Reader’s Picks: Mathias Loertscher

8.19.12, BGCA (Ken Scelfo)

8.19.12, BGCA (Ken Scelfo)

It is my pleasure to introduce the Reader’s Picks from one of the first reader-commenters on PhishThoughts back in 2008—@Matso! Welcome back buddy.

All selections and text by Mathias Loertscher aka @Matso

Maze” 12.9.95 I, Albany, NY

A ferocious set one opener. Listen carefully for the subtle, eerie industrial drone effect that Trey uses to set the scene. I would love to see the band take such a careful approach to show openers more often.



Yamar -> Runaway Jim” 8.2.03 II, Limestone, ME

A moment when it all came together: My first post-hiatus show and my younger brother’s first show; one of my favourite songs seguing into my favourite song; and a serious left turn into Type II, which moves through many different ideas deftly and assuredly, with some fantastic use of the uncompressed tone. I had tears in my eyes.



 Stash” 12.28.98 I, MSG, NY

1998 is the year when Phish arguably peaked in terms of popularity and intensity. The energy at MSG for the first night of the first four-night NYE run at MSG was therefore off the charts and, after a quick “Axilla” to get the blood pumping, Phish detonated the Garden with this “Stash.” Although musically I prefer the 1997 MSG version, the straight-forward, dark intensity here made for a more memorable experience. Listen to the audience roar at the end of it. Fierce.



Tweezer -> Have Mercy” 7.17.99 I, Volney, NY

Another one where I basically cried. Most of my crew were stuck in the traffic on the way in and it was during this stunning “Tweezer” that they found their way through the crowd and miraculously found me. This was also a summer when Phish’s music provided on-going comfort from some tough personal circumstances. So when they moved into “Have Mercy,” I got a bit emotional.



Down with Disease” 11.13.98 II, Cleveland, OH

Both sets this night in Cleveland started and finished off strong, but had some of the worst, most prolonged mid-set lulls I’ve experienced. Miner has highlighted the “Wolfman’s” from set one for its clear Mind Left Body jam a few times, but this “Disease” is worth hearing as well. Very tight Trey-shredding for a good while, which stays in the box but is otherwise unreproachable, followed by a wonderful section of chord-led jamming (sounding almost Dead-like at times), which leads back nicely to the “Disease” theme.



Farmhouse 8.5.11 II, George, WA

How do you follow up perhaps the greatest jam of 3.0? With not one, but two amazing segues. Then what do you do? You play this. Trey’s solos on Farmhouse throughout 3.0 have been a treat and this version is as good as any (check out Miami ’09 and Woosta ’10 too).



Ghost” 8.13.97 II, Burgettstown, PA

My second “Ghost” of the summer and first one state-side. The band’s sound was developing so fast this summer that this version didn’t sound anything like the first one I’d heard (7/1/97). This one gets so thick and funky that I thought the band had turned into robots at one point.



Makisupa -> Night Nurse -> Makisupa” 10.26.10 II, Manchester, NH

Not much to say about this one other than that the band NAILED the “Night Nurse.” One of my favourite moments of 3.0. More reggae please.



2001” 8.11.04 II, Mansfield, MA

A controversial version from the final, dark days of 2.0. Some vocal commentators think that Trey’s playing on this version lacks direction and drive, but I hear the jam section before the first “ASZ” theme as a moment of lucidity, with some fantastic slow, considered playing from Trey. Afterwards, he’s clearly out of ideas, but that first solo is very unusual for a “2001” and noteworthy.



David Bowie” 7.19.91 I, Somerville, MA

“Bowie” with horns. How the song was always meant to be played.

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949 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Mathias Loertscher”

  1. BNCB Says:

    Pats to hold open tryout’s for WR and TE.

    Mark Wahlberg seen outside Foxboro.

  2. Selector J Says:

    Best part of Yeezus is picturing the look on Capleton’s face the moment he found out that Kanye sampled one of his songs on a track called “I Am A God.”

    The self-awareness of Kanye West at its finest.

