Weekend Nuggets: International Phish


Osaka 2000

Listening to Prague ’98 this week inspired me to dig into the international archives. I’ve dug up two stellar show, continents apart. The Osaka show from 200 features a creatively demented “Down With Disease” that may be the greatest jam that nobody talks about from Phish’s prolific run in the Pacific. The first set “Ghost” brings another dark-horse highlight from a show that took place three stories up in a massive shopping complex, (the second show of Japan to take place within in an elevated shopping plaza!)

The second selection comes from the transformative tour of Summer ’97, and the band’s gooey, raw funk is on full display throughout. The second set brings the heat from start to finish, bookended by thick explorations of “Wolfman’s” and “Ghost.” Have a great weekend!

6.15.2000 Big Cat, Osaka, Japan (Matrix) < Torrent

6.15.2000 Big Cat, Osaka, Japan (Matrix) < Megaupload

I: NICU, Chalk Dust Torture, AC/DC Bag, Uncle Pen, Ghost, Frankie Says, The Divided Sky, Farmhouse

II: Down with Disease > The Lizards, Bike > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself

E: Gotta Jibboo

Source: source: DSBD+AUD Matrix Mix AKG C1000’s


6.24.1997 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France < Torrent

6.24.1997 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France < Megaupload

I: Split Open and Melt, Beauty of My Dreams, Dogs Stole Things, Vultures, Guelah Papyrus*, Runaway Jim^, Talk, Free, Prince Caspian, Rocky Top

II: Wolfman’s Brother, Reba, NICU, Twist, Piper, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Ghost

E: Loving Cup

*aborted, ^Gypsy Queen jam

Source: Schoeps CMC6/mk4v > SX-M2 > D8


Jam of the Weekend:

Bathtub > funk > Gin” 7.10.97 I

A relic from Marseilles, France in early Summer ’97; back when tapers tracked “funk” jams, and Phish grooved unmercifully.




“Farmhouse” 6.11.00 Hibiya Outdoor Theatre, Tokyo, Japan

(Check out my review from back in the day.)


“Tweezer” 2.26.97 Cologne, Germany

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1,088 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: International Phish”

  1. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Marshall

    I have had two internal DVD DL burners burn out on me and 1 internal 500 gig hard drive. My computer at the time was like 2300.00$ and I’m sure you know that’s a lot of bread. It’s nice to know after that kinda cash that if anything goes wrong in the next 3-4 years with Palmer’s you can just put it in the box and take it to the Apple Store and they’ll fix it right without any questions asked.

  2. stitchstash Says:

    Miner’s review of the 6/11/00 show is phenomenal. I really like the detail he put into it. “You American jam disrupters” makes me laugh. I love it.

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    hangover + late for work + private party = stupid fail

    yes, I’m late

    yes, I have time to check, and post on, the BB

    have a good one

    I’m out

  4. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I’m always interested to know what things people really do have problems with, so thanks el Dude. I didn’t go for the extended warranty on the MacBook, but it was only around $1,000.

    It’s all about value for me. If the EW is not expensive and the item I’m buying is, then I’ll consider it. Otherwise, I know it’s a cash cow for the seller.

  5. stitchstash Says:

    Good luck Chef. Eat a carrot for your hang-over.

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Marshall

    I see your logic.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    just spent the last hour reading the great stuff from yesterday and enjoying some coffee with the morning phish. Gorge Mango ticklin’ my ears right now. This is going to be a long post, but in my humble opinion, I think it is worthwhile to read if you are the type of person who has felt some of the energy that can be produced here on the Black Board. If your Sunday morning head is still full of cobwebs, crank up the hippie speedball and come back if you are interested…

    if I wasn’t about to leave the house to go meet jdub for some disc golf (yay!) I’d do a setlist for it because the flow of the conversation(s) from this weekend is exactly why I did those setlists between summer and fall tours last year. much like our musical heroes, the truly great conversations here come patiently – almost organically – and are not forced with each contributor feeling out the others involved more than forcing their will upon it.

    think of your favorite truly open phish jams (if that is your thing – no hate for those who like it more contained or prefer the cowfunk over the open stuff). I have found that the best “jams” here on the board contain many of the same elements as the “best” jams phish has produced throughout the 1200+ shows the have played.

    Things may be going in a certain direction and then one of two things happens. In one type of entry point, a person will present an idea that is new to the conversation and others will either catch on to that notion and follow along, providing their own unique stamp on it, or the idea will go unnoticed – possibly to return later on or never again. The other way we enter these open conversations is when someone notices something in another person’s idea and expands upon it, opening the whole thing up to an entirely new realm of possibility and furthering the conversation until it often reaches a huge peak where ideas are being traded openly between the participants and it is less about ego (i.e. putting MY idea on top of it) and more about “resolving” the idea (i.e. we participate in it until it reaches some form of resolution).

    These conversations, just like phish’s jams, have the possibility of either succeeding in reaching those peaks (and there can definitely be multiple peaks) or fizzling out when the ideas we all bring to the table don’t mesh properly. A great example is what occurred here yesterday with regards to the political/sociological conversation that seemingly came out of nowhere and then erupted into the hugely successful “jam” where individuals were sharing their perspective openly without fear of being squashed or disrespected and the others involved recognized this (not necessarily consciously) and helped bring those ideas along as they all collectively reached a peak and then brought it down to a denouement before things moved on to another topic entirely. All throughout this other ideas – unrelated to that main topic – were being presented and “spoken to” by others in a way that was practically musical in its flow.

