Straight Across

Equilibrium: a state of balance between opposing forces or actions.

In "Line" at Hampton (J. Kravitz)

In "Line" at Hampton (J. Kravitz)

Equilibrium is the state that Phish attains when things are flowing subconsciously- in from the universe and out through their instruments.  It is this state that is sought every time the band steps on stage; sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t- but the ride of discovery is half the fun.  Phish has utilized different techniques throughout their career in a constant attempt to achieve this musical balance.  From their famous “Fill in the ‘Hey” hole” jamming exercise to their collegiate Oh Kee Pah Ceremonies; from “the Blob” that formed Billy Breathes to their collaborative funk grooves, Phish has continually strove to reach a musical equilibrium.

3.8.09 (Unknown)

3.8.09 (Unknown)

One of Phish’s techniques used to achieve this balance throughout most of their career was their “four across” stage set up- Fish and Page turned in slightly and looking at each other.  Absent from 1999 to 2004, the band came out at Hampton in their original stage set up- the one we grew up with.  This was clearly an intentional return to the band’s on-stage roots, and the decision carries a certain significance and symbolism.  Set up as four equal parts, all next to, and able to see, each other’s eyes, the “old” Phish was back.  As the band reconnects with many of their early musical habits in 2009, the switch to the old-school lineup aligns perfectly with this rejuvenation.

3.6.09 (Unknown)

3.6.09 (Unknown)

At the first show of 1999- June 30th at Bonner Springs- the band took the stage, for the first time in their career, in a new arrangement.  Fish was placed on a riser behind the band- the conventional spot for a drummer.  Mike was brought front and center, while Trey was bumped to stage left.  Quite disorienting at first, the band remained with this set up all the way through 2000.  Mike’s prominence in the music, and a physically-tighter rhythm section were going theories as to why the switch was made at this time.

When the band came back from their hiatus, there was another on-stage shape shift.  Trey returned to his place in the middle of the band, able to better communicate with everyone, and Mike assumed his former spot on stage left.  Meanwhile, Fish remained behind the other members in the same position.  The band carried this arrangement throughout the 2.0 era, and it seemed like the “line” was forever gone.

Fast forward five years- we enter The Mothership.  Re-acclimating ourselves to the foreign, yet familiar, surroundings, when glancing up at the stage, we are struck by the “line” again!  Initiating the old-school vibe before a note was even played, Phish was returning to their roots.  The stage looked normal again, and when the band came out with “Fluffhead,” everything seemed to be falling into place.  This was the band we knew!

"Contact" (J.Kravitz)

"Contact" (J.Kravitz)

Phish has always been a musical phenomenon- four equal cogs that, when working together, equal far more than the sum of their parts.  Musical balance is key to this transcendence; absorbing the ideas of all four band members equally- questing for that moment.  With their return to the original stage set up, the balance of Phish’s music is once again physically manifested.  Lined up as peers, each member is an equal part of the greatest whole on earth.  The band’s original arrangement will likely trigger their original stage dynamic and style of communication.  We began to observe this already at Hampton.  As Phish continues to forge a new musical path, they will do so with revitalized energy, a dedication to practice, and an enhanced physical balance.  With this recipe, the result will be an aural equilibrium that will provide many an adventure in IT.

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Hampton – Photo: Jeff Kravitz (insidecelebpics)

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

phish-red-rocks-946.10.1994 Red Rocks < LINK

6.10.1994 Red Rocks < TORRENT LINK

Everyone knows about the stellar 6.11.94 Red Rocks show with the great FM SBDs that have circulated over the years.  This show was the night before.  A classic second set was anchored by the epic beautiful combination of “Curtain > Tweezer > Lifeboy,” and capped with a vintage ’94 “Hood.”  “Demand > Bowie” added some beef to the openeing frame.

