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?


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:

    Sorry Dorn, didn’t mean to get personal or attack you, my bad. But my headed exploded when you told me Obamacare is a job creation program or a job creator. Your chart showed the last year of Bush and first year of obama. how about just a unemployment chart from the US. govt. over last ten years. We had low umeployment for long time it seems and now can’t get any employment traction going. I agree presidents don’t create jobs, but they seem think they do. Though FDR did create many public works programs in his time. But creating a job by taking resources from one group and paying them to someone else isn’t really creating anything.

    Unemployment last ten years here:


  2. voopa Says:

    I just don’t want to end up having to check it (I’ll forget it), or take it back to the car.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    let’s hear from all the Vikings fans who are stoked about the start of the Donovan McNabb Era!!!!!



  4. MrCompletely Says:


  5. BingosBrother Says:

    ” fudge a printed out email making the provisions to carry it in and keep it in your pocket in case you’re patted down and it’s discovered…”

    Works for everything. “Oh this herb? Don’t worry sir. I have an email. Dennis says its cool.”

    It all boils down to one thing. capitalism is a shit sandwich. The less bread you have, the more shit you gotta eat. The more bread you have, the less shit you gotta eat.

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    I’m fine with no sandwich and just a piece of toast, then.

  7. BingosBrother Says:


  8. alf Says:

    i prefer blight-free tomato plants

  9. kenny powers Says:

    i like my tomatoes blighted. i have no idea what we’re talking about.

  10. Esteban Says:

    @MrC Hahahaaha that’s the best well-worn jean shirt of the week

  11. kenny powers Says:

    all this crap going on in politics and the summer season makes me think of the tremendously underrated 1993 Joel Shumacher yarn Falling Down, starring Michel Douglas in perhaps his finest role this side of Romancing My Ass.

  12. kenny powers Says:

    oh, so what i meant by that was it’s just a dude who’s fucking had it up to here with everything. i think peeps can identify.

  13. Mike in Austin Says:

    The Plutocracy is your Magician. This right vs. left is like Coke vs. Pepsi.

  14. Mike in Austin Says:

    My 10 month old beagle ate 4 perfect heirloom tomatoes ready to be picked last night. And that’s a hell of thing to grow a good tomato in Texas.

    He’s eaten my wallet, remote controls, shoes, etc. I was most pissed about this.

  15. Jtran Says:

    Spinning 12/31/97 for the first time (well probably just the first set)

    no spoilers streaming in my itunes

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    word KP, I’ve fucking had it with michael douglas too

  17. Jtran Says:

    And to stay relevant: currently have basil, tomatoes, a habanero pepper and other unidentified herbs growing

  18. garretc Says:

    “Unidentified herbs”?

    Sounds illegal…

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    Klosterman at his best/worst/most Klosterman-y, breaking down a personal fave YT clip I’ve posted here several times

  20. Selector J Says:

    I had little luck with my garden this year. Too hot and dry for a red thumb who routinely forgets to water for 2-6 days. Okay, so it was less about luck and more about me sucking at the gardening.

    I did discover a Cicada Killer Wasp dragging a cicada to her burrow one day by my raised beds. Nature is nuts, man.

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    er linky sorry http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6780938/frankenstein-monster

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    Michael Douglas is an American and you’re a sick asshole.

    Anonymous video




    Word is paypals stock has lost a billion today. 17 alternatives to paypal.


  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    love that frank vid

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    We have two large orb-weaver spiders in our garden. They are huge and awesome spiders. Freaked me out at first one night (one is probably 2 1/2 in across) with a 5′ web, but are really awesome spiders to see up close.

  25. willowed Says:

    Just purchased my plane ticket.
    Leaving Hartford on Saturday 9/3. Be in CO. by afternoon. Meet KP. heading to shows.

    Can’t fraking wait!

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