Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II

8.7.10 -The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

After some weeks away from tour and plenty of time to listen to August through and through, it has come time to unveil “Miner’s Pick’s” for Leg II of Summer 2010. In a tour with many eye-popping jams, many fans could have compiled a similar list. However, I allowed myself only one version of each song, leaving several legitimate highlights absent from this compilation. What you will find inside is an aural trek down memory lane of Phish’s most accomplished tour this era. With tracks assembled to create a natural flow over the the six and a half hour highlight reel, download “Miner’s Pick’s: Leg II,” kick back with loud volume, and enjoy an afternoon of the best Phish jams we’ve heard since their return.



MINER’S PICKS: SUMMER 2010 – LEG II < Megaupload

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

1,2. “Cities > Moma” 8.5 Greek: The funk that awakened the band and audience alike during The Greek’s second night.

3. “Light” 8.7 Greek: This transcendent journey gets my vote for jam of the tour. Easily.

4. “Caspian” 8.9 Telluride: Trey spouts gorgeous and original leads in this dark-horse highlight from Telluride onto which Phish tacked  a Mind Left Body-laced outro.

5. “Tweezer” 8.5 Greek: This version drips with laid-back, west coast energy. Mike runs shop throughout this thunderous piece and Trey unleashes some of his pimpiest leads of tour.

6-8. “Boogie > Piper > Mist” 8.9 Telluride: Ferocious funk? Check. Footbell? Check. Defining “Piper” of 2010? Check.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

9,10. “Disease > What the Use?” 8.14 Alpine: Phish pushed boundaries in this top-notch piece, finding  some of the most sublime moments of summer and a transition that defies words.

11. “Harry Hood” 8.7 Greek: In a tour that went a perfect 3 for 3 in outstanding “Hoods,” this centerpiece from The Greek’s final set stands head and shoulders above the rest.

12-14. “Drowned > Jibboo > Bathtub Gin” 8.12 Deer Creek: This three-song sequence that opened Deer Creek’s second set showcased three different styles of improvisation. This standout run to start the second half set the tone for a set that never stopped. “Drowned” is my pick for the most-underrated dose of psychedelia from Phish’s fortnight in August.

8.13.10 (M.Stein)

15-17. “Ghost > Theme > BBFCFM” 8.15 Alpine: This one-two punch demonstrates the full-on guitar acrobatics that Trey showcased at Alpine Valley. The always-elusive old-school antics of “Big Black Furry” capped the smoking segment.

18,19. “Carini > Free” 8.10 Telluride: This alien encounter highlighted a fun, but improvisationally-thin, second night in The Rockies.

20. “Rock and Roll” 8.6 Greek: A jam that gets unrightfully buried in the avalanche of standout music from The Greek, it’s one of the most sublime examples of the band’s newest, rhythmically-driven “urgent ambient” style.

21. “Antelope” 8.14 Alpine: While never moving outside the box, this version crushed harder than any other in August.

22,23. “Split Creek > Dog Faced Boy” 8.12 Deer Creek: Moving into experimental territory, Phish slowly descended from menacing grooves into “Dog Faced Boy” late in Deer Creek’s second set.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

24. “Reba” 8.14  Alpine: This is the pick ’em song of tour, as the band simply slayed all three versions. I, actually, prefer The Greek, but the unmatchable peak in Alpine’s version and the already Greek-heavy highlight reel pushed this version onto the compilation.

25-27. “2001 > Suzy > Slave” 8.7  Greek : Complete with a scintillating “Suzy Reprise” jam that surprised me on listen back, this trio provided a powerful sequence to conclude an ornate, top-notch set of Phish music.

28,29. “Lengthwise > Maze” 8.17  Jones Beach: A nod to the early-90s, Phish also acknowledged the resurgenmce of “Maze” in 2010 with Jones Beach’s final version of summer.

30. “Sand” 8.9 Telluride: A scorching opener to Telluride’s most impressive set; and only the fifth “Sand” since 2000.

8.5.06 (W.Rogell)

31. “Timber Ho!” 8.18  Jones Beach: A thrilling entry into the summer’s final set.

32. “Mikes Song” 8.14 Alpine: I keep coming back to this “Mike’s” with Trey’s flowing and creative leads, thus it kick’s off our August 2010 “Mike’s Combination Groove.”

33. “Simple” 8.6 Greek: One of the most original and exploratory pieces of summer, this was the first full-blown, mind-expander of tour.

34. “Number Line” 8.17  Jones Beach:  One of August’s upper-echelon jams, Jones’ Beach’s “Number Line” appeared within “Mike’s Groove  and produced the band’s final improvisational peak of the summer.

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

35. ” Sneakin’ Sally” 8.14 Alpine: Popping up late in the set as a surprise link in Alpine’s “Dirty Sally Groove,” this version brought some dance grooves to an otherwise dark-themed frame of Phish.

36. “Weekapaug” 8.17  Jones Beach: Perhaps Phish’s most original take on “Weekapaug” this summer, the band’s lightening quick percussive work morphed with their melodic sensibility in a stellar version that capped a summer “Weekapaug” return to significance. Trey absolutely went to town in this one, punctuating a phenomenal suite on the water in Long Island.

