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:

    To make Carson retire out of spite is just the Bengal way. They have a proud tradition of losing there mang!!!!

  2. bob dylan Says:

    reddit score

  3. Mdawg Says:

    Da Bears!

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    cheers guys. nice find @snow! Hadn’t seen that one…

  5. voopa Says:


    Turns out I didn’t have that source for 5-26-73, but I’m getting it from LL as we speak. Should be seeding over on etree in a hour or so.

  6. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Did you say the other day you were putting together a Dead playlist in some way involving ’79?

    I’ve been digging through fall ’79 for the past few days. Really digging that early Brent sound.

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    step into the TT

  8. phoammhead Says:

    right on, pig. just read the 4th installment of the smuggling articles in the LA Times

    notable in this fourth installment was this last part:

    “Still, the agents could take pride in Imperial Emperor’s achievements. Their late-night stakeouts, dumpster-diving excursions and tedious phone surveillance, conducted in a bunker-like room littered with takeout menus, had yielded significant results.

    They had developed an extraordinarily detailed picture of how the cartel smuggled drugs into and across the U.S. They had disrupted its distribution system and inflicted substantial financial losses. They had laid the groundwork for a follow-up campaign, Operation Xcellerator, which resulted in 755 additional arrests.

    But the sense of accomplishment was tempered by the realization that the cartel’s regenerative powers could trump even the most vigorous enforcement efforts.

    When Cazares’ indictment was announced, then-DEA Administrator Karen Tandy said, “Today, we ripped out this empire’s U.S. infrastructure … and tossed it into the dustbin of history.”

    More than four years later, the cartel continues pumping drugs through the Calexico border crossing.

    Since Cuevas’ arrest, several other smuggling crews have sprung up, and the port is still considered one of the main entry points for cocaine on the Southwest border.”

    ^your tax dollars at work with the war on drugs

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    +1 for two different uses of “digging” in two sentences

    (-2 for +1ing myself)

  10. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah Duke

    I’m going from like 9/79 through sometime in ’80, like maybe 9/80, so prior to the warfield/radio city gigs.

    It’s in beta form really. I have 95% of it set, I need to do edits and fades and settle a couple cagematch questions.

    Perfect era for a mix playlist IMO because the highlights are extremely high but even the best shows contain what I’d consider clunkers and there are a lot of shows with like 1 or 2 amazing gems in them and then a lot of meh.

    I set the bar fairly high in mixes for really harsh vocals and lyrics flubs…doesn’t have to be perfect but I’m as picky as I can be.

    the final round of work on it will take 2-3 evenings and if I don’t get to it before the Gorge it’ll prob wait til after leg 2 ’cause when tour is on I’m all about listening to new music

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    peace all. gotta run out into the country to see a guy about a thing tonight. Gorge treats, ya know. cya tomorrow.

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    LOL twitter
    @sportsguy33 Bill Simmons
    Can she play outside linebacker? RT @TheCousinSal The Patriots have just signed Courtney Love pending physical.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I have 2 dead shows i’m deciding to spin and i can’t decide. 2/21/73 or 12/5/79. Downloaded both a while back but never listened. I’m sure the ’73 is consensus but Duke has me yearning for some late 70’s madness.

  14. William H. Bonney Says:

    Hideki Irabu found dead.

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    watched a bane special yesterday and a comedian said he wished we would declare a war on hot chicks, there would be one on every corner giving herself away for free

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    @ G$$$

    Greg Olsen is not the C. Bears best receiver/tight end fwiw

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    who is? this should be funny

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:


  19. alf Says:

    +1 to voopa

  20. joe Says:

    I have gorge envy

  21. joe Says:

    watching dte disease for the millionth time will do that to a man.

  22. voopa Says:

    Thanks alf. Currently @ 79%, should be up shortly.

  23. lumpyhead Says:

    word on the gorge envy.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    Duder must be googling for FA pick ups

  25. Beantownboy Says:

    I swear I just saw GDad interviewed in the parking lot of today’s Phillies game on the MLB network.

    Just another sign of the BB’s infiltration on modern life.


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