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. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Don’t say beer, say bull.

  2. P.S.H.S. Says:

    I have some great band names…
    Fuck you Yankee bluejeans- hipster band
    the loggirhythyms- a Kenny loggins movie soundtrack cover band
    silk cigarettes- my current project, we play everything from toto to hall and oats

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Don’t you mean a loving tribute to the Kenny Loggins soundtrack years.

  4. Bodi Says:

    First jam out of the box of 09? Gotta vehemently disagree. So nothing out of the box happened at Knoxville, Asheville and especially Camden sand, still one of the top out of the boxers of the decade.

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Or my duo band

    Pete and Repeat.

    Only we’re a string ensemble with horns

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    KP you got mail.

  7. lastwaltzer Says:

    I got The Weeping Stranglers

  8. KWL Says:

    you cats are funny

  9. Robear Says:

    wahhhhhh, 🙁 I want that 7/2/98 torrent to finish so i can bane and play the ‘Ghost’ at loud volumes. wahhhhhhh

    where’s that Grateful Cub? Ray Lewis is an absolute beast at age 54 still. Unreal the way he blows up plays and de-cleats fools. Def. my favorite acquitted murder suspect that plays football.

  10. P.S.H.S. Says:

    I forgot my best band name
    pearl jam 2: completely original music, and we sold out MSG in four minutes, surprised? I’m not, shit is smokin hot

  11. lastwaltzer Says:

    anybody else listened to TAB@TAB yet?

  12. KWL Says:

    had a great time revisiting darien ’00 last night

    through crosseyed that show is $$$

    my mind was blown about 23 minutes into drowned, they enter a ridiculously good section w/trey on keys, i never caught the nuances before like i did last night

    talk about ‘urgent ambient’

  13. P.S.H.S. Says:

    Ray Lewis gives me nightmares, because he will kill you if you look him in the eye. Do not make eye contact with that man!

  14. SillyWilly Says:

    Im actually pulling that show KWL.

    sometimes I like to pull shows randomly with no prior knowledge and just see what Phish does.

    sort of like going to the show.

  15. KWL Says:

    great first set silly

    bane up, then buckle up for set 2

  16. guitarpicker420! Says:

    My hipster band name:

    Janey and the Used Corollas

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    It rained so bad at that Darien show I had a hard time enjoying it. It was still a damn good show.

  18. KWL Says:

    i also had the misfortune of being on the lawn for that show

    completely soaked, and got sick shortly after. what a blast though

    i’ll never forget the beginning of crosseyed. seemed to come flying out of nowhere after what seemed like endless ambient, sonic, whatever you call it. place went nuts

  19. jdub Says:

    I wore out that Darien LP when it came out. A kicking Suzy reprise at the end of set 1. And the Drowned>Crosseyed is otherworldly.

  20. HarryHood Says:

    Part of why I’ll always pay extra for Pavillions is that I hate worrying about whether or not it’s gonna rain. Last summer at SPAC, I got soaked walking in, but it was nice to know that at least once I was inside that I would be able to dry out. I turned around at one point and it was just pouring and everyone was cheering. I thought to myself, “Man, I’m glad they are having a good time, but I’m too old for that shit now”

  21. voopa Says:

    Sorry Rob, hopefully I’ll find that disc tonight. sumodie never hopped on?

  22. HarryHood Says:

    Being wet and muddy all weekend at Coventry scarred me for life……..

  23. jdub Says:

    Any Todd Snider fans here? He wrote a song “Talking Seattle Grunge Blues” about a band that was so alternative they didn’t play music. Funny song based on a Woody Guthrie tune. This indie rock convo got me thinking of it.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    When it rains like that and you are stuck on the lawn I like to put on my “$5 raincoat.” It’s small made of paper and somehow makes the rain not noticeable.

  25. kenny powers Says:

    Berzerker – did you send it already? no new mail as of a minute ago…

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