Ten Tunes for Friday

12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

To take you through this Friday, I have created a ten-song playlist that you can listen to on the site and download. Click each individual orange track title to download the song; take all or some, it’s up to you. Enjoy!


Ghost” 8.16.98 II Lemonwheel, Limestone, ME

Phish’s 1998 ambient experimentation began to emerge at their summer-emding festival. Taking a step away from pure-funk, the band started to infuse a more amorphous quality to their music, a development you can hear in its genesis via this “Ghost.” Phish capped a summer of decidedly funky episodes something distinctly different.



Free” 12.15.99 II MCI Center, Washington, DC

Towards the end of, arguably, “Free’s” most exploratory year, Phish threw down a defining version of the song in the middle of the second set in Washington, DC. Showcasing some of Trey’s most creative work on his late ’99 keyboard, he hopped off guitar for a good portion of this jam playing sparse, yet engaging hooks. Then he slung his axe back over his shoulder and took this jam to the top; an upper-echelon version by anyone’s standard.


12.29.09 (W.Rogell)


Split” 11.6.98 I Kohl Center, Madison, WI

This well-known version of “Split” is famous for one reason – an insanely tight groove session. Absolutely locked together, the band shredded this first set closer to pieces. Not experimental, but staying on a driving course of menacing momentum, this version provided the jaw-dropping moment of the evening. Mike has called this jam one of his favorite moments from Fall ’98.



Wolfman’s Brother” 11.13.98 I CSU, Cleveland, OH

An oft forgotten version buried in a lackluster show, this “Wolfman’s” is – straight up – the bees knees. Boasting addictive dino-funk and a pronounced “Mind Left Body” segment, this dark horse is a personal go-to version. Enjoy reacquainting yourselves with one of the hottest versions around.



Reba” 12.29.09 I AAA, Miami, FL

A simply sublime version of  “Reba,” soars gently through musical peaks and valleys on a stellar flight above a blissful sea of awareness. A dynamic mixture of delicate playing and liquid grooves, this jam rolls like water gently over a river bed.



12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

Scents and Subtle Sounds” Deer Creek 7.23.03 Deer Creek I

…And sometimes Phish opens with twenty-minute jams; gotta love ’03. One of three extended “Scents” during this summer tour, the band began their third and final night at Deer Creek with one of the song’s defining performances. As the song finally dropped at MSG last fall, here’s to some more summer explorations of post-hiatus’ most interstellar vehicle. (Apologies for the low bit rate on this track.)



Waves” 8.2.03 II Limestone, ME

Another post-hiatus song that often stretched into psychedelic excursions, none were more profound than this twenty-minute odyssey in Limestone. With some of the most ambient psychedelia of the weekend, this jam helped define the glorious festival – IT.



Tweezer” 6.24.00 I Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

A classic through and through, this “Tweezer” passes through some serious swamp funk on the way to a completely different and triumphant jam.


12.31.09 (W.Rogell)


Ramble On > Slave” 8.12.98 I Vernon Downs, NY

This gorgeous combination of songs peaked the first set of Vernon Downs with majesty. Laying out “Ramble On’s” melody in the peak of “Slave,” Trey combined these two pieces masterfully. A piece of aural reverie, this sequence held up as a Summer ’98 highlighht after an extensive tour.

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817 Responses to “Ten Tunes for Friday”

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  1. Marshall Says:

    These DsOTD are helping me through a sleepless early Friday.

  2. KWL Says:

    thanks, Miner, and thanks, Wendy!

  3. garretc Says:

    I was almost disappointed by the lack of a full DOTD, but then I realized Miner more or less put up 25 DOTDs yesterday… If I wasn’t so obsessive over album/concert completeness then I would no doubt be in the process of downloading these songs at this very moment…

  4. Marshall Says:

    ‘Sup KWL?

