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. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    the City Name Jam is a perfect example of evidence that they do pay royalties for the sale.

  2. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    nah i meant, they had a deal worked out to cover any Beatles. the actual cover itself was likely impromptu.

  3. [Not Tom] Says:

    I think everyone accepts that royalties get paid for the recordings.

    Phish excepts the royalties for the jam.


  4. poop goblin Says:

    No we agree. My post just read wrong.

    You do not have to pay to cover any songs live no matter who you are.

  5. poop goblin Says:

    For a work to be protected under copyright, its must be: 1)
    “original” which means that it was not copied from any other source;

    2)“fixed in a tangible medium of expression” which means that it exists in some reasonably permanent or stable form so that a person can perceive it and reproduce it; and

    3) have a minimum degree of creativity.

    number 2 is where the live performance non recorded song doesn’t fit the requirements

  6. Selector J Says:


    I think you’re good to go as long as you have an ASCAP/BMI (depending on which company the song is filed with) license.


    I know the official Phish Inc. excuse not to allow taper streams for every show was some kind of ASCAP/BMI licensing snafu but that never made any sense to me.

    Not that I’m a copyright lawyer or anything but… seems like if you’re a taper doing a broadcast and had the licences (not that anyone did) it would be legit and even if you didn’t, you’d be liable– not ph.

  7. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    I know, I know. Just jam’n the band up for that train wreck of a Beatles effort. That said, I loved Denver. Great 1st sets.

  8. Selector J Says:

    re: insert city jams

    Interesting factoid:
    I found out recently that BMI pays out double for a song over 6 minutes (at least they do on the radio).

    Regardless, Phish wouldn’t be paying more to play a 6+ minute song. They just want the full dunza for the jam.

  9. Shpongleyez Says:

    Sorta jumping in the middle here, but for Rock n Roll > Stick > Boogie from the Gorge, the didn’t “Gorge jam” it. Rock n Roll clocks in at ~20 min.

  10. MiA 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.”

    Actually Adam isn’t the problem. Although he is kinda narc-y. It’s just because he looks like Thome Yorke. Who, IMO, looks kinda narc-y too.

    It’s some dipshit here named “Cliff” who sadly, did a ton of acid in Berkeley in the 60’s and I think he had more strychnine than acid. Anybody who at work brags about all the drugs he did “back in the day before he found Christ” freaks me out.

    Anyway he hired me, and then they gave me his job (I think that was the plan from management all along) so he has an axe to grind.

    Throwing glowsticks around my office, and hip thrusting around my office to Turntable.fm probably is unseemly. Need a smaller screen of head bobbers.

    Hutz: All right gentleman. I will take your case. But I will require a thousand dollar retainer.
    Bart: A thousand dollars. But your ad says “no money down”.
    Hutz: Oh, they got this all screwed up.
    Bart: So you don’t work on a contingency basis?
    Hutz: No, money down! Oops, I shouldn’t have the Bar Association logo here either.

  11. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    shpongle – yes that was bizarre. especially given all the “City Jams” that came off of shorter Rock n Roll’s throughout the ppast few years. i genuinely don’t know what the case was there, unless the band felt it was too good to cut up and decided to bite the bullet and dish out the higher royalties.

    which i do believe is true – that length relates to royalty. otherwise the “city Jam” phenomenon makes no sense

  12. poop goblin Says:

    Mike reprises the vocal of the Gorge RnR for one line at the end of the jam

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, that’s due to them reprising the “and it was all right” bit, as they have been doing more frequently lately. kinda hard to say you left the song when the drummer keeps intoning the refrain.

    the one I often wonder about is something like the UIC set where C&P keeps getting teased. what do they pay (if anything) above the song fee for that? I’m guessing nothing since it isn’t tracked as such, but fun to ponder the frustration of the guy who has to figure it out.

  14. poop goblin Says:

    “It was Alright”

  15. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    yea teases arent long enough to warrant a royalty. i believe 4-bars of music is when youve officially crossed the copyright border.

    otherwise phish owes matt groening a shit ton of money

  16. MiA Says:

    For good or bad, when I was checking for BGCC holds, I’ve found out that a shitty “cajun” restaurant that I went to last week, has posted another $39 to my Amex on Sunday. So at least I’m watching them now too.

    Credit card fraud is becoming more prevalent every day. I’ve had my Amex Copied and forged into a physical twice now in less than a year.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    in many cases, you can actually hear in RnR when the band leaves the song for the jam. maybe I’ve just trained my ear for it, but check out the Mansfield RnR from last summer as an example. same thing happens in the Greek Cities too (though harder to catch since it is a very similar vamp).

  18. MiA Says:

    My Left Toe really is a great track. Very uplifting.

    Even a little whale in it around 2 mins?

  19. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    speaking of gorge rnr… ive been trying to find a time when i can puff a bunch and blast that throughout the speakers in my house and stomp around like godzilla. its been months since ive listened to it, and i only want to hear it if i can give it the proper treatment.

    never really have the house to myself long enough though. parents outta town this weekend…. perfect opportunity to catch up on all those jams that need full treatment

  20. Selector J Says:

    “You do not have to pay to cover any songs live no matter who you are.”

    As I understand it, the band’s don’t but the venue does. Still, the venue doesn’t pay a per cover rate. They pay an annual license fee.


  21. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    and also – can anyone else not help but see images of monsters like godzilla and a pteradactyl fighting while listening to that song?

    first time i heard it thats all that came to mind. its the theramin spreeching/echoing and the metallic explosions of the guitar/drums that really sells the visuals for me. i rarely have such distinct specific visuals that go along with certain jams but that is perhaps the most vivid

  22. purplehumpbacwhale Says:

    that jam* not that song

  23. Selector J Says:

    Freaking Cliff…

    “Never trust a hippy.”
    -Adrian Sherwood

  24. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “the City Name Jam is a perfect example of evidence that they do pay royalties for the sale.”

    A more perfect example of evidence would be the contracts with the precise wording outlining the mechanics of such a transaction.

  25. poop goblin Says:

    yes Selector the venues pay a fairly minimal flat licensing fee to cover all cover songs played which seems crazy to me.

    only in America.

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