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. verno329 Says:

    @soulish agreed on the return of BEK. I love Moma Dance but the openness of BEK was something that had the potential to be really special.

    And speaking of Landlady, that’s one that I’d love to see TAB play. Those horns could tear up that tune.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thank god ticketmaster just sent me an e-mail to remind me about TAB next Tuesday. I almost forgot. HA

  3. verno329 Says:

    Anyone believe HH is actually gonna leave? Get going man!

  4. neemor Says:

    “The lyrics sucked all the jamming possibility out of the song.”
    I love Moma Dance’s lyrics.
    But I like BEK.

    Dude, there is a post with the list.
    Look up.

  5. Stupendous Says:

    I hear ya on the panic attacks, I feel as ive been experiencing them…
    my thing is to constantly be slightly ‘baned. as opposed to getting really ‘baned. in one sitting, thats when it gets out of hand for me…

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ok. my mission is clear now. Operation: Oakdale to commence post haste.

  7. fat bastard Says:

    the only panic attacks i get is when i hear WSP bustin’ into Disco and im still in the lot

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    @ AW

    Tell me about it!

    woke up this morning thinking something would be posted on bt. Nope nothing!

    That AKG 483 source from Charlottesville is the bomb though

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so how long will it be until somebody decides to add neemsbane and its derivations to urban dictionary?


    Not soon enough.

  10. neemor Says:


    I: Sand, Shine, Cayman Review, Valentine, Alaska, Mozambique, All That Almost Was, Night Speaks to a Woman, The Birdwatcher, Obstacle Of Course*, Let Me Lie, Alive Again

    II: Curlew’s Call, Liquid Time, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Money Love and Change, Show of Life, Last Tube, Ether Sunday, Push On Til The Day

    E: Sweet and Dandy**, Tuesday, First Tube

    * Debut, Anastasio/Marshall; dedicated to Tom’s daughter

    ** Toots and the Maytals cover

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    Duh, I see it now

    Thanks neemor

  12. neemor Says:

    Have we seen ‘Alive Again’ or ‘Tuesday’ before last night?
    I guess so.

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    First Alive Again of the tour!

    That rings truer than ever for Trey, huh fellas?

  14. BeantownBoy Says:

    Hmm…I didn’t put things together, until right now, that Oakdale is Sunday night and I don’t have work on Monday.


  15. marcoesq Says:

    this hartford d/l not working for anyone else? It gets halfway through then kicks out..

  16. mrfergie Says:

    holy hell – this tweezer smokes…

  17. fat bastard Says:

    love the first set opener and closer, SAND & ALIVE AGAIN, what great bookends!

  18. neemor Says:

    This 12.2.95 Tweezer is terrifying me from the first notes…
    I’m scared.

  19. Stupendous Says:

    Alive again is my fav trey solo tune…along with flock of words and ether sunday….glad to see ether sunday pop up…

    Do y’all think we’d feel different about TTE if it was instrumental?
    I for one def think so….

  20. fat bastard Says:

    give me that setlist in CHI nxt friday please

  21. albert walker Says:

    interested to hear the new Anastasio/ Marshall tune

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    It’s nice to get longer sets from Trey and Phish now.

    No one is in a hurry to get back stage to smoke, or snort a bunch of growlers!

  23. Selector J Says:

    Reggae fans
    You know how we got on the reggae DJ discussion the other day….

    I just remembered I had this podcast by Mikey Dread that he called “DJ Style” featuring some great 70s DJ tunes. It’s REALLY good.

    Little Mikey Dread background:
    Before Mikey Dread became an artist, he did a radio show on JBC (JA’s BBC) during the unfilled hours from midnight until 5am featuring the best reggae of the time. This was during the late 70s so the music was popping and Mikey Dread was a helluva radio host… (1,000,000,000x better than Selector J.) Mikey Dread’s jingle-filled segues between songs are worth the listen alone.

    This podcast marks the only the 5th, but final, podcast he made before he passed away in ’08 from brain cancer. I was pretty devastated with the news since naturally, I was ecstatic about his return to radio via podcast. One of THE best radio personalities ever and hands down the coolest radio selector in reggae history.
    I put it on the mediafire.

  24. KWL Says:

    love this tweezer… was just thinking about it yesterday too. Miner is tapped in to the collective BB mind, lab coat and all.

    a good taste of what jdub is about to run into as he works through fall 95

    haven’t heard this split in a while, thanks for the re-visit after I was asking for splits the other day.

  25. albert walker Says:

    This tweezer and reba are 2 examples of why 95 is my fav year hands down
    When ever I start to change my mind always come back to this feeling
    Shit is so damn hot

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