Phish Friday: The Susquehanna Sand

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Now that we’re finally back up and running on a new host, I can finally blow the collective Phish load that I’ve been holding back on over the past few weeks. Pretty much every chat conversation I have these days seems to center around the band, and the discussions on the street seem to center on this, too. I was at Gene Ween solo at the Independent the other night when I heard someone chatting with some friends about having returned from the Fox that day, and that the new “Time Turns Plastic” song was “like 20 minutes of nonsense,” all the while I’m still mentally recovering from my friendly debates during the day on whether Camden is the tour highlight or whether Deer Creek and Alpine will be the real heat to anticipate. I can say I’ve seen about 75% of the tour live thanks to the streams up on USTREAM, and I really have no problem deciding that this band is a new Phish that I never really got the pleasure to see in the years where I finally started to appreciate their music. I’m loving every second of it, even if they did botch the hell out of Bowie last night.

Without a doubt, the moment that’s gotten the most hype and discussion has to be the second-set opener “Sand” in Camden, NJ. When I finally got a copy of the show I was told that I needed to start with this, then go back and listen to the entire show. So that’s the purpose of this post for me. Got any doubts about the new Phish you’re hearing? Pissed that they’re not jamming out Mike’s Groove enough? Just watch this video and let your mind go right at the 1:00 minute mark. Pure bliss.

Phish – Sand Jam Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ 6/7/09 [YouTube]

Phish is playing at one of my favorite venues in the country tonight — Deer Creek — so stay tuned for setlist updates from our Twitter account. This tends to be a venue where the band has quite a bit of fun. I’m hoping for a Chalkdust Reprise again like they did back in 2000…

Phish 2000-07-11 Moby Dick All and Chalkdust Encore [YouTube]

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  • deadphish

    i attended the two shows at bonnaroo and am about to go to the two alpine shows tonight and tomorrow night. i have been a phish fan for some time now and think the band is back. i personally think that a lot of the new tunes that they are coming out with; time turns elastic, alaska, etc. are far too poppy for phish. i feel like a lot of the tunes are very generic. i do realize that they havent been together for four years and times change …. so im accepting it but i do see a huge change in the way the boys put together songs. a lot of them seem like trey’s solo tunes.

  • deadphish

    i attended the two shows at bonnaroo and am about to go to the two alpine shows tonight and tomorrow night. i have been a phish fan for some time now and think the band is back. i personally think that a lot of the new tunes that they are coming out with; time turns elastic, alaska, etc. are far too poppy for phish. i feel like a lot of the tunes are very generic. i do realize that they havent been together for four years and times change …. so im accepting it but i do see a huge change in the way the boys put together songs. a lot of them seem like trey’s solo tunes.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    I, for one, am simply not willing to judge yet. the band has to figure out new ways to collaborate and i feel that they’re playing the songs that likely came out of that….Ocelot doesn’t sound like anyone wrote that along….that sounds like Phish to me. Same with Light.

    Jury’s still out for me, and it’s making it a lot more enjoyable to not feel the need to pass judgment.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    I, for one, am simply not willing to judge yet. the band has to figure out new ways to collaborate and i feel that they’re playing the songs that likely came out of that….Ocelot doesn’t sound like anyone wrote that along….that sounds like Phish to me. Same with Light.

    Jury’s still out for me, and it’s making it a lot more enjoyable to not feel the need to pass judgment.

  • kevin

    I was in Philly. It was #55ish. Let me tell ya what..that Sand was/is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have laid ears on.
    The one thing that I think is sorta lost on folks is that it really started with Tube. Trey actually took a request & you can hear it. it was real gooey. then He says, “well I guess we should (or have to) play this one now and launch into the other Tube. (Last?) anyways it closed out the set funky. so Sand followed in that vein.

    I was in the VIP section the whole show, except for Sand coz I was up on the lawn havin a smoke. It was that hot up there too.

    They are playing well, but still gettin their legs. there have been some great shows & others where they flub, but there is no better show (lights as a huge part CK5) out there period. & for $49.50???
    Listen to the Sand. The Tweezer too. oh & don’t forget the 4 song encore.

    peace out

  • kevin

    I was in Philly. It was #55ish. Let me tell ya what..that Sand was/is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have laid ears on.
    The one thing that I think is sorta lost on folks is that it really started with Tube. Trey actually took a request & you can hear it. it was real gooey. then He says, “well I guess we should (or have to) play this one now and launch into the other Tube. (Last?) anyways it closed out the set funky. so Sand followed in that vein.

    I was in the VIP section the whole show, except for Sand coz I was up on the lawn havin a smoke. It was that hot up there too.

    They are playing well, but still gettin their legs. there have been some great shows & others where they flub, but there is no better show (lights as a huge part CK5) out there period. & for $49.50???
    Listen to the Sand. The Tweezer too. oh & don’t forget the 4 song encore.

    peace out