TTFF: 11/18 History & Afterparty Update

12/29 Irish Times Update: $5 Cover Added to Afterparty

Book Cover (Masthay)

I did all I could to throw a free afterparty in New York City, but after negotiations with the owner of the bar, there will need to be a $5 cover charge in order to staff the event—specifically to have someone to run the “book check” so that anyone who purchases a book at the signing can enjoy the show without worrying about its safety. I can assure you that I am not making cent with the afterparty and this is a simple issue of the owner changing his mind after the fact. Nonetheless, $5 in New York City will hardly buy you a dog and a soda on the corner, so come across the street after the 29th show and celebrate a fantastic year of Phish with friends. Music all night long will be provided by provided by Coltrane and friends. The details are below for the sake of repetition:

12/29/2011 @ The Irish Times

254 W 31st St. (b/w 7th and 8th Ave)

Less than 1 block from MSG!

The Book Signing: 4 pm – 6 pm

The Afterparty: Post-show – 3 am – $5 cover charge

Come one, come all!


(Around) Ten Tunes for Friday: 11/18 in Phish History

11.16 / 11.18.94 Michigan Poster

November 18th has been a prolific date in Phish history, as the band performed on this day in the powerhouse years of ’94, ’95, ’96, and ’98. In addition, Phish also kicked of their first fall tour of the modern era in 2009 on this date, but though the “46 Days” and “Disease” were noteworthy, this playlist will consist of the other four shows. In 1994, Phish sat smack dab in the middle of one of the peak months of the mid ’90s, and on the 18th, they took their blistering chops up to Michigan State University in East Lansing for a smoking affair. The following year, Phish was on the second half of a marathon Fall tour when the passed through North Charleston Coliseum for a solid Fall ’95 show with some unreal peaks in. In 1996, November 18th brought the band to Memphis, Tennessee, where they played a phenomenal second set on their at the tail end the end of their Midwestern leg of the tour. And in 1998, the band played one of the first-ever shows at Greenville, South Carolina’s Bi-Lo center, a dark horse mid-week affair that is barely talked about though contains several great jams. When plucking the highlights from this quartet of shows, we are left with quite the Friday playlist! Let’s get right to it.


Split Open and Melt” 11.18.94 I

This jam vividly illustrates the band’s ferocious jamming of November ’94. Communicating as well as ever, they ridiculously shred this version to pieces.



2001 > Simple” 11.18..96 II

One of the first jammed out “2001s” leads into a sublime “Simple” led by Trey’s cathartic lead playing.



Reba” 11.18.95 I

This soaring rendition flies way under the radar in terms of ’95 “Rebas,” but can hold its own against the best of them.



Tweezer > Contact” 11.18.94 II

A quintessential Fall ’94 “Tweezer” starts with some snarling textures before the band hits a hard-edged “Wedge” tease, then settles into a groove and moves far beyond it into totally original places.



Wolfman’s > Lizards” 11.18.98 II

The band moves from the funk into an extended and groovy take on their ’98 melodic ambient style before merging with “Lizards.”



David Bowie” 11.18.98 I

This extended first set closer lit a fire under the band for the second half.



You Enjoy Myself” 11.18.95 II

This experimental 30-minute beast is best known for its “Brick House” jam, but offers a whole lot more.



Slave to the Traffic Light” 11.18.98 II

One of my personal favorites, much of this jam’s beauty lies in its initial section of delicate interaction. Flowing from start to finish, Trey shines throughout, bringing the jam to a massive peak.

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  1. Fly Says:


    I am a grieving child
    Who has never grown up
    From the grass beaches of the North
    I come, following a
    Fading road, walking into
    A city suffused with gears
    Walking into the narrow streets’
    Boarded shacks. Every sunken heart
    In an indifferent sheet of smoke
    Continues to tell the story of green’s color
    I believe in my audience
    ———– the sky, and
    The widely splashing drops of the sea
    They will cover my everything
    Cover that unsearchable
    Grave. I know
    Then, all of the grass and little flowers
    Will all crowd around
    In the faint instant of lamplight
    Gently kiss my grief

    Gu Cheng (1956-1993)

  2. Capricorn's Horn Says:

    I appreciate all your work on this site over the years, and will be there in spirit with you at the book release, at the New Year’s Run, etc.

