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. snow Says:

    Read the comments here:

    Dude gets killed!

  2. ren Says:

    @MiA- I remember when I figured that one out 😉

    Only adds to his mystique

  3. poop goblin Says:

    just remember

    I had to get to poopgoblin16 before grabbin this gmail address

    a bunch of other poop gobblers runnin round out there

  4. snow Says:

    The background Poo G’s jamaica study.

    But please make sure your cannabis is not laced with pcp.

    There is one serious risk: if the baby has a health issue then the mom may blame herself for smoking herbs. This would be totally irrational but new mothers are the definition of totally irrational.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Come on Snow– nothing is 100%.

  6. MiA Says:

    Poppa Goblin. Read it on Twitter two days ago, and thought … I wonder if I should mention it here.


  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thats it also snow, and a great point. Can you live with the guilt, justified or not.. tough one.. I’m sure RL/PG doesn’t want this discussion going any further. Sorry to add my .02..

    Back to bad phish?

  8. dorn76 Says:

    yeezus vs. joy: discuss

  9. jdub Says:

    Wasn’t bad phish a sublime song? One of there better ones

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    pop goblin. good one.

  11. jdub Says:

    Badfish, complete with SoCal vibe

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    and poop goblin gonna get used to poop pretty soon but hopefully not the gobblin part.

  13. BNCB Says:

    I know a bunch of kids that were born at the farm in Tennessee. I can concur besides being a little bit arrogant and annoying they’re all fine

  14. ren Says:

    What orange can I find the AU mix in? Need to start loading up for the road trip ahead

  15. snow Says:

    vaping or concentrates would be preferable to smoking a joint. Just cause the tar would put unneeded stress on the lungs.

    @Palmer – sure. if people have heart issues and other contraindication for cannabis use in general like schizophrenia.

    This issue drives me crazy because I hear people shaming mothers about using cannabis and there is zero credible evidence to support the argument that is has negative effects. And it is incredible useful for pregnant moms who end up taking weird ass pharmaceutical anti-nauseau pills in the name of safety!?

  16. MiA Says:


  17. tela'smuff Says:

    poop stories.

    in the last two days during some travel i ate some serious shit. Tuesday had a chorizo pulled pork sammy with jalapenos, then drank beer for dinner. no wet wipes so i couldn’t shit the next day. yesterday, no breakfast, stopped at a brewery for lunch and had a brisket jalapeño on hoagie bun. loaded with huge jalapeños. drove 4 1/2 hrs back home and held back the prairie dog the entire time. got home to leftover slice of pep/jalapeno pizza slice, deep dish. took some probiotics this morning and my asshole has never felt fire like this. 3 times already today.

    thats a mfing poop goblin.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mine, ren

  19. snow Says:

    yeah, well, pretty sure we can already assess several risk factor for baby PooG being arrogant.

  20. ren Says:

    thanks fellas!

  21. MiA Says:

    “there is zero credible evidence to support the argument that is has negative effects. ”

    Smoking is not good for you. Period. Whether THC in your system is bad or not, I don’t know, but smoking is not good for you.

    This is why I vape.

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    i also think i fell in love with Rashida Jones…again. damn that mixtape cover.

    CHIGAGO PEEPS: so there is this “edm” fest WAVEFRONT at montrose beach. my friend Dave is djing the DFA tent with a mess of the other DFA stalwarts on July 5. hadn’t heard of this fest…some tiny bits of goodness scattered in there…check it:

  23. jdub Says:

    Too much info Tela’s, but thanks for sharing. Was it the bukake that inspired you to share your shit story or Poop Goblins return? ;).

  24. ren Says:

    “This is why I vape”

    Great title/chorus for a rap right there!

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    wow telas.

    ::takes off gimp mask, bows head::

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