Reader’s Picks: Jeff D’Alonzo

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The Storage Jam (Brian Ferguson)

All selections and text by Jeff D’Alonzo

A disclaimer. I love trey and i love jams that exude emotion. Tried to do a combo of relatively unknowns and monsters, but thanks to Miner and this ridiculous community, there aren’t really any unknowns.

Carini” 2.17.97 II, Amsterdam, NL

Thank the dude who remastered this show. It’s my belief that this show changed the game. The winter Europe tour started off strong, new style being developed and whatnot. The night prior, 2.16.97 took it a little further. However, this show, specifically this “Carini,” is where it went down. Coming out of the gate dirty, the band connected and went straight into that funky psychedelic vibe that is everywhere in ’97. There is really solid playing by everyone throughout the jam, but what makes it, is the ending. The last 4 minutes is the blissiest piece of bliss every made. Utter beauty and flowing with a peak that is the definition of gorgeous. I just blissed my pants.



Antelope” 5.16.94 II, Los Angeles, CA

Pretty sure the only people that knew about this one, were the people at the show until this set popped up on etree, i guess 4 or 5 years ago, it was the last missing link to my 1994 collection. Lo and behold I saw a 20 minute “Antelope.” Popped it on and the rest is history. The jam after the “BBFCFM” nonsense is one the most beautiful pieces of Phish music ever made. Trey leads a melodic build up that makes me shiver with emotion. Not really sure how to explain it, heart wrenching glory I guess.



Ghost” 6.15.00 I, Osaka, JP

I went through a month phase where I listened to this “Ghost” three times a day. Perfect driving music. Fishman is a god here and Trey follows his lead all the way through. Two jams, both brilliant, leading to a groove laced peak towards the end. Kids were lucky to be in Japan for this one.



Bathtub Gin” 2.14.03 I, Los Angeles, CA

A personal favorite of mine. The only song on my list that i was present for. It seems like tour openers always have a big jam. The “Gin” is it. The whole winter tour was laced with huge “Gins.” But i like this version the best. Trey is a monster during this one. Funky, dirty, grooving, crushing. Pick whatever adjective, maybe Miner can help me. This jam is just amazing. Throw down city.



Bathtub Gin” 9.12.99 I, Portland, OR

When I discovered this jam randomly back in the day, I was floored. Hadn’t really read about it anywhere or heard any mention, prolly overshadowed by the “Ghost” from the same show. But this jam rules. It’s a perfect summer show jam, sunset, all that jazz. As my buddy Shin likes to say, a straight candy raver. It’s just a really bouncy and happy version with a beautiful groove.



Tweezer” 6.9.00 II, Tokyo, JP

Japan 2000 is arguably their best “jams” tour. So many heavy hitters. This one is probably the biggest. This “Tweezer” starts off cool, really laid back and patient. Gets a tad lost in the middle but then around the 18:00 mark,
everything in the world makes sense. So patient, all four of them finding their way. Both dirty and pristine, this ending jam is one for the ages, complete perfection.



Mike’s Song” 11.7.98 I, Chicago, IL

My favorite “Mike’s” ever. First jam is solid, well played and energetic. Then comes jam two, an absolute blissful beast. I love every kind of Phish, acidy experimentation, deep swamp funk, methjazz, etc. I love it all. But what really gets me is the bliss. And the second mikes jam from UIC is one of the blissiest. And also being a complete Trey whore, i love it, and this jam has IT.



Ghost” 7.12.03 II, George, WA

Post hiatus fire. Trey tone is in full effect. Another grooving shred fest, starts off really smooth and elegant. 10:50 mark on is why I go to shows. One of those moments when all you can do is smile at the fact that you got to listen to the greatest band on the planet do their thing.



AC/DC Bag” 11.7.98 II, Chicago, IL

Everyone knows this one but I don’t care. ’98 is prolly their best year all around, imo. The ambient shit brought things to a whole other level. This monster has complete experimental psychedelic ambiance all over the place. Whatever that means. I don’t condone drug use, but if you decide to indulge, put this on and listen to the whole thing.



Mike’s Song” 11.21.95 II, Winston-Salem, NC

My friend Cheryl turned me on to the jam a couple years ago. Not the best “Mike’s,” but a personal favorite. First jam is typical ’95, rocking, Page and Fish owning. But again, the second jam is what i crave. It starts off spotty and confused but towards the end turns into another bliss fed gem. Trey takes control and plays a slow melody that cuts to my core. Beauty.

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  1. voopa Says:

    Yes! That ’94 LA show is nutso. Portland Gin is sweet too. Great picks!

  2. voopa Says:

    Repost from the previous thread, found a Neehɐn shirt amongst some other Ph-related wear:

  3. butter Says:

    hilarious descriptors Jeff

    and playlist looks dank as hell too

    been spinning a few Phish cuts a day and lots a funk, GD, nola classic shit, and hip – hop . need to check out that Acid Rap, AW’s been pimpin

    ready to Phish to peel the cap back Summer ’13

  4. riskydinks Says:

    the gin is soooooooo good cause you hear the FANS!!!!!

  5. sumodie Says:

    Soundgarden seriously impressed in Worcester MA tonight

    They’ve always been my fav Seattle grunge band, never saw them bitd, so when I heard they were playing the scuzzy 3,200 capacity Palladium I just had to bite

    From about 30ft back dead center I was bedazzled by two solid hours of thunderous heavy rock – very surprised that this band sounds so fresh and alive after all these years. Ben Shepherd dropped bone jarring bass bombs and the man I was most excited to watch, Kim Thayil on lead guitar,

  6. jonacho Says:

    It seems like we/I love new shit.
    New posts, new tunes, new experiences.
    summer newness…

  7. sumodie Says:

    …was a wonder to behold with his bombastic riffs and psychedelic runs. Cornell’s voice has remained strong and I can’t omit mention of Matt Cameron holding it down behind the kit.

