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. Mike in Austin Says:

    Denver’s quarterbacks always seem to look blazed.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Come on G711. Don’t you know that Devin Hester is the greatest to ever put on cleats? ( my best el dude impersonation… 😉 )

  3. albert walker Says:

    Olson can’t block for shit. Worthless

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    Nice Mr P, legendary return man but a receiver he is not.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That little fuck De’sean Jackson will eclipse Hester’s numbers IF he can stay healthy. Big if, because he’s a little fuck.

  6. snowbank Says:

    “Denver’s quarterbacks always seem to look blazed.”

    Ummmm… it’s the altitude.

    @Aw – next time I see you, I can make you an honorary Iowa hippie. I’ll teach the secret handshake and everything. No reason for you to be jealous and lonely. 😉

  7. Andrew Says:

    I can’t understand why people knock Brady?

    He’s top notch and anyone of you would take him on your team as your QB. Last year was supposed to be a rebuilding year going in, and look what happened? 14-2.

    Haynesworth didn’t want to play NT in Washington’s 3-4. Well the Pats have probably the best in the game with Wilfork, so fatboy can get back to doing what he does best in BB’s mixed schemes. Great move by the Pats.

    Ochocinco is not a headcase, he simply likes to have fun. He and Bill are close and respect each other. Solid addition to the passing game.

    A bunch of teams are making head-scratching moves, but the Pats made two great strikes today.

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah I’m not saying Orton is a franchise guy but he’s better than Tarvaris for instance.

  9. albert walker Says:

    Iowa kids love L

  10. sumodie Says:

    frak, I need a flac player -this whole flac>alac conversion process is such a drag

    all this GD talk and it takes too long to lock n load what I wanna spin

    frak alac!!

    Gorge plans appear to be solidifying….plus I need to buy my CO air tic so I can’t back outta that

    we need more fresh PH to keep all this ball talk at bay, lol

  11. mitch Says:

    I’m sure AW would love a special hippie handshake. that seems 110% in his wheelhouse.

    I hope they sort mannings shit out soon so we can decide on the rest of our team.

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    GRAB killed Suskind—huge funk vehicle…

    Phish’s version wasn’t hot at all imo…

  13. mitch Says:

    agreed @sumo re: fresh phish to curb the ball talk.

    ^the comment above is my one shot

  14. albert walker Says:

    I lived in Iowa long enough to see the country life is fucked

  15. mitch Says:

    kurt from indy, if you’re lurking GP and i were thinking of hitting a show tomorrow night. lemme know if you’re interested.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sumo- iaudio9 from Cowon. 16 gig flac player. doesn’t play alac. only thing it doesn’t play.

  17. snowbank Says:

    That’s basically the secret handshake @Aw: coast hand with L and shake. 🙂

  18. snowbank Says:


  19. Selector J Says:

    Texas fanboy says: Don’t count VY out. :mrgreen:

  20. Mulitbeast Says:

    no biggie, but C&P is listed as 6.27 on today’s post.

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    We knock Brady because he’s good, why else? I do think his mind is in it the way it used to be though. I wouldn’t take him at this stage of the game, I’m quite content with P. Rivers. Most teams would be glad to have him.

  22. snowbank Says:

    Iowa hippie girls have an even better handshake… but it involves a different hand coating and only one hand…

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    Gorge Ampitheater Premier/VIP Parking Passes

    $30 a day (per CAR so you can split it up if you carpool a bit) and totally worth it IMO if you are driving to the show. They don’t really advertise this aspect, but you get in the “early entrance line” which is just a gate that opens a few minutes before the main gates.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    do not think

  25. Selector J Says:

    Yea, Andrew. I think the Pats are showing why they haven’t sucked in years today… and like I said earlier, I loathe the Pats.

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