oh man, this one has me a bit nostalgic and teary-eyed today… I cant believe if has been ten years since me and rob jumped in my mustang and drove from houston to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation to see phish’s millennium concert.

I should be making a much larger post to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of this event but I can’t seem to find the time lately…

Anyway, the long-short of it is that me, rob and about 79,998 other people descended on southern florida for one of (if not THE) greatest phish festivals ever. The weather was perfect and the scene was amazing — aferal, we all thought we were going to die when the world blew up at midnight and the calendar rolled over to 2000…. Anyway, phish did an amazing job setting up the concert field for everyone, as well as the entire festival grounds and it was essentially a free-for-all of epic proportions…

the band played two days, on the 30th and on the 31st and the 31st was capped off with an amazing midnight-to-sunrise set that included several 25+ songs, and appearance on ABC’s millenium special and some general goofiness from the band that included giant hotdog rides, feeding father time meatsticks and getting a crowd of 80,000 to chant ‘cheesecake’ in unison.

ANYWAY, here’s the download links for both days:

and here’s some random media from the event:


cheesecake, cheesecake, cheesecake….

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, there’s pretty much one overriding theme of this blog and it’s: phish.

so, here’s a few downloads for you on this lovely tuesday — maybe some of you folks who meandered to this site with no real idea of who this band is and what they do will finally get it.

picked up from a thread on reality tour:

“Ultimate Phish”
Compiled and arranged by ‘FoxtrotPhishin’ – 2004
Remixed by TK

Disc 1:
1. The Curtain With (9.30.00)
2. You Enjoy Myself (6.11.94)
3. Mike’s Song >
4. Simple >
5. Contact >
6. Weekapaug Groove (8.16.96)

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QJ7LEK04

Disc 2:
1. Timber (Jerry) (12.7.97)
2. Reba (12.31.95)
3. Sneakin’ Sally thru the Alley (12.30.97)
4. Ghost (11.17.97)
5. Harpua (3.31.92)

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I0IKR4HX

Disc 3:
1. Roses are Free (4.3.98)
2. AC/DC Bag (12.30.97)
3. Tube >
4. Slave to the Traffic Light (12.7.97)

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GSQARB19

Disc 4:
1. Punch You in the Eye >
2. Down with Disease (12.11.97)
3. Bathtub Gin >
4. Uncle Pen (8.17.97)
5. Wolfman’s Brother (12.1.03)
6. The Moma Dance (2.26.03)

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6V9JZVX0

Disc 5:
1. Run Like an Antelope >
2. Catapult >
3. Run Like an Antelope (7.16.94)
4. Stash (11.14.95)
5. It’s Ice >
6. Swept Away >
7. Steep >
8. It’s Ice (12.7.97)
9. Lizards (3.22.93)

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MO24QW7T

Disc 6:
1. Halley’s Comet (11.22.97)
2. Tweezer (2.28.03)
3. Maze (6.11.94)
4. Fluffhead (6.11.94)

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CIZCF8V6

Disc 7:
1. 2001 (7.17.98)
2. Possum (5.17.92)
3. David Bowie (12.29.94)

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YSG64VE8

Disc 8:
1. Split Open and Melt >
2. Catapult (12.31.99)
3. The Divided Sky (10.31.94)
4. Chalkdust Torture (7.10.99)
5. Back on the Train (2.28.03)
6. Harry Hood (12.30.95)

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=7DAPF1F9

I’m reliving this little ’99 Texas run for a few reasons… One, I was thinking a lot about how it’s been ten years since my grandma passed, and as I mentioned earler these shows were a big release for me to have just a week after. Two, I’m trying to entice El Jefe to get off his ass and come see phish with me for the first time in TEN YEARS… Third, this night was one of my favorite times ever with our good friend D-Bird, who is no longer with us.

