Dustin’ Them Off

12.5.09 (G.Lucas)

12.5.09 (G.Lucas)

Coupled with their explosive playing, the consistent flow of bust-outs speckled the path of fall tour. Each night, Phish reached deep into their catalog and pulled out at least one rarity they play only once in a blue moon; or at most, once per tour. This became one of the defining features of fall, and one that many fans crave, leaving many setlist pads sparkling. Without traveling across the country time and time again, some of these rarities may never be heard by regional fans, making the current frequency of these infrequent moments all the more exciting for so many. Sought after bust-outs carry the aura of the golden-ring; a reward for catching that particular show; a personal little treasure along the ride. Some songs become elusive between eras, fading in and out of existence, while others remain rare for their careers. This fall, Phish brought out more than a few songs that nobody saw coming, adding an refreshing element to their sets.

12.3.09 (W.Rogell)

12.3.09 (W.Rogell)

The multitude of bust-outs breaks down to the oozing confidence that Phish now boasts after relearning a good part of their repertoire. Their display of bravado began back in Hampton, with the very first song of this era – “Fluffhead.” Seen for years as the ultimate bust-out, and unplayed in the post-hiatus years because the band simply couldn’t handle its intricacies, “Fluffhead” made an immediate statement that Phish had a different attitude this time around. Unveiling one of their most difficult compositions right off the bat, the song has since become a staple of the band’s current rotation and a virtual musical microcosm of 2009 – tight, energetic, and hugely emotional. But the band also earned some others along the way, dropping more than a few rarities and spicing up setlists throughout the fall.

12.4.09 (W.Rogell)

12.4.09 (W.Rogell)

At some point during this past tour, Phish played, “Mountains In the Mist,” It’s Ice,” “Axilla,” “Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars,” “Sleep Again,” “Fire,” “Train Song,” “On Your Way Down,” “Golden Age,” “Torn and Frayed,” “My Friend, My Friend,” “Tomorrow’s Song,” “My Mind’s Got A Mind of Its Own,” “Two Versions of Me,” “Sanity,” “Uncle Pen,” “Foam,” “Vultures,” “Walk Away,” “Meat,” “Dinner and a Movie,” “Crimes of the Mind,” “Timber,” “Pebbles and Marbles,” “Nellie Kane,” “Horn,” “Weigh,” “Peaches En Regalia,” “Glide,” “Shine A Light,” “The Curtain (With),” “Scents And Subtle Sounds,” “Cities,” “Camel Walk,” “Sneakin’ Sally,” “The Old Home Place,” “Carini,” “Freebird,” “Cool It Down,” and “Bold As Love.” Though there have been longer gaps between some of these songs than others, that’s quite a list for a bakers dozen worth of shows. Some of these songs represent mere kick-downs, while others hold more potential; the most significant of all being the return of “Scents and Subtle Sounds.” Though re-introduced in succinct fashion, the band has already reached sky-scraping heights with the surreal springboard. If “Scents” gets back into rotation, watch out.

MSG (G. Lucas)

MSG (G. Lucas)

While bust-outs can’t make a show on their own, they can certainly add some spice to an evening, especially within the current framework of first sets that rely so heavily on song selection. “Alumni Blues” or “Buffalo Bill” certainly don’t equal musical explorations – or jams at all – but they can make the time in between them all the more entertaining. With a clear focus on reacquainting themselves with so many of their pieces, it seems that Phish has laid the foundation for years to come. Armed with an infinite amount of material, a vibrant spirit, and a burgeoning sense of exploration, the light is, indeed, growing brighter now.


Jam of the Day:

46 Days” 11.18.09


This is the first jam of tour, and holds up as one of the most engaging. Featuring some of the thickest funk and locked-in, methodical playing we’ve heard in a while, this one came our of nowhere late in Cobo’s first set.



