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. Robear Says:

    Whoa. I am pretty sure I caught the Bi-Lo show as well…

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    right there with you on the 11.19 wolf–>maki @smuff
    even when it was happening we knew it was magic

  3. Robear Says:

    Duder, maybe things have changed in the industry since you last worked?

  4. sumodie Says:

    all of a sudden my ass is resisting the measly 100 minute drive into beantown to catch Tinariwen

    but I’m sure my attitude will rally this afternoon

    still have an extra ticket too

    seems like the band won’t start till after 10pm since there’s a 9pm opener (Sophie Hunger)

  5. kayatosh Says:

    doing some dec. 2010 listening today.
    $$$ findings:
    12.3 – piper
    12.29 – wolfman’s bro.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    “AW your the definition of a narcissist-FACT” – el dude

    you are obsessed w/ the guy. what gives? and your hatred towards him bums me out. you seem decent otherwise. why stick w/ this tack?

  7. bouncin fan Says:

    yes def scratch man

    maybe his best. I wish I could put words to the scratch sound. or any of the fav dub mixers. they all just have a specific sound.

    tubby, scratch, pablo.

    scratch def was more experimental with sound effects as some of the early guys. also tend to have that heavier dirtier layered sounds.

    you should check out

    Heptones – party time (1977)

    straight up roots and beautiful production

    I assume you’ve heard Junior Murvin – Police and Thieves

    another roots classic by him

    also been heavily pimping The Return of Pipecock Jackson as a late 70’s dub album.

    but like I said putting the scratch sound into words is tough for me. just know it and def love it.

  8. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    for what its worth, $10 is usually best-case-scenario for cover charges in NYC, so $5 is pretty rad.

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    @jtran – it’s actually considered by many to be Perry’s masterpiece in terms of engineering/production. as far as my opinion as to identifying Perry, i’m not as versed as Selecta, but i would say his ability to construct songs, the way vocals would weave in and out of a songs. he had a more “roots” oriented style, maybe a bit more laid back, haunting? as chill and classic as Heart of the Congos is, a lot of work could be chaotic, jumbled and filled with an overload of sounds and dubbed out vocals. It’s was HOTC was so epic, because he let the rich vocals shine. i would also say he used the best of the best in backing instrumentals.

  10. ae Says:

    i was at the MSU show too Robear. i remember a tiny venue and a beautiful tela. loved that tune ever since.

    but i walked to the one two nights earlier at hill auditorium in AA. 🙂

  11. bouncin fan Says:

    scratch was def busier and more psychedelic to me
    compared to the more just stripped down Drum and Bass Tubby style

    and yes there is this wavering feel to his sound. it wobbles in and out in waves.

    def varies album to album. some roots. some really out there stuff.

    Revolution Dub which is maybe my fav dub album by scratch is pretty out there stuff. very sick (1975)

  12. Robear Says:

    Ae, I walked to AA as well. Bit not from my own home, lol.

    R U a UofM Alum?

    We hanging out in NYC?

  13. halcyon Says:


    Did you read the article about the kid that was run over in China and left to basically die in the streets while other cars drove around or over the child and didn’t stop? People on the streets were walking by. Finally some tourist ran over to the child and pulled them over to the sidewalk before the mom found out.

    Apparently the laws there are a bit skewed so no one wants to help in situations like these? Maybe I didn’t read enough about it, but found it to be an eye opener into China.

  14. bhizzle Says:

    moving just plain sucks anytime of the year. packing, unpacking, lifting, more lifting and even more lifting. It is true though, you really do know who your friends are when its time to move.

  15. bouncin fan Says:

    I uploaded this for some friends at work that needed to hear some classics
    any reggae head probably heard this but if you dig reggae and haven’t. please do. I’ve been stuck in the 1973-1975 era lately also. so I’ve fallen back in love with this one.

    produced by Pablo mixed by Tubby. crucial.

    Jacob Miller – Who Say Jah No Dread

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah. agreed on Tubby. he, to me, is way more true dub, in that drum and bass foundation. Perry’s range is much broader. for me, until i got turned onto Mad Professor, was always Scratch and Augustus Pablo. and those three can rotate depending on what year it is. i’m still in the Professor stage.

  17. halcyon Says:


    go to drinkify and type in MIles Davis. PigSong or the Dayman pointed that one out last week.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I read that Halcy. Horrifying. 2 year old. Child died a few days later.

  19. ae Says:

    Indeed i am. took my roommmate/housemate to the show at hill – afterwards he said “they really sell grilled cheese outside these things?!? I thought that was just a joke”. right on our campus, too. good stuff, and an epic chalkdust, right?

    yes, i hope so. that would be swell. i suppose i’ll at least see you at the after-party, but would welcome a beer anytime. most of my days will be chillin in brooklyn, but we’ll see how it goes…

  20. kayatosh Says:

    do yourself a favor stream Ivory Tower from this 12.10.2009 Garaj mahal show.

    love the rajmahal, especially w/ the original drummer alan hertz.

  21. bhizzle Says:

    It IS all about russo & phil. Fake jerry DID distracted me at the Bingo show. Not that he was a bad player, just seemed emotionless

  22. Kaveh Says:

    Question BBers:

    Who was it that put this comp together about a month ago and shared it with us: 9411 Phish Comp.m4a

  23. bouncin fan Says:

    been hitting spins of Dennis Bovell lately. some UK stuff

    BLackbeard – I Wah Dub (1980) is so amazing.

    Linton Kwesi Johnson – Forces of Victory (1979)

  24. bouncin fan Says:

    back out for real. Jtran causing dub talk when I’ve been an a reggae only dive the past few weeks was a work killer.

    time to get some shit done

  25. Robear Says:

    AE, look me up for handi work. Staying between midtown and LES.

    I had a buddy in a fraternity at U of M. We walked to the show together. Super freakish ‘Simple’ that night. ‘CDT’ made it to ALO. My buddy and his frat friends left early to hit the bar.

    We are no longer in touch.

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