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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1,038 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, neemor, my co-pilot can’t make it and whatnot. you know how it goes…

  2. albert walker Says:

    Imo nothing from 2009 stands up to Miami tweezer and bott

    The last 5 minutes of msg are 3.0 phish perfection

    My hands down fall favorite with Cincinnati split and the Albany ghost 7 below right up there

    Great choice of jams

    Have a good one kids
    Big jobs # today futures look strong

  3. Robear Says:

    Willowed, watch the road!

  4. albert walker Says:

    Was talking msg light back there
    Needed to clarify

  5. Foul_Domain Says:

    I like Light, but definitely wouldnt say it is among my top favorite jam songs of tour. Those would go like this…

    1. Stash
    2. Tweezer
    3. Disease

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    any agreement that the bustout of the original instrumental that is part of N20 on the White Tape at 7-13-99 is the biggest bustout ever for a Phish original? And how many people do you think actually had a clue what was being played?

  7. Marshall Says:

    So … tour dates in a couple of weeks, eh?

    I feel like Lloyd saying “so you’re saying there’s a chance!”

  8. Amazin1986 Says:

    Miner, great mix of old and new today. Particularly love 4.21.92 from Redwood Fairgrounds. Dinner>Forbins>Bird>Mikes>Hydro>Weekapaug>Weigh and then Lively Up Yourself is some of the best Phish ever IMO. Thanks.

  9. Robear Says:

    Only thing is,

    Redwood Fairgrounds is in Eureka, Ca.

    Not fArcata.

  10. Marshall Says:

    That first Antelope sounds very 1993. Didn’t think I’d ever say this, but now its apparent how “stripped down” the sound was (compared with the modern era). I realize it’s a misnomer to say something was stripped down before it had been built-up, but you get my point hopefully.

  11. neemor Says:

    This is the best era for Phish ever.

    If you don’t know that, then you must be either slow or not into music.

    That didn’t even feel good to type.

    BlackBoard Friday Caption Picture of the Day:


    Especially for all the new dads on the board….

  12. neemor Says:

    I knew what was being played.
    Face melted.

  13. Marshall Says:

    “No. I want to go over THERE.”

  14. Robear Says:

    good news for Colorado. With some Phish shows this summer, maybe some Cali kids will bring some real Headies over there.

  15. Robear Says:


    “Why don’t I have a helmet, daddy?”

  16. Marshall Says:

    ^^^ Because ever little Asian girl can quote Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack.

  17. jdub Says:

    The last 5 minutes of Light from MSG were a definite precursor to what was to come in Miami, after listening again I think the jam is a great example of the boys playing around and looking for the sound, they finally find it towards the end and definitely bring it home with authority. Mike of course is on top of his game throughout. Trey has a bunch of great ideas and they all lock it in at the end. It is overall a great jam and I am splitting hairs a bit. Now onto TTFF!

  18. willowed Says:

    Ok here is my explanation. I typically don’t break down jams like this. At shows I am in the moment feeling the jam not dissecting it. I just want to make that clear.
    What I like about the MSG Light (Times are based on Live Phish DL):
    Please bear with my lack of guitar lingo
    From the 3:00 minute mark its nonstop jamming.
    That’s 13:00 solid minutes of possibilities. I like how they pushed IT; I just never felt they found IT. They had some moments but cut away as soon as something great could have happened:
    The best jamming came between 3:00 – 6:30 of this song IMO and the last 3 minutes.
    5:25 special moment – nice clean Trey tones. I like where this is heading
    6:00 Trey changes to a dirty more sounding lick.
    6:15 Links up with page – they are locked together
    6:30 Goes back to groove licks
    The Trey Paige cohesiveness could have been great. Abandoned
    7:00 Almost like a Timber lick then goes ambient then back into Timber lick
    8:26 – Major change in tone – nice and clean sounds beautiful for a minute then around
    9:20 I feel like he is lost. ( I feel the other members are locked mike especially)
    10:20 finds something great
    11:00 back into heavy dirty licks – Fishman and Trey link up briefly
    They could stay with this and drive the jam…They do not
    12:10 Back to grove licks – Band is on board – locked Starts very heavy and then slows is down a bit. This 11 and 12 minute are could have been great. It was only great for a minute or two.
    13 – back to heavy tone
    14:10 on great licks and great Mike filters. this is special Trey and Mike are locked.
    14:45 is fizzles away

    That’s all I got.
    They found some great stuff in this jam but never let it develop. As soon as they had something, it was gone in a minute.

  19. JMelby Says:

    Ah yes the Greek Theatre Antelope! I can honestly say that my life changed during this song on this night. My second Phish show and the night I knew there would be many more to come. Thanks again Mr. Miner!

  20. halcyon Says:

    Morning Everybody!

    Spinning these TTFT for a wake up, and then have 9-11-99 ready to go as soon as my neighbors are out the door. Paper Thin Walls, and small computer speakers which actually put out some sound should make this friday off and running.

  21. willowed Says:

    Slow morning on the board today.
    What’s going on?

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @willowed, your negativity killed the conversation. I kid… Good analysis of the MSG Light. I agree, its not in the top 5 of ’09. I still like it though and go back to it quite a bit.

  23. Stupendous Says:

    Morning Yallz!

    I’ll have to relisten to that light. at the time I remember thinking it was
    fluid and solid enough to be the best jam of the run… How it stands up
    next to miami, I dont know….

    interesting thought…. sometimes being there at the show makes me look back and think it wasnt that good…an opposite biased opinion…..weird…
    This is my case with MIA i loved the shows, had a great time, but when I see how much praise it receives from most folks, i question myself….was it really that good? I guess I might be over ruled by the strong desire of being at a show I could not attend…or something…
    don’t get me wrong, I agree with all the MIA highlights, but i often find myself asking (myself) this very same question…anyone else experience

  24. jdub Says:

    People are recovering from yesterday and immersed in frolicing Antelopes, chilly freezers, and deforested Bowies.

  25. neemor Says:

    Spent some time last night watching the HarpuaFSB(?) HD videos of the MSG run…that is some quality watching pleasure.

    Great moment.

    The First Tube still gets me all choked up, and it’s funny to read the comments below the video because apparently, we all felt the same way about that moment…loudest crowd I’ve ever heard, it was as if every person in the Arena went bonkers at the same moment…
    Never forget it.

    Willowed, jdub and neemor at Gordo on Saturday?
    Fergie in yet?

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