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. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    “phish heals people.”
    – not a pretentious dot/period
    smae here Cal, i cant even keep in close contact with some of my boys back
    home cause they dont understand anything. theyre all old inside.
    phish keeps you young
    -can you still have any fun?

  2. jay Says:

    almost sad I saw that post as I am planning on seeing alice in wonderland this weekend and would have had my mind blown. And you know I I love that!

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


  4. fromthetub Says:

    Sorry jay…

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

    man that wolfmans>sally from oswego, thats what most segues aspire to be when they grow up

  6. sumodie Says:

    @mrC: We were down on the floor, between Trey and Page, for that 9/11/99 Gorge show. Your tasty reflections keep jostling my memory banks….halfway thru dling the flacs.

    Waiting for tour dates is freakin killing me!!! Gorge, no Gorge, Telluride, no Telluride, Moon, no Moon…..aarrgghhhh

  7. jdub Says:

    Stup, I’ll tell you what it was like. I had been into the band for 6 years. Loved them but never got a chance to see them or heard any live albums other than ALO. Never had been to a psyche rock show before other than a rave. Had dosed with friends earlier in the summer for the first time and it felt like home. Summer of 98 my friends and I headed up to Lemonwheel for a big blowout. I was so excited but had no idea what to expect. The morning of the first day we headed out into the lot to secure our goodies for the day, we came across a grizzled vet who sold us some goods that he mumbled on about as being this and that and be careful. Like he knew we had no idea. At about noon we all decided an eighth each was what we should eat (I have no idea why). To make a long story short I remember everything that happened with utter clarity. Sitting on the lawn as everything was complete kalediscopic the event that was phish was so huge and important to me that I couldn’t leave even though at that point I had no idea what phish was other than this extremely important event that I could not miss. I eventually lost my name and clothes. This was IT. What it was all about. But I didn’t know what the fuck it was. Did I die, was this a lesson from parents, had aliens taken over the world? No idea. But I knew I needed to be naked, in the middle of the field, inside the venue.

    There it is, I’m feeling open with you guys and girls tonight. I actually look back on that on one of my lifes bigger lessons of the expansiveness of the universe and subconsciousnesd. Unfortunately, it also ruined the weekend musically and I never got phish until a couple of years later but such is life.

  8. jay Says:

    no sweat man. I will still have my mind blown. I will make sure of that, llfa!

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

    WOW @ j
    i wish extracarriculars felt like home to me
    ive never really had that experience at a phish show
    once i saw a dead cover band very spun, but
    i forgot my name, and all the names of the songs
    and lyrics of songs I knew by heart…
    Im afraid it would interfere with my enjoyment of the show…

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

    That was also the night of a full on set break uncontrollable laughter and
    everything turned red during second set, forgot i had locks tied up in the back
    of my head, my face got stolen right of my head

  11. cal Says:

    Wow, jdub…My first show, as I’ve mentioned before, was 10-24-95, stone cold sober, the greatest “Antelope” ever played, and I sure as hell didn’t GET it at all. I was more terrified than anything. Everyone but me seemed to know what was going on and I was lost in a blast of pure energy I had no idea was possible in music. I was like, ‘is this even music?’

    Then I was like, ‘is this what it feels like to take LSD?’

    I think my experience at Alpine ’00 was very similar to the one you describe, jdub, except for the nakedness…They kept saying “It wouldn’t TWIST AROUND that way” and I was caught between “yes it would!” and “what wouldn’t?”

  12. sumodie Says:

    setlist finally being added at Mike’s site:

    Set One

    Another Door
    Walls of Time
    Andelmans’ Yard
    Crumblin’ Bones
    Middle of the Road
    Can’t Stand Still
    River Niger >
    Traveled Too Far

  13. cal Says:

    Stup–LLFA! I’ve certainly been at that setbreak.

    jdub…Seriously, man, that is an incredible story. Hard to fathom sometime, but universe and consciousness expansion is more important than face-melting jams.

    Yeah, they can happen simultaneously, but the path is the path.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    i think it’s the crowd energy that heals people and phish is the focus…doesn’t matter in practice tho

  15. jdub Says:

    My life is pretty much divided by pre and post that event.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    with my past and my future precisely divided
    am i at that moment…?

    intense trips like that tend to be life dividing, i know just what you mean

    fantastic description. very hard to capture even tiny fragments of those moments in words, very well done

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    got torrent seeding worked out, will seed all recent torrents, (like last 75) tomorrow, thanks halcyon and verno!

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    love eighths of mushrooms. ya lose a few hours in there somewhere…way more hallucinatory than L, but ya know, more for being outside and not nec at Phish for me.

  19. cal Says:

    Mr. C–you might’ve missed my post, but there was no crowd…just me and a boombox. But in general–sure as hell, alla that.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    Big Trips like that are to regular trips what regular trips are to being high, or as being high is to “normal life”

    hard to explain if you haven’t been there

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    whoa, cal


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

    One time over a 3 hr period IDK how but next thing i knew i had eaten the entire 1/4 of golden caps…..too intense, long peak, born again tho

  23. jay Says:

    looks like will have taken the “8th train” 🙂

  24. jay Says:

    s/will have/we all have/

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

    never understood the candy flippers i wouldent be able to be standing up
    id be saying its not my fault, I think im on PCP

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