Ten For Tuesday

Bethel Woods (Michael Mesenbourg)

Mike’s Song -> Breathe Jam ” 10.25.95 II, St.Paul, MN

A relic from the day when “Mike’s Song” had jams. In this Fall ’95 incarnation, Trey annihilates the opening segment moving to his mini kit as the band moves further and further into experimental territory. Slipping into abstraction, they pass smoothly into an instrumental interpretation of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe.”



Simple > McGrupp” 10.26.96 II, Charlotte, NC

This is but one of many standout “Simples” along the road of Fall ’96, and served as the centerpiece of Charlotte’s Fall ’96 stop.



Weekapaug -> Mango Song” 11.25.94 II, Chicago, IL

Concluding our patchwork “Mike’s Groove,” here is the unique segue and song pairing that followed “Harpua” at UIC in Fall ’94.



My Left Toe -> Whipping Post” 7.25.99 II, Noblesville, IN

In a stunning piece of first-set improvisation, Phish built their abstract Summer ’99 vehicle into a legit take on the Allman’s classic. This jam came out of nowhere at the beginning of the show at Deer Creek, foreshadowing one of Summer ’99’s best outings.



Tweezer -> Makisupa” 10.22.95 II, Champaign, IL

Another buck-wild, Fall ’95 throwdown to follow up yesterday’s “Tweezer” from the same tour.



Stash” 12.5.97 II, Cleveland, OH

Behind the dance-party funk of Fall, “Stash” made a huge splash every time it dropped. Here is the second set opener of the consistently underrated show from Cleveland State. Though this version doesn’t stray too far from structure, it absolutely slays from start to finish.

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351 Responses to “Ten For Tuesday”

  1. [Not Tom] Says:

    Looks like I got 4 Oak Mtn reserved Benches (where the lawn used to be). Hey, it’s a small venue, at least I’m in. Will try for betters on Friday.

  2. tela'smuff Says:

    there is no good time for TTE.

    Alpine ’09. after the first night i swore off hitting shows outside the city i live in. easily the worst time i’ve ever had at a show. next night saved the day. not one i go back to for response, but the Piper showed me they could still tap into the weird when they wanted to.

    the Charlotte ’96 Simple has hints of storage jamming in it. must have been a wormhole they tapped into when they were stuck. i recall in Fall ’96 they had a cool triangular screen for CK5 to play with, and he did so brilliantly during this jam. one of my highlights from Fall ’96.

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    ^respins frackin autocorrect.

  4. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    @jonacho – “sacred territory” is exactly how i think about many phish jams such as that. it needs to be me alone doing nothing but listening, high as balls. sometimes other people can be there but i usually end up feeling like a dick for making them be quiet for 25 minutes.

    it sucks when im in a social situation and something like that comes on. like, if im hanging out with 5 or so people and one of them puts on cypress After Midnight or island tour roses or something. i basically have to excuse myself or ask them to shut it off. i had this problem with my ex gf a lot… she would say i must not like good music and i would say it was actually Her who was not fully appreciating the music. she played the Allman’s Mountain Jam literally every time i came over… i couldnt stand it, i love that jam.

  5. alf Says:

    figured it would be resolved once i caught up

    but ya, the venue has to pay the licensing fee for covers performed live, not the band

    i know this, b/c that fee derailed my one and only attempt at concert promotion. was setting up a show at my father in laws bar – he has never had live music, so never payed any fee. in fact, neither of us even knew of any fee. but during the time this thing was in progress (i don’t work fast as a concert promoter, it took a few months), he was threatened by asshat for playing sirius satellite radio at the bar

    as far as i know he now pays a fee so that he can continue playing sirius (which he also pays sirius a subscription for, mind you)

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    @purple – wow, you just summed up many of my social experiences when good music, particularly good Phish jams come on. good stuff man.

  7. joe Says:

    tte and fluffhead at msg in 09 (the only msg I attended that year) I have to admit, I didn’t mind the late set I tte that night. nice crescendo.

  8. alf Says:

    i believe i used the phrase sacred territory earlier today, referring to the storage jam, which sits atop that list in 3.0 followed by gorge rnr.

  9. [Not Tom] Says:

    speaking of fluffhead, here comes the Fluff from Deer Creek ’10. I’m forcing the downtown residents of Greenville to listen to this show whether they want to or not (playing on the outdoor speakers at my yogurt shop)

  10. Jtran Says:

    I always feel sorry for B and B for missing IT at the storage jam @alf

    Peak times otherwise

  11. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    funny you should say that Alf because i was at the storage jam and literally have not been able to get myself to listen to it since. (in a good way)

    im thinking maybe the 1 year anniversary…

  12. Jtran Says:

    Also, somebody come DJ!

  13. jonacho Says:

    I actually cant really listen the Phish as background music. It means too much to me, – I need to actually listen.
    I also think the chaotic nature of some songs makes it tough “casual” music.
    I think its the result of going deep, many times – the music means more than a passing listen – it deserves full attention.
    and yes, there are many jams like that. we all have them, and each one may mean something different to each of us.

  14. alf Says:

    nope, it was sacred ground. defiling it in a ‘storage mix’ is incomprehensible, yo!

  15. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    its also been almost 2 years since i listened to the 7/10/99 chalkdust. soon… maybe also the anniversary.

  16. joe Says:

    soon come Jtran

  17. alf Says:

    ya i’ve given it a few spins purple, but it has to be under the right conditions. shut off the storage mix pretty fast (had i looked at the track listing first i wouldn’t have put it on in the first place)

    its really only storage jam and gorge rnr that i treat like that from 3.0,
    i listen to all the other top jams often (tahoe light, uic dwd, DTE disease, greek light, etc)

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I will never listen to the Gorge Gin with anyone else around.

  19. alf Says:

    stoked to give gris-gris a proper listen tonight (sorry spiritualized, you’ve been bumped!)

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Omg yes! Just got my Putnam. Email. Got 2 bill graham Sundays so far

  21. kayatosh Says:

    alf: gris gris’s an auditory trip w/o having to drop.

    and why didn’t i load some apple at 560? A: i’m a moron bear.

    still short the IWM and deeply underwater. wrong move. thought yesterday was the real deal. fooled again. will see what tomorrow brings.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Fu autocorrect

  23. Jtran Says:

    no holds for me on any cali shows

  24. [Not Tom] Says:

    beware of text scamming that is happening now. I got an unsolicited text from 584-97 MobibroIQ that I ignored. Then got a second one with the “reply with STOP if you no longer want to receive these mssgs”. I reply “stop” bc I didn’t want to get them. I get a confirmation text that I’ve been taken off the list.

    Decide to call AT&T about it and sure enough my account had just been charged 9.99 by MobibroIQ. AT&T refunded the charge and blocked solicitation texts.

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