Hampton / Worcester Round 2 Games

Posted in Uncategorized with the on April 17th, 2019 by Mr.Miner

Hampton Coliseum (Jeremy Kessel)

MSG Region Recap

#5 Camden 99 35 #4 Lakewood 15 29

The four-five matchup between Camden ’99 and Lakewood ’15 provided the most marquee matchup of MSG’s second round action. A battle of styles, a battle of eras, a battle of tempos—this contest provided an interesting musical juxtaposition. Camden rode in on the strength of its ’99 psych-goo, while Lakewood put forth its stunningly beautiful melodic theme. In the end, however, the molasses of Camden got the better of Lakewood, as the New Jersey rendition jumped out to a comfortable early lead and continued to score just enough to hold off several comeback attempts from the Summer ’15 highlight.

#2 Jones Beach 95 32 #7 Hartford 13 28

The two-seven matchup pitted two versions, almost two decades apart, that are as different as can possibly be—the wooly and  outlandish exploration of Jones Beach’s Summer ’95 behemoth versus the smooth, thematic playing of Hartford’s Fall ’13 standout. The two squads played each other incredibly tough, but the Long Island monster held the lead from wire to wire. Hartford pulled as close as it would come within the games final minute, but never got over the hump. The sneaky-powerful two seed rolls on with a mission to dethrone more widely known versions.

#3 Bomb Factory 51 #11 Laguna Seca 5

This three-eleven matchup saw two classic 1994 Tweezers that are household names—Bomb Factory and Laguna Seca. After pulling a huge upset over Blossom 15, Laguna Seca looked to shock the world by sending the Bomb Factory packing. But the California, multi-band-festival version couldn’t harness its first round magic and got run out of the gym by the iconic Dallas rendition. This was an outright drubbing, and the victory sets up a highly-anticipated Sweet Sixteen matchup between Bomb Factory and Jones Beach.

#1 Auburn Hills 97 62 #9 Gainesville 95 4

Speaking of a drubbing, Auburn Hills annihilated the upstart Gainesville version from Fall 95 with an eye-popping score differential. The Palace Tweezer strolls into the Sweet Sixteen without breaking a sweat over its first two matchups. The tournament starts now for one of the best Phish jams of all time.

Gorge Region Recap

#4 Magnaball 46 #5 Island Run 19

Everyone had this Magnaball-Island Run second-round matchup circled before the tournament started, but it turned out to be surprisingly non-competitive. These versions hail from two of Phish’s most revered events, but whereas the Magna version was, arguably, the highlight of the weekend, the Island version was practically an afterthought to the run’s countless other-worldly jams. Magnaball ran away the contest in the second half in a thumping that few saw coming.

#3 Great Went 34 #6 Alpine 15 21

The Great Went’s afternoon classic coasted to victory in its second round match-up, maintaining a comfortable 10-plus point lead from early in the first half. The impeccable and buttery Alpine version showed some fight in scoring more than expected against the Went’s vaunted ’97 zone defense, but the result was never truly in question. The Gorge region’s second festival version advances, and the Great Went will surely make some noise in the the next round.

#2 Lake Tahoe 49 #10 Lake Placid 13

Following the trend of the Gorge Region, this Battle of the Lakes resulted in yet another blowout as Tahoe easily dismissed Placid. The tour-ending version from Fall ’95 proved no contest for the fan favorite from Stateline, Nevada, as the third Fall ’95 version bows out of the tournament. This sets up a prime-time affair between The Great Went and Lake Tahoe next round.

#1 Alpine 98 42 #9 Vegas 98 16

This battle of 1998 versions provided little drama, as Vegas just didn’t have the mustard to get within an arm’s reach of Alpine ’98s historic outing. Alpine’s victory cemented an all-chalk second round in the Gorge region, and suffice it to say, the next round will provide more drama than this one.

