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. angryjoggerz Says:

    The Island Run sbrds are just awesome and everyone should have them.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    what’s an ‘island run’?

  3. Mitch Says:

    happy bday

    how have you people still not heard island run after it got back to back annual posts? that is PHiSH hall of fame!!! bb license revoked. do yourselves a favor and listen TODAY!

    mr p,
    i’m waiting for the first hurricane to hit and cover everyone with oil rain. “OIL RAIN, OIL RAIN
    oil rain, oil rain
    oil rain, oil rain

    i only wanna see you bathing in the oil rain!”

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    this summer, james cameron presents, The Oil Spill… in 3D!

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Gonna dl that SPAC tonight. Wading encore, yuck, but the rest looks hot.

  6. halcyon Says:

    who are Phish….

    where am I??

  7. sumodie Says:

    Can someone for the life of me explain why the US government is interested in James Cameron’s take on the oil spill?

    Cause he’s a tech nerd considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies

  8. Mitch Says:

    just saw your post from last night. i still blame butter for my funk at the meetup. and you’re right. “in a good way”

  9. El Duderino Says:

    Wouldn’t Jacque Cuesteu’s son be the expert in underwater exploration and film???

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    It appears so Sumo.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ^who IS Phish

  12. Chuck D Says:

    yeah, but he’s french.

  13. Stupendous Says:

    how can you know if its fluff?

  14. El Duderino Says:

    @ Stup

    You can’t by looking at it unless it’s the raw crystal or the wash.

  15. sumodie Says:

    As long as Cameron isn’t one of those idjots proposing to the nuke the oil pipe break


    In other more pressing news, I wish listening to PH on my pod while biking felt safer 8)

  16. Stupendous Says:

    I asked that a while back
    and remember someone sayin the proof is in the puddle

    im just too responsible to puddle myself with anything…

  17. Stupendous Says:

    that was prob you dude! haha ha ha ha

  18. El Duderino Says:

    It was blotter. After taking it you can so tell. especially by how clean, visuals and the fact that 1/2 was very strong for a 24 year veteran

  19. El Duderino Says:

    “yeah, but he’s french.”

    But the sea scientists that are in love with the oceans of the world. You’d think they would want to help save the aquatic life

  20. sumodie 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.”

    This is giving me an idea for an epic Halloween costume

    PH + Indio + 2010, please

  21. Stupendous Says:

    I dont think ive ever had a good cid experience…
    ive been to the other side and back with boomers and ive met molly a few times…but the cid hasnt been memorable…

  22. Stupendous Says:

    I need a shaman to lead the way at this point…

  23. El Duderino Says:

    You just have to ask around when your on lot…

    Like.. “hey what’s good that’s goin around” kinda thingy.

    Usually a few will point you in the right direction.

  24. Mitch Says:

    look no further than Mr. C. but remember, he’s a prankster!

    i say go for the puddle and take the leap. tho not literally. and remember not to pull out peoples hearts. that should be a good starting point.

  25. Mitch Says:

    also, if the dude selling trusts it enough that he’s eating it too, it’s usually safe… or bunk. haha.

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