Summer Memories

“Steam” 8.15.11 – UIC Pavilion

This version of “Steam” came at the tail end of the “Elements Set” on the first night of UIC. Serving as a landing point for the other-worldly excursion of “Waves -> Undermind,” Phish didn’t let up as they tore through a growling, indoor version. The song choice, while fitting in with the theme of the set, also fit in with the theme of the show—sweltering heat and humidity due to air conditioner malfunctions. This was the final piece of Phish before a quick cover of “Fire” capped one of the sets of the summer. (by The Qunnski)

“Carini” 9.14.11 – Essex Junction, VT

This officially-released clip of “Carini” highlights the unquestionable highlight of the Vermont benefit in Essex Junction. After a transformation into a jam vehicle last fall, “Carini” took a back seat to several other centerpiece jams this summer, but when they kicked off the final set of summer with the crowd favorite, they crafted a seasonal highlight. Moving through heavy darkness into spiritual, guitar-led transcendence, and then onto a whole-band melodic mind meld, this piece (combined with “Disease” and “Slave”) provided the final top-shelf jam sequence of the summer.

“Disease jam -> Twist” 8.15.11 – UIC Pavilion

This clip picks up the band as they are in the final stages of an uber-exploratory “Down with Disease,” kicking off the fourth set at UIC. The band is still hitting at full throttle at the beginning of this video, and gradually slow down into ambient pastures, eventually crafting a mellow, but artistic, segue into “Twist.” A lively conversation in this “Twist” jam sees the entire band cooperate by leaving plenty of space for each other to respond. Each band member shines at different points in this thematic jam that punctuated the opening segment of the set.

“Drowned” 5.31.11 – PNC

This is a throwback to the first week of summer, and PNC’s first show after Bethel’s three-night blowout. In this dark-horse summer highlight, the band moves far beyond the traditional rock textures of “Drowned” into a deranged and ambient spacescape—a brick in the musical path that led the band into the late-night storage shed experiment at Super Ball. Drifting into more abstract realms, first harnessed by melody and then totally devoid of it, Phish dipped deep into the cosmic sea of sound on this night in Holmdel. Launching into the spiritual stratosphere with the only “Drowned” of summer, this version is a psychedelic diamond in the rough.

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  1. willowed Says:

    I think I have to do this.


    OK, It wasn’t as great as I thought it would be.

    Thanks fo rthe vids Miner!

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Haven’t listened to Phish in a couple weeks. Will check these vids…miner gets me hyped like that.

    I know I’m guilty of rumor mongering but I got the “Phish is playing 4 nights at MSG for NYE” text last night from my “contact”

    There u have it and that’s all I got

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    I’m all in for NYE at MSG

    Best part of flying through Detroit is the psychedelic tunnel between Concourses B and C and Concourse A.

    I always go through multiple times

  4. st8 of mind Says:

    Morning BB. Thanks Miner. Welcome to the Dirty D Silly.

  5. btb Says:

    Haven’t listened to phish in a while either – VT Carini jam is solid

    Making my way through GD Europe 72 SBD’s – gotten through the first 5 shows.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Think im through 4 shows btb. And we complain about repeats. Pfft.

  7. kayatosh Says:

    Thanks, miner, for keeping the phish fires burning.

    Making it my mission to see at least one upcoming MSG show. Bring it!

  8. DryIceFactory Says:

    4 nights at MSG would make a whole lot of sense. I’ve got my 1/1 room booked at Hotel Penn. Does anyone know where I can find affordable availabilty for 12/31? Would much apprec.

  9. btb Says:

    Guyute – I was thinking the same thing. The playing is excellent, but geesh, if you caught all those shows you be begging for some jams.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    some serious fire to that mid set Slave from EJ. love that.

    and sign me up for msg if that is a real thing. hell yeah. with cherries on top.

  11. Kaveh Says:

    @gDad: Thanks for that! We have our flights and hotel all booked for NYC…the wife and I were going anyway, so now that Phish is letting it rip there; that is excellent.

    Hope everyone is having a good morning.

  12. Kaveh Says:

    @btb: I’m up to the 04.26.72 show. I still need to revisit 04.24.72 as well. Germany is on tap. Perfect timing for Oktoberfest season (I know that one is a stretch. 🙂 )

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Ophelia, she’s a comin’

  14. Kaveh Says:


    Thanks for the vids…I think 05.31.11 is HIGHLY under the radar as an exceptional show. I mean the Chalkdust, and you all know I like Chalkdust, is the second best from Summer 2011. (1st place = Pine Knob). The whole show on the 31st is great Phish. The vibe and interplay from Bethel made it way into that show for sure!

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    Would have never known playing in the band was such a great jam vehicle. Gd noob I guess.

  16. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Yeah, I’m up to 4.26.72 and am feeling the same way. As much as I appreciate the raw, exploratory searching in the Other Ones and Dark Stars, I put on Dick Picks 16 from 78 last night and it was like a breeze of fresh air in the melodies and tightness.

    I like the early stuff, but my heart’s with the melodic Franklins, Bird Songs, Eyes, Terrapins, Sugarees, etc etc of the late 70s

  17. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Guyute – and Playin didn’t even take off til after they got back (right GD experts?). I mean all the versions on this box are like 10-11 minutes long.

    I do like the on-fire Truckins tho that opened EVERY SINGLE second set 😉

  18. bearito Says:

    Great selection of vids there Miner!

    So MSG is all but kangfirmed at this point?

  19. Jtran Says:

    Does anyone still have the FLACs online somewhere for the GD box? I know someone posted that a while back.

  20. Kaveh Says:

    @DrP: There are a couple of big Truckin’s in there for sure. For me, this year of the GD is much more pure than any other time after 1974. It was when the band was THE Grateful Dead as a whole and not just the music. When their character and presence was much more prominent. So I like the looseness and creative energy that E72 brings to the table.

    And I will argue that 78 and tightness shouldn’t go in the same sentence. Maybe instead of tightness you should use “refined.”

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    they are def. on the noid

  22. plord Says:

    Lots of repeats, but some are much stronger than others. I’m not taking notes, but a few versions do stand out. Also, like somebody (alf?) posted a while back, I could listen to Black Throated Wind all day

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    Was stung by a bee “Southern Cross” crew Disc Golf outing.
    woke up this morning and my leg has swollen to twice it’s size.

    Got some Benedryl dropped two hope it works

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Dr,

    April ’78 April ’78

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    the future is awesome.

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