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. El Duderino Says:

    Colorado is a conundrum IMO.

    Dispensaries, hippies, organicness, but the black eye of Republicanism, non-Union, right to get fucked by your employer state…

    So which is it Colorado?!?! make up your goddamn mind, you progressive or archaic?

  2. tela'smuff Says:

    gladly stapes!

    @willowed – exactly. you sir, r the man.

  3. willowed Says:

    I have faded away from intenational play over the years. Don’t have the time to invest and I get confused with the scheduling and such.

    I am a huge fan of world cup qualifiers and WC play.

    I am more of a fan of players. If I had to pick one team, I guess it would be Liverpool.

  4. DukeOfLizards Says:

    An exercise based on free-flowing interaction and collaboration, with what seems to the uninitiated to be very little going on, except for a few peak moments over a 90-minute period when the crowd goes wild?

    Sounds awfully familiar.

  5. El Duderino Says:

    sounds like baseball if you ask me and baseball definitely sucks the big one

  6. stapes Says:

    Please don’t @ tela’s.

    The only thing worse than those are the “Native” and “No Vacancy” stickers

  7. garretc Says:

    El Dude, if you think baseball is free-flowing, then I don’t know if any of your sports observations are relevant any longer…


  8. El Duderino Says:

    no I don’t baeball/soccer…would rather have a hole in my head, oh wait

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    @stapes – i’m going to get you one too. or just put one on your car w.o your knowledge.

  10. Al Says:

    Cool, all of the Phish MSG New Years Broadcasts are out on youtube.
    Check for example here:

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I prefer the naive stickers myself

  12. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I suppose the implied thesis of my post was that “soccer is boring” sounds to serious soccer heads basically the same as “Phish shows suck because the songs are too long” does to most denizens of this board.

  13. stapes Says:

    Lulz @ tela’s. I would have to laugh. But I’d be pissed and also have to kick your ass.

    Get over for some IPA before its no good!

  14. El Duderino Says:

    Phish shows suck because the songs are too long”

    not 3.0 songs 🙂

  15. garretc Says:

    Yeah, Duke, agreed.

    And of course I don’t want anybody to feel like I’m angry at them for not liking soccer or anything, and I certainly don’t expect to change anybody’s mind, just felt like throwing out my personal opinions on the criticisms I hear most often…

  16. Jtran Says:

    On the other hand, I AM angry at everyone on this board that does not like soccer

  17. Robear Says:

    last few pages = phish fans hurting for material

  18. stapes Says:

    Lets get some dates!

  19. Mr palmer Says:

    Saying ’04 Phish is irrelevant is the same as saying there is nothing noteworthy from the Gd in ’80 or ’81, or’82 , or ’83, or… You get the picture.

  20. Selector J Says:

    re: O Jogo Bonito

    Soccer is a great game. I played it competitively for several years growing up. Loved playing it especially when both teams were really good.

    That said, I don’t watch it on TV unless it’s World Cup or maybe a couple of top European club teams. Just a matter of emotional investment. Hard to root for a team of people from other countries who are based in a town I’ve never even been to.

    Maybe MLS will get there one day but it isn’t really at a high enough level for me to enjoy yet. Whenever I watch an MLS game, I think “Damn, I could have done that (in my prime).” Realistically, I’m kidding myself. I would have gotten destroyed on an MLS field but very little of their play impresses me aesthetically.

    It’s kinda weird that Americans only like the games we invented: football, baseball, basketball. We’re sports racists!

    P.S. Hockey sucks. Go back to Canada, ice dancers! :mrgreen:

  21. El Duderino Says:

    I’ll be the 1st to admit there’s some bad GD years Palmer…

    it goes with the territory, you tour heavily for 30 years and do lots o hard drugs, there’s gonna be some shit type years, just life as a touring band

  22. garretc Says:

    Jtran and I tuna pretty successful good cop/bad cop strategy

  23. Mike in Austin Says:

    Happy Birthday Bob Marley.

  24. WolfmansFather Says:

    Comparing Phish to soccer is maybe the most intelligent, accurate and astute comment I’ve seen in my three years of trolling this website

  25. El Duderino Says:

    happy birfmas Bob

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