The Envelope, Please…

Hampton Coliseum (Andrea Nusinov)

Hampton Coliseum (Andrea Nusinov)Fall Tour Awards:


MVP: “Tweezer”

Barely edging out “Carini” on the strength of its third version, “Tweezer” takes away the most coveted individual award of Fall. “Tweezer” not only produced my jam of the tour in Hartford, it also produced two other jams that I have heard ranked number one of tour by others, and that speaks to the incredible nature of them all. Three all-star versions, all with a unique vibe and direction vault “Tweezer” to the top of this fall’s pedestal. Had Worcester’s “Carini” gone a bit longer and developed more, we might just have co-MVPS, but Trey elected for a pre-mature “Caspian,” a move that—in retrospect—sealed the deal for the big dog. “Tweezer,” here’s another trophy for your mantle. “Carini,” close, but no cigar.


Comeback Player of Tour: “Twist”

This recipient comes as no surprise, as Phish resurrected “Twist” from the dead over Fall Tour. When the band opened the second set of the season with “Twist,” it felt like a bizarre and foreign move, yet when they opened up tour’s second-to-last main event with “Twist,” it felt just right. Over the course of two weeks, Phish sculpted three magnificent jams out of their once-prolific platform, and just like that, “Twist” was a major player in the Phish scene again. First, an ambient, Pink Floyd laced excursion in Hampton, then, a delicate, ethereal outing in Glens Falls, that featured a sneak preview of “The Line,” and finally a signature masterpiece in Atlantic City with one of the jams of the year. Welcome back, “Twist!” We’ve surely missed you and had grown tired of your pseudo “Oye Como Va” scene.


Debut of Tour: “Fuego”

It was hard to not sport an ear-to-ear smile during the debut of “Fuego,” the undeniable gem of the Wingsuit set. A multi-staged composition that leaves room for two improvisational passages, all packaged with catchy hooks, overlapped lyrics, and group chanting, “Fuego” has all the components of a Phishy show-stopper. I bet we see this one during the Holiday Run at MSG.


Second Set of Tour: 10/20 Hampton 

Hampton 2013 (A. Nusnov)

Hampton 2013 (A. Nusnov)

The vibe after this show reeked of the late ’90s, when Phish left most of their audience speechless and in dismay on a nightly basis. This was one of those shows for which the ushers had to eventually ask fans to leave, because nobody wanted to go anywhere. We had just experienced a full-throttle assault like none in recent years. The second entire set was strewn with big-time jam vehicles, and the band never stopped taking care of business. After two nights at Hampton, many Northeastern fans who had elected to skip the run were feeling pretty good about their decision. After night three’s course-correcting ritual, they weren’t.

Paul and Silas, Tweezer > Golden Age > Piper -> Takin’ Care of Business > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand, Slave to the Traffic Light


First Set of Tour: 10/26 Worcester 

This first set runs away with this award, though there were several other high-quality opening frames during Fall 2013. This one however, featured highlight jams in “Bathtub Gin” and “David Bowie,” not to mention solid versions of “Stash” and”Simple.” An extended version of “Party Time” opened things up before “Punch” really got things going. A couple rarities of “Ride Captain Ride” and “My Soul” as well a spirited version of “Back on the Train” rounded things out less a gratuitous “Character Zero.”

Party Time, Punch You In the Eye, Back on the Train, My Soul, Bathtub Gin, Ride Captain Ride, Stash, Simple > David Bowie, Character Zero


Show of Tour: 10/31 Atlantic City, NJ

10/31 Official (D.Mumford)

10/31 (D.Mumford)

There is no denying the incredible significance of this year’s Halloween show. Never before has Phish presented an entire set of new material, and never have they presented so much new material that has been as instantly well-received. Touching on so many disparate genres and feels, the songs of the Wingsuit set were all crafted with a distinctly Phishy vibe, and most seem to be ready for rotation. The infusion of this much new material totally revolutionizes the Phish experience and paves the way for a glorious future—all in their 30th year! And after setbreak, the guys came out and tore apart a third frame for the first time in ages. Unloading two top ten jams of tour in a prolific one-two Halloween punch of “Ghost” and “Carini,” the band provided plenty of improv for those who didn’t get off on Wingsuit’s revelation. Those jams were supported by solid versions of “Hood” and “Antelope,” and when you combine all of these elements, you’ve got your show of fall tour.


