Weekend Nuggets: North of the Border In ’94

Apologies for Friday. One unexcused absence for Miner. Here we have two shows from Canada at the beginning of Spring ’94. Enjoy the three-day weekend. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – respect.

4.5.94 The Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec < Torrent

4.5.94 The Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec < Megaupload


I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Fluffhead, Glide, Julius, Bouncing Around the Room > Rift, AC/DC Bag

II: Peaches en Regalia, Ya Mar, Tweezer > If I Could, You Enjoy Myself, I Wanna Be Like You > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust Torture, Amazing Grace

E: Nellie Kane, Golgi Apparatus

Source: B&K 4011


4.6.94 Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario < Torrent

4.6.94 Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario < Megaupload

I: Llama, Guelah Papyrus, Poor Heart, Stash, The Lizards, Sample in a Jar, Scent of a Mule, Fee > Run Like an Antelope

II: The Curtain > Down with Disease, Wolfman’s Brother, Sparkle, Mike’s Song > Lifeboy > Weekapaug Groove, The Squirming Coil, Cavern

E: Ginseng Sullivan, Nellie Kane, Sweet Adeline

Source: Panasonic SV-3700> RCA cable(S/PDIF)> Tascam PCI-822(48k)>
Cool Edit Pro(44.1k)> CDWav> MKWshn


Jam of the Weekend:

Tweezer > Lifeboy” 5.22.94 II


Another nugget from Canada ’94.



“Reba” 12.4.09 I MSG, NYC

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460 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: North of the Border In ’94”

  1. chefbradford Says:

    Eh, it was one of those “it seemed like a good idea at the time” moments

  2. Kenny Powers Says:

    FYI i just finished a remaster of 4.23.94 @ The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Oddly enough Miner’s DOTD is another spring ’94 show!

    Click on my name for the link.


  3. Marshall Says:

    @ KP – I’m pretty sure that first Fox Phish show in Atlanta was the weekend that Freaknik held downtown and mid-town Atlanta hostage. One of my good friends whose seen way more Phish shows than I had tickets and missed this show as a result.

  4. KWL Says:

    REALLY long post alert

    @Mr C, from this morning re: Haiti. Usually I agree with you, but this time I have to respectfully disagree…

    colonialism isn’t some generic explanation–as you say, things are complicated… Haiti can’t be lumped in with the rest of Latin America; most of LA was colonized by Spain, Haiti was colonized by France. To take just one small example of a legacy of colonialism, France made Haiti pay reparations for the end of slavery (a little backwards huh!), which kept Haiti in debt until… 1957? 1960? something like that. Indebtedness has played a major role in what kind of government Haiti has, what its cities look like, etc.

    But that’s minor, and you certainly wouldn’t deny the importance of colonialism. However, what I REALLY have to take issue with is the argument that population is some sort of root cause, or a major cause, or the biggest piece of the puzzle, etc etc.

    Take a look at what point in time population growth across the third world began to really explode… not surprisingly, you will find that this happened around the time of European colonialism. Why? Because colonialism dismantled the fabric of social life in many colonized countries… the incentives and structures and processes that kept population growth level for so many years (literally centuries in most places).

    The incentives became reversed: so many rural livelihoods were undermined that it became logical to have MORE children–why? Because more children = more labor, and/or more chance that one of the kids will survive/prosper and be able to take care of the rest of the family (the same processes were also driving rural-to-urban migration in places like Haiti, so that the capital city has so many more people than it can support).

    These types of incentives continue in different forms after colonialism, like with structural adjustment programs that eliminate safety nets for the poor at the same time that farmers are made to ‘compete’ with things like food aid–i.e., the US dumps huge amounts of cheap surplus food on 3rd world countries (‘aid’), putting farmers out of business. Makes sense to have more kids in many of these situations, b/c more kids = more security.

    There are other things at work too… but population growth is itself a symptom, not a cause. There are bigger dynamics at work that structure who can secure a livelihood and who can’t. In rural societies that are shaken by colonialism (and later capitalism), having more kids is a survival strategy. It’s not population growth, it’s the political economic processes that drive population growth.

    Sorry for the lecture… the population argument really strikes a chord with me!

  5. Kenny Powers Says:

    That is true Marshall, I just read about that in the footnotes of the setlist in Pharmer’s Alamanac. Crazy stuff…that and “run OJ run!” later in the same tour.

