Reader’s Picks: Garret Conour

12.28.12 (Graham Lucas)

12.28.12 (Graham Lucas)

I’m running with a new concept today–the reader playlist. Phish Thoughts reader Garret Conour (@garretc) proposed the idea and today has provided the inaugural installment of “Reader’s Picks.” Garret devised the playlist and wrote the words you see below, I just assembled the post. Please email if you’d like to put one of these 10-packs together. Thanks, Garret! Enjoy!


Given that I tend towards the darker underbelly of Phish jamming styles, it didn’t take much conscious effort to put together these particular ten jams, but upon completion I decided it would fit in nicely with the annual pre-dates aggression and despondency that always permeates the comments section around this time. Spring is starting to peek around the corner, but this is probably better suited for those of you still stuck indoors.

Simple” 12.9.97 II, State College, PA

From a fall ’97 show on campus at Penn State, this Simple forgoes the year’s trademark cowfunk jam for a steady progression from standard “Simple” jam out into uncharted ambient seas before a “Bowie” head-fake on the way to “Timber.”



Halley’s Comet”  11.11.98 II, Grand Rapids, MI

The Van Andel “Halley’s” is like so many of the best Phish jams: akin to a floating, swirling orb of musical energy that the band manipulates with ease. Just don’t go in expecting smooth ’98 ambiance, because that’s not what you’re gonna get.



Down With Disease” 12.12.95 II, Providence, RI

Centerpiece jam of the Providence stop in the legendary final month of 1995, this “Disease” sounds, well, like 1995 Phish, with all the percussive mind-fuckery that would lead you to believe.



 “Chalk Dust Torture” 8.3.03 I, Limestone, ME

With not one but two jammed out “Chalk Dusts” this year, might as well give a listen to one of the, if not the only, non-Camden noteworthy “CDTs,” from set one of IT day two.



Tweezer” 12.30.94 II, MSG, NY

After yet another stellar MSG “Tweezer” during this past new years run, this here is a gem from Phish’s first trip to the round room. Make sure your chair can be hid under, because Troy is trying to break you.



Rock & Roll” 8.5.11 II, George, WA

This should need no introduction, you’ve all been paying attention lately. The best jam I’ve ever been in the building for (Yeah, yeah, 3.0 kid and all that), this is also unarguably the most fully realized storage-style jam the band has kicked down outside of the box that lent its name to the style. Aliens visiting the eastern Washington desert.



David Bowie” 6.29.95 II, Wantagh, NY

A fierce “Bowie” from a summer full of ’em, this particular “David” starts with an extended soundscape intro (remember those?) before getting into everybody’s favorite dark, shreddy, heavy ’95 style.



Gotta Jibboo” 7.4.00 II, Camden, NJ

Don’t worry, Mike changes the bass line after, oh… 15 minutes. But yeah, an extended trip out into spacey ’00 loop jams anchored by Gordo’s “Variations on the Theme from Jibboo” personal dance party. Happy birthday, America.



 “You Enjoy Myself” 5.5.93 II, Albany, NY

Not your grandpappy’s “YEM,” the vocal jamming starts early, before the instrument jamming stops, as high speed ’93 turbo jazz-rock alternately dissolves and peaks through the course of the 33 minute run time. And there’s no proper vocal jam, so it’s safe for haters of that.



A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” 6.19.04, Saratoga Springs, NY

Phish waging sonic warfare with the Norse gods at their (second) last stand. Bring back the “ASIHTOS” jamming, preferably at the Gorge. Or whatever other shows I’m at this summer.

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882 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Garret Conour”

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  1. William H. Bonney Says:

    Nice list

  2. MiA Says:

    Setting a high bar of hilarity, perfect spelling, and the inclusion of deep tracks.

    G Picks #1


  3. Dr Pronoia Says:

    I like it, Garret

    Here’s hoping we all get what we want out of dates week

  4. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Thanks Garret!

    Hey, another shoutout to anybody interested in joining the Black Board Phantasy Baseball League. Email me at guitarpicker 420 at Y@hoo dot com

  5. DryIceFactory Says:

    This is a fantastic idea. I’ll be splicing together a playlist tonight.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice work garret. Was rediscovering that penn St. Simple just last week .

    You may be a 3.0 kid but you’re alright by me. ;). You definitely get it.

  7. ren Says:

    Great idea!…and good work

    Big week fellas!!!!

    Co-worker just handed me a 4 pack of Heady Topper

    Time to break winters shackles!!!!!!

  8. phlorida phan Says:

    Like the post idea, tunes even better!

  9. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Thx Miner and Garretc. Cool idea. Psyched for the tunes. Psyched for Spring. Need together me some of these kind brews being pamped on here. Top five would be : enjoy by, Hedy topper, bells, ?

  10. Kaveh Says:

    @garretc; really good list!

  11. william Says:

    wonderful list! truly great tunes garetc. thanks brotha.

  12. Lifeboyo Says:

    Is the van Andel Haley’s available in sbd anywhere?

  13. Lifeboyo Says:

    Also great idea on the reader generated playlist!

  14. PigSong Says:

    Nice one G, I’m with MiA. 10/10

    Thanks for the direction towards rumored dates, sumo.

  15. ren Says:

    Was just pampin the 6-29-95 this weekend and thinking it was right up the BB’s alley. The previous summer at JB had a sick Bowie as well.

  16. ren Says:

    Can you share that direction @pig?

  17. ren Says:

    Read back…same stoopid dates….tomorrow is gonna be fun

  18. RoosterPizza Says:

    Love it!

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Great picks, Señor Carrot.

  20. Sumodie Says:

    Just the same rumored dates as before, regulars aren’t missing a thing

    Garrett & Miner, great idea for a blog post today, and thanx for stepping up with the writing & the picks, Garret

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Who’s taller GC or Huggiebear?

    I like the commentary and spread of music. I

    who is up next with their selections of the years’ finest Bouncin’?

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I have enjoyed the chatter on the innarwebz over dates could use another week to really draw out the passive-aggressives.

  23. MiA Says:

    I hope that this Simple > Timber someday makes it into an upcoming Live Bait #8 or a “FTA” show for Festival X in all it’s SBD sonic goodness.

    I would even go in for a full Live Phish release of the whole show. Totally great gem from 97. Great call Garret.

  24. MiA Says:

    @17:15 in this Simple … wow. I would have been staring at Page all freaky googly eyed like… Making him nervous.

    Or the corollary, If you got the Page stare down during that section, you are truly truly blessed.

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    @lifeboyo – i got the sbd from Kenny Powers sbd comp OR one of the FTAs…its not on my work machine or i’d post.

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