A Tour in (Moving) Pictures

Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure to meet one of the community’s most stealth warriors, @LazyLightning55. Video taper extraordinaire and one of the nicest guys in the scene, @Lazy has spliced together HD footage of his favorite jams—and just the jams—from fall into one amazing compilation. Check out his outstanding work above. Below, I have included a little blurb about each segment of footage.

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1. “Carini” 10.18 II: Starting out this video is the jam with the most swagger of any played over Fall—Hampton’s “Carini.” Trey sets up the excursion’s bluesy, feel-good peak as the camera cuts in, and what transpires throughout the rest of this footage is some of the most hooked up playing we saw from the band all fall. The video then cuts to the laid back funk at the end of the jam, illustrating the amount of ground covered in this dynamic tour highlight.

2. “Weekapaug” 10.19 I: Next we have the meat of Hampton’s first set “Weekapaug”—super percussive and with plinko textures from Page. The whole band brings the jam on a tangent, documented here, before returning to “Weekapaug’s” theme.

3. “Ghost” 10.19 II: Hampton’s second-night “Ghost” carried an incredibly uplifting vibe and the band laid into it with a passion. In this video we see them on the way to the mountain top, and we stay with them through their glorious ascent. Trey unleashes some cascading sheets of notes as the rest of the band chugs away like a single-minded entity behind him. This footage includes the jam’s denouement—a sublime, break-beat laden soundscape that gradually becomes more and more ambient, setting up an oncoming “Disease.”

4. “Tweezer” 10.20 II: The dark and stormy Hampton “Tweezer” needs no introduction. This video comes in after the initial jam segment, as the band takes a left turn into the Netherworld. At this juncture, everyone in the building knew that fall tour was gonna be something special. This footage follows the band into the abyss, and fades out once the full descent has been made.

5. “Piper -> Taking Care of Business” 10.20 II: The next clip documents one of tour’s most memorable moments—“Piper -> Taking Care of Business.” In this footage, one can actually see the band discover the idea, communicate to each other and execute the segue. And the crowd goes wild!

6. “Twist” 10.23 II: Here we have the second segment of the Glens Fall’s “Twist,” as Trey is teasing “The Line” before anyone had heard the song. This jam signified a turning point of tour from which Phish never looked back, paving a path of gold for the duration.

7. “Waves” 10.25 II: Worcester’s “Waves” has been severely underrepresented in the post-tour chatter. A gorgeous piece of psychedelic Phish, the band moved from something far more upbeat into this dreamy ambient realm—the beginning of the footage we see here. The video tracks the jam as it moves into a heavier outro, one that sparked the idea for the move into “Carini.” This one is a gorgeous clip of Kuroda’s light work, taboot.

8. “Bathtub Gin” 10.26 I: The next clip documents the first set “Bathtub Gin” from Worcester’s second night—a version that I highlighted last week and one that has to be among the most dynamic of the year. The band locks into a swanky, airtight groove and lets it ride in a spectacular segment of musical catharsis. Even with all the jams in set two, this was the most energetic, collective peak of the entire show.

9. “Drowned” 10.26 II: Next up is the Worcester “Drowned,” a sprawling jam that the video picks up as after it had moved through a couple feels and has settled in an uptempo, “Guy Forget”-eqsue groove. We follow the band as they stop on a dime and drip into one of tour’s most sublime musical sequences—A soul-tugging, blissed out segment that eventually blends into an instrumental and chill-inducing nod to Jimmy Cliff’s “Sitting in Limbo.”

10. “Tweezer” 10.27 II: The final jam before “Intermission” is the final segment of my pick for jam of tour, Hartford’s “Tweezer.” The band has navigated an extended segment of hooked up grooves, and have found their way—seamlessly—way into this melodic second part of the jam. The guys find a three chord progression that provides the melodic framework for the rest of the jam.

