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. EL Duderino Says:

    you’re pretty dar considerate in my book

  2. voopa Says:


  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    used my flavor savor this am on the slf. :8):

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Silly if you cannot respond from the position of unconditional love, the STFU.

    You will thank yourself later.

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    glazed donuts are my favorite Phamily

  6. albert walker Says:

    your at the age of too many opinions SW. that’s what your early mid 20’s are for

    you should have heard my punk ass around your age. crazy young anarchist that thought all aspects of modern society were fucked and never wanted to pay taxes

    no I’m just a jaded, beaten up yuppie.

    enjoy your idealism when you can. hard to keep it going as you get older.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Silly keep your opinions coming and keep them strong. If people don’t like them here they don’t have to read them

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    The weight of the world will crush you soon enough Silly. Spout those opinions.

  9. alf Says:

    i’d rather read SillyWilly’s Ideological Historical Revisionism and Naive Idealism Thoughts than the NFL thoughts we get now and again (i’m already dreading upcoming mondays)

  10. MrCompletely Says:

    well I for one think this should be a place where we can talk about whatever, Silly, including trying out your strongly held opinions

    if you read back you will see at least some people found it interesting. anyone who did not can skip it IMO.

    You may also notice that other threads of conversation survived the onslaught.

    We go through this from time to time. I cause digressions and hijacks on NBA, NFL, and GD. AW and kaya and others get into the financial stuff. In the evenings sometimes it gets all philosophical and shit.

    I have no idea whether you should or should not modulate your opinionated nature IRL and particularly with your family. Maybe so, maybe not.

    But my personal preference would be for this site to continue more or less as it has been for the last couple years, which is to say, there is plenty of room for digressions of all sorts.

    We shouldn’t get super into history or politics or economics or Jerry or literature or whatever every day but I think you are perhaps taking a criticism (which may or may not be fair) from one aspect of your life and applying it more broadly than you need to.

    Analogy: being around your family while heavily spun is questionable. Posting to the BB while heavily spun is encouraged, and often hilarious.

    Anyone who doesn’t care what you think on a given topic, or about a topic in general, can skip that part of the convo and probably is already doing that

    no harm no foul IMO

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I grow embarrassing amounts of facial hair

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    @alf, yr opinion on McNabb? Washed up geezer, or underrated veteran QB capable of above average starter production?


  13. Foul_Domain Says:

    nothing wrong with opinions as long as you consider other people’s and accept that they are allowed to be different. Only becomes annoying when you cant agree to disagree.


    Keep ’em coming!

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    basically I don’t think there’s anything really wrong with the daily flow of conversation here so there’s nothing to fix and no reason to stress out over it

    certainly I tune out financial stuff, hockey, soccer…none of it ever bothers me…

    just my $0.02

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    Sorry alf, I’m absolutely gonna be talking some football. Hockey season is also right around the corner. 🙂

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    timing is everything, sorry C

  17. phoammhead Says:

    bek likes the beard and for it to be full on growth . . . no stubble, no short beard. she wants it to grow on out there

    when i go to trim it she freaks out

    i guess she likes to the rough and masculine look

    i’m guessing i’m too pretty looking without it, which i would agree

    i personally like to mix it up. grow it out there, then stubble, then shave it all off and then repeat

    if i wasn’t in a professional environment, i’d let it grow and grow and grow, which i did anyway recently. then, i trimmed it back some after the 1st leg of tour.

    my dad once told me that facial hair was associated with the drug culture. i said, so what of it? that was years after my mom and dad told me that baning was illegal and i said, well it shouldn’t be.

  18. SillyWilly Says:


    Thanks everyone.

    So, the investigator in my office is the cool old product of the 60s. He keeps dropping all these live jazz recordings he has in his office on me, and I’m having a hard time keeping up

    He just dropped some Lester McCann and Eddie Harris from Montreux Jazz Festival

    and an Archie Shepp album called Attica Blues.

    Any good?

  19. Guyute711 Says:

    So with a looming NBA lockout does this mean that The NFL will be flush with quality tight ends?

  20. albert walker Says:

    No doubt C

    Philosophy convos do nothing for me but remind me of why I hate college

    But I’m sure me and Kaya market talk annoys the shit out of some

    Only thing that bothers me is Peeps that try to censor certain convos like that dbag yesterday commenting on my fav vince tune topic

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    Thankfully the NFL is back to boost the struggling economy. Mixing genres people.

  22. albert walker Says:

    No finance and hockey love C

    I’m sensing a personal attack

  23. sumodie Says:

    inequality/exploitation/violence whatever is the fundamental condition of our economic system

    more like fundamental conditions of the natural world -inequalities, exploitation, & violence will be around far longer than our puny species

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    its on chief

    watch out or I’ll hit you with a philosophy/NBA combo

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    intern position open at Wu-Tang


    not even kidding. apparently.

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