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. MiA Says:

    DF’s transition into the blustery rageaholic of Rob Ford is nearly complete.

  2. tela's_muff Says:

    My all-time favorite groove is the ’98 Polaris Cities. if i could grab my BB people and time machine back to one jam, it might be this one. just so we could have the ultimate groove session.

  3. DavidSilver Says:

    If douchey noob has done this before, does that mean he’s just douchey?

  4. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Is there a goto Aqueous recording? I checked their album on the site and have explored a few shows on youtube.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so salty lately, stoney. why so serious? it was just a little humor.

    @smuff
    great comp there. I didn’t have the best time living in Ohio but enjoyed it for the shows I caught while there and when close enough to visit. Polaris Cities 4 lyphe

  6. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Good idea… commencing polaris cities.

  7. tela's_muff Says:

    slow day, so looks like i’ll be posting a lot.

    ’98 Polaris Ya Mar is another treat. miss those first set Ya Mars that had those chill sunset jams. perfect summer music. this particular version has, what sounds like to me, a little First Tube thing going on at the very end. pretty cool.

    @t3 – didn’t know you included OH as a place lived. i imagine living in IN and OH you hit some good ones in the early to mid 90’s.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @smuff
    yup. brief stint. 1/99 to 5/00 in Bellefontaine about 45 minutes NW of Columbus. Only caught three in state while living there but have seen about a baker’s dozen in OH over the years.

  9. MiA Says:

    I’ve told the story before but in ’98 I almost skipped Polaris because it was easier to go Riverport (St. Louis) to Alpine than all the way to Columbus > Alpine. I thought, who the hell came up with this route. I’m gonna skip.

    Friend after Riverport says “Never skip the skip show. He asked me what song I wanted to hear. I said “My Friend” and he said “oh, then they’ll play that for sure…” And PYITE. Cause that’s what they do.

    After talking to MrsMiA we decided to go. She was willing to do some late driving.

    Great show. Opened with MFMF, with a PYITE encore > Slave.

    I was in tears. Every song had meaning to me. All the way down to the If I Could.

  10. DavidSilver Says:

    Hanging with btb at chicago made me notice about half the crowd was from Ohio. Lotta fans from thete. Good people.

  11. tela's_muff Says:

    that’s awesome MiA! haven’t heard that story before. good call on not skipping, and shit, way to catch that Riverport show as well. one of my all-time favorites.

    after listening to the 11/13/98 Wolfman’s, i’m convinced Phish are wizards. tell me that after they get done with the MLB jam that they aren’t teasing Golden Age, 10 years before it was written. it’s obvious Manteca riffing, but tweaked slightly, sounding way more GA-ish.

  12. Stoney Case Says:

    11/13/98 Wolfmans.

    Come on T3. Referencing Miner is a perfect answer. Not to mention impeccable timing. Questioning Clavin on missing the obvious just part of the bar room routine.

    It’s sports center for Phish around here. Phishcenter. How come you cats can’t just take the crow when it’s served up?

    Always Stoney’s a hater. Stoney’s salty. Come on now.

  13. DavidSilver Says:

    Not to get all wookish, but I have noticed other time altered moments. They have also said as much, tongue in cheek or not.

  14. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    I can take it.

    “Come after me! I’m a man! I’m 191!”

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    stoney,
    that’s not crow. I asked a tongue in cheek question knowing full well what your response would be – and I don’t have a problem with your response, just so we’re clear on that too. I’m talking in general here because while not “always” you “definitely” have flipped your script. hey, I’m not telling you how to do your thing, I just find it odd coming from you is all since you have always seemed so positive on phish to me in the past.

    I’m not here to bicker, so let’s not make this anything it doesn’t need to be. I was honestly trying to get more of a conversation about the song than this, but oh well.

  16. dorn76 Says:

    Average rent in Manhattan is almost $4k, so I suppose the math is slightly more in your favor there, @honorableRobFord.

    Maybe Trey or Tom Brady have a pull-out.

  17. garretcorncob Says:

    Anybody have Garcia Live Vols. 2 & 3 oranged up? I’m in one of those “burned out on Phish, but nothing that isn’t long, live, and improvisational just isn’t appealing” phases. Which means I’m listening to a lot of Dead. Figure throwing some fresh Jerry in the mix will do the trick as well.

  18. Kaveh Says:

    @garret:

    All free:
    http://grooveshark.com/#!/jerrygarciaband/albums

  19. tela's_muff Says:

    ’98 Cincy Bowie. doesn’t go off the rails, but played like a Bowie should be played. followed by Something bustout. Naked Girl getting hauled out at set break does wonders for inspiration.

  20. Kaveh Says:

    I chose this tasty number:

    http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Pure+Jerry+Bay+Area+78/4702333

  21. dorn76 Says:

    If that isn’t on the setlist notes, Phish.net is doing it wrong.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    First sets were really good this tour IMO

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/4-magic-phrases-use-if-cops-stop-you-pot

  24. dorn76 Says:

    Aside from Halloween I thought the band took a decent step forward with Set 1’s.

    A handful even earned an extended Miner recap.

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so apparently in the early and mid 90s while we were all traveling around seeing that band from vermont there was some other stuff going on. I watched the Cameron Crowe Pearl Jam 20 Year Anny doc on Palladia the other night and found it to be quite enjoyable — and pretty informative. I guess I just wasn’t paying attention to how popular they were and missed all of these big moments that went down with them over the years. There’s a neat bit about their stress over making new setlists every night too which was chuckle-worthy. Definitely worth checking out.

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