The Mountain Life

Town Park - Telluride, CO (Amanda Lansing)

I: Down with Disease, Camel Walk, Ocelot, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, Summer of ’89, Stash, Cavern, The Wedge, Possum, Julius

II: Sand, Backwards Down the Number Line, Prince Caspian > Tweezer > Boogie On Reggae Woman, Piper > Mountains in the Mist, David Bowie, A Day in the Life

E: Quinn the Eskimo, Tweezer Reprise

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1,449 Responses to “The Mountain Life”

  1. oldskool Says:

    @random, I love those years as well except once in awhile in ’99 Trey would spend a little too much time on the little keyboard. I have not gotten to the Light and to Telly yet but will over the next few days. Thanks for your insight and I look forward to your thoughts on re-listen.

  2. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    Is butter heading to deer creek?

  3. fat bastard Says:

    just gettin ready for tomorrow’s drive to dc from chi. piece of cake. only goal for this year is to not lose my keys after page tells me to go to the parking lot due to lightning.

    missed the best part of the second set looking for keys by car with trippin eyes and friends. forever will be called the “lost keys set” in my circle

    see you there

  4. fat bastard Says:

    uncle e make it thru the airport with your carry-on??

  5. randomreader Says:

    @oldskool – that is a tasty free! i tend to get annoyed at the little imperfections – out of tune backing vocals etc. – and gravitate to versions that are really clean and powerful. tride’s is a good example of this. but this one from the greek has some more interesting interplay. and the solo that trey takes, before the last chorus before mike gets to do his thing – he’s playing straight from the gut there, just absolutely owning that. wow.

    end of disease is also more interesting than i’d given credit. it’s a pretty short jam, but moves through so many new ideas so quickly – musical density, to use Miner’s parlance.

    ok can i also take a minute to say how impressed I am with the way that a lot of the newest tunes – ocelot and alaska in particular – really, really WORK this year in a way that was lacking last year, imo. i first noticed it at camden, but they’re ever so much slightly slower than they used to be, which creates just enough room for them to breathe and groove they way they ought. i distinctly remember them ripping into alaska at camden and thinking “goddamn, this is downright SLINKY.”

  6. jdub Says:

    Some really nice posts on this page. I wasn’t around Phish in the ’90s and only sporadically in 2.0 so I don’t have much to compare this to but I get a sense that the live music they are playing now is designed to be felt physically not just emotionally. Which explains a lot of the had to be there type shows. Stuff like the piper>carini “vibration jam” from Telly, or every time Mike kicks in his envelop filter, or the dense peaking of First Tube, or the the tantric jungle jams. Was this the case as much in earlier Phish?

    @AJ thanks for posting that daoist quote earlier today. It really centered me as I was feeling all disjointed and wrapped up in my head for a few days now. A nice little wake up call/reminder.

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey BB

    What’s up with you guys tonight?

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Jdub. It was sort of crickets when I posted it haha.

  9. jdub Says:

    And I would include Trey’s more subtle whales and cat calls as striking me as much physically as mentally. Of course being at a live show with a loud system is felt pretty easily but I’m attempting to describe something beyond just loud music vibrating around. Almost like the band is trying to connect with frequencies as much as melodies. But this could have been the case all along and I’m just figuring it out.

  10. randomreader Says:

    @jdub – i’m by no means an expert, as I’ve only actually gotten to just under 20 shows in the last 12 years, BUT i think i can say that – whether or not your observation about phish’s intentions behind the music is accurate, it’s definitely true that their sound system and live mix has NEVER been better, with the result that you can’t NOT physically feel the music when you’re there. even way up on the lawn, mike shakes you around. and i got about 20 rows back at MMP, best seats i’ve ever had, and the sound coming off the stage was almost overwhelming. if i hadn’t been sober, i don’t think i could have handled it.

  11. randomreader Says:

    ah i see what you’re driving at.

    that immediately makes me think of the psychedelic stuff page likes to do these days, with the dissonant climbing walls of synth. it creates all these shifting beat frequencies and such that somehow – for me anyway – grabs me by the ears and pulls me into the jam. different kind of “physical.”

  12. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    @fatbastard, locked and loaded. still feel like a champion…

  13. jdub Says:

    I’m at 19 shows in 11 years RR, half coming in 3.0. So I’m really a newb at going to a lot of Phish shows so close together. But I’ve been to my fare share of live concerts, a lot of Phil shows, handful of Disco Biscuits, raves, and other assortments. There are moments at these 3.0 shows that strike me as different than any of my previous experiences for some reason. MSG First Tube and Fluffhead come to mind as prime examples.

  14. oldskool Says:

    @BK, kind of a marathon post on my part a page ago that really quieted this place down 🙂

    @Random, so glad you are hearing some of what I am talking about.

  15. oldskool Says:

    @jdub, on the other end of the spectrum I can count on two hands the shows I missed between fall ’95 and Coventry ’04 🙂

  16. jdub Says:

    One of the reasons why I love this place Old Skool. So many different people with different experiences and perspectives to share. I’ve learned so much just lurking around here from both the elders and the young ones.

  17. BrandonKayda Says:


    I read your post – I see where you’re coming from, although I disagree on the RnR/Ghost.

  18. randomreader Says:

    JEPERS this greek Maze is an old-timey shred-fest. also a strong dose of the heavily psychedelic organ playing that always characterized page’s approach to that tune back in the day. that man doesn’t get nearly enough props for the things he can do with an organ.

  19. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yes @jdub there is such a great amount of diversity on here – it’s really like our own little community of people on here with all of the meetups that have started to happen. It’s like we all know each other outside of just Phish. Very very cool

  20. jdub Says:

    And I really enjoyed your page long breakdown Oldskool. I kind of agree. Wasn’t there so I can’t judge too much. But even with the great playing during that 8/6 set 2 the flow seems kind of jilting. The seven below should have never been started, Weekapaug rising out of Show of Life would have been just fine. Kind of a stop start flow throughout. But I do love a lot that went down between the hearky jerky moments during that set.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    Speaking of meetups…


  22. randomreader Says:

    continuing my trek through 8/5 II – trey catches a wave in joy that just might put this version up there as the best yet. some real heart and soul. i love what time and age have done to his playing.

  23. randomreader Says:

    “time and age”… department of redundancy department? you know what i mean.

  24. jdub Says:

    Time and aging move at different speeds and have different effects so it is not entirely redundant.

  25. jdub Says:

    BK, this community is growing stronger and stronger every time people connect personaly, very cool for a comment section on a blog.

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