We woke up, and I’m not sure why D-bird didn’t go to Austin with us (since he and I were roomates at college together, this is even more baffling)… but he didn’t. But Jeff and I had plans to meet up with D-bird, Dana B and Little Stu early on in the day at D-bird’s mom’s house (which was vacant, as she was moving in with her new husband if i remember correctly). With the crew rounded up, we cruised over to the lot of Cynthia Woods.

The amphitheater itself is not bad, but the area its in is so weird. It’s like they dropped it in the middle of a shopping/office center and you park literally in the office parks (thiings may have changed, i haven’t been here in a while). The walk up to the place is kinda cool, and you are in these huge woods which makes it pretty spooky after shows… anyway, we got in early and set up shop on the front of the lawn (at the rail). Dana, Jefe, D-bird and I were all enjoying our fake-id’s working when we realized Little Stu (a sophomore in high school, mind you) was missing. AFter freaking out for a bit, the kid returns with a wicked grin on his face… we ask him what’s up and he sticks out his tounge which is covered in paper. D-bird freaking out over the thought of babysitting Stu all night was classic, even though Stu held it down like a pro (which is yet another reason why he is now my attorney).

as for the show… it’s yet another overall well played show with no real low points.

tube opener was cool after the first tube opener the night before, limb by limb is very well played, and Page KILLS IT covering On Your Way Down.

special treat near the end of the first set when the girl screaming for sleeping monkey gets her request with the promise that Fish will “sing it extra pretty for you”.

bowie is very drawn out and spacey, as is the Coil that follows it. The real heat of the show is the Rock and Roll -> 2001 > Frankenstein > Julius. I remember my head nearly exploding as they went into Frankenstein.

after the show we all cruised back to d-bird’s house where, for some reason, there was a keg… I remember Stu getting a call from his parents at 4:20 in the morning asking him where he was and if D-bird could please drive him home.

good times.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
Houston, TX

Set I: Tube, Runaway Jim, Ya Mar, Horn, Limb By Limb, On Your Way Down, Sleeping Monkey, Wilson

Set II: NICU, David Bowie, Squirming Coil, Prince Caspian, Rock and Roll, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Frankenstein, Julius

Encore: Character Zero

SET ONE: http://www.sendspace.com/file/s4jyxu
SET TWO: http://www.sendspace.com/file/3gps4f


Was one of my favorite phish shows I’ve attended.

This was just a week after I had lost my grandmother, I was at a college I was already starting to hate and I really needed something uplifting in my life.

Svenvold flew down from Bozeman in the morning, and the two of us jumped in my mustang and started our cruise to Austin from Houston. Somewhere outside of Katy there was a massive pileup and the two of us were stuck in about an hour of traffic – seemingly typical for a phish show (heh).

After getting into Austin late, the two of us parked and didn’t even spend time in the lot before heading in and making our way to the front of the old South Park Meadows. I miss this place, even if it was just a concrete slab and stage out in the shadeless austin sun… good times here.

Anyway, the show was outstanding. Absolutely no complaints — especially with (the last ever performed) Peaches en Regalia to open the second set. Amazing stuff.

We finished up the show, and neither of us felt like couch-crashing at Beaux’s house, so we cruised the two and a half hours home to my mom’s house where we crashed out until the HOuston show the next day (which i’ll give a writeup on tomorrow).

Anyway, here ya go… enjoy the show with Jeff and I some ten years later.

09/24/99 South Park Meadows, Austin, TX
Set I: First Tube, Punch You in the Eye, Farmhouse, Water in the Sky, The Moma Dance, Down With Disease, Roggae, Back On The Train, Guyute, Loving Cup

Set II: Peaches en Regalia, Possum, Wolfman’s Brother, The Lizards, Sand, Misty Mountain Hop
Encore: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Chalkdust Torture

set one: http://www.sendspace.com/file/e0tsmk

set two: http://www.sendspace.com/file/dbspg0



Well, after waking up in a burning hot hotel room in Noblesville we realized that we were missing one of Team Pirate… Smiley had disappeared the day before and we lost contact with him after his phone got drenched after the Deer Creek show. So we packed up his stuff along with ours in the car and headed to Alpine…

Dropped friends off at the hotel they were staying at, checked into our hotel (which is an entirely different story altogether) and made our way up to the lot around 4:30. Walked in about thirty minutes before showtime (saw a bunch of unused tickets stuffed into the chainlink fence) and made our way down about 17 rows back on a stub-down from the great PHILLY!

