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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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. Aquaman Says:

    Fly by posting today folks. It has been a really long time. Really, really long time.

    First off……big hello and what’s up to: Bobby Mango, MiA, and Huggy bear. Good to see some familiar faces after such a long absence.

    Second…RIP Levon Helm. Not surprising as I believe he was performing his last go round with an oxygen tank at his side. Nevertheless the music world lost a grand pubba(sp) today.

    Third…RIP Media Fire.

    Fourth…Felt like seafood this morning, so I popped in Blossom 2010 for some whale….and what leads it off? “Look Out Cleveland”. A Robertson song I believe, but a nice nod to Levon just the same.

    I am enjoying the Blossom 2010 Mike>H>Week right now. It goes well with the Grassy, Guava flavors of the All That Jazz Sauvignon Blanc we have open in store right now.

    That said…pea shout all.

    -Aqua-

  2. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    @ Fly
    Very perceptive.

    Though the regional variation and interpretations of verbs presents a colloquial challenge for the non-natives.

    In Chile where Piscos sours are marketed as an original invention, the sentence: “La cachaste?” Literally translates to “did you catch what I said?” in dialog.

    In Peru a neighboring country and home of the original pisco sour and everyone’s favorite hallucinogenic columnar cactus, the sentence “La cachaste?” translates to “Did you fuck her?”

    There are also funny ways the words sound that can take on the double entendre.

    Ask your Spanish speaking friend to say 102 eggs. If they do. SMirk and say nothing.

    I suppose these phenomena exist in other languages as well.

  3. IrieWalton Says:

    Folks ever visit this TT room? Looks like they focus on the jamz
    http://turntable.fm/thephish

  4. MiA Says:

    Ay Chus

  5. MiA Says:

    Aqua, good to hear ya. Planning on doing Blossom again?

  6. Multibeast Says:

    If yall wanna listen to Levon on spotify, checkout “Levon Helm and the RCO All Stars: Live at the Palladium NYE’s 1977″

    Levon, Night Tripper, Paul Butterfield, Donald “Duck” Dunn and Fred Carter, 100% throwing down, circa NYE ’77.

  7. Aquaman Says:

    Hey MiA,

    Got the full court press from AngryJoggerz on the phone last night. My wife really, really wants to go and see MMJ at Red Rocks this summer, and I am having a hard time justifying the extra expense of June tour with her.

    Give it time…..I’ll make sure she comes around to my line of thinking.

    -A-

  8. Aquaman Says:

    I am right now listening to Blossom 2010 Number Line and thinking how cool that venue is.

    (sigh)

  9. acleo Says:

    @ RL Last time I checked the Beechwood Inn had a couple rooms on 6/7.

    Sandwich super jams come back in my Summer additions.

    Stash>Gumbo>Stash
    Fee (w/mega)>Willson>Fee (w/mega).

    this would also be a good Miner topic too.

    Dream Big or stay home.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    very well done kessler diving gifs

  11. MiA Says:

    Listening to Lemonwheel Gumbo.

    hearing “He’s been planning a family vacation, but he just can’t go…” while reading

    “My wife really, really wants to go and see MMJ at Red Rocks this summer, and I am having a hard time justifying the extra expense of June tour with her.

  12. MiA Says:

    T3 delivers again. Wow that is funny.

  13. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    tt sesh?

  14. Jtran Says:

    I’m in PB

  15. Multibeast Says:

    Gordo’s thoughts on Levon:
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/mike-gordon/on-levon/10150757188454640

  16. thedayman Says:

    @MiA – I know you’re a bit of a supplement guru, so i have a question for you. i’m gonna need to pull an all nighter tonight for an exam, and have a ton of material to get through. besides the obvious (coffee, energy drinks, etc), any advice on supplements/vitamins that help with concentration?

    thanks in advance.

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    indeed

  18. IrieWalton Says:

    damn, Gordo.
    Nicely put and I would have loved to have been at one of those Midnight Rmables.

  19. Multibeast Says:

    A good friend of mine was talking to me about the rambles. He had gone to one and had a blast. Like Gordo said, it was a top musical experience. He was bummed though to find out that one Ramble that he decided not to go to although he had a chance was when Gordo was on stage. Another good friend of ours hung our right next to Fishman during a ramble.

  20. Multibeast Says:

    Levon on letterman playing Tennessee Jed
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZaU3VtMfoM

  21. MiA Says:

    Dayman, caffeine really hurts memory retention.

    I am a big fan of vasopressin but tough to get without pre-planning.

    I think GP420 really knows his stuff though. Chris has posted his email on here before, maybe e-mail him?

  22. IrieWalton Says:

    rock the yerba matte, dayman.
    that stuff got me through college.
    couple gourdes of that will keep you going all night.
    brain juice, for sure.

  23. voopa Says:

    Brain tuba!
    My brain
    My brain
    My brain tuba!

  24. phoammhead Says:

    maybe phish will do something special this summer in honor/memory of levon

    do they do or have they done anything up to now?

  25. thedayman Says:

    thanks for the advice @beantown and MiA. will try and get my hands on some yerba matte, and hope for the best.

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