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Episode 35: The Reba Show

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This week Adam, Steve and I take a listen to an entire hour of Reba jams. Since its debut Reba has been a mainstay in the Phish catalog producing beautiful melody and scorching jam. After listening to the composed section to properly set up the hour, we take a dive into clips that show the great range of jams in its history and dissect the elements and subtle differences in these jams. So join us as we listen to a ton of Reba and leave wanting more.

- Eric

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Episode 30: Good Lord, Was it Alright.

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By the time you are reading this, Phish will have completed Leg 2 of their 2011 Summer Tour, but here at type II cast, we are just starting the reviews. This week, Scotty, Drew, and Eric tackle the first 3 shows, both Gorge and the Hollywood Bowl. As usual, we selected a few clips to highlight what makes these shows stand out. And we tried not to let future events effect our opinions, though Drew does step into the future machine once.

This post is gonna be another “No Spoilers” episode, as knowing the clips ahead of time could bias some of you out there. Feel free to voice your opinion below, we all check the blog from time to time.

Thanks to all the loyal listeners out there, stay tuned as next week we discuss Tahoe and Outside Lands.

- Steve

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Episode 28: SuperBall IX

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For our SuperBall IX review, Scotty, Steve and I present our top ten favorite moments of the 9th Phish festival that took place over fourth of July weekend at Watkins Glen. To come up with our top ten, the three of us each submitted a personal top ten. It turned out that eight songs/jams overlapped and were easily chosen, and the nine and ten slots were filled by Steve and I, respectively. To share our favorite moments, we have ((eight)) audio clips, first-hand accounts by Scotty and Steve who attended, and my perspective as a devoted fan whose holiday weekend revolved around the crisp audio stream that delivered every set via internet radio. Thanks for listening, and, as always, please share your comments here.
Tanya

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Episode 26: Camden and MPP.

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Keeping with the trend of the past few episodes, 2 panelists, Scotty B and myself, will bring you on the journey through Camden and Merriweather Post Pavilion. These 3 shows fell at  just about the halfway mark on Phish’s summer tour 2011. Both of us were in attendance, and in the pit for Saturday, which we learned on the show. For better or worse, we agreed that overall, there were a few notable moments, but also a few low points throughout the weekend. And at the end of the day, replay value on this run might be minimal. That said, I don’t want to give too much away, since if I did, there wouldn’t be need to listen to the show.

Thanks for tuning in. We will be back soon with the Alpharetta review.

Steve

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Episode 25: Northeast Run

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This week, Eric and Steve discuss the mid-week shows at Great Woods and Darien Lake. After a couple years of lackluster results fans at Great Woods were treated to a nice show featuring both traditional and exploratory jams over both sets. The following night up in Darien, NY fans were treated to an entire day in a shut down amusement park and an equally fun show as the sun went down. We break down the highlights and give our thoughts on tour.

As always, thanks for listening.

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Episode 18: The Island Tour

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The beginning of April conjures up thoughts of the Island Tour for many Phish fans so we thought the band’s revered four-night stand that took place from April 2 – 5, 1998 was the perfect topic for Episode 18 of Type II Cast.

For this week’s show Sam, Justin, Steve and Scotty discuss the many factors that made this group of performances special. We talk about the patience the group displayed, how Phish was building on the ’97 funk, the new material debuted on the run and many more topics. The episode includes nine clips to help illustrate our points.  If you don’t already own the official recordings of the Island Tour, which sound fantastic,  head over to LivePhish.com to buy them with the added bonus of supporting the Mockingbird Foundation.

Thanks for listening.

-Scotty

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Episode 17: Expect the Unexpected, August 93

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In Episode 17, Eric, Scotty, Steve and I explore the explosively creative month of music that was performed in August, 1993. To help bring this unique tour to life, we welcomed Brian Feller from phish.net to share his insights and experiences. Brian hopped on this tour on from 8/6-8/14 and then flew out to Berkeley for the closer on 8/28. This episode features 9 clips from 7 shows that showcase different facets of the band’s creativity: from unrestrained, powerful jamming, emotionally-charged singing and improvised vocal melodies to beautifully executed composed pieces, Phish achieved a state of simultaneous looseness and tightness that stands the test of time.

Thanks for listening. Please join us for Episode 18 on 4/5.

-Tanya

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Episode 16: Great Woods, Or Mediocre Woods?