Hampton & Worcester Regions: Round 2 

Hampton Round 2: #1 vs #9

Hampton Round 2: #4 vs #5

Hampton Round 2: #3 vs #11

Hampton Round 2: #2 vs #7

Worcester Round 2: #1 vs #9

Worcester Round 2: #4 vs #5

Worcester Round 2: #3 vs #6

Worcester Round 2: #2 vs #7

MSG / Gorge Round 2 Games

Posted in Uncategorized with the on April 13th, 2019 by Mr.Miner

MSG, The Baker’s Dozen (Andrea Nusinov)

The second round begins and the matchups get spicier! I plan to run this vote for the same 72 hours, as it seems like it takes that long for a critical amount of voters to weigh in. The tournament will move faster now, as the second round will be done with two posts. Thanks to all who are participating, and I hope you are enjoying this as much as my friends and I are!

MSG Round 2: #1 vs #9

MSG Round 2: #4 vs #5

MSG Round 2: #3 vs #11

MSG Round 2: #2 vs #7

Gorge Round 2: #1 vs #9

Gorge Round 2: #4 vs #5

Gorge Round 2: #3 vs #6

Gorge Round 2: #2 vs #10

Round One Round Up

Posted in Uncategorized with the on April 12th, 2019 by Mr.Miner

Worcester Round 1 Re-cap

#6 Christiana, DK 21 #11 Worcester, MA 18

The six-eleven match-up provided the closest contest of Worcester’s first round play. Freetown Christiana jumped out to an early lead, but Worcester took command of the game in the second half with its intimidating front line. The ’95 New Year’s Run version built a lead and looked to be cruising towards a comfortable victory, but the international favorite, hailing from a barn within a squat in Copenhagen, strung together some stops and scores over the game’s final two minutes, pulling the rug out from under Worcester and moving into the round of 32.

#9 Champaign 95 21 #8 St. Louis 94 17

The eight-nine game gave the region its second-closest result, as Champaign edged the Fox Theatre version by only four votes. This contest was neck and neck throughout, as neither squad built a significant lead. Champaign fell back on its well-loved, Fall ’95, arena-style offensive to hold off the upstart, emotional version from a year previous. Champaign’s win makes Fall Tour ’95 the top performing tour of the first round at 4-1.

#7 Albany 97 23 #10 MSG 18 18

The Albany-MSG match-up dripped with drama, as the two New York versions engaged in a back and forth slugfest featuring multiple lead changes. Surprisingly, MSG had the lead for a large chunk of the game, but the the thick cowfunk of Albany proved too much to handle for the modern, bluesy-bliss-anchored rendition. It takes more than a little peak to bring down a giant of Fall ’97. Albany joins its tour brethren, Auburn Hills and Denver in the next round.

#5 Bozeman, MT 32 #12 MSG 12 9

The mega-version from Bozeman put the stomp down on MSG’s 2012 outing in a game that was never competitive. MSG, a strong version in its own right, was the victim of a tough draw in this one, as Bozeman was a lock for round two from the get go.

#4 Tokyo 00 32 #13 Vegas 18 7

The far-eastern juggernaut clobbered the most recent Halloween version with its exploratory style and Japanese stylings. The hard-hitting, classic-sounding, post-Kasvot rendition tried to put up a fight, but its defense was creatively overmatched by in this lop-sided defeat.

#3 Salem 94 29 #14 AC 13 9

Following the Worcester region’s upper-seeded blowout trend, the famed version from Salem ’94 ran circles around the hugely-underrated outing from Atlantic City ’13. Nobody expected AC to compete with one of ’94’s hallmark Tweezers, as Salem has its eyes set on the regional final and beyond. AC will live to fight another day, and would have had far more success had it headed for the NIT.

#2 Atlanta 00 25 #15 Portland 98 15

Though this result was never in doubt, there were times throughout the contest that Portland creeped up on Lakewood, providing the favored version with a bit more than it bargained for. Perhaps under-seeded, Portland fought valiantly, employing dubbed out rhythms and hip-hop teases in an attempt to pull the upset, but Lakewood never gave up the lead, coasting to a ten vote victory.

#1 Nassau 41 #16 MSG 10 4

Almost every media member had Nassau in their pre-tournament Final Four, and the post-hiatus monster looked every bit the part in annihilating 2010’s MSG offering. Nassau has all the pieces in place, and has the look of a version that will make a deep tournament run. This game was merely its warm-up.

