What’s Next?

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

With the wild-goose chase Phish’s created around their musical costume for Halloween, and the buzz around Sunday’s acoustic set, we continue to forget that the heart of Indio’s throwdown will be six sets of full-on, festival-sized Phish. We left the band at a point of massive creativity, evolving through the second leg of summer tour. The most significant mystery of the upcoming Holiday weekend may not, in fact, be what album the band chooses to cover for Halloween, but what direction the other six sets will take – where will Phish’s music move next?

6.16.09 (B. Kisida)

6.16.09 (B. Kisida)

After a concise and straight-forward June, Phish opened up their music significantly during their second leg of summer. Over the course of August, Phish rediscovered themselves and their improvisational chops, crafting music that evoked memories of their finest days. Their creativity returned, taking their jams in many more directions than June’s predominately structured improv. The excitement returned; no one knew what would happen next, bringing the unknown back into play. Using organic jamming, Phish found themselves arriving at stunning musical planes, instead of forcing themselves into mediocrity – in short – their flow returned. The Red Rocks and The Gorge jams sound just as fresh as they did two months ago – music with staying power – the hallmark of quality. The east coast jams still shine as well, though with less of a majesty. But don’t tell that to Darien’s “Drowned,” Merriweather’s “46 Days,” or the “Number Lines” from SPAC and Chicago – you might have a fight on your hands. But what’s next? Where are we headed now?

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

While Phish jams came to life this summer, no distinct musical direction developed – it was still too early. But as we move into Indio, and then Fall Tour, the band’s comfort level will only increase and we are sure to see new sonic elements and directions emerge. Looking for clues in the band’s new material, both “Number Line” and “Light” have proven to be legitimate springboards for diverse jamming. With “Number Line” taking the torch from “Disease” as 3.0’s feel-good anthem that can go anywhere, some of the most exploratory jams of the fall will ironically stem from the “Joy’s” first radio single. Played much less frequently this summer, the versions of “Light” at Bonnaroo and, especially, The Gorge illustrated the song’s propensity for open-ended, original destinations. Boasting one of the moments of the summer with its calypso jam at The Gorge, we have only begun to see where “Light” will take us.

The Gorge (W.Rogell)

The Gorge (W.Rogell)

And now that it is Fall, it’s time to open up “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan.” Whether it happens at Indio or, more likely, indoors, this song will blow up. Its searing blues-rock psychedelia has been begging to be stretched since its debut at Jones Beach. The fact that Phish has left this one alone for so long makes me think its jam will explode somewhere along the course of Fall Tour – time will tell. While “Ocelot” has been a source of structured improv, it could easily break its mold into playful funk with uncharted courses at any time. I continue to await the 20-minute “Ocelot” second-set opener. The “Kill Devil Falls” jam has proven worthy – entering both upbeat and abstract realms at Bonnaroo and Red Rocks, a pattern that will likely continue. The other song off Joy that could meander into ambient spaces is “Twenty Years Later.” Played only once on each leg of summer, its future still remains hazy. With a few unknowns on Party Time, as well as the funk-laden title track, we could be in for some treats.

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

Another potential source of a musical influence is the album they have chosen to cover. We all know how Remain In Light influenced the band, and their current choice could have a style that is genuinely new to Phish. Such costumes include Hitler’s nightmare, MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, Radiohead’s Kid A, or The Clash’s London Calling. But assuming Phish sticks to the classic rock genre, which most believe they will, it’s doubtful that they will pave their path of 2010 during their Halloween set. More illustrative of their potential direction will be the other six sets that contain far more unknowns than any other part of the weekend.

My gut tells me the band will progress to some form of patient, layered jamming with an undertone of groove; moving with a purpose through music we’ve never heard. With their skills and experience, if the band stays happy and healthy, I see no reason why this era won’t develop into one of the most engaging in the band’s history. If August was any indication, we are well on our way, as the band combined a mid-’90s determination with an evolved skill set, resulting in sublime jams. And we were just getting started. With Indio fast approaching, and Fall piggy-backing off Festival 8, we are about to enter a serious age of musical discovery and development. Hop on for the ride!

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

The Curtain > Stash” 6.17.95 I

The punctuating statement on the first set in Gainesville, VA, and, in my opinion, the highlight of the entire show.




6.13.95 Riverport Amp, Maryland Heights, MO < Torrent

6.13.95 Riverport Amp, Maryland Heights, MO < Megaupload

1995-06-13gnA stop along Phish’s space camp of Summer ’95, this show in St. Louis boasted a second set that centered on the colossal “Bowie” opener. “Hood,” “Reba,” and “Stash” also standout in this lesser-known Summer ’95 gem.

