, attached to 2012-08-22

Review by nichobert

nichobert Wow that's a lot of +s! "Great Success" Achievement achieved!

Just glad to see that there is some happiness out there.

12 years ago I would have been in a huff and a puff over that setlist.

Now? I just wonder why they didn't play Roggae, Swept Away->Steep and Farmhouse to go along with the others!

Those 3 songs plus Heavy Things, If I Could and Number Line have really tapped into something subtle and excellent this year (And to an extent last year)

It's hard to tell battle-hardened Phish vets that the last two 5 minute Farmhouses are some of the best stuff you've heard in the past 12 months, but it's certainly the case for me.

I wish I had written more about the rest of this show. Very strong Chalkdust, Skin It Back, Moma, Rift, Gin, ...Crap, very strong first set. I don't know where to draw the line for an opening salvo!

Gin was it's typical excellence and the Stash was simply otherworldly. While I feel like every version of Stash has been amazing despite being so concise, this one stretched it out to 1994 size at the very least. A nice emotional journey as some uplifting sounds fight their way through before being beaten back down into their sack where they belong.

Don't ask me about Curtis Loew. My thoughts on that song are not rational nor are they positive. I won't begrudge anyone loving it, but it rubs me oh so wrong haha.

While Chalkdust was a stand out, Kill Devil Falls switched places with Chalkdust for an evening and kept itself relatively intact. After the last few versions pushing past the closing lyrics or dissolving into a radioactive snake pit of loops, it was nice to get a grounded version again. I like when the band switches it up. Sometimes that results in a 3 minute Ghost. These things happen!

Not the greatest Antelope, but enough to make up for the frankly messy version from San Francisco.

Tweezer was a solid contender for the best of 3.0 status. A for effort. I'd put it below the big improvisational guns from the leg so far, Rock&Roll, DWD, Simple, Crosseyed & Light, but a worthy member of that "Jam Of The Show" Club- at least if the sneaky destructive first set Stash doesn't steal the crown.

Surrounding my earlier review, the Mikes was fairly standard, meaning that it melted the flesh off of bones. Weekapaug? Anything but. Super slowed down, swampy version that allowed the band to find space for great interplay. Right up there with Star Lake for the Paug of the year.

I've been listening to some guy's "Plinko De Mayo" mix which goes Greek Cities-> ? Amazing Simple-> Worcester Hood a LOT lately, and hearing the sweet plinko sound arising from Hood was orgasmic. This version plays the plinko much more subtly, weaving it into the fabric of a normal Hood jam. Page and Mike are putting in some serious melodic work in the first half of this jam, and once Trey starts ripping off these big bold riffs towards the end, Mike has this run of ascending notes that I may end up remembering forever. Awesome Hood ending. I feel good about it.


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