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. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Cool It Down to end the workout.

    I see what you did there.

  2. kenny powers Says:

    @ AJ

    i know that when you’re dealing with a single “album” as iTunes sees it, if the tracks aren’t already numbered you just go into the properties (or “info” if you’re on a Mac) of each track, find the “track” field, and label each one accordingly.

    in terms of a playlist, I know when i’ve made them in the past, they stayed in the order i created them in. I don’t think editing the track numbers within the playlist will help because each track will still be associated with the album it’s a part of…furthermore it might screw up the order of the album it came from.

    others can correct me….i actually use, when possible, a Windows program called mp3Tag to do the ID-tagging for bigger projects and playlists like this and my remasters….much more control and customization than iTunes I find.

  3. Selector J Says:

    Saw this one for way cheap guyute: $32 + $15 s/h

    Not sure what The Pink Emporium is… sounds like a place out by the airport.

  4. kenny powers Says:

    also – sometimes (or all the time?) not only do you have to number each track, but if the album has 17 tracks then the track should say track “3 of 17” or whatever. I just imported a show last night and when i simply numbered each track without telling iTunes how many total tracks there were, it was all out of order. but then when i hihghlighted the whole album and put “17” for the total number of tracks, it fell into correct order.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    I make comps with songs from all sorts of albums, so when I export them into a folder and you pull them back in to itunes they usually settle based on the album they are from, which is a bummer.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Stayed at the Pink Palace in Charleston. I may actually have to purchase this thing. Then I need to have my mother ship me my portable toilet from NY. May be cheaper to buy a new one. I will have multiple portable toilets in two different states. Sweeet!!!

  7. jack raymond Says:

    hey gang, how about time turns elastic jam in amherst, ma night #1? me and my boys thought that was pretty cool

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Kp – is part II of the sbd project only on the ‘noid? didn’t see it on your blog. no biggie either way. I can grab from ‘noid.

  9. jack raymond Says:

    when i heard backwards down the number line in amherst, MA i certainly was tearing a little. trey has a way man! hats of to cactus for that song that night.

  10. garretc Says:

    Anybody still seeding SBD project part one? Doesn’t seem to be downloading for me… @KP, the deemon torrent should still be working for that, right?

  11. garretc Says:

    Tier 2 is working, however…

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you know, now that you mention it, for the torrents of the Leaky Boards, as soon as they DLed for me they dropped off of my active torrents list (i.e. I was unable to keep them up for seeding for others). was that supposed to happen that way?

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    just looking at KPs track listing…there is a SBD for dwd>carini>taste from 2/17??? Where did THAT come from!?

  14. joe Says:

    RE: trey at hob. IN!!! Think I’m even going to take the day off. I usually work 8am-4pm on Sundays. I also have bachelor pad and would be willing to host a little pre, pre-show if anyone is interested or perhaps a post-show flophouse for those in need. (note: I live about 15 minutes drive from venue, but also have the bus line into Kenmore Square as an option)…
    echoing Willowed’s thoughts from earlier. This winter is kicking my ass mentally. hasn’t really stopped since the worcester show.

  15. kenny powers Says:

    @ Palmer – there links to both comps on my blog

    @ garretc – yup should be working, there have been around 20-30 seeders at all times…

    @ Miner – from the Indio FTA day 3 (the only day that sounded decent)

  16. joe Says:

    I need my computer back working at home so I can get this Kenny Powers mix. I can feel the joy it’s created from those who’ve listened to it.

  17. garretc Says:


    That’s super weird then, cause I’m sitting at 0% w/ 0 peers… But Tier 2 is flying! Maybe I’ll try adding it again…

  18. joe Says:

    re: today’s post. I’ve warmed up to Kill Devil Falls for sure. It’s one that I kind of groan under my breath when it starts and am in full boogie mode when it ends. (example: great woods this summer)

  19. garretc Says:

    Ahhh, re-added, working now! Not sure what the deal was, but all appears to now be well!

  20. kenny powers Says:

    these are all the music tracks from that broadcast

    Daniel (8/3/03)
    Down with Disease (2/17/97) >
    Carini (2/17/97) >
    Taste (2/17/97) >
    Down with Disease Reprise (2/17/97)
    Earl’s Breakdown (11/16/94) >
    Swing Low Sweet Chariot (11/16/94)
    Light (8/7/09)
    Cities (7/31/98)
    On Your Way Down (8/3/88)
    Fluffhead (2/23/97)
    Quinn the Eskimo (12/29/99)

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    for me, the non completist, the recommendations from the BB coupled with all of Miners picks since I started reading this blog, helped me to dig into the nooks and crannies. KPs compilations are more of the same. lots of nuggets of gold. i’m so appreciative of this here in the digital age.

    props to you all.

  22. kenny powers Says:

    @ garretc – goos to hear. i know ‘noid can be wierd sometimes….

  23. kenny powers Says:


    if only that DWD orgy track sounded as good quality-wise as the Soul Shakedown from that show, which is also on my tier 2 project.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    no word on whether the device was purchased from Acme Industries or tested by a Mr. W.E. Coyote

    ~~~~ this has been another Completely drive-by ~~~~

  25. gavinsdad Says:


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