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 fashionโ€” 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. tela'smuff Says:

    again, they played 18 shows in ’04 and in those 18 shows probably still had more deep jams than 2011!!

    “Phish was better when…..bla bla bla bla” Phish is moving forward, the fans are the nostalgic act.

    so far i’ve listened to 5 hrs of 3.0 jams, and i’ve been mostly stuck in 2010, and Phish is #winning.

  2. garretc Says:

    Tela’s, did you listen to the MPP ’10 Tweezer in those 5 hours? I’ve been trying so hard to get an outside perspective since I relistened and was very impressed a couple weeks ago… Or even the MPP ’10 Piper, that’s a good ‘un too!

  3. DukeOfLizards Says:

    MPP ’10 night 1, set 2 is fucking killer. In hindsight, probably more musically interesting than the following night.

  4. stapes Says:

    I need to revisit the Greek Light

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    listening to mpp10 tweezer now @garret

  6. garretc Says:

    This might be totally off base, but listening to some ’10 highlights from that Camden-MPP run I was wondering where the ambient outro had disappeared to in ’11.

    Sure they used it as a crutch ’09-’10, but without looking closely it feels like the ambient outro was lacking in ’11… But prove me wrong if you want, it wouldn’t surprise me!

  7. El Duderino Says:

    they jammed because they couldn’t execute the composed segments of tunes they played for 25 years…. that’s pretty fn’ lazy IMO

  8. Robear Says:

    i recommend you do that @ Stapes. amazes everytime

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    Duder you need a new band to follow sour puss

  10. poop goblin Says:

    Whatever happened between 2.0 and 3.0 it caused them to forget how to count.

    See Ghost.

  11. El Duderino Says:

    2.0 is over G$$$ – I’m cool

  12. kayatosh Says:

    garretc: i took the MPP 2010 plunge at your urging. started off w/ night 1 tweezer per your rec.

    will report back.

  13. Mike in Austin Says:

    Impatience Poop. Pure impatience.

  14. garretc Says:

    I think the MPP RnR is pretty solid too, although I think it was more whale-y than the other big jams from that weekend… But I don’t exactly remember if that was my opinion on the matter or not…

  15. stapes Says:

    I will take jams over perfectly executed composed parts every day.

  16. jdub Says:

    Not to back track, but stripping the football is by no means unsportsmanlike. Crazy talk. Like saying going for a steal in soccer or basketball is unsportsmanlike. A calculated risk one decides in the moment to take.

  17. Selector J Says:

    By the way, nice heads up on the Marley B-day, @ MiA. I almost forgot.

    Anyone posted a Bob Marley vid yet? Seems like we should. :mrgreen:
    One of my personal favorite tunes: Ambush In The Night – Live @Santa Barbara ’79

  18. kayatosh Says:

    cool to come back to these jams of 2010.

    MPP 2010 tweezer — early jam is whale groove w/ gordo sticking w/a monochromatic bassline. snarling git work from trey, reminiscent of the 2.0 sound w/ a hint of 99. jam reaches a psuedo-peak and then part II of the jam ensures. This later jam morphs into a very interesting sound sculpture. 99ish.

    nice find, garret. I give it 3 $’s. take this with a grain of salt, as my phish analysis status has been graded fluffer by those among us.

  19. poop goblin Says:

    This weekend I came to the conclusion that Miami Tweezer is still at the top of the pack for 3.0 jams. First run through in a long time.

    Shit is just dirty.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    yes indeed. this MPP 2010 wolfman’s is the goods as well. Gotta have a certain whale tolerance, though.

    bob M’s b-day. thanks for the notification. time to warm em up.

  21. garretc Says:

    Kaya, did you catch Trey’s subtle Silent in the Morning licks towards the end of that Tweezer? Clearly the appropriate way to signal the end of a jam and the intention to move to that song, especially in contrast to some of the less well executed transitions that beget the term “Horse’d”

  22. kayatosh Says:

    My dad held Bob M. in the highest regard; absolutely dug his musicianship and related with his rebel persona and outsider image. Pops was high on Tosh as well. Oddly, he made very little mention of Bunny and didn’t have any Bunny LP’s. I discovered Bunny on my own.

    I remember listening to the Rastaman Vibration tape in the car. my brothers and I would sing along.

    Are you pickin up now? Jah love. jah love. protect us.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    sounds like my MPP highlights pick up w/ night 2 at divided skly. curious.

    garretc: I may have heard that. srsly, that jam is unique and worth the earmark you gave it. well done.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    good call garretc. Just spun the Mpp Tweezer and watching Premier league soccer ( for real). I’ll take the Tweezer over the soccer though. Shit, I’ll take the Telly Tweezer over soccer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    @Garret – just finished up with the MPP Tweez! yeah, it’s much better than i remember. at about 11mins in it gets very interesting. the jam is a little heavy of whale to start for my taste, but it’s clearly a great jam as it grows in intensity.

    in reading back in Miner’s book, it’s striking to remember how bitter we were getting with the lack of exploration (and whale calling although Miner was a fan) and then they dropped the Tweezer Reprise antics which seemed to spark the creative juices resulting in the Camden-MPP run.

    i cannot EVER recall being pissed after a 20 min jam because they had botched a composed section. short-term memory i guess. i had already stopped caring about composed sections of songs in ’96. maybe i’m different that way as a fan in that i really just want to fast forward to the jam, .ie Reba, Bowie, Hood, etc. once i’ve heard the composed section of Reba 20 times, do i need to hear it again? sure, it’s fun for some interpretive dancing, but i’m really just waiting for the jam.

    again, waiting for that tour where they add a disclaimer telling fans there will be no composed sections, no lyrics, no trampolines. Just jamming. If that’s an issue, stay home.

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