Moments In A Box: Jams of June II

6.1.11 - Holmdel, NJ (Chris LaJaunie)

Continuing our look at the many standout jams of June, here is part two in a multi-part series.

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Sand” 6.19 II, Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth Print (Pollock)

In the middle of Phish’s final set of June, they dropped into a jam that had stood out all month—”Sand. Having shredded multiple versions throughout leg one, Phish showcased the improvisational centerpiece as a primary part of their tour closer, and boy did it shine. Leaping into the fray with delicate, yet forceful leads, Trey grabbed Mike’s attention and both guitarists began to work symbiotically. Tearing of jazzy lick after jazzy lick, Trey speckled the hard groove with well-phrased melodies that Gordon responded to creatively. But as the intensity  built, with all band members locked into the rhythmic excursion, the band took a step back from their cosmic climb to engage in some alternate interplay. As Phish took “Sand” on a tangential ride, Mike threw down heavy bass lines and Trey flowed like water while Page went clav-ing for dollars and Fishman held down a swanky rhythm. Entering uncharted territory, Phish was feeling IT and taking things were they were naturally moving. After getting into some crack-like, funk-jazz fusion, before anyone knew what was happening, the band had entered an infectious stop/start section of jamming that considerably juiced the Portsmouth crowd. And when the jam ended, Phish hadn’t had enough of their addictive groove as they jumped into a “Sand” reprise. Re-entering the same groove they had just left, the band had the audience in a full-out freak scene while chopping away some final dance rhythms.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-19.d2t06.mp3]

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Piper -> Lizards” 6.4 II, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

6.4.11 (M.Shulz)

This summer’s “Pipers” have notably moved in variant directions, shying from the break-neck percussive grooves that have so often defined the jam in this era. No version from leg one better illustrates this welcome shift more than Blossom’s concise type-II adventure. Taking negligible time to move beyond Trey’s guitar solo and into original music, Phish settled onto a beautiful canvas. Combining in a melodic ball of light, all four band members reached an experimental plane right away—a perfect example of this summer’s creative intent and “to-the-point” improvisational style. Getting very creative very quickly, the guys used a succinct jam to explore their ideas before blending seamlessly into the only “Lizards” of tour.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-06-04t16.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-06-04t17.mp3]

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After Midnight” 5.31 II, Holmdel, NJ

5.31.11 (B.Ferguson)

“After Midnight” will always bring vibrant memories of Big Cypress, the afternoon before the main event, and—of course—the song’s sacred reprise out of “Drowned” in the middle of the night. Played only twice since the dawn of the new millennium (in Manchester on 11.26.10 and New York  on 12.31.10), neither version was used as a jam vehicle. But when Phish came out at PNC—hot off of Bethel’s smoking run—and opened the second set with the J.J. Cale cover, one got the sense that this version would contain a legitimate adventure. As the band tore into the song’s groovy textures with fire, they built up a considerable head of steam along the way. After bringing the lyrics back—the point where the song would usually wrap up—the band had other ideas. Building off the song’s rhythmic template, the guys started to improvise, slowly migrating from the piece’s foundation. Trey began altering his licks and Mike responded while, simultaneously, adhering to Fishman’s beat. Gradually, Phish moved further and further from the groove until Fishman and Mike switched up the pocket and the quartet entered a more enchanting passage. Trey repeated a cathartic melody over unique and outstanding rhythms churned out by Gordon and Fish. The band had once again found a musical field of dreams and converged in a gorgeous improvisational sequence. Moving in a more ambient direction as the piece progressed, with “After Midnight,” it became clear that the jamming on display at Bethel was hardly an aberration and that Phish 2011 had truly arrived.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-05-31d02t02.mp3]

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Split Open and Melt” 6.18 II, Raleigh, NC

6.18.11 (J.Crouch)