Tournament Trends

Top Tour Performers

Fall ’95: 4-1

Fall ’97 3-1

Summer ’15 3-1

Fall ’94: 3-0

Year Representatives in Round 2

1994: 5

1995: 6

1997: 4

1998: 5

1999: 2

2000: 2

2003: 1

2013: 2

2015: 3

2016: 1

Seasonal Breakdown of Rd. 2

Spring: 3

Summer: 13

Fall: 14

Winter: 2

Venues with Multiple Versions Advancing

Alpine Valley: 2

Lakewood: 2

The first round has concluded! The first half of the second round will be posted within 24 hours in its own post.

 

 

Worcester Centrum Region: Round 1

Posted in Uncategorized with the on April 9th, 2019 by Mr.Miner

The Worcester Centrum (Mike Nyman)

Hampton Region Round 1 Recap

#9 Nashville 29 #8 Miami 24

The eight-nine game provided the most drama in the Hampton region, as two 3.0 favorites staged an engaging battle that featured the most eye-opening comeback of the tournament. Eight seed, Miami, had a comfortable lead for most of the contest, but the final five minutes saw Nashville go on a run out of nowhere and overtake the ’09 standout, capturing the contest by 5 votes. Miami—stunned—hung its head as it packed its bag, but heading back to South Beach will sure bolster its spirit.

#11 New Haven 95 34 #6 MSG 12/30/16 19

In an upset that many prognosticators saw coming, the compact shredder from New Haven defeated the more dynamic version from Madison Square Garden. When the bracket came out, there was rampant questioning of New Haven’s seemingly-low seed, but the committee cited the version’s one-dimensional nature for its placement. The voters saw otherwise, however, as the Fall 95 version jumped out to a big lead and never looked back. Voters have shown an unbreakable love for Fall 95, as each version from the tour has advanced thus far.

#7 Austin 98 33 #10 Chicago, IL 19

The late-’90s groove monster from Austin, Texas, wasted no time devouring the multi-sectioned standout from Fall 2018. Chicago was predicted to put up more of a fight in this one, but it was no competition for one of the chunkiest and smoothest rhythmic exchanges of all-time.

#5 Hampton 13 42 #12 Red Rocks 09 11

In another battle of 3.0 versions, the revered rendition from the Mothership out-dueled the stellar Red Rocks version from five years earlier. Though Red Rocks, pound for pound, is as tough as any version in the field, the length and psychedelia of Hampton suffocated the ’09 version, and the host Tweezer of the Hampton region marched on.

#4 Bangor 33 #13 MSG 1/2/16 20

The stone cold classic from Bangor ’94, featured on A Live One, put the beat down on the uplifting MSG 16 version in a wire-to-wire domination. Bangor is one of the favorites in this bracket, and could be looking at a regional final if things fall their way.

#3 Denver 97 47 #14 Baker’s 8

This match-up was over before it started, as the well-loved opener from McNichols 97 proved far to powerful and infectious for the Baker’s Dozen opening night outing. Denver’s quintessential Fall ’97 groove factory started quick and never relented in a match-up between wildly divergent versions, easily advancing to the round of 32.

#2 Mud Island 41 #15 Minneapolis 10

The 50-minute colossus from Memphis in the Summer 95 had a strong argument for a top seed in this tournament, and when it was slotted as a two, it felt like it had something to prove. The longest Tweezer ever came out with a chip on its shoulder in the first round, drubbing the Target Center version from ’99 in a game that likened the Globetrotters versus the Washington Generals. Mud Island has its sights set on the final four, but will have to make its way through some top-shelf versions to make its dream a reality.

#1 Raleigh 99 55 #15 Shoreline 00 4

Continuing the tournament trend of top seed domination, Raleigh bludgeoned the Shoreline version from the final night of 1.0, in a contest that was as lopsided as the score suggests. Raleigh treated this game as a warm-up for its real competition which will start in round two.

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Thanks to everyone who voted in the Hampton Region! Below is the Worcetser Region—the final first round games. The polls will be live for 72 hours and then we will be moving on to spicier matchups in the round of 32. Enjoy!

