementing each other perfectly. And just when it sounded like “Simple” was winding down and heading for another song, Phish dipped into their satchel of wizardry and pulled out a hypnotic spell.

Page took initiative with delicate piano leads, coaxing his band mates to keep their heads in the game rather than bailing for another song. The jam took a distinct turn for the mellow as Page led a gradual descent onto a gentle musical pillow. Once arriving there, Trey, Mike and Page immediately circulated in a three-piece melodic pattern while Fishman framed the abstraction with dainty cymbal work.

Page began to alter this musical orb with effected notes as Trey flicked astral pennies into the ether, blending their aural trajectories perfectly with the band’s floating experiment. As Page pushed the piece into a quasi-digital realm, Mike held down the lead with rolling bass notes. Entering an elevated state of blissful reverie, this futuristic groove took on a life of its own, moving mechanically within a sparse, psychedelic tapestry.

8.5.10 (W.Rogell)

Deep into the jam, Trey added a rhythmic delay to his notes, pushing Fishman into a more earnest groove. Together, they lured Mike and Page into this spontaneous build. Laced with a bit of attitude, Trey added distorted layers atop the musical play-land and Mike hopped freely in this rhythmic romper room. This final segment brought the once placid jam into an intricate excursion in ambient-groove. Locked into a musical sequence that burst with nuanced tonal color, Phish crafted a bumping, space-aged dreamscape that piqued the interest of fans young and old.  Providing the post-show buzz of The Greek’s second night, this “Simple” jam awakened all to Phish’s renewed improvisational capabilities as the band embarked on their second leg of summer tour.



Jam of the Day:

Split > Dog-Faced Boy, Hood” 8.12.10 II

Phish broke down this unorthodox “Split” into “Dog-Faced Boy” before capping the sequence with a magnificent “Hood” that has unduly lived in the shadows of The Greek and Jones Beach’s versions.




8.17.2010 Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY < New torrent w/ Encore

8.17.2010 Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY < Megaupload w/ Encore

Official Jones Beach Poster

A two-set, start-to finish barnburner, this show stands among the strongest of tour. Trey’s Alpine annihilation carried over to Jones Beach’s opener – another night where his torrid playing stood out. “Reba,” “Wolfman’s,” and “Possum” brighten the opening frame, while the second set is comprised of non-stop, highlight-quality improvisation.

I: Fluffhead, Kill Devil Falls > Cities, Funky Bitch, Wilson, Reba, Walk Away, Wolfman’s Brother, Possum

II: Lengthwise > Maze, Halley’s Comet > Mike’s Song > Simple > Backwards Down the Number Line > Prince Caspian > Rock and Roll > Weekapaug Groove, Loving Cup

E: Show of Life, Golgi Apparatus

Source: Schoeps CCM4V’S(din)> Lunatec V2> Benchmark AD2K>  Sound Devices 722 (24/48)

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965 Responses to “Skyballs and Saxscrapers”

  1. neemor Says:

    The fact that I still have not been able to hang out with Mr. C haunts me daily.
    I can not do West Coast.
    Life is lame sometimes.

    Catch me up on the ticket sitch…
    How’s it looking?

  2. sumodie Says:

    the clifford ball SBDs weren’t officially released right?

    Ummm…I have 7 discs worth of CB SBDs…they even come synched up with something called moving pictures… 8)

    I snoozed on that DVD boxed set for months, then one night I popped in one of the set IIs on my wide screen – BOOM – that wild, crazy, naive energy just explodes out of the TV screen

    Brings me right back to the epic weekend. A must own for any fan, IMO, and certifiably newb-approved in my book

  3. neemor Says:

    It’s only the request waiting period as of yet!
    I see.
    Get extrees.

