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  • Episode 155: Spring 1994

    We take a look at three incredible shows from 1994!

  • Episode 154: Between Me and My Halley’s

    We discuss the new Trey documentary “Between Me and My Mind” as well as the latest LivePhish archival release: 11/11/98 from Grand Rapids, MI.

  • Between Me and My Halley’s

    We discuss the new Trey documentary “Between Me and My Mind” as well as the latest LivePhish archival release: 11/11/98 from Grand Rapids, MI.

  • Episode 153: Ghosts of the Forest

    This week we’re back with an episode addressing the fantastic Ghosts of the Forest shows and tour.

  • Episode 152: Chainsaw City

    This week we have a unique episode. We brought our friend Harvey on, who hosts the podcast Bluest Tape, also on the Osiris network. His podcast focuses on Widespread Panic, but this week we’re turning him on to Phish…

  • Episode 151: Back Tracking — The White Tape

    Welcome back! This week we’re starting a new feature, called Back Tracking, looking back at each Phish album. These album review episodes will be mixed in with our regular episodes. We hope you enjoy it.

  • Episode 150: Hampton 2009…has it really been 10 years?

    This week, we’re celebrating our 150th episode in style, looking back on the run that started it all for this era of Phish, Hampton 2009.

  • Episode 149: Winter 2003 (Part 2)

    We’re back with the second part of our recap of Winter Tour 2003.

  • Episode 149: Winter 2003 (Part 1)

    It’s time for another deep dive into a tour, this time it’s Winter Tour 2003. This is a two-part episode, so we’ll be back with part two next week.

  • Episode 148: Providence 3/13/92

    This week we hop in the time machine and take a trip back to 1992 to talk about and listen to some of a show from Providence, 3/13/92. This tour featured a lot of debuts from “Rift” and some really great early jamming that would preview jams to come.

  • Episode 147: Thank You For Sharing

    Interesting conversation with a couple of fans.

  • Quick Hit: MSG 3 & 4

    Quick Hit from the last 2 nights of the MSG New Year’s run!

  • Quick Hit: MSG 1 & 2

    Quick Hit from the first two nights of MSG!

  • Episode 146: December 1995 (Part 2)

    Join us as we continue with the ranking of December 1995 shows. Which show will come out on top in the battle of some of the greatest shows Phish ever played?

  • Episode 145: December 1995 (Part 1)

    This week, we have 2 special guests to help us break down one of the most beloved months in Phish history. Drew and Chris share their personal experiences of being at many of these shows.

  • Episode 144: Wipe Out! Worcester 11.27.98

    We’ve spent a lot of time talking about 2018 recently, for good reason. But for this episode, we’re going back to the basics to revisit a show from the past—20 years ago this week, to be exact.

  • Episode 143: Fall Tour 2018 Recap

    We have come to outlive our brains, phans, and we are help to help recap Fall Tour 2018.

  • “Quick” Hit: Vegas Halloween 2018 Run Recap

    Well folks, the Halloween run and the 2018 Fall Tour are a wrap! We’re joined by our friend Brian to help recap the full Vegas run.

  • Phish Festival 8 Revisited

    A day before Halloween, we have a special episode, revisiting Halloween 2009 with guest Justin Bolognino, who played a key role in the album mystery and reveal.

  • Quick Hit: Allstate 3 (10.28.18)

    We’re dadrock af today as Rob Mitchum checks in with us about his experience Night 3 of Allstate Arena. Check out his recap of the show for Phish.net today! Join RJ, Tom Marshall, and Matt for Couch Report on Thursday for Vegas. Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts!

  • Quick Hit: Allstate 2 (10.27.18)

    We talk to listener Jason about his experience seeing night 2 of Allstate Arena with a three week old baby at home!

  • Quick Hit: Nashville 2

    We recap Nashville with guest Tim!

  • Quick Hit: Hampton 3

    Jonathan and RJ wrap up the Hampton run with a discussion of night 3.

  • Quick Hit: Hampton 2

    Well then. Phish played some concerts in Hampton. We talk about them.

  • Quick Hit: Albany 2

    We talk with Jesse Lauter about night 2 of Albany.

  • Quick Hit: October 16, 2018 (Albany 1)

    We talk with Scott Marks (@bizarchive) about the first night of the 2018 Fall Tour

  • Get ready for Fall Tour!

    We’re bringing you a mini episode today, with some updates for Fall Tour—and some music.

  • Episode 142: Hampton Comes Alive, 20 years later

    As we gear up for Fall Tour, we’re excited to bring you special guests Carl Gerhard, Tom Marshall and Adam Chase to reflect on Hampton ’98 and to talk about a re-creation of this run they’re doing next month in New York.

  • Episode 141: September 2000

    We discuss the shows played in September of 2000. It was a month filled with alternating heaviness and raging guitar jams.

  • Quick Hit: Dick’s Recap

    We wrap up Dick’s with our friend Dianna.

  • Quick Hit: Dick’s 1

    Dick’s!

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s — 2000

    We finish our journey with a stellar set of jams from 2000.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s — 1999

    Truckin’ on to Dick’s with a stop in 1999.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s – 1998

    Digging into summer 1998 with a jam from Barcelona.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s – 1997

    The gang checks out a jam from Europe 1997.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s – 1996

    The march to Dick’s continues on as we talk about a groovy McGrupp from Europe ’96.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s – 1995

    Let’s dive into 1 jam from 1995 as we continue the march to Dick’s.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s — 1994

    Bringing you one jam a day leading up to Dick’s 2018.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s — 1993

    Bringing you one jam a day leading up to Dick’s 2018.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s — 1992

    Bringing you one jam a day leading up to Dick’s 2018.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s — 1991

    Bringing you one jam a day leading up to Dick’s 2018.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s — 1990

    Bringing you one jam a day leading up to Dick’s 2018.

  • Quick Hits to Dick’s — 1989

    Bringing you one jam a day leading up to Dick’s 2018.

  • Just a Bit Outside

    Jonathan, RJ and Matt talk about the ultimate curveball

  • Quick Hit: Merriweather 2 & Curveball Preview

    A brief Quick Hit on a fantastic Merriweather show and a Curveball preview.

  • Quick Hit: Merriweather 1

    It’s just us today. RJ and Matt chat about night 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

  • Quick Hit: Raleigh

    Family of the pod Dan joins us to fill us in on the happenings at Walnut Creek last night.

  • Quick Hit: Camden 2

    We chat with Chris Weaver about Camden night 2.

  • Quick Hit: Camden 1

    Join us as Seth fills us in on the first night in lovely Camden, NJ. If you still want to go to Curveball but don’t have a ticket, check out the Work Exchange Team. You miss NO MUSIC while helping out with the festival. Speaking of Curveball, if you want to hang with the Osiris…

  • Quick Hit: Alpharetta 3

    We talk with listener David about the 3rd night of the great Alpharetta run.

  • Quick Hit: Alpharetta 2

    Checking in with listener Mark for a review of Alpharetta 2!

  • Quick Hit: Alpharetta 1

    Whoa baby! Let’s talk about that smoking hot show last night in Alpharetta.

  • Quick Hit: Austin

    We chat with Adam about his show in Austin!

  • Quick Hit: Forum 2

    RJ and Friend Of The Podcast Brian from Beyond The Pond chat about night 2 at the LA Forum

  • Quick Hit: Forum 1

    RJ chats with listener Mike about the first night of the LA Forum!

  • Quick Hit: BGCA 2

    Jonathan and RJ argue about Possum

  • Quick Hit: BGCA 1

    Quick Hit from the first night of BGCA

  • Quick Hit: Gorge 3

    Recapping Gorge Night 3!

  • Quick Hit: Gorge 2

    Discussing Gorge Night 2 with listener Geoff!

  • Quick Hit: Gorge 1

    It’s quick, but it hits! We talk with Justin from The Phunion about Gorge 2018 Night 1. TONIGHT! Join RJ, Matt, and Tom Marshall for a discussion about Gorge night 1 and the tour so far. We will be broadcasting live from RJ’s couch at 10:00 EDT on The Relix Channel. Join us, and tell…

  • Quick Hit: Tahoe 2

    Summer Tour 2018 rolls in on Tahoe! Brad grabs the mic to wax poetic about night 2.

  • Quick Hit: Tahoe 1

    Hey everyone, Quick Hits are back! We’re thrilled that Summer Tour is upon us, and that we get to kick this off in Tahoe. Jonathan talks with RJ about last night’s show. Enjoy.

  • Ep 140: Taylor Swope of Little Hippie

    Friends, Summer Tour is upon us! We’re excited to bring you this interview with Taylor Swope, who founded Little Hippie.com.

