The Rhythms of Nature – Revisted

As we head towards Fall Tour 2010, I thought of a piece I wrote during the first weeks of this site – in July of 2008 – that fits congruently with this time of the year. In the months before Phish’s return, I dreamed of fall tours past and their stark contrast to the amphitheatres of summer. This fall, as we move into even smaller venues than we’d ever imagined during this era of Phish, some of the ideas in this article resonate louder than ever. In addition, with the limited readership over the initial stages of the site, many may have never seen this at all. Either way – enjoy – fall tour is just around the corner!


11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

While being smack dab in mid-July with dreams of Phish on the mind and the ten-year anniversary of Summer 98 upon us, one can’t help but reminisce on the wistful days of summer tour. Arriving to the lot early on a sweltering day at Lakewood; meeting up with friends in the dirt lot across that little bridge on the back side of the venue; kicking it until show time. Chilling at a campground down the street from the Deer Creek, needing only to roll a few hundred yards to the show, knowing it would be a killer. Running into buddies at rest areas along I-95 in the wee hours of a humid night and swapping analogs for the next leg. Driving through the breathtaking wilderness of Washington state only to find that The Gorge is by far the most awe inspiring site on your journey – and Phish was about to play two nights there?! Sleeping nicely in your air conditioned hotel room while the 90 degree day passed by, awakening at four to start your day with a shower > show. A hearty evening (and morning) of partying, talking Phish, listening to tunes, joking about and discussing life typically followed. Summer Tour was everything people cracked it up to be and then some, but Fall Tour was so much better.

12.3.09 (W.Rogell)

“What!?” One might say? Yes, fall kicked summer’s ass – no question; every time. There are so many reasons to support this claim. First of all, there were simply way less people on tour, making your secret-agent Phish mission that much more clandestine. Fall brought outside responsibility to many, whether this meant either school or jobs, and they couldn’t sacrifice a month. The weekend warriors popped up across the country for Friday and Saturday shows, but the core of people that dropped everything for Phish decreased noticeably in the Autumn months. The big east coast shows always sold out, but those out-of-the-way shows took on a whole different intimacy; Boise ’99, Vegas ’97, Utah ’98, Las Cruces ‘99, to name a few. At many southern and western shows, regardless of the year, one could walk up to the front of the floor without crushing anyone’s vibe. These shows were different – they were playing to you and not New York City.

Fall tour possessed an unparalleled intensity. Four cement walls contained the almighty power of Phish – the power of the universe. The sheer amount of energy that bounced around the room made fall shows much more concentrated and more powerful than anything on the summer amphitheatre circuit. Even the lights were and richer – more majestic – and their beams reached everyone in any corner of the arena. Fall tour existed in the jaws of the Phish and no one could escape to the top corner of the lawn if things got too hectic.

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Depending on the venue, space was scare, making finding that place needed to take it all in just a bit more challenging; another step in your covert operation. Suddenly the lights went off – it all began. Mike’s Modulus bass lines filled the room, and your brain, instead of drifting off into the warm summer evening. Trey wove tales of darkness and beauty in the most crystalline tone. The drumbeat pulsated instinctively at the heart of it, driving the four-piece symphony, while Page’s twisted melodies around the others. No cool breezes wafted from the sides of the pavilion if things got hot, and concrete and metal surrounded our existence. This was a darker atmosphere than your blissful summer night, and the band’s playing certainly followed.

Phish would never play a show like 12.28.98 – “Carini > Wolfman’s” – at Deer Creek. One could never imagine the 12.29.94 Providence “Bowie” popping up at Shoreline. The 11.23.97 Winston-Salem “Bathtub Gin” doesn’t happen at Vernon Downs,  and the madness of Orlando ’95’s “Stash > Manteca” extravaganza doesn’t happen at a Verizon Amphitheatre in any state across the nation. Hampton ’97 could not have occurred at Virginia Beach, and The Island Run didn’t carry the mellow vibe its moniker implied. Rather we were confined by two concrete super-structures while blessed with the four sacred nights of music. My point is, Phish played differently indoors. With more of an urgency and intensity; their music likened a deranged and boisterous dream state rather than those lucid nights of summer. As Phish jams followed the natural course of the seasons, their music adopted a different feeling when escaping the biting Northeast November air and stepping into Phish’s lair. Piling layers of clothing onto a seat, one prepared for the fire.

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Sure, there will always be counter examples to this trend – some, not-so-ironically, corresponding with severely inclement weather – Walnut Creek ‘97, Columbus ‘99 (“Ghost > Free > Birds”), Darien Lake ‘00 (“Drowned > Crosseyed”). Then there is every show from Summer ‘95, each characterized by terrorizing, abstract improvisation. But regardless of any of these aberrations, Phish dove the deepest during fall tour and the tapes will prove it.

Being a force of nature unto itself, a proverbial sixth element, Phish’s music often correlated with the forces of the natural world. As each season has its place in the year, each style of Phish had its place as well. Careening towards New Years, fall tour provided the celestial launching pad for Phish’s culminating journeys of the year before they capped it with a four-night fiesta.


From Phish.Net: The Phamily Poker Classic in Atlantic City

Take a Chance

“The Mockingbird Foundation is excited to announce THE PHAMILY POKER CLASSIC, a no-limit Texas Hold’em Tournament in Atlantic City to take place in the Tropicana’s poker room on the afternoons of October 30 (tournament) and 31 (final table). There will be both cash and non-cash prizes, and some of the $120 ticket price (the “buy-in”) will benefit the Foundation. This event is being graciously organized by Phish fan Kevin Young, with the assistance of others including Foundation volunteers, and none of us are benefiting financially from this event. For more details and to purchase tickets, please see the event’s website. If you play, you will not miss any Phish. So please, make a hand for Mockingbird, and don’t delay in purchasing tickets, as this event is expected to sell-out. It is unlikely that tickets (seats) will be sold at the door.”