Show wise, for me, the highlights range from songs I simply love and loved the placement of, to well-played jams, to unique novelties that make phish phish….


DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.sendspace.com/file/03tpnf

– PYITE as an opener was a great choice for an opener, and Page really shines during the Landlady parts… especially the last segment. Overall pretty well played, with plenty of energy from the band and audience (listen to the crowd chanting along during the countdown at the beginning)
– Ya Mar was great. I absolutely love this song and hadn’t heard it (obviously) in quite a long time. Mike’s bubbly baseline and page’s organ carry the tune, while trey’s tone is a bit dirtier than I remember it being for this song… but whatever.
– Antelope, I remember as being real high-energy and just watching Philly loving this tune next to Erin and I was enough for me to include it on my highlight reel.
– Maze – hell yeah. Tighter and grittier than the version from Hampton, with (once again) a much stronger presense of page in the mix than I remember from days of old.
– Makisupa Policeman – just thought this one was funny. “Woke up thismorning, pissin’ in Jah cup. Woke up in the afternoon, called my probation officer”
– Ghost > Lizards, YEM > NICU was the big segment from this show I’ve included. Ghost has a really quiet start to the jam with a great funky buildup. Though you kindof expect the ghost-themed jamming to go on for a bit, around 5:45 things start changing up and taking on a new form. By 6 minutes, Mike has completely changed around and you can hear Fish changing up as well… four minutes later there is again a bit more semblance of ghost, but it’s very noodly and fish is still pretty far out there. At the 11:40 mark, you can hear switch gears in his head to Lizards. Lizards is well played in the composed parts, and Page really takes off during his solo. (Lizards, along with PYITE, are two of my favorite Gamehenge-related songs – -especially since we got a dog named Wilson, which makes visualizing the whole storyline a lot funnier)
– YEM > NICU – Page is doing some really cool synth stuff in the YEM breakdown, very fun to listen to… and his organ work during the trampolines is wonderfully overdriven soulfunk. The bouncy-style jam (around the 10:22 mark) that evolves after the tramps slowly morphs into NICU over the next two minutes or so until Trey completely changes the temp to go into the song…. Mike is the highlight of this song, recognized by Trey who calls out “PLAY IT MIKE” instead of “PLAY IT LEO” …
– Ending this show was the band ripping through a (somewhat sloppy) version of Hendrix’s “Fire”. And while there’s better, more ripping versions they have done of this song – watching them smile and laugh on stage while tearing it up was the best way they could have ended the show… it’s good to see phish back on stage with a sense of humor.

We went out into the parking lot after this, and stood on the roof of the car as fireworks exploded overhead until it was time to head back to our hotel. Still no sign of Smiley by this point. We think he’s either stuck in Indy or likely at AV and crashing in the same clothes he’s been wearing for three days.

We woke up the next morning and headed over to the Consider It Dan hotel where we had friends staying. We poached our way into the water park they had in the middle of the hotel, and raged water slides for a few hours before getting ready and dipping over to the lot early again. I got yelled at for standing on my car by security, and learned the game of ‘chosing teams’, whereby you draft a “team” for yourself out of passers by. YOu can also draft people for other people’s teams. For example, the guys next to us who gave us free local beers were on my team. When some shirtless spun wook passed out near the portopotties, i drafted him for Erin’s team. Now, I know there are no real winners and losers in this game, but by the end of the night you have a good idea of who drafted better.

We finally found Smiley, who was very happy to change into clean clothes. He also busted out the gold “champ” medals that we have been sporting all tour since. whoop!

