TTFF: Recent Summer Highlights

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7-4-2012 (George Estreich)

Tweezer” 9.3.11 II, Commerce City, CO

One of the most cathartic grooves in ages. This jam brought it all together at the first Dick’s stand.



Simple” 8.6.10 II, Berkeley, CA

A very cool, experimental jam from The Greek.



Disease -> What’s the Use?” 8.14.10 II, East Troy, WI

Perhaps the most natural transition of the modern era comes—and a fiery jam, taboot.



A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” 7.3.11 I, Watkins Glen, NY

The lone jam from the song following SPAC ’04, immediately integrated the ambient style from the Storage Jam the night before.



Piper > Mist” 8.9.10 II, Telluride, CO

This “Piper” provided a seething centerpiece to the first night in the Rockies.



Sneakin Sally” 6.4.11, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

This funk jam goes buckwild, transcending normal territory into dissonant, robo-grooves.



Bathtub Gin” 8.7.09 II, George, WA

This “Gin” anchored a non-stop second set of this ’09 show that is still among the best of the modern era.



Twist” 6.22.12 II, Cincinatti, OH

I recently wrote an entire piece on this jam.



Waves” 6.28.12 II, Noblesville, CA

This late-set gem was the only “Waves” jam the band played last summer.



Harry Hood” 6.2.09 II, Wantagh, NY

This was the first jam in 3.0 that I legitimately bugged on. An amazingly original take on a classic tale.

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870 Responses to “TTFF: Recent Summer Highlights”

  1. jdub Says:

    Great to see you around here @BK! I hope things are well. Should be an exciting summer.

    Took in this Jones Beach Hood that Miner has above. One of the early return jams. Nice enough, but you can tell. Everyone is just feeling things out. Minimalists is an easy cover for uncertainty. There return tour is so precious for many reasons, but am very glad they have come so far.

  2. jdub Says:

    Will definitely include jams from this run. But we all know, you have to see a show. that is my major answer to his questions about Phish.

  3. phishm Says:

    I have to agree on Halloween and St. Denis. All great Reba’s. You might want to play all 3 and let his stoned ass see how different these guys are each time they take the stage. Talk about a mind melter. If one doesn’t like 3 Reba’s then they don’t like Phish. Esp. great versions.

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah I feel like I haven’t been on here in forever. College has definitely kept me busy for the past year or so. Plans for summer: get a job/my license.

  5. phishm Says:

    Aren’t you 19? Your summer plans should be to see Phish and figure out how to make it happen. Sorry, that’s what I’d do if I was 21 years younger. Fuck a job man. Get the license however. That will come in handy for the rest of your life. All IMHO of course. Live while your’e young.

  6. phishm Says:

    Actually none of my business. Still, I’d love to have a chance to do a whole tour again. The stories alone would be worth it.

  7. phishm Says:

    Sorry all. IT 46 Day’d. Crazy ass jam.

  8. plord Says:

    Reading back, love all the Zappa talk, thanks for the links.

    GD notes one critical thing: it doesn’t matter which incarnation you listen to if you want your mind blown. The only person who could put a band together better than Zappa was Miles Davis. They’re ALL sick in their own way, that’s part of the FZ magic.

  9. BrandonKayda Says:

    I understand your viewpoint completely – I love the idea of doing a whole tour. But I’d love to have some of my own money first haha – I feel terrible taking from my dad anyhow.

    To be honest though, I do wish I had at least one friend around here who listened to Phish – that’d definitely make it easier if I ever wanted to do a full tour. I like the idea of having a legacy and stories to look back on, which tour would almost certainly provide, but it just isn’t likely right now.

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    Zappa was absolutely incredible – easily one of the greatest musical minds of the past 50 years in my opinion. The way he was able to merge challenging technical passages in otherwise vernacular music (I don’t mean to use the term pejoratively, just as a way to clarify non-western art music) was incredible. He really was ahead of his time.

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    I feel like some of you here might dig Messiaen. He was this French 20th century composer who had synesthesia which caused him to write music with incredibly rich, colorful harmonies. I think he was absolutely brilliant (and I also played one of his piano pieces for juries last semester, so there’s that.) Check him out!

  12. tzara's Says:

    What’s up, @BK? Good to see you around these parts. And throwin’ down Messiaen first thing. I like it. Quartet for the End of Time and Vingt Regards Pour L’Enfant Jesus are what I know of him, and it’s cool stuff. Also if you like Zappa you may like Ives and/or Edgar Varese.

  13. jdub Says:

    Awe shit, Bk’s musical mind is all grown up with big words and all. You are a genius kid. Live and love life, in whatever form it manifests is my only advice.

  14. plord Says:

    BK, I have some Messiaen here, but I got into it because of the Ondes Martenot, a mind-bending keyboard-ish synthesizer-ish multi voice instrument with various attachments and shit that was built by one mad genius in the early part of the 20th century and looks and sounds like something from a Seuss book. You push a weighted block for volume expression and you can play the pitch with a string you pull with a ring on your finger, seamless pitch shift like a theremin. Wild shit.

    Messiaen love the instrument so much he composed specifically for it. You can hear it on the Quartet for the end of time.

    I saw one played in the pit for the Tom Waits/W.S. Burroughs musical “The Black Rider”; it was mesmerizing and I missed part of the show watching the guy.

  15. BrandonKayda Says:

    Thanks @jdub, I’m certainly trying. I tend to be in my own head a lot – something I’m trying to cut back on a little bit. Enjoy more, etc.

    Quartet for the End of Time is brilliant. Crazy to think he wrote it while a POW in WWII. Charles Ives is great too, though I do need to listen to more of him.

    My friend played the first piece is Regards Pour L’Enfant Jesus first semester – basically inspired me enough to learn one of his preludes. I also really dig Scriabin’s piano music.

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    The Cello solo in mvt. V of Quartet for the End of Time is legitimately one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard a string instrument play. Eat it, Massenet…

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    Jesus, take up a whole page why dontcha…

    Sorry folks. Here, have some Skip James.

    I’m out for the night. See y’all before the downbeat. Later folks.

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    @gdad’s comment on BGCA ‘lot’… That’s basically city hall. -close enough-…
    The Gorge has a lot.

  19. little umbrellas Says:

    Oh shit, Reading back, and spoke too soon. @my last post, already stated.

  20. JanxSpirit Says:

    Anyone know of any streams tonight?

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