Reader’s Picks: Marc “Kaya” Tosh

SPAC 2012 (SammyC via Crowdseye)

SPAC 2012 (SammyC via Crowdseye)

All text and selections by @Kayatosh

Mango Song > Jam” 9.17.00 II, Columbia, MD

A loose, tired sounding version that feels like it might fall apart at any moment but doesn’t thanks to Page Piano. After the triumph of successfully holding it together, a dark, percussive, free-form jam emerges.



Yamar” 11.2.96 II, West Palm Beach, FL


One that slipped through the cracks the last time Miner covered 1996. Karl Perazzo enhanced.



David Bowie” 6.24.95 II, Philadelphia, PA

This long form version starts off promisingly with a spacey intro.  The “Low Rider” flavored jam hints at the funk the band would actively mine in the next few years.  From the chunky funk, the jam journeys into a slower, softer vibe that retains the trademark 95 dark edge. A subsequent move into speed metal features Trey out front blazing a white hot path with the other three matching his intensity.



McGrupp” 8.7.93, Darien Lake, NY

A confident version of a favorite Phish tune from a golden era. Page tickling the ivories; Fishman tickling the washboard. See also, 11.30.94 McGrupp for more of Page channeling Keith Jarret.



Jam > Leprechaun” 8.24.93 Sndchk, Vancouver, BC

Four-way bluesy, uninhibited play. A pocket so deep you could lose a joint in it. Listen to Fishman’s super human fills. Midway through the 10 minute jam, Fishman settles on a steady groove, and the jam becomes a composed sounding romp. And then the elusive Leprechaun does his jig.



Chalkdust Torture” 7.16.94 II, Sugarbush, VT

A take no prisoners, almost off the rails, “Barracuda” teased Dust, featuring Trey in berserker mode.



Sneakin Sally > Frankie Says” 4.2.98 II, Uniondale, NY

Slower, thicker version of a classic phish groove vehicle. Your head will involuntarily bob as the laid-back, syncopated riffs start bumping up against your brain.   “Sally” jam slides smoothly and gradually into “Frankie Says,” which features a nimble fingered Trey.



Ghost > Drowned” 12.28.97 II, Landover, MD

Silky, late ’97 funk feel with a healthy dose of clavination. “Ghost’s” jam is of the hypnotic variety with intermittent hints of “Psycho Killer.” After you’ve been mellowed to the point of floating, the jam inconspicuously swirls into a funnel cone (twice), stops on a dime, and then launches into “Drowned!” Trey’s strong Hendrix impression in the “Drowned” jam finishes off the listener. Listen for The Note. “Drowned” jam concludes in soft, spacious fashion.



Makiuspa Policeman” 11.23.96 II, Vancouver, BC

“Woke up in the morning. Border Guard in my Bunk.” Listen for the Star Wars effects.



Bathtub Gin -> Cities -> Jam” 7.1.97 II, Amsterdam, NL

July ’97, Amsterdam — a time traveler’s dream destination. There’s a segment mid-“Gin” that mirrors the feeling of falling down stairs in slow motion. After a slick “Gin” theme tease, the jam patiently builds to a murky, not quite peaked conclusion that becomes the intro to “Cities.” The “Cities” jam sonically represents what it might feel like to be adrift at sea on a gelatinous raft. After all “Cities” flavor has been wrung from the jam, an ambient, looped section takes hold of your dome and places you right on the back of the worm. By mid ’97, this band was an ear candy machine.



Timber Ho!” 7.26.97 II, Austin, TX

More liquid gold from July 97 with a looped out, cosmic jump rope jam conclusion before the “Timber” themed coda.

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399 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Marc “Kaya” Tosh”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^as you can tell from all the typos… i am basically a zombie at this point..sleep walking through the day…

  2. JanxSpirit Says:

    MPP left loge == horrible right?

  3. RoosterPizza Says:

    Fukuoka Twist is impressive on its own, but it is just that much better while listening to it within the context of the whole show.

  4. RoosterPizza Says:

    Sorry to hear jdub; I didn’t see that post earlier. I have my grandfather’s wake and funeral over the next few days.

  5. halcyon Says:

    What up BB. Hope everyone is well. I am somewhere between a funk and a mid life crisis. This too shall soon pass.

    Who hear remembers this, and attended this. Very first Gathering of the vibes.

    Such a spun out weekend.

  6. BNCB Says:

    second jam out of Mike’s song at Charter ONe, and you’re on @bingosbrother!

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    the feature itself notwithstanding, the idea that amazon markets its auto-rip service for vinyl with the following graph is hilarious:

    AutoRip for vinyl is available for industry-wide top-sellers and customer favorites like “Babel” by Mumford & Sons, “The Lumineers,” by The Lumineers, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” by Bruno Mars, “All that Echoes,” by Josh Groban, “Greatest Hits – Chapter 1,” by Kelly Clarkson and “Alabama Shakes,” by Alabama Shakes. AutoRip for CDs launched in January of this year.

