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. sneven Says:

    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

    Yep… I’m in the middle of the “trafficer paradise.”

    Pretty lame. Looking fwd to moving to CBUS when I can sell my house.

    Columbus is a pretty fun town, as long as u avoid the shadieness around OSU. Suckeye fans are too crazy for a daddy-o like me…

  2. BTB Says:

    PB – thanks. My intent is for your delight, ha.

    Mitch – Nope. They aren’t in A condition. I’ll just hold onto them. I was on tour at the age of 20 and they are nostalgia pieces for me. I thought they’ve held the test of time though. Pretty solid IMO

  3. BTB Says:

    I lived in Cbus for 3 years. As a Suckeye (your from Mich aren’t you) I loved Columbus. It’s a totally decent midwest town w/ a fund downtown.

    Cleveland, not so much fun downtown…

  4. sneven Says:

    ^ no, I’m IRISH thru and thru, even though I’m a Pollock… Explains alot, IMO.

  5. Mitch Says:

    i thought you were advertising them for sale like you did a run of them.

  6. BTB Says:

    Rudolph is looking like a hell of a TE – thank Ohio for that 😉

  7. BTB Says:

    Mitch – naw, I hope i didn’t miss type. I was just trying to say I had some posters I thought were pretty slick, but didn’t know the artists names. Wondered if any of you did.

    You’re a poster (kid) aren’t you?

  8. Mitch Says:

    RIP Coconut Cream Pie
    6.1.10 – 6.3.10

    i kicked its ass finally. bring on diabetes i guess.

  9. Mitch Says:

    funny enough i wasnt familiar with them thats why i asked if they were for sale. i can track them down pretty quick on ebeans. hang on

  10. Luther Justice Says:

    ^I bet it was a good pie, a very good pie. I’d like some pie right now.

  11. lastwaltzer Says:

    just got back from seeing Antibalas, pretty sweet afrobeat.

  12. Jtran Says:

    Evening BB

    Just started 2001 from 9/29/99, very spacey.

  13. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Mitch, Sorry to pick on you but, 3 nights to finish the CCP?!? You may need more practice.

  14. lastwaltzer Says:

    me too justice me too

  15. BTB Says:

    TELLURIDE TRIP TENT – check it yo–Trip-Tent?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

    In case you eat some of that rip-your-throat-out dose…

  16. Mitch Says:

    pham b,
    i was subbing it for dinner. throw me a bone. i was without bane one night too. haha. (excuses, excuses)

  17. KWL Says:

    wow, the trip tent sounds surprisingly……. intelligent

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    We all have off moments. Focus, man, focus.

    You could have gone breakfast, second breakfast, lunch then dinner followed up a by chipping some insulin. The spider bites from chipping insulin are less evident than mainlining it.

    Baneless!?!? Sorry amigo!

  19. Jtran Says:

    Just began dling KPs 9/29/99 remaster, didn’t realize that was remastered til I hit up the spreadsheet.

    And the trip tent sounds like a great idea, as long as they don’t abuse the power of people congregating on illegal substances. I’d imagine they won’t, though.

  20. BTB Says:

    My worst fear is the N02 issue – if people crack out T-ride, I will be pissed.

  21. Jtran Says:

    I’m totally ignorant on the subject. Was N02 worse last summer/fall then it ever was in the past? Besides seeing a couple tanks on lot somewhere (maybe MPP) I didn’t really deal with this that much. Maybe I was just lucky.

  22. Mitch Says:

    baneless on purpose. getting ready for phish tour. more than one training going on here.

  23. Mitch Says:

    there was a tank on the corner of carnagie hall… it’s a shit show. i cant imagine what the altitude will do to people there. a mtn doesnt have a soft landing.

  24. Jtran Says:

    Forgot about that one. And the altitude. Dang

  25. BTB Says:

    J – I witnessed some cracktacular ice cold fatty action while I was in Cinci and Albany. Nothing like Fenway 09 from what I’ve heard…I’m not an expert as I don’t hit every show.

    Surprisingly not a lot at DC, AV, Cobo or Darien. Mostly Cinci + Albany from the shows I hit. East coast is always more heavy from what I understand.

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