Archive for 1995

Weekend Nuggets: Red Rocks ’95

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 21, 2009 by Mr.Miner


Phish @ Red Rocks (CoventryBlog)

Phish @ Red Rocks (CoventryBlog)

Everyone vividly remembers Phish’s four-night stand at Red Rocks during Summer ’96, but by that point, the band had already played five shows at Colorado’s live music mecca- one in ’93, two in’94, and these two in ’95.  This two-night stand came towards he beginning of Summer ’95’s space camp.  Featuring extended and exploratory improv every single night of tour, the band reached some incredibly dark places. Check out the “Split,” “Bowie,” or “Mike’s” for musical illustrations of this type of jamming.  Enjoy the history of Red Rocks, as the future will soon be written!

Check out this cool interview with Trey from Red Rocks ’95!

1995-06-09gn6.9.95 Red Rocks < LINK

6.9.95 Red Rocks < TORRENT LINK

I: My Friend My Friend, The Divided Sky, Strange Design, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, AC/DC Bag, Theme From the Bottom, Taste, Sparkle, Run Like an Antelope

II: Split Open and Melt, The Wedge, Scent of a Mule, Cavern, David Bowie, Acoustic Army, Sweet Adeline, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: The Squirming Coil

Source: B&K 4006 (8’high/10′ spread/5rows back of SBD)>Lunatec 316>Audio Magic cables>Panasonic SV250 @48kHz

Taper: Marc Nutter


1995-06-10gn6.10.95 Red Rocks < LINK

6.10.95 Red Rocks < TORRENT LINK

I: Makisupa Policeman > Llama, Prince Caspian, It’s Ice, Free, Rift, You Enjoy Myself, Lonesome Cowboy Bill > Suzy Greenberg

II: Maze, Fee, Uncle Pen, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Amazing Grace, Sample in a Jar

E: A Day in the Life*

*First time played.

Source: Microtech Gefell M270 (spread 8′) > Oade M148 > Oade mod Panasonic SV-250



“David Bowie” 3.6.09, Hampton (Stormchasingmonkey)

“Bouncin'” 3.6.09, Hampton (Pauly)

Weekend Nuggets: Texas, Fall ’95

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 21, 2009 by Mr.Miner


phish-austin-95Regardless of how sketched out one can feel being on Phish tour in Texas, the band always played great shows in The Lone Star State.  This weekend we have Phish’s three-night Texas run from Fall ’95, each great for its own reasons. The first night in Fort Worth saw the bust out of “Tube,” the debut of Bowie’s “Life on Mars?”, a nice combo of ‘Theme > Wilson > Antelope,” and a one-two punch of “Split, ‘Fluffhead in the first set.

10.13.95 Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth, TX < LINK

I: Ya Mar, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Maze, Billy Breathes, I’m Blue I’m Lonesome, Prince Caspian, Split Open and Melt, Fluffhead, Life on Mars?*

II: Tube, Uncle Pen, Theme From the Bottom > Wilson > Run Like an Antelope, Keyboard Army, Lizards, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Sweet Adeline, The Squirming Coil

E: Bold as Love


Source: Tascam PE-125 > D7 > DAT (Bill Shaw)


1995-10-14gnThe second night saw Medeski, Martin, and Wood- then not so famous outside of NYC- jam with Phish for an extended and experimental “YEM.”  A smooth ’95 “Reba” kicked off the second set while a dark “Stash > Catapult” highlights the first.

10.14.95 Austin Music Hall, Austin TX < LINK

I: AC/DC Bag, Cars Trucks Buses, Kung, Free, Sparkle, Stash > Catapult, Acoustic Army, It’s Ice, Tela, Runaway Jim

II: Reba, Rift, You Enjoy Myself*, Hello Ma Baby, Scent Of A Mule, Cavern

E: A Day In the Life

*With Medeski Martin and Wood, and Dominic Falco on trumpet. Trey played both guitar and mini drum set up front. Mike played bass and some kind of horn at the end of the jam. Fish played vacuum and trombone. Billy Martin played Fish’s drums. Medeski and Page played keyboards and Page did vocal jamming at the end. Chris Wood played a bizarre one string stand up bass with a bow.

