Ten Tunes For Friday

Red Rocks '09 (G. Lucas)

Don’t try doing the math today because nothing adds up to ten. But it is Friday, and we have ten central tunes to take up some of the day. This week I tried to switch up the song choices a bit, going for a fresh vibe. Also, these selections focus on the late ’90s with a dash of post-hiatus. Enjoy the tunes, and. as always, enjoy the weekend! (Song titles double as download links.)


Tube” 2.22.03 II

A bumpin’ version that kicked off the final set of Cincy’s two-night stand on Phish’s first tour back from their break.



Timber > Simple” 11.16.97 II

McNichols Arena

A dark piece of improv, “Timber” moves into a gorgeous section of melodic resolution before an energetic transition into “Simple” overtakes the arena. This was part of a strong second set that gets rightfully overshadowed by the musical mastery of the following show at McNichols.



The Curtain > Tweezer” 11.12.95 II

A dynamic, multi-tiered excursion from Gainesville, Florida during Fall ’95. Page leads the initial segment of the piece while Trey hops onto his kit. But when he steps back onto guitar, it’s some of the more uplifting music you’ll hear. A truly great version through and through.



It’s Ice > Velvet Sea” 9.20.00 II

"It's Ice" (Unk)

In the middle of Cincinatti’s second set, Phish went deep in the subterranean section of “It’s Ice.” The stanza’s centerpiece drifted into the most interesting version of the song I’ve ever heard. A section of awesome improv sees Trey move from guitar to keys, toying with many of his signature licks.



Frankie Says” 12.28.03 I

Amidst a heavy first set of Miami ’03’s New Year’s run, “Frankie Says” brought the surprise psychedelia.



Twist > Slave” 7.4.00 II

July 4th

The triumphant final suite of of Phish’s stand out second set on the 4th of July in Camden, NJ.



Emotional Rescue > Split” 11.21.97 I

The comedic opener of Hampton ’97 moved from humor to funk, and eventually into a dark and twisting “Split.” Things were officially underway.

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612 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. flarrdogg Says:

    zzyzx- What not tom said. Those Island shows are undeniably some peek phish. Regardless of what era may be your favorite. Regardless of what defines a ‘great show’ in your book. The thing about those shows that still strikes me (I was in attendance) was the confidence- dare I say swagger- they exuded. Cocky is the wrong word, but there was a sense that they were the best rock and roll and on the planet…and they freaking knew it. Awesome to behold that and it most definitely comes through on the recordings.

    All four are just smoking-ass shows- especially 4/3 and 4/4. Outta sight.

    555 shows is crazy. I thought I was hardcore.

    “Just an average white guy with exceptional hair. Nothing more. Nothing less.” -Kenny Powers

  2. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    “Swagger” is about dead on. They were the best at that moment in time and the did know it and show it. Well said.

  3. Aquaman Says:


    Jimmy Swaggert was NOT dead on.

    OK….that’s my lame Friday humor. I’ll leave now.

    Have a great weekend guys. I will be out until Monday

    Thanks again Miner!


  4. Robear Says:

    later Aqua,

    thx 4 sharing 2 day-o!

    enjoy ensuing weekend.

  5. Robear Says:

    all right MC, i guess my joke was too abstract.

    basically, dude that hit the ‘triple nickel’ treats Phish like it’s his job! not a bad job to pick. not an easy joke to convey in code.

    happy weekends!

  6. kayatosh Says:

    yo what up peeps?

    pulled out my copy of 4-3-98. Ever notice that first set looks al ot like a cross btw. the set I’s from 11-22-97 and 11-21-97?

  7. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    8.5 ABV is always a good thing.

  8. kenny powers Says:

    i’m really psyched to listen to the Island Tour AUDs i recently DL’d…been listening to the SBDs forever, which are great, but i’m psyched to hear a different side of it and get the crowd energy.

    also haven’t watched any of the DVDs i recently DL’d….man, not enough time!

  9. flarrdogg Says:

    kaya- Still balls deep in fall ’97? I have been relistening to the whole tour in order (first time I’ve done this) and am up through Worcester 11-30-97.

    Solid Gold and like I mentioned, serious quality upgrades on several shows for me. Bring on the summer ’98 mega torrent!

  10. flarrdogg Says:

    KP- How was the Hangout Fest?

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    “What song(s) are you most likely to FF through the song and start with the jam, if any?”

    I’ve never done this. We are opposites here Miner.

    ^ makes sense. I have no need to listen to the 7 mins of Reba fugue before the jam. I make mixes without lyrics….after Indio, i spun Phish for about 6 hours straight…no lyrics….simply no need, that’s not why i like Phish. I like improv and dancing. just me.

  12. Selector J Says:

    “Asteroid crashed!”

    Came back for some more ‘tube-twentytube-oh-three’

    re: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

    I’ve noticed that college radio hipsters are in on the West African music bandwagon (some of the only good stuff on their playlists) so I checked Pitchfork for some info. Sure enough… Pretty substantial write-up on that album with a lot of what appears to be regurgitated liner notes.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    and what does ffwding through jams in my car have to do with taking notes at shows?

  14. Brimley Says:

    It’s been mentioned in the past that Island Run may have been the total peak of the band..? Those shows perfectly meld all era’s of their palying in my opinion such as-tight precise playing, funk, groove and ambient jams (TWIST!!) mixed with the usual stage antics… IMHO

  15. Jtran Says:

    Just put on 6 19 04 set 1 for some cooking music, but might need to go with one of the Island Tour shows instead after all this chatter..

  16. bouncin fan Says:

    In the perfect world

    Phish would just jam
    No lyrics

    If phish stops singing I’m doing whole tours again

  17. flarrdogg Says:

    I’m in it for the big jams and the improv as well. However, I find there is something lacking (context?) if I FF through the beginning of a song -tweez, reba, mikes,etc…- to get to the jam. It feels incomplete to me. That said, I really dig the mixes Miner puts together. Especially the late ’90s ambient mix. Top shelf.

    Later Gaters. Enjoy the weekend.

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ bouncin fan: Obvioulsy.

    This is why Lemonwheel set 4 and tower jam are so so sick. and their festi soundchecks…man, when we headed to cypress, i thought we were in for 10 hours of no lyrics, just jams. Took a little readjustment when we were on NBC

  19. bouncin fan Says:


    Straight improv at cypress may have killed them and us

    Imagine the energy that would both take and create

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    Perfect world isn’t perfect if it’s not perfect for everyone. Phish would not mean nearly as much to me without the lyrics. Kinda odd Miner, with you being a writer and all. Whatever blows your dress up.

  21. flarrdogg Says:

    A bouncin without lyrics just wouldn’t be the same. 50+ minute bouncin ambient jam is what I’m searching for.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    Agreed flarrdog. Bouncin is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

  23. flarrdogg Says:

    Then before and now once more I’m bouncing round the room

    That time and once again I’m bouncing around the room

  24. bouncin fan Says:

    Have a little bouncin crew forming up in here

    Show the love

  25. flarrdogg Says:

    ^EPIC 8)


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