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Episode 70: Phish’s Abstract Moment

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This week, the podcast pushes the boundaries of recorded Phish analysis as we are joined by Zac Cohen and Andy Greenberg, resident essayists at Please Me Have No Regrets. On this episode, I’m talking with Zac and Andy about a piece they’ve been hard at work on over the past few weeks; “Phish’s Abstract Moment.” It is their contention that just after covering The Beatles “White Album” on Halloween in 1994, Phish embarked on a nearly-year long journey in which their dominant mode of jamming was an “Abstract” one, characterized by a willingness to explore the outer reaches of their own catalog. Zac and Andy discuss some of the influences leading up to this important moment in Phish’s career when they produced some of the most dramatic and emotionally evocative improvisations of their entire career. They also examine the significance of this type of jamming and the legacy it has left on the band’s current material. Though much of the music is difficult, disjointed, and strange sounding, it speaks to the nether regions of your musical souls and Type II Cast claims no liability if tonight’s clips MELT YOUR FACE.

Type II Cast will be back in June with the next Game Show Extravaganza, details to drop “soon.”

Thanks for listening,

-Steve

PS – Read the Essay Here

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Episode 32: UIC

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This episode finds myself joined by type II cast regular, Eric Wyman, and guest host, Adam B. from Online Phish Tour. Both were in attendance and assert that a good time was had by all at the last 3 shows of Leg 2. With plenty of clips to choose from this week, a few were left on the studio floor. It should be no surprise to anyone listening that this run is a contender for one of the best in 2011, and perhaps 3.0. As usual, we are here to give our analysis and insight,  wrapped in colorful commentary, baked in a pastry. Grab a glass Merlot, block off the next hour, and enjoy.

- Steve

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Episode 31: Tahoe and Outside Lands

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Always something new on type II, this week we find just myself hosting with 2 guests from Phish.net, Brian Feller and Charlie Dirksen. Both were in attendance at Tahoe, and Charlie made the trip to Golden Gate Park for Outside Lands. I was on official couchtour for Tahoe, and then the ole “guy with iPhone who eats food and shows you his friends” couchtour for OL. Recognizing that we are late to the game with our review, and that most people understand nothing “epic” went down, we had to choose our clips carefully. 9 made the final cut, which is a mix of short solo’s, some questionable vocals, and straight type II hose. Beyond the clips and analysis, Brian and Charlie both shared some thoughts on the venues and what kind of jams and songs they love and hate.

We hope you enjoy this weeks installment of type II, we will be back next week with more guest hosts and our review of the highly regarded UIC shows. Thanks for listening, and remember:

“Songs were played, and then the next songs were played.” (BF)

- Steve

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Episode 29: The Lost Episodes, Leg 1 2011

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While everyone was waiting for the first night of Phish’s 2-night webcast from Lake Tahoe, the Type II crew got together to recover some missing territory. It’s been a busy summer and somehow we never got the chance to discuss the last five shows of Leg 1. The sticklers for detail that we are we thought it would be unjust to not at least cover our thoughts and favorite clips from Alpharetta, Charlotte, Raleigh and Portsmouth. Over the hour leading up to Tahoe we discussed our thoughts on webcasts, fan expectations and most of all some amazing musical moments. Here’s to a great tour and we’ll be back to cover the newest shows real soon.

- Eric

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Episode 24: The Midwest Run.

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This week, Justin and I tackle the Midwest Run of Phish Summer Tour 2011. Justin attended all 3 in person, while I was on couch tour. Overall, we both liked DTE and Blossum, but felt Riverbend fell a little short. That said, Phish is playing very well, and no one is complaining. And by the end of the year, we bet there will be some clips pulled from this episode for the “Best of 2011″.

Thanks for listening,

Stephen Olker

Notes / Spoilers after the break . . .

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Episode 22: Bethel Woods, 2011

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This week, Tanya, Sam, Scott, and I kick off the first of our summer tour reviews, starting with Bethel Woods. Luckily, 3/4 of the panel attended this one, thus being able to offer our thoughts at the time and then on second listen. Without spoiling too much, we all agreed that the first two nights were very solid, and while the third wasn’t horrible, it left a little to be desired. As usual, we had a tough time choosing clips, since there were many tasty nuggets, especially in the first sets of the first two nights. A lot of ground was covered in this hour long episode, discussing such topics as “meltdown jams” and “plinko”. And while everyone hates when we agree, there is not much debate about how this tour opener ranks. Be sure to listen all the way through and post your comments below. Our next episode is scheduled for Tuesday, 6/7/11, to discuss the PNC shows.

Thanks for listening,

Steve.

PS: For the entirety of Summer Tour ’11, Type II Cast will review every show. We hope to get those reviews recorded within a week or two of the performance. We will not record on the normal Tuesday night schedule during this time. Stay tuned to twitter or Facebook or subscribe in iTunes in order to catch new episodes.

PPS: For a supplemental look at Bethel Woods, check out TWoL’s coverage of the scene.

(spoilers after the break)

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