Trey’s New Songs

2.19.10 - Chicago (M.Stein)

After such an extensive summer of Phish music, I haven’t been keeping up with Trey tour as usual. I haven’t listened to a full show or many jams, but reports have been solid all around. The most interesting aspect of Trey tour for me, however, has always been its proving ground for new songs and the potential they may hold for Phish. Trey’s larger band slayed 33 shows over the summer while debuting exactly one new original, thus I would imagine that on the first tour of 2012—whenever that may be—we’ll hear a batch of new songs. With work on an album forthcoming as well, one has to wonder what new Trey debuts might crossover to the Phish stage. With more than half his tour left, we may see  Trey unveil more pieces yet, but for now, lets look at his first four debuts.


Land of Nod” – 10.7.11, Myrtle Beach, SC

Trey’s most recent debut, “The Land of Nod”—first played in the encore of the Myrtle Beach show—is my favorite and the most original of his new pieces. Written by Trey, alone, the song begins with a heavy, bass-driven groove and when the horns come in over this rhythm, the piece resembles genuine Israeli gyspy-dub (a la Balkan Beat Box.) With ridiculously danceable rhythms, Phish could slaughter this piece if they could adapt the horn lines to the quartet. The middle of the song moves into an uplifting and melodic passage with the refrain, “I was asleep for so long…”— a total juxtaposition of styles within the piece. When the song moves back into gypsy-dub stylings, TAB winds it down, though this is where Phish could just get going. Then again, this is one tune that could be tailor made for his solo project.



Glacier” – 10.1.11, Burlington, VT

The first Anastasio/Marshall composition of tour was debuted late in the second set of Higher Ground’s opening show, and that is exactly where I can see it fitting in a Phish show as well. Though the piece has already been pegged as Trey cheese by many fans, but I actually enjoy it quite a bit. While the lyrics are bit over the top about the Winter Queen and the Prince of Music, the guitar melodies and sparse supporting textures are both ethereal and cerebral. Trey and Tom usually write songs for one band and one band only, so I wouldn’t be surprised “Glacier” in the bigger pond at some point.



Snake Head Thumb” – 10.1.11, Burlington, VT

Inspired by a dream had by the Dude of Life in which Trey’s thumb was a snake’s head, this debut came in the first set of the first show at Higher Ground. A slow and filthy groove, “Snake Head Thumb” illustrates how 2010’s Halloween cover of Little Feat has influenced Trey’s songwriting. Crafted in collaboration with the Dude of Life, the chorus makes way for a slow and infectious groove that methodically moves to dirtier and dirtier places. The only debut that had included a jam, Trey unleashed his compressed growl over heavy organ swells in this percussive piece. A jam that Phish could take to sinister realms, this could be the second new-school Anastasio/Pollack contribution to the rotation (with “Show of Life”).



Frost” – 10.6.11, Asheville, NC

Beginning with beautiful vocal harmonies, this song’s opening gives way to a minimalist and chilled out groove, allowing its focus to remain on Tom Marshall’s lyrics. “Frost,” the second Anastasio/Marshall debut of tour could easily translate to a powerful Phish ballad. Containing the refrain of “Maybe you could sail away,” this section seems tailor-made for big-time Phish catharsis. Though more straightforward than many of Trey and Tom’s playful numbers, the more I hear this one, the more I like it.


TAB - 2.25.2010 (Michael Stein)



MINER’S PICKS: Summer 2011 – Denver/VT

Here are the final download links for the Summer 2011 Miner’s Picks series—all with the best sources available. Thanks again to Chris Keiner of Phish Listening Room for all the hard work!


Miner’s Picks: Summer 2011 – Denver (FLAC)

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336 Responses to “Trey’s New Songs”

  1. Mulitbeast Says:

    Saw last couple of rounds of NYE WSP shows at the Pepsi Center in Denver in boxes and it is a GREAT way to see the show. The private bathroom, picking up a phone an ordering a case of beer….all good things. Very easy to not even watch the show. Now if phish has been playing….

