What About Austin?

6.25.10 (G. Lucas)

With all of the recent hubbub duly centered on Phish’s retro-sized fall tour – their most anticipated of this era – everyone has forgotten about the band’s first appearance of the season at Austin, City Limits Music Festival. Headlining the opening night of the indie based event with a two-hour set, Phish will close out the evening at one of the nation’s premiere musical gatherings. But the question remains, “What will they do in Austin?”

ACL 2010

Taking part in their second mega-fest in as many years, will Phish actually play a significant set of music in Texas? Over their two shows at Bonnaroo in 2009, Phish threw down out two of their most creative jams of a rather tame June in “Kill Devil Falls” and “Light.” Otherwise, the band played it fairly straight up. But that was their first month back on the road and Austin presents a completely different situation than America’s McFestival.

6.18.10 (K.Lindner)

Because Austin will be the first set of tour, Phish will have something planned in advance. If they were to come out and play off the cuff and wound up with a typical first set of tour, their slot would be a disaster. One might imagine a set featuring “Stash,  “Number Line,” “Bowie,” “Hood” and  “YEM,” with a significant “Light” placed somewhere within. And depending on the course those pieces take, they could form a stellar or average set. Since Phish is only now beginning to jam consistently in their own shows, and have Broomfield looming, the possibility of an innocuous festi set hangs over the band’s Austin appearance.

The Strokes

Playing overlapping sets with The Strokes, the hipsters may evacuate the Phish stage in favor of New York’s neo-garage rockers. When the lights drop for Phish, the scene may not be so unfamiliar, as Phish fans are sure to flood the festival grounds on Friday night. Given a large stage and two hours, a lot can happen in Austin if Phish wants to go that route. But perhaps more of a payday than an intent to make any statement at all, the band may fill their time with palatable music and move onto their own 3-night bash to kick off fall for real. With  rumors of a club show silenced and squashed, Phish could be in Austin for less time than their fans en route to Colorado. But could that time be spent playing a ballistic set of music? That is the question at hand.


Jam of the Day

Kill Devil Falls” 6.12.09 II

This was the first jam of ’09 to really jump outside the box, and it happened at Bonnaroo.




4.8.1994 Recreation Hall. Penn State, University Park, PA < Torrent

4.8.1994 Recreation Hall. Penn State, University Park, PA < Mega

Only the fourth show of 1994, this month saw Phish gearing up for a long road ahead.

I: Maze, Glide > Foam, I Didn’t Know^, Punch You In the Eye, The Horse*> Silent in the Morning, Down with Disease, If I Could, Lawn Boy, Llama

II. Split Open and Melt, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, It’s Ice > Digital Delay Loop Jam**It’s Ice, Sparkle, Harry Hood, Bouncing Around the Room, Big Ball Jam, David Bowie, Suzy Greenberg

E: Contact, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

^ w/ Mimi Fishman on cymbals, *w/ Trey on acoustic, ** first digital delay loop jam

Source: Neumann RSM 190i> neumann m/s preamp> Teac DA-p20> Oade Active > Sony D-7 @ 48k

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594 Responses to “What About Austin?”

  1. dirtyd Says:


    Awesome. They Interacted a ton great show. gotta love a well placed trumpet

  2. dirtyd Says:

    Cavern 7.10.94 in lot afterwards. I need rudiments of gruel in A.C.

  3. voopa Says:

    Second the 10-25-73 rec…some sick stuff

  4. Themanatee Says:

    Thanks for the wrs recommendations. @c – is the official release of that Louisville show a dp ?

  5. Mitch Says:

    I always liked 2.26.77 but am partial cause the first terrapin was on my bday. 🙂

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ plord. You upload Blumenkraft…I got the others 🙂 Good lookin out

  7. dirtyd Says:


    That Cavern was brought to me by this site. Gracias. Stuff it in my Saaaaaaaaaack.

  8. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    @dirtd… i wrote my post before i even saw your post haha. i love parallel synchronized randomness.

    im pumped tho. unfortunately i wont be able to get there until just before show time… dont think ill have a great view. im sure itll be packed its central park.

  9. yematt Says:

    @ lycan, I will def post the mash up when i’m done. still stuck on where to after bathtub..
    @purple, haven’t tried the island twist yet. the tempo might be a little slow, but i’ll see if it works, thanks.

  10. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @ voop goblin, plord, etc Third the 10/25/73 Wisconsin show. Checked it out a few times recently. There’s this great part where Jerry keeps soloing around one single note, and keeps going back to it repeatedly while building the rest of the solo in usual Dark Star sickness fashion. Very unique.

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    10/25/73 also my favorite Stella

    just heartfelt

    fall ’73 is it for me

  12. DukeOfLizards Says:


    1998.04.04 Brother? It’s got the crowd clapping from the end of 2001 and everything.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    @manatee, 6-18-74 is a Road Trips release, not a DP

    definitely my favorite Prelude/pt 1

    top notch funk jam out of dissonant “Tiger” space, into It’s a Sin blues jam, into Stella is another peak moment

    decent Loose Lucy on there too

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    ^^^ the other Weather Report Suites mentioned are hotter Let It Grow jams than Louisville…add 7-19-74 Fresno for interesting oldschool Let it Grow jams too…in fact most of that show…that one’s probably not very well known, check it out – http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-19.sbd.miller.32634.sbeok.flac16

  15. DukeOfLizards Says:

    If any computer savvy folks are still up – what’s the story with recovering data from a faulty external hard drive? I have a 160GB HD that has (or had) a good chunk of my music on it (about 70 GB worth). Usually, I had the entire collection on both my iPod and my XHD, but I needed to restore my iPod due to a faulty update. Of course, in the midst of syncing my iPod to my iTunes library (most of which was on the external drive), the XHD started making some funky, repetitive clicking noises and completely stopped working. Based on a quick scan of the intrawebz, this is clearly not a good situation – any advice would be much appreciated.

  16. Robear Says:

    good night all.

    literally 1 MB short on this torrent:


  17. joe Says:

    speaking of dead catchup and obvious recommendations. One from the Vault. Can’t go wrong. Opening help slip franklin’s on Sirius right now. So nice. also love the Bill Graham introduction too. Haven’t listened to this one in ages but used to spin it all the time when I got it when it came out. Know every note in my head to the Jerry solos still. funny how the memory works. Can’t remember what day it is sometimes but this cd is burned into my permanant hard drive from 15 years ago (or whenever it came out)

  18. voopa Says:


    Couldn’t find the elusive backup disc #153, so I still can’t help seed on that 7-2-98. Still lookin’. On another note, RIP Momma voopa, 10 years ago today (9-15). Good night!

  19. benjamin harney Says:

    Heading to ACL. Stoked to finally see phish again! Been jonesin since the Gorge shows last summer. Curious if Phish will bring all their lights?
    Also, does anyone know if the ACL will have a music curfew putting a time constraint on the set? thanks

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