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. joemeg Says:

    robear I tried to help you out with that torrent last night, but i’m not sure what the deal is. I have 100% and my .md5’s check out, but for some reason that torrent doesn’t see that I have all of birds of a feather. Sorry i couldn’t figure it out. If it is any consolation you have everything but the full bird of a feather, so at least you can listen to the Ghost. I’d recommend switching to one of the other torrent links for that show on bt.etree, and then just copy you files from the folder now into the folder the new torrent creates

  2. halcyon Says:

    Thanks El Dude….. requesting now. Found the thread as how to properly request.

  3. joemeg Says:

    Or you can just get the birds of a feather from this torrent of the show:


    It is seeding now.

  4. sumodie Says:

    Great left field post today

    I’ve been yearning to hear more 2.0 songs, Mike songs, and Page songs since the start of 3.0

    Halfway to the Moon and Idea were great leg 1 teases

    Then they, along with Undermind, went MIA in leg 2

    Now I’m just resigned to a facemelting Fall with no specific songs in mind (including Liquid Time & the ‘ween cover)

  5. El Duderino Says:

    @ joemeg


    Same source basically with 3 seeders folks!

  6. sumodie Says:

    “Or you can just get the birds of a feather from this torrent of the show:


    It is seeding now.”

    ^ that’s the 7-2-98 torrent that I’m seeding (same FOB/mics in hat source as the other). I’ll just torrent this one at maximum today)

  7. Kaveh Says:

    Good morning everyone.

    @Miner – great post today. I would love a Round Room, as the Vegas 03 version made me a believer. I left like I was seeing a 1971 Dark Star; as this version just went; really WENT. I’m a fan.

    And if anyone is looking for Fall Tour tickets: the Mimi Foundation as an auction for all Fall Tour shows; and your money goes to a great cause (plus is it tax deductable).


  8. Chuck D Says:

    whats the difference between Axilla (part 1) and Axilla (part 2)? (part 2) is the “regular” version, right?

  9. SillyWilly Says:


    I haven’t finished pulling the OJ show.

    Ill let you know what I think. It’s probably an hour away or so.

  10. El Duderino Says:

    Round Room/’71 Dark Star….

    This does not compute!!!!!

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    Whoever put up the Amadou et Mariam stuff the other day…

    thank you! I really like this.

    anyone who’s a fan of the Tinariwen bluesy guitar licks under an international beat should check this out.

  12. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Lyrics, and correct me if I’m wrong, but Axilla II is usually played with the slow, trippy outro, whereas Ax I is not. I think?

  13. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Link? As you may or may not have noticed from the previous page it looks like I’m rebuilding my music library basically from scratch. Recs welcome.

  14. lastwaltzer Says:


    think halycon put it up, they are solid live too. Caught them at lolla two years ago, the dude can rip it.



    New Neil Young Record “Le Noise” on sale for seven dollars. Comes out on the 28th, really looking forward to this. It sounds as though this may be the long awaited return to form after the last few stinkers.

  15. yematt Says:

    don’t shine that thing in my face, man.

  16. Jtran Says:

    I think I may make the OJ show my listening at work tomorrow.

    Never heard it before.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    What LW? You didn’t enjoy Lets Roll? Sorry, thats not even a funny joke.

  18. Kaveh Says:

    Yep…that 2003 version is sweet!

    @El Dude: 71 Dark Star’s were big, but not as big as 69 versions. Or should I saw they were a tighter big in 71. Thus is feels like with this 03 Round Room you get the song and from there it just goes…as Dark Star does; you get the words and then you get the fun. I’m trying to compare Round Room as a song with room to breathe. That is just how I felt at the time hearing it live and I still do today; probably not giving you what you need to stop questioning my original statement.

  19. yematt Says:

    Would love to see a round room, very cool tune. whether the stretch it out or not, it still would bring a freshness to the setlists.

    ::shameless ticket search: looking for broomfeild 1 & 2. bought my plane ticket last night, now i have to put the rest of the puzzle together…

  20. lastwaltzer Says:


    Politically neil is one strange dude, eh?

    Living with war could have been half decent had he gotten rid of that god awful choir. The last record of his I really dug was Greendale, but even that was spotty in sections. The live show though on that tour was awesome.

  21. SillyWilly Says:


    LW got the link.

    you’ll love it.


    That show might always be my sentimental favorite of shows that I was not at.

    It was the only show I had for a few years and I listened to it everyday for like 3 months.

    pretty good show for it to be my only one.

  22. voopa Says:

    Found my copy of 7-2-98! Robear and others, you should be @ 100% now.

  23. butter Says:

    the lyrics to Round Room are pretty rough for me

    if they drop it i will be open minded and give it a chance

    after all its 3.0……so not cool to be jaded this time around 😉

  24. verno329 Says:

    Buckle your seatbelt Jtran. You’re in for quite a ride

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    For real LW, never would’ve expected Lets Roll from him. Hope he got lifetime immunity for that shit. The producer of Le Noise claims to have found a new way to record acoustic guitar, so we’ll see.

    Vegas RR is no DS, but I was pleasantly surprised. Great version.

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