Ten Holiday Run Wishes

12.30.10, MSG (Graham Lucas)

1. “Waves”: This majestic song debuted at MSG on 12/31/02 and hasn’t returned to the The Garden since. Given that we’ve only heard one version this year (Deer Creek) and it was magnificent, I’m pulling for a big time “Waves” over the Holiday Run.

2. The “Tweezer” of the Year: Though there were many quality “Tweezers” this year, especially on the second leg of summer, Phish has yet to throw down a colossal 2012 version. Here’s hoping we get a mega-“Tweezer” filled with the funkified urban grit of New York City.

3. Unexpected Jams: We all know the band will jam “Rock and Roll,” “Disease,” “Light,” and “Piper,” and I can’t wait for each. But I also wish to be blindsided by one or two jams from unexpected vehicles a la Worcester’s “Roses” or Atlantic City’s “Birds.” The songs that these jams stem from are irrelevant, it’s all about the element of surprise.

4. New Material: Just yesterday Mike posted a picture of himself playing bass in The Barn. What if, in addition to routine practice, the band was polishing off a couple new songs? It’s high time for some fresh setlist material, and though it’s doubtful we’ll see any during a year-end run, a kid can dream, right?

5. A Fully Realized “Twist”: After working this jam during Leg One, including one of the standout excursions of 2012 in Cincy’s “Twist,” the band shied away from exploring the song during Leg Two. Carrying such profound improvisational potential, it would be a shame to see another standard version of “Twist” over the Holiday Run.

6. Smooth Segues: This year featured a host of silky segues, from “Sand -> Nellie Kane” to “Light -> Sally” and “Lighteca” to Sand -> Ghost.” Hopefully the guys will take their time between songs and merge some with stunning fluidity—an element that always ups the ante of any song pairing.

7. A Jammed Out “Crosseyed”: Phish has featured this Talking Heads cover as part of their rotation for the duration of this era, but seldom have they used it as a jam vehicle. The band has been more inclined to springboard into high-energy rock and roll from “Crosseyed” than into any sort of adventure. Bill Graham’s version, however, reminded us of the profound depths the guys can plunge with this song, and hopefully over the Holiday Run we see another such rendition.

8. A “David Bowie” With Teeth: It would be great to see a revitalized version of this once-prolific jam that has turned rather stale in the 3.0 era. Chances of this, however, feel like they are slim to none.

9. “Wolfman’s” or “Bathtub Gin” In Set Two: Both of these songs have turned into tame, unidirectional first-set jams. I hope to see the band place one or both of these under the spotlight during the main event, as each song has been begging for some love for quite a while now.

10. Passion: Whatever happens at MSG and whatever songs are played, let’s hope the band comes with a serious intent to blow the room apart. Madison Square Garden is a venue of great legend in Phish history, though the band hasn’t treated the round room to a full-on musical assault in this era. Let’s hope this run contains that elusive MSG show we’ve been dreaming about since the band’s ’09 return.


Jam of the Day:

Mike’s Song” 12.31.95 II

Speaking of full-on musical assaults…



Cover (AJ Masthay)


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553 Responses to “Ten Holiday Run Wishes”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    hanging in the wolf den


  2. kayatosh Says:

    was just going to suggest the TT. RS this month has 50 greatest hip hop songs of all time, plus best albums and singles of 2012. would be nice to sample some of their choices.

    headed to the TT.

  3. gavinsdad Says:

    damn. it’s weird since i was never totally watch the band but when you see these proshots it’s so easy to see how faded Trizzy is. (camden sass) made for good jams tho!

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    and a slight bummer that i hit the 31st and not the SASS nite!

  5. William H. Bonney Says:

    Didn’t find the 12/12/12 concert much to speak of musically, some good moments but overall fairly weak…but hopefully raised some cash for the victims of Sandy….cause if my experience over the last 6 months is any thing like what they are going thru, then they will need it…

    Finally exhausted my options thru my state’s consumer protection agency’s DFS here in Florida, now time to petition the courts…what a terrible system we have created for these disaster’s…..If I don’t end up with a ulcer at the end of this it will be a miracle….

  6. roberto luongo Says:

    that Ez E Obey print is up now.. grabbed one.


  7. roberto luongo Says:

    I got some work to get done. I’ll be back.

    but anyone holdin me down tix. thanks for the effort. love all you kids.

    just can’t swing it this year. feel free to kick em out.


  8. kayatosh Says:

    get ur freak on

  9. thedayman Says:

    greetings, bb. my left toe in sbd quality is pure $$$. top 5 for me, love the slowed pace, and multiple textures of sound that was so prevalent in 99.

    sorry to hear you’re missing this year’s run @roberto. sucks knowing you’re not going to be able to make any shows till the summer.

    sorry to spam, but looking for any 28th-29th extras anyone may have. much appreciated.

    hope everyone is having a swell day.

  10. kayatosh Says:

    just poured a sculpin. chillin in the TT. life’s good

  11. oldskool Says:

    Sculpin is delicious. my only issue is they inconsistent product quality. I have gotten too many fresh bottles that were off. Love the mango goodness when right though

  12. xpun Says:

    sucks RL. (i won’t put the frowny face cuz i know thatll just piss you off even more)

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    ^agreed oldskool. have a bomber and a six in the past couple of weeks and they were distinctly different. had a nice case over the summer that was on.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    must have got a god one. mangolicious.

    GD: when we gonna have another summit? get out here for fun and grab calpain if he’s available.

  15. BNCB Says:

    Rl, 5 good reasons or I’m calling nans on the skip out.

  16. Spasm Waiter Says:

    What is not to love about that Gumbo from So Inclined? Dialed in.

  17. roberto luongo Says:

    call me whenever nirvana. we should chat anyway.

  18. oldskool Says:

    Josh Hamilton to the Angels…him and Albert in the lineup togehter should be fun to see

  19. voopa Says:

    They’ll still suck.

  20. ren Says:

    I recently got a new ASUS with 4G of RAM and an i5 processor

    Any thoughts on Windows 8? Should I persevere with my new laptop in hopes of eventually getting used to it or just roll back to an earlier version?….or a completely different OS all together?

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    .. And Mike Trout

  22. oldskool Says:

    5 years $125 is too much for him IMO but it will be fun to watch. I would have figured they would pay Greinke as opposed to Hamilton

  23. Phlorida Phan Says:

    ^ I bet he’ll miss at least a month per season.

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    ::phillies front office waves goodbye to hamilton::

  25. Phlorida Phan Says:

    ^^due to injury, or doing coke off so cal strippers.

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