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. Jtran Says:


    Don’t have it. I’ve stayed away from the comps because there seem to be so many so I didn’t know where to really start, so just went for some albums I’ve heard talk of.

  2. GhostDog Says:

    Arkology is the cornerstone of any good reggae collection. Scratch is from outer space.

  3. Kaveh Says:

    MSG Rapture….confirmed. Thanks AJ Masthay!

  4. Robear Says:

    @AJ, taking my first chance on the chain mails with this ‘An-Ten-Ae’ mix. Good move?

  5. Jtran Says:

    No! Had to step away and do something and 7 minutes later the Masthay’s are sold out.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    Rob, no idea, none the artists are familiar to me so I take no responsibility on that one. What I DO rec are the Numero Group comps on there.

  7. dorn76 Says:

    yup the Rapture sold out already.


  8. Robear Says:

    Número Group….noted

  9. halcyon Says:

    This is a menacing Split.


  10. kayatosh Says:

    watched a show called Swampsgiving last night ion the history channe, i believe. re. four different families (white folk) living in the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana and hunting for their thanksgiving meal. eye opening stuff. gar fishing (fish as big as a teenage gator), frog catching at night on the water, boar hunting, turkey hunting, homemade rabbit sausage for jambalaya — all narrated by an unseen voice nearly identical to the voice that narrated the Dukes of Hazard tv show back in the day. as a vegetarian who has never hunted and never will, the show was like porn.

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    forgot about the prints. damn

  12. halcyon Says:

    We had a Turducken a few years ago for thanksgiving with friends, and tofurkey for the veggie ladies. Turducken was sooo good.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    these folk did not waste any bit of the animals they killed. dude was deep frying slices of boar fat for snackion.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    Jay-cob Mill ah

    the kill ah

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Huggiebear, ygm

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Whats on the menu for Thanksgiving at the kaya household? Besides Kale chips? 😉

  17. Mike in Austin Says:

    Kaya, reminds me of a show that sounds similar, where they opened up with guys pulling a small gator in a boat, fishing for gar, turtles etc. all in preparation for a big cajun throw down of food and crawfish.

    A big ol’ boy who was serving up the gumbo said “If you go hungry in Louisiana … you’re just lazy.”

  18. kayatosh Says:

    MIA: sounds like we saw the same show. Show was called swampsgiving, but I heard no explicit reference to thanksgiving by any of the celebrants. many great lines by the subjects. Was their a big guy named Bruce with long black and grey hair, red white and blue bandana, and overalls (no shirt) doing the gar fishin and frog catchin?

    what if the largest swamp in the US was your back yard. wild!

  19. halcyon Says:

    National Geographic Photo Contest

  20. kayatosh Says:

    here’s the whole mother effin show to stream:

    dang, technology’s good.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    gorgeous photos, halcyon. I like that moss covered car at the very end. green.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    the dudes hunting rabbit and squirrel w/ the long beards could pass as older wooks. wooks w/ shotguns.

  23. halcyon Says:

    I had a photo I wanted to submit to the contest last year, but I spaced it and missed the deadline.

    I really like the owl in flight photo.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    Palmer: I never go hungry. mother-in-law always has a tasty veggie lasagna on hand.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    hal: that’s a good one. love me some high def. nature photos.

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