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. MiA Says:

    What jonacho said… Doh

  2. MiA Says:

    Off to a housewarming. Have great one everyone!

  3. phoammhead Says:

    whoa, i see what you are saying . . . yeah, i’d rather have my cake and eat it too . . . but for me, i’ve suffered enough . . . so be it if my sensitivity becomes intolerance . . . hmm i guess. it wouldn’t be a problem except for the beer and wheat brea . . . damn

  4. littleumbrellas Says:

    Yes! Enjoy By, and Green Flash double ipa at this random little grocery store. Out here in Pt. Reyes with my lady friend and happened upon this little place while looking for snacks. Low and behold, Enjoy by!!

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    GF WC IPA is back in Toronto. Woo.

  6. MiA Says:

    Good cheese out there too LU!

    Isn’t cowgirl creamery right there?

  7. jonacho Says:


  8. Sumodie Says:

    Recent lot shirt talk had me thinking this would a great summer tee (actually I’d be surprised if it isn’t):

    (That’s a Facebook link)

  9. jonacho Says:

    OK – had to set up new comp whilst preparing gluten free pizza.
    part of me wants to understand WHY all the issues with gluten in my body.
    part of me just knows I can’t eat it – so what.

    getting easier and easier to eat GF in many parts
    bring snacks all the time too

  10. RoosterPizza Says:


    Did you read any of the comments? “They should play this as a set.”

  11. Sumodie Says:

    Spinning Föllakzoid & Holydrug Couple tonight! Thursday’s NYC show is almost here….

    Gluten talk always makes me salivate for seitan, my fav vegetarian protein

    Obviously celiacs consider seitan = Satan ;-(

  12. garretcorncob Says:

    Watching Lousiville-Syracuse start up in MSG, I miss that fucking place.

  13. Sumodie Says:

    Rooster, yup caught that. Guess there’s many kinds of fans out there, lol

  14. phoammhead Says:

    sleep is one of the best

  15. RoosterPizza Says:

    He is kind of right; it did make a good show. haha

  16. phoammhead Says:

    12 min meatschtick! i hear the heards wrestling . . .

  17. phoammhead Says:

    dance craze that sweeping the nation

  18. phoammhead Says:

    tube to the rescue

  19. phoammhead Says:

    skipping ahead to fukuyoka twist

  20. phoammhead Says:

    i think fuku twist is akin to msg carini

  21. bouncin fan Says:

    I never really respun the DIcks’ Sand at all

    wow. such a clean patient feel. the total open aired Dick’s Sound. what an amazing Jam. such nice subtle Synth work from Page.

    damn. getting excited for summer. forgot how hot these fuckin shows were.

  22. halcyon Says:

    those 3/17/78 JGB links are $$$. They sound so good. thanks for sharing.

  23. phoammhead Says:

    should i let fuku run

  24. phoammhead Says:

    fuku has got to be the result of playin’ in a far off place in a small club, no

  25. tzara's Says:

    Happy more of y’all are getting into wine. Sad it’s mostly to avoid diarrhea.

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