A Tour in (Moving) Pictures

Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure to meet one of the community’s most stealth warriors, @LazyLightning55. Video taper extraordinaire and one of the nicest guys in the scene, @Lazy has spliced together HD footage of his favorite jams—and just the jams—from fall into one amazing compilation. Check out his outstanding work above. Below, I have included a little blurb about each segment of footage.


1. “Carini” 10.18 II: Starting out this video is the jam with the most swagger of any played over Fall—Hampton’s “Carini.” Trey sets up the excursion’s bluesy, feel-good peak as the camera cuts in, and what transpires throughout the rest of this footage is some of the most hooked up playing we saw from the band all fall. The video then cuts to the laid back funk at the end of the jam, illustrating the amount of ground covered in this dynamic tour highlight.

2. “Weekapaug” 10.19 I: Next we have the meat of Hampton’s first set “Weekapaug”—super percussive and with plinko textures from Page. The whole band brings the jam on a tangent, documented here, before returning to “Weekapaug’s” theme.

3. “Ghost” 10.19 II: Hampton’s second-night “Ghost” carried an incredibly uplifting vibe and the band laid into it with a passion. In this video we see them on the way to the mountain top, and we stay with them through their glorious ascent. Trey unleashes some cascading sheets of notes as the rest of the band chugs away like a single-minded entity behind him. This footage includes the jam’s denouement—a sublime, break-beat laden soundscape that gradually becomes more and more ambient, setting up an oncoming “Disease.”

4. “Tweezer” 10.20 II: The dark and stormy Hampton “Tweezer” needs no introduction. This video comes in after the initial jam segment, as the band takes a left turn into the Netherworld. At this juncture, everyone in the building knew that fall tour was gonna be something special. This footage follows the band into the abyss, and fades out once the full descent has been made.

5. “Piper -> Taking Care of Business” 10.20 II: The next clip documents one of tour’s most memorable moments—“Piper -> Taking Care of Business.” In this footage, one can actually see the band discover the idea, communicate to each other and execute the segue. And the crowd goes wild!

6. “Twist” 10.23 II: Here we have the second segment of the Glens Fall’s “Twist,” as Trey is teasing “The Line” before anyone had heard the song. This jam signified a turning point of tour from which Phish never looked back, paving a path of gold for the duration.

7. “Waves” 10.25 II: Worcester’s “Waves” has been severely underrepresented in the post-tour chatter. A gorgeous piece of psychedelic Phish, the band moved from something far more upbeat into this dreamy ambient realm—the beginning of the footage we see here. The video tracks the jam as it moves into a heavier outro, one that sparked the idea for the move into “Carini.” This one is a gorgeous clip of Kuroda’s light work, taboot.

8. “Bathtub Gin” 10.26 I: The next clip documents the first set “Bathtub Gin” from Worcester’s second night—a version that I highlighted last week and one that has to be among the most dynamic of the year. The band locks into a swanky, airtight groove and lets it ride in a spectacular segment of musical catharsis. Even with all the jams in set two, this was the most energetic, collective peak of the entire show.

9. “Drowned” 10.26 II: Next up is the Worcester “Drowned,” a sprawling jam that the video picks up as after it had moved through a couple feels and has settled in an uptempo, “Guy Forget”-eqsue groove. We follow the band as they stop on a dime and drip into one of tour’s most sublime musical sequences—A soul-tugging, blissed out segment that eventually blends into an instrumental and chill-inducing nod to Jimmy Cliff’s “Sitting in Limbo.”

10. “Tweezer” 10.27 II: The final jam before “Intermission” is the final segment of my pick for jam of tour, Hartford’s “Tweezer.” The band has navigated an extended segment of hooked up grooves, and have found their way—seamlessly—way into this melodic second part of the jam. The guys find a three chord progression that provides the melodic framework for the rest of the jam.

Setbreak: part of “Fuego”

11. “Golden Age” 10.27 II: The second part of the video picks up with Hartford’s “Golden Age,” by my estimation, the standout version of tour. We hear the band center this jam around Fishman’s rhythmic fireworks, as he consistently changes beats, adds fills and generally destroys his kit. The guys eventually blend into a more ambient soundscape towards the end of this footage, a jam that would eventually end with the onset of “Halley’s Comet.”

