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. Robear Says:

    I suggest everyone that hasn’t, plant some food. Even if it’s one tomato in a pot on the patio.

    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.

  2. albert walker Says:

    Nothing is ever black and white. Wasn’t 200 years ago. Isn’t today. Isn’t when chilling today looking back 200 years ago.

    Have fun comrades
    Looks like the Gorge isn’t in the cards for me but Brahlorado is def on
    Time to read some reports and watch congress whine and fight on TV

  3. albert walker Says:

    I wish I had ideological beliefs on anything. def fell off in my early 20’s. life just beat me up too much to give a fuck.

    A bit of cash to see the shows and go on vacations I want too
    A bit of cash to puff what I need
    A girl that doesn’t ever tell me what to do
    That’s all I need

    I’m just a selfish, irie, simpleton

    now I’m really out

  4. sven Says:

    Palmer – It was much harder to shave regularly before the first disposable razor blade was produced in the early 20th century.

    You could always tell the poorer soldiers in the civil and revolutionary war as they couldn’t afford a straight razor.

    Silly thinks there were many bearded soldiers, Mr C thinks they were all clean shaven.

  5. halcyon Says:


    Caught Greensky at Grey Fox. Fun show. They played Beat It to end the show. Bluegrass Michael Jackson .. why not?

  6. voopa Says:


  7. negev79 Says:

    “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.”

    Ah what kills me about this @Bingos, is that extending the debt ceiling wasn’t an “Obama victory” until the Republicans made it one. If they had just extended it without conditions no one would have blinked and none of us would be talking about it now. No one would have considered that a political victory for Obama. And now, if they extend it using the Reid plan, even through 2012, that’s a Republican victory really since the plan is so conservative. But they still won’t do it.

  8. garretc Says:


    Well I definitely recommend picking it up, I haven’t found it dry or dull at all, a really intriguing read so far! (Although I’m a current economics major, so take my standards of interesting with a grain of salt…)

    Although it sure is kind of depressing…

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    I saw that voopa.

    $$$ segue sven.

  10. verno329 Says:

    We need a good ole fashioned TIII setlist for today

  11. Mr palmer Says:

    Perfect Sven!

  12. halcyon Says:

    I find the whole debt ceiling theater ridiculous. Can’t cut our way out of a recession, and raising your credit limit is dangerous. No one wants to compromise, and everyone is playing the angles to claim victory once this thing passes.

    Why isn’t the Defense budget or these endless wars not being included in these discussions? Why only services people rely on, and taxes no one ever wants to pay.


  13. garretc Says:

    Oooh, a perfect sven? Those don’t come around often!

    I assume you’re using the standard one to sven ranking system?

  14. Mr palmer Says:

    GC – Beltran to the Giants? Just about a done deal is the word.

  15. William H. Bonney Says:

    @Bingos and Negev

    Please read this article on debt debate. Let me know what you think of Mr. Sowell conclusion.


  16. William H. Bonney Says:

    Did we get Bradon Belt at least Mr. P?

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Come on Hal, next thing you’ll suggest is the rich giving up the tax breaks that have driven our debt up or corporations like GE paying more taxes than I do. Do you want the terrorists to win? Do you?! 😉

  18. garretc Says:

    @Mr. P

    You don’t say? I knew there was interest, didn’t know there were talks! I assume we’re giving up a pitcher, cause none of our hitters are worth shit, but regardless of who it is, a really really do need a bat…

  19. Robear Says:

    If US defaults, will airfare fr Arcata to Chicago come down? Bunch of last minute stoners must be jumping on tour. Flights going through the roof!

  20. butter Says:

    just ate the first tomato from the garden, yum

    sliced that beotch up on some lox, cream cheese and bagel

  21. voopa Says:

    And a catcher.

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    our tomatos are close but lagging a bit from cloudy july weather

    strawberries are close as well. have had a few pretty good ones but the A+ ones are pending about 1 more week of reasonable sun

  23. Mr palmer Says:

    GC- Gary Brown ( top outfield prospect) and two other shleps is what I read. Never heard of Brown, but that doesnt mean much.

  24. butter Says:

    growing eggplants for the first time this year

  25. Dr Pronoia Says:

    “The question is which BBers has the biggest beard-age difference. Mine is only 6 years.”

    Mine is 10+ at least, as those who have met me can attest. assuming that with beard I look that much older, which sometimes I doubt.

    @GD – Thanks to Tzara’s Ghost, I am in the bldg for all 3 nights at UIC. Only GA on Wednesday, but I’m trusting the BB to get me down where the action is when it counts.

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