Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II

"Rock and Roll" - 8.5.11 - The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

Phish was riding high from a standout June tour and phenomenal festival when the hit the road for their second leg of summer. Beginning at the West Coast musical shrine of the Gorge, things started on an incredibly high note. From night one of tour we saw Phish integrate their newest abstract style of “storage jamming” into their live shows. Throwing down a seminal piece of modern-generation Phish on the first night of tour in “Rock and Roll -> Meatstick” things were off and running in a hurry. Pushing forward in their stylistic reinvention, the band incorporated this new-style psychedelia into all of their shows, even if only in small spots. The band was moving forward again, and there was no looking back. Following the night of insanity at the Gorge came the LA “Piper,” Tahoe’s “Light” and “Ghost,” UIC’s “Elements Set” of 8.15 and the next night’s “Down With Disease.” The band was comfortable taking massive musical risks again, and more often than not they were succeeding with flying colors. On a tour that lasted only two weeks, Phish still managed to crank out quite a few highlights. Capped at UIC by the only indoor stand of the summer, Phish’s second leg like it passed in a blink…but the music remains. My favorite pieces from Leg Two are below.

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“Roggae” – 8.5 I, Quincy, WA

The laid-back, West Coast psychedelic vibe took hold right away at the Gorge, sinking in deeply with this surreal sunset version of “Roggae.”

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“Rock and Roll -> Meatstick -> Boogie On” – 8.5 II

The jam of the year and, perhaps, the defining musical sequence of the modern era. Page’s Theremin was re-introduced in the live setting after the band’s groundbreaking Storage Jam, bringing new sounds into the mix while facilitating a new style of abstract jamming.

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“Farmhouse” – 8.5 II

“Oh snap! Did Miner just drop a “Farmhouse” on his picks?!” Indeed, I did. The cosmic energy from the previous 50 minutes spilled over into a beautifully reflective version of Phish’s ballad.

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“Wolfman’s -> Maze” – 8.6 I, Quincy, WA

Passing through a “Heartbreaker” tease within the monstrous rhythms of the jam, Phish built from this groove-based outing into “Maze,” a combo that cranked up the intensity of the first set.

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8.6.11 (G.Lucas)

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Tweezer > Caspian -> Sand -> Tweezer” – 8.6 II

If wide-open Phish grooves are your thing, this sequence is for you. Featuring an underrated “Tweezer” and my favorite “Sand” from the second leg, this is a can’t miss sequence of dance floor Phish. The “Sand -> Tweezer” is below.

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“Run Like an Antelope” – 8.6 II

Musically recapping most of the set within the song’s intro, Phish finished the job with a “Golden Age” jam in the “Antelope.” A supercharged version in a season that wasn’t necessarily full of them.

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“Tube” – 8.8 I, Hollywood, CA

A powerhouse few minutes from the first set of Hollywood.

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“Piper” – 8.8 II

This standout “Piper” capped a fierce (and underrated) set-opening sequence of “Carini > Crosseyed > Twist” at the Hollywood Bowl, and became the improvisational highlight of the show.

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“David Bowie” – 8.9 I

This rarely-placed, mid-first set “Bowie” anchored a strong opening set in Tahoe with a dark and intricate excursion.

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8.10.11 - Lake Tahoe (John Crouch)

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“Light” – 8.9 II, Stateline, NV

An exploratory, bass led epic that—like the Gorge’s “Rock and Roll”—reached musical places never before touched in the band’s career.

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“Chalk Dust -> Slave” – 8.9 II

Two ripping renditions of classic songs that were tactfully bridged by an delicate breakdown of “Chalk Dust.”

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“Runaway Jim > Ghost” – 8.10 II, Stateline, NV

In my mind, Phish should have rode out the magical plane they found in “Runaway Jim,” but they didn’t. Cutting a potentially stellar jaunt short with “Ghost,” the band took the second piece from rock to storage psychedelia in a version that takes the cake for the best of a weak second leg for the song.

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“Wolfman’s Brother” – 8.15 I, Chicago, IL

With a completely original jam all together, this version gets my vote for “Wolfman’s” of the year.

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“Reba” – 8.15 I

Riding the cresting momentum of the first set, this “Reba” hit the spot at UIC.

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UIC Pavilion (Chad Smith)

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“Sand > Light > Dirt” – 8.15 II

The beginning combo of the “Elements Set,” a standout segment that has been overshadowed by the latter par of the frame. Phish took another dive into original, abstract, and intergalactic realms in “Light.”

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“Waves -> Undermind > Steam” – 8.15 II

One of the most compelling jam sequences of the second leg, Page broke out his Theremin again for a spiritual soiree at towards the end of “Undermind.”

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“Harry Hood” – 8.15 E

The exalting exclamation point on a remarkble night in Chicago, and the best “Hood” of the summer that wasn’t played in Colorado.

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“Chalk Dust Torture” – 8.16 I, Chicago, IL

A third-song scorcher from UIC’s second show.

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“Limb by Limb” – 8.16 I

Taken into plinkofied planes, this first set “Limb” came as a surprise and delightful highlight of its set.

