Ten Tunes For Friday: Summer ’95

Jones Beach '95

When thinking of summer Phish, one usually recounts warm summer nights and blissful musical experiences. But in the Summer of ’95 , the band explored some of the darkest and most experimental music of their career. Routinely cranking out 20 minute jams of psyche-challenging madness, Phish ripped off numbing excursions nightly during a spectacular summer. If you liked exploration, Summer ’95 was for you. Nearly impossible to choose only ten jams for Friday, this playlist represents a small selection of what this tour has to offer. For more a more complete run through the abyss of this season, check out “Miner’s Picks: Summer ’95.” Enjoy your Friday!


The Curtain > Stash” 6.17 II

A demonic end to the first set in Gainesville, Virginia.



Ha Ha Ha > David Bowie” 6.15 II


One of many deeply exlploratory “David Bowies” of the summer.



Down With Disease > Free” 6.26 II

Perhaps my favorite segment of outlansdish psychedelia of the entire summer. This one is not for the faint-hearted.



Runaway Jim > Makisupa” 7.2.II

7.4.2010 (W.Rogell)

A heavy and grinding, set-opening “Jim” finally gave way to smooth reggae rhythms at Sugarbush’s summer ending weekend.



Mike’s > Hydrogen > Weekapaug” 6.10 II

The Red Rocks “Mike’s Groove.” ‘Nuff said.



Tweezer” 6.14 II

Got an hour?

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1,055 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday: Summer ’95”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    enjoy willowed. tear that place up.

    Maine pull is decent. Lots of chatter, especially during the acoustic set. to be expected i guess. The acoustic tunes where the rest of the band play are cool.

    Haven’t spun Albany yet. Its on deck though. Windy, cold Sunday here. More snow overnight. TAb in NYC on tuesday Bring it!

  2. joe Says:

    getting out of bed for work is way easier when you have tickets to see Trey later that night.

  3. joe Says:

    observation from this morning: Getting out of bed for work is way easier when you have tickets to see Trey later that night.

  4. butterflyeffect Says:

    it’s the future we’re living into @joe

    that’s why when you’re at work on friday but are headed on vacation later you feel great

    but when you’re on vacation but headed back to work the next day you’re startin’ to bum out

    human nature’d

    @willow i’ll see you there big sexy, i might be a tad late but should be there before 1

  5. joe Says:

    it’s also a reflection on the lack of having done anything remotely close to “exciting” (if trey accousting can be considered that 🙂 ) this winter.

  6. joe Says:

    accousting? I think I like the typo. sticking with it.

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    Good morning, kids!

    Hope you all are doing well

    I’m waking up groggy and sore. The last few days in Madison have definitely been crazy.

    I had one of those perfect moments yesterday that will linger on despite only occurring in about 3 seconds.

    I was standing at a corner on Capitol Square between Tea Partiers and advancing protesters. The students had been distributing signs that said This is a Peaceful Protest. I stood at the nexus of all the anger with my Peaceful Protest sign, smiling my most disarming smile, and flashing a deuce. I had been there for about an hour. I zoned out amidst all the yelling and all of a sudden this gorgeous girl walks up to me, looks me right in the eyes, and places a fresh tulip in my hand. Then she looked at me like I was born to hold that flower and grinned a reassuring grin, and bounced away.

    Out of my life forever, haha.

    it felt like a movie or something and my roommate was right next to me and he agreed: Too bad we couldn’t find the flower chick again.

    Hope everyone is doing well!

  8. joe Says:

    listening to the disease>free from the post (been rationing out the jams). It’s like it’s being played by a completely different band than the one we are seeing now. where’s the standard free formula that we’ve come to expect?

  9. kenny powers Says:

    @ Silly

    It’s All Happening.

  10. plord Says:

    @Silly, awesome.

    That exact moment, except with a white rose instead of a tulip, happened to me at my first Dead show. I was candy-flipping and the moment couldn’t have been more profound. Flower chick vanished into the crowd, never saw her again obviously. But I still have the flower, pressed into a picture frame. It put a signal down in my soul that has stayed with me.