    And I don’t think you should have to defend a necessary cover charge for an event like the one you are hosting. But your humble tone even in this post is yet another example of you being cool.

    Thanks so much for all the reporting and THOUGHTS over these years.

  3. Oldskool Says:

    Second! Happy Friday everyone 🙂

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    I’ll say it again: I’ve learned more about the Phish back catalog in 2 + years on this board than I knew in the prev 17.

    Thanks miner. Your knowledge and ability to consistently pinpoint the goods is simply mind boggling.

    Have a good day y’all I’m gonna start with ’96

  5. punkmug Says:

    What? No 11/18/09 Cobo – 46 Days mention!? 🙂

  6. punkmug Says:

    I should read the entire article…duh.

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    You know its gonna be a strange day when you wake up and the first thing you read is a Gu Cheng poem.

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    Then have to get dressed for work AND a Furthur concert. A change of clothes seems unavoidable.

  9. Fly Says:

    Thought you might like that, AJ. To shamelessly self-promote, that is my translation. Please don’t send it to the New Yorker and claim it as your own!

    I recommend first dressing in your Furthur clothes and then donning your work outfit over them. Sure, a bit hot, but epic out the door Superman moment.

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    I was thinking casual patchwork cords with button down and sports jacket.

    ::deletes email to New Yorker::

    Is there a Gu Cheng in translation collection you can point me towards? I dig the style. Seems he got a bit upset with his wife in the end, though.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’d go with the business patchwork cords. people in your office might notice if you go with the casual ones.

  12. Fly Says:

    I’ll look into it, AJ. I am very snobbish when it comes to others translating Chinese poetry. Yeah, Mr. Gu was a whack job for sure, but one of the brilliant ones. The Wiki article is laughably incomplete, which is part of the reason I shared it, but there is a fascinating/haunting article linked at the bottom:

  13. Mike in Austin Says:

    Do you have a wide wale patchwork chords? I hear that’s in style.

    Looking forward to this TTFF. November seems to always be a good time in phishtory.

  14. Mike in Austin Says:

    I read aj’s comment and thought “I didn’t get he was upset with his wife” in that poem. Hmmm.

    Read fly’s link. Duh.

    Got a little “The Shining” there or something it appears.

  15. Fly Says:

    Yeah, Mike, I think any Chinese kid born in 1956 (or thereabouts) as smart as Gu probably had about a 75% chance of going nuts in her/his lifetime.


  16. Mike in Austin Says:

    That was a great read in the link. The silent crushing of individuality in communist china must have been terrible.

    I need to read more. Thanks for opening a door.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Just saw a car in the coffee shop parking lot with the bumper sticker:

    Keep Trey Sober.


  18. Fly Says:

    It’s so fucking complex, Mike. So many hundreds of years of cultural (for lack of a better word) inertia so violently disrupted. Of course, this complexity makes it exceedingly interesting.

    I don’t always read, but when I do, I read about things exceedingly interesting.

  19. Fly Says:

    haha nice Palms

  20. Fly Says:

    I will say that it is very important to not vilify so-called Communist China. This is a lazy intellectual practice. Our man AJ does an excellent job of reminding us of this.

    Again, the situation is so fucking complex, binaries need not apply.

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Read an article in todays paper confirming LW’s whereabouts. It said there were only 2 people at OccupyChicago’s camp yesterday. One of whom, was willing to talk. The other, just stood there bobbing his head to some reggae blasting from a speaker next to his head. Selecta’d.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    Link to our man on the scene, LastWaltzer.

  23. Fly Says:

    Speaking in general terms there, Mike, didn’t mean that to come off as a direct response to your previous post.

    OK, I have completely hijacked the board this morning. This Fly is going to buzz off for a bit.

    Find wonder today.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    lw holding down.

  25. Jtran Says:

    LW ftw

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