Settling Into Place

Jones Beach '09 (Wendy Rogell)

Almost two years has passed since Joy dropped, and the songs from Phish’s only modern-era album have found their primary spots in the band’s rotation. Today, we’ll look at some of the most promising songs from Joy that were debuted in 2009 and their role in current shows.



Trey's Ocelot Inlay

Debuted right after Hampton in Fenway’s first set, “Ocelot” seemed like a promising jam vehicle for the band out of the gates. At the time, it’s playful and methodical grooves seemed like the could easily lead the band in adventurous directions. I remember all of June ’09 waiting for a big “Ocelot” to open the second set, but  to this day, the song has still not appeared in any second set at all. “Ocelot” has found its home as a first set staple, often the first improvisational piece of its given show. The jam has developed a roots Americana feel, spouting passages that sometimes evoke the sound of The Grateful Dead. While the song never seems obtrusive and provides a warm musical breeze, the piece has yet to take on any risk whatsoever. Seeming to content to play it straight, Phish has domesticated their “Ocelot,” much like Salvador Dali did. Perhaps one day, the band will let their pet song out to play.


“Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan”

Jones Beach 09 W.Rogell)

When “Stealing Time” crunched from the PA at Jones Beach ’09, many fans freaked on what seemed like a new dissonant, hard rock launch pad. But almost two years later, we are still waiting on the song to break form. A platform for seething guitar solos, instead of morphing into the next improvisational juggernaut, “Stealing Time” has turned into this generation’s “Character Zero”— a hard-edged set closer that leaves the audience on a high note. Closing only one second set in Hartford (6.18.10), “Stealing Time,” like “Ocelot,” now finds its home in the opening half. And when I first heard it, I would have bet good money against that development. Seemingly reluctant to take their new songs to new places, Phish has also kept this song firmly inside the box.


“Backwards Down the Number Line”

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Perhaps the biggest enigma from Joy, “Backwards Down the Number Line” has blown up a handful of times—most notably last summer at Blossom and Jones Beach—but has otherwise remained a noodly anthem. While some of the contained versions shine more than others, Phish has yet to find a good placement for the piece. Often breaking up the flow of second sets with its sudden beginning and abrupt change of vibe, “Number Line” seems to work better as an opener a la SPAC ’09. Though “Number Line” has had some all-star moments, until Phish finds a natural home or musical direction for their ode to friendship, it will continue to be an awkward piece of the band’s catalog.


“Twenty Years Later”

Perhaps the most contemporary-sounding Phish songs on Joy, the enchanting-turned-menacing “Twenty Years Later” has most-often appeared as a soft landing pad for outrageous psychedelic jaunts. And just this fall, Phish began pushing the end of the song, itself, creating dissonant and layered walls of sound out of the jam. A song that always seems to fit perfectly at the end of torrid adventures, Phish has definitely found the right home for “Twenty Years Later.”



8.7.10 -The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

When Trey performed “Light” twice with Classic TAB (before Phish returned to the stage), I immediately sensed that it would be Phish’s next cosmic trampoline. And lo and behold, “Light” has been the most consistent portal to the universe in this era of Phish. An open-ended piece that is routinely placed in the second set, its jam has migrated from thick ambient textures to futuristic groove, while hitting just about every musical place in between. “Light” is the band’s most exploratory piece right now, and has been since it first explored darkened territory at Bonnaroo (6.14.09), and further exploded during Fall ’09. Easily the improvisational MVP of 2010, every time “Light” started up the most interesting jam of the night was almost sure to follow.


“Kill Devil Falls”

Starting out as another straight forward rocker at Jones Beach ’09, “Kill Devil Falls” got immediately interesting at Bonnaroo as the band’s first stellar and exploratory jam of this the summer. But these type of excursions have been few and far between from of the song, and no version has yet to touch Bonnaroo’s ’09 peak. Staying within the box 99% of the time, “Kill Devil Falls” most often finds its way into a show—or set—opening slot. Providing quality rock and roll, “Kill Devil Falls” warms up the audience for what is coming next.


