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. Chuck D Says:

    Dave, seeing how the release every live show (these days), doing a “compilation” type release could allow them to really point at the performances/jams that the band loves. I would be interested to see this, whether is a K. Shapiro thing, or straight from the boys… I’m game.

  2. Chuck D Says:

    the “lights out” tshirt design is about the lamest looking thing they’ve put out since the return, it seems to be about 10-15 years too late. they should have just gone with the cloud solid/void design… would look great on a shirt I think.

  3. Jtran Says:


    Thanks for the 9/15/00 Tube heads up. Tube > Tube Jam > deep space jam

  4. Chuck D Says:

    until next time…



  5. Jtran Says:

    Sorry if this is a repost. Article/interview with Trey about summer tour:


    Apparently there may be a new song coming our way this fall.

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    The “Other One” jam from Dick’s Picks 18 is fantastic

  7. Mitch Says:

    Speaking of band selections. They are on fire with the vimeo picks.

  8. Mitch Says:

    Chuck d, lights out is a 96 your reissue. Maybe thats why it feels old.

    Jtran, talk to Robear about it. He heard it soundchecked.

  9. Mitch Says:

    96 tour*

  10. Gavinsdad Says:

    I did those 89 alpines Mr C and that was bliss, even in the rain. Much drama with fledgling tour head/former hs and early college gf but all good. Althea of course…didn’t eat your goonies…had something else…and also my first taste of honeycup mustard ever…almost blew a sinus.

    I’m doing it to: if anyone can cough up a Sat Amherst I now have very goodfriends in need. Thank you.

  11. Mitch Says:

    Goes to google “honeycup mustard”

  12. b-rock Says:

    Evening BB! Honeycup mustard = the sheeeeet!!! Dip some pretzels in that stuff and it’s on… time to scour the pantry as I’m still hungry from dinner!

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Althea of course” indeed

    woodstocks (like the bird from Peanuts) were also in full effect at Alpine, someone really lit up the campground with those things. we thought it was funny cause woodstock (the concert) was all muddy and stuff too…yes, we did set the bar for humor a bit low

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    goonies were just average anyway

    reliable but rarely great

    aka “around the worlds” in some parts of the east coast, or I also heard em called “globes”

  15. albert walker Says:

    JB 2 set II smokes

    46 days and timber tell the story
    Crisper cleaner quicker better toned Trey

    Compare him on timber Telly to JB
    A different player

    The tweezer and light have top shelf tight 3.0 full band jamming also

    One set of this leg I would have loved to catch that I missed

    Great Trey set like AV 1

  16. b-rock Says:

    Just reading back through comments — would LVOE a Japan release. Even the auds from that run sound intimate and pristine. I put together a compilation from it (8+ hours) and listened to it straight through at work one day — zone-out city.

    It’s all mp3 and maybe not the best sources, but I could probably mediafire it if anyone is interested.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    I think it’s quite odd how split opinions are on the JB shows, esp. #2

    don’t hear the downside there at all, not sure what they are supposedly missing

    oh well, opinions etc.

  18. Mr.Palmer Says:

    AW- no love for the Hood? 🙂 That set does indeed smoke. Amazingly, the only time Hood has gone into Tweezer….ever.

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    BK – DP #18 is all about that Scarlet >Fire for me. That show(s) have jumped to the front of the line for me.

  20. albert walker Says:

    No love the hood

    Funny how JB hood and light are more Trey led than the Greek versions which are more of the full band 3.0 psychedelia

    All great versions

    Fall should combine the two and we will get some shit it seems

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Palmer, I have pimped the S>F endlessly (my favorite ever) but BK is right about the Other One

    it is one of only 2 I know of with a peak like that and is not to be overlooked

  22. carleethian Says:

    What a bummer this Austin visit has turned out to be. While I’m ecstatic that my band is coming to my town, I guess I got greedy in hoping for more.

    Oh well, see y’all at ACL.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Fall should combine the two and we will get some shit it seems”

    man I hope so and those are two great examples you give, versions of those songs that combine the elements would be the real business

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    whats the problem @carl?

    austin always used to treat me pretty good but I haven’t been in…well over 12 years now at least, and now that Cliff Antone is gone I might never end up down there again

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Mr.C- yes, your pimping led me to seek it out. S>F and Shakedown are my tunes. When someone of your GD knowledge says that its the best version, i’m in.

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