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. ChefBradford Says:

    Foul_D- We are on the same damn page, man. Lifeboy has always been a favorite “ballad” (that term doesn’t really work for me, but it’s all I got). The banjo and strings on the album version make it all the more powerful, and when they played it in Miami (I wasn’t there), I had to smile. I’ve felt exactly that way, and I think pretty much everybody does at some point.

    That’s one of the things I love. They’ll play a heartbreaking song, and then follow it up with a truly triumphant, joyful jam. Whoo.

  2. ChefBradford Says:

    Bummer, too cloudy here to see the moon, let alone Mars

  3. Gratefulcub Says:

    Nighty Night Backpackman.

    I love Joy to no end, but it’s more of a personal thing. The first half of it is about Trey’s daughter and wanting her to be happy. It really hit home. Joy was released on the day that my nursery furniture showed up. I spent all day listening to the album and putting together my daughter’s nursery.

    I have the Joy poster from the box of joy framed in her room. It’s the one little piece of me that I added. My wife, love her heart, gave me no crap about it what-so-ever. She just said, “it’s pretty, and it’s important to you, so hang it where you want it.”

  4. ChefBradford Says:

    I’m trying to figure out something to watch. Had a couple things in mind, started playing some Phish, thought about the IT DVD, realized I still haven’t watched the DVD that came with the Joy Box

    may have to dig in to that

  5. Foul_Domain Says:

    Love the album version. I love the part in the Hoist tracking sessions where they stomp on the gravel (or whatever they are standing on) to get that sound near the end. I always wondered what that was before I saw the vid

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    Cub- Music is an intensely personal experience, which is why it’s basically a waste for people to get into heated arguments over it.

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    An ex-girlfriend found me a copy of Tracking on e-bay not long before she dumped me, haven’t watched it in…man, must be about 4 years now

  8. Gratefulcub Says:

    Chef, check out the Joy on the DVD. Hilarious. Most of it is a camera view that shows Trey, from the top of the doc to his chin. That’s it. They must have had zero good footage of that song.

    Jamming the Golden Age right now. That song must get into the rotation. Too too good.

  9. Foul_Domain Says:

    @Gratefulcub – Is your wife not a phan at all?

    My wife and I have COMPLETELY different musical tastes. Although she does admit to liking Waste and Theme, among a couple of other Phish tunes. She cant stand the jams/improv though. Doesnt get it at all.

  10. Gratefulcub Says:

    Right on chef. Sort of like the conversation around here about which was the best jam of Miami: Tweezer, BOTT, or Ghost

    For me it was Tweezer, but not because it had the highest score in the Wine Spectator, just because it hit me in the sweet spot.

    Just decided what tonight’s listen is going to be: 12/29 Set 2.

    I have been on a Neemsbane. hiatus since before NYE run, so I haven’t actually listened to the Tweezer proper like. 5 minutes from liftoff.

  11. ChefBradford Says:

    Ahh, I agree. Golden Age NEEDS to be in the rotation, even if it’s a rarity. Great song, done very well by the guys.

    Also still hoping for Mikes>I Just Wanna See His Face

    or, really,

    Any Great Jam>I Just Wanna See His Face

  12. Gratefulcub Says:

    She hates it. Hate is a strong word, so let me rephrase: she hates it.

    But she is a peach. She doesn’t complain about by show going, at all. She let’s me do my thing, and she does hers. Music isn’t as important to her.

    I actually like it this way though. Phish is my thing, and it is very personal and introspective. I share my life with her, but Phish is mine.

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    Hah, enjoy Cub! For awhile the Tweezer had my vote, now it’s BOTT. Ask me again in a week, it may be something else.

    It’s all good, so to speak

  14. Gratefulcub Says:

    I am listening to a little playlist that’s ending:

    Golden Age
    Crimes of the Mind

    Fun nuggets from the fall.

    I’m off to the basement for 5 minutes with Neemsbane..

    WEED grows in the yard, we partake in Neemsbane. around here.

  15. Gratefulcub Says:

    Manet Monet, who cares which is better, enjoy both.

  16. Foul_Domain Says:

    12/29 set 2 is so sick. I have to go with the Tweezer>Caspian for favourite Miami jam.

    I listened to 12/30 today too. Really enjoy the Sand, Curtain With, Lifeboy to open the 2nd set.

    Those 2 nights were sublime

  17. BigNasty Says:

    I think Trey is making a Lifeboy reference in his drug court speech when he says he was “hanging by a thread”. Gave me a chill.

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    Damn, I’m gonna have to sweet-talk somebody into giving me some good stuff after tomorrow, I’m almost out. It’s amazing how long I can make it last after essentially a break for over a year

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    I missed that link earlier today, can I get either the link or the page number? Hell, I can YouTube the damn thing

  20. BigNasty Says:



  21. garretc Says:

    I haven’t listened to Miami enough to make a truly informed opinion, but I really dig the BOTT jam, especially the parts where it sounds like they hit the peak and pause for a second, the crowd starts going crazy, and then they go right back into it, and the crowd just explodes… And they did it, what, 3 times? 4 times? Toooo sick

  22. joe Says:

    accidentally getting a snickers bar out of the vending maching instead of sunflower seeds was the best mistake I’ve made in a long time.

  23. ChefBradford Says:

    I’m listening to his Capitol Hill appearance now, check that link next. Thanks, BN

  24. Foul_Domain Says:

    All this Neemsbane talk is making me want to get back on the road so I can get home to mine. Better wait till sun up though.

    Talk…thats another song I miss. Great lyrics and fun to play on the guitar. Surprised it didnt make the Indio acoustic set

  25. Foul_Domain Says:

    lol @ joe.

    packed with peanuts. gotta love em

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