Source: unknown


Austin Music Hall

Austin Music Hall

The third night (and second in Austin) was back to pure Phish, and what night it was.  After the adrenalizing opening combo of “Buried Alive > Poor Heart,” and a dramatic third song “Slave,” one knew this would be a special night.  The rare “Demand” and a tight  “Foam” held down the middle of the first set, while a 20-minute “Bowie” put the frame to rest.  The second set was filled with classic Phish songs including standout versions of “Tweezer” and “Harry Hood.”

10.15.95 Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX < LINK

I: Buried Alive > Poor Heart, Slave to the Traffic Light, I Didn’t Know, Demand, Llama, Foam, Strange Design, I’m Blue I’m Lonesome, David Bowie

II: Julius, Simple > Tweezer > Lizards, Sample in a Jar, Suspicious Minds, Harry Hood, Tweezer Reprise

E: Funky Bitch

Source: AKG 460 Cards > Technics SV 260A > DAT (Linda Webster)



20th Anniversary Montage (30 mins)



11-08rehearsalTrusted sources close to the Phish organization have reported that the band has been playing amazingly well in preparation for Hampton.  People who have talked with the band have said they the band is incredibly psyched and wish Hampton was tomorrow.  Others who have heard the rehearsals have been floored by what’s been going down.  Take it for what its worth, but this is not made up. Two more weeks!

December ’95: Vintage Phish

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 2, 2008 by Mr.Miner

December ’95.  The mere mention of this special page from calenders past conjures up so many feelings drawn from that freezing cold month of blazing hot Phish.  Many still argue that this was the pinnacle of the band’s career- it doesn’t get any better. Though hard to compare the Phish “up to 1995” and the Phish of “1997 and beyond,” and reluctant to rank eras- it could be suggested that December 1995 was the peak of everything the band had done up to that point in their career.  Polished, and raging like never before, their musical styles that had been explored and developed over the course of over a decade, were coming to a unified head at the end of 1995, concluding with their biggest show ever- their first ever New Year’s Eve extravaganza at The Garden.

11.14.95 Orlando / photo:

The context of December ’95 must be put into perspective to be truly understood.  It was the culmination of a tour that began at the end of September.  Only taking one week off after Halloween, Phish had toured for two and a half straight months-54 shows- their last tour of such magnitude.  With the New Years’ Run, these December ’95 shows culminated 58 shows over the fall and 82 shows over the year.  To put it in even better perspective- December ’95 was the culmination of 204 shows over a torrid 1994 and 1995. That averages out to practically one show every three days for two years!  With all of the extensive experimentation and exploration that went on over the course of this time, it was as if Phish was heading into the final month of 1995 bringing to the table the best of what they had discovered.  Incredibly refined and gleaming, Phish moved into the final two weeks of their fall odyssey chugging tighter than ever.  They say practice makes perfect, and if everything prior was practice- December 1995 was perfect.

One day after a great show at Dayton’s Nutter Center, December 1st saw Phish at Hershey, PA. for an epic show that has since been released on  The northeast-centric month brought them up through New England, all over upstate New York, with additional stops in Cleveland, Portland, Providence, and Philadelphia.  Each show was fire, showcasing the mind-boggling communication, risk-taking, energy, and precision that had come to define the band’s decade plus history.  Practically every show in the month is famous for one reason or another, all leading up to two nights at the Olympic Center in the small town of Lake Placid- the incredibly intimate mini-arena where the US Hockey team upset the Soviets so many years ago.

During the month, the band was literally firing on all cylinders every single night, producing some of their most hallowed music during the last bend of fall tour and their famously epic New Years Run.  Their musical adventures were jaw dropping, producing insanely high-paced psychedelia on a nightly basis.  Yet, it was a cultivated psychedelia- the music was absolutely crazy while tightly harnessed and controlled by the band with seemingly no effort.  Every show was better than the next; a display of musical gymnastics night after maddening night.  You could feel the collective wave of energy surging each in every arena, building to the frenzied heights of Madison Square Garden on the 31st.  Through twelve years of grass roots determination, incessant touring and the melting of so many minds, Phish had reached rock and roll’s mecca on its holiest night of the year- and we all know what happened next.  They imploded rock’s biggest arena with their consensus “best show ever.”  What else would you expect from the Phish?

Beyond its insane shows and sublime music- December ’95 represented the mountaintop.  Phish had succeeded.  Using their own quirky self-driven model, songs that just didn’t make sense to so many people, and a unique unmatchable style, Phish had reached the summit.  At this point in their career, they could have chilled, producing years more of their patented frenetic journeys that people had grown to love.  They could have continued doing what had finally proven successful.  But they didn’t- they wouldn’t be Phish if they did.  Fueled by the need to continue pushing the envelope- although it took almost a year to figure out their next musical direction- by the time 1997 rolled around Phish had transformed into something bigger than before, and people were running for cover.