12. “Split Open and Melt” 10.29 I: Had the band nailed the ending of Reading’s “Split,” we’d all be talking about it as a highlight of tour, and this segment of footage shows you why—Phish got into some super-locked, menacing-as-fuck jamming. They seemed to have the piece by the jugular, but just as they were set to begin working their way back from this musical dementia, Trey pulled the string for an abrupt change into “Julius.”

13. “Down with Disease” 10.29 II: Reading’s second set was among the best of tour, and the spine-tingling peak to the set-opening “Down with Disease”—captured here—is one of the central reasons why. Trey’s magical guitar solo is among his most prolific of the past five years, and certainly one of his most original—pure transcendence on every level.

14. “Twenty Years Later” 10.29 II: But while many have focused on “Disease,” I find the true improvisational gem of Reading to lie in this “Twenty Years Later.” Patiently working their way into a pre-historic dancehall groove, the band evoked the feeling of ’97 amidst a truly sinister milieu. The entire fan base had been waiting for this moment ever since the guys debuted the song back in ’09, and boy was it worth the wait! Eventually, they pull off a back door transition into another Americana outro, this one likening “I Know You Rider.”

15. “Ghost” 10.31 III: After the band introduced us to the songs of Wingsuit, they came out and did something far more familiar—jam their faces off. This set-opening “Ghost” provided a jolt of adrenaline to a crowd half comprised of those disappointed in the Halloween set. Nonetheless, the band put a smile on everyone’s faces with this ripping rendition of a crowd favorite.

16. “Twist” 11.1 II: This sequence from the AC “Twist” is why we go. ‘Nuff said.

17. “Sneakin Sally” 11.1 E: This surprise encore of “Sneakin Sally” put the cherry on top of one of Fall’s most complete shows on the second night in Atlantic City. This night had it all, including the most hard-hitting encore of the tour.

18. “Theme from the Bottom” 11.2 II: We end this video tour through fall tour with the first set funk throwdown that emerged out of “Theme” in Atlantic City’s penultimate set. This one felt like the olden days as the band hadn’t unleashed grooves of this nature in quite some time. A truly electric moment in a tour filled with them.

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303 Responses to “A Tour in (Moving) Pictures”

  1. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Yup…like a moth to a flame…

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah @gc that one puzzled me too. After Midnight is a better show top to bottom. The ’80 release is basically a slightly less great version of the exact same thing.

    AM was released under The Widow – not saying all of those releases are bad by any means, many of them are excellent, including that one.

    Like I said though. The right people are running it now. I definitely want to give them some time to figure it out.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    wow, the founder of MAPS and many of the main researchers are doing an AMA right now http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1s0mt7/i_am_rick_doblin_phd_founder_of_the/

  4. George W. Kush Says:

    @gc, love that Kean College release. such a slick after midnight>eleanor rigby jam. AND I love love love Ozzie’s keyboard/synth tones of that era and that release!

  5. Jerome Garcia Says:

    @GWK you just keep getting cooler & cooler by the post. & you’re dank as hell to puff on. Have you ever heard of the Purple George Bush strain? Don’t even know if it’s real but have a farmer in the Houston area who grew it & still does & bestow it upon us when I lived in H-town. Guess it is a real starin actually.

  6. snow Says:

    1700 comments in 3 hours?
    so is anyone on Reddit not a tripper?

    This is cool:

    I need to read up…

  7. garretcorncob Says:


    Yeah, that transition is the kind of thing that crushes the music playing dreams of mere mortals. It’s like, “Well fuck, I’ll never do that, and that’s the only thing one should want to do. Guess I’ll hang it up.”

  8. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Huh. Upcoming AMAs: Bob Odenkirk 12-6, Rob Delaney 12-9.

  9. sumodie Says:

    Jerome, you the sax fan? I finally got to it:

    See my orangeness for two albums by alto sax man Rudresh Mahanthappa

    Gamak is his latest, featuring David “Fuze” Fiuczynski on a twin necked guitar

    Apti features Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abbasi

    Caught Rudresh twice this year, the man is an incredible talent

  10. George W. Kush Says:

    @JG, never heard of it but sounds tasty. Only a matter of time before someone got presidential with their strain names.

