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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/1.04-Roses-are-Free.mp3]

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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.”

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.03-Ghost-1.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.04-Boogie-On-Reggae-Woman.mp3]

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

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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.04-Light.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.05-Weekapaug-Groove.mp3]

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17. “Waves” 6/28 II, Noblesville, IN

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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.10-Waves.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.11-Bug.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.02-Birds-of-a-Feather.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.03-Back-on-the-Train.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ph2012-08-28.s2t06.mp3]

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14. “Fee” 7/1 I, East Troy, WI

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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/1.10-Fee.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ph2012-08-24t15.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ph2012-08-24t16.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2.02-Sand.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2.03-Ghost.mp3]

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11. “Carini” 6/7 II,  Worcester, MA

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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.01-Carini-1.mp3] Tags: , , ,

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

  1. tela'smuff Says:

    ooohhhh… i love ya @GD. throwing Slint in the argument deflates any ill will. ha. love Spiderland. good call. although i might go with Spiderland in a beach setting.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Toronto’s Bellwoods Witchshark IIPA can hang with any of the big American IPAs. Makes me happy

  3. kayatosh Says:

    TIII: back a few pages. I dig the delf, have for a while. thanks for the reminder.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    guaran-fucking-tee trey is getting his new mbv on right now.
    which is a very good thing.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @kaya
    that whole show is pretty cool, though after those three tracks in the link it gets decidedly non-Medeski oriented. the second track (Sand – not related) has some great groove to it.

  6. Jtran Says:

    Did anyone here not sleep on Thee Oh Sees’s album Putrifiers II last year?

    http://open.spotify.com/album/4Mb4d8OrougDMQalZ1c90i

    Spun just now, think many ppl here would dig

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    telas – think it has more to do with what my head can take these days. Daydream is more of an assault even tho i know it by heart. the more washy vast sound of loveless and the sparse angular softness of Spiderland are just easier on me i have to admit.

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    The 49ers probably don’t score on that last punt return, but the Ravens definitely ran on the field before the play was concluded. Haven’t heard this anywhere else.

    Trey will listen to the new MBV after he’s done with Paramore.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    anyone come across a 1TB thumbdrive yet? not seeing anything nearly that big on newegg or the like yet. curious to see what pricepoints and usability are going to be.

  10. tela'smuff Says:

    i’m with ya there. Daydream has become more special occasion listening. i’m excited to see a Slint mention. if you start dropping Rex and Squirrel Bait it’s on..

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    @telas – please tell me you saw that the first 2 Squirrel Bait albums were remastered and re-released on vinyl this past month?

  12. kayatosh Says:

    palmer: i got caught up in watching those italy 97 soundcheck videos. hilarious.

    trey: “who’s good at limbo? it can’t be all guys. we gotta have some women up here.”

  13. ren Says:

    Not to break of the MBV love-fest (I keed!!!)…but some new Action Bronson hittin the interwebz

    https://soundcloud.com/actionbronson

  14. ren Says:

    Dig the Cypress Hill beat

  15. tela'smuff Says:

    absolutely did not see that! i have the originals, but will check those remasters out. have to drop $30 on the new MBV first. a bit steep, but ok.
    Drag City has been hyped here before, and rightfully so. picked up this original vinyl comp last week.

    http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hey-Drag-City/release/1585612

    i could be satisfied with a collection just built on Thrill Jockey and Drag City.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    if i pay for mbv will they make a new album in the next 22 years?

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Cool new phish site.

    http://www.phishcompilations.com/

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    http://www.phishrumors.com

    my god my molson amphitheatre dreams are going to come true, aren’t they?

  19. Dorn76 Says:

    Enjoying this political series on Netflix with Kevin Spacey. House of Cards.

    Worth checking out.

    All I got for now. That and this 12/30/97 AC/DC Bag.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    back to Phish.. the 7.4.99 Ghost ->Slave is one of the mopst gorgeous segues the band has ever pulled off.

    2 nights at Lakewood sounds fun.

  21. BNCB Says:

    Canada will be this years OKC shows.

  22. MmmHmm Says:

    Kaya, not sure if this has been said b/c I didn’t scroll back too much yet but on water heaters, if you have gas already, go tankless. Much more efficient, cheaper, and no leak/maintenance issues for the most part. Might be a touch more money up front but after about a year, you recoop the cost. Tankless is the way to go.

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    at least i won’t be spending tons of $ on travel and lodging, etc

  24. BNCB Says:

    Takagi if u go tankless Kaya.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    robear you better man up and come to canada

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