TTFF: International Phish

Den Gra Hal, Christiana, Copenhagen, DK—6.30.98 (Unknown)

There’s nothing quite like seeing Phish in a different country. Whether Europe or the Far East, these international club Phish are unmatchable experiences and many have been highlights of my show-going life. Instead of the monstrosity of an arena or amphitheatre, clubs and theatres provide an intimacy unparalleled in the post-Dead Phish world. Today’s playlist is comprised of jams plucked from these smaller performances abroad.


Tweezer” 7.9.98 Barcelona, ES

In terms of “Tweezer” and Europe ’98, the focus of conversations usually centers on the Scandanavian symphony from Den Gra Hal—”Tweezer > 2001.” But a week later, at the end of the first set in a sweltering club in Barcelona, Phish dropped this under-the-radar, gooey monster that will blow up any dance party at which it is dropped.



Fee” 7.5.98 I, Prague, CZ

Amidst an Absinthe-soaked slop-fest on the first night at the Lucerna Theatre at Prague, Phish managed to stay on the same page for a standout, and virtually unknown, version of “Fee.”



Stash -> Ghost -> Saw It Again” 6.19.97 II, Vienna, AU

Phish did more than just funk out during their journey to Europe during the Summer of ’97. But there’s plenty of raw groove in here as well.



Antelope -> Catapult > Life On Mars?” 3.2.97 I, Copenhagen, DK

This unconventional song trio came in the middle of the first set in the final show of Winter ’97 in Europe.



Runaway Jim” 7.16.00 II, Osaka, JP

The Osaka “Jim”—no introduction needed. Japan 2000 overflowed with creative jams, and this one opened the tour’s final set.



The Moma Dance” 7.1.98 II, Christiania, Copenhagen, DK

The second “Moma” ever played, from Den Gra Hal in Christiana. The band botches the lyrics and sails into an extensive funk journey.



Mike’s Song” 3.1.97 II, Hamburg, GR

A well-known and sinister version from Hamburg, that was etched into history on Slip, Stitch and Pass.



Down with Disease” 6.10.00 I, Tokyo, JP

This extended jam opened up the second show of three in Tokyo. Imagine Phish opened a show with a jam like this these days?



Cavern” 6.14.97 II, Dublin, IR

This jam closed out the first show of Summer ’97 with raw, unpasteurized cow funk.



YEM” 6.9.00 E, Tokyo, JP

After dropping a monumental “Tweezer” in the second set of Japan 2000’s opening show, Phish dropped this lounge-like, laid-back “YEM” for an encore.



2/9/2012 Trey & The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Hall

I: First Tube, Water in the Sky*, Divided Sky*, Brian and Robert*,Goodbye Head, Guyute**, Let Me Lie, Stash*

II: Time Turns Elastic, If I Could*, You Enjoy Myself

E: Golden Slumbers, The Inlaw Josie Wales*

* Trey on acoustic, ** Trey on acoustic then electric

Setlist via



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784 Responses to “TTFF: International Phish”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    We should all listen to this ridiculous music Miner hook up for us here today and forget the symphony bullshit..

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The recordings on these club gigs are simply amazing. Really enhances the music when its crystal clear in a small room.

  3. Robear Says:

    No doubt. This Stash Ghost is twacked and twisted!

  4. gavinsdad Says:


    my man steven hooked up this Techniques label mix. enjoy

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    for sure, that DTE Bowie doesn’t get frantic or dark/evil as the old school ones do. that’s what’s missing from those you mention. but damn, that DTE Bowie hits the spot.

    also recently spun that Utica Split>Have Mercy>Piper>Split. f’in sick.

    this orchestra shit doesn’t bode well for Evil Trey making a return. 😉 zing!

  6. El Duderino Says:

    Hello from the left coast!
    Wish we lived here.
    Way more my style

  7. makisupa Says:

    Thank you, PigSong. have never snorted out loud ever @ work. uppity grannies have no filter, say what they want. love it.

    also happy so many think there will be a summer tour. Just spitballing here, but maybe only a fall tour and halloween? I dropped serious cake getting to Denver because I understood 2012 might be very quiet

    keep pamping other tours. The Seun and greensky tours look FUN, like roadtrip fun

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Duder you stay as long as you like, I could get used to the one dog and my own place life. 🙂

  9. snowbank Says:

    What up BB?

    Thanks for the tunes Mr Miner. good listening for a friday.

