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. angryjoggerz Says:

    Im not much of a hat guy but lately have been cold rockin my Bulls flatbrim to much acclaim. May stick around for summer. Gotta rep.

    Damn, Pitchfork just snapped and dropped hella bands I actually want to check out. Glad I got my 3 day pass now. Woot.

  2. MiA Says:

    “snapped and dropped hella bands”

    I think your slang fits the brim AJ. Good job.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I like my brim how I like my women: curvy and a little dirty

  4. garretc Says:

    I found this video of Bassnecter explaining what dubstep is extremely fascinating, as he touches, at least briefly, on a variety of other electronic styles on his way to explaining dubstep. And it’s only 3 minutes long!

    http://coedmagazine.com/2012/01/06/bassnectar-history-of-edm-interview-video/

    Any of you electronic people (cyborgs!) care to weigh in?

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Besides Phish lot, i never see anyone over the age of 25 rocking a flatbrim. Is it a regional thing?

  6. dusty Says:

    in norcal…we rock the flat brim. I’m over 25.

  7. MiA Says:

    Puma flat brims in golf are pretty much attributable to only one guy.

    Puma is quite the late comer to apparel in golf. Interesting to see if they are going to be successful outside of the 9 to 22 age category.

  8. MiA Says:

    “Rock the flat brim.” Or cold rockin’ as AJ says it? Is the slang required when speaking of flat brims? It appears to be.

    What is the difference between rocking and cold rocking? Other then obviously the discernible difference in temperature?

  9. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Those Fowler outfits are unreal. i cannot believe he pulls it off, but somehow he makes it work. I would look like a bufoon trying to rock bright orange head to toe!

  10. albert walker Says:

    I believe the rule is if you were under 25 when it became stylee P which I clearly was. can remember the last bill I bent. freshman year at Iowa. red sox hat. that was 95. my next one was flat.

    I just associate bending bills with those damn white hats and that hard roll. especially down south those white hats would get that heavy ass circular roll.

  11. albert walker Says:

    I must be blinded cuz I don’t even think Page looks weird when he rocks his. actually think fat Page in the flat brim is a great look.

    Fish too.

  12. dorn76 Says:

    I think the rule is if you couldn’t pull it off at 25 then you can’t at 35.

  13. dorn76 Says:

    I say this from personal experience.

  14. garretc Says:

    Yeah, the hard roll is never a good look, but a nice soft little curve, like a ballplayer might wear, is just fine for me.

    Probably stems from actually having played baseball in my youth, or something… Maybe.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’m not knocking it, i just don’t notice peeps rocking flat brims around here.

    I always bend mine a little, not the tight super roll though. I’ve seen those, they look ridiculous as well.

    FTR- I couldn’t care less how anyone wears anything at shows or otherwise.

    Philly Peeps- Going to be in Philly for the night, next weekend, the 14th. Mets/ Phils and then, whatever. Staying at the Sheraton in center city.

  16. willowed Says:

    Fishmam rocked the flat brim acoustic stylee in Indio.

    I though he looked smooth as silk!

    On a side note

    Anyone with a beard can pull of the flat brim.

  17. stapes Says:

    The treethugger look was quite big my last few years in Ft Collins. Now it seems like none of these young kids bend their bills. Also saw a lot of it with the kids I knew that went to SIU Carbondale.

  18. willowed Says:

    If you ever owned a Game Cocks hat back in the 90’s (I did not), you rocked the super tight roll.

    and you probably went to boarding school and played lax brah.

    I said GameCocks. hee hee Cock hee hee

    Fuck it. I’m out.

  19. stapes Says:

    Beard def helps.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Anyone with a beard can pull of the flat brim.

    ^I think I am covered under this clause.

    Cold rockin is like rockin but much hotter, thus cold.

  21. willowed Says:

    Hey brah. I got my madras shorts on with my reefs brah.

    You gots an extra lax stick brah?

    Hell yeah brah.

    Nice Game Cocks hat Brah.

    Thanks Brah

    You going to wear your practice pinny out with your madras shorts brah?

    Yeah Brah.

    Cool.

  22. angryjoggerz Says:

    aww yeah, Psychic Paramount added to Pitchfork too, shit is gonna get loud

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    willowed- bring your stick, brah, we can play catch in the Jb lot……dosed

  24. dorn76 Says:

    Wheels falling off Tiger at 18

  25. willowed Says:

    don’t leave home without them….brah!

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