Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Episode 25: Guest Pick - Phish 4.24.94 Charlotte, NC

Episode 25 is up! This week we have another guest pick—this one is from Rob Mitchum (@robmitchum & @phishcrit). He's working on a great project where he's reviewing every Phish show from 1993 onward on Twitter. We're discussing and playing a show he reviewed recently, 4.24.94 from Charlotte, NC. Really fun show with a couple fantastic jams that foreshadow great things to come. As Rob pointed out during our discussion, this year may have been the biggest "crossroads" for the band. The setlist is below. 

One of the most interesting things Rob said about this show is that in 1993, Phish was relying heavily on teases and covers during their improv. But 1994—exemplified by this show's "Bathtub Gin" and "David Bowie"—they figured out that they didn't need to tease someone else's music, they could actually just go into a different theme on their own. The birth of "Type II" jamming. These two songs make the whole show worth listening to.

Also, here's a link to the article that we discussed, detailing how Rob helped turn Grantland writer Steven Hyden onto Phish. Really good read. Lastly, here's Rob's review of the 12.6.97 Palace show, from when the show was officially released.

We've started creating chapters! Below are the chapter markers for this episode, for your reference (you should be able to skip chapters on most podcast apps/devices, please let us know if it doesn't work for you):

Chapter 1   0:00-40:39           Conversation with Rob Mitchum
Chapter 2   40:39-1:43:31      Set 1 Phish 4.24.94
Chapter 3   1:43:31-2:04:05   Set 1 Breakdown 
Chapter 4   2:04:05-3:22:30   Set 2 Phish 4.24.94
Chapter 5   3:22:30-End        Set 2 Breakdown

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Phish 4.24.94, Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

Set 1: My Friend, My Friend, Ya Mar, Axilla (Part II) > Maze, Bathtub Gin -> Jump Monk -> Bathtub Gin > Dog Faced Boy, Paul and Silas > It's Ice > Slave to the Traffic Light

Set 2: Demand > David Bowie, The Mango Song > Julius, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Chalk Dust Torture, Contact, Good Times Bad Times

E: Sweet Adeline

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