The Sound of the Storm

8.9.10 - Telluride, CO (Wendy Rogell)

Though “Piper” has been one of Phish’s central jam vehicles since their return with several stellar versions, the excursions that stem from the song don’t always ooze cohesion. Often likening a sawed-off shotgun spraying musical shrapnel in many directions at once, “Piper” jams usually click or meander, with little middle ground. Always representing a leap into uncharted territory, “Piper’s” most successful recent renditions have carried an enhanced sense of direction. And this summer, while tucked in the mountains of Telluride, Phish took “Piper” for a high-speed chase through a space-aged vortex in the song’s  most impressive outing of the year.

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

Launching from the lyrical refrain, Trey kicked things into warp-speed by unleashing seething leads while Mike stuck with him, matching his creativity step for step. In no time, Phish shot into space like a musical rocket breaking through the stratosphere with a trail of blazing textures. Connecting his leads into intricate melodies, Trey stepped out front with Page, who sprinted up and down the piano as if running suicides. Fishman kept crazy-quick tempos like a metronome on speed, forming angular, driving beats.

Shifting gears, the band flew smoothly into series of fast percussive grooves with Page killing lead organ patterns. Trey adjusted with sparser rhythmic stabs as Mike moved a mile a minute in a section of lead bass. The two guitarists locked in, speed-racing through a nearby galaxy in a cosmic chase that reached an absurd intensity. Trey broke into some snarling melodies while his band mates were super-glued in collaborative musical mayhem. Page and Trey played as if on fast-forward bringing another colossal peak to this zooming show-stopper.

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

At this juncture, the band locked into a section of warp-speed annihilation where each member crushed IT harder than the next. Morphing into mind-bending landscapes that never lost cohesion, the four-headed beast transformed into a musical wrecking ball, demolishing anything in its path. This peak journey moved with complete fluidity into a second sequence of sparse rhythms as Fishman earned his paycheck behind the kit. Trey, Mike, and Page offered fiery melodies that combined into a psychotic brew so tight and directed it felt as though Phish knew exactly what notes to play before they started.

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

Trey initiated a pattern that Page and Mike echoed during the final stages of this cosmic blast off. The band never tapped the brakes for a second, shooting full-speed into the outer realms of consciousness. As the band collectively reached a final peak, they calmed the music through an extended and appropriate ambient outro comprised of the residual sonic energy lingering in the air. Patiently passing through this futuristic cleanse, the band emerged with “Mountains in the Mist.” The perfectly-placed ballad gained a greater poignancy with the jagged peaks of the Rockies looming overhead. The reflective piece provided a much-needed cool down from the intense voyage that had just concluded.

Over this week, we have looked at five peak jams from Leg Two which all differ in musical direction: The Greek “Light,” Alpine’s “Disease > What’s the Use?,” Jones Beach’s “Number Line,” The Greek “Simple,” and Telluride’s “Piper.” All of these are top-shelf pieces of improvisation, and their stylistic diversity speaks volumes on Phish’s renewed ability – and willingness – to explore any musical fabric. When the band took risks throughout August, more often than not, they met with astounding success – a factor that the band surely all noticed whether they talked about their shows or not. And these are but five pieces of music among the many experimental jams that dotted Phish’s brief, yet most significant tour of this era. With individual proficiency and musical communication no longer an issue, come fall, as Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Oh the places [they]’ll go!”


Jam and Video of the Day:

Piper > Mist” 8.9.10 II

The improvisational high point of Phish’s time in Telluride.




8.18.2010 Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY < Torrent

8.18.2010 Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY < Megaupload

Jones Beach 2010 (M. Ladd)

Here is Summer 2010’s finale at Jones Beach, ending a two-pronged attack that saw the band progress by leaps and bounds. Featuring a non-stop second set with top-level playing from start to finish, every major song of Phish’s last set is a highlight. The first half also had peaks in “Ocelot” and “Bathtub Gin.” All in all, a fitting end to a transformative summer tour for the Phish from Vermont.

I: Down with Disease, Sample in a Jar, Guelah Papyrus, Poor Heart, Ocelot, Chalk Dust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Tube, Destiny Unbound, Joy, Run Like an Antelope

II: Axilla, Timber Ho > Light > 46 Days > My Friend, My Friend, Harry Hood > Tweezer > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, You Enjoy Myself

E: Suzy Greenberg, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Schoeps MK41> KC5> CMC6> sonosax SX-M2> apogee Mini-me (24bit/96khz)

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1,227 Responses to “The Sound of the Storm”

  1. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Are there any donuts left @willowed? Me hungry.

