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Episode 77: BGCA > HB (2013)

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And here we find ourselves, wrapping up the last four shows of summer tour proper, just six episodes since Bangor. Joining me tonight are panelist Chris Glushko, and past guests of the show, Steve Paolini and Chris Bertolet. We recorded this one late on Friday evening and we assure you it won’t be without some charm. High praises were spoken of the three day BGCA run with a few songs being notable enough to get ranked. Add to that some fine CK5 work and a stellar Hood at the Bowl and Phish ended summer tour on a very positive note. We squeezed twelve clips into this episode and even at that number many more ended up on the cutting room floor.

We hope you’ve enjoyed following along with Type II Cast this summer and we’re looking forward to Dick’s in just under two weeks. See you guys there.

- Steve

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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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From The Hose 3: Deep Sea Edition

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Summer tour is just two days away, and I thought it would be fun to drop another mix tape on Type II nation. Yes, during the last episode I said we were on hiatus until tour starts. And even though this isn’t a “regular” episode, it still takes some sweat and tears to make it all happen. But guess what? I’m freaking excited for tour to start. So here we are. Queue this baby up on your travels this summer and get ready for some face meltage. Can you figure out the “theme” and/or the track list of this FTH? Leave a comment below.

Be sure to keep Type II locked, as we will be bringing you reviews of every show at some point (probably relatively untimely versus the blogs, but that’s how the podcast cookie crumbles).

Thanks for listening,

-Steve

PS: Be sure to check out volume 1 and volume 2 if you haven’t already.

PPS: Follow along with TWoL for live updates FROM the shows.


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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 65: Nerdgasm, Part 1

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The Ultimate Phish ‘Nerdgasm’ Part 1: The Selection Show

If you’re reading this, you probably consider yourself somewhat of a Phish nerd—someone who gains an unhealthy amount of pleasure in discussing best songs, shows, sets, venues, cities, lyrics, compositions, recordings, jams, lights, and more. With that said, we decided to hold the ultimate Phish nerdgasm, a 64-team March Madness style tournament to determine the best Phish jam of all time. Now, this is nothing new to the Phish blogosphere. We’ve all seen Phish March Madness brackets before, and I’m sure we’ll see them again. But we wanted to make ours just a little different. We did so by taking ourselves way too seriously. And I knew that if there was one person to take on this project with, it was fellow Phish.netter, Mockingbird Foundation volunteer, and list-maker extraordinaire, Steve Paolini.

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Episode 64: Sound Check

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Check Check … 1 … 2. 1 … 2.

This week on the podcast we talked about one event that goes down before every show, even though most of us will never hear it: the sound check. And while the main reason for a sound check is technical necessity, the band has on many occasions used this time to do everything from joke around with each other to straight up melt faces. Of course, covering thirty years of sound checks is nearly impossible, even considering that many never reach the public’s ears. But from what is available, Josh, Brian Feller, and I hit you with some of our favorites and discussed the state of sound checks past, present, and future. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks for listening. We will be back in two weeks with “March Madness.”

-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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Supplement for Episode 59

As promised, below are the full versions of Hood discussed in Episode 59. 

Enjoy.

- Steve

Intro: 1994-07-16

Clip 1: 1995-12-30

Clip 2: 1997-08-17

Clip 3: 1995-12-05

Clip 4: 2010-12-28

Clip 5: 1998-12-31

Outro: 1994-10-20


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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 58: Summer 2012 – An Unexpected Twist

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After three months and eleven episodes, summer tour has come and gone. The leaves are changing and we are left with only our anticipation towards NYE and hopefully some great memories. Keeping with tradition, we needed to do some kind of recap before moving on. This time we have Eric Wyman and Chris Bertolet, who share a mere five clips in order to paint the picture of summer 2012 from their point of view. I, on the other hand, happily stayed quiet at the controls as I definitely needed a break by this point. Clips are presented “mystery jam” style, so play along at home. Bonus points if you can guess the outro clip.

Thanks for listening,

Steve

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Episode 57: Dicks (2012)

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We Love Dick’s!

We had a lot of fun planning and recording this hour and fifty minute celebration of this summer’s tour closing three night run, which went down over Labor Day weekend at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. In the spirit of adding a new twist each episode, we welcome first time guest host Allie Carson. Allie is a seasoned vet and wife of regular panelist Chris. In addition to welcoming Allie, we also twisted things by having each panelist choose the clips from just one of the three nights. To showcase the outstanding jamming from the run, we each picked about 17 minutes of music to share. Allie selected our clips for night 2, Steve for night 3, and I selected for night 1. Cheers, and thanks for listening. Your comments are always appreciated.

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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.

Thanks for listening,

Steve

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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 53: SPAC (2012)

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We find ourselves at the last stop on Summer 2012′s Leg 1. We had 3 nights nestled ever so gently into a state park at Saratoga Springs. We had a few bustouts, the type 2 jams, and creative setlists. Overall, we definitely had 3 great nights of music. So it should be no surprise that I was excited to review this run with fellow panelist Chris Glushko and guest Josh Korin. We technically chose 13 clips in all, which may just be the most ever, though we doubt anyone will mind. If you do, please leave a comment on the blog. In fact, send us all your hate mailz, we dare you.

