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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954 Responses to “TTFF: Gems From June”

  1. Guyute711 Says:

    That place looks classy!!!

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:


  3. Corey Says:

    @farmcarp, all I remember is some eerie music with the word “seatbelt” repeated ad nauseum. It was a funny inside joke for our crew as know one seemed to remember that part of the bunny’s show late, late at night.

    Seatbelt seatbelt seatbelt seat…

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Turntable has Chance Fisher songs in it’s library. Lycan is is time!

  5. Corey Says:

    ^no one.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    is big time

  7. Corey Says:

    Anyone else remember hearing the word seatbelt played over and over again, then some random lesson in French? This was late at night post storage set….bunny style.

    Just finished a nice 30+ mile bike ride along the Charles. Man, if the drops into Light and Theme don’t get you moving, motivated or put a smile on your face….you have no soul.
    The Greek sets are great to move and groove to, for sure.

    Now, a little post exercise session, Arnold style (no, not his latest style. His old school relax-in-the-jacuzzi-baning style)…minus the jacuzzi.

  8. mitch Says:

    I wish I were in telluride. Robear and I hopped in the jacuzzi with a fatty staring at the mtns. I really can’t say I’d rather be doing anything else than that right now. Well, unless you replace Robear with a hot girl.

  9. mitch Says:

    I’ve got some great memories from the past couple years with you fools. Those memories gleam brighter than anything else from that time range.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    when you coming home Mitch? Need to hit the BK Bowl again.

  11. joe Says:

    Moma, torn and frayed early. It all sounds so good on replay.

  12. mitch Says:

    We should invest in a BB telluride mtn village condo like the one we stayed in. We could go when Phish isn’t touring. Would be kinda pimp.

  13. mitch Says:

    Prob aug 20 after I do the 2nd leg. Umphreys is playing 4 nights in sept. I’ll prob do all 4. The last night is my 5 yr anniversary in the city.

  14. alf Says:


  15. alf Says:

    count me in for a share of the BB pampin telly rood deck & jacuzzi suite as long as it comes with complementary hipster killers

  16. mitch Says:

    Hipsters like to hike?

    My request was gonna be that the local folk use their cards to keep the bane supply stocked.

  17. RamblinMind Says:

    @voopa – Yes, I got the 1989.10.26 show. Sumo answered my call and cut my dl time by days. Thanks to both of you!

  18. William H. Bonney Says:

    Evening Gents…what go’s on?

  19. William H. Bonney Says:

    Dark Star crashes

  20. ThePigSong Says:

    I just came across supposedly the entire dead soundboard catalog. Every show.

    haven’t looked close, but it appears to be all mp3s though.

  21. William H. Bonney Says:

    the ones I have d/l from were all mp3’s Pig.

  22. alf Says:

    stocked with hipster killers that is

  23. ThePigSong Says:

    Anyone care to comment on this stash? Hosted over at TPB. I must be late to this party.

  24. RamblinMind Says:

    @Pig – when my hard drive arrives I’m going to jump all over that. Maybe check against etree to see if there are flacs available and then get the mp3s if not?

  25. mitch Says:

    Oh, super headies that make em stop shoe gazing and go 😯

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