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. Mitch Says:

    I just joined the facebook group “1,000,000 People Who Want to Plug the BP Oil Spill with Sarah Palin”

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    sounds like one classy joint you got there sneven!

    Go Celtics!

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    hahaha Mitch that’s fucking hilarious

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    My thought is that Red Roof should get it’s shit together.

    Enjoy yr beers.

  5. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    ^^ I second Mr. C on not mixing any psychiatric medication with MDMA or psychedelics. MDMA and SSRIs can be fatal, and SSRIs attenuate the potency of psychedelics for some, and for others magnify, so it’s even more of a gamble than it usually is. Plus, if there is a need for psychiatric medication (anxiety, mood, thought disorders), then the odds of a precarious or really scary trip are probably going to be higher. I know plenty argue for their therapeutic use, but a show or recreational environment is a very different animal. My .02

    Granted, before I did my clinical training on in-patient units I thought very differently. But there’s nothing like daily exposure to the delicacies of sanity — how difficult it is to agree on or to recover, and how easy it is to lose — to just completely lose the motivation to play around casually with it.

    [end buzz-kill rant]

    I took the day off today and helped my wife paint murals on her school in Harlem with her 4th grade classes. It was just the mind-bending, energy-infused activity I needed to break out of a world news induced funk and ready for phish

  6. Mitch Says:

    pound the first 3 to catch up from last week. toss the leftovers cause those will look appealing after beer number 9. save yourself the sickness tomorrow. then drink your 6 as planned.

  7. sneven Says:

    @mr. C – I couln’t care the outcome, as long as its a good series. Celtics – Lakers is always something to cherish…

  8. sneven Says:

    Mitch – excellent advice, no doubt… #3 in hand 😉

  9. Mitch Says:

    and i appreciate the paying it forward that you did. i gave kind j’s to kids in traffic in washington state after the gorge so i can appreciate the gesture. but this week, man up. drink all 9. its an omen. those are YOUR beers. nobody elses.

    i’m glad it came full circle. either nobody stayed there or people saw those beers and thought they were sketch. now you are back to finish the job, much like this coconut cream pie tonight.

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    lakers in 6

  11. Jtran Says:

    @ Robear

    If you’re still reading this, I think I’m interested in your CMAC pav.

    Email me at jtranvt23 at gmail dot com

    Waiting to hear from a friend about MPP shows, but if those are a go, I’m definitely in for CMAC too.


  12. Gavinsdad Says:

    C and Dr. Pro – as always thanks for the sound advice. Beyond the regular peeps on this site Im sure there are a chunk of lurkers who will benefit from your thoughts as well.

  13. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    ^^ Ugh, what a sanctimonious post from me.

    Everything’s google-able at this point, so I’m sure anyone here is doing their homework on the brain chemistry stuff.

    I just read the 27 pages today in one sitting, and getting to know everyone’s personalities over time, I got concerned for some reason and just barfed that out.

    Mitch & Purple – let’s get a drink soon

    I won’t be at Hartford 2 early enough to make it to the cookout but would love to meet everyone at the show

  14. butter Says:

    hate to say it but L is a powder

  15. Jtran Says:

    And I’m going to watch the game at the new Buffalo Wild Wings in town.

    Go C’s!

  16. butter Says:

    but i know what peeps mean when they say “no powders”

    just sayin

  17. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    oh OK, glad it came out somewhat useful GD

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    hate to say it but L is a powder

    ^ crystal….

  19. Gavinsdad Says:

    Miner – if any of your crew need 2 Camden pavs for their 2 MPP pavs holler.

  20. sumodie Says:

    if you are taking antidepressants you must under no circumstances take molly/ecstasy/whatever!!!!!! that is a recipe for disaster!!!

    Actually it depends on the class of antidepressants

    The MAOI anti-depressants can definitely cause life-threatening reactions when mixed with MDMA, or even when mixed with certain foods -avoid these combos most definitely

    SSRI’s generally inhibit the effectiveness of MDMA (diminished to no effects)

    Also, L can be impacted (+/-) by anti-depressants, again, depending on the class of anti-depressants and type of psychedelic. See here:

    Whole lotta quality info out there on the net if you know where to look -get informed most definitely

  21. butter Says:


  22. William H. Bonney Says:

    Evening Fellas…Yeah I second Lakers in 6 at least that is what I played.

  23. Mitch Says:

    dr p,
    having a beer now. where you at? dont be a stranger. i got the 40’s if you bring the kind. not a fair deal? psssshhawwww

  24. butter Says:

    i don’t really consider it a powder

    but anyone that sees it in that form for the first time will rethink everything they thunk before that day

    anyway this is better set break convo

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    no powders = no white powders i suppose….
    (technically, mdma is a crystal too)

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