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. kayatosh Says:

    check that re. MPP highlights. my playa’s on random and saw it fit to jump to the Greek YEM. why I thought it was DividedSky is beyond me. too much drink perhaps.

  2. tela'smuff Says:

    the botched MSG Axilla could have been erased from memory if followed by a Gorge RnR

    much like the forced transition of Meatstick>Saw It Again at MPP ’10 was forgotten after they dropped the Saw It Again>Piper>Ghost>Jumpin Jack Flash>Saw It Again>Contact, YEM

    a deep jam cures all ills

  3. El Duderino Says:

    the execution of the composed parts sets of the jam stapes…

    a butchard seg. after seg makes the jam lazy and listless… you have to have one to set up the other they’re like a marrige

  4. Mike in Austin Says:

    Except Miami Reba in ’03.

    Butchered, then followed up with absolute glory.

  5. El Duderino Says:

    @ Tela’s
    some/most of those ’04 jams were not All That… it’s like Trey ability to play fell off a cliff, and it did ’04 much worse than ’03. ’05 TAB and Trey’s playing worse than ’04… ’06 did Trey even know how to grab a G chord properly. I think some of you guys have a selective memory.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my selective memory tells me that the JB10 BDT#L is pretty peachy.

  7. phoammhead Says:

    a deep glorious jam will certainly cure a little bump, small misstep or less than perfectly smooth segue

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    Señor Miner’s August ’93 Highlights Mix is special.

    In all those good nostalgic, holy fuck sort of ways!

    So glad it happened, accepting where we are now, would love a return to a dip in that pool again.

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    well, again, we’re talking about 18 shows, and excluding Vegas (as they should be), you’ve got 15 shows to dissect. out of those 15 shows you can pull enough quality jams to make a highlight mix to be proud of. I can’t be that critical of full band exploration. It’s certainly more engaging than some of the Sands of summer 2000. i think ’04 was the among the weakest ever, but it’s hard to even take it serious do the small number of shows, and health of Trey, specifically. Yet, listen to the SPAC shows and if that’s shitty fall of the cliff Trey, i want him to squat over my chest and lay a nice brown log right on me.

    both SPAC shows, Alpine Seven Below, Hampton Chalkdust, and even Coventry Split, all worthy of top shelf playlists.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    pretty cool that the guy who totally imploded last week won the tourney you were at this weekend. I also caught a little bit of the players feeding the gallery at some point yesterday afternoon. looked like a really fun time.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    aaaawwwwww. woog at the wittle kitty!

    now that’s something you’ll never see in american football. 😉

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    The Phoenix Open is an absolute blast worth the weight if you like the sport.

    Got an interview, new company. In my wheelhouse.

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Tela wants Phish to play Steam in Cleveland.

  14. poop goblin Says:

    Steam debut was in Cleveland

    Cleveland Steamer FTW

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    “Laced with profound imagery, Madonna’s Half-time performance was, in fact, a massive Illuminati ritual, one that was witnessed by billions of viewers. On this Superbowl “Day of Atonement”, Madonna, the High Priestess of the Illuminati industry, entered the Holy of Holies of America delivered a 13 minutes sermon that was heard by all and understood by few.”

  16. BingosBrother Says:


  17. voopa Says:

    Wow, that’s wild Bingos.

    “Tela, I am your father.”

  18. Mike in Austin Says:

    Had no idea that existed. I was interested until this…

    “The twine was dipped in the scent of a mule- a scent the llamas seemed to hate more than anything else in the world. Oddly, it was also
    known to keep away laser beams.”

    Oh well. Good idea though.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Someone let the sleeping monkey play with a typewriter again

  20. garretc Says:

    “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.”

    Good on you Palmer for having an open enough mind to give it another shot! It’s just too bad you’re too small minded to understand it… 😉

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    ha. nice. Cleveland Steamer!!

    i’m partial to the Hot Carl.

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    04 gw boaf –> incantation.

  23. sumodie Says:

    workin thru 12.31.11 -taken at face value, set 2 on thru Steam is good high energy phish

    light > golden age and esp steam are very good in fact

    meanwhile im spinning 2.28.03 nassau in the car. no comment 😯

  24. albert walker Says:

    I’m thinkin bout finally spinning msg. Only heard a few small pieces. Weekapaug!

    Wes fuckin Montgomery
    So sick. The octaves. The shreddy runs. So melodic. Heavenly tone.
    Best player ever imo.

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    i highly overlooked segment of music.

    6/29/10 – Mike’s>Simple>I am the Walrus>Weekapaug

    both smoking versions of Mike’s and Paug, if not one of the best 3.0 Paugs played. Nice Simple ambience, and they perform Walrus admirably, with some Phish flavor at the end.

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