Reader’s Picks: Joe Bakaitis

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

All selections and text by: Joe Bakaitis (a couple audio clips were edited to save bandwidth)

2001 > Bowie” 10.27.95 II, Kalamazoo MI

This was my first show and still to this day the best “Bowie” I have heard. When the jam starts up Trey is chanting some pretty strange stuff under his guitar work. This is a must hear for any “Bowie” fan.



Mike’s > Lifeboy > Weekapaug” 8.13.96 II, Noblesville, IN

What a night this was. Everything about this show was great. The last four songs of set one are also worth checking out, but this is by far the best “Mike’s” from the whole 96 summer tour. For the most part summer 96 seemed pretty tame, but they really let it out in this “Mike’s.”



“Theme, Punch, Ghost > Taste” 8.9.97 I, East Troy, WI

97 has so many gems, and it seemed like the bands style would change every show. The first four songs of set one was some of my favorite Phish music I have ever heard. This was my first time seeing them play “Ghost” and what a “Ghost” it was. These first four songs still seem fresh in my memory 16 years later.



Julius > Slave” 12.5.97 II, Cleveland,OH

For a 97 show this one seems to be overlooked alot, and on paper this might seem like a let down as being the heart of the second set, but this “Julius” swings harder than any Phish song I have heard them play, and then the “Slave” is out of this world.



Tweezer > Izabella” 12.6.97 II, Auburn Hills, MI

This is the best “Tweezer” ever. I’m sure just about everyone has heard this one. You really just need to listen to the whole second set.



2001 > Mike’s > Weekapug > Zero “7.17.98 II, George, WA

My friends and me did this whole summer tour and even though the tour opener in Portland was a great show, summer tour really felt like it started this night. What a magical night in the desert.



Mike’s > Simple > Bittersweet Motel” 7.21.98 II, Phoenix, AZ

This “Mike’s Song” is dark, rocking, and just out right awesome  but the best part of this show is the “Simple.” This “Simple” is just great. Trey and Pages playing is so sweet and light. This whole second set is worth listening to, but I always find myself enjoying the “Mikes > Simple” the most. I believe this was the first time they played “Bittersweet” too.



Bathtub Gin” 7.29.98 I, Maryland Heights, MO

This is the “Bathtub Gin” of all “Bathtub Gins!”



Mike’s Song” 12.30.99 III, Big Cypress, FL 

From my top ten list it would seem that I really like “Mike’s Song,” and who doesn’t, but I wanted to pick only songs from shows that I was at and I also wanted to pick out songs that are forever my first thoughts when I am asked about Phish, so behold another “Mike’s Song.” I remember CK5 filling up the swamp with the most smoke I have ever seen at a Phish show and this is one dark, electric, rocking “Mike’s Song.” I am sad to say that I feel that this is one of the last true “Mike”s Songs” with a real jam.



“Moma, Light > Taste, Fluffhead, Joy, Gin> Hood. E. Slave” 8.7.09, George, WA

For my tenth pick I’m going to have to pick this whole second set. I have thought Phish has played some great shows in their new era, but maybe its’ the openness of the Gorge but to me this show has a feel that you don’t hear very much nowadays. Every song has a pop and a lightness to them. The jams do not seem forced and the “Light” and “Gin” have epic jams for 3.0 Phish. I have not been to a lot of show in the 3.0 era, but have downloaded most of the shows, and I keep finding myself listening to this show the most out of all of the 3.0 Phish. Great Phish music all around.


This was a fun project and than you Mr. Miner for the opportunity to share my memory’s with everyone.


780 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Joe Bakaitis”

  1. BNCB Says:

    If I make the Gorge this summer, it will be with daughter in tow. Anyone else doing the family gig at the Gorge? I have an RV reserved.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Juniper and Bombino same night in Chicago. Vw tipping da scale.

  3. MiA Says:

    I have too many extra clubs laying around Marco. Come to Austin, try them out and they’re yours.

  4. marcoesq Says:

    Wish the Gorge was in August so I could hit it.

  5. marcoesq Says:

    Ok. I’m getting a driver from a buddy when I’m in Ft Worth in 2wks. Wish Austin was closer

  6. Joe Bakaitis Says:

    Hello MiA
    I picked the 09 show as my 10th because it is just one of those shows that I seem to never get sick of hearing. Every song has a little bit extra to it and, well its just a great overall complete set. Out of all of the 3.0 stuff I have to say that this is my favorite. I hope you enjoyed the picks.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Marco- I gave up golf 3 years ago… I might have one I will give you …PNC?

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hybrids are great..

  9. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Quiting golf must be like selling a boat… a great weight lifted…
    I still have 2 boats and play golf.

  10. Kaveh Says:

    I’ve been using a 3 iron off the tee

    ^ I used to do that too, when I was younger. Couldn’t hit a driver to safe my life and could pop the 3 iron almost just as long off the tee.

    If I get back into golf I’m getting a 2 iron. I’ve always wanted to try and get a handle on playing with one of those.

  11. stapes Says:

    Same. When I was playing the best golf I ever did I was hitting irons off the tee. Course management y’all.

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    Hooray for a pick I was present for! 8/13/96 was the dogs balls. Watched my car burst into flames after the show ghost rider style and didn’t give a damnable. Smoking show. Night before pretty hot too. R.I.P. Buick Riviera. You done real good.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    So true Spaz… Only thing I really miss is spending that time with my Dad. He has now really gotten into fishing so we do that together occasionally. Already trying to get me out for a tuna trip soon. You should come. We are in WHB…

  14. marcoesq Says:

    sure Palmer, that works!

  15. dorn76 Says:

    Adams Golf makes cheap, quality clubs. Can find used ones for peanuts.

    4 wood out of the rough FTW!

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Any sports radio fans? Did you know that Jim Rome’s entire show is scripted? Not only is the entire thing scripted, like word for word, but he isn’t even the one that writes the script.. I find that pretty funny. Gets paid enough to read a script though… pfft.

  17. BNCB Says:

    palmer, I’m a sports talk radio listener for years. I believe that scripted part. The worst thing about Rome is that he hasn’t changed his schtick on Iota in years.

    Repeating something over, and over, and over. The long pauses. The smack-off, all completely suck IMO.

    yet I still sometimes listen. shoot me. Mook and Mook in the morning, followed by Jim Rome = IQ lowered for the day

  18. BNCB Says:

    Joe likes Mikes’ song.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Safe to say Joe is not in phish. They hate mikes song.

  20. MiA Says:

    Mook’s song

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Worked a show last night… One of our guests was Bob Costas… So it was pretty cool have to call him up and put him on the air. Nice guy. Great interview.

    A lot of folks can’t stand the guy, but whatever, he’s a big deal in my circles.

  22. marcoesq Says:

    I’m a sports tv/radio guy, cannot stand jim rome. Definitely believable that he scripts it.

    I’ll check out adams golf. thx

  23. MiA Says:

    Now I want to golf instead of being at work.

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    nice choice on the 2001>Bowie! like T3 says, that whole set is entertaining. i did that run and the contrast between the ice rink to the Palace was crazy. that second set in Auburn Hills was to this day the darkest second set i’ve seen. the flying pyramid helped, the cavernous arena helped, but they were playing with a purpose that night and that purpose was to send kids running.

  25. marcoesq Says:

    Collin Cowherd, another one that is grating on the ears. I listen to him pretty regularly though, must be something wrong with me.

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