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?”

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  1. BrandonKayda Says:

    This jam reminds me of the 7-10-00 Camden Chalkdust

  2. Cdilisuperfly Says:

    My first show, thank you.

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    click on me name for music

    good day to all.

  4. willowed Says:

    Phish will play a two hour set of bust outs. What was that show in MA. I think 1996 or 1995 where theyplayed all those bust outs? It was the show they name Spocs Brain.

    Austin will be a show like that……..pfft 😉

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    interesting topic. I was talking with a guy I used to work with yesterday who goes to ACL every year (he’s from Austin) and he didn’t even know phish was playing the festival. full disclosure, his wife just had a baby so I can forgive him somewhat for not knowing phish is playing, but he definitely was psyched to have a much better alternative to the strokes.

    Voters for Choice Benefit in the lovely city of Lowell.

  6. HarryHood Says:

    Mornin BB! Hope you all have a great day!

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I know I still owe you some stuff for that thing. was waiting on one item but should be able to get it completed today or tonight at the latest…

  8. kenny powers Says:

    not sure which source Miner used for that 6/12/09 KDF, but feel free to check out the remaster i did of the FOB TLM-170, taped from down in “the pit”. it’s unlike almost all June ’09 AUDs in that there’s a good amount of low end present (since it was a festy setup and the taper was so close).

    the bass was actually a bit overwhelming so i tamed the low end a bit and gave a slight boost to the high end and overall volume. hope you like. this is the mp3 link, the FLACs are on the blog broken into 2 parts.

    also, the most popular source for this show (meaning it was DL’ed by the most people on etree, since it was the only source for a while) has way too much chatter from nearby drunkards which is especially brutal during quieter moments. i find this TLM-170 source a great alternative to the boards, which we all know were hurting at the time.


  9. kenny powers Says:

    actually, after the pro-FLAC post yesterday i should probably post them both here…

    FLAC pt 1 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=19P0BLYP
    FLAC pt 2 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3ZH66T21

  10. phoammhead Says:

    morning all – have a great day!

    still looking for AC tix to make the Halloween run with my girlfriend – i need your help, please!

    Thanks! 🙂

    phoamm at gmail dot com

  11. Jtran Says:

    Morning BB

    I’m liking this KDF. Never really listened before.

  12. Jtran Says:

    Kind of silly how many people are looking for tickets on the exchange board.

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    I wouldn’t mind a post that talks about the KDF tale. I don’t know why I like this “little rocker” so much but the one at JB just set the mood for me. No real acrobatics (i have to relisten to this bonna one) but I just dig it, i especially like the story, it’s, dare I say, Hunter-ish, in it’s loose way. the setting makes me think of a western town, a man caught by the booze, scorned by the woman…i can’t, off the top of my head, think of another phish lyric quite like it. very non-phishy phish tune i’d say.

  14. SillyWilly Says:

    Thanks for the music Tela and KP!!

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Austin presents a completely different situation than America’s McFestival.”miner


    I think there gonna try to show folks whats up why else play to a diverse crowd?

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    is it me or is that JOTD KDF kinda whale-heavy? not in a bad way, mind you.

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    Maybe ACL is part of a new plan to garner a new fan base?


  18. SillyWilly Says:

    i mean add to the fan base

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    I can see the headline from Austin:

    Phish jams hard, tears ACL

  20. jdub Says:

    Phish is to ACL what Metallica is to Bonaroo. It should be a good show considering they will be fresh off of rehearsals with their entire catalog to hand pick from. Plus I would imagine they have some desire to show hipsters what improvisational music is. We will see.

    I don’t know if Miner did it on purpose but nice reference to yesterdays McPosts with the term McFestival, with a supersized set by Phish.

  21. plord Says:

    @gdad, I don’t know about “Hunter-esque” but KDF has always struck me as “Bob Weir-ish” in a big way. Bobby would *slay* that lyric.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I had the same mcthought 😉

    Phish jams hard, tears ACL

    LLFA! I like that. 😆

  23. BTB Says:

    I think Austin City Limits will be very straight forward…and what I like to call a “rocker”. They’ll put forth a high energy show and show people they keep it real.

    Songs I would expect at ACL:

    46 Days . First Tube . Runaway Jim . Maze . Down with Disease . Golgi . Suzy Greenberg . Kill Devil Falls . Fluffhead . Sparkle . Bouncin . David Bowie . Shine a Light etc.

  24. notkuroda Says:

    Hello BB’ers, long time no see. I just wanted to pop my head in and thank Mr Miner for the Penn State link. It sounds better than the source that I have so far, and is one of my top 5 favorite shows. This was my 5th show, but it was the first time that I really got IT when it comes to this band. I was a student at the time, and the anticipation for this show was high for months. We had a party at my house during the day, then walked to the show. By the time we got there, I was completely wasted. We walked into Rec Hall and there was a packed crowd in the lobby. It was unbearably hot, and I started sweating and spinning. I felt like I was going to pass out, but I couldn’t move. I told my friend I was ready to fall, and she told me “Come on Chris, we can do it! You’ll never get out of this Maze, you’ll never get out of this maze…” which became our rally cry as we fought our way through. Finally we got in the gym, and I could breath again. I felt great. Then we found our crew, Page side, and high fives and hugs took over. Five minutes later, the boys came out and opened with….MAZE. I cried at this show, I got scared and tried to hide under the bench, I danced harder then ever before, and felt the magic of this band take hold. Then we walked home. I haven’t been the same since.
    Can’t wait for fall, see you in chucktown, thanks again Mr. Miner

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    …in a well played game by the Phish from Vermont featuring lights, a call to washa uffizi and drive them to Firenze, an appearance by David Bowie, a chilling ghost, and a fall backwards down the ol’ number line, the only injury was a torn ACL.

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