Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Episode 129: Great first sets

Hey everyone, we're back with a new episode this week, talking about great first Phish sets with first-time guest Ben. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, but it was fun talking about some well-known and some overlooked first sets in Phish history.

If we missed a great first set that you love, let us know on Twitter, Facebook or via email (helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com).

Thank you for listening. please take a moment to review us on iTunes, and also check out HF Pod Plus for more music and discussion. Have a great week.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Episode 128: Revisiting 1999 Pt. 2

Hello, HF Pod fam. Thank you for all the great feedback on part 1 of our recap of 1999 with Wade. We're back for part 2, when things get darker, weirder, more exploratory and, some would say, more awesome.

We pick this one up at the beginning of the Fall Tour, and wind our way through the December tour, where we ponder the end of the millennium and the importance of Big Cypress. We decided to not wade into Big Cypress, but to instead create a much more fulsome episode about that sometime soon.

Thank you for listening. please take a moment to review us on iTunes, and also check out HF Pod Plus for more music and discussion. Until next time...

Clips included:

9.9 Tweezer
9.11 Sand
9.14 AC/DC Bag
9.29 2001
12.7 Halley’s Comet
12.15 Free
12.18 YEM


Friday, January 19, 2018

Episode 127: Revisiting 1999 Pt. 1

Hello, friends! This week we bring you part 1 of our recap of Phish in 1999, with our friend Wade. We start with the Trey tour in the early Spring, and in part 1 we go through the Summer Tour. Lots of music and discussion. Hope you enjoy.

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Clips included:

TAB 5.11 Voodoo Child
7.4 What's the Use
7.7 My Left Toe > Wading in the Velvet Sea > My Left Toe
7.15 Split Open and Melt > Kung > Jam
7.18 Piper
7.23 Ghost
7.24. Fluffhead > Jam
7.31 Caspian



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Episode 126: New Year's Run 2017 Recap



Happy new year! This week, we're back with a new episode, recapping the tremendous New Year's run that Phish just finished at Madison Square Garden. Setlists here, shows here.

We talk about the shows, and then play our really fun live recording we did at American Beauty on December 29. That was part of the PhanArt extravaganza, and we opened for Polyvamp, which put on a great show.

If you want to support HF Pod, you can do so by checking out HF Pod Plus. We do more in-depth analysis of shows and tours. And we ask people to donate as little as $1/month. The money helps us with hosting and equipment costs, and helps us put on shows like the one we did at American Beauty.

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Intro/Outro Music: Polyvamp 12.29.17 Live @ American Beauty


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Episode 125: Interview w/CashorTrade

Brando (right) and his brother Dusty
of CashorTrade
This week, we're happy to have Brando from CashorTrade on the podcast. We talk a lot about his Phish journey and about the great platform their team has built.

We also play some music, tapping into the New Year's spirit. Set info is below (but the entire show is amazing to revisit, especially at this time of year). Listen to the episode here!

We're doing a live podcast on December 29! Come see us at American Beauty at 3pm. We'll be doing a live podcast, opening up for the great band Polyvamp. You can RSVP to our event on Facebook.

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Phish, 12.31.93, Worcester Centrum, Worcester, MA

Set 3: Auld Lang Syne > Down with Disease Jam > Split Open and Melt, The Lizards, Sparkle > Suzy Greenberg > Hold Your Head Up > Cracklin' Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood , Tweezer Reprise

E: Golgi Apparatus, Amazing Grace

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Episode 124: The Spectrum 1997

We couldn't let the 20th anniversary of the Fall '97 tour pass us by without spending a bit of time reflecting on the shows. This week, we revisit the Philly shows from that historic tour, from 12/2 and 12/3. Tracks we highlight are below. Listen to the episode here!

Going to MSG on 12/29? Come to American Beauty beforehand to hang out with us and stay to hear the band Polyvamp! More information here and here. We'll bring stickers.

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12/2/97 Mike's Song  -> Simple -> Dog Faced Boy  -> Ya Mar -> Weekapaug Groove

12/3/97 David Bowie -> Possum > Jam -> Prince Caspian 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Episode 123: Turning points in Phish history w/Wally Holland (part 2)

On this episode, we finish our conversation with Wally Holland on turning point jams in Phish's career. We also talk Sci-Fi novels, confined spaces, and whether Lawn Boy even matters. Check out the episode here.

