Features of Fall

Fall tour contained more musical highlights than I can discuss in one post, but we’ve got plenty of time. Every week before the Holiday Run, I will spotlight a couple standout pieces from tour that haven’t been discussed in other articles. Today, we start with three. (Click the song title to download each selection.)

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Ghost” – 10.10 II Broomfield, CO

10.10.10 - Broomfield (Chris Klein)

This exploratory entree of Colorado’s tour opener was delivered amidst the first “Mike’s Groove” of fall. Despite a solid first-set “Stash,” this “Ghost” brought Phish’s first real improvisational odyssey of the season. Progressing through several distinct sections of jamming, this multi-dimensional version started with Mike taking both the rhythmic and melodic leads, as Trey wove his minimalism around Gordon’s foundation. Emerging slowly within a melodic and groovy jam, Trey eventually wound up at the front of the pack, bushwhacking musical territory side by side with Mike. Offering abstract leads over a rolling beat that continued to gather momentum, Trey merged with both Mike and Page in a soaring tri-colored peak segment. On came Mike’s envelope filter, upping the overall juice, as Trey reached for the top in a dramatic climb. But after the band arrived at the climax, they didn’t bail for the next song. Instead, Phish rode a familiar-sounding, descending pattern down the back side of the mountain, landing in a sparse and fully connected whole-band groove. Getting into the funkiest section of this “Ghost,” Page offered a organ solo that led the music into a series of staccato hits that were soon encompassed by the ambient jaws of the Phish. This final shift transformed the piece into an awesome space-aged experiment.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/phish2010-10-10.d2t04.mp3]

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TweeZeppelin” – 10.30 II Atlantic City, NJ

10.30.10 - Atlantic City, NJ D.Lavery)

After Phish played a verse of “Whole Lotta Love” within “Chalk Dust” in the 30th’s first set, the ploy could have gone either way. Perhaps the band was hinting at their chosen album, but more likely than not, they were poking fun at the hype around Led Zeppelin. But the band answered that question loud and clear in the second set when they got their Led out amidst the a twisting and turning last “Tweezer” of fall. Dropping into the jam, Phish immediately broke into a hard-nosed tease of “Whole Lotta Love.” But as Trey tore into his “Tweezer” solo, drenched with a hardcore vibe, it seemed Phish would launch into a super-charged jam. But their prank had hardly begun. Within no time, Trey brought the band into another Zeppelin anthem, “Heartbreaker,” fully crooning the first verse over the band’s interpretation. Dropping back into “Tweezer” for its most extensive mini-segment, the band had just entered a beautiful melodic framework when they dissolved into “Ramble On.” With each Zeppelin song came tidal waves of energy seething through Boardwalk Hall – easily the biggest surges of the weekend. Blasting the old-school structure with classic rock and roll, Phish had the crowd eating out of their hand like a puppy. Instead of Page, who killed the song back in ’98 at Vernon Downs, Trey sang “Ramble On,” not quite doing the piece justice. But this “Tweezer to Heaven” wasn’t about sharp musicianship, it was about energy, adrenaline, and unadulterated fun. Before stepping into the transcendent guitar solo of “Ramble On,” Page exchanged a joking look with Trey while he played the beginning of Zeppelin’s ballad, “Thank You;” and the band moved from one melodic song to another. Dropping back into “Tweezer” for only a moment, before anyone knew what had hit them, Phish was in the iconic final verse of “Stairway to Heaven.” One couldn’t help but laugh along with their musical gamesmanship as the Phish toyed with the audience while creating a spirited medley of Zeppelin classics; quite an enjoyable trick on the eve of the treat. And as we walked out of the venue that night, the 24-hour guessing guessing game commenced with Led Zeppelin crossed off the list.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/ph2010-10-30t16.mp3]

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Stash” – 10.24 I Amherst, MA

10.23.10 - Amherst (Matt Wagner)

With much-deserved praise going to the interstellar “Stash” from Halloween, the precursor to the holiday version came a week before in Amherst. And if Atlantic City’s version never happened, we’d all be talking how the Mullins “Stash” was the best of this era. Engaging in a dueling leadership from note one, Mike and Trey commanded the onset of this voyage as Fishman’s beats morphed into the effervescent percussion of lore. Trey’s leads began to encompass a melodic theme, pushing Page to join step up his piano work – a defining facet of this excursion. The band shifted into a major key, and the vicious textures transformed into rolling pastures as Trey’s melodic run never relented for a millisecond in some of his most impressive work of tour. While Trey signed his name backwards and forwards on this piece with numbing, non-stop leads, the rest of the band fully engaged in a crushing musical passage of the highest degree. Pushing and pulling the tension beneath Trey’s wizardry, the whole band played in sync, crafting a new-school, top-shelf version. Page’s piano work emerged as a highlight of this “Stash,” providing a retro feel in the retro venue. Reentry into “Stash’s” final build happened seamlessly and with roaring whole-band passion. Without a thought of hesitation, Phish narrated a cooperative tale of super-glued psychedelia.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/ph2010-10-24t06.mp3]

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Jam of the Day:

Vultures” 10.20.10 I

This third-song appearance of “Vultures” was the first signpost along the road at Utica that pointed to special night. A smoking rendition, rarely do bust-outs come off the shelf with such zest.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Phish-Disc01Track04.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

10.10.10 1st Bank Arena, Broomfield, Colorado

FLAC Torrent (etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

Official Broomfield Poster

Fall tour’s opener contained the typical event-less warm-up set before the band put together a somewhat choppy second half that had some serious highlights. “Ghost” brought exploratory jamming while a top-shelf “Slave” made an powerful mid-set exclamation. Solid versions of “Mike’s” and “Weekapaug,” and a seemingly out-of-place debut of “My Problem Right There,” filled out the moments of note.