  2. Mulitbeast Says:

    *had been*

  3. Mr palmer Says:

    Yeah, saw NYE ’02 in a box. It was raging. Endless booze and a private bathroom.

  4. butter Says:

    going to go try and spin these new Trey tunes, after lunch with a binger

    well see how that goes, usually my weekday day spins are severely interrupted with phone, children, meetings our all of the above

    wish me luck

    MSG bitches

  5. Gavinsdad Says:

    Hopefully this nye run my friend wont steal Palmers stub
    And abandon him.

  6. Winter Queen Says:

    Hi Mr. Miner- I’m confused about Trey’s new song ‘Snake Head Thumb’. I thought it was based on a real situation between a musician and a music lover, like the other 3 new tunes, rather than a dream by the Dude of Life. This is my first time on your site so I’m not sure how things work, but are you at liberty to divulge your source of information?

  7. Gavinsdad Says:

    (outdoor grilling>dinner w fam>check homework>meet homies at beer bar in phila>basement shuffle)

  8. joe Says:

    I finally succumbed to the facebook world. how does one find this tt that everyone talks about here, or did I already miss the phenomenon?

  9. Mulitbeast Says:

    Private bathroom goes hand in hand with accoutrements.

  10. phoammhead Says:

    . . . and ordering bottles of champagne in the lux box was the icing on the cake

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    back to the garden, bitches

  12. fat bastard Says:

    Whats up boys its been a while? I was trying to download the halloween show from last year and I see its not in the archive. anyone have a link? thanks

  13. EL Duderino Says:

  14. joe Says:

    the intriguing thing about the new garden ones is that they are on the floor (or so it seemed to me). don’t know if that’d be good or bad show watching experience.

  15. joe Says:

    land of nod does seem to have potential in the phish context.

  16. Mulitbeast Says:

    Beautiful afternoon in Denver. Gonna check out the Denver Beer Co. Any the CO boys gone there before? Brand new.

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    I like “she polishes my knob” better tho’

  18. willowed Says:

    I am happy.

    If any if you guys need rest after shows, the train takes a little over an hour to get to my house. e arrive in new haven and it’s a 30.00 cab ride to my house.

    Breakfast will be served each morning.

    If you don’t like bacon, you are not welcome.

    Ask TIII, he knows what’s up

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    who are these people that don’t like bacon?

  20. willowed Says:

    USA vs. Ecuaaor on ESPN 2

  21. willowed Says:


  22. Jtran Says:

    willowed, watching the US game?

  23. Mike in Austin Says:

    I did MSG 2002 in the “Media” Box, which is the 20 person box on the left side of the stage. Tons of room, opened up completely for big Cameras, etc. Had it’s own bathroom.

    MSG 2002 cost was $10K and you got 20 tickets. Not sure what it is now, but it would be definitely a great BB throw down for sure for the 31st.

    Catering bill wasn’t cheap, but we had lobster, prawns, etc. 4 Bottles of 1995 Cakebread and 1995 Caymus Special Selection too. Veuve Cliquot, etc. Was quite the throwdown. I think catering for us was $2500.

    My buddy was on PT first week of December, and some guy was bragging about having the “Media Box” and JDY was saying “WHAT?! I have that?!”

    So he calls up the MSG contact (Melissa) and says “Do I have the box, did you give it to someone else?!”

    She says, No Mr. Young. You have the box.”

    “Well, he said “Buffulo Bill on PT said he had the box”

    She says “Mr. Young, I’m not sure who Mr. Buffulo Bill is, but I can assure you. You have the box. Enjoy your concert sir.”

  24. willowed Says:

    of course jtran. wouldn’t miss it.

    They look solid

    Lots of strikes from the outside. I like the aggresiveness.

  25. Jtran Says:

    Whops, didn’t see your pos right above mine.

    If nothing else, much more fun to wach under Klinsmann thusfar.

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