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. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    I’d hardly equate Stash clapping with relentless talking.
    which would you rather endure?

  2. voopa Says:

    Oh I know, just think it would be a good shirt.

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Flying Delta. Didn’t know CK5 works the underground scene at this joint.

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    where would one choose to fly into for SPAC? never been.

  5. garretcorncob Says:

    What about:

    “Shut up and dance the meatstick”?

    We all love doing the meatstick here, right?

  6. BNCB Says:


    Just that in a shirt^

  7. BooVT Says:

    Just drove (rode) by the Manchester Verizon Wireless arena while reading these comments. I love it when shit like that happens. I’m hoping for a fall date there. Looking at the summer tour dates, and comparing it with my life schedule, I’ll be lucky to squeeze in a single show… Dropping subtle hints to my wife. May have to try a much less subtle approach next.

  8. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    Persnickety – good stuff. maybe a definition look? pronounciation, multiple defnitions, etc…

    Cbus Cities @ 7:40 … swanky.

  9. MiA Says:

    How does one get pole dancing, the meatstick and dicks in the same sentence without sounding corny?

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Telas- Albany

  11. IrieWalton Says:

    If you’re curious, Manchester’s ASIHTOS does not suck.

  12. phlorida phan Says:

    Maybe just a Persnickety Phan with an arrow pointing to the guy/girl standing next to you.

  13. phlorida phan Says:

    ^ kind of like the I’m with stupid t-shirt

  14. tela'smuff Says:

    thx Palmer

  15. MiA Says:

    That made me lol.

    Just Persnickety with the arrow.

  16. MiA Says:

  17. lumpyhead Says:
    Great commercial from our favorite sporting goods outfitter.

  18. BingosBrother Says:

  19. BNCB Says:

    besides ‘loving’, ‘persnickety’ has to be the best single word to describe the fan base.


    someone make it so

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    +5 for Kaya’s Del reference

    belly full of pozole. so full.

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    pozole is a great accoutrement for post party morning after too many barleywhines.

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    unrelated tshirt idea

    the shepard fairey obama poster treatment to trey with TROY instead of HOPE. or TRZA instead of HOPE. it’s probably been done…dont have the same shakedown sense i used to have.

  23. MiA Says:

  24. kayatosh Says:

    10.21.88 Believe it or not — $$$

  25. stapes Says:

    Mmmm pozole.

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