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. stapes Says:

    Yes. Fuck cancer.

  2. sumodie Says:

    Stapes, the location is what is super sweet. The museum grounds are in an enormous 19th century factory made of brick. And the town is surrounded by beautiful hills. North Adams is yet another run down mill town but has made some great improvements because of the museum. Very cool vibe for a small festi like this

    Also not the typical museum. All modern art, most of which is only on temporary display as they don’t collect their own art. And the old factory itself is part of the art, gorgeously restored enormous rooms, the largest of which is over 300ft long (right now that space is filled with two 12 ton phoenixes made from recycled materials by the Chinese artist Xu Bing. Amazing to behold)

    At the least Ill try to hit the one day White Denim plays

  3. Kaveh Says:

    @SW: I can’t believe, no I can’t BELIEVE, that you have forgotten about the great “triple hopped” beast of WI…

    …Miller Lite! 🙂

  4. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    according to their website, clown shoes hoppy feet coming soon to colorado. i have never heard of clown shoes brewery. one year i played pond hockey in a pair of size 12.5 skates- my nickname was “clown shoes”.

    plord- fuck cancer.

  5. BNCB Says:

    Fuck cancer Plord!

    You can accomplish this by juicing the young plants I’m pretty sure.

  6. MmmHmm Says:

    @Plord – cancer has been an uber bitch in my family. If I had the chemistry/medical centered brain, I would dedicate my life to finding a cure for that shit.

    @DF – Had some Racer X at Blind Tiger in NYC last winer. Damn delicious. Thick hoppy goodness. Bear Repub makes a nice Black IPA too.

    Headed to see the lovely and talented Ms. Grace Potter tonight. Thought about taking her roses front row and asking her to be my valentine…a kiss on the cheek is really all I’m going for. Then I would fake her out and plant a big sloppy smooch on her face and dip into the crowd before she could sick security on me.

  7. sumodie Says:

    Crossed Racer 5 ipa off my list as only 2-3 beers left me feeling queasy the next morn

  8. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    revisiting 7/10/99 while finishing up at work. i remember pre partying with some folks who were getting tired of phish and the scene (they thought nothing could compare to ’95 or ’97- phish is starting to suck type mentality). i remember leaving the show thinking those guys were crazy.

  9. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    three great chalkdusts


    do you have a preference?

  10. MiA Says:

    Screw Cancer.

    (way back on IPA glass) I bought those dogfish IPA glasses someone pimped on here, and got them delivered last night. Basically about $10 each with shipping. So $40 for 4 of them. I’ll try them out tonight. Spiegelau glass.

    I think it’s the same thing as what was posted earlier…

  11. MmmHmm Says:

    @Sumo, I dunno what it is but Racer 5 gives me a killer hop headache in the morning. I’ve been digging on Belgian IPAs recently. LaChouffe, Green Flash Le Freak, Stone Cali-Belgique, and Hardywood (Richmond, Va) Bourbon DIPA

  12. MmmHmm Says:

    Also purchased a Rogue Double Choc the other day. Looking forward to that one. Rogue is still keeping it real after all these years. They also make great cheese and spirits. Their rums and cucumber/spruce gin are heavenly. Excellent smoked blue cheese too. Had their Hazelnut Brown 11 years ago and have been a loyal follower ever since.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:


    ^ THE 3 great chalkdusts.

  14. MmmHmm Says:

    Miner didn’t Trey state years ago that Chalkdust is his #1 favorite song to play?

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    i think so…

  16. BooVT Says:

    MiA, let us know what you think of those dogfishhead IPA glasses. I almost pulled the trigger on ordering those for myself, but haven’t yet. I’d be curious to know your impression.

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    Mmmhmm – that rogue hazelnut brown was surprisingly tasty on draft.

    Plord – sorry to hear it. This from a guy with a wife whose mom died from Cancer and a dad that had a colon removed as a preemptive strike. Plus the many others in our sphere. So so lame.

    Can we live while we’re young?

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    And Fuck Compton. RIP Tim Dog.

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    anyone feel confident in checking out a resume for me. I figure the bb was as good a place as any to ask…

  20. P.S.H.S. Says:

    Mass MOCA is a great place, been there a few times to see different artists works. haven’t been in years, used to go to lots of museams and galleries for free as an art student, not so much any more. another nice one in that area is The Clark probably one of the best small collections of art in the western hemisphere

  21. P.S.H.S. Says:

    i’d do it for you miner, but my resume hasn’t really got any hot leads lately. 50+ submissions, 3 bites

  22. halcyon Says:

    Good evening BB.

    Solid Sound looks solid. All over going to at least one or two nights. Many great bands, and in a great venue as well.

    Plord – cancer sucks. Like you, too many family members have had one form or the other. Sometimes I wonder if that will be my fate as well. Oh well.

    Can’t get enough of Founders Breakfast Stout. The Shed Mountain Ale, and IPA are top notch as well.

    Tried Alchemist’s Celia Gluten Free. It is a good gluten free beer. Hoppy and citrus filled.

    Back to the grid. Tomorrow will be day 13 of 13 working in a row. Have saturday and sunday off. Whew!


  23. MiA Says:


    I haven’t tried them yet but I will only say they feel nice in the hand. They are “thin” glass so they are nice and light. But I won’t put them in a dishwasher.

    I’ll let you know.

  24. halcyon Says:


    Resume suggestion – always show how you add value to the roles you have had. Quantify the results.

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    Hang in there Hal

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