TTFM: The Third Ten of 2012

12.28.12, MSG Graham Lucas)

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

These jams are getting increasingly hard to put in any logical order, but the bottom line is that here we are with ten more very strong pieces of improv from 2012—and Friday I’ll lay down ten more.

30.Sand -> Nellie Kane” 6/8 II, Worcester, MA

An experiment in fusing robo-funk with bluegrass results in some very melodic groove interplay that evokes the feeling of late-’70s Grateful Dead dance jams.



29. “Carini” 8/31 I, Denver, CO

This was the first sign that IT was going down at Dick’s.



28. “Tweezer” 8/17 II, San Francisco, CA

The underrated “Tweezer” of the year moves from hard groove into filthy, storage-esque ambience.



27. Ghost” 12/31 II, MSG, NY

Overshadowed by the golf gag, this “Ghost” is actually quite gorgeous.



26. “Golden Age” 7/3 II, Wantagh, NY

Jones Beach’s “Golden Age” migrates into a final passage of downtempo, psych rock.



25.  “Simple” 8/18 II, San Francisco, CA

An abstract and melodic excursion in Bay Area psychedelia; a severely underrated jam.



24. “Wolfman’s Brother > LDB > Wolfman’s” 12.28 I, MSG, NY

Unconventional dance grooves merge with “Little Drummer Boy” tightly woven into pocket.



23. “Tweezer” 8.22 II, Kansas City, MO

A cathartic second set opener in the Heartland with quite the peak.



22. “Piper” 7/8 II, Saratoga Springs, NY

This locked in version reprises the “Light” jam from earlier in the set.



21. “Runaway Jim” 8/31 II, Denver, CO

Though not the most focused jam in the world, this “Jim” certainly hits some sweet spots along the way.

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1,075 Responses to “TTFM: The Third Ten of 2012”

  1. BNCB Says:

    Kaya, can u give me full names if those top 3?

    Been enjoying 2 beers now and again. Lots of heady brews at stores out here. I usually grab the Andersonville Stout or Amber. Time to expand.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    BNCB: what up, my brotha?

    full names: Ballast point sculpin IPA (San diego), Ithaca brewing flower power, troegs perpetual IPA (hershey, pa)

  3. ren Says:

    Self Righteous is a Stone brew….not sure if I’ve seen it outside of a deuce-deuce though

  4. kayatosh Says:

    w/ ipa, at least, fresh is best. go in state. can’t beat the west coast.

  5. MiA Says:

    Coventry Split for the next 20 minutes…

  6. ren Says:

    Wish we were all meeting up at Nassau in a couple weeks a’la 2003.

    Also wish that I hadn’t brought my GF at the time to that show and was “electric” instead

  7. stapes Says:

    Not sure we get the Sculpin in CO. Need to seek that out. Had it while in CA. Good good brew.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^ 10th row floor.. Still clear as day..Everyone looking around at each other with confused looks.. ” is this..wait.. really, holy shit…DESTINY !! ”

    There was no turning back at that point.

  9. ren Says:

    Getting back in that shed this summer will be epic @Palmer!!!!!

  10. DryIceFactory Says:

    anyone got a link for 12.28.97?

  11. kayatosh Says:


  12. Calpain Says:

    Nugget nectar a 2nd tier brew? Blasphemy!
    It is an Imperial Amber (not a pale) Ale. I have some stashed away for the Pocono Festi!

    Stone self-righteous, a black IPA (or cascadia dark ale for those in that region), is very representative of the style and has a strong finish.

  13. MiA Says:

    Whole show is on Spotify (for those that didn’t already have it)

    Great Gin in that first set too.

  14. Calpain Says:

    recently had a nug nectar from the 2012 release and was impressed with how little the hop aroma/flavor had degraded over time. did a vertical testing next to the 2013 relase, and not much difference.
    definitely was not expecting that (was in the basement in darkness all year which helped)

  15. kayatosh Says:

    calp: what up dog? NN is delciius no doubt. just not exceptional flavor from whee i stand. all subjective. so carry on.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    i literally got misty watching that JGB Mission @dorn. I so miss that guy.

  17. Jtran Says:

    bringing some GFWCIPA and Sculpin to UT with me. Mormon protection

  18. punkmug Says:

    @Kaya, Yes! Fresh is best when it comes to IPA’s. I always check for bottling/canning dates when buying them. There’s nothing worse then knowing what a good tastes like and then having your first sip only to realize you’re drinking a 4 month old bottle of bitter malt beverage.

  19. gavinsdad Says:

    i have two sixers of NN from 2012 as well @calp. guess i better get em cold!

    greek cities commencing.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    jtran: ipa’s are here to serve and protect.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    i have a NN in da fridge. will make it the first of the day tomorrow.

  22. Calpain Says:

    not sippin haterade Kaya, just playing devil’s advocate. you know Gdad and I dig that brew.
    I prefer the less malt heavy hop monsters, so that too is my preference.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    this must be heaven
    last station on the line

    dreaming by the wind like the dust that blows around
    the rain fallin down
    never know

    if this ain’t the real thing; it’s close enough to pretend

  24. Calpain Says:

    been slacking on all this phish being pamped recently with the CMillers.

    starting up this Greek cities

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    BNCB – not a damn thing wrong with Boont Amber as your go-to. such a tasty beer. lost in the shuffle now that everyone and their mother

    BB – best way to find out if your favorite craft brewery is actually owned by a corporation a la imbev? I’d like to steer clear of that. I’m sure there is also the scenario where the brewery still handles their own production (and perhaps distro) but now has a corporate parent. I’d like to stick with the smaller guys if possible. tho i have to say Sierra Nevada Pale Ale out of the bottle is just as reliable as it was when i first had it in ’89.

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