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. ren Says:

    Listened to that Bag all weekend @Dorn….I want to live in that Bag!!!!

  2. MiA Says:

    Spinning Big Cat Osaka Ghost. I feel comfortable here.

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    I have a tankless water heater and love it, does the trick for a 4 story townhouse with 2.5 baths. Take a minute to get hot water but I can have the dishwasher and a bath going at the same time, no worries.

  4. MiA Says:

    11:13 on is later repeated on in the Vegas ’03 Ghost. Which I also love.

  5. sumodie Says:

    We’ve watched 3 episodes of House of Cards, so far it’s pretty good. Very cool that netflix released the enttire season all at once

  6. kayatosh Says:

    you cats are full of bright ideas. 17 mins. into dick’s sand. $$$. put me in the camp that loves all of it, especially the bliss siren segment.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    anyone else remember seeing these bitd?

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Checking out Millier’s Albany ’95. Huge upgrade from my former source.

  9. voopa Says:


  10. voopa Says:

    Oh whoops, that’s only part of it. Wait…

  11. voopa Says:

    Part 2

    and 3

  12. garretc Says:

    Still waiting, voops.

    Might wanna recheck the wiring on those links, something under the hood not quite clicking

  13. Jtran Says:

    That osaka show is great. 2nd fav. of that tour behind fukuoka

  14. voopa Says:

    Huh, they work for me. Ah well.

  15. roberto luongo Says:

    Not spinning this new mbv digital. Not a chance.

    Anyone know if stores carrying the 180 gm vinyl yet?

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I doubt it, RL. Probably too soon. They secretly dropped the album digitally yesterday. I guess it’s possible though.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    im sure Phish will play toronto now that Trey can go there, but I’d kind of agree with @BCNB..I wouldn’t expect fireworks with the first show in a new market since 2000

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    that phish site just taking Miner’s Picks and relabeling them? 😉 jk…maybe

  19. kayatosh Says:

    stone ruination ipa still top of the heap for me. tasty, crisp, dank hop juice. $$$+.

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    RL. Don’t think it will be in stores, need to order it. Won’t ship till feb 22 though. You can download a 24 bit version though for the same price as the mp3s.

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Kaya, ruination over enjoy by??

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    The show can be average for all I care. To me it’s practically like seeing a free phish show.

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    also, molson amphitheatre is relatively small, and the crowd will be great. but yeah, the way trey has reacted to shows like that lately, i see your point and wouldn’t be surprised if it’s relatively tame.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    It’s nice crashing in your own bed after a Phish show. Luckily I have about 4-5 venues that it is possible to do so.


  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


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