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. neemor Says:

    ^ I’ll sign up for it right now

  2. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I would argue it was more of a brief Birds reprise – we shall see tomorrow.

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    Not on the board, please, for Miner’s sake.

    bkayda at gmail dot com

  4. BTB Says:

    Just happy they’ve broken the formula the last 3 shows. Hoping this is the beginning of PH 4.0

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah it was definitely a reprise of the main Birds theme.

    Trey really stepped up tonight. I used to feel nervous whenever a jam would start last year/early this summer because I was worried Trey would break up the flow/stop the jam.

    Now, this Fall, he is LEADING the jams, and provoking tons of creative improvisation. I love it

  6. Henry Says:

    So what’s on the table for Providence?

  7. sneven Says:

    and I thought only high-priced hookers liked to be skull-fucked…

  8. DukeOfLizards Says:


    In hindsight, I think the hors’ing may have been a very good (and very calculated) thing. Very difficult to go from not being a band to letting it all hang out in a little over a year. By lopping off jams, Trey was forcing everyone to find ideas/grooves/peaks quickly rather than falling into the noodling trap.

    If this was the case, it would appear that it paid off in spades.

  9. jdub Says:

    On the table for this weekend… Everything that wasn’t played tonight.

  10. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Alright folks. I’m outta here. Can’t wait for Hurricane Phish to hit the heart of New England.

  11. Selector J Says:

    Google homepage is dedicated to Diz.
    His birthday is tomorrow (today on east coast).
    Explains Manteca from yesterday, maybe?


    I tried to put on the blinders when reading comments so I can have some fun ‘no spoiler-ing’ in the morning but picked up a few things on accident.

    So far all I know is:

    1. Opened with My Soul
    2. Set 1 was the shizznuggets.
    3. Have Mercy was played.

    Gonna be a fun morning.

    (Not that any BBer is gonna be able to pull themselves away from listening to Utica tomorrow but there’s reggae radio in the a.m., too…)

    Phish rules!

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    I should really be getting to sleep.

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    @Selector J

    I envy you. All I can say is…..listen

  14. Mr. Murph Says:

    Question: What does the Phish crew do with all the faces left behind on the floor?

  15. neemor Says:

    Sweep and stow, Murph….sweet and stow.
    Bring ’em to the next show and hope people claim ’em.
    Damn, the slide back into FYF after Mike’s, truly slick.

  16. neemor Says:


  17. HarryHood Says:

    Just got back to the hotel……. Wow, what a show.

  18. BrandonKayda Says:


    What’s yer email?

  19. oneshowatatime Says:

    Haha, we’ve been waiting for you HH… looks like you guys got a facemelter tonight

  20. HarryHood Says:

    I’m not even sure what to say right now…… I’m still trying to put it all together in my mind.

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    sorry Hood I didn’t recognize you without your face

  22. oneshowatatime Says:

    so am i HH, so am i–there’s at least one best ever list tonight surely stands atop and that is best show of couch tour, ever. no contest.

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    Man you guys got HOSED tonight. Wow.

  24. DriveByPoster Says:

    looks another in the ongoing string of really nice song based setlists with an emphasis on the segues. Am I wrong?

  25. VTBowie89 Says:

    Nite all… Think I’ve just finally regained motor-control function…. 4.0 is in full effect.

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