    …because those are EXACTLY the types of musicians I know I think of when I hear about the bands my vinyl-loving friends are seeking. 🙄

  8. sumodie Says:

    What do you think of this?:

    “As previously reported, Headphones and Snowcones gives fans the chance to experience an Umphrey’s concert via a Sennheiser wireless system and a pair Audio-Technica headphones. The headsets will deliver a pristine live mix of the performance, allowing listeners to hear all of the band’s nuances. Listeners will have a private viewing area by the soundboard at certain venues, but all will receive an UMLive download of the show (MP3 or FLAC). The experience will cost $40.00 (plus a deposit) and will be limited, as of now, to 18 fans.”

    A special audio mix thru headphones at a live concert? Seems unappealing to me but I’m still intrigued

  9. MiA Says:

    Vibes jdub.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Anyone familiar with the band Earthless?

    Was passed along from a music writer friend of mine. Out of San Diego..

    Some more hard psych rock.. check this out… It’s a little heavy, but I dig it.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I think it is an interesting idea, sumo, if pretty anti-social. takes the listener almost wholly out of the concert in a way. I can see the serious music nerds being interested to be able to hear every nuance of the sound but it would be lost on me, personally. I want the whole experience, warts and all. you don’t hear wook drug deal fights with ear muffs on.

  12. ren Says:

    Best vibes and condolences to those who have recently lost or will be losing a grandparent sometime soon.

    Found out a few weeks ago that my Grandpa has stage 4 cancer throughout his body. Initially they told us he might make a year or more….more recently 3-6 months. So tough to start experiencing these “finishline-stones” for lack of a better term. The antithesis of milestones….like the last Easter we’ll spend together…last trip etc. He’s still 100% there mentally and in really good shape at the moment too…which makes it even tougher.

    Go tell someone who deserves it that you love them!

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    RIP, Mr. Ebert

  14. MiA Says:

    Bummer Ren. Spend as much time as possible. Time seems to fly by quickly if you let it.

    Regarding headphones and them being anti-social. The problem I have with concerts is that they are often too social (at the wrong times).

    People texting and facebooking during a Kung Fu matcheable Mike’s Song distracts me. People holding their iPhones in the air to take photos from 100 rows back so they can post to Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, etc.

    There are times with the chatty cathies around me that I wish I had headphones too. Sure you don’t want to miss out on the wook drug deal fights, but I also don’t want to know about what happened on Jersey Shore, or how your brother-in-law is an asshole.

    There definitely are places where the sound was so terrible, I prayed to have headphones on so I could listen to the music. Phish generally doesn’t have the problem now, but places like St. Paul Civic Center was just boomy as shit. Same with the Target Center in Minneapolis.

    I would think about it. But I’m an anti-social music nerd.

  15. halcyon Says:

    Hey JDub – just read back and my condolences to you and your family. LC is amazing, and must have been a touching experience to see him with your dad.

  16. IrieWalton Says:

    Interesting idea with the headphones, but if I wanted that I would have stayed home with the webcast or waited a day and listen to the SBDs. As others have said attending a concert is 1/2 what’s happening on stage and half what’s going around you.

    Plus, is that $40 in addition to the cost of a ticket? Because if so, that seems like just a cash grab on the part of the band.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Damn t3. Hoped you were wrong. Fuclin bawling here. A great man. Fuck.

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    A leave of presence. See you at the movies. Roger to the very end. You will be missed.

  19. ren Says:

    There are silver linings to some clouds I suppose. My grandfather was previously living about 5 ours away in Maryland but will now be staying at my families house 1/2 hour away from me to receive the better care here in NY. So, yes MiA, I will thankfully be spending much more of whatever time is left with him.

    If you see me shed a floor tear during YaMar this summer…you’ll know why…so pass me precious and have a hug ready

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    I’ll hug the shit out of you ren.

  21. Dorn76 Says:

    First guy to have his pic posted to the Internet wearing those snowcones gets a free dick punch.

    iPhone initially corrected that to ” duck lunch”. Don’t know why but that’s cracking me up.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    good luck w/ the night shift, palmer. that sounds tough. My grandpa was a newspaper writer and had similar hours.

  23. makisupa Says:

    What’s a hug amongst phriends i haven’t met yet. Nice silver lining thought. Weird how much we take for granted in this life. Respect to your grampa Ren and to the Ebert crew. Chicago guy, right?

    Life. Happening now, under your nose!

    Phish lot is where hugs go down.

    Kaya, where’s the Starwars in your playlist’s vangroovy 96 makisupa? Trey’s sound effects before the Axilla launch?

  24. kayatosh Says:

    better bag up before a duck lunch

  25. hazel mango Says:

    This Jam>Leprechaun is groovalicious, Kaya!!

    And the Austin ’97 show was my first Phish show ever. Been wanting to revisit it entirely, great reminder with this Timber. Awesome!!

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