Ambient Evolution – An Audio Post

The Fox - 6.16 (B.Kisida)

The Fox - 6.16 (B.Kisida)

In an effort to switch things up, I decided to go with an “audio post” today. I often write about Phish’s ambient styles, and ever-evolving use of sound and layered psychedelia, so today I put together a mix that brings you on an audio tour through 1998, 1999, and 2000. Instead of focusing on songs or jams, I put a lens on ambient improv, creating an 80-minute “Trip Through the Late ’90s.” The jams evolve from a section of ’98, to a section of ’99, and concludes with a section of music from 2000. I will post a setlist once I figure it out, as I made the mix on the fly and it’s getting late out here. See if you notice an evolution through the years, or just kick back and space out. Enjoy! (As usual, click the orange track title to download the mix.)

A Trip Through the Late ’90s


Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

David Bowie” 10.12.94 II


The first serious Fall ’94 “Bowie.” There would be many more.



10.12.94 The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN < Torrent

10.12.94 The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN < Megaupload

phish-palumbo-94-miniThis show – Phish’s most recent October 12 offering – celebrates its fifteenth anniversary today. In only the fifth show of a 40+ gig tour, Phish boasted well-polished chops and masterful communication. A soaring second-song “Reba” led into this focused night of music that centered on the second set jams of “David Bowie” and “YEM,” and ” Harry Hood,” with “Bowie” taking the cake.

I: My Friend, My Friend, Reba, The Sloth, Poor Heart, Split Open and Melt, The Lizards, Guelah Papyrus, Julius, Sweet Adeline

II: Peaches en Regalia, David Bowie, Bouncing Around the Room, Scent of a Mule, You Enjoy Myself, Nellie Kane*, Foreplay/Long Time, Harry Hood, Sample in a Jar

E: Good Times Bad Times


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225 Responses to “Ambient Evolution – An Audio Post”

  1. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    time to get serious and get serius

  2. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:


  3. beepaphone Says:


  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    That SF date isn’t on Pollstar, but whatever – wild looking lineup – tour is almost over

    Wed 10/14/09 Phoenix, AZ Modified

    Thu 10/15/09 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland

    Mon 10/19/09 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

    Tue 10/20/09 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge

  5. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:


  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    if any PDX area peeps want to meet up at the Mississippi Studios show, I will definitely be there

    @albert – apparently NoMeansNo has not lost a step. I pointed some peeps to the show I couldn’t go to last week and they said it was epic…

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    re: weather – The ’97 Gorge shows are infamous among everyone who survived them – my wife is still recovering

  8. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    deer creek weather was pretty scary this year and the all time crazy weather for me was the 85 Hershey park Dead show. I am still recovering.

  9. Neemor Says:

    I vote for Deer Creek ’09.
    and the obligatory Walnut Creek.
    (What is it about Phishin’ in a Creek?)

    Don’t forget the signs from mother nature.
    The 4:20 Divided Sky at the Went.
    Hartford’s Halley’s Comet ’09

  10. Ebineezer Says:

    Loved the ambient stuff Miner! Very relaxing in the morning.

  11. voopa Says:

    Got a throat infection from that high desert dry heat at Gorge ’97. Learned a bit about hydration after that weekend.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    ahhhh Jay…but you were there for the second set Music Never Stopped > Tom Thumb’s and all that…what a beautiful show…one of the first shows I had to regret missing

  13. msbjivein Says:

    Hey Jay, I got a fever……………..

  14. msbjivein Says:

    Hey Mr C., Do ever go see March Fourth Marching Band???? I love those Guys & Gals. Seriously mind blowing shit on the right drug.

  15. Daniel Says:

    So since wife and I used different names but same card I will be rejected, is that what I am understanding reading these posts?

  16. Chuck D Says:

    same CC = rejection

  17. msbjivein Says:

    Different names, same CC#, same addy…………That Might get you rejected….The main thing they look for is Multiple orders from the same CC# and Billing addy…….

  18. Daniel Says:

    WOW, love tyhe way they do this ticketing, no matter what your not going to get what you want/request, completely fucked up way of handling this.

  19. msbjivein Says:

    Lotto SUCKS ASS!

  20. msbjivein Says:

    I scored Lotto tix on ’03 summer tour. THAT’S IT! All my tix this past summer and spring were scored via Ticketbastard on the phone or live nation on the Net.

  21. Neemor Says:


  22. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    yes, that hershey park show was epic. Music, Tom Thumbs, Estimated, Dew. All top notch versions.

  23. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    @msb – yea, I am burning up. Trying to find a way to see something this fall. Killing me. Delirium setting in.

  24. msbjivein Says:

    Jay, You have a place to lay your head if you can make Cincy or VA………..

  25. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    @ msb, thanks pal. Appreciate it.

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