Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Episode 35: Guest Picks - Revisiting Phish 2.0

This week, we were joined by the great ladies from @2chix1fightbell and by Wade, aka @originalwyllys to discuss and explore some music from Phish 2.0. 

2003-2004 are the most debated years in Phish history, and we have never been huge fans of the music from this era, despite (or because of) living through these years. There were some real challenges: the band was falling apart personally, the scene was getting overrun with bad people and drugs, and it culminated with the disastrous scene that was Coventry. To this day, just saying "Coventry" sends chills down the spine of any Phish fan. 

BUT there was great music during that period. In this episode, we're aiming to give this era the attention it deserves. All 3 of our guests, Wade, Kristen and Kate, chose one track to play from the 2.0 era, and then we all chose one full set to play from 2004 as well. The chapters and tracks are below. 

A huge takeaway for us in revisiting these years is that part of the reason that we haven't listened to these years too much is that we may not have been prepared emotionally to go back to these times. They were tough to deal with: our favorite band was breaking up, the music and the scene were suffering, we weren't really sure where our lives were headed and we weren't sure what the future held for the band. 

But, as Wade says toward the end of our chat, relationships can survive heartbreak and get a second chance. And now we know that the story ends up okay, so we can start to go back and appreciate the music itself. 

And of course, without these years, we wouldn't be where we are today. So we hope you enjoy revisiting some of this intense, patient and exploratory music. 

Also, check out why Walls of the Cave is so special to Kristen

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Chapter 1    0:00           Chat w/Kate, Kristen & Wade
Chapter 2    43:30         Seven Below (Gorge 7.13.03) & Discussion
Chapter 3    1:12:30      Scents & Subtle Sounds (Camden 7.30.03) & Discussion
Chapter 4    1:50:00      Walls of the Cave (Cincy 2.22.03) & Discussion
Chapter 5    2:15:56      Set 2 Phish 6.20.04
Chapter 6    3:38:56      Set 2 Phish 6.20.04 Breakdown


Phish, 6.20.04, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 2: Seven Below > Ghost -> Twist, You Enjoy Myself

E: Good Times Bad Times

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Episode 34: Guest Pick from ZZYZX - Phish 5.16.94 II, Los Angeles, CA

We were privileged this week to be joined by David Steinberg, aka @zzyzx. He has an incredible history with the band, and he just wrote a book, "This Has All Been Wonderful," about his time on tour with Phish in 1994. It's a great read, and we talk with him about this book, his history with Phish, and a show that he writes about in the book, 5.16.94 from Los Angeles. We're playing Set 2 of that one. The setlist is at the bottom of the page, and the chapter markers are below.

We encourage everyone to read David's book, but just a quick note about this tour. The subtitle to his book is "The Year Phish Became Phish." He says this because it was the year that Phish started to transition from small venues to bigger venues, and the year that they really "made it." Even within 1994, they started the year playing small venues like this one in L.A., and by the end of the year they were playing their first show at Madison Square Garden. 

One of the great things about David's book is his ability to recreate the feel of the venues, of being at small shows, the crowds, and even getting yelled at by the band. The set we play here exemplifies Phish in small venues: they're having fun and experimenting—it's a weird, fun set, and fun to revisit. Also it's worth noting that this show has 0 reviews on, so we thought it would be worth playing for everyone as a potentially lesser-known show.

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

Chapter 1    0:00          Chat w/David Steinberg 
Chapter 2    54:39        Set 2 Phish 5.16.94
Chapter 3    2:14:26     Set 2 Breakdown


Phish, 5.16.94, The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Run Like an Antelope -> Big Black Furry Creature from Mars -> Run Like an Antelope, Sparkle > It's Ice > Julius > You Enjoy Myself, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Amazing Grace, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

E: Fee > Rocky Top