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Phish – Darien Jam #1

March 26, 2010

I was just thinking that the first set of this show (200-09-14) was pretty lackluster for a Live Phish release (#3), outside of an interesting Reba. This is a historic-level jam out of Suzy, though



Phish – Reba

March 10, 2010

Tasty version posted at Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts, a ridiculously nice source of Phish, new and old.  Different and upbeat:


In Defense of Type I Jamming

July 20, 2009

This seemed a lot more profound when I was driving to work last week and thought of it. But this draft isn’t going to get any better, so I’m posting it.

I think some of us don’t give great type I jamming enough credit. Type I jamming is referential–when listening to a jamband, the fan is constantly comparing each note being played to every prior version they can remember. To the uninitiated, there’s no difference between type I and type II jamming, because they don’t know the songs well enough to do this comparison and think “oh, they’re doing something different with this section” or “whoa, this is something entirely new.” See 2009-06-14 AC/DC Bag for an example of great Type I full band improvisation.

I know when I was really into Pgroove, I kept asking for them to start exploring type II jams. In retrospect, the spacier they got the less I enjoyed the shows. I really miss the tight, focused sound of their Last Call days. Sometimes the middle ground between Bela Fleck and the Flecktones’ “every note of this song will be the same tomorrow” and Phish at their spaciest is sweet. Pgroove used to inhabit the happy middle, so did AOD, so does DMB, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when Phish spontaneously plucks a bit of joy out of the ether, but you’ve got to endure a lot of bad with the good to get there. I’m not always down for that.

Backwards Down the Number Line is the new Down with Disease

July 20, 2009

Phish 6/19/2009 -Backwards Down the Number Line- opener


My Phix Setlist

October 19, 2005

I:Run Like an Antelope fakeout (first few seconds only, just enough for everyone to recognize it)>Llama, Runaway Jim, The Sloth, Possum->Wolfman’s Brother->Fee->Run Like an Antelope

II:Jesus Just Left Chicago->Funky Bitch,Timber Ho->The Landlady>The Wedge->Brother, Character Zero

I call the first set “The llama’s on the lamb with the murderous marsupial; the lycanthrope charges dear for pursuing duikers.” Second set is “Jesus left the bitchy mule with his old landlady, then hit the highway (in his tub) to see the man Mulcahey” (if you read it right, it’s like a couplet, albeit a terrible one).

What a dork.
Listening to:I would be listening to Phish- Dog Stole Things, but idigit doesn’t have it :(