2011’s “Type I” Highlight Reel

8.6.11 - The Gorge (Graham.Lucas)

Phish’s current creativity is far-reaching, seeping into all parts of their show and certainly extends beyond their exploratory jamming highlighted on Friday. I was going to wait until this coming Friday to highlight the band’s best contained, or “type I,” jamming of  2011, but instead, let’s get right to it! This following is how these picks are organized. First, I listed—in no particular order—the band’s strongest “type I” vehicles of the year, and highlighted my favorite version of each. I also noted one or two other standout versions as well. The tracks are simply ordered for playlist listenability. Then, I have a series of “One Timers,” or songs that only blew up once during the year—but that version deserves mention. Enjoy the many tunes, our the continuing look back at the year that was 2011.


Bathtub Gin” 5/28 I, Bethel, NY

“Bathtub Gin,” though never making into the second set last year, still produced a couple of standout versions and was always reliable for a solid piece of improvisation. My favorite version of the year came in Phish’s second show in Bethel, New York. Closing a spectacular first set, this jam moves into a serious funk jam, eventually blending with “Manteca” and back into “Gin.” One can hear the electricity in the air during this version, as Phish began their conquest of 2011. Honorable Mention: 9/4 Denver—a guitar clinic in groove.



Reba > David Bowie” 7/3 I, Watkins Glen, NY

The Gorge 2011 (G. Lucas)

Phish played some standout versions of both of these classic jams throughout 2011, and wound up pairing them to finish the first set of Super Ball on July 3rd. Each of these Super Ball versions represent my pick for the top “Reba” and “Bowie” of the year. You can hear the fluidity of the band as they were in top form for their mid-summer festival, specifically, this final show of the weekend. Page and Trey flirt with “Dave’s Energy Guide” as the “Reba” builds into an out-of-character section. The two songs are joined by an ambient, storage-laced bridge. Honorable Mention: “Reba” 6/17 Charlotte—a second set version where the band swims in IT, “Bowie” 6/3 Clarkston, MI—the conclusion of “Disease -> Fluffhead > Bowie”



Sand” 6/19 II, Portsmouth, VA

“Sand” absolutely blew up in 2011. Every single version, less 12/30’s, was a legitimate highlight of its show. Featuring full-band interplay in every version since its reinvention last Fall, this became one of the anthems of summer. My favorite version came in June’s final show at Portsmouth, Virginia. Getting into a retro-futuristic stop/start funk jam, as well as a “Sand Reprise,” the band’s dynamic, rhythmically-focused imporv truly popped off in this summer highlight. A “Sand” and then some.  Honorable Mention: 8/6 The Gorge—Trey infuses a slight whale call into the groove while the band crushes within the venue’s open air anvirons; segues back into “Tweezer!”



Run Like an Antelope” 8/6  II, The Gorge, WA

6.5.11 — Cincy (M.Stein)

Though “Antelope” has remained fairly standard throughout 2011, a couple versions expanded beyond the norm. In the Gorge’s version of 8/6, not only did Trey provide a summation of the second set within the song’s intro, the band locked into a slammin,’ yet laid back, jam that oozed with both patience and ferocity. Passing through a “Golden Age” segment of the jam, teasing the final song from the set, Phish came together in this “Antelope” in far more engaging fashion that any other time last year. Honorable Mention: 6/4 Blossom—a quality first set closing rendition.



Wolfman’s Brother” 8/15 I, Chicago, IL

It seems like “Wolfman’s” has permanently settled into a role as a first set song in 3.0. After taking some of its jams out in 2010, Phish brought the song, largely, back to form but for one or two occasions when it segued into another. My selection for the most engaging “Wolfman’s” of the year is an easy one—UIC’s version from 8/15. After moving through a legitimate funk session, Phish moved into a second jam where Trey initially laid way back in the mix filling in the space of his band mates groove. Gradually he integrated his lines into the music, finishing in victorious fashion. Honorable Mention: 7/2 Super Ball—a fury of funk grooves to get the festival going during its first set.



Stash” 7/2 II, Watkins Glen, NY

Though “Stash” more often than not provides the first jam of its show, and hasn’t made it into the second set since the band’s return—the noted shows was a three-setter, and set II was essentially set I—Super Ball’s version carried a bit more rhythmic complexity than usual. This “Stash” represented the point where the band began to build momentum for the rest of the show and their late-night Storage Shed extravaganza. A quality moment that is often forgotten about from the last year’s festival. Honorable Mention: 6/10 Camden—a classic, modal take on the jam with quality tension and release.



Tweezer” 6/5 II, Cincinnati, OH

Though I highlighted the phenomenal Denver “Tweezer” on Friday, most often, the song was a vehicle for “type I” jamming rather than open exploration. In this Cincy version, the band sits into a vicious funk exchange for much of the piece before Trey peaks it with foreshadowing “Crosseyed” licks. Far dirtier and groovier than Denver’s melodic mind-meld, this is the other side of “Tweezer. Honorable Mention: 7/2 Super Ball—a crunchy, mechanical, larger-than-life version dripped from the speaker towers before ending abruptly for “Julius.”



