TTFF: 50 and a Short Poll


12-28-12 (Graham Lucas)


Here are ten more jams/sequences—unranked—that take the next ten slots in 2012’s Top 50. Below, I threw in a random reader’s poll. Take a few seconds to weigh in on some Phishy questions.

Tweezer” 8/26 II, Charlotte, NC

This jam could be ranked higher.



Back On the Train -> Hold Your Head Up” 6/28 II, Noblesville, IN

A rare move outside the lines of “BOTT” brought the show to outer space.



Disease > Sand -> Twist” 6/29 II, Noblesville, IN

This sequence felt like the start of a huge set.



Stash” 8/22 I, Kansas City, MO

A first set scorcher, one of the dark horse chunks of leg two.



Golden Age -> 2001” 6/30 II, East Troy, WI

A hearty dose of whole-band funk at Alpine.



Crosseyed > Slave” 6/16 II, Atlantic City, NJ

Solid Phish through and through.



Twist > Piper > Billy Breathes” 6/15 II, Atlantic City, NJ

A quality, mid-set chunk of 6/15’s second set.



Run Like an Antelope” 7/3 II, Wantagh, NY

A full-throttle run through the set closer.



Drowned > 2001 > Reba” 6/17 II, Atlantic City, NJ

Another high-quality start of a set.



Tweezer” 6/10 I, Manchester, TN

The Bonnaroo “Tweezer.” The best of Leg One.



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3,087 Responses to “TTFF: 50 and a Short Poll”

  1. sumodie Says:

    Long range plans for Northerly Island (this is where I got the 14,000 expansion figure)

    Pretty cool that Northerly Island was the site of the 1933-34 World’s Fair:

  2. joe Says:

    I didn’t read back to the whole day’s worth of banter, but did today come and go without anyone acknowledging the anniversary of the return?

  3. joe Says:

    ok T3 did first thing this morning. my faith is restored.

  4. sumodie Says:

    Yeah, T3 covered us, Joe. Did you get the browser video downloader to work?

  5. avila Says:

    Those GD albums…Blues for Allah, Workingman’s, Aoxomoxoa, American Beauty…the amount of music, meaning depth…whoa.

  6. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    always thought some of the Dead albums never got their due.
    avila just rattled off most of them.

  7. avila Says:

    I suppose it is the songs themselves, not the albums, so to speak. Just take High Time as an example which gdad posted lyrics from. Hunter’s writing and Garcia’s singing and playing? From another world.

  8. thedayman Says:

    goat!!! wow.

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    the first Bonnaroo i had some peak head full type experiences, all centered around the music. Particularly the segment of Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade followed by an Amon Tobin set. The Claypool set to this day is a top 5 non-Phish show for me. I had no expectations for Les other than his reputation and the Primus cd’s i owned, which were a few. anyway, the show was jammy, psych-induced mayhem. the music sent a bolt of electricity through the crowd. the appearance of Warren Haynes in the middle of a intense Shine on You Crazy Diamond has to be the best sit-in i’ve witnessed. scorching solo, at the peak, a helicopter seemed to hover a mere 1,000 feet over the crowd. i about split my brain right there.

    the Amon Tobin set that followed was deliciously weird. it was when Out From Out Where had come out, and if you know that album, it’s pretty great. i had no idea who he was, but the sounds emanating were like little gremlins running around my skull. we kind of tip toed from around the lawn trying to not wake what ever was lurking beneath that music. lot’s of wry smiles and sudden bursts of laughter.

    Bonnaroo 2002 was a really great time. don’t get me started on Ween and the TAB show. i think i need a festie.

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    I like the idea of the festi not festi!

  11. frit0pendej0 Says:

    Some observations from the Follakzoid show Monday night:

    Do you ever wish the intro to PYITE or the jam between 2001 choruses would go for a good 15-20 minutes? That was the payoff with Follakzoid. These guys were locked in from the moment the beat dropped and didn’t let up until their set ended (too soon for our taste, as Tzara noted). I heard a dose of Neu and some Can, but they were distinct from these hip reference points. Each number took its time to establish a spare, insistent groove powered by a rhythm section that sounded like it could have laid it down all night. The role of the guitarist evolved from riffing and repetition (again, etching in the groove), to layering in unexpected, minimalist leads.

    The strongest impression was how rhythmically aligned they were at all times. The tempo varied within a song, subtly speeding up or slowing down in a way that sounded organic, and none of the players lagged or rushed at any point. It would be great to see them stretch out in a headlining slot. Their live presence exceeded the expectations set by what is already an excellent album, and I’ll definitely be back for more. Check them out if you can.

  12. MiA Says:

    I’ve listened to a few of the shows and really liked them too.

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    I enjoy fest hindsighting.

    And GD studio albums. Countless “wake of the flood” listens as well. Actually Every single studio album got a workout as it was a teenage rite of passage in my town. But the album that we all communed around first was definitely “dead set”. Playing quarters to that Franklins was a regular occurrence.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Gdad- saw a picture of Pete playing with the ABB last night. Pretty cool.

  15. jdub Says:

    Workingman’s Dead has always had a spell on me. That combined with LiveDead have been staples from the beginning of my listening to GD. They are polar opposites but absolutely fantastic albums that seem to be timeless.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    RIP, Stompin’ Tom Connors.
    Canada lost a legend last night.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Aoxomoxoa is the deepest record I’ve heard.

  18. tzara's Says:

    Workingman’s Dead was always the best for me. First one I picked up not knowing anything about them. Took a few listens (and a cannonball run to Autzen Stadium) but it took hold alright.

    @frito nice review last night, look forward to grabbing a pint soon.

    @MiA huh? Why didn’t I think of that? The obsession continued.

  19. angryjoggerz Says:

    Anthem of the Sun!

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Wreckin shit in China, heads up for a great Thursday my people. I can say with confidence it is a good day. Bedtime in Beijing, have to interview 20 more people tomorrow then get on plane, fly 14 hours and I will be home with the family. Gonna be a long day but worth it. Got about a years worth of work done this week, and feeling good. Diplomacy through education.

  21. dusty Says:

    rocking merl after midnight for the much needed second straight pow day. Enjoy yours ya’ll.

  22. DryIceFactory Says:

    Morning kids, Chicago sounds legit huh?

  23. plord Says:

    This new Big East college BB conference is going to be a fucking beast.

    DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova, Butler, Xavier, and Creighton? Then maybe Dayton and St. Louis the next year? Even the small schools in that list have been giant-killers in recent years and now that they are basically committing to BB-only funding I bet they stay competitive.

    And they keep the Big East name and the conf tourney in MSG. That looks like a 6 bid league even in a down year to me, and an easy rival to the ACC for the “strongest conference” argument among people who care to waste time on such trivia. None of those teams runs the table in league play and the tourney should be a microcosm of unpredictability that upends seeding for the big dance almost every year.

    Bring it. I am so down.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’m never one to count on annual bonuses happening because they are, you know, bonuses, but it is still a little disappointing when you find out you aren’t getting one.

    That said, I was pretty shocked when my company good guy greg’d us yesterday.

    looks like I have a few more days to spend on shows this year!

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Agree Plord… Id like to see either VCu or Richmond get in. Take out Dayton.

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