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. angryjoggerz Says:

    def saw a lot about the 2 year old getting run over, struck close to home as I have a 2 year old. That having been said, really played big in the US media on the “chinese people are heartless” thing. Complicated, and lots of back story, but still awful and sad.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    Interesting cover of Tube here by a band called the high beamz (eric levy from garaj mahal on keybpoards)

  3. dorn76 Says:

    Chinese Horseplay

    Best idea for a band name I’ve heard today.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    dig that, dorn. Chinese Horseplay – catchy as hell.

  5. halcyon Says:

    Kaveh I think it was Yematt.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that’s clever. put in “the doors” 😯

    for the UofM shows in 93 I met up with an old friend from HS who was going there. showed up at her sorority house with a couple of natty head friends. juuuust a little bit awkward…

  7. ae Says:

    sounds good rob.

  8. dorn76 Says:


    What brand/variety of vape does your buddy use? Doin some shopping for the holidays and would love some recs.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    really digging this band Highbeamz

  10. ae Says:

    funny stuff, the fraterntity/sorority UofM scene and shows.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    vapro. but my buddy would probably recommend you go big and get the volcano.

  12. tela'smuff Says:

    love that Blackbeard album. that’s been in my mediafire folder for a while. Jacob Miller is another good one. a good number of those one album classics late 70’s early 80’s.

  13. halcyon Says:

    8) ^ T3

  14. bhizzle Says:

    Jacob Miller always reminds me of my brother. Young dude always opened my eyes to something new in the reggae world. First song I heard was Suzie Wong. Made laugh. And his singing style is unique.

    LKJ..forces of victory is nice to have…dem punch him in the belly and it turn to jelly

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    I cant see the name Jacob Miller without hearing it in my head as pronounced in Rockers. Jay-cob Mill ah

  16. Mike in Austin Says:

    Digging this Bi-Lo Wolfmans so far.

  17. willowed Says:

    Hey boys and girls. Seems like I’ve been away from this place for some time. Hope you cats are doin’ swellz

    Quick note. Miner posted a link to this old heads blog a few weeks back. He wrote about the 4/23/93 show and the Weekapuag from this night.

    Spinning it now.

    Trust me, you should listen, very very cool.

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    I call a post show 1 viewing of Rockers at the lodge next year at Alpine Valley.

  19. Jtran Says:

    Sorry I started that convo and had to get some stuff done right then

    AW, downloading that album now..I’ll check those other recs too

    Thanks also telas

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    i’m in @AJ. still plotting how i’m gonna pull of the 7 shows next year i need to hit 100. the wife has grand plans for beach vacations. good thing is i pick up an additional week of vacation on Jan.1. sad that trying to hit 7 shows has become a chore.

  21. Kaveh Says:

    Kaveh I think it was Yematt.

    ^ Yes, thanks. Working on comp2.

  22. tela'smuff Says:

    @jtran – i’m also uploading Arkology for ya. it’s a Lee Perry comp, and a pretty damn good one. assuming you don’t have it? if you do, oh well.

  23. Mike in Austin Says:

    Great Wolfmans. Highly recommended. Really love that style of play.

  24. Kaveh Says:

    Anyone with any ideas of jams/part of jams that they think should be on here….let me know. I’ve got a decent list going already…any other input is much appreciated. Also, think about good sound recordings too. Source quality is just as important.

  25. GhostDog Says:

    Rockers is a sick film…

    Spun the 2010 Chicagoghost this morning…
    This has to be my #1 3.0 Ghost
    As a Ghost savant, I think this one is the complete package… dark and dirty carried by Gordo and Trey gets his later, then of course the traditional finish. Not to diss MSG or CLT by anymeans, but I have to put this one on top.

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