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. RoosterPizza Says:

    Awesome stuff xpun.

  2. BNCB Says:

    Happy St. Phatty’s Day, ya’ll! The world needs more incentive to puff herbs, not drink alcohol. Praise Jah!

    Slick Willy, happy birthday and stuff.

  3. RoosterPizza Says:


  4. BingosBrother Says:

    Alcohol is fitting for a day celebrating a christian man converting a pagan king. We drink to forget.

  5. joe Says:

    I support the greening of St. Patrick’s day movement. hidden away at work here. haven’t seen any stupid antics yet. will have to wait for the ride home.

  6. joe Says:

    (although I may have some brown liquor tonight while the lady is out)

  7. joe Says:

    St. Waxtrick’s day or St. Dabtrick’s day for the heady bb’ers?

  8. kayatosh Says:

    welcome back, xpun. and mad respect for your mercy mission.

    re. beer. found a brew pub right under my nose (opened last June). They make their own bread and beer (IPAs, belgian and french farmhouse style) and serve light fare. Their pale ale was crisp and refreshing and even better was their triple IPA called Mrs. Pigman. Not quite as nuanced as Enjoy By or Pliny the Younger but in that league (yes, believe it). The key is freshness. They brew no more than 12 kegs in a batch. It’s meant to be consumed fresh. walked away w/ a 32 oz take home bottle of the triple IPA. Guy said that other than a couple of house brews, they are constantly mixing it up. So while there may be another DIPA or triple IPA in the future, it won’t be the exact pigman recipe.

    happy st. pats. green it up.

    rumblings in cyprus w/ depositors forfeiting up to 9.9% of their cash. mrkt. not gonna like it on monday.

    back to spinning 6.19.94.


  9. BingosBrother Says:

    Both $$$ joe.

  10. BNCB Says:

    wow DryIce! 7 minutes in and this Alpine Tweezer is the best jam I’ve never heard. LOVE IT! WOW

  11. BNCB Says:

    instead of too much practice, maybe Trey can spend some time with Corn Cob and DRyIce’s picks. The tones in this whale free Tweezer are dreamy.

  12. thedayman Says:

    summer 98 FTW! that’s one of my all time faves @BNCB. melodic perfection. reminiscent of dicks 11 tweez, but with more movements.

    great article re: tackle & lines. was just listening to some 09 highlights the other day. the highs were quite high.

    wish it was st phatty’s day for me, someday.

    have a great one, bb.

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Uic 94 Reba. Ermergerd.

  14. xpun Says:

    Did we ever get a capacity for Chicago? Any reason to mail order anything other than BGCA and Tahoe?

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    $$$ question xpun. I’ve heard everywhere from 15,000 to 7,500. Trying to pin down some park district people. Whatever they do, they better not take away the beach.

    Attention bibliophiles – David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet may be the best book I’ve ever read. And I’m only 80 pages in. I feel the same way I felt when reading Robbins as a youngin. As I get older and read more and more, it is increasingly difficult to be blown away. I am obliterated. The 1st chapter alone contains the most real, gruesome, beautiful, inspired prose I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. If you know of a better author, please wait 10 years to tell me, so I can be blown apart like this again. Get this book now.

  16. sumodie Says:

    Guesstimates put chicago at ~14͵000 based on a couple articles that discuss proposed development on northerly island / charter one. Think the city is making an announcement next ~2 weeks

    I would mailorder for chicago but i also havent looked at available seating charts to see what a bad seat might be

  17. sumodie Says:

    From last august

  18. sumodie Says:

    This might be the new charter one layout

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    You can request GA only sumo. Dispatch is playing the same place in June and the way Chicago is, I can’t imagine it will look much different than this.

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    Regardless, we will all get in. you may not ant to put in multiple lottos for this one though.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    Thanks for the book rec, bingos. wrote that one down for future reference.

    euro getting crushed. might be time for phish to do a surprise European run in June.

  22. xpun Says:

    Thanks guys. Really just putting in a few to try to help out the BB. Chicago is a maybe for me so I may throw it in on one. Think that’s family beach week here.

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    @Bingos – 1000 Autumns moved me a lot more than Cloud Atlas did. CA I liked a lot, but 1000 Autumns was really a great read. It took longer to grow on me but I found myself thinking about it quite a bit afterwards.

    Currently in the middle of Nova Swing, the 2nd book in M. John Harrison’s “literary sci fi” trilogy that started with (a book called) Light. Really top shelf SF.

    Anyone who reads grown-up comix/graphic novels or is interested in literary metafiction should check out The Unwritten by Mike Carey. It’s so good it makes other good things seem worse by comparison.

    Some fun nonfiction to pick up and leave around for bathroom reading type quick hits are the yearly compilations put out by – “This Will Change Everything”, “This Will Make You Smarter” etc – despite the hokey titles they are worth having around the house as they are full of smart, thoughtful little essays by a wide variety of smart, thoughtful people.

    ~~~ this has been a patented Mr. Completely drive-by (new wireless router test version) ~~~

  24. MiA Says:

    I am so jealous this went down last night.

    5 encores? Why not.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Word C. Thanks for the recs buddy. You haven’t steered me wrong yet. Black Swan Green moved me far more than Cloud Atlas also, but CA was still pretty mind-blowing. Hope all is well with you and the family and you can hit some shows this summer.

    Prince may be cool, but he made all the videos telekinetica posted on youtube taken down because Phish played 1999. Dick move.

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