Two Set Show of Tour: 10/26 Worcester, MA

Rarely is a Phish show presented over two flowing sets without a single lull or dull moment, but that is exactly what happened on Saturday night in Worcester. One need only look above to see the quality of this show’s first set, and most are familiar with the monster sequence of “Drowned > Light” that opened the second. Follow that up with “Sand” and “Mike’s > No Quarter > Weekapaug,” with only a “Theme” interlude, and one has the most complete Phish show of tour.

Runners Up: 10/27 Hartford, 11/1 Atlantic City


 All-Stars, 1st Team: 

 “Tweezer,” “Carini,” “Twist,” “Ghost,” “Disease,” “Golden Age” 


Mimi Fishman Auction:

Mimi_Fishman_Foundation-353x-353xFive Phish New Years ticket packages were just added to the Mimi Fishman Foundation online charity auction. All proceeds from the ticket packages to benefit Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation.  The auction also features Phish Summer Tour posters signed by all band members. Of special note is the multiple night runs include matching numbered posters auctioned off as single sets. Additionally, the auction includes New Years packages donated from The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Umphrey’s McGee with the proceeds to benefit Colorado Flood Relief efforts.

To access the auction please visit

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366 Responses to “The Envelope, Please…”

  1. garretcorncob Says:

    Been making my way through Miner’s 11-20 today.

    Hampton GA and Woostah Drowned deserve higher than 17-18.

    Love how Trey guides the path of the Hampton GA without playing lead. That part where he changes key and starts fucking with the rhythm and effects that then takes everyone down the rabbit hole is pretty sweet.

    Woostah Drowned spacey and weird from the jump. Trey rocking the No Quarter organ tone, some envelope drops from Mike… Then reaches a really natural denouement as it drifts into the purported “Sitting In Limbo” part

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sure it’s been posted already, but this is the big bouncy real titties…

    LazyLightning’s Fall Tour Jam Compilation… all music, no singing, Just jams.. The man has out done himself this time..

  3. phishm Says:

    Wow Mr. P, that is awesome. Just started it. No songs and all jams. That is something I like.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    oh well, I lied.. There is singing in the TCoB

  5. butter Says:

    He cuts off last 4 minutes of Hampton Tweeze, and I have a few other quibbles, but yes it’s dank

  6. halcyon Says:

    thanks ulysses. heard positive reviews of that phone.

    oh and thanks tela’s for the ohio comp.

    safe travels to all on the road for the holiday weekend.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    catching up from last night/this morning

    Prince with any small lineup in a non arena lineup is a must see show

    Prince with this asskicking funk rock lineup in a decent venue is a sell the wife & kids if you gotta type deal

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    tweezers for me is hampton and hartford equal, just different moods/styles – then AC just a notch below. I’d play it in the same mood as Hartford but I like Hartford a bit more. All 3 excellent though

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    slick little super early KVHW SBD, a nice filler treat

    show of the day is Vancouver ’73

    one of those that pops from set 1.

  10. Gavinsdad Says:

    Back in the lair. IT Waves. Mind meld. Alien abduction shit just love that.

  11. chris Says:

    i would also agree with miner that Hampton tweez is tops. It’s just very unique with that grinding middle section and blissful outro. Just a nasty, dark, creative jam that goes a few different directions

    “Hello……..Dexter Morgan”

  12. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yo @hal. Got ur message cheers ill holler tomorrow 🙂

  13. tela's_muff Says:

    It’s absolutely amazing to me how lazy phish fans have become.

  14. phishm Says:

    Imagine a bunch of stoners being lazy. That’s news to me.

  15. chris Says:

    when I read the title of this post, i thought it was going to be about jams with the best usage of Mike’s bass envelope effects …

    that would kinda be a neat thread for discussion, no? best mike ownage using his crazy bass effects in jams ….

    bcga rock and roll type stuff

  16. KOOKS Says:

    Yhe 2 sets of the 25 were far better than than the 2 sets of 26. No comparison.

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