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. ren Says:

    Thank you for your orangeness VW

  2. vegas wolfmans Says:

    My pleasure. Happy to pay it forward as I’ve been exposed to so damn much awesome music from the people here. Glad you guys dig Goat. My wife and other peeps I’ve tried to turn onto that band seem downright offended by it. Thought maybe I was going crazy.

  3. jdub Says:

    need some fresh blood in the TT. Anyone up for it?

  4. ren Says:

    41 mins or so into this Jim and we all thought it was over…nope. Face already puddled on the floor there was another 17 mins left.

    Endurance Phish

  5. ElJefe Says:

    Not sure how I feel about these guys…are they joking, or are they trying to do a quasi-racist homage?

  6. RoosterPizza Says:

    I just went in TT, but it was empty!

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    Man, I have a lot of music to catch up with when I get back.

    For a group of people who hate on hipsters so much, you sure do love hipster indie psych rock 😉

    Rise up, comrades.

  8. RoosterPizza Says:

    In China?

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    Yep, interviewing teachers right now. Just had one who specializes in Marxist thought. I’m sending him to Texas. I kid, I kid.

  10. RoosterPizza Says:

    haha. What is i that you are doing?

  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    Top secret operation, as usual.

  12. Sumodie Says:

    Rolling Stone’s blurb about Phish as one of The New Immortals:

    “Phish spent the Eighties in Vermont honing their chops with some unconventional practice techniques: jamming for eight hours straight after drinking mushroom-laced hot chocolate, playing long stretches blindfolded or hitting a single note for an hour. The band let fans bootleg their actual shows freely, and by 1993 they were conquering amphitheaters around the country, even organizing their own gigantic camp-out music festivals. Phish’s weirdness wouldn’t work without tight songs (“Bouncing Around the Room,” “You Enjoy Myself”) and vast graduate-level improvisational skills: Trey Anastasio can mimic Bach, Jerry Garcia, King Crimson and John Coltrane on his guitar with ease, and the band can nail entire albums by Little Feat or the Beatles at their famous Halloween gigs. They can also get away with stunts like the Big Ball Jam. “We had huge exercise balls we threw into the audience,” keyboardist Page McConnell told Rolling Stone in 2003. “You had to play rhythmically with the way your ball bounced around the room. That’s how our whole career has been – stupid ideas that work.” ”

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    Phish: Stupid Ideas that Work

  14. RoosterPizza Says:


  15. RoosterPizza Says:

    *ideas work

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Pigpen led GD playing Hey Jude… ’68 i think. Awesome and cool on many levels.

    Knicks/OKC in a battle at MSG. NY hanging in without Melo

  17. jtran Says:

    paging telas

    don’t think this has been pamped kurt vile single (a month late). 9 mins, great track imo

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    Chile is indie?

  19. phishm Says:

    I haven’t seen 100 shows. I’ve listened to many shows and seen around 40. Phish is my favorite band. I hardly listen to anything else. I’d still have a hard time stating my favorite Phish song. YEM, Bowie, Divided Sky. All amazing. Tweezer, Reba, Waves, the same. Now each song I list besides DS go many places and are never the same. That’s my favorite song. When you can get to the point where you know what’s going to be played before it’s played. When the feeling in the air is being passed from stage to crowd and vice versa and keeps getting better. That is definately my favorite song. Peace.

  20. Calpain Says:

    nice to have had the Younger Pliny in a relaxed setting with kind folks.
    the long-stemmed glassware was a vast improvement from the 5oz jigger of round #1.

    solid story @Dgrooves, always nice to find those connections in the strangest of places.

    keep the hipster rec’s coming BB!

    here is a young guy crafting his own sound, doing it his way:
    Toro Y Moi:

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    For those subscribed the Dave’s Picks. Vol 6.

    Volume 6 – Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO, 2/2/70 & Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 12/20/69 (ships May 1, 2013)

    Bonus disc – Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 12/21/69 (ships May 1, 2013)

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    …about Vol. 6, from David L.

    We’re really bad at keeping secrets around here so just imagine how hard it’s been for us to contain our excitement about the 2 now complete shows, once missing reels for more than 40 years, that have been selected to make up Dave’s Picks Volume 6. The first major return of material to the vault since 2005’s Houseboat Tapes, Dave’s Picks Volume 6 will feature never-before-heard material from 2/2/70 Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO and 12/20/69 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA. Long a mystery, the riddle of the 2/2/70 set list has now been solved and the music restored to its proper – and spectacular – sequence. 2/2/70 is also notable as the first show without Tom Constanten. Tom, however, makes his return to give his first-hand perspective on 12/20/69 in this volume’s liner notes. Pigpen fiends, ask and you shall receive. Both shows feature loads of Pigpen including a major 35+ minute “Lovelight” from 12/20/69. Recorded by Bear with an excellent mix and sound quality, this very special release feels like a return to the classics.

    If you’ve been curious about the subscribers-only bonus disc, this one is the stuff of lore as well. Like Dave’s Picks Volume 6, the last-ever Grateful Dead show at the Fillmore Auditorium – 12/21/69, was once missing reels, but we’ve acquired the elusive first reel to go with the end of the show that we’ve always had. This jam-packed CD, featuring 45 minutes of never-before-heard music, includes one of only three versions of “Smokestack Lightning” from 1969. You most certainly won’t want to miss out on this highly collectible Dead!

  23. RoosterPizza Says:

    Just read the Knicks/Thunder box score and found out some interesting stuff:

    -Marcus Camby plays for the Knicks

    -Kurt Thomas started for the Knicks tonight

    -A one point win where no points were scored in the last 1:38

  24. Boris Says:

    I have never heard the St. Denis Reba. I guess I should. Is there SBD of it, or no?

  25. xpun Says:

    yes sbd. filler on an early live phish release. #2 maybe?

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