Toward the end of a bizarre second set in Raleigh—one that possessed great music but flowed like a pile of bricks—Phish unveiled the second “Split” of the summer. Coming like a psychedelic breath of air into a set that desperately needed one after “My Friend” and “Kill Devil Falls,” the opening beats of the song sparked immediate excitement. And by the time they came out on the other side, the band had pushed through a demented reality. Mike took control of the jam early with big, round bass lines that featured a patient tempo and fewer—perfectly placed—notes. The band’s first turn was for the sublime as they flipped the song into a major key, a move that brought a momentary dose of uplifting music. But the guys delved right back into the occult with abstract bass and guitar lines while Page comped dark piano chords in this increasingly menacing exploration. The band reached an abstract realm of “amoeba” jamming where eachmember pushed and pulled the music in variant directions without losing the cohesive whole. At this juncture the piece transformed into a mind-melting symphony and things would only get crazier from here. Mike and Fishman held a gooey rhythmic pattern as Trey and Page experimented over top—and then things got straight evil. Fish entered an almost tribal beat while Page added a dark, futuristic sound effect in a confluence of sinister sounds. Bringing the piece to a drone, ambient near-silence, Phish was amidst the most exploratory and surreal “Split” they had played in ages. As the band continued to bring the jam into more abstract territory, when it came time to build back into the song, it wasn’t so easy. As they struggled to get from the far-out musical places they had reached back to a seething build, the band hit the eject button and popped out of the attempt with a quick ending. After a ridiculously dark jam that brought the crowd into depths of lunacy, the ending was but a small blemish on an overall terrorizing ride.

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548 Responses to “Moments In A Box: Jams of June II”

  1. voopa Says:

    Palmer, as I mentioned earlier, the Summer ’98 run I did was my absolute favorite run of shows ever. PDX through Phoenix. Sure, it’s the longest run I ever did, but every show was fantastic, so I’d like to think that my timing was right in sync with Phish’s wish I could have gone on to Texas…perhaps I’ll get similarly lucky with the HBowl>OSL run.

    In ’97 we learned that the very top row of the Ventura dirt bowl was a great spot, so we went right there in ’98. And they open with a 20+ Gin. Oh hell yeah!

    There was a chain link fence up over the top of the bowl, and I could grab the horizontal pole that ran about 7 1/2 feet above the top row…I spent most of the show hanging on that (feet firmly planted), and at one point during the Gin jam, I turned to my friends and yelled, “I’m the king of the world!”

    Loved the rest of the show too, of course. I believe a train went by the back of the place during Birds, helping to increase the energy. Is it this show or 7/15 where Trey says to a fan, “Bird Song? OK!” and they start BOAF. Classic.

    There’s great jams throughout, but that Gin stays w/me. SH was hilarious, with Fish reading the lyrics, and the Halley’s was fantastic…11 minute jam that people were griping about after because “it ended too soon”. OK, an 11 minute jam to finish a 3 song encore was short, whatever.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks Jtran. I see that it is on Miner’s Laid Back Funk Mix as well. About 5 minutes in now.

  3. ae Says:

    gdad, furthur on saturday?

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    ’98 is my favorite year of 1.0 always has been

  5. Gavinsdad Says:

    6/16/82 el dude (with Billy k on the kit)

  6. kenny powers Says:

    drive by heads-up

    amazing quality torrent on the ‘Nerd of Blues For Allah, taken from a 24 bit / 96 Hz vinyl rip, turned into a standard DVD with dts 5.1 audio. you burn it like a normal DVD (don’t burn the single ISO, but the TS video folder) and toss it on your home theater and WOW. just sampled it…damn.

    the surround effect may not suit all, and for them you can toggle your receiver to normal stereo and it still sounds AMAZING. so cool having an uber-dank, warm and natural vinyl rip in such high rez!

    geek’d/

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks for sharing the story Voopa. Sounds awesome. This source sounds pretty decent to, btw.

