Five Predictions For June

6.2.09 -Jones Beach (W.Rogell)

As we wind down the final week before Chicago, all thoughts are towards the future at this point. And in that vein, here are five predictions for the first leg of summer tour…

1. Two New Jam Vehicles Will Emerge and Enter the Rotation During June

With an array of new material expected this summer, I believe we will see a couple new songs debut and become springboards for improvisation almost immediately. Perhaps these jams will begin to steer the band in one particular direction or another, but regardless, I believe we’ll hear not only new songs, but legitimate jams, something that has lacked thus far on most of Joy’s offerings. Perhaps some of Joy’s jams-in-waiting (e.g. “Ocelot,” “Faulty Plan”) will come forth with greater teeth as well, but I predict Phish will debut a couple pieces will become staple jams of the this era.

2. “Light” Will Continue to Blow Up

"Light" @ Indio (W.Rogell)

Phish’s most significant new song from 2009 will only continue to expand this summer. A song that produced diverse and unique jams throughout last year gained notable momentum during fall tour, becoming the band’s preeminent launch pad. Peaking with uber-creative versions at MSG and Charlottesville, I believe the band has only scraped the surface of “Light’s” improvisational iceberg.

3. The Resuscitation of More Post-Hiatus Material

While the band has dipped into their 2.0 material, Phish kept, perhaps, their two most promising musical launchpads waiting in the wings throughout last year. Teasing the community with only two versions of “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing,” neither coming within a country mile of SPAC’s ’04’s odyssey, Phish has got to cut this one loose this summer. This piece has limitless potential to be a new-school “Tweezer-eqsue” vehicle, with an ability to access heavy grooves, gorgeous melodies, ambient planes, or sinister builds at a moments notice. A young monster is drooling to be let out of its cage. For real, let’s get this one in rotation – stat!

Undermind (2004)

The post-hiatus masterpiece, “Scents and Subtle Sounds,” only saw the light of day once in 2009, performed in abbreviated fashion, for the first-time indoors, at MSG. A song that blossomed during Summer ’03 is due for a renaissance in Summer 2010. With an uplifting jam that has previously proven its face-melting worth with three seminal pieces of post-hiatus improv (Camden ’03, Deer Creek ’03, Camden ’04), we know the song can reach uncharted realms. A patient piece of Phish music, this jam could hop on the back of any new direction the band decides to take their jamming this summer.

In addition, there are other songs from Round Room and Undermind we could see infused into summer setlists. Specifically: “Round Room,” “Waves,” “Nothing,” “The Connection,” and “Tomorrow’s Song.”

4. The South Will Be Hot!

And I’m not talking about temperatures. Phish’s first true dip into the south during the modern era features stops at a classic haunt in Walnut Creek, a twice-visited Verizon Wireless in Charlotte, and a two-night stand in Atlanta for July 4th weekend – all coming as the last four shows of tour! I have little doubt that when the dust settles, this tour-ending run will provide some of June’s defining jams. With a proclivity to finish off tours with what they’ve done best throughout the month, this prediction seems like a lock.

5. A New Style of Jamming Will Begin to Develop

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

When interviewed last year, Mike Gordon, himself, said that the idea this time around was to reinvent Phish once again. And the time is ripe to begin that process. A solid 2009 was necessary before branching into new experiments, but this is 2010. While new excursions may only begin this month, to be furthered throughout the year, one would think that by July 4th we will have some idea of where the band may be headed with their ever-expanding psychedelia.


Jam of the Day:

Light” 12.2.09 II

As tour approaches, let’s go back through some last year’s indelible highlights. Here is one of the more unique jams of 2009, possibly a glimpse into the future.




8.3.93 Bayfront Amphitheatre, Miaimi, FL < Megaupload

8.3.93 Bayfront Amphitheatre, Miaimi, FL < Torrent asap


One of the missing pieces of August ’93 from the archive.

I: Runaway Jim, Nellie Kane, Foam, Fee > Rift, Stash, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Ya Mar, Llama, Cavern

II: Lengthwise > Maze, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice, You Enjoy Myself, The Lizards, Sparkle, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, Golgi Apparatus

E: Poor Heart, Free Bird

Source: Nakamichi (unknown model)


826 Responses to “Five Predictions For June”

  1. bhizzle Says:

    happy b-day beeps!!!! Of course you may TOOT!

    kwl – i shot you an email yesterday, based the email addy you dropped, and this morning I received a reply saying I “got the wrong Keith, but it sounds like a fun trip”.

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    Did some say phish?

  3. KWL Says:

    HA, that’s funny bhizzle… i must have typed wrong, to my knowledge no one has hacked my email account!

    i saw your other message, i need to get out of hershey sunday night…

    thanks for the offer though…

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Morning all! If listening to the jam of the day doesn’t get you fired up for tour than you need to check your pulse. Need coffee, stat!

