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  • Episode 065: Radiohead w/ Myke “Lawn Memo” Menio

    In Episode 065 we deep-dive one of our favorite bands of all time: Radiohead. To do so, we’ve brought on one of our favorite podcasters, and our good friend, Myke “Lawn Memo” Menio ([@lawnmemo][1]) to help us break down their career.

  • Bonus: Top Albums of 2012

    In This Bonus Episode we take a look back at the year 2012 and discuss our favorite albums of the year.

  • Episode 064: Augusta Reba

    In Episode 064 we discuss the dim and expansive version of “Reba” from Augusta, Maine on October 19, 2010.

  • Bonus: Top Albums of 2011

    In this Bonus Episode we take a look back at the year 2011 and discuss our favorite albums of the year.

  • Episode 063: The Listening Key w/ Chris Forsyth

    In Episode 063 we’re joined by one of our favorite guitarists, who released one of our favorite albums of 2019 so far, Chris Forsyth (@TheChrisForsyth). Within a packed episode we discuss Chris’s winding career, influences, specifically the impact of Television and Neil Young & Crazy Horse on his style, his recent set with Garcia Peoples,…

  • Episode 062: Deeper Into Tengo w/ Jesse Jarnow

    In Episode 062 we’re joined by Jesse Jarnow (@bourgwick) to discuss one of our favorite bands of all time: Yo La Tengo. We’ve long wanted to dive deep into the history, live show experience, B-Sides, influences, and enduring legacy of Yo La Tengo, and were stoked to sit down with one of our favorite writers,…

  • Episode 061: You Gotta Heal w/ Tim Showalter

    In Episode 061 we’re joined by one of our favorite songwriters, Tim Showalter, the beating heart of Strand Of Oaks, for a wide-ranging conversation about his Phish fandom, his overall career arc, the music that’s influenced him, favorite brands of seltzer, and what he’s been listening to recently. If you’ve ever been moved by his…

  • Episode 060: Kiel Auditorium Dark Star w/ Jonathan Hart

    In Episode 060 we’re joined once again by Jonathan Hart (@rowj), host of the Brokedown Podcast (@BrokdownPod) to discuss our very first Grateful Dead jam, the “Dark Star” from the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO, on October 30, 1973.

  • Episode 059: Pete’s Phabulous Curtain With

    In Episode 059 we step back to 1988 to discuss a fascinating version of “The Curtain With.” Featuring a disjointed swirling guitar jam, a legitimate “Dave’s Energy Guide,” and a preview of the ways in which Phish would break from their song structures to craft wholly original music in a live setting within five years…

  • Bonus: Top Albums of 2010

    In this Bonus Episode we take a look back at the year 2010 and discuss our favorite albums of the year.

  • Episode 058: Mexican Classic Rock Radio w/ Matt Dwyer

    In Episode 058 we take stock of the recent Phish Mexico Run, focusing on one of our favorite jams of the run, the “Carini,” as well as the accompanying “Tweezer -> Ghost -> Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” segment that felt like most purely fun part of the entire weekend. To do all this, we’re…

  • Episode 057: Beyond Beyond Is Beyond (The Pond)

    In Episode 057 we sit down with the founders of Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records, Mike Newman and Dom Miniaci, for a great conversation that ranges from the Baker’s Dozen, to running an independent label, to highlighting a few of our favorite bands from the BBiB label. Mike and Dom manage one of the best…

  • Episode 056: Top Sets of 2018 + Musical Diversions w/ Steven Hyden

    In Episode 056 we are joined once again by rock music writer & Phish Ambassador, Steven Hyden ([@Steven_Hyden][1]), to discuss our five favorite sets of 2018, plus chat about other historical examples of bands pulling a Kasvot Vaxt. We dive deep into the nuances of the last year for Phish as well as showcase the…

