Dick’s Picks 2013

8.30.13 (Jake Silco)

8.30.13 (Jake Silco)


Tweezer” 8.31 II

This late-set surprise completely blew up as Trey prominently featured his Camden ’09 “Tweezer” lick plucked from Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.”



Sand” 8.30 II

This jam provided the centerpiece of night one; the best version in a light summer for “Sand.”



Chalk Dust Torture” 8.31 II

The jam of the weekend at Dick’s—a multi-thematic monster anchored by the morphing rhythms of Jon Fishman.



Stash” 8.30 I

Though not quite on the level of Merriweather’s gem, this version elevates beyond the norm.



Carini” 9.1 II

A feel-good jam to cap a feel-good summer.



Caspian > Piper” 9.1 II

The second consecutive, out-of-character Denver “Caspian” segued, unfinished into a hot “Piper.”



Ocelot” 8.30 I

This was the jam with which the weekend began to elevate; my favorite version of the three thousand played this year.



Bathtub Gin” 8.31 I

A straightforward, though peaked-out and inspirational “Gin.”



Say Something > Walls of the Cave” 8.30 II

It didn’t take long for the band to place “Say Something” in the second set. Look for big things from this jam come fall tour.

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2,406 Responses to “Dick’s Picks 2013”

  1. bob dylan Says:

    whoops, how about this one http://tinyurl.com/muecqsk

  2. marcoesq Says:

    Morning all. Aviv’s letter was awful. Loved Palmer’s response to him on Twitter. Seemed naive and then made it seem like people are out there blaming the big man. Too little, too late.

    Anyways..Amendola is about as overrated as Ridley. Glad they both play in the Foxhole. Jokes on me though, since I have Ridley in 2 fantasy leagues. Guy is 1 week away from getting drop kicked into free agency.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    “Go see Deerhunter.”

    Who hasn’t?

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    hopefully Phish don’t read any of this shit. I imagine they don’t. Tweets, blogs, whatevs, I can’t believe people think they know what is good for Phish. No one knows better what the band should be doing than the band. I would love to keep enjoying their music live, but don’t feel like they owe me anything.

    This Band has changed my universe. but I just want them to do whatever they want to do. That’s what they’ve always been best at so I’m not worried.

    No more open letter to Phish with demands from the audience please! you wanna send em some appreciation? that’s fine, (but they probably don’t read anything from the outside world these days, (maybe Mike does))… but don’t tell them what they should do.

    You know they usually do they inverse of what everybody thinks should be done. So just stop making requests and putting your little life’s pressures on them. You don’t need them in order to make your life. You’re just addicted to them cause they make your life better.

    Open Letter to Trey: Thank you for all you’ve done! Hope to see Phish soon. This summer was amazing. Thank you so much!

  5. little umbrellas Says:

    Football…..? oh I’m sorry, I thought you said ‘Footbell’.

  6. MiA Says:

    Bob D’s link looks like someone is recommending a “Roomba” for our ocean.

    I wish it was that easy. Maybe it is.

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    everytime I see the word Amendola, I think someone is talking about the drummer Scott Amendola. Then I realize they are not.

  8. bob dylan Says:

    Little umbrellas,
    I don’t remember grinding my feet into Charlie Murphy’s couch.

    Ya I remember grinding my feet into Charlie Murphy’s couch.

  9. Jerome Garcia Says:

    I haven’t. Classic movie w/ Bobby DiNero or the band. What’s up w/ the super skinny front man? Whoa. Heroin much?

    Who is this Aviv character? Anyone know him? Terrible.

  10. bob dylan Says:

    I wish he gave it a cool name like roomba. Might catch on quicker. Get that man an infomercial.

  11. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Well said @LilUm

  12. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    that letter was heartfelt- dude obviously love phish. however, i think it was written in vain. phish is phish. phish does what they want to do- they always have, they always will. enjoy it while it is here. rage every show you go to. be a positive vibe to the scene. bring your best. when it’s all gone, reflect with a smile and be stoked you got to see one of the great live musical acts of our time. there is way more to life than phish, imho. if phish stops playing it is a bummer, no doubt. a big bummer. but my life would not lose any brightness. i’ll still get my kicks- lots of them.

  13. Jtran Says:

    also have been lol’ing at stoney’s groin injury comments

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Busy Oct/ nov of music in and around NYC

    2 MBV shows at Hammerstein, Phil and Friends, WSP @ theatre in MSG, and fall Phish.. Gonna need some luck to pull most of this off.

  15. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Alright apparently there isn’t any documented drug problem Bradford Cox is just an ‘eccentric oddball’

  16. marcoesq Says:

    lol baby’s response, “Gorgeous. Touching” Touching genatalia maybe in terms of awkwardness. Hoo!!

    funny 2wks ago I didn’t know the baby’s from a hole in my ass and now I feel like I’ve discovered a whole new gaggle of douchery in the phishie world

  17. Matso Says:

    I’ve been absent from the board mostly for a long time but felt the need to take a minute to say that I second MiA’s comments about that weird letter from this prophet Aviv.

