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. MiA Says:

    Avoiding having Trey write the lyrics is a great first step.

    I could go for an all instrumental album by Phish (Siket was close).

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Eatme go back to PT

  3. kayatosh Says:

    boy did i fuck that up.

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    i love Alaska…. ugghh. that has to be a credibility demerit. must be a BB alternate handle.

  5. snow Says:

    phish blah blah blah phish.

  6. roberto luongo Says:

    20 yrs later is Pearl Jam playing a Led Zepelin cover. turrible.

    Alaska is everything wrong with terrible GD. those lyrics are just wrong even fore Phish standards. really blues shuffle about fat chicks in Alaska? not exactly cutting edge stuff here.

    stealing time is annoying crowd pleasing rocker. just play character zero. same shit.

    and yes if you don’t like every piece of art ever created you have self esteem problems.

    just opinions kid but if 20 yrs later is great phish. fuck when did they turn into a 70’s arena rock band.

    I love how if you don’t love everything Phish you are a broken kid with no self esteem.

    I think ASIHTOS on it’s own makes Undermind a better album. just opinions kid. sorry I dont love Joy.

    I love the new Mount Kimbie and the Thundercat. can’t dig everything yo!

    but go on keep riding Trey’s dick into nostalgia land.

    I’m sure they’re gonna open up that 20 yrs later huge one day!

    KYS. awesome.

  7. MiA Says:

    Wait, new people are being added still? How does that happen?

    I thought the management running this place had abandoned the castle?

  8. roberto luongo Says:

    it’s all about that YEN Kaya. bounced hard from 96-97 into the close. S&P followed lock step.

  9. snow Says:

    yeah, it’s straight trey rage tune! Take that.

    And thanks for being honest. really means a lot.

    ok, done feeding the trolls. back to voyeurism. I mean lurking.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    fuck when did they turn into a 70′s arena rock band.

    fall ’95 I thought, at least according to the cover album that year 😉

  11. phishm Says:

    Now why would someone have more then one handle on this site? Doesn’t make sense. Why not just be yourself? I absolutely hate Alaska BTW, but doesn’t everyone. All the other songs are good IMHO.

  12. MiA Says:

    People try to put me …. down….

  13. kayatosh Says:

    never bet against RL. you are sharp. and i might be trapped.

  14. BingosBrother Says:

    People here are awful…cold…

  15. snow Says:

    @phism- self esteem issues clearly

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    I just hope Golden Age is on the new record. And Let Me Lie. Love that song.

  17. eatme Says:

    Whatever man, i check this site everyday, or just about. It never fails though, just about everyday roberto has something negative to say about THE band. I know all the negatives brah I try to focus on the positives.

    Instead of hearing Alaska and cringing I listen for the groove, the vibe and the intent of the song first. Alaska intends to be a slow burning groove that makes you laugh a bit and it delivers. That was just an example of looking for the positive in our (?) favorite band.

    It’s ok though Roberto, I’ll check your posts tomorrow for some more negative comments on Trey and the band as usual.

    If you could tone it down every once in a while it would be greatly appreciated.

    Yo yo yo, quit sitting on Trey’s dick etc etc etc.

  18. roberto luongo Says:

    I don’t know shit Kaya.

    but lately this market is pure flow and heavy carry trade so watch EUR and JPY crosses for market moves.

    high yield has been soft the last couple weeks. I’d also look towards bottoming there before another move up.

    more weakness in high yield or strength in JPY and I’d look to get aggressively short. the move in YEN and Nikkei was so fuckin massive imagine you’re gonna get some days like this of profit taking and rebalancing. quick finger sellers in that trade.

    could happen but watch those things for clues IMO.

  19. snow Says:

    eatme- doesn’t somebody in the imaginary orchestra play the vibes?

  20. roberto luongo Says:

    dude I’m a cubs fan. we love and bitch equally. what can you do.

    should have been here after BGCA #3. I was pimpin the fuck of Page’s synth work and Trey’s subtle guitar work.

    or when I said the storage set was maybe the best set of music I’ve ever heard this band play in a couple hundred shows.

    or my insane gushing over the 3 night runs at DIck’s the last couple years

    I just like to call shit like it is an am a bit of an asshole. I’ll try to be more positive in the future. I’m sure being a nice, happy hippie will suit me well.

  21. MiA Says:

    Shorting the Yen and buying the Nikkei was such a phenomenal play.

  22. roberto luongo Says:

    but if I heard Alaska or Stealing Time on the radio and didn’t know it was Phish no way I would pimp that as quality music.

    shit is garbage.

  23. eatme Says:

    Couldn’t hurt. Sorry I flipped out.

  24. eatme Says:

    aaaaand we’re back, lol

  25. MiA Says:

    Alaska pretty much blows. I think Stealing Time is a bit personal to Trey though in some recovery addiction way.

    “Gonna give you one last chance to see
    Gonna shrug demands off of me”

    The overall structure of the song is boring. Rather hear Bug.

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