  • Episode 139: Lure Social

    Hey hey, this week we’re talking with the founders of Lure Social, a digital community that connects fans for a unique fantasy gaming experience. With Lure, you can select shows, choose what you think Phish will play, and compete against others in the Phish community. Check it out. If you have a minute, please give…

  • Episode 138: Dawn Jenkins of Phemale-Centrics

    Hey friends! This week, we have talk to Dawn Jenkins, the founder and host of Phemale-Centrics, the first podcast on Phish created for and from the women’s point of view. We talk about her Phish journey and how she came to create the podcast. If you haven’t yet, you should check it out.

  • Episode 137: 100 Things

    We talk to the authors of the new book “100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”

  • Episode 136: Steven Hyden Pt. 2

    This week we bring you part 2 of our conversation with Steven Hyden. His book on classic rock, Twilight of the Gods, came out last week, so check it out. It’s an awesome read.

  • Episode 135: Steven Hyden

    This week we’re thrilled to have author and podcaster Steven Hyden back on the show, this time to talk about his new book, Twilight of the Gods. It comes out next Monday, May 8, but you can pre-order it now. We highly recommend this book.

  • Episode 134: Lost Phish Tapes — Found!

    This week our guest is Jeff Goldberg, a professional audio technician, archivist, and engineer who recently remastered two Phish shows that were previously unreleased and unavailable to the community (4/8/90 and 4/8/92).

  • Episode 133: Island Tour 20 Years Later

    Well, here we are, 20 years later. Still upside down, from the Island Tour. We had to celebrate this awesome run, so we talk about a notable jam from each night. We had some laughs, discussed the legacy of the run and how it looks from 20 years out, and then we played some Phish.…

  • Episode 132: Rediscovering Phish

    Talking with Tom Wassell about rediscovering Phish and listening to set 2 of 11.26.97

  • Episode 131: Phish in Japan ’99 & ’00

    Revisiting Phish’s runs in Japan in 1999 & 2000!

  • Episode 130: Trey Solo Acoustic Tour Recap

    Recapping the recent Trey solo acoustic tour

  • Episode 129: Great first sets

    Hey everyone, we’re back with a new episode this week, talking about great first Phish sets with first-time guest Ben. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, but it was fun talking about some well-known and some overlooked first sets in Phish history. If we missed a great first set that you love,…

  • Episode 128: Revisiting 1999 Pt. 2

    Revisiting the great, wild year of 1999 (part 2)

  • Episode 126: New Year’s Run 2017 Recap

    We review the 2017 NYE run. Includes our Live event from American Beauty on 12/27 with music from Polyvamp

  • Episode 125: Interview w/CashorTrade

    This week, we’re happy to have Brando from CashorTrade on the podcast. We talk a lot about his Phish journey and about the great platform their team has built.  We also play some music, tapping into the New Year’s spirit. Set info is below (but the entire show is amazing to revisit, especially at this time of…

  • Episode 124: Spectrum 1997

    We couldn’t let the 20th anniversary of the Fall ’97 tour pass us by without spending a bit of time reflecting on the shows. This week, we revisit the Philly shows from that historic tour, from 12/2 and 12/3. Tracks we highlight are below. Listen to the episode here! Going to MSG on 12/29? Come to…

  • Episode 123: Turning points in Phish history w/Wally Holland (part 2)

    On this episode, we finish our conversation with Wally Holland on turning point jams in Phish’s career. We also talk Sci-Fi novels, confined spaces, and whether Lawn Boy even matters. Here is the full list of jams we discussed with Wally: 8/13/93 – Bathtub Gin 5/7/94 – Tweezer 11/2/94 – Tweezer 12/29/94 – David Bowie…

  • Episode 122: Turning points in Phish history w/Wally Holland (part 1)

    This week we are joined by a return guest, Wally Holland, who helps us run through what we’re calling “turning points” in Phish history. This is a two-part episode, because obviously, there are lots of turning points in the history of the band. The idea for this episode started with a Twitter conversation, sparked by yet…

  • Episode 121: Beyond the Pond crossover!

    We have something really exciting this week. We were joined by Brian and David from Beyond the Pond, a podcast that we really enjoy and respect. These guys bring their immense Phish and music knowledge to this episode—and part 2 of our discussion will be on Beyond the Pond. So be sure and subscribe today, if…

  • Free episode of HF Pod Plus

    We are very grateful for all of the support of HF Pod Plus. We’re making our most recent episode free and open to the public, to give you a better sense of what we’re up to there. Here is our most recent episode, a deep dive into October 1989 (next one will come out next week). The…

  • Episode 120: Josh Thamm talks Phish and yoga

    This episode we are joined by Josh, who talks with us about Phish and yoga. He’s a yoga instructor, and a big Phish fan. He worked with us on a playlist of Phish jams that makes up a pretty great 60-minute vinyasa flow class. The tracks below are aligned with different elements of a vinyasa flow. …

  • Episode 119: Trey’s Guitar Rig w/Ryan Chiachiere

    This week, we’re excited to talk with Ryan Chiachiere, who is known for his awesome work on Trey’s Guitar Rig. We talk with Ryan about, well, guitar stuff, complete with a deep dive on Trey’s equipment and setup, and complimented by lots of snippets. We also talk about how those effects and sounds have changed…

  • Episode 118: Interview w/Adam Lioz & Shaunea Robinson

    This week we’re back with two guests, Adam Lioz and Shaunea Robinson. They came to us through a post Adam wrote on Headcount.org, called “Phish Scene So White: Let’s Talk.” We talk about Adam and Shaunea’s Phish journeys, the post Adam wrote, the feedback from the piece, and hear about Shaunea’s experience at Phish shows. And…

  • Episode 117: Katy Tur

    This week, we’re back with a very special interview with Katy Tur. As most of you know, she’s known for her Phish banter on air, and probably better known as the host of MSNBC Live, which airs every weekday afternoon at 2pm ET. She also occasionally fills in on MTP Daily and other NBC news programs. We had…

  • Episode 116: Dick’s Recap

    This is a hybrid episode, as we talk about night 3 of Dick’s, while also recapping the whole run.  Brad and RJ do an intro discussion, and then play interviews about the run with Zac as well as Luke. We include some music as well (tracks below), with some fresh audience recordings. We hope you enjoy.  We now have…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Dick’s, 9-2-17

    For today’s Quick Hit we are glad to be joined by Brian Brinkman, the co-founder and co-host of the Beyond the Pond podcast. You all should listen to it if you haven’t yet. Brian shares his thoughts on night 2 of Dick’s, and we play a little music of course.Enjoy, and see you again tomorrow! If you haven’t yet,…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Dick’s, 9.1.17

    For today’s Quick Hit we are joined by Mike Lowe, who gives us his thoughts on the first night of Dick’s. We share some of the No Men from last night as well. Enjoy, and see you again tomorrow! If you haven’t yet, review us on iTunes!  Intro/Outro Music: Sublime, Doin’ Time Photo courtesy of Stephport Photography

  • Episode 115: Phish 8.10.96, Alpine Valley

    This week, we’re diverging from Baker’s Dozen listening and analysis to look back at a summer show from 1996. We play the first set of 8.10.96, which was Phish’s first show at the storied Alpine Valley, as well as a couple tracks from set 2. The details of the set are below. During this episode, we mentioned…

  • Episode 114: Baker’s Dozen Recap

    We’re back with a new episode, this week we recap the Baker’s Dozen run with a few different segments. We start with the interview we did with Tom Marshall at our live podcast event on Saturday, July 29 at American Beauty NYC. We’re looking forward to doing more of these live events!   We also talked…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 8-6-17

    For the Quick Hit for night 13 (glazed!), we’re joined by our own Jonathan. We also do a quick conversation with Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, who shares his take on the last night. THANK YOU Phish and thank you to all of our supporters, especially those of you who came to the live…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 8-5-17

    For night 11 (Boston Creme night), we’re joined by Jimi. We also include a mix of some reviews from our own Matt, who hosted a couch touring party last night. Last chance to send your reviews, tonight, email them to helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com.  Here’s the setlist from last night and the JamBase coverage.  Photo by Steve Olker…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 8-4-17

    We keep it in the family this time for our Quick Hit from night 11 of the Baker’s Dozen! Our own Jonathan fills us in on what went down in The Garden on Lemon night. We have two listener submissions for short reviews today as well. You have two more chances to send in your…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 8-2-17

    We’re back with a Quick Hit from night 10 of the Baker’s Dozen! We’re joined by Mike this time. We include one Quick Hit fan contribution as well. Hope to get more for the weekend shows! Make it count out there, fans. Three more shows! Intro/outro music: Sublime, Doin’ Time

