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. roberto luongo Says:


    I think this market will look right past misses. a bunch of bad numbers and no one cares. it’s a 2H and 2014 recovery story so peeps will look past slight misses this Q and light guidance

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  2. lumpyhead Says:

    that’s funny @ T3

  3. roberto luongo Says:

    that is the definition of a broken chart though plus it’s a crowded trade.

    $400 here we come.

  4. MmmHmm Says:

    yeah RL technically that head and shoulders action points to a downside but folks know that institutional $ has more of a push than technicals for something like aapl

  5. voopa Says:

    “Phish fan wins Irsay’s Twitter contest”

    I don’t think there’s a more perfect story line.

  6. roberto luongo Says:

    it’s a hedge fund stock man. they trade mostly in the weekly options. they are in and fuckin out

    they need to wash out all the hedgies and if it gets cheap enough maybe get a base going

    but personally I think margins are goin down unless they get some kind of new device tablets and phones aren’t gonna cut it anymore.

    problem is the media owners learned their lessons from itunes and aren’t gonna hand over access to their cable lines and media.

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  8. roberto luongo Says:

    even worse most were long aapl and short QQQ’s as a trade

    so as apple was under performing they were losing $$$$ on both sides

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    from bethel’s facebook page:

    Phish releases live show download that benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Check it out, http://ow.ly/h2vww. Sorry Bethel fans, this isn’t a tour announcement. You’ll have to wait a little longer for the always anticipated summer tour news from the band.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    aw, download this foxygen album. i wanna know if you hate it.

  11. Centhion Says:

    Suprised Farmhouse from Dicks was not listed in type II.

  12. roberto luongo Says:

    If its Lo fi psych ill probably dig it

    Will load it up for todays dog walk

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    at friends apt in nyc. while i’m trying to key in the owner of the building is at one time talking to the woman next door about a leak AND trying to get in to my friends apt (both friends are at work). i know this apt is warm so i key in lock the door, sweep the spot, she’s knocking….i open the door and block it…i’m like “who are you?” she’s like “im the owner your friend had called about water damage.” im like “thats nice but let me give my friend a call” i end up giving my phone to the woman and they chat so i let her in but WHAT THE FUCK WOMAN I CAME HERE TO PREROLL AND YOURE FUCKING IT UP!!!

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    (maintenance guy just stopped by to let me know they found the source of the leak) get the fuck outta here.

  15. voopa Says:

    Listening to 12/29 II…so if they had gone into Rift after GA like Trey wanted, would Waves have been even shorter?

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    you leaving soon gdad? I’m outta here in 20 minutes or so. If I have time I’ll pop in a local pub. text you if/when that occurs.

  17. roberto luongo Says:

    grabbed that DF and their first album too. see what’s goin.

  18. roberto luongo Says:

    Eazy Luongo buying a macbook=top of market


  19. lumpyhead Says:

    hahaha Gdad

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  21. kayatosh Says:

    aapl at 460. yikes. freefallin.

  22. MiA Says:

    AAPL is getting slaughtered.

    Welcome to Market Crash 2013.

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    nice RL, you’ll like at least one track on it. downloading their first one now so can’t say anything about it yet.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    mia: hope you didn’t wager on the earnings will crush, quick shot to 565 theory.

    i was short overnight and couldn’t wait to get out. now kicking myself.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    short the R2k not short aapl.

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