Step Inside

3.1.03 (Unknown)

3.1.03 (Unknown)

While daydreams of Indio’s idyllic pastures still dance in our heads, and we have barely digested the festival’s eight sets of music, next week Phish will take their show inside the cement confines of fall tour – the moment many have awaited since this comeback materialized. Summer shows are irreplaceable, but as days get shorter and nights grow longer and colder, Phish’s music has traditionally changed as well. Darkening with the season, Phish’s most cerebral and ominous music has sprung from these concrete battlefields of the mind. Thus far, aside from the Hampton comeback and the specialty shows in Asheville, Knoxville, and The F0x, Phish 3.o has been an outdoor affair. As we step inside this week, it will be quite interesting to see if the new joy-infused Phish will follow their old patterns of nature. My guess is that they most certainly will.

12.28.03 (J.Pinsky)

12.28.03 (J.Pinsky)

Throughout their career, the band has proven to be masters of infusing the vibe of their surrounding directly into their music. We have experienced this already in this era. Just recently at Festival 8, but also at Red Rocks and The Gorge. Wide open, slowed-down explorations defined the vast surroundings of these three venues. The band’s festival playing became more relaxed and bass driven, but perhaps the greatest modern illustration of this mood-matching phenomenon was the first show at The Gorge. The majesty of that evening’s music was summoned directly from the spirit of the Columbia River. But when Phish brings there show inside, another type of story will most likely be written.

Entering an arena is like entering the jaws of Phish – there is no escape. No running to the lawn to chill out if things get hectic, just concrete walls and and metal railings. When the almighty power of Phish’s is contained within four walls and a ceiling, things can get crazy. The sheer amount of energy bouncing around the room makes fall shows so much more concentrated and powerful than anything on the summer circuit. Richer in hue, even the lights seem more magical as they beams into every corner of the room rather, creating a more inclusive experience.

12.30.03 (Unknown)

12.30.03 (Unknown)

Space becomes more limited, making finding your happy place a bit more difficult; adding yet another step to your mission. Suddenly, mid-sentence the lights go off. And inside, it actually gets dark! The experience begins. Mike’s thumping bass lines envelop the room while swallowing your brain, as opposed to the summer, when they drift off into the evening air. Trey’s tales of darkness and beauty sound far more crystalline when captured indoors. Fish’s drumbeat pulsates at the heart of it all, instinctively driving the four-man symphony, while Page’s melodies and effects enrapture your ears. No cool breezes waft in from the side of the pavilion when things get hot – this atmosphere can turn more frightful than carefree summer nights – and Phish’s playing has always followed.

12.30.03 (Unknown)

12.30.03 (Unknown)

Phish would never play 12.28.98’s “Carini > Wolfman’s” at Deer Creek. One could not conceive of 12.29.94’s “Bowie” popping up on a sunny evening at Shoreline. The madness of 11.23.97’s “Bathtub Gin” doesn’t happen at Vernon Downs, and the Vegas ’98 “Wolfman’s” certainly could never make an appearance at any Verizon Amphitheatre in any state across the nation. Hampton ‘97 wouldn’t jive with The Gorge, and The Island Run didn’t carry the a tropical vibe; that mythical energy was born into two classic super-structures in Nassau and Providence. Needless to say, Phish has always played differently indoors. With more of an urgency and an intensity; their music has often approached a deranged underworld rather than the lucid dream states of summer tour. Following the course of nature, their music adopts a different feeling when escaping the biting Northeast November air and stepping into Phish’s lair; shedding layers of clothing into a big pile, preparing for the fire.

A proverbial sixth element, Phish’s music adheres to the earth’s rhythms. As each season has its place in the calendar, as does each style of Phish. As we careen towards our first New Years Run in six years, fall tour will provide the launching pad for Phish’s newest celestial excursions. By Charlottesville, we should have a much better sense of where the band is musically heading, as this tour will be the first with no pressure. Throughout 2009, Phish has returned to prominence and reached a comfort level unseen in ages. With these conditions in place and without any monkeys on their backs, their creativity is bound to blossom. These mysteries will begin to unfold in a matter of days, as fall tour has finally arrived. Step inside!


Winged-music-noteJam of the Day:

Stash > Free” 11.30.97


A distinctly “fall tour” segment of improv from Worcester ’97.



11.7.96 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY < Torrent

11.7.96 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY < Megaupload

Fall 1996 (Unknown)

Fall 1996 (Unknown)

A quintessential show from Fall ’96, this Midwest run was the time the tour really began to heat up. With the momentum of their Halloween run with Karl Perazzo behind them, the band headed west to forge grooves on their own. The “Bathtub Gin” is one of the jams of the tour, and anchors the entire show. This one is a keeper!