Worcester Region #1 vs #16

Worcester Region #8 vs #9

Worcester Region #5 vs #12

Worcester Region #4 vs #13

Worcester Region #6 vs #11

Worcester Region #3 vs #14

Worcester Region #7 vs #10

Worcester Region #2 vs #15

Hampton Coliseum Region: Round 1

Posted in Uncategorized with the on April 6th, 2019 by Mr.Miner

Hampton Coliseum

Gorge Region Round 1 Recap

The first round play in the Gorge region was dominated by blowouts, though two games were as close as possible. Let’s recap each game, starting with the most exciting.

#9 Vegas 98 27 #8 Hartford 97 26

The eight-nine match-up came through with drama once again, as Vegas 98 edged Hartford 97 by only one vote. This one was neck and neck the whole way through, as neither squad created any real separation throughout the game. The teams exchanged buckets down the stretch and the score was tied as the clock moved under five seconds. Vegas called a timeout and set up a final play. On the inbounds, they executed a perfect back pick off the ball, the Hartford defense did’t rotate, and Vegas hit an open layup as time expired! This game illustrated what Tweezer Madness is all about!

#6 Alpine 15 26 #11 Charlotte 95 26 tie

In a battle between two wildly different versions, Charlotte jumped out to a big lead, but Alpine chipped away and chipped away, tieing the game several times but never getting over the hump. And in the final minute of play, they hit a three pointer to tie the game yet again. Charlotte was set up to win, but their attempt at the buzzer wedged in between the rim and the backboard as time expired. This brought the tournament its first tie, and following the Tweezer Madness bylaws, ties are broken by the seeding committee. The committee issued this statement:

Though we love both versions, and Charlotte has the clear edge in length, we find Alpine to be a perfect Phish jam. This Tweezer jam has no extraneous notes, features laser-like focus between band members and a criminally smooth, one-minded flow. For these reasons, Alpine will be advancing.

#5 Providence 98 37 #12 MSG 17 19

This modern-day MSG version, though two-pronged and with a blissful peak just couldn’t keep up with the much-loved, late-90s grooves of the Island Run. This one was never competitive.

#4 Magnaball 42 #13 Finger Lakes 95 13

The centerpiece jam of the Magnaball weekend annihilated the super-long Fleezer of legend, lending the 3.0 era some more street cred in a tourney pitting era against era. Of the four standout Summer ’15 versions, three have now advanced to the round of 32.

#10 Lake Placid 95 28 #7 Barcelona 98 17

The final Tweezer of the band’s famed Fall 95 tour drubbed the bass-led version of Barcelona 98 in the region’s most significant upset. Barcelona, not as well known as the potentially under-seeded Lake Placid version, had a steep hill to climb in this contest, but it was thought that its delectable dance club grooves could make a run for the money. But it wasn’t to be as the guitar and piano led psychedelia of Lake Placid dominated the game from the tip.

#3 Great Went 38 #14 Dick’s 11 18

The Great Went smothered Dick’s 11 with it’s raw Summer 97 funk stylings, moving out to an early lead and expanding it throughout the match-up. Colorado’s early 3.0 highlight couldn’t generate consistent offense against Limestone’s stone cold classic, as it was plagued by turnovers and poor decision making from the jump. The Went advanced easily and could make some legitimate noise in this tournament before all is said and done.

#2 Lake Tahoe 13 44 #15 Randall’s 14 13

Fan favorite, Lake Tahoe, put the beat down on Randall Island’s version in a battle of 3.0 standouts. Randall’s never truly stood a chance against Tahoe’s 30-plus minute journey who many have pegged for a final four appearance.

#1 Alpine 98 51 #16 Eureka 92 7

Once again, the number one seed rolled as Alpine 98 dominated Eureka 92 from the outset, shutting out the 16th seed for the first 15 minutes of the game. Eureka 92, though ahead of its time and deserving of a spot in the tournament, wasn’t thought to truly compete. The pundits were right, and the oldest version in the field will head back to the redwoods, but has nothing to hang its head about.

