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. bhizzle Says:

    Will there be another BBFFL this season?

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yes bhizzle! The commish sent out emails this week…Cannonballs ready to roll!

  3. Summer98 Says:

    Tzara’s and I are trying to get folks together for a beer or two on Thursday in Seattle. We’re looking at places in the city though so if you are staying by the airport it will be a drive.

  4. Leo Weaver Says:

    Would love to join you guys S98, but not getting in until around midnight.

  5. Summer98 Says:

    @leo, you mentioned needing a ride to or from the gorge a while ago. Looks like I’ll have at least one extra seat both ways FYI.

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Give Jimmy a chance!

    ND had shitty ass defenses while he was there

    and despite his fanfare at the beginning of his career, he showed some grit down the stretch

    the kid never gave up…even if the Fat One did…

  7. Kaveh Says:

    I passed on the BBFFL this year, but I would love if we did a pick em league with the BBer’s. What do you think G711? You are the commish. Pick em is still just as fun as FF. And I already have a couple FF leagues that I’m in, so it became a little much for me.

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    Awesome S98. I think Tzara had one also but I haven’t confirmed with him in some time. what’s your emailio? I’ll hit both of ya up. I only need a ride out to Wildhorse or somewhere in the general area.

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    We’ll see SW. I’m not sold on the kid. But I will admit I haven’t really liked or respected him much since the staged fanfare of his commitment to ND. And he’s the brother of two past TN QBs…me being a Georgia grad/fan and all, there’s an issue with his DNA IMO. 😉

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    Pick em could be fun too. I’d let someone else run that. bhizzle BBFFL 11 is on. I am not locking the players out, or am I. This billionaire wants more of a share of profits.

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    I know, LW.

    no one likes JC, not even ND fans

    i just hope for the best for him.

  12. negev79 Says:

    cool, another Robyn with a “y”. Right on.

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    Vikes grabbing McNabb. Interesting.

  14. dorn76 Says:

    If anyone knows of an extra 8/16 UIC ticket, let me know… late plans coming together..

    b d r L J M 1 9 7 6 AT Gmail

  15. Leo Weaver Says:

    I hope the kid can succeed too. But I think his spiky gelled blond stylings will get in the way. He almost hit me a couple months ago…took a turn a little too wide.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    no one likes JC, not even ND fans

    what? how could nd fans not like Jesus Christ?
    /didn’t read back
    /realizes this is a reference to the emu, not the bearded one

    speaking of beards, I’ve been rocking facial hair of one kind or another since I could grow it. full beard (no neckbeard though, of course) for almost 15 years.

  17. Kaveh Says:

    Vikes grabbing McNabb. Interesting.

    ^McNabb will be a fine back up to Ponder…I hope. Sicking how the Vikes are always looking to plug the quick-fix hole. They never learn.

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    “Do, or do not do. There is no try.”

    fuck Yoda, this is the worst advice ever. little green punk-ass doesn’t know shit about life if he thinks there is no try.

    mitch – your reason for growing a beard is irrelevant, I’m just talking about the effect it has on your look, if you don’t care about that part, that’s fine. I originally grew mine out of laziness as well.

    But once I observed the Beard Handsomeness Curve I started talking to women about it and I’m pretty sure it’s on point. One key point is when I say “handsome” I don’t mean just an average nice looking dude, whatever that means. I mean the male equivalent of a true Hot Chick.

    Your best case scenario for a beard is to be an above-average but not-quite-really-handsome dude with a high quality, fully grown and well manicured beard. Then you’re getting the most out of your Facial Hair Multiplier.

    But there’s a point on the curve past which the multiplier is always less than 1.0. All I’m saying is, if you are secretly a real looker, recognize that fact, and don’t cover it up with an ill considered face-rug.

    For the record I’m just an average looking dude at best, with a pretty decent beard, according to my wife at least, who has insisted on it staying…which says it all eh?


    “The Revolution was fought by these rich white landowners who didn’t want to pay taxes to a government that provided social programming”

    someone’s been taking Chomsky et. al waaaaay too seriously. Of course this was an aspect to the Revolution but to reduce it to that as the prime mover is historical revisionism of the worst sort IMO. Like all major historical events the causes were complex and not reducible to simple ideological truisms like that…

    The idea that the war was actually fought by rich white landowners is ludicrous, er I mean factually inaccurate…as always the war was mostly fought by poor people.

  19. Guyute711 Says:


  20. MrCompletely Says:

    Cam Newton’s a gamble with a high payoff

    I’d roll the dice on that kid after watching him a bit. If he works hard, he can make it. Might take him awhile to get up to pro speed on decision-making in the pocket; might never happen, of course.

    But if it does…if he becomes NFL accurate and learns the game…holy shit

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    and yes the whole beard issue completely depends on female perception and is dependent on the lady in question being in the type that likes beards…some do and some simply don’t….mine does

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    FWIW my early-20s beard was an embarrassing fail but the late-20s and after version is pretty worthy so don’t give up, young’uns

  23. bhizzle Says:

    Just logged into the BBFFL! Had my head up my ass lately and haven’t checked my email lately….dibbs on 1st draft pick…wink

    if the concensus is do a weekly pick in place of the BBFFL i’m game.

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    I am still distantly friendly with an old tour sweetie that’s a Y-bearing Robyn, and one of our closest current friends, my wife’s old tour buddy from back in the day that ended up working for the band, is similarly moniker’d

    quality name. fact.

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    Can’t argue too much with C’s beardology.

    Yeah, definitely high risk-reward with Cam. He may surprise the shit outta me and I hope he does. Getting up to speed will be the big thing, along with whether he can learn to accurately throw the ball. His legs will only get him so far. He hasn’t proven much IMO, considering the single years at each school and being a really big fish realtive to the ponds. Vick seems to have figured it out, we’ll see if Cam can.

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