Mid-Tour Awards

7.20.14 (Graham Lucas)

7.20.14 (Graham Lucas)

Best Show: 7/13 Randall’s Island

Runner up: 7/4 SPAC

 Best Set: 7/13 Randall’s Island Set II

Runner Up: 7/12 Randall’s Island Set II

Best First Set: 7/13 Randall’s Island

Runner Up: 7/11 Randall’s Island

Best Stand: Randall’s Island

Runner Up: SPAC

MVP of Tour: Jon Fishman

Runner Up: Page McConnell

 Jam Vehicle of Tour: “Harry Hood”

Runners Up: “Chalk Dust,” “Light” and “Down with Disease”

Best Segue: “Piper -> Halley’s” 7/18, Northerly Island

Runner Up: “Ghost -> Weekapaug” 7/20 Northerly Island

Top Jams of Tour

(In chronological order after 1 and 2)

1. “Chalk Dust Torture” 7/13

2. “Fuego” 7/8

“Harry Hood” 7/1, “Bathtub Gin > Limb” 7/3, “Fuego” 7/4, “Piper” 7/5,  “Chalk Dust” 7/9, “Bathtub Gin” 7/11, “Down With Disease” 7/11, “Ghost” 7/12, “Harry Hood” 7/12, “Light” 7/13, “Tweezer” 7/13, “Down With Disease” 7/15, “Wombat” 7/18, “Light” 7/19, “Harry Hood” 7/19, “The Wedge” 7/20, “Ghost” 7/20

7.16.14, Detroit (Jesse Herzog)

7.16.14, Detroit (Jesse Herzog) 

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2,513 Responses to “Mid-Tour Awards”

  1. tela's_muff Says:

    i’m only specifically targeting St8’s use of Catapult as an example of sloppy play. as Jtran points out, and most of us know, Catapult doesn’t have actual music to play sloppy. it’s part of what makes the song cool. i find it annoyingly humorous, that’s all.

  2. Stoney Case Says:

    Slick Sand last night. Seems they had lost their way with this tune, as shown the previous two outings.

  3. jdub Says:

    Last nights set 2 had actual jamming where as the tuck set from a while back was pretty much all gag. Big step up for the band.

    Definitely prefer Cypress or Hartford’s Catapult to last nights but that is beside the point. Great to catch a Phishy show that had some substance.


  4. Stoney Case Says:

    so much thanks to Phish for webcasting MPP. Phish could announce they are going to cover the Island Tour and Stoney would have no desire to hit Merriweather.

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    I still think last night was awesome on replay.

    There’s plenty of jamming in the second set, just not all in one place (see: late set Disease, NICU).

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    With you on the YEM love, Vape…. Best in a while.

  7. st8 of mind Says:

    Thanks Stoney and Shred. I didn’t realize it would cause such a stir. I do realize that it was monumental that they even tried it, I just didn’t think it was very well played.

    @ Tela- I didn’t mean for Catapult to sound like an example. Just said it sounded awful (at least they tried). My example is/are most of the set and Segue’s.

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    Every YEM they’ve played at MPP in 3.0 has been sick – 2010 had the “I Saw It Again” thing w/ Jumpin Jack Flash teases, 2013 was just atypical full band funk the whole time, and last night’s was the same as 2013.

  9. tela's_muff Says:

    fuck Catapult.

    i loved the edge of the cliff feeling throughout the Disease jam. felt like summer ’95. Fish tried steering them back into Tweezer. pushing and pulling. loved it.

  10. bob dylan Says:

    I def throw my support toward the cashortrade.org site. The guys who run it are really good guys who were trying to start an avenue to help phans get tickets and keep from the scalpers since the band wasn’t doing anything to protect us.

    They do full tours and setup a table in the lot pre-show as a meeting location. Super dedication.

  11. Stoney Case Says:

    for all you nOObs that missed the real versions:


    JDances, bitches

  12. bob dylan Says:

    stoney, one could argue there was a whole lot more salt in the gravy last night

  13. Stoney Case Says:

    checking the third Tweezer from last night. 8:56 of SpaceCamp

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    stoney, one could argue there was a whole lot more salt in the gravy last night

    considering the way fish sang it, this is a very true statement 😯

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    over the years phish has really been great at three things

    – sharply played virtuoso psych prog rock with contained tension & release (“type I”) jams

    – humorously “phishy” unique shows that toy with the fans in a playful way, using their deep catalog and little segues and juxtapositions

    – deep open jamming in a series of styles they’ve developed over the years

    The first one seems to just be beyond them physically these days in terms of sustained, consistent execution – not that they never play this material well but they can’t and don’t really do whole shows based on it that really resonate with the core fans, who understandably compare this material unfavorably to its prime era

    the second one they don’t do much but can clearly still do, e.g. Guyutica, last night. funny thing about these shows. pretty much everyone at them gets blown away. all the fans who love “that kind of thing” love them. but they don’t work for everyone and never have. I know super serious phish fans who just aren’t into those kind of bomb factory template shows unless they catch them live and even then would really rather see a big fat unique jam.

    so I get not necessarily being super into last night, at least not listening to it more than once or so, but calling it a “gimmick” is a stretch I’d say

    in terms of execution sure there were holes in it but most of the segues were cleverly done and the couple little jamlets they let open up were super sweet

    I don’t think phish plays shows like that unless things are going well. really entertaining stuff.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    catapult is always absurd, I thought that was the point

    “i loved the edge of the cliff feeling throughout the Disease jam. felt like summer ’95.”

    yesssss that is so on point

  17. Stoney Case Says:


    the third tweezer last night is the Bizness! Very much in the 2014 vein of unique melodies and riffs unheard.

  18. MrCompletely Says:


    MPP2 webcast vid torrent file

  19. jtran Says:

    tweezer 3 bliss jam had me dancing around the house.

  20. Shred Says:

    Last time I will probably ever go to CCCC was 12 7 & 8 1999 I probably saw most of the Jennifer Dances ever played that tour. We would bash trey for that. But the 99 cumberland shows were amazing. Loved every second of it. Spacecamp existed then too but we called …
    x files and/or duchovny

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    @st8 I’d need to give a second listen to the segues to really give a serious opinion – my super buzzed opinion from the couch last night was that they were done with an emphasis on speed (immediate pivots) but were still mostly done ok or better and I did like the little jams that developed.

    pulling files now to give a sober listen

    regardless I don’t think anyone needs to flame you for your opinion

  22. Stoney Case Says:

    Was there too Shred. Think I caught them all. That Jennifer Dances > Heavy Things > Bug was snoozefest. Weird sets.

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    YT link to set 2 in my orange. Might not last.

  24. RicksFork Says:

    Was also there Shred. That’s my home arena. First show seen there as well.

  25. Shred Says:

    Deconstructing songs is a “gimmick” that Phish do. Perhaps the term gimmick might upset MRC. Other people say its Phishy. Changing songs that much is can not always be a great musical experience. IE Wilson Cavern. Just pick one avg song at a time. Just Depends if it worked out. Certainly last night had gimmick esp JD> If that’s not a gimmick then I don’t know what is.

    Guyutica certainly worked. Not as well as others though.

    And BOMB is untouchable. Segments of music exploration there are not human.

    People love kiss and their music (I don’t) make up was a gimmick of theirs.
    Only for Mr C I won’t be so free that term

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