Reader’s Picks: Ryan Ciriello

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Funky Bitch > Jam > Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” 11.22.94, Columbia, MO

An under-the-radar sequence of Fall 1994, this one spans the full spectrum of ’94 Phish. You can almost feel the energy in the room when the band reaches near silence at a few points during the “Jam.”

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Light” 10.19.10 II, Augusta, ME

Fall 2010 was full of stellar versions of “Light.” The highlight of a solid second set, this one gets my vote for tops of Fall 2010.

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Antelope -> 2001” 8.11.04 II, Mansfield, MA

This unfinished “Antelope” melts into an infectious “2001” and is one of the few highlights from the last run of 2004 that still has replay value today.

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Seven Below > Ghost”  11.28.09 II, Albany, NY

The jam many consider to be the unofficial re-birth of 3.0—over 50 minutes of pure Phish.

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Halley’s Comet” 12.7.99 II, Portland, ME

Pure December 1999 Phish. Too bad they don’t make “Halley’s” today like they used to.

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Rock and Roll” 6.7.11 II, Mansfield, MA

One of the only highlights of yet another underwhelming Great Woods visit, this “Rock and Roll” contains a full-band effort at some truly heartfelt music.

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Simple” 11.18.96 II, Memphis, TN

Speaking of heartfelt music, this “Simple” jam initially finds some tranquil space before Trey leads the troops into an emotional peak.

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Bathtub Gin 8.13.93 II, Indianapolis, IN

The Murat “Gin” doesn’t need too much of an introduction…this is August ’93 at its absolute finest.

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Tweezer” 11.23.94 II, St Louis, MO

While 1994 had its share of monster “Tweezers,” this one may be the most blissful of them all.

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Twist” 6.20.04 II, Saratoga Springs, NY

On a weekend full of top tier 2004 Phish, this “Twist” contains patience, communication, and whole-band offerings we can all enjoy.

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1,778 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Ryan Ciriello”

  1. mmmhmm Says:

    @xpun…interesting that per the OPT lottery poll, given the low response #, JB an Hollywood Bowl were toughest tickets when everyone stressed here more over Chi and BGCA. MPP2 was way tougher than any of those says this poill. weird. would like to see the Ticketbastard stats

  2. PigSong Says:

    T3 – if you’re around and you have the list copied somewhere convenient: can you post Song/Date list for AlphaGüball compilation? Love the playlist, even wife has had only positive things to say so far. Thanks!

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    Antelope Hunter

  4. voopa Says:

    My left nut is still sensitive after last week’s catheter incident, time to bag up.

    Sacto’s free concert series isn’t nearly as nice as Chicago’s, but not entirely shit either: http://downtownsac.org/events/concerts-in-the-park/

  5. bouncin fan Says:

    damn all bout the Tube and Stash huh?

    first spin of 4.2.98.

    crazy hot Tube. Love the multi themes instead of the steady vamp throughout. lots of movement. have to admit though. I aint one of you loop kids. one of my only complaints. especially on headphones not sure why this insane jam needs a single note repeated throughout but whatever sick, sick multi themed jam

    into a ole fav of mine My Minds. hot ass version. Tory rips an especially nice solo.

    bad Sloth. they always have trouble here and with the limited touring pretty rough but whatever. one of my favs also in it’s classic slot.

    sloppy NICU. hate this fuckin song.

    insane fuckin Stash. Tory just takes off and it takes several chorus turns before anyone even knows what to do. finally FIsh syncs and one by one they join in on the chaos. summer 95 style all over the place stylee. love the Trey in this one.

    the Stash dissolves into Phish I don’t love. the slow what some would call bliss jam style. slow melodic stuff. not my thing but it works in the context of the massive first half dark/light thing.

    just don’t love that style of phish. reminded me of a 3.0 style jam.

    but damn that first half is what Phish is all about.

    horn. meh.

    waste. meh.

    Dust def has some extra guitar heroics also. scorching Trey. great vintage energy dust. Trey def crushes this set. loose and sloppy but def jam heavy for a first setter. good stuff. 2 massive jams and a killer dust. can’t go wrong.

    time for set II

  6. phishm Says:

    That’s weird bouncin. I love the part that you speak of that you have distaste for. To each their own. When they start to bliss out after a jam is where I tend to latch on and start to invent music that seems to go along with the jam. Creativity part of my brain that works best with Phish at their blissful peak. And that part of that stash is blissful as hell for me.

