Hidden Moments

6.15.2012 (Michael Stein)

In a tour filled with so many standout shows and highlight jams, there is a propensity to lose some of the less monstrous moments in the flood of musical booty. With Phish so locked this summer, even minor pieces of improv popped with a different sort of life. Below are four examples of these undercover gems.


2001” 6.8 II, Worcester, MA

Official Worcester Print (Vogl)

When Phish broke out the first “2001” of the year inside The Centrum, the place absolutely exploded, and the band responded with one of the more impressive versions we’d heard in a while. Though Trey tickled the initial half of the jam with sparse rhythms phrases, it was after the first chorus that he kicked things into high gear. Amidst a popping and collaborative dance groove, Trey painted the music with thick James Brown teases, before working his way into a legitimate solo for the only time in “2001” this summer. With a funk-fusion sensibility, Trey tore off liquid leads that upped the entire excursion to another level. Sliding right into the final chorus on Fish’s intricate textures, Trey’s acrobatics continued in the breaks between each part of  “2001’s” theme. Hitting the apex as if shot out of a cannon, the band wouldn’t play another version quite like this over Leg One.



Tube” 6.15 I, Atlantic City, NJ

Though “Tube” has largely been left alone this era, contributing only a couple minutes of groove to first sets, in Atlantic City, the guys nailed a version that should be recognized. Extending beyond 3.0 standards, this “Tube” possessed a perfect tempo from the jump. While Page demolished his clav, Trey dove into meaty comping patterns that set the tone for the whole band to loosen into the jam. Passing the baton to Gordon, Trey stepped back, allowing the bass to direct the next segment. Moving through several stop/start throwdowns, this “Tube”  palpably juiced the afternoon crowd in the opening set of the weekend. For the first half of tour, I started every morning—er, late afternoon—with this selection.



Bathtub Gin” 6.19 I, Portsmouth, VA

6/19 Official Print (Spike Press)

Jedi antics aside, Phish’s first night at nTelos Pavilion didn’t feature much memorable music. In fact, the first set significantly outshone the second, and this “Bathtub Gin” is one of the reasons why. Taking a slower approach to the jam—akin to the Worcester version—Trey laid back at the onset of this conversation while the band bounced ideas off each other. As the guys, methodically, built this jam, Trey gradually emerged from the shadows. And when the latter half of the piece arrived, he took full command, showering the audience with six-string marksmanship, while leading the troops to a blistering peak. Without moving outside the box, the band engaged in airtight interplay throughout this first set standout, converging in the most cohesive jam of the night.



Farmhouse” 7.1 II, East Troy, WI

Much like the Gorge in 2011, when Phish completed a long segment of deep, psychedelic jamming at Alpine Valley this summer, they came back to earth via “Farmhouse.” And in each instance—the song’s only appearance of the respective tours—the band’s cosmic energy spilled right into the ballad. Following “Light > Ghost > Back on the Train,” Phish unveiled an incredibly delicate take on “Farmhouse,” featuring an emotional, though minimalist, guitar solo over a sparse rhythmic backing. Mike played a counterpoint lead to Trey’s dripping melodies, and Page’s piano accompaniment provided the final layer of this introspective bliss.



Jam of the Day:

Sand > Roggae” 6.22 II, Cincy, OH

This stellar, late-set pairing from Cincy saw both jams go off.

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  1. RoosterPizza Says:

    AC Tube has been getting a lot of play in my rotation. It is always great to get a good Ghost or something you expect to go off, but it is a thing of beauty when a song like Tube hits that point where you know you aren’t just getting the standard version. Not quite DCU Roses but exciting nonetheless.

  2. viola Says:

    this write up is where you excel miner….. the hidden moments are most often the larger connection for many fans to each other and the band. the big jams and space odyssey’s aside, tender moments or a well transitioned landing pad is a real wonder of the music we chase. surprise excursions like this ac tube and this michron heavy 2001 from dcu are select choices. standouts for sure

  3. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Praise Jah! Praise Troy! We all woke up this morning – this life is a gift! Today is a gift!

