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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    1978 was a year i rarely, if ever, listened to . Now it’s one of my favorite. The Giants S>F going now.

  2. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Evening, folks.

    Who’s got some Dead show recs for someone who’s considerably less familiar with them than any respectable live music fan should be?

    By which I mean, me.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    5/8/77 is great

    it’s overrated when they call it the “best ever” but I just don’t believe in single Best Evers

    It’s the first great Scarlet > Fire, a real nice NFA jam (but those are a dime a dozen in ’77, that song is the sleeper star of the year) and that mammoth Dew. And the fatty Dancin’.

    5/7, 5/8, 5/9 all great and the setlists complement each other very well

    same with 5/19, 5/21, 5/22

    those are the two peaks of the May tour IMO

    5/19 is my favorite b/c it has my favorite songs and incredibly cohesive flow

    along with 2/26, 6/9, 9/3 and 12/29 those are the cornerstones of ’77 I think

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    there you go, Duke ^^^^^

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    One thing I’ve always been curious about is the size of Dead venues/crowds over the years.

    For example, in 1969 the Dead played the Labor Temple in Minneapolis.

    this can’t have been a big place.

    what was the Dead’s rise to prominence in regards to fan base size? I just have no feel for that part of their history.

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    if you like Scarlet > Fires it’s all about ’78, Palmer

    unquestionably the peak year for that combo

    it kind of regressed after Cornell until that DP18 blowout, then it was one sick version after another until Giants

  7. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Thanks @MrC.

    Aaaaaand torrent time.

  8. halcyon Says:

    Robear and those that dl’d the 7-2-98

    anyone missing birds of a feather? the file for that song was corrupt.


    It sounds incredible

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    i guess i know the “counter culture” was actually a much smaller scene than most people my age realize.

    1969 was still in the middle of the beautiful side of the hippie experiment.

    so i wonder how big these crowds were in places like Minneapolis

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    it was a yo-yo @silly

    from small to big to small to big to medium to REALLY BIG etc

    the venues tell the story

    e.g. success of Europe ’72 album leads to stadiums in ’74

    retirement puts them back in theaters in ’76-77

    incredible May tour and legendary Englishtown show put them back in stadiums the next year…then it becomes more regional, playing big places here and small ones there, until In The Dark hit in ’87

    really very complicated and I need to go but thats the outline

  11. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Later C… thanks for the nuggets

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    cool, Mr. C


    I can go find out for myself, too.

    just figured you guys would know how to communicate it more efficiently

  13. jed22 Says:

    have not posted in a long time
    speaking of Austin and the Dead 7-31-1982 S-F is $ IMO

  14. Jtran Says:

    Gonna spin a bit of that 2/26/77…any definite highlights I shouldn’t miss C?

  15. albert walker Says:

    AC tix in hand

  16. Jtran Says:

    I wish there was a phish.net of Dead.

    I know deadbase is good, but there’s not really song histories and recommended versions, right?

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    wow, 9-14-00 Drowned is a monster.

    yall weren’t kidding

  18. Jtran Says:

    Is that the LP release Silly? Yea, that jam is sweet. It’s very mood dependent for me though, some days it’s tops, sometimes I just can’t listen to it.

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Im just listening to an aud, Jtran.

    one day ill buy it.

  20. Jtran Says:

    Just checking if I had my date right. The Suzy in that show is great too.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    Mr. Cbase Jtran

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, jtran

    and the Carini was a pretty good version, too.

  23. Jtran Says:


    llfa yea. Except he’s only available during west coast work hours.

  24. b-rock Says:

    Jtran, that 2/26/77 show was one of my random Dead shows I’ve had kicking around for a while. If I recall, the Playin > Wheel > Playin is pretty nice.

    I’ve got my iPod on shuffle tonight and just heard a seriously in-your-face raging Ghost, was like “what is this?” Cypress. Spin that one if y’all haven’t recently. Interesting that it’s like the complete opposite of the next Ghost they played at Radio City.

  25. Jtran Says:

    I was head bobbing hard to 6/15/00 Ghost in the car from work today 🙂

    I’ll find that Cypress one b-rock, don’t think I’ve heard it.

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