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 8-1-17

    We’re back with a Quick Hit from the Tuesday, August 1 show (night 9) of the Baker’s Dozen. RJ and Jonathan break the show down and we play a bit of the Steep as well. Keep your fan reviews coming! We include one on this Quick Hit, from someone who was couch touring last night.…

  • Episode 165

    Today’s Quick Hit is a little longer than usual, because we recap all 3 weeknd shows. Apologies for the delay, but hey we were seeing Phish shows, so we thought you’d understand. The 4 of us (Jonathan, Brad, RJ, Matt) break down the weekend shows and we play some music too. Of course.  This has…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 7-26-17

    For today’s Baker’s Dozen recap (show 5, “powdered”), we’re joined by our old friend Scott, who has been on the podcast before. We of course play some tunes and break down the show. We also feature a review from Scott from last night. Keep those coming, they’re great! Here’s the setlist from last night. If…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 7-25-17

    Well, night 4 was certainly jam-filled. This was a show for the ages. We’re joined by Chris and Shawn to break this down. Chris played an integral role in the “Wilson” NFL Films piece, and Shawn has created the “Bakers Beat” for this run. We appreciate their contributions! We play some of the Lawn Boy…

  • Quick Hit Bonus: “Behind the Donuts” w/Felicia

    We’re really excited to chat with Felicia today about her experience so far at MSG and, of course, donuts. She tells us about how the partnership between Federal Donuts and Phish came together, and how they actually pulled this thing off. Congrats to Federal Donuts for such an amazing contribution to this run. So much…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 7-23-16

    To break down MSG night 3 (red velvet night), we have returning guest Wade to help us break it down. He wants to share a little of the Waves as well.  We also feature two submissions we got last night. Keep them coming! Record your (<1 minute) own reviews and send email them to us…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 7-22-17

    Strawberry night! We discuss night 2 of the Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden with Becca and Andrew. Spoiler alert: They had fun. Elliot checks in again for a night 2 review of the donuts and the preshow atmosphere. Remember to send in your Baker’s Dozen mini reviews by taking a voice memo on…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MSG, 7-21-17

    The Baker’s Dozen has begun! We discuss night 1 with Myke and Dianna, two frequent guests! We talk about the show, and DONUTS, and play some music from last night.  If you haven’t yet, check out Myke’s new podcast All In With Aqueous! We also feature a recording that was emailed to us last night…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Petersen Events Center, 7-19-17

    We’re back with a Quick Hit from Pittsburgh, we’re joined by Risher, a long-timer listener and first time guest! He shares his thoughts on the show we play some of the Prince Caspian.  Here’s the Phish.net setlist and LivePhish.com link. We have some new details on our live podcast recording Saturday, 7/29 in NYC. RSVP…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Dayton, 7-18-17

    The Quick Hit from last night is with our good friend Patrick. We chat about the show and play some of the Down With Disease from last night. The picture we use is also his.  Here’s the Phish.net setlist and LivePhish.com link. We have some new details on our live podcast recording Saturday, 7/29 in…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Northerly Island, 7-16-17

    Today’s Quick Hit is with Josh Korin, we’re glad to have him back! We play some of the blissy, amazing Carini from Chicago night 3. Here’s the Phish.net setlist and LivePhish.com link.  If you haven’t yet, RSVP for our live podcast recording Saturday, 7/29 in NYC. It’s shaping up to be an awesome afternoon, with…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Northerly Island, 7-15-17

    Today’s Quick Hit is with Mike, we appreciate him joining us! If you like what you hear, check out HF Pod Plus! Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com.  And here is the invite for the live event we’re doing in NYC on Saturday, 7/29. See you there.…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Northerly Island, 7-14-17

    Hey! Happy Summer Tour! We’re back with Quick Hits, and it’s great to be back. Matt and RJ break down the tour opener from Chicago. Enjoy! If you like what you hear, check out HF Pod Plus! Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com.  And here is the…

  • HF Pod Live at Baker’s Dozen 7/29

    Two quick things for you: First, starting this Saturday, July 14, we’ll be back with Quick Hits for each of the Summer Tour shows. Look out for those! Also, because Brad, Jonathan, Matt and RJ will all be together at the Baker’s Dozen, we’ll be recording a LIVE podcast on Saturday, July 29. It will…

  • Episode 113: Revisiting our first summer Phish shows

    This week we’re thinking about Summer Tour, and we’re revisiting our first summer Phish shows. We feature music and discussion about each of our first summer Phish experiences, and we really hope you enjoy it. Music we play is below. We also have another installment of “Our intent is all for your delight,” where we…

  • Episode 112: How Has Phish Impacted Your Life?

    We’ve been talking a lot about the survey we put out there to all of you, about how Phish has impacted your life. This is the first look at those results, including an interview with Julie about her journey, and a longer conversation and some music with Zac, who has been on the show before…

  • Episode 111: Guest Pick — Phish 5.14.92, Port Chester, NY

    This week we’re joined by 2 old school fans, Lee and Jamie, who share their Phish journeys and memories with us. They have been seeing shows since 1990, and we discuss and play a show they were at from the Capitol Theater, 5.14.92. We hope you enjoy this discussion and the music! The setlist is…

  • Episode 110: Tweezer So Cold Pt 2!

    This week we’re back with part 2 of our detailed look into Tweezer! For part 2, we’ll be going into 2.0 and 3.0 Tweezers. Lots of discussion and many many clips. Below are the clips we chose. We received a ton of great feedback on part 1, so we’re excited to get this one out…

  • Episode 109: Tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton

    This week we take a moment to say farewell to a man who has touched and influenced so many in our scene, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Ret. He has often been referred to as a “godfather of the jam scene,” and he was respected and loved by so many.  He was a leader of the jamband…

  • Episode 108: Phish 4.21.92, Eureka, CA

    This week it’s just RJ, with a short intro and a set of music from 1992. The music details are below.  In this episode, I mention the project we’re embarking upon, getting input in a survey from all of you on how Phish has impacted your life. We’ll create at least one episode with the…

  • Episode 107: Phish 7.8.99, Virginia Beach, VA

    This week, it’s just Brad and RJ, breaking down 7.8.99. It was fun to go back and listen to this show and reorient ourselves to the millennial sound. Jonathan was at the show, but wasn’t able to join the recording, so we do a dramatic reading of his comments. If you haven’t yet, please check…

  • Episode 106: Phish 4.8.94, State College, PA

    This week we’ll be listening to and discussing 4.8.94, from State College, PA. It’s just us this week, and we enjoyed reflecting on this show. We discuss and play both sets, and hope you enjoy!  Here’s our first episode, from 11.30.95, which we mention on this episode. And if you haven’t yet, check out Brokedown…

  • Episode 105: Joel Cummins Interview

    We’re really excited to be releasing this interview with Joel Cummins of Umphreys McGee! Brad caught up with Joel while the tour was coming through Phoenix. Fun conversation about Umphrey’s and Phish, with some music as well (tracks and timing below). Also, pretty cool that you can hear members of the band practicing in the…

  • Episode 104: Phish St. Louis 93 w/Scott Bernstein

    This week we discuss the Phish St. Louis ’93 release with guest Scott Bernstein. We’re happy to have Scott back, and we had a fun conversation about this release of two very different shows from the same year.  The shows that are being released are April 14 and  August 16. Two great shows. We of…

  • HF Pod Plus launch!

    We’re trying something new this week, offering a twice a month bonus podcast through HF Pod Plus, which is powered by the Patreon platform. The content will be focused on “this month in Phish history.” So please check it out here, and if you can support us, please do. We appreciate everything you as listeners…

  • Episode 103: Tweezer So Cold

    For many (most?) fans, there’s no greater gift at a Phish show than a Tweezer. Phish experiences are formed and strengthened based on single performances of this song. Shows can be saved by its appearance, soaring out of the speakers with Superman cape and all. Our friend and collaborator Matt is the brains behind this…

  • Episode 102: HF Pod Plays Dead

    Hello friends! This week we’re doing something different: we’re playing Dead. Jonathan took the lead on this experiment, and we hope you’ll like it. If you do, we may do it more in the future. Let us know what you think.  The Grateful Dead has of course been a huge influence on all of us,…

  • Episode 101: Chris Pandolfi interview

    This week we’re excited to be talking with Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters. They just released an excellent album, Laws of Gravity, and they’re on tour!  Here are the dates, but over the next week they’ll be in the Bay Area, Southern California, Vegas, and Colorado. In the next couple of months they’ll be…

  • Episode 100: We made it.

