98 episodes

Undermine is the definitive Phish podcast. The first season will focus on Phish’s genesis in the 1980s—through deep-dives into the music, shows and songs; interviews with people who were there for the early years; and discussion about the lasting impact of these foundational years. Undermine is a combination of Under the Scales, Helping Friendly Podcast and Beyond the Pond. Presented by Osiris Media.


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Undermine is the definitive Phish podcast. The first season will focus on Phish’s genesis in the 1980s—through deep-dives into the music, shows and songs; interviews with people who were there for the early years; and discussion about the lasting impact of these foundational years. Undermine is a combination of Under the Scales, Helping Friendly Podcast and Beyond the Pond. Presented by Osiris Media.


Looking for Under The Scales? Episodes from 2020 and earlier are archived here!

    HF Pod On Tour!

    HF Pod On Tour!

    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.
     
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    • 1 min
    Cluster Flies from JamBase

    Cluster Flies from JamBase

    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).
     
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    • 1 hr
    TEASER: Alive Again

    TEASER: Alive Again

    Alive Again is a limited series podcast exploring the solo career of Trey Anastasio.


    Based on extensive interviews with Trey and his bandmates and collaborators, Alive Again will dive into evolution of Trey’s songwriting and creative development, as well as the enduring career of the Trey Anastasio Band.


    The show will also cover Trey’s memories composing with Ernie Stires, his orchestral work, and his Broadway experience. The band’s experience with The Beacon Jams will be explored as well.


    Coming this Summer. Visit https://www.osirispod.com/podcasts/alive-again/ for more info and to sign up for our email newsletter.
     
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    • 1 min
    Building The Community

    Building The Community

    On the season finale of Undermine, we hear from fans who saw Phish in the 1980s, and hear their perspectives on the band’s development as they grew from a college bar band into a regional phenomenon. In addition, we hear how tape trading first entered the Phish community, and how it fueled the band's growth. Finally, we speak to Paul Languedoc, Phish’s longtime sound engineer and Trey’s guitar maker. We hear about his life and career, how he came to work for Phish, and the band's progression toward the 1990s.


    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. Writing and production assistance by Noah Eckstein. Production Assistance by Christina Collins, Nick Cejas and Dawn Jenkins. Original music by Amar Sastry. Art by Mark Dowd. Thank you to all of our interviewees. We’ll see you this summer for Season Two.
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Moment of Inspiration

    The Moment of Inspiration

    This week, we take a step back to examine Phish’s November 23, 1985 show at Goddard College, with a specific focus on the 27-min Whipping Post. During this show, Mike Gordon had an epiphany & decided he wanted to pursue music for the rest of his life. The jam in question shares a lot in common with early jamming from The Grateful Dead. We explore Phish’s relationship to The Dead, and focus comparing the two band’s during their formative years as well as looking at where The Dead was when Phish was originating. 


    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. Writing and production assistance by Noah Eckstein. Production Assistance by Christina Collins, Nick Cejas and Dawn Jenkins. Original music by Amar Sastry. Art by Mark Dowd. Thank you to all of our interviewees. We’ll see you next week.
     
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    • 50 min
    Paradise Found

    Paradise Found

    This week, we look at Phish’s legendary show from the Paradise Rock Club, in Boston, on January 26, 1989. In yet another example of Phish refusing to play by the rules set by mainstream music, the band rented out the room and sold tickets against it. We hear from one of the guys who was involved in helping to sell out the show, and we talk about the band’s forays into Boston and New York in 1989. 


    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. Writing and production assistance by Noah Eckstein. Production Assistance by Nick Cejas, Christina Collins and Dawn Jenkins. Original music by Amar Sastry. Art by Mark Dowd. Thank you to all of our interviewees. We’ll see you next week.
     
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

le uber ,

This thing deserves like seven stars or more

WHAT?!

100% the definitive Phish history. Unbelievable detail and in-depth inquiry.

I saw Phish first when I was 15 in 1995 and never stopped. until listening to this podcast, I really never had the proper perspective on the timeline. It all makes so much more sense now. And I appreciate it on a level deeper than before, which I didn’t really think was possible. Also, it’s really touching to hear the great friendship shared through this circle of people and fans.

I truly think that you could take this entire podcast, (I’m talking about the season one here that you’re doing) and create it as a film w pictures and mintages and make a visual documentary of this. I would def pay some bucks for a 5 hour Definitive Phishtory documentary! please?

what a beautiful addition to a continuing homage to greatness. Thank you all :)

ejazz2474 ,

Love this podcast

I can believe how happy listening to these makes me. Bring back great memories, it’s really funny and has a social commentary I appreciate. Thanks Tom

HDorne ,

Good, but…

These guys need to loosen up. The commentary sounds extremely rehearsed and canned. You can virtually hear them reading off of a cue card. Tom’s “snowboarder with a head cold” voice is done no favors with this approach. The episode about other indie bands from the 80’s sounded like a group of guys reading Wikipedia articles out loud. There are a lot of great insights about Phish to be had here, but the stiff delivery of it all really makes listening a chore. The ads are similarly painful to listen to, especially the creepy burnout mumbling about manscaping.

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