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. verno329 Says:

    @Leo certainly wish I could have made that BB meetup. stupid work ::kicks warehouse floor::

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    I understand verno…one good thing about being my own boss 😉

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    we’ll have more…Carolina Chapter of the Blackboard is alive and strong!

  4. Gratefulcub Says:

    Leo, It’s going to be tough to make it through a ten o’clock tipoff tonight.

    Cat’s were semi-horrible, but i’t survive and advance time.

  5. halcyon Says:

    The Christiana YEM is nutso

  6. voopa Says:

    Leo, take the page number out of the url…here, use this


    or this


  7. Chuck D Says:

    I think it was a FOAM… things are a little hazyesque…

    I know at least a couple hundred people saw the chug. It was about 20 seconds of air time… perhaps even one of you!

    Anyhow, Boss lettin’ me out early! w00h00! *spins with finger in the air*

    To all: have a great weekend!

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    Butter – have fun tonite. Will be thinking of you and another chunk of my friends who Are there. tear that old building down.

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    @cub…yeah, thinkin’ I may have a little naptime between now and then 8)

    @Chuck D…lemme know when you can use a landscape architect for one of those mountain houses you work on. I’ll arrange a trip out that way. I’ll look for you in the movie in the meantime.

    Thanks @voopa…will check ’em

  10. Leo Weaver Says:

    @dad…not sure if you saw my response/suggestion to you last night…a mason jar won’t let you down!

  11. Selector J Says:

    Sorry, Leo.
    I don’t think you’ll regret that purchase, though.
    That thing seriously altered my state this afternoon.

  12. Leo Weaver Says:

    @sumo…happy birthday!

  13. Leo Weaver Says:

    thanks J…I like altered states.

  14. Leo Weaver Says:

    …and will give me something new to spin with the Mrs…

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    If you guys haven’t heard the new GD release from Texas ’71, do yourselves a favor and grab it. Or give me your e-mail address (wink)

    G-dad- cut some rug at Gordo tonight for us.

  16. Marshall Says:

    Second Leo’s comment. Today’s BB mini-meetup in Carolina was another success. Now that I’ve met El Dude that’s at least 10 of the board regulars that I’ve met in person. Wide range of folks for sure …

  17. verno329 Says:

    @Leo you’ve got mail

  18. verno329 Says:

    @Marshall next time I’ll be there and we can make 11!

  19. Corey Says:

    Wait, Marshall, is your avitar the official symbol for that condom?
    I forget the exact story, just know the symbol.

  20. Marshall Says:

    Well, after the wonderful experience today at Mac’s Speed Shop (a barbecue joint), I’m happy to return just about any time.

  21. Selector J Says:

    @ Leo: sounds good. watch out for that first track. it gets wacky and then they bust out the lasers. the whole album is rife with these wild layers of effects. I’m still scratching my head thinking they could do this in 1980… the same year Pac Man came out… just doesn’t seem right.

    went back and read your take on the dubstep. thanks for the info. definitely sounds like there’s more of a connection than I realize at present.

    I’m out, folks. Have a good weekend everybody.

  22. Corey Says:

    @Mr. Palmer

    It showed up in my mailbox last week. That’s a great record and a good argument for PHiSH trying that jam thing again in Tay Has. It worked for the GD on that day…

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    ^ :-0

    (maybe that worked)

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    it didn’t…fail

  25. Marshall Says:

    @ Corey – my avatar is a graphic artist’s rendering of the internationally-recognized “power on/off” symbol. I use it as the letter “O” in my company’s logo. NYC us using a similar log (yellow on brown) for their free condoms (there was a contest to come up with a design I believe – I guess they feel people will be empowered?).

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