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The Helping Friendly Podcast (HFPod) explores the music and fan experience of Phish, through interviews and deep dives on shows and tours. Since 2013, we’ve aimed to bring the fan voice into discussions about Phish, and with the help of our guests, we’re still discovering new angles of appreciation for the band. And when the band is on tour, we provide a review of every show the following day with a fan who was there. As one of our listeners said, “this show has impeccable analysis, stats, commentary and music.” Join us!
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In our sevent episode of HFPod on Tour, presented by Shift Genuine Cannabis, we are so happy to share the recording of our Live Event from the Dick's Lot. We were joined by Ryan Chiachiere of Trey's Guitar Rig, Benjy Eisen, and Scott Marks to discuss Phish's Summer 2021 Tour. In addition, we heard from The Dude of Life & Andy Greenberg's new project, Space Armadillo. It's a fun & lively hour of chatter. Thanks so much to everyone who joined us! Tune into our live video show recaps every day after a show at 1pm ET. Visit OsirisPod.com/LivePhish to hear our Jam Of The Week selections! HFPod on Tour is hosted and produced by Jonathan Hart, Brian Brinkman and RJ Bee. Produced by Matt Dwyer, David Goldstein and Brad TenBrook. Brought to you by Osiris Media and Shift Genuine Cannabis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our sixth episode of HFPod on Tour, presented by Shift Genuine Cannabis, we look back on the Shoreline and Dick's runs and discuss the last week of Phish Summer 2021 in full. In addition, we pick our Jam of The Week. Tune into our live video show recaps every day after a show at 1pm ET. Visit OsirisPod.com/LivePhish to hear our Jam Of The Week selections! HFPod on Tour is hosted and produced by Jonathan Hart, Brian Brinkman and RJ Bee. Produced by Matt Dwyer, David Goldstein and Brad TenBrook. Brought to you by Osiris Media and Shift Genuine Cannabis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our fifth episode of HFPod on Tour, presented by Shift Genuine Cannabis, we look back on the August 27-29 three show run at The Gorge. We break down the run in full & pick our Jam of The Weekend. Tune into our live video show recaps every day after a show at 1pm ET. Visit OsirisPod.com/LivePhish to hear our Jam Of The Week selections! HFPod on Tour is hosted and produced by Jonathan Hart, Brian Brinkman and RJ Bee. Produced by Matt Dwyer, David Goldstein and Brad TenBrook. Brought to you by Osiris Media and Shift Genuine Cannabis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our fourth episode of HFPod on Tour, presented by Shift Genuine Cannabis, we take a wide-angle look at the first leg of the Summer 2021 Tour, discussing the major themes & chat about how our perspective has changed since the band briefly closed shop in AC. We also spend some time discussing the upcoming West Coast Run & our thoughts on what might be in store. Tune into our live video show recaps every day after a show at 1pm ET. Visit OsirisPod.com/LivePhish to hear our Jam Of The Week selections! HFPod on Tour is hosted and produced by Jonathan Hart, Brian Brinkman and RJ Bee. Produced by Matt Dwyer, David Goldstein and Brad TenBrook. Brought to you by Osiris Media and Shift Genuine Cannabis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our third episode of HFPod on Tour, presented by Shift Genuine Cannabis, we dive into the Hershey-Atlantic City run of tour, and try to identify the best jams and moments of the tour thus far, with an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Then we hear from Jonathan and Ryan Siebert, a taper who’s on tour, to help us follow and break down the shows thus far. Tune into our live video show recaps every day after a show at 1pm ET. Visit OsirisPod.com/LivePhish to hear our Jam Of The Week selections! HFPod on Tour is hosted and produced by Jonathan Hart, Brian Brinkman and RJ Bee. Produced by Matt Dwyer, David Goldstein and Brad TenBrook. Brought to you by Osiris Media and Shift Geniune Cannabis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our second episode of HFPod on Tour, presented by Shift Genuine Cannabis, we dive into the Nashville-Deer Creek run of tour, and try to identify the best jams and moments of the tour thus far, with an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Then we hear from Jonathan and Ryan Siebert, a taper who’s on tour, to help us follow and break down the shows thus far. Tune into our live video show recaps every day after a show at 1pm ET. Visit OsirisPod.com/LivePhish to hear our Jam Of The Week selections! HFPod on Tour is hosted and produced by Jonathan Hart, Brian Brinkman and RJ Bee. Produced by Matt Dwyer, David Goldstein and Brad TenBrook. Brought to you by Osiris Media and Shift Geniune Cannabis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our first episode of HFPod on Tour, presented by Shift Genuine Cannabis, we dive into the first four shows in the tour, and try to identify the best jams and moments of the tour thus far, with an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Then we hear from Jonathan and Ryan Siebert, a taper who’s on tour, to help us follow and break down the shows thus far. And listen for a very special contest announcement from Shift and Osiris! Get your costumes ready and try your luck. Tune into our live video show recaps every day after a show at 1pm ET. Visit OsirisPod.com/LivePhish to hear our Jam Of The Week selections! HFPod on Tour is hosted and produced by Jonathan Hart, Brian Brinkman and RJ Bee. Produced by Matt Dwyer, David Goldstein and Brad TenBrook. Brought to you by Osiris Media and Shift Geniune Cannabis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
HF Pod On Tour!

