A Change of Pace

With tour a week away, I wanted to write a note about some changes this summer. I have loved being a one-man newsreel for five years, cranking out pieces before going to sleep each and every night. I have loved the feedback from all Phish fans and I have always enjoyed the conversations that my reviews have sparked. However, I find this Summer Tour to be a good point of transition. As the band enters a new chapter in their 31st year, armed with an album of fresh material, I am going to step away from my at-all-costs commitment to reviewing every show.

This is not to say that I won’t be writing during tour, I almost certainly will. Maybe I’ll write on the off days, maybe I’ll write after some shows—I really don’t know. Because people have come to expect my reviews every day, I just wanted to put it out there before tour that I am not going to hold myself to writing after every show. Perhaps I’ll get bored without writing and I’ll switch back to my old routine. I just don’t know. I am also not positive that I will be at every show. I’m kind of playing this summer by ear. As always, thanks for reading along and I’ll see you out there.

210 Responses to “A Change of Pace”

  1. George W. Kush Says:

    yeah xpun, first two callers sounded a lot like Mike.

    about the fanbase “people are listening, you can’t really get away with anything” even lopping off Milkes 2nd jam, which somehow nobody in the band knows what the hell people are asking about concerning that

  2. George W. Kush Says:

    might bring a Thunderhead sign to Ptown. flash quickly and put away. Thinking best chance for that tune is during a stormy show.

  3. garretcorncob Says:

    Yeah, Jtran, Belgium hasn’t convinced at all.

    And FIFA rankings are bunk, but I understand the appeal in using them as shorthand.

  4. Kaveh Says:

    And FIFA rankings are bunk,

    ^ Why you still play the games.

  5. soulish Says:

    With respect to asking band members about the Mike’s second jam, I think whoever is asking the question needs to phrase it a different way. The members of the band probably have no idea what “2nd jam” means. Even if you asked them in ’95-’98 when they did it every show, they probably wouldn’t refer to that as a “2nd jam”. It would be like asking them about the “Nirvana” section of YEM, or why they never go “type II” in Bowie anymore. These are words and phrases made up by the community that they don’t know. It would be better to say “why don’t you jam past the ending chords in Mike’s”, or something about skipping the descending chords that lead into H2, or something. Also, mention a specific instance, say 11-21-1995. Fish kind of asked for a specific show. I don’t think the band is fucking with us, they just don’t understand what we’re asking because they don’t understand our nomenclature.

  6. little umbrellas Says:

    The Fishman interview is the bomb. Really enjoy just having his voice on in the room. Still the funniest part to me is when Fish learns about Mike’s hotline and had this feedback about Mike:
    “…the reason why Phish is still together after 30 years is because it’s three people looking at one guy and saying ‘What the hell is that?’ “

  7. garretcorncob Says:

    The caller did describe the second jam in more specific terms, along the lines of: “After you jam for a while, and then Trey plays the power chords section that ends the song now, then you jam again”

  8. TreasureReprise Says:

    Let’s turn this into Grantland for Phish. Miner can be Bill Simmons and employ a stable of talented contributors.

    See you out there, somewhere this summer.

  9. little umbrellas Says:

    So Fish DOES remember the ‘2nd jam from Mike’s. This is a quote from Fishman. Got a buddy who is close to him. He already posted this so I feel it’s cool to share here:

    “Followup to the Mike’s Song “second jam” question from the (Fish)man himself:

    ‘So, after looking at all this I am realizing that the second jam everyone is talking about IS what I thought it was and now I remember how that happened:

    That used to always be “I am Hydrogen”. In the beginning of Mikes Song “hydrogen” was a regular part of the song. It was the only next section after the big first jam. What happened was, and I do vaguely recollect this, there was a conversation one night where Trey wanted to free that area up to do other things and not necessarily HAVE to play another composed piece of music right at this point where we had just so heavily been improvising, and which eventually led to a third more or less arranged section being Weekapaug Groove. He wanted to continue with the opportunity to improvise. The big chord that happens there took it to another key and it had the potential to get even deeper and darker, or lighter and sunnier I suppose if that was how we were feeling. The point is, we never really established WHAT we would do there, just that we wouldn’t necessarily always play “Hydrogen”.

    Over time that became a spot where Simple fit nicely, and also a place where we could segue into virtually anything, or allow it to continue as an extension of the first jam, before coming back around to Weekapaug.

    Overall, I think this balanced out the Arranged/Improvised ratio of the overall song and prevented it from remaining 3-4 worked out pieces with a little improv in the middle.

    The reason I was confused is because I had never thought of the “second jam” as being such. I always thought of it as one big ass jam with a little oasis of power chords in the middle where you kind of got your bearings for a second before heading right back out into the wilderness. It never seemed like a beginning or end of anything because the way it was conceived was with a “let’s keep going there” attitude.

    I can definitely see from the listeners perspective though how those chords define a jam1/jam2 type of borderline.’ “

  10. little umbrellas Says:

    @soulish . This proves you’re completely right.

    … Though it was pretty awesome the way he said, ‘are you talking about the Week-a-paug groooove?’

  11. Kaveh Says:

    thanks for that @lu.

  12. RoosterPizza Says:

    “I always thought of it as one big ass jam with a little oasis of power chords in the middle where you kind of got your bearings for a second before heading right back out into the wilderness.”

    I like referring to a deep jam as being out in the wilderness. That’s a keeper.

  13. George W. Kush Says:

    nice TeenyB

  14. Jerome Garcia Says:

    lilum w/ the scoopage on Mike’s 2nd Jam. Awesome.

  15. garretcorncob Says:

    I fucking hate Arjen Robben, but the man can play football.

  16. Lurker Says:

    Understandable. Thanks for all you have done.

    But, man, I will miss you. Your enthusiasm and level of detail really brought each show to life. It will be hard to follow the tour through one-liners on PT :(.

  17. Thomas Says:

    maybe you should fuck someone else then

  18. Kaveh Says:

    Agree with everyone: great Fishman interview; nice to hear his voice.

  19. Kaveh Says:

    So, now that the seed is planted…is there going to be a Mike’s 2nd jam this summer?

    How do you vote BBers? I think yes, but probably only once….kind of like the Roses jam from DCU.

  20. George W. Kush Says:

    gneiss soundcheck segment from 8/24/93


  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    where’s stoney to praise/lament the webcast for tomorrow?

  22. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Unrelated: any Old Crow fans can stream their new album Remedy here:

    Catching OCMS Sat 7/12 @ Nutty Brown Café & Amphitheatre.

  23. Jerome Garcia Says:

    ^will hinder my ability to stream Randalls 2 considering they decide to custy cast

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    Live Bait 10 out on LP.

  25. roberto luongo Says:

    there is that UIC Gin. guess I should have waited for the SBD. sick.

    95 Jones Beach Tweez also.

    that’s the shit that I like yo.

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