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:

    A true zen saying. Nothing is what I need. But that’s what I want.

  2. MiA Says:

    Been listening to BGCA Light … damn damn damn. The explosion!

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I like the song Nothing. been glad to catch a couple of those.

  4. MiA Says:

    Mama come look at me like I was …. cray zee…. didn’t even bat an eye

  5. snow Says:

    No really, I’m sorry I told you to kill yourself. I overreacted. Friends?

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    love Nothing. nice dark jam out of the DC ’04 version. the DCU version was real nice. it’s actually one of my favorite album tracks of theirs, alongside Limb By Limb and Billy Breathes.

  7. eatme Says:

    The reason Minor’s site is popular (I thought) was because I enjoyed the positive outlook on the band. Plenty of places to find and talk about the negative. I enjoy Minor’s writing and the picture contributions etc. i bought the book and recommended many people to come here. So when I see PT type negativity day in and day out by the same nay sayers it’s a bit disheartening and makes me not want to recommend this site to anyone.

    I mean we ALL understand the negatives of the band. It’s about looking for the positives on this site, i thought that’s why people prefer

  8. snow Says:

    where else does someone question someone else’s mental health, request they kill themselves and then ask them to be more positive? I miss days like these.

    Maybe it was a reject then retreat strategy… I know killing yourself is a lot to ask, so maybe just be nicer okay?

  9. snow Says:

    yeah, RL, eatme just wants to reccommend the site to people. so could you kill yourself?
    OMG, this is funniest shit ever.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, part of such a well-put-together first frame of tour last summer. the Camden one out of C&P in ’10 was a treat too. I seem to catch it every year in 3.0 that they play it (no ’11 version).

  11. roberto luongo Says:

    many fans think 3.0 phish sucks. I don’t think that.

    many here just pimp everything Trey does. that’s their style.

    but generally IMO this place is just a respectful place to discuss the highs and lows. and 3.0 has had both major highs and major lows.

    the 3.0 sucks vibe is really all we try to stay way from here. will never hear me say that.

    but callin out Troy for horsing jams and playing songs of signs and rippin on 5 min BOAF has been pretty standard around these parts.

    but let’s be realists. 3.0 phish is hit or miss. is what it is. just hope you are in on the nights when the stars align like BGCA #3 and the FUCKYOURFACE set.

  12. roberto luongo Says:

    I’m a huge defender of new Phish. just my personality I guess. plenty of times I’m the one constantly pimpin a fresh jam.

    I don’t know. I think I’m just as positive as negative.

    you obviously haven’t heard one of my 350 posts on the Miami Tweezer or the Blossom Sally.

  13. plord Says:

    I, also, love Nothing. Hits me good smack in the middle of my mind-baby-maker.

  14. plord Says:

    You wanna hear RL turn into Saul Goode, head cheerleader, just mention the DCU Boogie On in his presence. Fact.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    so is phism posting as eatme?

    3.0 has it’s share of $$$ jams.

    Nothing is great by me.

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Minor. Never gets old.


  17. MiA Says:

    Eatme = most non positive username on here. At least RL has Canucks tender with Eazy-E as his avatar. Kid knows what’s up.

    Eatme is lurking here every day, and still thinks this is a place for positive reviews/comments on Phish? Obviously not paying close attention.

    I really really love Friday Eatme. Do you love Friday too? Esp as an encore?

  18. MiA Says:

    Screwed my html there. Oh well.

  19. phishm Says:

    Not even close. Even after getting kicked out of here I still posted as phishm. Why would I ever want to be anyone else. I say what’s on my mind without needing to hide behind another handle.

  20. MiA Says:

    RL has never hidden behind his handles. The Long Con on the other hand…

  21. eatme Says:

    Wow! Just a good ole boys club up in here eh????

    Looks like I’m wrong. I’m ok with that.

    Friday sucks, ALWAYS as does everything Phish Plays. Have you heard the new shuggie otis? Pretty good.

  22. phishm Says:

    Actually not what I meant MiA. I know all of AW’s handles (at least I think I do). Just clearing up that I’m in no way another handle at all. Ever.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    short overnight. not good. cracked a sculpin. good.

  24. ElJefe Says:

    MIA- I love Friday the day but the song not so much…
    ; ) l love the RR ballads…

  25. roberto luongo Says:

    haven’t heard the new Shug release

    huge fan of his earlier work and caught his live set in Chicago recently. kinda interested in hearing what he’s been up to the last couple years writing again.

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