Refreshing the Board

Dayton, OH (Michael Stein)

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  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    a ‘steam off’ sounds like something ted cruz would search for in twit porn

  2. MiA Says:

    Steam > No Quarter has something special to it for sure. Like they are blue light cousins from a different mother.

    Lots of Steam Pipers and I have liked the song since they debuted it at Blossom, but not sure I felt anything “that special” at Dicks. The Undermind > Steam at UIC was kinda amazing. The Bill Graham one had a crazy ending too IIRC.

    Still sounds like Trey came up with the lyrics after reading The Dark Tower. But that may just be me.

  3. MiA Says:

    Rick and Morty is a visual experience for sure. The storylines are off kilter, the one liners are quick and relentless and the sociopathic nature of Rick knows no ends. As Morty becomes more and more jaded the better and better the show gets.

    I mean, who pops off about McDonalds Szechuan sauce and it turns into a huge thing? It’s ridiculous, and fun. But again, I love the craziness of the cartooning, like I love deep dark space in a Disease.

    Pure Acid. 1/2 of my life wasted.

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    I believe Marshall has explicitly said that the lyrics are Dark Tower influenced?

  5. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Auntie Em?

  6. MiA Says:

    I thought they co-wrote it. But maybe Tom has said something about it.

    Therein lies both the promise and the peril of this May 2011 Anastasio/Marshall composition. The lyrics are a somber epic tale of love and death in a land of wolves and the time of horses. Though assuredly not a “Dark Tower” song, “Steam” is certainly a dark tower song. It represents a musical phase transition somewhere on a ternary diagram with “Ghost,” Trey’s “Every Story Ends in Stone,” and the Phish Halloween performance of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon” as apices. It is as dark and foreboding as the furnace room in the basement of a seedy downtown hotel.

  7. Sally Says:

    My vote goes to BD Steam-in house for both

    Interesting article on Katy Tur and her new book about Trump campaign, I had no idea her parents created the Los Angeles News Service, specializing in helicopter footage

    Love the new High Atmospheres, as per-thanks!

  8. MiA Says:

    Knowing glances were definitely given during the peak up to Hood. Great stuff.

    Also during Mike’s annihilation of the bass during Cavern. Mike’s thumpitude and popping and was swarmy ridiculous. LU looked at me with the “what the fuck with Mike?” during the bridge (2:50 for those following along). Ha ha ha. Mike came to lay it down.

    The SBDs don’t do it justice. The place rumbled making me unsure that if I lifted my feet during my dance that they would land back on planet earth safely.

  9. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Brian Blade back w/ new band Steel House 11/7 & 11/8. Def catching one of these 3 sets over the 2 nts.

  10. MiA Says:

    Now … when speaking of trains that wreck, the first couple notes of Character Zero were absolutely laughable. Good times.

  11. realoutcasty Says:

    Think i’ve settled on 8/4 set II as my fav set of BD. has all the factors, but the cherry on top is the Fluffhead. if that’s not the best version since, what, ’99? I don’t know. what a peak. ultimate ending to a great set. love it when they nail the classics. new life in that Fluff.

  12. theBaker Says:

    I was high-as-the-Stars & IN-HOUSE early Summer’16 & “thought” I was hearing a “different WEIGH” that Trey was working-on His SOUND…that layering/underlying-ness of looping&pedal-WORK–>sure seems “situated” proper throughout This SUMMER Season!?!
    *Page’s TOYS, always Forbin-armed Fish…& MIKE SAID YESSSS helped (Mr.) COMPLETE(ly) one helluva reincarnation of My Favorite NERDS from VT.

  13. MiA Says:

    I really dug the Fluff at Indio. For some reason that one just rang out to me, and had a big deep groove to it.

    Also the Fluff encore at Dick’s in ’14 sent me to the lot in a higher than normal mood.

  14. little umbrellas Says:

    Telas, in house I had a lot of fun with that Steam.. I think part of what was working for it was how it came out of the Fuego jam. Kept the flow.

  15. sumodie Says:

    Can’t say I miss either the old Boston Garden or the new one. They both are/were poorly designed arenas for live music. No question the old one had mich better energy than the lethargic new one

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    But yeah, this year’so Dicks Steam nowhere near many other versions.. one off the top that I know was better.. last year’s Dicks Steam , as part of that sick run with the massive Crosseyed.

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    this “replications” style of psychedelic visuals is getting increasingly badass

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    BD Fluff was absolutely monsterous!!!!! Win!! Lemon.

    Also the last Bill Graham had a sick sick ‘second set’ ‘post run of chron material’ Fluffhead. ♡

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    BD spicy chicken sando hats and patches

  20. little umbrellas Says:

    ^heck yes @MiA.. that whole second set was absolutely stellar. Mike was pounding!!!
    Bass lands never to be represented properly on play back.

  21. Turkey Leg Says:

    telasmuff- Just spun BD fluff earlier and agree it’s a good one. Well peaked. My only (small) complaint is that it’s probably 3/4 time. I think it’s the right decision to slow down rather than botch it. Not looking for speed jazz, but still serves as a reminder that those dudes are fuckin old.

  22. jonacho Says:

    I thought the BD Steam was far more interesting than Dicks…
    So much so I played it for my musician friend PH noob, who really dug it.

    In house and on replay I thought Dicks steam lacked…best ever? not so much
    Funny how subjective opinions can creep into definitive statements

  23. MiA Says:

    They may be old, but that’s a hell of a lot of notes to remember for Fluffhead.

    I agree with Realoutcasty that it’s a pretty hot Fluffhead. Not perfect, but whatever.

    Such an Anthemic song. I mean, if you’re not flying out of your shoes by the end, you’re missing the whole point of the song. It’s a fist pumper of fist pumpers. Maybe my favorite Anthemic Ending ™ to a song ever.

  24. little umbrellas Says:


    ^heck yes, could hardly talk after Lemon Set 2

  25. bobby weird Says:

    Maybe my favorite Anthemic Ending ™ to a song ever.

    ^ i think i agree with this. it really is quite a moving ending.

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