Reader’s Pick’s: Kaveh Rahimi

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7.4.2012, Jones Beach (George Estreich)

All selections and text by Kaveh Rahimi

Run Like An Antelope” 8.28.93 II, Berkeley, CA

After three nights of the Grateful Dead at Shoreline, the friendly, West Coast confines of the Greek, put the perfect cap on a wonderful four nights of music. It was the end of summer tour and the band was locked and loaded with their typical tight, robotic force of music. The “Antelope” from this night, after a good “2001-Rift” opener, took a really good show to another level. Not quite as overall powerful as the Red Rocks “Antelope” 9 days earlier, this version is still a shred-fest of 1993 proportions.

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Lizards” 6.10.94 I, Red Rocks, CO

(MYFE. Designs)

(MYFE. Designs)

I know we have all had this experience, where there has been a certain time a song has been played and you finally “understand” the song. “The Lizards” on this night was this type of experience for me. I had heard the song many a time, but it was during Trey’s floating solo, that I, half way up an unpacked Red Rocks, felt/understood the plight and struggle of the Lizard people. His solo translated that idea into music. I felt it and just understood it. One of those experiences.

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Slave to the Traffic Light” 11.26.94 II, Minneapolis, MN

The “Bowie” from this night took the band to many a new and far reaching place in the musical universe, and it is that same openness and patience, that translates to this “Slave,” the perfect set closer.

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Jesus Left Chicago” 10.31.95 III, Chicago, IL

After the monster (one of my favorite) “You Enjoy Myself” opened the third set, a perfect and killer version of this cover is one of the highlights of the night. With Dave Grippo joining the band, his infusion of alto sax on this song, takes it to another level. The band just let’s him give solo upon solo. I remember the crowd erupting after this solo and giving him a long, well deserved hand. Something about a straight up blues number in a city like Chicago that is hard to replicate anywhere else.

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Reba” 11.17.97 I, Denver, CO

url-15We all love 4 to 5 song sets. This pure gem takes up slot 2, after the then rare, “Tweezer” opener. Something was in the air over these two night in the Mile High city; seemingly taking off in full with an absolute blissful Set II from the first night. You know you are in for a great “Reba,” when Page and Trey nail their game of cat and mouse, before the serious release of music happens. Worth noting that Fishman, as usual, holds down and adds the right amount of drive to this furious back and forth chasing. Now the meat….right from the outset, there is an open air to this “Reba” jam, with Trey in no hurry to add directive or control. Page and Trey with the always healthy backbone of Mike and Jon, continue their game of playing off each other with Gordo adding to the jam raising it to another level…the four headed beast in full control. The continued, classic Phish push, push of the music. The rest of the song, just floats away…as all great Reba’s do.

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David Bowie -> Catapult -> David Bowie” 2.16.03 L.Vegas, NV

Absolutely one of my favorite show openers. The band was in serious mode on night two in Vegas. The transitions into and back out of “Catapult” fit better than OJ’s glove. Tight. And driven. With the technically, aggressive nature of “Bowie” on full display, especially as the underlying beat for this “Catapult” that sneaks up on you in perfect silence. This “Bowie” is the perfect show opening sandwich. Tasty.

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Piper” 12.29.03 I, Miami, FL

Right out of the box and charging. I love this “Piper” as an opener. This version is locked and loaded with aggressive guitar work from Trey with that little extra, dirty 2003 guitar tone. After the initial outburst, the band settles into the galloping part of the song with Page adding tasteful piano over Trey’s, always wonderful, rhythm guitar work. Following a calmer, guitar build up that is driven by Fishman with his usual pushing fills, Trey slaughters his solo, bringing an already high energy building to a higher understanding. As the song builds itself to conclusion, it is very, very easy to forget that this is the start of the show. Jesus.

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Wolfman’s Brother” 10.30.09 II, Indio, CA

url-14An often overlooked, hidden gem from the Indio run. This version has the band chomping at the bit as soon as the lyrics end. With the groove already in place; the plinko-ish, Page piano jam gets things rolling. Mike is quick to add some liquid bass, thus bringing Trey to the foreground as the jam continues to ebb up and down but constantly move forward. Trey then drives the band, off into the outer realms of music. The song complete breaks down almost as quickly as it began. Finding itself in orbit of Pluto and the like, there is nothing earthly about this quite scary section; which is good. Pure, form-breaking music to the end.

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Down with Disease” 6.3.11, II, Pine Knob, MI

While this one that has been well documented and discussed, it is amazing music. After the “Waves” at Bethel, the throw down at historic Pine Knob on Mike’s birthday, continued to put the music of 2011 into the upper stratosphere. This “Disease” is pure magic. What gets me every time I listen to this version is the pure “push” that comes in two latter places in this song. Places where the form has been left and all there is, is music. It is music as it should be! Pure and new. When the band is firing on all cylinders and you are listening to music being created, there is really no other place to be.

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Chalk Dust Torture -> Emotional Rescue” 8.31.12 II, Denver, CO

Commerce City, CO (Stout)

Commerce City, CO (Stout)

I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a “Chalk Dust Torture,” anytime and anywhere. This version is lodged in everyone’s memory quite well, so I’ll only add that this version is the “Chalk Dust” that I have been waiting for since hearing the IT version in 2003. There is something wonderful when this band takes a normal, straight forward rock and roll song and blows it’s doors wide open—the power of the musicians. Furthermore, it is rather fitting that the band chose to bust out “Emotional Rescue”, because, as of that point in the evening, I think we all where riding a great emotional wave and needed some “rescue” from the bliss.