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer > Kung > Tweezer” 12.8.95 II

Fuck it – we’re going for “Tweezers” all week here on the Jam of the Day. Monday and Tuesday came from Fall ’96, and today we dip into the iconic month of December 1995 – the 8th in Cleveland to be exact. The beginning of the second set started with “2001,” then dropped into this monstrous jaunt.




11.16.1995 West Palm Beach, FL < Torrent

11.16.1995 West Palm Beach, FL < Megaupload

11.23.96 (R.Gitzel)

The year before Phish played their famous Coral Sky show in the fall of 1996, the band visited the Auditorium in West Palm Beach for an indoor affair along their scorching road of Fall ’95. Two guests joined the band to close the night after a second set held up buy stellar versions of “Bowie” and “Hood.” Butch Trucks sat in on drums for “Possum,” while Margaritaville legend Jimmy Buffett joined the boys for Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl.”

I: Cars Trucks Buses, Runaway Jim, Jam*, Horn, Mound, Ya Mar, Simple > Timber, Guyute, Funky Bitch

II: A Day in the Life, David Bowie, Lifeboy, Uncle Pen, Ha Ha Ha > Harry Hood, Hold Your Head Up > If I Only Had a Brain > Hold Your Head Up, Amazing Grace, Possum**

E: Brown Eyed Girl ^

* A new band/audience chess match started at this show. The opening chess moves were made during a short jam that followed Runaway Jim and featured Trey on percussion.

** w/ Butch Trucks on drums / ^ debut, w/ Jimmy Buffett

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767 Responses to “The Rhythms of Nature – Revisted”

  1. voopa Says:


    Mitch’s script converts and imports FLACs to iTunes, I believe. Tag status uncertain.

  2. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    For sure JDub!
    All yo u need to do is go here and install the client

    then you should be set to torrent away… setting up IPs and other stuff can be a bit more complex hopefully it can work right away, i got my friend started the other day with no major hasstles… let me know

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Miner’s got names on the Bisco shows though…thanks man. And they are on sequence. Not sure why they don’t get dumped into one “album ‘ though. Must be something to fix it easy. hmmmm.

    :puts hands on hips next to Flarrwolf, as he taps his foot, as they wait for the answer…

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Whats the consensus? Transmission or Utorrent? I have Transmission and think its pretty simple, especially for this simple man.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Phish just mentioned on the tv show “Modern Family”. Yes, I am watching it.

  6. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    not sure, but i am simple as well and have Utorrent & never had to fuzz with it…

  7. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    Whats Modern Family?

  8. jdub Says:

    I found utorrent on my mac. In fact I had tried to dl 3 shows from ’95 with no luck or understanding as to why they weren’t downloading. I generally am slow to change but quick to learn once i do. This will be one of those “why didn’t i just figure it our earlier” moments.

  9. Jtran Says:

    I need to stop reading so I don’t get spoiled. DVR commencement in 10ish minutes

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    anyone see on Kuroda’s facebook page he asked people for their ideal Halloween cover this year? Can’t wait to see the 200 comments people replied. Should be some real winners in there. 🙂

  11. voopa Says:


    Probably the best sitcom since The Office. ABC, 9PM.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, I think transmission is sleeker and doesn’t take up so much space.

    I can understand the OCD thing with the music collection.

    I don’t import my stuff to I-Tunes. But, I do organize my shows on my HD.

    Phish opens to Spring, Summer, Fall, New Years, Japan or Europe folders

    and these open to the shows themselves. If I have multiple sources for a show, I make sure and mark that in the folder name.

    I just prefer not to use I-tunes if i can help it, because like Mr. P said: Too much re-organizing.

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    ^^^ I mean Spring, Summer, Fall, New Years, Japan or Europe for each year.

  14. jdub Says:

    So I have Miner’s DB torrent in my utorrent. Now what.

  15. Jtran Says: should prompt you with where you want to save it..chose the location and watch it go

  16. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I use Transmission on my mac and have never had any problems (aside from current can’t access etree bullshit).

    Silly- what do you use as a player?

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Silly- you gotta teach me how to do that !

    Digging this Biscuits torrent. Sound is exquisite and quite the techno-trancy jamming. I like it. I’ll make an effort to catch them for sure next time they are in the hood.

  18. SillyWilly Says:


    I use Cog and I love it.

    El Dude told me about it.

    It can play any media type I have tried, but it does not store anything.

    I drag and drop my FLACs into Cog and they play.


  19. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    phish reference on modern family! what what!

  20. Jtran Says:


    My thoughts re: Bisco exactly. Kinda sad I missed them at UVM in 06 now.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Mr. P.

    when you’ve got your HD open in the Finder menu, go up to File>New Folder

    Then type in whatever name you want.

    Say you want to make a folder “Phish” File>New Folder Name it Phish. Then click on the folder to open it.

    Then do File>New Folder while you have the Phish folder open and name that one Summer ’10.

    Then drag and drop your Summer ’10 from your Mac. It’ll take a minute or two to copy and Voila!


  22. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Silly- I’ve heard of that, but am a fundamentally lazy man and like being able to quickly double click and play anything in my collection. In all seriousness, is it a fast process? Or does is lag? Also, does it play mp3s?

  23. jdub Says:

    This is where I am a moron because it is just sitting in the window with the blue download arrow next to it and nothing happening. No idea how to make it download.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    **drag and drop Summer ’10 shows from your Mac is what I meant.

    left out the word “shows”

  25. SillyWilly Says:


    Yes it does play mp3s.

    It’s literally as simple as opening the folder, highlighting the media files, dropping them in Cog, and pressing play.

    7 seconds. Tops.

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