Ten Tunes For Friday

Hampton '09 (J.Volkhausen)

And the weeks continue to peel off the calendar, moving ever closer to the beginning of June. Telluride is all but confirmed, and a full tour should be announced in a couple of weeks. But until then, here we are on Friday again, and here are another ten jams to move the day along just a little bit quicker; a short cut to the weekend. All the selections can be downloaded using the orange song titles, per usual. Enjoy the tunes!


Antelope” 8.28.93 II

Kicking off this Friday is a fierce piece of improv from the band’s last show of Summer ’93 at Berkley’s Greek Theatre. Phish played six out of seven months between February and August, taking only June off, and you can hear the results in the communication during this mind-numbing “Antelope.” Typifying the peak month of August, Phish took this jam to several dynamic places before setting the gearshift for anywhere.



Timber > David Bowie” 7.26.97 II

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

This extended trip into the dark side opened up the second set at South Park Meadows, the now defunct venue in Austin, Texas. Both Dallas and Austin this summer featured Bob Gullotti on a second drum set, as he sat in with the band for four straight sets. This is the fourth of these sets, and perhaps the most impressive segment from both nights.



Tweezer” 4.21.92 II

This personal favorite took place at a Fairgrounds in Eureka, CA, and catches the band on one of their earliest stretches of truly sublime music out west in the spring of ’92. In this “Tweezer” Phish fuses rhythm and melody in a soaring groove that is truly ahead of its time. Check out one of the greatest gems from the band’s west coast swing of lore.



Reba” 8.16.93 I

12.4.09 (W.Rogell)

Another multi-part journey, this “Reba” bears no resemblance to the song’s usual contour. Moving as far from usual territory as possible, Phish morphs from an eerie canvas into a somewhat more conventional feel, but this adventure never stops, as Phish annihilates this jam like few other “Rebas”in history. And it’s the fourth song of the show. (Bear with the less than ideal recording, trust me, its worth it.)



Runaway Jim > Free”  Oswego 7.18.99 II

With a airplane runway doubling as an over-sized dance floor, Phish took this “Runaway Jim” into the realm of funk, turning the afternoon jam into an overtly playful piece. Eventually segueing into “Free,” the festival-sized grooves continued to flow all day long.



Drowned” 12.3.97 I

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

On this night, Phish gave “Drowned” the Fall ’97 treatment. Funking up this version at the onset of The Spectrums’ second night, the band prepped the crowd for two sets of non-stop dance music. This is another piece that drifts far from charted territory.



Wolfman’s Brother” 8.6.98 II

This multi-faceted version opened Lakewood ’98, moving from classic Summer ’98 grooves into a more intricate mid-section, and then an ambient outro. This standout version flies way under the radar with so much shining from Phish’s beloved summer tour.



YEM” 7.19.03 II

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

This stellar “YEM” ended Phish’s two-night, post-hiatus return to Alpine Valley. Within this excursion, the band engages in some thematic jamming that stands up as one of the era’s defining versions of their classic.

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  1. Willowed Says:

    First post biatches.
    Good Morning All. It was a great day on the board yesterday.
    Let’s keep it going.
    Excitement level rising.

  2. Willowed Says:

    50+ degrees on Sat. and Sunday here in CT sprinkled with Gordon down in New Haven!
    This will get me thinking of Spring and Summer.
    With The Summer come The Phish!

  3. Willowed Says:

    One more thing. Thanks for the tunes MIner! We truly appreciate all that you do!!
    93 Antelopes give me nightmares. They are scary creatures!

  4. Foul_Domain Says:

    Who is that in your avatar, Willowed?

  5. jdub Says:

    ^johnny from the karate kid, sweep the lick kid.

    Love me some TTFF, have a great start to the weekend boys and girls!

  6. Willowed Says:

    Jdub – Nice call. Had to switch it up. Willow was starting to creep me out.
    I am not sure if I am in a weird mood this a.m. But I am going to make a statement that is going to piss some people off.

