A Postcard From Maine

Official Augusta Poster

After a 420 mile drive (on the nose) from Augusta to Utica and a hearty Denny’s breakfast, last night’s full-on review will have to wait a bit. In short, Phish dropped a standout second set centered around an experimental “Light” in a gymnasium taken right out of the 1980s. Amidst a burly “Fuck Your Mike’s Groove,” Phish took “Light” into original realms, building on the revised jam format unveiled in Broomfield – improvising out of the main build into percussive and futuristic funkscapes rather than reprising the lyrics and leading the piece into ambient psychedelia. Stellar versions of “Bathtub Gin” and “Harry Hood” also highlighted the show, but the most spectacular part may have come in the encore of all places! Usually an afterthought, Phish came out and dropped a absolutely sublime and exploratory “Reba” that showcased the band’s most cohesive improv of the evening. Stopping in a brief “Manteca” tease out of a surreal sequence, the jaw-dropping highlight of the night came last – and that is a rarity. More to come in the day off – gotta catch a nap before this evening…

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Back on the Train, Torn and Frayed, Bathtub Gin, Gumbo, The Divided Sky, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Nellie Kane, 46 Days, Possum

II: Fuck Your Face > Mike’s Song* > Light > Twenty Years Later > Fast Enough for You, Weekapaug Groove, Halley’s Comet > Free, Harry Hood, Golgi Apparatus, A Day in the Life

E: Reba**, Backwards Down the Number Line

* w/ “Fuck Your Face” quotes at the beginning and end of the jam, ** w/ “Manteca” quote

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1,647 Responses to “A Postcard From Maine”

  1. oneshowatatime Says:

    wait, maybe i spoke a little too soon. getting a little whaley and noodley for my taste. has some very nice delicate moments throughout though.

  2. Henry Says:

    Chucktown Tweezer is hot

  3. Robear Says:

    miner, enjoy the day off tomorrow. you cats earned it! can’t wait to hear your take on the last two shows.

  4. oneshowatatime Says:

    holy shit, i’m getting deep into this reba from Augusta for the first time. absolutely stunning so far!

  5. oneshowatatime Says:

    after the last 2 nights, it really seems to me that Trey has finally and truly felt the feeling he forgot (for real for real) and hence it is time for Phish to finally take Free for a joyride again

  6. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    just got back from utica.
    whacky show

  7. oneshowatatime Says:

    oh my god, still in this reba, still loving every single note!

  8. oneshowatatime Says:

    purp! wow–how was it. couch tour gave it 6/5 stars tonight.

  9. oneshowatatime Says:

    Oh shit, did anyone else realize it’s Dizzy Gilespie’s birthday today? Wonder if that has anything to do with the Manteca teases in the Augusta Reba…

    check out the google homepage right now, or this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/8077340/Google-marks-Dizzy-Gillespie-birthday-with-Doodle.html

  10. Corey Says:

    Driving back to Beantown. Timeout to read back. Tonight’s show was hot and absolutely nuts from practically the get go. Loved it down front. I thought they brought it last night, regarding Reba and Manteca. Tonight was ridiculous. Can’t wait for the rest of the run. Good night all, time to start driving again. Passed a bus heading east…

  11. Corey Says:

    @oneshow…yes. manteca sign tonight too. bigger than my 96 sign.

  12. oneshowatatime Says:

    drive safe corey–thanks for sharing your thoughts on the show, glad you loved it!

  13. gus Says:

    How was the split>have mercy>piper>split?

  14. Mike D Says:

    it was incredible, i’ll have to listen back but split went to some very melodic places…whole show was great..jams very fluid, song selection top notch, didn’t even play a breather…..I was shocked when they went into piper (thought time was running out) at that part in the show, when they went back into melt my mind was blown

  15. Mike D Says:

    oh yeah, and the slave PEAKED very nicely

  16. Jtran Says:

    Posted last night, but this bears repeating:

    Only other My Soul openers

    11/23/97
    11/7/98
    7/4/99
    5/22/00

    Love it or hate it, great opener when the boys have IT

  17. mr. murph Says:

    I’m really diggin all these Guyute teases. On the mcgrupp now and it seriously sounds like it could have gone into possom. Ala bowie-possom 12/29/97

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    actually not a bad spot for My Soul….i was never a fan, til i was turned onto the Went My Soul by a fellow BB’er. think it can set the mood as an opener…slack and bluesy…i’ll listen to it later to find out :D

  19. oldskool Says:

    Manchester is set up to be like Darien ’97 as the epic skip show. Watch out for that one as the dark horse.

    I CANNOT wait to sin the last two nights. It is very exciting to see the boys playing like this. With this type of solid foundation they should stretch out to some really exploratory jamming.

  20. Graybeard Says:

    Mr Miner,
    been out of the loop for ten years. Thank you for your spot on reviews. After ten years I am back on the bus. 10/20 is a great show in the grand scheme of things. What a great band.

  21. fingerprintbreakfast Says:

    where’s the full review of this epic show, miner?

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    test, ignore

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