And The Room Begins To Spin

3.7.08 (M.Walters)

3.8.09 (M.Walters)

Tucked away amidst a two-hour first set on Saturday at Hampton was one of the dark horse jams of the weekend.  With marathon setlists each night, some moments were inevitably lost in the extended fray- especially “Split Open and Melt.”  Representing the first real jam of the evening, the band took a daring ride down an abstract ally, creating a seething piece of music that was reminiscent of the band’s full on experimentation in ’94.  Leaving groove behind, the band attacked this jam vigorously, previewing the more open-ended excursions of the second set.


3.6.09 (W.Rogell)

Contributing to the early ’90s vibe that defined this first set- and the entire weekend- “Split Open” was the first piece of the night that really got the show going.  Immediately firing up the crowd, the band sat into the introductory grooves of the song.  As they approached the pre-jam break, that rush of anticipation grew tangible, knowing we were about to live the first “Split” in five years.  As we plunged below the water line, between beams to the gloom room, we were soon covered with seaweed and slime- and then it was time to melt.


3.8.09 (M.Walters)

Starting the jam at a brisk pace, the band wasted no time getting into the thick of things, characteristic of most all the shorter jams at Hampton.  Delving into the dense musical canvas, the band almost immediately guided the jam out into more abstract territory.  With Fishman playing a complex and grooveless beat, the other members began adding their interpretations of this experimental plane.  Trey focused primarily on wailing tonality and searing walls of sound, bringing the improv ever deeper with his work.  Mike played a continuous bassline that followed the jagged contours of the jam, while Page added blocked piano chords that anchored the far off jam to the song.

3.6.09 (W.Rogell)

3.6.09 (W.Rogell)

As the band got involved in twisting improv, one could have been fooled into thinking they were listening to a version from the mid-nineties.  Trey progressed into his dirtiest tone, playing more distinct phrases, as Fish worked over his cymbals like it was the last time he would ever play them.  Following this maddening path, the band came to a dissonant peak before pushing onwards through the sonic sludge.  At this point, Mike began pounding out a heavier, repetitive line, inviting the band to return to the song’s structure.  Within a minute, they had congealed and completed  “Split,” but the brevity of the jam certainly took nothing away from its quality.  A menacing portrait of the band’s 3.Old-school sound that painted the Hampton shows, this jam was a quick reminder of Phish’s ability to take a jam very far out in no time, and speed back to earth like a fiery comet.

3.6.09 (J.DiGiuseppe)

3.6.09 (J.DiGiuseppe)

As illustrated by this “Split,” the beauty of Hampton was that it was only the beginning.  Primarily, the band played concise, to the point jams as they got their sea legs back again.  Come mid-summer, shows will assume quite a different landscape.  And by the time summer ends, Hampton will exist as a mystical memory of the weekend when it all started to come back together again.


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rspage1In a very candid Rolling Stone article, Phish gave writer, David Fricke, further insight into their upcoming studio plans.  Very exciting was the fact that Phish already has 20 new songs and is prepared to start work on their next album in April.  Teaming up with Steve Lillywhite (Billy Breathes) again, look for a cohesive effort that moves beyond their previous albums.  Trey supported this assertion, saying, “I’m not convinced we’ve made a great record yet.”  Yes, the passion is back!  The article also gives you a look into the band’s dynamic during the break up and over the Hampton weekend.  Although the article is not online, someone scanned it in.  The three pages are below, click on the links and then click on the page to zoom in.  It’s a great read!

Rolling Stone: Page 1 < LINKS
Rolling Stone: Page 2
Rolling Stone: Page 3


8.13.93 The Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN SBD < LINKS BACK SOON

8.13.93 The Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN SBD < TORRENT LINK


The Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

Continuing our week of ’93 downloads, they don’t come much more classic than this.  A second set of segue-mania features the fan favorite “Murat Gin” as well as incredibly dynamic playing throughout.  A definitive piece of August ’93, this SBD is a must for all collectors.

I: Lengthwise > Llama, Makisupa Policeman > Foam, Stash, Ginseng Sullivan > Fluffhead, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Horn, David Bowie

II: Buried Alive > Rift, Bathtub Gin > Ya Mar, Mike’s Song > Lifeboy, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg

E: Amazing Grace, Highway to Hell*



“Mexican Cousin” 3.7.09 –  Photo: Spencer Short

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243 Responses to “And The Room Begins To Spin”

  1. Little Buddy Says:

    @ contact420

    I haven’t seen anyone bitching and I certainly didn’t score any tix myself. I wasn’t trying to imply that people should be suing Ticketmaster either, surely that would be too costly to be a worthwhile pursuit. I just thought the legal question was an interesting one and I know nothing about contract law or anything like that. We have found ourselves in a very interesting place regarding tickets for v 3.0 and the lack of regulations regarding scalping, etc. has created a lot of anxiety. The “glitch” that occurred last night was interesting, and I just got to thinking about what it means for those that did get email confirmations from TM and whether that rep[resented any kind of enforceable contract.

    I’m sorry I brought up the legal issues. I really wasn’t trying to imply that people should take action. I just thought it was an interesting question and I knew there are some lawyer folk who read Phishthoughts. My bad…

  2. Frankie Says:

    For some great Fishman drumming, check out Jazz Mandolin Project live album Tour de Flux! Really enjoyable and YES he can play anything and everything…

    @ Davey
    If i score tickets for Red Rocks or Gorge through the lottery, there’s one for you! I’m serious!

  3. c0wfunk Says:

    Pretty sure legally they have the right to cancel order, esp those released on accident.

