The Rebirth Of Carini

10.31.10 (Graham Lucas)

Every tour brings twists and developments to Phish’s catalog, often infusing new tunes into the mix and sometimes revamping old ones. But over the golden road of Fall 2010, no song went through a more holistic transformation than “Carini,” as Phish breathed new life into the crowd favorite.

2.17.97 - Amsterdam

Debuted in Europe ’97 as part of their winter progression towards groove, “Carini” rarely transformed into anything with improvisational significance over the years with a few notable exceptions. The song’s premiere in Amsterdam blossomed from slowed darkness into a sped up melodically-anchored experiment that eventually led into “Taste,” but after its European debut and a funked-out surprise encore at Madison Square Garden on 12.30.97, the song stayed firmly within its cage until December 28,1998. To jump start the New Year’s Run, Phish knocked down the doors of the second set with a menacing excursion that morphed into the song’s most significant exploration to date. Scouring the dark corners of the universe, Phish tore the roof off the elusive piece, combining it with “Wolfman’s” in a defining slice of MSG history. But ever since this ferocious plunge, “Carini” stagnated over the years. Always good for a crunching hard rock interlude, the band never built anything of note with the crowd favorite, giving it a simplistic role in setlists.

This pattern continued through the late ’90s, the post-hiatus years, and the beginning of this era (with Telluride’s extra-terrestrial ending as the sole aberration.) But when Phish broke out “Carini” in Broomfield – and then again in Providence and Atlantic City – the song’s paradigm changed forever.

10.31.10 (Graham Lucas)

In a complete 180 degree turn, Phish chose not to use “Carini” as path into darkness, instead transforming the song into a piece of sublime improvisation. No longer growling through evil jams, Trey elevated them with gorgeous leads that cut through heavy and unique full-band interplay. This uplifting direction, debuted in Broomfield, was expounded upon in Providence’s top-shelf version, and then abstracted upon in Atlantic City. All of fall’s “Carinis” deviated far from the song’s structure, transforming a one-dimensional piece into a full-blown portal to the divine. Within three unique and experimental excursions, Phish completely changed face of the game. “Carini” has now become an exploratory vehicle of the highest degree, and this has to be considered the single, most significant song evolution of Fall Tour.

Check out all three “Carinis” from fall with some context and a description of each.


10.12.10 II Broomfield, Colorado

10.12.10 - Broomfield (S.Short)

This three-night run set the tone for fall as each night built upon the last. As Phish came to their final set in Colorado, they broke out “Carini” to open things up. Trey comically changed the lyrics to “Carini had bubonic plague!” referencing the reported cases among Broomfield’s prairie dog population. But there was no comedy once the lyrics ended. Initially riding the traditional “Carini” jam, as the band settled into a more mellow groove, Trey spontaneously unleashed a sublime solo over the heavy backdrop. Reaching for spiritual heights, Trey took a melodic sprint over the full-band groove that evolved out of “Carini’s” foundation. Fish and Mike hooked up behind Trey’s lead as Page built a wall of sound to color the conversation. Throughout this segment, Trey continued his cathartic playing, fitting right into the rhythmic pocket. The band eventually slowed into an ambient curtain of sound which descended over the arena as if preparing for an alien arrival. And Phish smoothly slid into “Bowie.”



10.22.10 II Providence, Rhode Island

10.22.10 - Providence (J.Rizzo)

