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. revise your despise Says:

    Good afternoon BB!

    Been a crazy couple of weeks at work settling into my new responsibilities so I haven’t been around at all. Lovin the write ups this week miner! Especially the one about star lake, best bonus show ever.

    Still looking for a pair for oak mtn and Lakewood. Singles will be accepted also of available. Cash or kind trade and I’ll be in Birmingham for the whole week leading up to the shows.

    hlw1985 at genius mailing service

  2. kayatosh Says:

    time to crack an IPA.

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    responded Tzara.

    Sierra Hoptimatum is no joke. ass kicking hop bomb.

    in honor of IPA Day, my current top 5.

    1. Asher Green Bullet Organic IPA
    2. Ska Modus Hoperandi
    3. Russian River Pliney the Elder
    4. Firestone Double Jack Imperial IPA
    5. Racer X Double IPA

    special mention for my true favorite, Asher Grenade Organic Dbl IPA. it’s just so ass kicking with the 9.0% abc that i can rarely drink it.

  4. dusty Says:

    I recall slinging too many Sammys in the lot. Strange time of year for IPA day. I’ll take wet hops please. Moonlight green buds.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    educational IPA article.

  6. kayatosh Says:


  7. Jtran Says:

    speaking of heady, have you had a heady topper from alchemist in VT telas?

  8. stapes Says:

    Hi, my name is stapes, and I like hops, along with other members of the cannabaceae family. And tits too.

    ( . ) ( . )

  9. Dorn76 Says:

    Still remember freshman year, handed my first real beer, a Harpoon IPA. It has that cool label and logo, and that distinct dryness as that stuff sloshed down my throat. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10097/311

    Didn’t know at the time, but I was done drinking Keystone light and Icehouse from that moment on!

    Similar musical evolution began when I was handed the Stanford ’92 show on tape.

  10. kayatosh Says:

    bout to crack a bell’s 2 hearted, just finished a firestone walker union jack. union jack so good. love that grapefruit smell. good sniff ipa’s all day. this recent beer blast making me fat.

    20 mins. into 30 min 9.11.74 eyes (remember it’s jerry week too) – dark starish.


  11. tela'smuff Says:

    if i was two deep on a Union Jack / Two Hearted Ale combo at 1:30PM, my day would be over by 4. nap time.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    add some kush for full daydream effect.

  13. Multibeast Says:

    Loved listening to the 90 box “Feel Like a Stranger”….have not spun that tune in awhile and brought me back to the early days of high school listening to Without a Net constantly.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    mix in some 6.22.2000 2001 and it’s a party.

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    kaya will kaya himself soon enough.

  16. bob dylan Says:

    the latest in a series of mental images brought to you by mitch…

    you can call me betty brett fuckin crocker today folks. i’m making a coconut layer cake for trish’s bday. its actually coming together quite nicely but the kitchen has shit everywhere, i’m using cooling racks and her professional cooking equipment. burned myself once but i’m just happy i didnt lose any fingers in this whisk.

    selector, i have a pic of a friend of ed and i where she was blazing on willy’s bus with snoop. “bus kinda cloudy as i would say”

  17. kayatosh Says:

    willie nelson’s bus:


  18. kayatosh Says:

    bell’s 2 hearted doesn’t have the great aroma of the union jack. bell’s also has a more balanced (less hoppy) flavor. both great, but i prefer the union jack.

  19. bob dylan Says:

    love 2 hearted.

    awesome bus article. ftw!

  20. plord Says:

    I remember — but can’t find– a great article about the Willie pot bust, imagining the difficulty in establishing what/who to charge.
    Cop: “Is this your dope?”
    Roadie: “Yep.” (taking the fall)
    Willie: “No it ain’t, yours is in the glove box.”
    drummer: “No, mine’s in the glove box, his is behind the steering column.”
    etc. etc.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    quality jerry — 3.9.74 w/ merl.

  22. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Just to quickly double check, I’m heading to LA>SF tomorrow, and am I correct in thinking that bane is basically legal there? Can I suspend my typical high grade paranoia? It’s what a small fine for possession/smoking if busted?

  23. Chonz Says:

    Damn, I would love to bring Willie’s bus on tour!

  24. kayatosh Says:

    w/ willie and his greenery on board.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    be like water, dr. P.

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