Ten Tunes For Friday

6.18.09 (M.Stein)

Another Friday means another ten jams to cap the week. The orange song titles are download links. Enjoy!


Reba” 6.19.95 I

After posting this show earlier this week, readers have been raving about this first set “Reba.” A gem of Phish’s first performance at Deer Creek, this dynamic, multi-peaking version often goes overlooked in favor of the second set. Trey straight annihilates this piece, working in close conjunction with Mike. Check it out – it’s a great way to kick off Friday.



Seven Below” 2.20.03 II

Phish took liberty in Chicago on their first tour back from hiatus, playing three of their best jams of the run up to that point all in one night. After a scinitillanting first set “Jibboo”and a dark, dissonant trek through “Tweezer,” the band played the first stellar version of “Seven Below” late in the second set. Moving through multiple mini-jams, this piece winds it way through many series of grooves into an alluring piece of improv.



Tweezer” 12.2.95 II

7.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Expecting a groove session? Think again. This “Tweezer” is one for the ages, but not for its thick, gooey textures. When listening to this jam, the term “balls to the wall” has never seemed more appropriate. For this blistering musical jaunt, make sure to buckle your seat belt before digging into this one.



Black-Eyed Katy” 11.23.97 I

Ahhh, good ol’ Fall ’97 – when “The Moma Dance” wasn’t even a thought in the band’s mind. Starting in Vegas’ tour opener, Phish broke out this instrumental crack that kept the community fiending for funk all tour long. Though many versions of “Black-Eyed Katy” brought the molasses, this one from Winston-Salem is my personal favorite.



AC/DC Bag > Gumbo” 9.14.99 II

10.30.09 (W.Rogell)

In honor of all the “classics” I have featured this week, here is one more, non-negotiable, jam for the annals of Phish history. In a undersold gym in Boise, Phish broke out both “AC/DC Bag” and “Gumbo” for the first time in Fall ’99, creating an immortal combination. Between the transcendent, soul-tugging playing of “Bag” and the dinosaur funk in “Gumbo,” anyone who drove straight to Shoreline from The Gorge have been kicking themselves for years. Another one bites the dust; this is epic Phish.



Harry Hood” 7.31.03 II

Following the lead of Charlotte’s 30-minute version a week earlier, Phish once again went huge on “Harry Hood” in Camden’s final show before IT. Taking the divine build out to realms uncharted, the band’s willingness to take any song anywhere became wholly evident by the end of summer ’03. Always overshadowed by Charlotte’s groundbreaking rendition, this “Hood” has plenty of its own to offer.



Ghost” 8.6.97 II

Hampton '09 (A.Kuroda)

This version came smack in the middle of the funk revolution of summer ’97. Following an extended commute from The Gorge to St. Louis, Phish threw down some smoking jams in The Gateway to West. This extended “Ghost” comes in a long line of highlights from this evening, a night which has always been a dark-horse considering the magnitude of the surrounding shows. This “Ghost” represents the definitive sound of summer ’97 – raw, unpasteurized, cow funk.



Split Open and Melt” 8.10.97 I

One of the most unique “Splits” ever played provides our second piece of Deer Creek history this Friday. Creating an avant-garde musical mixture in the first set,Phish donned their sorcerer’s cloaks, sculpting a piece of improv that will leave your brain drooling. Additionally, this version has long been hailed for its nod to Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun.”



David Bowie” 11.26.94 II

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

Everyone knows the exhaltation of A Live One’s “Slave,” but few realize the demonic journey that led to such heights. Arguably, the most insane of all the colossal “Bowies” during Fall ’94, this jam defines an improvisational era in Phish history; a true psychedelic beast.




6.30.00 The Meadows, Hartford, CT < Torrent

6.30.00 The Meadows, Hartford, CT < Megaupload

The first of two nights in Hartford during the summer of 2000, this show boasts two strong sets highlighted by a under-the-radar first set “Tweezer,” and a second set combo of “Halley’s > Mango > Twist.” This long awaited reader request goes out to Jon “Willowed” Bailey, aka Jack Bauer.

I: Ha Ha Ha > AC/DC Bag, Tweezer > Runaway Jim, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, Ginseng Sullivan, Guyute, Golgi Apparatus, Tweezer Reprise, Possum

II: Halley’s Comet > The Mango Song > Twist, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Back on the Train, Makisupa Policeman, Farmhouse, Sleeping Monkey, David Bowie

E: Cavern

Source: Neumann ak40s > Neumann lc-3 active cables > Neumann km100s > Audio Magic Presto II XLRs > Apogee AD-1000


1,003 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. neemor Says:

    I’m in Connecticut.
    You want me to drive to Boston, the worst city to drive in EVER, no navigator, to try and run around and scrape up an extra?
    You must be mad.

