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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 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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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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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?


Type II Episode 8: Smothered and Covered

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Sometimes the best song in a set is a song that Phish didn’t even write. This week Eric, Sam and Steve dusted off the archives for another 1.0/2.0/3.0 retrospective look at how other musicians have impacted and shaped the sound of Phish. From their beginnings as a bar band in the late 80’s through the most recent tour we investigate not only the songs they choose, but the impact varying genres and styles have on their overall sound.

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type II 2 : Phish Fall Tour 2010, ACL-CO-SC (podcast)

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In Episode 2, Steve, Scotty, Justin and Tanya briefly discuss Phish’s sets from Austin City Limits and 4 Mile Canyon Revival before jumping into the first 5 shows of fall tour. We cover The 3 shows in Broomfield, CO and the 2 in Charleston, SC.

All of the panelist agree that the Austin City Limits set was a well-played selection of songs designed to welcome new listeners to Phish’s music. The 4 Mile Canyon Revival did not include a Phish set, but did feature a stunning Trey and Mike acoustic set. Tanya attended the event and shared a clip from My Friend My Friend. Conclusion: Mike can get dirty playing acoustic.

The meat of the show involves discussion around several of the highlights of the 5 shows. We begin with Broomfield night one, and move right into the Ghost. The Ghost jam was deserving of 2 clips: one to highlight the jam’s peak, as Mike kicked in with the chunky funk, and then another toward the jam’s descent. The second clip begins with Jon hitting the cowbell to lead into a more rhythmic jam. This Ghost is Scotty’s favorite jam of the tour so far. He point outs that the boys do so much with the minor>major key jamming and patiently let it develop, as was their style of improv during the 2.0 era. Broomfield night one set 2 also featured the brilliantly-placed debut of My Problem Right There-right in the middle of a Makisupa sandwich. Scotty notes that the rare extra verse in Makisupa has the first drug reference of 3.0. The passing of the dank, in Tanya’s opinion, was fitting in Colorado. The final highlight from night 1 that is touched upon is the gorgeous version of Slave to the Traffic Light. Again, the patient musicianship was appreciated by all of tonight’s panelists.

Broomfield night 2 included another brilliantly-placed debut: What Things Seem, from Mike’s new album Moss. Justin plays us a clip, and Tanya remarks that it was well-received by the audience. Justin also shares a clip from Golden Age, which, as Scotty mentions, is the one-timer cover that fans want to see according to the poll in Hidden Track. Steve, Scotty, Justin and Tanya agree that the Broomfield version of Golden Age was very well-played and demonstrated that the band is responsive to fan feedback. Justin encourages us to give Broomfield night 3 a few listens. He likes the less-traditional setlist and shares a clip from the explosive Carini set 2 opener, as it transitions into David Bowie. Broomfield night 3 set 1 also featured Meat, which is saved for later.

Episode 2’s discussion wraps up with highlights from both Charleston shows. Scotty takes us there with a clip of Dr. Jack McConnell carrying on the tradition of performing Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home? Scotty’s assessment that Charleston night 1 was a marathon song-based show is shared by the panelists. Charleston night 2, however: different story. Set one featured the return of a beautifully played The Curtain With (everyone except Steve likes it With all of the time – Steve will take it With 9 out of 10 times), accompanied by Sand and Pebbles & Marbles. Scotty then plays us a clip from the set 2 Crosseyed and Painless opener to highlight the hilarity of the vocal reprise toward the end of the song. The final piece of music shared in Episode 2 is the Mike/Jon jam from YEM – another example of unrushed improv that characterizes this first part of fall tour.

Finally, this epidose of TypeIICast takes you home with Meat from Broomfield night 3 set 1. The panelists’ final word on early fall tour 2010: Patient, exploratory improv gives us hope that more type 2 jamming is on the horizon.

Join us next week when we discuss the next week of Phish tour, ME>NY>RI>MA.


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