TTFF: Through The Years

12.31.10 (G.Estreich)

This week, Ten Tunes For Friday features one selection from each year between 1993 and 2003. Enjoy the juxtaposition of jamming styles, and hopefully it will take you right into the weekend!


2001 > David Bowie” 11.11.95 II

This combination kicked off the third night at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, a run that revved up the second half of a marathon Fall Tour.



8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

Mike’s Song” 12.30.93 II

A classic piece of Phish history.



Down with Disease” 12.30.03 II

A passionate version that gets lost in the shuffle of Miami ’03 that features a spine-tingling re-entry into the song’s theme at the end of the jam.



Reba” 8.14.96 I

An eternally underrated show in Hershey ’96 finally began to get its props over a decade after the fact.



Piper” 6.10.00 I

In the band’s second night in Tokyo, this 20-plus minute “Piper” batted third in the first set after a near half-hour “Disease” sparked the show.


Ghost” 11.11.98 I

One of my favorite Fall ’98 “Ghosts” from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



Limb By Limb” 12.3.99 II

This version from Cincy ’99 is far more your average “Limb.”



6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Split Open and Melt” 12.7.94 I


A shredding first-setter from Spreckels Theatre in San Diego near the end of Fall ’94.



Harry Hood” 11.16.97 II

The night before Denver ’97’s monumental show, Phish dropped this stellar “Hood” towards the end of the second set.

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1,079 Responses to “TTFF: Through The Years”

  1. Mulitbeast Says:

    Jtran – only possible problem is getting kicked out of the rest area by the po po. That has happened to me a couple of times while on tour back in the day. That really sucked.

  2. Jtran Says:


    That hasn’t happened to me yet (fingers crossed)

    I believe I read on the WDOT website that rest areas are open to stay for up to 8 hours. Didn’t read too closely though. I’m sure the police will love it when I quote that right back at them 😉

  3. kayatosh Says:

    spun 11.28.98 SOAM, now on wolfman’s. SOAM is a keeper, $$. and wolfman’s is $$$, especially the last 2 mins or so. right into timber.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Jtran- sell some H20. Get the campsite. You are traveling across the country, i wouldn’t let $95 stand in the way of hanging with phriends vs. posting up at a truck stop.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    11.28 and 11.29.98 recordings up on bt.etree are $$+

  6. BTB Says:

    Just got around to spinning that Denvah Hood link above…sizzled my face & ear lobes

  7. Corey Says:

    Just returned from a hell of a drive. Left Sarasota on Saturday at 11:30p and got back home to Boston at 7:15a Monday morning. Lack of sleep has its drawbacks…forgot to put in for PTBM. Damnit. Well, that’s one way to save money for other summer plans.
    Really wanted to try for UIC this time round. Oh well. Doing the responsible thing and going to sit out round two this year, I guess.

    Nice to see ya’ll talking up Arcade Fire, as my old college buddy and musical friend was with them for a while (he’s also in Beirut, who you should all go check out at Outside Lands). Hoping he gets to do something with the PHiSH out there too. He knows them Antibalas horns folk so who knows, right? Wild to know he’s on the same bill. Very cool, for lil brass player from Kentucky! Going on extensive tour with Beirut from June to Dec or something like that. He also did that LCD last show at MSG. I found out about that when we chatted about the UK game (that he had to miss due to that lil gig). Love it when fellow musicians “make it,” you know?

    Now, to tell another musical friend that I forgot to enter tahoe along with uic as a result of my extreme tiredness. Got. To. Write. Things. Down. Corey.

  8. cal Says:

    Multi–I’ve seen Arcade Fire three times, all top-notch. National three times also, but the first two were pretty meh. However, I do think their latest album blows away their first…five or so? And I think the band has grown to the point where they now live up to the material. But I’d still say AF is a better live band overall.

    lw–I am going to my buddy’s band’s album release party Saturday. Unlikely to be as awesome as Femi, but duty calls.

  9. cal Says:

    Heh. Canadians singing “Star Spangled Banner”?? Isn’t that against the law?

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Speaking on indie bands. Anyone fans of Band of Horses?

    Caught these guys opening up for Pearl Jam last year and thought they blew Pearl jam away. For realz. I don’t have any of their albums and couldn’t name a song, but i saw a live show from that tour on the ‘noid and am grabbing it.

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    “Jtran- sell some H20. Get the campsite. You are traveling across the country, i wouldn’t let $95 stand in the way of hanging with phriends vs. posting up at a truck stop.” – palmer

    ^THIS! Not to mention the post-show drive back to your rest stop…which will probably actually be drive past the rest area, turn around at next exit and backtrack. Driving from Seattle in ’09, there were tons of cops between Ellensburg and the river.

  12. Mulitbeast Says:

    @Cal – that sounds about right. I have yet to pick up National’s newest. I gotta do that.

    Mr. P – Big Band of Horses fan. I have all 3 albums and like em all. I am surprised that they blew away PJ live. That is a bold statement. I have never seen em live.

  13. Monsterpus Says:

    Seems like the rest area might be sketchy, with the cops looking to round up wooks, and truckers looking for ‘lot lizards’

  14. cal Says:

    I’ve caught BoH twice and thought they sucked both times. Probably just not my thang though. I love the first track on CEASE TO BEGIN but the rest of that album bored the shit out of me. Never picked up any of their other albums.

    Multi–HIGH VIOLET is an unreal album. You definitely need to get it.

  15. Monsterpus Says:

    I was rocking the first 2 BofH albums a lot when they came out. Trey talks about them in an interview he did for TimeOut NY. My gf calls those bands (BofH, Midlake, Fleet Foxes) ‘beard rock’

  16. Monsterpus Says:

    Speaking of “indie” bands, are any of you Built to Spill fans? As I was sort of fading from Phish in the late 90’s I got into them and they’ve been one of my favs ever since

  17. cal Says:

    Just saw that BoH is touring with KoL this summer, that sounds about right…

  18. kayatosh Says:

    11.28.98 tweezer – $$, at least. tasty loop and star wars effects; not groundbreaking, but dig it. nov. 98 works.

  19. Monsterpus Says:

    BofH has gotten cheesy. Happens to all those bands

  20. Chuck D Says:

    hipster monday, eh? not even close to as cool as dub thursdays.

    i’ve been repeatedly disappointed by BoH… i dont get the hype.

    just to stir the pot (since they’ve been rep’d here more than once), fleet foxes’ new disc is, in general, good, but the vocal style is annoying to me. they are just too strong in the mix and lack variation. i feel like he’s throwing aimless haymakers with his larynx. however, the lyrics, arrangements, and general “feel” has an undeniable quality to it. my take: they’re a new age rip of CSN.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    sorry for lack of monday morning thoughts…crunchtime for book…have a solid idea for a piece…will try to get ot posted for tomorrow.

    happy monday!

  22. MisterChristian Says:

    Saw Dopapod with Cyborg Trio over the weekend. Fun jamtronica for sure.

  23. Lycanthropist Says:

    I was kind into Built to Spill for while

    got into them wehn I got into Pavement, My Morning Jacket, Sunny Day Real Estate, Flaming Lips, etc…

    definitely had an indie phase in between Phish 2.0 and 3.0

  24. Lycanthropist Says:

    very anxious for your book Miner!

    so awesome!

  25. Monsterpus Says:

    Same here, Lycan. BtS was something that made sense to get into post-Phish. Some similar qualities yet totally different. I still stand by Perfect from Now On as one of my top 5 albums of all time

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