The Fulcrum of Fall

11.2.13 (George Estreich)

11.2.13 (George Estreich)

One of the dates everyone had circled before Fall Tour started was October 23, Phish’s return to Glens Falls Civic Center. The intimate venue in the small New York town had played host to only one Phish show before and it was one of legend. This would be the second. Close to Burlington, Vermont, Glens Falls would also be the “friends and family” show of Fall Tour—an event that often comes with added demands and pressures on the band. Atop all that, after a torrid Hampton weekend, Phish showed signs of fatigue in Rochester the previous night, dropping the ball in their shakiest performance of the year. These multiple variables had their long-awaited return to Glens Falls up in the air.

A fierce opening set seemed to set the arrow straight for the band, but it was the second set’s more creative endeavors that had given them problems in Western New York. The vibe inside the Civic Center was electric from note one, and it certainly felt like Phish could ride this energy to victory, but the truth would be told after setbreak.

10.19.13 (A. Nusinov)

10.19.13 (A.Nusinov)

In each of the first four shows, the band had opened the second set with a significant piece of improvisation, thus when they kicked down the doors of Glen Falls’ main event with “Rock and Roll,” fans strapped on their seat belts for a long-form ride. It felt like the guys had something going when Fish dropped the rock jam into half-time, but not long after the tempo slowed, they wound down into a quasi-natural ending with no real ground covered.

Very rarely does Phish start a second set with two jam vehicles without taking one of them for a ride, thus when “Seven Below” started, it seemed that the post-hiatus tune would provide our adventure of the night. Perhaps a bit hesitant from the fact that “Rock and Roll” didn’t get anywhere, the band didn’t try to bring “Seven Below” outside the box, favoring a contained and very fiery exchange. The band wove a good amount of creative playing into this anchored rendition, building back their improvisational confidence that they had lost over the past night plus a jam. And upon “Seven Below’s” conclusion, Phish crept into “Twist.”

As soon “Twist’s” first notes whispered into the arena, one knew that here would lie our gem. Phish had opened Hampton’s first second set with “Twist,” and with it sculpted a Pink Floyd-laced ambient soundscape—a clear sign of intent to resuscitate the song’s creative edge. This Glens Falls version would not only help that cause, it would become the pivot point of Fall Tour.

11.1.13 (A.Nusinov)

11.1.13 (A.Nusinov)

This time around, Phish built right out of the song’s Santana-esque jam instead of bringing the lyrics back and launching off a second jam a la Hampton. Trey accelerated the pace of this “Twist” early on and Page stuck right with him, as the band’s jamming sounded far more locked than at any point since Hampton. Minutes later, Trey and Page led a break from form, and once Fish and Mike switched up the rhythm, Phish shot into the stratosphere with a high-octane and quite atypical, mid-jam climax. And as quiet dreamscape emerged out of this peak, “Twist” oozed into its most transcendent section.

Atop atmospheric textures, Trey began playing a heart-tugging melody—a week later discovered to be from “The Line”—that came to define the final portion of the jam. As the rest of the band carefully constructed their offerings around Trey’s melody, a breathtaking exchange blossomed. Building off this thematic sequence with layers of ambient effects, the guys took their time to descend from a truly blissed out trip.

To close this set, Phish absolutely slayed an old-school version of “Harry Hood,” a piece that, unquestionably, continued the band’s now-righted improvisational path. As “Hood’s” blistering peak brought the tour’s smallest crowd to it’ highest high of the night, Phish had made it through their slight stumble and came out of Glens Fall’s with a rocket strapped to their back heading for New England. After the subsequent weekend, with only Reading and Atlantic City to go, it became very clear that Phish wouldn’t falter again. And when looking back over tour’s first week, there was no doubt that things had shifted for keeps with the Glens Fall’s “Twist.”

Boardwalk Hall (George Estreich)

Boardwalk Hall (George Estreich)


Winged-music-noteJam of the Day:

Twist” 10.23 II, Glens Falls, NY

Fall Tour’s point of solidification.

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212 Responses to “The Fulcrum of Fall”

  1. little umbrellas Says:

    @bobDylan. Oi, tomorrow I’m gonna go grab another American Beauty and stash it with your name on it. You missed the draft at Terrapin right? Well maybe I’ll visit my fam on the peninsula soon and meet up with ya.. or if you make it to the east side sometime…

    Ipa lunch break at the fruit store?

