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. msbjivein Says:

    I love Sugar Shack. I hope they play this a lot the 2nd leg. It could be the New Groove vehicle for the “Joy” album.

  2. Shafy Says:

    I do love the new tunes. Why did the band only play some songs once? Still not ready? My daughter who I would never bring to a phish show really likes Joy. I can’t get enough of Ocelot. I mean who doesn’t like a wild pussy.

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    “what if the 5(?) composed sections of TTE were interspersed throughout a setlist -would that work?”
    ^^ very interesting idea….with jams in and out of the different parts….could be VERY cool!! Because the way TTE is now, its just not a live song….

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah if I end up seeing Phish at the Merriweather this August I’m eating before-hand. The only thing I might buy in the lot are tickets because the prices on-line keeping going up and I can’t find anyone who is selling them. I’m sure people in the lot would sell them face value right?

    But yeah I’m not taking any chances with that shit. I’m 15 but I’ve never smoked or anything and I don’t plan on being dosed by brownies or whatever.

  5. msbjivein Says:

    ^^^^^I was thinking that samething about TTE. What about a TTE set???
    Jams outta each section could easily take up some time. Could be neat…..

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    @sumodie – dosing via spraybottle is real and is always lame. the first time I saw it was in line outside Richmond ’85 Dead shows which to this day is the worst cop scene I have ever seen, hands down. It was raining really hard and the cops were busting ass left and right, and some guys started spraying the cops from behind, aiming for the back of the neck. At one point I saw a guy spraying a cop’s horse! what a bad fucking idea that was!

    the spraybottle thing was really really out of hand in the late 80s, it reached the point of ridiculous, then seemed to fade a bit. tho…at one point I saw some guys spraying back at Bobby when he was spewing spittle during Estimated, and I have to admit I laughed.

    @notkuroda “I bring my kids to some shows/festivals, and have some just for me. When I bring them, I’m on the clock. Their happiness and safety is my number one priority. I don’t bring them just because I can’t find a babysitter. I bring them to events where they’ll be happy and have fun.” <— this is very very well said!! exactly!

    @Jay – taking kids between about 9 months and 4 or 5 years old to ANYTHING, even just out to dinner or a movie, is incredibly hard. I think taking little infants is actually more OK than toddlers, since pretty much all experiences are equally weird to them at that point. As long as you protect their hearing…but from when they start to walk until they're about in kindergarten there's a window where it's very difficult, but not impossible depending on the kid and the parents.

    @Frankenstein – no, don't know that particular wookette, I actually got my choco treats at shows, Vegas and Shoreline…knew they were in town tho

    @Phamily B – well said, a good sounding plan, I had been thinking that a Halloween festy would be too much, too intense, but it sounds like you have the right kind of approach

  7. sumodie Says:

    “Because the way TTE is now, its just not a live song….”

    Yeah, I probably have to agree with you on that. But part of me keeps thinking that they’ll get it right the next time its played…

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ great idea

  9. BrandonKayda Says:

    Miner – Maybe Phish could o TTE like The Dead used to do Viola Lee Blues – segue different songs/jams out of each different section.

    I’d like to see how they could do that though.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Makes me feel like I’m gently floating down a fast moving river ” <– good description I think

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    TTE set is EXACTLY what I was thinking

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Brandon – that’s actually a latter day thing, you know – the actual Dead never did that (a good idea though)

    I like the idea of breaking up TTE…I’d be fine if they just went into it starting about halfway through, out of some loopy jam

  13. SJC Says:

    “But part of me keeps thinking that they’ll get it right the next time its played…”

    I think its too big of a tune to just cast away because it may not have worked right out of the gate…. Still can’t enough of the studio version. It worked for me a Fenway too (listening to the song for a solid week nonstop leading up to the show might have helped too!)

  14. msbjivein Says:

    TTE SET!! That would be epic!!!!!!!!

  15. Alpine_ACS Says:

    Speaking of disturbing child-at-show sightings, I stood next to what I thought was a happy family on the lawn for the second night at Alpine. As the show progressed, I noticed the parents monitoring the children (maybe 5 and 7?) taking turns holding up a video camera to record the show. Neither the parents or the kids were dancing or seemed to be having a good time at all, and I heard the parents say a few sharp comments to the kids about ‘keeping it steady…pay attention, etc.’ This went on for nearly the whole show. It was disturbing for a lot of reasons, especially because it was just grey-area enough to keep my friends and me (two of us mandated reporters BTW) from intervening. Maybe they were just a AV-loving family? Or, more sinisterly, maybe some kind of bootleg ring with Victorian child-work values?

    Did anyone else see this family at any other shows?

  16. sumodie Says:

    @BrandonKayda: If you’re worried about someone accidentally dosing you or selling you food with something in it, I would not worry about it. I’m not saying it never happens, but the chances are INCREDIBLY slim.

  17. Selector J Says:

    Having not seen it live, I really like that tune. TTE just needs to stay in the 1st set closer position and it’ll be fine. No more of that mid-2nd set business!

  18. Selector J Says:

    Yea, Brandon. People pay good money for that kinda thing… 🙂

  19. msbjivein Says:

    Avenu Malkenu>TMWSIY>Avenu Malkenu>TTE everytime!!!! Or TTE set…………..

  20. Frondoot Says:

    Sorry to break up the conversation since it seemed to become more focused again but i see some talk of a private show tonight and then a public show on wednesday night…anyone with thoughts or something to add?

  21. Mr. V Says:

    There are about 8 Lawn tickets for Shoreline available right now on LN.

  22. Bandnana Says:

    Oh god that was great!

  23. whole tour! Says:

    i’m always kinda hesitant about eating any lot food in general. The accidental dosing is the least of my concerns. What worries me more is someone selling grilled cheese with cheese that has been sitting unrefridgerated in the back of someone’s VW for the past three weeks. I got ffod poisoning in the lot back in 2000, and after that i don’t eat anything cooked by a wook.

    There are some professonal chefs that go on tour, but for the most part i stay away from any food items in the lot.

  24. msbjivein Says:

    I won’t be there. Unless it’s in Indy……… Sounds cool!

  25. sumodie Says:

    “Sorry to break up the conversation since it seemed to become more focused again but i see some talk of a private show tonight and then a public show on wednesday night…anyone with thoughts or something to add?”

    The rumor is Martha’s Vineyard. If word actually surfaces that the band did play a play a private show, well, maybe Wednesday has some credibility…


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