TTFF: More Jams of 2004

Hampton 2004 (Unknown)

As promised on Monday, here’s another playlist to help prove that 2004 Phish featured far more than opiates and sloppy compositions.


Birds of a Feather” 8.10 I, Great Woods

This “Birds” is another monster jam that often gets lost in the shuffle of the dark, ending period of August ’04. This version closed the first set of the first show at Great Woods in scintillating and exploratory fashion— a stellar excursion through and through.



Halley’s > Tweezer” 4.17 I, Las Vegas, NV

Though April’s Vegas run was the low point of ’04 (less Coventry), Phish still cranked out a keeper version of “Tweezer” in this first set combo that directly followed a “Soul Shakedown” opener on the third and final night.



Piper -> Jibboo” 6.19 II, SPAC

The world-famous SPAC “Piper” and a slinky segue into “Jibboo.”



Chalk Dust Torture” 6.18 II, Brooklyn, NY

After Jay-Z left the stage, Phish dug into things for real with this perspective altering “Chalk Dust.”



Nothing” 6.23 II, Noblesville, IN

Phish expanded on their Undermind single only one time, at this Deer Creek stop in June ’04. I’ve always liked this song (which I’m sure most will scoff at) and I think it could make for some interesting modern day jams. Not included in this clip is the “Forcety-Six Days” that follows a particularly ugly transition.



Seven Below -> Ghost” 6.20 II, SPAC

This is the first half of Phish’s last four-song set on the second night of SPAC. While the opening show focused more on groove, this pairing favored twisted psychedlia. “Ghost” was followed by “Twist” and “YEM.”



Walls -> Bowie” 6.19 I, SPAC

One of few versions of”Walls” in which Phish has crafted an interesting jam, this time with a quasi-then-fully ambient extension that blossoms beautifully before bleeding into a set-closing “Bowie.”

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849 Responses to “TTFF: More Jams of 2004”

  1. Corey Says:

    In the 70s, the only Js that mattered were MJ and Dr. J. and the latter could fly from the free throw line. Without him, do you think MJ even would’ve thought to dunk in that matter? I think not.

    Wasn’t saying they were equals. But, historical context matters. Look at this site and the constant comparing/contrasting of styles…besides, I was just placing my own context, in regard to rooting for the Sixers. Plus, they played to win…not to get a shoe contract. D’oh!

  2. Robear Says:

    Duder, we’ve known that for awhile 😛

  3. Corey Says:

    Don’t take me too seriously though, as I haven’t watched an NBA game from start to finish in like ten years. And as far as other Js in the 70s that mattered…Jerry, K. Jarrett, Jimmy Heath…

    Anyway, how bout them tour dates?!?

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    Just wanted to say from a football purist’s perspective, I thought last night was an awesome game

    so much going on with the injuries and some defenses that really put it together down the stretch

    some weird plays for the geeks out there

    a little strategy

    two of the best qbs of this era dueling it out

    i thought the game was fascinating.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    agreed, silly. a griping gridiron gala.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^ gripping

  7. garretc Says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it Silly. As a not football purist, yesterday’s game reminded me why the other football is now my favorite sport.

    No 30 second gaps between plays, wayyyyy fewer commercial breaks, no 2 yards and a pile of dust rushing plays…

    It’s all about that flow, man

  8. El Duderino Says:

    except you never know when the soccer game ends…. extra minutes??? WTF?!? would rather watch paint dry

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    high scoring games make me cringe.

    i can just imagine being in film the next day.

    just a bloodbath for defensive players

    and of course, the coaches will say it was your tackling and conditioning (even though it might have been the scheme)

    so practice will suck for the next week and all the coaches will be crabby

    the conditioning period is doubled.

    tackling circuits. maybe full-speed.

    bad bad memories.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    don’t worry, duder. there’s a competition for that scheduled for later this year

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    i’m not much of an arguer for one sport or another

    except, maybe nascar. that seems like a monumental waste of fossil fuels to me.

    but stadium lights are burning coal, too.

    and of course, i firmly expect that brain studies will continue to show how bad football is for life.

    personal tastes, as always.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That’s one of my biggest gripes about soccer also, dude. The game ends when the ref decides? So weird to have no idea whats going on. I find it boring as well.

    if you didn’t think last nights game was exciting then football , obviously, isn’t for you. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  13. tela'smuff Says:

    jesus, the Hartford 2010 shows are really exceptional, at least the highlights are.

