TTFF: Reader’s Picks—Alexander Papadonis

7.4.2012 Jones Beach (George Estreich)

7.4.2012 Jones Beach (George Estreich)

All selections and text by Alexander Papadonis, aka @DryIceFactory

Bathtub Gin” 6.28.00 II, Holmdel, NJ

From a consistency standpoint, 2000 might just be the best year for “Bathtub Gin.” Here’s my pick for the best one of the summer. Straight fire all throughout.



Cities” 7.31.98 II, Columbus, OH

What would a @DryIceFactory playlist be without – what I would consider – the best version of “Cities” ever played? Bumping summer groove session gives way to supersonic Trey-shred. Must hear Phish from top to bottom.



Sand” 6.11.11 I, Columbia, MD

Everyone loves to talk about the Portsmouth “Sand,” but does anyone else remember the Merriwether 1st setter that took place a week before? Trey absolutely attacks the Ocedoc in this version, masterfully creates some fierce tension and brings the jam to a head before moving into the ending. The highlight of a banging 1st set in an otherwise disappointing weekend in the Mid-Atlantic.



Tweezer” 8.1.98 II, East Troy, WI

Musical perfection, a must-hear highlight from Alpine ’98.



David Bowie” 11.26.94 II, Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis “Bowie” absolutely, 100% set the blueprint for what took place in Providence one month later. You won’t convince me otherwise.



Light” 10.26.10 II, Manchester, NH

Sometimes I feel like the only people who appreciate this show were the ones who were there. Phish absolutely clobbered a rather rowdy week-night crowd at Verizon Wireless Arena on a Tuesday in New Hampshire. This “Light” (complete with an Alumni Reprise jam) really hit the spot, and might not even be the highlight of the show for many.



Twist” 2.24.03 II

“Twist” is a jam that can go, literally, anywhere. This one takes a slow and steady course to Saturn.



Piper -> What’s The Use?” 9.11.00 II

Why not pair a scary “Twist,” with a scary Piper? The highlight of a great show at Great Woods.



Harry Hood” 9.11.99 II, George, WA

Phish slams the door shut on yet another fantastic set at The Gorge. The crowd roars in approval from the composed section all the way to the final peak. This “Hood” is a personal favorite and is underrated, must-hear Phish.



YEM -> Manteca -> YEM” 12.31.10 II, MSG, NYC

What’s better than a “YEM” paired with “Manteca” antics?

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421 Responses to “TTFF: Reader’s Picks—Alexander Papadonis”

  1. voopa Says:

    **drive by test post testing new Nexus 7 (purchased for post-op posting)**

    Nice device. I recommend DIF’s playlist too.
    Back to jello and magnesium citrate…

  2. jtran Says:

    Gotta check out the bracket. Got that dvr’d. Just had another good surf though I think i bridged my rib falling off a wave. Guinessing to heal up.

    greensky tour closer in la jolla tonight. Thinking they bring the heat (duh)

    Ryan montbleu worth showing up early for?

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    Vibes vooper.

  4. MiA Says:

    Yeah Voopa. Wife had to do that. No fun.

  5. BNCB Says:

    hang tough Voop-star. enjoying a green flash stout and some green headies.

    fun prediction for the 30th anniversary; revisit more of the Halloween costume tunes.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^^ yes. to the halloween tunes.

  7. sumodie Says:

    Vibes, voopa, hope it all goes your way

  8. MiA Says:

    At Porter’s Pub parking is worth showing up for early.

    Should be a great time Jtran. Even with a bridged rib.

  9. jerseyjim Says:

    voopa – been through that back in 1989. vibes, indeed. if you want to talk off board, Mr. Miner has my email.

  10. jtran Says:

    Good tip mia. Gonna have some dinner then heading down. Sounds like greensky at 9

  11. bobby weird Says:

    @xpun… i am not worthy…. thank you for doing what i wish i would do…. respeck.

  12. plord Says:

    Fleming museum with little guys, check.
    Mr. 9 goes to sleepover party, check.
    Two Build-your-own-clone pedals built, tested, and awesome, check (Mutron Octave Divider clone and Marshall Supafuzz).
    Soldering project with Ms. 7, check.
    Pick up Mr. 9 from his party, check.
    Late season afternoon ski with Mr. 9, check! (Achievement unlocked: blue trails and a smallish jump)
    Soldering project with Mr. 9 after dinner, check.

    aaaaaaaaaaand just because perfection is a myth, septic blockage and water in the basement, check.

    A busy weekend.

  13. plord Says:

    Ooooh, it’s root-against-Duke season!

    And Is-This-One-Of-Those-Years-When-Pitt-Flames-Out-in-the-First-Round-or-your-run-of-the-mill-Second-Round-Exit?

    I haven’t even seen who got in yet and I can tell…

    This year I’m gonna come in SECOND to last!

    I can feel it.

  14. jtran Says:

    Luolma with tweeprise jam second song

  15. Sumodie Says:

    I’m such a pimp…

    “Föllakzoid, a psychedelic rock band from Chile, have released two records on Brooklyn label Sacred Bones. I expected their set at the Psychedelic Light & Sound showcase at Holy Mountain to be low-key and sparsely attended. But it was actually an impressive show for a full crowd.

    Playing with the lights off save for a pinkish projection that looked like a cell under a microscope, Föllakzoid unfurled their stoned, slow-burning music, largely instrumental and accentuated by searing noise and springy electronics. It sounded channeled from decades past and was powerful in its ability to feel temporarily removed from the rest of SXSW. Föllakzoid hardly paused, the music sounding like a secret; the singer wore a black hoodie with the hood up and the guitarist’s hair covered his face.

    After 45 minutes, a SXSW employee approached the stage and began shining a small flashlight at the band. The guitarist looked down, the bassist turned around; they kept going.”

  16. Sumodie Says:

    Quad C Halleys > Oresund Space Collective’s Black Tomato > Psychic Ills’ Mirror Eye > Deer Creek’95 Reba > Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak > 8/13/97 Gumbo > 7/7/00 Maze > Shafty > Maze

    plus lotsa yard work….

  17. ReidIcculus Says:

    Seems like I needed to drop by and say,

    Who else seen the Leprechaun? Say Ya!

  18. xpun Says:

    @wierd et al – thanks for the praise but a little undeserving I’m afraid. I get as much if not more out of it than I put in. A great way to kill the winter blues in 90 degree sunshine. Honduras is the 2nd poorest western nation (Haiti) and it puts those 1st world wants v needs in check.

    But thank you bobby for your support and the vibes from the BB.

  19. xpun Says:

    This past week I fell in love w the föllakzoid album in sumos orange. Fell asleep to it every night. Listened on the plane. Played it today while board gaming w my daughter and she was digging it more than I’ve ever seen her get into music. Eyes closed, slowly head banging, air drumming. The 8 yr old gets it!!

  20. xpun Says:

    And for the trifecta my summer is now looking like mpp and BGCA>Hollywood. But no dicks or Chicago 🙁

    @kaya are you going west young man?

  21. BNCB Says:

    Naive Melodies – playing the music of the Talking Heads.

    Fantastic. Heard it here first. Night all. Hope it was an Irie St Phatty’s day.

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