Settling Into Place

Jones Beach '09 (Wendy Rogell)

Almost two years has passed since Joy dropped, and the songs from Phish’s only modern-era album have found their primary spots in the band’s rotation. Today, we’ll look at some of the most promising songs from Joy that were debuted in 2009 and their role in current shows.

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“Ocelot”

Trey's Ocelot Inlay

Debuted right after Hampton in Fenway’s first set, “Ocelot” seemed like a promising jam vehicle for the band out of the gates. At the time, it’s playful and methodical grooves seemed like the could easily lead the band in adventurous directions. I remember all of June ’09 waiting for a big “Ocelot” to open the second set, but  to this day, the song has still not appeared in any second set at all. “Ocelot” has found its home as a first set staple, often the first improvisational piece of its given show. The jam has developed a roots Americana feel, spouting passages that sometimes evoke the sound of The Grateful Dead. While the song never seems obtrusive and provides a warm musical breeze, the piece has yet to take on any risk whatsoever. Seeming to content to play it straight, Phish has domesticated their “Ocelot,” much like Salvador Dali did. Perhaps one day, the band will let their pet song out to play.

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“Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan”

Jones Beach 09 W.Rogell)

When “Stealing Time” crunched from the PA at Jones Beach ’09, many fans freaked on what seemed like a new dissonant, hard rock launch pad. But almost two years later, we are still waiting on the song to break form. A platform for seething guitar solos, instead of morphing into the next improvisational juggernaut, “Stealing Time” has turned into this generation’s “Character Zero”— a hard-edged set closer that leaves the audience on a high note. Closing only one second set in Hartford (6.18.10), “Stealing Time,” like “Ocelot,” now finds its home in the opening half. And when I first heard it, I would have bet good money against that development. Seemingly reluctant to take their new songs to new places, Phish has also kept this song firmly inside the box.

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“Backwards Down the Number Line”

Trey and Tom (Relix.com)

Perhaps the biggest enigma from Joy, “Backwards Down the Number Line” has blown up a handful of times—most notably last summer at Blossom and Jones Beach—but has otherwise remained a noodly anthem. While some of the contained versions shine more than others, Phish has yet to find a good placement for the piece. Often breaking up the flow of second sets with its sudden beginning and abrupt change of vibe, “Number Line” seems to work better as an opener a la SPAC ’09. Though “Number Line” has had some all-star moments, until Phish finds a natural home or musical direction for their ode to friendship, it will continue to be an awkward piece of the band’s catalog.

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“Twenty Years Later”

Perhaps the most contemporary-sounding Phish songs on Joy, the enchanting-turned-menacing “Twenty Years Later” has most-often appeared as a soft landing pad for outrageous psychedelic jaunts. And just this fall, Phish began pushing the end of the song, itself, creating dissonant and layered walls of sound out of the jam. A song that always seems to fit perfectly at the end of torrid adventures, Phish has definitely found the right home for “Twenty Years Later.”

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“Light”

8.7.10 -The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

When Trey performed “Light” twice with Classic TAB (before Phish returned to the stage), I immediately sensed that it would be Phish’s next cosmic trampoline. And lo and behold, “Light” has been the most consistent portal to the universe in this era of Phish. An open-ended piece that is routinely placed in the second set, its jam has migrated from thick ambient textures to futuristic groove, while hitting just about every musical place in between. “Light” is the band’s most exploratory piece right now, and has been since it first explored darkened territory at Bonnaroo (6.14.09), and further exploded during Fall ’09. Easily the improvisational MVP of 2010, every time “Light” started up the most interesting jam of the night was almost sure to follow.

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“Kill Devil Falls”

Starting out as another straight forward rocker at Jones Beach ’09, “Kill Devil Falls” got immediately interesting at Bonnaroo as the band’s first stellar and exploratory jam of this the summer. But these type of excursions have been few and far between from of the song, and no version has yet to touch Bonnaroo’s ’09 peak. Staying within the box 99% of the time, “Kill Devil Falls” most often finds its way into a show—or set—opening slot. Providing quality rock and roll, “Kill Devil Falls” warms up the audience for what is coming next.

