December Dark Horses

In the waning days of December ’95, Phish kicked off their final four shows with a stop in Binghamton, New York in show that has grown immortal with its LivePhish release. December ’99 took a day off on the 14th, before revving up their final, pre-Cypress,  run through the south. Since most people are familiar with Binghamton ’95 and there isn’t any other action on this day in December history, let’s circle back around to Sunday, and two exploratory December 12 jams that never got their proper due.

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Drowned > Caspian” 12.12.99 II – Hartford, CT

Providing an intense chunk of ’99 jamming, Hartford’s set opener kicked off the second half and then kept on going. Rolling from one experimental texture into the next, this piece formed an exploratory tapestry while giving the tour a psychedelic shot in the arm  — even within the crazed context of December ’99. Band members took turns guiding the core of this piece while the others painted its periphery. Bringing the audience on a field trip to percussive space camp, the band underlined the latter half of this jam with extraordinary communication and “millennial” sound-sculpting. This dark horse December ’99 monstrosity sprawled in various directions, including a gorgeous, yet urgent, ambient section, while Trey played drone patterns on his mini-keyboard. Hartford’s “Drowned” is a superb piece of late-’99 sonic exploration that hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it should over the years. Then Trey unleashes a solo for the ages in a  surreal comedown of “Prince Caspian.” Take a half-hour out of your day to enjoy this joyride into the universe from 11 years ago.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ph99-12-12d2t01.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ph99-12-12d2t02.mp3]

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Down With Disease” 12.12.95 II – Providence, RI

Miami '03 (M.Collins)

Before “Down With Disease” turned into a type-I anthem in 1996, Phish pushed the song through some hearty explorations in the song’s adolesence. And none were more explosive and downright exploratory than this half-hour epic from Providence ’95. Jumping into a type-II gold mine, the band began carving original pathways as soon as the jam dropped. Getting into a heavy groove early on, the band continued to build on this direction, careening into quintessntial December ’95 power rhythms before deconstructing the piece into a quieter canvas for sparser splatter painting. Building the jam back into completely original music, Phish took liberty over the next twenty minutes, coming together in a four-piece stunner. At a time when Phish cranked out new music on a nightly basis, this was one of their more innovative jaunts of a notorious month. Eating more famous December ’95 jams for lunch and spitting them out, Providence’s “Disease” is something to behold. Trying to narrate such a sublime tale of musical theatrics would be an excersize in futility, so take another half-hour out of your day and tune out to one of the greatest Phish jams you may never have heard. (Complete with money-back guarantee)

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Down-With-Disease.mp3]

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333 Responses to “December Dark Horses”

  1. Chuck D Says:

    “Trying to narrate such a sublime tale of musical theatrics would be an excersize in futility, so take another half-hour out of your day and tune out to one of the greatest Phish jams you may never have heard. (Complete with money-back guarantee)”

    1. you regularly narrate such tales without meandering into the field of futility. have faith!

    2. excersize? maybe exercise… but, i wouldn’t know.

    3. i want my money back! well, actually just the opposite. in the holiday spirit, donate some loot. it takes straight cash money to keep this site running, especially with these tasty streaming posts… honestly, you spend more time here than with your own mother. miner deserves a present too! donate button on the main page~

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    I used to win the spelling bee for my grade every year, but then I’d choke in the school wide spelling bee championship. One year that word was exercise, which I (still)shamefully spelled excercise. D’oh!

  3. fat bastard Says:

    thanks for all these jams miner. you are bringing your A Game like D ROSE

  4. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Phish New Years- MSG- Blowin’ it up like the Metrodome.

  5. Mitch Says:

    Money back guarantee you say? Ok, I’m in.

  6. Jtran Says:

    I’d take some cash…

    🙂

    Tweezer Timber Tweezer $$$

    hot piece of 95 improv

  7. Kaveh Says:

    @Spam Waiter – Don’t want that to happen, since the DumpyDome collapsed and didn’t blow up. It is weird looking at that end of town and not seeing that white roof. Try again. 🙂

  8. Hellborn Elfchild Says:

    Woosta Night 2 is gonna be the show of the run! Night 1 will be warm up, night 2 is business time.

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    OK, how about:

    Phish’s New Year’s run is going to melt faces so hard that the MSG ceiling is going to cave in like the Metrodome<a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/index?id=5756894the MSG ceiling.

  10. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Aaaaaand, HTML fail.

    OK, how about:

    Phish’s New Year’s run is going to melt faces so hard that the MSG ceiling is going to cave in like the Metrodome the MSG ceiling.

  11. themanatee Says:

    12.12.99 Caspian – My favorite military salute solo by Big Red. Stunning. The only reaction I could give at the time was to stand at attention and salute 🙂

  12. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Phish’s New Year’s run is going to melt faces so hard that the MSG ceiling is going blow up like—->

    http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=rSjK2Oqrgic

    RIP Leslie

  13. Kaveh Says:

    @Spasm Waiter – BOOYAH! 🙂

  14. Jtran Says:

    12/14/95 II

    Always gets me, great set.

    Exceited to hear this Drowned next

  15. lumpyhead Says:

    damn I got a case of the Tuesdays today.

  16. sumodie Says:

    Bored with awesome phish jams of yore?

    Check out these old Trey interviews:

    – High Times article from 2002 (Trey explains his ‘Back of the Worm’ trip story, amongst other tidbits). Quick easy read

    http://hightimes.com/entertainment/jchesham/893

    – Click on my name to dl a 2005 audio interview with Trey. I grabbed it off etree and have not listened to it. Possibly an interview with someone from MTV…? 43 minutes long

  17. fatbunch Says:

    @Miner – thank you so much for the daily selections – I’ve been adding to a growing playlist: “Miner’s Decembers Remebered”

    Just grabbed today’s DWD however and a question: noticed the file was only 10 MB and also in the “album” info with the file it lists 1994.11.12 . . . is that the correct file?

  18. DukeOfLizards Says:

    @lumpy

    Tuesday is the worst day of the week. Fact.

    The groove at around the 19:30 mark of the Disease reminds me a lot of some Fall 2010 percussive goodness. Like the love child of the AC Wolfman’s and the Manch Light. Good stuff.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @sumo
    is it with tabitha soren? I hope it was with tabitha soren. she was the bee’s knees back in the day… what were we talking about now?

    so is there a meet up planned for worcester or has it mostly been rumors in the wind? might not hurt to check with places like brew city to see if they can reserve a section or something if that’s the plan. which I clearly am not sure about.

  20. lumpyhead Says:

    fahct.

  21. Kaveh Says:

    @Miner – GREAT DWD today; thanks again!

  22. Jtran Says:

    Like this Drowned. Gonnna have to relisten after lunch before I move on to DWD

  23. jdub Says:

    @T3, no set plans that I know of for Worcester yet. The meetup spreadsheet has some ideas but it sounds like Brew City will work just fine. I’ll take some initiative and call the bar.

    @Woosta attendees! If you want to get on the email for meetup info get your addy on the spreadsheet.

  24. Jtran Says:

    @jdub

    If you plan on e-mailing folks before this evening could you just add me. Don’t have that link at work.

    Jon

  25. Jtran Says:

    Wow

    Sorry I just signed that. This is not an e-mail.

    Back to work 🙁

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