Harry Hood > Roggae” 9/4, II, Denver, CO

9.2.11 - Denver (G.Lucas / webcast)

“Harry Hood” continued to offer energetic and passionate playing throughout 2011, often finishing sets with cathartic exclamation points. But each of my two picks are versions that were more centrally located in their second sets. Denver’s 9/4 version melds the jam’s modern staccato soundscapes with the airtight, thematic playing of lore to create a new-school masterpiece. A truly triumphant piece of music, no version approached the Denver “Hood” this year. And the “Roggae” that followed harnessed the same vibe as the “Hood” jam, standing out in its own right. Honorable Mention: 5/28 Bethel—more exploratory than given credit for, 8/15 UIC—ended the night on a huge high.



Slave to the Traffic Light” 6/19 II, Portsmouth, VA

Several times this era, Phish has centered “Slave” in the second set rather than leaving it as the shows denouement. And my pick for “Slave” of 2011 comes from Portsmouth, Virginia, in this exact context. Capping an opening run of “Crosseyed > Walls,” this version was incredibly patient and reached divine levels of interplay. Complete and utter bliss, this rendition is what this song is all about. Honorable Mention: 8/9 Lake Tahoe—another mid-set monster, 9/2 Denver—the conclusion of the “S” show, Trey holds a sacred note for quite some time.



Chalk Dust Torture” 8/16 I, Chicago, IL

8.15.11 - UIC (M.Stein)

The usually straightforward Phish anthem veered into more than a couple memorable jams in 2011, and my pick for the “Chalk Dust” of the year comes from the first set of UIC’s second show. Roaring to life like few versions have this era, Phish attacked this jam with uncharacteristic aggression, reaching intricate points that were more reminiscent of “David Bowie.” Sparking the show as the third song, this one provided a golden memory. Honorable Mention: 6/3 I Clarkston—a laid-back and patient take on the song to close the first set, 8/9 Lake Tahoe—intense version laced with teases and breaks down beautifully into “Slave,” 12/29 MSG—a fantastic transition into “Hyrogen” amidst a “Mike’s Groove.”



Backwards Down the Number Line” 5/28 II, Bethel, NY

On a night when the band could do no wrong, they shredded this second set “Number Line” with atypically active interplay for this song. Focused on a whole band conversation rather than Trey’s noodling, this jam gets intricate and quite engaging, easily qualifying as version of the year. Honorable Mention: 6/19 Portsmouth—Trey gets into some Allman—esque soloing while the rest of the band is playing gently accompanying him.



Crosseyed and Painless” 7/1 II, Watkins Glen, NY

7.1.11 (G.Lucas)

Though it pains me that Phish has decided to use this once prolific jam vehicle as a means to high-speed and aggressive rock playing, they, nonetheless, routinely shred the composed jam to bits. Two versions standout above all others in my memory from 2011, and its no surprise that each contained a little bit extra. My highlight version comes from Super Ball, as an ambient jam led into the song and out of it before a Trey emerged with a cool transition into “Chalk Dust.” Honorable Mention: 8/17, UIC—featured a tripped out interlude between “Crosseyed” and “No Quarter.”



Weekapaug Groove” 6/8 II, Darien, NY, and 12/29 II, NYC, NY

“Weekapaug” has consistently proven to be more interesting than “Mike’s” in this era, a trend which certainly held true last year. Two versions stand out to me from 2011, the plinko-laced rendition from Darien Lake and the more commanding percussive-funk of December 29th’s version. Since we are all familiar with the recent one, I’ll play Darien.”




2001” 6/8 II, Darien Center, NY


Light Up or Leave Me Alone” 6/14 I, Alph., GA


Destiny Unbound” 7/3 I, Watkins Glen, NY


The Curtain With” 6.10 I, Camden, NJ



Limb by Limb” 8/16 I, Chicago, IL


Wilson” 7/3 I, Watkins Glen, NY


Mound” 7/3 I, Super Ball


Scents and Subtle Sounds” 9/2 II, Denver, CO

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794 Responses to “2011’s “Type I” Highlight Reel”

  1. Gavinsdad Says:

    @gp420 – 2nd nite 15th row stacks pointed at my head it was crispy. Walking around upstairs bet 200/300s the sound got muffled. I agree with Palmer that something got lost in translation. Ive been there too many times not to notice.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    12.29 set II is the goods despite the not–so-creamy guyute center. loved the crosseyed. rock solid.

  3. albert walker Says:

    I had a blast at the show Kaya. but I was lifted and fighting every minute with some douche bag. we were down low on the floor and the seats are even smaller down there.

    only remember the week being real not.

    like I said it’s a Trey night and he’s wanking a bunch. but there is a bunch of smoking Phish in there.

    he drops a mean solo in that crosseyed def.

    smoking convo with page in weeks that’s bouncin all over the place

    it’s just weird cuz the Guyute is so clumsy and separates almost two totally different shows that work by themselves but not together and def not with the guyute

    some good stuff in the first set too

    my first entire spin of the run and dug this show. both sets. good Phish.

