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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 78: Dicks (2013)

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Summer tour has come to a close and there is never a better way to go out than with some Dick’s. Phish loves Dick’s. Of course I’m referring to the Labor Day weekend tradition of playing three shows in Denver at Dick’s Sporting Goods Arena. As the trend goes, the band uses Friday night to communicate a message to the fans by spelling something with their set list and then throws down the hose the next two nights.

Needless to say, I was excited to make my first pilgrimage there last week. Almost as excited as I am about the panel this week. To review this final run, I am joined by past panelist Tanya Sperry, past guest Pauly McGuire (aka TaoPauly from Coventry Music Blog), and first time guest Scott Marks (aka Biz Archive from Phish.net). And with this lineup, Type II Cast does what only it can do: provide a mixed perspective to review the music and supplement it with a premium selection of tasty audio clips.

I hope you have enjoyed following along with Type II Cast throughout the summer. My thanks and appreciation go out to all of the guests and listeners of the show, and to all of those people who brought good reviews. Unfortunately, it is unclear what, if any, shows we will produce in this short off season, but we will definitely see everyone at Hampton.

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 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 62: YEMSG 2012

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“So you’ve got the four of us tonight. Josh, Chris, and myself were in attendance at MSG for all four nights and Brian did couch tour proper. We have all done our homework, listened back, gave it a few days. You know, the thing with Type II Cast is we can’t put out an episode right after the run. We have to digest, go through the clips, things have to be cut and put on the editing room floor. For tonight’s format, what we are gonna be doing is, we are gonna start off with the whole view of our thoughts on the run in 2012 and deconstruct from there.”  (from the episode’s intro)

Thanks for listening. Happy New Year to all the Type II listeners out there! Stay tuned throughout the off season for a variety of fun topics.

- 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 51: Deer Creek > Alpine Valley (2012)

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This week on the program I am joined by Dave Calarco and Parker Harrington and we embark on the wonderful journey that is reviewing the two Deer Creek and two Alpine Valley shows from summer 2012. These two classic Phish venues almost never disappoint and this year was no different. With the shows falling at just past the halfway point of tour, the boys were in full swing and dealt us beautifully crafted setlists, precise improvisation and some more stage antics. We could have thrown a dart at the setlists and hit a great clip each time but as usual cut down to what we felt were the ten best.

Thanks for listening,

-Steve

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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 44: The Case for ’99

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This week on the show I am joined by Scotty and special guest / past panelist Justin Wendt and the three of us discuss one of our favorite years in Phish history, 1999. The mission: to explain why 1999 belongs in the discussion about the band’s best years and show what makes it such a different year than any other. Obviously, many of you might already agree with this statement. But even for us it might be easy to gloss over ’99 in favor of ’98, ’97, or even ’94. Cypress aside, this year saw a new jam style, fun setlist antics, and the overall feeling that we were building towards something special. This is all discussed, and as usual, we have some clips to back it up.

Thanks for listening,

Steve

PS: Look for a blog post in the next few days with our “Honorable Mentions” and a bonus track of my special “’99 Power Hour.”

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Spring Update

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to take this opportunity to catch all the listeners of typeIIcast up to speed with what is happening here on the program. First, I would like to thank everyone who tunes in each week to listen to our little show. It is truly appreciated and why we all show up. Second, I wanted to recognize the hard work of everyone who has contributed, hosts and guests a like. I am proud of the collection of clips, thoughts and other random phish nerdiness that has been curated here over the last one and half years.

Moving into the next round of episodes, I would like to announce that Chris Glushko will be joining us full time. Chris guested on the Tension and Release episode, and most recently the 2.0 intervention. On each, his commentary and choice of clips were a welcome addition. I have no doubt that this trend will continue in the future.

Below is the list of topics and producers for the next few weeks. As usual, I will continue to update this list as more information is known. The easiest way for you not to miss anything would be to subscribe in iTunes or through some other RSS reader. Lastly, once we hit summer tour, we will bring you review episodes for each 2 or 3 day run as quickly as possible.

Thanks for listening,

Steve

43 – 4/17 – Chris – The Philly Factor

44 – 5/1 – Scotty – The Case for 99

45 – 5/15 – Eric – 3.0 Roundtable

46 – 5/30 – Drew – TBD

* Stay tuned for guest information.


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Episode 42: 2.0 Intervention (or something)

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This week on the podcast I am joined by Charlie Dirksen and Chris Glushko. Their goal: to convince me that I shouldn’t “hate” on Phish 2.0. They picked 10 clips, over 40 minutes in total. Of course it was hard to argue against these type II nuggets. In retrospect, I should have enlisted someone to help support my cause. But it’s all good, as no one loses when you listen to more Phish.

Thanks for tuning in. We will see you guys soon.

-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 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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