  • Episode 055: The Storage Jam w/ Rob Mitchum

    In Episode 055 we sit down with Rob Mitchum (@phishcrit) to discuss one of the transformative jams of the 3.0 era: “The Storage Jam” from Super Ball IX. A jam the brought back the sense of danger to Phish, while opening the doors to further exploration which the band has used as inspiration over the…

  • Episode 054: 25 Years Later w/ Conrad Doucette

    In Episode 054 we’re joined by musician, fellow-podcaster, and Phish/Dead/National fan, Conrad Doucette (@conrad)for a wide-ranging conversation. Covering Conrad’s experience seeing Phish for the first time in 25 years on December 29, 2018, his contributions to the Day of The Dead compilation, playing with The National, and much more.

  • Episode 053: MSG Ghosts of the Dead

    In Episode 053 we discuss two standout jams from Phish’s 2018 New Year’s Eve Run at Madison Square Garden in New York City: “Tweezer” from December 29 and “Seven Below” from December 30. Two of the strongest jams from the four-night stand, and also two jams that very clearly touch on themes from one of…

  • Episode 052: Holiday Run Special II

    In Episode 052 we take a step back, drink some mulled wine, light a nightly candle, and soak in the vibes of the season. We focus on 12/28’s through the years, highlighting the 2003 run in particular, and discuss the “Frankie Says” & “Suzy Greenberg” from that year’s 12/28 show. We also discuss the major…

  • Episode 051: Top Albums of 2018

    In Episode 051 we look back on 2018 and discuss our favorite albums of the year. In addition, we discuss our year musically in five sentences, the record everyone told us to listen to but we just couldn’t get into, share our listeners top albums of the year, and count down our favorite 20 records…

  • Episode 050: Our Favorite Phish Shows (Pt II)

    In Episode 050 (Pt II) we once again take a break from exploring the various bands and artists connected to Phish’s music, and instead reflect on the Phish shows we’ve seen that have had the biggest impact on us. These are the shows that hit us the hardest in the moment, and that we’ve returned…

  • Episode 050: Our Favorite Phish Shows (Pt I)

    In Episode 050 we take a break from exploring the various bands and artists connected to Phish’s music, and instead reflect on the Phish shows we’ve seen that have had the biggest impact on us. These are the shows that hit us the hardest in the moment, and that we’ve returned to most regularly since.…

  • Episode 049: Murat Antelope

    In Episode 049 we visit June 1994   - somehow our first 1994 jam   - to discuss the underrated, forward-thinking Run Like An Antelope from June 24, 1994 at The Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, IN. A classic 1994 jam, this is equal parts experimental, indulgent, confident and arrogant.

  • Episode 048: i rokk w/ Ben Greenfield & Phish’s 2018 Vegas Storm

    In Episode 048 we are joined by friend of the pod, Ben Greenfield (@GuyForgetOPT) to discuss Phish’s 2018 Halloween Album  -  Kasvot Vaxt: “i rokk ” - and then we break down the rest of the band’s phenomenal Las Vegas Run.

  • Episode 047: From Nashville & Chicago w/ Love

    In Episode 047 we focus on the second week of Phish’s Fall 2018 Tour, highlighting two excellent jams - 10/24 Mike’s & 10/26 Mercury - within the band’s two night run in Nashville & three-night run at the former Rosemont Horizon, now Allstate Arena, just outside of Chicago.

  • Episode 046: Albany & Hampton Halloween Hints

    In Episode 046 we focus on the first five shows of Phish’s Fall 2018 Tour, highlighting two standout jams - 10/16 Tube & 10/19 Golden Age - and using them as a springboard to make our Halloween Album picks!

  • Episode 045: Boise Bag w/ Jake Cohen

    In Episode 045 we’re joined by our good friend and musicologist, Jake Cohen (@smoothatonalsnd) to discuss one of the best Phish jams of all time: the 09/14/1999 AC/DC Bag from Boise, ID.

