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:

    Nobody respects anyone going for the pump and dump IPO. I’m at the center of that here in Austin, and people talking Pump and Dump IPO’s are the d-bags AW was talking about pulling in the bottom 10% of their classes in some East Coast Ivy League school who think that’s what the whole idea is.

    “I want to IPO ASAP” – Ivy League dude
    “Oh, you care more about selling the company than owning it? You really really don’t want to own this company?” – Angel Investor
    “I’m gonna be RICH BITCH! Sell this lipstick’d pig!” – Ivy League dumbass
    “Good luck.” – Angel Investor.

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    In terms of a real business on the THC side I’d say a concentrates biz with a bunch of actual chemistry grads working it could be a good area

    and sure @MiA you never SAY your plan is a P&D. You maintain utmost sincerity right up until the moment you sell the crap out of it, generally about 10 seconds after the contractual obligations allow

  3. MiA Says:

    I hear ya Mr. C.

    But if you have a viable business that has real returns and real trajectory for growth, then you probably believe in it. And with the dot com shakeup down here at least, dumb money is harder and harder to find.

    Everyone loves dumb money. And wants to sell them something.

  4. albert walker Says:

    it’s cuz it’s 2013 MIA

    believe me in 1999 those same fresh grads were gettin their pockets stuffed makin any idea with .com at the end.

    tech is in a lull right now. everyone just chasin mobile monetization

    MMJ is Austin 1999

  5. lumpyhead Says:

    ah, fuck. ambulance bill. knew I was forgetting something.

  6. MiA Says:

    So have a real business with a real plan, and if for some crazy reason people will give you 10x sales or 200x earnings, then take it.

    But usually they will only take it because someone has done some honest discounted forward earnings analysis and has figured out where the revenue/profit is coming from for the long term.

  7. albert walker Says:

    finding dumb money 14 yrs after the tech bubble totally different story than MMJ cuz everyone’s lookin for that 1000% 1 yr return

    not in tech anymore

    it’s the frontier markets potential that opens the dumb pockets

    need that greed motivator

  8. tela's_muff Says:

    ah, fuck. ambulance bill. knew I was forgetting something.

    ^awesome.

  9. albert walker Says:

    Amazon still doesn’t make any $$$!!!!!

    shit trades at like 100x earnings and shit!

  10. albert walker Says:

    GRPN and ZNGA def rode that FB wave though!

    fuck!

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    picks and shovels, support infrastructure, alt energy (where is stoney to talk about the water runoff damage in his county and every county north of him all the way up to C’s neck of the woods)

    filaments that are part of the lights, oasis cubes, display cases, medbox.

    christ, just look at the almost dental quality tools (er, accoutrements) that are now sold in the shops to support the eastern expansion of dabbing.

    find the things all the audience niches need or the parts that make up whatever that thing is on the back end.

    who is doing the wind consulting to harness power for the portable warehouse explosion over the next 10 years. who is having the Bloom Energy guys create a partnership with the Pharma warehouses.

    like C said, it’s a colder topic.

  12. MiA Says:

    You’re probably right AW. Just blind to it.

    http://dcurt.is/the-bubble

    DrKoop.com is a hilarious story. I bought BVSN and VIGN on the idea that tracking users information through websites to personalize content for them was a great idea. They had good customers, excellent execution team, and both were getting more business than either could deliver.

    Not sure how VIGN turned into a $25 Billion dollar company though on hardly any earnings.

    Those were the days.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    Bloombergin it, I seee. Respect. Suckin down paxes and rose by the sea. Gsbg on the jambox. 2 ticket tuesday in ocean city.

  14. albert walker Says:

    dumb money doesn’t care for DCF analysis much but they love a lotto ticket with a good story attached

    that should be our mission statement

    ticker: OG

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    is there a way to refilter or “clean” the hydro water so you can keep using it for longer cycles than one enterprise usually would?

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    ticker: KUSH

  17. kayatosh Says:

    Floated the idea of a last minute dick’s mission — Met w no resistance. Bb, talk to me. Can I d o it?

  18. albert walker Says:

    consulting/ lobbyist sphere when the diffrrent state vs fed infrastructure/ laws start Rollin out will be massive

    but I Hate fuckin lawyers

  19. MiA Says:

    No resistance on the dick’s mission = easy entry.

  20. MiA Says:

    I need to know more dumb money. Lol.

    Amazon has made money in the past though. In 2010 it had like $2.50 in EPS. They aren’t currently making profit, but the company is worth like $8 Billion in total equity.

  21. MiA Says:

    Didn’t that fucker Bezo’s just buy the Washington Post or something?

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    “tech is in a lull right now. everyone just chasin mobile monetization
    MMJ is Austin 1999”

    ^^^ this is 100% what I think too

    Everyone with money understands the tech biz now

    most of them even understand mobile at least a little though we still get plenty of dumbshit mobile startups here. put together a randomly generated biz plan involving the words “mobile” “social” and “cloud” in PDX and you can prob get 2 rounds of financing out of it.

    but very few of those fucktards understand the green biz but they’re hip to the idea that there’s money to be made

    so that’s the dumb money coming in…

    but look if it stays open long enough it’s straight up gonna be Philip Morris and Monsanto running it. Once the risk/reward math cleans up a bit on the liability side those big monsters will eventually decide it’s worth spinning off some fronts to give it a shot. 3 years later every dumbshit south of the mason dixon line will be puffing genetically engineered Marlboro Greens laced with every toxin and carcinogen known to man

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    Bezos, yeah. Right out of his own pocket. Interesting play.

  24. albert walker Says:

    Kaya

    dicks was made for you man . big GA floor outdoors . dark for both sets. minimal cig action. easy in and out venue. always had very chill times. medi state and everyone’s goin.

    last chance before the dank indoor smoke filled east coast arenas!

  25. MiA Says:

    AW is a salesman.

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