Won’t You Come Out To Play?

6.16.09 The Fox (B.Kisida)

6.16.09 The Fox (B.Kisida)

As Red Rocks, and the second leg of summer, sits less than two weeks away, my thoughts have begun to move past June to what may be coming in August.  With the tour coinciding loosely with the now-unknown release date of their album, “Joy,” we are sure to continue hearing Phish’s new material early and often.  But along the second road of summer, we will almost certainly see the transformation of some of these new songs into larger jam vehicles.  Thus far, all have remained largely contained, in what will likely be their album form.  Phish will slowly put these pieces put under the spotlight in the second set, and scribe complex adventures we can’t yet conceive.  Taking into account all their new songs, I see the following three as the most engaging launch pads.


6.16 (B.Kisida)

6.16 (B.Kisida)

I continued waiting for Trey’s slow opening chops of “Ocelot” to creep from stage to start a second set towards the end of June, and I am waiting still.  A song that has turned into a new-school fan favorite seems quite conducive to some summer time improv, and I think we will see the loafing groove expand into something colorfully improvisational in August.  The jam could take the direction of a slowed down whole-band folk-funk fusion, or they could also take it into psychedelic blues-rock territory.  Trey’s solo in Fenway’s debut hinted at a potential dirtier direction as well.  The playful tune could create some Phishy excursions before summer is done, and they would be great to hear.

“Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan”


6.16 (B.Kisida)

This song seems destined for dirty psychedelia whenever the band decides to let loose on it.  With a slower rhythm and ominous feel, Phish will create some monstrous jams out of “Stealing Time” once they establish its improvisational framework.  I could definitely see this one coming out of the box during August, and oh, the places it could go!  With a composition that easily lends itself to rock, ambient, or dissonant psychedelic planes, the improvisational possibilities of this song leave me salivating.


5.31.09 (mkdevo)

5.31.09 Fenway (mkdevo)

Though the band scratched the improvisational surface of “Light” in Bonnaroo’s closing set in June, we have only seen the beginning of where this new song is going.  With a fast-paced texture, “Light’s” jam caters to breakneck exploration in the vein of “Piper.”  This song is a certain jam vehicle, as we have already seen it reach diverse musical places in its only version following its Fenway debut.  Emerging from darker jams- “Tweezer” and “Rock and Roll”- both times it was played the band, apparently, finds it an ideal landing point for jams, as well as a jam, itself.

As we move through this upcoming tour and also into the fall, many of these new songs will take on enhanced musical significance for us.  Ever the innovators, Phish used June to introduce their songs, and will, in all likelihood, soon begin to expound on them.  As we take another step deeper into chapter three in only ten days, it will be exciting to see which ones we will ride to musical heights- and we will soon find out!

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Reba” 7.6.94 Montreal, QC


Nothing like a “Reba” to kick-start the week, and why not one of the best?



11.16.94 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI < TORRENT

11.16.94 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI < MEGAUPLOAD

phish-ann-arbor-lansing-94Here is an analog classic that comes via reader request.  While there is a lot of bluegrass within the show- for better or for worse, depending on your tastes- it all boils down to the colossal “Simple ” jam that segued out of “Mike’s” in the second set.  This wildly creative version, clocking in at over a half- hour, was one of the most intriguing jams from the band’s highpoint of November ’94.

I: Sample in a Jar, Foam, Fast Enough for You, Reba, Axilla [Part II], Lizards, Stash, Pig in a Pen*, Tennessee Waltz*, Bluegrass Jam*, Swing Low Sweet Chariot*

II: Mike’s Song > Simple, I’m Blue I’m Lonesome**#, My Long Journey Home**#, Chalk Dust Torture, Fee, Run Like an Antelope

E: Amazing Grace, Suzy Greenberg

*With Rev. Jeff Mosier on banjo and vocals **Acoustic #First time played

Source:  AKG 460B/CK61

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291 Responses to “Won’t You Come Out To Play?”

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  1. ColonelJoy Says:

    I’m sorry to say that BigBro has finally snuffed Miner out; the website has been blocked from my work computer. I’m writing this note from a Mosul Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Center Computer, which you have to sign up to use, mostly in line behind a bunch of Ugandan security contractors….nothing against them….imagine in Gamehendge they are on the good team. Hear them whispering on occasion about brothers being captured and meeting fates against AC/DC Bags and so on.

    Anywhow, this means I won’t be posting daily, as I have for the last few months. I figured I better leave a message, otherwise you might start worrying about your Colonel. Anyhow, I only have 30 or so days to go now, and when I get back it won’t be BigBro preventing me from posting….only the wife:)

    Enjoy Red Rocks! I’ll see you all in Indio or wherever, but I should be back here well before then.



  2. Dr SF Jones Says:

    All the best and a safe return to you Colonel.

  3. phatty mcgee Says:

    Who the hell gets married on Halloween? My bet is they’re on the goth side…?