Sweet Willy and his lovely wife stubbed us down into the pav’s this night… wonderful time with them.

i digress… moving on to my picks:

Brother opener was really funny and great to see, but I can’t bring myself to listening to brother all of the way through anymore so I didn’t put it on.

– Wolfman’s Brother – I really enjoy how they have been playing this song in 09. the Hampton version had some of the best funk of the whole weekend, and subsequent Wolfman’s (Camden, jones’ beach, ‘roo) had the same overlying bouncy funk with heavy clavinet from Page.
– Joy – the haters can suck it, because this song is awesome. I can’t believe Trey doesn’t bust out crying every time he sings this song written and dedicated to his sister who died less than a year ago. It makes me cry, damnit.
– Taste – this song will forever remind me of 1998 phish for some reason. Probably not even a valid reason… but it does. Great tune, well played… I can’t not pick this, what with Trey’s overdriven tone and soaring notes towards the end. Always a show favorite for me.
– Poor Heart – FINALLY SOME BLUEGRASS. Thanks mike. (trey also does a great job on this… lots of cool fills and accents)
– TMWSIY > Avenu Malkanu > TMWSIY – I’ll be honest and admit that by the time Avenu Malkanu is finished I’m usually ready for it to be over… But this is a great example of phish madness to me and how can I not include this on the mix?
– Crosseyed and Painless > DWD > Bug– this was the big jam I had been waiting for thus-far in the show (me and everyone else, I imagine) and they delivered pretty well. Second leg versions of this song as well as the level of jamming improved, but this version is standout to me in how they go from jamming a buildup out of crosseyed to about 5:40 seconds into the “alpine jam” track when they go into a really cool space and lose the song completely… page’s synth work is remniscent of some 2000-era atmosphere jams (like the Fukuoka jams, for example). Mike steps on the liquid bass pedal around 9 minutes and you can begin to hear DWD move in… Somewhat typical DWD buildup jam, with a bit of the spaceyness that closed out X-eyed in there (especially at the end)… the song moves on to feedbacky noise before Bug appears. Now, hate all you want, but this was an excellently placed bug. And I have a hard time hating on this song due to great memories of Cypress (yet another great set placement for Bug in a show)
– Frankenstein is absurd. Trey on a five-neck guitar, page on a Keytar, Mike on a flame bass…. Absurd. Also, rocking. So enjoy.

OKAY… I think that pretty much covers those two nights… I hope you enjoy the tunes and don’t find my writeup too trite and hippy dippy… even if you do, again, enjoy the tunes – they speak for themselves a lot better than I can.

Up next: RED ROCKS!

(also, for a VERY COMPREHENSIVE review of summer so far, check out Mr. Miner’s phish thoughts at http://www.phishthoughts.com)

okay, I’m finally getting around to doing this thing…. as two small dogs run around my feet and bark over the band playing on my laptop


anyway, our summer started out at Deer Creek… After flying into milwaukee, WI on Wednesday night and driving down to indiana thursday morning, we were all pretty amped to get on the lot and enjoy the hell out of ourselves to start out the summer phish shows…

with thunderstorms looming in the distance, we raged the lawn the first set… overal the vibe reminded me of summer 98, in that it was very lose playing and a very SOTG-filled set… I really got into the new song, stealing time from the faulty plan as well… but starting at Ocelot (one of my favorite of the new songs) the show began to get pretty damn interesting. Ocelot is well-played, and explored out — clocking in at just over nine minutes before the band reels it back in. the fluffhead is by far the best of the summer tour, with few flubs in the composed section and lots of energy and feeling in the opening and closing sections…

at setbreak, erin and I made our way down into the pavilion with a pair of taper tickets we had bought the week before and convinced some security guard that since we weren’t tapers but had pavilion tickets that she should seat us elsewhere. She agreed and put us on the front row of the second section in some VIP/handicapped section… we laughed as page came on and warned everyone of the storm, then spent about 15 minutes jaw-dropped watching the torrents of water and streaks of lightning that ensued…

