Ten Tunes For Friday

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Here’s another ten-pack to get you through the last day of the week. Click on any orange song title to download. Enjoy!


Down With Disease” 5.21.00 II, Radio City, NYC

The unquestionable highlight of the first Radio City show, this version provides a smoking example of early-2000 Phish. These were the first shows following Big Cypress, and were some of the most highly anticipated in the band’s history.



Piper” 12.8.99 II CCCC, Portland, ME

Throughout ’99, “Piper” transformed into a more earnest jam vehicle than its earlier incarnations. While the band took the song on many thrilling rides, this piece, from Portland, ME, provides a example of Phish swimming up a vastly different channel.



Walls > Carini” 2.14.03 II, The Forum, LA, CA

8.15.09 (K.Pusey)

After a lackluster comeback run at MSG and Hampton, this show brought Phish back into focus. This second set sequence represents the first stellar jam of the post-hiatus era, and there would be many more. Coming out like a different band than the tentative quartet who played through their much-hyped return, Phish seemed to latch onto an improvisational ethos early in this winter tour that would set their musical path of ’03. Featuring an outlandishly exploratory “Walls,” these 45 minutes are for keeps.



Tweezer” 8.6.96 II Red Rocks, CO

Taking it back Phish’s original four-night stand at Red Rocks, this monster version came as part of the classic “Curtain > Tweezer” combination. One of the unmistakable jams of the weekend, these smooth grooves build into a sublime quote of The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.”



Mango (jam)> Free” 9.17.00 II Merriweather, Columbia, MD

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

Drifting from “Mango’s” upbeat territory into a dark, millennial ambiance, Phish used this unlikely jam vehicle to ignite a phenomenal set-ending sequence. Gradually layering a dissonant soundscape far from reality, the band created the most menacing textures of the show. Bleeding into a hugely energetic “Free,” Phish capped this top-shelf Fall ’00 offering with gusto.



Yamar” 7.25.98 I  South Park Meadows, Austin, TX

Often overlooked in the first set, this “Yamar” transforms from an island paradise into a dark guitar narrative of lessons learned on a mythical battlefield.



Reba” 10.18.94 II Memorial Gym, Nashville, TN

1994 and “Reba” go together like peanut butter and jelly; two peas in a pod. And here’s another reason why – a vintage rendition.



Round Room” 2.15.03 I Thomas and Mack, Las Vegas, NV

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Experimenting with the debut of their album’s title track, Phish gave us an early taste of ’03 psychedelia. This piece provides a glimpse into the ultra-textured, ambient improv that the band embraced throughout their comeback year. If one thing was true about ’03, the band never hesitated to jump into the void on a whim, and this was one of those excursions.




7.10.97 Espace Julien, Marseilles, FR < Torrent

7.10.97 Espace Julien, Marseilles, FR < Megaupload

Europe '97 T-Shirt

This dark-horse, jam-filled reader request from goes out to Bob the Brewer in Freeport, Maine, who used to blast this XLII while delivering pizzas back in the day. If you find yourself in Freeport, stop by Gritty McDuff’s Brewpub, “Where Phish on full volume makes the beer taste that much better!”

I: Dogs Stole Things, Limb By Limb, Ginseng Sullivan, Bathtub Gin, Llama* > Wading in the Velvet Sea > Jam, Olivia’s Pool

II: 2001 > Julius > Magilla, Ya Mar > Ghost > Take Me to the River* > Jam

E: Funky Bitch**

**Members of Son Seals Band

Source: Neumann TLM-170i (hyper setting) > Sonosax SX-M2 > HHB Portadat@48k > DAT


693 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    thanks joe! one of my better efforts for sure. unfortunately my lyrical skills peaked when I was 3.

  2. joe Says:

    In all honesty, that song hits me in a way that a Phish ballad hasn’t. And it’s not just the age/experience thing either cuz the early stella blues hit me too.

  3. joe Says:

    oh, and if AW is still around – sick Blackhawks game last night. Caught the 3rd period and overtime when I got home from work. Chicago’s offensive firepower is scary right now.

  4. HarryHood Says:


    Just caught your post earlier about the PT Thread. Those guys are some serious douchebags, but if you’ve got a good sense of humor, that thread has some real funny posts. This one made me laugh pretty hard:

    “i texted my friend that 7/31 was the best show in years, he replied, ‘it must have been, mr. miner just came all over his blog'”

  5. joe Says:

    speaking of Chicago – girlfriend just mentioned going out to Chicago for February Vacation (not sure if other states have public schools off the week of the 15th) to see her brother and his family. I was kind of indifferent but just checked the Trey dates and now think it might be a great idea to see them!

    speaking of which….who has my Boston extra?

  6. stitchstash Says:

    I hope I get to see a Round Room this summer. I went to the Vegas shows. I didn’t realize it until I saw that Miner updated the archive. I have a hard time remembering the shows I’ve been to at times. Any one else have this problem? Years, shows and venues can sometimes blend.

