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. dusty Says:

    I think everyday is IPA day in NorCal…maybe headier than thou here…but our IPAs are crisp to say the least.

    My neighbor just replaced his bumper on the truck with a piece of railroad. Keeping it redneck in tahoe.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    2018 will be a great year

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    @dusty – we hit Fifty Fifty Brewing in Truckee last year en route to Tahoe, but missed out on their IPA. if i lived in Cali, i’d be hitting Russian River. Pliney, and they just tapped a special IPA that you can only get in house.

  4. dusty Says:

    Fifty fifty is ok…good for up here. I dig their rye pale ale right now whenever I make it over there. We also have a new brew house in tahoe city, Mackinaw brewing, that just opened this summer. English style IPA so not my favorite, but peppercorn pils is decent.

    I used to live local to Russian River and yes it was great. Even the grocery stores have bottled pliny and blind pig. Although I love Pliny, I’m still more an IPA fan of Moylans and Laganitus. The later has some of the cleanest recipes out there. Was enjoying Lucky 13 alt ale last night from them. I enjoy norcal IPA though more than English ones.

    Hit up Moonlight Brewing all when your out in SF bay. Brain is a one man show and produces great stuff. On tap in SF and Santa Rosa. Off to take the dog for a swim.

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    love the Sand>Roggae. although, not to beat a dead horse, the DC Sand is better if you just compare the jams, leave out the segue.

    Roggae may have overtaken Mist as my favorite slow jam for the band, if you could call it a slow jam.

  6. voopa Says:

    13 days! Woohoo!

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    i actually do like that Laganitus. it’s a crisp IPA. interesting to see you mention Moylans! i see their bombers often, but always pass. i think it’s the label that turns me off, kind of silly. so they’re pretty good huh?

  8. lumpyhead Says:

    long beach is coming up at warp speed.

  9. MiA Says:

    Good god. It is.

    Need to plan for Thursday activities. You working Lumpy?

  10. dusty Says:

    I’m good friends with both the original brewer and the current brewer at Moylans. I agree about their labels…and its a lame brew pub in many ways. However, they produce some good brews at large quantities…although I’d stay away from bottles other than hoppy due to shipping. They use Bear republic’s new facility for brewing and bottling their scotch ale in 12’s. Apparently its huge in Alabama due to limits on bottle sizes. I hate scotch ales myself.

    I enjoy their double IPA the most, then IPA, and triple IPA hopsickle. They make a nice Pomegranate wheat for the ladies…and they have been using bourbon barrels for aging their imperial stoudts and barleywines for like a decade. If you do make the pilgrimage from SF to SR for free pliny…its worth a stop off 101 for a taste.

    Laganitus is my sierra and sierra is my bud at this point. Try Lag’s Laganitus Sucks xmas release as its basically a clone of pliny. Better I think.

    Port Brewing/Pizza Port sued Moylans over that design on their taps recently.

  11. lumpyhead Says:

    most definitely.

  12. stapes Says:

    I’m a fan of pretty much everything Lagunitas does.

    @ Dusty – funny about your sierra is bud comment. I feel like Dale’s is my bud.

  13. lumpyhead Says:

    most unfortunately.

    saving my day off inquiry for friday of dicks.

  14. Jtran Says:

    what is the difference between a norcal and socal IPA? I thought they were all American style..?

  15. MiA Says:


  16. Dorn76 Says:

    Lagunitas is still my Lagunitas and Sierra still my Sierra here in CT. Need to branch out on my buying, but usually too lazy to go the extra miles to the “good” stores.

    Favorite “hidden moment” for me was the Corrina>LUOLMA Set I closer at SPAC I. Not all that “hidden”, but that 15 minutes of tasty Phish put it all together for me.

    Still haven’t bought my CLT flight yet, nor spoken with the lady about it…..Can I get some encouragement?

    Also I have an Oak Mtn. extra in the 300’s.

    b d r l j m 1976 @ ghee mail

  17. IrieWalton Says:

    The difference between NorCal and SoCal IPA is that one is h3tty the other is more Rodeoee.

  18. IrieWalton Says:

    Man, MiA wins…again.

  19. tela'smuff Says:

    nice @MiA.

    yeah, Lagunitas is has in the past stepped in as a session IPA for me. Dale’s is totally my Bud. spoiled.

    thanks for the heads up on Moylans. guess i know which bomber i’m picking up next. Imperial/DBL IPA’s are my new standard.

    @Dusty – r u coming out to Dick’s?

  20. dusty Says:

    difference is norcal pioneered the style…and socal followed. I live in the mts and am a lowlife. Socal is lowcal, SF isn’t Norcal and yes Norcal is h3tty. We all are flat brims out here, but don’t sleep on our wax.

  21. tzara's Says:

    I only drink Sierra during the harvest season, or on lot, but it sure hits the spot when I do. Has good associations for me.

  22. tzara's Says:

    @tela’s and @silly, y’all got mail.

  23. dusty Says:

    @ tela’smuff….undecided. I’d love to as you all have some great brews out there. However my local crash spot owner will be in Breck for the jazzfest and my life is day to day. Doubt I’ll even make SF shows.

    I love older dead areas of the country where you see the effect in the business names. Like Casey Jones Plumbing or Dark star septic services. Have been noticing these a lot around the country. Recently saw em after spac near woodstock and then outside Eugene coming down the hill. I wonder if this will happen with phish over the years?

  24. voopa Says:


  25. stapes Says:

    We are completely spoiled @ tela’s. Its sickening
    I do love that probably 75% of the beer I consume is brewed within a 50 mi radius of my house

    Support your local brewer!
    (And grower!)

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