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. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @vapes- when i say the energy is different, i am speaking musically (crowd energy is very similar). i put on niagra ’95 the other day and the music feels like it wants to explode. the energy of the music is raw, urgent, and very intense. there was very much a reckless encouragement that always found direction. phish probably doesn’t feel so raw, urgent, or intense these days, hence the change. i feel the energy of the music is a bit more relaxed, integrated, cohesive, and collaborative in 3.0- more musical density in 3.0.

    does that make any sense or is just babble?

  2. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Come on wityourbadself @Palmer! Btwn MiA, Selector & myself we can show you one helluva time around this fair city & surrounding area if you dig music food & culture that is. What are the dates? Seriously would love to host you. I’m sure MiA & Selector feel the same.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    I think you could come up with an alternative to the Fluffer shirt, you have yet to make a binding commitment to any wager @GD, until you virtually shake on it, it’s just talk

    the line stands at Eagles -3, that means the Eagles would have to win by MORE than 3 for you to win the bet, a 3 pt PHI win is a push (no winner on the bet), Eagles win by 2 or lose and you lose the bet…

    but often friendly betting will omit the line when it’s under a TD, the point is just for fun – Stoney would have to agree on the terms of course

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    May 1-4 are the dates.. That weekend.

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    Or you could just sack up and wager the Fluffer shirt but ask to waive the point spread as a concession in return – the equivalent of a “money line” bet – essentially you would be giving up slightly more than him if you lose, instead of taking the line

    FWIW, home field advantage = 3 points on the spread, so PHI -3 actually means Vegas thinks these teams are dead even

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    which begs the question, is playing on the home field actually an advantage for the Eagles?

  7. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Damnit! I’ll be in NOLA for my annual 2nd wknd pilgrammage to Jazz Fest. Sorry that I’ll miss you. BUT it is the wknd of Austin Pysch Fest (http://www.austinpsychfest.com/) so you MiA & Selctor could get in some fun in the sun whilst expanding your minds coupled w/ lots of good eats more music in the local venues & culture.

  8. Oldskool Says:

    @C, you heard the new JGB Weir Duo release? Curious on your thoughts on it

  9. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    not recently, mr. c- however, the stink at the link has become less stinky in recent weeks. go birds.

  10. ren Says:

    Count us in PB!

  11. Stoney Case Says:

    No line. Straight bet. Open to t shirt suggestions.

  12. Jerome Garcia Says:

    does that make any sense or is just babble?

    ^totally heady bro. I smell what you’re sellin.

  13. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Palmer,

    I lived in Austin 96-97. best place in texas for non-texan, possibly best place in texas, period.

    I know a milfy gal there who is into 3-ways with here friends and strangers.

    You need entertainment, right?

  14. RoosterPizza Says:

    I might have to go to NYC just for the gravity rips with phamb and ren.

  15. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Whale Lover
    I ♥ WOO
    I AM MONICA
    Wombat BBQ

  16. RoosterPizza Says:

    phamb with loose women, gravity bongs, and the most badass shades known to mankind.

  17. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Uh Pham does said milfy lady take new comers ie males? If so will you kindly introduce me? I’m 100% serious.

  18. RoosterPizza Says:

    bow chica wow wow

  19. joe Says:

    Did someone say gambling? my ears just perked up. I’m looking for solid math on maximizing profits if you can pick games at 54%. I’ve been hitting college hoops at a 60% clip so far this season (45-30, yes it’s a lot of bets) and am curious what the more mathematically inclined people can come up with as a system to maximize profits. I’m not good at that type of thing. I’m always looking for the quick score but want to try this out over the long term by being more conservative but backed with solid math. I say 54% because it’s foolish to pat myself too much on the back and say I can do it at 60% all year. (note: every loss is 1.1, win is 1)

    Anyway, wrong forum but I know there are some wicked smart math people around here that can work on that problem.

    looks like I missed MSG re release. darn. still not sure which day(s), I’m doing. Most likely Sunday but maybe Saturday and Sunday.

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    “No line. Straight bet. Open to t shirt suggestions”

    good man, @stoney

    @joe, I know 54% is considered the long term profit point for staying afloat over short term variance, right?

    I don’t do gambling math. I turned away from that path many moons ago. Reliable-return algorithms are the stuff dreams & Hollywood spec scripts (and legitimate gambling-theory legends like Haralabos Voulgaris) are made of

  21. joe Says:

    never mind, I found what I was looking for

    http://www.stat.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/stat/alumnitheses/2012/FabianMoyaFinalVersion.pdf

  22. joe Says:

    It’s actually 52.5%, I believe.

  23. sumodie Says:

    What? I’m gonna miss gravity bonging at our LES oasis?

    Now I’m really gonna get that 12/30 kiss&tell date moved

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    @oldskool, is that release even out yet?

    No, I have not heard it. My first reaction is that they just need to slow down the releases a little. They had very little for a long time, now a huge rush of material, and there was just a release from ’90…

    But on the other hand, it’s good to get those shows out there, between the two nights you get pretty much the entire repertoire of both bands at the time, etc – I see the logic of it – like all the releases since Trix & Tiff took back over, the idea and intent are both good. I think they’re gonna hurt themselves sales wise if they keep pushing these out at the clip they have been this year.

    Also, the bottom line for me: another year gone by, 3 new official releases, still ZERO live versions of Rubin and Cherise available for purchase. Now that the widow and her psycho jealousy issues are out of the way, what is the fucking problem here?

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah but I thought I read you really want 54 unless you have just a massive cushion, for the variance

    anyway, if you can nail 54% you’re definitely set

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