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. dorn76 Says:

    Disney, on ice.

    Commas can make a thing a whole other thing.

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Disney on, ice!

    more imperatives.

  3. tela's_muff Says:

    took my daughter to Disney on Ice last year. enjoyable.

  4. vapebraham Says:

    greetings, friends. two hoods deep on the day (after an edgy 7.13.13 Hood, now in the lovely 8.5.13 HollyHood, again. can’t fight the shuffler. it wants IT and I love this jam. love how it grows unexpectedly yet organically out of Hood). also 1/2 a jai alai deep on the day. hop syrup, yet crisp. delicious. nice w/ whrhno/prps.

    thundercat tomorrow night. holler. can’t wait to hear this cat live. 2 other bands(? acts?) i believe.

  5. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Is there a way to shuffle only one band on itunes? Looking to get my Indigo Girls groove going…

  6. vapebraham Says:

    crisp in a smooth buttery way.

    Have I mentioned that HollyHood is my favorite jam of summer? $$$+

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Apple TV+LazyLightning55a=Happy Spaz

  8. Stoney Case Says:

    spasm, make a playlist with all the indigo girls. shuffle playlist. to narrow down, make the playlist name on the left. Then type indigo girls into search box. select all, drag and drop to playlist

  9. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Word @SC

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    itunes doesn’t make anything easy, does it?

  11. Stoney Case Says:

    “Wombat” clearly with 3.0 jamming style written all over it. swanky rhythm playing by Trey with free-fills from the rest. Good times.

  12. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Trey really likes the Bush joke… giggles maniacally every time.

  13. vapebraham Says:

    need to go find the Fall ’13 playah, but summer playah is klillin it right now. just enjoyed the Tahoe Piper — $$$, which is probably fluffing or grade inflation, but it hit me right. Bhangor Stash now — $$$, dark and down feel; organic, rolling builds; w/ just a splash of seasickness. Phish fo lyphe

    on the WCIPA from GF now and it is a prickly bastard. similar flavor profile to the jai alai.

  14. Spasm Waiter Says:

    I can’t tell you how great that fall jams vid is on the big screen and home stereo w subwoofer. Bravo to LL for some stellar footage.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    To the domeage

  16. vapebraham Says:

    nice one, marco. tiwts makes me think of . .

    6.14.00 II, which found its way back into the car cd playah. favorite set ever.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Wombat= 3.0 Tube

  18. vapebraham Says:

    woops. twist. herbhop-o-rama.

    4.18.13 MMW acoustic — $$$.

  19. Stoney Case Says:

    nice palmer. called wombat ‘wolfmans’ 3.0 brother from another mother’

  20. RoosterPizza Says:

    I remember a bunch of you posting all of the best black friday deals for vaporizers last year. Where are the best deals?

  21. vapebraham Says:

    laugh all you want, but 2.25.11 TAB $,Love and Change is $$. a fun spin.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Monster Bowie is Monstrous. This is the one that counter balances the insane Providence Bowie which would come a month later. flowing with ideas, one of if not the longest ever, and just a great example of the band nearing a peak in their existence.

  23. phlorida phan Says:

    Ebay @Rooster

  24. phlorida phan Says:

    ^Or if our 16th prez needs a third!

  25. Stoney Case Says:

    And I see the connection. iPhone tries to auto-correct “Fuego” into “Diego”. Try it. @treyanastasio very clever.

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