December 1995 was the end of an era.  It was the end of Phish scrapping and clawing to make it.  They had now officially made it.  The month represented a vessel masterfully being sailed to shore after years atop the stormy seas, by four salty dogs that had seen it all.  Phish would no longer to need to navigate the industry; they would begin to call their own shots.  They would begin to have more of a hand in designing their tours and their soon-to-be legendary festival weekends.  Phish would get much bigger in years to come; more institutionalized with the Dead no longer around.  More people would come to shows- as Phish was the preeminent counter-culture band, and scene, in America.  The band responded to these array of changes around them with change of their own.  Into a crunchy groove monster they would grow, cruising the outer realms of the galaxy for the late ’90s.  But this is not about the late ’90s, this is about December 1995, a very special time in the hearts of all who were there-and in the ears of those who weren’t.  This was Phish at its best- take it or leave it.  It seems like we all took it- hook, line, and sinker.

To bring us back through the epic month on December 1995, I have put together “Miner’s Picks: December ’95” This compilation features ONE selection from each show of the month, in order, from Hershey to MSG.  Take a trip down memory late or learn some history you didn’t know before.  It was hard to pick only one selection from each show but I did, and I present to you the links and track listing below: (with a bonus disc of must haves!)






1,2. Mike’s > Weekapaug: 12.1 Hershey, PA.

3. Tweezer: 12.2 New Haven, CT

4. Run Like and Antelope: 12.4 Amherst, MA

5. Bathtub Gin: 12.5 Amherst, MA

6. Split Open and Melt: 12.7 Niagara Falls, NY

7,8,9,10. 2001 > Tweezer > Kung >Tweezer: 12.8 Cleveland, OH

11. YEM: 12.9 Albany, NY

12,13. The Curtain > David Bowie: 12.11 Portland, ME

14. Down With Disease 12.12 Providence, RI

15. Split Open and Melt 12.14 Binghamton, NY

16,17. 2001 > David Bowie 12.15 Philadelphia, PA

18. Reba: 12.16 Lake Placid, NY

19,20,21. Free > 2001 > Harry Hood: 12.17 Lake Placid, NY

22. Tweezer: 12.28 Worcester, MA

23,24,25. Bathtub Gin > The Real Me > Bathtub Gin: 12.29 Worcester, MA

26. Harry Hood: 12.30 MSG

27. Reba: 12.31 MSG


28. Mike’s Song 12.31 MSG

29. Harry Hood 12.05 Amherst, MA

30. Drowned 12.31 MSG

31. Tweezer > Tweezer Reprise 12.17 Lake Placid, NY

Summer ’95: Psychedelic Warfare

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 25, 2008 by Mr.Miner

With summer winding down, and visions of tours past dancing in our heads, I want to focus one more post on a summer tour- musically, my favorite summer tour of all time- Summer ’95.  This summer was not for the lighthearted, as Phish was at its peak of psychedelic experimentation in the truest sense.  Straight mind-fucking madness leapt down your throat from the stage each and every night.  Multiple twenty-plus minute excursions into abstract and aggressive darkness were routine.  Each show was truly a trip- bringing you face to face with the demons and then back to the light of the divine.  Coming six months after an insane end of 1994, with the band tight as ever and carrying the most momentum of their career, Phish dedicated the tour to ridiculously dark improvisation.  Summer ’95 would provide the open space to deeply explore both the abstract and fiery jamming that had defined their careers, and Phish would move beyond anything done previously into music parallel to the realms of outer space.

Experimentation was paramount this summer; risk taking with no abandon- jumping into the void without knowing what would come out.  With the depth of the band’s communication, and a focus on very dark and psychedelic adventure, fans had to dig in each night.  You were never sure when a 40+ minute Tweezer would come crawling out of the speakers- there were multiple that summer- or when a dark groove would melt into an extremely ambient space- suggesting the mystery of the unknown.  The only thing you could expect was the unexpected.  Massive Bowie’s exploded all over the summer landscape; both abstract and heavy tension-and-release Stash’s, Split’s, and Antelopes raged in a way not seen in the late ’90s; terrorizing Mike’s Grooves descending from above.  The new, Free, began to expand itself into cool combinations with classic songs.  The band’s focus on putting together true mind-fucking outward journeys was clear, and the results were often brain numbing psychedelic treks through yourself and beyond.  Some jams made you sincerely question, and maybe fear, the massive power of the Phish.  It was like a summer of Phish Acid-Tests?  Could you pass?

