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:

    12.12.99 HTFD is one of my most overlooked shows, but it was a truly a great time to be a fan.

    Miner, great to have you back in full force.

    You are something special.

    Talk to you guys soon.

  2. KWL Says:

    i’m a seriously poor kid right now, but come ticket time, i always manage to come up with the money somehow

    just gotta make it happen. no other way.

  3. neemor Says:

    Oh shit.
    He said b a n k s’d before.
    I just got that.

    Indoor Phish is coming boys and girls.
    I’m fucking terrified.
    In a really gooey way.

    And with that….

  4. phoammhead Says:

    laterz neem!

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    “my only boy, blond crazy hair and sky blue eyes, named Calvin. He fulfills his name.”

    always thought you were kinda asking for it there, but you know what you’re doing

    “I passed over it in favor of some organic Oregonian”


    That’s Kesey family dairy if so. 😮

  6. Frycanthropist Says:

    decided to give some cypress a spin today due to all the chatter.


    baned and Twisting as we speak

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    slowly getting all the computers I use synced back to Lycanthropist…

    jesus I had a bout with schizophrenia this year eh?

  8. voopa Says:


    I can reseed the 12/31/96 FM source if you like:

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    I think Miner’s had to moderate like 5 different screennames from me already lol.

  10. plord Says:

    Hahahahaha. After the Greeks I bought the shows from LP and left a couple of tracks on my non-Phish head host’s Macbook as I slurped it all onto the iPod.

    Just got a note from the road, they are en route to Burning Man and blasting the Cities at full volume.

    Got ’em!

  11. trancepotter Says:

    I keep reading about a remaster of 12/6/97. I’d be most appreciative of a link. Thanks, in advance.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    @plord FTW!!!!

    well played sir

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    stealth Phish show @ burning man 2012

    this will happen

  14. KWL Says:

    all ticket requests in

    let the waiting game begin

  15. plord Says:

    I could be tempted to return to the playa, in spite of the current size of the event, on the promise of a stealth Phish show.

    Sorely tempted.

  16. ChefBradford Says:

    Lycan, my roommate made chili today. Not half as good as yours, sir

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    lol i was playing alpine YEM and asked if i have any dance music. wish me luck

  18. sumodie Says:

    Even Burning Man streams…well, a web cam at least

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    thumpa thumpa thumpa thumpa BWEEP
    thumpa thumpa thumpa thumpa BWEEP
    thumpa thumpa thumpa thumpa BWEEP
    thumpa thumpa thumpa thumpa BWEEP
    thumpa thumpa thumpa thumpa BWEEP
    thumpa thumpa thumpa thumpa BWEEP
    chunka chunka BOING
    chunka chunka BOING
    chunka chunka BOING
    chunka chunka
    chunka chunka
    chunka chunka BOING

    ^^^ there you go my friend

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    is that a real stream, or a boobs-hunt stream?

    inquiring minds, etc

  21. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Just so we’re all on the same page: there is nothing “safe” about Mikes from Clifford Ball.

    Sorry- just reading back.

  22. sumodie Says:

    @mrC: I think the 2010 Critical Tits Parade at BRC happens tomorrow…

    (to anyone curious, yes, there is such a parade 8) though I don’t actually know what day on the playa)

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    apropos of nothing: Lost Season 6 DVD extras are great – I generally have no interest in such things, but these are real quality material

    footage of Jorge Garcia reading the finale script for the first time is just amazing…really…if you watched it, you know why I say that

  24. sumodie Says:

    ^ that’s Critical Tits BIKE parade -forgot the bicycling part, very important

  25. Gavinsdad Says:

    @trancespotter: it’s on the spreadsheet but I don’t have a link handy. Can’t remember if it’s Kenny powers or Paul shapera but it’s damn good

    The rest of you are getting me fired up. Indian food commencing in 3…2…1….and yo, go eagles!

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