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. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    IT: first show set III, ghost, chalkdust, 46 days, david bowie

  2. zzyzx Says:

    First show III and the Ghost are the two things that stay with me. The 46 Days felt like it lasted that long.

    And “Spread it Round” gets a bum rap (and I understand why) but I like the harmonies on it. It also helped that I love both of the sets that it appeared in so I associate it with great shows.

  3. lastwaltzer Says:

    @stup, I don’t have the best ear but I’m fairly sure these songs aren’t all in the same key no?

  4. voopa Says:

    Happy Beepday!

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    Gotta Jiboo, 2001 > Down with Disease, Billy Breathes, Get Back on the Train, Mike’s Song > Catapult > Mike’s Song > Kung > Mike’s Song > I Didn’t Know > Weekapaug Groo

  6. lastwaltzer Says:

    @stup, I don’t have the best ear but I’m fairly sure these songs aren’t all in the same key no?

  7. halden Says:

    Morning gang

    26 days to my first Phish show.

  8. llamalee Says:

    does anyone have the link to that mike gordon interview miner speaks of?

  9. Stupendous Says:

    are there 2 pyramid shows?

    If i remember correctly all songs except one are…according to trey…
    he makes a contest out of it to see if any one can guess what connects
    all the songs of the set together…

  10. flarrdogg Says:

    I’m with Miner and have been saying it for months: MORE ASIHTOS. So much potential. Scents, WOTC, and Waves too. I’m all for new material, but it seems that ‘the breakup’ caused these tunes to get lost in the shuffle without ever being fully realized. Bring ’em back and keep ’em around.

  11. Stupendous Says:

    could it be that these tunes bring back memories of old habits and mindsets…

  12. Kaveh Says:

    Morning everyone! Thursday…already.

  13. Stupendous Says:

    i think its in the first set….havnt revisited that on e in years as I have it on a
    minidisc and rarely use those…

  14. beepaphone Says:

    yo Leo…I am bummed I’m missing carolina and your BBQ. I can only assume you’ve been in the ‘cue game deeper and longer than I.

    I’m going to have enough people to feed at DC that I’ll need to fit as much on the smoker as I can. I appreciate your offer to help and look forward to gaining nuggets of knowledge.

    Also…you should bring your sauce…that would be….like…awesome.

  15. flarrdogg Says:

    Beasel- Good point. I’ve often wondered that too. Maybe, but it seems like the more time that passes, the more comfortable they’d become with the past. Neither regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. I think I read that somewhere. Good day all.

  16. Chuck D Says:

    “Also…you should bring your sauce…that would be….like…awesome.”

    I really love trying other peoples BBQ sauce; its like a window to their soul.

  17. Stupendous Says:

    In this great future you cant forget your past!

  18. pagesidehighschool Says:

    “My prediction is that the band is going to play songs.” -angryjoggerz

    you are wise beyond your years. if i may add a prediction,

    these songs will be grouped together to form what is known as a “set”.
    there will 2 “sets” each night.
    and if everyone holds up a lighter at the end of the show, we might even get an encore.
    how about them apples!

  19. pagesidehighschool Says:

    ^there will be 2 “sets”

  20. Jtran Says:

    I wish I was going to the southern run just to experience some home-cooked BBQ.

    When driving out west last fall I swung through the south, stopping to get BBQ in rural eatern TN, Memphis and Texas. Memphis Q took the cake for me.

  21. Kaveh Says:

    Sometimes you can’t get enough of a great Harry Hood. Point in example: 11.16.97!

  22. beepaphone Says:

    good stuff Chuck

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    @beep…yeah man, I’m def looking forward to DC and your smoker. I’ll bring a few of my favorite sauces. And yeah, I’m very versatile and skilled (at least I think so) when it comes to BBQ…I’m well-versed in chicken, pork, and beef. Depending on room in the car, I may try to take my little smokey joe grill…if we can find a sink and a refrigerator, we can just set up a full kitchen.

  24. El Duderino Says:


    Bring the Deep Frier and tank ‘o gas thingy.

    That fried cat phish was the shiznit my brotha’!!! 🙂

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    Glad you enjoyed it Dude! I had a fish sammich last night to finish it off…

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