  4. Frankie Says:

    @ SOAM
    You got my vote on the Traveling Riverside Blues cover! Great tune! And some more Crazy Horse! When You Dance or Big Time…

    “I’m still living the dream we had, for me it’s not over”

  5. Chalkdustin Says:

    From TM site:

    If the amount you pay for a ticket is incorrect regardless of whether because of an error in a price posted on this web site or otherwise communicated to you, or you are able to order a ticket before its scheduled on-sale or presale date or you are able to order a ticket that was not supposed to have been released for sale, then: Ticketmaster will have the right to cancel that ticket (or the order for that ticket) and refund to you the amount that you paid. This will apply regardless of whether because of human error or a transactional malfunction of this web site or other Ticketmaster operated system.

  6. R1 Says:

    you have nothing to apologize for Little Buddy

  7. Pence Says:

    There ya go Cowfunk

  8. nick Says:

    Thought i had mine to red rocks… order cancelled

  9. whole tour! Says:

    thanks miner for posting the rolling stone article. I was wanting to read that!

    as far as page is concerned, name me another keyboard/piano player in rock and roll that can play like he can? He is the counterpoint to trey. The guy plays with such a fury it’s scary sometimes. Sometimes page plays rythym guitar parts on the piano that just sounds impossible to me. He takes guitar rythym parts and beautifully executes them on the piano. This is something that takes a long time to map out and play. There is no “guitar tab” for piano and hammond. He has to discover how to break these songs down to be performed on the piano. sure, he has gotten better over the years. I’m glad that he stopped using that one electronic keyboard that he used up until about 92, and branched out to grand piano. he’s what I call a master “organ grinder.” Nothing tops his nasty organ sheets of sound and it’s what makes phish instantly recognizable.

    Page the weakest player in phish? far from it. If it wern’t for page there would be no phish. The stuff he plays is very technical and demanding. Just listen to him on the faster rack and roll songs. The guy is a monster. IMHO page holds phish to the tracks. The stuff he does where he is “always just a moment late”, where he mimics trey just a split second behind him is unreal. and he does all this while holding down the rythym of a song. It’s jawdroppingly amazing. Not to mention the fact that the guy plays about 10 different keyboards! Who else can play a lead on the hammond while at the same time dropping rythym on the piano and throwing in clav nastiness? For me at least, page is the fucking man. He plays music that is not meant for the piano, but more meant for a rythym guitarist and expert lead combined. The man is an octopus with two arms that sound like 8!

  10. SOAM Says:

    He came dancing across the water.

  11. whole tour! Says:

    as far as pink floyd is concerned….all i have to say is: UMMA-FUCKING-GUMMA!!!

    i lucked out and saw the division bell tour in tampa 94…hands down one of the best shows i ever saw. I broke my heart that rick wright passed away. The thought of a full on pink floyd reunion tour where gilmour and waters buried the hatchet had been kicking around in my head for years. At least they did those 4 songs at live8 as the intact unit + basically the division bell back up band. it was fleeting, but fucking sick!

    if any band picks up on the floyd vibe the best…it’s our beloved boys from vermont.

  12. Frankie Says:

    Nobody does Cortez like Neil though… just saw him last december and he was on top of his game! Truly amazing to watch! The man is truly getting better with age!

    Thanks for the Zep note! I predict Physical Graffiti cover album for Halloween in Albany! Put it on and dream! 😀

  13. dyda Says:

    several species, eh? yeah that is one album that divides casual fans from serious ones. great album covers too with the picture in picture and band members changing positions in each progressive one and the back with all their equipment laid out

  14. dyda Says:

    and kind of bringing this back around to that review from lyon with pierre. wasn’t that the same show with bela and the flecktones sitting in? either that or one shortly thereafter. praise for those guys. they are some incredible musicians. medeski, martin & wood too…

  15. SOAM Says:

    Cortez could be the best song ever-other then maybe HYHU

  16. nonoyolker Says:

    The guitar solo in Cortez is the SHIT~! The version from Weld is straight up disgusting.
    I like the Zep call for the Halloween costume. Either that or the Stones. Exile on Main st.? I read somewhere that in they had considered Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes and Trey really wanted to do My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless (?!?!) in the past. Would have been a strange show…

  17. whole tour! Says:

    when i was like 15, and new to puffing to the point where one hit of dank would send me into the stratosphere astronaut style for hours at a time, ummagumma was the album that was my guide into the deep nether worlds of the unknown….it was sick. I wish i could still get that stoned!

  18. Frankie Says:

    As far as Floyd is concerned, Meddle is the album i always go back to… On VINYL also… Classic with a big C!

  19. Little Buddy Says:

    Love Meddle!!! Great headphones album.

  20. Chalkdustin Says:

    Call me a dork, but I still like to pop in 2001, sync it up with Echoes, light up, and drift into space.

  21. c0wfunk Says:

    97 phish jams esp have a very floyd sound..

    I think the pierre show ,n flecktones show are one and th same.. Maybe my fav guest appearance is that yem, amazing stuff there. The 5-5-93 w/ col bruce is it? Is a close second.

  22. WHOLE TOUR! Says:

    “strangers passing on the street
    by chance their seperate glances meet
    and i am you and what you see is me”

  23. Mitch Says:



  24. SOAM Says:

    Basement tapes are incredible-utterly lacking any commercial appeal-completely fuckin wacked lyrics. all Danko-Ain’t no more cane

  25. Frankie Says:

    @ Chalkdustin
    How did that batch of homemade beer went in Hampton? Is it a GO for this summer? 🙂

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