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. snow Says:

    @voopa- that almost makes sense.

  2. voopa Says:

    Sorry, to try and be a little clearer: if I tweet something that begins with @snow, only you see it. If I put a period in front (.@snow), it’s sent to my timeline like a regular tweet.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    type slower, Voopa.. 😉

  4. MiA Says:

    Let … me … explain … this … to … you …

  5. snow Says:

    .@voopa thanks buddy. problem was that I was unaware of the effect of starting with @voopa.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I remember a time when Maze used to be a favorite moment of mine at shows. ( Currently spinning 12-15-99 Maze, Free- 30 minutes)

    I’m wondering if the quality of Mazes has declined or I have evolved, for better or worse, as a fan.


  7. ren Says:

    Stop stealing my “….”‘s MiA… know thats my schtick!

    Hope I can find some EB on my home tonight!!!!…..I have a secret spot 😉

  8. voopa Says:

    Adam Dunn Dunn

    Dunn Dunn

  9. littleumbrellas Says:

    Gig with Afromassive, sweet guys. We are also booked at the Uptown which is across the street from the Fox. … Call this group,Sun Hop Fat. 10/12 Piece band. We started playing the Music of Mulatu Astatqe and other Ethiopian funk and jazz from the late 60’s-early 70’s. —- but honestly im yet to be happy with any of the recordings we’ve got. — working on an LP still. This is incredible music if you haven’t heard it!!! Check the Ethiopiques series. Mulatu is vol 4. Has the kind of instrumentation seen in Afrobeat, but Ethiopia is much closer to the East than Nigeria, so the scales are much more eastern sounding. Also they incorporate fuzz and wah in the guitar and keyboards in the rhythm section, but is horn led.

  10. littleumbrellas Says:

    @Mr. Completely, sounds like your already familiar with the style…?…
    Ethiopiques Vol4. Music of Mulatu Astatke.

    We try to bring this sound to life. From the Ethio Jazz to the more James Brown Soul. .. and have begun to write and arrange original music in the style. This project is only 3 years deep.

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    This Maze from 12/15/99 gets all sorts of funky… Trey working those keys something fierce.

  12. littleumbrellas Says:

    Also Ethiopiques Vol 13. More of the Soul style pocket funk, has crazy vocals in Amharic.
    Mulatu stuff is instrumental.

  13. MiA Says:

    When Trey is working the keys…?

    LU, have you checked out the Heliocentrics stuff?

  14. MiA Says:

  15. littleumbrellas Says:

    Ps. Also stoked to see MMW acoustic on monday. Great American Music Hall.

  16. littleumbrellas Says:

    Fo sho. Helio guys got Mulatu to play on an album with them. Cool shit. I love the sound. Afrobeat and highlife have reached Western ears much more. Ethiopia has a crazy history,….

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Mia- ’99 Trey mini-keyboard

  18. MiA Says:

    Gonna check it out now.

  19. littleumbrellas Says:

    Good read on the history of the recordings.

  20. littleumbrellas Says:

    Gonna go see Trey tomorrow at the Fox. Shit, i layed the carpets there! Access makes expectations quite different.

  21. phishm Says:

    As far as mazes are concerned, I’ve always liked the one from 11-17-94 from Hara Arena. Very high energy version. I’d say that the mazes from the 94-95 era were much more high energy then recent versions IMHO based on recent listens.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    Maze was the 1st phish song i got sick of. Nice to come home from vacation and have phish tix in the mail. Won.

  23. MiA Says:

    I still love a good Maze. I’m pretty much not sick of anything off of Rift.

    Still looking forward to a FMS.

  24. littleumbrellas Says:

    And the people all watching enjoy a good laugh.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Great version of Scents… Spin this gem

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