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”

  1. Little Buddy Says:

    Nice! These JOTD’s will make this Friday morning much more manageable.

    What’s up, bhizzle? We’re dropping the kid off at the grandparents tonight to go out, Maybe to the neighborhood pub (Dicky’s), maybe to Max Creek. Are you being Dad tonight, or can you come play?

  2. Little Buddy Says:

    Cool vids, Litteringand! Thanks for sharing.

  3. HarryHood Says:

    What’s the difference between cow funk and swamp funk?

  4. HarryHood Says:

    @ Littering

    Cool video. I have to sit down at some point and watch the whole thing. Man, Fish was such a pretty girl back then. He must have been using that same shampoo that Troy Polamalu uses!

  5. verno329 Says:

    That video is truly something special. You ever wanted to be backstage with the band while they get ready for the show? You will here. You ever wanted to listen to them practice some of their bluegrass tunes? You will here. You ever wanted to walk onstage with Phish? You will here. You ever wanted to sit in on the late night jamming on the tour bus? You will here. It is hands down the most interesting and unique video of the 200+ Phish videos I have. Can’t recommend this enough

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    that Purple Dragon Studios “show” is up on phishows. I’m almost positive it is the same source I have (which I believe may be a soundboard source). I’ll try to dig out my copy this weekend and upload if needed.

  7. nonoyolker Says:

    Excellent welcome to the weekend playlist! Thanks Miner.

    I just revisited the Bag > Ghost from 1998.11.07 after having it on the shelf for a while. Solid 50-ish minutes of jamming. Check it if you are unfamiliar. Good shit.

    Kick ass today everyone. Friday is finally here.

  8. Marshall Says:

    11.07.98 was my last show before Hampton ’09.

  9. BeantownBoy Says:

    That video is awesome–thanks for sharing (looks like I have found how to make this friday fly by).

    I just realized that at the time of this filming, in 1994, that the band was relatively the same age that I am now (29is). Geesh…

  10. BTB Says:

    IT Waves – Understatement. One of the most psychadelic excursions of their career.

    Cleveland Wolfman’s – My first show! Friday the 13th 1998.

    Happy Friday MF’ers!!!!!!

  11. nonoyolker Says:

    Nice Marshall, not a bad one to go out on.

    Good to see the DC S&SS getting some love. Talk about getting out there…

    One correction, I think the Ramble On > Slave was from 8/12/98.

    I have 12 good buddies from college coming into town tonight. Looking forward to some good old fashioned debauchery. Just need to get through the day, then I’m going to be out there like a dog off the chain.

  12. willowed Says:


    I can’t stop stating this, but for the past two days I have been revisiting the Exile set.

    It’s getting better with each listen.

    One of the best jams:

    I Just Want to See His Face.

    Give it a spin this a.m. It will make you smile!

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “the winds will lift you up into the skies above”…I’m sorry, i love this song, but everytime i hear this part of it i picture the scene in Spinal Tap where the dwarfs begin to dance around the “18 Stonehenge monuments. Shit cracks me up!

  14. willowed Says:

    I forgot to say thanks Miner for your post.

    It’s a great thing when people sacrifice their own time to make other people happy.

    These songs will do that today.

    Cheers brother!

  15. willowed Says:

    One of the best parts of that movie is when the bassist (I think it’s the bassist) Get’s stuck in that condom looking thing during the show.

    They try to get him out but they can’t so he just plays his bass while stuck in the cacoon.


  16. BTB Says:

    ^ the bassists exits the caccoon right as the song ends!! Great stuff.

    “Workin’ on a sex farm”

  17. nonoyolker Says:

    LLFA @ Palmer – during the S&SS intro i always think of the oompa loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Laugh every time

  18. nonoyolker Says:

    I told a co-worker to smell the glove once. He laughed, but i am not sure he got it.

  19. BeantownBoy Says:

    I love that quote, in the movie, when they go, “Any sign of Fishman, yet”, about two hours till show time, and everyone goes “No” and just gives that chesire cat smile.

  20. Little Buddy Says:

    If the mini-keyboard is what it takes to bring Free back to form, then I think Trey should bring it back. The JOTD Free is great!

  21. Robear Says:

    wow, re: the video’s.

    I’ll save the link and watch when I get to a fast connection.

    I was at that 11/14/94 show. Awesome. Little tiny theatre in Grand Rapids, “Devos Hall”. Give it a spin, if you haven’t. A good copy of that show would be a treat. The one I have from Phishows is okay, not great. I had a taper friend that recorded that show back in ’94. Used to have a sweet one off DAT copy on Maxell.

    Miner, any help on that one?

  22. Stupendous Says:

    Morning Y’all

    Miner , thanks for those jams!

    Im all for Trey bringing back the mini synth…. One of my fav Pipers

    from 9.15.00 is a prime example of the madness that can be achieved!!!

    Check It!

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    I was just in the Kohl Center Wednesday night watching Wisconsin come from 13 down to beat Michigan.

    When I walked in, my first time in the Kohl Center, I told my roommate: “This had to have been an awesome place to see a Phish show.”

    I don’t know if I was right, but the Split seems to suggest it was.

  24. pagesidehighschool Says:

    that video is real sweet! a buddy of mine went to camp creek a few years back and hung out with gordon during the blueground undergrass set. it was during the first hiatus, and gordon was not on the phish bandwagon, he was saying that this (bluegrass scene) is where he felt at home. boy am i glad he changed his mind!

  25. mrfergie Says:

    Sorry to lob an early grenade in here, but I just won 4 tickets to see Shakedown – worth going or find some other way to spend a Friday night?

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