Here is the full list of jams we discussed with Wally:

  1. 8/13/93 - Bathtub Gin
  2. 5/7/94 - Tweezer
  3. 11/2/94 - Tweezer
  4. 12/29/94 - David Bowie
  5. 6/14/95 - Tweezer
  6. 11/2/96 - Crosseyed and Painless
  7. 8/17/97 - Art Jam
  1. 11/14/97 - Twist
  2. 12/31/99 - 2001
  3. 2/28/03 - Tweezer
  4. 11/28/09 - Seven Below > Ghost

  1. 7/3/11 - Storage Jam
  2. 8/31/12 - Undermind
  3. 7/31/13 - Tweezer
  4. 7/25/17 - Lawn Boy

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Episode 122: Turning points in Phish history w/Wally Holland (part 1)

This week we are joined by a return guest, Wally Holland, who helps us run through what we're calling "turning points" in Phish history. This is a two-part episode, because obviously, there are lots of turning points in the history of the band.

The idea for this episode started with a Twitter conversation, sparked by yet again another listen to the Baker's Dozen Lawn Boy. We talk about many turning points—let us know what you think, we're eager to hear what you would have included. And join us next week for part 2, as we pick up from 1997 through the present. You can listen to part 1 directly here.

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8/13/93 Bathtub Gin
5/7/94 Tweezer > Sparks > Makisupa > DDL Jam > Sweet Emotion Jam > Walk Away
11/2/94 Tweezer
12/29/94 Bowie
6/14/95 Tweezer
11/2/96 Crosseyed
8/17/97 2001 > Art Jam > Hood

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Episode 121: Beyond the Pond crossover!

We have something really exciting this week. We were joined by Brian and David from Beyond the Pond, a podcast that we really enjoy and respect. These guys bring their immense music knowledge to this episode—and part 2 of our discussion will be on Beyond the Pond. So be sure and subscribe today, if you're not already subscribed.

The conversation touches on our musical histories, our favorite music growing up, and of course, how we stumbled upon Phish. Really fun stuff. You can listen to this episode directly here.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Free episode of HF Pod Plus

We are very grateful for all of the support of HF Pod Plus. We're making our most recent episode free and open to the public, to give you a better sense of what we're up to there.

Here is our most recent episode, a deep dive into October 1989 (next one will come out next week).

The fun thing about HF Pod Plus is that it gives us the ability to get into detail on a specific month in Phish history, with our typical mix of conversation and music.

If you want to join HF Pod Plus, you can do so for as little as $2/month (or more if you are able). All of the money is used to pay for hosting costs, podcasting equipment, merchandise, and the like.

That's it! More Phish content and more fun for everyone. Thanks again for your support!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Episode 120: Josh Thamm talks Phish and yoga

This episode we are joined by Josh, who talks with us about Phish and yoga. He's a yoga instructor, and a big Phish fan. He worked with us on a playlist of Phish jams that makes up a pretty great 60-minute vinyasa flow class. The tracks below are aligned with different elements of a vinyasa flow. 

Even if you don't practice yoga or you're not into it, you'll like this playlist. Take our word for it. Tracks below. You can listen to this episode directly here.

If you're in Nashville, Memphis, or Oxford, Mississippi, you can check out the yoga studio that Josh teaches at, Hot Yoga Plus

Also, in the rare chance that you haven't seen it, here's a link to Trey guesting with the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theater. The Mountain Jam is pretty wonderful. 

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2/28/03 Soul Shakedown Party (Setting intentions for class)
12/31/95 PYITE (Core strengthening/Warmup)
11/17/97 Ghost (Sun A & B)
7/15/98 Tweezer -> California Love -> Tweezer (Flow 1)
12/30/13 Chalk Dust Torture (Flow 1/Flow 2)
7/29/03 Gotta Jibboo (Flow 2/Floor work)
12/7/97 Tube > Tube jam (Flow 3/Heart openers/Backbends)
4/5/98 McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters (Stretch out)
8/23/15 What's the Use (Savasana)

Intro/Outro Music: Nirvana, Come As You Are

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Episode 119: Trey's Guitar Rig w/Ryan Chiachiere

Photo from Ryan
This week, we're excited to talk with Ryan Chiachiere, who is known for his awesome work on Trey's Guitar Rig.

Check out the episode here

We talk with Ryan about, well, guitar stuff, complete with a deep dive on Trey's equipment and setup, and complimented by lots of snippets. We also talk about how those effects and sounds have changed over time, and tap into Ryan's deep Phish and music knowledge.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Episode 118: Interview w/Adam Lioz & Shaunea Robinson

This week we're back with two guests, Adam Lioz and Shaunea Robinson. They came to us through a post Adam wrote on Headcount.org, called “Phish Scene So White: Let’s Talk."

We talk about Adam and Shaunea's Phish journeys, the post Adam wrote, the feedback from the piece, and hear about Shaunea's experience at Phish shows. And then we play some music that they both chose (tracks below). You can listen to this episode directly here.

