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. butter Says:

    good call for a home spin of Woost Drowned @Stoney

    MIkes squirting goodness, Light now

  2. butter Says:

    7.30.13 is a super solid second set

    Gin with the goofy vocal jam is pretty solid and worthy in the first too

  3. butter Says:

    bottom’d of page

    fluff, fluff, pass

  4. butter Says:

    beauty of Fall is is the long form improv, then going for it again in a second song like Woost Light #hey

  5. butter Says:

    hey, that was under 140 characters

    should’ve tweeted that shit so hard

  6. butter Says:

    wow, this Hey light sure ends abruptly

    what the hey

  7. jdub Says:

    Butter up this page yo.

  8. RoosterPizza Says:

    Fluff fluff pass ftw

  9. RoosterPizza Says:

    I want whatever butter has had.

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    hampton tweeze is whaley as fuck throughout

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    12.13.13 first try. Bought a case.

    aswell:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P61ayfHIm_I
    Mingus, Cumbia and Jazz Fusion

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    fall tour tweezers:
    Hampton>AC>Hartford.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    but i love it

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    fall tour tweezers go like this:

    hartford > AC > Hampton. Easily imo.

  15. DavidSilver Says:

    Troof miner. I love the GA way more due to Captain Treyhab and his Whale War. And because that GA is effing allsome.

  16. DavidSilver Says:

    I may need better speakers because while hartford was prolly tits in person, it does nothing for me on playback. One dimensional ride imo. I prefer different jamming styles than that one. Too samey.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Betcha didn’t know that after the opener at AC2 Cavern has been played 420 times. Aw, yeah, brah. 😎

  18. Stoney Case Says:

    miner, the Hampton Carini quite the journey

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    It’s official. Taking daughter and friend to see Chance the Rapper tomorrow night. Gonna be 3 snowflakes on asphalt most likely. Unless AW shows up. Gonna be Father of the Year or a major disaster. Fuck it. Life is meant to be lived. Fuckin pumped.

    https://soundcloud.com/chancetherapper/acid-rain

  20. Dorn76 Says:

    Good luck B.

    Do you mind if we dance with your dates?

  21. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Halcy-

    The HTC One is solid. The model was released in 2012, but it beats all the recent Samsungs, Sonys etc. IMO.

  22. butter Says:

    Fall Tweeze

    Hampton > Hart > AC

  23. butter Says:

    Hart Golden Age is the goods

  24. butter Says:

    allright Reading DWD starts at 14:20 now in my itunes

    i’m def late to the song skipping party. never have time in my busy life to spin 20 jams unless i’m driving. Reading Disease is now 7.5 min long

  25. DavidSilver Says:

    Lol dorn. I’m just gonna stay sober and stay positive. Being a hip dad is not easy sometimes. More worried about being responsible for the friend than anything.

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