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. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Well, shit. Thanks.

    The BB night crew is so legit.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    I think @ramblin has that Trane in his mediafire…he has been crushing the jazz uploads

    video conversion is a huge pain in the ass

    it takes a long time and then sometimes doesn’t work or looks like ass even if you do everything right

    I have actually had a little easier time burning DVDs on the PC than on the macbook pro, strangely – I use Handbrake and a freeware mastering program called DVD Flick

    I think Phish must be just about done putting up leg 1 vids so I’ll redo the DVD I made of those before long

  3. voopa Says:


    click my name

  4. Mitch Says:

    Ive got some sick jazz myself. Cannonball was my fav find from my jazz history class in school. Phenix is one of. My fav albums.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    hm maybe it wasn’t Ramblin but here’s his mediafire anyway cause it has tons of great jazz in it

  6. Mr. Completely Says:


  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    ….and voopa wins

    hell, we all win

    but voopa wins more

  8. Mitch Says:

    mine will be done in a few mins. mine are 256 mp3s. feel like i need to say that now since everyone has their hetty alacs. tho voopas are 40mb and mine are 65. take that voopa.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    …are people mediafiring ALACs now?

  10. Mitch Says:

    voopa loses. he cant hear the full ambiance cause his mp3s are too compressed.

    n00b. didnt you learn anything 2 days ago?? alac is this BRAND NEW TECHNOLOGY!! er… it came out with iTunes 4 (me thinks)

  11. Mitch Says:

    kenny powers does. well flacs of his remasters.

  12. voopa Says:


    It was me that rec’d it and then upp’d it recently. Pretty obscure recording, but essential to me.

    This was the album that Kristin & I were listening too on our first “date.” It’s a bit more complicated than that, but I’ll save everyone the details for now..

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’m not cut out to compete with @KP on the awesomeness front

  14. voopa Says:

    Off. Pwned by Mitch.

    I thought I had a V0 version up there?

  15. voopa Says:


  16. Mitch Says:

    I don’t know where I’d even start trying to make a remaster. I’d become too neurotic. Is this better?? Now this? Thankfully we have him to do it.

  17. Mitch Says:

    I didn’t realize until miners post that alac was m4a. I thought it was a new conversion for the past week that everyone was talking about it. I had a sandlot baby Ruth moment.

    You mean that’s the same thing? 😯

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    I have a nice Nigerian psych double cd to up…won’t happen til I’m back but I like this direction we’ve been going…which is every direction.

    @AJ – put up the Juggaknotz full length. Heh.

  19. halcyon Says:


  20. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Ugh. I thought it would be lossless…


    @voopa/Mitch/C – thanks a lot. Pulling as we speak.

    Also, @voopa – love the Deodato presence. Prelude is one of the handful in albums permanently fixed in my rotation.

  21. voopa Says:

    I’ve recently learned that w/mp3’s, folder file size doesn’t necessarily equal better quality. VBR MP3s encoded at highest quality may be smaller than those encoded at a steady bitrate, but they retain all of, if not more of the original data.

    I’m sure you’re kidding Mitch, but I just smoked a big bowl of hash.

  22. voopa Says:

    Duke – My parents bought Prelude when it first came out, so I’m very familiar…great stuff!

  23. Mitch Says:

    I want a big bowl of hash……….

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    @Hal – for years I had a black tshirt that said Music on the front in green. Wore it out. Wish I could find another. Need to just make it I guess…easy enuff.

  25. Gavinsdad Says:

    Don’t think I ever chuffed on a big bowl of hash.. Lots of little bowlpacks, toppers and sprinkles…but a big bowl? No. May have to get on that.

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