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. lumpyhead Says:

    it’s the hampton/winston-salem soundcheck in the video

  2. sumodie Says:

    The Growl, so-so Impala opener. Australian too, so they had that goin for em

    Main event in 15ish

  3. MiA Says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen 14 shows in a row

  4. joe Says:

    gorge rock and roll can hold up against anything on this list or any other list.

  5. IrieWalton Says:

    BGCA vs. Tahoe (or is there no comparison as they’re equally good)?

    Can probably only hit one for the entire summer. Half of my brain wants the bliss of Tahoe’s surroundings during the day, but the other half wants intense indoor Phish.

    Hard life, indeed.

  6. Dorn76 Says:

    Either way

  7. joe Says:

    not against, but with.

  8. bouncin fan Says:

    nice Sumo

    I timed it perfectly. missed the Growl.

    you’re in for a treat man. cat has some serious tonal guitar action goin all night. nice little instrumentals in between all the songs

    great show

  9. phishm Says:

    It’s a great piece of music. I must agree.

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    i personally enjoyed being in the venue of old (BCGA). vibes seeping thru the walls, floor and ceiling. had a hard first nite with one of my homies down for a set…then spun myself 2nd nite then all things congealed nite 3. very very much enjoyed my time in SF but it wont be happening again.

    either pnc, chicago, dicks or pnc and dicks. i hope. been way too crazy with sick kids around here to have that chat…next week.

    @AW – think your room at Monaco was 635. one or two to the right of the elevator when you got off. pretty sure one.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Irie BGCA no competition at all. Everything is better and even if it weren’t it’s 3 shows vs 2.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Finally downloaded T3 UberPlaylist. ( page 17 or 18 i think). This thing is great. Thanks.

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    great bb representation at BCGA, same with my old crew, and some W. Coast family. plus a few hours in Marin. very special place the Bay.

    gorge tahoe SF – are you fucking kidding me? for anyone that can do this YOU MUST.

  14. avila Says:

    @gdad – Gorge>Tahoe>SF – that be the goal. Still digesting that it could be reality.

  15. avila Says:

    @irie – BGCA

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    IT 46 days is crazy.

  17. RoosterPizza Says:

    Well Mr. Miner, I am blowing off my labor day wedding? How’s about you?

  18. RoosterPizza Says:

    no question mark; I am not going to the bullshit.

  19. IrieWalton Says:

    Thanks, guys that’s how I’m leaning, too. Have a feeling the mrs will want just Tahoe. Might try to work my haven’t seen a show since 12/28/11 and justify both, but also want to save some cards and $$$ for fall, too.

  20. IrieWalton Says:

    Make that last show 12/29/11 and you wonder why I’m jonesin’ for tab next month.

  21. PigSong Says:

    Those dates suck for me.

    Maybe Chi – but probably not due to a hometown bluegrass festi same weekend. I’m shooting for Dicks and done. C’mon fall dates!

  22. MiA Says:

    Way to go Rooster!

  23. MiA Says:

    Just got my customer visit lined up to cover my Bay Area flights. Now to get Chicago hooked up

  24. RoosterPizza Says:

    I am putting in for lottery and buying plane tickets. That is the story for Dicks and the dicks.

  25. RoosterPizza Says:

    $292. Round trip from BTV to Denver. Purchasing those tomorrow.

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