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:

    @mitch – why aren’t you hitting gordo at the bird? That’s going to be a blast! Just a month after seeing Franti there too.

  2. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @last waltzer – probably the best dylan show I’ve seen was at Jillian’s in Louisville in May of 2002. The most ripping High Water I’ve ever heard. Quadruple encore with a nice Forever Young.

  3. Luther T. Justice Says:

    “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.” -LW

    ^I agree LW. They did some very good stuff. I really enjoyed the shows I saw when he toured w/Phil & Friends in 2000(?).

  4. KWL Says:


    jerry sounds terrible, but somehow that makes it better. more soulful or heartfelt almost

    haven’t listened to the dead in a while. sounds so great to fresh ears

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    High Water is a really awesome tune. Time Out Of Mind and Love & Theft are two of my favorite records of his.

  6. sumodie Says:

    ipod nano and videos

    apparently I need to convert my vimeo phish videos into a format acceptable to my ipod nano

    any recommended freeware out there? or any other tips?


  7. Mitch Says:

    GP, no vacation days left. I’m sure my mom would like me to come back that way for a few days but I burned em all this summer.

    Wouldn’t trade the trips I took but I’d love to be seeing more fall shows.

  8. Mitch Says:

    Sumo, been working on that myself. Still nothing to make it work. Sucks.

    You ever get that 10.31 ticket?

  9. Luther T. Justice Says:

    I have scars from some of the insect bites I got at DC last month. Good times. Good times.

  10. sumodie Says:

    My latest phish techno nerd fantasy is to load the vimeo phish videos onto my pod and then watch them on the TVs attached to the aerobic machines at my gym

    It’ll probably blow my mind if I can get all the technology to cooperate, or at least inspire me to run like a….

    Has anyone else been watching phish vids via their pod?

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Yeah… so… about the john prime uploading… I cannot seem to find the harddrive with all of that on it. I’ll keep digging but it may take a bit. Carry on. Nothing to see here. Move it along, sir, nothing to see…

  12. sumodie Says:

    @mitch: it would appear a very kind BBer has hooked me with a 3-day AC pass…

    hasn’t been all wrapped up tight, but I expect it to happen

    but now my partner thinks he can hit all 3 AC -not quite sure what to do about that

  13. sumodie Says:

    @mitch: still looking for utica?

  14. KWL Says:

    any one else get dozens of random emails from various music venues that you have never signed up for (or even been to)?

    i’m assuming it must be ticketbastard giving out my email address

    brad paisley is coming to blue cross arena in rochester, so get your tickets early!

    another reason to hate the fucker

  15. bigjig Says:

    Mitch, wazabi? I had no idea you spent time at the Junior College in Bloomington! I was up at the University in West Lafayette. Maybe you told me this and I did not remember.

  16. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Boiler Up! bigjig. Butter, and beepaphone are boilers too, and me of course.

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    2000/2001 era Phil and Friends is HUGE on jamming. Whenever a show opens with a 25min Dancing->12min Scarlet-6min Dancing Reprise, you know it’s on (2001.02.18)

    Some others I’d recommend:

    There are tons of big jams in that period of Phil and Friends. Wild stuff

  18. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ^^^Herring and Haynes?

  19. halcyon Says:

    Safe Travels Gdad…. Ireland will be amazing.

    Been listening to GDads Upload of Ghana Special for the past 2 days, some great music to let your mind wander. Fall is arriving in the Rockies. Leaves are turning and should peak in the next week. Really beautiful right now.

  20. Mitch Says:

    Bigjig, they let you into pu cause you have no short term memory and they thought that was a good thing. Blame the student instead of the university.

    Aka yes we have haha.

  21. Mitch Says:

    Bigjig and butter went together, GP

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ duke – thanks man 🙂

    @ Mitch – u need utica?

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    One of the best periods BK

  24. KWL Says:

    halcy, was just telling the SLF that right now is the most beautiful i’ve ever seen it down here, leaves are just barely starting to turn, weather is perfection

  25. halcyon Says:

    Yeah KWL, The next few days into next weekend are going to shine. Golden days in the rockies…

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