    Thanks for tuning in this week! We made it to episode 100, so we decided to take this time to reflect back on the first 99 episodes and talk about some notable conversations, the lessons we’ve learned, and how much this podcast means to all 3 of us.  We also want to reiterate how thankful…

  • Episode 99: Daniel Pinchbeck Interview

    This week’s guest is Daniel Pinchbeck, the author of How Soon Is Now?, which comes out on February 20. It’s a fascinating and timely book that talks about how we can collectively get out of the ecological and environmental disasters we’ve gotten ourselves into. You can read more about Daniel here.  This is a bit…

  • Episode 98: Holly Bowling

    This episode we are joined by Holly Bowling. Holly is a classically trained pianist who came to phans’ attention when she transcribed and adapted the Tahoe Tweezer for the piano. Since, Holly has released two solo albums of reimagned phish and grateful dead songs for the piano that can be found on her website here…

  • Episode 97: Mexico 2017 recap

    Today our friend and returning guest Arthur helps us recap the recent 3-night run at the Barcelo Maya Resort in Mexico. Of course, we have some clips of music throughout. Hope you enjoy.   Please subscribe and review us on iTunes and follow us on Twitter. Also like us on Facebook. And check out CashorTrade for face value tickets to shows…

  • Episode 96: MSG Recap

    This week we’re joined by Craig and Jen, who help us recap the recent MSG New Year’s Run. We kick off the episode with a quick catch up with Tom Marshall, who tells us about what’s coming up on Under the Scales. If you haven’t checked out his podcast, you should absolutely get on it.  We have included some…

  • Episode 95: 2016 Holiday Special

    This week it’s just Brad, RJ and Jonathan, talking about 2016 Phish, holiday music, favorite albums of the year, and a lot more. We also want to take this moment to say thank you to all of you for listening and supporting us all year. We’re very excited about this podcast in 2017—lots of great…

  • Episode 94: December 1997

    This week, Brad and RJ got together to talk about the greatness that is Phish in December, specifically, December 1997. Nineteen years ago, they were driving through snow to see shows and the payoff was big. They’ll talk about the highlights from this special month and then play a set for your listening pleasure. Music…

  • Episode 93: Interview w/Jefferson Waful

    This week, we’re excited to chat with Jefferson Waful, Lighting Designer for Umphrey’s McGee and Producer for CID Entertainment (and a long time Phish fan).  This was a really fun conversation, chatting with Jefferson about his career, lighting, the jam band scene, and of course his Phish journey. We also talked about and included some music…

  • Episode 92: Phish.Net Conversation

    We had the privilege of interviewing Marco Walsh, Board President of The Mockingbird Foundation and a prominent member of the Phish.Net community who’s given countless hours of his time over the years.   This interview gave us the chance to talk in depth about the history of the site and the Foundation, while hearing about the incredible work that…

  • Episode 91: Fall Tour Recap

    This week, we’re joined by Rob Mitchum, who helps us recap Phish Fall Tour 2016. There’s a lot to discuss, and as usual, Rob brings great perspective and analysis. There’s a lot to discuss!  We of course include some tracks as well, which are below. The music starts around 1 hour, 17 minutes. Hope you enjoy. …

  • Remembering Sharon Jones

    We’re all sad to hear news of the passing of Sharon Jones. Jonathan took some time last night to say a few words and put them together with some tunes. Seems like the thing to do is keep on dancing. Love ya, Sharon. Music: (Intro) Phish – I Just Wanna See His Face* (2009-10-31) Sharon…

  • An Issue We Can’t Overlook

    Today we bring you a different kind of conversation. Over the past several weeks, there has been a lot of conversation online about harassment and abuse of women at Phish shows and in the community more broadly. We invited three ladies on to talk about this, Felicia, Shelly and Jen. This episode was informed by the work of Brian Colligan,…

  • Episode 90: Interview w/Tom Marshall

    Today we’re excited to share our interview with Tom Marshall! We appreciate him coming on to share his experiences, perspectives and stories. He also shares some big news about a project he’s been working on, which you’ll hear more about in the coming days. Check it out.  Here’s Tom’s Soundcloud, which has some great tracks. We…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MGM Grand Arena, Halloween 2016

    Halloween delivered! I’m joined by Jonathan, who talks to us about this epic show, which of course included a cover album—David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. We included a couple clips from this three-set show, as there’s plenty to go back and revisit.  Fall Tour is now behind us, but we have lots of listening and catching up to do.…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ MGM Grand Arena, 10-28, 10-29 and 10-30-16

    For today’s Quick Hit we discuss the first 3 nights of Vegas with Jonathan and Brad. We included a clip from each of the 3 nights. It’s been a great run, and we’ll be back to review the Halloween show tomorrow! Who knows what tonight will bring. You can download the Quick Hit here. Let us know how you like…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie, 10-25-16

    For today’s Quick Hit we discuss night 2 of Grand Prairie with Matt. We included a clip from the Waking Up Dead. A lot of fans are sad today, because Phish didn’t do what they want them to. God never listens.  Let us know how you like these short reviews, and let us know what we can do…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie, 10-24-16

    Today’s Quick Hit features Seth joining us to discuss last night’s show in Grand Prairie, Texas. We included a clip from the I’ve Always Wanted It This Way, which includes some interesting jamming that features a fairly new sound!  Let us know how you like these short reviews, and let us know what we can do differently…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 10-21/22-2016

    For today’s Quick Hit, RJ is joining us from Georgia after two nights at the Verizon Wireless Amp. in Alpharetta. This was a great pair of shows with terrific second sets including several notable jams and songs. We’ve included a couple of clips at the end for your listening pleasure. We hope you enjoy and…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Ascend Amphitheater, 10-19-16

    For today’s Quick Hit from Nashville night 2, we’re joined by Justin Bruce. He talks about meeting Trey, hometown shows, and of course, Tweezer. We included a clip from that one.  Shout out to Drew for asking for a Tweezer. This is the 2nd Nashville run in a row where he has delivered (2nd jam in Mike’s Song last…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Ascend Amphitheater, 10-18-16

    Hey everyone! We’re back with a Quick Hit from Nashville night 1. We were joined by Kate, who saw her first Phish show, ever, last night. Wow!   What a night, with a sit-in with Bob Weir, some incredible songs/moments. Our friend Scott, a Dead Head first and foremost, tweeted this about last night. Food for thought. Hope…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ North Charleston 10-15-16 and Jacksonville 10-16-16

    Hey everyone! Today we’re doing a Quick Hit on both Charleston night 2 and Jacksonville. Hope you enjoy, we’ve included a couple clips from the shows as well.  Intro/Outro Music: Yo La Tengo, Autumn Sweater

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ North Charleston Coliseum, 10-14-16

    Fall Tour is back, and with the new tour comes a new round of Quick Hits! Today we’re joined by our childhood friend Brian, who fills us in on the show last night in Charleston. We included a clip from the Cities.   Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com.…

  • Episode 89: Big Boat Review

    Phish released an album! We review the album, Big Boat, with Josh and David. We appreciate them joining us to talk about the latest Phish release. Here’s Jonathan’s review of Big Boat. And here are the recent interviews with Trey and Page for the WSJ, posted by previous HF Pod guest Al Paul. Check those out.  Lastly, we’re leaving our poll open—asking people…

  • Episode 88: Phish 6.30.99

    This week, it’s just us, and we are sharing the tour opener from Summer 1999. This show is from Sandstone Amphitheater (details below), and there are a lot of gems in here. We’re trying something a little different—instead of discussing the show in detail after we play the music, we have a shorter discussion up…

  • Episode 87: Lockn’ + Dick’s Recaps!

    Hello! Happy September! Today’s episode recaps both the Lockn’ shows and the Dick’s run. Jonathan recaps Lockn’, and for Dick’s we’re joined by Myke of Lawn Memo fame, and we always appreciate having him on. We also are joined by Becky, who is making her HF Pod debut. Lots to discuss, and of course we mix some music…

  • Episode 86: Phish 8.28.93 Set 1

    This week it’s just us, and we’re bringing you the first set of Phish from the Greek Theater, from August 28, 1993. This is a classic show from an amazing year for the band, and we really felt like this first set represented where the band was at that time. The setlist is below. Please, review…

  • Episode 85: Summer Tour Recap w/Scott Bernstein!

    We’re excited to have Scott Bernstein join us to recap Summer Tour 2016 thus far. As part of that, we discuss and play 7.20.16 from BGCA in San Francisco. Lots to discuss, and we appreciate Scott coming on to join us again. As you probably know, Scott heads up JamBase, the place for music news and reviews. You…

  • HF Pod Summer Mix!

