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:

    I guess I’d rather be vapeworld then anything else. At least I don’t have to deal with the threat that the IRS is gonna come in and audit me to death over cash transactions.

    Maybe “Dabworld” is a good opportunity out there?

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Best Disease of tour ( in the US)

  3. MiA Says:

    Like Homeaway but you get Dab rigs for rent wherever you go.

  4. MrCompletely Says:


    and we could use the Wormtown jam as our theme song

    gotta get down to


    then a whole thing about riding the back of the dabs

    …ok maybe not

  5. albert walker Says:

    actually MIA

    this company cosmic has a monopoly on branded titanium dabbers and nails. also the new domeless nails.

    like apple they get a nice premium price for identical products

    a dab tool / rig dependable well known national brand could work. cuz concentrates are the future

  6. albert walker Says:

    be the hipper cooler medical grade connoisseur version of cosmic titanium

  7. IrieWalton Says:

    Timely news article just popped up on HuffPost, fwiw, as Obummer’s team was asked to restate his MMJ position, in light of Gupta’s reversal, and refused.

    Might things be in the works (ala gay marriage stance, reversal)?

    Also, totally in agreement with both AW’s and C’s sentiments. I look at it as brewing beer. People will still continue to brew their own, even after prohibition ended, but that doesn’t mean there is not mad $$$ to make in marketing/selling to the masses.

    Plus, you develop a rare product (ex. Stone’s Enjoy By) and then even within the connoisseur market you have created demand, niche product, etc. where you have some sap driving all over town just to buy 4 22 oz. bottles (not that I speak from personal experience or anything).

  8. albert walker Says:

    I gotta call SW. at least get him to stick around through the IPO paperwork filings

    gonna need our in house wook cancel

    laterz comrades
    dab time!

  9. IrieWalton Says:

    Also, Dick’s webcast has been confirmed and one of my favorite keyboardist ,aside from Page and Herbie, Robert Walter is producing a new album.

    Good news all around today.

  10. MrCompletely Says:

    I think the producers who want to flourish over the next decade without going full corporate money grab need to focus heavily on branding for exactly the reasons @Walton just stated.

    Cascadia region (SF to Vancouver) has a leg up in that area. You want to be the “Wine Country” of herbs. Oregon is known for Pinot Noirs and peeps pay out the ass for that stuff even though you can get industrial/commercial wines that are OK for a third as much.

  11. MiA Says:

    What the hell is an aluminum falcon?

  12. MiA Says:

    Need to make a concentrate and convince people it needs to be smoked by a certain date to enjoy its full freshness as intended by the … Dab master?

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Dab on Date

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    @MiA with the killer Robot Chicken ref

    hat tip

    some of the funniest shit ever

  15. kayatosh Says:

    Spinnin dick’s ’12 dwd. They love dick’s. And you say legal ganja? Intriguing. Who’s got my heady hookup?. No wifein it. This all hinges on an iwm slide to sub 101.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    I’d go if I could @kaya

  17. bouncin fan Says:

    that nail is as big as a lighter MIA. awesome.

    if anyone hasn’t ever watched the young kids pulling half gram dabs in one pull on the internet. def worth checkin out.

    the 2013 version of the 6 ft reggie bong hit.

    kids droppin chunks on that nail and shit. crazy.

  18. bouncin fan Says:

    I have a real idea

    worst part of titanium is the oxidize butane gathers pretty quickly and effects taste. once it builds up you will start to get a bit of concentrate residue and taste gets worse.

    if you could find a treatment for the titanium or another surface that could hold heat but repel the butane oxidation


    constant state of trying to scrape the shit of the nail. some peeps use dremels with sand paper attachments. shit is a bitch to get off.

    custies of course just never clean em and they taste like shit. but so does there concentrate probably so it doesn’t matter.

    but a nail that wouldn’t have the butane oxidize and stick to it would be a home fuckin run

  19. MiA Says:

    I’m saving AW’s post until I understand it better.

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    Half Gram Dabs is the name of my new band

  21. kayatosh Says:

    I keep coming back to 12.6.96. Great show.

  22. bouncin fan Says:

    the constant heating of the nail with the butane torch leaves a residue MIA

    we need to figure out how to (rust proof almost) the titanium so the butane won’t stick to it when oxidized.

    or find a titanium alternative the butane won’t stick to

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    hmm though, a real materials science question. interesting. have to look in the aerospace industry first I bet. they use a shitload of titanium in aircraft frames and jet engines right? can’t have those engine parts oxidizing. I bet this is a solved problem.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    Loaded pax is where it’s at.

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    other approaches

    1) “nail” equivalent that’s heated internally

    2) alternative external heat source

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