    I’ve never calculated the Phish shows I’ve been to, but I know exactly how many Grateful Dead shows I’ve seen. It’s only 2. Kind of hard to forget that count.

  7. joe Says:

    yeah Miner, what I love about you and your site is that you never became one of those jaded headier than thou dbags.

  8. albert walker Says:

    Go Hawks

    gonna have to carry the goaltenders
    I don’t see anything east or west that matches up
    its a whole new game come playoffs though
    seen many a dominating regular season team go down quick

  9. joe Says:

    @stich – It all seems like one big show to me most of the time. The number is somewhere between 75-100 I bet going back to 1994 (does a free one set show in 1992 count?) I was definitely at the Portland show that the piper is from though. But I remember that one more for the friend I went with than that particular song. In fact I really remember dog faced boy that was after piper better for some reason.

  10. joe Says:

    Albert – I’m a Bruins fan. They are the kings of the kick-ass regular season, flame out in the playoffs.(1st place regular season last year, 2nd round exit) Know it all to well.

    ps. – second cup of coffee kicking in big time. I think need to chill on posting.

  11. Mitch Says:

    sup ya’ll
    had to get on here cause this was striking me funny.

    part 2 of last nights story about the apartment. the super calls me post J. place is stankin and hes wanting to come fix a pipe. i thought he was done for the day. balls. um.. uh.. can you. uh… come back in a… i’m saying. “30 mins, we can wait 30, ok” in his greek accent. ok cool i say.
    now i hustle into find the air spray mode. i’m blasting some crazy herbie jazz and getting the place ready.
    he walks in and both dudes are fixing pipes in different rooms and i’m jammin’ out all blazed and half cocked on neat knob creek. good times.

  12. garretc Says:

    I dunno joe, the sharks have had some really solid regular seasons dissolve right quick in the playoffs… They could give the bruins a run in that category!

  13. halcyon Says:

    Here is a random thought….Just read that since January 17th there has been close to 1500 earthquakes in Yellowstone!!!


  14. joe Says:

    Garret – that’s because Joe Thornton brought that disease with him. He’s one of the biggest great regular season, turtle in the playoffs players I’ve ever seen.
    (I’m a bitter, bitter man sometimes. Trying to work on it, really)

  15. Mitch Says:

    i also switched to 24h time on my phone today. gonna force myself to learn military time just cause i dont like being slow at it and saw the feature on my phone. watch has it but i never look at that time. now i will.

  16. Mitch Says:

    herbie – hang up your hang ups. whew! still going and the apartment is finally all fixed and livable!!

    also making me think of this after herbie, i met a woman today who had documented all these head hunters. she was showing me pics from a trip she just took to bumblefuck tribes and naked people places. i was like yeah my ears are like that dudes (i have plugs), yeah i know a dude with those nose piercings, ive seen face tattoos on people i know yeah, check that.

    she kept looking at me like really?? why did they do that? these guys were head hunters and this was for this reason and so on. i was like well most of it at this point is style. im not running from someone hunting me.

  17. albert walker Says:

    yeah the Hawks have the Sharks #

    in a 7 game series probably Vancouver and then Detroit would be the 2 I would not want to face

    Vancouver plays us tough and have the hot goalie

  18. garretc Says:

    Yeah Mitch, I’ve been on 24 hour time for the last 5 or 6 years, just cause it makes more sense… And anyone can tell regular time, so why not learn something extra while you’re at it?

  19. garretc Says:

    Hmm, Los Lobos are playing UCLA tomorrow night, is that something I should be going to? I’ve never really listened to any of their stuff, but I’ve heard good things about em…

  20. joe Says:

    odds that mitch is either an hour late or an hour early for an engagement in the next few weeks due to the switch?

  21. pagesidehighschool Says:

    there’s no o’clock in military time either, doesn’t someone here not like o’clock?

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    “(does a free one set show in 1992 count?)”

    if you remember it, of course

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    Los Lobos shows range from the pedestrian but energetic to quite surprisingly excellent

    I’d go if it’s affordable

    “Kiko” is a real interesting album in a style you might not expect from them – recommended – it has “When The Circus Comes” on it, FWIW, but that’s not the only reason to dig it

  24. joe Says:

    disregard my mitch post – didn’t see you rock the watch too. thought this was going to be your main time keeper.

    and I barely remember the show – Maybe Bob Dylan and the Beastie Boys played later? The old Umass spring concerts all blend into one show for me too. I can tell you that Dinasaur Jr. is wicked loud live and the guys from Fishbone were crazy. I do remember that.

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    sup Mitch…from this morning – never been to DC. It was a real possibility on two occasions, but I passed them both up – have always kicked myself. I’ll be there this year though 🙂

    Some good beers tossed about. We can get lots of good stuff here in Charlotte…in fact, got a 12 pk of 12 oz. bottles of Fat Tire out back. I enjoy them once in a while, but can’t do more than about 2-3 at a time…right now, I’ve got TwoHearted, Dogfish 90, and even a few Bass lined up in front of those lonely 12. Same for #9.

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