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. marcoesq Says:

    Tweet of the Day

    Jim Irsay ‏@JimIrsay 1m

    I didn’t break the bank,millions cash over cap/Load Brinks Truck,only to be hijacked n stormed on the way 2 stadium by machine gun MANIACS!

  2. marcoesq Says:

    Anyone have the Fox ’94 Tweezer oranged anywhere?

  3. buddysmyles Says:

    Still looking for a single NYE… buddysmyles at the yahoo… Enjoy the holiday BB… I m thankful for all your insights, observations & humor!

  4. garretcorncob Says:

    @bs

    DF/Rob Ford has a NYE for anyone who can house him for the run. There’s a post with his email somewhere, I think this thread

  5. DavidSilver Says:

    I can’t believe Shtoney is counting! I am so excite! Not that Gaperrhead will trust the results, but still.

  6. tela's_muff Says:

    back in to my Phish Ohio listening. there may be no other jam i can recall as vividly as the ’00 Polaris Disease>WMGGW. The Disease kicks up some dust as they build up a rocker, dissonate wall of sound collage that dissolves into, wait for it… crack-like groove. which is where the jam stays for damn close to 10 mins before Trey’s loops bleed into a bliss>ambient ending. the segue into WMGGW is still one of my favorite transitions ever, and i think that’s more of a me thing, but it’s just perfect. great set that night.

    according to the Phish.net jam chart, no Disease has reached the length of the Polaris version since. 26:45. 5th longest version played. highly recommend. @Gdad – we need to add this to the groove jam list.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    well, really the next step will involve figuring out his commenter slugging percentage, possibly chugging out the On Thread plus Slugging (OTS) averages for the top 50 or so commenters as a baseline, and then hiring a stats guy to develop the VORC* metrics for the entire site because that’s going to take quite a lot of data crunching.

    I don’t envy him the midnight oil burning hours he has ahead of him, really.

    *Value Over Replacement Commenter

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    @telas – I know you rep those shows hard and I had the pleasure of hitting them myself. But I have never really spent much time with them and now you’ve given me a nice nudge.

    Appreciate the efforts guys but sometimes I’m just a lazy mofo. Haven’t even dl’ed the uber and now there’s the Ohio!

  9. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Tin soldiers and Nixon’s coming

  10. mmmhmm Says:

    T3 are you a stats guy? Like do you work in stats?

  11. tela's_muff Says:

    change that bliss/ambient ending into more of a groove-laced, looped out rocker. crowd really freaks out (incl. me) on the WMGGW. ahhh.. the innocence of 1.0.

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Electric Monica sounds like the name of a cross between an industrial vacuum cleaner and a chrome piggy bank with marital aids stuck all over its body…

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @mmmhmm
    sort of. did retail market research and sales forecasting for a while before getting back into site selection/negotiation. whole lotta stats to chunk through when you are doing that line of work.

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Disney on Ice?

    pfft

    Disney on Acid!!

  15. Stoney Case Says:

    For those keeping track, and apparently there’s a couple. Maybe even a few:

    Hampton Come Alive: Second Post of Tour

    22 positive comments
    ex: “Guessing it was one of the funnest and hottest sets of 3.0 to be in the building for. The lights, the crowd, the lighters, the band, everything seemed to be in unison.”

    6 negative comments (all whale related)
    ex: “Whatever Trey is playing at the time with the whammy, would sound better if he played the same thing without it.”

    7 neutral comments
    ex: Revise, 2 words for you re: Reading
    Waterwheel

    1 unrelated to phish

    What’s been learned so far? Thinking I’m way too positive about this stuff.

  16. Stoney Case Says:

    is harassing @DancingFool considered ‘Positive, Negative, Neutral or Unrelated’? I see a new category creeping in…

  17. Stoney Case Says:

    Post three of Fall Tour: Taking Care of Business

    Positive comments: 9
    Negative comments: 4
    Neutral comments: 17 ( was chatty that day)
    Unrelated comments: 4

    had to repost this hummdinger:

    Post game, young Colts DB interviewed:
    “We prepared really hard for Tom Brady”
    classic. all us white guys look alike

  18. ren Says:

    Lol Stoney! You’re on point today

  19. tela's_muff Says:

    @Stoney – Can you go back and tally how much I pimped Reading Disease and 20YL before Miner came and said the BB wasn’t giving the 20YL enough love? ha.

  20. Stoney Case Says:

    yeah, should have some time late night.

    a jam is not a good jam, until miner says so. BB 101 brotha!

  21. Stoney Case Says:

    Went from spinning a LP mp3 download to the free spotify service. Yeah, the spotify is pretty low bit rate i reckon. sounded tin like and hollow even compared to an mp3

  22. Stoney Case Says:

    rooster, oh man, didn’t mean for you to take that seriously! trying to make a joke dat day.

  23. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    So if Adam Sandler is the singer for Alt-J, is Weird Al the singer for Blink-182?

  24. tela's_muff Says:

    ::Slow claps:: Page delivers on this ’00 Blossom McGrupp.

    Trey assaults the Halleys that follows.

  25. joe Says:

    bb stats. too funny

    (I’m guessing this would go in the positive, non-phish related category)

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