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. SillyWilly Says:

    hey, stupendous, hope your friday night is going well!

  2. jdub Says:

    Slow it down Sumodie. My dad turned 60 yesterday and i could see it in his eyes. Life is moving too fast for him. The moma dance baby. The art is living in the moment with the past and the future in full perspective. That would be the infinite moment.

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

    not too bad
    just had some eggplant and cheese empanadas some vitamin water
    baned listening to Oswego 99 Taste is rippin’
    you? hitting the books?

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    @Mr. C, thanks for that narrative!

    i love hearing stories from people who were actually at the shows ive listened to. really guides my imagination.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    I was hitting the books, stupendous, but I hit that point where nothing was sinking in.

    it becomes counter-productive at that point.

    eggplant and cheese empanadas. damn. that makes me hungry.

  6. cal Says:

    sumodie–Phish makes time slow down. Your doctor is right. And by the way, 41 is the new 21. I’m 33 and I feel about 13.

    jdub–I’ve never understood people who don’t like surprises. The important thing in life is not to know what’s coming next, just to figure out where you want to go, and have faith that whatever path is in front of you will indeed lead you there.

    That Petty album was hugely important to me, by the way. I hated Petty before that. Although I confess that it was the b-side to “You Don’t Know How It Feels” that really hooked me (“Girl On LSD”). Heh heh.

  7. jdub Says:

    Cal, I knew you sounded familiar. Like looking in a fucking mirror. Shit now I said too much.

  8. fromthetub Says:

    Hello there everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful Friday night. I’m just checking in after a rough week working like crazy. I know I don’t comment too often, but I was moved to say how fantastic it was to read back over today’s posts and see the outpouring of love and gratitude. This truly is a special place. I’ve said it before, but meeting some of you in NYC was one of the highlights of my Phish-going last year. (And there were a lot of highlights!)

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

    I cant imagine what it would have been if i would have seen the boys for the first time without haviing listened to any live shows, just studio albums….
    unfortunately by the time i got to see them i was already listening to shows constantly, but not too many just the same show over and over again an again…

  10. cal Says:

    SW…forgot to mention: I guarantee I’d know aw’s posts with no avatar! SOAM would be easy………..

    Probably some others too…that would be a phenomenal experiment…Miner shuts down avatars and handles for a day??

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, that would be a great experiment!

    i think after this summer, we’ll all share a lot of stories together, too, which will make it even easier to identify each other.

    i see the board as not just a place for heads to share their phish thoughts but as more of us meet it will become a great place for friends to stay in touch.

    i guess it already is like this.

  12. cal Says:

    Oh shit, I knew it, my alternate-reality doppelganger is posting through a cyberspace wormhole…Please don’t tell me you speak with a British accent, jdub…

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

    cant wait to be part of the joy of a BB meet-up…
    Ive met a few peeps here n there…lets see…
    Robear, Cowfunk, …Marshal, Hal? did we ever meet up at the gorge?
    I know we kept texting….anyway all good peeps!

  14. sumodie Says:

    I cant imagine what it would have been if i would have seen the boys for the first time without haviing listened to any live shows, just studio albums….

    I had only heard the Lawnboy album before seeing my first two shows. The 2nd show (8/20/93 @ RR) seriously rewrote everything I thought I knew about live music.

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

    AHHHH that sounds phenomenal!!!! what an experience

  16. sumodie Says:

    Phish 3D movie this April
    (apologies if this is a repeat)



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

    april? thats round the corner

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    This site has enabled me to be the fan I always wanted be but never had the space to be.

    That’s pretty great.

    @jdub you are a welcome voice for certain. thoughtful. that’s a neat personal story.

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

    Oh my gawd, i would have peed my pants, if i wouldve seen that trailer
    planing on seeing alice tomorrow in 3d

  20. fromthetub Says:

    I hadn’t heard about the release date for the movie. Nice. Thanks, Sumodie.

    from the article… this seems sort of random:
    “This weekend, the band officially began to tease the project with a 15-second trailer proceeding all Alice in Wonderland 3D screenings.”

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    my girlfriends watching alice and wonderland right now…i wonder if she saw it.

    she probably wouldn’t even tell me if she did, for fear of opening the floodgates.

  22. cal Says:

    I got really sick my freshman year of college…couldn’t get out of bed for two days straight, still don’t really know what was up, not really a going-to-the-doctor guy. My roommate went skydiving one day, and as he was leaving, a dude I’d just met who lived down the hall came in, put RIFT in my boom box, put it on repeat and said, “This will make you feel better.”

    I promptly dozed off, probably wasn’t fully conscious for many hours. The next solid memory I had was waking up as “Sparkle” came on. I shit you not, I instantly started to feel better. I was out of bed before the album finished.

    By the time I went to my first show, I still only really knew RIFT (every note and word by heart) and maybe half of PICTURE and LAWNBOY. I never even got into tape trading until 2000; just didn’t really know anybody who was really INTO the scene. Still don’t, really; I’m by far the biggest Phishhead of my crew and all its fringes.

    After another long spiel…that’s the biggest thing that drew me here, to geek out in a way I never can with my best friends. It turned out to be so much more, but it’s still that fix, for sure.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    @voopa: my source does not match any of the listed 9-17-99 sources exactly; my written source chain is incomplete. I do think it may well be the Apogee Schoeps source, but not from the FLACs, again mine are DAT/m > CDR/m. I would be glad to upload an MP3 version for comparison’s sake and if mine is an upgrade I will FLAC it up.

    Let me know. I will check back later tonight.

  24. fromthetub Says:

    Does that mean all the fans would be in the theatre watching the show wearing the crazy 3D glasses? ha!

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    Thats a great story, Cal.

    phish heals people.

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