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. Robear Says:

    can’t make chicago. kid related. looks like btb fest is in the works. need ride from aeropuerto to Fest.

  2. KWL Says:

    BTB, about how long a drive from blossom to the fest?

  3. Robear Says:

    btb, that looks like A.J. Mathsay.

    i like his stuff.

  4. BTB Says:

    What day and time are you arriving?

  5. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    bummer dude, see you at the greek 🙂

    celtics are getting worked, fun to watch. GO LAKERS

  6. Robear Says:

    Kobe> giant chasm that no one likes to admit to > LeBroom

  7. halcyon Says:

    Definite AJ Robear….

    When is he going to do an official print?

  8. Robear Says:

    1st coffee


    toyo will smoke, eb.

    bring dancing shoes.

  9. KWL Says:

    my plans to stop at the southern tier brewery to fill a bunch of growlers on the way to BTB fest are thwarted by a 2pm opening time at the brewery…. and its almost 3 hours from the fest site–d’oh

    they have a new double IPA that they’re calling the best beer they have ever brewed–if that’s true its going to be some ridiculously good shit

  10. BTB Says:

    Posters – yes Mathsay. I liked it. I just found my Anniversary Run poster. Got some crinkles but It’s a cool print – I’ll post a pic in a minute.

    Airoplane to BTB – probably 50 minutes. If its a constraint – I’d say go straight to blossom

    BTB to Blossom – 40 miles / 50 minutes

  11. Robear Says:

    dude, 6:30 a.m.

  12. BTB Says:

    Also, got questions for you guys. IMPORTANT

    I’ve done the math on the beer calculations and their is no break in price on Great Lakes beer bottle vs keg.

    I’m thinking about just buying a bunch of bottled beer (people are bringing 12 packs remember).

    It just doesn’t seem like a party without a keg though. Kinda the ritual, no? I’ve thought about getting a large keg of Miller Lite or Molson Canadian too.

    What say you? Keep in mind there will be 20-30 people on Saturday.

  13. Mitch Says:

    must. have. that. beer. at. btb fest!.

    def a mashtay print. not my fav of his. he never fails to bring awesome colors that look so good in person but he’s hit or miss art wise. i dug the summercamp and his mpp is dope this year if you’ve seen that.

  14. Mitch Says:

    btb, if we’re going keg beer to offset the heady beers for classic party sake, then what about a coors light or bud light keg? is molson a better deal? is is pref? i didnt know the context of the convo before.

    is bottles easier for you? recycle them with nothing to take back?

  15. KWL Says:

    keg/no keg doesn’t really matter to me…. i’ll have the good stuff to share, that’s for sure

    only thing i’ll be stinkin the place up with is hops

  16. BTB Says:

    That’s what I was thinking Mitch. I get a 1/2 keg of Miller Lite and we supplement with all the good stuff everyone brings. That’s my #1 as of now.

  17. BTB Says:

    RB – Punkmug is driving thru the night from CHI to my place. He’ll be passing the airport around 6am. Possibility – i can put you in touch with him.

  18. KWL Says:

    as far as i’m concerned BTB you don’t even have to get a keg… i mean you’ve already coordinated a free place to stay, ride to & from show, and kick-ass gathering of cool people…… not to mention porta-potty & wo0k petting zoo

    i say let the rest of us bring the booze

  19. BTB Says:

    KW’s- true. I really don’t think a lot of alohol will be consumed either. But if 45 people show up. It’s nice to have a keg to buffer all that.

  20. Robear Says:

    otay. i’m thin and fit into small spaces, plus travel light.

  21. Mitch Says:

    here here kwl. point us in the direction we can bring what we all need. i’d also like an email with the addy when you get a chance. gonna google map this shiz

  22. Mitch Says:

    a 7 foot tall dude saying he fits into small places…

    he is thin tho.

  23. BTB Says:

    Punkmug has room. He’s driving with one other tag a long in a Honda civic. I’ll let him know and coordinate.

    Click on my BTB Tab for the Anniversary + IT Fest posters….

  24. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Seriously, bowman, from the sounds of it you have hustled hard to put 99% into play for folks’ serious delight you could probably rachet back onthe beer provisons yourself and the other kind attendees will step up with the augmentation of alcohol.

  25. Mitch Says:

    those for sale??

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