12.2.09 Madison Square Garden, NYC < Torrent

12.2.09 Madison Square Garden, NYC < Megaupload

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

I: AC/DC Bag, Chalk Dust Torture, Wolfman’s Brother, NICU, Ocelot, Brian and Robert, Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Peaches en Regalia, The Divided Sky, Cavern

II: Golgi Apparatus, Light > Slave to the Traffic Light, Tweezer > Joy, Sparkle, Harry Hood, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Suzy Greenberg, Run Like an Antelope

E: A Day in the Life, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Schoeps mk41 > KCY > Sonosax SX-M2/LS > SD 722 (@24bit/96kHz)

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704 Responses to “Dustin’ Them Off”

  1. VoidBoy Says:

    Hmm, Yeah, I’ve been listening to earlier versions… and I can see the similarities. The energy is rich… I must say, I was stopped numerous times as I took in the magic of that and Harry Hood. Love what their bringing to their shows right now.

  2. phil Says:

    PHANATIC: The first real Phish iPhone App is out!

  3. gus Says:

    SWEET just bought it!

  4. fromthetub Says:

    What’s the app like? I might have to get it too…

  5. gus Says:

    its really cool, has every setlist, song details, links to a bunch of stuff, its just one dollar

  6. kb Says:

    can whoever is on right now just point me to their favorite type 2 phish show?

    i’m looking to discover new gems.

    karel at 2octave dot com if you want….

  7. chefbradford Says:

    kb, any particular era/year/tour?

  8. kb Says:

    no particular. i just want to listen to some new phish this weekend while i deal with my divorce.

  9. VoidBoy Says:

    Not to jump in… but is there a particular time you recommend?

  10. kb Says:

    phish has been the light in my darkest days. and i am grateful to have them now. some days its the only thing i can find that makes me smile.

  11. kb Says:

    not looking for a hug, just great type 2 phish.

  12. VoidBoy Says:

    sorry to hear that kb

  13. VoidBoy Says:

    Consider 11.21.97. I always liked Mid November for various reasons. Maybe you (KB) should check it out.

  14. kb Says:

    thx. is there a link to a spreadsheet or something where i can check it out?

  15. Mr.Miner Says:


  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    11.21.97 –


  17. VoidBoy Says:

    Yeah, I found this on the phishthoughts audio archives (there are several shows right around this time…). I like the psychedelic aspeect to the music.


  18. chefbradford Says:

    Kb, i’m with VoidBoy, almost anything from 11/97 is worth checking out. 11/17, 11/22, (Denver and Hampton), the Worchester shows, I mean anything. Check out the 2nd night of Albany this most recent tour, sublime Seven Below, wild Ghost, and a short but shockingly funky Wolfman. In my dark hours I ALWAYS love the Ghost from IT (I think 8/3/03), and the 2/28/03 Nassau Tweezer

  19. kb Says:

    ^ i was at albany and for 50 mins forgot about my problems in life. to me that’s good phish. i say it all the time but star lake simple>my left toe is the best type 2 experience ive heard. im looking for the next gem. thx.

  20. VoidBoy Says:

    11/17/97: Awesome Ghost. Transcendent. Pure Alpha. Truly. Anything close to that is also hot.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    wow. cool app.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    “i say it all the time but star lake simple>my left toe is the best type 2 experience ive heard. im”

    ^ one of the best!

  23. VoidBoy Says:

    Thanks for the assist, Miner…

  24. kb Says:

    thx and i greatly appreciate it. post any other dates you feel are top notch type 2. i want ambient space trips that show me the light. spac 04 did this for me as well. harry hood JB did it this summer to. thats the shit i love man. it brings me places. more page synth! follow him to far off places and be rewarded!

  25. chefbradford Says:

    Yeah, 11/17/97, first set, whoa. 2nd set 6/14/00, and the Halley’s alone from 11/22/97, that is one of my favorite jams ever. kb, I wish there was something more substantial we could do for you. This is a fantastic community, and we’re all friends, so if there is something any of us can do, please let us know! Even if it’s as simple as sharing in the groove. And yeah, that My Left Toe is stunning

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