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. joe Says:

    say it again, love the audio on the msg videos

  2. VoidBoy Says:

    Thought I could come back for more… West Coast sining off> Noght people.

  3. stitchstash Says:

    I’ve been crazy busy and I’m trying to catch up. So much happens on this site in a day! People were listening and talking about some shows that took place in ’99 and there was mention of a Boogie on Reggae Woman that took place that fall. That song was great and so was the Tube. I’m not sure if 9/18/99 will help show you the light KB, but it should help put a smile on your face. *Warning- there is a Brian and Robert in the 1st set and a Bouncin in the 2nd set. (Not sure if your one of the haters:)

    Mitch- For now, let’s just say that our shitty band name is a work in progress. Love the cowbell idea though! I think it will chime in perfectly with the triangle!

  4. joe Says:

    I like all the stupid songs like Brian and Robert. Does that make me stupid?

  5. stitchstash Says:

    I’m glad hip hop is still in the mix. It just reminded me that I need to look up some shows for Chicago.

  6. stitchstash Says:

    I like those kind of songs too, and I’m smart (says my GPA), so you must be smart too Joe.

  7. stitchstash Says:

    Phish is music for smart people.

  8. joe Says:

    not very smart here at all.

  9. joe Says:

    but I do like the sound of the msg videos

  10. Lycanthropist Says:

    just finished set 2. We just laid down amonstrous dissonance jam out of Plight. Enough to drive us mad and still no response from crowd. Not even disgust, straight up nothing. Oh well.

    radiohead is fucking awesome!

  11. stitchstash Says:

    Phish is also music for not very smart people as well. Everyone is welcome. Even people who are extremly short and wear eye patches. (just as long as they are not being a look out for nitrous)

  12. JP Says:

    love all the new icons people are sporting around here.

    99 was my total immersion year. bought rift in 93 and loved it, but 1st show wasn’t until 11.28.97, limestone completely rocked me, the three centrum shows in nov 98 – but was only able to finally break free from the real world in summer 99. as much as i understand what people don’t like about 99, the things 2 like are so out of this world that I think the year should get more respect than it generally seems to.

    livephish – more 99 please!!

    i totally get the love for tighter phish as well of course – and i think 3.0 does really really well on this score, with just a dose more “out there” to reconnect with the full phish package needed imo.

    long live the phish.

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    @stitch and @tub~

    wondering if you ladies have checked out CF. Would like some female perspective.

  14. stitchstash Says:

    I look forward to hearning some of your music when this semester is over Lycan. It is nice to see so many people from here supporting your bands. I will definitely check it out.

  15. stitchstash Says:

    Funny, I posted that before I read yours lycan.

  16. stitchstash Says:

    Lycan, throw up some links. I’ll check it out now. I’m done doing school work for the night.

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    hah i love it when random brain waves click. We must have a connection 🙂

  18. JP Says:

    Both of Lycan’s bands (Chance Fisher, THis Side Up) are worth listening to for sure.

    Lycan – are you actually playing a show right now? Is Plight a radiohead song? only like about 40% of Radiohead and not great with song names. I think we agree that Everything In Its Right Place is a masterpiece. Definitely realize they are world class. Also love a few of the songs from Yorke’s solo record. Black Swan is excellent imo.

  19. Lycanthropist Says:


  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    plight of my heart~

    chance fisher original debuted 2008.

    an experiment of combining funk and dissonance. we tried as hard as we could to at least annoy the crowd tonight with chaotic jamming and they still didnt give us the slightest bit of attention. Gotta love crowds like that

  21. JP Says:

    where were you playing?

  22. Lycanthropist Says:

    in starkville

  23. stitchstash Says:

    I think ’99 was also my immersion year. My first show was 8/13/96. (which is one of the live albums Phish released and a birthday show) I saw a few shows here and there over the next couple of years but I didn’t have a deep connection yet. ’99 became the year that I made my own personal connection to the music and that’s when my feelings changed. I actually turned down the chance to see Phish’s 95 and 98 Halloween shows because I didn’t really care about them that much then. Do you ever here a song and not like it because it reminds you of someone or something. Phish used to remind me of someone that really bothered me so in turn, Phish bothered me. I’m glad I changed my mind.

  24. stitchstash Says:

    sorry lycan, just saw the link. checking out to check it out. If I’m not back tonight I’ll give you a review sometime this weekend. I didn’t realize what time it was. Just wanted to share what I did tonight with my family. We went to the hockey game and we were on the Jumbo Tron twice! So much fun! And the Sabres won!

  25. Lycanthropist Says:


    did you get my link?

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