Setbreak: part of “Fuego”

11. “Golden Age” 10.27 II: The second part of the video picks up with Hartford’s “Golden Age,” by my estimation, the standout version of tour. We hear the band center this jam around Fishman’s rhythmic fireworks, as he consistently changes beats, adds fills and generally destroys his kit. The guys eventually blend into a more ambient soundscape towards the end of this footage, a jam that would eventually end with the onset of “Halley’s Comet.”

12. “Split Open and Melt” 10.29 I: Had the band nailed the ending of Reading’s “Split,” we’d all be talking about it as a highlight of tour, and this segment of footage shows you why—Phish got into some super-locked, menacing-as-fuck jamming. They seemed to have the piece by the jugular, but just as they were set to begin working their way back from this musical dementia, Trey pulled the string for an abrupt change into “Julius.”

13. “Down with Disease” 10.29 II: Reading’s second set was among the best of tour, and the spine-tingling peak to the set-opening “Down with Disease”—captured here—is one of the central reasons why. Trey’s magical guitar solo is among his most prolific of the past five years, and certainly one of his most original—pure transcendence on every level.

14. “Twenty Years Later” 10.29 II: But while many have focused on “Disease,” I find the true improvisational gem of Reading to lie in this “Twenty Years Later.” Patiently working their way into a pre-historic dancehall groove, the band evoked the feeling of ’97 amidst a truly sinister milieu. The entire fan base had been waiting for this moment ever since the guys debuted the song back in ’09, and boy was it worth the wait! Eventually, they pull off a back door transition into another Americana outro, this one likening “I Know You Rider.”

15. “Ghost” 10.31 III: After the band introduced us to the songs of Wingsuit, they came out and did something far more familiar—jam their faces off. This set-opening “Ghost” provided a jolt of adrenaline to a crowd half comprised of those disappointed in the Halloween set. Nonetheless, the band put a smile on everyone’s faces with this ripping rendition of a crowd favorite.

16. “Twist” 11.1 II: This sequence from the AC “Twist” is why we go. ‘Nuff said.

17. “Sneakin Sally” 11.1 E: This surprise encore of “Sneakin Sally” put the cherry on top of one of Fall’s most complete shows on the second night in Atlantic City. This night had it all, including the most hard-hitting encore of the tour.

18. “Theme from the Bottom” 11.2 II: We end this video tour through fall tour with the first set funk throwdown that emerged out of “Theme” in Atlantic City’s penultimate set. This one felt like the olden days as the band hadn’t unleashed grooves of this nature in quite some time. A truly electric moment in a tour filled with them.

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  1. chris Says:

    was listening to 10.23 twist earlier today. The psychedelic swirl that happens in the second jam section is sublime..

    that is a serious video compilation there miner ..thanks

  2. phishm Says:

    And the Simple is amazing from what I’ve just heard. Wow, what a set of music.

  3. chris Says:

    i really wish you had put the 10.31 carini and 11.1 jibboo in here though …

    oh, and Light from 10.26!!

  4. phishm Says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of writing. Miner I give you credit. That has to be hard work putting commentary along with all jams from a tour. Not sure I could do it. I still get the Carini’s confused. Thanks for the insight. Helps to differentiate the greatness that is Phish from a nightly basis.

  5. chris Says:

    not to be an asshole, it’s just that you have just about EVERY one of the top jams of tour, i wish you woulda gone all the way and included a few more

    imo the ac carini, dcu-carini, ac-jibboo (even makisupa>light to a slightly less degree), 11.2 tweezer, and especially the dcu Light are top tier jams

  6. chris Says:

    one other thing …”fuego” is on that video, but you didn’t include it in your write-up

  7. phishm Says:

    I guess that’s why I didn’t read the post now. I could care less what Miner or anyone else thinks are the best jams of tour. Like I said, it’s a cool perspective and helps differentiate between nights, but in the end you make your own decision on what you like. Who cares what Miner likes?

  8. plord Says:

    Derp. I prior-posted. SO ANYWAY…

    Back from Nectar’s. Saw Hood and Rooster there. A very nice Phish cover band played but no appearances by the band, at least not during the first set. I figured if nobody was on stage by 11…

    Here’s two killer jams you have been neglecting while gorging yourself on Fall tour:
    1. Homdel Crosseyed>Hood
    2. MPP Stash

    Heard the first on the drive into town, the other on the way home.

