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?”

  1. Mdawg Says:

    Colonel you are the best! See you at the fest!

  2. albert walker Says:

    was Washington added back to the map today?

    We’ll see ya in INDIO colonel

  3. c0wfunk Says:

    WA went back this weekend .. A truck came in on a boat, drove over and dropped the color back .. So anything can happen now.

  4. Dave Says:

    ARRRGGHH! I AM A RAGING BALL OF EMOTIONS!!! One of my closest friends (not a fan) has just told me the weekend he is getting married…….yup, it’s Halloween. He’s getting married on Halloween and I have to be there…… I am so crushed; in one second, Halloween went from what is sure to be the best thing I have ever done (new to the scene, only 3 shows so far) to a weekend full of “wish I was in Indio.” I’m sure I’ll get over it, but I am just absolutely stunned at this new development….. fuckshitcocks.

  5. albert walker Says:

    figured as much just saw the new graphic this morning
    never really thought Indio was off the table
    really like to get an announcement to lock in flights
    as much as I trust the people giving me this info would like a verification before throwing down more cash

  6. msbjivein Says:

    @Dave, Don’t sweat it. I can’t make Halloween either. It took me a couple weeks to get over it. Phish will be around for yrs to come. so don’t sweat it. I’m just looking forward to the shows I’m seeing 2nd leg and hopefully a NYE run. You can’t see them all.

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    Its not the shows you miss, its the ones you make … But who the hell gets married on halloween? Wtf..

  8. Jay Says:

    who the hell gets married on Halloween? Like getting married on Christmas or new years or thanksgiving, etc..

  9. Jay Says:

    Loving today’s Reba!!

  10. msbjivein Says:

    Col Forbins, That sucks. You can sand paper a lions ass for 30 days. See ya soon.

  11. empire01 Says:

    my new favorite phish song is Twenty Years Later. I just love the feel of the song and the lyrics.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    not exactly a wedding vs. Indio dilemma, but it looks like (MF) Doom has a show here in PDX the same Saturday night as the Gorge….@#$#!!!

    I wouldn’t have pegged Ocelot as a jam launcher, but then I didn’t think that about KDF either. Stealing Time seems like the best bet to me, and I agree with the Ocean Sing comparison.\

    Light, sure, yeah – I’m not as enamored with that tune as I am Stealing Time, but obviously it’s got that potential.

    20 Years, I need to listen to that one more still

  13. axillalot Says:

    @ whole tour – not to nit pick, but i’m pretty sure the lyrics to “faulty plan” are ” got a CLIFF BAR, and some cold green tea.” not “got a clip on and some cold green tea” as you stated earlier. just lookin to clarify is all.

    love this freakin song though! would love to see big versions of it in the future.

  14. whole tour! Says:

    go to the gorge! no matter who is playing, missing phish would be painful!

  15. Davey Says:

    They dumped Washington state back on the map which means they are saying it’s “ok” to put states back so when Cali comes back it’ll have been ok already.

  16. whole tour! Says:

    lol what is a cliff bar?

    i thought it sounded like clip on…as in necktie…as in court appearance/probation meeting.

  17. Selector J Says:

    Boo Big Brother. Sorry to hear that, Colonel. I like what Wax said, “see you when the lights go down.”

    Wedding on Halloween? wtf! Maybe you could send someone in a Darth Vader Helmet and tux to act like you the whole time.

    Okay, now the map is officially stupid. Just announce Indio already. They should change the music that plays to “What’s The Use?” Feeling pretty idiotic for ever doubting Miner. Won’t happen again. I think I owe Miner another shoutout on the radio program tonight. I got one for the never-doubting-Indio Albert Walker, too.

  18. c0wfunk Says:

    @axilla I believe you are right about the clif bar line.. I wonder if trey’s got a clif sponsorship 😉

  19. Davey Says:

    @ whole tour! — You don’t know what a Cliff Bar is? It’s like a healthy nutrition bar but the company whores themselves out all over the place. Started in CO I think.

  20. c0wfunk Says:

    Clif (one f) is a popular brand of energy bar – got one right here . I also happen to have memories of being free.

  21. axillalot Says:

    cliff bar is an energy bar type of thing. actually pretty darn good.

    not meaning to make fun, honestly, but what in the world would clip on and cold green tea have to do w/ anything? 😉 strikes me as pretty darn funny. not meaning to be rude, honestly. it’s pretty funny though.

  22. axillalot Says:

    i too have memories, memories of being free. love that damn song.

  23. whole tour! Says:

    never had one. i can’t stand health food. give me a greasy bacon doublecheese burger, extra grease! lol

  24. axillalot Says:

    i’m w/ ya on the burger, but cliff bars are actually pretty good. close to a candy bar really.

  25. c0wfunk Says:

    Used to think the line in golgi was “I saw you with a textile up in your hand.” What does that mean? No clue but I sang it with feeling for years.. I love misheard lyrics .. Who’s got some more?

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