  4. KWL Says:

    i’ve had pretty good luck over the last year negev, syncing with atomic time

    though seems like every time i hit refresh when the atomic time clicks to :00, get the same page (tickets not on sale yet), then immediately refresh (now we’re into like 3-4 seconds past :00), and i get in


  5. negev79 Says:

    computer’s back up – I’m out. See you soon

  6. halcyon Says:

    I will have 3 computers at work that day to try for tix,problem will be running from computer to computer hitting refresh.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    “In fact, securing Gaiman will prove key for the project to go forward.”

    ^^^ lol ya think?!?!?!?!

    count me as very skeptical, but who knows.

  8. neemor Says:

    I miss Phish live in concert.

  9. plord Says:

    So I guess I missed a Calvin and Hobbes discussion.

    Yeah. So.

    I have a 7 year old son, my only boy, blond crazy hair and sky blue eyes, named Calvin. He fulfills his name.

    He’s just started reading in earnest. The complete hardcover books are waiting 🙂

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Neemor- what you looking to catch?

  11. KWL Says:

    halcy, let’s make sure we coordinate our efforts for the tickethorse onsale…

  12. phoammhead Says:

    . . . . hard to beat this 12-16-99 Sand – wowWWWWW

  13. joe Says:

    rationalization of the day. It’s way too hot in my apartment to cook for myself. I think I’ll go to the local watering hole. Bachelor Pad life has officially become a detriment to my health. Lady of the House returns on Tuesday. Hope I make it till then with my liver and lungs still intact.

  14. sumodie Says:

    @neemor: If I hit big with PTBM, I’ll be sure to knock on your door 8)

    But who knows -I’m rife with PTBM anxieties. Maybe I shouldn’t have asked for so much Floor Only….

    As for the UMass shows, I should be able to stand in line for those at the venue -that should make it easier for those 2 shows

    Today at Whole Foods I picked up some cottage cheese from Broomfield, CO. Did I buy it? Nope. I passed over it in favor of some organic Oregonian

    Maybe that was a mistake? 😕

  15. halcyon Says:

    you bet kwl.

  16. neemor Says:

    I want it all, of course!
    Seriously, I’ll probably only do weekends this run, UMass, AC, that sort of thing, but anything I have offered to me I’ll take and make work one way or another…just keep me in mind along the way and I’ll gobble up leftovers.

    I’m getting like Miner where I only want pav’s, but I’ll make due with anything.

    I’m judt dying right now, it’s like I got too little at the end of the run (which I did) and now I’ve got the fever HARD.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    . . . . hard to beat this 12-16-99 Sand – wowWWWWW

    ^ only was that beats it is cyps….but even though, i listen to 12.16 far more…Trey’s keyboard work is some hot stuff on this one….then jumps off and shredsssssss the shit apart….

    and the Tweezer is top shelf taboot….

    fantastic 12/99 show

  18. sumodie Says:

    Didn’t Miner say every BBer had to request Broomfield to avoid being b a n k s’ed?

  19. phoammhead Says:

    fever soundz good! 😀

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    If i wind up hitting all these mail orders. gonna be temporarily out a LOT of loot….whooo

  21. sumodie Says:

    oops, better split now

    word on that 12-16 Sand – WOWSA

  22. neemor Says:

    Hard fever.

    So, yeah, I don’t buy the tickets myself, seems to just make things easier now that I know that I’ll be getting down with some bad ass mother(shut your mouth)s…no need to ever swallow extras myself, and I can help alleviate that issue for others at the same time.

    You guys know where I’m at and that I’ll see any show.

  23. jdub Says:

    Not sure if this always works but this summer I called ticketmaster early, got a phone rep on the line a minute or so before on sale time, asked about tickets for a random event and then changed my mind right before on sale time and got my tickets.

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    Didn’t Miner say every BBer had to request Broomfield to avoid being b a n k s’ed?

    ^ i did not. but it sounds like a good idea….I think tix are gonna be more accessible that one might think…sun, mon tues in the schol year….maybe not….we’ll all get in

  25. KWL Says:

    was just thinking that same thing miner

    rice & beans for a couple weeks till i can recoup some of the money

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