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:

    this album’s pretty different. louder and more rock and roll with more dirty guitar, less ambience

  2. tzara's Says:

    @palmer, or if you’re not a music thief:

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:


  4. MiA Says:

    Gorgeous day in ATX. Vape’d to the hills and hop Juice. Wife won her golf tournament match.

    No lawn mowing.

    Need St. Denis Reba.

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Music thief 4 lyfe

  6. phishm Says:

    What’s up folks? Just got in from a beautiful day. Started up the Went Gin and a thought came to me. Just wondering how many out there are able to transfer their energy to someone else at will (through selected breathing exercises)? My kids say it’s like a pulse that makes them relax, but seems freaky. My mom (who has COPD) say’s that when I do it she is able to regulate her breathing and feels younger (although I seem to pick up some of her ills for a short period of time). Many other examples, but probably stepped out of bounds already.
    Not sure if any of you get me. It could be all in my head and everyone that I do it to is lying. Not sure.
    Either way, have a nice day all. Peace.

  7. sumodie Says:

    I seem to be turned off by all bands with the word ‘deer’ in their name

    Could be my loss as I’ve never heard any of their music

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    sumo, it’s my loss

  9. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I’m not in the bay, who’s got a heady deer hunter link for me?

  10. Sumodie Says:

    I’m oranging something primordial from Dave

    Hopefully ready in less than 30 min

    Apple lossless only

  11. Sumodie Says:

    AJ, heard of the Chinese artist, Xu Bing?

    We heard him speak at MassMOCA in north Adams, MA recently. Very interesting artist; the museum has installed two gargantuan phoenixes that he designed and had constructed from recycled materials around Beijing. Apparently the corporate sponsor rejected them for its skyscraper and so they’ve arrived in western MA.

    He’s also designed an ingenious mashup of Mandarin characters and English. The characters appear to be Chinese but make no sense because they are actually comprised of English letters

    (Not suggesting you know every one of the 1 billion people from China, AJ, but figured it couldn’t hurt to ask)

  12. Sumodie Says:

    Better Phoenix pic here:

  13. Sumodie Says:

    In above link one can also see a pic of the faux tiger skin Xu Bing created from 500,000 cigarettes. And it too is enormous

  14. Sumodie Says:

    As voopa alluded to, looks like Stones’ tix sales have been weak & they may have to renogiate their deal with AEG the promoter

    Primordial Dave is orange’d! 1970 the fox

  15. MiA Says:

    I love Sumo’s posts. Damn.

    I know Denver Ghost may not be the bands greatest jam ever … But it’s damn close to me. When I am vape’d, I could be easily convinced.

  16. voopa Says:

    No YOU’RE a lude.

  17. phishm Says:

    That jam reaches a place that is my favorite type of jam. Hard to call any jam the best ever when each searches for that same place. Once it’s found it’s what I like to call the best jam ever. Good thing there are so many of them.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    thanks sumo!

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    now where’s the rest 😉

  20. kayatosh Says:

    kid baseball – check
    reel mowed and raked yard – check

    now kickin it w/ a flow pow and the stones emotional rescue (nice link palmer). stones are old. i know it’s a youtube video, but this 1st ever version while not awful sounds shallow and uninspired. the guitar parts sound like average wedding band material.

    re. GD: have poached so much off of etree, i feel little need to spring for the official releases. However, they are putting out some real gems.

    rounded out the day yesterday w/ 5.9.77 peggy-O. $$$. what a band!

  21. kayatosh Says:

    circled back around to the wilson walker readers’ picks — 7.31.97 ghost. believe it or not, have never heard this version before. laid back, steady groovin, $$$ stuff. This ghost has more Feel in its pinky finger than last night’s emotional rescue by the stones has in its entire metaphysical body.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    PSA: Don’t get down on yourself. Let it go. Lighten up.

  23. Sumodie Says:

    MiA, surprise White Denim show in Austin tonight! Supposedly they’re just gonna jam too

    From their FB page:

    “Watch us play none of the hits tonight at the Owl in East Austin with the amazing Frank Rosaly 9pm and the Plutonium Farmers 10pm. In the spirit of the evening we will begin improvising music around 11. Hope you are all well. -James”

  24. vegas wolfmans Says:

    MiA- Although Denver Ghost may not be the band’s greatest jam ever, it may be the band’s greatest jam ever. #justsayinyo

    I thought there were flaws with the masters on a lot of those May ’77 tapes- including Cornell. The Betty boards have always sounded pretty good to me. I’d love to see Buffalo 5/9 get the treatment.

  25. hazel mango Says:

    Mrs. MiA plays golf?!?!? Congrats on the win.
    I’ll have to bring my clubs to Tahoe!

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