Thursday, August 27, 2015

Episode 63: Summer '15 Tour Highlights Pt. 3

This week we bring you more music from Summer Tour, including highlights from the wonderful Magnaball festival that just wrapped up last week. We have a lot to chat about, so we're going to split this one up into two episodes, but both available now. The episode parts and chapters are below.

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Episode 63 Pt. 1
Intro chat w/Dianna & Alex (start through 1:13:52)
Tour highlights (Raleigh > MPP)
Raleigh: Llama, Golden Age
MPP 1: BBFCCM > My Pet Cat > BBFCFM, 46 Days > Bug
MPP 2: Stash, Bowie, Shine a Light

Episode 63 Pt. 2
Tour highlights (Magnaball!)
Magnaball 1: Simple, Bathtub Gin
Magnaball 2: Tweezer > Prince Caspian, Blaze On, 555
Magnaball 3: Scents & Subtle Sounds > What's the Use > Dirt

Intro/Outro Music: The Jauntee, "Excelsior," title cut from their new album, this version is 6.20.15, from Beverly, MA

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Episode 62: Summer '15 Tour Highlights Pt. 2

This week we keep Summer Tour musical highlights rolling (per Diego's suggestion). This tour continues to create excitement, anticipation and lots of conversation. While I may argue that this leg of the tour focused more on song diversity and overall show flow, there are still some spectacular jams. Our forecast for the rest of the tour: Phish continues to kick ass. The tracks we're including are below.

If you want to hear some commentary, check out our next video chat on the shows highlighted in this episode. That will happen live at 9pm ET on Thursday, August 13. 

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Tuscaloosa: Maze, Seven Below
Nashville: Mike’s > Piper > Crosseyed > Weekapaug
Kansas City: The Last Step, Down With Disease
Blossom: Chalk Dust Torture > Tweezer
Alpine 1: Mercury, Reba
Alpine 2: Carini > Waves
Mann 1: Skin It Back > Martian Monster, Fuego

Intro/Outro Music: Mountains of the Moon, Fare Thee Well

Monday, August 3, 2015

Episode 61: Summer '15 Tour Highlights Pt. 1

This week we are keeping it very simple: highlights from each of the first 8 shows of Phish Summer 2015 tour, from Bend through Atlanta. We'll do the same for the rest of tour. There have been some outstanding pieces of music so far, so if you haven't heard much of it, we really think you'll enjoy it. I think the whole Phish community is feeling the momentum. The tracks are below.

If you want to hear some commentary, check out the video chat we did to recap the first 8 shows of tour. Feedback always appreciated. 

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Bend 1: Ghost, The Wedge
Bend 2: Winterqueen, Simple
Shoreline: Blaze On > Twist
LA: No Men & Roggae
Austin: 46 Days > The Dogs > 46 Days
Dallas: Chalk Dust Torture, Harry Hood
Atlanta 1: Kill Devil Falls > Martian Monster
Atlanta 2: Tweezer > Waiting All Night

Intro music: Cassidy, Fare Thee Well

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Episode 60: Fare Thee Well Recap

This week we're psyched to be recapping the Fare Thee Well shows from Chicago and Santa Clara. It's a really fun discussion with a lot of people who are vets of both Phish and the Grateful Dead: Scott (@TourTweet), Craig (@chillwig), Jonathan (@rowj) and Tanya (@fractalgal).

We talk about this momentous, celebratory moment in Grateful Dead (and Phish) history, and play songs from both Chicago and Santa Clara. These shows were at the same time the end of an era, the joining together of two worlds, and a glimpse into the future. Regardless of your perspective, this was a historic and wonderful run of shows. 

We break this up into 2 parts, with about 18-20 songs to frame the experience from the perspective of those who were there. 

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Intro music: Architect, Trey Anastasio Band

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Episode 59: Summer 1995 Tweezers

This week it's Brad and Jonathan, with special guest and friend Kevin. This week we'll be talking about 2 of the greatest improvisational vehicles in Phish history: in Part 1 you'll hear the 6.14.95 Tweezer, and in Part 2 you'll hear the 6.22.95 Tweezer. 

