Taste the Fear

Merriweather 8.15 (K.Pusey)

Merriweather 8.15.09 (K.Pusey)

With so much new Phish to listen to these days, one of the most engaging and protean jams of the tour hasn’t gotten its proper credit.  Buried in a lackluster second set at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the band played one of their finest pieces of music since their return.  After listening to “46 Days” a few times over, it is certainly one of the most diverse, far-reaching Phish jams of the summer.  From heavy groove to ambient psychedelia, this jam brought us deep into the primordial soup before delivering us to heights uncharted.

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

After a high-energy and exciting first set, comprised almost exclusively of bustouts, everyone was ready for the band to bring the heat in the second.  And when they opened with “Tweezer,” it seemed like Merriweather was about to explode.  But instead, Phish played one of the most uneventful renditions in  memory, on the way to a particularly slow beginning of the set.  Segueing quickly into “Taste,” we soon found ourselves listening to an “interlude” of “Alaska” and “Let Me Lie,” but nothing  spectacular had happened to necessitate one.  Thus when Phish started up “46 Days” it could have gone either way.  Phish could have just as easily played a eight-minute rendition of the song, continuing the pattern of the night, or they could have gone huge on the song- something they’ve done more than a couple times in the past.  Needless to say, they chose the latter.

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

After a quick pass through the composition, Phish got right into the thick of things.  Springing off a bass-driven platform, the band entered some slowed down molasses-funk, and immediately we knew we were in for a ride.  Before long, we found ourselves knee-deep in a murky swamp of the mind, trudging through layered musical sludge that became slower and spacier with each step we took.  Bombarded with sonic textures, likening an alien encounter, Trey threw us a rope to hold onto via slower sustained melodies stemming from the dark side.  Mike led the band into menacing grooves, killing it with a unique backdrop that only he can provide.  Offering a faster idea, Trey hopped aboard the bass line, and soon infused the jam with its first taste of happiness.

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

The band settled into a soundscape with Trey delicately atop, and soon built the piece into awesome whole-band ambient sculpture.  As the music reached its most abstract point, Trey added a faster rhythm pattern that, at first, seemed out of place.  But as the band built around his offering, the music became divine.  And as Trey started to solo in this vein, Fish kicked a dance beat and the band was off into some of the most organic, and spectacular improv of the summer.  Completely switching gears from its dark beginning, the subsequent music is pure Phish majesty.

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

As the band continued into a tight, rhythmic pattern, Phish was in complete destruction mode, flowing as their heart desired.  Disconnected from any song structure, they played as if no one were there, and it was perfect.  Trey painted the blissful music with surreal melodic themes that Page complimented masterfully on piano.  Reaching a higher plane, the band collectively blossomed in a splendid segment of pure and utter hose. Trey’s lines transformed into mind-bending waterfalls in one of those you moments you couldn’t believe, even though it was happening right in front of you.

Following the jam’s soaring peak with an artistic denouement and a slip into “Oh! Sweet Nuthin,” Phish gave everyone a moment to breathe after their signature excursion.  The ballad was played with an emotional purpose, punctuating the exalting music that had just gone down.  Though it was the only taste of  exploration all night long, “46 Days” gave Merriweather’s second set some street cred with one of the greatest- and most overlooked- Winged music notejams of the tour.


Jam of the Day:

46 Days > Oh! Sweet Nuthin” 8.15 II




8.5.09 Shoreline, Mountain View CA < Torrent

8.5.09 Shoreline, Mountain View CA < Megaupload

2266988757_3aedc34579This mid-week stop in the Bay Area carried provided more than a few highlights, though has lived in the shadows of Red Rocks and The Gorge.  This show offers one the most exploratory “Diseases” of the year, a fine second set run of “Cities > Maze, Mike’s,” a hot first-set “Bowie,” and the return of Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin.”  Check it out.

