Tuesday 07/17/2018 by dmg924


Beyond the Pond is a bi-weekly podcast in which Brian Brinkman (@sufferingjuke) and David Goldstein (@daveg924) use the music of Phish as a gateway to introduce the listener to many other bands, the vast majority of which are not jambands. An episode generally begins with a deep dive into a designated portion of Phish improvisation, and then can spin off to any variety of musical themes and other acts, the overarching purpose being introducing the listener to as many new and different bands as possible.

Happy Summer Tour! In this episode, we rattle around in the cage that is the Deer Creek venue in Noblesville, Indiana, by discussing a particularly soaring version of “Gumbo” that occurred there on 7/22/03. This song is ‘typical’ of July 2003 in that while it’s only the third song in the first set, it contains a very high level of jamming that moves from major key bliss to what can only be described as “floating two feet off the ground” in the final two and a half minutes. The entire show from which this Gumbo is taken is very good; containing a first set that almost comes off as a ‘Greatest Hits’ album and a second set “Split Open & Melt” that could have come from no month other than July 2003.

In addition to discussing 7/22/03 in general, we dive into a discussion of ‘Deer Creek’s Greatest Hits’ and talk both shimmering guitar solos and classic summertime albums. Brian goes long on The Hold Steady, David goes long on The Stone Roses, and there may even be a mention of a certain oft-cited BTP band that when discussed, results in both the hosts, and the audience, raising a glass. Also; why certain 90’s British rock bands should have never broken up.

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, comment by Cdubs2
Cdubs2 Deer creek ‘03 were my first shows. Gonna be cooking up a big pot o gumbo at the gorge in a few days in honor of the anniversary. If you’re cruisin the campground, stop by. There will be extra and I have no intention of stashing it.
, comment by Gumbo72203
Gumbo72203 Fucking FINALLY, some recognition for one of the best jams that nobody fucking talks about. The ending to this piece is pure Phish glory. Laid back hose that just sends you to the heavens.

The soundboard is needed for this jam, as Page's organ that gives ground support for the Trey licks at the end is very subtle and in the background. As such, it is lost in the Auds mostly. The SBD though, perfect.

Peep that moment halfway through when Trey locks in with Page's piano melody and they harmonize together.... it's fucking glorious.

Quite literally, this is what I want to be played as my casket is lowered into the ground when I die. The ending... man. The ending.
, comment by RPKraemer
RPKraemer Respect that 7/22/03 Gumbo, but that 8/3/98 Deer Creek Set 2 Opening Gumbo is still my favorite of all time.
, comment by Justplainjohn
Justplainjohn Relatively new Phish Phan here. You guys name at least one or two of my favorite bands every week (War on Drugs and Hot Chip this week), its amazing I didn't get into Phish sooner. Keep up the good work!
, comment by pistilstamen
pistilstamen @Gumbo72203 said:
Color me SHOCKED that you happen to enjoy this particular rendition.
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