I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Sample in a Jar, Nellie Cane, Demand > David Bowie, Lizards, Cavern, Julius

II: Axilla [Part II], The Curtain > Tweezer > Lifeboy, Sparkle, Possum, HYHU > I Wanna Be Like You > HYHU, Harry Hood, Tweezer Reprise

E: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top


Source: Nuemann TLM 170i>DAT [Set 1: Sub-cariods; Set 2: Cariods)


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319 Responses to “Straight Across”

  1. null Says:

    Hey – it was brutal out there today, no doubt. One of us went to a local outlet (California), was 4th in line, and it sold out right before her. When you’re at an outlet, you’re at the mercy of the people behind the counter. If they’re slow, you’re gone. And the people behind her never had a chance. She said it as a bad scene all around – one of the worst things she’d ever experienced.

    I was on the phone. They were so overloaded that the automated attendant said only about half the words, punctuated with *minutes* of dead silence. And there were random disconnects.

    My point: you’ve just got to be lucky. It’s no consolation, I know. But whether by mailorder, phone, person, or internet, some will get through and some won’t, and it pretty much comes down to that ineffable something, that blessing, that fortune.

    Last thing: *thank you* to everyone who has the grace and goodliness to be *happy* for those who got tickets. In the middle of all of this, it takes a lot of love to be happy for those who are more fortunate than you. It’s not easy, and that needs to be recognized. And when the love outweighs the hate, that’s something wonderful.

    This is just the beginning. Good luck to all over the next few days. And, I swear to you, the music will come through.

  2. guyforget Says:

    Banks, trust me, i wish tix were still $27.50, but that’s not reality unfortunately. I’m very happy to spend $392 bucks for my 7 shows, RR>Gorge. The money i recoup for hooking my friends up with tickets will help me fund my trips, so i don’t look at the grand as being spent on tickets. Perspective.

  3. R1 Says:

    Wax: I believe you’ve just justified my use of that word quite succinctly.

    I was referring to both your excessive use of “big” words and your preachiness – i.e. the sense your writing exudes that your knowledge (of language, phish, music, and life in general) endows you with the right to TEACH us all about the real truth of things

  4. guyforget Says:

    and i’m sorry if my successes in life, which are far from decadent, have put me in a better position than your “little guy”. Talk to Obama, I’m sure you voted for him.

  5. Wax Banks Says:

    The money i recoup for hooking my friends up with tickets will help me fund my trips, so i don’t look at the grand as being spent on tickets. Perspective.

    So, lemme understand you correct, you’re making a profit as a private ticket broker for your friends? And you have the spare time to see seven Phish shows this summer, all else aside?

    I just want to be clear here, because both those things put you in rarefied (or just odd! 🙂 ) company, my man.

  6. Wax Banks Says:

    Aargh, ‘correct’ should be ‘correctly.’ Blah.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    chill out people wtf? Wax- get of people’s back bro…what’s the deal?

    Yes, I got Red rocks tickets through a kind soul. I did not score them online.

  8. dyda Says:

    “gamehendge is a state of mind…”

  9. DC Says:

    wax banks should post a picture so we can look for him this summer

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    1st drafts Wax? Pardon my french, but “Fuck You.” Take your pedantic, self-righteous ass somewhere else. You sound like a prick, and we don’t need that here buddy…you’ve had your chances…now go write your self-indulgent blog that no one reads. peace!

  11. Wax Banks Says:

    I was referring to both your excessive use of “big” words and your preachiness – i.e. the sense your writing exudes that your knowledge (of language, phish, music, and life in general) endows you with the right to TEACH us all about the real truth of things

    ‘Excessive’ is incorrect in that I use lots of big words because I think in big words. Ever read my blog? The writing isn’t pitched quite the same as my speech, but they’re close. It’s not affectation – well, the shit is full of affectations but prolixity and sheer word size aren’t among them. Of course if it’s me you don’t like, that’s fine; I’m more concerned with you agreeing with my writing than with any opinion of me you might hold.

