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:

    Is $15 a lot of mouthpiece lube and does one go through mouthpiece lube in copious amounts?

    My vape uses zero mouthpiece lube. Just sayin.

  2. snow Says:

    I think GavinsD is right.
    You know who gets rich in a gold rush? suppliers.
    Designing grow rooms, consulting, production seminars, reselling production supplies = $$$.
    Then if you can start working with lots of growers, some will have good ideas and you can work with them to produce and market them.

    Oh and legal counsel.
    It’s just boring.

  3. Berkeley Head Says:

    Pioneers get slaughtered; settler’s prosper.

    We can nestle in behind some trailblazers….

  4. snow Says:

    The Bordeaux of Cannabis talk is so real, my mom is always talking about what a huge concern it is Humboldt County. They know they are the champagne of Cannabis and people want to capitalize on it.

  5. Berkeley Head Says:

    Just like CA and others will settle in behind CO and WA’s current mess

  6. Berkeley Head Says:

    A good buddy of mine just traded in his farming overalls for a monkey suit. The downward pressure on price due to supply are cutting the profits to a point where it wasn’t worth it anymore for him…. It is a very crazy dynamic; and I’m a very curious spectator now thankfully.

  7. albert walker Says:

    Mia

    there is a alternative lube I’m sure that’s cheap

    haven’t done the legwork to look into it

    the super special secret recipe pax mouthpiece lube

  8. albert walker Says:

    there is a spring in the pax device that easily can get hooked up if hard to reach resin gets in it

    little lube when cleaning . only design flaw.

    I’ve puffed em all and my fav portable

    not lying wish it was lubeless. great still the gold standard portable IMO

  9. MiA Says:

    Propylene Glycol

  10. bob dylan Says:

    super secret mouse piece lube = KY in small packets

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    Obviously, the real $$$ is in lube.

  12. bob dylan Says:

    ^like razor blades. the pax is the cheap part.

  13. albert walker Says:

    maybe I should try the super secret mouthpiece lube on the titanium nail

    it’s a cure all

    anti tane oxidizer

  14. bob dylan Says:

    is 197 pages a new record on the BB?

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    Someone smarter than me talk about how weed will be just a cheap ass commodity in the future.

    Which makes everything around it the stuff you gotta make margin on.

    Like the Robb Report. Hit the 1% with the herb/spa/wine/golf tour packages.

    Mia or C said boutique. Get all the sickest graphic designers working on packaging. (Here is where design consultancies come in). I linked some real nice fertilizer mockups last year. Branding branding branding. Hit the big dick contest kids in the wallet.

    This is the opposite of picks and shovels. Chase the snob margins.

    Napa did it for 40 years now. Help NorCal maintain its margins. One percenters chase the Cookies, the masses puff the 7-11 Marlboro greens.

  16. MiA Says:

    Not when I get done.

    Made painkiller’s tonight. Matsualem Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Coco Lopez and a little nutmeg. Pure Jimmy Buffett boat drink.

    And Precious.

    This shit things kinda sneak up on ya. But not feeling any pain.

  17. bob dylan Says:

    i’d prob puff marley greens during the day just to have a mild buzz, then hit the boutique when i’m home.

  18. bob dylan Says:

    cause you gotta wonder whats acceptable when its legal. just smoking them like ciggs during the day.

  19. MiA Says:

    Like MrsMiA says, look like Barbie, Smoke like Marley

  20. bob dylan Says:

    in similar news, people do not give a single fuck about puffing in SF. it’s a whole new world for this kid. rollin fatties and just standing on the corner.

    also, theres like a 1:1 ratio of nypd to regular citizens. here in sf its like 1:2000 cops to folks. i think I’ve seen one the whole time I’ve been here.

  21. bob dylan Says:

    ^i know i’m stating the obvious about people not caring. but its new to me.

  22. MiA Says:

    Maybe it was Snoop Dogg. Nothing is clear anymore

  23. MiA Says:

    New York is retarded Bob. Glad to hear you’re among your people now.

  24. stapes Says:

    Love Miles in the Sky. Been too long since I’ve listened to that one.

    On a small Dead kick as well with Dave’s Picks 7 and some May 1977. Kinda jonesing for some 72-73 stuff though. Might have to go Veneta or Pauley Pav 73. Mostly trying to avoid spinning any, or hardly any, Phish until Dick’s.

  25. bob dylan Says:

    new york IS crazy. not to mention stop and frisk putting lots of brown people in jail over bud.

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