Weekend Nuggets: Mike’s Songs


Photo: (T.Wetzel)

As Mike wraps up his eight-show mini tour this weekend, let’s turn our attention to the few recordings that have been posted. Along with the tour opener, these are the only shows that have surfaced on line for now. I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to these yet, but reports from the road have been glowing. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Mike’s band, grab these for your weekend enjoyment! If you do get to see a show and would like to write a reader review, send your piece to mrminer@phishthoughts.com.


3.7.2010 Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg, PA < Torrent

3.7.2010 Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg, PA < Megaupload

I. Only A Dream, Can’t Stand Still > Pretend> Can’t Stand Still, 15 Step > Midnight*, Where the Soul Of Man Never Dies*, Cruel World, Soul Food Man

II. Dig Further Down, Hap Nappy > She Said, She Said, Crumbling Bones > Morphing Again, Meat > Another Door

E: Country Boy*

*With Danny Barnes on Banjo

Source: (FOB) Busman Bsc1 (Cardoid) > Fostex FR-2LE (Busman T-mod)


3.9.2010 Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD < Torrent

3.9.2010 Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD < Megaupload

I. Frame Jam > Can’t Stand Still, Couch Lady, Be Good*, I’m Deranged^ > Walls of Time ^ > I’m Deranged ^, Emotional Railroad > Voices

II. Andelmans’ Yard, Sugar Shack, Jones > Swamp Music, Nobody’s Home, The Grid, River Niger, She Said, She Said

E: Another Door

* Debut
^ with Danny Barnes, banjo

Source: AKG C460Bs/CK 63-ULS > Naiant LittleBox > Edirol R-09HR


Jam of the Weekend:

Mike’s > Simple > Contact > Weekapaug” 8.16.96 II

A fierce “Mike’s” from The Clifford Ball, with all of its accompanying accoutrements.




“Mike’s Song” – 12.4.09 MSG

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799 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Mike’s Songs”

  1. neemor Says:

    “head to the restroom to freshen up?”
    ^ this

    A wook face plant, like Harpua, signals a good show.

    I was surprised that Treyzor didn’t stop into any Mike’s performances…I wonder if he considers it too weird for his liking?
    Might be nice to show a little support, but then again, Mike didn’t show for Trey’s gigs, either…
    Find that strange.

    Oh well, maybe Trey’s hanging out at Lady Gaga gigs during the off-season…

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Ps…neemor….you’re right…it was more “Mike” than I’ve come to expect over the years. He was really in a great mood. Hamming it up, definitely more animated than in the phish construct. But I have to think that if you need to get in the spaceship, like mike does with phish, he has to get deeper in the zone than with his side band. Also look out for phrasings from mike and an attack that is definitely him, but not the phish version of him

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    Good Morning Blackboarders!

    Hope everyone has a nice weekend. So far so good here…had beers and BBQ with Marshall and El Dude yesterday afternoon…continued the beers with Mrs. Weaver deep into the night sitting on the porch watching the rain with TAB playing in the background. And now the usual Saturday baning with a side of coffee and Phish has things off on the right foot. 🙂

    Glad you guys had fun at Mike’s show last night. Those of you going tonight have a blast…and don’t spark the j when security is standing next to you 😉

    @T3PO…I’d be productive today, chill tomorrow after the show…otherwise I’d find myself having been unproductive all weekend.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    Mike’s show last night was top notch, and g’sdad is a great guy.
    gdad: thanks again for a great night. Also, kudos on writing a good review while on kid patrol. Respect!
    we only saw the first set but it was everything i needed and more. loved the cruel world sung by scott. Adelman’s yard was extended and tight. Soul Food Man — danceable groove and maybe one that gets introduced to phish (probably not gonna happen, but it would be cool). Voices — another excellent tune featuring Mike’s fine voice and a positive message. And a bluegrass gem Walls of Time to close the set.

    some nice fiddle work at the end of the set. Mike appears to be havingc a good time. His voice and playing are in top form. He was also playing around with a hand held device that made some wild bassy sounds — the device was a pad whereby the bass blasts are triggered by touch and can be altered by moving the finger (or nose or elbow) across the pad.

    by set break the guards gave up trying to stop people from smoking and the TLA becomes unbearable. No argument from me when the group decided to break up and head home.

    I look forward to further adventures with g’sdad. glad to know ya. peace

  5. kayatosh Says:

    Oh, and mike’s stage decorations/lights are pure quirky mikeness — random flowers sticking out of mic stands, pussy willows sprouting up out of perc. stands and amps, and circular colored lights behind the stage. loved it.

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    Summer 2010 will see Liquid Time absolutely blow the f up as a 1st closer or 2nd set opener. I can’t wait…

    @posterkid…got dates?

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    Public Service Announcement:

    T.A.B. 2/20/10 State Theater – Minneapolis, MN.

    Has finally made an appearance! This is the only source folks.



  8. Kenny Powers Says:

    thanks El Dude!

