Let the Madness Begin…

Tourney Time 2012

Enjoy the first round of action today, and here is a powerhouse playlist to rock with or without the ballgames. Also, make sure to cast your vote in Trey Is My Friend’s championship song bracket‘s Round of 32 by the end of today! And then head back for the Sweet 16 tomorrow! In the Phish universe, ticket madness is about to explode over the weekend as all the show of Leg One go on sale in two days! Get your strategies prepared!


Split Open and Melt -> Catapult” 12.31.99 I, Big Cypress, FL

One of the top highlights from Big Cypress—an all-time great.



Reba” 6.13.94 II Kansas City, KS

1994 and “Reba,” a match made in heaven. Here is another stellar version.



Ghost” 8.7.98 I, Raleigh, NC

A first set bomb after the rain stopped at Walnut Creek ’98.



Piper” 8.8.98 II, Columbia, MD

As Phish came back from Europe, after dropping Prague’s 7/6/98 version, “Piper” continued to expand.



Tweezer” 11.3.96 II, Gainesville, FL

A groovy and percussive version with Karl Perazzo; two shows after “Remain In Light” you can already hear the influence of the album’s style.



YEM -> Izabella” 7.26.97 II, Austin, TX

Everyone knows “Tweezabella,” but do you know her sister “YEMabella?”



Stash” 11.13.97 II, Las Vegas, NV

Phish dropped this mammoth “Stash” on the first night of Fall ’97. Funk, what?

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409 Responses to “Let the Madness Begin…”

  1. Robert Champion Says:

    SillyWilly – What is your take on cheese curds? I have had really good ones and really rubbery ones. where can a motherfucker get a good cheese curd?

  2. MiA Says:

    Cheese curds need to squeek

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    also, Kaveh, Cal texted me last night to ask where my seats were, and he said: Lets do one night on the lawn, just for old time’s sake.

    I told him I was “so in”

    and I am. The few, the proud, the Alpine Lawn dancers.

  4. Robert Champion Says:

    Mars Cheese Castle for the win….good brats – weird vibe – It’s Wisconsin!

  5. Robert Champion Says:

    Silly Willy you calf muscles will thank you.

  6. Kaveh Says:

    where can a motherfucker get a good cheese curd?

    ^ Wisco Yo!

    And yes @MiA; they do need to squeak.

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    MiA’s got it.

    Squeeky is key.

    I’m not a true Wisconsinite (a sconnie) as I’ve only been here for law school.

    But, for my money, if you’re going to have cheese curds might as well deep fry them and eat them with ranch.

    In Madison, the best fried cheese curds are at the Old Fashioned on Capitol Square.

    My good friend, Cal, posts here occasionally and he’s an expert on all things Milwaukee.

    so if you see him around, hit him up. He really knows his stuff. And, I’m woefully ignorant compared to Cal.

    Also, when you’re in Wisco drink New Glarus beers. (spotted cow is overrated, kinda like fat tire, imo) But, you can only get New Glarus in wiso and all their brews outside of spotted cow are a treat.

  8. Kaveh Says:

    spotted cow is overrated


    Born and raised from La Crosse, WI. Plenty of other solid, delicious beers from WI out there. I’ll probably have a cooler or two full of them at Alpine this summer. 🙂

  9. lastwaltzer Says:


    thinking i’m gonna wind up on the lawn saturday, shooting for pav. for sunday. Never done alpine……….pysched.


    The Bad Apple in chicago has good cheese curds………as far as chicago curds go.

  10. MiA Says:

    @Irie Walton, Just saw your post a few pages back. Yeah that Made of Wood group is great.

    Some of the “Wyatt’s Groove” album reminded me of that Pink Floyd Animals/Meddle sort of stuff. Thick keyboard soundscapes. Think “Pigs on a Wing” or “Dogs” that you can groove to. But with a much more rhythmic drum and kick to it.

    But the new album Chill/Funk trip. Love it.

    Lunch with Selector Jay and GDad. Great convo. Could have sat and drank beers at a picnic table all day with those guys.

    Note: Bacon + carrots + brussel sprouts + onions is a great side dish for a BLT on texas toast and Stash IPA.

  11. Kaveh Says:

    For a Wedge: SuperBall Wedge is really, really good.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    WI is kind of a forgotten about micro-brew state.

    Great tradition of beer and breweries here.

    German styles are probably our best offering, but all around a great beer state

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    Nice, LW

    you and J should kick ut with us

  14. SillyWilly Says:


    not utah.

  15. Robert Champion Says:

    Also, Leinie Lodge anyone?


  16. Robert Champion Says:

    I get up to Wisconsin often. Mostly the northern most part of the peninsula.

  17. Kaveh Says:

    Never done alpine……….pysched.

    ^ Always, always a great time. If you have a bad time at Alpine, you might be retarded (just saying.) 🙂

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    I’ll be honest i’d probably rather kick in Utah……………I mean I love phish but………………. http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/020/cache/arches-courthouse-towers_2019_600x450.jpg

    or http://www.utahtripadvisor.com/image-files/subway-zion-national-park.jpg

    or http://www.cityprofile.com/forum/attachments/utah/5069-general-zion_national_park.jpg

    I mean……..shit is DOPE

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    pro tip: don’t wear flip flops if you are on the lawn at alpine

    did that my first visit and regretted it for about two weeks afterwards 😮

  20. lastwaltzer Says:

    well my comment is awaiting moderation because it has some sick links but……….I think I might rather kick it in Utah……….shit is dope

  21. Robert Champion Says:

    Yes take care of your shoes on the lawn @ Alpine. There is no question. Preparation is key when seeing a show at certain places and Alpine can be a logistical nightmare but they payoff is almost always certain.

  22. MiA Says:

    I am now retarded Kaveh. I’m done with Alpine (unless i can get good Pavs.

    They need to bring back camping. The place would be like the Gorge then. But otherwise, it’s a weird “overnite” situation there with not a lot of choices.

    My aunt lives in Mukwonago, WI a few miles away. She has a big back yard that I have camped in. Which is nice.

    Kaveh actually kinda looks like Shaggy to me. His wife is much better looking. 😉

  23. MiA Says:

    It is a must see place though. I’ve seen almost every show at Alpine (except ’10), and saw all the GD shows from 1986 to 1989. So maybe it’s just too familiar to me.

    And I’m an old crank.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    his lawn. you must get off of it.

  25. Kaveh Says:

    His wife is much better looking.

    ^ She sure is!

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