With tour in full swing, Phish hit The Dunk on a Friday night coming off their two-set escapade in Utica, New York. After a solid opening frame, Phish opened the second with, in my opinion, the jam sequence of tour -“Rock and Roll > Carini.” Fall’s second version of the morphing song came out of, perhaps, the tour’s most innovative psychedelic trek in “Rock and Roll.” And as the band segued into “Carini,” they carried big-time energy and momentum, and were primed to explode. Once the lyrics ended, Fishman immediately launched into a hard-edged beat while Trey spit guitar fury. Very quickly, however, Mike and Page made a harmonic shift beneath the two devilish players, coaxing Trey to join in with transcendent guitar work. Beginning with beautiful leads, a switch to a soulful rhythm pattern brought the band into a four-piece experiment. Before long, Phish reached one of the most uplifting segments of music of the entire tour, as the whole band collectively crushed a jam that took on a soul-tugging life of its own. Perhaps my favorite segment of music from Fall, this piece reached a far more emotive plane than Broomfield’s introduction. Migrating to a sparser realm that had nothing at all to do with the song, the entire band continued their locked and original patterns while Trey flowed in a melodic river of dreams. Page brought some slick compliments to the mix which moved the band into a rhythmic texture that served as an infectious come down from the mountaintop. Meanwhile Trey continued to play to the heavens over this groovy canvas in a sequence of to-die-for Phish.



10.29.10  II Atlantic City, New Jersey

10.31.10 - Atlantic City (G.Lucas)

Phish pulled into AC for their three-night Fall finale as fans nationwide descended onto the Jersey Shore. After a mellow opening frame, Phish dropped bombs at the beginning of the second, combining two fall-standouts – “Sand” and “Carini” – into a single highlight reel. Phish took “Sand” on its most fluid and adventurous course of the tour as they entered a post-peak, mid-tempo, ensemble groove that had Little Featprints all over it. Thus when the band hit “Carini,” they, again, carried a colossal head of steam. Trey worked in the “Carini” line to the collective groove, signaling the change into another Fall Tour All-Star. Boardwalk Hall exploded with the opening chords of “Carini” and the band carried that energy through the composed section of the song, screaming the lyrics as they drifted into the jam. Trey’s guitar picked up where their voices left off, wailing over a nasty groove. Red began a lead with distinct attitude over the  bass-led patterns, while the band crushed “Carini.” But once the guitar solo ended, everyone settled into a equitable plane. As this segment began, Trey almost went berserk with crack-like rhythm licks, seeming for a moment that shit was about to fly off the meat rack. But he pulled back into an equally creative solo that infused the still-heavy piece with supporting melodies. But the band shifted back into a funky canvas as Mike dropped one unique idea after another. The band’s rhythmic talk soon drifted far from the song and into a four-piece ambient collaboration. The future-sounding segment melted into “Prince Caspian,” thus ending the final “Carini”of fall.



Jam of the Day:

Sand” 10.20.10 II

A scorching second-set rendition with a mini bonus jam on the way to “Theme.” A middle-man between South Carolina’s initial version and Atlantic City’s blowout.




10.20.10 Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York

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The virtual consensus “best show of tour.” Phish put together two twisting and turning old-school sets in a tiny venue, oozing energy of the past combined with music of the future. A standout Phish show for any era, the band was locked from moment one in this musical and experiential highlight of Fall.

I: My Soul, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Vultures, Wolfman’s Brother > Cities, Guyute, David Bowie*^, Wilson*, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Saw It Again* > Run Like an Antelope*

II: Drowned > Sand > Theme From the Bottom, Axilla, Birds of a Feather, Tela,  Split Open and Melt > Have Mercy > Piper** > Split Open and Melt, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Good Times Bad Times

* w/ Guyute Teases, ^ w/ Wilson Teases, **w/ Birds Reprise

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468 Responses to “The Rebirth Of Carini”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    “We need to install a winning attitude because a winning attitude translates to winning, and that leads to wins … ”

    – Jerry Jones

    now how can they be failing with leadership like that at the top?!?!?!?!?

    sometimes life just makes no sense

  2. JeffieM Says:

    Afternoon folks
    speaking of ICP, anyone catch the jugalo on It’s always sunny last night? (Sorry if it’s been discussed already, haven’t read back at all)
    Also a phish shout out on HIMYM monday. Seems like there have been a lot lately.

  3. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Say what?

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    that’s cool @selector…in oldschool funk, the bass is pure balls, the drums move your ass and if you’re using your brain at all you’re doin it wrong

    so kinda similar but different in the details

  5. phoammhead Says:

    hey suckas

    i’m in one of those i wanna fuck something up kinda moods – grrrr!