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    Schopes MK41V’s!!!

  10. neemor Says:

    Sounds like Mike has a bass theramin..leave it to him!

    I recall that when he came out to join DBarnes’ set, Mike had a very different bass, almost a Whamola type thing..no head on the end of the stock and a tiny frame…very strange looking, but sleek and stylish…
    And it made good noises.
    Mike is awesome.

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    Thanks Dude…grabbing that one now.

  12. Leo Weaver Says:

    “And it made good noises.”

    ^this…I like this…

  13. neemor Says:

    No head on the end of the neck…sorry.
    Not sure if any of this makes sense…
    Looked like a bass that had been run through a wood chipper.

    Mike’s so weird!

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    On the thread of that TAB torrent I just posted…

    Someone has mentioned that there will be a balcony source coming soon.

    This MK41V source is not in the best location but it’s much better than nothing. So keep one eye out for my post on the supposed up-grade.

  15. Gavinsdad Says:

    Word KayaT. We’ll do it again. I think that pad mike had is similar to what jonny greenwood uses for multiple effects in Radiohead. Forgetting it’s name.

    Finally, since El dude is here…I didn’t see one rig up last nite. If anyone was taping I think it’s safe to say it was stealth.

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    @ neemor

    It’s just an old-school Modulous like Sting played in all those Synchronicity videos back in the ’80’s

    Phil played one back then too!

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Leo and Marshall

    Cool hangin’ with y’all in Charlotte. I had a fun time yesterday. I hope we move there sooner rather than later!

  18. sumodie Says:


    what time is mike hitting the stage? there’s no opener for these last shows, right?

    mike-mike-mike-tonight 8)

  19. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Listening to 3/7 Gordon right now, liking it so far. Very quirky stuff 🙂

    Gotta love Mike

  20. kayatosh Says:

    anyone going to see mike this weekend, where sneakers and comfortable clothes, and have a very light or very early dinner, because you will be dancin. infectious bass led grooves.

    anyone know if there will soundboard recordings of the mike shows for sale?

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    Furthur & Friends
    Phil Lesh’s 70th Birthday Bash
    Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    San Francisco, CA
    A Benefit Concert for the Unbroken Chain Foundation
    Proceeds to support Haitian Earthquake Relief

    Set 1 Acoustic:
    Phil Lesh (on Ritter bass)
    Bob Weir
    John Kadlecik
    Jeff Chimenti
    Jay Lane
    Sunshine Becker
    Zoe Ellis
    Steve Molitz
    Chris Robinson
    Jackie Greene

    Ripple (BW)
    Lazy River Road (JK)
    (Bobby says were gonna do yet another tune in the key of G)
    Peggy-O (CR)
    Two Souls in Communion (CR)
    Brokedown Palace (JG)
    A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (BW)
    They Love Each Other (CR)
    Mountains of the Moon (PL)
    Attics of My Life (All)

    Set 2:
    Phil Lesh
    Bob Weir
    John Kadlecik
    Joe Russo
    Jeff Chimenti
    Jay Lane
    Sunshine Becker
    Zoe Ellis
    Jackie Greene
    Chris Robinson

    Scarlet Begonias (JG)
    Minglewood Blues (BW)
    Easy Wind (CR) >
    New Speedway Boogie (JG)
    Viola Lee Blues V1 (All) >
    High Time (CR) >
    Caution Jam >
    Viola Lee Blues V2 (All) >
    Hard To Handle (CR)
    Viola Lee Blues V3 (All) >
    Like A Rolling Stone (CR) >
    Sugaree (CR)

    Set 3:
    Phil Lesh
    Bob Weir
    John Kadlecik
    Joe Russo
    Jeff Chimenti
    Sunshine Becker
    Zoe Ellis
    John Molo
    Steve Molitz
    Jackie Greene

    Not Fade Away Jam (w/parade of floats) >
    Happy Birthday, Dear Phil! (w/balloon drop) (All, including audience and us) >
    Not Fade Away Jam >
    meltdown >
    break/popping balloons >
    Playin in the Band (BW) >
    Other One Jam >
    Jam >
    St. Stephen (All) >
    Other One (BW) >
    Elevator >
    Unbroken Chain (PL)
    Comes a Time (CR) >
    Cream Puff War (CR) (go-go dancers on stage) >
    Franklin’s Tower (PL)
    Donor Rap
    Johnny B. Goode (BW)

  22. kayatosh Says:

    that should be: “wear sneakers . . .

  23. Gratefulcub Says:

    I reserve weekend mornings for laying the peppadew’s musical groundwork. She has been initiated into the worlds of Coltrane, Davis, cannonball, Mingus, monk, beatles, stones, vu.

    But today the wife is getting her hair did!!

    Night 3 Fox 95 dance party this a.m.!!!

    And go cats

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    Have fun sumo! And happy birthday, belated.

    @Dude…looking forward to it!

  25. kayatosh Says:

    wow! that furthur show for phil’s 70th looks like a doozy.

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