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”

  1. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Also, last time I saw him at the Murat he covered Brown Sugar. Let me tell you, Dylan going “yeah, yeah, yeah ooooooooh” was something to behold.

  2. Mr.Miner Says:


    I posted two torrents in comments today:

    1) 6 album psydub torrent

    2) 3 SBD Phish DJ mixes fro 2003….

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I’ll probably get crucified for this, but i have never seen Bob Dylan live.

    I will now duck and try to avoid hurling objects.

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Miner- you probably answered this earlier, but, what’s the must have of the psydub torrent? If there is just one.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Greetings from tomorrow, everyone.

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I found your original post Miner. I figured it out on my own. 🙂

  7. kenny powers Says:


    happen to know which page the psydub one is on?

  8. kenny powers Says:

    nevermind, found it. thanks man!

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    KP – what page?

  10. garretc Says:

    Pg. 8 for the PsyDub

  11. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Thank ya

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    seriously, whats up with the psydub? do we need to have an electronic music intervention?

    I joke.

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Also, last time I saw him at the Murat he covered Brown Sugar. Let me tell you, Dylan going “yeah, yeah, yeah ooooooooh” was something to behold.”GP420

    He did that all tour, shit is too funny.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    Miner- you probably answered this earlier, but, what’s the must have of the psydub torrent? If there is just one.

    ^ Hallucinogen In Dub by OTT

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    greetings from yesterday, Joggerz.

  16. Mitch Says:

    Palmer, I only saw him at bonnaroo and it was rough! I’m afraid to go again after that. I’m such a huge Dylan fan I don’t wanna spoil it.

    Neemor, you out there?

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    haha, thanks Miner

    sorry i have been a psy-hater. It is like skateboarders and rollerbladers, they just dont mix. That being said, when I am back in US I am gonna check out your selections and educate myself, and am gonna post some electronic albums and stuff that I like as well. Hooray for music!

  18. lastwaltzer Says:


    04? Funny man I thought it was pretty solid, especially the first half. Really good “Tell Me It Isn’t True”. The only time I have heard bob tell jokes on stage, let alone smile and laugh and I’ve seen him pretty close to twenty times.

  19. lastwaltzer Says:

    That being said, I think 04 was his last solid year of touring. Right when larry cambell left the band it went down hill real fast.

  20. KWL Says:

    what up night crew? (and tomorrow contingent)

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    tomorrow contingent, represent

  22. Mitch Says:

    LW, I need a copy of that show. I may not have been hip enough then. Moved to NYC and digested Dylan at an alarming rate comparatively. Thank god.

    Gp420, every year since 96?? I didn’t know he came around that much. Where was I? I miss the Murat a lot. Also wish I were seeing mike at the bluebird. Go visit my old stompin grounds

  23. Mitch Says:

    Bluebird was not my stomping grounds just to clarify. I’d wanna visit nicks and yogis.

  24. lastwaltzer Says:


    I owe garrett some dylan, I’ll try to make that my first rip and send it too ya. His newer stuff is definitely not for everyone but when he had cambell in his band (especially with Sexton) they were doing a lot of interesting re-arrangement of tunes.

  25. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Oh, you know, just rebuilding my music library after my external hard drive shit the bed. Figured the BB is easily the best place to start. Been clicking a lot of orange links.

    @Miner – didn’t get a chance to post at the time, but friggin fantastic writeup re: lossless audio. One of the benefits of having to put together a collection from basically scratch is now I can re-pull all of my favorite shows lossless-style.

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