Thanks to everyone who listened and voted in the Gorge Region! The Hampton region’s first round will run for 72 hours from the time of this posting. Enjoy the next eight matchups and continue to enjoy your time in the freezer!

Hampton Region #1 vs #16

Hampton Region #8 vs #9

Hampton Region #5 vs #12

Hampton Region #4 vs #13

Hampton Region #6 vs #11

Hampton Region #3 vs #14

Hampton Region #7 vs #10

Hampton Region #2 vs #15

The Gorge Region: Round 1

Posted in Uncategorized with the on April 3rd, 2019 by Mr.Miner

The Gorge

MSG 1st Round Re-Cap

Though most of Madison Square Garden’s first round match-ups went as expected, there were some very close contests and one surprising upset. Let’s go to the videotape!

The region’s shocking upset came in dramatic fashion as the mid-major 11th seeded, Laguna Seca 94, made a late run and upended the heavy-hitting version of Blossom 15 by a single vote. Blossom had an open look to win it at the buzzer, but the ball rolled around the rim and fell out of cylinder. Nobody saw this one coming, and many thought Blossom was a real contender to reach the Sweet 16. But its season ended prematurely, and the strong version will pack its bag and head back to Cleveland to ponder what could have been.

The seven seed, Hartford 13, and the tenth seed, Nassau 99, engaged in a hotly-contested, see-saw battle that saw several lead changes throughout. Hartford saw a narrow lead evaporate over the final two minutes of the game, but hit a desperation three-pointer at the horn defeating the dark-horse 99 rendition in crushing fashion by only a single vote.

Jones Beach 95, the regions second seed, ran out to a large lead only to become complacent and allow number 15, Cincy 98, to stage a furious comeback that ultimately fell short. The game was even closer than the final margin of eight votes would suggest, as Jones Beach tacked on some free throws off of intentional fouls by Cincy as they looked to extend the contest.

Third-seeded Bomb Factory easily defeated MSG in a contest of 1994 juggernauts, while Lakewood 15, the region’s four seed, drubbed Big Cypress in a match-up that was never close. Camden 99 and Gorge 97 went back and forth for much of the game before fifth seeded, Camden, strung together some late buckets and won by a comfortable margin of seven votes.

The always exciting eight versus nine game lived up to the hype, as Vancouver 99 and Gainesville 95 exchanged blows in a battle of vastly different musical eras. Vancouver jumped out to an early lead before Gainesville mucked up the game with strong grand piano chords, playing lock down defense and scoring just enough to comfortably put down the favored Canadian version by seven.

In the final MSG first round game, top seed Auburn Hill ’97 bludgeoned Dayton 95 without resistance.

Thanks to all who voted in the tournament’s first region! Please cast your vote for the Gorge region’s first round games below. I’ve decided to have regions’ first round slate to play for three days—72 hours from the time of posting—rather than four in the interest of moving the tournament along.

Get your headphones out and let’s go!

Gorge Region #1 vs. #16

Gorge Region #8 vs. #9

Gorge Region #5 vs. #12

Gorge Region #4 vs. #13

Gorge Region #6 vs. #11

Gorge Region #3 vs. #14

Gorge Region #7 vs. #10

Gorge Region #2 vs. #15

Madison Square Garden Region: Round 1

Posted in Uncategorized with the on March 31st, 2019 by Mr.Miner

Madison Square Garden

Please vote once for each match-up.

MSG Region #1 vs. #16

MSG Region #8 vs. #9

MSG Region #5 vs. #12

MSG Region #4 vs. #13

MSG Region #6 vs. #11

MSG Region #3 vs. #15

MSG Region #7 vs. #10

MSG Region #2 vs. #15

Tweezer Madness

Posted in Uncategorized with the on March 28th, 2019 by Mr.Miner

Click on bracket

Today, on the 29-year anniversary of the debut of Tweezer, and as the NCAA tournament enters the Sweet Sixteen, I welcome you to Tweezer Madness!