  5. bhizzle Says:

    KWL-Yea, I might have dropped the dot in the wrong location (between the names?) or misspelled your last name (sorry). The other Keith was real cool about it tho. Must be something with Keith’s, eh?

    “In addition, there are other songs from Round Room and Undermind we could see infused into summer setlists. Specifically: “Round Room,” “Waves,” “Nothing,” “The Connection,” and “Tomorrow’s Song.”’…….The Connection?????????? Noooooooooooooooooo……….

  6. lastwaltzer Says:


    chill its gonna be okay Waves/round room will bring big jams.

  7. Chalkdusting Says:

    Good morning boys and girls. Please, PLEASE, more S&SS and ASIHTOS. Please! These songs scream summer tour, as the band can push these tunes to such deep levels and send sound waves crashing over our heads. Really hoping to catch these at some point.

  8. lastwaltzer Says:

    what is the best source for BC?

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    LW- try Kenny Powers remaster of BC

  10. willowed Says:

    I think Waves and Light have a symbiotic relationship. They share the same Medaclorians if you will.
    I would love to see these two jams numerous times this summer.
    They are fresh, clean and very uplifting!

  11. beepaphone Says:

    I heart waves…not just as jam potential but as a song.

  12. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning guys…hope you all have a great day!

    @beep…Happy Birthday, make it a fun one!

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    I really want them to do a Taste>Light thingy. That would be lots of light.

  14. Stupendous Says:

    Morning Folks!

    Getting ready for the end of the week madness…

    Happy BDay Beeps!!!

    Marco u out there? are you in my neck of the woods yet?

  15. Leo Weaver Says:

    For all you Charlotte-bound BBers…a post from last night re: Charlotte meetup…aka Carolina Brews and ‘Cues in the Garden…

    After a warmup hosting folks for beers and food for two nights in the garden over the weekend, I’m finally getting my act together on the BB meetup for the Charlotte show…Carolina Brews and ‘Cues in the Garden is on! We’ll have BBQ (working on both eastern and western North Carolina styles) with the trimmings, beers, good music, and great company. Things are also looking good for a party bus to and from the venue (as a shuttle service)…all for a nominal required donation of course 😉 .
    If you think you can make it, go to the meetup sign-in sheet and sign yo ass up so I can send updates/info and get a headcount…go to . Based on a quick count of those I know about, looks like we’re gonna have a nice little group. If you have any questions, etc, hit me up at cannondawg at gmail.

  16. Leo Weaver Says:

    And another…

    A little info for any of you guys doing Raleigh>Charlotte…

    Raleigh’s about 2.5 hours from Charlotte…all interstate. Lots of towns with usual suspect hotels along the way. I’m driving back after the show.

    If you think you can make it to the meetup…I’d suggest getting a hotel room downtown (or Uptown as it’s called here). You can take the lightrail to my house from hotel…or take a cab or make a 15 minute walk. Downtown is only 10-15 minutes from venue post-show once you get outta the lots. Getting up there can be a bit more dicey due to traffic unknowns…sometimes moves OK, sometimes not so much. But they’ve opened the interstate (485) from I-85 to the venue since the 2003 show so it shouldn’t be quite the nightmare it was back then. Obv not for a PHish show, but the 3-4 times I’ve been out there in the past couple of years, it’s taken me about 20-25 minutes from my house to the venue.

    Lots of hotels also out by the venue…but NOT walking distance to the venue unless your idea of a walk = my idea of a hike.

  17. Chalkdusting Says:

    This is a random story so I apologize for intercepting the discussion, but I’m driving to Michigan this weekend with my bro so he can buy a car from someone he found online. I just found out he’s buying it from Chris Conner, who played (a grand total of) 8 games with the Penguins this season! He’s no Sidney Crosby but I’m excited nonetheless!

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    So, who’s going to Toyota then?

  19. lastwaltzer Says:


    word I take it that kenny’s remaster is better then whats in the archive then?

  20. Leo Weaver Says:

    @lw…yeah, all of KPs remasters sound great, BC included…

  21. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Just pulled the ’99 Las Cruces and Pyramid shows from Kenny P. If you haven’t heard the soundcheck from Las Cruces (KP has included it ) do yourself a favor and do it. Funniest shit i’ve heard in a long time. Nice shout out to zzyxz in there as well. Now, on to the show……

  22. zzyzx Says:

    Aggie toooooooooo-oooooooooooooooooooooo

  23. lastwaltzer Says:

    Word, I’ve been meaning to check that pyramid show for some time. I haven’t really listened to much post 98

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    haha…on cue zz

  25. Stupendous Says:

    the pyramid show is from memphis right?

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