Ten Tunes For Friday

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

It’s Friday again, and that means we are one week, and ten jams, closer to Summer 2010. Expect an announcement sometime next week after Mike wraps up his mini-run this weekend. And look for some of Mike’s solo shows in this weekend’s post. Until then, allow these ten jams to float you through your Friday. As usual, the orange song titles are also download links.


2001” 8.16.98 III

This super-sized “2001” kicked off Phish’s final set in Limestone in ’98; the proverbial cherry on top of an incredible summer tour. before turning to other festival sites in 1999. In a summer defined by oversized funk grooves, this space odyssey put a proper exclamation point on one of the band’s historic weekends in Maine.



Crosseyed > Antelope” 11.2.96 II

Cincy (J.Tortorice)

This must-hear, classic sequence began Phish’s post-Halloween transformation to groove. Karl Perazzo stayed on through the Florida run, helping the band along their increasingly percussive path.



Reba” 6.23.95 I

This summer “Reba” moves from playful to triumphant, while stopping a few places along the way; another quintessential piece from the stellar summer of ’95.



Split > Free” 7.22.03 II

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Let’s fast-forward a bit to 2003’s three-night stand at Deer Creek. After a fairly mediocre opening show, the band came bank firing on night two. This swampy, set-opening segment of post-hiatus psychedelia immediately stood out as a tour highlight.



Birds of a Feather” 7.23.99 II

This exploratory adventure at Polaris followed up the bombastic combo of “Ghost > Free,” contributing to one of Summer ’99’s strongest sets. This version mingles amongst the strongest versions of the song ever played. Likening a mythical battle, one can hear the distinct moment the troops declare victory.



Tweezer > Makisupa” 10.22.95 II

This “Tweezer” brings a nasty session of groove, home-delivered from the balls-out tour of Fall of ’95. Playing with an edge on this slammin’ edition, the band brings this jam to an early peak before deconstructing it into an dynamic and engaging piece of improv. Seamlessly moving into “Makisupa,” this selection is excerpted from a phenomenal set in Champaign, IL.



Piper” 10.2.99 II

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

A standout ’99 “Piper,” this version from the Target Center set its controls for the heart of the sun right from the start. Careening through musical-space-time with breakneck speed, the band unleashed a blistering collective performance that sounds like it might burst at the seams. Trey, specifically, slaughters this entire jam, eventually bringing the multi-faceted piece into sparser, more percussive territory.



Harry Hood” 10.7.95 II

This delicate masterpiece from the Spokane Opera House settles in near silence before the band takes slowly takes the piece for a heavenly ride. Moving meticulously through the piece, Phish gathered for so much steam that they sidestepped the final verse, sustaining the climax of the song into glowing sphere of energy.

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  1. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    i look forward to these 10 tunes every friday…. love that BOAF.

  2. beepaphone Says:

    the 2003 DC SOAM is one of my favorite jams. Love that shit.

    Anyone still trying to get in on DC 10 needs to email me at “black dot reed dot c at gmail dot com”. times are tough, emails-a-changin.

    Still willing to host bbq, but will probably re-configure the spot in the next few days to a campground thats more chill/ open/

    Love you people. Keep one rockin’.

  3. garretc Says:

    Just popping in to say good night…

    But also good morning to you East Coasters waking up soon! I hope you all have marvelous days tomorrow!

  4. stitchstash Says:

    Good night and good morning to you too garretc and to everyone else in blackboard land. I figured I’d get an early start on these Ten Tunes. It usually takes me half the week to get through them all. Friday is easily my favorite day of the week right now, all thanks to you Miner.

    @ Robear- How have you been? I never heard back from you and I was wondering if my Emails were helpful in any way? Let me know if I was on the right track. I’d still love to help you with behavior management strategies if you need it. I hope to have some extra time this weekend if you want to discuss anything in particular.

  5. Willowed Says:

    Good Morning all.
    Make it a great day today!! Thanks for the jams Miner!

  6. Marshall Says:

    In honor of TTFF …

    “I know you don’t smoke weed, I know this; but I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do.”

  7. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Awww yeah! on the DL now, gonna be a good weekend.

