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. angryjoggerz Says:

    Team Pax, bitches

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    Team Pax…I like it. Card, errr, device-carrying member.

    Speaking of Pax, I think it’s time to roll outta this joint.

    Happy Friday, you kids have a nice weekend.

  3. MiA Says:

    For those that want some Gorge ’99 Sand to go with their Gorge ’99 Hood

  4. BNCB Says:

    That was my attempt at pulling SelJ out of lurking. Apparently he’s not. Much love Selector.

  5. tela's_muff Says:

    It’s nearing 80 here in Brahlarado. Great day for IPA’s.

    Drove by Dicks last night. Got a little sticky.

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    Lemonwheel Persnickets

  7. MiA Says:

    Pre-ejamulation last night during the drive-by Muff?

  8. gavinsdad Says:

    enjoy your nites

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    Is it wrong for me to hit the local good beer bar and have one solo? Never done it, is it a slippery slope to drunk driving and alchoholism?

  10. poop goblin Says:

    Us chicago kids puff PAXsons

    Bulls represent

  11. stapes Says:

    Fucking wildfire already burning outside Ft Fun. No bueno. Need rain. Could be an ugly year.

    I’m ready for an IPA.

  12. BooVT Says:

    Having one solo: no problem.
    Staying ’til 1:00 solo: problem.

  13. tela's_muff Says:

    I left a small stain.

  14. stapes Says:

    I need to break down and get a cape, preferably PAX. I puff too much not to. My lungs would thank me.

  15. tela's_muff Says:

    AJ – that’s how you meet fellow craft beer fans. Good community. I do it often.

  16. stapes Says:

    Haha. A Vape. I’ll leave the cape to our friend.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    And we slang Kerr’s.

    Papadonis preach

  18. MiA Says:

    Wednesday was local beer night after work. Buy a beer, you keep the glass. Gave us a Lagunita’s Bell Jar for the glass with a dog on it.

    I’m liking that place less all the time.

  19. stapes Says:

    MiA you just reminded I need to order those DFH IPA glasses.

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    Wait, you’re mad that they gave you a free glass? Why?

  21. MiA Says:

    I didn’t make sense. That place = Lagunitas. Bar was great. Nice guys. Good brews.

    The Lagunita’s South by Sonoma wash’t what I expected. I’ve been spoiled by that Enjoy By.

  22. MiA Says:

    I’ll quit while I’m behind…

  23. MiA Says:

    Well, after this…

  24. BingosBrother Says:


    All the Surrender to the Flow zines ever. 1998 – now

  25. phlorida phan Says:

    Arizers Rise Up……

    Brought my solo out for the Page & MMen show last weekend, worked nice, nobody really knows what it is I think. Also have a sleeve to cover the lights on it. Never leaving home without it!

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