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. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I am also fucking stoked for the list of songs, which I refuse to actually say, that are in play this weekend.

  2. oneshowatatime Says:

    i’m still at work, all alone now, just laughing out loud in post-show hysterics as i read these BB comments

  3. Jtran Says:

    Have Mercy C!

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    heady nemesis there melby

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    So I have one question….how the hell did they segue into Have Mercy from Split? I missed it

  6. Jeffiem Says:

    10-19 download just finished mid show.
    Jumped to Reba post show. Just getting to this Manteca. what a mindfuck.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    I was reading a bedtime story for the split > mercy jam, @bk


  8. DukeOfLizards Says:


    The initial Split jam was pretty reminiscent of the Brim split – very ambient and major-key-y. And then all of a sudden they were playing Have Mercy.

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    that reba is fucking $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  10. DukeOfLizards Says:

    And then a bunch of other shit happened and the lights came up.

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    10/20/2010 Utica Memorial Auditorium

    Set 1: My Soul, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Vultures,Wolfman’s Brother[1] -> Cities[2] > Guyute, David Bowie[3], Wilson[4] >McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters -> Saw It Again[5] > Run Like an Antelope[6]

    Set 2: Drowned -> Sand, Theme From the Bottom, Axilla > Birds of a Feather, Tela, Split Open and Melt[7] -> Have Mercy > Piper -> Split Open and Melt[8] > Slave to the Traffic Light

    Encore: Good Times Bad Times,

    [1] Streets of Cairo tease from Trey.
    [2] Alternate “Genesee Factory” lyric.
    [3] Guyute teases during intro; Wilson jamming with Guyute lyrics.
    [4] Guyute tease from Trey.
    [5] Guyute tease from Trey during outro.
    [6] Guyute tease from Trey during intro.
    [7] Unfinished.
    [8] Finished from earlier in set.

    Now that just looks silly.

  12. sneven Says:

    could really use an Admiral Ackbar post right about now… can’t stop laughing as it is…

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    peace all

  14. Jtran Says:

    Missed that part of the show too. Heard Split start, heard the jam out of Piper, but not the song. Didn’t know where I was

  15. wooknsheepsclothing Says:

    this is the “throwin out the rule book of setlist making tour”

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    Goodnight @Mr C

    I am still shocked by that GORGEOUS jam that developed out of Have Mercy. You think that’ll be a ->Utica Jam?

  17. Admiral Ackbar Says:


  18. Mr. Murph Says:

    This show was not a trap.

  19. BTB Says:

    [9] Birds tease

  20. KWL Says:

    night folks… i need to get back east stat.

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yep. I heard that in the Piper too

  22. oneshowatatime Says:


    me three.

  23. neemor Says:

    10.22.10 Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI
    Set I:
    Buried Alive, Glide, Taste, Access Me>Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, The Wedge>Sparkle>Scents and Subtle Sounds, Swept Away>
    Steep, The Squirming Coil

    Set II:
    AC/DC Bag, Peaches En Regalia, Maze>Heavy Things, TMWSIY>Avenu Malkenu>TMWSIY>Tweezer>Lifeboy, Undermind, Runaway Jim>A Song I heard The Ocean Sing, Julius


  24. Jeffiem Says:

    Yo BK, is there some kind of post show list that I’ve been hearing about and should be on? m j lahaye at vt dot edu

  25. BTB Says:

    And have mercy was a Utica Jam to my ears. They stopped and then Trey started up as leader and that led him to drop the Piper so he had a vehicle

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