We Follow The Lines Going South

6.7.09 Camden (D. Vann)

6.7.09 Camden (D. Vann)

Still reeling from Camden’s throwdown as we make our way down to Asheville, the excitement for the rest of this Summer is now bubbling more vigorously than ever.  With six summer shows under their belt, Phish looks to dial up the intensity and improvisation as we enter one of the most anticipated weeks of tour.  From the mountains of Asheville, to the sleeper in Knoxville (tickets are now going for $12 on TicketsNow!), and from the monstrosity of Bonnaroo to the intimacy of The Fabulous Fox Theatre- this week holds countless promising moments.  The venues will be diverse, including both the grandest and smallest stages of the summer, and it’s all kicking off with an indoor GA show tonight in Asheville.  Having re-acclimated to the live setting, the band looks to springboard off their colossal night in Camden and continue their fireworks down south.

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

The band members are having a blast on stage night after night; flashing huge smiles, joking with each other and the crowd, and clearly sharing our enthusiasm for what is unfolding this summer. Trey, Page and Fish look like kids in a candy store up there, and while Mike is always more reserved, his bass has been expressing his thoughts in between subtle smiles.  This positive energy and enthusiasm has permeated their music into the audience where the crowds have been spectacular.  Everyone at the shows is having a blast and it seems that most people are coming for the right reasons- in celebration of Phish.  Once again, we are living IT, and it feels so good to be home again.

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

One of the most encouraging trends on this leg has been the copious amount of new songs, virtually all with improvisational potential.  Not to mention that when these pieces are compiled onto Phish’s forthcoming album, they may just comprise the most impressive studio effort of the band’s career.  Each piece focusing on a different piece of Phish’s sonic repertoire, the new material spans the Phish spectrum from ballads to psychedelia to straight-ahead rock and roll.  It will be interesting to watch the development of these new songs and see when they are placed as centerpiece jam vehicles in the show.  Personally, I look forward to the time when Phish builds big second set versions of “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan,” the playful “Ocelot,” and “Twenty Years Later,” just to name a few.  And that time could be sooner rather than later.  Phish’s songwriting hasn’t been this strong since 1997 when they debuted a slew of new material that summer.  And with the way things are going, I think we will continue to hear further debuts as we shift into the southern run.

With the band improving by the night, it has been like watching time-lapse photography of Phish’s re-development.  Harnessing the precision and energy that put them on the map, and channeling it into a renewed improvisational spirit, the odysseys that made Phish famous are again knocking on our door again; and we’ve never had a more welcome visitor.

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344 Responses to “We Follow The Lines Going South”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    @kevin – yea dude – I was into New Danger for a long time before I had any idea who was in Black Jack Johnson! Then I finally looked it up and was like “well no fucking wonder this is so awesome” – Living Color rhythm section _ Bad Brains lead guitar + Bernie Worrell == ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

    The new one isn’t as good overall as New Danger or Black On Both Sides, but it’s good, and the middle eastern beats are super interesting. It’s better than True Magic which wasn’t as terrible as most people say but wasn’t great either.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    New Doom (formerly MF Doom) album is phenomenal btw

  3. msbjivein Says:

    If you break a sweat it’s a yard. My yard takes about a six pack to mow. I want to put a cup holder on my mower someday that would be killer. And a cooler so I don’t have to stop and go inside for Beers. I wonder if I could rig up some kinda waterpipe and attach it to the mower…………….

  4. kevin are hollo Says:

    MF FOOD fucking slays.

    that guitar sample gets in my head for days:

    “rap snitches, telling all they bizness…”

    SQUEE SQUERR NER NER NER, NER NER NER, NUH NUH NUH NUH NER NER NER!

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    lol @msb – you are a man of wisdom and insight

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    Nice Kevin, now you got it stuck in my head too

    srsly, nice

  7. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @mitch – if you haven’t been to the Creek in awhile, it has changed drastically, including the entrances and exits. The Boden road exit is now closed, though that is the way to go in. If you know Noblesville, the way to go is from the Lowes parking lot on 37 north of 238, go across the little one lane bridge and take your first left that should be something like 161st or so, maybe 156th. Anyway, take that east to Boden road, hang a right and you should be right there. No traffic on 69 or 238 to worry about.

  8. kevin are hollo Says:

    dude, i totally need to show you the light re: early 90’s phish chaos math.

