TTFF: The Second Ten of 2012

8.19.12, Bill Graham (Ken Scelfo)

Once again, don’t make too much of the rankings here, as I could have cut and pasted all night. I do, however, like the order in which these tracks settled. Look for jams 21-30 next week—there’s that much (plus more) any left to cover! Also, stay tuned next week when I unveil my picks for the sets and shows of the year.

20. “Roses Are Free” 6/8 I, Worcester, MA

Some of the freshest sounding music to come out of Leg One. Fishman’s work is immaculate.



19. “Ghost > Boogie On” 6/7 II, Worcester, MA

This segment needs no introduction—some of the more fluid jamming of Leg One. Trey owns the “Boogie.”



18. “Light > Weekapaug” 6/23 II, Burgettstown, PA

“Light’s” calypso section is hard to beat, and this is best “Weekapaug” of the era.



17. “Waves” 6/28 II, Noblesville, IN

The only “Waves” jam of the year, and it was a winner.



16. “Birds of a Feather” 6/15 II, Atlantic City, NJ

A stellar jam at the onset of one of summer’s most complete sets.



15. “Limb by Limb” 8/28 II, St.Louis, MO

I think its safe to claim this jam as the most impressive “Limb” of all time, as the band smoothly moves from the song’s theme into a wide open adventure.



14. “Fee” 7/1 I, East Troy, WI

A stunning foray into ambient sound-sculpting while the sun still shone at Alpine.



13. “Rock and Roll” 6/24 II, Pelham, AL

This personal favorite is one of the fiercely underrated pieces of 2012. The heavenly final segment was worth the price of admission alone.



12. “Sand” 9/2 II, Commerce City, CO

Though the band akwardly exits the groove for the outer reaches of the galaxy, once they get there this jam takes off.



11. “Carini” 6/7 II,  Worcester, MA

Perhaps the most underrated jam of summer; stunning interplay throughout.

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  1. Al Says:

    True. I forgot that Limb. Definitely the best Version so far, with the dec.99 Version as only true competitor. Fee and Roses jams the biggest surprise.
    Can’t wait for the announcement of a two-leg Summer Tour. Hopefully with leg One in Europe….;-)

  2. CJ Says:

    Roses ‘Worcester Jam’ Mp3 was the best 99 cents I EVER spent!!!

  3. PigSong Says:

    Great list, this will accompany my e-housekeeping well this afternoon. Thanks M, and peace y’all.

  4. phlorida phan Says:

    Can’t believe you forgot ( enter song here ) from the top 20 jams. Thanks Senor Miner. Diggingin now.

  5. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Miner- you are gentleman and scholar. ’twas a stellar year. Thx man. Thanks phish.

  6. Spasm Waiter Says:

    You guys can have your ten minutes back if I can have my tens minutes I wasted reading about this band Phish, their guitarist’s amazing yet sometimes inconsistent powers and the ability to record, transfer share and discuss said music. Seriously, I come hear for nonsensical gibberish, & found very little of it in the preceding pages…

  7. MiA Says:

    Great list for today. Thanks so much Miner!

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Hope everyone is doing well!

    Cold as balls here in Wisco. Exactly 0 degrees.

    When it’s 0 degrees out and I’m walking to court, I think: 0 degrees is the absence of temperature and the burning on my skin and the swelling of my joints is just an illusion.

    When the temperature is in the negatives, I think: I’m just giving warmth back to the world.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    thanks for another good list, miner.

    happy birthday Tweeprise, Guelah, and CDT!

  10. ren Says:

    Thanks for the tunes Miner! Definitely gonna help the me out today

  11. xpun Says:

    12 was def a great one

    listened to my first show ever last night. great memories. thanks CM for the crystal clear audio.

    10-25-96 hood is actually really good. trey never jumps out front and just trades arpeggios back and forth with page. its a fall 96 version of the dcu 10 plinko hood.

  12. xpun Says:

    willy you’re optimistic about that cold weather. id just be pissed my balls were frozen

    no school for the kids here today. i need to clean but cant figure out if thats a good thing because of more help or a bad thing with them under foot.

  13. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    good tunes. thanks for the extra tracks and segues. the waves > bug is very rad as is rock and roll > lizards. happy friday.

  14. roberto luongo Says:

    DCU Roses
    DCU Boogie
    DCU Carini

    those are some things that I do like

  15. GoingSouth Says:

    Two thoughts:
    Not an awkward moment in Dicks Sand.

    That being said, its easily top 5 of the year for me. They flawlessly hit pure ambient in less than a minute.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I can’t wait to see if the KC Tweez makes it into the top 50 or not.

  17. MiA Says:

    I guess it’s -13° in Minneapolis right now.

    I have an ability to just ignore weather.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    Deer Creek Waves the only one on this list I haven’t really listened to at all.

    Thanks for the picks/convo starter Miner.

  19. Kaveh Says:

    I guess it’s -13° in Minneapolis right now.

    ^ Yep…awesomeSauce.

    Morning BBers from the frozen north. But I got my 99 one last night and am revisiting 07.31.99 2001 -> Bowie to get me up and warm.

  20. Kaveh Says:

    And yes @Miner….a great list of tunes; picks are spot on. Not too familiar with 17 and 18; so I’ll have to give them a spin today.

  21. tela's_muff Says:

    Nice list. Love that Roses!!!

  22. punkmug Says:

    MIA. Its freaking cold out here in MPLS! Jebus!

    Great list Miner! Totally agree about that Paug being the best of the era. That whole suite of music flows so nice. Mikes>Simple>Light>Paug is my favorite 3.0 MikeaPaug sandwich. >Seven Below is the gravy on top. yummy!

  23. gavinsdad Says:

    The Phish Tour Announcement Infographic

  24. xpun Says:

    made the mistake of surfing around ive already given up on the cubs this year. what a weak ass offseason

    but damn hamilton to the angels! missed that one.

  25. voopa Says:

    Speaking of wastes of time, how about this joint Harbaugh presser?

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