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. lastwaltzer Says:

    I’d fire up some road kill before I ate that garbage and I”m a vegetarian.

  2. SillyWilly Says:



    They said you had to be at Camp Randall at 6 AM.

    Which was really 5 because they only let so many people in.

    I could not convince any of my friends to not go out Friday night (big night, so I understood) so we could get up and go.

    I didn’t make it.

    BUT, there was a kid right behind Herbstreit’s head with a orange sign that read, simply, HARRY HOOD.

    Dr. Pro saw it too and texted me.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    pa deli mike

    padel i mike

    pade lim ike

  4. kayatosh Says:

    to each his own, LW. go easy

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    padel mike a drive me to a deli

  6. Jtran Says:

    Openign segment of set II is amazing

    FEFY is beautiful

  7. lastwaltzer Says:


    totally tongue in cheek. When on the road we all have some strange eating habits.

  8. Matso Says:

    I like the Augusta poster. Can anyone make out what is at the bottom of the cavern? Is that a projector? (lyrics reference things that rhyme with “projector”, but not a projector itself).

  9. SillyWilly Says:


    me too. It never once crossed my mind that the dude’s name might be….Mike.

    I wonder if Pennsylvania Deli Mike is more of a Philly Cheese Steak lover or a Pittsburgh Primanti Bros. Reuben type?

  10. Litteringandd Says:

    I had a couple cigs and a mountain dew for breakfast. And no I do not work construction

  11. Corey Says:

    Well, drive in to the lot for free…sweet.
    Trade my extra ticket…beautiful.
    Walk in early, get a couple Tabs into the show…thirst quenching.
    Get to sit dead center, 10 steps back…incredible.
    Hear your favorite tune after talking about it…awesome.
    Hear said tune as the encore…unreal.
    Hear Fishman sing the one tune you’ve wanted to hear live for 17 years…unbelievable.
    Get to hear that tune INside your favorite tune…PRICELESS.

    Back in Rupp 96, I had a Manteca sign. Page struggled to read it in the front row, then gave me a look as if they didn’t know it. They played the BIKE sign instead.

    Waiting since I started to see them live in 93 for that tune to surface.
    Now, 14 years later from that failed sign attempt, I see Fish go to the Mic during my all time favorite tune – REBA – and sing the lyrics to it….manteca.

    It doesn’t get any better than that, my friends.

    What a set. What a show. What a way to finish.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    cool, lw. my humor radar turned to low setting. sorry.

  13. albert walker Says:

    If I was on tour eating Denny’s breakfast

    I’d be stoked I wasn’t at MCD’s

    I’ve eaten MCD’s probably 3 times in the past 10 years

    all 3 on tour

    tour eating habits will kill you

  14. albert walker Says:

    You know how these preachy veegans get Kaya

    telling us what to eat and shit

    laterz kids
    can’t wait to spin this bitch

  15. SillyWilly Says:


    Will South Bend start to get a little happier if the Irish end up 6-3 going into the Utah game??

    Im slowly beginning to hope again.

    By the way, Manti Te’o entered my top five favorite players with:

    Derrick Mayes.
    Allen Rossum.
    Bertrand Berry/Paul Grasmanis (its always a toss up for me)
    Golden Tate.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    GD tour killed Denny’s for me. Never again, I hope… unless. This time is gonna be different.

  17. lastwaltzer Says:

    Right but this is the age of i-phone you cats should be able to find some decent grub. don’t do that to your stomach, gotta have those nutrients for optimal grooving.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    if you wanna preach to me, i wouldn’t want to hear it.

    preaching blows.

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Im not vegetarian, but J-dawg makes a mean veggie kabob.

    and an even meaner mushroom burger.

    Hang out with LW and J-Dawg and you won’t go hungry. I’ve learned that on multiple occasions.

  20. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I see your cigarettes and mt dew and raised you three bowls and an atomic fireball.

    Up next iced green tea, freshly brewed, and an orange.

  21. albert walker Says:

    fuck nutrients

    I go Adderol, dexedrine, and blow for my optimal grooving energy at shows

    getting side tracked
    must go back to work

  22. kayatosh Says:

    aw: teflon market — no bad news sticks. buy the bounce still in play. short term $ riding POMO waves. that siad. i can’t get long for more than 5 mins. w/o getting nervous.

  23. lastwaltzer Says:


    best turn that meter up then before I offend you. 😉

    I really could care less what people eat.

  24. kenny powers Says:

    his name is Mike Kutik. I’m pretty sure he owned a deli in Philly for years….i think i heard that anyway.

  25. KWL Says:


    stoked to get this little postcard

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