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. dorn76 Says:

    Concrete jungle on the east side of FL.

    Melbourne is mellow and a surfer’s haven, Cape Canaveral is right up the road. Easy to get to from Orlando or Daytona airports.

  2. IrieWalton Says:

    Friday gets a lil’ sweeter when the employer says that every employee is getting two free cases of Widmer at noon. Makes up for the long days this week and next indeed.

  3. BNCB Says:

    Trey video clips from CBS = $$$$

  4. BNCB Says:

    I’ll never bitch again*

    *g’dad better not remember this

  5. sumodie Says:

    There’s a world of difference between defending shows as “not being stinkers” vs. defending shows as being good.

    Just like having a dissenting opinion about something labeled good doesn’t automatically make one a hater


  6. MiA Says:,93749/

    Pretty good article

  7. BNCB Says:

    good one Sumo! those shows were flatliners.

    thanks dorn.

  8. MiA Says:

    “It’s easy, cheap, and sometimes even fun to be mean. It’s a whole lot braver to be open and sincere, and to acknowledge that it’s perfectly okay to unapologetically love something even people you respect might find suspect. “

  9. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    Polaris Ampitheater … My god man, what has happened to you?!

  10. BNCB Says:

    bumping this Polaris ‘Cities’. way to go Pappa D!

  11. Jtran Says:

    still think 10/23/10 set 2 was pretty tight, but haven’t listened back in a while. Disclaimer: birthday show

  12. Jtran Says:

    left 10/24 early to drive home though. Only show I’ve done that

  13. voopa Says:

    Nice looking playlist DIF! Think I’ll start off this day off with it and a bunch of hash. Prepping the home for my upcoming downtime, high of 78 expected.

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    Help me… I’m in Detroit! !!

    I heard this was the cool place to hangout on layovers.

  15. IrieWalton Says:

    Doubling down on the Manchester recommendation.

    Such a classic midweek skip show that turned into an epic throwdown.
    Bombed up after work, met up with some ol’ touring friends and a few of the BB’ers (HarryHood, Nemo, KP, and maybe Sumo, too?).

    Secured a spot about 20 rows back on the floor and when they opened up with “After Midnight” I turned to my friends and we all gave a big smile knowing that we made the right decision.

    Time to take this one for a spin via Spotify.

  16. Jtran Says:

    thanks for playlist @dif

    Top 3 Gin

  17. kayatosh Says:

    mr. papadonis, mr. al papadonis. mr. papadonis, mr. al papadonis

    well done, sir.

    primal dead, brews, and vapes.

  18. ren Says:

    George Popadopolis???

  19. kayatosh Says:

    Bob Dobalina

  20. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    Quadrophonic Papadonis.

  21. ren Says:

    Two t-shirt ideas for summer…really simple bold text on solid background


    2.) “FUCK TALKERS”

  22. BNCB Says:

    G$$$, what airline? My uncle works at DTW

  23. ren Says:

    …maybe PERSNICKETY up front and FUCK TALKERS on the reverse

  24. voopa Says:

    Red circle/slash with the text STASH CLAPPERS

  25. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “Shut Up and Dance!”

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