Midwestern Memoirs

Alpine 2010 DVD/CD Box Set

Before we begin to analyze a blazing Fall Tour, today let’s take a preview at Phish’s upcoming DVD/CD release from this past summer at Alpine Valley. Commemorating August 14, 2010, one of the Summer most impressive shows, the box set also includes highlights from the following night at the legendary Midwestern shed. With a release date of December 14, only four months from the performance itself, this is – by far – the quickest turnaround we’ve ever seen from a show to an official release. The three hours of music was recorded using 57 channels of digital multi-track and then mixed and mastered in 5.1 Dolby surround and PCM stereo. The video features a 7-camera shoot, recorded and post-edited in High Definition. Pre-orders, available now through Dry Goods, will include a bonus CD entitled “Phish: Wisconsin Edition,” featuring highlights from Phish’s fourteen-year history at Alpine Valley.

Highlights of August 14 at Alpine include the sublime “Disease > What’s The Use?,” an exquisite “Reba,” and the second set “Mike’s Dirty Sally Groove.” Selections from both sets of the night two are included as bonus footage on the DVDs. Featured from the first half of August 15 are “AC/DC Bag,” “On Your Way Down,” “Divided Sky,” “Stealing Time” and “David Bowie.” While the opening sequence of the second set – “Ghost > Theme > Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars” – fills disc two. Check out some video and audio clips from the upcoming release below.

8.14.10 - (Dave Vann via Phish)


Jams of the Day: (From upcoming release)

“Disease > What’s the Use?” 8.14.10


“Dirt” 8.14.10



Video Clips:

“Reba” 8.14.10 I


“Bug” 8.14.10 II


“Down With Disease > What’s the Use?” 8.14.10 II


8.15.10 (Dave Vann via Phish)

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708 Responses to “Midwestern Memoirs”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Smoking cigs for me is something that is triggered at shows When I’m drinking, rolling, electric ..etc. Just one if those things. I never smoke in my normal, everyday life.

    Just had a Palmer family Friday night dance party to the AC 2001. Even the baby was bouncing.

  2. Mitch Says:

    C, wrapping batteries in tinfoil just connects the circuit right? Does it just get hot? We used to try and make them explode when I was a kid by unfolding a paper clip and trying to complete the circuit. Same idea?

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    re: Boise I srsly doubt that the jam itself was practiced per se, though you never know when one of these big thematic jams they drop is something that came up in the practice room at some point before. However I don’t think there’s any question that they blow up rooms like Boise on purpose. If I had to guess I’d say they all just knew going into it that since it was a locals and hardcores only, off the beaten path show, they wanted to go big if they could, and they found a way to do it

  4. butter Says:

    i mean, let’s hope some nights Trey says “hey Mike lets kill it tonite”

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah Mitch they started getting hot and stinking, giving off fumes from the foil

  6. posternutbag Says:

    Are any tracks on the TAB out for the new studio Album?

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Use steel wool with a9 volt and you got a fire. prefereably 000 steel wool

  8. butter Says:

    that Boise show was fun

  9. albert walker Says:

    this fall def has the consistency you expect from the band

    I won’t comment on the other tours. def were pretty up and down for me.

    but this fall was pretty straight up all the way through. no true clunkers just a handful of boring rock based shows but nothing too bad

    a bunch of top rate shows. a few scorchers. tons of highlight jams

    like this fuckin Stash. damn

  10. snowbank Says:

    but how do you really feel about that stash?

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    to be clear I don’t think they say “hey you know that wicked E-flat major jam we came up with in practice, let’s blow that thing up out of DC Bag as a kickdown for these Boise kids” but I can def. see them walking onstage for that second set knowing that they wanted to hit one out of the park

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    I have no idea if the boise jam has anything to do with e flat major, that was just my made up musician talk

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Is it December 30th yet?

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    yes it is Palmer

    you’re missing the show RIGHT NOW

  15. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    @Duke – yes, i brought that rumor to the BB. but with reason – lillywhite himself told my good friend flat out that he had an idea for a concept album and he brought it to trey and trey was all for it.

  16. albert walker Says:

    I imagine there is some conversation at set break as far as Fish playing so many bars of a certain feel and then dropping into this beat and so on

    I think there are more blueprints going into those jams as far as feels and turns but not pre planned melodies usually.

    but I doubt they are usually just feeling AC/DC bag that night so they go nuts on it.

    probably some forms of the idea put out there I imagine for a song that’s usually played straight like Bag.

    hot bag at UIC 98 also.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    well, trey likes everything, right? in the moment I mean

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    About 2 minutes in to the Camden CDT , Trey walked over to mike and told him something. Plain as day. Saw it at show and on the subsequent video release. So, that was planned IMO. Of course he could have told him to check out a chick in the front row, but I think it was music related.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    man it’d be nice to read an interview where someone actually asked the band questions like this

  20. albert walker Says:

    I guess my point was a Tweezer or Light would have a better chance of just stumbling into an open jam than a AC/DC bag or a Poor Heart or a Chalkdust

    I’m sure the more open style songs have more organic jam discoveries like some of the Greek one’s

  21. snowbank Says:

    I wonder who could do said interview???

  22. albert walker Says:

    I will

    Hey Trey

    How come you play these first sets that fuckin suck?

  23. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Just posted my source review for 10-31-10. I know its late, but c’est la vie. I went with the AKG source, though the taylorc MK41 source is really equally excellent, the AKG source has slightly better highs.

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    Jibboo->Gin is the segue you speak of, Mr C. Wild drop into Gin

    I think about that sometimes as well: how can Phish go from a huge run like Augusta/Utica/Providence or Camden/MPP, then not consistently build on those shows as the tour goes on? It just seems really strange that we never saw anything like the MPP I Saw It Again set in summer, although Fall did pick up after Amherst.

    I still think some of the jams from the Gorge 2009 are some of the best improv of 3.0, for that matter.

    MPP 2009 46 Days came completely out of nowhere, in a relatively mediocre set. Same with Cobo 46 Days – if Phish can just pull big jams out randomly, seemingly whenever they want to, why do they play shows like Amherst?

    I’m going to go spin the MPP 09′ 46 Days for the first time in awhile. Excited.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh sure

    just as simple as saying “Chalkdust to open, but let’s take it out, so Fish you do X at point Y and we’ll ride it”

    it’s probably all over the map really

    some completely contrived, some kind of outlined, some totally spontaneous

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