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8.9.10 - Lake Tahoe (John Crouch)

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“Down with Disease -> Twist” – 8.16 II

This exploratory “Disease” touches on countless places, though settles in few; a post-hiatus style jam without the opiates. A smooth transition into “Twist” capped a wild ride.

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“Bathtub Gin” – 8.17 I, Chicago , IL

A cathartic musical farewell, albeit for only a couple weeks.

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“Crosseyed > No Quarter” – 8.17 II

The only sequence really worth including from a fun, but musically anti-climactic final set of tour.

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1,017 Responses to “Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II”

  1. MiA Says:

    @Leo that is so cool. I love great landscaping and one of my favorite tourist things to do.

    I’m very pro nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. I love fertilizer.

  2. MiA Says:

    If it makes my plants happy, it makes me happy.

    Not so big on pesticides though. Very anti pesticide.

  3. litteringand Says:

    @Kaya
    I had I thought on the RNR>Meatstick>Boogie. Mike is the clear leader into Boogie. It is awesome to hear him take the jam the by the balls and basicly say “follow me or else” 😉

  4. voopa Says:

    Just heard that Kaveh, amazing.

  5. willowed Says:

    Go Union!!

    Got to pull for my ECAC boys. I was at both of their regional games in Bridgeport Dorn. Union looks good!

    I just wish my Quinnipiac Bobcats would do something in college hockey.

    There’s always next year!

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    damn @leo. nice!! tell me you haven’t thought of getting some land and designing a disc course?!

    thanks for the Masters coverage info dorn.

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @SW- How are you seeing Tiger’s putts?

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    We’ve got lots to talk about next time Mike. You need to make it out to Charlotte for some beers.

    @litter…Mike said that during the RnR too. He finds those very angular notes and pattern pretty quickly during the early more mellow part of the jam then goes back to the same once they’re swimming in the deep…and it pushes things to the next level, again and again.

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    Sportscenter, SW.

    they do a live look-in every 15 minutes or so. The look-ins often recap what Tiger’s doing.

  10. Leo Weaver Says:

    @telas…my mother in law has about 10 acres around her place. I know EXACTLY where I want baskets for a nice 9 hole run. If/when I join the local DGC I’m gonna offer my skillz for laying out a run or two here.

    I found my profession of Landscape Architecture through an 8th grade desire to be a golf course architect. Then got to college and realized the profession is sooooo much wider than that. I’d still like to design a golf course someday.

  11. dorn76 Says:

    I also have a soft spot for Quinnipiac, my Dad’s alma mater, and only 30 mins or so from me.

    But Union? Now them’s fightin’ words.

    It’s a tough spot for BC, one of those games everyone expects you to win, and they should too.

  12. Kaveh Says:

    Just heard that Kaveh, amazing.

    ^ Amazingly bad…IMO. Playing tough and playing dirty are two different things.

  13. dorn76 Says:

    weird

  14. tela'smuff Says:

    i had piles of papers of my golf course design when i was in high school. i could sit for hours and come up with hole designs.

    when you design that 9 hole disc course, i’m catching the first plane to Georgia or wherever that is.

  15. dusty Says:

    Leo…talk to Stan McDaniel in your area. Great source of info for dg course design. Its a lot harder than one might think. Some fun private courses in your area on the homegrown tour I think. For you mom’s..you might want to consider a 3 loop 9 hole design. Lets you get more holes, 27, in a smaller space. Since its private you can overlay.

    One of my favorite designs in Lakeport done by Steady Ed. 5 tees per hole with the design concept of being able to play a round with your family of different skill sets at the same pace. So you have pro tee, am tee, super easy, yet another pro and then uber hard. Really cool concept.

  16. Leo Weaver Says:

    I used to design imaginary golf courses while sitting in class in HS…bored with the subject matter so let my mind wander.

    You’ll need to fly into Charlotte or Greenville when it’s done.

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    gotta be a way we can work a Phish/Dsic Golf/Microbrew tour.

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yeah, looking forward to shaking Stan’s hand sometime @dusty. I wanna pick his brain a little. Definitely some skill in laying out a good course. I’m going down to mother in law’s this weekend, will look at multiple tee and basket options.

  19. MiA Says:

    BC is a great team. They are favored -1.5 right now or -200. That’s a decent spread for NCAA Hockey.

  20. dorn76 Says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised if that Williams audio gets a local prosecutor on TV.

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    We could do that here in charlotte tela’s…several new breweries have recently popped up. Supposed to have some really nice brews.

  22. willowed Says:

    Nice Dorn. Your dad sounds like a great guy!

    Quinnipiac Alum here!

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Yeah , Kaya.

    That Bowie intro makes me dizzy. Love it!

    you can hear it in the Superball announcement, right as the voice over guy gets going on about clifford ball.

  24. dusty Says:

    a dime from here would penetrate….

  25. Gratefulcub Says:

    With the new tape of Williams in the locker room….

    How do you think Payton’s appeal is going to go today? 😉

    He better just shut up and take it before he turns one year into two.

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