A Curve To the Place Where I Stay

12.28.09 (Shawn Williams)

While Phish has dipped into their post-hiatus material this go-round, for some reason they haven’t gone for some of the era’s most significant pieces. While keeping ‘”Seven Below,” 46 Days” in rotation, the band has also touched on “Undermind” from time to time. In this era of their career Phish has, not surprisingly, favored their classic vehicles to pieces from their second era whose quality is constantly debated in the community. While they continue to inexplicably ignore two of their most profound jam vehicles in “Scents and Subtle Sounds” and “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing,” there is another post-hiatus song, yet to make its debut this era, that would fit the band’s current style congruently – “Round Room.”

Round Room (2002)

“Really?” you might ask. Yes; really. In its four appearances in 2003, “Round Room” produced four pieces of layered, abstract, and melodic jamming – a style that came into play this past summer. The post-hiatus versions, all played before the their decline,  lent themselves to intricate, interwoven fairy tales. And with the whole band communicating in such fine style these days, and Fishman tearing apart rhythms behind ambient collaborations, “Round Room” could be a source of deeply engaging improvisation.

But alas, will Trey allow Mike’s song to thrive? It seemed like Red’s reputation for keeping his band mates’ songs at bay was loosening during Leg I when Phish debuted Page’s “Halfway to the Moon” and Gordon’s “Idea,” but both songs were never heard from again, and in retrospect, almost seemed like a formality.  If the band does decide to dig into their post hiatus vault, one would only hope Trey sees the shining pool of possibilities that lie in his bass player’s title track to Round Room.

6.17.10 (J.Reiss)

With the band pulling out songs from throughout their career, why not take a look at this one? With the potential to morph into sessions of selfless jamming, “Round Room” seems congruent with the band’s current direction and could develop into a psychedelic trampoline. Phish is doing just fine – don’t get me wrong – but if they are looking to expand their group of live offerings, consider this a suggestion. A piece that could shoot innocent concert-goers into outer space with little warning, the island-turned-galactic anthem would make a stellar addition to the current catalog.

Here are a couple versions from 2003. See what you think.

2.28.03 Nassau


2.16.03 Vegas



Jam of the Day:

Disease > Lizards” 12.12.95 II

Some ferocious December ’95 psychedelia from Providence Civic Center – another Fall 2010 venue.




12.4.1995 Mullins Center, Amherst, MA < Torrent

12.4.1995 Mullins Center, Amherst, MA < Megaupload

Mullins Center - UMASS

The first night of Phish’s two-night stand at Amherst ’95. After the following night, Phish hasn’t returned to the on-campus arena – until now! This fall Phish is heading back to the venue that has already hosted four mid-90s spectacles, and is primed to make Mullins Center a central stop in their 2010’s New England path.

I: Julius, Gumbo, The Divided Sky, Punch You In the Eye, Stash, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Axilla (Part II), The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Hello My Baby, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

II: Timber Ho!, Sparkle, Ya Mar, Run Like an Antelope, Billy Breathes, Cars Trucks Buses, You Enjoy Myself, Sample in a Jar, Frankenstein

E: Bouncing Around the Room, Rocky Top

Source: AKG 460B/ck61 > custom pre-amp > Teac DA-P20 (@ 48kHz)

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705 Responses to “A Curve To the Place Where I Stay”

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  1. WIFAN Says:

    Whoa!!! First post! I’ve only been reading this blog for 3 years, but I truly appreciate it. Thanks Minor!

  2. Trancepotter Says:

    Agreed. I love Round Room. It’d be a welcome addition to the rotation. IMO, 7-13-03 produced the best version.

  3. angryjoggerz Says:


    Greetings from Shanghai everyone. Im in a beautiful hotel, room in on the 59th floor overlooking the city, life is good. Hope everyone is well.

    I third the Round Room choice, would be very cool.

  4. b-rock Says:

    Morning all! I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Round Room, it would be great to hear it again.

    AJ – long distance post award. good to see you’ve got your priorities in order.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Thanks, B-rock. Been awake for like 26 hours, trying to keep myself up to an acceptable hour so I am not too jetlagged. Having a Qingdao beer in the lobby, takin in the sights.

  6. b-rock Says:

    Good luck man, trying to push through the first day is the worst! I always have the most trouble coming the opposite way — after going to Japan a couple years ago, I couldn’t sleep through the night for a week when I got home. It was brutal.

  7. Highway Bill Says:

    …..the 2003 Nassau Round Room is nice. I remember being at the show and thinking the song sounded very hard to play and it seemed like the Boys were really giving it their all.
    One of those songs that really makes them work.

  8. willowed Says:

    The DOD was Willowed’s first Phish show!
    Thanks Miner!!
    If I recall this Antelope was a scorcher. Well…most lopes from this era were scorchers.
    I was sitting behind the stage right next to the giant chess board. Very interesting to see the crowds reaction from behind the stage during the Divided pause. That was the first time I realized that I was in the right place and these were my kind of people. Very moving!!
    I was lucky enough to get “it” at my first show. I was surrounded with great friends, seats were behind the stage but sound was very good. Lot’s of space an the L was not too strong. Perfect night!

  9. willowed Says:

    Sorry DOTD

  10. willowed Says:

    So after this article I jumped on Itunes and randonmly selected a Round Room to listen to while geting my shit done this a.m.

    Jumped on 2/16/2003

    Holy shit…great jam!

  11. lastwaltzer Says:

    Great post Miner, I too have been long awaiting the return of this song.

    Speaking of Undermind, kind of odd the way it disappeared over summer no?

  12. b-rock Says:

    They have played sugar shack quite a bit in this era, which IMO is a similar tune. Sems that round room would be a nice addition and likely lead to more interesting things than that other quirky Gordon tune.

  13. whole tour! Says:

    got my mexican cousin in charlotte.
    one of my favorite round room songs!

  14. McGGGGG Says:

    Love Round Room. In fact, anything but Walls of the Cave is good with me…

  15. Jtran Says:

    Good morning BB.

    Really interesting post Miner. Would be pretty cool to see that this fall.

  16. Jtran Says:


    Thanks for the deadlists link. Great resource.

  17. albert walker Says:

    have no idea how this song goes

    was at those Vegas shows too

    oh well, memory issues once again

    I’m all for adding new tunes to the rotation that aren’t love songs about making rings for your girl out of grass

  18. BTB Says:

    Replace NICU….

    there, i said it

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Im with Miner. I really would like A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing to come back.

    and I think more mike tunes should be played. He is a fountain of creative energy. Let him spout off.

  20. SillyWilly Says:


    first time anyone’s posted from China?

    or have you posted from China before?

    either way I think you are the first

  21. b-rock Says:

    Wow, this Vegas Round Room is impressive. Hadn’t heard this before. Reason #872 why I love this band — so much out there to discover or rediscover.

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    new source for the OJ show on bt.etree

  23. Nizzle Says:

    I want em all to come back, but especially scents and subtle sounds.

  24. phoammhead Says:

    Good Morning – Have a great day!

    Remember me for you extra ACzzzz, pleazzzz!

    phoamm at gmail dot com


  25. Nizzle Says:

    buying my first ALAC today in honor of my new headphones. sick.

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