Monday, February 8, 2016

Episode 74: Year in Review Phish 2015

2015 was a hell of a year for Phish. We attempt to do it justice in Episode 74, with a great group of guests joining us for this 3-part episode. Each part touches on a different theme, with Part 1 focused on the new material that was released this year and Part 2 focused on the evolution of improvisation in 2015 (tracks for parts 1 and 2 below).

Part 3 will just be some jams we think you shouldn't miss, just music without discussion. We appreciate Allie, Chris, Zac and Dianna joining us for this really fun episode.

This past year was a little different for Phish. Fewer shows, no Fall tour, Trey guest starring in Fare Thee Well shows, Magnaball, and another glorious New Year's run at Madison Square Garden. And even though we got fewer shows, we all agreed that almost every show had something special. We talk a lot about how this year fits into the band's history, and where they go from here.

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Part 1 Tracks

Blaze On (Shoreline)
No Man In No Man's Land > Twist (Mann)
Mercury (Dick's)

Part 2 Tracks

Mike’s Song, Weekapaug Groove (Nashville)
Tweezer > Prince Caspian (Magnaball)
Kill Devil Falls (Atlanta)

Intro Music: Akron/Family, Last Year

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Episode 73: Phish 2.1.91 Set 1

This week, we're bringing you a set from the archives: Set 1 of 2.1.91, from Brown University. This week is the the 24th anniversary of the show, which has a couple key debuts and some wonderful improv that reminds us how talented this band was even in its first couple years of touring. Their playing is deft, precise and inspiring. Setlist is below.

And a request. We do this podcast for one reason: to bring music and commentary to fans like you. And we hope 2016 will be another great year. So please help us continue to make the show better by taking this one-question survey. We appreciate the input, and you helping us make it better.

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Phish, 2.1.91, Alumni Hall, Brown University, Providence, RI

Set 1: My Sweet One, Foam, Tweezer, Tweezer Reprise*, Magilla > Guelah Papyrus*, Runaway Jim, Split Open and Melt > Bouncing Around the Room, David Bowie (Reba from Set 2 included)

*Debut

Intro Music: Grateful Dead, Cold Rain and Snow

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Episode 72: Phish in Mexico Recap

Phish just finished a 3-night run in Riviera Maya, Mexico, so on this episode we recap that run and chat with a few guys who were there: Craig, Matt and James. We do a quick intro discussion about the scene and the experience, and then we play some music from the run. The clips we included are below. Hope you enjoy.

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Phish in Mexico: Clips

Friday, January 15
Theme From the Bottom
Drowned
Sand -> Ghost

Saturday, January 16
Cities
Light
Golden Age
Harry Hood

Sunday, January 17
The Landlady
Moma Dance
Saw It Again
Down With Disease
Roggae
Crosseyed & Painless
The Ocean!

Intro Music: Neil Young, On the Beach

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Episode 71: MSG New Year's Run Highlights

Well, that was a fun run of shows from MSG in New York last week. This week we're bringing you some highlights from all 4 nights of the 2015-2016 New Year's run. We have an intro discussion, and then we get into a bunch of great music. Instead of going chronologically with the music highlights, we put together some songs from each night that we feel flow pretty well. The chapters and track listing are below.

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Chapter 1   0:00      MSG New Year's Run Discussion

Chapter 2   39:11    MSG New Year's Run Tracks (details below)

Chalk Dust Torture (12/30)
Undermind (1/1)
Roggae (12/30)
Bathtub Gin (12/30)
Reba (12/31)
Twist (12/31)
No Man In No Man's Land > Auld Lang Syne > Blaze On (12/31)
Theme from the Bottom > Light (1/1)
Tweezer (1/2)
Weekapaug Groove > What's the Use? > Weekapaug Groove (12/30)

Intro Music: Ryan Adams, Welcome to New York

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Episode 70: MSG Highlights (1994-2013)

As you may have seen, we put the topic of the last HF Pod episode of 2015 up to a vote. The topic that came out on top was highlights of Phish's Madison Square Garden shows through the years.

We curated a list of tunes that spans across every year that Phish played at MSG. There are some absolutely incredible jams—which reminds us that Phish always delivers when they play The Garden, and that makes us even more excited to see what happens next week in New York.

The track listing is below. We thank you for listening, and encourage you to send any feedback that you might have for us.

