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”

  1. kayatosh Says:

    nice work, GC. GC taller.

  2. MiA Says:

    I look up to GC. And I’m 6’5″.

  3. MiA Says:

  4. ren Says:

    Why did I wait so ling to spin this Halleys!?!?!….I guess you gotta keep some cards UP the sleeve for later

  5. jtran Says:

    I have no sources, but what if fest ends up being for Halloween again. Indio? Yes please

  6. IrieWalton Says:

    Nice job represetin’ the Pac NW, Garret with that quality idea and list.

    Welcome back to the grind, folks.
    Make it a good one.

  7. sumodie Says:

    That’s my 30th anny fantasy wish, jtran

  8. ren Says:

    Well….I’ve gotten the OK from the wife on the festi….so I guess I get 2 for the price of 1????

    In a celebratory year though….not seeing how it makes sense to consolidate special occasions. I’d prefer a legit festi…AND a legit halloween

  9. mudbudd11 Says:

    i like the way this is going. its good to change it up once in a while, and this is just what i needed to see today. I’m almost snowed in in the midwest(not really but there is a lot of snow)… and feeling like spinning some spookphish. here’s to a darker underbelly.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Halloween in BK. Barclays

  11. ren Says:

    I’m with you on the BK Halloween @palms. I’ve never hit a Halloween before and that would be one that I could definitely make happen.

  12. lifeboyo Says:

    Thanks MiA! I have been more of a lurker for a while, but I have noticed that you guys seem like a nice bunch of peeps. Have a great day! Here’s to us getting some dates tomorrow!

  13. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Thought so as well, Kaya & MiA. thanks for the confirmation, amigos.

  14. MiA Says:

    I’m like, Wow, this Disease is OUT THERE and going on forever…

    I peeked at the time remaining, and I’m like … oh, I’m only 1/2 way there.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    spinnin 8.6.10 (greek 2). delimike tapes are $$$. mike up front. RnR — $$$ jam. they hit the 4-way sweet spot and dwell there for a while.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    padelimike tapes are generally ok, but damn if he didn’t nail this greek 2 tape. 3D sound. and in a tough venue to get a good pull. wow.

  17. dusty Says:

    Psyched for greensky this week and the positive review from PDX. Might see em up on the hill and then drive down to SF the next night as Sam Bush is sitting in. Anyone else planning on the city? Thinking about poaching my favorite disc course down there with my dog and introducing him to the turkeys.

    Lagunitas was a great little brew house. Now they are battling with Sierra and New Belgium for bottling distro. Fitting their IPA is my bud. If you like their sucks, look out for Waldo in kegs if you can catch it. More of a pliny killer. Man I miss the 420 Thurs parties up in the luma.

  18. ren Says:

    LLAMA might be the only speed jazz left in 3.0…there’s really no other way to play it.

  19. Matt Says:

    One of my all time favorite Chalkdusts !!!! Never hear people talk about this one…. It is a total BEAST !!!!

  20. sumodie Says:

    Just committed to my first non Phish related festi in ~10 years, Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MassMOCA in North Adams, MA

    ($124 early bird passes end at Noon today)

    Great lineup this year:

    (White Denim, Foxygen, Os Mutantes, MMW, Marc Ribot, Yo La Tengo, The Relatives, The Dream Syndicate, and more, not including the Wilco related bands)

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    Red Bull Music Academy NYC is looking like it will be great – a whole month of curated events in NY featuring a good variety of modern music. I am going to try to get out there for some of this and double up with work. Don’t sleep.

  22. IrieWalton Says:

    Nice, Dusty!

    At Saturday’s show I found myself giving serious consideration to hitting that Filmore show with the Sam Bush sit in, which should be legendary. Because it seems that Greensky has raised their game a notch or two with each tour under their belt. Their playing right now is on fire and folks should really seek ’em out at all cost (weeknight show be damned, etc.).

    Also, they’re playing at a festival over Memorial Day weekend, Del Fest, in western MD that has a sick lineup: Del McCoury band; Trampled by Turtles (another of my favorite bluegrass bands at the moment); OCMS; TAB; Yonder; Carolina Chocolate Drops and others.

    Thanks again to BNCB for the original hat tip about Greensky a few years back.

  23. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @sumo- me and the slf are hitting solid sound as well. No sure what our hotel arrangements are yet. Fired up you are going tone there though. Getting pumped. Hit me at derrbot at gheemale to discuss, if ya like!

  24. Calpain Says:

    re: Del Fest.
    definitely put some thought into this, but it’s a tough weekend to make it happend. lineup looks super sweet. 2 sets of TAB taboot 😉

  25. marcoesq Says:

    Morning all. Great list here, Garret. Bout to commence the Simple.

    Might hit up some Del Fest, only about an hour from mi casa

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