The Final Countdown

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Only four days remain until the curtain lifts on Summer 2010, opening up a season of great musical anticipation. Kicking off this Friday night, Phish will put last year in their rear view mirror and begin to forge the road ahead. With eighteen shows in June and eleven more in August, it is about to be open season for Phish jams. Winding their way from Chicago to the northeast and then taking a straight shot south, Phish will begin to blaze the trail of summer with a lengthy opening leg.

11.18.09 (M.Stein)

While the band’s best playing inevitably comes later in the tour, there is always something magical about the opening show.  Regardless of what the band plays, the first night of tour is always a special affair. A multi-layered personal reunion, reacquainting oneself with both friends and Phish, months of anticipation explode in cascades of adrenaline and excitement. That first note Trey hits sounds as sweet as candy in the warm summer air, and before turning one’s head, Phish has whisked everyone away into the first set of tour.

Always known for debuting new material at the beginning of tour, the band will likely add another layer of excitement over the first few nights with some brand new material. And if the improvisational progress shown in Miami is any indication, this summer should continue the fascinating re-evolutionary process of Phish. New adventures are now within arms reach.

Time is ticking like a bomb…

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Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Fast Enough For You” 6.9.09 II

As we careen towards 2010, let’s continue reviewing some highlights of ’09.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/phish2009-06-09s2t03.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/phish2009-06-09s2t04.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

7.15.93 Cayuga County Fairgrounds, Weedsport, NY < Torrent

7.15.93 Cayuga County Fairgrounds, Weedsport, NY < Megaupload

Pollock - Summer '93

The opening show of Summer ’93, including the soundcheck.

I: Rift, Sample in a Jar, The Divided Sky, Mound, Stash, Foam, I Didn’t Know, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Leprechaun* > Runaway Jim

II: David Bowie, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sparkle, It’s Ice, Lifeboy, Possum, Faht, The Lizards, Walk Away, Daniel Saw the Stone*

E: Chalk Dust Torture, Free Bird**

*debut, **a cappella debut

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1,056 Responses to “The Final Countdown”

  1. ChefBradford Says:

    The pilot was great, yeah, that’s why I kept at it for most of the season

    too much going on, too much shaky acting (which surprised me, Joseph Fiennnnnnnnes or whatever has been good in other projects, terrible here)

  2. ChefBradford Says:

    good point, Lycan. ABC was hoping FF would sort of inherit Lost’s place in the lineup, and in the ratings

    obviously, no go

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    @chef

    yeah just a heads up, im sure this is far too late to be worth anything to you but:

    we are playing in Bay St Louis Thursday from 7pm-10pm
    and Saturday here in Hattiesburg at 10 pm

    would love to have you if you can make it

  4. ChefBradford Says:

    if I can get out of working on Sunday I can do that Saturday show. I’ll check around

    speaking of TV, I’ve been sort of on an ADD TV binge on Netflix lately, watching chunks of shows that I’ve missed over the last decade, most of which I spent without cable or TV

    currently sucked into the first season of Rescue Me

  5. Jtran Says:

    @Lycan/Chef

    You’re both in MS/LA area right? Big college football guys?

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    @snow, just on p35, if you are still reading, I hope you’ll re-read that sequence for what it was

    we give each other shit in a locker room way, just the garden variety burn

    FWIW I was a big glowstick fan in the 90s you know

  7. Jtran Says:

    Modern Family was a real hit for me this year.

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    @jtran

    you kind of have to be around here.

    all though, as much as I watch it, I don’t really keep up with the stats or anything, I just enjoy watching the game.

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    +1 Modern Family

  10. Jtran Says:

    I went to Virginia Tech my freshman year and got the bug. Love the SEC though.

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    God you are such an asshole Mr. C

  12. ChefBradford Says:

    heard Modern Family was great, haven’t checked it out yet

    I’m not a big sports guy, never have, but if it’s on I’ll watch

    I’m not an LSU fan, mostly because LSU fans drive me fucking nuts

  13. Luther Justice Says:

    My work is trying to kill my Phish excitement by doing everything possible to stress me out before Cleveland & Hershey. I’ll probably put in 65 hrs this week. Why can’t I win the lottery?

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    I hear the health thing on vapes but that’s the only reason I’d ever use one again except to be polite

    said it before and say it again:

    spliff, bubbler, tube in that order

    I learned to roll joints from my dad, that’s not something you give up easily

  15. Jtran Says:

    @Chef

    Definitely check it out when you get the chance, it’s great

  16. Luther Justice Says:

    I’m going to start using drugs man

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    < needs a spliff, bubbler and tube

    in that order

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    @GP420 – butter also said he is insanely busy this week taking care of business with tour coming up

    if you have his email that’s prob the way to go

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    any episodes streaming, or on Netflix already?

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    thats not what your mom said Lycan.

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    the most recent five should be on hulu

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    < kind of wants to start smoking on a semi-regular basis again

  23. vegas wolfmans Says:

    TV via Netflix- Me too, Chef. Seems like less of a commitment than watching a movie. I usually don’t have 2+ hours to devote to a whole film and I don’t have a TV where I live- thus netflix TV. Ran through: Lost, Mad Men, Weeds, and the most recent season of Always Sunny. Weeds is laughably bad- maybe the worst show I’ve ever seen. Lost was watchable, but I didn’t find it as great as most people seem to- still have to watch season 6. Always Sunny is obviously hilarious. Mad Men is brilliant IMO- well written and understated with lots going on under the surface.

    Nice to have the commercials edited out and only have to commit 40 minutes vs full hour.

  24. Jtran Says:

    Also check ABC.com, they might have the whole season on there. I’d go in order just to get a better feel for the characters.

  25. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Mr. C – touched base with him. We’re meeting up in Chi-town. Haven’t seen him in years, we missed out on the meet up at Fest8. He was in my college band 15 years ago!

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