TTFF: Gems From June

6.18.2011 Raleigh John Crouch)

This Friday, let’s begin to look back at some of the musical highlights from Leg One. As I tried to pare down today’s playlist to ten songs, it really struck me how many amazing jams went down during June. I have selected some of my favorite pieces from the past tour, but I feel like I have only scratched the surface! I may be revisiting some of these jams in upcoming posts, but for now, here is some stellar music for Friday—2011 style!


Tweezer” 6.5 II, Cincinatti, OH

6.12.11 (B.Ferguson)

This centerpiece version at Riverbend still gets my vote for the “Tweezer” of 2011 thus far, even after Super Ball’s raunchy romp. The guys play with a liquid tightness in this jam as they engage in a whole-band funk fiesta before releasing into the song’s traditional build. Peaked with “Crosseyed” licks from Trey that foreshadowed the cover that lurked around the corner, this rendition comes to a natural end before the band dissolves into “Free.”



Rock and Roll > Ghost” 6.17.II, Charlotte, NC

This one two-two punch represents the creme de la creme of June’s creative jamming. Taking “Rock and Roll” into adventurous psychedelia, and “Ghost” for one its defining jaunts of this era, Phish had things locked and loaded in Charlotte. Almost a half-hour of pure creativity, this nugget comes from, arguably, the show of the tour.



Sneakin’ Sally” 6.4 II, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

6.12.11 (G.Lucas)

One of June’s standout jams, this version blossomed into gargantuan grooves, and flirted with “Manteca.” before building out into a dissonant direction. Coming late in a stellar set, this jam stole the show and ran out the back door.



Waves > Caspian” 5.27 II, Bethel, NY

Phish came out on the opening night of tour and blew us away with the delicate and abstract jamming in this gorgeous “Waves.” Little did we know, however, they had just thrown down an all-timer at their tech rehearsal the day before! (Thanks, Shaps!) Though this tour-opening version can’t compare to the musical journey taken while nobody was in the venue, it is, nonetheless, one of the most impressive jams of June. This was one of the first signs that 2011 was going to be a different monster all together.



Halley’ Comet” 5.28 I, Bethel, NY

6.12.11 (Graham Lucas)

In the first set of Bethel’s second-night revelation, Phish broke down the improvisational barrier in “Halley’s Comet” that had stood since the Fox Theatre in the summer of ’09. And when they finally let loose on the late-’90s vehicle, the band threw down a tour highlight, leaping into an innovative conversation. Trey’s refined leadership stood out in these rhythmic textures and the jam eventually merged with a standout “Runaway Jim”—Bethel was in the process of blowing up.



Disease -> Fluffhead > Bowie” 6.3 II, Clarkston, MI

6.18.11 (J.Crouch)

In my opinion, this is the defining hour of music from Leg One. Delving into introspective and cohesive jamming, the band broke through new levels for this era in this extended masterpiece. The multi-tiered “Disease” eventually settled in a jam on John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” an interludede that set the template for the final section of the piece. Landing seamlessly in “Fluffhead” in a transitions that was as good as any, the band’s energy coursed through the composition and brought it to a phenomenal peak. Sculpting the song’s final note into an ambient bridge to “David Bowie,” Phish killed the final piece of this puzzle with heads full of improvisational fury. We’ll be revisiting this one for sure!

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  1. voopa Says:


  2. freshtracks420 Says:

    Just listened to the Blossom Sally for the first time yesterday….definitely one of the jams of June. Looking forward to the Riverbend Tweezer that I will soon listen to…hope it lives up to Miner’s billing…seems like the Tweezers of late have not been as experimental as earlier 3.0 versions.

  3. ThePigSong Says:

    Already gave the storage jam a run through this morning. Delicate.

    Sitting on a flight up to D town, guess I should cue up the disease>fluff>Bowie.

    Top picks this morning btw.

  4. ThePigSong Says:

    watching a triple seven load up from the back row while blasting storage jam on good ear Phones is almost as Entertaining as ball square itself.