  • Episode 044: Somewhere In Middle America w/ Grayson Haver Currin

    In Episode 044 we’re joined by one of our favorite music writers, Grayson Haver Currin (@currincy) for a wide-ranging conversation about music, travel, current festival trends, and how some of our formative songwriters can regain their past glory.

  • Episode 043: Dick’s Transitions

    In Episode 043 we discuss two phenomenal segments of music from Phish’s 2018 Summer Tour Closing Weekend at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

  • Bonus: Rocks Off w/ Joel Cummins

    In this Bonus Episode, we feature an interview Brian had with Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee just prior to the band’s July 7 show at Red Rocks Amphitheater. In addition to the interview, Joel requested we showcase the band’s excellent jam off “Divisions” from July 5, the band’s first performance of the song in 66…

  • Episode 042: Phish Pandora II (Alpharetta – MPP)

    In Episode 042 we discuss four jams from the East Coast leg of Phish’s Summer 2018 Tour. Each jam we selected received its own Pandora-esque playlist, which further helps to shed some artistic light on the last ten days of Phish’s Summer Tour.

  • Episode 041: Set Your Soul Planet Free

    In Episode 041 we discuss not one, but two jams from the second week of Phish’s Summer 2018 Tour. Focusing on the “Set Your Soul Free “from July 25th in San Francisco and the “Soul Planet” from July 28th in Los Angeles, we explore the inspiration the band has received through two of their newest…

  • Episode 040: The Gorge Chalk Dust

    In Episode 040 we return to our roots and discuss the first Chalk Dust Torture jam since our very first episode. A heroic, D-Major jam to the heavens, the Chalk Dust from the first night of The Gorge run immediately set itself apart as one of the best jams of the young tour.

  • Episode 039: Deer Creek Gumbo

    In Episode 039 we discuss the shimmering and blissful version Gumbo from July 22, 2003 at Deer Creek Amphitheater in Noblesville, IN.

  • Episode 038: Memphis 2001

    In Episode 038 we discuss the effect-heavy, funk-laden version of 2001 from Memphis, TN on September 29, 1999.

  • Episode 037: Walnut Creek Jim

    In Episode 037 we discuss the expansive, relentless, sometimes terrifying, others delicately beautiful, Runaway Jim from June 16, 1995 at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Episode 036: Top Albums of 2018 (So Far)

    In Episode 036, we look back on the first half of 2018 and discuss our favorite albums of the year so far.

  • Bonus: Tribute To Bourdain

    In this Bonus Episode, we felt compelled to talk about the life, legacy, and personal impact of Anthony Bourdain, who died on June 8 at the age of 61. We also compiled a playlist that runs the last half of the episode featuring songs we know he’d love.

  • Episode 035: Great Woods DWD

    In Episode 035, we discuss the bass-driven version of Down With Disease from September 12, 2000 at Great Woods Amphitheater in Mansfield, MA.

  • Episode 034: U2 w/ Ryan Nichols (Pop – Songs Of Experience)

    In Episode 034, we continue our deep-dive into the history of one of our favorite bands, U2. Once again, we brought on one of our close friends, and U2-expert, Ryan Nichols to help us out.

  • Episode 033: U2 w/ Ryan Nichols (Boy – Zooropa)

    In Episode 033, we deep-dive into the history of one of our favorite bands, U2. To do so, we brought on one of our close friends, and U2-expert, Ryan Nichols (@ryannichols7) to help us out.

  • Episode 032: Twilight Of The Gods w/ Steven Hyden

    In Episode 032, we’re joined by an excellent writer & podcaster, Steven Hyden to discuss his new book, Twilight Of The Gods: A Journey To The End Of Classic Rock.

  • Episode 031: The Great Curve w/ Kathleen Hinkel

    In Episode 031, we are joined by a close friend, and excellent photographer, Kathleen Hinkel to discuss Phish’s performance of The Great Curve during the Remain In Light Halloween set on 10/31/1996.

