Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II

8.7.10 -The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

After some weeks away from tour and plenty of time to listen to August through and through, it has come time to unveil “Miner’s Pick’s” for Leg II of Summer 2010. In a tour with many eye-popping jams, many fans could have compiled a similar list. However, I allowed myself only one version of each song, leaving several legitimate highlights absent from this compilation. What you will find inside is an aural trek down memory lane of Phish’s most accomplished tour this era. With tracks assembled to create a natural flow over the the six and a half hour highlight reel, download “Miner’s Pick’s: Leg II,” kick back with loud volume, and enjoy an afternoon of the best Phish jams we’ve heard since their return.



MINER’S PICKS: SUMMER 2010 – LEG II < Megaupload

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

1,2. “Cities > Moma” 8.5 Greek: The funk that awakened the band and audience alike during The Greek’s second night.

3. “Light” 8.7 Greek: This transcendent journey gets my vote for jam of the tour. Easily.

4. “Caspian” 8.9 Telluride: Trey spouts gorgeous and original leads in this dark-horse highlight from Telluride onto which Phish tacked  a Mind Left Body-laced outro.

5. “Tweezer” 8.5 Greek: This version drips with laid-back, west coast energy. Mike runs shop throughout this thunderous piece and Trey unleashes some of his pimpiest leads of tour.

6-8. “Boogie > Piper > Mist” 8.9 Telluride: Ferocious funk? Check. Footbell? Check. Defining “Piper” of 2010? Check.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

9,10. “Disease > What the Use?” 8.14 Alpine: Phish pushed boundaries in this top-notch piece, finding  some of the most sublime moments of summer and a transition that defies words.

11. “Harry Hood” 8.7 Greek: In a tour that went a perfect 3 for 3 in outstanding “Hoods,” this centerpiece from The Greek’s final set stands head and shoulders above the rest.

12-14. “Drowned > Jibboo > Bathtub Gin” 8.12 Deer Creek: This three-song sequence that opened Deer Creek’s second set showcased three different styles of improvisation. This standout run to start the second half set the tone for a set that never stopped. “Drowned” is my pick for the most-underrated dose of psychedelia from Phish’s fortnight in August.

8.13.10 (M.Stein)

15-17. “Ghost > Theme > BBFCFM” 8.15 Alpine: This one-two punch demonstrates the full-on guitar acrobatics that Trey showcased at Alpine Valley. The always-elusive old-school antics of “Big Black Furry” capped the smoking segment.

18,19. “Carini > Free” 8.10 Telluride: This alien encounter highlighted a fun, but improvisationally-thin, second night in The Rockies.

20. “Rock and Roll” 8.6 Greek: A jam that gets unrightfully buried in the avalanche of standout music from The Greek, it’s one of the most sublime examples of the band’s newest, rhythmically-driven “urgent ambient” style.

21. “Antelope” 8.14 Alpine: While never moving outside the box, this version crushed harder than any other in August.

22,23. “Split Creek > Dog Faced Boy” 8.12 Deer Creek: Moving into experimental territory, Phish slowly descended from menacing grooves into “Dog Faced Boy” late in Deer Creek’s second set.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

24. “Reba” 8.14  Alpine: This is the pick ’em song of tour, as the band simply slayed all three versions. I, actually, prefer The Greek, but the unmatchable peak in Alpine’s version and the already Greek-heavy highlight reel pushed this version onto the compilation.

25-27. “2001 > Suzy > Slave” 8.7  Greek : Complete with a scintillating “Suzy Reprise” jam that surprised me on listen back, this trio provided a powerful sequence to conclude an ornate, top-notch set of Phish music.

28,29. “Lengthwise > Maze” 8.17  Jones Beach: A nod to the early-90s, Phish also acknowledged the resurgenmce of “Maze” in 2010 with Jones Beach’s final version of summer.

30. “Sand” 8.9 Telluride: A scorching opener to Telluride’s most impressive set; and only the fifth “Sand” since 2000.

8.5.06 (W.Rogell)

31. “Timber Ho!” 8.18  Jones Beach: A thrilling entry into the summer’s final set.

32. “Mikes Song” 8.14 Alpine: I keep coming back to this “Mike’s” with Trey’s flowing and creative leads, thus it kick’s off our August 2010 “Mike’s Combination Groove.”

33. “Simple” 8.6 Greek: One of the most original and exploratory pieces of summer, this was the first full-blown, mind-expander of tour.

34. “Number Line” 8.17  Jones Beach:  One of August’s upper-echelon jams, Jones’ Beach’s “Number Line” appeared within “Mike’s Groove  and produced the band’s final improvisational peak of the summer.

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

35. ” Sneakin’ Sally” 8.14 Alpine: Popping up late in the set as a surprise link in Alpine’s “Dirty Sally Groove,” this version brought some dance grooves to an otherwise dark-themed frame of Phish.

36. “Weekapaug” 8.17  Jones Beach: Perhaps Phish’s most original take on “Weekapaug” this summer, the band’s lightening quick percussive work morphed with their melodic sensibility in a stellar version that capped a summer “Weekapaug” return to significance. Trey absolutely went to town in this one, punctuating a phenomenal suite on the water in Long Island.