    6/17 – Disease>Sand
    6/18 – Light>Billy Breathes, Tweezer>Theme

    holds up in comparison to 2011.

  14. garretc Says:

    @El Dude

    Actually, almost no soccer matches have overtime. In league play you can end in a draw, which gives you 1 point, as opposed to 3 for a win and 0 for a loss. It’s only in single elimination rounds of tournaments that you need OT/PKs.

    Or maybe you’re referring to stoppage time? Which is kind of a strange rule, I’ll admit, but it’s nice having the clock running at all times, it helps to keep things moving…

    And I, too, once thought soccer was boring, but really, the beauty of it is that, like most things really, it can be appreciated on all levels, micro to macro. You can marvel at the footwork of a player as he controls a pass, side steps a defender, and gets off another pass. Or be impressed by the player who made that initial pass then making a cut and, out of nowhere, getting the pass back with acres of space to go. Or enjoy the overall flow of the game, which can seem to tilt neither direction until BAM! one team just scored a fast break goal off a counter-attack they’d been baiting for the last 5 minutes.

    I just find the sheer amount of possible outcomes of every situation to be exhilarating when you have 22 top quality athletes running around a field, essentially uncoached in the moment, with no resets to restore order. It’s those moments when seeming chaos breaks into seemingly planned beauty that keeps me coming back.

    But to each their own

  15. phoammhead Says:

    i think soccer should increase the size of the goals by two feet wide and 1 foot tall . . . soccer needs more scoring plain and simple. the added minutes at the end of the game is immaterial . . . kinda like madonna at halftime of the superbowl.

  16. garretc Says:


    Well, they do announce how long stoppage time will be, and it’s nice because the ref won’t stop the flow of play at the end of the game. It’s great to be able to see teams making one last desperate break and knowing they won’t have to pull up short 10 feet from a goal because time ran out…

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    watching the World Cup matches in a pub filled with soccer fans is a lot of fun. i started learning about soccer about 6 years ago, and even started playing (i’m terrible) and it’s a lot of fun once you learn the strategy involved. once i learned the rules, and all that shit, i think i prefer World Cup soccer matches over any other professional big event, ala Superbowl, World Series, etc.

    although i think i’d put watching The Masters above all that, which probably says something about me, not sure what.

    just my two cents

  18. Mike in Austin Says:

    Last nights game created sweating palms for both sides. It was riveting.

    Soccer = 1-1 ties.

    I’m not sure who the David Beckham commercial was really aimed at for a target audience…

    Wait. I do. But they were watching Bravo at the time.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  19. garretc Says:

    I think football should increase the size of the end zone. Only 4 touchdowns yesterday? Hell, Chelsea-Man U had 6 goals yesteday. They just only count for one point instead of 6…

  20. phoammhead Says:

    world cup finals matches have been boring lately because no player takes many chances because if they screw up they are likely to be ostracized or even killed by their fans . . . if they’re japanese, they’ll just commit suicide

  21. thedayman Says:

    i think they should increase the diameter of the basketball hoop, and lower the net. games are waay too low scoring

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    “I just find the sheer amount of possible outcomes of every situation to be exhilarating when you have 22 top quality athletes running around a field, essentially uncoached in the moment, with no resets to restore order. It’s those moments when seeming chaos breaks into seemingly planned beauty that keeps me coming back.”

    Is Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton included? Not so top quality athletes.

  23. Jtran Says:

    Always thought it was weird that fans of extended improv music didn’t like soccer. Both take similar attributes (patience watching/listening to the build up, ability to pick up on details,etc imo.

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    Just kidding around. Tongue in cheek over here.

  25. garretc Says:

    Yes JTran. Yes, on all counts.

    More or less an argument I’ve been trying to figure out how to phrase for ages!

    I wanted to say soccer is the Phish of sports, but I felt that would be a bit controversial… Haha

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