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. roberto luongo Says:

    I’m pissed cuz the solo ambient set I caught last night from the Field was the fuckin goods and I can’t find one video or recording of any of the 6 such sets he’s played in his career

    how the fuck in the internet age in 2013 I can’t find any proof that these sets even exist.

    should have kicked the sbd cat some herb and gotten a patch

  2. phishm Says:

    I actually like the Crosseyed before that Light better. The Light is amazing, but that jam they get into at the end of C&P is not of this world.

  3. eatme Says:

    I know you guys probably hate it but I can’t stop listening to the new strokes record they made as a fuck you to the world. Great 80’s sound.

    Smokes The last ten years of Phish straight up.

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    I like commentators as a word.

  5. ElJefe Says:

    It’s weird w Phishs studio albums…they tend to grow on me. Just listened to SotG for the first time in ages… Hung together as an album better than I remember… Forgot about the Ghost lyrics inside of Moma… Love how the CD ends and starts over in a loop that works pretty well… Love End of Session… Would like more Siket disc stuff to come out.

  6. eatme Says:

    What about the new Charles Bradley? James brown’d

    Phish wishes they could make something that isn’t complete garbage. Worst band ever? Definitely.

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    ” the larry david of Phish!” Yes! This shit is so funny. Never a dull moment.

  8. roberto luongo Says:

    phism the C&P is def the cleaner jam. great subtle interplay between Mike and Trey. great melodic themes towards the outro.

    but in the building the Page Synth work leading to him just raping his organ during the tweeprise peak is by far the most insane crowd/band interaction of the return

    swear the roof was gonna blow off that place. insane collective energy.

  9. eatme Says:

    C&P is overplayed. I took a shit during that at BGCA, nozzed through the light and laughed at the morons after the “explosion”

    Fuckin clown shoes.

  10. little umbrellas Says:

    Indeed. When he gets both Synths going before jumping to the Organ, amazing! Almost hits a Larry Young or Sun Ra kinda vibe.

  11. snow Says:

    talk dirty to me RL. I’m almost there.

  12. phishm Says:

    OK, eatme is getting old even to me. We get it. We all like Phish. Some people on here like other bands. I unfortunately only really like Phish and the Dead and kind of skip through the other band talk. I think you could too.

  13. tela'smuff Says:

    speaking of synth, some good meaty synth on some of these Classixx tracks.

    i’ll gladly give up my Larry David title. it’s been troublesome for me.

  14. roberto luongo Says:

    nice Tela’s. I fought it at first. but I’m now a full on Classixx junkie.

    getting into this disclosure a bit but that Classixx is some fun ass cheeze with a great beat.

  15. eatme Says:

    LOL @ phishm liking the dead AND Phish?!?!? KYS

  16. snow Says:

    The Larry David comment really too close to home here. I probably come off as the PC police at times but in real life I think like Larry David and not to be ironic. Maybe everybody does and that’s why it’s funny? No, lots of people have class and tact.

  17. voopa Says:

    *Strokes fan*

  18. eatme Says:

    I like all the albums I mentioned.

    Much much more than the tired tory band

  19. snow Says:

    really like a larry david and chunk from goonies hybrid. damn it. That’s enough introspection for today.

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    i like this way more than Disclosure, although that one did have some good cuts. my wife walked into my office and started getting down when i started playin Classixx. good shit.

  21. little umbrellas Says:

    Confessions of the lurker. Wait they know the language!

  22. MiA Says:

    I regret not getting the vinyl

  23. voopa Says:

    Although kaya already did it, I too made a list of the reader’s picks, in a spreadsheet. Why? Because it looks like I’m working, and because I’m working on my own picks and wanted a sortable list of what’s been picked. I’ll upload it to Google docs tonight, that way there’ll be one available that you can sort by date or title if you like.

  24. roberto luongo Says:

    ya Classixx has that slick disco house vibe

    Disclosure more that UK garage sound.

    Classixx hit me first spin hard for some reason. def not what I’m used to listening to either.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    SOAM on that lawnboy is super short but sofakingawesome. Horns, backup singers…Fantastic.

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