when the band came back on, with the wind swirling around and lightning still flashing in the distance, A song i heard the Ocean sing seemed to be a most fitting opener. Yeah, it’s a new song and yeah, i never really heard it played out much before… but this version was very intense and dark, very fitting to the mood and storm. the jam goes from evil and disjointed to melodic and pretty by 9:30 and then into Drowned, which is pure rock and roll and page shining through into the ‘noblesville jam’ track to a more laid-back funky porno groove at 3:50 or so with some great mike bombs before trey comes out with twist from the space. very well done, and i remember smiling very big at this point in the show. Twist is pretty noodly, though it begins to stray from the theme by about 7 minutes — where it gets a bit noodly and spacey again.

Now, i threw in ‘let me lie’ for the sake of continuity… i didn’t really like the placement of this song (nor do i really like this song yet, for that matter), but i will say that it made the upcoming tweezer that much better.

listening now, the tweezer > 2001 was just as nasty as i remember. at one point i had written out a pretty detailed account of this song and jam, but i seem to have lost it and don’t feel like going through it all again right now… but when they breakdown after the ‘uncle ebeneezer’ wierdness part, page’s piano work is outstanding and sets the tone for the rest of the sickness to come… follow it through the tweezer ‘theme’ and then listen as trey goes off from there…. until the red rocks tweezer (more on that later), this was by far my favorite jam of the 3.0. at 5:15, they hit what has to be a rehearsed breakdown… but it works REAL WELL in here, with only fish still carrying any semblance of tweezer. at 5:53, this new theme really starts to take off and doesn’t come back until around 9:10 or so, when they develop a new and quirky little melody before dropping into the pre-2001 space and feedback stuff….

the 2001 is 8 minutes plus of a bob mayonaise-creamy rhodes and funky porno guitar dance party. a great way to end the massive segment of jamming.

now, not to slight the rest of the show — and maybe it was just me — but after this, the energy levels and the setlist went back to the pre-storm levels. I of course loved the sleeping monkey > tweeprize encore (SM is easily one of my favorite goofball songs they do, and i;ll take it any encore), but didn’t include it in the highlights because I figured by this point you either have the entire show, or will be tracking it all down — and if not you probably don’t care about the encore anyway.

SO, enjoy the download folks…


Song I heard the Ocean Sing >
Drowned >
let me lie
tweezer >

up next: alpine one and two.


i’m working on it….

August 12, 2009

so i’m getting around to my recap of the shows I got to see this summer (deer creek > the gorge)… and it’s becoming a more daunting task than i thought — especially with Erin’s parents in town for the week.

I’ll probably end up doing this in segments, and I’d kinda like to get the audience recordings together so I don’t have to post the alternative… we’ll see.

anyway, hello to the roughly 200 or so new readers I picked up due to being linked in a PT thread today. Sorry if i’m not as often-updated as the coventry guys or the glorious mr. miner, but I try and keep things interesting around here. feel free to bookmark me and check in from time to time.

aloha, until i get the deer creek (and maybe more) retrospective up…


June 17, 2009

I can remember watching the Rockets in the NBA finals and having the chase interrupt the game… all the people waiving signs around and whatnot. crazy stuff.

I would have much rather been here, though… even if I was only 14 at the time.

I have the first set around somewhere… but this show is really worth it to hear the second set alone. I guess the story is that the band watched the chase backstage at setbreak and came out with this weirdness for set II…

which, in the days of no cell phones and text messages — this was probably pretty fucking confusing to be a part of unless you had access to a TV at setbreak.

Milwaukee, WI

DOWNLOAD: http://www.sendspace.com/file/p64rht

Set II: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Sample in a Jar, Poor Heart, Mike’s Song> Simple> Mike’s Song1> I am Hydrogen> Weekapaug Groove, Harpua2> Kung, Harpua, Sparkle, Big Ball Jam, Julius, Frankenstein
Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Rocky Top

The “OJ” show. Played the night of the infamous OJ Incident. Throughout the second set, the band is playfully yelling “Run OJ, Run!”.


