Phish Officially Lands In Austin

When the line-up for Austin City Limits dropped in the wee hours of yesterday morning, Phish sat atop the bill as one of three major headliners, just as expected. Making their second mainstream, multi-band festival stop in as many years, the band will travel to Austin, Texas for the Indie-based festival in October. Phish will headline Friday, October 8, while the other nights will be capped by Britsh mod-rockers, Muse, and The Eagles, (yes, the ’70s band touring in support of their first studio album in 28 years!?) Boasting an eclectic lineup of modern music, distinctly outside the jam scene, the hippies will join the hipsters in Texas this fall.

In the manner of New Orleans Jazz Fest, the party disperses throughout the venues of Austin at night, as the artists play legitimate gigs after the official festival shuts down. Rumors have already started circulating about a Saturday night Phish show in Austin, boasting what is sure to be an intimate environment and a tough ticket, but making the trip all-the-more worth-it for the Phish-focused fan. And word also has it Phish will record a segment for Austin City Limits, now the longest running music series in American television, on Sunday. Though these are still rumors, all in all, it seems like October 8-10 will be a very Phishy weekend in Austin.

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

Interestingly, the $185 three-day passes to the festival sold out before they even announced the lineup, causing most Phish fans to purchase single-day tickets for $85 dollars a pop. For many that will work fine as Phish will only play the festival grounds on Friday. However, the situation makes it slightly inconvenient for those looking to go to the festival throughout the weekend, as there are no ins and outs with single day tickets. Nonetheless, enjoy the only no-service-charge ticketing you’ll ever experience, as stubs cost $85 out the door..

As the band now has official plans for Columbus Day weekend, the rumored Vegas stand can be narrowed to the following weekend, October 15-17. Perhaps the West may get some love come fall, and it’s good to see that ball set in motion. We now have our first sense of fall Phish, and it isn’t even summer. Phish is heading back to Lone Star State s for the first since 1999. Giddy-up!


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer” 12.2.95 II SBD

Though not the most well-mixed soundboard, this is a wordly upgrade from any other source of this epic “Tweezer.” Pure Phish fire at their finest.




4.5.92 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – Matrix < Megaupload

4.5.92 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – Matrix < Torrent

The Fox - Boulder, CO

This show was not originally scheduled as part of this tour, and was only announced to the public at the previous evening’s show at CU’s Balch Fieldhouse.  (

I: Llama, Guelah Papyrus, The Divided Sky, Wilson, Poor Heart, Stash, Rift, Horn, It’s Ice, Possum, Sweet Adeline

II: Split Open and Melt, All Things Reconsidered, You Enjoy Myself, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Maze, Weigh, The Landlady > David Bowie, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Cold as Ice, Take the ‘A’ Train, Runaway Jim

E: Lawn Boy, Rocky Top

Matrix Notes: “The following shows were recorded to DAT from a separate, recording board at the shows. They are some of the highest quality
Phish tapes in existence: 4/22/90, 10/30/90, 10/31/90, 11/2/90, 11/3/90, 11/4/90, 3/13/91, 3/15/91, 3/16/91, 3/17/91, 3/22/91, 3/23/91, 4/5/92.

Except for the 4/5/92 tape, they have all been fairly widely circulated. They were done on a large recording console (not EQ) and mixed completely separately from the board mix, rumoredly done in a truck outside the venue. The engineer used 2 audience mics to mix in crowd/hall ambience (on most of them).”

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587 Responses to “Phish Officially Lands In Austin”

  1. zzyzx Says:

    “zzyzx admits to not liking the 10-31-98 Wolfman’s in part because his friend, Jycil or whatever, wasn’t happy because she doesn’t like dark jams and it in turn affected his experience.

    Miner explains how he and crew were 100% in tune with what the band were doing.”

    I don’t think it’s possible to ever be 100% in tune with the band. Some part of you will notice the glowstick war that happened or what CK is doing with the lights or how Trey walked over to Mike and said something quickly before they changed the pace of the jam.

    Believe me, I was paying attention to the jam. I probably wrote about 2 pages of notes on it as it was happening. Yes, I also was getting amused at J’eliz (J. Elizabeth for those who want the explanation) getting frustrated, but if I were enjoying the music, that wouldn’t have mattered.

  2. El Duderino Says:

    @ Tela’s

    Easy brah.

    I’m just joshin’!

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    @aw – “I hate almost all Phish ballads and I have listened to them all live several times very closely”

    That’s different than what I presented in my example. That’s more in line with zzyzx’s comment above. That’s just what you prefer and I can attempt to argue with it, but that is ultimatley just a musical preference. Although that being said, if you told me you dislike all Phish ballads, I certainly wouldn’t be able to hold your Phish opinions and/or perpectives as high as some others. But I’m sure that’s my own personality flaw. 😉

    You don’t like Fast Enough For You? Mist? Lifeboy? If I Could?

  4. Luther Justice Says:

    You just don’t get these kind of heavy discussions with Justin Beiber’ music.

