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. alf Says:

    incidental probably the wrong word… your point is that things are more complex, there are many factors at play

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

  2. William H. Bonney Says:

    The diease’s of Europe did more to wipe out and defeat Native’s than any army. History can be a bitch.

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    the poor folks were slaves and indentured servants and small pox patients

    armies would have undoubtedly been bigger (by percentage) if they bought into the project

    so that is what I am saying.

    for real now. boss is getting pissed.

    have a good afternoon.

  4. William H. Bonney Says:

    Armies got bigger as the Generals realized looting the local poplulace was bad for the larger campaign and started to devise ways to supply a larger army without looting the populace at large. Also having all of Europe to pull troops from allowed The Grand Army to reach 550,000 plus men.

  5. Robear Says:

    True @ will h, even out here. Very few whites made it to these hills. The ones that came brought small pox.

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    In general out west, natives were wiped out by gold miners. Not really a concerted effort on the part of govt. It was straight lawlessness.
    Started with the Spaniards, never stopped

  7. alf Says:

    robear sez: there are good people and bad people, always have been, always will be. be vigilant when necessary, and water the garden!

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    I see the crimes of slavery and genocide as absolutely fundamental as well

    but I do see things in shades of grey and not black and white. history is messy and not reducible to good or bad in most cases. to say something as complex as America is this or that simple category is never going to be meaningful. America over history has been both good and evil and mostly a mixture of the two.

    so I see no contradiction in saying: in the overall course of history, the founding of America is a good thing; but terrible evils have been done in this country’s name.

    though I know the tribal folks would say that american history is simply oppression and destruction and from their perspective that is true

  9. garretc Says:

    Anybody else read The Shock Doctrine? Only really tangentially related to the history convo, but I’m about 50 pages in and already extremely fascinated… Would be cool to have someone to discuss with when finish

  10. alf Says:

    seems like its been a while for this type of intense political convo on the board. we’re ready for tour!

    back to work… later kids

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    the continental army was full of poor folks (meaning, small farmholders, not hte poorest of the poor, but living hand to mouth based on harvest yield) and at least 5000 black folks served in the fighting forces…the real size of the Continental army was sometimes more than twice as large as you state…more poor folks would have served for longer if the army had been able to pay them.

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    again for the record I admire Silly’s idealism and respect his intelligence and for all the onlookers, I am not trying to be flamey, we have just learned over the last few years that we can each take it if the other is blunt and direct

  13. William H. Bonney Says:

    Until the Napoleonic wars, the military supply was ensured by looting, requisition or private companies. In 1807, Napoleon created the first Train regiments, entirely dedicated to the supply and the transport of the equipment.

    Just to back up my early point.

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Again, the breadth and depth of conversations on the BB never ceases to impress.

  15. halcyon Says:


    I am interested in that book too. I saw Naomi Klein (I think) on Bill Maher, and Democracy Now and it was interesting and provocative what she had to say about disaster capitalism.

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    Just seconding Mr. Cs explanation of the nature of our debates.

    We just see things differently but he’s great because he’ll go deep with me.

    I love that he likes to talk about this stuff

    :::posting from lunch with my boss:::

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    ^^^ exactly Will B

    Napoleon is revered for his mastery of maneuver both in battle and between battles on campaign but his genius was really organizational

    the US Army in the Civil War took this to the next level and the genius of US Grant was in maximizing the northern advantages in manpower, supply and logistics by turning the war away from maneuver and into a war of attrition

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    “For every dollar wasted on an unnecessary war, there is a dollar wasted on an able bodied person scamming our social security net. ”

    I would say its more of a thousand dollars to one ratio personally, not that either one is ok.

    The debt ceiling “debate” comes down to the republicans, who mostly have admitted and are proud of the fact that their main goal is to get Obama out of office, don’t want to have an agreement that extends beyond the next election. Thus, the short term deal being pushed, so they can use it against him.

  19. Mr palmer Says:

    How was the segue from beards to American history?

  20. Robear Says:

    Will h, the conquest of the mayans greatly increased at some point, due to discovery of a lighter, higher protein food that could be carried further into battle.

    Forget the details, but to your point.

  21. dorn76 Says:

    Ah idealism.

    Few more years at the bar will cure that.

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    I’m outie for a bit. laters

  23. Robear Says:

    Mr p, hairy segue at best.

    Bingos, the extent of waste on both fronts is crippling. Your numbers may be more accurate, but I’m not sure.

  24. dorn76 Says:

    (dusts off idealism and tries it on)

  25. dorn76 Says:

    (Finds it befitting a younger and fitter man)

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