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. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    I could go for a couple of the Mike tunes, maybe. I know a lot of people love it, but I was over Golden Age after the 2nd time I heard it. Would rather hear them cover some classic motown. Between GA and teh Joy songs, way to much “uplifting” nonsense going on.

  2. Boris Says:

    Anyone the story behind Peaches in Regalia? Did they stop playing it because Frank Zappa’s widow is a raging bitch and wants tons of money for Zappa material? If that is the case, they have been playing it more recently. Is it just happenstance?

  3. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ Boris – I’ve seen it written that she has asked the band not to play it. But you can’t read everything you believe (#seewhatIdidthere).

    Anyway, I don’t think royalties are paid for live performances – just recordings; so, I don’t think she actually has any power to limit performance of Peaches.

  4. sumodie Says:

    For those figuring out their holds:

    Regular tix = $65.70
    Dick’s stands = $55.15
    Lawn/oak mtn reserved benches = $50.40
    Std shipping = $10

  5. Boris Says:

    No, you usually have to pay ASCAP for live performances. That is usually a performance fee paid to the venue. At least I think this is correct. Apparently, there was a Zappa band in my local area that received a notice for lots of money, and they just decided to quit.

  6. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    wow. what a bitch. wonder if she hangs out with MLK’s surviving family.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ^ accept that nowadays the shows are available for resale nearly immediately post show and included in the cost of the ticket.

    I suspect Gail is getting her pound of flesh one way or the other.

    not smart enough to suppose more details….

  8. Boris Says:

    I was wondering if Phish was too under the radar before, but then in the mid nineties the Zappa widow caught wind of their band and occasionally Zappa bust out. I have also heard that is the reason they didn’t play Joe’s Garage at Halloween. It would make sense, but who knows for sure?

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Accept does not equal except outside of the rare cases when it doesn’t

  10. Selector J Says:

    Punks. I blame that one dude who went to “run errands” after lunch instead of having coffee with us. He seemed kinda narc-y.

  11. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ boris – I did not know that. But as Berzerker has pointed out, the recordings are out anyway, so the royalty is getting paid anyway.

  12. Boris Says:

    Right. I get that, but I have heard (again no concrete information) that there is an extra stiff fee for Zappa.

    In case you guys aren’t hip about Gail, go try to find Zappa recordings for a fair market value. They are all astronomically priced. It is absolutely ridiculous.

  13. Boris Says:

    LOL @ Berzerker

  14. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    actually zappa himself asked that certain songs from Joe’s Garage never be performed live. as far as i know he himself refused to even play them. that is why phish will never do it.

    i think the way phish covers work nowadays (since, anything they play will be sold instantly) is probably that they pay the publishers a flat fee for unlimited covers etc. this is something i know is true simply for the performance of the songs, but selling them is obviously different.

    on the contrary, i could be wrong and they may essentially have to inform the publishers beforehand if it is a new cover. this could explain why covers don’t seem to just “form” out of jams, impromptu, anymore. i can’t imagine the frantic exchange going on if some impromptu cover of a pop song comes up, and they havent worked anything out with the publishers yet, meanwhile theyre trying to start selling the recording an hour after the show ends

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ^true dat

  16. [Not Tom] Says:

    Just to try to reform myself, I just put on Deer Creek ’10 and started the first set at Train Song.

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    But I want me some Central Scrutinizer!!!!

  18. [Not Tom] Says:

    So, you’re saying Come Together at Dick’s was not impromptu? Sounded like it to me, but maybe they had covered the fee previously with Apple (not the Apple computer but Apple mgmt).

  19. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    Train Song: my favorite breather tune.

  20. poop goblin Says:

    no royalties for paying covers live. not true.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my understanding for the no Peaches until recently thing was that the band couldn’t reasonably perform it without major flubbage, thus they didn’t try.

    and while the performance of covers may be covered under the cover of a “flat fee” (a cover that should be covered again, imho) – I don’t know the rule on performing alone – the No Royalties Jam proviso dictates the pay-for-play aspect of the sale of live recordings. the longer the performance, the more they pay. Hence, “INSERT CITY NAME Jam” jams.

  22. [Not Tom] Says:

    So, at what level do bands have to start paying royalties to cover songs? I doubt that the cover bands that play the college circuit are paying royalties. Is it just bands who’ve published their own music and are members of ASCAP who have to pay other members?

  23. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    i disagree PG – playing live there is no fee, other than an umbrella copyright fee which most artists dont do anyway except those on major labels.

    selling someone elses music is a different story. much different.

    re: Come Together – they likely already have it worked out with hte beatles, since they cover their music all the time

  24. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    wait i may have misread your post – did you mean it is untrue that artists pay to sell live recordings of other music, or that its untrue that there is NO royalties

  25. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    If they had that come together “worked out” ahead of time, it sure came apart when they hit the chorus. Ouch.

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