    Today we’re releasing a mix of Summer tracks and jams, compiled by our very own @RowJ. If you want to see the track listing, you can do so here, but we’d strongly suggest just listening through and looking at the tracks after.   This is entirely made up of audience recordings, and we want to extend a…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Chula Vista, 7-23-16

    For the tour closer from Chula Vista, we’re back with Brad! We included a clip from the Tube from last night — it kicked ass!   Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com. Also, if you haven’t yet, check out the Phish Companion! The Mockingbird Foundation does great work, and this is a…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ The Forum, 7-22-16

    For the Quick Hit from The Forum, we have our very own Brad! We included a clip from the Waves.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com. Also, if you haven’t yet, check out the Phish Companion! The Mockingbird Foundation does great work, and this is a good way to support them. Intro/Outro…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ BGCA, 7-20-16

    For the Quick Hit from BGCA night 3, we have Chris Pandolfi joining us. He’s the banjo player for The Infamous Stringdusters, and a huge Phish fan. He shares his experience from the BGCA shows. We included a clip from last night’s Fee.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com. Check out the Phish…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ BGCA, 7-19-16

    Today we’re recapping last night’s show from San Francisco with Felicia. This Quick Hit features a clip from A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com.  Check out the Phish Companion! The Mockingbird Foundation does great work, and this is a good way to support them. Intro/Outro Music: Jane’s…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ BGCA, 7-18-16

    Today’s Quick Hit is recapping last night’s show in San Francisco, with our guest Matt. We’ve included a clip from the great Sneakin’ Sally.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com. Check out the Phish Companion! The Mockingbird Foundation does great work, and this is a good way to support them. Intro/Outro Music:…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ The Gorge, 7-16-16

    Today’s Quick Hit is recapping last night’s show at The Gorge, with our guest Jon. We share some of the Weekapaug and some of the Hood. Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com. Check out the Phish Companion! The Mockingbird Foundation does great work, and this is a good way to support them.…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ The Gorge, 7-15-16

    Phish is back on the West Coast, and today we have Brad & Jonathan recapping the first night of The Gorge. We have a clip of the No Men In No Man’s Land > Stash. Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com. Check out the Phish Companion! The Mockingbird Foundation does great work,…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Lakeview Amphitheater, 7-10-16

    For today’s Quick Hit, we’re reviewing the Syracuse show from Sunday night. We are joined by Jake, who caught the past 9 shows of the tour! In a show with lots of banter, we included the Ha Ha Ha with some introduction from Trey.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Xfinity Theater, 7-9-16

    For today’s Quick Hit, we’re reviewing last night’s show. We are joined by Alex, who shares his take on Hartford. Great Saturday night show, and we included a clip from the Meat from last night.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com.  Check out the Phish Companion! The Mockingbird Foundation does great…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Great Woods, 7-8-16

    For today’s Quick Hit, we’re reviewing the Great Woods show. We are joined by Brian and Brittany, who share their take on last night’s show. Lots of great music from last night to chat about! We’ve included a clip from the Cities jam (from set 1!).  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com. Thanks…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ CCCC, 7-6-16

    For today’s Quick Hit, we’re reviewing the show from the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland (this venue will ALWAYS be known as the Cumberland County Civic Center). We’re joined by Portland residents Josh & CJ, who help us break the show down. We’ve included a clip from the Tweezer. Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ SPAC 3, 7-3-16

    For today’s Quick Hit, Chillwig is back with us to review the last night of SPAC. He also wrote today’s review for Phish.net, which you should check out. Plenty of controversy and thoughts for discussion.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com. Thanks for listening! Also, check out the Phish Companion! The Mockingbird Foundation does…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ SPAC 2, 7-2-16

    Our Quick Hit from SPAC Saturday night is up! We’re joined by The Vic, who we’re happy to have back on the podcast. Also included a clip from last night’s Light -> Golden Age. Here’s a shot of The Vic with his personalized meme memorialized on a card for Summer Tour.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ SPAC, 7-1-16

    Here’s a Quick Hit from last night’s show at SPAC, with our buddy Patrick, an old friend of the podcast (from episode 6!). Patrick has some good pics and videos from last night on his Instagram feed as well.  The Chalk Dust is what we’ve chosen to share with you, because wow, this is probably the jam of…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ The Mann, 6-29-16

    Here’s a Quick Hit from last night’s show at The Mann, with Matt, who’s joined us before. Today we’ve included the Crosseyed & Painless jam, which segues into a new song, Friends. We also included some of the Hood jam, because, you know, Hood.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and you can download the show from LivePhish.com.…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ The Mann, 6-28-16

    Here’s a Quick Hit from last night’s show at The Mann, with Dianna, who’s joined us before. She also wrote the recap for Phish.net, which you should check out! We included a clip of the new song, Breath & Burning, along with the segue into Timber. Great stuff in the 2nd set.  Here’s the full setlist, via Phish.net, and…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Klipsch (Deer Creek), 6-26-16

    Here’s a Quick Hit from last night’s show at Klipsch (it will always be Deer Creek to us). We’re joined by our friend Art, who shares his experience with us. We included a clip from the Light jam from last night as well as the segue from Golden Age -> Boogie On.  The photo you see…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Wrigley Field, 6/25/16

    Here’s a Quick Hit from Wrigley Field night 2, with the HF Pod team. We’ve included a clip from the Piper -> Steam from last night, excellent segue and a really energetic jam in Piper. If you haven’t yet seen the new Phish Companion from the good folks at The Mockingbird Foundation, check it out. It’s beautiful…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Wrigley Field, 6/24/16

    Here’s a Quick Hit from Wrigley Field night 1, with our good friend Brian Brinkman. As a lifelong Cubs fan born and raised in Chicago, this was a huge night for Brian. We’re glad he was able to share it with us.  We’ve included a clip from the Twist from last night, which really just shows…

  • Quick Hit: Phish @ Xcel Energy Center, 6/22/16

    For this tour, we’re going to bring you a “quick hit” from each show — a brief discussion and clip from the show — and put them up by the next afternoon. Today we’re chatting briefly about the show from last night in St. Paul, MN.  We’ve included a clip from the Wolfman’s Brother, as…

  • Episode 83: Top 15 Summer Jams!

    This week, we have our most ambitious podcast undertaking to date, done in partnership with our guest Justin Bruce. We compiled about 50 Phish Summer jams from across the eras, then asked people to vote on their top 15 jams. The results are in! This episode will feature the top 15 Phish Summer jams, as voted…

  • Episode 82: Guest Pick — Todd Ahrens

    This week, our guest is Todd Ahrens, who runs the blog BackInMyDay.net. We chat with Todd about his history of following Phish for 25+ years, and the specific show he chose (details below). Nice to get perspective from someone who has been engaged with the band for so long.  You can still take our quick survey about how we…

  • Episode 81: Guest Picks — Ari Fink

    This week, our guest is Ari Fink, a director of music programming at SiriusXM. He’s a host on SiriusXM’s Jam On (Channel 29) and the Pearl Jam radio station (Channel 22). He also helped start Grateful Dead Radio (Channel 23).  Ari was kind enough to join us and chat about music, including of course lots about…

  • Episode 80: Festivals!

    This week, the core group is back together (Brad, RJ, Jonathan). With Summer Tour looming, including a couple shows at Lock’n, we wanted to revisit some Phish appearances at other festivals over the years. We got some great tracks here for you (below with times), so please enjoy!  You can still take our quick survey about how…

  • Episode 79: Guest Picks – Andy Keathley

    On this week’s episode, we’re joined by Andy Keathley, a big Phish fan and a member of the band The Get Down Boys. If you like bluegrass, you’ll definitely dig them. Andy and Brad discuss Phish and we share some Phish music Andy chose from across the decades (list below, music starts at 19 minutes).  If you haven’t…

  • Episode 78: The Jauntee Pt 2!

    This is Part 2 of this week’s episode with Scotty from The Jauntee. If you haven’t seen them before, check them out — they have a new album out and just announced 2016 Summer Tour dates, including some Phish after parties in Denver in September.   Part 2 tracks below. If you haven’t yet, please take our quick survey about how we…

  • Episode 78: The Jauntee!

    On this week’s episode, we’re joined by Scotty, a big Phish fan and the drummer for the great band The Jauntee. If you haven’t seen them before, check them out — they have a new album out and just announced 2016 Summer Tour dates, including some Phish after parties in Denver in September.   This is a…

  • Episode 77: Guest Picks – Macon Phillips

    This week, we have a good friend joining us to talk Phish and share some music. Macon Phillips is a longtime fan and has a great perspective on the music, the scene and how technology has informed the evolution of Phish. We have a fun intro conversation, and then we hop into the music. The tracks are…

  • Episode 76: Chalk Dust Torture!

