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Phish: August 13, 2021 Atlantic Metropolis

Aside from two stops for increased training, I’ve lived my entire life in New York State. Which means I’ve an advanced relationship with the State of New Jersey. Sure, I settle for that there are lovely 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 main 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 principally simply depressingly seedy. What is especially miserable about Atlantic Metropolis particularly is {that a} hundred toes north of the boardwalk throughout all the 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 heaps, 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 satisfaction from the city. Once I left Friday evening’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 advised that the hiss of evil lasted not less than till 3:30 am.

I don’t have any motive to know if Phish themselves know any of this. They very clearly ought to know as a result of prefer it or not, their title and fame are tied to those occasions. However the unhappy confluence of a decaying scene and a band on the high of their sport will not be 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 habits of those that are going to break this for all of us.

It was in opposition to this darkish backdrop that Phish took the stage on Friday evening and proceeded to reference New Jersey and the seashore setting from word one and all through. The present opening “Automobiles Vehicles and Buses” is each a Phish tune 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 tip of the evening. In between, the band performed probably the most 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 a protracted because the model from earlier within the tour, however the jams have been all exact and centered. This is likely to be one of the best single tune 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 inconceivable to keep away from the utter anarchy of the overrun Boardwalk, there was all the time 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 additional customized “windcutter” screens). The dwell combine was sublimely excellent and loud sufficient to rise above the gang din. The ensuing recording is excellent and exceeds any expectations tempered by this tough taping location. I’ll be enjoying this one loud for a very long time to come back, and I hope you do too. Take pleasure in!

Obtain the Full Present [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream Tweezer > Bathtub Gin:

The Seashore
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 through Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Set 1 [Total Time 1:04:29]
01 Automobiles Vehicles 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 The whole lot’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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