I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, Strange Design, Taste, Reba, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Sparkle, Chalk Dust Torture

II: David Bowie, The Lizards, Axilla (Part II) > Theme From the Bottom, Acoustic Army, Harry Hood, Golgi Apparatus

E: Sweet Adeline, Julius

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336 Responses to “What’s Next?”

  1. Birddog Says:

    Will they fill part of your request? Or do they give you the whole thing if your request is accepted? I’m seeing charges for Phish tickets pending, but not for the full amount that I requested.

  2. HarryHood Says:

    One other downside to the lottery seems to be that each show isn’t treated seperately. It appears that if you are selected first, you end up with prime seats for any show that you order. I see that I have a hold for 2 shows out of 6 which means that I’m most likely going to have seats in the back of the arena for both shows. It’s seems unfair that if your name is pulled first that you get front row for every show and the person that is pulled last gets obstructed view for all remaining shows that are available. They should select each show seperately. Hard to do I would imagine, but much more fair.

  3. KWL Says:

    still holding out hope for this lottery business…

    there is only 1 show that I must get to, Syracuse. A lot of significance for me on multiple levels. And, it would be the lady’s first show back since Coventry, which would mean a lot to both of us. Please, ticket gods, please…

  4. Chuck D Says:

    Is there an AUD of 10-31-96 floating around? doesnt seem to be seeded on TTD…

  5. Mitch Says:

    If were going by available credit vs credit limit I have a 121 dollar discrepancy. Thats a night at MSG baby! One less night to worry about when dealing with ticketbastard or lamenation.

    Knock on wood my friends pulled the other nights or at least more of the same night to trade off.

  6. HarryHood Says:

    I re-read my post and it sounded like I wasn’t grateful that I’ve got at least some tickets to a couple of shows that I ordered. I am happy to have ANY tickets anywhere in the arena. I was just pointing out the deficiancies in the lottery system.

  7. Grnstrat Says:

    I have a hold for the MSG shows. I put in a request for all 3 shows, but the hold amount is for only one show. Anybody have any thoughts on my chances for the other 2? Good luck everybody!

  8. Pence Says:

    Im 0-14 through PTBM. Unless Indio counts?

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    @voopa…I agree re: Gorge being like a festival, just without all the cool stuff (ferris wheel, art installations, etc). Haven’t seen the Pot City USA but I did DVR it…hope to watch it tonight. Figured it’d have somewhat of an anti-spin. There was a special on CNBC a couple of months ago as well…was interesting for sure, and they didn’t really spin it too bad IMO.

    @Lycan, thanks for the new links…gonna try to dl your last weekend show tonight

  10. Marshall Says:

    I got tickets every time when it was by mail. I haven’t scored once with the online system (other than through regular retail online).

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    rowin’ that boat with you Marshall…only did mailorder a few times, but got everything I requested. I’ve gotten nothing in any of the online lottos…

  12. halcyon Says:

    Found It.

    Episode 2


  13. ThePigSong Says:

    @Pence, I’m 1 for 15. Your next.

  14. gphisher62 Says:

    I’m 0 for 12 with the online lotto, used to get nearly every request filled on the old system. Can’t complain though, I’ve gotten at least shitty seats for every show I’ve tried to get, besides hampton.

  15. fat bastard Says:

    i have pending charges too. i just wasnt looking in the right spot.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Also learned a valuable lesson at that show: don’t eat 1/4 of shrooms when it is as hot as the ninth circle of hell. Just a little life tip for all of you out there.”

    ^^^^ nice

  17. Mr. Hand (Formerly JBailey) Says:

    hey Phellas,

    I see a hold on my debit card….you know what that means!!!!!!


  18. Mr. Hand (Formerly JBailey) Says:

    Just to be clear. I got 0 mail order for the summer. Not a one.

    Everything is coming up Millhouse!

  19. beepaphone Says:

    Has anyone here ever attempted to procure “ticket brokering software”?

  20. Marshall Says:

    Hey beepaphone … in the song Simple, isn’t the portmaneau actually “beebaphone,” since it’s the combintation of beebop and saxaphone? Just asking …

  21. HarryHood Says:

    @ Beep

    Are you asking, or have you tried it and had success?

  22. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @beep – love the new avatar man. Going to absolutely crush St. Louis next week. Nice to have a crappy opponent coming out of the bye since the Colts seem to be a little sluggish out of bye-weeks in the past.

  23. fat bastard Says:

    two tough p words in last 2 posts portmaneau, procure….must be iu grads

  24. Mitch Says:

    I’d say were seeing a lot more holds this time. Maybe they are spreading the love an doing it show by show. That’s what my buddy and I are speculating. Cause we haven’t seen anyone with full order totals. Maybe they let you win one then take you to the bottom for the rest of your shows. We will find out soon!

  25. Mitch Says:


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