Reader’s Picks: Luke Falk

8.24.2012 (Ryan MacNeil)

8.24.2012, Pelham, AL (Ryan MacNeil)

All selections and text by Luke Falk

Split Open and Melt” 4.16.92 I, Santa Barbara, CA

This tight rager showcases Big Red’s chops back in 92. Listening back, I’m struck, not only, by how absolutely all over the fret board he is, but by how he barely used to use any effects at all (to great effect). A great version that is completely overlooked.



YEM” 6.11.94 I, Morrison, CO

This first set of this Red Rocks show was broadcast on the radio, which is how I got a good quality copy that year. My vote for best ever “YEM” (possibly my favorite Phish jam ever), which somehow doesn’t get mentioned anymore with almost everyone’s attention falling on 12.9.95 and other versions.



David Bowie” 10.30.90 II, Crested Butte, CO

Not exploratory, but tight and intense, this early “Bowie” reminds me of the band’s recent gesture toward shorter, more economical playing. They really get right down to business here.



My Friend, My Friend” 2.26.97 I, Stuttgart, DE

The best version ever played.



Down By the River” 10.3.98 Farm Aid, Chicago, IL

This Neil Young sit-in gets my vote for second-best guest performance ever; a nasty extended jam for the benefit of small farms. (For the record, everything with Karl Perrazo is the best guest performance.)



Free” 6.17.04 I, Brooklyn, NY

This is the last good version of “Free.” And it is very good. The Trey and Mike jam ultimately inspired a horrible moment at Coventry, which, I speculate, is why they’ve never tried to jam it since.



Stash” 7.2.97 II, Amsterdam, NL

A 30-minute abstract monster to kick off one of my favorite sets ever.



Bathtub Gin” 2.28.03 I, Uniondale, NY

This multi-section, type II joyride foreshadowed what would come later in the show during “Tweezer.”



Suzy Greenberg” 12.28.03 II, Miami, FL

This version features a super funk throwdown and then explodes into an growling catharsis featuring Trey’s uncompressed tone.



AC/DC Bag” 8.9.8 Set II, Virginia Beach, VA

Just because it never gets old—of the top three or four versions ever, which kicks off the second set of a magical night in Virginia.

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460 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Luke Falk”

  1. Dorn76 Says:

    No Fun League

  2. littleumbrellas Says:

    Ok, so I am hoping that the BB can help guide me in making an informed decision in buying a computer. Yes, I’ve been posting from my phone.

    I am gonna get a laptop and I need it to run music programs like Logic and Ableton. This will primarily be for recording and making music. Also i want to run Illustrator and Photoshop. (No videogames here folks)

    Should i get a macbook pro?.. can i find a used or refurbished one? Ive saved 2 G’s and could throw in a little more. Really want a quality machine that i can use for some time.

    I have never owned a computer as all of my knowledge and investments have gone into analog gear and musical instruments. But it is time to make the digital jump. Just not informed as to what i need.
    What should I get???
    Sincerely would appreciate some feedback.

  3. jonacho Says:

    good idea on the trackball – I’ve seen them and will check it out.

  4. Luke Falk Says:

    I am showing myself for Vegas Wolfman. Thank you all for the positive vibes re: the playlist. I am, indeed, not a law student, nor 40 years old.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    If you are using it for music production and running Logic and Ableton, I would go Mac. Not sure you would even need a Macbook Pro, might want to look at Macbook Air’s.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    Also, if you want it to be good and last a while, then buy as much power and memory as you can so you dont have to deal with it later.

  7. MiA Says:

    I don’t think Logic comes on anything but Apple?

    Do you need the mobility for recording live gigs, or are you looking to start with a home studio sort of thing?

    My friend has his own home studio and I think his sound card was $1400. PCI-e sort of thing.

    He needed the full tower though, and appreciated the internal storage and internal RAID capabilities. He updated it with an SSD to boot, and then multiple 2 TB drives.

    I guess it’s all based on your total budget. But some of the older “used” Mac Pro’s can be found relatively cheap, providing more budget for other things.

  8. gavinsdad Says:

    HBD Scratch and thanks Sel J. missed being in Austin and hangin this year bud.

    Found this right after…anyone that doesn’t know David Rodigan do some youtubin…he got a program on BBC now and here’s his first two hour mix

  9. MiA Says:

    Mikeinaustinbb @ ghee mahl LU. There are much smarter guys than me in here about home recording. Think AW does quite a bit of it.

  10. avila Says:

    Trackpad and Bluetooth keyboard work well with my Macbook Pro.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    hopefully Selector J will wrap the dissertation up and come up to Dicks to celebrate.

  12. MmmHmm Says:

    @lilumb….macbooks are great machines but make sure you get the solid state drive upgrade. Worth the extra $$.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Guyute- Your dirty program and coach are going down. Enjoy the ACC..

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    ^Luke the old ass lawyerin’ Lurker in the house. ;P

  15. BNCB Says:

    Luke, 50+?

    LittleUmb, check the Apple refurbs on their website. Buy extended warranty.

    If you don’t find what u want, go to the ‘Education Store’ from the Apple website. Pick a local university, say you’re a student and voila, discount.

  16. BNCB Says:

    39? None of these young 2.0/3.0 kids know the glory of receiving those bootleg Anaconda discs and tapes.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Got thru a 1/2 hour of that Analyze Phish podcast. Pretty bad. Should I skip to a different episode?

  18. joe Says:

    at least our Worcester friends can claim to be #1 in something besides decent phish shows.

  19. MiA Says:

    I disliked Analyze Phish. But I’m one of those guys that think he does a terrible job of selling someone new on Phish and second guess him all the time.

    Gotta find the common ground then differentiate from there.

    Anaconda was passed around a ton. All those early SBDs were passed around a ton too.

    Only bought one Phish “bootleg” which was the White Album version. Picked it up for $10 a store in Singapore.

  20. littleumbrellas Says:

    Yes. Thank you. All of this is super helpful.

    Mobility is important. I am on the move a lot and want to record ideas when they come up. And being able to record gigs, home studio etc..
    So far i got:
    Go Mac
    Solid state upgrade a must.
    Power and memory (as much as possible in budget)
    Check the site for refurbs.
    Get the warranty
    Education store (student discount)

  21. roberto luongo Says:

    I’ve been using Logic on a new 11inc macbook air i5 processor

    I don’t even know what that means. but i just am doing get wasted up to 8 tracks fuckin around shit. some midi a bit of live instruments.

    some have bitched about no firewire on the airs but I don’t even know what that means either.

    basically I love how small it is. and it works great for me but I’m a simpleton that just likes to smoke dabs and make strange music.

    i do know the new Airs are much more powerful for those kinds of softwares than previous gens.

  22. roberto luongo Says:

    solid state and portability is the main reason I went air

    but like I said I don’t know shit about this shit

  23. phlorida phan Says:

    ^You gave into the dark side Luongo, me says go pound sand AAPL.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    sweet. AXS TV is airing some of Jazzfest live this year.

  25. littleumbrellas Says:

    Mike in Austin (oates).. i should email you with some questions and get it forwaded to some informed people you work with?

    -i need to purchase a sound card seperately if i get a fairly pimped out Mac?

    Any input is much appreciated. Again, thanks guys.

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