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    “Believe me, I was paying attention to the jam. I probably wrote about 2 pages of notes on it as it was happening.”

    do i have to comment on that? wow!

    it’s called closing your eyes. i do it all the time.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    easy there, Mr. T. The Beiber Board is a wild place, full of unbelievable philosophical discussion and deep diving musical theory. I’ve been spending more time over there than here lately*.

    *no. this is not true.

  7. fat bastard Says:

    if its a fliers-hawks cup we will hear “its ice” @ TP. mark it 8

  8. zzyzx Says:

    “it’s called closing your eyes. i do it all the time.”

    Closing your eyes means you miss out on a lot of what separates the experience of being at the show vs just getting the tapes. There’s only one time that you’d be able to choose what to see, to notice what CK was doing or to see a really cool line of clouds rolling in or to notice that Mike gave Jon a funny look after Jon tried to move the jam in a different direction or to see that someone just walked by in a bear costume (as happened in the Gorge this summer) or have all sorts of lifelong memories that enhance the music.

    When I think of -7, part of me always associates that with being snowed on in MSG, 9/21/99 will always be better than the tape due to the experience of looking at clouds blowing across the desert, the 12/31/03 Guyute will always be remembered by me because Mike and Trey had a long conversation during one of the tricky bits and didn’t miss a note.

  9. Luther Justice Says:

    or Deer Creek 09’s electrical storm….

  10. KWL Says:

    ‘If Phish plays it’s proposed Western run in the fall, East coasters please stay home where the band plays all the time so us Westerners can see some shows! Anyone out there feel the same as me?’


    (1) tough west coast tickets not the fault of the fans
    (2) westies can travel east just like easties can travel west

    the situation sucks, but the answer isn’t telling fans to stay home

  11. albert walker Says:

    You got me Tela

    I actually do love If I could, Lifeboy, Fast Enough, and Dog Faced

    Quite possible I was just more jaded when the later material came out and never allowed myself to enjoy it

    Just trying to say me hating songs just cuz I do is the same as xyz hating non melodic abstract jams

    We have our own personal reasons that in our own personal context make it right

    That doesn’t make it right or fact for anyone else
    But is our own truth

    That’s why I just can’t see my own musical truths applying to everyone
    Too many outside influences developing these opinions

    As opinionated as I am I have a hard time declaring any of the one’s I hold as truth
    I don’t know shit

  12. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ AW – how long will the Euro trend down, you think?

  13. zzyzx Says:

    BTW, does anyone else think that it would be really cool to have the church organ effect in Shine a Light used in random jams? I think it would drive them to interesting places.

  14. halcyon Says:

    ^ NTM….I hope it keeps trending down, it will make my trip more affordable!!!

  15. tela'smuff Says:

    absolutly agree that the experince at times lies in what else is transpiring around you. Fishman antics during It’s Ice, band antics for Meatstick, fog during Mike’s in Big Cypress comes to mind. but there are clearly times when closing the eyes and dancing frees my senses and mind to welcome in the live music being created. and it’s clearly different than just getting the tapes because I can’t afford a million dollar sound system, and although I have danced at home while listenign to a show, i laways have to take a scalding shower afterwards to remove the shame and embarressmnet.

    but i can recall the Down w/ Disease form Chicago fall 2000 where I was front row Page side and just closed my eyes and danced in circles and it stills ranks as one of my favorite versions. I think part of it was that I was totally engrossed in the music. The Ocelot from Cincy this past fall, eyes closed, totally getting down, one of my highlights from an amazing show. eyes closed for the -7 at Alpine in 2004. Easily my favorite version of that song. And that’s at Alpine which is just one giant distraction!

  16. HarryHood Says:

    “You just don’t get these kind of heavy discussions with Justin Beiber’ music”


  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Can I get a “To each their own” high five up in here?

  18. HarryHood Says:

    @ Angry

    Careful. If Robear’s lurking, he’s gonna wanna hug ya. No high fives for that guy! llfa

  19. angryjoggerz Says:

    Tela’ : Caribou are playing the monday before Pitchfork for free at Millenium Park… worth checking out. One of my favorite live acts, for sure.

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I love the shiny music that descends from overhead

  21. halcyon Says:

    :high fives angry:

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    zzyxz- i just listened to the MSG Shine a Light to pick out that organ part. What did you have in mind? I think it would sound coll, but its too early for my brain to figure out what songs it would enhance. It’s Ice?

    Or are you just saying as part of a jam.

  23. mrfergie Says:

    Vegas October 14th and 15th is a lock…

  24. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ halcyon – I’m going to Europe this fall too and like it down (to save me expense money), but it’s also hurting the world’s economies (short-term, at least), so I’m sort of ready for it to be stable.

    If the Euro bounces up, the market will as well.

  25. zzyzx Says:

    I’m saying as part of a jam. Kind of like how they did the calypso thing in the Gorge light, do a gospel jam out of something.

    Vegas on Thu/Fri? I wouldn’t be able to go to that :/

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