  3. sumodie Says:

    G was a 10 year+ oops baby to make #3. Cousin had one too.

    A world with more than one RL? Mindblowing…

    …in a good way

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    put me in the “pro junip” camp. really like this album.


  5. gavinsdad Says:

    this can become a contentious debate full of facts from either side so go easy…plus none of the mamas are here to represent. my wife didn’t blaze or drink even thru all the breastfeeding (all three breastfed for a year and change). but some of our best friends did to whatever extent they felt ok with. our good friend Alisa, a labor and delivery nurse, used a little bit of herb for her overall nausea. she was basically our barometer on the subject but again, my wife declined.

  6. sumodie Says:

    Gdad, thnx!

  7. poop goblin Says:

    another self aware Ye at his finest

    he also invited Chief Keef and King Louie from the southside to show up in Paris and sing hooks Selector. fuckin SING. these kids although bad rappers are rappers not R&B singers.

    CHicago hip-hop is blowing the fuck up. cat can’t flow for shit and he doesn’t even kick down these youngins a verse.

    like he just invited em down to look hip and show them he’s fuckin god and they are just hood rats with no game yet.

  8. poop goblin Says:

    check out this King Louie track

    like Atlanta somehow got beamed up to Chicago

  9. BNCB Says:

    Poo G, they missed a chance to whoop his ass for all of us…

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    “oops baby” just made me panic. Hells no. No worries, though, I have a 7 month old who sleeps in our bed.

  11. jdub Says:

    I know a lady who did everything she was supposed to during pregnancy and had a severely disabled child. I say why risk it but also point out we don’t know fully why children are born disabled. Many potential reasons. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when my 2 children came into the world healthy as can be. My biggest fear during my wife’s pregnancy.

  12. poop goblin Says:

    ya first time ever I shouldn’t have probably spoken bout this here.

    it’s her decision and she’s not completely comfortable with it. of course pure sobriety would be perfect. but she works

  13. little umbrellas Says:

    i’m a puffer. and i’m not claiming to know. taking extra caution’s sounds like a good idea to me when bringing a child into the world . but what do i know. no judgement passed here.

  14. poop goblin Says:

    10 hour days and feels like shit. just enough to get through the sickness and perform at her work.

    also just enough to see 9 phish shows this summer without losing her sanity.

    I’m out
    laterz comrades

  15. little umbrellas Says:

    Poop! I’ve been missin ya man! glad to have you back! ever check out that Do Make Say Think?

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    alright, that’s a pretty fucking cool tribute

  17. snow Says:

    dude, my friend interned at The Farm in Tennessee, home of ina may gaskin and the current midwife gaskin. He said moms there would wake n bake, puff tubes all day long. decades of hard core puffin moms. their birth health statistics rank higher than any industrialized country. it’s perfectly 100% safe . nothing to debate.

  18. vegas wolfmans Says:

    @TIII- Here’s a link if you’re interested- upped it last week. Great album.

    Junip – Juinp (320):

  19. poop goblin Says:

    sending myself a reminder know LU

    could use a new spin. don’t want yeezus ending up on my shuffle when I get home.

    remember forgetting bout wanting to check that.

  20. snow Says:

    sorry… current midwife movement.
    Cannabis >>>>>>> any shit a Dr will prescribe you.

  21. poop goblin Says:

    ya snow that’s what we’ve heard

    have gone vape instead of combustion just cuz figure it can’t hurt.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    thanks, vw

  23. MiA Says:

    “Poop! I’ve been missin ya man! glad to have you back!”


  24. jdub Says:

    Herbs as vapes and edibles strikes me as fairly benign compared to the processed foods we eat, drugs our doctors prescribe, and crappy air we beathe if you live in a city.

    Shit, how did we all survive considering hiw dangerous it was being born in the ’70s. We didn’t have car seats, no organic food, everything was processed, and there was cigarette smoke everywhere. So who knows. Just be thankful you have your good health when you have it.

  25. DavidSilver Says:

    Junip? Don’t mind if I do. Ser vw, can’t thank you enough about that one. So Chron.

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