  5. KWL Says:

    not much, Marshall, thanks for the audio wisdom yesterday

  6. Marshall Says:

    not too often I can chime in with some actual k-nowledge. My postings on Phish are usually fairly limited. Have so much I want to say about the music, but so often, cannot put it into words. I leave that up to Miner and a few others who can nail it.

  7. Marshall Says:

    Enjoying the ambient nature of this Ghost. One thing I respect about Miner is how he has been able to track the evolution of both the band and individual songs (Mike’s, Wolfman’s, Ghost, Free are good examples).

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    will get back to full-show downloads over the weekend…

  9. garretc Says:

    Right on Mr. Miner, but there’s nothing wrong with a little time to catch up in the archives, so take your time!

  10. Marshall Says:

    Miner – I think I sent you an email about this, last week when you were asking for DOTD show suggestions … do you have access to any of the “in studio” shows that Phish has played for radio stations over the years? I don’t think I’ve heard any of them. Didn’t really even know about them until I was perusing the Phanatic iPhone app under the “Not part of tour” section of the Setlists.

  11. Marshall Says:

    4/26/94 – Purple Dragon Studios, Atlanta, GA (for 99X) is an example.

  12. lycanthropist Says:

    show was a success!
    chef had fun
    we had fun
    chefs a legit cool cat
    good times

  13. garretc Says:

    Right on lycan, I was wondering when we’d get a status update! Any idea when the show’ll be posted so the rest of us blackboarders can give it a listen?

  14. lycanthropist Says:

    hopefully by sunday.

    it was a good solid show. Good crowd. Chef fit in the family quite well

  15. garretc Says:

    Here it goes, my first taste of Nassau Tweezer… I feel like I’m about to go down the rabbit hole or something…

  16. Matso Says:

    The 11.13.98 show was indeed lacklustre as a whole, but some other top-notch moments besides the Wolfman’s – check out the Chalkdust, Antelope and the DWD, which has an amazing slightly Dead-like jam.

  17. Marshall Says:

    ^ Loved that Wolfman’s. Gonna have to check out the rest of that show.

  18. Marshall Says:

    I’m still not an expert of S&SS. Does this JOTD actually S&SS (Intro) > S&SS. The intro is not always played, right? Phish.net’s setlist of this show doesn’t indicate “intro” but I didn’t recognize the beginning of this JOTD as the same as this past fall’s MSG show and don’t have copy of RR handy to check.

  19. Marshall Says:

    I wasn’t at this ’03 DC show, but since I have been to many shows there (it’s one of my favorite venues), this S&SS is giving me quasi-deja vu of the sunshine and cornfields that I love about that place. I really hate that development has encroached upon sacred ground as it has recently. Some of my best musical experiences have been at Deer Creek (I refuse to call any amphitheater Verizon Wireless).

  20. Marshall Says:

    Wow. If you entered DC and your buzz hadn’t kicked in yet, it surely would have by the end of S&SS.

  21. garretc Says:

    Yeah, so the Nassau Tweezer is just about as dope as everybody says it is… I actually like the Bowie better though, some nasty shredding in there…

  22. Marshall Says:

    Some serious F-bombs being thrown down by someone in the crowd near the end of that Waves (JOTD). Someone almost got punched. Was that an early episode of Jersey Shore?

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    I just want to say thank you to Mr Miner for the show archive you have put up. I have downloaded more in the last few days than I have in weeks. Grabbed a ton of great 97/98/99′ era shows.

  24. bhizzle Says:

    “Someone almost got punched. Was that an early episode of Jersey Shore?”


    I usually get a smile on my face by the JotDs first thing in the morning, but that line beat it to, dare I say, “punch”. Nice one Marshall.

  25. Litteringand Says:

    Hey everyone I just thought that I’d share this with like minded people. Over on http://ohkeepahblog.blogspot.com/ there are edited and remastered video that Rev. Jeff Mosier shot after he was hired by phish to help them learn bluegrass during November 94 . It is some of the most candid and cool video I’ve ever seen of the band. Check it out

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