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. garretcorncob Says:

    I don’t know why I called it “the Wedge,” but nothing else in that post makes sense, really, so just roll with it

  2. joe Says:

    were you at jones beach, garret?

  3. sumodie Says:

    Final yahoo served me 5 Gorge, 1 Bangor, and 2 Fri Bill’s

    First ever denial on Dick’s floors (scored ’em on another request)

    Also denied on a single saturday spac request

    Gonna check on my Telly buddies to see if theyre in need, won’t know for a few days if i have extras. ISO SPAC pavs (1, 1, 2)

    Will def jump on appropriate onsales to help folks

  4. garretcorncob Says:

    Nope joe, never been.

    And I don’t know why I said “I don’t know why I called it ‘the Wedge,'” what with that actually being the songs name, but nothing else in either of the preceding posts makes sense, really, so just roll with it

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    @sumo – Telly buddies?

    Dicks 2012 night 3 set 2 is embarrassingly underrated. as far as flow, and jams, it’s nonstop.

  6. MiA Says:

    Anyone on here looking for Alpharetta lawns? Anyone?

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @halcy
    I have an extra ticket for the Boston Craft Beer Fest with your name on it if you can make it. June 1st. 1-4pm session.

  8. halcyon Says:

    Thanks T3,

    I will be in touch, and shoot you an email.

  9. William H. Bonney Says:

    The Alparetta lawn is actually the one of best lawns I have been on… nice and small….but yeah only if I can’t score my pav’s coming up….bubbler prefers the pav’s drink holders….

  10. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    As far as lawns go, Alpharetta ain’t so bad.
    But the pit there rules.

    Wook down = wook drown.

  11. sumodie Says:

    Telas, my two friends from Telluride; the guys who convinced me to drop some tarts & ride the slides at Water World before sunday Dick’s 2011 (epic day!). Hit several 3.0 shows with them (in ski terms, they excel at double diamond shenanigans. My partner suffered greatly during the NYE’10 run, lol)

    I was so bummed they missed out on 2012PH but I think theyre back on board for 2013. One of them is moving to Denver area, he’s the sustainable building contractor (if I had the cash to build a new house, I’d hire him in a heartbeat)

  12. tela'smuff Says:

    interesting @Sumo. you’ll have to introduce me. numerous reasons, but as far a s Telly, i’m up there a few times a year on business looking for trouble in the evening.

  13. dusty Says:

    one of the coolest ski trail maps I’ve ever seen: http://patrol.mammothmountain.com/Atlas/AtlasIndex/AtlasIndex.html

  14. sumodie Says:

    Chicago lawn could be awesome

    Sure, it’s an unknown, but with no awful shed roof blocking sound & sightlines, that could be a raging good time ala Bader. Also dont think Northerly Island has decibel limits like Fenway & Wrigley, for example

    If I had to pick a lawn this summer, chicago would be it (or rather, I’d put my resources into securing pavs at other venues first)

  15. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    hey now, bb- scored some billy g’s… i have some family in s.f.- i need to check in to see if they need any… any extras go to bb. family trip to sf this summer… good luck to all tomorrow…

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    I’m skiing tomorrow @dusty. very excited for a nice Spring run.

  17. sumodie Says:

    Telas, technically one lives in Rico and the other, the contractor, has been fulfilling a life’s dream by buying a sailboat & sailing around the Carib these past 18 months. Guess he’s run outta cash now so he’s returning to CO (his residence is Montrose)

    Will def make the introductions if the right opportunity presents itself this summer

    (Thankfully the awesome BB throwdown at Dick’12 made up for their absence. Too bad they missed my partner finally getting serious IT that weekend)

  18. thedayman Says:

    that dream you described on the last page @garret has me dying laughing over here man.

    can you imagine PT’s reaction to that show? it’d be high larious

    trey playing a harp, and band skits? #spice’d

  19. dusty Says:

    enjoy the turns @tela’s

  20. phishm Says:

    Trey on a harp. Probably sounds good.
    These guys could make killer music with a salt shaker, soda can, plastic fork and some duck tape. At least I think they could. Maybe a mosquito light in the background to sync it all along. Or not.

  21. phishm Says:

    Is the 11.26.94 Slave from ALO? Sounds like the same one. I remember a while back we had a cat that was very skittish. You wouldn’t see her for days. Well, one night I’m listening to ALO and right at the part where I’m almost at now this cat comes out of nowhere and just starts to loudly meow nonstop and then proceeded to sit in front of the device generating the music. Great version of Slave in my and my late cat’s opinion Peace.

  22. butter Says:

    good luck with the onsales folks.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    a wonderfully beer-filled evening:

    dinner at Hopcat:
    Hopslam DIPA (Bell’s)
    Son of Hoppo IPA (Hopcat)
    C-Beast DIPA (Hopcat)
    headed back to the hotel to do some work and prep for another day of touring… but not before stopping by Meijer (readicculus selection for a “grocery store” I must say) to grab some singles:
    Oberon APW (Bell’s)
    All Day IPA (Founder’s)
    Two Hearted APA (Bell’s)

    when in Michigan, drink Michigan beers, I say.

  24. LutherTJustice Says:

    Justice was served with me. Got my Chicago GA floor 3 day passes!

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    one of the odd things I like about my job is that I often get to drive by classic phish venues.
    this current trip has been no different:
    michigan theatre
    cobo hall
    van andel arena
    the palace
    wings stadium
    state theater (k’zoo)
    pine knob (dte energy now)
    there are probably a couple of others too (like the msu auditorium or something) but you get the point. always cool to be driving around and suddenly recall the area because of having been there ten or fifteen years prior for a show

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