TTFM: Summer ’96

Summer 1996—Pollack T-shirt

1996 Summer Tour T-Shirt (Pollock)

With Summer Tour 2012 rapidly approaching, let’s continue a look at summers past with ’96. I’m not trying to pull the ten “best” jams from each summer, but just ten great ones. Enjoy the picks from this underrated tour!

Wilson > Disease” 8.14.96 I, Hershey, PA



Reba” 8.4.96 II, Morrison, CO



Antelope” 8.12.96 II, Noblesville, IN



Split” 8.12.96 I, Noblesville, IN



Tweezer” 8.14.96 II, Hershey, PA



Harry Hood” 8.16.96 III, Plattsburgh, NY

Mike’s > Lifeboy” 8.13.96 II, Noblesville, IN



Slave” 8.17.96 II, Plattsburgh, NY




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387 Responses to “TTFM: Summer ’96”

  1. kayatosh Says:

    silly: speaks the truth. and when you start speaking the truth it sounds radical. and it is. we can’t dismantle 400 years of industrialization w/o causing catastrophic upheaval. i’m w/ PB. operate w/in the system but gradually become less reliant on/intertwined with the system over time. be the change you want to see in the world.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    silly: I share your feelings about mother earth and humans interaction (steady destruction) with her. I am, however, very much enjoying the electricity around here. conflicted.

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    There are no accidents. This is just another of the great experiments going on in the universe.

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    “Tour is coming”.

    Ned Stark

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    No electricity, no tour. Just saying.

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, tour would have to stop

    but many things would have to come down first, so I don’t think we have to worry about tour ending anytime soon

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    1st release from Bear’s Sonic Journals.

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Only way society changes that radically is a nuclear war or the Earth is hit by a meteor. Some kind of mass die off anyway. That’s why I am not even willing to entertain ideas like that.

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    @ kaya

    we all face choices

    we can have ice caps and polar bears or we can have automobiles

    we can have computers and cancer clusters from the manufacture of those computers or we can have neither

    we can have electricity and a world devastated by mining or we can have neither (and don’t give me any nonsense about solar: you’ll need copper for wiring, silicon for photovoltaics, metals and plastics for appliances, which need to be manufactured and then transported to your home, and so on. Even solar electricity can never be sustainable because electricity and all it’s accoutrement require an industrial infrastructure)

  10. kayatosh Says:


  11. SillyWilly Says:

    i really gotta stop these conversations

    i am a happy kid. i swear to god.

  12. Luther T. Justice Says:

    No need to kill tour. It can go acoustic as long has peeps keep their yaps shut.

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    You gonna canoe there Luther. 🙂

  14. kayatosh Says:

    Luther t. justice with the post of the day.


  15. Guyute711 Says:

    Shit, you may have to cut down a tree to make a canoe. Better plant three for good measure.

  16. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Yes, or kayak, or by horse or mule, etc.

  17. IrieWalton Says:

    Interesting convo here this morning.

    Just curious, @ Silly, given the salmon example in the Columbia River that you cited I was curious whether you’re aware that right now in Oregon they’re killing seals that have swam up the Columbia and are feeding on the plethora of salmon at the Bonneville Dam.

    Basically, at what point do we stop?

    Humans always make an impact and while the ideal is to minimize our impact it is nearly an impossible goal.

    Basically, I take the Monkey Wrench Gang approach: get inside the system and then affect change from within instead of standing outside and throwing rocks at the walls. Makes people less suspicious, I’ve learned.

    Either that or I’ve evolved into a jaded, 30 something.

  18. IrieWalton Says:

    Just for the record our car runs off of 99% locally produced biodiesel (thanks, Willie Nelson!) and our home is powered entirely by renewable energy and we always take reusable bags to the grocery store.

    But I know there’s more I could be doing, but sometimes it just gets overwhelming for all the reasons Silly cited when you stop and think about it all.

    Just trying to make my impact less, educate others, and hope that the ripple effect works its magic, you dig?

  19. poop goblin Says:

    I can’t support goin back to the times SW supports cuz I’m selfish as shit and at 36 I would have flown by all life expectancy of his non technologically advancing utopia.

    and I hate acoustic sets

    have fun commies
    you peeps are crazy
    see ya in woostah

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Luther, stop enslaving horses you big bully!!!!

  21. Luther T. Justice Says:


    I was thinking you might enjoy a nice acoustic set performed around a camp fire with the crowd singin along. Maybe so. Maybe not.

  22. Luther T. Justice Says:

    I’m a horse whisperer @ G$. They’re cool with it.

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    Horse>Scent of a Mule

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    Most of fossil-fuel pollution comes from industry.

    WAY more pollution is involved in manufacturing automobiles than actually driving them – so driving less doesn’t really help, or reducing your personal emissions doesn’t really help.

    @Guyute and Luther

    I never said we couldn’t cut down trees or take things from the environment.

    Cutting trees for a canoe is different from the systematic deforestation of the North American continent.

    Weyerhauser, for example, is subsidized. They’re cutting trees for a market that isn’t there.

    I think once you take from an environment it becomes your responsibility to ensure that environment’s survival.

    it’s about balance, of course.

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    oh shit

    im NOT saying to stop watching your own emissions.

    by all means cut your emissions, but real change only comes at the collapse of corporations is what im saying

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