Both epic, meandering, maddening, soupy, wild, funky, rocking, these Tweezers helped to define the improvisation of the band at a time of transition and exploration. If you haven't heard either of these, you'll be surprised, moved and probably scared. 

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Intro music: Tweezer!, 6.14.95

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Episode 58: Summer Sampler!

This week it's just Brad, RJ and Jonathan (@rowj), and we have an exciting episode to share with you all. Jonathan came up with the great idea to revisit some key tracks from the venues/cities Phish will be playing this Summer Tour. We have excellent tracks and jams that span from 1991 to 2014. If you'd prefer to be surprised on the tracks, that's great. If you want to see them first, you can view them here.

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Intro music: Summer Babe, Pavement


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Episode 57: Runaway Gin joins HF Pod

This week we are joined by Phish tribute band Runaway Gin. This is a unique and exciting episode of the podcast, the first time we feature something other than a Phish show—but still discuss and play the music of the band. 

Part 1 of the podcast features the music of Runaway Gin along with discussion with the band, and Part 2 features an awesome Phish jam pick from each of the band members. Excellent stuff. 

We know Runaway Gin from Andy Greenberg, who many of you have heard on this show before. He and his bandmates Bobby, Fitz and John join us to talk about their relationships with Phish, what it's like to cover the music of a band you love, and much more. They'll also be playing this Summer in Chicago around the Fare Thee Well shows, so if you're going, check it out. 

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Intro music: Black Keys, Gotta Get Away

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Episode 56: Guest Pick - Phish 11.9.98

This week we are joined by the great The Vic, who brought us back to a great show from the impressive Chicago run from 1998. We're going to play and discuss the last show of that run, 11.9.98. Below are pics from both Vic and Brad's setlists from this show. 

Phish has played some great shows at UIC Pavilion, including the "Elements" set from 2011 and the wonderful 6.18.94 show. This will be a 2-part podcast, with Set 1 this week, with Set 2 next week. Here's an mp3 of Set 1, if you'd rather download it directly. 

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Phish 11.9.98, UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL

Set 1: Llama, Horn, I Get a Kick Out of You, Divided Sky, Frankie Says, Dogs Stole Things, Poor Heart > Free, NICU, Bold As Love

Set 2: Bathtub Gin, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > The Moma Dance > Slave to the Traffic Light > You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Frankenstein, Free Bird

Monday, April 13, 2015

Episode 55: Phish 5.28.89 - Ian's House

This week we are joined by our friend and guest host Jonathan, who brought us back to a wonderful show from 1989, from "Ian's House" (or "Ian's Party" at someone else's house). Either way, Ian was awesome.

This show is historic, fun, and filled with really excellent playing. Trey's tone and precision in playing is just crisp, clear and on point, and as Jonathan pointed out, this is among the finest banter you'll ever hear in a Phish show. Very entertaining listen. But even more than entertaining, it's a reminder of how musically mature Phish was even by 1989—26 years ago. A great sounding show, taboot (taboot). This will be a 2-part podcast, with Set 1 this week, Set 2 and Set 3 next week.

Here's Charlie Dirksen's review of the YEM.

We mentioned Matt Burnham's Phish Hall of Fame voting project, check it out!

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Phish 5.28.89, "Ian's House", Hebron, NY

Set 1: Divided Sky, Run Like an Antelope, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Fee -> Slave to the Traffic Light, Esther, Suzy Greenberg, You Enjoy Myself

Set 2: Fire, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Bathtub Gin, Sanity, Ride Captain Ride, Peaches en Regalia, Take the 'A' Train, Possum, Contact, Funky (Breakdown) -> The Price of Love, Funky Bitch, Split Open and Melt, The Mango Song, Harry Hood


Set 3: Jam -> La Grange Jam, The Sloth, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley > Ya Mar, Jesus Just Left Chicago

Monday, March 23, 2015

Episode 54: Guest Pick - CJ Ferrell - 8.16.96

This week we have a long overdue guest, CJ, who is a longtime fan of the podcast and Mainer exiled in London. But we'll have him back for this Summer Tour, which we discuss on this show, along with lots of other things. The timing of this pick was stellar -- we'll be discussing and listening to the first day of the first Phish festival, the Clifford Ball, from 1996. This discussion comes just days after the latest festival announcement, Magnaball, coming in August 2015.