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Jam of the Day:

Piper > Guy Forget” 10.1.00 II

A classic nugget from the home stretch of Fall 2000.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ph2000-10-01d2t02.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ph2000-10-01d2t03.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

12.4.1995 Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload

This December ’95 re-post goes out via reader request to Willowed!

Mullins Center, Amherst, MA

I: Julius, Gumbo, The Divided Sky, Punch You In the Eye, Stash, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Axilla II, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Hello My Baby,While My Guitar Gently Weeps

II: Timber Ho, Sparkle, Ya Mar, Run Like an Antelope, Billy Breathes, Cars Trucks Buses, You Enjoy Myself, Sample in a Jar, Frankenstein

E: Bouncing Around the Room, Rocky Top

Source: AKG 460B/ck61 > custom pre-amp > Teac DA-P20 (@ 48kHz)

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643 Responses to “Settling Into Place”

  1. JeffieM Says:

    Oh, and what up to everyone else hanging around.

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Palmer. that was it…kept waiting for bug…”Spending or saving? Credit or debt.” that guy was slick

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’m liking it – not too far in it thus far though – currently reading another book for class

    I really should read more.

  4. Spike2518 Says:

    Mr miner just want 2 say thank u so much 4 all ur hark work 🙂

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ cheers Spike! Much appreciated man.

  6. JeffieM Says:

    Yeah, I’m having the same issue. I always tend to have about 4 books going at once, and I usually only finish about a quarter of what I start. Hopefully finish it up this weekend. I just need to stay away from the internet to get serious reading done.

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah that’s the exact same thing I need to do. I need to get my computer out of my room for a bit. Focus on reading and piano.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @kp
    found the whole shebang. 42GB will take a loooong time but then I’ll have it and it will be good. 12 seeders so maybe not too long after all…

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    every book in the past many years of my life is still half read. I think I finished two that I can remember in the last I have no idea how many years.

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    did they really play that ’00 Holmdel Gin? holy freaking shit. and i was there. remember it being sick but man…too good.

  11. JeffieM Says:

    Yep. at some point, reading isn’t really about the story or the argument. It is about the storytelling and ideas and process. And a lot of characters, for me, are better left with the story unfinished.

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    holmdel ’00 gin is THA bomb!!

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    truly is Miner.

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    and @bwana thanks for letting us know about albany tab extrees.

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    Trey KILLS that Gin like a six-string assassin

  16. jed22 Says:

    I dont post on here too much but i wanted to also say thank you to Miner for all your work here and a great group of contributers on this board i enjoy this site daily thanks also to KP for the awesome collection-you all rock!

  17. JeffieM Says:

    Miner, any chance we could get that Gin as a JOTD soon?

  18. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Anyone know if Umphrey’s are worth seeing? Toying with the idea of checking em out tomorrow night. Seems like mildly interesting but I know next to nothing about their stuff.

    Any insight and/or recs for how to best familiarize myself in 24 hours = much appreciated.

  19. KfL Says:

    damn, the tracks in the tier 2 are even better than the main one

    this shit is great. lemonwheel gumbo now.

  20. JeffieM Says:

    Noob alert.

    What do I do with shnf files? is that a compression format?

  21. KfL Says:

    this gumbo is ridiculous. cant believe i dont know it

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    just finished keith richards bio. s’alright. dude def is full of himself…how could he not be? moving into “lush life” by richard price. i kinda made a low level commitment to reading nightly if im here in 2011. wife is checking out hgtv, i’m catching a few more books this year.

  23. JeffieM Says:

    Is tier 2 the FM rips and slightly less good quality stuff, or just things that were left out?

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    treasure chest for real kfl.

    enjoy.

    nite all.

  25. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “every book in the past many years of my life is still half read. I think I finished two that I can remember in the last I have no idea how many years.”

    Really? I though I was the only person with this challenge. I maybe have that double to like four, but that is changing for me moving forward.

    I am a slow reader which hampers any real velocity to book digestion.

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