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. Phuzzy Says:

    “Butts Up, where a lifetime of questionable horseplay begins!”

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    llfa @ turn in tough puffer card @ phellowship table.

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    AJ, esta en fuego, hombre!

  4. Fly Says:

    love all games

    any video game
    any board game

    @jtran black and white deck was definitely legit. swords to plowshares (one white mana, instant, destroy target creature and opponent gains target creature’s power added to life total) and dark ritual (one black mana, instant, add three black mana to your mana pool), two of the most pr mowerful cards ever created in magic.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    My college crew used to play the Vanilla Ice board game (for realz) which was like a board game that had this little beat box mic that you had to bust verses into. Shit was ill.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    oh shit, in action:

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    Sega Hockey – it was Roenick all day FTW. once you figured out “the move” you were basically unstoppable.

    Tecmo Bowl – C.Okaye and B.Word unstoppable. As was Bo.

    Guyute – did you see i gave props to the lighter game? i thought my crew started that shit. stoner mind group think.

  8. Mike in Austin Says:

    From AJ’s site …

    If your daughter ever comes home and says she’s been playing “My little pony hide and seek” I would definitely speak to a lawyer.

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    So it was a game for fat people?

  10. voopa Says:

    Hampton/W-S Box contest

  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    She sucks, has no skills. Clearly she did not read the instructions which begin with:

    1) find an empty 2 liter bottle and cut off bottom
    2) find a butter knife you never want to use again
    3) heat up knife on stove until glowing hot….

  12. garretc Says:


    We played mad butts up in elementary school. I was a little leaguer, so I kicked ass at that game.

    Actually, I kicked ass at all playground games in elementary school, since I was in a special magnet class for “gifted and talented” students, and we didn’t really mingle with the normals, so I was a ringer for pretty much anything that involved physical ability of any kind…

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Roenick was good , but he was no Stevie Yzerman

  14. willowed Says:

    Spy Hunter and Pit Fall

  15. garretc Says:

    On the more modern field of stoned games, me and my buddies have been playing copious amounts of blazed FIFA any time we’re all back home at the same time.

    Helped kickstart (no pun intended) my actually giving a hoot about soccer…

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    If your daughter ever comes home and says she’s been playing “My little pony hide and seek” I would definitely speak to a lawyer.

    We played mad butts up in elementary school.

    My god, it is like State College up in here.

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    HA! @AJ!!! hilarious!

  18. Kaveh Says:

    Now spinning one of my all time NYE run favorites:

    12.30.03: Sand -> Shafty (Smoother than Tebow).

  19. Mike in Austin Says:

    I love some of the ’03 stuff. I really dislike the tone of Trey’s guitar.

  20. Jtran Says:


    The east coast kids love their Fifa as well.

    NYC Fifa tournament (thought I’ve still been playing 11, so if it’s for 12 I’ll probably get smoked)

  21. garretc Says:


    Man, we’ve been stuck on 10 for a while, actually… Haha. But I’ve played enough ’11 to hang. I’m super down for some post-MSG, spun out FIFA shenanigans

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    Spy Hunter is tuff. Love FIFA, but too old to be competitive.

  23. Mike in Austin Says:

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  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Foreal mia. Even when the little guys get busted for like a hunnerd mil they only get locked up for a few years. Ridic.

    Steal a little, they call you a criminal. Steal a lot and they call you king.

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