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Weigh, Rift,  Guelah Papyrus, Stash, Waste, Guyute, Free, Tela, Character Zero

II: Suzy Greenberg, Bathtub Gin > Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself

E: Frankenstein

Source: Unknown

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330 Responses to “Step Inside”

  1. Marshall Says:

    I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly…

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    party time tracks that stick out to me

    If I Told You – could be crazy if the band jams in and out of it
    Can’t Come Back -hyptnotic, very atmospheric
    Splinters of Hail – will be a gorgeous jam
    Shrine – could develop into some chunky Phish grooves a la Meatstick

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’m with you on Weekapaug. I didn’t speak up because everybody was hating on it and I didn’t have the time/energy to dive into that quibble, but part of why I dig Mike’s is to hear the bass bombs in Weekapaug. I was expecting a monster encore at 8 with both Tweeprise and ‘Paug but we got the Esther (I’ve seen more than my fair share of the angry mob of joggers). Not complaining, but I wanted that Paug!!

  4. Marshall Says:

    Esther encore was genius.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, I’m not saying anything bad about the Esther (I actually liked the 8 version and thought it was perfect for the venue) but I wanted that Paug!!!! 8)

  6. Marshall Says:

    I have to say that I think we’re going to get surprised by Phish indoors. All this consensus that Phish 3.0 is what Phish 3.0 is … more concise jams, looser, etc.

    Watch out. We don’t know shit.

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    What do you most remember when you wake up?
    A : A dream with shiny rainbows and puppy dogs.
    B : A nightmare with 8 foot lizards with big teeth that do catch up.

    Bring it on Phish, I’m ready for you.

    Saw It Again

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    I don’t hate Week but don’t love it just by default either. There certainly are great versions, my favorite is the Wipeout show one.

    @Mitch – I find that anytime I feel low, 10 minutes on will bother 1) make me LLFA and 2) remind me that many peeps have it worse than I

    hang in there, yo

    also, if there is a funnier 16 seconds in the recorded history of mankind than this, I have never seen it:

    as the holiday season heaves into view, it’s time to break out your Schweddy Balls:

    speaking of balls, it is important to always remember: DO NOT TAUNT HAPPY FUN BALL

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    comment with funny links for Mitch awaiting moderation

    nothing most of you won’t have seen, but classics worth remembering

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Yo Mr. C, got a cool link for you with free obscure psych downloads.
    You too Marshall, you no shit knower.

  11. flarrdogg Says:

    Anyone have advice/suggestions on an external hard drive for mac? My mini is almost at capacity and I need more space. Thanks.
    Also, Kenny Loggins haunted my dreams again last night.

  12. flarrdogg Says:

    ^Splinters of Hail rules- lots of potential.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    nice link @Bingos, I like it already, thank you

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    definitely need to do some digging on the phrock blog…
    thanks for the link, Bingo!

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Welcome all. Got it from this other cool website that sends me emails about cool shit they think I should know about. Mostly dope music, books, movies. Check it out if you get time. Pretty simple stuff.

  16. Chuck D Says:

    flarrdogg – I just got this 1tb hard drive for my black macbook. Its been great for me, using it for Time Machine backup as well as music/videos. About $100.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    I second the LaCie option. They are good, both in my personal experience and according to a decade plus of consumer ratings.

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Mitch, teh funniez are now showing above….click to LLFA

  19. flarrdogg Says:

    Thanks Chuck and Mr C. I do think I’m gonna opt for the 1tb. Might as well- only slightly more expensive than the 500gb. Appreciate it.

  20. snowbank Says:

    Mr C – Nice funniez. Textsfromlasnight made me LLFA.

    Here is my favorite SNL commercial:

    bad idea jeans
    “let’s make it $200!”

  21. snowbank Says:

    Flarrgog- my only advice is that you should go with USB and not worry about firewire. the compatibility headaches are not worth the performance difference for most applications.

  22. flarrdogg Says:

    ‘If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.’ Thanks for the trip down memory lane- one of the funniest things EVER.

  23. joe Says:

    an oldie but goodie that most people have probably seen that I go to when I need a laugh and a lesson in morality about cheating.

  24. butter Says:

    @Chuck D – i have the 1gb time capsule for my black macbook

    how do i save music/vids to the time capsule but not my macbook?

    also how can i dump music to it from laptop that i want to delete from the laptop but save on the time machine?

    so far i’m just using it for back up and thats working fine.

    thanks a lot

  25. albert walker Says:

    this Indio Ghost with the Stash are def my non Exile highlights
    I love this Ghost

    total band jam. no Trey wailing at all. Mike leeds the first half of the jam and is playing really tasty, groovy shit.

    when Trey does start playing more in those arpeggios and Page starts doing similar synth hits it just sounds so effortless and natural, that is what 2009 Phish has to offer right there

    Indio Ghost and Stash both my fav versions of 2009

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