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Ocelot, It’s Ice, Bouncing Around the Room, Funky Bitch, AC/DC Bag, NICU, The Moma Dance, Horn, Stash, Golgi Apparatus

II: Mike’s Song > Simple > Ghost > Weekapaug Groove, Fee, Makisupa Policeman, My Problem Right There*> Makisupa Policeman, Slave to the Traffic Light, Strange Design, Julius

E: Loving Cup

*debut

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604 Responses to “Features of Fall”

  1. willowed Says:

    Let me repeat

    You’re fucking joking right????

    Brady won with less. It’s that simple. Arguement over. If you disagree:

    name the receivers from their super bowl run?
    name their RB’s?

    If you don’t know the answers: Troy Brown, David Givens, Antwoin Smith, Branch, Corey Dillon. Not one “all pro” in the bunch let alone hall of famer.

    Case closed.

  2. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Preaching to the choir here. I have him higher than that but biased…

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    Pages and pages lost.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    that Steelers game was vintage Brady, and a vintage Belichick game plan. respect.

  5. albert walker Says:

    laterz kids

    time to roll by the Lincoln Hall see if Mike wants to sesh for my first puff of the day

    go Bears!

  6. willowed Says:

    Mr. C…We spoke about this a while back. maybe a few weks to a month.
    They ook like the old Pats.

    Bend don’t break D
    Solid TE’s
    Averagre running game
    Brady slinging the rock.

    One more thing about the Pats. I don’t think people realize how good that punter is. best in the league. By a mile.

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Steelers are really beat up right now. I know, who isn’t but… Pats do definately have our number more than any team. Ben has looked bad behind that Offensive line.

  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    18-1

  9. willowed Says:

    I hate you

  10. Selector J Says:

    It should be noted that the Pats primarily won those Super Bowls with defense…

  11. Chuck D Says:

    “give him some help and he’ll own the league”

    bah, he had tomlinson, gates, vincent jackson and a great line for a couple years… he didn’t come close to owning the league. 14-2 one season, largely due to tomlinson and lights out roid rage marriman, and that one coach is is great in the regular season and cant do shit in the post season.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah @willowed

    we’ll see how it works against some other matchups but right now they are getting it done for sure

    they also have a VERY favorable remaining schedule with only 3 really tough games left including this weeks Colts game

    they’re in great position and playing well

    which by the logic of this season implies they will get blown out by the Lions in a couple weeks

    WTF

  13. kayatosh Says:

    as a gm, i’ll take vick every time. he’s got ole michael vick speed and arm strength, and now seems more accurate and better in the pocket.

    no brainer. he’s a game changer. a game winner. and he’ll juke the shit out of you in the open field or maybe just burn right by you.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    Rivers is playing better now than he ever has

    Tomlinson was hurt for 3 years, basically until they traded him of course

    and they have to get rid of the Norv Turner albatross

    Not saying Rivers has been the best in prior years, no way

    I’m saying when I watch the Bolts this year, he looks like the man to me

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    One more thing about the Pats. I don’t think people realize how good that punter is. best in the league. By a mile.

    ZOLTAN the Space Emperor of Michigan compels you!

  16. willowed Says:

    With a name like Zoltan…you need to be good.

    I bet he has long toe nails that curl up. Not sure why I think that.

  17. Selector J Says:

    Rivers has looked pretty good but the Chargers are still 4-5…

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    if Vick can really do it consistently

    if he can stay on the field, not get hurt during those scrambles

    if he can keep making progression reads against real defenses

    if he maintains that accuracy

    then he will be the game-changing quarterback that breaks all existing defensive schemes, that all football geeks have been waiting for, and will be the league’s most dominant player

    but until he does it against top level competition and can stay unhurt for awhile I’m just reserving judgment is all

    …if he turns out to be a keeper at this level, it will be a revolution in offensive football and the whole league will be scrambling to adapt defensive schemes to keep up

    an accurate pocket passer that can also break big runs is the ultimate weapon against modern defensive schemes – no question

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah he’s on a Norv Turner coached team with no real weapons and the worst special teams unit in modern history

    4-5 looks like a miracle to me

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    gotta go y’all

    these ones and zeros don’t line up in the right order by themselves

  21. butter Says:

    i saw Rivers has a 103 qb rating, but i also look at the 4-5 record, including 0-2 in their division

    now if your talking raw talent, and getting to play GM, and building a team around some one, i understand

  22. Selector J Says:

    Sure but even the Raiders are 5-4…

  23. Chuck D Says:

    the playoff spot for the afc west should probably be revoked.

  24. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Rivers obviously has massive talent. Can he win the big game?

  25. joechip Says:

    Always a couple pages behind you folks…

    Re: the AC Jibboo…the fanning peak, with the band settling back into the groove behind Trey’s psychedelic wash, was absolutely magical…the energy of that version came at you in waves. ‘refutation of setlist dorkery’ indeed…the jam out of Wilson was another set highlight.

    Halloween set 3 played like a victory lap for the tour- in a good way…They could have gone in an overall darker and more experimental vein with some of the stuff left on the table in AC (Mike’s, Light, Split), instead the peppered a more feel-good crowd pleaser set with lots of creativity in unexpected spots. Nice move.

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