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Shaunea's picks
12/12/97, Saw It Again
8/8/98, Cavern
7/1/11, Peaches en Regalia
8/14/15, Llama 

Adam's picks
8/7/09, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
7/27/13, Antelope
10/27/13, Rock & Roll
8/5/17, Gotta Jibboo 

Intro/Outro Music: Phish, 46 Days, 8/15/15

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Episode 117: Katy Tur

This week, we're back with a very special interview with Katy Tur. As most of you know, she's known for her Phish banter on air, and probably better known as the host of MSNBC Live, which airs every weekday afternoon at 2pm ET. She also occasionally fills in on MTP Daily and other NBC news programs.

We had a great conversation with Katy, that ranged from her favorite Phish tunes to a history of a fandom, and to her book, which comes out today, September 12, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. Order it now. You can listen to this episode directly here.

If you can, please support HF Pod Plus, where we do a couple extra podcasts every month. And if you haven't yet, review us on iTunes. It helps other people find the podcast. And if you can, support the Mockingbird Foundation. Great cause and a way to bring more music to more people.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Episode 116: Dick's Recap

Photo courtesy of Stephport Photography
This is a hybrid episode, as we talk about night 3 of Dick's, while also recapping the whole run.

Brad and RJ do an intro discussion, and then play interviews about the run with Zac as well as Luke. We include some music as well (tracks below), with some fresh audience recordings. We hope you enjoy. You can listen to this episode directly here.

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We'll be back next week with a very special episode, an interview with MSNBC's Katy Tur. We're really excited about that one.

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Theme from the Bottom (night 1)
No Men in No Man's Land (night 1)
Everything's Right (night 2)
Winterqueen > What's the Use (night 2)
Most Events Aren't Planned (night 3)
Down With Disease (night 3)

Intro/Outro Music: Sublime, 'Doin Time

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Quick Hit: Phish @ Dick's, 9-2-17

Photo courtesy of Stephport Photography
For today's Quick Hit we are glad to be joined by Brian Brinkman, the co-founder and co-host of the Beyond the Pond podcast. You all should listen to it if you haven't yet. Brian shares his thoughts on night 2 of Dick's, and we play a little music of course. You can listen to this Quick Hit directly here.

Enjoy, and see you again tomorrow! If you haven't yet, review us on iTunes and spread the word about the podcast. 


Intro/Outro Music: Sublime, Doin' Time

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Quick Hit: Phish @ Dick's, 9.1.17

Photo courtesy of Stephport Photography
For today's Quick Hit we are joined by Mike Lowe, who gives us his thoughts on the first night of Dick's. We share some of the No Men from last night as well. You can listen to this Quick Hit directly here.

Enjoy, and see you again tomorrow! If you haven't yet, review us on iTunes!

Intro/Outro Music: Sublime, Doin' Time

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Episode 115: Phish 8.10.96, Alpine Valley

Photo from Golgi Project
This week, we're diverging from Baker's Dozen listening and analysis to look back at a summer show from 1996. We play the first set of 8.10.96, which was Phish's first show at the storied Alpine Valley, as well as a couple tracks from set 2.

The details of the set are below, and you can listen to this episode here. During this episode, we mentioned that we covered 8.6.96 in episode 8. If you want to go back and check that out, you can find it here.

We had a blast doing the Baker's Dozen Quick Hits as well as the live event in New York. We'll be back with Quick Hits this weekend from the Dick's shows, and we hope that we can do another live event over the holidays if they do indeed pull the trigger on a New Year's MSG run.

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Phish, 8.10.96, Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI

Set 1: My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart > AC/DC Bag > Fee > Reba, I Didn't Know, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Rift > Bathtub Gin, Cavern 

Intro Music: Phish, Whipping Post, 8.10.96

Outro Music: Harry Hood > A Day In The Life, 8.10.96

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Episode 114: Baker's Dozen Recap

Photo by Steven Olker
We're back with a new episode, this week we recap the Baker's Dozen run with a few different segments. We start with the interview we did with Tom Marshall at our live podcast event on Saturday, July 29 at American Beauty NYC. We're looking forward to doing more of these live events!

We also talked with 3 fans who did all 13 shows—Dianna, Joseph and Zach—who share some of their perspectives on the run.

We also play some music, of course. Hope you enjoy. You can listen to the episode directly here.

Thanks everyone who sent their own takes on the Baker's Dozen throughout the run. It was great to hear from so many fans. 

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Intro/Outro Music: Sublime, Doin' Time

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 8-6-17

Photo from Steve Olker
For the Quick Hit for night 13 (glazed!), we're joined by our own Jonathan. We also do a quick conversation with Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, who shares his take on the last night. Check out the Quick Hit here!

THANK YOU Phish and thank you to all of our supporters, especially those of you who came to the live event and those of you who sent in your own takes on the shows. Really fun.

Here's the setlist from night 13 and the JamBase coverage. 

Intro/outro music: Sublime, Doin' Time