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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1,183 Responses to “TTFF: 11/18 History & Afterparty Update”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    FTR- A $5 cover for a place to leave your book, come back to post-show, and have a band play till 3am is not too much to ask of anyone. Don’t sweat that Miner.

  2. Mike in Austin Says:

    Like any culture, there are things I find disreputable, and things that are really admirable. I generally try to focus on the admirable. But I try not to be a blind apologist either.

    I look forward to hanging out with AJ and getting schooled.

  3. Mike in Austin Says:

    Yeah a $5 cover = same I would give a coat check.

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    China’s up to some weird shit, yo.

  5. JMelby Says:

    Thanks for the update & tring to keep costs down, but $5 isn’t going to detract anyone. Make it a great one BB!

  6. jerseyjim Says:

    $5 for cover/book/check is a square deal. many times seeing the GD at MSG back in the day, we chose our pre & post show meet up bar*, based on being able to leave our coats checked, and head into the show unincumberlanded. The bars liked it, because they knew you were coming back…

    *still required to visit the Penn Bar.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the two comments on that make it even better. but that’s pretty freaky. AJ, you gonna tell us what’s up so we can plan for it?

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    I bought all the tickets to Miners party. I will consider trade offers. Otherwise, best of luck on the ebay bidding.

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    LLFA! First time checking in this week and I’m on the front page of comments, nice. Gone but not forgotten 🙂

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Those google images are making everyone really paranoid, but the answer is pretty clear. When China does anything, they go big.


  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    LW, I got you a great Cultural Revolution poster in China, will swing by and drop it off soon. Its all “beat down America” about it.

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    @ Fly,

    Thanks for the compliment, really. I just find the whole China thing far more complicated that it is made out to be, and multi dimensional. When I started bringing educator groups over in 2000 I realized that I had to take the role of “explainer of China” which I was not entirely comfortable with, but it was a good way to make me really think about some issues. The ones that seem to always come up are revolution (bad or good?), one child policy (bad or good), Mao (bad or good), merits and weakness of the Chinese education system, progress vs tradition and the fact that cultures determine some animals edible while others as not.

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    Awesome AJ!

    I may have some Furthur tickets coming my way later today, if I wind up down there I’ll be sure to hit you up.

  14. Fly Says:

    Word, AJ. Ultimately, we will go nowhere as a race of beings until we transcend oppositional beliefs.

    But yeah, China is too fucking interesting, and that’s why we do it. Not actually engage the sovereign Chinese nation in horseplay, of course, but rather involve ourselves in thinking about China.


  15. Mike in Austin Says:

    Nobody comments or cares about intellectual property or pollution AJ? I guess that’s not a social issue to them.

  16. Dr Pronoia Says:

    hmmm, chinese horseplay

    good to see you around Fly. hope all’s well with you lately

  17. Kaveh Says:

    Good morning BBers! Happy f’ing Friday.

    @Miner: Thanks for the tunes, as always. But can’t seem to pull myself away from 11.17.97. Oh well. Mid-bliss in that Reba right now.

    Everyone rock it today!

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    Pollution for sure, it is impossible not to comment on. That having been said, this last trip the pollution was noticeably better, particularly in Xi’an, where it used to be so bad I could sometimes not see across the street.

    Interesting things come up with these people and it is actually sort of fun to see them confront their beliefs.

  19. Mike in Austin Says:

    Actually have a CC regarding Thailand flooding right now. I’ll be MIAction for the next two hours. Peace.

  20. bouncin fan Says:

    build things big no doubt, and fast, using corrupt companies often with organized crime ties

    hence very fast but very dangerous train lines

    I’m def no china basher but some of the quick and violent construction going on seems to be a bit risky.

    I may be up at Further tonight too kids. thinking about ticket situation soon. going to go over there either way to meet up some friends.

    should be interesting.

  21. Fly Says:

    Thanks, Dr. P. Hope to see you at MSG. Do I have your email address?

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    BTW BF I won’t be at Tinarawin, found out there is a family function that night that I already committed to. 🙁 We’ll have to hit something else up. I know Jeff Parker is doing two nights at the Mill the first week of December, may check both nights.

  23. butter Says:

    was posting in the wrong thread, n00b

    good morn

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    you get tebowed last night @ butter?

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    I agree on the shady build up and organized crime thing in CHina. I have seen buildings go up and then come down in a matter of 2 years, pretty nuts.

    That having been said, I think it is safe to say that there is not a construction site in the USA in the past 50 years that has not had a tie to organized crime. It is just better regulated and people still take pride in craftsmanship.

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