Episode 096: SPAC Number Line w/ Dr. Kevin Finkel

In Episode 096 we discuss the longest and wildest take on Backwards Down The Number Line from Phish’s Summer 2009 Tour Finale at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. We’re joined at the top by Dr. Kevin Finkel (Episode 088: Broadway Phish), anesthesiologist at Hartford Hospital, to discuss his experiences on the front lines of COVID-19, before letting him forget about work for a bit to dive into Summer 2009 Phish with us. We discuss the challenges the band faced in their first tour in five years, but also, the moments of brilliance that emerged from it. 


Songs featured in this episode are:

Lou Reed & John Cale: “Trouble With Classicists”

Mission Of Burma: “Falling”

Grizzly Bear: “While You Wait For The Others”

Manic Street Preachers: “She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach”


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In addition, we discuss two new 2020 records we highly recommend: The Necks: “Three” and Trace Mountains: “Lost In The Country”


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We encourage all BTP Listeners to check out 36 From The Vault from Osiris Media.


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