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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Furthur fest 5/3/10….streamable

  2. Mitch Says:

    1st dose at 1st dead show. now that just seems to make sense to me…

  3. bouncin fan Says:

    When you bring your sunglasses with when you go out at midnight you may be seeing too many sunrises

    You start knowing when all the morning liquor stores open

  4. Mitch Says:

    my buddy taught me to bring shades to night time shows just cause the pupils dilate too much for those bright lights at shows. some of these new led light rigs can hurt

  5. gavinsdad Says:

    bouncin fan was dedicated.

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    off to the city to my fave lil bar for rest of game and bane and pints. have a good nite yall.

    working on the evolving Butter. a slow row to hoe.

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I’ve lost countless pairs of shades at shows that now i have a cheap , piece of crap pair for shows only. Show Shades..

    Nothing worse that being all jammed up and hearing those little birdies starting their morning serenade. I’m getting willies just thinking about it.

  8. William H. Bonney Says:

    living with the shades pulled down…

  9. BTB Says:

    sneven – I think the lesson might be they don’t clean the rooms! just a hunch.

    Toledo eh? Your at a crucial piss break spot between Toyota and Blossom 😉

  10. bouncin fan Says:

    Glitchin out

  11. Robear Says:


    must get from cleveland airport to the fest in time for second coffee on saturday..

  12. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    First post-coma Dead show = 10/15/86. Pretty fun, tight show. Epic touch of grey, if you were there I bet. Which I was not.

  13. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Can’t wait till no spoilers leg I tour in a week-ish.

  14. Robear Says:


    best bang for buck external hard drive?

    need one for desk, one portable.

  15. BTB Says:

    Stephen Robert – Good deal. I’ll be up pretty early on Saturday most likely. hard to sleep in a tent when it’s 70 degrees and bright out anyway.

    I’ll put you in charge of lighting the tiki torches and making the bologna sandwhiches.

  16. Robear Says:

    what about Toshiba for a hard drive?

  17. Mitch Says:

    i stick with a few brands and it all depends what im using for and how reliable i need it to be. i generally buy desktop size drives cause you get more bang for your buck. people treat portable ones like they are toys and they fail sooner. buy the full size and get it cheaper or buy a really good drive and enclose it yourself.

  18. bouncin fan Says:


    I haven’t had a bologna sandwich since last time I spent the night in county

  19. Robear Says:

    funny you mention that, BTB

    as a young boy, i thought i was the kid in the oscar meyer commercials. early 70’s, little dude sitting on a dock by a lake. looked just like me.

    still gotta’ figure out how to get there…

  20. Mitch Says:

    i used to eat cold hot dogs with my dad outta the package. now that makes me cringe. thats when i was running around the yard with my squirt gun with vanishing ink.

  21. KWL Says:

    Robear, you’ll be at BTB fest?? making bologna sandwiches?? this shit just keeps getting better

  22. BTB Says:

    I think there’s a contest for that Ocar Meyer gig

    Do you need a ride robear?

  23. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    are you gonna be in chicago robear?

  24. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    and for the record I’m almost halfway positive I passed on any and every baloney supper in the big house…

  25. BTB Says:

    Check out this Hershey Print – I though it was cheesy at first, but I like it. Multiple dimensions (foregrounds + backgrounds etc.)

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