2012’s Type II All-Stars

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

And here are 2012’s all-star jams. The ballots please…


“Light”—Overflowing with creativity virtually every time out, “Light” takes home the 2012 MVP trophy in a runaway contest. Beginning with AC’s “Lighteca” and ending with the Dick’s now-household version, “Light’s” improvisational campaign went unmatched by any other jam. Each rendition seemed to build on the one before until the song’s outing in Denver leaped into the conversation of all-time jams. “Light’s” 2012 season was the best by any song in the modern era.

Best Version: 9/1 Dick’s

Most Underrated Version: Alpine Valley 7/1

Other Versions of Note: 6/16 A. City, 6/23 Star Lake, 7/8 SPAC, 8/17 SF

“Tweezer”—Phish’s classic launchpad finally returned to prominence last year, stepping up its game over leg two and finishing with a bang at MSG with the defining version of 3.0. Steeped in feel-good, bliss-laden jams over the second half of summer (aside from Bill Graham’s foray into abstraction) every time “Tweezer” dropped during Leg Two, a treat ensued.

Best Version: 12/28 MSG

Most Underrated : 8/17 Bill Graham

Other Versions of Note:  6/10 Bonnaroo, 6/24 Blossom, 8/22 Kansas City, 8/26 Charlotte, 9/1 Dick’s

“Ghost”—“Ghost” came to play in 2012 and easily lands a spot on the year’s starting five. Following a breakout season debut at Worcester, “Ghost” continued to perform at a high level all year long with its two of its most profound and uplifting performances coming in Long Beach and MSG.

Best Version: 6/7 Worcester

Most Underrated : 8/15 Long Beach

Other Versions of Note:  7/1 Alpine Valley, 7/6 SPAC, 9/2 Dick’s, 12/31 MSG

“Carini”—Phish dropped three monstrous versions of “Carini” last year—Worcester, Dick’s and MSG—that all traveled in different directions illustrating the diversity of the jam. Spanning blissful ambient textures, groove based improv and dark, mindfuck abstraction, “Carini” featured some of the year’s best jamming.

Best Version: 12/30 MSG

Most Underrated: 8/31 Dick’s

Other Versions of Note: 6/7 Worcester, 6/10 Bonnaroo, 6/30 Alpine Valley

“Golden Age”—This new era cover finally broke last year after a largely contained 2011 campaign. Bursting at the seams from early in the year, the band expounded on “Golden Age” throughout both legs of summer tour. Often dipping into hard funk grooves and sometimes moving beyond, there was no shortage of highlight versions for a song that has been begging for this treatment since its Albany debut. Hopefully the band has settled on this type of improvisational role for the appropriately titled 3.0 anthem.

Best Version: 7/3 Jones Beach

Most Underrated: 8/25 Lakewood

Other Versions of Note: 6/24 Blossom, 6/30 Alpine Valley, 9/1 Dick’s

*****          *****          *****          *****


This year’s second team of jam vehicles is quite a formidable squad in its own right, illustrating the increased diversity of launchpads last year. Each of these boast definite consistency and at least one amazing version.

“Down With Disease”—Though “Disease” didn’t hold the same place of prominence as in other recent years, the song still sprouted some quality jams. Two underappreciated versions came in Cincinatti and San Francisco, and the best versions of the year—by far—kicked off the second set of 12/30 at MSG.

Best Version: 12/30 MSG

Most Underrated: 6/22 Cincinnati

Other Versions of Note: 6/29 Deer Creek, 7/7 SPAC, 8/17 SF

“Piper”—“Piper” maintained its rock solid position in the regular rotation, always containing the possibility of a significant jam and most of the time delivering.

Best Version: 6/8 SPAC

Most Underrated Version: 6/30 Alpine Valley

Other Versions of Note: 6/15 Atlantic City, 8/22 KC, 9/2 Dick’s, 12/31 MSG

“Twist”—Phish expounded on “Twist” more in 2012 than in recent years when they primarily used it as a contained jam. This song produced one of the year’s top jams with Cincinatti ominous excursion while the other standouts traveled in a more melodic and ambient directions.

Best Version: 6/22 Cincinnati

Most Underrated : 7/4 Jones Beach

Other Versions of Note: 6/15 Atlantic City, 8/29 OKC, 12/28 MSG

“Rock and Roll”—Though “Rock and Roll” remained in significant rotation, most often producing some sort of exploration, only two versions jumped off the stage—Long Beach and Pelham. Other’s provided solid chunks of jamming though probably won’t make any tour highlight reels.

