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. sumodie Says:

    Fly, congrats on finishing the big one! You planning to hit Bangor? Hope to see you sonewheres on ter

  2. littleumbrellas Says:

    “The problem was my perspective.” own that shit Trey. 2013 is gonna be off the chain.

  3. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    amen, littleumbrellas. That line got me fired up in the same way.

  4. BNCB Says:

    Just grabbed the last Cruise America RV out if Seattle for Gorge wknd. Last of 50. Guessing some RV’s headin there.

  5. littleumbrellas Says:

    .. what’s going on at the end of this corncob YEM??? That’s not Mike.
    .. and it sounds like Jimmy Herring comes out on stage or something…

  6. MiA Says:

    Dude of Life …

  7. MiA Says:

    Rich folks and their RV’s…

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    MiA, love the avatar.

    Damn, huggiebear. good talkin today then.

  9. snow Says:

    BCNB – So are you going for the main lot then?

  10. BNCB Says:

    IDK. Was just talkin to the cat to get prices. He comes back and says its the last of 50 at that location. Where do I park? I think I’ll park at Cave B and crash pad some yurts or cabins too.

  11. garretcorncob Says:


    That’s probably Oteill (sp?) you’re hearing. ARU sitting in on that YEM, I think?

  12. MmmHmm Says:

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

    ^ this!

    maybe with “fuck talkers” below the 4…

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    this animal collective tour is awesome

  14. MmmHmm Says:

    @stapes, last I checked those new DFH glasses were sold out on

  15. MiA Says:

    Rare h3tty DFH glasses for sale… $30 each

  16. snow Says:

    I’m signed up for the Moses Lake Best Western. Life is some funny shit.

    We have two sober drivers secured and two 7 person vehicles, so I don’t have to drive.

    But I am officially trading the party for AC and a Pool. weaksauce.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    You believe these fuckers are at it already?

  18. littleumbrellas Says:

    Aquarium indeed

  19. littleumbrellas Says:

    Easy, ready, willing overtime. When do you stop, when do you dare me to cross the line.

  20. MiA Says:

    I’ve been to Moses lake and stayed there for ASM (now REC Silicon) for discussions on model predictive advanced controls.

    500+ terrible chemicals go into Silicon manufacturing, some so dangerous they don’t want to ship on rail. Yech.

  21. MiA Says:

    Not to dissuade you snow

  22. snow Says:

    dissuade me… shit drinking that water is my plan to save money on droogs

  23. MiA Says:

    Those operators looked like clowns. Not surprised they had a leak like that.

  24. MiA Says:

    Stay in the RV with AW and BNCB. Much better idea.

  25. littleumbrellas Says:

    Ticket liquidator, all that shit. it’s all a big racket. Fuck clear channel.

    Once approached a scalper outside the Warfield and asked him what happens if the show doesnt sell out? Cant you get screwed? Honest or not he told me:
    “Boy, i work for them, i get em from ticketmaster.”

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