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.

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-14.d2t04.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-14.d2t05.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-05-27t19.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/1.07-Sand.mp3]

 

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519 Responses to “Three More Jams From June”

  1. mitch Says:

    anyone checked the forecast to see what we’re working with? no whammies no whammies no whammies

  2. albert walker Says:

    Yep

    Trey never really settled into that suskind. Seemed to be stumbling

  3. sumodie Says:

    palmer, that’s been on my list for a while now -may move to the top as the conversion issue is srsly ticking me off

    especially since there’s plenty of GD etree torrents that are already tagged

    wish the iaudio came with more gigs though…

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    always appreciate it when Phish plays a ‘new’ Mike tune, though Suskind didn’t fully grab me at sbix. Would love to have Phish play Mike tunes with a little more frequency

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    forecast looks dope for the Gorge mitch, still a ways out though

    http://www.weather.com/weather/extended/USWA0159?par=yahoo&site=www.yahoo.com&promo=extendedforecast&cm_ven=Yahoo&cm_cat=www.yahoo.com&cm_pla=forecastpage&cm_ite=CityPage

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    I have wanted them to play Andelman’s yard for a while now.

  6. mitch Says:

    b-e-a-uuuuutiful weather

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    actually a little chilly at night!

  8. snowbank Says:

    Miner’s book gets more press:
    http://nugmag.com/2011/07/phish%E2%80%99s-renewed-glory-and-recorded-fan-following-goes-from-blog-to-book-and-web-form/

  9. ThePigSong Says:

    Holy crap football talk.

    /nothing to add

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    “the site has burgeoned into the foremost Phish blog on the Internet, offering detailed show reviews, musings about the band and their musical styles, and a place for other fans to discuss thoughts and feelings about all things Phish.”

    Very nice!!!!

  11. ThePigSong Says:

    Didn’t the Phish cover Andlemans last year and Trey totally fucked it up? Or do I just call every mike song I don’t know the name of Andlemans?

    Sitting in some shitty bar in Alabama, the first two songs of this acoustic duo entertaining us were DMB covers. I’d think about leaving, but then where would I drink?

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    Acoustic duos are the worst, you just proved this point.

  13. ThePigSong Says:

    “the site has burgeoned into the foremost Phish blog on the Internet, offering detailed show reviews, musings about the band and their musical styles, and a place for other fans to discuss thoughts and feelings about all things football.

  14. Mdawg Says:

    Nice find snowbank! Good to see positive press!

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    congrats on the publicity for the book Miner. I hope you crush it when it hits the shelves.

  16. bob dylan Says:

    phish thoughts book makes me wanna go incognito

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    “the site has burgeoned into the foremost Phish blog on the Internet, offering detailed show reviews, musings about the band and their musical styles, and a place for other fans to discuss thoughts and feelings about all things football, religion, politics, and your town sucks

  18. bob dylan Says:

    and a place for other fans to discuss thoughts and feelings about all things football, religion, politics, and your town sucks, memes

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ..and the plight of the wook

  20. Andrew Says:

    Kind of fucked up the Bengals brass lets Ochocinco go but not Palmer.

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    oh come on Carson is going to start playing great for the Bungles any minute now

  22. ThePigSong Says:

    Thanks phoamm for posting those smuggling articles. Read em all today, mostly during socially awkward situations.

  23. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    … and traps.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Always thought Carson was going to be great. That injury set him back. Plus , when you play for the Bengals your doomed.

  25. snowbank Says:

    Bengals = Trap.

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