  11. sumodie Says:

    C, thnx for the MAPS link!

  12. sumodie Says:

    Brownout played Bear Creek, noice!

    Love their second album, Aguilas and Cobras

    Terrific Latin funk band from Austin, very much on my live wish list

    See my orangeness…

  13. sumodie Says:

    Stream / dl Brownout’s Bear Creek set here:


  14. MrCompletely Says:

    Rudresh is a great player. Really interesting stuff.

    It’s worth checking on the “upcoming AMAs” board about once a week. They get some really interesting stuff on there, along with a bunch of nonsense.

    @snow, there is a huge psychedelics community on reddit for sure. In fact one ongoing bit of drama has to do with the fact that /r/drugs/ has turned into what some see as a pro-psychs/RCs and weed, anti-everything else circlejerk – in other words the meth & narcotics heads are mad that people always tell them their drugs are sucky and dangerous & they should trip instead – which is true of course as far as it goes but the more nuanced point being that there’s some harm reduction value in having a place where hard drug users can post & ask questions without being lectured to – anyway yeah you can start at /r/drugs/ and go to /r/psychonaut/ & on into the fringey subs like /r/microdosing/

  15. Cable Hogue Says:

    Rudresh’s “Gamak” is some seriously heady, rocking, jazz fusion. I support that recommendation. Shades of Mahavishnu/Crimson/Zappa

    Kenny Garrett’s new record is really nice too. “Pushing the World Away” I think it’s called.

  16. snow Says:

    makes sense that trippers would seek out the more nuanced forum like reddit. I want to spend more time there and started to but already was not getting much done today without it.

  17. snow Says:

    oh humanity, is nothing sacred?
    solid gold boob ring:

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    /r/drugs, like /r/sex, is a surprisingly well developed and relatively sane and balanced sub. In general, the rule of reddit is that the larger a sub is, the shittier it is, so smaller is better, as long as it’s big enough to sustain conversation.

    (e.g. /r/printSF/ is better than /r/scifi/ but most of the author-specific subreddits are too small to stay interesting)

    But the two I mentioned are not bad. They mostly give good advice to noobs, meaning of course advice I agree with. Like all communities there is a hivemind consensus in each (“psychedelics are good but be careful, meth and pills are bad, RCs are complicated” on /r/drugs, and kind of a post-Dan Savage pro-kink “how I learned to love buttsex/bondage/whatever” vibe with a heavy “don’t say anything bad about polyamory” overlay in /r/sex/) and you do see people get hammered if they go too hard against the grain.

    Two other surprisingly sane subs are /r/nfl/ and /r/nba/ – the live game threads often devolve into bullshit because the mods can’t keep up, but the main threads are probably the most levelheaded sports conversation you can find online, that I know of anyway

  19. dorn76 Says:

    I started killing time on Reddit a few months ago. Up there with the BB on the short list of favorite places on the innertubez.

  20. garretcorncob Says:

    Is there a non-sketchy manner in which to ask new employers if there are drug tests other than the pre-employment one? The employee handbook is frustratingly vague on that front…

  21. dorn76 Says:

    I don’t think so, @gc.

    Can you find a current employee whose job you don’t threaten or a former one to let you know?

  22. joe Says:

    holiday party season around the corner @gc. you’ll find the puffers there

  23. Jerome Garcia Says:

    corncob you can ask what their pre employment requirements are; if they test they’re legally obligated to let you know at the time of interview. Asking that question is open ended enough to not have to come out & say do yall drug test? Good luck young man.

  24. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Sorry; you mentioned pre employment in your post. Again employers are legally obligated to disclose you any testing prior to employment or random testing etc.

  25. Jerome Garcia Says:

    If they test it’ll be in black & white & not vague. Most employers’ handbooks are vague if they don’t regularly test to allow them the legal right to test employees if they feel they’re using drugs on the jobs it’s affecting their on the job performance etc. Hope this helps. Tri post ftw!

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