Ten Tunes For Friday

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Here’s another ten-pack to get you through the last day of the week. Click on any orange song title to download. Enjoy!


Down With Disease” 5.21.00 II, Radio City, NYC

The unquestionable highlight of the first Radio City show, this version provides a smoking example of early-2000 Phish. These were the first shows following Big Cypress, and were some of the most highly anticipated in the band’s history.



Piper” 12.8.99 II CCCC, Portland, ME

Throughout ’99, “Piper” transformed into a more earnest jam vehicle than its earlier incarnations. While the band took the song on many thrilling rides, this piece, from Portland, ME, provides a example of Phish swimming up a vastly different channel.



Walls > Carini” 2.14.03 II, The Forum, LA, CA

8.15.09 (K.Pusey)

After a lackluster comeback run at MSG and Hampton, this show brought Phish back into focus. This second set sequence represents the first stellar jam of the post-hiatus era, and there would be many more. Coming out like a different band than the tentative quartet who played through their much-hyped return, Phish seemed to latch onto an improvisational ethos early in this winter tour that would set their musical path of ’03. Featuring an outlandishly exploratory “Walls,” these 45 minutes are for keeps.



Tweezer” 8.6.96 II Red Rocks, CO

Taking it back Phish’s original four-night stand at Red Rocks, this monster version came as part of the classic “Curtain > Tweezer” combination. One of the unmistakable jams of the weekend, these smooth grooves build into a sublime quote of The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.”



Mango (jam)> Free” 9.17.00 II Merriweather, Columbia, MD

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

Drifting from “Mango’s” upbeat territory into a dark, millennial ambiance, Phish used this unlikely jam vehicle to ignite a phenomenal set-ending sequence. Gradually layering a dissonant soundscape far from reality, the band created the most menacing textures of the show. Bleeding into a hugely energetic “Free,” Phish capped this top-shelf Fall ’00 offering with gusto.



Yamar” 7.25.98 I  South Park Meadows, Austin, TX

Often overlooked in the first set, this “Yamar” transforms from an island paradise into a dark guitar narrative of lessons learned on a mythical battlefield.



Reba” 10.18.94 II Memorial Gym, Nashville, TN

1994 and “Reba” go together like peanut butter and jelly; two peas in a pod. And here’s another reason why – a vintage rendition.



Round Room” 2.15.03 I Thomas and Mack, Las Vegas, NV

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Experimenting with the debut of their album’s title track, Phish gave us an early taste of ’03 psychedelia. This piece provides a glimpse into the ultra-textured, ambient improv that the band embraced throughout their comeback year. If one thing was true about ’03, the band never hesitated to jump into the void on a whim, and this was one of those excursions.




7.10.97 Espace Julien, Marseilles, FR < Torrent

7.10.97 Espace Julien, Marseilles, FR < Megaupload

Europe '97 T-Shirt

This dark-horse, jam-filled reader request from goes out to Bob the Brewer in Freeport, Maine, who used to blast this XLII while delivering pizzas back in the day. If you find yourself in Freeport, stop by Gritty McDuff’s Brewpub, “Where Phish on full volume makes the beer taste that much better!”

I: Dogs Stole Things, Limb By Limb, Ginseng Sullivan, Bathtub Gin, Llama* > Wading in the Velvet Sea > Jam, Olivia’s Pool

II: 2001 > Julius > Magilla, Ya Mar > Ghost > Take Me to the River* > Jam

E: Funky Bitch**

**Members of Son Seals Band

Source: Neumann TLM-170i (hyper setting) > Sonosax SX-M2 > HHB Portadat@48k > DAT


693 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. ChefBradford Says:

    Lycan- so you did get that Radiohead show? I picked it up last night, wanted to point you in that direction, but haven’t crossed paths today

  2. sumodie Says:

    llfa: laughing laughing fall apart

    fms: face melting sparkle

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    holy shit, didn’t realize face melting sparkle had achieved acronym! Where the hell was I?

  4. ChefBradford Says:

    And technically, it’s “laugh and laughing fall apart”

  5. Henry Says:

    This Walls is otherworldly.

  6. garretc Says:

    I believe the grammatically correct term is “these walls are…” Haha, sorry, I had to do it…

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    Agree with…both of you? Yeah, I think so

  8. cal Says:

    AHAAAHAA! Please, let’s not allow FMS to fall by the wayside…we’ve been sorely in need of something to augment llfa (I’d like to shake the flipper of whomever invented that little nugget).

    Just got home from what would’ve been an amazing post-hardcore show, if the power hadn’t cut out five times. We are living in an amazingly versatile world, people. Don’t forget to utilize it!

    p.s. NOOO!! don’t bring back “Walls”!!! Let it die in Coventry disgrace!

  9. cal Says:

    p.p.s. If there are any Phishheads not educated in the ways of Yes, please do yourselves the favor of listening to…I’ll say CLOSE TO THE EDGE, but the Phishiest moment of Yes is the transition between “Long Distance Runaround” and “The Fish” from FRAGILE, and pretty much the entirety of the song “The Fish”, aside from the singing in the end.

    Trey is way more like Steve Howe than Jerry Garcia.

    What time is it?

  10. garretc Says:

    Yee, Yes! I’m a fan, that’s for sure! Fragile is a solid album too, I particularly like their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”. Fragile was one of the albums my friend and I listened to on our “All-prog” drive up to Humboldt. I was worried I was gonna start talking in 7/12 or something…

  11. garretc Says:

    And it’s 22:43 o’clock west coast time cal

  12. cal Says:

    Yeah, “America” is a trip.

    Man, you got to have an ALL-PROG drive to Humboldt?? I’m frickin’ jealous…but actually, that shit is why I come here…I end up in indie/jazz/Beatles/soul/metal/Beefheart/punkrock land with all my friends, trying to get ’em to latch onto SOMETHING, but I can only really get ’em to listen to Phish when we’re going to a Phish show. And maybe a few weeks afterwards.

  13. cal Says:

    garretc, you are too charitable to this half-drunken soul! Happy Festivus and good night.

  14. garretc Says:

    Yeah, if I remember correctly, it was Fragile (Yes, of course), Farewell To Kings (Rush), Frances The Mute (Mars Volta), In The Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson), and Look Into The Future (Journey)… Not that you’re actually still here cal… Maybe you’ll see that list tomorrow? Maybe I can repost another time… Night cal, glad you enjoyed your evening!

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    by request


    David Grisman Quintet 10-23-77 Santa Cruz, CA
    a very nice sbd recording with Tony Rice, Darol Anger and more.

    Opus 12 3:21
    Japan 3:39
    Dawg Patch 3:56
    Pneumonia 7:03
    Cedar Hill 4:04
    Swing 51 5:13
    Band Introductions 2:34
    Minor Swing 4:04
    Barkley’s Bug 3:17
    Spain 7:13
    Blue Midnight 3:41
    Move 4:31
    Thailand 12:32
    Dawg’s Bull 3:02
    Limehouse Blues 3:24

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    at this point Steve Howe and the fat man are both arrows in The Trza’s quiver. among many others

  17. garretc Says:

    Nice Mr. C, coming through with a late night batch of goodness!

    Also, the arrow in the quiver metaphor is one that I now realize is very much underused!

  18. Buzz Aldrin III Says:

    I can see Mr. C blasting off!

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