Best Version: 8/15 Long Beach

Most Underrated : 8/24 Pelham

Other Versions of Note: 6/20 Portsmouth, 6/30 Alpine Valley

“Chalk Dust Torture”—”Chalk Dust” snags the fifth spot on the second team on the strength of its final three outings of summer. Building the jam in magnitude over these three versions, the band crafted one of 2012 indelible jams at Dick’s during the Fuck Your Face show.

Best Version: 8/31 Dick’s

Most Underrated Version: 8/25 Lakewood

Other Versions of Note: 8/28 St. Louis


One-Off Type II Gems:

“Roses Are Free” 6/8 Worcester,” “Birds of a Feather” 6/15 AC, “Back on the Train” 6/28 Deer Creek, “Waves” 6/28, “Fee” 7/1 Alpine Valley, “Sneakin Sally” 7/6 SPAC, “Simple” 8/18 SF, “Crosseyed” 8/19 SF, “Limb by Limb” 8/28 St.Louis, “Undermind” 8/31 Dick’s, “Runaway Jim” 8/31 Dick’s, “Sand” 9/2 Dick’s


Jam of the Day:

Crosseyed > Light -> Sally -> Crosseyed” 8.19

The signature jam sequence of 2012.



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257 Responses to “2012’s Type II All-Stars”

  1. BNCB Says:

    My iTunes has a playlist:

    AJ Mix – Not Too Soft

  2. BNCB Says:

    Treys tone was just perfect at Dicks from the jump.


  3. kayatosh Says:

    marco: gonna check out some select tunes from TAB 1.20.13 in flac aud. 15 min. sand. “[marco] you had my curiosity. . .but now you have my attention.” (said in calvin candie voice).

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    Never soft

  5. kayatosh Says:

    spinning 1.20.13 scabbard now. it’s there. can you see it? zappa lite.

  6. roberto luongo Says:

    Goat at the Empty Bottle May 2nd

  7. kayatosh Says:

    1.20.13 dark and down — keeper.

  8. Kaveh Says:

    With all the DCU tip’s of the hat going this morning/afternoon, I took a look back and I still say, that the Gin from Night 2 is one still my favorite of the year!

  9. kayatosh Says:

    mrkt. at an inflection pt. seems direction will turn on aapl earnings. i think a disappointment is in the works, but have no horse in the race. all $.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Come on up for the show tonight, kaya.

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    St. Sand will kick you right in the box.

  12. Joy Says:

    Carini Dick’s was 8/31. Light was 8/19. Thanks for the sweet list!

  13. kayatosh Says:

    sounds good, palms, but made a plan to share some enjoy by w/ a buddy tonight and watch duke.

    a few cool tab tunes in this show.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Jammed out Chalk Dust’s are the best.

    Just spun the Lakewood version again w/ WTU. So, so good. Not Dick’s good, but right below.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    so bluedream’d thinking of hopping on the bike and going arctic cruisin. 14 degrees outside. crisp.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    palmer: i thoroughly enjoyed that CDT>WTU combo. more my taste than the GA from the same show, which was no doubt $$+.

  17. kayatosh Says:

    trombone sally could be the weak link in tab. novelty has worn off. could be the tape i’m spinning, but her tone leaves a lot to be desired. she can solo a little though.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Kaya- for quality GA, hit the 7/3 JB show. wild.

  19. roberto luongo Says:

    she knows her shit but I agree Kaya. been calling her out since she joined. just not a great live player. no true improv skills.

    way over her heard. luckily the rest of the horn section isn’t great either so she kinda fits right in.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Wish TAB was just Russ, Tony, Trey, and Cyro… but, what are ya gonna do?

  21. roberto luongo Says:

    wish TAB was just RUss, Tony, Cyro, and a guitar player that doesn’t like to sing songs like Shine and Valentine

  22. kayatosh Says:

    love that JB GA, palmer. you were an early champion of that $$$ version.

    RL: spinning drifting now. cool tune. trey takes it out for a little whale ride, but piano man’s comping is the same ole same ole. getting stale. and the horn section drags ass. rhythm section is solid.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’ve been lucky with my recent TAB shows, minus an awful night at Terminal 5 a few years ago. Last year, show I caught was pretty damn good.

    I liked the sound of that Sand Marco linked earlier. Pretty deep. Sand isn’t even a favorite of mine… kind of getting tired of it in both Phish and TAB.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Jazzfest peeps.. Metermen just announced a night time gig at a club.

  25. voopa Says:

    LOL dates

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