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. William H. Bonney Says:

    Based on the quality of your kidney, you should find a extra.

  2. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Also, my comments are being swallowed whole by the abyss. Firefox maybe? Maybe I should just submit to the glow cloud.

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    worcester tickets: “There is a delivery delay in effect until approximately August 24th, in order to check the event for over-the-ticket-limit violators.”

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    Happy birthday Jer and aj. Keep it irie.

  5. bhizzle Says:

    nice! my homeboy got 2! see you Stoner fucks in Glens Falls!

  6. phlorida phan Says:

    “gotta say it in morse codeoooo, gotta say it on the radiooooooooooo”

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    Not actually Jerry’s b-day, it is his death day. Not nearly as fun. My 21st bday, bummer man.

    For people who prefer streaming to downloading, I have uploaded the Junior D – Electricity mix to mixcloud, link below. Hope people enjoy it, great for a sunny weekend!

    http://www.mixcloud.com/JuniorD/dj-junior-d-electricity-82013/

  8. RicksFork Says:

    If you are trying for Hartford in the presale, stick with it. Just got 3 GA floor after being told repeatedly nothing was available.

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    i suggest you do Friday right with that Junior D mix. been bumping it in my office for the past 3 days. good stuff.

  10. dorn76 Says:

    linky for that mix?

    Don’t have my BB index handy.

  11. dorn76 Says:

    Dl link that is. I like to possess things.

  12. phlorida phan Says:

    Anybody has extra hamptons, fri and sat only.

  13. phlorida phan Says:

    ^looking for singles

  14. sumodie Says:

    Junior D mix is banging! Love that Shakedown remix (~1h2m into the mix I think)

  15. MiA Says:

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/wxfg8n
    DJ Junior D – Electricity (8.2013]
    A Walk (Kolombo remix) – Tycho
    The Tic-Tac Tactic – The Vanisher
    Rhythm Reel #6 – Metro Area
    Let’s Dance and Freak – Kerrier District
    Mayhem (Soul Clap remix) – Mystery Roar
    Sensational Rhythm – 2AM/FM
    NY Maskin – Prins Thomas
    I Gave You Away – Audion
    Sychronize – Discodeine
    Meet U in Brooklyn – Fabrice Lig
    I Want It (Lindstrom and Prins Thomas Remix) – Locossulus
    We Held On – Deep Space Orchestra
    Neighborhoods – Mathew Dear
    Vos-sako-rv (Irregular Disco Workers remix) – Lindstrom
    Holding On – Classixx
    French Kiss – Lil Louis
    Burnin’ – Daft Punk
    Shakedown Street (Tommie Sunshine Remix) – Grateful Dead
    Dance (Master at Work remix) – Chic
    Up in Flames – Captain Comatose
    Made to Stray – Mount Kimbie
    Pow Pow – LCD Soundsystem
    Don’t Stop the Dance (Todd Terje remix) – Brian Ferry

  16. dorn76 Says:

    Thank you, kind pony.

  17. verno329 Says:

    Random vid pampage

    2 gorgeous blond twins playing Stairway to Heaven (and many others) on the harp

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U7TDOtfxts

  18. MiA Says:

    http://open.spotify.com/user/mikeinaustin/playlist/781xGKtUT4AfQU7IhJgHeh

    Some of the tracks (90%) AJ has some deep stuff Spotify doesn’t have (Tommie Sunshine Remix etc) But great if you want to hear other tracks by that artist.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    verno, go back to the top of page two, click my link and then come back 😎

    it’s like we’re, like, thinking the same thing 😯

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    The Tommie Sunshine thing was just a white label I think, not authorized. He is an old friend, we used to promote raves together in the early 90’s – I used to try to get him to listen to the Dead… I guess he did.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    Also, I should mention this mix ranges like 25 years of music.

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Pretty sure he’s a Philly boy now @AJ

    And happy birthday to ya (Stevie Wonder melody obvs)

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Next mix needs Black Science Orchestra too 😀

  24. kayatosh Says:

    nice, verno. I prefer this video of the twins, however:
    hway to hll
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JWE9x0twn4

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I love it. my buddy is sitting in his police cruiser setting up to do the worcester on sale off of starbucks wifi.

    #phishiesofallflavors

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