The Jam of Summer

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Phish – 9/1/12 “Light”

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  1. robear Says:

    G$$$, I just want to say how happy I am that you weren’t involved in that accident. U r a brother. Peace.

    Trey sounds like he just got washed over by waves of IT when he gives the ‘Thank You’ speech.

    Also love the ‘Greenpeace, er Watwrwheel Table’ night one. Trey is oldschool

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    mia, it means art takes on a life of its own once it is created, where context means nothing.

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Trey sounds like he just got washed over by waves of IT when he gives the ‘Thank You’ speech.”

    yep, he was totally sincere and happy, loved that moment

  4. MiA Says:

    Stay Get classy ,Pittsburgh”

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I like the subsequent pic of that fine Pittsburgher flipping off the guy she just soaked

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    All I have to say about Pittsburgh and Class is:

    Primanti Bros. Sandwiches.

  7. Bwana Says:

    “it means art takes on a life of its own once it is created, where context means nothing.”

    i can appreciate this comment but it’s the tip of a philosophical discussion i’m not sure i’m ready for… loaded comment for sure, because really what is art? everything is art in my mind — so i’m thinking mostly of how this comment makes me think about the evolution of the universe… and it all has a story behind it…

    i’m sure that i’ll fall short in articulating this — but the cycles and patterns of the natural systems that guide our universe become much more amazing to me the more they are understood… we know so little as a species and yet so much. i guess at this point in my life i still place a lot of value on the process, the journey — as that is what is defining my perspective… i’ve had glimpses outside of physical realities but i’ve yet to fully embrace that this is all just a dream…

  8. albert walker Says:

    3.0 like 90s GD was mostly nonsense with a few brief tastes of the goods from years past

    Dicks was 3 nights of peak era competitive real phish

    Whether or not it continues or not who knows but that weekend is why I got hooked 20 red years ago.

    Something clicked out there. Phish became phish again.

  9. SillyWilly Says:


    Take a page out of the SillyWilly Book for Avoiding Philosophical Discussions.

    :::let me flip around for a sec., where is it? ahh, right here:::

    Page 12:

    You’ll be fine as long as you don’t say what George Orwell or WEB DuBois did, “All art is propaganda.”

  10. SillyWilly Says:

    I think 3.0 Phish is much better than 90s Dead.

    But I wasn’t there, so I defer to the second half.

    I like having my defense on the field, anyway.

  11. MiA Says:

    I agree AW. I felt like Phish said “We finally agree internally. We really do like to jam and we want to be a jam band again.”

    It’s one thing to say “Oh, I feel the most comfortable in a jam” but then to finally pull off something like Undermind is the actually “money where your mouth is” moment.

  12. MiA Says:

    I’m saying Phish seemed more committed to taking risks amd throwing it all out there than previous shows. They had tons of great jams in 3.0, but Leg II felt markedly different.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    “. . .there is context behind all those captured moments. It influences the band’s playing (we love Dicks!) and influences anyone ranking songs/jams” — bwana

    ^^^ Of course, and while I agree w/ the first premise (influence on the band), the second is not necessarily the case. If i’m assessing a jam from a show i did not attend, the context has very little import for me.

    Even if it’s a jam from a show i was lucky enough to have been at, after the fact the context starts to fade and all that’s left is the music itself. For example, i don’t dig the dick’s carini more or less b/c it was the “C” in F.Y.F. i dig it b/c it goes out.

    I love these discussions. The philosophy of music and music appreciation.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    Context may help appreciation of bustouts. For example, the skin it back bustout. I enjoy that song from JB b/c it was extremely well played and grooves hard AND b/c prior to JB, I had no versions of it to listen to (had only heard it on cassettes). If it was the 6th skin it back of tour (context) and the listener has heard them all, then the 6th version may not come off as interesting to the listener on playback. So, context can creep into the assessment to a degree.

  15. MiA Says:

    Agree Kaya. This “FYF” was the first one I kinda wanted to hear and felt it was appropriate. Otherwise I think it’s a lame song that people think they wanted to hear because it was “rare” or something.

    Would like to have heard “Ha ha ha” that night more in the encore.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    That’s why we gravitate towards jams as avid listeners, b/c if it’s a great jam, we’re not that concerned that it comes in the 5th tweezer of tour.

  17. Bwana Says:

    ^ True

    Yeah… love that Carini too ~ from 3:00 on it starts to turn outward…

    A lot of reviewers do mix their personal experience of live versions heard into their ranking — but you are right, not everyone.

    My prior version of Skin it Back was also from cassette — SiB->Cities. Great version from Nectar’s 4/27/87 that I re-listen to every once it awhile…

    Ha Ha Ha would have been great as an encore that night!

    Kinda surprised Bowie got played so little in Leg2….

  18. dognamedwilson Says:

    Bwana’s en fuego

  19. MiA Says:

    6-23-00 Bathtub Gin. Fantastic stuff.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I can’t separate context from the music. It’s an integral part of it for me. Boring without it.

    Where, when, etc…

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    music is boring without context?

  22. kayatosh Says:

    My access to phish’s skin it back came from the 8.21.87 Ian Mclean’s farm show. Wore that tape out.

  23. MiA Says:

    Like getting Purple Rain while it’s raining on you and Kuroda is splashing purple lights over the entire crowd? Having the lights dropped completely during the Hood at Went? (Same with Tube at Dayton ’97).

    Yeah. Context is everything.

  24. Duder Says:

    a day flies by in what seems like a blink of an eye.

    the sleep depravation totally sucks.
    7:00pm completely wiped

  25. Bwana Says:

    Kinda funny @dognamedwilson because really I only post once in a blue moon…

    ::Dicks weekend was actually during a blue moon::

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