  4. nonoyolker Says:

    @ Colonel – really going to miss your daily perspectives. I hope your last 30 days breeze by and you have a safe return home. Thanks for all that you do and we are sure to see you on tour very soon. Big ups man!

  5. nonoyolker Says:

    @ Miner – I like the write-up. I see BIG things for Stealing Time. That has potential to get muddy, gnarly, and great. I can see that stretching into ASIHTOS territory type space.
    JoTD – Reba is a classic! Great way to kick off the week.

  6. easo91 Says:

    So is the release date still the 28th or did the album get pushed back a little?

  7. JMelby Says:

    I enjoy reading what you have to say Col. and my thoughts are with you everyday. God speed and hope to have you Stateside soon. Thanks for your service and dedication.

  8. Wax Banks Says:

    @Colonel –

    Keep your head down and your spirits up, and stay safe. See you when the lights go down.

  9. halcyon Says:

    Damm Gov’t firewalls. Get back safe and sound Col. If you swing through Denver, drinks are on me!

  10. whole tour! Says:

    @ colonel – don’t let the man keep you down brother! Keep up the good work and thanks for doing what you do to keep us all safe. We’ll have to get up and blaze a few down this fall > winter!


    has anyone noticed how many of the new songs have hints of some older songs in them? I swear when i was listening to “20 years later” one part sounds very similar to the guitar solo from “friday.” Parts of “TTE” remind me of the older gamehendge songs like “Mcgrupp” and “forbin’s.”

  11. AbePhroman Says:

    Light blows big time.

    Ocelot is great, but I don’t see huge jams coming out of it.

  12. notkuroda Says:

    be safe Col, Phish will still be here when you get home and your wife gets done with you!

  13. whole tour! Says:

    time for work…. “got a clip on and some cold green tea…got memories…got memories…memories of being free”

    Be back later folks!

  14. c0wfunk Says:

    @col – can you get into your browser settings? Maybe you could use a proxy server – though those are possibly firewalled too..

    Love the 3 new songs mentioned and can definitely see the first 2 extended at some point – but to me light seems more like a landing than a jump off point..

    Tuesday night jam streaming again tomorrow – we hope to have video of some sort (though we like to keep the room private for obvious reasons..) Click my user name for more info..

  15. nadstar24 Says:

    this show/day will always be one of my very best phish memories. i was in school at u of m then and there was quite a pre party at the house. the acoustics in hill aud are legendary, so the large crowd (by far the most i had seen at a phish show up to that point) didn’t really change the feel of the show. the town was alive that day for sure. the show lived up to the anticipation for sure. i still have 2 of those posters you have displayed by the setlist. i pulled them off telephone poles the day after. there were also hand bills passed out that had tour dates on the back. there were shirts made up that said “Phishigan – Floating Hight Over the Hill”. i think i still have mine somewhere, complete with page’s autograph that was acquired in cleveland the next year. thanks for the flashback!

  16. nadstar24 Says:

    btw – i believe this chalkdust was the version they selected for A Live One.

  17. notkuroda Says:

    I definitely see the potential for Piper-esque jamming in Light, very Page driven, high energy. >Light may happen a lot. I love Oscelot, it’s already stretched to the almost 10 minute mark with a lot of Trey guitar. Faulty Plan could get pretty dark and dirty. Good writeup

  18. JahVolunteer76 Says:

    unique Reba. I love unique Rebas. I wish Phish would play Montreal again. I would travel for that. The land of beautiful women and such a cool city

  19. fat bastard Says:

    as your title suggests, every time i hear ocelot i think of dear prudence lyrics. very similar. phish has pieces of beatles themes throughout their music. another is fee and rocky raccoon. just a thought.

  20. BuffaloBill Says:

    ->the now-unknown release date of their album, “Joy,”

    Now unkown? When did they announce the release date was no longer 28 July?

  21. cason Says:

    STFTFP is about trey’s drug use and subsequent rehab.

    2nd night B’roo opener was a nod to trey’s struggles…

    “can’t i live when i’m young”>”got a blank slate where my mind should be”

  22. Al Says:

    @colonel – looking forward to your writings from home. Be save for the last days.

    I see Ocelot as a jam vehicle like cities used to be several times.
    Stealin’n time – no, I don’t see that one as a jam, just like character 0, – which only once was a 20 min. version during fall 97. that was it…I like stealin’ though.
    Light is a typical seque song, I like Scents, which is very similar in some ways, much better. And I miss Scents a lot!
    I think KDF had a great jam at Roo. Hope that one, like Chalkdust, remains a jam vehicle.

  23. fat bastard Says:

    joy and let me lie are also about trey’s rehab. they have meaningful lyrics and i think those songs are great. joy at alpine had a feel to it that was new to me with phish. they finally open up a bit.

  24. Al Says:

    Hope Backwards down will jammed out more. That one is actually my favorite of the new songs. (KDF close behind, cause I love Birds & Chalkdust)

  25. Chalkdustin Says:

    I’m going to have Ocelot in my head all day. According to Amazon, Joy comes out August 25 but I’m not sure how reliable that is.

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