  2. BTB Says:

    I think I found them…there over there ——————————–>

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    when you say you have a PH problem, BTB, do you mean you are too basic or too acidic? there’s supplements for that.

  4. BeantownBoy Says:

    Good Morning from Logan where the lady and I are about to get out of Hurricane Earl’s “wrath” and head to BTB’s part of the world.

    Also, how ’bout those Bucks? Looked pretty good against a pretty strong Marshall team. Bring on the ‘Canes!

  5. KWL Says:

    now playing: clifford ball

    some hot ass phish

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    ptbm request = in

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Mornin BB.

    Miner- 5 defining jams of leg 2 are well chosen and described. Great work.

    6th defining jam of Leg 2?

  8. tela'smuff Says:

    thank you Miner for highlighting this amazing Piper>Mist. It rightfully belongs alongside those other powerhouse jams. There was much more to Telluride than just unreal scenery.

    I just put in my order for South Carolina. Had a big pow wow with the wife. Now I just need some people that want to drive with me from the midwest! Cmon Luther T!!

  9. AintNoTele Says:


    That’s another ::ting:: for the BB

  10. gratefulcub Says:

    Coffee and donuts in the gray areas is a much better idea that ads! Just make sure we get the gourmet expensive stuff ’cause when I drink it, I wanna taste it. Let’s not serve that cheap shit Bonnie buys.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    @telas: the BB conjurers have powerful magic (read: i personally sent Luther J an email goading him into taking you up on your drive…i just love egging people on)

  12. gratefulcub Says:

    “Also, how ’bout those Bucks? Looked pretty good against a pretty strong Marshall team. Bring on the ‘Canes!”

    Now you and I are going to have to fight! I will see you at noon, at the flagpole, in 1991. Go U!

  13. albert walker Says:

    another great write up my friend

    this Piper def smoked. Along with the Carini the monster highlights of the telly shows.

    not that Phish is just about the jams or anything.

    hot jobs morning S&P futures with a 12 handle
    markets been hot lately

    gonna be a great Friday
    making sure the family is getting those last mail orders in
    have a good one kids

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    Footbell in full effect!! ting

  15. tela'smuff Says:

    @GD – hilarious! i’m in the same boat he is as far as work. gotta call in. my kid has a fever that day. my new minivan has heated seats, dvd playes, xbox hookups. he can lounge in style for the drive down there.

    as Gob would say, “CMON!!!!”

  16. willowed Says:

    My buddy called me up this a.m. about a shirt idea. He’s all into that type of shit. He does long runs etc.. Lookig to sell a bunch on the road this Fall.

    I mentioend the footbell.

    Front of the shirt……..Not sure yet (need help with that)

    Back of the shirt *ting*

    Maybe the front could work in the Taco Bell Logo


  17. Guyute711 Says:

    Needs more footbell.

  18. KWL Says:

    picture of liberty bell

    ‘give me footbell or give me death’


  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    NFL logo
    National FootBELL League?

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Love it spasm. NFL will find you though, they have spies everywhere.

  21. Robear Says:

    top of the mornin’ all!

    Howdy to the international shout-outs this morning!!!

    Willowed, what’s on your Fall Docket?

    Any teachers out there? Need a fun Friday activity for elementary kids.

  22. willowed Says:

    Great ideas!
    I need someone with photoshop to replace the normal looking bell in the Tacobell logo and replce it with a boxer type bell that Gordo uses.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, and Beantown? let’s not go calling Marshall a “pretty strong team”. new coach, team that finished 7-6 last year, expected to finish 8th or so in Conference USA. don’t put too much in this win. it was a tune-up game and the fuckeyes did look good, but it’s not like they were playing anyone special. 😉

    /tempering expectations

  24. halcyon Says:

    Welcome back al and peace. It’s been ages since your handles have posted.

    I like coffee and donuts.

    Shirt should have Christopher walking saying need more footbell.

  25. Robear Says:

    Lots of big fish @ the mouth of Salmon River @ Spasm. Early cold spell has ’em runnin’.

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