37. “YEM” 8.10 Telluride: In an anthem-laced show, Phish broke out a super-charged rendition of their seminal piece to cap tw0 unforgettable nights in the paradise of Telluride’s Town Park.


Jams of the Day: Near Misses

Were it not for other versions, these pieces could have wound up above.

“Light” – 8.18 Jones Beach


“Harry Hood” – 8.12 Deer Creek


“Reba” – 8.7 Greek


“Disease > Free” – 8.5 Greek

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552 Responses to “Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II”

  1. Jtran Says:


    Ahhh. So it was legendary before 97. They should play there again I say.

  2. BrandonKayda Says:

    The Creek Hood’ has that dissonant Mike-led bit in it that I really like.

    Greek=Creek Hood IMO

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    i like the segue from Maki > Antelope quite a bit as well

    Now that is an appropriate use of a Makisupa (unlike SPAC 2)


  4. Jtran Says:

    I love Trey’s riff in the Greek hood right before the end lyrics, when they’re chording on the DAG or whatever it is..and he’s throwing in the fancy little fills. That’s what puts that version over the top for me.

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    The Creek Hood’ has that dissonant Mike-led bit in it that I really like.

    ^ this part, that goes off path, is awesome, agreed.

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    but the Greek is the the epitome of Hoodness…for this era anyway…

  7. Jtran Says:

    I’m going to listen to that madness at the gym tomorrow.

  8. Mitch Says:

    KWL, I’m convinced they threw in guelah before the end tour to fix the dance. They botched it at creek and since it’s a “rare” song now I think they did it for the dance. (along those same lines)

    Funny you mention splitting hairs over hoods. I wasn’t around this morn but was doing my own debate this morn. Synchronicity. I was rockin the beach on the headphones on the train. Then read miners post about Greek being “head and shoulders above” so I gave it an honest listen. I conceded. Listened to it again while walking the dog a bit ago cause it was so good. Trey just nailing that note and peaking over it. Awesome.

    What was the consensus around here? Tomorrow I investigate the creek hood further.

    OMG iPhone 4.1 fixed the issue with posting on here from my iPhone. Where it kept going black!!!! Best news all day!!!! Life is good again!!!

  9. Mitch Says:

    “Now that is an appropriate use of a Makisupa (unlike SPAC 2)”

    ^ here we go. Haha

  10. DukeOfLizards Says:

    JB Hood>Greek Hood>Creek Hood. Am I a crazy person?

  11. Mitch Says:

    I felt like the beach hood was a raga but after spinning Greek today multiple times. It’s pretty much what I want out of hood. Soul cleansing. Rinse. Repeat.

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    I really dig the Beach Hood personally, but about to get into the Greek Hood so we shall see if my paradigm shifts.

  13. garretc Says:

    Hey! SPAC 2 was like, the best show ever! Hater!

    Just kidding, I don’t think I’ve even heard SPAC 2…

    That’s wonderful news about 4.1!

  14. Mitch Says:


    And that’s prob what went round in circles this morn re:hoods. I don’t like when people get to debate versions since they can compare while at work. I’m always like “maaaan, i wanna bail on work and go disect some Phish”

  15. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    question for people who are long-term pot smokers (all of you)

    have you or anyone youve known that smokes pot regularly, but does NOT smoke cigarettes, had any serious adverse health effects?

    i ask because ive had a cough for probably 5 weeks now, and in the 2 of those weeks it progressed into a phlegmy cough with obvious weezing happening in my lungs when i take very deep breaths. i smoke pot once a day usually, sometimes twice, and rarely skip a day.

    the thing is, its accompanied by other cold symptoms, so i havent considered it a smoke-related situation… but i think i’ve kind of just been in denial and never wanna stop the bane.

    at this point if i don’t take any cough medicine, i tend to cough almost continually… i find myself sitting in class with the most insane tickles in my throat, using every muscle in my chest to hold back coughs for minutes at a time… its getting out of hand.

    tomorrow i have a doc’s appt… i’m hoping i’m legitimately sick and that im not showing some early signs of emphysema or some crap… fuck

  16. KWL Says:

    i’m with duke

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeh that sounds a little more intense then smokers cough.

  18. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Alright. Fine. Monday night Hoodfest it is. Sure to be more exciting then Mark Sanchez’s slapdick offense.

  19. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    by “more intense” do you mean, too intense to be smoke-caused, or, that it progressed far past smokers cough and into something more serious?

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    well purple..

    I have smoked nonstop for ten years…

    usually when I get coughs like that its due to a bronchial infection
    nothing a little antibiotics can’t help

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    how great is Phish 3.0?
    they have turned Prince Fuckerpants into Prince Fuck your pants.

    all of 2010 caspians have been unique

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    anyone know off the top of their head when ALACs first came out?

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    You’ll be cool purple. Don’t wait 5 weeks next time, the anxiety over nothing is worse for you than whatever infection you have. And, get a vaporizer, stat.

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    all of 2010 caspians have been unique

    ^ yup….and not a lot of rock star Trey…minilmalist beauty

  25. Lycanthropist Says:

    really making Caspian work as a transitional piece.

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