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)

13,428 Responses to “Early 3.0 Playlists: 2009-2011”

  1. little umbrellas Says:

    Hi dudes

  2. little umbrellas Says:

    spreadsheets about weed

  3. dorn76 Says:

    Weedsheets sound better than my paperwork.

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    ^lol kay true

    My new dancing about architecture. Sheets about Flowers.

  5. stapes Says:

    Bring on fall

  6. little umbrellas Says:

    Guess I’m goin with the livephish app featured show. Indio Halloween. Gonna listen to Exile and set 3.

    Set 3 :
    When the Circus Comes to Town

    Other then enjoying the general massive’ness of songs like Ghost,Fluff YEM on a headful of ultra clean.. (post gospel breaking open the head via Exile)..

    a standout memory for me is still the 2 young bros from the midwest who drove out, got a gram of Mollie from me, and it was during the When The Circus Comes To Town, tears hugs, big Wet tears : “bro this is all I’ve ever wanted” .. a couple peeps in front of us. Amazeballs

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    ^serious Stapes. I’m still kinda off on my listening from the centerpiece Kraken jams I thought would still be in regular rotation from the Curve.

  8. Dusty Says:

    I hear, hear comes the fall to the Ernie Doe/Toussaint Here come to the girls tune…..

  9. BooVT Says:

    Where are my MSG credit card holds?

  10. theBaker Says:


  11. MrCompletely Says:

    show was un fucking believable umbrellas

    I was front and center right at the stage for the whole thing. Confirms what I’ve been feeling – Shabaka is a generational/historic level talent. Great band, their hyper-intense approach makes more sense live than it does on record. Tribal jazz for kids raised on high-BPM dance music, just an incredible slamming blast of energy from start to end. Great double drumming. Great tuba jawns, like really cool unique shit. Then Shabaka just over the top. In the Kemet context he plays a lot in a super rhythmic style that’s based on the drumming patterns somehow, also he took a couple effect driven solos that seemed based on DJ vinyl scratch/cut patterns. Then they’d peak with these great free jazz sideways explosions. Haven’t felt a horn player lift the room like that since…Pharoah maybe?

    Top tier lifetime show. On the short list of all time favorites. To me that’s what modern music should sound like, totally unique and forward thinking, ultra intense but sophisticated. Plus the sound in that room is really excellent, super loud and clear. And the sometimes sleepy/lame PDX live music crowd brought the heat. People turned out on Monday and knew the music and were very hyped.

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    spreadsheets are the stoner businessman’s friend, amigo. embrace them.

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    it’s just basically additional outboard memory for you to store stuff somewhere it won’t get addled or forgotten. sheets can do more than that, but for us, that’s the critical function

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    they way he plays through compression (I guess it is?) so he has this very even attack and without any reliance on blue notes or American traditional stylistic saxophone patterns (was there a pentatonic solo all night?) just sets him off in his own space to start with…then the physical virtuosity, he’s a mighty man just in terms of breath and power…I could go on and on really

    ended with a gorgeous, very slow/sparse ballad arrangement of Rastaman Chant, I’ve heard it on YT but it’s really amazing…just beautiful

    I kept thinking of the great old Rashaan Roland Kirk album title – Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle – it had that kind of next level feel to it for me

  15. little umbrellas Says:

    am i here now?

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    ok gettin thru now, swallow, swallow, swallow


    S H A B A K A !!
    epic ground reporting my man! that’s really interesting about getting that compressed type sound of the sax. will def def def be checking that out when i get the chance.

  17. Light Glaze Says:

    11/25/98- a show that will go down in the anals of Phish lore.

    I will be reviewing this show from encore back to opener given the semblamatic free bird choice to close out such a legendary hidden gem buried deep deep deep in the phish vault.

    I think my review would have been legendary.

  18. Light Glaze Says:

    *emblamatic!! Lol.

    That sums up the review perfectly.

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    by an incredible coincidence, “the anals of phish lore” was the title of Trey’s tour diary for fall 98

  20. Joe Says:

    T minus 1 week till fresh Phish. Quick hit one and done for me. Hopefully, I’ll help tour get started on the good foot

  21. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @Stoney- i was at that show, as well. the only shows i saw fall ’98 were two hampton and albany. i didn’t quite catch the goods that ’98 is known for, although the hampton shows are well played with an all time Simple in there.

    i was knee deep in ratdog fall ’98. bobby life, yo.

    ::signs off the phishthoughts::

  22. little umbrellas Says:

    phish phriends:

    I will be in Vegas for 10/31 and 11/1

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    Yins ever hear this 6/25/04 Seven Below? Just spun it and dug it real hard. Sounds like a nasty DWD jam and turns into Kill Devil Falls. Worth the time.

  24. little umbrellas Says:

    ^not sure. I’ll spin it

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Just finished that Fare Thee Well book @heady and had no clue Ratdog played that many shows. Bobby lives to tour.

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