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. garretc Says:

    For the first time in my life I think I looked worse after the last time I shaved then I did with beard… Felt like a milestone. I was quite proud.

    Greying’s not so bad, AW, or it’s at least better to accept it gracefully than fight it with silly dyes… Which is easy for me to say, I suppose.

  2. Budstain Says:

    Going grey is no problemo. Try going bald. LMAO. But it just makes u more of a man. 🙂

  3. MiA Says:

    I liked my 2003 look much more than my 2012 look. My 1999 look was smashing actually.

  4. IrieWalton Says:

    Heads up to the BB Portland Massive.
    I just heard that Tinariwen is going to be at the Aladdin on June 11.

    And for once I don’t already have another family event “show blocking” my attendance. Praise Jah!

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    My balls are grey, but I still look good naked.

    Dr. john record is pretty good. Takes a couple to get going and his voice annoys me, but it gets pretty dirty.

  6. redredworm Says:

    I just listened to the 8-5-11 gorge show and thought “What a great version of Farmhouse,” came here and saw it was one of Miner’s picks. Give it a listen if you are a fan, it’s a nice cooldown after the best jam since the return (imo).

  7. garretc Says:

    Agreed redredworm, that one really hit the spot in house too

  8. garretc Says:

    @Bingos

    If your ball HAIRS were grey, that might be one thing, but if your actual balls are grey, I would seriously look into getting that checked out.

    I don’t really have any experience with balls other than my own, but my gut feeling tells me grey is not the color they should be!

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    2 more discounted books left. bruised corner(s). that is all. 44.95 shipped. Who wants em?

  10. IrieWalton Says:

    Definitely, you gotta own the book! As do we and it sits proudly in the center of our coffee table and gets quite the looks and mentions from our guests.

    But, in terms of wants: whose got my west coast tour dates?

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Saw that Madonna was playing Yankee Stadium on my wife’s birthday. Went to buy two tickets – $750 for the pair. Good seats, but no thanks.

    Hope the rolls are good. She gives them out , right?

  12. lumpyhead Says:

    ^ haha!

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    “I don’t really have any experience with balls other than my own”

    I wish you weren’t such a liar.

  14. garretc Says:

    I wish you didn’t have grey balls!

    Because then that would mean one more happier, healthier person on this Earth…

  15. thedayman Says:

    @miner – i’ll take one, would have bought one before, but $$ is tight right now.

    d rowan 8 9 at gee mawl

  16. MiA Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fzvF1ZJSdI&feature=colike

    So, was standing next to Dr. P. and AJ for the show, and I gotta say, this Glide is REALLY GOOD. WOOT.

    I’m ready for Summer.

  17. lumpyhead Says:

    MiA – still just doing those one-offs?

    prolly not gonna be able to make PA happen for me…

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’m ready also MIA. I have a ton of shit to do in the meantime so hopefully that makes the time move quicker.

    Are you going to AC? I kinda remember you were on the fence earlier. Hope you decide to make the trip.

  19. garretc Says:

    I’m ready for summer too!

    Got my west coast tickets all purchased, and my west coast travel plans all lined up, and… Oh, wait…

  20. MiA Says:

    AC is the plan right now. Have hotels. Need to get airlines.

  21. sumodie Says:

    “Mike Gordon Releases Steamroller Wheelies: A Restoration Convoy Compilation”

    a compilation of collaborations between Mike Gordon and a smattering of fellow musicians; all of whom wanted to contribute to Vermont flood recovery.

    1. Hang Glide (Written by Mike Gordon)
    2. Go Down Swingin’ (Written by Danny Barnes)
    3. Sideways (Written by Mike Gordon)
    4. This Land Is Your Land (Written by Woody Guthrie)
    5. Walking On Ipe (Written by Fonzworth Bentley)
    6. Crumblin’ Bones (Written by Tom Cleary)
    7. Beam Me Up, Toto (Written by Chris Barron, Mike Gordon)
    8. Short Circuit (Written by Mike Gordon, Scott Murawski, Joe Linitz)
    9. Wham Bam Boodle (Written by Gary Gazaway)
    10. Hokey Pokey (Traditional)

    http://www.livephish.com/music/0,691/Mike-Gordon-mp3-flac-download-Steamroller-Wheelies.html

  22. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Let’s see MiA: UIC1, 12/28, and 12/30 Piper

    Me thinks I need to catch more Phish by your side

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Dr. P- i didn’t see if you responded to my post yesterday. Still good for that trade- AC ( friday or Sat, i forgot) for my JB2, sec 7L with yours truly?

  24. voopa Says:

    “I saw this wino, he was eating grapes. I was like, ‘Dude, you have to wait.'” – Mitch Hedberg

  25. sumodie Says:

    streaming this on the new phone:

    H.O.R.D.E. 1992 Playlist One (Opening Night, 7/9/92)

    1 Time Is Free – Aquarium Rescue Unit
    2 Hatfield – Widespread Panic
    3 Jimmy Olsen’s Blues – Spin Doctors
    4 Conquer Me – Blues Traveler
    5 The Landlady – Phish

    http://www.relix.com/audio/relix-radio/2012/04/05/h-o-r-d-e-1992-playlist-one-opening-night-7-9-92

    Show numero uno for me….almost 20 years ago, yikes! Tho my memories of this fateful day remain very vivid

    At the time we were big fans of BT and to a lesser extent the Spin Doctors. I’d heard Lawn Boy but expected BT to close the evening, not Phish.

    First & only time I ever caught SD and Aquarium. Went on to see a couple more WSP shows before bailing on them ~’93. Caught ~15 BT shows until about ’97, and I’m still hoping to see them again someday for old time’s sake.

    As for Phish… 8)

    Hot damn, streaming on the phone is sweeet (moved on to Miner’s Leg II picks)

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