  2. dorn76 Says:

    A little halfway to the moon flavor around 8-10 min in of the HFD CTweezer, capped by what sounds a little like a laid back Gin peak….Don’t hear Fuego yet as indicated by Teasemaster Dirksen.

    Vag-tastic show from top to bottom. Still grinning over the mind baby my guys birthed on the old home state. Proud papa.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Cool video.. check it..

  4. vapebraham Says:

    gorge ’13 twist – santanariffic. $$.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    a groovy track and typically weird video from the new Wooden Shjips album that came out this week

  6. vapebraham Says:

    The end of that tiwst (whale call fantasia + vocal shenanigans) earns it a $$+

  7. bob dylan Says:

    Lilum, good lookin out but I had a buddy ship some from jersey and my lady found it at whole foods.

    I’m always down for a pint for lunch. There’s a bar in our parking lot that carries an unofficial official address of our company.

  8. ren Says:

    I’m still trying to wrap my brain around

    “Slow day at the time factory”

    Nice little mind F there DS…or should I say Stoney Baloney.

  9. bob dylan Says:

    Still haven’t seen bitches brew around tho. Will keep my eyes peeled for that and 120 min

  10. Kaveh Says:

    @btb: you got an email headed your way.

  11. phlorida phan Says:

    ^Ren, NyE ’95 reference?

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    Nice. haven’t tried it yet. lunch pint sounds good. Also I can find out when my near by Alameda burger spot will have Pliny on draft. Maybe check the Terrapin Crossroads calendar as well… you go up to BNCB/Stone C’s last weekend?

    wooden ships vid, not sure i get the idea there… ‘let’s do a normal drive around and have a bbq style video except people will have clown makeup on.”… ok….

  13. little umbrellas Says:

    “Slow day at the time factory”

    does seem like the BB is at a slower pace this thursday morn… all goodz…

  14. little umbrellas Says:

    vagtastic eh?

    .. Dorn’s a Vagician. He practices the art of Black Vagic.

  15. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Part Duex Lil Um. Just finished reading it. Interestingly per Russo Phil & Kranso had not met prior to the impromptu Central Park jazz sesh. So how is that Kraz is already tabbed to play in PL&F in ’14?

  16. Jerome Garcia Says:

    ren silly wombat tricks are for kids. You’re going to get your wombat into MSG b/c it’s an officially sanctioned Rescue Wombat by the Empire State. See below linkage:

  17. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Real linkage. Just insert wombat where it says dog.

    Herbivorous crepuscular
    Cuddly but muscular

  18. snow Says:

    I’d watch the movie @palms.

  19. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Is that Charlotte Ghost at the end of that Dance Dance promo?

  20. DavidSilver Says:

    Rocking the Island YEM in the Jeep and drive by dude getting the fuck down while holding a Dancing 4 Dollars sign. BOOM

  21. bob dylan Says:

    pliny pints >>>>>> any other pints

    didn’t make it up to stoney’s. i get the whole thanksgiving week off so trying to plan around that. wanted to do more than the cannonball run up and back. decided i was biting off more than i could chew.

  22. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Thanks for the JITV linkage Kaveh. Good stuff esp Anders. Nice little four pack w/ Back on Dumaine Mind of a Junkie Summertime in New Orleans & Tracking My Roots.

  23. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Fuego is all over the Hartford Tweeze. I missed it in DCU Waves…sounds like they come close a couple times. Must hear all again.

    Put the phone back on shuffle and it went right to Tahweezer. OK then.

  24. Jerome Garcia Says:

    David Silver is Bingos. To the Jeep! Totally gave it away w/ Jeep & Island Twist…all those h3tty tapes courtesty of sumo have resulted in Mr Silver leaving his gaurd down.

    Donna Martin is a saint you bastard.

    MrC pulled a JG & posted on A Course Correction taking the # of posts from 555 to 556. Don’t worry though C I’ve done that at least a baker’s dozen # of times.

  25. phlorida phan Says:

    Don’t know if you all seen these yet……Bobby D has his own vape pen out.

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