  11. Gavinsdad Says:

    That disease>free is the tater tots.

    Enjoy tonite @Joe and the rest of you dudes. (what happened to our female contingent?)


    Seconding Boards Of Canada’s “music has the rights to children”.meditative soundscapes…wandered NYC many days with that in the phones just having an insular experience among the masses

    Lindsay Buckinham telling me bout his second hand blues right now.

  12. willowed Says:

    Plord – that is super cool

    I dig that you saved it.

  13. joe Says:

    alright. some actual work to attend to. See you fools at the landsdowne pub later, I hope. best way of communication?

  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    Nice Silly and Plord. Different circumstance, but had an old friend come out of the mist in AC on 10/30 to stand in front of me beaming and radiant, only to realize it was an old roommate and Phish devotee friend of mine I hadn’t seen in 10 years since my brothers wedding in cannon beach, OR.

    She’d become a woman. Her beer weight kids face from fort Collins days was gone. She also had an aura of lysergic remnants to her…one who has “seen” things…maybe a Wiccan…the queen of tempeh flowers…but it was like time froze before it set in….Jenny! The joy and peace you get from realizing your community still at large and holding it down. Captured moments. Like hearing these stories.

  15. Gavinsdad Says:

    As stated before….Willowed looks like a mob boss. T3 looks like someone steeped in trivia. Butterfly is about 6’6″ and swarthy…may be wearing a scabbard. KP smells like cassette tape.

  16. jtran Says:


    If you guys hear of an extra or two tonight let me know. Slf. And i want to hit the show but are hesitant to make the drive ticketless. About to get breakfast in Albany now.

    Jtranvt23 at gmail
    802 two three 3 7 one one 1

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    @Plord and G-dad

    thank you so much for sharing those stories.

    it was one of those moments that seemed to confirm: This is where you’re supposed to be, young man.

    It’s put me in a reflective mood ever since.

    And Plord: The Tulip is hanging up on a book shelf as we speak. I got the tulip about 2 pm and didn’t come home til 9.

    everyone asked me if I was some kind of hippie or something. I just smiled and said, “This one’s coming with me.”

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    ^Jtran is easy. Look for the AC flatbrim.

  19. Andrew Says:

    Great read in the NYTimes today about memory and incorporating ancient techniques into our over-saturated tech society.


    Passage to entice you or not…

    “Today we have books, photographs, computers and an entire superstructure of external devices to help us store our memories outside our brains, but it wasn’t so long ago that culture depended on individual memories. A trained memory was not just a handy tool but also a fundamental facet of any worldly mind. It was considered a form of character-building, a way of developing the cardinal virtue of prudence and, by extension, ethics. Only through memorizing, the thinking went, could ideas be incorporated into your psyche and their values absorbed.”

  20. sumodie Says:

    @jtran: great to finally meet you and your slf! that electric set was pretty sweet, eh?

    No word about tix on my end (also none at LiveNation right now either)….but there’s lots of HOB tix on craigslist right now, some asking face

  21. butterflyeffect Says:

    lol @scabbard

  22. sumodie Says:

    How does one “jam” by themselves? I would think that you need at least 1 other person. I believe the word everyone is looking for is improvise.

    Yes, thanks for correcting my late night thoughts, EllJefe

    Was hoping Trey would dust off an acoustic instrumental like Inlaw Josie Wales -or show off a new composition

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Jtran – take the ride bro. Get a nice seafood dinner if you for some silly reason don’t get in. Think this is a gOod test for you man. Put your ticket grind to work.

  24. KWL Says:

    morning folks, great stories to start the day, thanks

    i’m actually considering a down and back drive to philly. would need to be back home at 10am thurs morning. 4:30 drive. damn you trey!

  25. KWL Says:

    the slf is off all week, if i can cobble together some sort of tues-wed philly trip maybe i can pull it off

    ::wheels begin spinning::

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