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. garretc Says:

    I blame themed dream-queens

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I queen blame themed dreams

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    A kid on my block got struck by lightening and died when we were kids. Crazy stuff.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Damn, i read too fast. I thought you said you almost got hit. You actually got hit? wow.

  5. Jtran Says:

    Anyone else watching this Person of Interest on CBS?

    Can’t tell which way it will go..could be good, good be corny

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Is that the show by the guy that did Lost?

  7. Jtran Says:

    Yea Palmer

    It seems a bit gung ho so far. Not too much story.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Tough to top Lost. Top 5 alltime show IMO. Maybe best ever.

  9. ThePigSong Says:

    Lost is definitely the best network show of all time. Can’t even think of another that comes close.


    miner you got hit by lightning? who cares if it has anything to do with Phish, if you’re looking for a blog topic that’s now my number one request.

  10. ThePigSong Says:

    garh, who needs proper punctuation?

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    haha. wasnt a direct hit…hit a fence i was leaning on…still nuts…

  12. Gavinsdad Says:

    An astroid crashed and nothing burned/it made me wonder

  13. 20 Minute Halley's Says:

    What up board, another Sunny episode, leaves me speechless

  14. 20 Minute Halley's Says:

    Jack just laid there the entire time, that was the premise of lost…like that twilight zone episode, based on a french short story…a million years blows by in the blink of an eye!

  15. 20 Minute Halley's Says:

    The silence is deafening!

  16. 20 Minute Halley's Says:

    I got lost in the island tour the past few days…needless to say, I wish I got caught in a vortex that somehow transported me to April 1998! Think of London!!!

  17. 20 Minute Halley's Says:


  18. 20 Minute Halley's Says:

    I couldn’t forget the moment…

  19. Mike in Austin Says:

    There is a show on TV called Rattlesnake Roundup. This is crazy.

    Beats the hell out of watching the Rattlesnake Den on Fox TV with the GOP Presidential Debate.

  20. 20 Minute Halley's Says:

    beyond scared straight

  21. win butler Says:

    Miner has # lightning blood.

  22. butter Says:

    if the thunder dont get you then the lightning wheeeeeeeeeeel

    thats crazy Miner

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    ok…so here’s the story…i’m 16 (i think) it was a summer league basebaball game in which we had made the regional tourney. b/c it was a playoff game the umps really wanted to get it in and not have to bring these two randomish teams back together and keep things on schedule…lightning starts in the distance, but we play on as the sky darkens…we are up. the fence in front of the bench (not dugout) was totally connected to the backstop and the other bench-guarding fence…one big connected piece of chain-link metal..anyhow, me my friends Tarek and Bobby were leaning up the fence talking and chewing seeds when a bolt of lightening came down and struck the backstop, conducting through the fence and through us. I fell down and blacked out momentarily. When I got up and started running up the hill towards the car, I pretty much expected to fall down and die, because shit, I was hit by lightening. Turns out I made it up the hill and into the back of a coaches covered pickup. no harm no foul. Bobby 100% claimed to have seen my skeleton when this all happened. I have no idea whether to believe him or not…

    Phish content: Vermont Soundcheck is WAY nastier than the show X 10

  24. voopa Says:

    Wow. When I was like 12 I was in the woods and saw a tree about 25 ft. away take a lightning bolt. It severed a small branch, which landed at the base just as I got to it. It was still smouldering. Trippy. Pretty sure I went home after that.

  25. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    this one time at band camp…..

    Cool story, Señor Miner.

    Dbacks’ magic number is two which happens tomorrow…

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