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. MrCompletely Says:

    Dancing fool taking my name in vain…like they’ll ever let me back in Toronto after what we did to that place

  2. BNCB Says:


    Still waiting

  3. Bob Dylan Says:

    I pick gorge over anything else. 3 pack woulda made it easier.

    What scares people about the Greek? Tarp people? Or bgca is just that much cooler? Travel logistics?

  4. bouncin fan Says:

    Word up C!!!

    hope all is well!!!

  5. Dorn76 Says:

    It’s fine G7, you must be at day 80 or something. You can now kick all 4 band members asses at the sane time.

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    Greek is just a massive pain in the ass in every aspect of the experience. Transit/parking, entry, getting decent space, bathroom lines – it’s all manageable but you have to have your shit together or roll with an organized crew

  7. Bob Dylan Says:

    That blows @mr c. And you’re right, never changes.

    You could always vrbo that shit and rage the gorge sweet spot again.

    I’m not working WW at the gorge this go round.

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    Yeah @bouncin! Was hoping to time popping back up here with positive show news but I am unlucky again it seems. So it goes!

    I have always had a good time at the Greek, but it can’t be denied that it’s just a lot of work

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    I think this is day 51. They are so dead. I’m gonna throw hands on a Trey body.

  10. IrieWalton Says:

    Yo, C!

    Good to see you around these parts. I hope you’ve been enjoying the Lillard and Maynor show these past few weeks on the hardwood. That San Antonio game was something out of a dream.

    Are you hitting up either TAB or MMW, next month?

  11. Bob Dylan Says:

    So how bout those Hoosiers?!

  12. Jtran Says:


    Didn’t feel like bringing that song connection up earlier, but yea.

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Haha told you guys. Waddup C

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    Sadly our whole family vacation thing is a logistically complex enterprise & involves reservations that are not at all easy to come by, once we’re locked in, we’re in. I literally gave in and booked it last saturday after holding out til the last possible moment…which of course narrowed my date choices down to that end of July/start of August time frame

    c’est la guerre

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    We’ll be at TAB, yeah

    I slept on MMW tickets which blows…I am guessing they are sold out? I would love to see that show

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    I am guessing you guys have many months of hands on a hardbody jokes built up by now

    we watched that sunday morning thing and…man…that is really…something.

    Of all the things Trey has done, that is definitely one of them.

    I kept expecting to see Corky St. Clair in the cast

  17. sumodie Says:

    C, great to here from you, cheers!

  18. dusty Says:

    Wow…I wish I had the energy for this stuff still that you all have. Just burnt, jaded and crusted over here.

    Gorge is a wonderful venue, for me better than alpine and red rocks. I’d also suggest hitting this if you haven’t ever. Although I loved the BGCC shows, fuk SF and its lame kids. Should have been 4 nights in ta to the hoe with 2 nights off in between. Chi town looks vacation perfect with pitchfork going on. I actually dig SPAC…kinda like wolf trap for me.

    I’m guessing I’ll grab twamp tix a few hrs before spac, about the same for dicks, hooked tix for MPP and end up listening to harvey’s from the taco stand. Although the meat stick mound ratio was great in SF, give me a mt girl any day of the week.

  19. IrieWalton Says:

    Nice, looking forward to crossing paths with you at TAB. Also, last I saw tickets were still to be had for MMW. Should be a great 48 hours with TAB and then MMW. Plus evidently MMW is going to be an all “seated” affair, which I’ve never seen yet at the Roseland.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    I guess I am weird because I thought the Greek was magnificent.

  21. bouncin fan Says:


    for entertainment. check out my meltdown yesterday after viewing the broadway trey interview.

    pretty epic.

  22. bouncin fan Says:


    me and C were in line for fuckin 3 hours every show. a bit much when on vacation.

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    It’s an acoustic MMW show I think man. I’ve never seen one but I’ve heard the tapes and it’s off the chain jazz shit. Thus the seated deal. Some hardcore heady kids will complain but I’ve seen a ton of regular MMW shows and would like to catch this one. I’ll look into tickets tonight

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    The Greek is a sick venue, once you get to your spot, IF you have a kind spot – though if you want to dance hard you better be with a large, experienced, and like minded crew.

    I can just imagine the @bouncin reaction to the broadway thing….I have to run now but I will look that up if I can

  25. Bob Dylan Says:

    Haven’t seen the trey interview yet. Link?

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