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Phish: August 13, 2021 Atlantic Metropolis

Apart from two stops for larger schooling, I’ve lived my entire life in New York State. Because of this I've an advanced relationship with the State of New Jersey. Sure, I settle for that there are stunning sections of New Jersey — the lakes and mountains within the North of the State, the breathtaking scenes alongside the Delaware River within the West of the State, and naturally the numerous great seashores on the state-long Atlantic coast.

However with that magnificence comes some ugliness. Every of the foremost cities alongside the coast have commercialized boardwalks, and whereas the music of artists like The Drifters, Bobby Rydell, and Bruce Springsteen have glorified life alongside the Shore, the boardwalks are largely simply depressingly seedy. What is especially miserable about Atlantic Metropolis particularly is {that a} hundred toes north of the boardwalk throughout your complete expanse of the city is even worse. Positive, there are casinos — America’s most blatant and unabashed grift — however there are additionally numerous empty shops, vacant tons, and misplaced souls.

The arrival of the touring circus that's Phish tour took this carnie environment to a whole different degree. This was not only a tradition conflict, however a multi-layered appropriation of a socially and morally bankrupt metropolis by an uncontrolled bacchanalia that sucked the final vestige of pleasure from the city. After I left Friday night time’s present and walked again to my unhappy motel, I traversed a balloon orgy — a unending row of nitrous tanks the place the underbelly of native criminals fed an insatiable suburban youth with the hiss of an addictive however terribly fleeting excessive. These scenes performed out earlier than midnight, however I'm informed that the hiss of evil lasted a minimum of till 3:30 am.

I don’t have any cause to know if Phish themselves know any of this. They very clearly ought to know as a result of prefer it or not, their identify and fame are tied to those occasions. However the unhappy confluence of a decaying scene and a band on the prime of their sport just isn't misplaced amongst these of us who're there for the music. This isn't the late-era Nineteen Nineties Grateful Useless, whose decline as a band in some ways paralleled the disintegration of the “scene”. What's coming from the Phish stage are persistently glorious performances, and that's a part of what makes so infuriating the dangerously cavalier conduct of those that are going to wreck this for all of us.

It was towards this darkish backdrop that Phish took the stage on Friday night time and proceeded to reference New Jersey and the seashore setting from be aware one and all through. The present opening “Automobiles Vans and Buses” is each a Phish music and the much less traveled proper three lanes of the break up NJ Turnpike between exits 6 and 15. The set closing “Sand” was in all places, together with caught to everybody by the top of the night time. In between, the band performed one of the crucial strong first units of the tour, highlighted by a bouncy and pushed “Blaze On”. The second set was equally sturdy, with a notable Trey solo in “Possum” and the always-welcome Hood. However the spotlight of the night for me was actually the thirty-five minutes of “Tweezer > Bathtub Gin”. At 22 minutes, this Tweezer wasn’t an extended because the model from earlier within the tour, however the jams had been all exact and targeted. This could be the most effective single music performed this Summer time by this band.

The oasis of chunky jams now over, the trek from the Missouri Avenue Exit One off the seashore to quieter confines was each bodily tough and psychically draining. Whereas it was not possible to keep away from the utter anarchy of the overrun Boardwalk, there was at all times Saturday to hope for some measure of redemption.

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypercards from a really advantageous location on the soundboard cage, shielded from the ocean wind by the tent (together with some further customized “windcutter” screens). The reside combine was sublimely good and loud sufficient to rise above the group din. The ensuing recording is excellent and exceeds any expectations tempered by this tough taping location. I’ll be taking part in this one loud for a very long time to come back, and I hope you do too. Get pleasure from!

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Stream Tweezer > Bathtub Gin:

The Seaside
Atlantic Metropolis NJ

Digital Grasp Recording
Tapers Part at Soundboard

Neumann KM-150 Hypers > Sound Gadgets 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (put up manufacturing) > CDWave 1.95 (monitoring) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging by way of Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Set 1 [Total Time 1:04:29]
01 Automobiles Vans Buses
02 AC DC Bag
03 Blaze On
04 Wolfman’s Brother
05 I Didn’t Know
06 Funky Bitch
07 Rift
08 Sand

Set 2 [Total Time 1:30:40]
09 Tweezer
10 Bathtub Gin
11 All the things’s Proper
12 Possum
13 Additionally Sprach Zarathustra
14 Rise Come Collectively
15 Harry Hood
16 Extra
17 [encore break]
18 Loving Cup

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