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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841 Responses to “TTFF: The Second Ten of 2012”

  1. gavinsdad Says:

    “progress, not perfection” they used to tell me in the 12 step mtgs. still rings true.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Big ups to Bukowski. Real.

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    Still loving the new MBV, only think I have listened to since Saturday. It merits a headphones spin, for sure.

    I think for me, and many others (though not everyone, thankfully – when everyone agrees it is so boring) MBV were one of, if not THE, pinnacle band for the time. I cannot think of another band that has had such a huge influence on other bands, with such a small amount of material. So, to get another LP from them that really delivers up to expectations, 22 years after their last album dropped, is pretty exciting and awesome. The only work we had heard from them was a few songs in the Lost in Translation soundtrack (which is fantastic too), so new material from a beloved band is bound to make waves. Im not sure how “hip” a band is if they are like 25 years old, but this album is pretty great to my ears (albeit one of my ears barely works).

    I love the wall of sound, sludgey broken tape fuzz sound. I think this new album really picks up right where they left off and then moved forward into some new territory.

  4. ren Says:

    Non-IPA rec for St Peters Winter Ale

    dark and warming as a winter ale should be, creamy mouth feel, subtle hops that let the complex malts shine through properly…lite body so as not to be overly filling.

  5. roberto luongo Says:

    little write up on Beyonce’s reggae drops

    too bad I missed the super bowl. sounds fun.

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Well said AJ

    Check out the new Grouper album when you need a break. Very nice, mellow, ambient music. Like a low-key MBV

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    with you AJ. I like the little right turn they make on this track “in another way”. i do feel some of the cohesion (or is it progression) from his/their earlier work.

    funny but i think what we just witnessed here is what Axl Rose tried so desperately to do with Chinese Democracy.

    i personally have had many years of confusion at the hands of “loveless”. I struggled with it more than most…and that’s happened to me for many many other critically praised albums (next in line for me was always DJ Shadows “endtroducing” an album i dont hold in as high regard as most everyone i know) but over many years i came to really enjoy “loveless”. In very early college we really liked listening to “isn’t anything” alongside “Bleach” because they were both such departures from the hippie stuff we were digging at the time. and then loveless came along and i didn’t LOVE it…but it’s definitely something i’d prefer to listen to before, say, SY’s “daydream nation”, which lost it’s staying power over the years while Loveless still retains my affection.

    Loveless. probably more polarizing then when Trey wrote and released FEFY.

  8. MiA Says:

    I think there are times that someone should have put a fork in it and said “Stop”

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Grouper – the man who died in his boat

    Check it out

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Review of m.b.v,0,1699158.column

    like this line:

    “Only Tomorrow” is more strident: who needs a memorable chorus when you’ve got the sound of a rocket engine soaring into the stratosphere as a hook?

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    This grouper album is as if mbv were a quiet, acoustic band, in the best way possible.

  12. sumodie Says:

    Cult? Are we finally an officially certified cult? When’s the first cyanide partee?

  13. stapes Says:

    Ahh the Ramskeller. Can’t beat pitchers of Odells in between classes.

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Sumo, it is a lysergic party. happened years ago. New initiates every tour though.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    ^it’s bandanna shots with cyanide. we will do it at my house this summer before the camden shows. (goddamn i prey with my whole heart that they scale down and play the Mann two nites OR just say F it to philly and play hershey again)

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  17. tela'smuff Says:

    i’m eager to check out that new Grouper @DF. i would rec the new Mountains – Centralia as well if you like Grouper.

    @Gdad – surely you kid in re: to Daydream Nation?

    Wonder 2 from new MBV is on repeat. love it.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    will check it out tela’s

  19. kayatosh Says:

    mann or hershey or both. yes, yes, and yes.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Little Bethel, PNC, Mann run would be sweet.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    telas – if i’m on a flight or a bus or a beach and i’m sitting there with an ipod and Daydream and Loveless are my only two albums loaded up I will choose Loveless over SY, yes.

    but if i had to do the same with SY’s “daydream” and, say, Slint’s “spiderland” i would choose “daydream”.

  22. angryjoggerz Says:

    Amazing how 22 years later it comes down to Sonic Youth vs MBV again, haha. I think the only way to solve it is through a sonic showdown. Bring earplugs.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Classic last line of this review:

    ” Buy the fucking album and listen to it selfishly. With headphones and a jazz cigarette.”

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    because I know you all will rush right over there, bassnectar is currently doing an AMA.

  25. Selector J Says:

    Nice find @luongo. Love it. Dancehall gwaan* Super Bowl.

    Here’s the VW commercial I’ll be referencing for the next 20 years:
    Don’t fret mi bredda. Sticky bun come soon.

    By the way, my quick google search turned up all these “Is this ad racist?” stories (example). Really, people?
    “Don’t be no cloud on a sunny day.”

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