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:

    the horror! the horror!

    i thought BPD’s were supposed to be locked up? lol

  2. msbjivein Says:

    ^ Not This one!!

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    @butter – we are taking our kid (5 yrs) to a couple shows and of course we will be hypervigilant. One reason we are ok with doing it is that we plan on getting a terrace spot at the gorge, which is a very controlled location with limited access in every direction. However we are well aware that for it to go smoothly we will have to make him our total focus for all of both shows, for at least one of us at all times if not both. Which is fine. I’m looking forward to it.

    He’s a real Phish fan and is psyched to go. He knows many songs and sings them all the time. He can even pick out Phish songs he doesn’t know, by ear – not sure if it’s Trey’s voice or what he recognizes.

    And yeah we fully expect that we’ll have to explain some loony behavior and that’s fine too, wouldn’t expect anyone to bum out their party for his sake. That’s another good thing about the terraces though, you don’t get hardly any walk-throughs…

  4. whole tour! Says:

    hearing that reminds me of ‘idocracy’ when not sure gets that piece of shit car with the BPD taped to the hood.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    LOL @ BPD! at least it wasn’t a vibe, she might have chipped her teeth

    at 5 yrs we have officially entered the age at home of locking carefully away all the adult toys of whatever variety – well past the age of being able to pass off the phat glass as a “vase”

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    but I remember lots of kids at outdoor Dead shows, especially on the west coast, and really dug what it added to the vibe, even when I was young and raging. As the band gets older and brings their families on tour, the scene will move in that direction too.

    wouldn’t ever take him to a festy or indoor show, tho. he’s done well at the outdoor stuff we’ve taken him to, mostly latter day Dead family schwill, but he’s been around twirlers and dosed out wooks before.

  7. Jay Says:

    Of course you have to say thats ‘a’ dildo, or ‘the’dildo and no ‘your’ dildo.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    “oh my god she’s got George!”

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    The children near me at Alpine definitely enhanced the show for me. But their parents were very attentive to them during the whole show. Dancing with them, building an enormous balloon sculpture, and having a great time in general. Made me miss my own kids(it was Fathers Day)but also added a great element of pure clean energy.Good parents+Good Kids=Good times

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    nice Bingos!

    yeah it’s gonna have to be all about the kiddo for it to go well, I know that.

    but WTF, I’ve had hundreds of shows to myself, or shared with a lady friend or whatever. I can spare a couple for the next generation.

  11. msbjivein Says:

    The “BPD” belonged to our friend who at the time was finishing her Family Practise residency in WA. Her husband was a WA State Trooper(Cool Guy) he was freaking out when the girl had the “BPD”. He jumped over the counter and grabbed it out of her mouth. You could tell he was very embarrassed. HE could have made a big joke out of it but he didn’t think it was funny. I was laughing out LOUD for like 10minutes>We had to leave because I couldn’t stop laughing about it. Never forget that.

  12. msbjivein Says:

    One word of advise……….
    If your gonna have a party and friends plan on bringing thier kids. LOCK UP THE SEX TOYS!!!! LOL!

  13. whole tour! Says:

    lol great story MSB – can’t stop laughing!

  14. butter Says:

    @Mr. C – What a fun age huh? Maybe we can get our kids together at a Phish show one day. I’ve never noticed those terraces at the Gorge.
    My daughter has done a bunch of Phil + Friends, and outdoor festi’s they are usually some of my most fun memorable shows. Hypervigilant is a good description. Yes it will be all about taking care and paying full attention to our kids, but once in while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!!

  15. Jay Says:

    that kid has a career waiting to happen.

  16. SOAM Says:

    Nice friends Jivein-

  17. Frondoot Says:

    Good parents+good kids+good music=great scene forever.

    All of your kids will be the next generation, which is totally awesome. I often feel left out for being part of a shitty generation and struggle to get my friends to try and “get” phish, but it rarely ever works. Not enough real phans ages 18-22, too many kids just there to get spun and huff balloons IMO..

  18. msbjivein Says:

    Her parents “Swear” she didn’t put it in her mouth……..But she did…LOL!!
    I can’t wait til she grows up and I tell her about it. That will be like 20yrs from now. Maybe We’ll see………….

  19. SOAM Says:

    although the dildo is a better option when compared to laced sweet tarts-you have to be a real shitty parent for your kid to snag 20 bucks from you on the lot and then score a chocolate-as for a potential ground score-maybe bring the kiddies and muzzle them-no drug intake or whining when fishman sings

  20. msbjivein Says:

    SOAM, Everyone has at least one Cop friend and a DR. friend right???? My wife’s a Doc so maybe it’s just me…….

  21. msbjivein Says:

    Yeah the “L” + Kids story was BAD.

  22. Phreakyc Says:

    There was a spot in the lawn first night of Alpine with about 20 kids, from really small to toddler age. The parents were having alot of fun playing and the kids seemed to love it. Made me miss mine, it was the first time we had been away from my son for longer then a few hours. I have been thinking about taking him to halloween, especially if it is in florida but not sure. I still personally get really freaked when I feel a mist on me when walking around. Brings back memories of Clifford Ball.

  23. SOAM Says:

    outdoor shows-with lawns (sorry minor and all you pavillion snobs) are great for kids-they can move around and fall asleep etc. Spac worked great for me in 04 with my 3 nuggets (ie. kids)-but some kids get wigged out by the sound-and the cheering so …

  24. msbjivein Says:

    Since there’s a bunch of kid talk. I wanna say I saw a really really young infant at Alpine. I don’t know how old the baby was But I know it was at the most like 6 months. That was disturbing to me. I’m not a parent so I really don’t know what to think about it. I just think that A Phish show is not the safest place for an infant.IMO What do some of you parent think about this????

  25. Frondoot Says:

    ^ whats wrong with the lawn?

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