Pronouncing It In Several Ways

12.29.09 (Wendy Rogell)

Though Phish has many protean songs whose jams reach differing musical realms, few launchpads hold such diverse possibilities as “Twist” every time out. Since the song debuted in Dublin to kick off Summer ’97, “Twist” jams have never held a predestined path, while leading the band into many different musical pastures. Covering all ground, from groove to ambient soundscapes and rock and roll to avant-garde quasi-jazz escapades, “Twist” has always featured dips into the musical unknown. The versatility of the song is clearly illustrated when looking at some of the seminal (and obscure) versions.

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Desert Sky Pavilion 7.29.97 II

This early version of the song, during the first week of the band’s US Summer Tour in ’97, immediately illustrated the jam’s propensity for psychedelia. Entering a dark and abstract jam amidst a summer best-known for funk music, this new song did’t always lead into chunky grooves.

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Nassau Coliseum 4.2.98 II

Nassau '98 (livephish)

One of the most iconic “Twists” ever played, this blissful escapade in melodic space-groove remains a defining relic of Spring ’98’s Island Run. No other versions touches the convergence of rhythm and catharsis that this one does, and the melding of the two elements created one of the driving, danceable, and smoothest versions ever played. On this night, “Twist” touched the divine.

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Big Cypress, Florida 12.31.99

Big Cypress

As the band got a few songs into their midnight set at Big Cypress, “Twist” whispered into the Florida night. A gorgeous rendition that featured a hypnotic melody over a soft ambent backdrop, this “Twist” provided an introspective journey as we passed into 2000. Combining with “Caspian,” this version soothed the soul as we seeped deep into night.

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Drum Logos, Fukuoka, JP  6.14.00 II

If the Island “Twist” represents one peak for the song, this jam from Fukuoka, on Japan’s southern island, is unquestionably the other. In a tiny club, Phish played the most cerebral and coherent ambient music of their career; a nuanced and delicate conversation that could have only happened within such intimate environs. This version likens a silk carpet on which the audience rode into outer space. Well known as part of LivePhish 4, this “Twist” is one of the band’s timeless jams that never gets old.

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Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ 7.30.03 II

7.30.03

When Phish came back from for the second phase of their career, they continued to push “Twist” into new places. During an era when the band took musical risks like they were going out of style, “Twist” was often the beneficiary of such exploration. This churning and sprawling rendition represents the full-throttle, psychedelic experiments of Summer ’03 and one of the darkest jams of the tour.

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Alpine Valley 7.18.03 II

Only weeks before the aforementioned Camden odyssey, Phish had a close encounter with extra terrestrial lifeforms while engaged in this space-aged, mind-control experiment.

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The Spectrum 11.29.03 II

Circa '03

11.29.03

One of the few defining jams of an underwhelming Turkey Run, this “Twist” got quite melodic before gradually descending through a sequence of groove, into an uncompressed dungeon of guitar terror. A stellar snapshot of post-hiatus jamming, a growling and unexpected segue into “Simple” brought this menacing sequence back into the light.

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SPAC 6.20.04 II

SPAC 2004

Part of Phish’s last burst of creativity the second time around, this “Twist” stood up with “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” and “Piper” as the brightest stars from an unforgettable weekend at SPAC. This multi-faceted version featured furious full-band, bass-led grooves, that saw Mike going beserk before the band brought it down and Trey’s delicate rhythm licks revved the second half of this summer highlight—a truly elite rendition.

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1,870 Responses to “Pronouncing It In Several Ways”

  1. mitch Says:

    Nah I love heebs. Was in my buddies wedding who’s Jewish and he gave us all yam akas. Goy next to me and I were cracking up. We rocked em tho.

    I’d hate on any little kid trained to think dogs are bad and bark at me as I walk past.

    Watch out with that xray AW. Don’t want an anal probe at the airport. Flying is uncomfortable enough as it is.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    “AJ with his 27” – true dat. Kids need to get their own tickets.

    Honestly, I am just trying to get my friends in to the show. PTBM hit me with every show I put in for this summer, so I gotta try to work it for my people at least a little bit.

    DTE, bitches!

