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. Kaveh Says:

    @Mr. C – just got through the Dark Star. Does anyone have a link to where I can download this show, instead of streaming it? Thanks.

  2. Guyute711 Says:

    Mike’s new song Can’t Stand Still is pretty damn catchy.

  3. JWP Says:

    The Camden ’09 SBD is awful, even the FLAC. I ended up deleting it and keeping the AUD version on my ipod.

  4. JP Says:

    guess i need to give the 2.0 sbd’s another chance, but memory is the sound is low, muddy, way trey heavy, no ambience, no “life” to the sound

  5. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I also tend to focus more at work, but when I’m done, I’m angry with myself for not focusing on the music more.

    @C – thanks, will add that to the (long) list of pending pulls.

  6. Kaveh Says:

    @JMelby. I told you! 🙂

  7. willowed Says:

    I hear you TIII. Here’s the difference between you and me though.

    You’re smart
    I’m kind of stupid.

    I’m a social person which has helped me get by in life. Other than that..I’m dumb as a stump.

    I have a big hreat though.

  8. JWP Says:


    I hope that our initials don’t confuse folks 🙂

  9. Shafty Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. More round room. Great little ditty.

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    PSYDUB TORRENT (6 Albums) << TORRENT LINK Ott is one of the most innovative, original, and masterful musicians in the psychedelic dub. Combining a background as a producer and a sound engineer, Ott’s music draws from electronica as much as on the genre’s Jamaican roots. Also from England on Twisted Records, he is their unquestionable downtwmpo/dub genius. Known for his own music as well as remixing tracks of others, his music translated impeccably to the dance floor. Ott has 3 main albums: 1.Blumenkraft – His debut solo album. Out of this world. To be uploaded by plord b/c I can’t find it. 2. Skylon – His follow up to Blumenkraft has a more conceptual overall flow, and includes more melody and his more beat / track based debut. 3. Hallucinogen In Dub – On this disc, Ott remixes 7 of Hallucinogen's best psytrance tracks in an addictive dub grooves. IN BB speak, this album is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. One of the best albums ever made. Lots of DEEP groove. 4. Elucidations – (Liquid Sound Designs Compilation) - a downtempo / dub compilation from one of the labels that specialize in such music. Lots of standout artists on this one/ 5. Dr. Alex Patterson’s Journey Into Paradise (L.S.D. Compilation) -stellar dub selections compiled by Alex Paterson of The Orb 6. Entheogenic – Relax -while this is more of an ambient than dub album, it is an awesome piece of work by a French duo, so figured I’d include it. Enjoy, and if you have any questions, ask away.

  11. Shafty Says:

    Nice avatar Willowed.

  12. kenny powers Says:

    actually i should also say i thought the F8 boards were really good. i don’t know if it’s just the outdoor festie vs indoor set-up, but to me they sound a bit better than the later fall ’09 boards.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    one seeder shown here


  14. Shafty Says:

    Is Ott a German Rasta specializing in worldly beats?

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    @plord hit me with Hallucinogen In Dub and Elucidations awhile ago…I really like that first track on Elucidations

  16. albert walker Says:

    Hallucinogen in dub is great

    Cool album

  17. Kaveh Says:

    @Mr. C. – might be easier to send someone some CD’s to burn this for me, unless something changes with the download. Anyone want to burn it for me and I’ll send you blanks to replace? Let me know. Thanks!

  18. themanatee Says:

    Ott’s a rolly polly English father

  19. themanatee Says:

    everyone grab Hallucinogen in Dub …its off the hook deep

  20. sumodie Says:

    FB SBDs

    I thought someone here said there was a different/special sound setup for F8?

    Perhaps because of the 3D filming….

    F8 boards sound awesome

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah 1-seeder downloads are bunk

    I wish I had an FTP server

    I’ll gladly burn it for you but I have a giant to do list and it might take awhile

    if no one else steps up I’ll do it

    another great option for people who are getting into Dead music is to join the Workingman’s Tracker i.e. gdvault.com

    it is a no bullshit place, no jumping through hoops, just keep a decent share ratio

    people gladly fill reseed requests there when they are handled properly (in the “Reseeds and Requests” forum, and politely)

  22. El Duderino Says:

    The people who run Workingman’s Tracker are beyond nice a respectful. They always fill requests and don’t give you shit if you’re a new member like… say… week4paug.net

  23. sumodie Says:

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

    thank you! I really like this.

    I hope you got their last one, Welcome to Mali -that’s my favorite

    Got turned on to A&M thanks to Roo ’09 -they are fantastic live

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    lot of incredible music out of Mali

    A&M, Tinariwen, Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate and the list goes on

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    yes I like their attitude at WT which is to make new people welcome. Then if you show you’re just a leecher, eventually you get in trouble, but you don’t have to start off “proving” anything. Very kind.

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