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. stitchstash Says:

    Joe, I agree, it is one big show.

    AW, the Blackhawks are on fire this year. Our friend has really good season tickets for the Sabres and he offered to give them up for any game. I chose the Blackhawks. I didn’t think the Sabres would win but they somehow pulled it off. There’s a guy from Buffalo on the Blackhawks so it was a big game here. Jerseys were half and half in the crowd.

  2. stitchstash Says:

    halcyon, 1500!? Oh my, that is a lot. Is the volcano waking up?

  3. garretc Says:

    Yeah, the show’s only $15 for students, so it would probably be worth going

  4. pagesidehighschool Says:

    joe, what part of mass are you from/live?

  5. Luther Justice Says:

    I just read tonight will be the brightest moon of 2010. Don’t miss the chance to see this – ON WEED.

  6. stitchstash Says:

    If that volcano erupts, they say most of the US would feel its wrath.

  7. joe Says:

    pageside – I’m currently living in Watertown. you?

  8. stitchstash Says:

    Speaking of volcanoes, I better fire mine up! I’m going down in a blaze of glory tonight. I’m so glad this week is over. Thanks for the recomendation Luther. I’m not usually fond of looking at bright lights or objects, but I could make an exception for the moon.

  9. pagesidehighschool Says:

    i grew up on cape, now reside in white mtn national forest area,nh

  10. garretc Says:

    I just read tonight will be the night in two years to look at Mars… So unless Luther Justice accidentally read his source wrong, there’ll be two abnormally bright objects in the sky tonight!

  11. garretc Says:

    Sorry, “BEST night in two years”

  12. voopa Says:

    Enjoying some Hemp Ale now…thanks to the discussion earlier. Also bought some Sudwerk Marzen and Boddington’s for the Mrs., instead of the usual boring case of Pale Ale. Cheers!

  13. garretc Says:

    Right on voopa! Variety IS the spice of life…

  14. KWL Says:

    damn, dogfish 90. out here in CO I have plenty to choose from, even in the almost-in-new-mexico-backwoods mountains (deschutes getting lots of love lately, someone mentioned them yesterday, and yes, believe the hype), but the #1 brewery I miss from back east is southern tier. #2 is dogfish. 60 & 90 are just too good.

  15. KWL Says:

    let’s go buff-a-lo

  16. KWL Says:

    at 7:30 o’clock I will go out and scope this moon. ON NEEMSBANE.

  17. garretc Says:

    Don’t you mean 19:30 o’clock KWL?

  18. Gratefulcub Says:

    Garretc, the Peppatwo.0 will have to wait. LLFA. I’m glad I read back through the days events this evening.

    The ladies of the house are on their way to bed by 9:30, i think i can squeeze in some Neembane. and a show tonight. These opportunities are becoming rare, so what should I listen too?!?!?! I only get one shot at this……

  19. joe Says:

    playing a sweet version of stash right now. 11/14/95 on sirius. some good stuff there. t-minus 2 and a half hours till the weekend. T-minus 3 hours till the first puff of dirty schwag and cocktail.

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    Hell, I’m just about t-minus 13 and a half hours from the end of my vacation. Oh well, can’t sit on the couch, or in this case loveseat, forever

    Can I?


  21. joe Says:

    sorry chef.

  22. joe Says:

    now I remember why I used to like Stash so much.

  23. garretc Says:

    Well chef, you cooouuullllld, but it wouldn’t really be recommended…

  24. joe Says:

    I cheated and looked to see where this one was going. I’m in for a treat here!!!

  25. garretc Says:

    Yeah gratefulcub, I figured you’d be puttin a hold on the babies for a bit, but after my first response to Neemor’s second child post, the “peppatwo.0” popped in to my head, and I had to throw it out there… Don’t let me put any pressure on you and the missus! haha

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