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. bhizzle Says:

    I’ve been thinking the same damn thing Miner re: the “box”.

    Also is there an official day that was stated they’d inform everyone of the lotto?

    Was finally able to listen to the Tweezers from yesterday – very nice.

  2. Marshall Says:

    Tomorrow by end of day for lotto feedback

  3. voopa Says:


    That 9-18-87 Dew is the goods right there. Doesn’t get much better.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    “who put you you to it? how do you do? how did you know where i lived?”

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    the best Dew I saw that I can remember.

  6. lot rat Says:

    Mr. C, 9/18/87 MSG coming out of Space, over breakfast.
    GDTRFB, Watchtower, Dew, Good Lovin>La bamba > Good Lovin

    This segment is fuckin diesel. Watchtower is borderline heavy metal. The dew will make you drop a load….what energy.

    RE: The other 6 sets…well right on then, assume we will get most of the joy album plus alaska, middle of the road, windy city (by the way does anyone find themself singing brother esau to this tune, similar to my tone def ears). Maybe Party Time gets thenod over windy city

    Then the fest regs…bowie, hood, disease, tweezer, gin, chalkdust, jim…etc Rock and Roll will open oneof the 3rd sets (or first night set II).

    Then come the bustouts…Tela, Ginseng, Alumni, Weigh, Guelah P.

    Im gonna have the ride loaded up like the apocalypse is coming, ill be soaring down I-5 naked cranking the meatstick at about 110…pick up eastcoast lotrat in burbank and shuffle over to the grounds thursday for the soundcheck (dug the cypress check Curtis Loew>Timber, Mighty Quinn???)

    Wife and little one are flying down on saturday morning, scored em a sweet spot at the embassy suites 15 mins away. The little one really digs the band, if you say “abcd” she will yell “Bag” rather than the next letter. Also digs punch, yamar, cities, and Numberline.

    After the gig its off to Sequoia>Kings Canyon>Yosemite, heady fuckin national park tour when they are empty.

    Not sure why i typed all this shit, but im fuckin pumped. These shows will be it until 2010 for me, who knew after a shitty 5 years i’d be doing 14 at venues like hampton, rr, gorge…and fuckin indio.

    Praying for short east coast romp in the spring….worcester>nassau>dc>hampton

    see you freaks in the lot down south

  7. SOAM Says:

    You are the coolest lot around-thanks for puking in my face

  8. SOAM Says:

    Lot rat wants to get in the ring with minor over a poaching incident

  9. Marshall Says:

    I need some success stories about hitting multiple-day shows when flying solo, please, to put my mind at ease. I’m well traveled but not so much by myself.

  10. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    lot rat – sweet I’m all psyched to go to indio now… wait, what, I’m not going to indio? oh, in that case usuck. 😉

  11. halcyon Says:

    marshall it is all good .. you are on your own schedule…you can go where you want, when you want, and meet up with all the good peeps you can…I have done it in the past and have had some good times…

  12. lot rat Says:

    blow me soam, and grow a pair…im sure fall will smoke like halleys, but youve had some west coast setups this year and youve pissed them away for gigs JB and Darien…

    Live/Dead will the album now that i think of it….carini>Cryptical

    Shit, just got bugged from the fire department down the street, testing their tsunmai alarm, sounded like the alarms when you about to get bombed from above.

    carry on wharf rats…

  13. Marshall Says:

    My biggest concern is just not having at least one person who I KNOW will be looking out for me. You know … the old elementary school “buddy system.” We’ve all gotten a little lost before and its nice when someone is there to keep things “in check.”

  14. HarryHood Says:

    I actually prefer to go to shows solo. Less hassle and worries about whether or not your friend is ok and having a good time. I’ve always met cool people and I can also wander off if I feel the need too

  15. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @marshall – if you’re talking about Indio, I wouldn’t worry at all. You will find some folks there, make friends with neighbors, meet up at Robear’s whatever. I know I’m planning on trying to find Robear and meet up with Butter (who I haven’t seen in like 13 years). Think of it as an adventure. That being said, I don’t know what your experience with psychedelics is like, but I wouldn’t trip hard alone.

  16. halcyon Says:

    @ Marshall … True that * I retired from getting lost so its a bit easier for for me to keep things in check lol

  17. Marshall Says:

    Nothing heavy for me. Just some good brews and maybe a puff or two. I got too old at some point to handle the psychological aspects of all the others stuff.

  18. lot rat Says:

    Anyone hear mike’s story last night on sirius? Apparently he was eating ganj brownies with his old man and got clobbered by one. Could barely stand up for begining of second set, fish told him to sit down and play…after the set trey took him out on the golfcart and was doing donuts asking him if he was seeing trails cause they thought he might have been dosed. funny shit, im sure someone can pull it off sirius….tasty gumbo>sanity from lemonwheel

  19. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @marshall – Then sit back and enjoy the ride. Me and my tour buddy will be hitting the campground around 8 or so Thursday night, barring crazy traffic or complications. Flying into Santa Ana though, so can’t help you from San Diego. Gotta love a flight that lands at 4:20! When I saw that, I booked it right away.

  20. Marshall Says:

    I saw an interview one time that Fishman gave (way back) and at that time he said specifically that Mike was the one who didn’t do any of that stuff, so I can see how he would get knocked off.

  21. lot rat Says:

    story is from lemonwheel, my ramblings are incohesive due to my lunch buzz.

    can barely type, the headband is one mean nug of chronic

  22. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    show up late and stumble in

  23. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    the end i’m seeking still eludes

  24. Mitch Says:

    I checked drygoods the other day and it said you can still preorder the box and it’s set to ship mid-late October which is later than I believe was originally the case. I thought it was early-mid at first.

  25. Andrew Says:

    With 8 being out West and Fall Tour just a few weeks past, I feel tickets will be tighter to get this time around due to the intensity of the venues and amount of people not traveling to Indio. Surely there’ll be a few floating around before each show, but I can’t see it being anything like it was this summer.

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