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. eatme Says:

    Have you guys heard the new Beck or NIN that came out recently?

    Beck notsomuch but the NIN sounds ok on first listen.

    Meanwhile are we ready for a trainwreck of a phish album? Trey has his dick so far up his own ass it will be as good as cow shit probably.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    just those good ole boys. never meaning no harm
    beats all you ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born

  3. MiA Says:

    Just don’t try to police the commentors eatme. Comes off as kinda stupid.

    And BTW, you came out as a guns blaring asshole with “eatme” as your username.

    We all love Phish here. You obviously aren’t paying attention at all.

  4. ElJefe Says:

    There I said it…and Let Me Lie

  5. roberto luongo Says:


    could be a bunch of margin calls in Japan overnight. if we get a nice YEN pop could be a flush out on the open.

    that should be bought with both hands though.

  6. eatme Says:

    Have you guys heard the new Junip record or Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle? Mellow grooves.

    Phish wish they could make somethig half as good as these new records

  7. MiA Says:

    commentators I mean. Or people who comment. I don’t know.

  8. stapes Says:

    Good call on DC’04 Nothing @ tela’s. Really enjoyed that whole set actually. Was at the time what I thought to be my last hoorah between those DC and AV shows. Bittersweet times.

  9. roberto luongo Says:

    i’m just the Larry David of Phish fans eatme

    even shit I like I don’t like that much.

    I’m the kid the fat little custy chick is always coming up to and asking if I’m having fun at the show cuz I’m not high fiving and jumping up and down.

    “I was until you came over here to fuck with me”

  10. roberto luongo Says:

    not feelin the Junip. was gonna catch him live on Sunday with some recent pimpin but not feeling it

    little too folkie for me. may be better live though. should check it out. right down the street.

  11. eatme Says:

    What about el ten eleven self titled? Great shit right there, unlike Phish crap, of course.

  12. MiA Says:

    Lol, was reading a post a while back where a dude (Little Buddy) went after RL for using the word “Custy” and got all up in his face about it. MrC was like … um he used Custy appropriately in that sentence.

  13. ElJefe Says:

    I can’t tell if eatme is being sarcastic right now and I kinda like it…

  14. lumpyhead Says:

    my two cents? dicks undermind.

  15. phishm Says:

    Seriously can’t tell? I’ve tried to write sarcasm and it didn’t work. He’s nailing it IMHO.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, rl.

  17. MiA Says:

  18. ElJefe Says:

    RL full review please on the Junip… Just missed them last night I think..

  19. ElJefe Says:

    Wait phishm are you eatme? Yer pledge to the opposites notwithstanding.

  20. snow Says:

    Eatme – it may be a club. but you just told a regular to KYS. Do you know what that acronym means? Do you have any capacity for self reflection? kind of an odd entry strategy. Though you are likely not the first who was inspired to type their first post by the urge to have RL kill himself.

  21. roberto luongo Says:

    his sarcasm is proving the point at hand though.

    as much as I dig Junta through Billy Breathes Phish has never been a studio band. who fuckin cares what they do in the studio. just hit that one chord static vamp and go.

    does it matter if it’s tweezer, Sand, or Ghost it starts from. not really for me.

    but there are a bunch of bands making creative, progressive albums. may as well spin those and catch Phish live.

    who the fuck cares of Joy fuckin sucks. BGCA #3 Light live fuckin ripped my face off.

  22. roberto luongo Says:

    spun that amazing new 180 gm Lawn Boy pressings a few times for the first time in at least a decade and shit sounds amazing.

    what a great record especially for the era it came out in. shit just jumps off the vinyl.

  23. MiA Says:

    All truth RL. All truth.

  24. phishm Says:

    @ElJefe – No.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    major lawn boy fan. that album blew my mind when i was around 19-20.

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