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 fashionβ€” 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. Mike in Austin Says:

    Probably why all Phish fans should love Chess to.

    It would be cool if Phish played chess against…

    Never mind.

  2. garretc Says:

    And I’ll admit that there’s a lot of mediocre soccer being played out there, but that’s mostly because of how much fucking soccer is being played out there. Imagine what football games would be like if there were hundreds of teams around the world. There’d be a lot of horrible football games being played…

  3. garretc Says:

    I think Phish should play soccer against their audience

  4. phoammhead Says:

    when the goal keeper scores your only goal, somethings not adding up

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    good point @garret, but that’s why i like World Cup so much. best of the best.

    also fun that the US Mens team is getting a little better each time around, although still always managing to disappoint.

  6. thedayman Says:

    i think phish should pick one person out of the crowd each night to be sacrificed to pay homage to the famous mockingbird

  7. garretc Says:

    Ok, last two things on soccer, because I have to read this thing before class and I’m not making it easy on myself here…

    1. In soccer when “nothing is happening,” the ball is being passed around midfield while people move around looking for holes. When “nothing is happening” in football, big men in shiny pants are standing around waiting for old dudes to tell them what to do.

    2. Who cares about scoring? I watch sports for the moments of athletic brilliance that can occur, and that has nothing to do with scoring. Sure, it’s even more brilliant when they do score, but was Manningham’s (I think?) over the shoulder bomb any less impressive because it wasn’t a touchdown?

  8. Jtran Says:

    And funny thing telas, is that the best quality games are not generally in the WC (due to the short amount of time players are together, the janky countries that get in to the tournament to represent all regions of the world mostly)

    Watch any two high quality Euro sides in a league match and the quality of play is a lot higher. That being said, you can’t really top the atmosphere and excitement of any WC games

  9. phoammhead Says:

    i think phish should play to a timer and scoreboard

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    There are a ton more intricacies in football than soccer imo. Coverages, blocking schemes, audibles. But whatever, never going to convince a soccer fan that their sport isn’t superior in every way… πŸ˜‰

  11. Corey Says:

    Admitted lifer when it comes to soccer, err football. Still, faking a tackle or falling down in my fav sport is just as pathetic as stripping the ball in amer. football. Not needed, cheapening the sport…

    The game wasn’t really that exciting was it? It was certainly tense.
    But, when 12 was 11 – 3 or 4 times!?!? Smart is not a word I’d use here…schoolboy moves in looking where to run before you “catch” the ball…not the way either team is trad. known to play. That said, Eli put up some clean and healthy numbers. 30/40, no picks etc. Good stuff.

    Patriots didn’t live up to their hype this time.

    That guy doing the rope dancing on his belly was pretty trippy (and quite impressive, far as balance is concerned). Madonna was mad donna. Was Lady Gaga busy?

  12. thedayman Says:

    she was performing at halftime of the man-u chelsea game, that’s why garret loves soccer so much πŸ˜‰

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    not to mention the leg warmers and shin pads and the acting like you got shot every time someone comes with 2 feet of touching you…..

    Hope you all realize i’m just joking around….kind of

  14. Mike in Austin Says:

    Simpsons nailed it.

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    last night madonna showed gaga what her schtick is supposed to be

    so the next question is what past-prime prima donna gets the nod for haltime next year? I heard the call for bon jovi when the game is at the meadowlands in a few years, which actually makes sense. except for the whole possibility of a wintry super bowl but that’s another conversation entirely…

  16. Mike in Austin Says:

    Soccer wives >>> football wives

  17. phoammhead Says:

    football has turned in the panziest sport of all . . . thanks to the stupid rules changes protecting quarterbacks. so, you can take off down the field running the ball and then slide so no one can hit you . . . safe! this ain’t baseball!

  18. garretc Says:

    Yeah Palmer, those soccer players and their protective padding! Manly football players would never stoop so low… Haha

    Jtran, have you ever watched a Borussia Dortmund match? After several months of consideration I’ve settled on them as my favorite club. Reigning Bundesliga champs, currently atop the table, average team age of 22, rabid fan base (second highest average home attendance in the world after Barcelona!), and the most exciting, attacking, counter-attack heavy style of soccer I’ve ever watched… They have a match on ESPN3 tomorrow, I’ll certainly be checking it out on replay later in the evening!

  19. Corey Says:

    Nice comments @garretc. Football games are spectacles.
    Soccer matches result in spectacles.
    With art, there is always risk…

    And yet, amer. football games do not involve riots of epic proportion and truly sudden death. I’m not sure that is soccer’s problem. Law enforcement needs to step in a bit more, I suspect.

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    excellent point @jtran. i’ve often wanted to get into watching a season of euro league soccer, but have no idea where to start. i’d like to get to know individual players, teams, etc.

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    It’s bad enough I have to read all this crap about the Giants but now we are talking soccer? I think I need to take the rest of the day off.

  22. Corey Says:

    In Football, one improvises out of desperation.
    In Soccer, one improvises with intent,
    to stimulate creation.

  23. El Duderino Says:

    it’s funny how Phish fans like to use patience when describing jamz… The GD never needed time/patience! It was either Epic or meh. didn’t take ’em 12 minutes to get going either. Phish, fuckin’ nostalgia BS. πŸ˜‰

  24. garretc Says:

    Yeah tela’s, I’m in the midst of my first season following soccer. As stated, BVB is my favorite club, but Bundesliga coverage is harder to find, so I highly recommend jumping in with the EPL to get started. video section has highlights of all EPL games, ESPN3 shows some EPL games but also just games from all over the place, start checking out all the “soccer” sections of your normally perused sports sites, like ESPN or SI. And I don’t know if you’ve ventured to Bill Simmons’ Grantland, but there’s a great feature on there by Chris Ryan called “The Reducer,” which is a weekly EPL recap.

  25. El Duderino Says:

    comparing soccer and footbal?
    that’s like comparing pot roast to Filet!!! no contest

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