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!

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/ph00-05-21d2t02.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2-05-Track-05.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2.02-Walls-of-the-Cave.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2.03-Carini.mp3]

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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.”

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/ph1996-08-06d2t02.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Mango-Song-_.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Jam-_.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Free1.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/ph98-07-25d1t05.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/ph94-10-18sbd.d2t04.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/1.04-Round-Room.mp3]

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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**

*Unfinished
**Members of Son Seals Band

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

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693 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. joe Says:

    damn. got to go out in the cold to do some rounds here. that stash was so hot.

  2. Gratefulcub Says:

    Joe, I’m not caught up, what show are you talking about?

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    I started Raiders a couple nights ago, finishing now. It was a favorite ‘rainy Sunday afternoon’ movie when I was a kid.

    Joe- I highly recommend getting a copy of the Phish Companion. I’ve got a ragged, much loved copy of Volume 1, and basically, I’ll thumb through, find a recommended show or version of a song, and I’ll try to find it, here, phishows.com, torrent, whatever. That’s how I came upon your Stash

  4. joe Says:

    11/14/1995

  5. bhizzle Says:

    @chef…

    The people that told me to do that when I was underage used to call it “dirtbagging” cuz typically the peeps you could convince weren’t the classiest of peeps. I got drunk tho and the “dirtbags” usually req’d enough extra cash to pick them up a 12’er too.

  6. Foul_Domain Says:

    Anybody going to see Gordo in March?

  7. bhizzle Says:

    my fav rainy sunday afternoon movies are old spaghetti westerns or mob movies.

  8. bhizzle Says:

    unfortunately no Gordo this time around, but I HIGHLY suggest going if you can. I went last round to the show and got BASSED indeed. Phenom!

  9. Foul_Domain Says:

    I hope I get a chance. I missed getting bassed last tour, and he even hit Toronto…40 min from my house. Unfortunately I was in KY at the time.

    Favourite rainy Sunday Flicks: Any classic marathons (Star Wars, Rocky, Back to the Future…although the 3rd sucked)

  10. bhizzle Says:

    i must admit i was slightly nervous to go. i had heard nothing of his material, but that it was hit or miss and the dude is quirky and his contribution to the Phish catalog is quirky as well. the big thing that got me to go was to see murawski. and like i said not dissappointed. everyone in the band wa top notch and both gordo and murawski raged. there was really nothing quirky about it.

  11. Foul_Domain Says:

    The Green Sparrow is an incredible album.

  12. uncleEb Says:

    lovin’ this “piper”. i’ve been to cumberland county a few times. saw primus there as a matter of fact

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    another door is a good song

  14. Foul_Domain Says:

    I really liked Inside In. Completely different material than Sparrow. If you like the quirky stuff, thats the one to get. Maybe quirky isnt the word…but its not a rock album by any means. Some very creative stuff on there. Check out “Gatekeeper” “The Teacher” and “Couch Lady”. Very cool tunes

  15. uncleEb Says:

    no doubt Gordy’s on top of his game right now. i’d love to get back up north to see him

  16. ChefBradford Says:

    I really enjoyed “Inside In”, haven’t heard but a couple of tracks from “Sparrow”

    Thumbing through some “Party Time” tracks now. Would love to see “If I Told You” come percolating out of a choice, heavy, electronish jam

    Love it or hate it, “Let Me Lie” is a heart-wrenchingly good song. I think I prefer the “Party Time” version, but the “Bar 17” version is more raw and ragged, which is how I imagine Trey felt when he wrote and recorded it

  17. ChefBradford Says:

    Whoo, shivers. A couple of particular lines in “Let Me Lie” remind me clearly of my darkest days. I totally relate to the sentiment of the lines. Wow. Not a good place for anybody to be. This would be the perfect time for Dr Pronoia to pop in

  18. Foul_Domain Says:

    I totally dig Let Me Lie. Im a bit surprised it hasnt gotten much love. I heard it live in Syracuse and really enjoyed it.

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    It was one of the songs I loved on “Bar 17”. I’m a sucker for melancholy songs with pretty tunes

  20. Gavinsdad Says:

    @ bhizzle: I’m in s.jersey (which just signed compassionate use into law last week) And I’m following the CA bill like a hawk. Fingers crossed for a massive societal shift.

    Nite people.

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    Likewise with “Joy”. I wouldn’t be dancing around if they played it at a show, but it’s a good song. One late friend comes to mind every time I hear the second verse of that song. He should be here. He’s not.

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    later gavinsdad

  23. Foul_Domain Says:

    Me too Chef.

    Lifeboy is one of my favs from that category of songs. Some of the best lyrics of any song IMO. Im glad they finally played it in Miami (flawlessly too!)

  24. BigNasty Says:

    LA Times says:

    Proponents of an initiative to make California the first state to legalize marijuana have collected about 693,800 signatures, virtually guaranteeing that the measure will appear on a crowded November ballot.

    BN Says:
    F-YEAH!

  25. garretc Says:

    Yeah, I’m actually a huge fan of let me lie, thought I was the only one!

    And yeah, chef, it’s reasonably easy to get alcohol bought for you, but it’s actually much easier to get weed, cause I can just do it myself on my own terms…

    And hot damn! The moon is bright as shit! Can’t wait until after midnight so I can break my toking sabbatical and stare at the moon… ON WEED!

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