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. sumodie Says:

    I’m yahoo about yahoo…hopefully by midnite

  2. sumodie Says:

    Bitch & ye shall receive! Well, sometimes…

    One of two yahoos arrived, as expected got 1 3day chicago gen adm & 2 x 3 Dick’s floors

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Are dicks floors hard to get? Is there a 3 day floor pass?

  4. TreasureReprise Says:

    Dick’s floors have been easy in years past. There was also 3-day passes before, but I dont think there is this time around.

  5. ElJefe Says:

    Finally got an Email. Gorge 2 Day and 2nd night Tahoe… No bg or dicks..

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    18000 in stands, 8k on floor for concerts from what i read on their site @DF. people (incl me) getting single lottery requests filled for 3 nites of floors…not thinking “hard”. and i dunno bout 3 day floor (or otherwise/seats)…i thought i saw that but i think im thinking chicago.

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    got the Bangor itch. would really chafe the wife but there was a 6:45 am flight on july 4 and i’d be home when kids were getting up. flights $500+ round. no go.

  8. ElJefe Says:

    DF- I’ve gotten 3 Day passes through Ticket Horse…cheapest ticket too. No charge if you go ticketless…not sure this year though

  9. TreasureReprise Says:

    @GD, Chi over Dick’s? Really?

  10. joe Says:

    how much to Portland, Me or even Manchester gd? road trip style. we’ll get you on the way up.

  11. joe Says:

    glad I’m doing this 20 years later listening. audio quality on the phishtracks site of these last 2 shows is very good. overlooked this part of 93 in my listening. Style not too dissimilar to much of what we ambient jam hounds like to criticize these days except the playing is so tight.

  12. JanxSpirit Says:

    Looks like I have some spare Tahoes most likely – right now I need SF Fridays. I’m gonna sort this all out in a bit but will post trade offers here.

  13. tela'smuff Says:

    although my summer plans imploded with a company meeting the first week of Aug. i’m still beaming i get 3 shows in Chicago and 3 in Denver. followed by a wife approved free reign on Fall tour, gonna be a good year.

  14. MiA Says:

    I think Dicks floor will be easy. I didn’t buy in the first PTBM or the TM release and finally bought in around July with the re-release. And there were tons of folks selling in the lots.

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Thanx janx.

  16. halcyon Says:

    Totally forgot about the lottery, and realized on sales are this weekend!

    Been running on empty lately. Gas Tank registering below E. July 3rd, and Labor Day weekend sound good to me if I can swing it $ wise, logistics, and get the vacation time. I already have approval from the Mrs. Oh, and we also need to figure out where we will be living by then, whether it is a new place out here, Cali, or Colorado, NY or NC.

    Saw Sigur Ros last night. A beautiful show. Music was great, the imagery was so fitting, ethereal, apocalyptic, post/art rock bliss. We really enjoyed the show.

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    nah @treasure – i’m personally pnc mpp and dicks. those are locked. would love chi but no work trip = no go. and bangor pipe dreamz

  18. garretcorncob Says:

    I’m snacking on what appear to be chocolate flavored jelly beans, which are new to me, and I’m stuck thinking: why? Why take something as delicious as chocolate and force it into the mediocre texture and after taste of jelly beans?

    Beggars can’t be choosers, and I’m very much the beggar in this context, but still. Would not buy again. Wait, I didn’t buy this time… Would not buy.

  19. TreasureReprise Says:

    @GD See you in Denver, bromigo.

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    halcy – you know logistics can be handled in CO for ya. otherwise, hang tuff kid. hope you get that much deserved break soon!

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    @Hal – public onsales scattered tomorrow thru Sat. def check the schedule if you trying to get in on stuff.

    glad you got to see Sigur. that’s one big fat cloud of ethereal noise. loved the bassists tone. the whole thing was sculpted down to the note. really need to see that band outside dusk stylee.

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    yeah thanks janx. lots of tic movement across these pages up until tour starts really…

  23. gavinsdad Says:

    joe – thanks bud. was hoping to hear that you might pull a rabbit out on Dicks…portland me flights round $500 and manchester (which i’ve flown into in the past) around $260. appreciate the thought. if i get weird (read: foolish with our money) i’ll holler.

  24. avila Says:

    4 out of 5 for Tahoe and BGCA. Took 10 lottery requests to get it done. Feeling extremely lucky.

  25. garretcorncob Says:

    Oh yeah, forgot to describe my fucking bizarre Phish dream I had last night…

    So I was at night one of the Gorge, and both the show and the venue were strange and awful. Instead of being on a river cliff, the venue was way high up above an ocean beach, you could see seaside vacation homes down below and what not. The stage was smaller than it actually is, and had a long cement protrusion coming of the front. There were several tiers of cement seats that were actually behind and below the stage, giving a good view of the water, surely, but nothing of the stage. Then there were seats in front, but again below, the stage, which were bisected by the protrusion. Then a cement walkway above that, then a few very wide tiers of grass terrace, then a standard lawn. But between the lawn and the terraces were a line of trees that only allowed some visibility of the stage.

    The show itself was super weird too. They opened with something, then played the Wedge, I think, then they did a skit that went on way too long, and may even have been several skits, and then a set break. Then they came out and played a couple acoustic songs out on the protrusion with the curtain down on the main stage. The curtain came up to reveal a bunch of random instruments all scattered about, and they back there and started playing some out there storage shit, with like, Mike on guitar, Page on drums, Trey on harp, Fish on… something. Which was awesome until they stopped a couple minutes later and said “Thanks everybody, good night. We’ll see you all tomorrow.”

    So, you know, if that goes down (Miner’s Bohemian Rhapsody dream style), then I guess you heard it here first, but I wouldn’t hold your breath…

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