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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296 Responses to “Hidden Moments”

  1. stapes Says:

    Cheers Tzara’s!

    Grabbed a 12er of Racer 5 and 6er of Lagunitas IPA, both on sale at the usual liquor store. Time to get pretty lifted, Jerry in the headphones, take the doggie for a stroll, then clean the house before the lady gets home tomorrow.

    And we’re finally getting those afternoon t-storms!

  2. RoosterPizza Says:

    I know that I always have St. Hubert’s poutine gravy as the gravy of choice for my Thanksgiving dinner.

  3. tzara's Says:

    Thanks stapes, look forward to meeting you in CO.
    Dogfish Head 90 on tap, that’s how you celebrate IPA day. Great stuff, though it is just a little sweet to be very thirst quenching.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas, and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher said, “Okay , but don’t go in that field over there…..”, as he pointed out the location.
    The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, ” Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. “See this fucking badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish…. On any land !! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear?…. do you understand?!!”
    The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores. A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher’s big Santa Gertrudis bull…… With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified. The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs…..

    “Your badge, show him your fucking BADGE!!”

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ^Fuck Yeah!

  6. lumpyhead Says:

    ^^ love it.

    especially being from abilene, tx.

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    Nice palmer.

    A father bull and his son are standing on top of a big hill looking down on a bunch of cows. Son says “hey Dad, how about we run down this hill and go fuck one of those cows?” Dad says, “how about we walk down, and fuck them all?”

  8. sumodie Says:

    Halcyon, hang in there!

    There’s a nice 3 mile rail trail walk suitable for strollers and bikes in West Boylston MA -plug this address into google maps:

    Rail Trail Parking, May Street, West Boylston, MA

    The rail trail is part of the Wachusett Greenways, google that name, pull up the map, marker #3 is said rail trail parking lot (I’ve tried 3 times to post the map link and/or the direct link to Wachusett Greenways dot org but this site keeps denying me, grrrrr)

    From that rail trail parking lot you can also bike the 20ish miles around Wachusett Reservoir (or even more challenging, bike up the rail trail and follow Rt 31 on up to Wachusett Mtn, back down Rt 140). Primarily though, the rail trail is flat, along a stream, and great for family walks

    I won’t even start on the awesome areas in western MA to explore 8)

  9. sumodie Says:

    Now my fav emoticon won’t even work 😡

  10. MiA Says:


  11. MiA Says:

    I guess not.

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    BB eats vibes and emoticons.

    Stream Spring 90 GD


  13. Robear Says:

    Kaveh, mr C of course.

  14. halcyon Says:

    Thanks Sumodie for the tips! I appreciate it, and once things settle down it will all be ok. Just in flux right now.

  15. bobby weird Says:

    Halcy, welcome to the Commonwealth of MA be serious culture shock, esp if coming from Colo as I seem to recall. However, lots of interesting and smart people here given the 90-some colleges, e-tech, biomed, etc. presence. Hope you adjust quickly and comfortably.

    Palmer, ipswich ale is ok if you are in the mood. Awful if not. Sorry bud.

  16. sumodie Says:

    International IPA day? Who knew….

    the good news: I still have a Stone Ruination in the fridge to honor today

    the bad news: I’ve downgraded my beer drinking back to good ole Sam Adams due to costs & calories (mostly cost)

    but that $3 bottle of Ruination IPA will hit the spot tonight 8)

    and finally got into a Jerry swing, So Many Roads box set disc 5 (still remember very vividly when my ex called to break the news)

  17. PigSong Says:

    Hop Stupid – $$$
    Dogfishhead 60 min – $

    should have grabbed the 90 minute, but I was buying for three and figured the sixer would work out better. I know better than this. Although, I used to drink the 60 all the time and it was great, definitely didn’t taste like this crap.

  18. PigSong Says:

    Almost grabbed a Ruination today, but it was ten bucks. I just couldn’t quite pull the trigger.

    Also kind of disappointed with my local shops, I listed off a good handful to their “beer buyer” that he had never heard of before. All bb recs btw.

    Same two “specialty” shops that had never heard of Pliny when I asked last year. wtf Midtown ATL?

  19. Steamer Says:

    Am I missing something or is that SPAC susskind absolutely smoking and groovy? Just experienced it for first time via Vimeo (some nice fish man footage on this one, fav since uic undermind), should be a hidden gem next batch miner? At end of Vimeo, was surprised to see crowd not exactly raging that song, has so much jam vehicle potential … Will look forward to seeing susskind, steam and beauty of a broken heart given the treatment leg2

  20. PigSong Says:

    Sorry two aggro, kind of buzzed beer posts in a row. Time to hit a glass of water and Olympics with the missus.

  21. tzara's Says:


  22. MiA Says:

    Ruination goes with susskind hotel.

    Both excellent.

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    Hey Pig…there used to be a really good liquor store with pretty good beer selection as I recall on Ponce (I think) before Moreland. Can’t think of the name, but it’s on the right heading out of town. Georgia was really slow in upping the alc %…good beer was impossible to find while I lived there.

    @tzaras…looking forward to catching up in Denver.

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    Green’s maybe?

  25. Xpun Says:

    Palmer the whole family rolled at your joke.

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