Wow!

BCGA (Dave Canny)

BCGA (Dave Canny)

What the hell just happened? In a five-week whirlwind, Phish just tore apart the nation like they haven’t in at least a decade. When the band came back in ’09 few expected them to reach any level of skill beyond nostalgia. And even when they crushed 2012—a year that has firmly been filed under “Yesterday’s News”—few expected the band to redefine itself one year later. In retrospect, the years of ’09 through ’12 were all related to their past, a sort of getting up to speed on what they had accomplished in their career while showing flashes of innovation and brilliance. This past tour, however, Phish opened the floodgates of creativity, presenting us with a forward-looking tour that was plucked from our wildest fantasies. This summer, Phish started to forge a new path again with jams that sound different from any other time in their career and an energy purer than ever. Don’t look now, but with Dick’s as a stepping stone, Fall Tour is just around the corner! 2013 is shaping up to be a year musically on par with any in Phish history.

BGCA (G.Lucas)

BGCA (Graham Lucas)

When I listened to several of my ’97 and ’98 favorites since tour ended, the jams sound far less dynamic than they do right now. I love that shit to death—trust me—but Phish is absolutely reached another level this summer. The efficiency and proficiency of their jamming is unparalleled to any point in history. The band needs exactly zero searching to find where they are going these days—as soon as they entered a jam this summer, with few exceptions, they were locked in directional, purposeful, whole-band improv. The quickness in which ideas were exchanged and built upon set a new standard for Phish, and consequently, the band was able to get far more out of their jams. This musical density had been building since Miami ’09, and has now reached a mind-boggling level. For example, go listen to the Alpharetta “Chalk Dust,” one of the best east coast jams of summer, and then try to wrap your head around the fact that it is under ten minutes long! Phish of 2013 is another beast all together. Their entire thirty-year career has led them to this point—a place where they draw on their illustrious past to create music that moves beyond their previous accomplishments.

BGCA (Graham Lucas)

BGCA (Graham Lucas)

The number of highlights from Summer Tour is nothing short of staggering. Trying to sum up this tour in writing is a task unseen in this era. Very little 3.0 Phish compares to what just went down over the past month. With only a slight dip in Chicago due to non-stop weather delays, the band launched off the “Harpua”-laced third night of the stand and never looked back, crafting two of the most memorable weeks in Phish history. Toronto’s majestic “Down With Disease” gave us a glimpse of the holy realms that we would frolic in we hit the west coast. Tour—undoubtedly—peaked at the Gorge and Lake Tahoe with several elite sets of Phish including the Tahoe “Tweezer”—in my opinion, the best jam of all-time. Finishing things with an outstanding four night run in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the guys dropped jams on the level with the previous weekend, but only sculpted one monster show in Bill Graham’s finale. At last, the band played a legit west coast run, and—go figure—it produced the best Phish we’ve seen in over a decade.

I’ll get down to analysis, but right now I’m still in awe of what we just experienced. I still have yet to spin three of the west coast shows—it was just different this time. As in the days of lore, we knew that after setbreak things would absolutely get crazy—a feeling that just hasn’t been prevalent over the past four years. But now, it’s full steam ahead! The entire community is more mature and everyone can appreciate what is transpiring quite a bit more, and I reckon the band feels the same. Nobody expected to be where we are right now, making this year of 2013 all the more magical. Hot damn, it’s good to be alive.

BGCA (Jeremy Renda)

BGCA (Jeremy Renda)

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4,964 Responses to “Wow!”

  1. MiA Says:

    Consulting in my business is just “adult supervision” and at times I feel like I’m a consultant all day. Consultants can definitely come in the Dilbert brand of d-bags that spout out bullshit bingo all day but there are some that are very sharp.

    “I wouldn’t do that if I were you” is probably the thing I say most repeatedly day in and day out. My career arguably is based on that.

    There are times I really feel like “The Wolf” at work. Just gotta remind people that we need a bunch of towels and sheets to soak up all the blood and not to get too excited if they see John Q. Public.

    Mr. Wolf: Were you Uncle Conrad and Aunt Ginny millionaires?

    Jimmie: No.

    Mr. Wolf: Well, your Uncle Marsellus is. And I’m positive if Uncle Conrad and Aunt Ginny were millionaires, they would’ve furnished you with a whole bedroom set, which your Uncle Marsellus is more than happy to do.
    I like oak myself, that’s what’s in my bedroom. How ’bout you Jimmie, you an oak man?

    Jimmie: Oak’s nice.

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    I’ll be one of the lead consultants on the BB med biz IPO forreal. We’ll need a website right?

  3. sumodie Says:

    MiA, sounds like someone de-wooed your HollyHood

  4. roberto luongo Says:

    I for one as said may times just want to keep puffin illegally and paying my little tickets if cops want to fuck with me. Don’t’ want to pay taxes on it. Don’t want to buy it from the feds. Don’t want the feds to know how much I’m puffin.

    Also don’t want tests on the spot that can prove current thc levels when driving cuz I have prior herb arrests and cops are looking to hit me with a DUI.

    Currently I drive stoned as shit every time but puff before I leave and don’t carry anything.

    Basically I’m firmly in the decrim and let me and my peeps grow our own herbs camp.
    The Fuck the Feds in my herbs Fuck legalization. Fuck Sanjay Gupta camp.