    MSG 12/2/2010 Light – Overrated

    Commence bashing of me. I was at the show. Haven’t revisited this in a while. Each morning I have my little routine. I iron a shirt take a shower. I typically pick a few jams to listen to during this process.
    Light was my choice today. I know you guys are going to kill me but I just don’t think it’s one of the top jams of Tour.
    Maybe it’s personal preference. I like groove based jams. This is not. You can tell trey is leading the charge but he continues to switch tones during the jam. To me, that means he hasn’t found one he likes yet. It’s all a little all over the place. I will explain more lately, but I have to run to work.
    Go easy on me. Does anyone agree with me?
    Top jams for me are Gorge Gin, Miami Ghost, RR Tweezer, Albany 7 etc…. This is not even in the same ball park.
    Miner is going to hate me.

  7. Kenny Powers Says:

    Sweep the leg Willowed!

  8. Kenny Powers Says:

    put him in a body bag, “giggle giggle giggle”

  9. jdub Says:

    @kp, always thought he said lick even though it makes no sense.

    @Willowed, after listening to Light from MSG recently I had a similar realization. It had a lot of great ideas, some of which I think showed up in Miami, but it lacked cohesiveness. After listening to Miami a bunch a lot of things seem less impressive.

  10. Little Buddy Says:

    Al little Brady Bunch theme action going on in that Antelope. Nice!

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    morning gents…

    MINER – thanks as always for the TTFF picks…been really loving how crisp and futuristic the band was even in 93….i forget how insanely good they were even back then. and thx for dropping some Oswego goodness in there…people sleep on this fest and it was a stunner.

    have a good day y’all…back to the self imposed workday BB blackout (Which really isn’t fun btw). least i have these 10 tunes to work with.

  12. Robear Says:

    hey g’dad! enjoy the weekend, no doubt 🙂

    willowed, i’ll re-listen to the MSG ‘Light’ before I hurl anything your way.

  13. bhizzle Says:

    Was Willy Zabka always the bad guy in the movies of the 80s?

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    @robear – word you too…can you do me a favor and email me yours and butters email again? wanna send you some info for the phil show.

    edlooram AT yahoo DOT com

    thx mang.

    @willowed…i’m on the case too.

  15. Litteringand Says:

    I’m not one to normally rain on anyone’s parade but I feel i must mention this. I have wrote about it before but has anyone ever gone on Dog Gone Blog? Miner has stated he has no affiliation with the site but you won’t guess that. I bring it up because that site has the same tweezer from TTFF posted and goes on about 92. It’s almost like the dude that runs that place is like “Well what am I going to post today? What’s Miner got up? That looks interesting i’ll talk about that.” Not really trying to kill them or anything but I find it very amusing.

  16. bhizzle Says:

    Just imdb’d him and would you believe he’s still making movies? Hot Tub Time Machine, that was a no-brainer! On to TTFF. peace!

  17. neemor Says:

    Morning all.

    Wondering if the Drowned is Miner’s response to the Who discussion yesterday.
    Gordo is coming to our house tomorrow night and all is well.

    Tonight? Kung Fu.
    Nice little musical odyssey weekend.

    Just call me Homer.

  18. Foul_Domain Says:

    @ Willowed – I sort of know what you mean, but what I really like about Light is that its one of those songs that has endless possibilities. IMO Light will work best when the jam evolves into spacey/psychedellic/ ambient type territory (Whatever the hell that means)

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yo, CT BBers. I definitely will not be making it down for Mike this weekend but I hope to see some (any?) of you in Noho next weekend if you make the trip up.

    willowed, I too will revisit MSG Light to see if you warrant the hurling

  20. Willowed Says:

    Ijust relistened with no kids or wife to bother me (eyes closed totaly focused). I even took notes down to the minute.
    This is the third listen I did this morning.
    I have a valid arguement.
    Driving to work, will share with you soon!

  21. neemor Says:

    TIII P.O….
    :::shaking head:::
    “For shame”.

  22. Foul_Domain Says:

    Ive never heard this Tweezer before.

    Very Juicy.

  23. neemor Says:

    ‘Light’ is a good sing which can and has produced good jams.
    Go to work.
    Try it again this afternoon when you have your wits about you.

    This Antelope is making me smile.

  24. neemor Says:

    That’s right, a good ‘sing’.
    I said it.

  25. Willowed Says:

    One more thing. I am not saying I don’t like the jam!!
    People have labeled it one of the best this tour….I disagree. I like the jam though!

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