Ten Tunes For Summer

6.6.09 - Great Woods (G.Lucas)

We are officially one week from 2010’s opening night in Chicago, so this will be the last installment of “Ten Tunes” until July. Sticking with the theme of tour openers, all of today’s selections come from the first show of summer tour, chronologically ordered from 1993 to 2000. Enjoy the last Friday with old Phish jams, and start preparing for new ones!


Leprechaun > Runaway Jim” 7.15.93 I

Pollock Summer '93

The debut of Trey’s serene instrumental led into a Phish classic to punctuate set one of Summer ’93 in Weedsport, New York. “Leprechaun” would only see the stage twice more in its life, both times during this summer. “Runaway Jim” continued its well-trodden path to become one of the band’s most popular songs, appearing 330 times in its career. (Currently at 14th.)



Mike’s > Hydrogen > Weekapaug” 6.9.94 II

Though Spring blended into Summer in ’94, the band took a week off after Laguna Seca Daze before returning in June in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This “Mike’s Groove” provided a heavy ending to a relatively lite show.



Stash” 6.7.95 I

Red Rocks '94

Opening up Summer ’95 in Boise, Idaho, Phish used this first-set “Stash” as an initiation into the many dark excursions that would characterize the tour.



Antelope” 8.2.96 II

After an extensive tour of Europe, primarily opening for Santana, Phish returned to the states for a two-week trip across the country. This “Antelope” closed the second set of ’96’s tour opener in Park City, Utah.



David Bowie” 7.21.97 II

Shoreline '97

Following a mythological tour de funk in Europe, Phish came home to Virginia Beach in one of the most anticipated tour openers ever. The stories of thick molasses dance parties traveled across the pond, and US fans were starved for a taste. This “David Bowie, however, didn’t follow the rhythmic trend, forming the psychedelic centerpiece of the second set. A tasteful quote of The Weather Report’s “Birdland” emerges in the intro.



Ghost” 6.30.98 I

The reworked version of “Ghost” kicked off Summer ’98 as the opener in Christiana’s first show. While one of the all-time great versions of the song took place in the same building only two nights later, the exploratory process started right here.



Free” 6.30.99 II

Europe '98

Like a freight train running straight through your brain, this “Free” came out of the second set-opening “Squirming Coil” and rightfully baptized Summer ’99 with its militant jam. Phish began this tour in the open-air environs of Bonner Springs, Kansas.



Tweezer” 6.9.00 II

Sparking the second set of Summer 2000, “The Tokyo Tweezer” set the tone for Japan’s excellent adventures.

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1,004 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Summer”

  1. jay Says:

    I would consider several Hitchcock films perfect – Rear Window, North By Northwest, Vertigo

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    no, that’s Thriller

    first side of Off the Wall I’ll give you….

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    Love Flying Lotus. Nice guy too, though a bit intoverted. If you like FL, you might also enjoy Gaslamp Killer, Silkie and his overt influences like Madlib and J Dilla (my favs).


    Mr. C knows whats up.

    Ok, actually gonna go now, I all like AW with my multiple outs.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    so this is who rjd2 wants to be in his dreams. i get it now

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh I listen to a lot of madlib and j dilla

    though the posthumous dilla “tribute” stuff has pretty much jumped the shark

  6. bouncin fan Says:

    Those 2 cats were pretty essential in the old r&b 45 scene blowing up

    Love djs that are serious historians

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    All of those new Madlib cds are blowing my mind, I cannot keep up with them… too many at once! I think you would also really like Hudson Mohawke as well.

  8. bouncin fan Says:

    Slum village baby

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ok, heading home for the evening. have a great weekend everyone. try to stay sane in these last days before the phish invade again…

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah I can’t keep up with madlib at all

    I’ve had to accept that I’ll be a couple years behind on that stuff

    none of the hipster indie crackers on our iTunes share network are into that cool dj shit so I have to carry the load myself

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i’ve got endtroducing on my pod, haven’t listened yet

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    you can hear all the neutral milk hotel, deerhunter, girl talk, animal collective type shit you could ever imagine on our network, which is ok too, but…

  13. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    i assume this has been posted already, but have you all heard about the “trip Tent” at telluride (spoiler alert: it’s exactly what it sounds like)

  14. purplehumpbackwhale Says:



  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    there is a ridiculous amount of mediocre indie music out there, it’s crazy

  16. garretc Says:

    there is a ridiculous amount of mediocre (insert name of musical genre here) out there. not really all that crazy when you get right down to it…

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    that’s a Rock Med style setup. very cool. used to have those at west coast dead shows as a matter of routine. I got my crisis intervention and first aid training from those guys.

    great idea, they should have a RockMed style presence at every phish show

    came out of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and White Bird in Eugene


  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    Sturgeon’s Second Law states:

    “Ninety percent of everything is crud.”

    …and applies to musical genres as aptly as anything.

    The Corollary is that 10% of any category is worth checking out. That actually breaks down though – see new age music, modern teen dancepop and current top-40 country.

    Pretty much an idea to live by.

    Sturgeon’s First Law is even more profound:

    “Nothing is ever absolutely so.”

    (both coined by Sci fi writer Ted Sturgeon, author or More Than Human, the first great SF book about psychic gestalts and the formation of group minds – a profoundly influential book on Jerry, Phil and other SF freak types)

    (the idea first surfaced in Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker, but so did basically every sci fi idea)

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    this cut chemist shit gets doper every time I think it can’t

  20. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    this must be the right coast communter lull.

  21. jay Says:

    I am out. Seeing Neil Young tomorrow. Super Happy about that. You all have a great weekend.

  22. Selector J Says:

    I agree with most of any genre being garbage. The trick is to find patterns that lead you to the 10%. For example, as already mentioned today, reggae from the Black Ark studio is 99% awesome. I’d say the same goes for any jazz recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in the 50s and 60s.

  23. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Selector- just grabbed those Congos records from your mediafire. Never heard it before. Looking forward to something new. Thanks.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    yep. or following one artist to another. Thelonious Monk led me to Sonny Rollins…Miles Davis is obv the #1 example of this in jazz…

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    just found out The Coup is coming back through town next month. always a good show if a little too much the same recently – hopefully there will finally be new material

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