  7. MiA Says:

    I remember people saying “Stash and Twist” worth everything on night 1. Everything else, meh.

    Tube is good too.

    One of my favorite Twists and I love love Twist. So happy to hear the rebirth of a hot Twist at Cincy in 3.0. Any other great 3.0 Twists I have ignored because I don’t listen to ’09 or ’10 really?

  8. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I dig the 1/1/11 twist- especially in the context of that show. No Cinci, but solid. Island twist is no joke.

  9. jtran Says:

    haha aw, you would hate the stash open jam

  10. jtran Says:

    think you’ll dig the twist though

  11. phishm Says:

    I remember wondering this a long time ago while on L and spinning hard to the dead. What’s it like standing on the moon. When I say this you know what I mean. What’s it like to be the one that everyone comes to see to get their share of IT. Imagine being the one on that stage looking down at the longing eyes of all those souls that are there to get a piece of yours. Gotta be a big chore sometimes. How do they do it night after night? Do they all end the same without the right amount of breaks? How does one go to sleep at night knowing that there are thousands out there longing for you to tell them what to do through music. Gotta be a big burden. Or it would be fun. Either way I gotta imagine being on the stage is hard sometimes.

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    I Loved the Stash

    but come on not cuz of that outro jam.

    if the outro jam is why that Stash is loved I need to quit Phish. all the aggro heavy toned crazy shit is off the rails.

    like I said perfect little pretty landing pad but the meat of that jam is in the beginning IMO.

    that entire jam is wide open. the first half probably even more so.

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    I read phishm posts to get IT.

    Bag it

  14. phishm Says:

    You know what’s funny. I read AW posts to get IT too. Funny how the whole cycle works. Then again everyone ignores my posts. And I’ve always been OK with it.

  15. phishm Says:

    And one last thing. If you are not high right now or listening to a killer jam then this part of the BB is useless to read later. Just an FYI. Peace.

  16. vegas wolfmans Says:

    phishm- Do you ever hear an imaginary orchestra while listening to phish? I’m told that’s the “next level”.

  17. phishm Says:

    no. Do you?

  18. IrieWalton Says:

    Don’t want to distract from this awesome convo, but just wanted to share an interesting quote about trey from an ama with Charlie Rose on reddit, today.
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    [-] IamTheGoodest 140 points 9 hours ago
    Hey Charlie Rose, um, member when you interviewed Tray Anistasio when Phish broke up?… That was awesome.

    [-] iamcharlierose 132 points 8 hours ago
    We have been back in touch with Trey about coming back because he’s doing some interesting things now. My first instinct is that he may very well come and talk to me again. That’s one of those interviews that has gotten attention beyond my imagination. He has so many fans. The same with David Foster Wallace. He has — I’m not sure this even does justice to him — a cult following. He came and did an interview with me that people really, really have remembered. He did so few and this one you could feel he was natural and engaged by the conversation.

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Not there yet, but I aspire.

  20. phishm Says:

    Actually I’m told that the next level is a straight jacket. Just have to decipher that which you contest is not real and that which is. Can you tell me the difference?

  21. phishm Says:

    Just kidding of course.

  22. sumodie Says:

    Great lil article for White Denim fans:

    http://www.jambands.com/news/2013/04/02/white-denim-enter-the-studio-with-jeff-tweedy/

    ” “When we started [White Denim] I didn’t want to be labeled as a jamband, even though that’s all I listened to in college,” Petralli says. “I wanted it to be about the songs. But I think songwriting has come back [into the jam scene] a little bit and all my friends I used to go to see Widespread Panic with in college are into all this different type of music. I want to make a record that people can dance to live.” ”

    Jonathan Wilson was rumored to produce WD’s next album, sorry to hear that’s not happening. Terrific live band, can’t wait to see them again at the Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA

  23. phishm Says:

    Gotta be honest with you Vegas. I do feel an imaginary energy that presents itself everytime that Tweezer is played. Is this normal?

  24. phishm Says:

    And to be completly honest yes. Sometimes. Is this normal? Seriously or is it what I said. If that’s the case then my favorite guitar player needs to be locked up. Oh shit he has money. Nevermind what I said. It’s just music. I swear.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Damnit. Jonathon Wilson would’ve been sick. Fuckin jeff Dweeby.

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