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. bouncin fan Says:

    Been a real long time, but just threw on Miles Davis Silent in the Way Disc

    these are the terrible things that can happen when you listen to too much dead and phish. hah.


    now I’m really out. pissed dog needs a walk.
    pen packed.

  2. xpun Says:

    thats awesome. go bert

    but not to be persnickety, i think that story gets off by a generation

  3. xpun Says:

    fucking BF strikes me

  4. Berkeley Head Says:

    Everyone thinks we’re a bunch of stoner’s (pot smoking innovation for short money) with the name but really we’re going to hold North America’s eventual water supply hostage for world domination (long money) whilst providing afforadable dabs for all. Then we’ll take our Canadian $’s from our earnings, take advantage of the conversion rate, and start buying U.S. real estate, and change the world to how we want it. thend

  5. Berkeley Head Says:

    Actually by then, we’ll probably want Canadian real estate too. nevermind

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    guilty as charged @BF…. My pennance will be to spin classic jazz for the rest of the night.

  7. MiA Says:

    Watched a .5G dab hit on facetube.

    They did it to shitty music and the dude was wearing a Miami U t-shirt.

    It bothered me.

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    In A Silent Way. My all time golden beauty album. Up there with YEM and Dark Star.

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    other miles albums rise and fall in my playlist but In A Silent Way lives forever

  10. Berkeley Head Says:

    Wait… evidently China already has my same business plan. Shucks!

    Back to drawing board

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    Light up your China Dab…

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    My just stays on the temp color the whole time. Doesn’t to the pink blink while it heats… pisses me off.

  13. Jtran Says:

    watached that one too mia!

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    My Pax ^^ that should read

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    12 dabs in 4 minutes…

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    Palmer, have you heard ‘Miles in the Sky’? the record which came out before Silent Way. not on the same level of all time heaven,… A little more ‘jazzy’… But amazing. First Miles album to have Rhodes instead of piano. Herbie’s introduction to it.
    They were def gettin high. Song titles: Stuff, Paraphenalia….
    In the Sky. Love the album cover aswell.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Seriously, takes me 20 fucking minutes to heat this thing up..

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    Filles de Kilimanjaro is the album immediately prior to Silent Way I think. Like Miles in the Sky you can clearly hear it as a bridging album, it has some of the Silent Way feel but in a more typical jazz context. Filles and In the Sky were recorded within a few months of each other.

    Incredible album. One of my very favorites. The title track is absolutely sublime

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    Shorter’s breathy solo in that tune is just unspeakably beautiful…then when Miles comes in with the theme after all that…it just sends me

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Love that one too ,Mr.C.. 99% sure you recommended it a while back. Really is a good record.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I have not heard that one, Lil Um.. On the list now…gracias

  22. Jtran Says:

    haven’t really spun anything from before bitches brew (and 1970).

    spinning in a silent way (track) right now. I’d assume shh/peaceful is great too

  23. albert walker Says:

    hit some early 70s Byrd Palmer

    I’m listening to dead for once. we will switch playlists for a few days

    have 72 dark stars with a bit of 77 box set goin

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Listening to the Lafayette Afro Rock Band right now.. Check this out…

  25. Jtran Says:

    72 dark star playlist has me deeply into a dead phase right now

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