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. whole tour! Says:

    the bass grooves were so dirty
    everyone was raging
    i ate a huge brownie
    i had a blast

  2. Little Buddy Says:

    LOL, @WT re: swine flu!

  3. whole tour! Says:

    he busted out ‘swamp music’
    the teased ‘sugar shack’
    ‘meat’ encore had balls to the wall heavy metal jam

  4. beepaphone Says:

    That settles it. I’m feeding my bro a brownie before hand.

  5. whole tour! Says:

    he’ll dig it 🙂

  6. beepaphone Says:

    Sweet. I’m working on selling him on Phish too. He has friends in Detroit so I’m hoping to make Cobo his first Phish show. Gordo should be a decent litmus test.

  7. halcyon Says:

    Harry….I am also a member of the Giants Tribe….That game was great last night. Any time Dallas goes down is a good time. Hopefully some of the players that got injured will be well enough for next week.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    beep, let the music speak for itself. if it isn’t his thing, so be it. I have many friends who just don’t get the music but understand my love of it. stinks that you can’t share that with him, but not everybody is cut out for this type of thing.

    Of course, the mind altering substance route is a good way to go too…

  9. HarryHood Says:

    I didn’t know if Manning was going to be able to pull that one off. I’m glad I stayed up to watch the end. Paying for it today though. Thank god for the JOTD to keep me moving!

  10. beepaphone Says:

    It’s not that it isn’t his thing. It might not be, but he is so hopelessly ADD that I don’t buy that he’s really given it a chance. The fact that he WANTS to get bassed means he’s might be ready. If he doesn’t dig it, I won’t hate. just hope he does.

  11. Little Buddy Says:

    Halcyon – I bleed blue as well… That Tuck injury better not be a big deal. He is a super-freak. Eli is so cool under pressure. If the big blue doesn’t win this year, it surely won’t be Eli’s fault because in the first two games he’s just been money in the bank. We’ll see though – long season.

  12. matt_c Says:

    Tela and Peaches. Haven’t seen them since 1995 and 1994 respectfully. Thanks for the Glens Falls link.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Harry and @Buddy –

    particularly sucks that Tuck got hurt being tripped by fatass flozell adams

    end of that 4th quarter Eli was the man. Very impressive. Perfect endgame play – clock management, right mix of aggression and caution…and a little luck on a tipped pass never hurts, great catch too

    any team that beats the ‘boys is my team for the week

  14. pence Says:

    this 6-24-2004 tube is off the hinges. rexommended

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    ^^^ is that the one they circulated on a free mix disk? if so, yeah, that’s the shit

  16. beepaphone Says:

    Hell yeah DC 2004 tube…one of my favs…lost it a few months ago when I accidentally dumped a bunch of my 2003 and 2004 shows

  17. kenny powers Says:

    @ Wax – “I imagine the (Scents) soundcheck is in there. It was a bonus track on the LivePhish release of 7/15/03.”

    Was that included in the download at, or just the physical CD release (if there was one)? I downloaded that show but don’t recall hearing a sick 20+ Scents soundcheck…

  18. beepaphone Says:

    Just ordered my Phishthoughts hoodie…won’t get it in time to get bassed though. Took me long enough.

  19. beepaphone Says:

    6/24/2004 1st half of 2nd set . Tube, Antelope, The Wedge, Timber = crazy delicious.

  20. pence Says:

    Here is the link to the “ghost sessions” at the bearsville studio, Highlights are “whats the use” with lyrics, Meatstick studio with “on a string” lyric. and a couple other gems you may never heard of before. Hope the link works, had to do some digging. Should be valuable to most. I got it here.

  21. pence Says:

    @Mr. Completley–yes, the Phishtory mix

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    @beep nice – thanks for the reminder to spam – hey yo y’all, buy shirts, help miner out, click my name to see ’em

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    other bearsville highlights = tube, ha ha ha and did I forget to mention, forget to mention VULTURES 😮

  24. pence Says:

    @KP AND WAX–I think miner posted it about a month ago, he might be able to get it again. If it was part of the pack that includes soundcheck from Alpine, and a “Free sound check” then its there, and its the sickness. clocking in over 24 mins. bada-bing

  25. kenny powers Says:

    Wow, I cannot believe the wealth of random (rare?) Phish material y’all have opened my eyes too just over the past few weeks. This site, etree, the Trader’s Den among others…wow.

    I feel like I’ve been totally out of the loop. I used to consider myself tech-savvy or a computer person or whatever, but (a) I was wrong and (b) i never had the patience, storage space, or bandwidth to deal with torrents or megauploads or whatevs. Now I’m in hog heaven. Better late than never! Now I just need to find an extra 1,413 hours in the day to listen to all of this stuff.

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