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. Guyute711 Says:

    Suskind as played by GRAB. This is how it’s done.

  2. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Don’t think so @MrP – I’m pretty sure the NFC West is DIII ball.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    Orton’s a fairly solid, undervalued “game manager” don’t-fuck-it-up QB. I think he’d be an upgrade for a lot of teams.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    VY, also available to start at Taco bell, maybe him and Sanchize can be shift managers.

  5. voopa Says:

    It’s Pac-12 now!

    (and I’m not counting the Seahawks and 49ers)

  6. Robear Says:

    Anyone in nor cal driving up to the Gorge? My friend is either driving solo or looking to ride along.

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    Why the hell haven’t the Niners picked up a QB yet?

  8. Summer98 Says:

    Not sure what the hawks are doing with these moves. Locals want to trust Pete but this is odd. Despite the criticism I think he did make the team better last year with the moves just before the season. We’ll see about this year. I’m definitely not a T. Jackson fan.

    Of course I’m a transplant to the PNW and while I root for the hawks for sure, my team are the Bills. Needless to say I’m not necessarily looking forward to football season on either coast.

    Huskies anyone?

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    didn’t realize the haynesworth deal is only 12m unguaranteed for the pats. zero risk. ok, I’m down with that trade

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ” wife made it happen for me pretty much out of the blue.”
    Good wife!

    My good soon-to-be-ex will be there with old tour friends of ours.

    c’est la vie

  11. snowbank Says:

    The re-signed Alex Smith Dude. He’s a winner.

    Pete Carroll is my hero. Is there any other NFL coach that tweets ‘Songs of the day’?

  12. albert walker Says:

    anyone know this Haggis Horns shit?

    fiery horn driven funk. not sure where it’s from. seems new school.

    hot shit. my bro sent me some funk links. loving this one.

  13. Summer98 Says:

    I could back Orton for a year or two but he’s not a franchise guy. Young might have been but it likely too late now. Didn’t take it seriously enough.

  14. albert walker Says:

    neck beard Orton is the shit yo!

    all the brothers come into camp with their 100 inch Tv’s and playstations

    then they cut to old neck beard and he’s got the martin acoustic rockin the cheezy ass zepelin shirt

    Iowa hippies. that state is full of em.

  15. albert walker Says:

    too bad he cant quarterback as strong as he could compete in a spotty beard contest

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Oh yeah snow, my mistake

  17. joe Says:

    ” 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.”

    perfect description of that segment, as usual. really dig those few minutes.

  18. mitch Says:

    id rock the black 77 zep tour shirt. i said it.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Orton is a decent stop-gap QB.

  20. Mike in Austin Says:

    Hot Damn! is a great album AW. I’ve got Keep on Movin’ up there too. Backing band of The New Mastersounds. Grabbed the Vinyl of Got To Lose Your Way last time I was in Vancouver.

  21. snowbank Says:

    Gallery is easy to understand. they want a solid oline for running.
    Sydney Rice makes sense other than our current lack of QB.
    TJack is all about value. No draft capital, just $$$ and not a ton of money. He is a good scrambler. Makes a good back up.

    Letting hasselbeck go: He wanted at least a 3 year deal for $21mil. The only reason to give him that is sentimentality. I am glad he is gone cause there is no upside there. Perhaps he could have gotten us to the playoffs with a losing record again?

    At least now the seachickens have two young guys with potential. If one of them turns out, great. if not, the team is in a better position to draft a franchise QB.

    It makes sense to me. It’s just realllllly hard to let Matt go and not think he could win a couple more games than TJack/Chuckles. But the goal of program should be to get younger. Not win 6 games instead of four.

  22. Summer98 Says:

    There’s some good logic there. Like I said, I’m not convinced but willing to give the leadership some leeway after pulling last year together.

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    Greg Olsen to the Panthers, good job Chi-town. Wasn’t he their best receiver?

  24. snowbank Says:

    And getting rice this year is only a little awkward. It’s a five year deal. Seahawks will have a better QB within 12 months. Could be Saturday. Could be 12months, but by next season they will have an good qb.


  25. albert walker Says:

    Thanks MIA

    I dig it

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