Their playing this summer featured more insane improvisation- the kind when you can’t remember what song they were in, because in essence, they weren’t in any- they were just letting it hang out.  Some fans reject this style as too over the top and inaccessible, but this was a major focal point and piece of Phish’s development that would be refined through the peak of Fall 1995.  Jams like the Red Rocks Mike’s Groove, the Mud Island Tweezer, the Lakewood Bowie, the Walnut Creek Split, Sugarbush’s Runaway Jim, or the Great Woods Stash showcased just what Phish was capable of at the time- heavy full band psychedelia, not resembling the groove-centric playing of later years.  This was the depth of the quagmire, the primordial soup, the overt attempt to disrupt your reality.

Yet, with these dark adventures came divine moments of bliss as well- heavily improvised Reba’s, ultra-tight Hoods, and triumphant Slaves seemed to fit right in with these dark themed shows.  The focus on precision playing and communication brought these uplifting songs to colossal heights.  Juxtaposed against the madness they came before or after, they always provided necessary stops in the sunshine before lifting another cosmic rock to find out what creature lied beneath.

This was also the last tour that was happening in conjunction with Dead tour- it would all change after this.  Phish’s scene would grow much bigger, attracting the hangers-on of Dead tour who were just out there for the lifestyle and the lot.  And some would begin to come for the music as well.  The Phish scene was still purely Phish during Summer ’95, and it would be the last time that this would be the case.  The whole size of the scene would begin to multiply after this blissful summer in Gamehendge, and things would never quite be the same.

There would come a loss of Phishy innocence after this summer, and many saw the year of 1995, culminating in the triumphant New Year’s show at MSG, as the peak of Phish’s career.  While it certainly was the absolute peak of their career and style up to that point, they would go on to redefine themselves into the industrial groove machine that dominated the late ’90s with danceadelic shows and quite a different style of play.  Some people stayed, some left, and a whole lot more came.  But Summer ’95 was when Phish’s teeth were razor sharp, and you had to survive a trip into the jaws of the band each and every night.  Coming out alive, or the same, was not guaranteed.  They spent all June and July stretching the limits of improvisational music and re-defining what was possible with a four-piece band.

To remember such a special time in Phish history and evolution, I have created the third installment of Miner’s Picks: “Summer ’95.”  Totaling over seven hours of straight madness, this compilation will surely have you amazed at the mastery and overt psychedelic nature of what Phish did before 1997. Download away!

MINER’S PICKS: SUMMER ’95 PT. 1 (new mediafire link)

MINER’S PICKS: SUMMER ’95 PT. 2 (new media fire link-fixed)

MINER’S PICKS: SUMMER ’95 PT. 3 (new mediafire link)

MINER’S PICKS: SUMMER ’95 PT. 4 (new mediafire link)

Miner’s Picks: Summer ’95

1. Mike’s > H2 > Weekapaug 6.10 Red Rocks, CO

2,3. Runaway Jim > Makisupa 7.2 Sugarbush, VT

4. David Bowie 6.15 Atlanta, GA

5. Reba 6.19 Deer Creek, IN

6,7. Curtain > Stash 6.17 Gainsville, VA

8,9. Down With Disease > Free 6.26 SPAC

10. Split Open and Melt 6.16 Walnut Creek, NC

11,12,13. 2001 > Halley’s > Bowie 6.24 Philadelphia, PA

14. Slave to the Traffic Light 6.15 Atlanta, GA

15. Run Like An Antelope 6.23 Waterloo, NJ

16. Mike’s Song 6.20 Cuyahoga Falls, OH

17,18. Runaway Jim > Free 6.16 Walnut Creek, NC

19. Harry Hood 7.1 Great Woods, MA

20. David Bowie 6.19 Deer Creek, IN

21,22. Stash > Strange Design 7.1 Great Woods, MA

23. YEM 6.19 Deer Creek, IN

24,25. Timber Ho > Bowie 7.3 Sugarbush

26. Tweezer 6.14 Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis, TN

(photo of band: Shoreline 1995, Tim Mosenfelder; Sugarbush: Jon Michael Richter)