Ten Tunes For Friday

6.26.10 (Graham Lucas)

It’s Friday; and with a little time in between tours, the situation called for another installment of “Ten Tunes.” This week, new and old Phish jams are juxtaposed side by side in playlist that spans over a decade. Enjoy the weekend – but first, enjoy the selections below.


Wolfman’s > Piper” 10.30.09 II – With all the focus on Indio falling on the Exile and acoustic sets, this jam from the night before Halloween continues to fly under the radar. With a trip to the other side in “Wolfman’s” and an “I Just Wanna’ See His Face” jam in “Piper,” this segment is a true ’09 highlight.



Ghost” 9.8.00 I – On opening night of tour in Albany, Phish dropped this “Ghost” as the third song to kick off Fall 2000.



Tweezer > Theme” 6.18.10 Hartford II – This groove-laced “Tweezer” from Hartford during Summer’s first leg still gets plenty of play in my current rotation.



12.4.09 (G.Lucas)


Yamar” 7.25.98 I – While much of the focus falls on the second set from this Austin show, Phish took “Yamar” for a ride in the first half.



Timber” 6.24.10 I – Musical density at its finest – 2010 style.



Reba” 8.14.96 II – Before Hersheypark Stadium had a revamped sound system and rubberized dance floors, Phish still raged Chocolate City. In the band’s one stop between Deer Creek and The Clifford Ball, Phish played a wildly underrated show at Hershey that featured this gorgeous, first set “Reba.”



Antelope” 11.8.98 II – This dynamic “Antelope” punctuated a spirited Saturday night of rock and roll at UIC ’98.



Slave” 8.7.10 II – Capping this summer’s Greek run in style, this “Slave” concludes Friday’s Ten Tunes with similar majesty.

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538 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. Robear Says:

    wow TIII, had no idea. I’m on the edge out here. Last I saw Leftover was at Humboldt State, before Mark VAnn passed away. Awesome show. Though it was a bit smokey inside….

    have not heard a thing about Big Todd in over a decade. Glad to know he’s still rockin’ out.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but
    tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward,
    and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

    — Kodos

  3. joe Says:

    any audophiles listen to the new Trey Cd and care to comment on the quality?

  4. voopa Says:

    joe – Just got it yesterday, will be checking it over the weekend.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    Mark Vann was one of the best banjo players to ever live. and he loved to party it up. big, square headed dude. nice as could be. used to play a banjo called the stump made out of tree stump. vann blew my mind a couple of times.

    will never forget seeing Leftover in baltimore at the 8×10 and enjoying some time “backstage” herbalizing w/ the band. the touchdown show, if anyone was there.

  6. lastwaltzer Says:


    I said it earlier, kang is a hack but his apperance wouldn’t ruin my show as much as:

    Kid Rock

    Now that is some serious garbage

  7. kayatosh Says:

    Mr. C: that 7-2-98 tape is $$$ quality, but there are many auds. that approach that level of greatness.

    I listen almost exclusively to audience tapes of phish.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    Salmon were regulars at the Oregon Country Fair for years

    those boys could handle their LSD like pros, I can tell you that

    ::pries fingers off keyboard::

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    make a list for me @kaya? especially if they have active seeds somewhere?

    I have a fair number of AUDs including some very nice ones but none with that clarity across the whole spectrum

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    hey, so if any of you missed it on the front page, I posted a link to a free DL of a mash-up album by KMT. I can’t stop listening to the Dolly Parton/Jay-Z mash-up “Jolene is Mine”. Infectious, that one. the Dire Straits/Ce Ce Penniston one is pretty sweet as well.

  11. willowed Says:


  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    just like 5 or so would be very cool

  13. lastwaltzer Says:


    I am no audiophile, but I think the mix is excellent. Everyone can be heard really clearly. Cranked on some nice speakers, it makes for a good listen.

    That being said I wasn’t all the impressed with the actual show. There are parts that are solid, specific lines trey plays but overall I doubt I’ll be listening to it very often.

    I much preffered the afro beat edge as opposed to the current blues

  14. Robear Says:

    willowed, I can hardly wait for kick-off on Sunday.

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    :gershwin was a beast:

  16. Robear Says:


    this 7/2/98 show in lossless = magnificent

    I’ll seed tonight, for those out there that haven’t grabbed it yet.

    I really love the ’98 sound in general. A little more explosive than ’97, a little more varied and dynamic than ’99, to me.

  17. Nagarjuna Says:

    all this bitching about sci and other bands makes laugh.

    it’s like the battle between the trotskyites and stalinists in revolutionary russia.

    or grumpy old deadheads ragging on phish as a lame knock off act back in the day (or still).

    the distinctions are only noticeable when looking through a microscope at a small piece of the puzzle. step back a bit and it’s pretty funny imo.

    people like to hear sounds and wear shit they like and dance if they feel like it. tastes vary. and bands copy each other. phish is massively derivative from many who came before them. who cares?

    not that i’ve ever even heard sci so maybe i’m missing something. maybe this kang guy really is the antichrist.

  18. voopa Says:

    I’m still seeding 7/2/98 too.


  19. Chuck D Says:

    “not that i’ve ever even heard sci so maybe i’m missing something.”

    you’re not missing anything. but, unfortunately, this does invalidate your comment (but, not really) :mrgreen:

  20. lastwaltzer Says:


    Just sayin’ 🙂


    I listened to most of 7/2 for the first time last night, I’ll be honest the Ghost did not grab me like many told me it would. The last three or four minutes were unreal maybe I need to give it another try today.

  21. albert walker Says:

    you get to that 7/24/99 Fluff Kaya?

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    fixed wolf >piper

    this benefit looks, eh….uninspiring.

  23. lastwaltzer Says:

    The 7/24 fluffhead is killer, I vaugley remember fatbastard? saying he had to leave the show because it was too intense llfa.

    That show has one hell of an encore as well.

  24. Robear Says:

    nagarjuna, i was enjoying where you were headed with that post.

    until this:

    ‘not that i’ve ever even heard sci’

    then it all just made me chuckle.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    well @nag there are 3 things going on at least

    1 – general disdain for what comes after your time – not a worthy attitude

    2 – the SCI band and fan culture and style really are deeply silly. They’re aware of that and like it that way. But when you’re that out there with the costumes and the earnest, naive sentiment, you’re kind of asking for it. But for me, this is a minor issue.

    3 – music. This is the real issue. They just are not that good, and their fans think they’re amazing. Their “jamming” style is extremely simplistic and formulaic, for instance. IMO they are bad at jamming, bad at the bluegrass-derived stuff, and bad at being funky – and terrible at a lot of other things.

    If they could really play, I’d find a way to look past the foolishness….e.g. when Phish and I were young, they weren’t playing a style I liked much, so I found Phishy silliness unbearable. Then when we moved towards common ground I found it much more bearable, though I have never liked that aspect of Phish shows. And now they don’t do that much and they’re playing great.

    So that’s my take on SCI hate…

    also there’s a lot of social history with the band members and crew, i.e. negative personal interactions that have left me with insight into their personalities that makes me very uncomfortable with the idea of show energy being directed their way…I do not think they are worthy of that honor…but that is a separate issue

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