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. Frankie Says:


    Since it’s freezer-like weather today here in Montreal (-13F), I did a nice little session earlier on youtube watching all three MSG Tweezers in order to compare them…

    I guess for me it’s a tie between M and G… Those are the ones I was at as well and I just love the space groove they get to in M so much and Kuroda is just right on it too! They just let that groove ride for a long while in 3.0 standards… What a great jam! S is nice but not spacy enough for me (I need my space). And G is my new classic, already know it by heart, find myself whistling parts of it when it’s playing…

    M: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9RxuMrYzpc
    S: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aJzU0PvOM
    G: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O10G8UtmrO0

    Try it! What a band!

  2. dusty Says:

    playing the republic. I approve, but I’m calling overhyped. I enjoyed them with Art so much more. Leo and George noodling ala phish is lame. Page sitting in for John G at maple leaf round 4am I’d take. Hot 8 brass band making rounds out west right now…solid if you got the brass love.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Interesting that it was just announced that the Knicks are now the most valuable professional basketball franchise.

    The biggest reason that they are giving for the move into the top spot ( over taking the LAkers), is due to the new renovations.

  4. Calpain Says:

    Re: arctic cruisin.

    Kaya riding the ole single speed has been a biach the past 3 days. stepping into the freezer.

    have fun tonight all you TABbiebers

  5. Calpain Says:

    7.15.1999 CDT is no slouch. new source up on etree.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    that was a short but cold bike ride. not steal your breath away cold, but definitely slap you in the face/smack you in the nuts type cold.

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    I thought Phish was banned from Jazzfest. Fans had excrement issues, if I recall the reason correctly…

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    1996 was an interesting year for the fanbase and the phish.

  9. dusty Says:

    stay clear of ditches. Improvement on the smell of horse shit at the main stage? I just sprinkle Abita.

  10. roberto luongo Says:

    sick new Danny Brown track dropped


  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    Fans had excrement issues, if I recall the reason correctly…


  12. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Cool track RL. I like the eastern whistling melody throughout.

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Guys, check out this new album by Foxygen if you like Tame Impala

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Wasn’t the bonnaroo carini pretty good? I think that would have to be the most underrated version since it didn’t even make the list.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    Yeah this TAB Sand isn’t half band

  16. kayatosh Says:

    agree df, re. bonnaroo carini.

  17. Luther T. Justice Says:

    The TAB Sand that opened the show I saw in Columbus on 10/20/12 was very nice. Unfortunately, it was the highlight and the rest of the show didn’t reach its level.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    the TAB backing vocals suck the life out of the listener.

  19. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Jen can be a tad overbearing at times. She doesn’t always stay in the back when providing background vocals.

  20. roberto luongo Says:

    you stoner fucks are crazy.

    we aren’t allowed to spin music at work and you free livin cats are spinnin 3.0 TAB.


  21. roberto luongo Says:

    Jen cannot stay IN THE BACK of anything.

    she tends to be in the foreground

  22. Phlorida Phan Says:

    Can’t comment on newest TAB, will stream and make judgement. Troy is still better than Amish Mafia, if it sucks enough, Workaholics will save the night!

  23. roberto luongo Says:

    Lebanon Levi would crush the bridge in Theme

  24. Phlorida Phan Says:

    If you can find it, 7-26-01 Mr Completely is a 50min epic. Where’d that band go?

  25. Luther T. Justice Says:

    At least Jen doesn’t do her Nell Carter/Gimme a Break dance wit Trey anymore. To much shakin & jigglin for these eyes.

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