    ::begins rummaging in archives::

  9. kevin are hollo Says:

    OMG deercreek driving.

    we once drafted a ride with two tour rats back to the campground (i believe this was ’96? mike’s song w/ afrobeat breakdown aliens land…)

    little did we know we just made a huge mistake, as we circled around the corn for seriously TWO HOURS, just driving aimlessly, held prisoner by our fearless leaders, “turtle” and “wingnut.”

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    @kevin if that’s addressed to me and re: our previous conversation – don’t think I don’t love old school weird-shred Phish too – I am always interested in hearing more of course, but that is my original impression of Phish, I first started hearing them in ’89 and went to several shows from ’90-92. I dug it, but (idiotically in retrospect) decided they had plateau’d! I spent the mid 90s listening to Coltrane, Jambay, hiphop and west coast acoustic psychedlia, patting myself on the back for not going on Phish tour, assuming they were still playing ’91 style in ’94-95.

    What a maroon! What a gulli-bull!

  11. Phish...Yup Says:

    Is anyone else having a problem concentrating even a little bit at work during this tour. Last week I had no chance of being the slightest bit productive since I went to the 5 show JB cubed, GW and epic Camden run and spent my days reading phish blogs and listening to shows while at work. Now I’m back and can’t stay off the blogs (mainly this and phishhook although I don’t post often at all) and just wish I was in Asheville tonight and was on tour for the rest of the summer. I look around my office and realize no one understands the magic of Phish tour and can’t get myself to emerge back into work now that I’m back and wanted to make sure others were having this problem as well.

    Keep up the interesting posts fellas. And of course, Thank You Mr. Miner.

  12. msbjivein Says:

    What’s up w/ only one night at Deer Creek this year??? I love Alpine but it’s not what it used to be. NO Vending period. Cops walking around carding people. Undercovers crawling everywhere. The scene will suck there. Deer Creek you can still rage it up! All day and night. We need to start a petition for next summer tour. 4 NIGHTS AT Deer Creek!!!!!!!!!

  13. old dude Says:

    Walf,
    i was wrong. the official rumor is AFTER Gorge.
    or so says this dude, who is here on MIner’s site occasionally:
    http://thewagger.blogspot.com/2009/03/phish-eyes-adding-summer-2009-west.html

    then again, yesterday he said Mike & Trey would sit in with Col Bruce and Mosier in Asheville last night. don’t think that happened. do i sense a pattern here?

  14. msbjivein Says:

    ^^^^Right there w/ you dude. Easy money…That’s my nickname right now. I’m getting paid right now as we speak. Ha HA HA!!!!

  15. Verno329 Says:

    Check out the Mantras post show in Knoxville @ Preservation Pub. 26 Market Square

  16. kevin are hollo Says:

    mr. c, i only say that b/c we share so many sentiments and you expressed an interest in learning more about the archives.

  17. kevin are hollo Says:

    mr c, i only say that b/c we share so many sentiments / attitudes about music, and i think you expressed a desire to learn more about the archives?

  18. kevin are hollo Says:

    sorry for the double post. stupid IE.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    bring it on my friend!

    All right I’m out for the afternoon – I’ll check in when the tweets start – going speaker shopping, make way for the new Paradigms motherfuckers!

  20. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    mr.c – what paradigms are you buying? I have monitor 6 v.4 (i think thats the v) and then a c330 center and 390 v.5 rears. They are absolutely the best speakers for the money on the marketplace, although I went with the Klipsch digital reference sub rather than the paradigm.

  21. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Bottom line on those paradigms, coupled with the integra amp, is that I can produce concert level volume with no loss of fidelity at all. The Audysey setup on the Integra makes the sound perfect no matter the space too.

  22. the ugly pig Says:

    @Phish…Yup – amen to that!!!

  23. Mr. Icculus Says:

    What up guys. Haven’t posted in a while. Ive been out on the road. The CAmden show was everything Miner said it was. The nonstop dance grooves kept that place rocking all night. The sweat was a drippin from the nonstop danceing. Show highlights defiently was the SAND or i should now refer to it as the Camden Sand. Fee was funny when Trey totaly forgot the lyrics and started laughing. It just shows that these guys are human too. Loved the Lizards and the tweezer was a differant monster than the Fenway one, still alot of fun. It was just a beautiful sunny day with Phreinds and Phamily.

    @Miner I will be down south at Knoxvill man i would love to meet you face to face: share a doob and buy you a beer. As always your reviews are much loved Thax again.

  24. hairy pood Says:

    anyone have a link to camden thats not a torrent? my computer cant do torrents; i use the public internet from the marina by my house.

  25. HarryHood Says:

    What the fuck is the internet?

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