    Stoked to listen to that D’angelo Voodoo albumn @AW. Never heard of it. there is a short book about it on wikipedia…'Angelo_album)

    I don’t see how we can be pissed at anyone but the greeks today. Who do they think they are? Only AW gets a bonus for reading the BB all day. Oh and I guess I do too.

  10. snowbank Says:

    Or, @tel, maybe he will get the happy music out of his system with the orchestra? one can hope, right?

  11. Dr Pronoia Says:

    I don’t see how we can be pissed at anyone but the greeks today. Who do they think they are? Only AW gets a bonus for reading the BB all day. Oh and I guess I do too.

    ^^ that’s some funny shit

  12. phoammhead Says:

    no bonus here

    i wish the board would move a little faster on days where i sit around here at work and do nothing . . . make it worth my while 😉

  13. albert walker Says:

    Yes Snow

    That album took 4 years to record many hours of which was just spent by guestlove and D’Angelo chillin puffin watching old footage of Miles, Marvin, Fela and old soul train episodes. They were also learning complete catalogs by bands like prince in their entirety to help the influences seep in. they had to find the proper vibe and get in the right space to complete the project. Basically a study in the history of black music went into the creation of the album.

    Pretty hip shit. There is a little segment that is a blatant Bitches Brew reference another for Fela. Everything is touched on that album.

  14. snowbank Says:

    We saw the four white men of the guitar’pocolypse aka WilCO in vancouver this past sunday… yes, after the superbowl. There were some good points and some bad points. One thing that really stood out though – they know all of their own songs. It was so weird. No flubs, no forgotten lyrics. It’s like they practice. OF course there was one song that was jammed (impossible germany) and one song that was arranged slightly different. Not exactly a magical mystery tour.

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    Didn’t know I was here to entertain phoamm. I really feel the same way though. It’s Friday people it’s like a freakin symphony in here.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    @dyda – what up mang…we all know each other too well around here is all…3 years of talking to one another has roughened our sweet edges 🙂 and always good to see you on here and i miss some peeps too.

    @MIA – airfoil (server) user here. love it. i also use REEMOTE for iphone to control my spotify volume on my house’s airplay speakers. cant use apples “remote” app for that.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    anyone hitting Seun Kuti at the Highline in NYC on 4/8?

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    D’angelos voodoo is as good as AW says and i love “brown sugar” as well. it can’t touch Voodoo tho. My one complaint…while it’s great with w33d, the vocal layering is just a bit much for me on that album and i can deal with it but it’d be nice if Questo played around with his drum sounds a little…that piccolo (?) snare sound, while great for breakbeats imo, needs to be fattened up.

  19. tela'smuff Says:

    wow, this AC Stash is way better than I recall. Trey using some interesting effects on his guitar, sounds like the tone he uses for the Little Feat stuff. excellent.

  20. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Cousin got a table at the Blue Note for the following:

    Roy Hargrove Big Band w/ special guest Roberta Gambarini

    Since his emergence in the late 1980s, trumpet player Roy Hargrove has proved to be an adventurous and wide-ranging artist, proudly immersed in the jazz tradition and yet continually striking out for new terrain. Among his groups include the straight-ahead, hard bop Roy Hargrove Quintet and Crisol, an Afro-Cuban ensemble that won a Grammy in 1998 for Best Latin Jazz Performance with its album Habana. With the funk-oriented RH Factor, Hargrove released the 2003 album Hard Groove, featuring guest appearances by R&B superstars Erykah Badu, Common, and D’Angelo. His last album, 2008’s quintet session Earfood (Groovin’ High/Emercy), was featured in dozens of year-end Top 10 lists.

    Worth going?

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    ^splitting hairs

  22. snowbank Says:

    Thanks for mentioning it @AW. Should be a counterbalance to the excessive whiteness of the WilCo show.

  23. stapes Says:

    I’m certainly feeling asshole Friday.

  24. GhostDog Says:

    Back with another Q for the audiophiles here…

    I have spent much time getting squared up on converting collections to lossless files and was curious as to the best way to get the most out of playback.

    I have found that, although not the safest, good headphones work more effectively than plugging the pod into the car stero port. Is this the best way to go?

    At home, what would be my best approach in connecting my nice digy library to the Bose? Again, I will usually hook up the ipod or the computer through a headphone plug in aux cable. I feel like I am losing some quality in the process. Is there a better connection method to get the most out of the crispy ALAC files?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  25. ThePigSong Says:

    what does sheet music for bongos look like?

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