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:

    Stone Enjoy By.


  2. littleumbrellas Says:

    Man eater. Look everyone, MiA is doing his hipster imitation.
    Sleeping, sleeping, mom and dad are sleeping. Sleeeping in a jar.
    The jar is under the bed.

  3. snow Says:

    hmmm MiA… RV with AW and BCNB vs Silicon Factory water…

    pretty sure lower chemical exposure in Moses Lake

  4. kayatosg Says:

    phlorph: slick move. respect.

  5. snow Says:

    has anyone ever made a t-shirt that just says t-shirt?

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    loving this new timberlake album

  7. BNCB Says:

    Anyone in the Bellingham area? Hit me off-line. Have a good friend heading out. Needs place to stay.

  8. halcyon Says:

    Hey Hey BB

    Hope all is well out here….busy busy days…moving back has replaced a great quality of life and life work balance with one that just encompasses work….no bueno. It is also tough working somewhere when all of your coworkers are so down on the place.

    Looking to make some changes…one interview and impending offer coming which will be great, put us in a nice spot for a while, however I am hoping my other opportunity will call Monday or Tuesday for further interviews, this opportunity will get us back west and will get us where we truly want to be. After that, going to cast that net wide and far.


    On a brighter note, summer dates are upon us and looking to put in for shows out west, and one or two in the northeast.

  9. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Bummer the enjoy by is not coming to Chicago. Hopleaf taps a stone two brothers collab on Monday, gonna stop in for a taste. Getting more into beer. I blame Dicks.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Founders Centennial IPA – $$$

  11. MiA Says:

    I need to brighten up my Résumé.

  12. littleumbrellas Says:

    I bet Trey is so over hearing the hands on a hardbody crap. Probably heard all those parts and had to go over and over it so much. Whew. I bet he’s pumped to play some Phish music.

  13. MiA Says:

    Enjoy By and vapin’. Hello Friday!

  14. MiA Says:


  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

  16. sumodie Says:

    DF, spinning some live AC? Any recs?

    I havent given up hope that theyll click more with me

    I suppose there are some serious Sigur Ros fans here? May have outside chance to see them next Sunday.

  17. MiA Says:

    Big fan of them. Never seen them live though.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    sumo, i’ve only heard them live from pitchfork stream a couple years ago, don’t think they have any live albums. MPP is my fav of theirs but for some reason most here don’t seem to like it. Sung Tongs is probably my second fav.

  19. BNCB Says:

    Great point little umb. He kind of had that ‘I had NO idea how much work a musical was’ vibe.

  20. MiA Says:

  21. lumpyhead Says:

    haven’t seen them live but heard it’s great

  22. MiA Says:

    Yeah skipped that went to Prince’s Loring Park Sessions

  23. tela's_muff Says:

    Animal Collective are the torch bearers of GD and Phish, if they tried to follow that model. I love them. Their latest lp was pretty weak compared to last two, but overAll I think they bring the weird better than most.

  24. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Ac live pretty good, cancelled their show in Chicago tomorrow. Sight rod live outstanding, really sonic

  25. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Loring Park Sessions- pretty, pretty good.

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