This will be a 3-part podcast, with Set 1 this week, Set 2 next week and Set 3 shortly thereafter.

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Phish 8.16.96, The Clifford Ball, Plattsburgh, NY

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Ya Mar, AC/DC Bag > Esther > Divided Sky, Halley's Comet > David Bowie

Set 2: Split Open and Melt, Sparkle > Free, The Squirming Coil, Waste, Talk, Train Song, Strange Design, Hello My Baby, Mike's Song -> Simple -> Contact > Weekapaug Groove

Set 3: Makisupa Policeman > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease -> NICU, Life on Mars? > Harry Hood -> Jam

Encore: Amazing Grace

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Episode 53 - Guest Pick: Jackson Richards - Phish 6.4.11

This week we're excited to be joined by Jackson, a fellow Buckeye, and our guest host, Jonathan. We chat about and play Phish 6.4.11 -- with Set 1 this week and Set 2 next week!

Please continue to send us feedback about this experiment and let us know what you think.

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Phish 6.4.11, Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Set 1: Kill Devil Falls, Guyute, Fuck Your Face > Foam, Ocelot, Rocket in My Pocket, Back on the Train > Guelah Papyrus, Tube > Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Birds of a Feather, Possum > Steam > Piper -> The Lizards, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley > Harry Hood > Have Mercy -> Harry Hood > Character Zero


Encore: Slave to the Traffic Light

Monday, February 23, 2015

Episode 52 - Guest Pick: Tyler Curtis - Phish 1.1.11

This week we're excited to be joined by Tyler Curtis, who we've been looking forward to chatting with for a while now! We talked with him about 1.1.11, a "last of the New Year's run" show, which has a fantastic high-energy first set. The second set is one of those gems that flows and brings better and better jams as it develops. Great one to revisit.

This week we're going to release our intro conversation and Set 1 of 1.1.11, and release Set 2 and that discussion next week. Another attempt to mix things up and make things better.

Please continue to send us feedback about this experiment and let us know what you think.

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Phish 1.1.11, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set 1: My Soul, Tube > Runaway Jim > Foam, Guelah Papyrus > Divided Sky, Round Room > Walk Away > Gotta Jibboo > Reba, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Twist > Simple, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley > Makisupa Policeman -> David Bowie

Encore: Fee, Frankenstein

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Episode 51: Guest Pick - Steven Hyden - 10.31.96

This week we're excited to be joined by Steven Hyden, a music journalist for Grantland and a self-described Phish "noob." We chatted about 10.31.96, the Halloween show that of course included the cover of Remain in Light, by the Talking Heads. Here's an article that Steven wrote about Phish for Grantland, which is a great read.

We got a lot of good feedback on the new format last week, and so we're going to continue to just include the guest conversation, and point you to PhishTracksPhish On Demand App or Live Phish to listen to the epic Halloween album from 10.31.96.

Please continue to send us feedback about this experiment and let us know what you think.

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Phish, 10.31.96, The Omni, Atlanta, GA

Set 1: Sanity > Highway to Hell > Down with Disease > You Enjoy Myself, Prince Caspian > Reba, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > Character Zero, The Star Spangled Banner

Set 2: Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) > Crosseyed and Painless, The Great Curve, Once in a Lifetime > Houses in Motion -> Seen and Not Seen -> Listening Wind > The Overload

Set 3: Brother, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Maze, Simple -> Swept Away > Steep > Jesus Just Left Chicago> Suzy Greenberg


Encore: Frankenstein

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Episode 50: Guest Pick - Adam Menzo - 12.6.97

This week we have Adam Menzo joining us, who picked a show that was his first and is near and dear to our hearts, 12.6.97 from The Palace. All 3 of us were lucky enough to have been there, and this show still ranks as one of the best in Phish history.

