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. Mitch Says:

    I wanna do Utica if I can find a ride to and fro. 125 for greyhound. Ouch. That’s why I’m doing providence. 8 bucks round trip for megabus.

  2. kenny powers Says:


    yeah, in the past 2 weeks i don’t know how many of these regional emails I’ve gotten, like “Midwest concert update” or “DC Metro concert update”.

    uh….i’m in New England, morons.

  3. Mitch Says:

    I get them too. Got a Kenny loggins one the other day.

    Hampton, Chicago, Denver etc etc. You can trace every city ive seen Phish.

  4. KWL Says:

    there was recently some new african music upped here, skimming back i can’t find it–from mali maybe? somebody compared it to tinawarien i think… begins with an a? can anybody help?

  5. halcyon Says:

    I got some email about an Ice skating deal at Boardwalk Hall today….

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    i get regional concert updates from all over the country…i think its b/c we buy tickets all over the country…ya know?

  7. halcyon Says:


    Click my name

    Amadou et Mariam Tje Ni Mousso

  8. KWL Says:


    thanks hal, pulling it now

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    “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?”

    I use HandBrake for conversions. It’s free and pretty well featured.

    “11-24-78 jerry sounds terrible, but somehow that makes it better. more soulful or heartfelt almost”

    nice positive attitude! I try to just focus on the jams e.g. that Shakedown

  10. jdub Says:

    We are going to be hearing about all the events at The Boardwalk. There must be a cancelation response of some kind.

    I got to make an actual black board today, using black board paint instead of slate though.

  11. sumodie Says:

    @halycon: I hope you know “Welcome to Mali” too -I love the way they tastefully accent their playing with a bit of electronica here and there

    Issa Bagayogo is another great musician who does the same -also from Mali as well I think

  12. Luther T. Justice Says:


    What’s the news on Loggins????

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    listened to about half of that A&M today

    like most African music there were some tracks I liked a lot more than others but the good ones were pretty cool

    …actually that’s how I feel about almost all albums LOL

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah just started hearing some some of that Bagayogo stuff @sumo, I need to dig through it more

    I like the sound of the n’goni, cool instrument

  15. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I was in school with butter too. Hell, he was in my college band. Banging on the bongos and stuff.

  16. sumodie Says:

    @mrC: thanks on the Handbrake rec

    Geezsh….I figure out torrenting, then FLACs and converting, and now I gotta learn about video conversion -there’s no end to the tech-know needed to be a fully pimped out 3.0 phish geek

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    yo! brother getting married so i’m crazy busy, just wanted to say what up. i redid my mediafire folder if anybody is looking. hope everybody has a great weekend.

    go bears

  18. sumodie Says:

    latest phish email says fall is entirely sold out except for Manchester and the 10/15 N. Charleston shows

  19. Mitch Says:

    Luther, I deleted it before it could seep into my head.

    GP, maybe they didn’t then and are just tour buddies.

    I remember jig at deer creek “hey butter did you know mitch went to IU”
    Butter: yeah dude we’ve been through this

    (mind youni was thinking the same as jig, haha). Until tonight and now he’s the space cadet.

  20. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Another quick question – a few weeks ago someone was talking about upping Cannonball and Coltrane. Anyone remember who that was? Been trying to get my hands on that for a while.

  21. Mitch Says:

    Handbreak didn’t take for me a couple weeks ago. I was trying to get it to DVD tho through iDVD and iMovie.

    That’s my go-to converter also.

  22. Mitch Says:

    I have that duke. Pester me so I don’t forget

  23. DukeOfLizards Says:


    No rush man, I’ll keep the pestering to a minimum. Thanks a lot for the heads up.

  24. Mitch Says:

    Wasn’t me FYI I just have it. Hang on I’ll go do it now (on the iPad or would have already)

  25. halcyon Says:


    I just got a couple more of Amadou et Mariam recently and haven’t listened yet. I love their story too, how they met at school, married, and been making music since.

    Angry J’s Numero Uploads are pretty cool as well. I have one of those in rotation with Ghana Special.

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