    (and also my last day of work for 2 weeks)

    hidden moments are what it’s about…

  4. jdub Says:

    Great string of tour breakdowns this week. Been enjoying the morning read to compliment my busy week.

    Praise life for sure, only one you get. And we’re damn lucky to get it, never mind the luck of having Phish in our lives again.

  5. MiA Says:

    Good morning everyone. Selector!

  6. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Would love to hear Selecta’s thoughts on Snoop Lion’s new tunes.

  7. st8 of mind Says:

    I like the “hidden moments” idea. There were plenty of them this tour. Maybe you could do another one of these columns. Thanks Miner!!

  8. jdub Says:

    Nobody talks about the SPAC Mule duel. Hidden moment that gets kind of crooked for a bit. To bad it was the anchor of the second half of that 2nd set.

  9. bob dylan Says:

    Selecta, article I read said snoop lion is on iTunes already. Spin that shiiiit.

  10. PigSong Says:

    I had been spinning GD videos on YouTube this morning, glad I came here and was reminded of kvrx.org. Selecta giving me a few hours to peruse yesterdays comments for Jerry recs on youtube.

  11. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    OK, Where is Live Bait 8?!?!?

  12. Leo Weaver Says:

    Reggae Thursday back in rotation…it’s been too long.

    Mornin’ fellas (and any ladies out there)!

  13. stapes Says:

    I was just pampin this Farmhouse to Tela’s last night and drawing parallels to the Gorge. Nice job Miner.
    Ready for the weekend already!

  14. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers!

    Random: Anyone know what is going on with the Noid?

  15. kenny powers Says:

    Kaveh – based on how long it’s been i bet it’s a legal dispute, or an FBI seizure or something like that. It’s been too long to be normal site maintenance.

  16. kenny powers Says:

    El Duder’s buggin’ out without those Chicago ’94 lossless filesets!!! This custy-ass bought the hard copies. Very cool Pollock artwork on all 6 disc sleeves.

  17. Xpun Says:

    Was just thinking the other day hadn’t seen KP around in awhile. Finally got the Internet at the house last week and no noids a bummer

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    nice to get to hear selector this AM as well.

    Just shipped Mrs. B and the Berzerkiddos off to Vegas for the night. My youngest is a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera and her uncle pulled some strings to get them tickets. Crossing the new bridge and hitting hoover dam tour on the way home.Our niece visiting from Indiana has never been across the west on a road trip.

    Now if I can just keep the two dogs from destroying the house while at work today.

  19. Selector J Says:

    Good morning, BB!
    re: Snoop Lion – I’m an unashamed Snoop fan (have every word of Doggystyle and The Chronic memorized) so I was stoked when I heard about it. I did a little mention of it last week on the show. Apparently, Steve Innskeep is down with the Snoop D-O-double-G. Got a text from my wife yesterday saying NPR was talking about that album.

    As far as the music goes, Snoop Lion’s patois needs serious work but obviously it’s not supposed to be taken with a lot of seriousness. What’s interesting to me is seeing him try to adapt to dancehall phrasings. He’ got such a smooth delivery and danceh The riddim for that La La La La single is badass, though. Diplo did him proper. I think it’s a sampled Studio One cut of the Artibella riddim from the early 70s. Wish I had that original. Need to figure out what it is first.

    New website sucks so bad for entering playlists. I’ve had this post half written for an hour.

  20. kayatosh Says:


  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    No way am I making the bed today.


  22. kenny powers Says:

    hey @ xpun

    life’s been a rollercoaster as of late but i’m thrilled say things are looking sky-high upwards fantabulous.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    @KP: Thanks.

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    My Chicago boxset actually arrived on time, as opposed to Canadian time like it usually does. Got the Pollock poster with it, so happy I did. 550/1000, beautiful.

  25. Kaveh Says:

    It has been awhile, but happy to be back on the @Selector train today, while watching Dutch chicks in bikini’s playing beach volleyball. #ThursdayRocking

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