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. whole tour! Says:

    i learn something new everyday. my clip on tie isn’t so cool to me now! 🙂

    cliff bar and green tea stock mysteriously hit a bull market price peak since early june. lol

  2. Comrade Says:

    Selector J – Where did you see that – is it on zzyzx?

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    I remember wondering “is this song seriously about a fucking dead possum? really?”

  4. fat bastard Says:

    is julius the wolfmans brother? i always thought so.

  5. Comrade Says:

    bah – nvm – lmao – found it – my friend called all excited but this is almost verbatim.

  6. Selector J Says:

    Comrade: zzyzx posted something on that ‘other’ site detailing the elaborate reasons behind WA state being reintroduced to the map including woodstock anniv., hendrix, mariners in the playoffs, UW stadium, etc. My wife is actually the one that showed it to me. We both laughed. Don’t book any flights.

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    Julius is about caesar..

  8. whole tour! Says:

    i alway thought julius was a nod to psychedelics, told through julius caesar references.

    ‘if you lay it on a brother when he’s sleeping, gonna wake up in the morning he’ll be gone’

    if you dose someone in their sleep, waking up would be interesting.
    i’m sure it was done to the band and crew a few times, those pranksters!

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    The wooks can stay away.

    Nice Reba!

  10. c0wfunk Says:

    Heh – wt I have to be careful cuz I always think all lyrics are about psychs 😉

  11. halcyon Says:


    has a form of cancer…..bummer

    good luck adam!

  12. whole tour! Says:

    of course in the julius caesar story, someone has a dream that caesar is killed, and it happened the next day.

    ‘began my descent down the cold granite steps’ … goin on a trip 😉

  13. butter Says:

    ^^my wife dosed my on my the 30th b’day after i had passed out drunk and missed half the party. When i woke up it was a really fun day, there were a few people left at the party to hang with, just had to kick the damn headache from drinkin.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    julius is just a poorly written lyric about nothing IMO

  15. nonoyolker Says:

    “if you dose someone in their sleep, waking up would be interesting.”

    A group of us dropped L one night and laced my buddy while he was asleep. He woke up 3 hours later, SO confused. After a few minutes of “getting acquainted” with the circumstances, he was really happy. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he woke up though. Similar to sheer terror…

  16. c0wfunk Says:

    Well the facts are wrong , but poorly written about nothing?? Why do you say that?? Pretty coherent story there to me. And a walking mike bassline – can’t go wrong there!

  17. whole tour! Says:

    me too, cowfunk!
    it’s cool how lyrics can mean so many different things in so many different ways.

    fee is very tripped out:

    ‘millie said ‘floyd i’ll make you lose your grip, with this tiny piece of paper i can make you slip’

    ‘millie took that paper and did the deed, floyd hit the water with astonishing speed’

  18. fat bastard Says:

    no doubt cowfunk, julius is one of the best

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    we used to play a game called Dose Your Buddy. The rules were that you could only dose people who had agreed to play, and only in ways that wouldn’t hit innocent bystanders. The “score” (not quantified or anything) was based on how totally screwed the person would be by being dosed. For example, dosing someone that had to go to work was a big score – dosing someone on the way to their grandparents house for thanksgiving dinner, or about to take their GREs or something, that would have been the grand slam home run shot, but never happened AFAIK.

    dosing was also used as karmic weapon. much murkier territory….led to some dark episodes

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    just never liked that song, find it annoying usually on recordings, is usually fun live though.

  21. Bapslap Says:

    Speaking of Ocelot and misheard lyrics, I’ve been thinking the line in Ocelot is “You prance with the beasts you berate every night…”

    but this works too
    “You prance with the beasts who parade every night…”

  22. c0wfunk Says:

    This past weekend a friends dad accidentally got into the brownies and thought he was having a stroke – ended up in hospital until they realized what had happened .. Crazy stuff

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    @c0w, shit like that is terrible – you have to be really careful with food – the mushroom chocolates that were so popular a few years ago were a real candidate for trouble, little heartshaped chocolates, kids would eat them right up for sure

    I used to make no-cook fudge with ganja ghee, you really couldn’t taste the green at all, man do you have to be careful with those

  24. Icculus503 Says:

    Please please. Any gorge extras for face. Anyone camping at Wild Horse? My wife’s first show. My first since Cypress. Thanks everyone for the rad boards and to Mr. Miner, who’s brother I met, with the Sleater Kinney guitarist, you are doing amazing work man. Keep it up.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:



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