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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611 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. neemor Says:

    Fifth decade…
    That means 41, yes?
    Or 40?
    This is like Y2K….

  2. voopa Says:

    Happy big day, Sumodie!

  3. Stupendous Says:

    Happy Happy Oh my sumodie friend,
    Blow out candles once again…:)

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    ok the first THREE seconds of that C&P made me break my “no bb til monday” pact.

    SICKNESS. anyone who saw that…you’re damn lucky.

    happy to have a version to listen to. thx Miner.

  5. Kenny Powers Says:

    good one Stupendous!

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    happy bday Sumo taboot.

  7. BTB Says:

    Non-phish press dude releases awesome statement:

    “Following U2 and Walt Disney Co.’s “Hannah Montana” in trying to capitalize on the popularity of the format, Phish rock band plans to release a 3D concert film, too, in US theaters on April this year.”

    You’ve heard it here 1st – Phish copies U2 and Hannah Montana…

  8. Chonz Says:

    enjoy, sumodie!

    my favorite friday tradition is getting home from work, getting ‘baned with the lady and listening to the TTFF. Really stoked for the Crosseyed Antelope this afternoon. I remember that set being broadcast live(?) over the radio in 96. I definitely wore out the tape I made of that recording for the Antelope alone.

  9. Stupendous Says:

    BDTNL should replace the old Happy BDay song, dat shits gettin old, son!

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Anyone who is making t-shirts, I want one that says “TABoot” on it, please. Thanks.

  11. BTB Says:

    Sumodie – In your 6th decade of existence PH will announce summer tour dates! Don’t Worry!

  12. Luther Justice Says:

    It seems very apt to wish Sumo a Happy Birthday.

  13. BTB Says:

    Took me all day to relize TTFF was Ten Tunes for Friday

    My IQ = Forrest Gump

  14. BTB Says:

    Twirling Wooks in 3D!

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    BTB- how about a W00k in Trey’s balzer wearing 3-d glasses?

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  18. BTB Says:

    Ha, I’m all over that!!!!!

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    Dear Phish,

    when I hit up ATL this summer, please pop my Divided Sky/Gin/Tweezer cherry

    thanks, your friend

  20. angryjoggerz Says:


  21. Chuck D Says:

    I hope a clip of me from F8 makes the final cut.

    After the day shows, Sunday I believe, I was sitting dead center, about 20 feet back when there were only a few hundred people on the field. One of the giant boom cameras was tapin’ people milling around, dancing, doing whatever. The camera begins to zoom in on the back of my shirt that says “PARTY DOWN”. I have a full beer in hand, recognize that I’m on the jumbo-tron, and start chugging. The camera keeps zooming in as i continue to chug… few people start chanting “CHUG CHUG”… then I’m pretty sure I gave the “two thumbs over the back of the head” move to point to the “PARTY DOWN”. A classic moment for me, hopefully you’ll all get to enjoy it during the ending credits…

    continue your day as planned. thank you.

  22. halcyon Says:

    Happy BDay Sumodie….

    After the TTFF face/brain meltage, proceeded to regroup for the day by going to the rec center and running errands .. entered the house to find my brain wanting more meltage …

    For my elusive ghost and ghost hunter halloween rec, I am going to listen to the Christiana Ghost.

  23. Robear Says:

    good choice @halcy, re: Ghost

    Happy Birthday Sumo.

    There’s a ‘Phisthoughts Ten Tunes For Friday’ thread on the greenboard.

    fun read.

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    that TTFF >antelope too. holy shit funky.

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    @neemor – heading home right now but you might wanna add that 11/2/96 ante’ to your top 10 list. NASTY.

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