TTFF: The Comeback Year

10.30.09 (G. Lucas)


Tweezer > Light” 12.5 II

On of the most impressive jam sequences of Fall ’09 with one of the darkest and most abstract “Lights” the band had dropped to that point.



Wolfman’s > Piper > Joy” 10.30 II

10.30.09 (W.Rogell)

A dark-horse segement of 10.30.09 that may includes the most creative jamming of Indio.



Rock and Roll” 8.8 II

While the first night of The Gorge proved most magical, this jam from night two is, arguably, the most impressive of both.



Back On the Train” 12.30 II

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

Amidst a song-driven show, Phish blew out an unsustpecting, mid-second set “Back On the Train,” and crafted one of the jams of the year in the process.



46 Days” 11.18 I

The dirtiest funk jam of Fall tour came in the first set of all.



Stash” 7.30 I

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

This “Stash” from Red Rocks opening frame set the stage for a transformative weekend in Colorado.



Disease > Twenty Years Later” 11.24 II

One of the year’s most creative jaunts sprouted from this mid-set “Disease” in Philly’s first show.



Split Open and Melt” 11.21 II

This first-set “Split” in Cincy upped the bar for the song in the 3.0 era.

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1,110 Responses to “TTFF: The Comeback Year”

  1. SillyWilly Says:

    Aleve and coffee for me, Phoamm

    in a second I’ll get those reassuring kidney pains, and in another second my sinus headache will be gone

  2. phoammhead Says:

    right on, silly

    that’s a good combo

    a couple of months ago i quit drinking coffee in favor of black tea

    no need for antacids anymore

    hmmm. . . . . no, seriously i was addicted to pepcid complete = had to take at least one everyday

    i think my switch was shortly after our conversations about tea a while back – remember that?

    so, i owe you a debt of gratitude – thanks! 🙂

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    if you were having a hard time determining what to grab first, i suggest the Bela & Chick Corea for some classical banjo shit. this album should have gotten way more hype.

    but for some good straight up newgrass, grab that Sam Bush and David Grisman LP. $$$

    in the alt-country segment, you can’t go wrong with any of it, but i’ve been diggin on lately, Trampled By Turtles and Chatham County Line. OCMS and Hackensaw Boys are classics of the genre.

    all of the live shows are $$$$.

  4. phoammhead Says:

    i also changed my diet to a low carb one – very little bread, potatoes, rice, sugars (except beer, of course) lost 14 lbs so far

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    I really need to make that switch, too, man

    I get pretty anxious as it is, and adding coffee doesn’t help

    but I haven’t been drinking or baning much, so I figure I can have a cup a day

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Hey, Tela’s,

    One of my favorite albums since TypeIII turned me onto it six months ago or so is Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Mike Marshall’s Uncommon Ritual

    It’s like the most beautiful combination of bluegrass, classical, and maybe some jazz I’ve ever heard.

    one of those albums that just grabs you.

    Have they or anyone continued in this style?? Do you know of anything else like it?

  7. JMelby Says:

    What was the name of Gordon’s short lived country group? And is there any recordings out there. Just love The Walls of Time cover he played last run and would like to hear more like that.


  8. tela'smuff Says:

    i have not heard this LP Silly. sounds like I need to grab it!

    The bela/edgar for sure dips in to the classical realm as there are a couple of actual classical tunes they cover. the chick corea lp is something onto its own. chick corea is one of my favorite jazz pianists (my favorite is t.monk). his solo concerts are mesmerizing. and from the sounds of it, he was made to play with bela.

    bela is easily the most gifted player to come out of bluegrass. there are other masters of their instruments in grisman, vassar, douglas, bush, but bela has set himself apart with his adventures in jamming, jazz, african, etc.

  9. phoammhead Says:

    a good one along the lines of collaboration is

    skip, hop & wobble

    Russ Barenberg, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas

    not banjo, but enjoyable if you like good acoustic music spinning off from bluegrass

  10. TehSloth Says:

    I’ve always likes BOAF and the rest of Set two from 11/25/09

  11. phoammhead Says:

    i’m a huge bela fan, especially when he jams

    his album drive is one of my favorite instrumental albums of all time

    i wore out my cd copy just like i did my first cd copy of tony rice’s manzanita

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    I agree about Bela, Tela’s.

    yeah, you gotta check out Uncommon Ritual. it’s definitely not blue grass, but it’s definitely not classical either. It’s just great.

    Also, Tela, check out Bela’s collaboration with the Irish folk group, The Chieftains, to further explore Bela’s versatility.

    He played some songs with them on the Chieftains’ collaborations with bluegrass players called: Down the Old Plank Road. Then the Chieftains joined him on his album Little Worlds.

    haha, damn, im always pimping the chieftains

  13. garretc Says:

    I myself essentially gave up coffee in favor of tea as well fairly recently… Couldn’t deal with the caffeine withdrawals. If I had a cup of coffee one day but not the next, guaranteed headache… Which is unfortunate because I had finally reached the point where I actually enjoyed the taste of coffee instead of just tolerating it for the caffeine!

    So… yeah

  14. tela'smuff Says:

    ok silly. i have some searching to do today for those. i also like the chieftains so that sounds pretty good to me.

    my current vinyl collecting phase has been in bluegrass and i’ve gotten it looking pretty good right now. i hadn’t heard Bela’s LP Drive until i bought it on vinyl. i agree on it’s goodness @phoam.

  15. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @phoamm– I’m in on the bloody to watch the heels go down 🙂 Should be a fun fast game.

  16. plord Says:

    We talkin’ about cool acoustic music?

    Everyone has Grisman’s _Hot Dawg_, right?

    Also, if you can find it, Trillian Green was one of the better of the Acoustic Revolution bands from mid-90s Seattle (the anti-grunge movement). Djembe, Cello, and Flute trio, serious tribal grooves, fun stuff. Metamorphosis is the better of the two albums I think.

  17. Corey Says:

    If you’re talking about the Bela/Edgar doc…it is beautiful. Great stuff, from a musician’s standpoint anyway. Those two are incredible together. Love seeing their dedication to music laid out for all to see. Again, just beautiful.

    Friendly reminder:

    Manchester and Atlantic City 2 on cd and Utica on dvd/cd coming out on April 12/May 17.

    Winning. (sorry)

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    Bluegrass Sessions!

    Del – enough said!

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    didn’t get to see the “super moon” last night, we had some cloud cover. 🙁

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Super moon wasn’t so super. I’ve seen bigger actually. I think I am gonna head out and get an external Duder.

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    dude – got your email. if this clapper only knew the trouble he’s caused.

    i’ve got a nice Del show in my mediafire. two shows, early and late.

  22. P.S.H.S. Says:

    i’ve been feeling the super moon for days, has anyone else been tossing and turning all night for the past two nights? maybe lycan has some remedies for full moon fever. six double bags and multiple puffs are not working.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    @ g711

    firewire mang…

    what brand, what size?

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    probably a 1 TB. Looking at a Western Digital online but I have to see what they have over at Best Buy.

  25. P.S.H.S. Says:

    ^ del, the funky homo sapient. he plays banjo?
    i kid i kid 😉

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