Ten Tunes For Friday

Hampton '09 (J.Volkhausen)

And the weeks continue to peel off the calendar, moving ever closer to the beginning of June. Telluride is all but confirmed, and a full tour should be announced in a couple of weeks. But until then, here we are on Friday again, and here are another ten jams to move the day along just a little bit quicker; a short cut to the weekend. All the selections can be downloaded using the orange song titles, per usual. Enjoy the tunes!


Antelope” 8.28.93 II

Kicking off this Friday is a fierce piece of improv from the band’s last show of Summer ’93 at Berkley’s Greek Theatre. Phish played six out of seven months between February and August, taking only June off, and you can hear the results in the communication during this mind-numbing “Antelope.” Typifying the peak month of August, Phish took this jam to several dynamic places before setting the gearshift for anywhere.



Timber > David Bowie” 7.26.97 II

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

This extended trip into the dark side opened up the second set at South Park Meadows, the now defunct venue in Austin, Texas. Both Dallas and Austin this summer featured Bob Gullotti on a second drum set, as he sat in with the band for four straight sets. This is the fourth of these sets, and perhaps the most impressive segment from both nights.



Tweezer” 4.21.92 II

This personal favorite took place at a Fairgrounds in Eureka, CA, and catches the band on one of their earliest stretches of truly sublime music out west in the spring of ’92. In this “Tweezer” Phish fuses rhythm and melody in a soaring groove that is truly ahead of its time. Check out one of the greatest gems from the band’s west coast swing of lore.



Reba” 8.16.93 I

12.4.09 (W.Rogell)

Another multi-part journey, this “Reba” bears no resemblance to the song’s usual contour. Moving as far from usual territory as possible, Phish morphs from an eerie canvas into a somewhat more conventional feel, but this adventure never stops, as Phish annihilates this jam like few other “Rebas”in history. And it’s the fourth song of the show. (Bear with the less than ideal recording, trust me, its worth it.)



Runaway Jim > Free”  Oswego 7.18.99 II

With a airplane runway doubling as an over-sized dance floor, Phish took this “Runaway Jim” into the realm of funk, turning the afternoon jam into an overtly playful piece. Eventually segueing into “Free,” the festival-sized grooves continued to flow all day long.



Drowned” 12.3.97 I

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

On this night, Phish gave “Drowned” the Fall ’97 treatment. Funking up this version at the onset of The Spectrums’ second night, the band prepped the crowd for two sets of non-stop dance music. This is another piece that drifts far from charted territory.



Wolfman’s Brother” 8.6.98 II

This multi-faceted version opened Lakewood ’98, moving from classic Summer ’98 grooves into a more intricate mid-section, and then an ambient outro. This standout version flies way under the radar with so much shining from Phish’s beloved summer tour.



YEM” 7.19.03 II

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

This stellar “YEM” ended Phish’s two-night, post-hiatus return to Alpine Valley. Within this excursion, the band engages in some thematic jamming that stands up as one of the era’s defining versions of their classic.

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1,038 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. Corey Says:

    It’s the only online community I belong to these days. I have a Face…but I do not use it. I DO have a lot of friends mad though.

    Talking about music is what I do when I’m not playing music.
    The nugget on top of that, is that this community presents so many great thoughts about life and art, and with emotion and passion to really sell it. We all bought this train from Miner and are now enjoying the ride (to TELl yoUR rIDE.) The cool thing is, Miner let’s us all have a crack at the wheel, so to speak.

  2. Robear Says:

    glad I read this page.


  3. albert walker Says:

    and pickin Silly off the floor in Milwaukee trying to convince the promoters he would not die on them


    great kid
    great night in cheezeland

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    I’m the last one to want to join a love fest

    ^ actual LOL again!

  5. Robear Says:

    12/30/94 ‘Tweezer’ = 🙂

  6. Mr. Icculus Says:

    Man its been a long time since i posted guys. Thanks Miner as always for keeping it real your the man.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    This board has allowed us all to have an outlet to feed our passion. Music, and Phish in particular. Yet there is so much more to it than just that. Lasting friendships, advice, and guidence. Miner, you should be extremely proud. Ok, that’s it outta me.

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    what is a good program to convert BOTH FLACS and SHNs, or do you need 2 like i used to have?

  9. Corey Says:

    love it Mr C

    I started to write that. Then, as a vegetarian, felt like I was betraying some rediculous trust in the carnivore-less nature of myself.

    So then I credited it to my wife, again, German wife.

    She. Loves. Bacon.
    I can’t make her stop.

    At which point Mr. C asks, “Why the hell would you try to do that!??”

  10. verno329 Says:

    It certainly started from the top down and now has spread to be more egalitarian. Miner’s terrific writing style, positive approach, and oh yeah the subject matter made this the first site I’d check every morning before going to work. The commenters that developed as the site continued to grow meant that I also checked the site at work from time to time. Now I’m probably on it all day 8)

    The site was also a great tool to send friends of mine that didn’t have much Phish to grab some great shows. The archive has made that reality permanent.

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    3 year old daughter just yelled at me. “Hey, you started bag it, tag it without me.” Sorry honey, from the top again. no problem.

  12. albert walker Says:

    and I have to say

    after the New York Times and Wall Street Journal every morning

    its always nice to finish it off with Miner’s morning Phish piece

    well written, informed opinion, great music picks

    not bad at all

  13. Robear Says:

    Miner, I think you had it right. Go back to ’93, maybe ’94 and hope you stay on board throughout due to the awesomeness.

    Just make sure you don’t see ‘yourself’ at one of the shows you DID attend. That would alter the fabric of time!

  14. voopa Says:


    Trader’s Little Helper

  15. verno329 Says:

    @Miner try Foobar2000. google it and its easy to set up. can be a player as well

  16. albert walker Says:

    I use Traders Helper for decoding
    and play on foobar

  17. Robear Says:

    nice,@ AW

    You just coined the first phishthoughts commercial.

  18. verno329 Says:


  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    thanks for the recs

  20. Mr. Icculus Says:

    I think i just shed a tear guys after going back and reading that last page. I came to this board probably around the time of the announcement of the Hampton shows. And to see how it has grown is unreal. Bravo MINER

  21. Corey Says:

    Alright, 10 tunes and I’m out.
    Good stuff Miner, fellow pokers and lurkers.

    If anyone has andy more thoughts on PHiSH tunes – live versions – for my dad’s cross country travels, hit me up.

    Thanks, ya’ll enjoy your Friday evening.

  22. Hoedown Says:

    Phish Thougth:
    Why is the 2nd set from MSG 12/4 never talked about? The whole set kicks ass but that Seven Below > Twist very underated imho…

  23. Corey Says:

    I don’t know who Andy is, but if you have some songs to share…
    Thanks, and talk to ya.

  24. Robear Says:

    Corey, set I from 12/30/09 makes good driving music.

    I made a copy for this czech friend of mine that had never heard Phish and he dug it, big time.

  25. Robear Says:

    Hoedown, I agree^

    My favorite of the three shows, and I didn’t think it had a weak moment.

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