    I am definitely diving deep with this analysis, but hey, that’s what I do. I’m an analyst through and through. I really good go on and on about this type of thing but I now need to get a move on. Sorry for the overly-long-post-and-run but I’ve got a fun day ahead of me.


    or, more appropriately for me today


    Have a great day everyone. Keep it going, y’alll…


  8. joe Says:

    I just read the article. Last paragraph is awesome. “Uniting people and cultures with their music, Phish’s sacred artform is beginning to spread globally, changing the lives of their adoring fanbase.”

    I can only imagine what his reaction was 4 short months later when they decided to take a break. @Miner – do you have any reaction to hiatus/breakup pieces from the time?

  9. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Great post Type III

    Yesterday definitely showed the power of some of the conversations that can spark from nothing on the BB.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @el dude

    not sure if you saw my post buried in the conversation yesterday, but I found a droid app you might be interested in. It’s called Transdroid and it is a remote torrent tracker that works with several different torrent managers.

    not sure what your set up is, but if you like to always be up to speed on your active torrents it might be something to check out.

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    @ T3PO

    That’s interesting!

    I wonder if it coincides with Transmission the torrent client

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    @ T3PO

    Not sure what you’d do with it? Check and see if your torrents are done downloading I guess??

  13. stitchstash Says:

    Type III, your post was a jam in its own right. Very thoughtful and moving. It easily sums up blackboard conversations in the most positive way.

    It kind of makes me feel bad about my thoughts this morning about the blackboard. I was unsure if I wanted to post or not because I sometimes compare the blackboard with a black hole. Once I’m sucked in, there is no return.

    The jam idea is awesome, and it has made me feel less guilty about not staying on task with my work.

    Have fun at disk golf!

  14. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Human-Cyborg relations/Protocol droids like T3PO are less anxious when they know the status of their torrent leeches.

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @el dude
    I don’t torrent enough to need it, but my understanding is that it allows you to put up, take down, and generally manage torrents. like I said, not sure if you’d need/want it but found it cool that you can manage that stuff from your phone.

  16. stitchstash Says:

    You kids and your robot phones.

  17. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    One’s entry point into a band is cemented (or concreted depending on your issues with the improper use of the term “cement” 🙂 ) at the time and era of his/her first show. To this day, if I listen to a show that pre-dates my first show in Fall ’94, I somehow know that I’m listening to something akin to fiction, as it was not “real” to me at that time. When I spin shows from Fall ’94 or later, I feel a connection to it, because even if it’s not a show I was there for, I have an actual memory of one close to it that I can use as a reality anchor.

    This concept actually occurs twice for me, since I went on personal hiatus beginning with 1999. With the changes the band went through, when I listen to shows from 2.0, it’s like listening to fiction again.

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Marshall

    Being a Union Cement Mason/Finisher since 1989 @ Local #803 in Du-Page Co. I’ll tell you this…

    Cement is a part of the mixture that makes up concrete. The binding agent if you will.

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    I’ve started to work on Mr. Miner’s spindle of 50 of Grateful Dead/Charlie Miller sources over coffee and a hang over.

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Marshall

    Not sure why i just stated this…

    My brain is not functioning at full capacity this morning. 2nd cup of Joe and still nothing…


  21. SillyWilly Says:


    great post.

    Question on my mind: Why art?

    This question involves lots of smaller questions. For example: Why do humans create art? Is art worth all the trouble? Can art save humanity?

    TypeIII’s post brought to the forefront of my mind some answers to this question: Why art?

    On the BB we discuss the music of Phish. We are exercising an analytical part of our mind with each other and we all learn. This spirit of analytical thinking flows over into all kinds of other topics like politics, spirituality, career issues, relationships, etc. etc.

    Many BBers are then inspired from analyzation to creation. I see creation in posts like TypeIII’s just now. I see it in the hotpocket jokes, the wook down jokes, and the beauty inherent in the many stories told on the board.

    It is all spawned through the art of Phish. Look at the structure of most days on board. We get to our computers. Some of us have baned, some of us drinking coffee, some of us still cranky and foggy from our night of sleep, some of us still up late from a long night of work.

    The first thing we do is listen to the JOTD while the DOTD is downloading. We usually begin by commenting on the music and then the day explodes into our conversation. Ideas and topics flare up and die down and we all learn and some of us spit coffee on our computer and some of us become simply dumbfounded by the kindness of our friends.

    Behind it all it seems that the last notes of a particular swampy Tweezer are fading away, the sublime part of Reba plays on the verge of our auditory ability, a vocal jam in YEM plays through….

    So, why art? because of all this…….

  22. stitchstash Says:

    El Dude, maybe you should also try eating a carrot for your hang-over. I don’t know from experience, but this is my husband’s method for a quick recovery. It gives you hydration, vitamins, nutrients and is easy on the tummy. It seems to work for him.

  23. joe Says:

    maybe I should try carrots instead of my old standby of a really greasy ham, egg and cheese on a bagel, tons of water and little bit of sprite/ginger ale. Carrots are way healthier. Don’t have to worry about it much, I don’t really drink much anymore and now that my gf is in recovery I may quit altogether.

  24. joe Says:

    one more re: hangovers. I love coffee so much (drink a few cups-black-a day) but I can’t even take a sip of coffee if I’m hungover.

  25. stitchstash Says:

    Art is the expression of the feeling or mood of the time. Art is an extension of communication. More is said through gestures and images than the spoken word. We need art as a form of expression, because words are not enough for our need to communicate what we are feeling.

    Your thoughts amaze me silly!

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