Dustin’ Them Off

12.5.09 (G.Lucas)

12.5.09 (G.Lucas)

Coupled with their explosive playing, the consistent flow of bust-outs speckled the path of fall tour. Each night, Phish reached deep into their catalog and pulled out at least one rarity they play only once in a blue moon; or at most, once per tour. This became one of the defining features of fall, and one that many fans crave, leaving many setlist pads sparkling. Without traveling across the country time and time again, some of these rarities may never be heard by regional fans, making the current frequency of these infrequent moments all the more exciting for so many. Sought after bust-outs carry the aura of the golden-ring; a reward for catching that particular show; a personal little treasure along the ride. Some songs become elusive between eras, fading in and out of existence, while others remain rare for their careers. This fall, Phish brought out more than a few songs that nobody saw coming, adding an refreshing element to their sets.

12.3.09 (W.Rogell)

12.3.09 (W.Rogell)

The multitude of bust-outs breaks down to the oozing confidence that Phish now boasts after relearning a good part of their repertoire. Their display of bravado began back in Hampton, with the very first song of this era – “Fluffhead.” Seen for years as the ultimate bust-out, and unplayed in the post-hiatus years because the band simply couldn’t handle its intricacies, “Fluffhead” made an immediate statement that Phish had a different attitude this time around. Unveiling one of their most difficult compositions right off the bat, the song has since become a staple of the band’s current rotation and a virtual musical microcosm of 2009 – tight, energetic, and hugely emotional. But the band also earned some others along the way, dropping more than a few rarities and spicing up setlists throughout the fall.

12.4.09 (W.Rogell)

12.4.09 (W.Rogell)

At some point during this past tour, Phish played, “Mountains In the Mist,” It’s Ice,” “Axilla,” “Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars,” “Sleep Again,” “Fire,” “Train Song,” “On Your Way Down,” “Golden Age,” “Torn and Frayed,” “My Friend, My Friend,” “Tomorrow’s Song,” “My Mind’s Got A Mind of Its Own,” “Two Versions of Me,” “Sanity,” “Uncle Pen,” “Foam,” “Vultures,” “Walk Away,” “Meat,” “Dinner and a Movie,” “Crimes of the Mind,” “Timber,” “Pebbles and Marbles,” “Nellie Kane,” “Horn,” “Weigh,” “Peaches En Regalia,” “Glide,” “Shine A Light,” “The Curtain (With),” “Scents And Subtle Sounds,” “Cities,” “Camel Walk,” “Sneakin’ Sally,” “The Old Home Place,” “Carini,” “Freebird,” “Cool It Down,” and “Bold As Love.” Though there have been longer gaps between some of these songs than others, that’s quite a list for a bakers dozen worth of shows. Some of these songs represent mere kick-downs, while others hold more potential; the most significant of all being the return of “Scents and Subtle Sounds.” Though re-introduced in succinct fashion, the band has already reached sky-scraping heights with the surreal springboard. If “Scents” gets back into rotation, watch out.

MSG (G. Lucas)

MSG (G. Lucas)

While bust-outs can’t make a show on their own, they can certainly add some spice to an evening, especially within the current framework of first sets that rely so heavily on song selection. “Alumni Blues” or “Buffalo Bill” certainly don’t equal musical explorations – or jams at all – but they can make the time in between them all the more entertaining. With a clear focus on reacquainting themselves with so many of their pieces, it seems that Phish has laid the foundation for years to come. Armed with an infinite amount of material, a vibrant spirit, and a burgeoning sense of exploration, the light is, indeed, growing brighter now.


Jam of the Day:

46 Days” 11.18.09


This is the first jam of tour, and holds up as one of the most engaging. Featuring some of the thickest funk and locked-in, methodical playing we’ve heard in a while, this one came our of nowhere late in Cobo’s first set.



