This week, we were joined by the great ladies from @2chix1fightbell and by Wade, aka @originalwyllys to discuss and explore some music from Phish 2.0.
2003-2004 are the most debated years in Phish history, and we have never been huge fans of the music from this era, despite (or because of) living through these years. There were some real challenges: the band was falling apart personally, the scene was getting overrun with bad people and drugs, and it culminated with the disastrous scene that was Coventry. To this day, just saying "Coventry" sends chills down the spine of any Phish fan.
BUT there was great music during that period. In this episode, we're aiming to give this era the attention it deserves. All 3 of our guests, Wade, Kristen and Kate, chose one track to play from the 2.0 era, and then we all chose one full set to play from 2004 as well. The chapters and tracks are below.
A huge takeaway for us in revisiting these years is that part of the reason that we haven't listened to these years too much is that we may not have been prepared emotionally to go back to these times. They were tough to deal with: our favorite band was breaking up, the music and the scene were suffering, we weren't really sure where our lives were headed and we weren't sure what the future held for the band.
But, as Wade says toward the end of our chat, relationships can survive heartbreak and get a second chance. And now we know that the story ends up okay, so we can start to go back and appreciate the music itself.
And of course, without these years, we wouldn't be where we are today. So we hope you enjoy revisiting some of this intense, patient and exploratory music.
Also, check out why Walls of the Cave is so special to Kristen.
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Chapter 1 0:00 Chat w/Kate, Kristen & Wade
Chapter 2 43:30 Seven Below (Gorge 7.13.03) & Discussion
Chapter 3 1:12:30 Scents & Subtle Sounds (Camden 7.30.03) & Discussion
Chapter 4 1:50:00 Walls of the Cave (Cincy 2.22.03) & Discussion
Chapter 5 2:15:56 Set 2 Phish 6.20.04
Chapter 6 3:38:56 Set 2 Phish 6.20.04 Breakdown
Phish, 6.20.04, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Set 2: Seven Below > Ghost -> Twist, You Enjoy Myself
E: Good Times Bad Times