TTFF: The Gems of MSG

12.28.12 (Graham Lucas)

The highlights of the Holiday Run make quite a formidable playlist, boasting many versions of the year and some jams that move beyond 2012 into the creme de la creme of the era. Enjoy!

Tweezer > Maze” 12.28 II

This refined, multi-faceted and fully-realized “Tweezer”—my pick for best of the era—leapt onto the top shelf of 2012 offerings on the very first night of the run.



Ghost > Piper” 12.31 II

Another gorgeous New Year’s Eve “Ghost” highlighted the 31st and paired up perfectly with this relentless “Piper.”



Harry Hood” 12.30 E

Trey remains incredibly active throughout this “Hood” and the rest of the band responded beautifully, vaulting it into the elite versions of 3.0.



Wolfman’s Brother > LDB > Wolfman’s” 12.28 I

Swanky funk interplay mixed with holiday cheer resulted in a surprisingly original take on “Wolfman’s.”



Disease > 20 Years Later > Carini” 12.30 II

This exploratory sequence stunned the MSG audience with its patience and sinister tone. “Disease” broke through the sterile playing of the previous three sets with a ever-darkening adventure while “Carini”—the most unique jam of the run—challenged any version ever played with its abstract and menacing path.



David Bowie” 12.28 II

The band dropped the most impressive “David Bowie” of the year to closing out the first night.


Slave to the Traffic Light” 12.30 II

It’s been a while since we heard a “Slave” that packed such an emotional wallop. At risk of sounding repetitive, I’d definitely give this version the nod for the best of the year.

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  1. MmmHmm Says:

    Nice post Miner. Happy Friday BB!

  2. Adam P Says:

    I’ve been reading you laud this Hood and its fine but its not awesome. The build up is cut short…as usual. The song needs an extra three minutes before the refrain.

  3. willowed Says:

    Perfect – Thanks for the post!

    Wolfman’s and a hot cup of coffee to start my day.

    Yes please!

    I’ll save the Carini for later. I don’t want to scare the hit out of myself so early in the morning.

  4. Stimpy Says:


    But this one goes to eleven!

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    Ahhh, TTFF…glad to have you back!

    You kids be good out there. Happy Friday!

  6. sparx Says:

    Riding the chairlift at Stowe yesterday and a Phanner bud asks me if I heard the festi 10 rumors. Says he heard Rutland Vermont August 9,10,11 then points out 9+10+11=30 There is definately a big fairground there but I am skeptical. Anyone else hear this rumor?

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    No arguments here. Great picks. Quality run.

  8. Beaten Worker Says:

    This Carini sounds like it could have been from the Fukuoka show. So good. Heres to a darker Phish in 2013!

  9. voopa Says:

    Saw my tour bud last night, he missed the webcasts so I played Carini at vimeo. Just so you all know, Jason approves.

  10. Snigglebeach Says:


    That location rumor has come thru here already, though I don’t believe any dates have been associated with it. I hope Rutland is right cause that’s an easy drive for me.

  11. Snigglebeach Says:

    Rutland has an airport too. That’s where the best festivals take place

  12. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    choice cuts- tweezer to start the morning.

  13. ren Says:

    Morning All! Happy Effin Friday!!!

    Glad you felt inspired today Miner!

    Rutland festi sounds like a good time….always wondered why they never take advantage of VT more

  14. voopa Says:

    Powdered, toast? Man!

  15. Chonz Says:

    Thanks for the tunes, Miner. I’m looking forward to revisiting these this afternoon.

    This morning my quest to listen to every 70s Dead show chronologically has finally brought me to Europe 72. It’s almost like a completely different band from the one I left in 1971.

    On a related note, the holidays and new years run derailed the Summer 95 Phish tour me and my girlfriend had been partaking of. We have been stuck at Great Woods on July 1st for a while. It’s not so bad as that is my birthday, but I am ready to finish up that tour as there are only 3 shows to go. Hoping to get back on that train this weekend.

    Have a great day, kids!

  16. phoammhead Says:

    when does anyone think they will announce festy / tours?

    miner, an idea for a post might be to pull up some ridiculously early . . . say about thirty years ago tracks . . . maybe as we get closer to the anny

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    so this guy Jayson Musson from Philly used to rap in this group Plastic Little. He’s also an artist, who has a character he’s developed who is an art critic named “Hennessy Youngman”. If you have time to kill, check out his review of some masterworks at Philly’s PAFA museum:

    super subtly funny shit.

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Hooray for Highlights! Gracias, Señor Miner!

    My youngest is home for day two of the flu. It is nasty and has f’ed her up: vomitotious, no appetite, massive sleep cycles, chills, sweats, aches

    No fun!

  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Thanks for the thoughts and tunes miner. Some goodness came out of the run for sure! Seems like avert time they went mining they found gold.

  20. voopa Says:

    Dig 7/1/95. Had an FM tape of that back in the day…great unique jam in an early version of Theme. Also huge Melt Stash & Hood.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    lotta silence out of canada these days.
    I’m sure it’s due to the giddy anticipation of tonight’s big show.

  22. Al Says:

    When you watch that Twist vimeo video of their MSG Run, Trey plays a new guitar lick he has never played before. It’s from 08:38 to 08:40.

    That Carini jam is living Monster! It’s got eyes and scares the hell out of me. I swear it is alive… One of the 10 Most impressive jams of their career.

  23. gavinsdad Says:

    my first listen to NYE run music beyond being at 12/29.

    started w disease. great sounding aud…thanks Miner.

  24. ren Says:

    Do peeps get excited for TAB?????

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    it’s the first ph related content canadia has had since mgb in 2009, i believe. sold out lickety split

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