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. butter Says:

    oh, and c) clamdiggers

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Generate Your Very Own Hipster Band Name!!!

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Shut up douchebag was my generated name. Ha ha

  4. sumodie Says:

    The clamdiggers I know would eat indie hipsters for breakfast

    Good name for band

  5. willowed Says:

    Band Name:
    Is Sexual Chocolate still available.

    That boy can sing

  6. willowed Says:


  7. BingosBrother Says:

    T3 FTW!

    my 1st try = Shut up, douchebag

    This was by using my real name. I am so proud.

  8. Aquaman Says:

    Shugie Otis….thanks LW.

    It was awesome.

  9. SOAM Says:


  10. SOAM Says:


    Camel Toe

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    WTF Guyute? Strange things are afoot.

  12. AintNoTele Says:

    quicksand skinnydippers

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, but will The Clamdiggers go all out and wear clammdigger pants?? The sleeveless tank is a nice touch too.

    so, are we all getting the joke of that name generator yet? 😆

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    Bingos we are in the same band I guess. What instrument do you want? I will play the Jew’s Harp.

  15. sumodie Says:

    @T3: ^ those are clam digger KAYAKING pants -a huge difference in the haute couture world of downeast clammers

  16. Kaveh Says:

    I picked a band that no one has heard of; my result:

    Figurative Garbage Men

  17. Kaveh Says:

    I used my first and last name.

  18. El Duderino Says:

    Checking out this Warlocks Box Set this morning…

    Felt around for my shoes…

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    @T3…funny website. I really enjoyed the primer on evading bears.

  20. notkuroda Says:

    @willowed, just getting back, no worries at all. I wasn’t trying to slam you, just explaining how a phish show can really take you through the gamut. All good

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    I will play the dulcimer. We will rule the world.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, but my other image options were mostly of Rafa Nadal. he’s one of the few people who can pull off the man-pris without it being ironic or weird looking.

  23. P.S.H.S. Says:

    Dude, the pic you posted of Bobby the other day is “spit milk through my nose hilarious” is that suppose to be his super androgenous hippy stage or something?

    And yes Maine, and NH are def skip shows, no one should go IMO, they’ll probably just play ok 😉

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    The Appalachian Dulcimer or the Hammered Dulcimer? I would prefer Appalachian as it can also be called a Hog Fiddle.

  25. El Duderino Says:

    @ pshs

    I’ve never seen that Booby Weir get up before either.
    Someone over @ LL posted a bunch of pics he took from the 9/03/77 Englishtown, NJ. show ‘cuz it was the 33rd anniversary. Definitely a note worthy Booby outfit

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