Live Bait 13 Reminded Me of Something Outstanding in 2009


Ya ya, I know, we don’t make a peep in months and months and then the night before tour we drop a stupid little post out of nowhere. Whatever. So, Phish just released Live Bait 13 to get us all ready for the much-anticipated, doughnut-loving tour. It’s one of the best playlists yet: 7/20/14’s Wedge, 7/18/93’s Antelope, 12/29/97’s Tube, 12/31/10’s Ghost and more. Included […]

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Mike on Phish’s New Songs: “Meaty” and Lacking “Fluff”, “Sappiness”?


Phish is halfway though summer tour. While the band is on a five-day jaunt out west to throw down a pair of shows at the Gorge and then tour south, it is a good time to reflect on how things have gone so far. Trey’s playing has sounded pretty stellar. His tone and precision has been pretty top notch and I think has been on display from the beginning of the tour, something I’ve had my ear on since Wrigley’s “Divided Sky” and “Good Times, Bad Times”. Despite his great sound I also agree with many people that the overall setlists seem to be different from the more jam-heavy efforts of last year, featuring a bit less creative improv.

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