  9. phishm Says:

    I guess what I’m trying to say is it would be a shame if Miner had to put an IMO after each thing he writes. I thought that was implied.

  10. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Tenth!

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ ha!

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    @chris, who are you talking to?

  13. phishm Says:

    Wow, don’t I feel stupid. Miner was just writing what was in the video that he didn’t make. I’m still pissed that he left out that part of that jam that totally floored me. JK of course. Night all.

  14. Zachary Adam Cohen Says:

    FIRST? 😉

  15. Zachary Adam Cohen Says:

    I am super fascinated to hear Miner elevate 20 YL over the Disease in his writeup. He had the hots for that DWD. On type2cast the hosts made the point about the 20yl that people were digging it because it was the first real exploratory 20yl not that it specifically went anywhere too fascinating. Need to listen back. This is a great write up and accompaniment to Lazy’s video. Scott is a super guy who i spent a lot of time with on tour this year. he taught me tons about the band. He has a real intimacy with the music that is very original and that feeds into his video work. I love how his compilation speaks volumes about his own subjective taste and really appreciate how Miner worked within those bounds. Well done.

  16. Zachary Adam Cohen Says:

    i really dont like my picture, how do i change it. I look like the noob you all think i am.

  17. phishm Says:

    Plastic surgery? JK man. Why would you care what anyone on here thinks of you? If you are a genuine person that cares for all those around him then nothing anyone can say will ever seep into that one man’s conscience to make them feel like anything that they are not. Then again I have no idea who you are. Do you like Phish?

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    for sure @Zac, @LazyLightning totally knows the music inside and out—super perceptive.

    some people don’t value Phish groove as real improv. Those are the people saying that 20YL didn’t “go anywhere.” I think those people are ignorant. And even so, this jam went beyond the funk. Those are the same people who were bored in ’97 because “every jam went into the same funk jam.” You think I’m kidding, right? Hardly.

    20YL is a more hooked up and complete jam vs DWD which amounts to a solid jam with one amazing segment / guitar solo.

  19. RoosterPizza Says:

    Nectar’s was a cool fucking place to be tonight. There was certainly a vibe around there when I left.

  20. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Zac- en.gravatar.com, where you probably already have an account 😉

    http://www.simpsonspark.com/images/whitepages/phish.jpg

    Miner- you have an “electronic mail” from me.

  21. Zachary Adam Cohen Says:

    def had an account. Thanks, I changed it to reflect my current vybe. and stay on brand.

    @miner, ive had a hard on (uh) since dicks (oy) 2012 when it, i think emerged from Piper or Lizards and before Hood on Sunday night. And then the DWD 20YL Carini sandwich on 12/30. It feels like a grown up Stealing Time. which I guess it is since it is basically a second set version of that, slowed down, scaled back, de-intensified. Stealing Time is also a great song but see now the dabs have me rambling….

    Reading was a really good show and as blown away as I was by the DWD, by the time the 20YL and the rest of the show developed, i was far more hooked in. DWD was truly opened that show, but the way Phish was playing at this point in tour, there were many chapters to be had in second sets. I could have done without Taste but Piper> BDTNL> YEM were raging. The 20yl is the pivot so it scores major points for me there as well. I think DWD was so big and got so peaky that it threatened to weigh down the set. 20YL rebalanced it and gave Phish the ability to continue going deep with the show. It was a great night and was the perfect pre Halloween show, It had its own character and feel but also set us up perfectly for the drive to AC.

  22. George W. Kush Says:

    Thanks for another great post Miner! Excellent comp vid from LL55a!

  23. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Thanks miner. Have been enjoying that mix despite feeling weird about not listening to the genesis of each jam.
    @chris- did you read the post? There is a whole bit on LazyLightning. It is not miners compilation, man.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    RIP, Junior

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    ^Respects

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