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. lastwaltzer Says:

    I remember hearing a while back that they might do a tapping for the ACL tv show? Any more on this or was it just speculation?

  2. Guyute711 Says:

    Do indie rockers like stories?

    As long as there is some whining in the story.

  3. albert walker Says:

    .La Grange in Austin first of 3.0 would be hip

    Last one I caught was that weird ass show in my second least favorite city, Omaha in 96. With the monster Hood.

    First least favorite city being St. Louis obviously.

    I have trouble going to anything less than a 3 night run that’s not local. Going to Texas for 1 set of Phish that’s just crazy talk.

  4. SillyWilly Says:


    I think they like music that has traces of the Beatles, a dash of the Ramones, a voice like Bob Dylan, fashion sense like the Velvet Undergrounds, and a very Sex Pistols attitude.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    ^^^all in the same song obviously

  6. butter Says:

    I just tried this years purple diesel for the first time

    icculus yea right

  7. sumodie Says:

    Austin’s the biggest skip show yet, and you know what they say about skip shows…

    After last June’s Toyota Park opener I think anything is possible at ACL

    If I had the ability to fly into Austin and then fly out the next day for Denver/Broomfield, I’d go for it (if by car, no way)

  8. albert walker Says:

    sounds tasty

  9. butter Says:

    Silly – schooling my ass up about indie rockers

    love it

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    I highly doubt there will be a bunch of hipsters checking phish.

    I think it will be a fairly normal audience, plus a few cowboy hats for good measure.

  11. Robear Says:

    Butter, bring some up to Dr. Robear for a second opinion 😛

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    that omaha 96 Hood is my favorite Hood ever.

  13. butter Says:

    It will be all jar cured up for Brimfilled

  14. Robear Says:

    hey all, my backwoods connection left me a few KB’s short on the 7/2/98 torrent. can you all throw it back on for a few?

  15. Robear Says:

    Sumo, they forgot about the ‘skip show’ thing so far in 3.0. Maybe they remember this fall…..

  16. SillyWilly Says:


    i hope you sensed my sarcasm as i think im sensing yours.

    i don’t know much about indie rock except how to make fun of it.

    there’s this kid in the law school that always tries to bait me into Indie Rock vs. Phish/Improv/Dead/Jazz and Fusion

    he’s always telling me how original indie rock is.

    and I know there are some original indie rockers, but to compare Miles Davis to the Strokes is laughable.

    and thats what he does. with no regrets.

  17. butter Says:

    Exactly Sumodie – skip show written all over it

    And Toyota proved they can come out hot

    But like AW says, for 1 set, crazy talk

  18. Cushion Convector Says:

    @KP good stuff. I like how even during the quietest of songs (esp. during Stash) the music is mainly the only thing heard. Considering the taper was in the pit that is pretty impressive.

    @Butter, I think indie rockers like stories but maybe only if they are dripping with cynicism…not with psychedelic nuances and ambient rapture. There are always exceptions of course!

    La Grange opener would be impressive.

    Willowed, maybe the aliens will abduct you beforehand and no explanation will be necessary? Of course you can always appoint one of the little ones to be coach and let chaos ensue

  19. butter Says:

    Silly – we all know your an undercover indie rocker, it’s cool

  20. sumodie Says:

    07-02-98 The Grey Hall – Freetown Christiana, Copenhagen, Denmark


    Source: Schoeps MK4 (FOB; mics in a hat) > VMS IO2b > KCY > DA P1 recorded@ 48

    @robear: I don’t believe this is your torrent. same show & source, but different torrent

  21. sumodie Says:

    Want all of December 1995?

    Since some folks here a few days ago were talking about 1995 shows, here’s a mega torrent of every show from December (15 gb total):


  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    showing my ignorance a bit, but aren’t The Decemberists more of a story telling group than an angst-y, show-gazing thing? exception proves the rule though right?

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


  24. Robear Says:

    dang sumo, thanks but i guess that won’t help.

  25. SillyWilly Says:


    I hide my skinny jeans under my cargo shorts.

    and my seersucker under my 100% hemp organic T shirts.

    and my hog nail boots (yep. went there) under my flip flops.

    when 10pm rolls around I bolt for the cafe that serves PBR in brown paper bags, and Schlitz Original for 5$.

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