A Postcard From Maine

Official Augusta Poster

After a 420 mile drive (on the nose) from Augusta to Utica and a hearty Denny’s breakfast, last night’s full-on review will have to wait a bit. In short, Phish dropped a standout second set centered around an experimental “Light” in a gymnasium taken right out of the 1980s. Amidst a burly “Fuck Your Mike’s Groove,” Phish took “Light” into original realms, building on the revised jam format unveiled in Broomfield – improvising out of the main build into percussive and futuristic funkscapes rather than reprising the lyrics and leading the piece into ambient psychedelia. Stellar versions of “Bathtub Gin” and “Harry Hood” also highlighted the show, but the most spectacular part may have come in the encore of all places! Usually an afterthought, Phish came out and dropped a absolutely sublime and exploratory “Reba” that showcased the band’s most cohesive improv of the evening. Stopping in a brief “Manteca” tease out of a surreal sequence, the jaw-dropping highlight of the night came last – and that is a rarity. More to come in the day off – gotta catch a nap before this evening…

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Back on the Train, Torn and Frayed, Bathtub Gin, Gumbo, The Divided Sky, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Nellie Kane, 46 Days, Possum

II: Fuck Your Face > Mike’s Song* > Light > Twenty Years Later > Fast Enough for You, Weekapaug Groove, Halley’s Comet > Free, Harry Hood, Golgi Apparatus, A Day in the Life

E: Reba**, Backwards Down the Number Line

* w/ “Fuck Your Face” quotes at the beginning and end of the jam, ** w/ “Manteca” quote

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1,647 Responses to “A Postcard From Maine”

  1. oneshowatatime Says:

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  2. BTB Says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH

    Love it

  3. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Here all night, pholks.

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    The Split Open

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah don’t tell me you didn’t see that coming

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    here ya go BTB. and the sauce…careful, extra spicy tonight

  7. oneshowatatime Says:

    i just flatlined for a minute there. what’s happening?

  8. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Phish.net is just straight up broken, for the record.

  9. Mr. Murph Says:

    Now that was predictable, however it is also fucking with everyones mind.

  10. Jeffiem Says:

    BLAT BOOM

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    blat boom?

  12. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Slave. Perfect.

  13. BTB Says:

    Icing

  14. gratefulcub Says:

    THis show deserves this Slave

  15. Kevin Says:

    PHISH.NET CAN’T HANDLE THAT MANY FOOTNOTES

  16. Jtran Says:

    Slave to end it. This is historic

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    Holy shit.

    Holy shit.

    Holy shit.

    That Piper…….

    STUNNING IMPROVISATION

  18. Jeffiem Says:

    BLAT BOOM encore, C

  19. Jtran Says:

    Pretty sure HH was searching for a Slave too…

  20. KWL Says:

    safe to say i’m going to regret this night for the rest of my life

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    right. show of the tour up to that point

    I’m not trying to be difficult. I just think it is hyperbole to say that it was widely considered to be the show of the tour when more than half the tour remained. no worries. I get where you’re at. 😉

  22. oneshowatatime Says:

    thanks to couch tour i still haven’t finished a performance report that was due yesterday…

  23. thedayman Says:

    second that jtran, im so happy i couch toured this one. incredible show.

  24. KWL Says:

    on the other hand, i am so, so happy for our man HH

    he’s going to be grinning ’till 2013

  25. Kevin Says:

    @KWL
    No way, man. Next epic show you see, you’ll forget all about the one you missed. That’s the beauty of it all.

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