Tuesday 10/09/2018 by dmg924


Beyond the Pond is a bi-weekly podcast in which Brian Brinkman (@sufferingjuke) and David Goldstein (@daveg924) use the music of Phish as a gateway to introduce the listener to many other bands, the vast majority of which are not jambands. An episode generally begins with a deep dive into a designated portion of Phish improvisation, and then can spin off to any variety of musical themes and other acts, the overarching purpose being introducing the listener to as many new and different bands as possible.

This week on Beyond the Pond, we welcome our good friend Jake Cohen; a musicologist by training and a hardcore Phan who many of you may already know on the Twitters as @smoothatonalsnd. When Jake said he wanted to specifically showcase the majestic version of AC/DC Bag from 9.14.99 in Boise, Idaho, our first response was ‘yeah, that’s a fantastic jam, but maybe the most obvious one we’ve picked since the 7/10/99 Chalkdust - what else ya got?’ But he pitched it to us in a fashion that completely changed the way we listened to it, and we think his commentary and insight will have the same effect on your ears as well.

We feel confident in stating that the majority of music podcasts don’t feature Gustav Mahler, Robert Smith from The Cure, and early 80’s Italo-Disco tracks in the same episode. But this one certainly does, and it’ll make complete sense when you listen! Trust us. The crickets outside of Jake’s woodsy apartment that made their way onto the audio track seemed to approve.

Jake also talks about his co-host role in the forthcoming Jamsplaining podcast, which is launching fairly soon and should be a must listen when it does.

We appreciate you listening, and are certain that you will learn something new over the course of just over an hour. You can review and subscribe to Beyond the Pond on iTunes, or simply listen through the player below.

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, comment by moonofjupiter
moonofjupiter I was at Boise that night.
Every single song played was jam chart worthy. Even the ballads, if there was such a place for them. With that said, along came Bag. Second set...unusual placement. No one thought what was going to happen would. Mind you, we are in Idaho one year after the “snooze you lose” Utah Dark Side event. And here it is 99 and first time since 92 there was no Utah show. So guess whom was largely in attendance for the Boise show? Utahans. I know this because I was one of them. I did the whole 99 west run from Vancouver to Shoreline but still was aware that anyone in Utah or Idaho or Wyoming not Nevada or Montana who wanted a single show drive to this little college basketball court.
And along came this show.
The feeling during Bag was a lot like Dark Side. It was (I cannot believe how amazing this is and it just keeps going and going). Pin drop diligently listening, each of us was.
During and after we all knew it was a historical moment web then.
It was a sheer 15 minutes of straight “hose” taboot.
Long live the Boise Bag. And like, Utah Dark Side, the band has not been back since. (Albeit they came back once in 03 to Utah and destroyed the venue) but not to either place since.
, comment by chipre
chipre That was great, thanks!

It's interesting to take a stroll down memory lane and remember how we were introduced to Phish. I listened to Junta a few times to "prepare" for my first Phish show (Mesa Amphitheater, '94). The studio album didn't do it for me, but, man, after hearing them live I was in.
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