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. albert walker Says:

    FIrst time seeing Doom live so don’t know if this is common for him, but he actually lip-synced his Pitchfork festival performance this weekend
    kind of weird

  2. whole tour! Says:

    although, i do occasionally drink soy milk and i picked up some hemp oil for salad dressing.

  3. axillalot Says:

    in vultures – my buddy, for years, has said the lyrics are “looked in my pocket and i say this can’t be”

    but it’s actually “look at the clock and say this can’t be”

    i’ve never had the heart to tell him, he loves that lyric. 😉

  4. whole tour! Says:

    hormone collector…..once sounded like ‘homo’ collector. lol

  5. c0wfunk Says:

    Hm until this very moment I thought it was homo collector 😉

  6. axillalot Says:

    lots of folks think “atonal sound” in wolfman’s is “a total sound”

    also – people think it’s laugh and laugh and fall apart” in sparkle, when it’s actually “laugh and laughing fall apart”

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    Once heard a story of a fella who thought that “winona ryder gonna miss me when I’m gone”

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    @wt! – of course I’m going to the Gorge! LOL! the timing just sucks is all

    @albert – Doom is great, but he is also insane, I mean really pretty fucking nuts, so I guess you never know about his shows. Lipsyncing I haven’t heard of, but at one point he was actually sending out imposters to do his shows for him! (he wears a mask onstage) that actually makes it easier to blow off his gig, I wouldn’t even be sure it was him onstage…


    re: Stealing Time – I’ve always heard it as “clip-on.” The imagery to me is of someone that has sold out into an office drone kind of lifestyle, remembering the good times and freedom. So the clip-on is part of the new life he hates.

    I think Clif bars are nasty. Odwalla bars, yeah, ok. But to me, Clif bars all have this weird taste I can’t deal with. Maybe it’s part of my rebellion against compliance the official Oregon stereotype…I also don’t like Subarus or pinot noir.

  9. whole tour! Says:

    leave it on
    llama taboot taboot

    for years it sounded like:
    me and my friends
    the best of friends
    llama taboot taboot

  10. Frondoot Says:

    “dont be the only one left on the block, come hide in the herd and float in the flock”
    “ocelot ocelot where have you gone? wont you come to play?”

    ..the song is obviously trey telling all the jaded wooks on phantasytour not to miss out on 3.0 : )

    im kidding of course

  11. Pence Says:

    I thought since you said you were going to work, thats why you said “gotta clip on”

    Do you wear a clip on to work?

  12. Stupendous Says:

    none wrong with a Subaru

  13. c0wfunk Says:

    I quite like some clif bars, some not so muuch. The blackcherry almond is my current fav. as with axilla I think the clif bar goes better with the green tea. Otherwise itd be “got a clip on and some hot coffee”

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    nothing wrong with clif bars or pinot noir either, for other people. but I hate the way subaru wagons drive. plus they’re apparently the official car of oregon so according to my nature I am forced to rebel against them.

  15. Comrade Says:

    anyone hear rumors of hendrix, anniversary of woodstock, and washington state huskies stadium?

  16. whole tour! Says:

    lol yeah, i’m a proud owner of some clip on ties!
    i had one on earlier.
    but it’s off now…let me know if the boss is coming!

    clip ons rock! if i didn’t tell, no one would know!
    i’m hoping phishthoughts dosen’t get blocked here at work. i love getting paid to waste company time! lol

  17. Comrade Says:

    ^^^for festival that is

  18. c0wfunk Says:

    O and I friggin love my subardoober — at bonnaroo 3 mudfest I was cruisin right past 4 runners and explorers spinnin out In the mud. Subies are big here in the mtns too — actually in driving around the country I came to realize you can tell the “cool quotient” of an area by the proportion of subarus on the road

  19. butter Says:

    Ocelot = whole band folk/funk fusion = GD
    I’m glad the band is not scared to embrace this sound. I’m stoked to see what they can dew with these new tunes. I’ve listened to them pretty thoroughly, which is a good thing so when they play them I won’t be like “what the hell are they playing?” I know some of my bro’s/ho’s (sister’s?) , that will be seeing their first Phish since they quit are unfamiliar with the new material. This leg will still be “let’s get aquatinted” for some. I hope the band is able to use some of these as jam vehicles, like you are suggesting Miner, to peel their caps back!

  20. empire01 Says:

    for a long time I thought the line in SOAM
    We breathe deep
    In a strange realm ( steam dream)
    and then
    Between beams to the
    blue room instead of (gloom room)

    its funny how you can hear other things
    that is only in your head.

    I know chalkdust is another one I mis heard things
    and stash too..

  21. albert walker Says:

    funny about Doom
    never took the mask off and heard stories about him being a real dick and demanding to be paid cash before going on

    it was lip synced, kind of weird
    that would be hiliarious if he did not even show up, great shit

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    “got a clip on and some cold green tea…”

    ^ Got a cliff bar and some cold green tea….

  23. Selector J Says:

    @comrade- i think zzyzx is just having a chuckle. can’t blame him… a really fantastic rumor.

  24. Cactus Says:

    “Bells, Split opening Bells…..Bells split opening Bells.”

    That’s what I thought they were singing in 92 at one of my first shows at the Roseland Ballroom….until I realized it was off of Lawn Boy.

  25. Selector J Says:

    I once thought “Paul and Silas” was “Hall in Solace.” I could have sworn that’s what Phish was singing… 😉

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