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. Gavinsdad Says:

    There you go @plord…bobby-esque is more like it.

  2. tela'smuff Says:

    if Bonnaroo is a McFestival, then I’ll have seconds. I can’t find fault with anything ‘Roo puts out to it’s fans. I’ve been to 5 of them.

    anyway, interesting thought today. i had almost forgotten about ACL. That KDF from ‘Roo was smoking. The ‘Roo shows were a lot of fun. Had a peak musical experience during Glory Days. Any possible sit-ins at ACL?

  3. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I think Austin will be more like Jazz Fest ’96. I expect some guest sit-in, lots of rockers, and at least 1 serious jam piece, but not more than 2.

  4. Cushion Convector Says:


    @KP the remaster sounds fantastic. Going to admit I skipped to the KDF, but will go back and give it a proper rundown. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

    Spoke to someone yesterday who was on ebay or stubhub (can’t recall) directly after Halloween onsales. He debated buying floor seats for $150/each and by the time he made the decision to purchase price went to $300 a piece. Krazy.

  5. lastwaltzer 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 DON HENLEY, a chilling ghost, and a fall backwards down the ol’ number line, the only injury was a torn ACL.”SW

    Fixed it for ya 😉

  6. lastwaltzer Says:

    Seriously though:



  7. Cushion Convector Says:

    as mentioned ACL may be a “rocker” considering not wanting to alienate any newcomers/fresh ears or they could throw caution to the wind and teach those “hipsters” a thing or two about being avant-garde (without having to wear pained on jeans made into jorts and strange bicurious hair cuts!)

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Please don’t talk about torn ACL’s. That shit sucks.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    neat gallery of homemade guitars

    ain’t no Matterhorn in there, but…

  10. SillyWilly Says:

    yes it does

    except for the oxy

  11. willowed Says:

    Not Kuroda
    I have been scared numerous times at Phish shows. Their darkness rattles me sometimes.
    Now crying….that’s never happened.
    Stop being such a wuss bag…kidding 😉

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    That was the only time I ever took morphine Silly. I was itching for three days.

  13. HarryHood Says:

    I was driving home the other night and I had been listening to Set II of JB from this summer. The show ended and in my daze, I didn’t realize that another show cued up and the opener was The Curtain. I thought to my self, “Self, what the hell happened to this song? Where did you go this year? Will you come back this fall? I love you (with)”

  14. lastwaltzer Says:


    moose antlers………bad ass, wish you could hear how they sound.

    funny that cnn feels the need to put highlights next to a half page article.

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    cnn clearly believes the pictures are what draw the hits, not the actual content of the article. unfortunately, they are probably right…

  16. kenny powers Says:

    thanks cushion covector, glad you like.

  17. lastwaltzer Says:


    oh I mean it is………..but you have to wonder did they do it to the consumer or did the consumer demand it…….

  18. Mitch Says:

    Listening to some Deer Creek highlights this morning. That Drowned came back to me while playing it. Miner is right, dark horse for sure. And the jibboo that followed is pretty dope too.

    The mp3 SBD of meatstick > mango song really kills the shock value. From what I saw, it was shock and awe for the crowd that they went into mango through all that noise. On the SBD it is clearly marked mango song and its just trey playing clear as day the mango intro lick. It def didnt sound that loud at the show until closer to the beginning.

    ^thats gonna be my flac test when I get that show to see if I can tell a difference. Does trey blend in more??

    Kenny Powers, there are all these ads in the train stations for reebok and eastbound and down and I think of you a lot while on my ride home.

  19. Mitch Says:

    go ahead and put me on record that the whole 2nd set from deer creek 1 is worth listening to. good stuff in there! on the gin now. remembering how sweet this was.

  20. Mitch Says:

    re: mango transition, I can see how people didnt get as much out of it on listening to the tape vs being there. thats the point i was getting at.

  21. lastwaltzer Says:


    in the moment that was sweet as hell, hearing trey faintly play the opening lines, each member slowly grabbing on to the riff.

  22. jdub Says:

    Deer Creek Drowned is a sleeper for sure. As is the Carini from Telluride. I hadn’t given that Carini a good listen until last night. Was there an alien abduction on stage during that jam? It sounded like it. My goodness.

  23. willowed Says:

    I love alien abductions

  24. willowed Says:

    It seems like aliens abduct my neurons every Phish show I attend…..in a good way!

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    I second Mitch on that.

    I loved the whole second set from that night.

    Especially the weird helicopter thing during the encore.

    And Trey telling us the cops were coming…

    that was oddly prophetic for the rest of my tour.

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