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. Jtran Says:

    For those yet to hear it

  2. Fly Says:

    Tone Nazi driveby

    鬼 is third tone

  3. marcoesq Says:

    Those words never left my proverbial mouth, DF. You were saying that he would get thrashed late in the playoffs. The joke was on you since he got thrashed before the end of the first series. I knew it looked too easy to close them out in 4.

    Your boys couldn’t close it out last night either so I feel a little better!

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    No, just landed back in the beaner

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @marco, i am in no way a penguins fan. in fact i loved the flyers until they ditched richards and carter to give bryzgalov a ridiculous contract. i like teams that make smart moves.

  6. MiA Says:

    Tone Nazis. I hate Illinois Tone Nazis.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    best album of the year so far (spiritualized)

  8. Robear Says:

    Time to work on painting some more. Are you slackers going to TT It Up for me,or what?

  9. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ T3PO – did you change jobs? Saw you were traveling recently but didn’t remember that being a regular thing for you.

  10. MiA Says:

    My only significant longs are Apple, Seagate, and Starwood Hotels. Apple is down, Starwood (HOT) is up. Love me some Westin’s and W Hotels.

    It was a good flyer on GILD and the way it was played was smart. Two bets that covered each other with a third being the big one.

    I could have gone in for a few contracts, and just done it for giggles.

    I think the April 48 Calls were priced at $180 each yesterday, and now the bid is $450. Yee ha.

  11. punkmug Says:

    @DF. By chance do you have any media fire linkage for that new Spiritualized? I need to check that out. He will be in MPLS in a couple weeks.

  12. marcoesq Says:

    I hear you man, they were looking to get younger but still not a good move. Now, picking up Couturier and schenn? Good move. Simmonds, too

  13. Dr Pronoia Says:

    I too would really appreciate a link or email to that album

    Not familiar

  14. marcoesq Says:

    Meanwhile, the Steelers must be loving these new throwbacks..

  15. marcoesq Says:

    Ravens v Steelers Nov 18th trailer, “Boiling Point”

  16. Jtran Says:

    Spotify link at the top of these page

  17. Multibeast Says:

    Just listened to the Gin from 9.12.99 Portland Meadows for the first time. Cripes. That is a freaking hot version. Check it if you have not heard…great Ghost this show too.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @auntie em
    Promoted in same company. Back to the type of work I was doing pre-economic downturn. Loving it

  19. Guyute711 Says:

    I was too hungover to keep pampin 12-12-97 yesterday but folks need to check that show out again if it’s been a while or you aren’t familiar with it. Talk about a band on fire. Pound for pound I’ll stack Albany’s Pepsi arena shows against any venue. They just slay there.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    god damnit. my entire learning chinese experience just played itself out on these pages. I do my best and some tone nazi comes and shows me up.

    damn tone nazis.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    btw, in case there is any doubt in anyone’s mind, Fly’s Chinese is waaaaay better than mine ever will be. Dude is some sort of Chinese savant. Damn tone nazis.

  22. [Not Tom] Says:

    good for you TIII

  23. [Not Tom] Says:

    If the world were to have a single language which one would be the best candidate based on simplicity to learn and capacity to easily convey/communicate information?

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    Only finance win on my part is trading my Honda civic lease right now for the same exact 2012 4dr only this time didn’t need to put 2k down (zero down) and they covered my last payment on the old and the first payment on the new. Kept same per month #. Actually winning. Dealership lost a few bucks on me looking at it.

    Also, would be interested in seeing which BBers trades have worked for them. If there is enough success/foresight here I might roll the dice on one of these trades

    (yet I still don’t torrent)

  25. dognamedwilson Says:


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