  • Preview: Phish Origins, Vancity Visuals & Mike Side Dyke Side w/ Kathleen Hinkel

    We recently sat down with Kathleen Hinkel (@vancityvisuals), one of our earliest fans, as well as an excellent photographer, and the brains behind the Mike Side Dyke Side (@MikeSideDykes) organization.

  • Episode 030: Virginia Beach Birds

    In Episode 030, we discuss the dreamy and atmospheric version of Birds of a Feather from July 8, 1999 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Only the second ever Type-II version of Birds, the jam leaves the song’s theme after ten-minutes of hose for an ambient section of 99-era bliss jamming.

  • Episode 029: Nassau Piper

    In Episode 029, we celebrate our One-Year-Anniversary, as well as the Twentieth Anniversary of the Island Tour, by focusing on the version of Piper from 04/03/1998 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

  • Episode 028: Wingsuit w/ RJ Bee

    In Episode 028, we are joined by The Podfather himself, RJ Bee (@RJBee_2), CEO of the Osiris Podcast Network (@osirispod), and co-founder of The Helping Friendly Podcast (@hfpod) to discuss the 10/31/2013 Wingsuit Set.

  • Episode 027: Phish Pandora

    In Episode 027, we turned to Matt Burnham, Wolf Guitar, Jedd Marcus, and Colby Pacheco for inspiration! Through a poll run last month, we were recommended four excellent jams to cover. Rather than focus on each in a single episode, we spun these out into unique mini-playlists, creating thematic Pandora-esque deep-dives.

  • Episode 026: Nassau Tweezer

    In Episode 026, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of the best jams Phish has ever played: the 02/28/2003 Tweezer from Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. To do so, we’re joined by our good friend, Ben Greenfield.

  • Preview: Osiris Podcast Network w/ RJ Bee

    This week, we were grateful and excited to be a part of the launch of the Osiris Podcast Network! We sat down with the Co-Founder & CEO, RJ Bee, to discuss the origins of the network, what this means for BTP, what to expect from Osiris in the next few months, as well as offered…

  • Episode 025: From Genesis To Revelation w/ Tom Marshall (Pt II)

    In Episode 025, we sit down with Tom Marshall — Phish lyricist & longtime friend of Trey Anastasio — for a wide-ranging discussion about his songwriting, his musical influences, and the stories behind a number of great Phish songs.

  • Preview: From Genesis To Revelation w/ Tom Marshall (Pt II)

    Happy Saturday! Here’s a quick snippet of Pt II of our conversation with Tom Marshall!

  • Episode 024: From Genesis To Revelation w/ Tom Marshall (Pt I)

    In Episode 024, we sit down with Tom Marshall — Phish lyricist & longtime friend of Trey Anastasio — for a wide-ranging discussion about his songwriting, his musical influences, and the stories behind a number of great Phish songs.

  • Episode 023: Bellingham Weekapaug

    In Episode 023, we take a step back to Spring 1993 to discuss the Weekapaug Groove from 04/02/1993 in Bellingham, Washington.

  • Episode 022: MSG Ghost

    In Episode 022, we discuss the short, but fully connected jam that emerged from Ghost during Phish’s 2017 New Year’s Eve Run. The run was filled with high-quality improv from Phish, and this Ghost is a perfect example of full-band-connectivity throughout it’s 10 minutes.

  • Episode 021: Holiday Run Special

    In Episode 021 we take a step back, drink some mulled wine, light a nightly candle, and soak in the vibes of the season. We focus on two underrated Holiday Run Shows: 12/30/1995 and 12/29/1996, and discuss why they’re each worth a listen. In the second half of the episode we discuss our favorite holiday…

  • Episode 020: Top Albums of 2017

    In Episode 020 we look back on 2017 and discuss our favorite albums of the year. In addition to our Top Ten Albums of 2017, we’ve compiled a list of our Honorable Mentions, highlight our favorite concerts we saw, and share some of our listeners Top Five Albums of 2017. David’s Top Ten Albums of…