12.2.09 Madison Square Garden, NYC < Torrent

12.2.09 Madison Square Garden, NYC < Megaupload

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

I: AC/DC Bag, Chalk Dust Torture, Wolfman’s Brother, NICU, Ocelot, Brian and Robert, Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Peaches en Regalia, The Divided Sky, Cavern

II: Golgi Apparatus, Light > Slave to the Traffic Light, Tweezer > Joy, Sparkle, Harry Hood, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Suzy Greenberg, Run Like an Antelope

E: A Day in the Life, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Schoeps mk41 > KCY > Sonosax SX-M2/LS > SD 722 (@24bit/96kHz)

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704 Responses to “Dustin’ Them Off”

  1. Lycanthropist Says:


    expecting an email still..

  2. gus Says:

    got a new video up!


    esther. very very fun to play. and pretty simple too.

    sorry for the no words, i haven’t yet started singing on my videos yet.

  3. Summer98 Says:

    Can you post a link to some TCU/CF stuff. I’d like to check it out.

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    just click my handle

  5. Lycanthropist Says:

    well shit i am posting from my phone right now so i dont have it linked. Can some one help him out?

  6. gus Says:


    here’s the link to Lycan’s bands


  7. Mr. Completely Says:




  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    gus, thx for the link, I will forward that to my wife who is a huge Esther fan – well done again!

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    btw gus, I think the dynamics in that piece are the most impressive part, the soft/loud stuff…very nice

  10. gus Says:

    thanks, much appreciated

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @lycan- for some reason your handle is unclickable- is it just me , or something else?

  12. halcyon Says:

    lycan …. i haven’t forgot….working and my final class ends next week….just been busier than I like to be

  13. fromthetub Says:

    gus – you’re very talented! Thanks for sharing again. I’ve got a nasty cold and am down for the count… thanks for brightening my day!

  14. Frankie Says:

    Wow! Great playing man! Well done! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the 71 Dead mix! I’m a big fan of all those songs (So many Garcia/Hunter classics!) and i can’t wait to give it a listen… i’m reading McNally’s Dead biography at the moment so it’ll make a great soundtrack! Thank you once again!


    About today’s topic…

    I wonder if they’ll dust off our much-awaited Roggae during the New Year’s run… would certainly be fitting, already another year gone by…

    “If life were easy and not so fast, i wouldn’t think about the past…”

  15. Lycanthropist Says:


    not able to check that right now but will sometime this weekend. Keep at it.

  16. Lycanthropist Says:


    sorry didnt mean to haste.
    bein busy and crunch time sucks

    take your time πŸ™‚

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    dang, there’s some talented folk on this board! nice playing gus! lycan, I’m digging the new TSU right now. good stuff all around.

    we’ve got musicians, photographers, writers (starting with the big guy), philosophers, critical thinkers, humorists, enthusiasts, true kind souls, and so much more in this place. a fantastic set of people all brought here by one common experience. We could all be very different in most every other way but because of phish we share a connection.

  18. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    just checking in after work…if there is any kind of professional roll call going on, the pastry chef is here πŸ™‚

    I have so much I want to go back and listen to…only 24 hours until my weekend starts.

  19. Frankie Says:

    Don’t forget about our own Apple genius, my friend Mango Mitch!

    I saw it on his business card:

    Mitch Ladd,

    His hands and feet are mangos though, that’s the sad part… πŸ™‚

  20. bl68300 Says:

    @TIII dont forget botanists either! heh πŸ™‚

  21. sumodie Says:

    props to mr. c for taking the time to compile & upload what sounds like a killer compilation of ’71 GD -see page 13 tiday.

  22. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    ^^^Sweet video Gus!!!!

  23. butter Says:

    @Gus – great playin’, great ear

    @from the tub – the tour bug, yucky, my wife and tour bro both got hit hard upon coming home too…get well soon, love the pics!!!

    @Mr. C – just crackin the surface of the mix, smokin guitar work in Cumberland, Lovin the Hard to Handle (better be a dope version with the name of the mix bein Action Speaks Louder πŸ˜‰

  24. sumodie Says:

    O where o where has my ‘Lifeboy’ gone to?

    …and a Roggae would sure be sweet too…

  25. jdub Says:

    The circus of light where dreams can take flight will surely land in Miami

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