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. kb Says:

    shoot, i forgot about your app mr minor. thx! i promise, i will be finally donating this weekend. better you get it than her!

  2. chefbradford Says:

    The Waves>Bowie from IT is out of this world. Also, check out Lemonwheel Day One, set IV, pure ambience (free, decent download at nugs.net if it’s not in Miner’s archive)

  3. kb Says:

    i was talking with a phan tonight very seriously about phish. he said that phish will need to incorporate new instruments/ideas in order to sustain past this current wave. my initial reaction was no, it’s the song writing that will sustain them. it doesn’t matter how many back up singers or electronic elements are added. but i also got thinking that maybe it would be great to see them do more electronic things like sound tribe sector 9. for instance, look at where harry hood JB went when the band folllowed page…..

  4. Frankie Says:

    I don’t think there is such a thing as a type “something” show… i think the different types are tools to help explain what’s going on during the jams… are they staying within the structure of the song or are they taking off?

    That being said, do yourself a favor and listen to 4.3.98 from the Island tour for some of the best Phish you’ll ever hear…

    I agree with chefbradford though that it depends on what era of Phish you prefer right now… there are almost as many styles of jamming for Phish as there are years…

    For example with Tweezer, i would suggest you this road… (by this i mean listen to the whole set that song is from…)

    ’93 Roxy Theatre > ’94 Bomb Factory >’95 Mud Island > ’97 Denver > ’98 MSG > ’00 Lakewood > ’03 Nassau

    Check out which era you prefer and build from there… enjoy! 🙂

  5. VoidBoy Says:

    From the Summer 09, I really enjoyed some JB moments… didn’t get much attention… the Gorge though, was a lot of fun (Sneak’n Sally) was pure fun. Indio Hood was a pure smile as well/ I was there for that show.

  6. kb Says:

    ok this is a great start. i will be drinking heavily and smoking some fresh kind and taking it all in. looking for that next moment where i lose all connection to this insane world.

  7. chefbradford Says:

    Good call, Frankie. I enjoy all of those Tweezers, for different reasons, but damn, Nassau 03, that melodic jam had me at hello, yo

  8. VoidBoy Says:

    Consider their interest in “Kid A” and you might find their answer. I personally enjoy the edge of the envleope, no matter what form it takes…

  9. kb Says:

    omg Kid A has amazing soul. i wish i could combine radiohead and phish into one.

  10. VoidBoy Says:

    @ Frankie – Great suggestions.

  11. Frankie Says:

    Sorry to hear about your hard times…

  12. VoidBoy Says:

    the smiles would get a little wide. I don’t I could keep it all in… hard enough walking around with “Burple” floating above (or whatever they called it at Indio)

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    agreed….far out Phish owns…

  14. kb Says:

    well phish has been a blessing in 2009. ive had a chance to catch them a number of times this year and had a great time at every show. albany night 2 set 2 was simply insane. at 32, my perspective is diff than when i was 16 in 93 at spac when i heard this band called phish blow my fin reality away.

  15. kb Says:

    far out phish connects my soul to the collective energy of the universe.

  16. VoidBoy Says:

    32… oh, I wish I was still 32… (how old am I? – I just had to ask my wife… she said 43… ouch) W got into Phish and watched their final show via HD satlelite from Coventry. Youre lucky KB.

  17. VoidBoy Says:

    Whats’ your favorite Phish tune (right now)?

  18. kb Says:

    my fav phish show right now would be spac 04 hands down. red rocks 94 was shred fest and holds up. albany night 2 set 2 was tits though man. you had to be there.

  19. fromthetub Says:

    Just bought the app — very cool indeed.

  20. VoidBoy Says:

    I must say I faind myself floating around the room when all the “delicate little notes start bubbling from the speakers…” It’s hard to keep myself together.

  21. chefbradford Says:

    Kid A was the album that sold me on Radiohead, and when they played “Everything…” when I saw them live I lost my shit…Fave Phish tune right now depends on a lot of things. This second? This era? This tour? Ever? WHAT?

  22. fromthetub Says:

    Miner, is there a Phishthoughts app in the works? Would be awesome to somehow refresh the comments from an iphone without scrolling all the way up each time.

  23. VoidBoy Says:

    Yeah, right here, right now… tomorrow’s a different day. What works NOW.

  24. VoidBoy Says:

    Radiohead… OK Computer – Subteranian Homesick Blues… I mean Alien. Yeah, That was sweet.

  25. kb Says:

    radiohead has to be considered the modern day floyd. impossible to compare them to phish, i just know that i have no issue listening to either during this dark hell i am going through.

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