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah that 10-20% of consultants that know their shit are the cover all the blowhards hide under, but they definitely exist

  6. roberto luongo Says:

    in our field only the peeps upstairs now what’s up.

    consultants are the army of fresh grad Ivy league douchers that didn’t get hired at Google or Goldman

  7. roberto luongo Says:

    but I know some high up VP’s at accenture and they are some serious smart dudes and straight hustlers.

  8. MiA Says:

    I think the big opportunity is to overcome the thing most people can’t seem to figure out.

    How do you run a cash only business as required due to dealing with a Schedule I drug, and provide important security to those financials dealing with all the cash. Avoid robbery, skimming, provide security in case or when you are audited.

    The whole idea that people are having to pay their taxes in bundles of cash to the Department of Revenue is ridiculous.

    How do you fix that?

  9. phlorida phan Says:

    Pulp Fiction, what can’t you learn from that movie. I learned a heroic dose of some premium grade H gets your heart stabbed with a large needle.

  10. MiA Says:

    Removing MMJ from Schedule I status is imperative IMO.

  11. roberto luongo Says:

    that gets down to the core issue though. many of those came up in cash biznesses and want it that way MIA.

    it’s like wall street. herb cats are criminals. is what it is. one of the reasons I stay away from the industry is their is a shit load of powders around it and it would be harmful for my recovery.

    gonna be decades before these peeps go full legit. not saying they all are shady. but everyone I know even with warehouse sized operations in Co. none are 100% legit. not really even close.

    the feds want more transparency and some of the peeps but many in the industry at least my friends like the bit of grey cuz that’s what they are used to.

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    agreed @MiA. Anonymity in general doesn’t mesh well with normal business processes. Offshore encrypted data storage?

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah @RL but I think the guys who hold onto that are gonna get left behind. If no one does it from the ground up, existing corps are gonna swing in behind well funded subsidiaries and blow all the OG kids away with volume

    not saying that’s a good thing, it’s not

    but it’s what’s gonna happen. won’t take 5 years either. Maybe not 2

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    U guys are getting to what I was trying to put into words. The strange transition from historically clandestine to above the radar

    My one friend out there who is “legit” isn’t, and vouched for 10% skim to make proper profit in eroding marketplace.

    And to clarify. Get sick people their meds. And if I could have under 28gs for an infraction I’d be singing the decrim song too. Somehow it feels like we’ve already stepped way past that as this all got politicized (strategically placed I might add) last week via Sanjay and then this week via Christie.

  15. albert walker Says:

    disagree C

    too easy to grow plus once you legalize penalizing for growin and sellin becomes silly.

    I will have lights if legalized and so will all my friends

    we firmly are against the Feds and big bizness in our herbs

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    ^product skim

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    I admire your stance AW. u may not waver but 50% of the folks who consider themselves connoisseurs will get lazy and hit the club. 25 will see their homey with the green thumb. 25 will do what u said you’d do.

  18. albert walker Says:

    decrim but don’t legalize

    legalize y’all gonna have herb DUI checkpoints within months

    #keepitillegal

    the current illegality of herbs has absolutely no negative effects on my current herb filled existence plus the fed doesn’t get more of my tax dollars to piss away.

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    right man I think the kids and OGs will still be growing and we’ll (you and I and everyone we know) will still be getting our shit from people who know what they’re doing

    but if we’re talking about scaling up into the emerging market and making the the real IPO dollars, that Fuck You Money, that’s a different topic. I don’t think a biz run under the Shady OG grey area business model will scale or franchise or whatever, not when it’s in competition with Wal Mart or whoever the fuck jumps in.

    So yeah will the big dogs put the OGs out of business? No, not the ones who scale to midlevel and establish a boutique rep and clientele.

    But we were talking about the race to the top. Who’s gonna cash that golden ticket.

    I think some OG types could do it. But they’d have to break with the old ways of doing business in some areas maybe. Team up with some sharks. Solve the accounting angle that @MiA mentions.

  20. albert walker Says:

    growin herbs hydro on timers in a tent is easier then goin to a club IMO

    all it will take 2 out of 10 stoners to throw down to crush the Feds advancement IMO

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    I agree 100% with @AW in terms of what I want to see happen

    but the mercenary discussion of how to turn the legal changes (current and impending) into mad $$$$ is just a different and colder topic

  22. MiA Says:

    “the current illegality of herbs has absolutely no negative effects on my current herb filled existence plus the fed doesn’t get more of my tax dollars to piss away.”

    You can lose your job for taking medicine for cancer in some states. Potentially a lot more, including professional licenses. That’s the problem.

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    also are we talking about what will really work economically over 10 or 20 years?

    or are we still talking about blowing up a vaguely plausible business model for a pump & dump IPO?

    very different topics, again

    IMO the former is too complex a topic to answer definitively right now. stormy seas at the moment, just try not to sink

  24. albert walker Says:

    ya C

    for me the growin side isn’t where the money is. you need a bizness model for that and like you said could shake out in several directions

    that’s why software, infrastructure , device style IPO is where it’s at. like the stupid damn medbox idea.

    but ya no way my herb biz is on flower side. edibles could be interestin though large scale. I believe Bhang is a public company

  25. albert walker Says:

    agree C

    def pump and dump and preferably nothing thc related

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