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:

    Haha @ pham b. Wife’s been gone all week bed hasn’t been made once!

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Speaking of women’s volleyball: http://www.metro.us/newyork/sports/article/1148979–what-if-every-olympic-sport-was-photographed-like-beach-volleyball

  3. kayatosh Says:

    dang, kaveh. that was a tease. went looking for dutch bikini ladies and found only buttoned up equestrian types and dressed korean archers in fishing caps.

  4. stapes Says:

    Oh, and happy national IPA Day!

    Enjoy some hops later today.

  5. sumodie Says:

    DCU’s Nothing is my Hidden Moment pick. also recommend pairing it with the Ocelot that follows

    Also check out the SPAC Party Time, the moment the final show elevated thru to the end

    yeah, jdub, that Saturday SPAC Mule was one of the most interesting segments in that set

  6. sumodie Says:

    our bgca ptbms have officially shipped!

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    I’m feeling weird…

    I like making my bed.

  8. sumodie Says:

    It’s been nearly a week since Demonoid went down following a huge DDoS attack and still there is no sign that the site will return. If anything, the situation has worsened somewhat. The site’s main domain is now redirecting straight to an ad network serving up malware to unsuspecting visitors.


  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Sometimes it feels good to blow off chores.

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    nice shout outs, selectah!

  11. kayatosh Says:

    selector FTW.

  12. IrieWalton Says:

    Posted this late last night so I wanted to make sure it got your attention:
    Selections from the new dead ’90 box set have popped up on spotify.

  13. GhostPhunk Says:

    DCU Nothing indeed @sumo, great call.

    Starting my day with 11.2.85, only day two of Jerry week after all. Playing with Devon Allman tonight in the southern part of NY state. @marco missed his free tickets by a day. Next time bro.

  14. phoammhead Says:

    national ipa day . . . now that’s something i can get behind . . . let’s do this!

  15. PigSong Says:


    Perfect soundtrack for a bike ride, BOTT tempo is prefect for a mid/end ride pick me up.

  16. Kaveh Says:

    DCU Nothing indeed @sumo, great call.

    ^ Second that.

    National IPA Day…hmmm….it’s going to be a hoppy night tonight. Lucky I’ll get my workout before the drinking starts. Just training for Denver which includes drinking big IPA beers in an altitude tent.

  17. PigSong Says:

    I’m with you Silly, if I don’t make the bed it doesn’t get made.

  18. DryIceFactory Says:

    *applauding at nTelos Gin* totally forgot about this one. the webcast kept cutting out during the jam and we were freaking.

  19. Kaveh Says:

    @sum: thanks for the Noid update.

  20. Kaveh Says:

    …now Russian girls in bikini’s….where is the IPA STAT.

  21. PigSong Says:

    Ben Stark found! Currently swimming the 100m Butterfly for Deutshland.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    woah demonoid is down? noooo

  23. kayatosh Says:

    faked out by kaveh again. can’t find the bikinis. do you have canadian olympics?

  24. xpun Says:

    Vacation day 1 to do list

    mow the yard
    book trip for BGCA

    so I started at the bottom, now i’m thinking of adding LB in the deal or at least hitting The City a day or two earlier. anyone looking to lessen the $ on an LA hotel. Anyone hitting the city early. would love to spend a day up north on thursday without having to rush to get back for a show?

  25. DryIceFactory Says:

    Under the radar moments:
    DCU Julius
    SPAC Funky B*Tch (!!!)
    AC Timber, Fluffhead, Walls
    SPAC Torn and Frayed
    SPAC 2001

    I was there for all of those. They all smoked.

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