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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631 Responses to “Summer Memories”

  1. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “Find out what your other neighbors use. U want the same caliber as your neighbors have.”

    Good post apocalyptic advice there, huggiebear.

    .223 is still cheaper than .308

  2. Selector J Says:

    @t3 Nailed it.

  3. litteringand Says:

    Had to drop some knowledge on the lastest OPT article today. Pretty crazy that these kids are surpised when people blow them shit.

  4. plord Says:

    WTU->Theme is indeed Darien.

  5. Selector J Says:

    My neighbor has a .50 caliber Desert Eagle.
    East Side!!

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I just trifecta’d, self-imposed throttling for today.

    Forgiveness is as much work for some as it is to exact reciprocal justice. I let the universe work that shit out, go with forgiveness. which for me is extremely tough.

    See you guys in the funny papers.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Though I’d drop this and get a move on as this is slightly pertinent to some regular folks here for more than zero reasons.,26132/

  8. Robert Champion Says:

    litteringand – Can you elaborate?

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    great show today @selecta
    capped by some solid wulf
    and the move back into regular program wasn’t jarring like normal either!

  10. Selector J Says:

    Thanks, t3. And I agree. That track was pretty cool.

    Mark McGuire – Gardens of Eternal Life

    Selector iTunes did good this time.

  11. garretc Says:

    Woah, wasn’t expecting trumpet in this 11/18/96 Tweezer! Anyone know who that is off hand so I don’t have to waste a couple minutes looking it up?

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Gary Gazaway

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    hang on, he’s out there for the majority of the set…

  14. stapes Says:

    11/18/96 Simple is probably my favorite Simple. Was rocking it the other day.

  15. Selector J Says:

    To further the Cristal Wulf prank, I’ve been changing the desktop background to some phish show photo every week. I like to use the ones that show the lights but is zoomed out far enough to where the phish aren’t recognizable.


  16. Selector J Says:

    Thought for sure it would be Michael Ray. Haven’t heard that Gazaway show. I’ll hafta check it.

  17. kayatosh Says:

    yo, yo, yo, friends.

    caught up on reading the board: rattlesnake executions, death penalty discussion, burlap sack and pumps — hardcore stuff. Don’t have anything hardcore to add, but I did spend the morning teaching yoga to old people and watching the stock market crater.

    blasting sball STFTFP in honor of you all.

  18. Robear Says:

    Dicks ‘Tweezer’ almost has a bit of a Smashing Pumpkins / Gish album sound to it in the middle. 7:00 min mark or so. Stretching the mind.

  19. Robear Says:

    Kaya, that was such a perfect closer for that show. So many blank spaces where minds should have been.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    And in honor of Texas — LaGrange from 8.12.98.

    whatever happened to LaGrange? and why no LUOLMA in leg II, dick’s or VT?

  21. kayatosh Says:

    robear: you were present at the SBall? If so (and even if not), you are an inspiration of superhuman stamina and dedication.

    Seeing you in Northern Jeresy on 6.1 all the way from Norcal and receiving a bear hug upon arrival was the spiritual highlight of summer.

  22. Robear Says:

    Summer 2011 is on par with some of my favorite Phish ever:

    Gorge 1, UIC 1, and Dicks 1

    All timers to me

  23. dorn76 Says:

    Absolutely destroyed that LUOLMA in Raleigh. One of my favorite tunes from the entire Summer. A go-to jam on my stereo when time is tight.

  24. Robear Says:

    Kaya, they had us on the hook after that June run. We booked flights and caught the Ball. One of my favorite phishing expeditions ever. It was WW appreciation wknd in a way. We stayed at the same hotel as the band. Caug all the music, even hung with the rainbows that last night.

    SBIX 3: Technicolor Dreamscape Reality

    Psychedelic two set monster.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    robear: agreed. said the same thing yesterday.

    dorn: the one from AC 10.29 was a major highlight as well. (was in attendance so there may be some bias to my statement)

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