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

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604 Responses to “Features of Fall”

  1. willowed Says:

    Not if they play the Pats Spasm.

    We own those fuckers!

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    right and the raiders don’t even really have a quarterback at all, just a guy who heaves the ball in the air and has been lucky about who runs under it

    the QB can only do so much….the correlation between QB skill and winning is a strong but far from exact one

    I’m not saying the Chargers are a good or even decent team…but I like their playoff chances with a patented late-season run in a terrible division…3 weeks ago KC looked good but they’re falling back into the pack now

    I can tell I’m not gonna convince you guys but it’s obvious to me and I’m not the only one out there who sees it

    Right now I doubt he *can* win the big game b/c he has no help to do so…one man doesn’t win big games in the NFL, teams do

    Sadly he may go his whole career without a strong team behind him…but then it looked like that might happen to Drew Brees as of a cpl years ago

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    neither the AFC west nor NFC west deserves to send a team to the playoffs this year

    utterly pathetic, both of them

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    put Rivers on that current Raiders team and they be 7-2 if not better

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The true greatness of a qb is measured by what they do with the ball on the final drive of a big game with everything riding on it. Manning and Brady are at the top ( Peyton). Who’s gonna get you down the field, calmly, for the winning score.

    That’s how I look at it, at least. That’s why I rank Eli higher than most ( also a homer).

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    that’s a fair way to look at it Palmer

    I’m just talking about who is playing the best ball right now, halfway through the regular season

    I totally agree that “competitive greatness” is the ultimate measure, no doubt

    we may never get to see Rivers measured in that situation, at least not in his prime. that would be a shame

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Reminds me of another former Charger. Dan Fouts.

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    Phish “Wisconsin Edition” Tracklisting

    1. Tweezer (8/1/98) – 18:29
    2. Down With Disease > (7/18/03) – 22:55
    3. Catapult (7/18/03) – 2:41
    4. Ghost > (8/9/97) – 15:31
    5. Taste (8/9/97) – 10:01
    6. Possum (6/26/04) – 10:20

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Fwiw. I wanted the Giants to keep Rivers on draft day and not make trade for Eli. I’m glad it worked out the way it did though. I got to watch my team win another championship.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    I make fun of Eli but he came through when it mattered

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Aj- is that a mix you put together?

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    Nope, that is the bonus disc for the Alpine DVD, according to the Phish.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The NFC championship game in GB was his best performance.

    He is easy to make fun of. Being who he is cannot be easy, and he handles it like a pro.

    Football hijack over.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    yes, I’m afraid we have disrupted the tempo of today’s Phish discussion. we may need extra accountrements to get things back on track

  15. joechip Says:

    TM just dropped some good seats for Worcester night 2. Just got 4 sec 124 row kk.

  16. Selector J Says:

    What if you put Peyton on the Raiders?

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    8/9/97 = birthday show! Boh!

  18. Selector J Says:

    (oops. didn’t realize the football hijack was over.)

    Wow! so that makes 8/9/98 a b-day show, too.

  19. kayatosh Says:

    spinnin the much lauded AC (10.30.2010) 2001. great intro.

  20. Chuck D Says:

    big gulps, eh? welp, swe ya later~

  21. bouncin fan Says:

    1/1/11 set II

    Fat man in the bathtub > bathtub gin > carini > light > sand

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Wow. Just heard the black keys’ “girl is on my mind” on a Zales jewelry commercial. Yeah…

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Bouncin. Feats Don’t Fail me Now is a lock for one offend msg shows. Heard it here first.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    One of the^^^

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Pslmer- Final Drive of the game is probably Bens best time to shine IMO. I think he is tops in intangibles more than he has lazer accuracy, etc…

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