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:

    Should be a great game. NFL finally wising up and showing some good shit on Turkey Day.

    Ravens fo lyfe

  2. marcoesq Says:

    Hampton Piper really does have some strong Real Me flavor

  3. marcoesq Says:

    Makes no sense that the Titans currently hold the tiebraker for the 6th seed. They are 0-3 in their div and 4-4 in the AFC.

  4. Kaveh Says:

    Turkey Day NFL is always a blast!

  5. Spasm Waiter Says:

    55″ of LazyLightning goodnes on the TV. Yes. Thx @Marco

  6. Kaveh Says:

    Here you go @marco:

    Wins tie break over NY Jets, Pittsburgh and San Diego based on head-to-head sweep. Division tie break was initially used to eliminate Miami (NY Jets wins tie break over Miami based on best win percentage in division games). Division tie break was initially used to eliminate Baltimore (Pittsburgh wins tie break over Baltimore based on head-to-head win percentage).

  7. Kaveh Says:

    So this game is big for Baltimore to get out of the advantage that Pitt currently has on them.

  8. garretcorncob Says:

    Love the looped out final minute or so of the AC Light

  9. garretcorncob Says:

    Oh man, the Mike-Page-Fish synchronized hits at about 6:30 of the Hampton Ghost just get me every time. Nifty, that.

  10. garretcorncob Says:

    Also, there may or may not be a very important soccer match going on today between a certain German team and an Italian team of some note, but I have nothing to comment on the matter.

    That lesson has been learned.

  11. Stoney Case Says:

    Does posting from the can count as shitting on this place?

    If so, guilty as charged.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    no, that’s just TMI.

    I really dislike when festivals put tickets on sale before even announcing who will be playing. I mean, I guess there are those who will go every year because they have their Fest Fam that they have seen every year since ’92 and lord knows Pookie and Jimmy the Rock will be there for sure with their epic RV of Earthly Delights, but throw the rest of us a bone.

  13. verno329 Says:

    ^Fantastic

  14. phlorida phan Says:

    Who doesn’t post from the can, your lying if you haven’t.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hitting the Izod center tonight ( formally the Brendan Byrne).. Big things.. Disney on Ice with the family.. Kids are pumped.. I’m pumped to see them pumped.

    I’m sure she is a nice lady, but the Jemele Hill on ESPN is annoying as all hell.

  16. phlorida phan Says:

    Know I have to take a Tahoe.

  17. phlorida phan Says:

    Now works better^

  18. MiA Says:

    Orpheum Anniversary FTW. Hard to believe it’s been 19 years.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    So, AC 3 set 2 has grown on me a lot since the show. One of those rare occurrences for me where I didn’t feel it as much in person as I do later, after a bunch of spins..

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    know works in its own way too, albeit in a more directive manner

  21. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    “He would of fought if he had to of.”

    Winner. LOL’ed at my desk, co-workers all WTFed.

    Time to get the musket ready for some turkey huntin’. Fuck that Butterball BS.

  22. Kaveh Says:

    Orpheum Anniversary FTW. Hard to believe it’s been 19 years.

    ^ BINGO. What a great show! Everything I needed and then some; especially from that Bowie.

  23. Stoney Case Says:

    hope to be in the room, spinning fancy free when they drop the electric ‘Monica’ on our heads.

  24. Spasm Waiter Says:

    That Drowned jam is just downright heart wrenchingly beautiful.

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Holy shitstorm about to crush me…
    http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/northeast.php

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