Thanks for listening. We will see you on leg 2.

- 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 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.

-Steve

PS: We need Lushington signs at Jones Beach.

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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 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.

Thanks for listening,

Steve

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Episode 45: The Story of the Ghost

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This week on the podcast, I am joined by Dave Calarco and Stephen Tuzeneu to discuss the evolution … er … Story of the Ghost. Similar to the Mike’s episode, we take you on a journey from the birth of Ghost, track how it evolved in 1.0, and touch on the unfortunate treatment it has seen (mostly) in 3.0. I wish I could joke about only having a few clips, but that would be ridiculous as we have MORE CLIPS THAN ANY EPISODE BEFORE.  Have no fear, we guarantee you will enjoy and leave with a nugget of knowledge about this fan favorite.

I feel like I’ve never told you, thanks for listening.

- Steve

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Episode 41: Listener’s (and Host’s) Choice

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This week we tried something new on the program: a listener’s choice episode. The door was open for some of you to share 3 clips of your choosing, but when it came down to show time, only Jamie Marshall had stepped to the plate. Fortunately for Eric and I, this gave us a chance to play a few things that might not fit into other episodes. Of course, you are dying to find out what we picked. Alas, you will have to listen, no spoilers allowed from here on out with type II. We are confident you won’t be sorry to have tuned in. But if you are, send your hate mail to eric over on our Facebook page (<-reference to something we say during the episode:).

Thanks for listening,

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Episode 40: Tension and Release

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Joining me on the show this week we have regular host Drew Hitz and new guest Chris Glushko. The three of us discuss the band’s use of tension and release in their sound, jamming, and crowd interaction. If you aren’t familiar with the term check the wiki page for a simple explanation (for a more technical blurb, peep this Trey article). Of course, we found ways to illustrate this musical concept and broke a few rules in the process. There are tasty clips peppered throughout the hour and some aren’t even Phish tunes. We recorded on a Sunday, which is probably not kosher for some reason. And lastly, skype went the whole time without needing to be reset. I can’t say if any of these correlate to it being a good episode, but I’m confident it won’t be time wasted.

Thanks for listening,

Steve

PS: The next episode is going to be “Listener’s Choice.” What does that mean? It means that you get to participate. The offer is open for three listeners of type II cast to guest host and each choose three clips that you would like to share. They should be something that (hopefully) not many people have heard, or at least clips we haven’t already played on the show. It would help if you were there at the time, but not a requirement. And, most importantly, you should want to discuss why you love these clips/songs/shows/etc. To be one of the guests, here’s what you need to do:

1) Follow @typeIIcast on twitter and tweet something like “I want to be a guest on @typeIIcast for the #listenerschoice episode.” (as long as you @reply us and use the hashtag, then you are good)

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2) Follow this blog in wordpress and leave a comment below indicating that you want to be a guest.

I will randomly select (scout’s honor) the three people. You will need to have a computer/phone/iPad that has an internet connection, microphone/speakers/headset, and Skype. The episode will record 2/28/2012 at 8pm eastern. So make sure you will be available at that time (the show runs for about an hour and a half). Don’t worry about the clips, I take care of all that. You just need to tell me the who/ what/when/where/etc. Entries are open till 2/20/2012 at noon. I will randomly select the guests at that time and contact them via twitter or the email provided on the blog. Feel free free to ask any questions and good luck!

Disclaimer: Employees, their families, and subsidiaries of TWoL/TypeIICast are not eligible to enter. Offer void where prohibited by law.


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From The Hose 1: 90′s Phish Turkey Mixer

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The 90′s were full of fall tours surrounding the Tryptophan’d holiday of Thanksgiving. And whether by design or luck, Phish seems to have often brought the heat in the show following. Today we take a listen to a few selections meeting the above criteria. This is straight music: some whole songs, some jams, in all about 1.5 hours. We hope this is something you will enjoy while venturing out to get your turkey on. If all goes well, we will be back with an MSG Mixer to get you ready for New Years Eve.

Thanks for listening,

Steve.

 

 


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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 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 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 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.

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Episode 20: The Clifford Ball

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This week our topic is the first in a series of festival reviews. We gave everyone the choice of which festival to cover first, and The Clifford Ball came in at number 1, proving that chronological order is the way to go. Fortunately, Scotty, Drew and Tanya were all at the Ball, and can offer first hand reviews and insight. Like always, we assembled some choice clips and even opted to sneak an extra one in during the intro. And since this is the “Nerd Music Phish Cast” (as I heard it referred to last week), the blog post can be pretty simple. Listen in, and enjoy some pictures and technical info after the page break.

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Steve

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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.


