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. gavinsdad Says:

    @jtran – Got a Rec from a fellow bb’er about a San Diego IPA called islander by Coronado. Said its muy tasty

  2. phoammhead Says:

    plowed my garden plot this afternoon . . . googled plowing and watched some utube videos to the rescue this morning!

    got seed starters going in the basement

    building a garage and storage shed out back for garden implements and the westi, of course.

    bek is working her 2nd job this evening, so i’m chilling with beverages and an edible

    i’m psyched for summer tour and beyond . . . very excited about phish this year and can’t wait for fall tour and 30th anny celebration shows!

    doing chi-town and dicks for summer

    cheers . . . raise a glass!

  3. phoammhead Says:

    oh, and go . . . heels!

  4. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    hanging out with the baby today- picking her tunes on the guitar and banjo… learned cool versions of btw and gomorrah… looking for a good guitar tab for valerie (no valerie tab on jdarks) and a banjo tab for stealin- if any bb pickers have any recs, let me know. thanks…

  5. phoammhead Says:

    what it is, heady

    i am missing my dank ipas . . . started a mostly gluten free diet a couple of weeks ago. i don’t think i’m entirely gluten intolerant, but this is turning into an interesting experiment . . . some positive health benefits are already showing.

  6. jtran Says:

    Gdad cheers. Will check it out. Had their red ale but nothing else. Reds not really my style.

    Got to see uvm lose to Albany this morning, then some great Mexican > surfing. Bball now and sculpin ipa

  7. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    phoam- i dated a girl for a couple of years who was gluten intolerant- which made me gluten intolerant- know what i mean. the cool thing about it was learning to cook differently and i got to know a lot about wine and whiskey because there was a lot less beer drinking. another perk was that my body felt lighter- i didn’t lose any weight, i just felt lighter.

  8. phoammhead Says:

    been drinking more red wine and that’s not a bad thing

  9. jonacho Says:

    I have progressed into being totally gluten free and it is a good thing for my body. cutting out wheat, then spelt, barely, beer, has been a progressive process. beer was tough.
    I lost weight at first, then seemed to gain it back through red wine and cheese
    No question I feel better without gluten and if I eat it the dreaded digestive malaise returns.

  10. jonacho Says:

    Tower Jam and Storage Jam are both gluten free and capitalized

  11. kayatosh Says:

    cheers, mates

    moved on to 6.19.94. great sounding tape right here.

  12. MiA Says:

    I think that when you remove gluten from your diet you become more sensitive to it if you get exposed to it. It is a big topic of conservation around the house due to MrsMiA’s celiacs issues.

    I am becoming more and more gluten free, as it helps with shopping and cooking around here. Cooking with other types of flour is tough though.

    I’m learning though.

  13. phoammhead Says:

    nice, jonacho. ran out of gluten free beer just now, so i’ll try one amber ale . . . then i’ll just take a couple of shots to round out the eve

    i’m spinning this 7.8.99 24 min fee . . . really good to these ears

  14. MiA Says:

    2-15-73 Dane County on the Stereo. Row Jimmy. Vape’d up. Neighbors are having a house warming. I so don’t want to move from this spot with my beer in the backyard.

    Lazy Saturday

  15. phoammhead Says:

    i hear you, mia. but initially what i’m thinking for me is that i’ve been very gluten sensitive all these years, but just lived with it. removal not yet for me . . . very hard to go gluten free after all these years.

  16. phoammhead Says:

    jumping ahead to this shows bird’s second set 15 min opener to see what lies here

  17. phoammhead Says:

    . . . takes a real commitment

  18. jtran Says:

    My slf is gluten sensitive. Makes me more gluten free at home, though not giving up beer

  19. phoammhead Says:

    yo jtran . . . i admire some of you younger cats that are tuned in to what’s going on. seems i’ve been very slow to grow up and get it, although i’ve always thought i’ve been so smart

  20. phoammhead Says:

    mia, i think what you were getting at is directly proportional to the prior suffering one may have gone through

    learn early . . . then feeling very sensitive

    learn late . . . after a lot of suffering . . . then feeling like it is what it is

  21. phoammhead Says:

    that probably wasn’t explained as well as i would have liked but hopefully you get what i was saying

  22. jonacho Says:

    phoamm – yes, very interesting that once the gluten is removed, if I have a little bit, it seems my body is much more sensitive.
    beer was the last thing to go. and a night out drinking beer confirmed that it can be no longer in my body.
    developing my wine palate

  23. phoammhead Says:

    this cookie is not gluten free

  24. phoammhead Says:

    love this time of year . . . for one doors and screens wide open and no bugs at all. beautiful early signs of spring day here in the mountains of wnc . . . 70 partly cloudy light breeze . . .

  25. MiA Says:

    Yeah. I’m saying people with celiacs have terrible cramping and diarrhea. For MrsMiA she is affected for hours. Can barely move.

    If you’re not that bad (aren’t diagnosed), but you remove gluten you may feel much better.

    But if you try to put gluten back in your system you may have serious digestive type symptoms.

    I think removing gluten may be good but once you get re-exposed you may be miserable. So removing gluten except beer may be tougher on your digestive system.

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