Early 3.0 Playlists: 2009-2011

Red Rocks – 7.31.09 (Graham Lucas)

About a month ago, a friend of mine who missed the first three-plus years of 3.0 was saying how Phish wasn’t very musically proficient in these years. I begged to differ. First, I started listing great stuff from each year in a group text, but then I decided to show him instead of tell. With the incredibly useful LivePhish app, I created extended playlists of the most relevant jams from these years. In addition to sharing them with some friends, I figured I’d share them with anyone and everyone who’d want to listen as a reminder of how exciting these years actually were. I find that 2009, 2010 and 2011 get a bad rap. Though the band was less consistent during this early comeback era, they did produce quite a bit of good music.

These playlists got quite long, so I most often included only the songs that had the jams and not the come down songs, so some tracks have abrupt endings, but in the end this doesn’t prove too obtrusive. If you have the LivePhish app, these links will open the playlists in your app. Enjoy!

2009: https://livephi.sh/2FywjTv

2010: https://livephi.sh/2GgGzxC

2011: https://livephi.sh/2G5oDs2

Be on the lookout for 2012 and beyond coming soon!

The Gorge – 8.7.09 (Graham Lucas)

11,654 Responses to “Early 3.0 Playlists: 2009-2011”

  1. little umbrellas Says:

    Austin Disease so killer

  2. stapes Says:

    That Disease is def a journey, seamlessly moving from theme to theme. I really enjoy it. I can see where some might think it doesn’t really get anywhere though.

    C & others – I know this has been discussed in the past, and at some point I think I copy pasted some of it but can’t find it now. But, good over ear headphones? Looking to get some for work and listening to tunes. Have had a pair of Klipsch buds for years that I use for everything. Like em but want some over ear ones. Thoughts and recs appreciated!

  3. stapes Says:

    I was referring to Hamden Disease btw. Love the ATX one as well. Missed this dark Phish!

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    Kay Alph Carini revisiting. Fed, Headphones. Keylime oil from robear.

    (Morning chillin, … I got a new job interview today. Buyer’s Rep/potency testing for a big weed bizz. Sorry children’s, hoping I get this)

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    I do think the Hamden Disease gets somewhere – that very last segment is dope. The piece right before it sounds like they make a stab at an Alpharini Sherman jam style intricate syncopation thing but end up moving off of it into that latter little jam, which is slick

    this tour just has so many of those short, great little hamlets

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    stapes the ones I was repping are the PSBs, I’m on my second pair and a few other people have snagged them and like them

    they’ve dropped in price esp if you don’t get the noise cancelling version (which I would not)

    If you want to go up a level def check out the Oppo PM-2 or PM-3, they seem to have gotten more expensive though. Awhile back you could get the 2s for like $350-400 but now they’re way more…they are absurd

    Honestly though you can always just buy Sony studio monitors for under $100 and they are incredible especially for the money

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    last thing Stapes if you are listening on phone or computer and you do not have a dedicated sound card/high end audio output (which almost no phones and very few modern computers have unless you have a gaming rig) you really need a headphone DAC/amp like a Dragonfly if you’re going to pair good headphones. Otherwise the signal is degraded by the hardware before it ever gets to your phones and to a large degree you’re wasting that money

  8. Hans Says:

    I should have included Austin DWD on my top tier list. Definitely on that level. That final theme twisted goodness.

    Also ATL ASHITOS-Piper is one piece and slept on. Just great Phish.

    I like SYSF but neither version played, while keepers for sure, fully blew me away

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    ATL Piper gets to a great spot yeah. On my respin soon list. Piper always fun live but hasn’t given me a real high batting average of top shelf Parma hams in 3.0, I thought that one was pretty flavorful tho

  10. Wolf Like Me Says:

    Mr. C

    tell me more about this Dragonfly amp.

    I have the PSBs but yes indeed they are pretty quiet

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Camden disease is about the interplay between mike and trey and also just about mike.

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I use PSBs highly recommend. Plus they’re Canadian

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    almost all phones (AFAIK all except a few models of LG) and basically all computers have amplification and headphone outs that are total cheap-shit audio hardware, real junk, just folded out of chewing gum tinfoil wrappers pretty much

    the truism in audio quality of course is that your end result is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. So if you have lossless audio going to good headphones or speakers you just need to make sure the signal that goes from your phone/computer processor to the audio out wire is clean

    being a huge nerd of course I bought one of those rare audio-hardware LG phones so now I only use my Dragonfly on the laptops, but it is really legit

    https://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-DragonFly-Black-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B01DP5JHHI/

    you plug it into a USB port and then plug your headphones into it. It takes over the signal processing chain and does the digital > analog conversion (that’s the DAC part) and amplification in good clean quality hardware

    if you’re using it with a phone you need an adapter to get that USB to your micro USB or USB-C port but that’s not expensive

    If you’re on Android I also recommend spending the $5 on a signal quality focused music player like Neutron – the UI sucks but the sound is fucking great

    I can get clean 24bit audio without downsampling at all (proven by the color of the display light on the Dragonfly) out of my phone hardware which is pretty much living the dream. And coming out of a laptop through the Dragonfly to the stereo it’s clear as a bell right up to -0.1dB on the amp

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    Neutron has the cleanest/lowest distortion software preamp I’ve found and also does a good job overriding the bullshit output limits mandated in phone OS. It actually gets pretty fierce levels when you push it.

    The UI is hot garbage but whatever, I learned how to use it it a week of eye rolling

  15. Al Says:

    Mike is surely MVP this tour. Don’t sleep on that ATL Chalkdust. Very interesting. Also that Maze has the most intense build up and peak of all 3.0 Mazes. I love Page’s foyd syth lead sounds. Is that 4.0. coming? He used them at Baker’s already. But now they really lead the jams. Very cool.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    I think Wilbard dropped the first Dragonfly pimpage on here? I got mine a couple years back and it’s a game changer

  17. Dusty Says:

    DF, I would have had you pegged as a Brooklyn Grado kinda guy.

  18. theBaker Says:

    Dusty&stapes,
    Thanx for taking a RIDE in Fishville!
    Yuns will be Happy & Proud…cheers

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    Grados are perfect for when you want to signal the fact that you have money and leak your audio into the environment so everyone can be in awe of how heady your taste is

    (kidding, grados sound great)

  20. HadToHaveThat Says:

    Hope you’ll tune in tonight LLLL UUUUUUUU you!!

  21. little umbrellas Says:

    ATL Carini oooh yes the third jam I see.

    Yeah that’s chronaldia.

    And yes when Page come careening in on the Voyager with that haunting descending line. Psychedelia endin.

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    that’s the Voyager, okay

    yeah he comes in and punts the whole fucking thing sideways and the rest of the band blows up like a string of firecrackers in response

    that to me is the most thrilling moment yet

  23. little umbrellas Says:

    I will be casting oh great wombat one!

  24. little umbrellas Says:

    ^indeed

    and during the fire crackers, there’s another more sound effect type synth. I wanna say it even sounds a little more ‘digital’? .. but it’s more like a fast spinning oscillation @19:00 .. that one’s the Prophet.

  25. vapebraham Says:

    That Voyager entrance in the Alpharini @ 17:51, correct? oh and the prophet. $$$ ham.

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