    There is nothing, as far as I’m aware, happening at the moment to suggest that the band are having any problems with drugs again. To encourage them to stay balanced and healthy at this point in such a melodramatic way just seems patronising to me. They’re doing it, ok, so just try to do the same for yourself and leave well enough alone.

    And can we all just drop the superficial religious transcendentalism that has emerged this summer? The expectation going into a show should be that its going to be a party so that it can surprise you when it’s something more; not that you should expect a transformative experience and then begrudgingly settle for a party. Phish isn’t a religion, it’s a band. I feel like we all knew that back in the 90s. If we don’t a further repeat of 00 and 04, let’s not place an unreasonable burden on our boys by asking them to be gods.

  18. marcoesq Says:

    Stoney might not be an NFL player but he’s pretty spot on about groin injuries and lack of proper conditioning. We all expect NFL players to be perfect specimens of health but the fact is, a lot of these injury prone guys can be blamed for not eating properly, stretching and conditioning according to team guidelines, etc. Especially in the offseason.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Haha.. saw this on the twitters… ( football related)


  20. MrCompletely Says:

    @bob w –

    I hope it’s clear that I’m not bashing the Pats…I’ve never rooted for them but it’s been a long time since I rooted against them either. I might be wrong, but I’m definitely not picking on them out of spite or homerism or anything…criticism of a team is not necessarily bashing.

    I think Stoney is out on a limb with his guess on the specifics of the Amendola injury, but he’s right that Amendola getting injured is not exactly surprising. I do agree that he’s a very good WR when healthy (and certainly younger and cheaper than Welker) but he hasn’t shown that he can stay healthy.

    The idea that Welker got on Belichick’s personal shit list awhile back certainly isn’t proven but it’s been reported quite a bit by people who generally seem to know the team. Honestly though, it’s irrelevant. The move is either good or bad.

    It’s a move that’s symbolic to me of the Belichick personnel strategy, which is based on a moneyball style idea that if you can get 80-90% of the production a veteran gives you with another guy for half the money, you do it. And I get that, it makes sense a lot of the time. But I think they’ve taken it too far. Too many years of those 90% moves have accumulated entropy and disintegrated the team bit by bit.

    And certainly it’s not that they don’t have any good players on defense behind Wilfork, but I do think that the overall performance of the unit hinges on that one guy, and that if/when he goes down, there will be a huge dropoff. I also wouldn’t put much stock in sacks against that Jets O-line, which is pretty bad.

    My interest in the Pats is pretty clinical or analytical. Last night they looked like a midlevel NFL team at best. I do think they might get a lot better than they looked last night, whether it’s from getting Gronk back or just Belichick whipping them into shape.And their schedule is super soft for a div champ, so they could easily go 10-6 without actually being very good.

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    That clinking sound you hear in the background is the movement of wiseguy money onto the Dolphins as division champs

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    “And can we all just drop the superficial religious transcendentalism that has emerged this summer? ”

    I never fucking touched that, yo

  23. MiA Says:

    I favorite Matso’s thought out statement.

  24. Trailz Says:

    Hey ya’ll

    Been thinking a bit about this years Dick’s night 1, and for fun imagined what I would have done if I were Phish.

    While clever, “Most Shows Spell Something”, just didn’t sit 100% right with me. I kept wondering, “If I were Phish, what would I have done differently for 8/30”.

    In this year’s case, I would have picked a shorter setlist message, and continued to use this night as a tradition to jam a little longer than usual, and experiment with songs in new places throughout the show.

    The setlist message I came up with and would have used was “Its Party Time” (spelled backwards), and here is how I would pull it off.

    1st Set
    E= Energy
    M= Moma Dance
    I= Its Ice
    T= Theme From The Bottom
    Y= You Enjoy Myself
    R= Rock & Roll

    2nd Set
    A= AC/DC Bag
    P= Prince Caspian
    S= Sand
    T= Twist
    I= Izabella

    Party Time

    All these songs minus Izabella are firmly in the rotation, and “Its Party Time” contains the same number of letters as “Fuck Your Face” so the show could be in the realms of pulling off. I’d be happy of course if they picked a different “Y” song to take on the ride of its life instead of “YEM” or “Roses Are Free” instead of “RnR”.

    Given Phish’s inspiring growth since 2009…”Its Party Time” is the message I would choose to kick off Dick’s 2013. Thanks!

  25. Stoney Case Says:


    time for an open letter to Trey…..

    I kid! Great thoughts! Fun read and fun setlist! I think Izabella is out because one of Trey’s daughter’s name is Izabella. I got a really legit request backstage, into their hands back in Fall 2010. If it was gonna happen, I think we’d have seen it by now.

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