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)

Miner’s Picks: Summer 2011 – Denver (Mp3)



Miner’s Picks: Summer 2011 – Denver (FLAC) Pt.1

Miner’s Picks: Summer 2011 – Denver (FLAC) Pt.2

Miner’s Picks: Summer 2011 – Denver (Mp3)


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336 Responses to “Trey’s New Songs”

  1. JeffieM Says:

    I’m instantly a big Land of Nod fan. Definitely sounds like a new Phish vehicle.

  2. Jtran Says:

    Morning folks

    Decided to start a full spin through of fall 2000 today. Will post highlights along the way.

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    Have you guys heard of this?:

    the dude, Harris Wittels, is a writer for Parks and Rec., and for Eastbound and Down

    he loves phish and this podcast is him trying to convince someone to like Phish

    i’m only about 12 minutes in, but it’s fun/interesting.

  4. ae Says:

    Been down to occupy wall street a few times now…resembles a phish lot in a few ways…no droooogs (saw a small spliff get passed) and no phish, but incense burning, drum circles, dreds, etc.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    “as a Phish fan, when Trey writes about real stuff, it’s just bad”


  6. btb Says:

    Wooks on Wall Street

    Time for a new Wo0k Blazer goof I think

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    protests always mean two things:

    (1)free pizza

    and free pizza means:

    (2) wooks

  8. btb Says:

    Had to do it

  9. btb Says:

    So true Schwilly

  10. JerZ Says:

    Still trying to get TAB tickets to Montclaire for me and my wife- if anyone can help at all, please let me know. I hear its been a pretty hard ticket to come by

  11. yematt Says:

    repost for the a.m. people

    for anyone who might be interested..

    i have updated my phish compilation (a jam mix) that i’ve been working on since last fall. these selections span from 1994 to 2011.

    in order of appearance:

    David Bowie 11/26/94
    Tweezer 2/28/03
    Antelope 12/31/98
    Tweezer 8/1/98
    Simple 8/6/10
    Reba 10/31/94
    Limb by Limb 7/15/98
    Roses 4/3/98
    Rock and Roll 6/19/10
    Ater Midnight Reprise 12/31/98
    2001 12/29/98
    2001 8/7/10
    Bathtub 12/29/95
    Twist 4/2/98
    Drowned 9/14/00
    Rock and Roll 6/26/10
    Back on the Train 12/30/09
    Fukuoka jam #1 6/14/00
    Ghost 11/17/97
    Tweezer 9/3/11
    Fukuoka jam #2 6/14/00
    Waves (soundcheck) 5/27/11

  12. Jtran Says:


    Sweet, looks awesome. I’ll check it out.

  13. yematt Says:

    thanks! @jtran, enjoy

  14. btb Says:

    DL now. Thanks brah

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the blotter on his tongue is a nice touch.
    never noticed that before

  16. yematt Says:

    should read: after midnight reprise 12/31/99
    not 98, obv

  17. yematt Says:

    curious to hear “land of the nod”. will when i can, thanks for the audio link miner.

  18. Kaveh Says:

    @yematt: thanks. I’ll be giving this a spin. much appreciated.

  19. phoammhead Says:

    thanks Miner for a great summary of these 4 new trey tunes . . . getting me pumped for my tab round 2 in charlotte!

  20. stapes Says:

    Nicely done, Miner. Makes me wish TAB was heading further west. I’d like to get a fix.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    on second thought, Mr. Wittels above ^ puts Fluff in the holy trinity of phish songs

    and I disagree. quite strongly.

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    and the dude he’s talking to doesn’t like herbs, so…

  23. butter Says:

    Very nice Miner. Haven’t heard any of these besides Snakehead thumb

    Interested to check em, always love the descriptors and backgrounds

    Frost and Glacier huh? Keeping it frozen….it’s ice

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    why do you disagree, silly? it is canonical phish. if I were introducing someone to the band it is definitely a song I’d include. without a doubt.

    and you don’t need herbs to like the phish 😉

  25. stapes Says:

    “i like to see phish sober. why? less restrictions to get to that place. what place? it’s in your soul”

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