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. Kaveh Says:

    One of the better madness brackets starts Monday!

  2. snow Says:

    Soo.. the dream of doing the West Coast run died for me this morning.

    Too much time off and it would cost me my Dicks. When faced with missing my Dicks, just couldn’t do it.

    Gorge, Dicks and ???

    I’m thinking Indio or florida festy for halloween cause… they are going to have all their gear in CA at the end of tour. I doubt they would drive it back to the east coast for a mid-august festy.

  3. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    Whoever did that Star Wars bracket needs a lesson on “seeding.” How in Yoda’s name can you have Lando and Han facing off in the first round? Did Lando have a bad season, or something?

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    excellent Hood @DIF. thanks for that.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    i’ve got IG-88 upsetting emperor palpatine in rd 1.

  6. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    IG-88 looked weak the other day against Bosk. No D, and he relies to heavily on long-range shooting. No way he take down palpatine.

  7. [an unrelated] wilson Says:

    Has it been about 2 years now since our big “Star Wars” tour thread that evolved into “Imperial March > Lea’s Theme” and “Lando solo tour?”

    That was funny stuff. Maybe my favorite bboard memory.

  8. snow Says:

    No Festy rumors?

    “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.”

    From MiA’s article. Seems safe to quote this today, but prolly not.

  9. Kaveh Says:

    @W: I have a pdf of that day in BB History…CLASSIC!

  10. Kaveh Says:

    @W: I think Lando let himself slide with many, too many Colt 45’s, thus producing an unfavorable matchup against Solo. My question is, is it the Han that “shot first” or didn’t that is in the bracket?

  11. MiA Says:

    Wait a minute. They have Ahsoka Tano and Asajj Ventris, but no Ackbar or Jawa’s or Tusken Sand Raiders?


  12. alf Says:

    best cities = telly soundcheck

    smoking 17 min bag’s groove opener (which rolls into an equally smoking 17 min expressway). 74 jerry:

    then hear trey & fish on this 94 bag’s groove opener with BAD HAT (come for the bag’s, stay for the so what):

    jazzy. happy friday comradez

  13. alf Says:

    physically threw a kid out the front door of my friend’s place at 330 am last night. i’m 150 lbs soaking wet & pretty non-violent. epic night.

    congrats @fly!

  14. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    The “Han shot first” thing is eclipsed only by what happened in Dealey Plaza.

    quick note on the CBS interview. I work for CBS news, and shot Anthony Mason a quick email today. Well, he wrote right back saying that they put the additional clips up because fans were hounding him for more. Says they’ve had mad web traffic .. and he wants a “Persnickity” shirt if they ever materialize. Mason: Cool guy.

  15. Fly Says:

    Thanks for the congrats @MiA and @alf.

    I am exhausted. Time for rest. Enjoy the weekend, all.


  16. gavinsdad Says:

    was wondering if you’d resurface….CONGRATS @FLY…hope to cross paths this summer. no Camden area Wegmans bashing this time.

  17. MiA Says:

    Selector needs to drop in with his Dissertation being submitted pretty soon…

    Haven’t heard from him in a while

  18. BNCB Says:

    He posted it already MiA.

    ‘Fracking good, clean water bad, environmeddlers lie’

  19. ren Says:

    I can definitely get those t-shirts going if peeps are interested. Know of a couple great websites that make it really easy…..cost goes down as number of pieces go up….maybe something like $20 a pop? I’ll do some research and report back later.

    We still thinking they’re gonna drop a festi on us mid August?

  20. ren Says:

    Nice avatar MiA!!! I like the foam hand idea

  21. tela's_muff Says:

    Alf – I’m having a hard time picturing this. Quiet Rage.

  22. MiA Says:

    Looks better in higher res. Miner’s saving bandwidth with these low res avatars.

  23. ren Says:

    Just did some quick research on the T’s:

    -black design on white American Apparel T
    -30 pieces (can be split across sizes in any quantity)
    -Cost is $10.39 each ($311.70 total) which includes shipping

  24. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    count me for 1 … and 1 more for TV’s Anthony Mason.

  25. ren Says:

    The company I found already even has the “pointing hand” clip art (easy) but could put some more effort into the design…but it looks kind of nice clean and simple.

    “Arizers” across the shoulders in back with a big number 4 below ;- )

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