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

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(Taper- taylorc)



Merriweather Post Pavilion 8.15.09 (Photo – Kenny Pusey)

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362 Responses to “Taste the Fear”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    huh! I had no idea

  2. voopa Says:

    More info on Party Time from jambands.com:

    Phish has confirmed the tracklisting for Party Time, the bonus album included in the box set edition of its new recording Joy. The album will feature the rest of the new songs the group debuted this summer: Jon Fishman’s “Party Time,” Trey Anastasio’s “Alaska” and “Windy City.” The album will also boast a new version of “Let Me Lie,” a track off Anastasio’s Bar 17 release that Phish added to its repertoire after reuniting. In addition, the album will feature a version of “In A Misty Glade,” a song the group originally recorded during The Story of the Ghost studio sessions, and “The Birdwatcher,” a song Phish recorded shortly before breaking up in 2004. The rest of the album will consist of “Gone,” Gordon’s “Only A Dream,” “If I Told You,” “Splinters Of Hail,” “Can’t Come Back,” “Shrine” and “Liquid Time.” “Splinters of Hail” is believed to be a reworked section of the Joy song “Time Turns Elastic,” while Gordon played “Only a Dream” with his solo band in 2008.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh, maybe they are chunkifying TTE! that would be a nice solution

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    I was listening to Bearsville before 2nd leg started but I can’t remember Misty Glade, I’ll go back to it tonight

    also, I think “Misty Glade” sounds like a porn name

    just me?

  5. c0wfunk Says:

    or maybe it’s part of one of the instrumental movements of tte?

  6. Gus Says:

    and also Trey mentioned that phish was basically broken up when they recorded the birdwatcher so they all recorded their parts in separate rooms.

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    wow beatles white album style crazy ..

  8. MOonSHaKE Says:

    RE:97′ Amsterdam!! Pick a show and melt….

    I was at both of the summer shows at the Paradiso Club and it was magical. Nasty 20+ min. Ghost to start things off, nice Free/Bowie encore for 2nd night, also got to hear my first Cities and Circus Comes to Town.

    Best part about this experience was hanging out with the band. Nice private party at the Grey Area near Singel Canal, Trey, Page, and Fishman were there. Later hung out with Trey and one of his highschool buddies at Dutch Flowers, then hung out with him for about half an hour in an alley behind the Paradiso after 2nd show.

    When asking Trey why he decided to come back and play a second encore after walking off the stage after the first encore, his answer:

    “The space cake just started kickin in and I didn’t want to stop playing.”

    I recommend Europe tour if they ever decide to do it again. I’d also love to see them in the South Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, anywhere but Japan (too expensive)

  9. Mitch Says:

    Does anyone know John Zinkand?

    I ran across an article today at jambands.com:

    He’s been going to shows forever so I figured someone might know him… Anyway he sat next to me and my friends at the gorge.

    “”Mango Song” to open the show topped perfection. Things were even more perfecter now…if that makes any sense. A young man to our right pulled out an actual round mango fruit and held it to the sky triumphantly as the band played the song. His smile was beaming as he showed us and many other neighbors the ripe mango fruit. We shook our heads happily and agreed that he did have a mango and they were playing “Mango Song”! Phish played the song very well and almost a little more aggressively than in the past, sort of slamming through the changes.”

    Such a small world. Anyway, I’m glad he got to feel IT again.

  10. Mitch Says:

    ^turns out he sat next to me and my friends at the gorge. I don’t know him personally and didn’t meet him at the show but read the review and knew it was us.

  11. llamalee Says:

    so whats the deal with party time release – is it an only inclusive with joy package or what. when’s its release date?

  12. nonoyolker Says:

    WAY off topic, but does anyone have a copy of 06-24-99 from Trey’s Barn where Jim Carey sang a few songs? Been looking for this recording forever and it seems to be a myth now. Someone had to record it, no?

  13. llamalee Says:

    also mr.miner, i loved that 46 days – i remeber thinking during the show that it made up for everything else that did not live up to my expectations at the show – and what about that hood, i thought it lived off the same style and creative surfing of the 46 days

  14. Pence Says:

    How did Jim carey even get to the barn?

  15. voopa Says:

    lol @ the db’s sole entry for 6-24-99:

    I don’t have it, but I made you look

  16. nonoyolker Says:

    @ Pence – they were filming Me, Myself and Irene nearby. Carey sang Hey You (Bachman Turner Overdrive – not Floyd) and Come Together. Heard they partied down

  17. Marshall Says:

    What about “the blob” that Phish recorded and then scrapped, releasing eventually Billy Breathes instead. Steep is the only remnant of “The Blob” that I’ve heard, but I wonder what artifacts there are out there of this time in Phistory?

  18. cottle Says:

    “Misty Glade” sounds like an aerosol air freshener scent, or maybe a floor wax or something.

  19. cottle Says:

    This is the longest workday ever. Two and a half hours til I can go home, rip a few tubes and get ready to go see the New Deal tonight.

  20. notkuroda Says:

    the New Deal is sick

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    did anyone ever see Drums & Tuba?

    I thought they were dope

    new deal opened the Herbie Hancock show we promoted…they tore it up

  22. sumodie Says:

    RE: coffee
    For the serious coffee drinker, I also recommend (more so than coffeegeek.com -I got my links screwed up earlier today):


    While I’ve never purchased Terroir’s micro-batch roasted beans, I did buy my Technivorm drip brewer from them. Terroir’s website has some great articles on coffee beans, coffee makers, etc -a great resource.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…and I need another cup taboot.

  23. Marshall Says:

    Corrine Corrina – I thought this was another of those Phish originals that debuted post-Rift but played less than 10 times (from yesterday’s discussion), only to learn today from perusing Phish Stats that is was played many times in 1987 and 1988.

    Phish is a universe that no matter how much time I dedicate to it, there will always be more out there that I don’t know.

  24. ATL 007 Says:

    Saw D&T open for the Frog Brigade and Galactic..

  25. cottle Says:

    ^ I know this one from Free Wheelin’, (Dylan) but I’m pretty sure it was a cover even then. Can anyone confirm that?

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