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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    jesus, aw, get on that shit. There’s a ton of great stuff from IT. and the beest Spread It Round evar!

  2. robojibboo Says:

    Saw a pretty good “Waves” last summer in Knoxville – really like Pebbles and Marbles – wish theyd do that one more often

    – liked hearing Mexican Cousin on stream from Charlotte i think – the FYF Proud Mary show – i know its hacky sentimental crap – but its in a really soulful key and i think they at least like to sing it – wanna wanna ooooo

  3. Jtran Says:

    Wish I had the IT waves on the ipod for afternoon listening.

    Might have to go with lemonwheel ambient set instead.

  4. JP Says:

    the sound quality of the 2.0 SBDs is pretty weak unfortunately

    on the bright side, 3.0’s are pretty freakin’ amazing

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    several of them Kaveh.

    Port Chester in Feb. has the famous “Beautiful jam” which sets the template

    12-15-71 has fantastic fuzzed out dissonant meltage before the first verse

    10-31-71 is a DP – classic melodic open jam, best-ever St. Stephen candidate and epic Rock Star Jerry shredding on NFA

    7-31 is a RT release and has another phenomenal, unique open melodic jam segment

    10-21 toys with melodic jamming but dives into space and then a transition to Sittin’ on Top of the World

    10-24 is an overlooked one with a real hard-charging jam in the last several minutes, very nice

    the rest of the Fall ones are more about the transitions than the open jams e.g. Dark Star > Drums > The Other One > Me And My Uncle > The Other One from the stunningly great 11-7-71 Harding Theater show

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    “the sound quality of the 2.0 SBDs is pretty weak unfortunately”

    they vary from acceptable to unlistenable…I think Feb. shows are worse on average

    @AW, your should hear the 7-2-98 in lossless just for audiophile reasons if nothing else, seriously

  7. Jtran Says:

    verse section of 7/6/98 piper is sweeeeeet.

    Sounds like pi pi piper, syncopated-like

  8. albert walker Says:

    craigslist removed ads for sexual services today

    my dating life is taking a dramatic turn for the worst

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    word @duke, that will get you going

    when you’re ready for something different from all of the ’77 recs, check out the 7-19-74 Fresno show I linked to on the last page of yesterday’s thread

    A+ peak era Dead show IMO and a bit overlooked

  10. voopa Says:

    7-9-03 SBD sounds great! As does most of Summer ’03. Much better than most of the ’09 boards. RR, Gorge, F8 and Miami are pretty much the only shows I can listen to from ’09.

  11. voopa Says:

    Actually, Philly and Syracuse ’09 sound pretty good too.

  12. Selector J Says:

    I’m big on Round Room. Always thought it had some interesting symbolism in the lyrics. Thought it had potential ever since I heard the studio version. I just pictured those big fatty effects at the end of the album version to segue into big booming space jams in a similar fashion as the end of this Vegas one. (Hadn’t heard the Vegas one before… pretty sweet!)

    But after it happens, the only thing to do is say: “SHit. fuckers got us again.”

    Word, silly. I’ve got the exact same mindset. I can’t escape having hopes and expectations going in but they aren’t important.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    craigslist was for amateurs anyway @aw

    I’m sure you’ll be fine

  14. Kaveh Says:

    @Mr. C – Thanks!

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    last night, after being at work in the office for about 12 hours, I still had to get some stuff done at home. definitely was having a hard time getting my mind prepared to do more work so I sat down, threw on the IT Waves, and let that settle me into what needed to be done. works every time.

  16. Kaveh Says:

    @ Mr. C – firing up 11.07 from archive.org. Looking forward to the journey. Thanks again.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    word man

    Harding Theater is a peak show for the era

    keiths piano sounds weird but otherwise not much wrong in that one

  18. Robear Says:

    So, no streaming JOTD’s on these little iPod touches? No Flash players?

  19. willowed Says:

    I can’t do work while listening to Phish. I tend to lose focus as soon as they hit the jam.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    Steve Jobs doesn’t want you to have Flash on there Robear.

    He’s trying to save you from the tiny porn you might watch otherwise.

  21. willowed Says:

    I am working on that though.

  22. kenny powers Says:


    yeah i’ve always loved the 2.0 boards. they way i see it, they are way way better than June ’09, a good deal better than leg 2 ’09, still a bit better than fall ’09, but a step below ’10 (especially once they turned Page up on leg 2).

    The newest boards just have that slightest bit of “airy-ness” and atmosphere as a result of those other mics they matrix in with the main mix.

    or something like that.

  23. JMelby Says:

    Ah the Denmark Ghost. One of the things I like the most in listening back to that is how quite the crowd was. Finally there is that small collective release of yips and cheers. I remember just being in awe of what was going down on the stage in this small upside down ship of a venue.

    Kaveh you’ve talked to me about the Vegas RR for a couple months now and I put it in for a listen on Tues and now look what were tallking about.

    Off to wash poop off the dog, people need to pick it up.

  24. voopa Says:

    Yep KP

    Plus they are actually putting some effort into these releases, what with compression and reverb and whatnot…

    “Oh, you actually listen to these and want them to sound good? OK, we’ll actually invest some time and effort into making them sound OK.”

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I tend to gain focus when I work to phish. centers me.

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