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:

    you mean i gotta read online to do drugs? can i say “meh.” i’ll eat it and then my body will tell me all i need to know. take that!

    but yeah, erowid is where i learned how not to take too much back in the day.

    ^my mood is interesting. and the dog needs a walk. shoot.

  2. sumodie Says:

    I find the chemistry talk more soothing than either hypothesizing about summer tour or that unspeakable situation in this Gulf or that Gulf

    Ahh well 8)

  3. butter Says:

    (technically, mdma is a crystal too)


    but we know

    no powders = don’t be a junkie

  4. Mitch Says:

    those of you who say no powders have never used gold bond. i carry that shit in my backpack to work now. i got addicted to that stuff. its like tour is everyday here in the city now. the heat gets trapped in the asphalt and doesnt come out til night and then we start over again.

    you were right about the green medicated. its like i found a whole new world. i’m never going back. its almost too much, but i like it.

  5. William H. Bonney Says:

    Exactly..fuck anything that has physical addiction. Not for me and I will always try to consul people against mess with em.’ Most have to learn the hard way though.

  6. sumodie Says:

    Speaking of brain chemistry, right now I’d love a slice of chocolate or banana cream pie

    F*ck that coconut cremed crap -blech 8)

    Time to unpack some digital PH and load it on the pod….

  7. Mitch Says:

    that said, is there such a thing as too much gold bond? i’m fiending. i may have become addicted to powders.

    *time to walk the pooch* i’ll be back

  8. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    @ Mitch – now that’s a combo I can get behind

    Let me figure out my schedule

  9. butter Says:

    lol @ Mitch

    bottom line

    treat people good and evolve

  10. sneven Says:

    drinking a dAnk Oberon at my hotel… I bought it 8 days ago…. free beer that I payed for!

    BOTT opener at Toyota…

    powder free for 9 years

  11. sneven Says:

    by the way, I did throw out the leftovers in the fridge… but damn they smelled goood!

  12. Angryjoggerz Says:

    can I get a fucking one week up in this biatchz?

  13. butter Says:

    one week beotch

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey BB

  15. William H. Bonney Says:

    Hey BK

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    How are you guys doing tonight? Played a good bit of piano today. Going to try and push myself to play 20min improvisations everyday from now on, as i did today. It’s good practice

  17. Robear Says:

    bk, i’ve been on a JGB kick lately.

    went ‘No Spoilers’ with 3/7/82. Still in the second set. Love when it sounds like Jerry is in a battle royale with the axe.

  18. Robear Says:

    if you want to check out a nice mix of tunes, mostly plucked by Mr. Sage from official releases, check out:

    ‘4th street’ followed by ‘Shining Star’ had me choking ’em back.

  19. Mitch Says:

    well that dog walk may have been productive for the future. one of my biggest pet peeves about living in this city is people littering. blatantly. i usually use the passive aggressive remark of “hey, you dropped that” and i’m usually greeted back with a nice expletive response. it always confuses me cause they are the one in the wrong.
    anyway, on this dog walk tonight i saw two kids maybe 14 walking and they separated to go home. one kid throws his chip bag on the ground. i say “hey, c’mon now!” he says “sorry” and keeps walking. i say “no, not sorry, pick that up. this is your neighborhood, take some pride” he turns around walks back and picks it up and says “yeah, im sorry” maybe he threw it down again when he walked off but it seemed like he knew it was wrong. hopefully he changes. one down, 3 million to go.

    this isnt to be from the soap box but i dont understand how people live here and dont take pride in their surroundings. as if they wanna live in a dump. i felt good that he took action and picked it up and didnt just tell me off like normally happens. i know people are yelling back at me cause they are most likely embarrassed but i’ve gone so far as to pick up their trash and walk the 3 feet to the garbage and throw it away for them and ask them if it was so hard so this was a nice change.

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    I haven’t listened to any Jerry Garcia Band in awhile. I need to tomorrow. Beautiful stuff

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    So my playlist for tonight:
    Playing In The Band->
    Uncle John’s Band->
    Morning Dew->
    Uncle John’s Band->
    Playing In The Band

    From Dick’s Picks 24. Thanks for this one, Robear!

  22. KWL Says:

    i might sign up for facebook just to become a member of that group

    plug, baby, plug!

  23. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Go LA!

    My C days went like this. Once i started i didn’t stop till it was all gone. Every single time. Watching the sunrise on a routine basis is very depressing. Now, i’m no angel, but can honestly say those days are very few and far between. Maybe 1 or 2 times a year. Not Fun AnyMore!

    Good convo again today. Very informative. I’m sure some guys learned something about all this drug talk.

    1st dose- 1st Dead Show= Cap Center ’92= Could not have been a more positive experience.

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I’d love to find a good copy of the JGB 10/31/86. The Fat Man in Red just shredded that night. I think it was his 1st show after the coma. I might be wrong about that though. Anyone?

  25. BrandonKayda Says:

    This Playin’ is incredible – With headphones on it is attacking me from all angle

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