    This week, we decided to discuss and explore Chalk Dust Torture and its evolution over the years. Phish has of course been playing this song since 1991, and the evolution of the song has pretty closely followed the trajectory of their music—incredible precision, then a bit of exploration, then funk, then way more space and…

  • Episode 75: Special Guest Alan Paul Pt. 2

    This week, we’re really honored to have author, journalist and musician Alan Paul join us. We talk about his conversations with Trey; hanging out with Phish, Ween, Phil Lesh, and the Allmans; and about his music fandom. He shares a wealth of knowledge about music, and we talk about two of his books—Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful…

  • Episode 75: Special Guest Alan Paul

    This week, we’re really honored to have author, journalist and musician Alan Paul join us. We talk about his conversations with Trey; hanging out with Phish, Phil Lesh, and the Allmans; and about his music fandom. He shares a wealth of knowledge about music, and we talk about two of his books—Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead and One…

  • Episode 74: Year in Review Phish 2015 Pt. 3

    2015 was a hell of a year for Phish. We attempt to do it justice in Episode 74. Part 3 includes some jams we think you shouldn’t miss — music without discussion. Tracks below.  If you haven’t yet, please take our quick survey about how we can improve the podcast. Also, review us on iTunes and follow us on Twitter.  Part 3 Tracks…

  • Episode 74: Year in Review Phish 2015 Pt. 2

    This is Part 2 of Episode 74, which focuses on the evolution of improvisation in 2015 (discussion of the music starts around 1:27:00). We appreciate Allie, Chris, Zac and Dianna joining us again for this great discussion. Part 3 will just be some jams we think you shouldn’t miss—just music without discussion.  If you haven’t yet, please take our quick survey about how we can improve…

  • Episode 74: Year in Review Phish 2015

    2015 was a hell of a year for Phish. We attempt to do it justice in Episode 74, with great group of guests joining us for this 3-part episode. Each part touches on a different theme, with Part 1 focused on the new material that was released this year (tracks below, discussion of music starts around 49:00).…

  • Episode 73: Phish 2.1.91 Set 1

    This week, we’re bringing you a set from the archives: Set 1 of 2.1.91, from Brown University. This week is the the 24th anniversary of the show, which has a couple key debuts and some wonderful improv that reminds us how talented this band was even in its first couple years of touring. Their playing…

  • Episode 72: Phish in Mexico Recap

    Phish just finished a 3-night run in Riviera Maya, Mexico, so on this episode we recap that run and chat with a few guys who were there: Craig, Matt and James. We do a quick intro discussion about the scene and the experience, and then we play some music from the run. The clips we included are below. Hope you enjoy.…

  • Episode 71: MSG New Year’s Run Highlights

    Well, that was a fun run of shows from MSG in New York last week. This week we’re bringing you some highlights from all 4 nights of the 2015-2016 New Year’s run. We have an intro discussion, and then we get into a bunch of great music. Instead of going chronologically with the musical highlights,…

  • Episode 70: MSG Highlights (1994-2013)

    As you may have seen, we put the topic of the last HF Pod episode of 2015 up to a vote. The topic that came out on top was highlights of Phish’s Madison Square Garden shows through the years.  We curated a list of tunes that spans across every year that Phish played at MSG.…

  • Vote on the last podcast of 2015!

    Click here to vote on what you’d like to see as the last podcast episode of 2015: https://twitter.com/hfpod/status/677134812059160576

  • Episode 69: Fall ’95 Highlights Pt. 3

    It’s been 20 years, folks, since the epic Fall 1995 tour. Everything changed for Phish in 1995 (as it did again in ’97, ’99, ’04, ’13 and ’15). But this signaled the beginning of a new era—bigger venues, bigger crowds, bigger expectations. And during this tour, Phish did what they do best. They delivered. Our…

  • Episode 69: Fall ’95 Highlights Pt. 2

    Hope you enjoyed part 1 of our epic 3-part Fall ’95 recap. This is part 2, with our friends Wade and Josh again. This was a lot of fun. And as Wade says, listening to Fall 1995 “is not a spectator sport.” Hope you’re geared up. We’ll release Part 3 next week. As always, we ask you to follow…

  • Episode 69: Fall ’95 Highlights Pt. 1

    It’s been 20 years, folks, since the epic Fall 1995 tour. Everything changed for Phish in 1995 (as it did again in ’97, ’99, ’04, ’13 and ’15). But this signaled the beginning of a new era—bigger venues, bigger crowds, bigger expectations. And during this tour, Phish did what they do best. They delivered.  Our…

  • Episode 68: “A Live One” Book Convo w/Wally Holland

    This week, Wally Holland joins us to talk about his new book: “A Live One,” released as part of the 33 1/3 series. The book is great, you should absolutely it out. Our conversation focuses on all things Phish, and Wally’s insights about the band—the influences, the musical approach, and the joy and emotion that…

  • Episode 67: 20 Years Later — Phish 10.28.95 Pt. 2

    This week WE are the guests! Jonathan interviews us as we reflect on our first show, which took place 20 years ago this week in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It’s difficult to put into words how going to a concert 2 decades ago could affect your life in so many ways, but we do our best. It’s a fun show,…

  • Episode 67: 20 Years Later — Phish 10.28.95

    This week WE are the guests! Jonathan interviews us as we reflect on our first show, which took place 20 years ago this week in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It’s difficult to put into words how going to a concert 2 decades ago could affect your life in so many ways, but we do our best. It’s a fun show,…

  • Episode 66: Fall ’96 Highlights Pt. 2

    This week we’re joined by our good friend Brian (@sufferingjuke). He was inspired to go back and listen to the entire Fall 1996 tour, and he pulled together a wonderful collection of highlights from that tour. Brian put a ton of thought into this, and the product makes that very clear. Really wonderful highlights, and some…

  • Episode 66: Fall ’96 Highlights Pt. 1

    This week we’re joined by our good friend Brian (@sufferingjuke). He was inspired to go back and listen to the entire Fall 1996 tour, and he pulled together a wonderful collection of highlights from that tour. Brian put a ton of thought into this, and the product makes that very clear. Really wonderful highlights, and some…

  • Episode 65: Just the Jams Summer 2015

    This week our guest is George (@McGrupp_), who joins us to discuss Summer Tour and to share his “Just the Jams” mix—2 hours of musical excerpts from this past tour. This is a very well-edited, smooth-flowing mix, and you often can’t tell when one jam starts and another begins. Great work by George, and definitely worth…

  • Episode 64: Summer ’15 Tour Highlights Pt. 4 (Dick’s!)

    This week we have 2 great guests to help us wrap up what has been a really wonderful 2015 Summer Tour. Wally (@waxbanks) and Myke (@lawnmemo) join us for a discussion of the Dick’s shows. We also have a selection of tunes from the 3-show run from Denver (tracks below, music starts at about 56 minutes).…

  • Episode 63: Summer ’15 Tour Highlights Pt. 3 (Part 2)

    This week we bring you more music from Summer Tour, including highlights from the wonderful Magnaball festival that just wrapped up last week. We have a lot to chat about, so we’re going to split this one up into two episodes, but both available now. This is part 2, tracks are below.  Please review us on iTunes and…

  • Episode 63: Summer ’15 Tour Highlights Pt. 3 (Part 1)

    This week we bring you more music from Summer Tour, including highlights from the wonderful Magnaball festival that just wrapped up last week. We have a lot to chat about, so we’re going to split this one up into two episodes, but both available now. This is part 1, with chapters and tracks below.  Please review…

  • Episode 62: Summer ’15 Tour Highlights Pt. 2

    This week we keep Summer Tour musical highlights rolling (per Diego’s suggestion). This tour continues to create excitement, anticipation and lots of conversation. While I may argue that this leg of the tour focused more on song diversity and overall show flow, there are still some spectacular jams. Our forecast for the rest of the tour:…

  • Episode 61: Summer ’15 Tour Highlights Pt. 1

    This week we are keeping it very simple: highlights from each of the first 8 shows of Phish Summer 2015 tour, from Bend through Atlanta. We’ll do the same for the rest of tour. There have been some amazing pieces of music so far, so if you haven’t heard much of it, we really think you’ll…

  • Episode 60: Fare Thee Well Recap Pt. 2

    This week we’re psyched to be recapping the Fare Thee Well shows from Chicago and Santa Clara. It’s a really fun discussion with a lot of people who are vets of both Phish and the Grateful Dead: Scott (@TourTweet), Craig (@chillwig), Jonathan (@rowj) and Tanya (@fractalgal). We talk about this momentous, celebratory moment in Grateful…