First things first—this is for fun. This is not intended to be a definitive ranking of Tweezer jams. In fact, ranking jams is nonsensical. One jam is not better than another. Making art compete is silly, but if taken in the vein this is intended, I think it will be a lot of fun. This tournament is a completely subjective exercise, and it is by no means an attempt at an objective referendum. Moreover, at this point in my own life, I feel that comparing jams is a fool’s errand, but I’ve considered putting this tournament together for many years, when I mentioned it to some friends a couple weeks ago, their enthusiasm for the idea motivated me to make it happen.

The Seeding Process

Seeding these Tweezer jams was an impossible task. I tried to balance my own proclivity for the fluid, groovier versions of 1997 and beyond with a heartfelt honor and my old-school love for the adventurous journeys of 1994 and 1995. I tried to mix up the eras between the higher and lower seeds to create the an engaging and interesting bracket.

In this process, it became evident that comparing Phish eras doesn’t really work. How can one weigh the ethereal, layered textures of Nassau 99 against the fuel-injected fury of New Haven 95, or the 50-minute, multi-part colossus of Mud Island 95 against the smooth, space grooves of the Island Run’s version? Opposing versions quickly become apples and oranges. In the spirit of making an all-time tournament, however, I’ve included jams across all eras.

Dry Goods Sticker

When I re-listened to a version, I inevitably found myself trying to reshuffle the bracket in order to bump up its seed, but several days into the process, I gave up trying to get them all “right,” because there is no such thing. I could have shuffled seeds forever, but at some point I realized it really didn’t matter, a loose approximation of tiers worked fine. Time and time again, I realized that seeding jams is an imperfect science, and beyond that, purely comedic. Eventually, it felt more important to finish the bracket than to continue nitpicking over every seed. Trust me, I did enough of that. And then I did it some more.

The selection of the top seeds is a reflection of my own heart. To me, the number one seeds feature unparalleled flow, ultimate cohesion and each contain—in my opinion—some of the most timeless and divine Phish music ever played.

That said, many of my other favorite versions are scattered throughout the bracket. I truly believe that all 66 versions (including the play-in games) are awesome.  I needed to fill 66 slots, so some versions necessarily had to be seeded lower than others. In short, don’t take the seeding too seriously.

If I left out your favorite version, don’t fret, my opinion means no more than yours. But I’d like to think—and I hope—that I got everyone’s favorite version in the field.

To view the bracket, click on the image and you’ll get a full size, printable version. I will be posting matchup polls (with complete dates) on this site.  I recommend using Phish.in or Reilsten on a computer, or the ReListen app on a phone, to access all the music.

I am posting the two play-in games today. The winners of these games will be the final two 16 seeds as reflected on the bracket. After a 48-hour voting window, I will post the first round region by region, giving four days for listening and voting. Once the first round is over, I’ll post two regions at a time, soon enough, we’ll have a tournament champion.

Without further ado, step into the freezer!

Play-In Game # 1

Play-In Game # 2

Fall Tour 2018 Discussion

Posted in Uncategorized with the on October 21st, 2018 by Mr.Miner

Early 3.0 Playlists: 2009-2011

Posted in Uncategorized with the on March 18th, 2018 by Mr.Miner

Red Rocks – 7.31.09 (Graham Lucas)

About a month ago, a friend of mine who missed the first three-plus years of 3.0 was saying how Phish wasn’t very musically proficient in these years. I begged to differ. First, I started listing great stuff from each year in a group text, but then I decided to show him instead of tell. With the incredibly useful LivePhish app, I created extended playlists of the most relevant jams from these years. In addition to sharing them with some friends, I figured I’d share them with anyone and everyone who’d want to listen as a reminder of how exciting these years actually were. I find that 2009, 2010 and 2011 get a bad rap. Though the band was less consistent during this early comeback era, they did produce quite a bit of good music.

These playlists got quite long, so I most often included only the songs that had the jams and not the come down songs, so some tracks have abrupt endings, but in the end this doesn’t prove too obtrusive. If you have the LivePhish app, these links will open the playlists in your app. Enjoy!

2009: https://livephi.sh/2FywjTv

2010: https://livephi.sh/2GgGzxC

2011: https://livephi.sh/2G5oDs2

Be on the lookout for 2012 and beyond coming soon!

The Gorge – 8.7.09 (Graham Lucas)