    The sonic assault was so brutal at times that even Cornell’s powerful voice couldn’t compete. No matter. The place was soldout and ravenous for the band.

    Soundgarden actually played the two songs I most wanted to hear, Drawing Flies (off Badmotorfinger) and Big Dumb Sex (off Louder Than Love). Perhaps most surprisingly, the new material off last year’s King Animal was terrific. They even went deep and played a psychedelic cruncher off their first album, UltraMega OK

    Suffice to say any Soundgarden fans should definitely catch these guys. And if you’re brave you can even join the fray in the mosh pit or crowd surf -both were on full display the entire night (thanks but no thanks).

    Soundgarden is the heaviest band I’ve seen in ages. I don’t crave much head pummeling music, but I’d definitely try to catch these guys again. But next time I’ll bring ear plugs.

  8. sumodie Says:

    Amon Duul II – Wolf City and Ash Ra Tempel – Schwingungen are both oranged

    Just got the Ash Ra Tempel along with another Amon Duul tonight (Carnival in Babylon). Those were my best choices and I wasn’t ready to jump on Cluster just yet

  9. riskydinks Says:

    love the choice choices !!! right arm

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    RAM is kickin’ around in FLAC now btw….

  11. tela'smuff Says:

    nice picks Jeff!

    and excellent to hear about Soundgarden @Sumo. i may hit the Broomfield show.

    was thinking about @Palmer’s dab experience and the saw this. Louis CK nails it.

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    Plord, $) !Dark Magus, i think that one has Sonny Sharock on it. Need to revisit.

  13. little umbrellas Says:

    I was wrong about Sharock, but it does have 3 guitarists on it.
    74 Carnegie Hall. God damn, music from 69-74. How bout that Grateful/Davis show from 1970 at the Fillmore, where’s that bootleg?

  14. Russo Says:

    Yeah D’Alonzo! That W/S 95 show was my 2nd. Great stuff, straight candy raver.

  15. Ryan C Says:

    great picks. Love the Japan 2000 selections in here.

  16. Shred Says:

    Cornell has one of the all time best voices in rock.

    Seen SG many times. Most memorable was standing in front of him in Denver as he sang black hole sun acoustic in 1994. Great lead vocals are a very special. Esp these days.

    Does anyone have the 2.17.97 Amsterdam, NL remaster link??

  17. Ryan C Says:

    PS I nearly died laughing when I read “I just blissed my pants.”


  18. MiA Says:

    Great picks. Heard all of these but will be a fun run around the block

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  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    glad to hear the palladium was rocking last night, sumo.
    I love that dirty room. another one of Worcester’s gems.

    nice list, Jeff. Portland Gin is a favorite of mine, as is that LA 94 ‘Lope. off the rails crazy. can’t really miss with any of the great stuff above. thanks for another quality list to spend my work day with!

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so I was digging through some stuff last night and found the postcard I got from Mike bitd when I wrote in to the Newsletter (this was before it became the Schvice). I don’t really recall exactly what I wrote but it was some far-flung tale about a person who gets lost in his own mind and the only way he is able to gain control is by connecting to the music of Phish. 😐 yeah, I know. Give me a little slack. I was an impressionable college kid. 🙄

    Anyway, here’s the postcard Mike sent me.


    You probably can’t read the text (it is kinda faded now) so here is the transcription:

    Dear Brian,
    What you’ve written is far beyond the realm of a compliment. It’s an indication that the deeper thing – that deeper thing – is happening. Thank you so much.
    -Mike Gordon (Phish)

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    New Tunes!

    Only familiar with this Carini

  23. sumodie Says:

    Yeah, hard to beat an all gen old theater, like the Palladium, that holds 3200. No seats in the orchestra

    Boston’s Orpheum holds just over 2700 but is all reserved. Although it is nicer (well, the main room, not the facilities), I’d much prefer seeing shows in either the Palladium or HOB (but where the staff are so uptight)

    Soundgarden is playing Wallingford CT on Friday. Looks like there is a gen adm pit, but perhaps most importantly tix on stubhub are seriously under face. $34 for pit, as low as $19 for a seat. And I’ll be free, hhhmmmmm

  24. kayatosh Says:

    great picks.

    cool story TIII. In 1992, I sent phish my review for the college newspaper of the Bob Marley box set (black book looking thing; 4 discs spanning his career) and I included a note stating that the box set was great and that their dog (marley) would like it. Mike wrote back something to the effect: Wow. There you are at Duke writing about Marley. But did you know that we call marley, duke? Marley->marmaduke->duke.

  25. sumodie Says:

    The 97 Amsterdam Carini was released in sbd during an Indio FTA broadcast:

    FTA #14 Part 3
    Live from Festival 8 Indio, CA
    2:30PM PST 2009-11-01

    Source: > ITunes > Onkyo Receiver > DAP1 > DP6 > Peak

    Daniel Saw The Stone – 8/2/03

    Down with Disease > Carini -> JAM > Taste > DWD Reprise – 02/17/1997

    Shrine – (Party Time Studio Album)

    Foggy Mountain Breakdown -> Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (feat. Rev Jeff Mosier) -11/16/1994

    Light – 08/07/2009

    Cities – 7/31/1998

    On Your Way Down – 8/3/1988

    Fluffhead – 2/23/1997

    Quinn the Eskimo – 12/29/1999 Soundcheck

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