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:

    They ripped a Meatstick @ JB2 last year. (did i just type that?)

    posters and ticket stubs- no go for me. Takes me 1 year to hang pictures of my own children.

    Keep your bad L on the west coast please.

  2. Chuck D Says:

    mitch you’re lucky you missed the article…

    some MMA fighters made some mushroom tea, at least one of the two went crazy, ripped out the other guys heart/eyes while he was still alive or some shit.

  3. Chuck D Says:

    with horrible segue into that meatstick. i want redemption!

  4. flarrdogg Says:

    Palmer- Honest question: Did you do the dance? I did back in the day shamelessly. Not so sure I’d feel the same in 3.0.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    where you been, Mitch?

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Flarr- no dance for me but i took my shoes off and sang the Japanese lyrics to perfection. Plus, i only know the point at your brain part.

  7. Mitch Says:

    p.s. robear,
    i got your message last night. very funny. our store was so crowded i couldnt have found someone that i even knew was in the store.

  8. Stupendous Says:

    I can understand a simple suicide while on delics just to make it stop
    but the extent that these peoples minds are working to is just ludicrous

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    My BB liscense has been revoked by Robear and that is just not very huggy.

  10. Mitch Says:


    so thats why someone threatened someone else last night about ripping their heart out like an mma fighter on mushrooms…

    it all makes sense now.

    nucking futs

  11. El Duderino Says:

    That “L” article gives new meaning to the word “meatstick” huh guys???

  12. Robear Says:

    not by me, AJ. by miner. must listen to 6/19/04 and Island Run to fully enjoy this site.

    don’t worry, took me awhile to catch up to the required listenings, too.

  13. Stupendous Says:

    thx mitch u da man!

  14. Robear Says:

    don’t take L from strangers.

  15. Mitch Says:

    “some MMA fighters made some mushroom tea, at least one of the two went crazy, ripped out the other guys heart/eyes while he was still alive or some shit.”

    ^can you say: the fear? people sometimes think they are dying while tripping and experience “the fear” imaging having your eyes and heart ripped out!!! jesus.

    still on page 6, gonna read that article… hoping this is a spoof. talk about the gov’t having excuses to keep things illegal.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    That article about Further made me feel really uncomfortable for some reason. I guess it was the violent overdosing mom with the kid on the leash crying. That is pretty much the most horrible image ever, and things like that are the reason I am not so much into festivals. I know they are fun, but seeing something like that would really take it down like 50 notches for me. I guess I am too old to just shake it off.

  17. flarrdogg Says:

    BB required listening:

    Dec ’95
    August ’93
    Fall ’97
    June ’94
    Nassau ’03
    SPAC ’04
    Summer ’98- I threw that one in.

  18. El Duderino Says:

    Last year at the Gorge I scored some fluff that was just made the day before…

    Needless to say it was outa site!!

    Ate the last hit @ TAB in ATL

  19. Robear Says:

    I’m with you, AJ. Hard to take a stand that a festival is a good place for kids, with articles like that.

    I want to sing to that mom,

    “Kid on a leash, and you’re to blame, you give good parents, a bad name, bad name”

  20. El Duderino Says:

    My last festival…


    After that nothing can or will be topped.

    At 40 waiting to get in for hours on end just isn’t fun anymore.

  21. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Can someone for the life of me explain why the US government is interested in James Cameron’s take on the oil spill? I mean, he did direct a movie about a big boat one time. Latest reports are pointing towards a December stoppage. Just in time for the holidays. Arg….

  22. flarrdogg Says:

    ^Jon Bon?

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I have not listend to the island run as well. I am thinking the drive to Telluride will give me enough exploration.

    I DO need a good source.

    Feliz CumpleaƱos, Beep and Gordeaux!

  24. Luther Justice Says:

    I was hoping these reports weren’t real, but they now appear to be. WTF!

  25. flarrdogg Says:

    Phamily- Grab the sbds. Available @ Live Phish. Well worth it.

    Later gaters

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