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 ofย  “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. joe Says:

    anyone sign up to follow Mike on twitter? probably some very confusing posts.

  2. jdub Says:

    Good evening, all kinds of topics today. Miami got steady play for a couple of weeks straight. A fabulous way to end the year.

    Question, if phish plays rr, gorge, and Indio this year and you could only do one which one would you go to? I can only do one trip this year and have been contemplating which one I would want to do. A festival in Indio would be blissful but I’ve never been to the Gorge or red rocks

  3. sumodie Says:

    @kwl: hey, caught yer greeting a few days back. hope life in CO is going well. kinda warm winter here in MA thus far. sorry TAB is not in your near future ๐Ÿ™

    peace out. 8)

  4. sumodie Says:

    phish fests always top my cant miss list, no exception. & i know how magical rr & gorge truly are.

  5. KWL Says:

    yo sumo!

    @jdub, my first thought was indio, but you can’t go wrong on that list. Maximize the number of sets you can get.

  6. sumodie Says:

    was just musing the other day about how phish fests are somewhat akin to a necessary pilgrimage in my life. hardwired into my DNA or akin to a spiritual happening. i really cant fathom fans who rationalize not going.

    enough from me. have a good nite, jdub. tab is around the corner!

  7. neemor Says:

    (no, not the lame version w/out paddles that most seem to play today)

    Improperly referred to as ‘Beer Pong’, officially ‘Beirut’.

  8. jdub Says:

    As far as games go, i enjoyed a few multi day risk games in my youth. It did get old quick but world domination is addictive.

    Re: fighting at shows
    I witnessed all kinds of bad things rolled into one after the Hartford show this year. Sitting in my car, which was next to a nitrous tank, we saw a kid suck down half a balloon when a cop got in his face and told him to drop the balloon. The kid being out of it didn’t respond causing the cop to slam his face into a car. The kid was so numb he slammed into the car like a rag doll. When they pulled him off the ground there was blood everywhere. A real ugly scene. Unfortunately this is all part of the package deal that is Phish.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    final checkbook balancing before taking off to FLA…for all the miami talk (remember, i wasn’t there) i definitely went off topic earlier this week to gush about jibbo>wilson>jiboo….i wasn’t hyping the trannies tho…i was hyping how SWINGING the band was before going into Wilson…then i went gaga over the transition back into jibboo and how fishman tried playing some hi-hat at :15 then went back to the ride to keep the momentum and power going….so sick.

    i wrote my friends about 12/29: “this is a happy band having real fun”. lotsa tight nasty playing during miami. really quite amazing.

    i also tried to describe what i saw this year (and on philly nite 1 and msg nite 2, etc) which was this polish…not tight, not dialed, but this other unnameable “largeness” in their approach/attack that just made me so curious this year…perhaps curious in that AW way…in that i wanted to see where they would take things down the line….think it came together nicely in Miami.

    i think they’re game to do it again in ’10 once they get loosey goosey…they seem to be real happy. check out how psyched trey is in that HD vid of the acoustic set at fest 8. he is in the zone deep. great to see!

  10. neemor Says:

    Dancing Fool:

    A Stash JOTD link, not sure if it’s the one you were looking for.


  11. jdub Says:

    Nice work Neemor.

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    jdub: i may be in the same place and i’m heading to the gorge first. i’ve been thinking about all the permutations and i just have to revisit that place.

  13. jdub Says:

    Gorge keeps coming to my mind as a must see this year. I like KWL’s idea of optimizing the number of sets. A four night run at the Gorge is unlikely

  14. neemor Says:


    I’m in the same exact place with the which show to attend issue.
    You and I are leaving from the same place and if I go, I will most likely drive.
    If it works out that way and you have the time to take off, you’ve got a road trip companion.
    I always wanted to do the Rte 66 drive west thing like Kerouac.

    As it stands right now, Gorge is the front runner and I hope to pair it with the classic trip east to Red Rocks on the way back…

  15. joe Says:

    neemor – that trip would call for driving a bus, picking up posters as you cross the country.

  16. joe Says:

    yeah honey, I’ll see you in a few weeks. I’m going to take a bus trip cross country with some people I know from the internet. should work, right?

  17. neemor Says:

    I agree joe, but I’m looking at taking off about two weeks for the drive west, hitting as many as I can.
    I’d like to see Gorge, Red Rocks, Desert Sky, Idaho, etc…
    Money then becomes an issue.
    ’09 was all about seeing a few venues I’d always wanted to see/that were Phish classics:
    Portland, Star Lake, Deer Creek, MSG, etc.
    I’d like to continue that in ’10 and Gorge tops the list.
    I also know it’s probably going to have the largest concentraion of BlackBoarders, too, so…..

  18. neemor Says:

    Who’s got two thumbs, a job that understands his need to follow Phish and is single?

    This guy.

  19. halcyon Says:

    heads up….Rothbury is no more in 2010.

    As for which shows to attend, I am also wondering the same thing. We have a 2-3 week honeymoon in France/Spain to plan in June. If they do a 3-4 night stand at RR again, I will of course try for those first since its in my ‘backyard’. If ticket demand is like last summer, I can strike that one off the list. No one was giving up any extras. Maybe with the development of this board we will be able to utilize our resources better.

    If not, The Gorge will be the next obvious choice, it was such an amazing time, and would love to explore some more of that area; especially Lake Chelan. I already told myself that Indio will happen and that we will be there. With that being said; other life decisions such as starting a family will be a factor in whatever shows I/we can attend.

    Vacation time is not a problem, money is ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. joe Says:

    tonight’s jamon set…RR2, second set. Opening drowned/crosseyed still sounds pretty good to me.

  21. joe Says:

    for anyone with sirius, I highly, highly recommend the portable stiletto2. Now I just need to find a microsd card with the most memory possible so I can save as many of these shows as possible. Think they have a 16g one.

  22. joe Says:

    I like my tweezers spacey with a side of funk. or is it funky with a side of space.

  23. Foul_Domain Says:

    Thanks for the 10 songs miner…..listening to that Free makes me really miss the jammed out versions of old. I have to believe they’ll use Free as a jam vehicle once again before long. Otherwise I have to agree with Miner’s comment a while back – Jam it or scrap it….especially when played in the 2nd set.

    On another note, that SOAM is too funky for words. Mike is an animal! Definitely my pick for 2009 MVP.

  24. halcyon Says:

    anyone thinking about going back to school?


  25. BrandonKayda Says:

    Mike’s/Gin will go big in 2010

    Same with Light (bigger than it is already)/Stealing Time

    Listening to the 12/31/95 Col Forbins->Mockingbird->Shine->Mockingbird. They can hardly contain their laughter during Shine. Hilarious.

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