    I go back and forth between ’97 and ’98 Duder. Summer ’98 and Fall ’97. Doesn’t get much better than that.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    cool. i’ve been meaning to get that one. got a recommendation from WT on that show/aud source

  9. Gavinsdad Says:

    Unfortunately not @AE. We head down to Sea Isle for the week Sat am. Shore time with the fam is my gave week of Summer. Enjoy urself. Would have dug hanging at the Mann…and Pnc if I was around.

  10. ThePigSong Says:

    I just recently decided I’m gonna make a run through a whole tour. I think I may start with summer ’98. We’ve only got 15ish shows left for the year, right? Good time to start since I figure the whole tour is going to take me a while.

    Somedays I wish I had a job that allowed me to spin tunes all day.

  11. Gavinsdad Says:

    ^fave week

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    the Jim Wise source apparently is the ONE

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sea Isle is beautiful! OPne of my best buds got married there a few years ago. Talk about livin large, wow!

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Further at PNC on Sunday night? hmmm…

  15. mitch Says:

    Man today was hot as balls. In other news, I have two new pieces of glass one with a fat ass honey comb on it. Excited to rock it when I’m back in NYC.

    The time is near people! Thinking I’ll jump on that group me later so I can flood your texts with my excitement.

  16. sumodie Says:

    6/16/82 el dude (with Billy k on the kit)

    I’ll take that rec -thanks!

    Only active etree torrent with that 6.16.82 show also has the early & late shows (SBDs) from April 10, 1982 – Capitol Theater – Passaic, NJ

    6.16.82 source is a MOTB Release: 0057, taped by John Steinthal

    http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=520763

    appears to be seeding very slowly….but seeding

  17. voopa Says:

    Tried to post this earlier, ended up having to reboot:

    Palmer, as I mentioned earlier, the Summer ’98 run I did was my absolute favorite run of shows ever. PDX through Phoenix. Sure, it’s the longest run I ever did, but every show was fantastic, so I’d like to think that my timing was right in sync with Phish’s wish I could have gone on to Texas…perhaps I’ll get similarly lucky with the HBowl>OSL run.

    In ’97 we learned that the very top row of the Ventura dirt bowl was a great spot, so we went right there in ’98. And they open with a 20+ Gin. Oh hell yeah!

    There was a chain link fence up over the top of the bowl, and I could grab the horizontal pole that ran about 7 1/2 feet above the top row…I spent most of the show hanging on that (feet firmly planted), and at one point during the Gin jam, I turned to my friends and yelled, “I’m the king of the world!”

    Loved the rest of the show too, of course. I believe a train went by the back of the place during Birds, helping to increase the energy. Is it this show or 7/15 where Trey says to a fan, “Bird Song? OK!” and they start BOAF. Classic.

    There’s great jams throughout, but that Gin stays w/me. SH was hilarious, with Fish reading the lyrics, and the Halley’s was fantastic…11 minute jam that people were griping about after because “it ended too soon”. OK, an 11 minute jam to finish a 3 song encore was short, whatever.

  18. voopa Says:

    Oh damn it did post. Sorry!

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^haha

  20. voopa Says:

    The only bummer about our spot @ Ventura ’98, was in ’97 they had speakers on top of the SBD tent that blared right at us, but they were gone in ’98. So we had back of the venue sound…but it was still great.

  21. mitch Says:

    Got a bottle of Oliver winery soft red. It’s basically grape drank. Used to drink it in college. They classed it up and went with the screw cap for only that wine. I guess they knew college kids treat it like boones and dont savor the flavor.

  22. Robear Says:

    Miner, how does one buy VIP Gorge tickets?

  23. mitch Says:

    Follow up question, where do you buy VIP for deer creek and MSG?

  24. mitch Says:

    So Robear did you sweet talk the ex into letting you do full tour? What’s the tradeoff?

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    voopa wastin all the internet paper. Cool post though, wouldn’t figure you for a pole dancer.

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