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. ChefBradford Says:

    Things like that Trip Tent are what civil servants should be doing, more than hauling people off for smoking or tripping or whatever.

    One of the few things I enjoyed about the traffic jam into the IT Festival was the fact that people were sitting around their vehicles, doing their own things, and the Staties and local laws were just going up and down, making sure everybody stayed cool and hydrated

  2. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I plan on soaking a black balaclava in ether and getting the wah-wahs lin Subcomandante Marcos style.

  3. sneven Says:

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

    He’ll have a prolific NFL career with the right team. Boston folks better hope Belichik has his eye on him. Floyd is a step ahead too.

    Coach Kelly will have the ship mostly righted by November. Cake sched in 2011 = BCS Bowl…

  4. BTB Says:

    Sneven – you doing CHI and Blossom, Hershey?

    “Ship MOSTLY righted” I have to ask – where is the ship? 😉

  5. BTB Says:

    I’m out guys – sleep

  6. Jtran Says:

    BTB – just checking out your blog, I like the poster for BTB fest. Wish I could make it.

  7. Jake Says:

    For anyone deciding to hang with Molly this summer:

    do yourself a favor and get a bottle of 5HTP. you can get it in the supplements section at any drugstore/CVS/Walgreen’s, whatever. Take a couple before you go to bed the night of, or first thing in the morning the next day. It WILL help the Molly “hangover.” and it’s over the counter, so it’s nothing crazy. just a serotonin re-distributor.

  8. ChefBradford Says:

    Mr Miner— topic idea: most overrated shows and/or versions of songs

  9. Jake Says:

    I saw tanks setting up in the covered bus stops outside MSG, in the pouring rain, with cop cars sitting right across the st. they wouldn’t do anything because it was pouring rain. it was horrible. the N2O mafia has no shame.

  10. Jtran Says:


    That’s pretty sad. It’s surprising to me that it seems to be so prevalent in big cities, where you’d think the law enforcement would be more present than a rural area.

  11. ChefBradford Says:

    I for one hope for a bit more Southern love from the guys in either Fall 10 or Winter 11, just so I can FINALLY see them indoors

  12. ChefBradford Says:

    Fuck, alone again. It might be fun to have a tool that’d let us draw and scribble and sketch in the gray margins (until we get the ads anyway), but I’m sure some trolls would abuse it

  13. Jtran Says:

    I’m still up Chef, but quickly falling asleep.

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    Well fine, I’ll watch the vids of 11/28/09 -7>Ghost on Jamtopia by myself then

  15. ChefBradford Says:


  16. ChefBradford Says:

    Jtran, you’re usually up later than I am, what gives?

    Do I smell bad or what?

  17. Jtran Says:

    Haha. Funny you mention that. I actually stopped drinking coffee three days ago to try to get a better sleep pattern going, but I got interested in reading the green board tonight. The people over there seem really dumb, it’s immensely entertaining.

  18. Jtran Says:

    What shows are you making it to this summer Chef?

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    Definitely the two Atlanta shows, hopefully the Carolinas. Work doesn’t allow me to wander to far, too often, for too long. And they’ll be my first shows since…erm…the C-word fest in 04

    so I’m looking forward to shedding about 6 years’ worth of baggage in less than a month

    I literally, I shit you not, just jumped and clicked my heels in the hallway walking back here

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    Green is my favorite color, but the Black Board has always felt a bit cleaner than the Green…

  21. sumodie Says:

    Mango Mitch for the daily posting win:

    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.

    Mangoes have very admirable qualities indeed (besides eating coconut cream pies)

  22. Jtran Says:

    Fukuoka 00 set 2 is something else…Literally just went for a bit of a trip in the dark

  23. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    Thanks C & Dr P & Sumo
    FTR i wasnt tampering with the idea of actually doing it, was just curious
    I had a feeling it wouldnt be wise….
    I really hate scripts unless theyre for my back pain, this meds now really
    suck the other day i forgot to take it and by 2 pm i was like, why am i feeling weird? Oh shit. thanks again

  24. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    oh & marco esq is not a w00k.

  25. ChefBradford Says:

    Fukuoka set 2 and (oddly enough) the album “Billy Breathes” were chunks of music that helped convince a musician friend of mine years ago that Phish wasn’t just some lame, gimmicky “jamband” (hate that term for them). He’s still not enough of a fan to travel to see them (might not even go locally, idunno), but he appreciates what they do, and when they announced last year’s reunion and summer tour, he texted me “I’m glad to know some good bands are still out there making good, original music”

    I also got him latched on to the term “fuckerpants”


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