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. phoammhead Says:

    just checked flights to bangor . . . i’m bangoring my head

  2. stapes Says:

    T3 – I’m running through that Jerry comp again too. Good stuff. Also mixing in some Garcia Plays Dylan for good measure.

    Why isn’t it Friday today???

  3. Dorn76 Says:

    Best line from that Phish economics article…

    “It’s worth noting that all of these reasons why people do like Phish also completely explain why other people don’t like Phish.”

  4. MiA Says:

    I think as American Airlines merger gets finalized, you will see a 20-30% increase in flight fares. That will probably happen in June, so you should have had your flights already lined up. But not sure I would wait the normal 6 weeks before to look for tickets.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sirius/Xm JamOn and GD channel have some good programming this weekend..

    Further at the Cap Saturday night and then they are broadcasting from the Wanee Festival- Gov’t Mule, Panic, ABB and others.

    Sign up for a 30 day free trial..

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^ not meant to be a commercial ( came off like that). Just passing along info

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    palmer’s getting a cut

  8. stapes Says:

    So if I’m flying in September when should I look to buy?

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thoughts and vibes to Texas also this morning. Holy cow what an explosion. That little girls voice in the video says it all.

    Hope all your friends are safe and sound Mia.. Praying that it was just an accident and not something more sinister. Sad that my children will never be able to experience the pre-9-11 world. Innocence lost.

  10. littleumbrellas Says:

    Hey Avila. Is this your husband who wrote this article? He says his Wife loves Phish more than he can understand. Respect.

  11. sumodie Says:

    best to search for flights at least weekly

    Kayak’s mobile app makes flight searching super easy

    Kayak can also be set up to send daily / weekly fare alerts for specific routes

    Bangor will never be cheapie cheap as it’s a small regional airport. But ya never know. Portland ME airport not too far away but then you need ground transport

  12. Kaveh Says:

    That is what I found too @sumodie…and thus why I’m flying into Portland. Friend picking me up and heading north.


  13. Dorn76 Says:

    Also a fan of the #dontmisstouropeners hashtag

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    bangor in the opener
    dick’s in the closer
    heavy petting all tour long

    there’s a t-shirt to be had somewhere in there.

  15. MiA Says:

    word. #operationsellout

  16. MiA Says:

    If you know where you are going, I think right now may be a very good time to be looking at airline fares for this fall. I bought my Dick’s tickets and got RT for $204 each from Austin. Need to get my SF and CHI ticket here quickly.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’m sure snow is positively giddy knowing that russell wilson retweeted trey’s plea for the wilson chant to happen at a seahawks game

  18. MiA Says:

    I think it’s very very sad that West Fertilizer (which is really not a manufacturing plant, but more like a “mixing” area) can store large amounts of Anhydrous Ammonia and Methanol so close to population areas.

    I wonder if there was even a serious fence or security around the outside of that place. Usually places like that don’t just “burst into flames” like that.

    I am very very suspicious.

  19. stapes Says:

    Thanks guys. Bing travel is saying fares should drop. They’ve went up in the past week though. Will be monitoring.Would like to pull trigger soon and be done with it .

  20. Kaveh Says:

    bangor in the opener
    dick’s in the closer

    ^ Bang More Dicks’s

    ^ (for chicks only)

  21. MiA Says:

    Really looking forward to Summer Tour.

  22. tela'smuff Says:

    i’m looking forward to anything remotely similar to spring or summer. fucking 35 degrees and a foot of snow frozen to the ground. need this precip badly, tough to complain, but damn i’m over it.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Trey doing good work…

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    atta boy, trey

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    happy to be beat to that link 😉

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