    As for preachiness: I consider vapidity a greater offense than showing off. I really wish a showoffiness-over-vapidity preference was more widespread on this board; it’d make participation more exciting for me, and I’d be inclined to comment less angry. Miner likes the board one way and it’s his board. Done.

    That doesn’t mean a corrective isn’t called for every once in a goddamn while.

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    STOP! I will begin deleting your comments if you continue. Thi is uncalled for. Good bye!

  13. guyforget Says:

    no Banks, i got all the tix, and all my friends will be giving me face for the tix i give them. And yes, i have vacation time at my job, which allows me to take days off for personal things. and guess what, i get paid for it! you are brutal, dude!

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    “vapidity?” – go have a conversation with Noah Webster…

    “‘Excessive’ is incorrect in that I use lots of big words because I think in big words. Ever read my blog? The writing isn’t pitched quite the same as my speech, but they’re close. It’s not affectation – well, the shit is full of affectations but prolixity and sheer word size aren’t among them. Of course if it’s me you don’t like, that’s fine; I’m more concerned with you agreeing with my writing than with any opinion of me you might hold.”

    ^^ Are you serious with this crap? You’re verbally masturbating on this site.

  15. DC Says:

    amzing the attitudes you get from behind a computer keyboard
    wax banks and contact420 should go bowling

  16. guyforget Says:

    sorry miner, just need to defend my constitution. i’m done.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    guy- I’m with you- This guy is acting the fool!

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    “And you have the spare time to see seven Phish shows this summer, all else aside?”

    ^^ you don;t have spare time to see 7 shows? Sucks for you….

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    “But am I wrong to point out that the vitriol upthread is proportional only to a thoroughly un-Phishy(!) sense of entitlement, and not to e.g. the likelihood of scoring fucking Red Rocks tickets? C’mon.”

    ^^ Ummm, you make less sense with each post

  20. Little Buddy Says:

    Hey – remember when this place was all positive vibes and good feelings? Let’s get back to some of that. I’m not saying people can’t have different opinions, but the last couple days it has gotten a little out of hand.

    Wax – I’m married, with a kid, a full-time job, and a dissertation to complete (which is moving along smoothly) and I have time and money for 7 Phish shows this summer. I am yet to figure out how it could be wrong for someone to spend their money (“checking or savings, credit or debt – it doesn’t mater to me”) and time doing something they love. I agree with you that people need to keep things in perspective, but beyond that I have no f’ing idea what the hell your point really is. Again, “keep it in perspective folks” probably would have been enough. I think that is your point and I totally agree, but as for everything else you throw out there, I just don’t understand where you are coming from.

    Anyway, Phish is back and whether you are at the shows or not this is a good thing. The ticketing system sucks, but what can you do?!?! See what you can and download the rest…

    Glad you scored Mr. M.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    thanks little buddy….mos def agree with what you said…I just don’t wheer Wax gets off calling my writing ‘1st drafts” when his is simply not understandable…just stay away Wax- you’re not welcomed here if you are gonna rip on people. That’s not what this place is about (and yes, I know I’m ripping on you now, but you deserve it)

    I’m seeing all the shows this summer– what does that mean, punk? 😉 You jealous?

  22. WHOLE TOUR! Says:

    i could comment…..but i won’t. maybe i will….

    wax why are you here again? if it’s not for the love of phish, then why?

    please never again tell us to grow up. if growing up means being a dickhead like you and my 40 year old lifeless older brother in a suit and tie….then please kill me now.

  23. A_Glide Says:

    I wish I new big words. I had to bust out a dictionary 25 times in the past 8 minutes. Whatever happened to gettin blotto’d and talkin about the music?

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    thanks…sorry for the harshness, but he rubbed me the wrong way…carry on people…..PHISH!

  25. guyforget Says:

    hey, at least i got a lesson yesterday about what a “troll” was, since i had never known what one was, then today, i get to see an example of one. It’s how the education system should work!

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