  8. jdub Says:

    It’s Friday and I have ten hot jams to work through. Life is good.

    Funny what kids pick up. I starting singing “hey makisupa policeman” to myself upon seeing the Tweezer>Mak, my son standing next to me to my surprise sings “policeman came to my house”. I didn’t realize he had ever heard the song. Have a great day all!

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just be a little wary when he starts giving you the key words to Makisupa… I don’t know if it’s funny anymore when your kid walks up to you and says “stink kind” 😉

  10. Mitch Says:

    nice 10 pick today miner. those should do nicely this morning. that crosseyed > antelope is one of my favs!

  11. Little Buddy Says:

    @Marshall – That Friday quote is too funny. I was saying that to myself in the shower this morning.

    Took the day off to work on the dissertation. Already at the library and psyched to get some work done while listening to TTFF – my new favorite weekly tradition.

    @jdub – I have similar experiences with my 2 year old son. Whenever I say to him “Put your coat on its gonna be cold,” he says, “Ahhhhhhh” – a la Tweezer after the boys sing, “Its gonna be cold, cold cold, cold, cold.” Cracks me up every time. Also, one of his first words was Ocelot – very weird. We played the Joy disc alot when he was just learning to talk. He’d be in the bath singing “ocelot, ocelot” and we had no idea what he was saying until one day when we finally figured it out.

    Have a great day!

  12. BabyBigPerm Says:

    BIG PERM!!! (big worm)

    it’s funny, I probably can’t hit any shows this summer, but I want the tour dates to be announced just for some good fodder.

  13. Litteringand Says:

    Miner all this Deer Creek love makes me think your getting ready to lay a venue post on us. I will be waiting

  14. Hoedown Says:

    6ood Morning BB. Happy Friday. Thank’s for the Jams Miner.

  15. Little Buddy Says:

    Nice set you put up for us, Miner. I love the crosseyed teases in the 2001 that lead into the smoking crosseyed>antelope. Glad I’m listening to the TTFF in order.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @TIII- nice win for your Irish yesterday. So much for the double bye being an advantage in the BE. I’m pulling for your boys. Brey is a great coach.

  17. jdub Says:

    Little Buddy, I guess it’s inevitable considering how much phish gets played

    Just spoke to the wife about my 3 yr old sons sing along, apparantly he’s been putting in the Clifford Ball DVD often when I’m not home and the first song from set 2 day 1? Is Makisupa, I guess he loves the tune. And yes T3, it won’t be good if he starts telling his nursery school buds about the stink kind. Good thing I’m not into Gangsta Rap.

  18. Willowed Says:

    I love the kids stories. I shared this before but I was in the car 2 months ago (I think) I had all three of my rug rats in my whip with me.
    Wilson comes on.
    Bah Bump, Bah Bump….My 7,4 and 2 year old in unison….WILSON
    It was calssic!

  19. Willowed Says:

    I meant classic

  20. Willowed Says:

    Let me echo what TIII said.
    @ jdud
    At least your son dind’t say:
    One Burbon, one Scotch and one….big fat dube.

  21. HarryHood Says:

    Morning dudes/dudettes!

    I’m up early starting the job search madness so I thought it’s about time that I do the island run. One of the things that I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. Hopefully it brings me some good fortune. 4/2/98 starts in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1………..

  22. Willowed Says:

    A little advice:
    Before you try and fix your riding lawn mower, always consult the manual!

  23. Willowed Says:

    Words to live by

  24. Little Buddy Says:

    Good stuff @willowed!

    We spend so much time driving around with Phish playing in the car while the boy sleeps. I wonder how much of it seeps into his subconscious. Sometimes I’ll see his foot tapping even though he’s asleep. I can’t imagine what he dreams are like. We usually skip to the jams in the car, so he’s exposed to all sorts of improv while he dozes in the car. I know he has rhythm. We sit him at my wife’s drum kit at least once a week and he can def keep a beat.

  25. Little Buddy Says:

    @willowed – Its March, dude! Why are you thinking about mowing the lawn already? Or maybe you just wanted to take it for a spin around the neighborhood…

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