New Experiment! We're trying something different this week. Instead of including the show audio in the podcast, we're going to point you to a few places where you can hear it (links below). Because there are so many ways to listen to shows these days, we wanted to save some bandwidth/file size and deliver the guest conversation while letting you listen to the music in whatever way works for you. Chapters below.

Listen to 12.6.97 on PhishTracks, Phish On Demand App or Live Phish.

Please please send us feedback about this experiment and let us know what you think.

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Chapter 1   0:00         Intro Chat w/Adam
Chapter 2   26:46       Set 1 Breakdown
Chapter 3   33:41       Set 2 Breakdown & Wrap Up

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Phish, 12.6.97, The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI

Set 1: Golgi Apparatus, Run Like an Antelope, Train Song > Bathtub Gin -> Foam, Sample in a Jar, Fee > Maze, Cavern

Set 2: Tweezer -> Izabella -> Twist -> Piper, Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise


Encore: Rocky Top

Monday, January 12, 2015

Episode 49: Miami NYE Run Recap

This week we are recapping the Miami NYE run from just about a week ago! We're splitting this episode into two parts, one breaking down and discussing Set 2 of 12.31.14, the other breaking down and discussing Set 2 of 1.3.15.

Our guests for the week are Kevin (@OKDeadhead), Ali (@peckedbythedove), Graig (@FurryThug) and Patrick (@PatrickBrannan). We all had a blast in Miami, and we hope you enjoy our breakdown of the weekend. These were our two favorite sets, so think about basking in the sun as you listen.

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Episode 49, Part 1: Set 2, 12.31.14

Chapter 1   0:00            Intro Chat w/Kevin, Ali, Graig & Patrick
Chapter 2   30:10          Set 2 Phish 12.31.14
Chapter 3   1:34:10       Set Breakdown

Episode 49, Part 2: Set 2, 1.3.15

Chapter 1   0:00            Set 2 Phish 1.3.15
Chapter 2   1:31:25       Set Breakdown & Wrap Up

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Episode 48: Guest Pick - Scott Bernstein - 12.9.95

This week we have Scott Bernstein of YEMBlog back to do another guest pick. He wanted to share his memories from the classic 12.9.95 show from Albany, NY. This monstrous Fall Tour delivered show after show, and this is considered by many to be the best. We also have a great conversation with Scott to kick off the episode.

Scott and I guessed that they played more shows in the Fall of 1995 than they have any year since they've been back in Phish 3.0. May not be exactly true, but still, it was a tour (and year) of endurance, high powered jams and pushing boundaries.

As you probably already know, Scott is the editor of JamBase, and he and his team work their asses off to connect people with good music. Check it out and show your appreciation.

As usual, please review us on iTunes and send comments and feedback to helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com, and follow us on Twitter. And check out CashorTrade.org for face value tickets to shows across the country. If you are on Stitcher, give us a review

Chapter 1   0:00            Intro Chat w/Scott
Chapter 2   21:29          Set 1 Phish 12.9.95
Chapter 3   1:25:48       Set 1 Breakdown
Chapter 4   1:32:45       Set 2 Phish 12.9.95
Chapter 5   2:55:01       Set 2 Breakdown & Wrap Up

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Phish, 12.9.95, Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY

Set 1: Maze, Theme From the Bottom > NICU > The Sloth > Rift, Bouncing Around the Room, Free, Billy Breathes, Dog Faced Boy, Chalk Dust Torture

Set 2: Timber (Jerry), Wilson > Gumbo, You Enjoy Myself, Lawn Boy, Slave to the Traffic Light > Crossroads, Sweet Adeline

Encore: Loving Cup

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Episode 47: Guest Pick - 7.25.99, Deer Creek

This week we are back to a guest pick from the past. Our guest Matt Huber has chosen 7.25.99, from Deer Creek. A really great show that has some great bust-out tunes, some really classic '99 jamming, leading up to the "millennium" sound we hear before and up to the end of Phish 1.0. Setlist and chapter markers below.

