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. phoammhead Says:

    i don’t see how you’re gonna get much more patient than fuku

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Spun Fukuoka Jam while making dinner. Boom. Also, Mia’s Radio City Disease. man, Trayzor is en fuego in that shit.

  3. jonacho Says:

    Tzaras –
    Aren’t you involved in wine up here in the PNW?
    I’ve always been curious about asking you which wine is yours.

    I hold all of Fukuoka in otherworldy territory, which means I have to be in full attention zone to listen. no casual dating with that one.

  4. tzara's Says:

    @jonacho, wait you’re in the NW? Yes I’m in the area. Hit me up if you want at ratdecave04 at the yahoo.

    Also agree on Fukuoka: church. Listening to Dead Hundred Year Hall ’72 Lovelight->GDTRFB. Incredible stuff.

  5. halcyon Says:

    Urban Wingsuit Flying

  6. sumodie Says:

    Halcyon, ya got me -that clip was waaaaaay more intense than expected. Watching those dudes thread the twin skyscrapers is unfreakinreal

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Bouncings’s negativity caused by zero dick’s respins. All our positivity caused by too many dick’s spins.

  8. MiA Says:

    Fuku me!

  9. jonacho Says:

    urban flying –
    the brief look on their faces after they land is priceless.
    they know they just pulled off a no room for error move
    the video from the ground shows how fast they are really going -wow

  10. jonacho Says:

    tzaras –
    I’ll be in contact

  11. MiA Says:

    Urban wing suit was great.

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    Many Italian wines tonite. No gluten issues.


  13. jonacho Says:

    wine>gin all GF
    Dicks First Tube has a little something extra that is good

  14. RoosterPizza Says:

    I hate it I live and spend time in two places where epic shows went down but wasn’t really close to seeing either one. Plattsburgh and Fukuoka make me think “what if” a lot.

  15. RoosterPizza Says:

    Grammar off

  16. jonacho Says:

    its that time of night. grammar is off
    what if…what is…what shall be…
    summer 2013
    30th anny

  17. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    hey now bb. i am going to throw this out again- looking for a good valerie guitar tab and stealin’ banjo tab. some buddies stopped by today, drank some very heady beer (paradox beer co), and we figured out some lefty frizzel and louvin bro’s tunes- old country… adios- peace. phish phish phish…

  18. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    “i don’t see how you’re gonna get much more patient than fuku”- phoamhead

    i know what you are saying

  19. howard_roark Says:

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  21. xpun Says:

    Back in the US of A. Finally got to watch the tour announcement video. Awesome. So many great jokes that I’m sure have been discussed here.

    50+ surgeries done in Honduras last week for those that otherwise probably would have continued to suffer. Highlight was getting called back to the clinic late at night for a lady w a post op bleed. We pile into this 4×4 and go flying at 80km/h down these dirt roads in town. When we start heading AWAY from the clinic we realize that no one that jumped in the truck to do the emergency case speaks any Spanish. Ends up we had to go pick up another local lady at her house that was needed at the clinic.

  22. xpun Says:


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  23. stapes Says:

    Seems like a good Sunday to spin Fukuoka.

    Heady – we opened a big bottle of some Paradox on Friday night. I enjoyed it.

  24. P.S.H.S Says:

    There was a bottle of Jamison and a bottle of bushmills present last night which started the Catholic vs. Protestant debate. I was raised catholic but prefer bushmills, based on taste. Found this interesting:
    Both sides of my family are from Ireland. When I was younger my family had exchange students from N. Ireland every summer for 7-8 years. So, I don’t pick sides, I just get drunk.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Fantastic work howard. Don’t miss the gorge.

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