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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800 Responses to “Summer Additions?”

  1. Guyute711 Says:

    Obviously Pitt can score it’s just crazy Philly can’t get anybody to play well in the nets. Constant turnover at the position but year after year it’s the same results.
    Roman Cechmanek
    Robert Esche
    Martin Biron
    Brian Boucher
    Michael Leighton
    It doesn’t matter.

  2. Selector J Says:

    Live research submarine video feed. (Grammar? Little help, @gc.)

    Pretty cool.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    Boucher showed promise, then Leighton choked. Bobrovsky still as much starting goalie as Bryz. Like our 3 goalie rotations last year vs Boston

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    Gotcha, plord

    “A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.”

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    If you have 3 good goalies you have no good goalies. 😉

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    what up. hope all is well.

    i still got it.

  7. IrieWalton Says:

    One more day till the new Marley documentary is released with never before seen footage and complete access with the entire Marley crew.


    Here’s the soundtrack on Spotify:

  8. Selector J Says:

    No Cantonese/railroad converstion is complete without:

    Walter: …Also, dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.
    The Dude: Jeez, Walter, I’m not talking about the guys who built the fucking railroad here.

  9. Selector J Says:

    re: live NOAA submarine video

    They’re checking out the seafloor east of the Mississippi Delta so if you’re into that whole BP oil spill disaster thing…

    More info here:

  10. marcoesq Says:

    “If you have 3 good goalies you have no good goalies”

    No arguments here.

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    nice, Sel J

    So, I started reading about both Chinese and Irish history on the railroads

    apparently many of the Cantonese were displaced by the Taiping Rebellion and the Opium wars, which was happening while the potato famine and the fenian rebellions were

    weird how the Cantonese and the Irish were both fighting the British over forced economic decisions (opium was forced on china, and poor Irish farmers could grow nothing but potatoes on the land left to them after being pushed off by english/scotch farmers)

    then I started reading about the Irish Brigade in the Civil War which lead me to the officers’ accounts of the Irish Brigade at Antietam and Fredericksburg.

    that’s enough to make you cry.
    no way would I be able to stand 40 yards away from rifle fire that accurate

    I read that at Antietam in 30 minutes the Irish brigade sustained 50% casualties, 1200 men at 9 AM on September 17, 1862 receiving last rites, deployed on a road in Sharpsburg, MD at 915, and by the time they regrouped at 10, only 500 could muster.


  12. kayatosh Says:

    attn B3 lovers, grant green lovers, jazz lovers check out this group w/ robert walter:

    recording is tippy top shelf. and george porter sits in on bass for a few. horns 2nd set. haven’t gotten there yet, but if this set I is any indication, then it should cook.

  13. MiA Says:

    “Long may call ladder at .35c credit
    Short 44 call
    Long 47 call
    Long 50 call
    Funky trade that acts like stock above 50”


  14. MiA Says:

    GILD – $52.20 +5.59 (up 11.99%)

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “So Long You Pretty Thing” from the new Spiritualized – what a fucking amazing song.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    marco, weren’t you telling me the other day that bryz is a great goalie?….

  17. alf Says:

    programming at KVRX has been politely notified of my thursday morning preferences

  18. alf Says:

    does that trade mean AW is taking us on tour in his new private jet?

  19. MiA Says:

    Silly, I grew up 9 miles from Fredricksburg, VA as a kid. What where you reading? I’m very interested in that battle (First and Second) of Marye’s Heights.

    Where I lived (King George) was 8 miles from Robert E. Lee’s birthplace also. Lee knew the area intimately.

    The Irish fought the Irish in that battle. Thomas Meager was fighting Robert McMillan’s 24th Infantry.

    Meagher’s sword is on display at Spotsville (I think).

  20. MiA Says:

    I’m banging my head that I didn’t get in on that trade. Oh well.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    AW’s been backing GILD for weeks. I failed to buy it. could have been a nice flyer. woulda coulda shoulda. congrats to those who acted. and how bout HGSI? doubled overnight on buyout action. today sawtooth action in the r2k

  22. kayatosh Says:

    who’s got my heady lunch?

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    Loving loving loving the new Spiritualized. Just what the doctor ordered.

  24. Jtran Says:

    yaa df

  25. Jtran Says:

    yaa aj

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