  • Episode 60: Fare Thee Well Recap Pt. 1

    This week we’re psyched to be recapping the Fare Thee Well shows from Chicago and Santa Clara. It’s a really fun discussion with a lot of people who are vets of both Phish and the Grateful Dead: Scott (@TourTweet), Craig (@chillwig), Jonathan (@rowj) and Tanya (@fractalgal). We talk about this momentous, celebratory moment in Grateful…

  • Ep. 59 Pt. 1 – Summer 1995 Tweezers – 6.22.95

    This week it’s Brad and Jonathan, with special guest and friend Kevin. This week we’ll be talking about 2 of the greatest improvisational vehicles in Phish history: this episode features the 6.22.95 Tweezer.  Both this and last week’s Tweezer (6.14.95) feature epic, meandering, maddening, soupy, wild, funky, rocking songs. These Tweezers helped to define the improvisation of the band at a…

  • Ep. 59 Pt. 1 – Summer 1995 Tweezers: 6.14.95

    This week it’s Brad and Jonathan, with special guest and friend Kevin. This week we’ll be talking about 2 of the greatest improvisational vehicles in Phish history: this episode features the 6.14.95 Tweezer, and next week will feature the 6.22.95 Tweezer.  Both epic, meandering, maddening, soupy, wild, funky, rocking, these Tweezers helped to define the improvisation of the band at a time of…

  • Ep. 58 Pt. 2 — Summer Sampler

    This week we’re continuing our Summer Sampler tunes. More great music from across the years. If you want to see the tracks before you listen, you can view them here. Chapters below. As always, please review us on iTunes and send comments and feedback to helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com, and follow us on Twitter. And check out CashorTrade.org for face value…

  • Ep. 58 Pt. 1 — Summer Sampler

    This week it’s just Brad, RJ and Jonathan (@rowj), and we have an exciting episode to share with you all. Jonathan came up with the great idea to revisit some key tracks from the venues/cities Phish will be playing this Summer Tour. We have excellent tracks and jams that span from 1991 to 2014. If you’d prefer…

  • Ep 57 Pt 2 — Phish Jam Picks from Runaway Gin

    This week we are joined by Phish tribute band Runaway Gin. Last time we heard the music of Runaway Gin, and for this week we hear some excellent Phish jams chosen by the band members. Chapters below. Here’s a picture of Waterloo Village, which is the venue Fitz chose his jam from.  Please review us on iTunes and send comments…

  • Ep 57 Pt 1 — Runaway Gin joins HF Pod

    This week we are joined by Phish tribute band Runaway Gin. This is a unique and exciting episode of the podcast, the first time we feature something other than a Phish show—but still discuss and play the music of the band.   Part 1 of the podcast features the music of Runaway Gin along with discussion with…

  • Ep 56 Pt 2 — Phish 11.9.98 Set 2

    This week we are joined by the great The Vic, who brought us back to a great show from the impressive Chicago run from 1998. We’re going to play and discuss the last show of that run, 11.9.98. Phish has played some great shows at UIC Pavilion, including the “Elements” set from 2011 and the wonderful 6.18.94…

  • Ep 56 Pt 1 — Phish 11.9.98 Set 1

    This week we are joined by the great The Vic, who brought us back to a great show from the impressive Chicago run from 1998. We’re going to play and discuss the last show of that run, 11.9.98. Below are pics from both Vic and Brad’s setlists from this show.  Phish has played some great shows at…

  • Ep 55 Pt. 2 — Phish 5.28.89

    This week we are joined by our friend and guest host Jonathan, who brought us back to a wonderful show from 1989, from “Ian’s House” (or “Ian’s Party” at someone else’s house). Either way, Ian was awesome.  This show is historic, fun, and filled with really excellent playing. Trey’s tone and precision in playing is just crisp,…

  • Ep 55 Pt. 1 — Phish 5.28.89

    This week we are joined by our friend and guest host Jonathan, who brought us back to a wonderful show from 1989, from “Ian’s House” (or “Ian’s Party” at someone else’s house). Either way, Ian was awesome.  This show is historic, fun, and filled with really excellent playing. Trey’s tone and precision in playing is just crisp,…

  • Ep 54: Guest Pick – Phish 8.16.96 – Set 3

    This week we have a long overdue guest, CJ, who is a longtime fan of the podcast and Mainer exiled in London. But we’ll have him back for this Summer Tour, which we discuss on this show, along with lots of other things. The timing of this pick was stellar — we’ll be discussing and listening to…

  • Ep 54: Guest Pick – Phish 8.16.96 – Set 2

    This week we have a long overdue guest, CJ, who is a longtime fan of the podcast and Mainer exiled in London. But we’ll have him back for this Summer Tour, which we discuss on this show, along with lots of other things. The timing of this pick was stellar — we’ll be discussing and listening to…

  • Ep 54: Guest Pick – Phish 8.16.96 – Set 1

    This week we have a long overdue guest, CJ, who is a longtime fan of the podcast and Mainer exiled in London. But we’ll have him back for this Summer Tour, which we discuss on this show, along with lots of other things. The timing of this pick was stellar — we’ll be discussing and listening to…

  • Ep 53: Guest Pick – Jackson Richards – Phish 6.4.11 Set 2

    This week we’re excited to be joined by Jackson, a fellow Buckeye, and our guest host, Jonathan. We chat about and play Phish 6.4.11 — this is Set 2. Chapter markers are below. Please continue to send us feedback about this experiment and let us know what you think. And please review us on iTunes and send comments and feedback…

  • Ep 53: Guest Pick – Jackson Richards – Phish 6.4.11 Set 1

    This week we’re excited to be joined by Jackson, a fellow Buckeye, and our guest host, Jonathan. We chat about and play Phish 6.4.11 — with Set 1 this week and Set 2 next week! We’ll release Set 1 this week and Set 2 next week. Chapter markers are below. Please continue to send us feedback about this…

  • Episode 52: Set 2 Phish 1.1.11

    This week we’re excited to be joined by Tyler Curtis, who we’ve been looking forward to chatting with for a while now! We talked with him about 1.1.11. This second set is one of those gems that flows and brings better and better jams as it develops. Great one to revisit.   This is the release of…

  • Episode 52 – Set 1 Phish 1.1.11

    This week we’re excited to be joined by Tyler Curtis, who we’ve been looking forward to chatting with for a while now! We talked with him about 1.1.11, a last of the New Year’s run show, which has a fantastic high-energy first set. Great one to revisit.   This week we’re going to release our intro conversation…

  • Episode 51: Guest Pick – Steven Hyden – 10.31.96

    This week we’re excited to be joined by Steven Hyden, a music journalist for Grantland and a self-described Phish “noob.” We chatted about 10.31.96, the Halloween show that of course included the cover of Remain in Light, by the Talking Heads. Here’s an article that Steven wrote about Phish for Grantland, which is a great read.  We got a…

  • Episode 50: Guest Pick – 12.6.97

    This week we have Adam Menzo joining us, who picked a show that was his first and is near and dear to our hearts, 12.6.97 from The Palace. All 3 of us were lucky enough to have been there, and this show still ranks as one of the best in Phish history.  New Experiment! We’re trying something different this…

  • Episode 49 Part 1: Miami NYE Run Recap

    This week we are recapping the Miami NYE run from just about a week ago! In part 1, we discuss and break down Set 2 of 12.31.14.  Our guests for the week are Kevin (@OKDeadhead), Ali (@peckedbythedove), Graig (@FurryThug) and Patrick (@PatrickBrannan). We all had a blast in Miami, and we hope you enjoy our breakdown…

  • Episode 49 Part 2: Miami NYE Run Recap

    This week we are recapping the Miami NYE run from just about a week ago! In this one we break down and discuss Set 2 of 1.3.15. Our guests for the week are Kevin (@OKDeadhead), Ali (@peckedbythedove), Graig (@FurryThug) and Patrick (@PatrickBrannan). We all had a blast in Miami, and we hope you enjoy our breakdown…

  • Episode 48: Guest Pick – Scott Bernstein – 12.9.95

    This week we have Scott Bernstein of YEMBlog back to do another guest pick. He wanted to share his memories from the classic 12.9.95 show from Albany, NY. This monstrous Fall Tour delivered show after show, and this is considered by many to be the best. We also have a great conversation with Scott to kick off the episode.  As…

  • Episode 47: Guest Pick – 7.25.99

    This week we are back to a guest pick from the past. Our guest Matt Huber has chosen 7.25.99, from Deer Creek. A really great show that has some great bust-out tunes, some really classic ’99 jamming, leading up to the “millennium” sound we hear before and up to the end of Phish 1.0. Setlist and…

  • Episode 46: Fall Tour Reviews Pt. 2 (SF-Vegas!)