HF Pod On Tour!

2021-07-2801:08

Phish tour is back, and so is the Helping Friendly Podcast! HF Pod On Tour will feature live video Quick Hits at 1pm the day after every show—on Osiris Media's Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels. We'll also have podcast episodes every Tuesday with a rundown of the tour thus far. Featuring great conversation, fans who were at the shows, and lots of laughs and music. Subscribe to the Helping Friendly Podcast wherever you get your podcasts. We'll also be doing a very special event around Dick's, and an amazing contest that will be announced soon. HF Pod On Tour is presented by Shift Cannabis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Cluster Flies from JamBase

Cluster Flies from JamBase

2021-04-2901:00:57

We have a special episode for you today, looking in depth at JamBase's Cluster Flies, the covers compilation reimagining Phish’s album Farmhouse. The limited-edition 3LP release was mastered by engineer Joe Lambert and features custom artwork and a poster created by longtime Phish collaborator Jim Pollock. You can pre-order the LP and Pollock poster here through Monday, May 3, or pre-order the digital version, which will be released on Friday, April 30. This episode includes an interview with JamBase CEO Dave Onigman, conducted by Dave and Brian from the Undermine team. We also have a song recommendation from Cluster Flies from each member of the Undermine team. We hope you enjoy this amazing compilation. These Phish covers were recorded by Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss, Club d’Elf, Daniel Donato, Chris Forsyth, Neal Francis, Jennifer Hartswick, Amy Helm, Lindsay Lou, Reed Mathis, White Denim’s James Petralli, Strand Of Oaks, Sylvan Esso, William Tyler, Sadler Vaden, Vetiver, Ryley Walker, and a supergroup led by Tim Palmieri (which includes our very own Amar Sastry).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hey, HFPod listeners! We're proud to bring you the first episode of our new Phish podcast, Undermine. Check out the first episode here and subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.  How did a band with no major label from a small city in Northern Vermont become one of the biggest bands in music within a decade? What were the origins of Phish and what laid the foundation for their cultural timeline and organic growth? In the first episode of Undermine, Phish lyricist Tom Marshall brings in the perspectives of fans and collaborators who saw their rise in Vermont and helped to create the scene that was critical as the band found their groove and structure in the early 80s.  Undermine is sponsored by Upslope Brewing Company. Undermine is brought to you by Osiris Media. Executive Producers are Tom Marshall, RJ Bee, Brian Brinkman and Matt Dwyer. Produced and Edited by Brian Brinkman. Mixed and Mastered by Matt Dwyer. Co-hosted by David Goldstein, Jonathan Hart and Brad TenBrook. Production assistance and writing by Noah Eckstein. Production Assistance from Christina Collins and Dawn Jenkins. Original music by Amar Sastry. Show logo from Mark Dowd. Thank you to all of our interviewees. We’ll see you next week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 189: End Of Session

