Reader’s Picks: Dustin Lewis

12.28.2012 (Graham Lucas)

12.28.2012, MSG (Graham Lucas)

 All selections and text by Dustin Lewis

Gumbo -> Sanity” 8.15.98 II, Limestone, ME

A groovy piece from Lemonwheel that perfectly illustrates Phish’s Summer ’98 sound. Tight (but loose), focused and funky. This is one of the truly great (yet somewhat forgotten) segues.



Halley’s -> Roses” 7.13.99 I, Mansfield, MA

How I miss first set jamming like this pairing. This combo comes in the first frame of the (possibly) last great show at Great Woods. Several other readers picks have mentioned that late ’90’s Halley’s represents an “effortless” type sound. This piece, which somehow merges groove with more abstract soundscapes, sounds as effortless as it gets.



Split Open and Melt” 12.4.99 II, Cincinnati, OH

With Big Cypress around the corner, Phish was plugging away at the sound that would take them from midnight to sunrise. Trey switches from effect-laden sustains, to the Mini-Keys, and then back to a raging guitar finish in what was one of my all-time favorite indoor dance sessions on a cold night in Cincy.



Mike’s Song” 12.30.93 II, Portland, ME

I can’t leave out the early ’90s entirely! My favorite “Mike’s” of all-time rages from start to finish. Trey’s ripping dark leads gradually morph into bright, blissful glory. PLEASE BRING BACK THE SECON…….ok, I know, it’s been asked enough at this point.



Free” 7.31.98 II, Columbus, OH

Not your father’s version of “Free.” Trey ditches the guitar god soloing in favor of soupy Summer ’98 funk. A stellar version that, again, makes you yearn for the days when “Free” was free to run wild.



Theme -> Dog Log” 9.17.00 II, Columbia, MD

Another reader recently highlighted the “Mango Song” from this spectacular night at Merriweather. This set was one of the most unique of all time and carried a distinctly dark vibe throughout. This “Theme->Dog Log” is really one piece and you can’t help nodding your head back and forth to those distinctly ’00 grooves. Mr. Gordon owns this one.



Tweezer” 6.18.94 II, Chicago, IL

This is one of my Top-3 “Tweezers.” The aggressive, “in your face” ’94  grooves explode out of the speakers for the first act. After a bit of meandering, Page comes in with a Mind Left Body progression that Trey jumps on like a man possessed. The peak of this jam could only come from those four musicians, in the year 1994.



Down with Disease” 2.21.03 I, Cincinnati, OH

Another choice from Cincy, but a completely different time. It is jarring just how different the band sounds when comparing Cincy ’99 to Cincy ’03. This piece, taken just about 10 shows into 2.0, captures the band getting to know each other musically again. Though it would take until the summer for the band to really hit the gas full speed on a night to night basis, it was fascinating watching the rust gradually come off the car.



Roggae” 8.5.11 I, George, Washington

I know that most people have probably heard this one, but I just can’t leave out the obvious highlight from my first set at the Gorge. Walking up and over that precipice to see the wonder that is the Gorge was one of the true highlights of my life. If you have never been, please go. It is a truly special place. This bluesy rendition of “Roggae” brought the sun down with style…



Mercenary Territory” 10.31.10 II, Atlantic City, NJ

Though “Spanish Moon” seems to be the consensus highlight from the Columbus set, “Mercenary Territory” was my favorite. The full-band peak, including the horns, must have taken hours and hours to get down (though they still didn’t totally nail it.) If you’ve never heard the original Columbus, give it a spin….”Mercenary” is the real highlight.

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2,006 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Dustin Lewis”

  1. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    yeah i gotta grab that one RL

  2. gavinsdad Says:

    @mmhhmm – without prolonging the sneaker chat too much, just wanted to note that i recently ordered a set of AM1s via NikeID for the summer shows. comfy is key.

    lawns – walking meditation
    phish – dancing meditation

    ps…somebody came up to me today at work (i know him) to tell me how he met a guy who had Thumbprinted. i dont have the strength for it and just wouldn’t want to test my boundaries now that i’m a father of 3.

    Went Gin. bliss peak.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    clickable musical genre map with samples

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the example for “jam band” is hilarious

  5. roberto luongo Says:

    been around it and seen it down a handful of times by my more nutso old school crew members on GD tour

    that’s some pros only shit. not for me. def not at a show.

    2 maybe 3 drops of pure on a fresh head is all my custy ass ever really dug. anything more than that was hard to even hear the music anyway.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    but when you click the “>>” within each genre you open up a world of examples. pretty cool

  7. roberto luongo Says:

    hit some chunky washes in the day but nothing raw

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Heard that Eyes on the way into work on XM. They were playing the whole show but that was just where I fell into it.

  9. JanxSpirit Says:

    I was out spinning some poi and put on the SF Crosseyed> Light> Sally last night – that may be my favorite sequence from last year. It’s definitely my most listened to.

  10. JanxSpirit Says:

    Oh, and I love my reel mower, as a first time suburbanite…

  11. JanxSpirit Says:

    One other thing…can people really order drugs online now? Was just reading about the Silk Road.

    Back in my day you had to know a guy who knew a guy.

    What a time to be alive.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    crossover fun for the walking dead AND bad lip reading fans

  13. phlorida phan Says:

    IT soundcheck- Jam>Skin IT Back>Jam

  14. MiA Says:

    I like shorelines lawn. California grass.

    He used to cut the grass FTW!

  15. phlorida phan Says:

    ^saw that this morning T3, shit is funny as hell.

  16. ren Says:

    Dig the AM1’s AW! Wear ’em in good health

  17. ren Says:

    I still rock a reel mower as well!!! Used to have a 15’x15′ patch of grass behind my apartment. It ended up becoming mostly weeds so I put fake “putt-putt” grass to replace most of it. My lawn is bright green now and requires very little maintenance. What little grass that is left gets cut with the reel.

  18. mmmhmm Says:

    “I always wanted a wookie but I found out they aren’t real. Thanks George Lucas” – Talking Dead

  19. btb Says:

    mmm – did you get my email the other day?

  20. JanxSpirit Says:

    Why can’t I find Enjoy By…in San Diego?

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    I like the crazy distortion in this one. Take a look at the setlist from this show. Weird.

  22. JanxSpirit Says:

    but I can pull off the 5 in Yreka and get some tasty bombers…WTF…

  23. kayatosh Says:

    TT? I’m in

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    In the shark tank.

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    Llama from this show may only be 4:32 long but boy does it pack a punch.

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