Mid-Week Musings

6.10.11 (G.Lucas)

After the incredibly successful summer that Phish has already had, we still have a dozen shows to go! In a bit more than a week the circus will travel to the hallowed grounds of the Gorge to kick off the back end of the touring season. And things couldn’t look brighter. When we left the band just a few weeks ago, they had just thrown down the best weekend of music in the modern era amidst a full-blown Phish festival of the sorts we only dreamed about a few short years ago. It is impossible to deny the musical momentum built over the first half of this summer and— more than ever—it certainly feels like the dawning of Phish’s Golden Age.

 

7.3.11 (G.Lucas)

Full-blown creativity, new improvisational directions, experimental jamming, airtight communication, uncharted territory—all of these facets were part of Phish’s opening month of tour. And if the progress made from leg one to leg two during the past two summer tours is any indication, Phish is going to come back with even sharper jaws and enhanced improvisational adventure. At Super Ball, the band seemed to play with a laid-back patience, understanding that we were all there for three days and there was no reason to rush anything. As a result, almost almost no jams were ended prematurely and the weekend possessed an undeniable flow. Though some sets were better crafted than others, the band left us with a slew of the most innovative music to be played in this era.

Two nights at the Gorge, Hollywood Bowl, Tahoe x 2, Golden Gate Park, then two three-packs—at UIC and Denver…there is heck of a lot of music left to be played this summer! And just like the last two, when all is said and done, my bet is that the second leg will produce the most memorable jams of the tour. Building off a spectacular June that was in a different league than its 2009 and 2010 predecessors, the thoughts of what might come out of August is awe-inducing. Five new venues and a return to two of their most classic haunts will provide us with 24 more sets to take us through a Phishless fall. But something tells me that after a spectacular—and lengthy—summer, that won’t be too much of a problem for anyone.

In 2011,  Phish has created a buzz in the community like no time since their Hampton return. Showcasing a completely revitalized improvisational brilliance—built upon the foundation of ’09 and ’10—Phish took people by storm in Bethel and have maintained that quality of play, and improved upon it, right up through Super Ball. It’s an exciting time to be a Phish fan, as the entire comeback has brought us to right now. And heading up to the Gorge in this context, could anything be sweeter?

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Jam of the Day:

Light > Number Line” 6.19.11 II

Deep in Portsmouth’s second set, Phish got into an intricate and psychedelic take on “Light” in which Trey actually sets up a quasi-transition into “Number Line.” With so much meat in his show, this “Light” jam hasn’t been discussed to much; check it out.

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510 Responses to “Mid-Week Musings”

  1. William H. Bonney Says:

    One thing I do find troubling is people seem surpised the Rep’s want to get Obama out of office, uh yeah. Just like dem’s want to get out a Rep. pretty pretty pretty standard stuff there. Obama will have to cave in the end, he will not want to be the President who defaulted and trying to blame a the House Rep. when the Dem’s had the whole govt. at their disposal for two years, Never passed a budget or addressed the debt ceiling when they easily could have seems to go back to what Mr. Sowell was saying to his article. Have to run. Check you cats later. Peace.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    @billy : I do agree with him that the term “ceiling” doesn’t mean shit if you just keep going up and never hit your head. I am no fan of Obama, but to say that his policies have caused this “crisis” is ridiculous. Sure, dude has been throwing money around, but nowhwere near the amount of his predecessor.

  3. butter Says:

    bigjigs wife made some strawberry rhubarb pie freshie from the garden, and we made plum puff pastries, fresh from the trees

    that one tomato was just ready, nothing else that close

  4. butter Says:

    i met Condoleezza Rice golfing this past weekend, chatted it up for a few

  5. alf Says:

    interesting beard teases in this segment. will we get a full on reprise? or is the entire thing just going to get >nfl’d?

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “When the shit hits the fan, I don’t give a Phuck about who can quote what. I want to know who will carry a bucket of water.”

    ^ word. I am a function over fashion type.

    In a situation requiring action looking good gets you fucking squat in my book, what can you do matters.

  7. bearito Says:

    Hola BB

    Enjoying the hell outta this Pure Jerry Vol. 4 today

    Gorge goers better get ready to get your ya ya’s out!

    If Gorge ’09 was the turning point of the summer then I can only imagine what they’ll throw down now that all this “new shit has come to light” in ’11

    @ Robear or anyone really – What’s best for pesky caterpillars on my tomato plants? I keep hearing about a powder. Seven or something?

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    :knows Huggiebear has a tractor, has mapped route to get there with fuel and spare parts:

  9. dorn76 Says:

    hey, work is light today….

    That RCP Sowell article is bunk. I could get on board with his general point about the purpose/reality of a policy, but he is so off base on the cause of our current financial woes, that it makes it tough to credit anything he’s saying.

    Quote:
    “The Obama administration is a classic example. When all its skyrocketing spending bills were being rushed through Congress without even being read, the Democrats had such overwhelming majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives that Republicans had all they could do to get a word in edgewise — even though their words had no chance of stopping, or even slowing down, the spending of trillions of dollars. Now that the bill is coming due for all that spending and borrowing, Republicans are suddenly being invited in to share the blame for either raising the national debt ceiling or for whatever other unpopular measures will be legislated.”