  6. Chuck D Says:

    winning -> wins

    air tight logic.

  7. jdub Says:

    @Phoamhead, Sounds like you need some Providence Carini straight to the dome.

  8. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @Mr. C – that sounds like some of the logic that John Gruden was laying down last Monday. Scoring more points leads to wins. No shit John, how the hell did you figure that one out?

  9. Chuck D Says:

    Phoam – i think you’re looking for “”… dude just did a big piece on the epic jam vehicle known as “Break Stuff”

  10. jdub Says:

    In this world of digital music I have 1 cd in my truck, Gordon’s Inside In. I keep playing it over and over. Has become my travel companion. I guess the repeated phrase “Take Me Out” hasn’t sunk in yet.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    excellent dialogue earlier fellas. i always listened to phish with 4 ears and to this day it remains a challenge tho garry brown has helped and sometimes i puff a little EARFOCUS to bring out the crispness around the edges. my favorite part of listening to phish is listening to each of them individually and at the same time. the sbds help me find the lost pluck of mike that i couldn’t find at the show when it was buried in thud.

    more carini study in the car ride home.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    Jon Gruden is a master of insight compared to the NFL Network crew doing that Thurs night game last night…the amazing thing was that Theismann wasn’t even the champ in that regard…he got trumped by the reigning Captain Obvious, Matt Millen…man, can that guy ever state plainly true facts in a succinct way. It was kind of a trip really

    great second half in that game. Roddy White?!? Ok…

    enjoy Gruden’s antics while you can. I can’t imagine he won’t take one of the offers coming his way this offseas.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    but yeah @gp420 you hear that kind of stuff from sportcasters a lot

    “well they really want to come out on this drive strong, and get a touchdown. that’s really important at this point in the game.”

    …as opposed to all those other points in the game where you are indifferent to touchdowns, I guess

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    “should we go for a TD this time fellas?”

    “nah fuck it I think this drive should peter out on about the 40.”

    “yeah we really need those TDs later”

  15. jdub Says:

    When you have to talk for 3 hours straight sometimes the obvious slips out as filler. Kind of like when Phish sticks in Bouncin mid set.

    Everything I do these days seems to have a mental reference to a Phish show, song, experience, etc.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    interesting jdub I had a related thought last night as well

    “there was nothing interesting about that play. if I absolutely had to say something about it right now, I would probably sound like a dumbass too”

    but Millen really does have exceptional skills in that area

  17. Chuck D Says:

    smoke EARFOCUS everyday

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    Manch light for the ride home actually…have a good nite y’allz

  19. c0wfunk Says:

    “People get so hung up on the sparse melodies they fail to notice the sickness to be found in the pocket.”

    “in oldschool funk, the bass is pure balls, the drums move your ass and if you’re using your brain at all you’re doin it wrong”

    w/ phish fish has my feet, mike shakes the bootie, and page and trey battle for my arms and head

  20. Selector J Says:

    The Cpt. Obvious Lifetime Achievement Award has to go to the one, the only, John Madden.

    Even my wife, who knows slightly more about football than my 3 yr old, would look at me and say, “Does he think we’re all idiots?”

  21. voopa Says:

    I can’t believe Dan Dierdorf still has an announcing job. He only finishes about 30% of his thoughts or sentences, and he mixes up singular and plural possessives all. the. time. Drives me crazy.

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    BOOM! He’s on his back!

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    re: dierdorf –

    “you’re an iiiiiiiidiot babe,
    it’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe”

    Madden always mixed in actual insight with his obviousisms, though

  25. jdub Says:

    Yeah but Madden does it in the most endearing way possible. At least he has got a schtick that makes the obvious charming.

    The announcer who gets under my skin the most is Tim McCarver. In an annoying voice he makes statements like these.

    “Ok, so the bases are loaded, a man on every base. With a full count the pitcher has got to throw a strike here. Otherwise he walks in a run and brings the tying run to the plate. A strike is very important right now.”

    thanks for the insight Tim

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