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Episode 76: Tahoe (2013)

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This week on the program I am joined by three guests, .netter Brian Feller, and “Rory” and Ben (aka Guy Forget) from Online Phish Tour. On this episode we tackle just two shows, our easiest “load” of the summer. It is nearly impossible to give a proper introduction to the epic Tweezer jam from night two which is easily the highlight of (insert some length of time that you choose). But don’t let the Tweezer overshadow the rest of this stop on tour. In fact, we found quite a few other great clips to showcase.

Stay tuned for our final show of the summer (before Dick’s) when I host Chris Glushko and some TBD guests in wrapping up summer tour with our review of the Bill Graham and Hollywood Bowl shows.

Thanks for listening,

- Steve

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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 68: Desert Island Tweezer

This week on the podcast, we step into the freezer to discuss one of the biggest jam vehicles in the Phish cannon: Tweezer. Leading the discussion is panelist Drew, who has been know to fancy the tune. The episode is built around a “desert island scenario.” Joining him are veteran guests of Type II, Dave Calarco and Charlie Dirksen. Drew asked each panelist for the ten versions of Tweezer that they would bring to said island to make their stay more enjoyable. The panel then discussed the ten most commonly chosen versions among them. Of course, we have supplemented the in depth analysis and fun show anecdotes with ample clips. By the end of the episode, there will be laughs, there will be tears, and I guarantee you will have learned something. What Tweezers would you take to a desert island? Let us know in the comments below. We will be back in two weeks to talk about the Great Went.

Thanks for listening,

Steve

UPDATE 04/27/2013 – Click Through for Additional Information About this Episode.

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Episode 55: Kansas City > Pelham > Atlanta (2012)

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Leg 2 of summer tour continues and so does the fresh content on type 2 cast. Continuing the trend from last episode, the panel is another “+1,” consisting of regular guest Josh Korin and myself. To set the stage, neither of us were there, and that’s OK. We did catch the webcast from Pelham and hope to see this trend continue as we both had a blast. We picked nine of the best clips from these three shows but changed up the formula for the outro. This episode was streamed live and the chat room picked the last clip. We’ve been trying new things on type 2 and we will continue to mix it up for the next two episodes. Don’t miss out!

Thanks for listening,

-Steve

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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.

Thanks for listening,

-Steve

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Episode 49: nTelos (2012)

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This week on the podcast I am joined by Drew and Stephen T. from TWoL. Both were in attendance at the 2 nTelos shows, and I did #couchtour proper. We love this venue, and we love the antics and jams that Phish threw down over this 2 day, midweek run after Bader Field. I had wanted to keep this on the shorter side, but with 6 clips and an outro, will clocked in at just over an hour. As will happen from time to time, we go beyond the show reviews and drop some info and lulz that you don’t want to miss out on.

We will be back in just a few days with our review of Cincinnati > Burgettstown > Cuyahoga. Thanks for listening.

- Steve

Thanks for listening,

Steve

PS: Apologies for Drew’s audio which has issues at time. He was on an AT&T iPad in the middle of the woods.

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Episode 23: PNC, 2011

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This week, I am joined by Adam Scheinberg from Phish.net, and we review Phish’s 2 night run at PNC Banks Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. This is Phish’s first return to my hometown venue in just about 11 years, and I was uber excited for these 2 shows. Perhaps a little too excited as, by Wednesday evening, I ended up feeling a little short changed. Fortunately, Adam was there Wednesday night as well to help balance out my (at times) jaded opinions. In the grand scheme of things, these 2 shows are still worth a listen, and there were definite highlights, but we doubt they will end up in your  tape mp3 rotation.  

Thanks for lsitening,

Steve

PS: There is a slight low-end hum that is noticeable on this recording. I apologize in advance, and will hopefully have it worked out by next episode.

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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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