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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    IT attendees….. what the hell was going on in that festival crowd during that 40 minute 46 Days? Inquiring minds.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    Charter One has an amazing view of the skyline. So choice.

  3. thedayman Says:

    i really hope that northerly island’s capacity is expanded from its normal minute size. its gonna be a feeding frenzy without any other midwest shows.

    7500 is too small for the entire midwest. i guess this is what the west coast usually has to deal with, and now, i finally get it.

  4. lumpyhead Says:

    ^ ^ very nice

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    I’m only pimpin Charter 1 to BB’ers and hardcore friends. I’m downplaying it to all casual fans. This is gonna be special. Hardcores only.

  6. plord Says:

    Just saw the dates. 6 hour drive to Bangor for the opener, then home for fireworks and hot dogs on the 4th and off the next morning for SPAC. Totally doable.

    Gonna push for Bangor/SPAC/Gorge/Dick’s (and not get all of those because house). Then wait for Fall.

  7. dusty Says:

    @[an unrelated] Wilson Says

    did same 97 with subbing back to SF with tetons. Folks enjoy this wonderful west coast, all be it lacking PNW, tour. tahoe trumps sf if you plan outside the box. Fly in fly out sf for the win. Glad boys still giving…anything. Stoked for everyone.

    jazzfest second weekend.

  8. MiA Says:

    I guess Prince is playing SXSW.

    Charter looks nice.

    I still bet they play Sample In A Jar one of the days.

  9. vegas wolfmans Says:

    For the record, the tour announcement video is pretty amazing on all fronts.

  10. MiA Says:

    @Palmer – group around me was stunned silent. I was to the left of Kuroda’s little house there but it was deadly silent.

    I remember saying to MrsMiA, I think that was a 46 minute 46 Days. Ghost felt the same too.

  11. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Gorge RnR is dark enough to scare the shit out of C’thulhu himself. Type bottomless abyss jamming.

  12. jtran Says:


    Hoping to fly to vt for spac too. Might hit you up for a ride 🙂

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    I too listened to Gorge rnr today, it is great. The therimin adds such a cool streaky space sound to it

  14. dusty Says:

    I still bet they play Sample In A Jar one of the days.

    loves this. cheers. weed, hops, malts, sea salt and bacon.

  15. MiA Says:

    That’s pretty much my diet right there.

  16. MiA Says:

    My one man Conclave is going swimmingly.

    No smoke though.

  17. joe Says:

    the original:

  18. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Hey folks . Been super busy w baby sqautch up here in the redwoods, barely time to lurk nevermind post . I have to say I am finally happy with a 3.0 tour schedule. Bangor is on the radar for me cause my nieces birthday is in beantown that weekend. Would be fun to catch some east coast phish w the old crew . Or what’s left of em. As for the west coast dates I could not be happier . Two weeks of Phish w a nine month old is actually doable . Just need to convince the wife . May have to sell the rv and upgrade to a prevost to get her seal of aproval . A kid can dream at least. Dare I say there is west coast love from the phish and redlight. Very excited to see some music

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    On the off chance anyone hasn’t seen the companion documentary to the film, Heart Of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse, do so ASAP. There is some great footage of that scene in particular. Heavy.

  20. bob dylan Says:

    Saw this and thought of our local grammar police

  21. bob dylan Says:

    I’m feeling the pull of Chicago over bgca also. I’m still glowing from UIC so maybe just midwest love.

  22. butter Says:

    Yea Slick, I couldn’t be happier or ask for anything more. That’s about as long as I can be “on tour” anymore anyway

    And Tahoe 1 is a Bday show for me! Gorge and Bill Graham, they nailed it!!

  23. tela'smuff Says:

    Chicago!! i’ll make up for having to skip west coast run by wearing Chicago out. can’t wait.

  24. Albert walker Says:

    Gonna try to slide in Tahoe

    I’d be worthless hittin work between gorge and Bgca anyway

    My dog sitter is doin ten to twenty on multiple bank robberies though. Need to start lookin.

  25. MmmHmm Says:

    BB opinion: Gorge > Tahoe > SF or Dicks if one must choose?

    Would love to go back to Gorge but Dicks seems like a 3.0 rite….

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