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. MiA Says:

    Picking up my 4 bottles on the way home today @t3…can’t wait. After the week I’ve had, I may consume two tonight.

    Danger Will Robinson. Danger!

    IMO those pack a wallop.

  2. snow Says:

    anybody know what’s up the .@ on twitter?
    It’s a question that appears to be google proof.

  3. stapes Says:

    Yea but they’re so good you always want one after the first one.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    my memory of this 4-17-93 YEM was correct.

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yes they do MiA…after this week I could use a wallop. The wifey really likes the EB as well, so she can help my efforts.

  6. voopa Says:

    snow- If your start a tweet with .@whoever, everyone sees it, but just @whoever (without the period) is treated like a DM.

  7. MiA Says:

    Not saying I’m anti-wallop at all.

  8. MiA Says:

    I’m a 1.5er myself.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Switched to Gorge ’99 for some highlights. ( 9-11 show)

    How about some other under the radar fall ’99? Not Target, Philly,Las Cruces, or Memphis.. Those I’m familiar with..

  10. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yeah, 1.5 is about right…Mrs. W gets the .5 and I’m OK with that.

    Mr. P…check out the Michael Ray / Tim Green sit-in from the 9.26 NoLa show. Smokin’ versions of CTB, Funky Bitch, Mozambique, and CDT. I really enjoyed that portion of the show and am not normally enamored with sit-ins. Those guys really added to the music and were well-integrated into the sound. And I’ll always pamp the following show at Oak Mtn…love that swank Tweezer (among other highlights).

  11. MiA Says:

    Both the Cincy ’99 shows are worth hitting IMO.

  12. Leo Weaver Says:

    And iirc the Sand and Tweezer from Raleigh in December are worth a look.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    RIP, Storm Thorgerson

  14. sumodie Says:

    Good luck with the yappers at acoustic MMW tonight

    Talkers were awful at the last (electric) MMW show I saw

    Trying to forget all about Enjoy By. Tho last time it didn’t arrive till Friday, hhmmmmm

  15. Leo Weaver Says:

    Any way to adjust volume on Phishtracks?

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    4/17/93 YEM commence love ya phishtracks.

    my one request for this summer is for one of you to come correct with a “milkjug of various pressies”

    that is funny as shit @leo and glad you’re still with us ;P

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Good rec Leo. Digging the horns on these tracks.

    Those Cincy shows I’ve heard before. Actually heard more than I thought from this tour.

    This Ames, Iowa show I’ve never heard before.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    anyone sign up for this yet (today)?

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    I was on my knees praying to Jah to get my body and mind back to quarter-normal by late in the day on Monday @gdad. I was awakened on Saturday afternoon (day of show) by a friend holding a plate with a big white line on it. I obliged, still in a state of semi-conciousness, without asking any questions. I thought it was the powpow…I thought wrong. Miss Mahl made damn sure my nose exploded off my face within seconds. A couple minutes later I was a smiling ball of happiness.

    @Mr. P…I think that Mozambique may be my favorite of the bunch. If I did a reader’s picks, it would be on there.

  20. MiA Says:

    Austin ’99 Sand > Misty Mountain Hop.


  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Sweet home chicago. Not really though. This sucks. Missed you guys.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I bet if we look hard enough we can find fool dancing in this video

    It just seems like something he’d really be into

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    t-III, are you blind? i’m right in the front row playing with those guys.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    aw, man! how’d I miss you there? I didn’t realize you had such uke chops. good place to pick up chicks I bet.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i pick up all the chicks playing ukulele in subway stations

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