  • Episode 019: Knoxville Mike’s

    In Episode 019, we discuss a transformational jam in Phish History, the 11/06/1996 Mike’s Song from Knoxville, Tennessee. Just a week removed from their Halloween cover of the Talking Head’s “Remain In Light,” we hear Phish fully embracing the lessons of the funk/minimalist in this sprawling jam. Songs featured in this episode are: Burial: “Kindred,”…

  • Episode 018: How Has Phish Gotten You Into Other Music? – w/ HFPod

    In Episode 018, we’re joined by the guys from the Helping Friendly Podcast to discuss how Phish has influenced our own musical interests, as well as the various directions we’ve all gone as listeners. Songs featured in this episode are: The War On Drugs: “Thinking Of A Place”; Father John Misty: “Ballad Of A Dying…

  • Episode 017: Wilco w/ Josh Carver

    In Episode 017, we deep-dive into the history of one of our favorite bands, Wilco. To do so, we brought one of our good friends, and longtime Wilco fan, Josh Carver (Twitter: @nolasox) to help us out. Songs featured in this episode are: “Passenger Side”-AM (1995), “Misunderstood”-Being There (1996), “I’m Always In Love”-Summerteeth (1999), “I…

  • Episode 016: Phishgrass w/ Jonathan Hart

    In Episode 016, we discuss Phish’s long-standing practice of honoring and experimenting with Bluegrass music. To do so, we’ve called upon the help of one of our podcast brethren, Jonathan Hart,  of the excellent Dead-focused Brokedown Podcast. Songs featured in this episode are: John Hartford: “Steam-Powered Aeroplane,” David Grisman Quintet: “Minor Swing,” Fred Geiger: “Take…

  • Episode 015: Camden Scents

    In Episode 015, we discussed one of the best jams of 2003, the 07/30/2003 Scents & Subtle Sounds from Camden, New Jersey. A near-30 minute journey, this moves beyond its main theme into a blissful & ethereal space, before building into a foreboading peak. Songs featured in this episode are: The Amazing: “Picture You,” The…

  • Episode 014: Dick’s 46 Days

    In Episode 014, we take stock of the final run of Phish’s Summer 2017 Tour with an examination of the 46 Days from the seventh annual Dick’s Summer Tour Finale. One of the underrated highlights from the weekend, this is a torrential, Trey-led, wha-induced, true hose jam. Songs featured in this episode are: Preoccupations: “Monotony,”…

  • First Impressions 002: Sleep Well Beast

    In First Impressions 002, we discuss The National’s seventh LP, “Sleep Well Beast.” One of our most anticipated albums of 2017, here The National abandon whiskey for the vape pen, and conjure up a plodding, late-nite record, while still retaining the elegant songwriting that we’ve always loved about them. Songs featured in this episode are:…

  • Episode 013: Binghamton Halley’s

    In Episode 013 we discuss one of the best jams from (perhaps) the best month in Phish history: the 12/14/1995 Halley’s Comet from Binghamton, NY. The first ever Type II version of Halley’s, here the band latches on to a number of hypnotic riffs, riding wave after wave to a crest before jumping into yet…

  • First Impressions 001: The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

    Welcome to First Impressions! A new series from Beyond The Pond, these episodes will focus on Brian & David’s first impressions of a newly released – and, in many cases, highly-anticipated – record. In the first episode of the series, we discuss The War On Drugs excellent fourth LP, “A Deeper Understanding.” This is, unquestionably,…

  • Episode 012: Magnaball Caspian

    In Episode 012, we discuss the peak jam from Magnaball, and one of the best jams from 2015: the 08/22/2015 Prince Caspian. This jam is so euphoric, and peaks with such unyielding energy, that it demanded a two-year-anniversary episode in its honor. Songs featured in this episode are: The National: “Little Faith,” The Horrors: “Scarlet…

