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. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @gavins. Only an oblique phish reference. I’ve loved your stories of pimping the dead lot back in the day. I experienced it mostly as a lurker and marvelled at the sociology of the scene. So thanks.

  2. flarrdogg Says:

    silly- I find that I’m most happy/content when I’m able to pull it into the present and worry about what’s right in front of me. Your fear of the future is totally normal and legit, but that’s all that it is- fear. I try to keep it in the ‘here and now’ and when I’m able to do that, all is a okay.
    Fatherhood, career, adult resonsibilties, whatever….will all sort itself out as it is supposed to.

    jdub- good stuff. Appreciate the candor.

  3. cal Says:

    Guys, it seriously just warms me up inside reading everything today…one of those great days when the BB is a big echo chamber of gratitude. We’re creating a microcosm of the world as it actually should be.

    2010: guaranteed to rule. And don’t think that the swarm of positivity we’re brewing up here doesn’t feed right back into the whole scene and nurture everything around us. ‘Tis a thing of beauty.

  4. sumodie Says:

    BB community melts faces on a daily basis!

    Tonight I was explaining the possibilities of online social networking sites. He seemed dubious about the whole concept.

    Naturally, just as I was about to unfurl evidence of the power of online social networking, the conversation turned elsewhere.

    Obviously I was going to mention all of YOU. Minus the etymology behind ‘neemsbane’ of course. 8)

  5. sumodie Says:

    ^ was talking to my Dad about online social networking

  6. SillyWilly Says:



    i think that is the trick: fear of the unknown doesn’t really go away. its just how you manage it. like you said, focus on the now….the board has so many people who are good at explaining how they are successful at achieving this.

    like you just did, flarr! thanks again.

  7. Gavinsdad Says:

    Damn Silly – not sure a month goes by that I don’t think you’re more mature and responsible than I am. You’re doing great.

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    Definitely agree with Flarr. I take baby steps and try to follow thru with all my dealings, personal, work, family or otherwise.

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    thanks GD.

    it means a lot.

    haha i feel real responsible staying in my apartment to do homework and laundry on a friday night!

    oh well, tomorrow night is going to be a blast with Cal at the chieftains

  10. sumodie Says:

    Thank you guys, I felt weird posting that but knew it would be ok

    I think most everyone here has had the exact same thought. So far, so great. Post on!

    ::opens up secret BB diary and records jdub as one of the weird posters::

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    Have you guys found that you really can identify people’s personalities through the board?

    sometimes i think if the handles and avatars weren’t there Id still be able to tell who was posting what. its pretty cool.

  12. flarrdogg Says:

    Silly- I’ll second GD on that. It sounds like you’re donig great things and you are right where you’re supposed to be. Amazing- when I was 23….don’t get me started. I wouldn’t want to hang out with 23 year old version of me. I think it’s fantastic to have younger heads (such as yourself) in the scene that treat it all with so much respect.
    ***pats silly on the back***

    a good night to all. I was busy with school all day, but I really enjoyed reading back on all the positivity from today.

  13. cal Says:

    I can only speak for myself, but sure, my early- to mid-20s were kind of a rough time. Life only got better from there. People who pine for their younger days failed to get out of them what they could have, I guess. Becoming more experienced makes you appreciate NOW more than you ever could before.

    Ergo, the best is yet to come.

    Also: doesn’t the unknown generally yield more pleasant surprises than failures? I honestly think the trick is to be excited about the unknown rather than fearing it. (not that I’ve mastered that trick completely, but…)

    As a wise man once said: “Most things I worry ’bout never happen anyway.”

  14. jdub Says:

    Flarr, right on with that advice. Here and now is all we got.

    Sumodie, you inspire me and a lot of people

    Gdad, you are a beacon of love

    Silly, I feel where you are right now. Quarter life crisis is a modern phenomena. Just relax brother, you have an education worth more than money and a heart that will guide you. It doesn’t get any easier but it gets better with age. Follow your heart is the best advice anyone can give.

    Cal, I feel like I know you, we seem to share a lot in common. Always appreciate your spiritual take on the world.

    Lurkers, come out. We don’t bite.

    Don’t mean to be sappy but why not.

    Look forward to meeting you all.

  15. flarrdogg Says:

    Cal good stuff.

    ‘I honestly think the trick is to be excited about the unknown rather than fearing it.’

    This is a skill that requires much practice and faith. Damn, I wish there was a shortcut on that one. 8)

    I’m really out now.

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    Good night, Flarr! you deserve your rest.


    thats a great way to look at it.

    I definitely agree. Your outlook proves its validity when you look back over your life. The best memories usually are the ones you had no idea were coming. and there’s something to be said for the unknown. when you don’t know whats coming next you have more power to mold your life into what you want it to be.

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    “quarter life crisis”

    i like that. me and a lot of my friends are having “quarter life crises.” it makes it much easier to deal with when you know others have gone through it and come out stronger.

  18. jdub Says:

    Cal, the unknown is where it is at. Opportunity lurks in the shadows waiting for us to break our mold and discover it. Fear would be what keeps us from the unknown bounty. I have had so many moments in my life where letting go of something opened a door literally the next day.

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    im trying to live in the present, but i can’t wait for this summer!

  20. sumodie Says:

    “quarter life crisis”

    LLFA -the age talk here always cracks me up. If all goes well, I’ll be crossing the 41st hurdle next week (no question I’m a Pisces!). And it’s so unlike me to be ‘bragging’ about being an oldie. Grrr….I keep forgetting not to do that. 8)

    Srsly, though, my 20s (mostly an awesome decade) felt like a glorious eternity. Then my 30s felt like 2 years. Guess that’s why I’m concerned about the 4th decade.

    That’s why I heed my doctor’s advice: consume more phish, and more, and more….

  21. jdub Says:

    Tom Petty sang that lyric Cal in perhaps my favorite Petty song on his best album. “most things I worry about, never happen anyway”

  22. cal Says:

    jdub–no doubt, man! I always appreciate your taking me up on my odd spiritual/philosophical tangents–and I always try to grab onto those that you bring up, too. I confess, that shit takes up way more of my daily thought process than Phish or even music. Getting right in the soul fixes everything else, but it’s a process that never ends.

    In truth, I don’t really feel “in my element” in this environment…in a lot of ways, I’m taking this as a grand sociological experiment on myself to shed some social awkwardness and insecurities. Not like that was my initial aim, but it’s turning out that way.

    Yikes, I think I’ve said enough! Just know that all the stuff that goes down means a lot to me. I’m not one to take things lightly, to a fault a lot of times, and I was damn near burnt out on cyber-interaction entirely until I discovered this place. I hardly believe I just typed all that, but there it is…

  23. SillyWilly Says:


    you wouldn’t happen to have been born on…i don’t know….march 11?

  24. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    What up peeps!

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    Wow, that wolfmans>sand drop must have floored everyone who hadn’t heard sand before.

    Fuck yeah it did. You can hear how the dissolve at the end of that Wolfman’s has this kind of looming, ominous quality…it was obvious something huge was about to drop…the lights were low and freaky…and then this beat came out of nowhere, and no one around us knew it, and it was sick. The place absolutely exploded in a storm of dancing. Then, unlike a lot of debut performances – obv. because Trey already had a handle on it from TAB, but we didn’t know that – it goes into that extended build and peak jam; not a half-assed debut version at all, but actually from what I’ve heard at least, the best one until the Cypress version, and still one of the better Phish performances of the song…

    I do love that on the FOB, you can hear one guy – one – down front that clearly knows what song it is. As soon as it drops, he’s all into it. That’s fun.

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