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. ChefBradford Says:

    Gavin’s-, ha! I bet not

    I’m seriously considering taking out of my IRA to do some shows this year, if I have to. I’d rather not, but I really, really, REALLY want to get in at least a good handful of shows

  2. KWL Says:

    chef, the trick will be to rely on the BB to do shows on the cheap.

    tickets, places to crash, ride shares. BB can make it happen.

    send good vibes and catch them when they come back around.

  3. KWL Says:

    love this tweezer.

    super slick around the 10:30 mark

    involuntary moving of primary appendages.

  4. ChefBradford Says:

    KWL- you are dead on, man. I have no doubt about that. At least two people offered me a ticket to NYE, free, but work prohibited it. I love this place.

    For instance, I’m thinking that if ATL happens, maybe I can meet up with Lycan in Mississippi, pool together, etc…

    The few shows I’ve made it to have all been totally solo, as far as the wider community goes.

  5. gavinsdad Says:

    Chef – i’m prone to agree with KWL over IRA depletion. not sure what type of a packrat you are but my Gorge trip was subsidized by me selling a crapload of stuff on ebay. the most randomest shit sold.

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    the “primary appendages” make their appearance again

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    Hmm… I do have a lot of shit. I’m just not sure I have anything that I actually…you know… want to get rid of

    My soul, maybe


  8. KWL Says:

    the most randomest shit sold.

    love it.

  9. KWL Says:

    the BB should start organizing a lot operation, with the purpose of helping our own out with tix & the like (and donating a cut to miner).

    with all the expertise & experience around here…

    not to mention funny ass shirt ideas.

    we could collectively clean up.

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    bid you goodnight gents. wife outta town…kids still up before 7.

  11. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    ugh… i cant believe that guy yelled free bird at the beautiful ultra-quiet moment of that Hood…. god damn it.

  12. ChefBradford Says:

    I’m out, too, work in the AM.

    Got me thinking about how to fit as many shows (even if it’s one or two) as possible into this year

    Always a pleasure


  13. ChefBradford Says:

    purple- there’s always at least one


  14. KWL Says:

    anyone wanna buy my signed picture of the cast of perfect strangers?

  15. ChefBradford Says:

    Give ya ten…fifteen dollars for it

  16. ChefBradford Says:

    Wait- is Balki’s signature in English or Cyrillic? I’d pay big money (like five dollars more) for Cyrillic

  17. ChefBradford Says:

    eventually out

    I swear

  18. KWL Says:


    well played sir.

  19. voidboy Says:

    free shirt ant tix in the lot. we’ll clean up (and blow minds)

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    Dude. I’m serious.

  21. flarrdogg Says:

    Balki gets all the cred. Can I get a hell yeah for cousin Larry?!

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    I mean, not really, but you know how it goes

    I love how both of Meg’s Family Guy Star Wars appearances are as monsters (trash compactor monster/asteroid worm monster)

    Poor Meg

  23. ChefBradford Says:

    Oh. Um. Hell yeah? Cousin Larry!

  24. KWL Says:

    cuz larry made that show dude

  25. ChefBradford Says:

    In Soviet Russia, Car Drive You!!!

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