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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    VW- i just Dl’d COG. took 14 seconds. I dropped the whole DB flac torrent in. It “quit unexpectedly”. When i dropped each song indivually it played fine. A nice little apllication, no doubt. Thanks Silly. You’ve been the man lately!

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    what page is the biscuits torrent link on? I’ll snag it. haven’t heard new stuff in years.

    creator of Modern Family is a huge deadhead, well known to the GD office and family

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    C- try last page of yesterdays post.

  4. jdub Says:

    last page of yesterdays comments C.

  5. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Thanks fellas.

    Mr C.- Last page of yesterday.

  6. vegas wolfmans Says:

    jdub- I’m no help on utorrent. Sorry.

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    After hearing Shpongle for the 1st time a few weeks ago and now listening to the Biscuits , the influence is certainly obvious. Nice fusion of rock and electronic psytrance. I would have to have some nice head candy lined up to see them i think.

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    @Mr. P

    yeah for some reason when i first got Cog it would quit unexpectedly, but it always pulled through after a try or two.

    And I can’t remember the last time it did that.

    Im glad you’re enjoying your new HD, Mr. P!

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    wait, so where is it again?

  10. sumodie 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.

    From iTunes:

    Right click on either the entire “album”, or on an individual track

    Click on the Info tab

    iTunes groups “albums” by whatever is listed for the ‘album’ entry. Tracks that do not have matching “album” entries are grouped into separate “albums”


    Individual tracks with different “album” entries CAN be grouped together if instead they all have the same entry for “Album Artist” -that’s how iTunes categories an album with “Various Artists”, for instance


    FLAC tracks can be altered as well, though not by using iTunes

    But, in my experience, altering SHN tracks is a waste of time. When I convert SHN files to apple loss or mp3, I lose all my added info

  11. sumodie Says:

    Trade my 1 Tuesday Broomfield for your Monday


    ISO 2 tix – Four Mile Concert

    muchas gracias!

  12. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I was keen on sts9 back in the day when I was ingesting copious amounts of narcotics. Saw them recently and felt that I’d “outgrown” them in a sense. Maybe my tastes have changed. Tried the Biscuits- have been to several shows and dug on the jams. Found myself wishing they were all instrumental. Curious to hear the shows Miner posted. Almost done pulling- I’ll stay on and seed overnight for those that missed the boat.

    New Road Trips (3.4) is solid.


  13. jdub Says:

    So I updated the utorrent version I have and all of a sudden I have 4 torrents being downloaded. And a 5th one that I have no idea how it got there, random Phish show from 6/6/09 that is listed as fully downloaded with an upload arrow next to it. The DB show is about 2 hours for and ETA.

  14. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I’ll keep seeding the DB shows as well. Off for some dinner and Modern Family.

  15. voopa Says:


  16. voopa Says:

    Oh, NM

  17. garretc Says:

    Since we’re talking about torrents…

    My transmission no longer wants to up or download anything. It keeps switching from “Seeding to 0 of 0 seeds” to “Seeding to 0 of 1 seeds” and back… Anybody have any idea why it might be doing that?

    My suspicion, based on going to preferences and seeing “Port closed” on all the ports I try, is that my school’s network is blocking me somehow? Which I hope is the case so I can go show them that all of my torrents are perfectly legal… (At least the ones on my computer right now..)

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    That makes sense, jdub.

    The torrents are like little kids. They’ll just keep having fun until you tell them to stop.

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

    J dub
    no luck?
    it should start automatically if not try clicking on it to highlight it and press start on the torrent window

    The bisco show is ok… im just finishing the first of the two….
    the trancefusion has slowed down and imo drags with the new drummer…
    although they do sound a bit more polished… id rather hear the
    “garage band days” my two cents.

  20. voopa Says:


    Legal or not, they will probably frown on torrenting in general.

  21. garretc Says:


    But would they be allowed to block legal torrenting? I guess they might, as it’s their network, but I dunno…

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

    Oh, nice you got it! Jdub
    now the important thing is, in order to keep seeding a torrent for others, do not move the file downloaded from its original location. What i do if i want to go ahead and listen to it is copy it to my desktop so I keep seeding….
    Have Phun Yo!

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

    MOdern Family heh
    Ill have to check it

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    I think internet providers watch shit like Hawks.

    I torrent like a bandit. Only legal stuff, though. Mainly because I just don’t care for most music that can’t be torrented legally.

    So, I got a new roommate in May, just for the summer.

    Well he torrented a movie and didn’t tell me. The internet was under my name and BAM I got an email the very next day telling me to stop torrenting.

    I didn’t know what was going on until he said he was DLing movies.

    I had to tell him to stop.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    very good article regarding isp’s and their responsibility regarding piracy, music biz, et. al in the new Rolling Stone by U2’s manager. good stuff.

    Modern Family is some good entertainment. Al Bundy as a gay dudes dad? Revolutionary.

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