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Thank you for all the reader’s picks submissions! It will take me a bit, but I will get to all of them. Cheers, Miner

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798 Responses to “Reader’s Pick’s: Kaveh Rahimi”

  1. ElJefe Says:

    So does no email mean no tix…evidently I suck at tucking, texting and tixing! Boo..

  2. MiA Says:

    For some reason, I think the LN app worked really good last year. Maybe it was how many ports they had assigned to it or something, I don’t know. Leg II didn’t work that way at all though, and getting tickets was nearly impossible.

    Probably best to use the online outlet if you can type fast. More browsers, etc.

  3. JanxSpirit Says:

    @jtran close to work and seemingly good schools (got 2 kiddos who will be in school soon), so not knowing the area at all, we grabbed a rental there. It’s subdivision-land.

  4. MiA Says:

    ElJefe, I think you should get a “Sorry to inform you” letter before giving up hope.

  5. Sumodie Says:

    My other half scored a pair of Saturday BGCAs. First time in 3.0 he hasn’t scored a complete Cali multi night for me (Greeks & BGCAs). What a loser!

    Still not shabby tho since the Sat night special at Bill’s is ostensibly the hardest summer ticket

  6. MiA Says:

    PQ is subdivisions, but it’s not terrible. Most of Southern California is subdivisions though. Except Point Loma and a handful of other places.

    California is very very planned.

  7. garretcorncob Says:

    Nice, pops hit for 2 Friday nights, so I’m set with a trade for a Sunday.

    Just gotta get some Gorge tickets eventually, and I guess a flight to the Bay, but then I’m chillin. Love when that works out.

  8. MiA Says:

    A Live One version of this Slave did a fantastic job of muting out the white hats next to the tapers. Such a great great Slave. I totally got the song that night.

  9. IrieWalton Says:

    Thanks for the feedback MiA, Sumo, everyone.

    Probably stuck with the website/phone experience as getting away from work at that time of day for the outlet would just be too crazy logistically.

  10. Sumodie Says:

    Chicago lawns onsale NOW

    I said lawn…

    http://phishrealtime.tickets.musictoday.com/PhishRealTime/calendar.aspx

  11. jtran Says:

    If I end up going to TM outlet tomorrow what exactly does that entail? Do the outlets have an allotment of tickets that are not available on phone/online to others?

  12. avila Says:

    No hold. No email. Feeling invisible. And also out of luck. TM app for Droid claims no capcha.

  13. dusty Says:

    Medeski solo at world cafe in philly, may 1st. Just added the date.

  14. joe Says:

    (I may be wrong) but the tm outlet doesn’t put you in the computer queue for 10-15 minutes. straight tickets once you’re up. get there a bit early, schmooze the guy, etc. have him or her ready the second tickets are on sale.

  15. xpun Says:

    Jtran. They are all going after same tix. Outlets just have a direct connection to the database so you don’t have to mess w busy signals and servers.

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Fuck them and their lawns. Let the suckers eat em up. This is coming from someone who is always lawning.

  17. Selector J Says:

    @BNCB – Saw this a few days ago in the NYTimes. A bit nicer than the other guy’s that you posted.
    http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/theater/reviews/hands-on-a-hardbody-at-the-brooks-atkinson-theater.html?smid=pl-share

    Comparing musical reviews… #sitehasgonetoshit

    Also, I’m afraid the simple act of reading HoaHB reviews qualifies as fanboy-ism. Why the hell am I reading a review about a musical when I know that I absolutely hate musicals? Stupid Troy and his stupid showtunes.

  18. MiA Says:

    Texas has a weird thing about TM not being able to buy tickets that aren’t in our state. Mrs MiA wasted a morning once trying.

    That said, if you’re in state, I think going to the TM outlet is a great idea.

  19. joe Says:

    20 Years later listening, night 2 from the Warfield. (Humbolt tomorrow)

    Set 1: Llama, Guelah Papyrus, Rift, Stash, Reba, My Friend, My Friend[1], Uncle Pen, Sample in a Jar, I Didn’t Know[2], David Bowie[3]

    Set 2: Buried Alive > Halley’s Comet > It’s Ice > Bouncing Around the Room, Chalk Dust Torture, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove[4], Hold Your Head Up > Cracklin’ Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, Poor Heart > Golgi Apparatus

    Encore: The Squirming Coil, Carolina

  20. William H. Bonney Says:

    If your in state for a show, outlet is best way. That is how I have always gotten first four rows dead center for NYE’s in FL. Not many ticket outlets left in my neck of the woods.. I always call a head and make sure they will be open in time and do some recon, people are usually stoked to help a fan grab some tickets….

  21. xpun Says:

    @mia. I think tm outlets serve regions. Texas is its very own region I’m sure. You know how they are down there.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Boom, got my Chicago 3 day GA

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Man, I have to do a Fantasy baseball draft in 45 minutes and I don’t know shit.

    Head to head 5×5…. anyone want to help me out? LOL.. I kid. I’ll just wing it.

  24. negev79 Says:

    Finally got my email. Sumo right on the money – Got two each night Gorge and Dick’s and two Friday BGCA. Woohoo summer terr!

  25. dorn76 Says:

    Pick that Mets pitcher kid, Harvey. Mets could have a better year than my aging Bombers.

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