May 28, 2009


so, i’m off to the Big Island in the morning for a 10-day jaunt with Erin. We are starting the trip in a late-80s VW camper bus (not quite as cool as Bussy, but pretty rad nonetheless) and trekking around the island — checking out beaches, volcanoes, locals, tourists, organic hippie communes (seriously), longboarding spots (skateboarding, that is), disc golf courses, etc.

then we end our trip with a five-day stay at a resort — complete with tacky tourists in flowered shirts, a luau/pig roast, surfing lessons (i’m gonna be a 28-year-old-grom!), and general lounging and sunning my skinny-ass.

We aren’t bringing a laptop, but i’ll be posting pics from the phone now and then as well as (hopefully) nightly updates (which, will be way early morning for you mainlanders…. which really helps my ‘post every morning’ thing in check). I’ve also started a new category (titled: MY VACATION (is better than your life)).

anyway, enjoy… and hold things down stateside for me. I’ll be checking in on phish setlists FOR SURE, and expect my good friends over at http://phishcoventry.blogspot.com to have plenty of tasty show mp3 links up by the time I get back. watch out for wookies, friends.

until later… aloha bishes!

*update: Erin has a way of cramming more things into a situation than it really requires (or at least, more than I think it requires. I’m often wrong, though.. what do I know)

Take, for example, packing for Hawaii… now, I get that women pack differently than men (it took me two hours and a bowl of pot to decide what I needed and how to fit it in one simple backpack), and that she has been a lot busier than I have lately (she actually has a REAL job)… but it’s 11:20 – exactly 12 hours before we fly out – and she is unpacking closets full of clothes she hasn’t seen since last year and trying everying on from her ‘summer wardrobe’.

Now, on top of that… she asks me to print out the rebate from the city water department for the super-duper-mega-efficient washer we purchased in March. All 8 pages of it. Now, this type of thing can wait 10 days until we get back – but it won’t.

Meanwhile, my bed is covered in her clothes… I ate like 6 miligrams of thorazine and some sort of cookie for my flight anxiety and am pretty much in this weird lucid dream state whereby I feel like I’m flying.

And now I have to move the bathroom vanity that is currently in our entryway so she can get in a closet – likely for something she won’t take with us anyway. Did I mention we are three weeks into a six week master bathroom remodel and are leaving town? Yeah. Stress levels are HIGH.

11:50. not much noise up there… as in, not much packing going on. I luckily set up the bed in the basement the other day for a nap in the cool dankness that is a Denver basement in May… might have to take that over…..

I just stared at the blinking cursor until my screen saver came on.

Holy shit, I’ve sure got some powerful pills.

**update (11:55) — we have progress, a lot is in the bag. she’s almost near go to bed time. damn. just showed her the blog. “are you talking about me on there?” yes. it makes for decent copy. or, at least decent to me at this point in time.

entertaining at least.

So, I was told the links I had up before weren’t working well..

So I figured I’d do a 320kbps transfer of the Trey show from the other night for you folks… so, here it is all in one folder:


Trey Anastasio with Marin Alsop & The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra – May 21, 2009
2009-05-21 Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – Baltimore, MD

Recording Info:
DPA4060 -> Core Sounds Battery Box -> iRiver@ 16/44.1

Taped by thesloth00

— Crowd noise was run through SF9 “Soft Knee” default compressor
— Keep your hands on the volume knob anyway…

Set 1:
d1t01 – Crowd/ Introduction
d1t02 – The Divided Sky
d1t03 – Brian & Robert
d1t04 – Inlaw Josie Wales
d1t05 – Song Dedication
d1t06 – Water in the Sky
d1t07 – Pebbles & Marbles
d1t08 – First Tube

Set 2:
d2t01 – Tuning
d2t02 – Time Turns Elastic Part 1
d2t03 – Time Turns Elastic Part 2
d2t04 – Let Me Lie (Wrong Key)
d2t05 – Let Me Lie
d2t06 – My Friend Guyute
d2t07 – If I Could
d2t08 – Crowd