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. beepaphone Says:

    ATTN: DC 10 flight 06030604 passengers

    So heres what I’m thinking. Word on the street is that Sleepy Bear can be a crowded headache, so I am about to cancel that reservation. I am going to recommend that everyone stay at Close By Campground, which isn’t as close, but is much more chill and spacious. June 3rd happens to be my birthday, so I’m probably not going to want to mess with making sure everyone is paid/ accounted for/ all camping right next to each other. So basically, everyone can make their own reservation. We won’t all be in immediate proximity to each other, but we’ll all be just a hop, skip, and a jump apart. This will make meetups of all scales easy, and the BBQ will go down on the afternoon of the 4th as planned. Bring a side, sliff, booze, or 5 bucks. Side dishes made with ganja butter need not be cleared by security.

  2. KWL Says:

    TTFF while catching up on the BB w/some Alaskan IPA = a nice end to a great day for this cat.

    best. hood. ever. 10-7-95 solid show all around, one of my faves.

    i am incredibly lucky to work with some amazing people, doing some historic and unprecedented things in the world of land rights and environmental justice

    happy birthday sumo!

    a blazered wook w/3D glasses is funny ass shit

    party down chuck d!!

    great to hear the BB carolina chapter is kickin it

    hope peeps are enjoying phil and mike tonight!

  3. gavinsdad Says:

    confirming that Kayatosh is not a wook. ;P

    mike has it in spades. what a fun band.

    left at break due to babysitter snafu (can’t stay out all nite yaknow…) but i got a really good taste.

    Jersey X Phila BB represent.

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    At further in sf. 1st song in the first set- acoustic.
    The band plays Ripple, and by the second verse a wook went down, hitting my wife on the way. In retrospect she probably broke his fall pretty nicely. Point of story- all I could think about was mr c’s wook down shirt. I wanted to just yell “Wook Down!! Send headies!”

  5. ChefBradford Says:

    verno, if you’re still around, I just saw your post from this afternoon. Yes sir, the 6/22/00 Antioch was my first show, and I’m almost certain it was Lycan’s, as well. That would be sweet, man! If there’s anything I can do/give in return, let me know

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    i kick it wook down

  7. KWL Says:

    thanks to whoever posted the link to that page article earlier–voopa? great stuff.

    this melt just vaulted to the upper echelon of 03 jams for me. wow. didn’t see any of that coming!

    the article provides a nice read alongside the melt, which is a beautiful example of improvisational conversation at its highest level.

  8. KWL Says:

    wook down on mrs miner?

    there will be consequences!

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    I kick it wook down

    –listened to Ill Communication at work tonight

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    what up KWL….always good to hear from you. that Hood just took my wallet.

    ChefB – what’s up man….are you in NOLA? I forget but I know you’re down South. hope they throw you Southern boys a taste this summer.

  11. KWL Says:

    likewise backpack man.

    sucks you had to leave but glad set I was nice.

    anyone know what trey was laughing at during the beginning of this BOAF?

  12. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    yes. giant inflatable penises or other characters. I remember that as a creative span. lots of inflatables at Alpine, Polaris, and Deer Creek

  13. KWL Says:

    heh. thanks Dr P.

    the BB is so great for so many things. i bring all my pressing questions here.

    i always find myself saying to friends, ‘good question, i’ll ask the bla….. er…. this friend of mine who would know….’

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    Hey, Gavin’s- more Central Louisiana, about 4ish hrs from NOLA. Yeah, I’m pumped about the supposed ATL shows. I’m trying to make 2010 a big year for me as far as live music goes. It’s hard for me to get away from work long enough to do anything, and a lot of the bands I like don’t head this way often.

    This is going to be the year, though. Nothing like the full (or even) half tours a lot of you cats do, but it’ll be a big one for me

    I can feel it!

  15. ChefBradford Says:

    Settling in to watch Family Guy Star Wars: Something Something Something Dark Side

    should be very high-brow, uniquely enlightening



  16. gavinsdad Says:

    Chef – word…go for it. I think the pixie dust i sprinkled on my wife is what got me to 4 summer and 4 fall last year. It was a fluke man. but i’ll try again this year too and see what transpires. has alot to do with proximity tho…i live 5 mins from camden and 15 from philly. i simply lucked out with those.

    always good to get in your roadtrip mindset early on…will make getting to the shows all the more sweet for you.

  17. KWL Says:

    mike @ 23:37 of BOAF…

    IT waves…


  18. ChefBradford Says:

    Proximity- that’s exactly the fucking word, man! ATL is like a 12 hour drive (I think, it’s been a few years since I made that trek), but if that’s as close as they come this summer (I have hopes for the fall), then I’m freakin’ there!

    Drove 12 hours to see my first show. Drove 30-or 40 something hours (not including overnight stops) for the other 4. One way

    Close proximity would be a definite plus

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    KWL, IT Waves is still a favorite jam of mine

    For many reasons, that was an amazing weekend for me

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    Gavin’s- you got any pixie dust I could sprinkle on my dollas to make them multiply?

  21. KWL Says:

    i like how ten tunes for friday is often composed of eleven tunes.

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    Or twelve or thirteen

  23. KWL Says:

    lotta good stuff that weekend.

    i ran the runaway jim 5k for about 10 yards.

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    Chef – haven’t seen any of that flavor dust since Gavin entered the world 🙂

  25. ChefBradford Says:

    Yeah…I’dve been lucky to make it that far, bud

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