  • Episode 011: MSG Tube / ASIHTOS

    In Episode 011, we discuss not one, but TWO jams from the first eight nights of the Baker’s Dozen: the Tube from N5 (Powdered) 07/26/2017, and the A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing from N8 (Jimmies) 07/30/2017. Two polar opposite jams, they showcase the diverse playing, and consistent experimentation by Phish throughout the Baker’s…

  • Episode 010: Chicago Simple

    In Episode 010, we discuss the most interesting and exploratory jam of Summer 2017, thus far: the 07/15/2017 Simple from Chicago, Illinois. A 27 minute, multifaceted jam, it’s rare the band would begin a tour with jam this long or exploratory. Songs featured in this episode are: Rush: “Headlong Flight,” Citay: “Careful With That Hat,”…

  • Episode 009: Top Albums of 2017 (So Far)

    In Episode 009, we’re taking a break from dissecting Phish jams to discuss our favorite albums of 2017 (so far). It’s been an exciting year for new music, and we’ve come up with a list that displays our diverse interests, and offers something for everyone. David’s Top 5 of 2017 (So Far): 5. The New…

  • Episode 008: Reading DWD

    In Episode 008, we discuss one of the happiest and most euphoric jams in Phish History: the 10/29/2013 Down With Disease. This jam is so melodic, and so purely joyful, that it just might make you want to run through a wall! Songs featured in this episode are: Husker Du: “Celebration Summer,” Girls: “Honey Bunny,”…

  • Episode 007: Jones Beach Bowie

    In Episode 007, we discuss one of the most skronkiest and suffocating jams in a tour filled with them: the 06/29/1995 David Bowie. This particular David Bowie, while not as well known as the other BIG Bowie’s of 94/95, is a perfect example of where Phish was in Summer 1995. Songs featured in this episode…

  • Episode 006: Fukuoka Twist

    In Episode 006, we discuss one of the most patient Ambient jams Phish has ever played: the 06/14/2000 Twist. This is one of the peak jams of 2000, and the best representation of the sound the band explored post-Big Cypress during their week-long tour of Japan. Songs featured in this episode are: Stars of the…

  • Episode 005: Alpine Tweezer

    In Episode 005 we discuss the 08/01/1998 Tweezer. Midway through the Summer 1998 Tour, this is one of the most melodic bliss jams the band has ever played. Songs featured in this episode are: William Tyler: “Highway Anxiety,” Steve Gunn: “Fiction,” Kurt Vile: “On Tour,” Beach House: “Walk In The Park,” Hamilton Leithouser & Rostam:…

  • Episode 004: MSG Carini

    Welcome back to Beyond The Pond! Episode 004 focuses on the 12/30/2012 Carini from Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. One of the strongest jams of the band’s 3.0 era (2009–Present), this is a prime example of purely evil Phish. Songs featured in this episode are: The Violent Femmes: “Kiss Off,” Radiohead: “A Punch…

  • Episode 003: Riverport Gin

    Welcome back to Beyond The Pond! Hosted by Brian Brinkman and David Goldstein, our goal is to use the music of Phish to introduce you, the listener, to a diverse assortment of music. Through the medium of great Phish jams, we’re going to dive into music history, draw parallels with a wide range of genres,…

  • Episode 002: Hampton Bag

    Welcome back to Beyond The Pond! Hosted by Brian Brinkman and David Goldstein, our goal is to use the music of Phish to introduce you, the listener, to a diverse assortment of music. Through the medium of great Phish jams, we’re going to dive into music history, draw parallels with a wide range of genres,…

  • Episode 001: Camden Chalk Dust

    Welcome to Beyond The Pond! Hosted by Brian Brinkman and David Goldstein, our goal is to use the music of Phish to introduce you, the listener, to a diverse assortment of music. Through the medium of great Phish jams, we’re going to dive into music history, draw parallels with a wide range of genres, and…