Three More Jams From June

Bethel Woods (Chris Klein)

Over the past two weeks, including the 2011 installment Ten Tunes For Friday that kicked off the celebration of this summer, we have looked at many of the band’s stellar moments from the opening leg. Today we wind down our capsule reviews of the standout jams from June as we prepare ourselves to take in many more highlights during August.


Down with Disease -> Maze 6.14 II, Alpharetta, GA

6.14.11 - Alpharetta (G.Lucas via webcast)

Another in the series of Summer 2011 “Down With Diseases,” this version provided the highlight of Alpharetta’s opening night. Tearing out of the composition with a well-phrased solo, Trey led the band through some momentum-building rock and roll. Soaring at a breakneck pace, Mike dropped thunderous bass lines behind the high-sped jaunt. Breaking the sprint, Trey switched it up in with a series of rhythms chops that brought the band into uncharted waters. Page hopped on his Rhodes while the band shifted gears into a percussive texture with Fishman acting as the anchor of the jam. Gradually, the band oozed into a more abstract-then-ambient conversation, building the jam outwards and into a spacier milieu. Fishman’s beats carried through this experimental playing, grounding the band’s abstract playing with hard rhythms. Within the last couple minutes of the jam, Phish got into some seriously “Storage-esque” territory, foreshadowing their emerging improvisational style while touching the outer rings of the galaxy. As Fishman came in with the opening hi-hat to “Maze,” the band had found their landing point.

Taking the momentum from this creative trek and injecting it directly into “Maze,” Phish tore apart a version that sounded akin in intensity and communication to its mid-Nineties predecessors. Both Trey and Page’s solo smoked and the rest of the band contributed to complex and creative backing canvas. Coming to a face-melting peak with Trey’s solo and accompanying effects, Phish totally annihilated this “Maze,” getting in touch with the song’s essence of madness and musical mania.



Crosseyed and Painless” 6.27 I, Bethel, NY

Official Bethel Print (Stout)

On the first night of tour, Phish had just finished a stunning sequence of “Waves > Caspian” when they dropped into a deep-second-set “Crosseyed.” Juxtaposing  the abstract and enchanting journey of “Waves”with a fire-filled and seething rendition of “Crosseyed,” the band had gone for the jugular on the first night of tour. But the most engaging music of this piece came once band reprised “Still waiting…” and collectively slowed into demonic territory. Maintaining a beat behind this menacing music, Fishman gave this section a danceable cadence as the other three members dove into the underworld. Toying with a chord progression that echoed the murky end of Walnut Creek’s epic “Mike’s” jam from 1997. It was the first night 2011 Phish, and things were already flying off the meat rack.



Sand” 6.11 I, Columbia, MD

6.11.11 - Columbia, MD B.Ferguson)

During the opening leg of summer (and Super Ball), Phish played a total of six “Sands,” and every single one smoked. The second of these six came in Merriweather Post Pavilion’s first of four sets, and stood out right away with its jazz-based, lockstep interplay. Launching into the jam with a smooth be-bop lick, Trey set a jazzy tone right from the get go. While Page clavved like his life depended on it, Mike stepped up and responded to Trey’s thoughtful riffs with those of his own. In laid-back, co-leadership, the guitarists maintained the spotlight during this rendition, As the band progressed from their swanky interplay into a more aggressive exchanges, Page hopped to piano and joined in the fray. The whole band maintained a sharp focus as they collectively reached a peak in which Trey released “cries of terror” from his guitar—an effect he used throughout the tour. Though everyone will have their favorite version from tour, Merriweather’s excursion in jazz-fusion stood out immediately upon relisten.



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519 Responses to “Three More Jams From June”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Jets proved it to last year. They beat up Tom a bit.

  2. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Just wait until Sanchize reaches his potential.

    It’ll make this debate obsolete.

  3. willowed Says:

    You’re right Guyute. He was rattled in one game that entire sesaon

    Granted, It was the big one

  4. jdub Says:

    12/31 Crosseyed in the background, talk about a wide open festival groove. Which reminds me, so psyched to hear how Phish sounds at the Gorge. Hopefully, for you folks attending, the only real heat comes from the stage.

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    Sanchize already has reached his potential, he’s an average QB.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Tom was done once he got married to Gisele. His nutsack was taken away. The hair, the dancing, the water slide. What happened dude?

  7. willowed Says:

    The Gorge Steam will be epic. Open air space, winds swirling. That song will wrap around you like a warm cozy blanket.

    No clue why there was no Steam in Watkins. Crazy decision

  8. jdub Says:

    The Giants rattled Montana pretty good in the ’91 NFC Championship game. In fact, they kind of derailed his career at the end of the game.

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    “Just wait until Sanchize reaches his potential.”

    he’s started his new gig at Taco Bell, then?

    sure, I’d like some Fire Sauce with that plz

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    I guess this means let the smack talk begin. Somebody other than the ets has to start running their mouth.

  11. jdub Says:

    The only thing I missed at Watkins was the absence of Steam or some other new tune. Saving it for the West coast I suppose.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Big Blue, bitches! If we could only get past the fucking Eagles! Not that those losers have ever won anything though. Payback will be a bitch this year.

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    What about Suskind Hotel jdub? Not exactly new or jammed out properly.

  14. jdub Says:

    Quadrophonic Toppings at the Gorge. Could get crazy.

  15. DukeOfLizards Says:

    FTR, I was totally kidding.

    The New York Jets: Where the defense attacks, and the offense defends.

  16. jdub Says:

    Suskind seemed more like a Mike’s Band cover than a new tune, although I really hope it sticks around. Was great catching that one, one of a couple highlights from 7/2 set 1. Monkey Man being the other, which forshadowed Sleeping Monkey if you care to look at things like that.

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    I don’t think the Jets will get Asomugha for a lot of reasons but if they did….holy shit…7-man Rex Ryan blitzes every passing down?!?!?!?!?

    part of me wants to see that just to be witness to the chaos that ensues

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    Well, it was a Mike’s band cover so that makes perfect sense. 🙂

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    part of me also wants to see Rex eat a big old plate of “shut the fuck up” !

  20. snowbank Says:

    @C – the other way to look at it is that even TJack/Chuckles can get the ball to BMW and Sydney Rice. But i have to agree that it is a head scratch-er.

    I think TJack was brought in as the backup and PC would start chuckles if the season started today. That said, PC had these two cryptic tweets in a Q&A on twitter 20 hrs ago:

    “Getting better this weekend! RT @AstinGreer: @PeteCarroll How’s the QB situation looking? I know you’ve got something up your sleeve”

    “We’ll let you know on saturday RT @Purdue_95: @PeteCarroll Who goes into camp as the starting QB?”

    Now it wouldn’t surprise me that the weekend starts on Friday for PC and that he is just referring to Tarvaris but still…

  21. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Just read that we still have $10M of cap space left, AKA, hopefully enough to land Asomugha.

    Either way, I’m mostly counting down the minutes until we sign Randy Moss, which could end up being awesome in any number of ways.

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I thought the Seahawks were in the Pac-10?

  23. jdub Says:

    Glad we straightened that out.

    Alpharetta’s Disease>Maze is fantastic. Wasn’t sure what era Phish I was listening to for a few moments during that Maze.

  24. snowbank Says:

    ORton and Vince Young are both still available…

  25. snowbank Says:

    Watch it Mr P! 😉

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