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)

13,484 Responses to “Early 3.0 Playlists: 2009-2011”

  1. phlorida phan Says:

    It’s gonna be great, phishm!

  2. Stoney Case Says:

    I have the distinction of seeing the only lousy Phish show in Albany’s history, fall 98.

  3. dorn76 Says:

    I was there, @Rob.

    Yes Virginia, they did play bad shows in ’98. Imagine if 2018 Phish Twitter had been at that show.


  4. Light Glaze Says:

    I will listen to that show now. Full 6 page review with detailed analysis to follow.

  5. dorn76 Says:

    It’s probably fine.

    How could it be as bad Soul Planet?

  6. dorn76 Says:


  7. dorn76 Says:

    This show isn’t all that terrible really, is it?

    Bizzaro setlist with a bunch of garbage, but there’s a Bowie, 2001, Drowned, Piper, YEM… and it’s 98 so pretty hard to quibble with their chops.

  8. Stoney Case Says:

    Out of sync. Calibrate

  9. dorn76 Says:

    I put it on and I’m already bored during Punch, as usual.

  10. little umbrellas Says:

    how was the show C?

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    Hi dudes

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    spreadsheets about weed

  13. dorn76 Says:

    Weedsheets sound better than my paperwork.

  14. little umbrellas Says:

    ^lol kay true

    My new dancing about architecture. Sheets about Flowers.

  15. stapes Says:

    Bring on fall

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Dusty Says:

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

  19. BooVT Says:

    Where are my MSG credit card holds?

  20. theBaker Says:


  21. 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.

  22. MrCompletely Says:

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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. little umbrellas Says:

    am i here now?

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