I: Golgi Apparatus, Halley’s Comet, Chalk Dust Torture, The Divided Sky, When the Circus Comes, Time Turns Elastic, Ya Mar, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Suzy Greenberg, David Bowie

II: Backwards Down the Number Line, Down With Disease > Limb By Limb, Oh Sweet Nuthin’, Cities > Maze, Mike’s Song > Simple, Weekapaug Groove

E: Let Me Lie, Bold As Love

Source: Schoeps mk41> KCY> Schoeps VMS02IB> Apogee Mini-Me> SD 722 (@24bit/96kHz)
(Taper- taylorc)



Merriweather Post Pavilion 8.15.09 (Photo – Kenny Pusey)

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362 Responses to “Taste the Fear”

  1. Ewok Says:


    Yes, I know John Zinkand. Really good guy, very chill. Loves him some Phish and Umph. We’re hoping to do NW Umph tour together this fall 🙂

  2. Marshall Says:

    ok – I missed something at some point. Where are the K Shapiro SBDs ?

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    I saw horrible cop things happen at every Virginia run I attended – a lot – except Roanoke and the ’91 Hampton JGB where it was such a ridiculous storm no one was doing anything in the lots & the show ended up un-crowded and chill

    Richmond was the worst by far – terrifying – people dosing cops – people dosing cop HORSES – total insanity

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    @marshall http://dogoneblog.wordpress.com/ – scroll down a ways

  5. Dogone Says:

    Nice to see so many people are enjoying those sbds!

  6. Marshall Says:

    What is LivePhish Radio?

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    go to livephish.com and look up top – click “listen”

    @Dogone – that’s a nice blog you got there, good work

  8. whole tour! Says:

    thanks dogone….made my week.

  9. Marshall Says:

    OK – I have listened to the constant stream from phish.com – but how do people download from that stream?

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    there’s various widgetry out there to record streaming audio…for one thing you can just stream it via iTunes or anything and run and audio capture program…Audacity does that, maybe there are better solutions, I have not done it in years…hm

    hmf, don’t have audacity on this machine right now…its free and great at a lot of things

  11. sumodie Says:

    @Dogone, I also enjoyed your blog -thanks! And you’ve contributed to a growing backlog of music that I’d like to dl -just ordered the terabyte HD last night though 🙂

  12. John Zinkand Says:

    Thanks for reading my article. I think I get it. Music is subjective…

    As Zappa said, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture…”

    But yet I try…

    I like the older machine gun Trey style Phsih with the wacky shenanigans and antics….not so much into the slower looping funk….so sue me….


    Cheers, guys…hey Mark!

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    re: SBDs- those very archives were available on Phish Thoughts over a year ago:



  14. Mr. Completely Says:


    someone really needs to come through with that index of your uploads

    man up, people

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    “As Zappa said, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture…””

    ^ great quote, though after some research I have found it wasn’t necessarily Zappa who coined the phrase. It has a confusing history and noone really knows WHO started it. Interesting…


  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^this was all I could find right this second…

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    right…that’s another project I need to get on….but all these shows are hosted all over the place at this point…..somewhat absurd…I need to get them all onto mega- but that is a project in its own right….anyone down?

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    b/c on Mega there is unlimited bandwitdth with a yearly fee….much better than paying per download like mediafirePro and Amazon s3…

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    anyone, anyone, bueller……

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’ve seen that quote attributed a bunch of ways too…wow what an ugly website that guy has! He seems like a smart guy, but wow, took me back to 1997.

    Zappa *did* say this – I’ve almost bought this shirt several times:

    Information is not knowledge.
    Knowledge is not wisdom.
    Wisdom is not truth.
    Truth is not beauty.
    Beauty is not love.
    Love is not music.
    Music is the best.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    yeah. Zappa def said it at some point, for sure……great sentiment on the T!

  22. fat bastard Says:

    what are the odds of joe’s garage? 100 to 1

  23. fat bastard Says:

    i will bet even up that there is a walfredo at indio

  24. fat bastard Says:

    miner at toyota park I thought they played a show for the masses

  25. voopa Says:

    Here’s a google doc of complete shows posted through late July…I started working on an archive section for Miner back then, but work has taken priority…hopefully I can get back on it soon.

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