The Envelope, Please…

Hampton Coliseum (Andrea Nusinov)

Hampton Coliseum (Andrea Nusinov)Fall Tour Awards:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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 All-Stars, 1st Team: 

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

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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 www.mimifishman.org

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366 Responses to “The Envelope, Please…”

  1. vapebraham Says:

    tubular glass hockey stick for a gnome

    nice it up. (watch out for food. 2 pumpkin cupcakes. choc and cheese)

  2. ren Says:

    Have had my ASolo for like a year now…bought it on EBay. Works fantastic and love the hell out of it!

    I credit Phlorida for helping me join the team

  3. george w. kush Says:

    Wow. just played the whole Fall ’13 Jam comp. What an amazing fall run. Such fresh music and ideas from each band member. Feels like the waiting game for Phish to “get back” is finally over. We made it. Whew. Weird to think that the modern era has lasted as long as ’95-’99. Not as dramatic progression through various styles and more of a building back time but Phish-in-the-now is an excellent thing. I’m thankful for that!

  4. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Fuego/Diego- Nice find Stoney!

  5. george w. kush Says:

    @ren, agreed re:solo.

  6. vapebraham Says:

    11.22.94 jam following funky bitch — $$$. multi-themed, dynamic jam odyssey.

  7. Stoney Case Says:

    wombat, with the cuddly but muscular line sounds straight out of one of the kids homework assignments. so funny, the songs coming later in life from these guys. good stuff.

  8. phlorida phan Says:

    Raise em high, raise em proud, Team Solo FTW!

  9. marcoesq Says:

    nice thoughts, kush. I was thinking this morning during their opus that is the AC Twist that the “Get Back” and “Under Pressure” teases both held significance and weren’t just random.

    That jam is, to me, the IT jam of Fall.

  10. george w. kush Says:

    AC Twist mid-peak is cathartic! makes me want to stomp my feet into the office below me.

  11. george w. kush Says:

    word Marco. I can dig that. My in-room bias for Hampton still weighs heavy but even that considered, each of these fence-pointing sluggers from the rest of fall are truly great versions in their own respect. In-room or not this stuff slays…

  12. RoosterPizza Says:

    Thanks for the advice guys. I am planning to get a solo, but I just wasn’t sure where to find the best deal.

  13. vapebraham Says:

    you never alone when you’re soloing

  14. george w. kush Says:

    ^….Vape you need to trademark that and sell it to Arizer

  15. george w. kush Says:

    Roostah, ebay is def the way to go. Beats Vapeworld prices by almost $50 (1/3)

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    seems apropos right now

    dabbing etiquette

    (possibly nsfw depending on your workplace’s feelings on High Times)

  17. Stoney Case Says:

    first real spin of the Hampton Carini. Really an odyssey! can see miner’s love for this jam. serious display of different tapestry’s. like hiking RMNP, where the landscape changes at every bend in the trail.

    went back to first post of fall tour, following Hampton 1

    6 positive posts
    1 negative
    6 neutral
    1 unrelated to Phish

    pretty fun exercise. maybe more whale talk after night two. gotta tilt the count.

  18. phlorida phan Says:

    Another solo protip:

    Hit it like your sucking a lemon through a straw. Most vapes work well when you pull slow, but I like nice clouds, and seems to get a better hit.

  19. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Only 14 posts since Hampton? Slacker.

  20. vapebraham Says:

    7.19.98 tweezer — $$$. shortie, but the dark, hip-hop spiced funk flavor is like syrup. love me some vintage phish.

  21. Stoney Case Says:

    come on ulysses, that was 14 comments of 399 on that first thread!

  22. marcoesq Says:

    Bowie isn’t epic unless there’s whistling for Lassie

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    not bad. 3.5% comment rate. let’s see if you were able to improve on that start over the course of the tour though. of course, quality over quantity and all that but early in tour you gotta get your reps in, right?

  24. RoosterPizza Says:

    @stoney

    I wasn’t all about Reading Disease, but does that warrant getting lumped in with all the haters? That one still stings.

  25. marcoesq Says:

    Our boy Torrey on the cover of Baltimore Bride magazine. Ya heard?

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