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. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    ’97 summer: Ventura > SF > Gorge > (back to SF) > then to Deer Creek. Did all but 1 leg of it alone. No way I could do that at my age now…. but it was awesome at the time.

  2. avila Says:

    Will The Gorge sell out? Tnx.

    75 degrees in Marin, dates dropped, Welker is still with Brady. Life is good.

  3. xpun Says:

    7500 makes for a tempting ticket. BGCA indoors. What’s July weather in Chicago like. Don’t want to hang in the rain.

  4. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Is that Jam from SuperBall IX night 1 (3rd stone from the sun teases) during the video montage?

  5. MmmHmm Says:

    @Wilson, a whole leg going solo? Ballzy. Truly solo or you had friends also on tour? I would love to do the West run even solo but that shit would get lonely unless I could scoop a wookette to ride with.

  6. jdub Says:

    Fuck yeah, destination Bangor, ME. That and Dick’s is a definite. Think I may save for fall tour beyond that. Looks like enough time to get a good head of steam, once again they’ll be primed for the west coast.

    Best looking west coast run yet.

  7. joe Says:

    you’re never lonely with the good people of the bb at shows.

  8. vegas wolfmans Says:

    avila- no, but in the off chance is does, as it did in 2009, there will be tix on the ground. stupid scalpers.

  9. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    i had peeps with me for Ventura > Shoreline leg.
    Did the ride to Gorge and back solo… then grabbed my stuff (i was staying in SF at the summer). I packed up my stuff, an drove – solo – straight to Indiana to catch Deer Creek. I almost did it in one haul. I know that sounds impossible, but ain’t go no reason to lie to you. Looking back, I have no idea how i did it. I hit a farmer’s yard for camping, saw the first night’s show, then slept right through to the next evening. Then, I had to drive to NC. Man, it all sounds so crazy now.

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Pitchfork weekend (which is also Phish weekend) is always brutal weather – hot as balls and some downpours. Gonna be a fucking epic weekend, for sure. Gonna have to take Friday and Monday off just to be sure. Very excited.

  11. jdub Says:

    Yeah, that Chicago weekend looks incredible for any music fan. Wish I could swing it.

    I like the layout of this summer tour. 25 shows, but a nice continuos run of shows at some time tested spots and 1 out of the blue locale to kick it off. No time for slack this summer.

  12. phlorida phan Says:

    My guess is WTU off siket disc for dates video.

  13. avila Says:

    @vegas. thank you.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Pumped for you AJ. That weekend at home for you l

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    .. Looks like you scripted it.

  16. bObby weird Says:

    what’s left to complain about? Ask the people are already saying what shows will suck based on location. Unbelievable…

  17. MmmHmm Says:

    so it seems that The 10th Ball is out of the question for summer? Doesn’t really make logistical sense to have a NE fest between 8/5 and 8/29 western dates right? (someone talk me out of this logic and say YES there will be a fest…)

  18. MmmHmm Says:

    Bobby who said what shows will suck? Shitty venues don’t equate to shitty shows.

  19. phishm Says:

    Just wondering if anyone else finds it weird that some people only have one handle. It seems that some peeps have more handles then I have fingers. Weird. Or I could be wrong.

  20. MmmHmm Says:

    shitty venues just mean more contrived undercover ops to have yourself a grand time.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    I know, right. Today to my wife: so… if you want to go out of town that weekend, it might be wise. Her: where am I supposed to go?

    Good point.

  22. bObby weird Says:

    Hmm, my point exactly.

  23. bob dylan Says:

    Trey Sunday interview finished. Ouch.

  24. MmmHmm Says:

    @AJ you could send her to this in Alberta, Canada

    OR this Wine Expo in Sun Valley

    OR this Texas Oilmans Fishing Charity

  25. MmmHmm Says:

    for those who can’t make the Northerly Island shows, there is the Sioux Falls jazzfest that weekend…

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