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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that’s one of my favorite things about going there! I’ve read studies that suggest that 90% of visitors to national parks never go more than one mile from the parking lot and 95% never go more than five miles.

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, and halcy, I have not [yet] been to Goblin Valley.

  3. joemeg Says:

    @robear I seeded that torrent for you. You’re going to get stuck at 99.7%, but once you do you are done. I’m not sure what is up with that torrent link. It says I only have 99.7%, but the checksums check out fine, so yours should to once you get stuck at 99.7%.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    rain/mud shows:

    Alpine ’89. 3 show run. Rain started more or less right away and rarely let up so the whole place turned into soup and stayed that way

    there was a full-on mudslide from the top of the bowl starting night 2

    trying to keep a large stack of gooney birds dry inside multiple ziplocks kept me on edge until they finally moved sometime the second afternoon…my entire bankroll was tied up in those things

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    ahhhhh goonies

    nothing like a little name brand recognition

    easiest paper in the world to flip in that era

    weird thing to get nostalgic about I guess

  6. Dave Says:

    Would anyone disagree that a Japan Tour box set would be the “bee’s knees”? There is just ridiculous amount of magic that happened when they crossed the Pacific. I would love even a best of the run box set…though the whole tour would be prefered.

  7. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Mr C- What’s your take on the Hampton ’89 shows they’re releasing? Exciting bustouts, but unspectacular overall- or straight fire? Thanks.

    Dave- Yes. That would be the bee’s knees.

  8. Mitch Says:

    I hate to throw this out there but I just heard from a friend that she needs broomfield tix. Any night should do. She is a Colorado native and was unsuccessful for Red Rocks and Telluride and is really hoping to make the Broomfield happen.

    /sob story.

    If anyone can help her get a ticket (pref 2) she would be uber pumped.

    *sorry to post this here, I usually would refrain, back to your normally scheduled shenanigans*

  9. Mitch Says:

    wait… they are releasing Hampton 89? arent those the shows that mr c has never had a good copy of? i bet hes pumped if i’m not confused.

  10. Mitch Says:

    ^oh wait, thats the warlocks box just released. i was confused.

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    @vegas IMO the Warlocks shows are more for GD completists and people that were there

    there are a lot of little gems in there but no more than other shows from the latter half of 89 (Alpine and Greeks in particular) except for the bustouts themselves.

    musically the new Road Trips release is more compelling but the feeling of the drop into dark star will remain a lifetime highlight for me

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    hampton ’87 is the run I’m hoping will eventually be upgraded. That tour was the first Healy matrixes and he had the audience up to loud and not always delayed correctly.

  13. albert walker Says:

    Nice Poop Goblin interview in the last Rolling Stone

    Doesn’t quite touch on the shit eating thing though

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    Alpine 3 and Greek 3 are my top picks from 89 fwiw

  15. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Nice C- First since ’84. Can only imagine what that must have felt like. Sick.

    Good luck, tickethunters! No fall tour for this kid. Saving my juice for the HUGE west coast summer tour. 🙄


  16. joemeg Says:

    @ robear strike that. you may not be done at 99.7%. I’m trying to figure out why it is not showing that i have a 100%.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    first good one since ’74 😮

    me too on West Coast Summer ’11, vegas

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    as soon as I saw that Chuck Berry article I was waiting for a poop goblin comment to pop up here about it.

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Those Alpine ’89 shows are the bizness.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    they just got better every night too

    third night by the Terrapin everyone was just flattened and then the biggest Dew in recent memory was almost overkill at that point

    never was I so glad to be touring in the microbus…I was worried it was cliche, and a bit of a heat magnet though I kept it clean of stickers, but I brought it up to sleep in instead of a tent…actually now that I think of it my GF insisted on that…good call ’cause the tents were all in ruins by day 2

    microbus got muddy as hell, I threw out the mattress and hosed out the interior, but we had dry(ish) sleeping and sitting space the whole time

  21. Chuck D Says:

    Would anyone disagree that a Japan Tour box set would be the “bee’s knees”?

    I was thinking just yesterday that a ’98 Euro Tour set would be the “tits”

    Miner could do a sweet write up on the top 10 most deserving releases… a combo of “best show” with the “worst existing source” kind of thing…

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    1) millenium Cypress
    2) etc

  23. Chuck D Says:

    large cypress is probably somewhere in the running, i’m not sure yet.

  24. Dave Says:

    @Chuck D – All the 7/2/98 talk from yesterday got me thinkin’ about Phish abroad and i revisited some today. I know the boys don’t do many compilation live albums (ALO being the exception) but i would love just hot jams form abroad as a release. Best of Euro 98, or a best of Nippon 00, etc. Most people love the full shows but once in a while a “retrospective” can be awesome (see GD’s Without a Net)

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Dave, the best business model, I think, and one that the GD might be trying out before too long, is to cover all the bases.

    That is, you can buy the whole tour as a ginormous package, or any single show, and they offer a “best of” 2 or 3 disk release with just the highlights….

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