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!

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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.”

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-06-05t14.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-17.d2t03.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-17.d2t04.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-06-04t18.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-05-27t17.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-05-27t18.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-05-28t05.mp3]

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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!

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-06-03t13.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-06-03t14.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-06-03t15.mp3] Tags: , ,

954 Responses to “TTFF: Gems From June”

  1. fat bastard Says:

    or alex morgan

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    cheap goal for japan. That was weak sauce

  3. fat bastard Says:

    yeah but a good finish from #8. this is great drama if your not watchin this world cup final turn it on.

  4. Willowed Says:

    We need to start fucking finishing
    Shots too high
    Too many shots hitting the post

    Come on. We should be smoking these fools

  5. Willowed Says:

    And there it is

    Good timing.

  6. fat bastard Says:

    what a great pass.

  7. Boris Says:

    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

    soooooooooo, there is a recording of this jam then????

    can a nice person please point the way ? 🙂

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    women’s soccer > Men’s soccer

    ^^ i don’t even like soccer but this is good stuff. Maybe i just like looking at women play more than men. Who knows. Alex Morgan is going to be a celebrity after this.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Pitchfork Stream

    http://hub.pitchforkmusicfestival.com/

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    lol soccer

    http://hub.pitchforkmusicfestival.com/ odd future, bitchez

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice DF, i wasn’t sure if that was OF or not. Crazy fuckers

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thank god my kids aren’t home right now. jeez….

  13. ThePigSong Says:

    This chicks hav what it takes dudes. Killing it

  14. ThePigSong Says:

    Fuck me

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    what is the deal with this extra time bullshit. Does this ever end?

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    haha these kids are crazy

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ariel pink is next

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    are they good? I don’t know shit, DF.

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    their last album was one of the best albums last year, have no idea how they are live, about to find out

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14324-before-today/

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    choke job .

    these guys are awful

  22. ThePigSong Says:

    #chokefest

  23. mitch Says:

    i love a good choke job 😯

  24. mitch Says:

    nice the site died when i make a crude joke

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    it’s like those moments when you’re in a crowd and right when you say something embarrassing it goes quiet and everyone hears

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