Still Waiting…

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

Throughout the Summer of ’09, Phish dusted off more than a few songs from their seemingly endless catalog, busting out surprises all tour, from “Curtis Loew” and “Destiny Unbound” to “Icculus” and “Harpua.” But even though many rarities surfaced, there are still some songs that have yet to emerge in the 3.0 era. While this isn’t a complete list, here are some songs that will make a splash upon their reintroduction.


“Scents & Subtle Sounds”

The Gorge '09 (G.Lucas)

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

One of the most anticipated returns waiting to happen, many thought we’d hear this one unveiled somewhere along summer’s second leg. When “Scents” finally does resurface, one can only hope it will be in its original form – with the introduction attached. Spoken like secret life instructions, this inspirational tale blossoms into a gorgeous jam that Phish had explored on more than one occasion. Regardless of the several standout versions in 2003, “Scents” was still in in its improvisational infancy with so much ground left undiscovered. The song, interestingly, has never been played indoors, opening a big question mark for Indio. The desert surroundings might be the perfect setting for a return of one of post-hiatus’ greatest pieces, and a song that Phish embodies now more than ever.


And were glad glad glad that you’re alive
And were glad glad glad that you’ll arrive

Shoreline '09 (W.Rogell)

Shoreline (W.Rogell)

Having played such a central part in Coventry’s emotional breakdown, it seems that a 2009 reprise of the song is only fitting.  The lyrics, in 2004, were powerful because the band had all – literally – survived, but in 2009, the words will take on a whole new meaning. An arrival like none other, this year has been a celebration of all that Phish will be – and at some point – like “Curtain (With),” Phish will likely come full circle with “Glide.”


As ballads go, “Lifeboy” is one of Phish’s most poignant. With an ethereal backdrop, the song’s dripping melodies routinely provide a beautiful landing point for darker jams. Unplayed since the waning days of August ’04, this song is due for a return to the stage. When tactfully placed, there are few more emotional points of a Phish show.

“My Left Toe”

The Fox (B.Kisida)

The Fox (B.Kisida)

The most exploratory track from ’99’s Siket Disc, this amorphous piece would mesh powerfully with Phish’s current willingness to patiently layer jams.  With a starting point, but no defined ending, “My Left Toe” is a recipe for excursions into the abyss. A piece that can go in almost any direction, from the sonic sludge of Charlotte (7.7.99) to the soaring melodies of Star Lake (7.21.99) this improvisational instrumental seems perfect for a mature Phish to tackle. The results would be astounding.

“Walls of the Cave”

Hartford (T.Salido)

Hartford (T.Salido)

Another post-hiatus composition that was kept largely contained, one would expect this emerging set closer to make a return – hopefully strapped with more adventure. This intricate composition gave way to a straight forward jam that rarely diverged from its course. Though when it did – a la 2.14.03 “Walls > Carini” or 6.19.04 “Walls > Bowie” – the results were sublime. Assuming this song does come back, Phish will hopefully use its jam as a launch pad for whole-band exploration rather than simple, guitar-led rock and roll.


Multi-part vocal harmonies enhance the already dreamy feel of “Roggae,” Phish’s now-elusive Ghost-era song. Having not seen the lights of stage since Vegas ’04, many have awaited the return Phish’s existential and introspective piece. While never a huge improvisational journey, “Roggae” plays its rightful part in the shifting emotional contours of a Phish show.


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Winged music noteJam of the Day:

Mike’s > Simple > My Left Toe ” 7.21.99 II


A stunning segment of improv from Star Lake’s ’99 installment ; its most magnificent moments come in the glorious and divergent path of “My Left Toe.”  This is an immediate must-hear if you don’t know it well.



9.21.99 Pima Co. Fairgrounds Tucson, AZ < Torrent

9.21.99 Pima Co. Fairgrounds Tucson, AZ < Megaupload

Pima Co. Fairgrounds '99 Poster

9.21.99 Promo Poster

10 years ago today, while crossing the Southwest, Phish made a stop in Tucson that – by all accounts – was the most random show of tour.  Taking place in a middle of a field with a relatively small stage and no defining barriers, everyone was able to have as much room as they could possible want. To go along with the odd locale and the sparse crowd was quite an odd setlist. The first was highlighted by the combo of “Split,” Drowned,” while the second set kicked off with a growling “Carini” and landed in a groovy “Antelope.” In between was some out-of -the-ordinary jamming in “Vultures > Limb” that left a unique mark on the show.  To punctuate this bizarre night in the desert- a “Reba” encore.  All of these idiosyncrasies combined for an great mid-week time for all in attendance.

II: Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Split Open and Melt, Drowned, I Didn’t Know, Get Back on the Train, Birds of a Feather, Theme from the Bottom, Golgi Apparatus

II: Carini > Bug, Strange Design, Vultures* > Limb by Limb, Will It Go Round In Circles, Dirt, Run Like an Antelope

E: Reba*, Bold as Love


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229 Responses to “Still Waiting…”

  1. snigglebeach Says:

    It took my all weekend to download. But i am finally watching a video of the Glen Fall Halloween show i found on Trader’s Den. It is pretty sick.