    This week we are going to review and bring you highlights from the SF & Vegas shows, with several fantastic guests. Jen Bernstein & Allie join us for SF, and Pete, Hilary and Dianna talk with us about Vegas. Setlist and chapter markers below, hope you enjoy!  Here’s a link to the video Jen filmed from the floor of the SF show the night the Giants won…

  • Episode 45: Fall Tour Reviews Pt. 1 (Eugene-SD)

    Hope everyone has enjoyed this whirlwind of the 12-show Fall Tour. This week we are discussing the first 6 shows with some great guests, complete with awesome clips from every show. The next episode will feature the SF and Vegas runs. Setlist and chapter markers below.  Chapter 1   0:00         Introduction w/RJ &…

  • Episode 44: Phish 11.28.92, Port Chester, NY

    This week we are going all the way back to the Fall of 1992 to listen to a nice show with some real gems, 11.28.92, from Port Chester, NY. We hope you enjoy it! Setlist and chapter markers below.  As usual, please review us on iTunes and send comments and feedback to helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com, and follow…

  • Episode 43: Guest Pick – 7.23.97

    This week we are back to bringing you a show from the archives. Our guest, Josh Korin, picked 7.23.97, from Atlanta. This gem of a show from the Summer of 1997 is a great way to jump back into the 1.0 shows. Setlist and chapter markers below.  As usual, please review us on iTunes and send comments and feedback…

  • Episode 42: Dicks 2014 Recap!

    For this week’s show, we’re recapping Dicks 2014. We were excited to be joined by Dave, aka @mrminer; frequent guests Zac & Andy from @thebabysmouth; and our friend Jim, who is @FlyPhishing. We reviewed all 3 nights and play some clips from each night. Really fun conversation, we hope you enjoy. Chapter markers are below, separated out by night. …

  • Episode 41: Coventry 10 Years Later

    This week, we wanted to revisit Coventry, 10 years later, but in a different way than we usually approach the podcast. From our perspective, the music was, for the most part, bad. So we’re not playing any music from the weekend. You can hear it all via Phish On Demand or PhishTracks. (The Jibboo, Melt, AC/DC Bag and…

  • Episode 40: Tour Conversations Part 3!

    Hello, friends. We’re back this week with more tour conversations, wrapping up the first leg of the Summer Tour. We bring you some clips and chats from Charlotte, Merriweather, Portsmouth, Orange Beach, Oak Mountain, and Atlanta. Some great guests, and good music. Hope you enjoy. Chapter markers below. We’re happy to announce that the Helping…

  • Episode 39: Tour Conversations Part 2!

    This week we’re keeping it short and sweet with some more Tour Conversations, a few select conversations with friends sharing their show experiences with us. Great guests and great chats. Chapter markers below. As usual, please review us on iTunes and send comments and feedback to helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com, and follow us on Twitter. And check out CashorTrade.org for face value…

  • Episode 38: Phish Tour Conversations

    This week we we’re mixing things up, because were in the middle of Summer Tour. We have some quick conversations with some of our friends, who share their first-hand experiences from the road. And then we play one set from Summer Tour so far. Chapter markers and setlist below. Chapter 1    0:00        …

  • Episode 37: Guest Pick – Phish 8.15.11 Set 2

    This week we we’re thrilled to be joined by Justin Bolognino, to play and discuss a fantastic “mystery box” of a show, Set 2 of 8.15.11 in Chicago. Chapter markers and setlist below. As usual, we ask you to please review us on iTunes, and send comments and feedback to helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com, and follow us…

  • Episode 36: Guest Pick – Phish 11.28.09

    This week we were happy to be joined by two guests, Matt Burnham & Mr. Jahpone, to play and discuss one of our favorite shows from Phish 3.0, 11.28.09, from Albany, NY. Chapter markers and setlist below. Please review us on iTunes, and send comments and feedback to helpingfriendlypodcast at gmail dot com, and follow us on Twitter @hfpod. And check…

  • HF Pod Ep 35: Guest Picks – Revisiting Phish 2.0

    This episode, we’re excited to be joined by Kate and Kristen from @2chix1fightbell and Wade Wilby, aka @originalwyllys, to revisit Phish 2.0. The format is a little different for this episode, as our 3 guests each picked a specific track from this era, and then we discuss and play one set from 2004. Setlist and chapters below! Please review…

  • HF Pod Ep 34: Guest Pick – ZZYZX – Phish 5.16.94 Set 2

    This week we’re 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…

  • HF Pod Ep 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…

  • HF Pod Ep 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. Please review us on iTunes, and send comments and feedback…

  • HF Pod Ep 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. This show has a lot of debuts, and was really fun to revisit. The setlist is at the bottom…

  • HF Pod Ep 30: Phish 8.10.97 Noblesville, IN

    For Episode 30, we wanted to celebrate the announcement of Summer Tour dates by playing and discussing one of our first Summer Phish shows—8.10.97, from Noblesville, IN, at the venue we’ll always know as Deer Creek. The setlist is at the bottom of the page, and the chapter markers are below. Please review us on iTunes, and send…

  • HF Pod Ep 29: From The Tapers’ Section

    This week we were very fortunate to be joined by 3 great tapers and members of the Phish community: Craig Hillwig, Lenny Stubbe and Scott Bernstein. Tapers have a unique perspective on the band, the music, and they’ve been the way we’ve heard most of this band’s music for the majority of the last 30 years. We’re grateful for…

  • HF Pod Ep 28: Phish 2.3.93 Portland, ME

    This week Brad and I are back solo, back to our roots, and we’re playing a show we’ve been looking forward to sharing for a long time: 2.3.93, from Portland, ME. The setlist and chapter markers are below, and visit http://hfpod.blogspot.com/ for more information. Lastly, please take a moment and review us on iTunes! Chapter 1    0:00-8:00…

  • HF Pod Episode 27: Chat w/Nathan Rabin – Phish 5.27.11 Set 1 Bethel Woods

    This week we were joined by writer, critic and all around hilarious guy Nathan Rabin—the author of “You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me,” a fantastic book about Nathan’s wild adventure of self discovery on tour with Phish, and during various adventures with the fans and music of the Insane Clown Posse, particularly…

  • HF Pod Ep 26: Guest Pick – Phish 12.28.11 MSG

    This week we were joined by guest Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman), and he chose a really fun show, 12.28.11, from the New Year’s Run of 2011, from the hallowed ground of Madison Square Garden. The setlist and chapter markers are below, and visit http://hfpod.blogspot.com/ for more information. Lastly, please take a moment and review us on iTunes! Chapter…

  • HF Pod Ep 25: Guest Pick – Phish 4.24.94 Charlotte, NC

    This week we have another guest pick—this one is from Rob Mitchum (@robmitchum & @phishcrit), 4.24.94 from Charlotte, NC. The setlist is below, and visit http://hfpod.blogspot.com/ for more information. Below are the chapter markers for this episode, for your reference (you should be able to skip chapters on most podcast apps/devices, please let us know if…

  • HF Pod Ep 24: MSG 2013

    We are grateful to have Kevin (@okdeadhead) join us for our first episode of 2014—breaking down and playing some great selections from the New Year’s Run, from Madison Square Garden 2013. We’re playing and discussing the Chalk Dust Torture & Ghost from 12.30, all of Set 2 from 12.31 (which they played from the top…

  • HF Pod Ep 23: Guest Pick – Phish 12.31.93 Worcester, MA

    Happy Holidays everyone! For our last episode of 2013, we were approached by our friends Tom and Matt to play 12.31.93 from Worcester, Mass. It’s funny because Brad and I actually discussed playing this show, and then we heard from these guys. Serendipity! It’s a great 3 set show, of course, and we hope you…

  • HF Pod Ep 22: Guest Pick – Phish 11.14.97 Set 2 West Valley City, UT

    Hello friends! This week we’re doing another guest pick, this time from our friend Wally (aka @waxbanks). We had a great conversation about his Phish journey (and his writing, which can be found here), and we discussed and played Set 2 of 11.14.97, from West Valley City, UT. The show’s setlist is below, and visit http://hfpod.blogspot.com/ for our…

  • HF Pod Ep 21: Guest Pick – Phish 11.16.91 Washington, DC

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. This week we have another guest pick, this time from our friend Scott. We had a great conversation, and we discussed and played Phish 11.16.91, from Washington, DC. The show’s setlist is below, and visit http://hfpod.blogspot.com/ for our Listener Notes and for more information.  One quick appeal: Please review us on iTunes!  –…