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. Gavinsdad Says:

    For sure @T3…in fairness, those guys had a good package and could certainly write and play…just a bit light for me.

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Thanks @kaveh I’m listening to JGB’s “don’t let go” release.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    exactly why we called it jam lite, gdad. just never had the teeth. but I go for my wife, you know? and there are much worse entertainment options she could make me tag along to that I know some of us are obligated to by marriage…

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    You mean takig my wife to the Indigo Girls.

    ::kicks rocks::

  5. bobby weird Says:

    just want to echo kavah’s bump of the excellent-looking Dead photo book project needing support at the below link.

    looks incredibly cool to me and, for the $40 I just paid, I get a copy of the book (incl shipping) as soon as it’s done. gotta imagine the purchase price will exceed the $40 i just paid in an effort to ensure this project to fruition. (Note, 3/4 of the funding is already in place).

  6. Spasm Waiter Says:

    I graduated from UVM in 96, so got to know the Strangefolk guys a bit and spent some time at their shows. They were one of the better young UVM bands that played on the regs in Burlington at that time. Another band named Belizbeha was really popular too. Hot lead singer chick. Sounded like Morcheeba a little bit. What was super fun was Phish side projects and sit ins. I got to be fairly tight with Gordon Stone (FEFY recording) and Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project, Bad hat) and they always had a gig going on somewhere, frequently with one of the boys sitting in. The other badass regular band was the Sneakers jazz band that played weekly at Sneakers restaurant. Grippo usually in attendance. Grippo was everywhere in the Burlington music scene. Cool guy who just loved being on stage. Good times back then. Another great player was Trey’s early instructor, Paul Asbell. HAd to be scary stepping onto stage in that town There was a ton of quality talent. I miss it.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    no no, not that one. I’m sure there were some totally transcendent moments you latched onto at that IG show. really mind-opening stuff in the Galileo->Jam->Some other song because I don’t know their catalog… right?!? 😐

    hey, at least at Indigo Girls you have a lot of good people watching to do, I would hope.

  8. bobby weird Says:

    actually, $11,207 has been raised, of the $12,500 needed by Jan 2 in order to receive the additional funding. so, more like 90% of the kickstart funding is already in place.

  9. sumodie Says:

    I don’t want a pickle
    Just want to ride on my motor-cicle

  10. Gavinsdad Says:

    I’m gonna by the Minkin GD book but its strange to my that a guy who published so many amazing pics of that band would have to go the crowd funding route. Seems like it woulda been money in the bank for a larger music book related press.

  11. Gavinsdad Says:

    IG show was knife in eyeball time.

  12. dorn76 Says:

    If you like girls who like girls. Which I do.

  13. Stoney Case Says:

    cool new app, keep up with kewl gnu muzik in @AW’s absence:

  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    Mmmmm Belizbehas singer. Great history lesson there @Spaz.

    Man there was a Canadian band in the real early 90s that were great. They would play the Nightingale bar before the jam bands moved over to the Wetlands. Sick Rhodes player and an astoundingly good looking female lead singer. Need to wait for memory banks to flash me their name.

    Keep thinking From Good Homes but they are a NE band.

  15. butter Says:

    It’s just trendy to risk OPM, rather than your own GD

  16. Kaveh Says:

    @BW: Got my donation in as well.

  17. Kaveh Says:

    @gDad: maybe we wanted to avoid the main stream book producers and have a little more power on this own. That is all I can think of, otherwise, I agree with you. I think he went the more grassroots approach; plus by pledging he is able to give out books for a certain donation amount.

  18. butter Says:

    There r some cool packages, I want the Grateful Dead themed flight over SF and a brunch with Minkin at Terrapin …..1k$

  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Gordo and Gordo UVM 96-

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I know I wouldn’t normally be calling out Possums, but while you are visiting the great 11.26.94 show for the top shelf Bowie and the ALO Slave, take a listen to the Possum in the two spot. It is well worth your time. Not something you’d hear at a Strangefolk concert.

  21. marcoesq Says:

    Well this is awesome

    Good morning y’all

  22. marcoesq Says:

    Been on an island tour kick. Heard the Sally on Pandora over the weekend, great little jam piece there yo.

  23. butter Says:

    Sounds like a cool experience last night @C. Treasure Reprise was there too last nite, but pretty sure he wasnt ballin in Waltonville

  24. Jerome Garcia Says:

    ^sick! Thx marco.

    Good luck to your Bal-ti-more Birdies as Myron Cope liked to call them on Football Turkey Night in America against Big Ben & the Stillers. I’ll be watching & pullin for the Black & Gold. Double yoi!

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Black and Gold as well. Fun time to play and somehow it is an important game.

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