Three More From Leg Two

Last week we looked at a spectrum of significant jams Phish played in August. But in a tour that favored more improvisation than any other in this era, there were many more highlights of note. Amidst the buzz of tour’s most staggering musical moments, some other serious pieces of improvisation haven’t gotten as much attention as they should. Below are three more jams from Leg Two that showcase Phish’s late-summer exploratory spirit.


“Rock and Roll” 8.6 II – Berkeley, California

8.5.10 (W. Rogell

Phish sped out of this torrid rock jam and quickly into psychedelic pastures, skipping usual routine stop in regurgitated percussive grooves. Fishman immediately stood out by slaughtering alternating beats, while Trey and Mike stepped forth to lead the jam on a dissonant course. Page stepped forth over Mike and Trey’s cooperative backing, playing lead piano lines over an urgent, ever-changing rhythm. Boasting gorgeous melodic interplay between guitarists, this jam took a distinct turn into blissful, uplifting textures. A perfect example of the band’s new-school “urgent ambient” jamming, Mike remained at the center of the music and Trey painted it with emotive brushstrokes, while Fish framed their transcendent interplay like an eight-legged beast. Trey, Mike and Page echoed each others’ phrases as they merged into a glowing orb of melody and harmony – an awesome piece of collaborative jamming over masterfully intricate rhythms.



“Carini” 8.10.10 – Telluride, Colorado

8.10.10 (W.Rogell)

Amidst a sea of rock anthems in Telluride’s final set, “Carini” provided the highlight of the show, churning some of the most intergalactic soundscapes of summer. As the band departed from the lyrical refrain, Page led the onset of the jam as Trey wound up his now-rarely-used “millennial” effects: seething sheets of snarling sound that emerged in 1999. Fish and Mike formed a heavy pocket highlighted by Gordon’s crafty bass lines. After setting his sonic place-mat, Trey came to the forefront with a volcanic solo, erupting with scalding intensity. When Mike shifted to a groovier bass line and Page sustained a dissonant backdrop, Trey turned his wailing solo into an uncharacteristically melodic segment that brought the jam to a climax. But after this peak, Fishman moved the band into a drone landscape that Trey began littering with dirty effects. Now the the adventure really began. Morphing into a menacing and abstract passage, Fish threw in a vocal tease of Pink Floyd’s “One Of These Days,” while the music continued its maniacal soundtrack of minds warping through a post-apocalyptic alien ambush. With stunning sonic density, this jam likened the descending of a Mothership right in Town Park, as all band members contributed to this bubbling psychedelic cauldron. Resembling pieces of ’99 Phish, “Carini” ballooned in abstract intensity and carried a futuristic, mechanical beauty. “Free” provided the splash down from outer space, continuing the rowdy setlist.



“Drowned” 8.12 – Noblesville, Indiana

8.13.10 (M.Stein)

One of the most under-the-radar jams of tour, this “Drowned that opened the second set of Deer Creek’s first night is a dark-horse piece of elegant interplay. After plowing through the initial section in a high-speed, rock and roll chase, Trey and Fish cut up the music with percussive offerings while Mike filled the spaces in between. When Page moved to organ, he coaxed the band into far mellower, ethereal textures. Trey adjusted quickly, sprouting a delicate, soulful lead while allowing space for Page to answer his ideas. Fishman favored the cymbals in a shimmering beat and Mike backed the piece with murmuring bass lines. Eventually progressing to a more abstract rhythm, Fishman coaxed Trey to follow him while Mike meshed his own idea into an experimental section of spanking new Phish music – an ambient-melodica over increasingly intricate drumbeats. Mike, Page and Trey formed an harmonic convergence without any lead, turning the piece into a gripping jam. Trey peeled surreal melodies over the feel-good futurama and once again, a musical risk had succeeded.



Jam of the Day:

Lengthwise > Maze” 8.17.10 II

Phish opened Jones Beach’s second set with conscious nod to the old-school in this mid-90’s combo.




10.8.1999 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY < Torrent

10.8.1999 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY < Megaupload

On the home stretch of a month-long tour in Fall ’99, Phish stopped at Nassau for two oft-overlooked shows. On the second night, the band nailed this second set in another classic dose of Nassau Phish. After an awesome opening segment from “Halley’s” through “Hood,” Tom Marshall came out and did his best Roger Daltry, hamming it up with the band on a cover of the Who’s Tommy classic, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

I: Piper, AC/DC Bag, Suzy Greenberg, Meat, Meatstick, Run Like an Antelope

II: Halley’s Comet > Tweezer > Bug, Fee, Harry Hood, We’re Not Gonna Take It*, Chalk Dust Torture

E: The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise

* debut, The Who; w/ Tom Marshall

Source: (FOB) Schoeps mk4 > kc5 > cmc6 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Apogee AD1000 > Sony D100 (Set I @44.1kHz, Set II @48kHz)

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  1. garretc Says:

    Hmm, I wonder if all those “standard” RnRs and Drowneds got them comfortable enough to open things up?

    It seems like the biggest jams this year have, for the most part, come from the most played vehicles? That could be wrong, but it’s the impression I’ve gotten, and it would make sense…

  2. willowed Says:

    That RnR from JB 1 was no slouch either.
    Great read Miner.
    It’s friday everyone…go out there and make it a great one!
    Still need 1 for 10/30 and 1 for 10/31. Have Providence GA floors to trade.
    Actually, I think Mitch has a 10/31 for me (I think) Drop me a line brother!!

