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”

Trey and Tom (

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. Jtran Says:

    Just getting into KP’s SBD comp finally

    Spinning the acoustic Hood for starters

  2. willowed Says:

    There is a lot of *ting* in there

    around 5:40

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    “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!!!”

    Nothing? Really? Some of you guys are just not paying attention. Wow.

    Sup C! nice drive by.

  4. Selector J Says:

    Just learned about this guy called Boris Policeland. Sounds terrible but kind of a funny schtick.
    Very hipster.
    +10 hipster points for mentioning this guy to your local barista.

  5. Jtran Says:

    Christiana Ghost in the tier 2?

    Boise Bag
    Orpheum Bowie
    Bowie Cities Bowie

    I like this 🙂

  6. Jtran Says:


    The first time I spun that jam without knowing where it was going…WOW!

    Gotta love the alternate Cavern lyrics too

    (I only knew that cause Mitch told me! I swear!)


  7. Gavinsdad Says:

    Sorry for the strain chat but dude at work mentioned that he just saw some…

    Ninja Turtle

    I’m callin bullsh on that. And hey the Peter apfel intro on that Taste was damn nice but had me pourin out a little of my 40 for Le’Roi. Just sayin

  8. Robear Says:

    mad respect for all you friends and family working in impoverished area schools.

    head blown. heart aches.

    as a society, we need to become better parents.

    in phish news:

    Rumor has it that Mike really likes the MSG ‘Ghost’, too.

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    RIP LeRoi

    “I drank a 5th for that ass when you passed”

  10. willowed Says:

    just found some staccato plucking in the Island Roses.

    I love that it just pops out at me now.

  11. willowed Says:

    If you could bottle up the Island Roses and sell it as cologne I would get laid every night!!

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ….to midget nitrous wooks maybe…

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    got some new bane, just grabbed Kp’s sbd project tier 2. Excited to get to spin some of these choice gems you cats been pimping for a few days.

  14. BingosBrother Says:

    …in a shit tent…

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    “Rahm to Stay on Ballet”

    Someone on here owes me something nice.

  16. Robear Says:

    In further Phish news:

    ‘Sand, DWD>Ghost’ from 12/31 ALL GET BETTER WITH EVERY SPIN!

    sorry to shout, but wowsers! Adublin has described the ‘Sand’ really well. Just some extreme licks and inter-play. knee-bucklers. controlled chaos. there’s so much going on in those tunes that I seem to hear something new on each play back, because I just can’t remember all the goods at once.

    lol @ strain names.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    unfortunately i can’t stop playing the Garcia Band disc flarrwolf threw up yesterday. Shit is tight.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ” “Rahm to Stay on Ballet”.. aj

    who knew he could dance in a tu-tu as well. What a guy..

  19. Robear Says:

    @ willowed, did you grab that 3/20?/92 sbd miner posted? there’s some of that staccato plucking in the ‘Antelope’ by Trey.

    plus secret language instructions.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    More funk Cavern, please.

  21. Robear Says:

    thx for the reminder Mr. P!!! dwnlded. forgotten.

    unzip time.

  22. angryjoggerz Says:

    I thought something about that looked wrong.

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    Yes he does. Ballet looks perfect. He used to be a top notch ballet dancer. Gods honest truth. Guess Daley can breathe a sigh of relief. Skeletons may never come out now. And I guess this means I can rent my house out and go get something with some land, so thats cool.

  24. Robear Says:

    in the dead horse dept:

    ‘Sally’ from MSG is just fantastic. worth the wait, and every bit of hope, anxiety or expectation blown to crystalline shreds.

  25. joe Says:

    what kind of disk space does the kp mix and the jerry disks take? I need to get a new drive tomorrow so I can dl at work on Saturday. or I can break down and get an internet connection at home.

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