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{September 10, 2009}   Phish – Joy

Phish - JoyThe more I listen to this album, the more I love it. The more I want to smoke tons of pot and dance around reeeeeeeally slowly. Phish’s FOURTEENTH album, Joy, will bring the same to hippies everywhere.

Somehow, for a long time, I missed the Phish boat. After Jerry died, all the deadheads I knew either went to Phish or Dave Matthews, and I was one of the latter. Phish has really become the all-American jam band and this album really shouts it loud and proud.

All the time you hear, …”blah, blah, blah, it doesn’t matter what their albums sound like because of their live show…blah, blah, blah…” But of course it fucking matters. These are the same songs they’re doing live, and what else are you going to listen to for the other 364 days a year or more that Phish isn’t in your town? Oh, that’s right…albums. Duh.

This album is lightweight and full of breezy jams. This album oozes classic 70’s album rock, with downright peppy vocals. It starts of strong with the infectiously catchy “Backwards Down the Number Line” then delves into “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan”, a bluesy, introspective look on Trey Anastasio, the recently recovering drug addict. Then we have “Sugar Shack”. Sadly to say, it’s a little forgettable, however, Mike Gordon’sOcelot vocals remind me of They Might Be Giants and that kind of excites me. TMBG with less geek, I suppose. Then, there’s fucking “Ocelot”. I. Fucking. Love. “Ocelot”. Maybe just because it’s about ocelots, but it makes me want to lay in a grassy field in the sun. It makes me want skirts and corduroy. Goddamn, it makes my soft, hippie center want to come out and play.

The gem of this album is really all thirteen minutes of “Time Turns Elastic”, an epic, multi-faceted composition that’s going to kick some major ass live with some patented Phish guitar jams. I can easily see this becoming a very, very long song live, but it’ll be lots of fun.

Joy is really well produced for Phish, and it’s nice to see the complexity of their music in an actual album. It’s certainly something to pacify you while you wait for Phish to come to your town. Or, you know, you can just eat a cut of mushrooms and look at the cover. Your choice. B

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On that hippie vibe…SAVE THE WHALE! Please remember to call for Lolita THIS SATURDAY! I thank you and Lolita thanks you!

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Phan says:

Have you ever been to a live show….or for that matter listened to one?

“The gem of this album is Time Turns Elastic” Clearly you havent seen TTE as you would realize it was one of the weaker jams on this album

Write about something you know about clearly phish is not that.



You know, I only have seen them once, back in 2003 in Pittsburgh. (The one for the live album, not that that narrows anything down.)

I clearly state at the beginning of this post that I’m certainly not as acquainted with them as most Phans, so there’s really no need to get your panties in a twist.



Phan says:

Don’t wear panties hardly wear pants, just think you should blog about something you know about, or listen to some live shows before you make statements like….

“All the time you hear, …”blah, blah, blah, it doesn’t matter what their albums sound like because of their live show…blah, blah, blah…” But of course it fucking matters. These are the same songs they’re doing live, and what else are you going to listen to for the other 364 days a year or more that Phish isn’t in your town? Oh, that’s right…albums. Duh.”

First off every phish show is different and while they have pushed this album on 3.0 it is over, and you will not hear them play these songs as much as they did on summer 09 they were trying to promote it.

and yeah those 364 days a yr, guess if you went to 1 show, for most fans its more like 330, and guaranteed they aren’t playing Joy on repeat…..we trade shows and listen to the live jams, just a suggestion purchase some live shows from livephish.com…. say start yourself off with gorge 09 Sat & Sunday that way you’ll get to hear your Joy Jam’s as the studio recordings are cut short of anything special, and you’ll get to hear songs you would have never though to listen to…. Sneaking Sally through the Alley, Pebbles and Marbles, Magnolia song, Makisupa, as well as a ton of others you would have listened to Character Zero, Rock and Roll (best of summer), Wolfmans, Yamar…among others

Just a suggestion don’t knock down the live shiZ before you try it, live shows are where its at and if you cant make it, you can purchase them too

Just a thought



Phan says:

Sorry was typin fast Mango Song



As I said earlier in the comments:

“[Dave Matthews] does put on a really great live performance, as do Phish! I’m not saying that they don’t put on a great show, but the majority of the time, you’ll be listening to bootlegs and albums, ya know? It’s nice to see a well produced album to complete the entity that is Phish. They’re becoming a really well rounded band in their old age.”