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MSG Highlights Tracks

Tube, 1/1/11
Tweezer, 12/30/94
Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, 12/30/97
Piper, 12/30/11
2001, 12/29/98
Carini, 12/29/13
The Mango Song, 10/22/96
Ghost, 12/31/10
1999, 12/31/98
AC/DC Bag, 12/30/97
Walls of the Cave, 12/31/02
Tweezer, 12/28/12
Harry Hood, 12/30/95

Intro/Outro Music: Frank Sinatra, Theme from New York, New York

Monday, November 23, 2015

Episode 69: Fall 95 Highlights

It’s been 20 years, folks, since the epic Fall 1995 tour. Everything changed for Phish in 1995 (as it did again in ’97, ’99, ’04, ’13 and ’15). But this signaled the beginning of a new era—bigger venues, bigger crowds, bigger expectations. And during this tour, Phish did what they do best. They delivered.

Our friends Wade and Josh joined us for this equally epic 3-part episode, where we played and discussed some of the highlights from this Fall 1995 tour. In contrast to the Summer 1995 tour, these jams have an incredible level of focus and clarity. But they’re not jams to be taken lightly. They’re dense, heady. As Wade says, listening to Fall 1995 “is not a spectator sport.” Hope you’re geared up.

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Part 1 Chapters

Chapter 1   0:00         Intro Discussion
Chapter 2   10:36       Fall '95 Highlights
Chapter 3   2:14:30    Music Discussion

Part 2 Chapters

Chapter 1   0:00          Fall '95 Highlights
Chapter 2   2:14:00    Music Discussion

Part 3 Chapters

Chapter 1   0:00          Fall '95 Highlights
Chapter 2   1:51:41     Music Discussion

Part 1 Tracks

Split Open & Melt, 10.7.95
Run Like An Antelope, 10.24.95
Reba, 10.25.95
Mike's Song -> Breathe Jam, 10.25.95
David Bowie, 10.27.95
Bathtub Gin, 11.9.95
Mike's Song, 11.15.95

Part 2 Tracks

Tweezer, 11.19.95
Free, 11.22.95
Timber Ho!, 11.29.95
Tweezer, 12.2.95
David Bowie, 12.11.95
Down with Disease, 12.12.95

Part 3 Tracks
Halley's Comet -> NICU -> Slave to the Traffic Light, 12.14.95
Tweezer, 12.28.95
Bathtub Gin -> The Real Me -> Bathtub Gin, 12.29.95
Harry Hood, 12.30.95
Runaway Jim, 12.31.95

Intro/Outro music: LCD Soundsystem, Losing My Edge

Monday, November 9, 2015

Episode 68: "A Live One" Book Convo w/Wally Holland

This week, Wally Holland joins us to talk about his new book: "A Live One," released as part of the 33 1/3 series. The book is great, you should absolutely it out. Our conversation focuses on all things Phish, and Wally's insights about the band—the influences, the musical approach, and the joy and emotion that we all experience as fans.

We also put together this review of the book. There are also a few tracks of music, one track from "A Live One" and a couple songs from the same era (tracks below). The music starts about 1 hour, 15 minutes in.

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Tweezer, 11.28.94, Bozeman, MT
Harry Hood, 11.12.94, Kent, OH
Slave to the Traffic Light, 12.31.94, Boston, MA

Intro/Outro Music: The Flaming Lips, Hit Me Like You Did the First Time

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Episode 67: 20 Years Later -- Phish 10.28.95

This week WE are the guests! Jonathan interviews us as we reflect on our first show, which took place 20 years ago this week in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It's difficult to put into words how going to a concert 2 decades ago could affect your life in so many ways, but we do our best. It's a fun show, and part of a really excellent tour. We really hope you enjoy it.

We split this episode into 2 parts, with Set 1 this week and Set 2 next week. The setlist is below. As always, we ask you to follow us on Twitter and review us on iTunes. And check out Cash or Trade for face value tickets.

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Phish, 10.28.95, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI

Set 1: AC/DC Bag > Mound, Timber Ho!, Uncle Pen, Sample in a Jar, The Lizards, Billy Breathes, Acoustic Army, Prince Caspian, Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Maze, Theme From the Bottom > Scent of a Mule, You Enjoy Myself, Strange Design > Frankenstein > Chalk Dust Torture

E: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Intro/Outro Music: Jack Rose, Saint Louis

Monday, October 5, 2015

Episode 66: Fall '96 Highlights!

This week we're joined by our good friend Brian (@sufferingjuke). He was inspired to go back and listen to the entire Fall 1996 tour, and he pulled together a wonderful collection of highlights from that tour. Brian put a ton of thought into this, and the product makes that very clear. Really wonderful highlights, and some lesser-known jams that he's bringing back into the spotlight.

