Reader’s Picks: Joe M.

8.24.12 (Ryan MacNeill)

8.24.12, Pelham, AL (Ryan MacNeill)

 All selections and text by Joe M.

YEM” 12.28.93 II, Washington, DC

The first of many “Oh man, you really should have been there last night!” lot conversations. Some fiery work by Trey once the jam hits stride.



If I Could” 7.1.95 I, Mansfield, MA

I had this tape from the FM broadcast (RIP WBCN) in my car and played it exclusively for quite some time. Love this rendition which came early in the night.



Simple” 12.31.96 II, Boston, MA

Another WBCN tape that doubled my collection at the time. Not a noteworthy two-night stand in most people’s opinion. A highlight was night one when the sound went out and we couldn’t figure out if they were just fucking with us. This version of “Simple” is pretty compact but brings back fond memories of my beat up Toyota Corrola.



Timber (Jerry)” 11.28.97 II, Worcester, MA

My one and only time in the front row. Epic staring contests with Trey all night. This is the second set opener. Gets into a pretty dark place in the jam before coming back to the lyrics.



Maze > Shafty” 4.5.98 II, Providence, RI

My buddy’s first-show-going girlfriend dropped to the floor between us during the middle of this one. The lights and jam were a little too intense for her.



Piper > Dog Faced Boy” 12.8.99 II, Portland, ME

The night after everyone’s favorite CCCC ’99 jam [‘Halley’s Comet”]. General Admission in the whole building for those two nights. I have vivid memories of being really moved by “Dog Faced Boy” after an intense “Piper.”



Harry Hood” 7.6.00 II, Toronto, ON

In honor (honour) of the band’s return to Canada this summer.



Cool it Down” 7.29.03 I, Burgettstown, PA

A swanky take on the Velvet Underground cover.



Backwards Down the Number Line” 8.16.09 II, SPAC, NY

The second set opener from first summer tour closer of the return. Gets pretty far out. I wish they’d tack on an abstract jam to this tune again.



Undermind” 11.29.09 I, Portland, ME

Another song from ’09 and another one from Portland, ME? This ten tune thing isn’t as easy as Mr. Miner makes it look after all. Love the sonic freakout portion of this one though.

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1,083 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Joe M.”

  1. ren Says:

    My dad just made two black “dog” silhouette cutouts for the geese on the lawn problem. He is not an artist…they look more like komodo dragons LOL

  2. kayatosh Says:

    nice picks, joe. Glad to see an If I Could up there. Perhaps phish’s best ballad (phish’s stella blue?) and a guitar showcase. spun the inspiring 6.17.94 If I Could this morn.



  3. MiA Says:

    I’d pay extra for Komodo dragons actually

  4. BNCB Says:

    A for effort, dad.

    Ropes, strings, cut out dogs, fake owls, will NOT deter those fucking geese. My parent have them too.

  5. MiA Says:

    Should work.

  6. sumodie Says:


    Thnx to the AÜMeister!

  7. joe Says:

    The corrola was killed by my own hands. Put oil in it prior to driving to Vermont one evening but after blazing pre ride. Forgot to put cap back on engine. Seized about 2 hours into the ride and an hour from my destination. Pre cellphone days middle of the night. State trooper comes to my aide. Let me sit in the car with him while waiting for tow. Had a z in my pocket. Luckily it wasnt the stanky danky. But i was nervous the 45 minutes i was with him. AAA plus is the best investment you can make by the way

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just sharing the wealth, sumo. you will dig it. goes well with heady jamz and open headspace.

  9. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    joe, thanks for putting down two ’09 tracks. i listened to them and revisited some more ’09. red rocks ’09 ghost is so good. give it a spin if you have not listened to it in a while…

  10. kayatosh Says:

    Driving to Vermont with no cap on the oil
    mind was hazed by the herbs grown in soil
    2 hours in, corrola broke down
    twas the middle of the night and no one was around
    Decent state trooper came to my aide
    had a z in my pocket from the score I had made
    let me chill in his squad car for this I was thanky
    praise Jah i wasn’t holdin stanky danky

  11. kayatosh Says:

    edited version:

    Driving to Vermont with no cap on the oil
    mind was hazed by the herbs grown in soil
    2 hours in, corrola broke down
    middle of the night, no one around
    Decent state trooper came to my aide
    had a z in my pocket from the score I had made
    He let me chill in his squad car for this I was thanky
    praise Jah i wasn’t holdin stanky danky

  12. BNCB Says:

    Kaya, found his new career. Ghost writer.

    09 Red Rocks Ghost!

  13. joe Says:

    Nice Kaya. I should send you everything I write for reworking.

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Komodo Dragons would definitely solve to geese on the lawn problem, Ren.

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  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    nice peaky hood, joe. great build up north there, eh?

  17. BNCB Says:

    You can feel goooooood, goooood about Hood, eh?

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    That dude is hilarious. I love the show Saxondale where he plays an old roadie.

  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Quinnipiac FTW. Congrats Willowed.

  20. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    Solid picks, Joe. Thanks. Lots of solid memories for me personally related to the shows you’ve selected (Providence, RI native).

  21. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Killer list Joe. Thanks! I attended zero of those shows.

  22. BNCB Says:

    Miner needs a new side bar widget for the site:

    “8 weeks out from Bangor, shop for flights”

  23. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    My summer ticket situation is now secure, and when all is said and done I find myself with some extras–two PTBM LA (section L3) and two Jones Beach section 12R. Looking to offload them for face and fees, if anyone is interested. jrosenquest at gmail.

  24. joe Says:

    I have to wait till tomorrow to listen to my own selections. Glad people are liking them. Thanks Mr. Miner.

  25. viola Says:

    bad nirvana lifting up the rr ghost is a good omen to the impending weekend. i will capitalize the positivity by refreshing y’all on the 09rr fluffhead with deg jam. classic ph madness that weekend

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