    Sorry but that is BS. Obama’s policies have added to the debt, sure, but he inherited a nearly $2 trillion debt, 2 Wars and the worst financial crisis in 70 years. He had to spend a few bucks to keep us from going over the cliff. As for “Obamacare”, and other spending bills, they’ve led to more jobs created under this President in 3 years than the entire 8 years of GWB.

  10. halcyon Says:

    Have 10 tomatoes on one plant. All of them the size of a grape. Unfortunately our relatively short summers won’t help. The evening break in temperature in the mtns is a few weeks away. When that happens they might not ripen as I would have hoped. Still awesome knowing that my thumb is getting better at growing.

    Herbs, Greens, Beets, Carrots, Peas, Cukes, and Asparagus are rockin it.

  11. William H. Bonney Says:

    http://www.cafetax.com/2010/09/20/bush-vs-obama-spending-the-truth/

    Decent article on spending comparison’s. Here is quick quote from it.

    Unfortunately, instead of cutting spending, Obama has spent more money than the government has ever spent in a single year and contributed to the substantial federal budget deficit increase. We are now at the highest deficit levels compared to GDP, second only to World War II. Obama may take note of that, but in 2010 he continued passing legislation that increases expenses through the next decade.

  12. Robear Says:

    Caterpillars can be a bitch. There’s a bio control, the name slips me……wait for it…ahhhhhhh first tube, blank space where name should be

    Check : groworganic.com

    It’s Peaceful Valleys website. Go to the ‘Pest Control’ link.

  13. bearito Says:

    Will check that site for sure. Thanks!

    The caterpillars practically decimated my heirloom cherry tomato plant. Still managed to snag off about 20 before they got to em.

    My Roma’s grew nicely and then this large brown “nipple” started to grow on the ends of each tomato rendering them inedible. Anyone had this problem?

  14. halcyon Says:

    Bearito

    do you have blight in your neck of the woods? a friend had blight a couple of summers ago and they had what you described plus the skin cracking on the tomatoes

  15. Dr Pronoia Says:

    didn’t Miner teach US history a few years back? Will tomorrow’s post be a review of today’s debate??

  16. negev79 Says:

    @Will – I agree the debt ceiling should be abolished. I was with Sowell up until this:

    “The Obama administration is a classic example. When all its skyrocketing spending bills were being rushed through Congress without even being read, the Democrats had such overwhelming majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives that Republicans had all they could do to get a word in edgewise — even though their words had no chance of stopping, or even slowing down, the spending of trillions of dollars.”

    Um…the wars were Bush’s. The tax cuts were Bush’s. TARP was Bush’s. Medicare “reform” was Bush’s. Republicans have admitted that for 8 years, it was common practice to not pay for anything. I refer you to this chart:

    http://tinyurl.com/3n2pdnx

    The debt situation we are in is not due to Obama “spending” bills. Congress, by the way, appropriated all of the money we need to now raise the debt ceiling for, it’s already been spent. A lot of the same Republican’s refusing to raise the debt ceiling voted to spend that money. And it’s absurd to say that Republicans were somehow silenced or couldn’t get a word in edgewise when there were Democratic majorities in both houses. If that were true we’d have single payer healthcare right about now.

  17. William H. Bonney Says:

    As for “Obamacare”, and other spending bills, they’ve led to more jobs created under this President in 3 years than the entire 8 years of GWB.

    What are you talking about, this is complete fantasy on that note. Enjoy the kool aid, your stripes came out on that one. Laterz…too funny Unemployment is over 9% I can’t even begin to, nevermind. Obamacare is hug job creator just ask Pelosi
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJKGWEkkE7E

  18. bearito Says:

    Not sure halcyon. Does blight refer to a specific plant sickness? This started when the tomatoes were almost fully grown and developed this brown, rotting end spot.

    I did see a huge caterpillar but I thought it might have something to do with the PH of the soil so I washed it out for a while but the spots continued.

  19. William H. Bonney Says:

    Tarp was both parties. The war both parties. President Bush even got Congressional approval for those. Man let’s not have revisonist history this fast.

  20. voopa Says:

    Oooh, a chart-off

  21. bearito Says:

    This is what I think I’ve heard of and on the site Robear rec’d:

    http://www.groworganic.com/safer-garden-dust-8-oz.html

    Guess I’ll give it a shot.

  22. negev79 Says:

    “Decent article on spending comparison’s.”

    I respectfully disagree. Even what you quoted from that article is demonstrably false. Obama has absolutely NOT spent more money than the government has ever spent. Ridiculous. Again, I refer you to that chart. Or, if you think the NY Times is too liberal, how about this one from the CBPP:

    http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3490

    The CBPP is not some kool-aid drinking liberal whatever.

  23. Dr Pronoia Says:

    all I know is phish better tour in late summer and fall of 2012 or things could get ugly up in here!

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    as always I completely abstain from discussions concerning current political issues.

    have at it!

    I like the Storage jam.

  25. negev79 Says:

    Tarp was both parties. The war both parties. President Bush even got Congressional approval for those. Man let’s not have revisonist history this fast.

    Whoa, that was quick revisionist history. Like two pages ago you gave me Sowell’s argument and asked for my thoughts. I assumed that meant you agreed with him. He says the debt was caused by Obama’s spending policies.

    Just pointing out he’s wrong. It wasn’t Obama’s policies, it was Bush’s. Yes, he got congressional approval, but hey, so did Obama for the parts listed in the chart, right? So what are we arguing about? I think we agree that with Moody’s that the debt ceiling itself is useless and should be abolished right?

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