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Episode 82: MSG (2013)

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Happy New Year everyone! Type II is back after an en fuego fall tour with our review of the 2013 New Year’s run.  Not surprisingly, we were pretty excited to talk about these four shows, which we considered some of the best four days of Phish in a long time. The ‘we’ I am referring to is myself, Dave Calarco, and Brian Bavosa. I’m sure most of you know the format of the show by now, but for any Type II noobs out there, we walk you through each of the four shows, weaving in clips of our favorite jams with a sprinkle of insight and anecdotes along the way.

Thanks for listening.

- Steve

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Episode 81: Reading > Atlantic City (2013)

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This week on the podcast, panelist Chris Glushko is taking on duties as host.  He is joined by past guest, Steve Paolini and new guest of the program, Tim Wade (aka The Emu). The panel takes us on the wonderful journey that is Reading through Atlantic City.  With many a clip to choose from, Mr. Glushko went conservative and queued up two per show to highlight the panel’s favorite moments. He also queued up a one way ticket to “Rank City.”  So sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy our final review of fall tour.

See you guys at MSG.

- Steve

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Episode 75: Toronto > The Gorge (2013)

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On this episode of Type II Cast we review Toronto > The Gorge which was one hell of a run, in my humble opinion. It is my pleasure to be joined by panelist Scotty B and new guest to the show, Jefferson Waful. You guys may know Jeff from “Vine,” or possibly from doing lights for Umphrey’s McGee, but either way, his love and knowledge of the Phish goes deep. Together Scott and Jeff weave a trifecta of musical analysis, archival insight, and funny anecdotes to paint the picture of these three shows. Supplement that with the bucket full of clips we had to chose from and you are in for one hell of a ride.

Did we miss something? Do you know where the Wilson shirt came from? Is Possum a joke? Does length matter? If you know the answer to any of these questions leave us a note below. We will be back next week with recaps of Tahoe and San Francisco.

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Episode 72: Bangor & SPAC (2013)

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Hey everyone! Type II Cast is back and in full swing with Summer Tour 2013. To kick off the new season, we have veteran guests of the show Charles Dirksen and Dave Calarco. The three of us review Bangor through SPAC 3 and, as should be no surprise, we were pleasantly content with the first four shows of tour. The new sound, new lights, and new stage set-up really have made a difference and infused some phresh air into the band’s 30th year. OF COURSE, we brought you the best clips to highlight our commentary, as only Type II Cast can do. So sit back, relax, and grab a smoke as we take you back on tour with us through the first four shows of 2013.

Thanks for listening,

- Steve

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Episode 60: New Year’s Remix

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The type II panel loves New Year’s Shows. So much in fact that, despite a past similar episode, we needed to talk about our favorite moments once again. Drew held down the hosting duties for this episode and was joined by Scott, Josh, and myself. Collectively, the cast has seen every New Year’s run since ’93, which provides countless great moments on a variety of levels. Tonight, we chose 11 clips that the panel considers special. I’m confident there will be a few surprises.

Sit back, relax, and kill an hour reliving some New Year’s moments with us. We hope to see you at MSG next month, but until then, we have one more episode on Y.E.M. in 2 weeks. Stay tuned.

Thanks for listening,

- Steve

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Episode 59: You Can Feel Good. . .

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For our latest episode of Type II Cast we’re trying something a bit different than we’ve done in the past. Our whole episode is devoted to the song Harry Hood. Panelist Scott Bernstein starts us off by giving a brief history of the tune and explaining what we’ve tried to accomplish with this episode – to figure out what makes the song so special and what makes certain versions better than others.

Over the course of the hour-long podcast, Scott talks with panelists Dave “Mr. Miner” Calarco, Steve Olker, Chris Glushko and Eric Wyman as well as first-time guest Brian Bavosa to talk about their special connection with this “quintessential Phish song.” Each guest also talks about their favorite Harry Hood. So sit back, feel good and enjoy this very special episode of Type II Cast.

Thanks for listening.

PS: Full versions of each Hood are posted in this supplement.

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Episode 56: Charlotte > St Louis > Oklahoma City (2012)

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We are in the home stretch now of our Summer 2012 reviews and it is bittersweet to say the least. I’m glad that we get a break from getting these reviews up as quick as possible, but sad that we have no more Phish shows until NYE. For this penultimate episode of the summer, I am joined by TWoL host and prior guest, Stephen Tuzeneu. Keeping the phormat here on Type II phresh, we decided to try out a “Power Hour”. We set a goal to finish the three show reviews in 60 minutes flat and bust out the clips without any introductions. Did we succeed? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 52: Jones Beach (2012)

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Well guys, I know it’s only been a few days since the last episode and most of you haven’t even heard that yet, but we just couldn’t wait to keep talking about this Summer Tour 2012. So tonight I am joined by panelist Scotty B. and past guest / phish.neter Adam Scheinberg and we “wax poetic” about this 2-day run on Long Island over the July 4th holiday. Scotty and I were in attendance, while Adam held down the official couch tour. All three of us enjoyed the ultimate bust-out factor, loved the variety in each of the first sets and thought there were type 2 jams to hold up with the best. While this won’t go down as the best two day run in Phishtory, it should certainly have some replay factor for years to come.

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Episode 50: OH>PA>OH (2012)

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You guys,

I’m gonna keep this one short. This episode covers the Riverbend > Starlake > Blossum run from Summer Tour 2012. Joining me are Tanya and past guest, friend of the show Josh Korin. This was a great three days and as expected it took us a while to cover everything. Great setlists, antics, whale calls, type 17, plinko, and even a bustout litter these six sets. Josh was lucky enough to hit all three, while Tanya and I were confined to the land of ghetto couch tour and a failing Live Phish app. We hold no grudges for missing out on a great run and enjoyed every minute of of our ten clips for the evening. Check back soon in the comments for the track listing.

Thanks for listening and we will see you guys after Alpine.


PS: We need Lushington signs at Jones Beach.

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Episode 48: Bader Field (2012)

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This week on the show, Scotty, Tao Pauly and I review the 3 night “festival” run from Atlantic City, NJ a few days ago. We all were in attendance and couldn’t have been happier with the grounds, crowd and all around quality playing. Those in attendance were treated to some type 2 jams, stage banter and segues a plenty, adding up to a well rounded 6 sets. We had lots to choose from and present you with 10 clips, the exact details of which will be released at a later date. In the meantime, load us up onto your music device and take a trip with us to Bader Field.

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Episode 38: Summer 91

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Our last podcast of 2011 is a trip down memory lane with guest Parker Harrington. When given the opportunity to choose a topic for this show, I went with the summer ’91 GCH tour because it holds perhaps my favorite Phish experience and represents an important time for the music as well as the community. I have always been a casual fan, hitting a handful of local shows while holding on to that day job <<yawn>> So, I invited Parker to join us and share his experiences. Parker attended every show this tour including Amy’s Farm and was among the first tapers. We crafted this episode by choosing a handful of clips that demonstrate the multidimensional influence of the horns on the music and letting the music guide our conversation. I hope that we inspire you to go back and explore these special shows.


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Special Edition: The First Annual Type II Cast Game Show Extravaganza!

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Welcome to Type II Cast’s first attempt at a Phish Game Show. Think Jeopardy meets phish lot meets podcast. In an effort to avoid any spoilers, take a listen to the show and test your knowledge at home. We hope you enjoy, and I imagine we will try to do this again in the future.

For the record, we edited out portions of the program not effecting the outcome, which is why we did not run this show live.


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.

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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.


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!


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

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
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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