A Utica Preview

10.20.2010 - Utica (Michael Stein)

On May 24th, on the brink of Summer Tour’s kick-off in Bethel, Phish will drop the DVD/CD Box set “Live in Utica,” commemorating what many fans, including myself, selected as the show of 2010. As the release gets closer, the band will likely release several previews of the DVDs, and the first snippet came today—footage of the show’s first set “David Bowie.” Below is my description of the jam, excerpted from last year and the video clip.


While Fishman’s cymbals danced into the intro to “Bowie,” Trey continued to play “Guyute’s” triumphant lick with increasingly distorted phrasing, a seemingly innocent move at the time. But these teases sparked a theme for the rest of the set – self-referential integration of one song into another in with the spontaneity of lore. As “Bowie’s” jam dropped, Trey used the same “Guyute” line, phrased differently, to initiate the improvisation. Almost immediately, the band landed in the opening hits of “Wilson” and the crowd caught on just as quickly. In a call and response exercise, the crowd chanted “Wilson” to which Trey answered in Guyute-speak, “He’s bouncing like a new born elf.” Instead of dropping into “Wilson,” in earnest, the band made the far shrewder call of melting back into a delicate, full-on “Bowie” jam. Page’s piano leads wove with Trey’s melodies, pushing the piece in an ominous direction. Mike supported with harmonizing rhythm offerings that catalyzed a darker feel, and the band took off running in a powerful version of their revitalized classic. Passing through an additional “Wilson” tease on the way to a smashing final section, Phish had dropped a twisting tour highlight smack dab in the middle of the first set. And that wouldn’t even be their most impressive excursion of the half!



Read the rest of my Utica two-part retrospective…


Jam of the Day:

Run Like an Antelope” 10.20.2010 I

The peak of Utica’s opening set.



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426 Responses to “A Utica Preview”

  1. Gavinsdad Says:

    S’go Phils

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    anybody ever break the glass on their iphone or itouch? I got a distraught 10 year old girl here who just busted her birthday present 2 days in. any ideas or experience would be great.

  3. bane. Says:

    S’not and say we didn’t

  4. bane. Says:

    where do you live bingo?

  5. bane. Says:

    you can email me if you prefer bingo.

    mitch at phishthoughts dot com

  6. DukeOfLizards Says:


    You got the link to that huge reggae mix Selector posted yesterday? Damn download failed while I was at work.

  7. bane. Says:

    got that shit. bumpin it. you can come listen but i dont have a burner anymore. macbook air’d

  8. bane. Says:

    warning: it does have a old mcdonald had a farm part

  9. lastwaltzer Says:


    thanks for sharing the shepard post

  10. bane. Says:

    it was pretty much everything i had considered summed up. the link miner had i thought ended badly cause like shep said they cheered too. its piss poor on both sides. anyway it speaks for itself i dont need to. dont wanna sour up the board right now.

    gonna get your files when my roommates go to sleep. we live in the internet no-zone. 1.5mb down between 4 dudes.

  11. bane. Says:

    thats why i was excited i got the notebook cause i can download files at work, like i did the reggae mixes. found out they worked last night but they were weird zip files that referenced all 3 in order to get the one file out.

  12. albert walker Says:

    bane getting all political on our asses

  13. mitch Says:

    meant to switch back but the refresh clears your name if you didnt post with it. plus ive been smoking obv.

    so easy to slip out of character with the names and lose it. multiple names are not easy for burnouts.

  14. mitch Says:

    so is mr c gonna come back when ter starts? does he lurk?

  15. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Do you have the original link?

    Tryin to nice up the 4 train tomorrow.

  16. mitch Says:

    needy sob.


    scroll down – mix files 1, 2, 3 and mix 2 files 1, 2, 3. download all 3 to unzip the one file. they reference each other.

  17. mitch Says:

    the radar gun noise between songs gets old but i’m diggin the music. also the dj thinks hes funk master flex.

    is this selector j’s radio show in mp3 form? think i’ll just take the music files next time dude. 8)

  18. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Hey. I resemble that remark.

    Thanks dude.

  19. butter Says:

    had friends with cracked iphones, that rocked them for a long time, dont know what they did Bingos, but i would jump on it since its so new

    heartbreak hotel for your little girl, that sucks

  20. butter Says:

    ^jump on calling Apple help

  21. Selector J Says:

    hahaha @Mitch

    I completely agree that the laser beams/radar guns gets a little played out. Part of that is so that it doesn’t get pirated and sold on some “compilation” but it gets annoying when he gets carried away.
    He’s also trying to thwart pirates by not cutting the mixes into tracks.

    (I know about Flex tapes but I’m not sure I get the Funk Master Flex reference. Partial songs?)

    Respect to Jayman. Dude is trying to get those artists recognition in hopes someone may even buy their music. Kind of a reach, I know.

    I think the flow of those mixes is great, though. Take away about 1/2 of the sound effects and we’re golden. Incredible selections.

  22. Selector J Says:

    “is this selector j’s radio show in mp3 form? think i’ll just take the music files next time dude. ”

    hold on a minute. if it were my radio show there’d be at least 1 instance of playing a 45 at 33 (or vice versa) made worse by my attempt at a “rewind” to start the track over at the correct speed. There’d also be at least 2 more instances of “cue fail > dead air.”
    That’s how I roll.

  23. joe Says:

    My old cool dj redalert tapes from the late 80’s/early 90’s suffer from the same sound effects problems. Was thinking C might come out of hiding to give an I told you so about the Miami Heat sometime soon.

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    What’s up BB?

  25. ThePigSong Says:

    woah, just over three weeks until summer tour? nice!

    I must have missed why Mr C peaced outta here, good reason I presume?

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