    Certainly not the quality of the RR Hoodstream show, but pretty good.

    Maybe everyone has already seen this. but maybe not.

  2. beepaphone Says:

    ^Thanks sniggle

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    this “My Left Toe” = some hetty schnizzle for my monday morning headphones – up from the murky depths to transcendence

    nice pick Miner

  4. Mitch Says:

    So I see we are already 5 pages deep but I wanna talk about Scents for a minute. That jam was the sheeite and is left hanging. I was wondering if they have bad associations with these songs since it was in their “laugh and laughing, FALL APART” period. AKA PHiSH 2.0.

    Or maybe they were too busy learning the old stuff we all wanted to really get into the 2.0 stuff. Here’s hoping for a nice big Scents at MSG for their first indoor version.

  5. Mitch Says:

    So I knew Antelope was a deer creek song but I just realized it was played once every run the band had until this year. I kept waiting for it the whole show and got left hanging. They hadn’t played it in a few shows and were due, then Alpine got to run with it.

    Playing the Mike’s > Simple > My Left Toe now. Looking forward to it after all the comments.

  6. pence Says:

    I dont know if its still availble but there was a ridiculous sound check scents that I got. It was SBD quality, and sounded beautiful. If anyone knows a link to it, it would be a great one to post today. It has full intro, and wicked jammy,24 minutes total. 7-15-03. Its from Livephish. Cant find the link at work

  7. Mitch Says:

    I’m with everyone else in the Guelah boat. My girl went outside to smoke at hampton and forever later I decided to leave during lawn boy to go find her. There she was outside and I go in to see the 2nd half of Guelah which was on my “hope I see at Hampton” list. Was very bummed about that one but I danced anyway.

    Here’s hoping if Trey does like it so much that he brings it back.

    That antelope that was hanging at deer creek all night annoyed me too.

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    so quickly.

    had a great long weekend.

    Starkville MS = too many covers for Chance Fisher

    Avett Brothers show in Tuscaloosa = awesome. more details to come after i get off work.

    JOTD = thank god for Mike’s to get me through mondays

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    this “My Left Toe” = some hetty schnizzle for my monday morning headphones – up from the murky depths to transcendence

    nice pick Miner

    ^ cheers- one of my favorites

  10. Wax Banks Says:

    @pence –

    There’s a big discography torrent available at the usual sites, and the like; I imagine the soundcheck is in there. It was a bonus track on the LivePhish release of 7/15/03. Were I at home I’d happily upload it; hell, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to my copy! I know what I’m doing this afternoon, then…

  11. Wax Banks Says:

    Oh yeah and Go Colts tonight! The other AFC powers dropped like flies yesterday.

    Fuck the fucking Jets, man. They deserved the win though; Sanchez threw well once they let him out of the stable. Nice to see Brady getting his stuff together though. The Pats’ll be around come winter to redeem that shit.

  12. beepaphone Says:

    ^ I’m glad Brady is back and the true rivalry can resume. I’m sick of hating the Chargers and I’ve missed hating the Patriots.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    whatever, man! The Bills are totally taking the division! Not even a question about it. Yeah, okay. It was as difficult to write that and believe it as it is to read it and believe it. I’ll just go back to kicking rocks after demoralizing 4th quarter collapses now…

  14. HarryHood Says:

    Not one mention of the Giants/Cowboy’s game last night…… Am I the only Giants fan on here?

  15. beepaphone Says:

    Anyone else worried about the Bengals?

  16. beepaphone Says:

    @ Harry that was a great game. I think Mr. C had some appropriate commentary on that game back on the first page.

  17. Jay Says:

    I’m with everyone else in the Guelah boat. My girl went outside to smoke at hampton and forever later I decided to leave during lawn boy to go find her. There she was outside and I go in to see the 2nd half of Guelah

    Mitch, music comes first 🙂

  18. whole tour! Says:

    laces out – ray finkle

  19. HarryHood Says:

    I just finally gave My Left Toe a listen. That officially brought me out of the real thick afternoon funk I was in……..

  20. whole tour! Says:

    jam of the day is so sick it got swine flew


  21. beepaphone Says:

    I’m in Psychoville and Finkel’s the mayor!

  22. beepaphone Says:

    AAAHHH Thursday can’t come soon enough. I really can’t wait to get bassed.

  23. whole tour! Says:

    gordo was off tha hook

  24. beepaphone Says:

    Only problem is I’m going with my brother, and I really don’t know if he’s going to dig it at all.

  25. pence Says:

    @Wax — yes its well worth the listen. There is a crazy sounding pink floyd track where this lady is talking barley auible things at the very end of the song…very trippy, i dont know wtf it is.

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