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. Guyute711 Says:

    I hear you El Dude. The money is not really an issue with at least 3 of us, it’s my one buddy I’m not sure about. I don’t see it being that bad if we have a large group.

  2. lastwaltzer Says:


    Shugie Otis.

  3. lastwaltzer Says:

    and by guyute I clearly meant aqua man

  4. negev79 Says:

    “My band will be called Unfiltered Cigarette Idealism.”

    Ooh – are we naming indie bands this morning? Fun! Mine will be “Metaphysical memory hotel”

    Saw that in reference to Inception and loved the way it sounded. Has a hipster ring to it too I think.

    Have a great day!

  5. albert walker Says:

    John Abercrombie Dave Holland Jack Dejohnette – Gateway 1975

    Brian Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) – 1974

    Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information – 1974

    Grant Green – Live at the Lighthouse – 1972

    That’s what I was spinning last night Aqua.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    My band name comes courtesy of Cash Cab last night. We call ourselves Cognitive dissonance.

  7. El Duderino Says:

    Mine will be be ” The Condescending, Smug Smelly Know It Alls

  8. lastwaltzer Says:

    Outside of Cognitive Dissonance these all sound like bad sixties band names.

  9. SillyWilly Says:


    Bad 60’s band name you want?

    Chocolate Seahorses of the Maroon River.

  10. neemor Says:

    I predict ACL will actually stop time and reverse the Earth’s rotation momentarily.

    A monstrous new am vehicle will open the first set entitled, “Walkenfus”, it will be a rotational jam highlighted by Trey on his Mini Kit from the late nineties, Page on Theremin, Fish on Madonna Washboard and Mike on standup bass.

    It will sound like whales fornicating and transport attendees through the wormhole and the will return, months later completely gene-spliced.

    I can’t wait.

    Glad I’m not going, but I can’t wait to hear it on ALAC.

    Have fun.

  11. albert walker Says:

    My band name

    Men in Capes

  12. willowed Says:

    Mine will be
    Detar’s Skinny Jeans and the Dirties (said in German accent)

  13. Chuck D Says:

    SWE Star All Stars

  14. lastwaltzer Says:

    AW that is soooooooo indie

  15. lastwaltzer Says:


  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Ironic Insecurity

    @AW : Eddie Vedders tweet from yesterday,

    “Wash uffizi, drive me to firenze”

    No joke

  17. albert walker Says:

    I also like

    Brown Bud

  18. bouncin fan Says:

    fuck yeah!

  19. SOAM Says:

    Butter-I want some of that Diesel-aren’t you a fellow masshole (and thus a local) hook it up…….

    I wnat some of tha mother fuckin diesel to go along withmy current Cali mist-which I could eat as is -it smells like…smells like!!???


  20. SillyWilly Says:


    well played on the AW/Bouncin’ switch

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    @Willowed : I’m coaching my daughters soccer team. I don’t know shit about soccer but am reading and learning and trying my best, any tips would be much appreciated. d u m b o l i v e s AT netzero dot com

  22. SOAM Says:

    My band name (s)

    a. soam and the wifebeaters

    b. dirt weed

    c. clamdiggers

  23. SOAM Says:

    How about :


    short for-Trey gives me a boner

  24. lastwaltzer Says:


    he kids not.

  25. butter Says:

    men in capes…..nice

    SOAM – the other coast, but would love to share if i saw ya

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