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. avila Says:

    Sprinkling and showering each other with gifts for babies. Then the babies become children surrounded with more plastic and metal crap than they know what to do with. I’ve lived it. Check out Project Night Night next time you need to buy a kid a present, or sprinkle a friend, for that matter.

  2. littleumbrellas Says:

    Headphones?? You’ve got to be kidding. Sound is physical. Your never gonna feel bass bombs or the spin of a rotating leslie if you have little speakers over your ears. Silent Disco is the lamest idea, or with anything Bass oriented, but with Phish…. never!

    Earthless.. like those guys.. kinda heavy… my buddy’s Mammatus just opened for them at the Great American.

  3. phoammhead Says:

    crappy little exploitation’d of a world we live in

  4. xpun Says:

    Vibes to bb. Jdud. Ren. And I may have forgotten someone. If so, sorry.

    @palmer. Avoid the 5 hr energy. Pounded those things pretty regularly for awhile. Red bull. Monster etc. I think it took a toll on me.

    “First guy to have his pic posted to the Internet wearing those snowcones gets a free dick punch.” This made me lol and then my kids started laughing at me for laughing. We’ve had a pretty rough day and it was great to laugh together. Thanks Dorn.

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  6. phoammhead Says:

    what goes up . . . jak’d up . . . most likely will be hammer’d down

  7. xpun Says:

    Watching the old D&D cartoon w the kids. Walking through a very psychedelic forest of huge mushrooms Eric says – “Well I’m never eating mushrooms again!”

  8. phoammhead Says:

    Oh yeah, there was an ocelot in that 1st set before 1st toob

  9. phoammhead Says:

    woof woof

  10. voopa Says:

    I’ve been to many shows where the sound just plain sucked, either because of my location, the venue in general, or the crew. I’ve also been to too many shows where the crowd around has been more of a nuisance and distraction than an enhancement. In these instances, I would have embraced something, anything, to get better sound, even if it meant wearing big ol’ headphones. And in these cases you wouldn’t miss out on any sound that you feel, since the PA is on anyway.

    In fact, I used to think that venues had a responsibility to provide good sound for the patrons of their concerts, and that they should offer some sort of remedy or refund if you’re not satisfied with the sound. But there’s too many variables for that to be practical, and more often it’s not the fault of the venue at all but the union jerks or crew operating the equipment.

    Seemed like a no brainer- after all, those promoters are just raking in the dough, right? Why not kick down a little something special for the fans that actually want to hear what’s going on? But I could see that being a justification for raising prices, which would piss me off on the few nights that I do want to socialize or when the music actually is secondary.

    Fuck, my commute took over twice as long this morning because of a little rain. Stuck at work for another half an hour. Fuck!

  11. phoammhead Says:

    Bolly sec 20 up/avail right now

  12. phoammhead Says:

    LN app

  13. phoammhead Says:

    I hear you, voop

    Anymore bek and I are setting ourselves up to roam . . . gotta be able to migrate toward the chill vibes and hot sound

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  17. gavinsdad Says:


    2 Friday and 2 Sunday Chicago GA floors available

    For your

    SPAC sat or sun pits/pavs

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sat Spac seems to be the hardest ticket on tour…WTF

  19. phoammhead Says:

    grovel alert: ned 2 sat chi ga floors

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    pavs that is

  21. phoammhead Says:

    greater NYC demand from paltry east coast love

  22. phoammhead Says:

    hav sun chi ga flr to trade

  23. sumodie Says:

    Headphones at UM shows will cost an extra $40 on top of the concert ticket, limited to just 18 fans. Plus you’ll need a cc to provide a $500 deposit in case the headphones are damaged/not returned

    All your comments about yappers & poor venue sound has won me over to the concept (tho that’s not why UM is offering it), even though I’m not likely to hit a UM show anytime soon

    I scoffed at the Roo’s Silent Disco till I tried it in 2009. Had a total blast, the only downside being the lines to get into the far too small disco. Would I prefer my disco without headphones? Sure, but that wasn’t an option

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  25. gavinsdad Says:

    Btw Earthless is metal…droney “jammy” metal if I’m taking liberties. They don’t play much anymore. Used to have Mario Rubalcaba on drums who is a sick bastard and former pro skater. He drums in OFF! Now who I’ve seen twice they are sick.

    But yeah if u ever had a taste for that Kyuss desert metal sound Earthless is gonna be good for u. I can make a dotted line jump from Earthless to Explosions in the Sky or Godspeed u black emporer pretty quickly

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