  2. neemor Says:

    Worth every second.

  3. neemor Says:

    I’m ‘settling’ for Oakdale, Terminal 5.
    Poor me.
    I figured I’d let Ernie get all of the nonsense out first before bringing the Jedi heat.

  4. Selector J Says:

    me and the ‘neemzy’ had the exact same progression… i mean, line for line.

  5. albert walker Says:

    just realized I was at 6 out of 10 of the Friday jams

    should make for a nice morning at work
    off to spin this shit and read some reports

    laterz kids

    anyone that digs out there, experimental Japanese psyche rock
    feel free to hit my name and check out the album by Ghost
    good stuff

  6. BeantownBoy Says:

    I will second Neemor on Boston being the worst city to drive in. Prior to moving here, two years ago, I had left in metropolises and assorted towns on both coasts. Yet, I have never been driven to more frustration behind the wheel then in Boston. Basically, two years later, I find it a small victory to get from Point A to Point B without getting lost.

    However, regardless, Neemor hop the train! Because you know that HOB is going to be ridiculous tonight. Sold out. 3 shows under TAB’s belt, Friday night…it is a recipe for ridiculousness.

  7. Gratefulcub Says:

    Is it wrong of me to want to change doctors just because I hear him go on an “Obama socialist” screed in the room next door? Oreilly asshole.

  8. Kenny Powers Says:

    yeah, i still enjoy getting baned but feel really weird around my wife when i’m irie. she doesn’t partake in anything but the hooch. her brother died pretty young from a serious drug problem so that whole universe kind of freaks her out.

    she’s pretty cool w/ herb though since most of her friends up here partake ; she’s from the deep South where she was in a sorority and was very mainstream…none of her friends down there burned. if we had met in college it never would have worked out. two polar opposite social circles.

    anyway she kind of saved me from becoming Johnny Depp channeling George Jung when we started getting serious in 2003, so i kind of feel an obligation to respect her and not be red in her presence.

  9. HarryHood Says:

    You want me to drive to Boston, the worst city to drive in EVER, no navigator, to try and run around and scrape up an extra?
    You must be mad.

    ^ Yes, and Yes.

  10. albert walker Says:

    Yeah the socialist argument is played out

    Worthless politician just like the rest of them
    That is the real argument at this point

    Bunch of cats just way over there heads in Washington right now
    Pretty scary

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    neemor, remember that the worst shows are the ones you miss…

    is Oakdale sold out?

  12. HarryHood Says:

    Alright, I’m really out now…..

    Neemor, you’ve got mail

    See you cats in a few hours!

  13. willowed Says:

    Type III
    Oakdale is pretty big. I do not think it will sell out.
    Come on down brother!

  14. willowed Says:

    It is not Type III I just checked!

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    I know how this is going to go down. I’m going to have a blast tonight and I’m going to want to drive down to CT to catch tomorrow’s show too. It’s not like I have anything to do Sunday except put in some QT with the wife, but she starts a new job Monday and actually wants me out of the house on Sunday. So I ask you, what is preventing me from hitting both of these shows?

  16. HarryHood Says:

    ^ Nothing

    K, really going now

  17. HarryHood Says:

    Type III,

    You are officially in charge of convincing my girl that we should go to Saturday night’s show as well……

  18. soulish Says:

    Love this Black Eyed Katy. Though I can’t listen to it while at work because it is impossible not to get up and dance while listening to it. I for one wish they would go back to BEK and get rid of Moma Dance. The lyrics sucked all the jamming possibility out of the song. Now it is the exact same thing every time. But if you listen to this BEK and the one from the night before they are completely different animals. Plus I think Phish needs more instumentals. Bring back Magilla and The Landlady!

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I need to work on my wife first, but I’ll do my best this evening!

  20. fat bastard Says:

    kp just get high first thing in the morning once you’re out the door, by the time you see the misses again your no longer red

  21. Stupendous Says:

    Morning All
    I def agree with the thought of the boys needing more instumentals…
    they hardly play CTB, magilla, all things reconsidered, etc…
    would love for them to write some new tunes without vocals…

  22. HarryHood Says:

    @ Type III


    K, Car is leaving without me now……. Later guys.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    Anyone have last night’s set list to post on the BlackBoard please???

  24. jdub Says:

    T3, nothing should stop you at this point. If you hit both you garauntee catching a hot show or two. Besides I’ll be packing a friends homegrown bane for all interested.

  25. albert walker Says:

    where are the hot sources for the last 2 shows?

    come on tapers!

    those 1st night AKG’s do sound pretty crispy though
    need some new one’s to play tonight

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