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. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Agreed on McCarver being a suckass commentator. The duo for the Cardinals, Dan and Al, are terrible. However, I do love catching the Mets and Diamondback broadcasts when possible. I think that both Keith Hernandez and Mark Grace are regularly drunk in the announcers booth. We need more of that. Thank god the MLB package lets me pick the broadcast often.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    if all the announcers were drunk and the pitchers were on Orange Sunshine I would totally watch baseball

  3. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I know its been posted before, but for those who haven’t seen it:

  4. themanatee Says:

    @ Mr. C-

    on a Ship of Fools kick –
    what is your favorite inspirational version?

    any type 2?


  5. guitarpicker420! Says:

    That’s doc ellis on acid pitching a no hitter.

  6. Selector J Says:

    re: Madden
    True enough. Madden really had an eye for the trenches which made his commentary useful since it’s the hardest to observe from the standard angle.

    btw, Is it me or would football on tv benefit x1000 if they used the, er… Madden (as in video game) angle? I’d love to see the entire downfield for once during a passing play.

    The sideline view is, and always has been, terrible. One of the networks (maybe the NFL Network) should experiment with it. I bet it would get rave reviews.

  7. jdub Says:

    A quick non phish (although phish is involved of course) story since I am chilling in the same spot and it is a funny and shameful story.

    I visit this boat lunch after work sometimes to decompress with some Phish and bane before I head home to the gauntlet of children and things. Last week while listening to phish in the car I chilled for too long. Turned the key and it was dead. Had to walk the mile home in shame and figure out a way to explain to the wife why my car was dead at the boat launch when she had been home with the kids running wild. The truth didn’t sting as much as I thought but just confirmed some things for the wife. Cover blown.

  8. Selector J Says:

    Barkely is the king of drunken commentators, imo. He’d say the crazy stuff anyway but when drunk… it adds a little dazzle.

  9. jdub Says:

    The Red Sox have got one of the best color guys in Jerry Remy. He makes watching every game fun as can be.

  10. c0wfunk Says:

    keith and ron darling do a great job w/ mets broadcasts for sure. Listening to drunk keith 7th inning or so late season is pretty hilarious

  11. Selector J Says:

    ouch, jdub… I know what you mean about coming home to the craziness.

    Maybe swoop in and grab the kids from the wife for a boat ride every once in a while. Let Mrs. jdub get a head clearing now and again. I bet the solo trips would get the official green light if you did that every week or so.

  12. jdub Says:

    Drunk people on TV, Joe Namath being interviewed by that sideline reporter. Classic.

    Just got busted, wife drove by the shop with kids and I wasn’t there of course. Apparantly my son mentioned I might be by the water. Kids, they say the craziest things.

    Have a goodnight all.

  13. phoammhead Says:


    no shame there – shit happens

    i really don’t like that word shame, but that’s another convo

    when my slf and i were packing the car to go to N Chuck, i had the stereo blasting – after packing up, i went to start the car – deader than a doornail – brief freakout – told the slf we weren’t going to be able to make the phish showz! 😉

    i can relate!

    i managed to get down to a gas station and get one of those portable jumper batteries

    yes, we made the shows! 🙂

  14. Selector J Says:


  15. jdub Says:

    Yes indeed Selector. Weekend days with the kids going to fun places earns extra bonus points with the misus. We all still need some alone time though.

  16. guitarpicker420! Says:

    If any of y’all have access to thetradersden, be sure and grab James Brown 11-25-67. 15 minute Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, 10 minute Cold Sweat, all funky, all JB.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    hm @manatee, I have yet to formally review for top versions of that song so this is off the top of my head, I don’t really have established go-tos yet

    great sound…definitely one of the better ones I saw…

    there’s a great one from mid April ’78…I can’t remember if it’s this one
    or 4/14….probably comes down to vocals…IIRC 4/16 is a bit better in that regard….

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    and here’s a favorite oldschool version from a justly legendary show

    real interesting Wall of Sound FOB matrix there ^^^

    @manatee, please let me know what super epic ones you find, I like to keep lists of suggestions for songs I haven’t really surveyed yet, like that one

  19. bouncin fan Says:

    AC Bowie just keeps sounding better

    So many hip themes. Great Trey.

    2001 > Bowie $$$

    Treys 2001 solo $$$$

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    @selector, I’m trying sooooooo hard to watch line play these days, and almost nothing but…the standard broadcast angle makes it very difficult of course

    I wish they did “alternate audio” with an “advanced” commentary where they throw out the obvious stuff and actually break down each play in technical terms without all the handholding

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    Best sportscaster ever Rick Jeanneret

  22. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    hey C. I woke up the other morning after having had a crazy dream that I’d been reading a book that you’d written about good and evil, with vignettes of different people who exemplified the different aspects of each.

    I was really into the book and it was 400 pages long. I woke up thinking, what the hell has the BB done to me?

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    top shelf where momma hides the cookies

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    fuck, now I have another book project to work on?!?!?!?!?

  25. poop goblin Says:

    also keep spinning this AC #line

    I remember loving it live but couldn’t remember why. another jam that I keep getting more out of after several spins.

    Fish is just killing it. even through the verses before the jam his cymbal work is just amazing

    during the jam Trey, Page, and Fish are all trading hip licks back and forth through the whole first section. Fish will do some fills in a triplet feel, and Trey will follow with a lick in the similar time, and then Page will follow in the same time and play off Trey’s melody. really cool totally listening to each other stuff. the opposite of the autopilot Trey that was very prevalent early in the tour.

    Mike leads em into a bunch of cool more abstract breaks that tease going out and then they slide back into the rock n roll stuff

    all 4 members just playing tight and bouncin themes back and forth and trading who is leading the jam.

    spin this shit loud and take a good listen. some very hip stuff going on.

    great Phish. they’ve come a long way since Hampton

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