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Type II 3: It’s All About the First Set.

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This week Justin, Sam, and Tanya join me to talk about one hell of a week in Phish tour. We start with the Augusta Civic Center and work our way to Amherst Night 2. We have some clips to share, along with a debate about Set 1 vs. Set 2. and even a report of h3tty chowder slipped in. We taped the show while Phish was playing quite the first set in “ManchVegas”, so every now and again, you get our “couchtour” reactions. Lastly, we play you out on what we all agreed was a much needed bust-out.

Be sure to join us next week, when Eric, Scotty, and Drew will be on to talk about the final 4 shows of Fall tour 2010.

Thanks for listening,

Steve


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type II 2 : Phish Fall Tour 2010, ACL-CO-SC (podcast)

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In Episode 2, Steve, Scotty, Justin and Tanya briefly discuss Phish’s sets from Austin City Limits and 4 Mile Canyon Revival before jumping into the first 5 shows of fall tour. We cover The 3 shows in Broomfield, CO and the 2 in Charleston, SC.

All of the panelist agree that the Austin City Limits set was a well-played selection of songs designed to welcome new listeners to Phish’s music. The 4 Mile Canyon Revival did not include a Phish set, but did feature a stunning Trey and Mike acoustic set. Tanya attended the event and shared a clip from My Friend My Friend. Conclusion: Mike can get dirty playing acoustic.

The meat of the show involves discussion around several of the highlights of the 5 shows. We begin with Broomfield night one, and move right into the Ghost. The Ghost jam was deserving of 2 clips: one to highlight the jam’s peak, as Mike kicked in with the chunky funk, and then another toward the jam’s descent. The second clip begins with Jon hitting the cowbell to lead into a more rhythmic jam. This Ghost is Scotty’s favorite jam of the tour so far. He point outs that the boys do so much with the minor>major key jamming and patiently let it develop, as was their style of improv during the 2.0 era. Broomfield night one set 2 also featured the brilliantly-placed debut of My Problem Right There-right in the middle of a Makisupa sandwich. Scotty notes that the rare extra verse in Makisupa has the first drug reference of 3.0. The passing of the dank, in Tanya’s opinion, was fitting in Colorado. The final highlight from night 1 that is touched upon is the gorgeous version of Slave to the Traffic Light. Again, the patient musicianship was appreciated by all of tonight’s panelists.

Broomfield night 2 included another brilliantly-placed debut: What Things Seem, from Mike’s new album Moss. Justin plays us a clip, and Tanya remarks that it was well-received by the audience. Justin also shares a clip from Golden Age, which, as Scotty mentions, is the one-timer cover that fans want to see according to the poll in Hidden Track. Steve, Scotty, Justin and Tanya agree that the Broomfield version of Golden Age was very well-played and demonstrated that the band is responsive to fan feedback. Justin encourages us to give Broomfield night 3 a few listens. He likes the less-traditional setlist and shares a clip from the explosive Carini set 2 opener, as it transitions into David Bowie. Broomfield night 3 set 1 also featured Meat, which is saved for later.

Episode 2′s discussion wraps up with highlights from both Charleston shows. Scotty takes us there with a clip of Dr. Jack McConnell carrying on the tradition of performing Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home? Scotty’s assessment that Charleston night 1 was a marathon song-based show is shared by the panelists. Charleston night 2, however: different story. Set one featured the return of a beautifully played The Curtain With (everyone except Steve likes it With all of the time – Steve will take it With 9 out of 10 times), accompanied by Sand and Pebbles & Marbles. Scotty then plays us a clip from the set 2 Crosseyed and Painless opener to highlight the hilarity of the vocal reprise toward the end of the song. The final piece of music shared in Episode 2 is the Mike/Jon jam from YEM – another example of unrushed improv that characterizes this first part of fall tour.

Finally, this epidose of TypeIICast takes you home with Meat from Broomfield night 3 set 1. The panelists’ final word on early fall tour 2010: Patient, exploratory improv gives us hope that more type 2 jamming is on the horizon.

Join us next week when we discuss the next week of Phish tour, ME>NY>RI>MA.


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type II 1.5: Our First Shows, cont. (podcast)

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Tonight we pick up where we left off discussing our first Phish shows with Steve and the remaining three members of the Type II Cast panel, Drew Hitz, Sam Davis and Eric Wyman.

We start off traveling back to Winter of 1992 with Eric, who shares how a “tease” of “On Broadway” cemented him firmly in Phish’s musical grasp in a clip from Mike’s Song. Check out the setlist…

12/29/1992 Palace Theatre, New Haven CT
Set 1: Funky Bitch, Runaway Jim, Guelah Papyrus, Llama, My Friend, My Friend, The Divided Sky, Wilson, Uncle Pen, Stash, Tela > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg
Set 2: The Curtain > Tweezer > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, My Sweet One ->Big Ball Jam, Fast Enough for You, All Things Reconsidered, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise
Encore: Big Ball Jam, Carolina, Rocky Top

Next up is Sam from Dogoneblog who brings a different experience prior to his first show in 1999. We take a listen to the boys gelling together on Ghost, What’s The Use and a decidedly “un-zep” jam in Misty Mountain Hop. Here’s a look at the setlist.