Matt plays in a Phish tribute band, Solar Garlic Band, so check out their take on Phish and go see them if they come play near you! Matt wrote some reviews from 2014 Phish shows, which can be found here.

This is the Harry Hood Matt talked about from Alpine Valley in 1996. Really wonderful jam, not surprising that Matt had such a powerful experience during this version.

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Chapter 1   0:00            Intro Chat w/Matt
Chapter 2   29:11          Set 1 Phish 7.25.99
Chapter 3   1:33:41       Set 1 Breakdown
Chapter 4   1:44:10       Set 2 Phish 7.25.99
Chapter 5   3:11:06       Set 2 Breakdown & Wrap Up

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Phish, 7.25.99, Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN

Set 1: Meat, My Friend, My Friend -> My Left Toe -> Whipping Post > Makisupa Policeman > Happy Birthday to You*, Makisupa Policeman, Saw It Again, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Cavern

Set 2: Birds of a Feather -> Walk Away > Run Like an Antelope > Suzy Greenberg > Hold Your Head Up > Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Loving Cup

*For Chris Kuroda's birthday

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Episode 46: Fall Tour Reviews Pt. 2 (SF & Vegas!)

This week we are going to review and bring you highlights from the SF & Vegas shows, with several fantastic guests. Jen Bernstein & Allie join us for SF, and Pete, Hilary and Dianna talk with us about Vegas.

Setlist and chapter markers below, hope you enjoy!

Here's a link to the video Jen filmed from the floor of the SF show the night the Giants won the World Series. Awesomeness ensues.

And here's a link to the song explanation for "Is This What You Wanted," the cover encore debut from Halloween, written by Leonard Cohen. Thanks to Pete for recommending this.

Chapter 1   0:00           Introduction & SF 1 w/Allie & Jen
Chapter 2   35:24         SF 2 w/Allie & Jen
Chapter 3   1:09:57      SF 3 w/Allie & Jen
Chapter 4   1:29:57      Vegas 1 w/Dianna, Pete & Hilary
Chapter 5   2:41:28      Vegas 2 w/Dianna, Pete & Hilary
Chapter 6   3:07:21      Vegas 3 w/Dianna, Pete & Hilary

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Episode 45: Fall Tour Reviews Pt 1. (Eugene-SD)

Hope everyone has enjoyed this whirlwind of the 12-show Fall Tour. This week we are discussing the first 6 shows with some great guests, complete with awesome clips from every show. The next episode will feature the SF and Vegas runs. Setlist and chapter markers below.

Chapter 1   0:00         Introduction w/RJ & Brad
Chapter 2   8:35         Reviews w/Isaac (Seattle & Eugene)
Chapter 3   40:10       Reviews w/Craig (Santa Barbara 1 & 2)
Chapter 4   1:37:26    Reviews w/Josh & Brad (LA & SD)

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Episode 44: Phish 11.28.92, Port Chester, NY

This week we are going all the way back to the Fall of 1992 to listen to a nice show with some real gems, 11.28.92, from Port Chester, NY. We hope you enjoy it! Setlist and chapter markers below.

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Chapter 1   0:00           Introduction
Chapter 2   9:30           Phish 11.28.92
Chapter 3   2:54:35      Show Breakdown

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Phish, 11.28.92, The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

Set 1: My Sweet One, Foam, Stash, Esther > Chalk Dust Torture, Sparkle, Fast Enough for You > All Things Reconsidered, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

Set 2: Suzy Greenberg > Paul and Silas > Tweezer -> The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu, Maze, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Bouncing Around the Room, The Squirming Coil, Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Harpua, Golgi Apparatus


Encore: Contact > Tweezer Reprise