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. SillyWilly Says:

    wondering what the best plan is to be on the floor for Charter One??

    3 separate requests, or going with the 3-day pass…

  2. Boris Says:

    i guess i will hold out hope for fall tour


  3. William H. Bonney Says:

    which is it @Boris, last weekend you wanted your dates during the week cause you work weekends…ala missing the Metermen and Page crush Tampa last weekend…

    Get it together..time to make your work, work-around phish touring….

  4. sumodie Says:

    Haven’t read the fine print about summer ter at phish inc

    Any language that definitely excludes an august festi or the like?

    Actually from bizness perspective i cant see red light announcing a real august festi at a later date

  5. William H. Bonney Says:

    Yeah that is my thought @Sumo lot of time before Denver to rake in some NE festy cash….

  6. bob dylan Says:

    Was hoping cubs would be at home to give chi-town an edge over SF.

    Can’t decide which of those to try and make happen… For some reason I’m being pulled to chi-town but SF is a fun town also. Decisions decisions.

  7. IrieWalton Says:

    I can’t find any language there as they’ve had in years’ past @Sumo, talking about how “these are the only dates of the summer, etc”.
    Seems like it’s wide open at this point.

    Also, is this the first time that we’ve gotten both the east and west coast dates at the same time in 3.0? I applaud that move.

  8. voopa Says:

    PB, I’m definitely interested, but can’t commit just yet for reasons stated earlier…

  9. MiA Says:

    We will see which will be the toughest tickets of tour, but Tahoe, Charter and BGCA sound like very difficult propositions.

  10. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    if you have never been to the gorge- go this tour. the place is magical (unfortunately i have not been able to make it there since ’98). you never know if/when this band will play there again or what you will be doing when they do.

  11. voopa Says:

    What if you HAVE been?

  12. poop goblin Says:

    Me too heady

    Did 97-98

    Gonna be my first trip back

  13. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    That is why I am making it to the gorge this go around HeadyB.

    My parents will have the little one back in NYC to see HOAHB and It will be mainlining high test phish.

    Voopa I will keep you in mind. lots of logistics to carry forward from this side before a commit.

  14. butter Says:

    Fuck yeah

    Greek rumor was scaring me

  15. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    Superball announcement was certainly at least after the announcement for Leg 1 in ’11, no? I don’t think that this rules out a fest between LA and Dick’s.

    Hoping that the lite New England summer schedule means hockey sheds this fall. Can’t beat that shit.

  16. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    good question voopa- i have been pondering that this afternoon. the nice thing about the gorge is that there is no ticket stress. if i find myself able to go two days before the show i can make it happen and definitely get in.

    i am going to dick’s and i would love to go to BGCA (i missed it last year) and if i had to pick between BGCA and the gorge i would pick BGCA because i have never seen a show in san francisco. however, if i had never been to the gorge, i would pick that over BGCA.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    They are going to webcast the whole tour…. 😉

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i hear mr. c is coming to the toronto show!

  19. Litteringand Says:

    13 venues for summer tour (party noisemaker sound and three pieces of confetti)

  20. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    best thing that can be said about BGCA is that it’s not the Greek.
    And that’s enough.

  21. Litteringand Says:

    I guess the midwest was due to get its ass kicked, but it still stings. Crossing my fingers for some killer fall dates

  22. IrieWalton Says:

    Yeah, for those that have never been to the Gorge, you gotta go at least once in your life. Nature at its finest, indeed. Just bring some shade as it’s going be to be hot and that’s even before the jamz start. Patience is a virtue in that environment, yest you become wOOk down stylee by the time the first set rolls around.

  23. bouncin fan Says:

    best thing said about BGCA is

    Xeyed> Light> Sally!!!

    and last year with BUrning Man right around the corner the mound/meatstick ratio could be the best I’ve ever seen. simply amazing.

    laterz comrades
    see ya this summer!
    Babylon Sucks

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    My mood is a little better after a rigorous workout but it doesn’t change the fact that this tour doesn’t work very well for me. Looking like Dick’s or nothing.

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    They got me again

    Waited until I had to book the family vacation or miss out on our favorite spot

    then drop west coast dates in that same exact week

    oh phish…you never change

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