Monday, June 22, 2009
Phish Farmhouse Japanese bonus tracks
When Phish released Farmhouse in May of 2000, they were as deep in their own sound as they had ever been. Sure it wasn't the syncopated rhythms and ornate lyricism that had made them so popular, but it was uniquely their sound. Using heavy loops and drone sound the created a lot of the dark jamming that now seems to be peppered into every show. Hard to believe this album was widely considered a "pop" record, especially considering how many of these songs are staples today.
Around the same time, Phish played Japan, and much to their surprise found out they were quite popular there. Japanese fans had even created a choreographed dance for "Meatstick," a song that had some success there. Trey attempted to teach it to the crowd at Deer Creek in 2000, but for the life of me, I can't remember a step. I have a feeling though, given that these songs weren't released on the stateside version of the record, that the band wanted to give a new group of die hard fans something to enjoy that none one else could. After all, given how much lore is associated with the band, it's a pretty cool thing to do.
01. Driver (would have been track 13 on the Japanese release)
02. Mist (would have been track 14 on the Japanese release)
And with that, the first leg of summer tour comes to a close. Stay tuned this week for an in depth look at the Fox Theater show in St. Louis (with lot video to follow as well), a late summer tour preview, and weekly exclusive releases of b-sides, live shows, and studio outtakes all summer long.