I think that sums it up entirely. There should be many facets to a great band. Good albums, Good shows. Good communications with the fans. And through that amazing fan base, things like the Mockingbird Foundation, which is incredible. I don’t think that people should ONLY take into account live shows, and that seems the be the ONLY thing that you hear about on a regular basis.

Yes, we KNOW they put on a great live show, but it’s about time there’s something ELSE going on, ya know?

Oh! And thank you for the recommendations! I think I do have “Mango Song” on at least one live bootleg and if it’s the one I’m thinking of and they seem to get SO INTO that one. It’s fun for them, and the fans!



Bartender says:

i swam in pee?



Vanessa says:

Hey the thing about a live show making it all worth while is true sometimes. Years ago before Dave Matthews became popular I hated them. My friend won tickets to Jingle Balls in NYC (that was years ago when I lived in New Jersey). For anyone who doesn’t know Jingle Balls is a concert that has a group of various different singers or groups perform from the popular generas. Well almost everyone in the stadium was there to see Dave Matthews and I am like, WHY????? They totally suck. Well, they were coming up soon and the place was filled with the scent of weed everywhere(that was my first contact buzz ever). Then Dave Matthews got on stage and put on one of the best shows that I have absoultely ever seen in my life (in my opinion they are third in line behind Rage Against the Machine(the best show EVER in the WORLD) and Tool(there 9-13-01 show in NYC right after 9-11, was insane)). Ever since then I have loved Dave Matthews. It was amazing to me that I could ever dislike a band so much and see them live and fall in love.



That’s really awesome that their live show made them for you! He does put on a really great live performance, as do Phish! I’m not saying that they don’t put on a great show, but the majority of the time, you’ll be listening to bootlegs and albums, ya know? It’s nice to see a well produced album to complete the entity that is Phish. They’re becoming a really well rounded band in their old age.



I really dont know to much about rock but you make it sound like the album is serious, i might have to scoope that up.

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Elwood Larf says:

Yesterday I went down to the town park and took a leak in the fountain. I did it because I am god’s prophet and that means i can do whatever I want, including send people to hell. I like to send people to hell. Sometimes when i sit and watch the sunset and pet my kittycat and I can hear all the dead suffering souls down in the kingdom of Hades scream while the dark lord Satan urinates boiling water on them and sodomizes them front of their families and it is all so beautiful.

I am the son of god.



Gotta love the freaks. I approved this one for your pleasure, dear readers.



Carl says:

First of all, Farmhouse is the greatest Phish Album of all time. Secondly, I found Joy, despite it’s stellar title, to be regressive and infantile. Many may call Joy ‘Phish’s triumphant return to their roots,’ I don’t. That is not to say that Joy was without it’s cleverly introspective rhetoric, or the inspirational story behind Backwards Down The Number Line. But I could not sit down and listen to Joy with friends for ten minutes. Ocelot, is just a sampling of The Beatle’s Dear Prudence, and this isn’t the first time Phish has paid their respects to their predecessors. As for Sugar Shack, it’s an instant classic. Instant Classic. It’s reminiscent of earlier Phish work where they explore music just for the Joy of it. And it seems that the title, Sugar Shack is almost an afterthought; it is most similar to Farmhouse being used as metaphor for realization and reflection. I guess I’ve got a blank space where my mind should be. Maybe I just need to listen to Joy a few more times.



You know, when I first heard Joy, it sounded just like every other Phish album. I’m not really saying it isn’t, but it definitely did take me a few more listens to really get into the groove of things. I’m currently on my way to collecting the rest of the discog to see what the hell I’ve been missing all these years. I was always a Story of the Ghost fan, though, but perhaps it’s because it’s the only album that I’ve spent a lot of quality time with. Thanks for the comment, I’m definitely gonna have to check out Farmhouse!



theprettyproject says:

I’ve never really listened to them either but now I want to! 🙂

http://www.theprettyproject.com



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