  6. Marshall Says:

    I was in mid-town Atlanta that day for my cousin’s wedding (didn’t live there yet). I wasn’t yet converted to Phish so the show wasn’t on my radar. After the daytime wedding and reception, It took me about two hours to drive about 10 blocks to get to the freeway.

  7. Marshall Says:

    Phish crowd and Freaknik crowd would mix about as well as oil and water. Can only imagine the stares that came from both sides.

  8. pagesidehighschool Says:

    @kenny, is that the “something in the sewer” tweezer? Or is it mikes? Is that the same show drygoods just released?

  9. pagesidehighschool Says:

    All this talk about Georgia makes me wish I were in the higher ground the other night when page came out with littlefeat, also it makes me want to hear phish play time loves a hero again, real bad

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks Kenny

  11. kenny powers Says:


    definitely a different show. i know drygoods put out the ’93 run at the Roxy in ATL (not the Fox) a couple years ago…not sure if that’s what you were thinking about?

  12. Selector J Says:

    way behind… page 4. just wanted to give my “preach it” to Mr. C.

    everything i had thought I was going to respond with to the Haiti conversation was basically already put into words by Mr. C (in a more eloquent manner to taboot).

    Gotta an acquaintance in Haiti right now that has been all over the news as an independent journalist from Cnn to Democracy Now. Got in some heated philosophical/political discussions with him about stuff in Austin a few times (he tries to make sense of being an ‘anarchist’ by blaming all things wrong with the world on all things done by the US gov’t).

    ::dinner and kids demanding attention::

    more later….

  13. pagesidehighschool Says:

    Thanks Kenny, just read show notes on phishnet, a star studded cast indeed!

    Speaking of time loves a hero, check out star lake 8/11/98
    trench town rock>Julius>wolfmans>time loves a hero opener!

  14. BingosBrother Says:

    Straight from the sewer
    TMNT style
    Jedi soundtrack music

  15. Marshall Says:

    Have you guys downloaded the Phanatic App for your iPhone? I couldn’t resist. I don’t buy many apps, but $1.99 seemed cheap.

  16. Marshall Says:

    Purchase of that roxy box prompted the permanent retirement of my maxell XLIIs of those shows. Once I discovered this site, and the DLs found here, I eventually threw away all my tapes. Not even nostalgia could force me to hold on to ’em.

  17. kenny powers Says:

    wow Marshall that’s amazing you held on to them that long! I remember how i used to consider my 1st generation XLII of 12.30.93 set II SBD to be incredible audio quality…but in light of all these master-quality recordings we get now thru Dry Goods, LP downloads, and etree, it sounds like arse in comparison!

  18. pagesidehighschool Says:

    That roxy tape was in heavy rotation with my friends and I, for some reason all of us kept losing our copies and had to steal each others ha! Those were the good ole days!

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    I stole, things I needed bad

  20. Marshall Says:

    I didn’t find a source for tapes until after about my fourth show, late into 1995, after I’d been into the band for about 18 months. A Live One was like the holy grail for a southerner without a hookup like me. Once I got a connection for good AUD tapes (and bad AUDs too) I was HOOKED! That was “all she wrote.”

  21. Marshall Says:

    i actually took the after-market CD player (the kind that slid out of the chassis) out of my car and replaced the factory stereo w/ cassette deck so I could listen to tapes in the car. It was so against-the-grain … in a time when cars were just starting to offer CD players, I was returning to love of cassettes.

  22. Little Buddy Says:

    Mt two year old is dancing around the house singing one of the themes Trey plays during the Nassau Jam from the Island Tour. We were listening to it in the car on the way home from the bookstore. Good stuff.

    @ KWL – Wow! Interesting post. Thanks for taking the time to lay that out.

    re: Cassettes – I still have hundreds of Phish and Dead tapes. Once in a while I throw one in (my 2001 Volvo has a tape deck). They are mostly un-listenable but I just can’t let go of them.

  23. kenny powers Says:

    @ Marshall, mad props to the love of analog cassettes. I truly miss the days.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    Along the lines of Haiti:

    The Flies by Jean-Paul Sartre. Marshall hit the nail on the head.

    I hope everyone is doing well.

  25. Marshall Says:

    I thought I was so “hip” with my analog “bootleg” cassettes (even though they weren’t illegal, I didn’t know what else to call them). The idea of music costing only the price of a blank. Moreover, a recording of an actual concert I’d attended (before I stated calling them “shows”) – that was pure genius! A light was on above my head.

    As much as I loved my box of cassettes in the car, I love the hundred or so shows I carry around on my iPod way more.

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