Ten Tunes For Friday

11.21.09 (Photo: Wendy Rogell)

With two months left until Summer Tour, let’s bust out ten jams for a springtime Friday! These selections span the mid to late-’90s, with some real gems in the playlist. Enjoy the music folks, and have a great weekend.


Stash” 3.30.93 I

One of the first profoundly expansive versions of “Stash” helped lay the foundation for the explosive year of 1993.



Funky Bitch” 11.30.97 I

The funkiest bitch in history.



Birds > If I Only Had a Brain > Caspian” 7.8.99 II

A gorgeous piece of improv from Virgina Beach; the band seamlessly slipped right into a Phishy take on The Scarecrow’s “If I Only Had a Brain.”



The Gorge

Split Open and Melt” 8.2.97 I

This fusing of “Split’s” menacing nature and the emerging, slowed-down textures of Summer ’97 put a spectacular cap on Phish’s first set ever played at The Gorge.



Tweezer > Lifeboy” 6.10.94 II

The first-ever Red Rocks “Tweezer”- a seriously dynamic and intense version strewn with Mind Left Body jam overtones.



Mike’s > Life On Mars? > Weekapaug” 11.15.95 II

"Mike's Song"

This multi-dimensional “Mike’s” from Tampa, Florida in Fall ’95, reminds us of the time when “Mike’s Grooves” were psychedelic events in the Phish universe, sparking fires in arenas across the land. And this “Weekapaug” ain’t too shabby either!

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1,145 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. Kaveh Says:

    @Mr. Palmer – Thanks. I must have missed it, when quick scanning to catch up every now and again.

  2. KWL Says:

    so i gave the rock & roll hall of fame stuff my first honest listen last night (a new source was on etree a few days ago & sounds very good). watcher of the skies was pretty damn good (consensus), but i thought no reply at all was much better than most have said–couple rough spots on page’s vocals, but i thought trey’s were decent.

    maybe i have just been conditioned by 12 years of phish listening to uncritically accept bad vocals 8)

  3. willowed Says:

    I love that Limb outro. His cymbal work is pefect!

  4. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    In case anyone wonders how it can happen (not getting a Tweezer), here are my dates and the Second set jams I did get.

    10/15/94 – YEM>Catapult>YEM

    6/15/95 – 25 minute Bowie

    11/9/95 – The Lizards, Bathtub Gin

    11/10/95 – YEM>Crossroads>YEM

    4/26/96 – YEM>Wolfman’s Brother

    8/12-96 – Simple

    8/13/96 – 23 minute Mike’s > Lifeboy > Weekapaug

    10/26/96 – Simple > McGrupp

    10/31/96 – Houses in Motion>C&P; 2001>Maze, Simple

    11/6/96 – The Curtain > Mike’s > Simple Jam > Swept Away > Steep > Weekapaug

    7/23/97 – 27 minute Ghost

    8/10/97 – 24 minute Cities > GTBT > Rotation Jam > Rock-a William > David Bowie (entire second set)

    8/11/97 – YEM

    8/6/98 – Wolfman’s Brother

    8/7/98 – Mike’s > Simple

    11/7/98 – 22 minute AC/DC Bag > Ghost

    Then there’s 10 years off and I got a Tweezer opening night of Hampton

  5. HarryHood Says:

    When is Oysterhead touring again? 😉

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    Sorry Kayatosh but I am here look back to page 4.

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    “With SCI, they only brought the happy shit from those shows out of that and thats why they seem so fake. They have no dark to complement the light”

    Marco- Wasn’t this Jerry Joseph’s quote . I seem to remember it from one of their DVDs. Although he wasn’t referring to SCI, jambands in general as compared to the Dead.

  8. Neemor Says:

    Revised neemor Summer Tour ’10:

    12 shows

  9. Mitch Says:

    so i’m with all of you. i dont listen to sci on my ipod or on cd anymore. so its not like im die hard but i used to have a lot of fun at the shows. would never compare them to phish but thats what i liked about it. it was happy. wasnt that the point? plus i caught some really cool shows so that helped too i think… or was it the paper? haha.

    glad to see im not the only one on here. i dont go crazy for them but i dont bash them either. we had our fun times.

    i have the days off for hershey. i took off friday-monday for btb. still wasnt sure if i wanted to see phish in that type of venue but this is me were talking about here. if a phish shows is in my path, i’m not gonna miss it. i was thinking 20 dollar lot tix tho. dont wanna spend a lot on it.

  10. Jen Says:

    @Not Tom …

    there are some incredible jams in there though – including the 8.13.96 Mikes – It’s one of my all time favorite Mikes!

  11. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Marshall hitting 7 shows max … not a single one of Neemors. 🙁

  12. marcoesq Says:


    You’re right :::shaking head::::

    I thought it was Rabold but I haven’t seen the DVD in a while

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    I went to sci in Asheville at the Be Here Now and than down to the Variety Playhouse for Halloween. I want to say it was in ’99. Went with a friend when I was in Chicago and we picked up a buddy in Culawee, NC. for these shows. By this time SCI was not a bluegrass band they were more of a Phish cover band IMO. Have not seen them since.

  14. Halden Says:

    Sounds like a fair number of BBers will be at CMAC with me for my first. Anyone else on Lawn?

  15. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    ^ yes, you are right, Jen. I have gotten some good ones. I think we all have.

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Impressive itinerary Neemor. Well played sir.

  17. marcoesq Says:

    ^ I forgot that he didn’t make a direct reference to SCI but with the time frame that the DVD was filmed in, I’m sure it was aimed at them

  18. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Good morning everybody. Loving the Friday tunes, par usual. Can anybody tell me how to change avatars? Thanks.

  19. kenny powers Says:


    i’m contemplating CPAC and Hershey, if I end up feeling the fever as the time approaches. I live in Boston, so each would be like 6 hours….kind of insane. Even moreso because i don’t have the vacation time to take the whole next day off, BUT i could get the second half of those days off. So I could drive to the shows the morning of, sleep in my car for 4-5 hours, and then drive right to work the next day.

    Completely insane, but man – thinking of being at that random NY show at that beautiful venue makes me all warm and fuzzy. Much less so for Hershey but I’ve never been there, and if I take 84 out of CT and go around NY/NJ, past Scranton…that’s easy driving.

  20. Chuck D Says:

    When is Oysterhead touring again?

    yes please.

  21. KWL Says:


    what if we carpooled, would that help? I got an extra with your name on it.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @auntie em
    wow. I think the first show you and I both attended might be the Reunion shows. Not only did you avoid Tweezer all those years, you managed to avoid me! Scoundrel! 😛

    might have a lot to do with geography though. I didn’t get too far south in the years before your personal hiatus.

  23. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    The Hampton crowd definitely did not look familiar to me (more used to seeing southern and mid-west crowds previously), T3.

  24. Lycanthropist Says:


    when you doing your tour de south?

  25. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    ^ i.e., fewer wooks in the southern and mid-western crowds, I’m guessing

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