Episode 189: End Of Session

2020-12-1601:45:55

This is the end! Not really. All four of us will be back in February for the premier of Undermine. We can't wait to bring you more great conversation in 2021. This week, RJ, Brad, Jonathan, and Matt get together one last time under the "HFPod" moniker to chat about the past seven-plus years of podcasting adventures. In an unedited recording, you will get to hear how Helping Friendly Podcast episodes begin, and end—as a conversation between friends. We would like to thank the guests who have given us their time over the years: Scott Reese, Steve Olker, Rob Mitchum, Wally Holland, Craig Hillwig, Lenny Stubbe, Scott Bernstein, Scotty B Scott Bernstein, Nathan Rabin, Justin Bolognino, Matt Burnham, Kate Phillips, Wade Wilby, Chop, Allie, Drew Hitz, David Steinberg, Josh Carver, Steve Judd, Jake Sherman, Felicia, Dave Calarco, Josh Korin, Dianna Hank, Ali (hi), Graig Adler, Patrick Brannan, Adam Menzo, Steven Hyden, Tyler Curtis, Jackson Richards, CJ Ferrell, The Vic, Andy Greenberg, Zac Cohen, George, Brian Brinkman, Dave Goldstein, Dawnee, Alan Paul, Macon Phillips, Scott Ferber from The Jauntee, Andy Keathley, Ari Fink, Todd Ahrens, Justin Bruce, all of our Quick Hit guests, Myke Menio, Tom Marshall, Adam Lioz from PHRE, Shaunea Robinson, Jen Bernstein, Shelly, Marco Walsh, Jefferson Waful, Holly Bowling, Chris Pandolfi, Joel Cummins, Katy Tur, Brando Rich, Kate, Modi and Jeremy of our spirit family, Jason Ronk, Mike Ferguson, Tom Wassell, Nick Sanborn, Jon Barber, Sadler Vaden, Ben Atkind. Special thank you to Patrick, our good buddy, who gave us some amazing early episodes and so many great memories — and has been a HUGE booster of our work from the beginning. We love you all. Finally, a special thanks to our wives who not only tolerate us but also encourage us to follow through on our crazy dreams. Rachel, Jen, Kylie, Amy — thank you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello friends! As we near the finish line for the Helping Friendly Podcast and prepare to join with our friends to create Undermine, we spend this hour chatting with Ben Atkind of the band Goose. Ben is a relatively recent convert to Phish fandom thanks to his friends in Goose's inner-circle. We chat with Ben about Goose's rise to fame in the las 18 months, his impression of Phish as a trained musician, and his experience at his first show, 12/29/16. Join us next week for one final official episode of HFPod where we'll look back on the last seven years in the way only we can. Grady's Cold Brew isn't just for summer! Cold or hot, it's all delicious. Use promo code HFP20 for 20% off your first order. Harry's is a great holiday gift, and their razors are awesome. Go here to learn more.   Visit SynLawn to learn about their terrific synthetic grass surfaces. They have a contest running until December 9th where you can win a 5x7' patch of synthetic lawn for your home!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 187: November 1995

Episode 187: November 1995

2020-11-1101:35:06

Welcome back! In another collaboration with our friends at Under the Scales and Beyond the Pond, we're turning our attention to November 1995. Jonathan, Matt, Brad and RJ each chose one jam that we thought captures the spirit of the month, and we talk the tour overall, some other special moments, why Jonathan is a parrothead, and more. Here is our November 1995 playlist. Here are the tunes Jonathan has been creating. Give them a listen. And check out the new episode of the Talkhouse Podcast with Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon. Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts. We appreciate you listening. And for some great stuff from our sponsors: Check out our newest sponsor, Grady's Cold Brew and try out their cold brew kit. Cold or hot, it's all delicious. Use promo code HFP20 for 20% off your first order. Check out the fine threads at Section 119 and use promo code HFPOD for 20% off your first order. Harry's is a great holiday gift, and their razors are awesome. Go here to learn more.   Visit SynLawn to learn about their terrific synthetic grass surfaces.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 186: October 2000