  3. kayatosh Says:

    you’re right, but hard to chase a fundamentally flawed mrkt. it’s a simple dollar play. dollar dies, stocks go up. and there seems to be no end in sight to this move. just seeing if I can get a little overnight scalp before the bull marches on.

  4. mitch Says:

    DTE DMT, bitches!

    Fixed.

  5. mitch Says:

    Html Fail’d n00b

  6. albert walker Says:

    I agree man. from a day trading perspective you are right on. it’s friday no one wants to go long. some weak tech earnings. could have a good day. markets have been thin though so it’s getting pushed around which obviously can work for and against you

    it’s just crazy to me I could have just put all my cash in gold and the russel since the bottom and be up over 100%.

    no one believed in the bull. climbed that wall of worry.

    it will end bad. I just don’t think it will come out of nowhere.

    full disclosure. I’m just a hippie that doesn’t know shit.

  7. kayatosh Says:

    asx down close to 1.4%. need the RUT to sour like this tomorrow.

  8. kayatosh Says:

    “full disclosure. I’m just a hippie that doesn’t know shit.”

    me too.

  9. albert walker Says:

    DTE ain’t getting enough love AJ

    me and Robear with talking today about how sick Detroit > Blossom > Cinci run will be

    that’s the run right there bitches!

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Mike’s B-day show, Detroit, bass party.

  11. mitch Says:

    Detroit needs WW love. Cinci venue sucks and blows. Bethel is a classy joint tho.

    Anyone else ever feel like an email hoarder? I look at my inbox and it’s overflowing. I never wanna give it the time it needs and then shit becomes irrelevant. Until space on gmail matters I’m afraid it’ll just get worse.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    what’s the word on bethel? friendly confines?

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i love that blossom gets the venue name, not the city

  14. mitch Says:

    I recently heard bethel is kinda lockdown.

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    what is the appeal of sitting in a theater to watch the nfl draft? they don’t serve beers I wouldn’t think, so what do you do the whole time? do you bet on pretty much everything? that would be the only way I could stand it unless I was delic’d out or something.

    “okay, five bucks says goodell takes eight steps before he reaches the podium.”

    “I’ll take the over!”

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I went to the NBA draft a few times, years ago. They serve beer.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ok, they better. not sure what all those people in jerseys would be doing otherwise. gotta think they cut people off after a while though. could get ugly.

  18. voopa Says:

    New Uploads:

    Florence & the Machine – Lungs & Instrumentals (special promo version w/instrumental tracks included)

    <a href="http://www.mediafire.com/?8b7leobovf4dou2"Various – Deadicated (1991)

    * Bertha – Los Lobos
    * Jack Straw – Bruce Hornsby & The Range
    * U.S. Blues – Harshed Mellows
    * Ships of Fools – Elvis Costello
    * China Doll – Suzanne Vega
    * Cassidy – Suzanne Vega
    * Truckin’ – Dwight Yoakam
    * Casey Jones – Warren Zevon / David Lindley
    * Uncle John’s Band – Indigo Girls
    * Friend of the Devil – Lyle Lovett
    * To Lay Me Down – Cowboy Junkies
    * Wharf Rat – Midnight Oil
    * Estimated Prophet – Burning Spear
    * Deal – Dr. John
    * Ripple – Jane’s Addiction

    “Harshed Mellows” is the Heartbreakers w/guests. More info on the album here.

  19. voopa Says:

    Shit. Various – Deadicated (1991)

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ok, I think it is a kinda old cover, but I heard the scissor sisters cover of comfortably numb for the first time last night while up late night feeding the babe (it was on one of those glastonbury things you see on palladia).

    um… yeah…

    what’s the appeal of this exactly?

    love that song and now they may have ruined it for me. it’s like they tried to combine the beat from run like hell (sort of) with a bee gees sung version of comfortably numb. do. not. like. at. all.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    whoops. forgot to close my html. oh well.

    @voopa
    thanks man!

  22. Fly Says:

    gettin sloppy tee three

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    i know, bfe, i know. i blame the dog haters.

  24. Fly Says:

    so you too hate jews?

  25. voopa Says:

    No more linking tonight folks. This is out of hand rofl.

    I guess Big Boi has been in the studio w/Modest Mouse lately…could be interesting…

    God, you had to remind me about that awful CN cover. Ack.

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