  3. Kenny Powers Says:

    Manchester onsale at 10, bitches.

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    Hey, KP, I’ve been hitting up your remasters like crazy the last two days because I have so much downloading freedom.

    Thanks for all the time you put into those.

    Good morning everyone!

  5. Jtran Says:

    @GD, whenever you hop on

    Thanks for trying to help plord and I out today. Really appreciate the gesture.

  6. Jtran Says:

    Silly and KP

    I’m real excited about the hotel situation in AC..should be a fun time.

  7. Kurt Says:

    gotta admit i was fist pumping when i saw the dc drowned on the list, loved that version.
    Heres a toast to making ticketmaster my bitch today, *fingers crossed

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @those hitting the onsales today

    strike first
    strike hard
    no mercy, sensei

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    Me, too, Jtran! was just thinking about that a couple minutes ago

    you guys really scored on those deals.

    great find.

  10. Kenny Powers Says:


    glad you like! although, you may not be getting many/any more in the future….i posted a link to an Umphrey’s McGee show (my only non-Phish remaster) on the UM message board at PT, and apparently the taper of the AUD i remastered found out about it and asked me to contact him.

    I just saw it now and am trying to get his email or a way to contact him…but I have a pretty good feeling what he’s gonna say, and i’ll have to respect it….it’s made me think twice about the whole AUD remaster idea, even though i know i’m not intending any offense or “bastardizing someone else’s work”…


    Jtran – hell yeah man.

  11. BeantownBoy Says:

    Happy Friday, BB!

    Beautiful Fall like morning in New England with temps in the upper-50s/low-60s. Absolutely stunning and getting me in the mode for football and FOOTBELL!

    Who needs what today in the way of onsales? I’m pretty much at my desk all day so I can help if needed.

    Also, if you didn’t see last night Miner dropped a rumor late in the night of a December West Coast Theater run by the boys. The only caveat is that it wasn’t from his usual source (aka Trey).

  12. Luther T. Justice Says:

    I’m happy the DC Drowned got some more love today from Miner. It continues to impress me after repeated listens. Top notch interplay between the fellas. Top notch I say!

    Good luck on the tix today peeps!

  13. Nagarjuna Says:

    Miner – thanks for posting the Nassau show. Was in attendance and had a great time but have not been able to go back for a listen. Very nice second set indeed. Wonder if they would ever open a 3.0 show with piper.

  14. tela'smuff Says:

    good morning peeps. Trey is Miner’s source?

    If that West Coast run is true, then I’m even happier I’ve decided to hit the SC shows, even if I have to go by myself because Cincinnati fails to have any hardcore fans and my friends are all pussys.

    Good luck today on tickets!

  15. Kenny Powers Says:

    Beantown – I’m looking for a single to Manchester! I’m hoping I can toggle between two browsers at 10:00…but may be too busy to try.

    HINT – i’ve heard if you use Ticketmaster Canada, there’s lest congestion. Not sure if that’s a myth.

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    Note: Luther T – i don’t consider you from Cincy! πŸ˜‰

  17. halcyon Says:

    Morning Folks…

    Let me know if anyone wants me to try for tix today. Good Luck! We will all need it!

  18. BeantownBoy Says:

    @ KP

    Of course, in the past 10 minutes I had an unexpected conference call be arranged starting at 10 a.m. where I will need to utilize WebEx and sharing my desktop.

    So, I guess it would be bad form to start the call by, “Uhm, can you wait about 5 minutes while I try and score two GAs to Manchester”. Granted, the guy I will be speaking to is in the D.R., so he’ll have no idea, but I better not risk it.

  19. Kenny Powers Says:

    llfa @ BeantownBoy, no worries mate! i’m sure the usual will happen, which is getting nothing during the public onsale but scoring during a resale a week before the show…

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Luther, you making it down to Charleston?

  21. BeantownBoy Says:

    @ KP

    Definitely, though I have a feeling that Manchester since it is on a Tuesday is going to be the type of show where you will be able to just roll up to the lot and score an extra.

    I’m actually planning to go that route or to trade the extra 10/29 that I will hopefully have from my fiance’s 3-day pass that I’ll be scoring tomorrow in addition to my own (I’m looking at you karma!).

  22. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Note: Luther T – i don’t consider you from Cincy! – Tela

    ^That is correct! I come from the cornfields (& meth labs) surrounding the Cinci metro area.

    I’m still going to try to get to SC, so I may be traveling w/you yet. I won’t know for a couple o’ weeks. I’m starting to feel sick and may have to call off work sometime in October with the only cure being a trip to SC. I have to do what’s good for my health. Right?

  23. Luther T. Justice Says:

    See the above post. I’m trying to make it happen fo sho!

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    right on man. i would be pleased if you decided to join me. that’s a long drive to make solo.

  25. b-rock Says:

    @ KP re: remasters – really??? I’ve grabbed a few of yours and they are really tasty. I guess I understand the taper point of view, but it’s not like you’ve ever said yours are “better”, or somehow replaced the original source with your modified one. If you don’t like it, don’t download it!

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