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:

    Gdad, try the Internet. I bet they have it or can order it. 🙂

  2. ChefBradford Says:

    Some of you guys on my e-mail contacts list: somebody got into my shit or something and spammed a bunch of people in my contacts

    if any of you were spammed, I apologize

    perfect hypothetical tech device for my life:


  3. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Funny you say that – my dad’s the one who turned me onto Deodato as well. Still has that & Deodato 2 (I assume you’re familiar?) on vinyl somewhere in the attic.

  4. Luther T. Justice Says:

    The Dark Star from the 7-9-06 Phil & Friends show w/Mr. Anastasio is a psychedelic mind fuck. The interplay between the band is extremely engaging & hypnotic. The rest of the show? Meh.

    Also has Joan Osborne. My kind ‘o woman.

  5. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Alright, checkin out for now. May be back later, considerably drunker. Thanks for all the recs/help, everyone.

  6. voopa Says:


    I think I got an apology mail from you, but never saw the original *loves offsite email*

  7. voopa Says:


    My ‘rents never bought 2, but I am familiar..I’ll grab it soon and revisit.

  8. She Divides Says:

    hey night crew.
    can’t believe how excited I’m already getting for tour!

    @gdad – have a great time in Ireland! I got to go a couple years ago with a crazy cultural festival called the Rose of Tralee and I had an amazing time. Enjoy!

    totally agree on being impressed several times a day by all the incredible music recs on here. Unfortunately I don’t really have my own computer so downloading is at a minimum.

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    good to know, voopa

    I did send the apology e-mail earlier, just wanted to reiterate here

  10. voopa Says:


    I love how Joan’s God song is all over the cable news because of Dumbass O’Donnell’s MTV appearance back in ’96. Strangely ironic..or something.

  11. Mr.palmer Says:

    Greek Jibboo! !

  12. Mr.Miner Says:


    Dr. Alex Paterson’s Journey iInto Paradise (WAV) – album missing from torrent.



    ^ “Ineffable Mysteries of Shpongleland” (4th and most recent album – more instruments and vocals) Very conceptual from beginning to end like the others…worth the pull (MP3)

  13. verno329 Says:

    @BK that era of Phil Lesh & Friends is a goldmine. Helped get me through the hiatus when I was on serious jam withdraw. I still come back to that lineup on a regular basis, even w/ Phil’s singing 🙂

  14. JP Says:

    Miner – thank you for the tunes!

    any chance you coud megaupload the Ott -hallucination in dub ablum?

    i am a torrent dumbass

  15. garretc Says:

    Yay! More music from Mr. Miner! Already pulled the Journey Into Paradise, starting Shpongleland, and am an hour away from completing… Damn, make that 18 hours from completing the torrent now, wish the good seeder hadn’t just dropped…

    And just for the sake of staying guilt free, I’d like to acknowledge and apologize for the fact that I didn’t continue seeding the Psytrance, and will not continue seeding the Psydub, as I’m trying to keep my torrents as illegal download free as possible, due to campus internet policy…

    But I seed everything else, so it’s still cool, right?

  16. butter Says:

    Greek Jibboo

    Great daytime Jibboo

    Miner and I were halfway up the stairs, dead center, trying to not to have security tell us where we could dance

  17. Mitch Says:


    ^thats my canonball and coletrane

  18. Nagarjuna Says:

    howdy folks.

    i just can’t keep up the dense/rich BB output with life’s other demands these days. just barely manage to get done catching up on old pages and by that time there are dozens more or it’s the next day or something.

    it seems like y’all are keeping it real and hilarious and insightful as always. agree with @she that the music recs spewing out of BB are amazing and overwhelming. i don’t even scratch the surface. miner’s psy drop along could keep me busy for months. makes me long for the days when i had hours a day for quality listening.

    looked like some outstanding dead chatter yesterday. noted that @C called Fox 77 second set best of may. those are serious words and better yet i’ve somehow managed to never hear it, at least that i can remember. psyched to check out a new gem. all the 73 talk put me in the mood for 2/15/73 darkstar>eyes>china doll. one of my faves, esp the super deconstructed transition into eyes.

    go team!

  19. Mitch Says:

    i agree re: joan on those phil shows @ luther

    the dvd from the warfield i think it is, is on netflix. adds to the viewing enjoyment.

  20. halcyon Says:


    Thanks for these PsyTrance rec’s you have been putting out. Haven’t listened to much of that genre for a long long time. It has been nice to revisit. I prefer the mellower stuff, but the dancier stuff gets the blood flowing.

  21. Nagarjuna Says:

    another amen for phi/trel summer 06.

    i don’t even care if it holds up on tape, i was like a little girl seeing two musical heroes lead the charge into this set under the jones beach summer sky: scar>fire>space>darkstar>space>the other one>stella>nfa. could.not.stop.smiling.


  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    “I didn’t realize until miners post that alac was m4a. ”

    yeah that’s weird. AACs are .m4a and so is ALAC. But the ALAC .m4as seem to be about…2.5 times as big per unit of time


    …oh m4a is just a “wrapper” right

    that shit’s confusing

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    “But I seed everything else, so it’s still cool, right?”


    keep your shit tight when you’re on the Man’s bandwidth


    if there is any way you can do 5-19-77 II in a “no spoilers” mode, I encourage you to do so.

    it’s like that, see?

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    ok, time to go start working on prerolls for tomorrow night’s further show

    gonna need quite a few I think

    better get to work

  25. Nagarjuna Says:

    @C – love the no spoilers idea for the fox. i don’t know the setlist and will keep it that way. then i’ll find some time when i can clear the decks and give it a good, deep listen back to front. what a treat to look forward to…

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