We've split this one up into 2 parts, because there's just too much great stuff. We think you'll enjoy, and as Brian has said, "you'll never look at '96 the same again." The track details for Part 1 are below, we'll add the Part 2 tracks when we put that episode up!

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Part 1 (music starts around 13 minutes, discussion picks back up at 2:08)
10/16 -- Simple -> Swept Away -> Steep
10/19 -- Down With Disease
11/06 -- Mike's Song -> Jam
11/08 -- Simple
11/11 -- Tweezer
11/13 -- Suzy Greenberg -> Prince Caspian

Part 2 (music starts right away)
11/18 -- 2001
11/19 -- David Bowie
11/29 -- You Enjoy Myself
11/29 -- Harry Hood
12/01 -- Reba
12/28 -- Mike's Song -> Strange Design -> Weekapaug Groove

Intro/Outro Music: TRAD+, Blind 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Episode 65: Just the Jams Summer 2015

This week our guest is George (@McGrupp_), who joins us to discuss Summer Tour and to share his "Just the Jams" mix—2 hours of musical excerpts from this past tour. This is a very well-edited, smooth-flowing mix, and you often can't tell when one jam starts and another begins. Great work by George, and definitely worth checking out. The track list is below (the music starts around 36 minutes).

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Start - 5:07 - Llama - 8/14/15 Raleigh, NC

5:07 - 12:35 - Mike's Song - 8/4/15 Nashville, TN
12:35 - 19:45 - Piper - 8/15/15 Columbia, MD
19:45 - 36:03 - Tweezer - 8/1/15 Atlanta, GA
36:03 - 40:52 - Chalk Dust Torture - 8/7/15 Blossom, OH
40:52 - 50:40 - Prince Caspian - 8/22/15 Watkins Glen, NY
50:40 - 54:44 - Martian Monster - 8/11/15 Philly, PA
54:44 - 1:04:54 - 46 Days - 8/15/15 Columbia, MD
1:04:54 - 1:11:28 - Simple - 7/22/15 Bend, OR
1:11:28 - 1:22:13 - Kill Devil Falls - 7/31/15 Atlanta, GA
1:22:13 - 1:37:11 - Bathtub Gin - 8/21/15 Watkins Glen, NY
1:37:11 - 1:49:35 - Twist - 7/24/15 Shoreline, CA
1:49:35 - 1:57:00 - Golden Age - 9/4/15 Commerce City, CO
1:57:00 - 1:59:41 - Sneakin' Sally - 8/16/15 Columbia, MD
1:59:41 - 2:05:22 - Cities - 8/12/15 Philly, PA
2:05:22 - End - 2001 - 8/11/15 Philly, PA

Intro/Outro Music: The Libertines, What Katie Did

Friday, September 11, 2015

Episode 64: Summer '15 Tour Highlights Pt. 4 (Dick's!)

This week we have 2 great guests to help us wrap up what has been a really wonderful 2015 Summer Tour. Wally (@waxbanks) and Myke (@lawnmemo) join us for a discussion of the Dick's shows. We also have a selection of tunes from the 3-show run from Denver (tracks below, music starts at about 56 minutes).

WALLY HAS A BOOK ABOUT PHISH COMING OUT. You can and should pre-order it now. We will have another podcast conversation with Wally about this in the coming months.

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Dick's 1
Ghost
Bathtub Gin
Blaze On > Golden Age
Bike

Dick's 2
No Man in No Man's Land
Martian Monster
Winterqueen
Chalk Dust Torture
Mercury

Dick's 3
Seven Below
Down With Disease
2001
(Encore) Tweezer Reprise> Harpua> After Midnight > NO2 > Keyboard Army > Your Pet Cat > Once in a Lifetime > United We Stand

Intro/Outro Music: Bela Fleck, Kinetsa

Show Sources:

Dick's 1: DPA 4015c(NOS/FOB/DFC@7’)->Portico 5012->Mytek 192->HD-P2(24/96)->xACT->FLAC

Dick's 2: Schoeps mk21 (FOB/ORTF wide) > kcy > Sonosax SX-M2/LS2 > Mytek 192 > Tascam HD-P2 (24/48)

Dick's 3: Schoeps mk22(nos)>Kcy>Schoeps Vst 62IUg>Sonosax SX-M2>744t 24/96 (Chris King)

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!

And 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

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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