37. “YEM” 8.10 Telluride: In an anthem-laced show, Phish broke out a super-charged rendition of their seminal piece to cap tw0 unforgettable nights in the paradise of Telluride’s Town Park.


Jams of the Day: Near Misses

Were it not for other versions, these pieces could have wound up above.

“Light” – 8.18 Jones Beach

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“Harry Hood” – 8.12 Deer Creek

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“Reba” – 8.7 Greek

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“Disease > Free” – 8.5 Greek

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552 Responses to “Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II”

  1. bigjig Says:

    yea purple sounds like bronchitis or infection, I’ve medicated everyday for fifteen plus years and don’t smoke cigs, have had similar bouts and that was usually the case. good luck

  2. KWL Says:

    of the 37 republicans running for senate seats, 36 dispute global warming in some way

    census data that’s coming out says more than 1 in 7 americans lived in poverty last year, the worst poverty since the 60s (take one guess on whether the rich are any richer)

    and the BP well in the gulf is still not yet permanently sealed

    /end downer post of the night

  3. InAMinute Says:

    @KWL – good thing Bohner and the Repubs are doing everything they can to extend the bush tax breaks, even for the wealthiest 1%. good stuff.

  4. garretc Says:


    I’m gonna say no, they’re not.

    What do I win?

    Awww man…

  5. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    thanks guys… those testimonies put a quick end to my paranoia hah.

    idk why i waited so long for it to get to this point… im the kind of guy who just tends think of going to the doctor for a “cold” to be a waste of time. didnt really think it through

  6. Nagarjuna Says:

    sup BB. hope you’re all having a great night.

    getting real stoked for 3 nights of brimfilled. my first shows since RR 09, life getting in the way as it does from time to time.

    for any of you folks hitting the CO shows from out of town, i’m happy to ease your visit if i can – supplies, tips, run point, whatever. i know there are plenty of other BB’ers in CO that might already be on the case but i just want to put the offer out there. want to make sure everyone has a good ole time on what i know is going to be a SICK tour.

  7. KWL Says:

    yeah…and of course many of those republicans will win

    the rich will keep getting richer regardless of the tax cuts

    and more environmental (justice) disasters will keep happening (like pg&e)

    all thanks to the ascendancy of neoliberal political economic philosophy

    so, on that note, i’m heading home for a beer & the greek hood 😮

  8. garretc Says:

    Sooooo… crisis. Kinda. Not really, but a problem, at the very least. I’ve been watching Lost on netflix instant play, but I just finished season 5, and I have no way to watch season 6… Are there any websites or anything that have season 6? ABC, netflix, and hulu are all negative…

  9. Mitch Says:

    I realized tonight that my iTunes has 420 Phish albums.


  10. Mitch Says:

    Garret. I suggest either ordering them from netflix or renting from blockbuster. You’re gonna sacrifice too much quality for the shitty streams online unless you find torrents of them.

  11. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    who’s down for a colorado bb’rs reunion sometime before the shows take place?
    KWL, Halcy, Chuck D, Nagarjuna…anyothers?

  12. Nagarjuna Says:

    let’s make it happen beasel

  13. yematt Says:

    @ gc, if your still looking


    i’ll def be down for a meet up in CO if i can find tix to the first two nights!

  14. butter Says:

    Miner’s hearing ramblings of a west coast theatre run

    bigjig says Warfield is on for December

    stop the press, could it be true?

  15. Nagarjuna Says:

    Warfield would be epic-est

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    just saying, i could take a sick fucking Antelope at AC. kind of a next level version, one that obliterates 3.0 to date.

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    i’m with Duke on his earlier post and Warfield would be dirrrrty.

  18. plord Says:

    I would have to find a way to be at the Warfield. Yep.

    Yo Miner: you get a Younger Brother email today? New album, Innnnnnnteresting approach, never heard of Pledge Music before but I think I like it.

  19. sumodie Says:

    anyone know off the top of their head when ALACs first came out?

    No, but wikipedia says:

    “The Apple Lossless Encoder was introduced as a component of QuickTime 6.5.1 on April 28, 2004 and thus as a feature of iTunes 4.5 and above”

    end techno geek chatter from me…

  20. fromthetub Says:

    Phish at the Warfield would be epic indeed. Give us some west coast love!!

  21. garretc Says:

    Thanks yematt, but it looks like I need a plug-in for that site that appears to be windows only…

    Also, the Warfield would be sooooooo money!

  22. bigjig Says:

    bigjig says Warfield is on for December.

    ^um bigjig heard Warfield was on for Decmber. Small difference but I don’t want to be the source for any wild rumors!

  23. voopa Says:

    I’ve seen Phish @ the Warfield 5 times already. Boring. Clearly all of you need to go see them somewhere else 😉

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    Yo Miner: you get a Younger Brother email today? New album, Innnnnnnteresting approach, never heard of Pledge Music before but I think I like it.

    ^ i didnt see an email.

    Once I locate my CD of OTT’s debut album “Blmuenkraft,” I’ll upload the second (and much smaller) torrent. I have a few more places to check…damn CDs!

  25. Emperor Palpatine Says:


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