Reader’s Picks: Ryan Baird

12.31.2012, MSG (Jesse Herzog)

12.31.2012, MSG (Jesse Herzog)

“This One Goes to Eleven—My First Eleven Shows” by Ryan Baird

Ghost > Halley’s > Tweezer” 11.24.98 II, New Haven, CT

After being shut out at my first phish show 4/4/98, getting arrested days before the Lemonwheel, and missing the first set of this show due to traffic on I-95, I was not off to a good start to my phish show career. This second set trifecta was just what I needed to be hooked for life.



Gumbo” 11.28.98 I, Worcester, MA

For the first night of the tour finale [the night before] I found myself in a familiar place, on the outside looking in. Things were not looking good for this noob, but once again, these first notes I heard [on night two] reaffirmed that I was in the right place.



Bathtub Gin” 11.29.98 II, Worcester, MA

$$$, I got IT for the first time.



Foreplay/Longtime” 7.12.99 I, Mansfield, MA

I was beginning to understand that Phish could do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, with a bit of humor, and completely nail it. This was my first outdoor show, I was front row, and the place exploded for this one.



Tube > Boogie On” 7.17.99 I, Volney, NY

My first festi of any type, and I was in way over my head. Completely broke after about five minutes of being on lot, but happy as I could ever be. There’s nothing that compares to the vibe of a Phish festival, and this opening sequence set the tone for the weekend.



Runaway Jim” 7.18.99 II, Volney, NY

“It was so hot!” was the understatement of the year. I can remember the start of this set, and thinking that I can’t believe that they’re going to play another set after this one. Festivals are sometimes overwhelming and after my first one, I was happy to have made it out alive.



Walk Away > Rocky Top” 12.7.99 E, Portland, ME

I honestly do not remember seeing the CCCC “Halley’s.” This might be one of the best jams that I was in attendance for but have no recollection of. And since it gets so much love around here, I don’t need to restate the obvious. However, I do remember the encore, which I thought was bitchin’!



The Lizards” 12.8.99 II, Portland, ME

After hearing Trey’s thesis and listening to Great Woods ’94 a few times that fall, I had greater appreciation for the epic tale. This was my first real trip to Gamehenge that I can remember to this day. I think that Trey’s solo might be my favorite piece of composed phish.



Sand” 12.13.99 II, Providence, RI

After hearing it for the first time live a week earlier in Portland, I was hooked. “Sand” has remained my favorite song since December of 1999. This version is pure fire, and foreshadowed what was to happen at my next show/festi.



Light Up or Leave Me Alone” 12.30.99 I, Big Cypress, FL

“Water in the Sky” got everyone’s attention and “Light Up” set the place on fire. This special event needs the Shapiro treatment, asap. The swamp is one of my most cherished memories, every aspect, especially the amount of music they packed into two days.



After Midnight Reprise” 12.31.99 II, Big Cypress, FL

The birth of my children, getting married to an amazing woman, and “After Midnight.” There are special moments in life, but as far as Phish goes this one can’t be beat. The vibe circulating within my friends, the crowd, everyone in the Everglades was pure bliss. Phish was sending a clear message, and I was pickin’ up what they were puttin’ down!

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385 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Ryan Baird”

  1. sumodie Says:

    Phishtracks is moving to a new server

    This worked for me:

  2. sumodie Says:

    4/20 setlist not available but there were no repeats in Oakland. Several vid clips here:

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    Put this hip hop compilation together and it is quite ill. No bullshit, the real hip hop kind of thing. Turn that shit up loud.

    VA – Public Education [4.2013)

    1. Are you…Can you…Were you? (Felt) – Shabazz Palaces
    2. Audition feat. Slick Rick – Mos Def
    3. Avengers – Mr. Lif
    4. Boom Music – Quasimoto
    5. Borrowed Time – Madvillian
    6. Cats Locked Out – Anti Pop Consortium
    7. Definition – Black Star
    8. E=MC2 feat. Common – J Dilla
    9. Fresh – Pacewon
    10. Good Morning (A Nice Hell) – Bronze Nazarath
    11. Hand This Way – Sensational
    12. Lightworks – J Dilla
    13. Love feat Pharoahe Monch) – Jay Dee (J Dilla)
    14. Make it Big feat. Khrysis – 9th Wonder
    15. Nostalgia feat. Masta Ace – Marco Polo
    16. Not For Women – Homeboy Sandman
    17. The Official – Jaylib
    18. OOOOOOOAAAAAAA – Karriem Riggins
    19. The Paper – Madlib & Guilty Simpson
    20. Return of Theodore Unit feat Erick Sermon – Oh No
    21. Runnin the Show feat Wigs and Trife – Ghostface Killah
    22. The Show – Talib Kweli & Madlib
    23. Snifer Elite & Murder Goons – J Dilla
    24. Songs in the Key of Tryfe – MF Doom
    25. Space Ho’s (Madlib Remix) – Dangerdoom
    26. Things We Do – Roots Manuva
    27. Thoughts of an Old Flame – Guilty Simpson
    28. Throwback Drum Attack feat Kariem Riggons – Percee P
    29. Thug Love Story 2012 – Action Bronson & Party Supplies
    30. What Chew Want feat. Tone Tank – Quakers
    31. What It Is – Pharoahe Monch
    32. Yikes – MF Doom
    33. Your Life feat. Blu – Med

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks Sumo and AJ. Good stuff

  5. phishm Says:

    Right at the 6:38 mark of this Birds from AC is just pure liftoff. Love this jam.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    7/23/99 Birds Columbus, OH… Holy smokes.. 25 minute jam…

  7. phishm Says:

    I was reading a review of a show that I was listening to the other night and something stuck with me. Don’t remember which show it was but one of the reviewers asked “Is Trey God”. Not sure why that stuck with me. Obviously some noob that took much at a very good show. Nothing more. Anyways. Gotta get up early for another long week of work. You all take care. Peace.

  8. voopa Says:

    The floor of the Fox has HVAC vents blowing in air. Props lumb, that must’ve been some tricky carpet laying.

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    wow, might have to finally see bob dylan this tour… just bc i love richard thompson

  10. The Light Between Says:

    Shoreline ’97 “understandably overshadowed” by Ventura? I’m sorry but I beg to differ. I attended both shows and granted we drove all night from Phoenix>Ventura and I was exhausted, but I didn’t get much out of that one. It was barely even a venue, and the sound was going everywhere. And don’t get it wrong, a beautiful Stash was the highlight of that show.
    Shoreline had a first set that didn’t fit on a 100 minute tape, with YEM closer with vocal/instrumental jam. Great jammed out Ya Mar, Jim, Mike’s Week with Jerry birthday tease. (going off memory here.) One of my top five shows ever. To each his own, but I’m surprised that retrospect apparently considers Ventura the better show.

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