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. HarryHood Says:

    So many highlights……

  2. HarryHood Says:

    Wilson is the ugly pig

  3. HarryHood Says:

    How was the stream tonight?

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    It was great actually – unfortunately the best-sounding stream was the one I didn’t even know about until encore. Crystal clear – like an AUD.

    I am so happy for you guys tonight. You got IT in spades

  5. oneshowatatime Says:

    “unfortunately the best-sounding stream was the one I didn’t even know about until encore. Crystal clear – like an AUD.”

    haha, me too. thanks Mr. C!

  6. gratefulphisherman Says:

    Epic night on couch tour!

  7. oneshowatatime Says:

    @HH – but the streams were good enough! hardly missed anything. the only thing none of us know is exactly how they got from the last composed note of Split to …space>Have Mercy

  8. Mrfergie Says:

    Sick sick sick show band and ck5 on all night

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    i bet no one who was there really knows either

    one of those memory singularities, a musical black hole

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    I need to get up in 3.5 hours. Awesome.

    Goodnight folks!

  11. oneshowatatime Says:

    looks like the show is already up on LivePhish?

  12. oneshowatatime Says:

    BK, you didn’t hear that, go to bed homie!

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    The timings on LivePhish are insane – Piper felt like 12-15mins with all the themes they ran through – same with Sand. Both were 9 and 10mins respectively. That’s musical density for you.

    Fuck this, I’m really out for the night.


  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    sleep is an illusion

  15. HarryHood Says:

    No way that I’m going to sleep for a while…….. Got at least 4 more Magic Hat’s to drink before that……

  16. HarryHood Says:

    Red Roof Inn free wifi sucks by the way……. I’ve had faster dial-up

  17. oneshowatatime Says:

    @HH – lol

  18. Robear Says:

    Nice one Mr. Hood. Hope you grabbed a pennant!

  19. brother Says:

    wow are you kidding me. i just looked at the setlist. i am the last person you would find that would even comment on a setlist much less be impressed by one. wolfmans>cities, bowie, wilson, mcgrupp>sawit>run!!!! really!!

  20. oneshowatatime Says:

    Robear, were you at the show tonight as well?

  21. HarryHood Says:

    lol Robear

    I saw those at the merch table. There was actually a bunch of stuff I wanted to get, but I hate carrying stuff in the venue. The posters were pretty sick too and plenty available.

  22. HarryHood Says:

    Looks like they are doing a magnet of the PTBM ticket for each show for this tour. They look really cool. I think they were 10 bucks.

  23. Robear Says:

    not at show tonight, team.

    HH, did you go by the WW table and meet Little Buddy? He made his WW debut!

  24. vtbowie89 Says:

    @HH 1 more Sam Bberry whitbier to go and I’m gonna enjoy every ice cold drop…What a pattymelt of a show you got….CHEERS!!!!!! Unlike BK, I only have to get up in 4 hrs and 36 minutes to make SeanO’s special waffles for my boy…and I just taped the setlist on his alarm clock…The best part of my day besides Dads day at school is gonna be hearing his scream of PURE JOY when he sees it. I’m gonna go out on a limb and call the “Christmas morning” beeline down to the kitchen to see if I’ve got the show playing through the iPod dock.
    See, I couldn’t go to bed either…..bwahahahahahahaha.

  25. oneshowatatime Says:

    wow, this hood from last night is really sublime as well. this could be the best version i’ve heard in 3.0 besides the greek…

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