Postcards From the West

Hollywood Bowl - 8.8.2011 (John Florek)

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The Gorge 2011 (Graham Lucas)

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Lake Tahoe - 8.10.11 (John Florek)

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The Gorge 2011 (Graham Lucas)

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Hollywood Bowl - 8.8.2011 (John Florek)

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613 Responses to “Postcards From the West”

  1. albert walker Says:

    would have loved to see that RnR Mitch

    but really this year it seems Trey spread the love evenly

    Gorge got the RnR and a groovefest
    Tahoe got a pretty ripping complete show with that Light and a groovefest
    UIC got night 1, DWD > Twist and an aborted ghost

    compared to leg 1 that had ups and downs seems like besides not wanting to miss night 1 of hot runs just need to catch a couple to get some heat.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Last 2 Ghosts i’ve seen:

    Pnc #2

    UIC # 3

    Ouch!

  3. albert walker Says:

    I find a bit of inconsistency in all 3 runs of the Gorge, Tahoe, and UIC but I think that’s just par for the 3.0 course

    some of that is just subjectivity towards my type of phish. they didn’t really shit the bed any nights this leg

    would nice to see them just fuck shit up all 3 nights in COlorado but that could be me being greedy

    out for the day kids
    gonna be running errands getting through tour from the start
    laterz

  4. albert walker Says:

    it’s palmers fault

  5. bob dylan Says:

    hindsight is 20/20 and trey is all over the place. you can never pick shows based on past tours. just saying historically the gorge always blows up. as does UIC after just proving its h3ttyness. this tour did have a nicer flow imo compared to leg 1.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Those motherfuckers owe me a big ass 20 minute version…soon.

  7. bob dylan Says:

    a lot of times i will go back and listen to the big jams from shows past. i don’t always play full sets so when i’m looking back at gorge I’m not thinking whole shows necessarily.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    A 16 song set II to close out tour is ridiculous.

  9. albert walker Says:

    Gorge RnR
    Tahoe Light
    UIC Sand > Light, Waves > Undermind

    that’s why we go
    a few more to come in brahlorado!

  10. Lycanthropist Says:

    i know i argued endlessly in the futility of understanding Trey’s decisions, and that I don’t think he purpousely delievers less than 100%….

    BUT

    Did UIC 3 set 2 ever have plenty of momentum through Ghost…

    Ghost seemed to be like a injury to a key player in the game and the rest of the game just getting phoned in because they were already winning and didnt want to have any other players hurt..

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    must spin RnR to get fix now

  12. albert walker Says:

    I thought the set was hot until that moment lycan

    than he got all goli cutting ghosts and shit

    I dug the maki

    but yeah got weird at the really short caspian and just got weirder

    I was loving through the slightly short but popping tweezer

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Lycan- your not kidding about the Crosseyed outro into No Quarter. That is simply badass. Mind melting.

  14. Mike in Austin Says:

    “so weird… i bet people were just like WTF when Makisupa dropped..
    I mean literally, like wait did I just totally zone out and miss something??”

    I just laughed. It was like a “Quantum Leap” episode or something. Wait. Where am I?

    Personally think he should have went into Buffalo Bill instead of Maki … Really made a point of his intent. By the time of my headspace into that set, I thought all of UIC3 was a big punchline to a joke I didn’t quite get yet.

    Gotta go buy some lightbulbs and take out the trash. I guess I really am off vacation.

  15. sumodie Says:

    Betty Davis’s 1973 self titled debut is some dank nasty funk

    no wonder her next album was titled Nasty Gal

    she sounds way too hot to handle for miles davis, her hubby for a year

    mad props to AW for showing me the light!

    will have to get betty’s 3 other albums asap

  16. Mike in Austin Says:

    Thanks again AW.

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    highlight of UIC 3 for me

    2-3 minutes in between C&P and NQ

  18. negev79 Says:

    Re: Gorge RnR->Boogie – I agree completely with you @Miner. I was really lifted when that song started, and when things got nasty, I was hanging on for dear life. I had to sit my ass down on the terrace, thinking “oh holy shit, I have NO idea what’s going on right now!”

    Totally transformative moment and it’s been, what, a decade, maybe more, since I’ve had an experience like that at a show.

    Listening back sober and it still sounds just as insane and brilliant – though maybe scares me a little less. 😉

    I keep watching this video over and over – to remind myself of not just the music, but the whole experience as it unfolded.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8RHo6HEsYo

    I know I’m probably biased, because I was at the Gorge and not at Tahoe, but I think Tahoe Light, while amazing, doesn’t hold a candle to RnR. The transition into Meatstick alone makes the Gorge combo the winner and that’s just one reason I prefer it over the Light.

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    the Gorge RnR is more diverse than the Tahoe Light…

    Covers more ground… where the Light just finds some heavy shit and stays in it.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    the huge mike groove at the end of that RnR just sets it off to a whole other level.

  21. negev79 Says:

    I agree Lycan – just when you thought they were done…crazy bass jam -> perfect transition

    I wasn’t still sitting down, I can tell you that! 🙂

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    ““oh holy shit, I have NO idea what’s going on right now!””

    Copy that Negev on the last 2-3 minutes of C&P when I suddenly had an epiphany that they were going to play No Quarter next, and what this second set was going to be like for the rest of the night.

    I truly felt like things were going off the reservation for everyone involved. Trey’s solo during NoQ was deep and a bit sinister to me. Had all kinds of “Game of Thrones” visualizations going on in my head.

    People around me were calling Timber would be the perfect shit next, and when it hit, it was like … Oh boy. Here we go. But the whole “Still Waiting” in the middle of the Timber Jam, made me feel like Trey wasn’t taking the Jam too seriously. It was like he was going deep, but not really.

    Then Tweezer and that Tet Offensive of 2,000 glowrings, and I was deep in the concert. Then Piper in the batters box next, and I thought … what a night to be where I am at. This is some hard hitting stuff.

    I think UIC3 had potential, and I honestly think it went too deep for Trey. That set had some very very deep potential.

    He pulled the Ghost parachute, although at the time, I was OK with that for some reason. Just like it was a joke or something. And we were just part of it. Reminded me of Big Cypress and after CE&P them playing The Inlaw Josie Wales. Or Piper->Free, then playing Lawn Boy.

    I didn’t think anything was taken away from me. It was more like … “I know you guys would love a 20 minute Ghost, but I feel like telling some jokes up here right now. Not diving into the depths anymore.”

    Oddly I felt connected to that weird part of the band that was “done going deep” for the night and just wanted fans to laugh their way out of the arena.

    Big Cypress was like that for me too. This ain’t the first time they’ve done this.

  23. Mike in Austin Says:

    Sorry, went off topic on the Gorge RnR. It rocked.

    As you were.

  24. Lycanthropist Says:

    “I truly felt like things were going off the reservation for everyone involved. Trey’s solo during NoQ was deep and a bit sinister to me. Had all kinds of “Game of Thrones” visualizations going on in my head.”

    very interesting.. expound…

    btw you know I am doing a Game of Thrones book club yes?

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/200583916669587/

  25. Robear Says:

    Lol MiA. Would live to see your coworkers when u stroll into work tomorrow.

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