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Episode 19: UIC Pavillion, 1994

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With Phish returning to the University of Illinois at Chicago this summer, we found it fitting to review their first UIC performance, which went down on 6/18/94, for Episode 19 of Typeiicast.

In this week’s show, Steve, Sam and I discuss and share clips from this type 2 jam laden gem, beginning with Maze from the first set, and followed by multiple examples of exquisite improvisation from the second set. In addition to audio clips from Peaches En Regalia, Maze, David Bowie, Tweezer, You Enjoy Myself, Chalk Dust Torture, and Tweezer Reprise, Episode 19 also includes a couple of Typeiicast firsts: we play a Grateful Dead Mind Left Body Jam clip from 10/25/73 to illustrate contrast to Phish’s approach to the same chord structure, and we share a couple of minutes of the psychedelic YEM vocal jam. We encourage everybody to give this show multiple listens and hope you enjoy unearthing its many gifts as much as we did.

Tanya

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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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Behind The List – Best of 2010

I knew all year that we were going to do some kind of “Year end, Best Of” list from the minute we started Type II Cast. Last year, I ran a little survey via YEMBlog and Phish.net collecting what people thought were the “jams of the year.” The list was widely varied but I culled through the responses and ranked them by the total votes and a little executive decision. It started as a huge list with a lot of one-off pieces in it, but because I only asked for Number One choices there was a decent consensus.  Seven Below > Ghost was the runaway winner. We ran through the list on TWoL and it was kind of fun.

With Type II Cast we have 7 really passionate fans. I knew we could take this to another level. One man’s top-10 list is little more than opinion and we all know what opinions are like. With 7 of us we couldn’t really let our personal passions sway the groups collective opinion (kinda).

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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 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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Editorial: Phish MSG Pay Per View

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As most of you are probably aware of at this time, Phish will be providing a Pay Per View experience for their sold out shows at MSG on 12/30, 12/31, and 1/1. This privilege will cost the viewer $15/$20 per night, or $40 for the bundle of all 3 nights. There has been a lot of chatter the past few days, some for, some against the PPV. Despite being on hiatus this week, hosts of both shows, This Week on Lot and Type II Cast, felt the need to discuss for a few minutes.

The panel this week includes Steve and Nick form TWoL, and Tanya and Eric from Type II.

What are your thoughts on the PPV?


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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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Type II Episode 6: How Would You Like Your Thick Strawberry Goo?

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This week we begin to branch away from Phish’s 2010 Fall Tour as Steve, Drew, Sam, and Justin take a look at two Phish “classics” and how they’ve been effected by the Phish 3.0 mindset. Justin gets us started with two classic Halley’s clips, featuring the tremendous Binghamton ’95 Halley’s and the silky-funk driven verrsion from the ’97 Hampton run. As the discussion turns to Tweezer we share a few clips from some of the favorable versions of 3.0. Featuring the massive Camden and Red Rocks Tweezers from 2009. We also feature a clip from the July 3rd, 2010 Tweezer that segues majestically into Slave. We wrap things up with a listener email sparking conversation on what kind of effect the availability of instant SBD’s might have on the perceived quality of Phish shows.

Please leave us a comment or send us an email at typeIIcast@gmail.com and let us know what you think. We look forward to next week as panelist Drew, Scott, and Tanya will join Steve to breakdown the evolution of Mike’s Song.


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Type II Episode 5: Subtle Sounds

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Fall tour was so darn good that we just have to keep talking about it. Last week we reviewed the “best” moments of tour and this week Steve, Eric and Tanya discuss some of the “subtle” moments. Moments that may get lost in all the big rock pyrotechnics of Zeppelin covers and bust-out improv. We pulled a lot of clips ranging over the course of the entire tour to discuss how Fish led some of the finer moments and how the fitting tribute to a legend may be the most subtle and endearing moment of the current era. And what show would be complete without a little stumping for our favorite engine that could…Time Turns Elastic.

Thanks for listening and let us know what you think in the comments or by following us on Twitter (@typeIIcast)

 


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Type II Episode 4: A New Hope

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We’re wrapping up an amazing conclusion to Phish Fall Tour 2010 this week. Scotty, Drew, Eric and Steve discuss the shows from the past week in both Manchester NH and Atlantic City NJ. Obviously one of the main highlights was Phish’s traditional Halloween costume on the 31st. In a bit of a surprise selection, the quartet absolutely slayed their rendition of Little Feat’s classic live album Waiting for Columbus. We discuss our highlights from not only from this year’s album, but how it stacks up against years past.

As if we had anymore time we spent a lot of time discussing how much “FUN” Phish shows have become and why this is a sign of great things to come. Finally, we wrap up with our thoughts on the tour as a whole and our personal highlights, in which Eric finds himself on a little island we like to call “Denial” when it comes down to choosing the best show of the tour.

We hope you like it, leave us a comment or send us an email at typeIIcast@gmail.com and let us know what you think. We’ve got no plans for our next episode, so help us out with some of your ideas.


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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 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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