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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303 Responses to “A Tour in (Moving) Pictures”

  1. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    re re still pulling singles

  2. sumodie Says:

    If i was rolling solo i wouldve grabbed a skybridge

    Or for nye, obvsly

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    pulled 2 neighboring seats on single pulls for madison club

    Thanks, Universe!

  4. ren Says:

    Hollerin’ at the flegionaires!!!

    Too much real life lately…going through BB withdrawl.

    Dorn you are killing me as always. I hope to someday have you as post show entertainment. Maybe we can slip Gdads hand in a glass of warm water while he naps at the PnW.

    My local thai joint always asks me what level of spicy I want….I screw it up everytime….I think its an inside industry joke. I say not to spicy and they put none in…I say “medium” and I can barely consume due to the hiccups

  5. Stoney Case Says:

    Oh and stoney – good thing you have plenty of anti-nausea medicine cause it’s just going to worse!
    Mr Wilson T-shirter was interviewed for 30minutes by NFL films last night…

    ::pukes in mouth::

    Ha! That’s bad ass! Lucky I dig dubmarcus! Good fella. I can see the interview

    “Yeah we really had nothing to do with it. Trey started the trend. We are kind of riding his momentum. Even had to call my buddy Snowbanks to help spell ‘duh duhnt’. But hey, keep that thing Rollin!”

  6. ren Says:

    Yeah PB!!! Pumped to see you and the Mrs

  7. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Hello children. Hey Chef.

    Hope yall had a good Turducken Day & holiday wknd. Caught up w/ comments on previous post but gotta catch up w/ the latest & greatest posted last night; haven’t read back.

    Apologize if this has been posted & discussed but interested to get your take on some of the comments posted on the below article specifically if 2013 was as off kilter as some say. http://www.jambands.com/news/2013/11/23/nectar-s-to-celebrate-phish-s-30th-anniversary

    I’m the Toast Fluffer (aplty coined by tela’s muff) & a 3.0 n00b so I don’t really know nor have I listened to enough of the 90s to know great Phish from good Phish. Like ‘Not a newb’ states in the comments of the jambands.com article ‘Being at a show is great fun but one must seperate the fact that they were actually present from it being great because they were present. See‘Touch Heads’. I too used to think that every Grayeful Dead show that I personally witnessed in the early to mid 90’s was the absolute best. Then the Internet came along with so many wonderful downloads and it proved me wrong.’

    Value the collective opinions of the BB massive & very interested on your take.

    & Happy Anniversary Phish. Looking fwd to many more years of your musical wizardry.

  8. ren Says:

    Glad I know how to spell the opening sounds to Wilson…such a plethora of knowledge this place is

  9. dorn76 Says:

    I think your ears are fine @JG.

    Must not be listening to the same band as anyone that says 2013 was “bad” Phish. That’s some jaded, clueless asshattery, IMHO.

    20 years of Fluffin’ under my onion belt, but I can still tell when the band is hot vs. when it ain’t.

  10. dorn76 Says:

    2012-2013 = hawt

    2003-2004 = nawt

  11. sumodie Says:

    recent TM app update has added a link for tic resale options

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    ” interested to get your take on some of the comments posted ”

    my take is that practically all comments except for these right here are insufferably idiotic and unworthy of serious consideration

    trust your ears

  13. dorn76 Says:

    Mr. C gets to the point.

  14. ren Says:

    Agreed….cannot really comprehend the negativity in those comments. There are truly some salty ass people out there.

    DOING IT WRONG….and likely doing it wrong in more aspects of life than just phish. Glad my strong feelings for the band are positive. Its such a subjective expereince….but this growing polarity in the community is really something. Those that aren’t feeling it not only keep “watching the car wreck” (from their perspective) but they now throw themselves upon said burning heap of crushed metal and bloodied bits. Go find a better band and something better to talk about at this point….you won’t be missed

  15. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Fell into the trap of that @MrC obv. Good point. Dually noted.

  16. bob dylan Says:

    2012-2013 = hawt
    2003-2004 = nawt

    ^i disagree. 03-04 has some choice moments.

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Word, C.

    I am amazed at the level comments go on anything for the most part; as anyone is willing to find controversy anywhere.

    I do enjoy the fiegned advocations as veiled sarcasm in product reviews at times.

  18. dorn76 Says:

    If Gdad is wearing a “Fluffer” tee, you won’t need me to entertain you on the streets of NY after 12.30, @Ren.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oddly, apt

  20. dorn76 Says:

    Too lazy to put my thoughts in coherent form @bd. Knew someone would call me out.

    Totally agree, they’ve mined gold in each and every era. Some of those Spring ’03 shows still get tons of play in my house.

    But the batting average is way up this year and last by comparison, think you’d agree.

  21. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    what’s up bb! dumping buckets of snow up here in the high country. i got the okay from the baby mama to go ride deep pow tomorrow. so stoked. i enjoy powder days more than phish shows- not much more, but more. the beauty of deep snow in the rocky mountains is almost unparalleled, imho of course.

    @jg- 3.0 is so different than 1.0. i read those comments also and i was very surprised at all of the 2013 put downs. i thought 2013 was an amazing year for phish. the energy of 3.0 is a different entity than the energy of 1.0. i think those people putting down 3.0, to that huge extent, are either completely jaded, were molested by a 3.0 carini, or just trolling. i love 1.0 and overall i prefer ’95-00 over ’09-’13, but i really think the energy, music, and vibe that phish is creating right now is magical. i love it and i am glad that i am a part of it. cheers to many more years!

  22. phishm Says:

    Totally agree bd. Love me some 2.0. I also love 1.0 and the new Phish known as 3.0 or whatever. If someone doesn’t like the band anymore then I wish they would just go see someone else. No room for haters. It just brings the vibe down IMO.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    hey, does anyone have a couple hundred secluded acres to share for a little annual event that needs a new home?

  24. dorn76 Says:

    There’s plenty of room for Gapers, Haters and Fluffers, @phishm. Still selling singles for MSG today. You should grab one and bring that dog grooming gal.

  25. marcoesq Says:

    I win the battle, closing on my house tomorrow which is on Wilson st

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