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. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    For the Summer shows I used a card and my wife used a different card.

    I got through, she got denied.

    It boils down the fraud protections along with coupling some element that reduces the likelihood of some one gaming the system. It is the CCard that validates or invalidates the inclusion on the lottery. You can only have one card with one billing address in most billing systems.

    If you have the same name and the same address, use a separate card.

    If you have the same names and different cards you should be good to go. Visa vs. AMEX

    To Those putting in: Good Luck!

  2. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    old school (get your ass down to the post office and pay cash for a money order) mail order system is the way to go.

  3. beepaphone Says:

    ^exactly – anyone with a credit card can sign up for every show nowadays…

  4. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    yesterday’s JOTD rips some ish up!

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    @msb – yeah, March Fourth shows up at a lot of trippy events out here

  6. SOAM Says:

    No Halleys at hartford unless I’m completely spent (very possible)

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    No stroka da pole for you SOAM?

  8. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    cym-bop and beeba-phone
    sky-balls and sax-scrapers

    cym-bop and beeba-phone
    sky-balls and sax-scrapers

    cym-bop and beeba-phone
    sky-balls and sax-scrapers

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    the whole basis for Phish’s return to touring is the idea of having as little committed overhead as possible. That means not hiring staff. That means no PTBM. As soon as you put people on salary, you are committed to X number of shows per year to pay those salaries, which is exactly the grind they are so glad to be done with.

    The whole thing needs to be no pressure for them. If that sounds lazy, well I think they have earned it but YMMV.

    If overhead were not an issue, they could cut out half measures and go right towards a membership/fan club model which is absolutely the best way for fans.

  10. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    @mrC, I disagree. They can easily outsource that to a company. Just like their websites. No touring, no PTBM, no big deal. A smart company would market their services to other bands that want to dodge scalpers.

  11. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    form the corporation, and submit a proposal to phish inc. if someone were to take the intiative to do this, it might actually happen.

  12. SOAM Says:

    smoke-and they didn’t play Halley’s at Hartford-it was Spac (no jam with that sangy) coincidentally-my pole was in play at a rest area in Lee Mass after Spac on the way home

    I think the best thing to do is start dosing scalper-you know the ol “squirt gun in the eye…Hey”..) send those dbags home sideways and so mentally fucked up for the evening they don’t ever dare come back. Again – only for the scalpers but I believe this policy would work.

    who’s in-who’s got an extra gallon of liquid

  13. SOAM Says:

    Whoa-scalper-dose you in the eye….


  14. SOAM Says:

    Whoa-scalper-dose you in the eye..

    Whoa-scalper-my pole in your chicks face..

    let’s get those Bastardos

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    I just blew a gasket trying to calculate the ethics of that idea

    I mean, dosing = very bad…no, we shouldn’t…but…it’s very tempting, I have to admit.

    no, it would be Wrong. I guess.


    @Cowbell Jay – if a third party company came along and offered them that service without locking them in to permanent overhead, maybe they’d go for it. But such a company would have to be able to 1) have enough clients lines up to pay employees year round and 2) be able to handle a situation where multiple clients have tours on sale at the same time

    If you come up with a viable business plan, send it my way – not being sarcastic

  16. dyda Says:

    any word on ‘party time’ yet? kinda want to hear those new tracks. the joy boxes have to have shipped by now…

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    @aka Jay

    That outsourcing you speak of is MusicToday. DryGoods, Tickets, planning and management.

    Sad part is that nearly every system has its flaws.

    Or you could use my axiom:

    If there are people involved, something will go wrong.

    How does one arrive at knowledge without knowing what the knowledge is that they seek?

  18. bhizzle Says:

    my pole in your chicks face.. – wtf? – lol

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    Hey folks. it’s been a while. Down here in Raleigh, NC now. Went and saw the Allman’s on Sunday @ Walnut Creek. Derek is a bad ass! Nice and warm down here. I guess we moved from Chicago right @ the right time.

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    Charlottesville, VA. Here we come!!!!!!!

  21. bhizzle Says:

    mid-october and still no shipping notices…..1st come 1st serve….i must have been the millionth

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    @dyda – “mid to late october” is the current word

    I check the places it will first appear every day or so – word will spread very fast as soon as it gets out


    running a fan-clubby tickets by mail thing is a whole lot of overhead…one of our closest friends worked in the GDTS ticket office back in the day…it is no simple operation

    young bands coming up would be well advised to start a membership based fan club as early as possible and keep good records – if you had that data you could write a system that would increase your ticketing odds based on how long you’ve been on the bus, etc

    too late for Phish though

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    hey Dude! I saw the Allmans the first time they ever played Walnut Creek, right after it opened…great venue for them!

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    @El Dude…glad you made it! Welcome to North Carolina! Enjoy yourself and the mild winters…hey, we’ve even got some decent nugs around these parts.

  25. albert walker Says:

    I was busting my friends balls when I got the Hampton lottery tix saying Phish had a copy of original Schvice members and filled all their orders first

    after getting shut out at Red Rocks, found out the hard wayprobably no such list.

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