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. alf Says:

    lagunitas makes surprisingly good beer, for the range they cover and comparatively low cost. you’d expect less from such a widely distributed product at low prices.

  2. alf Says:

    digging in to derek trucks’s catalog a little bit to find some choice playlist tracks.

    the man can play guitar

  3. William H. Bonney Says:

    Jammin some Jeff Beck here Alf.

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Fleet Foxes grew a pair of balls in the set that just finished. Pitchfork is a seriously nice fest. Very low hassle. met Joggerz. Good people.

  5. Andrew Says:

    Lagunita’s a personal home brew of mine, pretty much stock it when it’ s on the shelf. Great stuff. Nice evening here to settle down and get situated, beautiful moon tonight.

  6. alf Says:

    great to see all the positive bb pitchfork reviews

  7. alf Says:

    bethel waves sdchk spin #2… see ya for the world cup, bitches

  8. William H. Bonney Says:

    Ottawa Gin is sweet….

  9. sumodie Says:

    The Bunny broadcasts at SBIX

    Someone recorded much of the entire Bunny broadcast and made it available on the ‘noid (6 torrents total -all mp3), complete with (most) track listings

    Includes souncheck & FTA shows too

    If you’re not on the ‘noid, it looks like they’re also available thru 6 dl links:

    Part One:

    Part Two:

  10. sumodie Says:

    Part Three:

    Part Four:

  11. sumodie Says:

    Part Five+Six:

    Part Seven:

    The first track on Part 5 is the Self Storage USA ad

  12. William H. Bonney Says:

    thx sumo

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    Good morning/good night BB

  14. Mr palmer Says:

    Alf- agree on both counts re: Derek Trucks and Lagunitas.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    too many Brooklyn Summer Ales for me last night. ouch.

    1st tune on an 8,000 song itunes shuffle- Clifford Ball Slave. Nice!

  16. Highway Bill Says:

    ……Furthur at Bethel last night.

    Set II:
    The Music Never Stopped>
    The Golden Road (to Unlimited Devotion)>
    Eyes of the World>
    Help on the Way>
    The Eleven>
    Franklin’s Tower>
    Comes a Time>
    St. Stephen>
    One More Saturday Night

    U S Blues

    Good stuff…….

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    Good morning, kids

    kicking it in Chi with my girl

    Went to dinner with LW last night at an Ethiopian place by where he works

    My girl and LW got some good food conversations going.

    My girl hasn’t met many kids from the board, and I think she’s secretly been a little hesitant to meet all these internet Phish kids.

    But last night as we walked away from dinner with LW, my girl said:
    “I REALLY like him. Are all your phish friends like him?”

    yes, babe. yes they are.

  18. marcoesq Says:

    morning all. great day for some USA!

  19. marcoesq Says:

    Listening to Hoist this fine Sunday morning as our Scrabble soundtrack.

    Anyone in the Balt/DC/Philly area should come down here and check out Artscape today. G Love headlined last night and Matisyahu tonight. He always puts on a good show and should be fun tonight.

    Besides all the music, largest free Art festival in the US. good sheet

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phil Michelson!

  21. Jtran Says:

    Morning BB

    British getting real interesting. They said a storm is moving in? This weather looks pretty bad as it is now.

  22. phloridaphan Says:

    If he birdies 8 its over

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Gmorning. Sorry for the non phishiness but other than missing my wife and kids (it’s true) it’s been really nice taking in Chicago and music in union park. Super chill fest, no real hassles, great food/art/music/etc curAtion. Little bit of a hot one yesterday. More coconut water today. Got to meet one of the Chinese Bb’ers (AJ) and his people. TodAys line up comes out of the gAte hard today. Oddfuture>Shabazz palaces>Ariel pink>superchunk>kylesa>deerhunter>toro y moi>cut copy>tv on the radio. Should bs some gems in there. Been trying to keep up with AW. It’s not easy. Have a good day y’all.

    In denial about gorge and ca shows. Don’t wanna rush UIC but Chicago is already giving me goodvibes. Like seriously good vibes.

  24. phloridaphan Says:

    I wonder if Phil really hates women, old people, and kids like don johnson in tin cup

  25. marcoesq Says:


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