  5. gunslinging parrot Says:

    RnR>Ghost is the cats meow!!! WOW that just made my friday!! Have a great weekend everyone!!

  6. litteringandd Says:

    I feel lucky to have witnessed five of these 10 live. I will be thinking about this midwest run and the ball in the same way I view seeing the 97 champagne and 98 UIC run now. Amazing, i still cant believe that there was a time when i thought these guys wont make music together ever again. Never been happier to be wrong in my life

  7. btb Says:

    It’s going to be a good friday! thanks senior miner

  8. Jtran Says:

    Morning BB

  9. sumodie Says:

    the skullfuck Miami Darkstar show (10.26.89) that Mr C was raving about yesterday can be torrented here:

  10. btb Says:

    Said Dark Star was phenomenal. Killed a solid half hour for me yesterday

  11. st8 of mind Says:

    Thanks Miner. You are the man. Have a good weekend BB.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    Phish is Phish

    I might as well face it

    they’ve converted my suburban ass to a head4lyfe

  13. b-rock Says:

    What’s up fellas… Thanks Miner for the picks. I’ve spun most of these once but am looking forward to a good run-through again.

    Been a busy week for me but I am back to work and +1 baby at home. Life is good on all fronts. Happy Phriday!

  14. SillyWilly Says:


    so, you had a baby??

    congratulations, man!

    I could see the SBIX Simple being a great lullaby for our mini-phans out there.

  15. Gavinsdad Says:

    I tried my darndest to keep up w AW last nite.

    Got w a x e d


    (love seein the TTFF again. Cats meow picks here Miner. Thx)

  16. SillyWilly Says:


    keep playing hard, man.

    You can’t hope to contain AW’s herbs. You can only try and play your best game.

    His herbs are going to make some moves, score some points, you can’t worry about that.

    You just gotta get back in there and play your hardest.

  17. b-rock Says:

    Yes Silly, I did. Born last Thursday, a girl named Vivienne. She has already been introduced to the Lemonwheel ambient jam, which was regular sleeping music for my older daughter as well. But it’s good to keep the new material flowing.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    morning, folks. nice collection of tunes, miner.

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    awesome, B-rock

    Vivienne is a beautiful name.

    glad to have another little one in the community

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    I keep thinking about how in 20 years, it’s gotta be inevitable that some of the BB kids are going to be running into eachother on lots across America

    one day, I can see it already, someone’s daughter is going to bring home a dude with a familar last name…and there’s going to a regular ol’ BB superfamily

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    congrats @b-rock.

  22. b-rock Says:

    Thanks silly. Gonna keep working to develop her musical tastes – I figure that’s my role as her dad. She’s already got plenty of hetty organic onesies.

  23. SillyWilly Says:


    hadn’t had a chance to say this yet, but I hope your new fatherhood is going well

    phish and nd football.

    the keys to a happy childhood…or at least an emotionally balanced one.

  24. Aquaman Says:

    Fly by posting.

    Just spent some time, for the first time, with Simple > Bug from 7/1 and a fresh cup o coffee and robane.

    what an epic piece of music.

    discuss while I go feed the rug rats.

    To all my Chicago homie’s and bber’s headed to pitchfork. Have fun be safe and beware the hipster killing baked goods.


  25. sumodie Says:

    get yer reggae on here:

    Toots & the Maytals – 10-01-1975
    The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA

    KMET-FM broadcast > ? > cd > ? > flac (sa & fa checked)

    1. 4:03 Intro > Monkey Man
    2. 4:26 Time Tough
    3. 5:12 In the Dark
    4. 2:11 Funky Jam > Intro
    5. 6:04 54-46
    6. 5:43 Sailin’ On
    7. 14:00 Daddy
    8. 8:13 Broadway Jungle
    9. 6:16 Take Me Home, Country Roads

    ^Monkey Man is a Toots original, not the Rolling Stones’ song covered by Phish at SBIX

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