7/20/1999 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto ON
Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Sample in a Jar > Cars Trucks Buses, The Sloth, The Divided Sky, Waste > Ghost, Wilson > You Enjoy Myself
Set 2: Twist > The Moma Dance, What’s the Use?, Train Song, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Misty Mountain Hop[1]
Encore: Guyute, Hello My Baby
Up third is Drew with his first show from New Years ’93 and how four “idiots” stepped on stage and would forever change the path of a talented classical musician. And why a raging finale to Split Open and Melt will beat out Character Zero any day. Take a peek at the setlist…
12/31/1993 Worcester Centrum, Woostah MA
Set 1: Llama, Guelah Papyrus, Stash, Ginseng Sullivan, Reba, Peaches en Regalia, I Didn’t Know, Run Like an Antelope
Set 2: Tweezer > Halley’s Comet > Poor Heart > It’s Ice > Fee > Possum, Lawn Boy,You Enjoy Myself
Set 3: Auld Lang Syne > Down with Disease Jam > Split Open and Melt, The Lizards,Sparkle > Suzy Greenberg > Hold Your Head Up > Cracklin’ Rosie > Hold Your Head Up,Harry Hood, Tweezer Reprise
Encore: Golgi Apparatus, Amazing Grace
Last but not least, we take a quick listen to a clip from Steve’s first show at Penn State in ’97 and we all wonder how someone who hadn’t listened to any significant amount of Phish prior to the show really felt after a 29 minute Simple.
We’ll be back again next week, LIVE while Phish plays in Augusta ME discussing the first week of Fall tour with Tanya, Jay, Scotty and Steve. We hope you enjoy the show, let us know what you think in the comments!


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type II 1.0: Our First Shows (podcast)

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Type II got off to a tremendous start as the members of Panel #1 -
Justin Wendt, Scott Bernstein and Tanya Sperry – each discussed
highlights from their first show moderated by Producer/Host Steve
Olker. We figured talking about our initial Phish experience would be
a great way to give the listeners insight into how we came to be fans
of the band.

Justin started us off by discussing his first show, which took place
at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI on November 11, 1996. Take
a look at the setlist…

Monday, 11/11/1996 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Guelah Papyrus, Cars Trucks Buses, AC/DC
Bag, Sparkle, Brother, Theme From the Bottom, Axilla, Runaway Jim
Set 2: Timber (Jerry), The Divided Sky, Gumbo, The Curtain, Sample in
a Jar, Tweezer, Swept Away > Steep, Maze, Contact, Slave to the
Traffic Light
Encore: Waste, Cavern
Notes: Divided Sky included an All Fall Down signal. [all setlists via
Phish.net]

We checked out a funky bit of improvisation from the Tweezer before
Justin revealed the real reason he attended the show that night.

Next, Scotty shared some memories from his first show, which took
place at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY on April 15, 1994. Take a
look at the setlist…

Friday, 04/15/1994 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
Set 1: Llama, Guelah Papyrus, Paul and Silas, Harry Hood, Wilson >
Chalk Dust Torture, Bouncing Around the Room > It’s Ice > Down with
Disease
Set 2: Maze, If I Could, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > The
Landlady, Julius, Wolfman’s Brother -> Alumni Blues > I Wanna Be Like
You > Hold Your Head Up > Cavern
Encore: Magilla, Amazing Grace
Notes: Suzy through Magilla featured the Giant Country Horns: Carl
“Geerz” Gerhard on trumpet, Dave “The Truth” Grippo on alto sax, Chris
Peterman on tenor sax, Mike Gallick on baritone sax, Don Glasgo on
trombone, and Joey Sommerville on trumpet. Alumni Blues was incomplete
as only one verse was performed, but it was the first since July 18,
1991 (301 shows).

You’ll never believe what Phishy tradition that continues today Scott
was a part of starting that fateful evening. The Giant Country Horns
joined Phish that night and we listened to the moment the six-piece
horn section strode on stage.

Finally, Tanya took us for a ride in the Wayback Machine as she talked
about her first show, which took place at the University of New
Hampshire’s Memorial Union Building in Durham, NH on April 27th, 1989.
Take a look at the setlist…

Thursday, 04/27/1989 Memorial Union Building, University of New
Hampshire, Durham, NH
Set 1: Golgi Apparatus, Jam, The Sloth, The Divided Sky, Sanity, I
Didn’t Know, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues > The
Lizards, Whipping Post
Encore: Contact, David Bowie
Notes: The Jam, which is sometimes labelled String Changing Nature,
arose while the band tuned their instruments and included some funny
stage banter. This version of Sanity was the fast version.  This show
is believed to have been sponsored by the UNH Outing Club and
performed in the pub of the Memorial Union Building.

As a UNH student, Tanya had a front row seat to the beginning of
Phish’s career. By the end of Whipping Post at her first show she was
completely hooked. We checked out the peak of that Whipping Post as
well as the hilarious intro to Bowie. The frenetic Alumni Blues from
Tanya’s first Phish concert played us out this week.

Check back next Tuesday when Panel #2 – Eric Wyman, Sam Davis and
Andrew Hitz – get in on the act by describing their first Phish shows
along with Steve.

Note: Be kind on the audio… Still working out the new setup – Steve

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