Monday, April 28, 2014

Episode 33: Guest Pick - Phish 12.29.94, Providence, RI

This week we're happy to be joined by two of our good friends from the Twitter universe, Josh & Jonathan. We discuss and play a show that has one of our favorite jams of all time, 12.29.94 from Providence, RI. Josh & Jonathan were both there, so there's a lof of fun reflection from them. The setlist is at the bottom of the page, and the chapter markers are below.

This show from Providence not only has what should be considered one of the best versions of "David Bowie" ever, but it also marks a pretty great and exciting turn in the career of the band. This show was the night before the boys played their first show at Madison Square Garden, a place most would say the band 'owns' now.  The excitement of that seemed to come through both sets.  We think the opening "Runaway Jim" into "Foam" set the stage for a well played, loose, and memorable first set.

The second set really seems to be a culmination of the year of music the band just played, and a great glimpse into where the band was headed. 1994 contained a lot of shows and allowed the band to hone their music and take it into what is probably our favorite year front to back, 1995. And although this night's "Bowie" can never be matched, we talk about how it allowed them to learn to take jams to amazing places (see some 1995 "Tweezers" from Mud Island, Jones Beach and Finger Lakes).  

We've been excited to play this show and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Chapter 1    0:00          Chat w/Josh & Jonathan
Chapter 2    36:35        Set 1 Phish 12.29.94
Chapter 3    1:41:28     Set 1 Breakdown
Chapter 4    1:51:45     Set 2 Phish 12.29.94
Chapter 5    3:17:12     Set 2 Breakdown

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Phish 12.29.94, Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI

Set 1: Runaway Jim -> Foam, If I Could, Split Open and Melt, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Uncle Pen, I Didn't Know, Possum

Set 2: Guyute, Digital Delay Loop Jam -> David Bowie, Halley's Comet > The Lizards, Hold Your Head Up > Cracklin' Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, Good Times Bad Times

E: My Long Journey Home, Sleeping Monkey

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Episode 32: Guest Pick - Phish 4.3.98 Uniondale, NY

This week we're happy to be joined by Steve Judd, a great guy and a big fan who picked an absolutely epic show, the second night of the Island Tour, 4.3.98, from Uniondale, NY. The setlist is at the bottom of the page, and the chapter markers are below.

In our discussion with Steve, we talked about how historic this run was. Every year, tons of fans celebrate the anniversary by listening to all 4 shows. Steve's opinion is that this is probably the best 4-show run from Phish, ever. Brad and I couldn't disagree. Also, all 3 of us were there, which made revisiting it all the more special. 

In April 1998, Brad and I were college freshmen, and we decided that driving to Long Island and Rhode Island to see Phish for 4 days was far more interesting and important than going to 4 days of college classes. The decision still seems like the right one. It was a formative experience for us as friends and as fans, and a seminal moment in the band's history. It was another peak for them, as Steve said in this episode. 

The interesting thing about this run, musically, is that we're really right between the serious funk of 1997 and the ambience and exploration of 1998—which lead to the "millennial sound" of 1999-2000. The "Roses Are Free" is probably one of the most referenced, listened to and revered jams in Phish history, not to mention the "Piper" it melts into. We all agree that it still stacks up, 15+ years later. The first set "Reba" was especially blissful, reflecting the joy we were all feeling that night. 

And the band was having fun. Trey said that they decided to do the shows because they were "bored." It was a time of celebration, and this show was not without Phish hijinks. At the beginning of "Antelope," someone jumped on stage. He was pretty quickly taken down by Pete Carini, but then, in typical Phish fashion, instead of them berating the guy, throwing a rock star-esque fit, or anything else, they made it part of the show and part of the experience.

"Don't let Carini get you" became part of the banter at the beginning of "Antelope," with Fishman interjecting "don't attack the drummer." An incredibly intense "Antelope" closed the set, and they appropriately encored with "Carini" in a great 3-song combo with "Halley's" and a "Tweezer"-less "Tweezer Reprise." Fun. Nonsense. Intensity. 


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Chapter 1    0:00          Chat w/Steve Judd
Chapter 2    22:38        Set 1 Phish 4.3.98
Chapter 3    1:40:56     Set 1 Breakdown
Chapter 4    1:57:11     Set 2 Phish 4.3.98
Chapter 5    3:20:14     Set 2 Breakdown

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Phish 4.3.98, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

Set 1: Mike's Song -> The Old Home Place > Weekapaug Groove, Train Song > Billy Breathes, Beauty of My Dreams, Dogs Stole Things > Reba, My Soul

Set 2: Roses Are Free > Piper > Loving Cup > Run Like an Antelope

E: Carini > Halley's Comet > Tweezer Reprise

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Episode 31: Guest Pick - Phish 3.6.92 Portsmouth, NH

This week we're happy to be joined by Steve Olker, a great fan and one of the architects of the online Phish community. We talk about all things Phish, and play and discuss 3.6.92, from Portsmouth, NH. The setlist is at the bottom of the page, and the chapter markers are below.

In our discussion with Steve, we talked about the fact that the 1st set was the real highlight of this show, which is something you wouldn't hear too often these days. Not just the debut of the "new" version of "Rift," but also the debuts of "Maze," "My Friend My Friend," "Mound," "NICU," and "Sleeping Monkey." 

One of the highlights of this show, for me, was the "NICU." Not at all similar to the versions we're used to today, it was more of a free-form, slow, jazzy jam. The show also has a "Bowie" chock full of secret language (which is ALL explained in the 2nd set), along with a nice early "Stash" with good tension and release from the band. And the 2nd set closer was a nice energetic "Possum." 

Steve and I discussed what people would have thought seeing Phish in a 900-person venue in 1992, and the fact that there were so many good songs that debuted this night. The sound of this show is great, and you can hear the crowd loving every minute of it. We hope you do too.

Please review us on iTunes, and send comments and feedback to helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com, and follow us on Twitter @hfpod. And please check out CashorTrade.org for face value tickets to shows across the country. 

Chapter 1    0:00          Chat w/Steve Olker
Chapter 2    22:05        Set 1 Phish 3.6.92
Chapter 3    1:46:55     Set 1 Breakdown
Chapter 4    1:51:11     Set 2 Phish 3.6.92
Chapter 5    2:57:34     Set 2 Breakdown

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Phish 3.6.92, The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH

Set 1: Rift, Cavern, Sparkle > It's Ice > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, Maze, Reba, All Things Reconsidered, David Bowie

Set 2: My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, Secret Language Instructions, Stash, Mound, Llama, Bouncing Around the Room, NICU, Possum

E: Sleeping Monkey