TTFF: Rewind—2003

7.2.11 - Super Ball (Graham Lucas)

For this Friday’s playlist, we rewind to the often-debated “post-hiatus” era. Regardless of what side of that fence you come down on, I’m sure all can appreciate these gems from 2003. Featuring a grittier, uncompressed guitar tone and uncompromising dives into experimental and psychedelic playing, Phish took things deep during their second go-round. While some jams wound up more focused than others, I hope these selections can be appreciated by fans of any era. Enjoy the distinct, “post-hiatus” sound on this winter weekend! And check out the book offer below.

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Walls of the Cave -> Carini” 2.14.03 II, LA, CA

This monstrous jam emerged on the first night of winter tour ’03, restoring some faith after a less-than-impressive comeback run at MSG and Hampton.

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Wolfman’s -> Scents and Subtle Sounds” 7.7.03 II, Phx, AZ

This gooey “Wolfman’s” jam merged with the debut of “Scents” in the desert on the opening night of Summer ’03.

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Stash” 12.31.03 II, Miami, FL

The defining jam of the first New Year’s Run in Miami.

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Seven Below” 7.13.03 II, Quincy, WA

A harrowing exploration that I missed for a high school friend’s wedding. The wedding sucked and  I haven’t seen the guy since. Fail.

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Split -> Free” 7.22.03 II, Noblesville, IN

The centerpiece of night two in Deer Creek, and probably the most lasting piece of the run.

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Twist -> Simple” 11.29.03 II, Philadelphia, PA II

This jam provided one of few highlights of a rather uninspired Thanksgiving run.

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Ya Mar” 8.2.03 II, Limestone, ME

What’s happened to the occasional “Ya Mar” jam? Some, like this one from IT, used to go deep.

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Suzy Greenberg” 12.28.03 II, Miami, FL

Phish oozes out of “Suzy” into seething jam that centers on a darkly-spiritual guitar showcase by Trey.

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Harry Hood” 7.25.03 II, Charlotte, NC

Just when Phish was beginning to break down improvisational barriers with “Harry Hood” (see Camden ’03 also), they called in quits in ’04.

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418 Responses to “TTFF: Rewind—2003”

  1. ThePigSong Says:

    Just lapped up the last few drops of my Local’s Hopslam keg. Delicious.

  2. ThePigSong Says:

    RE: Farmhouse

    Mostly, we were both buzzing from that magical feeling of being completely alone, and knowing that we didn’t have to talk to or see a single soul for three whole days and nights, which to both of us was heaven.

    I think Tom told a story about this writing session on PT, he listed many other reasons why they were buzzing…

  3. ThePigSong Says:

    Have you guys checked this out?

    http://www.neilyoung.com/

  4. plord Says:

    Sanity never fails to crack me up.

    It’s like, why not invite the Butthole Surfers out on stage for a few tunes deep in the middle of set 2? That kind of funny.

    Not funny-haha, more like funny-eeeuuuuuugh.

    Just hit one in the middle of the Wipeout set (’97 and ’98 buffet today while continuing to wire up the studio).

  5. garretc Says:

    plord, if you’re hating on Sanity with that post, well, then I’ll have to take back the kindly tone I just used in the email I just sent. The substance can stay the same, you’d just have to imagine it said in a less-friendly manner.

    Sanity is great!

  6. sumodie Says:

    The Charlotte 03 Hood is awesome

    but that nasty growler of a Suzy from MIA is waaaaay more my style

    TTFF FTW

    (why don’t I spin these more often…?)

  7. sumodie Says:

    Pig, is that the new Neil/Crazy Horse instrumental I’ve heard mention of?

  8. garretc Says:

    @sumo

    That’s sure as heck what it sounds like, although all I know of the subject is what you just said, about it existing.

  9. sumodie Says:

    Am in the middle of TTFF so I can’t stream Neil just now. Guess he still likes a heap of jam in his old age

  10. garretc Says:

    Hmmm… Don’t want to spoil the surprise too much, but not instrumental…

    I thought I recognized what it was gonna be too!

  11. garretc Says:

    You know who’d dig the fuck out of this Neil?

    AW

    Get on this!

  12. plord Says:

    @garretc, never fear. Sanity IS great. But it cracks me up.

  13. Andrew Says:

    Nice PigSong, we tap our last keg at the pub tomorrow! Savored my last bottle at home yesterday. Such a delicious brew, all year I love the Two-Hearted, but when Hopslam arrives its night and day.

  14. TreasureReprise Says:

    Thanks for posting that Neil Young link. So crunchy, so chunky…

    Any idea where this audio is from?

  15. garretc Says:

    @Treas

    The “credits” say recorded Jan 6 by Crazy Horse

  16. TreasureReprise Says:

    Aah, didn’t click on credits link, thanks. This invoked memories of his ’03 Bonnaroo set. Lovin’ it.

  17. P.S.H.S. Says:

    RIP Don Cornelius, this one’s for you:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MevaZ-Qj730

  18. phoammhead Says:

    you hang around here for too long and a show could seem kinda meh

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