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This week, Eric, Drew and myself tackle a “venue review”, and discuss the 14 shows that occurred since 1992 at a little place us phans like to call Great Woods, despite that it has changed names a few times. (We don’t bother to look as to what it is actually called these days, insert jaded vet remark). What we did look for, were tasty clips as to highlight some of the better moments throughout the years. As Drew notes at one point, we could have spent “too much time” in 93-95, so instead, we opted to spread the clip love out amongst the years. Plenty of great moments in 99, 00, and we even found 1 in 04. But in all seriousness, we feel that the boys have strategically placed Great Woods in the tour depending upon their needs. It was once a 2 night weekend stand, needed to ensure ticket sales were good. Now its a Tuesday night with no shows before or after, since they know sales will do well. In the end, we find there were many great moments at this Massachusetts traffic debacle, and we hope there are many more.

Thanks for listening, we will see you guys next week with a review of August 1993.

- Steve

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Episode 14: Best of 2010, Part 2

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Continuing where we left off from last week, the crew counts down to the #1 best jam of the year. This week we have a full house with Eric, Scotty, Drew and Tanya joining me and a full episode clocking in at just over 1 hour. Despite being possibly our biggest episode to date, we only saw one “technical difficulty”, which I chose to leave in as it resulted in some comical banter. Without a doubt, the crew did a fantastic job defending their top picks, or arguing against some. Listen now for no spoilers, or get a peak at the top five after the jump.

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Episode 13: Best of 2010, Part 1

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Most every blog has been releasing their “best of” opinions over the last month and we just couldn’t resist joining in on the fun. To mix ours up we had all 7 panelists submit their individual Top 10 list, then we ranked and aggregated the scores for a “definitive” TypeIICast Top 10 list. Now there’s some interesting results and some interesting opinions on what makes something most worthy of being included in the list. Join us for Part 1 as Steve, Justin, Sam and Eric defend and discuss their choices and the bonehead exclusions made by their peers.

This week we countdown from #10 – 6 (kind of…it proved to be a challenge mathematically).

Full track listing after the jump.

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Episode 12: It’s Pronounced Man-Tay-Ca

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Type II Cast host Steve Olker and panelists Scott Bernstein, Tanya Sperry and Justin Wendt each had a tough time waiting for two weeks to discuss Phish’s three-night stand at Madison Square Garden, so much so that you can hear the energy in each participant’s voice as they detail the run’s highlights.

Tanya starts us off by recapping the December 30th performance including discussions and listening sessions devoted to the energy at the venue, the unique version of Tweezer and the highly melodic Bathtub Gin thrown down that evening. Scotty explains how the run, and specifically the New Year’s Eve concert, channeled the best of the band’s previous year-ending shows. Clips from the 31st include a machine gun-laden Rock and Roll, a buttery Ghost jam that the panel flipped over and the grand Meatstick – The Musical segment that put an exclamation point on 2010.

Justin led a discussion about the improv-heavy run closer from New Year’s Day. The panelists gave their thoughts on the Walls of a Cave jam, the Crosseyed jam and the gorgeous full-band interplay that developed out of Simple. All four Type IIers summed up their thoughts on the MSG Run before one of the most fun sequence of the three-night stand played us out.

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Episode 11: I Drove 5 Hours to Worcester and All I Got Was a Hood.

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Hey everybody and Happy New Year. For our first episode of 2011, we totally broke all the rules. We should have done the show yesterday, but the studio wasn’t cooperating and we had sound problems. Eric Wyman was feeling under the weather and could not make it. Drew had to skype in from Syngapore. And we started the show with a 9 minute clip. Also, we had no show notes going into this episode, which is also a first. A true type II show.

In regards to our review of “Woosta”, we definitely all agreed it had its moments, but overall was choppy and the “phlow” just was not there. Take the title with a grain of salt though, we by no means hated on it, and both Sam and I are glad we made the trip. As you will be able to tell by the clips, we found some gems. A new type of jamming has started to emerge in the 3.0, and these 2 shows were the springboard for what will come at MSG.

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Type II Episode 10: Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot

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Well, it’s that time of year! When we struggle to get through the holidays and get back to another Holiday Tour with Phish. This week Steve, Eric and Justin run through New Years shows from the past and discuss what makes a good show, what exactly was the best New Years show and some of their favorite moments from all the other days not marked 12/31 on the calendar.

This our final episode of 2010 and we want to thank everyone who has listened for their support and feedback!!! We’ll be back on 1/11/11 discussing what took place at this year in Worcester and New York, and listening to all the best moments. So we’ll see you then, Happy Holidays everybody!!

-The whole TypeIICast crew

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