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:

    did you catch that story about the burger king employees putting ganja in some unknowing cop’s burger? i guess he didn’t realize it until he woke in the hospital. employees were fired. i guess the cop freaked out. i’d think part of training to be in law enforcement should be mandatory dosing/toking. save taxpayers some hospital bills.

    needless to say, i stopped eating BK when i saw those pics of that dumbass taking a bath in the dishwashing sink! GROSS!

  2. whole tour! Says:

    @mr.c, i had one of those red heart chocolates in miami on 12.30.03. best one i ever had. one of them did the trick!

  3. voopa Says:

    @ Fat Bastard

    Let Me Lie was written before Trey’s bust.

  4. Frondoot Says:

    ^ that bk story is disgusting. hate fast food, taco bell is always a nice treat though

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    @wt! they were everywhere in 03/04 for sure, and yeah the couple I had were pretty strong

    I know at least one guy got busted making a ton of them

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^^ Pink Floyd Moon jam is SICK!

  7. fat bastard Says:

    really? lyrics sound like he’s at rehab all alone. now
    im confused

  8. butter Says:

    What does everyone think about a 5 week break between tours?
    I personally like it. I see it as a break to get your work seen together and more importantly keep your family life in order. Will this be a summer trend or was this just Phish easing their way back in?

  9. c0wfunk Says:

    Had those red hearts too mmmmmm

  10. fat bastard Says:

    i like it too. its easier to make it to more shows for the working man.

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    Yah let me lie is on bar 17 – 2004??

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    I need to listen to more floyd from that ’69-70 zone. The bootleg thing A Man and His Journey that c0w pointed me to some time ago is great and very trippy…so is the slightly later BBC session I have with the debut of Echoes…seems like there is a real fertile period there between the really old stuff and the Meddle era & I don’t know that much about it

    if they had come out west in the 1st leg, then I’d think the 2 tours with break between idea was a great one 😮

  13. Selector J Says:

    Yes! Mr. C. Mushroom chocolates and the like is why I’ll never bring my little kids to a Phish show.

    Some real life stuff: My wife’s a PICU nurse and had to take care of a young kid (3-4 yrs old?) who had eaten a hell of a lot of sweet tarts with L on them. Mom took the kid to a party and lost track of him for just a minute. Kid eats all the candy. All the people at the party are apparently pissed off that someone stole their stuff… and then little dude starts acting all wigged out. Total tragedy. Mom went to jail. Lost her kid to social services. They have no idea what will happen to the kid long term. (He tripped for several days.)
    Granted. Assuming she knew what kind of party it was, the mom should not have taken the kid there period but for all I know she had no idea the stuff was there. I know there are people that read this site that have their fun so please remember whenever kids, yours or not, are involved, use some serious judgment.

  14. Selector J Says:

    ^ epic downer. sorry.

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ wow!

  16. Jay Says:

    Now that story just sobered me up something fierce.

  17. SOAM Says:

    That story kinda blew

  18. voopa Says:

    Bar 17 was released on October 3, 2006, Trey’s bust was December 15.

  19. whole tour! Says:

    yeah, that is sad. i feel bad for the kid.

    there were rumors that some huge a-hole was dosing the young kids unknowingly on the 1st leg of tour. what a jerk! best to leave the young ones at home.

  20. Selector J Says:

    Yea… sorry. I know. It kinda ruined my day and I already knew about it.

    Anyone got some happy shit to talk about? Hey! Did you hear about this?? Red Rocks is coming up…

  21. butter Says:

    @Selecto J
    Very good message for folks to use judgement when kids are around.
    This is part of the responsibility that is involved when you dabble in our party scene. Very scary story about your wife and the toddler that got dosed. I hope people read your post and take that to heart and will learn from that serious real life example.

    I am planning on taking my almost 7 year old daughter to shoreline. (this will be her second Phish show, I took her to shoreline when she was 2) There is no way she is eating some chocolate or other crap. I am def not advocating for children at Phish shows. My daughter and I have a very strong bond and she is my only child so I will be with her the entire time. Additionally she has been asking to go to another Phish show. She knows Phish is back and see’s the excitement in her Father and is excited herself. All that being said I don’t expect other concert goers to act a different way. I know I’m bring a child to an adult party. It pisses me off when people expect others to not be “partying” when they bring a child to an adult function.
    My good friend who has a son the same age as my daughter have had long discussions about this topic. He won’t bring his son to a Phish show because he spasms out around the energy. I think you must take into account the nature of your child when deciding what environments to introduce them to.

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    on a brighter note, a giant supervolcano under Yellowstone will soon destroy civilization

  23. halcyon Says:

    Mr C….possibly even as soon as this wed.


  24. Jay Says:

    not sure what I like better, the raging in your face Tweezers circa ’94 or the laid back funk versions of ’98 (and other years).

  25. msbjivein Says:

    True Story.
    I was at a party where some friends had brought thier little girl. And the little girl about2-3yr old came running out of the bedroom w/ a Big Purple Dildo in her mouth. She ran out into the living room right in front of everyone w/ that BPD in her mouth. FUCKING FUNNIEST SHIT EVER!! Someone was like “Oh My God that’s a DILDO!”

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