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. bhizzle Says:

    actually a couple months back I created an online account to play magic…digital cards to create digital decks…of course you purchase booster packs but there is a trading option too. if you collect all the digital cards of a set you can redeem them for the actual cardstock.

  2. Mike in Austin Says:

    Axis and Allies is a great stoner game. Well, and it’s predecessor, Risk.

  3. DavidSilver Says:

    Oh, they played the Peach Pit back in 96. Nat had a secret show after Dylan met Thom at a motorcycle rally. They never came back after they made it big. Probably because I whooped greenwood’s ass after he made a pass at Donna. Fuck Radiohead.

  4. bhizzle Says:

    axis and allies…way nerdy version of risk…too complicated for this stoner fuck

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    Sega hockey was great. I especially liked it when you were going down on the screen you could just slam your stick straight in the corner of the net and score every time.

  6. garretc Says:

    You guys are silly, everybody knows the best stoner game is the blunt toss.

    Closely followed by cribbage.

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    Steve Sanders was so stoned at that show. You would have thought he would learn from his friend OD’ing.

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Best stoner game=the lighter game

  9. Jtran Says:


  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Aw yeah palmer. NHL was it yo. Blades of Steel a close 2nd. I am entering the RBI Championship of the Universe this summer. Been practicing erday.

  11. Phuzzy Says:

    LMAO @ David Silver. Silly greenwood. One obvious positive that came from that meeting was that skinny jeans were introduced to the forefront of teen fashion. It just took 15 years to catch on. Just like Donna’s career after the show ended. BWAHAHA!

  12. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I caught ’em all back in my day.

    /DukeOfLizards used Driveby!
    //It’s super effective!!!

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    best stoner game ever = hot knives

    oh wait, that wasnt a game, but it sure was fun

  14. bhizzle Says:

    sega nhl & nba were the bomb!

  15. Phuzzy Says:

    NFL Blitz

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ‘Im mostly into football for the fringe sports that come out of it, you know, the dog fighting and the horseplay.”

    ^ $$$$ Post of the day!

    I am with AJ on the sidelines, looking for owls to squeeze to give two hoots about football. I am ambivalent, unless of course the Cardinals are having something other than their typical season. This has been a typical season. some good points, a whole lotta bad points….

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Tecmo Bowl Bitches!

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    Hot knife? Stoner fuck.

    Blitz was fun. My bro brought me RBI, Tecmo Wrestling, Ice Hockey and Ring King yesterday. Work almost done, NES imminent.

  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    If you haven’t played it, turn in your tough puffer cards at the phellowship table at MSG.

  20. bhizzle Says:

    during my formative years living in cali I was introduced to a game called butts up. It was played in a racquet ball court but could be played using any vertical surface. Basically, we threw a racquet ball against the wall and someone would have to catch one handed and then throw it against the wall. if the person dropped the ball while trying to catch it he would have to run to touch the wall before someone picked up the ball and threw it at the person before the dropper tagged the wall (safe). I do not know the origin of the name.

  21. bhizzle Says:


  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    card games and board games are for custies. real stoners obviously play og shit like mumblety-peg.

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    during my formative years living in cali I was introduced to a game called butts up.

    ^ horseplay alert!

  24. voopa Says:

    Stoner arts & crafts

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    eff yeah, zonk. great game.

    I have some friends who play a great card game called CFB (Cards for Bongs). great as a means to smoke but also a fantastic trump-style card game. waaaay too complicated to explain here and now though

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