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. SillyWilly Says:

    I understand what that article is saying, MiA

    and I’m not even in the same ball-park as it’s underlying premises.

    I am saying – literally – take people’s money until we CAN pay for health care.

    Liquidate Fiat. Liquidate Exxon-Mobil. Liquidate BP. Liquidate Weyerhausen. Liquidate DuPont. Liquidate Coca-Cola.

    Liquidate all destructive companies until everyone has health care.

    The idea that an abstract concept like the economy should take precedent over a person’s REAL health, REAL soil, and REAL water is very bad, in my opinion.

    that’s what “economics” does for us. it allows to come up with abstract ideas like “quarterly profits” for acres of timber cleared.

    We’re “developing natural resources” instead of corrupting our soil.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    Nice, Voopa

    I was wondering about that!

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    By no means would I label your demonstrative scenario as the individual’s responsibility, Silly. That would be an extenuating circumstance as would congenital birth defect, genetic or environmental.

    Raging against the machine is a purpose one may choose for their life. Not mine, I am making my best efforts the get out of the way and remove the machine’s relevance to me. It is there, where I find myself to be at my greatest potential.

    Yes, being a child of beneficial circumstance(born in the 1st world/North) to parents of a intentful nature, places me in a better position at the start of Lila. How I end up could be different. I am ok with that.

  4. gunslinging parrot Says:

    I hate when your boss walks in during your lunch and talks about work while your eating and listening to this HOOD!!!

  5. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Out of curiosity, is there a nation or time period throughout history whose governmental system you prefer, or is your ideal?

    Similarly, what about health care system?

    I have lots of thoughts on healthcare, working in it from hospitals through universities, and now privately. Taking insurance and not. But I think I’ll sit this one out. But knowing you alls ideals would be interesting…

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    One of the nice things about conventions is all the swag. Steak n Shake milkshake at 9am? Don’t mind if I do…

  7. voopa Says:

    Umm, holy crap!

    Some ACL 2012 bands:
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse
    Black Keys
    Jack White
    Avett Brothers
    Gary Clark Jr.
    Lee Fields
    Trampled By Turtles
    Civil Wars
    Thievery Corp
    Esperanza Spaulding
    Alabama Shakes
    War on Drugs
    Barrington Levy

    …and like 100 others.

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I think the penguins got pre-discovered Antarctic, right.

    Berzerker Axiom:

    If there are people involved shit goes bad. The more people, the worse it goes…

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    Dr. Pro

    Tolowa, Inuit, Arawak, New Guineans, Ho-Chunk, Pontiacs, Xhosa, Dani

    I can go on if you want…

  10. MiA Says:

    I really feel for guys like Dr. P, who are limited in what they can charge, and at the same time, are in the most expensive places on the planet to provide those necessary services.

    As a person who owns my own business, paying both our social security (15%) x2 plus Medicaid/Medicare x2 = lots of taxes compared to most.

    Hope you all stay healthy.

  11. Dr Pronoia Says:

    ^^ ha, PB! I think I agree with you

    Smart, well intentioned people have been experimenting with this shit for a long time. Unfortunately, so have the dumb and evil

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    @Pham B

    I fight out of love.

    I love migratory song-birds. I love coho salmon. I love the redwoods.

    I love my Sioux roommate and his family.

    I look at it this way: If you saw your best friend being raped, would you stop the rapist?

    I think most of us – but the most hard-line pacifists amongst us – would.

    I think the world is being raped.

  13. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Huh, so relatively small groups of indigenous people, in the past?

    Good to know. Helps me understand your priorities and standards. Btw, no sarcasm here at all. I don’t know much about those systems, other than that I wouldn’t trade places for one second. But that’s IMHO

  14. MiA Says:

    Going to see ACL this year, but without a desire to see any of the headliners.

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    The differences between real and ideal r id.

  16. voopa Says:

    Black Keys put on a good show MiA. And I’d love to see Neil.

  17. lumpyhead Says:

    just in case you weren’t aware, there’s a video of the MSG 95 Reba.

  18. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Yeah MIA, sometimes it’s great, other times very very hard

    I’ve got to get back to said work in a few minutes, but does anyone else care to float their ideal systems?

    Personally, I’m not sure where/when else I’d rather be, even acknowledging how fucked up it all is. We are the luckiest human beings ever born on this planet, those of us who are white, male, and straight. Doesn’t make any of it right, but I remind myself of that – and the attendant responsibilities of it – when I get too down

  19. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Oh and if you really want to get depressed, read the cover article of New York mag this week about the personal and societal effects of our rapidly aging society and our medical resistance to death

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    True sustainability is what I’m after, Dr. P

    every environment has a carrying capacity

    the world will collapse if humans continue to proliferate.

    we can allow that to happen on the earth’s terms or we can try and do it on our terms

    I think the only truly sustainable human communities are small indigenous groups who are adapted to their particular land-base and who are committed to ensuring the health of their land base for as long as possible

    Papua New-Guineans have lived on their island for 12,000 yrs with exceeding their island’s carrying capacity.

    the Tolowa Indians lived in northern california for 10,000.

    it is possible, but you can’t destroy your land base.

    white culture, however, will have to go.

    sucks. but, necessary. actually, i don’t know how bad it would suck, honestly.

    many indigenous groups only worked for several hours a day and were free to play and lounge about for the remainder of the day. european after european commented on this.

  21. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    lets just take a few minutes and bask in the anniversary of possibly my favorite ghost of all time

    radio city, where i spent my tisch rgaduation ceremony on friday. coincidence? i think not, universe. i shall commence listening upon banetime later. hoorah!

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    Also, Dr. P

    this kinda goes to the us being lucky thing:

    “Right now I’m sitting in front of a space heater, and all other things being equal, I’d rather my toes were toasty than otherwise. But all other things aren’t equal, and destroying runs of salmon constructing dams for hydropower is a really stupid (and immoral) way to warm my feet. It’s an extraordinarily bad trade.

    And it’s not just space heaters. No amount of comforts or elegancies, what the nineteenth century slave-owner called the characteristics of civilizations, are worth killing the planet. What’s more, even if we do perceive it in our best interest to take these comforts or elegancies at the expense of the enslavement, impoverishment, or murder of others and their landbases, we HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO SO. And no amount of rationalization nor overwhelming force – not even “full-spectrum domination” – will suffice to give us that right.

    Yet we have been systematically taught to ignore these trade-offs, to pretend that we don’t see them (even when they’re right in front of our faces) abd they don’t exist.”

  23. Dr Pronoia Says:

    White culture and everything past industrialization will have to go? Wow. That is indeed radical, my friend

    Take it easy, y’all

  24. kayatosh Says:

    :turns off TV idly on in the other room. hangs head. pictures a hundred coho salmon waving their fingers and saying tsk tsk:

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    I bet you’d rather watch the Columbia River turn white with spawning salmon than Real Housewives, Kaya.

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