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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    from that point all you need to know is that the jets kicked a field goal, donkeys get pinned at their five, they empty the backfield and let tebow do his thing, he drives them into fg range with a minute to go, scrambles on a play from the 20 and scores, tebows in end zone, jets can’t muster response because von miller is a bad ass, the end.

  2. EL Duderino Says:


  3. Robear Says:

    11/18/94 the only Phish show I walked to from home.

  4. stapes Says:

    Happy Friday BB!

    Quick drive by from my spot in corporate cubicle land.

    Ambient music rec for your Friday morning : Loscil – First Narrows.

  5. bouncin fan Says:

    are europe contacts and traders are starting to feel that Germany will not cave Kaya. They feel the thought of an ECB backstop is total BS.

    if this is true. it’s just a matter of time. I’m starting to get a bit scared. called my parents to tell them to maybe pull back on the equities last night.

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    China’s opening ceremony for the Olympics is the most amazing thing I’ll ever see in my lifetime. Old Boy is an amazing film. About all I can think of per China.

    ? Why do all the old chinese people crouch down all the time? Whenever I drive around Bridgeport or Chinatown those people are crouching everywhere, and usually smoking. What up w/ that?

  7. butter Says:

    lol telas Teball

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    fun night back then, eh robear? loved that little run

  9. Jtran Says:


    Thanks. I get it now.

    Watched during the commercials of the Hokie game..was pretty boring

  10. Kaveh Says:

    i cheated today

    ^Cheater! 🙂 Although, I’m about to do the same thing. I got the release CD’s at the office today and I’m knee deep in the Disease and noticed that those two songs were the filler on disc3.

  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    Interesting read on organized crime, unions, chicago construction.

    Chinese people crouch a lot because they wait a lot. They also use squat toilets, so that position is a big part of their lives. It is a lot harder than it looks, but if you spend enough time in Chinese train stations, you too will squat. No where to sit.

    enough about china, organized crime and other things that are not fun.

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    here is the first article I found dude

  13. kayatosh Says:

    Thanks, bouncin. tough to play this expected plunge. it starts today, perhaps, but tough to be short over the weekend. tough to be anything over the weekend in this environment. may have to come in fresh on monday and chase it down, if need be. I’ve been conditioned over the past few years to expect rabbits pulled out of hats when things get bleak.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    at this very moment, they’re trying to put a squeeze together to keep things green, but it looks iffy.

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    who the fuck is D&P???

    basically a nobody co. brah!

    no power, no clout what so ever!

    If we’re talking Walsh Const. Prairie Ready-Mix then you have something.
    am I saying there are no Mobs in Chicago? NO of course there are.

    but give me something more

  16. alf Says:

    bhizzle, i did make it. a way better show than binghamton, with dark star the highlight. its all about russo & phil, fake jerry distracted me way less this time

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Walsh is about as mobbed up as it gets. You didnt hear it from me.

  18. Robear Says:

    Going to check out my house today. First time in about 4 years. Moving in the winter rain has become an annoying annual past time.

  19. bouncin fan Says:

    like I said already had one too many discussions with el dude for my life

    I’ll leave that fun to you kids

    out for the day

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Actually, on second thought, that is just an assumption based on the amount of contracts they seem to receive.

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    would i be crazy to suggest that not only is the 11/19 Makisupa the best version of the song, but an overall personal top tier jam on my favorite list? there seems to be no comparison in it’s uniqueness in use of space and sound. the drop back into the song after the “space jam” is perfection.

  22. Jtran Says:


    Not big on actually ranking, but top 10 all time show? Today’s listen makes me think so

  23. bouncin fan Says:

    I agree on the rabbits kaya

    just feels getting 17 countries to vote and 1 to back all the rest may be tough

    who knows though

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    AW your the definition of a narcissist-FACT

  25. Jtran Says:


    Before you go..meant to ask you. Is Heart of the Congoes a Scratch produced album? I think I read yes.

    Are there any tell-tale signs of Scratch albums that you can hear in most/all of his productions? Just curious. Was spinning that on my walk yesterday

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