Episode 186: October 2000

2020-10-1401:38:011

The Harder They Fall 2000! This month, we join our friends at Under The Scales and Beyond The Pond in looking back at the Fall 2000 tour and the end of Phish 1.0. Here on HFPod, we’ll focus on the last week of the tour, in October of 2000. Our friend Justin Bruce, who has been listening to every show since the start of 1999, fills us in on these shows and how they fit into the context of the new millennium. We discussed September of 2000 in episode 141. Check that out, too! Check out this amazing Hershey 2000 story!   Have you checked out Jambase’s video portal yet? They have tens of thousands of videos from the artists you love, all searchable. It’s a great way to connect with live music while we’re all stuck inside.    Check out our newest sponsor, Grady's Cold Brew and try out their cold brew kit. Perfect for summer sipping! Use promo code HFP20 for 20% off your first order.   Visit SynLawn to learn about their amazing synthetic grass surfaces and enter the contest to win a free putting green!   Check out the fine threads at Section 119 and use promo code HFPOD for 20% off your first order. We love their masks!   Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts! We'll see you soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Happy Birthday, Trey!   This week, we keep it simple by celebrating Trey Anastasio’s birthday and recognizing some of our all-time favorite “Trey Moments.” Join us for a listen back at four very tasty segments of Trey playing that have inspired us over the years.    THE HARDER THEY FALL 2000: We will be back on October14th as we join forces with Under The Scales and Beyond The Pond to bring you a comprehensive look back at October 2000, AKA the end of Phish 1.0. Send us your memories on Twitter or at helpingfriendlypodcast@gmail.com.    Have you checked out Jambase’s video portal yet? They have tens of thousands of videos from the artists you love, all searchable. It’s a great way to connect with live music while we’re all stuck inside.    Check out our newest sponsor, Grady's Cold Brew and try out their cold brew kit. Perfect for summer sipping! Use promo code HFP20 for 20% off your first order.   Visit SynLawn to learn about their amazing synthetic grass surfaces and enter the contest to win a free putting green!   Check out the fine threads at Section 119 and use promo code HFPOD for 20% off your first order. We love their masks!   Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts! We'll see you soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, we’re revisiting an episode from early 2018 when our friend Ben joined us to discuss the best first sets Phish has played. We talked about what makes a great first set, how the amazing moments in first sets have evolved over time, and finish by talking about the state of the band just after the monumental year of 2017 came to a close.  This episode has been remixed from the original recordings. Let us know if you’d like for us to go back and polish up any other classic HFPod episodes! THE HARDER THEY FALL 2000: In October, we’ll be joining forces with Under The Scales and Beyond The Pond to bring you a comprehensive look back at October 2000, AKA the end of Phish 1.0. Send us your memories on Twitter or at helpingfriendlypodcast@gmail.com.  Have you checked out Jambase’s video portal yet? They have tens of thousands of videos from the artists you love, all searchable. It’s a great way to connect with live music while we’re all stuck inside.  Check out our newest sponsor, Grady's Cold Brew and try out their cold brew kit. Perfect for summer sipping! Use promo code HFP20 for 20% off your first order. Visit SynLawn to learn about their amazing synthetic grass surfaces and enter the contest to win a free putting green! Check out the fine threads at Section 119 and use promo code HFPOD for 20% off your first order. We love their masks! Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts! We'll see you soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 183: Summer 2010

Episode 183: Summer 2010

2020-09-0201:33:27

This week, we look back on the 10th anniversary of the Summer 2010 tour. Has it been overlooked? Was it better or worse than early 3.0 years? The gang debates this while sharing a few choice nuggets from the tour. Here’s the playlist we developed for this tour. Enjoy! Check out our newest sponsor, Grady's Cold Brew and try out their cold brew kit. Perfect for summer sipping! Use promo code HFP20 for 20% off your first order. Visit SynLawn to learn about their amazing synthetic grass surfaces and enter the contest to win a free putting green! Check out the fine threads at Section 119 and use promo code HFPOD for 20% off your first order. We love their masks! Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts! We'll see you soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 182: Sadler Vaden

Episode 182: Sadler Vaden

2020-08-1901:26:24

Matt and Jonathan chatted with Sadler Vaden, guitarist for The 400 Unit and a solo artist in his own right. The guys talk with Sadler about his musical upbringing, playing with Jason Isbell, the East Nashville music scene, and of course, Phish. Check out Sadler's new album ANYBODY OUT THERE? as well as his live albums on Bandcamp. Check out our newest sponsor, Grady's Cold Brew and try out their cold brew kit. Perfect for summer sipping! Use promo code HFP20 for 20% off your first order. Visit SynLawn to learn about their amazing synthetic grass surfaces and enter the contest to win a free putting green! Check out the fine threads at Section 119 and use promo code HFPOD for 20% off your first order. We love their masks! Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts! We'll see you soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 181: Lonely Trip

Episode 181: Lonely Trip

2020-08-0549:251

We are back to discuss the new Trey Anastasio album, Lonely Trip. This 15-song quarantine album provided us with a ton of great new music, and a lot to dig into and discuss. Brad and RJ talk about the music and lyrics, the influences, and tell some stories along the way. Oh, and there's music. We hope you enjoy. Check out our newest sponsor, SynLawn, and enter the contest to win a free putting green! Check out the fine threads at Section 119 and use promo code HFPOD for 20% off. We love their masks! Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts! We'll see you soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 180: TAB 1.0

Episode 180: TAB 1.0

2020-07-2201:13:08

This week, Matt and RJ go deep on “TAB 1.0,” looking at Trey’s band from 2001-2003. We go through tour by tour, play a lot of songs, and talk about what changed along the way. Shout out to Jamstreams, the best way to listen to shows from this era. Hope you enjoy—and don't forget to weigh in on Matt and RJ's haircut controversy. Check out our newest sponsor, SynLawn, and enter the contest to win a free putting green! Check out the fine threads at Section 119 and use promo code HFPOD for 20% off. We love their masks! And go to Harry's to check out a special offer for HF Pod listeners. Please give us a review on Apple Podcasts! We'll see you soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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ben clay

I had just gotten into them, missed all these shows and remembered being pissed that I missed that dog log. These podcasts are great btw, I'm late to the party per usual.

Sep 24th
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