  4. butter Says:

    respining 12.31.11

    not a lot to speak of till Pebble and Marble’s (need to give Jibboo another spin, was interrupted)

    a good P+M minus like 1 change, still sounds tight

    great little compact whaled out Ocelot, slanky blues ( i do remember wanting to run onstage and give Trey a double latte ) with a fun peak

    and then an airtight Fluff to close the set, it was a real treat to take in this Fluff in this moment (and it sounds pretty good now too)

    just another Fluff on top of the mountain

  5. Jtran Says:

    Lumpy, GD..I’ll be in touch if I end up being able to go, and can get tix. Can’t spend that much cash on tickets this Friday though.

    FWIW I’m asking about all these Cali things of late since it looks like I’ll be moving out just north of San Diego early April. Going for 2 weeks early Feb. for work.

  6. butter Says:

    ^12.31.11 set I

  7. albert walker Says:

    they crushed that fluff Butter

    I remember the Ocelot having some nice crunchy Trey towards the end

  8. Tom Says:

    I didn’t mind the Guyute

  9. albert walker Says:

    so basically I don’t make any musical judgments of shows I spent lifted fighting with mawled out white hats that just want to share space brah.

    until I actually hear the show on tape.

    on respin dug 12.29

  10. lumpyhead Says:

    always a couch to crash on in LA FYI.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    GP420: pulling that 12.28 source down now. I was happy w/ the Mk41>PSP 2 source. look fwd. to a comparison. thanks for your work.

    being short the mrkt. feeling a little better right now. that could all change by morn. what a game.

  12. guitarpicker420! Says:

    It was a tough call kaya. None of them sounded super great. The bass tone was just a little bit better. The part I really keyed in on (especially since the KC5 source didn’t have the encore) was the 1st 25 seconds or so of Carini. You’ve got some deep bass notes, with serious tone and rhythm. The KC5 source just had more discernible notes than the ccm4v or spc4 source

  13. Tom Says:

    Pro shots of each night up on youtube


  14. albert walker Says:

    the Jan effect is crazy kaya. who knows if this has legs. data was weak and markets didn’t seem to care.

    people buying all the big losers. NFLX is up like 50% in a week or some shit.

    financials and homebuilders on fire.

    I wouldn’t want to be short this market but wouldn’t really buy it up here either. seems like the unlimited 3 year liquidity has kinda eased up some of the banking stresses a bit for now.

  15. Mike in Austin Says:

    Low vol. I mean REALLY low vol.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    MiA for the avatar win!

  17. Mike in Austin Says:

    Palmer turned me onto this, and I like it.


    The market trades up and then it goes down. Just because the market is going straight up in 2012 doesn’t give you the right to shit on everyones parade. When others do well and show it through a smile and a new Porsche Cayenne Turbo, don’t let your lower class reveal through envious actions. There isn’t a need for your to talk down stocks or better yet explain to me why we’re going lower. I’m a big boy, bigger than you think, and know exactly where we’re going and when.
    I took 5% of my cash and bought FOSL today with every intention of buying more lower. I added to my MTW position because China is gonna ease and attempt to kill their poor via runaway inflation.
    Hypothetically, if the market went down 200 today and stole 1.5% from my assets, I’d accept such treachery with a gaze then a smirk. I am due for a thrashing, and so are you. It’s the manner in which you take said beatings and how prepared you are to endure it that makes the difference.
    We have an interesting situation right now, where stocks are dropping–but GS is holding. It’s gonna be real hard to take stocks down with the financials rallying like this. With my money, I remain long, heavy cash, and a small TZA position 9% in the hole.

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    Whaaat? And Kaya too, too funny

  19. verno329 Says:

    Wow. Thanks for the link Tom!

  20. kayatosh Says:

    definitely hanging out on a limb w/ this short position. not the most disciplined trade. should have closed it EOD monday. the gap and camp was a bitch. still not sold on the breakout. S&P couldn’t close above 1293, and the russel 2k is too far out in front of the rest. perfect time to trap the longs. maybe a little scare the children action tomorrow and I can get out of this ill-timed short trade w/o losing my shirt and pants.

    medium term 1350 seems in the bag. where the year ends in another story.

  21. albert walker Says:

    vol vol is also coming way in too

    let’s see if that VIX can break 20.

    if it comes in anymore going to have to buy some OTM LEAP puts on the S&P

    if you can buy cheap tail risk. probably worth it just for a flier.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    AJ, mia hooked me up.

  23. El Duderino Says:

    there are great re-masterd (de-shaker, and upgraded audio), pro-shot versions with 16bit sbd audio of the 28th and 31st on the ‘nerd fwiw

  24. lumpyhead Says:

    I don’t see them returning to Hollywood Bowl any time soon… but what the fuck do I know?

  25. P.S.H.S. Says:

    custom gravs are nice

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