Summer Additions?

7.3.11 (G.Lucas)

When Phish splashes into an open jam, the adventure is on, regardless of what song the jam stemmed from. But in 2011, a tighter rotation of regular jam vehicles caused a tad of predictability to ooze into shows. Though the music could obviously go any which way, we all knew when jams were coming based on song selection—except in of a handful of surprise instances. With such a wide array of untapped material this era, the diversification of jam vehicles could instantly bolster the excitement of summer tour. In no way longing for the past, I believe the following five jams could be reinvented as platforms into the future.


“A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing”

With only two improvisational versions in this era—Deer Creek ’09 and Super Ball IX—it’s a wonder Phish hasn’t further tapped the vast potential of this sinister jam. Like many great Phish jams, this one starts out with structured improv centered on a monster guitar solo, but once this sequence ends, the flood gates of possibilities open. Not prone to one style of playing or another, “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” could easily mold to whatever direction the band chooses this summer. At Super Ball, the band quickly integrated an ambient-storage style jam into the piece, and back at  SPAC ’04, they launched into a refined excursion in psych-rock. Thus, every time the opening of this song growls through the stacks, there is inherent mystery as to where it will go. Check out Super Ball’s version below.



“Halley’s Comet”

Nothing screams summer Phish like “Halley’s Comet” jams. Making its improvisational name for itself from 1997 onward, “Halley’s” is always a welcome addition to any show in summer months. And when the band used it to craft one 2011’s defining jams out of the piece in Bethel, many fans thought its improvisational prowess had finally been resurrected. But it wasn’t to be, as the song returned to its compact form after its New York state adventure. Though doubtful, it would be invigorating to hear “Halley’s” grooves grace the summer air once again in 2012. Here’s Bethel’s version.



“Scents and Subtle Sounds”

This song has been an enigma in this era after emerging as one of the band’s compelling vehicles the last time around. Played only three times in 3.0—primarily for bust-out purposes—Trey launched into a soaring and emotional solo in Denver that seemed to awaken the spirit of the song. If “Scents and Subtle Sounds” returns to regular rotation—whether used as an open or contained jam—a certain majesty will come right along with it, perfectly meshing with any summer evening. And if this ever does transpire, let’s hope the band brings the intro with it! The following is Super Ball’s version—with intro.



“AC/DC Bag”

“AC/DC Bag” turned a corner in 1997, with so many other songs, and became a legitimate platform for improv. Though never a guaranteed jam, for the next four years, the band took the song in countless directions, from UIC ‘98s drone/ambient psychedelia to Virginia Beach ‘98’s summer funk to Boise ‘99’s all-time spiritual excursion. The Gamehendge favorite hasn’t broken form in this era, which isn’t all that surprising, but if the band ever decided to toss a few “Bag” jams into the second set, things could get spicy quickly! Check out Virginia Beach ’98 below.



“Round Room”

Here’s a dark horse pick. Appearing only a handful of times in the post-hiatus era, the title track from Round Room could make an intriguing launch pad with the band members’ now-polished skill sets. Taken in layered, ambient directions back in ’03, this jam could benefit from the sound-sculpting acumen of Phish these days. I wonder, however, if “Round Room” is even still on their radar. Here’s the Gorge version from 2003.



What song’s would you like to be seen focused on this summer? Respond via Twitter with the hashtag #minertalk, or on the Facebook page! Or just post in comments below, but let’s hear what you think!

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  1. sumodie Says:

    Tax forms filed!

    Ready to rage some dark n jammy ASIHTOS this summer 8)

  2. sumodie Says:

    What song’s would you like to be seen focused on this summer?

    I’ll take most any song with extra jam but here’s my top picks:

    1.0 = Free

    2.0 = ASIHTOS

    3.0 = 20YL

  3. ThePigSong Says:

    I very much would like to add Free to this list.

  4. paul allen Says:

    1.Mikes Song
    2.AcDc Bag
    3.Sugar Shack
    5.”new” jam vehicle

  5. litteringand Says:

    Tube (although i have enjoyed many of the compact versions)
    Scents (I personally really need that intro to stay)

  6. Kevin Says:

    Good call on Round Room. In retrospect, its sound kind of anticipated Storage style jamming.

  7. TimberCarini Says:

    1. Tube
    2. Wilson
    3. Moma Dance
    4. Any song not named “Rock and Roll”

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Halfway to the Moon!

  9. Snigglebeach Says:

    My hope is that Steam will not be forgotten. That song is so groovy, but it could easily get lost.

  10. MiA Says:

    I thought the LUOLMA was great in Atlanta.

    I always love Gumbo too.

  11. angryjoggerz Says:


  12. Purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    Showed up to work a regular 9 hour workday at 10am yesterday.
    Approaching 24th hour of shift… My chest and eyelids are touching the ground.

    Cant… Sleep… Yet… Must finish this bullshit

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    “I thought the LUOLMA was great in Atlanta.”

    I didn’t think it, I knew it. 😉

  14. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Hey purple, how was your journey this past weekend?

  15. neemor Says:

    This fan would like to see Roses get at least one more turn at glory.

  16. bob dylan Says:

    scents is my one summer dream. so much so that i came out of hiding.

    p.s. intro is ( . V . )’s

  17. bob dylan Says:

    i hope you’re paid hourly purp. cept overtime in ny gets taxed like a mofo.

  18. willowed Says:

    Speaking of Bag and Halley’s

    Here’s a fun little show that I used to pimp on here quite a bit.

    The Bag and Halley’s are both very good and the Tweezer is a Mike led Jihad bass fest.

    Checkout the first five jams. Talk about opening the show with a BANG POW

    Check it out:


    Set 1: Ha Ha Ha, BagAC/DC Bag[1] > Tweezer > Runaway Jim[2], Sneakin’ SallySneakin’ Sally Through the Alley[3] > GinsengGinseng Sullivan > Guyute, GolgiGolgi Apparatus > TweepriseTweezer Reprise > Possum

    Set 2: Halley’sHalley’s Comet[4] > MangoThe Mango Song > Twist, The Inlaw Josie Wales, BOTTBack on the Train > MakisupaMakisupa Policeman[5], Farmhouse, Sleeping Monkey > BowieDavid Bowie

    Encore: Cavern[6]

  19. neemor Says:

    Holy crap on the 12.31.10 Sand!

  20. neemor Says:

    willowed: right on.
    One of my faves to this day.
    They play “the note” to kick off the Halley’s.
    One of my favorite moments ever in the dirty, dirty Hartford.

  21. willowed Says:

    and if we’re picking songs we want to go big


    and please continue blowing up those Roggae’s. I like what Roggae did this past summer.

    Thanks in advance

  22. willowed Says:

    in terms of absolute fun, that Hartford show is in my top 10 or so.

    That Tweezer is dirty annd that Bag gets funky

    I revisit that one often.

    It came to mind since Miner listed Bag and Halley’s. Both are choice cuts

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    Diversity in jams!!!! Take a different song each show that is not the typical jam vehicle and make something happen. That wouldn’t hurt my feelings.

  24. neemor Says:

    I also enjoy a monster Jim.
    So does Phish.
    I gather.

    Alright. Enjoy today. It’s a ten on the East Coast.

  25. viola Says:

    one bourbon, one scotch and one big fat doob

    hartford 00 is dank…. the poster is still at my moms. back when the merch was alright

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