Jam of the Day:

Piper > Guy Forget” 10.1.00 II

A classic nugget from the home stretch of Fall 2000.




12.4.1995 Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload

This December ’95 re-post goes out via reader request to Willowed!

Mullins Center, Amherst, MA

I: Julius, Gumbo, The Divided Sky, Punch You In the Eye, Stash, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Axilla II, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Hello My Baby,While My Guitar Gently Weeps

II: Timber Ho, Sparkle, Ya Mar, Run Like an Antelope, Billy Breathes, Cars Trucks Buses, You Enjoy Myself, Sample in a Jar, Frankenstein

E: Bouncing Around the Room, Rocky Top

Source: AKG 460B/ck61 > custom pre-amp > Teac DA-P20 (@ 48kHz)

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643 Responses to “Settling Into Place”

  1. willowed Says:

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    wow. you learn new things every day. I didn’t know bouncin fan was a call girl. 😉


    that’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways-to-handle-your-poop-outdoors. I’ll just leave it at that

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    When wondering if you should or should not click the link on the BB, the answer is usually no.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    That’s what I’m talking about aj!!!

  5. willowed Says:

    The end jam to lizards makes me feel so so so so good.

    Like god is shining a warm light on my face and all is good in the world!

  6. bouncin fan Says:

    no AJ. that man doesn’t deliver

    have to visit the corner of Chicago and St. Louis

    or Central and Jackson

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    Guyute, that has your avatar written all over it.

  8. burblelover415 Says:

    @ Willowed…Bald is beautiful, fatter is just a different wardrobe, and sweaty, well no one does “sweaty” well.

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    Thanks, Bouncin. Not my scene. I am a faker, just listen to the music and pretend. Pure custy here.

  10. Aquaman Says:

    From Purps:

    i wasn’t old enough at the time, but i would venture to guess that around the 97, 98 era, plenty of people were “pissed” that the band of 94 was gone. which gives a different spin on today’s complainers;

    ^ this

    Heck, in 1994 I was pissed the band from 1992 wasn’t there. I actually had to learn to like the Jedi mind trick music we all like so much. I am shamed to say that once the 20+ jams started coming around, in my neophyte 23 year old ways, I referred to it a music masturbation. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

    That attitude lead to my worst sin of all as a Phish fan…….skipping NYEve 1994 even though I had tickets because I thought I was too cool for school…….WHAT A DOUCHE I WAS.

    -Aqua “amends”-

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    You are correct sir.

  12. Aquaman Says:

    No, just chilling all night. Had an alumni thingy early.

  13. bouncin fan Says:

    Both my old spots have blue light cameras now.

    So sad.

  14. angryjoggerz Says:

    Both my old spots have blue light cameras now.

    ^ so does my corner. represent.

  15. HarryHood Says:

    @ Type III / Willowed


  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Had to send that pic of the poop tent to a friend of mine who used it too. He asked me why we didn’t patent it in 97.

  17. willowed Says:

    Thank the one and only KP. He sorted them by year and everything. When I load them up on the Ipod they are all neeatly together.

    Much love for that

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    KP, if you are there, please help me to understand how I can choose songs for a playlist, then tag them to stay in that order. So frustrating to me!

  19. Selector J Says:

    “He asked me why we didn’t patent it in 97.”-guyute

    ah, fuck.
    ::balls up and throws away shit tent patent application::

  20. butterflyeffect Says:

    thing is, shit tent also doubles as incognito shed for sketchy behavior

    sling the bag in the woods or in vicinity of someone you dislike, use shit tent to do sketchy things besides shitting in a shit tent, great success

  21. KfL Says:


  22. Guyute711 Says:

    There are several of these tents available online. The cheapest one I have found is $75 so far. Gotta go with the old tent for big savings.

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    You could make that money back in no time. $2 #1, $5 #2.

  24. Chuck sweD Says:

    is there a direct connection between blue light camera areas and crime/drugs? or are they just throwing them up to show their presence?

  25. KfL Says:

    today’s workout playlist, all nye run

    dwd>ghost, sand, tube, walk away, crosseyed, cool it down

    that’s an hour and 7 minutes of motivation right there

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